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Collusion and Conspiracy on Parade. In the Press.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots by Thomas Farnan – “Manafort’s crime is the same as Facebook’s: he failed to measure the orthodoxy of his political client’s message and, because of that, he now faces an inquisition.”

“What we do know is that Manafort first was investigated for breaking those laws in that year by Robert Mueller’s FBI. A discretionary decision was made not to prosecute. It wasn’t a priority of the Obama Administration to indict consultants over how they reported income from foreign governments. If that were a priority, a lot of big shots in Washington would have gone down.

The FBI, headed by James Comey, investigated Manafort for his work with Yanukovych but found no evidence of a crime.

The existence of this investigation is vindication for those who voted for Brexit and Trump because they believe an illuminati rules the world.

The Washington establishment is less interested in the means used to influence voters than in the fact that the deplorables have been prompted to defy them, which cannot be allowed. As long as Facebook and Twitter perform the necessary act of genuflection and voluntarily ban dissenting voices, they will not be similarly tormented. Those who display lèse-majesté will be harshly punished, which accounts for the “Get Trump!” fervor. It is Orwellian, sure. And it is really happening.

Trump’s media opponents are leaping into his trap by Thomas Lifson – “The age of metropolitan dailies pretending to be unbiased sources of news officially is over.”

“This week, leading wordsmiths at two of the nation’s major newspapers openly propounded the need for the media to work together (also known as “conspire”) to defeat Donald Trump.

These people are living in the past, when their newspapers spoke with authority and were respected as impartial. If they think that by openly conspiring to damage the POTUS they will help their cause, they are sadly mistaken. They are offering proof that they are partisans, that they conspire, and that they wear blinders of fury when it comes to examining President Trump.

I suppose that these newspaper editors will congratulate themselves on their brave moral stand when they publish their editorials in unison. But they will also furnish a huge talking point for Trump about their open and proud bias against him.

Things that failed to outrage me this week by Don Surber – News where “Buried in the story was this tidbit

“On Saturday, the Trumpoholics in the Fourth Estate extinguished their hair and rested, exhausted by all the fits they threw trying to get the president removed from office.

The effort to suppress the conservative is growing in stridency and violence. This cannot bode well.

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A stunning level of deception

Melania’s parents become U.S. citizens, the left melts down by Karen Townsend – “First Lady Melania Trump’s parents became U.S. citizens Thursday. In Trump’s America, this feel-good story turned the ugly left and their cohorts in the press into indignant critics.”

“And, the critics continue to conflate President Trump’s intention to reduce illegal immigration with an attempt to eliminate immigration. The descriptive word that is left out is the most important – ‘illegal’.

What is stunning to me, really, is this level of deception from the legal community and the journalists who can’t wait to quote them. That’s the real hypocrisy. They know better but they just don’t care because it is how they frame the narrative.

Graham: Why didn’t the FBI warn Trump like they warned Feinstein? By Ed Morrissey – “In order to get Lindsey Graham’s point in this discussion with Harris Faulkner, first you’d have to know about the spy on Dianne Feinstein’s staff.”

“Graham wants to know why the FBI warned Dianne Feinstein about a suspected spy but never bothered to tell Donald Trump about their suspicions over Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Let’s not forget that the penetration in Feinstein’s case was much more significant, too. The warning from the FBI came after the man had been in Feinstein’s employ for “two decades,” as the local CBS affiliate noted last week. The FBI had evidence of direct and covert contact between the suspect and China’s intelligence operatives. Feinstein was also a high-value target as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, with access to the most sensitive information held by the US government, including from our intelligence partners around the globe. And yet, the FBI reached out to Feinstein rather than open a counter-intelligence probe with her as a potential target, even though Feinstein’s family has profited extensively through contacts with China during her tenure.

In contrast, Donald Trump was a businessman running for president with three questionable advisers. Graham doesn’t see why the FBI didn’t prioritize hygiene over investigation in that case as they did with Feinstein

Too bad readers of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times won’t know what Graham’s talking about.

Cotton to Kamala Harris: no more Kavanaugh documents by Karen Townsend – ‘You Already Said You’re Voting No’ https://t.co/Hh5w4QQetg

“Harris’ intentions have been clear from the start. She hasn’t even met with Kavanaugh yet she has expressed a definitive opinion.

When Democrats realized that they have no procedural way of railroading Kavanaugh’s nomination, other than excessive demands of documents to slow it down, their level of frustration grew to a new level. Senator Harris is even on record declaring that “We’re looking at the destruction of the Constitution of the United States” with the nomination. Talk about hyperbole! She said it on MSNBC to host Chris Matthews so she was picking the right audience for such partisan drama.

There was a time that senators recognized that a president is entitled to his nominations, barring no extraordinary circumstances. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 and was confirmed 96-3. No Republican was under the impression that she was a moderate. It was even common practice to use voice votes for nominees up through the LBJ administration. That would be impossible now.

The Problem with Gay Marriage by David Solway – “Although I regard the reduction of identity to one’s sexual preferences, whatever these might be, as a diminishment of the complex spectrum of human personality, I have nothing against the practice of homosexuality – to each his own – and considered it a non-issue and none of my business.”

“Then and now, however, I believed as a matter of principle that redefining marriage was another kettle entirely. People can manage their private passions as they wish, provided they remain within the common law, but marriage has to be defended not only as a binding compact between two people and an expression of religious faith, but as a social institution whose role is twofold: the preservation of cultural life and the procreation of the species.

For these reasons, marriage can be only a contract between a man and woman.

This is why Marxism, for example, considers marriage an institution that needs to be destroyed, since procreant marriage with all its attendant responsibilities is the foundation of bourgeois society.

None of these considerations carried any weight with my literary colleague, who accused my wife and me of rejecting his “essential humanity” and broke off all communication, saying the issue was “non-negotiable” and all discussion would henceforth cease.

My friend would have none of it. He demanded total assent and expected our congratulations. But as he once wrote me about another matter, “you don’t owe a friend a lie.” It’s a maxim worth living by.

First step in a lie is the lie to one’s self. It is one thing to be intransigent on a position but another to cut off any discussion about that position or, especially, any one or any thing that might even just hold differing views.

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Ohr notes, Russian assassinations, Chinese spies, who’s the enemy?

Rudy’s Shot Across Mueller’s Bow by Mark Wauck – “With Paul Sperry stating that President Trump is about to begin declassifying some key documents, we may soon have a better picture of what’s been going on in the Mueller “probe.”

“But we may already be getting a preview, based on the handful of Steele/Ohr emails that we’ve already seen.

In other words: Ohr’s activities could only have been part of an unauthorized campaign by government officials against the President of the United States.

As it turns out, Ohr has also been discussing the planned course of action with people in Washington, and he quickly lets Steele know that he will let “them” know that Steele is on board. It also seems likely that Ohr, #4 at DoJ, may have a heads up about the forthcoming appointment of a Special Counsel.

The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DOJ about Trump by John Solomon – “And all of it was captured in the official’s handwritten notes — a contemporaneous record that intelligence professionals tell me exposes the flaws plaguing the early Russia collusion case.”

“Yet, Simpson allegedly acknowledged that most of the information Fusion GPS and British intelligence operative Christopher Steele developed did not come from sources inside Moscow. “Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.,” Ohr scribbled in his notes.

Simpson admitted in sworn testimony last year to the House Intelligence Committee that he had contact with Ohr after Trump’s election victory. But Ohr’s notes provide the first detailed public account of what the two men actually discussed.

One notation that stands out is Simpson’s account that he asked Steele to talk with Mother Jones reporter David Corn about their muckraking on Trump and Russia in the final days of the election. At the time, Steele still worked as an FBI source.

When Simpson testified before Congress, he said he and Steele acted out of a sense of duty.

Whatever their assessment, Congress has a wide, new mandate to investigate the Simpson-Ohr-Steele contacts with renewed vigor and lots of questions that did not exist just a few short weeks ago

Those answers could make for a long, politically hot autumn in Washington.

Russia to US: Sanctions over our assassinations and our election disruption would be an act of economic war, or something by Ed Morrissey – “the administration now realizes that Russia has been conducting an intelligence war for years against the West. That includes their disruption efforts in the 2016 election, weak as they were, as well as a string of assassinations in the West that go as far back as Alexander Litvenenko over a decade ago.” This gets to the real danger in the Democrats efforts to unseat the President. That effort is a diversion and a distraction inhibiting and stunting the efforts to tackle a very real ‘enemy of the state’ problem.

NY Post: Don’t forget how Feinstein’s China ties paid off for her while employing her driver-spy by Ed Morrissey – “So far, news outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and even Washington DC’s own Post still have yet to report a single word on this penetration, even while both newspapers are filled with Russian intel ops and their aftermath.” Yet another example of the insidious propaganda game being played by the Left.

Conservative Confusion About Who and What We’re Fighting by David Catron – “The razor-thin majority by which Balderson won is the result of absent suburban voters who have forgotten that, after 2006, the Democrats nearly destroyed the U.S. economy and set the stage for the Obama era with all its trademark criminality.”

Omarosa has secret Trump tapes, writing a tell-all book by Karen Townsend – “No matter what the content of the secret tapes, this is a huge betrayal of trust and Omarosa should be shamed for her conduct, not rewarded with a lucrative book deal.

Man arrested after making Twitter threat against ICE agents, Rep. Scalise responds (Update) by John Sexton – “I suspect someone on the left will shortly be claiming this was a joke and just part of the way progressives on Twitter talk about federal agents

“Scalise’s tweet also raises a point about how Democrats frequently play the “climate of hate” blame game, which may be his intent in asking the question he does. Every time there is a burst of political violence, the left rushes to blame the right. Often, as happened after the Tucson shooting, the left doesn’t even wait for evidence to support their claims, they just start assigning blame to the usual suspects. In some cases, they report false connections that don’t exist and in others, they ignore evidence that doesn’t fit their narrative (Remember the “Tea Party terrorist” who concluded his manifesto by quoting the Communist Manifesto?).

The left is always eager to have a national conversation about the climate of hate if they think the right will take the blame. But after the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, or New York City, or the assassination attempt against Rep. Scalise and other Republicans they quickly forget how the climate of hate works and change the subject. So now is a good time to ask if they want to keep playing that game. My guess is they will decline, at least in this instance.

Finally, it bothers me that Ziobrowski faces up to five years in prison if convicted, which means he could see more jail time than Antifa goon Eric Clanton who was caught on video hitting people over the head with a bike lock. We’ll have to wait and see what justice looks like in this case.

Understanding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 73 Years Later by Dan Mclaughlin – “The need to batter the enemy into abject and total submission seems to us today something like barbarism.” He cites the Civil War and the two world wars … “To the men of 1945, with barbarism before them on a daily basis, that animal spirit was in fact a coldly rational reading of very recent history and enduring human nature.”

“Also, no American president – perhaps not even Washington or Grant – had seen worse ground combat up close in his life than Harry Truman, an artillery officer in the ghastly 6-week Meuse-Argonne offensive (the second bloodiest battle in U.S. history) that ended World War I. Truman’s sense of war was visceral; he knew its horrors well, and knew there was no substitute for ending it.

Harry Truman did what the righteous fury of four years of the bitterest war demanded, and made a lasting peace. You could say that of precious few of our wars since 1945. That suggests that maybe Truman knew something we have forgotten about man and war.

An Observance of the Decay of Learned Restraint, Ace of Spades – “We used to learn, as children, to restrain our pettier, nastier, more childlike emotional outbursts.”

“Our parents taught us to count to ten before blowing up in anger.

Our parents and our friends taught us that to display such base emotions as seething envy was uncool and childlike.

We wanted to grow up, we wanted to be seen as grown up, and so we tried to act like grown-ups. So we learned, either because of a parent’s soft (but stinging) chiding, or a friend’s rather less gentle insulting us as a spaz or baby, to restrain exhibitions of such childish butthurts.

We also learned — or were taught, sometimes with some real social cruelty or an actual beat-down — that if we had a problem, we should sort it out ourselves or just find a way to work around it, instead of running to the nearest authority figure to squeal on our playmates.

On that last point, men especially were taught to ask themselves, “Am I acting like a man here, or a whiny child in constant need of his Mommy’s interventions?”

I’m sure women similarly asked themselves about their own behavior, probably thinking more in terms of propriety and maturity than about masculinity, but the effect was the same.

The rule used to be, “If you lose your shit, you’ve lost the game.”

Now it’s the exact opposite: “If you lose your shit and throw a tantrum, you win. Always. Because obviously the person who takes offense and flies into rage over nothing must have moral superiority over people who are calm and rational.”

whither civility, honor, integrity?

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Call the cops! or maybe, better not.

Neighbors Calling Cops On Kid Selling Cookies Speaks To Bigger Societal Ail by Jamie Wells – “What once was pretty standard in communities, an adult speaking to the child’s parent about their concerns, has all but evaporated in our culture.”

“Whatever the culprit, the behavior is imprinted in the minds of the children involved. They mimic what they see. The relationship between parent and child is symbiotic. If mom is upset, child will be upset. If mom avoids conflict, then the child learns this strategy too; becoming ill-equipped in adulthood to be resilient. Certainly, if there is a real threat to a situation, then the best, safest course is to contact the police. But, for an average annoyance when having a conversation doesn’t risk your or your child’s personal safety, shouldn’t attempts to diffuse or solve the problem yield greater dividends than the alternative (e.g. establishment of a nice rapport with your long-term neighbors, learning about rectifying challenging circumstances)?

Have we simply lost the benefit of the doubt entirely – and is that the world we want to live in? Maybe when we confront such situations, we can take a moment to consider whether our actions facilitate opportunities or impose obstacles.

Midterm Meddling: Facebook Blocks Republican Candidate’s Ad, Breitbart Tech – “Facebook has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S., claiming the platform doesn’t allow “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational” content.” It’s called ‘rewriting history’ when you attempt to distort or ignore what has actually happened because it doesn’t fit with your view of the world as you want it.

“Facebook has since reversed course on its decision, saying: “it is clear the video contains historical imagery relevant to the candidate’s story.”

“It is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived through,” declared Heng in a statement. “I’m sure it is shocking for some people to hear about this kind of injustice, but this is reality. This is why I wake up every single day with the fight and determination to have a voice and make a difference in my community.”

“Neither Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our stories,” she continued. “We’ve seen it over and over again with Republican candidates and organizations.”

I remember when we called them mobs by Silvio Canto, Jr. – “And there you have it: the modern protest. We target those we disagree with, call them names, and then interrupt their dinner.” … “We call on the media to call this a mob, not a protest.” But! Fake News!

West Hollywood’s Moral Crusade against Trump by Kevin D. Williamson – “Donald Trump is sometimes fortunate in his opponents.”

“Part of me wants to encourage these fanatics. Yes, let’s dig up the Hollywood Walk of Fame until nobody is left but nice people—it’ll be a hell of a lot shorter. Yes, let’s change the name of Austin to Socialjusticeville and make it the seat of Social Justice County. (Stephen F. Austin and William Travis were involved in slavery, you see, and the takfiris in Austin want to change the city’s name.) Let’s let them burn the works of Mark Twain, and let the editors of The Nation grovel like worms every time some witless clucking Caitlyn on Twitter doesn’t like a poem they publish. Let Berkeley turn the campus over to literal blackshirts. Let’s crucify Scarlett Johansson in the public square.

Call it the Shining Path model of conservatism: Hasten the crisis to bring forward the underlying contradictions in the dominant paradigm.

How We Got Here by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. – “There have been three Constitutional crises in my lifetime and two of them revolved around the Clintons.” … “The origin of our present Constitutional crisis is a bit more complicated than this passage from Shattered makes out, but here is a good starting point to discover how the mob, the prosecutors, the media, and the Democratic Party are intent on stealing the last election and saving the Clintons’ hides.”

Emails Reveal High School Teachers Plotting To Hide Their Political Bias From Parents By Ilya Feoktistov – “The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle to gain and retain political power. We only found out about this incident by accident. How many more?”

“Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, a group of public school history teachers in the posh Boston suburb of Newton pledged to reject the “call for objectivity” in the classroom, bully conservative students for their beliefs, and serve as “liberal propagandist[s]” for the cause of social justice.

This informal pact was made in an exchange of emails among history teachers at Newton North High School,

The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle—not to do good, but to gain and retain political power. The ongoing trend of growing political intolerance and ideological bigotry among the newest American adults will continue, and nothing good will come of it. In the Soviet Union, I’ve seen what young people could be turned into, what I myself could be turned into. Trust me, America hasn’t seen anything yet.

The Police Were Not Policed by Victor Davis Hanson – “How can Americans now trust the intelligence agencies shown to be corrupt in the very recent past?

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that’s very, very troubling – a growing awareness?

Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism … and the Bible by Dennis Prager – “After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.” … “And God and the Bible? They’re wrong, too.”

“Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology — along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders — is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

Colleges: A Force For Evil by Walter Williams – “How higher education is threatening the future of the country.”

The Elites’ War on the Deplorables by Victor Davis Hanson – “Elites are confident that there is nothing either ethically wrong or career-endangering in smearing middle-class Trump supporters with such crude stereotypes.”

From Philadelphia, The Latest Liberal Outrage [updated] by John Hinderaker – “Kirk and Owens were a heck of a lot more threatened than Jim Acosta was in Tampa a few evenings ago, but I haven’t seen any tears shed by liberal media.”

“There is a certain irony in a gang of white fascists chanting about “white supremacy” to an African-American like Candace Owens. But no one ever accused liberal activists of having brains.

UPDATE: One more thing: here, one of the liberal Democrats throws a drink at Charlie Kirk:

I give Charlie lots of credit for self-restraint. He is a perfectly able-bodied guy, but managed to refrain from beating any of the liberals senseless.

Is Rudy Giuliani Helping Or Hurting President Trump? By Paul Mirengoff – “a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal.”

“But Trump rose from egotistical develop to egotistical U.S. president. This triumph, against considerable odds, suggests he is at least as sharp and savvy as ever. If influential business people in New York don’t recognize this, they may be the ones who aren’t sharp and savvy.

Andy McCarthy is plenty sharp and savvy. He sees Giuliani’s blustery, unlawyerly performances as part of an effective effort to drive down public support for Robert Mueller and his partisan team. Behind that effort is a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal. It lies with impeachment, not criminal indictment.

But Trump’s opponents are also trying to win ugly. They are determined to destroy this president — to find something he said or did that they can use to accomplish what they failed to achieve at the ballot box.

Under these circumstances, I don’t condemn Trump and his team for fighting back as they have.

What’s the right way to stop the Big Tech censorship? By Luboš Motl – “Four biggest Internet companies suddenly made the conclusion at the same moment.”

“I am no listener of Alex Jones – maybe he sounds too tough or too non-intellectual to me (and, despite the vague ideological agreement with general political things, I would probably label many of his musings “dumb conspiracy theories”) – but today’s ban of his and Infowars pages, channels, profiles, and Podcasts by Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and (now also) YouTube (look at the creepy error message shown to 2+ million followers!) all did the same thing within 12 hours – a clear collusion by a cartel) is a clear sign that the freedom of speech (especially for right-wingers) is dying in the U.S.

(Hours later, Jones was also removed from LinkedIn and Pinterest.)

Ironically enough, this dying – escalated by this ban that Matt Drudge predicted years ago – has accelerated under the Republican president Trump. Infowars were basically given no specific explanation of the reasons. Terms of Service violated. Hate speech. Whatever.

Some people defend similar policies by saying that the companies are private and they can ban anyone they want. There’s some true core in this statement. But every sane and sensitive person must feel that it doesn’t sound right. Why it doesn’t sound right? These Big Tech companies are clearly introducing political censorship to the whole U.S. political landscape. Why is it exactly wrong what they’re doing?

Meanwhile, I am terribly disappointed by the silence (or downright support) of all the Democratic Party fans for this suppression of the Infowars folks’ freedom of speech. It’s no longer just the extreme activists and the political elite that organizes and applauds these authoritarian moves. It’s probably the bulk of the ordinary registered Democrats in the U.S., too. And that’s very, very troubling.

Yes, it is very troubling how the indefensible is being defended.

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Denial is strong

Media Gaslighting Can’t Hide Fact Trump Campaign Was Spied On by Mollie Hemingway – “After a year of alarming revelations, the media are still more interested in proving the Trump campaign treasonously colluded with Russia than wrestling with the fact that the FBI spied on a presidential campaign.” … “Still, he called it the definition of fake news and compared it to believing in ghosts.” Denial is strong.

Why a Democratic Wave Looks Likely by Jay Cost – “Despite his achievements, Trump is unpresidential, and that will matter to voters.” There are a number of these pronouncements and they will likely become more strident as November nears. The common factor is that they set aside reality and elevate perception and judgment. “Unpresidential?” By what standard? Pelosi, Schumer, either Clinton et al? Will the American people succumb to propaganda, hate, (mis)perception, and labeling or will they evaluate what has been done and the actual behavior of the candidates?

Another Narrative Busted: The Focus of Manafort’s Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad by Katie Pavlich – “according to a new report from the Associated Press, they’re likely to be disappointed as the trial will focus on Manafort’s business dealings and lavish lifestyle, not collusion

“The focus on Manafort’s personal dealings, rather than Russia, aren’t surprising considering the Special Counsel indictment didn’t mention the Kremlin, the 2016 presidential election or collusion a single time.

Mueller’s midterm elections by Byron York – “the 2018 midterms are less than 100 days away, and a president not on the ballot is at the center of a highly publicized investigation.”

“Ratcliffe might be on to something when he suggests that the Comey experience is an example Mueller will dearly want to avoid repeating. “In my opinion, Mueller will either try to clear Donald Trump as a target by Labor Day, or will throttle down any further public actions by the special counsel until after Nov. 6,” Ratcliffe says.

There’s Labor Day again. It’s less than six weeks away. Which means we might find out some big things from Mueller soon. If not, we might be in for a long wait.

He Drives Them Crazy by Fred Barnes – “Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is an exception to the rule that committee chairs, male or female, are allowed to run things as they choose. Democrats, left-wing groups, and those who obsess about Trump won’t let him.”

“Were Democrats in charge, Nunes would probably be their Target No. 1. His sin was switching the committee’s focus from collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential election to finding out why the Trump campaign was being investigated in the first place.

Vindication won’t spare Nunes harassment by the left. This is what those folks do in their spare time. And complaints to the House Ethics Committee against Nunes are piling up. Three left-wing groups accused Nunes of making classified information public last year, causing him to step down as chairman for eight months while the ethics committee dawdled before ruling in his favor.

Meanwhile, responses to his tweets pour in. It turns out the anti-Nunes forces are far from witty and a good number of them think he ought to be in prison. Nunes isn’t fazed by dumb tweets or mean charges.

But here’s why we should be grateful to Nunes and wise members of the intelligence committee like Chris Stewart from Salt Lake City. We wouldn’t know these things if they hadn’t dug them up. (1) Hillary and the DNC paid for the still-unverified Steele dossier from his Russian sources. (2) The Steele dossier was largely responsible for approval of the Page wiretap. Well worth knowing, don’t you think?

CNN’s Alysin Camerota is from Mars, Rudy Giuliani is from Earth by Patricia McCarthy – “like the rest of CNN, she cares nothing about the issues that really affect the nation. She cares only about trapping and subsequently impeaching Trump.”

“She was interested only in a couple of alleged meetings, meetings that are meaningless, meetings that, if they took place, were not illegal in any way. She is only too happy to judge Trump’s character but believes that Michael Cohen is a legitimate witness to be believed, despite his obvious chicanery. She ignored all of Giuliani’s comments about the man. Don’t confuse her with facts.

The most telling thing about the interview is how obvious it becomes that CNN is absolutely, purposefully clueless about the volumes of information that have been revealed, by the I.G. report, by John Solomon and Sarah Carter, by Gregg Jarrett in his book The Russia Hoax, and by a plethora of other real news outlets that have been reporting on the Clinton-DNC invention of a Trump collusion with Russia for months and months.

CNN has its fingers in its ears. The people there do not want to know anything that does not support their anti-Trump mindset.

She is so trapped in her never-Trumpism that she cannot see that millions of Americans are better off since Trump became president, that several millions of people are no longer on food stamps, and that millions of Americans are no longer unemployed. Needless to say, she never mentioned the 4.1% GDP. She never mentioned the fact that it was the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the FBI who paid for the phony dossier that triggered, unlawfully, the Mueller investigation. No, no, no.

Crimes, no matter how egregious, committed by Democrats are not crimes to CNN.

Who killed the news? By Richard Fernandez – “Recently the New York Times accused Donald Trump of destroying journalism.”

“What made a few Russian trolls so powerful was not their miserably puny infrastructure but the network they could rent out from the billion dollar behemoths in California — to whom they were just another customer.

But who can confront companies richer than whole countries? Despite the bureaucratic bravado only the market has so far been up to the task of delivering a judgment of Silicon Valley’s business model.

Not long after Twitter was struck by a similar loss. The market had done something the political establishment had not previously nerved itself to do — possibly because they themselves were using social media to manipulate the public. As Wikipedia notes fake news has been been as a tool of statecraft for centuries. Fake news itself is not a problem; it only becomes a problem for elites when it veers out of control.

What makes the current fake news problem particularly hard for the establishment to solve is the dilemma posed by two conflicting requirements: Silicon Valley at once allows the establishment to manipulate the public while simultaneously creating the means for others to undermine it. One of the great ironies of the modern age is than an industry at once the greatest ally of liberal politics should also be its greatest potential foe. Efforts to resolve the dilemma have so far failed.

Patriotism: The Secret of Trump’s Success by Karin McQuillan – “Patriotism is a virtue that our politicians talk about a lot, in utterly empty ways. Many Democrats think it is a vice.”

“Trump lives American patriotism. It is the reason he ran for president and the reason he won. He knows we are a great country.

Trump recognizes and is comfortable with power – his personal power, America’s power. He does not think power is toxic. He thinks American and presidential power is wonderful and meant to be used for our common, national good.

Our president loves to build.

Trump the builder likes to do things. He likes responsibility. He likes seeing concrete outcomes. He knows that America can do things. We are so rich and so powerful as a country that we can do everything we need to do to promote American security and prosperity. Using American power for these ends is nothing to be ashamed of. It is his job.

What Are Your Child’s Passions? By Dennis Prager – Dan Scotti, lifestyle writer at the website Elite Daily, and a millennial, wrote a perceptive piece on the matter titled, “Why Don’t Millennials Have Hobbies Anymore?

“There is a world of difference between being active and being passive, between creating something and watching something, between doing something and being entertained.

I’m not picking on millennials. The problem is not new. In 1984, Neil Postman wrote a book whose title said it all: “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” It’s as relevant today as it was in 1984.

The question, then, is what, if anything, can we do about this?

Parents need to cultivate hobbies or, if you will, passions in their child. The only passion most middle-class and upper-class parents cultivate in their children is getting good grades so that they can get into a prestigious college. But that is misguided. If the most important passion you cultivate in your child is getting good grades, what will your child’s most important passion be after leaving school — in other words, for the next 70 years of his or her life?

Schools are complicit. …

Following a passion is rather difficult if you don’t have one.

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Just where ya’ goin’, boy?

Black Crime Gets Crazier by Colin Flaherty – “no matter what you think is the craziest story of black violence – and the denial, deceit, and delusion surrounding it – this recent story out of Oakland is way past that.”

“”White supremacy slashes throats, it stabs, it lynches, and continues to kill our people in horrific ways,” said one Twitter poster. It is evil. “Don’t tell us to play patty-cake with it.” And on and on this went by the thousands: black people bitterly complaining about white-on-black crime and how cops in places like Oakland never do anything about it.

The only other explanation is one that just happened to be true: crime in Oakland, one of America’s most dangerous cities, is a black thing, wildly out of proportion. Anyone who cannot see that is in full denial, deceit, and delusion.

After a year, the geniuses at the East Bay Express ascertained that black ridership on BART was about 11 percent, but complaints against black people made up about 70 percent of the info from the app. It did not take long to figure out that the app was racist, and it was soon never heard from again.

Just a few weeks ago, BART was back in the news when it was revealed that 66% of the people banned from BART for criminal behavior are black. More racism, of course, said the people who were loath to consider, even for a second, that black people on BART create holy Hell six times more than their ridership should.

From Baltimore to Oakland, a common reaction to black-on-white crime is that only white privilege gives white people living near black people an expectation of safety. Besides, everyone knows there is no difference between black crime rates and white crime rates.

White people do it, too.

Just because something is easily shown to be the greatest lie of our generation, that does not mean that lots and lots and lots of people refuse to say it over and over and over again.

The truth about ‘Fake News’ by Alicia Colon – “Most of the anti-Trump protests have been predicated on false news reported in the mainstream media.”

Why the Mueller Windmill tilt-a-thon needs to continue unabated by Andrew Thomas – “President Trump is up against the most ruthless and spiteful army of tortured souls ever to erupt from the bowels of Hell.”

“These are the modern leftists who control the Deep State, the government bureaucracy, establishment Washington, most of the judiciary, and portions of the military. They are supported by millions of mindless, emotionally immature useful idiots. They are protected and defended by a leftist media and propagated by leftist-controlled public and private educational institutions. It’s quite a formidable array of foes.

The ruling elite have shown that there are no bounds in their mission to overturn an election and overthrow a sitting American president. A falsified FISA warrant? No problem. Intimidating potential witnesses against Trump with armed raids on their homes and offices? So what? Imprisonment of a suspect (Manafort) in solitary confinement indefinitely without a trial? Who cares? Releasing confidential conversations between client and lawyer to the press? Big deal. Using U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on an opposition candidate and then on the president-elect? Priceless.

Privacy rights, legal confidentiality, and the rule of law are minor impediments to the objectives of the left. They are useful only when they can be weaponized against traditional American institutions and conservative causes.

Victor Davis Hanson on how and why the Democrats got in touch with their inner Russian hawk by neo-neocon – “Victor Davis Hanson opines on an ironic phenomenon that has resulted from the Democratic need to discredit President Trump: their sudden discovery of the awfulness of the Russians.” It’s a twofer!

“Like so many things happening today, it’s so obvious and egregious a contradiction that it would be funny if the whole situation weren’t so sad and dangerous. But that’s where we’ve arrived.

They couldn’t care less about any of it. All they want is Trump gone, and to be in control of Congress themselves, as well. Then to win the presidential election in 2020 from Pence, who is perceived as weaker…

The entire Hanson article is well worth reading; it contains a great deal more than these excerpts. The arguments it makes are so obviously true that I don’t see how anyone could disagree—but of course, vast swaths of the population disagree and/or are not even familiar with anything the right has to say other than the distortions presented through the MSM filter.

Deliver Us to Evil by David Prentice – “So many have written about the left’s meltdowns over the past years. A crucial component is missing.”

“There are lots of theories about this leftist meltdown, and a lot of them are right. But I want to point over to a line not many care to look at. The title of this post misquotes what we know as The Lord’s Prayer, where He asks us to pray to be delivered from evil.

There are behaviors that are consistently condemned across the world. Buddha nailed them. Moses nailed them. Confucius nailed them. Jesus nailed them. Don’t cross those lines; don’t go there. These are lines of behavior that destroy, wreak havoc, and leave individuals and cultures in shambles. Like Venezuela. And that is why they are so universally condemned. …

So why is the left crossing so many of these lines of behavior?

On the left, you’ve become a house of horrors. The American people are learning what you have become. We know about the terrible things you’ve done. Take care, because for the first time in your lifetime, there will be consequences.

Back to the Future by Connecting with the Past by Scott S. Powell – “When facts and accountability no longer matter, media coverage regresses to propaganda and fake news, and politics devolves to preoccupation with power over ideas.”

“When one considers the appearance of the United States from a grand historical perspective – notably its rise from colonial poverty to the world’s economic superpower in 200 years – it’s a bit like a production car today going from zero to 60 in three seconds.

And while people’s standard of living has been greatly improved and their longevity significantly increased, many Americans now seem oblivious to how we got here. The incredible benefits attributable to the application of both the scientific method and the spiritual truths of the Judeo-Christian heritage are increasingly taken for granted at best. At worst, they are viewed as unnecessary, even obsolete.

because the truth cannot be destroyed, we can turn things around if we follow Paul’s advice to the Ephesians to stand firm and recognize that “our struggles are not against flesh and blood,” but rather “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil high places.” Paul’s final counsel to the Ephesians was to pray constantly and declare the truth fearlessly. Probably the best advice for these times, too.

Just where ya’ goin’, boy?

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There is a lot of damage being done

A former intelligence agency continues to impugn the President with extremely serious but unfounded allegations and the Left’s propaganda machine is aghast because the President does not show absolute trust and faith in ‘his’ intelligence agencies?

If you want to know what was actually said and where it fits in context, see Trump and Putin and the fear-mongering MSM by neo-neocon – “One of the pillars of MSM coverage of the Trump administration is that it’s taken as a given that Trump is Putin’s puppet. You almost have to admire the left for its ability to choose a narrative early in the game and hammer it home at every opportunity, ignoring evidence that discredits it and spinning all news to conform to it.”

Correction: Trump Did Not Absolve Russians of Meddling by Tom Trinko – “Donald Trump did not say the Russians didn’t meddle in the U.S. election. Remember that when you read heated statements from leftist shills or people like Jeff Flake and John McCain. The left is in full lie mode, and leftists will say anything while assuming that their audience will never actually hear the truth.”

“Trump never said the Russians didn’t meddle – only that he discussed the issue with Putin and Putin denied it. Putin appears to be ready to back his claim up by providing Robert Mueller access to the 12 supposed hackers.

Putin could be lying, but nothing Trump said boils down to “the Russians didn’t meddle.” Rather, Trump was being diplomatic and didn’t directly call Putin a liar.

Trump did raise a very interesting point: the intelligence agencies saying the Russians interfered in the U.S. elections have not to this day taken possession of Hillary’s server. That’s similar to declaring someone guilty of murder without ever inspecting the crime scene.

Further, he pointed out the obvious truth: the left is using supposed Russian interference as a way to delegitimize Trump, even though no one is saying the Russians actually changed any vote counts.

Tell your friends the truth; Trump didn’t deny Russian interference, but he did question why Hillary’s hacked server wasn’t investigated. Trump managed to get Putin to give Mueller access to the 12 Russians, and the very diplomatic phrasing used by Trump is what the left said he was incapable of just a few months ago.

Mueller’s Politicized Indictment of Twelve Russian Intelligence Officers by Andrew C. McCarthy – “If the idea was to give Vladimir Putin and his thug regime a new way to sabotage the United States, nice work.”

“Make no mistake: This is nakedly politicized law enforcement. There is absolutely no chance any of the Russian officials charged will ever see the inside of an American courtroom. The indictment is a strictly political document by which the special counsel seeks to justify the existence of his superfluous investigation.

Thus, among the worst aspects of Mueller’s new indictment is its continuation of the Justice Department’s politicized perversion of its critical counterintelligence mission.

Lacking the requisite basis to conduct a criminal investigation, the Justice Department used its counterintelligence mission as a pretext for appointing a special counsel. This was grossly improper

What there will be, though, is a new international order in which nation-states are encouraged to file criminal charges against each other’s officials for actions deemed to be provocative (or, more accurately, actions that can be exploited for domestic political purposes). Of all government officials in the world, American officials are the most active on the global stage — and that includes meddling in other countries’ elections. I doubt our diplomats, intelligence operatives, elected officials, and citizens will much like living in the world Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein have given us. If the idea was to give Vladimir Putin and his thug regime a new way to sabotage the United States, nice work.

There is a lot of damage being done in this civil war.

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playing with information

Preexisting Prevarication by David Catron – “to save his Senate seat, he has resorted to the same sordid tactics employed by his most radical Democrat accomplices.” It’s a case study following a journey into the depths of depravity.

“The goal of these endangered Democratic Senators, and membership in that not-so-prestigious clique is by no means limited to those discussed above, is to scare their moderate constituents into accepting a party line vote without punishing them at the ballot box. Consequently, these charlatans are attempting to fool the folks back home with phony defiance of their party’s leaders. Joe Manchin, for example, claims that he will react to any pressure from Schumer by telling him, “kiss my you know what.” This is pure theater. If Manchin can get away with it, he and the rest will vote on behalf of those whose wishes they really care about — their Beltway masters.

The astroturfing of Kavanaugh opposition has hit epic levels by Jazz Shaw – “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court set off a firestorm of liberal opposition before his name had even been announced.”

“Democrats are already busy fundraising off the nomination and encouraging their supporters to get out there and oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation with all their might. This has resulted in the progressive rank and file breaking out their pens and sending letters to the editors of newspapers around the country.

Many of the letters carry similar messages, stating the reasons the authors feel that Kavanaugh’s appointment will represent a grave danger to the country. In fact, they’re more than just “similar.” As the Daily Mail reported this weekend, nearly two dozen of these letters, purportedly all coming from different concerned citizens, were identical down to each word and punctuation mark. The discovery led several papers to retract the letters as obvious astroturf.

The Daily Mail asked several Democratic groups including DemandJustice, MoveOn and Protect our Care if they were behind this scam. All denied it so, for now, the origin remains a mystery. But the work is already done and the fake messages were distributed successfully. That should leave voters wondering precisely how much of all this “outrage” is genuine and how much is being mass produced in some office of liberal activists.

The Destructive Effects Of The Media’s Misleading, Racially Charged Headlines by Scott Morefield – “When it comes to race and crime or even racially charged incidents, not all headlines are created equal.”

“The destructive effects of the media’s editorial decisions when it comes to race extend well beyond criminal acts to the lives of ordinary people who get turned into “racists” by social media after a confrontation they have goes viral.

Now why on earth would the Post and doubtless other media outlets interject race into an issue that could have easily been just a simple misunderstanding?

It’s not just the media, of course. After all, they’re just reflecting the current culture of political correctness, hand-wringing, and general hysteria about all things race. But the fact remains, the media makes these headlines to get clicks, yet almost always abstains when political correctness comes into play.

Such racially charged reporting has consequences beyond mere words, from loss of employment without explanation or recourse for actions that could easily be explained using non-racial reasons, to Democratic politicians stoking racial and political tensions

More Potemkin Indictments From Helsinki’s Would-Be Saboteurs by Jed Babbin – “These Potemkin indictments could have been announced a month earlier or a month later. Instead they were obviously timed and intended to have an effect on the Trump-Putin meeting.”

“Mueller has no business playing around with foreign policy. The Friday indictments were a truly despicable abuse of power.

Last February, Mueller conducted a dress rehearsal for the Friday indictments.

As I wrote at the time, that indictment was a publicity stunt by Mueller because the Russian individuals and companies wouldn’t be extradited and had to voluntarily appear in a U.S. court for any trial. He could have just as effectively indicted Leonid Brezhnev or Yuri Andropov.

Whether or not the Democrats had been tipped off by Mueller or Rosenstein, they reacted with near-record speed demanding that the president cancel the Putin meeting.

The Friday indictments publicized by Rod Rosenstein were an attempt to constrain the president’s maneuvers in today’s meeting. If they do, Team Mueller will have succeeded in interfering in our foreign policy to a far higher degree than the Russians did in interfering in the 2016 election.

In the late 18thcentury Russian Field Marshall Grigory Potemkin, then the most powerful man in Russia, supposedly had constructed several phony villages along the path that his lover, Empress Catherine, would follow in her tour of southern provinces so she could see contented, happy peasants when nearly the entire population of Russia lived in misery and slavery. His name became synonymous with falsity.

Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein are earning a similar place in history if not our language.

Nunes: Mueller indictment tracks House Intel report by Byron York – “an official U.S. government assessment — that came to the same conclusion, based on some of the same evidence, just a few months ago.”

“The assessment was the House Intelligence Committee’s “Report On Russian Active Measures,” sent to the Intelligence Community on March 22 and released publicly in heavily-censored form on April 27. It laid out much of the information contained in Count One of the Mueller indictment, the heart of Mueller’s case that 12 Russian military intelligence agents hacked Democratic Party computer systems and the Clinton campaign and then disseminated the stolen information.

All that said, there is no doubt the House Intel report and the Mueller indictment are two different documents with different purposes. As Nunes noted, the House report did not contain the names of the accused Russians. Beyond names, Mueller’s indictment contains technical information and information on funding, although it doesn’t include the underlying evidence. In other words, it’s an indictment, and Nunes’ is a congressional investigative report.

playing with information to gain a sale, control, or position is a dangerous thing,

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Ancient history

Mueller reveals tenuous link between Manafort charges and Trump by Byron York – “It’s often been observed that special counsel Robert Mueller, assigned to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, has yet to charge anyone with a crime involving Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.”

“In any event, Mueller has not suggested that Donald Trump was involved in any of the actions outlined in the Manafort charges. The two Lender D loans are, apparently, the only connection between the Trump campaign and the broad array of criminal activity, some of it more than a decade old, alleged in the Manafort indictments. And Trump himself played no role in it.

Was a special counsel needed for that?

How Perkins Coie Plan to Get Congressman Jim Jordan by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. – “The “inappropriate” behavior supposedly occurred 30 years ago.”

“Ohio State has hired a legal firm, Perkins Coie, to investigate Jordan. But wait. Did not Perkins Coie work for Hillary Clinton on the dirty dossier? Is not Jordan from his House committee investigating such matters? How did Ohio State settle on a law firm employed by Hillary to investigate Jordan, and why has no one suggested another law firm.

A number of wrestlers have come forward and testified on Jordan’s behalf, though they are rarely mentioned in the press.

I remember my first conversation with Jordan over dinner a few years back. Yes, he wanted to talk politics, but first he wanted to compare Ohio State’s training program with Indiana’s swimming program and he was particularly interested in our coach, the innovative Doc Councilman, swimming’s greatest coach. As the unnamed witness said, even after 30 years Jordan was “all business.” To a two-time NCAA champion, training came even before politics.

How is it that we have arrived at this bizarre point in our history? We are harassing a world-class athlete about vaporous charges going back 30 years when he was an assistant coach. Even if the charges are true, it is not clear what he could have done about them. Thirty years ago, things could not have been more different. When Michael Alf says his teammates “joked” about their randy doctor I have a good idea what he is talking about. Does anyone born after, say, 2000 have any idea?

Yet we cannot expect clear thinking from today’s Democrats. Jordan has become a powerful figure in investigating the “deep state’s” misbehavior.

Maybe the left should answer some questions instead of Kavanaugh by Jack Hellner – “Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, Senator Chuck Schumer, and others on the left are trying to trash President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in as many ways possible.”

“The first question that Sargent, Schumer and other leftists of this state of mind should be asked is which law Trump broke? What’s more, how would some garden-variety stealing-or-lying charge, whatever it is, somehow make it to the Supreme Court? And more to the point, how would that cause any Supreme Court justice to let him off? Supreme Court justices are independent. They answer to no one. It appears that these Democrats, including the media, are still pretending that there was Russian collusion.

I would then ask Schumer why Obama got off without being charged with any crimes, since we know he illegally spied on thousands, and illegally communicated with Hillary Clinton on a non-secure personal computer.

Jazz Shaw has two columns in this vein. Democrats plunge forward with bill to abolish ICE – “Despite numerous warnings from within their own ranks, several Democratic representatives in the House are moving forward with a bill to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” Dems to Kavanaugh: If we lose, you must recuse … on Mueller – “Senate Democrats signaled yesterday that Brett Kavanaugh should prepare for the kitchen-sink treatment with a ridiculous demand for a recusal.”

“None of that applies to Kavanaugh in this instance. He has done no work on the Mueller investigation, nor did he do any work for Donald Trump either before, during, or after the campaign. Democrats are ginning up a connection to Mueller in an attempt to smear Kavanaugh, in part by deliberately distorting Kavanaugh’s advice to Congress on the potential for limited presidential immunity, six years before Trump ever decided to run for office.

The only recusals needed here are those by Booker, Blumenthal, Schumer, and anyone else who peddles this noxious nonsense.

Schumer: It’s time for Supreme Court nominees to dump the Ginsburg standard and tell us their views on legal hot buttons by Allahpundit – “This makes twice now that he’s been hobbled by a Democrat setting a judicial precedent which seemed clever at the time, only to have it detonate later right in the party’s faces. In fairness to him, though, this isn’t the most desperate thing he’s done in his “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” attempt to block the nominee.”

Somebody At DOJ Isn’t Telling The Truth About Rosenstein’s Subpoena Threats Against Congressional Staff by Mollie Hemingway – “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied under oath he had threatened to subpoena congressional aides’ communications, but a DOJ spokesman had already admitted that was true in statements to multiple news outlets, claiming it was justified.”

“The media praised Rosenstein for his handling of Jordan’s question, particularly his pedantic claim that phone calls can’t be subpoenaed, which elicited laughter from the gallery. It was obvious that Rosenstein was familiar with the media report his office confirmed, if spun to be less disconcerting, and that the term phone call was a reference to phone records, which are frequently subpoenaed or otherwise obtained by law enforcement authorities.

The Strange Career of White Privilege by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review – “Rich whites invent minority pedigrees to gain advantage while they condemn poor and working-class rural whites as racist.”

“What exactly did “white privilege” mean in an ethnically diverse society?

Mere appearance? Yet many Arab Americans and Latinos were indistinguishable from fifth-generation Southern European Americans or Armenian Americans. Politics had something to do with skin color, but how and why was inferred rather than defined. If a white-looking second-generation Arab American put on a head scarf and declaimed against U.S. policy, and if she had a name that was clearly not European in origin, then she too was a “minority” and could advance claims against “white privilege.” But should she dress in assimilated fashion and voice support for the state of Israel, then she probably possessed “white privilege” and joined the victimizers rather than the victims.

Intermarriage is increasingly common, if not the near norm. Millions of Americans are one-quarter something, one-half something else, and again one-quarter something still different.

But even if we were all to wear DNA badges and could agree on a magical non-white percentile that qualifies us for minority status, contradictions would still surround the construct of “white privilege.”

In sum, the terms “diversity” and “white privilege” have now been stretched to denote so many things, and yet they encompass so many paradoxes and contradictions, that they have become words that mean nothing much at all.

How odd that the current revolutionary mode is to keep these reactionary Byzantine classifications and programs that no longer sync with reality, and to damn as reactionary the truly revolutionary act — which would be to start treating people as unique individuals whose appearance is a secondary consideration.

Tribal is so ancient history.

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Principled opposition?

Brett Kavanaugh: An Excellent Beginning by John Hinderaker – “The event was, I think, superbly staged. Some observations:”

Women’s March mocked for pre-written press release opposing Supreme Court nominee ‘XX’ By Victor Morton – “The Women’s March opposes XX.”

“A pre-written — and poorly edited — statement from the Women’s March on President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination became the subject of mockery on Twitter on Monday night, including from Mr. Trump’s former press secretary.

While the statement also spelled the judge’s name as “Cavenaugh,” the obviously pre-written placeholder characters “XX” caused much mirth on social media.

The Women’s March wasn’t the only group to put out a pre-written statement betraying a certain rush to judgment.

Have Jordan Accusers Reported Abuse at Their Work Places? By Dov Fischer – “And now the Seedier Media are going after Rep. Jim Jordan. They think maybe they got something on him from thirty years ago.”

“This is so vicious, so base, the endless character assassination — leveled by hypocrites and phonies who, in front of their own very eyes, see the evil and villainy of the Keith Ellisons and Hillary Clintons, the Bill Clintons and Maxine Waterses who should be ostracized and vomited out of the body politic.

It all is cynical and dishonest beyond words. Jim Jordan is a good man. He is a very honorable man. If we are going to go back thirty years to start digging up bones and skeletons, looking to destroy people who conducted themselves thoroughly properly for their time and place, though perhaps differently from what today’s standards would expect,

There is a reason that we have statutes of limitation and laws of repose. Otherwise, let us open a new category of litigation and start suing anyone we ever have met for anything that ever has happened.

So stand with Jim Jordan. He is a good man. And let him subpoena the records as Congress delves deeper and deeper into the bowels of the Deep State. And if you must get a daily fix on the politics of destruction and character assassination leveled against good people — now that Admiral Jackson has been defamed viciously, and the Trump Family seems to be enjoying a brief post-Peter-Fonda respite — fear not. The next campaign of personal destruction is about to launch: We now have a fabulous world-class United States Supreme Court justice nominee, with only two months available for the Democrat left and their Seedier Media to destroy a wonderfully dignified human being and perhaps an entire family.

Investor’s Business Daily: Dispatches From The ‘Tolerant’ Left’s War On Trump Supporters – “Every day brings new examples of the supposedly open-minded, inclusive, tolerant, peace-loving left threatening or attacking Trump administration officials or Trump supporters.”

“Hatred and intolerance has been standard operating procedure on the extreme left. But thanks to enablers among Democrats and the press, it’s quickly becoming dangerously “mainstream.”

Here are some of the ways in just the past few days that the left has expressed its tolerance for those it disagrees with:

Breitbart recently started compiling what it characterizes as “acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters.” The list is now up to 258 — and climbing fast.

The left defends such actions as justified because of Trump’s policies or his actions. The truth is, this is how extremists on the left always respond to politicians and policies they disagree with. They threaten, intimidate and try to shut them down. If you don’t think so, try attending a speech by a conservative speaker at any liberal college in the U.S.

Yes, we know, there are haters on the right. And Trump can be crude and abusive. But that’s the point. Even a whiff of hatred or intolerance on the right always — and correctly — receives widespread condemnation, including by Republicans.

The same is not true on the left. Not. Even. Close.

Instead, Democrats and their handmaidens in the press are busy normalizing violent, abusive, intolerant behavior … when not encouraging more of it. They seem to have forgotten that we live in a representative democracy, where we settle debates over public policies — peacefully — at the voting booth.

The facts about fact-checkers By Ed Feulner – “You don’t have to be a student of ancient Roman poetry to have heard Juvenal’s famous line “Who watches the watchmen?” But perhaps a more apt question today would be: Who checks the fact-checkers?”

“when it’s a matter of mining some data from a particular report or government agency, it’s a pretty straightforward task. But when you look closer, you start to notice that many of these features veer sharply into what can be more accurately called opinion-checking.

The upshot of her analysis? Maybe yes, maybe no. It depends on how you look at it. After illustrating how one can spin the data in different ways, Ms. Kelly proclaims: “Trump is using accurate data to draw faulty conclusions.”

There’s already a journalistic label for what Ms. Kelly is doing, and it’s not “fact-checking.” It’s “news analysis.” So why is this article flying under the “fact-checker” flag? Simple. It carries the cache of objectivity. “Analysis” can be done by any journalist with an anti- or pro-Trump axe to grind, but “fact-checking?” You can’t question that, right?

Wrong. You can, and you should. As The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto has noted:

“Some good work is done under the rubric of ‘fact-checking,’ but ‘fact-check’ journalists do not limit themselves to questions of verifiable objective fact. Frequently they accuse politicians of dishonesty because the journalists favor a different interpretation of facts that are not in dispute. Sometimes their ‘rulings’ are mere opinions on matters about which they do not know the facts, or that are not factual questions at all.”

Pinocchio longed for the day he’d become a real boy. Can we look forward to a time when Ms. Kelly and her fellow journalists become genuine fact-checkers?

A year’s worth of anti-Trump media errors by John Sexton – “Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner has completed a list of false news stories propagated by the media in 2017.”

“You’ll be shocked to learn that nearly all of the stories cut against the Trump administration. Granted, not all of these stories were blockbusters (though some were, at least initially) but the length of the list suggests the media is being remarkably careless in how it covers the administration. I’m not going to present even a substantial portion of Adams’ list but here are eight examples from the 100 he offers

We covered many of these stories here at the time they happened. And I think there are some stories that aren’t on the list that could be. For instance, the media freakout over Melania Trump’s shoes last August. He also skipped the brief freakout over Trump supposedly Photoshopping his hands to make them look bigger in official photos. Some of these claims didn’t get very far before they were reeled in by people on the right or other journalists. Still, there’s a clear willingness to believe almost anything negative about Trump or his administration which makes the media unusually susceptible to this sort of fake news

‘Anonymous’ Users Can Be Pinpointed on Twitter with 96.7% Accuracy by Allum Bokhari – “machine learning algorithms can still pinpoint you in a crowd of 10,000 other users using metadata associated with your posts, according to a new study.” Ah, yes. Another ‘study.’ But, in this one, we get a bit of hard data to see where the conclusion comes from.

“Metadata” refers to data about other data. In the context of a Twitter post, this includes the date and time of the post, the number of characters in it, the device it was posted from, its grammatical style, the location it was posted from, and a host of other markers. The average tweet contains about 144 pieces of metadata.

Using machine learning, researchers at University College London and the Turing Institute have developed a method of identifying individual users with 96.7 accuracy using metadata alone.

The collection of metadata and its implications for individual privacy became a particularly high-profile issue under the Obama administration when whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA routinely harvested mass amounts of metadata about Americans’ phone calls.

Judge shuts down challenge to sanctuary laws… for now by Jazz Shaw – “A federal judge in Sacramento dismissed two challenges from the White House which would have invalidated a pair of the state’s sanctuary laws while allowing the challenge to a third law to proceed.” It’s a good summary of the issues at hand, the implications, and how they should be resolved.

The non-science of transgender analysis by Jazz Shaw – “there’s a new entry in the media push to convince Americans that gender dysphoria is just another part of life which should be accepted without question.”

“The author would instruct us to accept the premise that people “just know” something about their inherent “identity” in such questions. Well, sometimes the observer “just knows” something when they see it as well, but they can frequently turn out to be wrong. And, again, this is unique in the American debate landscape. There are no activists out there claiming that people suffering from Cotard’s Syndrome are actually zombies and should be treated as such under the law because they believe it so much. Nobody is suggesting that victims of clinical lycanthropy be allowed to roam the fields at night ripping the throats out of people because they believe they are werewolves. Yet there is precisely as much evidence out there that people actually do turn into wolves under the light of the full moon as there is indicating that a person born with a normal chromosomal structure, a vagina, a womb and ovaries, with zero signs of a Y chromosome anywhere in sight is actually a man.

Having this debate regarding the science behind the question takes on greater importance when you consider the consequences. Simply allowing someone the freedom to deny medical science (and reality) and dress as they wish and call themselves what they like will never be enough. You’ll next be told that you have to accept these ideas and modify your language to match theirs. And you’ll want science on your side when you are informed that your teenage daughter will be going to school and showering with some “girls who happen to have penises” and if you don’t like it you’ll be taken to court for High Crimes of Bigotry.

#PermitPatty Showcases the Dangers of Overregulation by Jibran Khan – “All-encompassing rules empower bigots and rent-seekers.”

“The real face of overregulation has been in the news in recent weeks, after bystanders called the police on three young people in different states for peaceful behavior. The incidents serve as a reminder that an overly broad “rule,” even if rarely enforced, can be weaponized at any time. Such rules can serve to empower pettiness and bigotry that otherwise might have been limited to rude speech.

The three incidents all went viral, from the pathetic marijuana-corporation executive who called the police on an eight-year-old girl for the “crime” of “illegally selling water without a permit” on a hot summer day, to the neighbor who called the police on a 12-year-old for his summer lawn-mowing business, to the 16-year-old boy who was cuffed and arrested in Charleston, S.C., for selling palmetto roses (a longstanding Charleston tradition). Luckily, the police did not act on the complaints in the first two cases — but the very fact that people feel empowered to call the police over harmless behavior shows the pernicious reach of the regulatory regime. In each of these cases, the regulations in question were the sort justified on health-and-safety grounds.

And in all three cases, the children were black.

Salient?

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Worry. Angel Wings.

The Democrats’ unhealthy political platform by James Lopez – “The DNC and mainstream media (MSM) are in a collaborative effort to commit treasonous acts against the United States of America in a coup attempt.”

“While seemingly an impossible notion for America, consider the following as evidence to justify this assertion.

Consider the comprehensive and automatic responses by all progressive left influenced news outlets. This is right out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, supplemented by the eight levels of control to create a socialist state. All talking points are similar in nature to accuse conservative policies of Nazi-like actions and tactics. In other words, accuse your opponents of what you are actually doing behind the curtain.

Consider these eight levels of control that must be obtained in order to create a socialist state:

Consider Alinsky’s rules for radicals:

This is not a free speech issue; it is a progressive left coup utilizing all means necessary to alter America. One can go on and on with examples from the MSM and far-left progressives through their accusations, false claims, lies, and fake news.

The far-left progressives are the haters. They are the bigots and racists. They are the false accusers. They are the ones who are intolerant.

Ace of Spades: James Woods’ Agent “Fires Him” on the 4th of July, Stating That He’s “Feeling Patriotic” and So Will No Longer Represent the Actor Due to His Pro-Trump Views. “Feeling patriotic” enough to engage in McCarthyite blacklisting. … This is a pure spite move, and furthermore, it’s a pure spite move made, conveniently enough, when the spite move doesn’t cost this “patriot” any money.

Video: Man threw a drink in teen’s face and stole his MAGA hat by John Sexton – “Things are pretty bad when a bar called “Rumble” is acting as the voice of reason.”

Every time Trump tweets, an angel gets its wings by Patricia McCarthy – “It is clear to anyone paying attention that the fact that Donald Trump won the 2016 election has driven the leftists of America stark raving mad

“The left and much of the right have loathed Trump’s tweets from day one. In their view, he should not be allowed to communicate directly to the American people. Our corrupt and despicable media think that is their job; they resent the president’s talking directly to the people. Social media are the left’s invention, and they don’t like interlopers who use these tools for purposes in opposition to their own. Trump’s tweeting is “not presidential,” they say. Indeed, it was not, until now.

With Trump, it is his and our only weapon against a vicious, prevaricating, radically leftist media.

Leandra English resigns from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by John Sexton – “After months of legal wrangling, Leanda English announced through her attorney that she was stepping down from her job at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” This is one of several recent stories about Trump wins on the slog and often against malicious propaganda efforts. The ‘trade wars’ provide another example where the truth pops up out of the muck on occasion. The North Korea nuclear disarmament is just approaching the dissonance phase so it’s a bit behind that. Recent decisions at SCOTUS were a start in addressing the problem of rogue federal judges. There are many fronts and many battles in the effort to drain the swamp and restore government by and for the people. After many years of ‘stand by and go with the flow’ there is a true resistance, one that builds but does not destroy. One that slogs along getting the job done. One that has just found an effective leader to plow the road.

Wisconsin supreme court to Marquette: Reinstate conservative professor by Ed Morrissey – “Did conservatives just win a battle in the campus-speech wars, or lose one on religious liberty?” The lead is rather misleading. Yes, one judge in disssent “argued that the court was infringing on Marquette’s ability to exercise its religious liberty as a private Catholic institution by ordering McAdam’s full reinstatement and restitution” but that wasn’t really at issue in this case. “The ruling encompasses both free-speech and contract considerations, ruling that the Jesuit school committed a breach of contract in firing him for sharp criticism of another instructor who attempted to shut down a debate over gay rights.” Morrissey points out matters of bias, reverse engineering to make an argument that fit desired results, the inability of the University to provide direct substance to support its actions, and the logical fallacies involved. This one comes down to the idea that, if you are going to take action against someone, you should at least be honest about what you are doing and why.

History’s Bad Ideas Are an Inspiration for Progressives by Victor Davis Hanson – “What we now consider stupid and dangerous ideas of the past, progressives see as useful in the present.”

Max Boot joins George Will in saying that Democrats must win in order to purify the GOP, or something like that by neo-neocon – “What is it with these guys, Boot and Will and their ilk? Their revulsion to Trump is so great that they have joined forces with people they have worked against their entire lives—Democrats, liberals, and particularly the left, which, if Boot has been paying any attention lately, has taken over the Democratic Party.”

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Denial on parade

Ace of Spades cites Glenn Reynolds: The Civil War Has Already Started. –

“He’s referring to an idea I’ve mentioned before myself, that there are “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” that predict divorce in a couple. Those Four Horsemen are criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt.

All of which are singularly present in modern American “discourse.”

Dear Judd And Kumail: You Have No Idea What A Nazi Really Was By David Harsanyi – “Please find another historical event to exploit. Because you sound like a bunch of hysterical know-nothings.”

7 Examples from the Last Two Weeks That Show How Dangerous and Insane Liberals Have Become by John Hawkins – “If you told any American ten years ago how badly liberals have behaved in just the last two weeks, they would have thought you were the crazy one for thinking this was possible.”

The Five commentary panel on Fox News had a segment to discuss problems in civil discussion. It was quite a dance around facts such as cited over and over again here to support the ‘both sides are the same’ fiction. As has happened so many times in the past, American will put up with a lot of abuse and bullying but only up to a point then watch out. That is what worries a lot of people.

Observations on the Travel Ban Decision by John Hinderaker – “The fact that four justices dissented is extraordinary. Their grounds are, in my view, pretextual.”

“Justice Sotomayor wrote the dissent that Democrats were hoping for. It is a fiery denunciation of President Trump, but one that includes little material relevant to the case. She quotes, at great length, statements that candidate Donald Trump made during the campaign about wanting to restrict all Islamic immigration. One problem, of course, is that the order at issue doesn’t bar all Islamic immigration–it affects only a tiny percentage of it. The fact (if it is a fact) that Trump would have preferred to issue a different order, obviously can’t make the order he did issue unconstitutional.

Justice Sotomayor and Justice Ginsberg, who joined in her dissent, do not shy away from the conclusion that if another president had issued the same order, it would have been valid and constitutional. It is only Donald Trump who can’t issue this proclamation, on account of various statements he made that the justices interpret as being hostile to Islam. If Hillary Clinton had issued the same order, it would have been fine.

I therefore see the Sotomayor opinion (and the Breyer opinion, too, although it is more circumspect) as political, not legal, documents. They reflect the Democratic Party’s continuing refusal to accept the result of the 2016 election. In their view, Donald Trump isn’t really our president: he doesn’t have the powers that any other president would have.

The bottom line is that Trump vs. Hawaii came out the right way, but it is deeply disturbing that four justices were willing to put politics before jurisprudence.

NIFLA v. Becerra: free speech or pro-life by neo-neocon – “Headlines in the MSM dealing with the decision tend to emphasize that this is a win for pro-life clinics (see this, for example), whereas conservative media seems to have more of a focus on the free speech aspects (an example is this). The former is a political emphasis, whereas the latter is a constitutional and legal one.”

Where is academia? Prawf’s Blog cited Balkinization by Joseph Fishkin to explain why a ban on visitors from countries with poor identity laws is just as bad as rounding up a bunch of U.S. citizens for incarceration. The distinction between aliens and citizens is dismissed with the presumption that the rights of U.S. citizens apply to anyone in the world, U.S. citizen or not. Then there is presumption that the travel ban order was racist despite it being based on non-racial criteria. In trying to rationalize the concept that the travel ban was equivalent to the Japanese WW II internment, Fishkin also completely sidesteps the major case of the dissent that relied on elevating campaign speech to formal, courtroom testimony level testimony. The conclusion is that, for academia, ideology supersedes law.

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A particular brand of madness

Yelling in a theater is like earning a liberal merit badge by John Romano – “This is what today’s progressives don’t seem to understand. They believe they occupy the moral high ground, and somehow that excuses their own sins and intolerance.”

“As the narrative goes, Democrats are motivated in 2018 because President Donald Trump has made America a less tolerant place where decorum is nonexistent and anger is palpable.

So now the response is a liberal version of intolerance and indignation in spiffy made-for-Facebook videos?

And Democrats wonder why they don’t win elections.

The harassment of Attorney General Pam Bondi in a Tampa movie theater on Friday night was a sad example of today’s look-at-me moral outrage. Somehow, it seems befitting of our new era of reality-television politics.

If you believe in a different kind of America, then you need to make a compelling case for your vision. And you don’t do that by yelling in a restaurant or movie theater. You certainly don’t do that by demeaning conservative voters by insisting their values are backward.

Mad Max and Nancy Pelosi: The twin faces of the Democratic Party by Patricia McCarthy – “How delicious is it that the face of the Democratic Party is that lovely duo, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi?”

“So deluded as to why Trump won, they seem to think their particular brand of madness that includes the public shaming of anyone and everyone in the Trump administration is going to win back the House and Senate for their party.

It is by now undeniable that the hate-Trump left has gone stark-raving mad. Its members have lost all semblance of sanity, decorum, and class. With Mad Maxine Waters leading the way, they are encouraging public interference and assaults in the form of hastily assembled mobs to shame anyone connected to the Trump administration who has the temerity to venture out in public.

It can be lost on no one that the Democrats care not one bit for American citizens.

Just in the past week, we have incidents of leftist intolerant moonbattery writ large

Liberals’ Hatred Will Inevitably Turn Into Violence by Kurt Schlichter – “I see these leftist morons charging headlong down the same slippery slope I was stationed at the bottom of in Kosovo.”

“The bottom of the slope is really bad, and they should stop their descent. Now.

But there’s no sign of sanity.

Maybe I missed the liberal outcry in defense of the right of conservative kids and women not to be abused. Or maybe there wasn’t one because no prominent Dem is willing to anger a liberal base that accepts both options if it helps get Trump out of power and them back in.

When people tell you they want to hurt you, you should believe them. And we Normals are starting to listen to what liberals say.

So the leftists attempt to intimidate us into submission, showing up at people’s houses and screaming at them in restaurants. Take that, Sarah! The idea is since the leftists can’t convince Normals with the power of their ideas – because leftists’ ideas inevitably involve Normals ceding more of their rights and money to leftists – the left wants to make submission and obedience the price for being able to participate in the culture. But what’s inevitable is that us newly militant Normals, whose power is political rather than cultural, are going to respond pursuant to the New Rules and demand that leftists bake us a cake.

Intimidation isn’t working. It makes the libs quiver with joy, but it just makes us mad.

we’d prefer the option the liberals have ignored – a return to a society where disputes are resolved via the processes outlined in the Constitution and the individual rights set forth within it are respected.

Don’t go with violence, progressives. It will end badly.

Not I, said the discriminatory Red Hen by Washington Examiner – “If the distinction between a person’s humanity and her politics is destroyed further, we will find it hard to maintain civic peace.”

“Ana Navarro, a conservative-turned-full-time-Trump-hater, argued that anyone who would “defend baker’s right to refuse service to gay couples” ought not to “whine” about people “refusing service to a person who’s the face of a deceitful administration. What’s good for the goose, is good for the Red Hen.”

But the analogy is inapt to the point of casuistry. Social liberals’ inability or refusal to see the difference is telling. Refusing to serve someone as an equal because of who he or she is is wholly different in kind from refusing to provide specialized services tailored to an event that in good conscience you find objectionable.

Sanders, however, was there simply to have dinner. She was asking to be treated the same way as every other customer. Serving her dinner would not have expressed agreement or acceptance of her work. It would simply have been selling her the restaurant’s goods and services, the way it does to everyone else. Nobody was being asked to endorse or participate in anything Sanders was doing.

The restaurant flatly declared her unworthy of its service because of who she is. Tactically it might seem best to call the Left’s embrace of the Red Hen simple hypocrisy, and there is a heaping dinner plate full of that, for sure.

But there’s a more important insight here. The distinction made by most people between refusing to serve the person and refusing to participate in his activity is not one made broadly on the Left. The notion of a human as a human, separated from his or her politics, is not one that today’s revved-up Left tolerates. You are your politics.

If the distinction between a person’s humanity and her politics is destroyed further, we will find it hard to maintain civic peace. That priceless commodity is already battered and derided. It is in the nation’s profound interest to preserve it and to repudiate the intolerance of those who seek to destroy it.

The misogynistic resistance: Pam Bondi becomes 4th female Trump supporter to be harassed in public by John Sexton – “It’s still early in this new phase of the resistance, but one noteworthy aspect of this is that, so far, the public harassment seems to mostly be targeting women.”

The Media’s Sickness Is Terminal by George Neumayr – “It has gone beyond a syndrome to a disease.”

“One of the media’s favorite refrains against Donald Trump in 2016 was that he lacked the “temperament” and “maturity” to govern. The charge was usually leveled by the most ill-tempered, immature journalists imaginable. It is typical of the left, which owns almost all of the media, to demand “civility” of its opponents while granting itself limitless incivilities.

The relativism underpinning liberalism makes it hopelessly willful. Its relationship to civility is determined not by any principle independent of human will but by pure political opportunism. Insofar as civility is useful to gaining or preserving power, liberals pretend to honor it. But the moment civility becomes an impediment to holding or regaining power, they give themselves permission to violate it. The “ends” suddenly justify the means, and anyone who questions their uncivil behavior fails to see the “higher” good at stake.

and then there are court cases that came down this week. The truly frightening insight from these decisions is that clear Constitutional definitions don’t seem to have much weight resulting in narrow decisions or a split court.

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An abhorrent mix of demanded obeisance, willful duplicity, and wishful thinking.

Fake news scores another one: Crying migrant child in photo never separated from her mother by Monica Showalter – “Score one for the power of fake news.”

“We already know it was going on with the manufactured crisis over child separations of people caught breaking U.S. law by entering the country illegally. The policies were Democrat policies, yet Democrats and Jeb Bush-style #NeverTrumps were decrying it as a product of President Trump’s heartlessness, separating parents from children entering illegally as families, in order to keep the children out of their parents’ jail. Yet they were President Obama’s and President Bush’s and President Clinton’s policies, dating to 1997. The press pounded the drumbeat nonstop for days that President Trump was heartless and evil – the same way they did for President Reagan.

Best of all in this feeding frenzy, there were the photos: The crying toddler, crying as toddlers do, wildly, for all the universe to hear them.

Those crying toddlers were nothing but a bid to force President Trump to end his zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossers by falsely portraying him as heartless.

Now the facts come out, and pretty quickly, too.

Any questions as to why the mainstream media is held in such low regard by the American public? Memo to the left: As the fake news filters out, this is how you get More Trump.

The Ignorance of Trump’s Moralizing Critics by Christopher DeGroot – “If there is one thing we can count on in our age of expert ignorance, it is that experts in their intellectual and moral smugness will offer opinions that, if acted on, would simplify complex issues and therefore harm the national good.”

“Let’s start with the claim that separating children from their families is “needless and cruel.” This is facile,

Henderson Daniel finds this process “needless and cruel.” The trouble with such moralizing is that it’s not only ignorant of the law, it overlooks how difficult the illegal immigration problem is.

As I argued in my column “Immigration and the Tragic Sense of Life,” the immigration problem is essentially tragic, like life itself. We are torn between the need to put our own citizens first and pity for people who, for whatever reason, wish to leave their native countries to live here. These ends are not wholly compatible, so assigning primacy to the first (as we surely must do) requires that we do much less for needful immigrants—a category that numbers millions if not billions, potentially.

It is precisely because it is tragic that nobody wants to see the immigration problem for what it is. How much easier it is to take refuge in utopian delusion.

Neither have the critics shown any appreciation for Trump’s efforts to restore law and order, although that is one of the major reasons he was elected. For being grounded in reality, the president is lambasted by those who, like petulant children, demand comforting lies. What he will never get from such persons is gratitude. There is a lesson here about human nature itself, and it is not a pretty one.

About that Time Magazine “crying girl” cover … by Ed Morrissey – “The picture of a crying Honduran girl has become the symbol of family separation outcomes from border enforcement.”

“In other words, like so much of the media coverage of this issue, Crying Girl actually represents the opposite of the assumptions blasted around by outlets like Time. We’ve experienced a deluge of misinformation and a complete lack of context over the past week or so from media outlets that are clearly more interested in an agenda than an informed debate. Yanela Varela Hernandez is the poster girl for media’s appetite for activism over truth. And they wonder why people continue to accuse them of peddling “fake news”?

NY City Mayor Turned Away From Detention Center In Texas by John Sexton – “I’m guessing this publicity effort was put together a few days ago when it seemed this could drag on for weeks.”

“Trump’s signing of an executive order yesterday probably meant a lot of speeches had to be reworked in the last 24-hours. The executive order did get mentioned during the press conference but only as an incomplete effort. The point, as Move On and others were already noting yesterday, is to keep pushing and demand more and, most importantly, to keep this story in the news as long as possible.

Nancy Pelosi in 2014: Let’s not politicize all of these children in detention facilities by John Sexton – that was then. This is now.

UN accidentally rips Obama by Don Surber – “UN poverty report blasting Trump, US for ‘hatred for the poor’ uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency,” … another episode of trying to re-write history by being careless about timelines.

“The international anti-Americans are just as incompetent as their domestic counterparts, who used horrific pictures of children in custody — taken from Obama’s concentration camps for youths.

“The U.N. report’s main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party …

“But, wait a minute: the U.N. report’s main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure data for 2016 – the last full year of President Obama’s second term. So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president.”

Of course, extreme poverty in America is considered middle class elsewhere in the world.

Media Lining Up to Defend Black Teen Shot in Carjacking, Attempted Murder by Taylor Lewis – “What’s it like to feel powerless?” Remember that SPLC story from a few days ago? Same idea.

“A lieutenant in the Chicago Fire Department may find out. The fireman committed the grave sin of defending himself and his property from an aggressor. Now he is the target of a social media campaign to ex post facto punish him for having the audacity to protect what is rightfully his.

After investigating the lieutenant’s actions, the Chicago Fire Department found no rule violation or wrongdoing.

That wasn’t enough justice for Macklin’s sister, Janique. In a glowing profile that reads more like a KCNA summary of Kim Jong-un’s latest trip abroad than a real news account, the Chicago Tribune provided a platform for Janique’s feeling of unfairness. “When has it ever become legal to shoot someone because they’re pulling off in your car?” she asks, either unaware that her brother tried to run down the owner of the car he was jacking or dismissing the official police report entirely.

Then comes the most revealing quote: “Even if [Macklin] did that, if he did steal the car. You’ve got insurance – let him go to jail. I would’ve rather had to get a call to go bail him out of jail than to get a phone call that he’s dead.”

This is an abhorrent mix of demanded obeisance, willful duplicity, and wishful thinking.

Macklin had a choice. He didn’t have to steal the vehicle. He didn’t have to threaten the lieutenant’s life with his own vehicle. He didn’t have to die.

That he did, and that there is credibility being lent to his sister’s dubious narrative of events, shows just how debased our conception of human life has become. Asking someone to lie down and die for the sake of another’s choice isn’t sympathy or understanding – it’s crude barbarity disguised as false compassion.

So IRS Tea Party persecutor Lois Lerner had help all along: John McCain by Monica Showalter – “Up until now, I had always been under the impression that some conservatives’ negative view of McCain was overblown, and he was far more good than bad. I was wrong.”

“How’s this for sneaky? Sen. John McCain, not too long after seeking conservative and Republican votes in his failed 2008 bid for the presidency, went right after those same conservative voters without telling them, by egging on the IRS to ruin them.”

Trump’s Message: Full Transparency to Restore Trust by Ned Ryun – A former presidential writer’s own manner of expressing frustration with the ‘deep state’ revelations. But, despite allegations from his opponents, dictat is not Trump’s style. He seems to understanding that educating the public takes much more than just transparency.

What You Missed from Michael Horowitz’s Testimony by Julie Kelly – “Horowitz’s public statements and responses this week should ease suspicions that he is yet another D.C. swamp creature playing politics at the expense of truth and transparency. He was candid and appeared more than willing to cooperate with Congress, a rare trait in this Justice Department.”

“But one reason Horowitz might have punted in his recent report is because he knows the real bombshells are yet to come: He is investigating the FISA warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page; the cozy relationship between Justice and FBI officials and the media, including perks for scoops; ex-FBI Director James Comey’s handling of classified information; and the potential doctoring of official documents.

The Real Lesson of the Inspector General’s Report by Tadas Klimas – “You missed it. But that’s all right: everyone else missed it, too.”

“For whatever reason, it is clear from the report that the structure of the FBI/DOJ’s Clinton investigation was all off: the FBI was reduced to providing a set of runners (perhaps willing and even avid, because of their demonstrated bias, runners, but runners just the same) for DOJ attorneys.

Now, in our system of justice, this is not unlawful. It is “merely” highly unusual.

Did The FBI Frame Flynn? By John Hinderaker – “The criminal case against Gen. Michael Flynn for lying to FBI agents was incredibly weak.”

“Not too many years ago, a claim that the FBI fabricated evidence to facilitate a prosecution would have seemed incredible. Today, given what we know of the corruption of the Bureau under the Obama administration, such a claim appears entirely plausible. This is just one more thread in the slowly unraveling story of the misuse of intelligence and law enforcement agencies by the Democrats to try to frustrate the candidacy of Donald Trump, and to destroy his administration after his election. Whether it will come to anything remains to be seen, but in my opinion, there is little doubt that General Flynn was railroaded into a confession that was likely false by the brute force of federal power.

Liberals Are Crazy. Will Voters Notice? By John Hinderaker – “Over the last few days we have reached peak insanity, especially on Twitter. I can’t begin to recount all of the outrages.”

“This is a phenomenon we have seen repeatedly over the last year and a half. Liberals try to rule any support for President Trump out of bounds. Anyone who expresses even the mildest support for Trump is read out of polite society. He is shunned; he should be fired from his job; if he writes anything, it shouldn’t be printed; he is publicly denounced and inundated with hate; his home, in some instances, is besieged and his children terrorized. If he ventures out into public, he is harassed by bullies. This is the essence of 21st century liberalism.

And it is evil. It is incompatible with democracy or any kind of civil society. And, above all, it is completely crazy.

And it is evil. It is false witness.

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Flailing: SPLC, Fonda, and more

SPLC Keeps Denying. Black-on-White Violence Keeps Happening by Colin Flaherty – “Just a few days ago, the SPLC declared that black-on-white violence is the “biggest lie” because everyone knows the real problem is white-on-black violence.”

“But what crazy luck: The more the SPLC says black criminality is a myth, the more it just keeps happening. Isn’t that what you would call a day at the races, where every winner went off at more than 100 to 1?

Maybe it’s just the World’s Greatest Coincidence.

Or maybe the SPLC’s work is odder than a nine-bob note.

The SPLC never mentions how snakebit it is when it comes to talking about black-on-white crime. It has produced mountains of paper for battalions of talking heads, all denying that black criminality is a problem. But videos, victims, 911 calls, witnesses, and police reports are overwhelming SPLC’s fantasies with mountains of real stories.

Peter Fonda Take Note: We Are On The Verge Of Someone Close To Trump Getting Killed by Douglas MacKinnon – “Does someone from the Trump family, the Trump Cabinet, or even the Trump administration have to be assaulted or worse, killed, before we accept the fact that a growing number from the far-left have put a rhetorical bounty on their heads.”

“If has-been actor Peter Fonda suggesting Barron Trump be “ripped from his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles” does not horrify you with the obscene brutality of its message, nothing ever will.

From this cauldron of bubbling and putrid hate filled from the twisted minds of enraged liberal politicians, “journalists,” entertainers, and academics, spews forth the dangerously deranged like Fonda who have proven there is no line they will not cross to inflict “punishment” and harm upon anyone connected with President Trump.

Beyond the terrifyingly rhetorical, is the real.

Anarchists from the Democratic Socialists of America just confronted Kirstjen Nielsen — only the head of the Department of Homeland Security entrusted with the massive job of protecting us all — in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and forced her to flee.

They assailed her with her full security detail around her.

Let that sink in for a second.

And other patrons at the restaurant applauded the assault …

Border Politics and the Use and Abuse of History by Victor Davis Hanson – “The media outrage usually does not include examination of why the Trump administration is enforcing existing laws that it inherited from the Bush and Obama administrations

“Mexico’s policies of deliberately exporting its own citizens are decades-old and hinge on providing it a social safety valve in lieu of domestic economic and human-rights reforms.

Finally, it is unfortunate that former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and former first lady Laura Bush have both demagogued the issue by respective grotesque and ignorant comparisons of current border shelters to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and the forced Japanese internment during World War II.

One can disagree with a current policy without stooping to distort history to smear an administration, especially when such tactics in the past have been used against those now employing them.

Border Patrol Agent Sets The Record Straight On CNN, Embarrasses Host by Amanda Prestigiacomo – “If the media were witnessing what he and his fellow agents have been witnessing, Cabrera said, they wouldn’t be advocating for policy which would act as an incentive for more parents and guardians to send their children to the border alone.”

“Cabrera explained that he’s witnessed pre-teens traveling to the border alone with their parents’ expectation that they would be raped in the process, and adolescents dying in front of him from heat stroke on the their journey.

“When you see a 12-year-old girl with a Plan B pill, or their parents put her on birth control because they know getting violated is part of the journey, that’s just a terrible way to live. When you see a 4-year-old girl traveling completely alone with just her parents’ phone number written across her shirt. I mean, come on now, something needs to be done,” he said. “We had a 9-year-old boy last year have heat stroke in front of us and die with no family around, and that’s because we’re allowing people to take advantage of this system.”

Baldwin then claimed that it was President Trump who was separating families at the border, unlike the Obama Administration. As noted by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, that is false:

The Left and Children by Trevor Thomas – “In their latest attempt to swing this fall’s election toward the Democrats, the left now wants us to focus on “the children.” They haven’t really thought this through.”

“Liberals the world over should work hard to avoid any debate that significantly involves the lives and wellbeing of children. Most anyone armed with even the slightest bit of the truth when it comes to liberalism and “the children” can easily quiet the left in virtually any debate that involves children or the family.

How did Peter Strzok’s notorious text stay hidden so long? by Byron York – “lawmakers — and the public — did not learn of the explosive second part of the exchange — Strzok’s “We’ll stop it” answer — until last Thursday, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Clinton email investigation was released.”

“Turns out there was more to the story. Horowitz didn’t know about the text, either — for quite a long time. The Justice Department failed to turn it over to him, and he didn’t discover it on his own until the investigation was nearly over. At hearings before the House and Senate this week, Horowitz told how he found the text, and while he pointed no fingers, his account raised questions about the Justice Department’s actions.

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A lie that won’t die by John Sexton – “this was an experiment carried out in 1971 by Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.” It looks to another case of corruption of the soul by ideological fantasies taking precedence over reality.

“There was always plenty of reason for skepticism of the methods and the results, but the findings fit with what social engineers on the left wanted to believe about crime and punishment and prisons. So the Stanford Prison Experiment was accepted uncritically and given a warm welcome from the media for nearly 50 years. It seems to me there are some lessons that can be drawn from this about people’s willingness to take advantage of the unearned authority presented to them but those lessons have nothing to do with prisons.

Fake news, fake research, deceit distortion, … this is what happens when you lose your grip on reality.

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It’s a war of attrition where one side isn’t concerned about collateral damage.

The Big Immigration Charade by Roger L Simon – “If you sought to preserve the violent, reactionary and undemocratic regimes of countries like El Salvador and Honduras — and, to a great extent, Mexico — into perpetuity, how would you do it?”

“One way would be by providing a permanent U.S. safety valve for all their poor and downtrodden, the victims.

Just as with Europe and the Middle East, open borders can salve the soul and make us all feel good about ourselves, but they come with a price.

With everything for propaganda and almost nothing for reality, I don’t see the logjam being broken any time soon.

The real agendas behind the ‘separation of families’ PsyOp meme by Peter Barry Chowka – “This recent wave of immigrants, coming from poor countries with repressive backward regimes, as a rule do not believe in the laws and the importance and supremacy of the founding documents of this country, including the Constitution.”

“Our domestic politics are increasingly manipulated by, and now follow and reflect, this profound demographic shift. Soon, living in the United States will totally be like living in the s—t hole countries of Mexico and Central America. (In 2017, the most powerful Democrat in the California legislature — open borders activist and California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon — bragged that “‘half his family’ was in the country illegally, using false documents, and eligible for deportation.” De Léon is now challenging fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein from the left in the November election.)

As we have seen in recent years, law breaking from the streets to the political suites no longer carries consequences for the preferred classes — whether they are entrenched politicians, high-level Deep State bureaucrats, or illegal immigrant invaders. Just ask Kate Steinle’s surviving relatives about that.

Top Senate Democrat Shoots Down Cruz’s Proposal to End the Family Separation Democrats and the Media Supposedly Care So Much About, In Order to “Keep the Focus on Trump” – spite is more important than solution.

The White House press corps is broken beyond repair by Joseph Curl – “His aggressiveness (read: bad behavior) made Donaldson one of the first “star” reporters at the White House.”

“And now, with Donald Trump as president, it’s all exploded. There’s no decorum at all at the White House anymore. “Journalists” routinely go on extended rants, yell at the press secretary, and grandstand in the briefing room with lengthy (and heavily biased) speeches.

The new paradigm is attack — as crudely and profanely as possible — in the esteemed mission to “ask questions for those that have no voice.”

The idea now is, make headlines. BE the news. Yes, America, that’s the state of journalism today. Fake news indeed.

News Fatigue? Join the Club by Bob Maistros – “why wouldn’t the public be emotionally expended from the anger and accusations, bullying and backbiting, “fake news” and “fact checks,” insults and innuendo, posturing and protests, threats and trolling, and virtue-signaling and violent rhetoric and imagery spewed from every direction today?” The data is there in front of him yet still he cannot see and falls into ‘both sides are the same’ trap.

“And my educated guess is that the reason news fatigue affects one party more is that for most of that time, one side — progressives, abetted by allies in the media — has dominated this “perpetual outrage cycle” to wear down opposition to once-radical ideas and erode adherence to traditional American values.

In fact, as I once observed (presciently, if I do say so myself) in the same-sex marriage context, the whole idea of the left’s unabated and uninhibited assault is not to win debates. It’s to extend them ad infinitum, ad absurdum and ad nauseam, alongside extortion and intimidation — until opponents lose their grip on certainty and collapse in confusion, exhaustion and disarray.

It may seem that the objective in this unyielding, any-means-to-an-end onslaught is the triumph of liberal ideas. But it’s really power. Progressives recognize that by deploying rage to sow social and economic chaos, they open the door for Big Government “solutions.”

The Time I Got Punished for Hate Speech by Don Fisher, Jr. – “Hate speech changes on a whim, which is why we need self-appointed overlords to guide us toward correct and approved conversations.”

“So I rode out my time in Facebook jail, commiserating with friends via old-fashioned email because my Facebook Messenger was also turned off during this time, lest I spread more of my “hate speech.” Did I learn anything during my virtual incarceration? Yes. The Facebook admins are every bit as authoritarian and repressive in this digital world as the Gestapo were during their time, but without the spiffy uniforms. Will I modify my speech and behavior? Not a chance.

Mueller Has Strzok Out by George Neumayr – “The only thing Trump obstructed was a partisan railroading.”

“The other night MSNBC ran a fawning documentary about James Comey. It was full of howlers about the unfathomable depths of his “integrity.” None of the clips age well, but one in particular captured the utter lunacy of Comey serving as Mueller’s presumed chief witness — a clip in which Comey accuses Trump of “lies, plain and simple” for describing the FBI as “poorly led” and in “disarray.” Here is a former FBI director categorizing Trump’s opinion, and a manifestly correct one at that, as “lies.”

That’s the fatuous, un-rigorous level on which Mueller’s probe is proceeding. His forthcoming report will consist largely of his close friend’s hyperventilating grievances against Trump, as if the wounded ego of one of the worst FBI directors in American history, an FBI director the Justice Department’s Inspector General has found to be unprofessional and reckless, counts as a “constitutional crisis.”

The Mueller probe is like a Soviet show trial revolving around the hurt feelings of a pampered commissar.

The toxic origins of the Mueller probe are impossible to expunge. His report will represent nothing more than the fulfillment of the “insurance policy” Strzok and his mistress discussed in Andrew McCabe’s office a few doors down from Comey’s — a plot to impeach Trump via harassing investigation if they couldn’t defeat him at the ballot box.

and this morning, Rush Limbaugh is talking about the wages of hate …

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A centipede of corruption

Silicon Valley has a problem with conservatives. But not the political kind. By Caroline McCarthy – “Silicon Valley is a young atheist’s world — and that’s becoming a problem.” But she does describe bigotry and numerous ‘isms’ that plague the Left. She describes a lack of self awareness and a tossing aside of the intellectual integrity that is necessary for entrepreneurial success. It can be tossed aside because of the wealth generated by others (but this isn’t a part of her story).

“when the fringes have enormous influence over the culture and its perception, there’s a problem. Silicon Valley holds vast economic influence, and it needs to be open to hiring and retaining employees who don’t fit its image. Without it, paradoxically, an industry and culture that professes progressivism, open-mindedness, and a devotion to science and empiricism ends up becoming the most exclusionary and prone to magical thinking.

McGowan and Argento inadvertantly explain Bourdain’s suicide by Monica Showalter – “It goes to show just how warped Hollywood’s values are.” This is a manifestation of the ‘Silicon Valley Problem’ described above.

“McGowan doesn’t even know how gross her statements sound because she has embraced the propaganda herself. After all, who could be in favor of dreadful borders in relationships and not embrace free birds? Probably just Trump-supporters.

The circumstantial evidence is actually pretty strong that this is what sent Bourdain off the deep end.

The problem was the free bird values. What she did was inadvertantly highlight that the embrace of “free bird” values, which so contradict human nature and human desire, is what took Bourdain’s life. Sadly, none of these people here can even see it.

Investor’s Business Daily: How Many Dems Agree With Bill Maher’s Recession Wish? – “Rather than rooting on the strong economy, Democrats have taken to ignoring it, belittling it or, like Bill Maher did over the weekend, rooting for a recession. The extent to which Trump critics will go is truly mind-boggling.” And, yes, this is also related to the Silicon Valley Problem.

“Dismissing this good economic news as meaningless — after spending eight years proclaiming how great the stagnant economy was under Obama — isn’t going to dispel the notion that Democrats are out of touch with working families.

Maher would, if he could, throw millions of people into unemployment and poverty, watch as hard-earned savings vanish, wages stagnate and hope gets crushed, if that might keep Trump from winning re-election.

Wow.

Of course, it’s easy for Maher to wish that, since he’s already made his millions attacking Republicans. But just how many of his fellow Trump-loathing Democrats secretly feel the same way?

Reporters love to force Republican politicians to answer for anything outrageous that a conservative says. Shouldn’t these same reporters, to prove their lack of political bias, press every single Democrat running for office in November to condemn Maher’s economic death wish?

The Democrats’ IT Scandal Cover-Up by Daniel John Sobieski – “Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz subverted our democracy and interfered in the 2016 election in ways Moscow could only dream of

“What the Democrats accused the Russians of doing, Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s DNC was actively doing. And considering what we have found out about the Pakistanis, not the Russians, that were brought in to run their IT operation, it makes sense as to why the DNC refused to turn over their servers to FBI forensic investigators. What else where they trying to hide?

One thing they tried to hide was Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s curious relationship with Pakistani Imran Awan.

One suspects that if the case involved 40 or more Republican members of Congress things might be moving along more speedily. As it is, this may be the third time a curious relationship has jeopardized U.S. national security while mucking up our political and legal systems. FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page gleefully pursued a relationship as they sought an ”insurance policy” against Donald Trump assuming the presidency. Senate intelligence committee aide James Wolfe was caught leaking documents to New York Times national security reporter Ali Watkins, with whom he had a relationship. And now we have Wasserman Schultz and Awan’s curious relationship

This is just one of many shoes waiting to drop from the Democrat’s centipede of corruption. Crimes were committed here, possibly including Wasserman Schultz and leading Democrats. Yet a cover-up could be in the works. Let’s not take our eves off this corner of the swamp.

Jaws drop when Jim Acosta busts up historic moment for peace with disgraceful inappropriate questions by Renee Hayes – “Hours after Acosta’s antics, Trump held a press conference where he was able to take reporters’ questions at an appropriate time.”

Federal judge halts secret FEC plot to target GOP groups by Paul Bedard – “A federal judge has blown the whistle on a secret Federal Election Commission scheme to punish some Republican groups and their donors, the latest sign of an anti-GOP bias at the elections watchdog.”

“Asked if the cases before the FEC are biased, Ann Ravel said, “Absolutely. The cases have come primarily from watchdog groups, and most of those groups are on the liberal side.”

Graham to Trump: Better bring that agreement back to the Senate by Ed Morrissey – “Ratification would be a rather historic step.” This one is more about Lindsey Graham posturing and TDS than anything else.

“On the larger issue of ratification, though, there seems to be one big problem: what is there to ratify? At least as laid out at the moment, the “agreement” that the two leaders signed contains a series of aspirational goals, not concrete commitments to specific actions and objectives. It’s a good first step to have two men who were trading insults over the size of their nuclear capacities to shake hands and settle on a shared set of diplomatic goals, but it’s just a first step, unless there was more to the agreement than anyone’s letting on. That may be what Graham is worried about.

There’s a lot of anticipation of the negative despite anything to show it is warranted. Some are hoping for the negative to confirm their fantasies. So there’s a lot of self destruction – suicide – going on.

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Hysteria: global order, guns, race, chemicalz

The Rocket Man and the Dotard by Richard Fernandez – “The public acrimony following the conclusion of the recent G7 summit only confirmed the breakup of the ‘international world order’.”

“No longer do people believe that Hillary Clinton’s defeat and Brexit’s passage was a fluke. They accept it as part of something larger.

What went horribly wrong for Soros in 2018 was the future he believed in and poured his fortune into creating disappeared. The real future, to the anxious anticipation of Angela Merkel and many ordinary citizens is about to make its appearance. What will it be?

WOW – POTUS Trump Just Promised An End To The New World Order (VIDEO) by DCWhispers – “This bit of video is remarkable on so many levels. No U.S. president has so openly and boldly challenged the New World Order status-quo as is done here following Mr. Trump’s short visit to the G7 Summit.”

“He calls out the favorite news media tool of the globalists, CNN, and then proceeds to declare the old ways are done, that the United States will no longer allow the needs of its own people to be secondary to the manipulative demands of the globalists.

This man puts himself at terrible risk for saying such things. It is why his supporters revere him and why his enemies despise and fear him so much.

Credit service shuts down payments on all gun purchases by Lois Weiss – “Several gun-related businesses were suddenly — and without warning — disrupted in recent weeks when Intuit stopped processing credit card payments because sales were gun-related.” Intuit has gone bonkers with anti gun hysteria.

50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List by Sharyl Attkisson – “We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet.”

“That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.” …

Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.

What’s worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we’re getting so much wrong.

Another Big Obama Lie by Jed Babbin – “And now Iran is bragging about its contribution to 9/11 — just the thing to keep in mind in Singapore.”

“The periodic revelations of scandalous behavior, usually to the detriment of our national security, provide needed remedial courses in the legacy of Barack Obama. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ report last week, showing how Team Obama lied to Congress about money going to Iran for the 2015 nuclear weapons deal, is more instructive than most.

Trump, the NFL players, and the pardons by neo-neocon – “Although I often agree with Mirengoff, we’re going to have to disagree on this one.” You can’t interpret what Trump does without allowing for a nuance that went right past your considerations.

Booker: Trump the One ‘Playing the Race Card from the Very Start’ by Nicholas Ballasy – “a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, pushed back against critics who have told him he’s “playing the race card” when speaking out against racial injustice.” Racism is when everything you see has a racist tint and it becomes an obsession.

“Booker said one of the best ways to tackle racial injustice is to have an “honest conversation and dialogue.”

Booker explained why he supports removing about a dozen Confederate statues from the Capitol building.

Why Democrats Hear a Secret Racist Dog Whistle and Republicans Don’t by Scott Adams – “Hardly a day goes by without some stranger on Twitter telling me in ominous tones that I will someday pay dearly for being a racist “apologist.” They assume I see President Trump the same way they see him.”

“In my book Win Bigly, I describe how the public is watching two movies on one screen. In Movie 1, Trump is a monster with many flaws, racism being at the top of the list. In Movie 2, President Trump ran on a platform of being a Republican who disdains political correctness, and the predictable outcome of that is non-stop accusations of racism. As a public service, I compiled some of the plot differences in the two movies, roughly in the order they happened, so you can compare the two scripts. I won’t try to convince you to switch movies. I’m only making the point that Trump supporters literally don’t see what anti-Trumpers regard as obvious.

As I often say, we humans are not good at knowing which movie is the “real” one because the facts in evidence often fit more than one explanation of the past. So instead of looking to the past, I recommend seeing which movie best predicts future scenes.

I realize no one reading this post will change movies because of it. My only point today is that mainstream Trump supporters are not knowingly supporting someone they believe to be a racist. It only looks that way to the folks trapped in Movie 1.

Movie 1 is where you see everything and anything from the ‘other side’ with the presumption it’s racist.

Sacramento County Votes To Cancel ICE Contract by Jazz Shaw – “This latest incident of Trump Derangement Syndrome is not only ineffective in terms of “protecting immigrants” but imposes yet another burden on the budget of the county which is home to the state legislature.”

“The contract they are canceling was worth millions of dollars per year to the already cash-strapped district. And all they had to do to collect the federal funds was briefly house criminal illegal aliens in a facility which was already in place and in need of funding to sustain it.

When asked how they would justify this refusal of federal funds, one county supervisor simply said, “Our budgets are reflective of our values.” That’s rather odd considering how hard Sacramento is fighting to demand federal funds continue to flow their way in the form of Justice Department grants which may be canceled due to noncompliance.

If Sacramento County wishes to make this decision it’s up to them. ICE can simply haul the illegal aliens off to another facility, moving them even further away from their families, legal representation and support networks as their cases are processed. Good job, Sacramento. You’ve certainly shown President Trump who the boss is now, haven’t you?

The latest “boys beat girls in track event” story by Jazz Shaw – “One student not only took first place in both events but set new state records in each. The second place finisher was also head and shoulders above the rest of the field. The problem is that both of those competitors were boys, though they “identify” as girls.” It’s a war against girls as scholarships and honors are at stake.

99.99% Of The Pesticides We Eat Are Made By Plants by Josh Bloom – “If you are dwelling under the illusion that you can prance into Whole Foods and overpay for a bunch organic stuff without pesticides, this article will disabuse you of that fallacy.” Another obsession assigning evil to a ‘race’ which, in this example, is the human race.

“The divide between “natural” and “artificial” chemicals is meaningless – something many Americans do not know. The origin of a chemical is irrelevant. Your body cannot tell what is natural or synthetic – only the properties of the chemical matter.

It is hard to blame consumers; the organic food industry and Internet quacks have done a masterful job in creating a narrative that maintains that we are all being poisoned by tiny quantities of thousands of man-made chemicals, and the way to avoid this is to buy so-called “natural” products because they don’t contain chemicals. But the narrative is dead wrong. Great marketing. Terrible science.

Science-based medicine versus other ways of knowing by David Gorski – “Those who promote pseudoscientific or prescientific medicine, however, frequently appeal to other ways of knowing, often ancient knowledge from other cultures and pointing out deficiencies in SBM to justify promoting their treatments. Do their justifications hold water?”

“Unfortunately, promoting rigorous science remains as difficult now, if not more so, as it was in 2008. Scientifically unfounded health scares, antivaccine views, anti-GMO activism, and the increasing respectability of quackery like acupuncture, energy medicine, and the like leave SBM under assault as never before.

proponents of integrating pseudoscience into medicine—of course, that is not how they would characterize themselves—can’t win on the science, at least not when it is accurately represented. So instead they use other techniques, and one of the most common tropes to which they resort is the appeal to other ways of knowing.

Unfortunately, there is one form of this special pleading that is gaining some currency, and that’s basically carving out an exception to the requirement for rigorous science for “traditional medicine,”

Many of the cultures whose medicine is being promoted have a long history of having suffered predation and oppression under the colonialism of European and American powers. This cannot be denied and is a powerful force making claims for IWK sound more compelling.

This is the basic narrative of IWK: “Western” biomedical science is a cultural construct whose dominance is due not to its success in diagnosing, treating, and, in some cases, eradicating disease but rather to past imperialism and colonization by European powers.

There’s also more than a little bit of a racist tendency that has been called the “cult of the noble savage,” wherein indigenous peoples are romanticized as being “purer,” more in tune with nature.

I also can’t help but point out that embracing other ways of knowing about medicine has become a business opportunity

Scott Pruitt and the Chemical Industry Collude to Deregulate Toxics by Steve Cohen – “At the end of the Obama Administration, Congress enacted its first significant piece of environmental law since the 1990s by revising the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and requiring the assessment of the toxicity of a small number of new chemicals.” Notice the ad hominem, the anti-industry implications, and the ‘collude’ to see the bias. This is from a major university website yet intellectual integrity and evidence based conclusion are missing.

“Last week, the chemical industry colluded with Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Destruction Agency and proposed gutting the new law by limiting the assessment of risk to direct exposure and ignoring the persistence of chemicals in water, air, food or land. …

It is clear that America’s chemical companies are unwilling to allow the public the right to determine if their products are poisons that should be banned or in some way limited. It is also clear that Pruitt and Trump do not care if toxics are deregulated. Their actions put the health of Americans at greater risk.

While climate change is the big dramatic issue that has captured so much of our attention and generates a wide range of emotional response, toxic chemicals may well be an equally pervasive problem in the modern world.

It’s all there, even the climate hysteria, population bomb, and evil politicians from the other party.

If you want to know why ‘civil discussion’ is just a pipe dream, see the reports about De Niro at the Tony Awards show and the audience reaction. Just how can you discuss anything with a hysteric? See also Bill Maher hopes for a recession, audience applauds by Karen Townsend – “Maher wishes an economic recession upon his fellow countrymen” and the audience applauds?

 

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A focus on important things versus inanity – what side are you on?

Trump exposes the G-7 summit as a total fraud by Ed Straker – “President Trump didn’t play along with the usual narrative at the G-7 summit, and the liberal media predictably characterized him as the villain

“Lost in this breathless “transcription” of events is the question of whether America should lead on so-called “issues” such as climate change, oceans, and supposedly “clean” energy.

Let’s step back and look at the larger picture. Most people have heard of the G-7, but very few people know what it’s actually all about. People are vaguely aware that the G-7 is a group of industrialized nations who get together every year, but few people know what actually goes on.

You would expect a meeting of the leaders of the most important countries to be concerned about fighting terrorism, reducing taxes and regulations, and reducing trading barriers. That last issue was the one that President Trump focused on, to the dismay of the other attendees who wanted their usual painless photo op where they could virtue signal about women or the environment.

But to their surprise President Trump focused on the important things, reducing global trade barriers, even suggesting the total elimination of all tariffs in all G-7 countries. This would greatly spur economic growth, if agreed to.

But don’t expect the media to focus on that. Rather than honestly reporting that Trump focused on our top international economic priority, access to foreign markets, they will portray Trump as a boor and an unenlightened unenvironmentalist.

“It’s going to stop, or we’ll stop trading with them,” Trump said by Don Surber – “President Trump is the Great Clarifier who shows people for whom they are.” There’s a lot of critters hiding under the covers that Trump is ripping off the bed and they obviously don’t like the exposure.

“At the G7 summit, the globalists tried to treat President Trump as if he worked at Starbucks.

This greatly amused Our President.

Unlike Starbucks, President Trump is not backing down. He will not open America’s bathrooms to bums just to appease the cool kids.

President Trump owned the summit.

America would win a fair fight, but we do not have that.

The Left Achieves Perfection by Tom Trinko – “Leftists have achieved perfection, and for once not only in their own minds. Yes – for the first time, modern leftists have managed to be perfectly wrong on every single issue.” Here’s how on #MeToo, Free Speech, Racism, The Rule of Law, and Freedom of Religion. Peeking under the covers reveals a lot of ugly.

How Poisonous Politics And Social Media Managed To Even Ruin Sports by Jazz Shaw – “What was once just a pleasant, if pointless, afternoon of fun for the team and the White House staff has morphed into a toxic brew.”

“If anyone from a championship sports team goes to visit the President for a congratulatory visit, critics of the Oval Office occupant will swarm in and declare them to be evil incarnate and decry how they are ruining the sport.

It’s a poison which didn’t come from the White House or the professional sports leagues. It came from the internet and a handful of players who decided to start an infection which turned into an epidemic.

This is one of the sadder statements about 21st century America in recent memory. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Something has changed significantly for the worse. The game simply isn’t the same. It’s probably never going to be the same again. And it’s sad.

New York Times reporter broke the biggest rule in journalism by Michael Goodwin – “His [New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal] point was not about private conduct. It was about the credibility of the paper. When the two conflict, the paper must come first.”

“That lesson came rushing back to me as I read about the case involving James Wolfe, the longtime security director of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Federal prosecutors charged Wolfe with three counts of lying to investigators about his contacts with reporters, one of whom is Ali Watkins, who covers federal law enforcement for the Times.

“All leak investigations — whether they directly target reporters or not — are a grave threat to press freedom,” the Freedom of the Press Foundation said …

I agree that any government action that chills free expression is worrisome, but the First Amendment is not a license to break the law. As such, the foundation’s condemnation is so wrong-headed that it serves only to undercut support for media freedom.

Its absolutism about the “grave threat” of all leak investigations is ridiculous and, if that were the law, it would be impossible for America to keep any secrets.

Moreover, the suggestion that Wolfe was a whistleblower is not based on known facts.

The “absolutism” is about a logical fallacy being used to rationalize improper behavior. The ‘whistleblower’ concept is another example.

Secrets Travel Fast in DC by Clarice Feldman – “Along with the massive breach of security in the still unresolved case of the Awan brothers, who had access to the email accounts of dozens of Democratic congressmen” … and there’s more, a lot more, in the Feldman list.

“You think so much coordinated skullduggery leaves any time for much else?

Is Merkel’s fantasy very different from our notion that a large, lavishly funded intelligence bureaucracy using its enormous technological capabilities to spy on us all and manipulate the press keeps us safer from foreign intrusions and leaking of vital national security matters?

Still denying Trump’s election by Don Surber – “President Trump called for the G7 to reinstate Russia and become the G8 again.”

“There is no way this is administration policy. The president just says things. But when he says things like this, it has real and adverse effects on America’s geopolitical position,” Rothman tweeted.

You almost have to be Martian to be that out of touch, but in their little world, President Trump does not set policy for the Trump administration.

As far as the impact, what “has real and adverse effects on America’s geopolitical position” is the bitter clinging by the American press to the notion that even at this late date, they still can overturn the 2016 election and install Hillary Clinton as the rightful heir to the throne. They see themselves as Robin Hood defying Prince John.

Then there’s the Singapore Summit. 

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