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Qui tacet consentire videtur – you can’t pretend to hide

No Doubt About It: Democrats Are Part Of The Riot Problem. I & I Editorial Board – “Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Sen. Hirono,” Cruz said as Hirono gathered her belongings. “And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”

“It was an ideal forum for Democrats to go on the record. The entire nation would have known by Tuesday night that the party is opposed to the violence and destruction Antifa has wrought with little consequence. Yet they repeatedly declined – Cruz even told Hirono “you’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” just before she walked away – and in doing so made their affiliation clear.

Tuesday’s hearing is no isolated instance. Democrats have made their soft spot for violent mob behavior obvious on several other occasions:

For Andrew Cuomo, waking up and smelling the socialist coffee is a bitter whiff. Monica Showalter – “It’s what happens in all socialist hellholes, from East Berlin to Caracas. People flee. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

“Cuomo’s plaint calls to mind that leftist blue cities and states can be divided into two groups of people – those who look at the bookkeeping, and those who don’t. Cuomo is doing de Blasio’s job by calling on New York City’s fleeing residents to not flee. De Blasio is busy painting Black Lives Matter graffiti in New York’s city streets. Minnesota’s denizens are begging for businesses not to leave. California’s are cheering those who do. It’s almost a litmus test for separating out the crazy socialists from the really crazy socialists. Hugo Chavez used to cheer when wealthy Venezuelans moved out of his country as he was turning it into a hellhole. Maybe this litmus test of the crazy and the crazier is an indicator of which places become Venezuela the fastest.

Steele’s dossier: ‘Clown show’ or the greatest Russian coup? Paul Roderick Gregory – “The known details of the so-called Steele dossier point to a peculiar ambiguity. To expert analysts, it always appeared to be low-quality political opposition research. Yet, it turned American against American, paralyzed our government — and may be the greatest Russian disinformation coup in history.”

“In retrospect, the “clown show” dossier was put together ingeniously. First, the identity of the ultimate client was kept secret long enough for it not to ruin the show. Second, in Steele the Russians had someone with a modicum of respectability to gain access to American government and media; and, in the media and professional bureaucracy, they had an army of Trump-haters ready to believe anything.

For the Kremlin, it all meant a sorely wounded United States.

Coronavirus in one state (82). Scott Johnson – “Our efforts to understand the epidemic in one state are clouded by the efforts of the authorities to sustain one-man rule and the panic on which it is based. They are also clouded by the faithful alliance of the press with the authorities.” … “Kevin Roche provides “A Brief Minnesota and National Status Report” that steps back to look at the big picture.”

The Truth About Slavery. Robert Wedge – “We are continually misled by progressive propaganda on the issue of race.” … “Racism is not our Achilles Heel. It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life.” … “the United States and Great Britain are the first countries in the history of the world to eradicate slavery while influencing others to follow suit.”

“Of course, none of this matters to progressives. A Marxist state is their goal. The question is, will conservatives and their leadership stand up for the truth or bow at the altar of Marx?

Facebook, Twitter Censor President Trump’s Fox News Interview. Allum Bokhari – “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth, said Parella. According to Parella, Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” see also Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary. Jim Hoft – “The tech giants are working together to silence the President of the United States and his campaign.”

Who Killed George Floyd? George Parry – “Minnesota’s attorney general needs to pay attention to the available evidence, which in this case is incontrovertible.”

“So why couldn’t Floyd breathe, and how did he die? The clear answers to those questions are to be found in his toxicology report, which overwhelmingly and unerringly supports the conclusion that Floyd’s breathing difficulties and death were the direct and undeniable result of his ingestion of fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine.

The only crime here has been the prosecution’s shockingly incompetent investigation of Floyd’s death. In charging and continuing to prosecute these defendants, Minnesota’s attorney general has failed to take into account the most important and material evidence in the case,

The proof of the defendants’ innocence is undeniable. But given the violence and rioting that has followed in the wake of Floyd’s death, will it be possible for these defendants to receive justice?

Why “Green” Energy Is Impossible. John Hinderaker – “Basic problems with these energy sources include inefficiency and intermittency.”

“But that isn’t the worst of it. Wind and solar are low-intensity energy sources. It takes many acres of wind turbines to produce, on a best-case scenario, what a single power plant can produce. And solar panels are even worse. A single 3 mw wind turbine uses 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum, 2 tons of rare earth elements, and 1,200 tons (2.4 million pounds!) of concrete. If we take seriously the idea of getting all of our electricity from wind and solar, where will all of those materials come from?

Minnesota consumes only 1/71 of the electricity in the U.S. If we extrapolate Minnesota’s numbers to the U.S. as a whole, a rough conclusion is that getting all of our electricity from wind, solar and batteries would consume around 70% of all of the copper currently mined in the world, 337% of global nickel production, 3,053% of the world’s total cobalt production, 355% of the U.S.’s iron output, and 284% of U.S. steel production. Along with unfathomable quantities of concrete–which, by the way, off-gases CO2.

Thus, at a minimum, implementing just this one part of the Democratic Party’s Green New Deal would require an expansion of mining, world-wide, that would dwarf anything in human history.

Here in Minnesota, we have some of the world’s largest undeveloped reserves of copper, nickel and cobalt. Why are they still undeveloped? Solely because of rabid opposition by the same environmentalists who tell us the world is coming to an end on account of global warming.

The Democrats’ “green” agenda does not represent a set of meaningful policy proposals. Taken seriously, and objectively evaluated, they immediately crumble.

Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America. – “We are witnessing a vicious assault by enemies of all that is good, and our president is having to act in ways unprecedented in decades, maybe centuries. … The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America.”

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We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice

Sir Francis Bacon: “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”

Mayor: Health Officials Justify Mask Mandates For Political Reasons, Not Science. Anonymous – “If public officials use their power and resources to forward an agenda rather than champion individual rights and liberties, our American Republic is lost.”

Reno doctor says hydroxychloroquine has helped dozens of his patients. Ben Deach – “The UNR community health sciences dean disagrees, calls the drug ineffective.” The UNR dean dismisses non-conforming evidence out of hand and also ignores 50+ years of experience with HCQ prescriptions in behavior that casts doubt on his objectivity and conclusions. See also Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus … Information I GUARANTEE You’ve Never Heard – “The science around hydroxychloroquine is so politically charged at the moment that it is difficult to obtain a prescription, and some have warned of dangerous side effects of hydroxychloroquine” so the author suggests green tea as a substitute, readily available zinc ionophores (this is one for the alternative medicine crowd).

Cancel culture comes for MDs who support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Neo – “I wonder if they’ll be coming next for noted Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch, who has written a comprehensive article making the current case for using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID”

One Swedish Model To Copy: No More COVID-19 Lockdowns. I & I Editorial Board – “We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice from public officials about how to handle the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.” Here’s more for that UNR Dean and his ilk. Aslo see Destroying Western Media’s “Swedish Public Health Disaster” Narrative In Two Simple Charts. Tyler Durden – “In order to control public opinion of the masses, the ruling class should “regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments [soldiers’] bodies.” [Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)]

COVID-19 Lies Go Viral. Betsy McCaughey – “Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus.”

Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos. I & I Editorial Board – “Nearly every news story about mail-in voting asserts that there’s no evidence that it will increase fraud. Really?”

Will Democrats accept election loss? New report says no. Byron York – “For weeks, there have been news reports and commentary on whether President Trump will “accept” the results of November’s election.” … “there is another, equally pressing question: Will Democrats accept the results of the election if Joe Biden loses?”

“The report comes from a secretive group called the Transition Integrity Project. A bipartisan, anti-Trump organization, TIP was created last year by Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks and historian and think tanker Nils Gilman, “out of concern that the Trump administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and transition process.”

The report gave some reasons why Democrats would be willing to defy the constitutional structure of American presidential elections to put Biden in the White House.

The New Old Obama. Victor Davis Hanson – “Why is Barack Obama reemerging with greater frequency now? There are a few reasonable suppositions.” … “His latest weaponization of the funeral of John Lewis revealed all the Obama signature characteristics. … his politicizing riff is cynical and in some ways a cruel hijacking of a funeral.”

The Dubious ‘Peaceful Protestors’. Bruce Thornton – “Peaceful protestors” have been seen coordinating with rioters to help them avoid the police, and acting as human shields. Indeed such coordination between shock-troops and “non-violent” political actors has typified revolutionary movements since the French Revolution. And there have been only a few examples of truly peaceful protestors separating themselves from the rioters and looters, or issuing public condemnations. But they have been overwhelmed by the thousands of protestors intermingling with the “hijackers.”

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observable, logical way seems missing in action

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.”

Trump Threatens Legal Action Over Nevada’s Decision To Send Mail-In Ballots To All Voters. Ben Wilson – “the bill was passed and gives Governor Steve Sisolak the power to order Cegavske to alter the election process during a state of emergency. … Additionally, the bill expands who can turn in ballots — potentially opening the door for ballot harvesting”

Physician-moms fight back against anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers. Laura Zimmermann et al – “Recently, the nation was riveted by photos of the wall of Portland moms who were tear-gassed while forming a human shield of linked arms and bodies to protect Black Lives Matter protesters from federal agents.” (1) the cases for vaccinations and for face masks are not equivalent by any honest assessment and it is dishonest to pick out a correlation between these issues – a logical fallacy. (2) the ‘moms’ were being used as human shields for violent rioters, not protesters. They were complicit in the refusal to comply with appropriate police requests and in the assault and battery on others conducted with objects thrown by those the ‘moms’ were protecting. The sort of falsely based moral preening serving as a pretext for this opinion serves to more to describe the medical professions complicity in the abandonment of the values of the society that provides them opportunity and their profession that gives them income as well as a sense of fulfillment in their lives.

These ‘Inconvenient’ Data Patterns Destroy the Established Coronavirus Narrative. Scott Morefield — “the patterns I’m noticing have me scratching my head. As someone who doesn’t sit well with cognitive dissonance, media gaslighting, and especially governmental overreach, if I’m being told I shouldn’t or can’t go out and that I’m not allowed to breathe free air when I do, the evidence on the ground should damn-well comport with the “logic” they are giving us to justify their extreme measures. But they aren’t, not in any observable, logical way.”

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Victor Davis Hanson — “Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.”

 

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this stopped being about science long ago

Marco Rubio Gets on Call with President Trump and Defends Mail-in Voting. Jim Hoft – “It’s the reason Nevada Democrats on Saturday passed mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in their special session just 97 days before the national election. … They know it’s easier to cheat that way.”

The Choice Before Us. Roger Kimball – “This time, we’ve traveled to the very edge of the abyss.” … The clips of the savages burning Bibles put me in mind of Heinrich Heine’s solemn observation that Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen: “Wherever people burn books, they also end up burning men.”

8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions. Margot Cleveland – “Notwithstanding Democrats’ attempts to prevent William Barr from setting the record straight, the attorney general dismantled major fake news headlines over the last two months.” Here’s a catalog. Compare and contrast to any such catalog those who bray that ‘Trump lies’ can put up.

It Is Resistance, Not Trump, That Needs To Learn To Accept Election Results. Mollie Hemingway – “Given what they’ve put the country through since November 2016, the groups that need to be asked if they will accept an election loss in November 2020 are the media, Democratic politicians, and other Resistance activists.”

When ‘j’accuse’ is just a smear. Charles Lipson – “The false, malicious attacks on the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass” … “In today’s woke world, it is risky to speak such hard truths about gang shootings, unprosecuted shoplifting, looting, carjackings and more.”

“The dangers are real, but John Kass did not contribute to them. He shouldn’t be attacked for something he did not do. It’s perfectly fine to debate the substance of his arguments. It’s perfectly despicable to smear the writer with bogus charges.

Wrecking the American Dream. Robert Stacy McCain – “Yes, suburbanites, Democrats plan to destroy your community.”

“One of the basic tasks of the political Left, not only in contemporary America but on a worldwide basis ever since the French Revolution, is to identify those social institutions that are healthy and functional, then ruin them completely, and call this result “reform.” Sometimes millions of people die as a result of the Left’s appetite for “reform” (e.g., collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union), but always innocent people are made to suffer on behalf of the allegedly idealistic motives of the self-anointed progressive “reformers.”

The problem in America, according to the Democrats, is not our crime-ridden inner cities (“Chicago homicides increase 50 percent in 2020, 139 percent in July alone, data shows”). No, the real problem is those folks living quietly out in the suburbs, with their three-bedroom homes, their quarter-acre lawns and their tree-shaded cul-de-sacs. According to Democrats, it is wrong for prosperous suburbanites to enjoy their safety and tranquility, and therefore, the suburbs must be destroyed.

This is not “reform,” it’s revenge:

“Affordable housing” is the wrecking ball with which Democrats intend to destroy your tree-shaded way of life, not because they expect to derive any benefit from ruining your neighborhood, but simply because they take sadistic pleasure in destruction. We’re now three months away from Election Day, and time may be running out on the American Dream.

 

Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “Like anyone who’s paid the slightest bit of attention during this pandemic, you’ve probably noticed how the narrative regarding cloth face masks has evolved.” … “this stopped being about science long ago.”

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Stay aware. Stay calm. Don’t get caught up in their play

Babylon Bee: Founding Fathers Strapped Down In Graves To Prevent Further SpinningAliens Report No Intelligent Life On Earth After Landing In Portland.

We’re Seeing the Death Rattle of the Revolution, Not Its Birth. Sarah Hoyt – “There is a reason it was a little boy who cried “the king goes naked.”

“Once your eyes are open you’ll see it everywhere. Which is good, because this stupid mythos, this tissue of half-baked wishful thinking and the toddler’s scream of “it’s not fair,” has permeated society to such an extent that you’re looking at the current spastic insanity from the left as they are.

a lot of what they’re doing echoes revolutions from the French to the Russian, to a lot of other revolutions throughout the 20th century.

What you should ask yourself, actually, and give an honest answer to, is how these revolutions can all be so similar to each other, step by step and touch by touch in completely different times and societies.

And if you answer honestly, you’ll realize it’s because these events are being staged. In the cargo-cult religion of the left, if they do these things this way, the power will devolve to them, utopia will be installed, and everyone will be happy, even the evil bad rightists after they are re-educated.

Stay aware. Stay calm. Don’t get caught up in their play. This is their last push.

And if history is any guide, it will fail. The only question now is how high a butcher’s bill will we have to pay.

Summer of Love: Huge Majority of Americans Now Concerned About Rising Crime, Feckless Democrat Prosecutors. Bryan Preston – “The message is getting through. It already got through to the “mostly peaceful” protesters, who have intensified their protests into nightly assaults…”

COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago. I & I Editorial Board – “Note the sneering attitude. Deaths are skyrocketing while an out-of-touch Republican governor talks about “positive trends.” … “if the crisis is passing in states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere, shouldn’t the public know about that? And why are the media acting as though it’s getting worse?”

A COVID Border Battle. John Hinderaker – “In the ongoing debate over whether shutdowns have been useful, a comparison of Minnesota and Wisconsin is a valuable data point. These two adjoining states are of comparable population, demographics, history and geography. A Wisconsinite is basically a Minnesotan without the smugness.” … “In any event, Wisconsin’s experience casts serious doubt on the claim that draconian shutdowns successfully prevent COVID fatalities.”

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Victor Davis Hanson – “Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.” … “If there is any common denominator to this madness, it is apparently that the past was toxic, and erasing it in the present will make for a more just and united future.”

“If there is any coherent message in this otherwise incoherent summer, it is that a few thousand wannabees have launched a revolution with the full expectation that their own careers in the universities, media, sports, and politics will be thereby enhanced—and enhanced in the most remuneratively Western and capitalist fashion possible.

The Cease Fire That Won’t Be. Anthony L. DeWitt – “For Democrats, this could be their time to shine. This could be their time to show they actually can accomplish something useful. … But, it won’t.”

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cargo cult fetish

Corporate Media Is Ignoring Broadest Riots In U.S. History, But Americans Hurt By These Riots Aren’t. Michael Tracey – “This, along with the pandemic, is clearly the preeminent political issue of Summer 2020 — as opposed to the presidential campaign, which is almost like an afterthought.” This is reposted from Medium at the Federalist. Strange to see a TDS problem (e.g. “daily antics of Donald Trump”) poke through the mist but otherwise provides a broad scope for the civil misbehavior that is rather frightening.

“Despite the incredible amount of destruction that I’ve personally witnessed, it’s only a tiny fraction. If I hadn’t made a point to spend six weeks traveling around the country, I never would’ve gotten this information.

Is a “national conversation” warranted here? I don’t know. That’s a ridiculous cliche, anyway. But I do know the enormity of what transpired over these past two months has not been adequately conveyed.

We Asked Our Readers to Send Photos of the Democrat Party Sanctioned Destruction and Rioting in their Community — We Were Shocked at What They Sent In. Jim Hoft – “The mainstream media HAS YET to air this destruction from the weeks of Democrat-endorsed violence and destruction.” The market in plywood and OSB must be soaring.

The lunacy of the ‘largely peaceful protest’. Robert Jackman – “People have been sniggering at that one ever since May 30 when a wretched MSNBC reporter repeated the mantra — ‘it is not, generally speaking, unruly’ — while standing in front of a burning police station.” … “By now, the mainstream media has perfected the mendacious gambit with a sort of stereoscopic vision, saying one thing while also saying the opposite.” … “The whole farce reminds me of George Orwell’s tart reminder about how the corruption of language abets political corruption and vice-versa.”

Attorney General William Barr Squares Off With House Democrats Over Protests, Russiagate. Tyler Durden – “which should be fun since Chairman Nadler thinks the violence in Portland is a ‘myth.’” Then there’s the Durham investigation, holder Russian collusion investigation rumors and allegations, and the Flynn case …

Barr speaks. Scott Johnson – “His opening statement has been uploaded to Scrbid. I have embedded it below.”

Outsiders Like Me Know America Is The Greatest Country In The World. Nikola Kedhi – “Despite 45 years of Soviet propaganda demonizing the United States, Albanians never forgot what President Reagan often referred to as the ‘shining city on a hill.’”

“Today, however, as America finds itself under attack, it falls upon not just Americans, but to every one of us to return the favor and stand beside it in its hour of need. The ideology that invaded my country for half a century, tore down monuments and tradition, replaced freedom with oppression, prohibited freedom of speech, encouraged spying, swapped hope with terror, and brought famine instead of prosperity, is now trying to destroy the United States of America.

This evil ideology knows as long as America exists, all nations will look at it for strength, inspiration, and courage, and will fight for their dignity and freedoms. The heralds of the radical leftist ideology infecting the United States have gathered their strength and are trying to destroy American. A nation that gives equal opportunities to every man and woman, the population who welcomes everyone into its bosom, the system that encourages economic success, entrepreneurship, innovation, and risk-taking is now facing threats from within.

Biden: If I Lose It’s Because Trump Stole The Election. I & I Editorial Board – “Joe Biden is leading in the polls by wide margins, but he’s already making excuses should he lose to Donald Trump in November.” This is ugly. “Biden claims that merely by raising the specter of widespread fraud brought on by these Democratic voting schemes, Trump is trying to steal the election.”

Are You Sure ‘Vote for Joe Biden or We’ll Kill You’ Is the Best Campaign Pitch? Stacey Lennox – “Supporters of a candidate with confidence in the politician’s ability to win based on making the better argument don’t usually use the heckler’s-veto-on-steroids to coerce people to their point of view. ”

“The idea that President Trump is framing this as some sort of urban/rural divide is just intellectually dishonest. Brownstein is part of an elite corporate media that has been denigrating vast swaths of Americans between the coasts since the 2016 primaries. Deplorable, backward, uneducated, and the full complement of -ists and -isms have been applied with a broad brush. These geniuses just assume there is not an intellectual argument to be made that opposes their worldview.

“It Reeks Of Orwell” – The COVID Coup (& How To Unlock Ourselves). Angelo Codevilla – “Bad judgments and usurpations—the scam, not the germs—define this disaster’s dimensions.”

“What history will record as the great COVID scam of 2020 is based on 1) a set of untruths and baseless assertions—often outright lies—about the novel coronavirus and its effects; 2) the production and maintenance of physical fear through a near-monopoly of communications to forestall challenges to the U.S.. ruling class, led by the Democratic Party, 3) defaulted opposition on the part of most Republicans, thus confirming their status as the ruling class’s junior partner. No default has been greater than that of America’s Christian churches—supposedly society’s guardians of truth.

Since obfuscation, pretense, and lies concerning the COVID-19 are the effective agents of the panic and of the seizure of arbitrary power, truth and clarity about it are the foundational requirements for escaping its effects. Here is a dose.

Irrefutable if indirect indication that COVID is no plague also comes from comparison between the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 during any given period with the number of deaths due to all causes for the same period—despite official inflation in the number of deaths attributed to the virus.

This last is an example of gross evidence of the sort that impugns many of the poorly based conclusions and presumptions used for FUD mongering.

California Coronavirus Cases are “Plateauing” Because of Face Masks. Daniel Greenfield – “Conflating social distancing and wearing masks is iffy. There’s little to no evidence that masks do anything.” … “Masks have become a cargo cult fetish in the wargaming of the pandemic. There are spikes in places where people wear masks and don’t wear masks.” The gross evidence speaks again.

Coronavirus in one state (78). Scott Johnson – “New deaths attributed by the authorities to COVID-19 are vanishingly low.” … “It should be difficult for Governor Walz to continue one-man rule in Minnesota. It should be difficult to sustain the panic underlying his exercise of “emergency” authority.”

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Laying the groundwork in quicksand

Democrats continue to lay the groundwork for Resistance II: The Civil War. Andrea Widburg – “How does one get ready to overthrow the duly elected president of the United States? After all, the Democrats’ Deep State efforts during Trump’s first term have failed. Democrats are therefore getting their ducks in a row for a more aggressive challenge.”

“facts are irrelevant. Leftist fanatics like Waters and Reid believe that, when Trump follows both the letter and spirit of the law to protect federal property, he is conducting a trial run for a coup attempt

Beginning with George Washington stepping down after his second term, and right up until 2016, the peaceful transition of power in America has been enviable. In 2016, the Democrats reneged on that social contract with an attempted backdoor coup. In the lead-up to November 2020, like a rattlesnake shaking its tail, Democrats are signaling that Phase II of the “Resistance” is going to be even more “in your face” than before.

Biden and the Democrats Can’t Win by Insulting Americans. J.B. Shurk – “”

“Donald Trump insulted the D.C. mammon-worshippers who sold out American workers for communist China, and 68% of Americans agreed. He insulted a political class that had done nothing but aid and abet illegal immigration at the southern border, and 57% of Americans agreed. He insulted the self-appointed priests of political correctness, and 65% of Americans agreed. He insulted an American government golem that has spent more time and money fighting foreign wars than building bridges, fixing roads, and constructing state-of-the-art airports at home, and 58% of Americans agreed. Sometimes he did it with a well crafted speech, sometimes with a raucous rallying cry, and other times with a schoolyard taunt that fixed itself firmly around his opponent’s neck like a clove of freshly cut garlic. What he never did was insult indiscriminately, and he never turned his ire toward the American people. What President Trump has always understood, and what the Democrats have found too difficult to grasp, is that the “art of the insult” works only when you target the small number of people with all the power, not the great majority of Americans with no power at all.

Hillary Clinton called half of America “deplorable” and “irredeemable,” … Jemele Hill is certain that every single Trump voter is inherently racist … The NFL and Team USA Olympians and other sporty turncoats have decided to turn their backs on a national anthem we sing to honor the sacrifice of all before us and the promise of national unity for all ahead, and they may be surprised to find that Americans have no need to pay homage to athletes who can’t pay homage to heroes. … And Joe Biden, having entered the race for the presidency under the pretense of returning the nation back to the “normalcy” of the Obama years, has decided to openly embrace the Democrats’ hatred for everything American by promising a “fundamental transformation” of the country the likes of which we’ve never seen.

There could be no greater insult to Americans than to ignore their wishes on immigration, burn their flag, tear up their Constitution, and spit on the graves of their loved ones while undertaking to deprive them of exactly what their loved ones fought to preserve.

A question for Jeremy Olson [updated]. Scott Johnson – “One-man rule is supposed to be a short-time affair, but that’s not how it’s working out. It’s a long, long way to temporary.” … “One has to read the enforcement provisions of the order in paragraph 20 on pages 13-14 of the 15-page order to understand the in terrorem effect that is intended. It’s not Minnesota nice.”

The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It. Harvey A. Risch – “the medication has become highly politicized. … the drug has not been used properly in many studies … concerns have been raised by the FDA and others about risks”

“In the future, I believe this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence. But for now, reality demands a clear, scientific eye on the evidence and where it points. For the sake of high-risk patients, for the sake of our parents and grandparents, for the sake of the unemployed, for our economy and for our 1polity, especially those disproportionally affected, we must start treating immediately.

Lies! Racist! Tyrant! Dictator! And on and on … just who you talkin’ about?

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Surreal, Mayors versus their cities

Chicago Mayor Denies Trump’s Help While 15 Are Shot Near Funeral Home. Elizabeth Vaughn – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted the following message on Twitter: “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.” … “At nearly the same moment, a group of people standing outside of a South Chicago funeral home was fired upon from a passing vehicle.” Who is “terrorizing” residents?

“Lightfoot’s comment was a reference to Democrats’ wild claims that “unmarked jackbooted stormtrooper thugs” were “randomly rounding up people” in Portland, Oregon last Friday night.

Lightfoot is mistaken. A video posted to Twitter by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), shows a suspect being apprehended by Customs and Border Protection agents and being walked to an unmarked van. The word “POLICE” appears in large yellow letters on the front of their uniforms. Additionally, the agents wore shoulder patches obscured by the darkness of the video.

In a statement, DHS clarified, “The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter. The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.”

On Tuesday, before both Lightfoot’s tweet in which she vowed not to allow federal troops into the city and the shooting outside the funeral home, The Tribune reported that she had agreed to allow federal agents in. According to The Tribune:

Portland Mayor Tear Gassed By Federal Agents During Wednesday Protest. Tyler Durden – “Wheeler has sided with the rabble over the government he was elected to represent, denouncing the federal “stormtroopers” who have been “abducting” residents of his city, according to the AP.”

De Blasio: We’ll sue if Trump orders federal police to defend federal property in NYC. Ed Morrissey – “Alternative headline: Bill de Blasio enjoys new hobby of losing in court.” … “Trump and the federal executive branch has clear authority and jurisdiction to send its own personnel to enforce the law and protect property on federal grounds. Suing Trump makes for great “bluster,” a quality de Blasio accuses Trump of having, but it will go nowhere.” … “Rather than looking for new ways of losing in federal court, shouldn’t mayors look for new ways to enforce the law and keep the peace in their cities?”

Legal Docs: St. Louis Prosecutor Tampered With Evidence In McCloskey Gun Case. Tristan Justice – “It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz told the local news.

New FBI Notes Re-Debunk Major NYT Story, Highlight Media Collusion To Produce Russia Hoax. Mollie Hemingway – “The New York Times in 2017 falsely reported that the Trump campaign had ‘repeated’ contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign, and instead of being held accountable for publishing lies, the story’s authors received Pulitzer prizes.” … “Leaks Real, News Fake”

Mitt Romney questions Trump getting ‘cozy’ with dictators, direction of GOP. Dennis Romboy – “Sen. Mitt Romney says he doesn’t know where the Republican Party is headed as the president cozies up to dictators, and character doesn’t seem to matter in leaders anymore.” Denial is ugly to see and Utah is getting quite a dose.

Sacrificing Children to Progressive Politics. Bruce Thornton – “How kids have become collateral damage in the quest to “fundamentally transform” America.”

Education, our most important social institution already long corrupted by ideological fads and deteriorating standards, is heading for complete collapse in order to serve the political and pecuniary interests of the progressive technocracy … Children are just collateral damage.

Of course, these decisions to sequester the cohort least vulnerable to the virus are being sold as the result of “science” and a concern for “safety.” But across the world evidence from real science shows that kids in school pose little danger to themselves or others.

For children, these real experiences are a critical part of their character development and socialization. School is where we make friends or enemies, find our first boyfriends and girlfriends, have our first conflicts and fights, and first learn, successfully or not, how to adjust to a world that is more various, complicated, dangerous, and fulfilling than we ever imagined, not to mention indifferent to our egos and feelings. The worlds on a screen, whether video games, tweets, videos, or canned curricula cannot substitute for that world. Instead, they distort and dehumanize it.

So why are so many governors and others so eager to deny children these critical experiences of actual human reality?

What we are witnessing is the true nature of the progressives. For a hundred years they have yearned for autocratic powers so they can create their utopia of “social justice” and absolute “equality.” In fact, from the bloody streets of Portland to the diktats of governors, from the cancel-culture mobs baying for the jobs and reputations of dissenters to the bougie anarchist punks of Antifa and the calculating hustlers of Black Lives Matter––the reality and aims of progressivist Democrats are clear: power and its perks.

President Trump Can Use the Crisis to Dramatically Transform Education. Daniel Greenfield – “Taxpayers are spending billions on schools and teachers who won’t teach.” … “millions are being spent on protective equipment, not because LAUSD schools are teaching students, but because they’re open only to illegally use federal funds to serve food to the homeless. … And the situation at LAUSD is typical of the broken Democrat school model across the country.”

Were the Lockdowns Effective at All? Steven Hayward – “the full study makes clear, much more important in the outcomes were underlying demographics and health co-morbidities, and the general economic profile of the country”

MSNBC’s Heilemann: Could Trump Declare ‘Martial Law’ to Stay in Power? Trent Baker – “Heilemann on “Morning Joe” highlighted that Trump has been “willing” to use federal police officers on “peaceful demonstrators” since George Floyd’s death and he has set himself up to not accept the upcoming election results if it does not go in his favor.” Peaceful demonstrators? Really? And then consider the Generals who are saying they won’t even follow lawful orders based on precedent to quell violence. Surreal delusion indeed.

The Climate Virus: Hysteria Needs To Shelter In Place. I & I Editorial Board – “Give the global warming alarmists credit. They never let circumstances distract them. Even amidst a pandemic, they continue to pump fear and fanaticism. It doesn’t matter to them if their fearmongering produces grave human costs. … Take a look at these headlines from just the last few days:”

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Credibility gone? Here’s some ideas for you.

Eric Hoffer – “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”

Five Reasons Public Health Experts Have Lost Credibility. Alex Berezow, Josh Bloom – “Incompetence, waffling, moving the goalposts, disregarding unintended consequences, and being political have hurt Americans’ confidence in their public health institutions.” “Extreme partisanship” is also listed but that one is where the column loses its own credibility by pushing a false assumption of generality. See The Social Justice Cult Really Hates Parler – Here’s Why… (Tyler Durden) for a measure of this false assumption: “The claim by Twitter that they have no political bias is typical leftist misdirection.” … “analysts have shown in the past, conservatives are somehow FOUR TIMES more likely to be accused of “neutral” policy violations than leftists on Twitter.”

Regarding the Wuhan virus, if you think you’re being lied to, you’re right. Andrea Widburg – “politicians – usually Democrats — are using the virus as an excuse to achieve non-virus goals.” … “What’s starting to leak out, though, is that this new data about rising cases and deaths is being manipulated, whether intentionally or accidentally.” … “Here are five stories to remind you that you’re being lied to:”

The Unraveling Narrative Behind The Atlantic’s Defund-The-Police ‘Shooting’ Tale. Christopher Bedford – “A powerful story published by The Atlantic has a serious problem: proof it ever happened.” It’s a takedown of another race baiting hoax, this time presented as Fake News.

The Media’s Jihad Against Sweden’s No-Lockdown Policy Ignores Key Facts. Tyler Durden – “But no matter what the data shows, it is always assumed that lockdowns work well, and the fact that nonlockdown Sweden has a death rate similar to harsh-lockdown France can only be explained by claiming France didn’t lock down harshly enough or long enough.”

Kayleigh McEnany is so effective that the MSM now lying by deceptively editing her comments. Thomas Lifson – “Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner explains and presents multiple examples of lies reported by the propaganda media:”

America’s Reporters and Editors Are Liars. John Hinderaker – “A sound adage holds that you should never assume malice when stupidity is a sufficient explanation. Here, the only explanation is malice. No one is as stupid as America’s reporters and editors pretend to be.”

Democrats Don’t Have the Winning Hand. Conrad Black – “Even with the incessant Democratic media effort to terrify the entire population out of its wits over the COVID-19 pandemic, it will no longer be possible to represent Trump as President Chaos.” … “BLM and Antifa can riot and pillage and desecrate American history, but the people can’t go to school, houses of worship, or public entertainments. The inert, contemptible Democratic big-city mayors are sitting ducks for Trumpian abuse. Who has the winning hand, again?”

Mueller and Weissmann Op-Eds Greatly at Odds With Their Report and Evidence. Aaron Maté – “the Russia investigation’s two lead prosecutors published op-eds in the nation’s top newspapers that fueled the collusion narrative their own investigation failed to validate.” It’s another detailed takedown.

George Will’s over-the-top attack on Donald Trump. Paul Mirengoff – “If we have a gangster government, Will should be able to point to serious crimes committed by members of the administration in their official capacities. Will points to none. Normally, a master of turning a phrase, he is reduced in this column to name calling and hyperbole.” … “I understand that Will dislikes Donald Trump. I don’t like Trump either. But one would have to detest Trump to consider writing an attack piece as superficial as the one Will has produced. And even in that case, one should have the self-discipline not to write it.”

 

An Historian Explains How ‘Cancel Columbus’ Controversy Came To Be. Silvio Laccetti – “It is time that all people become aware of the hidden origins of this anti-Columbian movement, citing the original instigators, their motives and the propaganda they have used to make a villain out of one of the world’s great heroes.” … “the most significant figure in the Anti-Columbian tempest was the Marxist historian Howard Zinn, whose chapter on Columbus is quoted verbatim by all dissidents.” … “We must understand how, when, where and why this anti-Columbus movement began. Only then can we attack erroneous, agenda-driven history.”

Instapundit NPR broadcast precis – “NPR ran a segment about the scandalous decision of the Trump administration to change the Covid-related reporting that hospitals are now doing.” … “Remember, they say they need taxpayer money and listener donations to support “quality journalism.” This is another case of where an administrative action to streamline processes is under attack in a manner similar to that illustrated above on McEnnany about opening public schools.

Despite Media Hype, Sea Levels Are Not Rising, Flooding Is Not ‘Extraordinary’. H. Sterling Burnett – “It is sad so many people have been hoodwinked by the climate change-flood connection hyped by holdovers from previous presidential administrations at NOAA, who, ever clamoring for more funding, erroneously imply that human climate change is causing increased coastal flooding and rising sea levels. In reality, climate change has little to nothing to do with rising and declining sea levels.”

Apocalypse never. Scott Johnson – “Michael Shellenberger is author of the new book” … “I have posted Jonathan Kay’s podcast with Shellenberger below. They talk global warming, natural disasters, media scaremongering—and why the world is actually getting safer. This seems to me a useful introduction to heterodox thought on the subject for students and others subject who might be open to hearing the other side of the story from someone who used to be a leader of the other side.”

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Correlation isn’t causation but it can sure stimulate some interesting ideas

Why Is Hillary Clinton Support In 2016 Correlated With Cities’ 2020 Riots? Chuck DeVore – “The greater percentage of support for Hillary Clinton in 2016, the more likely a city was to suffer wanton destruction in connection with the ‘mostly peaceful’ protests in 2020.” … “Let’s Run the Numbers”

“The left and major media say the urban violence often accompanying protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 is a direct descendant of America’s past paroxysms of racial unrest. As such, the looting and arson in major cities is claimed to be the righteous child of Baltimore (2015), Ferguson (2014), Los Angeles (1992), and even the widespread riots in America’s major cities following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

But is it really? Or could it be something entirely different?

In 2020, Floyd’s death appeared to trigger something different. Rather than a spark, a signal flare was sent aloft, with prepared cadres launching protests in cities across the nation often followed by violence late into the night.

That a city’s political leanings are more likely to lead to a breakdown in law and order in service of political protest shouldn’t be a surprise.

Why did the leaders of the hardest-hit cities decide to give space to destroy?

Unfortunately, it is often the case in politics and revolutions that the common people—the proletariat—are sacrificed for the movement.

David French Reveals The Depth Of Intellectual Dishonesty Needed For The NeverTrumpers’ Vituperation of Roger Stone. Shipwreckedcrew – “if you’re looking for “facts”, David French’s “story” isn’t the place to start.” … “there is evidence in the Mueller Report that reveals the “hit job” that was performed on Roger Stone, and the level of disinformation that permeates the Report if you recognize when things look out of place.”

The “Lincoln Project” is a fraud. Paul Mirengoff – “you probably would have believed, as the Communist International wanted the naive to, that the Abraham Lincoln Brigade was fighting for establishing American-style democracy in Spain.”

“This year’s election has spawned something called the Lincoln Project, which has been running powerful anti-Trump ads on television. It holds itself out as having serious policy differences with Democrats and as opposing President Trump not out of ideological preference, but out of “fidelity to the Constitution.”

Who Funds The Lincoln Project? Exactly Whom You Expect [National Review]. David Harsanyi – “If The Lincoln Project was exclusively campaigning against Donald Trump, one might be tempted to believe it wasn’t merely an arm of the Democratic Party. If one of its co-founders, John Weaver, hadn’t been registered as a foreign agent lobbying for a Russia-owned nuclear-energy company against U.S. sanctions not long ago, one might accept that the group believed the conspiracy theories it spreads.”

“The media can keep calling you “Republicans,” but if you support Democrats, take Democratic Party positions, make voting for Democrats all the way down the ticket a binary choice and moral imperative, and then take most of your money from big Democratic Party donors, you’re a Democrat. That’s fine. You should embrace it.

I’m not really a fan of making a big deal over a group’s funding. Your arguments should stand on their own. I don’t care who pays you. But if you advertise your cause as something it’s not, you’re a fraud. And the biggest funders of The Lincoln Project aren’t distraught Republicans but long-time Democratic Party operatives.

A Pandemic of Democrat Proportions. Michael J. Mueller – “The most virulent scourge affecting the United States today is not the Wuhan coronavirus; rather, it’s the politicization of the pandemic by leftist Democrats to remove a duly elected President. History has never witnessed a more concerted effort to negate the will of the American electorate.” … “This irrational response to a virus lethal to only a small segment of Americans, was meticulously orchestrated.”

“The President has his back against the wall enduring “death by a thousand cuts” as Democrat lies, misinformation and fearmongering continue to influence the electorate. When coronavirus infections diminish as expected in the coming months, Democrats will, once again, pull out their knives to make the next cut — probably another impeachment. As we get closer to the November election, these new crises will undoubtedly make coronavirus and the violent riots against “systemic racism” pale in comparison.

The Smithsonian Has Lost Its Mind. Steven Hayward – “When it comes to wokeness, it’s one thing for academia to go nuts (they’re already 98 percent there), and worrisome that corporate America has rolled over so easily for the latest racial shakedowns. But the Smithsonian Institution?” … “the real show-stopper is the graphic table of White Culture (rendered more schematically here), which I post here in two installments. Take it in slowly:”

Mask mandates are a public health menace. Michelle Malkin – “Jared Polis, the Democratic governor of Colorado, thinks those of us who oppose scientifically dubious, constitutionally suspect and dangerously overbroad face mask mandates are “selfish bastards.” … “I think Polis is a pandering pandemic control freak endangering public health, safety, and sanity.” … “There. Now that the name-calling is out of the way, let’s talk facts.”

The Modern Food Miracle. Guy Sorman – “Science and commerce feed the world.” … “Hunger, which has accompanied humanity from our beginnings, has practically disappeared. Isolated cases of malnutrition—but not of famine—remain, due to local conflict and extreme forms of poverty, themselves on their way to remission.”

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Nothing but the wind in the bullshit trees

Media Attacks Trump For A Factual Statement About Law Enforcement And Race. Jordan Davidson – “The media is famous for its attempts to completely assassinate and misconstrue Trump’s words to benefit its agenda and this week was no exception.” … “While one MSNBC reporter even acknowledged that Trump’s statement was true, he still proceeded to criticize him.” … “Others, however, saw the hypocritical treatment Trump received for the statement from the media right away.”

“It’s not merely an assertion; it’s a fact. We’re only surprised by the facts—when someone dares to utter them—because we’ve been brainwashed by the media to believe lies,” one user quipped.

“Trump’s instinct that Americans are tired of the media dividing us into racial groups every 5 minutes is correct. He should stick to it,” quipped David Marcus.

Just this month, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and others criticized and misconstrued President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore celebrating Independence Day calling it “dark and divisive” and “inflammatory” despite his words celebrating the Founding Fathers.

The Children’s Book Council and ‘Young Dark Emu’. Joanna Hackett – “A particularly disturbing aspect of _Young Dark Emu_ is Pascoe’s interpretation of the interaction between the British arrivals and the Aboriginal people. His bias is extraordinary.” … “A book that purports to be the truth when in fact it is not has no place in a child’s library ”

“I have also asked the CBCA to consider withdrawing their support for Pascoe’s book and I would encourage those who care about what their children read to do the same. As yet, I have not had a reply.

“So what is going on here?” I ask myself from my coronavirus-induced isolation. “Why is nobody standing up and shouting to the rooftops that Bruce Pascoe has no clothes? What are you all afraid of?”

I listen for an answer but hear nothing. Nothing but the wind in the bullshit trees.

How To Create A Pandemic Panic…And Keep It Going. I & I Editorial Board – “Why the continued panic when we know that the disease is far less lethal than originally feared?”

“If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic is a textbook example of how to create fear and anxiety that is out of proportion to the threat, and spur panic-induced policies that needlessly kill people (like seniors in New York nursing homes). It also demonstrates how to keep the panic going, even as evidence piles up that the initial fears were wildly exaggerated.

Here are five steps that the got the coronavirus panic started and why it continues to this day.

Trump Just Removed A Major Barrier To Fixing Roads And Bridges. Laura Perrotta – “To be sure, all major construction projects — including ones related to infrastructure — deserve careful scrutiny when it comes to their potential environmental impacts. On the other hand, the duplicative, costly, and time-consuming way in which NEPA is being implemented to create unnecessarily long review periods is in no one’s best interest.”

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It’s just nuts

With Oklahoma Reservation Case, Supreme Court Tells Congress To Keep Its Promises. Joshua Lawson – “The Supreme Court’s ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma affirms core principles of American justice and constitutional law while also righting a grave wrong.”

“In a 5-4 decision, the court declared in McGirt v. Oklahoma that a vast portion of Oklahoma is Indian country for the purposes of the Major Crimes Act. The ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, affirms several cardinal precepts of the American republic: that we are to be governed by laws, not men; that promises should be honored, and that might must never be allowed to triumph over right.

The legal question involved in the case was never the guilt of Jimcy McGirt, undisputed by both sides, but whether the land granted to the Creek Nation holds — and should have always been viewed as retaining — its status as “Indian country.”

The dissenters, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, say decades of congressional and demographic intrusions into eastern Oklahoma sufficiently demonstrate the intent of Congress to disestablish the reservation. Yet, as the U.S. Congress never adopted any single statute that explicitly disestablished or terminated the promised reservation status, the majority of the Supreme Court ruled that 19 million acres of eastern Oklahoma is Indian country for the purposes of criminal prosecutions involving American Indian defendants or victims.

Non-Indian residents of eastern Oklahoma are not affected by McGirt, which simply shifts the responsibility of major crimes prosecutions committed by American Indians in Oklahoma’s Indian country from the state to the federal government. The decision also doesn’t change land ownership. Private property is not touched, just as I own the property where my house rests and not my state.

the Constitution does grant Congress the power to fully, explicitly, and brazenly break treaties with Indians in full public view if they so desire and if they have the stomach for it.

This could get interesting in the ‘woke’ era, especially in light of revelations that the Indians involved in the migration from Florida to Oklahoma were prominent owners of African slaves.

Democrats’ Weaponization Of Justice Justifies Roger Stone’s Commutation. Elad Hakim – “Roger Stone was just another pawn that Democrats tried to leverage in order to get to Trump. Once again, they failed.” … “The fact that Democrats are angry at the president’s decision is yet another sign of their abject failure.”

White House Leakers Beware; Mark Meadows Has Been Setting Traps. Tyler Durden – “The Trump administration has been plagued with leaks from establishment loyalists – enemies of the administration who feel its their duty to undermine Trump’s agenda.” words like sedition and treason come to mind… This administration has a reason to be paranoid about information security.

Trump Needs to Scale the Real Wall of 2020. Victor Davis Hanson – “The president should emphasize not just the efficacy of his administration but its effects on real people. Focus on “Restoration 2021.” .. “In truth, the media, the universities, and the Left by weaponizing plague, lockdown and riot had found a winning strategy. ”

“The more Trump was bleeding out from a thousand such nicks, the more his enemies marshaled for the kill, and the more his political supporters hedged their bets.

What then was Trump to do? Three things.

Defend America … offer a blueprint for 2020 that builds upon his proven 2016 economic restoration. … Finally, Trump needs to emphasize not just the efficacy of his administration but its effects on real people.

Instead Of Arresting 300 People Who Broke Into Gated Community, St. Louis Confiscates Terrified Couple’s Unused Defense Rifle. Elizabeth Vaughn – “Rioters are not the victims we need to protect here. But St. Louis’s DA and ‘The View’ cohosts think the couple 300 agitators terrified on their own front lawn are the problem.”

“Although the use of firearms to protect one’s life and property is the reason our founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, leftists are questioning the couple’s actions.

Sorry ladies, but a mob of 300 BLM members trespassing through a private neighborhood forfeits their claim to the term “protestors.” The remedies Behar and Hostin suggest are just plain foolish. The McCloskeys told reporters that once they noticed two members of the mob were armed, they armed themselves and called 911. As mentioned earlier, the police never came.

The BLM group members are not the victims we need to protect here. The McCloskeys were entirely justified in their actions. Gardner’s concern over the couple’s threat of force against the “peaceful protestors” is just another politically motivated lie.

It’s just nuts to praise New York’s ‘success’ against coronavirus. Rich Lowry – “This is all perverse given that New York is only now emerging from one of the worst COVID debacles on the planet.” … “The outbreaks in other parts of the country aren’t anything like what happened in New York, at least not yet.”

Dr. Scott Atlas decries ‘ludicrous’ level of ‘hysteria’ among Democrats over school reopenings. Yael Halon – “Former Stanford Medical Center neurology chief insists ‘anyone who prioritizes children would open the schools’”

More Than a Fluke Driving Whales’ Resurgence. David Mason-Jones – “For centuries, seagoing cultures had chased whales, these hunts eventually being conducted on an industrial scale.” … “The part played by a favourable climate and marine environment has been critical in the whale population’s recovery.”

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Sacrifice the children! (so say teacher’s unions)

Trump Should Yank Federal Funds From Every School That Refuses To Open This Fall. Joy Pullmann – “As parents know well, online learning is generally a freemium product that, if it is offered, should come at a significant discount to taxpayers, not demands for more money during an induced recession.” … “Paying an average of $15,000 per year for every public schooled student is an absolutely ridiculous price for getting random worksheets, YouTube videos, chaos and confusion, and little personal attention.”

With no easy answer to reopening schools, educators face multiple dilemmas. Jackie Valley – “Kindergarten has so much more than just their letters and numbers,” she said. “It’s a lot more social emotion. It’s understanding what’s happening at school. It’s not being afraid at school.” … “the Nevada Education Association of Southern Nevada, which is the smaller of two local teacher unions, wrote Jara and the school board a letter last week saying its members are “categorically against” an in-person reopening.” Fear and panic are driving the discussion, not reason and evidence. Politics cannot be ignored, either.

LA Teachers Union Says Schools Can’t Reopen Unless Charter Schools Get Shut-Down, Police Defunded. Tyler Durden – “A major teachers union is claiming that the re-opening of schools in its district cannot occur without several substantial policy provisions in place, including a “moratorium” on charter schools and the defunding of local police.” … typical anti-American screed, it is.

When Will The Madness End? Jeffrey Tucker – “Underlying his brief comments were a presumption that there was nothing particularly unusual about this virus. We’ve evolved with them, and learned to treat them with calm and professionalism. What distinguished the current moment, he was suggesting, was not the virus but the unleashing of a kind of public madness. ”

“Eventually, people have and do come to their senses, but it is as Mackay said: people “go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

Stay Angry, Not Dispirited. Clarice Feldman – “I know that many of our readers are dispirited by all this insanity, and it does seem never ending. The conduct of people like the mayors of NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle, add to our growing feeling of national chaos. For a lot of political organizations, the Constitution and its promise of anti-discrimination, protections for property, and liberty seem to have no meaning.”

“Like baboons showing their rears to zoogoers, the election of President Trump caused the rotting institutions of America to reveal their least attractive features. The press has engaged in nonstop lying without remorse. The premier educational institutions have revealed their Marxist colors and disdain for the sifting and winnowing of ideas that once were their reason to be. The FBI, Department of Justice, and the courts have tipped their partisanship, and to their dishonor, the ethical grounding that once made them worthy of respect.

Why The Roger Stone Commutation Is Not As Controversial As The Outrage Mob Thinks. Jonathan Turley – “criticism of this commutation immediately seemed to be decoupled from any foundation in history or in the Constitution.” … “In reality, the commutation of Stone barely stands out in the old gallery of White House pardons, which are the most consistently and openly abused power in the Constitution.” … “Unlike many of these cases, there were legitimate questions raised about the Stone case.”

First Pelosi Wants to Pervert the Constitution, Now Nadler Thinks He Can Investigate Trump for Exercising Constitutional Power. Nick Arama – “At what point do they stop already? They will make a crime of something he clearly has the power to do, but they don’t care about reality.”

Phoenix Mayor Lied About Morgues Bringing In ‘Refrigerator Trucks’ To Store Overflow COVID Bodies. Tyler Durden – “Of course, it’s not difficult to imagine why Gallego made such a specious – and, some might argue, alarmist – claim” … politics first for the Left.

A suspicious fire at Mission San Gabriel and a curiously incurious press, parroting the left’s lies. Monica Showalter – “Sure, they’ll say it’s important not to jump to conclusions, but to not raise a few questions for a loss this momentous is dereliction of duty ,given how big a target this Mission was.”

It’s All About November 3. Roger Kimball – “The Democrats thought they could ride the tiger to victory. Instead, they will be consumed by the monster they created but could not control.”

“A new, flu-like virus is abroad in the land. The anti-Trump establishment goes to work: How can we blame it on Trump? He shuts down flights from China at the end of January: charge him with being racist and xenophobic. He consults experts. They tell him it is not a serious threat. He goes on television and says that: hysteria! Then he swings into action, mobilizes American manufacturing prowess and turns out more ventilators, protective gear, testing kits, and new therapies than anyone thought possible. The curve flattens. The political weapon that was COVID-19 falters. No problem. Declare a race war! Smash up the storefronts. Get everybody talking about racism all the time. Ignore the fact that the people overwhelmingly harmed by Black Lives Matter are inner-city blacks. Blame everything on Donald Trump.

The unremitting, monolithic wall of noise that has been crashing against Donald Trump since election day 2016 has gotten louder and louder, more cacophonous, more furious, more irrational. Everything is what it is, and not another thing. But the one thing that takes precedence over everything now is defeating Trump, which means defeating not only Trump himself but what he stands for—those 63 million voters who put him in office, for starters.

And just about now, a great chasm is opening up. The choice, they see, is not so much between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It is between the America they love—that Donald Trump celebrates—and the out-of-control forces of anti-American hatred that, though he does not understand them, Joe Biden manages to blink and nod and gibber around.

the fundamental choice is not really Donald Trump or Joe Biden. It is civilization and America on one side, anarchy and woke tyranny on the other. The Democrats thought they could ride the tiger to victory. Instead, they will be consumed by the monster they created but could not control.

It’s for the children!

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The winds of woke they boil for thee

Why Do So Many White Women Hate Themselves? Stella Morabito – “Amid societal unrest, woke white women are proving to be a brainwashed force to be reckoned with.” 

“Granted, the typical woke white woman today is not Patty Hearst. But we ought to ask about similar forms of persuasion that are common in the constant propaganda that grooms her in K-12 and higher education, and from media and celebrities. After years of constant messaging — particularly with the vilification of the enemy “other” — certain psychological patterns and scripts are bound to sink in.

There’s nothing new about emotional blackmail, but there is something new in how it is being used so blatantly to force people to support the Marxist Black Lives Matter chaos.

The problem with following the zeitgeist winds is that they can blow in horrific directions.

A final critical question is an unsettling one: Where does the woke white woman draw the line? If she can be an arsonist, a provocateur of black police officers, and an easy fit for a mob, then what else would she do?

How to Teach Americans to Hate Their Own Country — And How Not To. Danusha V. Goska – “What has inspired young Americans to rage against monuments to people who fought and died for justice and equality?” … “The degree to which such ideas now dominate education cannot be underestimated.” – the story of a new, idealistic scholar coming face to face with the reality of his teaching assignment.

“Black Lives Matter rioters tearing down statues and their media allies are acting out the selective outrage that Rothenberg inscribed and modeled in her text. In Rothenberg’s book, and in modern liberal media, only whites hate, whites only hate, and never help, and non-whites are only, ever, powerless victims. Truth is that which serves the party.

This isn’t just about fairness or patriotism. It’s about scholarship. To focus on slavery in America and to leave students, who have spent an entire semester and a lot of cash to take a class completely unaware of the much larger Muslim slave trade, is to trash any concept of scholarship.

Systemic Evolution (Patrick Mahomes) > Systemic Racism (Colin Kaepernick). Jason Whitlock – “There’s never been a better time to be black in America than right now.”

“The road to justice is not paved with distortions and blatant lies. Political power is. Evolution is this nation’s defining characteristic. Patrick Mahomes took advantage of it. Colin Kaepernick is exploiting it.

Cult Programming in Seattle. Christopher F. Rufo – “The city is training white municipal employees to overcome their “internalized racial superiority.”

“At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,” “perfectionism,” “intellectualization,” and “objectivity” are all vestiges of this internalized racial oppression and must be abandoned in favor of social-justice principles.

It’s important to point out that this “interrupting whiteness” training is not an anomaly. In recent years, nearly every department of Seattle city government has been recruited into the ideological fight against “white supremacy.”

How far can this racial-justice shakedown extend itself?

This Is How Propaganda’s Supposed To Work: 60% In US Believe Fake Russia Bounty Story. Tyler Durden – “It’s the same Russiagate playbook that’s sadly been the norm for years: breathless headlines are issued, the “walls are closing in”, then officials and media begin slowly walking back key aspects, and said walk-backs are buried in back sections of the Times, the substance of the story is memory-holed, while the vague imprint of the headline remains on the American consciousness.”

“this is how propaganda is supposed to work. When the ‘Russia boogeyman’ is invoked, especially related to Trump, the threshhold for evidence is low to non-existent.

As AntiWar.com points out, such fake stories and the American public’s gullibility has real-world and potentially very dangerous consequences

After Trump Took Office, Judicial Nominee Obstruction Skyrocketed From 3 To 75 Percent. Thomas Jipping – “We can also measure how radically the confirmation process has changed in just a few years by comparing the top Senate opponents to judicial nominations by Trump and President Barack Obama.” It’s another measure of just how severe the political war has become. “Nothing rationally related to the judicial appointment process explains such a wholesale repudiation of norms that had prevailed for more than two centuries.”

New Steele evidence strengthens Durham prosecution as frustration over inaction grows. John Solomon – “A British court decision unmasks new evidence of FBI abuses in the Russia collusion probe.” … “If Durham is building a case that FBI officials conspired to defraud the FISA court and Congress, his team just got some new exhibits from across the Atlantic Ocean.”

Virginia circling the Green New Drain. James Stansbury – “It took the newly empowered Virginia Dems less than six months, but the state is now paying a heavy price for the last election.” It’s a sad tale and it’s coming your way. “Mark Twain once said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.”

Behind the Media’s Breathtakingly Dishonest Coverage. Michael Barone – “What really seems to have raised the press’s hackles was Trump’s dissent from their reverent attitudes toward Black Lives Matter” – the stimulus is the President’s Independence Day speech.

The woke mob’s ‘Reign of Terror’ moment. Jon Caldara – “During the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror,” those accused of not being true enough to the cause were publicly beheaded. To unify the Communist Party in Russia, the Stalinist purges did much the same. Mao used the equivalent tactic with his Cultural Revolution. … It’s a tried and true technique.”

The Winds of Woke. Matthew Continetti – “At first the flagellation is sincere. No one, no society, is without fault. But the self-punishment soon becomes an end in itself. And for some, it even starts to feel … pleasurable.”

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Russia leaks, political Chief Justice, the charade of science

Media Are Playing Games Yet Again With Anonymous Russia Leaks. Mollie Hemingway – “Watch nearly the entire corporate media establishment run wild with claims from completely anonymous sources in the intelligence community this week.”

“It is as if our political and media establishments refuse to learn anything from the weapons of mass destruction and Russia collusion hoax intelligence failures of recent years. Or worse, they learned just how easy it is to use unverified intelligence for political aims.

John Roberts proves he’s nothing more than an empty robe. Washington Examiner – “As disappointing as the outcome of this case is, the reasoning that led Roberts to write the decisive concurrence is even more infuriating for its utter lack of substance and spine.” … “Roberts embraces the nihilism of blindly upholding a wrong decision just because…well, it was decided. It is because it is because it is. ”

Trump Will Win If He Responds to Righteous Voter Rage. Victor Davis Hanson – “The hour of reckoning is here. Either Trump will crush the lawlessness and win swing voters to his side, or he will listen to the trimmers and lose the country.”

Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It’s Like to Report on Facebook. Jacob Silverman – “More recent, and adversarial, reporting has produced important stories about Facebook’s refusal to tackle the proliferation of right-wing extremism and conspiracy theories on its platform.” This is a lesson in delusion and projection. The platitudes are about being open and free speech but the lesson is about trying to shut down the President under the pretense that what is actually happening to those on the right on Facebook is instead happening to those ‘in’ the right (on the left) with TDS issues.

Mask Wars. Chris von Csefalvay – “While facemasks can’t hurt in the fight against Covid-19, the outrage directed at skeptics is excessive.”

“Yet the evidence is hardly strong enough to elevate mask-wearing into the epitome of moral behavior. Doing so reflects a greater preoccupation with the psychological effect of masks—perhaps as a restoration of control in the face of an unseen and often perplexing enemy with no cure and no prophylaxis—than with their scientific reality. Americans should demand evidence-based decision-making and policies driven by soundly attested facts, not assumptions or psychological palliatives.

Science and “Science”. John Hinderaker – “The COVID epidemic has brought out politicians’ faux reliance on “science” in spades.”

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

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

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

Clearly accusations of racism are being used to cloak Marxism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The struggle in maintaining an income stream has changed in many ways. Here’s a comment on one struggle for a company founded in 2005. The Nice Place. iA – “It seems the times of free online advertising for indies are over. Blogs are not what they used to be, RSS is about to be buried. Facebook is a commercial and moral nightmare, and so is Facebook’s Instagram. On Twitter, our main marketing channel since 2007, engagement is sinking year after year. VC-powered startups steal our organic top ad positions on Google search for 20 dollars a click, and we’re too old for Snapchat or TikTok. So what can you do in 2019 to get the word out?”

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Humiliate the silence then eliminate

The Facebook Ad Boycott Is About Silencing Conservatives, Not Stopping ‘Hate’. I & I Editorial Board – “The Anti-Defamation League teamed up with the NAACP, and lesser-known groups such as Sleeping Giants, Color of Change, Free Press and Common Sense, to launch the boycott in response, it says, “to Facebook’s long history of allowing racist, violent and verifiably false content to run rampant on its platform.”

“But it doesn’t take much investigative work to realize that this campaign is really about pressuring Facebook to do more than it already is to block conservative speech.

Net neutrality advocacy group Free Press is also involved in the campaign, which is supremely ironic given that its support for net neutrality is premised on “enabling anyone to share and access information of their choosing without interference.” Is it not aware that it’s specifically demanding that Facebook disable and interfere with users’ ability to “share and access information of their choosing”?

The Anti-Defamation League’s decision to attack Facebook is also curious, since Twitter is rife with anti-Semitic language. Two years ago, in fact, the ADL found at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets over a 12-month period.

So this boycott is nothing more than a politically motivated attempt to silence non-leftist speech. Companies backing it should be ashamed of themselves, not Facebook.

A Coup Against Our Institutions. Roger Kimball – “The systematic campaign to undermine an incoming presidential administration through politicized investigations is a true constitutional crisis.” It’s getting harder to ignore and the perpetrators are getting more desperate.

Judicial Watch uncovers emails showing Ben Rhodes and aides joking about Benghazi lies. Thomas Lifson – “This time, its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit has uncovered utterly appalling levity among top Obama foreign policy aides over their lies to the public about the September 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi Consular Annex that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods,”

Sen. Tim Scott Steps Out. John Hinderaker – “If you didn’t know better, you might think that the Democrats’ press arm is trying to suppress Tim Scott’s sensible and thoughtful ideas about crime and law enforcement by 1) ignoring him, 2) anonymizing him, or 3) stigmatizing him.” Token black, Uncle Tom, and all the usual denigration is on display.

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The evidence mounts …

Again, What Were The Benefits Of Locking Down? Tyler Durden – “A routine trope in the media is that people who oppose lockdowns are pushing freedom and wealth over safety and health. But as we can see from this clean examination of the results, the open states experienced less economic pain and less pain from the disease itself.”

“We are seeing desperate attempts by politicians, public health officials, and media commentators somehow to make sense of why the United States pursued the course it did with the closures, stay-home orders, travel bans, and near-universal quarantine, in violation of every principle that America has celebrated in its civic culture.

With the evidence coming in that the lockdowns were neither economically nor medically effective, it is going to be increasingly difficult for lockdown partisans to marshal the evidence to convince the public that isolating people, destroying businesses, and destroying social institutions was worth it.

Where are the deaths? Heather Mac Donald – “The drum beat to halt the reopenings gets louder by the day. It should be resisted” … “What virtually every fear-mongering story on America’s allegedly precarious situation leaves out, however, is the steadily dropping daily death numbers — from a high of 2,693 on April 21 to 808 on June 24.”

Via Instapundit, also see UPMC doctor sees too much focus on rising COVID-19 cases, too little on declining severity and hospitalizations and Hospital patients four times less likely to die now than they were in April, Oxford study finds. [caveat: both nagware sites]

Anarchists and Trump’s Reelection. Lloyd Marcus – “bending over and grabbing your ankles and kneeling in worship to an anti-American racist hate group disturbs me.”

“My stomach turns every time I hear conservatives, Republicans, and Christians say we must create meaningful dialog with the protesters to discuss their grievances. The problem is their grievances are purposely rooted in the lie that my beloved country is a racist hellhole. I refuse to pander to that concept. Its like saying we are going to discuss how long you have been beating your wife. You reply, “But I don’t beat wife.” They ignore your reply and proceed forward discussing the solution to your bad behavior.

Conservatives Are Treated like Second-Class Citizens, and That’s Dangerous. J.B. Shurk – “Revolution? How else can you describe this incendiary cocktail of mob violence and flagrant denial of conservatives’ constitutional rights, aided and abetted and kept volatile by Democrat mayors who applaud the mayhem, Democrat prosecutors who refuse to enforce the law, and Democrat-aligned corporations who happily treat conservatives as second-class citizens?”

The left is always destroyed by its lies. Glen K. Beaton – “Once immutable truth is out the window, it’s hard to know from minute to minute the dogma from which dissent is not tolerated. Woe to those who are late in embracing the latest lie.”

The Michael Flynn Case: Harbinger of a Constitutional Crisis? Matthew Spalding – “A great disservice has been done to our country. One man’s due process rights have been violated, and the rule of law for all has been breached.”

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Shame is in short supply

Coronavirus: COVID Deaths in U.S. by Age, Race. Alex Berezow – “While coronavirus is obviously concerning and a very real threat to some people (namely, the elderly and immunocompromised), these data also show that the risk for the rest of the population is quite low.”

Stunning dishonesty behind the “second wave” fake news. Lubos Motl – “the U.S. fake news media have apparently decided that they have the power to start the second wave of the coronavirus hysteria in the country.”

The Nevada Independent Coronavirus in Nevada: Latest COVID-19 case counts, maps and graphs page. Get your Nevada death and disease obsession fix here!

What good do the masks do, really? Ted Noel, MD – “Let’s put that in plain English. Even if you did everything to protect yourself with surgical masks, even keeping it on when your kid wants to see your face, it might reduce your chance of getting sick, but we can’t prove it.” … “Caregivers in a high-intensity environment should have all the fitted N95s they need. Beyond that, it’s time to recognize that the only person who should be wearing a mask is the Lone Ranger.”

To Mask or Not To Mask… By I.M. Doctoo. – “There are, however, many shades of accuracy in the argument, and the “surgeon” really shows some gaps in their medical knowledge… not to mention their compassion.”

The Left’s Idea of Bringing Us Together. Don Feder – “Our way or the highway.”

“ Despite his reputation, Donald Trump actually tries to negotiate his differences with opponents. The art of the deal was what made him a successful businessman and propelled him into politics.

When Democrats and their media allies use words like “unite the nation” and “bring us together,” they mean: “You agree with us – which is really the only sensible course.”

Today, the nation has never been more deeply divided. Democrats keep pushing their radical, racist, anti-American agenda, despite popular disapproval.

Bringing us together is a trap. It’s meant to mute Republican voices (“Now don’t you go being divisive by disagreeing with us”), while Democrats practice the politics of evisceration.

for the left — the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matters, Antifa and the mainstream media — there is only one reasonable choice. They believe in unity by subjugation. Anything else is tearing us apart.

McConnell: Notice How Chuck Schumer Acts As If Tim Scott Doesn’t Even Exist. Guy Benson – “This is as close as you may get to seeing Mitch McConnell give his race-baiting colleagues a taste of their own rhetorical medicine.”

The Facebook Ad Boycott Is About Silencing Conservatives, Not Stopping ‘Hate’. I & I Editorial Board – “In the press release announcing the boycott, NAACP President Derrick Johnson complains that Facebook won’t take “significant steps to remove political propaganda from its platform.” … “Wait. What’s racist or violent about political propaganda? And who decides what makes certain political speech “propaganda”?” … “So this boycott is nothing more than a politically motivated attempt to silence non-leftist speech. Companies backing it should be ashamed of themselves, not Facebook.”

Tucker Carlson misreads Trump’s pre-election strategy. Andrea Widburg – “I think Tucker’s wrong. Trump is not silent because of fear or exhaustion. Instead, he’s pursuing a deliberate strategy. Whether it works is another thing, but there’s a strong rationale and intelligence behind Trump’s response to both the virus and the riots.”

“Sen. Tom Cotton (R, Ark.) understands that Trump, by sticking to his federalist principles, is making a point. As Cotton’s new video states, “Elect Joe Biden and the anarchy will be coming to a town near you.”

I understand Carlson’s despair, for I sometimes feel it myself. But I also believe that Trump is forcing a real choice on Americans: They can vote for Biden and turn America into CHAZ or they can reelect Trump and, by making that statement, give him the power finally to shut down the left and its Deep State resistance.

The Left Craps Out. J.R. Dunn – “the Left assessed their opponent poorly. Instead of exploding, the President behaved like the leader of a federal republic, demanding that the states and cities fulfill their responsibilities to the citizenry while assuring the public that he was ready to move if necessary.”

“Trump’s response has confused a lot of people. We’ve become so ingrained to an overactive federal government leaping into action every time a tree branch falls that a lack of response seems strange, even though that’s how our system is designed to work. The mayors and governors are supposed to put their fingers in the dyke while the feds make the arrangements for further repairs. This has not been the practice since the New Deal. Even some “conservatives,” who should know better, have criticized Trump’s lack of abrupt action (I’m speaking here of serious conservatives, not the #NeverTrump crowd). They need to remind themselves that the United States is not Imperial Rome.

What Happens When the Madness Ends? Victor Davis Hanson – “Today’s corporate revolutionary enthusiasts had better prepare for the inevitable turn.” … “There are two historic red lines and our revolution is getting close to both.”

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Turned out to be false. Again and Again and it still keeps coming.

Lies, Damned Lies, & COVID-19. Tyler Durden – “As always, fraudulent language goes hand in hand with fraudulent political posturing, of which the Atlantic article I’ve already mentioned — oozing crocodile tears over the excesses of the cops while oblivious to the Constitution-defying antics of Governors Cuomo, Murphy, Whitmer et al. — is a rather rank example.”

“Of course, nothing I can write is going to penetrate the minds of people who have drunk the lockdown Kool-Aid and will hear, in my dissection of the fraudulent language used by “public servants” to foment poverty and to shred the Bill of Rights, only some sort of “coronavirus denial.”

So let me say it clearly: the coronavirus epidemic is real. Okay? It exists — but saying it exists is a mere truism. Iraq exists too, and it was once ruled by a particularly vicious dictator — though the fact that his worst atrocities were committed with extensive US support is mentioned far less often than it should be.

But it is still true that the American and British publics were tricked into endorsing a criminal invasion of that country on the strength of false claims. And no assortment of after-the-fact apologetics can turn those lies into truths.

  • just about everything we were told about COVID19 has turned out to be false.

  • We were told the virus would kill millions in the US alone, and that was false.

  • We were told lockdowns would make it go away, and that was false.

  • We were told we would only be confined until the rate of new cases leveled off, and that was false.

  • We were told that while the outbreak lasted no state government would tolerate any sort of public gathering for any reason, and that was false.

  • We were told that anyone who questioned the wisdom of the draconian restrictions foisted on us by our governments was a crypto-Nazi whose real goal was to kill off the weak — and that was false, not to mention slanderous.

  • Most unforgivably of all, we were told — and told, and told — that morality was entirely on the side of the democracy-destroyers. That was a lie of breathtaking proportions.

Attorney General Bill Barr Removes SDNY Attorney Geoffrey Berman – UPDATE: Berman Refuses to Leave… sundance – “the Washington Post (above) and the New York Times (LINK) have both written pearl-clutching articles about Barr using DOJ “outsiders”; yet never once have they noted the FISA Court order that preceded all of these outside USAO’s entering the picture and receiving instructions from Bill Barr.”

Some, like on Volokh portray this as part of a Trump Friday might massacre tied in with firing several IG’s. What those who sneer at the President miss is the evidence of complicity of these federal officials in improper prosecution, FISA court abuse, and other problems. What has to be done, besides smear and sneer is to find ways to obstruct cleaning out the swamp and that usually means lawfare. Any loophole, any gotcha, any pretense will do. As with Berman, any degree of resistance necessary is within the realm of possibility.

Class, Not Race, Divides America. Victor Davis Hanson – “It is the truth that the white progressive dares not to utter.” … “we have reached the surreal point at which the nation’s privileged whites on campuses such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, in the top echelon of politics, and the corporate and entertainment worlds, all deplore in the abstract something they call “white privilege” in others who have never really experienced it.”

 

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