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Tactics of deceit and propaganda – repudiate it?

Andrew I. Fillat: Impeachment Makes the Best Case to Unseat Dems – “The debacle in the House has laid bare the shortcomings and self-interest of the Democratic Left. The 2020 election offers an opportunity to begin a repudiation of their behavior.”

“The problem with the current wave of Democrats and their constituency goes far deeper than this farce. In the pursuit of political power, they are advancing policies that are inimical to American interests. They have taken to dizzying heights the behavior they accuse President Trump of exhibiting.

Andrew Klavan: ‘Watergate’ Doesn’t Mean What the Press Thinks It Means – “I look back now and the whole thing seems a sham, a self-congratulatory illusion created by leftists in both the news media and in Hollywood.” A political hack job as moral preening is being exposed at Time puts context and Reality on Truth.

Thomas Lifson: Pathetic NYT spin on Horowitz report – “The New York Times is operating in a pure propaganda mode, attempting to minimize the impact of the forthcoming (Dec. 9) report of the Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.” sundance is cited in dissecting the “highly structured obfuscation” in the artful misleading of NYT.

Mollie Hemingway: Media’s Latest Anti-Nunes Smear Is Michael-Cohen-In-Prague All Over Again – “Their latest effort against the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is to accuse him, without evidence, of secretly meeting in Vienna with a former Ukrainian official ‘to get dirt on Biden.’”

“Incidentally, if there is one thing we have learned from the media in the last couple of months, “get dirt” is their code for Republicans doing investigations. “Investigate” is their code for Democrats trying to get dirt on political opponents. It appears the same term could be used regardless of the political views of those doing the investigations.

It should be noted that the story about Nunes is not just objectively stupid but also extremely likely to be false. For one thing, Nunes denied the claims. “These demonstrably false and scandalous stories published by The Daily Beast and CNN are the perfect example of defamation and reckless disregard for the truth,” he said.

Made-Up Stories about Nunes Are a Cottage Industry

Sean Gallagher: Navy corruption and the Gallagher case – “I have one question for these people: Where in the hell were you the past year and a half?

“Eddie’s case and court-martial trial revealed a massive cancer within the military justice system, doing irreparable damage to troop morale that may last decades.

I didn’t hear a damn thing from these harbingers of moral decency when that was exposed.Where was their outrage when the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents dragged my brother’s kids in the street at gunpoint in their underwear? (A fact NCIS denied to this very publication until under oath admitted that, yes, they did drag my nephews nearly naked into the streets of San Diego when Ed wasn’t home).

Where were these critics when investigators admitted Eddie’s entire pretrial imprisonment was based on a lie, forcing him to spend eight months in a sex offender brig for nothing?

President Trump was right to intervene on Eddie’s case, and that should terrify every person wearing a uniform.

Monica Showalter: Fired Navy secretary Richard Spencer manages to remind us why Trump needed to get rid of him – “In a swiftly executed Washington Post op-ed less than a week after President Trump’s defense secretary had him fired, he’s now telling everyone how much smarter he is than President Trump and making it clear he never liked the guy anyway.” This is a military officer blabbing about his Commander in Chief …

John Dale Dunn: Can You Trust What Medical Journals Publish? – “I have repeatedly questioned the validity of medical journal claims in regards to politically charged issues like air pollution and climate change, as well as global warming here at AT. More recently, I showed how a major medical journal violates basic rules on scientific inquiry.”

There are some basic rules to help avoid being taken in by charlatans.

  1. The study should be a human study, or, if it is an animal study, the limits of such a study should be declared.

  2. The study should follow basic rules about how to determine causation, and avoid the trap of claiming that “association” or “coincidence” is proof of causation.

  3. The study should avoid surveys and questionnaires as a source of “evidence” since recall bias is always a problem in survey or response studies.

  4. The study should always be measured in terms of the magnitude of the “effect,” and the rule is that magnitude of effect should be “robust” — at least 2 or 3 times the increase in effect over the baseline.

  5. The study should establish a mechanism to explain the causal effect asserted — for example, ice cream consumption is associated with an increase in drowning deaths, but it is not a cause of those deaths.

  6. Although I could argue that peer review and publication are not a good standard for reliability, the source of the research and the reputation of that source as well as the reputation of the journal the research was published in is often worth something. How much it is worth is the question.

The important thing is that professionals and citizens should be careful to question and evaluate what is pronounced by medical journals. Too often, they are overwhelmed by self-esteem and ambition.

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh: The Toxic Pandora’s Box of Solar Panels? – “Considering all the toxicity in the production and recycling of solar panels, how is that net-zero carbon working out?” … “The solar energy advocates, who only see cheap electricity with rose-colored glasses, are oblivious to the reality of cost, toxic chemicals, environmental pollution, and health hazards to humans and animals. Here are some immediate concerns about solar panels.

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How do they get away with such nonsense?

Thomas McArdle: A Republic, Not A Swamp – There is now within our constitutional government “an unconstitutional fourth branch — the bureaucracy housed within the executive branch — which looks upon its nominal master with indifference or bemused contempt.” [Michael Anton]

C. Todd Lopez: SecDef to SEALS, Navy: Chain of Command: Who Is the Boss – “Esper said he asked for Spencer’s resignation because he had lost trust and confidence in Spencer, citing several rules of conduct for defense leaders that he said Spencer had violated. … Among those rules is a respect for the chain of command, supporting an agreed-upon decision in both public and private, being willing to resign if you don’t like an agreed-upon position, and refraining from discussing “sensitive internal deliberations.” … “Contrary to the narrative that some want to put forward in the media, this dismissal is not about Eddie Gallagher. It’s about Secretary Spencer and the chain of command.

Jazz Shaw: Dem Senators: We’d like more information on the military Pardons Trump is absolutely allowed to issue – “The crazy (or crazier) part of all this is that these two Senators clearly know that this investigation is a dead end before it begins.” That is because the President has Constitutionally defined plenary power here. It appears that these “Dem Senators” join others in their Party in denial of the U.S. Constitution as it is written and as they have sworn to uphold. They do exactly what they accuse the President of doing except there is evidence against them but not supporting their bombastic and hyperbolic accusations [see neo: Biden and Bloomberg: Trump as “existential threat].

Jazz Shaw thinks the pardons were undermining the chain of command. The Secretary of the Navy’s response and the improper behavior and failures of the prosecution and the balance of the sentence with the nature of the crime provide a context that needs careful assessment before expressing such bland ‘concerns’ about protocol.

Conrad Black: A Shameful Abuse of Congressional Power – “The sleazy Schiffite proceedings at the House Intelligence Committee were so lopsided, arbitrary, and contemptuous of the rights of the Republican minority on the committee and of the president as the investigated party, no American court could possibly accept a requested prosecution that emerged from such a tainted proceeding.”

“First, and as I have been writing and saying until I am almost blue in the face, not one scintilla of evidence has been adduced that President Trump was seeking a false judgment on the conduct in Ukraine of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. He was asking for an investigation, not seeking to dictate the conclusion. Trump said to President Volodymyr Zelensky in his famous July 25 telephone call that it “looked horrible,” but was clear he was seeking a neutral judgment of whether there had been influence-peddling or other wrongdoing. There is absolutely no legal or ethical problem with that, so this entire controversy has been even more fatuous and unfounded than it appears.

The foreign service witnesses made evident throughout the unspeakable proceedings of the House Intelligence Committee their personal and policy animosity to Trump.

None of these histrionics and deluges of defamatory argument that have empurpled the airwaves have created the least suggestion of anything improper about President Trump having asked whether a former vice president and prominent candidate for president had or had not committed crimes in office involving a foreign country. It is a howling mystery why that fact has not been emphasized. One can only assume that it will be if this nonsense is dumped into the lap of the United States Senate for a trial.

The allegation that is the source of the impeachment inquiry is on its face, bunk.

This entire impeachment inquiry has been a disgrace, a shameful abuse of powers, and the authors of it should be punished as only the voters can do. If it goes one faltering step further, they will be.

Brian C. Joondeph: The Trayvon Hoax Shines a Light on the ‘Fake News’ Industry – “Gilbert’s film, aside from debunking the Trayvon Martin hoax, demonstrated how journalism used to be done. He gave a class in how to be a reporter, in contrast to the shoddy blather that now passes for journalism.” … “Thanks to the Trayvon hoax, we have been treated to Freddie Gray, Jussie Smollett, and kneeling professional athletes.”

Cheryl K. Chumley: Democrats and their tortured truths expose much – “They show how Democrats, as a party, are not for the American people, the Constitution, the country, or even for any higher concept of justice or fair play or morality and virtue. They’re simply for themselves.

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You can have your own opinions but not your own facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s like distracted driving …

Thomas McArdleSondland’s Presumptions, And All The Presidents’ PowersWhen these presidential powers, and the obvious threat to them, are understood, the weakness of basing any case for the impeachment of Trump on what was just served up by Sondland and other presidential servants before Schiff’s committee becomes clear.”

“The question of whether this or that private presidential conversation – listened in on at remote locations by a veritable army of bureaucrats – contains untoward assertions or requests is secondary to another question: How can any president possibly act effectively as “the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations” not requiring “as a basis for its exercise an act of Congress” if those listening can run to a politically hostile Congress with their accusations of impropriety?

Ed Timperlake Chief Justice Roberts now dragged into Democrat impeachment process – “He and he alone “owns” the FISC court so he must be held accountable for any court actions. However, even if he has acted to clear up the egregious frauds, so far only a few publically reported with probably more to come, he has a significant problem if the Democrat Leaders of the House vote out Articles of Impeachment for a senate trial of our President. … The Chief Justice has just become a fact witness in the Impeachment process because of Fiona Hill’s testimony.” re Walter Scott: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”

John Daniel Davidson The Most Important News Story Right Now Isn’t Impeachment, It’s The Crisis In Mexico – “Cartels in Mexico aren’t just fighting over drugs, they’re fighting over industries, and it might well trigger a new and much bigger migrant crisis on the U.S. border.”

Fletch Daniels The Hate and Anti-Intellectualism of the Modern Democratic Party – “Should President Donald Trump win re-election, everyone believes that this will serve as a triggering event that will result in a serious spasm of violence.” … “A hate-filled moron is always going to be a hate-filled moron. Maher just proves that point in his world-class exercise in projection.”

“Leftists are motivated almost exclusively by hate. It is almost always liberals who sever family relations over politics. It is leftists who hate their country and despise its flag. Almost all political violence is emanating from the Left. Considering the slanderous demonization of all Republicans as racist, misogynist, imperialist, homophobic supremacists, this is not terribly surprising. Hate springs quite naturally from liberals’ noxious, racist, and anti-Christian worldview.

Projectionist Maher and his ilk naturally believe that hate is a conservative phenomenon.

But the anti-intellectual charge is even more laughable, even if it is a statement of faith on the Left. Maher didn’t think he was saying anything particularly controversial. But he has it backwards.

Janice Shaw Crouse After the Impeachment – “There’s rough road ahead no matter which of the opponents wins. The two sides of the deepening conflict are very different in their composition and hot-button issues, but also especially in responses to losing.”

Elliot Hannon Lindsey Graham Is Now Investigating the Bidens Anyway, Cementing Ukraine’s Role as Hapless Fall Guy – A Slate headline illustrates the points made above. The impeachment finality at this media outlet is just as definitive and in denial of reality at this site as Hannon’s headline.

Babylon Bee Impeachment Inquiry Canceled After 5 Episodes Due To Low Ratings

sundance Horowitz Leaks Begin – FBI Official Caught Altering FISA Documents, Now Under Criminal Investigation…Here we go. Today is the day the inspector general closed the “Principal Review” phase of the upcoming IG report. Now is when the small group of corrupt DOJ and FBI officials -spotlighted by the IG investigation- begin trying to shape the narrative; and the leaks start with a whopper:

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Calumny, evidence, civil destruction

William Walker: Machiavelli, Calumny and Free Speech on Campus – “On Machiavelli’s view, the Romans rightly saw Capitolinus as a “calumniator”. A calumniator is a person who makes serious accusations against other citizens without providing sufficient evidence or witnesses to support those accusations.” This goes with AG Barr’s TLDR must read last week…

“Above all, the Romans understood how destructive calumny can be to the republic: they knew that calumnies not only exasperate those against whom they are made, but also incite them and their allies to hate the calumniators. They understood that if you permit calumniators to go unpunished, that hatred will result in a divided society that will curtail civil liberties and ultimately disintegrate.

First of all, I think that one of the main features of “discussion” of moral and political issues on campus and beyond is the high incidence of a certain kind of accusation (calling people names, attaching labels to them) as distinct from argumentation (asserting claims, providing evidence for them, reasoning about them and their relations to other claims).

The main accusations documented in studies such as these, and the ones I have observed over three decades of teaching at universities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, are accusations of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, imperialism and Eurocentrism.

So one of the dimensions of campus life and our society at large now is that people are free to make, informally, a certain kind of accusation against fellow students, teachers and others without being obliged to provide good evidence for it.

see also Mike LaChance: FIRE on Binghamton Protest of Art Laffer: “Latest in a Disturbing Trend of Protesters Silencing Others – The biggest threat to free speech at Binghamton Monday evening wasn’t the police or Art Laffer — but the vigilante censors 

J. Frank Bullitt: Sycophants Who Flatter Child Climate ‘Oracles’ Deserve Unrelenting Ridicule – “The Nobel Prize. Australian prime minister. The rapt attention of the United Nations. What has happened to Western civilization? How have we reached a place in which children, so clearly unlearned, are hailed as oracles who must be heeded?” Calumniators take many forms? “obliged to provide good evidence” is the key question.

Tyler Durden: Ukrainian MP Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million – “A Ukrainian MP says a document leaked from the Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General contains claims against Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky, as well as Hunter Biden and his partners ” – good evidence usually has legs.

Harry S Truman: “All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”

Scott Johnson: The sound of Sondland – “Sondland’s presumptions gave the Democrats what they wanted in the form of his “presumptions.” Sondland’s presented his presumptions in the form of a quid pro quo. The Democrats of course celebrated Sondland’s presumptions as the facts of the case. What a way to run a railroad (so to speak).” good evidence here ….

Mackubin Owens: President can’t ‘subvert’ foreign policy but not the way the Left proclaims as heroic – “There’s a major problem with this argument. It ignores Article II of the Constitution, which grants to the president, in conjunction with Congress — not unelected bureaucrats — the power to make U.S. foreign policy. Unelected bureaucrats do not have a right to undermine the policy of a duly elected president, simply because they disagree with it. But the denizens of the deep state think they do.

Jenny Beth Martin: American Bar Association’s evaluation of judicial nominees tarnished by liberal bias – “By engaging in partisan politics rather than providing accurate assessments of conservative-leaning nominees, the ABA raises questions about the need for its rating system. The ABA’s latest political hit job is Lawrence VanDyke” – It’s the case for the ABA as a “calumniator”.

OC: Trump’s Denials Turned into a Ramones Song: “I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO.” – “denial”? What a strange use of the term. It is distortion and deceit at OpenCulture. The AP had to squish an item like this because it was a direct quote of policy given to Sondland who had been badgering the president for a simplified expression of Trump’s position. It illustrates just how deep the calumniator ethos goes.

neo: “Shakespeare who?” ask Canadian students – “So instead of learning the pearls of the Western canon, students in these districts are to remain ignorant of those achievements in favor of the study of literature that I think we can safely predict will not stand the test of time but will nevertheless serve the new overriding pedagogical goal of making the majority of students feel guilty about themselves and their culture.

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Mind reading may be good for thee but not for me

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

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

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

An assortment of examples from the expression suppression battlefields:

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

“But note that if Boot truly believes Trump’s conduct has proved serially illegal and there have been many “legitimate investigations” into his alleged criminal conduct, why then has not a single act resulted in a criminal referral? What is now the fate of all those who swore to us that Trump was a Russian asset, traitor, treasonous, or pervert such as James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, John Brennan, and Christopher Steele?

Piereson then notes that, unlike Republicans, current Democrats almost never vote to confirm noncontroversial Republican appointed federal judges, Supreme Court picks, or Cabinet appointees. Boot should compare the Senate confirmation vote of Elena Kagan (63-47) with Neal Gorsuch (54-45) or Attorney General Eric Holder (75-21) with Jeff Sessions (52-47) and William Barr (54-45).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Resisting damage – too late?

sundance: AG Bill Barr Speaks About The Damage to Our Nation From The “Resistance”… “AG Barr discusses how, in the Trump-era, the resistance movement has abdicated their legislative power and responsibility in favor of a politically motivated intent to harm the constitutional executive power.” It’s a history lesson about the ‘why’ of the executive branch and what was behind its formation and a description of duties in the U.S. Constitution.

“Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called “The Resistance,” and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his Administration. Now, “resistance” is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous – indeed incendiary – notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic. What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the “loyal opposition,” as opposing parties have done in the past, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.

A must read. It might take time and effort but it is the civics lesson of the decade describing the issues of the time and how they impact the established governing principles of the United States.

Patricia McCarthy: The silly sanctification of Marie Yovanovitch – “That no Democrat attempts to stop his unconstitutional denial of due process reflects very badly on their party.” … “The Democrats, since the moment Trump won the 2016 election, have treated their country very, very badly. They have demonstrated for all to see that they value their personal power and their corrupted ideology over the well-being of the greatest nation on earth.

Paul Mirengoff [can’t help himself from illustrating his bias]: Elise Stefanik stands out – “it takes a considerable amount of naivety to think that Trump would have cared at all about Burisma but for the fact that Hunter Biden is the son of a political rival. … Still, the question of whether Trump would have wanted Burisma investigated absent a Joe Biden connection is counterfactual.” You mean facts exist regarding motivation like this? A casual reference in a phone call ignoring context is stretching things way past reason in a way that indicates an inordinate bias. Compare and contrast with neo below.

neo: The Democrats want to define Trump being president as a high crime and misdemeanor – “all presidents regularly do things that are in their political interests. … as with Trump, those things almost always have other motivations, as well – most often, that the president believes that such actions will also benefit the country or even the world. … And among those things can be something described as “fighting corruption,” including corruption that occurs at the hands of people opposed to that president.”

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Clear thinking privilege?

Steve Stockman: Hunter and Joe Biden’s Democrat privilege – “The Democrats keep saying that President Trump wanted dirt on Joe Biden. This raises the question: “Is this an acknowledgement that there is dirt?” … “Yet, in response to the President’s simple request for an investigation, the Democrats pulled out a proven, well-worn tactic. A long-standing maneuver of accusing the accuser.

Nikola Tesla: “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”

J. Frank Bullitt: Global Warming Politics Are Dividing Us, Because That’s The Way The Alarmists Want It – “It’s astonishing that the West is filled with people, many of them quite bright, who simply have to believe unquestioningly in the global warming narrative.

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Exposure and transparency

John Merline: Trump Just Made His Case For Reelection, While Dems Play Impeachment – “if he tells the same story to the nation over the next 12 months that he told to the members of the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, whoever the Democratic nominee is will be left holding aces and eights.”

Tyler Durden: Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The Latest ‘False’ Trump Impeachment News – “We all need to ask ourselves why it is Trump who is under investigation and not Biden and Obama. We already know the reason. The American media is corrupt beyond the meaning of the word.

Jack Cashill: How Journalists Became Fahrenheit 451–Style ‘Firemen’ – “Not too long ago, ambitious journalists, local and national, prided themselves on gathering information, and their editors prided themselves on publishing it. About 50 or so years ago, however, progressives started to seize control of universities, J-schools included, and newsrooms shifted leftwards with each new graduating class.

“By 2016, even major newsrooms had become firehouses. Their goal was not to report information but to manage it. In February 2017, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski unwittingly admitted as much. Said Brzezinski of President Trump, “He could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that is our job.” Yes, sadly, that is their job.

Bryce Buchanan: The War on Trump Represents Fear, Not Hatred – “They fear that their many criminal actions will be exposed, so their nonstop campaign against Trump represents self-love more than anything else.” … “The following is a brief list of some of the Deep State’s actions that its denizens are fighting to keep hidden.

Karin McQuillan: Democrats Are Failing the Reality Test – “Democrats push fake impeachment, fake issues, fake candidates, and fake solutions.”

“Fake is fine with their voters. “Fauxcahontas” is a leading candidate. Fake news is all the news they’ll read.

Something has gone terribly wrong with previously normal Democratic Party voters. They have abandoned common sense and reality testing. They even claim to believe human beings are not divided into male and female.

Real impeachment has one basic requirement: evidence of a high crime comparable to treason or bribery. The only crimes in President Trump’s Ukraine phone call were those he is rightfully investigating: the attempted coup by the Obama Administration and Vice President Biden’s corruption.

The question that haunts me is why aren’t Democrats revolted at this assault on their liberal values and love of America?

“It is not only the road to hell that is paved with good intentions,” Alan Dershowitz ominously concludes. “It is also the road to tyranny.”

Victor Davis Hanson: What Happened to California Republicans? – “[Prop 187] In effect, two judges nullified the wishes of more than 5 million California voters.

“This tripartite demographic revolution proved disastrous for the Republican Party. The GOP lost much of its base to other states. Many conservative voters left for small-government, low-tax alternatives. Republican efforts to reduce taxes, limit some abortions and fund additional roads and dams had little appeal to the new gentry classes on the coast.

Those most hurt — and growing the most angry — are the immigrants who once fled to a different California that now no longer exists.

 

Tony Thomas: Climate Science Proves Scams Don’t Die of Exposure – “Call me an optimist, but I see warming extremists alienating voters with a panoply of far-left “social justice” issues attached to their climate narrative — causes that make Greenpeace seem traditionalist.” Ten year on since the East Anglia communications exposure and yet the conspiracy continues. Thomas lists events yet still has optimism?

Ronald Bailey: Is Trump’s EPA Seeking To Gut Good Science? – “Congress wants to know if the agency is strengthening transparency or silencing science.” … “Surely everyone can agree that open science should be the default for research plans, data, materials, code, and outcomes for all science, not just science used by Federal regulatory agencies.” But Democrats are having problems with this idea.

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Want to know how bad it is? Here ya’ go

Jay Latimer: ‘He’s not a king!’ A brief encounter with the swamp – “But to me, her statement — “He’s not a king!” — perfectly encapsulates the attitude and entitlement of the swamp.” … “So if President Trump isn’t the king, then who is? The answer is obvious: the swamp

Robert Curry: Has the Coup Already Happened? – “We have an elite that does not accept the American idea of government—government by, for, and of the people.”

Victor Davis Hanson: The Looming ‘1984’ Election – “Like it or not, 2020 is going to be a plebiscite on an American version of Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four.”

“One side advocates a complete transformation not just of the American present but of the past as well. The Left is quite eager to change our very vocabulary and monitor our private behavior to ensure we are not just guilty of incorrect behavior but thought as well.

The other side believes America is far better than the alternative, that it never had to be perfect to be good, and that, all and all, its flawed past is a story of a moral nation’s constant struggle for moral improvement.

One side will say, “Just give us more power and we will create heaven on earth.” The other says “Why would anyone wish to take their road to an Orwellian nightmare?” The 2020 election is that simple.

Byron York: Democrats have a Colonel Vindman problem – “those who have taken the trouble to read the 340-page document will have a different picture of Vindman’s testimony than the one presented in early media reports.

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Pay a debt by smearing the source of the wealth

Michael Kowalik: The Reason the World Owes the West – “The defining features of the West are rationalism—the commitment to reason as the ultimate cultural norm; humanism—the idea that humanity is intrinsically valuable; and secularism—the only known instance of systematic secularism that has ever existed.” A key struggle in this piece is secularism as in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in contrast to a rejection of religion.

“Western rationalism and humanism have nowadays been internalised, to various degrees, by all nations. Apart from the natural world and the content of museums, everything of secular value that we see around us, our capacity to openly deliberate and question established ideas, to offend and be tolerated nonetheless, the sense that people of other races should have moral status, that slavery is repugnant … this is the West, and uniquely so. The post-Enlightenment West has given aboriginal people everywhere the greatest gift one can imagine: it has endowed them with objective humanity. The Western idea of humanity is a secular, non-contingent moral status that extends beyond tribal, cultural and religious boundaries. Until the Age of Enlightenment this status did not exist, and yet today we take it for granted, as if it always had meaning.

At the Quadrant today, the insight is Journalism’s ashes. It cites news stories of 2002 that describe the brush fire problem ‘down under’ that is similar in nature and cause to the California brushfires. That is used to excoriate current ‘news’ that blames climate change as hypocritical and Fake.

Thomas McArdle: Democrats’ 2020 Credo: USA, Worst Country In The World – “The precept at the heart of the candidacies of all the leading Democrats running for president in 2020 is that this country is morally bankrupt, socially dysfunctional, economically oppressive, and has racial bigotry weaved into the very fabric of its national soul.” … “The era of Big Government, far from being over, hasn’t even really begun as far as today’s Democrats are concerned. Because it will take a state bigger and more intrusive than any ever known to flush the U.S.A. down the toilet.

Tyler Durden: Will Durham Investigation Tank Impeachment Efforts? – “However, if Durham’s investigation results in indictments of prominent individuals who targeted the president during the 2016 campaign season, it might be yet another demonstration that Democrats are motivated by politics when it comes to removing Trump, not a sense of duty or altruism.

Tyler Durden: How The Deep State “Justifies” Itself In America – “I agree with the statement that “Endorsing The Deep State Endangers Democracy”, but I am more concerned here to explain how that endorsement — that deceit — is being done.

“In other words: the Deep State, in America, are not perpetrators of corrupt government (such as in “countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where authoritarian elements band together to undercut democratically elected leaders”), but are instead courageous enemies of corrupt government; and they are instituted by the aristocracy here (today’s American billionaires), in order to reduce, if not eliminate, corruption in government (which, the Times now alleges, originates amongst, or serves, the lower classes).

The lessons about Big Brother, which were taught by George Orwell in his merely metaphorical masterpiece 1984, were apparently never learned, because even now — as his “Newspeak” is being further refined so that black is white, and good is bad, and truth is falsehood — there still are people who subscribe to the propagandists and cannot get enough of their ridiculous con-games. Though in some poor countries, a corrupt Deep State rules; a Deep State rules in America so as to reduce if not prevent corruption, the New York Times now concludes.

You can see how it’s done, in those nine NYT articles. Isn’t it simply amazing there?!

Paul Mirengoff: Let’s hear from the whistleblower – “Democrats say they can prove their case against Trump without the whistleblower’s testimony. That’s probably true.” This is a reputable lawyer who should be aware of the nature of evidence and the issues with bias yet he so clearly illustrates a major problem in society right now in his own dereliction of his profession’s standards as well as in his observations. His animus towards the President drips an ugly slime. He is a part of the problem he sees.

“It’s true in theory that the “whistleblower” who set the process in motion might suffer adverse consequences from having his identity revealed. I say “in theory,” because the main consequence of revealing the identity of the anti-Trump whistleblower in this impeachment process is that he will never again have to pay for a drink or a dinner in Washington, D.C. He can dine out on his effort to take down President Trump from now until kingdom come.

And Hinderaker and Instapundit both note the sorry state of Education as a propaganda tool of the left today as well.

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Oh say, can you see? Reality, that is. Build your own!

ZH: Brennan’s Spy? New Theories Emerge About Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower – “As Democrats seek to impeach President Trump over the “high crime” of asking Ukraine to investigate his political opponents, theories have emerged suggesting the whole thing is a ‘six ways from Sunday’ operation by Intelligence Community holdovers and Establishment Democrats to remove a sitting President who started flying too close to the sun.”

“After Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart on July 25 to investigate pro-Clinton Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 US election, and allegations of corruption against Joe Biden and his son Hunter, a CIA officer who worked with the ‘DNC meddler’ and Joe Biden filed a second-hand whistleblower complaint on a recently altered form (which previously allowed only first-hand information).

And now he won’t testify, while another witness in the case, Alex Vindman (likely Ciaramella’s source), had to be reprimanded by his superior officer for “inappropriate and partisan behavior in the military.”

Now absorb this brief detour from Wall St. Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., who bluntly describes the fundamental flaw with the impeachment push; the Bidens appear to have engaged in something in Ukraine worth looking into – while Congressional Democrats and their MSM messengers destroyed their own credibility over Russiagate.

sundance: “Further Build”… Adam Schiff had a little Freudian slip on Twitter today as he outlined how his impeachment team views President Trump defending himself against baseless accusations. “Efforts to intimidate or threaten witnesses will further build the case for obstruction, itself an impeachable offense.”

No-one is “threatening” or “intimidating” a witness, President Trump is asking questions about the credibility of the no-longer-anonymous whistle-blower. However, no whistle-blower has the right to be anonymous. Even the statute that protects whistleblowers only applies to retaliation. It is ridiculous to think whistleblowers can remain anonymous.

In both examples any action taken by President Trump to defend himself against false charges is re-framed as evidence of obstruction.

Almost anything an innocent person does to defend themselves against false accusations can be made to look like obstruction. Especially if the highest executive in the country is the one who stands falsely accused. This approach has Lawfare written all over it.

Byron York: Trump, the phone call, and consciousness of guilt – “So what to make of a situation in which one side says the call is a smoking gun, while the other screams “READ THE TRANSCRIPT?”

“Part of the problem with that position is that Democrats have had a difficult time coming up with a law that Trump violated in the Zelensky call. Some have said it was extortion. Some have said it was a campaign finance violation. Some recent speculation has focused on a 73-year-old statute called the Hobbs Act. But nobody has made a slam dunk case that Trump broke the law.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Military-Intelligence Complex – “Many retired high-ranking military officers have gone beyond legitimately articulating why President Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to smear him personally or speak openly of removing their commander-in-chief from office. And the media and the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment are with them every step of the way.”

“But the danger is that half the country will conclude that too many retired generals and admirals are going the way of past CIA and FBI directors—no longer just esteemed professionals, op-ed writers, and astute analysts, but political activists who feel entitled to challenge the very legitimacy of an elected president—a development that is ruinous both for the reputation of a hallowed military and of the country in general.

So it is now the decision of many ex-intelligence heads and flag officers, as retirees, analysts, and businesspeople, to change the rules of the game. Again fine. But they will live to rue the ensuing harm to the reputations both of the intelligence services and the military at large.

Indeed, the damage is well underway.

neo: “Thank God for the Deep State!” says a denizen of the deep – “Do they believe that Trump is guilty and that they, the keepers of the flame, are saving us from him and from ourselves? Some probably do, but many have a more cynical cast of mind…. And they don’t have to prove it. They just know, because their judgment is infallible.

Robert Curry: The Source of the Media’s Post-Truth Analysis – “Our need to discern the truth is and will always be essential to us in the conduct of our daily lives and even for our survival. Reality doesn’t change whether we believe in it or not.”

What has happened to the news? Not so long ago, the big voices in the media at least made some effort to maintain an appearance of objectivity. But it has been evident for some time that most people in the news business today have dispensed with all pretense of fairness.

The source of the left-liberal bias in journalism is no mystery. You need look no further than the faculty of any journalism or communications department at any American university. But what really needs to be understood is how the people in the fake news business came to be liberated from feeling any obligation to tell the truth.

ZH: Africa’s Socialism Is Keeping It Poor – “It has been widely, vividly, but nonetheless wrongly believed that socialism is the appropriate system to improve the living standards of Africans. Worse yet, it has been misleadingly claimed that socialism is compatible with African culture because African culture is fundamentally a collectivist culture.” Rationalizations to ignore the lessons of history …

“In Africa, socialism was presented as an anti-colonial and anti-imperialist ideology while capitalism was perceived as the ideology of the oppressor, the colonizer, and of profit.

What Africans have failed to grasp about capitalism and the free market is that, it is not a system intrinsic to Western culture. It is a system intrinsic to human nature regardless of race, ethnicity, or the local culture. Socialism has failed in Africa as it has failed in Eastern Europe, India, China and in South America.

Despite the collectivist nature of African culture, African culture is not exempted from that natural law of human nature. Coercing human nature to do something that is not in harmony with the nature of human understanding, will result in failure. That is why socialism, wherever it is tried, will always fail.

Richard Jack Rail: Recognizing AmericaPete Buttigieg says we won’t recognize America if Trump is reelected. “This country cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump,” he said. “We will not recognize it if he gets reelected.”

Gee, Pete, America’s already unrecognizable because of Trump. All those long lines at the unemployment office, the food stamp lines at the grocery store, the emergency rooms jampacked with illegals waiting for free medical care — that sort of thing has almost vanished since Donald got in.

Can’t even see what is in front of his face?

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Politics of Personal Destruction

Brad Lingo: What I Wish I Told the ABA about Lawrence VanDyke – “He’s one the most thoughtful and caring friends I know.” … brought to tears by the Left’s Politics of Personal Destruction. [caution National Review]

“I hope I haven’t embarrassed my friend by sharing these memories. Without them, I’m not sure it’d be possible to convey just how flabbergasted I was when I read the ABA’s upside-down evaluation. Arrogant? If anything, he’s humble to a fault. Entitlement mentality and lazy? Far from it. He and his family have sacrificed greatly to help that earnest kid from Montana become the solicitor general of two states.

For another example, from a Never-Trump leaner, try Mirengoff’s faux rationalization of defending Trump’s “nasty, over-the-top rhetoric.” Mirengoff needs to calibrate his perceptions and have a bit of awareness of using such rhetoric to label and condemn. He should ponder Laad’s thoughts (below).

Rajan Laad: Decoding Trump Derangement Syndrome – “We have seen many people of ‘eminence’ scoff, scorn and even turn viciously abusive against Trump and his supporters. They have called Donald Trump a traitor, a criminal, a Russian puppet and a con man. They have used expletives and vulgarities. Some have called for a coup, or even have called for Trump’s youngest child to be attacked. They actually wish for assassination. They want to blacklist all Trump supporters, rendering them jobless.”

“The term ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ was coined to explain this irrational and inconsolable rage against Trump. But dig deeper and you find that much like the livid man at the restaurant, these are hateful individuals, and have serious anger management issues and personal problems. It’s just that Trump is the latest target suitable to vent out against with impunity.

If this were just a few loons, the behavior could be ignored. But at the bottom of this is a blatant attempt delegitimize a democratically elected president without any evidence of wrongdoing. A lot of other unstable individuals out there feel empowered to conduct themselves in the most despicable manner because the eminent and prominent are doing it. An example is the shooting of Republican members of Congress by an individual at a softball practice back in 2017. It just takes one individual to opt for an extreme move.

To call it ‘Trump derangement syndrome’ only serves to accept their premise that Trump is the cause of their hatred. Their hate is irrational and despicable though, and that is what it should be called.

Peter Skurkiss: Envy is a symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome – “It is one of the main causes for driving many TDS sufferers over the edge. When speaking of envy, however, one should make a distinction between it and jealousy, as the two are commonly used interchangeably.

“Trump derangement syndrome (TDS) is a mental disorder in which a person has effectively been driven insane due to his hatred of Donald Trump, to the point where he abandons all logic and reason. Such people are impervious to facts that contradict their preconceived notions of the president.

So what is envy?

Envy leads a person to hate another just for having or achieving something good.

Envy is a pure evil. It is not an exaggeration to say it afflicts the NeverTrumps, the entire Left, and a large segment of the Democratic Party.

Filled with envy, the Democrats are more than willing to damage themselves and the country if that is the price to take the president down.

Because the Democratic Party and the media are main institutions in society, the country will suffer as they thrash about from their TDS affliction. There’s a silver lining in all this, however. Envy invariably destroys the ones who carry it in their hearts. This is already happening.

Blue is currently the color used to designate the Democratic Party and red the GOP. This is wrong. The color of the Democrats should be green. This is not because of environmental issues, but because green is the color of envy, and envy is a defining characteristic of the Democrats today.

Clarice Feldman: Schiff’s Impeachment Train to Nowhere – “Democrats hope this week’s vote signals that the president will be impeached, but the vote was not to impeach, nor even to begin a formal impeachment inquiry. It was to set the procedures for any impeachment hearing in the house. And what a lulu it is.

“I studied Russian law as an elective in law school so these kinds of rules are not unfamiliar to me, but Americans used to fair play and due process ought to find it troubling.

Conrad Black predicts they will, particularly given Adam Schiff’s record to date:

Roger Kimball: Doing the Impeachment Math – “Are there really 20 Republican senators who would commit political suicide in order to please Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Adam Schiff?” Kimball also falls into a bias: “Andy points out that Donald Trump is a supremely unpredictable (not to say erratic) political actor, and that this unpredictability may be a liability in the impeachment sweepstakes. This is probably correct.” That perception does not line up with the success Trump has had (but who worries about facts when it comes to bashing the President?) He even notes this dissonance but does not look inward to see its source.

“One of the several things that a democratic republic depends upon is trust, and the partisan weaponization of impeachment, a tool of last resort for deployment only in the most egregious “high-crimes-and-misdemeanors” cases, is enormously destructive of trust.

Last month, a formerly sensible commentator who has been suffering from a debilitating case of Trump Derangement Syndrome warned that “The Deep State Conspiracy Is About to Go Into Overdrive.” He was right about that (and he was right, too, that I’d be among the “conspirators”). But when you have senior members of the Intelligence Community publicly acknowledging not only the existence of the “deep state” (something that until yesterday was supposed to be merely the figment of Steve Bannon’s fevered imagination) but also its role in attempting to “take out” the president, then I’d say it was a good thing, not a bad thing, that efforts to expose the malignant, anti-democratic workings of the deep state are revving up and about to go into overdrive.

Impugning the opposition as conspiracy nuts tends to carry little weight when you describe the conspiracy and its goals and objects and praise its progress and brag about your own participation in it.

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Openly spouting sedition – will there be an accounting?

I & I Editorial Board: Now We Know Why The Media Won’t Expose Trump’s ‘Whistleblower’ – “This sounds like a whole lot more than an “indicia” or an “arguable” bias. In fact, it smacks of the very kind of Deep State that Trump has been talking about. … The press reaction to Sperry’s story? Complete and utter silence.”

“Even more bizarrely, Nelson claims to have found “at least one significant factual inaccuracy in the report,” but never reveals what it is. This is the sort of sloppy, biased journalism we expect from the New York Times or the Washington Post or CNN.

That aside, there’s another reason the mainstream press won’t touch Sperry’s story. If it did, it would have to admit that it’s known the “whistleblower’s” identity all along. And that it knows his biases. And that it’s under no obligation to protect his identity. And, finally, that it covered up his identity to keep the impeachment train rolling. …

It’s no surprise to us that the mainstream press is carrying water for Democrats on the impeachment story. But even we are sometimes surprised and dismayed by its cravenness.

John Lucas: Alex Vindman’s Impeachment Testimony Completely Rested On His Personal Opinions – “Alex Vindman’s testimony about the July 25 call between the two presidents does not add any new facts. So, what does he say? He offers his opinions about the wisdom of the call. That’s it.”

“I will close with one final observation: Vindman’s public volunteering of his personal opinions contrary to those of his commander-in-chief violates the fundamental rule that military officers should be publicly apolitical, in order to keep the armed forces out of political disputes. I respectfully submit that honoring that fundamental separation is more in line with an officer’s duty than what Vindman did in this case.

The fact that he elected to testify in uniform, thus attempting to add the imprimatur of the U.S. military to boost his credibility, makes it worse.

Erielle Davidson: House GOP Fed Up With Crooked Impeachment Inquiry: ‘It’s A Sham’ – “The House GOP delivered a much-needed, sharp rebuke of the increasingly partisan and opaque impeachment probe that has seized House Democrats.”

Thomas Lifson: A stunning confession from a Deep State member subverting the constitutional republic – “The arrogance and lack of self-awareness among the mandarins that inhabit the top levels of our government bureaucracies has led to a smoking gun-level confession.”

“Rather than respecting the will of the voters who elect a president, they proudly substitute their own policy preferences and think nothing of conspiring to drive from office the person who holds legitimate authority to make policy and conduct the affairs of government.

Steve Watson: “Thank God For The Deep State”: Intel Agents Admit They Want To “Take Out” Trump – “During an interview with Margaret Brennan of CSPAN, former CIA head John McLaughlin along with his successor John Brennan both basically admitted that there is a secretive cabal of people within US intelligence who are trying to ‘take Trump out’.” … “I mean I think everyone has seen this progression of diplomats and intelligence officers and White House people trooping up to Capitol Hill right now and saying these are people who are doing their duty or responding to a higher call.” he added.

“There you have it. Two former CIA heads admitting that there is a plot to take out a duly-elected President.

Thomas Farnan: The Stupidest Impeachment Ever – “The deep state serves the president, and nobody cares if its unelected drones have different foreign policy objectives in Ukraine.”

Jonathon Moseley: Quid pro faux: Trump impeachment legally fails – “Impeaching President Donald Trump is legally flawed.”

There are two New York Post columns that are expressing dissonance. Rich Lowery thinks the only case to be made is that “nothing came of it.” He also thinks the House investigation resolution is a move towards “more regular proceedings.” John Podhoretz notes that “First, the foreign policy Trump chooses to advance shouldn’t be involved in any discussion of impeachment. He is the president. Executive-branch policy is his and his alone to decide, even if you think it’s just terrible — or if it contradicts decades of ideas on which both Republicans and Democrats have agreed.” But then spends most of his time equating the ‘witch hunt’ label with the ‘impeach no matter what’ ethos. Both sides equal, you see, even if the evidence predominately says otherwise.

Then there is Michael Goodwin: A tragedy for the nation – and democracy – “Either Nancy Pelosi has lost her mind or she really wants to dig America’s grave. … The vote to formalize the impeachment jihad is a great day for Trump haters and a tragedy for democracy and common sense.

“The only thing that could be worse for Dems would be impeaching Trump with no evidence of a crime or a serious abuse of office

That’s what they’re doing — and four more years just got more likely.

Yet there is something bigger at stake than the next election. The effort to overturn the 2016 results is such a radical event that it raises the question of whether polarization has become fatal to our republic.

If so, then elections will never settle anything again. Each loser will simply look for a way to erase the outcome as if it never happened.

Scott Johnson: The impeachment Schiff show – cites Goodwin, Strassel, and McCarthy and provides a copy of what they are all talking about. McCarthy does provide a good summary but his column is flawed by accepting a false premise (and being posted on a nagware site). The dance is around the idea that there can be any legitimate investigation without any solid basis of a predicate event. Searching for a crime not in evidence makes any inquiry illegitimate and ignoring this weakens McCarthy’s arguments.

David Catron: Impeachment Vote Will Cost These Dems Their Seats – “They ran as moderates in swing districts yet voted like radicals.” The question is that, if Catron’s case is sound, why did only 2 Democrats vote with the Republicans?

“All of this brings us back to Thursday’s hyper-partisan vote and the resolution that purports to lay out the framework for the next phase of the “impeachment inquiry” launched by fiat during a news conference last month. This resolution, departing from 150 years of historical precedent, endows the House Intelligence Committee with extraordinary power over the inquiry, codifies Adam Schiff’s closed-door hearings, severely limits the powers of the Republican minority, and violates the president’s right to due process. The Democrats whose districts were won by Trump in 2016 have signed their own political death warrants by voting for this tawdry resolution. Execution day will be November 3, 2020.

Wolf Street Report: What Will Stocks Do When “Consensual Hallucination” Ends? – “I call this phenomenon “consensual hallucination” – “consensual” because everyone eagerly smokes the same stuff in order to be able to get the same hallucinations everyone else is having, and to be part of the movement” … this is not only a stock market ‘get rich’ behavior, it is also evident in the assault on the election of 2016.

“At some point, people do come out from under this consensual hallucination. This can happen very gradually and unevenly, or suddenly and all at once. History is full of both events. And often it’s a combination, at first gradually and then suddenly, or vice versa.

What’s astonishing is just how long consensual hallucination lasts, and how shocked and appalled people are when it ends.

AWR Hawkins Andrew Pollack: Guns Don’t Create School Shootings, Leftist Policies Do – “He noted that people who call for more background checks either ignore or do not know that the Parkland attacker passed a background check to get the gun he used.

Monica Showalter: So now Peggy Noonan is offering tips to the Democrats? – “There’s a fine line between analyzing news and nakedly offering advice to one side and now Peggy Noonan has crossed it.” The question is why: Drudge has turned into a propaganda site; Wallace now channeling the other Chris (Matthews) with goose bumps and chills;

“Facts in fact are so damned, in fact, that these people are keeping their hearings secret, selectively leaking only the politically advantageous parts without context, silencing Republicans from calling witnesses, preventing Republicans from issuing subpoenas, or cripes, even allowing Republicans from attending, and for the ones who are attending, not allowing them to ask questions. As for the president’s rights to due process, he’s SOL. As Noonan argued earlier, it’s got to be fair to work, and this is still 6,000 miles from fair.

The idea of sedition is a limitation on free speech. That is why it is often ignored as a legal matter. When does criticizing the government rise to a level like shouting “fire” in a crowded theater? Maybe you need a smoke bomb to go with the shout? Do libel and deceit matter? What is ‘just sayin’ and what is incitement against orderly government? But then, how do you hold people accountable for their ideas and suggestions expressed in public? For lessons in how this is done, look at the efforts behind gun laws. Consider what happened to Kavenaugh or the recent 9th circuit nominee who broke down in tears at a hearing due to the scurrilous assault on his character. How much of this is enough and what can an individual citizen do about it?

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Gaslighting. It’s what they do. It’s a sibling of Fake News.

Alex Bruesewitzon: Enough “Quid Pro Quo” Gaslighting. – “Horse-trading is not an impeachable offense.” … “At its core, the case for impeachment is more than a sham: it’s a misinformation campaign in which Democrats and their media are willfully ignoring the way our policy process works to prevent our President from governing.

Eddie Scarry: Impeachment is a power grab by Washington’s establishment and it has nothing to do with Trump’s character or the Constitution – “Everything about the national media’s framing of the impeachment effort is aimed at convincing the public of the laughable notion that this is about doing what’s morally right and wrong. … It’s not

Mike LaChance : Anti-Trump Media Is Waging Psychological Warfare Against the American People – “Progressives in media are so dedicated to opposing Trump, that the Washington Post eulogized the terrorist with more warmth than they have ever afforded President Trump, or even certain high school students caught on camera wearing MAGA hats.

Daniel John Sobieski: Why Is Vindman a War Hero but Flynn a Traitor? – “Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn is a war hero who was loyal to the truth, his country, and his president. Vindman, not so much.”

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Constructing a crime to fit the man

Tristan Justice: Schiff Directing Witnesses Not To Answer GOP Questions – “The latest charges against Schiff come as the ongoing impeachment process has been wrought with allegations of bias where Schiff has been conducting a closed-door investigation interviewing witnesses whose testimony has been selectively leaked to the press to frame the president.”

sundance: Seditious Conspiracy / Sketchy WitnessSchiff Blocks Questioning of NSC Staffer Alexander Vindman to Protect Him from Legal Exposure… “it is highly likely Vindman leaked the content of presidential phone calls illegally while he was a member of the National Security Council;” … “The New York Times is reporting that sketchy Vindman attempted to manipulate the CIA transcripts of President Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelenskyy to meet Vindman’s ideological interpretations.” … “In an effort to bolster his very sketchy credibility; and likely in an effort to avoid the appearance of sedition; Schiff’s Lawfare staff recommended Vindman wear his military uniform to the hearing today, though Vindman never wore the uniform for his NSC job.

This repression via silence can also be seen in Mirengoff on The Dems’ frivolous request that Barr recuse himself.

Conrad Black: The ‘Demedia’s’ Impeachment Beat Goes On – “In fact, in these matters, the system is working as it should: the House has no standing to pretend it can order the executive branch about, as the legislative and executive branches are co-equal and the legalities will be determined in the courts by the third co-equal branch—and not by the flaky-left lower benches where the Democrats have judge-shopped, but by the Supreme Court.

“Nothing has come to light that is remotely presentable as an impeachable offense.

Meanwhile, the Democratic allegations we have seen are preposterous legal nonsense: that the president’s legitimate curiosity to know if former Vice President Joe Biden’s son was influence-peddling in Ukraine was a misuse of U.S. government assistance to buy an advantage in the upcoming election. This will not move the Republican senators very far.

David L. Rosenthal: Rampant disrespect for the oath of office has become the norm – “In many cases, the candidates tell us frankly that they are opposed to all that. But even though they tell us, no one in authority is willing to prevent them from taking office, as per the requirement of the law and common sense. That is a major problem.

Daniel Oliver: On Laws, Guns, And Freedom, Bureaucrats Fight To Overrule The People – “What we in the US are seeing now, and have ever since Donald Trump was elected, is an attempt by Democrats to weaponize the legal system to further a nakedly political agenda.

see example (HealthNewsDigest.com) – Salt Lake City – “At a time when discussions about access to firearms and gun safety are paramount, trusted health care professionals find it difficult to have those conversations.” with a false premise based on a falsehood, what do you expect? A discussion is a lot easier to start and maintain if all parties climb aboard the reality and reason wagon.

Scott Johnson: Bukovsky’s dissent – “The American left learned from its Soviet friends. The thugs running the Soviet Union pioneered the use of psychiatry for totalitarian purposes. Bukovsky may have been the most prominent victims of the practice. Dissent from the party line was treated as a form of mental illness. The practice continues in the left’s stigmatization of dissent from its agenda as “phobias,” as in “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.

Thomas Lifson: Trump’s praise for the dog that helped capture al Baghdadi was a psy-ops classic – “Muslims, you see, are taught that dogs are unclean.” Then, of course, there is the Left as illustrated by Aaron Mak: Does Donald Trump Even Like Dogs?

The Babylon Bee: Trump Gets Dems To Interrupt Baseball, Condemn Dogs, Side With Terrorists All Within 24 Hours. Or, how about Texas Luring Jobs Away From California With Promises Of Electricity.

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The bridge is corroding and needs repair and maintenance

Erielle Davidson: Trump Was Right To Keep The Baghdadi Raid Secret From Schiff – “Back in 2017, Gen. Tony Thomas made this very point at the Aspen Security Conference, where he discussed how a prior lead on Abu Bakr al Baghdadi “went dead” following a media leak.

“Admittedly, Trump’s labeling of Washington as a “leaking machine” is a revealing and disappointing statement on the federal government, but the blame for this situation does not lie with Trump, and it would require cognitive dissonance of the highest order for the media to blame the president for his recalcitrance to share information with a congressional committee headed by Schiff.

If Democrats in the House are so concerned with the sharing of information between the executive branch and the House, perhaps when one of their members engages in inexcusable and unethical behavior, they should reprimand that individual, not celebrate him as some heroic figure worthy of emulation. It only suggests tacit support of the very behavior that every government official, right or left, should be condemning.

Robert Arvay: How America’s justice system is beginning to crumble – “just like a strong and magnificent bridge across a wide river, corrosion can set in.” … “Here are seven warning signs, present today, that we ignore at great peril.” … “In many cases, the remedy is suggested merely by identifying the problem and admitting that it is a serious defect in the system. This is the age of “see something, say something,” and more of us need to get involved.

neo: Left vs. right: the rules of the game – “Much of the anger of the right at NeverTrumpers and others who have issues with Trump related to style, including his style of combat, need to (in the words of the commenter) “recognize reality for what it is – like it or not.” It’s a sad and sorrowful realization, but as time goes on it increasingly seems to be an inevitable realization.

Patricia McCarthy: Trump vs. the barbarians at the gates – “The Left today stands for corruption, amorality, gender fluidity, anti-religiosity, injustice and open borders. They intend to flood the country with Democrat voters. They oppose the First and Second Amendments. They oppose due process.

sundance: UPDATED: Pelosi Calls House Vote to Affirm Speaker Impeachment Inquiry The House Never Authorized… “On Thursday of this week Speaker Pelosi is bringing to the floor a resolution to affirm her previous declaration of an “Official House Inquiry”. Mrs. Pelosi is very purposefully and carefully telling reporters this is not a “House resolution on impeachment”. Read the wording carefully:” … “Pelosi and the Lawfare crew are playing games.

Linda Tripp: Same Media that Silenced Me Now Glorifying Fake Whistleblowers – “I know a little something about writing a political expose. And, about whistleblowing. Except, my experience was diametrically opposed to that of any of the anonymous whistleblowers or to this coward called Anonymous.”

“The liberal elites in the media made it their business to destroy me, all in a coordinated effort to victimize, and thus save, a truly corrupt president.”

There was no hand holding for me. The intimidation factor, from not only the White House but from the press, was enormous. My credibility had to be decimated. They did that handily, and in so doing, ensured that anything I had to say about the corruption of the Clinton White House would be dismissed. The difference is staggering.

Nearly 22 years ago, I was effectively silenced. My story has never been told.

George Avery: What the New York Times Got Wrong About Slavery in America – “Like much else in the Times’ version of the role of slavery in American history, even the project name [1619] is rooted in distortion.” Learn some history; see the effects of bias and hate in the media.

The New York Times does a disservice to its readers with the 1619 Project by presenting a simplistic and misleading story of the complex role that the institution of slavery played in the history of the United States, and it largely ignores the role that the underlying values of the Anglo-Scottish Enlightenment that undergird the new nation played in ending slavery and the slave trade.

Greg Mankiw: “Too many Republicans in Congress are willing, in the interest of protecting their jobs, to overlook Trump’s misdeeds (just as too many Democrats were for Clinton during his impeachment).” … just what are these “misdeeds”? With Clinton, an investigation yielded a specific list of misdeeds sufficient to get him disbarred if not impeached. With Trump, a massive, hostile, and arguably corrupt investigation yielded no misdeeds sufficient to support impeachment or other action. None of his opposition, nor any such as Mankiw, offer any description of any actual ‘high crime or misdemeanor’ to support their assertions as anything other than sour grapes or political dissonance. Then there is the need to brag about going anti-Trump. That implies irrational involvements such as narcissism, moral preening, hate, or underlying emotional or intellectual dissonance. This is why it is the era of irrational argument and not reasoned debate.

An example can be seen in Alexander Vindman: Was not proper to demand that a foreign government… Vindman’s source for this claim is the transcript released by Trump which does not support his allegation. Why the distortion and deceit or gross misperception from a distinguished civil servant? Why does he refute both his President and the President of the Ukraine? Sour grapes and political dissonance? What makes Vindman arbiter of a Constitutionally delegated responsibility supported by a general election?

Babylon Bee: CNN Uncovers Evidence Hero Dog Sniffed Dozens Of Butts Back In College – “Everyone [else] praised the classified “Hero Dog” for taking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” ALSO Nationals Disappointed To Learn Boos Don’t Count As Runs.

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Will the force of gravity re-assert itself? Really?

Liz Sheld: Morning Greatness: Democrats Claim Impeachment ‘Game Changer’ – “There would be no reason to conceal the process if things are as they are portrayed in their media leaks. So along those lines” … “According to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, yesterday’s inquisition wasn’t exactly as The Hill and Adam Schiff reports. “In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor’s whole argument,” McCarthy said.” … “Adam Schiff won’t let us talk about what happened,” … “The one thing that you find out in this process is all this information is just like that whistleblower… everything is second-, third-, and fourth-hand information,”

J. Marsolo: The real ‘constitutional crisis’ is all on Democrats – “trying to impeach and remove President Trump for political reasons and not the constitutionally prescribed reasons.

“The Constitution requires “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” This means that the “high crimes and misdemeanors” should be on the same level as treason or bribery.

If the Democrats had any real, credible evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” they would not be requesting that President Trump assist the House Democrats, nor would they be holding secret hearings. They would be having open, televised hearings.

The Dems and media have focused on President Trump, and they are obsessed with finding a crime, which means they have to manufacture a crime because no crime exists.

The bottom line is that the “abuse of power” claim is a cover for the Democrats’ opposition to Trump’s policies and their hatred of Trump. Trump is a threat to exposing the corruption of the Obama CIA and FBI.

The real constitutional crisis is that the Obama CIA and FBI tried to sabotage the election and subsequent administration of President Trump, and now the House Democrats are trying to impeach President Trump because they disagree with his agenda and refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election.

Conrad Black: Impeachment Will Fail – “The Democrats are being led by a coalition of constitutional renegades, political tricksters, and would-be Maduros. They are speeding over a political cliff. The force of gravity will assert itself.”

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Tough trying to teach Conservatives and Republicans

that’s odd. Both Allahpundit and Mirengoff are making sense today.

Timothy Meads: Good for These Fast Food Workers Who Manhandled Global Warming Protesters … “Employees at an In-N-Out burger restaurant in Long Beach, California are being praised for adroitly handling “Extinction Rebellion” protesters who thought they could barge into the establishment, create tons of noise, and disturb everybody within earshot all for the sake of raising awareness about global warming.

Thomas McArdle: China’s Disguised Global Threat Comes Alive … “So the argument against Huawei and its communist masters is economic, as well as based on saving or enhancing political freedoms. Now it’s up to the Trump administration, and 5G companies whose strings aren’t pulled by expansionist tyrants, to spread the truth brought to life so well by “Claws of the Red Dragon.

John Sexton: NY Times reports on the ‘backlash’ to homelessness in California … “The rule for progressive outlets is always the same: If the story helps Democrats then it’s a story. If the story might help Republicans then the reaction to the story is the story.

Paul Mirengoff: We’re in E.J. Dionne’s head, he wants into ours … “There’s a certain kind of liberal who likes to tell conservatives what they should think about this or that matter in order to be true to conservatism. He has no counterpart on the other side of the political divide. I know of no conservative who gets off on telling liberals what they should think about anything. We tend to confine ourselves to pointing out liberal hypocrisy.” … “Dionne is pulling an Adam Schiff. When your adversary’s words don’t get you where you want to go, make up the necessary ones.

John Hinderaker: One Way to Fight Back Against the Vicious Left … “a left-wing group that calls itself “Fight the Hate” or something like that has circulated a list of the top 100 or so conservative web sites to corporate marketing departments, urging them to blacklist those sites

neo: The elite war on democracy … “one of the ways that the elites are fighting back is through lawfare (something we already know) but in particular through the redefinition of politics as a form of corruption. For those of whom they approve, no act is bad enough to prosecute, but for those they wish to remove, actions that would never have previously been defined as corrupt are now defined that way and the legal system is the means to accomplish their aims.

Byron York: Thinking clearly about Trump and aid to Ukraine … “But that is not what Mulvaney said at all. Investigating the roots of the Trump-Russia investigation is not “investigating Democrats.” It is investigating the actions of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies during the 2016 campaign.

Stephen B. Presser: A Trump Impeachment Imperils the Constitution … “Perhaps Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schiff are simply conducting political theater, to fire up their partisans. If so, they are irresponsibly and contemptibly endangering the American people and their Constitution.

Roger Kimball: Media Attempt to School Republicans Is a Disingenuous Fraud … “What we are witnessing with such gems of hysterical mendacity are the pathetic death throes of a discredited political franchise and its rapidly disintegrating narrative.”

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Why the hate? Strange forms of recreation.

David Thompson: Preening Interruptus … “What is wrong with you?” they ask.

“Acts of planned and gratuitous aggression, including narcissistic aggression – which is what these ‘protests’ are – should be treated accordingly. It’s important that these cossetted pinheads, so gorged on their own sense of entitlement, learn to fear those on whom they recreationally impose themselves. Their expectations of impunity should be shattered. Along with the conceit that the way to make people sympathetic with your cause, whatever it may be this week, is to screw them over – because you can – while applauding yourself for doing so.

John Merline: The Deep State Comes Out Of The Shadows … “These officials, the story says, are “furious,” “terrified,” “incredulous,” “disappointed,” “fed up,” “livid,” with a “deep well of resentment,” in an “unbearable” situation.They’re mad that several of them “were demoted or sidelined following attacks by the conservative media.

“So what we have here are career bureaucrats who don’t like the way Trump is conducting foreign policy. Why? Because they know better than some outsider who doesn’t play according to the rules. There is no question that many of them would be delighted to see Trump removed from office, not because he did anything impeachable, but because they can’t abide by the 2016 election results.

Trump’s critics say that his claims about a deep state are the result of his paranoid delusions. But after what the country has witnessed over the past three years, and now the bragging by State Department officials bent on getting Trump out of Washington, it’s the denial of the deep state that is delusional.

sundance … Pelosi Gaslighting Continues – False Claims: Administration “defying lawful subpoenas & document requests”… “Nancy Pelosi continues to mislead her ‘impeachment’ constituents. Unfortunately the compliant media is refusing to hold her accountable.” … “Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Lawfare House rules‘ and/or ‘Lawfare impeachment rules‘ cannot supersede the constitutional separation of powers. She is well aware of this.

Mick Mulvaney: ‘I never said it was a quid pro quo’ … “Mulvaney pushed back on Wallace saying that his statements were taken out of context.” more media deceit and distortion laid bare for inspection.

Tyler Durden: The American Deep State Would Sooner Sacrifice The Republic Than Lose Again To Donald Trump. “Schiff has little to worry about, however, since the media does not react to Democratic transgressions with nearly the same amount of hysteria as it does with the Republicans, which explains why Trump is fighting a constant uphill battle.

Sebastian Gorka: When Does It Count as a Coup?Not only do they want to subvert this president and the will of 63 million Americans, they want to make sure that they never lose an election again.”

“There is only one reason that the Democrats are openly suggesting that the Electoral College be abolished, that 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote, that the Supreme Court should be packed with their nominees, that lawfully owned guns should be confiscated, and that the president should be impeached based on any and every pretext, regardless of the facts. Not only do they want to subvert this president and the will of 63 million Americans by overturning the last election, they want to make sure they never lose an election again.

Are you willing to do whatever it takes politically to make sure that doesn’t happen?

Victor Davis Hanson: Why Do They Hate Him So?Democrats, NeverTrump Republicans, left-liberal celebrities, journalists, and academics all revile Donald Trump because he is trying and often succeeding to restore a conservative America at a time when his opponents thought that the mere idea was not just impossible but unhinged.”

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