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Mask Mouth versus do no harm

COVID and the Death of Common Sense. John Hinderaker – “Why are so many panicked over the Wuhan flu, a relatively minor disease? Of course, COVID can be deadly, like virtually all diseases, but if you are 25 or under it is less lethal than an average seasonal flu, and it is overwhelmingly the very elderly and infirm who are at risk. So why the hysteria?”

World’s Top Epidemiologists – Masks Don’t Work! John Miltimore – “Despite a global stampede of mask-wearing, data show that 80-90 percent of people in Finland and Holland say they “never” wear masks when they go out, a sharp contrast to the 80-90 percent of people in Spain and Italy who say they “always” wear masks when they go out.”

“The problem with mask mandates is that public health officials are not merely recommending a precaution that may or may not be effective.

They are using force to make people submit to a state order that could ultimately make individuals or entire populations sicker, according to world-leading public health officials.

That is not just a violation of the Effectiveness Principle. It’s a violation of a basic personal freedom.

Mask advocates might mean well, but they overlook a basic reality: humans spontaneously alter behavior during pandemics. Scientific evidence shows that American workplaces and consumers changed the patterns of their travel before lockdown orders were issued.

‘Mask mouth’: Dentists coin new term for smelly side effect of wearing a mask. Melkorka Licea – “The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.”

Debunking The Myth That Lockdowns Stop Pandemics. Stacey Rudin – “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide.” … “Publicly available data shows no causal relationship between government orders and COVID-19 mortality outcomes.”

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Political behavior and the defense of social identity – wretched and rotten rhetoric

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic. Jason Daley – “Historian Edward Watts argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end.” … “Above all else, the Roman Republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence,”

How The Political Behavior Of Black And Jewish Americans Became Their Cultural Identity. Michael Weingrad – “Jewish and black voters have proven to be astonishingly reliable supporters of the Democratic Party, even when it conflicts with their interests. Three new books offer some insights into why.”

“I also find it challenging to see rational choice as an obvious explanation for anyone’s political behavior these days. Certainly, politics has taken on for many Americans the force of an identity, a tribal affiliation, in some cases even a kind of religion with accompanying ritual practices.

“An identity as deeply political as that of mainstream American Jewry is not going to change its political behavior without becoming unrecognizable to itself, and certainly not without having new frameworks of meaning and behavior to replace the older ones.

They also express a concern worth attending to, that “if whites’ level of racialized social constraint both within and outside the South reaches anything approximating that of blacks, greater polarization and heightened racial conflict in America will take hold more broadly.” I disagree this is the polarization we are seeing in the Trump era, and would argue that, if anything, Trump is functioning as a scrambler of the politics of racialized social constraint, which becomes a concern for Democrats and white elites more broadly. But time will tell.

Meanwhile, they end by imagining the plight of a black conservative in the voting booth this November. He considers casting his vote for a Republican and then possibly having to admit doing so to his friends and family. Given the “social rewards of conformity,” they write, “supporting the Democratic candidate is almost certainly the least costly option.”

The fate of American democracy may ride on that “almost.”

An Age of Wretched and Rotten Rhetoric. Tristan Heiner – “Politics becomes wretched when the ideas in circulation turn bad, and ideas degenerate when the rhetoric is rotten. The words are everything.”

“diplomacy and measured words are muddied corpses being squelched into the trenches by the boots of dogged partisanship and zero-sum tactics. … The biggest casualty in this squalor is, of course, the truth and measured solutions to real problems.

When people have a greater interest in scoring points against one another, compared to getting to the core of a real issue, the whole charade becomes the embodiment of the unproductive.

There is no mechanism that achieves those ends of muffling and muzzling civil discourse more perniciously and effectively than political correctness.

Fake news about Portland from the Washington Post. Paul Mirengoff – “Clearly, the Washington Post’s attempt to link rioting in Portland to the Trump administration’s efforts to protect federal property was fake news. Just like so much else that appears in this relentlessly leftist organ these days.”

NY Tries To ‘Dissolve’ The NRA: Far Left’s War Against The Constitution Never Ends. I & I Editorial Board – “Whenever the far left loses a debate, it doesn’t sharpen its arguments or seek compromise. Instead, it criminalizes those with whom it disagrees.” … “New York’s Democratic and radically anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James’ move to “dissolve” the NRA comes after a phony “fraud” investigation that was launched as an intimidation tactic.” … “To the left, the truth doesn’t matter.”

The NRA’s Fight in New York Is For All Americans. Editorial of The New York Sun – “The thing to keep in mind during the legal war launched today between New York State and the National Rifle Association is that the Second Amendment does not exist in New York City and state. It has been blocked at every level by state and local authorities.” … “The more astonishing suit is not the one Ms. James filed against the NRA but the one the NRA filed against her.”

Nevada Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses. Joe Schoffstall – “One-sixth of Clark County mail-in ballots were sent to outdated or undeliverable addresses”

“Nevada’s voter rolls aren’t maintained to the standard required for an all-mail experience like Oregon or Washington,” Churchwell said. “The Nevada governor is foolish to think he can replicate his regional neighbors’ years of development and practices with mail voting in a matter of months with a weekend emergency bill.”

Smart Women Don’t Send Nudes To Strangers, And Other Tales Of The Sexual Revolution. Casey Chalk – “The pornographication of America’s culture prevents victims from thinking clearly. Sadly, behavior once labeled bizarre or self-destructive is now common.”

“Obviously, Cooper is an odious criminal who should be punished. But such deviants have always existed in the nether regions of our society. Before the internet, they frequented the seedy parts of town near pornography shops and “adult” cinemas; they would walk around in trench coats and flash innocent folks passing by. Now, thanks to the anonymity of technology, they are more capable of fabricating identities.

Another bizarre and concerning thing about this episode is how the Post presents Cooper’s victims as ordinary, intelligent, and “professional.” It says something about our culture that heterosexual women — with boyfriends, no less — who get involved with female strangers on dating apps are labeled “ordinary.” It says something about our culture that women who send nude media of themselves to strangers — in at least one case, the day after the online “relationship” began — are supposedly “intelligent.”

It also appears our culture is so saturated in pornography that activities once considered rare, immoral, obscene, and stupid are now condoned, if not celebrated.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day For American Patients. Gerard Scimeca – “the newest order pushes for an international price index (IPI) pricing in Medicare Part B, called “favored nation status.” The name could not be more of a misnomer, either, as “favored nation” implies the lowest price cap among a mix of foreign countries in regard to particular drugs. And the lower the cap, the worse the ripple effects back up the supply chain and for patients in the long run.”

“In essence, the federal government will take the average price for certain drugs from a combination of foreign countries — all with partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems — and leverage Medicare’s status as the largest purchaser in the market to force companies to sell medicines and other treatments at or below that average threshold. But this is not as simple as it sounds, nor is it beneficial in making life better for patients.

We have seen price controls tried time and again both abroad and in our current halls of power.

To make matters worse, this proposal has received stiff opposition from Canadian officials, too, who would need to raise their own domestic prices to ensure their government-controlled drug supply was not exhausted in a matter of months,

The Canadian situation illustrates that this is an international relationship problem as well as a personal cost problem. The price cap situation is due to other countries, such as Canada, controlling their prices. They can do this because the U.S. allows companies to make up the lost income in U.S. pricing. The distinction here is how the drug cost in the U.S. is to be determined. The mechanism outlined – same price here as there – is a market driven approach and not a socialist approach. The arguments presented presume that the U.S. will set prices the same way the “partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems” do.

An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch. Steven Hatfill – “On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care “misinformation,” Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting “fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure.” … “Actually, it was Sullivan who was spouting dangerous falsehoods about this drug”

Bad medicine: Fauci’s HCQ Waterloo. Monica Showalter – “it’s about time this idol topples, based on this summary about Fauci’s startlingly bad medicine and bad medical policy on COVID, which has in fact cost thousands of lives. And yes, he is very specifically to blame.”

President Trump Just Called Out Two of the Media’s Most Dangerous Lies About COVID-19. Michael Thau – “Monday was a milestone in the battle against the media’s despicable, 5-month, unrelenting campaign of COVID-19 gaslighting.” … “The most important task we face is recovering our senses.”

Video: A Leftist Asked Him: ‘When Was America Great?’ Frontpagemag.com – “His answer is stunning.” It is. Watch the video.

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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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Built on quicksand: Sports, HCQ, Schooling

No injustice, no peace. Paul Mirengoff – [but the NBA went full tilt on the myth anyway – and Strike Three: Major League Baseball’s Sordid Romance with Race-Baiting Politics] “It’s fitting that a phony justice movement originated with a phony claim of police misconduct.” … “Wilson has been cleared of any criminal conduct by a grand jury and by the Obama-Holder Justice Department. But the left never gives up.”

“It’s absurd that Wilson’s conduct was scrutinized in three separate proceedings, including one that wrapped up six years after the fact. That’s not the same standard applied to everyone else. It’s the standard applied to people the BLM mob wants to crucify.

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19 — 16 Find HCQ NOT Effective — But 10 of Those Are Late Treatment Studies! Jim Hoft – “It is becoming more and more apparent with each new day and as more information is accumulated that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, the CDC and the FDA failed in their response to the China Coronavirus.” The problem is that ‘experts’ are proclaiming the HCQ debate dead and buried, see Josh Bloom asserting that Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again [but note the hubris, ad hominem and other fallacies]. Maybe there are some complexities that need clarification?

The case for charter schools. Scott Johnson – “Kevin Williams reviews Thomas Sowell’s new book on charter schools in the July 27 issue of National Review. The review is published under the headline “The Collapsing Case against Charter Schools.” This could be another “Bell Curve” [Wikipedia] book where the data are overwhelming but don’t fit the desired social activist narrative.

“Williamson concludes his review on a bitter if realistic note: “Our political culture is sick, and many of our institutions are corrupt. Many of them would not be capable of acting on what they could learn from “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” even if they were so inclined, which they aren’t. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure in a nation that does not entirely deserve him.” The review makes for compelling reading. I wanted to bring it to the attention of readers along with Sowell’s new book.

It’s messy and there are no simple answers.It’s quicksand when intellectual integrity is not used as bedrock.

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Manage – or inform?

The Moral Case Against Mask Mandates And Other COVID Restrictions. David Shane – “Resistance to overbearing regulations is about more than just ‘freedom.’” … “Instilling this unnecessary fear in people is cruel.” … “A moral problem also arises from a desire to manage rather than inform the population.”

“Many in both our political and media classes, however, have no desire for people to be well informed about relative risks. People who are afraid, after all, will engage in socially demanded behaviors. So why risk giving them an accurate picture of their situation? Politicians and the media are not informing the public so much as managing it, an impulse we must call out and fight.

What Antifa Won’t Tell You. Paul Gregory – “Observers of the demonstrations, statue toppling, and riots that followed the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 could not help but notice a distinctive pattern of protest. Legitimate demonstrators stood on the frontline, while stones, Molotov cocktails and other objects were hurled from the rear.”

“And yet perhaps this is not unintentional. An organization that deems most of America as hopelessly riddled with racism and extremism, that sees no way to achieve its aims except violent ones, and that feels justified silencing its opponents by any means necessary, is not likely to give away its tactical secrets. Bray reveals just enough about Antifa to keep its workings murky—and that, too, is likely his intent.

Waiting for the Counterrevolution. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are in the midst of a revolution, a cultural and racial one, that seeks to refute the past, damn the present, and hijack the future. So far, however, we have only heard from one side, the revolutionaries and their enablers themselves.” [post links to full article on NR]

Poll: Nevadans favor expanded mail ballot access, chilly on business litigation protections. Riley Snyder – “Many of the poll topics correlate closely to items that will be on the agenda for the upcoming legislative special session.” The Californication of Nevada proceeds despite the reality about where it leads. Misinformed and ignorant are the hallmarks of the effort to manage the public rather than inform and educate. e.g. Don’t tell those polled that Despite What You’ve Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago [I & I Editorial Board].

Getting Rid Of The Police, Or Trump, Will Only Enable More Riots. John Daniel Davidson – “Our political and media elite think that Trump and the police are the cause of the ongoing unrest. They couldn’t be more wrong.” Read this from the perspective of manage rather than inform and it sheds a new light on the political behavior.

“In all of this, the assumption appears to be that the mere presence of law enforcement so triggers protesters that it turns them into a violent, rampaging mob. It doesn’t seem to matter if law enforcement, whether federal or local, is warranted—as it most certainly is in places like Portland, where rioters have been staging attacks on a federal courthouse and rioting for going on two months now.

The repeated public statements of sympathy from Democrats and the dishonest coverage of the mainstream press leave the impression that these violent outbursts by erstwhile “peaceful protesters” are entirely justified.

Imagine being so out of touch with the political and cultural currents of American life that you think a Trump defeat in November will disperse the mobs in the street and quell the “left-wing cultural revolution.”

Details emerging about fatal shooting of BLM ‘protester’ in Austin, TX are stunning. Thomas Lifson – “The leftist outrage machine treated the fatal shooting of BLM “protestor” Garrett Foster last Saturday night in Austin, Texas with the customary spin … But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story” is important. … anybody who might want to criticize Sgt. Perry’s actions, picture themselves trapped in a car as a masked stranger raises an assault rifle in their direction and reflect upon what they might have done if faced with the split second decision faced by Sgt. Perry that evening.”

Democrats’ Policies Are Unfit For The Presidency. Joy Pullmann – “A right to control other people’s lives is no right at all. It is an abuse of power. It is tyranny. Pledges to accelerate tyranny, which equal treason against the Constitution, utterly disqualify a person and party from United States government.”

4 French Revolution Trends That Have Started In The United States. Krystina Skurk – “The bloody and terrible French Revolution featured attacks on religion, rewriting history, toppling statues, and abandoning tradition. Sound familiar?”

“Contemporary British politician Edmund Burke lamented that French Revolutionaries could have repaired the walls of their government and society instead of tearing them down. In an attempt to found an egalitarian utopia, the French Revolutionaries tore down almost everything that was traditionally French. An eerily similar purge is taking place in America.

Why Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Don’t Block Coronavirus Infection of Human Lung Cells. Katherine Seley-Radtke – “A July 22 paper in the journal Nature further underscored earlier studies showing that neither the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, nor chloroquine, prevents SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – from replicating in lung cells.” As is becoming necessary with ACHS columns on pandemic related issues, reading the comments is required for perspective. In this case, the isolated and very specific situation specified should raise questions. Like many anti-HCQ studies, pertinent variables are isolated out of the question addressed and simplifying assumptions left out of the discussion. That facilitates the study but qualifies the application of its results.

Breitbart Still Suspended From Twitter After Viral HCQ Video; Doctor Gets Axe Over Involvement. Tyler Durden – “Gold had defended her views – which reflected her real-life experience as a board-certified doctor specializing in emergency medicine, … saying in a tweet that “there are always opposing views in medicine,” but that opposition should not be grounds for censorship.” Toe the line. Or else!

‘Cancel Culture’: Old Tyranny in New Bottles. Bruce Thornton – “If the progressives succeed, they will create what the Founders feared.”

Lancet Formally Retracts Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Used By Media To Attack Trump. Tristan Justice – This one refuted 50+ years of experience with the drug but the authors “were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis.” Nevertheless, the study provided political fodder. “Legacy media meanwhile, with its animus for Trump, used the study to attack the president and his physician for taking a medication that had anecdotally shown potential promise in treatment of infection while posing few risks.”

With all of the focus on ‘conflict of interest’ that is usually predicated on the exchange of money or favors to the point that authors have to proclaim innocence in their papers, ideological media feeding is often ignored. This is where the whole truth is shortchanged and deceit and dishonesty are rationalized by selected truths that tell a misleading story. The studies therefore become an effort to manage public perceptions rather than inform them.

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I thought I was supposed to be heard – not these days

Mike Flynn’s Higher Loyalty. Daryl McCann – “For President Obama, the rise and rise of the billionaire property developer and reality television star Donald Trump constituted a danger to American democracy and a retreat from his peace-for-the-world doctrine.”

“The details of all this are important. They show that no citizen can be assured of fairness when interrogated by the FBI due to its last-century method of reconstructing an interview. Citizens have to assume, for their own protection, that they cannot be guaranteed justice when they speak with the FBI because their guilt or otherwise is not dependent on what they say but on a report constructed by the two agents (or a third agent who did not attend the interview) after the event.

Do Burning Cities Mark Start Of Democrats’ ‘Civil War 2.0’? I & I Editorial Board – “Get that? Trump wasn’t elected; his is a “reign of terror.” The unhinged nature of the debate almost precludes Americans from coming together.”

“Only you can stop this insanity. It begins in the voting booth, but doesn’t end there. All Americans need to recapture an appreciation for the preciousness of their constitutional rights, and also the history that underpins our nation’s great success.

If not, they will deliver our nation into the hands of leftist ideologues who won’t hesitate from cleaving this country in two. That would be bad for all of us.

“I Thought I Was Supposed To Be Heard”: Full Highlights From Barr ‘Hearing’. Tyler Durden – “Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed Democrats on the Committee, saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had a hearing where the witness wasn’t allowed to respond to points made, questions asked, and attacks — attacks made.” … “Even Slate had to admit the Democrats blew it:” For more, neo cites a number of commentary columns on the hearings in Democrats vs. Barr.

HCQ censorship, cubed: Social media giants shut down doctors testifying from experience that hydroxychloroquine works. Monica Showalter – compare and contrast to Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again by Josh Bloom. The American Council on Science and Health beclowns itself with hubris and intolerance for gross evidence. Absolute certitude with ridicule as shown in the title is not good science.

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You’re being had. Why can’t you see? It’s Built on Fumes, Not Facts

Ralph W. Sockman – “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

[via Instapundit] Mark Twain: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

How To Disprove The 6 Most Outrageous Myths Of The 1619 Project. Lipton Matthews – “The 1619 Project’s fabrications commit a horrific injustice on American history. The project perpetuates dangerous myths about the country’s founding, and by painting its roots as structurally racist and oppressive, it stokes racial tensions.” Sometimes lies are blatant. Other times they are insidious and hidden. Always, they destroy.

Blood and Metal: Why 1641 Matters So Much to Understanding America’s Founding (Not 1619). Bryan Preston – “1492 and 1630 are more significant years for the founding of America than 1619. But neither is as significant in the stream of ideas and human rights as 1641.”

“We have to take all this into account when we look at 1641, and how the upstarts in America saw things in their time. They weren’t standing on the shoulders of giants, but they were looking back at centuries of war and piles of dead and precedents for bringing bad kings and queens to heel.

Bruce Pascoe’s Tribe Dines on Young Brains. Tony Thomas – “Teacher ignorance is no barrier to foisting potted Pascoe piffle on our kids.” … “The authors deny that British-based agriculture was more productive than the Aborigines’ version.” It isn’t just the U.S. and that is what is truly frightening.

Marxism in the Classroom, Riots in the Streets. Clare M. Lopez – “The production of brainwashed generations of automatons.”

“The plot to destroy Western Civilization was hatched in Moscow shortly after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and implemented through the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University

Decades of such indoctrination have wreaked the havoc we see today on our streets: crazed mobs attack police, assault private citizens and business owners, vandalize property federal and private alike, tear down statues without even knowing whom they represent, set up “autonomous zones”, deface synagogues, and scream antisemitic slurs.

‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It’s The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time. John Daniel Davidson – “If ever there was a threat to the rule of law, it was the Obama administration’s abuse of power and its weaponization of intelligence agencies in an attempt to take down Trump.” One mustn’t forget the other government agency weaponizing against political enemies … there is a pattern here.

“The complexity of their scheme, and the efforts to hide it and mislead the American people, are frustrating. The cast of characters—from high-ranking Obama administration officials to relative nobodies loosely associated with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—is long, as is the timeline of events. Details have come out slowly, in fits and starts, over the course of years. Following all the leaks and declassified transcripts and congressional hearings requires constant vigilance, and if you don’t keep up with it you can easily lose the thread.

A Put-Up Job. Charles Lipson – “Growing evidence that officials involved in the Russia collusion investigation knowingly acted without cause is undermining our governing institutions.” … “This effort to take down the Trump administration went well beyond the normal bounds of standard FBI practice, prosecutorial diligence, and “loyal opposition” among elected officials. It extended far beyond law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

Beam Me Up, Please. Clarice Feldman – “Too many people are willing to live in a contrafactual and contralegal world.” … “There are too many examples of these waves of lunatic hysteria to recount here but let me note two: Russiagate and BLM.”

Worst. White. Supremacists.Ever. John Hinderaker – “The Democratic Party platform has been published in draft form, and it is a beauty. An openly racist document, it is largely an attack on white people.” … “The Democrats are right to focus on median income as a basic indicator of well-being, but they have to lie about the statistics.”

Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance. Heather Mac Donald – “Public officials’ overreaction to the novel coronavirus put American cities into a coma; those same officials’ passivity in the face of widespread rioting threatens to deliver the coup de grâce. Together, these back-to-back governmental failures will transform the American polity and cripple urban life for decades.”

Something’s rotten at the Supreme Court. Andrea Widburg – “Justice Roberts was sold to Americans as a conservative. He isn’t. He’s also not a leftist. Instead, he has a very peculiar habit of hewing conservative on the narrow legal issues that are relevant only to a few interested parties and going full-bore leftist on those issues that matter greatly to constitutional liberty in America.” … “There’s something very wrong at the Supreme Court, and Justice Roberts seems to sit at the heart of the problem.”

Chief Justice Roberts and Injunctive Relief. Jonathan H. Adler – “The Chief Justice’s votes against injunctive relief for churches, voters, and those on death row are of a piece.” … “More likely, the Chief Justice’s rather consistent opposition to injunctive relief is another manifestation of the minimalist impulse” … “This is nothing new for the Chief. He has long been critical of the speed with which some lower courts are willing to grant injunctive relief.” Alder indeed provides some insight into the argument but what he also highlights is that Roberts puts court procedure above the issues at hand. The right or wrong of an issue is secondary to an ideological based procedure preference in considering them.

 

Churches Defy California Guv’s Covid Restrictions on Multiple Worship Gatherings. – “The problem is that government too often abuses its authority or is inconsistent in its administration.”

“In response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate jurisdiction. Faithfulness to Christ prohibits us from observing the restrictions they want to impose on our corporate worship services.”

I Got Arrested, and I Learned Some Things. Rob Port – “Saying the “justice system is broken” is an empty talking-point from politicians who want to sound like they care. But they have little-to-no understanding as to how it is broken. From my experience in all this, I have determined that our justice system is broken in a very tangible way. Below are five reforms I believe the North Dakota legislature can and should enact in the 2021 legislative session.”

Florida Is A Case Study In Media-Induced COVID-19 Panic. I & I Editorial Board – “All of these scary headlines are based on the number of deaths reported by the state on any given day. This is not the same as the number of deaths that occurred on those days. … The difference might seem trivial. But it’s crucial because the press is using the timing of Florida’s death reports to whip up a frenzy about COVID-19 running riot in the state.”

“The question that deserves to be answered is why the mainstream press seems so willing and eager to whip up fear, rather than provide all the relevant facts, in context, so the public can make its own informed decisions about how to respond to this disease.

Hitchens: ‘Excessive COVID Fears Have Completely Changed the Country’ – “Have government and the mainstream media gone too far in amplifying the risks and dangers to public health over Coronavirus?” … “Mike Graham speaks with UK journalist Peter Hitchens about how the government has instilled “excessive fear” of a coronavirus ‘second wave’ which has fundamentally altered the way people feel about returning to work. The result has been an economic free-fall which has no end in sight.”

Portland is Getting What It Deserves. Erick Erickson – “At some point, we must allow people to live with their choices and make it easy for those who want to escape to actually move. If we allow Portland to fester as it wants, it will either figure out it must change, or live with its consequences.”

Martial law! The Resistance goes full fever swamp. Byron York – “many in the Resistance — those most adamantly opposed to the president in politics and media — see something different. In their view, Portland is a dress rehearsal for President Trump to declare martial law and cancel or nullify this November’s election. Yes, really.” Krikorian: “The Left has gone full Pizzagate. Never go Full Pizzagate.”

Former Chicago Bears Coach Has a Message for Kneeling Athletes. Beth Baumann – “it’s disrespectful to “protest” against the flag and the country that has provided opportunities to professional athletes.” … “Mr. Ditka better prepare for the cancel culture mob that is about to come after him, although it sounds like he does not care.”

Why NV Energy is pushing for a $2 billion statewide transmission upgrade. Riley Snyder – it’s all about that ‘free’ ‘renewable’ solar energy.

Slate: The First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths. Eric Worrall – “When record breaking cold occurs it is just weather, but according to Slate, climate attribution, the science of retrofitting explanations to unusual weather events after they happened, can demonstrate that a single unusual heatwave is evidence of climate change.” … “Climate attribution science would be a little more believable if it could predict unusual events in advance, say give a year or two warning that Japan was about to suffer an extreme heatwave. Providing explanations of events which have already happened does not demonstrate skill.”

Does Universal Mask Wearing Decrease or Increase the Spread of COVID-19? Leo Goldstein – “Preface. The use and requirements of masks have become incredibly political and partisan. Unfortunately, far too much of science, knowledge, journalism, and even epistemology are becoming political.”

“A survey of peer-reviewed studies shows that universal mask wearing (as opposed to wearing masks in specific settings) does not decrease the transmission of respiratory viruses from people wearing masks to people who are not wearing masks.

Further, indirect evidence and common sense suggest that universal mask wearing is likely to increase the spread of COVID-19.

This paper agrees that wearing masks in specific settings (such as healthcare facilities) achieves protective effects, although the masks should not be home-made, must be worn correctly, replaced frequently, and not overestimated.

With articles like this, reader confirmation bias is always a concern. Goldstein provides reasoning and explanations as well as citations. This supports the idea that he is more about educating and not proselytizing which lends credibility. There is no telling you what you should do, no blanket demands, no moral preening. See also Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “It’s not science forcing you to wear a mask in public. It’s politics.” … “mask mandates have become the politically safe option for politicians.”

Another example for contrast is from David Gorski on Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19: Evidence can’t seem to kill it – “Despite the accumulating negative evidence showing that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work against COVID-19, activists continue to promote it as a way out of the pandemic. This week, the AAPS and a Yale epidemiologist joined the fray with embarrassingly bad arguments.” note judgment rather than educating and clarifying and the appeal to authority about that “negative evidence.” His rebut is filled with hubris and logical fallacies and avoids gross evidence in bashing and trashing those who do not agree with him.

Training is Just as Important as the Firearm You’re Carrying. Sheriff Jim Wilson – “Without intending to hurt feelings, I have often said, “Don’t tell me what you carry—show me what you can do with it.”

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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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Anarchy on the platform for the next election (Don’t tell Chris Wallace)

Portland Goes To Hell: The Death Of An American City. I & I Editorial Board – “The fevered rhetoric by the left predictably has engendered violence, which has been met with an equally predictable response by the federal government to protect its property, buildings and, most of all, employees.”

“This is part of a pattern of how the left works: Destroy the rule of law, the backbone of our free republic. Intimidate ordinary citizens into silence. Then support and elevate rule by power of unelected street thugs in Antifa and BLM. The meek may inherit the earth, but they won’t get the big cities.

This is how cities die. By electing ideologues who don’t care about enforcing the law, who show contempt for average taxpayers, and who impose leftist policies on the local community that damage the economy. Businesses and residents have been leaving Los Angeles and San Francisco, and now they’re walking away from Seattle.

Democrats Claim Stopping Two Months Of Portland Rioting Is An ‘Attack On Democracy’. Elizabeth Vaughn – “Please pack up and go home’ was the response from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown when acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf called to offer federal assistance.” Look for the word “snatched” for routine law enforcement action … “Unidentified stormtroopers” from the Speaker of the House is another good indicator.

Minn. Attorney General Keith Ellison Says He Doesn’t Want Police Officers Responding To Rape Calls. Evita Duffy – “Another question is whether Keith Ellison can be considered a credible and unbiased voice on the issue of violence against women.”

Democrats Destroyed New York Once. They’re Doing It Again. Daniel Greenfield – “Radicals and junkies occupy the place where George Washington once stood.” … “Giuliani had left City Hall Park as a legacy of what he had stood for. De Blasio is leaving City Hall Park, with its needles and human waste, its hateful Black Lives Matter graffiti and violent fights, as his legacy.”

St. Louis Couple Charged With Felony After Using Firearms To Ward Off Trespassing Protesters. Tyler Durden – “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis” Gardner said in a statement, adding that she was recommending community service in lieu of up to four years in prison, according to Politico.

“The McCloskey’s defenders – including several GOP leaders, President Trump and others have urged Attorney General William Barr to investigate Gardner – while Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said in a Friday radio interview that he would likely pardon the McCloskeys if they were charged and convicted.

Gardner responded by suggesting that Trump and other McCloskey defenders are attacking her to distract from “their failed approach to the COVID-19 pandemic” along with other issues, per Politico.

She is up against both the facts in evidence and a strong ‘castle doctrine’ law [Wikipedia] but that only means the rationalizations get more creative when it comes to trampling the ‘little people’ who don’t toe the Woke Line.

UPDATE: Missouri AG Moves To Dismiss Charges Filed Against St. Louis Couple Who Brandished Firearms To Defend Selves From Mob. Jeff Dunetz – “”

The Prosecution Never Rests. Adam J. White – “It’s a hard path to ending the politicization of indictments, investigations, and other legal tools.”

Chris Wallace Interview with Trump: Mask Shaming, Brutal Polls, Defunding the Police. Robert Kraychik – “Gainor assessed Wallace’s conduct as “sort of the obligatory stuff that [he] does to try to stay acceptable to the traditional media set.”

Tucker Carlson: After Violent Leftists Harassed My Family Out Of Our Home, The NYT Is Going To Reveal Our New Location. Jordan Davidson – “to injure my wife and kids so that I will shut up and stop disagreeing with them.”

Regulatory Reform Paves Way For Coronavirus Breakthroughs. Tim Andrews – “As of today, there are an incredible 1,297 clinical trials underway, with 427 unique treatments and 19 unique vaccines already undergoing trial.” … “And incredibly, it is highly likely that vaccines will enter production at the end of summer, the most rapid development of any new medicine in human history. ”

Unnecessarily many Covid drugs, vaccines work. Lubos Motl – “The insanely huge competition shows how much this problem was overblown, too.” … “The companies and universities have already produced many more drugs and vaccines than what is actually needed. This miscalibration is another proof of the fake news media to cause a brutal misallocation of the human interest, of professional efforts, and of the finances”

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Mania: Anthems, flags, riots, masks, data, and numbers. What is striking is not so much the objective data, but rather the hysterical reaction

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Is A National Anthem To Celebrate, Not Cancel. Joshua Lawson – “As leftists push to abolish ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ its inspiring lyrics, potential for beauty, and message of resilience deserve to be cheered.”

“Many on the left now imply, or even openly advocate, that art can only be admired and appreciated if its artist lived a blameless and perfect life. If this were the universal standard, we’d have no art, no architecture, no books, and no music left that would be deemed “suitable” to enjoy.

“The sight of the American flag is a comfort to the hurting, a symbol of hope to millions, and a welcome sight upon returning from abroad. It straightens our backs and swells our hearts. The anthem manages to capture all of these feelings with a soaring melody worthy of our nation’s boundless horizons. America needs more patriotism right now, not less, and the “Star-Spangled Banner” is an essential part of the critical renewal of that great effort.

Portland Was Peacefully Rioting Until the Feds Came In. Daniel Greenfield – “The mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon have decided that violent leftist thugs should have the right to smash and burn anything they want.”

“The working theory that the violence will stop if the thugs are allowed to run the place hasn’t worked out very well. And the media and their Democrat allies are doing everything possible to shift the subject by falsely claiming that Federal personnel aren’t wearing identification or whining that they’re using unmarked vehicles.

Criminals being arrested by law enforcement personnel in unmarked vehicles isn’t some dystopian nightmare. It’s ordinary undercover policework.

Brown and Wheeler have made it clear that they stand with the vandals, the rioters and the looters.

Media Mask-Mania, Or COVID-19 Groupthink. Tyler Durden – “I never thought I’d hear American liberals proudly denounce supporters of the US Constitution as a “death cult,” nor that I’d actually start to find Donald Trump sounding almost reasonable.” This is quite a rant and covers a lot of territory.

Whither Coronavirus? John Hinderaker – “The numbers suggest that the COVID epidemic is more or less over, as far as fatality is concerned.” Charts and graphs included … “What is striking is not so much the objective data, but rather the hysterical reaction to COVID-19.”

Coronavirus: COVID Deaths Among Children and Reopening Schools. Alex Berezow – here’s a summary of what kills people and the odds of causes of death by age.

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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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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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Civilization, we barely knew ye

Trump Was Right All Along: The Fake News Media Really Is The Enemy Of The People. Kylee Zempel – “When you encounter an entity that trashes the things you cherish and promotes the things you hate, that repeatedly lies to you, slanders you, mocks you, hides things from you, and actively tries to mislead you, should you conclude it is anything but your enemy?”

Manhattan DA Targets Trump After Giving Epstein and Weinstein a Pass. Daniel Greenfield – “New Yorkers are dying, but DA Vance is going after Trump.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other leftists gaslight America about the sudden crime surge. Monica Showalter – “Call it the great gaslight, a phenomenon where you’re living something but not supposed to believe the evidence of your own eyes. We’re now seeing it in spades from the left as the crime wave mounts.”

Black Lives Matter mural by Trump Tower becomes scene of heated clashes. Lee Brown – “On Saturday — just two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio was jeered as he helped paint the large yellow mural — there were further ugly confrontations as dozens of “All Lives Matter” counter-protesters descended on Fifth Avenue, photos and video show.”

Are We In The First Days Of A Lawless Era? I & I Editorial Board – “Civilized people don’t behave in this way.”

“While a Democratic administration would be quieter than a second term of Donald Trump in regard to mob behavior, it would be much more lethal to civil society. The American legacy of liberty, independence, and charity will be ceded by political institutions, universities, local schools, and faithless businesses to a voracious mob if Biden moves from his basement to the West Wing in January.

Instapundit: THE IDEOLOGICAL CORRUPTION OF SCIENCE: In American laboratories and universities, the spirit of Trofim Lysenko has suddenly been woke. [cite to WSJ] – “This sort of thing completely undercuts the rationale for public-funded higher education.”

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The epistemic breach

When did you first notice the left’s ‘epistemic breach’? John Sexton – “the moment when it became obvious that people on the left could maintain opinions that were verifiably false by simply opening their eyes.” [no, both sides aren’t the same, either. That sort of assertion is also an epistemic breach]

Missouri couple who defended home have rifle seized during police search: report. Dom Calicchio – “There was no immediate indication the McCloskeys were arrested or charged with a crime” – self defense is reason enough to take your guns. See Paul Mirengoff for a lawyers perspective on Warrant served on the McCloskeys – “The Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kimberly Gardner, seems to be serious about prosecuting the McCloskeys. She claimed that the McCloskey’s defense of their property was a “violent assault” and said that authorities “will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.” … blatant government overreach.

“The threat to liberty here is obvious. Apparently in St. Louis, a mob can terrorize citizens on their own property. If citizens try to deter the mob, the local government jumps in to persecute (and maybe prosecute) them, even if they don’t use force. In addition, by confiscating the weapons, the city can leave citizens defenseless if the mob returns.

The ‘governmental overreach’ and its accompanying prosecutorial abuse is also implicated in the Roger Stone case.

Justice for Roger Stone. Grant Baker – “Roger Stone has reportedly spent $3 million over 3 years in legal fees battling Mueller, forced to sell his house to finance his defense. The case has prevented him from earning income and ruined his reputation in international media. Despite this, Stone’s decision to forgo a presidential pardon in favor of a path that allows him to clear his name and embarrass Mueller’s prosecution team speaks volumes of his character” – it can be very expensive to be a friend of Donald Trump.

Mirengoff has comments on this, too, but shows a bit of TDS along with proclaiming he doesn’t suffer that bias regarding the Stone commutation. More of this bias, with emphasis on the ‘D’ is David Frum / The Atlantic: Stone Walks Free in One of the Greatest Scandals in American History. — “Roger Stone’s best trick was always his upper-class-twit wardrobe. He seemed such a farcical character, such a Klaxon-alarm-from-a-mile-away goofball—who could take him seriously? — Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen: They had tradecraft.” The problem is that Stone was a victim of that scandal, not a perpetrator. See Surber on Durham for a note on the perpetrators.

Durham covers up Obamagate. Don Surber – “Durham’s job is to find crime and cover it up. He did that for Bush. He did that for Obama. He is doing that again.” Taking note of another epistemic breach that time is uncovering. “I get that these things take time, but I also get that you get the little guys first and work your way up. … Where are the little guys?” It is beginning to smell and people don’t like the smell of rotting fish.

Cult Programming in Seattle. Christopher F. Rufo – “The city is training white municipal employees to overcome their “internalized racial superiority.” … “It’s important to point out that this “interrupting whiteness” training is not an anomaly.”

“How far can this racial-justice shakedown extend itself? The new racial orthodoxy has seen exponential growth in the past few years and has proved extremely difficult for local governments and elite institutions to resist. The movement’s key rhetorical premise is designed as a trap: if you are not an “antiracist,” then you are a “racist”—and must be held to account. Skeptics might dismiss Seattle’s “interrupting whiteness” training as a West Coast oddity, but it is part of a nationwide movement to make this kind of identity politics the foundation of our public discourse. It may be coming soon to a city or town near you.

A Look At Excited Delirium. Michael D. Shaw – “The notion of “excited delirium” was first used in 1849 to describe psychiatric patients who developed continuous agitation and mania in the presence of fever, then suddenly collapsed and died. ” This is an issue in the George Floyd death used as an excuse for the recent rioting.

“Civil libertarians have argued that ExDS provides a convenient excuse to justify excessively brutal treatment of offenders by the police. But, this seems a bit simplistic. Ideally, such patients should be sedated on the spot, but imagine the outcry if police were to be provided with those sorts of drugs! In most real-world situations, EMS is called, but serious consequences can occur before they arrive.

More On Coronavirus and Masks. Dana – “The data presented is bonkers and does not reflect actual human transmissions that occurred in real life with real people,” Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, wrote in an email. It also does not reflect anything simulated in a lab, he added.

Why We Can’t Trust Anything ‘The Science’ Says Any More. Joy Pullmann – “These scientists are attempting to hide information that doesn’t conform to what roving violent mobs are attempting to impose at the blunt ends of bricks, sticks, and guns.” i.e. epistemic breach.

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Time will tell. Pandemics, slavery, toppling inanities

Is The Pandemic Coming To An End At Last? I & I Editorial Board – “Based on death certificate data, the percentage of (total U.S.) deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26,” the CDC noted, adding that this was the 10th-straight week of declining deaths.” … “That threshold for (deaths per week for) pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19 fluctuates slightly depending on the time of year, ranging from around 7% at the height of flu season to around 5% during less virulent months.” i.e. the death rate was never that far different from nominal respiratory disease rates.

“In the next few weeks, we’ll see whether the outbreak is truly finished. In the meantime, the political fear stampede over “soaring new coronarvirus cases” has to end. And when it does, we hope Americans call the left to account for its attempt to use a pandemic to destroy our republic.

Slavery Rampant In Africa, Middle East; The West Wrongly Accuses Itself. Tyler Durden – “For today’s slaves, there are no demonstrations in the streets, no international political pressure, and virtually no articles in the media.” The fact is that you protest where it is safe and that is the oxymoronic concept behind the anti-western and, especially, the anti-American jihad.

“The West not only turns its back the new slave markets; the UN Human Rights Council actually welcomes states such as Sudan, where tens of thousands of women and children from mostly Christian villages were enslaved during Jihadi raids; Kenya and Nigeria, where the police last fall rescued hundreds of men and boys chained in an Islamic school; Pakistan, where Christians are condemned to servitude, and Mauritania, where two in every 100 people are still held as slaves. It is the same UN Human Rights Council that now, thanks to pressure by African countries, wants to investigate “systemic racism in the US”.

Slavery Still Exists. Where’s Black Lives Matter? Robert Spencer – “Leftist hypocrisy revealed once again.”

“It is, or ought to be, clear to everyone by now that Black Lives Matter is not a genuine movement for racial justice and a more equitable society, but a Marxist organization using real, exaggerated, and imagined racial injustice to try to destroy the United States.

If they did actually care about the lives of black people, Black Lives Matter would today be drawing international attention to statements made recently by the Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Maryam Bint Al-Sheikh of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA).

Muhammad is the “excellent example” (Qur’an 33:21) for Muslims. That’s why there has never been an Islamic abolitionist movement. And because Islam is the religion that the Left never dares to criticize, you’ll never hear about this from Black Lives Matter.

What the Statue-Toppling Left is Really Out to Topple. Bosch Fawstin – “all of the “reasons” that the Left gives for why it does what it does are lies, particularly the lie they’re peddling about “systemic racism”.

“BLM and Antifa claim that they’re “fighting to stop systemic racism” in America, when in reality, they’re counting on the fact that America is not a “systemically racist” country so they can get away with murder. If America were as bad as these vicious malcontents claim, their attacks would have led to their utter destruction in short order.

Catholic Mag That Demonized Those Who Spoke Out About Christian Persecution Wonders Why No One is Doing So. Robert Spencer – “Consistency has never been a concept that troubled leftists.”

“why aren’t these “prominent archbishops” saying anything about the persecution of Christians? A good clue comes from America magazine itself. While now, America has discovered that “Boko Haram Islamic militants have for years raged against minority Christian communities in northern Nigeria,” and now that their fellow Muslim Fulani cattle herders have also carried out “increasingly brutal attacks on Christian villages,” in 2018, it was worried about “so-called experts seeking to spread misinformation and fear” about Islam.

This “misinformation and fear” had to do with not accepting the Catholic Church’s new de facto superdogma that Islam is a religion of peace, and the “so-called experts” included me.

America magazine has been at the forefront of the efforts to silence such discussion by demonizing and stigmatizing those who engage in it. And now they want the bishops to speak out? The bishops know better. If they do, they’ll be denounced as “Islamophobic” themselves, probably by America magazine among others, and may even be disciplined by that learned imam Pope Francis, who has enforced the false claim that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists far more stringently than he has defended any actual element of Catholic faith. Whisper anything to the contrary and the U.S. Catholic Bishops will move ruthlessly to silence you. They’re going to speak out now? You’re dreaming, America mag, and you’re to a large extent responsible for the present situation.

New York City Arrests Amy Cooper, Frees Rioters and Looters. Daniel Greenfield – “Manhattan District Attorney’s office brought in Amy Cooper for… calling the cops.”

A Cold War with China? Paul Mirengoff – “ the war began four years before Trump came to power, when Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and concluded that, in the wake of the global financial crisis, there was no longer any need to hide China’s ambition.”

“The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has intensified Cold War II. As Ferguson says, “the Chinese Communist Party caused this disaster — first by covering up how dangerous the new virus SARS-CoV-2 was, then by delaying the measures that might have prevented its worldwide spread.”

On the surface, China is one of few subjects these days about which there is a genuine bipartisan consensus. Both parties seem to agree that China is menace. Indeed, Democrats have criticized Trump for saying nice things about Xi Jinping. And Nancy Pelosi expresses indignation over China’s treatment of Hong Kong.

In my view, this is nearly 100 percent smoke. Ferguson shows that the foreign policy establishment, from which Democrats nearly always end up taking their guidance, is alarmed by the deterioration of American-Chinese relations.

Democrats are also all about blaming America, especially when a Republican has his fingerprints on the policies in question.

Thus, we may not have Cold War II, after all. Such a war requires bipartisan support of the kind that existed almost throughout the first Cold War.

“Time will tell” has become a favorite replacement for arguments from those who spread lies. Lubos Motl – “The seemingly innocent phrase is responsible for a big part of the decay of the West”

“in recent weeks, I saw that “time will tell” has turned into something much less innocent: into a religious slogan that is particularly favored by those who are wrong about all the important propositions they are making – and who are demonstrably wrong because they simply deny facts and proofs that already exist now.

a reason why the lies about everything are heard everywhere is that millions of people are so dumb or brainwashed that they don’t understand that the sentence “time will tell” is just an extended interjection, not an argument.

In particular, alarmist scenarios are all about “time will tell”.

the hysterical coronavirus demagogues have been saying “time would tell” in the sense of “there would be lots of dead people somewhere”, meaning “a percent or two of dead in a region with millions of people”.

Kayleigh McEnany: I’m Stunned. I Was Asked 12 Questions About the Confederate Flag, and Not a Single Question About People Being Killed Due to the Riots.

Distorting Trump’s words. Byron York – “That much news coverage is biased against President Trump goes without saying. But every now and then there comes an episode of bias so egregious that it deserves attention.”

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Deceit with intent and impunity in many ways

In Praise of Empires. Keith Windschuttle – “Lal wrote his book to argue that most of the major empires in human history have provided long periods of peace and stability in which economic development could flourish.”

“Lal responds to this by distinguishing two different kinds of empires: those that seek to advance certain enterprises, such as taking plunder or imposing an ideology; and those that do not seek to impose their own objectives, but rather see themselves as a custodian of laws and civil order. The British Empire was the latter kind, a model that is not inconsistent with American traditions, or at least with classical liberal American traditions.

Trump at Mount Rushmore (WSJ edition). Scott Johnson – “The Journal editorial begins with the uniform voice of the Democrat media blob condemning the speech in whacked-out headlines and dishonest stories:”

Anti-Trump Republicans Endorse An Increasingly Leftist Joe Biden. I & I Editorial Board – “even as Biden makes his decisive move to the left, Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving an increasing number of Republicans to publicly endorse him for president.” … “Why? Well, the thinking is that Trump is such a disgrace for Republicans that only a decisive Biden win can expunge his stain from the party.” … “Not to be overly dramatic, but this is sheer lunacy.” This is accompanied by the unnecessary and unusual apologia about faults versus perfection that illustrates just how deeply the deceitful propaganda opposing Trump has registered.

“If these never-Trumpers succeed, they will not only have justified the left’s scorched earth political strategy, they will have handed over the White House and Congress to an increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. There will be a fire all right. And it will burn everything conservatives believe in.

Even if a supposedly purified Republican Party were to win a national election again somewhere down the road, there wouldn’t be anything left to build on.

No, They’re Not Stupid: Why Leftists Destroyed A Statue of an Elk in Portland Robert Spencer – “Once one understands what their real goal is, all their actions make sense.” … “In the first place, the rioters aren’t really out to bring about a societal repudiation of “racism” or “white supremacy” at all. That’s just a pretext.” … “What the rioters want to do is the very definition of terrorism: to strike fear into the hearts of a population so that its entire existence is consumed by it, and it becomes paralyzed, unable to act even in its own defense.”

Babylon Bee: State Governor Mandates Everyone Wear Snorkels In Case They Fall In A Pool

Fmr FDA Chief: ‘The case fatality rate is going down’. Sarah Carter staff – but, but … rationalizations for a narrative problem can be seen.

An Industry of Untruth. Victor Davis Hanson – “The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have this happening to our country is the only mystery left.”

“the omnipresent Fauci himself unfortunately has now lost credibility. The reason is that he has offered authoritative advice about facts, which either were not known or could not have been known at the time of his declarations.

the real cost of four weeks of protesting, rioting, and looting was to undermine the authority of state officials to enforce blatant violations of the quarantine.

Mismanagement of the virus? There have been four disastrous official policy decisions: sending patients into rest homes; allowing millions en masse for political reasons to violate state mandates on masks and social distancing; retroactively attempting to reissue quarantine standards that their advocates and authors had themselves earlier de facto destroyed; and consistently issuing pandemic alerts solely on the flawed basis of new positive cases, without distinguishing those who were asymptomatic, or who were infected and recovered without ever being tested, or who were asymptomatic and tested positive for antibodies, or who were only briefly ill, recovered, and by no means still a case-patient.

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other revolutionary groups hijacked the tragic death of George Floyd. Within hours they created a mythology of rampant white police lethal attacks on innocent black victims. But that trope, too, was without a factual basis.

And there’s more, much more …

quarantine zone: hungry sources that demand being able to shove ads down your throat their way only. Pursue with due caution.

Lies, Damn Lies and COVID-19 Statistics. Stacey Lennox – “Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, says the idea of preventing infection is not just unnecessary; it is irrational.”

Senator Duckworth and Most of the Press Are Lying about Trump’s Speech. Charles C. W. Cooke – “One doesn’t have to like President Trump — or to have enjoyed his speech — in order to acknowledge that Duckworth is lying. One needs only to read what was said.” … “I do know why she said what she said. Duckworth said what she said because almost the entire press corps said the same thing within seconds of the speech’s conclusion, and, in so doing, it signaled to her and to everyone else that she could get away with it.”

“Why do I “care”? I care because (a) I don’t think it’s good for America to have a press corps that lies as brazenly as ours does, and (b) because what Trump actually said is exactly what we should want American presidents to say.

But the media has other ideas.

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Big lies. a Reichstag Fire

ZeroHedge has two examples. Whitehead: America’s Revolutionary Founders Would Be Anti-Government Extremists Today and “The God That Failed”: Why The US Cannot Now Re-Impose Its Civilisational Worldview. Both are ahistorical propaganda. Being in favor of a small government serving its people rather than a large government (represented by a King) served by its people is not anti-government and extremist is judgmental hyperbole. Conflating the grievance list in the Declaration of Independence with its follow-on revolution and government formation with the antifa CHAZ examples is an abomination of ignorance and distortion. Jefferson et al fought an army, not a neighborhood.

The other assertion fails in its idea of imposition. It gets into manifest destiny ideas of centuries past and conflates Western Culture with governmental idealism in the socialist and communist vein. The imposition idea ties right in with the dishonesty in raising imperialism and colonialism as petards of modern Leftist propaganda deceit. It portrays top down force and conflict with bottom up yearning and desire. The U.S. tends to run rather than impose. It puts out a lot of money and effort to assist others. This stimulates envy and covetousness which has a lot to do with current U.S. populism desires to withdraw support that stimulates such negative responses.

Dartmouth takes the cake. Scott Johnson – “Greg Piper reports for the College Fix on this week’s missive from Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon” … “As Dartmouth senior leaders, we want to express our strong support for the growing movement across the nation to put an end to systemic and systematic racism demonstrated so tragically by the recent killings of Black people at the hands of the police.” There is a misplaced and hypocritical outrage based on false presumptions lacking evidence for support – a typical ‘big lie’ from major university ‘leadership.’

COVID: are Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona in trouble? Neo takes a look at numbers and context. “I also find it rather odd that none of the articles I saw discussed the BLM/Antifa demonstrations at all. They started at the end of May, did they not? It would be relatively easy to track their effect, but I haven’t even seen any MSM effort to do so. It’s as though the demonstrations didn’t happen, as far as COVID reporting is concerned.”

Arctic’s ‘Hottest Day’? Not So Fast. Michael Kile – “Consider the media reaction to an alleged 38C reading on June 20, 2020” … “It was like striking a match in a room full of hydrogen at the Hyperbole Club.” … “Yet Verkhoyansk, ironically, has exceptionally low winter temperatures and an extreme subarctic climate, one dominated by high pressure cells.”

Independence Day and the ‘Woke’ Revolution. Bruce Thornton – “Not since the Civil War has Independence Day been celebrated amidst such threats to our country’s political heritage.”

“Today, however, the recent shift of the Democrats to their progressives and Marxist wing has put the authority and power of Congressmen, Democrat Party leaders, governors, mayors, city councils, media, corporations, sports teams, and entertainment industries on the side of rioters, vandals, and looters. The outfits behind this disorder, whether the self-proclaimed Marxists of Black Lives Matter, or the juvenile anarchists of Antifa, have with near impunity added widespread violence to illiberal tactics like “cancel culture”: the vandalism of public monuments and proscription of cultural artifacts; and the shaming, silencing, and ostracizing of dissenting voices.

The alleged “crisis” of racist police targeting black males for slaughter is in fact a specious pretext for this disorder, a Reichstag Fire for justifying a revolutionary political agenda to “burn down this system and replace it,” as a BLM honcho put it recently.

This revisionism is nothing new, for it is key to the leftist challenge now in its second century.

Why the Left is Afraid of Objectivity. Daniel Greenfield – “The great struggle between truth and lies.”

“The American Left has never been this in love with science and the class of experts who claim to dispense it. Any of its obsessions gains a glow of legitimacy when it attaches, “according to science” somewhere in the sentence, usually preceded by “do this” or “if you aren’t.”

STEM is on the social justice chopping block, under siege on and off campus with demands for equity and diversity, that also translate into less science and more social justice.

The inherent problem with science is that it requires objectivity. And objectivity is the thing that leftists hate for the same reason that any cult does. Objectivity asserts that we can find the truth by stepping back from our beliefs and emotions in any field from journalism to particle physics.

The Left insists that we don’t transcend our biases through objectivity, but subjectivity.

The Cold War pitted Western scientific objectivity against Eastern ideological subjectivity. And objectivity won. It won to such a degree that scientists in Moscow or Shanghai don’t bother consulting ideological texts like Stalin’s articles or Mao’s sayings before doing research.

But, objectivity is dying off in the West.

So why does the Left claim to love science when it hates it and is threatened by it?

A Call to ARM. Lloyd Billingsley – “The case for an American Revolution Movement for Self-Defense.”

“As sub-nihilist mobs terrorize the nation, Democrats cheer on the violence, defund the police and hold the National Guard at bay. Americans have little choice but to protect themselves against the well-funded, highly organized forces of the left.

ARM would be dedicated to the preservation of gains the American Revolution secured, such as constitutional rights, and the protection of American lives and property. ARM would support the rule of law and oppose rule by the mob, a single political party, or some Great Leader.

As violence surges, mayors and governors keep the National Guard idle and the U.S. Military is sending signals of retreat.

When States Go Wild. Victor Davis Hanson – he tells an ugly story about the current situation.

“In past rioting, over the last 60 years, mayors, police chiefs, and governors restored law and order. They often beseeched the federal government for backup when they were unsure of their efforts.

Now, in a first, they are more often passive in the face of massive lawlessness and disorder. Some blue-state officials, in neo-Confederate style, silently sympathize with their local protests, violent though they are.

An Underappreciated American Scholar. Walter Williams – “From Marxism to championing America’s free society.” Both Sowell and Williams are “underappreciated scholars”.

“Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.

Sowell demonstrates something that is uniquely American; namely, just because you know where a person ended up in life, you cannot be sure about where he started. Unlike many other societies, an American need not start at the top to get to the top. That is something all Americans should be proud of and jealously guard — the socioeconomic mobility that comes from a relatively free society.

Free society avoids the big lie …

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