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Tactics of deceit and propaganda – repudiate it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Made-Up Stories about Nunes Are a Cottage Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Clear thinking privilege?

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

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

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

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Exposure and transparency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Are your feet on the ground? Really?

Tom Van Dyke: The Moral History of the American Revolution – “OK, I’ve gotta have this one. AND SO DO YOU. See below.

I&I: The Democrats’ Real Impeachment Target: Far More Than Trump – “Lenin made it very clear toward the close of 1917 that if socialism is your objective, you are in a war.

“Trump has sounded an existential war cry against socialism. It is above all for this that this president is being targeted with impeachment. And if Democrats succeed in blemishing him and winning big at the polls a year from now, their hope is that they will also mortally wound the movement to preserve, strengthen and spread economic freedom, and the values of Western civilization that have guided the U.S. since its founding.

John Hinderaker: A Victory For the Forces of Good – “It has to do with how severely disabled people are cared for.” It’s about public sector unions wanting to skim the money and a corrupt state government with the belief that federal regulation compliance is optional.

Peter J. Elliott: The Handmaid’s Myth – “Atwood has skilfully drawn on many sources to construct her Gilead: ancient Sparta, Cromwell’s Commonwealth, Puritan New England, the Third Reich, Soviet and Chinese Communism, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, all blended in a poisonous cocktail of a regime.”

“The myths of the Left may drift into fantasyland but that does not mean they are not powerful. Lying about the past has long been an effective weapon in the Marxist armoury. Lying about the future can have the same effects in a world where so many people live in the future, where they are disconnected from reality.

The myth of The Handmaid’s Tale is sustained by a social mood of pessimism and fear. People want to believe that disaster is just around the corner. They are easily persuaded, because every day the media bombards them with grim warnings.

More seriously, is The Handmaid’s Tale a fanciful distraction from the real “Gileads”? Right now, in our world, there are societies where women are crushed, gagged and exploited. We think of the horrors inflicted by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, of what is perpetrated by the Taliban in Afghanistan and by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Women are exploited by international sex slavery and trafficking, and in our society by the sex and abortion industries. Here are “Gileads” where women suffer now. Do we hear the old Western feminists like Atwood denouncing them?

A feminism that retreats into delusions, myths and fantasies is imploding. An ideology crumbles when it has to resort to fearsome futurist tales for gullible grownups.

Peter Smith: Our Godless and Dangerous Times – “But these are not normal times. Superstition has gripped large sections of the population who have put aside their common sense in order to accept scientistic codswallop.

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Truth will out but sometimes has quite a struggle

Patrick J. Buchanan: Where Are the ‘High Crimes’? – “Given last week’s party-line vote in the House, where all but two Democrats voted to proceed with the inquiry, the impeachment of President Donald Trump seems baked in the cake.”

“And in the end it will be about what it has been about since the beginning: An attempt by the deep state and its media, bureaucratic and political allies to overturn the democratic verdict of 2016 and to overthrow the elected president of the United States.

sundance: Biden Lied – “Emails Show Burisma Executives Leveraging Hunter Biden Membership as Pressure on U.S. State Dept. For Assistance in Removing Ukraine Corruption Probeeverything Joe Biden and the Obama administration previously denied taking place is now documented as having taken place … This is the evidence the media said didn’t exist:”

Conrad Black: Impeachment Drama Is Fraught with Traps for Sane Observers – “Sane partisans become insane and the most open-minded of commentators become white-washers of the unspeakable Schiff-Nadler outrages.” The stimulus is a Peggy Noonan WSJ column and it is ripped to shreds.

“In fact, there is no evidence that there was a direct connection between Ukraine investigating Biden and the assistance involved. There is no evidence that Trump was asking for more than the facts of Biden and his son’s exposure in Ukraine—if the Bidens’ conduct was unexceptionable that finding would have fully satisfied Trump’s request to know what happened. The entire United States should want to know if Biden’s son was influence-peddling in Ukraine, China, and Romania—as has been alleged—and it should equally wish to know if the charges are unfounded.

… The absence of evidence that information on Biden and aid were connected and that the president was directing President Zelensky to produce a condemnation of Biden and his son is precisely why this spurious Star Chamber conducted by the most chronically dishonest person in American public life (Adam Schiff, though only by a nose over House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, both Democratic congressmen), should not even get to the Senate.

Jazz Shaw: AOC Waves The White Flag In Twitter Blocking Suit – “Here’s a riddle for you. What do Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have in common? The answer is that they’ve both been sued by people that they blocked on Twitter. The difference between them is that the President is still fighting his accuser. AOC, on the other hand, has folded her hand, apologized, and promised to stop blocking (some) people. (Washington Times).” Just who is fighting for your rights?

“So AOC meekly apologized and left the battlefield. Fair enough. …

Here’s one of my main problems with this entire debate. Both the President and AOC seem to have run into a wall, saying that their use of a privately-owned social media network is subject to the dictates of the courts based on the free speech rights of other users. This seems to be a patently ridiculous proposition, but it’s now building a body of precedent in court decisions.

Stop and think about this for a moment. If blocking someone as an elected official violates their free speech rights in a forum owned and operated by a private company, how is the blocking of anyone by anyone else not a violation of said rights?

Delingpole: Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix Cock-up on ‘Walrusgate’ Tragedy Porn – “It was one of the most heart-rending animal tragedy episodes ever shown on TV: hundreds of walruses shown plunging over a cliff to their deaths out of “desperation” caused by climate change. … In reality, they were chased to their deaths by marauding polar bears — whose presence in the area the TV show’s producers initially denied.

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Deranged versus laughable: which one?

Thomas McArdle: Baghdadi Raid, Durham Probe Will Frustrate Impeachment – “The dubious charges against Barr and Durham are an indication that more overplaying from Democrats is ahead, as was the grousing Sunday morning on CBS from Michael Morell, who was acting CIA director under President Barack Obama, that Trump’s “locker room” talk in announcing the Bagdhadi raid might enflame rather than reduce terrorism.” … “What makes so many supposed experts on the United States’ enemies think Islamist savages are impressed by gentlemanliness in the waging of war?

“The president already brought attention to Democrats’ abuse of power by violating custom and keeping Pelosi and other leading Democrats in Congress out of the loop on the risky Baghdadi operation, on grounds that any leak could imperil U.S. personnel. Add to that petty complaints about Trump comparing the ISIS leader to a whimpering dog; the lopsided, secretive, unorthodox manner in which the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is being conducted; and then, finally, the possible criminal bombshells to come from Durham that will be difficult for Democrats to depict as tainted.

A president who engineers a landmark victory against the most terrifying terrorist enemy ever seen, who comes off as just as down-in-the-gutter tough as the terrorists, and whose political adversaries’ attacks ring hollow – it all may spell the best defense against impeachment.

Roger L. Simon: After Baghdadi Action, Dem Candidates Have Their Work Cut Out for Them – “actions still speak louder than words. In this case, Ilhan was right. Something did happen — and a lot of lives will be saved this time, mostly Muslim. Also, the president of the United States is well on his way to a second term. Some people will be very upset.

Lee Smith: How The Obama Administration Set In Motion Democrats’ Coup Against Trump – “The repetition of “by the book” gave away the game—for there was nothing normal about any of it.” So incredible, the real story was hard to believe. Here’s how the facts played out and how an acceptance of an ugly reality took (is taking?) hold.

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura –“What explains the bankruptcy of the elite?” … “To paraphrase an assessment found in Tacitus’s Agricola, the current American nomenklatura has all but ruined our institutions and branded all that success.

Chuck de Caro: Four-Star Twit Tweets Twaddle – “If Mussolini shares a style with anyone, consider Barry McCaffrey.” See also John Hinderaker: Mussolini Cancels the Times and the Post – “This, like so many attacks on the president, is deranged.

Clarice Feldman: Was it Trump’s magic wand that turned the Washington Post into a laughingstock? – “The mocking—well-deserved—went on all Sunday. See where there are too many wonderful satire headers for me to repeat all.

“But the magic wand didn’t stop at making only the Washington Post look ridiculous. As one Facebook poster (Bryan Dean Wright) observed: there are the 354 House members and the 68 Senators who voted to condemn the President’s Syrian policy. And of course the pundits and former Obama military officers (Mattis, Kelly and McRaven) belong in the corner with dunce caps, too.

Glenn Reynolds: ANALYSIS: TRUE. David Rivkin & Elizabeth Price Foley: This Impeachment Subverts the Constitution…. The cite is to MSN which prominently places a caveat that “The author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.” Reynolds assessment as a legal professor is shown to be well founded in Rivkin and Foley’s article.

Jackie Valley: How a stargazing-themed train ride is boosting tourism in rural Nevada – “What started as an out-of-the-box idea has turned into an economic boon for this mountain mining town.” … “The idea to create a stargazing-themed train ride came to Bassett about five years ago when he overheard a museum customer lament the distance to Great Basin National Park, which is a certified International Dark Sky Park.

Henry I. Miller: Apocalypse Not! How Science Is Distorted To Serve The Activist Agenda. Part 1 in a series. “Much of modern environmental activism, which owes more to zealotry than evidence, has spawned a nasty perversion — let’s call it the Pseudo-Scientific Method.

“The “target” is usually an ideologically disfavored industry or its products, such as nuclear power, genetic engineering, or pesticides. The result is flawed public policy choices and the ever-deepening corruption of the scientific enterprise.

Now, here’s how what l call the Pseudo-Scientific Method works. If your goal is to cause a certain product to fall into disfavor, for example, first perform or sponsor experiments to get the desired, but inaccurate, results, using shoddy methodology and, if necessary, drawing conclusions not supported by the data. It doesn’t matter if the research paper is rejected by legitimate, peer-reviewed journals, because you can then submit to a predatory journal that will publish it regardless of its scientific validity (in return for a large fee). Then, organize a big media and social media blitz touting the “research,” being sure to include scary pictures or figures, and get friendly journalists and your Twitter echo-chamber to trumpet the conclusions.

Michael Kile: Treating Atmospheric Apocalyptic Anxiety – “Apocalyptic groups – like XR and indeed the UN – who believe “the end is nigh” believe it, I suggest, because they desire it, for one reason or another.” satire or whatever, this essay reveals unpleasant truths.

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Herd mentality

Rick Hayes: They, Who The Hell is They? – “It is true that the Obama administration was significantly more corrupt than any other because of two disturbing facts. Not because of its high number of scandals or the gravity of those scandals but because the corruption was spread throughout the entire government and because Obama’s administration received unprecedented cover and protection by the fake media.

Patricia McCarthy: The Russia hoax: The Left’s willful ignorance and denial – “The Left simply dismisses any narrative contrary to their own conviction that Trump is guilty of numerous crimes born of their imagination. So chock full of facts and documentation are those books and articles, one must conclude they simply have not read them. If they do not recognize their existence, they don’t exist.

Geoffrey Kabat: Who’s Afraid of Roundup? – “In view of the prominence given IARC in the legal proceedings, it is noteworthy that the agency stands alone in its conclusion that glyphosate poses a carcinogenic risk.” … “How has a chemical that has been exhaustively reviewed by regulatory agencies all over the world and repeatedly found to be safe become a vehicle for a torrent of lawsuits?

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Junk food for the mind

John Merline: While Democrats Trash Obamacare, Trump Is Fixing It – “As Trump is showing, allowing more competition, even around the edges of Obamacare, has improved things not only for those who can escape Obamacare’s clutches but for those still in the program.”

Patricia McCarthy: Adam Schiff’s Intelligence Committee chairmanship is Pelosi’s big mistake – To quote Voltaire once again: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Indeed.

Edward Ring: The Derangement Syndromes of Our Time – “In the absence of religion, patriotism, and traditions of family and community, people have found new ideologies to absorb their passions.”

David Catron: Impeachment Misfire: William Taylor’s Smokeless Gun – “Like all poorly maintained firearms this one may do more harm to Taylor than its target.” … “Evidently, the “reporters” responsible for this story failed to read Taylor’s opening statement.

Alex Berezow: Scientific American Says 5G Is Dangerous, Vegetables Are Junk Food … “Due to a severe backlash, SciAm was forced to publish a corrected article, which served as a marginal improvement over the original. Basically, it was “upgraded” from raging dumpster fire to smoldering trash can.

“This is not hyperbole or exaggeration. In August, SciAm published an article claiming that our food supply was “poison,” vegetables are “becoming more like sugary snacks,” and chronic diseases such as obesity and cancer are due to GMOs and glyphosate.

All together, we have no reason to believe that 5G is unsafe. So, SciAm published an article saying the exact opposite:

It’s the modern idea of science – FUD Mongering for the doomsday cultists.

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What’s your reference?

Make Columbus Day Great Again. Stephen Kruiser – “Christopher Columbus was one of the first victims of Cancel Culture before it was even called Cancel Culture.”

“Now I’m supposed to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples Day,” … There is also the fact that many of them weren’t any nicer than Columbus, so if we’re canceling people for being awful, they’re as cancel-worthy as our intrepid Italian.

The Strategies of Targeting Trump. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are headed for a train wreck. No one knows for certain which outcome is most likely.”

“After failing with the voting machine gambit, the Logan Act, the 25th Amendment, the emoluments clause, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux-coup, the Comey memos farce, the “resistance” efforts outlined by the New York Times anonymous op-ed writer, the campaign finance violations accusations, Stormy, tax returns, whistleblowers, leakers, the Mueller 22 months charade, and now impeachment 2.0, what exactly is the point of impeaching Trump just 13 months before the election?

There doesn’t have to be a point to impeachment. Democrats loathe Trump. That is enough.

Sane observers see impeachment as a travesty without either moral or legal grounds to justify removing an elected president 13 months before the 2020 election. But sanity means nothing these days, given the hatred of Trump, the volatility of the electorate, and the furious bias of the media.

But I think the piece worth highlighting today is from the Wall Street Journal editorial board, who, like Matt Drudge (have you seen the Drudge Report lately?), appears to have had it with the dunce cap model in the Oval:” This one is from Patterico and illustrates the nonsense in ad hominem judgment that defies reality. “Dunce cap” for a man who won a presidential election and then had such a positive impact on the economy and international trade? Then there’s the vox populi [Merriam-Webster] logical fallacy … With so many blinded like this, is it any wonder Trump wins?

Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy. Byron York – “A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.

“In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation “violates fundamental fairness.” He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don’t they have the right to know what the president’s accusers say?

 

Scientists Gone Mad. J. Frank Bullitt – “Worse, they’re ignorant, and overly willing dupes. They’ve fallen for what is so obviously an exaggeration if not an outright fraud. And they should be, as British columnist Brendan O’Neill suggests, “criticized and ridiculed out of existence.”

Glyphosate Doesn’t Cause Cancer. It Saves Native Ecosystems. Ted Williams – “Misinformation has created a lucrative business for ambulance-chasing lawyers and NGOs.” What’s this doing on Slate?

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The assault, allegations, projection

The IPCC’s Seldom Mentioned ‘Uncertainties’. Michael Kile – “The real mystery here, however, is not the climate. It is why so many researchers chose to remain silent about the veracity of modeller “forecasts”, especially decades or centuries ahead, even when the consequence is climate hysteria.

“So be vigilant when perusing an IPCC climate report. Read between the lines, especially the Press Release and Summary for Policymakers. For the Devil — or uncertainty monster — is indeed in the detail.

Who would have thought there are (page 173): “critical gaps in knowledge concerning interactions between the atmosphere and specific elements of the polar ocean and cryosphere”?

For me, one comment – the last in the SPM – reveals the UN’s real purpose here: co-opt the IPCC to develop a “scientific” argument validating its 17 Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while trumpeting the need for urgent “transformative change”.

Babylon Bee: Dems Worried If Impeachment Fails They’ll Have To Nominate Electable Candidate.

At saraacarter.com a quote illustrating unsupportable hyperbole and nonsense. Susan Rice: Our democracy is under assault from Trump’s White House. Passed off with aplomb but no substance and no awareness of the explicit and stated effort to undermine or dismiss elections.

This is not a war against Trump, Democrats wants to change the American system. Sara Carter – “This isn’t about Ukraine and Trump’s telephone conversation with Zelensky, it’s about removing a duly elected president from office. They attempt to do this by twisting the facts, leaking and targeting every aspect and person within the Trump administration to the detriment of the American political system and the American people who elected Trump to office.” Contrast to Susan Rice’s argument …

On the current state of Whistlegate… neo – “Any corrupt official who wants to evade investigation need only run for president on the Democratic side and he’s immune, apparently. Who knew?” She gets it. Mirengoff at Powerline doesn’t.

Adam Schiff’s m.o. … neo – “So he issues those lies, both Big and Small, to do their work. Schiff is not stupid. His lies are not told in error. They are a tactic in a long-term strategy, and he believes that strategy will be successful in creating enough smoke to convince a great many people that there’s a big fire.

“That’s the way it keeps going. The lie is put out there, often using the person’s own words but leaving out the exculpatory part. The implication is always of Trump’s guilt. The lies pile up, over and over and over. The liar (Schiff in this case, as is often the case) counts on the cooperation of the MSM. He also counts on the idea that most people only read the initial story and never read any corrections if in fact any are ever issued (often they are not). Schiff also knows that alternate sources of information are usually not read by Democrats or even by a great many independents.

The government is indeed under assault and it is clear who is rejecting elections – they even say so – who is changing the rules and running roughshod over the minority, and who is pushing a false reality.

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narrative busting

Downer Comes in from the Cold. Daryl McCann – “But now that we know that these righteous folks had it exactly wrong, where does that leave us?” The Australian view of his countryman’s role in the Trump coup attempt based on the book Ball of Collusion by former US federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy.

Babylon Bee: Adam Schiff Revealed To Be Parody Of Actual Congressman.

Releasing More Call Transcripts Will Cripple Future Presidents. Thomas McArdle – “Schiff’s stretch of the facts is worthy of rubber-limbed comic superhero and scientific genius Reed “Mister Fantastic” Richards of the Fantastic Four, who can reshape his arms and legs at will and “stretch around a problem and expand upon the perfect solution.” Unlike Richards, however, Schiff is not “the smartest man in the Marvel Comics universe.

“The Zelensky call provides no evidence of wrongdoing, and so Schiff promises, “We’re gonna find out what other communications were also improperly hidden in this classified system that’s meant to contain the most highly sensitive, classified information involving covert action, not the president’s misconduct.”

So as Schiff and House Democrats push hard to discover and disclose something more convincing than the Zelensky nothingburger, Trump has the defense of executive privilege within a landmark, unanimous Supreme Court ruling on his side.

And he has something more: a solemn responsibility to preserve for future presidents the ability to conduct candid discussions with foreign allies, friends — even enemies. A president must be able to engage in “persuasion, badgering, flattery, threats, reminders of past favors and future advantages,” as the Washington Post’s Mary McGrory described Lyndon Johnson’s no-holds-barred style of leadership even before becoming president. And it can’t work when it’s in the public eye.

Smart Move – Flynn Lawyer Tells Judge Motive Behind Why Flynn Took Guilty Plea… sundance – “As a result of prior cases showing malicious prosecutions under false FARA pretenses, Flynn’s defense doesn’t have to try and convince Judge Sullivan that Michael Flynn and Mike Flynn Jr. were being threatened by those same heavy-handed DOJ tactics. It is now self-evident those tactics were deployed; the prosecution would be silly to try and deny their threats were present.” See also Margot Cleveland’s take on this: “These facts reek of prosecutorial blackmail.

sundance also goes into detail on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and its role in the coup scandal. Then there is a look at Intelligence Community Inspector General rationalizing rules changes to label gossip and hearsay as whistleblowing – “Yes, that means Michael Atkinson was Senior Counsel for the DOJ-NSD, at the very epicenter of the political weaponization and FISA abuse.” Then there is another busted NYT narrative.

No One Noticed When Clinton and Obama Abused Whistleblowers. Jack Cashill – “Here are two unfortunate realities: the first is that whistleblowing becomes virtuous only when a Republican is the one being whistled on; the second is that deep state Democrats have a habit of manipulating whistleblower laws when it suits their purposes.

Ron Paul Asks: “Impeachment… Or CIA Coup?” Tyler Durden – “You don’t need to be a supporter of President Trump to be concerned about the efforts to remove him from office.

Top Motivation For Hating Capitalism Isn’t Compassion, It’s Resentment. Emily Ekins – “Statistical tests reveal resentment of the successful has about twice the effect of compassion in predicting support for increasing top marginal tax rates, wealth redistribution, hostility to capitalism, and believing billionaires should not exist. Notably, however, compassion and resentment both equally predict support for socialism.

Why the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump. Victor Davis Hanson // National Review – “Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.

Global Climate Intelligence Group: Getting the Science Back In. rbradley – “The emotionalization and politicization of the physical science of climate change has inspired the formation of a new international organization, The Global Climate Intelligence Group.

“Seven principles compose the opening declaration of the GCIG:

There is no climate emergency …

Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming …

Warming is far slower than predicted …

Climate policy relies on inadequate models …

CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth …

Global warming has not increased natural disasters …

Climate policy must respect scientific and economic realities …

Reasonable doesn’t seem to satisfy many these days.

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Hyperbolic hysterics and still the reality languishes. The Lawfare sedition

Anonymous Whistleblower Complaint Released… sundance – “If you have read any of the documents that came from Fusion-GPS, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele, you will likely find an amazing amount of similarity to the format and writing in this “whistleblower” complaint.”

And The Ukraine Whistleblower Is … Oliver Stone. Thomas McArdle – “The nine-page complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from a, so far, anonymous CIA “whistleblower” is like something from Hollywood’s favorite conspiracy-peddling director.

“Because of its wording and structure, two things become clear early on in reading the jump cut-filled missive:

1. Its politicized purpose

2. The impossibility of it being the work of a single individual

… Only an outright partisan on a mission to have Trump impeached would consider a phone call to which “I was not a direct witness” to be absolute evidence of guilt, as this letter asserts.

Which brings us to the second clear characteristic of the whistleblower’s tract that becomes evident immediately in reading it: that these nine pages are the obvious work of a team of Democratic Party lawyers.

back on August 28, the panel’s chairman, Democrat Adam Schiff of California, had an astounding premonition of the blowing of the whistle, as he made “almost identical complaints” in a tweet.

As Fleitz said, “this is one of the most unusual whistleblowing complaints I’ve ever seen; I’ve seen a bunch of them. Not only was it perfectly written, but it was written with long legal citations, suggesting that it was written by a team of attorneys.”

The establishment media will now dutifully project this Oliver Stone cinematic entertainment onto their screens.

Over 60% of Americans still prefer the anti-American, Putin-loving director’s myth about the JFK slaying, based on half-century-old communist disinformation, rather than what the easily-accessible facts show to be true. As 2020 beckons, President Trump’s enemies think the voters will believe the plot of this motion picture too.

Adam Schiff, ‘artist of evil’. Patricia McCarthy – “After watching Adam Schiff’s reprehensible performance in his committee hearing Thursday morning, it is clear we are benighted by yet another sinister, scheming member of the House who, like Shakespeare’s Iago[i], is adept at (and enjoys) ruining lives.”

“Each successive ploy the Left rolled out has failed, so Schiff and company invented a new accusation, one that has obviously been carefully crafted by a group of Iagos like those who devised the Russia-collusion hoax and managed Blasey-Ford’s phony allegations. This one has clearly been in the works for months. The leaker is not a legitimate whistleblower, because the president is not a member of any intelligence agency. It’s certain he or she was carefully chosen by this cabal of Trump haters just as Blasey-Ford was selected to be the front woman of the Kavanaugh confirmation ruse. It’s been reported that he/she is CIA and was planted in the White House, probably by Brennan, to find something to use against the President. He or she did not, could not, so this phone call to the Ukrainian president, which contained nothing illegal, no quid pro quo, by default became the nucleus of this latest con. And what a con it is. The snitch’s “complaint” is an obvious group effort, written by lawyers, not the snitch. …

Schiff’s opening statement in the hearing was beyond the pale.

Schiff has been one of the stars of this depraved show, but he has many partners in crime behind the scenes.

His constituents deserve to be furious; he has become an embarrassment. His capacity for cruelty and duplicity appears to be limitless. Schiff is not nearly as clever as Iago, but he certainly is as vicious. He has embraced his role of villain with relish.

Sean Davis puts the pieces together: “whistleblower” plus leaks plus media plus Adam Schiff plus… neo – “Sean Davis went further, in this Twitter thread. The m.o. he describes may start to sound rather familiar:” … “The whole thing has been a Fusion GPS-style info op from the very beginning.

The Congressman Who Cried Wolf. Daniel J. Flynn – “If the Democrats were serious, Adam Schiff would not be their face on impeachment.”

“After failing to substantiate loud claims of “direct,” “significant,” “clear,” and “ample” evidence of Donald Trump colluding with Russians to steal the presidency, Schiff follows up by accusing the president of forcing a foreign government to “manufacture dirt” on a political opponent.

Schiff and other Democrats safely ensconced in districts where elections act as mere formalities mislead their party into enduring consequences that they themselves do not suffer. The prominence of a conspiracy theorist prone to fantasy (redundant?) essentially running the impeachment inquiry hurts Democrats, not Trump.

In some versions of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” only the sheep get eaten. In others, the liar does, too.

Jon Voight: Impeachment Effort Against Trump Is ‘War Against Truths’. David Ng – “This is a crime that the left are trying to force. This is a disgrace by such ignorant followers that have no truth of what truly has been brought back to our country,” he said. “We have gained greatness. We have gained jobs. We have gained more than any president has promised.

Kremlin to Trump: About our conversations and transcripts … Ed Morrissey – “This episode will do considerable damage. If it uncovered profound wrongdoing, it might well have been worth it — but so far it looks like just another attempt to seek revenge over a bitter election loss.

via Instapundit: Former CIA official on whistleblower: ‘How could this be an intelligence matter?’I’m more worried, however, that this latest instance of blatant politicization of intelligence by Trump haters will do long term damage to the relationship between the intelligence community and US presidents for many years to come.

Pro tip from Pelosi: Barr’s gone rogue Ed Morrissey – “Here’s the main problem with all of this: how can we know there was a cover-up when no one has corroborated any of the complaint yet?”

Impeachment Just Another Means For Democrats To Rip The Country Apart. J. Frank Bullitt – “Hawaii’s Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Tuesday that impeaching President Donald Trump would be “terribly divisive” for the country. She’s right. And that’s exactly what her party wants. The Democrats have been tearing America apart for some time.”

“By segragating America into two parts — vile, retrograde deplorables who can’t be trusted, and educated, forward-looking progressives — Democrats are setting up a society in which they wouldn’t govern under constitutional limits but rule by political mandate. All power must be turned over to them to keep the barbarians outside the gates. Just as the Cloward-Piven strategy was to create a financial/institutional/societal crisis so profound that it required radical government intervention, seeding the specter of racism and white supremacy is designed to yield a permanent Democratic regime.

Climate Worship Is Nothing More Than Rebranded Paganism. Sumantra Maitra – “We’re seeing sexualized dances, hallucinogens, worshiping nature, confessing sins in pagan animism, worshiping purified teen saints, all to promote a supposedly greater cause.”

“The reality is, of course, completely different. Much less than destroying the planet, climate change isn’t even a settled science. Conservatives don’t disagree that climate is changing. That is a straw man. Conservatives, however, are opposed to hysteria, have skepticism about the rate of the climate change, and would like to see an actual cost-benefit analysis of the radical changes being demanded.

More important than that, conservatives understand that climate change is cynically used by a certain section of people to justify their political goals of steering the West away from its way of life, a way they perceive to be evil and harmful, hetero-patriarchal, and capitalist. How? Appealing to the faith-based part of human brains, the need for subservience, and propping up children as human shields.

The modern left is a combination of two of the worst impulses in human history. First are the ultra-privileged bourgeoisie, which, having lost their old Judeo-Christian faith, are instinctively attracted to pre-civilized rituals, from overt sexuality to fewer familial ties. Consider Late Roman public orgies, and you get an idea. At the same time, human minds feel a gaping void that still needs to be filled by an alternate faith. It is in that intersection where this occultist, apocalyptic climate paganism comes from. It gives some privileged people a noble purpose.

Understanding the climate movement: the impotence of science. Paul Rossiter – “Like many other ethical and well-meaning scientists, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the climate “science” debate.

“By resorting to rigorous measurement and analysis of real data, we have a reasonable (but perhaps naïve) expectation that the facts will determine the outcome of the AGW argument. And yet, despite the huge amount of information available, much of it through sites such as WUWT, it appears that the popular debate is clearly being won by the alarmists. Seemingly reputable organisations like IPCC, WHO, WWF, NASA, NOAA, CSIRO, EPA keep issuing reports heralding pending climate doom that appear to be at odds with any unbiased examination of the facts. And when they do, they are immediately picked up by an opportunistic mainstream press and amplified through social media, leading to widespread fear amongst the population, clearly evident in the recent “strikes for the climate”. Ill-informed adolescents become the new Messiahs, preaching the climate doom gospel and given standing ovations in the fact-free climate gab-fests.

That the ethical scientific community appears to be losing the debate indicates that there are much more potent forces at play, both ideological and financial. It appears that the whole climate debate is little more than a convenient vehicle to push a deeper agenda. Scientific fact, of which there is much debate in WUWT, is little more than a bye-line.

Pope Francis’ message to UN NYC climate summit: ‘The problem of climate change is related to issues of ethics, equity & social justice’. Marc Morano.

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Suicide Is Not Collateral Damage to Dismiss

FOIA Release of McCabe Memo Highlights Much More Than Rosenstein’s “Wear a Wire” Controversy… sundance – “A Judicial Watch FOIA Lawsuit has resulted in the release of a May 16, 2017, memo written by then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

“There are three aspects to this McCabe memo that warrant attention: (1) Rosenstein’s willingness to wear a wire. (2) Evidence that Rosenstein took Mueller into the White House on May 16, 2017, as a set-up to interview Mueller’s pending target; and (3) the CURRENT redactions to the memo indicate CURRENT efforts by the CURRENT AG Bill Barr to protect a corrupt endeavor that encompasses Rod Rosenstein. While all three aspects are alarming; the last aspect is concerning in the extreme.

Whistleblower Hysteria: Why Democrats Don’t Want To Investigate Joe Biden And Son. Sara Carter – “The President’s battle with them is fierce and the actions of these individuals are extremely dangerous to our democracy and the basic concepts in ethics that made our society – American society – trust in journalists.

“Trump openly stated that he spoke to the Ukrainian president about Biden. There is nothing wrong with him doing so. It looks like some of his enemies in the intelligence community found another way to get what is considered highly classified phone conversations public and in the media. Remember, the way they did with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

This time, an undisclosed whistleblower, with intelligence access, reported the President’s conversation to the Inspector General. That’s all it took and voila, eventually the story was leaked. If this is the case and Democrats want the the report of his conversation, shouldn’t the American public have the right to all conversations with previous Presidents and the Ukrainian government.

And why does the media and Democrat Party ignore the real evidence that has exposed some in their own party.

In Ukraine matter, Democrats apply Russiagate lesson: Strike fast, don’t wait to find out what happened. Byron York – “The life of the Trump-Ukraine affair can be measured in days and the most basic facts of the matter are still unknown. Yet, many Democrats and their allies in the media are already renewing their calls for the impeachment of President Trump.

“So now, with many of the president’s adversaries in a high state of agitation about the Ukraine story, the lesson of Trump-Russia is: move fast, don’t withhold judgment. And don’t want for the results a long, ponderous investigation. It might not produce the ending Democrats want.

The whistleblower and the Biden boomerang … neo – “But some of them also have a conviction that they are correct about Trump’s evil nature, and that if they just keep digging, they are sure to find evidence of that evil. So each time something surfaces that has even the smallest chance of destroying him, they latch onto it and actually believe it, welcoming it with joyous relief that finally, finally, their dreams are going to come true.”

Like It Never Even Happened. Steve Feinstein – “This is exactly how the Democratic Party operates these days.”

“Whenever one of their current talking points or policy planks is shown to be dishonest or wildly inaccurate or completely deceptive, the Dems don’t apologize or modify their position or readjust their thinking in the slightest. Instead, they do exactly the opposite: they dig their heels in deeper, reconfirm their existing stance and plow forward as if the contradictory new evidence never came to light.

For the current-day Democratic Party, there are no setbacks, nothing to contradict their narrative, nothing that gets them to step back from an aggressively staked-out pre-planned position. Regardless of the events on the ground, Democrats always double down and push forward like it never even happened.

When Men Kill Themselves Over Unproven Allegations, Me Too Has Gone Too Far. Libby Emmons – “Me Too started with a hashtag, then morphed into a trend of public humiliation, trial by media, and personal boycotts that altered the standards by which a person is judged.”

“Without media outlets at your command, however, there’s no way to give a defense in the court of public opinion. A public defense on social media makes you look like a jerk, and therefore guilty. An admission of guilt often does not result in redemption but further ostracization.

It is harming to both men and women to destroy the standards of conduct between the sexes and replace it with a collection of feelings that change months, years, or even a decade later. Both end up on edge, second guessing their interactions. The men who are caught in this snare have a right to know what the rules are before they break them. Punishment by social mobbing is never an acceptable form of justice.

Top-level climate modeler goes rogue, criticizes ‘nonsense’ of ‘global warming crisis’. Thomas Lifson – “Writing in the Australian site Quadrant, Tony Thomas introduces the English-Speaking world to the truth-telling of Dr. Mototaka Nakamura.” … “But who are you going to believe: a superbly qualified Japanese scientist or a Swedish teenager with mental issues?

The Trump and Modi rally in Texas… neo – “Note the touch (which Althouse also points out) of the phrase “bowels of the stadium.” Can you imagine if this rally had occurred during the Obama administration, with Obama and an Indian Prime Minister doing the same thing? It would have been hyped to the skies, and there wouldn’t have been a “bowel” or an “ego” in sight.

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Reveal the hoax

Why Did the Deficit Just Top $1 Trillion? Here’s Another Clue For You All. John Merline – “As night follows day, Trump administration critics blamed the tax cuts. … And once again, the data prove them wrong.”

“It should go without saying that these levels of spending growth are unsustainable. Yet instead of confronting them, lawmakers and the Trump administration are aggravating them. Entitlement reform is a non-issue at the moment. Every increase in defense spending has to be matched with a hike in spending on domestic programs. The national debt continues to explode.

Filmmaker Joel Gilbert Set To Reveal The Hoax Behind Rachel Jeantel (Witness #8)… sundance – “Anyone who paid attention to the details in the George Zimmerman case knew Florida state prosecutors knowingly, and with malicious intent, falsified witness testimony from Witness #8 Rachel Jeantel; who they claimed was Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend.” Revealing another race baiting hoax.

9/11/2012: Politicized Intel on Benghazi Previewed the Obama Admin’s Russia Hoax. Aaron Klein – “it is instructive to recall the Obama administration’s altering of the now infamous talking points utilized to essentially mislead the American public about the coordinated assault that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other US. Citizens.

Fake News, Fake Polls – CNN Edition. Brian C. Joondeph – “It’s been a tough few weeks for CNN. Who knew pushing fake news could be so challenging?”

CNN’s big ‘mistakes’ all run in one direction: anti-Trump. Eddie Scarry – “CNN was better off when it devoted round-the-clock coverage to missing planes in black holes and human excrement overflowing on cruise ships. Now the network is just a series of embarrassments.

CNN vs. What the Science Says, Part 2. Dave Burton – “CNN’s war with the facts continues in this Monday article, by CNN Chief Climate Correspondent, Bill Weir:” … “One of the nice things about “global” warming is that it isn’t really very global.”

New York Times: Airplane violence caused the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Ethel C. Fenig – “The New York Times, whose official slogan is “All the news that’s fit to print,” vividly illustrated its twisted take on what it deems fit to print yesterday.”

“In other words, some act of senseless plane violence, perhaps by the planes’ pilots who aimed so carefully? Or perhaps accidentally? Who knows? As Rep Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) so memorably expressed it, “some people did something.”

They updated the official death toll to “nearly 3,000” from the earlier 2,000 — still calling the victims “lost,” as if they wandered off into a forest in some strange land, never to be found after all this time, instead of the more accurate “deliberately slaughtered.”

The Nuclear Option: Trump Is Still Winning. Here’s Why. Charles Hurt — He knows when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em (phrases). Praising the Patriots in Jaguars land could be a faux pas – for other politicians but not this one.

“The reason Mr. Trump’s North Carolina supporters did not cheer Bill Belichick’s name is not that they think he is a terrible coach. They didn’t cheer his name because they know President Trump was telling them the hard truth about how good a coach he really is.

President Trump’s purposeful foray into the politics of football may have cost him some momentary cheers there in North Carolina. But it reminded everyone how much he loves to win and what a “stable genius” he is.

Don’t look now, but there’s more border wall news. Jazz Shaw – “The trick that’s being used by Axios, the Washington Post, and others to claim that there’s no “new wall” being built is that they add on a caveat in the fine print.

“What continues to amaze me is the desperation among Democrats and their media allies to prevent this from happening. Either you believe that we have immigration laws for a reason or you don’t. And if they really don’t support open borders (as many of them try to claim), why would you object to a wall, fence or barrier that helps control the flow of people?

Sotomayor’s “blistering” dissent on asylum rules. Jazz Shaw – “By a seven to two margin, the justices agreed that the rule, which essentially acts as a safe third country agreement (without Mexico’s participation) could remain in effect while the case continued through the appeals process.

“But what is Sotomayor actually objecting to? Her comments about the Trump administration rushing the rule through without having a period for public comment speak to normal practices. But the President has declared an emergency on the southern border, so some of the usual rules won’t apply. (And how often do the words “normal” and Donald Trump collide in the same sentence anyway?) The point is, she cast her vote based, in part, on tradition rather than law.

While this may be a deviation from the normal course of judicial review (a point that CNN was screaming from the rooftops when I woke up this morning), it’s also part of the accepted process when time is of the essence. Nobody forced them to take the case early. That was their decision, and seven justices apparently saw it the President’s way. And let’s not forget that they were reversing the Ninth Circuit once again. You could get the Ninth Circuit to ban Trump from eating breakfast if you wrote a mildly coherent brief.

You’d think law would be paramount to a judge but we are seeing that this view is subject to vehement disagreement. Revealing the hoax is a difficult trip.

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it’s what they do, even if it doesn’t make sense

Everything That’s Wrong With Health Care In One Tweet. John Merline – “In 1960, half of the nation’s medical bills were paid out of pocket. Outside of hospital visits, insurance didn’t cover routine care. Patients paid doctors in cash for checkups and routine tests.

“It’s worth noting that at 10%, the out-of-pocket share of health spending is lower in the U.S. than in almost every other country that has declared medical care a “right” and promises “universal coverage.”

What’s needed isn’t less out-of-pocket spending for health care, but more of it. In every other part of the market, choice and competition drive down prices and increase quality. The same would work in health care, if government policies would stop discouraging it.

When doctors’ offices are full of Groupon-wielding patients, the health care system will no longer be “bonkers.” It will be reformed.

Flynn Lawyer Response to Threats and Targeted Harassment by Chairman Adam Schiff… sundance – “Not enough people understand the role of the Lawfare group in the corruption and political weaponization of the DOJ, FBI and larger intelligence community.

“What Media Matters is to corrupt left-wing media, the Lawfare group is to the corrupt DOJ and FBI.

The Lawfare continuum is very simple. The corrupt 2015 Clinton exoneration; which became the corrupt 2016 DOJ/FBI Trump investigation; which became the corrupt 2017 DOJ/FBI Mueller probe; is currently the 2019 “impeachment” plan. Weissmann and Mueller delivering their report evolved the plan from corrupt legal theory into corrupt political targeting. Every phase within the continuum holds the same goal.

The current “impeachment strategy” is planned-out within the Lawfare group.

After the 2018 mid-terms, and in preparation for the “impeachment” strategy, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler hired Lawfare Group members to become committee staff.

The Lawfare group ensures you have the right to remain guilty until they verify your politics and determine your alignment with the tribe. If accepted, your disposition shifts to innocent and you receive a pass to avoid any legal jeopardy…

Nadler’s Push For Impeachment Is A Crisis For America, Not Just Trump. Sara Carter – “Basically, the Democrats are desperately searching for a crime: any crime will do and they are not going to stop until they find one.

“Chairman Jerrold Nadler doesn’t seem to care about anything unless it’s “impeachment.” He has no evidence of malfeasance by the President but he, like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, don’t seem to care.

They are holding congressional hearings in search of a crime. Mind you, they have no evidence of anything but they are hoping, like they did with their debunked Trump Russia collusion theory, that they will find one.

Remember, over the past several years Nadler, Schiff and other Democrats haven’t wasted any time spreading false rumors, in other words a disinformation campaign, against Trump on their favorite friendly cable news outlets like MSNBC or CNN.

For what? I don’t get this at all. The American people are tired of this Washington D.C. political shark game. I’m sure the American people want a government that works for them and I’m guessing stop all these targeted attacks against the president.

Climate Change Has Been A Routine Scare Tactic Since The 1930s. Martin Armstrong – “It was Malthus who first published his “Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society” in 1798.” It’s what they do, again and again, and again.

More than 900 Amazon employees plan strike over climate change inaction. Evie Fordham – “Amazon’s strike will coincide with a 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg’s Global Climate Strike beginning on Sept. 20 as well.” Yes, it’s what they do.

The best speech on Brexit — from a shocking source. Thomas Lifson – “the arrogant, unaccountable transnational organizations, of which the EU is a leading example, have served global elites better than ordinary citizens of their constuent countries.”

“Watch this speech in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, by AfD’s co-leader Alice Weidel and start to realize that populism is a global force in the highly industrialized world, and that the complaints we Anericans feel against our elites, and the complaints Brits have against ceeding controt ot he EU, are all of a piece. She does not hesitate to point her fingers at France, which is leading the resistance to a negotiated Brexit.

One America News Network files $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, and corporate parents. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump isn’t the only one who hits back.”

A NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control. Roger L. Simon – “Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control.”

“You only have to look to Paris, where personal gun ownership is virtually illegal for private citizens and multiple dozens of people were murdered by jihadis at the Bataclan Theater and across the city, or Chicago, another supposedly gun-free zone, relatively anyway, where five were murdered and at least 29 wounded over the last weekend alone, for corroboration.

People who believe this kind of confiscation or control will solve everything, or even close, are living in a virtue-signaling/morally narcissistic dreamland.

Yes, it’s true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions:

Here we go. NRA sues San Francisco. Jazz Shaw – “It sounds like the NRA has a pretty solid case here. If the city had only passed some sort of nonbinding resolution calling the group a “domestic terrorist organization” they might have gotten away with it.” … “But when the city elders decided to declare that they would limit business with the NRA and its supporters, they definitely crossed a line.

Debunking Howard Zinn … neo – “Even before Zinn wrote his book, there was a movement to tear down the way American history had been taught before.

“So Zinn’s book fell on fertile ground, and without that encouragement I doubt it would have had the widespread effect it did. Most of us (and that includes me) weren’t paying much attention at the time. That’s how it was possible that the book’s influence became so widespread. At this point, can a counterbook such as Grabar’s have much effect? It seems to me that the tide against which it is swimming is very very strong.

Is It Illegal for a President to Make Money From Outside Businesses While in Office? Josh Ocampo – “Three lawsuits have been filed against Trump that invoke the Emoluments Clause; two have been dropped and one by Congressional Democrats remains active.” Ocampo is rather confused about the emoluments clause and why cases get dismissed. He does illustrate lawfare tactics based on deceit and distortion and suspicion and distruct work. It’s what they do.

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Affording mahem

Did Trump Rallies Really Increase Hate Crimes by 226%? Rick Moran – “As you can see, the left brings Mark Twain’s words to life: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” In this case, you have to ask are the professors that stupid? Or do they think that we are?” Moran has a problem, the ‘both sides guilty’ thing where the only cases he has go one way but that doesn’t inhibit innuendo or judgement sans evidence – or even contradictory to what is readily available.

“Trump makes use of the phrase “fake news” all too often. Many times, what he calls “fake news” is actually accurate reporting of his idiocy and ignorance.

But this is definitely one instance that Trump would be correct in calling out the media for reporting “fake news.” It’s not only “fake,” it’s an outright lie.

The Downside Of Prosperity: Madness Made Affordable. I & I Editorial Board – “No other system on Earth has created greater wealth for more people, and lifted more out of poverty than free market capitalism. But it has also brought a drawback we have to live with: plenty of idle time and available resources to feed foolish and too-often destructive activities.

“None of this is to say we shouldn’t promote prosperity. We are made wealthy only to the degree we are free. Purposely curbing or slowing prosperity to restrain the shameful and sometimes criminal behavior of a few would restrain the liberty of all.

But a civilized people cannot tolerate domestic terrorists, “black bloc” rioters, street brawlers, and violent agitators To let this behavior go on, and in Ayers’ case reward it with a teaching pulpit, is to invite cultural and societal decline.

Bucknell University To Host Antifa Leader Who Promotes Political Violence. Alexander Riley – “At the campus where I teach, this week we are seeing an example of this insidious creep toward the left’s open embrace of violence against those who advocate for conservative ideas.”

Did Jerry Nadler lie to a federal judge? Thomas Lifson – “If you or I lied to a judge in a filing, there would be serious legal consequences, perhaps a fine and incarceration, for our legal system depends on absolute truth in filings to the courts.”

Perception is all: sacrificing safety to give in to fear … neo – “Why would a person planning a mass murder respect a store’s request that he not bring a gun into the store? That would be a bizarre notion.

The long, strange road to passing SB 276 appears to be near its end…finally. David Gorski – “The long strange battle to get SB 276, the law designed to close that loophole, reveals a lot about the difficulty of legislating science-based policy, even in California.

In a recent discussion, “facts” kept being mentioned as if their existence was all that was needed to support certain allegations, assumptions, and accusations. The thing is, facts are like the reeds used to make a basket. Some are strong, healthy, and well woven to create a basket that doesn’t leak and will last. Others are weak and poorly woven so that a basket made from them leaks like a sieve and doesn’t last very long before falling apart. Being able to tell one from the other – how facts are put together and how strong they are for the case being made – this is the challenge.

Or maybe the story of the Three Little Pigs might work better as an analogy for you? Are your intellectual structures made of straw or brick?

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The Lie, and how dearly it is held, is a tell.

Natural Disasters and the AR-15. Erik Root – “As Dorian wreaks havoc, leaving some communities in a temporary state of nature, the right to protect ourselves is consequential. The natural right to self-defense is inalienable.

Lies the Left Tells About Guns. Rachel Bovard – “For starters, the “assault weapons” ban of 1994 had no meaningful effect on the homicide rate.”

“The simple fact that we have a right to own guns doesn’t mean individuals must own them, use them, or even like them. But what it does mean is that people advocating further regulation of firearms at least should have a baseline understanding of how firearms actually work, as well as the current statutory environment that regulates their purchase, handling, and use.

Unfortunately, the current rhetoric coming from Democrats betrays a deep misunderstanding about all of those things.

Here are some of the worst offenses.

The Enemies of American Infrastructure. Edward Ring – “America’s inability to build anything big has almost nothing to do with the quality of American engineering, or the capabilities of America’s construction industry. The blame lies exclusively with American politicians, judges, government bureaucrats, and plaintiff attorneys.

“Nobody wants to throw away all environmental protections, but the process now in place of permit delays and litigation has paralyzed the nation. It has become extreme. Americans are wearing out infrastructure that was built decades ago. Thanks to permitting delays and litigation, the costs of replacements and upgrades are prohibitive.

President Trump, who made his billions in the construction business, has done as much as he possibly can to cut regulations on builders, but without support from Congress or the courts, change is incremental.

If these environmentalists, bureaucrats, and plaintiff attorneys actually believe in saving a planet and a people desperately threatened by “climate change,” they’re being awfully impractical.

Kotkin’s analysis is accurate. “Public employee groups” and “the renewable energy lobbies” are special interests. If not one and the same, they are allied with the government bureaucrats and environmentalist attorneys who amass power and money every time they stop or delay another infrastructure project or housing development. They are sapping American wealth, oppressing the American people, and empowering hostile regimes around the world.

The Nuclear Option: Meteorologists, the Professional Fake Forecasters. Charles Hurt – “Sheathed in their nerdy white lab coats and pocket protectors, armed with their little TV weather screen clickers, they are ready for battle against the Great Orange Force of Nature.

“Every shred of information included in the president’s tweet came directly from — that’s right — meteorologists. The very same meteorologists who then turned viciously against Mr. Trump as soon as their own predictions, as usual, turned into total fantasy.

The harshness should not be towards weather forecasts but rather towards the lie and how dearly it is held – the fact that their complaint or accusation is sourced back to them in an early forecast and only about an insignificant part of that forecast.

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The Godwin card?

Duke University Shrink: Trump May Be Worse Than Hitler, Stalin, And Mao. Tyler Durden – “The former chief of the Duke University Psychiatry Department went on CNN this weekend to claim President Trump is mentally unfit for the office, and proceeded to up the hyperbole quotient to unprecedented levels. … He then suggested that it would be acceptable to lie about Trump’s mental state if there was a way to use that false narrative to get him out of office.” Consider the ‘gravitas’ of the source of this as contrasted to the assertions absent any support and the claim that the end justifies the means. This is what we have in mainstream academia; the people who would be certifying ‘red flag’ claims to deny constitutional rights; the people whose explicit professional guidelines prohibit this sort of behavior. Just who is the dangerous one here?

CNN: Trump is Worse than Hitler, Mao and Stalin Combined Because Climate Change. Eric Worrall – “If one Godwin card doesn’t move your audience, throw the full deck…” This may help explain where that ‘millions of deaths’ idea comes from: climate change! (just like every other doom and gloom distopia fantasy these days it seems)

“I used to wonder if some people were attracted to psychology courses because they wanted to find solutions to their own problems.

I no longer believe this to be the case; but it is way past time the handful of psychology professionals, who in my opinion flout their own ethical guidelines by offering wild public opinions about the mental state of people whose policies they dislike, took a long hard look in the mirror.

Macron’s Iran stunt. Paul Mirengoff – “France has lost its grandeur, but perhaps not its desire to seem grand. Macron, in any case, possesses that desire in spades. Zarif’s visit confirms that satisfying it means more to Macron than any particular policy objective.” It’s another ‘end justifies the means’ with no consideration of the implications of the means taken. Mirengoff has another one toward the same point in Police chiefs: Warren’s false claims are putting police officers’ lives in danger. Then his colleague Scott Johnson picks up on Iran again with Iran revisited (2) … “To this date the American public has not been advised of the side deals that the Obama administration made with Iran to announce its agreement to the JCPOA.

Godwin? see wikipedia.

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Culture and the middle position

Beijing Pledges Fight “To the End” Against U.S. Economic Confrontation – Let It Be So… sundance – “An announcement from China on Saturday, pledging a full economic war against the United States, will likely not come as a surprise for most CTH readers. However, it does serve as emphasis for our 2017 statement: “prepare your affairs accordingly“…

“Peace or war. Win or lose. Yin and Yang. Culturally there is no middle position in dealings with China; they are not constitutionally capable of understanding or valuing the western philosophy of mutual benefit where concession of terms gains a larger outcome.

President Trump doesn’t apply force, he simply creates outcomes where the best alternative for the adversary is to change their approach according to their own best interests. President Trump positions the location of the interests themselves, he does not need the direct application of force.

What Globalism Did Was To Transfer The US Economy To China, PCR. Tyler Durden – “In effect, the US economy is being moved out of the First World into the Third World.” Durden falls into the consensus trap and into casting ad hominem judgment by moving from a view of the entire forest down to a microscopic image of a very small, selected, event. Perhaps Durden needs to climb down off his mountain and open his thoughts to looking at other paths than those he knows now.

“One has to wonder that there is not a single economist anywhere in the Trump administration, the Federal Reserve, or anywhere else in Washington capable of comprehending the situation and conveying an understanding to President Trump.

Real statistical analysis, as contrasted with the official propaganda, shows that the happy picture of a booming economy is an illusion created by statistical deception.

How does a country recover when it has given its economy away to a foreign country that it now demonizes as an enemy? What better example is there of a ruling class that is totally incompetent than one that gives its economy bound and gagged to an enemy so that its corporate friends can pocket short-term riches?

We can’t blame this on Trump. He inherited the problem, and he has no advisers who can help him understand the problem and find a solution. No such advisers exist among neoliberal economists. I can only think of four economists who could help Trump, and one of them is a Russian.

Political Forecast: Stormy Weather Ahead. Clarice Feldman – “With no saleable candidates or agenda I expect the Democrats to grow ever more pugilistic and the press to grow ever more blind to their incitements to violence. And voters to become even more disgusted by both.”

End of the Peer Show. Mark Steyn – “But what if there’s a more effective way to silence your critics? Say, by proving scientifically that they should be expelled from polite society.” This is about the Mann v. Ball court case and a recent academic effort to use power politics rather than intellectual integrity.

Nature, founded in 1869, is generally regarded (with Science) as one of the two most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the world. Like many great nineteenth-century institutions its distinguished past lends an undeserved imprimatur to its meretricious and ever more politicized present.

Nature’s paper cloaks itself in scientific language (“quantifying disparities”) to pass off politicized pseudo-science as the real thing. Note the loaded terms, starting with the division of what’s actually a wide spectrum of opinion into two teams, 386 “expert scientists” versus 386 “contrarians”.

Furthermore, DeSmog’s “extensive documentation” of us “disinformation” peddlers is anonymous:

Come to that, why are over a third of the articles “analyzed” from just three publications

Gotcha. So you’re just another guy in the shut-up business, a phenomenon of our times rising far more rapidly than sea levels in the Maldives. “Consensus enforcement” (in Dr Curry’s very useful formulation) stalks our public discourse

Politicized science is something we used to leave to the Soviets and other totalitarians.

Even with Steyn’s satire and humor the contrast is evident. This is specifics and topic focused rather than broad, anonymous, ad hominem, and judgmental.

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Bizarro world: toxic slavery

Bizarro World: Parents Terrified Of Chemicals Feed Toxic Supplements To Their Kids. Josh Bloom – “Suffice it to say that most people are genuinely clueless when it comes to chemistry, let alone, evaluation of the risks and/or benefits of different chemicals.

“Many of the same people who want to shove their kids into a lead-lined safe room in the basement when someone walks by with a can of Raid or diet soda are unknowingly feeding them multiple unknown chemicals by giving them dietary supplements, virtually none of which are useful and some are dangerous.

I have to tip my hat to the supplement industry. Just like the organic food industry, it has managed to pull the sustainable wool over the eyes of a whole bunch of Americans by convincing them that what they sell is chemical-free and harmless. It is anything but – something Dr. Henry Miller and I wrote about recently for Issues and Insights (See Will Dangerous Dietary Supplements Finally Be Reined In?)

It is mind-boggling that so many people are terrified of chemicals that they avoid touching cash register receipts, or won’t eat anything not labeled GM-free, blithely feed their kids who-knows-what because they perceive supplements as safe, natural, and chemical-free.

Instapundit: EVOLUTION IN ACTION: Vegan parents whose strict diet left baby ‘severely malnourished’ avoid jail. “Authorities discovered the couple’s child so malnourished that at 19-months she weighed just 4.9 kilograms (10.8 pounds). Further medical tests revealed that her bones had not developed since birth. Her development was so stunted she didn’t even have any teeth, Seven News reported. Her parents said they had kept the girl on a strict vegan diet.”

Slavery In America Did Not Begin In 1619, And Other Things The New York Times Gets Wrong. Lyman Stone – “It began in 1513. Any argument for a 1619 date implicitly suggests that the American project is an inherently Anglo project:” The real problem with this author’s arguments is his view that “Furthermore, a serious accounting for slavery has to wrestle with the experience of Native Americans and Hawaiian islanders, and especially the status of their ancestral lands and sovereign rights.” i.e. much of his basis is that slavery “is an immigrant.” He struggles with the idea that even the ‘native peoples’ of the Americas engaged in slavery as well as those everywhere else, including Africa.

“Slavery was a universal law. While I cannot say for certain, it is possible there was no free soil in the entire world—that is, no society that categorically forbade all slavery.

But then something changed. Revolutionary agitation led to war in 1776, and by 1777, Vermont’s de facto secession from New York and New Hampshire created the first modern polity in the western hemisphere to forbid the keeping of slaves. In 1777, war with Britain was barely begun.

In other words, Americans were early adopters of abolition. We were the first to establish formally abolitionist constitutions and states, the second to ban the trade in slaves, and middle-of-the-pack in achieving uniform abolition of slavery.

The problem is in the presumption “Undoubtedly, we still must atone for much.” This is Biblical Judgment and a path towards repeating history and not learning from it. Such judgment is common among the moral preeners who decry the faults and failures of others as insufficient or deficient.

Why The Case For Reparations Would Be Immediately Thrown Out Of Court. Benjamin R. Dierker – “Tort law seeks to make a harmed party whole and make the wrongdoing party pay. Slavery reparations, it seems, seeks to make an unharmed party “whole” and extract the payment from an innocent party. This is backward on both counts.” The is why Great Britain paid reparations to the slave owners when the abolished slavery as it was the owners who were damaged by having their property taken from them [wikipedia].

“We will never hold the nation together by looking backward at harms we cannot repair, because the wrongdoers and victims are gone. The only thing we can do is strive forward with reasonable care and duties to one another to prevent new harms.

Why There Is No Justification For Forcing Taxpayers To Pay For Art. Noah Diekemper – “An opinion article in The Baltimore Sun last week criticized President Donald Trump’s record of musicians and other artists he’s invited to perform at the White House.

“The article commits a number of digressions and blunders: It engages in remote psychology by speculating on Trump possibly having “musical anhedonia”; its closing charge seems to confound refinement with some degree of moral virtue; and the author grounds the meaningfulness of music in its service of “evolutionary goals.” How sublime.

They want NEA money and where other people to pay it. They try to parade their superiority by flinging moral judgments with flowery words at those who do not agree with them.

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