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guilt driven coercion

The Bible, Social Justice and the Poor. Andrew Lansdown — “I do not claim that the passages I am about to quote represent the sum total of the Bible’s teaching about poverty and the poor. I merely claim that they represent an important aspect of the Bible’s teaching, an aspect that social justice advocates gloss over. And by evading this teaching, they distort the biblical position on the origin of poverty, the solution to poverty, and the nature of the poor.” … “Hedonism, extravagance, foolishness, drunkenness, gluttony, sexual immorality, laziness, bad company—these are causes of poverty that the advocates of social justice never mention.”

None of this is an argument against helping the poor—even the poor who are poor by their own foolishness or wickedness. It is an argument against making the well-off feel that they have somehow wronged the poor simply by being well-off. It is an argument against making guilt the basis for helping the poor. It is an argument against encouraging the poor to have a sense of entitlement to the wealth of those who are not poor. It is an argument against encouraging the poor to feel that when they are helped they have merely got what they are owed. It is an argument against encouraging ingratitude and envy in the poor and guilt and shame in the not-poor. It is an argument against the condescending self-righteous notion that those in the West who do help the poor do so only because they have grudgingly faced up to their collective guilt and belatedly acquiesced to the demands of “social justice”. It is an argument against confusing justice with mercy and thereby demanding as a right what should be entreated as a favour.

People who are well off (which means most people in the West) should help the poor. But they should do so from generosity, not guilt. They should do so not because justice demands it but because mercy implores it. In short, they should do so not because of, but in spite of, the spurious dogmas and demands of “social justice”.

Leftists force mass Third World immigration by deceiving us into feeling guilty M. E. Boyd — “Milton Friedman, the economist, was such a libertarian that he supported open borders. However, there was a caveat to this support: “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” It’s obvious, of course, because having both spells imminent national bankruptcy.”

Guilt is the source of sorrow. It is the fiend with whips and slings that follows behind us. The true reality for Americans and all Western Civilization is that we are founded on a truth, not an idea or ideas that can swing wildly over time. That truth is that God exists, God is essential, and that His rules for a rightful society are not open to construction by the delusional. To begin to fix this collapse of our society we need to turn to Him now.

The Killing Fields of Utopia: Are We Socialists Yet? Philip Crossing — “It is long overdue for us to put our minds at rest on a fundamental question — namely, what socialism is, and how it has infected and is rapidly sickening the United States.” … “Western culture is thoroughly afflicted with socialism and is struggling internally for survival.  We need to believe this and accept it, and stop fooling ourselves that there will always be an escape hatch.  The more that people can be awakened to an understanding of the extraordinary phenomenon that is socialism, the more likely we are to see a counter-flourishing of the human spirit to re-map the future”

What Does Gen. Milley’s Conduct Say about Our System? Deborah Weiss — “Less mentioned is the alleged role that Nancy Pelosi played in this. … the speaker of the House made a call to Milley that appears from the transcript to be hysterical, making things up in her head about Trump launching a coup, pushing the nuclear red button, and refusing the leave the White House…all 100 percent without evidence.”

The Hunter Biden e-mail coverup is the clearest evidence yet of media corruption. David Harsanyi — “virtually the entire censorious journalistic establishment, with the help of tech giants, attempted to limit the story’s exposure by banning it outright, creating the impression that it didn’t meet proper journalistic standards or that it had been planted by Russian spooks.”

Going Batty Over Climate Change. Michael Kile — “We live in an age where Climate Change™ has replaced God as the explanation for everything.”

The ‘Science’ of Climate Change. Norman Rogers — “The science surrounding COVID has been hijacked for political purposes. … The “science” of climate change is also BS. That should be easier to accept after seeing what the government did to COVID science.” … “The parade of imaginary environmental catastrophes during the last 70 years is very long.”

There is no such thing as an early career climate scientist that is skeptical concerning global warming. I actually tried to find one and did a poster at a scientific meeting on the subject. The reason is simple. It is not because the science is so clear that only an idiot would question it. It is because our early-career climate scientist would soon be looking for a new job. Interfering with the flow of money from Washington is grounds for dismissal.

The Coming Climate Crisis Shakedown In Scotland; Pat Buchanan — “Follow the money!” — “The old maxim is always sound advice when assessing the motives of those advancing bold agendas for the benefit of mankind.” … “With the apocalypse thus laid out if we failed to act, there arose the inevitable question: How much hard cash would the global elites and their Third World clients be needing from the West — to grant the West an absolution for its past sins of carbon emissions?”

Once Upon A Time… The Market Ticker — “In pooled data 28% of the residents in similar nursing homes over the same time period died.  In these two, once they started treating with cheap drugs, leading with those available over the counter in the US, ZERO — I repeat — ZERO had a bad reaction to the protocol, ZERO died and ZERO were admitted to a hospital for treatment.” cites Antihistamines and azithromycin as a treatment for COVID-19 on primary health care – A retrospective observational study in elderly patients. Juan Ignacio Morán Blanco,a,b Judith A. Alvarenga Bonilla,a,b Sakae Homma,c Kazuo Suzuki,d Philip Fremont-Smith,e and Karina Villar Gómez de las Herasf,∗ at nih.gov

The emperor has no clothes: COVID math simply doesn’t add up. Children’s Health Defense, Inc. — “Eighteen months of COVID-related health data show the numbers promulgated by public health officials and mainstream media vastly overstate the risk of COVID and downplay the risk of vaccines. … In the U.S., meanwhile, regulators, hospitals and pharmacies have implemented equally disturbing policies that require withholding inexpensive drugs, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine — shown elsewhere to be effective and safe — while essentially forcing hospitalized COVID patients onto protocols that are not only unhelpful but murderous.”

 

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Misapplication of charity

The Revolution Is Swarming, But Can Be Defeated. William A. Jacobson — “Mollie Hemingway: “… [T]he left has taken over every single one of the powerful institutions in the country…. All of a sudden, the conservative project is not a conservative one, so much as a counter-revolutionary one.” … “the mob is not interested in evidence or debate, they are interested in power and bringing people to heel.”

Civilization requires deterrence. Victor Davis Hanson — “The tired democracies of the 1930s learned that lesson when they kept acquiescing to Hitler’s serial aggressions.” … “Deterrence is omnipresent and also applies well beyond matters of war and peace. The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society’s rather than the criminal’s fault.”

What Will Democrats Do about the Maricopa County 2020 Election Audit? George Walsh — “Maricopa’s guilty parties are not going down without a fight.  We need to be ready for what comes next.  Lucky for us, we already know what the adversary’s next few moves will be; it’s not the first time the Democrats have been caught rigging elections. The Democrats’ standard response is denial and misdirection.  Denial needs no explanation.  As for misdirection, here are an explanation, a demonstration, and a practical exercise in how the game is played.” It’s already started hours before the report is released. The claims about “false” Trump claims and conclusions based on selected data are being triumphed in news reports.

5 False Narratives About The Spygate Indictment Of Michael Sussmann. Margot Cleveland — “The biggest backers of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax have already exonerated Sussmann. That fits a long pattern of them downplaying every advance in investigation into their hoax.” … “Here are their top talking points about the Sussmann news and why they are gibberish.”

The Bishops’ Misapplication Of Catholic Charity, And The Evil On Our Southern Border. Christopher Bedford — “More than any other religious group, it is America’s Catholic bishops who lend moral support and cover to the current border situation.”

Human Intolerance is Never Far Beneath the Surface. Don Boudreaux — “Although fictional, this account of Bolshevik ignorance, prejudice, arrogance, and thuggery rings true. This account captures an ugly inclination of human nature that arises whenever we are insufficiently civilized by liberal sentiments. Illiberal people mistake their own prejudices for reality and their own beliefs for truth. Illiberal people are thus intolerant of anyone who disagrees, and are prone to condone violence on those who dare to dissent.”

the woke’s self-righteous eagerness to re-write history, to destroy so much of what has come down to us from the past, and to restructure civilization with brute force make the woke very much akin to the Bolsheviks and to so many of the other barbarians throughout history who mistake their fevered passions as being commands from God.

Masks In Schools: Scientific American Fumbles Report On Childhood COVID Transmission.Cameron English — “Scientific American says there’s good evidence to support mandatory masking in schools. A careful look at the data suggest the situation is more complicated.”

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Guilty as charged? (Don’t Ask!)

General Milley: Guilty As Charged. John Hinderaker — “I expressed skepticism that any American military officer would do such a dishonorable thing, while noting that Milley had not yet disputed Woodward’s charges. … Now, based on this statement by Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler, it appears that Woodward’s reporting is, shockingly, accurate. … I never would have imagined that the U.S. military could sink to the level represented by Milley.”

Wonder why science gets a lack of respect? Here’s are two to consider. The first focus is on social programs and not on employment, family support, and economic facts, for example. The other illustrates deception in a more direct way.

When Republicans control state legislatures, infant mortality is higher. Elsevier — “The party that controls state legislatures is powerfully associated with fluctuations in infant mortality rates and racial disparities in infant health, scientists report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine … The investigators caution that the study may not account for unobserved differences across states that may change at the same time as the party control change of state legislatures, and other mechanisms not included in the study may connect Republican administrations and increases in infant mortality rates.” 

Do Mask Mandates Work? John Hinderaker — “Kevin Roche has charted the impact of Minnesota’s mask mandate at Healthy Skeptic. Minnesota is a good test case because Minnesotans tend to be compliant, if not downright ovine. If you tell us to wear masks, we will mask up to the last man.” … “the weird thing about public policy in general: failure rarely discredits a policy. Far more likely, failure will lead to calls to double down or reinstate the policy that didn’t work the first time. I don’t know what to do about this, except try to get voters to be smarter.”

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It’s complicated, you see. Leave it to the experts.

The Peculiar Institution of Higher Education. Victor Davis Hanson — “Just as a sermonizing Hollywood grates when it no longer can make good movies, so does a once hallowed but now self-righteous university seem hollow when it charges so much for increasingly so little.” … “once they began to charge exorbitantly, educate poorly, politick continuously, indebt 45 million people, and act hypocritically, they turned off Americans.”

Electricity Planners on Defense (more exchange on the PUCT/ERCOT debacle). Robert Bradley Jr — “Welcome to the political economy of electricity from the expert/planner viewpoint. Electricity is different. Its complexity requires central planning/regulation. The free market does not work. Ergo, free-market theories do not apply.”

Science that systematically produces progress only began in Galileo’s time. Lubos Motl — “Let me add a few words about the inability of the ancient Greeks and Romans to start the industrial revolution – a fact that is obvious but it is deliberately obfuscated by various retarded (in 2021) warriors against slavery.”

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Masks, and the Deadly Falsehoods Surrounding Them. James D. Agresti — “powerful government officials and big tech executives have corrupted or suppressed the central scientific facts about face masks. The impacts of this extend far beyond the issue of masks and have caused widespread harm and countless deaths.” … “Beyond the general quality of a study, another important factor to consider is how applicable it is to the issue at hand.” … “a large array of gold-standard studies have found inconsistent benefits from higher-quality masks in healthcare settings and no statistically significant benefits from any type of mask in community settings.” … “the manner in which certain people disregard and twist gold-standard studies on masks says little about the studies but reveals a great deal about the people.”

COVID Data, Facts Not Fear. Sundance — “We know that much of the raw data underlying the CDC statistics are inflated by the way the data is collected and manipulated by the hospitals and healthcare system.  However, that said, if we just accept the raw CDC data and evaluate what they are collecting as a way to estimate the risks….here’s the outcome.” … “Why is COVID-19 being disproportionately hyped as such a dangerous threat, when the reality of the statistical danger is much less than the intense level of hype? That is the key question.”

 

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hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless

DOJ Files Baseless Suit Against Texas Over Its Abortion Law. Paul Mirengoff — “Whatever one’s views of the Texas law, the DOJ’s suit is baseless. Its filing demonstrates that under Joe Biden and Merrick Garland, the DOJ has become a hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless tool of the left. … The Department of Justice lacks authority to file any lawsuit unless a statute grants litigation authority to the Attorney General. The DOJ’s complaint cites no statute granting such authority.”

 Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes sanctions against parties that file lawsuits for “any improper purpose” and lawsuits that are not “warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law .” In my view, the government’s suit against Texas is a good candidate for Rule 11 sanctions.

But some are exempt while others pursuing blatant evidence of election fraud are being considered subject to Rule 11 – Subject to ‘hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless tool’ as well?

Stark Contrasts: RealClearInvestigations’ Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison. The Editors, RealClearInvestigations — “With polling indicating Americans see two sides to the story – and major media dwelling on only one – RealClearInvestigations has developed the database below allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.”

More On The J6 Narrative Fail. Mark Wauck — “I briefly alluded to the Left’s need for a new target for demonization, for Otherization. The reason for this need is that the whole narrative of a Republican “insurrection” on January 6, an attempt to “overthrow the government”, is coming apart.”

Gout Medicine Could Also Battle COVID-19 – FDA Approved and Has Potent Antiviral Properties. University Of Georgia Virology — “Repurposing drugs that are already approved to work against one problem is common. For example, remdesivir was originally intended to fight Ebola virus, but when it showed some promise in fighting the coronavirus, it was enlisted to battle COVID-19.” … “Probenecid is an FDA-approved medication that’s primarily used to treat gout, and it’s already widely available in the U.S. The drug has been on the market for over 40 years and has minimal side effects.” There are many such drugs with promise but the current climate puts effectiveness and cost versus benefit way down the list of priorities.

Ivermectin, ‘Noble Lies,’ and Whom Do We Trust? Keith Jackson — “The controversy around the use of ivermectin and, previously, hydroxychloroquine joins a long list of things where the left’s pursuit of the “Noble Lie” is judged more important than honest debate.”

How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science. John P.A. Ioannidis — “Imperatives like skepticism and disinterestedness are being junked to fuel political warfare that has nothing in common with scientific methodology.” … “The Mertonian norms [Wikipedia] of communalism, universalism, disinterestedness, and organized skepticism have unfortunately never been mainstream in education, media, or even in science museums and TV documentaries on scientific topics.” … “By August 2021, 330,000 scientific papers were published on COVID-19, involving roughly a million different authors. … However, most of this work was of low quality, often wrong, and sometimes highly misleading.”

Who gave these orders? Who decided that his or her opinion, expertise, and conflicts should be in charge? It was not a single person, not a crazy general or a despicable politician or a dictator, even if political interference in science did happen—massively so. It was all of us, a conglomerate that has no name and no face: a mesh and mess of half-cooked evidence; frenzied and partisan media promoting parachute journalism and pack coverage; the proliferation of pseudonymous and eponymous social media personas which led even serious scientists to become unrestrained, wild-beast avatars of themselves, spitting massive quantities of inanity and nonsense; poorly regulated industry and technology companies flexing their brain and marketing power; and common people afflicted by the protracted crisis. All swim in a mixture of some good intentions, some excellent thinking, and some splendid scientific successes, but also of conflicts, political polarization, fear, panic, hatred, divisiveness, fake news, censorship, inequalities, racism, and chronic and acute societal dysfunction.

 

Survival Rates. Kevin Roche — “I know it is heresy to suggest this, but we are at flu levels, if flu were tested for and deaths attributed in the same manner.”

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What has happened to our country?

The Case for Merit, Character, and Capacity. Sheldon Bart — “The politically correct write the three-word mantra “diversity, equity and inclusion” with capital letters and refer to it in acronym form as DEI. This is a distinction never accorded to such familiar triads as “duty, honor, country,” “faith, hope and charity,” or “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” … “What should also be clear is that those extolling the creed of diversity, equity, and inclusion have, in this regard, set common sense aside along with the history books. Instead, they exercise emotionalism and airy intellectuality. Unless common sense eventually prevails, we can look back to Colonel Greene for a projection of our future.”

Democracy Dies in the Absence of Trust. Christopher Akehurst — “What has happened to our country?” … “Trust is a condition that makes our society work as a cooperative enterprise. But more and more you notice its absence.”

California’s Proposed COVID Vaccine Mandate Goes Down In Flames. Good Riddance. Cameron English — “public health rules need to be based on sound evidence, which, as we’ll see, this proposed mandate was not. Second, when policymakers fail to “follow the science,” they cause severe unintended consequences.”

Courts should not order hospitals and physicians to administer ivermectin against their will. Jann Bellamy — this is up as an example of the ‘straw man’ and other logical fallacies. The comments make clear the effect of this straw man. The issue isn’t judges. It is hospitals refusing with zealotry to administer properly prescribed, inexpensive,and reasonably safe medications. The site claims ‘science’ yet shows a lack of its values and principles.

Let It Find Us. Andrew W. Coy — “It is becoming so painfully clear that those in charge of our lives either do not know what they are doing or are lying to us when it comes to COVID.” … “Concerns are legitimate, but we must stop living in fear.  Being careful is appropriate, but we should no longer allow this virus to determine our every move or dominate our thoughts.  We must claim our lives back.”

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The juvenile critique

Biden and the Left-wing Standard of Attacking Presidents. Victor Davis Hanson — “In just a few months Joe Biden has wrought a series of disasters that will invoke outrage that dwarfs the concocted anger directed at Donald Trump.”

Texas Gets Election Reform Right, ‘Mainstream’ Media Gets It Wrong. Hans von Spakovsky — “This bill’s biased coverage reflects how much the media relies on the propaganda circulated by the left that labeled the new law as “restrictive,” without questioning it.”

Two Questions About The Rolling Stone Story. John Hinderaker — “did anyone actually believe the Oklahoma story?” … “why has relatively little attention been paid to potential treatments for covid?” … “Granted, viruses are generally hard to cure or to treat. The conventional advice for covid is to treat it the same way you would a cold or the flu–a fact that seems revealing in itself. But I think the seeming disinterest in identifying practical remedies for covid, while we are awash in news stories about other aspects of the disease, is puzzling.”

Glen Reynolds at Instapundit —  The juvenile ‘It’s horse paste!’ critique of ivermectin. Tim Carney — “why does the major media want you to believe that ivermectin is simply a “horse paste”?” and also “Media narrative right now: “The only reason Covid isn’t over is because a bunch of dumb anti-vaxxer Trumpian hicks from rural America refuse to get vaccinated, and instead are taking horse dewormer that they read about on the internet!”

Why in the World Is the Government Disrupting the Distribution of Monoclonal Antibodies Now? Stacey Lennox — “After demonizing nearly every medication with the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally recommended monoclonal antibodies earlier this summer.” … “Once Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to promote outpatient treatment using the antibodies and establish infusion centers, the media reacted because he is a very dangerous Republican.” … “On Friday, someone who claimed to be an urgent care specialist tweeted that HHS had informed him that the government would now decide which facilities would receive doses of monoclonal antibodies.”

To date, therapeutics and repurposed medications to reduce disease severity have been underemphasized and even demonized. Monoclonal antibodies made it through all the noise and President Trump’s endorsement. It is time for the federal response to encourage increased production of monoclonal antibodies, challenge manufacturers to develop formulations against variants of concern, and get them in the hands of practitioners.

The COVID Vaccine: A Physician’s Perspective. “I watched in horror from my position at a big hospital in February 2020 as COVID-19 ravaged Italy. The virus was spreading globally, nothing seemed to stop it, and thousands were dying with no effective treatment to be found. It was truly a nightmare scenario.” … “In medicine we talk about informed decision making. The old, paternalistic, directive medicine is in the past. We involve patients in their care, inform them, allow them to make the decisions, right or wrong. Politics mixed with science, science has lost and we have now returned to the paternalistic directive medicine of “vaccinate or else”.

Delta, Breakthrough Infections and the Ongoing Media and Public Health Terrorism. Kevin Roche — “panic if you want to but I still believe that Delta has at best a marginal transmission advantage, results in less severe disease, and is being handled pretty well by the vaccines.”

Is COVID a Pandemic of the Unvaccinated? Not Quite. Brian C.Joondeph — “Physicians spreading medical misinformation, particularly about COVID, “are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards” due to their “high degree of public trust” and their “powerful platform in society.” One could say this applies more so to the president of the United States, the CDC director, and to major newspapers and media organizations, all of whom have a far larger platform than any single doctor.”

We are all in this together and will sink or swim collectively based on the actions of those charged with making reasoned and evidence-based decisions. Dishonestly presenting data will only dig us all into a deeper hole.

There’s Nothing The U.S. Can Do To Affect Global Temperature. I & I Editorial Board — “Despite zero evidence that human greenhouse gas emissions are harming Earth, the Democrats, cheered by the media, continue to enact energy policies they say are necessary for saving our world. But all they’re doing is increasing energy scarcity, which forces prices higher, and ignoring facts that don’t fit their narrative.”

 

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Berserk Mandating Not Discussing

California Coastal Commission Goes Berserk Mandating Future Coastal Sea Level Rise Hype. Larry Hamlin — “The California Coastal Commission has established that the state must plan as a minimum for 3.5 feet of coastal sea level rise over the next 30 years.” … “This ludicrous rate of coastal sea level rise is 26 times greater than the rate of coastal sea level rise that has been measured by NOAA tide gauge data over the past 30 years at numerous coastal locations including 7 locations with between 75 to 115 years of continuous NOAA tide gauge coastal sea level rise data which shows these locations will average only 1.6 inches of coastal sea level rise in the next 30 years – not 3.5 feet!!”

‘Talking Melbourne’ but not Ivermectin. Roger Franklin — “One doesn’t go to press with an argument that runs counter to the weight of orthodoxy and official pronouncement without testing its credibility and assembling links that will help the reader arrive at his or her considered opinion.” … “As as a born optimist it is painful to think those likewise afflicted might call 3AW in hope of honest, rational, open conversation and find only censorship.”

Why all the fuss about Ivermectin? Brian C. Joondeph — “First hydroxychloroquine, now ivermectin, is the hated deadly drug de jour, castigated by the medical establishment and regulatory authorities. Both drugs have been around for a long time as FDA-approved prescription medications. Yet now we are told they are as deadly as arsenic.” … “Does ivermectin work against COVID? That is the bigger question and worthy of investigation, rather than reminding people that they are not cows.”

Medical treatment involves balancing risks and benefits. When FDA-approved medications are used in appropriate doses for appropriate patients, prescribed by competent physicians, the risks tend to be low, and any benefit should be celebrated. Instead, the medical establishment, media, and regulatory authorities are taking the opposite approach. One has to wonder why.

Federal, state election officials stymie rural Lander County commissioners’ proposed 2020 election audit. Sean Golonka — “As the voting records currently reside in the voting machines, and the election was not contested, those voting machines are not to be transferred to any other organization or entity in any situation, except as provided by law,” Cegavske wrote. … The Department of Justice letter also warns that transferring the ballots to someone other than an election official could pose a security risk.

 

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Questions that will not go away

Why Did Michael Byrd Fire Just A Single Shot? Parker Beauregard — another oddity of note

Jim Crow returns to California. Joel Kotkin — “The Golden State’s climate policies have enforced racial segregation” … “their draconian climate policies have created a racially segregated state more akin to the pre-Civil Rights era South.” The Nevada Independent has a report: Extreme temperatures disproportionately affects minority, low-income communities stuck in ‘heat islands’ Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez — on this same theme,

Global Warming Narrative Takes Another Hit. I & I Editorial Board — “Please don’t think this is an isolated and therefore meaningless example. There are many other facts that show the global warming fears are overblown.” … “The climate alarmists have been running a nonstop racket for decades, always demanding more of other people’s money and greater power over others’ lives. As long as they keep it up, we’ll continue to point out the gaping holes in their tales. It’s our public service.”

A Critically-Thinking Person Might Look At The Delta Data & Conclude… Jim Quinn [via The Burning Platform blog] — “It’s amazing how you can lie with statistics when you don’t provide context and/or leave key information out of your false narrative.” … “The current all hands on deck campaign to discredit ivermectin is a sign of desperation”

Ivermectin: Chemists Place Themselves Between Doctor and Patient. Phillip M. Altman — “That pharmacists should place themselves between doctor and patient, presuming the right to countermand a decision made a physician on the basis of suspicion alone, so outraged Phillip Altman, a veteran pharmacologist who specialises in the testing and trials of new drugs, he sent off the letter below.”

Five Ways to Deal with the COVID Karens in Your Life. Scott MorefieldScott Morefield — “It pits the hypochondriacs, the hysterical busybodies intent on using the virus to run everybody’s life, those who favor lockdowns and vaccine & mask mandates while refusing to discuss the science and data that opposes their worldview, against level-headed, freedom-loving individuals who know how to apprise risk and act accordingly.”

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Is this direction by intent or by a random walk?

Breaking: The Left’s January 6 Narrative Just Went Poof—FBI.  Steven Hayward – “the FBI has concluded that there was no conspiracy or coordinated effort behind the events at the Capitol on January 6:”

But we’ve been told that the events of January 6 were an “insurrection,” and the gravest threat to American democracy since the Civil War. And this narrative is the pretext for the Biden Administration to claim “domestic terrorism” is the single greatest security threat facing the country. And also the pretext for banning Trump from social media platforms because he incited the mess.

As with the Muller report on the 2016 election, don’t expect the left, and the media, to give up on their “insurrection” narrative easily.

CRT: America’s Cultural Revolution. Scott S. Powell — “Nowhere is the abuse of power in directing government manpower and spending more blatant than in the Biden administration’s promotion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) training throughout all federal government agencies.” … “When things make no sense, one simply has to dig deeper to find out what’s going on.” … “What is most astonishing about the CRT project is that it shows how gullible and out of touch so many liberal elite administrators and officers are and how disrespectful they are toward the vast majority of people they oversee and serve.”

American Armageddon. Victor Davis Hanson — “What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life.” … “For the first time in their lives, all Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their families’ safety and the American way of life.”

The Afghanistan Debacle is Exactly What the Left Wanted. Christopher Skeet — “the left doesn’t consider the fall of Kabul and the betrayal of our allies to be a tragedy.  Rather, this is deliberate foreign policy strategy, and it’s right on track. … The pattern is clear for those who wish to see.”

Biden Can’t Escape Blame for Afghanistan Fiasco. Victor Davis Hanson — “No sooner did Biden claim he was straitjacketed by Trump than he reversed course to defend not just his own withdrawal but the disastrous manner of it. Biden claims that he has no free will while insisting he would have done nothing differently if he did.”

Another DeSantis ‘Scandal’ Implodes. Guy Benson — “The implication that DeSantis did something underhanded here to benefit a donor is precisely as well-supported as the claim that he distributed vaccines at Publix as a reward for a modest political donation – which is to say, not at all supported.” … “Predictably, the AP reporter (who was given all of this information before his piece was published), is now playing the victim card because some online jerks allegedly overreacted to his hit piece and made indefensible threats.”

The doctor-patient relationship has become transactional. It can lead to disastrous consequences. Michael McCutchen — “Instead of paying for a doctor’s medical opinion, we pay a fee for the doctor to prescribe the medication or order the test we think we need.” He misses how Medicare works which often is a ‘follow the recipe – or else’ but does seem to malign patient self education efforts.

Where The Sun Don’t Shine: Climate Alarmists’ Thinking. I & I Editorial Board — “scientific findings are no deterrent to predatory politicians.” … “Virulent though it might be, Trump Derangement Syndrome is hardly the mental health menace that Carbon Obsession Disorder has been for decades” … “The conclusion we can’t escape is that climate science, like all other science, is not settled, and to argue it is is downright unscientific. ”

It Turns Out All Those Plastic COVID Barriers Might Have Made Things Worse. Spencer Brown — “Put up with the aim of blocking droplets from the noses and mouths of the COVID-infected among us, they became a sort of virtue signal for businesses to show that they cared about the safety of their customers and employees.” … “the science is starting to catch up with the craze and it turns out those measures may have actually increased the chances of people contracting the Wuhan coronavirus.”

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The Commodification of Human Relationships

Afghanistan’s Tragic Collapse And The Death Of U.S. Influence. I & I Editorial Board — “It’s one thing to lose a war intentionally, quite another to botch it so badly that it damages our relations around the world.” … “It’s time for some accountability and a restoration of our ability to defend ourselves and our interests in a hostile world.”

The Afghanistan Debacle Has Exposed The Moral Bankruptcy Of The West. John Daniel Davidson — “In the face of actual violence from real terrorists, the best our tech and media elite can do is mutter inane platitudes.” … “All of this speaks to the corruption and ineptitude of American political and military leadership” … “In other words, they do not really believe the things they say about rights, equality, and dignity. They are morally bereft. That’s why, when confronted by the bloody moral absolutism of the Taliban, they sputter nonsense and do nothing.”

Leftists Are Living In A Fantasy World While Burning The Real One To The Ground. Nathanael Blake — “Adding extreme social leftism to the usual political greed and stupidity has been catastrophic, from the military to education to border security.”

Money, Power, and Revenge: The Truth About “Critical Race Theory”. Dan Backer — “Where Dr. King saw a world of equals, CRT envisions only victims and vengeance. Where Dr. King called upon Americans to see the content of each others’ character, CRT calls for acts of theater and human sacrifices to cancel culture. Where Dr. King offered equality before the law — the only true, objective equality — CRT proposes only “equity,” the subjective decisions of petty tyrants over who gets what, when, and how.” … “Today more than ever, we must stand united in rejecting hatred and division — no matter the fancy new label ”

No Standard, No Problem. Randy Boudreaux — “Equity is equality of outcome among racial and ethnic groups. Recently, the pursuit of equity in education, criminal justice, and in the professions has resulted in an impressive string of victories.” … “Standards are also under siege in many professions.” … “Those who advocate equality of group outcomes over objective standards applied equally to individuals are likely emboldened by their impressive string of standard-killing victories.”

I’m Not Going To Wear A Mask In A County Where No One Is Dying Of COVID. Kylee Zempel — “Wearing a mask to ‘save lives’ even though nobody is dying from COVID is on caliber with calling a man ‘she’ because he playacts as a woman.” … “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being ordered to do something absurd and being helpless against it.”

For a year and a half, well-meaning Americans have complied with anti-science executive decisions and been scorned when they merely disagreed with the conventional wisdom pouring out of the corporate press. Each time, lawmakers and bureaucrats weaponized private businesses to do their dirty work, ordering them to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing and to keep the peasants in line.
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It’s way beyond time to reclaim truth and live according to our principles, not someone else’s lies. We must refuse to wear a mask in counties where nobody is dying from COVID. Today, that’s Dane County. Tomorrow, it could be wherever you live.

New Confirmation that Climate Models Overstate Atmospheric Warming. Judith Curry — “Two new peer-reviewed papers from independent teams confirm that climate models overstate atmospheric warming and the problem has gotten worse over time, not better.” … “we are all living with the consequences of climate modelers stubbornly using generation after generation of models that exhibit too much surface and tropospheric warming, in addition to running grossly exaggerated forcing scenarios”

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Now? Here’s a Scorcher of a Reality Check. Eric Felten — “Mass doesn’t dispute warming, he merely questions how big a problem it is. “We need to worry about climate change,” he has said. “But hype and exaggeration of its impacts only undermine the potential for effective action.”

Climate Hype Hurts the Environment and Undermines Our Society. Cliff Mass — “I have become increasingly apprehensive about apocalyptic climate change hype, which is profoundly damaging the environment of our region and undermining the well-being of many.”

 

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Overreach and humiliation. Poppycock?

A Media-Fueled Covid Scandal in Broward County Is Killed by Facts. Brad Slager — “Broward is a deeply blue county to begin with, and the local papers especially have been antagonistic — or hostile, even — towards the governor.” … “Consider elsewhere in the press where a solitary source would come forward with a claim — and they just run with the story, absent any exploration.” … “During a viral crisis, this kind of behavior is enough to make one sick.”

Hottest Month? Poppycock!. Charles Rotter — “disgraceful reporting by the BBC (complete with a disgusting use of a photo of the Turkish wildfires)” … “Meanwhile, back in the real world, July temperature anomalies even according to NOAA themselves are well below the peaks of 2015 and 2016, and barely higher than they were two decades ago:” … “And the claim that they know the world’s temperature to one hundredth of a degree is ridiculous.”

The Scale of Humiliation. Mark Steyn — “The scale of America’s global humiliation is so total that I see my friends at Fox News cannot even bear to cover it.” … “On the leftie side, of course, the court eunuchs have risen as one to protect the Dementia Kid, and are working as hurriedly as the Kabul document-shredders in an effort to figure out a way to blame it all on Trump.” … “As for the enemy, the good news is that if your regime is attacked by America you’ll likely wind up with even more territory than you started with”

“Harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend”: a devastating indictment, and entirely correct. But it neglects the ultimate reality: the bungling superpower can inflict defeat only on itself.

The Great Parent Revolt. Katharine C. Gorka — “As overreach in classrooms by progressive school administrators, nonprofits and the federal government has reached new heights, parents are stepping up to fight back.” … “The bottom line is that education in America will likely never be the same, thanks to the Great Parent Revolt of 2021, and that’s good news.”

 

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multi-hysteria complex

January 6 political prisoners deserve much more outrage than they’re getting. David Zukerman — “Hundreds, yes hundreds of Trump-supporters at the Capitol have been held for seven months without trial.  Other than a timid protest by a few conservative House Republicans, this writer is unaware of demands that these political detainees — how otherwise to explain their detention by Biden’s attorney general Garland (and thank the Almighty he was not put on the Supreme Court) — be given a fair and speedy trial?”

Texas Supreme Court Lifts Restraining Order Protecting Democratic Legislators from Arrest. Jonathan Turley — “The decision has not only exposed the Democrats to arrest but it has exposed another claim of bias against the PolitiFact, which lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tx) who claimed that the legislature clearly had the authority to order such arrests.”

Texas fleebagger avoids arrest for now – judge grants writ of habeas corpus. Karen Townsend — “in case you think this is a serious fight, think again. It’s all about fundraising and political showmanship.”

Time To Impeach Texas Judges Enabling State Democrats To Flout The Law. Chuck DeVore — “Two Texas state judges weighed into the affairs of the legislature and effectively appointed themselves speaker of the House, all for the sake of misbehaving Democrats.”

A first: Judge delivers a blow to Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in schools with temporary restraining order. Karen Townsend — “the mayor and the county judge requested a restraining order, and Judge Arteaga, just hours later, granted it. She cited the urgency of a timely decision as the school year is beginning.” … “For the record, Governor Abbott isn’t telling anyone to not wear a mask. He is simply saying that people shouldn’t be under government mandates to do so. It’s your choice to do so or not.”

Climate Scientists Admit Exaggerated Warming. Vijay Jayaraj and E. Calvin Beisner — “Last week, a group of scientists sent shock waves through the climate-science community. They boldly pointed out that current climate models exaggerate greenhouse warming.”

Don Boudreaux — several more links to columns about climate hysteria.

 

 

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Do we feel fine? (Or are we quaking in our boots?)

It’s the end of the world as the IPCC knows it, and we feel fine. Washington Examiner — “There is no consensus that Earth is doomed by global warming. And there won’t be such a consensus, no matter how much the authors of the report’s summary choose to hype things up with alarming language.” … “You wouldn’t know it from the media coverage, but neither the data in the new IPCC report nor science as a whole endorses the logical fallacy that every adverse weather event we see is a consequence of rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. ” … “Fortunately, there is no scientific basis for any of these dire predictions. And just as fortunately, the discerning reader has by now learned to tune out most news reports about climate change.”

Gaslighting: The Psychology Of Shaping Another’s Reality. Cynthia Chung [via The Saker Blog] — “We are living in a world where the degree of disinformation and outright lying has reached such a state of affairs that, possibly for the first time ever, we see the majority of the western world starting to question their own and surrounding level of sanity.”

Latest developments in the prosecution of January 6 defendants. Clarice Feldman — “Prosecutors in the cases against the January 6 demonstrators are starting to run into some  judicial pushback: Questions about exculpatory evidence in their possession not  turned over as the law demands, lower courts assessing the defendant as more dangerous than the evidence warranted, and most significantly, whether the prosecution is overcharging defendants with the federal crime of obstruction.”

Pelosi’s Contemptible Fraud. Conrad Black — “Surely when this nauseating and redundant slanderfest bombs out, unreasoning Trump-hate will be a harder sell.” … “It is inconceivable that Pelosi’s one-party Star Chamber, pre-confected smear job of the former administration will produce anything of any probative value.” … “The almost complete absence of integrity and responsibility of the American national political and social media is a national crisis.”

Teachers Unions Exposed To Anti-SLAPP Punitive Claim For Suing Mom Nicole Solas Over Critical Race Records. William A. Jacobson — “The lawsuit by Rhode Island affiliates of the National Education Association against South Kingstown mom Nicole Solas may turn out to be a historic mistake by the teachers unions, exposing them to punitive damages and discovery under the anti-SLAPP statute.”

Gavin Newsom will lose the California Recall Vote [Dave in Fla]. “I said vote, not election, you tiresome overused stinky sock.” … “The Democrats have their work cut out for them. The way they win statewide elections is to assume that they will get a decent vote share out of the ethnic districts in the Central Valley and from the LA suburbs to offset the losses they get in San Diego and Orange County. And in recent years they haven’t even been losing in those areas because Independent and 3rd party voters are voting for the Democrat.”

 

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Let’s be clear about this

They Let Us Down and It’s Hard to Trust Them Again. Andrew W. Coy — “As we grow up, age and mature, we come to think that there are some that we can count on to call it straight.  We can count on umpires to be neutral arbitrators of the strike zone.  We thought we could rely on the Supreme Court to judge all laws, all ideas, all thoughts, all regulations, and all speech according to the U.S. Constitution.  We thought scientists would pursue the truth.”

The Rage Orchestrating the Transformation of America. Michael Walsh — “Our present, parlous state has not happened by accident or inanition. Rather, it has been meticulously planned, step by step, for the better part of a century. One by one the bricks in the wall, laid by our Founders and pointed up ever since by patriots of both parties who took their responsibilities as custodians of their birthright solemnly and seriously, have been removed: faith, tradition, and the Constitution itself.”

Biden’s Six Months In Office Have Us On The Road To Communism. Frank Liberato — “Capitalism, with all its warts and pimples, is the way people organize themselves of their own volition. It is economic freedom. Socialism and its children – communism and fascism — can only be foisted on a population through tyrannical coercion and brute force.”

Canceling the Constitution: Biden Hailed for Violating Rule of Law to Extend Eviction Moratorium. J. Turley — “there is usually some good-faith underlying disagreement in controversies like impeachment. This is not such a case. I fail to see the credible basis for telling a President that the CDC can use the same authority that five justices just declared it did not have. … Biden is not a first-time offender.”

Don Boudreaux COVID Links — In today’s Wall Street Journal, Drs. Marty Makary and H. Cody Meissner make the case against masking children. — Here’s Joel Zinberg on the CDC’s new mask ‘guidance.’ — Mary McGreechin decries the incivility and quotidian evil unleashed by Covid Derangement Syndrome. and more.

Pants On Fire: U.N. Issues Another Climate ReportI & I Editorial Board — “The hysterical responses to the Summary for Policymakers from the ​​Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report were exactly what we expected.” … “To better understand what the U.N. and its political and media allies are up to, let’s backtrack to a previous climate report.

“So much of the so-called science the IPCC created was to amplify the threat of human-produced CO2 to global warming,” Ball wrote. “The political mandate was the ultimate arbiter of what and how an issue was included.”

When Ball wrote that six years ago, he wondered “how long the IPCC can stay in business and continue to push” its “totally discredited” hypothesis that man is warming his planet. The 2021 report unfortunately indicates that the answer might be “forever.”

The Vaccine: Experimental Times TwoHuck Davenport — “If you don’t think vaccines are one of the great achievements of Western Civilization, just take a walk through a 19th-century cemetery and witness the reality of the human condition before them.” … “It should be no wonder CDC’s VAERS site reports over 1000 cases of myocarditis, 600 miscarriages, 15,000 allergic reactions, and 5,000 deaths. What is a wonder is why the government is illegally colluding with Big Tech to suppress any word of this from getting out.

 

 

 

 

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Whither Merit? What are you after instead? Why?

The End of Merit. Joel Kotkin — “Over time, our educational deficit with other countries, notably China, particularly in the acquisition of practical skills in mathematics, engineering medical technology, and management, has grown, threatening our economic and political pre-eminence.”

Is Critical Race Theory Illegal? John Hinderaker — “In the end, the evil of critical race theory and other forms of Marxism will be defeated when the public at large understands what they represent. Meanwhile, legal action can be a valuable means of reining in discriminatory conduct by employers and others, and also a part of the ongoing educational process.”

The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America’s Generals. Josiah Lippincott — “Too often, the minds of our great and courageous “warriors” are filled with nothing more than anodyne policy statements, automatic deference to other members of the elite expert class, and received wisdom from the mouths of MSNBC hosts. A painful lesson for patriotic citizens, perhaps, but a necessary one.”

America’s new religion: Fake Christianity. Everett Piper — “Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ.” … ““This counterfeit religion is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” stated Ms. Bratton, “a worldview that has quickly gained prominence and given many Americans a theology that looks nothing like historical Christianity”

“The behaviors that Dr. Flegal reports receiving would have been surprising to me early in my career where I did not understand how vicious, malicious, and nonscientific are the tactics that many fellow academics and scientists are willing to use to combat ideas and data they do not like,’’ says David Allison, dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University and a biostatistician who has also researched obesity. “Today, such reports sadden but do not surprise me.’’

Climate scientists prepare to clamp down on the world’s freedoms. Cheryl K. Chumley — “More than 200 climate scientists — and that’s “scientists” with an eyeball roll — have gathered to put the final touches on an agreement that will take the lessons learning from the coronavirus, meaning the idea that fear sells and sells well, and apply them to the field of environmental regulation.”

It’s a gathering to hype a fabricated problem — umm, the weather — and pretend scientists can control a domain that belongs with God by using less-than-accurate computer modeling, also known as best-guessing, and then presenting the findings as fact to justify the clampdown of individual rights, the redistribution of wealth from America to poorer nations and the global bureaucracies and the exchanging of individualism for collectivism, forever more.

Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise? Richard Smith — “the problem is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond. It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary.”

Vaccine Resistance and Public Trust. Christopher Roach — “When it comes to the current mass resistance to the vaccine, the authorities only have themselves to blame.” … “And the lack of trust results directly from the lies, exaggerations, and apparent indifference of the authorities.”

When It Comes To Masks, Physics Will Always Trump Politics. Alexsandar Markovic — “Since the onset of SARS-CoV-2 (hereinafter the CCP-virus) various figures on the political left have issued proclamations unsupported by science. Experts have asserted things that contravene long-established infectious disease precepts, statements an uncritical press, eager to support the Left’s preferred narrative, freely mimics.”

Coercion, COVID, and free will. Eric Utter — “Governments and media have never before reacted in this manner, even for flus, diseases, plagues, and pandemics that were more lethal than COVID-19.”

The obesity research that blew up. Amy Crawford — “A CDC researcher found that being a little plump might be healthier than being thin. The big surprise was the firestorm that followed.”

How to Lie While Telling the Truth: This Time on Vaccination Effectiveness. David Friedman — “Reading the stories, the consistent theme is the need for more people to get vaccinated. I agree that it would be a good thing if more people got vaccinated, but not that the truth should be stretched to get them to do it.”

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In a quandary about COVID treatments and therapies?

America Is Only One Step Away From A South African-Style Social Implosion. Brandon Smith [Alt-Market.us] – “South Africa is a warning to Americans: Do not get too comfortable. Do not get complacent. Be ready for the next shoe to drop. Prepare accordingly, and understand that a fight is coming.”

“Finally, always remember who the people are that caused this mess in the first place. Rioters and looters are going to be a problem, but they are not the true enemy. The people behind the curtain need to be dealt with if we are ever going to find peace again.

It’s About Time We Stopped “Trying Communism”. Ethan Yang [The American Institute for Economic Research] – “I don’t know how many protests, solidarity movements, refugees, human rights alerts, economic collapses, and purges are going to get this message through everyone’s heads, Communism is a terrible system of governance.” … “There is not a single country that adopted Communism or moved in its direction that was able to provide the standards of living and prosperity found in a free and open society like the United States.”

The Who, How and Why of COVID-19. Phillip M. Altman – “There is a considerable amount of misinformation, including bias by omission, in the mainstream media regarding COVID-19. As a pharmacologist involved in drug development, clinical trials and drug registration for 40 years – here are a few facts you need to know.” … “opposing voices challenging current official advice on COVID-19 treatment struggle to have an impact in our current environment of information suppression, a gag never before seen.”

COVID-19: Where Are We Going? Robert Clancy – “The most difficult issue to understand in the COVID-19 saga has been the rejection by much of Western medicine of the value of cheap, safe and effective re-purposed therapies.”

Fascinating Interview With Dr. Peter McCullough. Mark Wauk — Top American doctor: COVID shots are ‘obsolete,’ dangerous, must be shut down

Masks are political theater, not public health solutions. Michael Schaus – “The self-immolation of public health authorities might just be a significant factor in the widespread hesitancy to vaccination.”

Young kids are at low COVID risk in schools, but masking them could do long-term damage. Bethany Mandel – “It becomes an excuse for all sorts of terrible decisions. Some districts decided not to serve lunch in school, because kids have to take their masks off to eat. Recess is out. So is music. And if children suffer, who cares?” … “The question they can’t and won’t answer is: Why?”

Pielke Jr. On Recent Climate Attribution Claims. Roger Pielke Jr. – “There is no doubt that attribution claims have run far out ahead of detection of trends.” … “I can think of no other area of research where the relaxing of rigor and standards has been encouraged by researchers in order to generate claims more friendly to headlines, political advocacy and even lawsuits.” [maybe the medical profession is getting to a ‘hold my beer’ mentality?]

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Agree to love Big Sibling.

COVID-19: A Weapon to FundamentallyTransform America [Lucianne link – follow to read PDF from journal] Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. – download and read a clear summary (with many citations) of the current situation.

A Trump Ally Gets Nailed Again as Our Two-Tiered Justice System Becomes More Ridiculous. Bonchie – “prosecuted under FARA laws, provisions that formerly were never enforced and continue to not be enforced outside of Trump’s realm. … the question is why Democrats who have so clearly violated FARA laws are not being prosecuted as well?” … “No one should be expected to trust or respect a justice system that operates this way.”

Hong Kong’s political prisoners versus our own political prisoners, neo – “The redefinition of mere criticism of a leftist government into actionable “hate” speech and speech that constitutes “incitement to violence” or hurts people’s sensibilities has been a leftist tactic for quite some time.”

“When China opened up to the West so many years ago, it was thought by many “experts” that it would result in the Westernization of China. I don’t think most people thought the influence would go the other way. Our own traditions of liberty were stronger then, but the left has been carefully undermining them for many many many decades.

Democrats No More. Victor Davis Hanson – “Now with money, institutions in their hip pocket, and cool popular culture, the Left would not just damn American institutions, but infect them to transform them into revolutionary agencies.” … “So here we are with a near one-party system of a weaponized fused media, popular culture, and the administrative state—confident that all Americans will soon agree to love Big Sibling.”

 

The Antifa/FBI Coalition. John Dietrich – “The FBI has a history of instigating terrorist plots that they thwart with great fanfare. This is not a conspiracy theory.” … “The DC Metropolitan Police also had at least one undercover employee embedded within the pro-Trump crowd. This is not speculation. It is based on court records.”

“Many of the “unindicted co-conspirators” appear to have been more violent than those placed in solitary confinement. This is possibly why the Department of Justice refuses to release to the public over 14,000 hours of video taken at the Capitol during the “insurrection.”

Mark Milley And Lloyd Austin Fail To Impress. Paul Mirengoff – “The two managed to demonstrate one of two things. Either they are stupid or they believe the American public is stupid.”

“CDC Estimated a One-Year Decline in Life Expectancy in 2020. Not So — Try Five Days”. Eugene Volokh – “The CDC’s mistake? It calculated life expectancy using an assumption that is assuredly wrong, which yielded a statistic that was certain to be misunderstood….”

Your Rights, Do You Have Any? Sarah Hoyt – “Please pay attention and stop running with the herd. When you run with the herd, you get stampeded off a cliff by those who wish to harvest you. Outrages such as detailed in that letter go a long way towards the collectivist cliff. At the bottom of that is death, one way or another.”

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Vichy Republican – lost his bearings and his way

A lot of good stuff over at American Thinker. Check it out.

Isn’t It about Time to Stop Lobbing Ridiculous Accusations at Trump? E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “The Donald J. Trump–bashers have been saying for years, “Trump should go to jail!”

“This hostile attitude is intended to retaliate for his saying to Hillary Clinton in one of their debates that if he were in office, she would be in jail. So, hearing this public slurring of their village queen, the vengeful hearts of her loyal fans desired to turn the tables and actually put him in jail.

Yet these same manipulators and scoundrels have not been able to pin one credible criminal offense on him. Nevertheless, they continue to make it their life’s work to keep trying.”

To the people who support this endless fantasy of putting Mr. Trump in jail, I can only say, “Give up your bitterness.” You don’t have to vote for Trump or like his personality, morals, or policies. But nursing endless revenge fantasies is not only neurotic; it’s also immoral. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these shall be added unto thee.”

The attempts to judge Trump as a man of vice, a sinister spymaster, and a violent insurrectionist are all empty as well as vicious charges. We have to see through them in order to remain temperate, rational persons.

10 Reasons to Question the Election. Rob Jenkins – “Clearly, they’re confusing “evidence” with “proof.” … No, there may not be absolute, incontrovertible proof of election fraud — yet. But there is plenty of evidence, good reasons a rational person might question the outcome.”

Court Sends A Message: Paul Allard Hodgkins Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison For Entering Capitol. Ameer Benno – “Did not engage in violence or property damage. Defense: “a man who for just one hour on one day, lost his bearings and his way. It is the story of a man who made a fateful decision to follow the crowd, and found himself for approximately 15 minutes in a place that he sincerely regrets to have been.” … “In June, he pled guilty. And it’s not hard to see why – he simply lacked the resources to put up a fight.” … “Today, the court is the one that lost its way. And how it dealt with Paul Hodgkins says a lot about where we are today as a nation.”

As they start sentencing January 6 detainees, the Democrats have a problem. Andrea Widburg – “Since January 6, the Democrats have played up the kerfuffle in the Capitol on January as the worst thing ever in American history, while ignoring the innumerable times leftists have aggressively invaded the Capitol. This is different, and the wrongdoers must be punished. The problem with this narrative, though, was revealed on Monday when the first person charged with a felony for January 6 got sentenced. Was the sentence life imprisonment? Beheading? No. It was eight months in prison. Talk about a narrative fail.”

The last six months have seen a lot of leftist wish fulfillment. Terry Paulding – “How far can someone be goaded and bullied before he fights back?”

“we now know we can trust no one. The ‘”insurrectionists” languish in solitary confinement for the crime of trespass, threatened with twenty-year prison sentences, while the Antifa thugs and FBI plants remain free. These people’s suffering hangs over us. We want to fix it, and we can’t understand why our supposed representatives in Congress and our traitorous courts are powerless to simply free these souls and right this wrong.

COVID Authoritarianism Has Changed Our Polity. William Sullivan – “We are not the same country that we were just a few years ago. However unfortunate it may be to realize it, COVID has changed the political identity of America. To put it bluntly, it has become normal to expect that the government can close your business, robbing you of your livelihood and your family of the fruits of your labor, in order to protect hospital infrastructure and personnel.” … “There is an unmistakable incoherence and disingenuousness to the efforts of the COVID alarmists today,”

Zombie chimps from heck. Martin Fuentes – “Can a civilization continue to function when the most basic truths cannot be spoken, yet blatant falsehoods are dogma? When radical upheavals are justified not by wisdom, but by disorienting barrages of phony “outrages” and “crises”? … “All kinds of videos show well-behaved crowds inside the Capitol, in hilarious contrast to Antifa Marxists.” … “Everywhere, we see frauds posing as leaders, while brainwashing replaces knowledge and manufactured crises are weaponized to crush and control regular humans. ”

WATCH: This Shocking Video Shows Just How Brazen Crime in California Has Become. Kira Davis – “California’s slide into chaos has not been an accident. A huge reason for the striking rise in homelessness and both petty and violent crime is Prop 47, a bill deceptively titled the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.”

Are Masks About to Become Permanent? Brian C.Joondeph, MD – “Much of the world’s media is spewing nothing but gloom and doom over the Chinese coronavirus, that the worst is yet to come.” … “The goalposts are sifting again for masks.” … “If the vaccines work as advertised, why the masks for everyone?” … “The Copenhagen mask study found little benefit to masks in stopping the Chinese coronavirus.” … “Is LA’s new mask mandate in the interest of public health or shaping and directing the political narrative?”

Biden Doesn’t Want Us To Have Nice Things. I & I Editorial Board – “The current administration announced last week that it intends to force low-flow showerheads on the country that popularized showering, overriding an effort by the Trump administration to give consumers more options and reining in a government that believes it has no boundaries.”

The Red Queen Would Be Proud of the Impossibly Inconsistent Climate Disaster Claims. H. Sterling Burnett – “Please, environmental socialists, move on to the next hobgoblin you will try to terrify the public with in your continuing effort to expand the government’s, and by extension your own, power over peoples’ lives. I’m ready for a new mythical dragon to slay.”

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It’s not the bias, it’s the deceit

Yes, It’s Okay For Journalists To Be Biased. It’s Not Okay To Parade Lies As Fact While Silencing Debate. Elle Reynolds – “Bias isn’t the problem. It’s when a gaslighting monopolistic media hegemon insists that lies are facts and anyone who questions them is ‘disinformation.’” … The fallacy rationalizing a lack of intellectual integrity? – “The danger with this facade of perfect objectivity is that journalists pretend — and insist you believe — it exists.”

“Instead of hiding bias under the pretense of neutrality, Wolfe’s solution is to treat journalism as a crusade to improve the world. “I often do write with an agenda — with an eye toward creating change,” she says.

This attitude led white-knighting journalists to treat every aspect of Donald Trump’s presidency — culminating with the trespassing and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol in January — as the greatest threat to democracy ever, which could only be stopped by the brave commentary of self-congratulating commentators on Twitter.

Wolfe recognizes a problem she doesn’t want to admit: the crushing bias of outlets like The New York Times that pat themselves on the back for being “so objective” has undermined the credibility of the news desk as well as the editorial page. She tries to defend a distinction, blaming readers for not understanding the difference between a reporter and a pundit.

But it’s not readers who are blurring the lines. Many reporters at outlets like the Times, the Washington Post, or CNN are indistinguishable from pundits, parroting as fact lies about everything from COVID-19 and vaccine efforts to a sham impeachment, Lafayette Park, and just about anything else involving President Trump.

These systematic lies go much further than the unavoidable perspectives each writer (or reader) brings to the table. It’s possible to prioritize truth, accuracy, and honesty while still having a point of view. It’s not possible to prioritize such principles when you value pushing your political agenda more.

Media Bites Hard, Yet Again, for Another ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ Story on Trump. Nick Arama – “Now, you know right off the bat with the “mentally unstable” claim that it’s going to be an acid bath of a story.”

Georgia Secretary Of State Explains Why He’s Just Now Discovering More Than 10,000 Illegal Votes Cast In 2020. Margot Cleveland – “The tangled web of voter reform laws, the Trump voter fraud accusations, and the Secretary of State Office’s findings show why we need more digging on what happened in Georgia.” … lollygagging, delay, obfuscation, denial, rationalizations, excuses, buck passing – it’s all on display

“At this point, however, what matters is that the truth is exposed and that Republicans come together to ensure the integrity of future elections — and expose the Democrats’ attempts to disenfranchise legal voters with illegal and fraudulent votes.

Today’s Double Standard Justice System. Jim Hoft –  Dem Rep Joyce Beatty STORMS US Capitol, Arrested and Released Soon After While Trump Supporters Languish in Isolation in Prison for 6 Months for Same Offense. “Democrat Rep. Joyce Beatty along with a group of far-left protesters stormed the Hart Senate Building on Thursday chanting, “End the filibuster!”

The Capitol Cover Up. Julie Kelly – “Release the tapes. Release the name of Ashli Babbitt’s shooter. And release Joe Biden’s political prisoners.”

What Is to Be Done? See the Adversary Clearly. [caveat: Epoch Times] Michael Walsh – “As I’ve written many times in these pages, we no longer have an Election Day, but rather a rolling plebiscite that includes not only bogus “absentee” ballots for those in the country but too lazy or too stupid to get to the polls on the day designated by the U.S. Code, but now also “curated” ballots for those too dumb to correctly mark their choices; “harvested” ballots, those delivered by activists purporting to be from lawful voters; “early” ballots, in other words, illegal ballots; and even “late” ballots, in other words, double-plus illegal ballots.”

Class, Influence, Power. Mark Wauck – “Victor Davis Hanson gets the ball rolling by addressing Class, and what it means for politics in the US.” … “Other developments that fuel anxiety among the Elites is the continuing and even growing influence of Tucker Carlson.” and more

Why is Joe Biden still standing by his Earth First! nominee for Bureau of Land Management? Monica Showalter – “The latest news is that she lied to Congress about her involvement in eco-terrorism; an Earth First! tree-spiking incident in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest in 1989.”

I’m A Middle School Teacher And See How Critical Race Curriculum Is Creating Racial Hostility In School. Ramona Bessinger – “Providence, RI: Some Students Have Started Calling Me “America” Because I’m White, and Colleagues Accuse Me of Having “White Privilege.” … “Missing from our curriculum during the 2020/ 21 school year was the diversity, perspective, truth, and rigor that previously were taught. Previously vetted books were removed from our classroom and sent to recycling. Gone was the diverse collection of American and World Literature” … “What saddened me most was that I would not be teaching the Holocaust any longer.”

Fired teacher: ‘There is no other point of view’. Joanne Jacobs – “Coates’ essay alleged that Donald Trump’s “ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power,” notes Gilbert. There’s no other point of view?”

What are they teaching? Put it online. Joanne Jacobs – “Parents say teachers are indoctrinating students with radical ideas and telling children they’re oppressors or victims by birth. Teachers say they’re just teaching “accurate” history. What’s really going on in classrooms?”

“Trying to ban teaching offensive content simply pushes advocates to “repackage, reword, and reinvent their classroom materials under new slogans,” he writes. As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put it, it’s playing political “whack-a-mole.”

Another Global Warming Fact Alarmists Want Buried. I & I Editorial Board – “The entire climate change movement has been shady from its beginnings. Data have been hidden, truth has been sacrificed to politics, and hypocrisy and personal interests among its “leaders” have produced a giant credibility deficit. The more we learn, the worse the alarmists look.”

How Warmists Package Panic. Michael Kile – “As for the “extraordinary heatwave” last month, when competition with COVID threatens to steal your thunder it pays to be as quick as greased lightning to trumpet panic and hyperbole.”

Flawed Heatwave Report Leads to False Headlines in Major Media. Cliff Mass – “Last week we witnessed a major failure in science communication regarding the Northwest heatwave – A failure that misinformed you and millions of others, and a failure that highlighted glaring weaknesses in the media’s ability to cover important scientific issues. And it revealed the disappointing behavior of some members of the scientific community.”

Pesticide Propaganda: A Guide To Spotting Activism Masquerading As Journalism, Part 1. Cameron English – “Pesticides can be very dangerous; they’re also vital tools farmers use to produce our food. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the media maze of sloppy reporting on pesticide safety.” … “lacks nuance … Double standards … Rachael Carson uncritically cited … ”

‘Debate Rages Over Glyphosate’? The Conversation Publishes Terrible Roundup Article. Cameron English – “Usually an excellent source for science-based commentary, The Conversation recently published, to put it charitably, a questionable article about the dangers of the weedkiller glyphosate. What did the authors get wrong? Almost everything.” … “There isn’t an ongoing debate about glyphosate among experts. Instead, there are a handful of organizations and academics with clear conflicts of interest that continue to ignore the preponderance of evidence.”

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