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nuclear level of hypocrisy – Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

For the academic, maybe this will help understand Jesus … 

Jesus Christ PhD. James Franklin — “Careful attention to how Jesus uses scripture and draws from it principles that imply radical conclusions gives insight into the nature of his intensive earlier study.” … “Our modern assumption, in law and ethics, that motive and intention are morally central and that actions flow from them, is post-Christian.”

Capitalism, Poverty and Christian Charity. Peter Smith — “Whether Catholicism or Protestantism was most responsible for spurring economic progress in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and beyond can be debated. What I believe to be true is that across all of its denominational variants, Christianity is bound together in a holy and secular alliance with capitalism. This is not universally appreciated. It should be, as I hope to explain.”

“As societies have become wealthier, and wealthier still, a disconnect has arisen in the minds of many between the vast array of commodities on show and available every day and the processes of making and delivering them. A cargo cult, almost, has taken hold. This is most acutely seen, in my view, among the Greens. However, to varying extents, this mentality is widespread. It is prevalent among charity and church leaders who otherwise display no tendency to believe in magic.

Entropy, poverty and misery are always waiting in the wings unless free markets guide the process of creating and distributing wealth.

Christians who complain about capitalism need to go back to basics. Poverty will always be with us. “For you have the poor with you always” (Matthew 26:11). Charity will always be required. Meanwhile capitalism is peerless at providing the wherewithal to support charity while progressively reducing, though never ending, the need for it. It is a match made in heaven and earth.

“Brutal” Abuse Of Power: Watch As UK Police Break Up “Unlawful Gathering” Easter Service In London. Tyler Durden — “Shocking footage has emerged showing the absurd lengths authorities are willing to go to enforce ‘Covid rules’ even after vaccines have been made more widely available, with tens of millions having received the jab” … “The police appeared to literally burst in mid-service and acknowledged it was among the most important Christian holy days of the year before ordering people to disperse.”

The Trump-Hate Coalition Is Crumbling. Conrad Black — “The wheels are coming off the rickety anti-Trump coalition in all four directions.” … “Every informed person in the world knows that the events of January 6 were the result of a loose sequence of facts that were only allowed to aggregate into the assault on the Capitol because of the malice or incompetence of Trump’s enemies.”

“The FBI and senior echelons of the intelligence services were politically compromised, a massively illegal and fraudulent investigation of the elected president was conducted, two utterly spurious impeachment attempts were thrown at him and the coronavirus pandemic was invoked to produce the most seriously tainted presidential election result in the country’s history. The Supreme Court may have made the correct political decision when it declined to adjudicate the case, given how tempestuous the response would have been if it had overturned the result of the election, but it was still an abdication. They presumably acted as they did to assure that there would be no move to pack the court with Democrats, and they may now be in a position to reassert the Constitution as the controversies generated by the new administration percolate up to it.

Republicans Seek Briefing From DOJ on Allegations of ‘Suspicious’ Capitol Tours Before Riot. Rick Moran — “Shortly after the Capitol riot, 34 Democrats signed a letter asking the Department of Justice and the Capitol Police to investigate claims that Republican members of Congress assisted the rioters by giving some of them a tour of the Capitol in the days leading up to the riot.”

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” said astronomer Carl Sagan. He was referring to claims of aliens visiting earth, but he may as well have had the Democrats smearing Republicans with baseless charges of complicity in an insurrection in mind.

There is no evidence that any Republican congressman was involved in any way in the assault on the Capitol. There’s no evidence that routine tours of the Capitol given by every member of Congress were anything but wide-eyed tourists killing time on their vacation.

What’s More American than Coke and Baseball? Clarice Feldman — “Until very recently, it would have been hard to imagine anything more iconic of American life than Coca-Cola and baseball. Today both remind me of Benito Mussolini’s corporatist – aka, fascist — game of merging of state and corporate power.” … “I’m fed up with this never-ending sham: partisan power grabs to weaken the most important features of American life being cloaked in virtuous anti-racism.”

So MLB is fine with ball games in Cuba and training in China, but Georgia is the human rights problem, Monica Showalter — “Unlike Abrams, they chose, and chose poorly, because what they chose will probably have some consequences for the MLB organization, given its nuclear level of hypocrisy.” … “Their hypocrisy surrounding this maneuver to appease senile Joe Biden and all his leftist flying monkeys circling his sorry corpus is an outrage.”

The attack on Georgia isn’t really about Georgia. neo — “This is just another example of a trend we’re seeing more and more of lately, in which companies that used to stay out of politics are making bold statements that align with the present-day Democrat narrative.” … “Democrats feel that their goal of permanent power (or at least very long-term power) is so close they can taste it. And they are willing to do nearly anything to secure it.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Offers Correction After Printing Biden’s Lies About GA Election Law Bill. Karen Townsend — “The newspaper made the mistake of printing Democrat talking points, specifically remarks made by President Biden, instead of the truth. AJC originally falsely reported that voting hours had been cut in the bill and failed to note that early voting days had been added for general elections while shortening the time for early voting in primary run-offs.”

NPR Corrects False Hunter Biden Claim But ... Jonathan Turley — “The article by NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving stated categorically that the laptop story was discredited by news organizations. It was later compelled to correct that false statement but still has language casting doubt on the story and evades glaring contradictions in Biden’s book and his interview. Moreover, NPR continues to run false claims from prior controversies.”

Election Fraud Hotspots – 10% of the Data are 70% of the Fraud. Jay Valentine — “Beginning in November, like many citizens, we witnessed election fraud possibilities any sentient person would investigate. Having backgrounds in fraud detection, particularly in the property casualty insurance business, Medicaid fraud, and cyber fraud, gave us a curiosity that never dissipated.”

“If Jesse Morgan did drive a tractor trailer truck with 100,000 ballots from New York to Pennsylvania, how can we find out? Chris Wray and our hardy pals at the FBI may not want to open that truck’s back door, but we do – with database analysis.

They can hide the truck. They can claim it never happened. They cannot hide the record of the ballot.

We are thrilled people are trying to alter data after the fact. They are leaving tracks like a dinosaur walking through a field of peanut butter for database tracking.

Some Covid Links. Don Boudreaux — “We will not mince words. America is indeed suffering from a dangerous plague—a plague of misanthropic fearmongering from the likes of Dr. Fauci, the Scarf Lady and the Biden’s new CDC director, among countless others of the self-designated Virus Patrol.”

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Victory of the Neurotics?

Briefly Noted: Education. Mark Wauck — “From Montgomery County, MD. But this could be “education” in most any government schools throughout most of America: … t’s obviously propaganda rather than actual civic education.”

Who Benefited from the Canceling of Congress’s 2020 Election Probe? Michael G. Zey — “the first step in a criminal inquiry is establishing motive. … Who then benefited from an incursion into the Capitol Building that prevented this disclosure of voter fraud evidence?”

States can’t enforce boundaries against interstate emigration. neo — “”

“For quite a while, though, it’s been apparent that this simple fact has been responsible for at least some of the leftward drift of our country. Over and over we seem to have the following phenomenon: people who are upset with something or many things the left has imposed or allowed in their own home states – high taxes, toleration of large numbers of street people, crime, release of prisoners, leftist ideology in school systems, crumbling infrastructure – leave for more pleasant environments where states and cities are well-managed and clean, housing is affordable, and taxes are relatively low.

And then they vote for people advocating policies that will turn their new states of abode in the direction of their old states.

The Hunter Biden Gun Story: This One Should Be Hard to Make Go Away – Part 1. Shipwreckedcrew — “Hunter Biden committed a felony and the evidence comes in the form of his own statements which establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s not just any felony, it is a felony that is regularly prosecuted in every federal judicial district in this country, and in significant numbers on an annual basis — especially when Democrats are running the DOJ.”

Election Fraud: Three Challenges That Must Be Overcome. Stu Cvrk — “Overcoming Democrat attempts to institutionalize election fraud … Restoring trust in federal and state government agencies … Educating the general public”

Who Is Shaking The Jar? — “If they keep us focused on fighting each other, they believe we will not notice their reprehensible criminality, as they manipulate the masses through psychological engineering and the employment of propaganda techniques to push their desired narrative.”

“The technique of using propaganda to manipulate the opinions of the masses, put forth by Edward Bernays almost one hundred years ago, has been enhanced and perfected by the deceitful and traitorous psychopaths operating as the shadow government, as they purposely construct false narratives and bogeymen, so they can expand their supremacy, dominion, and fortunes. It has always been this way, as human nature never changes, but the level and intensity has been ratcheted up to a degree never seen before in human history.

The Zhou Baiden March 25 Event. Mark Wauck — “my wife and I have lately been marveling at what I call the Victory of the Neurotics. … In a society in which neurosis–the quest for personal “safety” to the exclusion of all other considerations–dominates, is it any wonder that citizens are willing to be gaslighted by the Globalist Guardians of what used to be our Republic?”

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Will 1/6 live in infamy?

Prosecutors Now Backing Away from Statements and Charges Against January 6th Protestors.  Sundance — “The approach of building a political narrative through false accusations and over-charging in the DOJ is the essence of Lawfare. The government has endless taxpayer resources to fuel their political weaponization of the judiciary. – The process of the charges then becomes the punishment by design.”

The Q Lie: The Power-Grab After January 6th Was The Real Insurrection. Thomas J. Farnan — “It is now obvious that the continued military occupation of Washington D.C. under a phony, Q-pretext is a purposeful overreaction to silence objections over the use of mass mail-in ballots to swing the 2020 election.”

Dept. of Homeland Security flirting with totalitarianism. Thomas Lifson — “Now that the Department of Justice and FBI are using the 1/6/21 Capitol incursion to demonize all who attended the massive rally that day, imputing “insurrection,” “white supremacy,” and “extremism” to them, massive political repression may be coming.” … “Just try and dissent once those pending steps are accomplished. You will be looking out from inside a new iron curtain.”

Time to Stand Up for the Second Amendment More Than Ever. [Epoch Times warning] Roger L. Simon — “Maybe we should ban Facebook instead of guns.”

Has there ever in US history been a more pitiful Cabinet? Patricia McCarthy — “We are all beginning to realize, too late, that being woke is a form of mass hysteria meant to undermine every essential tenet of Judeo-Christian values.”

What Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Wrought. Lauri B. Regan — “At less than 100 days in, Trump-haters have imposed growing disasters on the country. Trump-hating voters cared about one thing and it wasn’t the success of Operation Warp Speed, a strong economy, or peace in the Mideast. Bad Orange Man must go, the country, our kids’ and grandkids’ futures be damned. And we reap what we sow.”

Truth And Lies In A Digital Media Era. Carver Gunlocke — “Americans are submerged in an ideological fog of artificial truth thanks to the American media. In step with them are digital social media platforms. In addition, our universities, political class, and elites are foisting information that is laden with lies and half-truths to promote their social and political agenda — and they are doing it with some considerable success.”

California Officials Accepted 99.4 Percent Of Mail-In Ballots In 2020. With Newsom Recall, It’s A Completely Different Story. Jonathan S. Tobin — “When it comes to leftists protecting their own from accountability, it appears that only the strictest of scrutiny will do.” … “in California, Democrats who were trying to stop the recall were not concerned with defending the notion that every signature, just like every vote, should be counted.”

The cult of the vaccine. Landon Freeman — “Close your eyes and think back to a time in which you, your kids, or any other loved one received a vaccine. Chances are, the event wasn’t treated as if it was some grandiose event.”

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The art of the scam, drowning in it.

Judge Rules New York Times Used ‘Deceptive Disinformation’ To Smear Project Veritas. Tyler Durden — “What the Times did, as you’ll see below, is similar to countless hit-pieces against Zero Hedge and others; using broad, unsupported brush strokes to slander their ideological opponents. We can only hope this case sets new precedent for future defamation cases.”

The MSM and the Atlanta massage parlor murders. neo — “Almost? I assume Sullivan is being sarcastic here. But actually, they don’t need a script anymore. They know the playbook by heart.”

Why HR1 Threatens Election Integrity [via zerohedge]. Justin Riemer at RealClearPolitics.com — “Let’s look at just a few of the many areas where HR1 would nationalize elections and cancel out state integrity and confidence-building measures.” … “Cynics say that Republicans oppose this legislation because we want to restrict people from voting. This could not be further from the truth. The reality is that we want all eligible voters to be able to vote and vote easily — but voters must also have confidence that our elections systems have safeguards to prevent fraud and ensure accuracy.”

Digital Trails: How The FBI Is Identifying, Tracking, & Rounding-Up Dissidents [via zerohedge]. John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. — “Databit by databit, we are building our own electronic concentration camps.” … “The government’s efforts to round up those who took part in the Capitol riots shows exactly how vulnerable we all are to the menace of a surveillance state that aspires to a God-like awareness of our lives.” … “Forget about being innocent until proven guilty.”

“As for the Fourth Amendment and its prohibitions on warrantless searches and invasions of privacy without probable cause, those safeguards have been rendered all but useless by legislative end-runs, judicial justifications, and corporate collusions.

The ‘net neutrality’ issue is a part and parcel of this.

The American Police State Is Now Forming. Jack Wisdom — “The image of the new wall or fence with razor wire on top that now surrounds the Capitol has been floating across the screen of my mind since it was erected.” … “Although the vulture mentality grows and expresses itself as the police state, the vultures pretend to be enlightened doves, bringing friendliness and meeting the needs — scientifically grounded, of course — for a more safe, clean, secure, intelligent, just, and cooperative environment.”

The Anatomy Of The Scam [via zerohedge]. Quintus Curtius at Fortress of The Mind — “We must remember that all con games play on two elements: greed and ignorance. Other emotions can be used, such as pity or guilt, but greed and ignorance are the mainstays.” Note the behaviors you can see in the election, climate change, white guilt, and other political ideologies on today’s forefront. You are the mark, the pigeon, and you’ve been had over and over again. “Do not underestimate the effectiveness of scams and cons. Good scammers are sociopaths. They can be extremely convincing.”

Kamala Harris exposed as a phony, once again over weed. Monica Showalter — “Pot has always been a fool-killer for phonies like Kamala Harris, our purported vice president. – Two of her most embarrassing, hypocritical political moments come down to pot, and now there’s going to be a third.

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Military junta? Election and Health fraud? Evidence providing dissonance.

Who Is Our Military’s Enemy? Victor Davis Hanson — “Leftist administrations see the military foremost as a tool for accelerating their own progressive domestic changes.”

What’s Going on With U.S. Military and Democrat Politicization of The Institution. Sundance — “Considering the specific examples over the past few years, I would argue the Democrats are positioning for use of the military in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act -or- by an expressed act of congress.”

Media’s Entire Georgia Narrative Is Fraudulent, Not Just The Fabricated Trump Quotes. Mollie Hemingway — “The fake quotes, bad as they were, are just one of many ways the media have done a horrible job of covering election disputes in the state.”

Most 2020 Nevada election integrity cases resolved without finding of fraud; recent Republican document drop under review. Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels — This an example of media malpractice. The individual on the hot seat is proclaiming innocence and the logical fallacy assuming all are as many is on display. What is missing is reliable evidence for conclusions of denial that do not give those with complaints anything upon which to find fairness in the consideration of what they have seen.

DHS Officials Warned Biden Transition Team About Revoking Trump Border Policies, Former Top Adviser Says. Ivan Pentchoukov — “The Biden administration is facing a surge of illegal border crossings on pace to be the highest in two decades. The influx coincided with Biden taking office and swiftly revoking more than a dozen key Trump immigration measures.”

Mask Mandates Do Not Save Lives. Spike Hampson — “at this stage, what we need to know is whether the widespread use of masks is measurably reducing the risk of death from the disease. To continue requiring the use of masks makes sense only if there is compelling data that death rates are lower for people who wear masks than it is for people who do not.”

“The impotence of mask mandates is particularly sobering since they usually proceed in lockstep with the other mandated actions intended to control the virus: hand-washing, social distancing, and lockdowns. Since all four control tactics are chasing the same goal (stop the spread of the virus), these data revealing the ineffectiveness of masks may suggest that the other three control tactics are less effective than hoped.

One Of The Lockdowns’ Greatest Casualties Could Be Science. Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya — “Politicians, journalists, and scientists have transferred the disease burden onto the working class. They’ve also dangerously undermined scientific inquiry.” … “On the science, vigorous and hard scientific debate should be encouraged, but smearing, slander, politicization, and conspiracy theories that insinuate guilt by association must be combatted and never tolerated.” … “We tell the story here of five prominent scientists who have faced the modern-day inquisition.”

We Are All Immigrants? Not Exactly. Katharine A. Russell — “As with so many modern ideas, this one is founded on a canard. We all are most emphatically not immigrants.” … “many if not most of us are here due to nationhood and statehood initiatives born of our unique, federal approach to governance.”

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Georgia in the swamp

Media’s Entire Georgia Narrative Is Fraudulent, Not Just The Fabricated Trump Quotes. Mollie Hemingway — “The fake quotes, bad as they were, are just one of many ways the media have done a horrible job of covering election disputes in the state.” Here’s a blow by blow account up to and following November 3.

“As for the media, they’re doing what they always do — advancing a political agenda. Believing their characterization of lawsuits, phone calls, or anything else they report on is unwise.

But it wasn’t just the quotes they got wrong about Georgia. It was pretty much everything.

more from Mark Wauck: “The bottom line appears to be something along these lines: Five separate “news” organizations “confirmed” that the moon is made from green cheese.” …

The Sovereign Crime of Industrial Scale Vote Fraud. Jay Valentine — “2020 election fraud was an industrial level crime. It was of such magnitude that it moved from the category of an election crime to a sovereign crime.” … “Sovereign crime is not something we see a lot of in America as our governmental institutions are generally not organized to commit, support or hide a crime.”

Capitol Investigation Seeks to Criminalize Political Dissent. Julie Kelly — “The government’s response to the January 6 melee isn’t about justice. It’s about partisan retribution and revenge. And the consequences will be disastrous.” … “Convicting any of the Capitol defendants on charges of obstructing an official proceeding will cross a dangerous line—a line government prosecutors and federal judges clearly feel undeterred to cross. This isn’t about justice, it’s about partisan retribution and revenge. And the consequences will be disastrous.”

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It’s not hyperbolic fantasy now but in your face reality

The Story Of George Floyd Isn’t A Story Of Good And Evil, But Does America Know That? Christopher Bedford — “It’s a story of hard streets, difficult decisions, heightened tempers, and hard drugs. It’s a story about human beings, our duties, our failings, and our weaknesses.”

Varieties of Legal Corruption. Clarice Feldman — “One might expect that bar examiners, judicial conduct boards, the state attorney general, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS would register some interest in what appears to be appalling legal violations by officers of the court and the judges , but I don’t see anything happening yet to check these outrages.”

The January 6th ‘Insurrection’ that Wasn’t. Ron Wright — “The “attack” on the Capitol started well before then President Trump finished his speech at the rally at The Ellipse. This attack was no spontaneous event as alleged by Democrats, the Media, and the Radical Left. It is evident to any police officer who has been on a police line this attack was preplanned when coupled with the intelligence compiled by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and other agencies. From the videos, this is self-evident, e.g., coordination, tactics in engaging the police lines, hand signals, gas masks, bear spray, goggles, helmets, knee pads, improvised weapons, and milk to neutralize crowd control gasses.”

Ashli Babbitt was shot because she wore a backpack. M. Dowling — “When a police officer, especially a white officer, kills a black person, s/he is held to an impossibly high standard. … In the case of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed in the Capitol riot of January 6th, no one is allowed to know a thing.”

Minneapolis City Council Sticks It To Chauvin. Paul Mirengoff — “Today, the city of Minneapolis announced a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd. The family had sued the city for the alleged wrongful death of Floyd.” … “Given its timing, the announcement looks to me like an attempt to prevent Chauvin from getting a fair trial, assuming there was ever any chance of him getting one in Minneapolis.”

“It’s scary that the power of multiple branches of government is being exerted this forcefully, and seemingly in concert, against a citizen who has been convicted of no crime. It’s also, I believe, a sign of things to come.

The guilt and victimhood of the fathers – reparations for slavery. neo — “Here’s what Oregon is contemplating: … I have quite a few questions.”

Retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Harrelson Arrested for Attending Jan. 6 Protests – Family’s Bank Account Locked Down, Wife Loses Her Job, They Are Frightened and Don’t Know What to Do. Jim Hoft — Here is Angel’s story.

Poll Finds Most Democrats Still Think Trump Stole The 2016 Election – Why Aren’t They Being Canceled? I & I Editorial Board — “does anyone remember any company canceling contracts with a Democrat for not wanting to certify the 2016 election results? Or endless articles about how Democrats undermined democracy? Or attempts to silence Democrats spewing falsehoods on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube?” … “The only difference between Democrats under Trump and Republicans today is that Republicans have a stronger case for a stolen election than Democrats ever did. ”

“Which is the bigger affront to Democracy – some property damage by a handful of angry citizens, or an attempt by top federal officials to undermine and unseat a duly elected president?

When Kenosha Might Have Burned Again, Local TV News Coverage Calmed the Flames their Broadcast Networks Fanned. Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel — “Because of the strong case for self-defense and for the need to prevent the taking of the children under any circumstance, dictated by the warrant, both Graveley and Wray insisted that they could not make a criminal case against Officer Sheskey, even though Jacob Blake was, tragically, paralyzed from the waist down by the shots.”

“I was curious about national coverage of the press conference by the traditional three broadcast networks on their January 5 evening news, so I taped those programs in advance.

In all fairness to the network reports, they were aired around two hours after the press conference began. But how could they have missed the key points?

I checked on how Milwaukee’s “big three” network news outlets covered the press conference in their 10:00 news programs. They did a creditable job — indeed, a yeoman job when one factors in the failures of the national and Chicago coverage.

The U.S. Military Just Became A Political Attack Machine Against Joe Biden’s Opponents. Patrick Swan — “The federal government just used its publicly employed career professionals to target a working journalist for professional destruction.”

“Wait—the Trump Department of Defense never did any of this in response to those actual words of Rachel Maddow linked above: No spokesman denunciation, no coordinated reaction by senior military leaders, no complaint that she should keep her mouth shut because she never served a single day in uniform.

The Trump DoD never did any of this. But Joe Biden’s DoD just did.

It is unseemly, of course, for a DoD spokesman to so venomously misrepresent what an opinion journalist said and then to question why the journalist dared to say it. This is even worse than that. It is an atrocious assault on the operation of a free press to then coordinate a department-wide propaganda campaign to smear a journalist for saying things he didn’t and to dissent from DoD policies with words he did say.

The military’s reputation has suffered a tremendous self-inflicted hit. We must use our voices to ensure those running it understand this is never to be repeated.

Maternity Flight Suits and Other Admonitions. Roger Kimball — “When the Gods of the Copybook Headings return maternity flight suits will not be part of the drama.” … “No matter what Lloyd Austin or the media tells you, the trouble with the U.S. Armed Forces is not political extremism but the enervating rust of political correctness.”

Instapundit on Roger Simon: All Red States Must Join Gov. DeSantis to Restrain Big Tech — “Through algorithmic manipulation, de-platforming and other noxious off-shoots of the tyrannical cancel culture these companies are changing history, reversing freedoms hard won since the Magna Carta, while having an unconscious numbing effect on our brains that eventually would render us a race of drones.”

For Democrats, It’s ‘Never Say Die’ on Passing Gun Control. Rick Moran — “If the definition of insanity is to do something over and over and expect different results, the entire Democratic caucus needs to be committed.”

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Judicially Mandated Speech And Censorship On Blog. Jonathan Turley — “The opinion in my view is an outrageous overreach of judicial authority and an attack on free speech. Yet the North Carolina Supreme Court has now upheld the sentence without any opinion.”

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Inconsistencies showing?

How Mark Zuckerberg’s Election Money Helped An Out-Of-State Democrat Get His Hands On Wisconsin’s 2020 Vote. M.D. Kittle – “Erick Kaardal said Zuckerberg’s election security funding came with conditions that bound the city to give these left-leaning actors power they could not legally take.”

CDC Misrepresented Scientific Research To Keep Schools Closed At Kids’ Expense. Tristan Justice – “CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in February the new guidelines were based in part on pressure from Democrats and teachers’ unions, which have resisted a return to in-person instruction across the country.”

Masks Are Just Part of the Socialists’ Uniform. J.B. Shurk – “The Centers for Disease Control released another study showing no statistically significant decrease in “daily case” or “death growth” rates from COVID-19 in areas with mask mandates.”

Biden Broke The Border, Now He Owns The Crisis. I & I Editorial Board – “Yet Biden won’t explain why the surge is happening, much less take responsibility for it. He won’t even admit there’s a problem.” … “This issue isn’t how will Biden “deal with” the surge of illegal border crossers. The issue is whether anyone will force Biden to take responsibility for causing it in the first place.”

Biden’s FAA Forcing Air Traffic Controllers to Wear Masks While Speaking to Pilots, Causing Serious Read-Back Errors. Debra Heine – “The whistleblower noted that communication issues have always been a concern, but the mask mandate has made the problem much worse.”

Leftists’ inconsistencies are catching up with them. Andrea Widburg – “During the four years of Trump’s presidency, the leftists were free to go crazy with their theories because they never had to put them to the test” … “Now that Democrats control the entire federal government, though, and can set policies, leftists are discovering that many of their most beloved theories cannot coexist. The inevitable clashes will create opportunities for conservatives.”

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The first problem with mandating kindness

Forcing People To Wear Masks Isn’t Kind, It’s Selfish. Auguste Meyrat – “Pro-maskers need to see that, for the other side, this supposed symbol of ‘charity’ and ‘solidarity’ has become the exact opposite.” … “it’s not enough to review the declining number of hospitalizations or the negligible differences masks seem to make to explain how this could justify lifting the mandate. It’s time to refute the symbol.”

The first problem with mandating kindness, as St. Thomas Aquinas notes, is that enforcing such a rule creates more problems than it solves. It generates acrimony between neighbors, places a greater burden on law enforcement, and stigmatizes people who simply don’t believe in the mandate. Few people would argue that people are happier and feel safer now. Rather, it’s the opposite: people are less social, more paranoid, and generally despondent.

The second problem with mandating kindness, particularly with using the mask as a symbol, is that symbols aren’t reality. … confusing the symbol with reality is a common problem with any social awareness campaign, and COVID-19 is no exception.

The Futility of the Great Lockdown Melodrama. Peter Murphy – “In most cases the increase that occurred was never more than a moderate fraction of the less than one per cent of the population that every year dies from all causes.” … “In short there is no evidence of systemic government efficacy in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.” … “In spite of all the melodrama that exuded from the political and media classes in 2020, the most effective prophylactic in dealing with the coronavirus was not government but a normally-functioning society.”

“Part of the problem is the contemporary idea of truth. When post-modern philosophies began to spread widely after the 1970s, a lot of people started to say that we were living in a post-truth age. On the contrary, if anything our age is far too preoccupied with “the truth” in the form of correctness. Being “correct” has its value. If I do a calculation, I want it to be correct. But correctness is also often juvenile. It functions like the eight-year-old child stamping and shouting, “I am right, I am right”. Throughout 2020, a crescendo of people shouting “I am right, I am right” descended on the world. Malicious tags were applied to anyone who dared to disagree with them. Truth in the petulant form of “correctness” offered certainty in the face of anxiety. It was an emotional anaesthetic and soporific. But this hardly rose to the level of Popperian science.

We tend today to think of scepticism as “asking critical questions”. But historically it was more than that. The intellectual sceptic was someone who could weigh competing considerations. It involved a balancing of pros and cons. Scepticism doesn’t mean nay-saying. It means: have you thought about this countervailing factor? Are you sure that all the good you claim is being achieved is not cancelled out (or worse) by the ancillary effects of your measures? Have you thought about seeking a multifaceted optimal series of measures rather than pursuing a single maximal set of methods? In short, is the harm obviated by the measure you plan outweighed by the harm caused by your measure?

The Smug Arrogance Of The ‘Science’ Crowd. I & I Editorial Board – “Science” is never invoked by the political left to illuminate, educate, or guide. It’s used to terminate discussion, to shut down debate.”

C.S. Lewis said “those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” It’s just as true that those who are persuaded of their own righteousness will subjugate us without a moment’s hesitancy.

Climate and COVID: The Erosion of Common Intelligence and Common Sense. David Solway – “Climate delirium has been with us for a generation and more and has been discussed and analyzed in innumerable articles and books. The authentic literature on the subject has long been discoverable by any sentient person. What is comparatively new on the psychogenic scene is Covid Derangement Syndrome.” … “A population in the throes of panic is easily cowed and manipulated.”

Why It’s Ignorant And Racist To Pretend U.S. Lands Still Belong To Native Tribes. Casey Chalk – “Like most new racial history exercises, land acknowledgments are less about a true reflection of the past than grievance politics aThe first problem with mandating kindnessThe first problem with mandating kindnessnd superficial gestures.” … “Honoring any American Indian tribe as the “original” inhabitants of some geographic area is both disingenuous and ahistorical, given any such people had almost certainly displaced another.”

Such land acknowledgments are built upon a broader, polemical historical narrative in which violent, imperialist Europeans arrived on American shores and brutally exterminated or displaced peaceful American Indian tribes that maintained a symbiotic relationship with nature.

This, too, has no relationship to historical reality. Human sacrifice, cannibalism, torture, and slavery were ubiquitous across native peoples, from the Aztecs, who sacrificed hundreds of thousands of captured peoples, to even the Algonquins and Iroquois. Indeed, we know of these cultural traits in part because they were practiced against early European explorers and missionaries.

The problem isn’t just historical inaccuracy, but a simplistic, ideologically driven victim narrative that presents an incomplete — and genuinelThe first problem with mandating kindnessy incoherent — conception of American Indians.

this program fosters new forms of prejudice and racism by presenting Western civilization as somehow singularly or incomparably wicked.

What matters far more than adjudicating who are the true native peoples of this or that geographic area is to recognize that it is collectively ours as American citizens, regardless of skin color or ethnic heritage. That is a narrative our Founding Fathers fought to fashion, and it’s one worth keeping.

Biden’s Open Border Policies May Not Work Out After All. Jazz Shaw – “The current situation is being described as a crisis, even by some Democrats and Biden supporters and there doesn’t seem to be any plan in place to deal with the surging numbers.” Also note the media behavior observations.

Ballots in Arizona County Found Shredded in Dumpster, Days Before Senate Audit. Jay Greenberg – “Discovery emerges in Maricopa County, Arizona before 2020 election audit starts.” A headline elsewhere says the person who reported this was arrested.

Swalwell Sues. John Hinderaker – “The Democrats intend to ride the mini-riot at the Capitol on January 6 for all it is worth. One aspect of their strategy is lawsuits by people like Eric Swalwell.” … “Swalwell’s complaint is weirdly pseudo-religious, referring repeatedly to “sacraments” and the “sacredness” of the U.S. Capitol.”

Nevertrumpers Back Radical DOJ Nominee. Paul Mirengoff – “There are two types of NeverTrumpers. The first type hates Trump, but that hatred doesn’t cause them to abandon long-held conservative principles. The second type’s hatred of Trump leads them to shift positions on matters of policy.” … “it’s odd, and probably unprecedented, to launch an ad campaign for such a nominee. And it’s disingenuous to claim that this particular nominee is a bridge builder and that conservative opposition to her confirmation is just “playing politics.”

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Toy building as an end and not a means

The Wisdom in Knowing What We Don’t Know. Peter Arnold – “Regrettably, there is little knowledge — read that ‘verifiable facts’ — about treating COVID-19, about preventing its spread, about the facts of herd immunity, about its mutation potential, about any form of treatment, the efficacy of the vaccines and many other open questions. This has left experts, world-wide, to respond in ignorance to the demands of the media for comment.”

FBI Took Possession of Suspicious Ballots in Georgia in Early January and Ordered Them Destroyed With a Shredder. Joe Hoft – “We now have more information regarding this incident from individuals with knowledge of the events.” … “This investigation was thwarted by the FBI. The evidence was destroyed.”

Developing some perspective on the Capitol riot. Byron York – “In the last few days we’ve seen a series of hearings in the House and Senate on the January 6 riot at the Capitol.”

The Capitol Police Chief And Her Democratic Bosses Are Lying To You, All To Hold Our Capital Hostage. Christopher Bedford – “It’s because panic porn and agitprop are useful tools when you’re working as hard as you can to spread fear and distrust against the half of the country that disagrees with your policies.”

Explosive Testimony: National Guard General Confirms ‘Optics’ Reason for Weak Capitol Security on January 6th. Kyle Becker – “The National Guard general’s testimony should be watched and read in full to get a deep understanding of how it completely exposes many of the misleading narratives about the Capitol attack.”

Nobody’s Tax Returns are Confidential Anymore. Kenneth H. Ryesky – “Violations of taxpayer confidentiality by governmental employees and others are criminal offenses under I.R.C. §§ 7213 and 7213A.” …

“Courts have held that “[t]o compel the disclosure of tax returns, the movant must show that (1) ‘the returns are relevant to the subject matter of the action’ and (2) ‘there is a compelling need for the tax returns because the information contained therein is not otherwise readily available.'”

As matters currently stand, the Supreme Court’s allowance of disclosure is a precedent for future abuses by prosecutors nationwide. Nobody’s tax returns can truly be confidential anymore.

Why Do Federal Prosecutors Seem To Have A Problem With The Truth? Mark Wauck – “It’s almost as if politics somehow entered into this criminal prosecution. The big insurrection narrative is getting pretty tattered.”

Don’t Get Scammed By So-Called STEM Education. Tony Kinnett – “America’s STEM classrooms are devolving — wasting valuable class time with toys, barely applicable coding games, and victim-mentality nonsense.” It goes back to the seventies. “Why are so many public and private schools led down the paths of cheap entertainment and virtue signaling?”

“Major groups like the National Science Teaching Association assert women and minority groups are underrepresented in STEM fields in the United States and other Western nations, so someone must be discouraging these demographics from entering STEM while in school. The data shows that access and encouragement in STEM isn’t the problem, however. Many people simply aren’t interested in pursuing it as a career.

The Racial Equity Institute and The Smithsonian are among many attributing the bedrock of quality STEM learning — perfectionism, a sense of urgency, the written word, and “only one right way — as white supremacy. In fact, if you aren’t teaching your students these social sermons constantly in STEM classrooms, you’re perpetuating “implicit bias.”

Unfortunately, such messaging has consequences.

Students have to do it themselves and the best and brightest do tend to learn more out of school.

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We live in an age of irregularities

When A Great Democracy Politicized The Military. James S. Corum – “President Joe Biden has embarked on a revolutionary program to replace constitutional freedoms with a new social justice agenda. Supporting the radical agenda is his defense secretary Lloyd Austin, whose top priority is to politicize the military to eliminate “extremists.”

“So, what happens when the hard left takes control of the government of a great democracy and decides that the desired social revolution requires the destruction of conservative institutions and leaders, and then institutes aggressive policies to expel conservatives from the military? We have a good answer when we look at France from 1899 to 1914 when hard-left governments were in power.

We see an interesting historical parallel today, with a leftist government under Biden behaving much like the French Premier Combes in trying to impose a radical leftist orthodoxy and crush the conservative half of the nation. In Defense Secretary Austin we see a man obsessed with the internal politics of the army, just like French General André, intent on purging the armed forces of “extremists” rather than focusing on foreign threats.

Stop the Balkanization of America. Civis Americanus – “It is always useful to have a single word with which to identify and marginalize the enemy in any kind of conflict, and “Balkanizer” seems to fit the bill.”

“Balkanization has already resulted in the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Russian Empire. Balkanization is the reason for proposals for Scottish, Bavarian, and Catalan secession. This makes those who want to similarly Balkanize the United States useful idiots for foreign and domestic enemies of the United States. We need to marginalize them as such.

The Wisdom in Knowing What We Don’t Know. Peter Arnold – “Regrettably, there is little knowledge — read that ‘verifiable facts’ — about treating COVID-19, about preventing its spread, about the facts of herd immunity, about its mutation potential, about any form of treatment, the efficacy of the vaccines and many other open questions. This has left experts, world-wide, to respond in ignorance to the demands of the media for comment.”

What We Know And Don’t Know About The Events Of January 6th. Charles Turot – “It takes three days after any event to find out what happened, and 30 days to find out what really happened.”

“The dust storm of information and misinformation takes a while to settle in the perpetually-online United States. The truth lodges in fewer places now. … After 60 days, what do we, and don’t we, know about the events of January 6th? What we don’t know concerns me. When information that ought to be public isn’t, there’s a reason. It’s seldom good.

Turns out the new word to label what Turot describes is ‘irregularities’. This is especially true when dancing around election behavior.

Insurrection, 2016. John Hinderaker – “The Democrats’ pompous characterization of the mini-riot at the Capitol on January 6 as an “insurrection” is a transparent political ploy.” … “Actually, if you want to talk about insurrection, the violence and violent rhetoric that the Democratic Party marshaled after Donald Trump’s election in 2016 more nearly fits the definition.”

“With this outrageous conduct by Democrats taking place, one might think that leaders of the Democratic Party would be scurrying to disavow their supporters’ violence. But that isn’t happening.

That is today’s Democratic Party: the vicious, the violent, the anti-democratic, the bullies. The fascists.

The Left’s Campaign Against Self-Defense. Janet Levy – “In the name of “social justice,” politicians and the judiciary in many cities and states are bestowing moral rights on violent left-wing and anarchist groups.”

“In stark contrast, prosecutors are bearing down heavily on gun owners who defended themselves at protests by militant leftist groups like Antifa and BLM. Under threat are the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the legal justification to act in self-defense.

the way biased prosecutors have responded to self-defense cases — all involving people menaced or attacked by Antifa-BLM protestors — is really a cause for worry.

The final rulings on these cases will be a weathervane for the future of self-defense in the U.S. Americans could very well be in danger of losing their right to own firearms and use them for their protection.

Judge blocks bills limiting Beshear’s emergency powers. – “The Democratic governor’s administration made a “strong case” that the Republican-backed bills are likely to “undermine, or even cripple,” public health measures needed to protect Kentuckians from the pandemic, Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said in his ruling.” A judge is asserting that a governor can ignore laws passed by a legislature? The voice of the people can be overridden by executive fiat? One could wonder whether the judge sees his job as deciding law or deciding on his own what he thinks right or wrong.

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Let it be, he said. Really?

How Baby Boomers Ushered In Our Narcissistic Age. Michael Morris – “Helen Andrews’ book, ‘Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster,’ offers a penetrating and damning look at a generation that put America on a path to ruin.” … “Through Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Andrews paints a portrait of how the courts essentially weaponized law against the longstanding institutions of America.” … “Andrews offers a compelling book that will help readers identify these excesses and, Lord willing, maybe provide an opportunity for correction.”

‘Blessings Of Liberty’: How ‘The Equality Act’ Viciously Attacks Christians, Freedom, Society, Sex, And You. Christopher Bedford – “According to the Equality Act, religious nurses, doctors, and hospitals unwilling to kill an unborn child or perform a sex-change surgery could be legally discriminating.”

“It’s all made possible by massively expanding the government’s definition of bigotry, as well as the definition of public gathering places to include any place that “provides exhibition, entertainment, recreation, exercise, amusement, public gathering or public display.” When you add the above to “any establishment that provides a good, service, or program,” you’ve put nearly the entirety of American civic life under the thumb of radical activists.

Under the Equality Act, after all, American law is a tool to attack our rights of conscience, our religious freedom, our businesses, our schools, our families, our neighbors, our priests, and our churches. How dare anyone expect to use the law to defend against it?

While the act is nearly certain to pass the Democratic House of Representatives, its fate in the Senate is less assured. Americans must pay close attention. Our society depends on it.

The Democrats’ ‘Woke’ Equality Act: Another Awful Idea That Would Radically Change America. I & I Editorial Board – “The just-passed Equality Act no doubt sounds wonderful to many. Who, after all, can disagree with a bill to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation”? But it’s a wretched bill, one that would have many terrible consequences.” … “like a bad meal, the Equality Act is likely to come up again.” … “Anyone, anywhere, who dissents from the most radical redefinition of gender and the family in history can be sued, harassed and made a pariah, with little recourse.” … “This is a straight-up violation of the First Amendment, which protects both speech and religious belief: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Remember These Names: Three House Republicans Join Dems in Voting to Gut Religious Freedom. Tyler O’Neil – “the “Equality” Act explicitly carves out an exemption from the right of religious freedom — an exemption that only applies to claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.” … “Tragically, many Americans actually believe that opposition to LGBT orthodoxy ipso facto constitutes a form of “hate.” … “Opposing the Equality Act isn’t just about preventing a horrific public policy but also about combatting the horrific cancel culture that would demonize dissent on these issues.”

The Proposal for a ‘Commission’ to Investigate the January Protests Isn’t About Seeking Out Any ‘Truths’ or Accountability. Shipwreckedcrew – “The narrative of what the history of January 6 will be is set – now the Democrats need to get started creating history by writing it down.”

“The goal of Pelosi and the Democrats is transparent. They want a Democrat-controlled Commission to create an enduring government “report,” to be adopted by the Democrats while they control both Houses of Congress. The sole purpose of this report will be to equate their political opponents — conservatives who supported Pres. Trump and his MAGA agenda — with the kinds of foreign terrorists who killed thousands by flying passenger planes full of innocent people into buildings on 9/11.

Liberal intolerance as an established religion. Mark Wauck – “a common philosophical outlook regarding human nature and the place of man in reality–is sorely and quite obviously lacking. That much is clear from the concerted liberal assault on key provisions of the Constitution, which is now attacked as enshrining White Supremacy, rather than regarded as empowering all citizens to a full life of citizenship.” … “A few examples of where we are at this moment follow.”

In Final Days, Trump Gave Up On Releasing Russiagate Files, Nunes Prober Says. Aaron Maté – “The House Intelligence Committee’s Kash Patel said senior intelligence officials ‘continuously impeded’ their release – usually by slow-walking their reviews of the material.”

“The media vitriol unnerved Patel, who had previously served as a national security official in the Obama-era Justice Department and Pentagon – a tenure that exceeds his time working under Trump. Patel says that ensuring public disclosure of critical information in such a consequential national security investigation motivated him to take the job in the first place.

If nobody’s home, who called out the Syria airstrike? Monica Showalter – “Seven weeks into his presidency, senile Joe Biden surprised many by calling in a Syria airstrike. … Which was puzzling, given that there seemed to be no immediate threat. And that’s just for starters.”

Estimates: George Floyd Riots To Cost 66 Times More Than Capitol Damage. Tristan Justice – “Capitol Architect J. Brett Blandon told lawmakers Wednesday damage from January’s Capitol riots will likely cost $30 million to cover adequate mental health services, art repairs, and enhanced security.” – mental health services? – “the price tag will go even higher if the new fence expanding the Capitol’s perimeter borders gaslighting the public is kept past March.”

The Imaginary Menace Behind Everything Wrong In America. Paul Bradford – “This white supremacist bogeyman will continue to be seen as America’s primary threat and the one responsible for all manners of misdeeds.” … “You would think that Klansmen are roaming American streets and terrorizing ordinary citizens on a daily basis. You have to worry about a skinhead gang beating you to a bloody pulp every time you go to the supermarket. That’s how this problem is portrayed.”

“Antifa will continue to wreak havoc throughout the country and bodies will pile up from our skyrocketing murder rate. But these will be ignored by the current administration and its allies. They’re too busy looking for white supremacists under the bed.

Biden’s COVID relief bill is chock full of anti-white reverse racism. Betsy McCaughey – “Polls show most Americans support the federal COVID-19 relief bill. But if they knew what’s in it, they might feel differently. The bill is an affront to the American ideal of equal treatment under law — and a slap in the face for people who want everyone helped fairly.”

California Collapsing . Martin Sieff [Strategic Culture Foundation at zerohedge] – “California now fulfills Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s nightmare vision in his prophetic masterpiece “The Possessed” as to what unlimited liberalism must inevitably create – if not stopped in its tracks and rolled back.”

In Report Affirming Nearly No Transmission In Schools, CDC Slips In Shocking Data About Asymptomatic Spread. Georgi Boorman – “If the contagiousness of people without symptoms does not drive the spread of SARS-COV-2, then restrictions like lockdowns and mask mandates on the general public don’t make sense.” … “It’s time solid data from real-world transmission studies, not models, be used to support the basis for the onerous restrictions put on Americans over the past 11 months and continued to this day.”

God, I Hope This Ends Soon, But in the Meantime… Kevin Roche – “One big thing I have re-learned and had reinforced during the epidemic is most experts are idiots. They rest on their laurels, they don’t keep up, they resist innovative thinking and they love the spotlight. They are the last people I trust.” … “So here is what I believe we know, but test it with your own thinking.”

Analysis: Nevada’s $13 billion plan to build solar farms. Norman Rogers – But ‘the plan is useless & will accomplish absolutely nothing beyond rewarding the governor’s political supporters’ … “Nevada governor Sisolak doesn’t follow science; it follows him.”

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Confess!

Can We Reform a FBI that Behaves Like a Gestapo? Larry Johnson – “The final straw for many in the bureau is the dishonest response to the January 6 swarm at the U.S. Capitol.”

“While the FBI leadership is doing everything in their power to paint honest, law-abiding Trump supporters as nascent terrorists eager to impose Ku Klux Klan rule across the nation, the frontline agents who are doing the interviews of “persons” of interest are coming up with nothing from the Trump folks. No evidence of planning, coordinating or executing violence.

What some are finding is that Antifa people–more than several dozen–were paid to go to Washington, DC and incite violence. But there is an unanswered question–will this evidence see the light of day? If Christopher Wray, the FBI Director, has his way it will be buried and kept from the public. He will give it the Hunter Biden laptop treatment.

I never imagined the day would come where I would be serious about comparing the FBI to the GESTAPO. But that day has come. We already have clear evidence of their criminal conduct in the cases of General Michael Flynn, Carter Page, George Papadopolous and Roger Stone. Now we learn that the FBI, without a court order, is seizing the phone records of private citizens and members of Congress without a court order. It is an organization out of control and must be reined-in.

Democrat Voters Overwhelmingly Believe “Trump Supporters” Are The #1 Problem In The Country. Clayton Keirns – “Not police brutality, gun violence, healthcare, student debt, or 7 of the other items they were asked about. – Trump supporters. – Look below at this shocking chart:”

Why Do the Election’s Defenders Require My Agreement? Michael Anton – “The purpose of voting today is to give a democratic veneer to an undemocratic regime—not to give the people a say in the direction of their government.” … “Sullivan seemed genuinely troubled by my lack of belief. Hence his constant hectoring of me to “agree” or “concede” or “admit.” It bothers him that I do not believe, as if somehow the legitimacy of the regime itself rests on my belief or is threatened by my unbelief. ”

We are not the party of Liz Cheney. Don Surber – “Liz Cheney signaled her virtue in a speech at the Reagan Institute. She used the storming of Her Castle on January 6 as an excuse to label all supporters of President Donald John Trump as white supremacists.”

“White supremacy is the bogey man in Washington. It is as imaginary as global warming. But like global warming, it serves the purpose of giving more power to the powerful Merrick Garland, the attorney general in waiting, vowed to prosecute Trump supporters as domestic terrorists.

Liz Cheney Must Explain Why She Thinks The GOP Is A White Supremacist Party. David Marcus – “Cheney has defamed tens of millions of Republicans as white supremacists. I want to see her evidence.”

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A chilling transgression, It’s a melee.

After Burst Pipes Flooded Texas Homes, Many Are Blessed With Free Repairs: ‘Texas Takes Care Of Texas’. Jordan Davidson – “It’s a lot of work but we’re trying our best,” plumber Will Arausa said. … “Despite her unfortunate circumstances, Cedillo has also experienced the generosity and care of her fellow Texans as she works to return to normal.”

The Government Censors Are Here. I & I Editorial Board – “Congressional Democrats are demanding to know what communications giants such as Comcast and AT&T are going to do about “the spread of dangerous misinformation.” … “The hearing was called to focus on “disinformation and extremism in the media.” In practice it’s a stage for peacock strutting, spin, and projection (a diversionary tactic Democrats are well-practiced in) with the ultimate goal of gaining full control of the flow of information.”

“this is where we are in an America no previous generation would recognize. And the downward spiral is accelerating. Unless our decline is turned around hard and soon, it won’t be long before we’re burning books, because we’re already symbolically burning anyone who dares express a view that dissents from the Democrat-media narrative.

‘A chilling transgression’ of free speech: FCC commissioner slams 2 House Dems asking cable companies if they plan to keep conservative outlets. Douglas Braff – “In his denouncement of the letter, Carr also said that, “Debate on matters of public interest should be robust, uninhibited, and wide open. More speech is better than less.” He continued, saying, “Yet the concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the public square represents a marked departure from these First Amendment norms.”

Democrats Move To Silence Non-Liberal Speech. John Hinderaker – “the Democrats see what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and are pressing forward with their most radical agenda since they seceded in 1861.” … “I have been following politics closely for more than five decades, and the Democratic Party’s war on freedom of speech is the most sinister thing I have witnessed in that time. What is truly chilling is how few Democrats are willing to stand up for freedom.”

Expansion of domestic terrorism laws profoundly threatens democracy. Sara Carter – “It’s sad but true that the rhetoric since Jan. 6, from lawmakers is dangerous to how Americans perceive one-another, as well as civil liberties. It is in my opinion a mission creep to a surveillance society born out of fear and one in which American democracy is threatened.”

We’re all ten steppers now. Mark Wauck – “since 2007 Wolf has been pushing her idea of the threat to American democracy, embodied in her Ten Step program by which democracies are transformed into totalitarian states. She sees these Ten Steps being implemented here in America” … “Wolf’s main point at this juncture is that the Covid casedemic is being used in line with Step Ten of her schema, the final step to full on totalitarianism.”

Tucker Carlson’s plan to end systemic racism and income inequality in America. Andrea Widburg – “It’s time, he said, for America’s elite educational institutions (the Ivy Leagues and other high-ranking colleges and universities) to stop promoting generational affluence. They need to jettison their rich student body and, in the future, admit only disadvantaged students.”

Is the Biden Administration Stumbling Into War? Victor Davis Hanson – “Nothing is more dangerous than stronger powers, even inadvertently, sending signals that are interpreted as weakness by weaker powers.”

 

How Does the West Factor in Africa’s Problems? Michael Curtis – “Though this state of affairs may resemble politics in Washington, D.C., it actually applies to Uganda, where the presidential and legislative election took place on January 14, 2021.” … “After the independence of African countries from colonial rule, democracy did not flourish, and rulers came to power through coups or as warlords or as charismatic personalities.” … “The positive and negative aspects of colonialism in Africa remain controversial. The crucial problem remains. Why did democracy not flourish after independence?”

Senate Hearing On The Capitol Riot Exonerated Trump. David Marcus – “Tuesday’s testimony made perfectly clear that Donald Trump did not incite the Capitol riot.”

“In January, then-President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in mere hours — no witnesses, no testimony, no evidence. It was a needless knee-jerk reaction meant mainly to embarrass and punish the outgoing president. Likewise, the trial in the Senate, which took less than a week, offered no substantial evidence tying Trump to the actions of the rioters. By that time, Trump was already out of office, so why was the trial rushed? Why did it lack any real substance? We found out why on Tuesday.

The answer, of course, is that Trump did not in any way, shape, or form incite the riot. The reason the Democrats offered no evidence that he did is that there is no evidence that he did.

The bottom line is that in the impeachment and trial of Trump, facts took a backseat.

Capitol Police Witnesses Struggle to Explain How Rioters Breached the Capitol on January 6. Tyler O’Neil – “The law enforcement officers claimed that they had been prepared to face a potentially violent protest, but they said the rioters caught them off guard.” … “The law-enforcement officials referred to the riot as a “military-style attack,” but the DOJ has not charged any specific rioter with gun possession in the U.S. Capitol.”

“Americans should absolutely abhor and condemn the Capitol riot, but conservatives should beware of the Democrats’ rhetoric on this. Democrats appear to be laying the groundwork for a domestic “War on Terror” based on the idea that conservatives, Republicans, and those who supported Donald Trump pose a domestic terror threat to the country.

I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6. J. Michael Waller – “The deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol bore the markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.” … “The biggest takeaway from the testimony was a miscommunication among Capitol Hill police that left an intelligence report suggesting violence was being planned against the seat of government ignored.”

Everything is Fake in Utopia. Bode Lang – “When Democrats gain power through fraud, everything that follows becomes fake as well.” … “Ever since January 6th, social media became platforms to rant about “insurrection,” “sedition,” “treason,” and “domestic terrorists,” by nearly every blue checkmark. Whenever a prominent Republican like Ted Cruz tweets, the replies are dominated by leftists reciting these lines right on cue, still pretending to be haunted by the event.” … “Hypocrisy is only bothersome to people interested in truth, but the left has different rules.”

COVID-19 Status Update, February 2021. Fred Lipfert and Sheldon Lipsky – “It is always problematic to predict the future based on a few months’ data. Still, should this maximum infection rate continue through 2021, the probability of infection during the year could exceed 30%.”

Explaining My Position on Covid-19 and the Restrictions. Don Boudreaux – “In my latest column for AIER I offer some of the reasons why I believe that the public’s fear of Covid-19 is far in excess of what the facts warrant.”

In Report Affirming Nearly No Transmission In Schools, CDC Slips In Shocking Data About Asymptomatic Spread. Georgi Boorman – “If the contagiousness of people without symptoms does not drive the spread of SARS-COV-2, then restrictions like lockdowns and mask mandates on the general public don’t make sense.”

Even NPR Admits Florida Is A Success And California A Failure. The Committee to Unleash Prosperity – Greg Allen: “In late fall, we saw this horrible surge that grew even worse after Thanksgiving. …. this sustained, horrible surge of infections, the worst in the nation, for many weeks after the second lockdown was ordered. And the fact is, California’s deaths per capita numbers, which, you know, officials have used throughout the pandemic to defend these very tough restrictions, are in many cases either the same or worse than many states that have been far less restrictive.”

The Blue States Are Now the Beggar States. Stephen Moore – “there is almost no evidence that lockdowns, business closures, stay-at-home orders and other strategies have reduced the infection rates or death rates from the virus.” … “Fifty states experimented with responses to the virus, and the verdict is in: The big blue states got crushed.” … “The “progressives” in these states voted for higher taxes, more regulations, high energy prices and economic lockdowns. That’s democracy in action.”

Democrats starting to panic over a reckoning at the polls for blue-state bungling of COVID. Thomas Lifson – “the economic and social price paid by residents of states with lockdown hard-line Democrat governors like Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, and California is starting to look way too high.”

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A National Disgrace. Just who is insane here?

Impeaching the Voters. Editorial of The New York Sun – “Just to mark the point, it’s not our intention here to assert that Mr. Trump is innocent. It’s only to mark the part of due process that requires that the burden rest entirely on the House. It is asking the Senate to bar a former president from public life until the end of his days. The fact is that the Democrats are scared of a Trump comeback, and the House made no secret of it.”

Briefly Noted: The National Disgrace Of Our Politics. Mark Wauck – “This new low in our political theater has been exacerbated by the introduction of a military occupation of our capital city into the mix of outrages to the body politic, along with the attempt to turn the the latest liberal boogey man–no less than the former president and the 75 million people who voted for him–into non-persons.” … “I would like to note two articles that strike the proper note or chord.”

It Sure Looks Like the House Impeachment Team Doctored Evidence. Bonchie – “The allegation stems from a tweet by Jennifer Lynn Lawrence which was used by Democrats to allege she was calling for an insurrection.”

Bad week for Democrats of all stripes. Monica Showalter – “What could be the meaning of this string of collapses for the Democrats with all of this bad news for them rolling out?” … “The bottom line about election 2020 is that it was won by fraud. And from fraud a lot of problems that would naturally go away simply come back bigger.”

After a slow start, Trump’s attorneys had a barn-burning impeachment closing. Andrea Widburg – “”

“He opened by pointing out that Democrats improperly sat on footage of events in the Capitol to blindside Trump’s defense team and deny him due process. From there, he moved to the fact that the Democrat House impeachment managers outright lied about their alleged evidence, whether it was faked tweets or manipulated video. As part of this lambasting the Democrats for dishonesty, Schoen played for them Trump’s entire statement about events in Charlottesville, which the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) twisted into the disgraceful, defamatory “fine people” hoax.

Schoen demonstrated that Democrats have lusted after impeachment since Trump’s inauguration. The next thing he showed is that Democrats actively promoted violence in the street and have frequently and openly expressed their desire to commit actual violence against Trump, his supporters, and America itself. Moreover, to the extent Trump used the word “fight,” he did so in a purely political sense, which is something that Democrats have done repeatedly over the years:

Trump Defense Team Just Destroyed One of the Most Persistent of Democrat Lies. Nick Arama – “one of the other things that the defense did was call out one of the House Democrats’ lies, a lie that Democrats have continued now for years, a lie that Joe Biden said was part of the very reason he ran. That was the “very fine people” lie.”

Hitler as a Military Strategist. Michael Evans – “The greatest victory of the German army,” the Israeli historian Omer Bartov wryly noted in 1991, “was won on the field of politics, where it managed to return from the most murderous military action in German history all but unscathed.”

Maximum Pain for Net-Zero Gain. Michael Green – “The new Net Zero Jobs report from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) highlights the industries and electorates most at risk of job losses by the 2050 target year, making visible the tensions within and between the major parties on climate policy.”

Am I a Guinea Pig in an Evil Scientist’s Experiment? Don Boudreaux – “Some unseen scientist, likely evil, is studying what happens to human beings if a relatively small number of us experience reality in a completely different manner from how the majority of humanity experiences the same reality.” … “Is the unseen experimenter testing to see if, as a result of this powerful hallucinogen, I and my fellow guinea pigs will go insane?”

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Abraham Lincoln’s 212th birthday. Pro Re Nata

Decades Before The Civil War, Lincoln Saw An Approaching Storm. Every American Should Read His Warning. Christopher Bedford – “Beyond their brutality, the young lawyer feared these mobs for the lawlessness they embodied — and the idle familiarity with which his fellow Americans seemed to accept these incidents.”

While the 1830s mobs “hang gamblers, or burn murders,” he cautioned, tomorrow’s mobs would hang and burn the innocent — “and thus it goes on, step by step, till all the walls erected for the defense of the persons and property of individuals, are trodden down, and disregarded.”

Yet today at The Washington Post, New York Times, and at the top of our government, the privileged and ignorant children of our country tell Americans our experiment is tainted, our Revolution was for evil, our Civil War was not enough. They demand reparations through re-education, racist quotas, kneeling subservience, and crude offerings of money. Neither the honored dead of the Revolution nor the lives of 300,000 Yankee boys lying stiff in Southern dust will appease them — they want more than the blood of our countrymen.

Did A Shadowy Anti-Trump ‘Cabal’ Help Sway 2020 Election Outcome? I & I Editorial Board – “it’s a shocking indictment of the cynicism and manipulation that the Democrats and their friends brought to bear on the 2020 presidential race.”

“The message is one of fear: Don’t disagree with us, or you’ll be deplatformed from social media or, worse, lose your job or an influential position. The Chamber of Commerce, unions and the “cabal” of others who took part in this effort politicized themselves, in effect serving as arms of the Democratic Party. Next time someone calls election fraud a “myth,” remind them of this.

Democrats Present ‘Doctored’ Video of Capitol Riot During Trump Impeachment Trial. Matt Margolis – “the video presented by the Democrats was not a straight video of Trump’s speech, but rather a collage of selectively edited clips of Trump’s speech mixed with select clips of video from the assault on the Capitol.” i.e. propaganda as a basis for a significant governance proceeding.

Democrats Caught Using Fake ‘Evidence’ At Impeachment Trial [via zerohedge]. Steve Watson via Summit News – “Cicilline then charged that Trump asked Tuberville to “make further objections” to Biden’s election vote count, while Senator Lee “stood by.” … It soon emerged that then entire claim was bullshit, when Senator Lee confirmed it never happened.” … “Earlier in the hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell used a photoshopped tweet in an attempt to add extra weight to a post Trump re-tweeted about supporters ‘fighting’ for the country.”

‘People Died. It’s Tragic. But the How and Why Really Matter. A Lot.’: Matt Walsh Takes Apart ‘Deadly Riot’ Narrative. Mike Miller – “So of the five deaths linked to the riot,” Walsh tweeted, “only one — Babbit [sic] — can be conclusively considered a death caused by violence during the riot. As important, “the violence in this case was done by a cop.”

What we still don’t know about the Capitol riot. Tucker Carlson – “Where was the necessary security? How did the riot start? How did Officer Brian Sicknick die?”

Impeachment Betrays Democrat Distrust of Voters. David Catron – “Attorney Castor posed that question 40 minutes into his opening remarks on Tuesday: “Why is the majority of the House of Representatives afraid of the American people?” … “The Democrats simply don’t trust the electorate to make the “right choice” if Trump is on the ballot.”

American Police State: No Questions Allowed. J.B. Shurk – “When does a free state become a police state? Is it when government declares itself “essential” but religious worship “selfish”? Or when making a living becomes a crime? Or when free speech rights are afforded only to those who say “correct” things? Or maybe when tens of millions of Americans find themselves unexpectedly labeled as “domestic terrorists” by the military-media complex overnight?” … “The most dangerous thing to any police state is a person capable of thinking clearly.”

Months before a company lobbied the Legislature to create its own county, it purchased faraway water rights that could fuel future growth. Daniel Rothberg – “Near the edge of the Black Rock Desert, where thousands of visitors travel to the Burning Man Festival each fall, irrigation systems stand idle on a fallow field in February.”

Double-Mask Mania. The Committee to Unleash Prosperity – “The Centers for Disease Control finally recognized that the masks it’s had everyone wearing for the better part of a year are largely ineffective because aerosols easily go around the top and sides.” … “The “double-masking” fad is now arriving at a time when infections are down 58% nationally in the last month and many states have already vaccinated over 50% of seniors.”

As Things Stand with COVID. Jeffrey I. Barke – “we have reached a point where it is almost impossible to differentiate medical truth from medical fiction, health information from health misinformation.”

“Pro Re Nata — As Things Stand now — we need more, not less, debate and information from physicians so that the public, as well as patients, can make better informed decisions about the care of our citizens in this age of COVID-19.

The American Flight from Freedom and Mental Health. E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “This book is a call for a return to reason, common sense, decency, Jewish and Christian values, mental health, and truly liberal ideals based on ideas from many of the greatest thinkers from Plato to the present. The morbid turn of our society toward collective schizophrenia and mind control is made with no punches pulled.”

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Striking works of doublespeak

Time Magazine Gushingly Profiles The Successful ‘Conspiracy’ To Rig The 2020 Election. Joy Pullmann – “Time magazine’s article intones the ‘Trump is crazy’ mantra over his claims of a ‘rigged’ election while telling anyone who reads it how powerful people conspired to rig the 2020 election.” … “It’s really hard to tell if the article is just a gloating bat flip, a horrifying attempt to radicalize more people among Democrats’ political opposition, or evidence the left believes Americans are so deadened under Democrat control they will not react to such public revelations of conspiracies to betray American self-governance.” … “The article is above all a striking work of doublespeak.”

No, the 2020 election wasn’t stolen — but yes, it was underhandedly tilted Jonathan S. Tobin – “That means the challenge facing the country is not what to do about Trump’s sore-loser tantrum, which resulted in a disgraceful riot (swollen into an “insurrection” by Democrats and media keen to discredit all Republicans). The real problem is whether Americans are prepared to let the same forces that tilted the 2020 election in Biden’s favor get away with it again.” The use of the word “tantrum” is false witness that illustrates Tobin’s excessive bias. What he avoids completely is that the Time article is only part of the story and is not of a nature to describe negatives like criminal activity. That doesn’t mean that that activity did not exist.

Beating Democrat Electoral Corruption. J.R. Dunn – “Since Nov. 3rd, one particular line has been repeated almost to the point of becoming a meme: “There will never be another honest election in this country.”

Hiding Biden: How Democrats And Media Crafted The First Impeachment To Help Defeat Trump In 2020. Mark Hemingway – “A news blackout may have helped propel Biden to victory, but questions regarding the Bidens have not gone away.” … “As the Senate takes up a second impeachment of Trump, Republican objections to the Democrats’ handling of the first go-round loom large. The record of those proceedings shows that they were conducted in a highly unusual manner. In retrospect, it seems clear that they were designed not just to target Trump — but to protect Biden.”

Dems’ Sham Trump Impeachment: An Unconstitutional Abuse Of Power. I & I Editorial Board – “This entire farce is an unconstitutional act, which has the sole purpose of silencing a political opponent and the more than 74 million who actively supported him in the last election.”

“Most people won’t recognize the dangerous precedent this sets. Nothing could stop a future Congress in the hands of a permanent Democratic majority from setting up political kangaroo courts for their political enemies. Nothing.

The fake impeachment isn’t about justice, but about violating a citizen’s right to liberty and free speech.

A new Gallup Poll shows that 52% of Americans support Trump’s conviction by the Senate. If there’s a greater indictment of the woeful state of Americans’ knowledge of the Constitution and the rights it protects, we don’t know what it is.

Democrats’ Back-Up Plan: Let’s Do Something Unconstitutional Too. Ed Morrissey – “So, to be clear, Cohen knows it’s unconstitutional, but Trump Trump Trump! We must restore the norms by burning them all down first! Congress has an important role in keeping presidents in check, but Congress is bound by the same document as presidents. Democrats who want to get revenge on Trump this badly should consider whether they’re becoming their own nightmare.”

Global Warming Alarmists Keep Letting Their Masks Slip, Reveal Their True Motivations. I & I Editorial Board – “This happened most recently when a Massachusetts official said “we have to break” the will of the average person to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” … “They hope to push through their agenda behind a wall of deception that is fueled by much of the media, activist researchers, unelected officeholders, and probably every Democrat in this country and their leftist counterparts in the rest of the West.”

“We hope the West, if not the world, soon sees the alarmists for what they are: Charlatans and hacks who cover up their pursuit of political and personal agendas with an ornamental layer of environmentalism. It’s no overstatement to say they pose a danger to us all.

CDC Estimates 83 Million U.S. COVID Infections. This Has Major Implications. Alex Berezow – “It’s vital that we learn not to repeat the same mistakes, including the social and economic ones, not just the epidemiological ones.” Lessons: “1) The lockdowns didn’t work as intended.” … “2) The huge number of cases isn’t because most infections are asymptomatic.” … “3) We are much closer to herd immunity than we thought.”

BUSTED: CDC Inflated COVID Numbers, Accused of Violating Federal Law. Patrick Howley – “Government Manipulation Revealed” … “CDC illegally inflated the COVID fatality number by at least 1,600 percent as the 2020 presidential election played out, according to a study published by the Public Health Initiative of the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge.”

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Breathtaking deceit and dishonesty. Crickets.

But first: A Message From Rush Limbaugh to President Donald J Trump presented by Sundance.

What We Are Doing To Our Young People Is A Crime. John Hinderaker – “I listened in on a zoom parents’ mtg with a MN (DFL) senator tonight.” … “However bad/sad/depressing I thought it would be, it was worse”

Defining bigotry down? Jake Tapper and Chris Hayes Lose Their Minds ‘Inciting’ Against GOP and Reveal Next Step to Control the Narrative. Nick Arama – “This guy and his network have done everything they could to undermine the duly-elected president of the United States for the past four years with crazy conspiracy theories long debunked.”

Who’s Crazy? John Hinderaker – “Democrats are busily trying to portray Republicans as crazy extremists and conspiracy theorists.” … “But where do we look for maximum craziness?” … “There was a time when making such reckless, extreme, and–to say the least!–unsupported claims about one’s political opponents would have been considered far out of bounds by pretty much everyone. No longer. When is the last time you have seen a Democratic politician–any politician–denounce even the most hateful and potentially violence-producing rhetoric from a fellow Democrat?”

Instapundit: Look, guys, any honest person who knew math knows. I know the left and the right who hates Trump loves to lie to themselves that “everyone hates Trump.”

‘Time’ Returns to the Scene of the Crime. Tony Thomas – “Here’s another example of Time‘s spinning . See if you can spot the inconsistent logic:” … “what Time omits is the last piece in the jigsaw – how the mail-in votes were tampered with. Maybe when the players start boasting about that aspect of coup, we will learn from Time what went on.”

Time Magazine Uses Interesting Word to Explain How 2020 Election Was Pretty Much Rigged. Matt Vespa – “the piece said this wasn’t a rigged election, it was merely “fortified.” … it does give Trump some validation in the sense of the anointing aura that engulfed the nation, especially its news media. As ballots were still being counted, this was permeating the media coverage.” … “ou have to love the linguistic gymnastics here.”

Left Admits Election 2020 Was “Fortified” The Democrat Way. Nina Bookout – “hey believe that they will never ever be challenged again. We need to prove them wrong. We have to and we MUST fight for our Republic. Our future depends on it.”

The Art of the Steal. Rick Fuentes – “For the entire country, the legitimacy of the past presidential election remains an open wound that will not soon heal.” … “On November 3, we went to bed in America. On November 4, we woke up in Venezuela.”

PolitiFact Warps Reality About Left-Wing Activist Inciting Capitol Riot. Anna Lynn and James Agresti – “video footage indisputably proves that Sullivan encouraged people to storm and vandalize the Capitol.” … “In contrast to PolitiFact’s claim that Sullivan’s calls to “storm” and “burn” down the Capitol don’t constitute incitement, PolitiFact has not fact-checked any of the hundreds of Congressional Democrats who declare in their impeachment resolution that President Trump incited the riot.” … “PolitiFact also uses a dishonest debating technique called a “straw man.”

Why Has Trump Not Been Charged With Criminal Incitement? [via zerohedge] Jonathan Turley – “Donald Trump may be the most convicted man never charged in America.” … “What was touted by many experts as a slam-dunk criminal charge has now joined a long list of alleged crimes that once were nightly cable-news sensations.” … “The disconnect between legal analysis and legal reality matters little in today’s media.”

“There is no crime of incitement for legal analysts who exaggerate or oversimplify criminal provisions; the public can be whipped into a frenzy with claims of easy prosecutions or slam-dunk charges. Many people are addicted to rage and these claims, even if illusory, feed that addiction. It is all entertainment until someone actually tries to bring a prosecution — and that is when reality sets in.

What to Expect from Trump’s Upcoming Impeachment Trial. Jonathon Moseley – “You will be watching something like playing the Super Bowl in five minutes, with the best of players slipping and falling all over each other. No one can elegantly mash a two- to four-week trial into only a couple of half-days, while the Senate also conducts other business in the morning. compression will harm Trump’s due process.”

ICYMI: Palm Beach Town Attorney Sides With Trump; Says He And Melania Can Live At Mar-a-Lago. Chris Donaldson – “The vengeful resistance appears to have suffered another setback as efforts to run former President Donald J. Trump out of Mar-a-Lago have come up far short of their objective.” … “You do have to give the Trump haters one thing: they are persistent in their obsession and Trump’s helipad at the property is the next target”

Supreme Court Enjoins Some California Restrictions On Worship. Paul Mirengoff – “A “science-based policy” that somehow eluded “scientists” in every other state.” … “There’s not a lot that I’m looking forward to in the public sphere during the next few years. But I am looking forward to more shrill, hypocritical dissents from Judge Kagan.”

Why are the Democrats Acting So Guilty? John Green – “The reason allegations of a “stolen election” linger is that there are mountains of irregularities that have not been addressed.”

Debasing the Constitution: Why Chief Justice Roberts is Not Presiding over Trump’s Impeachment Trial. William Levin – “Schumer is a different story. His statement is the reasons people despise the oiliness of politicians, saying just enough to sound reasonable, for unwarranted ends.” … “Justice Roberts is not presiding in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump because he has no constitutional authority to preside. It is not a choice.”

A Made-For-TV Impeachment Trial. David Catron – “The facts and Constitution favor Trump, so the Democrats will rely on melodrama.”

The Thirty Tyrants. Lee Smith – “The deal that the American elite chose to make with China has a precedent in the history of Athens and Sparta.”

America Is Rocketing toward the Health Care Precipice. Keith Jackson – “It has had to focus its priority away from the doctor-patient relationship and more toward appeasing ever-expanding federal and bureaucratic control. Doctors and patients are pawns caught in a game of power.”

Should COVID Vaccines Be Mandatory? Alex Berezow – “There are five criteria to consider before deciding if a vaccine should be mandatory. So far, COVID vaccines only satisfy two of them, which is why they should not be mandatory.” This is about ‘mandatory, not advisable, and barely touches on the age issues.

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Confessions.

Big Lessons From The Rapid Development Of COVID Vaccines. Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath – “fears are understandable, but ultimately unwarranted. Biopharmaceutical researchers can deliver a safe and effective vaccine faster than ever because of intense industry collaboration and decades of private-sector innovation.”

Biden’s Banana Republic. I & I Editorial Board – “The Democrats and allied activists are itching to shut down speech they don’t agree with, but do it under the cover of preserving and honoring “truth.” … Maybe they’re engrossed only with their version of the truth – their own fantasies and efforts to indoctrinate an entire population.” … “A country and a culture are in trouble when those in authority allow only one voice to be heard, when they decide what is acceptable speech and what isn’t, when the controversial and the unpopular are treated as crimes to be punished.”

Ideological Horror. – “While the genre of the striking new film Dear Comrades! would seem obvious (a political drama), it can also be described as a horror film.” … “The amount of paranoia and repression taking place is incredible. The party members consider the general populace as both childlike and a serious threat.” … “The film dramatizes the emotional and personal costs that millions paid for their belief in communism. … that reality hit not when a geopolitical theory or economic system was debunked, but because those with a conscience admitted that they heard the screams.”

They escaped totalitarianism twice, only to see it again in America. Matt Rowe – “Let me tell you about my wife’s family, formerly oppressed immigrants who came to this country legally, and love the USA as only formerly oppressed immigrants could.”

FBI criminal complaint on Capitol incursion used Photoshopped 4-chan hoax picture as evidence. Thomas Lifson – “Just when you thought the FBI couldn’t fall any further, the Bureau utterly, hilariously, and luridly beclowns itself.”

What we don’t know about the Capitol riot. Byron York – “The storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters was four weeks ago. In that time, it has become perhaps the most important factor in our politics, and particularly in the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. But there are a lot of basic facts that we do not know about the riot. It is not clear when we will learn them.”

Democrat Lawyers Claim Voting Machines Stole Election for House Republican. Daniel Greenfield – “NY-22 is a demonstration of what a long and grueling process a forensic examination of the votes in one House race looks like. – It’s also been an extended class in Democrat election hypocrisy.”

“Democrats are obviously allowed to make such arguments without being accused of incitement, sedition, or being deplatformed. But that’s always the case. We have two sets of rules. Those two sets of rules are becoming more obvious than ever and that’s leading to a profound distrust in the system. If the pundits who keep talking about reality really want to zero in on the origin of conspiracy theories, they might start with their own double standards.

Mike Lindell Releases Explosive Documentary on the 2020 Election – “ABSOLUTE PROOF” Film Includes Testimony and Interviews from Experts on Historic Fraud in 2020 Election. Joe Hoft – “This effort was a culmination of the work of many individuals who wanted to expose the fraud in the 2020 election for President of the United States.”

Election Fraud? Many Conspiracies Arise from a Rational Foundation. Jocelynn Cordes – “Lorenzo Valla and he was born in 1407. His claim was that a certain document the papacy used to justify its temporal powers over the Western portion of Christendom was a forgery. It was allegedly composed in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine himself, but Valla showed that it actually had to have been forged centuries later.”

“But that’s not what interests me about Valla’s critique, for he doesn’t begin his attack with these technical points, and while they’re definitive, there’s something else that demands attention. When I first considered writing an essay on Valla I thought the most important thing was to point out (for the benefit of our college-educated illiterati) that conspiracies to commit fraud aren’t new. If young people received an actual education, this case of a Renaissance humanist exposing a massive fraud concocted centuries earlier would be tucked away somewhere in their minds to be recalled whenever they heard contemptuous dismissals of “conspiracy theorists.” They might even consider the possibility that, as Paul Joseph Watson has pointed out, “. . . conspiracy theories are just inconvenient truths that the political establishment wants to remain hidden.”

But then right before our very eyes this extraordinary election fraud took place, and it was in the reaction of fraud deniers to this epochal event that my attention was forcibly shifted to the specific way in which Valla approached his thesis.

Time Publishes an Astonishing Story About a ‘Cabal’ and ‘Shadow Campaign’ That Helped Biden Win. Stacey Lennox – “The recounting of the story in Time is longer than a chapter in many novels. Time says additional details will be provided in a series of articles over the next several days. This article is an introduction.”

“What is described in the entire story has nothing to do with democracy or the consent of the governed. Instead, it represents a bargain between unions, corporations, activist groups, and the political elite. It is a precursor to the triumvirate of unions, big business, and the government becoming more evident every day. Put another way, the political elite, the very wealthy, the bureaucracy, and those willing to subsidize struck a bargain.

TIME Claims a Secret Cabal Manipulated the 2020 Election to Stop Trump, and People Have Questions. Bonchie – “This seems like the sort of thing you don’t say out loud but, like a serial killer, many in politics are just too absorbed in their own egos to not try to take credit for their deeds.” … “none of this is especially groundbreaking to those who have been paying attention. … Yet, the hypocrisy is still a bit much.”

Why The Time Election Narrative Is Good News. Mark Wauck – “The true giveaway is the lie about “changing” rules and laws.” … “Trump’s attorneys are directly addressing the falsehood that the Time article attempts to propagate–that rules and laws were “changed”. No they weren’t changed, say Trump’s lawyers–laws can only be changed by state legislatures. Acting in deliberate contravention of the election laws is, quite precisely, election fraud.”

Why are Democrats so scared of Donald Trump when they just defeated him? Glenn H. Reynolds – “In a nation returning to “normalcy,” does Congress cower behind armed troops and 12-foot fences? Does a party securely in control try to enlist tech firms and media to snuff out voices of opposition?” … “The Democrats aren’t acting like a party secure in its position; they’re acting nervous and insecure and lashing out at any perceived threat.”

“A normal, secure, sensible Congress would be moving to make sure voting is trustworthy, installing safeguards to reassure those with doubts. But we don’t have a normal, secure, sensible Congress. That’s too bad for everybody.

The Left Is Calling the Capitol Riot An ‘Insurrection’ and a ‘Coup Attempt’ for a Reason. Scott Morefield – “What they are doing is methodically intentional, and the reason is crystal clear. They want to paint a dark, ominous picture of the American political landscape, one that firmly places anyone who questioned the 2020 election or even supported former President Donald Trump as not just political adversaries, but enemies and even outlaws who want to overthrow a democratically elected government.” … “If they can paint the right as insurrectionists and coup plotters, they can then justify any method to stop and/or punish the insurrection and coup plotting.”

Clarity In Trump’s Wake [via zerohedge]. Angelo Codevilla [at AMGreatness.com] – “The United States of America is now a classic oligarchy. The clarity that it has brought to our situation by recognizing this fact is its only virtue…” – “Russians and East Germans under Communists Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in the 1970s lived under less ruling class pressure than do today’s Americans. And their rulers were smart enough not to insult them, their country, or their race.” There is need for care in the bias in this essay as Codevilla succumbs to the TDS narrative (without evidence) in parts. He does hit the China virus, election 2020, the cancel culture, and other tools of the oligarchies at play.

“Machiavelli’s lesson is that the clarity of situations such as he mentions, and such as is conservative America’s following the 2020 election, is itself valuable. Clarity makes illusions of compromise untenable and points to self-reliant action as the only reasonable path. The people might or might not be, as he wrote, “all ready and disposed to follow the flag if only someone were to pick it up.” But surely, someone picking up the flag is the only alternative to servitude.

So much. So heavy. It’s just beginning to get hot.

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Can we put the banana republic ideas in cages, too?

While Selflessly Donating His $400,000 Annual Salary Over Four Years to Various Charities – President Trump Lost $2 Billion in Wealth Saving the Country. Joe Hoft – “President Trump went through four years of hell to save the country from the insane policies of the Obama Administration. He lost a billion dollars doing it.”

House Impeachment Brief Against Trump Threatens Freedom of Speech of All Americans: Dershowitz. Tom Ozimek – “The brief filed by the House managers advocating the conviction and disqualification of citizen Donald Trump contains a frontal attack on freedom of speech for all Americans,” Dershowitz wrote. “It states categorically that ‘the First Amendment does not apply at all to impeachment proceedings,’ despite the express language of that amendment prohibiting Congress from making any law, or presumably taking any other action, that abridges ‘the freedom of speech.’”

Biden’s Banana Republic. I & I Editorial Board – “Odd, isn’t it, that the same people who claim to be so interested in truth and reality today for four years couldn’t stop talking about how the Russians put Donald Trump in the White House? Maybe they’re engrossed only with their version of the truth – their own fantasies and efforts to indoctrinate an entire population.”

“A country and a culture are in trouble when those in authority allow only one voice to be heard, when they decide what is acceptable speech and what isn’t, when the controversial and the unpopular are treated as crimes to be punished. Biden hasn’t bitten – yet – on a reality czar or ministry of truth. But under his administration, this country is shaping up as a banana republic. Think about:

Biden brings back kids in cages. Monica Showalter – “How’s this for buried news?” … “now the cages are back, now that Biden has dismantled President Trump’s humane ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy”

North Carolina’s lt. governor shows how to fight back against a corrupt media. Andrea Widburg – “To get a sense of the man, I recommend that you take the four minutes to watch his defense of the Second Amendment in the face of the Greensboro city council’s plan to ban gun shows from coming to the city. It’s epic:”

Science Betrayed. Shepard Barbash – “The propaganda infecting K–12 science curricula, especially on the environment, won’t go away.” … “to anatomize the decades of distortion in environmental education is a sideshow to an older, bigger problem: the refusal or inability of teachers to adopt scientifically proven methods to teach anything. Compared with medicine or engineering, teaching remains a backward field, dominated by myths and misconceptions.” … “When the scientists whom teachers depend on are not scientists but advocates, we can expect teachers to become advocates as well.”

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