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guilt driven coercion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Misapplication of charity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just how should we react?

Why does half of America vote for such horrible things? Spruce Fontaine — “My sense is that Democrats, by and large, have a tenuous connection to things transcendent.  Transcendence gives coherence to existence.” … “My fear is that America may soon want an actual king to fill civilization’s incoherent void.”

The Real Genesis Of Extremism. Gary M. Galles — “Leonard Read, born 123 years ago this week, showed that real farsightedness when wrote “The Genesis of Extremism,” in the April 1962 issue of The Freeman. He already understood today’s name-calling, ad hominem attacks and guilt by association innuendo attacks and their connection to government overstepping of its logically defensible role” … “What we are witnessing is an instance of action and reaction. The genesis of the reaction is the action, and the origin of the current “extremism” is socialistic action.” … “how should we react to socialistic government “innovations” that attack our rights and liberties?”

The Afghanistization of America. Victor Davis Hanson — “We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.” … “is our new freelancing and partisan military also in the process of becoming Afghanized—too many of its leadership electively appealing to pseudo-higher principles to contextualize violating the Constitution of the United States and, sadly, too many trying to reflect the general woke landscape of the corporate board to which so many have retired?”

Was ‘Justice For J6 Rally’ A Set-Up Or A Psy-Op? Ron Paul [The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity] — “As conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza Tweeted, the comedy of the event was that “there were so many undercover cops they were arresting each other by accident.” … “we must not let enemies of justice win. All liberty lovers must speak out for the unfairly persecuted. Even when it’s politically risky. We must not be silent!”

The Cabal That Cried Wolf and Undermined a Republic. Vince — “race was not the issue that makes these three cases so despicable.  What makes them so heinous is that they sought to play upon the sympathies of the American public.  In the end they failed and all three ended up disgraced and Magnum and Smith ended up in jail.” … “What is a much larger problem however is when such hoaxes are perpetrated by government.  And we’ve had a great deal of that.” … “Democrats have been manipulating Americans fears and goodwill for decades and today we are watching the culmination of that treachery.”

Australia: Covid’s tyranny. Reference Frame — By a Czech-born Australian lady whose name is known to me. “I have chosen to write this article mainly to let people around the world know the truth about what is happening in Australia. It is written according to the truth and my personal experience, nothing is second hand.”

Americans Need A New Media. I & I Editorial Board — “we have an army of journalists who are nakedly biased, vainly divisive, childishly spiteful, and purposely destructive. We can only hope our free market economy responds to the great business opportunity at hand before the press and its Democrat allies make doing so impossible as they work to shut down free enterprise.”

From the TV networks to the major daily newspapers to sophomoric gab shows, the media are in the business of lying, covering up and/or ignoring truth that hurts Democrats, instilling fear, creating an environment in which government can more easily control people who already had been freed through revolution, and “othering” and gaslighting dissenters.

As an institution, the press has been almost wholly taken over by a collection of liberty-loathing progressives, resentful leftists, neo-Marxists, aspiring tyrants, busybodies, bitter scolds, elitists, anti-Americans, and angry, juvenile activists – a composition identical to that of the Democratic Party. For those who doubt this, consider the Democrats’ recent proposal to subsidize left-leaning newspapers with taxpayer money.

How Durham Bombshell Made a ‘Birther’ Out of Me. Jack Cashill — “Upon reading special counsel John Durham’s 27-page indictment of attorney Michael Sussman, I found myself asking, “Is there anything Perkins Coie lawyers would not do to keep their Democratic clients in power?”

Indictment of Campaign Lawyer Demonstrates How Hillary Clinton Is The Most Systemically Manipulative Politician Of Our Lifetime. William A. Jacobson — “Hillary Clinton opreatives perpetrated a massive Russia-collusion fraud on the American public which not only manipulated the 2016 election process but also froze the Trump presidency and nearly paralyzed the nation politically for years.”

The Strange Thoughts of Catastropharians. Tony Thomas — “To Sally, we denialists are desperately cowering from “unbearable anxiety or loss”, rather than laughing at doom-criers’ 50 years of failed predictions.”

Concerning Ivermectin. Herschel Smith —  “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “This is a gigantic propaganda campaign, and you’re the subject of the disinformation.  In other words, if they weren’t so scared of it, the laughable legacy media wouldn’t be spending so much time on it.”

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Guilty as charged? (Don’t Ask!)

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

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

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

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

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Facts be damned. Milley, Filipovics.

The conversation Gen. Milley and Speaker Pelosi had about Trump launching a nuclear strike: ‘You know he’s crazy’ (Update). John Sexton — “Of course I don’t want to see a nuclear strike against anyone but given that none was order or even contemplated it seems accurate to say Gen. Milley overstepped his bounds and quite literally took on aspects of the president’s authority as commander-in-chief that no one elected him to take on.”

No, ‘Anti-Vax’ Republicans Are Not To Blame For The Weakening Economy. I & I Editorial Board — “Expect more of this sort of fact-free nonsense as the economy struggles in the weeks and months ahead.” … “Let’s be clear. The reason the economy is struggling is that Biden decided to abandon every pro-growth Trump policy. Inflation is rising because Biden is deficit-spending with abandon. And he’s just getting started. If he has his way, he’ll add $3.5 trillion in new spending, paid for in part by massive tax hikes. Then we will really be in trouble.” … “Of course, the more the economy suffers under President “Build Back Better” Biden, the more the Filipovics will come out of the woodwork trying to blame Republicans. Any Republican. For any reason. No matter how absurd. Facts be damned.”

 

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What has happened to our country?

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

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

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

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

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

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conspiracies gasping at straws

How to Tell What the Government Fears Most. J.B. Shurk — “I am of the opinion that we are all a part of one of the great epochal shifts in human history and that what we fight to secure today will reverberate through society for generations. We did not ask for this moment — most of us, in fact, have hoped that by quietly enduring the hardships that come our way, our toleration of what is intolerable would somehow be rewarded with comfort and peace.”

Lies, omissions and false fact checks – a banner week for media disinformation. Post Editorial Board — “We’ve listened to media writers bemoan that they cannot control the flow of information anymore. Why are people turning to those dark corners of the interwebs? Well, when you ignore a major presidential scandal broken by a well-respected wire service, exaggerate and obfuscate, then use “fact checks” to try to dismiss the truth, what credibility do you think you’re due? Chew on that missing context.”

The New Rules Bite Libs Right in the Uterus. Kurt Schlichter — “The new rule is that you use your power ruthlessly to defeat your opponent. And so, I’m totally comfortable with it. The Dems, not so much – this legislative suppository is shaped like a starfish and it ain’t going in easy.”

The administration seems to be acting with malice aforethought. Terry Paulding — “I am not a “conspiracy theorist,” because what I see is real — although leftists use the term against anyone sounding the alarm on any alarming event.” … “If we don’t want to fundamentally transform our country into a hellhole, it’s time to loudly badger our elected representatives, making them take action.  Speak the truth so they can’t help but hear us.  Hold them accountable, along long with the fake news media and the technocrats who allow the Taliban to have a voice on Twitter but cancel patriots.”

Millions of Americans without ICU doctors due to the “Biden ban”Seth Rabinowitz — “Americans are dying in ICUs in far greater numbers than would otherwise be if not for a newly misapplied 57-year-old rule banning the only American board-certified ICU doctors available in many cities from providing critical care, leaving only nurses to do the doctor’s job in treating ICU patients.

The great Ivermectin deworming hoax. Justus R. Hope — “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “We are asked to believe that six telephone calls to poison control about Ivermectin are somehow newsworthy, yet over 100,000 calls to poison control on Tylenol each year are not.” … “We have watched the movement on Ivermectin proceed with steadily increasing global attention on google searches – in sharp contrast to the concocted ad hoc PR campaign hastily crafted in August by Big Pharma on these laughable poison control stories.”

Dr. Scott Atlas, Others Throttle Bangladesh Mask Study: ‘Extremely Weak Tea’. Scott Morefield — “To claim that masks caused any given variance in outcome, you need to isolate masks as a variable. They didn’t.” … “Harvard professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff called it “odd” that “mask advocates are excited by this study.” … “David Chavous, an attorney with a PhD in molecular biology, called the fact that results were only seen for those over 50 years old a “HUGE red warning sign.”

It is possible to bring clarity to the ivermectin debate. Anony Mee — “As regards the hysterical reporting out of the left that ivermectin is not an FDA-approved drug for the pandemic, in January 2021, a paper was published regarding repurposing ivermectin for efficacious use against COVID. ”

Return Of The Hockey Stick?  John Hinderaker — “This German source traces the contamination to a Swiss university, but I think a more fundamental answer is that an enormous amount of money is at stake. If climate hysteria leads to a retooling of the world’s energy system, almost all of us will suffer a decline in our standard of living.”

Organic Disaster. Alex Tabarrok — “Sri Lanka’s President abruptly banned chemical fertilizers earlier this year in a bid to become 100% organic. The ban has resulted in reduced production and soaring prices that, together with declining tourism and the pandemic, have created an economic crisis.

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A race to the bottom

psychosis

Still Crazy About Trump.  John Hinderaker – “So you might expect the editorialists to cite at least one thing Trump did that was arguably illegal. But you would be disappointed.” … “When the Times says “embrace authoritarianism,” they mean things like opposing mask mandates and vaccine requirements for people who have had covid, along with wanting fewer regulations and lower taxes. In other words, anti-authoritarianism.”

Big Tech, woke finance crack down on Flynn, Gateway Pundit, Berenson in cancel culture purge. Just the News staff — “In recent days, Twitter permanently banned independent journalist Alex Berenson, Google demonetized The Gateway Pundit from its ad network, and Chase Bank canceled the credit cards of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.”

The factual post that got Alex Berenson banned from Twitter. Andrea Widburg — “Because Berenson’s conclusions did not support mask mandates and lockdowns, the tech tyrants hate him.  He’s routinely been locked out of Twitter, and, last year, Amazon tried to shut down his self-published works about the virus.”

Mental fitness, politicized psychiatry, and the authoritarian impulse. David Zukerman — “with the current POTUS showing signs of cognitive impairment, a noted psychiatrist who maintained that President Trump was mentally impaired appears to be silent.”

Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks for Nothing. Victor Davis Hanson —  “Afghanistan has been reinvented as the best-equipped terrorist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world’s superpower.”

Is Afghanistan the Next Killing Field? Fay Voshell — “America’s abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan portends a humanitarian disaster of unknown proportions.”

Biden Makes Islamic Terrorism Great Again. I & I Editorial Board — “Will the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, the rebirth of ISIS, and the appearance of American weakness fuel another huge spike in Islamic terror around the world – including in the United States? — If, God forbid, that does happen, the cause will be easy to pinpoint. And Joe Biden will have presided over two major increases in global terrorism since 9/11.”

Pretending COVID Is An Emergency Is Killing America. Molly McCann — “There is no justification for the continued suspension of the American form of self-government that secures all our individual rights and liberties.” … “The Western world is living a massive COVID lie. That lie is strangling the life out of liberty, and it will destroy our constitutional order if we do not end this horrifying charade.”

Who’s Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You. Brian C. Joondeph — “Hesitancy is relative resistance, in comparison to those who are genuinely anti-vaccine, refusing any and all vaccines. … Leaving aside the rationale or flaws behind these views, who are the vaccine-hesitant and why? The media has reported on this group and, not surprisingly, their characterizations may be inaccurate.”

Regardless of motivations, disparate groups of Americans, independent of political affiliation, are vaccine-hesitant, contrary to the media narrative. It’s a public health disservice for the media to politicize everything, including the COVID vaccines.

Harvard Determined to Race to the Bottom. Fletch Daniels — “So, Harvard University named Greg Epstein, an atheist, as their head chaplain because, apparently, nothing makes more sense to them than turning over the spiritual direction of their students to someone whose entire belief system is built around the belief that there is no God.”

on matters of race

Thinking about race: It’s not simple. Joanne Jacobs — “People with good intentions don’t realize they’re asking for a backlash when they “tell one group of kids, ‘You’re privileged, and there’s a problem with that, and you need to do something about it,’ [while] the other group of kids is encouraged to say, ‘I’m disadvantaged, and there’s so much wrong, and everything is working against me’.” It “breeds resentment” and reduces self-esteem and empathy, Foster believes.”

Playing the Race Card on Larry Elder. Heather Mac Donald — “Engaging in shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing, the media attempt to portray the California gubernatorial candidate as anti-black.” … “Unfortunately for Elder’s critics, the statistics showing vastly disproportionate rates of black crime and victimization come from some of the Left’s favorite sources.” … “If Elder were running as a Democrat, the press would be celebrating the possibility of California’s first black governor. Instead, we hear nothing about “shattering glass ceilings” or “diversifying” the ruling elite.”

But the media’s effort to portray his run merely as a resurgence of alleged Trumpian racism depends on a shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing. As long as that duplicity remains in force, in the California governor’s office and elsewhere, the country will continue sliding toward anarchy.

keep in mind that affirmative action is an expression of black privilege and white victimization.

Reality surfacing

Hurricane Ida Was by No Means Louisiana’s Worst. James Delingpole — “Here, courtesy of Paul Homewood, is the hard data showing that the busiest recent decade for hurricanes was the 1940s.”

 

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How to win elections

Hey, Biden Voters! Bruce Bawer — “You didn’t have a clue about how power works in the real world. You should have. You were a grown-up. You had no excuse.” … “So I guess even the catastrophe in Kabul isn’t even enough to make you rethink your vote. Even now, you’re still not through coughing up your anti-Trump bile.”

“I guess that the question, then, is this: will you ever be? In the times to come, as you witness the consequences of Biden’s incompetence, will any of it affect your opinions? Years from now, will you be crawling around the rubble in the remains of the world whose destruction Biden has precipitated and still be howling about the evil that is Donald Trump?

House Democrats Pass Bill To Steal Elections The Old-Fashioned Way. Cleta Mitchell — “The bill is a radical leftwing assault on the integrity of America’s elections and would permanently reshape and dictate ultimate election outcomes for the rest of our lives.”

“the bill cynically adopts into federal law every losing argument advanced by the vast leftwing elections industry to courts across the country for years. Every theory rejected by the courts has been enshrined in HR 4. The bill also hands control of our elections over to the radical leftwing attorneys in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.”
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Thomas Jefferson famously warned that “[g]reat innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.” HR 4 is a radical “innovation” crammed down the throats of the American people with a margin of four votes, all from one political party.

 

HR 4 indeed is transformative: it eradicates the precious American principle of free and fair elections, imposing a permanent ruling class of tyrannical left-wing elites, forever beyond the reach of the American voters.

Lessons from Georgia. John Stossel — [the former Soviet Georgia] “Fortunately, in Georgia, an eccentric libertarian, Kakha Bendukidze, became economy minister in 2004. He made “everything private, as much as possible.” … Georgia scrapped 90% of licensing and permit requirements. That reduced corruption.”

52% of Southern Nevada COVID-19 Deaths Were Fully Vaccinated? That’s What This Data Says. Scott Hounsell — but it’s not what a health company CEO said for the radio yesterday … 

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Keeping Fear Alive in the Long March

Keeping Fear Alive. John Tierney — “Reluctant to set the public free, policymakers and the public-health bureaucracy set unachievable and unnecessary goals.” … “Throughout the pandemic, American political and public-health leaders have been following Rahm Emanuel’s classic dictum for power-seeking officials: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Now they’ve adopted a corollary: you never want a crisis to end.”

Pandemic Panic Theater: Why All 14 ‘Gold Standard’ Randomized Controlled Trials of Face Masks have been Suppressed. Joseph Mercola — “The “arbiters of truth” in mainstream media, academia, and Big Tech have contorted the perceived reality so violently over the past two years that it’s no longer shocking when stories like these pop up.”

Canceling Rent is Canceling America. William Sullivan — “The government decreeing that I can’t legally and freely negotiate rent for the use of that property, or evict a tenant for refusal to pay, is the absolute nullification of my liberty and right to ownership of that property. ” … “What constitutional authority does the CDC have to take a sledgehammer to the very foundation of the American idea, you ask?  Well, none.  And we all know it, including the president and the CDC.”

The ABA’s Long March Continues. Mark Pulliam — “Nothing better exemplifies the Gramscian “long march through the institutions” than the role of the American Bar Association in transforming America’s legal establishment.”

Dead Superpower Walking. Mark Steyn — “The War on Terror began with men plunging to their deaths from the highest floors of skyscrapers hit by airplanes; it ended with men plunging to their deaths from the undercarriage of a US airplane taking off from what’s left of “Hamid Karzai International Airport”… “Wokeness is weakness, and diversity is where nations go to die.”

With That Staggering Figure, How Could You Not Question the 2020 Mail-In Voting Process. Matt Vespa — “are you shocked that there are millions of mail-in ballots that are just missing? They’re gone. Around 15 million votes cannot be accounted for. (via Daily Signal):”

 

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Is this direction by intent or by a random walk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overreach and humiliation. Poppycock?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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It;s noisy. Fuzzy input means fuzzy diagnosis and conclusion

Exculpatory evidence is being hidden from those arrested for January 6th activities. neo — “The legal machinations illustrative of the prosecution of many of the January 6th defendants is demonstrated in the case of Cuoy Giffin.”

“We on the right have long known, through early reports from news outlets and blogs on the right that showed amateur videos about the January 6th incursion, that a lot of people were let into the Capitol that day, acted like tourists and were treated like tourists, and then left of their own volition. But if this information ever comes out in court, it probably will be news to our liberal friends – if they even hear about it then.

Dept of Homeland Security Makes Official U.S. Government Announcement, If You Question Govt COVID Response You are Considered A Domestic Violent Extremist. Sundance — “This is quite a remarkable development and seems to underpin the tenuous, unstable and fragile disposition of the current regime.  The Department of Homeland Security seems rather paranoid in their need to label anyone who would question the COVID-19 response.  More than half the country would now be defined as dissidents and domestic terrorists within their our homeland.  Think about that.”

‘Case’: Another semantic Trojan Horse. Leann Horrocks — “In our new world of pandemic panic porn, it is important to remember that the word “case” is not a term of art.  It is not a medical term or a legal term.  It is just another word with a broad meaning that has been commandeered by people who want to control you.”

Do Masks Work? A Review Of The Evidence. Jeffrey Anderson [via City-Journal.org] — “The best available scientific evidence suggests that the American people, credulously trusting their public-health officials, have been blocking the door to the soul without blocking the transmission of the novel coronavirus.”

Good Medicine Requires Second Opinions. Barry Brownstein — “Judgements about Covid have been noisy. During the pandemic forecasts for the spread of Covid, the impact of masks, lockdowns, and other measures has been consistently wrong. This is not a surprise. As Kahneman reports, most forecasts are not reliable.” … “During this pandemic, open-mindedness, self-criticism, and the gathering and synthesizing of perspectives have been actively resisted.”

“The medical profession is noisy; we should not expect infallibility. We should not expect people to agree. We should value active open-mindedness to challenge the orthodoxy and promote discovery. …  In matters of health, competition and second opinions lead to better medicine.

D.C. Sued Over Use Of Stun Grenades and Chemicals Against Reporters in Racial Justice Protests. Jonathan Turley — “The media effectively buried the story despite flogging a false narrative against former Attorney General Bill Barr for over a year in non-stop coverage.” … “The false account was debunked by the Inspector General report.”

“The city is being sued for precisely what Barr and others were accused of in literally hundreds of major articles for a year. Academics and reporters declared the tactics to be an assault on democracy and press freedom. Now, there is largely the familiar sound of crickets from a press corp that increasingly acts like a de facto state media.

The Four Horsemen of the Biden Apocalypse. Jeff Crouere — “the border invasion, the economic catastrophe, the assault on our families, and the use of the COVID plague to eliminate our constitutional rights.”

Reality Bites Biden’s Policies. Clarice Feldman — “Wretchard summarizes Biden’s challenging week and notes the challenges are going to get even bigger”

If you remember Saigon 1975. Silvio Canto, Jr. — “In a few days, we may see the Taliban flag over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  What a way to remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11!  Once again, we defeated the enemy, stayed for a while, and then handed them the victory they couldn’t win on the field.”

Obama Lies, Cashill Corrects. Theodore S. Williams — “My pessimism is exacerbated by unrelenting destruction of the historical record of Democrats’ formerly defended racist acts and crime in the destruction of statues “associated” with slavery, oddly enough removing some of the worst Democrat offenders in history from public view.  But one can only hope and stay the course.”

Notable First Amendment News. Mark Wauck — “Two ongoing cases may be too early to say whether the law will change, simply because the press misbehavior may have been so egregious that even under past kid gloves treatment it went too far. Still, the prospect of both the NYT and the WaPo being deposed and subjected to wide ranging discovery is delicious to contemplate.”

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Forget the argument, examine the psychology

Cato, The Supreme Court, And Biden’s Sellout of Property Rights. Gary M. Galles — “As important as this issue is, I believe that focusing the discussion around whether the moratorium extension was constitutional, as currently interpreted, acts to tone down the crucial importance of the principle being violated — private property — and therefore the width of the abyss between that long-established principle of defensible government action and what was done.” … “what is at stake is not merely an intellectual exercise or inter-party dispute, but as “Cato’s Letters” make clear, it is at the heart of what defines America.”

Build. Alex Tabarrok — “The excellent Eli Dourado in the NYTimes: “How did the most dynamic country on the planet become so sclerotic? We did it to ourselves. We enacted laws that privilege the status quo at the expense of change and progress. We liberally passed out veto rights to anyone with the money and wherewithal to hire a lawyer. If we want to reverse the damage and create a more prosperous future, we must make it easy to build.” … “This is also a good opportunity to plug Ezra Klein’s excellent interview with Jerusalem Demsas, How Blue Cities Became So Outrageously Unaffordable.”

The Mischaracterisation of Conservatism. Kevin Donnelly — “An inheritance drawing on unique concepts such as the inherent dignity of the person, equality and freedom for all, popular sovereignty, free will and a commitment to social justice and the common good.  An inheritance that has evolved over thousands of years that must be nurtured, conserved and never taken for granted.”

This should be hailed, and yet there is mostly silence from the elites. Tyler Cowen — “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a new state treatment plan to help fight COVID-19, announcing Thursday that the state will start dispensing Regeneron monoclonal antibodies through mobile clinics…” — what is notable in both the original report and in some of this links comments is the moral preening, condescension, name calling, hubris, etc.

The problem with climate change politics. Alasdair Macleod — “It is time for a reality check, because on flimsy evidence climate policy is becoming overtly economically destructive, more so than any other statist intervention, outside monetary policy, in peacetime.” … “A prejudice which is little examined is why establishments frequently stick to conviction while denying reasonable debate. There are many fields of government where this is demonstrably true, climate change being one of them.”

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A Council of Kings

The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.

How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.
A Council of Kings
How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”

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Let’s be clear about this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Coercion. Purge. Fiasco. Predators. Due Process. Anyone care?

Vaccine And Mask Coercion Is A Purge Of Republican Voters, And Republicans Are Letting It Happen. Joy Pullmann — “Republicans are still by and large allowing their own voters to be purged from employment and schooling based on their evidence-informed convictions that oppose reality-defying leftist groupthink.”

The Confrontation Clause and the Case of Aaron Von Ehlinger. Brian Parsons — “In the United States, we subscribe to an idea of due process that finds its origin in the Magna Carta and Roman Law.” … “The Framers of the Constitution understood this and adopted ideas about due process such as the Confrontation Clause into the Bill of Rights.  The Sixth Amendment states: … The Confrontation Clause is cut and dry in its assertion that you have a right to a face-to-face confrontation in court with those who bring accusations against you in a speedy and public trial.”

The Predators Among Us. Abraham H. Miller — “As I read the demographics of victims of Chicago’s gang violence, I wonder, as have others, if there are predators out there hunting people for sport the way game hunters wantonly kill for sport. There are simply too many women and children, too many innocents, on the victims list.”

But how does one explain random sport shooting like shooting into a crowd of innocent shoppers, firing a random shot at a passing Elevated train, or attempting to shine a red laser beam into the eyes of a pilot making a landing approach?

Among us, there seem to be people hunting people for blood sport.
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The culture of violence, the impact of hopelessness and despair that sustain gang cultures were not addressed. We are incapable of dealing with intricate and complex root causes, so our political figures placate us with platitudes.

 

In our cities exists a culture of violence, and we ignore it at our peril, for we are all potential victims. It will not be solved by seeing it as a gun problem while ignoring the social forces that have produced this culture.

Why Every Functional Society Needs Fear of God. Selwyn Duke — “As for Christianity’s critics, know that faith will certainly seem like a snake-handler’s domain when you have a snake-handler’s understanding of it.”

Instapundit: “the assumption is always that men have something wrong with them and need to change. It’s not the books that are the problem, it’s you. The customer is in the wrong.”

The CDC’s Voodoo Epidemiology. John Hinderaker – “Our country’s response to the covid epidemic has been an unscientific embarrassment. It is not too harsh to say that our policy has consisted of harassing the general public while exposing the vulnerable. ” … “Our covid response has been dictated by politicians and bureaucrats, while the voices of actual physicians with expertise in the relevant fields and with clinical experience treating covid patients have been suppressed by the press and by social media giants. The result has been a fiasco.”

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When did the world become insane?

The Panic Pandemic. John Tierney — “Fearmongering from journalists, scientists, and politicians did more harm than the virus.” … “Instead of keeping calm and carrying on, the American elite flouted the norms of governance, journalism, academic freedom—and, worst of all, science.”

This experience should be a lesson in what not to do, and whom not to trust. Do not assume that the media’s version of a crisis resembles reality. Do not count on mainstream journalists and their favorite doomsayers to put risks in perspective. Do not expect those who follow “the science” to know what they’re talking about. Science is a process of discovery and debate, not a faith to profess or a dogma to live by. It provides a description of the world, not a prescription for public policy, and specialists in one discipline do not have the knowledge or perspective to guide society.

Medical insanity, as described by an MD. Matt Bettag — “When did the world become insane? What is the reason for it? Big Brother? Depopulation? Or people in love with control? I don’t know and it’s driving me nuts.”

The new McCarthyism. Roger Kimball — “Nancy and Chuck should preside over the new House and Senate American Activities Committee” … “Are you now or have you ever been a supporter of Donald Trump?” … “If you object that such a move would be unconstitutional and therefore against the law, expect to be met with pitying looks.”

More Jan. 6 creative writing at the New York Times. David Zukerman — “Lots of shoving and pushing by several hundred people, in less time than it takes to play a Major League Baseball game, and in which the demonstrators are not armed — not even wielding fire extinguishers — is hardly “an insurrection.”

The 2020 Election is Breaking the Legal Profession. Deion A. Kathawa — “Sanctioning lawyers who are fighting to uphold the country’s election process is a great way to scare away competent, qualified, and strong ones from taking charged cases.”

No Truth in Socialism: Why the ‘Crisis of Marxism’ Matters. L.K. Samuels — “Why do the Progressive Big Media, Democrats, elites, and Democratic Socialists feel duty-bound to create false realities?  Why must they silence, obstruct, or distort any truthful voice before it can ever be heard?  And why do they rush to judgment before the facts can be sorted out?  The answer is simple: socialists and collectivists have no other choice.  By hard experience, they learned over 100 years ago that their ideology is devoid of facts and reality.  They had to sacrifice truth in order to hide the inevitable failures of socialism.”

A theory about why Americans are meekly accepting reinstated COVID rules. Bookworm — “Americans once prided themselves on not bowing down to the government, unlike European sheeple. Now the reverse is true. What happened?”

The American people got the message: Unless they’re card-carrying socialists, Democrat party members, Biden supporters, or any other leftist true-believer, their government will destroy them for exercising their First Amendment rights. For most of them, meekly resuming their masks, torturing their children with masks, and even losing money as their businesses are shut down, is better than the specter of having the federal government quite literally destroy them. At least when they’re “honorably” bankrupted by the mandated lockdowns, they can get welfare.

Cultural Habits: Far More Than the Sum of Their Parts. Jocelynn Cordes — “For decades now, it has been fashionable to condemn, discredit, or deconstruct anything generally understood to be Western.”

Biden’s Blind Spot: “Our Constitutional Principles” Include State Rights Over Elections. Johnathan Turley — “While the president decries an “unprecedented attack on democracy,” the federalization of elections being pursued by Democrats actually would contravene what the Framers considered a core protection of democracy”

“I Do Solemnly Swear”: Biden Calls tor Extending the Eviction Moratorium Despite Being Unconstitutional. Johnathan Turley — “Frankly, given the overwhelmingly liberal makeup of law faculties, it is astonishing that most still told the President that an extension would be unconstitutional. Moreover, it is not difficult to find experts who are cavalier about the Constitution and willing to sign off on any effort to achieve desire political or social results.”

In California, Recalls are not Just for the Governor. John Green — “the state is in the midst of a genuine recallapalooza. The state has recall challenges underway for not just the governor, but also two district attorneys and over 48 assorted mayors, city councilmen, and school board members.”

Systemic Racism And Affirmative Action. John Hinderaker — “every major institution in the United States has engaged in “affirmative action,” which means discriminating in favor of blacks and, to a lesser extent, Hispanics, for the last 50 years. If any “systemic racism” has become embedded in our society, it is the racism of affirmative action. I would have thought that everyone knows this; certainly, anyone who has been active in the business or academic worlds in the last half-century is well aware of it.”

The ‘disinformation’ deception. David Harsanyi — “Protecting people from the scourge of “misinformation” has been the leading rationale for censorship since nearly the beginning of the republic.” … “The establishment Left, by which I mean those in charge of most institutions in society today, continues to normalize the idea that it is moral to suppress ideas to shield citizens, as if they were children, from dangerous speech.” … “What happens when anything conflicting with progressive “truth” can be labeled misinformation? Misinformation becomes “violence,” tantamount to “killing people,” as the president might say.”

Revisiting the Right to Bear Arms after Summer 2020 Rioting. David Bernstein — “the inability or unwillingness (often under standdown orders from politicians) of law enforcement to protect life and property during the summer 2020 riots and looting in cities across the country undermines the claim of opponents of the right to keep and bear arms that individual firearms ownership is obsolete given the existence of modern police forces.”

Stunning! New Floyd Case Exhibit Confirms Witness Coercion. John Dale Dunn — “On July 29, District Court Judge Peter Cahill, the presiding judge in the trials of the four Minneapolis police officers indicted for the death of George Floyd, ordered the release of an exhibit memorandum that reveals a miscarriage of justice and criminal coercion of a witness.”

Mike Rowe’s Awesome Response on Whether He Would Urge Americans to Get Vaccinated. Nick Arama — “Rowe started off by saying that he was vaccinated, but he wasn’t going to dispense medical advise to anyone else. Not only that but he regretted the PSAs that he did appear in early on” … “In other words, give us the facts, admit your mistakes, try on a bit of humility, and stop treating the unvaccinated like the enemy,” Rowe finished.

Vaccination Weaponization. Victor Davis Hanson — “The Biden Administration should look in the mirror before casting stones at others.”

Crazy Government Responses to COVID Part 1: Understanding Incentives. Coyote Blog — “When I argue with folks about the irrationality of certain COVID NPI mandates, eg masks and lockdowns, their ultimate argument when their backs are up against the wall is this:  the government and/or the “experts” would not have mandated these interventions if they did not make sense.  The purpose of this and several following posts is to explain exactly why  they might, or more particularly, why certain government mandates might make sense for government officials even when they make sense for no one else.”

Fake Science, Fear Porn, and the Fallout. Kevin McCullough — “Despite the fact that they claimed the previous administration refused to follow the science—and were proven wrong—they now find themselves in the odd position of desperately embracing solutions they actually campaigned against – HARD!”

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What is worth preserving?

What the heck is going on in this country? Bob Weir — “Every time we think the delusional left can’t get any crazier, these people come up with more abysmal notions that defy common sense and imperil more lives.”

Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Ambushed’ Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning. Paul Sperry — “Why were there no warnings given or escalation of command and force in proper law enforcement technique?”

Pardoning The McCloskeys Is What Real Racial Justice Looks Like. Eddie Scarry — “The media like to pretend they’re anti-racist when in reality they’re just pro-mob. Especially if the mob is targeting random, nondescript whites.”

Can We Stop with the ‘Indigenous’ Bit Already? Selwyn Duke — “It’s amazing how many people are trying to tear down present glories in the name of a past none of them have any interest in going back to.” … “leftists’ love affair with the “indigenous” is highly selective and becomes a hate-fest when those indigenous happen to be European; in fact, it’s as if we’re to believe Europe doesn’t even have indigenous people.”

The bottom line is that we have a civilization here, now, today. If it’s worth preserving — and it has given us lifestyle and law unprecedented in history — then we should robustly defend its institutions and traditions. Tearing it down in deference to a false noble-savage fantasy that we’d never actually want as reality is, frankly, stupid.

The kicker is that too many of today’s “indigenous” activists not only don’t want to truly go native; they actually want to swap our system for another European-born one: socialism. So they don’t really want to dispense with the West — they just want the worst it has to offer.

Why I Refuse to Be Vaccinated. Steve McCann — “By refusing to succumb to the pressure to get the Covid vaccination, these Americans are telling those in government that preserving the public’s health in the 21st Century requires preserving respect for personal liberty.”

I have been vilified for refusing to be jabbed with an experimental vaccine.  I have been told that I am among the worst people on the face of the earth as that refusal is putting an inordinate number of people at risk of near-certain death.  That it is my civic duty and obligation to be swept up in the hysteria and march meekly in lockstep with whatever the omniscient government bureaucrats tell us to do.  That I must sacrifice personal choices and freedom for the benefit of the collective.  That, in fact, the choice to get a vaccine and to wear a mask is an expression of one’s freedom to be a moral citizen and to protect family, community, and country.

How Those COVID Charts Are Lying. Jack Gleason — “It’s clear that the Propaganda Media and the Big Tech giants are working with the current administration to generate as much panic as possible.  But Americans with simple common sense realize that a vaccine that is worse than the disease it’s supposed to cure are not rolling over and rolling up their sleeves.” — “So it’s all panic all the time, most of it fueled by out-and-out lies.”

 

 

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Liberty is one of the casualties

The Problem With Peggy. Conrad Black — “Trying (hopelessly) to bury Donald Trump isn’t the answer. Restoring integrity to the electoral process is.” … “the epiphany of the comparatively civilized Trump-hater and it is almost entirely false.” … “The last election was the closest the United States has come to tanks on the White House lawn. Any such recurrence could produce the real thing—if the generals aren’t too busy teaching “antiracism” to the ranks.”

Why Can’t Biden Stop This Invasion? Patrick J. Buchanan — “Article IV of the Constitution addresses the obligations of the federal government to the state governments that were being asked to surrender aspects of their sovereignty to form our new Union.”

COVID overview Part II: liberty and risk. neo — “The current politicians and health officials who have been setting up the COVID rules are saying that they are necessary to protect us. Protect us from what?” … “Liberty has been one of the casualties of the pandemic.”

Forcing Kids To Push Leftist Causes Is Not Civics No Matter How Many Think Tanks Say Otherwise. Peter Wood and David Randall — “The Fordham Institute slyly advocates for action civics, also known as ‘protest civics,’ in its assessment of each state’s content standards.” … “The Fordham report is rich with the sort of wordplay we have come to expect from “reformers” who have something to hide.”

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