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who’s the hero?

Behavior

The Senate sent it back to the House to finalize. Stella Morabito says If Marriage Can Mean Anything, It Will Soon Mean Nothing — “This will happen the same way such things always happen — through a demonization campaign that frames skeptics as bigots who are guilty of discrimination.” — nothing special about the male-female union and it’s appropriate to get involved in intimate interpersonal relationships of any sort?

Who’s your heroes? Josh Shepherd says If You Like ‘Top Gun’ You’ve Got To See Korean War Film ‘Devotion’ — “If we’re to become better people as Americans, to grow as a country and culture, we have to remember our heroes.” – This film is a ‘true story’ that “recounts how two long-overlooked pilots led a mission that turned the tide in the Korean War’s most brutal battle.” It does present the struggle to racially integrate the military as a part of the story is about a Navy pilot who raised himself above the nonsense. — “I think patriotism is a great unifier, and we realize it usually when our country is in trouble,” he said. “That’s when we’re suddenly patriotic, and we’re all together.”

Redemption isn’t on their minds: The Guilty Justify Their Cruel and Anti-Social Values. E. Jeffrey Ludwig starts with Darrell E. Brooks then finds other examples with Bernie Sanders and Henry Wallace. The standard of reference? “unjustifiable according to conscience which is an inborn understanding of the Golden Rule” — “The wicked leaders of the Left in the USA might sound good at times, but they advance ideas and behaviors antithetical to the well-being of society and the order needed for domestic peace and tranquility.  Like Brooks, at times they may make a good point or two, but they are disruptive of our well-being as a society and are promoting wrongdoing.”

“Without a shared understanding of fundamental principles, what can we expect besides hostility and resentment?” Josh Herring thinks Western Liberalism Is Doomed Without Philosophical Consensus — “There can be no common ground or compromise between these two metaphysical dreams, only ideological warfare.” — 

“Classical liberalism has produced immense civilizational wealth. It’s led to the lowering of trade barriers, which encourages the free exchange of goods, ideas, and people across national borders, and the affirming of human rights through documents like the Declaration of Independence and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s led to unprecedented levels of international collaboration through organizations like the UN, European Union, and the International Monetary Fund, each of which has profoundly affected the world. This way of collaborating in a common political and economic sphere is called classical liberalism.

Classical liberalism tends to produce substantial wealth but cannot explain what societal wealth and individual human flourishing are for. If we no longer have an answer to that kind of grand, civilizational, and teleological question, how long can the liberal order endure? Christianity once framed classical liberalism and provided both a telos (purpose) and a set of moral principles governing the practice of liberalism; Christianity’s decline reveals that classical liberalism cannot provide a moral framework for itself. 

“There is a reason why we chose the Pilgrims and their establishment of the Plymouth Colony in 1620 as our origin myth, not the Virginians who settled in Jamestown over a decade before that date.” —¡No Pasarán!: Thanksgiving: Can the Élites’ Contempt for American History and for the Voters’ Desires in the 21st Century Be Traced All the Way Back to the Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies? It’s all about ‘who are your heroes’.

Elections

It’s about being on top of a stampede. Jay Valentine explains Here’s How They Did it: Real-time Election Fraud — “Rather than wasting time on batch NCOA, we get a daily copy of the election roll. That’s expensive!  The list in Wisconsin is $12,000! But did you know your Democrat friends bought it 28 times before the 2016 election?” — discontinuities in the curve are a big deal in calculus and physics classes. They show as glitches that evoke and action that is then corrected so as to make it appear nothing happened. But it did. en masse.

The money advantage by the Democrat in Georgia is something like 3:1. That buys a lot of media time. But look at the reality: Exclusive — Walker: I Built a $100 Million Company, Warnock Got ‘Money from Parishioners and Taxpayers’. Robert Kraychik looks at another conundrum where success is maligned and corruption and grifting becomes the hero. Are the voters that gullible? Again?

green

Looks like it. John Hinderaker wonders if it’s Time to Start Eating Bugs? — “We have seen it in Sri Lanka, where the government mandated “organic” farming and as a result, the Prime Minister’s residence was stormed by a mob and he was forced to flee the country. We have seen it in Canada and in the Netherlands, where the government is making war on that country’s highly successful ag industry.” — “The international war on agriculture, which focuses mostly on the use of synthetic fertilizers, without which the productivity of modern agriculture is impossible, and on animal husbandry, is of course driving up the cost of food world-wide. If the war on agriculture continues, residents of wealthy countries will be impoverished by higher food prices while many residents of poor countries will starve.”

but it’s the other guy, not me.

 

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a slathering of allegation and accusation

It’s coming to Nevada. It got the ballots to enshrine it into law in the last election. Selwyn Duke explains The New Voting System that Gave Democrats a GOP House Seat is Dangerous. Here’s Why. — “The result is that while it seemed the voters were being given more of a choice, they essentially were robbed of choice by a system” — 

Charles Lipson is talking about fifty years of black privilege and it isn’t just a slathering of allegation and accusation but rather measurement and observation. The Zombie Survival of Affirmative Action — “How will they skirt the high court’s ruling? By eliminating statistical evidence that they are actually discriminating, even as they continue to do so.” … “The differences have remained large and persistent.” … “A judicial ruling won’t end this debate. These issues are among our country’s most profound and vexing, legally and historically. Blacks were denied equal education for centuries.” .. That last is a canard that illustrates the core issue. There has been no ‘denial’ as education is not something given or denied but rather something earned. The question is why one racial group has not earned it despite many examples of members of that group have earned it. This shows in the topic Lipson uses for measures – standardized testing – and it also shows in crime statistics. The ‘deny’ idea is removing responsibility for behavior and imposing a victim status that, like socialism, fails every time it is exposed to the light. Glen Reynolds cites PROF. ROBERT STEINBUCH: Measuring qualifications by merit — “Objective merit is bad because it limits the discretion of people in power, thus hampering their ability to favor people they like and harm people they dislike.” — Conrad Black gets to the question Conrad Black: Is America In Decline? — “Those of us who are appalled by the weakness, incoherence, corruption, and hypocrisy of the Biden administration would do better to recognize the implications of the disaster in the midterm elections and the extent of the task that confronts those—apparently a significant majority—who believe that Bidenism is a straight boulevard to catastrophe.”

For the majority who still believe in the traditional America, sensibly updated and cleansed of discrimination, the country is entering mortally perilous times. The midterms were a wake-up call, but has anyone awakened?

A part of this ‘why?’ is another behavior. David Zukerman observes that the New York Times notices ‘political violence’ and blames…Republicans — “For the left, officeholders, media, and elsewhere, dissent is equated with “extremism” that must be banned, extinguished, erased from the homeland, and to hell with the First Amendment.” — This is another example of a canard based on a slathering of allegation and accusation without clear definition or example and in blatant contradiction to what can easily be seen. — “The New York Times should really be asked to show cause why its November 27, 2022 editorial is not a demand for limited popular government, preferably under the stranglehold of just one political party, the Democrat party.”

The election introspection continues. Robert Merz: Why the Midterms Didn’t Surprise Me — “what can you expect when it isn’t a level playing field, and the non-socialist team is fragmented?” — “This brings us to trying to understand what propaganda (disinformation) is, where it came from, and how it is used.” — Victor Davis Hanson: Was Trump Our Captain Queeg? — “Fact-checkers” doted on every Trump statement, nitpicking them to find some exaggeration, or untruth. Fine. But then these same hypercritics simply went comatose during the Biden Administration, with little care that Biden spins fantasies daily, from a son lost in the Iraq War to insulting claims that he passed his student loan amnesty in the Congress by a close vote, and on and on. With Trump, voters got real achievement with coarseness, with Biden utter failure with near senility.” — The analogy to a movie highlights the injustice being done and the damage it causes.

Medicine is a worry as its bureaucracy failed in applying established principle and practice resulting in a pandemic panic. That was costly in money, public health, and deaths. William A. Jacobson: The incoming House of Representatives should hold hearings on the destructive racialization of medical schools and medicine — “Medical School education is in crisis, with ‘social justice’ and race-focused activism being imposed on students, faculty, and staff,”

 

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Answer to the people? Kidding, right?

Don Surber thinks “the 12 Republican senators who recently voted for the Bake My Cake law will capitulate next on guns.” – Republicans likely will give Biden gun control – “Biden knows he has a dozen Republican senators willing to help him thwart the will of the people by stripping hunters and others from owning rifles.” This is being rather sour on the Republican establishment in the swamp, for evident reasons and history. 

The J6 outrage continues. Will notes that Tucker Highlights Sickening Treatment of January 6th “Political Prisoner” — “So I assume you guys vote Republican? Did any politicians come to your aid? Or do they just continue to ignore you like everybody else in Washington?” — A new long train of abuses by Henry Pelifan provides some context for the DC Gulag and other governmental abuse. — “Laws badly administered, abused, or ignored were the injustices that caused this country’s founding.” — The shenanigans of governmental prosecution get another example by Sundance: DOJ Once Again Changes Trump Seizure Evidence List Dropping “Empty Classified Folders”, and Continues Refusing to Give President Trump Lawyers the Affidavit Used for Search Warrant. — “In this case we are watching the DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) deny the production of the material that supports the framework of their search warrant.  Again, if Main Justice has nothing to hide, then why are they not willing to stand openly behind the predicate for their search.” — what happened to the Bill of Rights?

 

 

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Who owns history?

The attempt to rewrite history has a favorite target with Thanksgiving. ¡No Pasarán!: Is Thanksgiving a “Myth ” or a “Problematic Holiday”? What Nobody Tells You About Indians and Other Native Americans does a takedown. — “Do the calamities also include the theft of the lands of the Apaches? Does the genocide, real or alleged, of the Native Americans also concern the extermination of the Huron tribe (Huronia)? … From Roman times, at least, it has been a reasonable rule (no, not a white/European rule; an entirely common-sense rule) that you cannot claim land as your own unless you devote a minimum of time inhabiting it and tending to it.” — Context and the ‘whole truth’ conflict with the modern fantasies that seem to predominant.

Nevada is going full woke from legalized ballot harvesting to anyone vote any way any time any how. The last ‘election’ approved more confusion and potential for misrepresenting the will of the people. The Flaws of Ranked Choice – Brendan Patrick Purdy provides the theory lesson for the occasion. Concepts define include Majority, Condorcet,  Pareto efficiency or Monotonicity, Independence from Irrelevant Alternatives (IIA), Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, — ranked choice voting sounds so simple and nice but with many social endeavors, the devil is in the details and the complexity too often gets swept under the rug. It can be very hard to learn from history and experience.

Perhaps a mathematically superior voting method like Pairwise Comparison could win out, but until all states, territories, and districts of the United States of America are able to count all of the votes within a few hours of the polls closing like Florida, we should stick with first-past-the-post.

The 2022 election is beginning to show the lumps in the rug. Joe Fried: Surprised by the Midterm Election Results? Take a Look at the Data. — “I believe that there are only three likely explanations for the unexpected results: late campaign surges, polling error, or aggressive ballot-harvesting.” … “Some Republicans say that the GOP needs to start large-scale harvesting operations, to compete with Democrats. I hope they do not do it because it is a dirty, dishonest practice that should not be tolerated. It is a real “attack on democracy.”

The warp in reality and its dangers is described by David Zukerman: Supreme Court smacks Trump. — “This is to suggest that the justices decided not merely “against Trump,” but for oppressive, unlimited government. … these Deep State blows are no coincidence.”

An argument that has become significant with the technology capabilities making it cheaper to copy, transmit, and store information not only gets into the Musk Twitter brouhaha but also into property rights. That is why Danny Chadwick says You Should Still Buy Blu-Rays and DVDs, Here’s Why. — “You Don’t Own Digital Content, Even if You “Buy” It” — Al Williams picks up on this with a problem encountered by those who don’t even own the equipment they ‘buy’ as it, too, is intellectual property belonging to someone else. How To Repair? The Death Of Schematics. This is another one that seems to simple but isn’t. Look at how libraries are handling digital content, for example. Even when you have the media in hand in your personal library, it can become obsolescent – even printed books can need special expertise to read (Beowolf, anyone?). 

 

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Yes, it’s right here. In River City.

Worry about a fall is getting a lot of discussion. With The Democrats are literally reverse-engineering progress Andrea Widburg cites “Steven Pinker’s 2011 book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker argues that, despite the horrific convulsions of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, Western man had improved—if you believe, as I do, that a civil society controlled by law and order is an improvement over the stone-age model of endless warfare and violence.”

“What happens, though, when a society deliberately reverses all the brakes on violence and cultivates stupidity (by degrading education, entertainment, and the media)? Then, argues evolutionary psychologist Ed Dutton, you get what are called “spiteful mutants.” … This is all theoretical, of course, but when one looks at the shriekers and groomers today, it’s a theory that suddenly makes a whole lot of sense.

The DoJ illustrates the point. Monica Showalter explains how Garland’s special counsel appointment more sinister than just Getting Trump

This is truly nasty stuff affecting all Republicans, not just President Trump. It’s the doing of a banana republic dictator of huge unprecedented and unprosecuted corruption, as indicated in the Hunter Biden laptops and witness statements, who is now on the skids because he’s lost the House and that puts an end to his far-left agenda as well as propensity to spend the country into bankruptcy.

But it’s just a continuation of a long series of failed efforts. Tristan Justice: Garland Moves To Make J6 Inquisition A Permanent Prosecution — “The timeline of Garland’s announcement three days after Trump’s announcement was surely a political calculation. As the Soviet-style Jan. 6 inquisition began to wind down on Capitol Hill with nothing to show this summer, Garland personally signed off on an unprecedented raid of a former president.” … “All Americans want — and deserve — is an attorney general who cares about the law. Garland, however, is far from it.”

“Had Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden, the attorney general might have a leg to stand on. Instead, the nation’s chief law enforcement official has spent the last two years covering for the incumbent Democratic president while dispatching agents on political enemies, including parents concerned over inappropriate content presented in their children’s classrooms.

Other essays being considered include The Z Blog | Sports, Culture and Other Stuff cited by Widburg and “Hoist the Flag and Sound the Trumpet” – CDR Salamander discussing the history of the navy in foreign affairs that touches on the current U.S. military preparedness. That gets into Manushag N. Powell’s Great Courses lectures on The Real History of Pirates. Besides the international intrigue, colonial exploration, and Pinker’s thesis (above) there is the question of why it was mostly the European Western Culture that had widespread worldwide naval communications and commerce. Where are all those other ‘indigenous’ peoples on an outreach this massive? 

 

 

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Fishing for trolls

Fishermen and their patience with their pursuit can’t hold a candle to this fishing expedition. Sundance: I’m Impressed – Biden DOJ Assigns Special Counsel to Investigate Republicans in Congress and President Trump for Insurrection, Additionally Investigate Trump for DOJ Defined Classified Documents and Obstruction. — “Primary goal, create enough of a legal mess as to obstruct any republican legislative effort against the Biden White House” — Turley says its the obstruction claims that have the most risk as that is a constructed claim where a prosecutor’s imagination and a dedicated DC trial jury can hang their hats despite the evidence or reality. Andrea Widburg calls it Merrick Garland’s despotic decision to investigate Donald Trump. — “Given the complete absence of evidence of any wrongdoing, it’s very clear that the Democrats are terrified of Trump and that they will do anything they can to destroy his candidacy. My suspicion is that this will backfire and, instead, solidify Trump’s support.”

The special prosecutor is only one post election revealing. There are others. Matt Margolis has his list of Four Developments That Waited Until After the Midterms. Kevin Grieve’s list cites Nine recent developments that did not fit the left-wing narrative. — “Truth has never been a left-wing value.” —

There is also a lot of comment on the election and the ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’. Process is one issue and the pandemic panic provided a cover for establishing balloting measures that assault integrity. Ranked choice voting is another means to corrupt the candidate selection process as that tends to aggravate party diversity in favor of block blind voting. The cut off the nose to spite the face routine is also a factor. Don Surber says Trump won without you, National Review. The Lincoln project is another TDS group that has suffered. But, remember Ross Perot? All up and down the ballot on the Republican side there were ideologues who insisted on going their own way and the few votes they were able to pull enabled what they most detested. Changes were made. Awareness of these issues is prompting discussion about how to tackle them. It’s back to the fishermen’s patience and perseverance,

 

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BOLO for PLD – Pavlovian Liberal Didactic

justice delayed is justice denied – “there’s the fact that the investigation — despite ample evidence already made public — has limped along for years. If that laptop had been full of incriminating emails from Eric Trump and photos of Don Jr. smoking crack, does anyone doubt they’d have been in court long ago?” — Post Editorial Board: Trust Justice on the Hunter Biden investigation? No way — “From start to finish, it’s sure looked like the Biden mafia’s clan interests have obstructed the functioning of the law here (just as their allies in the media and Big Tech throttled our pre-2020-election reporting on Hunter’s laptop).”

reaping the whirlwind – “focusing on skin color is as evil in New York in 2022 as it was in the Jim Crow South.” — Andrea Widburg: The New York establishment’s approach to crime is evil – American Thinker — “the above narrative is appalling insofar as it reflects the values of the New York City establishment … I can’t think of any people more deserving of this pro-criminal viewpoint than the progressives who have visited so many horrors on America, from Biden on down to the crazy, dangerous people flourishing on America’s streets.”

chapter and verse – “It is called the Pavlovian Liberal Didactic, or PLD.” … “manifest itself in one of four ways … Hide in the Basement … Non-Response … Flip … Willful Ignorance” … “If pressed further on the substance of their beliefs after they have given several PLD responses, in about 50% of the cases, liberals will then respond by calling the conservative one of the following: racist, misogynist, xenophobe, transphobe, phobe-phobe, anti-science.  I have not figured out yet why it happens only roughly half of the time.”– Gary Radtke: How Liberals Respond When You Try to Debate Them – American Thinker — “We learn more about how others think when good, honest debate occurs over important issues.  It also makes us better at understanding and improving our own positions when people having different ideologies from us seriously challenge our beliefs.”

rebuke to the deceitful mainstream media — “The pattern of recent global warming underscores the validity of what meteorologists widely recognize: the oceans are the vital inertial and thermal flywheels of the climate system. The corollary is, if one wants to control climate, it will be necessary to control the oceans. Efforts to decarbonize in the hope of affecting global temperatures will be in vain.” — Jerome Corsi: The Media’s Rank Dishonesty About ‘Climate Change’ And Hurricane Ian – American Thinker

cutting off nose to spite face – “t this website, I try to give readers a steady flow of the latest instances of official energy madness, the ongoing efforts of our politicians, bureaucrats, academics and journalists to undermine and destroy the energy infrastructure that is the basis for our prosperity and our comfortable lives.” — Francis Menton: A Comprehensive Roundup of Official Energy Madness – Watts Up With That?

At 35 pages in length, Toomey’s piece is a seemingly endless litany of one intentionally destructive policy after another. Even if you follow this issue regularly, as I do, you can’t help but be astounded when you see the full extent of the destruction organized into one piece. An energy infrastructure built up over a century and more that actually provides reliable and affordable energy to millions of people — a true miracle of human ingenuity! — is being systematically and intentionally attacked and wrecked by ignorant fools who have no idea how difficult the existing system was to create, and equally have no idea how to make something to replace it that might actually work.

what you need when you need it has a cost – “the paradox about renewable energy is when deployed at scale, they actually make electricity production more expensive” — Nina Nguyen via The Epoch Times: The Renewable Energy ‘Paradox’: A More Costly Way Forward | ZeroHedge

 

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Where is the outrage?

persecuting opposition – “It was not Jeff Clark’s letter that was ‘dishonest’ — it was the D.C. Bar’s charges against him” — Margot Cleveland: DC Bar Assails Trump DOJ Lawyer For ‘Dishonesty’ To Mask Democrats’ 2020 Election Lies

free speech? not here – “Still no response from Tennessee’s Republican governor and attorney general on what protections they’ll offer to citizens in their state targeted by the Biden administration for their First Amendment-protected actions.” — Evita Duffy: FBI Raids Another Pro-Lifer’s Home, Targets 11 Peaceful Protesters

“The FBI has gone from abdicating their duty to provide equal justice under the law to pro-life people like us,” said Harden during the interview, “to downright attacking us.” Indeed, Biden’s DOJ is using Gestapo-like force to crack down on pro-lifers like Gallagher and Houck, while pro-abortion terrorists get off scot-free.

never give up, never surrender? – “You have no legal ‘right’ to compel others to say things they don’t believe” — David Harsanyi: The Never-Ending Persecution Of Jack Phillips

Until the Supreme Court explicitly reaffirms the foundational protections of religious liberty and free speech, there will be no end to the state compulsion or harassment. There is some hope in the case of Denver-area web designer Lorie Smith, who refuses to create websites for same-sex couple marriages, which the Supreme Court has taken up this term. Let’s hope the justices do their jobs this time.

for thee but not me – “The wave of open hostility towards SCOTUS, particularly over the court’s takedown of Roe‘s invented “right” to an abortion, isn’t exclusive to the country’s partisan press. Rather, it’s being spearheaded by President Joe Biden.” — Shawn Fleetwood: Roberts Can’t Be Bothered To Condemn Leftists’ War On SCOTUS — “If he had any real interest in preserving the integrity of the institution he serves, Roberts should abandon his role as a politician and become the originalist judge the country needs him to be.”

suppress dangerous words – “In more and more cases, the government is declaring war on what should be protected political speech whenever it challenges the government’s power, reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.” — John and Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute: All Of Us Are In Danger: When Anti-Government Speech Becomes Sedition | ZeroHedge

trying to understand evil – “Think of all the institutions that have marched in lockstep during the dramatic decline in civilization over three years … They sat by and said nothing or even cheered as governments utterly wrecked rights and liberties that humanity has fought for over 800 years” — Jeffrey A. Tucker: Why Did So Many Intellectuals Refuse to Speak Out? ? Brownstone Institute — “in our time, as in all times, there is a crying need for intellectual sanctuaries for those brave souls who are willing to stand up and be counted, risk cancellation, put their professional careers on the line, simply to say what is true. They need protection. They need care. And they deserve our congratulations, for it is they who will guide us out of this mess”

adopting deceit as gospel – “In its “frontal assault” on Columbus, the NEA, America’s largest labor union, draws heavily on the tendentious and thoroughly debunked pseudo-historical work of Howard Zinn” — Thomas D. Williams: Catholic League Slam’s NEA’s ‘Malicious Falsification of American History’

“Zinn would have the reader believe that the Indians were doing just fine before the white man came along,” Donohue observes. “Never once does he attempt to explain why many tribes engaged in savage warfare against each other (the Hurons and the Iroquois are one of many examples), nor does he discuss  cannibalism, human sacrifice, and other acts of cruelty that existed before the Europeans arrived.”

cornering the market to punish wrong think – “While there are some viable alternatives to PayPal, their partnerships with financial institutions can mean the service providers and users possibly being subjected to woke ESG standards and summarily canceled as a result, which Republican governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis are trying to stop.” — Stacey Matthews: PayPal Updates User Policy to Include Possible $2,500 Fine For Speech It Doesn’t Like

 

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cataloging malfeasance

words must mean things we agree upon – “how ironic that the Left defames nearly half of America as dangerous “semi-fascist” extremists, white-raged and privileged, ultra MAGA, and guilty of all sorts of thought crimes from secession to civil insurrection? And what is the result?” … “We are reaching a critical juncture now in America. – Writing off half the population as irredeemable and deplorable or semi-fascists is not a sustainable proposition. And we can see how it is not.” — Victor Davis Hanson via American Greatness: Remembering Hate Speech: Victor Davis Hanson | ZeroHedge — “what we used to know as “hate speech” is now presidentially acceptable speech, and what has followed from it is no surprise.”

fears that bore out – “The tragic events of 9/11 marked a turning point in our nation’s recent civil rights history. First the terrorists attacked us—and then, in the name of national security, we began to attack ourselves. … This special law designed for an emergency has become a permanent addition to the government’s investigatory toolbox. The unfortunate reality is that the bulk of the actions taken by law enforcement under the Patriot Act have almost nothing to do with combating terrorism.” — Harmeet K. Dhillon: The Politicization of the Department of Justice | Imprimis — “We must find a way to return our Department of Justice to that central principle of American constitutionalism, as it carries out its duties in the name of Lady Liberty.”

consequences? – “The FBI has been under an unfavorable spotlight over its politicized activity under color of law enforcement … a case out in Los Angeles suggests there’s more than just a political ethics problem — there seems to be a straight ethics problem, a downright crime problem, and the shocking thing is that nobody seems afraid of going to jail for it.” — Monica Showalter: Is the FBI descending into a smash-and-grab gang? – American Thinker — “Whatever it is, there needs to be some kind of righting of course as this lawsuit proceeds. Someone’s got to pay for these thug ethics and reform the agency that has clearly gotten out of control on multiple fronts.”

twisting in the wind – “I am proud to be considered a non-intellectual who does my own research, tells the truth that the climate is and has always changed cyclically and naturally. For telling the truth, I am disparaged as being anti-science, stupid, a climate change denier. I am constantly called a far-right extremist, deplorable, and compared to a domestic terrorist.” — Jack Hellner: The media and other Democrats will seek to destroy any Republican candidate – American Thinker — “I will proudly vote for people who have common sense, who are considered anti-intellectual and understand that the government is not the solution for much and vote against self-righteous elitists who consider themselves smarter than the rest of us no matter how stupid and destructive their policies are.”

conversation needs talking and listening (and honesty) – “It’s because our bureaucratic overlords and their Democrat sponsors are still not listening to the grievances of a large, and growing, number of Americans.” — John Green: There’s a Reason Conservatives are Becoming Less Tame – American — Thinker — “We’re still shouting — louder every day. Our discontent hasn’t turned into a brawl yet — and it doesn’t need to. But the time for “tame” is long past.”

climate brouhaha examples: “Establishment climate science has become infatuated by its own imagined expertise and importance.” — Norman Rogers: The Climate Crisis Lie – American Thinker — and  — “It is the height of naïveté to think our economic competitors in the world like China and India will wreck their economies based on a fraudulent global warming hypothesis.” — Guy K. Mitchell, Jr.: Global warming pseudoscience is poised to wreck the US economy – American Thinker

 

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propaganda, power politics, under cover warfare

purpose of communication? – “Orwell was concerned above all about the particular threat posed by totalitarianism to words and language” … “The parallels between Orwell’s nightmarish vision of totalitarianism and the totalitarian mindset of today, in which language is policed and controlled, should not be overstated.” — Bruno Waterfield via Spiked-Online.com: Why Orwell Matters | ZeroHedge

rationalize this! – “The uproar at Martha’s Vineyard prompted the Democratic hierarchy to do some explaining” — Victor Davis Hanson: Martha’s Meltdown Model | RealClearPolitics

failure of the court – “The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that the president himself, not any other part of the U.S. government, has the final say over what constitutes a classified document” — Andrea Widburg: The Eleventh Circuit’s unconstitutional ruling against Trump – American Thinker

AG malconduct – “The criminal cases have fallen flat because of the need to prove actual criminal intent, … What’s left in what has clearly become a prosecution driven by the political need to do something ahead of 2024 is this civil suit. Basically, same accusations, same weak evidence, but lower standards of proof with lower penalties.” — Peter Van Buren: The ‘jail Trump’ mania reaches its sad end – The Spectator World

blood sport – “One favorite technique of mass-murdering communist dictators is using their country’s “justice” system to destroy their political opponents. … the rationale requires that one abandon the most basic principles of a fair justice system, the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.” — Richard McDonough: Stalin, and New York’s Attorney General Letitia James, are Proved Wrong – American Thinker

damage done – “” —  Mollie Hemingway: FBI’s Matt Gaetz Operation Silenced An Effective GOP Voice

The Department of Justice and the FBI are out of control. The propaganda press are operating as co-conspirators in the operations they run against the American people. Should Republicans be able to take control of one or both houses of Congress, their task of helping save the republic must begin with using their oversight and purse power to dramatically rein in bureaucratic tyranny.

reference list for comparison – “Thank goodness we have people like Trump, and Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis who fight back against the cabal instead of act as wimps in the face of Joe Biden, his lies, his Democrats, and the pretend-media that supports them so they are able to destroy Republicans in general, and, in fact, the United States. ” — Jack Hellner: Trump had to tweet to offset the misinformation that was spread about him every day – American Thinker

evil lurks here – “Despite all the preparations I’ve suggested, when the rogue FBI comes a knocking at your door, you’re screwed. With the help of Deep State judges and the fake-news media, the FBI will happily ruin you, your family, your finances, and your reputation” — Pete McArdle: How to Prepare for a Pre-Dawn Visit From the FBI – American Thinker

A stand for justice – “The raid is an excellent example of how the Deep State uses the full power and weight of the federal government to intimidate, harass, and imprison those who dare to stand up in opposition to the unconstitutional acts and abuse of power.” — Ron Wright: Raid on Mar-a-Lago: Judge Cannon Stands in the Breech Against the Deep State – American Thinker — “This raid was just the last act in a series of criminal actions by this coup to undermine the foundation of our Constitutional Republic and install a totalitarian administrative state.  The unhinged yelling by President Biden that we must save our democracy from the semi-fascist MAGA Republicans that seek to overthrow our government is manifestly spurious.”

what the ? — “the district court in Philadelphia investigated and dismissed the charge earlier this year” … “Since Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, his Department of Justice and the FBI have targeted Trump-supporters, conservatives, and pro-lifers.” … “Dissenters will be threatened with secret dossiers and targeted with raids, confiscations, and arrests.  The media will peddle paranoia and cheer this resistance to reform. – Reform will take a herculean and persistent effort.” — Rajan Laad: The time has come to reform the FBI – American Thinker – “The FBI is America’s foremost law enforcement agency that protects citizens from criminals and terrorists.  In a democracy, the FBI is obliged to operate while guarding and respecting the rights of citizens.- It has to be remembered that liberty and security are not mutually exclusive.”

better than thou — “Virtue signaling is generally a “luxury belief” that holds no cost” … “The climate activist club is also filled with grifters” … “The climate scare is also an important piece of artillery in the war on capitalism” — Climate Week Is Over, But The Warming Cranks Are Still Out There – Issues & Insights — “Human history has been filled with crackpots, cheats, liars, attention seekers, and fearmongers. Today these sorts have coalesced around the global warming narrative. They’ll do anything, they’ll say anything. If the rest of us don’t resist, they’ll take us back a couple of centuries.”

 

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utter depravity knowing no bounds

vying for a false arrest charge – “The notion these migrants were tricked into traveling to Massachusetts is the height of leftist contempt for people they claim to champion.” — John Daniel Davidson: Sorry, There’s No ‘Smoking Gun’ In Martha’s Vineyard

are you an MVE? – “So, it has come to this: cherishing the freedoms bequeathed to us via the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the very documents meant to protect us from tyrannical government, is now seen by our government as a likely indication that one is a “domestic terrorist.” Talk about coming full circle!” — Eric Utter: The depths of the Bureau’s depravity apparently knows no bounds – American Thinker — bequeathed? a God given ‘natural right? other than that … 

the lack of strong history and civics instruction is an existential crisis” – “invited public testimony to South Dakota’s Board of Education Standards on September 19, 2022” — Joy Pullmann: South Dakota Could Pass America’s Best History Curriculum 

The people and institutions who have for decades failed to educate their fellow citizens to assume the rights and duties of American citizenship have disqualified themselves from having any say in what children should learn. It’s time to replace their failures with instruction that has a track record of success and ends the use of public education as a political weapon against constitutional self-government.

what you are up against – “that rare megalomaniac who not only believes he’s a god but revels in behaving like one.” — Janet Levy: George Soros: The Man Behind The Curtain – American Thinker — “Palumbo’s painstakingly researched book also traces Soros’shand in the media, including journalism schools – which is why they push his pet issues and put out “fact checks” to deny his infamous past. Thus, he can shape narratives and target those who don’t match his global vision.”

lay down and die isn’t Christian – “The story of Czech international hero Jan Žižka is a true treat for film buffs and casual moviegoers.” … “The title change from “Warrior of God” to “Medieval” for American audiences was obviously done to avoid an association with schlocky Christian dramas, but it says a lot about the present state of our country’s approach to the art of film.” —  Justin McClinton: ‘Medieval’ Is A Christian Action Epic You Didn’t Know You Needed — “Ambitious is the first word that comes to mind in imagining a Christian action movie, but Jákl delivers. The movie treads in the same waters as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” but this time the violence inflicted upon Jesus is done to the people he died for.”

 

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this is your government?

gulag update: “It began without warning. A Jan. 6 prisoner had emerged from his cell without a mask. When it was all over, the jail was in lockdown and several inmates had been pepper sprayed, handcuffed, and thrown into solitary confinement.” … “Despite repeated pleas to U.S. senators, representatives, the Bureau of Prisoners, and U.S. marshals, Bonnie Nichols says nothing has changed.” … “Don wants to know why so many Jan. 6 prisoners have been charged with using a “dangerous or deadly weapon” called pepper spray but guards can douse “pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted of any crime, multiple times, before they’re shackled and after they’re shackled” and suffer no consequences.” — Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times: Jan. 6 Prisoners And Families Expose Brutal Truth About Jail Lockdown | ZeroHedge

uber alles – “The problem with losing your credibility is that no sensible person will trust you again. As lawyers often tell juries, “”false in one thing, false in everything.” True of government officials and agencies as it is for the rest of us. ” — Clarice Feldman: The DoJ Argues that the Intelligence Community Overrides the Judiciary – American Thinker

 

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A structure of calculated fabrications

shaping the mind – “Understand, that the point of these leaks is simple. They don’t happen to inform or advance the cause of justice. Rather, the DOJ leaks for one reason: To cause the minds of the public to wander” — Bonchie: DOJ’s Latest Targeted Leak Against Trump Isn’t All It Seems – RedState — “The story is constantly shifting, and the same people who swallowed the first leak are more than happy to swallow the second. It is pathetic to watch them react the same way to every single “bombshell,” as if history doesn’t exist. We’ve been doing this for seven years now, and the song remains the same.”

Natural Law theory – “The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to privacy. Like other amendments in the Bill of Rights, it doesn’t create the right; it limits government interference with it.” — The Right to Be Left Alone, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | Creators Syndicate — “The government spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually just to watch and follow us. Who authorized this? Why do we tolerate a society where we have hired a government to secure our rights and instead it engages in aggression against them?”

accepting the LCD – “Democrats are in complete control of California and can’t deliver enough water and electricity to keep its citizens comfortable. – This is outrageous. – What’s even more outrageous is the lack of outrage.” — Nolte: Democrats Can’t Even Deliver Water and Electricity — “this is only possible when voters allow it, and idiot Democrats more than allow it; they keep voting for more of the same. – You get what you vote for. – No sympathy here.”

and follow along – “The Democrats’ tower of lies has been constructed with the help of the media … Rather than promote freedom and prosperity, Democrats’ policies enslave and impoverish middle and lower America while at the same time prop up the leftist ruling class and its cronies. But no one would know this by listening to the media and their handlers in the party.” — The Political Party That’s Built On Lies – Issues & Insights — “Most Americans would not be comfortable voting for candidates whose objective is to establish a single-party regime across the country, and whose ideology is much closer to that of history’s worst despots than the Founding Fathers’ vision of freedom and independence.  The Democrats have a party that couldn’t exist without being held up by a support structure of calculated fabrications.”

 

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mass psychosis psychology

people are weird – “here are the important psycho-social experiments that teach us about the way people think, but more than that they actually explain how our modern world works, and just how we got into this mess.” — Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian.org: 5 Psychological Experiments That Explain The Modern World | ZeroHedge

example – “The lighting and staging of Biden’s speech evoked pure dystopia — all I could see was the wicked High Chancellor Adam Sutler from the film V for Vendetta.” — Olivia Murray: #DarkBrandonRises – American Thinker — “Genocide can be accomplished only with the willing collaboration of the masses, so to witness my fellow Americans take the bait hook, line, and sinker…I find that scarier than one would-be murderous maniac.”

here, too – “What the radical Left could not achieve by force with the typical levers of government power, it is now poised to accomplish with nominally public-private enterprise partnerships” — David Hoyt: ESG and Corporate Totalitarianism – American Thinker

and another – “Approximately 50 New York State lawmakers believe they have found a way to reduce firearm trafficking and mass shootings. These legislators penned a letter to Mastercard and American Express, requesting that the credit card companies flag purchases made at gun stores.” — Eric Utter: New York pols ask credit card companies to track firearm purchases – American Thinker

response – “it is apparent that those in charge of the U.S. military are on a mission to destroy what is left of a once unmatched war-fighting capability that was earned by blood and sweat.” — Drew J. Reiner: A heartbroken grad watches the woke descent of the US Naval Academy – American Thinker — “Never would I have believed that after humbly swearing an oath to the U.S. Constitution as a requirement to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy, one day, I would look upon that same organization with disgust and disheartenment. … It is not clear how an officer can serve under such conditions, such that the very principles which he swears to uphold are being rejected by their leaders, forcing violations of that very oath.”

words as weapons – “As with neoliberalism, “capitalism” is more or less a smear used by those who hate that which they neither understand nor have a hand in creating. Ignorance as a rhetorical strategy works mainly because the masses have become more credulous and ignorant with each passing year. Critics simply have to indicate some socio-economic phenomenon they don’t like and blame the c-word.” — Max Borders via The American Institute for Economic Research: Intervention, The ‘C’ Word, & The ‘F’ Word | ZeroHedge

election misdirection – “There are other reasons why Joe Biden and the Democrats try to demonize Republicans as “racists” and “fascists,” but one of their most important motives is that they want to delegitimize all efforts to make our elections honest and secure.” — John Hinderaker: It Isn’t Hard to Cheat | Power Line

A pact with the people – “The antipode of authoritarianism is not democracy, but rather inviolable individual rights.” — J.B. Shurk: COVID Authoritarianism Paved the Way for Biden’s Socialist Tyranny – American Thinker

dereliction of duty – “ruled that the lawsuit be thrown out because Page had “brought no actionable claim against any individual defendant or against the United States. … the judge noted that Congress has “not provided for damages claims against federal officers for constitutional violations stemming from unlawful electronic surveillance in the national security context,” and thirdly, “Congress has not waived the United States’s sovereign immunity for this kind of claim.” — Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times: Judge Dismisses Carter Page Lawsuit Against FBI Despite ‘Deeply Troubling’ Surveillance | ZeroHedge

CYA – “Trump’s ‘stash of nuclear secrets’ is this summer’s Kremlin collusion conspiracy. But the latest chapter of Russiagate may end with a bang” — Lee Smith: Why Did the FBI Raid Mar-a-Lago? – Tablet Magazine — “What is preserving the stability of the United States at present is therefore something like a Mexican standoff.”

manipulating the mob – “As has been the case with every previous get-Trump effort, the deep state seeks to convict Trump first in the court of public opinion … While the theory the DOJ paints seems simple enough, it just doesn’t pass a sanity test.” — Margot Cleveland: DOJ’s ‘Classified Documents’ Story Feels Like Get-Trump Déjà Vu

pushing the mob – “the Justice Department is preparing new legal maneuvers to keep its Trump-related contraband outside of the public eye. But what remains in the public eye for now—a picture of scattered files on the floor of Mar-a-Lago—isn’t helping make the regime’s case that this is a serious investigation undertaken by serious people.” —  Julie Kelly: Scattered Pictures of the Files He Left Behind › American Greatness

feeding conspiracists – “The new “detailed” inventory list only further proves that this unprecedented and unnecessary raid of President Trump’s home was not some surgical, confined search and retrieval that the Biden administration claims, it was a SMASH AND GRAB,” Budowich tweeted.” — Jordan Dixon-Hamilton: Over 50 ‘Classified’ Folders Seized by FBI from Mar-a-Lago Were Empty

 

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Just what is this facism, anyway?

a review of nonsense – “to quantify those charges, what exactly has Trump done extralegally—as opposed to his bombast and braggadocio about what he might have wished to have done?” —  Victor Davis Hanson: The Strangest Thing About ‘Semi-Fascist’ Trump › American Greatness — “The result of this unprecedented effort to accuse Trump of using government fascistically while fascistically using government to destroy a president is all too clear in the destroyed careers who sought to undermine constitutional government”

defining the opponent – “Saul Alinsky’s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” … “What’s remarkable about this is it’s the Democratic Party itself, in both its tactics and beliefs, that appears to be morphing into a kind of neo-fascist party in which racial identity, government control of corporations, political violence, and rigid political directives are forced on citizens, while our historic protections under the Constitution are ignored, diminished or even erased” The Biden administration and the Democrats are following this rule to a T” — Who Are The Real ‘Semi-Fascists’? – Issues & Insights – (Donate page)

gulag update – ” Latest J6 rioter gets nearly five years for “encountering.” — Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE MESSAGE BEING SENT IS THAT ONLY DEMOCRAT-APPROVED GROUPS MAY DEMONSTRATE: Latest J6 rioter gets… — “More banana republic stuff, like what’s being done by the CCP to Jimmy Lai, courtesy of our corrupt, thuggish ruling class, which seems to view the CCP as a role model.”

corruption runs deep – “reveals a deeper scandal: It was the FBI and not social media that stole the election from Donald Trump” — Margot Cleveland: Why Zuckerberg’s Admission Of FBI Election Meddling Is Huge

TDS on parade – “The Times editorial is predictable in that from February 2017 to the present, the paper has demanded the investigation, the impeachment, the ouster of Mr. Trump.  It’s also pathetic, wallowing for six years and counting, in its obsession with the former president.  To what end?  Banishment to St. Helena, if not imprisonment?” — David Zukerman: The New York Times and its devouring obsession with President Trump – American Thinker — “Apparently, the zealots at The New York Times have yet to learn that the obsession motivating them to devour their target might just bite them instead”

weep in sorrow – “There was even a warning about “fascism” (a socialist concept that the left simultaneously implements and insists is a right-wing phenomenon) from the late Madeleine Albright” — Andrea Widburg: James Madison’s Montpelier has gone woke in a very ugly way – American Thinker — “If you’re planning a trip to Virginia, my recommendation is that you cut Montpelier from your list.  The tour is expensive — $35 — and both the house and James Madison are not given their due.  The house is skimped upon, and Madison is demeaned.  Worst of all, though, one of the historic properties on which the ideas of liberty and representative democracy came to fruition, even before people were fully ready for them, has become a shrine to race-hatred and anti-Americanism”

 

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A war fought by other means

dark and dangerous expression of power – “The execution of a search warrant on the home of former President Donald Trump has brought to mind a dark and dangerous side of law enforcement. The idea of government agents rummaging through the private possessions on the private property of anyone against that person’s will brings back the specter of British soldiers knocking down doors in colonial America” — Andrew P. Napolitano: On Government Invasions of Private Property, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | Creators Syndicate — “Even when the government seeks to demonstrate waiver, the government should be presumed to be wrong, and every inference and bias should be drawn against it because the essence of government is the negation of liberty.”

What the Constitution says – “The Mar-A-Lago warrant illustrates the long-standing constitutional anomaly of letting magistrate judges sign search warrants” — Philip Hamburger: Can Magistrate Judges Constitutionally Issue Search Warrants?

Holier than thou? – “Where was Bill Barr in the spring of 2017, when Comey was dismissed by President Trump?” — David Zukerman: Bill Barr returns to make every conservative seethe with frustration – American Thinker — “I guess the media onslaught was too much for you to protest.  And you left President Trump to the lying hyenas, alone.  Shame on you.”

What 1776 was all about – “The raid on Mar-A-Lago was a pretextual search using the National Archive rules and mischaracterize classified document laws to justify an unlawful search warrant – This raid is only a part of an ongoing criminal conspiracy (RICO) or silent coup by the Deep State to take down Trump – Cutting to the chase.  I smell rotting fish” — Ron Wright: The Raid on Mar-A-Lago: A Desperate Act by the Deep State – American Thinker

propaganda as war tactics – “If the FBI has ironclad reasons for the raid, they would have released the entire document with only the names of the agents redacted. – The purpose of this redaction is to allow the cloud of doubt and suspicion to prevail to furnish a narrative” — Rajan Laad: Why did the FBI redact the Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit? – American Thinker — “Trump has been the target of the most significant and prolonged disinformation campaigns in US history”

It is sad to see John Hinderaker at Powerline dissing both the Zuckerberg revelations and giving credit to the unknown, redacted parts of the warrant affidavit. See Ho Hum and Did the FBI Rig the 2020 Election? This is the insidious nature about the ad hominem bias swallowing natural rights, culture, and advocacy for proper governance. Ignorance like Hinderaker professes to rationalize his opinion is no excuse. He illustrates the effectiveness of the propaganda campaign.

psychosis on parade – “Never in my lifetime have so many people been so obsessed with one man … It would be laughable if not for the power of the cancel … Donald Trump is the ultimate rationale for this abandonment of American tolerance … Don’t expect liberals to resolve this dilemma before November. The pain will only get worse—especially if Trump candidates poll well” — Mark Bauerlein via The Epoch Times: Trump Derangement Syndrome Is Going To Get Worse | ZeroHedge — “The rabid indignation gets chuckles from everyone except the True Believers, the ones who cling to their outrage as a psychological crutch. That will bring on more manic behavior, more delusion on the left.  Be ready for it”

ripe for fraud – “Transitioning from a traditional primary system to ranked-choice voting is like ‘going from algebra to calculus.’” — Shawn Fleetwood: Disastrous Ranked-Choice Voting Is On The Ballot In Nevada

 

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I though they knew the law – FBI?

a catalog – “A look at the FBI’s last six years shows a pattern of irredeemable corruption.” — Tristan Justice: Think The FBI Deserves The Benefit Of The Doubt? Think Again

What the ? – “it’s the same guys doing it now as the ones who cooked up the earlier string of Russia hoaxes. … This rather gives the impression that there’s some kind of Inspector Javert operation going on directed at President Trump, with a Wile E. Coyote effect.” — Monica Showalter: Is the FBI even doing counterintelligence cases any more? – American Thinker — “Someone in Congress, perhaps Sen. Ted Cruz, needs to start asking Director Christopher Wray why his agency isn’t producing a whole lot, if anything, for the counterintelligence job it’s paid for.”

Victim report – “testifies to a congressional hearing about the depths to which the FBI has sunk in its attempts to discredit one of its most effective critics.” — Thomas Lifson: Sharyl Attkisson reveals how low the FBI will go – American Thinker

Here’s the receipts – “The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government” — Mack Cogburn: New: Intel Officials Leak About What FBI Was Looking For In Trump Raid And It’s Not Looking Good

Another case gone sour – “In a case with a direct bearing on the search warrant issued on Mar A Lago, the March 22, 2021 FBI raid on a private safe deposit box operator in Beverly Hills, California just got even dodgier, according to court documents released by a different federal judge than issued the warrant.” — Thomas Lifson: FBI affidavit misled a magistrate judge on a search warrant in plot to seize and forfeit contents of safety deposit boxes – American Thinker — “I think that it is fair to say at this point that the FBI does not deserve the benefit of the doubt for any serach warrant applications they have issued, and that full disclosure of affidavits they have filed is mandatory, given the proven, calculated misbehavior the Bureau has engaged in.”

the best of the best? – “Former FBI agent Robert Cessario was charged with corrupt destruction of record in an official proceeding in connection to the trial of former Arkansas Republican state Sen. Jon Woods, local media reported.” — Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times: Ex-FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence | ZeroHedge

historical perspective – “One of the major causes leading up to the American Revolution was the “general warrant.” This was a search warrant that was completely open-ended, allowing the British government official to search anything, anywhere, at any time.” — Andrea Widburg: Trump plans to take legal action against the DOJ and FBI – American Thinker — “Leftists have always resented the Constitution, and now they’re open in their disdain, so it’s valid to ask if they’ll say that Trump’s case is so extraordinary that the Constitution just can’t apply to him.”

law professors strut their stuff – “Apart from its sheer stupidity, we see here another example of the pervasive bad faith with which the Left operates. Frankly, it would be more honest and no less lawless to advocate taking over the U.S. Army, mobilizing tanks and howitzers and staging an old-fashioned coup, in order to install the Democratic Party permanently in power.” — John Hinderaker: Down With the Constitution! | Power Line — “I am not really surprised that a Yale Law School professor could write something as ridiculous as the Times op-ed. Yale Law School has always been rather goofy. But for a Harvard Law professor to sink to this depth reflects a dizzying decline in academic standards.”

power play – “The government is continuing its highly “successful” campaign to identify and convict any person that can conceivably be tied in any way to the Capitol Hill riot on January 6th of last year.” — Jazz Shaw: More Jan 6 people convicted of “parading” – HotAir — “Just as a periodic reminder, there has yet to be a single prosecution I could find of any of the people who were setting fire to federal court buildings and police cruisers during the BLM riots that unfolded during the summer of love. These sentences for the rioters would be shocking under any other circumstances. But the reality is that we now live in an era of selective enforcement of the law and unequal sentencing for similar or identical crimes. It’s the politicization of the justice system and it’s being done right before your eyes.”

Take your heroines where you can find them – “None of the big law firms in town which puff up their public service donating time — for example, to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees — have to my knowledge volunteered to help these people. So it was a welcome surprise to see one young public defender do her job.” — Clarice Feldman: D.C. Lawyer of the Year: Natasha Taylor-Smith – American Thinker — “Lazy if not partisan judges, lawyers neglecting their duty, the bar which mouths fancy platitudes ignoring its special responsibility to the justice system by volunteering its services, an FBI mired in corruption, the Speaker of the House sitting on relevant, probably exonerating evidence, and one young woman alone acts for justice. Bravo!”

smear campaign – “Did the Inquirer cover the event fairly?  Of course not!” — Lynne Lechter: Dr. Oz and the false flag crudité caper – American Thinker

patterns of bias – “Those costly errors will distort congressional representation and the Electoral College.” — Hans von Spakovsky: Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State — “Congress needs to use its oversight authority to investigate and determine why these errors happened, particularly since they didn’t occur in the 2010 census. Lawmakers should then make the changes necessary to ensure this does not happen again.”

controlling the vote – “This bill, by far the most expansive piece of election legislation put forward by Democrats, passed the House along party lines but failed in the Senate after Manchin refused to lend it his support.” — Joseph Lord via The Epoch Times: Oversight Democrats Demand Federal Intervention Against ‘Election Misinformation’ | ZeroHedge

case study for the IRS expansion – “My former colleague’s apprehensions were obviously unfounded. But the fact that the thought that he may have been persecuted because of his political beliefs demonstrates that small-d democratic values on the ground are gradually eroding” — Rajan Laad: Was it IRS intimidation or just an ‘error’? – American Thinker — “The Democrats have created a climate of fear and have effectively criminalized political opposition. They certainly benefit if people hesitate to donate or support the party challenging them.”

Peer pressure and bullies – “Pathetic. There was nothing—not a single thing—wrong with Prof. Sweet’s article, and he knows it. His craven capitulation to a twitter mob tells you all you need to know about the cowardly character of most academics today, especially moderate liberal academics. They deserve their fate. History departments that behave this way deserve to lose all their students, and have their departments disbanded.” — Steven Hayward: Update: ‘Is History History?’ Answer: Sadly, Yes | Power Line

culture definition in music – “In its classic 40-year period, the songbook, essentially the hundreds of thousands of compositions that survived, was kept alive, in different ways of interpretation, by big swing bands, small combos, singers, and crooners.” — Michael Curtis: The American Melody Lingers On – American Thinker

 

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The assault is on many fronts

secrecy needs just cause, too – “Ordering the unsealing of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit would be wrong as a matter of law. But as a matter of lessons learned, Americans can infer that the unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump’s home rested on circular reporting, material omissions, misleading assertions, informants of unproven reliability, and an investigation undertaken by partisan agents.” — Margot Cleveland: It’s A Safe Bet The FBI Followed Its FISA Court M.O. At Mar-A-Lago — “Of course, without seeing the search warrant affidavit, all the public can do is speculate, but given the similarities between the Russia-collusion hoax and this latest get-Trump hoax, an assumption that the FBI Mar-a-Lago affidavit includes problems of equal gravity to the four Carter Page FISA applications seems eminently reasonable. Thus, a victory later today by the DOJ in keeping the affidavit sealed might be a win for the government, but it won’t play like one in Peoria.”

intimidate and hold impotent – “The aggressive leftist purge of conservative or just brave attorneys is destroying one of America’s greatest institutions: Every person’s right to have an attorney at his side.” — Andrea Widburg: The left is making it impossible for Trump to find a lawyer – American Thinker — “Leftists want to destroy this important right. When they’re done, we will all be at the mercy of a government that can abandon due process entirely because hapless defendants will be helpless to assert it. The same government can also do anything it damn well pleases because no lawyers will be there to challenge its illegalities and excesses.”

hubris – “This pre-emptive attempt to chill speech has been reported, though it did not receive much national attention, with the church asserting it viewed the warning as an act of intimidation.” — Ilana Cutler: Read Letter From NY Attorney General Letitia James Threatening Church Hosting Trump-Friendly Event

process? oversight? – “Technically there is a mechanism for executive branch conflict resolution that involves actual transparency, not the political talking points of the illusion of transparency.  However, when the Fourth Branch of Government was created, the conflict resolution measure that provides oversight and escape from accusations of unequal application of law was dispatched.  It was dispatched because, well, the unequal application of the law was the intent. … On March 20, 2017, we saw for the first time how the newly weaponized DOJ and FBI had intentionally and purposefully begun to stop that notification process as part of their intentional effort to politically weaponize the justice dept” — Sundance: Trump’s Espionage? Washington DC and the Pundits Won’t Talk About This, But I will – The Last Refuge — “The absence of congressional notification is evidencing how the targeting by Main Justice is political.”

count how many 4th and 5th amendment rights are sidestepped in this one – “But the true target was this private stash, which Justice Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.” — William M. Arkin: FBI Sought Documents Trump Hoarded for Years, Including about Russiagate

 

 

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How to stimulate conspiracy theories: DOJ example

introspection needed – “almost immediately after his sermon, the Justice Department and its affiliates were back to their usual selective leaking (“sources say” . . . “according to people familiar with the investigation”) to liberal newspapers” — Victor Davis Hanson: Why Merrick Garland Is Losing the People › American Greatness — “That raises the question whether Garland is disingenuous or simply naïve. After all, the American people have long trusted their FBI. They want to remain confident in its leadership. Yet it was not the public, but high-ranking Justice and FBI officials themselves—among them most recently Merrick Garland himself—who squandered that confidence. And they should now look inward rather than blast critics for what they have done to themselves and to the country.”

witches brew – “new questions about the real focus of the investigation and new avenues for legal challenges are bubbling to the surface” … “the fact that a judge signed off on it is very troubling” — John Solomon: Boomerang? DOJ admission it over-collected evidence in Trump raid creates new legal drama | Just The News

cover-up — “On Thursday August 11th, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the justice department was committed to transparency in order to retain their integrity with the American public.  On Monday August 15th, Attorney General Garland asked the court to keep the records sealed.   The six-year pattern continues….” — Sundance: DOJ Asks Judge to Keep Affidavit for Search Warrant Used Against President Trump Sealed from Public Review – The Last Refuge

Sloppy FBI – “there are two questions to ask after this NBC News report: why did FBI agents take them in the first place, and why did the inventory from the seizure not list them?” — Ed Morrissey: Hmmm: FBI returns Trump passports that never appeared on search inventory – HotAir

small steps for each of us – “It is increasingly obvious that there is a large and expanding gulf between leftists and conservatives. – It is also obvious that the conventional paths of communication between individuals are not effective in reaching any understanding.” — Bill Taylor, Jr.: You have four choices: How to deal with a fact-challenged leftist – American Thinker — “As we see our society degrade around us, driven by the lowest common denominator (leftist cancel culture), we are not powerless.  The left gained its numbers one person at a time — not by a diktat from above, but by person-to-person influence, one person at a time.  It is on each of us to shift them back.  Set a goal of influencing one person this year.  Together, we could effect much change.”

blind ambition – “the world is in its worst food crisis since 2008. The number of people suffering acute food insecurity increased by 25% since January 2022 to 345 million, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. Why, then, is the UNEP trying to steer nations away from fertilizers that increase food production?” — Michael Shellenberger: Why Is The UN Promoting A Kind Of Food Production Proven To Reduce Yields, Raise Prices, And Topple Governments? | ZeroHedge

history, blood and treasure – “What makes the song we know as “The Star-Spangled Banner” so significant is that it was born in battle” — D. Berger: Born in battle: The story of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ – American Thinker

 

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