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Mask Mouth versus do no harm

COVID and the Death of Common Sense. John Hinderaker – “Why are so many panicked over the Wuhan flu, a relatively minor disease? Of course, COVID can be deadly, like virtually all diseases, but if you are 25 or under it is less lethal than an average seasonal flu, and it is overwhelmingly the very elderly and infirm who are at risk. So why the hysteria?”

World’s Top Epidemiologists – Masks Don’t Work! John Miltimore – “Despite a global stampede of mask-wearing, data show that 80-90 percent of people in Finland and Holland say they “never” wear masks when they go out, a sharp contrast to the 80-90 percent of people in Spain and Italy who say they “always” wear masks when they go out.”

“The problem with mask mandates is that public health officials are not merely recommending a precaution that may or may not be effective.

They are using force to make people submit to a state order that could ultimately make individuals or entire populations sicker, according to world-leading public health officials.

That is not just a violation of the Effectiveness Principle. It’s a violation of a basic personal freedom.

Mask advocates might mean well, but they overlook a basic reality: humans spontaneously alter behavior during pandemics. Scientific evidence shows that American workplaces and consumers changed the patterns of their travel before lockdown orders were issued.

‘Mask mouth’: Dentists coin new term for smelly side effect of wearing a mask. Melkorka Licea – “The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.”

Debunking The Myth That Lockdowns Stop Pandemics. Stacey Rudin – “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide.” … “Publicly available data shows no causal relationship between government orders and COVID-19 mortality outcomes.”

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Political behavior and the defense of social identity – wretched and rotten rhetoric

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic. Jason Daley – “Historian Edward Watts argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end.” … “Above all else, the Roman Republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence,”

How The Political Behavior Of Black And Jewish Americans Became Their Cultural Identity. Michael Weingrad – “Jewish and black voters have proven to be astonishingly reliable supporters of the Democratic Party, even when it conflicts with their interests. Three new books offer some insights into why.”

“I also find it challenging to see rational choice as an obvious explanation for anyone’s political behavior these days. Certainly, politics has taken on for many Americans the force of an identity, a tribal affiliation, in some cases even a kind of religion with accompanying ritual practices.

“An identity as deeply political as that of mainstream American Jewry is not going to change its political behavior without becoming unrecognizable to itself, and certainly not without having new frameworks of meaning and behavior to replace the older ones.

They also express a concern worth attending to, that “if whites’ level of racialized social constraint both within and outside the South reaches anything approximating that of blacks, greater polarization and heightened racial conflict in America will take hold more broadly.” I disagree this is the polarization we are seeing in the Trump era, and would argue that, if anything, Trump is functioning as a scrambler of the politics of racialized social constraint, which becomes a concern for Democrats and white elites more broadly. But time will tell.

Meanwhile, they end by imagining the plight of a black conservative in the voting booth this November. He considers casting his vote for a Republican and then possibly having to admit doing so to his friends and family. Given the “social rewards of conformity,” they write, “supporting the Democratic candidate is almost certainly the least costly option.”

The fate of American democracy may ride on that “almost.”

An Age of Wretched and Rotten Rhetoric. Tristan Heiner – “Politics becomes wretched when the ideas in circulation turn bad, and ideas degenerate when the rhetoric is rotten. The words are everything.”

“diplomacy and measured words are muddied corpses being squelched into the trenches by the boots of dogged partisanship and zero-sum tactics. … The biggest casualty in this squalor is, of course, the truth and measured solutions to real problems.

When people have a greater interest in scoring points against one another, compared to getting to the core of a real issue, the whole charade becomes the embodiment of the unproductive.

There is no mechanism that achieves those ends of muffling and muzzling civil discourse more perniciously and effectively than political correctness.

Fake news about Portland from the Washington Post. Paul Mirengoff – “Clearly, the Washington Post’s attempt to link rioting in Portland to the Trump administration’s efforts to protect federal property was fake news. Just like so much else that appears in this relentlessly leftist organ these days.”

NY Tries To ‘Dissolve’ The NRA: Far Left’s War Against The Constitution Never Ends. I & I Editorial Board – “Whenever the far left loses a debate, it doesn’t sharpen its arguments or seek compromise. Instead, it criminalizes those with whom it disagrees.” … “New York’s Democratic and radically anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James’ move to “dissolve” the NRA comes after a phony “fraud” investigation that was launched as an intimidation tactic.” … “To the left, the truth doesn’t matter.”

The NRA’s Fight in New York Is For All Americans. Editorial of The New York Sun – “The thing to keep in mind during the legal war launched today between New York State and the National Rifle Association is that the Second Amendment does not exist in New York City and state. It has been blocked at every level by state and local authorities.” … “The more astonishing suit is not the one Ms. James filed against the NRA but the one the NRA filed against her.”

Nevada Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses. Joe Schoffstall – “One-sixth of Clark County mail-in ballots were sent to outdated or undeliverable addresses”

“Nevada’s voter rolls aren’t maintained to the standard required for an all-mail experience like Oregon or Washington,” Churchwell said. “The Nevada governor is foolish to think he can replicate his regional neighbors’ years of development and practices with mail voting in a matter of months with a weekend emergency bill.”

Smart Women Don’t Send Nudes To Strangers, And Other Tales Of The Sexual Revolution. Casey Chalk – “The pornographication of America’s culture prevents victims from thinking clearly. Sadly, behavior once labeled bizarre or self-destructive is now common.”

“Obviously, Cooper is an odious criminal who should be punished. But such deviants have always existed in the nether regions of our society. Before the internet, they frequented the seedy parts of town near pornography shops and “adult” cinemas; they would walk around in trench coats and flash innocent folks passing by. Now, thanks to the anonymity of technology, they are more capable of fabricating identities.

Another bizarre and concerning thing about this episode is how the Post presents Cooper’s victims as ordinary, intelligent, and “professional.” It says something about our culture that heterosexual women — with boyfriends, no less — who get involved with female strangers on dating apps are labeled “ordinary.” It says something about our culture that women who send nude media of themselves to strangers — in at least one case, the day after the online “relationship” began — are supposedly “intelligent.”

It also appears our culture is so saturated in pornography that activities once considered rare, immoral, obscene, and stupid are now condoned, if not celebrated.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day For American Patients. Gerard Scimeca – “the newest order pushes for an international price index (IPI) pricing in Medicare Part B, called “favored nation status.” The name could not be more of a misnomer, either, as “favored nation” implies the lowest price cap among a mix of foreign countries in regard to particular drugs. And the lower the cap, the worse the ripple effects back up the supply chain and for patients in the long run.”

“In essence, the federal government will take the average price for certain drugs from a combination of foreign countries — all with partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems — and leverage Medicare’s status as the largest purchaser in the market to force companies to sell medicines and other treatments at or below that average threshold. But this is not as simple as it sounds, nor is it beneficial in making life better for patients.

We have seen price controls tried time and again both abroad and in our current halls of power.

To make matters worse, this proposal has received stiff opposition from Canadian officials, too, who would need to raise their own domestic prices to ensure their government-controlled drug supply was not exhausted in a matter of months,

The Canadian situation illustrates that this is an international relationship problem as well as a personal cost problem. The price cap situation is due to other countries, such as Canada, controlling their prices. They can do this because the U.S. allows companies to make up the lost income in U.S. pricing. The distinction here is how the drug cost in the U.S. is to be determined. The mechanism outlined – same price here as there – is a market driven approach and not a socialist approach. The arguments presented presume that the U.S. will set prices the same way the “partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems” do.

An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch. Steven Hatfill – “On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care “misinformation,” Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting “fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure.” … “Actually, it was Sullivan who was spouting dangerous falsehoods about this drug”

Bad medicine: Fauci’s HCQ Waterloo. Monica Showalter – “it’s about time this idol topples, based on this summary about Fauci’s startlingly bad medicine and bad medical policy on COVID, which has in fact cost thousands of lives. And yes, he is very specifically to blame.”

President Trump Just Called Out Two of the Media’s Most Dangerous Lies About COVID-19. Michael Thau – “Monday was a milestone in the battle against the media’s despicable, 5-month, unrelenting campaign of COVID-19 gaslighting.” … “The most important task we face is recovering our senses.”

Video: A Leftist Asked Him: ‘When Was America Great?’ Frontpagemag.com – “His answer is stunning.” It is. Watch the video.

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Qui tacet consentire videtur – you can’t pretend to hide

No Doubt About It: Democrats Are Part Of The Riot Problem. I & I Editorial Board – “Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Sen. Hirono,” Cruz said as Hirono gathered her belongings. “And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”

“It was an ideal forum for Democrats to go on the record. The entire nation would have known by Tuesday night that the party is opposed to the violence and destruction Antifa has wrought with little consequence. Yet they repeatedly declined – Cruz even told Hirono “you’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” just before she walked away – and in doing so made their affiliation clear.

Tuesday’s hearing is no isolated instance. Democrats have made their soft spot for violent mob behavior obvious on several other occasions:

For Andrew Cuomo, waking up and smelling the socialist coffee is a bitter whiff. Monica Showalter – “It’s what happens in all socialist hellholes, from East Berlin to Caracas. People flee. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

“Cuomo’s plaint calls to mind that leftist blue cities and states can be divided into two groups of people – those who look at the bookkeeping, and those who don’t. Cuomo is doing de Blasio’s job by calling on New York City’s fleeing residents to not flee. De Blasio is busy painting Black Lives Matter graffiti in New York’s city streets. Minnesota’s denizens are begging for businesses not to leave. California’s are cheering those who do. It’s almost a litmus test for separating out the crazy socialists from the really crazy socialists. Hugo Chavez used to cheer when wealthy Venezuelans moved out of his country as he was turning it into a hellhole. Maybe this litmus test of the crazy and the crazier is an indicator of which places become Venezuela the fastest.

Steele’s dossier: ‘Clown show’ or the greatest Russian coup? Paul Roderick Gregory – “The known details of the so-called Steele dossier point to a peculiar ambiguity. To expert analysts, it always appeared to be low-quality political opposition research. Yet, it turned American against American, paralyzed our government — and may be the greatest Russian disinformation coup in history.”

“In retrospect, the “clown show” dossier was put together ingeniously. First, the identity of the ultimate client was kept secret long enough for it not to ruin the show. Second, in Steele the Russians had someone with a modicum of respectability to gain access to American government and media; and, in the media and professional bureaucracy, they had an army of Trump-haters ready to believe anything.

For the Kremlin, it all meant a sorely wounded United States.

Coronavirus in one state (82). Scott Johnson – “Our efforts to understand the epidemic in one state are clouded by the efforts of the authorities to sustain one-man rule and the panic on which it is based. They are also clouded by the faithful alliance of the press with the authorities.” … “Kevin Roche provides “A Brief Minnesota and National Status Report” that steps back to look at the big picture.”

The Truth About Slavery. Robert Wedge – “We are continually misled by progressive propaganda on the issue of race.” … “Racism is not our Achilles Heel. It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life.” … “the United States and Great Britain are the first countries in the history of the world to eradicate slavery while influencing others to follow suit.”

“Of course, none of this matters to progressives. A Marxist state is their goal. The question is, will conservatives and their leadership stand up for the truth or bow at the altar of Marx?

Facebook, Twitter Censor President Trump’s Fox News Interview. Allum Bokhari – “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth, said Parella. According to Parella, Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” see also Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary. Jim Hoft – “The tech giants are working together to silence the President of the United States and his campaign.”

Who Killed George Floyd? George Parry – “Minnesota’s attorney general needs to pay attention to the available evidence, which in this case is incontrovertible.”

“So why couldn’t Floyd breathe, and how did he die? The clear answers to those questions are to be found in his toxicology report, which overwhelmingly and unerringly supports the conclusion that Floyd’s breathing difficulties and death were the direct and undeniable result of his ingestion of fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine.

The only crime here has been the prosecution’s shockingly incompetent investigation of Floyd’s death. In charging and continuing to prosecute these defendants, Minnesota’s attorney general has failed to take into account the most important and material evidence in the case,

The proof of the defendants’ innocence is undeniable. But given the violence and rioting that has followed in the wake of Floyd’s death, will it be possible for these defendants to receive justice?

Why “Green” Energy Is Impossible. John Hinderaker – “Basic problems with these energy sources include inefficiency and intermittency.”

“But that isn’t the worst of it. Wind and solar are low-intensity energy sources. It takes many acres of wind turbines to produce, on a best-case scenario, what a single power plant can produce. And solar panels are even worse. A single 3 mw wind turbine uses 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum, 2 tons of rare earth elements, and 1,200 tons (2.4 million pounds!) of concrete. If we take seriously the idea of getting all of our electricity from wind and solar, where will all of those materials come from?

Minnesota consumes only 1/71 of the electricity in the U.S. If we extrapolate Minnesota’s numbers to the U.S. as a whole, a rough conclusion is that getting all of our electricity from wind, solar and batteries would consume around 70% of all of the copper currently mined in the world, 337% of global nickel production, 3,053% of the world’s total cobalt production, 355% of the U.S.’s iron output, and 284% of U.S. steel production. Along with unfathomable quantities of concrete–which, by the way, off-gases CO2.

Thus, at a minimum, implementing just this one part of the Democratic Party’s Green New Deal would require an expansion of mining, world-wide, that would dwarf anything in human history.

Here in Minnesota, we have some of the world’s largest undeveloped reserves of copper, nickel and cobalt. Why are they still undeveloped? Solely because of rabid opposition by the same environmentalists who tell us the world is coming to an end on account of global warming.

The Democrats’ “green” agenda does not represent a set of meaningful policy proposals. Taken seriously, and objectively evaluated, they immediately crumble.

Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America. – “We are witnessing a vicious assault by enemies of all that is good, and our president is having to act in ways unprecedented in decades, maybe centuries. … The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America.”

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We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice

Sir Francis Bacon: “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”

Mayor: Health Officials Justify Mask Mandates For Political Reasons, Not Science. Anonymous – “If public officials use their power and resources to forward an agenda rather than champion individual rights and liberties, our American Republic is lost.”

Reno doctor says hydroxychloroquine has helped dozens of his patients. Ben Deach – “The UNR community health sciences dean disagrees, calls the drug ineffective.” The UNR dean dismisses non-conforming evidence out of hand and also ignores 50+ years of experience with HCQ prescriptions in behavior that casts doubt on his objectivity and conclusions. See also Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus … Information I GUARANTEE You’ve Never Heard – “The science around hydroxychloroquine is so politically charged at the moment that it is difficult to obtain a prescription, and some have warned of dangerous side effects of hydroxychloroquine” so the author suggests green tea as a substitute, readily available zinc ionophores (this is one for the alternative medicine crowd).

Cancel culture comes for MDs who support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Neo – “I wonder if they’ll be coming next for noted Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch, who has written a comprehensive article making the current case for using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID”

One Swedish Model To Copy: No More COVID-19 Lockdowns. I & I Editorial Board – “We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice from public officials about how to handle the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.” Here’s more for that UNR Dean and his ilk. Aslo see Destroying Western Media’s “Swedish Public Health Disaster” Narrative In Two Simple Charts. Tyler Durden – “In order to control public opinion of the masses, the ruling class should “regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments [soldiers’] bodies.” [Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)]

COVID-19 Lies Go Viral. Betsy McCaughey – “Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus.”

Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos. I & I Editorial Board – “Nearly every news story about mail-in voting asserts that there’s no evidence that it will increase fraud. Really?”

Will Democrats accept election loss? New report says no. Byron York – “For weeks, there have been news reports and commentary on whether President Trump will “accept” the results of November’s election.” … “there is another, equally pressing question: Will Democrats accept the results of the election if Joe Biden loses?”

“The report comes from a secretive group called the Transition Integrity Project. A bipartisan, anti-Trump organization, TIP was created last year by Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks and historian and think tanker Nils Gilman, “out of concern that the Trump administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and transition process.”

The report gave some reasons why Democrats would be willing to defy the constitutional structure of American presidential elections to put Biden in the White House.

The New Old Obama. Victor Davis Hanson – “Why is Barack Obama reemerging with greater frequency now? There are a few reasonable suppositions.” … “His latest weaponization of the funeral of John Lewis revealed all the Obama signature characteristics. … his politicizing riff is cynical and in some ways a cruel hijacking of a funeral.”

The Dubious ‘Peaceful Protestors’. Bruce Thornton – “Peaceful protestors” have been seen coordinating with rioters to help them avoid the police, and acting as human shields. Indeed such coordination between shock-troops and “non-violent” political actors has typified revolutionary movements since the French Revolution. And there have been only a few examples of truly peaceful protestors separating themselves from the rioters and looters, or issuing public condemnations. But they have been overwhelmed by the thousands of protestors intermingling with the “hijackers.”

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this stopped being about science long ago

Marco Rubio Gets on Call with President Trump and Defends Mail-in Voting. Jim Hoft – “It’s the reason Nevada Democrats on Saturday passed mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in their special session just 97 days before the national election. … They know it’s easier to cheat that way.”

The Choice Before Us. Roger Kimball – “This time, we’ve traveled to the very edge of the abyss.” … The clips of the savages burning Bibles put me in mind of Heinrich Heine’s solemn observation that Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen: “Wherever people burn books, they also end up burning men.”

8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions. Margot Cleveland – “Notwithstanding Democrats’ attempts to prevent William Barr from setting the record straight, the attorney general dismantled major fake news headlines over the last two months.” Here’s a catalog. Compare and contrast to any such catalog those who bray that ‘Trump lies’ can put up.

It Is Resistance, Not Trump, That Needs To Learn To Accept Election Results. Mollie Hemingway – “Given what they’ve put the country through since November 2016, the groups that need to be asked if they will accept an election loss in November 2020 are the media, Democratic politicians, and other Resistance activists.”

When ‘j’accuse’ is just a smear. Charles Lipson – “The false, malicious attacks on the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass” … “In today’s woke world, it is risky to speak such hard truths about gang shootings, unprosecuted shoplifting, looting, carjackings and more.”

“The dangers are real, but John Kass did not contribute to them. He shouldn’t be attacked for something he did not do. It’s perfectly fine to debate the substance of his arguments. It’s perfectly despicable to smear the writer with bogus charges.

Wrecking the American Dream. Robert Stacy McCain – “Yes, suburbanites, Democrats plan to destroy your community.”

“One of the basic tasks of the political Left, not only in contemporary America but on a worldwide basis ever since the French Revolution, is to identify those social institutions that are healthy and functional, then ruin them completely, and call this result “reform.” Sometimes millions of people die as a result of the Left’s appetite for “reform” (e.g., collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union), but always innocent people are made to suffer on behalf of the allegedly idealistic motives of the self-anointed progressive “reformers.”

The problem in America, according to the Democrats, is not our crime-ridden inner cities (“Chicago homicides increase 50 percent in 2020, 139 percent in July alone, data shows”). No, the real problem is those folks living quietly out in the suburbs, with their three-bedroom homes, their quarter-acre lawns and their tree-shaded cul-de-sacs. According to Democrats, it is wrong for prosperous suburbanites to enjoy their safety and tranquility, and therefore, the suburbs must be destroyed.

This is not “reform,” it’s revenge:

“Affordable housing” is the wrecking ball with which Democrats intend to destroy your tree-shaded way of life, not because they expect to derive any benefit from ruining your neighborhood, but simply because they take sadistic pleasure in destruction. We’re now three months away from Election Day, and time may be running out on the American Dream.

 

Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “Like anyone who’s paid the slightest bit of attention during this pandemic, you’ve probably noticed how the narrative regarding cloth face masks has evolved.” … “this stopped being about science long ago.”

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Stay aware. Stay calm. Don’t get caught up in their play

Babylon Bee: Founding Fathers Strapped Down In Graves To Prevent Further SpinningAliens Report No Intelligent Life On Earth After Landing In Portland.

We’re Seeing the Death Rattle of the Revolution, Not Its Birth. Sarah Hoyt – “There is a reason it was a little boy who cried “the king goes naked.”

“Once your eyes are open you’ll see it everywhere. Which is good, because this stupid mythos, this tissue of half-baked wishful thinking and the toddler’s scream of “it’s not fair,” has permeated society to such an extent that you’re looking at the current spastic insanity from the left as they are.

a lot of what they’re doing echoes revolutions from the French to the Russian, to a lot of other revolutions throughout the 20th century.

What you should ask yourself, actually, and give an honest answer to, is how these revolutions can all be so similar to each other, step by step and touch by touch in completely different times and societies.

And if you answer honestly, you’ll realize it’s because these events are being staged. In the cargo-cult religion of the left, if they do these things this way, the power will devolve to them, utopia will be installed, and everyone will be happy, even the evil bad rightists after they are re-educated.

Stay aware. Stay calm. Don’t get caught up in their play. This is their last push.

And if history is any guide, it will fail. The only question now is how high a butcher’s bill will we have to pay.

Summer of Love: Huge Majority of Americans Now Concerned About Rising Crime, Feckless Democrat Prosecutors. Bryan Preston – “The message is getting through. It already got through to the “mostly peaceful” protesters, who have intensified their protests into nightly assaults…”

COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago. I & I Editorial Board – “Note the sneering attitude. Deaths are skyrocketing while an out-of-touch Republican governor talks about “positive trends.” … “if the crisis is passing in states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere, shouldn’t the public know about that? And why are the media acting as though it’s getting worse?”

A COVID Border Battle. John Hinderaker – “In the ongoing debate over whether shutdowns have been useful, a comparison of Minnesota and Wisconsin is a valuable data point. These two adjoining states are of comparable population, demographics, history and geography. A Wisconsinite is basically a Minnesotan without the smugness.” … “In any event, Wisconsin’s experience casts serious doubt on the claim that draconian shutdowns successfully prevent COVID fatalities.”

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Victor Davis Hanson – “Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.” … “If there is any common denominator to this madness, it is apparently that the past was toxic, and erasing it in the present will make for a more just and united future.”

“If there is any coherent message in this otherwise incoherent summer, it is that a few thousand wannabees have launched a revolution with the full expectation that their own careers in the universities, media, sports, and politics will be thereby enhanced—and enhanced in the most remuneratively Western and capitalist fashion possible.

The Cease Fire That Won’t Be. Anthony L. DeWitt – “For Democrats, this could be their time to shine. This could be their time to show they actually can accomplish something useful. … But, it won’t.”

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I thought I was supposed to be heard – not these days

Mike Flynn’s Higher Loyalty. Daryl McCann – “For President Obama, the rise and rise of the billionaire property developer and reality television star Donald Trump constituted a danger to American democracy and a retreat from his peace-for-the-world doctrine.”

“The details of all this are important. They show that no citizen can be assured of fairness when interrogated by the FBI due to its last-century method of reconstructing an interview. Citizens have to assume, for their own protection, that they cannot be guaranteed justice when they speak with the FBI because their guilt or otherwise is not dependent on what they say but on a report constructed by the two agents (or a third agent who did not attend the interview) after the event.

Do Burning Cities Mark Start Of Democrats’ ‘Civil War 2.0’? I & I Editorial Board – “Get that? Trump wasn’t elected; his is a “reign of terror.” The unhinged nature of the debate almost precludes Americans from coming together.”

“Only you can stop this insanity. It begins in the voting booth, but doesn’t end there. All Americans need to recapture an appreciation for the preciousness of their constitutional rights, and also the history that underpins our nation’s great success.

If not, they will deliver our nation into the hands of leftist ideologues who won’t hesitate from cleaving this country in two. That would be bad for all of us.

“I Thought I Was Supposed To Be Heard”: Full Highlights From Barr ‘Hearing’. Tyler Durden – “Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed Democrats on the Committee, saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had a hearing where the witness wasn’t allowed to respond to points made, questions asked, and attacks — attacks made.” … “Even Slate had to admit the Democrats blew it:” For more, neo cites a number of commentary columns on the hearings in Democrats vs. Barr.

HCQ censorship, cubed: Social media giants shut down doctors testifying from experience that hydroxychloroquine works. Monica Showalter – compare and contrast to Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again by Josh Bloom. The American Council on Science and Health beclowns itself with hubris and intolerance for gross evidence. Absolute certitude with ridicule as shown in the title is not good science.

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You’re being had. Why can’t you see? It’s Built on Fumes, Not Facts

Ralph W. Sockman – “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

[via Instapundit] Mark Twain: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

How To Disprove The 6 Most Outrageous Myths Of The 1619 Project. Lipton Matthews – “The 1619 Project’s fabrications commit a horrific injustice on American history. The project perpetuates dangerous myths about the country’s founding, and by painting its roots as structurally racist and oppressive, it stokes racial tensions.” Sometimes lies are blatant. Other times they are insidious and hidden. Always, they destroy.

Blood and Metal: Why 1641 Matters So Much to Understanding America’s Founding (Not 1619). Bryan Preston – “1492 and 1630 are more significant years for the founding of America than 1619. But neither is as significant in the stream of ideas and human rights as 1641.”

“We have to take all this into account when we look at 1641, and how the upstarts in America saw things in their time. They weren’t standing on the shoulders of giants, but they were looking back at centuries of war and piles of dead and precedents for bringing bad kings and queens to heel.

Bruce Pascoe’s Tribe Dines on Young Brains. Tony Thomas – “Teacher ignorance is no barrier to foisting potted Pascoe piffle on our kids.” … “The authors deny that British-based agriculture was more productive than the Aborigines’ version.” It isn’t just the U.S. and that is what is truly frightening.

Marxism in the Classroom, Riots in the Streets. Clare M. Lopez – “The production of brainwashed generations of automatons.”

“The plot to destroy Western Civilization was hatched in Moscow shortly after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and implemented through the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University

Decades of such indoctrination have wreaked the havoc we see today on our streets: crazed mobs attack police, assault private citizens and business owners, vandalize property federal and private alike, tear down statues without even knowing whom they represent, set up “autonomous zones”, deface synagogues, and scream antisemitic slurs.

‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It’s The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time. John Daniel Davidson – “If ever there was a threat to the rule of law, it was the Obama administration’s abuse of power and its weaponization of intelligence agencies in an attempt to take down Trump.” One mustn’t forget the other government agency weaponizing against political enemies … there is a pattern here.

“The complexity of their scheme, and the efforts to hide it and mislead the American people, are frustrating. The cast of characters—from high-ranking Obama administration officials to relative nobodies loosely associated with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—is long, as is the timeline of events. Details have come out slowly, in fits and starts, over the course of years. Following all the leaks and declassified transcripts and congressional hearings requires constant vigilance, and if you don’t keep up with it you can easily lose the thread.

A Put-Up Job. Charles Lipson – “Growing evidence that officials involved in the Russia collusion investigation knowingly acted without cause is undermining our governing institutions.” … “This effort to take down the Trump administration went well beyond the normal bounds of standard FBI practice, prosecutorial diligence, and “loyal opposition” among elected officials. It extended far beyond law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

Beam Me Up, Please. Clarice Feldman – “Too many people are willing to live in a contrafactual and contralegal world.” … “There are too many examples of these waves of lunatic hysteria to recount here but let me note two: Russiagate and BLM.”

Worst. White. Supremacists.Ever. John Hinderaker – “The Democratic Party platform has been published in draft form, and it is a beauty. An openly racist document, it is largely an attack on white people.” … “The Democrats are right to focus on median income as a basic indicator of well-being, but they have to lie about the statistics.”

Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance. Heather Mac Donald – “Public officials’ overreaction to the novel coronavirus put American cities into a coma; those same officials’ passivity in the face of widespread rioting threatens to deliver the coup de grâce. Together, these back-to-back governmental failures will transform the American polity and cripple urban life for decades.”

Something’s rotten at the Supreme Court. Andrea Widburg – “Justice Roberts was sold to Americans as a conservative. He isn’t. He’s also not a leftist. Instead, he has a very peculiar habit of hewing conservative on the narrow legal issues that are relevant only to a few interested parties and going full-bore leftist on those issues that matter greatly to constitutional liberty in America.” … “There’s something very wrong at the Supreme Court, and Justice Roberts seems to sit at the heart of the problem.”

Chief Justice Roberts and Injunctive Relief. Jonathan H. Adler – “The Chief Justice’s votes against injunctive relief for churches, voters, and those on death row are of a piece.” … “More likely, the Chief Justice’s rather consistent opposition to injunctive relief is another manifestation of the minimalist impulse” … “This is nothing new for the Chief. He has long been critical of the speed with which some lower courts are willing to grant injunctive relief.” Alder indeed provides some insight into the argument but what he also highlights is that Roberts puts court procedure above the issues at hand. The right or wrong of an issue is secondary to an ideological based procedure preference in considering them.

 

Churches Defy California Guv’s Covid Restrictions on Multiple Worship Gatherings. – “The problem is that government too often abuses its authority or is inconsistent in its administration.”

“In response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate jurisdiction. Faithfulness to Christ prohibits us from observing the restrictions they want to impose on our corporate worship services.”

I Got Arrested, and I Learned Some Things. Rob Port – “Saying the “justice system is broken” is an empty talking-point from politicians who want to sound like they care. But they have little-to-no understanding as to how it is broken. From my experience in all this, I have determined that our justice system is broken in a very tangible way. Below are five reforms I believe the North Dakota legislature can and should enact in the 2021 legislative session.”

Florida Is A Case Study In Media-Induced COVID-19 Panic. I & I Editorial Board – “All of these scary headlines are based on the number of deaths reported by the state on any given day. This is not the same as the number of deaths that occurred on those days. … The difference might seem trivial. But it’s crucial because the press is using the timing of Florida’s death reports to whip up a frenzy about COVID-19 running riot in the state.”

“The question that deserves to be answered is why the mainstream press seems so willing and eager to whip up fear, rather than provide all the relevant facts, in context, so the public can make its own informed decisions about how to respond to this disease.

Hitchens: ‘Excessive COVID Fears Have Completely Changed the Country’ – “Have government and the mainstream media gone too far in amplifying the risks and dangers to public health over Coronavirus?” … “Mike Graham speaks with UK journalist Peter Hitchens about how the government has instilled “excessive fear” of a coronavirus ‘second wave’ which has fundamentally altered the way people feel about returning to work. The result has been an economic free-fall which has no end in sight.”

Portland is Getting What It Deserves. Erick Erickson – “At some point, we must allow people to live with their choices and make it easy for those who want to escape to actually move. If we allow Portland to fester as it wants, it will either figure out it must change, or live with its consequences.”

Martial law! The Resistance goes full fever swamp. Byron York – “many in the Resistance — those most adamantly opposed to the president in politics and media — see something different. In their view, Portland is a dress rehearsal for President Trump to declare martial law and cancel or nullify this November’s election. Yes, really.” Krikorian: “The Left has gone full Pizzagate. Never go Full Pizzagate.”

Former Chicago Bears Coach Has a Message for Kneeling Athletes. Beth Baumann – “it’s disrespectful to “protest” against the flag and the country that has provided opportunities to professional athletes.” … “Mr. Ditka better prepare for the cancel culture mob that is about to come after him, although it sounds like he does not care.”

Why NV Energy is pushing for a $2 billion statewide transmission upgrade. Riley Snyder – it’s all about that ‘free’ ‘renewable’ solar energy.

Slate: The First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths. Eric Worrall – “When record breaking cold occurs it is just weather, but according to Slate, climate attribution, the science of retrofitting explanations to unusual weather events after they happened, can demonstrate that a single unusual heatwave is evidence of climate change.” … “Climate attribution science would be a little more believable if it could predict unusual events in advance, say give a year or two warning that Japan was about to suffer an extreme heatwave. Providing explanations of events which have already happened does not demonstrate skill.”

Does Universal Mask Wearing Decrease or Increase the Spread of COVID-19? Leo Goldstein – “Preface. The use and requirements of masks have become incredibly political and partisan. Unfortunately, far too much of science, knowledge, journalism, and even epistemology are becoming political.”

“A survey of peer-reviewed studies shows that universal mask wearing (as opposed to wearing masks in specific settings) does not decrease the transmission of respiratory viruses from people wearing masks to people who are not wearing masks.

Further, indirect evidence and common sense suggest that universal mask wearing is likely to increase the spread of COVID-19.

This paper agrees that wearing masks in specific settings (such as healthcare facilities) achieves protective effects, although the masks should not be home-made, must be worn correctly, replaced frequently, and not overestimated.

With articles like this, reader confirmation bias is always a concern. Goldstein provides reasoning and explanations as well as citations. This supports the idea that he is more about educating and not proselytizing which lends credibility. There is no telling you what you should do, no blanket demands, no moral preening. See also Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “It’s not science forcing you to wear a mask in public. It’s politics.” … “mask mandates have become the politically safe option for politicians.”

Another example for contrast is from David Gorski on Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19: Evidence can’t seem to kill it – “Despite the accumulating negative evidence showing that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work against COVID-19, activists continue to promote it as a way out of the pandemic. This week, the AAPS and a Yale epidemiologist joined the fray with embarrassingly bad arguments.” note judgment rather than educating and clarifying and the appeal to authority about that “negative evidence.” His rebut is filled with hubris and logical fallacies and avoids gross evidence in bashing and trashing those who do not agree with him.

Training is Just as Important as the Firearm You’re Carrying. Sheriff Jim Wilson – “Without intending to hurt feelings, I have often said, “Don’t tell me what you carry—show me what you can do with it.”

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Fear or Hope?

At the Quadrant, a retrospective series seems to be about the difference between gods of fear and a God of Hope.

Sir Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’: a guide and celebration. 51 years ago “Clark had unwittingly tapped into grim, often unspoken fears of the time – that the social fabric of civilized life in the West was being torn asunder; that it was being undermined by endless war, random violence, moral decadence, and the ennui that corrodes any society overwhelmed by unprecedented material prosperity and a consumer mentality.”

“Now, half a century on, we are embarking on a fascinating journey into the history and nature of Western Civilisation. This 15-week series will provide a guide to Civilisation: A Personal View. It can be used to accompany the DVD version or the episodes available on YouTube, or it can be read by itself as a synopsis of Clark’s great work.

It Doesn’t End Well. Roger Kimball – “The hooligans smashing up courthouses and police stations as they pursue indiscriminate carnage are fired by the same unholy “train of disorderly appetites” that Edmund Burke anatomized 230 years ago.”

“Denis Diderot, model of the French Enlightenment that he was, gave memorable expression to that movement’s inveterate anti-clericalism. “Man will never be free,” said the energetic Encyclopédiste, “until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

They don’t talk much about kings and priests, but the civilization-hating anarchists of the Black Lives Matter movement would applaud Diderot’s sentiments. Although they sometimes wrap their destructive actions in fine-sounding rhetoric about justice and anti-racism, what they are really about is hate.

How to explain the mind-boggling disjunction between the violent savagery of the BLM crusaders, on the one hand, and the nauseating spectacles of frightened though congratulatory self-abasement by the white elite, on the other?

Inveterate, all-too-human vices cause the storms, but we often miss the link because we are distracted by the lofty rhetoric with which such grubby vices swaddle themselves.

Burke’s point is that “Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.”

The cleanup from the riots in Denver isn’t going quickly… or cheaply. [Hot Air VIP via outline] Jazz Shaw – “the staggering amount of property damage taking place is also a part of the equation. The question is, what do these cities do in the aftermath when downtown storefront windows have all been replaced with graffiti-covered plywood sheets, walls and roads are festooned with paint and lights, statues and other public property has been destroyed?”

“Denver is quickly starting to look like a slum, if not a war zone. There are not unlimited resources to restore the streets to how they’re supposed to look if the rioters and vandals continue to wreak havoc every single night. What we’re seeing is another formerly proud city being turned into a wasteland by these so-called “protesters” and Denver’s elected officials appear to be powerless to restore order. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as the saying goes. They’re going to need to look for alternate options soon or Denver will quickly turn into another casualty in the ongoing war against the anarchists.

More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration. Jonathan Turley – “What is astonishing is that the media has refused to see what should be one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence.”

“Willful blindness has its advantages. The media eagerly covered the original leak and the false narrative of collusion, despite mounting evidence that it was false. They filled hours of cable news coverage and pages of print on a collusion story discredited by the FBI. Virtually none of these journalists or experts have acknowledged that the collusion leaks were proven false, let alone pursue the troubling implications of national security powers being used to target the political opponents of an administration. But then, in Washington, success often depends not on what you see but what you can unsee.

The distraught and desperate Democrats are flailing. Patricia McCarthy – “No verbal assault is too low for leftists. As usual, the Democrats make the mistake of assuming that Trump-supporters are rather stupid, easily manipulated by their mono-minded media and sound bites. They don’t seem to grasp the fact that much of America is laughing at them for their misplaced arrogance and crying for the residents of those cities being destroyed by leftist officials and the well organized, well funded anarchist groups that have turned them into war zones.”

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia is on the right track with activist investor reform. Charles Sauer – “The first rule of a fiduciary should be to put the economic interests of its clients first. Some haven’t exactly followed that rule and have let personal politics and beliefs get in the way, investing in assets that sacrifice returns for environmental, social, and governance activism — also known as ESG. On the individual level, this is not an issue, but someone else making a political point with your 401(k) money should be a choice that is off the table.”

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Laying the groundwork in quicksand

Democrats continue to lay the groundwork for Resistance II: The Civil War. Andrea Widburg – “How does one get ready to overthrow the duly elected president of the United States? After all, the Democrats’ Deep State efforts during Trump’s first term have failed. Democrats are therefore getting their ducks in a row for a more aggressive challenge.”

“facts are irrelevant. Leftist fanatics like Waters and Reid believe that, when Trump follows both the letter and spirit of the law to protect federal property, he is conducting a trial run for a coup attempt

Beginning with George Washington stepping down after his second term, and right up until 2016, the peaceful transition of power in America has been enviable. In 2016, the Democrats reneged on that social contract with an attempted backdoor coup. In the lead-up to November 2020, like a rattlesnake shaking its tail, Democrats are signaling that Phase II of the “Resistance” is going to be even more “in your face” than before.

Biden and the Democrats Can’t Win by Insulting Americans. J.B. Shurk – “”

“Donald Trump insulted the D.C. mammon-worshippers who sold out American workers for communist China, and 68% of Americans agreed. He insulted a political class that had done nothing but aid and abet illegal immigration at the southern border, and 57% of Americans agreed. He insulted the self-appointed priests of political correctness, and 65% of Americans agreed. He insulted an American government golem that has spent more time and money fighting foreign wars than building bridges, fixing roads, and constructing state-of-the-art airports at home, and 58% of Americans agreed. Sometimes he did it with a well crafted speech, sometimes with a raucous rallying cry, and other times with a schoolyard taunt that fixed itself firmly around his opponent’s neck like a clove of freshly cut garlic. What he never did was insult indiscriminately, and he never turned his ire toward the American people. What President Trump has always understood, and what the Democrats have found too difficult to grasp, is that the “art of the insult” works only when you target the small number of people with all the power, not the great majority of Americans with no power at all.

Hillary Clinton called half of America “deplorable” and “irredeemable,” … Jemele Hill is certain that every single Trump voter is inherently racist … The NFL and Team USA Olympians and other sporty turncoats have decided to turn their backs on a national anthem we sing to honor the sacrifice of all before us and the promise of national unity for all ahead, and they may be surprised to find that Americans have no need to pay homage to athletes who can’t pay homage to heroes. … And Joe Biden, having entered the race for the presidency under the pretense of returning the nation back to the “normalcy” of the Obama years, has decided to openly embrace the Democrats’ hatred for everything American by promising a “fundamental transformation” of the country the likes of which we’ve never seen.

There could be no greater insult to Americans than to ignore their wishes on immigration, burn their flag, tear up their Constitution, and spit on the graves of their loved ones while undertaking to deprive them of exactly what their loved ones fought to preserve.

A question for Jeremy Olson [updated]. Scott Johnson – “One-man rule is supposed to be a short-time affair, but that’s not how it’s working out. It’s a long, long way to temporary.” … “One has to read the enforcement provisions of the order in paragraph 20 on pages 13-14 of the 15-page order to understand the in terrorem effect that is intended. It’s not Minnesota nice.”

The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It. Harvey A. Risch – “the medication has become highly politicized. … the drug has not been used properly in many studies … concerns have been raised by the FDA and others about risks”

“In the future, I believe this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence. But for now, reality demands a clear, scientific eye on the evidence and where it points. For the sake of high-risk patients, for the sake of our parents and grandparents, for the sake of the unemployed, for our economy and for our 1polity, especially those disproportionally affected, we must start treating immediately.

Lies! Racist! Tyrant! Dictator! And on and on … just who you talkin’ about?

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Surreal, Mayors versus their cities

Chicago Mayor Denies Trump’s Help While 15 Are Shot Near Funeral Home. Elizabeth Vaughn – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted the following message on Twitter: “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.” … “At nearly the same moment, a group of people standing outside of a South Chicago funeral home was fired upon from a passing vehicle.” Who is “terrorizing” residents?

“Lightfoot’s comment was a reference to Democrats’ wild claims that “unmarked jackbooted stormtrooper thugs” were “randomly rounding up people” in Portland, Oregon last Friday night.

Lightfoot is mistaken. A video posted to Twitter by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), shows a suspect being apprehended by Customs and Border Protection agents and being walked to an unmarked van. The word “POLICE” appears in large yellow letters on the front of their uniforms. Additionally, the agents wore shoulder patches obscured by the darkness of the video.

In a statement, DHS clarified, “The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter. The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.”

On Tuesday, before both Lightfoot’s tweet in which she vowed not to allow federal troops into the city and the shooting outside the funeral home, The Tribune reported that she had agreed to allow federal agents in. According to The Tribune:

Portland Mayor Tear Gassed By Federal Agents During Wednesday Protest. Tyler Durden – “Wheeler has sided with the rabble over the government he was elected to represent, denouncing the federal “stormtroopers” who have been “abducting” residents of his city, according to the AP.”

De Blasio: We’ll sue if Trump orders federal police to defend federal property in NYC. Ed Morrissey – “Alternative headline: Bill de Blasio enjoys new hobby of losing in court.” … “Trump and the federal executive branch has clear authority and jurisdiction to send its own personnel to enforce the law and protect property on federal grounds. Suing Trump makes for great “bluster,” a quality de Blasio accuses Trump of having, but it will go nowhere.” … “Rather than looking for new ways of losing in federal court, shouldn’t mayors look for new ways to enforce the law and keep the peace in their cities?”

Legal Docs: St. Louis Prosecutor Tampered With Evidence In McCloskey Gun Case. Tristan Justice – “It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz told the local news.

New FBI Notes Re-Debunk Major NYT Story, Highlight Media Collusion To Produce Russia Hoax. Mollie Hemingway – “The New York Times in 2017 falsely reported that the Trump campaign had ‘repeated’ contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign, and instead of being held accountable for publishing lies, the story’s authors received Pulitzer prizes.” … “Leaks Real, News Fake”

Mitt Romney questions Trump getting ‘cozy’ with dictators, direction of GOP. Dennis Romboy – “Sen. Mitt Romney says he doesn’t know where the Republican Party is headed as the president cozies up to dictators, and character doesn’t seem to matter in leaders anymore.” Denial is ugly to see and Utah is getting quite a dose.

Sacrificing Children to Progressive Politics. Bruce Thornton – “How kids have become collateral damage in the quest to “fundamentally transform” America.”

Education, our most important social institution already long corrupted by ideological fads and deteriorating standards, is heading for complete collapse in order to serve the political and pecuniary interests of the progressive technocracy … Children are just collateral damage.

Of course, these decisions to sequester the cohort least vulnerable to the virus are being sold as the result of “science” and a concern for “safety.” But across the world evidence from real science shows that kids in school pose little danger to themselves or others.

For children, these real experiences are a critical part of their character development and socialization. School is where we make friends or enemies, find our first boyfriends and girlfriends, have our first conflicts and fights, and first learn, successfully or not, how to adjust to a world that is more various, complicated, dangerous, and fulfilling than we ever imagined, not to mention indifferent to our egos and feelings. The worlds on a screen, whether video games, tweets, videos, or canned curricula cannot substitute for that world. Instead, they distort and dehumanize it.

So why are so many governors and others so eager to deny children these critical experiences of actual human reality?

What we are witnessing is the true nature of the progressives. For a hundred years they have yearned for autocratic powers so they can create their utopia of “social justice” and absolute “equality.” In fact, from the bloody streets of Portland to the diktats of governors, from the cancel-culture mobs baying for the jobs and reputations of dissenters to the bougie anarchist punks of Antifa and the calculating hustlers of Black Lives Matter––the reality and aims of progressivist Democrats are clear: power and its perks.

President Trump Can Use the Crisis to Dramatically Transform Education. Daniel Greenfield – “Taxpayers are spending billions on schools and teachers who won’t teach.” … “millions are being spent on protective equipment, not because LAUSD schools are teaching students, but because they’re open only to illegally use federal funds to serve food to the homeless. … And the situation at LAUSD is typical of the broken Democrat school model across the country.”

Were the Lockdowns Effective at All? Steven Hayward – “the full study makes clear, much more important in the outcomes were underlying demographics and health co-morbidities, and the general economic profile of the country”

MSNBC’s Heilemann: Could Trump Declare ‘Martial Law’ to Stay in Power? Trent Baker – “Heilemann on “Morning Joe” highlighted that Trump has been “willing” to use federal police officers on “peaceful demonstrators” since George Floyd’s death and he has set himself up to not accept the upcoming election results if it does not go in his favor.” Peaceful demonstrators? Really? And then consider the Generals who are saying they won’t even follow lawful orders based on precedent to quell violence. Surreal delusion indeed.

The Climate Virus: Hysteria Needs To Shelter In Place. I & I Editorial Board – “Give the global warming alarmists credit. They never let circumstances distract them. Even amidst a pandemic, they continue to pump fear and fanaticism. It doesn’t matter to them if their fearmongering produces grave human costs. … Take a look at these headlines from just the last few days:”

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Fact checkers versus standards of measure

Fake News Becomes a Way of Life. [NR nagware caveat] Michael Brendan Dougherty – “And thus another critical democratic institution decided it would be more fun and emotionally satisfying to fail than to perform the function with which the public entrusts it.” Warnings in 2016 were ignored.

New Russia probe memos expose massive errors in NYT anti-Trump story, Steele dossier. Sharyl Attkisson – “The first document is a 57-page summary of a three-day FBI interview in January 2017 with Christopher Steele’s ‘primary sub-source’ in the anti-Trump allegations and ‘dossier.’ Document number two takes apart a New York Times article written by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo.”

Chris Wallace Is Wrong, Joe Biden Does Want to Defund the Police. Matt Margolis – “In fact, Wallace’s own network reported on it: … Trump may have been incorrect about where and when Biden endorsed the idea of defunding the police, but “yes, absolutely” he did, as the above video shows. That, and calling the police “the enemy.” It’s a lesson in denial, Chris Wallace’s denial.

Chris Wallace is why there can’t be ‘fact-checkers’ at the 2020 Trump-Biden debates. Eddie Scarry – “As though he were redirecting a stubborn child, rather than the president of the United States who had stated a fact, Wallace interrupted, “No, he — sir, he does not.”

“Conservative news sites were right to highlight that exchange as Biden very obviously stating that he would move resources away from police. And yet, the Associated Press stated in earnest that it was “false” to say Biden was in favor of defunding the police because actually he “supports redirecting some police funding to address mental health or to change the prison system.”

It’s truly astounding.

Wallace is yet another reminder why “fact-checking” is now a profession that requires a rubber nose and a rainbow wig.

Warfare In Grant Park. John Hinderaker – “This is, obviously, a sad state of affairs. It is made worse by the Left’s constant attacks on law enforcement, which are generally supported not only by academia, but by big business. No wonder Andy McCarthy says the revolution is winning.”

Violent Portland Rioters Chant ‘Every City, Every Town, Burn the Precincts to the Ground’ During Black Lives Matter ‘Protest’. Cassandra Fairbanks – “The message deeply contradicts the “we just want reform” narrative that liberals and their media lackeys are trying to push.”

What the Heck Are Federal Law Enforcement Officers Doing in Portland? Steve Vladeck – “the protests have been met with what appears to be a significant federal law enforcement response—the contours of (and legal authorities for) which are, at best, unclear.”

Despicable Behavior Of Today’s Academicians. Walter E. Williams – “Much of today’s totalitarianism, promotion of hate and not to mention outright stupidity, has its roots on college campuses.”

As if 2020 Wasn’t Contentious Enough. Clarice Feldman – “The White House has finally had it with the incompetence and partisanship of the CDC, and it couldn’t come fast enough for me.” … “Conrad Black convincingly argues that Americans will banish the arsonists engaged in violent crimes in our major urban centers, who have the endorsement of people like Mitt Romney and Joe Biden, and that with its anti-Trump cast on everything, the media has immolated itself.” … “Toughen up, buttercups; your fellow citizens are not going to back a party that endorses looting and violence.”

Now We Have Proof Dr. Fauci Is Full of Crap and Can’t Be Trusted. Matt Margolis – “I used to have faith in Dr. Fauci’s judgement, but that faith has waned over the past few months, and is now completely gone. How exactly does anyone look at what happened in New York and say that’s a model example for fighting the coronavirus?” … “New York is the coronavirus hotspot of the world because they failed to flatten the curve.”

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Nothing but the wind in the bullshit trees

Media Attacks Trump For A Factual Statement About Law Enforcement And Race. Jordan Davidson – “The media is famous for its attempts to completely assassinate and misconstrue Trump’s words to benefit its agenda and this week was no exception.” … “While one MSNBC reporter even acknowledged that Trump’s statement was true, he still proceeded to criticize him.” … “Others, however, saw the hypocritical treatment Trump received for the statement from the media right away.”

“It’s not merely an assertion; it’s a fact. We’re only surprised by the facts—when someone dares to utter them—because we’ve been brainwashed by the media to believe lies,” one user quipped.

“Trump’s instinct that Americans are tired of the media dividing us into racial groups every 5 minutes is correct. He should stick to it,” quipped David Marcus.

Just this month, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and others criticized and misconstrued President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore celebrating Independence Day calling it “dark and divisive” and “inflammatory” despite his words celebrating the Founding Fathers.

The Children’s Book Council and ‘Young Dark Emu’. Joanna Hackett – “A particularly disturbing aspect of _Young Dark Emu_ is Pascoe’s interpretation of the interaction between the British arrivals and the Aboriginal people. His bias is extraordinary.” … “A book that purports to be the truth when in fact it is not has no place in a child’s library ”

“I have also asked the CBCA to consider withdrawing their support for Pascoe’s book and I would encourage those who care about what their children read to do the same. As yet, I have not had a reply.

“So what is going on here?” I ask myself from my coronavirus-induced isolation. “Why is nobody standing up and shouting to the rooftops that Bruce Pascoe has no clothes? What are you all afraid of?”

I listen for an answer but hear nothing. Nothing but the wind in the bullshit trees.

How To Create A Pandemic Panic…And Keep It Going. I & I Editorial Board – “Why the continued panic when we know that the disease is far less lethal than originally feared?”

“If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic is a textbook example of how to create fear and anxiety that is out of proportion to the threat, and spur panic-induced policies that needlessly kill people (like seniors in New York nursing homes). It also demonstrates how to keep the panic going, even as evidence piles up that the initial fears were wildly exaggerated.

Here are five steps that the got the coronavirus panic started and why it continues to this day.

Trump Just Removed A Major Barrier To Fixing Roads And Bridges. Laura Perrotta – “To be sure, all major construction projects — including ones related to infrastructure — deserve careful scrutiny when it comes to their potential environmental impacts. On the other hand, the duplicative, costly, and time-consuming way in which NEPA is being implemented to create unnecessarily long review periods is in no one’s best interest.”

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Civilization, we barely knew ye

Trump Was Right All Along: The Fake News Media Really Is The Enemy Of The People. Kylee Zempel – “When you encounter an entity that trashes the things you cherish and promotes the things you hate, that repeatedly lies to you, slanders you, mocks you, hides things from you, and actively tries to mislead you, should you conclude it is anything but your enemy?”

Manhattan DA Targets Trump After Giving Epstein and Weinstein a Pass. Daniel Greenfield – “New Yorkers are dying, but DA Vance is going after Trump.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other leftists gaslight America about the sudden crime surge. Monica Showalter – “Call it the great gaslight, a phenomenon where you’re living something but not supposed to believe the evidence of your own eyes. We’re now seeing it in spades from the left as the crime wave mounts.”

Black Lives Matter mural by Trump Tower becomes scene of heated clashes. Lee Brown – “On Saturday — just two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio was jeered as he helped paint the large yellow mural — there were further ugly confrontations as dozens of “All Lives Matter” counter-protesters descended on Fifth Avenue, photos and video show.”

Are We In The First Days Of A Lawless Era? I & I Editorial Board – “Civilized people don’t behave in this way.”

“While a Democratic administration would be quieter than a second term of Donald Trump in regard to mob behavior, it would be much more lethal to civil society. The American legacy of liberty, independence, and charity will be ceded by political institutions, universities, local schools, and faithless businesses to a voracious mob if Biden moves from his basement to the West Wing in January.

Instapundit: THE IDEOLOGICAL CORRUPTION OF SCIENCE: In American laboratories and universities, the spirit of Trofim Lysenko has suddenly been woke. [cite to WSJ] – “This sort of thing completely undercuts the rationale for public-funded higher education.”

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The epistemic breach

When did you first notice the left’s ‘epistemic breach’? John Sexton – “the moment when it became obvious that people on the left could maintain opinions that were verifiably false by simply opening their eyes.” [no, both sides aren’t the same, either. That sort of assertion is also an epistemic breach]

Missouri couple who defended home have rifle seized during police search: report. Dom Calicchio – “There was no immediate indication the McCloskeys were arrested or charged with a crime” – self defense is reason enough to take your guns. See Paul Mirengoff for a lawyers perspective on Warrant served on the McCloskeys – “The Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kimberly Gardner, seems to be serious about prosecuting the McCloskeys. She claimed that the McCloskey’s defense of their property was a “violent assault” and said that authorities “will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.” … blatant government overreach.

“The threat to liberty here is obvious. Apparently in St. Louis, a mob can terrorize citizens on their own property. If citizens try to deter the mob, the local government jumps in to persecute (and maybe prosecute) them, even if they don’t use force. In addition, by confiscating the weapons, the city can leave citizens defenseless if the mob returns.

The ‘governmental overreach’ and its accompanying prosecutorial abuse is also implicated in the Roger Stone case.

Justice for Roger Stone. Grant Baker – “Roger Stone has reportedly spent $3 million over 3 years in legal fees battling Mueller, forced to sell his house to finance his defense. The case has prevented him from earning income and ruined his reputation in international media. Despite this, Stone’s decision to forgo a presidential pardon in favor of a path that allows him to clear his name and embarrass Mueller’s prosecution team speaks volumes of his character” – it can be very expensive to be a friend of Donald Trump.

Mirengoff has comments on this, too, but shows a bit of TDS along with proclaiming he doesn’t suffer that bias regarding the Stone commutation. More of this bias, with emphasis on the ‘D’ is David Frum / The Atlantic: Stone Walks Free in One of the Greatest Scandals in American History. — “Roger Stone’s best trick was always his upper-class-twit wardrobe. He seemed such a farcical character, such a Klaxon-alarm-from-a-mile-away goofball—who could take him seriously? — Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen: They had tradecraft.” The problem is that Stone was a victim of that scandal, not a perpetrator. See Surber on Durham for a note on the perpetrators.

Durham covers up Obamagate. Don Surber – “Durham’s job is to find crime and cover it up. He did that for Bush. He did that for Obama. He is doing that again.” Taking note of another epistemic breach that time is uncovering. “I get that these things take time, but I also get that you get the little guys first and work your way up. … Where are the little guys?” It is beginning to smell and people don’t like the smell of rotting fish.

Cult Programming in Seattle. Christopher F. Rufo – “The city is training white municipal employees to overcome their “internalized racial superiority.” … “It’s important to point out that this “interrupting whiteness” training is not an anomaly.”

“How far can this racial-justice shakedown extend itself? The new racial orthodoxy has seen exponential growth in the past few years and has proved extremely difficult for local governments and elite institutions to resist. The movement’s key rhetorical premise is designed as a trap: if you are not an “antiracist,” then you are a “racist”—and must be held to account. Skeptics might dismiss Seattle’s “interrupting whiteness” training as a West Coast oddity, but it is part of a nationwide movement to make this kind of identity politics the foundation of our public discourse. It may be coming soon to a city or town near you.

A Look At Excited Delirium. Michael D. Shaw – “The notion of “excited delirium” was first used in 1849 to describe psychiatric patients who developed continuous agitation and mania in the presence of fever, then suddenly collapsed and died. ” This is an issue in the George Floyd death used as an excuse for the recent rioting.

“Civil libertarians have argued that ExDS provides a convenient excuse to justify excessively brutal treatment of offenders by the police. But, this seems a bit simplistic. Ideally, such patients should be sedated on the spot, but imagine the outcry if police were to be provided with those sorts of drugs! In most real-world situations, EMS is called, but serious consequences can occur before they arrive.

More On Coronavirus and Masks. Dana – “The data presented is bonkers and does not reflect actual human transmissions that occurred in real life with real people,” Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, wrote in an email. It also does not reflect anything simulated in a lab, he added.

Why We Can’t Trust Anything ‘The Science’ Says Any More. Joy Pullmann – “These scientists are attempting to hide information that doesn’t conform to what roving violent mobs are attempting to impose at the blunt ends of bricks, sticks, and guns.” i.e. epistemic breach.

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Cooperating with nihilism to feel woke

Nihilism and National Security. Mervyn Bendle – this is your history lesson for the week.

Purifying Publishing. Bruce Bawer – “The cultural commissars come for conservative books.”

Opposing Black Lives Matter Now Means Hate Crime Charges. Daniel Greenfield – “America is going to a bad totalitarian place at an incredible speed.”

The Fragility of the Woke. Victor Davis Hanson – “The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.”

Two stories at The Nevada Independent about the special session of the legislature to figure out how to handle the budget shortfall illustrate what irresponsible rioting and lockdowns can do to long term plans for nirvana. Reality can be painful. Other people’s money has its limits. Maybe it is time to find a solution other than tax and spend.

After years of incremental health care reform, more than $200 million in budget cuts threaten to turn back time. Megan Messerly – “Many of the proposed cuts will roll back initiatives spearheaded by lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services over the last few legislative sessions in an effort to improve health care in the state, which ranks among the worst in the nation.”

Special session cuts poised to undo marquee education advances Nevada lawmakers celebrated in recent years. Michelle Rindels – “The proposed cuts play out like a reversal of the past three sessions,”

Companies Must Answer For Their Support Of The Radical Black Lives Matter Org. I & I Editorial Board – “do the executives at those companies have any idea how radical this group is and what it’s trying to achieve?” … “here are some questions for these companies, and any others that are giving money or encouraging donations to the BLM foundation.”

  • Do your shareholders and employees know that their company is supporting a group run by “trained Marxists”? …

  • Does your company support BLM’s call to defund the police? …

  • Do you approve of the BLM’s overtly socialist goal of “collective ownership”? …

  • Do you believe that the nuclear family should be abolished in favor of some sort of collectivist child-rearing scheme? …

  • Do you believe in “retroactive decriminalization, (and) immediate release … of all drug-related offenses and prostitution,” and “reparations for the devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ and criminalization of prostitution”? …

The Great Race Bait: Don’t Fall For It Conservative America. Tyler Durden – “Isn’t it odd that the political left claims to be so adamantly opposed to racism, yet they are the first people in the room to make generalizations based on race? ”

“This evolution of the political left is not natural or “grassroots”; it is completely engineered.

the media is perfectly on board with the NFAC and similar groups, calling them “peaceful protesters”. Yet, when conservative militias hold armed demonstrations, the media viciously attacks and accuses the right-wing of inciting violence. …

When BLM and Antifa announced they would be busing activists into rural towns, residents organized an armed security response. The protesters remained peaceful, and in some cases decided not to show up. The armed citizens were of course demonized and accused of paranoia over a threat that “did not exist”.

At bottom, it’s not the leftist mobs that present the biggest threat; these groups are ultimately a paper tiger. Instead, the greater danger comes from groups that are directly trained and organized by elitist or government interests. These are the groups that end up being used to trigger attacks, like shootings, bombings, assassinations, etc. And, it’s not the first time in US history this has been done.

The method of using racial tensions as a driver for domestic conflict is also not new.

This battle is not about race, it is not about white vs. black or so called “marginalized” groups against the patriarchy, it’s about collectivism vs. liberty. … The gatekeepers want to make it about race so that the real reasons for the conflict are obscured. We cannot allow this, and we must avoid the trap.

When Did the Left First Go Woke? When They Betrayed Black Slaves. Ben Poser – “The answer is staring us in the face today. … the crackpot cultural Marxist idea that “white people” can’t criticize evil committed by non-Westerners was becoming en vogue. Since white people have committed grievous violations of non-white people’s human rights in the past, all they have the right to do now is crusade to correct Western sins, and leave those non-Westerners commit today, no matter how much worse they may be, alone. For white “human rights” activists who’ve snookered themselves into feeling guilty about the “unearned” wealth on which they live, this serves as their masochistic expiation. When given the choice between virtue-signaling with a black square as their profile pictures on Instagram and freeing real-life black slaves, we know which one liberals will choose.”

“ This is even more egregious when we see most of the left’s characteristic inaction now that we know there is also Islamic slavery in Algeria, Libya, and Nigeria. They’d rather applaud statues of George Washington and General Grant being torn down by mobs of spoiled, ignorant children.

It is always a sad day when a warning from the past comes true, and remains unheeded.

The Fierce Fight Over America’s Ideals and History. Charles Lipson – “Americans do more than tolerate calls to live up to our highest ideals. We embrace them.”

“America’s values are grounded in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of 1787, which are themselves outgrowths of the European Enlightenment and England’s Glorious Revolution (1688-89). The genius of the American Founding was to block the consolidation of state power in one location (the central government) or one branch of government. These arrangements envisioned a broad public sphere, where citizens could speak freely and assemble peacefully. Those arrangements were codified in the Bill of Rights and led, almost immediately, to a widening electorate: first, poor white men; then, women; and finally, descendants of enslaved Africans.

This promise of equal opportunity and legal equality has confronted two daunting obstacles, both of which are now political fault lines. The first is that not all groups have been equally successful after the legal barriers were removed. Some have remained poor, live in violent neighborhoods, raise children without fathers at home, attend bad schools, and enter the post-industrial economy poorly equipped for skilled jobs. The political questions are “Who is responsible for those failures?” and “What should be done about them?”

The second obstacle is that “equal opportunity” does not compensate for past injustices, especially racial ones. …

There is only one case where we might owe a debt for others’ crimes: if we somehow benefited directly from them. That is why hard-left historians like Howard Zinn and the New York Times’ 1619 Project are so insistent that American wealth is built on the original sins of slavery, dispossession of Indians, and worker exploitation. …

In modern economies, wealth is built on production, not predation; on voluntary exchange, not theft and coercion.

The leftist critique of modern America, its history, and its ideals misunderstands all these fundamental points about economics, politics, and the law.

Failing to act is cooperating with the nihilism. Holding on to ignorance and misinformation is failing to act responsibly.

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Time will tell. Pandemics, slavery, toppling inanities

Is The Pandemic Coming To An End At Last? I & I Editorial Board – “Based on death certificate data, the percentage of (total U.S.) deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26,” the CDC noted, adding that this was the 10th-straight week of declining deaths.” … “That threshold for (deaths per week for) pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19 fluctuates slightly depending on the time of year, ranging from around 7% at the height of flu season to around 5% during less virulent months.” i.e. the death rate was never that far different from nominal respiratory disease rates.

“In the next few weeks, we’ll see whether the outbreak is truly finished. In the meantime, the political fear stampede over “soaring new coronarvirus cases” has to end. And when it does, we hope Americans call the left to account for its attempt to use a pandemic to destroy our republic.

Slavery Rampant In Africa, Middle East; The West Wrongly Accuses Itself. Tyler Durden – “For today’s slaves, there are no demonstrations in the streets, no international political pressure, and virtually no articles in the media.” The fact is that you protest where it is safe and that is the oxymoronic concept behind the anti-western and, especially, the anti-American jihad.

“The West not only turns its back the new slave markets; the UN Human Rights Council actually welcomes states such as Sudan, where tens of thousands of women and children from mostly Christian villages were enslaved during Jihadi raids; Kenya and Nigeria, where the police last fall rescued hundreds of men and boys chained in an Islamic school; Pakistan, where Christians are condemned to servitude, and Mauritania, where two in every 100 people are still held as slaves. It is the same UN Human Rights Council that now, thanks to pressure by African countries, wants to investigate “systemic racism in the US”.

Slavery Still Exists. Where’s Black Lives Matter? Robert Spencer – “Leftist hypocrisy revealed once again.”

“It is, or ought to be, clear to everyone by now that Black Lives Matter is not a genuine movement for racial justice and a more equitable society, but a Marxist organization using real, exaggerated, and imagined racial injustice to try to destroy the United States.

If they did actually care about the lives of black people, Black Lives Matter would today be drawing international attention to statements made recently by the Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Maryam Bint Al-Sheikh of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA).

Muhammad is the “excellent example” (Qur’an 33:21) for Muslims. That’s why there has never been an Islamic abolitionist movement. And because Islam is the religion that the Left never dares to criticize, you’ll never hear about this from Black Lives Matter.

What the Statue-Toppling Left is Really Out to Topple. Bosch Fawstin – “all of the “reasons” that the Left gives for why it does what it does are lies, particularly the lie they’re peddling about “systemic racism”.

“BLM and Antifa claim that they’re “fighting to stop systemic racism” in America, when in reality, they’re counting on the fact that America is not a “systemically racist” country so they can get away with murder. If America were as bad as these vicious malcontents claim, their attacks would have led to their utter destruction in short order.

Catholic Mag That Demonized Those Who Spoke Out About Christian Persecution Wonders Why No One is Doing So. Robert Spencer – “Consistency has never been a concept that troubled leftists.”

“why aren’t these “prominent archbishops” saying anything about the persecution of Christians? A good clue comes from America magazine itself. While now, America has discovered that “Boko Haram Islamic militants have for years raged against minority Christian communities in northern Nigeria,” and now that their fellow Muslim Fulani cattle herders have also carried out “increasingly brutal attacks on Christian villages,” in 2018, it was worried about “so-called experts seeking to spread misinformation and fear” about Islam.

This “misinformation and fear” had to do with not accepting the Catholic Church’s new de facto superdogma that Islam is a religion of peace, and the “so-called experts” included me.

America magazine has been at the forefront of the efforts to silence such discussion by demonizing and stigmatizing those who engage in it. And now they want the bishops to speak out? The bishops know better. If they do, they’ll be denounced as “Islamophobic” themselves, probably by America magazine among others, and may even be disciplined by that learned imam Pope Francis, who has enforced the false claim that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists far more stringently than he has defended any actual element of Catholic faith. Whisper anything to the contrary and the U.S. Catholic Bishops will move ruthlessly to silence you. They’re going to speak out now? You’re dreaming, America mag, and you’re to a large extent responsible for the present situation.

New York City Arrests Amy Cooper, Frees Rioters and Looters. Daniel Greenfield – “Manhattan District Attorney’s office brought in Amy Cooper for… calling the cops.”

A Cold War with China? Paul Mirengoff – “ the war began four years before Trump came to power, when Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and concluded that, in the wake of the global financial crisis, there was no longer any need to hide China’s ambition.”

“The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has intensified Cold War II. As Ferguson says, “the Chinese Communist Party caused this disaster — first by covering up how dangerous the new virus SARS-CoV-2 was, then by delaying the measures that might have prevented its worldwide spread.”

On the surface, China is one of few subjects these days about which there is a genuine bipartisan consensus. Both parties seem to agree that China is menace. Indeed, Democrats have criticized Trump for saying nice things about Xi Jinping. And Nancy Pelosi expresses indignation over China’s treatment of Hong Kong.

In my view, this is nearly 100 percent smoke. Ferguson shows that the foreign policy establishment, from which Democrats nearly always end up taking their guidance, is alarmed by the deterioration of American-Chinese relations.

Democrats are also all about blaming America, especially when a Republican has his fingerprints on the policies in question.

Thus, we may not have Cold War II, after all. Such a war requires bipartisan support of the kind that existed almost throughout the first Cold War.

“Time will tell” has become a favorite replacement for arguments from those who spread lies. Lubos Motl – “The seemingly innocent phrase is responsible for a big part of the decay of the West”

“in recent weeks, I saw that “time will tell” has turned into something much less innocent: into a religious slogan that is particularly favored by those who are wrong about all the important propositions they are making – and who are demonstrably wrong because they simply deny facts and proofs that already exist now.

a reason why the lies about everything are heard everywhere is that millions of people are so dumb or brainwashed that they don’t understand that the sentence “time will tell” is just an extended interjection, not an argument.

In particular, alarmist scenarios are all about “time will tell”.

the hysterical coronavirus demagogues have been saying “time would tell” in the sense of “there would be lots of dead people somewhere”, meaning “a percent or two of dead in a region with millions of people”.

Kayleigh McEnany: I’m Stunned. I Was Asked 12 Questions About the Confederate Flag, and Not a Single Question About People Being Killed Due to the Riots.

Distorting Trump’s words. Byron York – “That much news coverage is biased against President Trump goes without saying. But every now and then there comes an episode of bias so egregious that it deserves attention.”

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Deceit with intent and impunity in many ways

In Praise of Empires. Keith Windschuttle – “Lal wrote his book to argue that most of the major empires in human history have provided long periods of peace and stability in which economic development could flourish.”

“Lal responds to this by distinguishing two different kinds of empires: those that seek to advance certain enterprises, such as taking plunder or imposing an ideology; and those that do not seek to impose their own objectives, but rather see themselves as a custodian of laws and civil order. The British Empire was the latter kind, a model that is not inconsistent with American traditions, or at least with classical liberal American traditions.

Trump at Mount Rushmore (WSJ edition). Scott Johnson – “The Journal editorial begins with the uniform voice of the Democrat media blob condemning the speech in whacked-out headlines and dishonest stories:”

Anti-Trump Republicans Endorse An Increasingly Leftist Joe Biden. I & I Editorial Board – “even as Biden makes his decisive move to the left, Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving an increasing number of Republicans to publicly endorse him for president.” … “Why? Well, the thinking is that Trump is such a disgrace for Republicans that only a decisive Biden win can expunge his stain from the party.” … “Not to be overly dramatic, but this is sheer lunacy.” This is accompanied by the unnecessary and unusual apologia about faults versus perfection that illustrates just how deeply the deceitful propaganda opposing Trump has registered.

“If these never-Trumpers succeed, they will not only have justified the left’s scorched earth political strategy, they will have handed over the White House and Congress to an increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. There will be a fire all right. And it will burn everything conservatives believe in.

Even if a supposedly purified Republican Party were to win a national election again somewhere down the road, there wouldn’t be anything left to build on.

No, They’re Not Stupid: Why Leftists Destroyed A Statue of an Elk in Portland Robert Spencer – “Once one understands what their real goal is, all their actions make sense.” … “In the first place, the rioters aren’t really out to bring about a societal repudiation of “racism” or “white supremacy” at all. That’s just a pretext.” … “What the rioters want to do is the very definition of terrorism: to strike fear into the hearts of a population so that its entire existence is consumed by it, and it becomes paralyzed, unable to act even in its own defense.”

Babylon Bee: State Governor Mandates Everyone Wear Snorkels In Case They Fall In A Pool

Fmr FDA Chief: ‘The case fatality rate is going down’. Sarah Carter staff – but, but … rationalizations for a narrative problem can be seen.

An Industry of Untruth. Victor Davis Hanson – “The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have this happening to our country is the only mystery left.”

“the omnipresent Fauci himself unfortunately has now lost credibility. The reason is that he has offered authoritative advice about facts, which either were not known or could not have been known at the time of his declarations.

the real cost of four weeks of protesting, rioting, and looting was to undermine the authority of state officials to enforce blatant violations of the quarantine.

Mismanagement of the virus? There have been four disastrous official policy decisions: sending patients into rest homes; allowing millions en masse for political reasons to violate state mandates on masks and social distancing; retroactively attempting to reissue quarantine standards that their advocates and authors had themselves earlier de facto destroyed; and consistently issuing pandemic alerts solely on the flawed basis of new positive cases, without distinguishing those who were asymptomatic, or who were infected and recovered without ever being tested, or who were asymptomatic and tested positive for antibodies, or who were only briefly ill, recovered, and by no means still a case-patient.

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other revolutionary groups hijacked the tragic death of George Floyd. Within hours they created a mythology of rampant white police lethal attacks on innocent black victims. But that trope, too, was without a factual basis.

And there’s more, much more …

quarantine zone: hungry sources that demand being able to shove ads down your throat their way only. Pursue with due caution.

Lies, Damn Lies and COVID-19 Statistics. Stacey Lennox – “Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, says the idea of preventing infection is not just unnecessary; it is irrational.”

Senator Duckworth and Most of the Press Are Lying about Trump’s Speech. Charles C. W. Cooke – “One doesn’t have to like President Trump — or to have enjoyed his speech — in order to acknowledge that Duckworth is lying. One needs only to read what was said.” … “I do know why she said what she said. Duckworth said what she said because almost the entire press corps said the same thing within seconds of the speech’s conclusion, and, in so doing, it signaled to her and to everyone else that she could get away with it.”

“Why do I “care”? I care because (a) I don’t think it’s good for America to have a press corps that lies as brazenly as ours does, and (b) because what Trump actually said is exactly what we should want American presidents to say.

But the media has other ideas.

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Big lies. a Reichstag Fire

ZeroHedge has two examples. Whitehead: America’s Revolutionary Founders Would Be Anti-Government Extremists Today and “The God That Failed”: Why The US Cannot Now Re-Impose Its Civilisational Worldview. Both are ahistorical propaganda. Being in favor of a small government serving its people rather than a large government (represented by a King) served by its people is not anti-government and extremist is judgmental hyperbole. Conflating the grievance list in the Declaration of Independence with its follow-on revolution and government formation with the antifa CHAZ examples is an abomination of ignorance and distortion. Jefferson et al fought an army, not a neighborhood.

The other assertion fails in its idea of imposition. It gets into manifest destiny ideas of centuries past and conflates Western Culture with governmental idealism in the socialist and communist vein. The imposition idea ties right in with the dishonesty in raising imperialism and colonialism as petards of modern Leftist propaganda deceit. It portrays top down force and conflict with bottom up yearning and desire. The U.S. tends to run rather than impose. It puts out a lot of money and effort to assist others. This stimulates envy and covetousness which has a lot to do with current U.S. populism desires to withdraw support that stimulates such negative responses.

Dartmouth takes the cake. Scott Johnson – “Greg Piper reports for the College Fix on this week’s missive from Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon” … “As Dartmouth senior leaders, we want to express our strong support for the growing movement across the nation to put an end to systemic and systematic racism demonstrated so tragically by the recent killings of Black people at the hands of the police.” There is a misplaced and hypocritical outrage based on false presumptions lacking evidence for support – a typical ‘big lie’ from major university ‘leadership.’

COVID: are Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona in trouble? Neo takes a look at numbers and context. “I also find it rather odd that none of the articles I saw discussed the BLM/Antifa demonstrations at all. They started at the end of May, did they not? It would be relatively easy to track their effect, but I haven’t even seen any MSM effort to do so. It’s as though the demonstrations didn’t happen, as far as COVID reporting is concerned.”

Arctic’s ‘Hottest Day’? Not So Fast. Michael Kile – “Consider the media reaction to an alleged 38C reading on June 20, 2020” … “It was like striking a match in a room full of hydrogen at the Hyperbole Club.” … “Yet Verkhoyansk, ironically, has exceptionally low winter temperatures and an extreme subarctic climate, one dominated by high pressure cells.”

Independence Day and the ‘Woke’ Revolution. Bruce Thornton – “Not since the Civil War has Independence Day been celebrated amidst such threats to our country’s political heritage.”

“Today, however, the recent shift of the Democrats to their progressives and Marxist wing has put the authority and power of Congressmen, Democrat Party leaders, governors, mayors, city councils, media, corporations, sports teams, and entertainment industries on the side of rioters, vandals, and looters. The outfits behind this disorder, whether the self-proclaimed Marxists of Black Lives Matter, or the juvenile anarchists of Antifa, have with near impunity added widespread violence to illiberal tactics like “cancel culture”: the vandalism of public monuments and proscription of cultural artifacts; and the shaming, silencing, and ostracizing of dissenting voices.

The alleged “crisis” of racist police targeting black males for slaughter is in fact a specious pretext for this disorder, a Reichstag Fire for justifying a revolutionary political agenda to “burn down this system and replace it,” as a BLM honcho put it recently.

This revisionism is nothing new, for it is key to the leftist challenge now in its second century.

Why the Left is Afraid of Objectivity. Daniel Greenfield – “The great struggle between truth and lies.”

“The American Left has never been this in love with science and the class of experts who claim to dispense it. Any of its obsessions gains a glow of legitimacy when it attaches, “according to science” somewhere in the sentence, usually preceded by “do this” or “if you aren’t.”

STEM is on the social justice chopping block, under siege on and off campus with demands for equity and diversity, that also translate into less science and more social justice.

The inherent problem with science is that it requires objectivity. And objectivity is the thing that leftists hate for the same reason that any cult does. Objectivity asserts that we can find the truth by stepping back from our beliefs and emotions in any field from journalism to particle physics.

The Left insists that we don’t transcend our biases through objectivity, but subjectivity.

The Cold War pitted Western scientific objectivity against Eastern ideological subjectivity. And objectivity won. It won to such a degree that scientists in Moscow or Shanghai don’t bother consulting ideological texts like Stalin’s articles or Mao’s sayings before doing research.

But, objectivity is dying off in the West.

So why does the Left claim to love science when it hates it and is threatened by it?

A Call to ARM. Lloyd Billingsley – “The case for an American Revolution Movement for Self-Defense.”

“As sub-nihilist mobs terrorize the nation, Democrats cheer on the violence, defund the police and hold the National Guard at bay. Americans have little choice but to protect themselves against the well-funded, highly organized forces of the left.

ARM would be dedicated to the preservation of gains the American Revolution secured, such as constitutional rights, and the protection of American lives and property. ARM would support the rule of law and oppose rule by the mob, a single political party, or some Great Leader.

As violence surges, mayors and governors keep the National Guard idle and the U.S. Military is sending signals of retreat.

When States Go Wild. Victor Davis Hanson – he tells an ugly story about the current situation.

“In past rioting, over the last 60 years, mayors, police chiefs, and governors restored law and order. They often beseeched the federal government for backup when they were unsure of their efforts.

Now, in a first, they are more often passive in the face of massive lawlessness and disorder. Some blue-state officials, in neo-Confederate style, silently sympathize with their local protests, violent though they are.

An Underappreciated American Scholar. Walter Williams – “From Marxism to championing America’s free society.” Both Sowell and Williams are “underappreciated scholars”.

“Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.

Sowell demonstrates something that is uniquely American; namely, just because you know where a person ended up in life, you cannot be sure about where he started. Unlike many other societies, an American need not start at the top to get to the top. That is something all Americans should be proud of and jealously guard — the socioeconomic mobility that comes from a relatively free society.

Free society avoids the big lie …

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Woke Hypocrisy. Systemic liberalism. The Borg … or the Blob?

Sacrificing Statues to a Godless Creed. Peter Smith – “I have no time for those who enjoy the fruits of the white giants of the past while whining about so-called white privilege — tell it to downtrodden white people — or about the slavery or colonialism of the past. Get over it.”

“People complain that NASCAR is very white. Racism! When I catch American basketball and football it appears very black. No racism! And when have we last seen a white man of any nationality mixing it up with black sprinters at Olympics’ finals? No racism! On the other hand, Olympic swimming is very white. I am waiting for that to be branded as racism at work.

Clearly accusations of racism are being used to cloak Marxism.

I can see no answer to the fake Marxist faith, in whatever guise it is cloaked, other than a resurgence of authentic Christianity. It seems increasingly unlikely that the battle can be won in the political arena — the political power centres having already been largely lost to the Left. It’s religion or it’s societal regression into what, I don’t know, but it won’t be pleasant.

Why Are The Regressives Winning? I & I Editorial Board – “Riots, looting and arson. We’ve had both before. But there’s a sense that this time, too many in positions of influence are appeasing the criminals.”

“we’re letting it happen. As Power Line’s John Hinderaker recently noted, it’s puzzling “as to why America is allowing itself to be bullied by people who are at best ignorant and hateful, and in many cases not in full possession of their faculties.” Pushback is nearly unheard of. We’re planting the seeds of our own demise because we choose barbarism by default when we fail to stand for a civilized society.

We must stop the great unraveling. Maggies Farm – “Social-justice mobs have taken aim at freedom of expression, inventing new heresies daily and ruining the lives of those who unwittingly give voice to them. Forced confessions and language proscriptions are the order of the day.”

“There is one way to stop the unraveling: Refuse the mob. We have seen again and again that the mob comes only for those who hope to please it. And when it does, no amount of apology will save you. We stand against the mob and all its aims. We stand against the chaos and violence, the silencing of debate, the purging of heretics, the rewriting of history, and the destruction of the greatest country in the world. We will defend the most majestic achievement of humankind, the United States of America, against the most ignoble impulse in human history, to tear down that which is good.

The Old America Is Dead: Three Scenarios For The Way Forward. Tyler Durden – “Our people, our culture, our history, everything we hold dear, is under relentless attack by the Main Stream Media, politicians, “activists,” and kritarchs in the courts, aided and abetted by enemies within, often our own kith and kin, who have internalized the blood-libel Leftist narrative of an irredeemably “racist” America that must be razed to the ground.”

“Our enemy, in this case is the globalist Blob and its militant would-be Che Guevaras and LARPing Leninists, the MSM, the bureaucracy, the courts, the big corporations, and the education establishment.

Yet, for the most part, until recently, the Blob has not confronted the Historic American Nation head-on. The Blob has been patient, killing us by the death of a thousand cuts, taking ground steadily through subversion, using propaganda and misinformation, censorship via Tech Totalitarians, and the slow encroachment of what the late Sam Francis called “anarcho-tyranny,” with mass immigration (“the Great Replacement”) as its weapon of mass destruction.

The Blob is amorphous, a slippery, slimy thing that probes and gropes its way into whatever social-economic-political cracks it can exploit, eventually engulfing its prey like quicksand.

Durden shows his TDS in “Even if Trump is re-elected, his past record of bluster and little to no action speaks for itself.” This belies the record which illustrates a blindness that may also point to the societal issues he describes in his several posts at ZeroHedge today. He thinks “Trump has been, at best, a speedbump, not a roadblock, in the Blob’s path.” It may be something different and that his ‘blob’ is reacting to some action on Trump’s part. That reaction may be why the Durden blob is becoming ever more visible.

Modern Slavery And Woke Hypocrisy. Tyler Durden – “What is not apparent is how attacking old statues of people who have been long dead is supposed to help anyone, especially millions of black and non-black people, who are still enslaved today.”

“To engage in all this posturing, while ignoring the staggering 40 million current victims of actual slavery, not only represents the immeasurable depths of woke hypocrisy, but constitutes an extreme insult to those who are suffering their slavery in silence, while slowly dying from the physical, sexual and emotional abuse that they are being forced to endure. If anything is “offensive,” it is that.

Twitter Restricts Account Of Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell. Tyler Durden – BLM? Or maybe the Flynn case? No light allowed from a fierce warrior for equal justice.

Driving Conservatives Underground. Fletch Daniels – “Cultural tyranny reigns in America, the last step before full-fledged political tyranny.” … “Nobody gets to sit this one out. The cultural enforcers expect everyone to parrot their talking points publicly, to destroy all resistance, forcing dissenters to grovel in submission.”

Twitter’s Brazen 2020 Election Interference Will Eventually End In Banning Trump. John Daniel Davidson – “Twitter’s policies about misleading tweets and abusive behavior are deeply cynical and designed merely to censor speech Jack Dorsey doesn’t like.” … “the president promised to enforce the law. That was considered “abusive” by Twitter.” … “The arbitrariness and palpable bias at Twitter also shows up in errors of omission.”

“The plain fact, excruciatingly obvious at this point, is that Twitter’s criteria for what’s misleading, abusive, or harassing, or what “glorifies violence,” is entirely one-sided and almost always enforced against conservatives and Republicans but never against leftists or Democrats. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Twitter to ban videos of rioters beating up passersby and torching storefronts, or Democrats lying, or left-wing accounts abusing copyrights. It’s not going to happen.

Black Lives Matter: Not Just Communist, But Viciously Anti-Semitic Too. Clare M. Lopez – “No matter the color of their skin, Jews are going to be labeled “white.”

America’s Problem Is Systemic Liberalism. Kurt Schlichter – “it’s not classical liberalism, with its concern for expanding economic and personal rights – you know, individual liberty. The current inverted mutation of liberalism is all about constricting economic and personal rights and forcing individuals into collective boxes where their individuality is subsumed into an easily exploited and manipulated conformist whole.”

“Want to test out this hypothesis? Look through the endless woke tweets of your favorite hack journalist, pinko pol, or Hollywood half-wit, or even go up to some self-described liberal in your own life, and see if you can find one iota of deviation from any of the approved liberal dogma. Good luck. You won’t find a smidgeon of nonconformity. You won’t detect a molecule of dissent. These people are the Borg, if the Borg worked in a giant space coffee house, had Bernie stickers on their spaceships, and could not do a push-up. You can’t reason with them – appealing to reason is futile.

Systemic liberalism is the real poison in America’s veins, not the fanciful notion pushed by bigots, charlatans, and demagogues, that the American enterprise is dedicated to invidious discrimination on the basis of race.

How Far Gone Is Big Business? Part I. John Hinderaker – “The boycott has to do with “racism,” which, as it has continued to decline in our society, has increasingly become a corporate obsession.” … “I’ve never met anyone who has come out in favor of hate speech, but we all know that in 21st Century America, “hate speech” is a term of art.” … “The current boycott of free speech by Coca-Cola and many other companies is the latest evidence that America’s largest corporations have gone over to the far Left–largely out of economic interest, to be sure, but probably also due to sheer ignorance.”

Why Facts Don’t Matter to People. Barry Brownstein – “It’s good news all around. But you turn on the television and get a different message.”

“If you’re wondering why so many people don’t see the world the way you do, engage them in conversation. You will find they are as well-intentioned as you are, but they are looking in a different direction. Beneath their opinions and fears, beliefs are shaping how they see the world.

It is tempting to present more facts to those who don’t see the world the way you do. Yet, we have all experienced the truth of John Kenneth Galbraith’s famous observation: “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.”

If facts won’t convince others, what’s left? Instead of facts, consider helping to uncover beliefs that are driving confirmation bias.

The problem with this is that you are likely to get fired, banned from social media, or worse.

Misinformation and disinformation about facemasks and COVID-19. David Gorski – “As evidence accumulates that facemasks work to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, new myths have arisen claiming that, not only do facemasks not work, but that they are actively harmful. These myths have no basis in physiology or chemistry, but that hasn’t stopped anti-mask activists from using them to claim protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act.” Not much evidence is provided but a whole lot of ad hominem and ‘if you don’t agree with me, you’re stupid.’ Oppenents and their arguments are impugned and denigrated and their points not address or refuted with diversion and removal of context.

One of his cites that he pushes is “It probably won’t come as a surprise that there is extensive overlap between the anti-mask pushback and anti-vaxxers. The sentiment is the same – portraying public health measures as tyranny, and anti-freedom and a violation of corporal sovereignty.” This is another logical fallacy and illustrates the dishonesty in going after the person rather than the argument. Face coverings and vaccination are two completely different issues. Neither of Gorski’s cites provides strong evidence supporting face coverings much less addresses the major discrepancies in results. The anti-vaccination movement provides a contrast in the nature and quality of evidence if Science Based Medicine was what they were really after.

It is this failure to argue in good faith and put up solid evidence explaining observable phenomena that leads to conclusions that public edicts and obsessions regarding face coverings is more political than medical.

The struggle in maintaining an income stream has changed in many ways. Here’s a comment on one struggle for a company founded in 2005. The Nice Place. iA – “It seems the times of free online advertising for indies are over. Blogs are not what they used to be, RSS is about to be buried. Facebook is a commercial and moral nightmare, and so is Facebook’s Instagram. On Twitter, our main marketing channel since 2007, engagement is sinking year after year. VC-powered startups steal our organic top ad positions on Google search for 20 dollars a click, and we’re too old for Snapchat or TikTok. So what can you do in 2019 to get the word out?”

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