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The great unravelling. Maybe

These Out-Of-Print Children’s Biographies Repudiate The Bitter Lies Of Today’s Uneducated Anti-Americans. Casey Chalk – “As for the anachronistic charge that Columbus is the “progenitor of white supremacy,” one might as well charge Alexander the Great with inventing imperialism or Genghis Khan with toxic masculinity. … The difference between Troll’s and today’s portrayals of American history is that the former actually tried to tell a coherent, inclusive narrative about our nation, one that sought to find unifying themes among a diverse and disparate set of characters. ”

“Eliciting empathy in the child reader is an essential educational objective because it is required for both civic and family responsibility.

Telling kids that their history is full of racist patriarchs fosters cynicism and a Manichean, self-destructive understanding of the past in which some people, namely oppressors, are evil and to be censured; others, namely the oppressed, are good and to be praised. It is this kind of blinkered, perverse thinking that provokes the continued desecration and destruction of our national heritage. Unable to see ourselves in our collective past, we tear it down with impunity.

Amy Coney Barrett Will Be Confirmed Because Kavanaugh Battle Taught GOP To Stop Getting Played By Democrat Dirty Tricks. Mollie Hemingway – “It took a few decades of the left playing the exact same games with most confirmation battles, but finally the right figured out how to render those attacks worthless.”

“let’s not pretend that the left didn’t work through its most prominent media outlets and academics to try to destroy Barrett. They did. The biggest difference is that Republicans simply weren’t playing with these attacks.

Rather than the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately responding to the Washington Post’s anti-Kavanaugh attack by bending to the will of the Democrats, this time they just didn’t care.

Senate Committee Advances Barrett SCOTUS Nomination After Democrats Boycott Vote. Tyler Durden – “The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 12-0 (every Republican on the panel supported her nomination and no Democratic senator voted) to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court, despite the ‘boycott’ by all committee Democrats (that’ll show ’em) protesting the “shame process.” AS the Hill notes, every GOP senator was present for the vote, meeting the committee’s rule that 12 members of the panel must be present to report a nomination to the full Senate.”

It is all an effort to convince Democrats voters that the senators are really angry over the nomination and fighting like the dickens to stop it. It is, of course, pure theater with no real impact on the nomination but voters seem to demand little more from politicians today than visceral distractions.

The Democrats continue to parade these giant pictures that are designed to portray Barrett like some judicial serial killer surrounded by her victims. Now, they will not even be in the room. The pictures will be all that remains on the Democratic side, a fitting symbol of a now literal empty-sack strategy.

The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship. Christopher Bedford – “The last week was a rough one for the fact-check industry, not simply because they demonstrably screwed up a series of very public decisions, but because those decisions exposed them for what they’ve always been: tools for censoring conservatives.”

COVID-19, Risk and Public Policy. Greg Williams – “for argument’s sake, consider some other threats to life and limb over which governments have some say.” … “What eludes me, and has done so for the entirety of the panicdemic, is the meek docility with which Australians have swallowed their governments’ picayune and capricious response to a minor public health menace.”

I & I Editorial Board: A Handy Media Guide To Covering (Up) Democratic Scandals and Even As Media Work To Ignore It, Biden Scandal Just Keeps Growing. “Whatever you think of the New York Post or Donald Trump or Joe Biden, this story is what we in the news business call “news.” Yet the rest of the mainstream press handled it almost exactly as the Times did – as an inconvenience.” Then a list is provided of 8 observations of media behavior. … “The false assertion the media used to not report on growing evidence of salacious and likely criminal activity emerging from Hunter Biden’s laptop was that it was “unverified.” … “ These actions should be punishable by law. Don’t expect the media to do their job. Nor the far-left social media, which are all in on supporting the Democrats in their bid to “fundamentally transform” America from a beacon of freedom into a socialist hell.”

The Unapologetic Bias of the American Left. Victor Davis Hanson – “Today’s Left sees their efforts bending in a preordained historical arc that ends with ultimate progressive justice—and retributions.”

Home Depot Co-Founder: “Fraud” To Suggest Middle-Class Won’t See Higher Taxes Under Biden – but its a campaign promise touted in his advertisements! “There is much more in the Hoover study, especially on the costs of returning to Obama-style regulation. Most of the media will ignore it, which is why we thought we’d provide readers with the full study.

Swampy Joe’s Big Lies. George Neumayr – “The Hunter Biden scandal exposes his “simple” image as a con.” … “The media is working overtime to isolate Hunter as the one bad apple in the Biden family. But the truth is that he picked up his grifting habits from his uncles, aunt, and pop.”

The Biden Influence Empire Is Unraveling. John Hinderaker – “Fox News has more on the Biden family’s dealings with the Chinese Communists. This information doesn’t come from Hunter Biden’s laptop, but rather from the Gmail account of one of the Bidens’ former associates who is now in prison”

Joe Biden tweets out that America is ‘an idea’ and ‘we’ve never lived up to it’. Monica Showalter – “How’s this for the most offensive political ad of the year?” … “Note that this isn’t from his enemies, his party, his creepy allies, something that occurred years ago, or some kind of foreign disinfomation, this is straight from Joe, put out there on Twitter to entice Americans to give him their votes, in his big final push to squeeze the last of them. ” … “There’s a heckuva lot of unpack here in this small space of a tweet, at least three doozies going out like stink bombs to voters.”

What Killed Michael Brown? Mark Tapson – “Shelby Steele’s new documentary delivers a damning indictment of liberalism.”

The City is Killing America. Daniel Greenfield – “America’s real problem are urban problems.”

We Are Over-Preventing Covid. Robin Hanson – “As I’ve noted before, since a lot of government regulation is justified as protecting citizen lives, those who seek to justify more regulation tend to seek higher value of life estimates.” … “Note that I’m not blaming all this excess prevention on government; private choices clearly drive much of it”

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The fix is in – I listen for an answer but hear nothing.

The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship. Christopher Bedford – “The last week was a rough one for the fact-check industry, not simply because they demonstrably screwed up a series of very public decisions, but because those decisions exposed them for what they’ve always been: tools for censoring conservatives.”

Atlas: Twitter’s Censorship Of Mask Facts From WHO Is Dangerous Territory. Jordan Davidson – “White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas said Twitter’s censorship of his account over him tweeting WHO information about face masks should be concerning not only because big tech is suppressing scientific facts, but also because they are preventing freedom of speech.”

“The point is not the mask, as you know, the point really has nothing to do with that,” Atlas said. “The point is we are living in a world where opinion, even if it’s based in fact, even if it’s science, it is snuffed out as if it’s some kind of poison for even allowing it to be expressed.”

“When you cancel people out, when you cancel out facts, we are living in a world where really we are in dangerous territory,” Atlas explained.

Commission Changes Rules To Mute Microphones During Next Debate; Trump “Remains Committed” To Debate. Tyler Durden – “in the wake of the Hunter Biden laptop revelations – and in what we’re sure is a coincidence, the Debate Commission has decided to ditch foreign policy as a topic for Thursday’s face-off.”

The fix is in for the final presidential debate. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump will be silenced during the second and final presidential debate Thursday night if he tries to raise any issues that might be too uncomfortable for Joe Biden or the swamp that backs him.” … “Two recent actions by the Commission on Presidential Debates reveal the outrageous information control strategy being implemented.”

America Is Drowning in the Lies of the Left. Dennis Prager – “the father of modern leftism, Vladimir Lenin, named the Soviet communist newspaper “Pravda,” the Russian word for “truth.” Truth is what a leftist says it is. It is not an objective reality.” … “The left has always relied on lies to gain and retain power. This is as true today in the United States as it was in the Soviet Union. … Here are examples of lies Americans are told they must hold lest they be removed from social media, shamed, ostracized and even fired from their jobs.”

“This Is Not A Russian Hoax”: ‘Nonpublic Information’ Debunks Letter From ’50 Former Intel Officials’. Tyler Durden – “It would appear these former intel officials are not aware of the current intel official views, confirmed by DNI Ratcliffe yesterday”

Hunter Biden’s Magical Moscow Laptop. Daniel Greenfield – “The only Russian disinformation operation here is the one being waged by the media. “

Disinformation, mainstream media style. Scott Johnson – “Our media betters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere instantly united to dismiss the New York Post stories derived from the emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.”

Treason In America: An Overview Of The FBI, CIA, And Matters Of “National Security”. Cynthia Chung – “The tragedy of Hamlet does not just lie in the action (or lack of action) of one man, but rather, it is contained in the choices and actions of all its main characters.” … “Neither the American people, nor the world as a whole, can afford to suffer any more of the so-called “mistaken” intelligence bumblings. It is time that these intelligence bureaus are held accountable for at best criminal negligence, at worst, treason against their own country.”

Indescribable Act of Terror? Lloyd Billingsley – “What the Michigan kidnap plot reveals about the FBI, the deep state, and the correlation of forces.” … “The FBI’s method is to “place agents among the target group, stoke their sentiments, and lead them to say or do something that could be characterized as a crime, then arrest them and claim credit for foiling a plot.” In intelligence lingo, this is “provocation,” but “in legal terms, it’s entrapment.”

Why New York City’s Feminist Medusa Statue Gets Everything Wrong. Nathan Stone – “By inverting the myth of Perseus, a new sculpture in New York City transforms good into evil, heroism into oppression, and men into monsters.” … “its very incorrectness is why Medusa was transfigured into a feminist icon.” … “The end result is a city-approved work of bronze which Jessica Mason gushed would “shame men entering the New York County Criminal Courthouse.”

The Children’s Book Council and ‘Young Dark Emu’. Joanna Hackett – “My opinion of Australia’s literary scene reached a new low when I read that Pascoe’s little book of bias and untruths, Young Dark Emu: A Truer History is now on the short list for the Eve Pownall Award.” … “Young Dark Emu is not factual material and is therefore not eligible. Even its subtitle is a lie: a “truer history” it most certainly is not.” The myths about indigenous cultures “were agriculturalists, not hunter-gatherers” and constructed “a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity” are endemic in academia despite not being able to withstand even minor scrutiny.

“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.

The Climate Cult’s Brat Brigade. Tony Thomas – “In the Iraq-Iran wars of the 1980s, Ayatollah Khomeini sent 12-year-old Iranian schoolchildren swarming into no-man’s-land to detonate the mines. The keen kids wore devotional slogans on red headbands and each carried a small metal key to open the gates of Paradise.” … “The analogy with enrolling Australian kids as zero-emission fanatics is not perfect. The kids’ task is not to blow themselves up but to blow up 130 years of Western progress based on reliable electricity.”

When “science” follows the left. Paul Mirengoff – “Anyone can make a mistake. However, publishing an article even though the questions of reviewers have not been addressed seems like more than just a mistake. … And these kinds of “mistakes” always seem to cut in favor of the left’s agenda. Coincidence? Probably not.”

 

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Turn on the damned lights

Is The Left Preparing To Steal Your Vote? I & I Editorial Board – “The left keeps dismissing voter fraud as irrelevant because it’s not “widespread,” and then accuses anyone who brings it up as being guilty of voter suppression. … But a Democratic operative recently told the New York Post that voter fraud is routine, and pointed out that large-scale cheating isn’t needed to make an impact.”

“f you’re one of those in denial about voter fraud, you need to inform yourself. It’s no “red mirage.” It’s very real. Our system of government depends on the rule of law and free and fair elections. Sadly, Democrats seem to be running against both those ideals this year.

The Election in Black and White, David Horowitz – “A response to Michelle Obama’s racist attack.” also see The BLM Riot Victims Michelle Obama Doesn’t Give a Damn About, Katie Pavlich – “Let’s take a look at the data Mrs. Obama is likely referring to.”

Triggered Democrat Party Media Guy Pulls a Knife on ‘Oregon Women for Trump’ Convoy. Seriously. Victoria Taft – “Don’t worry, Democrats. The local Democrat Party communications guy who was caught in photos and video threatening and intimidating the women of “Oregon Women for Trump” with a knife on Sunday is just fine. He’s out of jail and everything, as you would expect in the second largest county in the People’s Republic. So don’t worry. This is Oregon, and – quick look…here’s a white supremacist over there! – so this whole episode will go down the collective media memory hole in no time, just like that Hispanic “white supremacist” murdered by antifa.”

The Cult of Covidism Has Invaded the Church. Fay Voshell – “What should have been a purely scientific response aimed at control and cure of a disease quickly evolved into the political-religious cult of Covidism. Objective scientific analysis of and responses to what is the contagious pathogen COVID-19 were almost immediately suffocated by a plethora of arbitrary pseudo-religious rituals.”

“It may be that the budding religious cult prevailed rapidly because Covidism was purported to be based on science. But it is actually an offshoot of the religion of scientism, which elevates speculative metaphysics and mystery rituals on the basis of scientific-sounding but untested suppositions.

Trump, Atlas: Time to Face Down Coronavirus Fear. Julie Kelly – “It’s increasingly likely the election will be a referendum on Coronavirus and its after-effects, which means Trump’s new tack is a risky, but necessary, one.” … “Panic rules daily life at the same time we have fewer reasons to panic.”

“Resist” Joe Biden? Paul Mirengoff – “The Biden ad is consistent with his ludicrous attempt to blame President Trump for 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. This is a smear we should never forget from a vicious liar.”

Goodbye, Portland. John Hinderaker – “This is a video, tweeted by Guy Benson, of an Antifa member addressing Portland’s Mayor and City Council. You know, Antifa–the organization that no leading Democrat has denounced, to my knowledge, and whose existence some, like Joe Biden, apparently deny. It is sobering to watch this psychopath and those who cheer him on, and to consider how far we have declined:”

Newly released documents give a clearer picture about the Russia hoax. Andrea Widburg – “We learned last week that (a) Hillary Clinton approved of faking a Russia-Trump scandal to detract from her unsecured server; (b) that then–CIA director John Brennan briefed Obama and intelligence officials about the plan; and (c) that intelligence officials sent a memo to Peter Strzok tell him of Hillary’s plan.”

Gregg Jarrett: Declassification of Russia probe documents could prove Hillary Clinton committed felony. Angelica Stabile – “Fox News legal analyst calls 2016 Dem nominee ‘immoral, unscrupulous, devious and corrupt’”

 

What Obama Knew, and When He Knew It. John Hinderaker – “Perhaps the most interesting thing about Brennan’s notes is their date (assuming July 28 is correct). According to the intelligence report, Hillary Clinton approved the plot to smear Trump with the Russia collusion fiction on July 26. Just two days later, the head of the CIA, the FBI Director, the National Security Adviser, the President’s Chief of Staff and the President himself met, presumably in the Oval Office, to discuss the intelligence.”

President’s illness and the sick America. Alexander Tomský, a Czech publicist who has been a political scientist in the UK for many years – “It is probably the first time since the Civil War when democracy in America finds itself at existential risk.” … “attacking the capitalist economic inequality, the “institutionalized” racial discrimination, the traditional family, as well as the churches and they are undermining the legitimacy of the foundational 1789 American Constitution.”

Who Wants to Blow Up Our Constitution? (It’s Not Trump). Charles Lipson – “These frenzied charges, we now know, were invented and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and then funneled to the U.S. government through the FBI, Department of Justice, and State Department.” … “We are being kept in the dark as we vote on what could be monumental changes. Let’s debate those changes openly. Turn on the damned lights.”

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Dark Money. But it’s not Trump. And the rest of the story

The Left Hates Amy Coney Barrett Because She Disproves All Their Lies About Women. Joy Pullmann – “Here is a rundown of just some of the left’s lies about women that Barrett’s achievements undermine.”

Why Americans Need To Rediscover The Founders’ View Of Equality. Robert Curry – “Today, an ever-expanding notion of inequality dominates public discourse.” … “This focus on inequality is part of the assault on the American idea that we see every day in the media and in academia.”

“For the American Founders, we are all equal in that we all possess unalienable rights equally; these two truths are, at heart, one truth. This way of relating our equality and our unalienable rights provides a precise definition of the Founders’ idea of equality. Endowed equally with unalienable rights by our Creator, we are created equal.

Donald Trump Paid Zero Taxes? Good for Him. Bob Maistros – “Uh huh. Shocking charges made against The Donald based on thinly sourced or withheld information? Where have we heard that one before?” Guilt shaming by innuendo … why do people sink so low as to engage in such behavior or to follow it?

The Times is proud that it released Trump’s tax returns, but it shouldn’t be. Andrea Widburg – “The self-congratulations are premature. The Times’ article reveals that Trump was telling the truth all along about his audit.” … “For years, Trump rebuffed demands that he produce his tax returns by saying that the IRS is auditing him, and he will not produce the returns while the audit is ongoing. The article confirms that” Again. The only illegality or impropriety here is the leak of the tax returns.

“The Times’ intrepid reporters are not interested in the fact that Joe Biden used his political connections to enrich his family, especially Hunter. They don’t write that (to date) there is unrefuted evidence that Biden blocked the new Ukrainian government’s efforts to root out corruption by withholding American money until Ukraine stopped investigating a corporation that paid Hunter for doing nothing. You’d think that a major news outlet would find that intriguing a story involving political corruption and foreign meddling, but the Times has given it a hard pass.

As far as I know, the reason presidential candidates made their tax returns public is that all of our recent presidents have spent their lives in politics. They didn’t hold real jobs. Instead, they were banking taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers, therefore, were entitled to know whether the politician got rich off of them. That’s most assuredly not the case with Donald Trump.

The only reason the Times wanted Trump’s returns was to embarrass him, either by showing that he was rich (the hateful plutocrat) or poor (the lousy businessman).

New York Times Fails at Outlining President Trump’s Taxes Again… sundance – “In the article the Times completely obfuscates the way income taxes are strategically offset by depreciation, mortgage interest and the entire reason why real estate ownership is viewed as a business.”

“In practical terms no President before Trump has ever had his actual business portfolio so deeply connected to the success of the American economy. It doesn’t cost the American taxpayer a dime to have President Trump in office…. Now let’s figure out how DC politicians making $200k/yr are able to become multi-millionaires while holding office.

Was Russia Probe The Most Corrupt U.S. Investigation Ever? I & I Editorial Board – “knowing what we know now, it’s fair to conclude: 1. Clinton campaign colluded w someone suspected of being a Russian spy. 2. MSM fell for it & got duped by Steele dossier. 3. FBI, knowing Steele sub-source was thought to be a Russian spy, conducted an improper investigation.” … “these are not mere campaign hijinks or simple errors. They constitute an organized criminal assault on the electoral system, the presidency and our democratic way of life. It’s now clear, if it wasn’t before, that criminal indictments are in order.” … “If more indictments aren’t forthcoming from the Durham investigation, it likely will be a sign that something’s fundamentally wrong with our political system. And it can’t be fixed with just another election.”

Blm: Where Does The Money Go? John Hinderaker – “In recent months, the Black Lives Matter organization has raised hundreds of millions of dollars (possibly into the billions) from individual and corporate donations. One Minnesota businessman gave the group $25 million. What do they do with all that cash?”

Left-Wing ‘Dark Money’ — Ignored By The Press — Could Tip Several Elections. Sarah Lee – “the presidential race isn’t the only focus of this merry band of barely visible left-wing funders. State races are also on the menu as part of Arabella’s plans to deploy “dark money” spending leftists once defined and then decried.”

And here’s the rest of the story … Alicia Colon – “consider this column, my attempt to fill in the news gap of the most volatile incidents that have inspired incendiary and totally unwarranted responses: the deaths of Michael Brown, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.”

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It’s loaded

‘Innocent’ Until Proven ‘Trump Supporter’. Ann Coulter – “Here’s a thought, GoFundMe: Guaranteeing a fair trial for an individual accused of a crime isn’t the same as defending the thing he’s accused of.”

“Poor Jake Gardner didn’t stand a chance against the raging, hate-filled multitude. Even those sworn to uphold the law, like Kleine and Franklin, leapt in with the mob. And a corporation whose business it is to enable people to raise money for just causes such as getting a fair trial refused to do business with him, not unlike the Memphis Woolworth’s treatment of black people in 1960.

Last weekend, facing death threats and a kangaroo court, and with no means to mount a defense, Gardner killed himself, rather than be killed by the mob waiting for him back in Omaha.

It’s official: You can’t protect yourself. Not even a blameless ex-Marine could defend himself from being choked to death. The D.A. will call in a “special” prosecutor to throw you to the wolves, and they’ll both be praised for railroading an innocent man in the Omaha World Herald, while the national media defame you.

A “Culture of Lawlessness” in D.A. Offices. Jason C. Johnson – “Progressive prosecutors around the country have failed to pursue justice for the public.”

Is Nancy Pelosi deliberately trying to stir up riots across America? Andrea Widburg – “Pelosi seemingly believes that 2020 has given her license to violate all political norms.” … “We’ve come to the point where we expect nothing but violence from the mob and cowardice from the prosecutors. However, if we are to have some semblance of a functional nation, we should expect our federal politicians to do their best to calm the American landscape, lest a civil war start and our major cities end up looking like Aleppo, Syria”

Why Mr. Trump Might Resent the Transition Question. Editorial of The New York Sun – “What that moment did, in our estimate, was mark Mr. Trump as presidential timber — as an individual who could stand apart from the crowd. He could easily have pledged to support whoever won the primary. Yet he knew that he was being asked to give away an option, something Presidents are importuned to do all the time. And that the others, by agreeing to it without conditions, could be seen as shortsighted and even weak.”

The Missing Piece Of That Peaceful Transfer Of Power Question. Victory Girls – “President Trump trolled Karem and everyone else and now has people clutching pearls and the media working overtime to insist there is no problems with ballots ANYWHERE, even as the Democrats now signal that in-person voting is the best thing ever. ”

 

Attacks on the Meritocracy Have Been Coming For Years. Coyote – citing Andrew Sullivan – “in the labor movement — requirements to use seniority over performance for layoffs, ban the box laws, lawsuits over reference checks, attacks on gig economy where rewards are tied to performance, etc.” … “I understand that this is exactly what the Left is shooting for – an environment where the competent have no advantage over the incompetent.”

“A number of folks thought the bit in bold overwrought, but I still feel this is directionally correct. Clearly DeBoer defines an extreme. I think the actual goal of the Left could be better stated as wanting to make all employment decisions based not so much on competence but on credentials, credentials that are awarded via processes and institutions controlled by the Left (and that might over time be awarded as much for political orthodoxy as for learning relevant skills). Which, by the way, is pretty much exactly how the Soviet Union worked. And is pretty much how tenure works at most universities today.

How to break the left’s chokehold on the teaching of American History. Paul Mirengoff – “The way to break the left’s chokehold on the teaching of our history is not to impose a de facto national curriculum — e.g., Common Core, new national civics standards, or an AP U.S. history framework. Rather, the idea is to return our education system to the principles of federalism, competition, and local control.” … “In the end, public support for AAT’s efforts will determine whether the enterprise ultimately succeeds in reclaiming U.S. history from the left.”

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This shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

‘Obsession’ Uncovers The Plot To Impeach Trump. Tony Daniel – “Veteran journalist Byron York’s new book, ‘Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,’ turns the story of Trump’s impeachment into a compelling real-life thriller that will leave readers indignant.”

“York’s theme is that collusion, impeachment, bribery — all of it — was an arabesque. There was never any “there” there. Yet Democrats could not let it go.

With a steady drumbeat of factual, piece-by-piece storytelling, York captures the Chautauqua of sleaze and venality that has overtaken official Washington for the past four years in this, the greatest ongoing emanation of meaningless sound and fury in U.S. political history.

‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation. Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway – “Newly disclosed internal FBI notes and text messages detail the extent of the FBI’s desire to take down Trump and his associates at any cost.”

Declassified Susan Rice Email Confirms Michael Flynn Was Personally Targeted In Oval Office Meeting. Sean Davis – “Newly declassified portions of a key Susan Rice email confirm that Michael Flynn was personally targeted during a January 5 Oval Office meeting with Obama.”

Sean Davis: It’s A Complete Disgrace It’s Taken So Long To Get Any Real Answers On The Russia Hoax. Tristan Justice – “where are the whistleblowers and why are we learning about this three years after Chris Wray took over the FBI? Why are we learning about this from a court case? Why was this not disclosed to Congress? … It’s a complete disgrace.”

Will Media Ever Ask About Biden’s Corrupt Deals As Vice President? I & I Editorial Board – “Reporting over the years (mainly by conservative or nonpartisan web-based outlets) on Biden’s questionable and possibly illegal moves while in office to help Hunter line his pockets has solid evidence backing it up.”

There’s one case that really highlights Ginsburg’s toxic judicial activism. Andrea Widburg – “In her dissent, Ginsburg, unlike the majority, did not start with the law; she started with her preferred outcome.” … “To reach this preferred outcome, Ginsburg engaged in open intellectual dishonesty.”

Media: U.S. Public Schools Teaching Patriotism Would Be Tyrannical And Racist. Joy Pullmann – “You can’t make this stuff up. Now loving your country despite her many sins, and not wanting taxpayer dollars to teach kids to hate their country, is ‘what dictators do.’”

The myth of the ‘stolen country’. Daniel McCarthy – “This ‘stolen country’ paradigm has spread like wildfire throughout the British diaspora in recent years.” … “The narrative of the ‘stolen country’ or ‘Native American genocide’ does not stand up to scrutiny by any honest and clear-sighted historian.” … “The very notion of property is a Greco-Roman invention which most cultures found foreign until quite recently.” McCarthy provides a lot of common sense history.

Republicans are knocking it out of the park with political ads and memes. Andrea Widburg – “Even though the Democrats own the actors, they don’t own the true creative talent in Hollywood. That all seems to have crossed to the Republican side of the aisle.” SEE THE VIDEOS to see for yourself!

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Knowing what’s at stake?

“Whether they support the social causes these protesters claim to represent or not, peaceful onlookers grapple with these actions in bewilderment. What could possess a normal person to commit apparently mindless acts of mob madness like these?” A 1930s Communist Spy Can Help Explain What’s Motivating The Riots, Elle Reynolds – “The answer that former spy Whittaker Chambers gave in 1952 still applies today.”

“Nor should we ignore who, according to Chambers, is at fault. The West, rejecting God in favor of man’s ultimacy, offered men no faith to adhere to but faith in themselves.

The result of such misplaced faith is a self-righteous judgment upon anyone who refuses to join what they believe is a holy cause. It shouts in the faces of those who refuse to raise their fists in solidarity. And more than anything, it reminds us of man’s dire need for a good greater than himself.

Mask Fanatics Have Officially Abandoned Science To Control Your Life, Georgi Boorman – “It’s nothing new for political religions to produce radicals that develop their own sects or cults. This time around, rigid devotion to enforcing mask compliance has produced runaway fanaticism based on nothing but blind faith that more mask-wearing is always better.” … “ — the stronger and more widespread the extremism will grow, and the less influence experts will have over their behavior.”

“This is what happens, however, when scientific standards are abandoned for political goals only loosely tied to public health: Pseudo-scientific fanaticism develops, and its followers are obsessed with gaining compliance, not saving lives. One can draw a straight line from the initial departure from scientific evidence on lockdowns to the current coronavirus extremism, which only increases in intensity as deaths and hospitalizations decline.

This is our world in 2020. Ironically, not even the experts can keep pro-lockdown, pro-mask fanatics from harassing and endangering others. If you want to prevent this reality from becoming permanent, stand up to the bullies and stand firm on the science — including voting out politicians who’ve abandoned science and recalling those who aren’t up for re-election in November.

Americans Against Unconstitutional Mask Mandates, Michelle Malkin – “Masks off. Fight on. This is the American way.” … “Americans yearning to breathe free are waking up from their pandemic stupor. Common sense and constitutional principles, now more than ever, are vital to a sovereign nation’s health.”

The Adverse Effects of Obama’s Executive Order 13583 and the Purge of Generals and Admirals Are Now Obvious, Stu Cvrk – “the 2011 Executive Order 13583 directing “government-wide diversity and inclusion training,” which, by 2020, included the implementation of Marxist critical race theory training in all federal agencies including the US military services.”

Anyone Notice That The Trump Recovery Is Doing Much Better Than Expected? I & I Editorial Board – “the question we have is this: Why do mainstream economists and the press keep getting it wrong? Why do they keep making new dire predictions after their previous ones proved false?”

Knowing what’s at stake, Trump-supporters increasingly refuse to hide in the shadows. William Sullivan – “emerging from the shadows in large numbers, even in places you might not expect.”

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Cringeworthy

President Trump Makes One Sorry Fascist. Jack Cashill – “On every fascist metric, Obama beats Trump by a giant goose step. One could argue that Trump “exalts nation” more than Obama, and that is true, but not “above the individual.” For Obama, like all socialists, national socialists included, the individual was expected to subordinate his interests to those of the state.”

Cringeworthy Study Debunked: There Was No ‘Sturgis Superspreader’ COVID-19 Event. Stephen Green – “In reality, the media prefers to spread COVID-19 panic and disinformation. That’s why for the most part they didn’t apply a critical eye to a study that was ridiculous on the face of it.”

Leftism’s Casual Relationship with the Truth Is Intentional. Roman Skaskiw – “Philosophy professor Stephen Hicks’s excellent little book Explaining Post-Modernism details the many outrageous ideological pivots the radical left has been forced to make over the years to preserve a revolutionary posture, including even its abandonment of the presumption of truth.”

A Collection of Liars. Roger Kimball – “There is nothing at all comical about the implosion of the American media.”

Fact Checking Versus “Fact Checking” In The Trump Era. Jazz Shaw – “one thing to keep an eye on is the level and severity of the fact-checking in question and how it’s applied to the two candidates.” And don’t forget the modifiers and descriptors used in headlines and stories.

The Democrats’ partisan damage. Michael Goodwin – “Future historians will chart the decades-long path of how we got to this perilous point, but they must not ignore the incredible damage done by Democrats’ decision to reject the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.” … “These were the dirtiest tricks imaginable, and they haven’t stopped.”

Warning: What’s Happening in Las Vegas Will Destroy America. Wayne Allyn Root – “I was wrong. It’s easy to destroy Las Vegas, formerly the greatest city on Earth. Just put one dumb, clueless, incompetent liberal with Trump Derangement Syndrome in charge.”

NV Gov. Sisolak: ‘Doesn’t Make Any Sense’ for Trump to Use Protests as Justification for Rallies – I Wish We Had No Large Gatherings at All. Ian Hanchett – “As he’s comparing this to a protest, he’s like a little kid saying, so and so did it. So, I can do it, too.” Clueless.

The Nevada [supposedly] Independent on Trump’s rally: Henderson fines Xtreme Manufacturing $3,000 for hosting 5,600-person Trump rally in violation of state emergency directives, Megan Messerly; Nevada health officials predict uptick in COVID-19 cases following Labor Day weekend crowds, Trump rallies, Megan Messerly – note the ‘predicting’ i.e. FUD mongering; Trump rally-goers on why they took risk to attend Nevada campaign events, favor president amid pandemic, Kristyn Leonard, Tabitha Mueller, Savanna Strott – “Attendees in Northern Nevada were so excited to see the president that they pushed down the security barricade and rushed in to grab a seat around 5 p.m., two hours before Trump’s scheduled speech.” There is a gap between the public and their state government overlords (and these ‘reporters’).

“Between the shuttle buses, blaring music, and jam packed crowds, this overtly patriotic Coachella brought in many supporters hoping for a moment of normalcy in an upended election year, even as health officials braced for the potentially deadly consequences of the masses throwing health precautions to the side.

Look to the Sturgis Panic stories for a comparison and contrast and a real life data reference.

Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania’s Stay-Home Order Unconstitutional. John Hinderaker – “how can governors issue executive orders closing businesses and directing us to remain in our homes, except as the government permits us occasional outings? What happened to the Constitution? Federal judge William Stickman addressed those questions today,”

Wildfires Will Become Worse Thanks To Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick In Blazes. Chris White – “Former President Bill Clinton made a significant change to federal land management nearly 30 years ago that created the conditions necessary for massive wildfires to consume portions of the West Coast, according to one fire expert who predicted the problem years ago.”

It Turns Out a Number of Fires on the West Coast Aren’t Because of ‘Climate Change’. Beth Baumann – “Most of the West Coast – Washington State, Oregon, California, and Idaho – are on fire. While the left is pushing their climate change theory, police are arresting arsonists for sparking these dangerous fires.” … “Regardless of who started these fires or why, these need to be part of the conversation. Automatically attributing wildfires to climate change is irresponsible. And it’s a way for the left to push their Green New Deal agenda.”

You Will Be Re-Educated. Christine Rosen – “Although forms of diversity education and training have been a mandatory part of many workplaces and school curricula over the years, the new reeducation on race requires that its participants not merely attend such trainings but actively parrot the arguments being presented to them.” … “We now live in a world where even noting that inspiring history and those powerful ideas constitutes a racist microaggression. If education is the key to knowledge, and knowledge the path to wisdom, then reeducation of the sort we are seeing now is nothing less than a one-way road to cultural destruction.

The CDC blatantly violates a Trump order regarding Critical Race Theory. Andrea Widburg – “At the beginning of September, the director of the Office of Management and Budget announced that, at President Trump’s direction, all federal agencies would be banned from imposing Critical Race Theory (CRT) on their employees.” … “This an important story because it is a nexus of the issues that brought Trump into the White House in 2016. It’s the story of an out-of-control federal agency that feels that no one — and certainly not the constitutional executive of the United States — has any authority over it.”

‘Proven leader’: More than 200 former military leaders endorse Trump in open letter. Zachary Halaschak – “The group, which includes three retired Air Force generals and five Navy admirals, contends that Trump “has been tested as few other presidents have and is the proven leader to confront these dangers.” … “With the Democratic Party welcoming to socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake,” the letter says. ”

 

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Starting riots is like starting forest fires.

Huge Nevada Trump Crowd Wants Four More Years, Not A New Normal. David Marcus – “Thousands defied social distancing and masking to celebrate their favorite president in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night.” … “The news in Nevada is that it is in play.”

Marcus understands the news. The Nevada [supposedly] Independent Megan Messerly doesn’t. Trump rallies thousands of supporters at indoor rally in defiance of state COVID-19 health rules – “Trump stuck significantly more to the facts on a number of Nevada-related issues during the hour-long rally in Henderson after falsely telling supporters in Minden Saturday that Sisolak controls millions of ballots.” The nitpicking fact checking and the moral preening – “Tonight, President Donald Trump is taking reckless and selfish actions that are putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada,” Sisolak said. – are both indicators of blinding bias. There’s even a “He suggested, without evidence, … ” (suggestions need evidence?)

The I & I Editorial Board has two up for thought. Democratic Derangement: Party ‘Games’ A Possible Coup If Trump Wins In November – “what if a loser refuses to acknowledge the results of a free and fair election?”. And Never-Trumpers Need A Lesson In Basic Math – “So let’s acknowledge every complaint that never-Trumpers have about Trump. Their calculus still doesn’t add up.”

“The Democrats are playing with fire, supporting increasingly violent demonstrations against the legitimate government of our country, while pondering illegitimate means to remove Trump from office even if he wins. That’s not an election. It’s called a coup.

America’s Biggest Threat Isn’t Coronavirus, It’s Congress’s Response To It. Chip Roy, Jody Hice, and Andy Biggs – “What Congress is doing, as it always does, is attempting to throw money at the problems that we and state and local legislatures have created.”

FLASHBACK: Black Lives Matter Was Violent From The Start, And Media And Politicians Knew It. Christopher Bedford – “It’s come to this, and won’t end this weekend. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned the shooting Sunday, but still refused to name the organization behind the violence on our streets.”

“It was a murderous terrorist attack, within hours claimed, if not perpetrated, by Black Lives Matter. The shooter is still at large.

These two officers graduated the academy 14 months ago, before Democrat and other leftist politicians once again abandoned them to the mob. Since George Floyd died under arrest, these politicians have chanted Black Lives Matter’s anti-police lies alongside the crowds.

Antifa and BLM, the Democrat party’s stormtroopers. Patricia McCarthy – “When the tactics of Black Lives Matter coincide with the ideology of NPR, Americans should realize that the left has crossed yet another line on the indecency scale.”

“Not surprisingly, taxpayer-funded NPR has supported the not “peaceful protests” for months. They have been touting that ludicrous book that defends looting and the destruction of private property. They regularly use Trump’s words out of context. NPR lost its way long before Trump was elected, but it has been enthusiastically dragged into the anti-Trump fray.

Why taxpayers are forced to subsidize this particular branch of the Democrat party is not a mystery; taxpayers are stooges.

The Democrat party of today is authoritarian, socialist/communist, racist, anti-capitalist, anti-wealth for everyone but themselves, and hypocritical in the extreme.

How Detroit’s Police Chief Saved His City from Black Lives Matter. T.R. Clancy – “Drawing mostly small crowds and desperate for media attention, DWB’s [Detroit Will Breathe, the Motor City’s BLM franchisee] been stifled from the get-go by Chief Craig’s zero-tolerance approach to thugs and looters posing as demonstrators.” This story has all the elements but not the narrative most often seen in the media (like NPR).

“He gets away with his outspoken disrespect for DWB because he has Mayor Duggan’s support (a Democrat!) and understands that Detroiters at large are “fed up” with groups like DWB “fomenting chaos.

Last week’s court order is hardly the judicial rebuke DWB-supporters were hoping for. That’s because it prohibits the use of several non-lethal tactics, but “against any individual peacefully engaging in protest or demonstrations who does not pose a physical threat to the safety of the public or police.”

Craig’s no-negotiation stance with the likes of Detroit Will Breathe, which in essence rejects DWB’s basic premise, is leaving the group toothless — and irrelevant.

Police Shooting of Suspect Charging Officer Armed With a Knife Sets off Rioting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Shipwreckedcrew – “In the end, it looks like Lancaster BLM/Antifa might have to answer some questions about a “lack of heart” from the pros in Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis.” … “Tomorrow night will be key. Just like in Kenosha, if BLM/Antifa agitators start arriving from bigger cities like NY, Philly, and Pittsburgh, the protests tomorrow night could be more organized and larger.”

How The 1960s Riots Foreshadow Today’s Communist Weaponization Of Black Pain. Katharine Gorka – “Many would have us believe that the riots and violence sweeping across America’s cities this year are spontaneous. But history and current evidence tell us otherwise.” Starting riots is like starting forest fires.

Cuties and the Moral Gap Between Elites and the Public. Daniel Greenfield – “Netflix was making the same point that NBC and CBS and ABC did in their time. And it has even more capital to play with than they do. Will society shift to accommodate the values embodied by Cuties, as it did in the past?”

Conservatives’ Crushing Counterattack In the Culture War. Kurt Schlichter – “Thanks to Donald Trump, the culture war is back on and instead of General McClellan we have General Patton, and he’s up to RINO-slap a squish.” … “People are furious with Netflix, and it seems as if the Obama-affiliated VOD service was actually stunned that people objected.”

If Masks Work, Why Don’t They WORK? Scott Morefield – “neither the masks nor the lockdown measures every really stopped COVID-19 in its tracks, did they?”

“Bottom line: If the powers-that-be were correct, the areas that took a softer approach to lockdowns and masks would all be suffering immensely, while those with hard lockdowns and mandatory masks would be done with this. Right? So, why is maskless, lockdownless Sweden almost back to normal while Peru, India, Brazil, California and Columbia still languish? Why does this epic Twitter thread, which shows country after country performing horribly after they implemented mask mandates, even exist?

Horowitz: E-MASK-ulation: How we have been lied to so dramatically about masks – “What did the scientific literature say before the issue became political?”

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Constitution thrown out the window …

The first amendment is getting the squeeze.

Judge Grants Injunction Barring Grace Community Church From Constitutional Right To Worship. Jordan Davidson – “The bullying and harassment continues. This is NOT about health. LA County just wants to shut down church.”

“Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that prohibits Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from “conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship services.” The ban also extends to services held outside “unless onerous restrictions are followed.”

Trump to rally supporters at Douglas County airport after earlier event scuttled by Reno airport officials. Megan Messerly – “plans for a similar event in Reno were scuttled earlier this week when airport officials said it would violate the state’s 50-person limit on public gatherings.” The state of Nevada and its most populous cities, Reno and Las Vegas, are engaging in political warfare against selected candidates in a Presidential campaign.

“It’s Like Using A Hammer To Kill A Fly” – Architect Of Sweden’s COVID-19 Anti-Lockdown Strategy Finally Vindicated. Tyler Durden – “Many Americans have also been guilty of criticizing Sweden without first appreciating how radical its program truly was. Throughout the pandemic, youth sports never even stopped. Now, the return of sports is suddenly becoming a major issue in the US.”

Ignorance and Complacency May Cost Us Our Dignity, Liberty and Freedom. Dr. Shmuel Katz – “Too many evil forces are exploiting us to advance their agendas.”

“We are in a period in our lives when the culture of not communicating and not listening to others has become a pathological norm, and “cancel culture” has become an everyday term. Unfortunately, it is being exploited by too many self-serving operatives who exploit this situation to their own advantage and to our detriment.

We are indoctrinated to believe that the information we are receiving from certain outlets is the only valid input that we should consider, while we should actively ignore or disparage any other source of information.

Dealing with objective information is very important and it should be properly addressed in a wise way. This search for truth was taken recently to a different level. I witnessed a bizarre new phenomenon among private people who have finally decided to engage in conversation, but will fact-check their opponents as they speak. This is very significant, because it shows that they are not really listening to each other, but instead are trying to debunk each other’s arguments. To add to this, even the fact checkers themselves sometimes have their own agendas, and therefore will be inaccurate.

Michelle Deserves Pity, but the Rest of Us Deserve More. Mark DeVine – “The equation “racial disparities = systemic racism” has achieved axiom status in the science of social justice.” … “Both as FLOTUS and after settling into an 11-plus-million-dollar Martha’s Vineyard mansion, Michelle found neither final escape nor permanent relief from racism and the pain it inflicts.” … “Michelle is a product of the “infantilization” of black Americans John McWhorter so incisively warns of.” … “Much of her suffering is unnecessary because its source resides far less in her experiences than in the meanings the social justice movement has trained her reflexively to draw from those experiences.”

Peace breaking out all over from Trump and the left is going haywire. Monica Showalter – “Democrats are having a shattered-glass crack-up to the continuous good news coming from President Trump on the global peace front. Their famously discplined lockstep ‘narrative’ has gone haywire.”

“What this peace news shows is not just that Trump has been right at every turn on how to create peace, he’s also still extremely good at exposing the left for what it is – taking them off guard, leaving them naked without a ‘narrative’ to repeat in lockstep, and watching them go bonkers in all directions.

Leftist war on meritocracy becomes overt. Lubos Motl – “For many years, we have seen that the post-modern or neo-Marxist left was increasingly fighting against some values that have been considered important for a long time”

“But it is exactly the difference between the gifted and not so gifted people that was removed or “heavily minimized” and it is exactly this removal that is responsible for the inability of communism (and other non-meritocratic systems) to advance the human society. The funny point which is relevant in all the discussions about capitalism-vs-communism as well as in any meritocracy-vs-antimeritocracy discussion is that in a human society, the less gifted ones ultimately benefit from the contributions by the gifted ones, too. Even the most ordinary workers in Western Europe ended up much wealthier than the median inhabitants of the Soviet bloc by the late 1980s. For this “miracle” to occur, the gifted ones simply do have to be incentivized. The laws of Nature do this incentivization rather naturally – capitalism is a natural state of affairs while socialism or communism are artificial, socially engineered constructs. So what’s enough is “not to prevent Mother Nature” from using Her invisible hand to incentivize the gifted ones. DeBoer’s statement that things will be OK when they are not incentivized is as wrong as you can get. When they’re not incentivized, the society stagnates and then degenerates and at the end, not just the gifted people but all people pay the price.

All people pay the price.

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Election preparation like this is not campaigning, it’s battlespace prep.

New DOJ Documents Show Wholesale Evidence Destruction By Mueller Team. Kylee Zempel – “It seems unlikely that more than a dozen top Mueller officials all put their phones into airplane mode, locked them, and forgot the passwords or “accidentally” wiped their devices.”

Woodward: My Priority Was Getting Trump Smear Out Before Election. Daniel Greenfield – “There’s zero responsibility or journalism here. It’s about power and politics. Journalism, when it comes to Republicans, is just an opposition research op.”

LA County’s Public Health Director says what we suspected about the lockdown. Andrea Widburg – “A Democrat bureaucrat finally said what we all have known to be the truth: The Wuhan virus limitations that Democrat politicians and bureaucrats have imposed on Americans will go away after the election because that was the plan all along.”

Lithium reserves: enough for 1-5 generations of “cars across the world” and nothing else. Lubos Motl –This is a high school level look at the fundamental issues with electric cars and batteries of the sort that can be used to understand why many fantasies about energy are just that.

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Anticipating antics

Is BLM The Mask Behind Which The Oligarchs Operate? Mike Whitney – “What do “Critical Race Theory”, “The 1619 Project”, and Homeland Security’s “White Supremacist” warning tell us about what’s going on in America today?” Conspiracy theories are generally escapist but this one has a lot of meat on its bones.

The Democrats’ Upcoming Theft of the 2020 Election. Donald N. Finley – “The characters in the play are all familiar names: George Soros; Bill and Melinda Gates; traitorous NeverTrumps like John Kasich, Bill Kristol, and Michael Steele; and the Clinton Cabal, including John Podesta and Donna Brazile.”

Reno airport authority: Planned Trump rally ‘may not proceed,’ violates state’s 50-person limit on public gatherings; Megan Messerly – “Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that the president still plans to travel to Nevada on Saturday and Sunday as planned and that “additional details will be announced soon.”

At least four groups mounting separate campaigns in difficult quest to recall Sisolak. Riley Snyder, Tabitha Mueller, Savanna Strott – “The divided effort to recall Sisolak could complicate the already tenuous path required to qualify a recall against the governor, as voters can sign more than one petition but individual recall efforts are not allowed to combine signature totals.” Meanwhile, the hubris continues to leak from the Governor’s office.

The Democrat Election Plan: Chaos. Kenneth R. Timmerman – “The threat is real, and it’s coming. Big time.” … “I saw first-hand many of the tactics that a former Democrat Party election operative recently revealed in a stunning insider’s account published by the New York Post.” … “I look at these tactics and much more in my new book, The Election Heist, which I wrote to prepare you for what could happen this November.” … “And these are just the threats we know of, that have already been used by Democrat operatives, sometimes leading to federal prosecutions and convictions.”

Expect Democrat Shenanigans, But Don’t Panic. Kurt Schlichter – “Prepare. Work to get out the patriotic American vote. If we’re ready maybe this won’t descend into the chaos I describe in my novel/unintended documentary People’s Republic.” … “remember, there are time limits and procedures and we Republicans do have poll and count watchers (consider volunteering!).” … “The best thing for us is to ensure our people go out and vote in-person.”

There is something very wrong with some in the top ranks of America’s military. Andrea Widburg – “With Bob Woodward’s anti-Trump book about to be published, the media is focusing entirely on the easily debunked claim that Trump mishandled the Wuhan virus by “lying” to the American people. What the media is ignoring, however, is a much more serious claim, which is that former Secretary of Defense General James Mattis plotted to overthrow Trump and his administration. This fact, if true, supports my long-time fear about the damage Obama inflicted on the upper echelons of the Pentagon.”

Today in Fake News. Steven Hayward – “Normally “avoiding a public panic” would be a reason for praise, but people afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome can’t help themselves.”

What’s going on with the Durham investigation, if anything? Andrea Widburg – “Judicial Watch’s founder Tom Fitton thinks that conservatives are being scammed.” … “What changed that plan was the lockdown, … perhaps Barr is waiting to see how the election turns out. … that’s another reason to get out and vote – in person – for Donald Trump.”

Carter Page’s Book Shows How The Left Will Ruin Patriots To Get Power. Margot Cleveland – “It isn’t Carter Page who should be apologizing to his family for what they’ve gone through. It’s the Crossfire Hurricane team, the members of the special counsel team, and the press.”

Byron York On Why Washington And The Media Are Obsessed With Trump. The Federalist Staff – “Despite the evidence proving that the allegations about Russia and Trump were wrong, York says many on the left and in the media are holding onto the accusations, writing books, and continuing to perpetuate the false collusion narrative.”

The Nobel For Trump? Committee Could Restore Its Credibility By Giving Him The Peace Prize. I & I Editorial Board – “Despite his authentic achievements, Trump won’t be awarded the Peace Prize, even if his record would help the committee clean up its tarnished reputation.” The negativity is based on the recent history of the Nobel committee.

Don’t Blame Climate Change For Raging Wildfires, Blame Bad Management. Krystina Skurk – “Despite common sense, the historic record, and scientific evidence, leftist environmentalists would fight and protest for a utopia we will never see, all while the world burns.” Did you catch that story about how they are thinking about Indigenous fire stewardship (or see Cool Burns)? Fantasy couples with anti-Western Culture and ignorance to provide a model for management improvements? Calling it “indigenous” rather than established western science based forestry research sounds so much better. “Examples of the government’s despotic enforcement of unreasonable environmental policies are numerous in Australia.” – and California. [indigenous is ‘set fire and run’. It is western science that prepares, plans, and evaluates risks]

Football’s Been Back For Weeks With No ‘Super Spreader’ Events Yet. Hutson Mason – “Evidence shows schools are maintaining a mostly ‘COVID-19 free’ bubble for players. So, enjoy your football, America! After 2020, you’ve earned it.” Like Sturgis, there’s no ‘there’ there and the propagandists are spinning dervishes. … “The devil is in the details. Yet somehow, the details are continuously excluded when the data reflects that we should be having football season.”

Citizens Stop Spanish Police From Arresting Woman For Not Wearing Mask. Paul Joseph Watson – “A protest in Madrid against Spain’s coronavirus laws, which require people to wear face masks everywhere, both inside and outside, drew thousands of demonstrators on Saturday.”

Democrats’ Opposition To A COVID-19 Vaccine Could Cost Lives. Jonathan S. Tobin – “Distrust of a coronavirus vaccine released by Trump fuels anti-vaxxer sentiment that will hinder efforts to eradicate the disease even if Biden is elected.” … “Democrats love to claim to be “the party of science!” but it is they who are acting like science deniers.”

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Dissonance or whiplash?

What I Saw When The Mob Attacked After Trump’s Speech In Washington DC. Aryeh Spero – “Washington DC’s mayor and police failed to provide basic protections to American citizens from an angry and extremely well-funded leftist mob.”

“What type of mayor instructs the police department to be so indifferent to the basic safety needs of citizens and guests in her town, while focusing exclusively on the rights of mob “protesters” to rule the streets? It was as if constitutional rights are reserved for protesters against Trump but not for law-abiding citizens who are conservative.

One thing became clear: Someone, or some group, is financing this. I saw fancy black Suburbans picking up and dropping off people involved in these protests. We were amazed that some were staying at expensive hotels and unloading equipment near the White House in what might be the city’s most expensive underground garage. They are coordinated and organized. Someone is spending money and using hi-tech reconnaissance and planning to destroy America, and using its youth as the army to do so.

American Psychology Association: Capitalism is a Racist Disease. Daniel Greenfield – “would like to remind everyone that it has the same rigorous ethics and intellectual standards as a clown college.” … “American institutions were born from human labor and endeavor? Outrageous.” … “The APA needs to announce that its members will offer therapy for free from now on to deconstruct capitalism or be sent to the gulag of Theopia’s choice.”

Nobel Prize winners’ support for Biden proves their madness. Lubos Motl – “They’re not just “good scientists”; they are results of the selection that has (from the 1960s or so) demanded the people to be a mixture of “scientists” and “mindless Stalinist and Maoist fanatics”, with the increasing importance assigned to the latter.” … “However, the fact that they did throw this support for the mentally deteriorrating puppet of the most destructive forces now, in 2020, is particularly troubling.”

“The short letter says that it’s more important than ever to support a candidate who is pro-science and pro-immigration. Wow. They must live in a completely different galaxy.

But 2020 was surely the best year so far to show how utterly unscientific the U.S. Democratic Party actually is when it comes to their policies and even their ideas about how policies should be determined and which opinions should be propagated.

The problem isn’t just the fact that pretty much every single statement and recommendation that the U.S. Democratic Party proposed were the opposite of the truth. The even bigger problem is that they totally rejected the scientific methodology to get these answers.

Feynman has discussed the scientific integrity in his 1974 Caltech commencement speech, the Cargo Cult Science. All of it is relevant

There were way too many examples of the total denial of the basic principles of science – academic freedom, scientific integrity – by the “scientists” working for the Democratic Party.

And now 81 Nobel Prize winners arrive and tell you that the Biden’s party (that is shutting down schools, screaming at scientists and other people to accept the only holy truth that cannot be even debated, and that wants the whole nations to give away medieval scapegoats and multi-trillion sacrifices for no gain) represents the pro-science attitude? Wow.

Trump Swears ‘I never called our great fallen soldiers anything but heroes.’ I certainly hope so, I’m married to one. Sara Carter –“The accusations they made should have been on the record. The President has the right to confront the accusers. This is a vicious election and the President’s actions do not match up with what is being said about him in The Atlantic by these sources.”

Regarding D.C. Circuit v. Flynn: Go Ahead, Kid Me. Editorial of The New York Sun – “If courts were able to act without a dispute, they could exercise dictatorial power.” … “The D.C. Circuit has just brushed aside those objections over its own panel and ignored its own precedent.”

The Media Lynching of Kyle Rittenhouse. Robert Stacy McCain – “Attacked in Kenosha, the teenager fired in self-defense.” … “You might think that people who get paid to write for prestige publications would be better journalists than mere bloggers” … “The truncated quote, you see, omits Trump’s reference to two highly relevant facts”

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Whiplash – need a neck brace for the mind?

Usurping Or Preserving Private Property? Gary M. Galles – “Cato’s Letters reflected Locke’s ideas of natural rights, and were, in turn, reflected in America’s founding. As we will vote just days from the tricentennial of the first installment, their commitment to the conjoined twins of liberty and private property merits serious reconsideration today. We should remember that someone who would undermine the rights of individuals to their property cannot defend, much less expand, our common liberty.”

One Word Was Mysteriously Absent From The Democrats’ Convention. I & I Editorial Board – “Democrats spent almost the entire past four years arguing that Trump was an illegitimate president because Russia interfered with the election. They spent every waking minute trying to drive him out of office for supposedly enlisting Ukraine to help with his reelection. … And now their big complaint is that he’s been dissing the U.S. Postal Service?”

“if impeachment was never that serious — which Democrats have admitted by omission — why should anyone take seriously the arguments they are making for Trump’s defeat in November?

News keeps piling up that Trump is absolutely right to warn that the universal mail-in voting schemes being pushed by Democrats will be an unmitigated disaster.

Take a look at death rates by state and you will immediately notice that they are magnitudes higher in states run by Democrats than those run by Republicans. How is Trump to blame for this exactly?

Now, having contributed significantly to the hatred and division, Democrats say the only way to restore calm is to put them in power. It’s political extortion. Doesn’t that sound like a high crime and/or misdemeanor?

Count Some of the Votes! John Hinderaker – “Democrats will do whatever it takes to win, and are shameless about shifting from one theory to another. … Such hypocrisy is all in a day’s work if you are a Democrat.”

A Sort-of Goodbye to Germany? Victor Davis Hanson – “Six years ago, all NATO members pledged to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense. Yet only eight of 29 so far have kept their word. … Merkel’s reneging on her 2014 pledge helps explain why less wealthy and influential NATO members also see no reason to meet their obligations.”

According to its founders, NATO was created for three reasons: to keep the always aggressive Russians “out” of Europe, to keep the often isolationist Americans “in” to help protect it, and to keep the supposedly restless Germans “down” in order to avoid a replay of their invasions that ignited both world wars.

John Kerry’s just mad that Trump’s foreign policy is working far better than his. David Harsanyi – “It took approximately 20 seconds for former Secretary of State John Kerry to drop the first flagrant lie in his Democratic National Convention speech, when he claimed that the Obama administration’s so-called Iran deal had “eliminated the threat of an Iran with a nuclear weapon.” It didn’t get any better from there.”

Public health recommendations for the next pandemic, made in 2006. neo – “Cooler heads did not prevail, fear has been heightened, most of the suggestions in this article have not been followed, and we have moved towards catastrophe.”

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This year, it’s overt and disgusting. Polluting elections

Trump Versus Pavlov: A Social Experiment. Tyler Durden – “the fact remains that Donald Trump has been the first US president to be under continued investigation for the entire 4 years of his first term, and for about a year before it as well. And that should be a cause for alarm for anyone who cares even a little bit about the American political system”

“Seeing -and projecting- the world in black and white is a tempting proposal for anyone afraid of being confused; it should, however, never be an excuse for the media to not present its viewers and readers with a full color palette. But we can see every single day how that went. Black and white it is. And in that environment, too claustrophobic to be put in a box, I might as well paint the picture as I see it. Yes, in color.

You may dislike a presidential candidate, perhaps even intensely so, but that should never make you lose sight of the integrity, if not the sacredness, of the election process, of the political system, of the institutions, of the Constitution, and certainly not of the Office of the President of the United States. Because once you do that, you open the door for everyone to do the same in the future. And no, you can’t blame that on the candidate you don’t like, you do it.

if you don’t respect the process, you are lost, the system is lost, and there’s no telling when you’ll see it back, if ever.

You have these two sides in society who appear further apart than even Moses could have hoped to bring back together again, you have the media who thrive on widening that divide even further, it’s a scary picture.

And in the meantime, while everyone’s busy blaming each other, who’s going to take care of the country?

His Pavlov is about the media. The bell is public response to Trump bashing. His concerns are valid but dances around the differences in behavior even while describing and bemoaning the behavior problems. He uses for an example a case of one side trying to enforce the system as divisive. That is on a par with praising the ‘defund the police’ idea as equally divisive as promoting social and civil order.

Swalwell says Trump should face ‘Crimes Commission’ after leaving office. Caitlin McFall – “The Democrat’s proposal follows a recent statement by the president in opposition to mail-in voting.” Only one side of the divide is attempting to criminalize differences of opinion.

Barack Obama is meddling in the upcoming election. Andrea Widburg – “The United States Post Office is a mess. … Nevertheless, Democrats are insisting that, come November, all voting in America must be done via the U.S. Mail … Donald Trump, looking at this mess, decided to do what he’s done for decades: Install new management to make a business better. … In our politicized age, this was going to be a hot potato under any circumstances. Still, Obama, who should be staying out of things, turned it into a nuclear potato by accusing Trump of deliberately sabotaging the election”

“Put simply, Russia couldn’t have done a better job at interfering with a presidential election than Obama has done. Four years ago, his interference was covert and illegal. This year, it’s overt and disgusting.

Media Unleashes Fake News Avalanche After Trump Requests Florida Mail-In Ballot. Stacey Matthews – “Following multiple claims that mail-in voting was unsafe and vulnerable to fraud, Trump changed his mind about the practice last week,” the AP claimed.

“You have to read another six paragraphs and then scroll down below a large news video on the topic to find out the Trump’s issue is not vote-by-mail, but rather the process of states mass mailing ballots to voters they have listed on their voter rolls regardless of whether or not the person has requested the ballot:

This is “gotcha” journalism at it’s worst. There is no “despite” or “in spite of” or anything of the sort at play with Trump’s request of a mail-in ballot, in spite of how the media has framed both the request and his position on vote-by-mail.

There is no inconsistency at all between someone saying they think mail-in voting where ballots are mass-mailed to everyone is ripe for fraud, and then turning around and requesting a ballot be mailed to them. None at all.

The Claims About Pres. Trump And The Postal Service Are Preparations for Democrats To Deny Election Results And Have Congress Select The Next President. Shipwreckedcrew – “There are significant factions of the Democrat party coalition that will stop at almost nothing to deny Pres. Trump a second term regardless of the outcome of the election. ” … “The Democrats learned in 2018 — mainly in California – that changing the mechanics of the election process can produce significant benefits to Democrat candidates.”

Joe and Kamala’s Fact-Mangling Debut. Tim Graham – “The energetic promoters of “independent fact-checkers” — who want “real-time” fact-checking of President Donald Trump — couldn’t muster any effort to evaluate this thunderclap of leftist rhetoric echoing in a nearly empty high school gym. Let’s list a few fact-mangling whoppers.”

Crushing the Barbarians Inside the Gates. Scott S. Powell – “The second reason that America’s survival is at greater risk today than it was in prior tumultuous times like the 1960s is that there are far more leftists in local, city, state, and national government than ever before.” … “The survival of the American republic requires not only a reasonably informed electorate, but also one that appreciates the relative merit of the nation’s heritage.”

There’s a Mountain of Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Is an Effective Treatment for COVID-19. Matt Margolis – “I’m convinced that if a rabid leftist was dying of thirst and President Trump offered him water, he’d refuse to drink it.”

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The assault on specified rights – and the response

Churches Aren’t Avoiding Death By Keeping Their Doors Closed. They’re Ensuring It. Kylee Zempel – “Now after months of spiritual suicide, some churches are finally changing their posture, submitting to divine rather than government authority, for the latter has detached itself from the people’s consent through elected legislatures as governors indefinitely and in some cases illegally extend emergency powers.”

NY Attorney General’s Lawsuit Scares These NRA Members Much More Than NRA Spending. Madeline Osburn – “Keane said the NY AG’s investigation is clearly a political hit, and not just against the Second Amendement but a threat to the First Amendment, based on “the fact that [James] is seeking to dissolve the organization rather than to just address the financial allegations.”

“NRA members and gun owners alike know this is bigger than private jets and expensive dinners. With an election on the horizon, they see this conveniently-timed lawsuit for exactly what it is: a direct attack on the institutional voice they choose to protect their Constitutional rights.

Inside California Democrats’ Hard Work To Deny The Poor, Middle Class, And Minorities An Education. Christopher Bedford – ‘If people want to talk about systemic racism and the marginalization of minorities,’ a single mother in California told The Federalist, ‘this is it.’

Landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits. Jeffrey Meitrodt – “City officials say their hands are tied, pointing to a state law that prohibits the removal of any structures or standing timber until all of the taxes assessed against the building have been fully paid.”

Elected Officials Need To Quell Riots Or There’ll Be Bloody Street Justice. I & I Editorial Board – “if those elected officials don’t soon take back the streets from the criminals, everyday Americans might soon do the job for them.”

“As unpleasant as things appear to be now, they will only grow worse if elected officials continue to pretend the violence and destruction is part of 2020’s “summer of love.” Street justice will be meted out summarily by Americans weary of riotous mobs destroying, swarming and assaulting innocents, illegally (and menacingly) blocking streets and sidewalks, wrecking public and private property, and, in some cases, killing. It will be a regrettable chapter in our history.

When law enforcement won’t or can’t do the job, then it falls to others. We can almost guarantee that when civilians impose sentences on the rioters, the outlaws will be treated much more brutally than if the police were keeping the peace. It won’t be pretty but it will be effective.

Wow: Chicago neighborhood ejects BLM protesters at police station. Ed Morrissey – “If BLM and their associates have any complaints after Englewood, they should rethink their agenda. The people we pay to keep order, protect our civil rights, and discourage mob actions are the very people BLM and their affiliates want to abolish.”

Everyone Needs Help During COVID – Except The Solar Power Industry. Charles Sauer – “Among all the COVID-19 media content I’ve seen this year, there was one interview I related to above the rest. It was a doctor saying that he could help people with COVID, but he couldn’t cure ignorance.”

“With and without a pandemic, the free market should be left to make the decision. But, in a pandemic it is even more important that our resources are focused on the most vulnerable in society and the economy. A good tax credit, for any industry, wouldn’t accomplish this. A terrible one like this doesn’t have a prayer. It’s just pure ignorance.

Keystone Jobs A Welcome Alternative To Pink-Slip Economy. David Williams – “When private industry and unions find common ground, people should pay attention.” … “Unfortunately, some in Washington want to ignore this progress and axe this massive project that will create thousands of jobs.” Again, let the free market make the decision and avoid governmental overreach.

Harassing Energy: The Latest in Climate Litigation (EID’s Allison nails it). Rbradley – “It’s been a whirlwind few years for supporters of the climate litigation campaign, who have spent untold millions of dollars and don’t have much to show for it. Multiple strategies have been employed with each running into trouble.”

Soros Reveals How He’s Invested Amid “Fed Liquidity Bubble”; Says Trump “Very Dangerous”. Tyler Durden – as is often the case with severe cases of TDS there is a lot of hyperbole and exaggeration but nothing offered to figure out where the fear behind it comes from.

What is George Will’s Problem? Gene Comiskey – “Will compares the fascist leaders to Donald Trump, describing them as strongarm bullies without intellectual weight or nuanced arguments.” Again, hyperbole and exaggeration abound sans any support …

“It is interesting that in his recitation of the history of fascism, Mr. Will fails to see the obvious: that the historical circumstances that shaped it and the ideological theories which Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and others believed in, apply not to Donald Trump and his followers but to the very people who are trying to defeat the President and lead this country down a destructive path of rigid intellectual, economic, and social control.

Will writes of ‘Trumpism’ as “an entertainment genre based on contempt for its bellowing audiences.” And there you have it: a classic example of projection.

George Will is so blinded by hatred or elitism or delusions of ideological superiority that he cannot see the real dangers facing this country.

While mobs rule the streets, George Will is safely ensconced in his ivory tower, warm and cozy in his blanket of self-righteousness and moral superiority. Perhaps Will should remember the truism that the mob always eats its own.

NV Governor Punishes Casino for Hosting Worship Service. Liberty Counsel – “Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak fined the Las Vegas Ahern Hotel for hosting a worship service for an “Evangelicals for Trump” group inside a casino ballroom because it violated his unconstitutional 50-person gathering limit on houses of worship.” But did it violate the rules on Casino activity?

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A thin veneer being tested

Australia, How Have You Let it Come to This? Augusto Zimmermann – this is how it happens.

CRB: Millenarian mobs. Scott Johnson – “our descent into mobocracy may be the most notable development of 2020.” … “Professor Codevilla brings a scholarly historical perspective that deepens the concerns of common sense.” … “History teaches that the names of the evils—of the supposedly oppressed and their oppressors, as well as their grievances—are interchangeable and irrelevant.”

The Thin Veneer of American Civilization. – “At the present increasing rate of police defunding, homeless encampments, the emptying of jails and prisons, the green-lighting of rioting and vandalism, the flight of the wealthy, the revolutionary change to Skype/Zoom tele-working, and the exodus of upper-middle-class liberal families to safe houses in the New York and New England countryside, once beautiful New York City is in danger of becoming the nation’s aneurysm.” [full column on NR]

Facebook Wrongly Labels I&I Headline As ‘False’. I & I Editorial Board – “We’ve always been dubious about self-appointed fact-checkers, who are able to mask their own biases by pretending to be objective arbiters of the truth. Our experience is a good example of why.” Yes, it is happening here.

Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao: The George Floyd Fall Guys. George Parry – “The four policemen charged in George Floyd’s death acted entirely according to the training and guidance provided them by the Minneapolis Police Department.” Yet another incident falsely portrayed to provide propaganda promoting division, rioting, and civil disorder. There has been a string of them and yet, even after exposure, they still are effective in their purpose.

Who or What Exactly Is Running Against Trump? Victor Davis Hanson – “The inner-Biden at 77 is turning out to be an unabashed bigot in the age of “cancel culture” and thought crimes that has apparently declared him immune from the opprobrium reserved for any such speech.”

Liberal Double Standards at Work. Steven Hayward – “The situational ethics of liberals is seldom more vividly displayed than in this pair of Tweets from Shaun King, the faux-black commentator on CNN:”

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Tyranny and totalitarianism right here in River City

Governors Can’t Use Coronavirus To Indefinitely Declare A State Of Emergency. Molly McCann – “In a national panic, Americans permitted executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back.”

“At the federal level, there are three separate, co-equal branches of government that must operate together for our representative republic to function properly, and this balance of power is mirrored at the state level. Unhappily, our system today is not functioning as designed.

In a moment of national panic, Americans permitted their state and local executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back.

Most state statutes automatically terminate emergency authority after a 30- or 60-day period, unless specifically extended by the governor. This highlights that emergencies are assumed to be of short duration. Our current quandary is that governors are using COVID as an excuse to extend their authority indefinitely.

From “Corona-Totalitarianism” To The Invasion Of The “New Normals”. Tyler Durden – “People’s minds are being taken over by a much more destructive and less otherworldly force… a force that transforms them overnight into aggressively paranoid, order-following, propaganda-parroting totalitarians.” … “That is what totalitarianism is, this desire to establish complete control over everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human interaction.”

Obliged to Bow Before the Altar of Incompetence. Peter Smith – “Executive actions should not be capricious and arbitrary. What does that mean?” … “government actions should make sense; are fit for purpose.” … “It is a malady of our age that government is thought to be wise; and, most of all, responsible for keeping us ‘safe’.”

“Here and around the world we are witnessing the tendency of governments to overreach and restrict personal freedoms when the opportunity is presented and when not under close critical scrutiny. Perhaps, sovereign citizens are not so idiosyncratic in such circumstances.

How Forced Isolation Makes Huge Power Grabs Possible. Stella Morabito – “Today’s wannabe social controllers are clearly using the virus as a sort of obedience school where we can be conditioned through isolation to conform to their demands.”

“No matter what you think of Trump or his tweets, we should all meditate on the power of that sort of immunity from social pressures. We should find ways to develop it in ourselves. Because if tyrants had less ability to instill social isolation, they’d be less able to induce the fears that allow them to control people’s lives.

Bernard Goldberg: “I’m no fan of Donald Trump. And that’s putting it mildly. I don’t like his chronic dishonesty. I don’t like narcissism. I don’t like his nastiness and his silly name-calling. I detest his need to constantly cause chaos, … There’s nothing about this man’s character that I like.” This is of the milder class, believe it or not, and deserves a bit of consideration. First to note is that it is judgmental opinion of perceived character and not an objective observation of behavior. Second is that it depends upon gross exaggeration and distortion in perception absent any referent. Dishonesty is labeled for a difference of opinion. Nastiness? Like parading around in hats portraying genitalia? Need (!) to cause chaos in a political struggle where his opponents do not accept election results? What Goldberg likes and dislikes are his personal issue but at least you’d think he’d be more honest about the basis. Self awareness can be difficult to achieve.

Big Ten Waffles After Public Outcry Including Trump Tweet: Might Not Cancel Season After All. Tyler Durden – “an avalanche of pushback and public outry, from some players, coaches, and even the president of the United States, left the decision anything but final.”

Why Democrats Have Started To Cave On Reopening Schools. Joy Pullmann – “Democrats are their own worst enemy. The problem is, the rest of us are so often their collateral damage.” It’s a learning experience, especially for the victims.

Fairfax Public Schools Tell Parents To Stop Educating Their Kids While School Is Banned. Elle Reynolds – “While warning parents against at-home tutoring because everyone can’t afford it, Fairfax County also won’t let students come to school in person.”

Global Lockdowns Set To Plunge 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty. Tyler Durden – “warns a new report by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.” … “The report appears to pin the blame on COVID-19 itself for the economic impact, yet the actual culprit is discovered to be the “restrictions” put in place by governments in response to the pandemic.”

Sweden’s Success Is Kryptonite For Lockdown And Mask Advocates. Tyler Durden – “Sweden shows us that a rational, evidence-based approach to the pandemic is now thriving.” … “In Sweden, there’s no mandatory masks, no mandatory lockdown, no vaccine, and most importantly, no problem.”

How Fauci’s Stubborness Costs Lives. Daniel John Sobieski – “Fauci is in love with clinical studies, which are fine to determine effectiveness and risk of vaccines, but pale in comparison to the results of actual use.” … “If we used HCQ the way the rest of the world does, tens of thousands of lives could be saved.”

 

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Dissonance on so many fronts

The Mainstream Media Has Betrayed Its Constitutional Privilege. Stephen Kruiser – “Sit back and wonder for a moment how any on-air CNN personality could ask with a straight face if any anti-Trump media happened to be out there. It’s so preposterous that you almost want to pity the person asking because he or she is obviously mentally impaired.”

Deep Inside, Rioters Are Angry That They Never Learned Anything But Lies. Stella Morabito – “I suspect many members of today’s street mobs have a secret in common: At some deep level, they know they are awash in ignorance of core knowledge. Claiming to be “woke” is cover for the ignorance educrats have systematically instilled in them..”

“Our educational institutions have committed intellectual grand theft. They have withheld critical knowledge from students and replaced it with the poison of identity politics and political correctness. This makes it difficult for students to express independent thoughts, or even to think them. Where does that leave the victims who have been forcibly injected with this ignorance?

They can’t really articulate what has been stolen from them, but they seem to sense the loss deeply.

The desire for real cultural knowledge is innate because it’s tied into the need to connect with our common humanity as well as to “know thyself.”

The desire for real cultural knowledge is innate because it’s tied into the need to connect with our common humanity as well as to “know thyself.”

What Happened When Another Country Inflamed Racial Hatred Based On A Year Like 1619. Willis J. Warner – “Hannah-Jones’ eagerness to be credited with inspiring looting, arson, and multiple homicides might seem surprising. Considering the 1619 Project, it is not.”

“Defining one’s cultural identity with a centuries-old year of disaster is odd but not unprecedented. It happened in Yugoslavia a generation ago. The year of celebration was 1389, and its advocate was Serbia’s Slobodan Milošević.

Milošević’s combination of inflaming centuries-old grievances and inciting mob rule should sound familiar. American journalists and politicians have been doing it this summer, and the specific years of emphasis are illuminating.

America in 2020, like Yugoslavia in the 1980s, is multiethnic. Contrary to Hannah-Jones’ declaration, inciting riots by stoking past tensions, and using misinformation to do so, is not “an honor.” The Milošević model of inflaming ancient hatreds and inciting mob rule is leading us down a dark path.

The Alarming Progress of the Hate America Left. David Horowitz – “How they have invaded American minds.” … “this fight is not only far from over, it is just beginning.”

“The problem with the libel begins with the date. In 1619, the founding of America was 168 years in the future and the Virginia Colony to which 20 Africans had been shipped was English not American, and in fact outlawed slavery. The 20 Africans who arrived in Jamestown were like most of the mainly white labor force not slaves but indentured servants which meant they would be free in 5 to 7 years depending on their contracts. Like every black slave shipped to the North American continent over the next 200 years, their servitude was created by black Africans, who sold them at auctions in Ghana and Benin. It was Thomas Jefferson, and white America, who created a nation that proclaimed in its birth certificate the God-given right of all people – regardless of race – to liberty.

This truth is a mortal threat to the left’s plan to demonize America as a “white supremacist” nation and generate enough hate to destroy its democracy.
… [on another slander]
The United States Constitution specifically mentions American Indians three times. … The idea that tribes have an inherent right to govern themselves is at the foundation of their constitutional status – the power is not delegated by congressional acts.” Hardly a prescription for genocide. Indians today have the rights of American citizens. They can live in America or on 56.2 million acres held in trust by the United States for various Indian tribes and individuals. The federal government provides $20 billion a year in funding to help the tribes.

When Gundy invokes the left’s “400 years of slavery,” or “slavery and oppression” he is merely repeating the racist slander that all whites think alike.

When compared to other countries – Communist China first among them – America’s record on human rights is remarkable, admirable, and has been an inspiration to the rest of the world.

More evidence that Americans are fighting back. Andrea Widburg – “The latest resurgence of the American spirit took place in Fort Collins, Colorado.”

George Floyd: The Big Lie. Jim Goad – “Remember when anti-police “activists” demanded that police wear bodycams? I’m starting to think it backfired on them. In nearly all cases, it shows that cops put up with far more crap in five minutes than most of us could handle in a lifetime.” Exposing another lie in a long string of similar propaganda promoting violent upheaval.

The Media’s Coverage of Sturgis Rally Seems Different Than Recent Large Gatherings. Bronson Stocking – “when a large gathering doesn’t fit into the media’s list of liberal-approved activities, the press castigates participants for venturing outside during the pandemic.”

Fox News Dominates Prime Time. John Hinderaker – “The average live Fox News viewership in those hours outstripped cable rivals like CNN, MSNBC and ESPN, as well as the broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC, according to Nielsen.” … “it is extraordinary that Fox News’s most popular shows are the most-watched on all of television in prime time.” This indicates a hunger for resolving dissonance.

When a Viral Fear Mutates. Peter O’Brien – “In Australia we have seen the economy put on life support, despite the fact that we still only have 278 deaths and a total of 20,698 cases.” … “The intent of this emerging narrative – citing various studies of doubtful provenance in a technique eerily similar to the demonization of hydroxychloroquine … is to provide cover for pusillanimous politicians and alarmist scientists to justify their past misjudgements on the basis that the virus is much worse than we thought” … “The problem is that it is all so speculative, … These studies are small in scale, anecdotal rather than rigorous and much too early to have any kind of predictive value.”

Lockdowns Never Again: Sweden Was Right, and We Were Wrong. William Sullivan – As Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, an ER doctor at a hospital in Stockholm, writes on his blog, “COVID is over in Sweden. People have gone back to their normal lives and barely anyone is getting infected anymore.” … “Basically, Sweden did the exact opposite of what most Americans tragically still believe are the necessary requirements to reach the outcome that Sweden has achieved.”

Now Racism Is A “Public Health Crisis” In Nevada, Justifying Executive Action. Jazz Shaw – “The real question, which we’ll get to in a moment, is what he does with this newly declared state of emergency.” … “When the executives cut the legislatures out of the lawmaking loop, the fox is guarding the henhouse. And sadly, too many of them will take advantage of it.”

Trump Heroically Defies a Lawless Supreme Court. Matthew Vadum – “The court’s ruling on young illegals is an abomination that must not stand.” … “as Hamilton noted in Federalist #78, the courts ‘must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm for the efficacy of its judgments.’ Thus, Trump declining to actively use his powers to violate immigration laws duly passed by Congress is not defying the courts; it’s following the law being defied by the judiciary.”

“Like so many Supreme Court decisions nowadays, the court opinion is a pseudo-legal essay brimming with lawyerly codswallop, an after-the-fact rationalization written to justify a preordained result. The goal was not to do justice but to frustrate Donald Trump.

The court, under pressure from the illegal-alien left, invented an elaborate excuse to keep the program in place, reasoning in effect that because the decision to rescind DACA affects many people and would disrupt the lives that these illegal aliens have unlawfully been living in the U.S., the cancelation of the program needed to be stopped.

California Water Efficiency Standards: Peter Gleick vs. Trump. Wayne Lusvardi – “Gleick sees such humorous comments by Trump about water conservation policies as “not funny” and “nonsense”. However, as will be explained below, Gleick employs virtue signaling”

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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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