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Soft facts and hard conclusions

Legal process is supposed to be hard but has become mushy – Trump’s got an idea on how to harden staff – Democrat leadership is a wooden knife in a a hard context – Google fondles evil for hard results on soft perceptions – security guarantees are maybe not as hard as many assumed – Tabarrok notes an interview with sense about Russia – The Atlantic figures that the horror of a nuclear holocaust is what happens to global weather – NGO’s influence is insidious – Rittenhouse retractions – Brady leads – and medical professionals through out a century of experience gained knowledge

Wait…That’s How Long a Jan. 6 Defendant Has Been Detained With No Indictment. Matt Vespa — “This sounds like something out of North Korea, Hussein’s Iraq, or Castro’s Cuba. We have a person detained for nearly 90 days without an indictment. Why? Well, this person was around the Capitol Building during the January 6 riot.” – “While it’s perfectly fine to dismiss January 6 because it wasn’t that big of a deal, the fact that the nation is falling apart because Joe Biden is a failed president also lends itself to be a massive cover to those who were illegally detained, like Mr. Denney.”

Now You’re Talking: Trump Offers a Proposal to Destroy the Deep State. Robert Spencer — “Virtually all Americans believed, until the inauguration of Donald Trump as president on January 20, 2017, that when someone became president, he could begin to implement his agenda. Certainly Old Joe Biden’s handlers have done so with a vengeance since they took over; but when Trump became president, he immediately began to encounter resistance from entrenched members of the government bureaucracy who refused to do as he ordered.” – “It’s a commonsensical solution, as Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance pointed out. “Everyone is losing their mind about this, but I’ve been calling for it at every town hall I do. Either the president controls the executive branch or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, we don’t live in a Republic, we live in a civil service driven oligarchy.”

Democrat leadership has devalued America beyond recognition. Terry Paulding — “Elections have consequences. How many times have you heard that? It’s certainly true. The world has been watching our country tilt to the dark side, which set things in motion that have consequences far beyond our own society. I see what is happening in Ukraine, at least in part, as the result of our dishonest left’s manipulation, leading to the emasculation and degradation of our once well-ordered society.”

Google Attacks Us For Reporting On Our Own Poll — Calls It ‘Harmful lnformation’. I & I Editorial Board — “kudos, Google. You’ve just taken another step towards acting like a totalitarian dictator. Remind us again of what that motto was you used to parade around. Be evil? Be like Stalin? Help us out here.”

Security Guarantees, Real And Imagined. John Hinderaker — “It is highly unlikely that we will elect a president more feckless than Joe Biden, but it it useful to see how that possibility weighs on the minds of European decision makers. But the key point here is that the Europeans might be able to defend themselves while the U.S. focuses on the Pacific.” – “Donald Trump was right: it is long past time for powerful European countries, including Germany, to look to their own defense, even if in cooperation with us. And, of course, the more able they are to defend themselves against Russian aggression, the more likely they are to receive military help from their NATO allies, including us, should the time come.”

Kotkin on Russia and the West. Alex Tabarrok — “Kotkin has some some thoughts on the Kennan, Mearsheimer, Kissinger, Hill, Service et al. view that expanding NATO was a precipitating event in the Ukraine-Russia war which are well taken, albeit he fails to think on the margin. Much more important is his full throated defense of the West. Just a few months ago a defense like this would have been branded as right-wing agitprop and the author attacked for not being woke to the evils of capitalism. But Putin has reminded the West of its virtues.”

The Atlantic’s take on nuclear war shows us why satire is impossible today. Andrea Widburg — “I would have imagined that most people would have a strong enough grasp on reality to think that the worst things flowing from a nuclear war would be the instant deaths of tens of people, the survivor’s slow radiation poisoning, vast segments of the world’s entire infrastructure permanently broken, and human life entering a period of almost unimaginable apocalyptic horror.”

Maria Bartiromo’s Sources Are Right: The Biden Administration Is Actively Partnering With Putin On Climate And Iran. Emily Jashinsky — “Whether or not you agree with the wisdom of these decisions, the Biden administration is openly continuing to treat Russia as a ‘partner’ on climate and Iran.”

Green Politicians Closing Nuclear Plants Are Putin’s ‘Useful Idiots’. Chris Tomlinson — “In 2017, United States congressmen Lamar Smith and Randy Weber wrote a letter to then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claiming that Russia had used shell companies in Bermuda to funnel money to various NGOs and claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had admitted at a private dinner that Russia funded NGOs.”

Tom Brady Returns! John Hinderaker — “What Brady has achieved can’t possibly be the result of unique athletic talent. Rather, it must represent an all-time great lesson in what it means to be a leader. To elevate those around you to a level that they didn’t know they could attain.”

An Academic Coda on Kyle Rittenhouse. Seth Barrett Tillman — “Academics make mistakes. – They join in group think. – They retract. – Sometimes they do not even notice that they are retracting. – And they cover their tracks. – It is not a very pretty picture.”

Here from Kevin MD is your medical profession – can you tell what is happening to the medical profession? [hint: look for hyperbole, logical fallacies, and unsupported beliefs often contradicting reality]

Governor Abbott’s decree: medically harmful, scientifically unfounded, and unethical. Michael Morse, MD and Christian Moser, MD

Remove race from clinical guidelines. Carmen Presti, DNP, APRN

 

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disastrous policies to destroy

They thought Trump was raising the odds of a nuclear war – projection, anyone? The war in Europe has tangled roots – insurrection exposed. more projection – and yet more on the NYT complicity – The police were left out to dry on 1/6 – There was a massive protest, did you hear about it on the news? – facts and reality seem to be missing in so many ‘discussions’

DC Elites Have Opened Americans To Nuclear Attack, So Americans Must Protect Themselves. Brian T. Kennedy — “America’s Democratic elites have intentionally left us vulnerable to nuclear attack in the belief that nuclear war was not possible.” – “At the heart of a free society is the ability to engage in civil discourse about, among other things, the defense of one’s civilization. This is not, unfortunately, possible in America at present.” — “Our enemies see weakness everywhere in Washington. It would be good to demonstrate to them the resolve of the American people, and to do so immediately.”

Here’s the truth on Ukraine, as far as I can tell. Dan Truitt — “Trump’s right: Putin is a genius.  Unfortunately, we seem to be in a historically rare period in which the leaders of 1.5 billion people — i.e., the West — are to a person feckless, obtuse, senile, or some combination of the three.”

The Morning Briefing: Enemy of the People Media and the Insurrection That Never Was. Stephen Kruiser — “The Democrats’ obsession with the non-insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, is actually everything they say the events of that day were: a dangerous threat to our freedom. – Their friends in the media help them get away with continued perversions of their oaths of office and justice.”

Project Veritas PSA.

Matthew Rosenberg Keeps Talking.  Scott Johnson — “New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg was one of the three reporters with a byline on the January 11, 2017 story “How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump.” The story is a confused mashup of the facts as we have come to know them in connection with the Steele Dossier. The three reporters had the assistance of three more “who contributed reporting,” and they still couldn’t get to the bottom of the story. Not even close.”

Capitol Police Were Severely Unprepared To Handle Events Of Jan. 6, 2021  Jordan Boyd — “The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that most of the 315 officers interviewed felt severely unprepared to handle any unauthorized breach of Capitol property.” – “Capitol Police officials and even D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have admitted that Jan. 6 exposed key failures of the law enforcement department, but so far, the department has largely failed to implement the recommendations made by the Capitol Police Inspector General and others.”

Is The Times Finally Catching On? John Hinderaker — “Here are the charts: — The lack of a clear pattern is itself striking. — I would say there is an obvious pattern, it just isn’t the one the Times wanted to see. — The Times piece is full of factual and logical errors.”

Rolling with the People’s Convoy. B. Crat — “Concerns about growing government tyranny don’t end with COVID mandates and restrictions, either — I know I am terrified of getting a knock at the door asking if I was in the convoy and why.”

If You Thought The COVID Thought Police Were Bad, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. I & I Editorial Board — “The COVID pandemic unleashed Big Tech censors in a big way.” — “Already, Big Tech is sharpening its algorithms to go after the next target – imposing speech codes regarding “climate science.” — “So, keep this in mind. The left isn’t just going to hand back the controls it amassed during COVID. It will look for new ways to use these tools – emboldened by the public’s demonstrated pliability in the face of “public health” authoritarianism – to control still more aspects of our lives. – All in the name of the “greater good.”

Why the bid to destroy the fossil fuel industry when past predictions of doom have been completely wrong? Jack Hellner — “Shouldn’t government policies be based on factual scientific data instead of easily manipulated computer models, especially policies that remake or destroy so much that improves are quality and length of life?” — “The disastrous policies to destroy the fossil fuel industry are decimating the poor, the middle class, and small business, and it is all based on computer models, not facts”

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Hallmark: the low attack

an abundance of caution – face value has no value — a crowded road where green energy has red dripping on it – joining forces with Romney, Christie, and the clouded glasses (TDS) club is Barr – why such aggression trying to tell you not to believe your own ‘lyin’ eyes?

On Energy, The Chinese-Russian One-Two Punch. John Hinderaker — “I actually don’t think that Joe Biden was the Manchurian Candidate. I don’t think he consciously intends to sell out the American people to Vladimir Putin and the Chinese Communist Party. But the Democrats’ energy policies are so outrageous that if Biden were a secret agent in the service of the Russians or the Chinese, he wouldn’t have to change a thing.”

4 New Things We Just Learned About The Special Counsel Investigation. Margot Cleveland — When will the corrupt media begin reporting on this biggest political scandal of the last century?”

Florida Man Who Took Pelosi’s Lectern Was Sentenced. Here’s What Happened. Will — “the issue is that all those cries of doom are meaningless drivel; a few people trespassed, little more, and Johnson’s sentence reflects that. There was no insurrection or terror attack, only a guy from Florida wandering around with Pelosi’s podium while grinning like an idiot.”

Black Lives Matter’s True Colors. David Horowitz — “The malicious, self-serving criminal agendas of a racial hoax.”

The Americans Who Voted For Joe Biden Owe The Rest Of Us An Apology. Joy Pullmann — “The first step towards recovery is to admit you have a problem” – “The allegedly 81 million Americans who voted for Biden in 2020 got played, hard.”

Former AG Bill Barr outs himself as an establishment swamp creature. Andrea Widburg — “The fact is that, with the massive, vicious, defamatory Russia hoax dogging almost all of his presidency, Trump was never given the opportunity truly to lead. That is, he was able to use his management skills to incredibly good effect but the Democrat establishment ensured that he was not able to function as either a leader or a statesman. For Barr, who had Robert Mueller’s report in front of him—a report that tried desperately to smear Trump but was unable to do so because the facts weren’t there—to attack Trump is just low.” – “All I know is that, when I look at our open borders, broken economy, racial divisions, insane slide into wokeness, weakened military and, now, a possible nuclear showdown with Russia, I strongly blame Barr.”

Democrats Who Won’t Build Border Wall Build Border Fence Around US Capitol. Tristan Justice — “After years of opposition to a southern border wall and even a government shutdown to prevent one, congressional Democrats have become fond of physical barriers on their own doorstep as they deprive Americans of the same protection.”

Ukraine Proves Our Ruling Class Only Cares About ‘Misinformation’ When It’s Politically Convenient. Jordan Boyd — “The same people who justify censorship in America are suddenly unbothered by clear misinformation being pumped out of Ukraine and Russia.”

‘Question All Of It’ – The Current Western Propaganda For Ukraine Is Epic In Scale. ‘Sundance’ via TheConservativeTreeHouse.com — “When we shared yesterday that all interested observers should be very wary of the information from media sources around Ukraine, there was a reason for that.  Question everything. Take nothing at face value.”

Stephanopoulos Pleads With Cotton to Denounce Trump for Saying ‘Putin Is Smart’ and ‘America Is Stupid’. Mike Miller — “Unfortunately for Stephy, Cotton was more than ready to dismiss him and his stage four TDS nonsense.”

 

The Crowded Road to Kyiv. Victor Davis Hanson — “To retain our deterrence abroad, we must tighten our belts at home, pump oil and gas, start to balance our budget, junk wokeism as a nihilist indulgence, and recalibrate our military.” – “America may be woke. It may feel it has transcended dirty fossil fuels and can thrive on wind, solar, and batteries. It may assume it is morally superior, and like 19th-century pith-helmeted British foreign officers, can sermonize to the world, from pride flags and George Floyd murals in Kabul to no need for security in Benghazi. … BUT”

Former Russian Ambassador and Current CIA Director, Bill Burns, Knew Exactly What Would Trigger Vladimir Putin to Enter Ukraine. Sundance  — “clarity on the people around Joe Biden baiting Russian President Vladimir Putin to enter Ukraine.”

 

The Right ‘Loves Putin’ And Other Lies The Media Tell About Trump And Russia/ Eddie Scarry – “That right-wingers are cozying up to Putin is a myth generated by a news media that seemingly can’t do anything regarding Russia but lie.”

 

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Choosing death

FBI Chicanery? Do tell. – Flynn describes outrage. – Manchin worries. – NATO has a flat tire. — Hypotheticals for the hypocrites. – picking cherries WWII style. — DeSantis vs CRT. – Deep state v evidence.

Was the FBI’s Whitmer Chicanery a Warm-up for January 6? Julie Kelly — “By removing three dirty cops from the witness list, the Justice Department hopes to prevent any cross-examination during the trial and, one supposes, any link to January 6.”

A paragraph that puts to shame the January 6 Select Committee of the House of Representatives. David Zukerman — “I believe the words in this paragraph demand the immediate attention of the  United States Congress, the media, and, of course the readers” … “By implication, paragraph 3 of the complaint brought by Lt. General Flynn against Speaker Pelosi and her cohort is tantamount to a call on a free people to rise up, to declare that the Pelosi panel is an affront to the Constitution and the American spirit of liberty, and to demand an  end, forthwith, to the politically- obscene conduct of this committee of the House of Representatives, a committee that offends the Constitution and is an insult to the men who drafted our organic document  of government.”

Manchin shows Biden’s dangerous. Don Surber — “Voters and pundits misread Biden. They thought they were getting a harmless and befuddled old man who would keep the seat warm while the two parties sorted things out Après Trump.”

Biden, Trump, NATO and Ukraine. By F. Charles Parker IV — “The Trump years resulted in a demonstrable U.S. recommitment to NATO, and a strengthened Alliance. NATO capabilities that were not available in 2014 are there. A NATO led by the United States has more options than in 2014. But Putin is testing the viability of that commitment now that Biden is in power.”

Three ‘What Ifs’ We’re Not Supposed to Ask. J.B. Shurk — “Counterfactuals, like “conspiracy theories,” are frowned upon by those who look guilty when they are posed.  Here are three to chew on during the holidays:” … “Some people despise “what if” hypotheticals.  What if those people are the same ones who can’t face the overwhelming evidence for their own hypocrisy?”

Progressive DA Larry Krasner’s office in chaos after 261 attorneys quit during his first term. John Sexton — “Progressive DA Larry Krasner’s response to that spike in violence has been denial.” … “At some point, residents of the city may decide the experiment with progressive prosecutors who cry when they convict someone isn’t working out so well.”

Washington Post Discovers World War II-Era Survey, Cancels the Greatest Generation. Robert Spencer — “It seems that Edward J.K. Gitre, an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech, stumbled upon 65,000 pages of Army surveys from World War II in the National Archives. Wokescolds have now combed through them and are presenting the very worst of the “harsh views” expressed”

Florida v. Critical Race Theory. Christopher F. Rufo — “Governor Ron DeSantis takes a stand against racialist ideologies in public institutions and businesses.”

Biden Doesn’t Follow The Science, He Cherry Picks It.  Paul Mirengoff — [TDS alert! see if you can spot it] — “Biden’s unwillingness to receive input on vaccinations from those who, under standard procedure, normally provide it could undermine public confidence in the three important decisions cited by Krause and Borio. More generally, it undermines Biden’s claim that his administration “follows the science.” – “Cherry picks the science” would be a more accurate characterization.”

The indefensible approval of Pfizer and Merck drugs compared to the snubbing of ivermectin. Daniel Horowitz — “Can you come up with a non-sinister explanation as to how our government will not only approve, but purchase this untested and dangerous product while declaring war on its broader, safer, cheaper, and more established counterpart?”

Hospitals Choosing Patient Death Over Ivermectin. Joel S. Hirschhorn — “In the past year there have been over 100 court cases trying to get access to IVM for very ill patients, usually for whom hospital doctors say have little chance of surviving.” … “There seems to be inadequate use of the medical evidence given above.”

 

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The Commodification of Human Relationships

Afghanistan’s Tragic Collapse And The Death Of U.S. Influence. I & I Editorial Board — “It’s one thing to lose a war intentionally, quite another to botch it so badly that it damages our relations around the world.” … “It’s time for some accountability and a restoration of our ability to defend ourselves and our interests in a hostile world.”

The Afghanistan Debacle Has Exposed The Moral Bankruptcy Of The West. John Daniel Davidson — “In the face of actual violence from real terrorists, the best our tech and media elite can do is mutter inane platitudes.” … “All of this speaks to the corruption and ineptitude of American political and military leadership” … “In other words, they do not really believe the things they say about rights, equality, and dignity. They are morally bereft. That’s why, when confronted by the bloody moral absolutism of the Taliban, they sputter nonsense and do nothing.”

Leftists Are Living In A Fantasy World While Burning The Real One To The Ground. Nathanael Blake — “Adding extreme social leftism to the usual political greed and stupidity has been catastrophic, from the military to education to border security.”

Money, Power, and Revenge: The Truth About “Critical Race Theory”. Dan Backer — “Where Dr. King saw a world of equals, CRT envisions only victims and vengeance. Where Dr. King called upon Americans to see the content of each others’ character, CRT calls for acts of theater and human sacrifices to cancel culture. Where Dr. King offered equality before the law — the only true, objective equality — CRT proposes only “equity,” the subjective decisions of petty tyrants over who gets what, when, and how.” … “Today more than ever, we must stand united in rejecting hatred and division — no matter the fancy new label ”

No Standard, No Problem. Randy Boudreaux — “Equity is equality of outcome among racial and ethnic groups. Recently, the pursuit of equity in education, criminal justice, and in the professions has resulted in an impressive string of victories.” … “Standards are also under siege in many professions.” … “Those who advocate equality of group outcomes over objective standards applied equally to individuals are likely emboldened by their impressive string of standard-killing victories.”

I’m Not Going To Wear A Mask In A County Where No One Is Dying Of COVID. Kylee Zempel — “Wearing a mask to ‘save lives’ even though nobody is dying from COVID is on caliber with calling a man ‘she’ because he playacts as a woman.” … “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being ordered to do something absurd and being helpless against it.”

For a year and a half, well-meaning Americans have complied with anti-science executive decisions and been scorned when they merely disagreed with the conventional wisdom pouring out of the corporate press. Each time, lawmakers and bureaucrats weaponized private businesses to do their dirty work, ordering them to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing and to keep the peasants in line.
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It’s way beyond time to reclaim truth and live according to our principles, not someone else’s lies. We must refuse to wear a mask in counties where nobody is dying from COVID. Today, that’s Dane County. Tomorrow, it could be wherever you live.

New Confirmation that Climate Models Overstate Atmospheric Warming. Judith Curry — “Two new peer-reviewed papers from independent teams confirm that climate models overstate atmospheric warming and the problem has gotten worse over time, not better.” … “we are all living with the consequences of climate modelers stubbornly using generation after generation of models that exhibit too much surface and tropospheric warming, in addition to running grossly exaggerated forcing scenarios”

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Now? Here’s a Scorcher of a Reality Check. Eric Felten — “Mass doesn’t dispute warming, he merely questions how big a problem it is. “We need to worry about climate change,” he has said. “But hype and exaggeration of its impacts only undermine the potential for effective action.”

Climate Hype Hurts the Environment and Undermines Our Society. Cliff Mass — “I have become increasingly apprehensive about apocalyptic climate change hype, which is profoundly damaging the environment of our region and undermining the well-being of many.”

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cultures in conflict

Australian Imams Stand Up for Sharia. Mark Durie – “The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) attracted trenchant public criticism when on December 5 it released a guide on fostering, adoption and guardianship.”

“The problem is that sharia is in many respects fundamentally inconsistent with Australian community standards and laws. The outrage that political leaders have expressed over the ANIC’s document on fostering, adoption and guardianship is in reality outrage at Islam itself, and a rejection of its divine status.
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The global rise of sharia is one of the big faith stories of the past half-century. Sharia is challenging Western legal systems and social structures in many ways, but we should be surprised by none of this.

Meghan Markle ‘didn’t do any research’ on the British royal family, exposing herself as a fool. Monica Showalter – “not just ignorant, but willfully ignorant, proud of her ignorance, flippantly stating she never did “any research,” as if that’s something to be proud of.”

Dems’ ‘Election Reforms’ Would End American Democracy As We Know It. I & I Editorial Board – “Yes, elections have consequences, and terrible bills like this certainly prove that. Anyone who voted for the Democrats in 2020 hoping for a “turn to the center” should by now be feeling mighty foolish. H.R. 1 is but one example.” … “Now for specifics. The list below from the Conservative Action Project shows H.R. 1 in all its radical ugliness.”

“Those who think that “woke” and “cancel” cultures and demonizing Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists” aren’t preludes to something awful are blind to the historical truth.
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they all share in common: Their people get poorer and sicker, their economies slowly collapse, and their miserable citizens seek desperately to leave, all because they can’t change things through the ballot box. Short of violence, they can do nothing about it. Sadly, the “For The People Act” is a step in that direction.

Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Last Election Appeals. Tyler Durden – “The US Supreme Court on Monday tossed the last of three cases brought by former President Donald Trump challenging his 2020 election loss, ending his quest for vindication through the courts – hardly any of which actually considered the evidence presented, and instead dismissed the cases on technical grounds.” The court has abrogated its duty.

Three Trump Foreign Policy Successes Biden Is Undoing. Joel B. Pollak – “for no apparent reason other than radical ideology and political spite.”

“In each case, former President Donald Trump was able to achieve goals that both parties had long claimed to share. And in each case, Biden has not only hurt the interests of the United States, but reduced the leverage that he might otherwise have had to pursue foreign policy goals unique to his administration.

 

Opposing Left-Wing Indoctrination Is Not Cancel Culture. Paul Bradford – “The Right no longer has the luxury to meekly protest as the other side brainwashes our youth.” … “some conservatives (and many liberals) make the bad-faith argument that resistance to wokeness is, in fact, “cancel culture.”

Media Using Same ‘Anonymous Sources’ Tactic for Capitol Hill Riot That Propelled Russia Hoax. Mike LaChance – “The term ‘according to sources’ has become a punchline, and people in media are the only ones who don’t get the joke. They used this dishonest tactic to push the debunked Steele dossier, the Russia collusion lie, and more.” … “Here’s how this game works.” … “The dishonest and lazy media is doing this for a specific and obvious reason.”

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If You Want to Understand Why 5000 National Guardsmen Are Still in DC, Read the Indictment of Oath Keepers Involved in the Capitol Riot. Streiff – “With the Democrat-supported rioters, charges are being dismissed in droves. In the Capitol rioters’ case, the full weight of the federal government is being used to prosecute people for types of crimes that did not rate notice by federal law enforcement when committed by politically favored rioters.”

“As the cases move out of the bizarre and lie-filled media accounts (no “kill teams,” no zip ties, no beating a cop to death, no guns, no connection to Trump’s speech) and into the legal system, we see more and more of those accused of complicity in the Capitol riot are being released on their own recognizance pending trial.

FBI Investigation Finds No Evidence Any Republican Member of Congress Aided Capitol Rioters but the Damage Is Done. Streiff – “The last of the Capitol rioters had barely vacated the premises when Nancy Pelosi’s allies began slandering their Republican colleagues … This is just another of the completely false narratives peddled by the Democrats, the media, the National Review, the Bulwark, the Dispatch, and a bunch of pedo-enabling losers that have self-destructed.”

Biden’s ugly betrayal of the Iranian people. Neo – “That’s the title of this article by Mariam Memarsadeghi in Tablet … The article also goes into what seems to be the required paragraph of Trump-bashing, with such typical stuff as “The same democratic liberties and institutions which the Iranian people sought to achieve with American support, Trump often seemed to threaten at home.” No examples, naturally. Then it segues into a description of what Biden has done”

“There was never a moment’s question that this would be the result of a Biden presidency. Those who voted for him – and whether or not you think Biden won the actual vote, there were plenty of people who did in fact vote for him – either did not care about Iran, did not know about Iran, or considered getting rid of Trump the most important thing of all. Trump was a demon, and demons must be exorcised no matter what the cost might be.

On the Left, an Era of Fascist Magical Thinking. Michael Walsh – “The genius of the Left’s success in achieving their favored policy positions is found in their favorite tactic: first, posit a counter-factual and, second, act on it as if it were true — with maximum governmental force.”

There Is No Such Thing As “White” Math [zerohedge]. Common Sense with Bari Weiss – “In my position as a professor of mathematics at Princeton, I have witnessed the decline of universities and cultural institutions as they have embraced political ideology at the expense of rigorous scholarship. Until recently — this past summer, really — I had naively thought that the STEM disciplines would be spared from this ideological takeover.

“I was wrong. Attempts to “deconstruct” mathematics, deny its objectivity, accuse it of racial bias, and infuse it with political ideology have become more and more common — perhaps, even, at your child’s elementary school.
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Unlike the traditional totalitarianism practiced by former communist countries, like the Romania I grew up in, this version is soft. It enforces its ideology not by jailing dissenters or physically eliminating them, but by social shaming, mob punishment, guilt by association, and coerced speech.

When it comes to education, I believe the woke ideology is even more harmful than old-fashioned communism.
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Finally, and most importantly, the woke approach to mathematics is particularly poisonous to those it pretends to want to help.

A Step Forward — Adding “Blue Anon” to the Political Lexicon to Stigmatize Idiot Pundits on the Left. Shipwreckedcrew – “it appears that a counter-attack has been successfully launched in some small way — if conservatives can unite behind it and make it stick.” … ““Blue Anon” is an apt descriptor for the nearly illiterate opinion-makers on the left who seem to be working overtime to come up with ridiculous theories to explain why it is that so much of the policy agenda of the radical wing of the Democrat party is so unpopular.”

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Do you do uncertainty?

Yes, Media Are Rigging The Election Against Half The Country. Here’s How. Mollie Hemingway – “Will all this be enough for mass media to win the day? People will find out next week.” … “Once again, regardless of the outcome next week, Big Media is actively at war with half of the American people and are desperately working to rig an election against them. Here are just five ways they’re doing that.” … “ the half of the country that the media are rigging the game against can’t be happy about what they’ve seen this year. And nobody who cares about a free and functioning country should tolerate what they’ve done.”

Washington Post: Conservative Opinions Bigger Threat Than Russian Disinformation. Daniel Greenfield – “The invention of “disinformation” as a political crime and call for censorship has matured enough that the media can stop pretending it’s about the Russians. … The only way we can protect political debate is by suppressing it.”

Rod Dreher’s ‘Live Not By Lies’ Warns Of The New Totalitarianism. Cheryl Magness – “In his latest book, Dreher warns of the consequences of living in a post-Christian America and urges readers to suffer, if necessary, for the sake of upholding the truth.” … “This pervasive censorship of thought and opinion should deeply concern citizens of a supposedly free country.”

“There is good, practical advice here: cherish truth, but choose your battles; do your part to preserve cultural memory; don’t let the world rear your children for you; network with those who share your values; and make the family unit a starting point for accomplishing all these things. The Benedict Option has often been criticized as a call for Christians to withdraw into a monastic existence that shuns engagement with the world; I never saw that, and I don’t see it in Live Not By Lies, either. The message here is not to run away and hide but to stand up, and, if necessary, suffer for the sake of the truth.
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How do people who seek to live in truth make good choices in a world that runs on lies? If that’s a question you care about, this book is worth your time.

Is America Going To Let The Party Of Riots, Re-education Camps, Coups, Intolerance And Segregation Win The White House Tuesday? I & I Editorial Board – “America can pick the soft tyranny, guaranteed to grow harder, of the Democrats, or stand athwart history, to borrow a phrase from William F. Buckley, and yell stop.”

The Next Populist Revolt. Matthew Continetti – “When officials tell businesses to close, they not only deny individuals who can’t work from home the opportunity to earn a living. They also impose social costs that much of the public is increasingly unwilling to bear.”

The Real Netanyahu (and Trump) Dilemma. Caroline Glick – “What is it about the Abraham Accords that makes the foreign policy “experts” so upset? … Three aspects of the deals really get their goat.” … “The real dilemma embittering the lives of the foreign policy elites is not whether to give the Nobel Peace Prize to men they hate. It is how to react to the peace these men have achieved.”

Roger Revelle – the backstory of the father of Atmospheric CO2 monitoring. Andy May – “To a scientist, like Roger Revelle, the uncertainty was obvious. Politicians, like Al Gore and most of the news media do not do uncertainty, everything must be black and white and false dichotomies are how they think” – Revelle is one of the old school post WW II earth science pioneers. The topic here is history and the clash between science and politics.

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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.
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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.
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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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Get on with my life? With all that FUD mongering, hate and bile in the wind?

The Significance of the Israel-UAE Peace. Joseph Puder – “The new paradigm in the Middle East. … Perhaps the most significant factors in the Israel-UAE peace are political, strategic, and psychological.”

“Unlike previous peace treaties Israel concluded with Egypt and Jordan, the impending peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), engineered by President Donald Trump, will be a warm peace. It won’t be just peace between the two governments that leaves the people of the two nations apart and hostile. This peace treaty will involve the Israeli and Emirati communities in trade, tourism, economic development, medical cooperation, intelligence sharing, sport exchanges, and cultural and religious activities. Israeli businesspeople are already operating in the UAE, and their Emirati counterparts have visited Israeli technology centers and Jerusalem. Both Emiratis and Israelis are awaiting with eager anticipation to have direct flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai. Thousands of Israelis are ready to visit the wonders of Dubai, the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the luxurious Burj al Arab hotel, the Palm Islands, the Dubai mall, and of course the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020. Emiratis are eager to visit the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the biblical antiquities, and the Hermon ski slopes. Israeli athletes have already been admitted to sport events in the UAE. Emirati athletes will also compete in Israeli sports events.

Waiting for John Kerry or someone like him. Scott Johnson – “Triggered by Kerry’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, David Harsanyi reviews the excruciating history in  “History Keeps Proving John Kerry Wrong.” Analyze this:”

Skepticism about the Bannon Indictment. Benjamin Wetmore – “During the Stockman trial, I saw the federal prosecutor’s tactics up close. … a close reading of the [Bannon] indictment shows that the politicization of the DOJ by elements of the radical left has been its own long-running fraud.”

“In a non-politicized judiciary, the question would be whether any donors made their donation relying on that statement, which almost assuredly they did not. The statement is not “material” and the “reliance” by the donor is likely near-zero. But again, from the example of Steve Stockman, the two donors involved in that case both said they didn’t care how the money was spent, didn’t check in on it, and wouldn’t have anyway because the amounts were so small. In political trials the facts don’t matter, and Bannon, as with Stockman, will suffer from a media avalanche of criticism swaying the jury and judge to push him into prison.
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The defense against these ongoing persecution prosecutions is an informed skeptical public reading between the lines.
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Steve Bannon may be guilty, or he may be innocent of the charges. He may also be innocent or guilty of other unindicted conduct. But no one should think that innocence will save him from conviction or prison

A Potential Landslide Agenda. Scott McKay – “An optimistic President Trump touting a positive platform.” … “Fighting for You!” “President Trump’s boundless optimism and certainty in America’s greatness is reflected in his second-term goals and stands in stark contrast to the gloomy vision of America projected by Joe Biden and Democrats.”

“What’s noticeable about it is that Trump’s agenda isn’t really all that ideological. It’s more like a performance agenda, which talks about things people on the center-right would like to see.
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There isn’t a lot in here that looks like a political risk. It’s all typical Trump stuff, and it would be reasonable to call it more populist than conservative. But what it does is to reestablish Trump as an agent of change, something the public wants out of its president, without making him a wild-eyed radical.

America’s leading white supremacist announces his surprise endorsement. Andrea Widburg – “To fully appreciate what should be one of the biggest stories in the presidential campaign, there are two things you need to know: (1) who Richard Spencer is and (2) what the “fine people hoax” is.”

The remodeled White House rose garden drives Democrats mad. Andrea Widburg – “Part of being insane, apparently, means being clueless about the flowers that bloom in the spring:” … “What’s sad about the above craziness emanating from the Democrat end of the spectrum is that these two women sound almost sane compared to some other screams of outrage.”

Plasma Treatment Evokes Political Response. John Hinderaker – “I don’t know whether Trump’s belief that regulators are deliberately dragging their feet for political reasons is correct or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Trump Derangement Syndrome is present in the medical bureaucracy, as everywhere else in Washington. I doubt that a vaccine will have been tested long enough to be approved for general use by the beginning of November, but we can be sure that if such a vaccine is approved by then, it will be greeted with the same howls of politically-motivated dismay that we saw following yesterday’s announcement.”

“Get On With Your Lives!” – Oxford Professor Says “People Have Become Overly Frightened” Of COVID-19. Tyler Durden – “Even though BoJo’s system of localized COVID-19 measures seems to be working, the unrelenting hysteria peddled by the British press has left millions of Britons traumatized. … as the death rate has declined, it’s notable that cases and deaths have continued to decline even as society has opened up. … It’s all just one more reason to support the Swedish approach. ”

The Thin Veneer Of American Civilization… Has Been Blown Away. Victor Davis Hanson [via NationalReview.com to ZeroHedge] – “once beautiful New York City is in danger of becoming the nation’s aneurysm. That is, after the “recovery,” it and other blue cities may be seen as permanent weak veins and arteries prone to sudden fatal hemorrhaging that could implode at any moment, and thus may become metaphorically tied off, as the country reroutes around them.” … “Once upon a time, trying to torch a federal courthouse would earn years in prison. And simply taking over a large chunk of a downtown to re-create Lord of the Flies was unthinkable. Not now…”

“I wager that the NBA, the NFL, and perhaps even major-league baseball will soon have a come-to-Jesus moment. Either they will continue with the kneeling, the left-wing sloganeering, the mock-heroic logos, and the finger-pointing at their audiences, and thus slowly grow shriller and more irrelevant as Americans refuse to subsidize insults to their persons and country — or they will quietly return to the pre-Kaepernick world (as the NFL, for example, had in 2019) when politics was seen as bad business in a business, for-profit sport.

If the virus, lockdown, recession, and street violence have taught us anything, it’s that Americans don’t need LeBron James offering another pro-Chinese banality, another Kaepernick ad that hails his “courage,” or another appeasing quarterback fresh out of a North-Korean-like reeducation camp, apologizing for his now incorrect honoring of the flag.
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The advantage of a Princeton or Stanford degree is now exposed not as proof of a superior education, but simply the purchase of a cattle brand to separate one’s future career from the herd — not much different from having Michael Jordan’s name on an otherwise pedestrian pair of tennis shoes.
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The Sixties generation is going out as it came in: gross, loud, and cowardly, destroying the very institutions for others that it so selfishly consumed for its own benefit.

If we wish to know why America’s veneer of civilization was so thin, and this year so easily scraped away, revealing barbarism beneath, look to a generation’s architects in the university, the media, sports, corporations, and politics who long ago seeded their cultural IEDs and are now giddy they are at last going off, though terrified that the ensuing blasts are reverberating ever closer to home.

The Bill Comes Due for Renewable Energy. Alan Moran – “In addition to the direct regulatory cost as estimated by the AEMC, the average household annually pays for: government subsidies … Consequential increases to wholesale prices … Additional costs, about $70, for transmission and the Snowy2 scheme, which are being introduced to offset some of the unreliability … Further administrative costs”… Australia is not alone. The president of NV Energy sent out an email blast concerning requests for cutbacks in the heat of summer and bragging about installing significant infrastructure to support ‘green’ energy initiatives.

That Dirty Green Energy. I & I Editorial Board – “Those solar panels so precious to the you-must-conform greenshirts are a particularly nasty environmental menace. … Left out of the often mistaken, never in doubt assertions of renewables’ unalloyed goodness is the fact that the hardware used is hardly renewable. It wears out and needs to be replaced. Then what?”

Solar panels are starting to die. What will we do with the megatons of toxic trash? Maddie Stone – “They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives — and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that.”

 

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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?
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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.
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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?
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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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Time will tell. Pandemics, slavery, toppling inanities

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

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

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

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

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

“It is, or ought to be, clear to everyone by now that Black Lives Matter is not a genuine movement for racial justice and a more equitable society, but a Marxist organization using real, exaggerated, and imagined racial injustice to try to destroy the United States.
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If they did actually care about the lives of black people, Black Lives Matter would today be drawing international attention to statements made recently by the Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Maryam Bint Al-Sheikh of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA).
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Muhammad is the “excellent example” (Qur’an 33:21) for Muslims. That’s why there has never been an Islamic abolitionist movement. And because Islam is the religion that the Left never dares to criticize, you’ll never hear about this from Black Lives Matter.

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

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

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

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

This “misinformation and fear” had to do with not accepting the Catholic Church’s new de facto superdogma that Islam is a religion of peace, and the “so-called experts” included me.
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America magazine has been at the forefront of the efforts to silence such discussion by demonizing and stigmatizing those who engage in it. And now they want the bishops to speak out? The bishops know better. If they do, they’ll be denounced as “Islamophobic” themselves, probably by America magazine among others, and may even be disciplined by that learned imam Pope Francis, who has enforced the false claim that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists far more stringently than he has defended any actual element of Catholic faith. Whisper anything to the contrary and the U.S. Catholic Bishops will move ruthlessly to silence you. They’re going to speak out now? You’re dreaming, America mag, and you’re to a large extent responsible for the present situation.

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

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

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

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

In my view, this is nearly 100 percent smoke. Ferguson shows that the foreign policy establishment, from which Democrats nearly always end up taking their guidance, is alarmed by the deterioration of American-Chinese relations.
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Democrats are also all about blaming America, especially when a Republican has his fingerprints on the policies in question.
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Thus, we may not have Cold War II, after all. Such a war requires bipartisan support of the kind that existed almost throughout the first Cold War.

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

“in recent weeks, I saw that “time will tell” has turned into something much less innocent: into a religious slogan that is particularly favored by those who are wrong about all the important propositions they are making – and who are demonstrably wrong because they simply deny facts and proofs that already exist now.
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a reason why the lies about everything are heard everywhere is that millions of people are so dumb or brainwashed that they don’t understand that the sentence “time will tell” is just an extended interjection, not an argument.
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In particular, alarmist scenarios are all about “time will tell”.
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the hysterical coronavirus demagogues have been saying “time would tell” in the sense of “there would be lots of dead people somewhere”, meaning “a percent or two of dead in a region with millions of people”.

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

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

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Just who is your enemy?

Carol Brown: The AP begins revising history to attack Trump – “The media are not only rude and confrontational at press briefings, but they’re also re-writing history about how and when information on the virus came to light.” … “Facts don’t matter. There is only one goal: Get Trump.” Distorting timelines is one method.

Richard Fernandez: Suddenly, Neither Liberty nor Civilization Is Assured – “Western publics seem willing to submit to previously unthinkable levels of government control in the name of public health.” … “The Chinese rivalry loomed, like the proverbial elephant in the living room, over the relief of the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt by Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly over a complaint sent to the newspapers about the coronavirus without consulting the chain of command.” The stakes are more than just a lot of people getting sick.

sundance: Laughable and Political – Former ICIG Michael Atkinson Releases Ridiculous Political “Statement” – “Everything anyone needed to know about the motives and intents of fired Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson is evidenced by his releasing a political statement tonight protesting his termination.”

“Atkinson doesn’t write a “letter”, his diatribe is not addressed to anyone, it is just a political “statement” designed to be exploited by the same people, for the same intents, as his prior ICIG work product. This transparently political effort is ridiculous.
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Regardless of Horowitz’s anticipatory outlook, the recent IG report outlining Atkinson’s gross incompetence in the FISA scandal, vis-a-vis the 42 DOJ-NSD Accuracy Reviews, is the atomic shield against the political narrative Horowitz, Atkinson and their political allies might attempt to deploy.

Victor Davis Hanson: Corona Meltdowns – “Is the bad and self-negating behavior of so many of Trump’s enemies setting him up for an even more impressive victory in the fall?”

“Such a crazy juxtaposition is not just politics or hypocrisy—it’s insanity. …

… it would be hard, for anyone other than the current press corps, on Monday to paint Fauci and Birx as frustrated scientists at the mercy of a moron who refuses to listen to science, while on Tuesday writing off both as Trump toadies who have joined the forces of darkness.

But that is currently the schizophrenic state of the American media. The only constant is that whatever Trump advocated, they are against, even if lives are at stake. And whatever Trump policy seems to be working for the good of the country, they either deny or ignore it.
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Missing in all these calculations is empathy for those who are ill and the losses that such macabre expectations certainly entail. Also absent is a sense of the irony that, by unfairly scapegoating Trump in hours of darkness, they are ensuring that in the upcoming dawn, he will be credited by their same logic with owning what will likely be an impressive U.S. response to suppressing the virus and reviving the economy.

Glenn Reynolds: THE ATLANTIC ADVANCES A SHOCKING POSSIBILITY: Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China: Critics are letting their disdain for the president blind them to geopolitical realities.

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Pandemic warfare

Joel B. Pollak: Trump on Coronavirus: ‘Put Politics Aside, Stop the Partisanship, and Unify as One Nation and One Family’ – “Trump spoke calmly and in measured tones from a prepared text as he recounted the administration’s steps thus far to fight the spread of the illness, which the World Health Organization declared a “pandemic” earlier Wednesday.”

Helle Dale: Coronavirus Fears Fed by Soviet-Style Agitprop From Russia, China, and Iran – “Never letting a crisis go to waste, propagandists are using the coronavirus to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about the United States.” … “Not only do these falsehoods distract from identifying the real source of the problem (the Chinese government’s delayed public acknowledgement of the epidemic), they also slander the image of the United States globally.”

“Today, the U.S. government will have to be equally deliberate in its efforts to fight not just the spread of the virus itself, but also the conspiracy theories spread by foreign actors.

Barnini Chakraborty: Inside China’s high-stakes campaign to smear the United States over coronavirus – “If you listened to Chinese state-run media, you’d think President Trump went to China and released vials of COVID-19 on groups of unsuspecting men, women and children.” … “It’s more than just some disinformation or an official narrative,” Xiao Qiang, an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Schools of Information, told The Washington Post. “It’s an orchestrated, all-out campaign by the Chinese government through every channel at a level you rarely see. It’s a counteroffensive.”

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Soleimani indicators

David Catron: Tucker Carlson’s Inane Claims About the Soleimani Raid – “A talking head skips his meds.”

“All they have left, really, is their skill at manipulating American media and the hope that the latter can dull the public’s appetite for foreign conflict. That’s the beauty of Trump’s strategy of lopping off the heads of snakes like Soleimani. The Democrats and the media will protest, while talking heads like Tucker Carlson kvetch, but the public knows these people are two-dimensional showbiz personalities sweating beneath their make-up. If Trump reduces the number of Americans coming home in body bags by cleaning out the pit of vipers that is Iran, they will support him. This isn’t Afganistan or Iraq. It’s a decrepit theocracy whose days are numbered.

M. Catharine Evans: Iran: ‘Death to America!’ MSM, Democrats and Hollywood: ‘How can we help?’ – “For the record, Soleimani wasn’t in Iraq last week to take in the sights or recite his poetry.” … “The traitorous left in this country are openly aiding the enemies of America. Quoting President Trump, “these people are sick.”

 

Victor Davis Hanson: What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore? — “The United States is trying to square a circle, remaining strong and deterring dangerous elements, but to do so for U.S. interests—interests that increasingly seem to be fewer and fewer in the Middle East.” Jumping over sharks to proclaim quick solutions like Carlson has done is not fully in grips with reality.

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There is something wrong here, continued …

Roger Kimball: An Antidote to the Iran Hysterics – “Trump has always shown that he prefers diplomacy to military action. At the same time, he understands, as did Ronald Reagan, that diplomacy only works when it is backed up by military strength and a willingness to exercise it.”

Clarice Feldman: Double Exposure: The Dems Coddling of Criminals and Iranian Terrorists – “This week, the Democrats have been revealed as the party that exposes us to (1) criminal mayhem (often anti-Semitic) on the streets of New York and (2) terrorism everywhere as they consistently ignored it, indeed, paid off the perpetrators with pallets of airlifted unmarked bills and praised the worst of its perpetrators.” … “Hocus Pocus — once again Trump gets the Democrats to strip and expose their naked idiocy, hypocrisy, cupidity, and fecklessness.”

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what exactly is honorable about pretending?

Rep. Jim Jordan Asks 17 Awkward Questions About Pelosi’s “Impeachment Inquiry”. Tyler Durden – “Rep. Jim Jordan has been among the most outspoken critics of the farce that is the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry,” and tonight, in a series of tweets, the Ohio congressman asks the uncomfortable questions that the media seems unwilling to.”

Nolte: Good Riddance to Shepard Smith – “Tell me, what exactly is honorable about pretending to be an unbiased journalist whose only job is to inform the public when you are, in reality, just another far-left talking head spreading conspiracy theories, just another leftist having narcissistic temper tantrums in public about guns and gay marriage, just another propagandist serially misleading your viewers with crazed conspiracy theories as a means to grind your sorry little ax… just another sanctimonious, blow-dried, fake news grifter?”

Trump’s Foreign Policy Deals Properly with Tyrants. Roger Kimball – “Trump’s coddling of the dictatorial mind is not capitulation but a steely eyed gambit to get part—he hopes all, or a lot, but at least some—of what he and what the United States wants.”

“The bottom like, however, is this. Trump’s actions are “a strategy.” (“Obviously,” says Roger. It is obvious to me. But is it obvious to Bill Kristol, to Pastor David French, to Jonah Goldberg?) It is indeed true, as Roger acknowledges that “It’s not clear the extent to which it will work.” But here’s payday: “if it does even some of the time, it’s miles ahead of what his predecessors ever did.”
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It’s especially rich that some of the sharpest criticism of Trump on this issue is coming from some of the architects and enablers of that litany of self-absorption and failure. Meanwhile, what if Trump strikes a big trade deal with China? What if he manages to get Kim to denuclearize? What if he lures the mad mullahs in Iran into the 21st century? He hasn’t managed it yet. But so far he’s had a lot more success than did Obama with his spineless habit of “leading from behind.”

Trump, Ukraine, and Justice. Jesse Richman – “Even if we assume the worst, Trump did nothing wrong in Ukraine, and nothing more than his duty.”

“Those who claim that a request from the head of one state to the head of the other constitutes a crime may perhaps be imagining that the positive response to such a request would in this context constitute a “campaign contribution” and hence it would be in violation of campaign finance law. To see how little sense it makes to stretch campaign finance law this far, let’s reflect on it for a minute.

Producers of the Flailing Impeachment Inquiry. Clarice Feldman – “The whistleblower tale has crumbled and the backup witnesses the Democrats are relying on only confirm the Deep State bureaucrats and Democrats believe that they, not the elected president, have a lock on executive powers.”

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Where’s the Love?

Left-wing Rioters Attack Trump Supporters Leaving Minneapolis Rally. Joel B. Pollak – “A protestor can be seen waving the Chinese flag in front of riot police. While people in Hong Kong wave American flags for freedom, we wave Chinese flags.”

“The scene was reminiscent of the riot outside a convention center in San Jose in June 2016, when anti-Trump rioters attacked Trump supporters leaving the venue in full view of the media — and Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed Trump.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed Thursday as “Love Trumps Hate Day” in the city, in solidarity with protests against Trump. Evidently, however, some of those among the “protesters” felt “hate” trumped “love.”

Who has the love here? Who puts the hate on parade? Mayors cannot see?

Are all Dems above the law? J. F. Gaski – “In the present Ukraine matter, the mainstream media propaganda machine is missing something very basic. The error is exposed by the uniform and diversionary way the Trump-Ukraine accusation is framed:” … another case of very clear factual evidence being turned upside down in false witness by non-fringe actors.

“The explanation is that to assume one of an infinite number of potential motives is face-invalid and unreasonable. All one must do to falsify such a pseudo-argument is identify a single plausible alternative motivation, and a big one is readily at hand: As the chief law-enforcement officer of the United States, Donald Trump has a constitutional obligation to investigate illegal behavior, especially when committed at the highest level of our government.
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How convenient that the Democrat position in the latest faux scandal reduces to this: All Dems are above the law.

The Democrats and the MSM have gotten bolder about lying… neo – “Why would the Democrats think this would be effective? And why would they think the public will buy their statements that, if Trump doesn’t co-operate with their “inquiry” and letters of request for testimony, he is obstructing justice?” … “The combination of the takeover of our educational system by the left and a press that is completely dedicated to being political rather than telling the truth allows the Democrats to feel invulnerable.”

Sustainability Is Baked Right Into the Heart of Capitalism. Coyote Blog – “the company [Tesla] can’t be very sustainable because it spends far more than it earns, ie it consumes more valuable resources than it produces (a ratio made even worse if one factors in all the taxpayer subsidies the company consumes as revenue).”

“I would argue that financial stability has everything to do with environmental sustainability (though I will admit that this comparison is a bit hard since environmentalists seem to bend over backwards to NOT define “sustainability” very precisely). In fact, I think that sustainability is baked right into the heart of capitalism.

The reason for this comes back to the magic of prices. Of all the amazing, wondrous things we celebrate in the world, prices may be the most overlooked. Just think of it: with no governing structure or top down ruling board, a single number encapsulates everything most everyone in the world knows about a particular product: both its utility and relative scarcity, both now and as anticipated in the future. It is a consensus derived voluntarily between millions of people who never meet with each other and likely never communicate with each other.

Syria Risks Becoming Erdogan’s Vietnam. Richard Fernandez – “Turkey’s border offensive against the Kurds, far from being a blitzkrieg, is limited by the resources available to Ankara’s forces.” Here’s a bit of reality on the latest anti-Trump tirades.

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Everything a right for the Left

Massive $7.5 Billion U.S. Award From WTO in Airbus Subsidy Case – Sets Stage for Countervailing Duties Against EU… sundance – “This win sets the stage for President Trump to deploy $7.5 billion in countervailing duties against products from the EU. Keep in mind, a final WTO ruling means the EU cannot retaliate against any WTO-authorized countermeasures.”

“In the bigger picture this is why President Trump is the most transformative economic President in the last 75 years. The post-WWII Marshall Plan was set up to allow Europe and Asia to place tariffs on exported American industrial products. Those tariffs were used by the EU and Japan to rebuild their infrastructure after a devastating war. However, there was never a built in mechanism to end the tariffs…. until President Trump came along and said: “it’s over”!

Disappointing State Department IG Meeting Deflates U.S. Media… sundance – “Well, the super-anticipated ‘closed door’ briefing was held today, and the IG handed out packets of information related to revelations of Democrats colluding with the Ukraine government. The exact opposite of what the media and the professional left anticipated.”

Impeachment probe: Schiff plays dirty, doesn’t allow equal participation of Republicans in Kurt Volker testimony – shenanigans described at saraacarter.com

So the whistleblower went to Adam Schiff first, not the designated intelligence authorities? Monica Showalter – “President Trump was very right to have called this another case of a spy or traitor because this is what it was.”

“It leaves the current whistleblower system’s credibility now in tatters. Why go through official channels when you’ve got Adam Schiff? Who’d bother with official channels now that this leaker has gotten away with oversharing classified information with Democrats in Congress first? Eric Felton at RealClearInvestigations has much more here about the full scope of the problem here.
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The failure to follow procedures though, now makes him or her a leaker, a political manipulator, a partisan operative, a person who uses secret intelligence to his own personal ends, not a whistleblower.

Schiff’s lies about no advance knowledge of Whistleblower complaint make the impeachment efforts look like a conspiracy. Thomas Lifson – “when people with no visible connection with each other work together in secret to accomplish some goal and then lie about their collaboration, the dreaded word “conspiracy” becomes completely appropriate.”

According To Democrats, Everything Is A ‘Right!’ Except Owning A Firearm. Tristan Justice – “At the forum, sponsored by MSNBC with the gun control groups March for Our Lives and Giffords, Democrats pushed for far stricter federal gun laws than Democrats have ever supported in the past, including several candidates openly endorsing a gun confiscation program.”

Andrew C. McCarthy: Do Republicans see the strategy to discredit the Barr investigation? Neo – “But they still might not be able to respond effectively for the simple reason that they have to somehow cut through the fog of media lies and/or obfuscation on the issue. The example he gives earlier in his piece – of how the MSM pretends that the “favor” Trump asked about was in relation to Biden whereas it was actually related to the investigation of the 2016 election interference – is a good example of the ways in which the MSM will distort its reportage in an attempt to obscure any message the GOP might want to get to the public.”

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