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Get a grip

“It’s time we accepted a hard truth: we’re in this mess because we let it happen. the left would like us to continue denying that truth and accept the victimhood that they’ve been promoting. … Embracing such an illusion signals that we have ceded power to the state” — We Are Not Victims unless We Choose to Be (John Green, American Thinker). Ideas are listed to identify and address the situation.

“Our founders believed freedom to be our birthright — a gift from God.  But they understood that evil forces would always try to take it from us.  They knew that keeping our freedom requires stewardship and, at times, even sacrifice.  Our founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and their sacred honor to that duty.  Will we make such a commitment — or just feel sorry for ourselves?

1/6 will not go away. The Real January 6 (David Horowitz, Power Line) — “The January 6th protest was milder than any of the hundreds of Black Lives Matter riots the summer before, and led to no serious destruction of Capitol artifacts. But the Democrats en masse pretended to be horrified. … This is what one expects from a fascist state, not a constitutional democracy. It is a lesson ignored at our peril in revealing the criminal determination of the Democrat Party to establish a one-party state at whatever the cost, and to demonize, intimidate and suppress any opposition that stands in their way, by any means necessary.”

An example of the ‘any means’ is as Antifa tries to turn Atlanta into Minneapolis or Kenosha (Andrea Widburg, American Thinker) — “In typical leftist fashion, having started the fight, Antifa members announced that they were the victims and, because the police had gone to war against them, they would attack the police in Atlanta. The anarchists, leftists, and loonies were not shy about announcing their intentions … in another déjà vu moment, some in the media have denied that the rioting is violent … Antifa is the military arm of today’s hard-left Democrat party, just as the KKK was once the military arm of yesterday’s hard-racist Democrat party. … All you need for totalitarianism to win is violence, a complicit or cowardly political class, and a passive population.”

For an exposure of the depth of the depravity, consider Biden Lawyer Has History of Finding and Releasing Elusive Documents (Jack Cashill, American Thinker) — “Bauer, of course, has a history of blocking the release of certain documents and then strategically releasing them.” — this one goes back to the Obama birther conspiracy handling.

 

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Chickens roosting but restless: 1/6 bell still reverberating

Realizing costs can sometimes be painful. Trump Hatred Is Not Cheap (John Green, American Thinker) illustrates the hazards of being sold a bill of goods. — “Pat has her reasons — which make perfect sense to her. But that level of Trump hatred does come with a price tag. It didn’t take long to realize that the Trump alternative — Joe Biden — came with some hidden costs of his own, that Pat didn’t know about. Now that we’re two years into his presidency, we can actually quantify some of those costs.” — “It’s none of my business what Pat spends her money on, and avoiding Trump’s quirks clearly has some value to her. But almost $69K — to avoid mean tweets. Wow, she must have more disposable income than I do!” — A specific example is that the Biden Admin Quietly Admits Canceling Keystone Pipeline Killed Thousands Of Jobs And Billions Of Dollars. (Mike LaChance, Gateway Pundit) — this comes from a “Department of Energy (DOE) completed in late December without any public announcement”

On the election front, the pot still simmers. A Mulligan for the Supreme Court (Bill Markin, American Thinker) points out that SCOTUS has several cases to consider to try again:

“The Court refused to consider the case, not on the merits of its argument, but on a technicality, claiming that Texas had not demonstrated a “judicially cognizable interest” in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.

“As a result, we have seen nearly two years of the rapid destruction of our nation, including fiscal irresponsibility that has led to staggering inflation, a steady decline in the stock market, enactment of policies that have reduced us from energy independence to a nation that must look to countries such as Venezuela and Iran to meet our basic needs and, perhaps most frightening, the politicization of the Department of Justice (including the FBI) into organizations resembling a third-world police state.

This doesn’t yet touch the 1/6 delusions and rights violations. January 6: A Day That Will Live in Alchemy (Julie Kelly, American Greatness) — “In a feat of political sorcery—fueled by lies, cover-ups, and careerism—the Biden regime has transformed an unruly, four-hour protest into an act of domestic terror.” 

“So, what exactly did these alleged “domestic terrorists” do? They entered the Capitol through open doors as police officers stood by. Carrying no weapons, the couple took photos inside the Rotunda and wandered through some hallways; surveillance video shows Holly Christensen talking to a Capitol police officer. At another point, Scott Christensen chatted with a D.C. Metro police officer, a conversation captured on a body-worn camera. Police led the pair toward an exit door about 45 minutes later without arresting them. … 

More than 950 people have been arrested and charged so far, a figure expected to at least double by the time the dust settles.

Some of the detachment from reality is exposed — “Biden, who has difficulty telling the truth about the circumstances of his own son’s death, shamelessly perpetuates the falsehood that Sicknick and several other police officers died as a result of January 6. (In his statement, Garland claimed five police officers died.)” — Perhaps those who face trial should argue for a change of venue so they can get trial by a jury of their peers. The Washington D.C. jury pool has not demonstrated that it can provide such a jury.

 

 

 

 

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Do the people have a voice?

The big news seems to be Dems Vote to Release Six Years of Trump Tax Returns in Stunning Invasion of Privacy (Bob Hoge, Redstate) — “The intrusion of government into our private lives and the ongoing weaponization of federal departments have reached truly scary new heights.” — Report on Trump Tax Returns Has Been Released, Here’s the Big ‘Bombshell’ the Press Is Obsessing Over. (Bochie, Red State) note the hyperventilating over normal practice. There are reports elsewhere that now Democrats are alleging the returns weere not properly audited. That’s called digging deep to excuse and rationalize — “accusations about Trump’s taxes were always nonsensical and ridiculous” — This is just another flailing after J6 Committee Formally Accuses President Trump of Daring to Oppose Clinton and Biden, Thereby Inciting an Insurrection (sundance, Last Refuge) with nothing there. — “The more they do this, the more I appreciate the Rosetta Stone that President Donald J Trump represents.” — 

The FBI’selection efforts are still boiling and spitting out disgusting crud. Full Scope Of The Russia Hoax Coup Coming Into Focus? (Mark Wauck, Meaning In History) gets going on the FBI counter assault to Congressional investigations. — “To me, this is pretty wild. And it’s ongoing—the Barr/Wray burying of the Hunter laptop, the 2020 fake election, the J6 hoax, the Mar-a-Lago raid. These are all extensions of the original coup plot, which are now designed to accomplish what Hillary failed to do in 2016: Keep Trump out of political life in America. I weep for my country.” — This gets into wondering Why Did the FBI Want Joe Biden to Become President? (John Leonard, American Thinker) — “FBI agents swear to an oath of office … Please remember that oath as we now talk about the latest development in the ongoing saga … This leads one to an obvious conclusion: the FBI has become the American Stasi. As of today, I have become very distrustful and afraid of my own government. I halfway expect my house to be raided and my own arrest coming for the crime of speaking truth to power.” — 

Then there’s The media’s biggest grift: fake stories sold as truth. (Jack Hellner, American Thinker) — “I wish that politicians would not fabricate stories but I sure as heck don’t care what the media and other Democrats say because so much of what they do and say is made up in order to infect the United States with leftist policies to destroy the greatest and most prosperous country that ever existed.” — A catalog of examples is provided. Another is COVID Communism Has Been Contagious. (J.B. Shurk, American Thinker) — “reality looks very different from what many people once perceived it to be.” — It’s another catalog — “American rights have been sliced and diced until all that is left is the will of the government.  The will of the people, as so many J6 defendants can attest, has limped along on life support, while Big Government assassins seek to smother it dead.” — The Omnibus bill ensures continued January 6 persecutions and Nancy Pelosi’s failures helped create the Capitol kerfuffle on January 6 (Andrea Widburg, American Thinker) — are two more for the catalog that In Elections, It’s Not The Votes That Count, It’s The Ballots That Count (Ted Noel) —  “Politics may be a blood sport, but frankly, when the stupid party (Republicans) insists on “issues,” the evil party (Democrats) quietly laughs. When you’re at war, you must overwhelm the enemy, and that’s what Dems do. With ballots, not votes.” … “Every time the Dems invent a new scam, we need to identify it soonest. Then we need to employ countermeasures just as quickly. We must win this war by starving the enemy. And make no mistake, the Democrat party is our enemy, not our opponent. They want to destroy us and America. It’s time to stop being the stupid party.”

 

 

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running naked through the bear cage

Naming your opposition is a means of target identification. You can see this in ‘news’ reporting and in prosecutions as well as heated and hyperbolic political rhetoric. Joseph Hanneman via The Epoch Times (via ZeroHedge) says it’s ‘Absurd’ To Call Oath Keepers Insurrectionists Or A National Security Threat,  citing testimony from a Former FBI Agent. This was in an Alaska attack to disqualify a newly elected Representative. — “Use of the term domestic violent extremism is “an information operation,” Guandolo said” — This leads to Clarice Feldman and Deep State Suspicions which starts off on the CiA and the Kennedy assassination the to the FBI and Twitter. — “Who elected these agencies and people to govern us? How much more of this corruption will be uncovered? Who benefited from the assassination of JFK and the election of Joe Biden and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson (whom, incidentally, the released records reveal had, indeed, been a member of the KKK)?” — Now we get another absurdity to add to the pile from Bonchie. First Details of Donald Trump Criminal Referrals Show the Abject Idiocy of the January 6th Committee. — “The January 6th committee is apparently determined to end things with the equivalent of stripping naked and running through the bear enclosure at the zoo.” — just like that Alaska trial. — “I’m speaking as if the vote is a forgone conclusion because we all know it’s a foregone conclusion … As to the details, the three referrals will be for insurrection, obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Let’s talk about that.” — “I’m not sure all the facts and logic in the world matter here. Trump is going to be indicted. It’s just a matter of timing. The January 6th committee was simply meant to may political hay for the mid-terms while providing a hook for the DOJ. And while the entire thing is idiotic and spits on the rule of law, it may well accomplish its mission.”

Another expression of the cancer is in a history lesson from Bruce Deitrick Price: Why Are Communists Determined to Destroy the US? — “Education, as we’ll see, is the first refuge of scoundrels” — “Always remember that Marx had predicted inevitable communist revolution caused by economic factors.  Now it turns out that, as a first step, the revolutionaries have to dismantle the entire Christian revolution.” … “As a result, communism is everywhere in our society, attacking, attacking, attacking. … These fanatics never take a day off.  They won’t be happy until you’re unhappy.” — Eric Utter says “Kansas universities may soon dispense with their algebra graduation requirement because too many students fail the courses.” Universities may drop algebra graduation requirement because students find algebra too difficult. — “If graduation rates are now more important than what students are taught, than why not only offer gender and women’s studies courses…and underwater basket-weaving?” — There are still people who value (and enjoy) mathematics. Stephan Wolfram is one and his website is all about “computation meets knowledge.” For the algebra challenged, check out his Learn Algebra from the Ground Up with Wolfram Language—Wolfram Blog.  

 

 

 

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Those who do and those who bloviate – have you been had?

In the ‘who do you hero?’ values expose there is Victor Davis Hanson providing a comparison and contrast lesson about Two Antithetical Billionaires. — “He had learned early on that loud leftist talk, big promises of philanthropy, and huge cash infusions to the media and leftist candidates – all under the veneer of “effective altruism” – ensured de facto immunity for his Ponzi schemes from both bad press and government investigation. … In contrast, consider how the Left now despises Elon Musk as much as it once worshiped Sam Bankman-Fried.”

“How sad that the Left despises a man who built real things against the odds and took risks to champion free speech. And how predictable it worshiped a leftist fraud who bilked a million investors and ruined the lives of thousands.

“The hatred of the accomplished Musk and the worship of the hollow man Bankman-Fried are sad commentaries on how liberalism has descended into progressivism and ultimately into Stalinism.

As if that isn’t stark enough, Civis Americanus wonders How can the Anti-Defamation League bash Trump while promoting Al Sharpton? — “The ADL’s “concern” does not, however, seem to extend to its own association with the prominent racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton.” — What he notes is the TDS cancer that throws out any realistic reference in order to impugn and diminish their target. See Hinderaker for an example of this hubris at Powerline. You’d think that, with Trump’s record, folks might stop to think before condemning as does Andrea Widburg wondering Is there a brilliant ulterior motive behind Trump’s baseball card fundraiser? — “A reader, however, emailed me a different suggestion: Trump may have devised a way to circumvent the requirement that a campaign must identify all donors, which can be dangerous for Trump supporters.”

Robert Arvay shows how insidious this phenomena is in Spacing out: NASA shows leftist bias against Trump, Musk. — “Sadly, we have all gotten too accustomed to the fact that the bureaucracy is left-leaning at best, and oftentimes worse than that.  Such is apparently the case with NASA, and the shame of it is that the screeds that NASA publishes are gratuitous.  They not only do nothing to advance NASA’s programs, but also undermine confidence in its political independence.” — “NASA is doing what the article said it fears from Elon Musk: being distracted by political considerations.”

The history lesson for the day is from Jack Bovee who alleges that Creative Historical Interpretations Are Not History. — “The dominating narrative in American schools and the popular culture today is that slavery began in America in 1619.  Unfortunately, there is about as much truth in that scenario as there was in the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” media crusade in August 2014.” — “In the first half of the seventeenth century, more White Europeans were seized and taken to Africa than Black Africans seized and taken to America.” — “This has been the toll of the false historical narrative. Literally, the survival of our nation is at stake. – How do we correct the problem? Simple.  We demand a return to the honest teaching of American history.” —

This slavery business seems to be a jealousy and envy problem by one group trying to use it as a badge of prestige having trouble competing with another group whose victimization and slavery is even established in the Bible. And yes, TDS gets fed here, too.

 

 

 

 

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They come to destroy

In light of California’s struggle with reparations and the President apologizing to African leaders about slavery evils, some reality exposure is needed. Don Surber has a bit for those seeking a grip on what actually is. The West didn’t colonize. It civilized. “Yes, there was slavery, particularly in Africa. But slavery had always been there. … For a few centuries, Ghana was one of the richest nations on Earth thanks to its role in the slave trade.”

“The West conquered the world and brought advanced technology and prosperity. Compare and contrast those isolated tribes in the Amazon to how Brazilians live. It is no contest. Natives are better off thanks to the West.

VDH is asking “Are we sure that there is all that much ruin left in the United States?”. Our Parasitic Generation is seeking reparations of all sorts. — “We are $31 trillion in collective debt. The new normal is $1.5 trillion budget deficits. The military is politicized and short of recruits. We trade lethal terrorists for woke celebrity athletes as if to confirm our enemies’ cynical stereotypes.” — “Our California always is a preamble to America’s future. Our present is likely your tomorrow.” — are we “A Nation of Thieves?”

“More accurately, the Democrats should be noted as the “party of innocent death.” That is, a death sentence is OK as in abortion or euthanasia but not for committing capital crimes. Olivia Murray says In a last act of inverted morality, Oregon’s outgoing governor commutes death sentences for criminals, but not babies. — “if justice cannot be achieved by “taking a life”, then there is no such thing as “reproductive justice.” She just gutted her own faulty belief system” — Another example of selective harm is from John Dale Dunn: The New England Medical Journal Uses Denial To Advance Transgenderism. — “The problem is that the sexual deviancy advocates want the societal norms destroyed in favor of nihilist and “anything goes” approaches that are politically motivated and a part of destroying societal moral norms. … Advocating pharmacological and surgical mutilation is anti-science and fails to address the pathology.”

“Denialism now takes its place in the rhetorical armory of the left as another weapon to stifle debate and intimidate those opposing a narrative that the socialist/sex deviancy army pushes to promote the fetishist/transvestite/sexual fluidity movement. It is no coincidence that Boston Children’s Hospital was recently exposed as another medical center engaged in mutilating confused children and adolescents.

Insurrection continues to provide a fertile field for diversion, denial, and deceit. It starts with Controlling the Department of Justice. Steve McCann says “The unabashed political persecution and unconscionable years of pre-trial incarceration for some January 6th protestors in direct violation of the Sixth Amendment. The near-psychotic obsession to indict and convict Donald Trump of any specious federal crime.” — Then there is The Democrats’ Slow Motion Insurrection – Issues & Insights: “Their mostly bloodless coup to suspend constitutional limits and seize unchallenged power has been thoroughly calculated and expertly executed.” — “Modern Democrats are constantly in conflict with liberty.” — Jack Gleason thinks Election-Fraud Corruption Is Deeper than Anyone Can Imagine. — “The left and their RINO allies, along with who-knows-how-many other corporate and foreign actors, have set up the most complicated electoral fraud system in history.  Every step of the voting process — from who is allowed to vote, how they vote, how the votes are tallied, to how the results are reported — is compromised.  They are so far into their corruption that being exposed is not an option.  They will do literally anything to avoid being caught.” The voter rolls provide a point of attack for corrections. It is happening there and on other fronts as well. It seems to be a guerrilla assault on an organized army. Perhaps common interests will help organize the efforts. 

 

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This dog isn’t barking. Why?

The question is about the silence. There is boisterous outrage and irrational activism that is irrational, dishonest, and ignorant but it seems that is met by silence.The silence tends to convey acceptance. That has been costly. Roger Kimball is asking Where’s the Outrage? — “Unlock the closet where you keep your favorite conspiracy theories. It turns out, they’re not “theories” at all, at least not if by that word you mean something imagined but not true.” … “It’s all quite extraordinary—by which, I guess, I mean it’s just business as usual in the swamp.”

“I agree with David Limbaugh: “There needs to be a relentless attack from our side against the legacy media for their ongoing suppression of the truth, especially their refusal to cover these latest Twitter censorship revelations. They must never again be permitted to pretend to occupy the moral high ground.” I agree. But I fear that demand is going to go unheeded. 

“In any sane world, these revelations would have the public up in arms, literally. They would be marching against the media, the FBI, and the current administration. The anger would be acrid and ubiquitous. 

“That’s in any sane world. In our world, alas, you can hear the carpet being pulled back so that the whole dirty mess can be swept underneath it. Where’s the outrage? Nowhere to be found.

Calming the outrage is the story for Derek Hunter in The Twitter Files That Really Have Leftists Worried. — “But what is unique is how so-called journalists are reacting to it. They have spent years denying what everyone saw happening, pretending the very idea was beyond the pale. Now they’re pulling the “Everyone knew it was happening, they were open about it” card. Or at least trying to.” — Jazz Shaw gets into the mechanisms used: Twitter Files dump number 4. How Donald Trump was banned. — “There are also indications that Twitter was paying far more attention to the “big names” in the progressive movement than their own rules.” — This all boils down to making the point by David C. Rose that Institutions Matter…But So Does Culture. — “Some cultures convey moral beliefs that culturally encode the automatic rejection of untrustworthy actions.” … “When a critical mass of individuals abides by such beliefs, it becomes rational to presume most others can be trusted in most circumstances, producing a high trust society. Just as North would have predicted, by reducing transaction costs this makes cooperation through economic activity possible on a grand scale, unleashing human flourishing as never before.” This Trust is being eroded. Corruption and costly decisions proliferate on the broad scale. Costs escalate. People suffer. 

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Yes, how do they hold that perch when they just make stuff up?

Objective evidence inquiry (‘science’) continues to be an issue as it is corrupted by subjective ideological support. Zerohedge has stories such as To End Climate Lunacy, Stop Treating Warming & C02 Hysterically and FDA Says Ivermectin Doesn’t Work Against COVID-19 But Points To Studies That Show It Does. Aaron Sibarium describes The Hijacking of Pediatric Medicine as one outcome of ‘faux science’. — “We have documented the ideological takeover of American medicine and the law. We have exposed how many of our schools are indoctrinating children rather than educating them. And we have reported on legacy news organizations that put politics ahead of the public they purport to serve.” – the assault on children under the aegis of organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics includes the lockdown fiasco, COVID inoculations without effective cost versus benefit consideration, climate FUD mongering, gender mutilation, education philandering to fads, masking, and indoctrination. — “The pandemic showed how a small group of like-minded doctors, acting with virtually no oversight, can push extreme policies through the AAP based on very little evidence” — 

“The reason to trust modern doctors over ancient healers is that more of what we tell you to do is justified by well-done studies,” Prasad said. “But how do we hold that perch when we just make stuff up?”

Musk is on the third tranche on the collusion between the government and BigTech to censor and squash Democrat opposition in elections. Victoria Marshall gets into another dimension of this fraud in describing how the Virginia Dems’ GOTV Guide Instructs Going After Dead People. — “I don’t know how you can in good conscience instruct your workers to solicit votes from people in those categories.” — Then there’s the saga just starting regarding Maricopa County lawfare highlighting the many problems and anomalies from the recent election there.

 

 

 

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Burn that witch

Communications is a two way street. Both ends of the street have to be committed to the integrity of the message in order to have useful transfer of meaning and knowledge. That commitment is suffering on many important fronts in today’s social discourse.  Catherine Salgado: Trump Clarifies Statement Misrepresented as Call to End to U.S. Constitution. You’d think that someone who has no history of disregard for the law or the U.S. Constitution and who keeps being right in substance would matter to those who hear him. But no, many jump right on the most negative perception they can muster. They have no question about how anomalous their perception may be and no interest in make certain their end of the communications has integrity. As an occasional slip-up, this would be no big deal but when it comes to TDS it has lead to much expense and misery and there is no indication of any interest in correction. That is the tragedy. Those with awareness would not need a clarification such as Trump offers that “that he was not calling for an end to the Constitution. In fact, the post seems to be an awkward argument that a stolen election — and thus an illegitimate government — means that the Constitution would no longer be in force, and thus laws that exist for a republican form of government would not provide solutions.” — “The truly controversial and bombshell thing Trump claimed was that we are no longer living in a Republic. That’s what the media — and the American people — should be debating.”

Mark J. Fitzgibbons is another look. Did Trump really call to terminate the Constitution? — “what followed may have been another Charlottesville moment among the media, other Trump haters, and more.” … “Those who believe Trump is evil and ignorant will of course read what they want into his post regardless of his intent and the actual meaning.” … “Anti-Trumpers are more than happy to use this new Charlottesville hoax moment to distract from Elon Musk’s release of the Twitter censorship files.”  — Elle Purnell says TIME Admits ‘Election Denier’ Is Nonsense Invented To Vilify GOP which is one tactic used to distort effective communications. — “Aguilera continued her attempt to differentiate Republican “election denial” from Democrats’ totally-above-board-and-not-at-all-the-same behavior” … “The phrase is just a nonsense smear invented to chill speech, silence challenges to the regime, and paint Republicans as unelectable.”

Democrat voter fraud has a history that should flavor perceptions. J.R. Dunn provides Democrat Voter Fraud: A Brief History.  — “The Dinkins Magic Voting Machines … An Inconvenient Decision … Votes from the 8th Dimension … Goshdarnit, People Liked Him … Trump Agonistes … 2022” … “we need to call on Goldfinger’s dictum: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. We are way past “three times” at this point.” … “This is the second election in a row marked by impossible results. Not “extraordinary,” not “unusual,” but impossible.”

Tristan Justice points out that Trump Isn’t The Greatest Threat To Democracy. His Exile Is. — “From the Russia collusion hoax to impeachment, Democrats have normalized the radical weaponization of government institutions to thwart their opponents no matter the cost, setting the precedent for decades of political warfare to come with dangerous potential to escalate.” … “Contrary to these hyperventilated claims that are now routine among Democrats and the Beltway press, however, it’s the establishment’s reaction that threatens to undermine American democracy, with witch hunt after witch hunt designed to burn the orange-haired witch.”

If Americans don’t vote because they don’t trust that their votes will count, then America doesn’t have a democracy to begin with. If Americans can’t engage in the marketplace of ideas in the digital public square, then America doesn’t have a democracy to begin with. If Americans are barred from even voting for their chosen candidate, then America doesn’t have a democracy to begin with.

Where does this lead? Nancy Flory reviews Shame of a Nation: A Must-Watch Documentary That Examines the Events of January 6, 2021 — What Really Happened. — “The macing, spraying and beatings were just the beginning. Many of the January 6 defendants, locked away in a D.C. jail, have not seen their families since their arrest. What’s more, they have yet to have a trial for their alleged crimes. Now people want to know why.”  — This is the truth Trump was trying to communicate. It is sad and tragic that many of those who should know better chose instead to add to the misperceptions and diminish the weight of the message. 

 

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Witch Trials.

The 2020 election fraud is back front and center with the Twitter exposure. William Sullivan says the allegation that the Biden campaign and Democrat party colluded with Twitter to swing the 2020 election — “is now an absolutely indisputable fact that even the most dishonest of people would have difficulty arguing against.” — Neo describes how The left circles the wagons on the Twitter censorship story. — “The story about the media and Twitter coverup of the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the 2020 election in order to help elect Joe Biden is now followed by a coverup of the coverup – or excuse-making, minimization, rationalization, and/or counterattack. – This is what they do.”

“if that hunch of mine is true, it is the reason we’re in the crisis we’re in. Too many people – and way too many in the press – are unable and/or unwilling to look at each story objectively. People have learned to look away or dismiss things that don’t fit their ideology. That’s a human tendency anyway – after all, a mind is a difficult thing to change – but it’s been encouraged and exacerbated by a press that should be seeking the truth rather than echoing partisan falsehoods.

Andrea Widburg notes The sound of silence: the media almost completely ignore Twitter revelations. — “When it comes to a real threat to democracy—one of the bastions of the modern public square secretly and systematically working with a political candidate in a presidential election, and possibly working with government insiders, too—they believe that the greatest risk is letting the public know what really happened.” — Brad Slager:  The Press’ Panic Over ‘Twitter Files’ Reveals How They Manipulated the System. — “There are two primary reactions we are seeing in the press. Bob Hoge covered in detail how many of the major news outlets completely bypassed covering the Musk document release. The other is on the opposite end of the spectrum, and that is how journalists are actually working on dismissing this story.” — J. Peder Zane: The Trumpification Of Elon Musk.

“The relentless attacks on Elon Musk since he purchased Twitter should be familiar to most Americans. It’s exactly what Democrats and their media and corporate allies did to demonize Donald Trump.

The McCarthyite formula is simple: Claim you are defending high-minded principles (Democracy! The rule of law! Civil discourse!) to justify efforts to delegitimize someone you’ve identified as a political opponent.

Ponder for a moment the ubiquity and ferocity of attacks on this one man and the outrageous effort to cast calls for censorship as ringing defenses of liberty. Consider too that this, like the treatment accorded Trump, has not just been normalized, but valorized.

When authorities lose the power to convince, they coerce. That is what is going on now as they tell us to shut up and submit. Please tweet that out.

Studies on the effectiveness of masking for covid are getting harder to ignore. RedState has some good stories but the nagware is too much. ZeroHedge is more tolerable and presents Ian Miller on Not Even N95 Masks Work To Stop Covid. — “The bewildering lack of awareness of their own hypocrisy seems to be a feature of COVID-obsessed politicians and public health authorities.” — this gets into another Twitter censorship and cancellation topic.

Clarice Feldman thinks The Media Undertakers Must be Getting Exhausted. First up is the FTX scandal and its Democrat and media darling. The there’s Elon Musk feeding the docs to Matt Taibbi and now Bari Weiss. — “the Fourth Estate biggies apparently like suppression of dissent and are happy to keep their readers from knowing what Taibbi reported.” — “In China, protestors against Xi’s absurd COVID lockdowns gather and hold up blank pieces of paper to protest the lack of free speech. What do we have to do? Confine ourselves on social media to cat and dog pictures and pretend we are having open dialogues on matters of interest to citizens?”

On the Trump front, John Hinderaker has jumped the shark and needs to go re-join Mirengoff. He thinks Trump Is Finished. Basically, his TDS bias is repeating the Charlottesville hoax. Don Surber is a bit more sane perception and observation: Republicans can’t win without Trump supporters — “the media manufactured another scandal out of the incident. Conservative poseurs obediently are clutching their pearls over this like the little country club Republicans they are.” It shows how bad the animus is when he cites pundits like Ed Morrissey for “the biggest online stupidity that I read last week”. Hinderaker and Morrissey used to be careful with perceptions and bias but, it seems, they are losing it. When it comes to Trump, it’s any way to find offense no  matter how irrelevant; no matter how loosely a perception. Surber looks at a list of these and says “Maybe Republicans cannot win with Trump. I do not know that. What I can guarantee you is Republicans cannot win without Trump supporters. If he does not win the nomination, we become free agents.”

Another example of this Trump negativity is highlighted by reports of the search and seizure. Sundance has the story President Trump Special Master Appointment Overturned by Appeals Court – If Secret Search Warrant is Valid, All Seizure Valid – But You are Not Allowed to See Search Warrant, Because National Security. — “the appeals court essentially said if the search warrant was legally predicated and legally valid, and if the search warrant was used legally, then all the seized documents are valid for the investigative purposes of the DOJ – regardless of their content.  The only way to fight the authority of the DOJ seizure is to challenge the legality of the search warrant.  However, here’s where things get weird.” It’s another case of trying to find a crime to hang on the man no matter what gets trampled in the process. The Salam Witch Trials are being outdone in front of us. 

 

 

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How can one make sense of all this?

Powerline hit two topics where wishful thinking and fantasy seem to overwhelm reason, common sense, and reality. John Hinderaker describes the climate conundrum with Europe’s Downward Energy Spiral (“The “green” edifice is rapidly crumbling. We can only hope that it crumbles fast enough to save the liberal West from economic and social catastrophe.”) and the police problem with How About If We Enforce the Laws We Already Have? — “An obvious question is, if the hundreds of statutes and regulations already in place didn’t stop the latest outrage, why would adding one more make a difference?”

Victor Davis Hanson provides a catalog If You Really Wanted to Destroy the U.S., Then… — “It would be hard to imagine any planned agenda to destroy America that would have been as injurious as what we already suffered the last two years.”

One way to envision how it happens is to look at The Decline of Higher Education. John M. Ellis does a past versus present comparison and contrast.

The scope of what now gets quashed is also far more extensive. In the sixties, all that was persecuted was some occasional countercultural flamboyance. But at present, virtually any serious discussion of social and political matters risks being silenced, because to be serious it would have to include left-of-center and right-of center-opinion, and the campuses don’t want that. So, we’ve gone from the campus as the only place where discussion must have no limits, to the campus as the only place where free discussion isn’t possible.

Even that isn’t the worst of it. The way that issues are pursued has also changed radically.

This begs the question about how did academia get this way. Ellist thinks “The good news is that the public is already beginning to vote with its feet.” but it is really sad that this is about the only way to get across a distaste for what is seen as a decline.Those participating in that decline are not susceptible to learning anything from losing a market nor are they likely to make any significant change in their behavior if they can possibly avoid it. 

 

 

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If you can’t bend it – break it.

The attempt to ban a book by Justice Amy Coney Barrett hits where it hurts: Censoring in the Name of Free Speech: Publishers and Editors Call for Banning Barrett Book – JONATHAN TURLEY — “In the last ten years, censorship has become the rage from the halls of Congress to college campuses. … This crisis of faith is no more evident than in the call of writers and journalists for books to be banned or speakers to be silenced.” … “What is most striking is how these editors and publishers are insisting that they are supporting free speech by silencing others.”

“She does not deserve such attacks but these individuals are the face of rage in our society. It is a general psychosis that overwhelms every countervailing value; it allows writers and editors to oppose free speech and expect us applaud them for it.

Another form of this phenomena is from William Sullivan. The Big Lie about ‘The Big Lie’. — “Newsweek buries this particular poll’s more interesting observations. … A far more accurate way to characterize these data, though, is to recognize that there are more Americans confident that the election was rigged than there are Americans who are confident that it was all on the up and up.”

“The campaign we’ve witnessed for two years to present the former group as fringe radicals and the latter group as an incontrovertible consensus is nothing more than gaslighting on a national scale, conducted by that very same “well funded cabal of powerful people” in order to delegitimize, discourage, and destroy its political enemies.

Time to vote. Time to take notice of the deceit and dishonesty and psychosis and be very careful you don’t fall for the propaganda.

 

 

 

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BOLO for PLD – Pavlovian Liberal Didactic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Bible and rational paranoia

at the core – “the belief – that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” — Josh Hawley: The Left’s War On History Is Really A War On The God Of The Bible

on the table – assault on the first – “It marked another move in what appears to be a highly politicized investigation targeting the political enemies of Joe Biden for nothing more than wrong-speak. … it is chilling to think that the DOJ could base an investigation on something that is clearly under the bounds of free speech … the DOJ is demanding his communications, many of which are privileged, with a wink and a nod promise to sort through everything. That’s banana republic stuff.” — Bonchie: DOJ Subpoenas Targeting Trump Associates Contain Disturbing Demands – RedState — “there is no accountability or transparency being demanded in the face of all this. Instead, the American press, with few exceptions, is spending its time either ignoring these overreaches or outright supporting them. That’s terrifying … These precedents being set are going to be abused by left-wing officials long into the future.”

who’s your hero? – “Democrats’ defense of John Fetterman is simply obscene” — Jeff Goldstein: John Fetterman and the decay of a redundant Senate

a list of concerns – “What can possibly be going through the minds of Republican congressmen and senators that they are so out of touch with the concerns and fulminating anger of ordinary Americans?” — M.B. Mathews: Cowardly congressional Republicans are focusing on the wrong issues – American Thinker

not your government – “The filing contains this bombshell and seven other significant details about the Democrat-led plot to use U.S. intelligence agencies to deny Americans the results of their choice for president in 2016.” — Margot Cleveland: FBI Paid For Russian Disinfo To Frame Trump—And 7 More Details

lost cause, sunk capital, cut the losses – “I don’t see how the FBI, in anything like its present form, can be salvaged. The bureau has been so thoroughly politicized, so corruptly placed at the disposal of one of our political parties, that it has lost the confidence of most Americans who pay attention.” — John Hinderaker: Biden’s Personal Gestapo | Power Line

taking note – “Lucas provides scores of examples of fraud that actually affected the outcome of elections, thus disproving the Democrat-Media mantra that fraud in American elections, and especially the 2020 election, is almost nonexistent.” — Richard Kirk: Voter Fraud: The Bottom Line – American Thinker

political lawfare by lawmakers – “The target is not so much Trump as the idea that electoral votes could be legally contested on the joint session of Congress.  Obviously, the DoJ violates core freedom of speech.  It also ignores the clear letter and spirit of the law regarding the joint session for Presidential elections.” — Leo Goldstein: Who was Behind the January 6 Events? – American Thinker — “The hypothesis that the Democrat party and its allies are behind storming the Capitol, violent disruption of the joint session, and its improper resumption and conclusion deserves more consideration.”

rational paranoia – “It’s as plain as a pikestaff that there will be two goals behind arresting Trump.  The first and most obvious is to end Trump’s ability to run for president (although there’s nothing in the Constitution to stop him from doing so, even if — God forbid — he’s in prison).  The second goal is to have Trump-supporters commit even the slightest bit of violence (tearing down a sign would be enough) to justify stopping the midterm elections and, perhaps, declaring martial law.” — Andrea Widburg: Democrats aren’t just persecuting Republicans; they’re baiting them – American Thinker — “If Democrats really go down that road, it will be awfully hard to pull back, and so many lives will end up destroyed.”

telltale media behavior – “Today, it is not paranoid to comprehend that Biden’s administration, with the midterm elections less than two months away, seeks to criminalize the political speech of Republican Party officials and voters, with the added twist of the wheel: criminalizing Citizen Trump’s continuation in politics.” — David Zukerman: New York Times: It’s not worth printing if it doesn’t insult Trump – American Thinker

selection of targets – “What we’re seeing here is a major shift away from January 6.  To the extent that people did trespass and “parade” in the Capitol (although there’s reason to believe that many were entrapped into entering the property), the DOJ and FBI had at least some colorable criminal cases.  That the DOJ didn’t feel compelled to make the same cases against the BLM and Antifa activists who attacked federal property across America in 2020 was something we were all supposed to ignore.” — Andrea Widburg: The FBI hunted down Mike Lindell and seized his phone – American Thinker — “It’s apparent that the FBI is attempting to indict Lindell as an accomplice.  What’s even more apparent is that the Biden administration, as Tucker Carlson already pointed out, isn’t just going after trespassers and “paraders” on federal property.  It seeks, instead, to imprison, intimidate, bankrupt, and silence anyone who looks at the doddering, corrupt wreck in the White House and his pathetic basement campaign, and then questions whether he really won.”

it’s what they do – “even after Democrats spent months describing fiery riots perpetrated by their own ideologues as “mostly peaceful protests,” they were more than willing — as Johnson did — to smear these parents for daring to speak out against local tyrants.” — Sophia Corso: Hank Johnson: Parents ‘Descended’ On School Boards ‘Like Jan. 6’ — “Johnson’s baseless accusations and comparison of concerned parents to rioters are false and damaging, and show just how exhaustively Democrats will use “Jan. 6” smears as a political cudgel. All that his comments achieve is misconstruing what is actually happening at school board meetings and furthering the divide in our nation.”

bigotry on parade – “This is a guy who, when he runs his scripted TV commercials, says that he wants to appeal to Trump voters, he wants to appeal to the entire state of Ohio, and yet when he’s unscripted, he’s saying that we need to confront and kill the entire movement,” Ryan’s Republican opponent J.D. Vance told Sean Hannity. … “On Wednesday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) followed Tim Ryan’s rhetoric when she issued a “call to arms” on the Senate floor while debating a national abortion ban.” — Paul Bois: Tim Ryan Claims ‘Kill’ MAGA Movement Comment Was About Jan 6

a list of deceit – “Democrats/leftists propagate the most horrendous lies about abortion with seemingly no accountability.  The reason they get away with their lies is because for too long, too many people have said nothing — as Edmund Burke is reputed to have said, “evil flourishes when good people say and do nothing.” — Dr. Lyn Olsen: Dispelling the Pre-Election Abortion Lies – American Thinker

Humor is critical to sanity – “First, though, I must give you a glimpse of what’s happened to the long-ago concept of lighthearted political comedy on the left.” — Andrea Widburg: As mainstream comedy fails, the Babylon Bee reminds us of humor’s power – American Thinker — “If WWII is anything to go by, the side with the best humor wins.  And with the Babylon Bee on our side in the culture war currently being waged in the United States, we can’t lose.”

biblical – “the whole “green” religion has never remotely attempted to answer two fundamental questions: – (1) Even if mankind were changing the global climate, why is that a bad thing? – (2) If the social and economic costs of ending hydrocarbon energy outweigh the benefits, then why should we do so?” — J.B. Shurk: In the Climate Change Church, the Woke Play Pope – American Thinker — “It’s a false religion with false gods.  Should the scales finally fall from humanity’s eyes, then the “green” doomsayers ampending collapse?ong us will look foolish and wicked with their signs still painted, “The End Is Nigh.”

pending collapse? – “I think a global economic meltdown is possible as a result of “green” fantasies. I don’t mean just a recession or garden-variety depression, I mean a collapse in which homes can’t be heated, lights don’t go on, factories shutter, supply lines break down, agriculture is devastated resulting in acute food shortages, a generation’s accumulated wealth vanishes, civilization begins to break down, and hundreds of millions of people–maybe more–may die. “Green” energy doesn’t mean unicorns and fairies frolicking in meadows. It means grim, fatal dystopia.” — John Hinderaker: “Green” Energy Will Bankrupt Us | Power Line

 

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Torture, harassment, deprivation – a deluge

Constitution? – “If the FBI can so easily obtain the right to raid Trump’s home, what is left to protect you, your home, or your privacy?” … “For the warrant to withstand constitutional scrutiny, the redacted portions have a lot of work to do to articulate a very dark and sinister set of facts describing how Trump took top secrets of the United States that he did not declassify and that he did so with the intent to harm the United States or profit on the sensitive information” — Brett L. Tolman and Julie Warren: FBI’s Trump Raid Should Concern Everyone, Including His Critics

walls closing in – “Our country is far from healthy today, but a collective laugh at the FBI’s joke of an affidavit is a long-needed step in the right direction.” — Christopher Bedford: The Short Life (And Fast Death) Of The FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Play

Chapter and Verse – “It must have been extremely frustrating for a sitting president to know there was nothing to the claims yet be constantly bombarded by media and political people in Washington DC who held a vested interest in maintaining them.” — sundance: President Trump Tried to Work Within the System and Sunday Talks, Out From the Shadows, The Primary Architect of The Trump Targeting Operation Surfaces on ABC News – The Last Refuge — “McCord is the architect, the actual person putting lawfare strategy into lawfare ink and action, for the Trump targeting operations.”

Stanford jail experiment in reality – “For the first time in U.S. history, the political party in power is hunting down and jailing members of the opposition party for political dissidence, and . . . torturing them in jail … the same evil that manifested itself in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Nero’s Rome … This cruel disregard for basic human rights is all part of the regime’s effort to dehumanize the January 6ers” — Debra Heine: Lawyer: January 6 Clients Are Being Tortured › American Greatness

paranoid police – “Incidents involving “swatting” — i.e., someone making a false 911 call to a police agency claiming that a violent crime is in progress at a specific location, with the caller’s intent being to cause the police to respond to that address to disrupt, annoy, or kill the inhabitant of that location — are increasing” — Stephen Lamkin: One way to stop policemen from mistakenly killing innocent people – American Thinker

the damage done – “Today the deluded rulers of the Western world are gifting us and future generations with plagues of Green Elephants — useless, expensive, protected green rubbish.” — Viv Forbes: The plague of Green Elephants – American Thinker — “These disastrous Green adventures are driven by the UN billionaires’ club and promoted endlessly by government media, education bureaucracies, and vocal vested interests. – This plague of Green Elephants will destroy our industries, our farms and our access to cheap reliable fuels and electricity.”

 

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Yet the gap persists

overreach – “Outlining the “property to be seized” by the more than 30 agents who rummaged through the former president’s Mar-a-Lago mansion, the warrant demanded confiscation of any document Trump ever saw, read, or created for the entirety of his four years as commander-in-chief.” —  Tristan Justice: BREAKING: FBI Demanded Any Record Trump Saw As POTUS

Plenary, can’t you read? – “Everyone who believes that Trump committed a criminal act is wrong.  These claims completely misunderstand the nature of Trump’s (indeed, of every president’s) plenary power and how it plays out with respect to documents and classified information.” —  Andrea Widburg: No, Trump didn’t committ actionable treason or espionage – American Thinker — “the only proof you need that Trump declassified the documents is the fact that, when he was still president, Trump treated them as declassified”

Precedent. Does it matter anymore” – “The president’s defense is rooted in the legal principal that the president and vice president are the ultimate declassifying authority of the U.S. government and through executive orders most recently issued in 2003 by George W. Bush and Barack Obama in 2009 that specifically exempt the president and vice president from having to follow the stringent declassification procedures every other federal agency and official must follow.” —  John Solomon: New twist in FBI raid: Trump had ‘standing order’ to declassify documents taken to residence | Just The News — “Officials said it is likely the FBI will seek to find any officials or witnesses who knew or can confirm there was a “standing order” as described by the Trump statement. But in the end, officials said the president’s declassification powers were sweeping and likely would be viewed as such by the courts.”

Trope time – “I’m disappointed in Fox for feeding me this completely predictable propaganda couched as original material.” … “I’ve begun to hear a plan of escape.  “Well, we have to admit he is emotionally unhinged,” a man from my church told me” —  Susan D. Harris: Don’t abandon Trump because you have a DeSantis in your back pocket – American Thinker — “I believe that if we do not stand up and speak out to defend this one man who has sacrificed so much for our Republic, we’re no longer the kind of people who deserve a Republic.”

The brick wall – “It can be frustrating engaging in a discussion where facts are denied or distorted.  Equally frustrating is dealing with beliefs that are treated as facts and dependent on sound bites” —  Brian Spinosa: Talking Climate Change with Science-Deniers, Distorters, and Sound-Biters – American Thinker — “Pursuing a goal of preventing climate change seems egotistical.  Utilizing the human ability to adapt to the Earth’s ever changing complex climate system seems a better option.”

“Medical education, medical research, and standards of competence have been upended by two related hypotheses: that systemic racism is responsible both for racial disparities in the demographics of the medical profession and for racial disparities in health outcomes” … “medical schools and medical societies are discarding traditional standards of merit in order to alter the demographic characteristics of their profession. That demolition of standards rests on an a priori truth: that there is no academic skills gap between whites and Asians, on the one hand, and blacks and Hispanics, on the other. No proof is needed for this proposition” —  : The Corruption of Medicine | City Journal — “Now, tragically, when it comes to the contention that racism is the defining trait of the medical profession and the source of health disparities, opposing views have been ruled out of bounds and are grounds for being purged. The separation of politics and science is no longer seen as a source of empirical strength; it is instead a racist dodge that risks “reinforcing existing power structures,” according to the editor of Health Affairs. – The guardians of science have turned on science itself.”

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Rule? Precedent? Integrity? 1/6 and catch 22

“when you marginalize people, as leftists like Youngus (who argues that leftists have a greater grasp of “cognitive complexity” and therefore a better sense of humor) are doing, there will be pushback, and that pushback is never pretty.  Schmidt is polite and thoughtful; others will not be.” —  Andrea Widburg, An 18-year-old explains why young White men are becoming radicalized

“No speaker had ever before rejected the minority party’s nominees to a select House committee.” … “Its subtext was right out of the Soviet minister of Internal Affairs Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria’s credo: “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.” … “A truly bipartisan House select committee dedicated to ending all violence directed at the White House, the Capitol, or federal courthouses might have been useful in probing this dark period in American history. – And that is precisely why there was no such committee.” — What the January 6 committee might have been – Victor Davis Hanson

“evidence now proves that “plainclothes” members of a special Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were embedded among the protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance.” —  Patricia Tolson, Police Report Proves Plainclothes Electronic Surveillance Unit Members Were Embedded Among Jan. 6 Protesters | ZeroHedge

“Attorney General James … if he [Trump] admits to following the rules of accounting set forth by the profession’s authority, the AICPA.  In short, she has accused him of following the rules of accounting, which she claims is a violation of the law.  Her real purpose of this case could be summed up by one of Webster’s synonyms for Catch-22: gotcha.” —  David Ennocenti, New York’s attorney general has President Trump in a Catch-22

 

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the Asch Conformity Experiment

Ambulance chasers; the real insurrectionists; lemmings psychology; some are beginning that it’s a fight and will need effort to stop it.

The Lawyers’ War on Law | Misrule of Law. Mark Pulliam — what’s old is still relevant – learn from history?

Deborah Birx makes astonishing deep state admission of anti-Trump pact – Washington Times. Cheryl K. Chumley — “It’s essentially an acknowledgement that medical bureaucrats, unelected and unaccountable to the people as they were and are, serving at the pleasure of the White House executive as they did, tried to strong-arm the president of the United States into obeying and abiding their dictates to the point of secretly arranging to walk if they didn’t get their way — if Trump decided to send one packing.”

This Scary Experiment Explains Two Years of COVID Hell – American Thinker. Vic Hughes — “it’s because of the Asch Conformity Experiment … showed that people will actually believe things that they know to be false if they think everybody else believes those things”

Studies prove that most politicians, experts handled COVID terribly. Joel Zinberg — “The data highlight the failure of policies promoted by experts, in and outside of government, to effectively address COVID. Many of the policies lacked an evidentiary basis. Some ineffective, harmful policies were prolonged for political reasons”

McConnell’s ‘Exhilarating’ Insurrection › American Greatness. Julie Kelly — “A dirty little secret about January 6—one of many—is that Democrats and establishment Republicans, not Trump supporters, wanted to shut down the official proceedings of that day”

Nazi Comparisons – PJ Media. Michael Barclay — “I have always enjoined all people to be extremely careful about ever making any comparison of modern times with the true evil of Hitler, Goebbels, and Nazi Germany. But even the kind-hearted and compassionate person who always wants to see the best in people (a category in which I include myself) must now recognize these parallels and choose to become active in preventing the Nazis of today, known as “progressive Democrats,” from their quest for total power.”

Ignorance And Apathy. Cal Thomas — “Controlling language shapes public perception and eventually opinion”

How to Turn a Whole State’s Power Production to Wind and Solar Dreams – American Thinker. Joe Herring — “Races for public power boards aren’t known as high-spending affairs, so the influx of substantial amounts to one candidate over another can easily swing a race” … “The amounts involved are indeed startling, especially when considering the relatively low profile of the races the money funded” … “No longer does providing reliable and affordable energy form the mainstay of our public power mission.  Thanks to hundreds of thousands of special interest dollars so far, and more to come, our names may still be on the deed to our public power systems, but the control now belongs to an environmentalist elite who are using our utilities to pursue their own agenda.  They make the decisions now; we just get to pay for them”

 

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Those NGO’s and their GO partners

The Nihilism Of The Left. Victor Davis Hanson via AmGreatness.com, – “In pursuit of its utopian omelet, the Left cares little about the millions of middle-class Americans it must break to make it… The last 14 months have offered one of the rare occasions in recent American history when the hard Left has operated all the levers of federal government”

Egregious bill criminalizes clerks checking election accuracy. Joy Overbeck
– “Senate Bill 153 changes Colorado statutes to rob clerks of their lawful elected duty to assure their county elections are fair and honest, and hands the keys of the election kingdom entirely to the secretary of state” – “Some of the provisions of this jaw-dropping bill drastically change existing Colorado law, some are also very likely unconstitutional, and some are both. Examples: … ”

How
to Beat the ‘Intransigent Minority’
. Christopher Chantrill – “there is another problem, a big problem, that the new Congress needs to tackle. And that is the cozy relationship between activist groups and the administrative state, including both the bureaucracy and the judiciary. Nothing is going to change unless their condominium is broken up.” – “Will the intransigent activists continue to be supported by the deep state in media, the bureaucracy, and the judiciary? Or will a new generation of politicians marginalize and isolate the intransigent activists and remind the bureaucrats who pays their pensions?”

District Of Columbia Lacks Standing To Sue Oath Keepers And Proud Boys For Jan. 6, Defense Attorney Says. Joseph Hanneman via The Epoch Times – “The suit seeks to lay the blame for Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol on an alleged conspiracy between the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys and aims to hold the defendants financially responsible for the unrest” … “The DC Office of Attorney General is receiving pro-bono legal help from the States United Democracy Center; the Anti-Defamation League; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,Wharton & Garrison LLP; and Dechert LLP”

Revealed: New Doc Shows How an Obama-Tied Dark Money Group Used Zuckerberg’s Cash to Swing Election. Citizens United – “He should totally be held accountable, and he should never be allowed to do it again,” Trump tells Bossie in the documentary. “It was a rigged election. People have to find out what happened, and they have to hold people accountable.”

The CDC Massively Violates Its ‘Pledge’ To Americans – Why Should Anyone Trust It Now? I & I Editorial Board – “Three recent events should make it abundantly clear that the answer is no.” – “It is long past time for a day of reckoning at the CDC. The public has suffered long enough at the hands of this out-of-control, unaccountable, power-hungry federal bureaucracy.”

The Black Lives Matter Scam. John Hinderaker – “$90 million could last for quite a while. And that figure likely understates the amount that panicked corporations poured into BLM’s coffers as protection money in 2020. This is a sordid story that seems to be drawing to a close. It is unlikely that any outsider will ever find out where most of the money went. It is equally unlikely that any federal or state law enforcement entity will go after BLMGNF for fraud, as would happen with a non-politically favored nonprofit.”

Why don’t the media ever ask why previous IPCC predictions have been so wrong? Jack Hellner – “Once again, the U.N. intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning that we are doomed” – “Here are four simple questions that the media won’t ask because they don’t care about the answer when they are pushing the radical leftist agenda to destroy America”

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A lack of accountability

VDH sees sheer madness – the judicial oligarchy is on parade – the FDA, CDC, FBI, and the SEC are blowing smoke – 2020 vote fraud evidence continues to surface but the witch hunt is unabated – race baiting, sex grooming, lawyers to be violent in opposing open civil debate – it goes on and on

The Sheer Madness of Today’s Left. Victor Davis Hanson — “When ideologues demand power but cannot achieve it politically because they are cruel ideologues, expect more of their insanity to follow.” – “Yet madness is predictable when the unchecked left-wing’s demand for limitless and endless power collides with a hated, but unremorseful ideological agenda utterly divorced from reality.”

The problem with federal judges. Patrick Gibbs — “The nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court has only partly brought a spotlight on the abuse of our legal system and the Constitution by federal judges.” – “The case that best illustrates her arrogance of power was her decision (later reversed) in Make the Road New York v. Wolf, when she was a U.S. district judge in the District of Columbia.” – “When judges can use godlike powers to redefine the nature of humanity, they are well on their way to becoming masters of us all.”

FDA, CDC Guilty of Clinical Malpractice and Scientific Fraud by Inaction and Omission on mRNA Vaccine Safety Warnings. David Gortler — “federal agencies and manufacturers aren’t officially warning the American public about these risks, despite having been privy to this information for almost a whole year. Why? Because it would counter the narrative that taking endless vaccines and boosters is your patriotic duty.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission is growing like Godzilla. Andrea Widburg — “the SEC’s commissioners floated the idea of giving themselves a new power, one that Congress never contemplated: forcing America’s publicly traded companies to change their business practices to fight climate change.”

More Evidence of 2020 Voter Fraud. John Hinderaker — “John Lott has published a paper in which he applies three tests for voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.” – “The analysis is complicated, but Lott finds an excess 255,000 Biden votes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.” – “It should have been obvious, but apparently came as a surprise to many, that there is no effective after-the-fact remedy for voter fraud.” – “We will find out in November whether voter fraud has been curbed, at least to some degree.”

The January 6 Witch Hunt Kills a Good Man. Rajan Laad — “If you enquire with anyone — even those who follow right-leaning media such as Fox News — about Matthew Perna, the response will likely be ignorance.” — “The best tribute to Matt is to ensure that no other citizens engaging in their democratic rights to protest ever face such an unfortunate fate.”

Are We Sure The 2020 Election Was Clean? I & I Editorial Board — “Americans have been warned by their superiors to not question the outcome of the 2020 election, because it will further the Donald Trump Big Lie that the presidency was stolen from him. Yet we continue to see shreds of evidence that say the Big Lie is in fact the claim that the 2020 election wasn’t corrupted.” – “the left has behaved in the most hysterical ways possible, feigning fear and ever searching for a fainting couch to fall into, shocked that some Trump voters actually have had the gall to express misgivings. ”

How does the FBI ‘lose’ a laptop like Hunter Biden’s? Monica Showalter — “Some things don’t make sense. – All of these anomalies point to why the Hunter Biden laptop actually is important to U.S. cyber security and does affect the job of protecting the U.S. from foreign cyberattacks. – Yet Vorndran is amazingly incurious.”

Chaos In the White House [Updated]. John Hinderaker — “Upon arriving back in Washington, a chastened Biden answers “No” when asked whether he was “calling for regime change.”

Banning Critical Race Theory. John Hinderaker — “The tricky thing, of course, is characterizing the teachings of CRT. The point is not to ban teaching about CRT, but rather to ban the pernicious doctrines that flow from CRT. Mississippi’s approach is simple and is based on the inherent racism of Critical Race Theory”

Why demands for Justice Thomas to recuse himself on Jan. 6 cases don’t meet the laugh test. Thomas Lifson (hypocrisy)

No, Justice Thomas Did Not Commit an Impeachable Offense. Jonathan Turley (law)

Judge Asserts Donald Trump ‘More Likely Than Not’ Committed Felony Obstruction. Bonchie — “Everything that’s old is new again, and the walls are closing in on Donald Trump” – “With all due respect to this Clinton-appointed judge, that’s one of the most insane interpretations of the law I’ve ever read.”

Another win for Trump, but it’s nothing to really celebrate. Rajan Laad — “Since the day Donald Trump won the Presidency in 2016, even before he was inaugurated, Democrats in Washington and in the media began their attempts to unseat him.” — “It is always most dangerous when the scornful have power. The Democrats have shown the country what they are capable of by abusing the power of the government to destroy their political opposition.” — “The fact that it took so long is a travesty because the process itself was the equivalent of punishment.”

Donald Trump Is Trending Huge On Twitter, Here’s Why. Hailey Sanibel — “For this episode of Trump Is Guilty Of Something Big, the charge is that there is proof of deleted phone calls on the day of January 6th”

On the YLS debacle. Scott Johnson — “the university is among those venues set apart for vibrant exchange of ideas. It is not the only venue. The courtroom is another. Though the manner in which such exchanges occur on campus and in court differs, both provide an orderly and controlled environment with the aim of ensuring a fair hearing of contending arguments. Actions intended to prevent such hearings injure the whole rationale of the academy and, indeed, the law.”

KBJ Hearings Typify Our Debased Political Discourse. David Catron –” Serious policy debates aren’t possible if basic terms no longer have commonly accepted meanings.” — “If politicians, judges, and other public officials camouflage their true positions and agendas with evasive and euphemistic language because they don’t believe the voters and their congressional representatives will support them, our political discourse becomes so debased that it is impossible to understand — much less trust.”

Disney executive who is the mother of a transgender and a pansexual child says she wants at least half of ALL future characters to be LGBTQIA or racial minorities: Theme parks are now banned from saying ‘hello boys and girls’.  Janon Fisher.

Race-baiting, sexuality dogma, and climate voodoo at the American Psychiatric Association. Deborah C. Tyler — “The article reports Dr. Levounis’s priorities and that “he plans to do the following:  Amplify the psychiatrist’s voice on critical social issues, such as systemic racism, homophobia, and climate change.” – Let’s deconstruct this trinity of social issues, which are of paramount concern to the incoming leader of American psychiatrists.” – “In this time of a tidal wave of mental illness in America, it is a disaster that psychiatry is turning away from the rigors and sacrifices of scientific medicine to fall into the quicksand of anti-scientific, self-serving progressive dogma.”

Instapundit: — “Justin Trudeau has become a punchline on the world stage — for good reason: This is a sad moment — for Canada and its standing within the free world.”

The Progressive’s Ukraine-Envy. Patrick M. Garry — “The envy is directed toward Ukraine, a country being pummeled by Russian tanks and missiles. A country where children, the elderly and the sick are being targeted with bombs.- And yet, it is also a country bravely standing up to one of the largest and best-equipped militaries on earth.  This courage, this love of home and country, this willingness to sacrifice life and fortune – this is the subject of American envy.”

The Democrats’ New ‘Latino’ Problem: The Ghost of James Monroe. Robert Oscar Lopez — “some disturbing maps have circulated showing the globe in terms of which nations have sanctioned Russia over her invasion of Ukraine” — “Most depressing is the fact that a lot of the world just doesn’t believe us” — “It is hard to interpret events as anything other than a massive blow to American credibility abroad.” — “now would be a good time for all those Critical Race theorists in New York and California to update their antiquated assumptions.”

Sure, bring back the 1950s. Don Surber — “Today’s fiction writing seems limited to news stories in NYT and WaPo. And their stories are lame with holes in their plots even a Russian tank commander could drive a convoy through.”

Thirsting for seriousness in the long-form podcast. Meriam Matthews — “It is now common to see lengthy presentations covering deep subjects on YouTube and on various podcasts.  It is also now common that millions, not thousands, of people are watching.” – “There is a thirst in the land, a hunger for seriousness that is lacking in short-form TV ”

Thomas Sowell, Monument to Intelligent Insight. John Dale Dunn — review of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell by Jason L Riley 304 pp, 18.69  Hardcover 16.69 Kindle, ISBN-10 ? : ? 1541619684  (Basic Books 2021) — “Thomas Sowell is an American literary and philosophical icon — a prolific genius who has graced us with his presence and his extraordinary essays, books and lectures for more than 50 years.”

 

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