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Just how should we react?

Why does half of America vote for such horrible things? Spruce Fontaine — “My sense is that Democrats, by and large, have a tenuous connection to things transcendent.  Transcendence gives coherence to existence.” … “My fear is that America may soon want an actual king to fill civilization’s incoherent void.”

The Real Genesis Of Extremism. Gary M. Galles — “Leonard Read, born 123 years ago this week, showed that real farsightedness when wrote “The Genesis of Extremism,” in the April 1962 issue of The Freeman. He already understood today’s name-calling, ad hominem attacks and guilt by association innuendo attacks and their connection to government overstepping of its logically defensible role” … “What we are witnessing is an instance of action and reaction. The genesis of the reaction is the action, and the origin of the current “extremism” is socialistic action.” … “how should we react to socialistic government “innovations” that attack our rights and liberties?”

The Afghanistization of America. Victor Davis Hanson — “We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.” … “is our new freelancing and partisan military also in the process of becoming Afghanized—too many of its leadership electively appealing to pseudo-higher principles to contextualize violating the Constitution of the United States and, sadly, too many trying to reflect the general woke landscape of the corporate board to which so many have retired?”

Was ‘Justice For J6 Rally’ A Set-Up Or A Psy-Op? Ron Paul [The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity] — “As conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza Tweeted, the comedy of the event was that “there were so many undercover cops they were arresting each other by accident.” … “we must not let enemies of justice win. All liberty lovers must speak out for the unfairly persecuted. Even when it’s politically risky. We must not be silent!”

The Cabal That Cried Wolf and Undermined a Republic. Vince — “race was not the issue that makes these three cases so despicable.  What makes them so heinous is that they sought to play upon the sympathies of the American public.  In the end they failed and all three ended up disgraced and Magnum and Smith ended up in jail.” … “What is a much larger problem however is when such hoaxes are perpetrated by government.  And we’ve had a great deal of that.” … “Democrats have been manipulating Americans fears and goodwill for decades and today we are watching the culmination of that treachery.”

Australia: Covid’s tyranny. Reference Frame — By a Czech-born Australian lady whose name is known to me. “I have chosen to write this article mainly to let people around the world know the truth about what is happening in Australia. It is written according to the truth and my personal experience, nothing is second hand.”

Americans Need A New Media. I & I Editorial Board — “we have an army of journalists who are nakedly biased, vainly divisive, childishly spiteful, and purposely destructive. We can only hope our free market economy responds to the great business opportunity at hand before the press and its Democrat allies make doing so impossible as they work to shut down free enterprise.”

From the TV networks to the major daily newspapers to sophomoric gab shows, the media are in the business of lying, covering up and/or ignoring truth that hurts Democrats, instilling fear, creating an environment in which government can more easily control people who already had been freed through revolution, and “othering” and gaslighting dissenters.

As an institution, the press has been almost wholly taken over by a collection of liberty-loathing progressives, resentful leftists, neo-Marxists, aspiring tyrants, busybodies, bitter scolds, elitists, anti-Americans, and angry, juvenile activists – a composition identical to that of the Democratic Party. For those who doubt this, consider the Democrats’ recent proposal to subsidize left-leaning newspapers with taxpayer money.

How Durham Bombshell Made a ‘Birther’ Out of Me. Jack Cashill — “Upon reading special counsel John Durham’s 27-page indictment of attorney Michael Sussman, I found myself asking, “Is there anything Perkins Coie lawyers would not do to keep their Democratic clients in power?”

Indictment of Campaign Lawyer Demonstrates How Hillary Clinton Is The Most Systemically Manipulative Politician Of Our Lifetime. William A. Jacobson — “Hillary Clinton opreatives perpetrated a massive Russia-collusion fraud on the American public which not only manipulated the 2016 election process but also froze the Trump presidency and nearly paralyzed the nation politically for years.”

The Strange Thoughts of Catastropharians. Tony Thomas — “To Sally, we denialists are desperately cowering from “unbearable anxiety or loss”, rather than laughing at doom-criers’ 50 years of failed predictions.”

Concerning Ivermectin. Herschel Smith —  “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “This is a gigantic propaganda campaign, and you’re the subject of the disinformation.  In other words, if they weren’t so scared of it, the laughable legacy media wouldn’t be spending so much time on it.”

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If only we could find a cure

‘Science,’ They Said. Victor Davis Hanson — “Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning. And we all will soon become poorer, angrier and more divided.”

In empirical fashion scientists advised us to examine evidence and data, and then by induction come to rational hypotheses. The enemies of “science” were politics, superstition, bias, and deduction. 

Yet we are now returning to our version of medieval alchemy and astrology in rejecting a millennium of the scientific method.  

Take the superstitions that now surround COVID-19. 

 

K–12: the Clutter is the Message. Bruce Deitrick Price — “Traditionally, education was focused on facts, information, details, content, learning, and knowledge, all of these hopefully leading to wisdom.  Now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”

Instapundit — “The real failure — and I’ve warned about it since the beginning — is that our “public health” establishment has been so obviously corrupt and politicized that people who would have trusted it a decade or two ago now don’t. And the reason they don’t is that it’s been so obviously corrupt and politicized as to be untrustworthy.”

FDA Panel Member on COVID Vaccines: ‘Heart Attacks Happen 71 Times More Often….’ Selwyn Duke — “Some of the above is “scientific”; much of it is anecdotal. Yet there’s far, far more evidence of the GTAs’ downsides than I’ve mentioned here”

While the Rally for January 6 prisoners was a bust, it still mattered a lot. Andrea Widburg — “this failed rally revealed that non-leftists in America are losing their First Amendment right to protest.” 

What If the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came? Brian C. Joondeph — “Saturday, Sept. 18 was the date for the “J6 Rally,” organized by a political advocacy group called Look Ahead America.” … “as usual, Trump was right. The Daily Mail reported, “Protesters outnumbered by police…as just a handful of demonstrators turn up.” One of only a few arrests was a comical scene of Feds, dressed like Star Wars storm troopers arresting one of their own, an undercover cop.”

Bush and Milley Have Chosen Obama’s False History of America J.B. Shurk — “It has been the project of the political left for quite some time to convince Americans that there is nothing exceptional about their country.  To “fundamentally transform” a culture, you must first poison the roots of what has already been growing.” … “Killing American history is not just a matter of destroying our collective identity as Americans, but also the vehicle for undermining notions of personal freedom.”

If Only We Could Find A Cure For Trump Derangement Syndrome. James Bowman, [The Epoch Times] — “if all things Trump are bad and all things no-Trump are good, it’s still the case that a no-Trump thing that goes bad, like the Afghan debacle, can still be blamed on Trump, as President Joe Biden attempted to do. Some sufferers from the illness in California might even have believed him.”

Dirty Deeds Done Not Cheap. Clarice Feldman — “It was a diabolically engineered hoax. Clinton or her campaign (depending on your degree of naïveté) hired Perkins which hired GPS, who hired Steele, who made up scurrilous nonsense like the pee tape.”

So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas? Monica Showalter — “It’s natural to want to know how this formed? Why is it so big? Why did it end up at Del Rio, Texas, a town ill-equipped to accommodate them? How did these people fly or sail from faraway Haiti? Are more on the way?” … “What we have here is a broken border, and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, brought on by Joe Biden’s failure of basic diplomacy.”

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hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless

DOJ Files Baseless Suit Against Texas Over Its Abortion Law. Paul Mirengoff — “Whatever one’s views of the Texas law, the DOJ’s suit is baseless. Its filing demonstrates that under Joe Biden and Merrick Garland, the DOJ has become a hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless tool of the left. … The Department of Justice lacks authority to file any lawsuit unless a statute grants litigation authority to the Attorney General. The DOJ’s complaint cites no statute granting such authority.”

 Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes sanctions against parties that file lawsuits for “any improper purpose” and lawsuits that are not “warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law .” In my view, the government’s suit against Texas is a good candidate for Rule 11 sanctions.

But some are exempt while others pursuing blatant evidence of election fraud are being considered subject to Rule 11 – Subject to ‘hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless tool’ as well?

Stark Contrasts: RealClearInvestigations’ Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison. The Editors, RealClearInvestigations — “With polling indicating Americans see two sides to the story – and major media dwelling on only one – RealClearInvestigations has developed the database below allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.”

More On The J6 Narrative Fail. Mark Wauck — “I briefly alluded to the Left’s need for a new target for demonization, for Otherization. The reason for this need is that the whole narrative of a Republican “insurrection” on January 6, an attempt to “overthrow the government”, is coming apart.”

Gout Medicine Could Also Battle COVID-19 – FDA Approved and Has Potent Antiviral Properties. University Of Georgia Virology — “Repurposing drugs that are already approved to work against one problem is common. For example, remdesivir was originally intended to fight Ebola virus, but when it showed some promise in fighting the coronavirus, it was enlisted to battle COVID-19.” … “Probenecid is an FDA-approved medication that’s primarily used to treat gout, and it’s already widely available in the U.S. The drug has been on the market for over 40 years and has minimal side effects.” There are many such drugs with promise but the current climate puts effectiveness and cost versus benefit way down the list of priorities.

Ivermectin, ‘Noble Lies,’ and Whom Do We Trust? Keith Jackson — “The controversy around the use of ivermectin and, previously, hydroxychloroquine joins a long list of things where the left’s pursuit of the “Noble Lie” is judged more important than honest debate.”

How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science. John P.A. Ioannidis — “Imperatives like skepticism and disinterestedness are being junked to fuel political warfare that has nothing in common with scientific methodology.” … “The Mertonian norms [Wikipedia] of communalism, universalism, disinterestedness, and organized skepticism have unfortunately never been mainstream in education, media, or even in science museums and TV documentaries on scientific topics.” … “By August 2021, 330,000 scientific papers were published on COVID-19, involving roughly a million different authors. … However, most of this work was of low quality, often wrong, and sometimes highly misleading.”

Who gave these orders? Who decided that his or her opinion, expertise, and conflicts should be in charge? It was not a single person, not a crazy general or a despicable politician or a dictator, even if political interference in science did happen—massively so. It was all of us, a conglomerate that has no name and no face: a mesh and mess of half-cooked evidence; frenzied and partisan media promoting parachute journalism and pack coverage; the proliferation of pseudonymous and eponymous social media personas which led even serious scientists to become unrestrained, wild-beast avatars of themselves, spitting massive quantities of inanity and nonsense; poorly regulated industry and technology companies flexing their brain and marketing power; and common people afflicted by the protracted crisis. All swim in a mixture of some good intentions, some excellent thinking, and some splendid scientific successes, but also of conflicts, political polarization, fear, panic, hatred, divisiveness, fake news, censorship, inequalities, racism, and chronic and acute societal dysfunction.

 

Survival Rates. Kevin Roche — “I know it is heresy to suggest this, but we are at flu levels, if flu were tested for and deaths attributed in the same manner.”

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What has happened to our country?

The Case for Merit, Character, and Capacity. Sheldon Bart — “The politically correct write the three-word mantra “diversity, equity and inclusion” with capital letters and refer to it in acronym form as DEI. This is a distinction never accorded to such familiar triads as “duty, honor, country,” “faith, hope and charity,” or “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” … “What should also be clear is that those extolling the creed of diversity, equity, and inclusion have, in this regard, set common sense aside along with the history books. Instead, they exercise emotionalism and airy intellectuality. Unless common sense eventually prevails, we can look back to Colonel Greene for a projection of our future.”

Democracy Dies in the Absence of Trust. Christopher Akehurst — “What has happened to our country?” … “Trust is a condition that makes our society work as a cooperative enterprise. But more and more you notice its absence.”

California’s Proposed COVID Vaccine Mandate Goes Down In Flames. Good Riddance. Cameron English — “public health rules need to be based on sound evidence, which, as we’ll see, this proposed mandate was not. Second, when policymakers fail to “follow the science,” they cause severe unintended consequences.”

Courts should not order hospitals and physicians to administer ivermectin against their will. Jann Bellamy — this is up as an example of the ‘straw man’ and other logical fallacies. The comments make clear the effect of this straw man. The issue isn’t judges. It is hospitals refusing with zealotry to administer properly prescribed, inexpensive,and reasonably safe medications. The site claims ‘science’ yet shows a lack of its values and principles.

Let It Find Us. Andrew W. Coy — “It is becoming so painfully clear that those in charge of our lives either do not know what they are doing or are lying to us when it comes to COVID.” … “Concerns are legitimate, but we must stop living in fear.  Being careful is appropriate, but we should no longer allow this virus to determine our every move or dominate our thoughts.  We must claim our lives back.”

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Agree to love Big Sibling.

COVID-19: A Weapon to FundamentallyTransform America [Lucianne link – follow to read PDF from journal] Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. – download and read a clear summary (with many citations) of the current situation.

A Trump Ally Gets Nailed Again as Our Two-Tiered Justice System Becomes More Ridiculous. Bonchie – “prosecuted under FARA laws, provisions that formerly were never enforced and continue to not be enforced outside of Trump’s realm. … the question is why Democrats who have so clearly violated FARA laws are not being prosecuted as well?” … “No one should be expected to trust or respect a justice system that operates this way.”

Hong Kong’s political prisoners versus our own political prisoners, neo – “The redefinition of mere criticism of a leftist government into actionable “hate” speech and speech that constitutes “incitement to violence” or hurts people’s sensibilities has been a leftist tactic for quite some time.”

“When China opened up to the West so many years ago, it was thought by many “experts” that it would result in the Westernization of China. I don’t think most people thought the influence would go the other way. Our own traditions of liberty were stronger then, but the left has been carefully undermining them for many many many decades.

Democrats No More. Victor Davis Hanson – “Now with money, institutions in their hip pocket, and cool popular culture, the Left would not just damn American institutions, but infect them to transform them into revolutionary agencies.” … “So here we are with a near one-party system of a weaponized fused media, popular culture, and the administrative state—confident that all Americans will soon agree to love Big Sibling.”

 

The Antifa/FBI Coalition. John Dietrich – “The FBI has a history of instigating terrorist plots that they thwart with great fanfare. This is not a conspiracy theory.” … “The DC Metropolitan Police also had at least one undercover employee embedded within the pro-Trump crowd. This is not speculation. It is based on court records.”

“Many of the “unindicted co-conspirators” appear to have been more violent than those placed in solitary confinement. This is possibly why the Department of Justice refuses to release to the public over 14,000 hours of video taken at the Capitol during the “insurrection.”

Mark Milley And Lloyd Austin Fail To Impress. Paul Mirengoff – “The two managed to demonstrate one of two things. Either they are stupid or they believe the American public is stupid.”

“CDC Estimated a One-Year Decline in Life Expectancy in 2020. Not So — Try Five Days”. Eugene Volokh – “The CDC’s mistake? It calculated life expectancy using an assumption that is assuredly wrong, which yielded a statistic that was certain to be misunderstood….”

Your Rights, Do You Have Any? Sarah Hoyt – “Please pay attention and stop running with the herd. When you run with the herd, you get stampeded off a cliff by those who wish to harvest you. Outrages such as detailed in that letter go a long way towards the collectivist cliff. At the bottom of that is death, one way or another.”

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Vichy Republican – lost his bearings and his way

A lot of good stuff over at American Thinker. Check it out.

Isn’t It about Time to Stop Lobbing Ridiculous Accusations at Trump? E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “The Donald J. Trump–bashers have been saying for years, “Trump should go to jail!”

“This hostile attitude is intended to retaliate for his saying to Hillary Clinton in one of their debates that if he were in office, she would be in jail. So, hearing this public slurring of their village queen, the vengeful hearts of her loyal fans desired to turn the tables and actually put him in jail.

Yet these same manipulators and scoundrels have not been able to pin one credible criminal offense on him. Nevertheless, they continue to make it their life’s work to keep trying.”

To the people who support this endless fantasy of putting Mr. Trump in jail, I can only say, “Give up your bitterness.” You don’t have to vote for Trump or like his personality, morals, or policies. But nursing endless revenge fantasies is not only neurotic; it’s also immoral. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these shall be added unto thee.”

The attempts to judge Trump as a man of vice, a sinister spymaster, and a violent insurrectionist are all empty as well as vicious charges. We have to see through them in order to remain temperate, rational persons.

10 Reasons to Question the Election. Rob Jenkins – “Clearly, they’re confusing “evidence” with “proof.” … No, there may not be absolute, incontrovertible proof of election fraud — yet. But there is plenty of evidence, good reasons a rational person might question the outcome.”

Court Sends A Message: Paul Allard Hodgkins Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison For Entering Capitol. Ameer Benno – “Did not engage in violence or property damage. Defense: “a man who for just one hour on one day, lost his bearings and his way. It is the story of a man who made a fateful decision to follow the crowd, and found himself for approximately 15 minutes in a place that he sincerely regrets to have been.” … “In June, he pled guilty. And it’s not hard to see why – he simply lacked the resources to put up a fight.” … “Today, the court is the one that lost its way. And how it dealt with Paul Hodgkins says a lot about where we are today as a nation.”

As they start sentencing January 6 detainees, the Democrats have a problem. Andrea Widburg – “Since January 6, the Democrats have played up the kerfuffle in the Capitol on January as the worst thing ever in American history, while ignoring the innumerable times leftists have aggressively invaded the Capitol. This is different, and the wrongdoers must be punished. The problem with this narrative, though, was revealed on Monday when the first person charged with a felony for January 6 got sentenced. Was the sentence life imprisonment? Beheading? No. It was eight months in prison. Talk about a narrative fail.”

The last six months have seen a lot of leftist wish fulfillment. Terry Paulding – “How far can someone be goaded and bullied before he fights back?”

“we now know we can trust no one. The ‘”insurrectionists” languish in solitary confinement for the crime of trespass, threatened with twenty-year prison sentences, while the Antifa thugs and FBI plants remain free. These people’s suffering hangs over us. We want to fix it, and we can’t understand why our supposed representatives in Congress and our traitorous courts are powerless to simply free these souls and right this wrong.

COVID Authoritarianism Has Changed Our Polity. William Sullivan – “We are not the same country that we were just a few years ago. However unfortunate it may be to realize it, COVID has changed the political identity of America. To put it bluntly, it has become normal to expect that the government can close your business, robbing you of your livelihood and your family of the fruits of your labor, in order to protect hospital infrastructure and personnel.” … “There is an unmistakable incoherence and disingenuousness to the efforts of the COVID alarmists today,”

Zombie chimps from heck. Martin Fuentes – “Can a civilization continue to function when the most basic truths cannot be spoken, yet blatant falsehoods are dogma? When radical upheavals are justified not by wisdom, but by disorienting barrages of phony “outrages” and “crises”? … “All kinds of videos show well-behaved crowds inside the Capitol, in hilarious contrast to Antifa Marxists.” … “Everywhere, we see frauds posing as leaders, while brainwashing replaces knowledge and manufactured crises are weaponized to crush and control regular humans. ”

WATCH: This Shocking Video Shows Just How Brazen Crime in California Has Become. Kira Davis – “California’s slide into chaos has not been an accident. A huge reason for the striking rise in homelessness and both petty and violent crime is Prop 47, a bill deceptively titled the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.”

Are Masks About to Become Permanent? Brian C.Joondeph, MD – “Much of the world’s media is spewing nothing but gloom and doom over the Chinese coronavirus, that the worst is yet to come.” … “The goalposts are sifting again for masks.” … “If the vaccines work as advertised, why the masks for everyone?” … “The Copenhagen mask study found little benefit to masks in stopping the Chinese coronavirus.” … “Is LA’s new mask mandate in the interest of public health or shaping and directing the political narrative?”

Biden Doesn’t Want Us To Have Nice Things. I & I Editorial Board – “The current administration announced last week that it intends to force low-flow showerheads on the country that popularized showering, overriding an effort by the Trump administration to give consumers more options and reining in a government that believes it has no boundaries.”

The Red Queen Would Be Proud of the Impossibly Inconsistent Climate Disaster Claims. H. Sterling Burnett – “Please, environmental socialists, move on to the next hobgoblin you will try to terrify the public with in your continuing effort to expand the government’s, and by extension your own, power over peoples’ lives. I’m ready for a new mythical dragon to slay.”

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Free speech doesn’t mean your own history

Is America still a Great Power? Ojel L. Rodriguez – “traditional standards of analysis of power do not fully reflect what is needed for the preservation of a great power. Other criteria must be added to the analysis of America’s status of a great power. The criteria are the moral qualities of patriotism and conviction of destiny, which, due to a self-loathing campaign by the left … reveals the moral qualities to be lacking in America and leads to the questioning of America’s status in the world as a great power.”

It’s Official: Patriotism Is Conservative — and Bad. Steve Feinstein – “This has been building for some time now, but it’s finally out in the open: To be overtly patriotic and show public support for the American flag is now a sign of conservatism.”

Don’t ‘Forget The Alamo.’ Do Fight The Book’s Revisionist, Fake History To The Last Man. Kevin D. Roberts – “We can’t ignore the context in which the book ‘Forget the Alamo’ was conceived: the massive push to define history, and all of us, by the color of our skin.”

“Lost in the back-and-forth about the event is the fact that the book is atrocious history. Perhaps its most lasting contribution is showing just how far the revisionists of Texan and American stories will go — and just how politicized they have made the study of history.

Another Reckoning for a Bad Idea? Roger Kimball – “Bad ideas never die, but their rebirths reliably are met—eventually—by critics who call attention to the emperor’s nakedness.”

New Frontiers In “Equity”. Scott Johnson – “Is it possible to satirize the calculated malice and unthinking stupidity underlying the movement supporting the replacement of “equality” (meaning equal rights) with “equity” (meaning equal results)? I don’t think so. Maybe, but I seriously doubt it.”

Were Minorities Disproportionately Impacted By Covid? John Hinderaker – “The claim that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people of color is often heard and rarely, if ever, disputed. It is one of many instances where politicians and activists identify “white privilege” and use that concept as a basis for policy.” Let’s examine that presumption …

Nobody Ever Expects Authoritarian Imposition! J.B. Shurk – “Aristotle warned that “republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” The U.S. government seems intent on proving that observation true.”

Trump Explains “Why I’m Suing Big Tech” In WSJ Editorial. Tyler Durden – “ Big Tech has colluded with government to censor the free speech of the American people, Trump said.”

President Trump Explains Why He is Suing Big Tech, With Links to Lawsuit Filings. Sundance – “No longer are Big Tech giants simply removing specific threats of violence. They are manipulating and controlling the political debate itself. Consider content that was censored in the past year.”

“Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans—Democrats, Republicans and independents. I will never stop fighting to defend the constitutional rights and sacred liberties of the American people.” (link)

Why Big Tech Will Lose the Censorship Wars. David Catron – “Even billionaire oligarchs can’t fight everyone everywhere forever.” … “If their increasingly arrogant censorship practices are creating concern among leftist ideologues like Bernie Sanders and right-wing populists such as Donald Trump, they are making enemies everywhere.”

Remember Alfa Bank? Mark Wauk – “Here we are, nearly four years later, and things are getting interesting. During the discovery process–still ongoing–Simpson attempted to deny Alfa’s request for certain documents by claiming that they were covered by attorney-client privilege. There are 500 documents at issue.” … “I need scarcely remind readers that when the law firm of Perkins Coie comes up, we’re getting very close to the very heart of Dem election lawfare ops. This is potentially a very big deal.”

During Speech President Trump Reveals Letter from Pennsylvania U.S Attorney Detailing Bill Barr Blocking Philadelphia Vote Fraud Investigation. Sundance – “there’s a big difference between not seeing election fraud and purposefully blocking a United States Attorney Office from investigating allegations of fraud with an institutional motive not to discover or see it.”

MartyrMade is trying to understand Boomer-tier Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent. – “Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspecting it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam, then watched as every institution – agencies, the press, Congress, academia – gaslit them for another year.”

Anti-Liberty Leftists Are Wrong Again: Pandemic Gun Violence Surge Not Linked to Rise in Gun Sales, Study Finds. D Parker – “A recent study showed that the national socialist media missed the boat on the idea that correlation is not causation, especially when it’s politically expedient.” … “it’s an intriguing result. It does lead one to an interesting conclusion that perhaps there is no correlation because this is looking at the actions of two different groups of people.”

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Banana Republic Looming?

Has the Military Lost Middle America? Victor Davis Hanson – “The military is not yet a revolutionary people’s army overseen by commissars. But it is getting there.”

Why The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Was Right To Toss Bill Cosby’s Tainted Conviction. Margot Cleveland – “While Bill Cosby may have walked out of prison a free man yesterday, the courts saw to it that he endured two criminal trials and spent years in prison during his appeals.”

Giuliani’s Suspension: Questionable Statements, But Not by Him. John O’Connor – “upon closer examination of the ruling by the New York appellate court, we see clearly questionable statements — not by Giuliani, but about him.”

“What was bizarre about this ruling, especially to any experienced lawyer, is that Giuliani was suspended before it was even determined preliminarily that an investigation of him should be opened. The court disqualified Giuliani on an emergency ad hoc basis, implicating Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel and Giuliani’s First Amendment right to free speech. The court’s ruling also does not find problematic the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, requiring a due process hearing before any deprivation of a right, privilege, or property interest.

Ironically, a close examination of this extremely unfair opinion reveals it to be very much like a court ruling to be expected from a less developed, authoritarian country, and it lends strength, not weakness, to questions about our last election.

Is the Supreme Court gaslighting us? John Green – “Trying to gaslight everyone now is asking us to ignore 50 years of bad behavior.”

“The reality is that the court is in trouble. It is no longer trusted to be unbiased. The justices are belatedly learning that a referee who isn’t faithful to the rules also lacks the authority to control the game — as that authority is granted by the players. The justices find themselves in a predicament that was created by themselves and their predecessors.

Literal interpretation of the Constitution would have been easy and noncontroversial. It’s the philosophy that originalist justices subscribe to. Had we stayed out of the world of penumbras and emanations, most rulings would have been unanimous. After all, the document says what it says.

The court’s caseload would be substantially lighter. Everybody can read the Constitution and would know in advance how the court would be likely to rule on any given subject. Their rulings would be predictable, and hence noncontroversial. It wouldn’t matter if a justice’s leanings are conservative or liberal. The Constitution says what it says. If it needs to change, it’s someone else’s job to change it.

The Drug Whose Name Must Not Be Uttered. Peter O’Brien – “Doctors advocating the use of Ivermectin, and those conducting clinical trials (none of which are detailed in either government website), are not suggesting that people should self-medicate, that they should binge on the stuff or that they should take versions designed for horses.” … “And now the big question: How many people died (or will die) that need not have, due to this politicised, mercenary and cavalier approach to public health? And who will pay?”

Robocalls are out of control. But that could all change today. Marguerite Reardon – “Today is the deadline for voice providers to implement the Stir/Shaken tech designed to curb the flood of annoying and costly robocalls.

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“Fake but Accurate” is the next level of rationalization

Hate Crimes Against Catholics Are Multiplying (But Politicians And Media Don’t Want To Talk About It). Christopher Bedford – “When churches are desecrated, when believers are humiliated, when WaPo came after a local D.C. priest for tending his flock during lockdowns, politicians lick their fingers, put them in the air, and keep quiet.” … “there are real hate crimes that take place in America, and the best way to tell they’re real is that the press isn’t talking about them — or isn’t talking about them honestly.”

“The term “hate crime” gets used too often these days. More often enough than not, if you hear the term “hate crime” you can rightly assume it’s an attention-seeking fraud by the loudest “victim” in the room, be they a student at Harvard or an actor in Hollywood.

Also from the Federalist: Corporate Media Smears Inspector General After He Debunks Their Bogus Trump Narrative by Jordan Davidson – Axing Critical Race Theory Allows For Teaching Honest History About The Tulsa Violence 100 Years Ago by Mary Grabar – Science Is On The Side Of Those Resisting Transgender Ideology In Schools by Glenn T. Stanton – New Watchdog Report Shatters The Left’s ‘Photo Op’ Lie About Trump Clearing Rioters In Lafayette Park. by Shawn Fleetwood.

Media Caught In Yet Another Massive Anti-Trump Lie; Will Election Fraud Be Next? I & I Editorial Board – “we finally know the truth. Trump was right. The media were lying. And anyone who trusted the news accounts was a fool.”

Flashback: DC Mayor Honored At DNC For Riot Response. New Reports Reveal She, Not Trump, Teargassed Protesters. Mollie Hemingway – “For more than a year, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed President Donald Trump to take the blame for what her police forces had done.”

“A Senate report on the policing failures on the day of the riot at the U.S. Capitol specifically cited public pushback against military and federal law enforcement’s role in quelling riots in summer 2020. The Army had previously noted the “considerable scrutiny” it had received for flying medical evacuation helicopters near crowds of protesters.

Another issue that led to policing and security delays and failures, according to the Senate report, was a letter orchestrated by former House Conference Chair Liz Cheney, a Republican congresswoman from Wyoming.

Former Trump aide Stephen Miller wrote, “Now that the IG report has thoroughly debunked the Lafayette Lie, one must ask: how many riots subsequently spiraled out of control elsewhere because local authorities embraced the Left’s Lafayette narrative—and did not deploy the rapid initial force necessary to assert control?”

It’s a sobering but important question to answer about the dangerous propaganda spewed by the corrupt press and other Democrats after billions of dollars in destruction, dozens of killings, a ripping of the fabric of society, and a general breakdown of law and order.

The Media Didn’t ‘Get It Wrong’ On Lafayette Park, They Lied To America — And They’re Still Lying. Christopher Bedford – “On June 1, 2020 and afterward, corporate media didn’t simply get it wrong, they flagrantly and shamelessly lied to Americans in order to hurt the president.”

Watch: Fox Host Wallace Attempts To Shift Blame To Trump Over Wuhan Lab-Leak. Steve Watson [via Summit News] – “During an interview with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Fox News host Chris Wallace attempted to excuse the inaction of the Biden administration over the Wuhan lab leak by suggesting Trump and Pompeo did nothing for a year.”

‘Touch The Ballots, Go To Jail’: AZ Lawmaker Warns Biden AG As Audit Showdown Brews. Tyler Durden – “An Arizona state Senator has warned US Attorney General Merrick Garland that he’ll ‘spend time in prison’ if he interferes with the 2020 post-election audit, after Garland announced on Friday that the Justice Department will look into whether any federal laws were broken – and claimed the state was employing ‘abnormal’ methods.”

Election Fraud is an Issue that Will Not Go Away. Jeff Lukens – “There are many reasons to doubt the 2020 election results. No question, strange things were happening on Election Night.”

Why It’s Impossible To Teach History Only Using ‘The Facts’. Casey Chalk – “What teachers choose to cover (or not cover) during their limited classroom time will reveal what biases and agendas that educator has on American history.”

“There are at least two problems here. The first is simply that much of the history offered by the 1619 Project and similar critical race theory initiatives is simply wrong. The second is that what teachers choose to cover with their limited time with students will reveal what biases and agendas that educator has related to history.

What is really going on is not replacing error with truth, but foregrounding some data (typically the experience of persons of color or other “marginalized groups”) at the expense of others (typically of many white Americans).

America Has An Existential Civics Education Crisis That More ‘Civics Education’ Will Only Make Worse. Joy Pullmann – “This entire fight is over whether Americans will live under the original Constitution or its bastardized enemy. The civics curriculum battle is key to who will win that war, and the left has the upper hand.”

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Fight back against the outrage

Solitary confinement for Jan. 6 riot participants draws criticism from Democratic senators and ACLU. Kerry Picket – “After Jan. 6, Washington, D.C., jail officials decided that all Capitol riot detainees be held in “restrictive housing” as a safety measure for the accused. However, the accused found themselves in solitary confinement 23 hours a day before their trials even started.”

The Depravity of the Democrat Party, the American Left, and the Media. Steve McCann – “For the first time in human history, a nation effectively quarantined the healthy instead of only the sick. For the first time in American history, elected officials on the state and local levels illegally and unilaterally suspended rights guaranteed in the Constitution.” … “It is difficult for the average American to fathom the depth of dishonesty and potential treason of those motivated by self-preservation to keep hidden their incestuous relationships with the Communist Chinese and the part they played in the Chinese development of highly infectious viruses as potential military weapons.”

The Pandemic that Keeps on Giving. Rick Fuentes – “With very rare exceptions now on display in the Senate, congressional Democrats are a mass movement worthy of a few aphorisms from the late, great Eric Hoffer.” … “At no time has the ideological goosestep among the Democrat leadership been more apparent than during the pandemic.”

I’ve Read That… Steve Karp – “Looking back over the past year and a half, the number of conflicting stories about every aspect of the 2019 SARS Coronavirus is staggering.”

“We are in an age of talking past each other. There is no vigorous debate to help us understand what is true, what is false, and what are shadows on the wall. There is something, however, that many of us clearly see, and that’s our society being purposely destroyed before our eyes. If enough people dare to turn around and really look at the past year-and-a-half in America, they too may see it. Even then, though, we still must convince them to believe their own eyes.

More evidence the COVID-19 panic was just that: an unwarranted panic. Robert Zimmerman – “The panicky response to COVID was unwarranted and not based on the actual facts on the ground but on manipulated and unproven assumptions. … too many Americans meekly accepted those assumptions without any of the kind of mature skepticism that is required of adult citizens in a democratic republic. The result: Our rights were violated and false and corrupt politicians gained power, power they eagerly abused.”

My Woke Employees Tried to Cancel Me. Here’s How I Fought Back and Saved My Nonprofit. Grace Daniel – “In order to withstand attacks, you’ll need to be armed with an understanding of the ideas in play, and the courage to stand up to bullies. I hope my story can help give you both.”

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It’s not just the asininity, it’s the pettiness, too

Nevada Democrats Push To Make ‘Emergency’ 2020 Election Changes Permanent. Tristan Justice — “Nevada Democrats are ramming through legislation to make last year’s chaotic “emergency” voting procedures permanent.” … “Former Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison said the potential changes threaten to undermine already battered faith in the state’s elections”

AUDIT of Elections Update: A Week’s Worth of Bombshells. Stu Cvrk — “Reports of election irregularities and audits and agitated Democrats and their lickspittle media are breaking out all over.” – Arizona – Georgia – Michigan – Nevada – New Hampshire – Pennsylvania –

“Nevada sneaked into the election integrity news with this excellent summary report of post-election goings-on between the Nevada state GOP and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) who has consistently claimed that, despite 8 binders of evidence and 122,918 Election Violation Reports, there is no widespread evidence of fraud during the 2020 election. The Nevada Republican Party censured her back in April

Republicans Keep Making Completely Unforced Errors So The Media Will Like Them. Christopher Bedford — “Leadership isn’t imposed from speeches by people who had power and failed to exercise it prudently, and no one wants to hear from Paul Ryan.” … “it’s past time to stop playing games. With our children, our military, and our freedom on the line, serious leaders must play for keeps.”

The Media Aggressively ‘Others’ Trump Voters. David Catron — “Tens of millions have been declared unfit to participate in the democratic process.” … “While the Democrats continue to pursue an endless lawfare campaign against former President Trump, their confederates in the corporate media are calling for the excommunication of Republicans from American politics.”

“In Georgia, GOP Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) will run for secretary of state against incumbent Brad Raffensperger. In Nevada, former GOP Assemblyman Jim Marchant will run for secretary of state against incumbent Barbara Cegavske. In Arizona, State Rep. Mark Finchem (AZ-11) will run for secretary of state against Democrat Katie Hobbs if she runs for reelection. In Michigan, Kristina Karamo, who vociferously challenged last year’s presidential results in the Wolverine State, will run for secretary of state against controversial Democratic incumbent Jocelyn Benson.

None of the challenged incumbents can credibly claim to be competent or even honest. So their GOP challengers must be misrepresented as somehow dangerous. … As to Trump voters, they must be written off as delusional members of a personality cult composed of racist, homophobic, sexists with an inclination toward violence. They must be “othered” and banished from the public square.

More On The Roberts’ Strategy–If That’s What It Is. Mark Wauck — “I make the argument that it wasn’t the SCOTUS’ responsibility to save the GOP. Because let’s face it–Trump did what he could to win reelection. The election was sabotaged not just by the Dems but by the GOP. We’ve seen that in state after state, during the post election squabbling. We’re at the point now that the GOPers who sabotaged Trump–governors, legislators, AGs, SecStates–are now scrambling to fix their standing with the voters. Because they now realize that their strategy failed. They thought voters would be duped by the fraud, and accept a false loss by Trump. Instead, voters realize that the fix was in.”

You Won’t Believe How Activists Pushed Loudoun County Schools Into Critical Race Theory. Ian Prior — “Documents show activists forced Loudoun County Public Schools into a critical race theory rabbit hole because they used a critical race theory exercise about the Underground Railroad.” … “The story of how this all happened seems relatively straightforward, but it is in fact a complicated story of gaslighting, big money contracts, and unfairly throwing teachers under the bus.”

How Telling The Truth On Campus Gets You Persecuted. Casey Chalk — “Canadian free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd’s book, ‘Diversity & Exclusion: Confronting the Campus Free Speech Crisis,’ tells the Orwellian story of how colleges abandoned teaching truth in favor of conformity.” … “It’s not just the asininity of the academy, but its pettiness.”

“State governments, which possess the power to influence public academic institutions, need to take more interest in what is happening in state universities and apply the necessary pressure to stop these worrying trends, which evince not only an intellectual suicide but a socio-cultural one. Our leaders must demonstrate the courage to curb what is killing us. What we need are politicians who demonstrate the kind of courage displayed by Lindsay Shepherd.

On Covid, A “Strange New Respect” For Tom Cotton, But Not Enough. Paul Mirengoff — “Kessler’s timeline shows that the leak theory was always credible. What’s changed is that the theory now can be deemed very likely true.” … “Keep these damning excerpts in mind the next time someone tries to settle an argument by insisting that we “follow the science.” Or by citing the World Health Organization.”

Facebook: People Will Now Be Allowed To Discuss Whether Covid-19 Originated In Wuhan Lab. Jonathan Turley — “There was a time when such a headline would only appear on The Onion, but it is true.” … “This censorship craze is not just limited to the lab story or to Facebook.”

“In all of these exchanges, the underlying portrayal of the public is the same: they are unwitting dupes who must be protected from harmful thoughts or influences. It is safer for them to have these members and these companies determine what they can hear or discuss.

It is a familiar pattern as speech controls become insatiable and expansive. We would never tolerate a company like Verizon intervening in telephone conversations to correct or cut off arguments. However, Facebook now regularly censors views and is running a glitzy television campaign to get people to love the company for its paternalistic limits on what they can see and discuss.

The Case for Mandatory Masking Gets Obliterated by a New Study. Bonchie — “The game that has been played up to this point in regards to “studies” surrounding mask-wearing has been to cherry-pick data” … “masking has become a religious cult for many on the left” … “What the government has done in regards to masking should serve as a warning that everything is politicized and that no one, not even a life-long bureaucrat, should be trusted to follow the facts wherever they lead.”

What Homelessness And Climate Change Have In Common. Steven Hayward — “Never mind the science; go ahead and concede catastrophe—in fact, the worse the climate problem, the more frivolous and corrupt the whole climate/green energy racket becomes. Just like the homelessness problem. The only real “compassion” is for the bank accounts of the elite “caring” class.”

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multimillionaire quarter-educated narcissists

Feet-of-Clay Icons. Victor Davis Hanson — “Our most important and cherished institutions—the military, science, and the law—are losing the trust of Middle America.” … “Americans mostly have given up on familiar institutions for entertainment, guidance, or reassurance. What now do Hollywood, network news, the media in general, Silicon Valley, the NBA, NFL, MLB, or higher education all have in common? … A propensity to lecture Americans on their moral inferiorities, a general ethical decline in their own disciplines, and a strange obsession to acquire great wealth while living in contrast to what they advocate for others.”

In May 2020, Rioters Rained Hell On Our Cities. One Year Later We Ask: For What? Kylee Zempel — “Never forget the destruction of Black Lives Matter rioters last summer. On this one-year anniversary of the Floyd riots, reflect on how much progress they’ve made: none.” … “These violent displays were supposedly necessary and effective.”

Exactly How Corporate Media Launders Opinion To Attack Inconvenient People And Facts. Christopher Bedford — “It’s rare to catch the media machine so red-handed, but don’t worry about them, either — they’re already rewriting the history.”

Don’t Let The Media Get Away With U-Turning On The Lab Leak Theory. Stephen L. Miller [via Spectator.us] — “The theory that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory has completed its year-long trudge — from fringe nutjob idea to mainstream and expert-approved opinion.” … “What’s more interesting is that minds are now shifting on the lab leak theory, without all that much significant new evidence.” … “Our corporate media is going to stuff this down the memory hole and make their previous statements and stances disappear.”

Welcome To Joe Biden’s Police State. I & I Editorial Board — “Of course, the Biden folks deny that there’s any such attempt to silence political opponents.”

“All of this reminds us of the breathless claims about how President Donald Trump was supposedly trying to create a police state, with headlines such as “Donald Trump’s coming police state,” “Donald Trump’s Talk to Police Officers Was Police-State Authoritarianism Distilled to Its Essence,” and “In Trump’s Budget, You Can See a Country That Looks Like a Police State.” Like almost every other horror story peddled during the Trump years, these fears were completely unfounded.

Yet none of these Trump alarmists is raising a peep about actual police state antics being carried out by the Biden administration.

Maricopa County Forensic Auditor Notes Media and County Officials Intentionally Misleading Public About Deleted Vote Result Databases. Sundance — “It was only because of his extensive experience in the data forensics field that he was able to recover the deleted files; which is exactly what he said at the Arizona State Senate hearing on May 19th.”

Time to Confront the U.S. Capitol Police About Its January 6 Lies. Julie Kelly — “House Republicans unanimously voted against Pelosi’s $60 million payback to the USCP. GOP senators should do the same.”

“Rather than act as a politically neutral law enforcement agency tasked with protecting government grounds and public officials on behalf of the federal taxpayers they serve, the USCP has contributed to the fabulism about January 6 while covering up other aspects to help Democrats and Joe Biden’s Justice Department keep the “insurrection” narrative alive. There’s no question many Capitol Police officers acted heroically in the face of several protesters bent on violence that day, however, USCP brass have helped Democrats define the January 6 groupthink from the start.

Not only did USCP initiate the lie that Sicknick was killed in the line of duty, the agency continued to perpetuate the falsehood for months.

In Michigan, an exemplary young man was arrested for an obvious joke. Andrea Widburg — “Lucas’s situation is so heinous that Jonathan Turley, the Democrat law professor who doesn’t realize he’s a conservative, was moved to write about the injustice.”

“Twenty-one-year-old Lucas Gerhard was arrested almost two years ago in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, for sending an obvious joke to friends via a private Snapchat. Since then, he spent 83 days in jail, before being transferred to house arrest, where he is unable to go to school, leave the house, or use the internet. And this is all because he made a private joke about his legal AR-15. This is a heinous assault on his First and Second Amendment rights. Moreover, it takes place against a backdrop of leftist prosecutors and governors across America bending over backward to release violent criminals.

If we are to avoid cultural, political, and constitutional defeat, we need to adopt their legal tactics: letter-writing campaigns, phone calls, non-violent protests…anything to raise the volume. While leftists currently hold the whip hand, we keep learning that they are, in fact, a minority because Americans don’t like their values. It’s time to make the powers that be across America hear that those who value the Constitution, the rule of law, and common sense are the real majority.

How Lockdowns Helped Hide The Plain Evidence That COVID-19 Isn’t A Good Excuse For Panic. Christopher Lloyd Goffos — “What’s obvious to many Americans about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escape the consciousness of the ruling class.” … “Reason would interfere with panic, which has become a convenient tool for the ruling class to control the masses.”

Sea Surface Temperatures and the Duty of Scientists. David Mason-Jones — “At what point does it become the moral and legal duty of scientists to speak out when an issue involving the integrity of science arises? This challenge has always existed but may be presenting itself in a new light over the issue of whether sea surface temperatures near the Great Barrier Reef are rapidly rising.”

The COVID Vaccine: The Facts. Ted Noel — “Until we assess what we really know, we can’t make a rational decision.” … “COVID19 is a lot worse than the theoretical risks of the vaccines.” … “The problem lies in between the clear situations.”

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Caught red-handed – but who cares?

Regime vs. Regime. Angelo Codevilla — “We who swear to uphold the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic owe no allegiance whatever to the oligarchy that now runs this country.”

“The attempt of America’s ruling class to convict 455 persons of “armed insurrection”—i.e. of waging war against the United States, a species of treason—for protesting insufficient scrutiny of the 2020 election on January 6 in the Capitol, while at the same time it excuses and even cheers the burning and looting of courthouses, police stations, and downtowns all over America, is not the exercise of a “double standard.”

The people in and out of government who do this are not corrupt. Instead, acting as part of the regime—the oligarchy—they are replacing the American republic and waging war to crush its remains.

The sooner Americans realize that we are being governed by people at war with our Constitution and contemptuous of ourselves, the sooner those people may be treated as the enemies they are.

Ashli Babbitt’s Family Suing Capitol Police For Fatal Jan. 6 Shooting. Jordan Davidson — “Right now, we have no accountability — zero accountability — they give no explanation to justify the shooting and they do not even identify the officer. That is what they do in autocratic countries, not in the United States,” Maryland attorney Terrell N. Roberts III told the Washington Times.

Epstein Prison Guards Admit Falsifying Logs, Get Plea Deal To Avoid Jail Time. Thomas Lifson [via AmericanThinker.com] — “If there was a conspiracy to assassinate a man who knew compromising information about the power elite, two of the lowest level conspirators are getting away with no jail time.”

Fake Florida Whistleblower Rebekah Jones Admits Entire Operation Was A Hoax. Tristan Justice — “Florida has remained a prime target for left-wing conspiracies related to the pandemic as the state’s Republican governor refused to embrace the draconian lockdowns pursued by statist leftists in California and the northeast to their own detriment.”

Caught Red-Handed: CDC Changes Test Thresholds To Virtually Eliminate New COVID Cases Among Vaxx’d. Kit Knightly [via Off-Guardian.org] — “New policies will artificially deflate “breakthrough infections” in the vaccinated, while the old rules continue to inflate case numbers in the unvaccinated.” … “To be clear: If these new policies had been the global approach to “Covid” since December 2019, there would never have been a pandemic at all.”

Media Bias: How ‘Woke’ AP Got Caught Lying (Again) About Israel And Terrorist Hamas. I & I Editorial Board — “This is a tragedy for journalism. Generations of reporters knew they could cull facts and quotes from AP stories and trust that they were accurate and unbiased. — That’s no longer the case. … it misinformed and misled the public, knowingly.”

Can New York Arrest Donald Trump? Jonathon Moseley — “Leftists are fantasizing about Donald Trump being arrested, booked, and put on trial. Well, they are fantasizing about that…again.” … “Expect more screaming at the sky as Leftists’ unrealistic hopes are dashed once again.”

So, Barry, Trump Is a ‘Sexist Pig’? Jack Cashill — “In his own most recent memoir, Promised Land, Obama’s fixation on Trump is manifest. In fact, it borders on obsession” … “Trump is no saint, but no one ever drowned in his Oldsmobile.”

Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, And Why It Matters. Rupert Darwall [via RealClearEnergy.com] — “The sacrifice of scientific truth in the form of objective empirical data for the sake of a catastrophist climate narrative is plain to see.” … “The moratorium on the asking of questions represents the death of science as understood and described by Popper, a victim of the conflicting requirements of political utility and scientific integrity. ”

 

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Rattling the belief symptom – beware the reaction you will likely get

The January 6 Commission Is All About Revenge. Julie Kelly — “If January 6 was the worst attack on the country since the Civil War, as Joe Biden preposterously claims, or comparable to 9/11, why must politicians and the media lie about what happened?”

“One special counsel investigation, numerous congressional and senate inquisitions, and two impeachment trials later, the Left’s insatiable lust to take down Donald Trump remains unsatisfied. But now, rather than just targeting the president and his family, millions of Americans must be punished for defying the ruling regime—which only partially includes the federal agencies, political leaders of both parties, the news media, and Big Tech. This dangerous crusade is accelerating at an alarming pace at the highest levels of government; apparently, it is of no concern to nearly three dozen Republican members of Congress who are helping Joe Biden and the Democrats exact their revenge on Trump supporters.

The dramatic rhetoric about truth and facts comes amid a rapidly disintegrating narrative related to the Capitol breach—it wasn’t “armed,” it wasn’t an “insurrection,” it didn’t result in the deaths of five people, and it wasn’t orchestrated by “domestic violent extremists”; a new video obtained by American Greatness shows Capitol Police allowing protesters into the building. A handful of House Republicans finally are pushing back on dubious parts of the storyline and demanding to know who killed Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed veteran who was the only fatality that day.

So why are the very same people now vowing to get to the truth about January 6 after continuing to lie about Brian Sicknick?

The official Capitol Police letter that wasn’t. neo — “It appears rather Ratheresque … The moral of the tale is that a fake story can get believed by a lot of people if the perps never quite fully admit it’s not authentic.”

That Garbage Report of Capitol Police Letter Slamming Republicans Gets Even Worse. Brad Slager — “The circulating of the false Capitol Police letter showed the collective state of our political media, and it is shameful.”

Trump Completely Levels the NY AG in Response to Announcement of Criminal Investigation. Nick Arama — “It seems like Democrats have been trying to investigate President Donald Trump forever. Mostly because that’s true and they’ve never come up with anything.”

“But there’s a deeper issue here, that people on all sides of the aisle should be calling out and Trump points it out in his response to this announcement: that the Democratic New York AG actually ran on the promise of trying to get Trump, her political enemy.

Theft in California: Annals of completely predictable logical consequences. neo — “How astounding – if you eliminate penalties for certain crimes, you will get more of those crimes. And there will be consequences to that, as well:”

LA Times Op-Ed: ‘The Evidence Is Clear’…the Lockdowns Didn’t Trash the Economy. Matt Vespa — “Whoever wrote this is on bath salts. Is this for real? I mean I know media bubbles are dense, but this is something else. This is not even grounded in reality, folks”

When the Alamo Gets Its Own Civil Rights History Wrong. Bryan Preston — “The Alamo was a key site in the long fight for civil rights, but that was in 1835-36, not in the 1960s. Santa Anna had tossed out Mexico’s federalist 1824 constitution, and with it, the civil rights of Mexican citizens.”

Facebook’s ‘Science’ Censorship Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Dangerous. Bonchie — “As big tech companies gained a larger and larger monopoly over the flow of information, censorship became the norm, and things accelerated as these companies saw it as part of their civic duty to ensure Donald Trump wasn’t re-elected in 2020.”

“What Facebook and other social media sites have done and continue to do isn’t just counter to the freedom of expression the internet is supposed to support, it’s also dangerous. Science is not a religion, and it should not be treated as such. Counter-viewpoints based on data should be welcomed, not suppressed with algorithms and arbitrary judgments. Readers do not need to be infantilized to the point where legitimate discussions are crushed for “their protection.”

Electricity Expert/Planner ‘Shaken’ (Texas debacle shocks worldview). Robert Bradley Jr. — “It is tough when your belief system gets rattled by reality. Very few people can handle that well.” … “A little more humility and deep thinking about the direct and indirect role of renewables might just allow any troubled, “shaken” power expert/planner to sleep better at night.”

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Who’s got privilege?

Shawshank for January 6 Detainees. Julie Kelly — “The government argues the events of January 6 along with the defendants’ skepticism about the outcome of the 2020 election are evidence the accused are a threat to society.”

“dozens of January 6 defendants already have been convicted by Joe Biden’s Justice Department and sentenced by federal judges—presumed guilty until proven innocent—awaiting trials that won’t begin for months.

So far, more than 400 people have been arrested in the nationwide manhunt with more charges to come, and at the same time, emerging evidence proves law enforcement allowed protestors to enter and remain in the building.

At the direction of Biden’s Justice Department, at least 50 defendants have been transported from their home states to a D.C. jail, a purely punitive move since all court hearings into the foreseeable future are virtual.

many January 6 detainees now languish in solitary confinement conditions, some reportedly abused by prison guards, denied routine access to family members and defense attorneys.

Lang told his father his fellow detainees are being tortured “mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, legally, and spiritually.”

The government, with the consent of federal judges as I wrote last week, is using every legal trick necessary to keep Capitol surveillance footage from January 6 under wraps from both defendants and legal counsel.

Top Retired Officers Are Right: Biden’s Leftism And ‘Woke’ Military Threaten U.S. Security. I & I Editorial Board — “The letter was not couched in military jargon or bureaucratese; it was plain-spoken and blunt in its concern about America’s course.” No it’s not like the letter Cheney engineered. This one is not ad hominem hyperbole and hypocrisy. This one “starts with a call for protecting our free and fair elections, but then turns toward the ominous political and cultural trends of recent years.”

What Will The Petty Tyrants Resort To Once They Lose Their Virus Leverage? I & I Editorial Board — “Refusing to follow the science and keeping mask mandates in place are California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Democrats all. No surprise. The Democratic Party is a refuge for closeted, and even open, authoritarians.”

“Once lost, freedom is difficult to regain. “Be warned,” says author Michael Walsh. “If you think the petty tyrants currently making your lives miserable are going to willingly relinquish their illicit powers, think again. They’ve got a taste for it now.”

So intoxicated from their deep swig of power are they that they no longer see boundaries, just opportunities to subjugate. Fight back, or lose in a few years what has made America unique and great for more than two centuries

COVID Skeptics Are Pro-Science? New Study Raises Awkward Questions. Cameron English — hubris reaps its consequences …

“according to a recent study conducted by researchers at MIT and Wellesley College, one of the more overlooked issues is the fact that “coronavirus skeptics,” to use the authors’ phrasing, proved adept at analyzing and communicating epidemiological data (cases, hospitalizations, deaths etc.) related to the pandemic. Instead of ignoring evidence, commentators opposed to mask mandates, social distancing, and lockdowns dove headfirst into the peer-reviewed literature and state public health department data, utilizing them to spur opposition to the mitigation measures implemented by most governments. According to the authors,

The study gathered a lot of useful data and confirmed several valuable insights from previous studies that will help science communicators better engage the public moving forward. That said, several of the conclusions the researchers drew from their study are misguided and risk amplifying the public’s skepticism of mainstream science instead of reducing it.

The study authors clearly didn’t grasp this important point because they tried to frame COVID skepticism as just another partisan phenomenon.

Summed up, this is an interesting study that contains some helpful insights. But it won’t have its intended effect because the authors refused to follow their analysis to its logical conclusion: Americans were misled by their leaders. To win back their trust, we need to treat them as fellow citizens to be convinced, not subjects in need of prodding.

This is the United States today?

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No fix? Always a fix but sometimes it is very very ugly.

There Is No Way To ‘Fix’ The Equality Act. It’s Identity Politics Or Equality Before The Law, And Republicans Must Choose. Joy Pullmann — “There can be no compromise with those whose political program requires erasing American citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to freely speak and freely worship.”

“none of LGBT political efforts have been about private matters. They have been about public matters, such as whether the state grants marriage certificates or will assign children to a certain home, or will allow people to manufacture children to order that they cannot generate with their own bodies.

if any side of this dispute has been invading privacy, it has been the LGBT activist side.

All Christians ask of LGBT representatives is what they claim to want from us: that we be allowed to live freely in accord with our beliefs. It seems that is too much for those using the LGBT issue to achieve larger goals of erasing what remains of Americans’ constitutional protections.

Did 10 Former Defense Secretaries’ Op-Ed Delay Military Defense Of The U.S. Capitol? Elaine Donnelly — “Former defense secretaries share responsibility for delaying a professional military response that might have protected the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.”

“The former defense secretaries’ overheated op-ed nevertheless warned that any armed forces involvement in election disputes would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory.” They even employed intimidation, adding: “Civilian and military officials who direct or carry out such measures would be accountable, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.” The op-ed was inflammatory, insulting, and ridiculous, but it did get the attention of acting Defense Secretary Miller, whom the article mentioned by name.

Retired military leaders have every right to express opinions on matters of public policy. In this case, however, an op-ed motivated by speculations and political animus appears to have affected the judgment of an acting secretary of defense who should have followed the president’s direction.

In the minds of Washington Wokerati, a modest open letter expressing concern about the future of America, signed by 124 retired military officers, is “disturbing and reckless.” A prominently placed op-ed accusing a sitting president of plotting a military “coup,” however, was perfectly fine. After connecting these dots, what is wrong with this picture?

The Green New Deal’s Shock Troops. I & I Editorial Board — “As reported May 5 by Fox News, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers are calling for the creation of a 1.5 million-strong group of civilians to work on federally funded projects addressing climate change as part of their sweeping Green New Deal legislation.”

Neurotic America: Masks Today, Masks Tomorrow, Masks Forever. I & I Editorial Board — “Will enough Nervous Nancies and Timorous Toms boycott Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Costco and others that have liberalized their mask policies to force the companies to backtrack on their decisions (which will help restore the humanity dignity that was ripped away by mask rules)?” … “More than that, though, we are troubled by what this tells about America has become.” … “The “science” crowd of course walks over any evidence that isn’t consistent with its agenda, same as it tramples the Constitution. Today is just another day in which the mindless Democrat-media mob of the left that has drilled fear into a society that was already losing its nerve continues to try to break this nation’s once-stiff spine.”

Security: It’s a Spectrum, Not a State. Leo A. Notenboom — “You can get more secure, but there’s no such thing as “secure” in an absolute sense.”

“People crave absolutes.

It’s true not just for data security, but almost every aspect of life. Absolutes drive political and religious arguments, after all.

Shades of gray are more difficult. They require more thought and understanding. It’s easier to say things are one way or another.

When it comes to security, we need to think.

The pipeline incident and the pandemic panic are two examples where the craving has been leveraged for questionable ends.

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Why Christianity And Critical Race Theory Cannot Coexist. Delano Squires — “We honor God when we acknowledge all members of the human race have equal worth. We dishonor Him when we ascribe certain sins to people based on skin color.” … “A recent book entitled “Fault Lines,” by Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr., pastor and dean at the African Christian University, directly addresses the social justice movement and how it threatens the unity of Christian believers.”

“The New Testament is full of warnings to the early church to guard against false and deceptive teachings because rejecting the clear application of the scriptures, even on the issue of race, can cause any believer to abandon the security of a structure whose foundation cannot be shaken for one that cannot stand the test of time.

The Killing of History. Keith Windschuttle — “a good symbol of all that ACARA is trying to foist onto the education system: an utterly irrelevant, wearisome offering from the boring Left of the political spectrum whose only result will be to turn students off the study of history for life.”

Critical Race Theory And Other Leftist Ideology Is Infecting Your Kids’ Standardized Tests. Jeremy Tate — “When standardized tests take up the latest political fad, the credibility of the test suffers, doing a disservice to those who desire a true education.”

When a newly-elected school board member stood up to oppose teaching critical race theory… John Klar — “Cady’s case is instructive of the coercive pressure exerted by CRT radicals against those who dare question the hasty implementation of this novel, race-based “theory.”

Dealing with Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Training. neo — “It’s hard to find a good course of action, and it depends on how much is at risk.”

The Washington Post’s Hit Piece On Josh Hawley Is Really A Hit Piece On All Conservatives. John Daniel Davidson — “Under the pretext of an investigative profile, the Post smears Sen. Josh Hawley by attacking small-town America, Christians, and the rule of law.” … “It’s hard to imagine a more dishonest and condescending piece of journalism.”

Amodei on Liz Cheney: ‘You can’t run a railroad where the person driving a locomotive hates the president of the railroad.’ Humberto Sanchez.

Republicans push FBI over ‘suicide by cop’ outrage. Byron York — “How could the FBI do such a thing? The shooter, James Hodgkinson, expressed bitter hatred for Republicans, brought guns when he moved to the Washington area, had a hit list of GOP lawmakers in his pocket when he approached the baseball practice, checked to make sure the men on the field were in fact Republicans, and then opened fire.”

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Mollie Hemingway Is Writing The 2020 Election Book The Media Don’t Want You To Read. Mollie Hemingway — “The ruling class did everything in their power to make sure what happened in 2016 — a Donald Trump election victory — would never happen again in 2020.” … “If questioning the results of a presidential election were a crime, as many have asserted in the wake of the controversial 2020 election and its aftermath, nearly the entire Democratic Party and media establishment would have been incarcerated for their rhetoric following the 2016 election.”

A Phony Insurrection Brings on a Real Purge. Rick Fuentes — “For the new White House tenants, the events of January 6, 2021 ushered an opportunity to refresh the progressive narrative and raise public hackles against soldiers and cops.”

Questioning ‘the Science’ on Climate Change. Robert Murray — “What is it about “climate change” that makes it so different from every other issue?”

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How Activism In Everything Has Transformed National Life Into A Pantomime. Casey Chalk — “Political leaders, corporate executives, and everyday citizens need to call these activist causes what they are: distractions unworthy of our attention.” … “Ultimately, much of the normalization of activist culture — including among our elites and elite institutions — is simply appeasement and playacting.”

America Is In The Hands Of Its Most Foolish Rather Than Its Finest. I & I Editorial Board — “This plan is just like your kid putting on a cape, insisting he can soar through the air like Superman, and jumping off the roof … it’s never gonna fly, and someone’s gonna get hurt bad.” … “While incompetent, this administration and its lackeys also have a streak of venality.” … “Some of us said after the 2012 election we won’t get fooled again. The evidence that too many were has been evident throughout every news cycle since Jan. 20”

Caught helping Stacey Abrams hide encouragement for Georgia losing the All-Star Game, USA Today’s publisher Gannett apologizes. Thomas Lifson — “caught red-handed engaging in Orwellian rewriting of history” … “The bigger issue is why a major mass media organization would allow a politician to retroactively hide evidence that would harm her politically. The media are not supposed to engage in revision of history to protect favored politicians and political parties.”

Critical Race Theory Haled Into Court. Paul Mirengoff — “CRT has produced a war on standards — standards like grades, test scores, rules of school conduct, criminal laws — that are supported by common sense and vast experience, and that wouldn’t be questioned if Blacks were meeting them to the same degree as Whites and Asian-Americans. That war is destructive. America can’t be a great country if it discards important, time-tested standards. I doubt it can even be a well-functioning society.”

The Democratic Party is Now America’s Extremist Party. J. Robert Smith — “Millions of Americans know. Daily, others are coming to grips with the reality. But fear pervades the nation, so many people stay quiet. They stay quiet hoping destruction isn’t visited upon them.”

“Time to end the fear. Here’s the ugly fact that must be confronted: The Democratic Party is now an extremist organ waging a fierce cold civil war to seize power and eviscerate America as founded and upend and erase its exceptional culture.

The party is saturated with Marxist sensibilities, ideas, and motivations. Marxism is alien and hostile. It’s fundamentally anti-American. Its worldview, strategies, and tactics are furnished in an endless stream by radical leftist academics, who have dominated our colleges and universities for decades now.

Judicial Watch: Documents Show CA State Officials Coordinated with Big Tech to Censor Americans’ Election Posts. “These new documents suggest a conspiracy against the First Amendment rights of Americans by the California Secretary of State, the Biden campaign operation, and Big Tech,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These documents blow up the big lie that Big Tech censorship is ‘private’ – as the documents show collusion between a whole group of government officials in multiple states to suppress speech about election controversies.”

CDC Punishes ‘Superstar’ Scientist For COVID Vaccine Recommendation The CDC Followed 4 Days Later. Joy Pullmann — “Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Martin Kulldorff invented key parts of the U.S. vaccine safety system. But the CDC doesn’t want his expertise on COVID vaccines. Why? Looks like politics.”

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You paid for it. You got it.

Liar Liar, Media Pants on Fire. Brian C. Joondeph — “Media trust is at an all-time low, a majority of Americans believing that, “Most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

“As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” This is the message to the media and their allies in Hollywood, sports, academia, and corporate America. We don’t believe you. Their lying pants are on fire and the flames will spread, burning down the entire country.

The Left’s Orwellian Perversion of Language. Lauri B. Regan — “Lies and propaganda are now the mainstay of leftist communications.” … “As the left becomes more emboldened by its control of the federal government, expect more Newspeak to be used, but don’t fall for the propaganda. We have entered a new age in America and if we don’t recognize this true crisis for what it is, we’ll find ourselves living in Oceania with no way out.”

Witness intimidation: the message is clear. neo — “That intimidation has already occurred, even prior to this announcement, and I strongly believe it was already operative in the Chauvin trial. But this news makes it even more overt and obvious. This is the sort of thing we’re familiar with in nations known as banana republics, in addition to other tyrannical regimes around the world.”

What Happened When Hungary Revived Classical Architecture In Budapest. Stephen Sholl — “Restoring genuine beauty in our cities goes hand in hand with any attempt to revive a spiritual nature amongst a people.” … “Surprisingly, such attempts to restore and revive classical architecture have spawned a culture war in the field of architecture. Within 100 days of taking office, Joe Biden has already rescinded President Trump’s executive order, striking a victory for modernist and brutalist architectural designs.”

Parents Revolt After Texas’s No. 1 School District Tries To Institutionalize Racism. Joy Pullmann — “Parents of kids attending Texas’s top-performing school district found out what their schools have been teaching in the name of ‘racial justice,’ and they are livid.”

““The outcome is nothing less than the survival of our national identity itself. No nation can survive a generation of citizens who hate their country,” Saldivar said to explain why he finally decided to speak his mind despite the social pressure he knew he’d face for it. “That’s why I say education is a higher endeavor than war. It has a longer-lasting impact.”

Critical Race Theory—You Paid for It, You Got It. Mark Bauerlein — “When conservatives decry the advancement of critical race theory they should remember that it couldn’t have happened without the support of the people they see in the mirror.”

Medical Racism – Preferential Treatments for Blacks over Whites – is Here. Peter Barry Chowka — “Race has always been used by the left and the Democrats to divide us. As we’ve seen all too clearly in recent weeks, this strategy has now achieved critical mass – and it’s moved into health care, the largest sector of the economy and one with critical influence on people’s lives — and even survival.”

Briefly noted: Death in America. Mark Wauck — “Something’s going on in America, and it results from a total devaluation of life. Because it’s largely kept from public view, people are complacent–but complacency is the first step toward death.

Far From Immune To The Never-Ending COVID Regime, Red States Are A Ripe Target — Unless Their Governors Act Now. Christopher Bedford — “The unending COVID regime isn’t a nightmare scenario, it’s an existential threat to our liberties, a possible and unexamined risk to our health, and right here among us.”

How to Make a COVID Vaccination Decision. Bill Rice, Jr. — “I’m not sure any encyclopedic knowledge of “science” is required to make this health decision. Simple statistical analysis should suffice to inform one’s ultimate decision.”

Protection From The Violence Of Others. Gary M. Galles — “Crony capitalism, with its widespread sacrifice of others’ property rights to benefit government favorites, has spread everywhere. Fourth Amendment violations and civil asset forfeiture demonstrate the same erosion. Eminent domain abuses and development exactions are far from uncommon. And the list goes on.”

Why Wind And Solar Energy Are Doomed To Failure. John Hinderaker — “Wind and solar energy are both essentially obsolete technologies.” … “Robert’s paper acknowledges that there are multiple reasons why wind and solar energy will never meet America’s energy needs, but focuses on the particular problem of land use:”

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