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Is the frog getting sick of the nonsense?

It was anti-establishment. Not now. Anarchy, American-Style (Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness) — “The current revolution is much different—and far more dangerous—for at least three reasons. … the greatest levers of influence and power—money, education, entertainment, government, the news, and popular culture—are in the hands of the Left. They have transformed legitimate debate over gay marriage into a hate crime. Transgenderism went from a modern manifestation of ancient transvestism or gender dysphoria to a veritable litmus test of whether one was good or evil. … The common denominator to the anarchy? The hardcore Left is your FBI, CIA, and Justice Department all in one. It is Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is our era’s J. P. Morgan.” — Taking on the Would-be Destroyers of America (Allan J. Feifer, American Thinker) — “The destroyers had to take a functioning country with the world’s largest middle class and tank it.  Not only that, but to tank it with the acquiescence of a significant portion of the population and make it appear noble. … This is not simply another tool of the Destroyers.  Changing our history, how we speak, our country’s iconology and our culture redefines who we are. … We must fight back with force against those with a generation or two head start on the rest of us.  If someone comes into your house to kidnap your baby, no amount of your righteous indignation will suffice in defense.  We must commit to total war against those intruders who hold such blackness in their hearts.” — 

Meanwhile, anther front for divergence and distraction has opened with TDS on display. The Blitzkrieg On Bill Barr And John Durham Is Just Beginning (Margot Cleveland, Federalist) — “what The New York Times wants Americans to believe: that politics prompted Barr to appoint Durham, and politics pushed Durham to reach whatever negative conclusion he details in his final report. … Sadly, we all know from the Russia-collusion canard what this means: The loop has been closed, and the circular reporting has begun. So now, as proof of the Times’ reporting on Barr and Durham, we have the fact that the Senate Judiciary Committee intends to investigate the special counsel probe.” — Senate to take a ‘hard look’ at ‘outrageous’ Durham probe (Kevin Haggerty , BPR) — “much like former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s “bombshell” testimony before the January 6 committee that garnered mass media attention despite being hearsay, it appears as though Senate Democrats are prepared to use a tangent in an already conducted investigation that, on its face, leads nowhere as a potential excuse to generate more hearings in the never-ending public trial of Trump.” — 

Boiling the Frog seems to have been going quite well. DEI Has Already Killed Public Education (David Catron, American Spectator) — “It’s unlikely, however, that many Americans realize just how far the disease has advanced. It has long since spread beyond a few courses embedded into the social studies curricula of secondary schools and elite colleges. … This kind of condescending nonsense, combined with the failure of educators to teach students critical skills, is why the vast majority of voters support school choice.” — California’s fake water crisis (John Horvat II, – American Thinker) — “there is nothing like a good crisis to keep things liberal, especially in eco-friendly California. The good news is that the rains dumped tens of trillions of gallons upon the parched land. The bad news is that most of the water ended up in the Pacific Ocean. … the present crisis should not be happening. However, it is occurring because man-made efforts to harness nature’s solutions have suddenly shrunk. … another strange twist to the California water “crisis” is that voters have approved water bonds with large margins. Consumers and voters want to solve the problem. However, of the $27 billion approved for water storage and flood control since 2000, only a small percentage makes it to the drawing table, much less the construction company’s job list. … Eco-ideologues who oppose human domination over nature don’t want to solve this problem.”

The response has much hand wringing but there are indications that, maybe, the frog is thinking he needs to do something about the water temperature. Kevin McCarthy Hits Nail on the Head on ‘Face the Nation’ After Question on GOP ‘Election Deniers’  (Sister Toldjah, RedState – sad what they do to good content to annoy visitors) — “To describe Republicans who had questions and concerns about the 2020 presidential election, the mainstream media has relentlessly thrown around the term “election denier” so often that, like their routine accusations of “racism,” the word has been diluted of its actual meaning. … when it comes to members of the press who don’t hold Democrats who objected to prior election results to the same standard they do Republicans. And reading between the lines, he also made another good point – that maybe sometimes questioning election results does not always mean “denying” them … Are they kidding? So supporting an audit — something many have done since time in memorium during elections — is “denial”? … The fact is that Democrats will never ever be held to the same standard Republicans are as far as the media is concerned when it comes to questioning and objecting to election results, because as per the norm, when Democrats do it it’s because “democracy is at stake” and when Republicans do it, it’s because they want to “undermine our sacred institutions” or something. … I’m so damned sick of the idiotic game-playing on this, and apparently so is McCarthy. Good on him for pushing back on the nonsense.”

 

 

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Persistence is being pushed to absurdity

Throwing a Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle might get you disbarred and a year in jail but showing up at the capitol building at the wrong time will get you beat up, assaulted with grenades and other weapons, subject to a massive manhunt, and sentenced to years in a gulag. January 6 Was the Worst Incident of Police Brutality Since Civil Rights Era (Julie Kelly, American Greatness) — “a growing body of evidence suggests neither stupidity nor incompetence can justify what now appears to be the worst incident of police brutality against political protesters since the civil rights era.” — “This is fraud and it’s also probably the ultimate case of resistance journalism.”

On the TDS front we have an example of a broad brush covering over reason and reality. It’s another Leftist attempt to overturn custom with abuse  that is likely to come back to bite them. California Would Disbar Ted Cruz And 18 AGs If It Could (Margot Cleveland, Federalist) — “This is what happens when state bars use disciplinary proceedings to conduct lawfare against political opponents.” … “it is count two of the disciplinary complaint, charging Eastman with “seeking to mislead a court,” that exposes the California State Bar as a kangaroo court.” — “To date, the bars have limited themselves to targeting just a few attorneys working for Trump, … But there is no limiting principle to prevent the bars in other states from pursuing any politician with a law license who happens to represent the wrong person. – That is an extremely dangerous precedent … if Cruz and the attorneys general impugned by the California State Bar speak out, the corrupt press may not have any choice but to report on the ridiculous theories underlying the disciplinary attacks on Eastman.”

Right think, especially Christian think, must really rankle some folks. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips Loses Appeal Over Transgender Transition Celebration Cake (William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection) — “It’s never really over in the culture war, is it? Perhaps on a second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court we will finally get a ruling on the merits of whether anti-discrimination laws can be used to compel speech with which the speaker disagrees on religious grounds.”

Another example is heaping restrictive laws on top of restrictive laws with wild abandon. Get Ready For Democrats’ Cynical, Useless, Gun-Control Push (David Harsanyi, Federalist) — “After the twin mass shootings in California last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (flanked by armed guards) told CBS News that it was long past time to institute more gun-control laws … What he didn’t mention was that California … has passed not only every law Senate Democrats are proposing in Washington, but a slew of others.”

The Twitter exposure is showing the depth and the conformity of the depravity in the propaganda effort. Twitter Files #15: Twitter knew Hamilton 68, a media source for Russian online activity, was ‘bulls**t’ (John Sexton, HotAir) — “Roth wrote the accounts were “neither strongly Russian nor strongly bots.” Instead the whole thing was just a set up for making wild allegations … So a bunch of Twitter accounts by people in the US, many of them Trump fans, were depicted as “Russia-tied information warfare” based on nothing at all. It wasn’t just media outlets who were promoting Hamilton 68. Elected Democrats were doing so as well including Richard Blumenthal and Adam Schiff.”

This continual testing of limits and boundaries, the prying into the cracks and crevices of cultural common sense, are calls for a defense. This invokes costs and efforts many would rather avoid but are forced to confront as their life choices are taken from them. Calls for arms are surfacing. Reasoned calls from those who have been assaulted. Battling the Leftist Education Playbook (Colleen Ann Ruggieri, American Thinker) — “parents all over the country find ourselves battling Critical Race Theory and transgender bathroom policies that we didn’t even know existed. Parental ignorance is no excuse. Public education has taken a dangerous turn. Parents hoping to take back their schools must start by studying the leftist school playbook.” — 

To take back our schools, we have created our own playbook. We’re reading and questioning every school policy and demanding answers. We’re speaking with dedicated teachers inside the system who disagree with what’s happening. We’re working to elect new board members, filing records requests, and seeking legal counsel to defend students’ rights. We’re communicating with lawmakers and asking for legislation to combat extreme left-wing agendas and to support school choice. We urge grandparents and community members to join us in what could be one of our last battles to save for our children, our values, and our country.

Join the fight. The 1/6 prisoners are not collateral damage. Lawyers, scientists, pundits, and others who do not toe the right line and pray to idols of the Left are not targets. The media should be for discourse and not propaganda. Schools should be for education and not indoctrination. The current affairs may be why some cite 2 Thessalonians 2 reading “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”

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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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Lies with consequence

There are consequences when we do not heed the caution signals. Wind, Wolves, and Wrath (Deanna Chadwell, American Thinker) — “Many of us don’t even seem to realize that we’re heading toward a bridge that collapsed ages ago. We have taken ten wrong turns…” – “We are, in fact, lost on a vast plain of wind, wolves, and wrath. Circumstances — i.e. flood, and storm, and economic disaster will go a long ways in correcting our confusions. But each of these silly assumptions will have to be corrected before we are once again America the Beautiful.”

Sundance was curious. UPDATE – So, You Did Not Take the COVID-19 Shot, Why Not? – The Last Refuge — “the responses have reasserted my belief in the scale of our national assembly.  There are far more of us, ordinary, hardworking, commonsense, pragmatic and smart people, than the self-described intellectual elites would ever admit.” — for this one, scan the comments with answers to the question. For many, the numbers just didn’t add up. 

 Then there’s the lies. Some focus on Trump as a liar but the need is to focus on lies of consequence and that leads to the current collection. Start with Gaslighting the Republicans (Greg Irwin, American Thinker) — “Denver Riggleman, who most recently worked for the January 6 select committee analyzing the message traffic that led up to the rush into the Capitol, has written a book treating the matter as an attempted coup.” — it’s a catalog of deceit, dishonesty, and dellusion that has consequence — “Our country is increasingly insane, and we on the right can’t afford the sloppy thinking that characterizes the left.   The problems we face are serious enough.”

From here, there is For Biden Supporters, No Lie Is Too Much To Break The Faith (Jeff M. Lewis, American Thinker). Who is getting gas-lit? –“Through it all, media members and other Biden supporters keep getting played for fools, but they always come back for more.” … “dumbfounding is that these people can be relied upon to rush to any Democrat party official’s or politician’s defense, no matter the charge, without fail. It can be scientifically established as consistent, predictable, repeatable behavior.” — There is a strain. The Corvette Files (Clarice Feldman, American Thinker) — “For Merrick Garland, who oversees the FBI, the discoveries were not a joke. He’s now in the crosshairs of those who, like me, think we are once again seeing a double standard of justice on his watch.” … “Garland, Wray, and the national archivist are not the only ones squirming right now. Don Surber masterfully establishes on the record the two-step the major media is dancing right now, comparing how they viewed the many fruitless investigations and charges against Trump and how they are reporting the planned investigations of Biden”

Those who think the numbers didn’t add up are now finding better numbers that tend to confirm their skepticism. Riggleman may never figure things out but he now has a book that is demonstrably fiction. The top secrets document fiasco is telling the truth about a politically corrupt DOJ. Other issues like election integrity and climate alarmism continue to reveal the difference between many claims and reality. People are suffering the consequences, the wind, the wolves, and the wrath, and becoming aware that sitting passive is no longer a viable option.

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Gotcha Backfire. It’s classified

There’s 2 kinds of people: those who seek to construct and build and those who seek to destruct and destroy. Steve Almond’s Failed Ambush of Laura Ingraham (A.J. Rice, American Thinker) highlights an example. — “The media want to reward Almond for this because they don’t like Laura Ingraham. But he shouldn’t be rewarded. Opportunists like him should face the music they want to force on others. Cynically attempting to tear down someone else’s success should never be rewarded.” — Another example, perhaps not as explicit, is CNN’s Gangel: Biden’s Classified Docs ‘Looks Terrible,’ ‘Political Gift to Trump’ (Pam Key, Breitbart) — “CNN reporter Jamie Gangel said Monday on “The Situation Room” that reports that President Joe Biden had classified documents from his time as vice president in his personal office was a political gift to former president Donald Trump.” — All Jamie sees is Trump and reality is disappointing because it doesn’t support the desire to destroy Trump. 

Yet another approach to the media’s ‘gotcha’ destroy those they don’t like approach is described in the report Liberal media is trying to protect the FBI from hard questions about illegal surveillance (Andrew C. McCarthy, New York Post) —

“Besides addressing the crisis at the southern border, there is no more urgent matter for the new Republican House majority to direct its attention to than the conversion of the federal government into a progressive cudgel against civil rights. And there is nothing less surprising than the media-Democrat complex’s determination to strangle the probe in its cradle.

In the left’s playbook, everything is either about race or Donald Trump — if not both. So as night follows day, with House Republicans poised to establish a much needed Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Democrats and their press accomplices are framing the panel as an adjunct of the 2024 Trump presidential campaign.

They can’t be allowed to get away with that. … 

The media-Democrat complex would like you to believe the corruption of the government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus is just Trump propaganda. … 

These are not problems that need addressing for the benefit of Trump. They need addressing for the survival of our constitutional order. … 

Of course Republicans must go about this in the right way. This should not be Jan. 6 committee-style theater. These should be real bipartisan probes, with cross-examination and robust debate. But the weaponization panel is essential, and Republicans must not be cowed by those who want to stifle an investigation and our rights along with it.

Of course! That illustrates McCarthy’s bias. Since when have the Republicans put up a show trial based on false premises like the just terminated 1/6 committee? Is Jourdan as dishonest as Cheney or Shiff? Is the new Speaker of the House and majority as tyrannical as the previous?

The question is what the House can do about it. 

 

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Stepping out a 7th floor window to meet reality?

That “threat to Democracy” meme is misdirection – i.e. gaslighting. Start with Truth and the Foundations of a Free Republic (Paul E. Scates, American Thinker) this is about the philosophy of relativism — “if relativism is true, then based on its own principle it can be dismissed as merely “relative truth,” and is therefore meaningless.  If, however, it’s posited as an absolute truth that applies to all things, people, time and places… then it’s an absolute truth, and gives the lie to the idea that truth is relative!” — “Before political correctness infected all modes of communication, we’d have said that people who hold to such a view are simply crazy.” — “Why is it important to acknowledge that objective truth exists?  Because in this life there are real-world consequences to being wrong.  You may believe that gravity is not “your truth,” but step out of a seventh-floor window and you’ll quickly learn how wrong your belief was!” — 

Then there are examples. George Santos and the political lies of others (David Kahn, American Thinker) — “like the rest of the main stream media, the Times doesn’t cover the promotion of lies that it and the rest of the main stream media have participated in for the last six years” — “Those lies had the support of the Democrat party, the mainstream media, the intelligence services including the FBI, and the big tech companies. And those lies were not used to elect a single congressman but to elect a president and to try to drive an elected president from office.” — “The Democrat Party tells us that it has been focused on “threats to our democracy.” But democracy requires free and fair elections. And you can’t have a free and fair election when the mainstream media, one of the two principal parties, the tech giants, and the intelligence services conspire to suppress the truth and to win elections by fraud.” — There’s not only making a lie but also how it is promulgated and upheld. Buried News: Obama muscled Zuckerberg to censor Trump — and made an example of him (Monica Showalter, – American Thinker) — “Has Barack Obama gone from ex-president to Democrat party crime boss?”

Next comes indicative behaviors. Ex-GOP Lawmaker Says House Investigations of FBI, CIA Will ‘Shred the Integrity of the Federal Govt’ (Mike Miller, RedState) — “The federal government under Joe Biden and Democrat control has already shredded itself, Mr. Jolly, including Attorney General Merrick Garland’s, Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service. – Next time, let’s do the U.S. military.” — Democrats’ latest attack on Trump is a giant nothingburger (Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner) — “House Democrats just set a precedent that will surely come back to haunt them.” — “It’s ironic, too, because the members of Congress complaining about Trump using tax loopholes are responsible for the tax code.” — “Democrats broke precedent to release Trump’s taxes and came up with nothing except a few revelations that undercut their arguments. – And now Republicans are already talking about using this power to go after Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s tax returns.” 

There’s more on the 1/6 outrage and the election front that fits this narrative. Tucker destroys the Democrats’ January 6 narrative (Andrea Widburg, American Thinker) — “if you need more evidence about how the narrative is being perverted, a new media reporter named Tayler Hansen tells about what really happened on that day because he was there—and standing next to Ashli Babbit when she was murdered.” — “Tucker’s pointed monologue focuses on the lies that Democrats have been telling about January 6 since January 6 itself. He even acknowledges what many of us have been thinking: The speed with which the media and political class coalesced around the insurrection narrative suggests that the narrative may have been in place before January 6.” — “Unlike conservatives, who are all over the place, the left always stays on message. And in this case, the Borg-like collectivist message”

This brings up another telling behavior. Kevin McCarthy wins the speakership after 15 rounds of voting (Rajan Laad, American Thinker) You need to scroll down the pessimists and the humorists to find this: — “The only group that has a total consensus is a flock of sheep.  Human beings, even identical twins, have a diversity of opinions on any given issue.  This is real diversity. – The diversity on the Democrat side, which they love to boast about, is superficial.  It is based on race, sexuality, and ethnicity, which are related to genes, but when it comes to opinions on key issues, they have a total consensus.- There are strict rules in this echo chamber, and even the slightest hint of dissent is severely punished.” — “Despite being called Democrats, the party operates like a totalitarian state, and this is what they intend to implement across America.” — Consequences are beginning to be seen. The Long Fight for the House Speakership (Clarice Feldman, American Thinker) — “One of the most interesting of the reported concessions is the long-deserved disciplining of the sociopathic liar, Congressman Adam Schiff” — “it’s time there were some consequences imposed for such outrageous conduct, and the battle for the speakership seems to have resulted in a promise to do the maximum in the speaker’s power to impose sanctions for such behavior.” —  

What’s happening? If You Live In a Western Democracy, This is How You Have Been Disenfranchised. (Elizabeth Nickson, substack) — “You could see it operating yesterday. The once hopeful, now useless Dan Crenshaw, used it against his own party, “terrorists”, “seditionists”. It’s so basic as to be nauseating, insulting to your intelligence.” — “They all use the process I am about to describe. Invented in some behaviourist hell-hole at a multinational and consecrated by Klaus and Justin and all the evil little Ivy League demons in government, it is used against their bosses, their employers, the people.” — “America’s relative freedom, small government, responsible citizenry and self-determination led to unending wealth and creativity. – Which, while we were indulging, was being stolen.” — “I illustrate these steps with excerpts from a SCOTUS case before the court now, regarding the theft of the 2020 election “

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Climbing to the surface to breathe

The 1/6 left narrative keeps leaking. Once the House gets its leadership defined, the issue will be how much of the witch hunt over the last two years will be made public. Meanwhile, the metal detectors and other 1/6 symbols are being removed. Then there is the political persecution. Army Vet Christopher Alberts Clubbed in the Back of the Head on Jan 6 – Then Feds Arrest Him, Lie to the Court, and Are Caught Hiding Video – PLEASE HELP CHRIS ALBERTS! All of this feeds into awareness. For a catalog of The Coup We Never Knew (Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness) maybe — “we are beginning to wake up from a nightmare to a country we no longer recognize”

There are wild speculations about that football player who collapsed on the field. Cardiac Arrest in Athletes (Robert W Malone, substack) — “What is known and knowable” — is a good place to start to understand the situation. — “I truly believe that giving his physicians and trainers space to work professionally is critical: we need to allow them to do the tests, diagnostics and whatever procedures need to be performed outside of the glare of corporate media AND internet armchair physicians. We won’t get the details we would like at the moment we would like, and that is just the way things are.” — one of the contentions is a preemptive defense in the media sort of like their before-the-facts that a shooting has to be a MAGA far right plot. Get the facts first and qualify the conclusions with the extent of what is actually known. This leads to An example of liberal thinking: My recent conversation (H.P. Smith, American Thinker) —

“Logic and Truth (read: facts) mean absolutely nothing to people who live their lives based on feelings and victimhood.  When your reality has been built on a foundation of sand, you can’t allow even the smallest amount of truth to erode it away.  Today’s liberals are so incredibly out of touch, because they’ve been fed a steady diet of lies and narrative from the media, which they dominate, that they’re no longer capable of discerning fact from fiction.  Their sources of information have been peddling said fiction as fact for decades, and it’s only getting worse.

“This is what we’re up against, not even as conservatives, per se, but as thinkers. Thank goodness for the small rays of light we get from independent journalists, those who seek the truth (and the reawakening of Twitter).

For an example of just how far this delusion will go, Remember the Hysteria Over Trump’s Tax Returns? (Byron York, Townhall) — “what about the big reveal? What about the secrets of Trump and Putin hidden deep inside the tax returns? What about the national security implications of Trump’s relationship with Russia, also in the returns? What about all the fevered speculation about Trump and Russia that would be confirmed in that big stack of IRS documents? — Two words: Never mind.” — This leads to some optimism and the suggestion to Resolve to Be Undefeated (J.B. Shurk, American Thinker)) — “It is not that I have unwavering optimism that all will be well; it is that I know that the more of us who accept reality for what it is and then proceed to tackle it accordingly, the more quickly we will achieve our goals.” — “Nobody ever said wisdom comes cheaply.  As Mamet identifies in the warrior’s ethos, first we understand our circumstances honestly, then find the correct response, and finally, execute that response faithfully.”

 

 

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utopian or pre-civilizational and reactionary?

Well. Here’s another example. Trump says something reasonable – that taking an absolute and fanatical binary position is not a good way to sell a point of view – and the usual suspects go bonkers. The headline claims are that he flip-flops his position or that he abandons his based or downhill from there. American Thinker has two essays about this phenomenon. Trump pokes a hornet’s nest with comment on abortion and midterm results (Rajan Laad) — “The knee-jerk reaction is that Trump was attacking his pro-life base.” — “The GOP certainly failed in countering the media narrative and delivering a coherent message on abortion. They failed to expose the Democrat position which isn’t pro-choice but pro-abortion. They failed to reveal that most blue states have unrestricted abortions on demand until the point of birth.” — Trump’s statement on abortions was wise, effective, and prudent (Monica Showalter) — “According to Newsweek, this passsage from Trump’s post-midterm statement “proved” that Trump had done an about-face” … “Trump was basically going where the American people are going, which is for some restrictions on abortion at this point, but not an immediate full-scale ban at one swoop, when the voters aren’t ready for it.”

This is about principle versus reality and growth of an idea. Principles Are A Grand Thing – A Guest Post – by John Ringo – According To Hoyt but — “I’m going to use Dien Bien Phu as an example” — “The Left has been ‘boiling the frog’ for a long time and it has mostly been by weaponizing empathy around ‘cultural issues.’ The Dems have always been win/lose against Republicans but the Left has taken over every major cultural high ground. Academia. Media. Entertainment. Now major corporations.” — “The PRINCIPLES! PRINCIPLES! PRINCIPLES! crowd has been a Conservative Surrender Chorus for as long as I can remember.” — In light of his view, consider America’s Persecuted Political Prisoners (Jeff Crouere, Townhall)) — “The conditions in these prisons are so horrific that 34 January 6th (J6) prisoners asked for a transfer to the military terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay” — “The harsh treatment of the J6 prisoners is in sharp contrast to the rioters who burned and looted in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd” — “The unrelenting abuse of President Trump by his enemies is obvious.” — principles have a low priority on the Left where identification and destruction of the enemy always comes first.

Then there’s the The Baleful Cargo of Woke Diversity Worship (Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness). — “What do all our notable fabricators—George Santos, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama—have in common? — Well, quite like the Ward ChurchilIs or Rachel Dolezals of the world, one way or another, they lied about their identities. Or they sought fraudulent ways of suggesting their ancestries were marginalized. Or they had claims on being victims on the theory their constructed personas brought career advantages.” — “There are warning signs all around us of our fate to come if we do not stop this nihilism” — “The old 1970s cynical canard that racial quotas would not extend to pilot training or neurosurgery is no longer true.” — “We forget that what once separated the Western world from the rest was not race, climate, or natural bounty, but its gradual creation of meritocracies replacing the pre-civilizational rule of the clan, the tribe, or the race.” — “we are headed, dangerously so, into an historically ugly, hateful, and volatile place—all the more so because we lie that it is utopian when it is pre-civilizational and reactionary.”

 

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3/5 of a step in the right direction

Thought your income tax filing was confidential? Think again. The Left has upended law. precedent, and common decency and shown that you can be a target if they feel they need ammunition to slime you.  Trump’s Tax Returns Have Been Released, and the Press Squee With Excitement (Bonchie,  – RedState) — “In an unprecedented abuse of power, Democrats in the House of Representatives decided to seize a private citizen’s taxes and dump them out into the public for no legitimate reason whatsoever. … this was simply yet another episode of “get the bad orange man.” But because everything is stupid, we are going to have an entire news cycle about this topic for the umpteenth time. … To be sure, there’s nothing of note in the tax returns. How do I know? Because the Democrat-led committee that released them has spent the last year going over them with a fine-toothed comb, desperately searching for anything they can nail Trump with.” — On Final Day Of Power, House Dems Release 6 Years Of Trump Tax Records; GOP Warns Of Retaliation (Tyler Durden,  ZeroHedge) — “The big question, of course, is whether the GOP turn the now-‘weaponized’ IRS on President Biden… or his son?”

As for what is revealed: About those Trump tax returns…  (Jack Hellner, American Thinker) — “The media have been seeking to destroy President Trump since he began running for office. They spread the known lie about Russian collusion for years. They lied about what he said in Charlottesville, and now they lie about his taxes.” — “When a personal tax return shows an adjusted gross income less than zero there are no itemized deductions. Therefore, no charitable deductions are shown. … The media knows that Trump donated his presidential salary every year, so why would they put out headlines that show he donated zero in 2020?” — “Why is there no interest in examining the Biden family taxes to see where, or if, the kickbacks were reported?”

On the culture front, there is the idea that Government by Gimmick Won’t Last (J.B. Shurk, American Thinker). — “Our whole human story is a repeating pattern in which power accumulates, empires emerge, power corrupts, divisions grow, and empires come crashing down.” — 

“By distorting the meaning of words, Western governments have destroyed their legitimacy.  For this reason, Westerners who wish to fight back can start by doing three things: (1) reject appeals to authority; (2) embrace the role of “conspiracy theorist” or any other derogatory label governments use when they seek to manipulate the public; and (3) consciously choose to elevate virtue, morality, and the pursuit of excellence in life.

The issue of slavery is a blunt and dishonest weapon. The often-missed meanings of the Three-Fifths Clause (Bob Ryan, American Thinker) clarifies  the — “” -negative assumptions … Those who make such assumptions have no idea how wrong they are.” — “If people were taught the truth about the Three-Fifths Clause, there would be no negative assumptions made about the importance of what it actually did. — It did not codify slavery or refer to Black people as being three-fifths human. What the Clause did was greatly reduce representation in the House by slave owning states and made clear that slaves were people.” — in other words, it was a step in the right direction fostered by Christianity and promoted by those imperialist colonials, especially those of British background. The evolution of God and man in the West (Eric Utter, American Thinker) provides a catalog of the assault on reality to add to the 3/5 ignorance. — “To Democrats/Progressives/Leftists/Marxists, God is out, replaced by those who believe they know better than any old God ever could. Ironically, they, too, are deeply religious, but they worship themselves. Hypocritical, virtue signaling, arrogant, ignoramuses… they mock Christianity and God’s will… and beckon us to submit to them.”

 

 

 

 

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another travesty of justice and denial of truth

Neo came up with the idea a few days ago that both sides were seeking Truth. The reality is that one side, the Left is trying to create truth while the, the Right is trying to find it. Truth can be ideology but that is not as issue in the current dialog. Truth as opposed to false witness is what is at stake right now.

The election integrity fracas continues to raise questions and wonder. Judge Peter Thompson Rules Elections with Broken Machines in 60% of Precincts and No Chain of Custody for Ballots Are Free, Fair and Certifiable (Jim Hoft. Gateway Pundit) — “Here again, are the key points ignored by Judge Thompson in Kari Lake’s lawsuit.” —  Kari Lake failed to meet a standard that is impossible to meet (Ted Noel , American Thinker) says — “She presented uncontroverted testimony that the dimensions of the ballot on Election Day were changed from the dimensions that were tested before the election. … As Kari Lake noted, the election was run “outside the law.” Yet Maricopa County Judge Peter Thompson ruled that Lake didn’t meet her burden of proof.” … “The appellate court ought to realize that errors involving fully ten percent of the entire voting electorate are larger than those assumed by the earlier courts, rendering their precedents inapplicable. … Given the facts on the ground, no presumption of election regularity can logically be maintained.  But granting Lake a victory at this point is a bridge too far.” — BUT The Dismissal of Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit Shows Voter Disenfranchisement No Longer Matters (Rachel Alexander, Townhall) — ”The trial court judge in Kari Lake’s election lawsuit predictably threw out her case on Saturday, putting on a sham trial that on the surface looked fair to the general public that doesn’t know any better, but to legal minds was a travesty of justice.”

There Certainly Was an Insurrection, But Not by Trump (Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker) — “Was Trump behind the “insurrection” as Reps Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney insist? Or was the federal government fomenting insurrection? And was January 6 part of a long pattern of government insurrection going back decades?” — “What’s the common theme? Government agencies actively promoting one favored political party while damaging their political enemies, Soviet-style, to influence elections and disrupt Constitutionally based government. In other words, an insurrection.” — Don’t Buy What Democrats Are Selling as Reality (Bruce Kaufman,  American Thinker) — “We live in a topsy-turvy world, where true reality is often altered and replaced with a new surreal Democrat reality.” — “Beware!  If you believe in the Democrats’ faux reality, you do so at your own peril!  The spider will have caught you in its web.”

Seeking truth, the honest to reality witness kind, is why We Must Know the Past (Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker) — “What critical theorists refuse to admit is that they themselves, with the freedom of speech that they so often abuse, are the beneficiaries of the American experiment.  They are even less likely to admit that the woke thinking they encourage would establish a new social order in which large swaths of the population would be relegated to second-class citizenship or worse” — “Critical theorists are quick to discover flaws and to magnify them into crimes like suppression and even genocide.  The only ones whom woke thinkers find to be innocent are themselves, when in fact woke thinking is leading America toward authoritarianism based on racist, sexist, and queer criteria for membership in the new elite.”

 

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What a country!

Victor Davis Hanson wonders if there is the will to do what is needed. He suggests 10 Steps to Save America. It is a catalog of what has gone wrong with suggestions for a course correction. — “These are just a few of the many ways that the United States could stop the present madness—which, after all, was entirely self-created.” The section headlines:

  • Cut the Debt
  • Secure the Border
  • Tap Natural Resources
  • Oppose Discrimination
  • Disrupt and Reform Higher Education
  • Revive the Armed Forces
  • Fix Voting
  • Drain the Swamp
  • Upend the Welfare State
  • Restore Norms

There’s a lot of ‘misinformation’ parading around as ‘science’ to support a fantasy. Ben Bartee highlights an example: Social Engineers: Unvaxxed Get in More Traffic Accidents. — “Any opportunity to bash the unvaxxed, no matter how absurd the justification, is like catnip to the corporate media. They can’t resist.” — “If you’re uninjected, don’t be surprised if, in the near future, your insurance company justifies a premium hike on the grounds that you can’t provide proof of vaccination, and are therefore a greater liability. The American Journal of Medicine said so.” —

But that’s just a part of it. See The Feds’ ‘Misinformation’ Scam. Patrick J. Gibbs puts the Twitter brouhaha as paramount in 2022. — “Until we see reforms after such investigations, defenders of free speech should refuse to recognize any “misinformation exception” to the First Amendment.” —

And in left field there is the question Why reparations now? Mark C. Ross says “The absurdity of the concept of reparations for slavery, an institution that ended several generations ago, is beyond mind-boggling.  But there’s a blatantly cynical reason for the sudden lurch in that direction: formerly reliable Black voters are now slipping away from the Democrats.” — “The dystopic nature of our inner cities cannot be traced back to slavery.  Modern-day political machines are the culprits.  Paying women to have fatherless children; running schools that avoid imparting basic math and literacy skills while lowering the standards for achievement; suppressing police responses to avoid bad optics and litigation… all add up to imposed squalor.  And none of this can be traced back to slavery or any of its aftereffects.” — and did you know — “the British colonists brought in Scots and Irish slaves to fill the labor deficit created by the vastness of America.  These were not indentured slaves who only needed to work off the cost of their passage to achieve their freedom.  They were true chattel: property that was bought and paid for.” —

“The folks who are having the money thrown at them have no reason to complain and the folks whose money it used to be have little, if any, voice left to complain.  What a country!”

 

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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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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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enough is enough

my way or the highway, not! – “For many of us, they truly define hubris and smugness in ways never previously seen in our country.  Their disdain for anyone who refuses to toe their line is, at times, unbelievable.  Their use of official government resources is astounding and controlling.” — Jessica Curtis: How much Democrat hypocrisy can America stand? – American Thinker

Erasing historic norms.  Questioning the outcomes of elections.  Calling into question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.  Tolerating violence against conservatives while fearing unrealized violence against liberals.  Using the media and Big Tech to tilt elections.  Checkmarks every time.  You would think this might make liberals blush just a little.  You would be wrong.

non specific allegations try one’s patience – “Superintendent Layne Millington penned an October 4 screed to the community, in which he vaguely characterized expressions of opposition to the school’s ill-considered actions” … “Layne Millington seemingly has no shame” — John Klar: Vermont school superintendent battles parents who challenge girls’ changing room policies – American Thinker — “Parents in Vermont will, like all informed Americans, protect their daughters.  Layne Millington should resign quickly, and flee the accountability he so desperately fights to avoid.  Then perhaps normalcy – teaching math instead of extremist political radicalization – can be restored to this long-beleaguered school.”

 

 

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Delira – justice, climate, culture – The Woke Plague

unprecedented – “President Biden spearheads a political offensive vilifying opposition party leaders and voters alike as threats to democracy.” — : DOJ escalates Jan. 6 probe, targets Trump allies ahead of midterms | Just The News

obsession – “The DOJ has been going after Trump allies and supporters for months, looking for any indication that they were trying to steal the 2020 election in some fashion, or that Trump was planning not to leave office at the end of his term, at which point he, like every president before him, left office. ” — BREAKING: Tucker Carlson obtains subpoenas from Biden’s DOJ to Trump allies demanding personal information | The Post Millennial | thepostmillennial.com

pulling teeth is easier – “The DOJ is concealing documents related to Biden’s executive order that directed agencies to meddle in nationwide elections.” — Shawn Fleetwood: DOJ Conceals Records About Federal Agencies Rigging Elections

what the? – “the combined actions of the FBI, Secret Service, and Capitol Police made it possible for the CDU to “find” the bomb at 1:07 p.m. at the DNC, just as activists began to push down police barriers on the Capitol grounds.” — Bill Livingstone: January 6 Pipe Bombs Get Curiouser and Curiouser – American Thinker

Equity not for thee – “We are seeing an explosion in crime and violence across the country because of inconsistently applied laws and prosecutors and judges unwilling to convict and punish perpetrators. The same is true with election laws. If individual or organized vote fraudsters see there is little or no consequence to their actions, they will continue to disrupt and alter our elections.” — Jack Gleason: Electoral Fraud Goes Mainstream – American Thinker

foundations and preparing the battlefield – “To accept a bigger picture is often to accept the foundation of what is present is not what it appears.” — sundance: A Different Take on the Dismissal of the Trump v Clinton Lawsuit – The Last Refuge

a system corrupted – “I have come to an inescapable conclusion: there is no justice to be had in our “justice” system. I am no longer willing to participate in a system that I consider to be a total farce.” — : She Represented Carter Page – by Mark Wauck

coming to a Nevada near you – “Over the last few years, three major jurisdictions have held ranked choice voting elections, and they have consistently created issues that could lead to more problems in elections.” — Todd Carnery via RealClear Wire: Alaska Reminds Us Ranked Choice Voting Is A Bad Idea | ZeroHedge — “Federalism allows for America’s states to conduct their votes in different ways. These differences allow the country to see what systems work best. It is clear from seeing ranked choice voting in action in different jurisdictions, that ranked choice voting will make elections worse in the U.S.”

issue listing – “Let’s review just how much “better off” we all are thanks to Biden and his fellow Democrats.” — We’re ‘Better Off’ Under Biden? Who Is Obama Kidding? – Issues & Insights

“What do you do when your teacher is a pervert and no one will listen? You take matters into your own hands.” —  Lincoln Brown: Sixth Graders Protect Fellow Students From a Creepy Teacher – PJ Media — “These boys did exactly what a man should do. They stood up for the girls in their class against a horrible man who had found a way to wedge himself into the system like a diseased mollusk. And when the people who were charged with keeping them safe did not care, they did what they could do on their own.”

deja vu – “Climate hysterics demonize carbon dioxide (CO2) much as Hitler stereotyped Jews.” — Jerome Corsi: Climate Hysteria: A Mass Delusion to Demonize Carbon Dioxide – American Thinker — “There’s an irony to all this: On the one hand, it’s obscene for climate fanatics to tar their opponents as “deniers” in the same the term is used for people to deny the Holocaust. The first is a well-document historic event, while the second is a highly speculative theory based upon inadequate computer models made to predict future complex climate events. However, the common denominator is that both the Holocaust and the climate movement arise from the same form of rigid, fact-free fanaticism common to all true believers.”

Follow the money – “A global financial crisis is brewing. The easy scapegoat is Putin. The biggest problem is policy everywhere you look… A crisis isn’t coming, it’s already here, and obviously so.” — Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com: Climate-Policy Is A Much Greater Threat Than Climate-Change | ZeroHedge

so much. how come? – “they express disbelief, worry, lamentation even, that the one solid referent in the world has gone, well, completely rabid.” —  Victor Davis Hanson: America Delira › American Greatness — “Destroy the bounty that produced and empowered the woke decadence, and we won’t have anything—the woke included. Wokeism is, for now, an affordable irrelevancy that rests on the wealth and lessons produced by those long dead and now much rebuked. But it won’t remain affordable. – Instead, we will learn what woke itself produces—barbarism, chaos, poverty, and civilization in reverse.”

 

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Is your trust misplaced, too?

misplaced trust and disloyal – “Barr’s opinion rests on the assumed veracity of leaks, spin, and misleading narratives.” — Margot Cleveland: Has Bill Barr Forgotten All About Deep-State Deceit?

catalog of sins – “Barr became an ineffective ally, which is often worse than being a sworn enemy.  The enemy is doing what is expected by acting against you.  But real betrayal occurs when an ally turns into a bystander.  Nobody expected Barr to be partisan; he just had to do his job.” — Rajan Laad: Bill Barr reveals his true colors…again – American Thinker also “what Trump really did wrong was allowing a manifestly biased government process to take place.  He should have trusted the American people with information showing that the federal government is corrupt, possibly irredeemably so.  That he trusted a corrupt government to have an honest outcome reveals the dangerous naïveté that guided Trump during his first term.” — Andrea Widburg: Remember that classifying documents usually protects the government, not you

Truth leaks through the barricade – “Cannon highlighted several significant facts over the course of her 24-page order that further call into question the DOJ’s targeting of Trump. Here are the seven top-line takeaways:” — Margot Cleveland: 7 Bombshells From Special Master Order Following Trump Raid

You’ve been had – “Climate alarmists and equity fanatics must be confronted. If they are sincere, they must be shown how they’ve been lied to. If they are opportunists, they must be held accountable. … if the people pushing this extreme agenda are not stopped cold—and soon—they will destroy our civilization.” —  Edward Ring: The Two Most Destructive Frauds in History › American Greatness

bio 101 – “36% of White, college-educated Democrat women think men can get pregnant.  I’ve written before about how leftism damages women.  It makes them extremely angry and neurotic.  It also, apparently, cuts them off from reality.  Sadly, these same women are a force to be reckoned with politically.  They may be loopy, but they’ve got political power.” — Andrea Widburg: Almost 25% of Democrats think men can get pregnant – American Thinker — “Transgenderism is political.  It’s the politics of hatred (because I defy you to find me a so-called transgender “woman” who doesn’t hate and wish to erase real women), mind control, the breakdown of the family, and the weaponization of neurosis, genuine mental illness, and extreme narcissism.  Given the misogyny behind it, it’s ironic that leftist women support it most fervently, but they’re sadly comfortable with the other aspects of this highly destructive political movement.”

lifting the pillow to let the victim breathe – “Critics always maintain that Project Veritas is a group of sneaky grifters, engaging in deceptive smears, “gotcha” tactics, and selective editing to carry out character assassination.  Yet anyone listening to Boland’s words could tell it wasn’t Veritas destroying his character; it was Jeremy Boland.” — Ray McCoy: Project Veritas triumphs despite federal repression – American Thinker — “Our news cycle is a perfect illustration of how once-daring media institutions are now more dedicated to squashing important journalism than encouraging it. … The stakes of this high-profile legal fight are part of a larger battle, one between those dedicated to revealing the truth, no matter how ugly, and the ones who think Americans are better off oblivious to it.”

collateral damage – “Whether in Europe, the Indian subcontinent, or Africa, we are getting graphic evidence that the entire green agenda is deadly.” — Andrea Widburg: Is the tide turning in Holland? – American Thinker

resource economics – “Professor Simon Michaux, who doesn’t take issue with global warming hype, explains one of several reasons why this is true: the mineral requirements of a wind- and solar-based energy system can’t possibly be met.” — John Hinderaker: The “Green Revolution” Is Impossible | Power Line — “The bottom line is that no transition from fossil fuels to “green” energy sources is under way, nor will it occur, ever. The green dream is not just a folly but a fraud.” see also “As Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang and David Cole-Hailton shows in the graphic below, made by the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), of these 90 different elements, which ones are in abundance and which ones are in serious threat as of 2021.” — : The Periodic Table Of Endangered Elements | ZeroHedge 

 

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Funny how that works – predictable antics

Watergate in the balance – Scott Johnson — “As a candidate with no government power, Hillary Clinton seems to have lacked the resources Nixon thought he could draw on. Yet the Clinton campaign successfully defamed candidate Trump, compromised or paralyzed his presidency, and did real damage to the United States. The sinister role of the prestige press in retailing the Russia hoax deserves special mention. It helps to have the press in bed with you.”

Tale of Two Trials: How Sussmann is Receiving Every Consideration Denied to Flynn – JONATHAN TURLEY — “Whereas Flynn’s prosecution was a no-holds-barred affair, Sussmann’s prosecution has been undermined by a series of unfavorable rulings by the court” … “While the judge in Flynn’s case was eager to remove obstacles from the prosecution’s path, the judge in Sussmann’s case seems to have created a virtual obstacle course for Durham.”

What does hate get you? – H.P. Smith — “We are in this mess because the Left once again has showed their true colors.  The accepting, caring and tolerant Left reaffirmed that they are indeed none of the above, and that they are actually fueled almost exclusively by hatred”

Elongate — John Hinderaker — “A woman has made a hearsay allegation against Elon Musk” … “Funny how that works: no one needed to know any of this until Musk undertook to buy Twitter and turn it into a free speech zone”

Climate Risk and Wall Street Meet Cancel Culture — Steven Hayward — “Stuart Kirk, head of “responsible investing” for HSBC, gave a presentation at a Financial Times “Live Moral Money Summit Europe” a few days ago in which he shredded the climatista claim about financial climate risk.” … “Needless to say, you can’t say this! And so the predictable has happened:”

The Collapse of Trust – Allan J. Feifer — “The issue at play now is that the majority of Americans have lost trust in our ability to govern and also, whether our leaders are even telling us the truth or are we simply being manipulated?” … “We have arrived at a point that appears intentional. The utter disregard for breaking the sacred bond between ordinary Americans and their leadership, fealty to the principles and practices of a nation that has stood for good, stood for a better tomorrow, and been that beacon of hope to the entire world is now in doubt.”

 

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The evil drift

Liberalism and the Problem of Evil – Philip Ahlrich — “Political evil is a contagion of psychological immaturity, self-delusion, and counterfeit justification, and its virus has spread throughout America’s liberal ruling class.”

When You Label Half of the Country Racist… – Blaine L. Pardoe — “Overnight, anyone who had conservative values and voted Republican was complicit in mass murder and carried the taint of being called a racist… or so the Left hoped.”

The Democrats’ push for reparations will only make things worse – Kathleen Brush — “Under the guise of remedying historical sins, the government is stoking racial divisions at every corner” … “The government’s failure to contemplate the combined impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Great Society (1964–1965) counts among the grossest acts of U.S. government negligence.”

“The national alarm should be sounding over the racialization of medical school education” — William A. Jacobson — “At least 39 of America’s 50 most prestigious medical colleges and universities have some form of mandatory student training or coursework on ideas related to critical race theory (CRT), according to CriticalRace.org, which monitors CRT curricula and training in higher education” — also see Critical Race Theory has infected 80% of the top U.S. medical schools – American Thinker.

The Leftward Drift of the Legal Profession is Cause for Concern – Mike LaChance — “lawyers are no longer primarily the allies of commercial classes, as they were in the early republic, but instead the technocrats and enablers of regulation and redistribution” … “The transformation of the legal profession marks a fundamental change in American democracy”

In seeking to demean Trump, The Wall Street Journal demeans itself – David Zukerman – “No good will come of the effort.” … “Whoever is in charge of the Capitol Police, it is not the president.  Clearly, Congress, not the president — if the USA Today article is correct — had the responsibility to move to stop the tumult. ”

 

 

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Science, evidence, and social conformity

Follow the evidence, not the “science” – American Thinker – “Evidence” is far easier to understand, measure, quantify, define, and follow”

Cameron English is working on the obesity problem at ACHS and highlights the plague common to so many of today’s issues:

So many obesity experts can’t quit the idea of reshaping our “toxic” diets, even when their own research says they should, because they’re surrounded by people who share their assumptions and therefore insulated from critical scrutiny. Economist Thomas Sowell outlined how academics can fall into this trap in his book ‘Intellectuals and Society’

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Nobody has the perfect population-level solution to obesity. But a couple of things are clear at this point. Policy responses to obesity often work at cross-purposes and ignore pertinent influences on weight gain, including consumer preferences and the diverse nutritional needs of different people. Whatever the ultimate solution to obesity is, it has to account for all the relevant aspects of the problem. We’ll never make much progress otherwise.

The problem with social media anonymity – American Thinker – rights have responsibilities and consequences will surface.

Solving the Deepest Questions | Power Line – Steven Hayward pulls a Reddit thread about differing ideas explaining why the chicken crossed the road. It illustrates the difficulty in finding a solution.

What Do We Know About COVID So Far? – American Thinker – Dr. Noel provides a bullet point list with some cynical commentary. 

Abortion and the Evils of the Modern Left – American Thinker – “Given the wicked Summer of Rage that we witnessed in 2020, none of this should be taken lightly”

The Grooming of our Children Takes Many Forms – American Thinker – “The larger question is what has happened to turn our public schools into radical leftist indoctrination centers?”

Normalizing Perversion – American Thinker – “If you think God is short-tempered with hypocrites, that is nothing compared to the hellish fate He has waiting for pedophiles, groomers, and other degenerates, whether they believe in God or not.”

Top three stupidest reactions from Democrats after the leak about Roe – American Thinker – “These leftists in their various states of tantrum and grandstanding are a creative bunch”

Sen. Markey Is A Dangerous Insurrectionist — Says The Supreme Court Was ‘Stolen’! – Issues & Insights – “The left’s freakout over a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is hardly surprising” – so many examples to compare with the J6 gulag population

A Mexican cave disgorged a massive pre-Columbian crime scene – American Thinker – “t’s wrong to pretend, as the left does, especially when teaching our children, that the Americas were a paradise of innocent peace and beauty and that the European explorers were callous murderers who forced Christianity on these gentle Gaia-worshipers”

The consequences of the stolen 2020 election are increasingly catastrophic – American Thinker – “The Democrats have descended into the ninth circle of hell.  They are willing to destroy the nation rather than see Trump’s MAGA movement succeed anywhere” … “All this chaos and destruction is due to the catastrophic consequences of a stolen election.  Purposeful?  Indeed.  The Biden administration’s agenda is the destruction of America, its middle and working classes, and the power of its currency”

 

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It’s about the children: Two views

 

First up, 2 examples for fathers – Then there’s Dr. Lawrie vs the medical establishment – the ever continuing saga to legistlate everything – and the modern push to sacrifice children to appease one’s guilt.

The Continuing Importance of Thomas Sowell. Jason L. Riley — “When I was researching my biography of economist Thomas Sowell, I kept coming across Sowell’s own descriptions of scholars he admired, and I was often struck by how well those descriptions applied to Sowell himself” — “One of the reasons I wanted to write this biography is because so much of Sowell’s scholarship remains relevant to our policy debates today” — “Sowell has spent a career putting truth above popularity. We need a hundred more just like him”

Unapologetic Tony Dungy Smokes Out Obama’s Betrayal of Black America. Jack Cashill — “Dungy peeled back the first layer of the onion. Someone needs to keep peeling”

A Labour of Love – Part 1. Tess Lawrie — “My personal account from Dr Robert Malone’s upcoming book” — “if there’s one thing this pandemic has shown me, it is that we are never powerless” — “If ever there were an indication that scientific research and the system of government and regulatory oversight is broken, this was it” — “This pandemic has revealed to all of us how far we have strayed from what makes us human”

Ghost guns, construction tools, and even rocks. Dale Lowdermilk– “given Biden’s “safety-first” approach, stretching those regulations a little further might get everyone hyperventilating about the unrecognized hazards of other unregistered potential weapons” — “does anyone remember why spray paint was originally forced behind the sliding glass cases in California?” — “when you think of all the deadly weapons out there, ask yourself why it is that the Biden administration is going after the only one explicitly protected in the Bill of Rights”

Sacrificing childhood innocence for the sake of delusional adults? Olivia Murray — “There is a campaign underway in the public school system (among other places) — one that seeks to ravage childhood innocence through sexualization” — “At the altar of sexual deviancy, adults are laying down children as an offering”

Abortion is ‘life-saving, life-affirming health care’? Eric Utter — “Yes, it is “courageous” to refuse to accept responsibility for your own careless actions and instead decide to terminate the life of an innocent baby in your womb”

The disturbing trends in progressive support for abortion. Andrea Widburg — “Even as Americans are pulling back with revulsion at the extreme positions Democrats and other leftists take regarding human sexuality, leftists are doubling down on abortion” — “Back in the 1990s, the Clinton campaign said abortion should be safe, rare, and legal.  Implied in that phrase was the belief that abortion shouldn’t be a form of birth control but should be a step that women thought about long and hard before taking … Abortion has gone from an unpleasant “necessity” (as it was viewed then) to a sacrament” — “Moloch demanded child sacrifice.  One of the great advancements of the Jewish Bible was to reject child sacrifice and to say, instead, that helpless infants must be protected”

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