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George Neumayr: The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds – “The partisan pettiness of their nitpicking is beyond parody.”

The self-appointed ruling class is overflowing with egomaniacs and heartless operators who, oblivious to the irony of their own pouting, decry Trump’s “ego” and question his “heart.” Has America ever had to endure a more insufferable collection of frauds? When not sating themselves at Margaret Sanger award galas and Black Lives Matters powwows, they can be heard lecturing Americans on “racial healing” and a culture without violence.

A host of “conservatives,” who are just me-too liberals looking for pat on the head from the media for their “fairness” and “decency,” jumped at the chance to smear Trump for his supposedly “disgraceful” response to the Charlottesville violence. Beneath all of their virtue-signaling blather lay a demand to Trump born of their own PC-deferring cowardice: unless you say what the self-appointed ruling class wants you to say and say it in the manner they want it said, while not saying what they don’t want you to say, you are a racist. From their hyperactive rantings, one would have thought that his Saturday tweet linked to Mein Kampf. In fact, it was a blameless condemnation of violence and bigotry. But it was troublingly “generic,” the ranters bleated. And how dare he suggest that violence emanates from many “sides.”

Tammy Bruce: The deadly impact of identity politics – “By conflating white supremacists and Trump supporters, the ‘Resistance’ pours hate on hate.”

In the aftermath of the horror of the Charlottesville riot, there’s been less condemnation by the media and the left of the neo-Nazi that is charged with murdering Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others than there has been of President Trump.

Instead of addressing our increasingly toxic political and social environment, the answer for the media and the political class was to pour more gas on the fire.

Suddenly, Mr. Trump was responsible for the carnage, and even worse, the Nazis on-site in Charlottesville were his base (we’re told), ergo all Mr. Trump’s supporters are Nazis, too. The intent from the start was to conflate the president and all conservatives with white supremacy and the obscenity in Charlottesville.

The concerted effort by the so-called “Resistance” to further divide this nation is disgusting and dangerous. By singularly focusing on such a craven goal of race hatred and suspicion, and conflating white supremacists with all Trump voters, they not only ignore the real issue of the danger of identity politics, they contribute to it.

Ralph Z. Hallow: Unbalanced moral outrage helps America how, exactly? – “The left, which encompasses just about all the U.S. news media, the Democratic Party, and some Republicans who repeat what the left says, whether given a cracker or not, control the commanding heights in our culture.”

America has never been in greater need of leaders who will cast political cowardice and political correctness to the wind and tell it exactly as it is. One-sided moral outrage will only undermines an increasingly fragile melting pot. Mr. Trump’s second about-face Tuesday showed he’s most comfortable when following his own compass and telling swamp-dwelling advisers to go to hell.

John Hinderaker: Trump Tells The Truth, And The Press Goes Crazy – “Trump said there was blame on both sides. The press went ballistic.”

The AP wants us to believe that Trump’s statements were a disaster. His aides “stood in silence,” John Kelly “crossed his arms and stared down at his shoes,” Sarah Sanders “looked around the room trying to make eye contact with other senior aides.” And “[o]ne young staffer stood with her mouth agape.”

The AP never questions, however, that what Trump said was true. In fact, it was indisputable. … Anyone who has watched videos of the Charlottesville riot knows that Trump’s description is accurate.

This violence is unhelpful to the left-wing cause, so reporters and editors suppress references to it. They were delighted to have an opportunity to report, for a change, on right-wing violence perpetrated by James Fields. And they don’t want truth, or any sort of nuance, to get in the way.

It even infected the Washington Times: The sides of conflict – “A season of cultivated strife flares as a miserable summer wanes.” Interesting. They lambaste the President and then detail why he is right, anyway.

An honest and accurate examination of the “other side” of the struggle over these past few months would not fit the media narrative leading to Charlottesville as a symptom of what ails America in this summer of anger and vexation. The president’s talent for saying things to inflame the public conversation is matched by the leftmost elements of the liberal establishment, backed by the compliant media, to undermine and chip away at the authority of the national government.

The left has been in hot pursuit of racial strife since it made a hero of a petty thief who was killed when he tried to disarm a policeman in Ferguson, Mo., and the left declared war on the police everywhere.

On the other hand, the IBD says The Left Is Doing Exactly What White Nationalists Want – “It wasn’t long ago that Americans were being told repeatedly not to overreact to Islamic terrorism, because that would only serve as a terrorist recruiting tool. That’s worth remembering now, in the wake of the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Va.”

Why doesn’t this same logic apply to domestic terrorists of the white nationalist variety?

You wouldn’t know from the wall-to-wall hyperventilating coverage of the Charlottesville protests, but the protest march itself was underwhelming.

Mark Jarrett thinks that Trump gets it – “I listened to President Trump’s remarks yesterday from Trump Tower. Brilliant.”

The violence in Charlottesville, and the tearing down of Robert E. Lee’s statue there, and in Durham has made me angry and unhappy. I, like many Americans and Southerners of my generation, have seen the tremendous progress in racial harmony. I remember the bad old days and do not want to return there but I also do not like attacks on my ancestors.

Trump understands these actions are warm-ups. The progressives are tearing down Confederate statues and they are kicking and spitting on the memorials to the dead because they cannot yet kick and spit on President Trump and his voters. If they could imprison Trump and deport his voters, they would do that, and not worry about statues. They are lashing out where they can.

Progressives want a socialist society cleansed of traditional values. To get power, we, as a country, must reject our heritage of freedom and embrace Marxist values of state control. That is why they fight so hard to control the teaching of history and why they denigrate the ideals and values of the Founders and the pioneers.

J.R. Dunn: Big Plans on the Hard Left for November 4 – “One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn.”

The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 “Days of Rage” – an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.

Clearly, the left has failed in the U.S., as they have everywhere else. Their plans have proved empty, their carefully structured systems have ossified to the point of paralysis, their pleas and promises are mere repetitions of rhetoric that was old in the 1930s. They have nothing to offer except violence, hatred, and eventual extinction. But they can still do a lot of damage as they go down the chute, keeping in mind that their descent may involve a process lasting decades.

They seem to be aware of this, and eager to carry out as much havoc as is humanly possible. This is very likely the plan for November 4th.

So circle November 4th on your calendars. On the date, avoid college campuses, federal buildings, and similar sites. Make necessary appointments for some other date. Pay attention to the news to assure that you won’t be inadvertently driving into a madhouse. Avoid wild conspiracy theories and rumors – they don’t help anyone but the agitators. Above all don’t panic. Fear God, dread naught, and keep your powder dry.

Jessica Chasmar: Georgia judge suspended after criticizing anti-Confederate protesters: ‘Leave history alone’ – Here’s what it takes to get a judge in trouble. No, not a gross usurpation of Constitutional authority or inanity in justice but rather a Facebook post criticizing law breakers. For example, consider The John Duarte trial is starting and you should pay attention by Jazz Shaw.

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Detailing a puzzling derangement

Paul Mirengoff wonders Guardrails or roadblocks? – It’s about the puzzling case of Charles Krauthammer’s Trump Derangement Syndrome. You’d think Dr. Krauthammer should know better as he was specially trained to observe and analyze human behavior as a psychiatrist. There is a lot of deviant behavior to observe and it isn’t from Trump. Krauthammer should perhaps consider himself. For instance, what is it the drives him to insert “unfit” opinions into a discussion with Tucker? Mirengoff details other puzzling behavioral expressions from Krauthammer. “Careening recklessness” is as indicative as “unfit” as these are judgments, not opinions or observations. Phrases like these tell the discerning observer about the talker and his guardrails.

The estimable Charles Krauthammer celebrates five instances in which, he says, the “guardrails” of our democracy “held against the careening recklessness of” President Trump.

far from being a guardrail to democracy, when generals say no to the president they threaten it. After all, generals are not elected by the American people.

Two of the three rejecting Senators — Murkowski and McCain — campaigned on the promise of supporting repeal of Obamacare. I fail to see how they struck a blow for democracy when they violated their promise to voters.

Of the other three examples Krauthammer cites, only one has anything to do with democracy.

One more point on guardrails. They exist on only one side of the road. If the Democrats regain power, they will not be in evidence.

Just because President Obama was smooth doesn’t mean he didn’t careen recklessly. He did, which is a major reason why we have President Trump.

The big hurdle that the never Trumpers have to mount in their allegations of “unfit” or “idiot” or similar is the record of events. The behaviors used to ignore, hide, or obfuscate this hurdle to satisfy innate feelings and prejudice is what should be of interest to a psychiatrist.

John Hinderaker exposes more of the mud in the swamp: Comey’s FBI Lied About Lynch-Clinton Meeting – “The Department of Justice has finally responded to ACLJ’s FOIA request with a small number of documents.” This foot dragging is another area where the new AG might put some attention.

There are only two possibilities here: either someone at the FBI destroyed documents relating to the Bureau’s communications about the Lynch/Clinton meeting, or someone at the FBI lied in response to ACLJ’s FOIA request. Federal agencies have personnel dedicated to responding to FOIA requests, and presumably the people who carry out this relatively mundane task would not lie or destroy documents without instructions from the top.

Lynch’s DOJ created talking points about the meeting, but they apparently are secret, as they were redacted from all of the emails that contained them. How a FOIA exception could apply to those talking points, which were designed to be shared with reporters, is a mystery. But that is how the Obama administration responded to all FOIA requests on controversial matters: with evasion and obfuscation if not with outright lies. And President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions do not yet, and may not ever, control the Department of Justice.

Luboš Motl: Gary North, Mojmír Hampl on fatal volatility of cryptocurrencies – “Don’t be afraid of bitcoin.” This is making sense of a current fad.

By the “fear”, Hampl means that the cryptocurrencies don’t really represent any “competitor” to the fiat currencies.

The key reason why the cryptocurrencies aren’t really competitive with the fiat currencies is that they lack what is perhaps the most important defining virtue of any currency: its predictable value relatively to the things that people will need to buy for them, the reason why they accept and hold the currencies in the first place. I wrote these things many times.

Hampl says that the price stability is also the main task of the central banks like his. In particular, when he asks the people what’s the “money supply” in Czechia, people usually don’t have a clue but they more or less know what the latest inflation rate is. That’s because the latter is much more important for the usability of the currency than the former!

The fact that the number of Bitcoins in circulation is known – and will go towards 21 million – implies that the amount of “real things” in the inflation basket you may buy for one Bitcoin is not predictable. And that’s bad. The kids who spread the Bitcoin and blockchain ideas as a gospel may understand some technical algorithms but they don’t understand something that is much more important for an economic proposal – basics of economics. The central banks are effectively adjusting the money supply (through the interest rates or extraordinarily measures) in order to keep the money’s value predictable – because the predictable value of the money is what makes them so useful and optimizes the performance of the economic players who use them in their activities and planning. So the variable money supply of a fiat currency is a good thing, not a bad thing – because it’s a necessary condition for the stability of quantities whose stability or predictability is important! This stabilization of the money’s value is what Hampl calls the “elastic money”.

There is ignorance and some is driven by fantasies. It becomes a problem when it drives behavior.

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Coming to a head as clarity peeks above the surface here and there

Clarice Feldman: ‘Collusion’ Collapses: Dem Congressional Espionage Ring Takes Center Ring – “In truth, the Russians “colluded” through GPS Fusion to harm, not help, Trump and the evidence of that is coming out.” Then there is the history: the Plame case, Whitewater, the misuse of classified information, and special versus independent counels. There is a lack of predicate and other malfeasance in this history – did you know that “Last year, Libby sought and received a reinstatement of his law license and an investigation was held, with counsel confirming his innocence” ? The same players are doing it again and the parallels are striking.

It’s time to repeal the Special Counsel law which has now been used twice to hamstring two Republican Presidents, has dubious constitutional authority, and will never result in the indictment of a prominent Democratic politician.

While the press has been promoting a ridiculous and ass backwards Russian collusion story, it has been sitting on a far bigger story: The likelihood that the Congressional Democrats financed and enabled the largest espionage ring in U.S. history.

Buckle your seatbelts. Draining the swamp is going to create a lot of waves.

Meanwhile, people are noting the effort that went into uncovering the provenance of a letter a nine year old sent to the President and how this compares to the lack of effort in digging into Fusion GPS and related scandals.

Rober Simon: Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous – “Even if Mueller were even-handed and the exact right person for the job — an open question at the moment — no single special counsel could handle all this. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to beat all games of whack-a-mole. Let’s enumerate the scandals as of this moment, several or all of which are or could be connected.”

Quite a litany, huh? Are all six connected? It’s hard to say at this time. Maybe all are or none are. I would imagine it’s some, if not all. But they’re all connected morally — plus beneath all this are the endless leaks, which I suppose could constitute a scandal of their own.

Now let’s play that game from Sesame Street — “One of these things is not like the others.” Yes, you got it. It’s number one. In that case, Republicans are under suspicion. In the other five, it’s the Democrats. And yet the only one under official investigation by Robert Mueller and crew is one. Something rotten in the state of…? You bet!

Daniel John Sobieski: Political Unmasking of Team Trump Must Be Prosecuted

Despite multiple investigations of alleged Russian collusion dating back to Trump’s, shocking to liberals and progressives, election, the only crimes we know have been committed have been the leaking of classified information by Trump opponents, starting with the illegal unmasking of former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

This is nothing less than an attempted coup, sedition against the government of the United States by official sworn to uphold the Constitution.

Sen. Tim Kaine has carelessly thrown out the word “treason” regarding charges of Team Trump collusion with the Russians, whom he and others claim is trying to subvert our democracy. It is clear that it was not the Russians, but Team Obama that was and still is trying to subvert our democracy. The breathtaking subversion and criminal activity that is involved here is only now becoming apparent

Forget Watergate, Democrats. Compared to your own criminal enterprise, Watergate was indeed a third-rate burglary. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, you have a lot of work to do and a lot of people to prosecute for their crimes against the government and people of the United States.

Powerline has insight into two other fronts: Paul Mirengoff on why Europe balks at Russia sanctions; Trump won’t veto them and John Hinderaker on why The Obamacare Drama Is Not Over. The only simple thing about issues these days is the block opposition of the Democrats and that solidarity is saying the Left is not concerned about the issues but rather about rejecting elections.

The fact is that the Democrats need Republicans to prop up their failing, Rube Goldberg-like health care scheme. Congressional Republicans tried to oblige them, but Democrats preferred the presumed political gain that would result from the GOP’s failure. Now, the Democrats need the Trump administration to bail out their pet project. I find it hard to see any reason why the administration should oblige them.

Ed Krayewski: Get a Speeding Ticket, Pay the DA for Better Treatment – “Louisiana’s pre-trial diversion programs helps drivers avoid higher insurance premiums—and enriches DAs’ offices.”

The hustle reveals what a central role revenue-raising plays in policing.

The fact that some moving violations can be downgraded so easily to non-moving violations suggests that they were not moving violations in the first place—that they were always primarily revenue-raising endeavors.

David Middleton: Fake News: Trump official, Scaramucci, says Earth is only 5,500 yrs old. – “Anatomy of a fake news story.”

Here we have a young geologist, writing for Forbes, with a Young Earth Creationist obsession, fabricating a story. This errant misquote is now being repeated as fact-based news on multiple Internet outlets… the anatomy of a fake news story.

More FUD Mongering by John Bowden: Hackers break into voting machines in 90 minutes at competition – “Tech minds at the annual DEF CON in Las Vegas were given physical voting machines and remote access, with the instructions of gaining access to the software.” When you give someone access, then, sure, there’s a way to break into them. The story is misdirection in order to create a headline and FUD mongering propaganda. That is also a form of Fake News. The real question is about voters who have access but aren’t qualified to vote and about ballot management practice that allows improper access to the voting process and product and about auditing and verification procedures.

Patricia McCarthy: Trump Is Different, and Different Scares People – it is about understanding what is behind the behavior.

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totally unhinged

Jonah Goldberg: Climate-change fearmongering has turned totally unhinged – “One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar.”

A recent New York magazine cover story on climate change assured readers that all of the previous climate-change alarmism was too tepid. Basically, by the end of the century, the living will envy the dead and much of the planet will be uninhabitable or a re-enactment of a “Mad Max” movie.

The more you sound like some cowbell-wielding street preacher wearing a sandwich board that says “The End is Nigh!” the more likely people will ignore you. Particularly if your last few terrifying predictions didn’t pan out.

It’s remarkable how many of the people who rightly recoil in horror at the idea of using, say, the war on terror to justify curtailing civil liberties have no such response when someone floats similar ideas for the war on climate change.

I believe, along with the late economist Julian Simon, that humans are the ultimate resource. We solve problems, and I think we’ll solve climate change, too.

Matthew Continetti: The One Sentence That Explains Washington Dysfunction – “The political class never expected Donald Trump to become president.”

The other day Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania explained why Republicans are having such trouble with health care. Speaking at a town hall during the July 4 recess, Toomey said, “I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn’t. So we didn’t expect to be in this situation.”

And because the political elite held this view with such self-assurance, with all the egotism and snobbery and moral puffery and snarkiness that distinguishes itself as a class, it did not spend more than a second, if that, thinking through the possible consequences of a Trump victory.

Among those consequences: The expectation that Republicans might actually try to keep the promises they’ve made to voters over the last eight years.

A corollary to the widespread belief that Trump would lose was that criticizing him had no cost.

Well, joke’s on us, because not only did Trump become president, he knows how to hold a grudge.

Deroy Murdock: The vote fraud that Democrats refuse to see – “As the bulletproof evidence of fraud adds up, they still claim, “There’s nothing to see here.”

This pathological denial is even more intense, now that President Trump has taken vote fraud seriously enough to appoint a bipartisan panel to get to the bottom of it.

Never mind, leading Leftists insist. The issue is bogus, and the commission is evil.

Craftier liberals have inched away from the baseless “Vote fraud = Loch Ness Monster” argument. Now, some claim, vote fraud is not “widespread.”

John Sexton: Code Pink activist who disrupted Sessions’ hearing gets new trial – “Judge Morin tossed the case because of something that didn’t happen.” Another case of a political judge letting the law go by the board for his political ideologies?

David Prentice: The Mystery of the Russia Collusion Derangement Continues – “It’s like a class B horror flick. The undead just keep coming.”

Nothing stops them. They are unceasing in their bloodlust, supernaturally strong as they keep going, nothing kills them.

Chief in the minds of many is the question, does anyone actually believe this crazy narrative as it becomes a class C movie? Does anyone actually believe that the President of the United States or his staff, colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton? The surface answer is, no, no one can really believe something that inane for so long without one shred, or hint of evidence that it is true. That only happens in class D movies.

How do we reconcile the haughty superiority complex of the left with the increasingly obvious nothingnotevenveggie-burger of the Russian narrative?

We can’t really. It’s a mystery. One that’s very deep, complex, and somewhat incomprehensible.

Because psychosis is serious. Because delusion is destructive. Because denial is, as the saying goes, not just a river in Egypt. And the mystery of how this idiotic, laughable and ludicrous narrative survives is important to solve.

So how do we explain this mysterious psychotic delusion?

At this point, it’s not possible. Theories abound. Many of them are true. One can blame Clinton bitterness, Obama weaponizing the government, the deep state fighting Trump, the Democrats gone mad, the media following them all over the cliff, the democrat base requiring blood for the loss. So much craziness, so little time.

One thing is for certain. This irrationality should stop.

The one thing that is no mystery: Trump’s agenda is what America wants, and expects. If you do not deliver it, you can kiss your power good bye.

How do you stop irrationality? What do you do about it? What happens if nothing is done? Think, maybe, Venezuela?

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Class act.

Gateway Pundit: Saturday, President Trump picked up the hat of a Marine that was blown off due to the turbulence from the President’s helicopter.

Andrew Thomas: The left’s war on Christianity and why it hates Trump – “In contemporary America, Democrats have become congruent with the left, and the belief that the government owns us is a pervasive sentiment.”

Why is this? Democrats, as a political party, have literally denounced religion, particularly Christianity. At that same Convention in 2012, the delegates filled the arena with loud booing during the attempt to reinstate the word “God” into the Democratic Party platform.

Persecution of Christians was practically Obama administration policy, including lawsuits of Christians refusing to subordinate their beliefs to government mandates.

Then along came Donald Trump. He does not believe in big government. He dislikes politicians, regulations, and bureaucracy. The people he has hired in his administration have similar beliefs. The Republicans, who hold majorities in both houses of Congress, also believe in smaller government (for the most part).

The American left has shown itself to be dangerously unstable. For them, politics is not a trivial pursuit, it is a deadly serious bloodsport, and they play to win. On the other side, Trump is playing political “rope-a-dope”.

Are human rights endowed by our Creator, or bestowed by government? That is the basic question and conflict in America. In order to resurrect their government god, the Dems must destroy our Creator. But first, they must destroy our President.

Jazz Shaw provides the low-down on another fake meme: World in crisis after Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for POTUS at G-20 – “Did you happen to hear the latest portents of doom and disastrous tidings out of the G-20 summit?”

So this was quite the disaster, eh? Imagine the nerve of the President not only abandoning his important duties, but letting one of his children take his place. It was an insult to the assemblage. Or… perhaps not. Someone at Bloomberg actually took a moment to examine the situation and found that there was nothing to see here and Trump was simply doing what many of the other assembled leaders had done throughout the day.

Oh… and why did President Trump “step away” as the Washington Post describes it? Bathroom break? Just bored with the proceedings and wanted to check on the baseball scores? Nope. Bloomberg had that angle covered as well. “Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, took his seat at a Group of 20 meeting table in Hamburg, sitting in for the president when he stepped away for one-on-one meetings with world leaders.”

That was immediately followed by a Peter Drucker quote in the feed list: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Patterico shows how the ‘other side’ sees it: Stephen Hayes: Trump Caved to Putin – “So yesterday a wily former KGB agent got over two hours to have a crack at a simpleton who knows the nation’s most prized state secrets. What could go wrong?” When you start with the presumption that a person who has built himself to billionaire wealth and won the U.S. Presidency over stiff competition is a “simpleton” you are saying more about yourself that about what you are observing. Try to square what Patterico and others of his ilk are saying they see to Clarice Feldman: Trump Grinds the G20, the Bureaucratic Underground, and CNN into Hamburger – “As Trump worked successfully on trade and defense issues in Europe, his administration was quietly plugging security leaks and maladministration in our own bureaucratic underground.”

David Goldman (Spengler), no stranger to such things, says the Trump address in Warsaw sent a message that was “calculating and subtle” and “those who abhor Trump as an ignoramus should hang their heads in shame

Steven Hayward: Trump: The West’s Suicide Hotline? – “It is a tedious chore to unwrap everything wrong with the left’s reaction to Trump’s speech and the wider issues it raises.”

(Jonah Goldberg does a nice concise job of it in his most recent G-file.) I decided to dust off James Burnham’s classic, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism, first published in 1964 but recently reissued by the great people at Encounter Books, for a refresher on why the reaction to Trump is nothing new. There are lots of illuminating passages in Burnham (who is enjoying something of a revival recently), but this one (at pp. 178-178 if you want to look it up) fits nicely for the present moment:

John Hinderaker: It’s True: Liberals Hate Western Civilization – “On the Left, however, Trump’s speech has been criticized for its principal virtue, the president’s spirited defense of Western civilization. Here are some of the many such instances.” … “So you can’t celebrate or defend Western civilization without being denounced by liberals as a white nationalist, a fascist, and so on. It is good to know where they stand.”

Victor Joecks Las Vegas Review-Journal: Group twists truth in health care ad targeting Heller – “It’s easy to make heart-wrenching ads when you’re not bound by pesky things like the truth.”

Keep that in mind when you see television commercials shrieking that people will die if Sen. Dean Heller votes for Republicans’ Obamacare replacement. Opposing groups are spending big to deceive Nevadans about the impact of that bill.

Nice to see this! 

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It’s the culture

The must read for the day is David French: Yesterday, Donald Trump Struck a Righteous Blow against Universalism – “It’s a false ideology, a burden and a cancer on our body politic. It defies reality.”

These statements [of previous presidents] are remarkably similar, perfectly encapsulate a universalist view of human nature and human freedom, and are totally and completely wrong. Our previous presidents — and, indeed, much of the intellectual establishment left and right — have sold the American people a false bill of goods about human nature, their own history, and the role of culture in the inculcation of our civilizational values.

Trump, by contrast, located the values that other presidents have deemed universal squarely within a Western context, and he specifically rejected a universalism and moral equivalence, declaring that “there is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations.”

The response from thinkers on the left was swift and outraged.

Trump’s “sin” here isn’t racism but rather calling out the false god of post–Cold War establishment utopianism. Ross Douthat is right. Trump’s speech wasn’t white nationalism, it was a rejection of universalism

The fiction of the universalist Left and the universalist Right is the notion that the best human values, including that alleged “longing for freedom,” are somehow transcendent and universal.

The best Western values, in other words, aren’t the result of universal virtue bursting forth but rather a centuries-long and uneven process of acculturation and education — one that’s often at odds with human nature and specifically designed to suppress our worst impulses.

Not all people have the same desires, and not all faiths teach the same things. Some cultures are superior to others. Trump yesterday reminded America and its allies that the culture they’ve built, imperfect as it is, is both valuable and vulnerable. That’s not racism. That’s just truth.

Richard Fernandez: Babel – “David Gerlenter writing in the Wall Street Journal says something self-evidently true. The Left seems to have won every single culture battle fought.”

Even before Breitbart’s warning there was Orwell who understood that the Left’s ultimate ability was to uproot the past and plant their chosen seed for the future. 

Yet the real mystery — one which even Orwell himself did not anticipate — is why, despite having won every culture battle, the Left has lost the war. … The current political crisis is the collective shudder of mortality passing through “every university, newspaper, TV network, Hollywood studio, publisher, education school and museum in the nation”. The left may have “wrapped up the culture war two generations ago” but it is rotting inside the wrapping.

The Left is losing because it failed, it lost the Mandate of Heaven, as the Chinese would say;

Washington Times: Sounding off overseas – “Someone should tell Barack Obama he’s not the president anymore.”

He’s making diplomacy difficult now for President Trump, and that’s probably his point. Mr. Trump is trying to get freeloading members of NATO to pay their dues, and the United States has difficult trade issues with Frau Merkel, who in turn faces an election with lagging support. Mr. Obama may be useful as a souvenir of happy times.

He has appointed himself to push back against trends that violate human rights, or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms and to fight back against “those who divide us.” Everybody knows he’s talking about the man who succeeded him.

For comparison and contrast, read Trump Colludes with Poland by Daniel John Sobieski. “Trump was also speaking to both Vladimir Putin and Germany’s Angela Merkel. Poland is a NATO member that, unlike Germany, has met its NATO commitments. It is also a country that has refused to adopt the European Union’s suicidal policy of open borders.”

Or try Trump and de Blasio in Europe: A study in contrasts by Avrohom Gordimer. “President Trump is tending to state business of the highest order at the G-20 summit in Hamburg. … In contrast, Mayor De Blasio is in Hamburg to join the protesters.” What was that about a “sellout of America? (see Chumley below)”

America has leaders who are loved by the media but who accomplish little, as well as leaders who get things done yet are often lambasted or ignored by the media. The story of President Trump and Mayor De Blasio in Hamburg speaks volumes about this phenomenon. It is a study in contrasts, and we all know who comes out ahead where it matters most.

Allahpundit: New York mayor jets off to Germany to protest Trump as city reels from cop’s assassination – “This makes sense once you remember that ostentatiously signaling one’s virtuous opposition to Trump is the highest calling of a leftist politician right now.”

Bruce Fein: Who should fund science research? – “Government spending a bad deal for taxpapers.”

The case for government funded science is unconvincing. Members of Congress and the White House think and act with partisan motives. They could care less about funding science for its own sake. Thus, government funded science comes with strings— a variation of the golden rule. He who has the gold dictates the scientific discovery. Thus, with the backing of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, Trofim Lysenko decreed the inheritability of acquired characteristics.

Further, scientists with or without government funding are human. They are driven by the same ulterior motives as everyone else. They labor tirelessly for money, fame, or status. To paraphrase Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations,” I have never known much good done by those who affected to conduct scientific research for the public good. It is an affectation, indeed, not very common among scientists, and very few words need be employed in dissuading them from it.”

Government funded scientific research is as vulnerable to error as is research funded by private sources with ulterior motives.

Luboš Motl takes off on Venus and Hawking’s scientific illiteracy – “every intelligent 10-year-old kid must know why this possibility is non-existent, why the statement is nonsense.”

Some scientists including Roy Spencer have pointed out how absurd these Hawking’s statements were from a scientific viewpoint.

But lots of the scientists who have paid lip service to the lies about the so-called global warming or climate change in the past have remained silent and confirmed that their scientific dishonesty has no limits. I despise all the climate alarmists who know that statements like that are absurd but who hide this fact because a lie like that could be helpful for their profits or political causes. You know, what these jerks and the people who tolerate these jerks’ existence haven’t quite appreciated is that it is only lies that may be helpful for them.

Cheryl K. Chumley: California charts sellout of America, Trump on climate – “It’s a love fest for the left.”

The real danger, though, is not climate change. Rather, it’s politicians like Brown who press for regulatory control of all matters environmental, and who see nothing wrong with bypassing the White House to unite with world leaders and press a global will onto a sovereign United States. In a phrase, that’s called selling out America.

Thomas Lifson: California Dems panic over their tax hike, sue 3 college Republicans for successful recall petition – “Caught by surprise, the California Dems reacted stupidly.”

That’s pretty thin gruel, but then again, left wing judges can grab power and forbid or require pretty much anything they want, as the travel ban kerfuffle illustrated. It takes the Supreme Court to weed out the renegade judges’ decisions, and that takes time, if it even happens.

But trying to quash a recall election following a tax increase, and dragging three kids into court looks really bad, and it will be especially odious when the gas tax hits on November 1st, and people start complaining about the money missing from their wallets when buying gas.

As the recall election of Gray Davis showed, there is a high level of ambient frustration and anger in California.

Most Californians could not name their own state senator, even though these solons represent more people than a member of the US House of Representatives. There is enough discontent that if the issues are properely framed, some real havoc could be inflicted on the Dems.

Ace has loaded up the Fake News™ front. Polish President: I’m Tired of this #FakeNews by the #FakeNewsMedia That My Wife Snubbed Trump – “At what point do they confess they’ve got a serious problem?” James Clapper Kinda-Sorta Accuses CNN of Spreading #FakeNews, While On CNN – that’s about Jim Acosta and the 17 intelligence agencies. Queen of Conspiracies Rachel Maddow: Someone Sent Me a Forged Document Claiming to Establish the Russian Collusion the Left is Crazy About So I’m Going to Blame a Right Wing False Flag Operation – “Yes, and I’m sure the forged RatherGate documents were created by a pro-Bush operator too, Rachel.” Finally, Ace notes that Milo Sues Simon & Schuster Over Reneged Book Deal for… $100 Million. In that light, one needs to note what happened to M. Mann on his hocky stick lawsuit with Tim Ball, Or maybe Sarah Palin v NYT. Whoooeeee! Things are a poppin’!

Another case is described by John Sexton: Some media outlets had a freakout about the House dress code yesterday – What will they (try to) dig up next?

By definition, it’s not news that a longstanding dress code still exists. Beyond that, what made this fun for the left was the idea that a male Republican (Paul Ryan) was responsible for this “new” policy. They really wanted a chance to break out that Handmaid’s Tale analogy and this, briefly, seemed to be it. But, bottom line, we are still not living through the Handmaid’s Tale and Paul Ryan is not ushering us toward a dystopian future.

Back on the culture wars is James Delingpole: #CNNBlackmail Is the Best Thing Since Trump Got Elected – “Sure, on one level it resulted in weapons-grade trolling and a few deliciously funny memes; but in bigger picture terms it was something much more significant than that – a pivotal moment in the Culture Wars.”

Or maybe a better analogy would be the one I used on Sirius XM: the moment during the Second World War when, under the command of the brilliant Bill Slim, the ill-equipped, neglected British Fourteenth Army realized that the only way to beat the Japanese was to fight with the same aggression, cunning, and mobility of the Japanese. In other words, to use the enemy’s tactics against them.

Just like CNN, just like Antifa, just like the left generally, the Japanese were a horrible enemy to fight: utterly without scruples, fanatically convinced of the justice of their wicked cause, terrifying in the swiftness with which they swarmed and overran your position. By the time you knew what had hit you, you’d either be dead — if you were lucky — or tied, wounded, to a tree while the enemy got ready to use you for bayonet practice.

They hunt in packs; they swarm; they move as one as if controlled by some sinister hive mind; they are immune to reason; they are completely without mercy.

To experience these terror tactics is a demoralizing and frightening thing.

Too often the response of the right has been to feel a bit sorry for itself because it’s all so unfair. And then persuade itself that if only it keeps on making the same arguments as before then eventually logic and truth will prevail because, after all, the facts of life are conservative.

There’s at least one major problem with this response: the left isn’t interested in logic and facts — and hasn’t been for quite some time.

#CNNBlackmail, make no mistake, was a pivotal #winning moment.

Why and how did we win? Partly by using the enemy’s tactics against them; partly by exploiting a few strengths of our own.

Definitely one good thing to have come out of #CNNBlackmail is that the enemy has shown its true colors. But the far, far better news is that the good guys have fought back.

The word of the day is Gramscian. HT to Glen Reynolds for link to Eric Raymond’s Gramscian damage to explain the term. “Americans have never really understood ideological warfare.” … “ideological and memetic warfare has been a favored tactic for all of America’s three great adversaries of the last hundred years — Nazis, Communists, and Islamists.”

But the Soviets, following the lead of Marxist theoreticians like Antonio Gramsci, took very seriously the idea that by blighting the U.S.’s intellectual and esthetic life, they could sap Americans’ will to resist Communist ideology and an eventual Communist takeover. The explicit goal was to erode the confidence of America’s ruling class and create an ideological vacuum to be filled by Marxism-Leninism.

While the espionage apparatus of the Soviet Union didn’t outlast it, their memetic weapons did. These memes are now coming near to crippling our culture’s response to Islamic terrorism.

The first step to recovery is understanding the problem. Knowing that suicidalist memes were launched at us as war weapons by the espionage apparatus of the most evil despotism in human history is in itself liberating. Liberating, too, it is to realize that the Noam Chomskys and Michael Moores and Robert Fisks of the world (and their thousands of lesser imitators in faculty lounges everywhere) are not brave transgressive forward-thinkers but pathetic memebots running the program of a dead tyrant.

The process won’t be pretty. But I fear that if the rest of us don’t hound the po-mo Left and its useful idiots out of public life with attack and ridicule and shunning, the hard Right will sooner or later get the power to do it by means that include a lot of killing. I don’t want to live in that future, and I don’t think any of my readers do, either. If we want to save a liberal, tolerant civilization for our children, we’d better get to work.

neo-neocon: National security leakers upset at being monitored for leaks – “The premise of this Politico article initially seems so bizarre it’s hard to fathom.”

The title, “Trump’s leaks crackdown sends chills through national security world,” had me scratching my head and asking, “Isn’t that what’s it’s supposed to do?”

For quite some time there have been an unconscionable number of leaks of national security information from those working in the field. This is not only potentially damaging, it’s often a criminal act. If a person is hired to work in national security, that’s one of many things that person learns at the outset and is expected to respect.

neo-neocon also notes the media fascination with Ivanka Trump’s fashions.

Look, let’s face it: Ivanka Trump would look striking and incredible—in a good way, that is—if she was wearing the proverbial gunny sack. I mean that. The woman is gorgeous, she has a knockout figure despite three children, and she’s nearly six feet tall without heels—and she wears stilettos a lot, which must make her about six foot four.

Can you imagine that person walking into a room? You can bet all eyes would turn, and it wouldn’t be because of the outfits.

And, it appears, the daughter sat in for Dad at a G-20 gathering. Family values? Anti-women? etc. etc. That’s what ‘they’ claim. But look at what is in front of your eyes and wonder about how distorted the Trump-o-phobes eyesight must be.

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Henry Miller: Putin’s ‘sock puppets’: How Russia ‘uses’ anti-GMO activists to undermine crop biotech and science – “Alex Berezow of the American Council on Science and Health has described how RT subtly undermines the United States’ technology and economy.” This provides clues as to the real Russian collusion issue and the Fake News issue.

Genetic engineering in agriculture is a sector that holds intense interest for the Russians. Harkening back to the Lysenkoism catastrophe for Soviet agriculture in the Soviet Union, their expertise and R&D in that area are virtually nil, and there is a ban on genetically engineered organisms from abroad entering the country, so they’ve adopted a strategy of trying to stymie its development elsewhere.

And that brings us to the U.S. home-grown anti-genetic engineering movement, which is well-coordinated and well-financed. It’s unclear how or if it is directly supported by Russia; it may simply be that, as one of my colleagues, a prominent Russia expert, speculated, “Whatever stirs up trouble in the U.S., Russia is ready to help make it worse.”

Pursuing the Russian agenda, the activists regularly trot out a litany of false accusations about academics, and USRTK has filed harassing Freedom of Information requests for emails and documents of at least a hundred public university faculty and staff members, hoping to find embarrassing snippets that might imply conflicts of interest.

These sorts of campaigns are pernicious because they further erode the ability of disinterested observers – the public — to judge what is true and what is not with respect to complex public policy issues.

Book review by Joel Mokyr: Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not by Jared Rubin. It has food for thought about the role of religion in governance garnered through a look at history. But look at the current situation, the reality behind the question.

The Middle East, it has been said, is not just a collection of failed states. It is a failed region. It generates a disproportional number of the world’s orphans and refugees, its GDP per capita is intolerably low despite oil riches, and there are few signs that there is light at the end of tunnel. Democracy seems to have been put on the back burner indefinitely, and human rights are a lost cause in most countries and in retreat elsewhere. Intellectually, too, things look rather dismal: In 2005 Harvard University alone produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. Muslim countries contribute just 2.5 percent of more than 11.5 million papers published worldwide each year (Muslims constituted 23 percent of the world’s population in 2010).

Rubin has written an important and timely book. His methodology is very much that of the historically informed economist: certain choices are made at some point because they make sense, that is, the benefits to those that make the decision exceed the costs. But once made, these initial conditions can have cascading unintended and unanticipated consequences, and those historically contingent causal chains may well be what drove much of the great and little divergences that our profession is so interested in. Equally important, this well-argued and sensible book about Islam provides a much-needed antidote to the toxic rubbish masquerading as scholarship produced by some of the Islamophobes in the current American administration (e.g., Gorka, 2016). The Middle East’s problem is not Islam; it is History.

Why? “Rubin is correct in pointing out that in the most progressive countries in western Europe the ability of religious leaders to halt progress was limited.” The U.S. follows what appears to be the main theme. The U.S. Constitution enjoins its government from making laws regarding religion and leaves religion as a personal matter – at least until the culture wars starting in the 60’s came to the stage. A secular government also leaves innovation and entrepreneurship to the individual and that is a key to economic and scientific progress. This also, in the U.S. has been under assault as illustrated in the debate about government regulations or even, as in the opinion cited above, about the faux religious movements, such as environmentalism, attempts to intervene in and control commercial activity.

The review is tainted as the cite of the ad hominem about the “current administration” and Gorka being “Islamophobes” illustrates. One cannot also ignore the impact of religion on governance and the fact that there is a significant difference between the teaching of Christ in the New Testament and that of Mohamed in the Koran. The essence of the book is that Christianity allowed social progress. Islam did not.

Peter Morici is on this theme with Forces that will reshape civilization – “Innovation and productivity will point the way.” He seems to refute Mokyr/Rubin but gets lost in advocating government control abd the historical examples of socialism and shows diminished grasp of reality with climate change. It’s a PC list all the way down.

Back on the Trump phenomena: while there are stories about Republicans aghast at the war on the media or getting vapors over his manner of expression, Jennifer Harper describes how Trump wins the media war, battle by battle – “There is a reason why the mainstream news media and the Democratic Party are in an uproar: They’ve been left out of the political equation by a player who understands the game better than they do.” Their turf has been invaded.

“As we know now, most of the media totally missed Trump’s appeal to millions upon millions of Americans. The prejudice against him blinded those news organizations to what was happening in the country. Even more incredibly, I believe the bias and hostility directed at Trump backfired. The feeling that the election was, in part, a referendum on the media, gave some voters an extra incentive to vote for Trump. A vote for him was a vote against the media and against Washington,” writes Michael Goodwin, a New York Post columnist.

Don Surber illustrates the media’s problem with Chuck Todd: “I don’t” want to discuss issues – “He had the expert on plans to repeal and replace Obamacare — a trillion-dollar problem — and all Todd wanted to do was talk about his butt-hurt over tweets.”

Tom Price is a doctor, former congressman, and now secretary of the largest government agency: health and human services.

He deigned to take time out of his holiday weekend to go on “Meet the Press,” the longest running Sunday morning show. On November 6, “Meet the Press” will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Instead of substantive questions about policy host Chuck Todd asked about tweets.

Dr. Price handled him beautifully.

The public sees this scene repeatedly and it is consistently the Administration leaders who are the ‘adults in the room’ and its opposition that is childish. There are a lot of stories that illustrate this.

sundance on Sunday Talks: White House Signals Support For Ted Cruz “Consumer Choice” Healthcare Amendment… – “The vast majority of the most severely impacted people within the discussion, middle-class workers/taxpayers who do not qualify for medicaid, have been essentially locked out of the legislative consideration. It is refreshing to see middle America finally being part of the equation.” This is part of a strategy and the issues and implications are described.

Bill Scher: Democrats, Beware the Single-Payer Siren – “Democrats who are giddily munching popcorn while watching Republicans struggle with trying to repeal Obamacare may want to put down the tub.” It’s the contrast to the adult discussion about getting out of the messes in governance created over the last few years.

Sean Davis: Progressive Journalists Are Outraged At The NRA For Pointing Out Leftist Violence – “Two days before an assassination attempt on Republicans, the NRA posted a video on Facebook warning of leftist violence. Progressive journalists are now pretending political violence is the NRA’s fault.” Dana Loesch NRA PSA comes up. Again. Loesch and the NRA obviously struck a nerve.

Barely two weeks after a progressive Democrat activist attempted a mass assassination of Republican officials, progressives are outraged at the NRA for noting that the Second Amendment gives people the right to defend themselves, with arms if necessary, from people who might try to assassinate them or their families.

You might not remember it because the news media pivoted away from the story as quickly as possible

“And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for the outrage,” Loesch concludes. You can watch the full video here. Rather than undercutting Loesch’s claim that progressives reflexively scream racism whenever anyone challenges them, McKesson only underscored her point by accusing her of being a white supremacist for pointing out violence committed by leftists.

“Like Goldfarb, Applebaum also appears to be under the misimpression that no major political violence occurred in the U.S. in recent weeks.

Rather than attempting to exploit what happened in Alexandria earlier this month, Dana Loesch and the NRA predicted it. And rather than acknowledging the reality of what happened, McKesson and Goldfarb and Applebaum chose instead to close their eyes and stick their fingers in their ears and scream at the NRA and its allies for pointing out the need to protect the right of self-defense in the wake of a politically motivated assassination attempt on Republicans.

Jeffrey Folks: The Most Abused President in History – “That’s the judgment of Fox News’s Brit Hume, who sees today’s partisanship as “the most intensely hostile political atmosphere” in memory – in his case, a memory stretching back almost 50 years.”

I wonder how Trump can stand it. The president must be incredibly thick-skinned or possessed of a truly magnanimous soul. Although he often defends himself by striking back, it’s hardly proportional. For every Trump tweet, there are thousands of attacks from the liberal media.

It’s clear that the left is grasping at straws and has now descended into name-calling, the lowest form of rhetoric. If the attacks were based on substance, they might be taken seriously. But “crazy lunatic”? That is the stuff of an affronted seven-year-old, not of an educated adult.

Thomas Phippen: Trumps Spend $5 Million Less Than Obamas On White House Salaries – “While $22 million in savings is a tiny amount compared to the nearly $20 trillion national debt or the $3.9 trillion federal budget, “it could be a leading indicator of Trump’s commitment to cut waste, fraud and taxpayer abuse,” Andrzejewski said.”

VDH: Trump’s High-Stakes Tweeting – “Trump’s strongest supporters are sometimes the most anxious critics of his tweeting—not because his is a failing presidency bordering on caricature, but because it is adroitly unwinding the Obama transformation.” … “Is ad hominem tweeting, then, endangering or empowering Trump’s agenda? Or both? Or neither?”

Start with the given that there are now regrettably few accepted norms of presidential behavior. Trump’s occasional uncouthness is a symptom, not a catalyst, of the times.

Trump, in comic-book fashion, tweets his body slam of CNN; the socialist Bernie Sanders’ wife stands accused of evicting the disabled in what looks to be a real-estate scam by a failed college president.

Factored into the Trump’s tweeting controversies are other variables mostly left unsaid by the media:

Trump has melted down partisan journalists and left the American progressive media in shambles. It was Obama, not Trump, who established the practice of going after journalists by name, both materially and rhetorically, … Trump saw Obama’s precedent, and proverbially trumped it.

CNN is now no longer a news organization, but has been reduced to caricature by Trump hatred. It has been exposed not just as unprofessional and dishonest but also has run the gamut from scatology to violence porn to simple fraud.

Another strange fact is that amid the extraneous tweeting, Trump displays an undeniable natural cunning.

We do not know whether there is a saturation point at which Trump’s base will tire of the occasional ad hominem crude tweets, but so far we clearly have not reached it. Why?

So far, for three reasons. … First, half the country despises the mainstream media and sees it as arrogant, corrupt, hypocritical, and in need of comeuppance. … Two, conservatives favor Trump’s ongoing agenda on immigration, health care, tax, regulatory and national security reform. … Finally, no one has calibrated quite the nation’s deep antipathy toward the coastal media-university-political-cultural nexus, most specifically its utter hypocrisy.

There is a limit to Trump’s crude personal tweets, but apparently no observer has yet calibrated where it is—given the country’s disdain for the media, the progressive hypocritical agenda, and the scatological and obscene rhetoric of Trump’s opposition.

I would urge the president to stop tweeting about nothings and to keep his powder dry for bigger game to come than Joe and Mika. But considering that I have been urging just such pruning of tweets as a matter of strategy for Trump for a long time and that I have been mostly wrong about the downsides of his twitter invective for just as long, perhaps the president knows something I don’t.

Then there’s Kevin D. Williamson: Junkie Running Dry – Judgment and ad hominem are on the table to contrast to what VDH offers. It’s a comparison between the adult and the child. For Williamson, looking at results takes second fiddle to trying to offer a cute put down.

Some people simply cannot handle the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. One of those people is Donald Trump. Trump has shown himself intellectually and emotionally incapable of making the transition from minor entertainment figure to major political figure.

What do you think he reads first in the morning: His national-security briefing or Page Six?

I’d wager that Trump could list at least three times as many cable-news commentators as world leaders. He is much better versed in CNN’s lineup than in NATO’s.

Pollak: Donald Trump, Twitter, and the ‘Presidential’ Standard – “President Donald Trump addressed criticisms Saturday that his use of Twitter to attack his critics is not presidential. “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL,” he tweeted, and added: “Make America Great Again!”

One thing is clear: Trump has always used this method of fighting his critics. In 2012, he tweeted: “Everybody tells me not to hit back at the lowlifes that go after me for PR–sorry, but I must. It’s my nature.”

Nothing has changed in thirty years, except for the medium.

Trump’s critics often contrast his behavior with that of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, who was known for his cool demeanor. But Obama was not above insulting people from the bully pulpit

One difference is immediately apparent: Trump generally confines his attacks to members of the media and political elite, while Obama attacked ordinary people, or Americans as a whole.

A further question is how “presidential” conduct is to be measured. Trump may flout social conventions, but never flouts the Constitution.

Trump is certainly capable of playing by the rules of decorum. One would like a president to do so at all times. Yet recent history is littered with Republicans who played nice and lost elections, or backed down from a fight once in office. Controversial tweets may be a political hazard of a winning mentality.

Regardless, many Americans prefer a president who breaks the social norms of politics to one who breaks the rules of the Constitution, however politely.

Allahpundit: Carl Bernstein: The media needs to do a “different kind of reporting” during this “malignant presidency” – “I guess he means that the press needs to make Trump’s temperament and basic fitness for office a regular part of its White House beat, to an extent even greater than it typically does for Republican presidents. (Dubya was “incurious,” Reagan was senile, etc.) Which of course they already do.” Child. Allahpundit then quotes Jake Tapper’s remarks to the L.A. Press Club as an Adult contrast: “O]ur facts need to be squeaky clean and uncorrupted. We are not the resistance, we are not the opposition, and we are here to tell the truth and report the facts regardless of whom those facts might benefit.”

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Rumble, rumble

Stephen Dinan: Obama-appointed judges dismiss Supreme Court ruling, continue blocking Trump’s immigration crackdown – “The judges in those deportation cases have rejected Mr. Trump’s argument that he has wide latitude to decide who gets kicked out, without having to worry about district courts second-guessing him on facts of the case.”

Notably, all four of the judges — including one in San Francisco who blocked part of Mr. Trump’s executive order against sanctuary cities — were appointed to the bench by President Obama.

“Almost all of the judges are acting outside of established law,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation who served as a Justice Department lawyer in the Bush administration.

For David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the judges are heroes upholding the Constitution when the political branches of government won’t.

“You’ve got the Republicans playing ball in the Senate and the House. The only institution that’s putting a check on this guy is the judiciary,” he said.

Where lower-court judges pored over Mr. Trump’s campaign statements and perused his Twitter account looking for evidence to use against him, the Supreme Court took the president’s executive order at face value.

“These judges are clearly hoping these cases don’t get appealed, don’t get to the Supreme Court, because if they do, they’re going to get overturned,” he predicted. “The lesson to them is they need to quit making political decisions based on the fact they don’t like the president and his policy, and start making legal decisions that follow binding precedent.”

It seems like the law, as it is written, doesn’t matter much to many who profess otherwise.

Andrea Noble and Dan Boylan: Schumer uses Senate rule to scuttle meeting on ‘unmasking’ by Obama officials – “Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer invoked a parliamentary rule against holding committee meetings beyond the first two hours of the Senate’s day.” The protection of the party over-rides any other concern. The race card is also being played.

“It’s disturbing and reckless for the minority leader to block the briefing,” the Iowa Republican said. “We’ve seen too many recent reminders of how unsafe the world is today. This is no time to play politics with our national security.”

Later Wednesday, Ms. Rice, who is black, charged that race and gender could be driving the scrutiny she is currently facing.

Across Capitol Hill, at least five committees are currently conducting inquiries into Russia’s alleged role in influencing the 2016 campaign, possible ties between Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin and Mr. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey in May.

The investigations have bogged down Mr. Trump’s presidency, which has called allegations of Russian interference “a hoax” and a “witch hunt.”

Mr. Trump’s defenders on Capitol Hill say the multiple probes have yet to unearth anything substantive and should conclude as quickly as possible.

Ace: Democrat Senator Dick Durbin Refuses to Release Email Correspondence He Had With Leftwing Assassin James Hodgkinson – “Apparently it’s both nothing important, and something important enough to hide from the public.”

VDH: The progressive boomerang – “Efforts to take out Trump are coming back to haunt Democrats.”

The progressive strategy of investigating President Trump nonstop for Russian collusion or obstruction of justice or witness tampering so far has produced no substantial evidence of wrongdoing.

The alternate strategy of derailing the new administration before it really gets started hasn’t succeeded, either,

A third strategy of portraying Mr. Trump as a veritable monster likewise so far has failed in four special elections for House seats.

Mr. Trump acts as if he is a Nietzschean figure, assuming that anything that does not destroy him only makes him stronger. And now, slowly, his accusers are becoming the accused.

Now that Mr. Trump is emerging from successful House special elections and has fended off six months of media attacks, celebrity invective and progressive efforts to abort his tenure, he seems to be going back on the offensive.

Currently, House and Senate investigations are doing to Democrats what has been done Mr. Trump. So far, these probes seem to have better chances to prove alleged wrongdoing.

In sum, to thwart a new president’s policies, it is probably wiser to offer alternative agendas instead of trying to destroy him before he has even entered office.

Paul Mirengoff: Trump supporters teach Starbucks a lesson – “It’s a sad commentary that Starbucks employees need to be “coached” not to insult customers who show support for the President of the United States, or any other public official or candidate for office.” There is a comparison and contrast here not only in the ‘what if the shoe had been on the other foot’ but also for comparing how Starbuck’s staff treated a customer and how that customer’s community responded. The response was polite, to the point, had humor, and didn’t adversely impact the business.

 

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Just what is their flag?

Yet another ‘Trump the Liar?’ tale is described by Bradford Richardson. Recordings back Trump assertions on late-term abortions – “Priest says that New Mexico is now the ‘capital’ of procedure.”

In the final presidential debate, Mr. Trump was asked about late-term and partial-birth abortion. He said: “I think it’s terrible in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, accused him at the time of “a complete lack of understanding about women’s medical care.”

Members of the media were also quick to denounce Mr. Trump, with several outlets reporting that late-term abortions are performed only when fetal abnormalities are detected late in pregnancies.

But research shows women tend to seek late-term abortions if they are raising children alone, are depressed or using illicit substances, are in a high-conflict relationship, if they had trouble deciding quickly or if they are young and have never been pregnant before.

She said she “wasn’t surprised” about how the media reacted to Mr. Trump. “I don’t think people want to believe that this is happening in our country.”

It’s the usual pattern. Take a generality. Nitpick it. Slam it. Express outrage at the ‘Lie.’ Hope reality never surfaces or, if it does, that nobody will notice.

Judson Phillips: New hate movement gunning for bloodshed – “Anifa, other terrorists gunning for death.” This is a growing awareness.

The new American hate movement is the American left.

Even before Hodgekinson’s homicidal rage, the left had totally transformed itself into a hate movement. The shooting of Congressman Scalise brought this to the attention of real Americans.

The hate movement’s responses were shocking, to put it mildly.

Violence from the left is nothing new. In the 60’s and 70’s, bombings and deaths from radical groups like the Weathermen was a routine fact of life.

The left-wing media is a coconspirator in this new hate movement. Kurt Eichenwald, a writer for Newsweek, said he wanted to see every Republican who voted to repeal Obamacare, “have a family member perish.”

The left is not going to disown the violence. The left does not want to disown their new hate movement. Decency and morality mean nothing to the left. The only thing that matters to the new hate movement is power. They have been stripped away from all of the levers of power at the national level and in many states.

Power is the religion of the left. Without it they have nothing.

It is only a matter of time before the radical left kills people

Rick Moran: Some people hate Trump. More people hate liberals – “The Karen Handel victory in the Georgia 6th district special election repeats a pattern depressingly familiar to the left.” So far, special elections are spelling it out. Four of five have made this clear although none saw a change in party control.

Each of the 4 Democratic candidates was well financed and received strong support from the national party. Each Democratic candidate’s campaign was augmented by hundreds or thousands of activist volunteer Democrats. And each and every race was seen as a referendum on Donald Trump; not his policies as much as the man himself. He is Hitler and Howdy Doody all rolled into one, a traitorous SOB (although most liberals only hint that Trump has committed treason), a threat to the rule of law, and a joke as a president.

And each and every time, liberals have been shocked to discover that ordinary people don’t view the president that way.

After the initial glum reaction of pundits to Handel’s win came the excuses. It was the weather, it was the big GOP advantage in registration, it was early voting, it was Republican outsiders, it was history, it was counter historical, Ossoff wasn’t liberal enough, no unions, blacks didn’t turn out, and the most common complaint from the left about ordinary voters…

The people refused to vote “their interests.”

Until the Democrats can learn to mask their hatred of the holi poli, ordinary people will hate them more than they hate Trump and the Republicans.

Andrew Malcolm has more on this: GOP Takes 2 More Special House Races, Meaning What? – but warns that it is the midterm elections where “In the last 20 midterms, the party of the incumbent president has lost seats in 18 of them, on average a loss of 33 seats.”

Cliff Kincaid: Why the Russians Conceived the Global Warming Scam – “These people, who were soft on the Soviet Union and now hard on Russia, are the worst kind of hypocrites.”

In short, for communism to succeed, capitalism would have to be portrayed as based on exploitation—but not of man, as the old Marxist theory held. Rather, capitalism was now exploiting the earth! The whole purpose of this dogma has been to inhibit global capitalism, the only system that has proven capable of meeting the growing needs of expanding populations. But this time the claim was that human economic progress threatened the environment because of the capitalist model on which it was based.

In other words, the United States must pay more to the other nations of the world. This is global socialism.

It looks like the “nightmarish” scenarios predicted by Natalie Grant are not yet at an end.

But when will the liberals wake up? Answer: they won’t. Like James Hodgkinson, a true believer in the global warming theory, they want to “tax the rich” in their own country and will shoot to kill those who stand in the way of this global redistribution scheme.

VDH expands on The Architecture of Regime Change – “The branches of this insidious coup d’état are quite unlike anything our generation has ever witnessed.”

For now, the Democrats and the progressive movement cannot find ways to oppose Donald Trump through traditional political means either in the Congress or through the ballot box. They have resorted to an any-means-necessary effort to dehumanize Trump and politically emasculate him before the 2020 election.

Unfortunately, the logical succession to such progressive political hate speech, and assassination-wishing, is still more political violence of the sort we saw last week.

And this is only the beginning.

Frank Santarpia: The Progressive Tea Party that Never Was – “Trump Derangement Syndrome is real, it’s deadly serious, and it appears to be metastasizing.”

the vast majority of tea party devotees believed we had to play the cards we were dealt in November of 2008, voicing our displeasure but recognizing that the next time we could win a hand was Election Day, 2010

To my mind, that is how political opposition is supposed to work in 21st century; indeed, the peaceful transition of power is something of which we have been justly proud for over two hundred years. However, we seem to have reached a point where the existence of TDS has many people questioning whether or not we can keep that streak alive. If this presidency, properly won in a proper election, is stolen by coup, violent or otherwise, the United States as we know it will become a memory.

Progressives could have started such a movement — there is no disputing they have the numbers. But they didn’t, and here’s why: what passes for the Progressive Movement in the United States today lacks any real message, which is one of the principle reasons their candidate was on the short end of an enthusiasm gap in the first place. We protested the abuse of the Constitution and espoused the rule of law — not the election of Barack Obama. That then, is the chief difference. We objected to the man’s actions; they object to the man.

It is this distinction that makes clear the reasons why the so-called “antifa” operates in a completely different manner than did the Tea Party Movement; our goal was to flip Congress via the ballot box at the next election; theirs is to flip the Presidency via any means necessary, and immediately.

Any organization needs a core idea to anchor its identity and give direction and meaning to its activities and efforts. One has to wonder just what this core idea is for the Left and the Democrat Party.

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What is evil? We need to know ourselves.

The idea that ‘both sides’ consider the other as ‘evil’ is a favorite rationale for the degradation of political discourse. The problem with this is that it covers over important distinctions that hide what is really evil and what is not. If you think both sides are the same and there is no difference in behavior and deed that correlates with political party, then Cheryl K. Chumley is just another example of the problem. The problem is that Chumley, like many on the right, provides support for her argument in A biblical truth about leftist evil.

America, in case it’s escaped your notice, has been mired in an atmosphere of political animosity and violence — violence that finally led a crazed anti-President Donald Trumper to take up arms and shoot to kill at a Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

But this wasn’t just an act of violence. It was an act of evil.

And it came on the heels of scores of acts of evil, both in word and deed, in thought and motive, that have plagued and dotted the political landscape for months — particularly since the rise of Trump.

Evil — all of it. Carried out by people who mask their wicked intents and furious uprisings as First Amendment rights.

Meanwhile, all the while, those of the Left continue to call for Trump’s impeachment — knowing full well he’s not even committed an impeachable offense — sue him for ridiculous emoluments charges, paint him as stealing the election and betraying America, and generally incite as many mass uprisings and protests as it takes to realize their ultimate goal: to toss the president from the White House in disgrace.

Those participating in such partisanship are not motivated by truth, but rather hate and anger. And their goal is not the betterment of America, but the advancement of their own political wills.

As Psalm 81 tells us of those who are determined to be disobedient, “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.” Those who steadfastly follow evil, soon enough lose the ability to discern evil — and therefore, lose the ability to recognize and stop their own evil ways. So for the rest of us, that means more violence is looming, more uprisings are on the way — and more challenge and hardship to carry out the pressing to stand fast in faith is most definitely coming.

Ralph Z. Hallow provides another example: Partisan environment makes suspicion of Mueller probe reasonable – but there is sanctimony as Democrats threaten impeachment if anyone tries to stop the witch hunt.

A reasonable but not open-and-shut case can be made that Mr. Mueller is part of a setup led by James Comey and other “deep state” actors. These “alligators” — to use Trump-backers’ pejorative term for the permanent government’s revolving-door careerists — will stop at nothing to take down President Trump before he can fulfill his promise to drain the swamp, costing them their jobs and influence.

The attacks on Mr. Mueller are exploding amid frustration on the political right. It thinks the left, with an impunity not granted the right, gets to engage to the extreme in hatred, violence and lying.

Assassination plots against President Harry S. Truman and the shooting up of Congress by Puerto Rican nationalists … the violent Weather Underground and Black Panther movements … the wounding of Rep. Steve Scalise … the almost daily emailed and social-media threats on the lives on other GOP lawmakers — it does seem as if progressives have a corner on haters and homicidal psychotics.

it’s not what Mr. Mueller did over previous decades but what he’s doing now.

Andrew C. McCarthy is blaming the victim in explaining why The Justice Department Is Killing Trump – “Four key decisions put Sessions on the sidelines and intensify a scandal.” (hint: McCarthy doesn’t like Trump’s Tweets and is looking for legal rigor in them)

Yet, a scandal it is: A specter of impropriety is undermining Trump’s administration, tanking his favorability ratings, and stalling his agenda. True, his media-Democrat enemies cast every story in the worst possible light. But there’s always a story, isn’t there?

To understand why, I will reiterate my two-part working theory for why we have a mess, albeit one that, as a matter of law rather than appearances, falls woefully short of obstruction.

Rosenstein’s flouting of the regulations means Mueller’s investigation is a fishing expedition. It is already straying far afield from suspicions about Trump collusion in Russia’s election-meddling — which, we need to remind ourselves, is the purported rationale for the probe, and thus for Mueller.

In addition, there are conflicts of interest that are apt to discredit the investigation, regardless of whether they technically require disqualification.

Ideally, the Justice Department provides the kind of legal rigor and prudent judgment that can prevent or minimize problems for a president. To be fair, President Trump can be an erratic and intemperate client. But at the flashpoints where the Justice Department might have reversed the tide of scandal, it has gone with the flow. If the president has learned nothing else, it should be the importance of filling the Justice Department, and the rest of his administration, with his own appointees. To say the prior administration laid traps for him, and that he has blundered his way into them, is putting it mildly.

Neo-neocon: Trump, Julius Caesar, and killing tyrants – “The current New York production of “Julius Caesar” in which Caesar is portrayed as a Trump-like figure is no ordinary propaganda.”

HuffPo is considered a relatively mainstream website, but the fact that this article passed muster there shows how acceptable it’s become to talk about and advocate Trump’s death.

People like the author of that HuffPo piece see themselves as heroes on a great stage. Their disagreements with Trump can’t be just the usual political dissension, because that would make them petty and ordinary too. No, the scale must be grand, and the remedy equally grand. There are a disturbing number of people around who feel this way, and some of them almost undoubtedly will try to act.

Those who steadfastly follow evil, soon enough lose the ability to discern evil — and therefore, lose the ability to recognize and stop their own evil ways

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It’s most dangerous in the close field

What’s this about unity? Stephen Dinan says Congressional staffers boo Trump at unity baseball game – “Dozens of congressional staffers erupted into boos, jeers and even vulgar gesticulations Thursday when President Trump appeared in a video at the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park.” These are friends and colleagues in Congress but familiarity should not hide the ugly.

Some do notice. Douglas Ernst reports on comments by Camille Paglia: Democrats in ‘nationwide orgy of rage and spite’ over Donald Trump – “Renowned feminist Camille Paglia says the Democratic Party’s leaders are in “a nationwide orgy of rage and spite” that prevents them from connecting with millions of potential voters.”

“In an abject failure of leadership that may be one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of the modern Democratic party, Chuck Schumer, who had risen to become the Senate Democratic leader after the retirement of Harry Reid, asserted absolutely no moral authority as the party spun out of control in a nationwide orgy of rage and spite,” she said in the interview published Thursday. “Nor were there statesmanlike words of caution and restraint from two seasoned politicians whom I have admired for decades and believe should have run for president long ago — Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

Ace notes that The Fringe Left Is Perpetrating Violence, While the “Respectable” Left Justifies Violence, Excuses It, and Promotes It – “the left does everything it can to “contextualize” the violence its Armed Wing perpetuates, and to justify it, excuse it, and even encourage more of it.” … “When you have one part of the country calling for the death of the other part of the country, you don’t have a country any longer.” This must be noticed and observed even if it is those near you participating.

It’s not only Congressmen who turn a blind eye on those near them. Thomas Lifson: Sorry, Dr. Krauthammer, the problem is on the left – “There are few political commentators that come up to the level of Dr. Charles Krauthammer, but yesterday he managed to say something very intelligent, reasonable, superficially correct, yet wrong-headed.”

In his appearance on Special Report yesterday, he blamed multiple factors that involve both parties for the horrendous violence enacted on a baseball practice field, turning it from a field of dreams to a field of nightmares.

There is a problem with rhetoric, but it is not that people see the stakes too high. The problem now is that one faction of politics refuses to accept the legitimacy of President Trump, and having tacitly adopted the strategy of forcing him from office, they have opened the door to legitimizing nondemocratic means of forcing political change.

And the message has gotten out and proliferated to the Left: anything goes!

“Both sides do it” is as much a logical fallacy as the ad hominem. If you cannot distinguish differences then you engage in false witness and are deluding yourself. This is especially true when you are observing those you know both personally and professionally as that is where a personal bias is a high risk.

Some are cataloging the differences. Dave Brooks And Benjamin Decatur: This List Of Attacks Against Conservatives Is Mind Blowing – “A wave of liberal rage has marked the last 11 months since the rise and subsequent election of President Donald Trump.”

The aggression since Trump’s nomination is difficult to enumerate, but nevertheless, The Daily Caller News Foundation pored over media reports to compile a close but non-exhaustive list of violent acts against conservatives in months following the Republican National Convention.

Jonah Goldberg: Big Government and the Epidemic of Violence – “The challenge, at least for conservatives, is that the media’s double standard is so profoundly obvious and at the same so passionately denied that bringing it up feels like an exercise in gaslighting.”

When you believe — as Hodgkinson clearly did — that all of our problems can be solved by flicking a few switches in the Oval Office, it’s a short trip to believing that those who stand in the way are willfully evil enemies bent on barring the way to salvation. That belief won’t turn everyone into a murderer, but it shouldn’t be that shocking that it would turn someone into one.

Thomas Lifson on Green deathtraps: energy-saving renovation blamed for horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London – “In the wake of the ghastly conflagration that engulfed a recently-renovated 24 story apartment tower in London, the world is waking up to the dire threat created by energy-saving green zealots.”

Did green fever cause the obvious fire hazard to be ignored? We simply do not know. But the zealotry of those who are convinced that CO2 increases are dooming us could well prioritize energy savings above safety. As seems to have been done in London.

How many more green death traps are out there? Tens of thousands in the UK, but how many in the USA?

Roger Simon is wondering Does Robert Mueller Want to Cause a Civil War? – “How are we supposed to take the myriad leaks coming from Robert Mueller’s special investigation of what I guess we could call “The Russian Matter”?”

These leaks have appeared only days after this supposedly confidential investigation began. Where did they come from? Inside the FBI? If so, that organization (with five leakers!) is seriously corrupt and should be disbanded. Yes, you read that correctly. If serial leaks are coming from the FBI, our leading law enforcement agency is betraying the America people and is staffed with a number of criminals of the most despicable entitled sort. They think they know what’s best for us hoi polloi, so they are allowed to break the law with impunity when the rest of us poor schmucks have to tow the line on a parking ticket. Over such things are civil wars and revolutions fought (taxation without representation, etc.) — with justification.

That is a big story, bigger even than Trump/Russia (well, that wouldn’t be hard). Whether or not Trump obstructed justice we have no way of knowing (though Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley are skeptical), but we do know that illegal leakers are all over our government from intelligence agencies to the FBI. This is quite simply totalitarianism on the march, the subversion of the rule of law in a democratic republic.

The leaks are, so far, the only solid evidence of criminal activity unless you go back to the previous administration.

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Flirting with fantasy

Wesley Pruden: Crossing the line to flirt with an assassination fantasy – “The New York Times made a point of quickly endorsing the play as worthy of its continued corporate sponsorship, good citizenship be damned.”

Whether the director, Oskar Eustis, intended to stir up the mob or not, even someone of the artsy-craftsy persuasion should know that in the present atmosphere, not just in Gotham but everywhere else, fruitcakes and even more or less respectable “activists” need no encouragement to do great and fatal harm to America’s institutions.

In their fury to assuage their anger and feed righteous hysteria, many liberals and “progressives” cannot restrain their rage that Donald Trump, crude and all-around lout, has through lawful and constitutional means become the leader of the government. A fruitcake with a gun, bomb or long-bladed scimitar rightly imagines that these millions of Never-Trumpers would applaud whatever dirty deed fulfills their dreams and fantasies.

Cal Thomas: Lying liars – “Trump’s accusers are snared by their own deceit.”

The word “hypocrisy” was invented for such moments. The left is suddenly aghast about lying, but was fine with Barack Obama’s numerous lies, from “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” to Benghazi, “Fast and Furious,” the “red line” in Syria and the list goes on. Let’s not even get started with the Clintons. They’re serial liars.

Dan Boylan: Comey the criminal? Leak admission puts ex-FBI boss in legal jeopardy – “crossing dangerous lines regarding the classification of government documents and FBI conduct.”

the real point of controversy centers on Mr. Comey’s admission that he leaked his memos to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel” — which happened soon after the substance of his memos went public. This, they say, exposes his action as more of a self-serving Washington operator, than a move legally protected by the former head of the FBI.

Thomas Lifson: Mueller staffs up to pursue obstruction of justice – “Personnel is policy” is an old truism that applies to the staffing decisions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.” The smell of the swamp is getting rather thick here.

Prepare yourself for the coming debate over whether Mueller should be let go, if he doesn’t recuse himself. The overwhelming consensus is that it would raise Watergate and convulse the country. One must note that the overwhelming consensus has been wrong on what Donald Trump should do more often than not.

That’s one of the problems with bald assertions that Trump is a liar. He has been right more often than not, especially on the big items.

Andrew Malcom: What that Comey hearing really revealed about Washington – “The novelty of a non-anonymous source in the murky Washington waters won’t likely last, courage there being in chronic short supply..”

All of these important ongoing complexities must give way to the transitory theatrics of prancing politicians probing others for implied illegalities that no one has really been able to delineate clearly.

Let’s be blunt here: The actors and media in Washington are addicted to scandal and the process of scandal. They can appear to be doing serious work with sincerely furrowed brows while dodging the real tasks that concern Americans, tasks which if done right, could threaten D.C.’s sacred status quo.

But Malcom gets stuck in the TDS tar-pit:

What’s also true is Trump’s self-destructive ego and impulsiveness weaken his presidential persona and credibility in the eyes of an American majority, often handing opponents powerful ammo. We warned last month about picking needless fights with D.C. institutions expert at assassination by leak.

Trump was elected to shake things up and ‘self destructive’ isn’t in evidence. Neither is impulsiveness. Like assuming “liar,” these are perceptions and judgments about tactical and strategic battle decisions that are based more on the reaction of the opponent and tradition and not on success or innovation. Having the opposition in disarray and engaging in irrational behavior and even, as Comey did, confessing to questionable behavior is battlefield success that should not be ignored.

Rod Kackley: Is Nevada All-in with Medicaid-for-All? – “Nevada Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D) thinks he may have come up with a model for healthcare reform the nation could embrace.” This one-ups California because other people’s money in this case is the Feds. Will they ever learn? How far will Nevada fall?

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Can we keep the Republic? Do we want to? Chasing after chimeras

Stephen B. Presser: What is a republic, and how do we keep it? – “The ‘resistance’ has forgotten the fundamentals bequeathed by the founders.”

Thus it was that the United States was to be a republic, rather than a democracy. In a republic, as the framers understood, there are at least two profound differences from a democracy. The first, most obvious, is that government is not by the people themselves, but, instead, is conducted through elected representatives. Second, less obvious, but an essential feature of republican government from Rome on, is that the government must not act arbitrarily, but must conduct itself pursuant to the rule of law. It must, in other words, follow established procedures and act according to accepted norms, in our case pursuant to our Constitution and laws.

Ever since the election of Donald Trump — an election conducted pursuant to the established procedures in the Constitution, procedures which the framers put in place to make sure that all of the states of the country would have a voice in the selection of our commander in chief

Rather than pursuing the fantasy of foreign plots, for which there seems little if any reality, it ought to be the job of a responsible media and responsible legislators to help the American people and their duly elected president to determine whether, in fact, the program on which the Republicans ran can be effected. There is plenty to examine, plenty to discuss, and plenty to debate without wasting the resources and time of our fellow citizens and their government chasing after chimeras. Moreover, we can’t keep a republic unless we understand our obligation to live under the rule of law, and to realize that the system under which we have thrived requires us to submit to events like the result of elections with which we may disagree.

Thomas Lifson explains how Andrew McCarthy demolishes the argument that Trump obstructed justice, or even did anything wrong in dinner talk with Comey. In the process, a problem in understanding how the U.S. Government works is revealed. Comey asserted that the FBI and the DOJ were DOJ were independent from the executive branch.

Nowhere in the Constitution is the FBI (or DoJ) defined as anything other than a part of the Executive Branch. The FBI didn’t exist in 1787, and wouldn’t for almost a century and a half.

Which brings us to Andrew McCarthy, explaining why President Trump had full authority to say what he did without compromising any ethics or laws

But that won’t make much difference to the conspiracy theorists on the Left. Another example and an explanation of why this lack of intellectual integrity is an issue is provided by Alicia Colon who says It’s the theory of Global Warming that’s really dangerous – “There is no excuse for not finding out the truth on many issues.” The problem is that of actually accepting the truth you find, i.e. summoning intellectual integrity to overcome personal ideologies and fantasies.

what does that say about the rest of the country who swears that climate change is not only more dangerous than Islamic jihadists but that disaster is imminent? Have we really become an idiocracy of fools believing whatever talking heads and celebrities spout about doom and gloom without finding out the truth for ourselves?

It seems we have abdicated our ability to think rationally or to question whatever claims these pseudo scientists make about planet earth. It is extremely unsettling that anyone questioning the flawed data given by these charlatans is deemed a denier and dangerous skeptic.

While there is no similarity between global warming and these other catastrophic scientific miscalculations, there is now the same danger in mixing science with politics and ideology and only with unfettered scientific research can we avoid disaster.

The latest Comey ‘scandal’ is that Trump asked for loyalty. Ace has a relevant Flashback: Defense Sec. Robert Gates Somehow Felt Compelled to Pledge His Loyalty to Obama; Bob Schieffert Accused Gates of a Lack of “Loyalty” In Writing a Memoir About His Obama Years. See also Lifson’s quotes from McCarthy on Carlson cited above as well.

Even if you somehow believe Gates pledged loyalty to Obama without prompting, then you’d have to take Gates as expert testimony that people who actually work in the upper reaches of official DC understand that if you want a job, or want to keep your job, you’re expected to tell a president you’re loyal to him.

And, frankly, I gotta say, the politics in DC are right now so obvious and obviously rotten that the first question I’d have for anyone — including law enforcement and intelligence officials, who naive authority-worshiping conservatives childishly still maintain are above any such doubt — is “Are you actually working for the Democrat Establishment?”

But the NeverTrumpers and the mainstream media, an increasingly difficult set of twins to distinguish between, did not make any grief about this, but now are labeling Trump’s similar request for “loyalty” — same as Obama asked of Gates — an impeachable offense.

In fact, Trump was right to ask where Comey’s loyalties lay — because a former AG under Bush asserted that Comey did in fact have political loyalties: It’s just that those loyalties lay with Chuck Schumer and the scorched-earth wing of the Democrat Party.

For something more solid to get incensed about, look for the stories about new documents uncovered related to the Fast and Furious scandal. Then figure out the implications of the policy change at the DOJ. Ian Mason: Jeff Sessions Ends DOJ Handouts for Leftist Groups – “Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy on Wednesday that prohibits payouts to third parties in settlements reached by the Justice Department.”

For decades, through a variety of initiatives, the DOJ has insisted on donations to third parties as part of the settlements it reaches with defendants, especially corporations. In the Obama administration, this practice took on the character of a “slush fund,” which funneled hundreds of millions of dollars from these corporate defendants and put it into the hands of non-government organizations.

And Hawaii thinks it can enter into treaties with foreign nations by signing in on the Paris Climate Accord. Who is the state loyal to? This is yet another example of where hatred has blinded. When you throw a tantrum, odds are higher you are going to do damage to something dear than to make any dent in what makes you angry.

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The Vicious Left

Cheryl K. Chumley: Eric Trump — rightly — slams vicious left as ‘not even people’ – “It’s such a cycle of hatred we live in right now in America.” And yet another example is provided about how even this interview is maliciously skewed in a media report.

Eric Trump, following in his father’s footsteps, issued some blunt talk about the very vicious left and its very vicious hatred — and now, predictably enough, his comments are being a bit skewed, no doubt, in order to drum up some of that vicious leftist hatred to generate even more anti-Trump headlines.

He’s quite correct; the political atmosphere is highly charged, and the left’s all-out attack on morals, values, conservatives — and Trump — is unlike any times in recent political history.

But in the regard Trump meant it — he’s right. Many of those in the Democratic Party, all of those on the far left, are using such vicious political tactics that they are indeed hardly human. They’re devoid of values, devoid of principles and notions of fair play — devoid of souls.

Jazz Shaw dissects another simmering controversy: Dems want Trump to nominate more people they can refuse to confirm – “there is plenty of blame to go around and, just possibly, some areas where “problems” are actually features rather than bugs.”

Are the Democrats obstructing Trump’s nominations? … There’s no question and they’ve been making no secret of it. … The average Trump nomination has taken 85 days to confirm so far. For Obama it was 32 days. For Bush it was 11.

Isn’t this partly the fault of the GOP? … No doubt about that either. We have the votes to confirm a canned ham, as the saying goes, but only if the entire GOP caucus is voting as a block. …

But isn’t Trump going too slow in in naming candidates? … what if he has no plan to do so and this is intentional? He came in with a mandate to put the federal behemoth on a crash diet and an attitude that many of these functions are a waste of time. If you believe that he’s serious about that he might not have any intention of filling them quickly… if at all. And if that’s the case, then I guess he’s moving at the right speed.

So do the Democrats (and the liberal media) have a point here? … The President has put up 117 names. Just 39 have been confirmed.

And now it’s the Comey circus. Indications are that this will be yet another let down for the “vicious left” with no handle provided to grab Trump.

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Whither optimism?

The Washington Examiner thinks Trump’s budget requires and should produce optimism – “The political Left struggled on Tuesday to find terminology sufficiently jarring to express their rage and disdain for President Trump’s just-released budget. That’s the price we pay for living in an age of political hyperbole.”

What’s actually remarkable about Trump’s budget is that its cuts are modest and, in many cases, are not cuts at all, merely smaller increases than some people desired or expected.

Many have criticized the document’s optimistic projection of a return to 3 percent annual economic growth, which could fall victim to the low and slow expectations that became normal throughout the last eight years. But 3 percent growth is attainable with the right policies in place, and suggesting it is impossible is defeatism.

The fact that it will be difficult to achieve makes it more vital — not less — that the federal government not be allowed constantly to grow and never to shrink. Once again, Congress should ignore the dire predictions and get on with putting policies in place that make optimism possible again.

David Prentice says Strong Enough – “It is disconcerting how many have become so unhinged over the past years. Even so, it’s not possible to have guessed just how extreme and hyperbolic the left would become.”

Championing “resistance” as if they were in a revolutionary cadre in a South American country was not expected. Acting like whining toddlers en masse was not anticipated. A media in total hysterical lockstep to unearth any evidence that Trump was bad, going as low as critiquing two servings of ice cream for him, was not foreseen.

Strength is a manifold concept. Some would say that calling for “strength” in a political leader borders on wanting a strongman such as a Mussolini, but that’s not it at all. It’s simply, strong enough.

It means bringing a different skill set to Washington. It means having a mind strong enough to strive towards a new change of direction for the country against a complacent Washington swamp that loves the power they have and the direction they have set.

Steve Bannon is on record: “If you think they (the left, the media) are going to give your country back without a fight you are sadly mistaken.”

Make no mistake, this is war, one declared by the left, and one we as citizens must face. They are pulling out all the stops. They lie, they cheat, they know the stakes, they want their power back.

Meanwhile, the suicide bomber at a Manchester teenie concert has disturbed the force, the Pope gave the President a book with his non-religious rantings on the economy and climate, more seem to be realizing that the Russian Collusion grand conspiracy theorizing is vaporware, and the Left’s propaganda machine is fixated on a gesture between the President and the First Lady.

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It’s fun to threaten Republicans?

Cheryl K. Chumley: Democrat logic: It’s fun to threaten Republicans – “This is crazed behavior. And it’s all coming from the left, aimed at the right.”

Colton Lochhead: Political vitriol sparks call for moderation in Nevada – “They disrupt … They lambaste … They accuse …

The protests have centered on the most partisan issues and often fail to resonate with the moderate base, said Billy Vassiliadis, an influential operatives for Democrats in Nevada and CEO of R&R Partners.

“Voters are sick of this. The average person is sick of this,” Vassiliadis said.

Vassiliadis, who worked for former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller’s campaign and was an adviser on the campaigns for President Barack Obama and longtime U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, said this “downward spiral” has been building for the better part of two decades.

Jazz Shaw: Yet another argument saying the government can’t restrict immigration – “For reasons which are completely beyond me, Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy has once again taken to the pages of the Washington Post, making yet another argument claiming that the federal government has no power to restrict immigration in any fashion. We’ve already tackled some of his arguments here in the past, but let’s see what he’s up to this time.” Somin’s arguments anti-Trump have been a puzzle for someone of his stature.

Byron York: At this rate, it won’t matter if Trump colluded with Russia – Anonymous rumors leaking confidential notes without provenance or visibility create a running stream of antagonistic media stories that undermine the government.

That was then. Now, rather than focusing on alleged collusion, the thrust of leaks in recent days has been directed almost exclusively toward building a case of obstruction of justice against the president, charging that he actively tried to derail the investigation into his campaign and his associates. More and more, day after day, Trump’s adversaries believe that, when it comes to bringing down the president, it might not matter if collusion occurred or not. A cover-up would be enough to do the job.

On the other hand, the ‘cover-up’ may be yet another ‘fake scandal’ much like the Russian collusion turned out to be. The real question is whether the perpetrators of these malicious fabrications are held to account. It is also something to note that the prevailing presumption is that the leakers are telling truth. This seems correlated with the presumption that Trump is incompetent. Since the veracity of leakers has been so poor and there is much evidence contrary to the incompetence idea, these presumption should be something to consider.

Andrew Malcom opines on The hidden blessing for Trump in the special counsel’s investigation – “We warned the other day that Trump’s peremptory firing of James Comey and shifting storyline would thoroughly alienate Comey and his colleagues “who are real pros at the Washington game of assassination by leak.”

Here’s where the Mueller appointment is good news for Trump. Mueller has basically unlimited powers now, able to take this investigation in any and all directions. He is universally respected as a straight-shooter in Washington, a rare breed in that swamp.

What’s also quite striking in the hysterical media coverage of the usurper Trump is what didn’t happen before. Remember Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation into Mexico? It was botched. Drug gangs got the guns and killed a border agent.

Holder stonewalled congressional investigators. He got censured. No special counsel.

For those of us in flyover country, the wily ways of Washington and its in-house media chroniclers eagerly being used by anonymous sources choose which scandals to snuff and which to fuel. That institutional coziness and congressional ineptitude by both parties partly explain the voter disgust that elected the angriest candidate as president. Never mind his qualifications.

The anger and suspicions of that plurality simmer to this day largely unnoticed back there. Hopefully, the probity of Mueller’s probe will prove convincing whichever way it goes.

Here’s another example of the destructive bias in perceptions: Here’s The Deal With That Glowing Orb Trump Touched In Saudi Arabia – “Social media users mused that the image, in which Trump touches a globe with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, resembled a scene where villains enact their master plan.”

In reality, Trump had touched the globe as part of an inauguration ceremony for the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Ridyah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Together, the three leaders placed their hands on the globe to start a film about the center.

“This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership,” Trump said. “We must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test — to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.”

But all they can see is evil … maybe they are looking in the mirror?

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Rude, crude, vulgar — is this the new United States?

Cheryl K. Chumley: The art of the Trump take-down – “watching this despicable trend of Democratic-fueled accusation, followed by media-expressed outrage, followed by leftist expression of shock, gives rise to one very apt image: that of sharks circling prey.”

This is not how U.S. politics ought to be run. Yet this is America, campaign 2016 and White House 2017. Think hard, question everything. The vicious political atmosphere of late is not happenstance.

The Democrats are to blame. The mainstream media is a complicit close second for fault. And third? That’d be the gutless and elitists in the Republican Party, masquerading as true representatives of the people, who didn’t want Trump in office in the first place and are now only too glad to quietly sneer, “told you so,” while pretending allegiance to conservative principles.

And once again, let’s remember: There is no evidence Trump worked with Russians to beat Clinton in the election. But to paraphrase a famous Democratic politico, in an out-of-context way: What difference, at this point, does the truth make?

Take care, America, in this 24-hour news cycle, in this fiery anti-Trump atmosphere. There may be more reporting going on. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s more truth being provided.

Valerie Richardson: 80 percent of news stories were critical of Trump, says Harvard study – “President Trump has insisted that his press coverage has been historically negative, and a newly released Harvard journalism study backs him up.”

“Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity,” said Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor Thomas E. Patterson in the report.

He added that the coverage was “negative even by the standards of today’s hypercritical press.”

At the same time, Mr. Trump has received more press coverage in general than previous presidents. He was the topic of 41 percent of all news stories, or three times that of previous presidencies, and he was the featured speaker in 65 percent of the stories.

Compare and contrast is provided by Roger Kimball describing Donald Trump’s Invigorating Speech in Riyadh – “Trump’s speech was a forthright, America First, speech, Obama’s an accommodationist’s dream.” There was also note of the media hate: “Fake news alert: the disgusting Washington Post, where truth goes to die, ran a breathless story about how Trump bowed when he received the medal signifying Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor. How exactly could the honor have been bestowed had Trump not bowed his head to receive it?”

Bottom line: Obama went to Cairo to apologize for America and hope for world peace. Trump went to Riyadh to champion America and extend an offer to work together for world peace.

I know that pundits will be descending like buzzards upon a carcass to pick away at the details of Trump’s speech. Happy eating to them.

Ed Morrissey says CA Dems keep it classy with digital salute to Trump at convention – “Following in the footsteps of DNC chair Tom Perez, outgoing California Democratic chair John Burton offered a foul-mouthed tirade at the party’s convention this weekend, complete with a two-finger display of defiance of Donald Trump.”

It’s a petulant whine. Normally, we’d expect that from high-school and college students living in their own little bubbles, not from people who are trying to make the case that they can be trusted to run the country. And yet more and more Democrats have begun to wallow in expletives and coarseness rather than address the issues, apparently in the belief that it’s Trump’s bluntness that won him the election. Instead, it comes across much more clearly as a middle finger to voters middle America, who have no love at all for college students and their special-snowflake protests, but at least might excuse it as youthful indiscretions. Pelosi, Perez, Kirsten Gillibrand, and other Democratic leaders hardly have that excuse.

As one party indulges this deeply unserious and idiotic behavior, they encourage more of it from all sides. The discourse in our political cultures has declined rapidly enough as it is, and our media and entertainment cultures have led the way for it. At some point in the future, if we stay on this path, we’ll end up with a political culture where grunts and rude gestures matter more than policy, a game in which the side that can produce the most gross bodily noises wins. In short, we’ll be stuck in a perpetual middle-school playground, only the bullies that come after your school lunch will have the IRS to back them up.

Instapundit cites Putin (re LA Times): “You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans,” Putin said, according to Tass. “They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just shortsighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.”

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Hooey, self delusion, etc.

Charles Hurt: Hysteria, overblown hooey part of the fake news cycle – “Every time the Washington political press freaks out and goes into full panic mode against President Trump, the blockbuster, Watergate-volume story always unfolds the same way.”

Each time, these reporters sink deeper and deeper into a fantasyland as they dream bigger and bigger. THIS TIME, they keep thinking, we FINALLY got him!

Reporters and Democrats alike — not to repeat myself — are actually now speculating about whether Mr. Trump will survive the certain impeachment hearings to come.

But then, as the heavy breathing subsides and the adrenaline rush gives way to factual, concrete reporting, the most damning charges fall away.

Well, OK. But the White House should have handled it better.

Patricia McCarthy: The Media-Democratic Party Suicide Pact – “The national media and the Democratic Party have gone stark raving mad over President Trump’s election victory; they refuse to accept it.”

Our media and our Democrats seem to think that with all their hateful, childish behavior, their tantrums (“we won’t vote for an FBI director unless there is a special prosecutor”), they can win back the House and Senate in 2018. They seem not to realize that they are going to lose more seats in both houses. Their strategy, these vile tactics, are a suicide pact. And when the mainstream media and the Democratic Party die by their own hands, only the mind-numbed elites on both coasts and the denizens of the editorial offices of the NYT, the WaPo and the LA Times will be surprised. No one else will care. They will have seen it all coming for years.

Betsy McCaughey: The left’s sick lies about health reform – “Never mind facts. Democrats and media allies are resorting to shock value to defeat repeal — staging funerals with caskets and predicting massive deaths if the bill becomes law.”

Does the GOP bill abandon people with pre-existing conditions? No.

Does the GOP House bill pass the “Kimmel test”? Yes.

The public is being misled.

Is repealing ObamaCare “a death sentence for thousands” as Bernie Sanders says? No way.

The first thing to fix is the lack of intellectual integrity and self awareness on the Left.

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Uphold the truth

Rebecca Hagelin: By upholding the truth, can we fight the marketing of evil that is destroying America – “First released in hardcover in 2005 and in paperback in 2015, the book by David Kupelian (managing editor of WorldNetDaily.com) profoundly explains the marketing tactics in continuous use by the left in their attempt to destroy God and His created order and replace them with a world where mankind is sovereign.”

The awful, natural consequences that follow a culture focused on satisfying the arrogant desire of men and women to be their own gods are now infecting every area of life: Education is hijacked to teach moral relativism rather than science or facts, entertainment is permeated with the debasing of humanity, individuals and society become increasingly “entitled” to things and services at someone else’s expense, and children are left fatherless or motherless.

Paul forewarned us in Romans 1:28-31 of what becomes of nations that continue to reject Him: “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.”

No, I Am Not a Moron but Half the Country is Deranged by Alicia Colon – “We ‘deplorables’ have probably done more research on the issues and are dumbfounded as to why anyone would ever think that Hillary Clinton was a viable candidate.”

In the very short time Donald Trump has been president, he is probably the most besieged leader since Abraham Lincoln presiding over a super polarized nation. This polarization is not based on the serious issue of slavery but by the lies and malicious machinations of a hostile opposition party and the lapdog media minions. They have successfully turned half this nation into blithering, infantile, angry non thinkers who base their anger on faux news emanated by the liberal fascists in the media.

To fully understand what I wrote in my headline, consider three issues where the derangement is most evident-Black Lives Matter, gender politics and Climate Change.

John Fund: Why Are Democrats Afraid of the Election Integrity Commission? – “They know that the voter rolls are breeding grounds for potential fraud.”

Indeed, smart liberals are already moving away from the mantra that “there is no voter fraud” to a more nuanced position.

Leftists have known for a long time that America’s voter-registration lists are breeding grounds for potential fraud. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, one out of eight American voter registrations is inaccurate, out of date, or a duplicate.

That explains why the Democratic line on the new commission is to combine hysterical attacks with cautionary words that what the commission might find won’t be important anyway.

But that doesn’t explain why Democrats have so often opposed just such efforts at the state level or why the Obama administration for eight years played hide-the-ball with the data it did have on potential ineligible voters. When liberals claim that there is no voter fraud, to borrow Shakespeare’s words, they do protest too much. They know that lurking in our archaic election procedures are problems that need fixing. Here’s hoping the new commission — which includes Democratic secretaries of state Bill Gardner of New Hampshire and Matthew Dunlap of Maine — breaks through and conducts a first-ever national look at the problem.

John Hinderaker: Ignorance + Malice = James Clapper – “intended as a portentous warning, but for many Trump voters, the fact that he is “assaulting” some of our institutions is a feature, not a bug.”

CLAPPER: Well, I think, you know, the founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances.

News flash for Mr. Clapper: the FBI is part of the Department of Justice, i.e. the executive branch, which reports to the president. The checks and balances inherent in the three branches of government have nothing to do with it.

the federal bureaucracy is not part of the constitutional system of checks and balances. It only seems that way, sometimes, because of its perennial hostility to Republican presidents.

Roger L. Simon: Schumer’s Special Prosecutor Proposal for Russia Lacks ‘Fairness’ – “Putin will have won. Even though he may not have turned our election upside down, he has certainly turned our minds upside down. We — especially our media — can’t think of anything else.”

If you’re going to have a special counsel for the Trump-Russia situation — in the spirit of bipartisanship and indeed fairness — you would need to have similar counsels for the following: The hidden Hillary Clinton email server, … The Clinton Foundation and its financial relations with Russia, … The misuse of our intelligence agencies for the surveillance and unmasking of Trump and associates and other private citizens by members of the Obama administration … The Internal Revenue Service’s singling out and harassing of many conservative-leaning non-profit organizations and attendant coverup of same, … The Benghazi incident … The Bergdahl affair … Of course there are more, but I had to start somewhere.

Richard Fernandez: Our Fragile Civilization – “Mark Steyn argued that exclusively blaming the other political side for your troubles can provide false comfort. When everything is falling apart the problem is probably bigger than any one point of view.” Fernandez starts with the recent ransomware attacks and notes that many of its victims were still running Windows XP which has been out of maintenance by Microsoft for several years (but they did issue a ‘fix’ for this attack, anyway).

The defection of Edward Snowden, the Office of Personnel Management data breach and the now infamous Hillary hacks all predated Trump though the vulnerabilities will probably continue under him. The list of commercial data breaches is also stunningly long.

One of the weaknesses of the anti-Trump resistance is their inability to address the factors which brought the current administration into existence. Too many think it’s all about one man.

So why can’t such a stupid, ignorant and incompetent bunch be seen off? That must be what troubles the Resistance. The scariest possibility is they are up against complexity itself, fighting a reality that refuses subordination to a narrative. The world is hard to control, even when you dominate all the media outlets.

What makes the pubic think governments which run Windows XP and lose secrets can manage Climate, which is as complex as a human organism? Perhaps we have to relearn humility and restore loose coupling between objects. Otherwise the reactive effects will ripple through “unexpectedly”. But of course no one will listen, just as in the Jurassic Park movies. It’ll be full speed ahead and ‘hold muh beer’.

 

Upholding the truth first involves being able to see it.

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It’s a dangerous path the Left is taking

Where the real danger lies:

Think about it: Wright was so proud of her behavior that she put it out there for the world to see. She felt no shame; no need to hide her actions.

Cheryl K. Chumley says For Republicans, it’s getting dangerous out there – “Wright ultimately left the scene — but was apprehended after she posted details of the incident to her Facebook page. And it’s that little facet of the story that seems most remarkable.”

This particular story ended with Wendi Wright, 35, being arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment. And the specifics of her charges come down to this: She allegedly chased Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, in her car as they drove from the town hall event, ultimately intimidating them to the point that they pulled into the driveway of somebody they knew.

Is Wright demented? Or just an average Democrat in the Trump era?

Certainly, the atmosphere in the country has turned much more accepting of violence as a form of leftist political protest in recent months — since the rise of President Donald Trump, in fact.

The congressional halls of Democratic offices are filled with calls to impeach Trump, finding an actual impeachable offense be danged. And the media, the ever complicit media, don’t mind rising from the mud, when opportunity presents, to join the anti-this, anti-that fray as well.

All this, meanwhile, comes on the heels of an appeal by a Huffington Post editor-at-large for leftists to simply hound those of the pro-Trump camp by following Republican politicians to their places of work, places of dining, places of living, and stand outside and protest and demand answers. Answers to what? Apparently, to why they’re Republicans, refusing to vote Democratic.

But this is the tone and atmosphere of the country right now. And it’s one created and fueled solely by the left. So what’s a good Republican to do to stay safe?

what’s called for in the face of these bullies is to fight harder. Bullies don’t back down unless they’re met with a force that’s to be reckoned with. And how do you best fight lying, deceptive, argumentative, angry, irrational, violent socialist-minded partisans with intent on corrupting the Constitution and destroying the greatness of America? With truth. With courage. With the full armor of God — including the breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith and sword of the spirit.

In the face of such power, evil, as these lunatic leftists represent, can only flee.

John Daniel Davidson: The American Left Is Talking Itself Into Violence – “The recent violence that’s marked our college campuses is seeping into the rest of society, and the vast majority of it comes from the intolerant Left.”

Something is wrong with the American Left. The recent spate of violent protests on college campuses has been well-documented, but the violence and intolerance championed by left-wing student activists is beginning to creep off campus and into mainstream public life.

The reason for this is straightforward enough: although progressives pride themselves on their putative tolerance and diversity, the imperatives of leftist politics are fundamentally illiberal. Justice imposed through power is the philosophical foundation of the political left, and when earnest progressives become convinced the only avenue to power is violence, their tolerance quickly falls by the wayside. Consider a few recent events, none of which involved college protesters but all of which were marked by threats of violence.

Leftist Intolerance Invites A Breakdown Of Civility

How has it come to this? No doubt, leftist ideology invites a kind of intolerance that leads to violence, as we’ve seen. But this tendency is exacerbated by a breakdown of civility fueled by social media. Would we see the kind of brutal, cutthroat behavior that’s marked the crowds at these town halls if those people had not inured themselves somewhat to it?

The problem here is picking a bogey man, social media, to sidestep and destroy the argument presented that it is a much deeper and more insidious evil at play.

William A. Jacobson: Buzzfeed asks: Why is Harvard Law Prof. Larry Tribe spreading conspiracy theories? – “A reputation is a terrible thing to waste.”

Lawrence Tribe, Harvard Law School professor, has sullied his reputation with his Trump Derangement Syndrome, as Buzzfeed documents

One of the great untold stories is how many liberals have damaged themselves in the desire to get Trump.

If Trump doesn’t go to jail, like so many of the liberal conspiracy theorists are predicting, there will be a price to pay for their delusions, and that price will be their reputations.

David Keene: A lesson in the loss of liberty – “Mischief-makers have turned new surveillance powers against Americans.”

Liberal civil libertarian types were convinced back then that it was dangerous to entrust too much to the likes of George W Bush, but went silent when Barack Obama entered the White House. …

Imagine what sort of public uproar would have erupted if, during the 2008 campaign, it had been revealed that the outgoing Bush administration had been caught doubling or tripling surveillance of its opponents and was “unmasking” candidate John McCain’s foreign policy advisers whose names may have been picked up through surveillance of noncitizens in troubled areas of the world. The media, Democrats in Congress and the liberal pundits would have simply gone berserk, but the cavalier use of these same powers by Mr. Obama against folks they don’t like hasn’t fazed them a bit.

The answer should be obvious. It goes beyond ideology to the nature of trusting government with too much power. When any government official assures the public that he or she can be trusted with powers we wouldn’t trust to “bad guys,” we should be wary because powers that can be abused will be abused by someone at some time for motives good or bad.

Clarice Feldman provides a summary on Russian Hacking and Collusion: Put the Cards on the Table – “The notion that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump was a John Brennan/James Clapper confection created in an unorthodox way, and defied logic, given that Hillary and her associates had far closer connections to Russia than Trump or his associates did.”

12 prominent public statements by those on both sides of the aisle who reviewed the evidence or been briefed on it confirmed there was no evidence of Russia trying to help Trump in the election or colluding with him:

Law professor Jonathan Turley says much the same thing: “No one has yet to explain to me what the core crime that would be investigated with regards to Russian influence,’ Turley said Wednesday evening. “I don’t see the crime, so I don’t see how it’s closing in on Trump.”

Unless you think it makes political and constitutional sense to have an FBI director holding open forever an investigation of his boss with no factual basis, you might understand how ridiculous Comey’s refusal to publicly detail his reasons for so doing.

But there is much more than the misjudgment of allowing these people to head the investigation, which has run on for months with an ocean of leaks and no evidence.

if this is Watergate, it’s not because this president is trying to cover up any wrongdoing on his part, but rather Comey and others at the FBI are trying to cover up theirs, rather like Mark Felt. The drive to arrogate power to one’s self is a feature of Washington politics, and hardly unknown to the top ranks of the FBI.

Jazz Shaw picks up on how petty CNN has become: Impeachable? Trump gets TWO scoops of ice cream while the peasants all get one

they really didn’t have much of a point to make here. The best they could do was point to this as an example of how the White House staff is settling in with Trump and getting used to his preferences. But by the time they write it up on the web site the tone has definitely changed. Notice how they can’t be satisfied with simply saying that the staff has picked up on his druthers in dining. They have to paint the mental imagery of a plump, greedy child who has suddenly been turned loose in the palace and has the royal staff fetching him bowl after bowl of dessert treats.

So take that as you will. It might be a story about ice cream or the tale of some Caligula-like emperor who is gobbling up the riches of the realm while the peasants are forced to do without. This. Is. CNN. They report… you decide.

Or, another example by John Sexton: Michelle Obama is not happy about the rollback of her school lunch guidelines – “Mrs. Obama suggested that issues like school lunches should be above politics and yet she’s asking her audience to question the motives of the people who are making these changes.”

Ultimately, there has to be a balance between allowing kids to eat what tastes good to them and what will keep them healthy. It should be possible for adults to disagree about where that middle-ground is without assuming anyone who has a different opinion has bad motives and wants to see kids “eating crap.”

Or Jazz, again: This is how progressives undermine capitalism in the name of “character” – “It really wouldn’t merit much national attention were it not such a sterling example of enshrined, liberal tribal beliefs being carried over in the real world to the point of self-ridicule.” The community’s choice in which coffee shop is to replace an outed one … “what’s the difference if you drove down the property values and stopped someone from providing some jobs to local folks and possibly making a profit?”

On the U.S. economic front, Mark Perry is Putting America’s ridiculously large $18.6T economy into perspective by comparing US state GDPs to entire countries – “Overall, the US produced 24.7% of world GDP in 2016, with only about 4.5% of the world’s population.”

 

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