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dehumanizing invective. is it a disease?

A License To Hate. Victor Davis Hanson – “Note the force of such dehumanizing invective that transcends political differences. Trump voters were not just mistaken in their political allegiances.”

What is it that really smells here?

“These outbursts were all voiced from highly educated elites (Caputo has a journalism degree from the University of Miami, Deutsch graduated from the Wharton School, Jeong from Harvard Law School, Strzok received a master’s degree from Georgetown, Wilson attended George Washington University). And all engaged in vicious and cowardly stereotyping of a demographic in a manner that they assumed involved no downside. Rather, the smears were delivered on the expectation of winning approbation from their peers. And they did in twitter-fueled competitions to find the crudest pejoratives.

But the hatred was not confined to the media and politicos, but rather also came from the very top of the Democratic Party.

What is again odd about these examples of open progressive racist, cultural, and class contempt for the American interior, is not just how ubiquitously politicians and journalists voiced them, but also how candidly and indeed confidently they repeated notions of smelly, toothless, ape-like, lazy “garbage people.”

Never Trumpers hardest hit. Don Surber – “As Bungling Bob Mueller’s investigation looks more futile by the hour, the Never Trump crowd has turned on him. They know he has squat.”

“They are trying to dissolve the Crazy Glue that stuck them to the Russian conspiracy as it becomes clear that there was no Russian collusion — and that the FBI had no business investigating President Donald John Trump.

The State of the Shutdown. David Catron – “Dem SOTU stunt signals their growing desperation.” get out your dictionary: “Having been lured into a political oubliette and chained to a wall, they are now being systematically immured by a man upon whom they have heaped countless insults.”

“The damage has now reached the point where Pelosi and Schumer are facing growing revolts in their own conference, particularly among freshman Democrats in the House, over their refusal to even negotiate with the President.

And it goes without saying that there are other Democrats who want an end to the shutdown — the furloughed federal workers. … He put their dilemma in the form of a question on Twitter: “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?”

The Democrats and the legacy “news” media immediately denounced Trump’s claim as false. … The political contributions of government “workers” in the 2016 presidential campaign tell the tale, as the Hill reported at the time

These hopelessly lopsided contribution percentages soundly refute any claim that a significant number of Republicans have been furloughed during the shutdown.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer might as well face it. President Trump has spent most of his life negotiating with real estate developers, unionized construction companies, and New York zoning officials. He comes from a business environment that makes the Beltway look like a chapter of Habitat for Humanity. So, to put it bluntly, they have already lost. Trump has them in a deep hole, chained to the wall, and is busy with brick and mortar cutting off their only source of political oxygen. The country is with him on this and he knows it. Border security “trumps” bureaucratic comfort. Time to make a deal, #Chancy.

related: Government Shutdown: Pampered Federal Workers Don’t Deserve Anyone’s Pity. Investor’s Business Daily. “The worst thing about the government shutdown isn’t the — minimal — harm it’s causing. It’s all the misplaced hand-wringing about federal workers, most of whom are overpaid and underworked, and all whom will get their back pay once government reopens.”

Pelosi’s stunt is just more progressive de-platforming. John Sexton – “it seems pretty clear from the left’s reaction that what’s happening here is just more de-platforming of Trump.” … “In other words, to the degree it’s possible, don’t let him speak.”

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Humpty Dumpty

A migrant caravan full of women and children led by a convicted child rapist? Monica Showalter – “In a jaw-dropping news item utterly ignored by the mainstream press here, a top Mexican migration official told La Razón, a left-leaning Mexican newspaper, criminals were coming to dominate the caravans now, with open-borders activists agreeing.

“Somewhere, somehow, this truth has got to eventually get out. The press isn’t reporting it. But the fact remains, the caravan problem is becoming a criminal enterprise and criminals, extremely violent ones, are among its leaders.

If that, and this arrest, is not a case for a wall, what is it going to take?

It’s Climate Alarmists Who Remain in Denial. Marc Sheppard – “Notice how in the ten years since liberal journalist Ellen Goodman introduced the term into the debate, “denier” has all but replaced “skeptic” and “realist” in the public lexicon.

“So then, 20th-century warming and cooling patterns do not correspond to man-made atmospheric CO2 concentrations but do correspond to natural solar, ocean, and cloud variations. And yet, the left wants to legislate a “Green New Deal” that would completely rewire the U.S. economy and add tens of trillions of dollars to the national debt in order to reduce atmospheric CO2.

Tell me: exactly who is in denial?

If Only Trump Haters Could Realize How Dangerously Our Democracy Is Being Threatened. Dov Fischer – “What has gone around will come around ever more destructively.”

“What Democrats and other Trump haters do not grasp is that everything the FBI top brass has done to President Trump is being tested now: Will our society tolerate such FBI behavior aimed at our freely elected national leader? Is it OK to run wildcat operations within the FBI aimed at destroying a President whom the FBI leadership detests? More than whether Strzok and Page had a “secret society” and “insurance policy” to prevent Trump from governing, more than whether Comey deserved to be fired by Trump for being the dishonest and untrustworthy snake he is, more than whether the Mueller Investigation has gone completely off the rails after two years of searching for collusion that did not exist, we face a serious and much more threatening Constitutional crisis for the future: Do we have systems in place to deter the FBI from doing yet even worse to a future President?

If today’s outrages against Trump are accepted by the Left, it all will be done again — only not to Trump next time.

Once broken …

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hyperbole, undoing, reality, going to pot

Shutdown reaches the people-will-die stage. Don Surber – “People Will Die is the last-resort of the Democrat Party arguments.” … “The predictions are worthy of a global warmist.”

The great undoing continues. Scott Johnson – “Yesterday Pompeo gave a speech at the American University in Cairo. The speech was a sort of counterpart to Obama’s June 2009 speech in Cairo. Obama’s speech was a nauseating exercise in fake history, destructive diplomacy and strategic self-destruction. By contrast, Secretary Pompeo represents the voice of sanity. In substance he repudiated Obama’s speech and related strategic vision. Pompeo could not have been more blunt.

The Great Issue of Our Time. John Hinderaker – “is whether, as a people, we are too dumb to sustain a democracy. This question arises often; for me, most recently, upon seeing this Daily Mail headline: “Twitter user stuns the internet with math that proves one 18-inch pizza has more in it than TWO 12-inch helpings.”

Marijuana, mental illness, and crime. Paul Mirengoff – “According to Mother Jones’ Stephanie Mencimer, Berensen’s book “takes a sledgehammer to the promised benefits of marijuana legalization, and cannabis enthusiasts are not going to like it one bit.” Her discussion fully justifies this statement.”

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detached and denial and projection

Shoving Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals Right Back in the Left’s Ugly Face. Kurt Schlichter – “The Left hadn’t taken a good, solid gut punch since Ronald Reagan turned the Oval Office keys over to the wimpcons who found fighting Democrats uncouth because conflict made for awkward luncheons down at the club.”

“For Donald Trump and the revitalized conservative movement, Alinsky’s book isn’t some dusty old commie tome – it’s a lifestyle.

Alinsky’s Rules are relatively simple, and they make sense when you are fighting a conventional opponent with an interest in maintaining the status quo. … They aren’t so effective against conservative brawlers who like to punch, and who aren’t too fussy about whether it’s with tweets or with fists.

The Rules are not some magic incantation; they are simply some tactical principles that work in certain kinds of fights against certain kinds of opponents – particularly ones willing to unilaterally disarm in the face of an unprincipled enemy.

How Trump Confounds the Fact Checkers. Ira Stoll – “Donald Trump just may be our most honest president since Abraham Lincoln.

“Sure, the Washington Post’s valiant if pedantic fact-checkers claim that “In 710 days, President Trump has made 7,645 false or misleading claims.”

Even before Mr. Trump took office, his trustworthiness about personal matters ranging from his marital fidelity to his wealth was widely doubted.

Another dimension of integrity, though, doesn’t involve precision about details or about anything personal. It has to do with the president’s commitment to following through on his campaign pledges. In that department, Mr. Trump has been astonishingly, almost unprecedentedly faithful.

Why even bother listening to political rhetoric if what the candidates say bears no resemblance to what they eventually do? If Mr. Trump, in at least this particular way, is not corrupt, it’s a kind of honesty that’s important — maybe even more important than some of the misstatements for which he has been faulted. Call him the promise-keeper president.

An Epidemic of Erasures, Redactions, Omissions, and Perjuries. Victor Davis Hanson – “since 2016 we have seen how many high government officials involved in any number of such investigations, were not so much citizens as hyper-citizens above the law, who felt they were not subject to audit. And they were largely right in their assumptions.

The Most Successful Coverup. Jed Babbin – “Democrats get away with a much worse crime than Watergate.

“Since Watergate, the Washington wisdom has always held that it’s not the crime, it’s the coverup that sinks a politician. But that’s only the case when the coverup fails.

But what if the coverup succeeds?

It’s horribly simple. The crimes are never uncovered and the perpetrators are never brought to justice no matter how serious their crimes may be. That is precisely what has happened because of the FBI and Justice Department’s coverup of their abuses of power and illegal actions during the 2016 election.

The stain on our system of justice and the 2016 election created by the abuses of power and probable crimes committed by FBI and DoJ officials during and after the 2016 presidential campaign will not be erased. Their coverup has succeeded.

Democrats keep proving how detached they are from reality. Michael Goodwin – “For proof, eliminate their desire to remove Trump from office and see if you can pinpoint anything else with broad Dem support.

“It unites the leadership with the rank and file, including many of the socialist-leaning newcomers. Its migration from the far-out fringe to a daily talking point among party faithful and their national media lapdogs represents a breathtaking development.

The implications are staggering — and a potential disaster for America.

Never in modern times has there been such a disconnect between the opposition party and the realities of national life. The very talk of removing Trump, without evidence of an impeachable offense, is a stick in the eye to history and most Americans.

The relentless fixation on impeachment is a destructive decision that sacrifices national progress and security on the altar of partisan madness.

Warning: TDS screed about a TDS screed … Jonah Goldberg on Trump’s Character. Patterico – “There is much else to admire in Goldberg’s column. For example, he dissects several techniques used by Trump superfans, like whataboutism, box-checking (“to be sure, nobody thinks Donald Trump is a saint…”), the pretense to ignorance (“gee, I can’t remember his attacks on free speech!”), and the like.

What is worthy of note is the bigotry. For instance, consider “whataboutism.” This is using ridicule and denial to dismiss efforts to establish a reference. Then there’s the ‘superfans’ which is a dismissal and ridicule of anyone who might have a middle position. Just who is it that is engaging in the “various dishonest techniques described in this column”? Who is illustrating logical fallacies? This is much like the new speaker refusing to listen to a cabinet secretary because she ‘disagrees’ with the facts presented. As for Trump’s character, the allegations get more and more strident the more you have such start contrasts as provided in these screeds. Look at these screeds critically and see how much is a matter of questionable opinion and how much is true witness to reality. 

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With friends like this

McCain then Romney: two failed candidates for President who show why. The political ‘hate Trump’ funeral of the former was a capstone on a history of personal vindictiveness. For the latter’s disqualification, see Joel B. Polak – Timeline: Mitt Romney’s History of Backstabbing Donald Trump. “Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) attacked President Donald Trump’s “character” in an op-ed Tuesday evening in the Washington Post.”

sundance – Strap In – Romney Didn’t Wake Up This Morning and Haphazardly Write an Op-Ed to Attack The President of His Own Political Party. “Don’t get so caught up in a furor over Senator-elect Mitt Romney writing a political hit piece against the President of the United States that we forget to look at the big picture.”

“He specifically went out of his way to level his best attack, a verbal and thought-out assassination, based on character, against the sitting President of the United States.

And he didn’t just think about this earlier this morning. This was pre-planned.

Forgive me for mixing my metaphors here; but as each of the shiv-bearers appears, that’s when Trump is forced to deliver the whac-a-mole hammer. It’s like having an administration filled with establishment terror cells. Each cell acts independently, but each cell also acts based on a common objective: retain the UniParty.

Failing to accept the severity of this shift in the past decade is intellectually dishonest. As Nancy Pelosi said of the Occupy Wall Street violent anarchists: “God bless these people.” Indeed the OWS precursor to ANTIFA were laying the groundwork for the new severity of power in Democrat leadership. Nothing is out-of-bounds; no level of corrupt behavior will be avoided; everything will happen openly and without any backlash from a compliant media apparatus; the social fabric will be shredded.

Or consider Don Surber – Romney arrives in DC. Attacks President Trump. “After allowing Barack Obama to walk all over him in 2012, Mitt Romney finally made it to Washington, and immediately attacked President Trump.”

“In a column in the Washington Post Romney could not argue facts — “it is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided” — so he took the low road.

If half the country — including Romney — refuse to accept the legitimacy of the 2016 election results, how is President Trump responsible? These are temper tantrums by children in their 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Trump Makes A Fool Of The New York Times Yet Again. DCWhispers – “Guess what? Those very same news organizations were saying the exact same thing as the president before the fires. Ah, but once POTUS Trump says it they attack-attack-attack. Fake news at its very worst.”

Trump Responds to Mitt Romney Critique: ‘Be a Team Player and Win’. Charlie Spiering – “President Donald Trump responded to criticism from Senator-elect Mitt Romney on Wednesday, suggesting that now is the time for Republicans to work together on the nation’s issues as a “team” instead of fighting over style differences.” This is called the “high road” as a stark contrast to Romney’s low road. The President’s response refutes the attack by example so the complaint devolves down to ‘how dare the President refute our character assassination efforts?’

Washington Post Fact-Checks Trump: Obama Built a ‘Fence’ on Top of a Wall, Not a ‘Wall,’ at His New Home. Joel B. Pollak – an illustration of just how far they will go to attack and impugn …

“The Post, which claims that President Trump has made nearly 8,000 “false or misleading” claims since taking office, objected Monday: “Trump claims there’s a 10-foot wall around the Obamas’ D.C. home. He is wrong.”

But the article, Michael Brice-Saddler, actually admits that the Obamas a) have a wall; b) have added to that wall, albeit by building a fence; c) have a home whose security barrier has been described as a “wall” by other media.

Apparently, even true statements can be listed as “false or misleading” by the Post, provided they were made by President Donald Trump.

Note that the Washinton Post was Romney’s go to publication for his assault on Trump. Birds of a feather?

Can wind and solar replace fossil fuels? Richard D. Patton – “For some answers, we turn to Germany, which has some of the highest electric bills in the world as well as a high proportion of its electric power produced by wind and solar (19%).

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What’s you lookin’ at? Bouncy, bouncy

Melania Trump, first lady and role model, rises above Democratic pettiness. Tammy Bruce – “Her agenda as first lady is expansive, focusing on children and the importance of all aspects of their lives, from self-esteem to education to health care. Our nation has a first lady who is smart, beautiful and a person of faith. She is committed to her family and to this nation.”

“Mrs. Trump has suffered ignominious insults and attacks, first as candidate Donald Trump’s wife, but inexplicably even more so as the first lady. Yet, it is her reaction to the critics that sets her apart and highlights just exactly how ugly others become when jealousy and envy take root.

What we are watching is the return of “Mean Girls,” those who hounded the new girl in high school who dared to be prettier, smarter and nicer than they were.

In his first inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln expressed his belief that we could trust in the better angels of our nature. Today, we have too many examples of Democrats encouraging and appealing to the worst in people.

We can choose to reject that toxic environment and look to role models — like Melania Trump — who encourage us to stay focused and rely on our better angels to make the world a better place.

With identical tweets, Schumer and Pelosi reveal themselves as mouthpieces for the same propaganda puppet master. Thomas Lifson – “in order to appear slightly authentic, they are supposed to speak extemporaneously and make it appear that they all came up with the phrases-of-the-day spontaneously. This works for interviews with print and television journalists, but the rise of Twitter has introduced new danger of exposure.”

“Needless to say, the mainstream media takes no interest at all in the process by which Democrats achieve what is euphemistically called “message discipline.” The notion that there is a command center that instructs Democrat office holders what to say each day is certainly an important subject, for the identities of those staffing the command center determines a large portion of our national political dialogue. Who pays these people, whoever they are? Who selects them to put words in the mouths and twitter accounts of people that supposedly represent their constituents?

Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon Discusses Strong Holiday Sales and What It Means for Economy. sundance – “The Wall Street business-pundits are pre-programmed, at an institutional dna level, to jump into the “tariffs are bad” talking points. Mr. Simon aptly dispatches them with a dose of reality from the Wal-Mart/Main Street perspective. [It’s kinda funny]

Mueller Investigation Stirring Up More Trouble Than It’s Finding. Victor Davis Hanson – “After 19 months, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has charged a number of targets with almost every conceivable sin — except collusion with Russia to throw an election.” … “Add it all up, and we have reached the point where the Mueller team may be constructing more crimes than it is finding.”

Ace of Spades has the headlines: Democrats Created Fake “Russian Bots” to Help Doug Jones Win the Alabama Special Election Against Roy Moore citing an NYT story that ties in with regrets expressed by one of the funders of the effort. – Stock Market Gains Over 1000 Points In Biggest Single-Day Gain in History recovering a bit from some pre-Christmas losses (citing CNBC). There’s a lot of bouncy-bouncy that says reason and clear thinking is suffering. – Venezuela Oil Production At Virtual Halt as Socialist Plan to Seize The Industry Results In Collapse. Unexpectedly! The Left seem the think it is the US being driven to financial ruin, not the socialist paradise. Facts on the ground say otherwise. – Washington Post More or Less Confirms That Jamal Khashoggi Was a Paid Qatari Intelligence/Propaganda Asset. He’s another hero of the Left, though, serving as a conduit by which to attack Trump.

Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Knights of Columbus? Paul Mirengoff – “Hirono and Harris don’t want to ban all Catholics; just the ones who take the Church’s teachings seriously. They subscribe to the left’s view that it’s okay (for now at least) to be a Catholic, as long as you don’t subscribe to any Church doctrine that’s inconsistent with modern left-liberalism. That’s toleration, lefty style.”

“Hirono and Harris are not the only Senate bigots. Cortes recalls that last year, during confirmation hearings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein noted the devotion of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family to the Catholic Church and admonished that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern.” Sen. Dick Durbin was similarly concerned.

The real concern for anyone who believes in freedom and the Constitution is the trend within the Democratic Party to exclude faith from the public square and people of faith from positions of power.

The plan was to steal tools. Then customers drew their guns. By Zachariah Bryan – “Marysville police are asking for the people who shot at the getaway car to come forward.”

“That’s what two men, 22 and 23, reportedly had in mind when they showed up to the Coastal Farm & Ranch store in Marysville on Saturday afternoon, according to a police report. They allegedly took four nail guns, each worth over $400, walked out of the store and got into a Honda Civic.

They didn’t expect to be surrounded by about six customers with guns raised.

Marysville police found the theft suspects’ car unoccupied about three blocks away, with two flat tires and the tools inside. Both men were apprehended after a search.

The cops seem more interested in going after the guys with guns for illegal shooting than after the thieves the tried to stop, who ran over one of them.

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Learn or Impugn?

Trump Is Smarter Than the Generals. Christopher Roach – “His forthrightness is commendable, but in the remainder of his letter, Mattis only repeats the globalist conventional wisdom out of the pages of the New York Times.” The wailing and gnashing of teeth in the media about adults in the room and other Trump derogatories should be indicative that it is ideology at hand. Mattis’ letter shows true colors. He can’t just disagree, he has to impugn. Today are several articles taking the Syria withdrawal issue seriously and looking at the merits. Here is one.

“A bipartisan consensus among the foreign policy elite holds that America needs to maintain its de facto overseas empire. This includes both preserving stability, as well as fomenting deliberate instability, including regime change in places like Syria. This consensus among elected officials, defense contractors, general officers, talking heads, and various experts is not shared by the vast majority of Americans, who elected Barack Obama and Donald Trump on their promises to end “stupid wars” and put America first.

The American people have good instincts on these matters.

When we look for answers, we should look beyond our parochial and conflicted elite to the wisdom of the past. For all the study of Clausewitz in our military academies, one wonders if our strategists have forgotten his advice on the general superiority of defensive measures as a strategic matter: “What is the object of defense? To preserve. To preserve is easier than to acquire; from which follows at once that the means on both sides being supposed equal, the defensive is easier than the offensive.”

In other words, we are better off securing our border, building a wall, limiting immigrants from hostile lands, and avoiding the Middle Eastern cul de sac, than playing whack-a-mole with terrorists. Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria is the most courageous and controversial manifestation of his broader promise to put America first.

The Most Important Thing About Michael Flynn Is Not His Guilt, But His Politicized Prosecution. Margot Cleveland – “For many, the criminal case against Flynn was never about Flynn; it was about our country abandoning the precept of equal justice under the law.”

Name That Criminal Defendant! John Hinderaker – “I am so old, I can remember when intelligence officials leaking top secret information to women they were sleeping with was frowned upon. At one time, the fear was that such women might be Russian spies. Now, it is reasonable to assume that they are Democrats.”

Mundia and Modia. Luboš Motl – “Modia is a world of consensus, envy, love, hate, admiration, gratitude. Mundia is a world of gravity, electromagnetism, string dualities, supply, and demand. ;-)

“Right-wingers, farmers, engineers, men, and natural scientists tend to live in Mundia; left-wingers, academics especially in social sciences and humanities, Hollywood, people doing P.R., women, and similar folks are more likely to be in Modia.

As I said, there are very clear correlations between Mundia vs Modia on one side and parts of the societies (and age groups) on the other side. More seriously, there’s a trend. The Western civilization is becoming brutally Modian while Mundia is almost being eradicated. Boxenhorn reminds us of some optimistic old Mundian facts, however. Companies that become completely Modian, non-meritocratic (and all about nepotism and human preferences for allies etc.), generally fail soon.

That’s perhaps good news but it may be very expensive, too. To a large extent, whole nations of the Western civilization are becoming fully Modian. So what will fail may be these whole nations or the civilization as a whole. Our nations may be replaced with some other nations that stay more Mundian, perhaps the Chinese, Russians, or Persians. There’s a part of me that says that those are also members of homo sapiens so if they dominate the world in 2050, that’s just fine – and an example of the selection at a higher level in action. There’s another part of me that cares about those people’s “not being quite us”, not being sufficiently biologically or culturally related to “us”. Why can’t our nations be the right ones?

What Makes Trump Run. Robert Weissberg – “Let me suggest that Trump’s behavior is perfectly understandable if viewed in the context of his business background. As the Obama administration reflected governance by an egalitarian community activist, the current administration is rule by a hotel magnate.” Remember the 1965 Arthur Hailey book Hotel [Wikipedia]?

“We’ve come a long way from the 1950s when the Eisenhower cabinet was described as “Nine Millionaires and a Plumber.” Indeed, it was once commonplace, especially during war years, for successful businessmen to enter government and get paid a symbolic “dollar a year.”

We are now governed by likes of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, who have spent their entire lives on the government payroll with zero firsthand private sector experience.

Melania Trump’s topiary trees prove a hit at Christmas parties. “Melania Trump’s cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season.”

“The red trees featured on a green carpet along the East Wing colonnade turned out to be quite the attraction: Pedestrian traffic jams formed as Trump’s many party guests clamored to be photographed in front of the unusual holiday landscape.

Largely absent from the festivities this year was the traditional opportunity for guests to have a picture taken with Trump and his wife, a time-consuming process that requires the president and first lady to stand for hours, grinning, posing and making small talk with hundreds of guests, some of whom they hardly know.

Trump retained the photo tradition for members of the U.S. Secret Service, law enforcement and the military, as well as staff who work in the residence, according to a White House official who declined to be identified discussing details of the private receptions.

Meanwhile, another effort to make Trump’s tax returns public was turned down by a judge and the Senate Democrats are holding the country’s budget hostage.

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Brainwashing amazement

Dan Crenshaw deflates anti-Trump hysteria on Face the Nation with common sense. Thomas Lifson – “This broad brush criticism that the president is somehow undermining our democracy, I always wonder like, what exactly are we talking about?” See a video clip where the standard meme and narrative is questioned.

American’t: From Midterms to End Times. Selwyn Duke – “Whatever you call it, the American republic is in its last days. This is too scary for many to contemplate, but there’s something far scarier: playing ostrich and not being prepared for things to come.”

“But this isn’t your grandfather’s Democrat Party. Voters this time empowered socialistic to socialist to closet-communist, sexual devolutionary, rabble-rousing, low-I.Q., no virtue, ignorant freaks who often encourage political violence by their Antifa-Brownshirt useful idiots. So it’s not your great-grandfather’s America, either.

The voters are only getting worse, too, for three basic reasons: immigration, indoctrination and moral corruption.

Today’s brainwashing, not just by academia but also media and entertainment, is intense. Moreover, we can’t MAGA unless we MAMA — Make America Moral Again. As Ben Franklin put it, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Yet academia, media and, especially, entertainment subject each generation to an ever intensifying demoralization process.

Not only is society drifting ever further from Truth (“leftwards”) for the aforementioned reasons, but consider the Democrats’ delusional perspective. Projecting, many of them have convinced themselves we’re Nazis, fascists, bigots and un-American, evil haters who have undermined the rule of law, created a constitutional crisis and who represent a clear and present danger to the republic — we’re “deplorables.” Believing this, wouldn’t you suppose these were desperate times that called for desperate measures?

Democrat Losers: Undignified and Dangerous. David Catron – “What do Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, and Bill Nelson have in common? Each asked the voters for important positions of leadership and promptly proved themselves unworthy of those offices when the answer was “No.

“The tawdry details of those episodes are well known. But the long-term harm they wrought on the republic merits consideration.

This is the platform of a moribund party awash in dark money yet bereft of genuine ideas for improving the lives of average Americans. And, if gaining power over all three branches of government requires destroying the credibility of our electoral process, the Democrats are for it. Not one called for Abrams to stop accusing Brian Kemp — without evidence — of voter suppression. Not one asked Bill Nelson to stop accusing Rick Scott — without evidence — of meddling with the Florida ballot count. Not one gives a damn about dignity or democracy. All they care about is power — and that is dangerous.

Voters Electing Democrats Who despise Them. Taylor Lewis – “Countries don’t survive when their leaders condemn the very citizens who constitute them

“Sinema is different. Like most liberals, she believes her intellect to be far above the average, her tastes more refined than the crude proclivities of the masses.

Which gets to the paradoxical truth about many left-liberals running for public office: Often times, they despise the very people they’re entrusted with representing. In more extreme cases, they’re hostile to the society in which they assume a leading position.

“The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment…and on the love of country,” Alexander Hamilton wrote. Countries don’t survive when their leaders contemn the very citizens who constitute them. And they certainly don’t last long when voters, knowing full well their negative estimation, elect politicians who deplore them anyway.

K-12: Six Steps to Reform Education Right Now. Bruce Deitrick Price – “Whenever people gather to discuss problems in education, we hear the same list of issues and solutions.” One needs go no farther than to listen to the new Californicated Nevada governor talk about how he will fix Nevada schools.

“We hear about poverty and the need for bigger budgets at all levels, more self-esteem, professional teacher corps, charter schools, vouchers, tutoring and remediation, new literacies, better assessment, year-round schools, pre-K, schools that are more permissive or more strict, the effects of drugs, the impact of violent sports, and the perpetual need for more and more money.

The main effect of these discussions is that the Education Establishment distracts the public from the real solutions.

Here’s a simple six-point list of what we must do differently, a list that even self-described “dummies” can instantly act on.

Public schools often define “critical thinking” as acceptance of politically correct opinions on all subjects. This is neither critical nor thinking!

Truth is, the history of K-12 education for the last hundred years was a so-called reform process going in the wrong direction. A deform process. Progressives destroyed the good ideas and replaced them with dysfunctional gimmicks. Now we reverse the process.

The Ultimate Fake News. John Hinderaker – “So the Democrats, by their constant hysteria and innuendo, have convinced a large majority of their followers, and 42% of all Americans, of a palpable falsehood that was fabricated in order to assure Hillary Clinton’s election and then, when that effort failed, perpetuated in an attempt to cripple President Trump’s administration.”

“Fake news is a serious problem in our political life. I’m not referring to a pathetically small number of Facebook ads bought by Russian provocateurs. I’m talking about the fake news that was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee; fabricated by Democratic Party-allied consultants; propagated by the FBI and the CIA; promoted by the broadcast networks, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press; trumpeted by pretty much every senior elected Democrat; and kept alive by the appalling Robert Mueller. The claim that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to “steal” the 2016 presidential election is the great fake news of our time.

How successful have the Democrats been in propagating that myth? This survey by The Economist and YouGov suggests that they have been successful beyond their wildest dreams. First the numbers, then some observations.

President Trump is right: fake news is a serious threat. By cynically selling an absurd lie to its followers, the Democratic Party has badly damaged confidence in our democracy.

#CampFire #WoolseyFire Blaming climate – ignoring incompetence. Paul Driessen – “California wildfires incinerate people, wildlife and habitats. Politicians blame climate change.”

“Those assertions have no basis in fact. The hard, incontrovertible reality is that California has always been a largely arid state, afflicted by prolonged droughts, interspersed with periods of intense rainfall, and buffeted almost every autumn by strong winds that can whip forest fires into infernos. The problem isn’t climate change. It’s ideological, even criminally incompetent forest management practices demanded by politicians, regulators, judges and environmentalists in recent decades. My article presents the real story.

It’s complicated.

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Can you see? Do you think?

Democrats and the Rule of Lawyers. David Catron – “Live by pettifoggery, die by pettifoggery.”

“As Graham put it, “In the eyes of Democrats, the law is just something to get around when it comes to winning what you want.” That’s why they’re dangerous. Our government, like the Roman republic, is based on the principle that no one is above the law. The Democrats have assiduously undermined that principle, but this is as dangerous for them as it is for us. They should consider Cicero, whose executioners had been sent by his young protégé, Octavian. The latter knew about those five executions and the former wound up with his head in a bag. Both men were above the law.

Camille Paglia, women, and #MeToo. Neo – “the last couple of decades have brought home to me the irrationality not just of so many women, but of so many men as well. And that seems to be increasing, too.”

“One of the reasons the Kavanaugh hearing energized so many women (and others) on the right to support Senate Republicans in the 2018 election is that it was a graphic example of how easy it is to “credibly” accuse an innocent man, and how even someone with a sterling previous reputation such as Kavanaugh is highly vulnerable to a woman who tells a good story in a believable manner, even without corroborative evidence, without important details such as time and place, and even though the events the woman alleges to have occurred supposedly took place many decades ago. It was a chilling prospect for anyone who believe in due process, the rule of law, and rationality over emotion when making a judgment about an issue so important.

Did John McCain kill the House in November of 2018? neo – “Did McCain’s “no” cause the GOP to lose the House? Maybe. If so, however, it was certainly misplaced anger on the part of any GOP voters who stayed home because of it. The fault was the Senate’s and McCain’s, not the House members’ at all.”

Forest Fires in the Golden State. Willis Eschenbach – “California Governor, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, has announced that all climate-change deniers are “definitely contributing” to the wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state over the past few days, as well as blazes “in the coming years.”

“Since 1895, it [CA temperature average] has been going up at a rate of about 0.02°C, two-hundredths of a degree Celsius, per decade.

0.02°C is about the altitude-caused temperature drop between … wait for it … your toes and the top of your head. Far, far to small to even feel.

Well, if it’s not the temperature, how about the rainfall? Is climate change making the state dryer? Fortunately, the WRCC has the data for that as well.

Is the precipitation decreasing? Yes … by a totally meaningless five-hundredths of an inch (1.1 mm) per decade. So that is clearly not the reason for the increase in fires.

So what is the reason for the increase in fires? Actually, there are a few reasons.

First, our forests have not been harvested properly for some years.

Next, California regulations highly restrict both the logging and the thinning of forests.

Finally, a couple of years back we had a big El Nino/La Nina event.

Tragedy can focus the mind — or cloud it with emotions. 

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scams

Support For ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’ Protections Plummets When Costs Are Explained. Investor’s Business Daily – “Across the country, Democrats attacked their Republican opponents on the issue, saying that the GOP wanted to take away this protection.”

“In making this the core issue, Democrats appear to be on solid ground with the public. Poll after poll shows widespread support for protecting people who have pre-existing medical conditions when they buy insurance coverage.

But there are important caveats that never come up.

One can only hope that we have an honest discussion about all these caveats when Democrats bring the issue up again next year.

Green Energy is the Perfect Scam. Norman Rogers – “What makes the scam extremely clever is that the scammers have convinced the public that the purpose of their scam is to improve the environment

“Any really good scam needs endorsements from authoritative sounding sources. In the case of green energy, the authoritative sources are in on the scam. The beneficiaries of the green energy scam go way beyond the wind and solar industries.

Green energy is the perfect scam because it is disguised as a do-good movement and the victims are dispersed, unorganized and disarmed by propaganda. Green energy is endorsed by government agencies, environmental non-profits, and scientific groups. These are people that are often seen as sources of reliable information but that, in reality, work to promote their own parochial interests. This is a scam that needs to be exposed.

So many such scams, so many gullible people.

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Whither the mind numbed robots?

Kavanaugh report shows why the presumption of innocence is key. Thomas Jipping – “One of the most disturbing things to emerge from the failed campaign to keep Justice Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court is the willingness of some, including powerful senators, to abandon this human right.”

“This is a chance for us to seriously consider what kind of society we want to live in today. The 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man states that “every accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.” So does the 2000 European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights. All of that is fine until it is tested. As this new report shows, actions do speak louder than words, and some people have failed miserably.

And many have failed to notice or act on the transgressions … indeed it seems to go the other way.

Real threat to freedom of the press as mob attacks Tucker Carlson’s home while CNN whines about Acosta the accoster losing White House access. Thomas Lifson – “In what looks to me like a terroristic threat, a mob of about 20 Antifa thugs pounded on the door of Tucker Carlson’s house, cracking it, and issued verbal threats intended to intimidate him into silence.”

“This incident ought to be a wake-up call for all members of the media. If Antifa gets away with this, other media figures of other ideological complexions could face their own threats. So far, too few media stars have spoken up in support

As this is being written, The New York Times has not covered the story. Nor has CNN, which is hyperventilating about “threats” to the free press when its rude correspondent Jim Acosta had his White House access curtailed after interrupting President Trump and refusing to yield his microphone, even pushing away the young intern who attempted to retrieve it yesterday in a press conference.

Jim Acosta violated one of the oldest rules of journalism. Michael Goodwin – “The conduct of a handful of so-called reporters during President Trump’s news conference was disgraceful beyond measure. This is not journalism, this is narcissism.”

“There was a time not long ago when young journalists were taught not to become the story. Apparently, many news organizations have flipped that lesson on its head.

But we are witnessing something more insidious here than media trash talk. Plain and simple, we are watching expressions of personal hatred.

Or try to imagine Acosta and his ilk behaving in similarly hostile fashion toward Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Keep trying, but you can’t imagine it because it never happened. Both of those pols lied to journalists repeatedly, yet you can bet 90 percent still voted straight Democratic.

The anti-Trump antics are no longer a sideshow. America has serious problems as well as dangerous enemies, and the mere prospect of Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell working together is the best news we could have hoped for Wednesday.

Instead, it was overshadowed by a few narcissists chasing their own vanity.

A Country Gone Half-Mad. John Hinderaker – “Many Democrats, perhaps because of disappointment over yesterday’s election results, are behaving in a manner that can fairly be described as crazy.”

“Exhibit A is today’s presidential press conference, where reporters representing the Democratic Party lost their cool entirely. Their rudeness and presumption were extraordinary. CNN’s Jim Acosta was the worst offender, but by no means the only one. It is hard to believe that this is how allegedly professional reporters conduct themselves

Exhibit B is Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who will become Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Riding the train from New York to Washington, Nadler couldn’t restrain himself while talking on the telephone

Exhibit C is sheer comedy: Joy Behar, political pundit on “The View,” explaining to a Democratic Party consultant that Republicans made gains in the Senate because of gerrymandering. You can’t make this stuff up

That interview was one place among many where Democrats have peddled the concept of a national “popular vote” in House and Senate elections. This is a wholly irrelevant concept with no constitutional or logical standing, but expect to hear more about it from the Democrats. Basically, they are trying to undermine the legitimacy not only of the Senate, but of our entire constitutional federal structure. I have no idea what the end game of that effort is supposed to be. Perhaps there isn’t one; perhaps we are just observing people who have been driven mad.

Jeff Sessions resigns: so long, it’s been not all that good to know you. Neo – “I was puzzled as to why it didn’t happen sooner. Sessions’ recusal made him essentially ineffective for some of the biggest tasks of his office.” The fact that the Democrats have flipped their views on Sessions tells its own story. Neo nails the key issue. An AG who has recused himself from the biggest issue facing his office is ineffective. The political opposition shows its colors by seeking a lack of accountability in their pursuit of political power and the recusal served their interests. See also neo’s Bye bye old investigations; hello new investigations. “the trouble is that so many aren’t paying attention, and/or so many are simply reading what the MSM has to say about it all. So those investigations could have gone on for many more years and much of America would have ignored their findings.”

“For the right to win any sort of meaningful and lasting victories, more has to change with our educational system and various other non-political institutions, because until that happens, everything is filtered through the lens of the left.

Is Nevada no longer ‘purple’? 9 takeaways from Tuesday’s vote. Bill Dentzer – “The Democrats prevailed up, down and sideways in the state, so much so that Nevada’s status as a purple swing state might need to be reassessed.” Interesting: Democrats and Women are noted as the big winners for elected office and women also won tax exempt status in the propositions. Along with this, irrationality shows in that the question requiring a move towards expensive and environmentally harmful energy sources also passed although it will need another vote to become law. Turnout was incredible and that is why announcing results was delayed. Demographics from immigration into the state was cited as a major factor in changing the face of Nevada into a fully ‘Californicated” state.

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What you don’t see or the dog that didn’t bark in the night

The ‘Sacred’ Walls of Donald Trump. Pedro Gonzalez – “Progressives recoil in horror at President Trump’s declaration that we must defend ourselves against an invasion of thousands of foreigners who denounce our laws and hold our sovereignty in contempt.”

“But Americans should ask themselves, why are they being told by progressives that the mob poses little to no threat after they’ve opened fire on Mexican police officers?

Here is another question the liberal press and our conservative commentariat would rather ignore. Why is it “racist” to point out that immigrants from the Third World often carry disease?

Progressives appear to believe in all sincerity that the magic soil of the United States will transform foreigners overnight into good “Americans,” if only American citizens weren’t such bigots. The habits that have transformed Latin America into the murder capital of the world, progressives insist, will be checked at the border, and could be altogether eliminated if we didn’t have borders, or Donald Trump.

This is all as insane as it is paradoxical.

The Etruscans handed down a tradition to the Romans that constituted the physical process of founding a city-state.

Trump has reaffirmed this critical and primordial truth against the lies of progressives steeped in postmodern thinking. Without borders—without at least a “wall of men”—it is not simply nations, but communities and families which cannot flourish.

The case of the disappearing campaign issues. Thomas Lifson – “You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out why certain perennial concerns hyped by the mainstream media have disappeared from the 2018 campaign cycle.”

“The disappearance illustrates the degeneration of the principal American mass media into mere propaganda outlets for the Democrats. When the topics seemed to work against Republicans, they were almost constantly drummed into the public’s consciousness. They were a threat to our very democracy, and all good citizens were horrified, according to the instructions from our media betters. But now, because they reflect badly on Democrats, they have mysteriously vanished.

If the media aren’t honest or consistent in their approach to political issues, doesn’t the label “enemy of the people” apply? If not, why not?

7 Top Takeaways From Grassley’s Report On Brett Kavanaugh’s Accusers. Margot Cleveland – “The Senate Judiciary Committee report included several new tidbits that further expose the fraudulent nature of the claims of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh.”

“Throughout the report, the names of various witnesses remain redacted. Early on, Grassley explains the need for this anonymity: “A large portion of individuals providing testimony in support of Justice Kavanaugh asked that their names be redacted out of fear that their statements might result in personal or professional retribution or personal physical harm—or even risk the safety and well-being of their families and friends. The Committee respected all requests for anonymity. Accordingly, some aspects of this memorandum are redacted.”

Of course, it has been widely reported that Ford and her family have also received threats, as has Kavanaugh’s family, making the witnesses’ reticence understandable. This public spectacle and the attendant threats could have all been avoided had Feinstein properly (and promptly) turned Ford’s July 2018 letter detailing the alleged assault over to the FBI. But she didn’t, which is likely why Grassley’s memo mentions that the committee is continuing to investigate possible violation of Senate rules. That, however, will be little comfort to the families continuing to face threats.

Thus the question will be whether, in the hopes of saving their own necks, McLean and Ford take down any congressional Democrats or staffers with them. While it may be many months before the next shoe drops, Grassley’s report came in time to remind voters of the righteous anger they felt over the Democrats’ horrid treatment of Kavanaugh and his family. We’ll know tomorrow whether that anger has been rekindled.

CNN’s Existential War With Trump. Victor Davis Hanson – “The shoddiness in reporting about Trump and the occasional flat-out inaccurate new stories reflect a toxic network culture in which partisanship is now standard and apparently to be expected.”

“n answer to both Cillizza and Acosta, unfortunately CNN has serially issued false reports, has had to fire hosts, contributors, and reporters, and has had its anchors and panelists engage in wild ahistorical attacks on Trump and traffic in racialist stereotypes and obscenity.

The names of those who have abused the journalistic ethos and the regrettable failure of CNN to uphold media standards are a matter of record.

The best way to stop the chronic Trump attacks on the veracity of CNN is not to unleash a rude and boisterous Acosta to argue endlessly with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but simply to ensure that CNN news reports are fact-checked and not in need of retractions or firings, that CNN hosts, contributors, and anchors do not stoop to profanity, scatology, racism, and ahistorical comparisons to Stalin and Hitler, and that CNN’s staff and hosts do not joke about the president being killed through plane crashes and decapitation.

What the Midterm Elections Mean for Energy. Tom Pyle – “The Democratic Party’s key energy goal is the complete elimination of natural gas, coal, and oil from our society no matter the cost to American families.”

Watch: Supporters Sing ‘Amazing Grace’ After Woman Collapses During Trump Rally. Charlie Spiering – “The president paused his rally for six minutes while he waited for medical staff to attend to the woman.” This is the Trump people are getting to know, despite the Left, but it will be interesting to see how the media distorts this event.

CNN Maybe Missed a Few Key Details About the Synagogue Vandal. Ace – “Strange how CNN was Johnny On the Spot linking the Not-A-Bomb Mailer to Trump but forgot to mention the synagogue vandal/threatener was an Obama volunteer.”

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You’e blind if you don’t see it my way

Guy Benson tries to debate the “both sides equivalent” issue starting with the headline NBC Journalist: Stop With the False Equivalencies. It’s ‘Plain as Day’ That Republicans Are Just Worse.

“These partisan assertions, dressed up as clear-eyed truth-telling, were pumped into the Twitterverse in response to an MSNBC segment in which radio host Hugh Hewitt invoked this incident as push-back against a different liberal’s claim that “there is no equivalent” to President Trump’s rhetoric within the Democratic Party. Harwood went off: …

I agree with Hugh in the sense that the unhinged diner screaming at Mitch McConnell at a Louisville eatery wasn’t an aberration. … A high-profile Democratic member of Congress has directly advocated this approach to ‘discourse.’ Maxine Waters isn’t just a random back-bencher

Some may argue that the modern American Left lacks a figure like Trump, whose rhetorical excesses, street-fighting impulses, casual deceit, and power are unmatched. There are entirely fair criticisms to be leveled against Trump, just as there are unfair attacks, too.

Ugly as it may be, the obnoxious and aggressive harassment of politicians doesn’t sink to the level of bona fide physical threats or actual violence … It’s also true that Trump whips up tribal frenzies and is rarely bashful about leaning into social conflicts in which he senses potential political benefit. He has said some appalling things, overtly or by omission. Only his most hardcore sycophants are blind to those realities.

“Those realities” need examination as Benson is using them to refute the headline assertion with a ‘both sides do it’ rationalization. If you look at the ‘realities’ cited and then at what he compares them to, you’ll see the problem with his argument despite his threat about blindness if you don’t agree with him. From the Left is broad based generic assault and call for violence. From Trump is a few very specific responses to individuals who have attempted to harm him often ignoring the possibility of misperception. Benson is not doing well with intellectual integrity in his moral preening. The dog whistle here is the list questionable assertions about Trump and the attempt to assert the logical fallacy of correctness by authority.

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Distorted, twisted, and beyond all recognition

Lucianne has a number of citations that should make one wonder about bias and self deceit. Here’s from several abstracts. Here’s a sample.

Jamie McIntyrae – “Welcome to the world of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the man whose job it is to turn President Trump´s impulsive orders into something the military is happy to salute.” Impulsive? there’s that narrative again. Something developed over weeks is “impulsive” and it is the subordinates that just ignore the boss to do the right thing.

Maureen Dowd – “As long as I’ve covered politics, Republicans have been trying to scare me. Sometimes, it has been about gays and transgender people and uppity women looming, but usually it has been about people with darker skin looming.” Really? How about the KKK, Antifa, BLM? What about Water’s et al condoning assault and even battery against Republicans? What is the referent here and why is it so different depending upon the target?

Caleb Parke reports that “college students have been warned ahead of time to carefully select the costumes they wear lest “cultural appropriation” come back to haunt them.”

Penny Star also reports on another case – “The gathering at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on Saturday was a stark contrast to recent rallies where people dressed in black and held signs disparaging President Donald Trump and members of his administration. The #WalkAway rally featured a sea of red, white, and blue-clad participants, waving flags, wearing Make America Great hats, and even pussy hats made infamous during the Women’s March were transformed into bright red, Trump-supporting headgear.”

Joe Hoft notes that “Erin Banco, claimed that the line to see former President Barack Obama in Milwaukee today was a mile long….(Photo/Tweet) Hah-Hah-Hah! This was clearly a fabrication because the disgraced former President’s event was at North Division High School gymnasium and it was barely half full

Clarice Feldman, on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre notes that “The shooter appears to someone who not only hates Jews, but hates President Trump as well. Julia Joffe, a GQ correspondent, finds a way to blame Trump for this mayhem.” Feldman also notes similar derangement stimulated by the “dud bomber” and other incidents.

“I see a pattern here. Don’t you? Bury the background of the shooter if he’s on the left. When you can no longer bury it, blame it on mental illness and lack of sufficient gun control. When the shooter appears to be from the right, double down on even the provably false contentions made in past shootings that it was the intemperate rhetoric of the right to blame.

It seems to me that partisan scoring of points on twisted evidence is not good journalism.

and Feldman cites a link to an assertion that is has been worse… and on and on it goes. Why? Then there’s this:

Thomas Lifson “was stunned yesterday watching live coverage of President Trump’s campaign rally in Murphrysboro, Illinois. He said something that may be the strongest statement ever delivered by an American president about the Jewish people.” Trump promises ‘destruction’ of those seeking the destruction of the Jews.

“Trump’s enemies expected him to offer some sort of boilerplate denunciation of anti-Semitism, owing to the awful slaughter in Pittsburgh. I am sure many were preparing to dismiss whatever he said, and no doubt some already have (I haven’t bothered looking because they are so predictable). But he said something that electrified me, going far beyond any ritual condemnation to make what struck me as a declaration that the United States is the guarantor of the survival of the Jewish people.

Every Jewish Democrat should watch this moment, and ponder whether the party of Keith Ellison really deserves support. This was no mere boilerplate, it was outright love and a desire to protect.

Compare and contrast?

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The bloom of the ruse withers?

Census Win – Supreme Court Strikes Down Activist New York Court in Census Citizenship Ruling. Sundance – “framing a challenge based on the question being discriminatory- ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must submit to a deposition to discover “the motives” of the decision.” A very typical example of assuming guilt and trying to prove it by any means necessary gets a blow but isn’t done yet.

“An appellate circuit panel initially agreed with the lower court and ACLU lawyers. However, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the Supreme Court to stay the circuit court ruling. SCOTUS agreed with the administration and blocked the ridiculous activist lawyers from questioning the cabinet; the supreme court does allow the plaintiffs to question the DOJ civil rights division lawyer.

The challengers are led by New York’s attorney general and left-wing activist groups such as the ACLU. They are claiming that President Trump’s real reason for adding the citizenship question is to reduce the representation of immigrant populations in the census. There is no structural basis for their claim. It is not likely their challenge will succeed on the merits. The case is schedule to go to trial November 5th.

Obama Tells One Whopper Of A Lie. It’s About Lying. Daily Wire – “Speaking in Nevada on Monday, former president Barack Obama uttered what may have been the most pompous, patronizing, and pretentious lie from a politician since Woodrow Wilson” Note that this isn’t a generic ‘he lies’ but rather a specific assertion supported by examples that can be observed.

Wow – The Bloom is Really Off The Ruse. Sundance – “When I watched this earlier today I noticed something was odd; the background sound and the responses from the visible audience don’t align with the visual as presented.”

“Watch. When President Obama is speaking there’s almost no visible reaction; but something more… LISTEN ! There’s almost no audible audience response… it just seems weird.

The media have always covered for the Manchurian lightbringer, so we knew something was off when we first watched the Obama presentation. Thanks to twitter video we now know what that something was … It’s the Obama Potemkin village again; only this time in Nevada.

Then, “Meanwhile in Texas” …. Pictures for comparison and contrast.

The Dems October Surprise May be on Them. William L. Gensert – “If we learned anything from the Kavanaugh smear and the endless Russia collusion investigation, it’s that just as Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion, Democratic Party ideals are a religion masquerading as a political system.”

“It has been said that President Donald Trump is a buffoon, that he is a loudmouth from Queens with little impulse control. But everything Trump does can be seen in a different light if one only bothers to look. Much of what the president says on Twitter and during political rallies can be interpreted as deliberate and designed to control the conversation.

Trump has Democrats playing his game and it’s not a good look for them. David Gelernter wrote in the Wall Street Journal that all the Democrats have is their hatred of Trump and many people may see that as a hatred of the country as well.

Another Reason Why You Got Trump: Feds Draft Plan to Discard Obama’s Transgender Ideology. J.J. Sefton – “And yet for the sake of maybe a few thousand mentally disturbed people, a nation of 315 million or so citizens is supposed to turn society upside down not just to accommodate them, but in fact, to submit to them. And by them, I mean the totalitarian Left.”

Yes, Be Very Worried Over Growing Polarization. Victor Davis Hanson – “Especially worrisome is the recent habit of social scientists and statisticians of claiming near-scientific authority through purported numerical precision.” It is one way that people deceive themselves and that is what leads to divergent outcomes and reason for worry.

“It is now difficult not to witness political sermonizing in popular culture in a fashion not seen in the recent past. The Oscars, Grammys, Hollywood movies, stand-up comedy, and professional sports were never devoid of politics, but they were not perceived as all-political. Such current ideological saturation of entertainment might explain why many of these venues are suffering losses in audiences, of which political weariness may be one contributing cause, and polarization and anger another.

Popular culture can certainly provide a much-needed veneer of commonality in language, fashion, and habit. But without a commitment to shared values, a common agreement on constitutional norms, allegiance to the rule of law, and some deference to collective American traditions and customs, factions that superficially seem similar in their language and habits might devolve into violence of the sort now associated with Antifa or attacks on invited speakers to college campuses (or even on congressional representatives).

The lesson from the American Civil War and the French Revolution, the rise of Nazism in Germany or of Bolshevism in Russia, is not that clear majorities of partisans and countless news junkies are needed to foment extremism and tear apart a country. Instead, it is that zealous and sometimes warring tiny minorities can escalate tensions, nullify opposition, and bully the silenced majority to sanction–or at least not object to–the violence by which they eventually make their illiberal agendas go mainstream.

Dear Resistance, listen to my lived totalitarian experience – you have no effing idea what you’re talking about. Arthur Chrenkoff – “As a straight, white, Christian, right-wing, middle class male of European extraction I get told to shut up a lot.

“you really have no idea, and I mean it with the greatest possible respect. Actually, I don’t. Most of you are supposedly mature, rational adults but you seem to have at best the most superficial knowledge of history and a complete lack of self-awareness, any sense of perspective, and an ability to contextualise. Having spent your lives relatively free of hardship, deprivation and persecution on any remotely comparable scale to people in other, less fortunate corners of the world, you probably get some frisson from believing yourself to be big actors at a critical time in history, the last line of separating civilisation from the descent into new dark ages. You’re free to engage in whatever ideological cosplay you want, but don’t expect others to take you seriously.

HT neo. Instapundit also linked the essay and the resulting storm got this update from Chrenkoff”

“You can very well believe that Trump is a bad president with wrong policies who is damaging American society and America’s international standing, but calling him Hitler or imagining that the United States is months away from a fascist dictatorship simply means I will never take you seriously. It’s stupid, self-indulgent and arguably insulting to the tens of millions of people around the world who have actually experienced real dictatorships and lack of freedom. It doesn’t insult me personally, as I’m not a sensitive type, but it simply makes me pity you for your pathetic need to cloak yourself with the rhetoric and symbols of historical martyrdom and heroism. Grow up and engage in politics like a rational adult.

Many examples of what he is talking about receive comments here.

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Saving Face

Smothered: Six Democratic Scandals That The Elite News Media Suffocated With A Pillow This Cycle. Matt Vespa – “it shouldn’t shock us that the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters division probably has carpal tunnel syndrome from jotting down all the insanity that is transpiring across CNN, MSNBC, and the Big Three (CBS, NBC, and ABC).”

“Let’s be honest. We all know this game. If these were Republicans, the media would have peddled a narrative of scandal and sleaze that would have saturated this election cycle. It must be nice to be a Democrat. You can lie, cheat, steal, and (allegedly) beat women with zero consequences because there will always be an expansive media complex that will give you tons of cover. Same as it ever was.

Ellison accuser: Why won’t anyone believe me — when I’ve provided corroboration? Ed Morrissey – “This is far more than anything provided by Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick over the last few weeks. Democrats and the media demanded an FBI investigation into those anyway, but have little if anything to say about Monahan. And you don’t even need one guess to know why.”

Political Violence Comes to Minnesota. John Hinderaker – “Any time you see “Republicans seized,” you know you are reading an article by a Democratic Party reporter.”

“Similar incidents are taking place across the country. It isn’t just Antifa brownshirts in Portland and New York; low-level political violence by the Left is being mainstreamed. The problem with low-level violence is that it can rapidly escalate. So far, due to the miracles of modern science, no Republican politicians have been murdered by Democrats. Let’s hope that is still true on November 7.

Cheeky girl demands moonwalker, geologist to shut his mouth on geology. Luboš Motl – “And now, an arrogant left-wing journalist demands you to admit that if you have walked on the Moon, every piece of arbitrarily fishy left-wing pseudoscience must also be true.

“Nevertheless, this pathetic female nobody has enough arrogance to demand that despite the monologue that has made so much sense, the famous geologist Harrison Schmitt doesn’t speak for geologists. He didn’t even speak “for geologists” – he just said how things are being evaluated in geology which is the field where he was trained. And she didn’t even attempt to present to have any evidence or isolate an imperfection in Schmitt’s monologue. She just unashamedly told him to shut his mouth because she clearly found his observations inconvenient – she must believe that this is how things should work in science.

This exchange is another great example showing the far-reaching consequences – destructive consequences for whole countries and our civilization – of the affirmative action and the reckless reduction of the spanking of kids. Affirmative action doesn’t just mean that for ideological reasons, 50% of the people whom you hire don’t do anything useful in some occupations and the efficiency gets halved. It’s worse than that. Many of the “invisible” ones actually contribute with the negative sign – they actively undermine the system and everyone who has actually achieved something tangible. (That’s why it’s so great that Hungary has banned “gender studies” at the public universities.) They don’t respect any meritocracy and any authorities that emerged from the old meritocracy. They only respect themselves and the political interests of similar parasitic additions to these fields.

There Is No Middle Ground for Disagreements About Facts’… Except When It’s a Straw Man. David Middleton – citing Klemmens Kappel: “Climate skeptics have insulated themselves from any evidence that would otherwise be rationally compelling.” contrast to the reality provided …

Deep Disagreement on Facts. Maggie’s Farm – “Ignoring facts and blaming other people for not ignoring them with you is not a disagreement on facts.” It doesn’t seem she’s observed Juan Williams on The Five as one example that refutes the idea that “People tend to agree about facts, so the adjudication process remains adequate.”

The Origins of Progressive Agony. Victor Davis Hanson – “In the wake of Obama, the Democratic party was a shipwreck, to be saved only by Hillary and the Supreme Court …

“What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism, reverts to Sixties carnival barking, and is radicalized by a new young socialist movement?

The catastrophic yet suicidal loss in the 2016 election and the disappointment over the Obama presidency radicalized Democrats. A combative Trump himself certainly enraged them, on a variety of political, social, and cultural levels.

When Democrats lost, they realized that they still lived in a Republic and not a volatile Athenian democracy — and found this also hard to take.

More exasperating still was the loss of the Supreme Court, the last bastion of elite brilliance and superior morality that might yet save America from the prejudices and ignorance of the irredeemables, deplorables, clingers, and crazies.

Add it all up, and it was enough to drive any liberal to binge progressive drinking.

Trump the knuckleballer. neo – “Hanson’s essay is well worth reading in its entirety; a summary hardly does it justice. I believe he intends “agony” in both its meanings, suffering and contest, and I believe it is the correct word for what the left is going through right now. It is by no means clear who will win this struggle, long term.”

“During the primaries, Trump’s Republican opponents never quite figured out how to wrestle this particular alligator. In the time since he’s been president, some of the Republican NeverTrumpers are still going at it and failing, although most have given up the agon and praised him, albeit sometimes reluctantly. Now it’s the Democrats who are engaged in a struggle with this strange opponent, continually thinking “Gotcha!!” and continually being bested.

Which brings me to another metaphor, appropriate for this time of year: Trump as knuckleballer. The knuckleball pitcher confounds batters with the zaniness of the ball’s behavior once it leaves his hand. It doesn’t require extreme force but it’s not an easy pitch to throw and it’s a very difficult one to control. But it can make ordinarily good hitters look bad; they often just can’t figure out what’s going on, and they end up looking silly when they swing at a knuckler.

What do you do to save face when you’ve been shown a dupe?

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Standing tall

How Deep is This Swamp? sundance – “There are two facets, two recent researched stories, that paint a very disturbing scenario.”

“The first facet is a reality that Senate Security Officer James Wolfe was given, and leaked, a copy of the Carter Page FISA application on March 17th, 2017. This is important because it leads to context within the larger issue.

Why? Why is that massive DC corruption story completely overlooked? What does that say about the fourth estate?

It would be entirely impossible for that story to be hidden if the DOJ, FBI, political system (within the Senate Intelligence Committee), and fourth estate were functioning correctly. Something is severely broken, and there’s no-one doing a darned thing about it.

The smear campaign against Judge Brett Kavanaugh didn’t just involve a small team of connected insiders; their enterprise carried across multiple institutions, the legislative branch, political operations and the media.

Do you really think that all of those elements described above would even consider going after a supreme court nominee with a baseless lie if they thought they would get caught?

Think about it.

The left escalates its vilification of Susan Collins. Monica Showalter – “For all the appearances of leftishness, she seems to have a thing about not being pushed around and her independent backbone is not just confined to Republicans. That comes as a shock to the left

“Money didn’t work and Collins called it was it was: Bribery. The Wall Street Journal in its editorial above explained why that was accurate …

Second, the left tried rabid threats and piggery. According to USAToday …

Well, that didn’t work. Leftist threats to rape Collins’s staffers in the name of standing up for women’s “health” had a weird way of not being persuasive.

Yet Collins stood firm, scolded the hell out of the Democrats, seeing right through them, and as the left continues escalating its campaign to vilify, threaten and harass her, her massive two-thirds majority among Maine’s voters is now likely to just get bigger now. Voters notice. And Collins is a standing tall and powerful. Funny that the left, despite getting slapped in its fat mug for its ‘persuasion’ tactics over and over, hasn’t. It just wants to keep coming back for more.

Susan Collins’ Game Changer. The New York Sun – “what strikes us about Senator Collins’ magnificent moment is that it is about more than courage — it is a profile in substance.”

“The Maine Republican is practically the only person in the Senate to approach this decision by reasoning out the substance of the constitutional questions that have the Democrats so panicked. She parsed the parchment’s preambular purpose of a more perfect union.

What riveted us, though, was the senator’s fidelity to fairness.

“Certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence, and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I cannot abandon them,” she confessed in what will become a famous sentence. Added she: “We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.” She called the presumption of innocence particularly relevant “when an accusation departs from a nominee’s otherwise exemplary record.”

Susan Collins Saved the Senate (For Now). Roger L Simon – “The Democrats and their choleric supporters, overwhelmed by anger and bile, may not realize it yet (or possibly ever) but Susan Collins saved the Senate, at least for now, with her superb, well-reasoned speech explaining her support for Brett Kavanaugh Friday.”

“This seems to have made little impact on the Democrats, at least on the surface. They declined to applaud Collins after a more impressive speech than any single one of them, to my knowledge, has ever given. I guess they couldn’t abide what she was saying toward the end, that she hoped that this hideous period of treating the rule of law like garbage was over and that Congress and the Court could learn to work together for the good of the country.

In a contrary example, Ace of Spades says Sarah Palin Threatens Murkowski With Primary – “Abortion extremist and 2nd-most-liberal Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski will vote against Kavanaugh on social (group) justice grounds — other women were assaulted and not believed in the past, so she will scape-goat an innocent man to balance the Social Justice Warrior karmic scales.” In doing so, Murkowski burns her constituency by showing a lack of support for those responsible for resolving many issues that have helped her state economically and otherwise.

Trump the Indestructible. Conrad Black – “The entire febrile effort to delegitimize President Donald Trump continues to be based on the ability of the Trump-hating media to confect or unveil a Trumpocidal deus ex machina every two weeks

“ I have just learned from a dear friend of many years, an intelligent and reasonable man who happens to be in the camp of the Trump-haters, what is being thrown into the line as the successor anti-Trump story to the Kavanaugh drama. … The smooth-faced talking heads are earnestly wagging in unison across the channels as they find the judge’s lack of a “judicial temperament” to be “concerning.” … the Trump presidency will be brought down by the New York Times’ revelation of a supposed tax fraud by Trump involving hundreds of millions of dollars. The president has been constantly subjected to tax audits for nearly 40 years. This is another clunker, after so many. I doubt that it will be more effective than the Times’ effort to fell Kavanaugh with the suspicion that he “may have” thrown ice-water at someone at a collegiate social occasion 35 years ago.

Note the “temperament” as with the “non-presidential” and then the allegation that attempts to overturn history.

Kavanaugh boomerang #1: Fanatical Dems finally have unified the GOP behind Trump. Thomas Lifson – “The Democrats have not merely overplayed their hand in opposing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, they have provoked a reaction that has serious consequences for the power struggle ahead.”

“Going forward, the salient consideration is that the whole approach to slandering Kavanaugh is being revealed as a setup. There is an actual potential crime to investigate:

Where Do We Go From Here? John Hinderaker – “the slanders the Democratic Party directed toward Kavanaugh were, if anything, even more disgraceful [than the Bork case]. We will feel their impact for many years to come.”

“So, looking to the future, what are the notable features of our political landscape?

1) The validation of violence for political ends. …
2) The final discrediting of the liberal media. …
3) The yawning chasm between our institutions and our people. …

How to Prevent Another Kavanaugh Circus. Ted Noel – “The rules already exist. It’s just a matter of following them.”

“While Feinstein’s leak is a clear violation of trust with Dr. Ford, it’s also an ethical violation. Senate Judiciary Committee Rule II, 1 presupposes fourteen-day advance notice of witnesses in regular order. There was no reason to not present Dr. Ford in regular order.

How many times do we have to hear this song to realize it’s time to turn off the jukebox and get a new D.J.? If we don’t pull the plug, this will just get worse and worse. Fortunately, Willie Sutton shows us just what we need to do.

Every time the Democrats pull a stunt like this, one of two things happens. Either it works, and they get what they want, or it fails, and they move on to another drama.

But what if she is actually charged with an ethics violation, as Senator Cotton suggests? In theory, with great power comes great responsibility. A proper penalty for her ethical violation would be expulsion from the committee.

This brings us to the larger issue. Punishing the useful idiots does little to the power-hungry leftists who exploit them. There will always be GoFundMe contributors to lessen the cost. The Democrats at the top who solicit these lies should suffer. In the case of Michael Avenatti, the crime is subornation of perjury (18 USC §1622). But for Dianne Feinstein and others of her ilk, the solution must be directed at the currency in which she is paid by this evil: power.

This won’t solve everything, but it’s a beginning. The Rule of Law is the only thing that separates us from being Zimbabwe or Venezuela. A little bit of law applied to our lawmakers seems to be a modest place to start. They won’t be as anxious to rob that bank if there’s no money there to steal.

Accountability needs someone – and many – to stand tall.

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Ritual defamation

Why The Brett Kavanaugh Smear? John Hinderaker – “One question I have pondered over the last few weeks is, why are the Democrats so determined to block Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court?”

“To some extent, the Democrats’ bizarre smear campaign against Kavanaugh is explicable on short-term political grounds. The Democrats’ crazed base demands that they #Resist, so resist they will, whether it does any good or not. But I think there is something deeper and more sinister at work.

I think that Judge Kavanaugh’s pristine reputation is one reason why the Democrats have unleashed against him a smear campaign unparalleled in American history. This is the message they are trying to send: If we can do this to the Boy Scout Brett Kavanaugh, we can do it to anyone. Are you thinking of serving in a Republican administration? Or accepting an appointment to the federal judiciary from a Republican president? Think twice, and then think again.

Really, the more ridiculous the better. If we can accuse Brett Kavanaugh, one of the most respected lawyers and judges in America, of gang rape, we can accuse anyone of anything! And our insane accusations will dominate the news.

By smearing the ultimate Boy Scout, the Democrats signal that they are determined to go lower than anyone has ever gone in American history.

Why The Senate’s Ritual Defamation Of Brett Kavanaugh Threatens Every American. Stella Morabito – “Perhaps an apt metaphor for ritual defamation is the gang rape of one’s character and good name. This episode represents a rape of the rule of law, and of Brett Kavanaugh’s character.”

“So in light of the travesty of the Kavanaugh hearings—the character assassination; the utterly uncorroborated accusations of sexual misconduct when he was a youth; the use of a disruptive mob to hijack the process; the utter disregard for basic common sense and fairness, much less the rule of law—we need to study the mechanics behind these gutless acts.

In 1990, a Kansan civil liberties advocate named Laird Wilcox wrote an excellent and cogent essay entitled “The Practice of Ritual Defamation.” The essay provides a major public service. It clarifies the mechanics of ritual defamation and lists its eight primary features. It’s a short must-read for any citizen with a shred of goodwill.

The lie as given by Andrea Grimes:

“This seems to be the consensus take from Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s defenders, who are concerned that “every man should be worried” if something as piddly as getting blackout drunk with a best friend, cornering a teenage girl at a party, dragging her together into a shuttered bedroom, together conspiring to silence her by drowning her screams by force and with loud music, and together attempting to tackle her and remove her clothing, is now some kind of, I don’t know, bad thing.

The lie is the characterization of “Kavanaugh’s defenders” and not the presumption of guilt. Both are exceedingly dangerous to civility and society. Reality, truth, and intellectual integrity are thrown overboard without regard for implications or consequences when bigotry becomes supreme.

Shame Of The Senate Rinos. Daniel Greenfield – “It wasn’t just that the Democrats used every dirty trick in the book to go after Kavanaugh. It’s that the liberal Republicans who were supposed to have his back abandoned him.”

“Senator Graham unleashed wrath and fury on Senate Democrats, whom he normally cultivates, precisely because picking Kavanaugh was a form of outreach to the Bush wing of the party, the self-proclaimed moderates and the liberals.

This isn’t principled opposition. It’s cowardice. It’s the Senate Never Trumpers showing that they have no allegiances, just a groveling fear of the media and the lefty political establishment. It’s that they care about the opinions of anyone and everyone except their voters.

Not only won’t they stand up for Trump, or for conservatives, but they won’t even stand up for themselves.

Some Ironic (and Forgotten Words) from the Clarence Thomas Hearings. Michael Brown – “in the midst of many striking parallels between the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in 1991 and 2018, we have largely overlooked a very telling, quite ironic comment from Justice Thomas.”

“Thomas remarked, “I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America,” referencing the “dirt” and “sleaze” that had been dug up (really, manufactured) against him “by staffers of members of this committee.”

He continued, “I think something is dreadfully wrong with this country when any person, any person in this free country would be subjected to this.”

Thomas said, “And if by going through this, another nominee in the future, or another American, won’t have to go through it, then so be it[my emphasis]. But I did not expect this treatment. And I did not expect to lose my name, my reputation, my integrity to do public service.”

Tragically, we have not learned our lessons. We have not improved our conduct. We have not become more civil.

Nothing other than divine intervention will do. Nothing less than a great awakening will work.

America needs the Lord. Desperately.

So I pray, “Heavenly Father, have mercy on us, and come and heal and restore our broken nation.”

Pelosi “praying for divine intervention” to stop Kavanaugh. Jazz Shaw – “This is, however, a prime example of precisely how far down the rabbit hole we’ve fallen. Breathless Democrats are now falling to their knees (figuratively) and asking God to strike down Brett Kavanaugh’s career for the sin of having been nominated.”

“What we’re witnessing is an effort to throw sand in the gears of the confirmation process until the Democrats can take back the Senate (or so they hope). At that point, the seat will remain open until 2021. One of the biggest groups of cheerleaders for the Democrats, the Washington Post editorial board, gave us a peek behind the mask on that score this morning. The one week investigation is a good start, they say, but everyone should be ready for it to go on as long as it takes.

So. Everyone thinks they are on the side of righteousness. It’s the “he said, she said” conundrum in trying to determine the sin. True witness would be a start. Confession for insight into one’s own frailties could help. Meanwhile, we can see why there is so much Pathos and so little Logos or Ethos.

Kavanaugh Character Assassins Must Pay in November. By Daniel John Sobieski – “Absent any allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was the serpent who gave Eve the apple in the Garden of Eden, Associate Justice Kavanaugh will soon haunt Democrats, like Justice Clarence Thomas before him, for decades to come, with or without an asterisk next to his name.”

“From Dianne Feinstein’s withholding of Dr. Ford’s conveniently leaked letter to Kamala Harris’s clumsily edited Kavanaugh tape, we have seen the shape of things to come for future Trump nominees. Senate Democrats will lie, manipulate, and just plain make things up for the sake of power over principle, and the only way to make sure they do not succeed in the future is to make sure in November that there are fewer Senate Democrats.

Why One More Frustrating Week Helps Kavanaugh and the GOP. Dov Fischer – “It is beyond frustrating that yet another week of delay in the Kavanaugh Saga now is on the horizon, as the Senate Judiciary Committee has authorized a quick, efficient supplemental FBI investigation limited in time and scope.”

“First, hidden behind the Democrats’ cynical charade of seeking “only the truth” is a huge tug of war between the parties over the suburban white female voter.

Certainly, half the country sees through the charade, the nonsense — the outright mendacity. …

But half the country apparently does not, and their votes count, too.

Kavanaugh’s crucible. neo – “the left was not the important audience here. The important audience was the middle and the right. It’s the middle—particularly the small number of possible swing GOP and Democratic senators—who are the ones who can be swayed, and the middle who (like most of America) understands that sometimes anger is the only proper response for an innocent person falsely accused.”

Can We Trust the FBI? Roger L Simon – “can we trust the FBI with this when the institution itself is so tainted and deeply in need of reform?”

“at minimum the activities of the Democrats should also be investigated. How did Dr. Ford’s testimony come to be? Why was there such a delay between the accusation arriving in Senator Feinstein’s office and appearing before the public? Who authorized that leak and how did it happen? Was Dr. Ford being manipulated by political operatives, her lawyers and/or cooperative members of the media? Or was Dr. Ford herself corrupt?

These questions weigh on the investigation just as much as what Brett Kavanaugh may or may not have done 36 years ago and certainly a lot more than what was written in his high school yearbook.

he only defense we citizens have against this increasingly dubious institution known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is to watch as closely as we can what is going on and yell as loudly as possible when it is off base. And remember — sear into your brain — what happened and vote accordingly in November.

Wow. It turns out the American Bar Association story on Brett Kavanaugh was FAKE NEWS. Greg P – “this big BOMBSHELL yesterday that said the American Bar Association called for a delay in a vote on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh” … “The Senate Judiciary Committee released this letter on Friday from the ABA stating that Robert Carlson, the President of the American Bar Association who wrote the letter, didn’t get the it approved by the committee that actually votes on this sort of thing and that the ABA’s rating of Judge Kavanaugh “is not affected”” – lot’s of this sort of false fantasy floating around right now.

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Guilt by innuendo meets a scorched earth philosophy

So, the anonymous Kavanaugh accuser reveals herself by neo – “If this sort of thing can hurt Kavanaugh, or anyone else, then no man is safe. There is always someone who can come out of the woodwork and say that something like this happened. Always. And it cannot be refuted.”

“If Flake et al decide to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation, mission accomplished by the left. If not, the ante will have to be upped. New accusers will come forward—or rather, they will be brought forward.

So Now What? By Charles C. W. Cooke – “We have a name and an accusation, which is an improvement over the status quo ante. If you’re going to make an allegation of misconduct, this is how you do it: publicly, and attached to as much information as you have. Eternal shame on those who made specific calls before they knew what was being alleged.”

“Trouble is, while this is closer to how this is supposed to work, there’s still nothing much to investigate. The accuser has summoned a vague memory of an event from thirty years in the past — a memory she didn’t mention until six years ago, to which she cannot attach a time or place, and that is recorded in notes that neither line up cleanly with her current story nor name Kavanaugh as the perpetrator. The two other parties have both categorically denied it, and nobody else from that era has weighed in. In addition, there are no other accusers, and every thing else we know about the accused is positive. That doesn’t mean the accuser is not telling the truth, of course. But it does mean that there’s no way of preventing a classic he said/she said dispute.

Which is all to say that this has now become a political question. Unfair as it may be, the core calculation now will not be whether the charges are true (we don’t know) or whether the timings and assumptions are fair (they are not) … Either way, this is a low moment in the history of the Senate — and one that has little to do with justice.

Transparent Political Hit Job – Kavanaugh Accuser, Christine Ford-Blasey, Activated To Advance 35-year-old Accusations by sundance – “Today the Washington Post announces the accuser of Brett Kavanaugh has stepped forward to tell her story.”

“The timing is transparent: the week prior to Brett Kavanaugh committee vote; the outlet is transparent: the intelligence ‘resistance’ apparatus, The Washington Post; the accuser is transparent: a far-left California liberal professor, Christine Ford Blasey, anti-Trump ‘resistance activist’ with an anti-policy background, including recently. The accusation is transparent: 35-year-old harassment claim/accusation, from high school intended to activate the “Me Too” activists. The motive is transparent: block the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Kavanaugh.

After carefully deleting her social media profile; and after carefully selecting left-wing attorney Debra Katz to represent her political interests; and after carefully scripting some dubious and sketchy supportive material including a lie-detector test and vague notes from a 2012 couples-therapy session, the 51-year-old academic psychologist steps forward.

Kavanaugh’s accuser recovered her memory at the time Dems were panicked Romney would win and nominate him to SCOTUS by Thomas Lifson – “It certainly is an odd coincidence.”

Professor accusing Kavanaugh is radical SJW with some damning student reviews by Selwyn Duke – “since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hopes are being influenced by accusations that may speak to his character, it’s only fair to examine the character of his accuser.”

“Whatever the truth of the matter, however, certainly true is that Ford is a radical leftist who’d be inclined to zealously oppose a Kavanaugh nomination. For example, Breitbart reports that she not only has attended anti-Trump events, but actually donned a pink “brain p‑‑‑‑ hat” for a 2017 anti-Trump march.

Just as telling may be her student reviews.

As for Kavanaugh, unless it’s shown that he’s like Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy and has exhibited a pattern of sexual wrongdoing, there’s nothing to see here.

Attorney: Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify publicly to Judiciary Committee by Ed Morrissey – “All she has is her testimony, which is contradicted by the other two people accused in the allegation. If Ford can’t find witnesses to identify even where and when the party took place, let alone to her state of mind during it, then all we have is an allegation without any evidence at all, and a lifetime of character and service to rebut it.”

After 35 years and no other contemporaneous witnesses, it’s unresolvable. This is why statutes of limitation exist, and why we don’t derail someone’s life over an allegation when it can’t be substantiated. Unless that equation changes, and it seems very doubtful it will, forcing Kavanaugh to withdraw or shooting down his confirmation over this will set a very bad precedent and create new incentives for political witch hunts. And you can bet that those incentives will produce more of these last-minute unsubstantiated attacks on nominees in the future.

Jeff Flake, Traitor by John Hinderaker – “Traitor” is normally considered a harsh word, but it is the only printable thing I have called “Republican” Senator Jeff Flake since he announced, a few hours ago, that he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“His concern is the ridiculously stale allegation by Democrat professor Christine Ford that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to kiss her at a party when they were both high school students more than 30 years ago.

Medical treatment? David Bernstein has a question. “if you allege sexual assault in the distant past against a Supreme Court nominee, and you claim in writing to have undergone medical treatment as a result of the assault, but you never saw a medical doctor, and didn’t even see a therapist for thirty-three years, a Senator might not want to stake her reputation on your claim.”

Sabotaging Trump on Iran’s Behalf by Jed Babbin – “Earlier this year, when President Trump revoked the deal, Obama said it was a serious mistake for him to have done so. What we didn’t know then was that Vichy John Kerry undertook a concerted private diplomatic effort, without the knowledge of the Trump administration, to undermine what Trump has done.”

The politics of calculating hurricane deaths by Jazz Shaw – “The current argument over precisely how many people died in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria came barreling through has gotten ugly.”

“The article at the WaPo turns out to be from Lynn R. Goldman of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, which compiled the death toll of 2,975 “excess deaths” in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. Bear with me here, because the phrase “excess deaths” will become critical later. She took to the pages of the Washington Post to assure everyone that their study “was carried out with no interference whatsoever from any political party or institution.”

Here’s where we run into trouble. Look at the description of the methodology they used. It’s based on “a careful examination of all of the deaths officially reported to the government of Puerto Rico between September 2017 and February 2018… using state-of-the-art mathematical modeling to compare the total number of deaths during that time to the expected number of deaths, based on historical patterns as well as age, sex, socioeconomic status and migration from the island.”

They’re counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

Pardon my incredulousness over such a serious matter, but when did we start defining hurricane deaths in this fashion?

I’m not saying that there was or wasn’t any political bias involved in the compilation of the Milken Institute study, but that’s really not the point. The question is whether or not this is actual science. If you’re suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren’t available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then… please. If that’s the case, the death tolls of every hurricane, tornado, wildfire, earthquake or drought in the history of the country should probably be multiplied by a factor of anywhere from 10 to 100.

How 9/11 Made a European Upper-Middle-Class Radical a Conservative by Annika Hernroth-Rothstein – “Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

“He and his friends were having a party, celebrating the attack on America. He called to invite me, and to this day I have never felt such intense shame.

During his speech on September 14, 2001, President Bush said that adversity introduces us to ourselves. Well, on that day I was introduced to who I had been and who I truly was. I saw my own place in the context of history, and how the ideas that I helped promote, the accusations I had met with silence, all had a part in shaping the world I now saw burning before me.

It wasn’t a game. I had played it, but it was never a game.

On September 11, 2001, I saw, for the first time, the difference between fear and freedom, and I vowed not to be neutral between them, ever again.

Seventeen Years Later by Richard Fernandez – “Perhaps the issues raised by that attack seventeen years ago remain unresolved because the West is unwilling to answer the basic question it posed: what do we believe in?” … “Our protypical myths are missing and we have not noticed they are gone.”

“The world is now in the post-Obama phase of the response to 9/11 with no clear outcome in sight. What is clear is that immigration controversies are fueling what Anne Applebaum calls a rejection of Democracy across the West or a cold civil war depending on your point of view. Worse, surveillance technology has made Big Silicon, once the liberal bastion of the ‘digital frontier’, into Big Brother, the enforcer of hate speech rules and arbiter of truth which has added an element of paranoia to the mix.

The video of Google employees vowing never to allow something like Hillary’s defeat to occur again illustrates shows the suddenness with which the civilization’s tools can be turned against it. The ease with which instruments of surveillance and censorship can be directed at the Deplorables instead of al-Qaeda was recently brought home by a video showing a senior Google official vowing to “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values”. The unspoken agreement on values at the Google all-hands meeting is a reminder of how easily groupthink can become what Scott Adams called the ‘casual evil’ of self-righteousness.”

the “casual evil’ of self-righteousness.” It seems the ‘casual’ part is withering as self awareness grows and dissonance becomes prominent.

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Why? When the opposite is right there in front of your face?

For a rant that seems hyperbolic but cites enough specifics to cast doubt on that idea, there is Todd Royal on The Deep State, Obama, and Destroying America. A more moderate view is Democrats: ‘Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ by Clarice Feldman – “as they reprise the demagogic lies and smear tactics that once worked for them but are now failing for anyone with a memory longer than a week or two. On the other hand, watching the Russian collusion fizzle, it might be “I’m Waiting for Ships that Never Come In.”

“Let’s start with Hurricane Florence. … Perhaps in recognition of the storm’s force downturn, they sprang a new lie, this time claiming that 3,000 people had died in Puerto Rico … I’m reminded of the gross exaggerations when Katrina hit New Orleans while G.W. Bush was president and the mayor and governor did not do their jobs. …

While we’re on the subject, television coverage of these storms is again exposed as comedic. …

Speaking of baloney, the Russian collusion story has completely fizzled out. Even Bob Woodward, who apparently can interview a comatose witness (William Casey), says he studied this for two years and found no evidence of all of such collusion.

But the press, so deeply wedded to the idea of collusion, had a hard time honestly reporting on Paul Manafort’s plea deal this week. In fact, Manafort’s plea implicated Greg Craig, Barack Obama’s former White House counsel; Tony Podesta (brother of Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta); the law firm Skadden Arps; and former congressman Vin Weber’s Mercury Group.

In a Hail Mary play so transparent that it will forever tarnish her reputation, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she’d received a concerning anonymous report about Brett Kavanaugh’s conduct in high school

Elections have consequences, and so does judicial overreach. When the Supreme Court decisions are based on the text of the law, not subjective emotion (“emanations ” and “penumbras”), these confirmation hearings will be less irksome, confined to the question of competence. And when Democrats decide to abide by the election results, they and we will be better off by far.

Obama Demonizing Trump And Republican Voters Coast To Coast by Karen Townsend – “When former President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail, he hits the campaign trail.”

“In California, he used the example of the “arc of history” – the push and pull in politics. Those who promised hope and those who promote fear, for example. He referenced people in power trying to divide the country. The irony is lost on his swooning audience.

Yeah, “it started” but his administration oversaw the slowest economic recovery since World War II. His administration built up numbers in the failure column

I do not remember a more divisive president in my lifetime.

His own claim to fame was the ramming through of Obamacare on a one-party vote – blowing up 1/6 of our economy – and it has been a disaster.

Keep in mind that California has the largest poverty rate and the greatest ‘income inequality’ in the country. It’s arc of history is becoming analogous to that of Venezuela. Is this really where that “swooning audience” wants to go?

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