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I & I Editorial Board: How Bad Regulation, Bureaucracy Slowed The Fight Against Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus – “our main regulatory, research and policy-making agencies at the national level are divorced from their true mission: To protect Americans. Their actions arguably contributed to the current quarantine and to the rising deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus across the country.

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Bloated Bureaucracy Is Going to Have a Coronavirus Body Count – “Trump is basically in the position of an NFL quarterback who’s being blamed for two decades of management and franchise failures that preceded him.

David Bessis: Coronavirus: the key numbers we must find out – “The model is worthless unless you get the core parameters right.” … “In just a few months, China has produced massive scientific knowledge on Covid-19 that will benefit the rest of the world. But as far as epidemiology is concerned, there is one big problem: China’s numbers just don’t add up.

“Italy, Spain, France, the United States and all significantly impacted democracies should immediately open-source their day-to-day raw mortality metrics, in real-time, with maximum geographic and demographic granularity. They should share this data for 2020 from at least as far back as 2019, and ideally from prior years so that statistical noise can be estimated. Governments should also share any available ’cause of death’ statistics.

The stakes are too high. The disconnect between official tallies and what people see on social networks is too obvious. Compared to China, Western democracies have underdelivered on preparedness and decisiveness. They must beat China on transparency, or they will lose credibility.

Unless we quickly learn the most basic facts about our new reality, the only certainty is that we’ll make bad decisions that will inflict unnecessary harm on a lot of people.

John Hinderaker: An Optimistic Projection of COVID-19 Deaths [with comment by Paul] – both the yin and the yang – “Maybe there will be a silver lining to the Wuhan virus: it might focus attention on the main killers of Americans and others. According to the CDC, these are the principal causes of death in the U.S.:” Paul adds “We keep the number of annual deaths from the flu well below 81,000 through a vaccine.” The impact of social distancing on flu data is not considered. – also see neo.

neo: Conversations with friends: “Trump did nothing” – “Ever since the COVID phenomenon began, though, I’ve noticed that most of them can’t seem to resist dropping little political statements into the conversation, usually about Trump.” … “I’ve noticed that these statements seem to take one (or both) of two forms. The first one can be summed up as “Trump did nothing and that let coronavirus get a grip here.” The second is “Trump hates science.” … “It’s really quite impressive to see the coordination and scope of the effort to get the word out. And my friends have certainly received the message, loud and clear.” This anti-Trump thing goes well beyond TDS or politics and is perhaps more dangerous than any pandemic in the long term. When people avoid intellectual integrity, society suffers and one only has to look at communism in the 20th century to see extreme examples.

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He’s got the panic

Robert Pearl: 7 dangerous myths about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – “Avoiding many of the worst consequences and doomsday predictions will depend, in part, on the ability of Americans to act according to the facts.” He needs to follow his own advice. Much like Berezow on the ‘hoax’ described earlier, Pearl also has perception and bias problems. As with several ‘concerns’ at KevinMD, doctors are fearful and often loose sight of the present in imaging a future and then use their doomsday fears to bias their perceptions and conclusions.

As we now know, the coronavirus is far more lethal than the president first indicated.” Another post illustrates that the lethality depends upon where you look and an examination of the reference used. Exaggerations like “far” indicate the bias and start off Pearl’s column with an indication that he suffers from the panic and is another part of the cause and not the resolution. Several of his other 7 tend to illustrate just how far he is willing to go to impugn the President, which is another indicator that reason and integrity have left the building.

It is sad when reputable and professional resources fail in reason and integrity and you often have to go back to source material to find out what is actually going on. 

See Sabine Hossenfelder on youtube: How scientists can avoid cognitive bias.

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Harsh Words and Big Lies

John O’Sullivan: When the Left Lies, Conservatives Plead Guilty – “It controls all the cultural institutions, and it intends to use that power to determine what words mean, what political ideas will be allowed in public debate, and what people it is respectable to associate with.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: Tired of Being Mocked? – “America has broken down into two different countries. One lectures us, mocks us, and lies to us. It is about to experience four more years of us.

Bruce Thornton: Progressive Big Lies – “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”

“This penchant for accepting lies as truth, however, has warped the minds of Leftists both hard and soft ever since New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty lied about Stalin’s engineered famines in the 1930s. They have accepted the Marxist, as in Groucho, stance “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”

Worse yet, today’s progressives believe lies to be true despite their egregious falsehood.

These lies and their dangers have been worsened over the last few decades by the degeneration of education from grammar school to university.

we might see for ourselves what George Orwell famously prophesied in 1984 as the consequences of the big lie:

The progressive corruption of history demonstrates their control of the past. Their dangerous policies currently control much of the present. If they triumph in November, we all may have to experience the grim wages of their control of the future.

George Parry: Chuck Schumer, Wise Guy – “Yet his threats against Supreme Court justices are no laughing matter.”

John Sexton: Trump: Schumer Should ‘Pay A Severe Price’ For Threatening Supreme Court Justices – “Ed wrote about Schumer’s threats earlier today and Allahpundit wrote about Schumer’s follow up statement claiming he was being misconstrued (or something)” – What is missing is the comparison and contrast between Schumer’s and Trump’s comments directed at SCOTUS. One is a threat, the other is criticism. Conflating the two is deceit. Neo takes note of this: “There is no equivalence between a threat and a criticism. And trying to argue for a certain policy does not excuse making a threat.

“What Schumer said earlier today was different. Supreme Court Justices aren’t elected; they are appointed for life. They won’t face the voters ever. So saying “you don’t know what will hit you” clearly can’t be a reference to the Justices being surprised at their comeuppance in the next election. In fact, the only way Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will leave the Court is if they a) resign or b) die. Obviously it’s more than a bit problematic to suggest either of those two things will be made to happen if they vote the wrong way on an abortion case.

Karen Townsend: “Out of line”: GOP chair responds as Donna Brazile doubles down – “harsh words were in response to Ronna McDaniel’s completely accurate description of 2016’s Democrat primary process.” Brazile is a Fox News employee.

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Feed the frenzy

Ross Clark: The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the hysteria — “It is the latest phenomenon to fulfil our weird and growing appetite for doom.”

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a pretty virulent virus all right, but not in the way you might imagine. It is less our respiratory tracts it has infected than our inner sense of angst.
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Coronavirus hysteria occurs because we confuse precaution with risk.
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There is something more to the Covid-19 panic. It is the latest phenomenon to fulfil a weird and growing appetite for doom among the populations of developed countries. We are living in the healthiest, most peaceful time in history, yet we cannot seem to accept it.
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Very soon we are going to have to find another thing to agonise about. Asteroids? The next ‘freak’ weather incident, now the storms have died down? Who knows, but we will certainly find something.

The search goes on to feed the FUD mongering machine to overwhelm reason and prudence.

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violence acceptance and education

Monica Showalter: Leftist thuggery: Political violence accelerates against Trump supporters – “There’s a climate of political violence against Trump supporters and the press is giving it little more than disjointed and cursory coverage at best, if not ignoring entirely.

“The press is refusing to cover it. The cops are refusing to investigate and enforce. The laws are letting them off anyway. The Democrats are denying so much as a problem — in Sanders’ case, his nasty little thug operative in Iowa is still on the job.

It’s as if a whole universe of incompetence and malevolence is conspiring against Trump supporters. President Trump has his bag of snakes to deal with among the Obama holdovers in the White House. But Trump supporters have their own physical attacks to deal with.

Something is very wrong in this political climate, which is seeing ever stronger and more frequent physical attacks, with little recourse for the victims.

Jack Hellner: It was Obama, not Trump, who weaponized government against political opponents – “We are hearing from the Democrat talking points that Trump is weaponizing the government and exacting revenge.”

“The media frequently buries stories that might hurt political candidates or policies they support and will continually run false stories against political candidates and policies they oppose. How else can it explain the years of fake stories on Russian collusion, seeking to destroy white Christian boys for wearing MAGA hats, trying to destroy Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh with no evidence, the false “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative?

How else do you explain the burying of stories about all the mental and sexual abuse of women by the Clintons and the burying of stories or the lack of investigation into the clear corruption and kickbacks of the Clintons and Bidens if not pure bias?

How many people are the media willing to destroy in order to get power back for the Democrats? Isn’t that pure weaponization and revenge?

But Trump is the problem as he seeks to move the power, purse and freedom back to the people as fast as he can because that is where the power and money belong. He is the opposite of a dictator but the media doesn’t give a damn about the truth. They are also consumed with power and revenge.

On the education front —

John Hinderaker: Global Warming In A Few Charts – “Climate change hysteria has been dialed up to 11 over the last year or two. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who knows little or nothing about the subject, apparently will continue being nominated for a Nobel Prize until she wins one. But, hype aside, what is actually going on with the Earth’s climate?”

Katarina Schwarz and Jean Allain: Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries of the world – new research – “Legal ownership of people was indeed abolished in all countries over the course of the last two centuries. But in many countries it has not been criminalised.” … “Legal ownership of people was indeed abolished in all countries over the course of the last two centuries. But in many countries it has not been criminalised.” This one gets into the legal weeds about definition of terms and scope of definitions.

Trevor Klee: How to fix how people learn calculus: make calculus exciting again – “I only realized in college that I had been cheated out of a deep understanding of math and given a shallow collection of tricks instead.” A good rundown on the position of calculus in the intellectual understanding of mathematics.

Jazz Shaw: Biologists Propose Radical Concept That There Are Only Two Genders/Sexes – “The authors describe in brutal detail how the current claptrap about “gender identity” that’s been making the rounds actually serves to undermine the rights and safety of women, children, gays, and lesbians.

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The dog didn’t bark and yet some are still afraid he’ll bite

Instapundit – responding to a USA Today op-ed:

“Well, here’s some stuff we know about the other armed parishioners that we allegedly know nothing about. First, they stood up to place their own bodies at risk (“Greater love hath no man,” etc. So the Bible says, and it still is news.) Second, when Jack Wilson put down the gunman with a single shot, they calmly reholstered their weapons. Nobody took any unnecessary shots, nobody shot anyone else by accident, and that was that. Honestly, this is better performance than you’d expect — or usually get — from a like number of law enforcement officers, who nowadays seldom seem to let things stop with one shot, and whose shooting ability seems well below what was displayed here.

Yet there are still people afraid, not of the sinful but rather of self defense tools in the hands of the God-fearing (and Bible following) ‘normal’ citizen.

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Racism, denial, and coverup

Walter E. Williams: Who Are The Racists? – “White and black liberals, who claim that blacks face a “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White House” are perpetuating a cruel hoax. The primary victims of that hoax are black people. We face the difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, task of confronting reality.” A professor of economics has the numbers.

Matt Vespa: Justice Clarence Thomas Hurls His Gavel At Liberals, Compares Them To The Klan – “Ben Carson, Nikki Haley, and other Republicans who are persons of color receive hell from a horde of supposedly liberal, open-minded white dudes for not acting how they should be based on their racial backgrounds.

Patricia McCarthy: What if this Ukraine nonsense is a cover-up too? – “It seems entirely plausible that this trumped-up impeachment inquiry over a phone call, which is ridiculous on its face, was another poorly-planned scheme to find President Trump guilty of something, anything, in order to distract from the crimes of the real miscreants, just as Mueller’s “probe” was a plot to distract from the original Brennan/Clapper/Comey plan to cover-up Hillary’s culpability;

James Howard Kuntsler in his column on Friday quoted Arthur Shopenhauer (1788 – 1860) who famously observed that “all truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.” Most of the facts of this horrific political scandal have been available for all to see and read for two years in the numerous books by Gregg Jarrett, Lee Smith, Dan Bongino, Alan Dershowitz, and Jeanine Pirro, to name a few. John Solomon, Eric Felten, Paul Sperry, Sara Carter, and Jeff Carlson have kept their readers well-informed. Once the Horowitz, Durham and Barr reports are released, the left will have to accept what has long been self-evident. The left’s criminal intervention in the 2016 election to ensure Hillary’s victory and their subsequent attempt to cover it up when she lost is the worst political scandal in US history. The perpetrators’ legacies will be their criminality.

“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” Ben Franklin

John Hinderaker: Slavery? We Were a Footnote – “By such lies do leftists seek to undermine our country. We shouldn’t let them get away with it. When it comes to slavery, America, along with Great Britain, is on the side of the angels. As is manifested by the fact that most Africans have come to the U.S. not as slaves, but rather voluntarily as immigrants, seeking freedom and a more prosperous life.

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Calumny, evidence, civil destruction

William Walker: Machiavelli, Calumny and Free Speech on Campus – “On Machiavelli’s view, the Romans rightly saw Capitolinus as a “calumniator”. A calumniator is a person who makes serious accusations against other citizens without providing sufficient evidence or witnesses to support those accusations.” This goes with AG Barr’s TLDR must read last week…

“Above all, the Romans understood how destructive calumny can be to the republic: they knew that calumnies not only exasperate those against whom they are made, but also incite them and their allies to hate the calumniators. They understood that if you permit calumniators to go unpunished, that hatred will result in a divided society that will curtail civil liberties and ultimately disintegrate.

First of all, I think that one of the main features of “discussion” of moral and political issues on campus and beyond is the high incidence of a certain kind of accusation (calling people names, attaching labels to them) as distinct from argumentation (asserting claims, providing evidence for them, reasoning about them and their relations to other claims).

The main accusations documented in studies such as these, and the ones I have observed over three decades of teaching at universities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, are accusations of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, imperialism and Eurocentrism.

So one of the dimensions of campus life and our society at large now is that people are free to make, informally, a certain kind of accusation against fellow students, teachers and others without being obliged to provide good evidence for it.

see also Mike LaChance: FIRE on Binghamton Protest of Art Laffer: “Latest in a Disturbing Trend of Protesters Silencing Others – The biggest threat to free speech at Binghamton Monday evening wasn’t the police or Art Laffer — but the vigilante censors 

J. Frank Bullitt: Sycophants Who Flatter Child Climate ‘Oracles’ Deserve Unrelenting Ridicule – “The Nobel Prize. Australian prime minister. The rapt attention of the United Nations. What has happened to Western civilization? How have we reached a place in which children, so clearly unlearned, are hailed as oracles who must be heeded?” Calumniators take many forms? “obliged to provide good evidence” is the key question.

Tyler Durden: Ukrainian MP Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million – “A Ukrainian MP says a document leaked from the Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General contains claims against Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky, as well as Hunter Biden and his partners ” – good evidence usually has legs.

Harry S Truman: “All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”

Scott Johnson: The sound of Sondland – “Sondland’s presumptions gave the Democrats what they wanted in the form of his “presumptions.” Sondland’s presented his presumptions in the form of a quid pro quo. The Democrats of course celebrated Sondland’s presumptions as the facts of the case. What a way to run a railroad (so to speak).” good evidence here ….

Mackubin Owens: President can’t ‘subvert’ foreign policy but not the way the Left proclaims as heroic – “There’s a major problem with this argument. It ignores Article II of the Constitution, which grants to the president, in conjunction with Congress — not unelected bureaucrats — the power to make U.S. foreign policy. Unelected bureaucrats do not have a right to undermine the policy of a duly elected president, simply because they disagree with it. But the denizens of the deep state think they do.

Jenny Beth Martin: American Bar Association’s evaluation of judicial nominees tarnished by liberal bias – “By engaging in partisan politics rather than providing accurate assessments of conservative-leaning nominees, the ABA raises questions about the need for its rating system. The ABA’s latest political hit job is Lawrence VanDyke” – It’s the case for the ABA as a “calumniator”.

OC: Trump’s Denials Turned into a Ramones Song: “I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO.” – “denial”? What a strange use of the term. It is distortion and deceit at OpenCulture. The AP had to squish an item like this because it was a direct quote of policy given to Sondland who had been badgering the president for a simplified expression of Trump’s position. It illustrates just how deep the calumniator ethos goes.

neo: “Shakespeare who?” ask Canadian students – “So instead of learning the pearls of the Western canon, students in these districts are to remain ignorant of those achievements in favor of the study of literature that I think we can safely predict will not stand the test of time but will nevertheless serve the new overriding pedagogical goal of making the majority of students feel guilty about themselves and their culture.

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Resisting damage – too late?

sundance: AG Bill Barr Speaks About The Damage to Our Nation From The “Resistance”… “AG Barr discusses how, in the Trump-era, the resistance movement has abdicated their legislative power and responsibility in favor of a politically motivated intent to harm the constitutional executive power.” It’s a history lesson about the ‘why’ of the executive branch and what was behind its formation and a description of duties in the U.S. Constitution.

“Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called “The Resistance,” and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his Administration. Now, “resistance” is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous – indeed incendiary – notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic. What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the “loyal opposition,” as opposing parties have done in the past, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.

A must read. It might take time and effort but it is the civics lesson of the decade describing the issues of the time and how they impact the established governing principles of the United States.

Patricia McCarthy: The silly sanctification of Marie Yovanovitch – “That no Democrat attempts to stop his unconstitutional denial of due process reflects very badly on their party.” … “The Democrats, since the moment Trump won the 2016 election, have treated their country very, very badly. They have demonstrated for all to see that they value their personal power and their corrupted ideology over the well-being of the greatest nation on earth.

Paul Mirengoff [can’t help himself from illustrating his bias]: Elise Stefanik stands out – “it takes a considerable amount of naivety to think that Trump would have cared at all about Burisma but for the fact that Hunter Biden is the son of a political rival. … Still, the question of whether Trump would have wanted Burisma investigated absent a Joe Biden connection is counterfactual.” You mean facts exist regarding motivation like this? A casual reference in a phone call ignoring context is stretching things way past reason in a way that indicates an inordinate bias. Compare and contrast with neo below.

neo: The Democrats want to define Trump being president as a high crime and misdemeanor – “all presidents regularly do things that are in their political interests. … as with Trump, those things almost always have other motivations, as well – most often, that the president believes that such actions will also benefit the country or even the world. … And among those things can be something described as “fighting corruption,” including corruption that occurs at the hands of people opposed to that president.”

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Are your feet on the ground? Really?

Tom Van Dyke: The Moral History of the American Revolution – “OK, I’ve gotta have this one. AND SO DO YOU. See below.

I&I: The Democrats’ Real Impeachment Target: Far More Than Trump – “Lenin made it very clear toward the close of 1917 that if socialism is your objective, you are in a war.

“Trump has sounded an existential war cry against socialism. It is above all for this that this president is being targeted with impeachment. And if Democrats succeed in blemishing him and winning big at the polls a year from now, their hope is that they will also mortally wound the movement to preserve, strengthen and spread economic freedom, and the values of Western civilization that have guided the U.S. since its founding.

John Hinderaker: A Victory For the Forces of Good – “It has to do with how severely disabled people are cared for.” It’s about public sector unions wanting to skim the money and a corrupt state government with the belief that federal regulation compliance is optional.

Peter J. Elliott: The Handmaid’s Myth – “Atwood has skilfully drawn on many sources to construct her Gilead: ancient Sparta, Cromwell’s Commonwealth, Puritan New England, the Third Reich, Soviet and Chinese Communism, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, all blended in a poisonous cocktail of a regime.”

“The myths of the Left may drift into fantasyland but that does not mean they are not powerful. Lying about the past has long been an effective weapon in the Marxist armoury. Lying about the future can have the same effects in a world where so many people live in the future, where they are disconnected from reality.

The myth of The Handmaid’s Tale is sustained by a social mood of pessimism and fear. People want to believe that disaster is just around the corner. They are easily persuaded, because every day the media bombards them with grim warnings.

More seriously, is The Handmaid’s Tale a fanciful distraction from the real “Gileads”? Right now, in our world, there are societies where women are crushed, gagged and exploited. We think of the horrors inflicted by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, of what is perpetrated by the Taliban in Afghanistan and by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Women are exploited by international sex slavery and trafficking, and in our society by the sex and abortion industries. Here are “Gileads” where women suffer now. Do we hear the old Western feminists like Atwood denouncing them?

A feminism that retreats into delusions, myths and fantasies is imploding. An ideology crumbles when it has to resort to fearsome futurist tales for gullible grownups.

Peter Smith: Our Godless and Dangerous Times – “But these are not normal times. Superstition has gripped large sections of the population who have put aside their common sense in order to accept scientistic codswallop.

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Tough trying to teach Conservatives and Republicans

that’s odd. Both Allahpundit and Mirengoff are making sense today.

Timothy Meads: Good for These Fast Food Workers Who Manhandled Global Warming Protesters … “Employees at an In-N-Out burger restaurant in Long Beach, California are being praised for adroitly handling “Extinction Rebellion” protesters who thought they could barge into the establishment, create tons of noise, and disturb everybody within earshot all for the sake of raising awareness about global warming.

Thomas McArdle: China’s Disguised Global Threat Comes Alive … “So the argument against Huawei and its communist masters is economic, as well as based on saving or enhancing political freedoms. Now it’s up to the Trump administration, and 5G companies whose strings aren’t pulled by expansionist tyrants, to spread the truth brought to life so well by “Claws of the Red Dragon.

John Sexton: NY Times reports on the ‘backlash’ to homelessness in California … “The rule for progressive outlets is always the same: If the story helps Democrats then it’s a story. If the story might help Republicans then the reaction to the story is the story.

Paul Mirengoff: We’re in E.J. Dionne’s head, he wants into ours … “There’s a certain kind of liberal who likes to tell conservatives what they should think about this or that matter in order to be true to conservatism. He has no counterpart on the other side of the political divide. I know of no conservative who gets off on telling liberals what they should think about anything. We tend to confine ourselves to pointing out liberal hypocrisy.” … “Dionne is pulling an Adam Schiff. When your adversary’s words don’t get you where you want to go, make up the necessary ones.

John Hinderaker: One Way to Fight Back Against the Vicious Left … “a left-wing group that calls itself “Fight the Hate” or something like that has circulated a list of the top 100 or so conservative web sites to corporate marketing departments, urging them to blacklist those sites

neo: The elite war on democracy … “one of the ways that the elites are fighting back is through lawfare (something we already know) but in particular through the redefinition of politics as a form of corruption. For those of whom they approve, no act is bad enough to prosecute, but for those they wish to remove, actions that would never have previously been defined as corrupt are now defined that way and the legal system is the means to accomplish their aims.

Byron York: Thinking clearly about Trump and aid to Ukraine … “But that is not what Mulvaney said at all. Investigating the roots of the Trump-Russia investigation is not “investigating Democrats.” It is investigating the actions of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies during the 2016 campaign.

Stephen B. Presser: A Trump Impeachment Imperils the Constitution … “Perhaps Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schiff are simply conducting political theater, to fire up their partisans. If so, they are irresponsibly and contemptibly endangering the American people and their Constitution.

Roger Kimball: Media Attempt to School Republicans Is a Disingenuous Fraud … “What we are witnessing with such gems of hysterical mendacity are the pathetic death throes of a discredited political franchise and its rapidly disintegrating narrative.”

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Can we get back to normal?

Trumperman and the Joker Legions. Peter Smith – “But, disdain doesn’t nearly do it to for the Left. Republican presidents are always demonised by the Left but this time is different. The hate is palpable and unremitting.

“Of course, as progressivism wreaks its havoc, Islam or China or both are waiting in the wings. But progressives being deficient in the cognitive ability of weighing consequences can’t see that far.

Will Trump prove decisive in turning the tide? Will they get him first? In any event, is even two terms enough time? I don’t know but we better hope he prevails. No one else is in sight.

Trump is unique; a very special, one-off leader. A cometh-the-moment figure like Churchill in 1940. His achievements are remarkable; even more so when every day with unheard of fortitude he bats away the indefatigable baying media mob.

Where Trump gets the strength is completely beyond me. I don’t believe anything quite like it has happened before. If he isn’t a superhero he makes a good fist of acting like one.

Babylon Bee: God Working On Backup Plan To Accomplish His Will Just In Case Trump Doesn’t Get Reelected.

More Evidence That Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Working. John Merline – “How would you describe a year in which the amount of money that corporations paid in taxes shot up by 12%? Believe it or not, Democrats are calling it a giveaway to corporate fat cats. For everyone else, it’s a sign that the Trump tax cuts are working as promised.

How Unreasoned Impeachment Dysfunction Is Trashing Democrats. Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara – “it is unpopular because it is so unreasoned in trying to impeach Trump for the corruption of Biden, just as it was Hillary who actually colluded with Russians. Yet it will dominate the political landscape for many months, highlighting the role of the socialist progressives most dangerous to the future of the traditionally blue-collar Democrat Party.”

Rod Rosenstein “Unindicted Co-Conspirator”? – Durham Expands Timeline for Probe… sundance – “One aspect heavily monitored by CTH surrounds frequent redactions to ongoing DOJ releases that touch upon former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“We’ve always said that Attorney General Bill Barr’s biggest challenge would not be gathering evidence of what took place; the evidence is so obvious there have been books written about it. The real challenge for AG Barr is navigating through what We The People are already aware of; against a likely disposition that Barr would not want to believe it, and certainly would be conflicted in facing it.

White House Background Outline on Rebuttal Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Effort… sundance – “This is the first time ever that someone — that a House has tried to pursue such an inquiry while denying the minority that right.” The questions from media personnel quoted here do not reflect well on the media.

“It’s a political stratagem because the Democrats want to overturn the results of the 2016 election and they want to use impeachment as a political strategy to influence the results of the 2020 election. And this, again, is unprecedented in the history of our nation to use such a grave constitutional proceeding for such raw political ends.

And the letter concludes by explaining that, given these constitutional flaws and the President’s obligations under the Constitution and to future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, that he cannot have his administration participate in this unconstitutional procedure, and that, under the current circumstances, at least as currently framed, that he and his administration will not participate in this process.

Protesters Swarm Max Rose’s Office Over His Support of Impeachment. Hannah Bleau – “I will support and I will defend the United States Constitution, and it is for that reason that I intend to fully support this impeachment inquiry and follow the facts,” he told supporters at a town hall last week. Compare and contrast this canard with another story: Seems James Clapper just admitted Obama ordered him to ignore 2016 Russian election interference. Jack Hellner – “Somehow, the complicit media have never been interested in connecting the very clear dots”. When Rose adds emphasis that “I’m gonna follow these facts wherever they lead, no matter the consequences,” he makes it very clear that he would rather follow ghosts rather than facts that attempt to lead him in directions he doesn’t want to follow. That is what his constituents are trying to tell him in swarming his office but he, like others in his party, express denial and further alienate those they are supposed to represent.

Today’s Democrats or the Deep State. Ned Ryun – “If you’re wondering how all of this stops, how we return to normal, I will tell you what a friend told me: “There is no normal. There is only Clausewitz.”

“Like a child with a box of matches, deranged Democrats seem to think they have their hands on a good idea. Their thinking goes something like this: “If we can’t be in control, let’s burn it all down, destroy norms, throw an epic political tantrum, hold the American people hostage! That’ll show the irredeemable deplorables to question their betters!”

There is only absolute and total political war on this axis we face until we beat them into an unconditional surrender. The Left wants it that way because they think they can win. They want no holds barred total political war. Since we can’t escape it, I say we give it to them measure for measure.

For those who think there is some middle ground with the Left, there isn’t. There’s no negotiating with them until they sue for terms. Time to man up and fight: the future of our constitutional republic depends on it.

Trump is Winning the Great Game of American Political Football. Conrad Black – “Trump has gained full control of his party, has held at least 45 percent of the country solidly behind him, and is threatening to derail the liberal slide of post-Reagan America and to pulverize and convert or expel the “OBushinton” cadres of the political class.”

“Some drama is being generated because the Bush Republicans resent Trump’s trashing of them and are unctuously saying he was improper, though not impeachable in his conversation with Zelensky, and because even the relatively professional media love a crisis and the thought that the president could be in real trouble. If the media do not pull themselves together and start treating this burlesque professionally, they will suffer severe and durable harm. Whatever they do, the contrast will be vivid between this fabricated crisis and the long-awaited official and impartial view of the Democrats’ conduct in and after the last presidential election campaign. Russians and Ukrainians didn’t seriously threaten U.S. democracy; Americans angry about the results of it have done that, and the guilty will not hide for long behind this fatuous Ukrainian carnival of false righteousness. The system can punish venal politicians on election day; a national press corps that can’t distinguish real from false assaults on democracy is an almost inoperable malignancy. The media is on trial now, not the president, or even his accusers—though some of them soon will be.

Elizabeth Warren: Leading Liar in the Party of Liars. Fletch Daniels – “Warren has surpassed Joe Biden in more than the polls. She has also eclipsed his role as the race’s most shameless prevaricator, which is practically a job requirement in today’s Democratic Party.” Compare and contrast the case here to what you get in the accusations like this aimed at the President.

The left’s encouraging “whistleblowers” from the intelligence community to file complaints for political reasons has a long history… neo – “Those who believe that the current push of the left against Trump is mainly about Trump himself would do well to ponder this history. The left is neither stupid nor lazy, and they have been working hard at this for a long long time.

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If looking for fault and disaster, maybe you need to turn your head

The Daytona 3,000 – Power Crews from All Over U.S. Stage at Daytona International Speedway… sundance – “Keep a joyous heart filled with thankfulness; and if you can’t muster it, then just pretend.” One of the best ‘what to expect’ and ‘what to do’ hurricane stories out there.

CNN falsely pushes claims that ‘climate crisis is making hurricanes more dangerous’. Thomas Lifson – “CNN’s fall from a purveyor of news to pure propaganda organ of the Left was vividly displayed yesterday.

To Reduce Gun Violence, Arm All Americans. Charlie Martin – “Now because I’m sure some rental commenter is just waiting to start typing, yes I think it’s awful that people got shot and killed.

“I can’t help but wonder why the extremely high murder rates in places like Chicago and Baltimore don’t seem to be news stories.

I’ll leave that for another rant, however, and point out that when you consider murder rates there is a very very high correlation between really stringent gun laws and really high gun violence.

From Icon to Just a Con. Victor Davis Hanson – “Most of us who came of age in the 1970s revered the university.

“What went wrong? The former students of the 1970s came into power and gradually began to reject the very code of conduct and training of those who taught them. And in turn they taught a new generation who for the first time had little first-hand knowledge of the great campus scholars and icons of the past.

New progressive doctrines insisted that because the traditional elements of American society and culture—the family, church, community, and government—were biased, the university was needed as a counterweight to these nefarious conservative forces.

Because America had not been perfect in 21st-century moral terms, then it never had been even good. Ironically, few of the new faculty and student censors ever imagined the horrors and grit of the past—or could never have endured the deadly trek of the pioneers they now damned, the daily effort to find clean water or dispose safely of raw sewage, or the ordeal of having a third of one’s children die in birth or from childhood diseases.

Bitterness abounds when graduates gradually learn that their liberal anti-capitalist professors and administrators were part of a profit-rigged system by which peasant students became financial cannon fodder.

In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media. Miranda Devine – “Pitting two women against each other just never gets old, does it?” And it is a good source to apply the word ugly as in smear and bigotry. Devine illustrates.

“Melania & Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era,” by Tammy R. Vigil, is presented as a mere bipartisan assessment of the public images of both women.

But it thinly veils its criticism of one and its admiration of the other. No prizes for guessing who’s who.

But, hey, if it damages the Trumps, go for it.

There is a good reason Melania, 49, might be “aloof” with the media, and that is because the attacks on her are more vicious, personal and unrelenting than any first lady has endured.

unlike Hillary Clinton, whose aggressive foray into health care policy when she was first lady caused considerable political fallout for her husband, Melania doesn’t flaunt her influence.

She is a woman whose poise and dignity speaks volumes.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump gets China. Paul Mirengoff – “Trump’s approach also makes some of his supporters nervous because they fear that a trade war with China might well throw our economy into a tailspin and perhaps cost Trump the 2020 election. I confess to being nervous on these grounds.

“There should be no doubt, however, that Trump understands China. Chen Guangcheng, a leading human rights advocate who has been struggling against the Chinese regime for many years, makes that case in the Washington Post. The title (paper edition) is to the point: “Trump gets China. His critics don’t.”

Trump, by contrast, “is the first president in recent memory to seriously say to this communist dictatorship: If you want to keep doing business with us, you have to change.” And Trump has backed up this statement with his actions:

Trump, with an admittedly unorthodox style, is trying to break down the systems, and the concessions, that have allowed the CCP to operate unchecked for too long. He deserves credit, not criticism, for saying: Enough.

looking for fault is self deceit and social disservice.

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What is justice? What is false witness?

Thunderstruck – Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell Drops Atomic Sledgehammer of Truth on DC Court…. sundance – “In an explosive response filing today, which includes the phrase “sunlight is the best disinfectant”, attorney Sidney Powell has outlined the soup-to-nuts construct of the malicious government action taken during their targeting her client Michael Flynn.

What Is Justice For McCabe? Tyler Durden – “Of course, if protocol had been followed, McCabe would not have been able to have Flynn grilled without preparation and without counsel. That put Flynn in a very different posture from Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t pretend to be a McCabe fan. Nevertheless, I have sympathy for him. The 2016 election will define his career, but it does not fairly reflect his long years of service defending the rule of law and American national security. If we could consider his case in a vacuum, and I had my druthers, I would not want to charge him. He was fired for cause in disgrace and is slated to lose at least some of his pension. These are significant penalties. I’d like to be able to say, “Enough is enough, no need to pile on with an indictment.”

But there’s more to it than that. A lot more.

On IG Horowitz’s report and the meaning of Russiagate… neo – “I do have a caveat, however. The fat lady has not yet sung on James Comey.” … “That said, I wonder whether Comey will ever be indicted. I tend to doubt it.

Trump ‘Lies,’ Biden ‘Slips’ — But Fact Checks Tell Different Story. Kalev Leetaru – “The way in which fact-checkers frame the hyperbole and falsehoods that typically define the political sphere tells us a lot about the fractured state of society, but the narrative of Donald Trump as an unparalleled serial liar appears at odds with actual fact-checking verdicts.

“Fact-checkers have often adopted a similar distinction in their editorialized headlines, labeling Trump’s errors as “bizarre,” “baffling,” “bungles” and “whoppers” whereas his predecessor Barack Obama’s were merely “misleading” or “cherry-picked.”

In contrast to CNN’s depiction of Trump as an unrestrained liar and the vivid language used in fact-check headlines, when it comes down to the actual verdicts, it seems fact-checkers haven’t measured Trump’s statements over the last four months to be significantly worse than those of Biden.

For an example of distorted perception, Allahpundit nearly always has something. See Joe Walsh clashes with Fox’s Stuart Varney: Has Trump ever told the American people a lie? – his choice for the big Trump lie? The border wall. Then there is a nitpick on the Chinese negotiations where Allahpundit contradicts himself. The real lie of significance is in Allahpundit’s misrepresentation and distortion supporting ‘fake news’ and a false reality.

Yet another example from Allahpundit is Cavuto rebukes Trump on air: This network doesn’t work for you, Mr. President – this distorts the president in much the same way the loyalty smear does. Obama presented ‘us’ as himself. Trump is clearly referring to the American people. But those who allow their preconceptions and biases to taint their perceptions will find some way, any way, to interpret Trump to fit their narrative rather than make any attempt to fit reality.

Another example is from Mark Perry: Venn diagram of the day using Hurricane Dorian to expose the intellectual bankruptcy of the protectionists, aka ‘scarcityists’ – “graphically illustrate the intellectual inconsistency of many protectionists scarcityists (as Jon Murphy calls them). Scarcityists are those who support protectionist trade policies and claim that erecting trade barriers are economically beneficial to Americans, even though they restrict the flow of goods entering the country from foreign producers, raise prices for Americans, restrict consumers’ choices, and reduce competition.” The cutesy ad hominem is a clue. The distortion of the issue at hand is another. The falsity is in context deceit and over-simplification of factors at play.

America, the Racist. Mary Grabar – “As usual, capitalism is the culprit. Zinn plays fast and loose with numbers and sources in his effort to prove that capitalism is at the root of racism.” This is about a ‘history’ book that has influenced public education since 1980. It is a very long ‘fact check’ concerning a propaganda effort of significant impacts.

“In fact, according to the best quantitative evidence, 12 to 13 percent of slaves died in transit from Africa to the Americas during the history of the Middle Passage. Sometimes a larger percentage of the slave ship’s crew died on the voyage. In the Dutch slave trade, one in five crewmen died at sea. But it suits Zinn’s purpose to exaggerate the true numbers and to ignore the historical context of a time and place when life was more perilous for all.

Zinn acknowledges that slavery existed in Africa—where, in fact, it predated the discovery of America—but presents it as a kinder, gentler kind of slavery

So why did such an evil, capitalist system fight a bloody war to end slavery? After all, within the capitalist system, slavery was profitable: it “remained a profitable investment at the time it was abolished regardless of country,” write . So there was something beyond the profit motive that ended slavery in the West. Yes, within the capitalist country that Zinn condemns, slavery was killed for moral reasons. …

In fact, the campaign to abolish slavery was a Western thing and a relatively new thing at the time.

Histories in the Soviet Union airbrushed certain facts, as they did certain personages from photographs. Zinn does the same thing, airbrushing out evidence that contradicts his claims.

Rejection of Moral Absolutes Plagues the Modern Left. Trevor Thomas – “If death — anyone’s death — brings you joy, you should intently re-examine your worldview.

“However, today’s Democratic Party is as far from rational as it is from moral. Even more than the vengeful tweets over a dead philanthropist or the angry threats over a potential Supreme Court vacancy, few things illustrate this as well as the gender debate the modern Left insists we have.

Rational thinking has a lot to do with moral behavior.

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Sullen revenge in the tyranny of the minority

Tyranny Of The Minority. Chuck Dinerstein – “California is acting as that tyrannical minority; and they are not alone. In an increasingly interconnected global world, one region’s regulatory decisions can impact, for good or bad, those decisions in other areas. The leader in the regulation of privacy concerns remains the EU and the General Data Protection Regulations enacted in 2016.

President Trump Explains The Big Picture: “The fact is, somebody had to take China on”… sundance – “After receiving the third question, on the same subject, President Trump paused and then went deep into the heart of the issue.”

What the grievance brigade misunderstands about America. Heather Mac Donald – “The ongoing crusade against America’s civic rituals and founding values picked up pace this summer.

“The anti-American crusaders’ woeful ignorance of the past goes beyond thinking that Abraham Lincoln owned slaves; that ignorance extends to the present world as well. They have a brittle intolerance of human frailty and of the messiness and complexity of social change. America’s founders made compromises with their own ideals that today we may regard as egregious and unacceptable. But humans are never perfect; history is a record of moral failures as well as triumphs. We learn as much from the former as from the latter; erasing history is simply a power play and an act of sullen revenge.

Sullen revenge?

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egomaniacs desperately seeking spotlights

Another athletic egomaniac looking for some extra spotlight by dissing the U.S. flag. Monica Showalter – “By now, the routine of athletes calling attention to themselves by dissing the U.S. flag at some athletic event has become so de rigueur you could write the script before it happens.” Show your privilege by insulting its source.

“It’s disgusting. The little creep is doing this because he can see how it brings on the rewards. It’s not even original either, it’s a faded Xerox copy of a three-year old stunt pioneered by a washed-up football player who wanted attention and athletic endorsements for himself, too. Insult the flag, reap the big bucks, this is how the corrupted game is played now.

It’s sickening because courageous U.S. men and women have died for this flag, and the brave people of Hong Kong are defying a brutal communist juggernaut by waving that very same flag as the world’s strongest beacon of freedom

The Strange Case of ‘White Supremacy’. Victor Davis Hanson – “racial politics is a mess. The standards by which racial chauvinism either is deemed dangerous or regrettable and a mere aberration, are largely political.

The Trump Obsession Comes for California’s Water. Jack Fowler – “Its consequence will be to preempt any possible forthcoming federal regulations that would result in people and farms (instead of, seriously, the Pacific Ocean) getting more, already available water. That might even be its purpose

“While Democrats turn their Trump obsession to water denial, CWA recommends a comprehensive approach to the state’s H2O problems — three steps that are central to fixing it given the science and needs, but far-fetched given the power of progressive ideology that governs the Golden State:

The Left’s Exclusionary Language. John Hinderaker – “A reader points out this article by a liberal in the Atlantic. … “Almost religious” understates the case, but the author sums up quite well the bizarre world of public discourse in which we find ourselves.

My Preliminary List of Things That Irritate Me The Most About Modern Discourse. Coyote Blog – A good list but he can’t see the mirror. c.f. the cite of Rush Limbaugh. He is a member of the ‘both sides the same’ club and cannot even use his own list of irritants to discriminate between population clusters.

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Horror and outrage, expressions a study in contrasts.

After Mass Killings, Cycle of Hate Grows On Social Media. It Needs To Stop. Sara Carter – “On Twitter the hate was pure. Those who took part in it decided not to control their own contemptuous actions.” The example she uses is Conway [who] tweeted out on Sunday “We need to come together America….Working as one to understand depraved evil & to eradicate hate is everyone’s duty. Unity. Let’s do it.” and a response to that in this tweet from Reza Aslan, a writer who is verified on Twitter. He Tweets back to Conway “You are ‘the depraved evil’ we need to eradicate.”

“Eradicate? What kind of person uses this threatening language after these mass shootings. How is this acceptable? It isn’t.

Our nation is beautiful, free and filled with opportunity but so many of our citizens appear unhappy, full of complaints, wanting everything to be fair and blaming others when the world isn’t exactly the way they expect it to be.

Americans are luckier than most of the world but many fail to even notice it. Even many of those that do, fail to see it or accept it. Instead, they are angry, angry at the world for everything they are not and feed into the hate.

Mexico cynically wades into El Paso shooting debacle, brimming with hypocrisy. Monica Showalter – “Instead of warning Mexican potential illegals to stay out of the U.S. the way a normal country would do, they want to muscle the U.S. legal system to their benefit,

“On those grounds, any American who’s attacked, assaulted, drinks poisoned liquor, or is killed in Mexico, should have grounds to do the same. Failure to protect, don’t you know. Such irony. Turns out more Americans (75 of them) have been killed in Mexico than all the remaining countries of the world combined.

No, the United States Doesn’t Lead the World in Mass Shootings. Matt Margolis – “Yet, the myth remains alive and is sure to be regurgitated endlessly again.

“In the end, the problem of mass shootings (and gun violence in general) is not one to be solved by knee jerk reactions, finger-pointing, useless legislation or unconstitutional gun grabs. The left will do whatever they can to politicize these incidents because they think they can gain power from it. They don’t expect most Americans to do the research required to fully understand the big picture.

Trump again speciously blamed for the insanity of others. Patricia McCarthy – “It’s what they do. Having no scruples whatsoever, they jump at every opportunity to malign the president, no matter how specious their accusations.”

“This time may well be the worst of their politicizing of gruesome mass shootings. Booker, Klobuchar, AOC, Buttigieg, et. al. could not wait to place the blame for these mass murders on Trump and his 70 million supporters. While Trump has never uttered a racist word, their main talking point, the only plan they have to defeat Trump in 2020 is to convince voters that he is a hardcore racist.

They all know that he is nothing of the kind. They all know he de-segregated his elite golf club of Palm Beach. They know he was pals with Don King, Mike Tyson, even the odious Al Sharpton in the old days. They all know he is not a racist, but they do not care about the truth. They only care about defeating the man who is showing them up day after day since he was elected by succeeding.

Who is to blame? The vicious left, the media that fans the flames of violence day after day with impunity, ever proud of their work. They encourage and praise the violence of Antifa.

What the American Left has become over the last ten years is reprehensible, ignoble. They loathe the nation and its millions of people who just want to be left alone, to be self-reliant and free. They want to enjoy the liberty guaranteed by our Constitution. By jumping to blame Trump for the crimes of others leftists have demeaned themselves once again. They will not be rewarded for their malfeasance.

From El Paso to Antifa to LA: America the Insane. Roger L. Simon – “if you read the gunman’s manifesto, you would find the murderer as much in agreement, possibly more so, with Elizabeth Warren and O’Rourke himself than with Trump.

Why Democrats Own El Paso. Christopher Paslay – “Although the horrific El Paso shooting is still under investigation, Democrats and the mainstream media have wasted no time using the massacre to further inject the word white into Trump’s pro-American nationalism.”

“Interestingly, it’s the Democrats that want to keep white nationalism alive in the White House, as Trump has nipped this in the bud, many times. In August of 2017, when violence started to escalate during a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va., Trump tweeted, “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!”

Ironically, it’s the Democrats who want white nationalism in the White House, not Trump and his conservative supporters. It’s high time they take responsibility for their dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric, before they embolden more hate groups to act out.

While media were focused on mass shootings, explosive revelations about the Russia Hoax came out in a Sunday morning interview. Thomas Lifson – “crucial details emerged about the vile plot executed by agents of the US intelligence community in order to carry out the Russia Hoax.

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A plea for civility – in one ear, out the other

Can’t Any Democrat Remember Obama’s Plea For Civility After The Giffords Shooting? Thomas McArdle – “Obama stressed that “only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud,” referring to Giffords and the other victims.” What follows is a catalog of examples illustrating a different direction taken.

“Why don’t these Democratic candidates — or the Squad members, whose hate language against Trump is even more inflamed — care that they might spark more assassination attempts?

And where is Barack Obama?

McArdle makes a minor slip into the ‘both sides do it’ effort which weakens his credibility and illustrates just how difficult it is for many to accept the reality on the plate in front of them.

The Dangerous Invective against Trump. Victor Davis Hanson – “The continued litany of threats to physically assault or kill a president will haunt the country long after Trump is gone.”

Trump Single-Handedly Changes the Political Calculus. Conrad Black – “The two greatest political controversies in the western world in the last several years—the attempt to delegitimize President Trump and the question of Britain’s relations with the European Union—have generated similar reflexes and tactics in the opponents of the president and of Brexit.

“Here is the great difference between the British and American political classes. The British political leadership was obtuse, arrogant, and bumbling, and tried to terrorize the country against Brexit. But they have operated within the law and parliamentary rules. The president’s opponents have committed crimes, including the confection and propagation of the falsehood that the president has committed crimes. The Democrats will pay the price of mortal political error.

Glenn Loury and the comments in the NY Times: on Sharpton and the Democrats … neo – “it’s taken as an absolute given that Trump is a racist, a conman, and a liar. No one gives an example, or thinks there’s a need to do so. They just say it, and no one refutes it because the group considers it a self-evident truth.” That’s the most dangerous kind of Truth.

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Defining bigotry down

stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.” [Dictionary.com] A key indicator is going after a group and who they are rather than making any effort to debate issues, risks, or benefits. This often means engaging in False Witness and departing from reality. Examples:

‘No Republican Talking Points!’ Is The New Democrat Talking Point. Thomas McArdle – “during the last two nights we witnessed the bizarre new phenomenon of the Democrats again and again accusing each other of borrowing “Republican talking points” — apparently the worst sin that can be committed.

“It isn’t just on medical care. On every issue, these candidates are radicals who only 10 years ago would have been relegated to the fringe. Slavery reparations but no scrutinizing the sources of suffering in cities run by Democrats, because to do so is racist. A dangerously, hopelessly naive “foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, ending conflicts by people sitting at a table, not by killing each other,” as Sanders put it; or “an international diplomatic approach where we’re talking to everybody,” as Biden’s fellow “centrist,” Hickenlooper, put it. Taxpayers paying for free college tuition at a time when a college education has become Marxist indoctrination. Pretending the world will end in a decade unless we stop using coal, oil and gas ASAP.

The truth is that all these politicians who have spent their lives deepening government’s involvement in Americans’ affairs fear the ideas of economic freedom, through which people solve their problems in, and with, liberty.

MSNBC and CNN Suggest Trump Was Never at Ground Zero after 9/11 Attacks; Videos Prove Otherwise. Matt Margolis – “On Monday, when President Trump signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension, he told a story of being at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks, that immediately got unhinged liberals coming out of the woodwork to claim he was lying.” This is what bigotry does.

The biggest loser in Wednesday’s Detroit debate was sanity. Roger Kimball – “The insuperable obstacle the candidates faced was the stunning success of Donald Trump’s first three years.”

“So what can I tell you? CNN, with its usual even-handedness, opened several questions such gambits as ‘The president’s racist rhetoric’ or ‘After the president’s racist tweets.’ At least we knew where we stood. Indeed, this is CNN.

The ‘wealthy’ — really anyone who is not a ward of the state — was one common enemy of the millionaires on the stage tonight. Two other enemies: insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Why? Because they turn a profit … ‘Profit’ was one of the evening’s dirty words.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet. All the Democrats support policies that would raise taxes. They all support policies that would make the country poorer because less energy independent. Some want to give free college tuition to illegal immigrants, all want many more immigrants, legal or illegal. Most think Trump should be impeached. Some want to abolish private insurance, most want ‘Medicare for all.’ Gov. Inslee insisted that ‘it is time to give people adequate mental health care,’ a statement that won a round of applause. Judging from what was said from the platform tonight, I think he may be right.

This is what bigotry can do for you!

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Green cheese

Warren, Bernie & Pete Prove They’re As Daft As New Ager Marianne Williamson. Thomas McArdle – “”

“What Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Mayor Pete Buttigieg, had to say would make you think there’s no one left in America who remembers the bleak, bereft economy of the Soviet Union, whose Communist Party constitution painted a picture of paradise where citizens of the U.S.S.R. “are guaranteed the right to employment” plus “the elimination of the possibility of economic crises, and the abolition of unemployment.”

Never mind memories of the Soviet Union 30 years ago; Warren is depending on voters forgetting that from 2009 through 2013 her fellow Democrat, President Obama, pledged dozens of times that “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But when ObamaCare took effect it turned out to be a lie. Democrats are indeed “about trying to take away health care” — and now that ObamaCare turned out to be a quite predictable disaster, they seek to take it away from everyone.

The dangerous nuttiness extended to much else.

What separates the wacky New Ager from the three conventional leftist politicians who stood center stage Tuesday night is that at least Williamson admits she believes the moon is made of green cheese.

“California Should Be Embarrassed” – State Passes Law Banning Trump From Ballot Unless Tax Returns Released. Tyler Durden – “Surprisingly, Trump was joined in his outrage by some liberal pundits who have stood out for their opposition to Trump’s ideas.

Gov. Newsom signs law requiring candidates to release tax returns to qualify for state primary. John Sexton – “the Sacramento Bee reports the new law could impact some Democrats, including their leading candidate … This is another feel-good moment for the resistance but it’s not likely to withstand a court challenge

Master of the Tweet. J.R. Dunn – “With his tweets, which cost him nothing and require almost no effort, Trump has done more damage to the left than the last half-dozen Republican presidents.

“But everybody makes errors, particularly in evolving a new technique, a process that relies on working through failures. And it can’t be said that Trump has made any such errors lately. His use of the tweet in recent years has been no less than adroit, the results a marvel. They and their effect will be studied for decades to come.

To deprive Trump of the tweet would be to deprive Cyrano of his sword, Bond of his Walther, or Richtofen of his Fokker Triplane. It would be worse than a blunder, it would be a crime. The GOP and conservatism in general have been on the run for decades. It was Donald Trump who turned this around, and in no small part due to the weapon he has created in the aggressive tweet. It’s time to recognize that the 1890s are long over, that the day of white-glove politics has ended, and that any weapon is acceptable against the kind of trash that comprises the modern American left. Trump’s supporters should not be criticizing him or turning away in embarrassment – they should be paying close attention to learn how it’s done.

“Without Evidence”. John Hinderaker – “One of the left’s favorite tricks is to assert that a conservative has said something “without evidence.” The formula has become ritual, but usually it just means that the liberal employing it has no idea whether the conservative’s statement is correct, and is too lazy to try to find out.

“President Trump knows whether he was at Ground Zero, and his saying he was there is evidence. Now, an MSNBC left-winger might arbitrarily choose to disbelieve him, but that disbelief is without evidence.

Disbelief without evidence? Is that related to the presumption of innocence? What about the moon being made of green cheese?

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