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Missing the red for all the green by Richard Fernandez – “One the unintended consequences of European environmentalism is it keeps Putin in funds.”

“It is a hole with no easy way out. The inability till recently of the US media to perceive the connection between Europe’s energy vulnerability and Russian expansionism might seem surprising at first but in retrospect is easy to understand. The politics of environmentalism have roots distinct from traditional strategic thought and the two never properly intertwined. Environmentalism grew out of literary circles — Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and Rachel Carson and Earth Day — while modern strategy grew from other soil — names like Clausewitz, Herman Kahn or Henry Kissinger to mind. The two camps don’t normally talk to each other.

The charitable explanation is that, like the German politicians, Cuomo thinks you get electricity from the plug. Being dependent on Putin for gas apparently has costs of its own, but sometimes you have to be simple minded enough to see that.

No, Ben, it was a Strzok of genius by Don Surber – “One of the reasons cable television pundits are so useless is that they give a microscopic view of Washington (which is a pretty boring and colorless place) when they need to look at the big picture.”

“We like to think of our FBI agents as Efrem Zimbalist Jr. or Tommy Lee Jones.

Instead, we got Pee Wee Herman. I know you are, but what am I?

But as Shapiro showed, there was more.

The people who do not pay close attention got a glimpse into the ugliness of this investigation. As they say, once seen, it cannot be unseen.

A Russian Ham Sandwich by Derek Hunter – “It’s a neat little trick – bring charges against people you’ll never get in court, therefore you’ll never have to prove them.”

“Since none of those charged are going to show up in court, there will be no challenge to the allegation, no demand to see the evidence, and no legal embarrassment for Mueller when the charges are dropped because the key piece of evidence not only can’t be provided to the defense, it wasn’t even examined by the prosecutor. He appears to have simply taken the word of the Democratic Party about what happened.

This “problem” with the server having vanished won’t be an issue because there’s no one to make it an issue. But there are plenty of people willing to exploit the charges because this is Washington, and Washington doesn’t need proof or have standards when there is a narrative or an agenda to advance.

FISA Abuse: It is the Risk, the Reality, and the Reason by sundance – “Peel all of the layers of investigative schemes, intelligence deception, false and distracting media narratives -including Mueller- and what lies beneath it all is the weaponized use of database-collected material for political surveillance and exploitation.” Remember the arguments about the Patriot Act?

“Seriously. Every motive and every action and reaction is directly connected to the need to hide what was taking place in 2015 and 2016 between officials within the DOJ, FBI and U.S. intelligence community, and outside government “contractors” (Fusion GPS, Crowdstrike etc.) who were political operatives. Everything boils down to the common denominator of the abuse of the intelligence apparatus for political power.

Ignore the spin — still no evidence of Trump collusion by Jonathan Turley – “The problem with hunting witches is that you can quickly forget what sent you on the hunt, or gradually view most everyone as a witch.” Turley claims his creds by asserting “Trump always has been wrong about the Mueller investigation” because there are witches to be found, just not in Trump’s camp. That is specious and and intentional perceptional distortion. This is an example of what Surber was talking about in “a Strzok of genius.”

“The problem in the Russian investigation is that we have plenty of crimes but not necessarily plenty of colluders.

much of this effort may have been much too “standard” for some of us to admit. The continued shock and revulsion expressed by many leaders at the thought of such interference is a tad forced.

In other words, if there were a real hunt for election witches, we would find ourselves at the head of the line to the pillory.

With minutes of its release, the latest indictment was unrecognizable after being put through the centrifuge of the Washington spin machine. The fact is that the indictment largely confirmed what we knew.

So, ignore the exclamations of “O Goody Ruskies.” We can be outraged by the Russian operation without being hypocrites as to our own history.

In other words, if you want to find witches, start by not being chumps.

It is missing the red for the green or, in this case, using red to paint over one’s own sins.

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obsessive blindness

Progressive Child Abuse in the Schools by John Scotto – “It becomes dangerous when these indoctrinators start using propaganda as a means of engaging young and impressionable minds.”

 

“There also seems to be a “hate America at any cost” theme being embedded into the halls of every public school today. Not only are these leftist “educators” indoctrinating their students, but many of them are now promoting the hatred of our president and our country. Many leftist teachers have become all too happy to plant the seeds of hatred directly into many of their students’ impressionable minds. Some are even stooping as low as using the guise of civics courses to promote their nefarious hate America agenda.

One of the most egregious things a teacher can inflict upon a student is to take away from the student his God-given right to think for himself. Speaking one’s mind without the fear of having one’s opinion ridiculed or stifled by a leftist professor is an essential right that should be afforded to every single student in America, but it clearly isn’t.

 

Why Leftists Become Thugs by Andrew Klavan – “A quick way to come to wisdom about yourself is to understand this: you are what you do.”

 

“Yes, yes. There are bad guys on the right; there are bad guys everywhere. But Barack Obama was the most corrupt and incompetent president of my lifetime. I despised him because of his disdain for American freedoms and the systems that preserve them. But in eight years of his Chicago-style machine administration, assaults on his staff and supporters never became a commonplace, whereas such thuggishness — and increasingly mainstream calls to violence and cruelty — is beginning to become the Democrat Party brand, its norm.

 

What turns people into wicked punks while they no doubt continue to believe themselves to be decent and good? Bad ideas, that’s what, ideas that give people license to answer words and policies with terror. What’s the bad idea on the left? Control. The notion that the left’s cause is so righteous it needs to pay no mind to liberty but simply deserves to win by any means necessary.

 

Twitter culls fake followers, Democrats hardest hit by Monica Showalter – “It makes good business sense to do this, because fake followers on an individual account distort the influence ratings for advertisers, meaning that accounts full of fakes are a money-losing proposition for Twitter’s real, paying customers.”

 

“Well, guess what: There is an extraordinarily high number of Democrats, the kind who draw lots of media hype, with puffed-up ‘it’ status, loaded with fake followers.

What does this say about these Democrats’ real influence? Or for that matter, their ethics? Well, take a look at some of the prominent ones.

Not all of them do it, and it’s worth noting that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chuck Schumer, Ben Rhodes, Colin Kahl, Susan Rice, John Brennan, and other generally Democrat ‘operative’ types didn’t seem to have many fake followers at all.

 

The lefty showbiz Democrats, by contrast, had some spectacular numbers of fake followers

 

Left-Wing Antifa Terrorists ‘Freaking Out’ over Proposed ‘Unmasking’ Law by John Nolte – “The left-wing terrorist organization that calls itself Antifa is “freaking out” over a proposed law that would enhance penalties for anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” while wearing a disguise or mask.”

 

“Throughout our country, and for a number of years now — and primarily because the establishment media fantasizes about, promotes, enflames and approves of the violence committed against the right

The Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018 can mean additional fines and prison terms of up to 15 years.

Ironically, this proposed law is similar to laws passed decades ago in states like Georgia and Alabama to stop another terrorist group formed by far-left Democrats, the Ku Klux Klan.

Unless it is Halloween, Mardi Gras, or some other kind of celebration, there is no legitimate reason to disguise who you are in public, unless you intend to do something illegal and do not wish to be identified.

“It’s a law that threatens to clamp down on direct action politics more broadly. I think it sets a disturbing precedent,” Mark Bray, a professor at Dartmouth who studies human rights and radical politics told Vice.

 

No examples of Antifa being victims or targets are cited anywhere in the Vice piece. But…

 

Here are 352 (and counting) verified acts of violence and harassment against Trump supporters, much of it committed by Antifa terrorists wearing masks.

 

Media attempts to make Ohio State abuse Jim Jordan’s scandal fall flat by Eddie Scarry – “Why is it that none of the former Ohio State University wrestlers are claiming to have told Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, they were “sexually abused,” but the media keep saying they did?”

 

“And it’s striking how “sexual abuse” is a phrase only used by news reports describing what happened at the school, while none of the school’s former wrestlers who were coached by Jordan are quoted recalling it that way at the time.

 

Rather than horrific accounts of being physically violated, most of the ex-wrestlers actually describe remembering their experience with the creepy Dr. Richard Strauss as something more like fraternity hazing.

 

Julian Assange, CrowdStrike, and the Russian Hack That Wasn’t by Michael Thau – “a bunch of not so ordinary folks who know a thing or two about computers thinks there may be a simple explanation for the DNC’s unwillingness to let outsiders have a peek at the evidence” … connecting dots, many, many dots.

 

McDonald’s, tossed salad, and toilet paper by Jeannie DeAngelis – “Let’s face it: pooping outdoors is cultural diversity at its finest, and because poor people are usually the ones doing the illegal migrating, with them come elimination practices better left in the Andes.”

 

Man, Mika Brzezinski *really* liked that baby Trump balloon by Jazz Shaw – “the actual object was not only not “yuge” but could have been in danger of destruction from a couple of determined house cats.”

 

“Keep in mind that we’re talking about a group of foreigners assembling to mock the president of the United States. I seem to recall a time when politics ended at the shoreline and we demanded better of our allies.

 

Another point to consider is that none of this was a comment on Trump’s policies or public speeches. It was simply a gaudy display making fun of his appearance. When someone pointed out to Mika that this was hardly an example of “going high” (as per Michelle Obama) her entire defense was to say it was “just so funny.”

You can tune in to Morning Joe on any given weekday when Brzezinski is on duty and hear her complaining that the President is anything from a criminal mastermind to a mental patient, so her finding the insulting balloon amusing shouldn’t come as any surprise. But when the display absorbs someone’s entire focus for almost six straight hours one begins to wonder whether Obsession isn’t more than just a brand from Calvin Klein.

 

obsessive blindness.

 

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Isn’t self harm a psychiatric problem?

The Growing Popularity of Foot Shooting by Ron Ross – “A lot of people smart and talented enough to know better have let their politics and egos ruin them.”

“Presumably De Niro and other actor-activists got into acting to entertain people. That’s why they earn the big bucks. Now, rather than entertaining, they’re making many of their fans angry and disgusted.

Comedians have also fallen prey to foot shooting. The purpose of a comedian is to make people laugh. That ceases when humor becomes politicized.

The NFL has unfortunately revealed who and what they are. Although they’re good people in most ways, in this instance they’ve behaved like spineless, clueless cowards. They should have nipped the protests in the bud before they became overblown and out of control.

The owners have demonstrated a disrespect for their fans as well as their country and demonstrated that they are afraid of their own employees. Their brains have been addled by political correctness and virtue signaling. Their self-preservation instincts have gone dormant.

The owners have insulted a large portion of their fan base. It’s hard to forget and forgive being insulted and disrespected.

Perhaps the greatest practitioners of foot shooting are the media. As have entertainers, the media have elevated their political goals above their reason for being. Because a large fraction of their customers do not agree with those goals, their customer base is now far smaller than it used to be.

The most pathetic and confused group of foot shooters are the Never-Trumpers, Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, and George Will, for example.

Let’s hope that at some point the politicization crusade will go too far and end up consuming itself.

The New Religion of the Left: Selectivity by John Scotto – “Every aspect of the left’s current extreme ideology involves being selective. Selective outrage, selective morality, selective media reporting, selective justice and selective “facts,

“Every member of this leftist religious sect must take a solemn vow to always be selective when it comes to reporting on any kind of news, evidence or facts. All must be willing to advance the left’s radical agenda through any means necessary. Each member must learn to subscribe to double standards. Many of these cult members must learn to feign selective outrage on cue and even manufacture a crisis when necessary to aide their cause. The members must choose to exist within a life of illusion/delusion where perception and confirmation bias trump facts and evidence, and reality itself.

Sadly, the truth no longer matters to the modern day left.

The good news is most of this propaganda and selectivity by the left is now backfiring. Many voters the Democrats once considered safely theirs are starting to shift away from the Democratic Party in droves. The socialism the left has mostly downplayed is coming out of the closet for all eyes to see.

The left will continue to be selective when it comes to just about everything. It is up to Trump and the rest of us to continue to point out the left’s ridiculous double standards. Rational people eventually figure it all out. The truth is something very powerful, and when allowed to flow freely, the truth eventually shines its light upon everything we need to see. Not just what those on the left wish us to see.

Selective? Or intolerant?

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sometimes we can’t walk away

Exalted Righteousness, Tawdry Methods Lead to Walk Away by Clarice Feldman – The growing #WalkAway movement, in which lifelong Democrats publicly announce they are walking away from the party, shows they supposed wrong about “the ignorance and gullibility of the unenlightened.”

“Different people are walking away for different reasons, but as for Blacks and Hispanics, the party guessed wrong on its hysterical, fake news based anti-ICE pro-immigration policies. Turns out a majority of blacks and Hispanics are in accord with the president’s policies on immigration. And yet, the party doubles down on this losing position

The Washington Post, on July 2 whistled past the graveyard, dismissing the movement

In the meantime, as the Democrats double down on stupid, voter satisfaction keeps rising.

[Matthew Continetti] “it is important to recognize that the collapse of the center-left is not limited to America. It is a global phenomenon. Obama and Clinton may have broken the Democratic Party, but don’t hold them responsible for the destruction of the French Socialists, the fall of the Italian Democratic Party, the takeover of Labor by Jeremy Corbyn, the worst result by the German Social Democratic Party since World War II, and the triumph of López-Obrador in Mexico.”

I think he’s right — it’s immigration and that seems to reflect a trend throughout the western world. People have come to the conclusion that open borders policy is not such a really super idea. It destroys traditions and national culture as it overwhelms social welfare programs and law enforcement by flooding their countries with people unsuited to the available work opportunities, who don’t assimilate and who hold views inimical to theirs.

Tongue in cheek, Andrew Klaven offers a countermovement to #WalkAway –“the #DescendIntoEmotionalInfantilism and become a Democrat movement with Five Reasons to Shift to the left.”

Casual Lies: Is Postmodernism A Hallmark Of Societal Decline? By Alex Berezow – “But remember, like telling the truth, decadence and decline are choices.”

“Standing up for science and truth is also a choice, and tens of millions of Americans are willing to do just that. They do so by reading ACSH or any other outlet that places evidence over ideology. Though mainstream media may have been infected by postmodernism, plenty of us are standing against it. By reading this and sharing it with friends, we can sound the alarm that it’s not too late.

Why Should a Single Federal Judge Be Able to Make Law for the Whole Country? By John Fund – “While we fill a Supreme Court vacancy, let’s also have that debate.”

“The U.S. survived without judges’ imposing nationwide injunctions for the vast majority of its history. The first such injunction came in a 1963 minimum-wage case, in which the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that executive-branch officials should honor a court decision “in all cases of essentially the same character.” But such injunctions have been rare until, well, the Trump administration.

Even after the Supreme Court made its definitive ruling in the 16-month-old travel-ban case, the “Resistance” made clear that it hasn’t given up. On the very day the Court ruled, a total of 16 states and the District of Columbia sued to stop President Trump over his border-security measures. The suit was “forum-shopped” so it would be heard by a federal judge in the distinctly anti-Trump Seattle area.

It is madness that a single federal district court judge can impose such an arbitrary deadline covering the entire country and not have his decision reviewed for weeks or months.

madness?

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A rising consciousness

#WalkAway by neo-neocon – “if a person was initially attracted to the left because he or she thought it was peace/love, that person’s got another think coming on seeing so much hate directed at people who just happen to think differently from the left.”

Immigration and the Holy Family: department of incorrect metaphors by neo-neocon – “the strangest thing about his statement is that I assume that he, as a Christian clergyman, would be aware of the story of Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem, and know that they were neither migrants nor homeless, nor were they illegal immigrants. Au contraire.” The sin of the clergyman is that of false witness.

America really did have a Manchurian Candidate in the White House by L. Todd Wood – “The calamitous consequences of the Obama presidency will be felt for the foreseeable future.”

History as Nothing Much at All by Victor Davis Hanson – “If everything is like the Nazis, then the Nazis of history are no different from an ICE officer, a White House staffer, or . . . you and me.”

“Most of the slanderers combine the worse of two modernist traits: ignorance and arrogance.

As Trump Builds, the Resistance Shouts ‘Destroy!’ By Roger Kimball – “It did not take long to destroy Venezuela. It will take many years, much heartache and suffering, and enormous resources to put it back together.”

“There is a lesson here for the loud and unseemly American Leftists and their unlikely brethren, the soi-disant “conservative” Never Trumpers, who are trampling on civility, rejecting the processes of democratic governance, and encouraging violence. “There’s a deal of ruin in a nation,” Adam Smith observed to a disconsolate Brit during the American Revolution, especially a nation as prosperous and stable as the United States.

The major premise of “The Resistance” is that Donald Trump is uniquely awful and that his unprecedented awfulness justifies an unprecedented reaction. “What Trump is doing to this country,” the subhead to this article says, “is unprecedented — and it demands full-time citizen action to show the world that we who dissent are the majority.”

The problem (well, one problem) with this argument is that Donald Trump’s is by no means “unprecedented” or even unusual. Granted, his rhetoric can be inflammatory (and, for some of us, extremely amusing). But his actions are methodical, thoughtful, and (what’s more) effective.

Moreover, the “dissenters,” far from being a “majority,” are in fact a tiny minority cloistered mostly in three protected menageries: 1) the universities; 2) Hollywood; 3) the media.

This article in the Daily Beast, like so many anti-Trump fusillades, cloaks itself in the mantle of “democracy.” But the dirty little secret of The Resistance is that what it is “resisting” are the results of a free, open, and democratic election.

the people seem to agree with the president. It’s harder to build than destroy.

A rising consciousness? 

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How can you figure out what is true and what isn’t

How to Read the News: A Guide for Truth-Seekers by Alicia Colon – “Since President Trump’s election, it has become quite predictable to glean whether an article will be positive or negative simply by learning the news source. No matter what the actual news does report, certain sources will spin it with extreme bias. Here’s what I’ve learned about getting the real facts on current events.”

“No matter how successful the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un turns out, these publications will report it with a “Yes, but” analysis:

The recent MSM and celebrity hysteria about the illegal immigrant children being separated from their alleged parents would have had some impact with voters had not the truth been exposed in the Internet on unbiased websites and twitter posts.

The truth is out there, but without the Internet and some cable news channels, it’s very hard to find.

if one is seeking the truth amidst all the hyperbole and hysteria about non existent events, one has to turn to the following online webzines: Breitbart.com; Newsbusters.com; Daily Caller; Jewishworldreview.com; Americanthinker.com; foxnews.com; PJmedia.com; washintonexaminer.com, freebeacon.com; theconservativetreehouse.com; powelineblog.com;washintontimes.com. and Townhall.com and of course lucianne.com.

It is a shame that we have to work so hard to learn the real facts of any incident, but the so-called free press that is protected by the Constitution has been so corrupted by unethical liberal bias.

The truth may still be out there but it is getting harder to discover it in this age of Photoshop, CGI, camera phones, and image manipulation. There are a growing number of new cable networks that promise to deliver unbiased straight news so there is some hope out there.

Colon has it right. Know who wrote what you are reading. Then always read critically.

A long tradition: Americans behaving badly to each other by Andrew Malcolm – “One of the more serious problems with America’s current fixation on instant gratification is its indulgence in instant outrage fueled by a general cultural coarsening and enabled by social media.” At least it’s not blatant but the ‘both sides do it’ falsehood is visible in Malcom’s opinion. It’s the difference that is important and it can be seen in the examples he cites. As with many stuck in dissonance, he hasn’t reached the point where he can apply his own advice to himself.

“This nation’s collective memory endures less than 10 years. Most Americans weren’t born by 1969, when those two opening incidents were personally witnessed. So, they think today’s civic rudeness is unprecedented.

It’s not.

Which reminds me of a playground altercation that turned violent long before this summer’s incivility concerns. “Well,” one boy whined to the principal, “he did it too.”

That line didn’t wash in yesterday’s fourth grade. And it doesn’t wash in today’s politics.

Ace of Spades has more: “Jen Rubin: Sarah Sanders Should Never Feel Comfortable in Public, For the Rest of Her Life; “We’re Not Going to Let These People Go Through Life Unscathed” – What if we were to collectively say this about Jen Rubin or other toxic “journalists”? Daily Beast: Trump’s So CRAZY He Complained That The Media Would Make the Annapolis Newsroom Shooting All About Him – Isn’t that exactly what the media did?”

“What’s the criticism intended here? That Trump can predict exactly what the media will do in any situation and that’s bad because, um, why?

WaPo: Dems about to outrage themselves out of midterm win by Ed Morrissey – “Will Democratic outrage finally eat itself?” Citing “The Washington Post’s Michael Scherer” …

“Let’s pause here about the “falsely” comment. Just how false is it to take calls for the abolition of the agency responsible for immigration enforcement as a call for ending it altogether? The argument is so incoherent that it’s about the only rational takeaway from it. After all, if the argument is that Democrats want to abolish ICE but still want immigration enforcement, then they’d need to reconstitute ICE with nothing more than a name change.

The problem with hysterical arguments isn’t that they get falsified — it’s that they’re entirely unfalsifiable. The words get disconnected from their literal meaning, as Scherer does here, because it’s all about sheer emotional manipulation rather than rational policy. That’s why Democrats are talking about “street fights” rather than coherent strategies and solutions

We’re having an election in four months. Rather than focus on actual democracy, Moore, Harris, and Waters are trying to sell street fights and suicide missions in their stead, based on hysteria rather than policy outcomes. How exactly does that rhetoric uphold democracy?

Steven Hayward also noted the “falsely” and commented in his PowerLine entry – “My only quibble here is with the modifier “falsely.” Prediction: There’s going to be a big fight on the 2020 Democratic Platform Committee over a proposal for a plank calling for the abolition of ICE.” 

Mitch McConnell Didn’t Steal Obama’s SCOTUS Pick, Ginsburg Did by Carl Jackson – “Sadly, when you rely on your values, morals, and worth to be affirmed by feelings, like-minded peers, and government regulation rather than by God and objective truth, it’s no wonder the left goes crazy when they can’t appoint a ruler to validate their worldview.”

“The hysterics we witnessed last week from the left in response to Kennedy’s retirement announcement is due to their fundamental misunderstanding of the role Supreme Court justices play in the U.S. Democrats wrongly believe that SCOTUS justices are placed on the bench to write or rewrite law as they see fit – a practice known as “judicial activism.” However, judges that subscribe to this philosophy do no favors to the cause of freedom in America. They circumvent the will of the people by cancelling out the votes of our elected representatives in Congress. Rather than a government of, for, and by the people, judicial activists give us a government of, for, and by the elites. This ultimately tears the nation apart rather than brings us together.

the left’s obsession over Kennedy’s retirement can largely be attributed to the civics education (or lack thereof) our high school and college kids are receiving. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find college kids that know we have three branches of government, let alone recognize their separate but equal functions. …

We can’t allow Democrats to reshape the Constitution through judicial fiat. We do so at our own peril. It’s impossible to remain a free society when citizens don’t understand how their own government works. That leaves conservatives no other option than to defeat leftists at the ballot box. We’re either going to be a nation that understands our government derives its power by the consent of the governed, as outlined by the Declaration of Independence. Or, we’ll become a nation where our rights are determined by those in government. It really is that simple.

Mueller’s Kafkaesque Probe by George Neumayr – “As the Michael Cohen frenzy underscores, this is a “collusion” investigation that has nothing to do with collusion.”

“From Andrew McCabe to Peter Strzok to now apparently Michael Cohen, they are all using anti-Trump special pleading as a kind of get-out-of-jail-free card. They are simply seeking refuge in the ruling class’s hatred of him. That Trump is the victim, not the villain, in this soap opera never slows its melodrama down: we are supposed to find it very chilling that Trump has “obstructed” an investigation that should never have started and that has turned into nothing more than a ruling class coup.

Through ruthless, abusive, and absurdly open-ended prosecution, Mueller has grabbed people within Trump’s orbit and made them political problems. But that’s all they are. This is just power politics, and it can only work if a president slinks away. Trump won’t. He is nothing if not an effective vanquisher of political mobs. Against an unelected mandarin like Mueller, who has already worn out his welcome in the eyes of much of the public for conducting a proxy coup on behalf of official Washington, Trump just finds himself in one more political fight, perhaps trickier than the others, but one he will still win. Whatever embarrassments irrelevant to his mandate that Mueller tries to dress up as impeachable offenses in the final report, it will be seen by at least half the country for what it is: a partisan railroading straight out of a Franz Kafka novel.

Political hysteria?

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Behavior versus rhetoric

“This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us”: Warnings missed on Annapolis shooter by Ed Morrissey – “this wasn’t just some guy with an unreasonable beef with one or more people in the building. This was a man who clearly constituted a threat, one that had already been addressed in the legal system — and clearly unsatisfactorily — years before the shooting.”

“This Fox panel had an interesting discussion this morning on security preparation and processes, but the lesson here (so far, understanding that it’s still early) seems to be that a lack of enforcement encouraged escalating responses. The same was certainly true in Parkland, where the school district and Broward County passed up literally dozens of opportunities to prosecute the shooter and at least keep him from being able to legally purchase the weapons he used to slaughter the people in the building. You can build all the layered security and hallway procedures you like, but if you’re not prosecuting a dangerous person for the gateway crimes, don’t expect a physical gateway to stop him once he has his mind set on the ultimate crime.

But, of course, it is Trump’s fault for calling out ‘fake news’ for asserting “they are the enemy of the people.”(Charles Glasser). Note that Trump labels but does not call for assault or harassment. Contrast with the ‘Maxine’ type call for harassment of administration staff and why the acceptance of such harassment is so dangerous. Hate festers violence. Trump is descriptive. The left is bigoted.

Little House on the Racist Prairie By J. Christian Adams – “The Left is going after another great American treasure: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her beloved Little House on the Prairie collection. They cite the same old reasons — racism, racism, and more racism.”

“Call them cranks. Laugh all you want. Consider the ALSC kooks — but this latest effort to eradicate Laura Ingalls Wilder from our collective culture should scare you to death.

It means the modern Left isn’t afraid of anything in their effort to fundamentally transform America. No target is too beloved by Americans to slow these gangsters down. No hill is too high for them to climb.

In 2018, it’s comic that a brood of librarians take offense at the contemporary accounts of a pioneer mother on the American frontier 143 years earlier.

It’s better to read about these very real events and understand why they were popular, and why they are not now — which brings us nicely back to the organized ideological interests leading the attack on Wilder’s great American books.

Lindsay’s ALSC is no longer about having books on library shelves to check out. The ALSC is about politics. Lindsay wants librarians to be “media mentors” to direct “caregivers” on how they can “access and evaluate information.” Lindsay’s “Reading While White” blog pushes every demeaning, race-obsessed, deconstructive idea the nut-Left has invented recently — microaggressions, unconscious racism, white guilt, the necessity of capitalizing the “W” in white, and on and on — into the deepest, darkest fringe of dehumanizing racial psychosis.

In disappearing one of the most quintessentially American authors and the Little House series, Lindsay’s gang is off to a great start.

Progressives Should Back Up Their Rhetoric on Immigration by Victor Davis Hanson – “Liberals, invite illegal aliens to live in your communities.”

“despite the rhetoric of inclusion, and televised and tweeted fury at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the progressive left coast is among the most exclusionary of all American communities.

It is almost as if the louder one rails about unfair border enforcement, the more likely one is to avoid encounters with illegal immigrants. Outrage has become a safe way for elites to signal their virtue, acting out in theory what they are uncomfortable doing in fact.

It is easy to invoke the Nazis and the Holocaust to express anger at the temporary detention of children and their families who have entered the U.S. illegally. It would be far more meaningful if marquee journalists, actors, academics, and activists knew immigrants not just as a distant abstract cause, or as nannies and landscapers, but as their neighbors, their children’s school friends — and their social equals.

Judicial reasoning: and then there’s Janus v. AFSCME by neo-neocon – “The strange thing about the cases decided recently is that they don’t deal with difficult, complex, or esoteric legal principles, as so many SCOTUS cases do. These particular ones are relatively simple and easy for the layperson to understand.”

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Denial on parade

Ace of Spades cites Glenn Reynolds: The Civil War Has Already Started. –

“He’s referring to an idea I’ve mentioned before myself, that there are “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” that predict divorce in a couple. Those Four Horsemen are criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt.

All of which are singularly present in modern American “discourse.”

Dear Judd And Kumail: You Have No Idea What A Nazi Really Was By David Harsanyi – “Please find another historical event to exploit. Because you sound like a bunch of hysterical know-nothings.”

7 Examples from the Last Two Weeks That Show How Dangerous and Insane Liberals Have Become by John Hawkins – “If you told any American ten years ago how badly liberals have behaved in just the last two weeks, they would have thought you were the crazy one for thinking this was possible.”

The Five commentary panel on Fox News had a segment to discuss problems in civil discussion. It was quite a dance around facts such as cited over and over again here to support the ‘both sides are the same’ fiction. As has happened so many times in the past, American will put up with a lot of abuse and bullying but only up to a point then watch out. That is what worries a lot of people.

Observations on the Travel Ban Decision by John Hinderaker – “The fact that four justices dissented is extraordinary. Their grounds are, in my view, pretextual.”

“Justice Sotomayor wrote the dissent that Democrats were hoping for. It is a fiery denunciation of President Trump, but one that includes little material relevant to the case. She quotes, at great length, statements that candidate Donald Trump made during the campaign about wanting to restrict all Islamic immigration. One problem, of course, is that the order at issue doesn’t bar all Islamic immigration–it affects only a tiny percentage of it. The fact (if it is a fact) that Trump would have preferred to issue a different order, obviously can’t make the order he did issue unconstitutional.

Justice Sotomayor and Justice Ginsberg, who joined in her dissent, do not shy away from the conclusion that if another president had issued the same order, it would have been valid and constitutional. It is only Donald Trump who can’t issue this proclamation, on account of various statements he made that the justices interpret as being hostile to Islam. If Hillary Clinton had issued the same order, it would have been fine.

I therefore see the Sotomayor opinion (and the Breyer opinion, too, although it is more circumspect) as political, not legal, documents. They reflect the Democratic Party’s continuing refusal to accept the result of the 2016 election. In their view, Donald Trump isn’t really our president: he doesn’t have the powers that any other president would have.

The bottom line is that Trump vs. Hawaii came out the right way, but it is deeply disturbing that four justices were willing to put politics before jurisprudence.

NIFLA v. Becerra: free speech or pro-life by neo-neocon – “Headlines in the MSM dealing with the decision tend to emphasize that this is a win for pro-life clinics (see this, for example), whereas conservative media seems to have more of a focus on the free speech aspects (an example is this). The former is a political emphasis, whereas the latter is a constitutional and legal one.”

Where is academia? Prawf’s Blog cited Balkinization by Joseph Fishkin to explain why a ban on visitors from countries with poor identity laws is just as bad as rounding up a bunch of U.S. citizens for incarceration. The distinction between aliens and citizens is dismissed with the presumption that the rights of U.S. citizens apply to anyone in the world, U.S. citizen or not. Then there is presumption that the travel ban order was racist despite it being based on non-racial criteria. In trying to rationalize the concept that the travel ban was equivalent to the Japanese WW II internment, Fishkin also completely sidesteps the major case of the dissent that relied on elevating campaign speech to formal, courtroom testimony level testimony. The conclusion is that, for academia, ideology supersedes law.

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An abhorrent mix of demanded obeisance, willful duplicity, and wishful thinking.

Fake news scores another one: Crying migrant child in photo never separated from her mother by Monica Showalter – “Score one for the power of fake news.”

“We already know it was going on with the manufactured crisis over child separations of people caught breaking U.S. law by entering the country illegally. The policies were Democrat policies, yet Democrats and Jeb Bush-style #NeverTrumps were decrying it as a product of President Trump’s heartlessness, separating parents from children entering illegally as families, in order to keep the children out of their parents’ jail. Yet they were President Obama’s and President Bush’s and President Clinton’s policies, dating to 1997. The press pounded the drumbeat nonstop for days that President Trump was heartless and evil – the same way they did for President Reagan.

Best of all in this feeding frenzy, there were the photos: The crying toddler, crying as toddlers do, wildly, for all the universe to hear them.

Those crying toddlers were nothing but a bid to force President Trump to end his zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossers by falsely portraying him as heartless.

Now the facts come out, and pretty quickly, too.

Any questions as to why the mainstream media is held in such low regard by the American public? Memo to the left: As the fake news filters out, this is how you get More Trump.

The Ignorance of Trump’s Moralizing Critics by Christopher DeGroot – “If there is one thing we can count on in our age of expert ignorance, it is that experts in their intellectual and moral smugness will offer opinions that, if acted on, would simplify complex issues and therefore harm the national good.”

“Let’s start with the claim that separating children from their families is “needless and cruel.” This is facile,

Henderson Daniel finds this process “needless and cruel.” The trouble with such moralizing is that it’s not only ignorant of the law, it overlooks how difficult the illegal immigration problem is.

As I argued in my column “Immigration and the Tragic Sense of Life,” the immigration problem is essentially tragic, like life itself. We are torn between the need to put our own citizens first and pity for people who, for whatever reason, wish to leave their native countries to live here. These ends are not wholly compatible, so assigning primacy to the first (as we surely must do) requires that we do much less for needful immigrants—a category that numbers millions if not billions, potentially.

It is precisely because it is tragic that nobody wants to see the immigration problem for what it is. How much easier it is to take refuge in utopian delusion.

Neither have the critics shown any appreciation for Trump’s efforts to restore law and order, although that is one of the major reasons he was elected. For being grounded in reality, the president is lambasted by those who, like petulant children, demand comforting lies. What he will never get from such persons is gratitude. There is a lesson here about human nature itself, and it is not a pretty one.

About that Time Magazine “crying girl” cover … by Ed Morrissey – “The picture of a crying Honduran girl has become the symbol of family separation outcomes from border enforcement.”

“In other words, like so much of the media coverage of this issue, Crying Girl actually represents the opposite of the assumptions blasted around by outlets like Time. We’ve experienced a deluge of misinformation and a complete lack of context over the past week or so from media outlets that are clearly more interested in an agenda than an informed debate. Yanela Varela Hernandez is the poster girl for media’s appetite for activism over truth. And they wonder why people continue to accuse them of peddling “fake news”?

NY City Mayor Turned Away From Detention Center In Texas by John Sexton – “I’m guessing this publicity effort was put together a few days ago when it seemed this could drag on for weeks.”

“Trump’s signing of an executive order yesterday probably meant a lot of speeches had to be reworked in the last 24-hours. The executive order did get mentioned during the press conference but only as an incomplete effort. The point, as Move On and others were already noting yesterday, is to keep pushing and demand more and, most importantly, to keep this story in the news as long as possible.

Nancy Pelosi in 2014: Let’s not politicize all of these children in detention facilities by John Sexton – that was then. This is now.

UN accidentally rips Obama by Don Surber – “UN poverty report blasting Trump, US for ‘hatred for the poor’ uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency,” … another episode of trying to re-write history by being careless about timelines.

“The international anti-Americans are just as incompetent as their domestic counterparts, who used horrific pictures of children in custody — taken from Obama’s concentration camps for youths.

“The U.N. report’s main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party …

“But, wait a minute: the U.N. report’s main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure data for 2016 – the last full year of President Obama’s second term. So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president.”

Of course, extreme poverty in America is considered middle class elsewhere in the world.

Media Lining Up to Defend Black Teen Shot in Carjacking, Attempted Murder by Taylor Lewis – “What’s it like to feel powerless?” Remember that SPLC story from a few days ago? Same idea.

“A lieutenant in the Chicago Fire Department may find out. The fireman committed the grave sin of defending himself and his property from an aggressor. Now he is the target of a social media campaign to ex post facto punish him for having the audacity to protect what is rightfully his.

After investigating the lieutenant’s actions, the Chicago Fire Department found no rule violation or wrongdoing.

That wasn’t enough justice for Macklin’s sister, Janique. In a glowing profile that reads more like a KCNA summary of Kim Jong-un’s latest trip abroad than a real news account, the Chicago Tribune provided a platform for Janique’s feeling of unfairness. “When has it ever become legal to shoot someone because they’re pulling off in your car?” she asks, either unaware that her brother tried to run down the owner of the car he was jacking or dismissing the official police report entirely.

Then comes the most revealing quote: “Even if [Macklin] did that, if he did steal the car. You’ve got insurance – let him go to jail. I would’ve rather had to get a call to go bail him out of jail than to get a phone call that he’s dead.”

This is an abhorrent mix of demanded obeisance, willful duplicity, and wishful thinking.

Macklin had a choice. He didn’t have to steal the vehicle. He didn’t have to threaten the lieutenant’s life with his own vehicle. He didn’t have to die.

That he did, and that there is credibility being lent to his sister’s dubious narrative of events, shows just how debased our conception of human life has become. Asking someone to lie down and die for the sake of another’s choice isn’t sympathy or understanding – it’s crude barbarity disguised as false compassion.

So IRS Tea Party persecutor Lois Lerner had help all along: John McCain by Monica Showalter – “Up until now, I had always been under the impression that some conservatives’ negative view of McCain was overblown, and he was far more good than bad. I was wrong.”

“How’s this for sneaky? Sen. John McCain, not too long after seeking conservative and Republican votes in his failed 2008 bid for the presidency, went right after those same conservative voters without telling them, by egging on the IRS to ruin them.”

Trump’s Message: Full Transparency to Restore Trust by Ned Ryun – A former presidential writer’s own manner of expressing frustration with the ‘deep state’ revelations. But, despite allegations from his opponents, dictat is not Trump’s style. He seems to understanding that educating the public takes much more than just transparency.

What You Missed from Michael Horowitz’s Testimony by Julie Kelly – “Horowitz’s public statements and responses this week should ease suspicions that he is yet another D.C. swamp creature playing politics at the expense of truth and transparency. He was candid and appeared more than willing to cooperate with Congress, a rare trait in this Justice Department.”

“But one reason Horowitz might have punted in his recent report is because he knows the real bombshells are yet to come: He is investigating the FISA warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page; the cozy relationship between Justice and FBI officials and the media, including perks for scoops; ex-FBI Director James Comey’s handling of classified information; and the potential doctoring of official documents.

The Real Lesson of the Inspector General’s Report by Tadas Klimas – “You missed it. But that’s all right: everyone else missed it, too.”

“For whatever reason, it is clear from the report that the structure of the FBI/DOJ’s Clinton investigation was all off: the FBI was reduced to providing a set of runners (perhaps willing and even avid, because of their demonstrated bias, runners, but runners just the same) for DOJ attorneys.

Now, in our system of justice, this is not unlawful. It is “merely” highly unusual.

Did The FBI Frame Flynn? By John Hinderaker – “The criminal case against Gen. Michael Flynn for lying to FBI agents was incredibly weak.”

“Not too many years ago, a claim that the FBI fabricated evidence to facilitate a prosecution would have seemed incredible. Today, given what we know of the corruption of the Bureau under the Obama administration, such a claim appears entirely plausible. This is just one more thread in the slowly unraveling story of the misuse of intelligence and law enforcement agencies by the Democrats to try to frustrate the candidacy of Donald Trump, and to destroy his administration after his election. Whether it will come to anything remains to be seen, but in my opinion, there is little doubt that General Flynn was railroaded into a confession that was likely false by the brute force of federal power.

Liberals Are Crazy. Will Voters Notice? By John Hinderaker – “Over the last few days we have reached peak insanity, especially on Twitter. I can’t begin to recount all of the outrages.”

“This is a phenomenon we have seen repeatedly over the last year and a half. Liberals try to rule any support for President Trump out of bounds. Anyone who expresses even the mildest support for Trump is read out of polite society. He is shunned; he should be fired from his job; if he writes anything, it shouldn’t be printed; he is publicly denounced and inundated with hate; his home, in some instances, is besieged and his children terrorized. If he ventures out into public, he is harassed by bullies. This is the essence of 21st century liberalism.

And it is evil. It is incompatible with democracy or any kind of civil society. And, above all, it is completely crazy.

And it is evil. It is false witness.

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Flailing: SPLC, Fonda, and more

SPLC Keeps Denying. Black-on-White Violence Keeps Happening by Colin Flaherty – “Just a few days ago, the SPLC declared that black-on-white violence is the “biggest lie” because everyone knows the real problem is white-on-black violence.”

“But what crazy luck: The more the SPLC says black criminality is a myth, the more it just keeps happening. Isn’t that what you would call a day at the races, where every winner went off at more than 100 to 1?

Maybe it’s just the World’s Greatest Coincidence.

Or maybe the SPLC’s work is odder than a nine-bob note.

The SPLC never mentions how snakebit it is when it comes to talking about black-on-white crime. It has produced mountains of paper for battalions of talking heads, all denying that black criminality is a problem. But videos, victims, 911 calls, witnesses, and police reports are overwhelming SPLC’s fantasies with mountains of real stories.

Peter Fonda Take Note: We Are On The Verge Of Someone Close To Trump Getting Killed by Douglas MacKinnon – “Does someone from the Trump family, the Trump Cabinet, or even the Trump administration have to be assaulted or worse, killed, before we accept the fact that a growing number from the far-left have put a rhetorical bounty on their heads.”

“If has-been actor Peter Fonda suggesting Barron Trump be “ripped from his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles” does not horrify you with the obscene brutality of its message, nothing ever will.

From this cauldron of bubbling and putrid hate filled from the twisted minds of enraged liberal politicians, “journalists,” entertainers, and academics, spews forth the dangerously deranged like Fonda who have proven there is no line they will not cross to inflict “punishment” and harm upon anyone connected with President Trump.

Beyond the terrifyingly rhetorical, is the real.

Anarchists from the Democratic Socialists of America just confronted Kirstjen Nielsen — only the head of the Department of Homeland Security entrusted with the massive job of protecting us all — in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and forced her to flee.

They assailed her with her full security detail around her.

Let that sink in for a second.

And other patrons at the restaurant applauded the assault …

Border Politics and the Use and Abuse of History by Victor Davis Hanson – “The media outrage usually does not include examination of why the Trump administration is enforcing existing laws that it inherited from the Bush and Obama administrations

“Mexico’s policies of deliberately exporting its own citizens are decades-old and hinge on providing it a social safety valve in lieu of domestic economic and human-rights reforms.

Finally, it is unfortunate that former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and former first lady Laura Bush have both demagogued the issue by respective grotesque and ignorant comparisons of current border shelters to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and the forced Japanese internment during World War II.

One can disagree with a current policy without stooping to distort history to smear an administration, especially when such tactics in the past have been used against those now employing them.

Border Patrol Agent Sets The Record Straight On CNN, Embarrasses Host by Amanda Prestigiacomo – “If the media were witnessing what he and his fellow agents have been witnessing, Cabrera said, they wouldn’t be advocating for policy which would act as an incentive for more parents and guardians to send their children to the border alone.”

“Cabrera explained that he’s witnessed pre-teens traveling to the border alone with their parents’ expectation that they would be raped in the process, and adolescents dying in front of him from heat stroke on the their journey.

“When you see a 12-year-old girl with a Plan B pill, or their parents put her on birth control because they know getting violated is part of the journey, that’s just a terrible way to live. When you see a 4-year-old girl traveling completely alone with just her parents’ phone number written across her shirt. I mean, come on now, something needs to be done,” he said. “We had a 9-year-old boy last year have heat stroke in front of us and die with no family around, and that’s because we’re allowing people to take advantage of this system.”

Baldwin then claimed that it was President Trump who was separating families at the border, unlike the Obama Administration. As noted by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, that is false:

The Left and Children by Trevor Thomas – “In their latest attempt to swing this fall’s election toward the Democrats, the left now wants us to focus on “the children.” They haven’t really thought this through.”

“Liberals the world over should work hard to avoid any debate that significantly involves the lives and wellbeing of children. Most anyone armed with even the slightest bit of the truth when it comes to liberalism and “the children” can easily quiet the left in virtually any debate that involves children or the family.

How did Peter Strzok’s notorious text stay hidden so long? by Byron York – “lawmakers — and the public — did not learn of the explosive second part of the exchange — Strzok’s “We’ll stop it” answer — until last Thursday, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Clinton email investigation was released.”

“Turns out there was more to the story. Horowitz didn’t know about the text, either — for quite a long time. The Justice Department failed to turn it over to him, and he didn’t discover it on his own until the investigation was nearly over. At hearings before the House and Senate this week, Horowitz told how he found the text, and while he pointed no fingers, his account raised questions about the Justice Department’s actions.

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A lie that won’t die by John Sexton – “this was an experiment carried out in 1971 by Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.” It looks to another case of corruption of the soul by ideological fantasies taking precedence over reality.

“There was always plenty of reason for skepticism of the methods and the results, but the findings fit with what social engineers on the left wanted to believe about crime and punishment and prisons. So the Stanford Prison Experiment was accepted uncritically and given a warm welcome from the media for nearly 50 years. It seems to me there are some lessons that can be drawn from this about people’s willingness to take advantage of the unearned authority presented to them but those lessons have nothing to do with prisons.

Fake news, fake research, deceit distortion, … this is what happens when you lose your grip on reality.

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A centipede of corruption

Silicon Valley has a problem with conservatives. But not the political kind. By Caroline McCarthy – “Silicon Valley is a young atheist’s world — and that’s becoming a problem.” But she does describe bigotry and numerous ‘isms’ that plague the Left. She describes a lack of self awareness and a tossing aside of the intellectual integrity that is necessary for entrepreneurial success. It can be tossed aside because of the wealth generated by others (but this isn’t a part of her story).

“when the fringes have enormous influence over the culture and its perception, there’s a problem. Silicon Valley holds vast economic influence, and it needs to be open to hiring and retaining employees who don’t fit its image. Without it, paradoxically, an industry and culture that professes progressivism, open-mindedness, and a devotion to science and empiricism ends up becoming the most exclusionary and prone to magical thinking.

McGowan and Argento inadvertantly explain Bourdain’s suicide by Monica Showalter – “It goes to show just how warped Hollywood’s values are.” This is a manifestation of the ‘Silicon Valley Problem’ described above.

“McGowan doesn’t even know how gross her statements sound because she has embraced the propaganda herself. After all, who could be in favor of dreadful borders in relationships and not embrace free birds? Probably just Trump-supporters.

The circumstantial evidence is actually pretty strong that this is what sent Bourdain off the deep end.

The problem was the free bird values. What she did was inadvertantly highlight that the embrace of “free bird” values, which so contradict human nature and human desire, is what took Bourdain’s life. Sadly, none of these people here can even see it.

Investor’s Business Daily: How Many Dems Agree With Bill Maher’s Recession Wish? – “Rather than rooting on the strong economy, Democrats have taken to ignoring it, belittling it or, like Bill Maher did over the weekend, rooting for a recession. The extent to which Trump critics will go is truly mind-boggling.” And, yes, this is also related to the Silicon Valley Problem.

“Dismissing this good economic news as meaningless — after spending eight years proclaiming how great the stagnant economy was under Obama — isn’t going to dispel the notion that Democrats are out of touch with working families.

Maher would, if he could, throw millions of people into unemployment and poverty, watch as hard-earned savings vanish, wages stagnate and hope gets crushed, if that might keep Trump from winning re-election.

Wow.

Of course, it’s easy for Maher to wish that, since he’s already made his millions attacking Republicans. But just how many of his fellow Trump-loathing Democrats secretly feel the same way?

Reporters love to force Republican politicians to answer for anything outrageous that a conservative says. Shouldn’t these same reporters, to prove their lack of political bias, press every single Democrat running for office in November to condemn Maher’s economic death wish?

The Democrats’ IT Scandal Cover-Up by Daniel John Sobieski – “Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz subverted our democracy and interfered in the 2016 election in ways Moscow could only dream of

“What the Democrats accused the Russians of doing, Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s DNC was actively doing. And considering what we have found out about the Pakistanis, not the Russians, that were brought in to run their IT operation, it makes sense as to why the DNC refused to turn over their servers to FBI forensic investigators. What else where they trying to hide?

One thing they tried to hide was Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s curious relationship with Pakistani Imran Awan.

One suspects that if the case involved 40 or more Republican members of Congress things might be moving along more speedily. As it is, this may be the third time a curious relationship has jeopardized U.S. national security while mucking up our political and legal systems. FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page gleefully pursued a relationship as they sought an ”insurance policy” against Donald Trump assuming the presidency. Senate intelligence committee aide James Wolfe was caught leaking documents to New York Times national security reporter Ali Watkins, with whom he had a relationship. And now we have Wasserman Schultz and Awan’s curious relationship

This is just one of many shoes waiting to drop from the Democrat’s centipede of corruption. Crimes were committed here, possibly including Wasserman Schultz and leading Democrats. Yet a cover-up could be in the works. Let’s not take our eves off this corner of the swamp.

Jaws drop when Jim Acosta busts up historic moment for peace with disgraceful inappropriate questions by Renee Hayes – “Hours after Acosta’s antics, Trump held a press conference where he was able to take reporters’ questions at an appropriate time.”

Federal judge halts secret FEC plot to target GOP groups by Paul Bedard – “A federal judge has blown the whistle on a secret Federal Election Commission scheme to punish some Republican groups and their donors, the latest sign of an anti-GOP bias at the elections watchdog.”

“Asked if the cases before the FEC are biased, Ann Ravel said, “Absolutely. The cases have come primarily from watchdog groups, and most of those groups are on the liberal side.”

Graham to Trump: Better bring that agreement back to the Senate by Ed Morrissey – “Ratification would be a rather historic step.” This one is more about Lindsey Graham posturing and TDS than anything else.

“On the larger issue of ratification, though, there seems to be one big problem: what is there to ratify? At least as laid out at the moment, the “agreement” that the two leaders signed contains a series of aspirational goals, not concrete commitments to specific actions and objectives. It’s a good first step to have two men who were trading insults over the size of their nuclear capacities to shake hands and settle on a shared set of diplomatic goals, but it’s just a first step, unless there was more to the agreement than anyone’s letting on. That may be what Graham is worried about.

There’s a lot of anticipation of the negative despite anything to show it is warranted. Some are hoping for the negative to confirm their fantasies. So there’s a lot of self destruction – suicide – going on.

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Why is it so easy to sell snake oil?

Suddenly the media cares about privacy by Don Surber – “Seizing the records of President Donald John Trump’s lawyer — breaking lawyer-client privilege — is OK, but somehow a journalist’s records are sacrosanct.”

“Or better yet, what about Barack Obama wiretapping and planting spies on the Trump campaign? Are they not “damaging intrusions.”

As for “protecting news gathering,” her news gathering involved being Monica Lewinsky to a man twice her age. Watkins has not denied trading sex for secrets.

Serious journalists should condemn her. As Noah Pollak of the Washington Free Beacon tweeted: “She was dating her most important source, Senate Intel staffer now indicted for flagrant, years-long lawbreaking. Were her employers, Buzzfeed & NYT, aware of how she got her stories

Seized records? She is fortunate not to be under arrest.

G7 is Donald Trump and the Six Dwarfs by Don Surber – “President Trump is pushing back in the trade war, which no American president has done since maybe Teddy Roosevelt.”

“The truth is, we are the Big Fish in the tiny G7 pond. Our economy outweighs the rest of them combined.

We defend Europe through NATO, and Germany and others do not have the common decency to fulfill their promises to build their own defenses. The Cold War ended 27 years ago. We have no need to be in NATO. None.

Every one of those six G7 countries has protective tariffs slapped on the United States. Now they cry foul when we retaliate.

Wonder about capitalism? Here are two examples where the ‘market’ keeps alive fraud and deceit and people spend money towards their own destruction. That is what stimulates the idea that maybe somebody smarter should make decisions for them. That ‘cure’ is even worse than the disease.

Fact-challenged Michael Wolff fails upward, rewarded with a new book contract by Monica Showalter – “Is the publishing world overdue for a hosing out, or what? … You’d think someone who got that many things wrong on his first run would be a pariah in the book-publishing world, especially from a respected publishing house such as Henry Holt.

“Why is Allen giving a serial fabricator like Wolff the time of day?

Well, probably for the same reason Holt is giving him a new contract: Wolff sells a lot of books.

Obviously, for these guys, the rules about facts, credibility and a plan of action go out the window whenever the topic is President Trump. Trump has shaken up the political establishment in Washington. He’s also rattled the Hollywood establishment with the defection of Kanye West. But who could have guessed he’d shake up the publishing establishment, making it ruin its high standards in the interest of catering to the fears and fever dreams of leftists, all under the erroneous category of non-fiction? Have they gone nuts? Their credibility is on the line, and with Trump living rent-free inside their heads, they don’t seem to be perturbed in the least.

A New Low for Dr. Oz by Derek Lowe – “Nothing that a person like me can say will derail that juggernaut of TV viewership, publicity, and money. Sweet, sweet money. Oz has a fan base of the credulous and the underinformed

“when he comes on his show talking about the latest all-natural extract that will Melt The Pounds Off or perhaps Fight Cancer, product moves off the shelves. And that’s what’s important, right? As long as the rubes reach into their pockets?

It was Cicero who wondered how one fortuneteller could pass another in the street and keep a straight face. But that’s Dr. Oz’s main qualification – he keeps a straight face no matter what he’s holding up to the camera.

You Don’t Get to Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Trump by David Harsanyi – “The president is actually strengthening the constitutional checks and balances undermined by the previous administration.” Harsanyi doesn’t like the Trump ‘style’ but he hasn’t bought the Wolf/Oz type dishonesty.

“At National Review, Victor Davis Hanson has it right when he argues that “elites” often seem more concerned about the “mellifluous” tone of leaders rather than their abuse of power.

Partisans tend to conflate their own policy preferences with the rule of law, or with democracy or patriotism. But the pervasive claim that the Trump administration has uniquely undermined the law, a claim that dominates coverage, typically amounts to concerns about how he comports himself.

Now, any defense of the Trump administration will, of course, meet charges of sycophancy and “anti-anti-Trumpism.” But none of this is to argue that the Trump administration is a paragon of lawfulness. It’s far from it. So stop exaggerating. The astoundingly terrible and hypocritical arguments of the president’s detractors often make it imperative to defend neutral principles and process.

You don’t get to fabricate a new Constitution every time there’s a president you dislike. American patriotism isn’t predicated on pretending that Russia can flip our election with a few Facebook ads, but it is certainly grounded in the idea that we all hold consistent constitutional principles.

Ace of Spades: “The Press Is Determined to Claim Trump Is “Polticizing” Football. Have They Not Noticed Their Leftist Allies Politicizing Football, and Everything Else, For a Decade? Half of the country is broken and in the middle of a nervous breakdown, and they can’t understand why the rest of us are sick of hearing their endless conniptions.”

“By the way, this isn’t just about the anthem: The NFL has, like the NBA, threatened states and cities that they might not get to host a championship game or even a draft if they do not toe the line of the NFL’s preferred Corporate Left politics.

When billion dollar heavily taxpayer subsidized corporations start threatening citizens and coercing them to political positions they reject, I think it’s time we started threatening these billion-dollar heavily taxpayer subsidized corporations right the hell back.

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Walking away from country and civility: biting the hand that feeds you.

Google Walks Away From America’s Security by Michael R. Bloomberg – “It bowed to pressure instead of standing up for our country.”

“Google’s decision not to renew a contract to develop artificial intelligence for the Defense Department was a victory for the employees who had protested it. It was also a defeat for U.S. national security, patriotism, and the cause of limiting civilian casualties in war.

The company understood all this as recently as April, saying in a statement that the technology “is intended to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work.” Yet some bad public relations and a handful of people walking out is apparently all it took to provoke the reversal. One of the roles of senior management is to do the right thing, even if it provokes criticism. That’s especially critical when our collective security is at stake.

Helping to defend the U.S. is nothing to be ashamed of. That shouldn’t be a controversial idea among our nation’s business leaders.

Trump absolutely correct to rescind Eagles’ White House invitation by George Parry – “Being invited to the White House for public recognition of your achievements is an honor.”

“So, what happened when the Eagles were invited to the people’s house for a ceremony to honor them for their Super Bowl victory? Fewer than 10 members of the organization accepted the invitation. Apparently all of the other Eagles had something more important to do than to condescend to accept the accolades of their fellow Americans.

The Eagles’ behavior is typical of the self-importance and narcissism that have been on display at NFL games as protesting athletes kneel during the national anthem. Everybody is entitled to his political beliefs and opinions. But, just as the White House is the people’s house, so too is the flag of our nation the emblem of the American people. Every time an overpaid, pampered athlete takes a knee in protest, it is plainly, simply, and inescapably an insult.

The Eagles’ refusal of the White House invitation will only steepen the decline for the simple reason that treating the American people with arrogant disrespect is an imbecilic and self-defeating marketing strategy.

#Spygate and Leftists’ Lack of Patriotism by Tom Trinko – “Leftists, despite their continual condemnation of America’s values and their steadfast insistence that all international problems are due to America, become incensed if their patriotism is questioned.”

“The ongoing fake-news Russia-stole-the-election meme that the leftist establishment has been peddling since 2016 is a great example of how leftists put their own ambitions for power ahead of what’s best for America and are thereby unpatriotic.

Leftist lies about the impact of Russia on the election and Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia to steal the election have done far more damage to American’s trust in our electoral process than anything the Russians actually did. But the leftists continue to lie about it, because they don’t care if they destroy democracy in America so long as it means they get more power.

If we look, we can see that there is no evidence to support leftist groupthink.

This, in turn, means that our job is to disabuse our friends, relatives, and neighbors – in a polite and caring way – of the lies they are constantly being fed. As Hitler pointed out, most people are honest and would never lie about anything major. Hence, they are reluctant to believe that the major media would constantly and repeatedly lie about issues that are critical to America. We need to break through that barrier and get them to realize that the mainstream media comprise liars who cannot be trusted.

Stop Sanitizing the Inspector General’s Report and Deliver It Now by Roger L Simon – “Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email “matter” (and other things, no doubt) has been completed for weeks. Nevertheless, you and I, the taxpayers who paid for it, have not been permitted to see it.”

“what we are witnessing in this slow-walk is what we can legitimately call an American nomenklatura digging in mightily to protect itself. No doubt, once the edited report is published, they can depend on their friends in the mainstream media doing their best to ignore, downplay or obfuscate its conclusions and significance. But this is no moment to relax or depend on third parties, even those as reliable as the MSM. The stakes are huge. People can go to jail. Reputations can be ruined and — this is the most intriguing though least likely part — politics could be realigned.

They are busy trying to do to the report what they had previously done to almost all emails, texts and documents requested by congressional committees and other interested parties in their investigations

McCabe Demands Immunity From Congress by Jonathan Turley – “The demand for immunity comes as Washington braces for the release of the Inspector General’s report on the conduct of McCabe, James Comey, and other high-ranking officials during the Clinton investigation.” … “The last thing that the Republicans would want is to create a barrier to McCabe’s prosecution. The answer therefore is likely to be “no.”

Wrapping It Up by J.R. Dunn – “How long will the “Russian collusion” circus continue imploding before it reaches critical mass and leaves nothing but wreckage across the liberal D.C. landscape?”

“At this point, no other outcome is conceivable. Any hope that the investigation would land a glove on Donald Trump has been long abandoned by any rational onlooker.

What’s telling, and almost difficult to credit, is how flipped the whole operation has become. What must have appeared the slam-dunk of nailing the brash, boisterous Donald Trump has, in little over a year’s time, inverted itself, as if it had slipped through some other dimension, so that every shot fired at Trump boomerangs and hits somebody in the Mueller-Comey posse.

What Collusiongate, this bizarre, grotesque, uncalled for, and historically unique episode, requires is a validation – for all sorts of reasons.

First, we need to gather and identify the loose ends – and playmates, as there are more of those in this story than they’ve got at the thread and yarn shop.

A second reason is to inform the public. It is no less than astonishing how many citizens of this country have no awareness that an attempt has been made to snatch their government away from them.

Lastly, we need to root out the last remnant of the people responsible. The Deep State is a characteristic of banana republics, and in examining their records, we find that they constitute a chronic and inheritable disease

If any narrative ever needed a validation, it’s this one. There are many things that need to be said, many morals that need to be underlined: that the United States is not a plaything. That you defy its norms and traditions at your peril. That evil is fundamentally stupid. That career bureaucrats are a frail reed under all circumstances. And oh, yeah…that you should never try to take on Donald Trump. He’ll clean your clock every time.

Also in the news is that many are overwhelmed by the news. Consider it a war of attrition. 

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When opposition drives deranged thinking

Modern Medicine Bullies Indigenous Knowledge, Journal Argues With Straight Face by Alex Berezow – “And now, a fourth front has opened: A war on biomedical knowledge itself.”

“One front has fought against long-standing practices of public health meant to prevent disease, such as vaccination, pasteurization, and water fluoridation. A second front rages against those responsible for treating disease, such as medical doctors and pharmaceutical companies, who have been accused of conspiring against patients, for instance by withholding cures for cancer. A third front wages battle against agricultural biotechnology, the goal of which is to increase the safety and reliability of the food supply while minimizing environmental impact.

evidence itself is under attack. A new paper, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, argues that modern medicine has bullied indigenous knowledge, and it needs to be protected. The authors write, “[T]raditional medicine treatments and practices have long been subjugated, devalued, co-opted, and in some cases decimated across the globe within the context of European colonization.” Furthermore, the authors lament that this issue “frequently goes unaddressed.”

There’s a reason for that: It’s historical revisionist nonsense.

A diversity of human culture makes life far more interesting, but we are fooling ourselves if we conclude that all cultural practices are equal in worth. They are not.

We don’t need to think long and hard about this to reach that conclusion. Some cultures practiced ritual human sacrifice. Other cultures, to this day, preach ethnic and racial superiority or practice female genital mutilation. If it is right and proper to denounce these cultural practices (and it is), then it should also be right and proper to denounce bogus “remedies” that don’t actually work. That’s not racism or colonialism; it’s scientific progress.

Bill Clinton: If it were a Democratic president, impeachment hearings would be underway by Rick Moran – “Former President Bill Clinton told CBS “Sunday Morning” that if it were a Democratic president in office instead of Donald Trump, impeachment hearings would have already begun.” (He’s out pushing his new book)

“Clinton is delusional. The notion that the media wouldn’t go all out to protect a Democratic president is absurd. Besides, what “facts” is the media covering relating to Russian “collusion” by the president of the United States? Every indictment, every charge, and all guilty pleas have been totally unrelated to “collusion” – most of the charges against Trump aides cover crimes committed before Trump was even running for the office. They have nothing to do with an investigation into Russian “collusion.”

The Scandal on the Other Foot by Victor Davis Hanson – here’s a contrasting hypothetical to consider.

“Imagine that it is now summer 2024. A 78-year-old lame-duck President Trump is winding down his second term, basking in positive polls. His dutiful vice president in waiting, Mike Pence, is at last getting his chance to run for president. Imagine also that Pence is a shoo-in, facing long-shot, hard-leftist, and octogenarian Senator Bernie Sanders. Polls show an impending Pence landslide.

New York Post: There’s a huge difference between the Trump and Clinton probes – “Clinton’s core wrongdoing was publicly established fact from the start — whereas the Trump investigation has always been an effort to find out if there was any wrongdoing.” (This is regarding Hillary, not Bill, but the same concept applies)

“At this point, you have to assume that two years of investigations have yet to come up with any significant evidence of Trump campaign misdoing with Russia — at least, not by the president or anyone now around him. It boggles the mind that Mueller would keep quiet if he has serious reason to fear Kremlin strings on the White House.

The bottom line: Hillary Clinton’s black eyes were entirely self-inflicted — whereas Trump has real reason to complain about a witch hunt.

Cleaning up after Obama and Hillary by Richard Jack Rail – “The most extraordinary thing about both, especially Obama, is a capacity for self-delusion. Their only real skill is skirting rules, subverting institutions, playing on resentments, destroying lives.”

Left comes to grips with Obama’s failure by Don Surber – “Not only is Obama’s legacy melting, but Trump is starving the liberal beast.” … “Trump is everything Obama is not. Trump is patriotic, experienced, and successful outside of politics.” This is one of several responses to Maureen Dowd’s Obama hagiography (NYT).

The Democrats Descend Into Farce by Andrew Klavan – “A farce is a comedy marked by buffoonery and crude, ludicrously impossible events. So is the Democratic party.”

The New York Sun: Could Trump Pardon Himself? – The idea had the NYT, WaPo, and CNN in vapors over the weekend. “It turns out that when, in 1787, the Framers considered the pardon, they reckoned the president might, on occasion, be guilty. Yet they voted to leave the power to pardon offenses against the United States solely with him — and unrestricted.”

““If he be himself a party to the guilt, he can be impeached and prosecuted.” To which Rufus King of Massachusetts chimed in with the thought that, as Madison put it, “it would be inconsistent with the constitutional separation of the executive and legislative powers, to let the prerogative be exercised by the latter. A legislative body is utterly unfit for the purpose. They are governed too much by the passions of the moment.”

Can the President pardon himself? Obviously by Jazz Shaw – “This morning the cable news talkers are predictably up in arms over the question of whether or not President Trump could write himself a pardon, despite a complete lack of any indication that he’s even considering it.” Responding to hypotheticals in a feeding frenzy because facts and evidence have gone overboard.

“As far as I can tell, this is yet another “open question” because, as Turley pointed out, there is no case law so there is no precedent to draw upon. But we surely have enough clues to say that case against the President being able to do it has some holes in it you could drive a truck through. Article II, Section 2 provides no exceptions to the power of the pardon other than to say it can’t be used to prevent the impeachment of an elected official. But if a president or governor is in that much trouble, they might be far more interested in avoiding criminal prosecution after leaving office. In that sense, the president could probably pardon his or her self and immediately resign from office. You can’t impeach an ex-president and having been pardoned, you couldn’t take them to court on federal charges.

The NFL: It’s Game Over by Emerald Robinson – “As they used to say: Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

“At a political rally in Alabama, the President decided to wade into the controversy the way a bullfighter waves a red cape in the arena. Where any other conservative politician would equivocate or apologize, the President shouts “Ole!” He brazenly declared that NFLowners ought to fire players for “disrespecting the flag.” He then quipped that the owners should say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired!” Got that?

This was the kind of masterful media pivot that PR firms will be discussing for the next hundred years. More than 200 NFLplayers were so “outraged” that the President said they should be fired for something that they were not doing at the time — they promptly did that very thing two days later. You read that right. The President, engaging in a bit of NFLfantasy football rhetoric, actually made the NFLcharge the red cape. …

Do I even need to tell you who won? Where others see only bad publicity, the President sees opportunity.

SCOTUS supports freedom of religion 7-2 (CNBC). “The closely watched case before the Supreme Court, which in 2015 legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, pitted gay rights against religious liberty.”

Border Security is also in the news. Texas Monthly reports on dealing with asylum seekers. Then there’s Interior Secy. Zinke orders park police and rangers to Mexico border by Andrew Malcolm – “Calling the border with Mexico an “environmental disaster,” Interior Secy. Ryan Zinke has ordered both U.S. park rangers and park police to Arizona and New Mexico to help stop the movement of illegal immigrants into the country.” … “He said two parks on the border — Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona and Amistad National Recreation Area in Texas — have become strewn with garbage and needles.”

California votes to expand Medicaid to illegal aliens by Jazz Shaw – “If they’re not careful, California is going to woke themselves right into bankruptcy.”

“Just one more example of the elected leaders in Sacramento scratching their heads and trying to think of anything else they can possibly do to bait the White House. But this program is going to cost them a bundle if they pass it. They’ll also likely attract illegal aliens from other states who want to move there and sign up for all the benefits.

On Global Warming, It’s Policy-Based Evidence by John Hinderaker – “Liberals often claim to be proponents of evidence-based policy, but when it comes to climate change, that formula has been reversed.”

“In the last forty years governments have become interested in universities’ finding academic support for what they are proposing or have in place. We are in an era of “policy-based evidence”. We are also in an era of a particular political correctness, where it is very difficult indeed to get funds for research if the purpose of the research seems antithetical to current government policy. “Curiosity-directed research” now comes with some serious barriers. Nowhere is this situation clearer than in the case of research on the Great Barrier Reef, in which Professor Ridd has been involved. A bucket-load of money has been devoted to “the Reef”, and another half-billion was forecast in the recent Budget, some of which will doubtless go the James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Reef, as is frequently said, is an Australian “icon”. An icon is a religious object. Professor Ridd is a scientist, not a priest.

But climate science is a religion. Worse, it is a religion that is also big business.

Then there’s the debate about snowmobile use in the Tahoe Forest. It’s an ugly argument, not a debate.

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These guys are sick

Hit Gas, Not Brakes, On Spygate by George Neumayr – “From the beginning of this farce, the Obama administration has shifted back and forth between taking pride in the spying and denying its existence. We are back in the denial phase.”

“So far the “evidence” justifying the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign has been stunning in its simpleminded crudity. The “evidence” includes: candidate Trump didn’t condemn Putin enough, Trump once jokingly told Russia to look for Hillary’s deleted emails, the RNC strengthened (but not sufficiently so to the satisfaction of the media) a Russian plank in its platform, Stefan Halper saw Michael Flynn talking to a Russian woman at Cambridge back in 2014, Carter Page gave a speech in Moscow, Russian government officials were overheard talking about the Trump campaign (this is non-evidence hyped as worrisome “signals intelligence” that is common about any presidential campaign), and an Australian diplomat had a chat at a London bar with a Trump campaign volunteer who said something speculative that anybody reading the newspaper could have also ventured.

Is the threshold for something as significant as spying on an opposing presidential campaign really this low? The answer is yes, if those with the power to start the probe are partisans in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The capacity of John Brennan and Jim Comey to believe the worst about Trump lies at the root of this debacle and explains why they would treat his campaign as a criminal enterprise to be infiltrated.

Naturally, the Stupid Party is hitting the brakes, not gas, on this outrageous scandal. Leave it to the Marco Rubios and Trey Gowdys to sanitize the worst spying on the GOP ever.

How the ruling class closes ranks around lying incompetents, then tries to hector Americans into not seeing what is in front of their noses, is amazing to watch. That major figures of the GOP would join in this charade is sickening but typical and tells you where all of this is headed if the rank-and-file don’t light a fire under GOP leaders. Left to their own cowardly, doltish instincts, they will succumb to the media’s propaganda and attach Trump’s neck to the albatross that by rights should be Obama’s.

Is the FBI Lying about the Australian Diplomat’s Claims, Too? Ace of Spades – “Why are the early days of this investigation always… conveniently overseas, where the John Brennan’s CIA was not forbidden by US law to operate?”

“Jonathan Solomon is also curious why so much of this story — the parts that are still hidden by the CIA and FBI — took place in foreign countries where the CIA was permitted to do all sorts of things that it could not do in America.

Chuck Todd: Isn’t Trump sort of responsible for Samantha Bee’s tone? By Allahpundit gets into the ‘both sides do it’ thang. The problem is that Trump doesn’t use words that need a lot of asterisks to quote and the “Access Hollywood” tape used to support the ‘vulgar Trump’ meme was a private ‘locker room’ conversation from years ago, not a current TV show. The ‘tone’ on the Left, like its attempts to divert and deny, say more about the Left than it does about the Right.

Samantha Bee flashback: Some things will be off limits ‘if we’re going to find the humanity on the other side’ by John Sexton – “What the hell happened to that Samantha Bee?”

“How did she get from “straight-up decency” to calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” in 18 months? Allahpundit’s explanation, which features a Forrest Gump reference, seems like a good one (‘It’s just this stupid war…’). As is so often the case, left-wing misbehavior is always caused by right-wing provocation. In this case, a photo of Ivanka holding her baby and looking happy, was just too much for Bee’s decency to withstand.

But there’s another possible explanation which goes beyond Bee as an individual. As Erik Wemple notes at the Washington Post, Bee’s remarks seemed to delight her audience:

Samantha Bee isn’t really the core of the problem here, she’s just a symptom. Her vile language is giving voice to lots of angry members of the resistance whose only regret is that she backed down. If Bee went from common decency to vile nut in 18 months it’s probably because she’s chasing her audience.

13 year old reporter causes Sarah Sanders to choke up at WH briefing by Karen Townsend – “The reporter for TIME for Kids magazine asked what President Trump planned to do about school shootings.”

“Naturally, the press lapped up the fact that a child was asking about school shootings and took the opportunity to editorialize that “nothing” has been done.

I guess Jon Karl at ABC missed President Trump unveiling his proposals back in March and some individual state governors have put into law measures to counter school shootings.

Note to Jon Karl: Governor Greg Abbott in Texas is also actively working on finding solutions in preventing school shootings and was set to announce his plans just before the Santa Fe school tragedy happened. He announced a 40 point plan this week.

Dear Ex-Friends in #TheResistance by Julie Kelly – “As the whole charade you have been suckered into over the last 18 months starts to fall apart—that Trump would not survive his presidency; he would be betrayed by his own staff, family, and/or political party; he would destroy the Republican Party; he would be declared mentally ill and removed from office; he would be handcuffed and dragged out of the White House by Robert Mueller for “colluding” with Russia—let me remind you what complete fools you have made of yourselves. Not to mention how you’ve been fooled by the media, the Democratic Party, and your new heroes on the NeverTrump Right.”

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Knowing and thinking and then behavior

Betty Crocker: Pro-GMO And Proud Of It by Alex Berezow – “There’s a lot of money to be made in kowtowing to the latest dietary fads and unsubstantiated health scares.” … “May Betty Crocker live long and prosper. And may companies like Panera Bread learn that honesty is a far better marketing strategy than deceitful fearmongering.” The stimulus was to a Twitter Troll. A comparison and contrast is illustrated.

“Consider Panera Bread … they boasted that their food didn’t contain artificial preservatives, apparently unaware that food waste — something that preservatives help prevent — is a gigantic problem that needs to be solved*.

Or consider all the money that can be made by accusing and suing food companies over perfectly safe products. An entire industry has been built around California’s Proposition 65, a gold mine for unethical activists and lawyers. The latest travesty forces manufacturers to place cancer warning labels on coffee.

Given the thoroughly unscientific and litigious milieu in which we live, companies find themselves scrambling to appease the uneducated Twitter mob and apologizing for being in business. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air when a company stands up to the hysteria.

The Disease-Mongering Of The American Diet by Edward Archer – “Only 100 years ago, eating and drinking were still major causes of death.”

“Unclean food, milk, and water killed millions of people through food-borne diseases such as typhoid, diphtheria, cholera and scarlet fever. By the 1930s, untold millions suffered and died from malnutrition and nutritional diseases such as pellagra, beriberi, scurvy, rickets, and goiter.

But that was then…

In the 21st century, animals rarely eat humans and the American food supply is safer and more nutritious than at any point in history. These are well-established facts — in the U.S. almost no one has nutritional deficiencies, and in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that 8 out of 10 Americans were not even at risk for deficiencies. Despite this, millions of Americans still fear the safety of their food. Why?

These government reports were significant because it demonstrated that both politicians and researchers were willing to ignore rigorous evidence to the contrary and indirectly regulate the U.S. food industry by picking “winners” and “losers” (i.e., allegedly “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods, respectively).

Butchers ‘living in fear’ as vegan attacks on the rise, says Countryside Alliance by Helena Horton – “international groups coordinate attacks which take place in the UK, explaining: “”Social media has been a catlalyst for much of this campaigning, both in terms of bringing together international groups and if they find the right independent business it does bring a lot of pressure on family businesses and farmers.”

Trump says Mueller probe has ‘destroyed’ people’s lives by Mark Moore – “They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation … They went back home in tatters!”

Real Conservatives Refuse To Kneel Before Their Liberal Overlords by Kurt Schlichter – “The liberals were likewise beside themselves at the results of our push back, prompting them to go into one of their trademark sessions of coordinated but inept gaslighting.” The NFL players got him started on quite a rant.

“This kneeling thing was mindless performance art designed by these leftist jerks, and enabled by the liberal elite and its slobbering media lapdogs, to insult us to our faces by committing an act of calculated disrespect to our country and to the Normal Americans who built it, feed it, and protect it.

It was a scam and a lie from the word “hike.” This dimwitted protest was always directed at us, and no one else. If it wasn’t us, who was it? The America-loathing elite that was cheering them on?

Let’s get real. They wanted to rub our faces in their contempt, to laugh at us as we had to endure it, humiliated by our own powerlessness. We were supposed to just sit there and take it. We are never supposed to use our own power to fight back.

Here’s how we roll. When the enemy deploys its power against us, whether it’s some football jerk dissing us via Old Glory or some tech titan deciding to not allow us access to social media, we will fight back using whatever power we have. We’ll bankrupt the NFL before we just sit there watching them flip us off. And we’ll leverage our political power to regulate the Twittfacegrams into submission if they keep trying to exclude us from participation in our own culture. There is no conservative principle that requires you to not use your most effective weapon in your own self-defense. None.

Backfire: Publix retreat means less cash for anti-NRA Democrats By Valerie Richardson – “Grocery chain suspends donations under pressure from Parkland activist.” Bullies, again, invite response.

“While Publix tilts decidedly right in its political giving, the supermarket giant has also donated more than $760,000 since 2008 to Democratic committees, including at least two dozen candidates for federal office at odds with the NRA.

Publix suspended its political giving Friday after Mr. Hogg and other activists launched a boycott and announced “die-ins” at two stores over reports that the company had donated $670,000 in three years to GOP gubernatorial hopeful Adam Putnam, a staunch NRA supporter.

Minutes before the Friday protests began, Publix issued a statement saying that the company “did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate.”

Loose Canons. Obama’s Guilty Contentment by Jed Babbin – “He and his administration remain an ongoing scandal, no matter how much he brags about being Mr. Clean.”

“Obama’s eight years in office, from January 2009 to January 2017, was a period of time in which democracy-threatening scandals were overlooked by a comprehensively politicized Justice Department and the media which served, in the words of former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, as an “echo chamber” for the administration’s spin.

The scandalous conduct of Obama and his team, from Obama himself to Hillary Clinton to Lois Lerner, always had the purpose of serving Obama’s agenda and was often illegal or unconstitutional or — as occurred during and after the 2016 election — a combination of the two that constituted the greatest threat to our democratic system of government since the Civil War.

In a speech last week, Hillary Clinton said “Right now we are living through a crisis in our democracy. There are certainly not tanks in the street but what is happening today goes to the heart of who we are as a nation. I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election, but an American afraid of losing a country.” She should know. Obama created that crisis with her willing and eager participation.

Trump-Russia, the bank shot investigation by Byron York – finding a crime instead of investigating one means that innuendo, association, and propaganda campaigns are the tools, not evidence and reason nor justice.

“Put it all together, and the impression left by the public parts of the Mueller probe is that Mueller has spent more than a year circling around the basic question of his investigation — Was there collusion? — but not answering it. He has liberally employed the prosecutor’s technique of using unrelated charges to pressure targets in hopes of getting damning information on the real issue.

So now prosecutors, and the press, are looking farther and farther afield — to the taxi king and beyond — in hopes of uncovering the collusion conspiracy they believe exists but so far can’t find.

Spy Name Games by Andrew C. McCarthy – “Our contretemps over the nomenclature of government informants has me unable to shake this arresting moment from my memory.”

“The Obama administration blatantly politicized the government’s intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus. Their Chicken Little shrieks that public disclosure of FISA warrants and texts between FBI agents would imperil security have proven overblown at best (and, in some instances, to be cynical attempts to hide embarrassing facts). “Trust us” is not cutting it anymore.

In the end, it is not about who the spies are. It is about why they were spying. In our democratic republic, there is an important norm against an incumbent administration’s use of government’s enormous intelligence-gathering capabilities to — if we may borrow a phrase — interfere in an election. To justify disregarding that norm would require strong evidence of egregious wrongdoing. Enough bobbing and weaving, and enough dueling tweets. Let’s see the evidence.

Most programmers think like folks in humanities, not natural scientists by Luboš Motl – “Coders as a community ceased to be STEM people.”

“And this dismissive attitude towards mathematics and “theory” in general may be enough to do some things in humanities – and, as I have argued, in most of the coding, too. The only problem is that our civilization stands on lots of other things, the actual beef of the modern technology, where this “sufficiency of language-like conventions plus common sense” simply doesn’t work. There is a huge amount of vital “theory” – mathematical identities, laws of physics, and stuff like that – that someone simply has to know (and some kids have to learn it) for our civilization to be even maintained – and surely for it to keep on advancing.

Mathematics classes don’t teach just something. They teach something important

Schools shouldn’t be growing spoiled brats. … Self-confidence of the people who don’t really know much is harmful or dangerous for the whole civilization. A kid should learn that there’s way more wisdom in the world than he or she will ever learn. The kid should be actively persuaded that this is the case. When the kid is actively persuaded about this important truth, it becomes more humble and respectful towards the mathematics, science, and wisdom that the mankind has accumulated, and that’s exactly what should happen!

In the good old times, this kind of humility was widespread and many things were OK because of that … Humility and respect for the actual knowledge and achievements of the mankind have been declared politically incorrect. The only thing that the people are demanded to be humble towards is the politically correct group think itself. It’s a lethal combination.

Trolls: leftist fantasies of rightist bigotry by neo-neocon – “There are various ways to tell that a troll is a troll, but I’m not going to reveal them here. Trade secrets. What interests me about the Pretender type of troll is what the phenomenon reveals about the leftist mind.”

“Since the actual person behind the troll character is almost certainly on the left, however (or at least some group opposed to the right), that person can only create a caricature of a commenter on the right, one that sounds plausible to the troll but actually isn’t believable at all. Because, funny thing, the stereotypes that a person on the left generates (or swallows) about those on the right are just that, stereotypes and caricatures.

The Pretenders’ comments are a leftist fantasy of what people on the right think, but that fantasy is something emanating from the mind of leftists. Food for thought.

There’s more than knowledge. There is how to think.

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Educating the public with reality.

The Great Unmasking by Clarice Feldman — “I’m not talking about the unmasking of persons caught up in the Obama administration’s illegal surveillance of everyone connected with Trump and his campaign.  For that, there’s been more than sufficient evidence.  If you need more while we wait for the OIG reports, here are some excellent summaries …”

“I’m talking about a different series of unmaskings: Heroes and Knaves, Allies and Foes, Pundits and Nincompoops, Friends and Enemies of Israel, all unmasked by the genius of President Trump.
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It’s appropriate this Memorial Day weekend to salute the retiring NSA director, Admiral Mike Rogers, for courageously standing up against the Obama Administration and the intelligence apparatus, risking all to blow the whistle on the illegal sharing of FISA information on the part of those working to aid Hillary and defeat Trump.  A full timeline of his actions is detailed here
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Our closest “ally,” the U.K., colluded with the Obama administration to spy on Trump and his campaign.
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A real ally in this fight is not the German-dominated E.U., but Saudi Arabia.
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My friend Don Surber, the Sage of West Virginia, poked fun – as we all should – at those nincompoops who have posed for years as foreign policy experts
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In the benighted corridors of J Street, most reform synagogues, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and such enclaves of comfortable left-wing Jews, Obama and his party remain friends of the Jewish state, substantial evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. 
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I would be remiss if I left out of the unmaskings list those conservatives for whom Trump can do no right.  Had you asked Bill Kristol or Mona Charen, David Frum, or Jennifer Rubin, for example, to make a wish list of what they hoped a Republican president would accomplish, there’s no doubt in my mind that what he has already achieved would far exceed that list. 
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As for blacks, while the Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, in lockstep with the “conservative” #NeverTrumps, see nothing but consistent Trump failures, Louis Farrakhan’s tweet this week must have set their jaws dropping:

Yes, indeed, “The stars seem to all be in a strange new alignment.”

 

 

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Scandal Free? Really. Separating fact from Fiction

‘Scandal-free’ Obama is daring Trump to bust corrupt members of his administration by Monica Showalter – “Mouthing an old trope dating from his time in office and ever since, former President Obama declared at a Vegas conference that he had a scandal-free administration, quite unlike President Trump.”

“he made that mendacious claim just as he was being paid big dollars at the Las Vegas conference itself, which as most Americans know, is typically a disguised bribe for some favors performed earlier, and in itself a scandal. His fees are reportedly $400,000, which is nice money for a few minutes of speaking work.

It was rife with crony business deals, described here. There were major policy scandals, such as the subordination of embassy security abroad to the need to shill a ‘narrative’ about al-Qaida being on the run in time for elections, as happened in Benghazi. There was the monstrous Solyndra green energy scandal where business cronies left taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars and made out like bandits themselves. There was the gunrunning scandal of Fast and Furious which allowed guns to move into the hands of Mexican cartels, leading to the death of a U.S. border agent. Nobody was punished, of course. There was the scandal of the emails at the Environmental Protection Agency, where officials illegally used pseudonyms to evade Freedom of Information Act laws and got away with it. There was Hillary Clinton’s illegal private server set up to evade laws the same way and created a vast opening for foreign hackers and espionage of top secrets, with Obama willingly participating in it the communications. There was the IRS targeting of political dissidents and the lies to cover it up, again, completely unpunished. There were the ‘lost’ emails – of the FBI, of the IRS, and Hillary Clinton herself while she was at the Department of State. There were the smashing of Blackberries with hammers, again, to evade transparency laws and lawmen, too. There was Clinton’s pay-to-play foundation-State Department nexus, corruption of the highest variety, and an investigation squelched due to Obama’s politicization of the FBI. There was Obama’s politicization of intelligence reports to say what he wanted on the war front, as well as his weaponization of the intelligence agencies to spy on political opponents and reporters. It turns out some of his people did go to jail, or were headed there for leaks – and he pardoned them to keep them out. Such as his “favorite” general here.

But according to Obama, the fact that no one was ever punished is the actual justification for his claim that he never had scandals. The fact that no one was ever punished is perhaps the biggest scandal of his administration.

Obama claims he had no scandals because he allowed any consequences, no matter what anyone ever did, no matter what laws they broke, which is not an argument to claim he had no scandals.

With the stream of lies about a scandal-free administration, the path is now clear that it’s time to clean house on the continuous lawbreaking of Obama officials that hasn’t been punished a whit. It’s time to create consequences for those who thumb their nose at the law, justified only by a compliant press and their own leftwingery. Obama just gave President Trump the green light.

Not so fast Obama, your biggest scandal is unfolding before our eyes by Larry O’Connor – “The notion is obviously absurd on the face of it, for anyone who paid unbiased attention over the eight years of his presidency.”

“The fact that these troubling episodes have not risen (in some people’s minds) to the level of the multiple “Generic-Gate” scandals that crippled presidencies of the past is less a testament to Obama’s ethics than it is commentary on the two institutions charged with monitoring and exposing these dramas.

From everything we are learning (and we have just begun to scratch the surface) one of the most disturbing aspects of Spygate is that, it appears, at no time did anyone in any position of authority in the DOJ, the FBI, the White House or the intelligence community raise an objection or even a concern over the actions they were taking. This tells you just how programmed these stalwart institutions had been in their blind allegiance to the political goals of President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Of all of the scandals, abuses of power and miscarriages of justice seen during the eight years of Obama’s lackluster (and shockingly unmemorable) presidency, the biggest and most outrageous one is still in its infancy. Let’s let Spygate play itself out before we start polishing up the marble for President Obama’s monument.

Jarrett and Obama are Behind Spygate by Daniel John Sobieski – “Unless we assume the FBI went completely rogue, it is inconceivable that the deployments of personnel to spy on the Trump campaign and make provocative contact with its lesser members could have occurred without the full knowledge and control of the occupants of the Oval Office.”

Ace of Spades notes that FBI spending $70 on a conference table was withheld from Congress because they thought it was a “national security” concern. Then there’s the John McCain mea culpa on the Iraq war – “Ah, #MuhPrinciples. How they doth mutate and transform.” The problem is a good idea corrupted by bad politics that drove it into being something it was not supposed to be as illustrated by the corruption now being used by the corruptors for personal leverage. Vietnam was like this, too.

Five Ways to Know if You Can Talk to Someone about Climate by Charlie Martin – “Since we first covered the Climategate Files here at PJ Media in 2009, the controversy has continued, but with some interesting changes.”

“Of course, the more the climate dogma is disputed, the more the climate change cultists resist. On the other hand, we’ve seen a lot more people coming out as thinking maybe, just maybe, there are some points of responsible dispute in the argument about climate change.

On the other hand, there are a lot of dogmatists who simply can’t be productively argued with

He dips his toe into the ‘both sides do it (sans evidence)’ thing but then goes on to list five specific questions that can discriminate between the sides. The apologia for PC is contradicted by the case he makes.

A Reminder: Why the US Rail System Is At Least as Good As the European System if You Care About Energy Use at Coyote Blog – “I know that the supposedly pro-science global warming alarmists sometimes are not actually very focused on science, but this is pretty simple to think about.”

“Most of the intellectual elites and nearly all the global warming alarmists deride the US for not having the supposedly superior rail system that France and Germany have. They are blinded by the vision of admittedly beautiful high speed trains, and have frittered away billions of dollars trying to pursue various high speed rail visions in the US.

Jordan Peterson and the left-wing smear machine by John Sexton – “Horton says the social pressure was so intense that she felt scared to speak up with her opinion. She believes that pressure to conform to a narrow, approved view is a much bigger problem for the left.” Peterson is a Canadian psychologist who dared to talk about actual reality and, hence, has become a poster boy for Leftist bullying.

“The hyperbolic uniformity of the leftist attack on Peterson is emblematic of the growing tendency to reduce left-of-center thought to the status of a rigidly simplistic ideology. Increasingly, what passes for progressive political thought today offers little more than a scripted set of weaponized hashtags (you must be pro- #metoo and anti-patriarchy, no further thought required). This narrowing of our public discourse is disturbing, and worrisome on multiple, mutually reinforcing levels…

“The Left’s attack on Peterson is so unrelenting, so superficial, and quite frequently so vicious, that many of us who work and/or live in left-leaning social environments feel scared to speak up against it…

“I realize that Peterson has at times said things that I disagree with and might even find offensive. But I’m much more concerned with—and disgusted by—the endless stream of tendentious and dishonest articles from leftists critics that grab onto such statements and blow them out of proportion, while aggressively erasing everything else the man has ever said or done from the record.

Carol Horton is correct. The left isn’t listening to Jordan Peterson, they’re just trying to destroy him as efficiently and quickly as possible. That dynamic says a lot about the left, none of it very good. Kudos to Horton for having the courage to stand up to the mob.

The Left And The Right Aren’t Hearing The Same Jordan Peterson by David Marcus – “A New York Times Magazine hit piece says more about the mainstream media than it says about Jordan Peterson.”

“In fact, much of Peterson’s insistence that we listen to, and understand, our ancient myths, legends, and stories is not because they tell us how we should be, but because they tell us how we have been. These old narratives give us insight into what our ancestors thought about being human, where humanity had been, where humanity wanted to go. This is an essential tool for understanding western thought and ideas — assuming we still wish to be human.

The DOJ’s defiance of Congress by neo-neocon – “Kimberly Strassel in the WSJ on the real constitutional crisis that’s going on

“the Democrats and the press (redundant, I know) would have us believe that it’s Congress and the right who are out of line for questioning or doubting the DOJ and its veracity and fine intentions, despite all the reasons there are to doubt that veracity and those fine intentions (and as though the left itself doesn’t doubt that veracity and those fine intentions when it suits the left’s purposes).

none of this investigation of the excesses of the DOJ re the Trump campaign would be going on if the GOP didn’t control Congress. This fact should be driven home by every GOP participant in the Congressional campaign for 2018, because I believe most people don’t connect those dots and realize what the effect of a Democrat-controlled Congress would be (and by “most people” I include a lot of people who call themselves conservatives and are angry at what they call the GOPe).

As Strassel wrote, “congressional Republicans worry about losing their oversight authority in the midterms,” and well they should. In fact, we should all worry about it.

Two different worlds: If you look at the MSM, you’d think Trump was doing very very poorly by neo-neocon – “And that has been true for his entire presidency. … So take a look at a sampler for today at memeorandum.”

“Nothing unusual about today; it’s very typical. Trump doing badly vis a vis North Korea. Trump “venting anger” at this and that (often, it’s Trump “raging” and/or “out of control”). “Concerned by Trump, some Republicans Quietly Align With Democrats” (although funny thing, what I’ve seen most of the time is a few concerned Democrats quietly aligning with Republicans). Sad tales of separated “immigrant families” (i.e. illegal immigrants). Focus on a weirdo 9-11-truther GOP candidate for Congress in a district in Illinois in which the Republican primary was uncontested and the Democrat is virtually certain to win anyway. Hit piece du jour on Jordan Peterson. Seahawk wide receiver saying “Trump is an idiot, plain and simple.” Featured op-ed in the WaPo entitled, “Are Republicans abetting a demagogue—or something worse?” And perhaps my personal favorite: “The Chilling Effect of Trump’s War on the FBI.”

Trump Moves the Narrative Football by Andrew Klavan – “I see no free speech violation, even in spirit, in the NFL’s ruling that players should not disrespect the flag during the National Anthem. The players were taking that action on company time, in company uniform, while doing the company’s business, representing the company and, clearly, hurting the company’s bottom line.”

“The NFL anthem controversy is a prime example of how Donald Trump is doing something of yuge importance that conservatives never think to do, and that intellectual conservatives don’t even seem to understand needs doing. He is challenging — and often changing — the left’s narrative.

The narrative is essentially a set of assumptions so pervasive that people are afraid to oppose them. They think they are alone in disagreeing with those assumptions and they fear they will be deemed immoral by the majority. For a long time, the left has controlled this narrative by dominating and censoring the means of communication: social media, the news networks, Hollywood and the academies.

Trump makes it easier to fire deficient govt workers… finally by Jazz Shaw – “The latest executive order news coming out of the White House addresses some long overdue questions about government workers and their unions.”

“Some of the biggest (and best) changes address policies which we’ve been carping about here for years. The first one shortens the period of Performance Improvement Plans (where the misbehaving or underperforming worker is given time to straighten up and fly right) to 30 days across all agencies. Under the old system, these PIPs could last up to half a year.

The next change really hits the motherload, though. Trump is clamping down on so-called “official time” where employees who are union officials can spend unlimited time doing union work while they are on the clock, sometimes doing zero work for the public. They also get to use offices and other government equipment for union work at no cost. Trump is clamping down on that, ordering that no union officials spend more than 25% of their work hours on union business and ordering a new agreement where the unions can use their own facilities or pay rent for using government offices. These changes are long, long overdue.

Separating fact from fiction in the FIRST STEP Act before Congress by Taylor Millard – “The House of Representatives is signing off on a bill which appears to be a good measure in the push for justice reform on the federal level.” Another bit of ‘hidden’ news that is also plagued by dishonest claims. Millard explains.

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Characteristic behaviors. Compare and Contrast.

ABC seethes over Trump presidency by Don Surber – “What his state of mind was when he tweeted, no one can say.” Hyperbolic adjectives are a clue that a reporter has a problem.

“These are hot words. Seeth means “to be violently excited or agitated.”

What evidence of seething do they have? Did he throw an ashtray at his husband for being caught cheating?

Tirade means “a long angry speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.”

Trump was not speaking. I suppose colloquially we can say that of a string of tweets, but where is the anger or denunciation?

His was not a diatribe but rather a statement of facts.

Fake News tries to portray him as an out-of-control nut, casting every tweet in the worst possible manner.

No insane person would get to where he is.

Trump’s excellent letter to Kim by Paul Mirengoff – “Trump’s letter to Kim is a fine piece of one-upsmanship, but it’s more than just that.” contrast reality to media headlines.

Raging leftist spits on Chicago cops as they hold pro-police rally. Is this part of a disturbing pattern? by Frieda Powers – “During a pro-police march on City Hall, demonstrators displayed their vulgar and unhinged reactions as one woman literally spit on Chicago police officers.”

“Pearl-clutching liberals feign shock and horror over President Donald Trump referring to brutal MS-13 gang members as “animals,” but then resort to vulgar outbursts at anything even remotely conservative.

Here’s The NRA Video Calling For ‘Common Sense Media Control’ That’s Causing A Stir by James Barrett – “many sounding the alarm over it either failed to watch the whole video or failed to get the point.”

“Noir begins by underscoring the role fame plays in inspiring mass shootings (video below). “Can anyone tell me the last time a mass school shooter left a manifesto, a comment on social media, or a video where they said they were inspired to commit their atrocity because of a firearm?” he asks. … as much as the media love to pivot the conversation after a mass school shooting to gun control, the pen is still mightier than the sword.

“These kids aren’t being inspired by inert hunk of plastic and metal lying on a table,” he continues. “They’re inspired by the infamous glory of past shooters, who they relate to. And no entity on the planet does a better job, whether directly or indirectly, of glorifying these killers and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one.”

Trump cracks his whip: Now North Korea wants to talk by Thomas Lifson – “you don’t play chicken with Donald Trump

“Trump validated his earlier statements that while he prefers negotiations, if necessary, he will take action to accomplish his goals (i.e., destroy the North Korean facilities) in the event that negotiations don’t work.

His many, highly vocal, TDS-suffering critics – the ones who claim he is “insane,” impetuous, and “dangerous” and will “blunder into nuclear war” – turn out to be his unwilling allies in the effort to make the North Korans believe that his threats are real.

It was no coincidence that yesterday, the House of Representative passed legislation authorizing a new generation of tactical nuclear weapons launched from submarines – with the support of 131 Democrats. But the TDS gang was right there, doing its part to scare North Korea and China

From the standpoint of domestic politics, Democrats stepped up yesterday to cover their own faces with egg.

There will be more twists and turns, but President Trump’s perceived willingness to use military force if talks fail is his Trump Card. Yes, he is breaking the norms of diplomacy – the norms that have gotten North Korea to the brink of a nuclear arsenal that can be delivered to our shores. Those who mock his willingness to change the game do so at their own peril.

How to Create a Cooperative and Mutually Beneficial Environment, Even When Dealing With People Who are Uncooperative and Sneaky by Ace of Spades –

“I don’t like social justice mobbing. Or boycotts. Or the rest of the coercions — rather than persuasions — that are currently the default method of political “argumentation” in this country in Current Year.

But: The way to stop this regime is to inflict the same tactics on our enemies (and yes, I think “enemies” is an apt term at this point) until they stop using those tactics against us.

There is a famous study — look it up — about how to push noncooperative opponents into behaving cooperatively, how to force them to start acting in a fair way instead of a self-serving, aggressive, hostile way.

Spare me your crocodile tears about the new NFL Anthem rule by Jazz Shaw – “This has long since passed the point of being merely tiresome.”

The Great German Meltdown by Victor Davis Hanson – “Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling.”

“In a perfect world, Germany would address its frustrations through introspection. After all, no one forced Berlin to take in over a million problematic refugees from the Middle East. No one forced it to export goods on easy credit to leveraged buyers who visibly lived far above their means. No one forced it to renege on its NATO defense promises and responsibilities. No one forced it to have a long and catastrophic history with the Jewish people. And no one forces it to expect perpetual U.S. military protection while continually setting record trade surpluses.

Despite the long postwar history of U.S.-German friendship, and despite Germany’s financial and economic power, the country is becoming psychologically isolated, if not unhinged. While Germans broadcast their anti-Americanism, they seem oblivious that Americans may likewise be tiring of German petulance.

If we are entering yet another historical period of dangerous German resentment, the ensuing result will bode ill for everyone involved.

James Clapper deceives again by Paul Mirengoff – “In short, cracker barrel speculation entitled to no weight is masquerading as akin to intelligence. And for purely partisan purposes.” Another dissection contrasting with the empty allegation.

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The Choom Gang losing its covers

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate By Charles Hurt – “If this was orchestrated without the express knowledge of Mr. Obama, then it reveals just how blatantly he instructed by example the weaponizing of the entire federal government to carry out his low, dishonest and unjust ideology.”

“If this conspiracy was carried out at the express direction of Mr. Obama or other high officials in his administration, then they belong in jail. From unmasking of political opponents, to leaking their names to the press, to killing legitimate investigations, to launching politically motivated witch hunts, a racket of this scale could not have been carried out without some major juice and cover at the top levels of the Department of Justice, FBI and the White House.

The rogue henchmen carrying out the dirty work, as always, presented as perfect, decent and most honest little Boy Scouts like former FBI Director James B. Comey.

What the Obama administration did to infiltrate the Trump campaign, spy on political opponents and then launch a wicked vendetta against them is worse than anything J. Edgar Hoover ever did — at least that we know about.

It is worse than any of the domestic abuses by the CIA during the Cold War.

It is worse even than what the federal government did to undermine civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr.

As bad and corrupt as it is to harass innocent citizens under any circumstances, it is so much worse to weaponize the government to pursue and punish and eliminate domestic political opponents. That is the sort of thing that destroys a Republic.

Does the Justice Department have to tell Congress what Mueller is doing? by Byron York – “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent admission that the May 17, 2017, Justice Department order defining the scope of his investigation was just for show, and that the real extent of his probe is a secret, is reverberating on Capitol Hill.”

“Now Grassley argues that the Senate has a right to see the memo, too. “This committee likewise should be permitted to review the true nature and scope of the special counsel’s investigation,” Grassley wrote to Rosenstein. “It is unclear precisely how, or whether, the Department is following its own regulations, what the actual bounds of Mr. Mueller’s authority are, and how those bounds have been established.”

In the letter, Grassley appeared unhappy that he, as the chairman of the Senate committee charged with overseeing the Justice Department, did not learn the true extent of the Mueller investigation until long after Mueller was appointed.

Grassley also noted that the Justice Department’s secrecy with the Mueller appointment comes after months in which the department withheld a variety of other documents related to the Trump-Russia affair.

Devin Nunes describes DOJ leak trap that he and Trey Gowdy avoided by Thomas Lifson – “Devin Nunes fully understands the depths to which the cover-up forces within the Department of Justice will stoop to protect their misdeeds from exposure.”

“he described a leak trap that was attempted against him and fellow House committee chairman Trey Gowdy. As he explains below, in the past they have gone to meetings at the DOJ but denied the documents they sought, only to have leaks follow. They were invited to another meeting at the DOJ on Friday, which they figured out was a ruse intended to be used to afterward blame them for leaks. When they found out that no documents would be produced, they declined.

The entire scandal of spying on the Trump campaign through abuse of the surveillance capabilities of the intelligence apparatus is shot through with set-ups: luring young George Papadopoulos to London, setting him up with information and then getting him to blab it to the Australian ambassador to London, briefing President Trump on the Steele Dossier and then leaking it to the media so as to provide an excuse for their coverage, and many, many other incidents. Nunes and Gowdy are smart enough to spot the pattern and decline to be patsies.

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama’s Spies by Clarice Feldman – “The New York Times and Washington Post, the Democrats’ semi-official newspapers this week megaphoned the instigators, offering up their justifications without naming his name.”

“the name is Stefan Halper, who, as I wrote here last week, was paid a substantial sum by the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment.

If it was for this work – and it suspiciously looks like it because the payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign – then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary’s election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.

The NYT and Washington Post stories were clearly dictated by the perpetrators of this unprecedented effort to interfere with our elections. A careful reading shows that they leaked just enough about Halper to positively identify him while the press refuses to name him because the selective leakers warned, “that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts.”

Wretchard tweets something impossible to deny: “The biggest problem with politically weaponizing intelligence agencies is it CREATES a pathway for the foreign takeover of the system. If once a hostile power takes over the WH, it obtains the power to remain indefinitely.”

We now have an imaginary crime – collusion – with imaginary evidence and even imaginary defendants. What is not imaginary is the selfish effort to destroy our polity by several handfuls of men and women who abused their positions of trust for intended partisan gain that failed. Give them the hook already.

The Hunter Becomes the Hunted by Richard Fernandez – “The Russian collusion affair, which began with the incoming president on the defensive, has now become a set of simultaneous offensives with each side trying to jail the other.”

“The invaluable timeline of the investigations compiled by Sharyl Attkisson seems to confirm what Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine has already suggested: that the roots of domestic spying predated the Trump candidacy. He notes that “Obama officials vastly expand[ed] their searches through NSA database for Americans and the content of their communications. In 2013, there were 9,600 searches involving 195 Americans. But in 2016, there are 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans.”

Avoiding a crisis depends on not crossing certain lines and concealing that fact if it has occurred. That has now gone by the board. When a system is undeniably confronted with deceitful lawlessness it is like finding the dealer was cheating at cards. Trump, by officially demanding an answer into whether the previous administration engaged in political spying, is effectively accusing them of cheating at cards. As everybody knows, once you ask this question at a table, the surface game stops and a deeper game begins. Suddenly the little cardboard rectangles don’t matter anymore.

Watergate II: Collusiongate by neo-neocon – “Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn’t have a memorable name. But for those of us who lived through Watergate it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.”

The Latest Whopper — The FBI Was Actually Trying to ‘Protect Trump’ by Brian C. Joondeph – “It’s now to the point that Mueller’s team is investigating anyone in Trump’s circle who ever ate a bowl of borscht or drank a sip of Russian vodka.”

“A few days ago, the WaPo published an opinion piece entitled, “The FBI didn’t use an informant to go after Trump. They used one to protect him.”

Sure, they did. I can’t wait to read from the WaPo how Iran wants nukes to “protect” Israel or that that sanctuary cities are for the “protection” of legal, law-abiding residents of those cities.

They are “protecting” Trump by indicting his associates, squeezing them to rat out Trump, leaking to the media, withholding exculpatory evidence, and so on.

See what a tangled web the deep state is weaving? They have handed Trump the keys to the kingdom, providing precedent and justification to do to his next opponent what was done to him and his campaign. And future presidential campaigns as well. The Banana States of America.

All because of Obama and his administration’s tangled web and “practice to deceive.”

Dirt on Hillary by J. Marsolo – “The problem is not getting dirt on Hillary. We have the dirt on Hillary. There is so much dirt it is mindboggling for anyone who cares, which excludes Democrats and the Media.”

Mueller Year One: Journalism’s Real Heroes Continued by Julie Kelly – “A brave group of journalists—aided by key amplifiers in social media, cable news, and talk radio—continues to push back on the media’s sycophantic service to the Democratic Party in which so many reporters, news personalities and political pundits are invested.”

“Now, reporters who tried to convince us Trump was nuts for claiming Obama’s FBI spied on him are spinning hard to persuade us that an “informant” isn’t really a “spy.” But these antidotal journalists and influencers are not letting them get away with it.

Why the left buys into every anti-Israel smear by Gil Troy – “Reporters love playing the “peaceful, oppressed protesters-of-color” against “the armed, white, persecuting soldiers”

“It’s striking how easy it is to discover the truth — or at least see some complexity behind these stereotypes. You need not be a pro-Israel fanatic to assume the story must be more complicated — just as you can be a pro-Palestinian critic of Israel without caricaturing Israelis as Nazis or Ku Klux Klanners.

When people so willingly engage in self-deception, something deeper is taking place.

How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper by Victor Davis Hanson – “there has certainly been nothing yet in this administration comparable to the Obama-era efforts to curb civil liberties.”

“One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy. Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things. But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.

While we understand those on the left refuse to believe that a constitutional “legal scholar” like Obama would even think of allowing the executive branch to go rogue, it is indeed strange that in almost every NeverTrump attack on Trump’s conduct, there is almost no recognition or indeed worry that we have been living through one of the great challenges to constitutional government in our history.

But stranger still is what we already know of the 2016 election, and the lack of outrage from constitutionalists, who daily warn us of what Trump might do—when we already know what the U.S. government has done in violation of civil rights, constitutional principles, and likely federal laws.

the threat to our civil liberties is coming from supposedly sanctimonious and allegedly judicious career FBI, Justice Department, and intelligence agency officials, progressive and self-described idealistic former members of the Obama national security team, and anti-Trump fervent campaign operatives, all of whom felt that they could break the law—including but not limited to illegally monitoring American citizens, and seeking to warp federal courts and even the presidential election because such unsavory and anti-constitutional means were felt necessary and justified to prevent and then subvert the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

It is willful blindness for progressives and NeverTrump Republicans to overlook what has happened only to damn what has not happened.

This is the way democracies end—not with a loud boisterous bang, but with insidious and self-righteous whimpers.

Nunes approaches the target (2) by Scott Johnson – “As Nunes has persisted, anonymous authorities resisting his demand commenced a leak campaign

“The leak campaign of the anonymous authorities who took to the Times and the Post for the stories that surfaced late Friday was intended in part falsely to defame Nunes. Rep. Nunes appeared yesterday morning on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss it. Questioned by Bartiromo, Rep. Nunes spoke of his demand for the documents in issue and the resulting flak. This is an astounding interview.

Perspectives on an “outing” by Paul Mirengoff – “the informant used by the FBI in 2016 to gather information on the Trump campaign was not some previously unknown, top-secret asset whose exposure as an operative could jeopardize lives.”

“It’s understandable that the FBI and the mainstream media want to distract attention from the scandal of the FBI spying on a presidential campaign by talking about “outing” — first of a top secret agent and, when that narrative fell through, of a well-known longtime collaborator. This effort was never likely to succeed because the scandal of spying dwarfs the counter-narrative of “outing.” And now we know that the counter-narrative is a largely a smokescreen.

Venezuela “Votes.” Is There a Lesson Here For Democrats? By John Hinderaker – “barring your rivals from running is a tried-and-true path to a second term

“Here in the U.S, the Democratic Party tried a subtler approach.

At the moment, the Democrats’ relatively subtle approach doesn’t appear to be working very well. Next time, perhaps, they won’t take any chances, and will go full Maduro.

Investor’s Business Daily: The Net Neutrality Zombie Lives! – “The Senate has voted to raise net neutrality from the dead, a very bad idea.” … ““Net neutrality” is one of those brilliant marketing gimmicks that passes as something that enhances equality and freedom, but in fact destroys it.”

“The dead hand of government regulation will not promote competition, better services or lower prices. That only happens when market participants can respond to market demand and price their services accordingly. The House is expected to reject the bill, and we urge them to do so. If not, President Trump should veto it.

Uber Drivers Just Killed All the Parts of the Job They Supposedly Liked the Most, Coyote Blog – “the California Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are Uber employees, not independent contractors, under California law

“People don’t always seem to have a good grasp of cause and effect. I don’t know if this is a general problem programmed into how humans think or one attributable to the sorry state of education. My favorite example is all the people who flee California due to the high taxes, housing prices, and stifling regulation and then — in their new state — immediately start voting for all the same things that caused them to flee California.

Congratulations Uber drivers, in the quest to try to use the power of government to extract more money for yourselves from the company, you just killed your jobs as you know it. You may have had freedom before but now you are working in Office Space like the rest of us.

It will be interesting to see if a bunch of California progressives let $50 billion in equity go down the drain just to avoid offending the sensibilities of their fellow California progressives.

God Hates Gun Violence by Mark Galli – “We American Christians have a biblical call to reduce firearm deaths in our land.” Violence isn’t in the Ten Commandments. False witness is. Galli provids an example of how the Devil corrupts men’s souls. Galli commits violence against truth in his comments in Christianity Today. He chooses a weapon to castigate, skirts around hum an nature in a deceitful way, and propagates myths of anti-gun fanatics.

Trump Is Going Full Alinsky – and His Opponents Are Flummoxed by Brian C. Joondeph – “What a refreshing treat to finally be on offense, scoring touchdowns, leaving Democrats and NeverTrumps babbling.” … “Let’s look at a few of the rules Trump has used to turn the new world order upside-down.”

Code Red: The Coming Eruption by David Prentice – “Code Red for the left. Worst cognitive dissonance ever. They have no clue what is about to hit them.” There is hope that the ship will be righted and float to calmer seas.

Stephen Miller: Trump America’s ‘negotiator-in-chief,’ what voters wanted ‘times 10’ by Paul Bedard – “In a break from past administrations, President Trump is using brass knuckles to personally cut deals on trade, military burden sharing, diplomacy, domestic energy production and regulations that aides describe as unprecedented and propelling an economic boom.”

““Everything that the American people hoped for when they cast that ballot for change for a new kind of leadership in Washington, everything that they hoped they would get, I am telling you that they not only received it, but they’ve gotten it times 10,” said senior aide Stephen Miller.

Donald Trump’s Socratic method by Ronald Kessler – “While the press likes to portray President Trump as impetuous and impatient with details, when it comes to important decisions, he usually weighs options carefully.”

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