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Cooperating with nihilism to feel woke

Nihilism and National Security. Mervyn Bendle – this is your history lesson for the week.

Purifying Publishing. Bruce Bawer – “The cultural commissars come for conservative books.”

Opposing Black Lives Matter Now Means Hate Crime Charges. Daniel Greenfield – “America is going to a bad totalitarian place at an incredible speed.”

The Fragility of the Woke. Victor Davis Hanson – “The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.”

Two stories at The Nevada Independent about the special session of the legislature to figure out how to handle the budget shortfall illustrate what irresponsible rioting and lockdowns can do to long term plans for nirvana. Reality can be painful. Other people’s money has its limits. Maybe it is time to find a solution other than tax and spend.

After years of incremental health care reform, more than $200 million in budget cuts threaten to turn back time. Megan Messerly – “Many of the proposed cuts will roll back initiatives spearheaded by lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services over the last few legislative sessions in an effort to improve health care in the state, which ranks among the worst in the nation.”

Special session cuts poised to undo marquee education advances Nevada lawmakers celebrated in recent years. Michelle Rindels – “The proposed cuts play out like a reversal of the past three sessions,”

Companies Must Answer For Their Support Of The Radical Black Lives Matter Org. I & I Editorial Board – “do the executives at those companies have any idea how radical this group is and what it’s trying to achieve?” … “here are some questions for these companies, and any others that are giving money or encouraging donations to the BLM foundation.”

  • Do your shareholders and employees know that their company is supporting a group run by “trained Marxists”? …

  • Does your company support BLM’s call to defund the police? …

  • Do you approve of the BLM’s overtly socialist goal of “collective ownership”? …

  • Do you believe that the nuclear family should be abolished in favor of some sort of collectivist child-rearing scheme? …

  • Do you believe in “retroactive decriminalization, (and) immediate release … of all drug-related offenses and prostitution,” and “reparations for the devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ and criminalization of prostitution”? …

The Great Race Bait: Don’t Fall For It Conservative America. Tyler Durden – “Isn’t it odd that the political left claims to be so adamantly opposed to racism, yet they are the first people in the room to make generalizations based on race? ”

“This evolution of the political left is not natural or “grassroots”; it is completely engineered.

the media is perfectly on board with the NFAC and similar groups, calling them “peaceful protesters”. Yet, when conservative militias hold armed demonstrations, the media viciously attacks and accuses the right-wing of inciting violence. …

When BLM and Antifa announced they would be busing activists into rural towns, residents organized an armed security response. The protesters remained peaceful, and in some cases decided not to show up. The armed citizens were of course demonized and accused of paranoia over a threat that “did not exist”.

At bottom, it’s not the leftist mobs that present the biggest threat; these groups are ultimately a paper tiger. Instead, the greater danger comes from groups that are directly trained and organized by elitist or government interests. These are the groups that end up being used to trigger attacks, like shootings, bombings, assassinations, etc. And, it’s not the first time in US history this has been done.

The method of using racial tensions as a driver for domestic conflict is also not new.

This battle is not about race, it is not about white vs. black or so called “marginalized” groups against the patriarchy, it’s about collectivism vs. liberty. … The gatekeepers want to make it about race so that the real reasons for the conflict are obscured. We cannot allow this, and we must avoid the trap.

When Did the Left First Go Woke? When They Betrayed Black Slaves. Ben Poser – “The answer is staring us in the face today. … the crackpot cultural Marxist idea that “white people” can’t criticize evil committed by non-Westerners was becoming en vogue. Since white people have committed grievous violations of non-white people’s human rights in the past, all they have the right to do now is crusade to correct Western sins, and leave those non-Westerners commit today, no matter how much worse they may be, alone. For white “human rights” activists who’ve snookered themselves into feeling guilty about the “unearned” wealth on which they live, this serves as their masochistic expiation. When given the choice between virtue-signaling with a black square as their profile pictures on Instagram and freeing real-life black slaves, we know which one liberals will choose.”

“ This is even more egregious when we see most of the left’s characteristic inaction now that we know there is also Islamic slavery in Algeria, Libya, and Nigeria. They’d rather applaud statues of George Washington and General Grant being torn down by mobs of spoiled, ignorant children.

It is always a sad day when a warning from the past comes true, and remains unheeded.

The Fierce Fight Over America’s Ideals and History. Charles Lipson – “Americans do more than tolerate calls to live up to our highest ideals. We embrace them.”

“America’s values are grounded in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of 1787, which are themselves outgrowths of the European Enlightenment and England’s Glorious Revolution (1688-89). The genius of the American Founding was to block the consolidation of state power in one location (the central government) or one branch of government. These arrangements envisioned a broad public sphere, where citizens could speak freely and assemble peacefully. Those arrangements were codified in the Bill of Rights and led, almost immediately, to a widening electorate: first, poor white men; then, women; and finally, descendants of enslaved Africans.

This promise of equal opportunity and legal equality has confronted two daunting obstacles, both of which are now political fault lines. The first is that not all groups have been equally successful after the legal barriers were removed. Some have remained poor, live in violent neighborhoods, raise children without fathers at home, attend bad schools, and enter the post-industrial economy poorly equipped for skilled jobs. The political questions are “Who is responsible for those failures?” and “What should be done about them?”

The second obstacle is that “equal opportunity” does not compensate for past injustices, especially racial ones. …

There is only one case where we might owe a debt for others’ crimes: if we somehow benefited directly from them. That is why hard-left historians like Howard Zinn and the New York Times’ 1619 Project are so insistent that American wealth is built on the original sins of slavery, dispossession of Indians, and worker exploitation. …

In modern economies, wealth is built on production, not predation; on voluntary exchange, not theft and coercion.

The leftist critique of modern America, its history, and its ideals misunderstands all these fundamental points about economics, politics, and the law.

Failing to act is cooperating with the nihilism. Holding on to ignorance and misinformation is failing to act responsibly.

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Deceit with intent and impunity in many ways

In Praise of Empires. Keith Windschuttle – “Lal wrote his book to argue that most of the major empires in human history have provided long periods of peace and stability in which economic development could flourish.”

“Lal responds to this by distinguishing two different kinds of empires: those that seek to advance certain enterprises, such as taking plunder or imposing an ideology; and those that do not seek to impose their own objectives, but rather see themselves as a custodian of laws and civil order. The British Empire was the latter kind, a model that is not inconsistent with American traditions, or at least with classical liberal American traditions.

Trump at Mount Rushmore (WSJ edition). Scott Johnson – “The Journal editorial begins with the uniform voice of the Democrat media blob condemning the speech in whacked-out headlines and dishonest stories:”

Anti-Trump Republicans Endorse An Increasingly Leftist Joe Biden. I & I Editorial Board – “even as Biden makes his decisive move to the left, Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving an increasing number of Republicans to publicly endorse him for president.” … “Why? Well, the thinking is that Trump is such a disgrace for Republicans that only a decisive Biden win can expunge his stain from the party.” … “Not to be overly dramatic, but this is sheer lunacy.” This is accompanied by the unnecessary and unusual apologia about faults versus perfection that illustrates just how deeply the deceitful propaganda opposing Trump has registered.

“If these never-Trumpers succeed, they will not only have justified the left’s scorched earth political strategy, they will have handed over the White House and Congress to an increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. There will be a fire all right. And it will burn everything conservatives believe in.

Even if a supposedly purified Republican Party were to win a national election again somewhere down the road, there wouldn’t be anything left to build on.

No, They’re Not Stupid: Why Leftists Destroyed A Statue of an Elk in Portland Robert Spencer – “Once one understands what their real goal is, all their actions make sense.” … “In the first place, the rioters aren’t really out to bring about a societal repudiation of “racism” or “white supremacy” at all. That’s just a pretext.” … “What the rioters want to do is the very definition of terrorism: to strike fear into the hearts of a population so that its entire existence is consumed by it, and it becomes paralyzed, unable to act even in its own defense.”

Babylon Bee: State Governor Mandates Everyone Wear Snorkels In Case They Fall In A Pool

Fmr FDA Chief: ‘The case fatality rate is going down’. Sarah Carter staff – but, but … rationalizations for a narrative problem can be seen.

An Industry of Untruth. Victor Davis Hanson – “The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have this happening to our country is the only mystery left.”

“the omnipresent Fauci himself unfortunately has now lost credibility. The reason is that he has offered authoritative advice about facts, which either were not known or could not have been known at the time of his declarations.

the real cost of four weeks of protesting, rioting, and looting was to undermine the authority of state officials to enforce blatant violations of the quarantine.

Mismanagement of the virus? There have been four disastrous official policy decisions: sending patients into rest homes; allowing millions en masse for political reasons to violate state mandates on masks and social distancing; retroactively attempting to reissue quarantine standards that their advocates and authors had themselves earlier de facto destroyed; and consistently issuing pandemic alerts solely on the flawed basis of new positive cases, without distinguishing those who were asymptomatic, or who were infected and recovered without ever being tested, or who were asymptomatic and tested positive for antibodies, or who were only briefly ill, recovered, and by no means still a case-patient.

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other revolutionary groups hijacked the tragic death of George Floyd. Within hours they created a mythology of rampant white police lethal attacks on innocent black victims. But that trope, too, was without a factual basis.

And there’s more, much more …

quarantine zone: hungry sources that demand being able to shove ads down your throat their way only. Pursue with due caution.

Lies, Damn Lies and COVID-19 Statistics. Stacey Lennox – “Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, says the idea of preventing infection is not just unnecessary; it is irrational.”

Senator Duckworth and Most of the Press Are Lying about Trump’s Speech. Charles C. W. Cooke – “One doesn’t have to like President Trump — or to have enjoyed his speech — in order to acknowledge that Duckworth is lying. One needs only to read what was said.” … “I do know why she said what she said. Duckworth said what she said because almost the entire press corps said the same thing within seconds of the speech’s conclusion, and, in so doing, it signaled to her and to everyone else that she could get away with it.”

“Why do I “care”? I care because (a) I don’t think it’s good for America to have a press corps that lies as brazenly as ours does, and (b) because what Trump actually said is exactly what we should want American presidents to say.

But the media has other ideas.

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confident, loud, and self-righteous

Faulty Facial Scanners Reveal: A Racialized, Mob-Censored ‘Debate’ Is Worse Than Useless. Scott Shepard – “it nicely illustrates why policy development by Twitter mob, backlit by burning cities and inchoate rage, cannot work.”

“Processes of civic engagement and achievement are defeated by racializing policy concerns that need not be driven by racial considerations, conflating of unrelated policy problems and roving demands that anyone deviating from today’s floating consensus about the Lone Acceptable Narrative must be driven from public life.

The only real result of this racialize/conflate/cancel mechanism will be the destruction of American civic society for everyone.

Trump’s finest speech — and a press that beclowns itself in boiling hate. Monica Showalter – “a magnificent affirmation to Americans on their 244th national birthday that what they have always cherished is still cherished, along with a warning shot to those who hate and despise all the United States stands for.”

“It’s all a sputtering sheet show from the press and its political allies who sense danger to their position. Yet it’s also disgraceful. Here Trump was, offering them all a golden opportunity to dissociate themselves from the fascist left, and embrace the things they have always embraced – America’s singularity, its heroes, its achievements – and they’d rather sit in the mud and take potshots at Trump and even Mount Rushmore, just because President Trump went there. They’re crazed with their hatred of Trump and it makes them hate the entire country as a result. Voters should remember this in November.

Trump at Mount Rushmore [With Comment by John]. Scott Johnson – “In the vicious culture war that is dividing our nation, President Trump has taken the side of the United States. … For this — for his advocacy of the United States in the culture war — Trump will never be forgiven by the our cultural arbiters. This is what I get get out of the absurd AP story “Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore.”

“JOHN adds: To the Associated Press’s headline we can add the New York Times: … LA Times: … Washington Post: … We can infer several things: 1) Trump was effective. 2) “Dark” means he spoke about things the Left would prefer that voters not focus on. 3) The Left thinks it will lose the culture war.

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit does the contrast and compare between Obama’s visit and Trump’s in press reports.

The Myth of ‘White Guilt’. Dave Rybarczyk – “If their guilt is over the top, it is also unwarranted. It’s doubtful that any of the participants has ever practiced actual racism.” … “But their enflamed passion, as Paul Bloom has demonstrated, is detrimental to clear thinking, clouding the mind and preventing rational decision-making. Most disturbingly, it is corrosive of society, of the culture and of our governance.”

“In academia, activism and empathy entirely overshadow detached empirical research. We sadly suffer a dreadful dearth of objective research in pursuit of the root causes — I emphasize actual root causes — of poverty, violence, racial differences and cultural degeneration, through genuine study, without bias or malice. In other words, with simple honesty.

Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence. Victor Davis Hanson –“Universities are certainly teaching our youth to be confident, loud, and self-righteous. But the media blitz during these last several weeks of protests, riots, and looting also revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.”

Weaknesses of solar and wind, Myths and Questions that require an answer. Rob Jeffrey – “It is claimed that wind and solar are the cheapest sources of electricity and these sources should dominate future electricity supply. This paper focuses on known additional costs and subsidies which are not taken into account in the costs of wind and solar put forward by their advocates.” [A South Africa perspective]

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Has the big lie won? It’s a slavery pandemic obsession.

Black Slaves Matter! Harry Cummins – “Biram’s allegation that the Koran was at the root of modern slavery, meanwhile, cast an intriguing light on the demands, first by Khan on June 9, 2020, and then, a day later, by another leading British Muslim, Business Minister Nadim Zahawi, that all monuments to slave traders in the UK be cast down forthwith. Except, perhaps, the many that are vast and ugly mosques.”

African intellectuals, of course, are not the only ones who would rather focus on the Western past of African slavery than its Muslim present. Deutsche Welle is Germany’s version of the BBC World Service, but its artless exposure of how Islam ensures that black slavery “endures” all over the continent would certainly never have been transmitted by that tendentious oracle. As for the ABC, it would probably have emulated “Mauritanian justice” and arraigned Deutsche Welle for “racist propaganda”.

The greatest obstacle to finally ending African slavery is not Muslim self-assertion but Western self-reproach. Yeats famously said that: “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry”. In the same way, out of the West’s quarrel with itself it used to create Christian repentance, but, out of the wish to look good by not quarrelling with others, it now creates self-reproach, a repudiation of its own civilisation.

When Everyone Kneels, Who Will Stand Up For Western History And Culture? Tyler Durden – “Vandalism and self-hatred are quickly gaining ground.” … “British post-colonial guilt is, however, having repercussions far larger than statues.”

“There is, for instance, still total silence about persecuted Christians, according to a UK bishop leading a government review into their suffering. There is also, notably, a retreat from the world’s stage.

Post-colonial guilt is also suffocating freedom of speech in the UK.

The activists who campaign to remove the statues want radically to change the look of the British capital.

This movement of hating the West — which has, as all of us do, an imperfect history — seems to have begun in British universities.

Western history is seemingly being remade to portray all of Western civilization as just one big apartheid.

This process of Western self-abasement began long ago.

What is this macabre ideological game aimed at accomplishing? Not taking down monuments as such, like the statues of Christopher Columbus which have been torn down or beheaded. It is more than that. It is a power-grab to create a cultural revolution, to prevent anyone from saying that cultures are not all the same; to put Europe’s past on trial; to instill perennial remorse into consciences, and to spread intellectual terror to advance multiculturalism.

How many people will refuse to go along with this coerced suppression of history? If many kneel to this new totalitarianism, who will have the courage to stand up for Western history and culture?

In Nevada: Thousands of votes could not be counted because of invalid signatures and improperly submitted ballots and Sisolak proposes car emission standards, in line with California, as part of effort to combat climate change. It’s following California down the rabbit hole where woke rules supreme over reality and cognitive dissonance never gets beyond the confusion stage.

Nevada’s already slim physician workforce may grow slimmer with patients slow to return to doctor’s offices. Megan Messerly – “A majority of Nevada doctors believe they can only keep their doors open for another two to six months unless the volume of patients trickling back into their offices significantly increases” … it’s the overwrought reaction to the pandemic, the FUD mongering, the promulgation of high stakes action based on low stakes evidence, the feel-good woke over the intellectual integrity of effective cost, risk, and benefit analysis.

Coronavirus Cases Are Climbing Again. So What? I & I Editorial Board – “Once again, however, the mainstream press is needlessly scaring the public by hiding the relevant context.” … “Just don’t expect anyone in the mainstream press to explain this, because they’re too busy looking for ways to blame a scary “second wave” on President Donald Trump.”

TikTok Tix Tricks Are Fraud – For Which Watergate Perps Went To Jail. Bob Maistros – “So bunches of young folks are bragging that they used TikTok to scoop up blocks of tickets to Donald Trump’s big rally and depress attendance.” … “There’s one word for what these perps claim to have pulled off – fraud.”

But wait – there’s more! Since the instrumentality used for the fraud was the Internet, specifically social media, there’s an argument that federal laws against “wire fraud” could be brought to bear, as the fraudulent activity involved attempting to obtain something of some value: a place at a Trump rally.

And by the way, a nationwide coordinated effort to commit fraud? That’s known as “conspiracy.” A separate offense.

And certainly the Trumpsters would be justified, after all their cost, trouble, and embarrassment, to pick out a few entirely unsympathetic young adults, or parents who aided and abetted the wrongful acts, for lawsuits, including economic and — ouch! — even punitive damages. Just making punks go to the trouble and expense of lawyering up might be worth it in terms of letting Gen Z know that tugging on Superman’s cape is not necessarily cost-free.

The Fastest ISP In America Is Community Owned And Operated. Karl Bode – “We’ve long noted that community broadband networks are just an organic response to the broken, uncompetitive US broadband market.” What this anti-capitalist screed misses is that ‘voluntary’ capital formation in the form of those evil corporations is competing with mandatory, tax based corporations. Corporations that can fail if they do not provide a service that a consumer chooses to purchase are demeaned and impugned while corporations that can tax and are not subject to market whims are lauded and praised. The hidden costs of socialism are carefully kept in the closet.

Why Trump Isn’t Taking Action in Seattle. Kurt Schlichter – “The leftist tantrum is an information operation – and Trump is winning it.”

“It’s certainly frustrating to watch a pack of reeking leftist scumbags declare a portion of an American city an “autonomous zone” – what is it with Democrats and their secession fetish? – but do not get frustrated because Donald Trump has not sent the 101st Airborne in to powerwash the human grunge from Seattle’s feces-bedecked streets. That’s what the Democrats want. And Trump – a better strategic thinker than all the media geniuses, hack politicians, and Afghan War-losing generals who cry about him – is not only not going to give them the victory they crave. He’s going to jam their cheesy plan down their throats.

Let’s understand the strategic scenario. The long-term strategic objective of the leftists is to turn the United States into Venezuela, and they want to be Maduro. The major strategic objective that will put them in position to do so is victory in the November elections. Everything happening right now is part of their overall strategy to achieve that objective.

But what kind of operation are they using to achieve that objective? There are two types of operations relevant here – kinetic and information. A kinetic operation is actual warfare. It’s violence designed to defeat the enemy and cause his surrender by either physically destroying him or occupying his territory and compelling surrender. An information operation is designed to affect the perceptions, and thereby the actions, of the target. Kinetic ops tend to do something to the enemy; and info op tends to get the target to do something to himself.

Despite the hype, the protests may have involved a peak of 2 million people across the country – out of 330 million. That’s nothing kinetically; it’s significant informationally because it is pushed by so many cultural influencers.

Facebook Conservative targeting case breaks wide open with undercover evidence, stunning content moderator confessions. BPR Wire – “Facebook content moderators discussed using their positions to censor Republicans and conservatives in an undercover video released by activist group Project Veritas on Tuesday.”

Systemic Ignorance. Bill Murchison – “does the instinct for destruction proceed partly from ignorance — especially of the willful sort — and partly from plain, old-fashioned barbarism? The two, it appears to various eyewitnesses of our civilizational collapse, go hand in hand.” … “And this spreads Justice and Peace and Brotherhood all around the public realm? And renders you some kind of public saint rather than just a garden-variety arsonist?”

Yamiche Alcindor Tries to Gotcha Kayleigh McEnany On Statues, Gets Schooled. Bonchie – “The PBS “journalist” who prides herself in letting her activism take center stage in her reporting decided to try out a new gotcha question today.” … “It’s 1984-esque with a bit of the Bolshevik Revolution sprinkled in. Any attempt to pretend this is righteous anger is gaslighting. It’s not. It’s cynical and political, with a very specific end goal in mind.” … “There’s been no greater destructive force over the last three years, especially when dealing with the race issue, than the mainstream media. The damage done is reaching immeasurable levels.”

The malign precedent of Bolton’s book. Washington Examiner – “Officials entrusted with positions of great power close to this and future presidents should not leave office and swiftly publish tell-all memoirs.” … but the editorial assumes Bolton’s claims are true as if widely assumed and axiomatic. The actual evidence indicates otherwise. A good point is made but the false premise used as an example provides another example of a related social disease in the fourth estate as well as the fourth branch.

“This is an outrage. There is no fourth branch of government. Whether or not government officials believe the president’s actions are wise, he was elected, and they were not. Article II of the Constitution vests executive powers in the president. If bureaucrats take authority not delegated to them by the president, they are usurping it, arrogating what the Constitution says is his. Our republic cannot function as intended if bureaucrats decide what the elected government may and may not do.

Presidents are entitled to the counsel of their advisers. If Bolton profits handsomely from releasing this book, it will encourage future officials to follow his precedent and enrich themselves government service followed by copious spilling of beans. This limits the range of opinions that presidents will seek out. That is not the best way to govern.

How the Democrats Collude to Enable Voter Fraud. John Hinderaker – “One of the most pernicious phenomena of modern times is the collusive lawsuit. This is how it works:”

The New Truth. Jacob Siegel – “When the moral imperative trumps the rational evidence, there’s no arguing.”

“Argument itself requires that certain fundamental questions are settled and beyond dispute.

To insist that the conclusion that the arguer wishes to reach, with its implied corollary commandment, must be accepted by his or her opponent as a premise before the argument begins is not the move of a person who has confidence in their truth. It is the opposite of any form of reasoned argument. It is coercive.

America’s elite institutions now routinely make statements and use language that empirically is false. Indeed, they have taken the making, propagation, and enforcement of such language as their central mission. Because these statements are false, they make solutions to the real problems that are being gestured at impossible—while turning people who may want to actually address those problems into evil rape apologists and racists.

The blind continuing panic over COVID-19. Robert Zimmerman – “With totalitarian Democratically-controlled cities and states across the nation now imposing odious rules requiring the wearing of masks at all times, based entirely on emotion and symbolism with absolutely no reliance on the actual science that says masks are not only useless against a virus like COVID-19, they could be medically harmful to the user, I think it is time to do a little science journalism and illustrate again the absurdity of this situation.”

“Worse, I am certain that a large bulk of the American population will either not read what I write here, or if they do, will simply refuse to believe it. They are paralyzed by an irrational fear of this disease, fueled by politicians and a media whose only real goal is to defeat Donald Trump in November, and who seem willing to do anything, even destroy the country, to do so.

That irrational fear holds the public, and they can’t let go of it. It thus prevents them from processing any facts that might defuse it, and allow them to think rationally again.

The result? An acquiescence to lies and bad policy that leaves us all open to more lies and bad policy, all designed to concentrate power into the hands of the few spouting those lies.

The big lie has won, and because of that American freedom is dying.

So many big lies. Can the people tread water and find safe ground?

 

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Turned out to be false. Again and Again and it still keeps coming.

Lies, Damned Lies, & COVID-19. Tyler Durden – “As always, fraudulent language goes hand in hand with fraudulent political posturing, of which the Atlantic article I’ve already mentioned — oozing crocodile tears over the excesses of the cops while oblivious to the Constitution-defying antics of Governors Cuomo, Murphy, Whitmer et al. — is a rather rank example.”

“Of course, nothing I can write is going to penetrate the minds of people who have drunk the lockdown Kool-Aid and will hear, in my dissection of the fraudulent language used by “public servants” to foment poverty and to shred the Bill of Rights, only some sort of “coronavirus denial.”

So let me say it clearly: the coronavirus epidemic is real. Okay? It exists — but saying it exists is a mere truism. Iraq exists too, and it was once ruled by a particularly vicious dictator — though the fact that his worst atrocities were committed with extensive US support is mentioned far less often than it should be.

But it is still true that the American and British publics were tricked into endorsing a criminal invasion of that country on the strength of false claims. And no assortment of after-the-fact apologetics can turn those lies into truths.

  • just about everything we were told about COVID19 has turned out to be false.

  • We were told the virus would kill millions in the US alone, and that was false.

  • We were told lockdowns would make it go away, and that was false.

  • We were told we would only be confined until the rate of new cases leveled off, and that was false.

  • We were told that while the outbreak lasted no state government would tolerate any sort of public gathering for any reason, and that was false.

  • We were told that anyone who questioned the wisdom of the draconian restrictions foisted on us by our governments was a crypto-Nazi whose real goal was to kill off the weak — and that was false, not to mention slanderous.

  • Most unforgivably of all, we were told — and told, and told — that morality was entirely on the side of the democracy-destroyers. That was a lie of breathtaking proportions.

Attorney General Bill Barr Removes SDNY Attorney Geoffrey Berman – UPDATE: Berman Refuses to Leave… sundance – “the Washington Post (above) and the New York Times (LINK) have both written pearl-clutching articles about Barr using DOJ “outsiders”; yet never once have they noted the FISA Court order that preceded all of these outside USAO’s entering the picture and receiving instructions from Bill Barr.”

Some, like on Volokh portray this as part of a Trump Friday might massacre tied in with firing several IG’s. What those who sneer at the President miss is the evidence of complicity of these federal officials in improper prosecution, FISA court abuse, and other problems. What has to be done, besides smear and sneer is to find ways to obstruct cleaning out the swamp and that usually means lawfare. Any loophole, any gotcha, any pretense will do. As with Berman, any degree of resistance necessary is within the realm of possibility.

Class, Not Race, Divides America. Victor Davis Hanson – “It is the truth that the white progressive dares not to utter.” … “we have reached the surreal point at which the nation’s privileged whites on campuses such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, in the top echelon of politics, and the corporate and entertainment worlds, all deplore in the abstract something they call “white privilege” in others who have never really experienced it.”

 

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How about cancel the pandemic?

16 Things You Need to Know When Caught in a Panicky Crowd or Riot. Preparedness Advice Blog – “Remember, crowds are something to be feared. A panicky crowd will have no conscience.”

Who Now Dares to Confront the Left? Peter Smith – “The truth is the enemy of those who practice deceit and who find their anchor not in truth but in an agenda.”

Diana West Discusses Ideological Pentagon -VS- A Pragmatic Commander in Chief… sundance – “discusses a network and pattern of ideology within the modern pentagon leadership, and how a worldview is threatened by President Trump.” … “President Trump’s preferred use of economic warfare makes the Pentagon’s role diminished.”

“In the Trump era the President is telling the Pentagon where and when to position; and asks them for ‘contingency’ preparation. Decades of Pentagon-centric foreign policy is lessened by an entirely new geopolitical approach based on economic strategy.

Take away power, or worse yet, stop using military power, and the leaders within the system start to sense their institution becoming functionally obsolescent. Overlay this military view upon pre-existing ideological differences and the situation gets worse.

Unfortunately, like all other issues in the era of hyper-polarization, normally democrats would be alarmed about military leadership going rogue with their own agenda; however, as long as their agenda is anti-Trump, the political-left is now okay with it.

Never Trumpers are always wrong. Miranda Devine – “Psychological projection is the hallmark of the Trump-deranged. Deeply unhappy, they pour their self-hatred into the president like adolescents raging against an absent father.” … “Trump derangement is the only occupation open to their washed-up careers, so they are doomed forever to tilt at windmills.” … “So rancid and hyperbolic is this abuse that it probably will end up helping Trump electorally even as it damages the country.”

“On Saturday, by contrast, the president upheld American patriotism to the applause of West Point’s newly minted second lieutenants.

“The survival of America and the endurance of civilization itself depends on the men and women just like each of you,” he said.

“It depends on people who love their country with all their heart and energy and soul. It depends on citizens who build, sustain, nurture, and defend institutions like this one.”

“What has historically made America unique is the durability of its institutions against the passions and prejudices of the moment.”

Compare these sentiments to the bile of Never Trumpers and you see the treachery of people who hate the president more than they love their country.

After 4 months of hysteria, Covid-19 hasn’t beaten annual flu yet. Lubos Motl – “Well, I was totally wrong about the reaction of the humans, the longevity of this hysteria, and the overall impact on the economy that the bulk of our brainwashed mankind has apparently considered “justified”. This experience has made me fully understand and share the message of the quote by my late colleague Isaac Newton: I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. ”

Prof John Huss King about the anti-white racism at Berkeley. Lubos Motl – “The guest blogger is a history professor at UCB, as confirmed by Tom Sowell and another journalist who know the name.” Many voices joining this chorus…

Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Bones – Tens of Thousands of Boaters Join MAGA Flotillas For Trump… sundance – “Today, in celebration of President Trump’s birthday, thousands of boats assembled in massive flotillas around the country to celebrate. Here’s some videos of the events starting with over a thousand boats in Jacksonville, Florida: . Lighthouse Point, Florida:” and reports are that 800,000 have signed up for the Oklahoma rally on 20 June.

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Never give up! Never surrender! grovelling doesn’t help.

Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA. I & I Editorial Board – “Not only do Democrats not want to rein in the militarization of the federal agencies, they want to expand it.” … “Meanwhile, eight Democratic state attorneys general have sued the EPA for relaxing its enforcement activities during the COVID-19 lockdowns.” … “A few years ago, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, introduced the Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act, saying that “It’s disturbing to see the stories of federal regulators armed to the teeth and breaking into homes and businesses when there was no reason to think there would be resistance.”

Begging the Mob’s Forgiveness Doesn’t Work. Kyle Smith – “You can’t apologize enough to the woke and the restless.” … “After the actual riots, the metaphorical ones. Reputations get burned down. Careers get their windows smashed in. Character gets assassinated. … Much of this has been nearly as senseless, emotion-driven, and inane as the actual burning, looting, and destroying of urban neighborhoods.”

Who is John Gleeson? Paul Mirengoff – “Judge Gleeson was an advocate for the defendant in a case before him. He thus violated the fundamental principle that a judge cannot decide a case in which he has been, much less in which he actively remains, an advocate.”

“Thus, Gleeson waged his own campaign, using his office and his power, to browbeat the local prosecutor, who regularly appears in his court, into asking for charges to be dropped against a repeat, armed felon whom the prosecutor’s office properly convicted at a trial many years before. Gleeson then granted the request for a reduced sentence for which he had tirelessly advocated.

Who is John Gleeson? He’s a former rogue judge and current accomplice to a judge who, it appears, also wants to go rogue.

Saturday’s Washington, DC Protest Was a Big Flop. John Nolte – “Twitter’s Blue Checkmark Mafia and the fake media told us anywhere from one million to 100,000 protesters would swarm Washington, DC, on Saturday. Only 10,000 showed up, which means the “experts” were only off in the range of 80 to 99 percent.”

I Must Object. Glenn C. Loury – “A rebuttal to Brown University’s letter on racism in the United States”

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The Resistance Snatches Defeat From The Jaws of Victory. Bob Maistros – “blaming the president for the current tempests and outrageously comparing him to Nazis – along with the psychobabble emanations of other politicians-in-uniform astride the military-industrial complex – represent virtue-signaling elitism at its purest. And yet more proof that otherwise very smart people still don’t get what 2016 was about.”

David Horowitz’s Thumbs-Up for Trump. Bruce Bawer – “The definitive summing-up of Trump’s efforts to enact his “big agenda” — and of his enemies’ obsession to foil him at every turn.”

Amazon Paying Black Lives Matter to Burn More Small Businesses. Daniel Greenfield – “One way to look at these riots is as the Sharpton scam gone national. Burn down a whole bunch of small businesses and big business will pay you to do it all over again. ” … “it’s not only legal, but socially approved.”

Amazon Facing Backlash Over ‘Blue Lives Murder’ Merchandise. Sara Carter

Jeff Bezos: I’m Glad to Lose Every Single Conservative Customer Amazon Has. Ace of Spades

The Old Man Pushed Down by the Cops? Look Like He Was Indeed an Antifa Agitator Attempting to “Skim” the Cops’ Microphones. Ace of Spades – “Congratulations to the leftwing media for successfully running another op, and congratulations to all the “conservative” media voices who amplified this without the slightest skepicism, the exact same way they blasted out the Covington Kids operation.”

President Trump Notes Odd Behavior of Buffalo Protester… sundance – “President Donald Trump has noted the unusual behavior of the Buffalo protester who was captured on a now-viral video last week” … “During his engagement Gugino appears to be attempting to capture the radio communications signature of Buffalo police officers.”

“The capture of communications signals [explained in detail here] is a method of police tracking used by Antifa to monitor the location of police. In some cases the more high tech capture software can even decipher communication encryption allowing the professional agitators to block (black-out), jam, or interfere with police communication. In addition, many police body-cams are bluetooth enabled which allows syncing.

We’re Not All In This Together. Ibid – “The governors running the lockdowns are not in this with us.” … “Lockdowns were always for little people. Not for celebrities, politicians or political radicals.” … “Each false cause is replaced by another big lie. If you can see past the lies, you’re not “Together” with the “We”. You’re one of the last Americans.”

Celebrities Bail Out Rioters and Looters. Prager University – “Ted Cruz is right: this is shameful.”

Systemic Racism and Bigotry Are the Lifeblood of the Left. Dov Fischer – “And so there was no coverage of the pogroms in Los Angeles.” … “The person with lesser credentials won because of his (male) or her (female) or their (whatever other gender they got) race. … That is racism. Of course it is racism.”

“How low will they grovel to get power? They will kneel on the floor. They actually will kneel on the floor, groveling for power.

Of course, as Nancy Pelosi just found, she kneeled so long that she could not even get back up. You think she was kneeling to Jesus? Nancy Pelosi is America’s leading Catholic proponent of abortion

And who, pray tell, was Schumer kneeling to? He claims to be Jewish, so he is not kneeling to Jesus. But wait! It is a core tenet of Judaism that kneeling is forbidden except on Yom Kippur during the recitation of the Kohen service … Perhaps nowhere in the Bible is that core Judaic tenet more dramatically central and underscored than in the Book of Esther

So to whom was Schumer kneeling? Why, the Senate Minority Leader was not kneeling at all. Rather, he was groveling, groveling for votes from Black voters and perhaps kneeling to firebrand racist Al Sharpton.

The Left kneels. They grovel. They bow down to others, as Obama — then holding the office of president of the United States — bowed down to Arab Muslim oil sheiks. That is their way. They bow. They kneel. They grovel.

And they hate.

10 Rules for Postmodern Rioting. Victor Davis Hanson – “Is it deemed more or less evil to wear a mask while hitting a store owner over the head with a two-by-four?”

“Selfies … Masks … Race … Staples … Class … The Children … Because reasons … Media … Stuff Happens … Mixed-up Messaging …

in bullying fashion, looters focus on the weak and unguarded, not the strong and dangerous.

Public Health Experts are Embarrassing Themselves. David Bernstein – “While the current protests are certainly well-meaning and anger over police violence and racism justified, claiming that the protests’ positive effects on public health will exceed the harms from the spread of coronavirus is an assertion of faith, not science.” Bernstein skirts the problem of a priori axioms regarding the existence of harmful systemic racism as being portrayed by the current riots. He does get into the basic fallacies and contradictions of the arguments presented.

“But here’s the thing: while it’s understandable that people want to take to the streets to protest racism and state violence, there is no epidemiological or other scientific evidence that such protests will have positive public health effects by spurring positive social and political change. Any scientist or public health expert who suggests otherwise is engaging in political and sociological speculation that is not only beyond their expertise, but that really beyond anyone’s expertise. But it’s worse when such speculation purports to be scientific, from experts whose credibility is crucial for containing the current and future pandemics.

The public health folks who are comparing the negative Covid-related health effects of the rallies to the health effects of racism and police violence are committing a fundamental methodological error.

Remaking Post-Covid-19 Capitalism in the West: Lessons for the East. Charles Rotter – “”

“we are now being sold yet another bill of goods. We are told from almost every quarter that the economic recovery from the pandemic-panic induced lockdowns has to be “green”. Political leaders and mass media editors hitched to the climate change bandwagon cite the well-known if cynical slogan “never let a crisis go to waste” – commonly attributed to former President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. Politicians and “thought leaders” ceaselessly claim that massive sums of money need to be spent on economic stimulus plans to recover from the self-induced economic coma and that the spending has to be “sustainable” (aka “green”). Not only will this save us from the “crisis of capitalism” but it is deemed vital for the future of human civilization itself.

For the billions of people that have newly emerged from poverty in recent decades and are beginning to enjoy the early fruits of economic growth and technological progress across Asia, Africa and Latin America – among the greatest achievements in human history – the West’s ideological crusade against capitalism and economic growth may seem self-indulgent if not altogether grotesque.

Many developing countries with large segments of the population living hand to mouth have disastrously replicated the strict lockdowns of the West without the capacity to provide the kind of welfare assistance that the developed countries have extended to their citizens. As one of India’s leading industrialists Rajiv Bajaj put it, the country has “…flattened the wrong curve. It is not the infection curve, it is the GDP curve.” The developing countries need a post-Covid-19 recovery plan that focuses on “green new deals” as much as a hole in the head.

Who does it hit?

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The Lie has been around the world. The Truth is tying its shoes to join the race.

Leaving Plato’s Cave: The Truth about Police Brutality and Race. Reality vs. Illusion. Jack Kerwick – “If this was some fiction that never left the parameters of the inside of a person’s skull, then we could safely put it to one side. The problem, however, is that masses of people (black, white, and other, and for reasons that I’ll delve into at another time) confuse this illusion with reality.”

Why Do So Many Christians Vote Democrat? Katie Kieffer – “Christians have a moral obligation to consider the horrific harassment of fellow Christians when voting in November. Here are six recent examples of Christian persecution in areas ruled by Democrats that occurred in March, April, and early May:” … “Rioters in Democrat-run towns used fire to damage at least four churches in May:”

“For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship,” the Vatican’s Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote in a powerful letter to President Trump on June 7.

Contrast President Trump with Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden…

Christians have a moral duty to vote their conscience—and defend religious freedom.

Actor Terry Crews Gets Dragged For Promoting Equality, Decrying Supremacy Of Any Kind. Kira Davis – “One of the more heartbreaking things we’re witnessing in the current unrest is the inclination to silence certain aspects of the discussion on race and healing. The “silence is violence” crowd is ironically the worst offender, immediately stepping in to silence voices and points of view that don’t begin and end with getting white Americans out of the way and defunding the police.”

“BLM is a joke”. Scott Johnson – “Her name is Nestride Yumga. She is a D.C. resident who took to the streets to call out Black Lives Matters as “hypocrites.” Here is the June 1 Breitbart News report by Amy Furr and and Matt Perdie”

Civil Rights Veteran Shelby Steele: The Idea Of ‘Systemic Racism’ Is A ‘Corruption,’ Blacks ‘Have Never Been Less Oppressed’ In America. Hank Berrien – “This insurrection just sort of seems unclear, unmotivated by anything that it says itself. So what is it really about it seems to me is the question. ”

He continued by saying of George Floyd’s death, “Well, wow, the excitement that that triggers on the Left in America; it validates their claims that America is a wretched country, that they must get recourse .. it feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin and has been for four centuries and minorities are victims who are entitled. And so when people start to talk about systemic racism built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement: We want more; we want more; we want the society to give us more to help us. Society is responsible for us because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption; it’s a corruption because the truth of the matter is, blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner.”

He added, “I would be happy to look at all the usual bad guys, the police and so forth, if we had the nerve, the courage, to look at black people, to look at black Americans, minority Americans, and say, ‘You’re not carrying your own weight. You’re going to have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrate and so forth and yet you’re not doing — are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in life and making things happen for yourself? Or are you saying I’m a victim and I’m owed and the entitlement is inadequate.’”

Pelosi and the Democrats have fallen and they can’t get up. Andrea Widburg – “Monday saw numerous Democrat members of Congress, mostly from the Congressional Black Caucus, engaging in the type of symbolic theater so beloved on the Left … Reality was watching the same Congress people – especially the aged Pelosi – struggle to stand again:”

“When I see Democrats crawling around on the ground, I do not see leadership or even faux humility. I see a party that is weak and has lost its way.

Donald Trump’s open love for America, his refusal to grovel, and his willingness to fight on every point may have offended the intelligentsia, but for everyone else, they represented the worm turning. Finally, the skinny conservative guy had turned around and kicked sand at the bully.

Does America Want Submissive Leaders? John Hinderaker – “They said it, I didn’t.” … “Who kneel to people who hate them, and adopt those haters’ symbols? Whose first impulse is to apologize, prostrate themselves and wash someone else’s feet?”

Basic rules for generals who just have to play politics Victor Davis Hanson – “Given the lack of legal clarity, a confused public could at least expect four rules of general decorum and courtesy when our top retired military leaders go on the attack against a sitting president. Unfortunately, a number of our most esteemed retired generals and admirals haven’t met these modest ethical expectations in their fury at Trump.”

1) A retired general need not under any circumstances stoop to invoking Nazi Germany, Hitler or Fascism to criticize the president.

2) Any disparagement should not hint at any active resistance to, much less the removal of, an elected president other than through constitutionally mandated elections.

3) The condemnation should rest on clear factual evidence, not emotive anger or partisan disagreement.

4) There should be no semblance of coordination among retired military officers.

However well-meaning, they seem to have little inkling of how their advocacy and speech have only further polarized a divided country whose streets are currently in chaos.

And they should not coordinate their efforts in an ominous manner that could undermine the often-tenuous civilian and military balance at the core of our constitutional system.

Racism, Inc. Roger Kimball – “Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word.” … “reality counts for little in the disorienting echo chamber of political correctness.”

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False witness and fed up

The Left’s Defense of Arson and Looting as Weapons Against ‘Institutionalized Racism’. Joseph Klein – “Once again, progressives maliciously elevate nationwide violence and anarchy.”

“There is no legal defense that excuses arson because the arsonists believe they are fighting “institutionalized racism.” What’s next – that looting is a legitimate form of wealth redistribution to combat what some social justice advocates have called “racial capitalism”?

Some in the media also make excuses for the rioting. CNN’s Chris Cuomo, for example, questioned the notion that the protests need to be peaceful.

Apparently, it never occurred to Hannah-Jones that both black and white looters have been exploiting the George Floyd tragedy and peaceful protests to enrich themselves with stolen property. There is nothing “symbolic” about such selfish criminal acts.

The dreams and livelihoods of individual black and other minority small business owners have been destroyed all over the country. But Hannah-Jones is indifferent to their plight. For her, there are no black individuals with their own individual aspirations. She believes that “black people are a collective.” Following this absurd premise to its “logical” conclusion, an individual black who may have lost his or her life savings from wanton looting and arson should be willing to take one for the team.

Those standards are now dictated by the “woke” ideology under which whites must atone for the sins of past generations going back to the first white slaveholder. They must purge their white privilege by submitting to the dismantling of a society built completely on institutionalized racism, according to this ideology. Progressive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has chosen to embrace this ideology in lieu of her fealty to the rule of law. She has plenty of company in academia, the media, and Hollywood.

The “woke” progressives live in their own perpetual nightmare of an inherently evil, racist United States that is leading them to inflict destruction on our nation’s ordered liberty and the institutions that preserve it.

Did an aged activist set up the Buffalo police? Andrea Widburg – “If one views the video in a vacuum, it’s awful.” … “When leftists control the narrative, though, assume that what you’re seeing is a lie. It took a little while for the truth to emerge” … “People who have been carefully examining footage of Gugino’s interactions with the police, as well as his fall, have noticed that there was nothing innocent about what he was doing.” … “The Buffalo police force certainly believes that the two arrested officers were the victims of a set-up. Fifty-seven of them have resigned from the emergency response team.”

“Leftist activism always has an element of theater. That can be amusing when climate change nutcases dress as broccoli. It’s less funny when a vicious old man frames the police to drive a hard left narrative aimed at bringing our country to anarchy and vigilantism.

D.C. Mayor and Democrats Take a Page Out of the Palestinian Authority’s Playbook. Lauri B. Regan – “In the Palestinian culture, children are taught from birth that Jews and their homeland, the State of Israel, are evildoers to be exterminated.”

“In the United States and other civilized places in the world, we do not teach our children to hate and commit acts of martyrdom, we do not pay families to incentivize them to raise terrorist children and we certainly do not name public venues or roads after violent criminals. We do the complete opposite in fact, teaching respect for human life and dignity, private property, the rule of law, hard work, and a peaceful co-existence with our neighbors. We name our public places after real heroes like George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., and General Douglas MacArthur. At least we used to.

It was insane that Floyd’s funeral was elevated to a nationally televised event portraying him as a hero despite his long history of criminality, violence, and drug abuse, but the naming of a public venue across the street from the White House in honor of a violent social justice movement is beyond reproach.

What we’re watching take hold in our nation is domestic terrorism pure and simple – and it is working.

We are at a point in our country’s history where we can decide to move forward with civility and law and order, or we can become just like the Palestinians who not only elevate terrorism, but who justify their people’s violence and hate under the guise of blaming others for their woes with false narratives and lies fed to a willing public too ignorant to know any better.

Time for Mattis and Kelly to Listen to MacArthur. D.W. Wilber – “Perhaps it’s time for both Generals Mattis and Kelly to do a little soul searching. The preservation of our liberty and freedoms which President Trump doesn’t threaten at all, but which is indeed threatened by the radical leftists in the Democratic Party, has been on full display for over three years now.” … “Or follow General Douglas MacArthur’s advice, “and just fade away”.

The Clergy Follows the Mob. George Neumayr – “They endorse its propaganda.” … “To the extent that clergy have been visible at all in the crisis, they emerged not to stop the mob but to join it.

“The [Jesuits’] editorial also demands that Catholic education be a conduit for the propaganda of Black Lives Matter and other such groups” … “Once again, the modern Church, hopelessly besotted with fashionable causes, leaves its middle-class members out in the cold. Their legitimate concerns about law and order go unrepresented. Worse, they are called “racist” and told to repent.
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But where is the modern Church’s contrition for its role in hollowing out America’s inner cities? Where is its contrition for failing to pass faith and virtue to a younger generation of Americans? On those fundamental matters, it falls silent. The modern Church is content to follow, not lead, and it is following the mob toward an America that is rapidly disintegrating.

They go the way of the media with the pews becoming ever more empty as false witness registers with the faithful.

The building cold anger throughout America. Peter Skurkiss – “These ongoing demonstrations mixed with riots are an offense against decency and the rule of law. This has countless Americans seething.” … “This anger is not a ‘hot anger’ which leads to lashing out in aggressive and violent behavior. Rather it is a cold anger that simmers until the opportune time for action comes.”

“Adding to the building rage is the Chinese pandemic. America watched in silence — silence as far as the media was concerned — as the political establishment hyped the effects of the Wuhan virus with fake epidemic models and closed much of the economy, throwing millions out of work and destroying many small businesses in the process. And to further the insult to basic decency, the draconian shutdowns closed places of worship while allowing liquor stores and state lotteries to remain open. People were scolded from on high and threatened with jail if they tried to exercise their constitutional right to free assembly. But all those alleged concerns of stopping the virus went out the window when the George Floyd mobs assembled. People saw this hypocrisy. It fueled their cold anger even more because it implied that the authorities never really believed social distancing was all that necessary in the first place.

Sisolak asked. “They can’t carry a backpack, but it was okay to have 200 people in front of my house carrying AR-15s and AK47s? That’s not right.” That 200 was engaged in peaceful protest. The backpacks had bricks for riots. The Governor can’t seem to tell the difference between peaceful protest, which he tried to outlaw with pandemic excuses, and violent rioters who he joins in dishonest rationalizations. He needs to examine the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights, especially the first and second amendments and re-think his idea about what is and is not “right.”

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You want propaganda? You’ve been swallowing that blue pill for years now.

The Truth about Interracial Violent Crime. John Perazzo – “Debunking the Left’s pernicious lies.”

“These numbers are staggering. If America were teeming with white racism, those guilty of interracial crime would be disproportionately white. But instead, the exact opposite is the case. Thus, the enormous amount of attention given to white-on-black attacks – which are statistically rare in the United States – is an obscene and senseless absurdity. The notion of ubiquitous white racism manifesting itself in unacceptably high levels of white violence against blacks, is one of the most destructive and monstrously evil lies of our time, creating levels of racial mistrust and animosity that are wholly unwarranted.

AP: Don’t Call Them Looters. Undocumented Shoppers? Daniel Greenfield – “Calling things what they are is dangerous. Like all truths. Those who want to suppress meaningful language do so to cover up the truth.”

Americans are bowing down before the mob because of the Big Lie. Andrea Widburg – “One of the more disturbing images to emerge in the past few days has been of police officers and National Guardsman kneeling – effectively bowing down – before the mob.” … “While it’s true that there is black genocide in America, it’s not coming from law enforcement. It’s coming straight from Planned Parenthood, the Democrats’ most sacred organization.” Even General Mattis, former SecDef, got into this act with GWB with ignorance of recent history and nonsensical President bashing.

“In one of his best segments ever, Tucker Carlson looks at the way white liberals, police as well as ordinary people, are groveling because they believe they’re complicit in a black genocide – except there is no black genocide.

Thanks to the Democrats’ Big Lie, instead of protesting at Planned Parenthood clinics and thanking God that Trump is a pro-Life president, blacks believe that the cops who try to protect them from the predators in their communities are the enemy. And the Big Lie has caused stupid leftists, police officers, and National Guardsmen to think that they lack the moral authority to stand up and face blacks with the dignity inherent in all humankind.

Rod Rosenstein copies Hillary’s defensive technique in the Senate. Andrea Widburg – “Hey, who needs to be attentive when stripping an American citizen of his rights? Even if, as some have noted, it was perjury under the Michael Flynn standard, he’s a Democrat ally, so he’ll walk.”

“A couple of other points about the hearing. First, Jonathan Turley made the excellent point that Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono (D), practically forced Rosenstein to insist that Trump neither obstructed justice nor committed a crime:

Second, Ted Cruz roasted Rosenstein. He pointed out all the illegal and politized conduct that took place on Rosenstein’s watch. And then Cruz accused Rosenstein of being either a crook or a useless piece of bureaucratic refuse (although Cruz said it more gracefully):

Prosecute actions, not thoughtcrimes. Robert T. Smith – “It is juvenile to believe that all people are good, that they will act morally or legally.” General Mattis, former SecDef, should read the James Byrd episode thoughtfully and consider “Emotional reporting by the media and allegations by many others serve to divide us by claiming that our entire country (apparently except those making the claim) is racist.” before he gets into more gratuitous President bashing. “Assigning racial motivation to any of these instances is assessing thoughtcrime.”

The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots. John Daniel Davidson – “The media lied about the Russia collusion hoax, about the Mueller probe, about impeachment, about the coronavirus—and now they’re lying about the riots.”

“In recent days we’ve heard a steady drumbeat of lies, distortions, and disingenuousness from the mainstream media about almost every aspect of the unrest now gripping American cities. The deceit is almost too pervasive and amorphous to describe, but I’m going to try anyway.

To answer Lemon’s question, what’s happening here is the same thing that’s been happening for years now: the media, not Trump, have declared war on America, they are indeed playing a dangerous game, and it will most certainly backfire.

How Crazy Are the Democrats? This Crazy. John Hinderaker – “There is a movement going on now, believe it or not, to abolish the police. … And of course the same people who want to abolish the local police department don’t want you to be able to defend yourself, either.” … “This insane version of American history is the orthodoxy of the Democratic Party.” … “Even in the corrupt world of politics, we don’t often see dishonesty of this breathtaking magnitude.”

The case for sending in the troops [UPDATED]. Paul Mirengoff – “As examples of this use of presidential authority, Cotton cites President Eisenhower’s use of troops in Arkansas when schools were integrated in the 1950s. In addition, and more closely analogous, he points to President Bush (41) deploying the Army’s Seventh Infantry and 1,500 Marines to protect Los Angeles during race riots in 1992.” GWB, Mattis, remember recent history? Feeding insurrection is not good policy for anyone.

Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg: Mattis’s Rebuke of Trump Is a Big Deal — “Rarely has a former defense secretary publicly criticized a president he once served — and never in such harsh terms. — It’s hard to get across what a big deal it is that former Defense Secretary James Mattis has not only publicly criticized …” and Mattis Rips Trump in Statement at Patterico are correct. Mattis is way out of line for his past, siding with anti-constitutional and insurrectionist forces and feeding the dishonest propaganda campaign. He is contributing to what he says he condemns. For a person of his stature, this lack of intellectual integrity and basic respect is frightening.

Your Moral Compass Is A Windsock. DCE – “As usual, they very folks that have been after us, denigrating us, threatening us, coming after us because we refuse to conform, to live in their delusional world under their insane (an amoral) rules, are the very same ones that want us to clean up the shitstorm they created.”

Texas A&M thanks account targeting, publishing information of conservative students. Lacey Kestecher – “Conservative Texas A&M students were recently targeted by a since-deleted Twitter account attempting to notify the university of all “hateful” students on campus.”

““It is common for Texas A&M to target conservatives,” Dallmeyer told Campus Reform. The harassment of conservatives comes at no surprise for her. “Texas A&M claims to operate under core values; however the University’s actions prove otherwise. This incident is just the latest release of Aggie Twitter: the term for the leftists on campus who call out and harass conservative students on social media.”

“Texas A&M has long held the reputation as one of the last conservative higher education institutions in America; however, that notoriety is quickly dissipating,” added Dallmeyer.

And speaking of science and politics: fake research for political aims? Neo – “Once hydroxychloroquine was touted by Trump as a possible tool against COVID, the drug’s days were numbered. Is it any wonder that a major study came out against it, and now there’s growing evidence that the study may have been fudged or at least very sloppy?”

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getting mad at the TV or computer doesn’t work either

Rage Against the (Wrong) Machine, Tim Knight – “This is a perfect recipe for such chaos. You’ve got an unemployed population who has been under house arrest for months, with the widest wealth divide in history, and an environment of racism and violence.”

First up is getting the facts right. The Floyd incident looks to be heading the same way many other marquee incidents have gone – a tool for racists based on deceit and deception. Support for an “environment of racism and violence” is also poor as the racist behavior tends to be localized to the so-called victim race and to Democrat run cities and states.

“I was particularly struck by this image below, which is sort of an upside-down version of Kristallnacht, 82 years later. [black owned business declared on boarded up window]

You’ve got to feel for the poor souls whose job it is to attract conventions and tourists to this place. Their website is unintentionally drenched with irony these days.

Since I’m watching from a safe distance, I don’t have a problem with all the mayhem, although I think it’s misdirected. These angry hordes are destroying their local Target store (where are you going to get your Charmin now, pal?) instead of, oh, let’s just say, the Federal Reserve located right in downtown Minneapolis

But while you destroy your local Target store you can loot it and get free stuff! Envy of the wealth and covetousness of their earnings also indicate that race has very little to do with the violence. The rioters’ overt destruction of their communities is why they often have impoverished communities. It is the story of the Three Little Pigs writ large.

And then Knight goes TDS and completely misses the point of Trump tweets by confusing a defense against property damage with an offense against others. Such blindness is destructive. The mayor of Washington D.C. seems to have fallen for the same lame biased tweet reading.

Rage against any machine is a fruitless activity. It’s like getting mad at your car because you failed to manage a curve on an icy road.

Minneapolis Riots Are Reminder That Police Don’t Protect You Or Your Property by Tyler Durden – “any unfortunate shopkeeper or resident who finds himself in the path of the rioters ought to just assume that police won’t be around to provide any protection from the mob.”

“But heroics or not, the outcome for victims is the same: they must rely on self defense, formal private security, or private armed volunteers likely to be labeled as “vigilantes.”

A failure to protect taxpaying citizens from violence and crime in a wide variety of situations is standard operating procedure for police departments which are under no legal obligation to protect anyone, and where “officer safety” is the number-one priority. The lesson to be learned here is that the alleged “social contract” between citizens and the state is a one-way street: you pay taxes for police “services,” and the police may or may not give you anything in return.

The US Supreme Court has made it clear that law enforcement agencies are not required to provide protection to the citizens who are forced to pay for police services, year in and year out.

Consider these headlines at Frontpagemag.com The Point, A Daily Blog By Shillman Journalism Fellow Daniel Greenfield:

  • Cuomo, De Blasio to Investigate NYPD After Leftist Hurls Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Van

  • Target is Helping Fund the Looting of its Own Stores

  • Black Lives Matter Riots Kill African-American Federal Protective Service Officer

  • CNN on Riots: “Perhaps This Is Some Sort of Mechanism for a Restructure in Our Country”

  • Black Lives Matter Rioters Vandalize Synagogue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

and then the story California Tried to Bail Out Illegal Aliens – and It’s a Disaster – “Who knew that anonymously handing out $1,000 to criminals could go wrong?” Daniel Greenfield

“California’s illegal alien population is its shadow economy and with many of the industries that employ them shut down, the Democrats who depend on ghost districts populated by illegals decided that something had to be urgently done to keep the illegal aliens from fleeing back across the border.

Since the sanctuary state would rather let a million Kate Steinles be murdered than deport one illegal, not even California authorities would be allowed to know whom they were giving away the money to.

Instead of illegal aliens having to file paperwork or show up at an office and present their undocumented passports, the giveaway was run through non-profits that help illegal aliens.

The potential for fraud is as vast as the cash flow is limited.

The idea of a massive illegal alien bailout is spreading across blue state and areas. Maryland’s 250,000 illegal aliens want their own stimulus plan. Pro-illegal alien activists in Phoenix held a rally demanding money for illegals. Two dozen Connecticut legislators have written a letter calling for a bailout for the state’s 100,000 illegals. Massachusetts Democrats also desperately want to bail out their illegals.

And California has taken its illegal alien bailout national with Speaker Pelosi’s HEROES Act offering stimulus cash for illegal aliens at a time when 30 million Americans are out of work.

More headlines at Lucianne: While CNN’s Gergen Calls It ‘Nuts’ for Bill Barr to Urge ‘Law and Order’ and Biden Campaign Staff Donates to Organization That Bails Out Rioters Arrested in Minneapolis, Compare and contrast to  Black Woman On Destroyed Property: “I Have Nowhere To Go,” It’s Not Going To Bring George Back and Peaceful Floyd Protesters Form Human Barricade to Protect White House Police.

Now we see what moves the pandemic doomsday obsession off the front page.

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media nonscandals show results. again

Michael Fumento: Time To Show The Better Angels Of Our Nature With Coronavirus – “Those prior pandemics without panic caused no recessions, much less the possibility of a worldwide depression.”

“Those people stayed cool notwithstanding that flu vaccines didn’t exist, and therefore no hope of making one. There were no pneumonia vaccines, no antibiotics for secondary infections, no antivirals, no ventilators, and intravenous feeding tubes didn’t really catch on until the late 20th century.

we still have time to rise to the occasion, to show sanity and sobriety. To reveal what The Great Emancipator called “the better angels of our nature.”

Hydroxychloroquine, Me, and the Great Divide By Richard Moss, MD – “Then something happened to this wonder drug. From savior of the multitudes, redeemer and benefactor of hundreds of millions, it transformed into something else: a purveyor of doom, despair, and unspeakable carnage.”

“HCQ is only another bellwether. It represents the latest nonevent in a long string of fabricated media nonscandals. If a nation can be divided over HCQ it can be divided over anything. It shows neatly, as many of the other non-issues did, whether one embraces the U.S., our history, culture, and constitutional system, or rejects it. Whether one believes in Americanism or despises it. It is part of the ongoing civil war, thus far cold, but who knows? The passions today are no less jarring than they were in 1860. One would have thought that a man taking a medicine prescribed by his physician, even a President, would be a private matter. But no. Not today.

We swim in an ocean of manufactured disinformation created by a radical COVID media, our fifth column.

The riots are not about the police By Jacob Dreizin – “Judging by extensive photo and video documentation from the scene, the looters and arsonists in Minnesota were up to one half white, largely of the (forgive the crude expression) “scrawny commie stoner” variety.” … “The majority of these young people, of all races, seem to be having a good time.”

Nolte: The Science Turns Against America’s Mask Fascists – “The only real way to catch the China Flu is to hang out with someone infectious for a protracted period of time, so it’s unlikely you will catch it walking along somewhere, like a store or sidewalk.”

“If you believe a mask will protect you, go ahead and wear a mask. But what do you care if someone else is wearing one or not? As long as you’re wearing one what does it matter? Why can’t we just leave each other alone?

And the Atlanta CNN building became a target for the rioters.

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The red pill is a bitter one to swallow for many

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Zuckerberg Is Right—Facebook Isn’t the News Hall Monitor for Stupid People – The notion that we are all just automatons dancing to the whims of Facebook and Twitter is patently ridiculous, but that’s what the various thought and speech police would like everyone to believe.”

“We are now being plagued by the leftist notion that everything can be controlled from the top down. They truly believe that if Twitter and Facebook just police their users’ content properly, they can protect gullible people from wrong information, whether it’s unintentionally or intentionally wrong.

This theory completely discounts the fact that stupid people will always be stupid. No amount of nanny policy from Facebook or Twitter can fix that. Zuckerberg seems to be finally getting that. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t, and probably never will. The leftist approach will always be one of central control. They diminish and discount the worth and power of the individual, but a little faith in the people is what is needed here, and that’s something else that Zuckerberg seems to be getting these days:

Peter L. Swan: Run the Numbers, Survey the Folly – “Hence, like Norway, the evidence from Taiwan and the US does not indicate that lockdown is either necessary or is more effective than voluntary social distancing in combination with protecting the vulnerable, in reducing COVID-19 morbidity.”

Tyler Durden: Lancet Study That Caused WHO To Drop Hydroxychloroquine Trials Falls Under Scrutiny – not only missing the key ingredient but also with shady data issues – i.e. bad science used to formulate policy.

Joseph Klein: WH Press Secretary McEnany Shows Up Establishment Media – “Chris Wallace responds with ad hominem attacks.” It’s what you do when you chose the blue pill.

“Many White House correspondents, past and present, believe they are members of a privileged class. They demand the right to throw mud at the president and his spokespersons with loaded, gotcha questions but insist on absolute immunity from being questioned or criticized themselves. Chris Wallace, now an anchor for Fox News, is an alumnus of the White House press corps. He was NBC’s White House correspondent between 1975 and 1988. Wallace exhibited the hubris of his exclusive club during his Sunday morning show on May 24th when he went after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. McEnany had dared to challenge the professionalism of the so-called “journalists” present in the White House briefing room. Wallace was dismayed.

The White House correspondents are not used to being reminded of the ethical responsibilities of their profession.

Chris Wallace needs to look in the mirror. So do the present members of the White House Correspondents Association.

Katie Pavlich: School in Session: McEnany Reminds the Media That Registered Voters in Many States Are Also Dead – “explained to reporters, with slides, detailed data and news stories, that voter fraud as a result of mass vote-by-mail schemes is in fact a real problem.” … “She also explained the difference between absentee voting and a mass mail-in voting system.”

neo: What’s going on with Judge Sullivan? [Part III] – “I believe that’s still operating with Sullivan right now. His actions since Barr’s DOJ pulled out of the case have been so outlandish, so egregious, so obviously incorrect in legal terms, that I think he has indeed reached Captain Ahab levels.”

neo: COVID-19 research: the press interprets – another cruise ship study where 80% asymptomatic could either foretell doom or be seen as indicating reduced risk. Guess which take the media uses?

Bruce Deitrick Price: K–12: Elon Musk Says Take the Red Pill – a new meme in town. Price explains and uses education as an example.

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It’s a stacked deck but there’s splashback this time

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Trump’s Twitter Trolling Is the Greatest Entertainment in America – “What Trump has managed to do with Twitter is counter the narrative advantage that the mainstream media always had and used against Republican presidents.”

“On Tuesday Twitter did get combative with the president when it did a fact check and red-flagged a couple of Trump’s tweets about vote-by-mail and voter fraud. The platform has never been shy about its liberal bias, but it is usually a little more coy than this. Pretending that there is no connection between vote-by-mail and fraud is a fairy tale straight from the Democratic National Committee.

I’ve said it before: if President Trump would spend most of his day taking swings at liberals on Twitter I might cancel all of my streaming services. Watching him get out in front of stories or counter-punch false narratives never fails to delight. I have two Tweetdeck columns dealing with various media accounts and it’s so much fun watching them fall apart after one of the president’s deliberate troll tweets.

Thank God Trump isn’t the kind of guy who lets anyone talk him out of anything. I’m sure every constipated establishment adviser he’s had has told him to lay off Twitter, even though it’s one of his greatest weapons in the battle against the ever-biased press.

Tyler Durden: Election Meddling? Rule-Enforcing Twitter Execs Under Fire For Anti-Trump Postings – “Shortly after Twitter announced it would start “fact-checking” President Trump’s tweets, yet more evidence has been exposed of the blatant anti-Trump bias at the most senior levels of the social media giant.” … “It is that lack of a consistent standard that has magnified free speech concerns.”

“As Summit News’ Paul Joseph Watson notes, Roth has been head of site integrity at Twitter since July 2018 and is responsible for “election security” and “misinformation,” meaning he almost certainly played a key role in the decision to ‘fact-check’ Trump’s tweets.

In the meantime, We await Twitter ‘fact-checking’ false claims about ‘Russian collusion’ or any other of the erroneous issues pushed by the blue check mark brigade that have proven to be spectacularly wrong.

Mark Hemingway: Media’s Unpunished Lies Hurt The Nation Far Worse Than Trump’s Indefensible Tweets – “The grim joke of the 20th century was that one death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic. Well, in the 21st century age of information warfare, one man’s libel is an outrage. When thousands do it, we call that ‘the news.‘” … “When Trump is singled out for his outrageous comments, while Joe Biden gets portrayed as an avuncular goofball for decades of horrifying behavior, it starts to make sense why Trump voters can’t be bothered to care.” … “The president getting a hall pass isn’t going to outrage anyone on Team Trump when you consider how social media platforms are generally perceived as having policies that are inconsistent, unfair, and cavalier about censorship.”

“With Trump’s election, there was drastic and, yes, problematic unburdening of this strategic disadvantage public virtue presented. The quote that’s been in vogue on the right hails from sci-fi writer Frank Herbert: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” At the same time, there’s little doubt the left consciously weaponized this insight long before Trump — see Saul Alinsky’s command to “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Even with Trump in the White House, there’s a not unreasonable perception that the media and other institutions ultimately have more power and influence and will outlast him. They continue to seek the safety of the herd, portraying their own inexcusable and vicious attacks on the portion of America that doesn’t share their center-left worldview as the product of reasonable consensus.

There’s a large complicated dynamic here, the problems are systemic, and we didn’t arrive at a situation where the leader of the free world could or would say these things out of the blue. If your first impulse is that you are not part of this problem, well, you most certainly are — even if it’s a result of what you’ve passively tolerated.

Trump merely exposed existing contradictions, where the decorum and civility of official Washington had already become fig leaves for wielding power in a way that ran roughshod over the desires of “deplorable” and “irredeemable” citizens. Until we all change our own behavior and treat each other with respect regardless of our disagreements, we’re going to continue to get the nasty discourse we deserve, regardless of who’s president or how much the media feels entitled to complain about their rhetoric.

I & I Editorial Board: From Speech To Consumer Choice, Democrats Believe Everything Must Be Policed – “The political left is driven by an urge to supervise every aspect of our lives. It’s a corrosive impulse that shouldn’t be accepted anywhere in a free nation, let alone practiced. The backlash needs to begin now. If not, our liberty will eventually be overrun.” … “Nothing in recent times illustrates the left’s inclination to control as does its response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Naturally, those who would make the rules would be exempt from them. The inconsistencies and hypocrisy don’t matter, though, to those in control. Neither does the loss of liberty. Only if we’re vigilant, and more so than we’ve been, will we be able to limit the damage and have any hope of restoring that which has been lost.

It’s not just in the U.S. France revokes decree authorising use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 – An inexpensive drug in common use for fifty years is micromanaged by politicians for ideological reasons using ‘in the weeds’ rationalizations.

Anthony Leonardi: Kathy Griffin: Stabbing Trump with syringe containing ‘nothing but air inside’ would ‘do the trick’ – “The Washington Examiner also asked Twitter if she breached the platform’s violent threats policy. A representative said the company will “look into” the tweets.” Ugly, proud of it, and lauded by the Left.

Bruce Bawer: An Open Letter to the D.C. Right – “You’ve shrugged off Obama’s culpability. And in doing so, you’ve set yourself against liberty and justice. The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed.”

“For a long while, I thought you were the good guys. You talked about individual liberty. Some of you identified as conservatives, others as libertarians, still others as classical liberals. None of you are outright leftists.

Then Donald Trump came along. He spoke of liberty and of putting America First.

Your public rage at him—and his supporters—was instantaneous. It was visceral, full-throated, and constant.

I didn’t remember any of you getting that worked up about Barack Obama. Ever.

You knew—somehow all of you could tell instinctively—that when Trump talked about liberty, he meant it. … But you? However much you talked about liberty, at bottom you weren’t really about liberty at all—at least not the individual liberty of ordinary Americans.

In recent days, I’ve reached an apotheosis. It was triggered by a thread on one of your Facebook pages.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Remains of an Administration – “Each day that the Obama administration fades into the past, its wrongdoings manage to wander back into the present. After years of suppression, all sorts of strange events keep popping up to remind us of what little is left of the Obama years” [follow on at nagware National Review]

Mark Kramer: Lessons From Operation “Denver,” the KGB’s Massive AIDS Disinformation Campaign – “Historian Douglas Selvage sheds light on a conspiracy theory that reverberates to this day.” As Stephen Green notes at Instapundit, “This is a fascinating read, and Communist China’s similar propaganda effort on the Wuhan Virus just goes to show that commies never change.” The problem is that Kramer succumbs to the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy and falls prey to distorted perceptions and questionable assertions to do so.

Nicholas Stark: I’m a doctor in a family of COVID deniers – borrowing the climate alarmists narrative for those who don’t see the light … “Most of my colleagues on the frontlines have nominal contact with individuals on this end of the sociopolitical spectrum. When they call home, they are met with affirmations, and their thoughtful cautions are received in earnest.”

“I am the only physician in a family of farmers. As I witness the pandemic’s devastating health consequences from the frontlines, I feel a fundamental responsibility to share my experience and advice with my loved ones to keep them safe. However, I find myself battling COVID-denial propaganda at every turn. Even my years of medical training have not endowed me with the credibility necessary to break down the sociopolitical barriers that separate my family and me on this life-and-death issue.

Perhaps it is time to set aside the hubris and start listening to the farmers? Death and disease in the cold hard world trains them with a knowledge and experience that puts a premium on intellectual integrity. Perhaps they are also telling you that the medical profession is following academia and the flyover media into a hellhole of disrespect and suspicion. Calling people “deniers” is indicative ad hominem. Try to move toward accepting others as equals rather than inferior.

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What’s that about chickens coming home to roost?

Roger Kimball: Rage and Recriminations in the Wake of COVID-19 – “For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful.”

“In the middle of my tiny neighborhood on the Connecticut shore, there is a nobbly, plinth-like stone about 2 feet high surrounded by a circle of grass and some simple decorative stonework. On one side of the stone there is a brass plaque to “the eternal memory” of the 26 men from the neighborhood who fought in World War I, “the great conflict between liberty and autocracy.” On the other side, a plaque commemorates the 17 men who fought in World War II “that mankind might live in freedom.”

Our ancestors fought for liberty against the forces of autocracy, “that mankind might live in freedom.” We cower in our homes, constantly told to “practice social distancing,” and not to venture out of doors without a mask.

“A population-wide case fatality rate of 0.05 percent,” Ioannidis points out, “is lower than seasonal influenza.” And here was my favorite bit: “If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational.

Back in March, I quoted the commentator Aaron Ginn, who speculated, “When this is all over, look for massive confirmation bias and pyrrhic celebration by elites.

I wondered when it would be that people would cotton on to the fact that the real crisis here was not the disease but our politician-and-media fired panic over the disease?

For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful. But the symptoms this time will not be nausea and headache but shame at our credulousness and rage against those who exploited it.

Fraser Myers: ‘Nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives’ – “Yoram Lass, former director of Israel’s Health Ministry, on the hysteria around Covid-19.”

“It is the first epidemic in history which is accompanied by another epidemic – the virus of the social networks.

It is what is known in science as positive feedback or a snowball effect. The government is afraid of its constituents. Therefore, it implements draconian measures.

Mortality due to coronavirus is a fake number. Most people are not dying from coronavirus. Those recording deaths simply change the label.

The only real number is the total number of deaths – all causes of death, not just coronavirus. If you look at those numbers, you will see that every winter we get what is called an excess death rate.

Among the people who die from coronavirus, the median age is often higher than the life expectancy of the population. What has been done is not proportionate. But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data. And that includes governments.

If you look at the 1950s, we had the Asian flu. In the 1960s, there was the Hong Kong flu. These were worse than this pandemic.

The virus, like the influenza virus, is saying farewell to western Europe for sure. The same in the Middle East. In the United States, we do not know yet, so we should talk in a month from now. But nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives. It is unbelievable.

neo: Again, it appears that Trump was right (case fatality rate) – “Predicting that the rate would fall wasn’t rocket science, either. It was quite obvious to anyone studying the science carefully. … But a lot of people – and by “people” I’m definitely including members of the MSM – don’t seem to get this very basic concept

Twitter: Steve Case says AOL 35 years old today; born when only 3% of people were online for an average of just 1 hour per week. … Benj Edwards: Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special – “In an era where VGA cards were finally going mainstream, many users began running the environment in higher resolutions such as 640×480.” This was also the debut of Microsoft Solitaire. Things have progressed since then but Solitaire is still there..

But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data.

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How bad can it get?

Jonathan F. Keiler: CBS reporter got the response her ‘question’ deserved – “The case is a microcosm of what’s wrong with the media, both in terms of pure bias, basic competence, and professionalism.”

“Jiang took immediate “offense” to the response, assuming Trump raised the subject of China as a “racist” attack on her personally. And of course, this is the tack the media has followed in the days since.

Trump frequently raises Chinese responsibility for the pandemic, so there was nothing unusual when he did it with Jiang. That’s true, but even more to the point, Jiang directly invited his response in this case.

Jiang got the response her statement deserved. That she happens to be of Chinese descent is utterly irrelevant. That she is a lousy reporter who can’t seem to ask a clear, relevant, non-argumentative question, and is being held up as a paragon of virtue for it, is an indictment of the mainstream media.

Matt Vespa: Clown Show: Flynn Was Never Charged With Perjury, But Now Could Be Facing Charges…of Perjury – “we need to go another several rounds with the most unhinged anti-Trump elements in the country. And they’re lawyers, which means their arrogance will be nauseating. Yet, I’m fairly confident this will be another in-kind contribution to the 2020 Trump re-election campaign.” This isn’t a “clown show,” it is a lynch mob aided and abetted by a biased judge with an agenda.

neo: Perhaps you thought the Flynn case couldn’t get any worse – “And it’s a very serious game indeed:” … “I am no expert on this subject, but I have never heard of such a thing. And in particular, if a guilty plea is coerced under threat or pressure – which often happens – it is often a lie. The same with plea bargains. And everyone knows it.” Now she knows where Obama came up with that ‘perjury’ thing in his leaked phone call.

Matt Vespa: We Now Know How Far Obama Was Willing to Go to Damage the Trump White House – “With ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now exonerated, as he was revealed to be the victim of a malicious FBI prosecution that was groundless, the last pieces of this dead rotting collusion carcass are falling apart.

Laura Hollis: A Tale of Two Sets of Rules – “one for the elites in the Democratic Party, the media and the entertainment industry, and a different one for Republicans and us poor slobs in flyover country.

“The self-appointed elites in this country are taking rank hypocrisy to new and dangerous levels. They know that the press will protect them, just as it did Clinton and Obama — and Harvey Weinstein and Ed Buck and Jeffrey Epstein and God only knows how many others. While Americans protest the unfairness of this double standard, the elites behave as if they are utterly unaccountable for and immune from any consequences.

And it can’t get any worse, can it?

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Despicable, disgusting, dishonest, …

Carol Brown: Remember the Hong Kong flu? – “An I’m-so-cute-and-clever reporter recently asked the president if he deserved to be re-elected given the number of deaths from coronavirus, noting that the number is greater than American fatalities from the Vietnam war.” … “People can always find something as a point of comparison as if that automatically adds weight to what they are implying. No doubt this reporter thought stats from the Vietnam war added gravitas to her query.

Catherine Garcia: Romney says government’s initial response to coronavirus ‘will not stand out as a great moment in American leadership’ – “Romney said he would surround himself with “real experts in crisis management,” listening to “people who have dealt with this more than I have. The key to leadership is recognizing you’re not the smartest guy in the room.” He has no foundation for the implied slurs and no reference for comparison to qualify his slanders. The reality of actual events does not support Romney suggesting he has a problem he needs to address for himself before he gets out trashing others or his government or his country.

Patricia McCarthy: The left’s ‘listen to the science’ mantra is growing old. Trump listened and that’s the problem. – “At every press briefing on the pandemic, the scientists to whom Trump has been listening have presented their data upon which the President has relied. But the numbers extrapolated from their models were all wrong. And now this mass hysteria that has brought the American economy to a full stop is devastating millions and millions of Americans.

“This has all been a very unscientific scam, an avenue for the left to institutionalize their socialist agenda, to destroy the ability of millions of Americans to support themselves and their families. Make them dependent on the government. Control what they can say publicly and online. This is all the stuff of fascism, not science.

President Trump rose to this occasion, confronted the ludicrous CDC and FDA regulations that initially prevented unapproved labs from distributing tests. The bitter media tried their best to undermine the use of hydroxychloroquine simply because Trump mentioned it as a possible cure; it is one of several. The same media trashed every study that proved it is very viable cure. It is the media and the Democrats who reject or ignore any “science” that conflicts with their political agenda.

Andrea Widburg: Gen. Michael Flynn was railroaded by the DOJ, the FBI, and his own attorneys – “Thanks to the dogged efforts of Gen. Michael Flynn’s new attorneys, we’re learning that Flynn was subject to the type of justice that would be found in a courtroom in the Soviet Union or Alice’s Wonderland.”

“The reason the Sixth Amendment says we have the right to counsel is that anyone going up against the vast might and police power of the government deserves to have a knowledgeable friend at his side. In this case, unbeknownst to Flynn, his counsel was at the government’s side and was setting him up to take the fall for faked allegations. To make the corruption worse, the government agents did this to strip Trump of a valuable adviser and to taint his administration with the stench of (faked) corruption. Everyone involved in this should be jailed.

Conrad Black: The Media Versus Trump – “Given the right question and encouragement to answer thoughtfully, most people would agree that Trump is certainly not afraid of the press, as has been suspected of some presidents, and that he is reasonably on top of the subjects discussed.”…It would have been inconceivable, prior to 2017, that any president of the United States would have been peppered with insolent and provoking “questions,” or interrupted so rudely, or debated with so aggressively, by the White House journalists, as this president has through many of these coronavirus briefings.” (but Black falls into the trap with a side comment presuming Trump tells many lies- too bad this deceitful a priori presumption lives like it does)

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Virus Is a Violent Teacher – “Panic ensued. Former madness was declared genius. More were needed in overalls, fewer in yoga pants. A Chevy van was preferable to a year’s pass on the metro. A first-class ticket to Milan was nothing but a trip to nowhere.” … “For a brief season in time, we glimpsed from the awful epidemic what was wheat and what was chaff, what was mahogany beneath and what a scrapped thin veneer above, who were the V8s and who the mere gaudy, tail fins—and how America ultimately got by and how it almost didn’t.

Joseph Curl: COVID-19 turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media – “Media hyped the virus and alarmed Americans to the point of shutting down the economy” … “When the postmortem is done on the media’s coverage of COVID-19 (and it will be), it will be clear that the virus was no Black Plague — it’s not even the flu on a bad year.” … “That’s not good. But it’s not as bad as the 2017-2018 flu season, when 80,000 -plus perished. And it’s a long cry from what all the experts were warning about just a few weeks ago: First, they predicted 1.7 million Americans dead; then they redid the models (this time apparently entering a few more “facts”) and said 100,000-240,000 dead.

The Babylon Bee: Trump Said ‘Good Morning.’ Here’s How 12 Different News Outlets Covered His Controversial Claim – yes, it’s that bad …

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A disease revealed

Tom Manzo: Gov. Newsom Should Suspend PAGA Lawsuits Amid COVID-19 Crisis – “While these businesses face one of the most difficult periods of economic upheaval in California’s history, many can now add an expensive legal battle to their list of woes.” New weapons for lawyer income generation!

“For those who don’t know, PAGA allows a disgruntled employee and his lawyer to step into the shoes of the attorney general to enforce labor law violations. Most PAGA violations equate to a typo on a pay stub or a late employee lunch break. However, the resulting lawsuit can leave businesses owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement and legal fees. Rather than going to the employee, most of this money ends up in the pocket of the trial attorney bringing the case.

David Horowitz: Trump Derangement Pandemic – “More than the virus threatens us.”

“For anyone not in thrall to anti-Trump obsessions, the spectacle of Trump hatred is mystifying, even unfathomable. It’s not that the criticisms of Trump are harsh – that is the currency of democratic politics. The problem is that they are not merely harsh but veer on the lunatic until communication with those who voice them seems impossible. It is why the national conversation and a semblance of national unity in the face of threats seem almost hopeless.

How does one engage a mentality that claims Trump has no redeeming qualities but that historical monsters like Stalin probably do? The New York Times interviewer didn’t even notice, let alone challenge this absurdity.

As for Trump, he has reached out to constituencies like Hispanics and African Americans who did not flock to support him in 2016, and he has made it clear over and over that he is a president for all Americans. In assembling his medical team to fight the virus, Trump has flanked himself with two Democrats – Drs. Fauci and Birx – and an African American surgeon general. But that’s probably why he is so hated by the Left: he has taken America back to its roots and thwarted their desires to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a socialist state – in the words and aspirations of Barack Obama.

James Mullin: Why they hate America, Western Civilization and God – “I’ve long wondered why so many family and friends fall into this category.”

“Where is this phenomenon the strongest? It is, of course, in the “new money” suburbs of America, where fitting in, social climbing, and dying to be relevant is the new religion. These are people who don’t believe what their parents believed because they secretly (or openly) loathed the lower middle-class backgrounds of those parents, and that includes of course everything about those backgrounds.

So, if you feel alienated in your extended family or social circle, just be aware that you are experiencing the same cliquishness that you so loved in grade-school and middle-school. And like then, it’s rooted not in the realm of ideas and concepts, but in the lowest psychological and social impulses of the human spirit.

Matt Margolis: Fauci Destroys Journalist for Asking if He’s ‘Doing This Voluntarily’ and for Accusing Trump of Not Listening to Health Experts – “On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Dr. Fauci made comments that were wildly distorted by the media.” … “Bottom line: Dr. Fauci confirmed that President Trump took the advice of health experts every time. Even Dr. Fauci has had enough of the biased media.”

Patricia McCarthy: Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats’ unending shame – “There are some truly terrible people in Congress; there always have been some throughout American history. But as the country navigates the course of this mis-modeled and over-hyped COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Pelosi stands out as a genuine enemy of America. She loathes the president so much she has relinquished any semblance of ethics and her own personal character.”

Mike Thau: Literally no one has any idea how many people COVID-19 has killed – “if you want to understand a Chinese virus, you better start listening to a Chinese philosopher: As Confucius said, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names.” … And, it’s time everyone wised up about those daily COVID-19 fatality reports. They don’t represent the number of people it’s killed. They represent the number of death certificates listing it as a cause. And those two things are most definitely NOT the same.”

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Numbers and deception with statistics

Matthew Vadum: New York City is lying about Chinese virus death rates – “The mass hysteria over COVID-19 in the U.S. is driven in large measure by misleading statistics and bad math about the disease’s body count. … The problem starts with the fact that the highly influential statistics from the Big Apple paint a false picture of what is actually happening.”

“In New York City, the death of anyone who dies who tests positive for COVID-19 is counted as a coronavirus death. This is the case even if the coronavirus failed to play a significant role in the person’s passing or illness.

This calculus violates established scientific standards.

Andrea Widburg: Chuck Schumer just got a reminder never to pick a fight with Trump – “Schumer’s attack on President Trump was not only a lie from start to finish, it represented an unadulterated will to power. If this were 1942 and Schumer thought that rooting for the Nazis would win him the White House, that’s what he’d do.”

“For Trump, the counterpuncher, Schumer’s vile accusations on Senate letterhead required a knockout blow and Trump’s responsive letter to Schumer is that blow. The opening line sets the tone: “Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way.”

Following that first blow, Trump proceeded to pummel Schumer. In his terse response, Trump reminded Schumer of the following:

Paul Mirengoff: A letter to Chuck Schumer – Mirengoff has to get in his digs – “There’s no merit in this claim. Impeachment had nothing to do with the New York’s level of preparedness for the Wuhan coronavirus.” Flat statement but rather missing the point that Trump’s letter described the Senate impeachment brouhaha as a distraction and, considering the timing, it hard to see how this was wrong as Mirengoff so flatly states. Then there’s “I don’t doubt that most of Trump’s barbs have a strong basis in reality. Schumer is, first and foremost, a world class grandstander.” Mirengoff is letting style fantasies get in the way of his judgment. Truth and reality seem to bother him when it comes to President Trump.

George Neumayr: A Sick Media – “They use the coronavirus crisis to play propagandistic arbiters.”

George Avery: The Severity of the CoVID-19 Epidemic is Not as Bad as You Think, According to the Numbers. – “Ascertainment bias is a systematic error in statistical estimation of a population parameter resulting from errors in measurement – usually, in undermeasurement of a parameter. In this case, we are underestimating the actual number of cases in the population” – The Diamond Princess cruise ship is cited among other eamples.

“What is needed now is for politicians and the population to pause, take a deep breath, and address the epidemic with rational measures, such as social distancing of the older population, ring screening around identified cases, quarantine of identified infected individuals, and adequate hospital triage systems to protect other patients and health care staff [f]rom infection in order to preserve our ability to treat the most severe cases. This is a strategy identified by myself and colleagues at Purdue in 2007 to ensure adequate capacity to deal with another true influenza pandemic, and it applies to this one as well.

Greg Mankiw: Viral Exposure – cites the NYT “From a policy perspective, we need to consider that not all exposures to the coronavirus may be the same. Stepping into an office building that once had someone with the coronavirus in it is not as dangerous as sitting next to that infected person for an hourlong train commute” … low dose exposures may help understand California’s numbers.

Glen Reynolds noted another interesting factoid at Instapundit. Office TP is a different supply chain than home TP and the cloistering at home has shifted TP usage from office to home disrupting normal supply considerations. Hence, the run on TP and vacant shelves at retail sources.

Timothy Burke: Dershowitz Matters (Unfortunately) – “The terrible thing about what has happened in the Senate is this: the intellectual and institutional infrastructure of legal and political systems can confer a kind of revenant legitimacy even on claims and verdicts that destroy those systems.” First, he distorts Dershowitz. Then he brings in Nazi Germany. Then he makes suspect assertions like “Dershowitz–and thus the GOP–are now fully committed to single-party rule, to an assertion that if they believe themselves the only legitimate rulers of the United States then it is so and they need fear no law nor principle as a barrier to their continued hold on power.” then he fails to follow up on his issue: If the people, via elections, cannot be the ultimate resource for governance, then who is? His ‘misperception’ of Dershowitz also shows an ignorance or avoiding of the many accountability mechanisms built into the Constitution and in law and custom. Getting into those is problematic because it involves exposing, as is indeed happening, the efforts of the Left to circumvent those mechanisms and abuse them. Impeachment was one example. The virus as an excuse to curtail personal rights is another.

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