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High snobbery and criminal intent

Criminal Intent.” sundance – “Intent”, not consequence, is now the larger shield being applied toward excusing the action of people within institutions of government and society.

“It was a “mistake”…. he/she/it made “a poor decision” etc. A pattern of obfuscation downplaying consequence and allowing those decision-makers charged with delivering accountability to withdraw or apply the rules of law based on their individual overlay of ‘intent’.

That shift is factually visible everywhere now.

Following along the ideological lines of: “all actions are justified”, do you see how the shift to ‘intent’ is a serious issue within a corrupt system?

Within that system, and against that purposeful filter and determination, plausible deniability becomes the construct for intentional criminal engagement.

Fight the Denigration of American History. Michael Finch – “The recent skirmishes started with the campaign to remove Confederate statues, but it surely won’t end there.”

“As our betters in America’s universities want us to know, the whole of American history is suspect. In our media, in the popular culture, and in our schools, we’re subject to an unending drumbeat of how America was founded to promote imperialism, colonialism, racism, sexism, and genocide—unimpeachable facts, we’re told, for which all Americans must forever share the burden of collective guilt and shame.

For America to atone for her sins, her history must be denounced and then purged.

One thing we should have learned is that the Left never stops; there is no end to their relentless pursuit of destructive hate. There is no room for reasonable adjudication of their claims.

The same creative gift of God that has allowed us to build and dream and create such beauty has often conflicted with our ability to do great evil. It is called the human condition. Only through the grace of God does our ability to do great good outpace our ability do evil and allow us to be forgiven for our sins. And nowhere else, at no other time in human history, have these conditions taken place, has our better nature and our creative facility triumphed, such as it has in the hundreds of years of America history and the creation of this blessed nation.

‘Great Things Are Taking Place Whether The Media Tells Us Or Not’: Christian Musicians Hold Spontaneous WH Worship Session. Patrick Goodenough – “A “faith briefing” at the White House this week saw Christian music artists hold an impromptu worship session, singing songs of praise near the Oval Office.” The biggest lie is a truth not told. Here’s one.

“The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was established by President George W. Bush a week after taking office in January 2001, as a way to enhance the capacity of faith-based and community groups to provide federally-funded social services, by removing legal and institutional barriers preventing them from doing so.

President Obama renamed the initiative the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and also established an advisory council.

President Trump in an executive order last May renamed it the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, to empower faith-based organizations and “promote religious freedom.”

Obvious Double Standard On Recusals Proves Russia Probe Is About Getting Trump. Adam Mill – “Don’t bother reading the underlying rules on conflict of interest, because there’s only one test that matters: Would the recusal help get Trump?” Back in Watergate days, the meme was that it wasn’t the crime, it was the cover-up. That has resurfaced at times today by folks presuming it is all about the President. This time it isn’t. Mill describes how and why.

Obama Judges Can’t Save Dem Losers. David Catron – “the apparent losers haven’t benefited from arbitrary changes these partisan jurists made in the laws by which election officials are legally bound.”

Hmmm: Florida Dems plotted use of altered forms statewide; Update: Judge calls Florida “laughingstock of the world”. Ed Morrissey – “Lesson from the Naples Daily News: When Florida Democrats plot to fudge election law, they go big or go home.”

“The plan to use altered official forms to flood counties with improper “cure affidavits” went up higher and farther than first reported by Politico yesterday. Florida Democratic Party deputy field director Jennifer Kim sent the e-mails statewide, and it’s now unclear how many more altered forms might be outstanding. The e-mails went out the day after the election — two days after the actual deadline for “cure affidavits”

In one sense, this has been mooted anyway. A federal judge extended the actual deadline this morning for “cure affidavits” until Saturday, November 10th at 5 pm ET. It might well be that Kim and the FDP figured they could win in court on this point, and with the gaps so tight on Election Night, it would have made sense to get their voters to keep sending in the affidavits.

The biggest problem in this for the FDP is the altered forms. They could have just sent a cover letter instructing voters to ignore the deadline on the proper form, arguing that they would fight in court to get it extended. Instead, they altered an official election form on their own, and apparently did so in an organized manner.

High snobbery from the Washington Post. Paul Mirengoff – “The Post’s article is phony. But its snobbery, though selective, is genuine.”

Why the data debate must separate authorized versus unauthorized access. Sam Taussig – “The importance of upholding the customers’ absolute right to authorize data access, while simultaneously safeguarding against unauthorized misuse are equally critical.” There is nuance and that is food for FUD mongers.

GOP failed to fight Dem’s health-care scare tactics in midterms. Paul Roderick Gregory – “HR676 could become law if American voters pay no attention to its real contents and fall under the spell of the promise that everything will be free.” FUD Mongering has consequences.

In Democratic circles, anti-Semitism is becoming normal. Roger Kimball – “I am of two minds about where our country’s new flirtation with socialism is heading.”

“Perhaps it is a predictable by-product of affluence, a toxic gas emitted by the mighty engine of the free market. Much of the rhetoric and histrionics might be put down to the enforced childishness wrought the breakdown of our educational institutions.

As people scramble to explain the sudden resurgence of socialism not only on America’s college campuses but also in the corridors of political power, it is worth noting the concomitant resurgence of anti-Semitism in those redoubts. The coincidence is not, as the Marxists like to say, an accident. The truth is that unfettered socialism, though based primarily on a demand for the abolition of private property, always comes riding on a current of anti-Semitism. Picking apart the conceptual reasons for this link is a complex business that I will leave aside here. But it is worth noting how impeccable a provenance the union enjoys.

The efflorescence of anti-Semitism is always a bad sign in a culture, not least because it harbingers a spirit of thuggish intolerance and breakdown of faith in society’s mediating civil institutions.

Donald Trump’s gospel of ‘principled realism,’ his gentle and patriotic version of broad-church, America-first nationalism, offers a healing alternative. The angry Left, which has yet to accept the results of the 2016 election, refuse to take their seats at the table he has set for them. The increasingly violent confrontations with journalists, politicians, and talk show hosts is one troubling sign of that recalcitrance. The normalization of anti-Semitism is another.

It is only the wealthy that can afford to destroy what they have.

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Mob rule can be attractive. Emoluments. Hypocrisy.

Virgil: We’ve Seen this Craziness Before–An Ancient Historian Tells Us How How It Ends — “we might look to the Greek historian Polybius.  He can’t directly address the current state of affairs, since he died in 118 B.C., and yet his wisdom still speaks to us, loud and clear.  In fact, his analysis of political events during polarizing times is timeless.”

Being president already cost President Trump $1.4 bilion. Don Surber – “Trump falls 138 spots on Forbes list of richest Americans

“Emoluments.

Being president already cost President Trump $1.4 billion, Forbes gleefully reported.

The past two Democratic presidents made out like bandits accumulating post-presidential net worths of $40 million or more, which was about $40 million more than they were worth when they entered the White House.

Running for president not only cost President Trump $66 million in donations to his own campaign but the value of his companies shrank.

Donald John Trump did not seek high office for power or money. He sought the office to Make America Great Again after 28 years of a White House run by the modern equivalents of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan.

Lincoln followed the originals.

That cost Lincoln his life.

So far, it has only cost President Trump money.

Sons of America, beware. Cheryl K. Chumley – “The left, with one fell Supreme Court nomination swoop, has managed to upturn the entire notion of due process and collapse the cherished American principle of innocent until proven guilty.”

“Democrats shrug off such assertions and warnings by saying, in essence, oh, this isn’t a court of law — due process doesn’t apply. But that’s a skirt of accountability. That’s an argument of deceit. The left knows very well what it’s doing.

Senate Democrats know they don’t have the evidence to prove these flimsy and fantastical allegations against Kavanaugh, so they instead resort to theatrics and distractions to convict — to convict in the court of public opinion, that is.

But slander is serious business. Tearing apart a man’s reputation for political sport is a grave enterprise.

So is the Democrats’ utter disregard for the long-term.

Your son — yes, yours — is one Ford-like accusation away from complete character destruction.

My Critical ‘Critical Theory’ Theory. Steven Hayward – “Everyone is buzzing today about the revelation of the three academics—James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian—who placed over a dozen complete hoax articles with various premier “cultural studies” or “identity studies” academic journals.”

“Why aren’t more mainstream academic liberals speaking out and objecting to this farcical “scholarship” in the fashion of Lindsay, Pluckrose, and Boghossian? The chief reason is that there is no upside to trying to oppose this nonsense, as you’ll be called a racist/bigot, etc., and maybe even face a harassment complaint from the administrative bureaucracies that universities have set up and allowed to be infiltrated by identity politics dogma. And since academic departments are by tradition entirely self-governing in hiring and promotion decisions, there is no way for senior scholars in, say, political science, to curtail the nonsense scholarship.

The only way this problem will be fixed is for administrators—deans, provosts, presidents, academic councils—to say Enough!, and actually cut back some of these tendentious departments, or at least put out notice that publication in just about any Sage journal will not be recognized by the university. I’m not going to hold my breath.

A lot of talk today about how modern academic values have corrupted Congress.

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A tantrum of misdirection

Why Obama deserves a little credit for the Trump Boom, and why the Democrats will never admit it by Thomas Lifson – “the very reason his claim is false actually did help make the Trump Boom more pronounced.”

“That backlog was available for investment, once President Trump cleared away the shackles. Without 8 years of suppression, there would not have been as big a backlog of good projects waiting for realization.

If course, Dems will never admit that Obama suppressed economic growth, and that helped Trump look even better. It’s analogous to the relief the apocryphal man hitting his head with a hammer feels once he stops. The absence of harm makes what follows feel even better.

The University Is Ripe for Replacement by David Solway – “my concern is with the abandonment of genuine scholarship, fact-based historical research, familiarity with the “Great Books” and the development of critical thinking habits, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

“Beginning in early K-12 and continuing to the highest levels of university education, Leftist indoctrination is the gravest dilemma that afflicts education in North America, rendering it perhaps the most powerful instrument of anti-Western bias and socialist propaganda of the modern era.

Insuperable as the task may seem, perhaps something truly new will emerge on which, with patience, experience and foresight, we can build. In a time of civilizational decline, a wholly new university may serve to prolong our historical tenure. The key is to resist despair, strategize effectively, remain prepared and remember the principles of moral reason and intellectual excellence on which restitution depends. The modern university it is a moribund institution and cannot be reformed. It is ripe for replacement.

Rough Beasts Slouching toward the White House by Clarice Feldman – “Pardon me for the reference to Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” but events this week reminded me of the poem and this line: “the worst are full of passionate intensity.” It’s a a recap of the insanity on the Left concluding, hoping, … 

“Should I be wrong about the disgust rational people should bear against Trump’s political enemies, and the Democrats retake the House, they have no chance to impeach the president. If I’m right, however, like Black, I hope Trump “will grind his heel in the faces of his rabid enemies,” the slouching beasts of chaos. And the president is certainly campaigning around the country, in an unprecedentedly determined way, so I think that’s his plan, too.

Boston Herald Editorial: Elizabeth Warren’s op-ed rant far oversteps bounds – “Elizabeth Warren continues to showcase her activist skill set, but she was elected to be a senator — not a protester.”

“Her latest ploy is to demand the ouster of President Trump in the wake of an op-ed published in The New York Times earlier this week purportedly from a high-level White House insider. The author suggested that there was a “resistance” in the administration working to prevent Trump from following through on dangerous decisions.

This is an irresponsible and alarmist action on behalf of a sitting senator and shows little regard for the truth or accuracy — all in the name of politics.

The voters of the commonwealth deserve a senator who is devoted to their collective plight rather than her own future fortunes. Outlandish protests on the taxpayers’ time are bad enough, but when her politically aimed activism involves entertaining the notion of unseating the commander in chief through a process other than an election, that is sheer recklessness.

Just what is important to the Left, anyway?

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Can’t you see what you are doing?

The Media Are Hiding Their Knowledge and Duplicity – Buzzfeed, WaPo and New York Times Had Unredacted FISA Application For Over A Year by sundance – “only recently did we discover the media engagements were not just pervasive, they were/are participatory.”

“As a consequence the same media cannot reasonably report on any aspect of the story without exposing their own duplicity; their only choice is to double down on lies they helped create and promote.

In preparation for explosive developments soon to reach critical mass CTH strongly urges everyone to think carefully about these recently discovered empirical truths:

Make sure you read that full response from Christopher Steele above to see the scope of the media engagements he was conducting.

As more evidence surfaces the relationship between journalists, Fusion-GPS, Chris Steele and the media’s DOJ/FBI sources begins blending together. The FBI was using media reports, which were based on Fusion-GPS pitches, to bolster its investigative documents to the FISA court. It is an intelligence laundry operation:

Think about the scale of the reporting, and reporting on reporting, of anonymous leaks, false leaks, lies from “people with knowledge of the matter”, “government officials involved in the matter”, “people familiar with the matter”, “government sources” etc. all going in one unified and semi-coordinated direction – against the aggregate Trump administration.

Now, it actually gets even more convoluted.

The problem is not just corruption with the U.S. Justice System, the DOJ and the FBI; the problem is corruption within the media.

The only way they could align with the truth is to admit that virtually every scintilla of their reportage over the past 18 months was inherently false or manipulated by the “sources” distributing the material for their reporting.

Where Do We Get Such Losers? By Colin Flaherty – “when we look at the delusion and deceit surrounding at least five Democrat members of the U.S. Senate, the question now becomes “Is this the best we have?

“Booker trotted out the T-Bone stories at every early campaign stop in his races for mayor

Fabrication? When did the media get so delicate about their accusations of deceit?

I don’t know where we get creatures with such a dubious acquaintance with reality. But even more importantly, I cannot imagine why we keep them around.

There are tons more examples that I don’t have the time to find: the story of Teddy Kennedy’s adventures at Chappaquiddick is on pay per view and I have to get back to that.

Investor’s Businerss DailyEconomic Boom: Media Rewrite History To Credit Obama Instead Of Trump. “The stronger the economy gets under President Trump, the more desperate his critics are to hand credit over to Obama. Even if that entails changing the past.”

White House exploring legal options against Omarosa Manigault Newman for making secret recording in Situation Room by Meridith Mcgraw Tara Palmeri – the story of a betrayal of Trust, a betrayal of integrity, a betrayal of country, … ugly. Ideas of extortion, blackmail, and worse come to mind, And all to sell books – or so it seems.

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security –- and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” Sanders said.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News her claims are “completely fictional.”

He added that Manigault Newman had top secret clearance at a minimum, and she may have broken the law by recording her conversation in the Situation Room — what’s supposed to be the most secure place in the White House.

Part of applying for clearance is agreeing to security protocols.

“It’s an unbelievable violation of protocol and the law,” Spicer said. “You can lose your security clearance for bringing your device into SCIF — to bring it in is a violation but to willfully record it — you’re entering a whole other realm.”

“She’s on a different level,” a senior White House official said. “She terrified me.”

Meanwhile a white supremacist rally in Washington D.C. that the media used for a week long bout of FUD mongering turned up only a couple dozen .. The Newman recordings will likely follow the same path, the one followed by many other attacks on the Trump administration, a whole lot of hype and hyperbole, distorted and constructed (mis)perceptions, and no ‘there’ there except in the fevered swamps of those consumed by hate.

Charlottesville rally turns into anti-police protest (videos) by Jazz Shaw – “When we originally heard that there was going to be a major rally in Charlottesville yesterday on the one-year anniversary of the bloodshed at the first Unite the Right march, there was obvious reason for concern.”

“Would the same group of neo-Nazis and wannabe Klansmen show up again leading to a battle with counterprotesters? Antifa showed up early in significant numbers, claiming that they were simply there to honor the memory of Heather Heyer, the young woman who died when one of the Klan supporters plowed his car into the crowd. But taking one look at their outfits and equipment it seemed obvious they were prepared for more than a memorial service. Fortunately, law enforcement was out on the streets in large numbers, keeping an eye out for trouble and ready to respond.

Here’s the curious, if not alarming part of the story. The white supremacists didn’t show up. (They were probably already on their way to Washington.) But even stranger than that was the fact that most of the protesters didn’t seem to be there to raise their voices against the Klan or Nazis or racism. They were there to protest the cops. (Reuters)

The complete lack of gratitude on display by these protesters for the cops who showed up to keep them safe from violence probably isn’t all that shocking in the current era. But the hypocrisy and total disconnect from reality in this spectacle is staggering.

See also So what was the point of the Unite the Right hype machine? For more on that “way to Washingon” idea. But this Charlottsville anti-cop ‘tude isn’t the only example. The NFL has this ‘antifa’ problem, too. And then there’s Karen Townsend on Atlanta elementary school replaces Pledge of Allegiance with chant for more overt displays of anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti Western Values. And then, via Instapundit: Dispatches From The Newspeak Dictionary: CNN calls marchers chanting ‘f*ck the police’ and throwing eggs ‘anti-hate groups.’

Harvard professor calls for academic ban on hiring, honoring anyone from Trump admin by Jazz Shaw – “Dani Rodrik, a Turkish born economist and Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard, penned an op-ed in the Boston Globe suggesting that the academic world needs to stop offering jobs, fellowships or any sort of honors to anyone who was in any way associated with the Trump administration.”

“There you have it. A call from a senior figure from Harvard to establish what can only be honestly described as a blacklist. It doesn’t matter what the person’s individual opinions, qualifications or record may include. Simply having served anywhere in the White House or any of the Cabinet departments under President Trump marks one as being “tainted by the experience” and they should be disqualified from employment or honors in the academic community. For the sin of having answered the call to serve your government, you should henceforth be treated like a black person trying to get a drink from the whites-only water fountain during the early part of the 20th century.

The sad part is that this proposal will doubtless be taken seriously across much of the higher education spectrum. … We have a serious problem in our nation’s universities and it’s not one that’s going to change without a generational shift in attitude.

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites” by John Hinderaker – “These are three news stories that came to my attention over the last 24 hours. I think they tell us a lot about the current, degraded state of public life in America.”

“Personally, I am more unhappy about the press’s assault on President Trump than about President Trump’s assault on the press. To listen to our heroic journalists, you might think that Trump is sending secret policemen to cart them off to prison.

No such thing, of course. Rather, Trump is saying things about left-wing press outlets that are nowhere near as nasty as what they have been saying about him since before his inauguration. Democratic Party journalists declared war on the president, and they now pretend that his fighting back is somehow an infringement of their rights. Boo freaking hoo.

Next, on a similar theme, we hear from Dani Rodrik, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Rodrik is concerned lest educational institutions “normalize” historically low unemployment, steady wage increases and a pro-America foreign policy:

It requires a peculiar sense of self-worth to think that your approval is needed to legitimize a president who was elected by the American people. Left-wing academics may think that ordinary Americans don’t notice their arrogance, but they are mistaken.

You could assemble stories like these pretty much any day of the week. But when I read them together, I thought they were a stark example of how malignant America’s self-appointed “elites” are, even though, as we never tire of pointing out, they are anything but elite. In fact, they are below average. Which is why most Americans rightly don’t think much of them.

Do these people think about the consequences of their perceptions and fantasies?

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Free ride and a straight face?

Ace of Spades: Eric Clanton, the Antifa Professor Charged With Beating People Over the Head With a U-Lock (A Deadly) Weapon, Offered Plea Deal of Three Years Probation, Not a Single Hour of JailAssault with a deadly weapon is a minor misdemeanor if you’re an antifa attempted murderer.

NAACP’s own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly by Thomas Lifson – “Dependence on 90% voting support from African-Americans for electoral success is the jugular vein of the Democratic Party.”

“President Trump’s rising support among black voters is correctly seen as an existential threat to the party’s – and progressivism’s – ability to win national elections. That’s why I thought it was big news last Saturday when Rasmussen proclaimed that black approval of Trump had hit 29%, even though most of the media ignored it for reasons AT readers well understand.

But the surge in black support for President Trump is real – so real that even the far left NAACP discovered it in a poll, though that poll (perhaps with a differently worded question) put the support at 21%. …

What’s a race victimology group to do with this? Of course, double down on charges that Trump is a racist.

If calling Trump a racist hasn’t stemmed the flow of black support his way, there is no reason to believe that shouting it more will start working. It’s almost as if the groups which purport to represent the interests of African Americans are really more worried about their own careers.

CNN thinks too many Latinos like President Trump by Don Surber – “Ronald Brownstein of CNN is in a panic.”

“Despite an endless stream of negative stories on CNN and elsewhere about President Trump, a growing number of Hispanic voters support him.

And the wall.

Polls nationally show President Trump’s job approval is up 10 points among Hispanic voters.

We know why.

Jobs.

Democrats need to offer something more than anti-Trump vitriol. Calling him Hitler backfires once people notice he ain’t Hitler.

The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s by Marc Thiessen – There’s a both sides do it bias here (e.g. “just as …”) that is belied by the examples given. Chanting “CNN Sucks” and “Lock her up” just isn’t even in the same game as the hateful and violence encouraging rhetoric often heard from the Left.

“It’s worth keeping these incidents in mind as we listen to the rising chorus of warnings that the president’s irresponsible attacks on the media will result in violence. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta recently tweeted, “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.” And New York Times columnist Bret Stephens warned, “We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.”

Let’s pray something so awful never comes to pass. But by that standard, the blood on the Alexandria field was blood on the Democrats’ hands. Before shooting Scalise, Hodgkinson joined Facebook groups such as “Join the Resistance Worldwide,” “Terminate the Republican Party,” and “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans.” He posted that “Trump is a Traitor” and “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA.” Where did he get the idea to compare Republicans to terrorists? Well, just to give one example:

Many Americans were outraged by the horrific policy of family separation, but it is inexcusably irresponsible for those such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to compare Trump’s policies with those of Nazi Germany and the detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border to Hitler’s concentration camps. It isn’t difficult to imagine how an unbalanced mind could be influenced by overheated rhetoric by people in positions of authority.

Here’s an idea: If we are really concerned that the state of our political discourse is going to get someone killed, then maybe people on both sides should cut it out.

As long as people like Thiessen can ignore their own observations and maintain this “people on both sides” schtick, the problem will continue. True witness is a first requirement and that means coming to grips with the difference between one’s own desires and the real world.

Tougher gun laws didn’t help Los Angeles schools by Jazz Shaw – “Guess what didn’t make it onto the list of improvements.” It’s the Thiessen problem – the path to their goal just doesn’t fit reality.

Slate: The left’s response to Sarah Jeong’s tweets was problematic by John Sexton – “If you had to guess how Slate reacted to the Sarah Jeong story, you’d probably assume they backed Jeong and denied there was anything wrong with her “white people” tweets. And you’d be right” – Predictable implies consistency which is often considered a good thing but one has to question whether being predictable for what the Left is doing in terms of racism, bigotry, and even assault fits this idea.

“And as Mounk points out, the audience for this material took it the same way a racist audience for a racial joke would, i.e. by laughing along with her at the butt of the joke, in this case white people. What’s most worrisome about all of this is how few people on the left see it as a problem. [emphasis added]

This is why you get terrible movies from Hollywood and it’s not even about politics by Jazz Shaw – “some Hollywood moguls were bemoaning the decline of people showing up at the theater to watch movies on the big screen.”

“What’s of far more interest is the reason Del Vecchio cites for the opposition to this genre of films inside the industry. You see, the “artists” in that highly pampered community look down their noses at not only the studios who make such films, but even more so at the great unwashed masses who line up to see them. …

It’s nice to see Del Vecchio dismissing such haughty comments as “rubbish” (his word), but he’s clearly the exception in the industry. Foster’s critique really pulls back the mask and lets us see why so many of the big screen projects which get the green light wind up being such absolute crap. They know better than you. Even more to the point, they have zero respect for you. You are simply too ignorant to know good art when you see it and they’re on a mission to correct that. So they’ll keep pumping out “arthouse” films which tick all the boxes from their art school final exams, ignoring the fact that nobody wants to go watch most of it.

What we’re examining here typifies most of the stereotypes you hear about Hollywood whether we’re discussing films or politics. It’s a wealthy, entitled community of people who are completely out of touch. They’ve lost sight of the fact that their business does not exist to “enlighten” and “save” the hoi polloi across the world. They’re supposed to be entertaining us and offering a product we’re willing to spend our money on in our leisure hours. Making more “meaningful” films that nobody watches accomplishes nothing but assuaging the egos of the leaders in that industry. And that’s why we keep getting so many terrible films.

This is the same thing Limbaugh points out about journalists – they think their job is to save the world, not to educate and inform.

Ocasio-Cortez: Think of all the funeral expenses we’ll save under Medicare for All! By Ed Morrissey – “Boston University’s economics program apparently never included a biology requirement — or math, for that matter. BU’s most notable graduate these days, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tried explaining to CNN’s Chris Cuomo last night why people shouldn’t have “sticker shock” over the price tag of her core agenda item

“The question we need to ask is how a person with this much economic ignorance managed to get an economics degree from Boston University. Final question: How did Cuomo keep a straight face through this?

Canadians try to boycott American-made food products by Karen Townsend – “A hashtag-worthy movement began as Canadians began calling for consumers to #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts, and #BoycottUSA. There is a catch, though. Up to 60% of the food on Canadian grocery store shelves is from America.”

“Canadians like to virtue-signal and illegal immigration is one of their favorite issues to drag the Trump over. Nevermind that even Justin Trudeau has now admitted that unlimited access to Canada via an open border approach on his side of the border isn’t such a great idea. Resources are being stretched thin.

Maybe the cost of a free ride is coming to the surface?

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Call the cops! or maybe, better not.

Neighbors Calling Cops On Kid Selling Cookies Speaks To Bigger Societal Ail by Jamie Wells – “What once was pretty standard in communities, an adult speaking to the child’s parent about their concerns, has all but evaporated in our culture.”

“Whatever the culprit, the behavior is imprinted in the minds of the children involved. They mimic what they see. The relationship between parent and child is symbiotic. If mom is upset, child will be upset. If mom avoids conflict, then the child learns this strategy too; becoming ill-equipped in adulthood to be resilient. Certainly, if there is a real threat to a situation, then the best, safest course is to contact the police. But, for an average annoyance when having a conversation doesn’t risk your or your child’s personal safety, shouldn’t attempts to diffuse or solve the problem yield greater dividends than the alternative (e.g. establishment of a nice rapport with your long-term neighbors, learning about rectifying challenging circumstances)?

Have we simply lost the benefit of the doubt entirely – and is that the world we want to live in? Maybe when we confront such situations, we can take a moment to consider whether our actions facilitate opportunities or impose obstacles.

Midterm Meddling: Facebook Blocks Republican Candidate’s Ad, Breitbart Tech – “Facebook has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S., claiming the platform doesn’t allow “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational” content.” It’s called ‘rewriting history’ when you attempt to distort or ignore what has actually happened because it doesn’t fit with your view of the world as you want it.

“Facebook has since reversed course on its decision, saying: “it is clear the video contains historical imagery relevant to the candidate’s story.”

“It is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived through,” declared Heng in a statement. “I’m sure it is shocking for some people to hear about this kind of injustice, but this is reality. This is why I wake up every single day with the fight and determination to have a voice and make a difference in my community.”

“Neither Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our stories,” she continued. “We’ve seen it over and over again with Republican candidates and organizations.”

I remember when we called them mobs by Silvio Canto, Jr. – “And there you have it: the modern protest. We target those we disagree with, call them names, and then interrupt their dinner.” … “We call on the media to call this a mob, not a protest.” But! Fake News!

West Hollywood’s Moral Crusade against Trump by Kevin D. Williamson – “Donald Trump is sometimes fortunate in his opponents.”

“Part of me wants to encourage these fanatics. Yes, let’s dig up the Hollywood Walk of Fame until nobody is left but nice people—it’ll be a hell of a lot shorter. Yes, let’s change the name of Austin to Socialjusticeville and make it the seat of Social Justice County. (Stephen F. Austin and William Travis were involved in slavery, you see, and the takfiris in Austin want to change the city’s name.) Let’s let them burn the works of Mark Twain, and let the editors of The Nation grovel like worms every time some witless clucking Caitlyn on Twitter doesn’t like a poem they publish. Let Berkeley turn the campus over to literal blackshirts. Let’s crucify Scarlett Johansson in the public square.

Call it the Shining Path model of conservatism: Hasten the crisis to bring forward the underlying contradictions in the dominant paradigm.

How We Got Here by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. – “There have been three Constitutional crises in my lifetime and two of them revolved around the Clintons.” … “The origin of our present Constitutional crisis is a bit more complicated than this passage from Shattered makes out, but here is a good starting point to discover how the mob, the prosecutors, the media, and the Democratic Party are intent on stealing the last election and saving the Clintons’ hides.”

Emails Reveal High School Teachers Plotting To Hide Their Political Bias From Parents By Ilya Feoktistov – “The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle to gain and retain political power. We only found out about this incident by accident. How many more?”

“Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, a group of public school history teachers in the posh Boston suburb of Newton pledged to reject the “call for objectivity” in the classroom, bully conservative students for their beliefs, and serve as “liberal propagandist[s]” for the cause of social justice.

This informal pact was made in an exchange of emails among history teachers at Newton North High School,

The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle—not to do good, but to gain and retain political power. The ongoing trend of growing political intolerance and ideological bigotry among the newest American adults will continue, and nothing good will come of it. In the Soviet Union, I’ve seen what young people could be turned into, what I myself could be turned into. Trust me, America hasn’t seen anything yet.

The Police Were Not Policed by Victor Davis Hanson – “How can Americans now trust the intelligence agencies shown to be corrupt in the very recent past?

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that’s very, very troubling – a growing awareness?

Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism … and the Bible by Dennis Prager – “After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.” … “And God and the Bible? They’re wrong, too.”

“Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology — along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders — is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

Colleges: A Force For Evil by Walter Williams – “How higher education is threatening the future of the country.”

The Elites’ War on the Deplorables by Victor Davis Hanson – “Elites are confident that there is nothing either ethically wrong or career-endangering in smearing middle-class Trump supporters with such crude stereotypes.”

From Philadelphia, The Latest Liberal Outrage [updated] by John Hinderaker – “Kirk and Owens were a heck of a lot more threatened than Jim Acosta was in Tampa a few evenings ago, but I haven’t seen any tears shed by liberal media.”

“There is a certain irony in a gang of white fascists chanting about “white supremacy” to an African-American like Candace Owens. But no one ever accused liberal activists of having brains.

UPDATE: One more thing: here, one of the liberal Democrats throws a drink at Charlie Kirk:

I give Charlie lots of credit for self-restraint. He is a perfectly able-bodied guy, but managed to refrain from beating any of the liberals senseless.

Is Rudy Giuliani Helping Or Hurting President Trump? By Paul Mirengoff – “a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal.”

“But Trump rose from egotistical develop to egotistical U.S. president. This triumph, against considerable odds, suggests he is at least as sharp and savvy as ever. If influential business people in New York don’t recognize this, they may be the ones who aren’t sharp and savvy.

Andy McCarthy is plenty sharp and savvy. He sees Giuliani’s blustery, unlawyerly performances as part of an effective effort to drive down public support for Robert Mueller and his partisan team. Behind that effort is a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal. It lies with impeachment, not criminal indictment.

But Trump’s opponents are also trying to win ugly. They are determined to destroy this president — to find something he said or did that they can use to accomplish what they failed to achieve at the ballot box.

Under these circumstances, I don’t condemn Trump and his team for fighting back as they have.

What’s the right way to stop the Big Tech censorship? By Luboš Motl – “Four biggest Internet companies suddenly made the conclusion at the same moment.”

“I am no listener of Alex Jones – maybe he sounds too tough or too non-intellectual to me (and, despite the vague ideological agreement with general political things, I would probably label many of his musings “dumb conspiracy theories”) – but today’s ban of his and Infowars pages, channels, profiles, and Podcasts by Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and (now also) YouTube (look at the creepy error message shown to 2+ million followers!) all did the same thing within 12 hours – a clear collusion by a cartel) is a clear sign that the freedom of speech (especially for right-wingers) is dying in the U.S.

(Hours later, Jones was also removed from LinkedIn and Pinterest.)

Ironically enough, this dying – escalated by this ban that Matt Drudge predicted years ago – has accelerated under the Republican president Trump. Infowars were basically given no specific explanation of the reasons. Terms of Service violated. Hate speech. Whatever.

Some people defend similar policies by saying that the companies are private and they can ban anyone they want. There’s some true core in this statement. But every sane and sensitive person must feel that it doesn’t sound right. Why it doesn’t sound right? These Big Tech companies are clearly introducing political censorship to the whole U.S. political landscape. Why is it exactly wrong what they’re doing?

Meanwhile, I am terribly disappointed by the silence (or downright support) of all the Democratic Party fans for this suppression of the Infowars folks’ freedom of speech. It’s no longer just the extreme activists and the political elite that organizes and applauds these authoritarian moves. It’s probably the bulk of the ordinary registered Democrats in the U.S., too. And that’s very, very troubling.

Yes, it is very troubling how the indefensible is being defended.

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obsessive blindness

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

obsessive blindness.

 

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Flailing: SPLC, Fonda, and more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the terrifyingly rhetorical, is the real.

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

They assailed her with her full security detail around her.

Let that sink in for a second.

And other patrons at the restaurant applauded the assault …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Knowing and thinking and then behavior

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

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

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

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

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

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

But that was then…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Separation of powers, feedback loops, and control mechanisms

Two lectures on YouTube address controls on a federal government. One is about the problem with the Judiciary and current issues of rogue judges. The other is the opposing views of a state’s role in a federal government contrasting and comparing a Jeffersonian view with a Lincolnian one.

“Judicial Power and Virtue” by Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, gave this lecture about judicial virtue at Hillsdale College on April 4th, 2018.

The Real Reason the South Seceded by Donald Livingston at the Abbeville Institute Stone Mountain Conference, October 2015.

The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation by Victor Davis Hanson – “The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he ignores the actual lawbreakers.”

“The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.

In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump’s campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.

The oncoming train is slower but also larger. It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals, and inspector general’s reports — mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election.

Mueller has searched far and wide for wrongdoing but so far has found little. Meanwhile, there is plenty of other wrongdoing already found, but no one seems to be looking at it.

Flynn, Cohen, and other Trump aides are considered small enough fry to go after. Clinton, Comey, McCabe, and others seem big enough fry to leave alone.

The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he is inadvertently underscoring that actual lawbreakers must be subject to the same standard of justice.

For over a year, we have had two standards of legality when there can only be one.

A reckoning is near.

Destroy Trump! The deep, dark shame of the left by Patricia McCarthy – “The Russia collusion hoax and the Mueller investigation have been exposed for what they are: a criminal attempt to prevent the inauguration of a duly elected president, then to see him driven from office by any means necessary.”

“For the left, the ends always justify the means, no matter how nefarious. This plot to undo the results of an election is the most serious, most villainous political scandal in American history, but masses of Americans know little or nothing of it thanks to our equally criminal mainstream media. So arrogant are the Jim Acostas of the MSM that they actually believe that if they do not report it, no one will know it.

The truth about the shameful left has been obvious for years and years. Harry Reid regularly lied to defeat opponents and was openly proud of himself when his lies worked. Obama lied over and over again about what Obamacare would do. The list of devious, deceptive persons in Congress is long. There are far too many crooks among them spending our money and seeking ever more control over our lives.

Leftists are masters of projection, always accusing those with whom they disagree of what they are actually doing.

For leftists, rules don’t apply. They consider themselves to be above the law.

the left cares not at all about the country and only about its own power and its members’ place within it. They have no shame – none at all.

If Obama could start DACA, Trump can end it by W. James Antle III – “The problem is that setting up an official program modeled to some extent after a law Congress rather pointedly failed to pass and then issuing work permits to its beneficiaries goes beyond merely setting enforcement priorities. It usurps the powers of the legislative branch of the federal government.”

“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte went a step further.

“For a federal judge to rule that the current administration cannot change a memo from the previous administration is absurd,” the Virginia Republican said in a statement. “The DACA program was unilaterally created by the Obama Administration in a memo penned by former Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano. Just as easily as it was issued, it can be rescinded — presidential policy is not set in stone and often changes from one administration to the next.”

When it comes to DACA, Obama could rightly tell Congress: You did not build that. Now Democrats must rely on judges to keep Trump from tearing it down.

Federal Judge: To Hell with Trump! Long Live Barack Obama’s DACA Program! Even Patterico? – “But this decision is worse than the previous ones.”

Dr. Ronny Jackson and the Curious Case of Sudden Journalism by Stephen Kruiser – “No one was interested in Jackson for several years, but now that Trump wants him to have higher profile job the “journalism” knives are out and wrecking him has become a media priority.”

“Whether true or untrue, it seems pretty clear that we wouldn’t know about any of this unless Jackson were about to become a member of President Trump’s cabinet. The clear signal from the Democrats and the MSM (redundant, I know) is that they are willing to destroy anyone who dares accept a job offer from this president.

The MSM spent the three weeks leading up to the attacks on Jackson by trying to get Scott Pruitt fired. Quick — name the last two EPA directors.

Even George W. Bush’s cabinet members weren’t subjected to public character assassination like this, and the MSM — despite its revisionist history — really hated President Bush.

Should even one or two of the allegations be completely proven true we should have known about them before. There is no way Jackson could have been squeaky clean, then become 2018’s Greatest Monster merely through professional contact with President Trump.

If they aren’t true, it is just another nail in the coffin of journalistic integrity, all of which are being provided by the press themselves.

Reporters Without Borders ridiculously declares press has diminished freedom under Trump by Larry O’Connor – “Reporters Without Borders is a noble and proud organization that does very good work representing journalists across the globe engaged in fights against totalitarian regimes. That’s why their latest “Press Freedom Index” is an outrage for declaring that the free press is under assault in Trump’s America.”

“According to the index, America has fallen to 45th out of 180 nations when it comes to press freedom. The reason? President Trump says mean things about reporters.

If Reporters Without Borders wants any level of credibility they probably should report the full and accurate truth when describing Trump’s statements. For the record, President Trump has NOT “referred to reporters ‘enemies of the people,’” he referred to “fake news media” as “enemies of the American people.”

That’s right, while decrying President Trump’s rhetoric against reporters who sloppily or willfully report false or misleading information for their own political purposes, Reporters Without Borders has reported false and misleading information for their own political purposes.

While actual dictators kill reporters around the world for exercising their craft, Reporters Without Borders diminishes their own important and essential work by crying wolf on the nation that invented freedom of the press in the first place.

The NY Times’ fake fake news by neo-neocon – “No, that doubling of “fake” is not a typo. Irony, they name is NY Times.”

“although the idea of truth may be mutable in the post-modern relativistic world of the university, the newspaper world is still at least somewhat subject to fact-checking. That means that the Times was ultimately forced to issue the following retraction, which you can find if you scroll down to the end of the very long article

But never fear, the Times soldiers on with the “far-right conspiracy programming” accusation about Watch, even though it can no longer seem to offer a single example of the fake news it wants to spotlight. But I would wager that the vast majority of its readers don’t require examples and take the Times’ authority on faith.

At war and with the separation of powers by Andrew P. Napolitano – “A popular way to begin the first day of class in constitutional law in many American law schools is to ask the students what sets the U.S. Constitution apart from all others.” But he’s going after the Syria retaliation and, in doing so, destroys the value of his argument. The idea that Congress must declare war for any military action is a long standing debate with much nuance. Exploring that nuance could be educational but using the either/or logical fallacy is not.

“the overarching and most important unique aspect of the Constitution is the separation of powers. The constitutions of many totalitarian countries pay lip service to free speech, privacy and due process, but none has the strict separation of powers that the U.S. does.

In the south it is ‘the war between the states’ and it was all about separation of powers. The struggle continues.

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Revolution, tactics, lost souls

Revolution and Worse to Come by Victor Davis Hanson – “When legal bloodhounds and baying critics fail to take out Trump, what’s next? The Resistance wants Trump’s head — on the chopping block.”

“the aim of the so-called Resistance to Donald J. Trump is ending Trump’s presidency by any means necessary before the 2020 election. Or, barring that, it seeks to so delegitimize him that he becomes presidentially impotent. It has been only 16 months since Trump took office and, in the spirit of revolutionary fervor, almost everything has been tried to derail him. Now we are entering uncharted territory — at a time when otherwise the country is improving and the legal exposure of Trump’s opponents increases daily.

As the Resistance goes from one ploy to the next, it ignores its string of failed prior efforts, forgetting everything and learning nothing.

Insidiously and incrementally, we are in the process of normalizing violence against the elected president of the United States.

The danger to the country this time around is that the Left has so destroyed the old protocols of the opposition party that it will be hard to resurrect them when progressives return to power.

We are entering revolutionary times. The law is no longer equally applied. The media are the ministry of truth. The Democratic party is a revolutionary force. And it is all getting scary.

The Weekly Standard: Rand Paul’s Dangerous Exhibitionism – “Leave aside the partisan hackery of those Democrats who supported Pompeo as CIA director and now purport to believe he can’t lead the State Department. We’ve come to expect as much from them.” Democrats are a very solid block. Republicans often seem to be a flock of turkeys.

“while conservatives may agree or disagree with Paul’s stated aim on a particular issue—we often share his views on fiscal questions, though we loathe his tactics and attitudinizing—his self-righteous exhibitionism isn’t just silly and off-putting. It’s dangerous.

One wonders what the point of all this gesturing was, but Paul has long made perverse and pointless obstructionism his brand.

Paul is entitled to take strong libertarian views on counterterrorism and health care policy. His views aren’t the problem. The problem is that he advances those views, not by proposing alternatives and leading his colleagues to embrace them, but merely by blocking whatever he can find to block. Rand Paul’s perverse and increasingly dangerous naysaying affords him copious attention from the news media—and that, we’re left to conclude, is the point.

The curious DACA order from a DC District Court judge by Jazz Shaw – “At the heart of the matter, since when does a program instituted by an executive order take on the same level of durability as a federal law?”

Elizabeth Warren unloads another 100 CFPB questions on Mick Mulvaney by Joseph Lawler – “The questions add to the 105 that Mulvaney previously brushed off while telling Warren that it was essentially her fault that he didn’t have to answer her, based on her role in designing the structure of the agency.” See VDH cited above for what this is about.

Lankford: It’s time to reimpose Democratic limitations on confirmation debate by Ed Morrissey – “Lankford told C-SPAN that he plans to introduce a rule change that will copy, word for word, a temporary changed pushed by Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to keep Republicans from stalling Barack Obama’s judicial nominations.”

Investor’s Business Daily: Turns Out, The Rich Will Pay A Bigger Share Of Income Taxes Under GOP Tax Cuts – “The most frequently repeated complaint about the Republican tax cuts is that they are a massive “giveaway” to the rich. New evidence shows that this claim, like almost every other attack on the tax bill, is false.”

“So, thanks to the GOP tax cuts, the rich will pay either the same or a greater share of the nation’s income tax bill and millions more will pay zero income taxes. How exactly is this a “giveaway” to the rich?

Indeed, by the Democrats’ own definition, the Republican tax reform — which zero Democrats voted for — has made the tax code more fair, not less.

Just don’t expect them to ever admit this.

A Further Perspective by Jeffrey Lord – “The Hannity Rule.” Yellow journalism isn’t new, it just has been mainstream. Here’s one way to summarize the current phenomena (satire).

What Randa Jarrar Teaches by Craig Bernthal – answers to questions being asked about how a faculty can be smeared and allow it to happen.

“What can Randa Jarrar teach our students? That hate is efficacious? That it does something positive? That grenade-throwing terrorism is good? I don’t want Fresno State to stand for that. I want a university where everyone can thrive and no one is made to feel guilty because of their color. I want a country where white women belly-dance, Arab women rock and roll, Venezuelans knock baseballs out of the park, and the Chinese come to play basketball. I want a world where love wins out over hate.

A positive perspective on electric vehicles by by Jan Kjetil Andersen – “let us take a look on the more theoretical and technical constraints of electric versus fossil fueled cars.” good summary with numbers and calculations, even.

How Solar And Wind Are Causing Electricity Prices To Skyrocket by Michael Schellenberger – “That leaves us with solar and wind as the key suspects behind higher electricity prices. But why would cheaper solar panels and wind turbines make electricity more expensive?.”

“In a paper in Energy Policy, Leon Hirth estimated that the economic value of wind and solar would decline significantly as they become a larger part of electricity supply.

The reason? Their fundamentally unreliable nature. Both solar and wind produce too much energy when societies don’t need it, and not enough when they do.

Part of the problem is that many reporters don’t understand electricity. They think of electricity as a commodity when it is, in fact, a service … the price of services like eating out and electricity reflect the cost not only of a few ingredients but also their preparation and delivery.

This is a problem of bias, not just energy illiteracy. Normally skeptical journalists routinely give renewables a pass.

Teachers With Guns by John Stossel – “What should be done about school shootings?”

“After the horrible shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers carry guns. “We need to let people know, you come in to our schools—you’re gonna be dead.”

Anti-gun activists were horrified.

But they probably didn’t know that many teachers have brought guns to work with them for years.

The New York Times Corrects by John Hinderaker – “If the journalist’s best example of “far-right conspiracy programming” on Facebook turned out to be wrong, why should we believe that Facebook’s Watch is “flooded” with such content?”

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The next phase, False teaching

Fusion GPS co-founders signal next phase in attempted Trump takedown has started by William A. Jacobson – “When Fusion GPS speaks, newsrooms, Democrats, and prosecutors listen.”

“What is known about the Fusion GPS role in stoking and implementing an attempted takedown of candidate and ultimately president Trump is one of the greatest political scandals in memory. But it’s a story that only partially has been told.

What is less known, but almost certain, is how Fusion GPS pushed Russia conspiracy stories through its close relationship with reporters, and likely continues to do so. Fusion GPS not only was tight with reporters, it was tight with DOJ officials involved in pushing the Russia conspiracy narrative.

Manipulating the political process and media on Russia was Act I, playing out in the Mueller investigation.

Act II, as I’ve previously written, is the SDNY investigation of Michael Cohen on a referral from Mueller. That Act II, even more so than Act I, is a more direct attack on Trump’s business dealings and history than Mueller could justify keeping under his jurisdiction.

Right up front they posit an ulterior motive for the prosecution, and a willingness to circulate rumors of criminality much like they circulated rumors of Russian collusion.

They continue to put forth their suspicions, while admitting they have no hard evidence

Devin Nunes: DNC lawsuit is a ‘fundraising scheme’ by Daniel Chaitin – “This is about the extreme left, the socialist left, wanting to never accept that the president of the United States was rightfully and duly elected, carried a number of states that nobody expected him to carry,”

“Trump has said the DNC lawsuit is “good news” and his 2020 campaign has listed out a plan to draw out emails and evidence of “corruption” and “collusion” during the legal process.

Devin Nunes On Russia Probe Origin: “Major Irregularities” At State Dept, Sidney Blumenthal Involved By Tim Hains – “potential “major irregularities” exist at the State Department with regard to how the FBI found out about the George Papadopoulos meeting with a Russian national that led to the FBI’s original investigation into potential Trump/Russia collusion.” See also Analyze this by Scott Johnson.

Hardly a Stir When Starbucks Denied a Cop by Daniel John Sobieski – “We live in a world where black lives matter but blue lives matter not so much.”

“Starbucks did somewhat apologize for the incident, but there was no national mea culpa by the executive officers of Starbucks or the shutting down of its 8,000 stores and turning them into temporary re-education camps for employees who for the most part probably don’t have a biased bone in their bodies and who depend on police for their safety inside and outside their stores.

Self-survival and political correctness are prime motivators for Starbucks, but not the indignity and disrespect shown a Philadelphia officer in 2015. No grandiose mea culpas, no mass closings, and no employee re-education. Starbucks’s social conscience did not extend to those who risk their lives for the safety of its employees and customers.

Jack Goldsmith on the deep state by Paul Mirengoff – “His assertions carry weight for two reasons.”

“All of this notwithstanding, Goldsmith lamely suggests that special circumstances might have justified the deep state’s assault on the Trump presidency. What special circumstances? Sally Yates (an anti-Trumper temporarily in charge of the Justice Department) thought that Michael Flynn might become a Russian agent, or something. Plus, there were hints of collusion between Russia and Trump, a matter already being investigated (by anti-Trumpers in the deep state).

Goldsmith makes no attempt to show that these circumstances did, in fact, justify the deep state’s assault on the president. He simply allows it as a possibility.

But the deep state will always be able to cite, or gin up, “special circumstances” to justify its interference in our politics — just as, to return to the analogy with which Goldsmith begins his article — South American military leaders were always able to some up with special circumstances to justify military coups.

I think Goldsmith understands this. Maybe that’s why the alarmist portions of his discussion of the deep state’s conduct are so ringing while his suggestions that the deep state acted with justification seem so perfunctory.

For SJWs in education, I became a template for villains by Luboš Motl – “The people who demonize any hard education – as “pressure” that brings kids away from the “playful” paradise – are really enemies of the nation’s future, enemies of the Western civilization.”

“What’s manipulative is the emotional encapsulation. The choice of the words “pressure” and “playful” was clearly made with the desire to associate the “playful” guys with the common good, and the “pressure” guys with the evil. You know, I am against most types of pressure and in favor of playful approaches in many contexts. But here we’re discussing a serious particular question – what the mathematics classrooms should look like.

In the previous generations, kids obviously had to do lots of things they didn’t naturally like – everyone assumed that this is how things have to be. And to compensate for these duties, the kids also did other things that could have been seen as “somewhat rebellious”. Because the first side of the equation was largely neutralized, the second side has largely disappeared, too.

The “progressive” transformation of the society and the education system has gone very far and the question “whether the teachers may exert any pressure at all” is really the question we’re solving these days – or, if you’re just slightly more optimistic, a question we will be solving very soon. That’s where the society seems to be heading.

The False Teachings of the National Council of Churches by E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “The momentum of non-biblical Protestant Christianity picked up more than 100 years ago with the publication in 1907 of Walter Rauschenbusch’s book Christianity and the Social Crisis.”

“Rauschenbusch, shortly after his return from studies in Germany, introduced what came to be known as the Social Gospel. This Social Gospel became the basis for the Federal Council of Churches, which, in 1950, became the National Council of Churches (NCC). The dogma of the National Council of Churches has been regularly updated and is now available online here.

The NCC briefly and vaguely asserts a belief in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit and then goes on to discuss its true purpose, which is salvation by works not by grace. Their “creed” is right out of the playbook of the progressive left, where righteous living is based on commitment to the entire “social justice” program.

A two-hour introduction to the climate change by Luboš Motl – “One may talk about lots of the sociology and history of the movement and it’s interesting – and often infuriating. But I still think it’s more relevant to focus on the hard science and the physical basis of all the phenomena.” His “collection of topics” list is phenomenal. It illustrates the point that climatology is not a simple ‘greenhouse gas’ thing and just how broad science can really be.

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The fix is in? Cohen Judge, Exposing targets, Colluders on the loose

Ace: Judge Forces Michael Cohen to Disclose Name of Client Who Had Instructed Him to Keep It Secret – “Cohen was forced to disclose this in court. Why it wasn’t disclosed in the judge’s private chambers and kept secret, I don’t know.”

A quick look at Michael Cohen’s judge by Henry Percy – “Judge hands defeat to Trump and Cohen,” blares the headline.

“Kimba Wood…Kimba Wood…where have I heard that name before? Well, look at this. She was Bill Clinton’s second choice to be attorney general, after the Zoe Baird nomination blew up. Kimba’s blew up, too, because she forgot to tell the White House she had employed an illegal as a nanny.

Is this amazingly great luck for the Mueller-U.S. attorney tag team or what?

Mueller Targets Sean Hannity Following Cohen Raid, DCWhispers – “While the court proceedings took place in New York, make no mistake those proceedings were being guided by the hand of D.C. Special Counsel and former FBI Director, Robert Mueller.

“The U.S. District Court raid on Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen’s offices was a direct offshoot of the Mueller investigation. Today that Mueller-influenced (and many feel highly illegal) raid forced Mr. Cohen to start disclosing names on his client list. First and foremost was Fox News personality and avid Trump supporter, Sean Hannity.

The abuse of power by the federal government today is a clear example of something a Congressional staffer source indicated to D.C. Whispers some time ago – that Trump is to be destroyed and those who supported him are to be punished/destroyed as well.

Like Trump, Sean Hannity is a fighter. Look for him to come out swinging against this abuse of power.

He’s in for a fight. We all are.

Colluders on the Loose by Victor Davis Hanson – “Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Harry Reid, Samantha Power, Clinton attorney Jeannie Rhee … f collusion is the twin of conspiracy, then there are lots of colluders running around Washington.

“Robert Mueller was tasked to find evidence of Trump and Russia collusion that might have warped the 2016 campaign and thrown the election to Trump. After a year, his investigation has found no concrete evidence of collusion. So it has often turned to other purported Trump misadventures. Ironically, collusion of all sorts — illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical — has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.

Some sort of collusion likely occurred when the Obama DOJ and FBI sought FISA-court requests to surveille Carter Page and, indirectly, possibly many other members of the Trump campaign.

Apparently, a number of government officials must have been in cahoots to get all their stories and agendas straight ahead of time. They certainly agreed on talking points to keep embarrassing facts from FISA judges, and they did so on a number of occasions. Does that behavior fall under the definition of some sort of colluding obstruction?

Trey Gowdy: Comey was willing to put all of his supposed problems with Trump aside to keep his job by Allahpundit – “His [Trey Goudy] point isn’t made often enough about Comey even though to some extent it’s self-evident.”

“If you can spare the time, start from the beginning and watch the whole Gowdy interview as he has thoughtful things to say about the Michael Cohen raid, Mueller’s and Rosenstein’s respective duties, and the Russiagate probe, whose justification he’s never doubted. The Comey segment is actually the only part of the interview where Gowdy took Trump’s side. HIs point on the Cohen raid is simple: Once Bob Mueller thought he had probable cause of criminal activity by Cohen, what else was he supposed to do except do what he did?

Oh My: Congressional Leader Calls For Impeachment Of Rod Rosenstein Over Uranium One Scandal, DCWhispers – “During that highly controversial agreement that sold 20% of U.S. uranium stock to Putin-controlled interests in Russia then-U.S. attorney Rod Rosenstein was charged with investigating the deal as allegations of bribes, extortion, and money laundering involving the Clintons and Obama-related figures, quickly mounted.”

“And guess who was the FBI Director at the time? None other than Robert Mueller, the man now charged with investigating Donald Trump.

To date, the only real evidence of any Russian collusion has been between the Obama White House, the Clintons/Clinton Foundation, Robert Mueller, and Rod Rosenstein (among other Obama-era figures)

Should the truth ever break free it might very well reveal how the Obama years were among the most dangerously corrupt in the history of America. The Mueller investigation has nothing to do with finding the truth but doing all it can to destroy it.

The McCabe Report is Just an Appetizer by Roger Kimball – “Horowitz will follow up with entrees on the FBI’s partisan activities in the 2016 presidential election and, later, another report on (if I may employ the term) collusion with the State Department.”

“We’ll have to wait for Horowitz to serve up the additional courses he has cooking. But right now we can enjoy his refreshing treat of McCabe-kabob, grilled to perfection.

Andrew McCabe, you might recall, was a central player in the pseudo-investigation of Hillary Clinton’s misuse of classified information and self-enrichment schemes while Secretary of State. He was one of the people who made sure that went nowhere. He was also a central figure in the get-Mike-Flynn operation and, later, the Great Trump Hunt that has been occupying Robert Mueller for nearly a year.

McCabe leaked information about an investigation to a Wall Street Journal reporter, lied about leaking in casual conversations with superiors as well as under oath.”

This meal is far from over. But I suspect that Michael Horowitz will be filling out the menu at least as robustly as that fisher of men, Robert Mueller.

Ace: Inspector General Report Into Hillary Email Investigation to be Released In May – “A lot of investigations into Hillary Clinton died on McCabe’s desk.”

Judge rules to unseal 11 cases related to Starr’s Clinton investigation, following CNN request by Katelyn Polantz – “Though Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s opinion Monday deals with secret legal proceedings from 20 years ago, it could offer a road map for making court records in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation public eventually.” This has the appearance of grabbing at straws after a long series of dry holes at CNN. It is also an attempt to rationalize Mueller’s tactics by smearing previous special prosecutors.

Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West by John Sexton – “The story of Western civilization, and really civilization itself, is the story of productively sublimating human nature.”

Court shoots down Acosta DOL’s attack on religious freedom by Paul Mirengoff – “What is perhaps most troubling about the Department’s position in this case, however, is the conceit of unlimited agency power that lies behind it. The power of a federal agency is no more than worldly. The Department should tend to what is Caesar’s, and leave the rest alone.”

Is It History, Or Is It Propaganda? By John Hinderaker – “This sort of ignorance and bias is rampant throughout American education. Some have suggested that it is parental malpractice to send your children to a public school. In many areas of the country, that proposition is hard to deny.”

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Scalp hunting and other insanity What a bizarre conflation of ideas.

Ben Rhodes cranks up the smear machine by Monica Showalter – “The sentence is so bonkers, so pristine in its conspiratorial insanity that it should one day grace a Museum of Natural History exhibit on early-21st-century US politics.”

“Not worried in the least about his own credibility, Ben Rhodes and his minions are making wild, outrageous, fact-free, lunatic-fringe claims against incoming national security adviser John Bolton, correctly perceiving that the new national security adviser will be a threat to their self-vaunted Iran deal.

Not only does the seedy little outfit Rhodes is running to spread fake news and change the “narrative” have all the top Obama national security team officials on it (flushing their own credibility down the toilet as these crazed smear-tweets go out), but it also has smear-artist extraordinaire on its masthead: Ben Wikler of MoveOn.org, whose organization is a leading Washington slime machine.

The real reason behind Sessions’ special counsel decision by Michael Goodwin – “Sessions’ decision is far more complex than reports suggest.”

“Sessions wants first to determine whether the situation meets the legal standard of “extraordinary circumstances” involving conflicts of interest that would allow him to move an investigation outside normal channels. I believe the standard will be easy to meet because there are numerous smoking guns showing that the 2016 investigations into both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were rigged by top government officials.

The two clouds hanging over Washington — whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the election and the conduct of government officials who apparently abused their powers to try to defeat him and elect Clinton — must be resolved as soon as possible.

Sixth-grade teacher delivers 15-minute rant claiming Trump’s MAGA slogan is a call to bring segregation back and accuses white students of being descended from mass killers by Keith Griffith – “It comes days after another social studies teacher at the same middle school assigned students to write a letter to lawmakers demanding new restrictions on gun ownership.”

School Worker Accused of Threatening to ‘Execute’ White Men (AP) – “A Connecticut high school employee is accused of threatening to “execute” white men and stomping on an American flag in a classroom.”

Anti-Trump artists turn room in President’s Manhattan hotel into rat-filled exhibit by Rich Schapiro – “A band of renegade artists released live rats inside a Trump hotel room in the city as part of a highly unauthorized exhibit complete with a Donald impersonator in golden handcuffs.”

California governor pardons 5 men facing deportation by Paul Elias – “Brown’s intervention for the men — among 56 pardoned — marked the Democratic governor’s third consecutive pardon round in which he intervened on behalf of immigrants who were deported or faced deportation because of criminal convictions.” Think back to Arlo Guthrie and the Group W bench. No joke this time.

Is a backlash brewing over sponsors fleeing Laura Ingraham’s show? By Karen Townsend – “Funny how corporations have caved so quickly to the demands of the young Floridian, isn’t it?”

“As Hogg fancies himself a student journalist, it is hard to not notice he has his act down cold.

While he enjoys playing the victim when he finally gets a bit of pushback from others – he is a liberal, after all, and they always throw the victim card into a debate – it is amazing to me how long it took for any public opposition to take hold.

In the meantime, hashtag warriors are gonna hashtag and now David Hogg thinks he’ll just take a gap year and go on the campaign trail anyway. Anyone surprised by this?

Scott Pruitt’s “housing problem” by Jazz Shaw – “Those sleuths at the Washington Post (among other outlets) have been hard at work, sniffing out corruption and wrongdoing inside the Trump administration.”

“What are they on the trail of this time? Election rigging? Bribery? Something new with the Russians? Nope. The WaPo is raising a considerable fuss over EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s “unusual housing arrangement” during his first months in Washington after joining Trump’s cabinet.

So what’s unusual about it? Apparently, while looking for a long term lease arrangement, Pruitt rented a room from friends of his who failed to charge him enough money. And no… I’m not even kidding. (WaPo)

Since everyone seems to be trafficking in speculation and innuendo these days, allow me to offer a different take. This looks like yet another case of scalp-hunting on the part of the media. If they can manufacture enough “scandals” around any of Trump’s cabinet members or advisers, it might result in calls to remove them. Then we’re treated to the next round of breathless media coverage about how the Trump White House is “in chaos” and can’t keep any people on staff.

Here’s one question for the reporters at the WaPo, the New York Times and all the rest. Did you exercise this much effort in placing the rental accommodations of Barack Obama’s newly arriving staff members under scrutiny in 2009? Surely they all had to find places to live when they arrived as well. Did anyone even think to ask? Pruitt was only renting a room at the Harts’ condo until July and since then has taken up leases on two different apartments which rent for more than three to four thousand dollars per month.

Huh. I wonder if the next story will be that his new digs are too expensive and extravagant.

An army of illegal aliens is marching on America by Jazz Shaw – “Sounds like the first line of a movie script based on some dystopian future, doesn’t it? But it’s actually an underreported story from the real world.”

“Flores is apparently on a lengthy trek through all of Mexico with a literal army of migrants from a number of countries including Honduras. Normally one might imagine that a potential national security crisis for the United States such as this would be cause for raising the alarm. Instead, the Buzzfeed reporter is cheering them on and talking about their “struggle.”

This isn’t a group of family members or some isolated, organized clan. This is an army. Flores numbers them in the hundreds but looking at the pictures coming from the “march” it clearly appears that their numbers are swelling. The real figure, as cited by Mora, is likely already more than a thousand. Their purpose? They make no bones about it when asked. They, “hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally.”

This army of interlopers moving across Mexico “without authorization” as Flores puts it (translated to “illegally”) is seeking to overwhelm the resources of immigration officials and are ready to cross the border illegally if an opening presents itself. If Mexico allows this to simply happen with no intercession they shouldn’t expect such a friendly reception with the State Department and the White House.

Federal Judge: Environmental group has sued others, therefore it can be sued by John Sexton – “Last August, Energy Transfer Partners, the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline, sued a number of environmental groups, including Greenpeace, BankTrack, and Earth First!, alleging the groups were collectively engaged in racketeering.” It’s about accountability. But then, there’s the Boston judge:

Boston Judge Accepts Climate Necessity Defence, Dismisses Charges by Eric Worrall – “Judge Mary Ann Driscoll has dismissed criminal charges against protestors including Al Gore’s daughter on the grounds that their actions were necessary to prevent climate change.” Whither the law?

“It might even lead to loss of life – sneaking onto active worksites, jumping into construction trenches, closing valves without warning on high pressure pipelines and scaling smokestacks is dangerous, both for the activists themselves and for any workers caught up with trying to save activists from their own stupidity.

At Instapundit – Suzanne Venker: Feminists are to blame for the plight of boys and men. – “In this and in other areas, we’ve given a small angry group of people with dubious mental health way too much control over the culture. Unsurprisingly, it’s working out badly.”

It’s 2018 and NPR Doesn’t Know What Christians Commemorate on Easter by Stephen Kruiser – “Do we only publicly fund entities that don’t like Christians (looking at you, Planned Parenthood)?”

“Feeling the need to Eastersplain to their postmodern, “no objective truth” fans, someone wrote an article for the NPR website that described Easter as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven.”

Obviously, what is being described is the Ascension, which comes after Easter

Even if this writer hadn’t managed to get two huge things wrong in just twenty-five words, I would have taken objection that we celebrate “the idea” of the Easter story. We celebrate that it actually happened.

Denying Genetics Isn’t Shutting Down Racism, It’s Fueling It by Andrew Sullivan – “I felt a genuine relief reading the op-ed because it was so nuanced and so low-temperature; it reflects precisely my own thoughts on the subject; and it’s hard to smear a Harvard geneticist for being a white supremacist (the usual gambit).” referring to David Reich’s “rather seismic op-ed” in the New York Times.

“I know this is a touchy, fraught, difficult subject. I completely understand the reluctance to discuss it, and the hideous history of similar ideas in the past. But when people seeking the truth are immediately targeted for abuse and stigma, it matters.

When that classical liberalism is tarred as inherently racist because it cannot guarantee equality of outcomes, and when scientific research is under attack for revealing the fuller truth about our world, we are in deep trouble. Because we are robbing liberalism of the knowledge and the moderation it will soon desperately need to defend itself.

Psychology Today: “Break the Spiral of Silence on Climate Change” by Eric Worrall – “Patricia Prijatel thinks the silence of Germans oppressed by the NAZIs is comparable to not talking about the alleged dangers of anthropogenic climate change.” … “What a bizarre conflation of ideas.”

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Media Myths, Children need education, Unmasking, Sanity, Laws versus People

Bankruptcies caused by medical bills are not common by neo-neocon – “one of the reasons for passing Obamacare was the idea pushed by the liberal/left (including and especially Elizabeth Warren) that medical bills were an enormous driver of bankruptcies.”

“Actually, a bigger driver is probably loss of income as a result of illness … “If Dobkin et al. are right, the people who quoted [Elizabeth] Warren’s inflated statistics, focused around medical bills, didn’t just overstate the problem; they had us focus on a problem we didn’t have, instead of the one we did.”

This ‘technique’ of argument based on fake or created or misrepresented ‘news’ is common. The gun control and climate change arguments are full of questionable or false or distorted claims used to rationalize irrational opinions.

Of Course Children Prefer Liberalism by Trevor Thomas – “The most significant principle of conservatism is that our rights come, not from man or from government, but from God.”

“Because what is tried and true can sometimes be viewed as stale and boring, and because being moral is often difficult, conservatism is frequently presented with challenges that liberalism is not. … For liberals … governing becomes a matter of seeking what is popular and pleasing, not what is right.

Much of our childhood is spent doing the same. We are by our nature selfish (many of us say “sinful”), self-centered creatures. We want what we want, when we want it. As children, we want the toys, food, entertainment, and so on, that make us feel good, or at least what we think will make us feel good, because others have told us, or sold us, on such an idea.

One of the great lies of modern liberalism — perhaps the great lie — is that the world owes us something, and it’s up to us to do whatever it takes to get it.

Because such a mindset is so familiar to them, it’s pretty easy to convince children — or those who think and reason like a child — that this is how the world should be.

Trump and the Great Unmasking of the Left by Thomas Lifson – “progressives are escalating their rhetoric, and in the process, unmasking their true beliefs.”

“For decades, they have obscured their real goals, and pretended to be interested in moderate, incremental measures that they believe would be acceptable to mainstream Americans. Using terms like “compassion” and “fairness,” they have sought to justify handing more and more power to the state, and the importation of a population amenable to state control of all aspects of life.

But in reaction to President Trump’s in-your-face persona and use of the mechanisms of state power for goals they oppose, they have escalated their rhetoric, and in the process exposed their real beliefs that long have been kept hidden from the broader public.

The week Trump was the only sane man in Washington by Keith Koffler – government spending, national defense, international relations, fairness in trade … “One might even say it was a very “sane” approach amid the insane cacophony of Washington.”

Partisanship and John Brennan’s Plot by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. – “Obama CIA use of foreign spies against the Trump campaign should be cause for alarm, no?

“What passes for the current wisdom today contains a great deal of solemn slop. Yet there are some solemnities in the current wisdom that one assumes are legitimate.

We have been hearing for years that the existence of the CIA, the FBI, and other agencies of the intelligence community constitute a threat to our civil liberties.

Last week, however, I personally discovered the left’s concern for civil liberties has vanished or at least become muted by partisanship.

spying on American citizens one would think would be opposed by all sides in America today. One would expect a consensus to exist at least on this. But it does not appear to be the case. Members of the left have uttered not a peep. Even the ACLU is quiet.

Former EPA Head Turns Out To Be A Huge Fan Of Secret Science by Jazz Shaw – “If you want everyone to be confident in the work being used, be transparent. It’s really that simple.

“ It turns out that a previous EPA chief, Gina McCarthy, and Janet McCabe, the Obama era author of the Clean Power Plan, don’t care for this new system at all. In fact, they published an op-ed to remind all of you peasants that it’s none of your darn business what data went into any given study and you should just take their word for it. (The Hill)

This poorly explained op-ed relies on the same two arguments which Pruitt’s critics have attempted to foist off on us before, neither of which does them any credit. The first is the claim that any scientific study involving medical data could compromise the confidential medical data of patients. …

The second argument is the real kicker, in which we are informed that there’s no need for the hoi polloi to have a look at studies which have been peer reviewed.

Fear & loathing at the DoJ , cont’d by Scott Johnson – The case is that of Howard Root and proprietorial misconduct. “Howard faced down the government.”

“The jury didn’t think much of the government’s case. It returned with a verdict of acquittal on all charges after a day of deliberations, and that includes the time spent electing a foreman.

Howard’s case is important in its own way. The crimes charged were bogus. The prosecution was based in part on prosecutorial misconduct. The case represents fruit of the poisonous Yates Memo tree. Howard had the resources to fight the government’s unjust prosecution of him and his company, but the case exacted an enormous toll. It cries out for study and reform.

The Department of Justice declines to answer to Howard or me, but it might answer to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Utah Senator Mike Lee.

Young Anti-Gun Demagogues Copy Their Elders by Jacob Sullum – “There cannot be two sides,” say the adolescent activists, tarring their opponents as NRA puppets.”

“Taking their cues from the grownups they say have failed them, Hogg and his compatriots assume their opponents are motivated by greed, cowardice, and crass political considerations—anything but honest disagreement.

Lara Vance, a middle-aged Kentucky woman who was interviewed at the D.C. rally, said she was “rather shocked that this is even an issue.” After all, “This is something that can be solved. It doesn’t take a lot of thought. We know what the problems are, and we need Congress to get their act together and get this problem solved.”

I disagree with pretty much every part of that, but I have no doubt that Vance sincerely believes it. I wish she would extend me the same courtesy.

Of Laws And Men by Sarah Hoyt – “This is emblematic of what leftists can’t grasp about laws: that laws aren’t magical and words don’t compel obedience.”

“If — in the world we live in — laws compelled obedience in and of themselves, murder would be unheard of since almost every human society since the dawn of time has had a law against it.

And yet murder, theft, and all the other lawbreaking imaginable still happens, which proves to us it is possible for people to ignore and contravene the law.

Sometimes, in fact, you have to ignore and contravene the law to survive. The black markets in various communist countries sprang up not out of the contrariness of the citizens, but because it was vital for survival. …

But the left piously believes in laws and that laws have the power to change people’s behavior. It’s part of their fanatical devotion to a society organized by the numbers and from the top down.

To have these people learn the error of their ways in a practical fashion will only destroy the world for the rest of us. And besides, judging from Europe, they’ll never learn. They’ll just refuse to admit their plan failed and pile on more laws and more regulatory bodies, till someone’s whole job is regulating the curvature of a banana.

Who’s your hero?

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Man down, Propaganda patterns, False flags

Stop Diminishing the Men By Eileen F. Toplansky – “in the space of just a few decades[,] American women have managed to demote men from respected providers and protectors to being unnecessary, irrelevant, and expendable” (Venker & Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism).

“The decline in the primary male economic function of being a provider and working is huge, and ”as the centrality of work among males declined, so, apparently, has their ardor to go to college – why bother? Why do well in high school? Viewed increasingly negatively by society, men have engaged in increasingly violent, anti-social behavior, manifested in more of them rioting, taking drugs, and ending up in prison. Society urges women to study the STEM disciplines, but not men.”

Recently, I had a class of mostly single mothers analyze Hymowitz’s piece. After they had considered her points, I asked the following: if single moms keep reiterating that men are unnecessary, how will this affect their own young sons’ perceptions of themselves?

You could hear a pin drop. They had never considered the consequences of this on their own sons.

The Ignored Correlation Between Fatherlessness and Mass Shooters By Rachel Alexander – “No one wants to talk about the importance of fathers in boys’ lives, because society is too concerned with not stigmatizing single mothers.”

“Seven of the 19 shootings since 2005 were committed by young males. Peter Hasson at The Federalist observed that only one of the seven “was raised by his biological father throughout childhood.”

Sociologist David Popenoe notes that “fathers are important to their sons as role models. They are important for maintaining authority and discipline. And they are important in helping their sons to develop both self-control and feelings of empathy toward others, character traits that are found to be lacking in violent youth.”

Boys need fathers. Some boys really need them. The data shows that. As Susan L. M. Goldberg asks in a column at PJ Media, “When Will We Have the Guts to Link Fatherlessness to School Shootings?”

New physics lessons help girls catch up by Michael Walther – “Many school pupils fail at physics because they misunderstand the fundamental concepts. A new teaching method can change this – ETH researchers have now proven its effect. It particularly helps intelligent girls to learn more effectively.” Good teaching matters. School teachers, especially, need effective curriculum guidance. For physics, there was a revolution with the IGY and Sputnik with the Physical Science Study Committee. What is described in this article only emphasize that the ‘market’ has its interest in simple measures for simple skills and very little patience for education and intellectual grasp of concepts. See the student gun control show for example.

It is also interesting that the focus of the article is gender bias. Education is a matter for all students. Why leave out the boys? Why the assumption that girls need to “catch up?” The reason for a decent education in physics is to avoid the sort of intellectual dishonesty on display.

How Successful Climate Pressure Tactics Paved The Way For Gun Control Bullying by Marc Morano – “The gun control lobby is borrowing the playbook from one of the most effective propaganda campaigns in history: anthropogenic global warming…

Hypocritical Enemedia Pushing Trump Bimbo Eruption to Derail His Pro America Agenda by Alicia Colon – “He was known as a billionaire playboy not a choir boy and the very idea that the media is bringing his past up when it ignored the much more sordid lives of prominent Democrats is concrete evidence of its hypocrisy.”

“Why does it take revelations decades after for the public to know the disgusting activities by these notables that make Trump’s sins pale in comparison?

While the upcoming film, Chappaquiddick will finally shred the legacy of the “esteemed” lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy, the very idea that Kennedy escaped censure for so long is unacceptable.

Now why didn’t the feminist hierarchy raise a stink about this?

Although most of we deplorables can see through the leftwing attacks on our president, but for those who may have voted for him but did so reluctantly because they disapproved on the character issue, the media bimbo coverage is diminishing their support and this is dangerous.

President Trump needs full support in his battle to drain the swamp

John Nolte says the 60 Minutes interview “ended up being the Al Capone’s vault of anti-Trump news.” Giraldo, where are you?

Is Trump Using Omnibus Bill To Now FULLY FUND The Border Wall? It Sure Looks That Way. by DCWhispers – “It would be a truly MAGA Art of the Deal moment.”

I Refuse to Lose My Mind Over the Omnibus Fiasco, and So Should You by Kurt Schlichter – “Remember the Kobayashi Maru scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Sometimes, you end up with no good options.”

“Trump chose the least worst of two bad options, and I, for one, refuse to lose my Schiff over it.

There’s another spending fight coming. Trump says he won’t sign another flaming pile of garbage like this. After the reaction he got the other day, it’s likely he’ll keep his word.

What do the rest of us do? Not quit. Get up, brush off, and get ready to fight. Tighten the hell up and jump back in the game. If you can’t take a hit, if you can’t stand to encounter an obstacle, if you’re giving up everything because something goes wrong, you’re not really committed to recovering your country and your own freedom.

Obama’s third term by Don Surber – “Liberals are as spontaneous as a wedding.”

“No, liberals wait for an event that is slightly off-kilter and flawed.

This was planned. They wanted the right shooting. They will wait years for one. This one fit because unlike, say, Dylann Roof’s obviously racist slaying in a church.

Liberals seek flawed cases because they want to give conservatives traction to oppose them because liberals want to battle. All the time. On all fronts because what liberals seek is power, and they know the power of the state peaks in times of chaos and turmoil.

The shooting spree triggered actions planned months ago.

We are seeing Black Lives Matter again. If Barack Obama had a school shooting, it would look like this.

The Me Too movement was carefully crafted as well.

This is Maoism. This is Barack Obama’s third term.

09:50 – Doesn’t Add Up. Never Has. Never Will. 09:50 The FBI Lied, Not Steele by sundance – the latest exploration of bits and pieces and how they fit into a bigger picture.

Michael Waldman’s video on gun control is historically askew by Taylor Millard – taking apart a propaganda flic.

Revealing scenes from the “March for our Lives” by Jazz Shaw – “Nearly all the coverage of the March for our Lives events today predictably looked like a scene straight out of central casting.”

“I thought this was a rally to end gun violence in schools? Or at least a more generic call to “action.” When did the focus of the entire thing become “gun control?” Ah, well. Nevermind, I guess. This is CNN.

They were at least revealing some of the conveniently repeated themes on display with the shirts and signs in the crowds. A more suspicious person might guess that this was all being orchestrated from somewhere. Here’s one of them which caught my eye immediately.

those kindergartners are really upping their game in mastering printers and label making.

Seven reactions to the “March for our Lives” by Scott Johnson – “Paul passed on seven observations on the “March for our lives.” Having slept on it for a couple of nights, I have seven seven personal reactions to offer as a counterpart.”

“1. I hate being lectured.

2. I hate being lectured in a tone of moral superiority.

3. I hate being lectured by preening ignoramuses.

4. I hate being lectured by teenagers who know next to nothing and who demand that “something be done.”

5. I find that approximately everything the teenage mob and its spokesmen “know” to be false.

6. I find it loathsome that one of the leading spokesmen of this mob — one David Hogg — feels free to make loathsome claims to advance his cause. I am referring to David Hogg. The young Mr. Hogg should be hogtied, figuratively speaking.

7. I hate the media’s imputation of “absolute moral authority” to mobs with which they are politically simpatico. The media rush to join the mob if the mob is on the left. The media types are even more loathsome than the ignorant teenage mob.

Oakland Mayor who gang-signals illegals can’t stop talking about Trump by Jazz Shaw – an indication of an obsession that is overcoming reality – take heed.

“It was, according to Schaaf, all a big misunderstanding and she never intended to thwart the ICE raid, so there was no need to discuss it further. That’s not a position she seems to be sticking with since she keeps talking about it.

That’s certainly an interesting set of claims to break down, isn’t it? First comes the usual strawman argument

And that brings us to her stunning claim that California allows ICE to detain the most dangerous criminals.

Our expectations of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are what ruined them by Jazz Shaw – “If you set up a water pipe and allow people to freely add to it, someone will always be upset when another person decides to put grape or cherry Koolaid in it. But that’s not the fault of the person who built the pipe.”

“In a way, the fashion in which Facebook and YouTube have failed is the perfect example of why the First Amendment protects the most offensive speech. As soon as you allow someone to begin drawing the line as to which speech is “acceptable” and which isn’t, that line may move and you could be the next one to find yourself on the wrong side of it.

That’s what’s happened with YouTube and their decision to delete videos discussing gun sales or firearms use. There’s nothing illegal about selling firearms to qualified buyers. But now the guardians of speech on YouTube have decided that such things can be banned. What’s next? If you post a video saying there are only two genders (such as Bill Nye the “Science Guy” did), will it be removed? If you claim a 7 week old fetus is a baby, will your video disappear?

Don’t laugh at the idea of the slippery slope. It’s very real and both Facebook and YouTube have already shoved armies of people down it. And the saddest part of this tale is that they’re doing it because we asked them to.

Camouflaged Elites by Victor Davis Hanson – “An anonymous and irascible Athenian author: You would often hit an Athenian citizen by mistake on the assumption that he was a slave. For the people there are no better dressed than the slaves and metics, nor are they any more handsome.”

“Yet the irony of this new camouflaged status is that appearances are conflated with reality. Mark Zuckerberg may look like an average American, but that does not mean he has the same interests or lives a similar sort of life as ordinary citizens. The concerns of an ostensible everyman with $71 billion could not possibly be the same as those of the rest of us. It may be that their casual clothes, cool phraseology, and radical politics serve as penance for exercising power that was once considered inordinate and dangerous.

Which raises an interesting point: People like Zuckerberg are actually far more powerful than their looks suggest. The robber barons of the nineteenth century are disparaged today for their greed and power. But Amazon, Facebook and Google operate virtual monopolies, the influence of which exceeds the oil, rail, steel, and banking trusts of the Gilded Age.

One reason billionaire Donald Trump won the Electoral College was that he was transparent. He did not fake a southern drawl or an inner-city patois in the manner of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Unlike Mitt Romney, he exaggerated rather than apologized for his wealth. His loud clothes, garish jet, and American boosterism were in your face, and allowed Americans to draw their own conclusions—and, in contrast, made vastly rich progressive activists like Tom Steyer and Al Gore seem disingenuous.

Visible class distinctions of the past were a result of pride in achievement and old-fashioned snobbery. But their practical effect was to warn that the interests and agendas of the elite were not always the same as those of the public. Today’s billionaire hipsters blur these ancient distinctions. But just because a Master of the Universe looks like us does not mean that his dogged pursuit of tax exemptions, offshoring and outsourcing, and vertically integrated monopolies is in our interest.

Clues gone. Deception and deceit run rampant. There is need to be very careful.

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Stand up! They are Barking Mad, Government surveilance, Deep State persistance

Poisoning Paradise: I Was On A Film Panel Devoted To Hating Science, And Here Is Why You Should Be Also By Hank Campbell – “a film by trial lawyers to help public opinion force Syngenta to settle a lawsuit that may not even have happened yet. And with a hand-picked panel to help.” Here is what civilization is up against.

“f it was not obvious by the halfway mark that the movie is stuffed with litigants and lawyers because it was made by and for litigants and lawyers, the “For More Information” at the end which goes to two litigation groups will be enough to convince you.

So the movie is against science and the panel was against science. To really drive their agenda home, they made sure they stacked the audience with activists too. So much that when their publicity stunts began, the people genuinely concerned about science issues walked out.

And that is important. The people who walked out are why you should attend these events. They are reasonable. They can be reached.

This technique of pretending to be welcoming and neutral and compassionate about diverse beliefs and thoughts while really being hatemongers was a litany that was to be repeated throughout the evening.

Jordan Peterson is Driving His Critics to Desperate Attacks by Russ McSwain – “His refusal to use legally mandated language has reverberated around the world.” The foil is Nathan J. Robinson, the editor of Current Affairs.

“The original basis for Peterson’s worldwide notoriety is his objection to being compelled to use legally mandated language. This is a huge step beyond the current Canadian laws, which prohibit and criminalize certain speech.

Again, I don’t think Robinson is lying. There is a funny space that some people on the left occupy that blinds them to facts. They are just very odd people.

Barking mad by Scott Johnson – “We are in day two of the left’s administration of punishment to Katherine Kersten for her Star Tribune column Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree. ”

“There is a gaping hole in Cassellius’s column where demonstration ought to be. Cassellius’s column is an exercise in pretense and distraction. And this woman is Minnesota’s commissioner of education. In case anyone is paying attention, that too is a scandal.

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you by Quincy Larson – “all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password.” This is related to the current Obama scandals.

“take a moment to think about all the apps you have on your phone. Email? Facebook? Dropbox? Your browser? Signal? The history of everything you’ve ever done — everything you’ve ever searched, and everything you’ve ever said to anyone — is right there in those apps.

What we’re seeing now is that anyone can be grabbed on their way through customs and forced to hand over the full contents of their digital life.

What’s the worst thing that could happen if the Customs and Border Patrol succeed in getting ahold of your unlocked phone? Well…

It’s only a matter of time before downloading the contents of people’s phones becomes a standard procedure for entering every country. This already happens in Canada. And you can bet that countries like China and Russia aren’t far behind.

The conflict is between privacy and anti-terrorism efforts. Just how far should governments be allowed to go? Does the Obama administration history with FISA and other abuses feed fear about governmental overreach?

Austin bombing suspect dead, apparently tracked down by surveillance state By Thomas Lifson – “police were led to him through the blanket surveillance capabilities that have come characterize American society in the wake of the “war on terror.”

“This is called the “panopticon” state that can see you everywhere. China is spending a lot of money and devoting intellectual resources to becoming the most thoroughgoing panopticon state in human history. But if you think you are not subject to constant surveillance and keep a cell phone with you, the police can find out where you’ve been and where you are now, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The demise of the presumptive perp in Austin is an upside of this situation. The downside has yet to be fully plumbed here, but in China, it is clear that it is a foundational element of twenty-first-century tyranny.

John Brennan: Deep State Political Hack by Daniel John Sobieski – “he redefines chutzpah when in a tweet he describes President Trump in words that sound as though they were plagiarized from FBI lead investigator Peter Strzok

“The only “disgraced demagogues” in this scenario are John Brennan; James Clapper; Andrew McCabe; James Comey; Peter Strzok; and, yes, Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, all parties in a political resistance whose purpose was to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House. And John Brennan dares to talk about political corruption?

Brennan’s venomous tweet, like Strzok’s infamous text messages to his lover and co-conspirator in the FBI, Lisa Page, show the depth of the political corruption infesting an intelligence community that conspired to interfere in our elections to deny Donald Trump the presidency. Brennan and his colleagues are supposed to serve the president, not conspire against him.

John Brennan, like Clapper, McCabe, and Comey, is a liar for whom ideological goals overrule political morality and personal honor.

Considering his past record and current shenanigans, it is John Brennan who is guilty of political corruption and using the extraordinary powers of his office – not to serve his country, but to subvert it.

The Nuclear Option: Limitless Investigation of Trump Was Always the Plan by Charles Hurt – “So this is the new standard for electing a president here in America, the greatest living experiment in self-governance.”

“And damn the innocent host! The more devastating the cancer is to the very body politic that gives it life, the better!

It is the truest form of injustice. Singular evil. Blind hatred.

So they changed the rules. We can pick our president. But then the powerful established bureaucracy must conduct a massive, sprawling, limitless investigation into any and all aspects of the president we pick.

They exposed people, spied on people and began setting the trap just in case the stupid people of America picked Mr. Trump to be their president. They lied, conspired and held secret meetings.

So special counsel Robert Mueller’s endless investigation in search of a crime should have been no surprise. It was cooked up long before Mr. Trump even won the election. Of course, these people were going to do this.

It is the new standard for “self-governance” in America. The people can elect any president they want. But then these people will do everything including assassinating their character to hound them from office.

Scandal Questions Never Asked, Much Less Answered by Victor Davis Hanson – “Sometimes the hysteria of crowds causes them to overlook the obvious.”

“Here is a series of 12 questions that do not seem to trouble anyone, but the answers to these should expose why so many of the people today alleging scandals should themselves be considered scandalous.

Instapundit: Retrograde to avoid Facebook problems.

“I hope a lot of people will move back to blogs and away from big corporate platforms. As I wrote a while back: “I think that the old blogosphere was superior to ‘social media’ like Twitter and Facebook for a number of reasons. First, as a loosely-coupled system, instead of the tightly-coupled systems built by retweets and shares, it was less prone to cascading failure in the form of waves of hysteria. Second, because there was no central point of control, there was no way to ban people. And you didn’t need one, since bloggers had only the audience that deliberately chose to visit their blogs.”

This is how you can achieve net neutrality.

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Discipline equality by force if necessary; Steady strategery; Collusion Bloodbath; Traps and Trolls

There is much anticipation about the Inspector General’s report due any time now. One shouldn’t get one’s hopes up too much else one might suffer like the Left on its repeated ‘we got Trump now’ revelations. The difference is that the Trump anticipation foundation was usually Fake News while the IG report has already produced disciplinary action and a steady drip of testimony and evidence.

Discipline Quotas: The Obama Administration’s Evil Lives On by John Hinderaker – “litigation against schools where black students are disciplined (e.g., by suspension) more often, on a pro rata basis, than white students, on the ground that such numerical discrepancy is evidence of discrimination.” There’s a famous book about society’s efforts to make all citizens equal …

“My colleague at Center of the American Experiment, Katherine Kersten, has a brilliant op-ed on the Dayton administration’s phantom letters in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune:

It’s a funny thing about liberals–they are undaunted by failure. It’s almost as though they don’t really care whether their policies work or not.

Liberals who claim that disparate discipline rates must be evidence of racist teachers never want to talk about the fact that Asian students are suspended much less often than whites.

The whole “school to prison pipeline” myth is disingenuous. It shouldn’t be surprising that teenagers who bring weapons to school, get into fights, assault teachers, are chronically disobedient and disruptive, take drugs on school property, and so on, are disproportionately likely to commit crimes that land them in prison. Only a liberal could be surprised at this correlation.

Sessions makes his move by J.R. Dunn – “Sessions is the quintessential Eagle Scout. He will follow the rules down to the last subclause and will not make his move until every “t” has been crossed and every “i” dotted.” There is a need these days to be careful about using Eagle Scout as a standard as this standard has been corrupted by the Left as it has corrupted so many others standards of honor and integrity and civility.

“This comes under the rubric of “strategy,” a concept unfortunately foreign to too many active conservatives. A large number of cons recognize only one course of action: a headlong charge against the closest target while howling at the top of their lungs. Not only do they dismiss any more subtle form of action, but they often attack those engaging in it of cowardice or corruption, or of being an “Alinskyite-Obamaist commie stooge” – despite the fact that their kamikaze runs usually end up heading over the nearest cliff.

So it was with Sessions, who has been routinely dismissed as “paid off,” being “asleep under his desk,” or as “part of the swamp.”

Sessions took his time, did things according to the book, and dealt the swamp a good, stiff blow while leaving its denizens little recourse but to throw tantrums in the media, which they have been doing the weekend long.

Look forward to seeing more of this kind of thing as Sessions and the Trump administration as a whole drill deeper into the muck of liberal D.C. At times you will see little, since much of the action will be occurring behind the scenes. But pay close attention to what you can see. You will be witnessing master strategists in action, and much of what they do can be applied to other scenarios similar in nature.

The Coming Collusion Bloodbath by Kevin McCullough – “So many Democrats and Republicans have asserted the lack of evidence in the Russian collusion issue its become comical if not annoying to endure as the uninformed continue to argue otherwise.”

“But few have had interest in addressing a separate issue that demands attention. For while the Russians attempted mass chaos. The more serious scandal appears to have covered up criminal behavior, illicit manipulation of the FISA process, and an attempt to undo the quite serious results of an election.

The Democrats’ illicit partnership with the Obama Justice Department and what appears to be an increasingly corrupted leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was yet one more logistical hurdle that President Trump would have to overcome in his surprising and transformational win.

What the universe has truly ignored is the fact that the Inspector General’s investigation (which has been far less publicized than Special Council Robert Mueller’s), and in large measure has had much more devastating impact. Agents have been fired, reassigned, and otherwise dealt with just within the process of the investigation. The limited amount of what we’ve seen from the efforts thus far have painted a picture of corruption at the highest levels, and potentially “Watergate” comparable outcomes upon the report’s issuance.

In some respects Robert Mueller never asked for the position he finds himself in. But if he is not willing to look at the evidence before him and truly follow where it leads then it is time for him to go as well.

Former high-ranking FBI officials (like Chris Swetzer who appeared with Harris Faulkner’s FoxNews broadcast on Friday) believe that the Inspector General’s coming report will be explosive.

For the sake of justice, above all else, I hope it brings clarity to a story our modern media landscape is highly invested in keeping as convoluted as possible.

Influential Dem operative “stands with McCabe” even if he’s guilty by Paul Mirengoff – “Klain is so committed to the anti-Trump resistance that guilt and innocence don’t matter to him anymore

“When the merits don’t matter — when the only questions that need to be asked are whose side is one on, who benefits, and who has the superior claim to being “powerless” — our polity is in serious trouble.

Via Instapundit The Two Million Dollar Dem: More Dems offer to hire McCabe. Some folks need to do some deep introspection about their choice of heroes.

The Joy and Necessity of Driving Liberals Nuts by Kurt Schlichter – “It’s just a matter of pushing their buttons.”

“Don’t worry – we’re not showing our cards here. Napoleon (allegedly) warned that you should never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake, and dismissing your opponent – especially one who snatched away the presidency from The Smartest Women in the History of Ever – is always a grave strategic error. But we can safely discuss it here because they won’t listen. They can’t listen – to listen to us is to take us seriously and admit to themselves that We The People are a threat to Them Our Betters. Just look at the comments below – go and see how many of them draw exactly the opposite point that this column makes. They have to minimize and marginalize us because labelling our rebellion against their self-serving, failed rule a mere temper tantrum allows them to avoid the painful reality that they brought this on themselves because they are terrible.

But getting under our opponents’ collective collectivist skin is more than just an enjoyable way to pass the time. It performs vital functions for the movement both by exposing our enemy for what it is, and for supporting our own side’s morale.

The real purpose of our relentless mockery and our relentless highlighting of their relentless hypocrisy and incompetence is to demonstrate to the sleeping masses that the people claiming to be their betters are, in fact, not better at all.

WaPo fact checks Trump’s “Comey lied” tweet with curious results by Jazz Shaw – “The President once again had the press collectively setting their hair on fire this weekend with yet another tweet.”

“So according to the WaPo, Trump “misrepresented” the coverage, “misquoted” the testimony and “mangled the truth.” Clearly, his claim must be a real whopper, right? There’s only one problem with that conclusion, however. Selk goes on for more than two dozen additional paragraphs and completely fails to negate the basic substance of what the President tweeted, nor does he bail Comey out of trouble.

McCabe just made life tough for Comey and the special counsel by Jonathan Turley – “McCabe may have rectified his “singled out” status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.”

“If this was determined to be a leak with his approval, Comey likely would be labeled not just a leaker but a liar. Worse, his second-in-command just lost his pension after more than 20 years with the bureau, while Comey is about to cash in on a book and publicity tour potentially worth millions.

Comey also will be releasing his book around the same time as the inspector general’s report is expected to be made public.

More generally, the apparent conduct of both McCabe and Comey have fulfilled the narrative long advanced by Trump of a biased and unprincipled FBI investigation.

This country is deeply divided over the allegations against Trump and his opponents. We will not overcome this chasm until we are satisfied that we have the full factual record from the Clinton and Russia investigations.

This is particularly true for the FBI, which will not be able to regain the trust of many Americans without making a clean break from scandal. That means total transparency, which runs against the bureau’s culture. Yet, without greater disclosure, the public will be left wondering if a sense of Comey’s “Higher Loyalty” dangerously blurred the lines between “Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

This trap set long before Donald Trump won by Charles Hurt – “So this is the new standard for electing a president here in America, the greatest living experiment in self-governance.”

“Through a combination of representative democracy and a balancing of state power against federal power, we the people pick our president.

Unless, of course, the president we the people pick turns out to be a grave and odious threat to the powerful established bureaucracy in Washington that — like cancer itself — is entirely dedicated to its own preservation and spread.

And damn the innocent host! The more devastating the cancer is to the very body politic that gives it life, the better!

It is the truest form of injustice. Singular evil. Blind hatred.

It is the new standard for “self-governance” in America. The people can elect any president they want. But then these people will do everything including assassinate their character to hound them from office.

Truly, these people cannot fathom how much innocent taxpayers despise them.

Prequel – Reminder of The ‘Big Picture’ in Summary by sundance – “Here’s the basic overview of how all those threads come together to paint a picture.”

“There are so many threads of information surrounding the 2016 operation to conduct political surveillance on the Trump campaign by various officials and offices within corrupt structures of government it’s easy to get lost. However, if we take all the various bits of information and place them together a less confusing picture emerges.

The denial is so strong, so adamant, so vehement, that it stimulates hesitation about the evidence that is on the table. It creates dissonance to look at that evidence and then the behavior of so many distinguished government leaders and executives. That dissonance will be resolved and the behaviors in evidence suggest the process will not be smooth or easy.

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McCabe: case study on how to handle being caught with blood on your hands.

McCabe fired by Don Surber – “Look for a legal challenge, a book deal, and being officially placed on the CNN payroll after years of illegal leaks to the Fake News network.” The reaction to the firing is instructive. McCabe himself is outraged and making accusations about cover-up and worse on his political or supposed enemies. His friends are also full of denial and venom and they parade the public with their faux outrage and fantasies.

Ace: Sessions Fires McCabe; McCabe Claims It’s All a Conspiracy To Damage Him as a Witness. Other stories indicate a lawsuit for improper dismissal and denial of pension citing Trump Tweets etc.

After firing, McCabe claims he’s a victim of administration’s ‘war on the FBI’ by John Sexton – “McCabe doesn’t say he’s completely blameless, only that he’s paying too big a price for what was merely a misunderstanding.”

“Already, the reactions to the firing are falling into two distinct camps. On the one hand, there are those claiming this is justice:

On the other hand, McCabe issued a lengthy statement claiming this is part of a Trump administration “war on the FBI” and, more specifically, an attempt to discredit his testimony

So was this just a big misunderstanding? One former supervisory special agent with the FBI who describes himself as a “fan” of McCabe, says it’s difficult for him to believe the Office of Professional Responsibility, which recommended McCabe firing, is acting politically. … He concludes that while this move may benefit AG Sessions and the White House, that doesn’t automatically prove it’s some kind of partisan setup.

Don’t Ignore the Obvious – Key Words from AG Sessions: “Including Under Oath” by sundance – “Don’t be so blinded by the tripwire flares you fail to see the obvious. Within the statement from Attorney General Sessions hopefully you’ll note: “Including Under Oath

“The IG doesn’t place the internal investigative target “under oath”. An outside prosecutor who is assisting the IG does. Hence Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling us what is going on

House Intel Dem to Trump: ‘Gloat now, but you will be fired soon’ by Jacqueline Thomsen – one of several she has this morning at The Hill.

CNN’s absurd reaction to Andrew McCabe’s firing by Patricia McCarthy – “Channel surfing after the announcement that AG Sessions had indeed fired Andrew McCabe was like being yanked into the Twilight Zone.”

“Switch to CNN and one would be told that it was Trump who did the firing, that Sessions did it to keep his job. Barely mentioned was the fact that the recommendation to fire McCabe came from the FBI’s own Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR), an almost unprecedented event. Don Lemon and his guests were apoplectic that this “fine and respected” man has had his pension taken away. They were not concerned at all about what he may have done to elicit the OPR’s recommendation that he be fired. Not one bit.

Like Adam Schiff, the folks at CNN, CBS, MSNBC, etc. have apparently avoided all the news that has been revealed over the past year that proves it was Hillary and the DNC that commissioned and paid for the ridiculous dossier. We know now that many of the higher-ups in the DOJ and the FBI colluded to prevent Trump from winning, and after he won, to see that he did not take office

The rest of the mainstream media, equally committed to the hoped-for impeachment scenario, also ignores all the facts that have come to light. They are grasping at straws and Stormy Daniels is just the latest straw. Their hysteria would be comical if it were not so deadly serious. What these people, the Clintons, the DNC, these schemers at the DOJ, NSA and FBI, have done is the biggest political scandal in modern American history. They have been exposed as arrogant elitists who believe they are above the law and have ruined the reputations of their respective institutions.

Trump fatigue and good news by Silvio Canto, Jr. – “Over the last week, we’ve heard about “chaos,” “personnel changes,” “Stormygate,” and lots of other things.”

“Like the old story about the kid who cried wolf, this constant anti-Trump drumming gets old after a while. In Aesop’s fable, the townspeople just tuned out the kid. Today, the negativity is so over the top that it becomes hysterical noise.

The problem with negativity is that it can’t compete with good news, as we see in these examples:

Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards by Andrew C. McCarthy – “These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”

“With Rosenstein’s passive approval, Mueller is shredding Justice Department charging policy by alleging earth-shattering crimes, then cutting a sweetheart deal that shields the defendant from liability for those crimes and from the penalties prescribed by Congress. The special counsel, moreover, has become a legislature unto himself, promulgating the new, grandiose crime of “conspiracy against the United States” by distorting the concept of “fraud.”

Why does the special counsel need to invent an offense to get a guilty plea? Why doesn’t he demand a plea to one of the several truly egregious statutory crimes he claims have been committed?

The Mueller switch project by Scott Johnson – “The Mueller project to continues on its inevitable path, yet every day the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal appears more absurd.”

“The Mueller project, not to put too fine a point on it, is to remove President Trump from office. Thikn of it as the Mueller switch project. You’d have to be a fool not to see it. Yet that is far from the only problem with it.

Special Counsel is not a creature of statue; his appointment and jurisdiction is governed by regulations promulgated by the Department of Justice. Unlike many regulations, these are relatively brief and to the point. They are accessible online here. Under the applicable regulation, Special Counsel may be appointed when the Attorney General or his surrogate “determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted,” and that the Justice Department’s handling of “that investigation or prosecution of that person or matter” in the normal course “would present a conflict of interest for the Department” (emphasis added).

Mueller’s appointment lacks a legal predicate. This failure is fundamental.

These departures from law and practice cannot be justified by necessity or the supposed good works of Mueller’s probe. The Mueller investigation remains a continuing affront to due process. As I say, one would have to to be a fool not to see the object of Mueller’s probe. I am not an optimist by nature, but I think one would also have to be a fool to doubt that there will be a day of reckoning.

Ace: The Real Collusion Story: How Hillary, the DNC, Brennan, Clapper and Obama Conspired to Frame Trump for a Crime That Never Even Happened – Citing a TL;DR as a ‘must read’ at National Review: This is the real story, the one that Washington Consensus doesn’t know.

Stormy Daniel’s Attorney Worked For Barack Obama’s White House Chief Of Staff by DCWhispers – “The Establishment Media is working double-time to try and make something of the sordid Stormy Daniel allegations that she had a brief affair with Donald Trump ten years ago” but it begins to look like a political opposition taking advantage of a celebrity troll.

Meanwhile, Trump lawyer claims up to $20m in damages – “Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, wants a lawsuit brought by porn actress Stormy Daniels moved to federal court, and claims the woman could owe $20 million in damages for violating a non-disclosure agreement.” It looks like there is some learning from the Left in how to respond. Jazz Shaw has some confusion that points to a nuance he is missing: Trump’s lawyer wants Stormy Daniels to cough up $20M for… something – “Trump should really just get it over with and dare her to put all her cards on the table.” Since Daniel has little that will damage Trump, perhaps there is something for Trump in having the media distracted by the story and belittling itself with its meaningless obsession. See also Steven Hayward’s week in pictures.

Let the Boys Fight: Why Anti-Bullying Policies Fail and Why Fighting May Be the Answer by Megan Fox – “What stops a bully? Physical force. Every time.”

“Unlike the millions of wasted dollars the federal and state governments spend on speakers and programs to stop students from bullying one another (that ultimately fail), Gracie jiu-jitsu has tried and true methods that have worked since the beginning of time. It gives kids physical training to neutralize a bully and get away quickly, but everything they teach goes against almost every school bullying policy. Most schools have a “zero tolerance” policy for aggressive behavior, including all hitting, punching, kicking and wrestling. There is no exception for self-defense. This means that if your child is being hounded by bullies and one day your kid snaps and puts the hurt on another kid, your kid is getting expelled, not the culprit.

Gone are the days when Johnny met Steven down by the bike rack to duke it out, shake hands, and become buddies. Now schools are focused almost solely on limiting all physical contact. The problem with this is that males especially need the physical contact of grappling and wrestling to establish boundaries, hierarchy, or just blow off steam. (Girls, on the other hand, will terrorize a target emotionally, which is far more damaging than a bloody lip.)

Where is a boy’s natural aggression going to go if he has no outlet and is told he is unable to defend himself, even when under attack?

An issue here is age. Prior to high school, physical conflict injury risk is rather small. After puberty, the boy gains size and muscle and that increases risk. The traditional means of reducing that risk is conflict via rules via boxing, wrestling, or other sports.

The case against education: A long-read Q&A with Bryan Caplan by James Pethokoukis – “The American education system is a waste of both time and money — at least according to Bryan Caplan, author of the new book, The Case Against Education.”

“Rather than actually impart useful skills, education’s benefits stem mainly from “signaling,” implying that as a nation we could drastically reduce years of schooling and be no worse off. It’s an explosive thesis challenging the conventional wisdom of labor economists, and he recently joined me on the podcast to convince me of its merit and explain its implications for student, parents, and society.

Another problem going on is that by the time that someone emerges from American high school not really proficient in literacy and numeracy, they are in no mood to go to do some online education at that point. They are frustrated, they are angry, and of course mostly male and are like “No I’m not going to go and try some other kind of school now. I am sick of this.”

The massive growth in the cost of college in recent years is stimulating talk of a bubble. So much is put into such an effort ‘for the children’ yet what many are seeing is indoctrination and frivolousness and not an education. College is shifting from skill and intellectual development into a signalling certification.

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