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The evil drift

Liberalism and the Problem of Evil – Philip Ahlrich — “Political evil is a contagion of psychological immaturity, self-delusion, and counterfeit justification, and its virus has spread throughout America’s liberal ruling class.”

When You Label Half of the Country Racist… – Blaine L. Pardoe — “Overnight, anyone who had conservative values and voted Republican was complicit in mass murder and carried the taint of being called a racist… or so the Left hoped.”

The Democrats’ push for reparations will only make things worse – Kathleen Brush — “Under the guise of remedying historical sins, the government is stoking racial divisions at every corner” … “The government’s failure to contemplate the combined impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Great Society (1964–1965) counts among the grossest acts of U.S. government negligence.”

“The national alarm should be sounding over the racialization of medical school education” — William A. Jacobson — “At least 39 of America’s 50 most prestigious medical colleges and universities have some form of mandatory student training or coursework on ideas related to critical race theory (CRT), according to CriticalRace.org, which monitors CRT curricula and training in higher education” — also see Critical Race Theory has infected 80% of the top U.S. medical schools – American Thinker.

The Leftward Drift of the Legal Profession is Cause for Concern – Mike LaChance — “lawyers are no longer primarily the allies of commercial classes, as they were in the early republic, but instead the technocrats and enablers of regulation and redistribution” … “The transformation of the legal profession marks a fundamental change in American democracy”

In seeking to demean Trump, The Wall Street Journal demeans itself – David Zukerman – “No good will come of the effort.” … “Whoever is in charge of the Capitol Police, it is not the president.  Clearly, Congress, not the president — if the USA Today article is correct — had the responsibility to move to stop the tumult. ”

 

 

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Years into the assault

The License to Leak: How Years of Attacks on the Court Created a “By Any Means” Mentality – JONATHAN TURLEY – “Most court observers surely must have hoped this was an elaborate hoax, that someone had not shattered every legal and judicial ethical rule by leaking a draft opinion. But there was no denial from the court” … “It was a collective effort by those who bred contempt for our legal institutions and values. This is not a crisis of the court. It is a crisis of faith”

Role of Journals and their Editors in Preserving False Research Findings – Watts Up With That? – “we describe our experience of how journals and their editors work to preserve false findings in meta-analysis studies they publish” … “The business model of many journals promotes incentives for the author and publisher to work against sound science and interest of the public. Our position is that it is time for the public to view any meta-analysis published in the journal PLOS One as untrustworthy until proven otherwise.”

What ‘Moving On’ Has Cost Us –  “Republicans, as a party and as a mindset, are incapable of enforcing justice even when enjoying control of both houses of Congress and the White House. When they reach the threshold requiring a decision, they inevitably choose to “move on” instead”

The true import of the Alito draft –  “What makes the decision so significant is that it’s not even just about the Constitution; instead, even more specifically, the Alito draft is about the Supreme Court’s constitutional jurisprudence”

 Remote learning was a disaster — Joanne Jacobs “students who stayed home for most of 2020-21 fared much worse” … “Did keeping schools closed save lives? Apparently not” … “In addition to the “lost” or “unfinished” academic learning, out-of-school students lost social skills”

 

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A hoax plague

The election free and fair? Laptop evidence? Damning record gap? Biden or Trump? Child perversion OK? Learn from history and avoid destroying the foundation of a civil world.

Blue State Blues: The 2020 Election* Gets a Giant Asterisk over Hunter Biden Laptop. Joel B. Pollak — “The 2020 election must forever be tagged with an asterisk, given that the country’s establishment media have finally admitted that Hunter Biden’s laptop, which they suppressed during the campaign, is authentic, despite President Joe Biden’s denials.” – “the 2020 election can no longer be recognized as free and fair.” – “it is not necessary to point to theories about voting machines, missing ballots, or election fraud to know that the 2020 vote fell short of basic democratic standards:”

The Weakest Presidential Line Of Succession Ever. I & I Editorial Board — “But what about further down in the line of succession? Should some calamity befall both Harris and Biden on the same day, 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would immediately be sworn in as president” — “New York University constitutional scholar Richard Epstein warns, “in the long run a nation that places a succession of fools and knaves in high places will not be able to survive unscathed regardless of its constitutional structure.” Under the Biden administration, that nation, with its presidential succession of fools and dotards, may not survive at all, even in the short run.”

Media’s ‘7-hour Gap’ Story in White House Logs Turns Out to be Hoax: CNN. Joel B. Pollak — “The establishment media were abuzz this week with stories about a “seven-hour gap” in White House switchboard logs on January 6, but on Thursday night it emerged that the gap was likely the result of using ordinary landlines and cell phones.”

Oops! Another ‘walls closing in’ narrative about Trump hiding phone records with a 7-hour ‘gap’ falls apart. Monica Showalter — “They made fools of themselves with tweets like these” – “The media clowns breathlessly reported that they had “gotten” Trump at long last, but the whole thing fell apart in two days like a bad souffle. This is interesting because it’s far from the first time this kind of excitement, hype, buildup, and gotcha sentiment has gripped the mainstream media.”

No, Pointing Out The Media’s Lies Does Not Threaten Democracy. Kiyan Kassam — “Journalists and organizations that decry the rise of ‘misinformation’ and being branded ‘fake news’ should look in the mirror.” – “The past two years have absolutely exposed corporate media institutions in both Canada and the United States as purveyors not of mere bias but rather outright lies and falsehoods told in furtherance of a far-left political agenda.”

In Vermont, a Raw Attack on Free Speech. John Klar — “Vermont’s social justice legislators have launched a transparent and illegal assault against free speech liberties.” – “Vermont seeks to send citizens to jail for threatening political leaders for twice as long as if they physically assaulted them!”

The Biden Family Racket Is Everything Leftists Fabricated About The Trumps, And Media Are Crickets. Jordan Boyd — “The real scandal isn’t about Trump, it’s about the legacy media’s lack of coverage of the Biden family’s shady dealings.”

Democrats And Media Enablers Are Overlooking Child Sex Crimes To Protect Ketanji Brown Jackson. Rachel Bovard — “In every single child pornography case handled by Judge Jackson, she went below the maximum recommendation, below the minimum recommendation, and below the prosecutor’s request.”

Who will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson and why? Patricia McCarthy — “Based on the torrent of information that has been made public about Ketanji Brown Jackson, it is shocking that any member of Congress would vote to confirm her to the SCOTUS.  Add to this that thousands of documents from her four years on the Sentencing Commission have been withheld, presumably by Dick Durbin.  Those four years of her record must be damning, for never before has a nominee’s record not been made available to the Judiciary Committee.”

Absentminded conservatives allowed an army of perverts to take over the schools. Olivia Murray — “For whatever reason, whether it be that conservatives as a whole are too uninterested in child sexual abuse, or whether they are too cowardly for fear of the word “bigot,” they are to blame for the rampant debauchery that has been unleashed upon on our children. We have pandered to the sick depravity of pedophiles like Alfred Kinsey, and where has it gotten us?”

We Must Speak Out Against Attacks on Law, Liberty, and Natural Rights. Jonathan Verlin and E. Jeffrey Ludwig — “Before the 1960’s there was an invisible line delineating public expressions that were clean or moral from those that were lewd, lascivious, and a threat to the well-being of both adults and minors” — “Progressives hate America with such vitriolic and reckless abandon that they ostensibly hold the moral stature of illegal aliens and even terrorists in higher regard than their honest law-abiding countrymen.” – “The deterioration of rights and the explosion of tyranny and immorality from the so-called progressive Left must end.”

Appeals Court Upholds Gibson’s Bakery Massive Verdict Against Oberlin College. William A. Jacobson – “The Gibson family appreciates the Court of Appeals’ thorough and thoughtful analysis which rightly rejected all of Oberlin College’s and Dean Raimondo’s challenges on appeal.”

History Should Be Our Guide in Ukraine. Victor Davis Hanson — “Ukraine can defeat Vladimir Putin’s expeditionary army if the West remembers that history is not on Putin’s side.”

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A lack of accountability

VDH sees sheer madness – the judicial oligarchy is on parade – the FDA, CDC, FBI, and the SEC are blowing smoke – 2020 vote fraud evidence continues to surface but the witch hunt is unabated – race baiting, sex grooming, lawyers to be violent in opposing open civil debate – it goes on and on

The Sheer Madness of Today’s Left. Victor Davis Hanson — “When ideologues demand power but cannot achieve it politically because they are cruel ideologues, expect more of their insanity to follow.” – “Yet madness is predictable when the unchecked left-wing’s demand for limitless and endless power collides with a hated, but unremorseful ideological agenda utterly divorced from reality.”

The problem with federal judges. Patrick Gibbs — “The nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court has only partly brought a spotlight on the abuse of our legal system and the Constitution by federal judges.” – “The case that best illustrates her arrogance of power was her decision (later reversed) in Make the Road New York v. Wolf, when she was a U.S. district judge in the District of Columbia.” – “When judges can use godlike powers to redefine the nature of humanity, they are well on their way to becoming masters of us all.”

FDA, CDC Guilty of Clinical Malpractice and Scientific Fraud by Inaction and Omission on mRNA Vaccine Safety Warnings. David Gortler — “federal agencies and manufacturers aren’t officially warning the American public about these risks, despite having been privy to this information for almost a whole year. Why? Because it would counter the narrative that taking endless vaccines and boosters is your patriotic duty.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission is growing like Godzilla. Andrea Widburg — “the SEC’s commissioners floated the idea of giving themselves a new power, one that Congress never contemplated: forcing America’s publicly traded companies to change their business practices to fight climate change.”

More Evidence of 2020 Voter Fraud. John Hinderaker — “John Lott has published a paper in which he applies three tests for voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.” – “The analysis is complicated, but Lott finds an excess 255,000 Biden votes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.” – “It should have been obvious, but apparently came as a surprise to many, that there is no effective after-the-fact remedy for voter fraud.” – “We will find out in November whether voter fraud has been curbed, at least to some degree.”

The January 6 Witch Hunt Kills a Good Man. Rajan Laad — “If you enquire with anyone — even those who follow right-leaning media such as Fox News — about Matthew Perna, the response will likely be ignorance.” — “The best tribute to Matt is to ensure that no other citizens engaging in their democratic rights to protest ever face such an unfortunate fate.”

Are We Sure The 2020 Election Was Clean? I & I Editorial Board — “Americans have been warned by their superiors to not question the outcome of the 2020 election, because it will further the Donald Trump Big Lie that the presidency was stolen from him. Yet we continue to see shreds of evidence that say the Big Lie is in fact the claim that the 2020 election wasn’t corrupted.” – “the left has behaved in the most hysterical ways possible, feigning fear and ever searching for a fainting couch to fall into, shocked that some Trump voters actually have had the gall to express misgivings. ”

How does the FBI ‘lose’ a laptop like Hunter Biden’s? Monica Showalter — “Some things don’t make sense. – All of these anomalies point to why the Hunter Biden laptop actually is important to U.S. cyber security and does affect the job of protecting the U.S. from foreign cyberattacks. – Yet Vorndran is amazingly incurious.”

Chaos In the White House [Updated]. John Hinderaker — “Upon arriving back in Washington, a chastened Biden answers “No” when asked whether he was “calling for regime change.”

Banning Critical Race Theory. John Hinderaker — “The tricky thing, of course, is characterizing the teachings of CRT. The point is not to ban teaching about CRT, but rather to ban the pernicious doctrines that flow from CRT. Mississippi’s approach is simple and is based on the inherent racism of Critical Race Theory”

Why demands for Justice Thomas to recuse himself on Jan. 6 cases don’t meet the laugh test. Thomas Lifson (hypocrisy)

No, Justice Thomas Did Not Commit an Impeachable Offense. Jonathan Turley (law)

Judge Asserts Donald Trump ‘More Likely Than Not’ Committed Felony Obstruction. Bonchie — “Everything that’s old is new again, and the walls are closing in on Donald Trump” – “With all due respect to this Clinton-appointed judge, that’s one of the most insane interpretations of the law I’ve ever read.”

Another win for Trump, but it’s nothing to really celebrate. Rajan Laad — “Since the day Donald Trump won the Presidency in 2016, even before he was inaugurated, Democrats in Washington and in the media began their attempts to unseat him.” — “It is always most dangerous when the scornful have power. The Democrats have shown the country what they are capable of by abusing the power of the government to destroy their political opposition.” — “The fact that it took so long is a travesty because the process itself was the equivalent of punishment.”

Donald Trump Is Trending Huge On Twitter, Here’s Why. Hailey Sanibel — “For this episode of Trump Is Guilty Of Something Big, the charge is that there is proof of deleted phone calls on the day of January 6th”

On the YLS debacle. Scott Johnson — “the university is among those venues set apart for vibrant exchange of ideas. It is not the only venue. The courtroom is another. Though the manner in which such exchanges occur on campus and in court differs, both provide an orderly and controlled environment with the aim of ensuring a fair hearing of contending arguments. Actions intended to prevent such hearings injure the whole rationale of the academy and, indeed, the law.”

KBJ Hearings Typify Our Debased Political Discourse. David Catron –” Serious policy debates aren’t possible if basic terms no longer have commonly accepted meanings.” — “If politicians, judges, and other public officials camouflage their true positions and agendas with evasive and euphemistic language because they don’t believe the voters and their congressional representatives will support them, our political discourse becomes so debased that it is impossible to understand — much less trust.”

Disney executive who is the mother of a transgender and a pansexual child says she wants at least half of ALL future characters to be LGBTQIA or racial minorities: Theme parks are now banned from saying ‘hello boys and girls’.  Janon Fisher.

Race-baiting, sexuality dogma, and climate voodoo at the American Psychiatric Association. Deborah C. Tyler — “The article reports Dr. Levounis’s priorities and that “he plans to do the following:  Amplify the psychiatrist’s voice on critical social issues, such as systemic racism, homophobia, and climate change.” – Let’s deconstruct this trinity of social issues, which are of paramount concern to the incoming leader of American psychiatrists.” – “In this time of a tidal wave of mental illness in America, it is a disaster that psychiatry is turning away from the rigors and sacrifices of scientific medicine to fall into the quicksand of anti-scientific, self-serving progressive dogma.”

Instapundit: — “Justin Trudeau has become a punchline on the world stage — for good reason: This is a sad moment — for Canada and its standing within the free world.”

The Progressive’s Ukraine-Envy. Patrick M. Garry — “The envy is directed toward Ukraine, a country being pummeled by Russian tanks and missiles. A country where children, the elderly and the sick are being targeted with bombs.- And yet, it is also a country bravely standing up to one of the largest and best-equipped militaries on earth.  This courage, this love of home and country, this willingness to sacrifice life and fortune – this is the subject of American envy.”

The Democrats’ New ‘Latino’ Problem: The Ghost of James Monroe. Robert Oscar Lopez — “some disturbing maps have circulated showing the globe in terms of which nations have sanctioned Russia over her invasion of Ukraine” — “Most depressing is the fact that a lot of the world just doesn’t believe us” — “It is hard to interpret events as anything other than a massive blow to American credibility abroad.” — “now would be a good time for all those Critical Race theorists in New York and California to update their antiquated assumptions.”

Sure, bring back the 1950s. Don Surber — “Today’s fiction writing seems limited to news stories in NYT and WaPo. And their stories are lame with holes in their plots even a Russian tank commander could drive a convoy through.”

Thirsting for seriousness in the long-form podcast. Meriam Matthews — “It is now common to see lengthy presentations covering deep subjects on YouTube and on various podcasts.  It is also now common that millions, not thousands, of people are watching.” – “There is a thirst in the land, a hunger for seriousness that is lacking in short-form TV ”

Thomas Sowell, Monument to Intelligent Insight. John Dale Dunn — review of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell by Jason L Riley 304 pp, 18.69  Hardcover 16.69 Kindle, ISBN-10 ? : ? 1541619684  (Basic Books 2021) — “Thomas Sowell is an American literary and philosophical icon — a prolific genius who has graced us with his presence and his extraordinary essays, books and lectures for more than 50 years.”

 

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Seeing through the fog

Truth matters, eventually – imagination runs wild in racist thinking – Smollet is out on bail pending appeal but don’t tell the WaPo he has privilege – The Koran says things non-muslims need to understand – VDH goes classical for describing Ukraine options.

People Are Seeing Through Holes In Woke Ideology: Critical Theory Expert. Masooma Haq and Jan Jekielek via The Epoch Times — “woke ideology will destroy itself because it is not grounded in truth, but rather seeks power.” – “People sometimes say to me, ‘You didn’t use to make fun of the left as much.’ Yeah, because they didn’t give me so much to work with,” Maher said during a January 2022 episode” — “The truth of those questions is thrown away because [they] don’t care about the truth. It’s expressions of power to control people, and that’s how they view everything. So, you always end up with this endless back and forth, where people are arguing about ‘Well, who benefits?’” – “When the Soviet Union came down, it didn’t crumble because of bombs and guns,” he said. “It collapsed under the weight of the lies that were propping it up.”

Today In Wokery: Whiteboards And “Whiteness” In Physics. Steven Hayward — “Yes, the whole article is just a nonsensical as you think, and thus entirely typical of radical “scholarship” in the academic identity politics hothouses today. But this one is especially absurd because of its focus on . . . whiteboards. Don’t believe me? From the complete article” – “One wonders how the APS allowed themselves to conned into allowing this journal to claim an affiliation with them.”

Washington Post Column: Jussie Smollett is “Just Another Black Man Serving Time-in a System More Perverted than his Crime. Jonathan Turley – “leave readers with a strikingly false impression of the facts and findings in the case.” – “What is most striking about the Washington Post column is the claim that it is Smollett’s brief jail term — not his hoax — that will undermine future cases of racist attacks … I would think that the greater damage is promulgating a craven and sensational hoax that cost the city and the police a fortune while risking that others may doubt for such claims in the future.”

An Injustice Worse than the Plight of George Floyd. Jeffrey Folks — “The names of Terry Aultman and Brenda Aultman are not well known, but they should be, more so than that of George Floyd. – For once, maybe the national media could play fair and report honestly about a black-on-white murder, but they won’t.”

The Reason Islam’s So Keen on Hating Us. Raymond Ibrahim — “In short, jihad — or terrorism, war on non-Muslims for no less a reason than that they are non-Muslims — is simply the physical realization of an ignored doctrine that precedes it: Islam’s unequivocal command for Muslims to hate non-Muslims.”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Classical Choices. Victor Davis Hanson — “Is it to be Salamis, Thebes, Thermopylae—or Melos?”

 

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Appeasement and acclamation; betrayal and ignorance

 Iran appeasement is US betrayal – the FBI is above the law and its own rules – Tucker describes dangers – Democrats dictate Constitutional amendments – Pigs fly by Congressional shenanigans, er ‘tactics’ – the NYT, ’nuff said – state law isn’t for Feds to decide – reading is difficult but perhaps that is why we face so many challenges with propaganda 

Washington’s Betrayal Has Only Just Begun. Caroline Glick — “We are about to be scapegoated.” – “The Saudis and the Emirates clearly already recognize the sucker’s game that Biden and his team are playing.”

Audit reveals FBI rule-breaking in probes involving politicians, religious groups, media. Ryan Lovelace — “Cato Institute senior fellow Patrick Eddington uncovered the audit in litigation his organization brought against the FBI for access to government records. He said the audit reveals how far “off-the-chain” FBI field offices have strayed.” – “In and around the timespan of the audit, the Justice Department and FBI repeatedly came under scrutiny for questionable investigations involving lawmakers and news reporters.”

Perhaps Tucker Carlson’s most profound monologue ever. Andrea Widburg — “about Biden’s latest, terrifying power-grab and how our government is destroying the American economy.” – “without a single pause, the Biden administration slipped effortlessly from COVID emergency powers (which are now passé thanks to polling) and is, instead, assuming war powers” – “Tucker explained that what happened is unprecedented and incredibly dangerous for the American people” – “What he has to say is profoundly ugly and disturbing, but it’s also important.  We are close to the cliff’s edge.  I don’t know if there’s still time to turn back or if we’ve actually crossed the edge and are in free fall.  I do know, though, that if there’s still a chance, we must slam on the brakes.”

Amendments by Acclamation: Democrats Move to Simply Declare the Equal Rights Amendment as Ratified. Jonathan Turley — “these Democrats insist that a unilateral decision from Ferriero declaring it ratified would mean it is ratified … at least until some courts say otherwise.” – “Such muscle plays have become common in the last two years” – “So, an amendment that died decades ago, arguably eight states short of ratification, simply would be published as law by fiat of the archivist”

When Pigs Fly: Congress Inserts over 4,000 Pork Earmarks in Spending Bill. Jonathan Turley — “For years, Congress has dispensed with the pretense of informed legislative process when it comes to major bills and appropriations.” – “It is a familiar tactic on pork spending. You can hide an entire drove of pigs behind a single redeeming budget item” – “it is hard to have that debate when congressional leaders are dumping massive bills and calling for quick votes on little more than the cover page.”

NYT calls for censorship. Don Surber — “The New York Times stopped being a reliable newspaper 20 to 25 years ago. But its slide into supporting an authoritarian government in the past 6 years is breath-taking. NYT reacted to the election of Donald John Trump with a temper tantrum that became a dark propaganda campaign.” – “NYT is run by masters of the masquerade with their fake insurrection, fake collusion and fake 1619 project” – “If NYT really believed disinformation and vitriol were bad, it would cease publication.”

The Ministry of Public Information Announces Internet Search Modifications to Protect Citizens Against Wrong Thoughts. Sundance — “In the olden days this would be akin to picking up a redacted Yellow Pages phone directory” – “Comrades, the Ministry of Public Information, DuckDuckGo Division, is making modifications to the internet search engine results in order to protect us from dis-information, mis-information and mal-information.  Wrongthinking perspectives will no longer be acceptable.”

Texas Supreme Court Ruling Ends Remaining Challenge To “Fetal Heartbeat” Law. William A. Jacobson — “For now, the Texas Fetal Heartbeat Law is alive and kicking.”

Teens should read the whole book. Joanne Jacobs — “High school students need to read challenging books — not excerpts or simplified versions, argues Arthur Unobskey” – “I urged my boss to let students struggle with the original, even if they couldn’t handle it all, rather than giving them my dumbed-down version. She said, “You don’t understand. These kids can’t read.” – I realized that a man captured in Africa, held as a slave and self-educated in defiance of the law wrote English that freeborn American teenagers, schooled since the age of five, could not read.”

 

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Measures and values can show ugly

just what are you measuring in the economy? – problem recognition is a necessary first step – Barr wasn’t only about Trump – Teachers don’t show shine – Ukraine has a leader for the times – DuckDuckGo shows its not principle that counts – More from Rosenberg – the green immorals

Adjusted for inflation, there is no inflation. Don Surber — “Wow. What a relief. Just adjust prices for inflation and inflation goes away.”

Democrats Can’t Solve America’s Energy Problems Because They Don’t Recognize They Caused Them. H. Sterling Burnett — “Their belief that wind, solar, batteries, and electric vehicles combined can effectively and cheaply power the nation while ending the use of energy sources that emit greenhouse gasses is foolish and belied by existing evidence.”

Yet Another Politicized Metric From Yet Another Corrupt Institution. Instapundit — “‘Doomsday Clock’ Will Remain Unchanged Under Biden as Russia Puts Nuclear Arsenal on High Alert: End-of-the-world alarmists ticked clock toward midnight after Trump election.”

also at Instapundit — Mark Judge on the Barr book — “William Barr’s conflict with President Trump has been the main focus of the wide press coverage of the former attorney general’s new memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another.” Ignored is how much Mr. Barr ascribes the deepest problems facing America to what he calls “the Democratic Party’s lurch to the left.”

How Low Can The Teachers’ Unions Sink? John Hinderaker — “Why is the teachers’ union striking, apart from sheer malice directed against our children? For more money, of course. But that isn’t how the union head puts it”

Florida ‘Parental Rights in Education’ bill gets the old Democrat histrionics treatment. Monica Showalter — “It’s getting to be a pattern with Democrats.”

America’s DNA Is Freedom, Not Oppression — Our Students Deserve The Truth. Michael P. Farris — “Heroes of the civil rights movement saw that our nation was not perfect but that its laws could be improved. And they worked to improve them. CRT does the opposite. … We must teach our children to see our history clearly and see that, in spite of our faults, we can work together to build up rather than dismantle. As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Zelensky’s stand. Michael Curtis — “There are many unintended consequences of the fighting in Ukraine, but four factors may be indicated.”

DuckDuckGo and Facebook reverse policies to join in hating Putin and Russia. Thomas Lifson — “Horror at the death and destruction inflicted on Ukraine by Russia’s invasion is a normal and healthy reaction.  So is anger at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who launched and continues the warfare. – But with saturation-level war propaganda (some true, some not) dominating the media, many are tempted to enhance their own standing by virtue-signaling their hatred.  Virtue-signaling in a moment of mass frenzied hatred can have unanticipated longer-term consequences.”

Project Veritas has another mind-boggling video of a NY Times reporter. Andrea Widburg — “This time, in addition to admitting that the infamous “Trump pee tape” doesn’t exist, Rosenberg had some keen insights about the way in which the “crazier leftist” woke mentality is affecting the quality of the paper’s reporting.” — “Incidentally, Rosenberg shouldn’t be given props for his honesty.  Knowing that the stories he reports are often lies and that the people he works with are emotionally damaged, crazy ideologues doesn’t stop him.”

Totalitarianism And The Face Mask War. Patrick M. Garry — “Perhaps this great conflict has been brewing for a long time.  Perhaps it has been brewing since the 1960s, when the Left set out to impose massive regulations on every aspect of economic activity.” — “Maybe instead of lecturing and berating people who oppose the mask mandate, liberal elites should try listening to them, affording them the dignity of being heard, and treating them as human beings worthy of respect.  Then again, perhaps the elites really don’t want to know what the mask war is all about.”

The Green ImmoralistsVictor Davis Hanson — “Did the global moralist Kerry mean by “impact” the over 650 Russian missiles that impacted Ukrainian buildings and tore apart children?” — “Here at home, Biden gets even crazier.” — “Elite ideology divorced from reality impoverishes people and can get them killed.

 

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is this what it’s come to?

Teapot tempests – they can’t mean it, can they? – your children are belong to us – the ship sank on batteries – ways to know with patience high on the list.

Is It Intentional or Simply Ignorance? Steve Feinstein — “Among a number of things going wrong in America right now, worst of all is our totally unnecessary, self-inflicted end to energy independence. This one is particularly frustrating because it is so unnecessary and arbitrary.” – “The energy issue really highlights the “intentional vs. ignorance” fault line within the Democratic Party.”

In Wisconsin, a fight over whether children belong to the state or the parents. Andrea Widburg — “The teachers’ unstated argument is that, because parents are unforgiving, rigid, discriminatory troglodytes who might interfere with a child’s search for his, her, or its natural gender development, when they withhold that information from parents, they are acting on the same principle that sees the state rescue a child from a physically abusive home. – Here’s the sad thing: The above tweets cover less than two weeks in the life of Libs of TikTok. There are literally hundreds more if you keep scrolling down.” – “If parents do not push back hard, displacing the board members and firing the faculty and staff playing sexual and racial abuse mind games with young children, parents will find that they have lost their children to the state.”

With New Energy Technologies, Beware of Spontaneous Combustion. H. Sterling Burnett — “Cars with internal combustion engines can catch fire in these cases as well. It’s another thing entirely, however, when a car spontaneously catches fire when stuck in rush-hour traffic or when unattended, parked on the street or in one’s garage. Electric vehicles have been known to do this, especially while charging or caught in highway gridlock.” – “This much is clear: before you add a solar system with backup battery to your home, check with your homeowner’s insurance to find out what you have to do to keep from voiding your coverage in the case of a battery-caused fire. Do the same when purchasing an electric vehicle you intend to charge in your garage.”

Ukraine: What do I Know? Clarice Feldman — “What I am unclear about is what should we do now.”

Conservatives, Ukraine And Russia.  John Hinderaker — “Conservatives are currently under attack on two contradictory grounds: 1) they are pro-Vladimir Putin, and 2) they are warmongers trying to embroil the U.S. in a war against Putin.” – “the attacks on conservatives from both directions seem to me to be twin teapot tempests.” – “so far, claims that substantial numbers of conservatives are pro-Putin on the one hand, or are itching to go to war against him on the other, are wrong.”

 

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A requiem for the deaf

It’s ability to engage with society that is at threat – Canada joins other commonwealth nations tossing off the British heritage – Those who need to pay attention aren’t listening – Education means conformity and convenient standards?

A Social Credit System Arrives in Canada. David Sacks — “Justin Trudeau just created a caste of economic untouchables. Can we stop this dystopian policy from taking hold in America?” – “anyone who cares about the future of America as a place where citizens are free to protest their government needs to understand what has just occurred and work to stop it from taking root here.”

Requiem for a Nation. David Solway — “It may seem hard to believe that America’s neighbor to the north is now a full-fledged, up-and-running police state.” – “there is little doubt that Canada, like Australia and New Zealand, has gone rogue.”

With media targeting truckers’ donors, say goodbye to anonymous free speech. David Harsanyi — “In Canada, first the doxing, then the struggle session.” – “The fact that we aren’t obliged to publicly attach our names to all political donations is endlessly frustrating to those intent on smearing and intimidating their political opponents.”

The Gathering Storm in the West. Victor Davis Hanson — “Few are listening any more to the clueless Justin Trudeaus and bumbling Joe Bidens and all the toxic hypocrisies they embody.” – “Canada is now governed by absurdism, and it is symptomatic of an ailing Western elite.” – “That wound of an imperious but counterfeit elite has suppurated too long beneath a smooth scab. And abruptly, the truckers at least tore some of it off.” – “More and more North Americans are perplexed why anyone would wish to follow such unimpressive mental and physical figures along with all the toxic hypocrisies they embody and weaponize.”

The police in Paris did something entirely unexpected. Andrea Widburg — “It’s been terribly disappointing, both inside and outside of America, to see police forces rally to enforce tyrannical, unprincipled, and often illegal or unconstitutional government responses to COVID.” – “one thing that none of us expected, and that’s to see police marching peacefully alongside Parisians who were protesting COVID restrictions and vaccine passports.”

CDC quietly lowers the bar for early childhood speech development. Jazz Shaw — “For the first time in decades, the CDC has changed many of the recognized milestones for childhood development in terms of speech and cognitive functions. These markers are considered important in terms of recognizing when children aren’t progressing quickly enough, suggesting the potential need to determine if some sort of impairment is being observed and if the child may require greater medical attention. The curious thing about the changes instituted by the CDC is that in a majority of the cases, they have lowered the standards rather than raising them.”

Everything that’s wrong with American education summed up in one image. Andrea Widburg — “The problem with teachers like the one who graded the work above is that they train children not to think, but instead, to follow rules and to color within the lines — and if the lines make no sense, the children must simply retreat to a position of safety that the teacher will support.” – “American children are in deep trouble at schools filled with young, leftist, mindless drones who view their students not as lovely, growing, infinitely adaptable beings to be encouraged and cultivated, but as factory widgets who must be forced, through all the coercion public schools have, to fit a single (usually leftist) mold.”

 

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For thee but not for me – protests and lockdowns

Advocating violence or promoting civil rights? Oligarchy desperation, cornered rat type (watch out for painful bites) – The narrative is an attempt to escape reality and garner fellow victims – Durham’s Watergate redux. Some think it too big to prosecute. House Detectives were old school surveillance state – internet history tabled.   

Leftist Media Falsely Frames RNC’s Defense Of Jan. 6 Free Speech As A Defense Of Rioting. Tristan Justice — “framed Republicans as defenders of the Capitol chaos, rather than of the Constitution-protected rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.” — “The idea that Republicans declared any episodes of political violence “legitimate political discourse,” isn’t just untrue, it’s entirely absurd” — “The media’s knee-jerk reaction to frame the RNC censure as justifying rioting at the Capitol is part of the true scandal embedded in the Democrats’ Jan. 6 efforts.”

Oligarchy’s Response to the Freedom Convoy Bodes Ill for Them. Roger Kimball — “The deposition of Canada’s prime minister is unlikely to be so sanguinary as the Ceau?escus in Romania. But it will be no less definitive.” — “Will the heavy hand of the state succeed in crushing the protest? In the short term, perhaps.” — “There are several ironies regarding the Canadian chapter of this uprising against the self-appointed elites who wish to rule us.”

Killing civilization: Teaching schoolkids ‘the narrative’. Selwyn Duke — “It’s the result of deceivers “replacing instruction about facts with narrative stories.” The facts here reveal that there is no story.” — “What’s so tragic here is that while children are easily manipulated with lies, they’re also very receptive to Truth because they don’t yet have ingrained political biases that cause them to run information through an ideological filter. Facts really can hit home with them.”

Sometimes a Not-Great Notion. Clarice Feldman — “The not-so-great notion in recent years, in my view, has been that of the ruling elites of the western nations now heading for political suicide.” — “the people who came up with the not great notion of enhancing their power and the power of their gentry and donor base by lockdowns and enforced compliance with mask and vaccine mandates are jumping in the river of our widespread discontent and drowning.”

The Surveillance and Political Spying Operations Highlighted by John Durham Today are the Tip of the Iceberg. Sundance — “Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; instead, what they did was take the preexisting system and retool it, so the weapons only targeted one side of the political continuum.”

The Bygone Era Of The Hotel Detective. Luke J Spencer — technology has changed things a bit.

The 20 Internet Giants That Rule The Web. Tyler Durden — “With each passing year, an increasingly large segment of the population no longer remembers images loading a single pixel row at a time, the earsplitting sound of a 56k modem, or the early domination of web portals.”

 

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The Mental Landscape – Academia is the common factor to question

Twenty points to consider about the hidden war – fetish in education – McConnel and Cheney contempt for their troops – maskng the question

No, the Revolution Isn’t Over. N.S. Lyons — “None of the fundamental drivers of “Wokeness” have relented” — “One would think that by now all these anti-woke conservatives and moderate liberals would have learned at least some of the bitter lessons from the last decade about how political power and cultural change actually work, but I guess not – They could have recognized by now that this is not a simple political issue with a political solution, but they have not.”

The Unbearable Bleakness of American Schooling. Robert Pondiscio — “How contemporary education fetishizes the bad and the broken in American life” — “The mental landscape of American childhood is very different today. By any reasonable measure, the world is safer and more stable than at any time in living memory. Adults could hardly be more active in children’s lives, but at the same time we seem less inclined to play a reassuring role.” — “The defiant relationship of American education to its host is not necessarily an explicitly political project” — “When education becomes activism, it dwells exclusively in the bad and the broken”

Mitch McConnell Shouldn’t Promote Media Lies About RNC Censure Of Cheney. Mollie Hemingway — “Republican voters would like their leaders to meet the simple test of not calling them terrorists for engaging in peaceful political protest. They would like their supposed leaders to meet the simple test of not accepting the media’s routine lies about them but, instead, to fight vigorously against those lies. That McConnell failed so dramatically in this regard does not bode well.”

Liz Cheney Reveals Her True Priorities and That’s Going to Sink Her. Nick Arama — “If you were siding with the Constitution, you would know to fight the Democrats at all costs because they are doing all they can to suborn the Constitution and move the country further left.”

Liz Cheney Called Electoral Objections Unconstitutional And Then Sided With Democrats Who’d Done It For Years. Tristan Justice — “In their final phone conversation before rivalries emerged, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney called political ally-turned-primary challenger Harriet Hageman to weigh the consequences of demanding that President Donald Trump concede the election.”

 

It’s Time To Ask: Did Any Of The COVID Mandates, Closures, Lockdowns Do Anything? I & I Editorial Board — “Was any of it worth it? Did any of the guidelines, mandates, orders, shutdowns, cancelations, lockdowns do anything to alter the course of the disease, or change in any way the number of people who died from it? – Let’s review:”

Were Masks A Waste Of Time? Geoff Shullenberger [UnHerd.com] — “Experts advocated an intervention they once thought useless…” – “The endorsement of masking by medical bodies and public health authorities worldwide, Miller shows, entailed the abandonment of a longstanding view that masks were a useless and even harmful intervention.” — “The most disastrous failing of the experts has been their lack of curiosity about the actual results of the policies they have staked their reputations on.”

 

 

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What happened about self awareness and honesty?

Watergate was about a political espionage burglary. Deja vu strikes with the Capitol Police this time. – Crime is about moral teaching, but look who’s teaching out children – then there’s the blue stack.
Capitol Police Caught Spying in Republican Congressional Office, Investigation Launched. Bonchie — “In late January, news broke of multiple instances of the Capitol Police appearing to spy on Republican congressional members. Those actions followed the rank politicization of the force that took place after January 6th, including the expansion of its intelligence-gathering mission in areas that are, at best, questionable.”
The Real Cause Behind the Rise in Crime. Cal Thomas| — “The notion of wrongdoers getting their “just desserts” has also faded from our culture. Criminals are now regarded by too many progressives as victims of racism and social inequalities. … Failure to teach right from wrong and discipline children contributes to violations of moral and secular law.” … “Crime is first a moral issue. Failure to address it on that level ensures it will only get worse.”
DHS issues heightened terror threat citing ‘mis- dis- and mal-information’ on election fraud and COVID-19. Thomas Lifson — “The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin on Tuesday that sounds precisely like a prelude to a totalitarian crackdown on political dissent from the preferred narratives of the Biden regime and the Deep State.” — “The implication is obvious: disagreement with official narratives is treasonous.”
What’s the Deal With Mike Pence? Andrew W. Coy — “What in God’s name is Mike Pence doing? And for Pence, I do mean in God’s name.”
Who Is Teaching Our Children? John Hinderaker — “If anyone is in doubt about whether liberal teachers are introducing poisonous, racist and anti-American doctrines into our schools, all you have to do is look at New Business Item 39, – Or you could look at the latest job offering at the University of Minnesota:”
The Blue Stack Strikes Back. Zaid jilani — “The welding of media, government bureaucracy, big corporations, and banking together into a partisan weapon to punish dissenters points the way toward an ugly future.” — “These activists know how to play the game. If you look back at any of the recent controversies over free speech—from QAnon to COVID to the last two presidential elections—this is how things work when a development or outcome is seen as unfavorable or undesirable by the favored political camp” — “What the United States needs now more than anything is trust. We must learn to get along with each other, even if not everything everyone says is always 100% scientifically accurate or conforms to rapidly evolving progressive standards of etiquette. Trying to berate and bully ordinary people and the outlets they enjoy into submission will only push them into ever darker modes of thought. For the sake of democracy, we have to find a way to break up the blue stack and reinvigorate pluralism in the United States.”

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Nouns aren’t actable

Chickens find home to roost – rights from God versus human sin – symbols and slogans cur deep – Sharyl needs your help – teachers show the contempt of their ilk.

Sowing Winds and Reaping Whirlwinds. Victor Davis Hanson — “The Left is being consumed by its own hatreds and hubris.” … “there were reasons why Socrates advised “Know thyself,” why the oracle at Delphi emblemized “Nothing too much”—and why you reap what you sow.”

In Strine-Accented Newspeak, Freedom Means Submission. Peter Smith — “Our freedoms to speak freely, to assemble, to travel, to engage in the ordinary business of life are God-given, I’ve written. So they are, but rulers and governments can take them away, as they have throughout most of history. The people of Hong Kong are feeling it now, as are the women in Afghanistan, as did the East Germans before the wall came down, as did dissenters in revolutionary France.”

You’ll never believe the latest evidence of an ‘insurrection’. Andrea Widburg — “On December 24, Biden gave America the gift of self-denunciation.” … “Here’s the prank, which was polite and, to a lot of people, bespeaks frustration with rising inflation, a failed COVID policy, insane energy prices, and (still) the fiasco of Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal”

I honestly don’t know how this madness ends.  The drive-by media will do anything to enshrine the Democrat party in permanent power, and if this means turning anyone who opposes the political agenda into an enemy of the state who must be placed in a gulag like the prison in which the January 6 detainees languish, so be it.  As good little communists, they will do whatever it takes, unconstrained either by moral decency or a little thing called the Constitution.

‘Let’s go, Brandon’ is much more than a cheesy nickname for Biden. Christopher Garbacz — “Why is the slogan so powerful?  Partly, it’s powerful, as noted above, because it’s a reaction to Biden’s “central government gone wild,” with all the inevitable terrible results.  The other reason is that it’s slipped lose from Democrat control over American institutions.  Hollywood, the media, and the political class — all leftist dominated — can’t stop it.”

Sharyl Attkisson needs your help to nail the federal government for spying on her computer. Thomas Lifson — “Her landmark lawsuit against the federal government for spying on her computer entered a new, vitally important, and expensive phase: discovery, in which she can demand and the court can enforce access to documents and other evidence held in the files of the federal government.” … “Pushing forward to identify the culprits and holding them legally liable is an important goal for those who wish the preserve the Republic as founded.” Lifson has a Go-Fund-Me link.

Teacher Mocks Parents as Bigots at School Board Meeting for Objecting to CRT and Adult Content in Books. Mike LaChance — ““These kooks hated reading, the whole reading season./ Please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason./ It could be perhaps critical thinking causes fright./ It could be their heads aren’t screwed on just right.” — “Progressives are kicking a hornets’ nest by provoking parents. None of this will be forgotten in the midterms.”

I Woke Lucy. Lou Aguilar [cripppled site – see Instapundit] — “At least Aaron Sorkin isn’t Steven Spielberg.” … “It’s heartbreaking and a little chilling to see members of the artistic community resegregating ourselves,” Sorkin said. “This should be the last place there are walls. Spanish and Cuban are not actable. If I was directing you in a scene and said: ‘It’s cold, you can’t feel your face.’ That’s actable. But if I said: ‘Be Cuban.’ That is not actable. Nouns aren’t actable. Gay and straight aren’t actable. You can act being attracted to someone but can’t act gay or straight. So this notion that only gay actors should play gay characters? That only a Cuban actor should play Desi? Honestly, I think it’s the mother of all empty gestures and a bad idea.” Categorize issues by actable and see where it goes.

 

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Conspiracy theories are maybe something solid

The Nevada Independent has been removed from the reading list – it isn’t so ‘independent’ and two other media outlets also bit the dust due to short sighted greed policies  – The archbishop lays it bare on the table – VDH for history ed? – Left and crime – The state of the FBI – The population bomb versus human ingenuity – energy fantasies - 

Archbishop Vigano’s startling warning to the American people. Thomas Lifson — “The Archbishop has issued a Christmas letter to the United States that is unusually blunt about what he sees as a conspiracy underlying the handling of COVID.”

a few stand with Christ. Many don’t. COVID and the Catholic Church. Michael C. Hurley — “This young priest made the grave error, as have nearly all of the clergy and Church hierarchy since the beginning of the pandemic, of first assuming that the spiritual mission and heavenly government of the Church must be accommodated to the shifting politics and priorities of the civil government.”

The Dangerous ‘Save Democracy’ Movement, David Catron – “Our election system isn’t in peril, but the Democrats need a pretext to change the rules.” This one at the Spectatorand a Waukusha deviant parade report in a local paper have been censored to the unwashed. They are both warnings. 

Roses are Red, Crime is Blue. Brian C. Joondeph — “Vote for Democrats, and you’ll find this true” … “It’s interesting that the media and law enforcement have trouble finding motives or explanations when those might be politically incorrect.” … “hile ABC News is befuddled as to what these 12 cities have in common, Fox News, practicing journalism by asking basic questions of who, what, where, and why, easily found the common denominator. All 12 cities are led by Democrat mayors.”

Victor Davis Hanson and our miseducated youth. Jared Peterson — “So here we are. Two largely ignorant generations of Americans and Europeans are factually and intellectually unequipped to confront the ludicrous falsehoods and calumnies that are presented to them as revealed woke truth; and are entirely ignorant of how the West’s creative genius has been largely responsible for the dramatic elevation of mankind’s condition’s of life during the last 150 years.”

How Did the FBI End Up in This Mess? John Green and Quentin Smith — “It has been involved in everything from the creation of an “insurance policy” against the peaceful transition of power, to the targeting of parents as domestic terrorists for the sin of disagreeing with school boards.  How did our “premier law enforcement agency” stray so far from its motto of fidelity, bravery, and integrity?”

It wasn’t just uncharged Ray Epps leading the Capitol breach. He had helpers. Andrea Widburg — “The House’s Soviet-style January 6 committee continues its unsuccessful efforts to tie Donald Trump, people in his administration, Republican congresspeople, and Fox News personalities to the events on that day. What they’re ignoring as they try to destroy their political enemies is those people caught on tape actively encouraging the crowd to breach the Capitol.” … “This wouldn’t be the first time the FBI has done this.”

How The Green Revolution Saved The World $83 Trillion. Cameron English — “Dr. Norman Borlaug: He Saved A Billion Lives” … “Despite a massive increase in population growth and a shrinking amount of arable farmland, food production absolutely exploded beginning in the middle of the 20th century. We owe that progress to major improvements in agriculture, especially innovations in crop breeding”

Wind vs wind: There can be no honest winner. Peter Smith — “If wind farms compete they will go out of business. It’s as simple as that, meaning the market must be rigged. One way would be to ensure that a single supplier monopolises output in a defined market. Another would see suppliers collude. A third, the most likely, would see government set a floor price or continue providing subsidies to rent-seeking carpetbaggers.”

When you rely on nature for energy, most costs are upfront. When the wind is blowing, the marginal cost of providing a bit more power is close to zero. If wind farms are competing, they will bid the price down in line with marginal cost. And we have the classic perverse case of marginal cost falling below average cost. To those of mathematical bent, that means losses. … 

Conservationists versus sleazy rent-seeking carpetbaggers is the future of wind. Internecine struggles to look forward to brighten the gloom of leaders forlornly falling over themselves to ward off Greta Thunberg’s wrath. They should realise that chimeric promises of net zero, clean hydrogen revolutions and wall-to-wall electric cars, blah, blah, blah, won’t do the trick. She who won’t be mollified, won’t be mollified.

Which Country Or U.S. State Will Be The First To Hit The Renewable Energy Wall? Francis Menton — “In the fantasy of wealthy woke environmentalists, the world has recognized that it is on the brink of an existential climate crisis … In the real world, anyone with eyes can see that this is not happening.”

Anthony Fauci, Political Thug. John Hinderaker — “ecently disclosed emails show how political hack Anthony Fauci was enlisted to bully scientific voices on the coronavirus into silence” … “With hindsight, the tens of thousands of medical professionals who signed the Great Barrington Declaration were plainly right, and Fauci and Collins were wrong.”

British Medical Journal on Facebook “fact check” ‘… inaccurate, incompetent and irresponsible’. Anthony Watts — “It it worth repeating and sharing everywhere. It is time to pushback twice as hard. h/t to Willis Eschenbach.”

Omicron Today. Robert W Malone — “five articles that stand out as being among the most important regarding Omicron this week.”

Abp. Viganò’s Christmas 2021 Message. Mark Wauck — “The message is addressed to the American people—and understandably so, since the resistance of Americans to the Covid Regime and the Great Reset is key for the entire world”

 

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This whole thing is just wrong.

Note a free course at Hillsdale Collge: The decline of American citizenship

The class describes the origins and history of citizenship in the West, reminding us that it is a rare phenomenon both in the past and the present—given the enormous responsibility placed on citizens to create and control their own government.

Citizenship then requires a large and self-reliant middle class—currently shrinking under enormous economic strains. Clearly defined and enforced borders are also essential to ensure a civic space in which citizens can nurture common customs, sustain traditions, and honor their own shared past.

Yet borders are now increasingly fluid as mere residence and citizenship seem often indistinguishable. Pre-civilizational tribalism—identifying by superficial appearance rather than through shared culture and values—is returning to America as so often the salad bowl replaces the melting pot.

These organic, bottom-up challenges are often matched by top-down stresses such as the growth of a huge permanent, but unelected, government of bureaucrats and administrators who combine judicial, executive, and legislative powers that overwhelm the citizen.

In addition, revisionists in law, the media, and politics seek to change the Constitution, long-held customs of governance, and political traditions for short-term partisan agendas, on the theory that a new changing and fluid Constitution must match an always evolving human nature.

Globalism is an ancient challenge to the sovereignty of the nation-state. But in the age of instant communications and unprecedented concentrations of globalized wealth, so often elites seek to supplant American laws and independence with international organizations and often without the consent of the legislative branch or the assent of the governed.

The course ends, however, on an optimistic note that citizens still have it within their power to restore our traditions of empowered citizenship and return government to the control of citizens.

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‘Capitol Punishment’ The Movie. Jennifer Oliver O’Connell  — “This important documentary delves into the events of January 6, 2021—not the events that have been regurgitated ad infinitum by the legacy media, but the actual facts on the ground and how the people on the ground have been affected. The millions who showed up peacefully, and left the same way. The singing and the prayers. The different races, cultures, and religious backgrounds coming together with a unified purpose—not to overthrow the government, but to let the government know that they answer to We The People.”

A look back: on desperately wanting to elect Joe Biden. neo — “the idea of a figurehead president was fully envisioned and fully accepted, right around the time that Biden was finally seeming to be the nomination frontrunner. Nothing more was necessary; certainly not that certain something known as “leadership.” It was okay that Biden do nothing and be unable to do anything competently. The idea was apparently that (a) getting rid of Trump at the helm would magically solve all problems; and (b) the country could just about run itself after that, as long as Democrats were in control. – That’s not just hubris, that’s hubris squared.”

Conservatives: You also have FIRST Amendment right not to testify! Seth Grossman — “We also have rights to seek out others, and communicate, associate, and organize with them to promote our ideas.  Those rights are infringed if the government forces us to disclose who they are, or our private conversations and communications with them.  This is especially true when we and our ideas are routinely distorted and demonized by an evil and biased media.”

The Big Lie that Republicans threaten democracy. David Zukerman — “Republicans, nay the American people, should have learned by now: where the Democrats prevail, free speech, dissent, the essentials of liberty, dies.”

The left’s resistance to Ivermectin is shameful. Andrea Widburg — “One of the main barriers to Ivermectin is that hospitals refuse to give it to patients, preferring to see them die rather than take a commonly used, safe, Nobel-prize winning drug that could save their lives.”

 

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How they do it.

What Are They Teaching Our Children? John Hinderaker — “Many people are reluctant to believe that the public schools could possibly be as bad as they are being portrayed.” … “How much worse will they become if liberals get their way? Can it possibly be true that liberals want to turn our schools into cesspits of racism and anti-Americanism? Yes, it is all too true.” … “The Left’s poisonous hostility toward the United States is the dominant feature of these proposed standards, and is the essence–the whole point–of Critical Race Theory. And don’t assume that initiatives like these are occurring only in liberal states.”

Ninth Circuit Ignored the Heller Ruling In Order to Uphold California’s ‘High Capacity’ Magazine Ban. TTAG Contributor — “The Ninth Circuit ignores historical context, and cherry-picks language and clings to alternatives to “allow” gun owners to possess restricted magazines and continues to use an interest-weighing test rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.” … “Aside from the egregiously wrong notion that the government “allows” rights to be exercised, Heller clearly rules out alternative choices as an option.”

That cuts to the heart of what California and their gun control allies are doing. This isn’t just about restricting magazines. This is another attempt to erase Second Amendment rights, first by relegating them to second-rate status, then eliminating them altogether.

Nothing is Anybody’s Fault. Clarice Feldman — “Media Blame Shifting … District Attorney Blame Shifting … Celebrity Blame Shifting … Political Candidate Blames Clear Record … Retail Theft Rings … You could also hold accountable California voters”

Contemporary West’s far left “religions” are as dumb and devastating as radical Islam. Lubos Motl — “the rational, balanced judgement is ultimately the primary cause that gives rise to the potential to create wealth and happiness; it is more fundamental than the wealth and happiness themselves.”

The amount of absolute insanity that is taking place – and that is clearly devouring tons of people around us – is so high that I increasingly insert whole days when I mostly isolate myself not only from the news on the Internet and in the “media” but also from all people who seem likely to be hopelessly brainwashed morons. I just really physically suffer when I am exposed to the human stupidity and its concentration in our environment is just unbelievable these days.” … 

We are fighting against all these braindead self-radicalized mammals who, at the end of 2021, still haven’t noticed that pretty much everything served at the CNN, MSNBC, WaPo… are shameless lies and propaganda designed to ruin the whole Western society while making a bunch of lying criminals richer and more powerful. Even more seriously, dozens of percent of the rank-and-file brainwashed loons are actively “improving” all these radicalizing CNN-style lies and they make them even more insane and more harmful because they have been programmed to behave in this way. This is really a transformation on par with the Islamic fundamentalist takeover of the West and before it is really too late, we must appreciate that the outcome of such a destruction of the West would be far graver than the unfortunate neutralization of a few thousand hinged untruthful fanatics which probably has to take place now.

No, Ron DeSantis is not creating a private army to take over America. Andrea Widburg — “Governor Ron DeSantis proposed reinstating Florida’s State Guard — and the entire leftist establishment went mad.  … If sanity were abroad in America, most people would sagely nod and say, “Well, that sounds like a fine, sensible idea, perfectly in keeping with American pattern and practice over the centuries.”  But sanity has left these shores, and leftists, many of whom should be assumed to know better, promptly announced that DeSantis was setting up a private army to take over America”

A Serious Look at the Moronic Variant. Kevin Roche — “aside from my base of skepticism to everything until good data and research is produced, there is nothing in the early data that tells me we should be unduly worried.  I know the CV-19 terrorists will be disappointed. … Which brings up the real issue with how this epidemic has been tracked and responded to–the excessive use and inadequacies of PCR testing.” … “We will never get out of this terrible cycle of futile and damaging responses to the epidemic as long as we keep this idiotic testing regime going.”

Researchers shoot holes in study touted for confirming ‘masks work’ in curbing COVID. Greg Piper — “Study of 342,000 adults finds masks effective against COVID based on 20 infections.”

Vinyl Sales Now Higher Than at Any Time Since 1988. Mike Johnson — “Twelve-inch LPs (LP stands for for long-playing)—introduced in 1948, stereophonic from 1957—were eclipsed by cassette tapes in 1982, and then by CDs in 1987. CDs went on to outsell cassette tapes in 1991, and by 2002 held a dominant 95.7% share of the market. Vinyl records, which had at least two-thirds of the market until 1980, fell to a nadir of just .02% in 2005, and to all appearances were well on the way out.  … Now, at the end of 2021, vinyl sales have beaten CDs for two years running, currently representing 6.6% of all music sales—the highest level since 1988.”

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Perceptions, personal reality, and mental state in dissonance is dangerous

Erasing the Waukesha Massacre in real time. Don Surber — “Debra Messing is displeased with the media downplaying the tragedy. Perhaps this will open her eyes to all the media lies. Perhaps not.”

The Smug Party. Patricia McCarthy — “Moral superiority is their claim to fame.  Confidence in their ability is their currency. Complacency is their fatal flaw.”

Darrell Brooks did not murder those people, his SUV did.  Inflation and the hike in gas prices are not Biden’s fault.  Just ask Jen Psaki who, like AOC, never seems to have taken an Econ 101 class.  Who needs actual knowledge when, even if ignorant, you are confident, complacent, and smug?  Glenn Reynolds sagely asked “What’s wrong with “the new elite?”  forget cultural insularity or smugness.  The main problem with the “new elite” is that they’re not elite at all. That is, they aren’t particularly smart, or competent.”  That pretty much says it all about the people running the country right now.   The people pulling America’s strings are smug, inept, and very, very dangerous to us all.

South Park commented on the smugness of liberals 7 years ago

The Salvation Army Declares Themselves To Be Utterly Irrelevant. Herschel Smith — “Most of the American Church is already utterly irrelevant, having declared that they no longer believe in the infallibility of Scripture, the Deity of Christ, the Trinity, the substitutionary atonement, and other necessary doctrines to be considered relevant and orthodox.  After defenestrating doctrine, they picked up parity in income as their raison d’être.  In other words, they adopted full orbed Marxism.” And then consider what is going on in the redo of the French Cathedral,, 

Distinctions Are Necessary to a Useful Transgender Discussion. Anthony Matoria — “what appear to be extremes of views are not in fact incompatible, and are simply the distortions that result from flawed premises.” … “The current discussion of transgender issues is dysfunctional and destructive.  Emotion-laden language is substituted for reasoned debate.  The result is that the debate consists mostly of name-calling, doxxing, Twitter-rage, and deplatforming.  This is not healthy for society regarding any issue of social importance.”

Computer Science was always supposed to be taught to everyone, and it wasn’t about getting a job: A historical perspective. There is training and then there is education. This post is a bit of history and a lament that training dominates when it comes to computers.

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Grinding out the truth

 

Imprimis: “Zuckerbucks” and the 2020 Election. Mollie Hemingway — “In the 2020 presidential election, for the first time ever, partisan groups were allowed—on a widespread basis—to cross the bright red line separating government officials who administer elections from political operatives who work to win them.”

History Will Grind Out the Truth. V.D.Hanson – “The millstones of the gods grind late, but they grind fine.” … “History, however, is slowly sorting it out — despite the approved narrative of the well-connected who misled the country to pursue their own political agendas.”

Why Special Counsel John Durham Subpoenaed The Brookings Institution. Margot Cleveland — “Brookings was ground zero for the Russia collusion hoax, with many key staff embroiled in the damaging lie that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election.”

The Kyle Rittenhouse case

Kyle Rittenhouse Prosecutors Caught Tampering Evidence (Photos & Video). Mack Cogburn — “James Armstrong, a senior forensic imaging specialist with the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, acknowledged on the stand Thursday that enlarging an image requires the addition of pixels. But prosecutors said the software Armstrong used is widely accepted — as is the method he used to enlarge the photos.”

One fuzzy drone image may send Kyle Rittenhouse to prison. Andrea Widburg — “Up until Friday, the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was very clear: easily understood videos and witness testimony (including testimony from the prosecution witnesses) showed that Kyle, despite trying hard to avoid conflict, was attacked by a crazed child rapist, whom Kyle shot as the rapist was grabbing Kyle’s gun, at which point a mob went after Kyle.  He then shot and killed a domestic abuser trying to bash his head in with a skateboard, and shot and wounded a felon aiming a loaded, illegal gun at his head.  On Thursday, however, the court allowed prosecutors to enter into evidence a fuzzy photo from a late-produced drone, an image prosecutors argue shows Kyle “provoking” the attacks against him.  Provocation destroys Kyle’s assertion that he acted in self-defense.”

Liberal Billionaire Tweets Defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, Media Promptly Asks Him if Account Was Hacked. Mike Miller  — “I chose to write the article because this story is representative of untold numbers of other stories just like it, across America, on multiple issues.” … “Kyle Rittenhouse’s life is at risk,” writes Ackman. “Justice demands a fair trial. Society would benefit greatly if politics did not enter the courtroom and convict innocent people.”

All He Had Was a Handgun. Clarice Feldman — “The old-time morality plays rather spoke for themselves. Now, we have a Greek chorus media, which beforehand, during, and even after the trial distorted facts in a way so obvious to those who pay attention enough to watch the video-streamed trials that it’s fair to conclude that they relish lawlessness and chaos and even race wars.”

I still regard Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote Democracy in America, as the brightest, shrewdest observer of the American scene, even as it has changed over the years, and he has much to say about our legal system. It’s his view that criminal cases like this one “are entirely founded upon the evidence of facts which common sense can readily appreciate.” I hope the jurors exercise that “common sense,” weigh the evidence, ignore the press and the threats, and acquit a young man whom I consider an exemplary citizen in a city and state where the elected officials failed their constituents.

The real villains in the Rittenhouse trial. Jonathan Cohen — “In the state’s opinion, the presence of armed citizens trying to prevent the burning and destruction of property in and of itself constituted a provocation of the rioters sufficient for them to justify their attacks on Rittenhouse and negate his right of self-defense. … The real villains in this case are the public authorities who allowed rioters to wreak havoc unopposed for three nights in Kenosha in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a police action that was ultimately deemed justifiable.” … “The wrong person is on trial here.  An eighteen-year-old kid is being prosecuted for trying to make up for the total abdication of responsibility by those in authority who were too cowardly to do their job.”

Other political prisoners

Bannon indictment: Joe Biden takes another political prisoner. Monica Showalter — “This Latin America-style jail-your-opponents crap hasn’t been done in the U.S. since 1983. It’s effectively unprecedented. Not to Eric Holder. Not to Lois Lerner, to take but two examples of power abusers who clammed up and truly showed contempt for Congress as well as ordinary citizens. Bannon, though, is special.”

There are a lot of political prisoners now in Joe Biden’s America whose main “crime” has been to challenge Joe Biden. Besides Bannon and the Capitol rioters, there’s the lunacy of the FBI targeting of investigative journalist James O’Keefe over a story he never published, there were several other instances of jailings of dissidents in draconian and unprecedented ways in what are all clear abuses of power. Biden’s not in office legitimately, so his only way to halt criticism is to make his opponents fear him. As many observers noted, this was a bid to scare all the other potential witnesses into complying with this stacked, Trump-hating, congressional Kangaroo court.

The DOJ and FBI have combined to destroy Project Veritas. Andrea Widburg — “e’re talking about a common theft, something that belongs under the jurisdiction of the local cops, but the DOJ and FBI come together to engage in aggressive raids on a journalism outfit that has a habit of exposing problems in the administration’s allies.” … “This whole thing stinks to high heaven.  The Biden administration isn’t a presidency in the traditional American sense.  It’s proving itself to be a criminal enterprise and a despotic regime that is using the power it obtained following a questionable election to destroy its political opponents.  This is un-American, and, as I keep saying, it cannot end well.”

January 6 prisoners evacuated on stretchers after guards gas them. Andrea Widburg — for not wearing masks 24×7? The Stanford Prison Experiment deja-vu. “This is un-American in the extreme: It’s cruel and unusual punishment and the denial of the right to a speedy trial, not to mention overcharging political prisoners.”

When the American people entered Congress, not a single politician had the courage to go out and face them. Every politician ran away and hid. Even now, Marjorie Taylor Greene is the only politician with the courage to force her way into the prison to speak with the captives. What a pathetic bunch of poltroons we have placed in a government that was created by great men and once was home to them too.

More on lawfare run awry

Russia hoax was the journalism version of check kiting. Silvio Canto, Jr. — “The Russia hoax, as President Trump correctly called it, is turning out to be a legal problem for some and a credibility collapse for journalism.”

The 5th Circuit’s brilliant opinion staying OSHA’s vaccine mandate. Andrea Widburg — “In one brutal paragraph after another, the Court rips apart the mandate, citing law, facts, OSHA precedent, and even a Ron Klain tweet.  It’s a tour de force that makes it unlikely that any halfway honest court can or would resuscitate the mandate or that either OSHA or even Congress could try again.”

Don’t Let Leftists Gaslight You on Critical Race Theory. Christopher Paslay — “Although this summary denial of CRT by people like Devega is frustrating, the reality is that Critical Race Theory is being effectively smoked out.  There was a time not so long ago when people actually tried to defend the use of CRT, … But now the playbook has changed.  CRT is simply too toxic even to try to defend.” … “So people like Salon’s Chauncey Devega pretend CRT and its insidious offshoots don’t exist.  It’s easier to deny reality than to defend political and cultural kryptonite.”

Covid And Kids: A Policy Disaster. John Hinderaker — “We have known for a long time that covid is not dangerous to children, yet they have suffered more than anyone else from the irrational lockdowns that one government after another has imposed.” … “It is too bad when already-sick people in their 80s and 90s are pushed over the edge by covid. But what we have done to our children in response to the epidemic is a disgrace.”

‘Yes, But’: Exposing the Heart of Islamic Apologetics. Raymond Ibrahim — “Whenever an Islamic doctrine or principle is accused of promoting hatred, violence, misogyny, etc., its defenders rush to argue that, “Yes, a few Muslims twist this teaching for their ends, but the doctrine is really teaching something else.” … “It is no solace to learn that Islamic scriptures are being misinterpreted to promote this injustice, when their true interpretation actually permits that injustice”

 

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The Chinese view; Teaching Hate; Coercion and Tyranny

Chinese President Xi’s “Secret Philosopher” Analyzed America And His Findings Could Reverse Our Country’s Decline. Revolver — “Americans hoping to understand the new global superpower have one excellent asset: a hitherto unknown power behind Xi’s throne has written an entire book revealing exactly what he thinks of America.” [published 1991]

Like Wang’s China of 30 years ago, America is a highly accomplished country that has fallen off a step. In order to become “great again,” America must learn to view itself with the critical eye of a foreigner, and it must be willing to consider that other nations might even have developed values and priorities superior to our own. To simply fall back on “American exceptionalism” without the greatness and achievement to back it up is to embrace a crass and stubborn parochialism, a smug belief in one’s invincibility even as America’s buildings crumble and its society implodes.

The rise of Wang Huning’s China, then, is not a calamity for the United States. It is an opportunity for a deep, harsh, even brutal self-reflection. This is the necessary first step toward the fundamental transformation we need if we want future observers to look at us as a positive example for anything, rather than a cautionary tale of a once great empire that eagerly hurled itself onto the ash heap of history.

High Stakes in Virginia. Thomas Sowell — “When school propaganda teaches black kids to hate white people, that is a danger to all Americans of every race. Anyone at all familiar with the history of group-identity politics in other countries knows that it has often ended up producing sickening atrocities that have torn whole societies apart.” … “Neither the educational problems nor the propaganda problems can be solved without allowing parents the option to take their children out of the failing schools they are forced to attend.”

California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty. Daniel Greenfield — “Democrat regulations are holding the entire economy hostage.” … “The massive supply chain mess that’s leaving stores empty and orders unfulfilled doesn’t have a single point of failure, but dozens of them. China’s energy shortages, the overhyped predictive powers of Big Data, the fragility of the global economy, fuel costs, and welfare state worker shortages are all players. But California’s truck bans are a key link in the great failure chain.”

‘Insurrection’ Theater on Capitol Hill. Nicholas Waddy — “It has been clear from the start that the select committee is part of a broad effort to tarnish Donald Trump and Trump-supporting (i.e. mainstream) Republicans as “insurrectionists,” even though zero Americans have been charged, let alone convicted, of “insurrection,” and no prominent Republicans were involved in the riot that occurred on January 6th. “

The select committee is clearly desperate to create the false impression that the attack was preplanned at the very highest levels. The FBI and the Department of Justice have been investigating such claims vigorously over the last nine months, and their statements have made clear that they have found no evidence to substantiate them. Nevertheless, Cheney and her ilk constantly imply otherwise. According to Cheney, “Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Trump’s [failures to comply with Congressional subpoenas] do…reveal one thing: They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6. And this committee will get to the bottom of that.” … 

Not for the first time, the Left is trying to make political capital from lawlessness and senseless violence. They were wrong to do so in the tumultuous summer of 2020, and they are wrong to do so now as well

Defense Department Pulls a Bait and Switch on Vaccines. Benjamin Braddock — “If a soldier goes to a military hospital or a private provider to receive an approved Pfizer COVID vaccine, he will be administered the unapproved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Coerced, it’s illegal.”

The American Thinker is big on evil and evil-doers today:

Evil is real, and we’re seeing more than than usual from our own government. Mark Landsbaum — “It’s astonishing that this must even be said. We are deeply immersed in a monumental battle of good versus evil.”

The devil is in the details? Eric Utter — but right now is right here, right now, front and center in many guises.

Obama campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia, making an ass of himself Monica Showalter — devil may care …

Media bias in its two main species. Mark C. Ross — false witness is a sin

Take a look at the charmer leading the aggressive new migrant caravan, counting on ‘Joe Biden’s incompetence. Monica Showalter — yes, the devil is a charmer …

The Teachers Union’s Fumbled Play. Clarice Feldman — back to the Chinese view on lobbying by unions and Dr. Sowells suggestions for countering the evil.

 

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Reality versus perception and the wages of each

Election Fraud Is Alive and Well in 2021. David Catron — “We’re told vote fraud is a myth but the Democrats didn’t get the memo.” … “Democrat vote fraud is a very real and ongoing threat to representative democracy.”

Kamala Harris Appears in Law-Breaking Video Because Nothing Matters Anymore. Bonchie — “When it comes to politics, nothing matters anymore. At least, that’s true as long as you are a Democrat”

Civil Liberties Are Being Trampled By Exploiting “Insurrection” Fears. Glenn Greenwald [greenwald.substack.com] — “The Constitution places limits on what the executive branch and judiciary can do when investigating suspects . . . . .”

Why It’s A Serious Violation Of Medical Ethics To Force Kids To Get COVID Shots. Scott Sturman — “Forcing children who are not at risk for serious illness to receive a vaccine of marginal benefit undermines confidence in legitimate vaccine programs.”

Sandel’s Just Deserts. Scott Johnson — “Although his velvety prose and adroit equivocations tend to obscure the premises and implications of his reasoning, he has consistently maintained over the course of a long career that the greatest threat to equality, community, the common good, and justice in America is freedom in America.”

The Distorted Market for Woke Capitalism. Samuel Gregg — “Whenever I inform students of Smith and Friedman’s unflattering opinions of the business community, they are invariably shocked. But their eyes start opening when I point out that large established businesses don’t actually like competition, aren’t wildly excited about other people’s new ideas and products threatening “their” market share, and are quite happy to hop into bed with complaisant legislators to use state power to make life difficult for new and potential competitors.”

The Jon Gruden Story Isn’t About The NFL. It’s About Our Culture’s Growing Contempt For White Men. Eddie Scarry — “ the targeting of Gruden by drumming up things he said in private is intended to have wider implications, namely that men — white ones! — should always be viewed with suspicion and worthy of contempt for being too “comfortable.”

Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Content About Conservatives, Those With Right-Leaning Views Ends Up Being “Grossly Misrepresented”. Christopher Boyle – “Wikipedia made a real effort at neutrality for, I would say, its first five years or so. And then … it began a long, slow slide into what I would call leftist propaganda,”

Analyzing how progressivism destroys intellectual honesty. Wolf Howling — “An eminent historian is so dedicated to leftism that, even after savaging the 1619 Project, he still can’t see that modern progressivism is our existential problem.”

The American Thinker is a good resource for informative commentary on current issues. That commentary is burdened by excessive dynamic advertising that loads down your system and causes content to bounce around as the page is reformed with incoming advertisements. Lately they have added auto play videos to further disrupt their presentation. Here are some of the columns of the last few days of special note if you have a good ad blocker and excellent frustration control.

The Traits of the Authoritarians Among Us. Steve McCann — can’t you see? time is running out.

Ivermectin: The Elephant in the Room. Anthony Matoria — about how the concept of ‘evidence’ is being misused; speculation about lack of interest in investigating to get evidence; the multi-variate problem; the confusion in priorities.

Nebraska AG’s devastating critique of the suppression of effective COVID therapies. Jarrad Winter — this is about a legal brief setting the evidence straight and defining priorities in treating the disease.

The Unvaccinated Are Looking Smarter Every Week. Thomas T. Siler, M.D. — as evidence accumulates, the government’s behavior becomes less tenable.

Is Aspirin the New Horse Dewormer? Brian C.Joondeph, MD — here we go again with cheap, safe medications looking to address the disease prompting zealous opposition; there also a bit about what the disease does and why aspirin might be effective.

The police and sheriffs protect us. Or do they? Will they? Patricia McCarthy — is the enforcement with the citizen or an out of control government?

School Shootings and Students of Color. Jack Cashill — disparate justice and it starts with the obnoxious ignorant.

The Great Struggle of Our Time: The Battle for Reality. Vasko Kohlmayer — many examples; are you in the reality camp or the delusional?

We Are in This Conflict Whether We Like It or Not. J.B. Shurk — A war on information; propaganda; deceit endemic; the muck cannot be avoided.

Perception is Not Reality. J.P. Donnelly — if you are one who defines reality by your perceptions, you are part of the problem and not the solution.

The Inherent Fraud of ‘The 1619 Project’. Jeff M. Lewis — highlighting a book by Stephen B. Young a look at history and asking How shall we view America?

Democrats cook up sneaky new scheme to stomp out small business. Monica Showalter — assuming guilt and issuing regulations to prove innocence.

Yes, California’s beautiful Lake Tahoe is extremely low. Andrea Widburg – reality needs management; it will produce harsh consequence for those who try to make it something it isn’t.

Parents vs. Educational Wokeness. Janice Shaw Crouse — “Before we can begin to solve the problems of American public education, we must address the decline in cultural values, the wokeness of contemporary attitudes, and the breakdown of the family. Only then can we successfully close the educational gaps in our public schools.”

 

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