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By their fruits shall ye know them

Trump, More Sinned Against Than Sinning. Declan Mansfield – “The public, for all their talk of wanting direct, honest politicians, can’t handle the truth.” … “As the Bible says: ‘Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’. The Republicans and the Democrats are reaping what they sowed.”

“The larger question, though, is what did people expect when a democratically elected president is subject to a torrent of abuse, of unrelenting mainstream media lies, false accusations of collusion with Russia, and an impeachment based on a gossamer-thin excuse to remove him from office? Did they expect that nobody would become enraged at what many people viewed as the Establishment thwarting a democratic mandate? Did people really believe that nobody would notice the groundbreaking hypocrisy of the elites or the fact that the establishment was closing ranks against an outsider, one who was viewed by many voters as a tribune of the people? What did people expect when they witnessed Democratic Party politicians defending Antifa and Black Lives Matter, with Joe Biden, for example, refusing to condemn the burning of American cities, saying that Antifa is just “an ‘idea”, all the while blithely ignoring the wanton destruction? What did people expect when Kamala Harris urged people to donate to the legal funds of the rioters? What should people think when Nancy Pelosi said there was ‘no question’ that the 2016 election was ‘hijacked’? Were people to take them at their word or ignore what they said because it was a ‘debate’, as Kamala Harris excused herself after calling Joe Biden a racist and then signing on as his vice-presidential pick? What did people expect when the Democrats said that the Russians had manipulated the voting machines to ensure Trump won the election? What did people expect when there is evidence that the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, among others – the security apparatus of America, in other words – were involved in a plot to undermine Trump’s presidency, and which even Barack Obama discussed in the Oval Office?

It’s not whether anything illegal happened, it’s the perception of criminal acts that matters here.

Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done. This is where most commentators, both honest and blindly partisan, are wrong in their analysis of the riots in the Capitol building. The issue was not whether fraud was widespread in the election, the issue was how government officials and relevant institutions dealt with legal challenges to the election result. The answer is they didn’t.

What we’ve witnessed from the Establishment is the greatest rejection of democratic rights in modern political history. As the Bible says: ‘By their fruits shall ye know them’.

 

GOP Lawmakers Call for Trump-Hater Liz Cheney to Step Down as Republican Conference Chair After Breaking Conference Rules. Jim Hoft

The Left May Have Just Invalidated Section 230 On Their Own. Scott Hounsell – “in exchange for the freedom and openness of the forum, those companies would be immune from suits regarding any questionable or offensive content.” … “once a company decides to eliminate the very basis by which they gain access to Section 230 protections, we enter into a problem”

The Klansmen of Mozilla. Robert A. Hahn – “Some weird mind disease has taken over the San Francisco Bay Area. … These people are insane. And they are dangerous. And as my colleague streiff covered yesterday, they are getting out of hand. … There is not going to be a nice way out of this.”

Teachers Unions Fail Science. John Stossel – “Union demands include all sorts of things unrelated to teacher safety.” … “It’s revealing that government-run schools fight to stay closed, while most businesses — private schools, restaurants, hair salons, gyms, etc., fight to be allowed to open.” … “Their behavior reveals their true interest: power and money. Students come third.”

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woke-washing. fixing blame rather than finding fault.

 

a term that the Harvard Business Review describes as “appropriating the language of social activism into marketing materials.”

What went wrong with the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen. Derek Deng – “we’re becoming fed-up: corporate lip service isn’t enough, and we are becoming more adamant about legitimate promises, tangible change in the media we consume. Statements of solidarity may be a starting point, but bringing back the comforting authenticity of the test kitchen will require organizational and individual accountability that starts with transparency, education and a radical rethinking of the toxic top-down power dynamic.” This a university student publication. Note the absence of value delivered and the use of judgments such as “toxic”. One form of woke is a point of despair and another is promoted to replace it.

Is Truth Irrelevant? Thomas Sowell – “For too many people, especially in the media, what is right and wrong, true or false, depends on who it helps or hurts politically. Too many media people who are supposed to be reporters act as if they are combatants in political wars.” … “Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That has certainly been so in the media — and in much of academia as well.”

“Gross distortions of history, in order to get Abraham Lincoln’s name removed from schools tells us a lot about what is wrong with American education today.

Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers.

At the heart of that indoctrination is a sense of grievance and victimhood when others have better outcomes

Facts don’t matter in such issues, any more than facts mattered when smearing Lincoln.

Any “under-representation” of any group in any endeavor can be taken as evidence or proof of discriminatory bias. But those who argue this way cannot show us any society — anywhere in the world, or at any time during thousands of years of recorded history — that had all groups represented proportionally in all endeavors.

Yet who cares about facts any more, in this age of indoctrination?

Trump’s An ‘Imminent Threat’? Dems Have Been Saying That For 4 Years. I & I Editorial Board – “Do we really need to remind readers what actually happened? That, internationally, it was a time of peace, with ISIS destroyed and terrorism all but forgotten? That the economy did better than anyone expected, and produced a middle-class boom? That Trump made a huge impact on the judiciary by appointing constitutional conservatives?” … “If Trump was as dangerous as his detractors constantly claimed, how could those events have possibly happened?”

“The horror stories were also meant to distract the nation from the fact that the left actually does want to do the things they kept accusing Trump of doing. They want to trample over the Constitution. They want to deny civil rights to those who aren’t “woke” enough. They dream of having dictatorial powers and want to create a one-party state in this country. They damaged civil society by claiming for four years that Trump stole the election. They, not Trump, were responsible for the death and destruction caused by riots throughout the summer. And they undermined Democracy by using the cover of COVID-19 to knowingly make election fraud easy.

Trump on Energy, Environment, and Regulation (Part I). rbradley – “I cannot help but believe from my recent Facebook exchanges with leading libertarian academics that too many fell into the Progressive Left trap of changing the narrative from public policy to Trump’s character. (Is the Left really the character party, by the way?) For academic libertarians surrounded by Progressives in the workplace, is ignoring or downplaying Trump’s accomplishments a way to try to get along? To have a dialogue?”

Tucker Carlson’s frightening summation of what’s happening in America. Andrea Widburg – “spelled out what America’s corporate overlords are doing in America. Essentially, they are “de-personing” anyone who dares to question what happened in America on November 3-8 or who even supports Trump. In a world run on computers, they are unplugging everyone who does not toe their party line.”

Trump Warns Democrats: Impeachment “Witch Hunt” Is “Causing Tremendous Anger”. Tyler Durden – “The American Way” eh? Due process… innocent until proven guilty? We can only imagine “the squad’s” response to this ‘offer’ from the GOP.”

Exploiting The Capitol Riot To Kill Trump. Pat Buchanan from Buchanan.org, at Zerohedge – “Now calls are coming from home-state newspapers and colleagues for Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to resign from the Senate. And for what?” … “As for the GOP, it should follow in these difficult days the counsel of LBJ when things were going bad: “Just hunker down like a mule in a hailstorm. And let the wild wind blow. And the sun will come out again in the morning.”

‘Ruling Class’ Trump-Doubters Still Don’t Get It. And They’ll Pay A Price. Bob Maistros – “Current appearances notwithstanding: thanks to Donald Trump, sir (and madam), the people once again govern. And he still occupies their hearts.”

“The Rasmussen polling organization claims The Donald’s approval rating has actually soared in the wake of the D.C. violence. Maybe. But the members of his base still believe (correctly) this election was stolen – from them – and that President Trump was justified in fighting until the end. They don’t blame him – as The Ruling Class was willing, waiting and wanting to do – for the assault on the Capitol, and think the Elite’s response was overblown given its tolerance of leftists’ continued burning and looting of entire urban areas.

The Deep State Is Rattled. Steven Hayward – “Right away a few observations come to mind. First, if you squint the right way, you can see that our leaders don’t really take BLM and Antifa protests very seriously, and hence the kid glove treatment they get. The property damage may be significant, but our government likely doesn’t think Antifa and BLM amount to a significant political threat. Hence the leniency of the government response at all levels to riot season last year. But if the government at all levels now tries to crack down on pro-Trump protestors, won’t they have to also tighten their rules of engagement with Antifa, or will there now be a political litmus test for rules of engagement? There is, this person said, a lot of hand-wringing going on about the fact that of the hundreds of people who invaded the capitol building, only about 50 arrests were made. (There may be more as law enforcement goes about identifying people.) But the point is: from the perspective of the Deep State, the mob largely got away with it.”

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Things that just don’t add up

Indiana AG: Governors Completely Ignore That Endless Lockdowns And Mask Mandates Are Unconstitutional. The Federalist Staff – “What can the people, the voters, do when their elected representatives are not operating within the confines of the law and not representing our concerns and actually duly passing laws, rather than just letting us live under suspended constitutional rights.” (podcast interview)

The New Imperative: Red States Must Become Sanctuaries for the Bill of Rights. Stacey Lennox – “A democrat trifecta at the federal level, like the one from 2009-2010, is now upon us. Unlike the first two years of the Obama administration, they will not be leaving their most radical legislation until midnight of Christmas Eve 2022.”

There Is No Constitutional Ground For Impeachment Of President Trump. Rob Natelson, op-ed via The Epoch Times – “There’s no reasonable claim that President Donald Trump’s speech, which largely focused on disputed, but credible, claims of election irregularities, was treasonous or involved a bribe. And in the absence of proof of deliberate incitement to riot, it wasn’t a “high Crime.”

or, from Don Surber – “Impeachment is a removal from public office, which means Mitch, Schumer, and Nancy are conspiring to make an unconstitutional, illegal, and unAmerican move.”

Twitter Just Nuked The Account Of The World’s Biggest Critic Of Big Tech And China. Jordan Davidson – “claiming that the various interpretations of his recent tweets could pose a “risk of further incitement of violence.” … “While the Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who glorifies violence on a regular basis, is allowed to stay on the big tech platform, and is even promoted by it, Trump will no longer be allowed an account with Twitter.” It appears that what ‘incites violence’ is anything that the Twitter folks do not like, ideas and facts they cannot accept or tolerate.

What A Stalin Quote About Rigging Elections Reveals About The 2020 Election. Daniel Greenfield – “the media’s fact checkers tried to suppress it. … You don’t need a PhD or a fact checker title: just a modicum of integrity. … it comes from Stalin’s former secretary, Boris Bazhanov, who fled the USSR and wrote a memoir exposing the crimes and corruption of the Soviet regime.”

“What Stalin meant was that the actual vote didn’t matter, when controlling the news also gave him control of how the election was reported. The actual votes could be tallied somewhere out there, but Pravda would report that there was a consensus in favor of the Central Committee.

Some might call it a historical irony or tragedy for a leftist media to try and suppress a quote whose import was that a leftist media can manufacture an election consensus by printing lies.

The trouble with the Pravda approach is that it only works for a limited amount of time.

The Night of the Tech Long Knives. Clarice Feldman – “The attacks on the President’s speech to the crowd are of a piece with the descriptions of the events which followed.”

“His detractors characterize this as a reflection of his narcissism. My friend Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist who knows a bit about such things, has a different view “I don’t think we know to what extent it is personal pride and to what extent principle based on background information that most of us lack. His detractors of course are incapable of thinking his actions anything but base.” And in support of this view, I note the long-delayed and underreported Ratcliffe assessment of foreign influence on the election was tardy because of members of the intelligence community feared it would assist the President:

As the Intelligence Community works to cover for China and the Silicon Billionaires strip dissenting voices from their platforms, leading Democrats join the overreach.

Timing doesn’t line up for Trump to have incited violence at the Capitol. Allan J. Favish – “it appears that the breakdown of the barricades began at least 12 minutes before Trump’s speech ended, by people who were over a mile and a half away from Trump.”

“This Was A Coordinated Attack”: Parler CEO Speaks Out After Amazon Boots From AWS, Vows To Rebuild ‘From Scratch’. Tyler Durden – “Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.” … “Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.”

“To justify censoring Parler, critics have pointed to posts calling for ‘firing squads’ – like one from attorney Lin Wood (who some say handed the Senate to the Democrats by openly calling for Georgians not to vote in the runoff election unless the GOP candidates backed Trump’s election fraud claims).

3 overseas leaders who know how repression and tyranny work speak out on censorship of Trump and election skepticism. Thomas Lifson – When people with experience of political corruption and repression warn Americans about danger signs in the current efforts to shut down dissidents, we should take note.

The curious case of a rare plant’s destruction raises further questions about the extinction crisis, climate change and the role of humans. Daniel Rothberg – “Several pieces of evidence point to herbivory by rodents as a cause — perhaps the main cause — of Tiehm’s buckwheat damage. But no one was there, and no one can say for sure how it all happened. … People want a clear narrative … The Earth is in the middle of its sixth mass extinction, and there is one primary culprit: humans. ” – more than likely people want a particular narrative that is not supported by facts on the ground and just cant’ be. No mass extinction. Normal (natural) ebb and flow of species. “The emails showed that the investigation was being closely watched, not only by the scientific community but also by political leaders.” … “Is it changing climate?” Indicative: normal variations in weather patterns are now being called in to establish human culpability via yet another part of the same false narrative.

JUST is a Pre IPO food company Non GMO disrupting the food industry. Globalintelhub – “This is cellular agriculture, not genetically modified. Being a Non-GMO product is very appealing to the health crowd and the sustainable crowd.” Never mind that the distinction is irrelevant, it’s all chemistry. It keeps the gullible happy so what else matters?

The Sabotage of Public Education. Bruce Deitrick Price – “Genuine rigorous testing of educational ideas is rare in America. Why? Because practical testing usually goes against what the professors want to do. Their impractical ideas don’t perform well in the real world.”

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Compradors and dismissals

How Judges And Democrats Colluded To Force DACA On Americans Even Though It’s Illegal. John Daniel Davidson – “As long as Democratic presidents are allowed to create immigration law by fiat, congressional Democrats will never reform our broken immigration system.”

The District of Corruption Has Overplayed Its Hand. J.B. Shurk – “This is just an observation (because I’m not looking forward to gulag life), but I think the only thing keeping Trump voters from burning the whole corrupt system down right now is that nobody knows whom or what to attack.”

China’s leaders understand all too well from their historical eperience how to control America : use compradors. Thomas Lifson – “It is now time for Americans to understand how the Chinese themselves see their American domestic allies, including politicians like Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden’s father (already dancing to the tune of his masters): contemptible but useful pawns to be used to weaken and ultimately subdue their primary rival.”

stand with Texas: ‘The Big One’ Gets Bigger: 15 Michigan Legislators Join Texas Election Lawsuit by Tyler O’Neil; Pennsylvania House of Representatives Join Texas in Their Lawsuit Against Key Swing States by Collin Rugg; then there’s the President and 106 GOP members of the House.

The Texas Election Challenge and Its Discontents. David Catron – “SCOTUS will anger a lot of people either way, so why not just follow the law?”

For the Sake of Democracy. Tim Kowal – “the media are silent. More than silent: they are censorious, even to the point of threatening lawyers for engaging in protected petitioning activity (my, but there is a lot of casual destruction of livelihoods this year). I find the silence and the silencing probative. Probative of what, exactly, I cannot say. But silence testifies against the censor.” … “Someone is going to have to come up with an explanation how we can accept election results that are so contrary to common sense.”

Judge dismisses prosecutor from McCloskeys case. Jim Salter – ”citing two campaign fundraising emails around the time she filed felony gun charges against the couple in July.”

Flynn’s case finally ends — but not before Judge Sullivan flogs a corpse. Jonathan Turley — “It did not matter that this case has been effectively dead for months. The judge issued an opinion that seemed intent on clearing his reputation by trashing what reputation remains for Flynn. Such a decision ordinarily would outrage civil libertarians. But principles of judicial restraint seem suspended when dealing with anyone associated with Trump.”

What is the Real Source of Native American Poverty? Jason D. Hill – “Protracted tribalism, which is a form of crude racial/ethnic or national collectivism, is atavistic and primordial. It is static and outside the evolutionary laws of history that steer towards progress. As racial preservationists, Native Americans have yet to enter modernity and are, therefore, still outside the historical process.”

What’s In a Name Change? Part 2. John Hinderaker – “Since then, the idea that the Sioux massacres represent a dark chapter not in Sioux history, but in American and Minnesota history, has become pretty much universal. Ignorance of the past is dangerous.”

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If law does not rule, what does?

The Scars of 2020. Victor Davis Hanson – “The summer of COVID-19, quarantines, riot and arson, and an absence of confidence in the sanctity of voting ended with deep wounds on the body politic—wounds we will bear from now on.” … “The common denominator with all of the above? There is no longer the rule of law as we once knew it.”

 

Texas Sues Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania And Wisconsin At US Supreme Court Over Election. Tyler Durden – “The state of Texas filed a lawsuit at the US Supreme Court against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on the grounds that various changes to their voting rules or procedures – either through the courts or via executive actions – violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they did not go through the legislatures.” PA says “laches” and ‘nothing to see here’ so SCOTUS should dismiss.

GOP State Legislatures: Cowardice Under Fire. David Catron – “Republican lawmakers in the battleground states surrender without a fight.”

“Despite the mendacious claims of the legacy “news” media, there is clear evidence that egregious violence was done to election laws in at least five states during the recent presidential contest. Sworn testimony from dozens of eyewitnesses, well-documented breaches of statutory ballot counting protocol, and damning security camera videos have been presented to legislators in these states. Republican lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin have the constitutional power and the moral duty to rectify the resultant fraudulent outcomes. The only obstacle to reestablishing voter sovereignty in these five states is the inaction of the spineless GOP majorities that control their legislatures.

Judge who tossed Michigan case a stereotypical activist judge. Andrea Widburg – “Contrary to what naïve people believe, most progressive judges are not dedicated to applying the law impartially in the search for justice. They are partisan hacks who decide in advance which side should win and then retrofit legal principles to make their decisions appear valid. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the paradigm of the modern judge.” …

“I want to focus on Parker’s second ground for dismissing the case without even acknowledging the evidence, which is that she was not going to disenfranchise Biden voters. Think about that, for a moment.

Parker either doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand that, one way or another, voters are going to get disenfranchised. Instead, what she is saying is it’s okay to disenfranchise Trump voters by refusing to address multiple, dramatic and credible fraud claims, but it’s not okay to disenfranchise Biden voters even if their victory was manifestly achieved through fraud.

This judicial idiocy isn’t limited to Parker or even to Democrat judges. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann, in Pennsylvania, a Republican whom Obama nominated, said the same thing.

Tremendously compelling testimony from the Michigan hearings. Neo – “I don’t usually post so many videos, because they take time to watch and many people don’t have patience with them. But I’ve been posting more of them lately because sometimes there seems to be no substitute This one is extraordinary, and I think it’s emblematic of so much of the testimony given in the state hearings on the claims of fraud and/or incredible incompetence during the counting of votes in this 2020 election.”

An Oregon teacher’s viral, obscene rant against lockdown protesters. Andrea Widburg – “I’ve written before, haven’t I, about the fact that we’ve raised an obscene, self-loathing, non-rational generation of young white women?”

“One doesn’t need a lot of statistics to understand that young, white, college-educated women who get teaching certificates suffer from all the problems I harp about seeing in other young, white college-educated women: They’ve been taught to be anti-rational, hyper-neurotic, openly emotional, and extremely narcissistic. For example:

No Politician Is More Popular or Unpopular Than Trump. Conrad Black – “It remains a mystery as Donald Trump apparently enters his last 10 weeks as president, why 95 percent of the national political media detest him to the point of regularly inventing false and malicious news stories about him, though it presumably has something to do with his contempt for them and their failure to prevent his election.” … “On its face, it all seems too implausible to believe.”

“The last laugh could be Trump’s. But even if it isn’t, his achievements in becoming president and as president vastly exceed those of his generally very unimpressive enemies, now celebrating their fleeting moment of brutish triumph.

The Greater Good. Tim Kowal – “Father, what does the greater good mean?” A fable with a lesson … 

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Projection

David Horowitz: Where We Are, And What We Face. John Hinderaker – “David Horowitz writes that today’s Left is the same as yesterday’s Left: irredeemably destructive and dishonest. Hating America and working toward its demise is the Left’s pole star. This piece is special to Power Line.”

Media Elites, Not Trump Supporters, Are Disconnected From Reality. John Daniel Davidson – “But here’s the thing. Everything these media elites say about Trump supporters can more properly be said about media elites themselves.” And what they are saying is not pretty.

DoJ Investigates Possible Scheme to Bribe Trump for a Pardon. Patterico – it’s like a brainstorming session trying to envision a nefarious plot. If they didn’t keep floating the fantasies as realities and keep getting shot down, they might get more traction outside of their toadies camp. It’s time to learn the fable about the boy who kept crying “wolf”. Another example from Slate: Trump Is Pondering Preemptively Pardoning His Kids Before Leaving Office.

The Media Stole the 2020 Election Before a Single Vote Was Cast. Don Feder – “They did it over the course of four years by creating a caricature of Donald Trump and convincing voters that to save the country and the planet, his defeat was imperative.”

“They persuaded millions of voters that the president who had turned the economy into a job-creating engine, made us energy independent, secured the borders, transformed an activist judiciary, and returned sanity to American foreign policy, was a monster — a racist megalomaniac, an enemy of the environment, a bungling foreign-policy loner, and an anti-science know-nothing.

Evidence supports Sidney Powell’s claim about global election fraud. Andrea Widburg – “A retired military analyst testified in Arizona that the U.S. has captured the information that was sent overseas. Also, a November 25 declaration from an active-duty military analyst was made public today, which says that, within five days of the election, the analyst was able to connect dominonvotingsystems.com, which is Dominion’s proprietary URL, to Belgrade, Iran, China — and Barack Obama.”

Crime and Punishment on Campus. Luke Powell – “Have I learned anything? Chiefly that what passes for truth and historical fact on campus is a selective and malleable thing.”

Why Our Universities Have Failed. Victor Davis Hanson – “Something went wrong with the rapidly expanding university in the 1960s, and the new 21st century, high-tech, globalized campus has made the mess it inherited dangerous.”

COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science. Ammodotcom – “First, the goalposts moved. … Second, there was an intensification of the authoritarian measures.”

“We should add that a third thing didn’t so much “happen” but was discovered: As it turns out unless you are old (over the age of 65), morbidly obese or suffer from a complicating disorder (such as diabetes or asthma), COVID-19 was little more than a bad cold or the flu.

The generous or naive might say that the COVID-19 health measures are misguided attempts to protect the population. A more hard-nosed or cynical person likely thinks that these measures are a deliberate attempt to enact totalitarian measures leveraging public panic.

there is mounting evidence that government intervention has, surprise of surprises, actually made things worse.

Masks Are As Much A Religious Symbol As A Health Precaution. Joe Allen – “If these makeshift masks are nothing more than terror management for germaphobes, what’s the point?”

“While Facebook and other organizations insist the mask science is settled in its favor, the truth is that at the very least the scientific record is mixed. While neurotic co-workers and draconian baristas command you to obey the state and trust the science, real scientific evidence suggests shaking magic bone-rattles at the sky would provide the same protection.

The credulous “trust the science” crowd is annoying for many reasons, but nothing’s worse than their blind faith in authority.

Most of the folks you see masked at the grocery store, just trudging along as they would any other day, fall into the second category. They’d wear a red Bozo nose and a sequined leotard if it meant they wouldn’t get hassled.

If I choose to visit Rome, I do as the Romans do. The problem is that Rome moved its border to my doorstep, and if Pennsylvania’s ghoulish health secretary is any indication, the centurions are itching to step inside and start barking orders.

Our Overlords Are Using The ‘Big Lie Technique’ To Convince Us Masks Work. Scott Morefield – “Not a soul could have possibly predicted this eight months ago when established science laughed at the idea that a piece of cloth over people’s faces would somehow abate the spread of a highly contagious respiratory virus.”

A response to the propaganda is a website devoted to analysis of HCQ.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Caring For The Elderly That You Need To Read Now. Zeppy Cheng – “Even as sickness and death confronts us at every headline, with Christmas around the corner, there’s no better time to cherish what gives life meaning.”

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Numbers and experts. Reality in plain sight to no avail.

COVID Infection Fatality Rates by Sex and Age. Alex Berezow – “A new paper attempts to create the best estimate for the COVID infection-fatality rate (IFR), which answers the question, “If I get sick, what is the chance that I will die?” Beware: The virus discriminates.” … “First, as we have long known, people of college age and younger are very unlikely to die. … Second, the IFR slowly increases with age through the 60-64 age group. But after that, beginning with the 65-69 age group, the IFR rises sharply. … Beginning with the 20-24 age group, men are about twice as likely to die as women from COVID.”

COVID-19, Viral Load and Shedding: An Update. Chuck Dinerstein – “a positive COVID-19 test by any method does not correspond to the presence of a viable virus. Our best belief is that the viral load and transmission peaks relatively early in the course of symptomatic disease and that by day 8 or 9, transmission risk is rapidly approaching baseline. ”

Study: Absolutely NO excess deaths from COVID-19. Robert Zimmerman –”It appears the newsletter analysis that I linked to below was too hopeful for the authorities at Johns Hopkins, even though it was based on actual data. Mere minutes after I posted this they took it down, censoring this conclusion.” The topic needs clarification which means refutation, not censorship.

Why Is Big Media Hiding That Illinois Has Far More COVID Cases Than Florida? Jordan Davidson – Because Illinois Has A Democrat In Charge And Tighter Lockdowns.

COVID Shutdowns and Masks. John Hinderaker – “The states where cases are rising fast cover the gamut from harshest restrictions (like Minnesota and Illinois) to least intrusive (South Dakota). These factors–shutdowns and mask mandates–make no apparent difference.”

SCOTUS Gets It Right on Religious Liberty: Church IS Essential. John Inazu – “I think the Court’s decision is correct and offers some important observations. One of the most important is that these shutdown orders cause irreparable harm because they restrict First Amendment freedoms—and that virtual worship is not a constitutionally sufficient alternative. In other words, worship is absolutely an “essential activity” and to say otherwise is constitutionally incorrect.” The justices in the minority are strongly of the view that ‘experts’ should prevail over constitutional rights [Law&Crime].

What the Election Will Come Down To. David Solway – “The so-called system “glitches” privileging Biden turn out to constitute an unmistakable pattern, a veritable constellation of effects.”

“I have met people who agree that the election has indeed been stolen and approve of the theft — anything to get Trump out of the White House is legitimate. In their books vice is the higher virtue, the ends justify the means and a statistically improbable, pre-determined result is to be applauded irrespective of how it may violate conscience and ethical principle, a sentiment shared by millions, which does not make it any less immoral. A lie is a lie and the truth is the truth, no matter how we scumble the picture. As noted, any reasonable person suspects, almost to a practical certainty, that a gargantuan electoral swindle is happening before their very eyes, and the same is surely true of committed Democrats. Honor among thieves may be the greatest dishonor imaginable. They do not care. The arc of injustice bends toward a desired conclusion.

YouTube Gets Brutally Ratioed After Attempting Woke Takedown Of Thanksgiving. Steve Watson – “Americans are in no mood for Google’s fake righteousness bullshit” – selected commentary where folks describe their feelings about revisionist history.

TIGged off with Tertiary Education. Tim Blair – “He’d become intrigued at some point by videos about welding. There are hundreds of them on YouTube: tutorials, restorations, guides, historical features and forums.” … “His family were not merely supportive of this. They were elated, because they had come to realise—as have many Australian families—that modern universities actually subtract knowledge and replace it with politics.” This story needs to be considered in light of the distance learning pandemic panic activity. Educational reform is coming in from the students, not the educational deep swamp.

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Holy indigenous!

In Nevada, A Corrupt Cash-For-Votes Scheme Is Hiding In Plain Sight. John Daniel Davidson – “In tribal areas, Native American nonprofits illegally offered gift cards, electronics, and other ‘prizes’ in an effort to get out the vote—for Joe Biden.” complete with a Facebook page and pictures.

15,000 Nevada Voters Also ‘Voted’ Outside State, Electoral College Candidates Claim. Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times, [nagware site, so ZeroHedge used].

The Real Presidential Election was Rigged in 2018. Daniel Greenfield – “Every state but one that had a Democrat acting as Secretary of State was called for Biden.” There was a lot of prep work in addition to filling key positions. “Where the Democrats could not secure the office, as in Nevada, they used the pandemic as a pretext for rigging the election.”

“ When it comes to elections, the Left’s plan has been abundantly clear for a long time.

Eliminate all election safeguards, maximize the flow of ballots, and control the count so that a huge torrent of ballots, beyond checking or verifying, rains down in a prolonged process, of Election Week rather than Election Day, with plenty of opportunities to ‘find more ballots’.

The roadmap’s policies, universal registration and absentee voting, along with ballot harvesting, allowing Democrat groups to collect massive amounts of ballots, have also been very clear.

“I Think We’ll Find He Had At Least 80 Million Votes!” Sidney Powell on The Magnitude of President Trump’s 2020 Win. Joe Hoft – “The Biden election steal is the boldest and most corrupt action in US history. This even far exceeds the Russia collusion scam.”

How do Republicans see Trump refusal to concede? Byron York – “They’re not particularly concerned that Trump has not conceded. They don’t mind him pursuing legal remedies, even if those remedies have no chance of changing the election results. And they’re not bothered that Trump has not provided for a smooth, gracious transition of power.”

The Obama-Trump Transition Was More Like Sedition. Julie Kelly – “Barack Obama and Joe Biden may have given a public impression of the peaceful transfer of power, but they were working behind the scenes to sabotage the incoming president.”

 

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for House Democrats. Rick Moran – “The potential to pick up 12 seats in a year where a Republican incumbent president lost is just about unheard of.”

‘Experts’ Listed 27 House Races As Toss-Ups. Republicans Won All 27. Cabot Phillips – “Republican dominance in supposedly 50-50 districts is yet another reminder of just how wrong polls were in 2020, and how wrong they have been for some time. What should embarrass pollsters most, though, is not the fact that they were wrong, but how one-sided they were in the process.”

Mr. Obama, The ‘Strangulation’ Victim Is Not George Floyd. Jack Cashill – “When the four police officers who allegedly strangled Floyd are acquitted, Obama may not be so heartened. As former state and deferral prosecutor George Parry has argued convincingly in these pages [spectator.org], the officers should never have been arrested.”

“For years now, Obama and his media allies have had a chokehold on the news both locally and nationally. If there a strangulation victim here, that victim is the truth.

Mask this. Scott Johnson – “ 42 people in the mask group, or 1.8 percent, got infected, compared with 53 in the unmasked group, or 2.1 percent. The difference was not statistically significant.” Citation:  “Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Life and Death in Pre-Contact Aboriginal Australia. William D. Rubinstein – “That pre-literate societies were not the peaceful, idyllic Edens widely imagined today and depicted in the contemporary media, has been shown in many recent works by franker and more truthful anthropologists” Recently viewed documentaries on National Parks and Historic Trails both provide evidence of this ‘holy indigenous” phenomenon.

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Pushback. Denial. Hypocrisy. Double standards.

Partisans Cheating By Ignoring Election Law Is A Problem As Big As Vote Fraud. Margot Cleveland – “Fraud and violations of the election code are two distinct problems, yet there has been little analysis of the latter, which might be more significant.” … “These are not questions of mere “technical errors,” but raise significant constitutional concerns.”

“Not to pick on Geraghty, whom I respect immensely, but he is conflating two separate issues: fraud and violations of the election code. Those are two distinct problems, yet there has been little analysis of the latter, which over the next several weeks might prove more significant.

There are multiple allegations of fraud, such as the middle-of-the-night arrival of unsecured ballots in Detroit or the dead man voting in Nevada. Then there’s the even more devastating suggestion that votes for Donald Trump were swapped to Joe Biden via vulnerable computer systems. Frankly, this idea strikes me as unbelievable, but then again, so did the idea that the FBI would obtain illegal secret court warrants to spy on the Trump campaign, and we know how that turned out.

if the legislative branch mandates voter signatures, or verification of signatures, or internal secrecy sleeves, or counting only in the presences of poll-watchers from each party, it is no answer to say it is a technicality and not fraud at issue. The state legislatures, through the election code, define the validity of votes, and allowing state officials or courts to read those provisions out of the law raises serious questions under Article 2 of the Constitution.

Lawsuit Claims 40,000-Plus Fraudulent Ballots Pumped Through Detroit For Joe Biden. Joy Pullmann – “Eyewitnesses testify they saw approximately 40,000 irregular ballots arrive in vehicles with out-of-state plates during an early-morning poll worker shift change Nov. 4. That’s not even the half of it.” … “The Associated Press and the state’s Democrat officials say Biden has won the state’s electoral votes and that Trump’s claims of fraud are insulting and inaccurate.” !!

Despite State GOP Claims To The Contrary, Georgia Is Ripe For Election Fraud. John Daniel Davidson – “The presidential election might come down to Georgia, where years of subtle changes have been chipping away at election security in the state.” … “Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler issued a joint statement Monday saying the management of the election in Georgia has become an “embarrassment.” … Other Georgia officials pushed back.”

Pro-Biden Bug Also Suspected in Georgia’s Vote-Counting Software. Paul Sperry – “The large disparity of gains between the two candidates “was something I had never witnessed before in my years of election monitoring,” said Favorito, a career IT professional”

Excuse Me While I Call BS: In Georgia. Scott Hounsell – the numbers don’t add up. “For instance, if we were to normalize these massive increases, or even just divide the increase above ALL registered voters, Trump would win Georgia.”

Big Data to the Rescue: The Electoral College Meets Data Pattern Science. Jay Valentine – “For the election returns in many precincts to happen the way they did, Biden would have to flip a coin 1,000 times and get heads every time. We aren’t done here. … He would also have to do it over and over again, in scores, perhaps hundreds of precincts.”

“The pattern is one that can only be done by machines, like a computer. There are too many transactions, with too straight a line, across too many precincts, to be the guys with the ballot boxes arriving in the middle of the night. They are extra fraud.

The Geek in Pictures: Post-Election Edition. Steven Hayward – “I can’t share specific charts and graphs, but I can pass along a couple of significant general findings.” … “Increasingly it is clear that it is Trump’s lower share of the white vote from 2016 that cost him re-election” – the impression here is that the primary propaganda machine was successful, assuming there is a racial disparity in following the ‘news.’

Obama Warns Trump’s Election Fraud Claims Put US Democracy On “Dangerous Path”. Tyler Durden – “with his “baseless” election-fraud claims. Obama said the whole story was the result of Republican leaders “who clearly know better” kowtowing to a “volatile” president who “doesn’t like to lose.” … “But if there isn’t any fraud, or anything to worry about, won’t these recounts and ballot audits simply help strengthen Americans faith in their democracy, and its ability to adapt to unseen situations?”

Hunter Biden Emails Labeled “Russian Disinformation” – Yet There’s Still No Evidence. Glenn Greenwald – “The same factions that constantly claim to abhor Fake News and disinformation continue to be the most aggressive and shameless propagators of it — especially the media.”

The Law Is There’s No Presidential Transition Until Congress Certifies the Election. Daniel Greenfield – “The Democrats made the rules, but they don’t want to live by them.” … “Even though the votes are still being counted, Joe Biden declared that he is the President-Elect, a shadow government office invented by Obama and invested with a pseudo-government seal, and he has been holding fake briefings and taking phone calls with foreign leaders.” … “Maintaining a fake shadow presidency undermines the sitting administration to the American people and to foreign governments. … It’s illegal and inappropriate. So the Democrats are doing it anyway.”

“Counting every legal vote was noble in Florida in 2000, but is a disgusting lowball tactic in Pennsylvania in 2020. Fighting the election results in the Supreme Court was in the highest traditions of our political system in 2000, but is an outrageous abuse twenty years later.

Indoctrinating Students to Hate Whiteness. Richard L. Cravatts – “Racial self-flagellation on campus.” … “In fact, there is so little actual racism on American campuses that race-obsessed grievance activists have had to invent new, previously unseen sources of racism.” … “Making victims of one group to undo bias aimed at another group of victims is neither just nor equitable, and certainly not the role of universities to be social engineers chasing a dream of realizing racial justice for only one chosen group.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses governor’s stay-at-home order. Todd Richmond – “ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators.”

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Good election for ‘recreational’ drugs

Americans Won, Pollsters Lost. Daniel Greenfield – “The media’s lies shatter against the courage of a nation.”

Every Democrat disaster, like the disasters in the Soviet Union, began with an ideology putting its utopian theories over the blunt realities of human nature. And the polls created a hall of mirrors, an echo chamber, in which everything that the Democrat elites believed was true.

The Polls Lied, the Election Theft Begins Now. Ibid – “The endgame was always going to come down to a wave of ballots that would appear out of nowhere in just the right number.” … “The ultimate question on the ballot was whether the American people would allow themselves to be lied to.”

Election night reveals three disturbing facts. Dex Bahr – “Election night revealed a few disturbing items that should trouble freedom-loving Americans. … First that the race is even this tight speaks to disturbing number of Americans who are woefully uninformed. Second, Fox News has gone over to the dark side, or, rather, the left. And third, the level of coordination to make this race close is stunning.”

via Instapundit – John Ellis in the WSJ: Woke Universities Lead America to a Primitive State: Higher education now stands for mob rule, civic ignorance and contempt for truth and free inquiry.

Nevada too close to call and no more data expected until Thursday. Marijuana use has several more states and Oregon has gone whole hog on street drugs. Most of the Nevada propositions to limit freedom and restrict liberty have passed.

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Rule or Govern: that is the question before the voters.

The DOJ’s Lawsuit Against Yale Is How To Win The Culture War. Sumantra Maitra – “For the first time in decades, the diversity bureaucrats dividing the country on the basis of race, class, and sex are worried about losing federal funding and being sued.” … “In a Bengali poem, one verse roughly translates to “the maddening rage of a caged impotent.” It fits the left’s reaction to the Trump administration’s executive order banning critical race training in federal departments and lawsuit against Yale University for discrimination against white and Asian applicants.”

How To Stop Schools From Replacing True Virtue With Leftist Virtue Signaling. Louis Markos – “After purging public schools of Judeo-Christian virtues, the left replaced them with five pseudo-virtues: tolerance, inclusivism, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, and environmentalism.”

“Had our secular schools really jettisoned virtue altogether, then their students would have noticed the absence and awakened from their moral stupor. We are, after all, creatures made in the image of a holy God who is himself the standard of virtue and who is the author of our desire to reach for that standard. Yes, we are fallen now and depraved, but that desire, that innate yearning to enact the virtuous behavior for which we were created, persists.

The best and most effective way to get rid of weeds is to grow and nurture very healthy grass. If the grass is healthy and strong, the weeds will not take root.

It is the same with virtue. The best way to expose the smallness, meanness, and ultimate ineffectiveness of the pseudo-virtues is to build up in young people a passionate love for the real virtues. Let them come to know, experience, and love transcendent, time-tested, traditional virtues, and the pseudo-virtues will lose their charm and appeal.

Big Tech Censorship Is Driving These Moms To Trump. Katy Faust – “One mom shared that, six months ago, she saw herself as a ‘solid centrist.’ But ‘there’s no middle anymore.’ She is very concerned about the ‘loss of objectivity’ fueled by a biased media.” … “The Big Tech overlords believe it’s their job to determine what you see and as a result, how you should vote. But contrary to what Twitter may think, Jack doesn’t know best. Mother does.”

Media Titans Are Misleading The Public About The Biden Scandal. James D. Agresti – “Twitter’s brazen falsehood only scratches the surface of media misinformation about this matter. In addition to spreading outright fictions, media outlets are failing to present key verified facts that are necessary to see the big picture. These facts — which are documented in the following bullet points — build upon each other and implicate Joe Biden in a web of corruption that involves bribery, extortion, and obstruction of justice:”

Biden Looked Normal At The Debates, So Why Does He Appear Senile At Most Other Times? I & I Editorial Board – “The media also tried to cover for him. They responded like a toddler making up things after he was caught painting the family dog or stealing brownies. … The attempt to spin Biden out of trouble is pathetic.” … “America deserves better than a president who is likely to soon become incapacitated, leaving the White House in the hands of progressives who would rule rather than govern under constitutional restraints.”

“You Better Apologize For That!”: Rudy Giuliani Goes Nuclear On Fox Host After Christopher Steele Comparison. Tyler Durden – There’s all kinds of malfeasance or incompetence in the media. Here is another blatant example.

Is the Orchard Really Sentient and Is the Sky Really Filled with Flying Monkeys? Don Boudreaux – “Recently I came upon – I forget where and in what context – a reference to the talking trees and  flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. … The world to me today – or, rather, my sense of it – is usefully explained with reference to those scary scenes.”

Trumpism: Then, Now—and in the Future? Victor Davis Hanson – “Like it or not, Trump hit on a great truth that no country can write off its vast industrial interior, destroy its borders, or prefer managed decline over renewal, and meanwhile call itself moral.”

The Landslide America Will Be Glad to Have. Al Perrotta – “An election prediction: Something has broken over the nation in the past couple weeks. And that’s a good thing.”

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Legacies Of Confusion And Division

The sad thing is that this is even a question due to baseless allegations by candidates such as Harris. 5 Reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is Entirely Legitimate. Tyler O’Neil – “Democrats have argued that the process was illegitimate, either because it took place during a global pandemic or because it took place as Election Day drew near or because the Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.” Precedent and rules matter and they were followed.

Paul Mirengoff asks (and answers) “Why is it, though, that these days Supreme Court nominees likely can’t get the votes needed for confirmation if the opposing party controls the Senate? The answer has lots to do with the efforts of Chuck Schumer. Jonathan Adler provides the history.” Mirengoff also dips his toe into the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy to make it clear how shallow he is.

The Hunter Biden Scandal Has Exposed The Corporate Press’s Corruption And Condescension. John Daniel Davidson – “Major U.S. media outlets are living in an alternate fantasy world in which the Biden scandal is a ‘miasma’ meant to confuse and mislead gullible Americans.” … “suppression and distraction can only go so far, even when big media and big tech join forces.”

“But what the facts eventually reveal is perhaps less consequential than what the media and big tech have already revealed by their reaction to the facts: they don’t care much for them, especially if they’re the wrong kind of facts from the wrong kind of people—the sort of people, dear read5 Reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is Entirely Legitimate

 

During Trump’s 60 Minutes sit-down, Lesley Stahl humiliated herself. Patricia McCarthy – “Stahl’s interview was not an interview, it was an ambush. She did not count on him pushing back; that is how dense she is.” … “Are the NeverTrumpers, those who hate the man so much that they’ve lost the ability to reason, willing to sacrifice America to a communist-controlled candidate in order to defeat the President? It seems they are.”

Pope Francis Risks Leaving A Legacy Of Confusion And Division. Carina Benton – “The pope’s series of doctrinally dubious statements, along with his questionable politics, have left faithful Catholics somewhere between scratching their heads and banging their heads against a wall.”

President Trump Opens the Valve to Drain the Swamp With a New Executive Order. Stacey Lennox – “The need to reduce protections within the civil service became apparent when training based on critical race theory was banned from the federal government. Within two weeks of the order, whistleblowers started to report that their scheduled critical race training would proceed—in direct violation of the order.” … “In essence, these employees are defying the will of the electorate, no matter who the chief executive is.”

The Shocking Bias and Incompetence of Our Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “What our public schools are telling our kids about the election is identical to the propaganda being put out by the Biden campaign.”

Noticed COVID Isn’t Quite So Deadly of Late? Peter O’Brien – “The current, typically unbalanced reporting is, or appears to be, designed to keep populations, and therefore governments, in a state of dread which can only result in the continued adoption of draconian, economy-destroying lockdowns, such as currently in effect in Wales.”

Follow the Science! 1.2 Million COVID deaths edition. Mark Jeftovic – “As one of my all-time favourite economists, Thomas Sowell, would say…. “Oh dear, where to begin?”

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Loggerheads, no Kumbaya

The Plot Against the President: My rejected Amazon review. Scott Johnson – “It is a tremendous disappointment that we have had no accounting for the greatest scandal by far in American political history. What we have are a few excellent books about it and, now, a documentary based on one of the books.” … “Having already racked up a 4.4 star (out of 5) rating based on nearly 600 reviews, it is accessible here.” Also Laurence Jarvik – “Amanda Milius’s important new feature documentary now streaming on Amazon Prime Video is about a story you won’t see on Frontline or 60 Minutes”

AP: Leftist Rioters Are Not Just Antifa Wackos, They’re Normal Suburban Kids. Joy Pullmann – “If the AP characterization is accurate, tolerance for violence in the service of political ends is not just concentrated in fringe outliers like Antifa cells.” … “It is clear from the article’s framing the AP intends it to be another entry into the “move along, nothing to see here” genre employed against facts that make the left look bad and are impossible to ignore.” … “in attempting to debunk something President Trump and conservatives are saying, the article reinforces it.”

No Sanity, No Kumbaya, No Quarter. Peter Smith – “There is no possible rapprochement between the loonies that now occupy the political Left and sensible people. As a sensible person myself, or so I like to think, let me make my position crystal clear by way of illustrations.”

“My point is that it is no longer possible to come together. The modern Left have gone far beyond reach and reason.

They support men in frocks competing against women; they cancel Christians, like Israel Folau, for citing scripture; they have no problem with killing unborn babies, for any reason, right up until the moment of birth; they’re happy for the West to be overrun with refugees; they appease the intolerances and dysfunctionalities of Islam; they have a highly selective take on free speech; they silence opposing views (witness, e.g., CNN, the ABC and the editorial policy of The Conversation); they malign and distort our history and invent malicious fictions, like ‘the stolen generations’; they teach children to take no pride in, but rather to despise, the monumental progress that our Judeo-Christian civilisation has brought to mankind. Quite simply, they represent an evolutionary political development which is entirely wretched.

Christiane Amanpour Gives The Game Away On Media Blackout Of Biden Scandal. I & I Editorial Board – “Anyone who is still clinging to the notion that the mainstream press isn’t a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party needs to watch the exchange between premier journalist Christiane Amanpour and Republican National Committee spokeswoman Liz Harrington.” … “According to Amanpour, for the mainstream media to spend time investigating a Democrat for wrongdoing amounts to a violation of journalistic standards. It is “doing Republicans’ work for them.” She just admitted that she believes a journalist’s job is to do the Democrats’ bidding.”

Confronting political censorship. The Washington Times – “Americans are shocked by blatant censorship of news relevant to the impending 2020 presidential election, but they shouldn’t be. Unsavory political bias has been a growing phenomenon in the electronic public square. With millions of votes already cast, efforts to release the subversive grip on free speech are too little, too late.”

This is 60 Minutes. Scott Johnson – “the problem with CBS News isn’t its occasional fraudulence. It is the incessant partisan propaganda, witness the interview broadcast last night.” loggerheads is not a proper position for an interviewer. “Trump is right. Stahl is wrong.” all of a sudden Stahl needs absolute proof of verification – remember Dan Rather and TANG?

Big Tech Panicking – Trump’s Grassroots MAGA Army Working Around Platform Controls. Sundance – “A diverse and patriotic MAGA movement is overwhelming the mechanisms of narrative control; and they are doing it by flooding the zones with a combination of “old school” and “modern tech” workarounds. It’s quite honestly the most remarkable political dynamic since the organic Tea Party erupted in 2009.” … “The MAGA rallies, parades and grassroots events are breaking out independent of each-other and literally happening all over the place on any given day.” … “The Trump supporters easily outnumber the Biden supporters by 20:1 or more. The magnitude of the MAGAnitude is incredible. This is totally organic, but word has spread and now it is happening everywhere. ”

My Lying Eyes. John Hinderaker – Byron York describes “The big Trump rallies you don’t see.” … “We see, for the most part, what the people who run news organizations want us to see.” … “We haven’t made any official predictions yet; if we can get a VIP Live event set up for next week, we likely will make them then. But for now, I will say that I am leaning toward going with my lying eyes.”

What The WHO Really Said About Lockdowns — And Why — Will Surprise You. Michael Fumento – “If you’re looking for lockdown “bad guys,” then look at most governments in the world that implemented them temporarily as a way of keeping health care systems from being overrun and then kept them for various reasons – sheer love of authoritarianism, incredible hubris in thinking a highly contagious airborne disease could somehow be squeezed into extinction (a la rabies in island countries or Hawaii), or simply because of the law of inertia. Once they had moved the goalposts they had no idea to where they should be moved.”

Disgusting Professorial Teachings. Walter Williams – “Two websites, College Reform and College Fix, report on the despicable teachings on college campuses across the nation. Let us look at some of it.” … “Welcome to the world of gross academic deceptions.”

The ‘Black Problem’ in Television. Parker Beauregard – “Black voices, despite being just 13% of the general American population, feel omnipresent.”

Biden’s Campaign Blew Up in a Bad Way. Conrad Black – “The entire Biden campaign, conducted by the media, not by the spavined candidate, has been Trump-hate and false allegations of COVID incompetence.”

Major Denmark Study May Show Masks Are Largely Ineffective, ‘Science’ Promptly Censors It. Bonchie – “With the United States reaching its highest daily case total of the pandemic yesterday, the case for masks continues to become more perilous. At no point has the country had more widespread mask mandates and usage than now, yet once again, we see almost no correlation between face coverings (most of which were never previously thought to be effective) and infection numbers.”

(Some) Logical Fallacies and Politics. Jack Kerwick – “Logic, the science of constructing and analyzing arguments, is a forgotten discipline.” … “Aristotle, who is widely regarded as the Father of Western logic, identified numerous fallacies. Below is a select list of them” – with examples.

A Momentous Election. Roger Kimball – “Donald Trump may be an odd ambassador of freedom. But Joe Biden is but a gibbering front for a vanguard that would destroy America as traditionally conceived.”

The Enduring Relevance of Whittaker Chambers’ Witness. David Gayvert – “First published nearly 70 years ago, Whittaker Chambers’ Witness provides relevant, instructive, and inspiring encouragement for those currently engaged in the fight against today’s ascendant Left.”

Administering ‘Truth’ in our Schools. Janet Levy – “a few current examples will leave no doubt that the Orwellian manufacture of ‘truth’ is very much a salient feature of the American educational system.”

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The man from Queens

Debate Recap: Trump Was in Command While Biden Told a Bunch of Whoppers. Tyler O’Neil – “Trump cleaned Biden’s clock on a few issues, while Biden more frequently hoisted himself on his own petard. The president did a good job of standing back and letting Biden dig himself into a hole. When Trump called him out on previous statements Biden had made, the Democrat merely claimed he never made those statements.” How can there be any profitable discussion when one side is in total denial of what is on record? As requested by Biden, “President Trump did not wait until Friday to post the video, however. He tweeted a video of both Biden and Harris promising to ban or “phase out” fracking and fossil fuels.”

3 Ways Donald Trump’s Debate Performance Will Affect The Race. Christopher Bedford – “These three points were clear victories for the president, likely to cut through the noise and directly reach Americans in the last two weeks of the election.” … “Biden: “I don’t know where this guy comes from.” Before he can get to the next part of his statement, Trump quietly goes “Queens.””

The Donald’s Second-Half Comeback Against A Razor-Sharp Biden: Was It Enough? Bob Maistros – “despite a strong comeback, the president, to channel Lloyd Bentsen, was no Gipper. But did he do enough to stagger his opponent and better position himself to win? … The final scorecard is in the hands of American voters. But from this commentator’s perspective: a draw. At best.”

Is The Biden Scandal The Reason Democrats Pushed Voters To Cast Ballots Before Election Day? I & I Editorial Board – “The scandal also shows why it’s important everyone should cast their ballot on a single day, legitimate absentee voters aside. Millions voted while missing critical information that emerged only three weeks before the election. We’d bet many would change their votes now, but they’re stuck with their choices, thanks to the Democratic meddling in the election process.”

Tyler Durden: Blockbuster Report Reveals How Biden Family Was Compromised By China. Trump’s Fault? The “COVID Killer” Claim By His Opponents That Defies Reason. “It’s as if the claim, which borders on insanity and is devoid of any logic or real evidence, has been generally accepted as the truth across wide swaths of the country. The Democrats’ own platform says it in no uncertain terms” … “If we’ve learned anything about the politicization of COVID these past nine months, it’s that media ‘spin’ rooms might as well have padded walls.”

Jaw-Dropping Report Details Chinese State-Owned Company’s Partnership With Biden, Kerry Families. Jennifer Van Laar – “A nearly 60-page intelligence report dated October 2 and provided to RedState late Wednesday details the relationship between multiple Chinese State-Owned Entities (SOE’s) and companies owned by Hunter Biden, Chris Heinz (stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry), Devon Archer, James Bulger, and suspected Chinese intelligence asset Michael Lin.”

Biden Business Associate Tony Bobulinski Drops Another Bomb Right Before Debate. Nick Arama – “Not only does this put paid to any efforts by media or Democrats to dismiss the information as fake or disinformation, but this shows the Dems and a lot of the media almost covered up incredibly important information like this in order to try to help Biden and now it’s all blowing open.”

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication. National Review – “the managing editor of one of the nation’s largest publicly funded media organizations believes emails possibly implicating a presidential front-runner in having benefited from deals involving his shady son who was leveraging the family name and proximity to power for millions are nothing but a distraction.”

The Only Protection From Government-Approved Mobs. Patrick Garry – “Two terrible things took place during the urban riots of 2020. First, violent mobs roamed cities, terrorizing residents of those cities. And second, local government became a complicit partner with those mobs.”

“Frequently in our political discourse, the Second Amendment is cast as an unjustified right that only leads to killings and assaults by violent criminals. But the events of 2020 demonstrated a much different aspect of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment did not facilitate the violence; the right to keep and bear arms did not lead to the destruction. Instead, it was the Second Amendment that provided the only means by which victims of violent mobs could defend themselves and their property.

Nine Simple Steps to Better Schools. Kevin Donnelly – “History proves how prescient the Black Paper and Educating Australians were in warning about the dangers of implementing a dumbed-down, substandard and politically correct school curriculum.”

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The great unravelling. Maybe

These Out-Of-Print Children’s Biographies Repudiate The Bitter Lies Of Today’s Uneducated Anti-Americans. Casey Chalk – “As for the anachronistic charge that Columbus is the “progenitor of white supremacy,” one might as well charge Alexander the Great with inventing imperialism or Genghis Khan with toxic masculinity. … The difference between Troll’s and today’s portrayals of American history is that the former actually tried to tell a coherent, inclusive narrative about our nation, one that sought to find unifying themes among a diverse and disparate set of characters. ”

“Eliciting empathy in the child reader is an essential educational objective because it is required for both civic and family responsibility.

Telling kids that their history is full of racist patriarchs fosters cynicism and a Manichean, self-destructive understanding of the past in which some people, namely oppressors, are evil and to be censured; others, namely the oppressed, are good and to be praised. It is this kind of blinkered, perverse thinking that provokes the continued desecration and destruction of our national heritage. Unable to see ourselves in our collective past, we tear it down with impunity.

Amy Coney Barrett Will Be Confirmed Because Kavanaugh Battle Taught GOP To Stop Getting Played By Democrat Dirty Tricks. Mollie Hemingway – “It took a few decades of the left playing the exact same games with most confirmation battles, but finally the right figured out how to render those attacks worthless.”

“let’s not pretend that the left didn’t work through its most prominent media outlets and academics to try to destroy Barrett. They did. The biggest difference is that Republicans simply weren’t playing with these attacks.

Rather than the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately responding to the Washington Post’s anti-Kavanaugh attack by bending to the will of the Democrats, this time they just didn’t care.

Senate Committee Advances Barrett SCOTUS Nomination After Democrats Boycott Vote. Tyler Durden – “The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 12-0 (every Republican on the panel supported her nomination and no Democratic senator voted) to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court, despite the ‘boycott’ by all committee Democrats (that’ll show ’em) protesting the “shame process.” AS the Hill notes, every GOP senator was present for the vote, meeting the committee’s rule that 12 members of the panel must be present to report a nomination to the full Senate.”

It is all an effort to convince Democrats voters that the senators are really angry over the nomination and fighting like the dickens to stop it. It is, of course, pure theater with no real impact on the nomination but voters seem to demand little more from politicians today than visceral distractions.

The Democrats continue to parade these giant pictures that are designed to portray Barrett like some judicial serial killer surrounded by her victims. Now, they will not even be in the room. The pictures will be all that remains on the Democratic side, a fitting symbol of a now literal empty-sack strategy.

The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship. Christopher Bedford – “The last week was a rough one for the fact-check industry, not simply because they demonstrably screwed up a series of very public decisions, but because those decisions exposed them for what they’ve always been: tools for censoring conservatives.”

COVID-19, Risk and Public Policy. Greg Williams – “for argument’s sake, consider some other threats to life and limb over which governments have some say.” … “What eludes me, and has done so for the entirety of the panicdemic, is the meek docility with which Australians have swallowed their governments’ picayune and capricious response to a minor public health menace.”

I & I Editorial Board: A Handy Media Guide To Covering (Up) Democratic Scandals and Even As Media Work To Ignore It, Biden Scandal Just Keeps Growing. “Whatever you think of the New York Post or Donald Trump or Joe Biden, this story is what we in the news business call “news.” Yet the rest of the mainstream press handled it almost exactly as the Times did – as an inconvenience.” Then a list is provided of 8 observations of media behavior. … “The false assertion the media used to not report on growing evidence of salacious and likely criminal activity emerging from Hunter Biden’s laptop was that it was “unverified.” … “ These actions should be punishable by law. Don’t expect the media to do their job. Nor the far-left social media, which are all in on supporting the Democrats in their bid to “fundamentally transform” America from a beacon of freedom into a socialist hell.”

The Unapologetic Bias of the American Left. Victor Davis Hanson – “Today’s Left sees their efforts bending in a preordained historical arc that ends with ultimate progressive justice—and retributions.”

Home Depot Co-Founder: “Fraud” To Suggest Middle-Class Won’t See Higher Taxes Under Biden – but its a campaign promise touted in his advertisements! “There is much more in the Hoover study, especially on the costs of returning to Obama-style regulation. Most of the media will ignore it, which is why we thought we’d provide readers with the full study.

Swampy Joe’s Big Lies. George Neumayr – “The Hunter Biden scandal exposes his “simple” image as a con.” … “The media is working overtime to isolate Hunter as the one bad apple in the Biden family. But the truth is that he picked up his grifting habits from his uncles, aunt, and pop.”

The Biden Influence Empire Is Unraveling. John Hinderaker – “Fox News has more on the Biden family’s dealings with the Chinese Communists. This information doesn’t come from Hunter Biden’s laptop, but rather from the Gmail account of one of the Bidens’ former associates who is now in prison”

Joe Biden tweets out that America is ‘an idea’ and ‘we’ve never lived up to it’. Monica Showalter – “How’s this for the most offensive political ad of the year?” … “Note that this isn’t from his enemies, his party, his creepy allies, something that occurred years ago, or some kind of foreign disinfomation, this is straight from Joe, put out there on Twitter to entice Americans to give him their votes, in his big final push to squeeze the last of them. ” … “There’s a heckuva lot of unpack here in this small space of a tweet, at least three doozies going out like stink bombs to voters.”

What Killed Michael Brown? Mark Tapson – “Shelby Steele’s new documentary delivers a damning indictment of liberalism.”

The City is Killing America. Daniel Greenfield – “America’s real problem are urban problems.”

We Are Over-Preventing Covid. Robin Hanson – “As I’ve noted before, since a lot of government regulation is justified as protecting citizen lives, those who seek to justify more regulation tend to seek higher value of life estimates.” … “Note that I’m not blaming all this excess prevention on government; private choices clearly drive much of it”

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Onslought of pretty ideas that destroy

Trump’s Greatest Accomplishments Are What He Hasn’t Done. Mollie Hemingway – “Under immense pressure by the media and other Democratic operatives, at a time when nearly all global leaders were using the pandemic as an excuse to seize greater control, Trump did not.”

“At no time has any member of Big Media raised significant concerns about the violations of Americans’ constitutional rights, governors’ power grabs, or the risks posed to democratic governance. In fact, the media have gone after Republican governors who were less restrained in their violations of citizens’ rights, claiming they were bloodthirsty monsters. “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice,” was the headline of The Atlantic’s article claiming that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp was overseeing, well, human sacrifice, by not using his power to shutter businesses more.

Ben Shapiro put out a video explaining why he’s voting for Trump this year after not having voted for him in 2016. In the middle of a litany of policy successes, he said, “He’s resisted using the federal government to control everybody’s life during COVID. That’s a big thing. This is the biggest government power grab during my lifetime, and Trump refused to do it.”

The left keeps claiming, all evidence to the contrary, that Trump is going to seize power.

Even As Media Work To Ignore It, Biden Scandal Just Keeps Growing. I & I Editorial Board – “The false assertion the media used to not report on growing evidence of salacious and likely criminal activity emerging from Hunter Biden’s laptop was that it was “unverified.”

Here is How Joe and Hunter Got Paid. Shipwreckedcrew – “The media has propagated a fictional account of why Biden demanded Shokin’s firing, and that account has been repeated over and over again to the point that it is now conventional wisdom.”

Facebook Whistleblower Exposes “Hate-Speech Engineering” Group, Staffed With Chinese Nationals; NYPost. Tyler Durden – “The ex-insider said the team teaches algorithms to push specific content to the top of a newsfeed while other content gets shifted “dead-last.” … “What is troubling, is how foreign nationals, ones from China, are working on Facebook’s social media censorship team that can directly impact how tens of millions of Americans think.”

5 Big Problems With The New York Times Investigation Of Amy Coney Barrett’s Children. Jayme Metzgar – “Why did the newspaper of record deem it worthwhile to launch a three-week investigation into the life stories of a Supreme Court nominee’s minor children?” … “While it makes no concrete accusations against the Barrett family, the story casts subtle aspersions against their adoption through the inclusion of several generalized details, devoid of context.”

UK Minister: Teaching White Privilege And Critical Race Theory In Schools Is Illegal. Jordan Davidson – “Badenock denounced teaching the ideology of Black Lives Matter and critical race theory as uncontested facts.”

The Shoddy Research Behind the Massacre Maps. Michael Connor – “The history both projects use comes from the same source, the Australian Research Council-funded Colonial Frontiers Massacre Project” … “Research which The Killing Times and the university academics are praised for is based on a single, shoddy secondary source.”

This is interesting in light of the Outrage over Gal Gadot portraying Cleopatra gets the history wrong — and flies in the face of what acting is meant to accomplish. Ed Driscoll cites a section including “The indigenous people of Egypt are the Copts, who still exist as a persecuted minority in their homeland.” i.e. the experience of ‘indigenous people’ in Australia or the Americas is not unique and not restricted to Western imperialism or colonialism.

The Dangers of Politicized History. Bruce Thornton – “We are now seeing the consequences of 50 years of the Left’s academic malfeasance.” … “The universities, of course, have been the seed-bed of such propaganda.”

James Lileks review of modern thought:

“At some point in a pandemic, the suspicion of infection morphs into the presumption of infection. That’s smart if it’s bad and widespread and raging. Hospitals overwhelmed, the sick hacking on every street, clinic corridors jammed with the rheumy victims, cordwood stacked like bodies in the morgue, or something. But this is not that. What’s more, this was never that. It was apparent months ago that this is not that. It’s not mild flu, but it’s not that.

Ketchup:

Cafe Hayek quote of the day: “is from page 185 of Steven Pinker’s 2018 book, Enlightenment Now:

With the shift from a manufacturing to a service economy, many social critics have expressed nostalgia for the era of factories, mines, and mills, probably because they never worked in one.

The final four weeks of the campaign will be fought over re-opening the economy. Thomas Lifson – “Sacrificing the economy, the education of our children, and our collective mental health for the purported purpose of slowing the spread of a disease that is survived by more than 99% of those under 70 who contract it is no longer tolerable, and President Trump is waging his presidential campaign on ending the madness.”

Why it’s important to remember Rathergate. David Lanza – “This anniversary carries implications for how we receive news, how political campaigns are conducted, and the credibility of almost everything we see or hear from the media.”

The Full Crowley. Victor Davis Hanson – “Whether these journalists know it or not, in the American mind they are already retired before they have even retired.”

The Accidental Defender of the Constitution. Federalist Society Review, Volume 21 – A Review of Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, by John Yoo,  https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250269577.

‘The Melania Tapes’ reveal she’s even cooler than we thought. Amber Athey – “Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and CNN made a major miscalculation.”

The Art of Propaganda. Bunky Mortimer – “How did Germany, arguably the most cultured and civilized nation in Europe, degenerate so quickly?”

Do Masks Really Work? Here’s What the Charts Tell Us. Matt Margolis – “The best way to answer this question is to look at how mask mandates have impacted infection rates. So, let’s do that.”

The Privilege of the ‘Ladies Who Lunch’. Bruce Bawer – “For voters who make voting decisions on aesthetic grounds, Biden is the electoral equivalent of comfort food.”

 

Trump Is Now One With Countless Essential Workers. Victor Davis Hanson – “President Trump has no reason to apologize for getting sick. He took risks to meet the obligations of his office and is now one with the millions who do the same thing, every day.”

What the pandemic has taught us about science. Charles Rotter – “The scientific method remains the best way to solve many problems, but bias, overconfidence and politics can sometimes lead scientists astray”

 

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The fix is in – I listen for an answer but hear nothing.

The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship. Christopher Bedford – “The last week was a rough one for the fact-check industry, not simply because they demonstrably screwed up a series of very public decisions, but because those decisions exposed them for what they’ve always been: tools for censoring conservatives.”

Atlas: Twitter’s Censorship Of Mask Facts From WHO Is Dangerous Territory. Jordan Davidson – “White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas said Twitter’s censorship of his account over him tweeting WHO information about face masks should be concerning not only because big tech is suppressing scientific facts, but also because they are preventing freedom of speech.”

“The point is not the mask, as you know, the point really has nothing to do with that,” Atlas said. “The point is we are living in a world where opinion, even if it’s based in fact, even if it’s science, it is snuffed out as if it’s some kind of poison for even allowing it to be expressed.”

“When you cancel people out, when you cancel out facts, we are living in a world where really we are in dangerous territory,” Atlas explained.

Commission Changes Rules To Mute Microphones During Next Debate; Trump “Remains Committed” To Debate. Tyler Durden – “in the wake of the Hunter Biden laptop revelations – and in what we’re sure is a coincidence, the Debate Commission has decided to ditch foreign policy as a topic for Thursday’s face-off.”

The fix is in for the final presidential debate. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump will be silenced during the second and final presidential debate Thursday night if he tries to raise any issues that might be too uncomfortable for Joe Biden or the swamp that backs him.” … “Two recent actions by the Commission on Presidential Debates reveal the outrageous information control strategy being implemented.”

America Is Drowning in the Lies of the Left. Dennis Prager – “the father of modern leftism, Vladimir Lenin, named the Soviet communist newspaper “Pravda,” the Russian word for “truth.” Truth is what a leftist says it is. It is not an objective reality.” … “The left has always relied on lies to gain and retain power. This is as true today in the United States as it was in the Soviet Union. … Here are examples of lies Americans are told they must hold lest they be removed from social media, shamed, ostracized and even fired from their jobs.”

“This Is Not A Russian Hoax”: ‘Nonpublic Information’ Debunks Letter From ’50 Former Intel Officials’. Tyler Durden – “It would appear these former intel officials are not aware of the current intel official views, confirmed by DNI Ratcliffe yesterday”

Hunter Biden’s Magical Moscow Laptop. Daniel Greenfield – “The only Russian disinformation operation here is the one being waged by the media. “

Disinformation, mainstream media style. Scott Johnson – “Our media betters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere instantly united to dismiss the New York Post stories derived from the emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.”

Treason In America: An Overview Of The FBI, CIA, And Matters Of “National Security”. Cynthia Chung – “The tragedy of Hamlet does not just lie in the action (or lack of action) of one man, but rather, it is contained in the choices and actions of all its main characters.” … “Neither the American people, nor the world as a whole, can afford to suffer any more of the so-called “mistaken” intelligence bumblings. It is time that these intelligence bureaus are held accountable for at best criminal negligence, at worst, treason against their own country.”

Indescribable Act of Terror? Lloyd Billingsley – “What the Michigan kidnap plot reveals about the FBI, the deep state, and the correlation of forces.” … “The FBI’s method is to “place agents among the target group, stoke their sentiments, and lead them to say or do something that could be characterized as a crime, then arrest them and claim credit for foiling a plot.” In intelligence lingo, this is “provocation,” but “in legal terms, it’s entrapment.”

Why New York City’s Feminist Medusa Statue Gets Everything Wrong. Nathan Stone – “By inverting the myth of Perseus, a new sculpture in New York City transforms good into evil, heroism into oppression, and men into monsters.” … “its very incorrectness is why Medusa was transfigured into a feminist icon.” … “The end result is a city-approved work of bronze which Jessica Mason gushed would “shame men entering the New York County Criminal Courthouse.”

The Children’s Book Council and ‘Young Dark Emu’. Joanna Hackett – “My opinion of Australia’s literary scene reached a new low when I read that Pascoe’s little book of bias and untruths, Young Dark Emu: A Truer History is now on the short list for the Eve Pownall Award.” … “Young Dark Emu is not factual material and is therefore not eligible. Even its subtitle is a lie: a “truer history” it most certainly is not.” The myths about indigenous cultures “were agriculturalists, not hunter-gatherers” and constructed “a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity” are endemic in academia despite not being able to withstand even minor scrutiny.

“So what is going on here?” I ask myself from my coronavirus-induced isolation. “Why is nobody standing up and shouting to the rooftops that Bruce Pascoe has no clothes? What are you all afraid of?”

I listen for an answer but hear nothing. Nothing but the wind in the bullshit trees.

The Climate Cult’s Brat Brigade. Tony Thomas – “In the Iraq-Iran wars of the 1980s, Ayatollah Khomeini sent 12-year-old Iranian schoolchildren swarming into no-man’s-land to detonate the mines. The keen kids wore devotional slogans on red headbands and each carried a small metal key to open the gates of Paradise.” … “The analogy with enrolling Australian kids as zero-emission fanatics is not perfect. The kids’ task is not to blow themselves up but to blow up 130 years of Western progress based on reliable electricity.”

When “science” follows the left. Paul Mirengoff – “Anyone can make a mistake. However, publishing an article even though the questions of reviewers have not been addressed seems like more than just a mistake. … And these kinds of “mistakes” always seem to cut in favor of the left’s agenda. Coincidence? Probably not.”

 

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no legitimate question of legitimacy?

Complexity, Your Modern Scoundrel’s First Refuge. John O’Sullivan – “It’s not hard to understand this silence. It means not consent but fear and moral nervousness.” This one is about BLM and CRT.

Flying the Flag Is a Secret Trump Handshake. Kurt Schlichter – “Among the threats of persecution and death we face for supporting President Trump are some that are frankly hilarious.” … “they still want to be heard without the annoyance of dealing with some man-bunned neighbor shrieking that a sign in their yard supporting DJT is “literal violence” that has his woke 8-year-old “literally shaking.” That’s why these folks rely on hidden signals to demonstrate their support for the greatest president since Ronald Reagan.”

Are COVID Case Surges More Fake News? Brian C. Joondeph – “Are cases really on the rise or are these simply positive tests?” … “The U.S. is performing 2.87 daily tests per thousand people, far more than most countries.” … “More tests mean more positive results, but not necessarily cases of COVID.” … “Hospitalizations, a measure of disease severity, have been steadily declining since March, with a small bump in mid-summer.” … “Yet these so-called case surges, in actuality only positive tests, are driving societal policy decisions.”

Democrats delegitimize the Supreme Court because they fear losing power over the rest of us. Washington Examiner – “As the Senate prepares to confirm President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, they have begun to say outright that the nomination and confirmation procedure outlined in the U.S. Constitution is illegitimate.” … “So there is, to coin a phrase, no legitimate question of legitimacy.”

Biden-Harris joint appearance in Arizona draws no spectators — as in ZERO attendees. Thomas Lifson – “With apologies to Groucho Marx, we now have the answer to the question: “What if they held a Biden-Harris rally and nobody showed up?” The answer is a shocked TV street reporter:”

The Truth About Columbus. Jarrett Stepman – “It is unfortunate to see what was once a uniting figure—who represented American courage, optimism, and even immigrants—is suddenly in the crosshairs for destruction. We owe it to Columbus and ourselves to be more respectful of the man who made the existence of our country possible.” … “When we have lost these things, when we no longer have the capacity to celebrate men like Columbus, as imperfect as they sometimes were, we will have lost what has made us great, and distinct.”

How Politicians Lie. John Hinderaker – “Today Governor Whitmer sent out a fundraising email to her supporters–or, anyway, those on her list, a group that includes me. The subject heading was: “We’ve seen the disastrous effects of Trump’s hateful rhetoric.” That is typical. Pretty much everything that goes wrong in the world is a result of “Trump’s hateful rhetoric.” The Democrats’ far more hateful rhetoric, meanwhile, has evidently no consequences.” … “Their confidence is well-placed. In today’s America, the “mainstream” media exist mostly to keep secrets.”

What the pandemic has taught us about science. Charles Rotter – “The scientific method remains the best way to solve many problems, but bias, overconfidence and politics can sometimes lead scientists astray”

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The election question: visceral or rational?

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. – “The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.”

Georgia H walks away. Scott Johnson – “She says that Teach for America made her “abandon the racism of the left. AOC made me abandon the left altogether. … here are the notes that Georgia H herself has added in response to the comments on her video” – The notes themselves speak strongly about the issues at hand.

15 characteristics of white supremacy culture. Lubos Motl – “James Lindsay (who is one of the three scholars behind the mass production of hoaxes in grievance studies) posted this incredible list of the evil aspects of “white supremacy”, as they are taught to kids at the Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia” … “this summary of the “critical race theory”, a subject that seems worse than any propaganda that the Soviet bloc students have experienced during communism, is truly yummy and attacks quite some elementary prerequisites of the civilization – and, indeed, of the human supremacy in comparison with other animals.”

Jennifer Newsom’s Documentary Blames The American Founders For Democrats’ Failures. Patricia Ducey – “the documentary’s conclusion lands right on critical theory’s rocky shore: America’s founding at the hands of white males is so inherently racist and sexist that all negative life experiences can be attributed to it, and radical change is necessary to correct it. While Newsom never tells us what that radical change might entail, if viewers know anything about the French, Bolshevik, or Maoist revolutions, they should recoil in horror.”

Trump-Hating Journalists Write Fiction, Not News. Itxu Díaz – “They tell horror stories about what Trump might do to scare voters.” … “The problem with wild hypothesis journalism is that it has no limits.” … “What seems more perverse is to invent detailed events that have not occurred just to put a face on a political argument.”

Don’t Defend Columbus—Celebrate Him. Dave Seminara – “The Italian explorer who opened America to the West deserves tribute.” … “Columbus has been under attack since at least 1980, when Howard Zinn vilified him” … “Social-justice cultists like La Spata insist on evaluating men from the fifteenth century by woke 2020 standards but refuse to consider the broader Italian-American story, which is replete with the adverse experience of discrimination and long-forgotten mob violence.”

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It’s loaded

‘Innocent’ Until Proven ‘Trump Supporter’. Ann Coulter – “Here’s a thought, GoFundMe: Guaranteeing a fair trial for an individual accused of a crime isn’t the same as defending the thing he’s accused of.”

“Poor Jake Gardner didn’t stand a chance against the raging, hate-filled multitude. Even those sworn to uphold the law, like Kleine and Franklin, leapt in with the mob. And a corporation whose business it is to enable people to raise money for just causes such as getting a fair trial refused to do business with him, not unlike the Memphis Woolworth’s treatment of black people in 1960.

Last weekend, facing death threats and a kangaroo court, and with no means to mount a defense, Gardner killed himself, rather than be killed by the mob waiting for him back in Omaha.

It’s official: You can’t protect yourself. Not even a blameless ex-Marine could defend himself from being choked to death. The D.A. will call in a “special” prosecutor to throw you to the wolves, and they’ll both be praised for railroading an innocent man in the Omaha World Herald, while the national media defame you.

A “Culture of Lawlessness” in D.A. Offices. Jason C. Johnson – “Progressive prosecutors around the country have failed to pursue justice for the public.”

Is Nancy Pelosi deliberately trying to stir up riots across America? Andrea Widburg – “Pelosi seemingly believes that 2020 has given her license to violate all political norms.” … “We’ve come to the point where we expect nothing but violence from the mob and cowardice from the prosecutors. However, if we are to have some semblance of a functional nation, we should expect our federal politicians to do their best to calm the American landscape, lest a civil war start and our major cities end up looking like Aleppo, Syria”

Why Mr. Trump Might Resent the Transition Question. Editorial of The New York Sun – “What that moment did, in our estimate, was mark Mr. Trump as presidential timber — as an individual who could stand apart from the crowd. He could easily have pledged to support whoever won the primary. Yet he knew that he was being asked to give away an option, something Presidents are importuned to do all the time. And that the others, by agreeing to it without conditions, could be seen as shortsighted and even weak.”

The Missing Piece Of That Peaceful Transfer Of Power Question. Victory Girls – “President Trump trolled Karem and everyone else and now has people clutching pearls and the media working overtime to insist there is no problems with ballots ANYWHERE, even as the Democrats now signal that in-person voting is the best thing ever. ”

 

Attacks on the Meritocracy Have Been Coming For Years. Coyote – citing Andrew Sullivan – “in the labor movement — requirements to use seniority over performance for layoffs, ban the box laws, lawsuits over reference checks, attacks on gig economy where rewards are tied to performance, etc.” … “I understand that this is exactly what the Left is shooting for – an environment where the competent have no advantage over the incompetent.”

“A number of folks thought the bit in bold overwrought, but I still feel this is directionally correct. Clearly DeBoer defines an extreme. I think the actual goal of the Left could be better stated as wanting to make all employment decisions based not so much on competence but on credentials, credentials that are awarded via processes and institutions controlled by the Left (and that might over time be awarded as much for political orthodoxy as for learning relevant skills). Which, by the way, is pretty much exactly how the Soviet Union worked. And is pretty much how tenure works at most universities today.

How to break the left’s chokehold on the teaching of American History. Paul Mirengoff – “The way to break the left’s chokehold on the teaching of our history is not to impose a de facto national curriculum — e.g., Common Core, new national civics standards, or an AP U.S. history framework. Rather, the idea is to return our education system to the principles of federalism, competition, and local control.” … “In the end, public support for AAT’s efforts will determine whether the enterprise ultimately succeeds in reclaiming U.S. history from the left.”

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