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Nouns aren’t actable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Conspiracy theories are maybe something solid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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This whole thing is just wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“American Citizenship and Its Decline” is free to enroll in, and you can begin the course today by clicking on the secure link.

Best wishes, Victor Davis Hanson. Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History. Hillsdale College

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

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

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

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

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

 

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How they do it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Park commented on the smugness of liberals 7 years ago

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

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

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

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Grinding out the truth

 

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

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

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

The Kyle Rittenhouse case

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other political prisoners

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

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

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

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

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

More on lawfare run awry

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Chinese view; Teaching Hate; Coercion and Tyranny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Reality versus perception and the wages of each

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Just who has an excess of hubris? Who is really morally superior?

Instapundit — “Reminder: The political establishment — virtually all of the Democrats and a large chunk of the GOPe — foisted Biden off on us despite knowing that he was unqualified in the extreme, and that his running mate was no better. When they pose as the responsible adults in the room, remember that they were happy to saddle America with a dysfunctional president at a dangerous time in history, out of a combination of pique and corruption.?”

The Left Got What It Wanted—So Now What? Victor Davis Hanson — “There is no schadenfreude in seeing the Left destroy everything it touches—because its claws tear all of us as well.”

A Left-centered, not a God-centered, nation. Earick Ward — “Our Founders didn’t imply that all persons are Godly, or that being a follower of God was a prerequisite to participation in our great nation, but that our country was established to serve a purpose greater than itself.”

lHappy Indigenous Peoples’ Day? John Hinderaker — “The implicit point is that the indigenous peoples of the Americas were morally superior to the Europeans and that the arrival of the Europeans was, for them at least, an unrelieved tragedy.” … “Completely absent from Biden’s proclamations is any understanding of the positive aspects of European settlement for the natives.”

Why The Left Tells Lies About Christopher Columbus. Armando Simón — “there is no historical basis, no contemporary documents, nothing, that indicates that he engaged in all of the “crimes” that present-day activists have promulgated.” … “The “accusations” (which often sound more like insults than rational accusations) range from the gruesome … to the infantile … , to the stupid” … “The question remains, then, whether Americans will permit this sacrilege. From what I have seen so far, yes, they already have. Their only response to this outrage has been to whine.”

Columbus Day Matters. Parker Beauregard — “All cultures are important and valuable, but it is a facile mistake to think all cultures are equal. They are not.”

Brandon—The Gift That Keeps On Giving.  Steven Hayward — “Let’s go Brandon” is bidding to go down in political history as one of the most memorable slogans—and greatest media blunders—of all time.”

Let’s go, Brandon! (Brandon Straka, that is.). Andrea Widburg — “Brandon Straka is a hairdresser who finally had it with the modern Democrat party’s lunacy.” … “Given the unequal application of the law, it’s a travesty that Brandon even had to plead guilty to a Class B misdemeanor.”

For those who missed the news, last week a young man named Brandon Brown won a NASCAR event. When Kelli Stavast, an NBC reporter was interviewing him, the crowd in the background could clearly be heard chanting “F*** Joe Biden!” In an attempt to gaslight NBC’s audience, Stavast said “You can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon.’”

That was such an obvious lie that those who oppose Biden (and the number seemingly grows daily) instantly latched onto the phrase “Let’s go, Brandon,” because they all know it means F*** Joe Biden. 

The Claremont Statement. Scott Johnson — “under attack over the role of John Eastman in events following the presidential election. The institute has just issued issued the statement below signed by President Ryan Williams and Chairman Tom Klingenstein (the links below are in the original).”

Standing with John Eastman. James V. DeLong — “a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, is a distinguished constitutional scholar,”

Oh, So That’s What Happened to Trump’s Lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Spencer Brown — “A forthcoming book from bestselling author Mollie Hemingway seeks to set the record straight on what really happened before, during, and after the 2020 election that made the cycle a fraught experience as institutions exerted heavy-handed influence over the process that ended as some of those within Trump’s inner circle caused self-inflicted wounds to the president’s legal efforts.”

Strong Reason to Question the Legality of More Votes Than Margin Biden Won’ Georgia By. Michael Patrick Leahy — “Democrats and the establishment media quickly circled their wagons to explain away this huge election procedure irregularity”

The 2020 Election Wasn’t Stolen, It Was Bought By Mark Zuckerberg. William Doyle — “The true story of how Mark Zuckerberg privatized the government’s voter registration and vote counting for Democrats in 2020.”

Our Representatives, Not J6 Protesters, Defile the ‘Sacred’ U.S. Capitol. Julie Kelly — “The real heretics continue to rule while Robert Reeder is off to jail.” … “When politics is your religion and government is your God, a public building is your church…. And the alleged apostates are paying a dear price.”

Deeds or motives? Which matters most? Helen Louise Herndon — “There are too many fallible and intentionally false interpretations of motives as well as the unfair and unjust selectivity applied to different persons. It’s time to unbiasedly apply judgments based on actual and knowable actions and deeds. … The wisdom and universality of the ages that dealt only with deeds prove once again to be the fairest and just measure to judge people of attitudes or crimes regardless of any motive.”

It Is Amazing What The Priorities Of Biden’s FBI And DOJ Are Today. Tim Hains — “A politicization of our DOJ that is not tenable.”

Prof mocks parents who want say in public schools. Joanne Jacobs — “Parents who want a say in their children’s education are like passengers who think they should fly the plane, suggested a Georgetown political science professor, Don Moynihan, on Twitter.”

Go Fund Me Takes Down Fundraising Campaign for Litigation Over Vaccine Mandate. Johnathan Turley — “GoFundMe has joined social media sites in censoring opposing viewpoints on subjects from critical race theory to vaccines to election fraud. The site once offered a neutral site for those seeking to support others with similar views or interests.” … “What is striking about this latest ban is that the courts are the place for such claims to be weighed in a neutral and dispassionate forum.”

Why Is the COVID Case Count So High? Ted Noel — “The CDC used to define a “case” as a patient whose characteristic signs, symptoms, and physical examination matched a disease. Labs were only done if clinically needed. Since the “pandemic,” however, the move to boost case numbers is everywhere.”

Why Are So Many People Still Dying from COVID? Brian C.Joondeph, MD — “COVID has been with us for more than a year and a half, along with masks and distancing, since last year, and vaccine mandates, passports, and booster shots have been added. How many of us thought life would be back to normal by now? Or if not back to normal, on an improving trajectory?”

Report, 100 to 200 Congressional Reps and Staff Were Treated with Ivermectin Protocol From Front Line COVID Critical Care Doctors.  Sundance — “Congress can seek treatment with a medication they simultaneously deny to others?  This is well beyond a “scandal”, and needs to be investigated quickly.”

Doctor Says Physicians Are Being “Hunted” For Speaking Out By Press & Medical Boards. Paul Joseph Watson [Summit News] — “Dr Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccines, says he was branded a “terrorist” by the media in Italy and warns that physicians who speak out are being “hunted via medical boards and the press.”

BMJ Urges Doctors to Cut Back on Treatment Because Climate Change. James Delingpole — “Doctors should think less about the health of their patients and more about the health of the planet, an editorial in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) has urged.”

Green Policies Return the World to Coal. Clarice Feldman — “There’s scarcely a place in the modern world that will not be feeling the high cost and discomfort of a shortage of energy supplies and their increasingly soaring prices.”

 

 

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If only we could find a cure

‘Science,’ They Said. Victor Davis Hanson — “Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning. And we all will soon become poorer, angrier and more divided.”

In empirical fashion scientists advised us to examine evidence and data, and then by induction come to rational hypotheses. The enemies of “science” were politics, superstition, bias, and deduction. 

Yet we are now returning to our version of medieval alchemy and astrology in rejecting a millennium of the scientific method.  

Take the superstitions that now surround COVID-19. 

 

K–12: the Clutter is the Message. Bruce Deitrick Price — “Traditionally, education was focused on facts, information, details, content, learning, and knowledge, all of these hopefully leading to wisdom.  Now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”

Instapundit — “The real failure — and I’ve warned about it since the beginning — is that our “public health” establishment has been so obviously corrupt and politicized that people who would have trusted it a decade or two ago now don’t. And the reason they don’t is that it’s been so obviously corrupt and politicized as to be untrustworthy.”

FDA Panel Member on COVID Vaccines: ‘Heart Attacks Happen 71 Times More Often….’ Selwyn Duke — “Some of the above is “scientific”; much of it is anecdotal. Yet there’s far, far more evidence of the GTAs’ downsides than I’ve mentioned here”

While the Rally for January 6 prisoners was a bust, it still mattered a lot. Andrea Widburg — “this failed rally revealed that non-leftists in America are losing their First Amendment right to protest.” 

What If the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came? Brian C. Joondeph — “Saturday, Sept. 18 was the date for the “J6 Rally,” organized by a political advocacy group called Look Ahead America.” … “as usual, Trump was right. The Daily Mail reported, “Protesters outnumbered by police…as just a handful of demonstrators turn up.” One of only a few arrests was a comical scene of Feds, dressed like Star Wars storm troopers arresting one of their own, an undercover cop.”

Bush and Milley Have Chosen Obama’s False History of America J.B. Shurk — “It has been the project of the political left for quite some time to convince Americans that there is nothing exceptional about their country.  To “fundamentally transform” a culture, you must first poison the roots of what has already been growing.” … “Killing American history is not just a matter of destroying our collective identity as Americans, but also the vehicle for undermining notions of personal freedom.”

If Only We Could Find A Cure For Trump Derangement Syndrome. James Bowman, [The Epoch Times] — “if all things Trump are bad and all things no-Trump are good, it’s still the case that a no-Trump thing that goes bad, like the Afghan debacle, can still be blamed on Trump, as President Joe Biden attempted to do. Some sufferers from the illness in California might even have believed him.”

Dirty Deeds Done Not Cheap. Clarice Feldman — “It was a diabolically engineered hoax. Clinton or her campaign (depending on your degree of naïveté) hired Perkins which hired GPS, who hired Steele, who made up scurrilous nonsense like the pee tape.”

So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas? Monica Showalter — “It’s natural to want to know how this formed? Why is it so big? Why did it end up at Del Rio, Texas, a town ill-equipped to accommodate them? How did these people fly or sail from faraway Haiti? Are more on the way?” … “What we have here is a broken border, and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, brought on by Joe Biden’s failure of basic diplomacy.”

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Dereliction of duty

The Top Reason I Hate Masks Is They Force Me To Live By Lies. Joy Pullmann __ “Being forced to wear a mask is being forced to communicate that I support treating COVID-19 as if it should take priority over everything else in life. That’s not only false, but evil.” … “It communicates that I believe harassing the living hell out of Americans is a justified response to a disease with a 99.5 percent survival rate or better for those younger than 65. It communicates that it is reasonable to worship health as an idol, and to control citizens with fear.”

This Dissent Over Mask Mandates Explains Why Tyranny Wins When Judges Won’t Act. Kylee Zempel — “The courts have one job, and when they don’t do it, we all suffer.” … “In fact, that was Ziegler’s main point: “I dissent because, once again, this court abdicates its responsibility to ‘say what the law is.’” Take a moment to read her dissent (citations have been removed, but you can find them in the original document here):”

When the court is silent on these matters, as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was over this mask order, the unelected bullies with the most power get a little more confident telling the hardworking citizens who pay their salaries what do to. The next time some head honcho in a healthy Wisconsin county gets the bright idea that he can gin up an unconstitutional law out of thin air, he’ll have silence from the state’s high court egging him on, and Wisconsinites will once again pay the price.

The Texas Heartbeat Bill Will Protect The Unborn, But Damage Our Justice System. Kyle Sammin — “Texas’s new abortion bill will overrun courts with amateur prosecutors avenging wrongs that have not caused them any particularized harm.” … “In place of the executive branch enforcing the law, as is typical, Texas authorizes “[a]ny person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state” to bring a civil action against anyone who performs an abortion or knowingly aids or abets the performance of one.” … “Why the convoluted enforcement mechanism? It is a bit of legal sleight-of-hand designed to avoid the usual ways federal courts stop states from restricting abortion.” What is buried in the argument is that the Texas bill is a response to the destruction of the ‘Justice System’. The other hypocrisy in the argument is that the government and not the people should be in charge of the process.

Two Unexpected Signs Of A Coming Conservative Ascendency. I & I Editorial Board — “The ever-more-radical left may rule in Washington, Hollywood, the media, academe, and the arts, but when an architecture of ideas is built on a San Andreas Fault of error and defiance of human nature, the inevitable failures register high on the Richter Scale.” … Gutfield and Elder are bellwethers.

Now The Taliban Have Gone Too Far, John Hinderaker — “What on God’s green Earth was a George Floyd mural doing in Kabul? Apparently these “art” works were created by something called Artlords:”

Today In Academic Crazy,  Steven Hayward — “I keep hearing anecdote after anecdote of academic searches where while[sic] males are simply ruled out of a search selection on the basis of their skin and gender alone. They say the plural of anecdote is data: I think the EEOC ought to do an investigation of college hiring searches, and compile the statistics over time for how many white males made it to the typical three-finalist pools from which hires are made. My hypothesis is that the results would look as blatantly embarrassing as the information that came out on Harvard’s deliberate discrimination against Asians.”

 

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So where’s the accountability?

Defeat and Dishonesty. Mark Steyn — “As Victor says, there is a sickness in the US military which ought to be very troubling. Because that will never be addressed by the “mainstream” media, it is even more critical that the institutions of the right do more than merely peddle their lame-arse sappy-happy boosterism bollocks.”

“Solutions” are easy: all that would be required would be to revert to the norms of sovereign states with a prudent calculation of national interest as that term has been understood through the Westphalian era. That solution is obstructed by a ruling elite that despises its own countrymen and is increasingly on the take from China, using as its shock-troops a deranged army of the woke for whom every inconsequential errant Tweeter is the Hitler du jour, or at any rate the Jefferson Davis.
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I get that defeat is a downer, I understand the urge to dine out on D-Day forever. But it is a necessary condition of any “solution” to live in truth, and to address honestly a global failure that in world-historical terms confirms China’s view that America is over. Yet the above drivel barely qualifies as the “shock” and “denial” of the first stages of grief. Too much American pseudo-conservatism’s analysis these past three weeks has been parochial and risible: perhaps the first solution is to demand a new and less pitifully deluded right.

The Appeal of Chaos: How Politicians and Pundits are Misconstruing The Supreme Court’s Order on the Texas Abortion Law. Jonathan Turley — “Roe has long been the battlefield described by Napoleon as “a scene of constant chaos” in which “the winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” The problem is that Biden cannot control that chaos any more than his predecessors and may, in fact, make it far worse.”

Psychological paralysis in the battle for America. M. E. Boyd — “Islam allows no accommodation with a non-believer. Christianity does” … “The predicament America finds herself in is difficult for the average American to internalize.” … “First, as ascribed to Sun Tzu, psychological paralysis underpins all. By severing an opponent’s connection to his environment (reality), from his perception of that reality, an opponent’s will to resist can collapse.”

Americans now cannot tell reality from its perception, cannot tell moral right from its dark counterpart, and have lost their empirical connection to the difference between the primordial and the refined. The strategy and the tactics of those, both domestic and foreign, who wish our nation and our people harm prevail. Whether these tactics have lessened a commitment to Christianity or a lessened commitment to Christianity has fostered these tactics is difficult to unravel. The result is that Islam is on the rise as a threat to Western Civilization.

Where are the apologies for spreading ‘harmful misinformation’ about fake ivermectin overdoses in Oklahoma hospital? Thomas Lifson — “news commentator gleefully spread a false story that rural hospitals and ambulances in Oklahoma were backed up because so many ignorant rubes were overdosing on ivermectin horse medicine.  Some were even losing their vision.”

Horse-Paste Hooey: How Left-Wing Lunatics Spread Yet Another Obvious Lie. Tyler Durden’ — “If one wants to wrap their brain around why the leftist-establishment media complex has lost all credibility, this Tablet article by Konstantin Kisin from August is mandatory reading worth ten minutes of your time.”

Latest Covid Hoax Tells The Story. Mark Wauck — “For The Left It’s Always About Politics–Meaning, Class” … “nothing so rational as cynical manipulation can account for the obvious wackiness that’s in play. It’s got to be something deeply psychological” … “The giveaway that this was an obvious hoax and was always about Lefty politics—and therefore about class—is that not only was this hoax located in a rural area but the also involved the meme of supposed rural gun violence.”

American Education Is Rotten from Top to Bottom. Jack Cashill — “Those students who leave America’s schools of education, Ed.D.s in hand, now control just about all forms of public education — and much of private education — from pre-school to (yes) medical school.  Unlike schools, say, of engineering or computer science or even liberal arts, if every graduate school of education in America shut down tomorrow, no one not on the payroll would miss them.  Always useless, they are now much worse than useless, and we are all paying the bill.”

No one’s safe from the righteous mob. Joanne Jacobs — “Nearly two-thirds of the attacks came from the scholar’s left, but 34 percent came from his or her right,” Hess notes. “The anti-Enlightenment left is leading the charge on campus speech suppression, but it has too much company.”

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constantly being terrorized?

It’s Time To Stop Terrorizing Our Children. Dale Lowdermilk — “Our children are constantly being terrorized with theoretical 500-year forecasts, based upon phantom science and, even worse, they’re being taught to mentally “shelter in place” whenever possible. This is not a recipe for long-term survival.” … “Prognosticators, strutting around as experts, tell us to obey their commands and have even suggested that failure to instill climate “stress” in our children is a form of child abuse by “proxy” and omission.”

Apparently, too much safety is never enough, even if it means producing nightmares (and years of therapy) for our children and those who think like children—cautiously striving, to protect everyone, from everything, at any cost.

What works? Vax, ventilate but don’t mask kids. Joanne Jacobs — ” Masking children, social distancing, hybrid schedules, plexiglass shields and HEPA filters have little or no effect on the spread of coronavirus.”

The Good News—A COVID-19 Update. Thomas T. Siler — “We have learned many good things that the media and our pandemic managers rarely report. Most fundamentally, we do not need to be afraid of COVID-19 anymore.” … “Globally, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.8%. Under the age of 70, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.97%. This is on par with many influenza seasons. Americans younger than 70 do not have to fear COVID-19 any more than influenza and we know how to protect the elderly.”

Can our pandemic managers take some of this useful information and transform it into helpful public health policies from this point forward? Or is there another agenda behind unending hysteria, fear, and the constant push for 100% vaccination? That remains to be seen.

US COVID-19 Tracker. Data from The New York Times, updated daily. (careful! – watch out for rates versus absolutes and other statistical interpretation issues)

 

 

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Coercion and the Rule of Law

A Brief History of the Assault on Conservatives as ‘Violent Extremists’. Janet Levy — “The assault on conservative Americans began several decades ago with attacks on traditional principles and values. Belief in individual liberty and responsibility, free enterprise, and the rule of law was willfully conflated with “right-wing extremism.” Pride in America, a desire to protect our borders, and opposition to illegal immigration were branded as xenophobic. Championing the constitutional right to bear arms was decried as gun-crazed zealotry. Belief in religion, natural law, and the sanctity of human life was maligned as backward and anachronistic.”

This is worse than Saigon. Brendan O’Neil — ‘America’s humiliation in Afghanistan confirms that the woke West is utterly incapable of standing up for itself.” … “above even the political and military incoherence of the American empire, there is the corrosive cultural dynamic.” … “This was always the West’s problem in Afghanistan: it lacked faith in the very values it claimed to be delivering to that benighted country.”

What’s in Store for the Women of Afghanistan. Mark Powell — “If so-called progressives are  true to form, they will gloss over these actions as not representing “true Islam” but of militant extremists. This is anything but the case. What follows is a ten-point summary of what the religion of Islam actually teaches.”

Watching Human Rights Watch. William D. Rubinstein — “a component of the “woke” American Left, now engaged in a kind of left-wing imperialism. The contemporary Left has replaced class war with race war and sexuality war and, one must fear, with the same aim: the destruction of existing institutions.”

Yes, the resistance is growing. Will it be on time? Robert Knight — “Frustrated by the board’s tin ear, Fight for Schools.com, which is leading a petition drive to recall six board members, held an “alternative” board meeting so citizens could air their views.” … “Thank God for these brave souls who are not taking it anymore. Dividing children by obsessing on race is criminal.”

From Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

Vaccinations, Coercion and the Rule of Law. Augusto Zimmermann & Gabriël Moens — “the ‘rule of law’ has perennially been described as a concept that essentially seeks to protect citizens against unpredictable and arbitrary interferences with their personal interests. ” … “ONE of the most frustrating things surrounding the contentious vaccine debate is the existence of many different and inconsistent opinions and advice.”

The scientific case against masks. Everett Piper — “Arnold Schwarzenegger should stick to making ‘Terminator’ movies … when you take the time to read a bit, you quickly discover that this mask-shaming from America’s intelligentsia is – well, how should say this scientifically? – Stupid.”

 

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Overreach and humiliation. Poppycock?

A Media-Fueled Covid Scandal in Broward County Is Killed by Facts. Brad Slager — “Broward is a deeply blue county to begin with, and the local papers especially have been antagonistic — or hostile, even — towards the governor.” … “Consider elsewhere in the press where a solitary source would come forward with a claim — and they just run with the story, absent any exploration.” … “During a viral crisis, this kind of behavior is enough to make one sick.”

Hottest Month? Poppycock!. Charles Rotter — “disgraceful reporting by the BBC (complete with a disgusting use of a photo of the Turkish wildfires)” … “Meanwhile, back in the real world, July temperature anomalies even according to NOAA themselves are well below the peaks of 2015 and 2016, and barely higher than they were two decades ago:” … “And the claim that they know the world’s temperature to one hundredth of a degree is ridiculous.”

The Scale of Humiliation. Mark Steyn — “The scale of America’s global humiliation is so total that I see my friends at Fox News cannot even bear to cover it.” … “On the leftie side, of course, the court eunuchs have risen as one to protect the Dementia Kid, and are working as hurriedly as the Kabul document-shredders in an effort to figure out a way to blame it all on Trump.” … “As for the enemy, the good news is that if your regime is attacked by America you’ll likely wind up with even more territory than you started with”

“Harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend”: a devastating indictment, and entirely correct. But it neglects the ultimate reality: the bungling superpower can inflict defeat only on itself.

The Great Parent Revolt. Katharine C. Gorka — “As overreach in classrooms by progressive school administrators, nonprofits and the federal government has reached new heights, parents are stepping up to fight back.” … “The bottom line is that education in America will likely never be the same, thanks to the Great Parent Revolt of 2021, and that’s good news.”

 

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A Council of Kings

The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.

How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.
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How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”

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Liberty is one of the casualties

The Problem With Peggy. Conrad Black — “Trying (hopelessly) to bury Donald Trump isn’t the answer. Restoring integrity to the electoral process is.” … “the epiphany of the comparatively civilized Trump-hater and it is almost entirely false.” … “The last election was the closest the United States has come to tanks on the White House lawn. Any such recurrence could produce the real thing—if the generals aren’t too busy teaching “antiracism” to the ranks.”

Why Can’t Biden Stop This Invasion? Patrick J. Buchanan — “Article IV of the Constitution addresses the obligations of the federal government to the state governments that were being asked to surrender aspects of their sovereignty to form our new Union.”

COVID overview Part II: liberty and risk. neo — “The current politicians and health officials who have been setting up the COVID rules are saying that they are necessary to protect us. Protect us from what?” … “Liberty has been one of the casualties of the pandemic.”

Forcing Kids To Push Leftist Causes Is Not Civics No Matter How Many Think Tanks Say Otherwise. Peter Wood and David Randall — “The Fordham Institute slyly advocates for action civics, also known as ‘protest civics,’ in its assessment of each state’s content standards.” … “The Fordham report is rich with the sort of wordplay we have come to expect from “reformers” who have something to hide.”

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the foundation for the putrid organic decay

Vietnam’s Role In Government Putrefaction Today. R.W. Trewyn — “The Vietnam War and the uncivil insanity it precipitated on America’s college campuses laid the foundation for the putrid organic decay — putrefaction — throughout the U.S. government today.” … “Is this what those of us who opposed the war helped bring about?”

We should be fighting for the history of the Alamo, not about it. Douglass McDonald — “When we fight about history, we find ourselves arguing about what we want our history to be. Often these arguments are based upon our opinions and not historical facts.”

Fixing A ‘Broken Window’. Chuck Dinerstein — “With many of these homeowners living at or below poverty levels, home repair is not a priority. This condition can be found in numerous urban centers” — this is the kind of wishful thinking that is rationalized by selection of minutia, avoiding gross evidence, and logical fallacies confusing measures and cause or correlation questions. Here, a big question that is ignored is this ‘priority’ such as mentioned for home repair. Does the proposed remedy actually influence this priority? How did broken window policing address this value system – after all, that is the core tenet of that policy.

The Three Horsemen of the Bidenapocalypse. Clarice Feldman — “Is your head spinning from the CDC diktats? It should be. Jim Treacher summarizes the reasons why.”

Without Trump, Dems and Media Dehumanize the Unvaccinated to Salvage 2022 Midterms. John Nolte — “This anti-science campaign to demonize more than half the American people as walking biohazards (those who’ve chosen not to get vaccinated or who cannot due to their youth) is right out of the Nazi playbook and one of the most grotesque things I’ve ever witnessed.”

Delta On The Loose? CDC’s Pointless Masking Guidelines Won’t Stem Breakthrough COVID Infections.  Cameron English — “The CDC is again recommending that fully vaccinated Americans mask up in certain circumstances. This is bad advice at odds with the available evidence that will only seed more vaccine hesitancy.”

CDC Mask Guidance Assessments Go Under the Microscope and are Found Devoid of Science and Reason. Leslie Eastman — “The CDC and its public-health peers have been disaster shows all pandemic long…”

Is Earth Actually Getting Hotter? Vijay Jayaraj — “Every year, climate-change enthusiasts tell us the earth is getting hotter.” … “Reality and some climate-change claims differ as much as day and night. Here are two examples.”

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The assault on standards and merit

Stop the Fearmongering: Johns Hopkins Doctor Shreds Latest COVID Madness Peddled by CDC and Fauci. Matt Vespa — “If the government wants to boost vaccine rates, then all attention should be focused on proper science-based messaging to convince the unvaccinated. You cannot do that when you a) fearmonger, b) shame, and c) offer contradictory advice.”

Why should we care how how the Capitol Police or members of Congress felt on January 6th? neo — “at least, not in the legal, investigative sense of trying to find out what really happened on January 6th and why.”

And yet that was certainly one of the major elements of yesterday’s testimony in the Congressional hearings on the matter. Of course, we know that the hearings aren’t really to investigate; they are political theater produced and directed by the Democrats, and the reviews are from their friends in the MSM. But I’m speaking on behalf of the public, and I even mean the Democrat-voting public: why should we care how they felt? It’s irrelevant, although obviously it’s a deliberate way to appeal to people’s emotions and empathy rather than to their logic and judgment.

Historian’s Corner: Civilizational Death or Renewal? Victor Davis Hanson — “So will we survive wokeness? Not if racial tribalism reverts to the norms of the former Yugoslavia or Rwanda. Not if merit is written off as rigged racism. Not if enforcement of the law is contextualized by the race of the criminal, and not if 30 percent of the population that controls academia, entertainment, professional sports, major financial and corporate boardrooms, along with traditional, social, and internet media, the foundations, K-12, and the government bureaucracies—all strangle public opinion and stifle popular expression.”

The End of Meritocracy? John Hinderaker — “the Left’s war on standards has resulted in a dumbing down of our educational system and our culture. None of our competitors has been this stupid,” — “A society that denigrates hard work and rationality cannot possibly succeed.” — “If America is no longer a meritocracy, but rather a cynical left-wing spoils system, we no longer have a meaningful reason for being.”

It’s not the SATs, it’s lousy K-12 schools. Joanne Jacobs — “The University of California is lying about its decision to drop the SAT and ACT for college admissions, writes Caitlin Flanagan in a scathing Atlantic article.” … Dropping standardized testing “will give cover to the many forces invested in not improving the state’s K–12 education, especially in the poorest districts,”

The education establishment self-destructs. Ron Ross — “Until a few months ago, most people admired public school teachers.  Not anymore.  Teachers have declared war on students and their parents.”

Defining liberty when it comes to vaccinations. Daniel H. Stewart — “Moreover, I come not to shame, judge or compel, but to persuade. It is the battle between competing liberty interests that demands from us the most difficult and fundamental decisions. Weighing an individual’s right not to be vaccinated with a community’s need for that vaccination is no simple quandary.” – if you want to persuade, you need more than empty rhetoric. You need sound logic supported by measure and data. Claiming purity is a tell. You need to show it in deed and action. It is this hypocrisy that destroys yours argument.

What More Can I Say (With a Brief Update from the Original). Kevin Roche — “The only thing that spreads faster than CV-19 is panic about CV-19.” — “Notwithstanding my exasperation with the failure of common sense and skepticism to prevail, I will try one more time to simply list why we shouldn’t get all hysterical again and what data our supposed government experts should be providing.”

 

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Whither Merit? What are you after instead? Why?

The End of Merit. Joel Kotkin — “Over time, our educational deficit with other countries, notably China, particularly in the acquisition of practical skills in mathematics, engineering medical technology, and management, has grown, threatening our economic and political pre-eminence.”

Is Critical Race Theory Illegal? John Hinderaker — “In the end, the evil of critical race theory and other forms of Marxism will be defeated when the public at large understands what they represent. Meanwhile, legal action can be a valuable means of reining in discriminatory conduct by employers and others, and also a part of the ongoing educational process.”

The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America’s Generals. Josiah Lippincott — “Too often, the minds of our great and courageous “warriors” are filled with nothing more than anodyne policy statements, automatic deference to other members of the elite expert class, and received wisdom from the mouths of MSNBC hosts. A painful lesson for patriotic citizens, perhaps, but a necessary one.”

America’s new religion: Fake Christianity. Everett Piper — “Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ.” … ““This counterfeit religion is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” stated Ms. Bratton, “a worldview that has quickly gained prominence and given many Americans a theology that looks nothing like historical Christianity”

“The behaviors that Dr. Flegal reports receiving would have been surprising to me early in my career where I did not understand how vicious, malicious, and nonscientific are the tactics that many fellow academics and scientists are willing to use to combat ideas and data they do not like,’’ says David Allison, dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University and a biostatistician who has also researched obesity. “Today, such reports sadden but do not surprise me.’’

Climate scientists prepare to clamp down on the world’s freedoms. Cheryl K. Chumley — “More than 200 climate scientists — and that’s “scientists” with an eyeball roll — have gathered to put the final touches on an agreement that will take the lessons learning from the coronavirus, meaning the idea that fear sells and sells well, and apply them to the field of environmental regulation.”

It’s a gathering to hype a fabricated problem — umm, the weather — and pretend scientists can control a domain that belongs with God by using less-than-accurate computer modeling, also known as best-guessing, and then presenting the findings as fact to justify the clampdown of individual rights, the redistribution of wealth from America to poorer nations and the global bureaucracies and the exchanging of individualism for collectivism, forever more.

Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise? Richard Smith — “the problem is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond. It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary.”

Vaccine Resistance and Public Trust. Christopher Roach — “When it comes to the current mass resistance to the vaccine, the authorities only have themselves to blame.” … “And the lack of trust results directly from the lies, exaggerations, and apparent indifference of the authorities.”

When It Comes To Masks, Physics Will Always Trump Politics. Alexsandar Markovic — “Since the onset of SARS-CoV-2 (hereinafter the CCP-virus) various figures on the political left have issued proclamations unsupported by science. Experts have asserted things that contravene long-established infectious disease precepts, statements an uncritical press, eager to support the Left’s preferred narrative, freely mimics.”

Coercion, COVID, and free will. Eric Utter — “Governments and media have never before reacted in this manner, even for flus, diseases, plagues, and pandemics that were more lethal than COVID-19.”

The obesity research that blew up. Amy Crawford — “A CDC researcher found that being a little plump might be healthier than being thin. The big surprise was the firestorm that followed.”

How to Lie While Telling the Truth: This Time on Vaccination Effectiveness. David Friedman — “Reading the stories, the consistent theme is the need for more people to get vaccinated. I agree that it would be a good thing if more people got vaccinated, but not that the truth should be stretched to get them to do it.”

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