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Loggerheads, no Kumbaya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The man from Queens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The great unravelling. Maybe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Onslought of pretty ideas that destroy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Lileks review of modern thought:

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

Ketchup:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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no legitimate question of legitimacy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The election question: visceral or rational?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s loaded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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This shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

‘Obsession’ Uncovers The Plot To Impeach Trump. Tony Daniel – “Veteran journalist Byron York’s new book, ‘Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,’ turns the story of Trump’s impeachment into a compelling real-life thriller that will leave readers indignant.”

“York’s theme is that collusion, impeachment, bribery — all of it — was an arabesque. There was never any “there” there. Yet Democrats could not let it go.

With a steady drumbeat of factual, piece-by-piece storytelling, York captures the Chautauqua of sleaze and venality that has overtaken official Washington for the past four years in this, the greatest ongoing emanation of meaningless sound and fury in U.S. political history.

‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation. Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway – “Newly disclosed internal FBI notes and text messages detail the extent of the FBI’s desire to take down Trump and his associates at any cost.”

Declassified Susan Rice Email Confirms Michael Flynn Was Personally Targeted In Oval Office Meeting. Sean Davis – “Newly declassified portions of a key Susan Rice email confirm that Michael Flynn was personally targeted during a January 5 Oval Office meeting with Obama.”

Sean Davis: It’s A Complete Disgrace It’s Taken So Long To Get Any Real Answers On The Russia Hoax. Tristan Justice – “where are the whistleblowers and why are we learning about this three years after Chris Wray took over the FBI? Why are we learning about this from a court case? Why was this not disclosed to Congress? … It’s a complete disgrace.”

Will Media Ever Ask About Biden’s Corrupt Deals As Vice President? I & I Editorial Board – “Reporting over the years (mainly by conservative or nonpartisan web-based outlets) on Biden’s questionable and possibly illegal moves while in office to help Hunter line his pockets has solid evidence backing it up.”

There’s one case that really highlights Ginsburg’s toxic judicial activism. Andrea Widburg – “In her dissent, Ginsburg, unlike the majority, did not start with the law; she started with her preferred outcome.” … “To reach this preferred outcome, Ginsburg engaged in open intellectual dishonesty.”

Media: U.S. Public Schools Teaching Patriotism Would Be Tyrannical And Racist. Joy Pullmann – “You can’t make this stuff up. Now loving your country despite her many sins, and not wanting taxpayer dollars to teach kids to hate their country, is ‘what dictators do.’”

The myth of the ‘stolen country’. Daniel McCarthy – “This ‘stolen country’ paradigm has spread like wildfire throughout the British diaspora in recent years.” … “The narrative of the ‘stolen country’ or ‘Native American genocide’ does not stand up to scrutiny by any honest and clear-sighted historian.” … “The very notion of property is a Greco-Roman invention which most cultures found foreign until quite recently.” McCarthy provides a lot of common sense history.

Republicans are knocking it out of the park with political ads and memes. Andrea Widburg – “Even though the Democrats own the actors, they don’t own the true creative talent in Hollywood. That all seems to have crossed to the Republican side of the aisle.” SEE THE VIDEOS to see for yourself!

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Thea cult of victimhood uses gas lamps. Is there any cure?

To Find The Origins Of Today’s Race Rage, Start In 1960s Academia. John Murawski – “Critical race theory sees racism as something new in the world that was born with European imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and rationalism.” … “CRT has long been denounced as simplistic, dogmatic, fatalistic, and toxic — a cult of victimhood that embraces racial conflict as inevitable.”

“Even as they published in law journals, critical race theorists flouted the staid conventions of the legal establishment and adopted counter-narratives, fables, parables, allegories — even science fiction — to create what Delgado has called “a kind of counter-reality,” reflecting the perspectives of the downtrodden.

An early alarm that critical race theory would see the First Amendment and the rule of law itself as tools of capitalist oppression was sounded by Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald in 1995.

Today’s critics treat CRT as agitprop advancing totalitarianism in the guise of research and scholarship.

“Their philosophy is in some ways a form of psychosis because it’s not wedded to the real world,” said Jason Hill

“What bothers me about the talk of white privilege is that it’s used as a kind of leverage to induce shame and guilt in white people,” Hill said. “It’s really a form of white annihilation. It’s really saying to white people: By virtue of your whiteness you need to die a certain kind of social death for me to prosper.”

Along with this general Robin Hood socialist mentality are these two stories from the ‘Nevada Independent’: [other people’s money is easy to spend and Nevada has a bad case of California flu… ]

Harder-hit by virus, Nevada’s communities of color expected to take greater economic hit in pandemic’s wake. Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez, Savanna Strott – “A new Guinn Center report released Wednesday warns that Nevada’s African American, Latino, Asian and American Indian populations also face a disproportionate economic burden and will have a harder time recovering and rebuilding from the economic crisis.”

New initiative provides economic aid for immigrant Nevadans ineligible for past state and federal aid. Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez – “The Esperanza Fund will provide financial relief for Nevada’s struggling immigrant communities after they were left out of earlier federal economic stimulus aid packages because of their immigration status.”

Gaslighting America: Democrats And Media Have Turned It Up To 11. I & I Editorial Board – “Gaslighting, which drives people to “question their thoughts, memories, and the events occurring around them” because they’ve been fed a steady stream of lies and disinformation, is often used by abusers, cult leaders, and dictators to amplify their power over others. No wonder the Democrats and media have adopted it for the 2020 election.”

More examples at FrontPage: Democrats Deny They Wanted to Remove Washington Monument, Despite Report and Teachers’ Union Won’t Go Back to School — But Will Go to Sharpton’s 50,000 March by Daniel Greenfield; Covid Colonialism by John Waters. At the City Journal is To Destroy America by Mike Gonzalez. The Hill has Romney says Trump’s protest tweets ‘clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions’ by Zack Budryk. National Review has A Clutch of Fools by Kevin D. Williamson. At Breitbart is Joe Biden Denies Calling for National Mask Mandate: ‘I’m a Constitutionalist’ by Kyle Olson.

The Democrats’ Mental Problem. Joan Swirsky – “It is now so obvious that Democrats don’t smile because they suffer from a low-level of chronic depression and anxiety. Even in victory, their smiles appear forced and phony. Even when they’re in power, they see doom and gloom everywhere, victims around every corner, the sky always falling, the glass inevitably half empty.”

A very special case of a gaslighting victim is Patterico asserting that President Donald J. Trump Encourages Supporters to Commit Felony Voter Fraud. – “When you’re a criminal, every problem looks like something that could be solved by committing a crime … There are two ways to change government: through peaceful elections that the nation can trust, and through violence. Trump is doing his level best to make the former impossible, and he doesn’t seem to care about where that might lead.” He also gets into the bleach drinking lie. TDS on parade. Is there any cure? Reality certainly isn’t.

Watching Joe go slow again. Scott Johnson – “He was prepared with written responses to certain of the questions. He appears pathetic as he struggles to locate and recite them.”

Trump Orders Feds To Begin Process Of Defunding New York, Portland And Other “Lawless” Cities. Tyler Durden – “In a five-page memo sent to federal agencies on Wednesday whose subject is “Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities””

“This is Playing with Fire! We’re a Very Closely Divided Country Here!” – WOW! AG Bill Barr GOES OFF on Wolf Blitzer on Mail-in Voter Fraud (VIDEO) By Jim Hoft – “During the discussion Wolf Blitzer tried to defend the Democrat plan” … Scott Johnson’s review is Barr in Wolf’s den – “The interview is intensely interesting and informative, and not just by contrast with Joe Biden’s remarks on the Blake case in the adjacent post.”

The left may have made a tactical error in Kenosha. Neo – “The left would have us think this was a spontaneous demonstration by the people of Kenosha, upset at the Jacob Blake shooting, but that never seemed likely to me. It seemed fairly clear that although some would be from Kenosha, a great many of the ones looting and burning would be in the category of “outside agitators.”

The Covid-19 Pandemic is Ending. James G. Robertson – “There were 33 early states where the epidemic was over by June, and 14 late states where the epidemic now is ending.” … “In contrast to the Covid19 attributed deaths, the number for deaths from all causes is a hard number. The deaths from all causes number exposes the current mass panic as an historical aberration and confirms the evidence that the mass panic has been engineered by politicians and a biased medical establishment.” … “Nevertheless, the hysteria and panic over Covid19 has not abated. And you can expect it to get worse.”

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The natives are getting restless; the war drums are thundering

While Claiming To Champion Justice, Democrats Are Letting American Cities Burn. Nathanael Blake – “Regardless of whether Biden or Trump wins in November, we will all be stuck with the Democrats’ choice to let our cities burn.”

“The leaders of the Democratic Party think they are destroying America in order to save it. Our nation’s urban revival, of which New York City was the preeminent example, was one of the great successes of the last few decades. Now this achievement is in danger as the costliest civil unrest in American history drags on, enabled by the deliberate fecklessness of Democratic leaders.

Amid the destruction, the national media repeat the words “mostly peaceful” to the point of absurdity, using protests as moral cover for vandalism, arson, looting, assault, and even murder. Democratic leaders have followed suit.

Seattle rioters tried to seal a precinct door with concrete before starting a fire outside. John Sexton – “for pure evil intent this is really something.”

Sisolak rejects Cegavske’s request for ‘ballot harvesting’ regulations, says it echoes ‘voter suppression rhetoric’. Riley Snyder – “while also criticizing Cegavske for attempting to “politicize” the emergency regulation process.” This is how the Left does it: deny, attack, impugn, smear …

A Bulldog Nation Divided. John Leonard – “Usually the Bulldog Nation doesn’t lose our collective mind until we’ve suffered our first loss of the season… but when that happens, we typically go for complete insanity.”

“Last night unexpectedly became chaotic because Herschel Walker, unanimously considered by Dawg fans to be the greatest player in Georgia history and believed by many to have been the greatest running back in the history of college football, spoke about his long friendship with the president at the Republican National Convention in order to defend President Donald Trump against unfair and untrue allegations of racism.

my point to the forum members was abundantly clear — we don’t bash the legend even if we might not like his politics. Personally, I thought it was a terrific speech, but I was disappointed to read all the hateful tweets and comments coming from liberals triggered by Walker’s show of support for Donald Trump, especially those directed toward his son on Twitter, even though that particular social media venue is a cesspool and it should not be unexpected that “Uncle Tom” began trending along with his name.

I Didn’t Vote for Tyranny. Did You? James Allan – “never in my wildest dreams did I think that I was voting for what amounts to the most socialist (as in big government, big spending, public sector thrives while private sector withers) government in Australia’s history.”

“Or look at the individual US states. Those with Republican governors were far, far less heavy-handed and intrusive than those with a Democratic Governor. What have these looser lockdowns by Republican governors delivered – in South Dakota absolutely no new laws at all, not even Sweden’s ban on large gatherings? Well, fewer deaths. You see deaths are 67 percent higher in Democrat States than in Republican ones, and the deaths per million of population are 41 percent higher in Democrat States.

How Do We Save People from the Tyranny of Lockdown? Katie Hopkins – “The specific things we can all do.” … “Our reaction to this virus has been far more aggressive and deadlier than the virus itself.” … “for those bold enough, we need to challenge this infernal lockdown wherever it manifests. Not in small arguments or petty confrontations with those who are powerless. But at its heart, where the power lies. Governors, Senators, Congressmen and those paid to represent you. Make them feel the reality of what you forced to endure.”

It can happen here. In fact, it is happening here. Paul Mirengoff – “The authoritarian left isn’t content just to block speech it disagrees with. It also wants to force people into making leftist utterances and gestures.” … “It will take considerable planning and courage to counter leftist authoritarianism.”

8 Quick Takeaways From The Second Night Of The Republican National Convention. Mollie Hemingway – “It’s not just that the Republican convention is going well, but that the Democratic counter-programming of riots and mobs couldn’t be worse for Democrats.”

The Republican National Convention’s Night Two Was An Antidote To Media Lies. David Marcus – “The second night of the Republican National Convention showed America the truth about Donald Trump’s first four years.”

“On the heels of a widely praised first night that showed contrast not only politically but stylistically to the Democrats’ Zoom convention of last week, night two of the Republican National Convention featured the theme “Land of Opportunity.” The second night of a convention is a tricky business. It doesn’t have the excitement of opening night, or the clear stars, the vice president and president on nights three and four. Both conventions chose to make the wife of the ticket topper the final speaker on night two.

Both sides are eager to call the other’s convention dark, gloomy, and angry, so the opportunity theme was meant to blunt such an inevitable attack. In this respect it succeeded, especially the first lady’s gracious remarks. The line-up was full of economic-focused folks, not so much culture warriors, and the clear goal of the evening was to say we did it before and we can do it again about jobs and economic growth.

The bottom line is that the Republican National Convention is exposing three years of lies from the corporate media. It is devastating, it is true, and it is glorious.

See also Nick Sandmann speaks at RNC and CNN analyst (and former Clinton press secretary) takes the bait by Thomas Lifson; If you want to see media malice in a single article… by Andrea Widburg – “Trump is right. Our mainstream media outlets are not about the news. They’re not even about being honestly partisan. They are, instead, blatantly dishonest Democrat party propaganda outlets.”

The Stunning Gullibility Of ‘Republicans For Biden’. I & I Editorial Board – “Trump Derangement Syndrome is spreading faster than COVID-19.” See also The Republican Convention Is Proof: The Party of Bush, McCain and Romney Is Dead by Robert Spencer.

Biden National Outdoor Mask Mandate Isn’t Just Unconstitutional, It’s Anti-Science. Tristan Justice – “Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately, and we will save lives.” … “According to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United Kingdom in a paper released Thursday examining several metrics of social distancing, being outside presents almost no risk of contracting the novel Wuhan coronavirus on its own.” It does indicate some reduced risk when masks or worn – that raises the question about accommodating other evidence.

Five COVID-19 Charts Democrats Can’t Let You Know About. I & I Editorial Board – “Fact checkers somehow missed Biden’s flagrant abuse of statistics.” … “But the number of infections and deaths is meaningless out of context. What matters is how many have died per capita, how many who’ve been infected have succumbed to the disease and where the trends are right now.” … “So share these charts far and wide.” See also Monica Showalter.

From ‘Angry Penguins’ to an Unquestioned ‘Emu’. Tony Thomas – “The three guides’ underlying goal is to recruit child soldiers in the culture wars.” It’s the same deceit used to bash Western Culture elsewhere.

How Science is Revolutionizing the World of Dog Training. Winston Ross – “I was about a month into raising a new border collie puppy, Alsea, when I came to an embarrassing realization: my dog had yet to meet a Black person.” Sorry, this piece isn’t about science. Pavlov and his ilk are tossed aside to bash misperceptions of culture (and behavioral conditioning). It’s the straw man logical fallacy.

FAIL: Despite Media Alarm, Back-to-Back Gulf Hurricanes Have Happened Before. Anthony Watts – “Typical alarmist, confusing weather with climate for an agenda. … Dunning, CNN, and Medina are wrong, and badly so. All they had to do is look at the historical records of hurricanes to know this has happened before, and it is nothing new.”

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Political behavior and the defense of social identity – wretched and rotten rhetoric

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic. Jason Daley – “Historian Edward Watts argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end.” … “Above all else, the Roman Republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence,”

How The Political Behavior Of Black And Jewish Americans Became Their Cultural Identity. Michael Weingrad – “Jewish and black voters have proven to be astonishingly reliable supporters of the Democratic Party, even when it conflicts with their interests. Three new books offer some insights into why.”

“I also find it challenging to see rational choice as an obvious explanation for anyone’s political behavior these days. Certainly, politics has taken on for many Americans the force of an identity, a tribal affiliation, in some cases even a kind of religion with accompanying ritual practices.

“An identity as deeply political as that of mainstream American Jewry is not going to change its political behavior without becoming unrecognizable to itself, and certainly not without having new frameworks of meaning and behavior to replace the older ones.

They also express a concern worth attending to, that “if whites’ level of racialized social constraint both within and outside the South reaches anything approximating that of blacks, greater polarization and heightened racial conflict in America will take hold more broadly.” I disagree this is the polarization we are seeing in the Trump era, and would argue that, if anything, Trump is functioning as a scrambler of the politics of racialized social constraint, which becomes a concern for Democrats and white elites more broadly. But time will tell.

Meanwhile, they end by imagining the plight of a black conservative in the voting booth this November. He considers casting his vote for a Republican and then possibly having to admit doing so to his friends and family. Given the “social rewards of conformity,” they write, “supporting the Democratic candidate is almost certainly the least costly option.”

The fate of American democracy may ride on that “almost.”

An Age of Wretched and Rotten Rhetoric. Tristan Heiner – “Politics becomes wretched when the ideas in circulation turn bad, and ideas degenerate when the rhetoric is rotten. The words are everything.”

“diplomacy and measured words are muddied corpses being squelched into the trenches by the boots of dogged partisanship and zero-sum tactics. … The biggest casualty in this squalor is, of course, the truth and measured solutions to real problems.

When people have a greater interest in scoring points against one another, compared to getting to the core of a real issue, the whole charade becomes the embodiment of the unproductive.

There is no mechanism that achieves those ends of muffling and muzzling civil discourse more perniciously and effectively than political correctness.

Fake news about Portland from the Washington Post. Paul Mirengoff – “Clearly, the Washington Post’s attempt to link rioting in Portland to the Trump administration’s efforts to protect federal property was fake news. Just like so much else that appears in this relentlessly leftist organ these days.”

NY Tries To ‘Dissolve’ The NRA: Far Left’s War Against The Constitution Never Ends. I & I Editorial Board – “Whenever the far left loses a debate, it doesn’t sharpen its arguments or seek compromise. Instead, it criminalizes those with whom it disagrees.” … “New York’s Democratic and radically anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James’ move to “dissolve” the NRA comes after a phony “fraud” investigation that was launched as an intimidation tactic.” … “To the left, the truth doesn’t matter.”

The NRA’s Fight in New York Is For All Americans. Editorial of The New York Sun – “The thing to keep in mind during the legal war launched today between New York State and the National Rifle Association is that the Second Amendment does not exist in New York City and state. It has been blocked at every level by state and local authorities.” … “The more astonishing suit is not the one Ms. James filed against the NRA but the one the NRA filed against her.”

Nevada Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses. Joe Schoffstall – “One-sixth of Clark County mail-in ballots were sent to outdated or undeliverable addresses”

“Nevada’s voter rolls aren’t maintained to the standard required for an all-mail experience like Oregon or Washington,” Churchwell said. “The Nevada governor is foolish to think he can replicate his regional neighbors’ years of development and practices with mail voting in a matter of months with a weekend emergency bill.”

Smart Women Don’t Send Nudes To Strangers, And Other Tales Of The Sexual Revolution. Casey Chalk – “The pornographication of America’s culture prevents victims from thinking clearly. Sadly, behavior once labeled bizarre or self-destructive is now common.”

“Obviously, Cooper is an odious criminal who should be punished. But such deviants have always existed in the nether regions of our society. Before the internet, they frequented the seedy parts of town near pornography shops and “adult” cinemas; they would walk around in trench coats and flash innocent folks passing by. Now, thanks to the anonymity of technology, they are more capable of fabricating identities.

Another bizarre and concerning thing about this episode is how the Post presents Cooper’s victims as ordinary, intelligent, and “professional.” It says something about our culture that heterosexual women — with boyfriends, no less — who get involved with female strangers on dating apps are labeled “ordinary.” It says something about our culture that women who send nude media of themselves to strangers — in at least one case, the day after the online “relationship” began — are supposedly “intelligent.”

It also appears our culture is so saturated in pornography that activities once considered rare, immoral, obscene, and stupid are now condoned, if not celebrated.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day For American Patients. Gerard Scimeca – “the newest order pushes for an international price index (IPI) pricing in Medicare Part B, called “favored nation status.” The name could not be more of a misnomer, either, as “favored nation” implies the lowest price cap among a mix of foreign countries in regard to particular drugs. And the lower the cap, the worse the ripple effects back up the supply chain and for patients in the long run.”

“In essence, the federal government will take the average price for certain drugs from a combination of foreign countries — all with partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems — and leverage Medicare’s status as the largest purchaser in the market to force companies to sell medicines and other treatments at or below that average threshold. But this is not as simple as it sounds, nor is it beneficial in making life better for patients.

We have seen price controls tried time and again both abroad and in our current halls of power.

To make matters worse, this proposal has received stiff opposition from Canadian officials, too, who would need to raise their own domestic prices to ensure their government-controlled drug supply was not exhausted in a matter of months,

The Canadian situation illustrates that this is an international relationship problem as well as a personal cost problem. The price cap situation is due to other countries, such as Canada, controlling their prices. They can do this because the U.S. allows companies to make up the lost income in U.S. pricing. The distinction here is how the drug cost in the U.S. is to be determined. The mechanism outlined – same price here as there – is a market driven approach and not a socialist approach. The arguments presented presume that the U.S. will set prices the same way the “partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems” do.

An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch. Steven Hatfill – “On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care “misinformation,” Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting “fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure.” … “Actually, it was Sullivan who was spouting dangerous falsehoods about this drug”

Bad medicine: Fauci’s HCQ Waterloo. Monica Showalter – “it’s about time this idol topples, based on this summary about Fauci’s startlingly bad medicine and bad medical policy on COVID, which has in fact cost thousands of lives. And yes, he is very specifically to blame.”

President Trump Just Called Out Two of the Media’s Most Dangerous Lies About COVID-19. Michael Thau – “Monday was a milestone in the battle against the media’s despicable, 5-month, unrelenting campaign of COVID-19 gaslighting.” … “The most important task we face is recovering our senses.”

Video: A Leftist Asked Him: ‘When Was America Great?’ Frontpagemag.com – “His answer is stunning.” It is. Watch the video.

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Qui tacet consentire videtur – you can’t pretend to hide

No Doubt About It: Democrats Are Part Of The Riot Problem. I & I Editorial Board – “Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Sen. Hirono,” Cruz said as Hirono gathered her belongings. “And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”

“It was an ideal forum for Democrats to go on the record. The entire nation would have known by Tuesday night that the party is opposed to the violence and destruction Antifa has wrought with little consequence. Yet they repeatedly declined – Cruz even told Hirono “you’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” just before she walked away – and in doing so made their affiliation clear.

Tuesday’s hearing is no isolated instance. Democrats have made their soft spot for violent mob behavior obvious on several other occasions:

For Andrew Cuomo, waking up and smelling the socialist coffee is a bitter whiff. Monica Showalter – “It’s what happens in all socialist hellholes, from East Berlin to Caracas. People flee. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

“Cuomo’s plaint calls to mind that leftist blue cities and states can be divided into two groups of people – those who look at the bookkeeping, and those who don’t. Cuomo is doing de Blasio’s job by calling on New York City’s fleeing residents to not flee. De Blasio is busy painting Black Lives Matter graffiti in New York’s city streets. Minnesota’s denizens are begging for businesses not to leave. California’s are cheering those who do. It’s almost a litmus test for separating out the crazy socialists from the really crazy socialists. Hugo Chavez used to cheer when wealthy Venezuelans moved out of his country as he was turning it into a hellhole. Maybe this litmus test of the crazy and the crazier is an indicator of which places become Venezuela the fastest.

Steele’s dossier: ‘Clown show’ or the greatest Russian coup? Paul Roderick Gregory – “The known details of the so-called Steele dossier point to a peculiar ambiguity. To expert analysts, it always appeared to be low-quality political opposition research. Yet, it turned American against American, paralyzed our government — and may be the greatest Russian disinformation coup in history.”

“In retrospect, the “clown show” dossier was put together ingeniously. First, the identity of the ultimate client was kept secret long enough for it not to ruin the show. Second, in Steele the Russians had someone with a modicum of respectability to gain access to American government and media; and, in the media and professional bureaucracy, they had an army of Trump-haters ready to believe anything.

For the Kremlin, it all meant a sorely wounded United States.

Coronavirus in one state (82). Scott Johnson – “Our efforts to understand the epidemic in one state are clouded by the efforts of the authorities to sustain one-man rule and the panic on which it is based. They are also clouded by the faithful alliance of the press with the authorities.” … “Kevin Roche provides “A Brief Minnesota and National Status Report” that steps back to look at the big picture.”

The Truth About Slavery. Robert Wedge – “We are continually misled by progressive propaganda on the issue of race.” … “Racism is not our Achilles Heel. It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life.” … “the United States and Great Britain are the first countries in the history of the world to eradicate slavery while influencing others to follow suit.”

“Of course, none of this matters to progressives. A Marxist state is their goal. The question is, will conservatives and their leadership stand up for the truth or bow at the altar of Marx?

Facebook, Twitter Censor President Trump’s Fox News Interview. Allum Bokhari – “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth, said Parella. According to Parella, Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” see also Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary. Jim Hoft – “The tech giants are working together to silence the President of the United States and his campaign.”

Who Killed George Floyd? George Parry – “Minnesota’s attorney general needs to pay attention to the available evidence, which in this case is incontrovertible.”

“So why couldn’t Floyd breathe, and how did he die? The clear answers to those questions are to be found in his toxicology report, which overwhelmingly and unerringly supports the conclusion that Floyd’s breathing difficulties and death were the direct and undeniable result of his ingestion of fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine.

The only crime here has been the prosecution’s shockingly incompetent investigation of Floyd’s death. In charging and continuing to prosecute these defendants, Minnesota’s attorney general has failed to take into account the most important and material evidence in the case,

The proof of the defendants’ innocence is undeniable. But given the violence and rioting that has followed in the wake of Floyd’s death, will it be possible for these defendants to receive justice?

Why “Green” Energy Is Impossible. John Hinderaker – “Basic problems with these energy sources include inefficiency and intermittency.”

“But that isn’t the worst of it. Wind and solar are low-intensity energy sources. It takes many acres of wind turbines to produce, on a best-case scenario, what a single power plant can produce. And solar panels are even worse. A single 3 mw wind turbine uses 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum, 2 tons of rare earth elements, and 1,200 tons (2.4 million pounds!) of concrete. If we take seriously the idea of getting all of our electricity from wind and solar, where will all of those materials come from?

Minnesota consumes only 1/71 of the electricity in the U.S. If we extrapolate Minnesota’s numbers to the U.S. as a whole, a rough conclusion is that getting all of our electricity from wind, solar and batteries would consume around 70% of all of the copper currently mined in the world, 337% of global nickel production, 3,053% of the world’s total cobalt production, 355% of the U.S.’s iron output, and 284% of U.S. steel production. Along with unfathomable quantities of concrete–which, by the way, off-gases CO2.

Thus, at a minimum, implementing just this one part of the Democratic Party’s Green New Deal would require an expansion of mining, world-wide, that would dwarf anything in human history.

Here in Minnesota, we have some of the world’s largest undeveloped reserves of copper, nickel and cobalt. Why are they still undeveloped? Solely because of rabid opposition by the same environmentalists who tell us the world is coming to an end on account of global warming.

The Democrats’ “green” agenda does not represent a set of meaningful policy proposals. Taken seriously, and objectively evaluated, they immediately crumble.

Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America. – “We are witnessing a vicious assault by enemies of all that is good, and our president is having to act in ways unprecedented in decades, maybe centuries. … The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America.”

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Built on quicksand: Sports, HCQ, Schooling

No injustice, no peace. Paul Mirengoff – [but the NBA went full tilt on the myth anyway – and Strike Three: Major League Baseball’s Sordid Romance with Race-Baiting Politics] “It’s fitting that a phony justice movement originated with a phony claim of police misconduct.” … “Wilson has been cleared of any criminal conduct by a grand jury and by the Obama-Holder Justice Department. But the left never gives up.”

“It’s absurd that Wilson’s conduct was scrutinized in three separate proceedings, including one that wrapped up six years after the fact. That’s not the same standard applied to everyone else. It’s the standard applied to people the BLM mob wants to crucify.

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19 — 16 Find HCQ NOT Effective — But 10 of Those Are Late Treatment Studies! Jim Hoft – “It is becoming more and more apparent with each new day and as more information is accumulated that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, the CDC and the FDA failed in their response to the China Coronavirus.” The problem is that ‘experts’ are proclaiming the HCQ debate dead and buried, see Josh Bloom asserting that Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again [but note the hubris, ad hominem and other fallacies]. Maybe there are some complexities that need clarification?

The case for charter schools. Scott Johnson – “Kevin Williams reviews Thomas Sowell’s new book on charter schools in the July 27 issue of National Review. The review is published under the headline “The Collapsing Case against Charter Schools.” This could be another “Bell Curve” [Wikipedia] book where the data are overwhelming but don’t fit the desired social activist narrative.

“Williamson concludes his review on a bitter if realistic note: “Our political culture is sick, and many of our institutions are corrupt. Many of them would not be capable of acting on what they could learn from “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” even if they were so inclined, which they aren’t. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure in a nation that does not entirely deserve him.” The review makes for compelling reading. I wanted to bring it to the attention of readers along with Sowell’s new book.

It’s messy and there are no simple answers.It’s quicksand when intellectual integrity is not used as bedrock.

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Manage – or inform?

The Moral Case Against Mask Mandates And Other COVID Restrictions. David Shane – “Resistance to overbearing regulations is about more than just ‘freedom.’” … “Instilling this unnecessary fear in people is cruel.” … “A moral problem also arises from a desire to manage rather than inform the population.”

“Many in both our political and media classes, however, have no desire for people to be well informed about relative risks. People who are afraid, after all, will engage in socially demanded behaviors. So why risk giving them an accurate picture of their situation? Politicians and the media are not informing the public so much as managing it, an impulse we must call out and fight.

What Antifa Won’t Tell You. Paul Gregory – “Observers of the demonstrations, statue toppling, and riots that followed the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 could not help but notice a distinctive pattern of protest. Legitimate demonstrators stood on the frontline, while stones, Molotov cocktails and other objects were hurled from the rear.”

“And yet perhaps this is not unintentional. An organization that deems most of America as hopelessly riddled with racism and extremism, that sees no way to achieve its aims except violent ones, and that feels justified silencing its opponents by any means necessary, is not likely to give away its tactical secrets. Bray reveals just enough about Antifa to keep its workings murky—and that, too, is likely his intent.

Waiting for the Counterrevolution. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are in the midst of a revolution, a cultural and racial one, that seeks to refute the past, damn the present, and hijack the future. So far, however, we have only heard from one side, the revolutionaries and their enablers themselves.” [post links to full article on NR]

Poll: Nevadans favor expanded mail ballot access, chilly on business litigation protections. Riley Snyder – “Many of the poll topics correlate closely to items that will be on the agenda for the upcoming legislative special session.” The Californication of Nevada proceeds despite the reality about where it leads. Misinformed and ignorant are the hallmarks of the effort to manage the public rather than inform and educate. e.g. Don’t tell those polled that Despite What You’ve Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago [I & I Editorial Board].

Getting Rid Of The Police, Or Trump, Will Only Enable More Riots. John Daniel Davidson – “Our political and media elite think that Trump and the police are the cause of the ongoing unrest. They couldn’t be more wrong.” Read this from the perspective of manage rather than inform and it sheds a new light on the political behavior.

“In all of this, the assumption appears to be that the mere presence of law enforcement so triggers protesters that it turns them into a violent, rampaging mob. It doesn’t seem to matter if law enforcement, whether federal or local, is warranted—as it most certainly is in places like Portland, where rioters have been staging attacks on a federal courthouse and rioting for going on two months now.

The repeated public statements of sympathy from Democrats and the dishonest coverage of the mainstream press leave the impression that these violent outbursts by erstwhile “peaceful protesters” are entirely justified.

Imagine being so out of touch with the political and cultural currents of American life that you think a Trump defeat in November will disperse the mobs in the street and quell the “left-wing cultural revolution.”

Details emerging about fatal shooting of BLM ‘protester’ in Austin, TX are stunning. Thomas Lifson – “The leftist outrage machine treated the fatal shooting of BLM “protestor” Garrett Foster last Saturday night in Austin, Texas with the customary spin … But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story” is important. … anybody who might want to criticize Sgt. Perry’s actions, picture themselves trapped in a car as a masked stranger raises an assault rifle in their direction and reflect upon what they might have done if faced with the split second decision faced by Sgt. Perry that evening.”

Democrats’ Policies Are Unfit For The Presidency. Joy Pullmann – “A right to control other people’s lives is no right at all. It is an abuse of power. It is tyranny. Pledges to accelerate tyranny, which equal treason against the Constitution, utterly disqualify a person and party from United States government.”

4 French Revolution Trends That Have Started In The United States. Krystina Skurk – “The bloody and terrible French Revolution featured attacks on religion, rewriting history, toppling statues, and abandoning tradition. Sound familiar?”

“Contemporary British politician Edmund Burke lamented that French Revolutionaries could have repaired the walls of their government and society instead of tearing them down. In an attempt to found an egalitarian utopia, the French Revolutionaries tore down almost everything that was traditionally French. An eerily similar purge is taking place in America.

Why Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Don’t Block Coronavirus Infection of Human Lung Cells. Katherine Seley-Radtke – “A July 22 paper in the journal Nature further underscored earlier studies showing that neither the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, nor chloroquine, prevents SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – from replicating in lung cells.” As is becoming necessary with ACHS columns on pandemic related issues, reading the comments is required for perspective. In this case, the isolated and very specific situation specified should raise questions. Like many anti-HCQ studies, pertinent variables are isolated out of the question addressed and simplifying assumptions left out of the discussion. That facilitates the study but qualifies the application of its results.

Breitbart Still Suspended From Twitter After Viral HCQ Video; Doctor Gets Axe Over Involvement. Tyler Durden – “Gold had defended her views – which reflected her real-life experience as a board-certified doctor specializing in emergency medicine, … saying in a tweet that “there are always opposing views in medicine,” but that opposition should not be grounds for censorship.” Toe the line. Or else!

‘Cancel Culture’: Old Tyranny in New Bottles. Bruce Thornton – “If the progressives succeed, they will create what the Founders feared.”

Lancet Formally Retracts Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Used By Media To Attack Trump. Tristan Justice – This one refuted 50+ years of experience with the drug but the authors “were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis.” Nevertheless, the study provided political fodder. “Legacy media meanwhile, with its animus for Trump, used the study to attack the president and his physician for taking a medication that had anecdotally shown potential promise in treatment of infection while posing few risks.”

With all of the focus on ‘conflict of interest’ that is usually predicated on the exchange of money or favors to the point that authors have to proclaim innocence in their papers, ideological media feeding is often ignored. This is where the whole truth is shortchanged and deceit and dishonesty are rationalized by selected truths that tell a misleading story. The studies therefore become an effort to manage public perceptions rather than inform them.

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You’re being had. Why can’t you see? It’s Built on Fumes, Not Facts

Ralph W. Sockman – “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

[via Instapundit] Mark Twain: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

How To Disprove The 6 Most Outrageous Myths Of The 1619 Project. Lipton Matthews – “The 1619 Project’s fabrications commit a horrific injustice on American history. The project perpetuates dangerous myths about the country’s founding, and by painting its roots as structurally racist and oppressive, it stokes racial tensions.” Sometimes lies are blatant. Other times they are insidious and hidden. Always, they destroy.

Blood and Metal: Why 1641 Matters So Much to Understanding America’s Founding (Not 1619). Bryan Preston – “1492 and 1630 are more significant years for the founding of America than 1619. But neither is as significant in the stream of ideas and human rights as 1641.”

“We have to take all this into account when we look at 1641, and how the upstarts in America saw things in their time. They weren’t standing on the shoulders of giants, but they were looking back at centuries of war and piles of dead and precedents for bringing bad kings and queens to heel.

Bruce Pascoe’s Tribe Dines on Young Brains. Tony Thomas – “Teacher ignorance is no barrier to foisting potted Pascoe piffle on our kids.” … “The authors deny that British-based agriculture was more productive than the Aborigines’ version.” It isn’t just the U.S. and that is what is truly frightening.

Marxism in the Classroom, Riots in the Streets. Clare M. Lopez – “The production of brainwashed generations of automatons.”

“The plot to destroy Western Civilization was hatched in Moscow shortly after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and implemented through the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University

Decades of such indoctrination have wreaked the havoc we see today on our streets: crazed mobs attack police, assault private citizens and business owners, vandalize property federal and private alike, tear down statues without even knowing whom they represent, set up “autonomous zones”, deface synagogues, and scream antisemitic slurs.

‘Obamagate’ Isn’t A Conspiracy Theory, It’s The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time. John Daniel Davidson – “If ever there was a threat to the rule of law, it was the Obama administration’s abuse of power and its weaponization of intelligence agencies in an attempt to take down Trump.” One mustn’t forget the other government agency weaponizing against political enemies … there is a pattern here.

“The complexity of their scheme, and the efforts to hide it and mislead the American people, are frustrating. The cast of characters—from high-ranking Obama administration officials to relative nobodies loosely associated with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—is long, as is the timeline of events. Details have come out slowly, in fits and starts, over the course of years. Following all the leaks and declassified transcripts and congressional hearings requires constant vigilance, and if you don’t keep up with it you can easily lose the thread.

A Put-Up Job. Charles Lipson – “Growing evidence that officials involved in the Russia collusion investigation knowingly acted without cause is undermining our governing institutions.” … “This effort to take down the Trump administration went well beyond the normal bounds of standard FBI practice, prosecutorial diligence, and “loyal opposition” among elected officials. It extended far beyond law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

Beam Me Up, Please. Clarice Feldman – “Too many people are willing to live in a contrafactual and contralegal world.” … “There are too many examples of these waves of lunatic hysteria to recount here but let me note two: Russiagate and BLM.”

Worst. White. Supremacists.Ever. John Hinderaker – “The Democratic Party platform has been published in draft form, and it is a beauty. An openly racist document, it is largely an attack on white people.” … “The Democrats are right to focus on median income as a basic indicator of well-being, but they have to lie about the statistics.”

Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance. Heather Mac Donald – “Public officials’ overreaction to the novel coronavirus put American cities into a coma; those same officials’ passivity in the face of widespread rioting threatens to deliver the coup de grâce. Together, these back-to-back governmental failures will transform the American polity and cripple urban life for decades.”

Something’s rotten at the Supreme Court. Andrea Widburg – “Justice Roberts was sold to Americans as a conservative. He isn’t. He’s also not a leftist. Instead, he has a very peculiar habit of hewing conservative on the narrow legal issues that are relevant only to a few interested parties and going full-bore leftist on those issues that matter greatly to constitutional liberty in America.” … “There’s something very wrong at the Supreme Court, and Justice Roberts seems to sit at the heart of the problem.”

Chief Justice Roberts and Injunctive Relief. Jonathan H. Adler – “The Chief Justice’s votes against injunctive relief for churches, voters, and those on death row are of a piece.” … “More likely, the Chief Justice’s rather consistent opposition to injunctive relief is another manifestation of the minimalist impulse” … “This is nothing new for the Chief. He has long been critical of the speed with which some lower courts are willing to grant injunctive relief.” Alder indeed provides some insight into the argument but what he also highlights is that Roberts puts court procedure above the issues at hand. The right or wrong of an issue is secondary to an ideological based procedure preference in considering them.

 

Churches Defy California Guv’s Covid Restrictions on Multiple Worship Gatherings. – “The problem is that government too often abuses its authority or is inconsistent in its administration.”

“In response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate jurisdiction. Faithfulness to Christ prohibits us from observing the restrictions they want to impose on our corporate worship services.”

I Got Arrested, and I Learned Some Things. Rob Port – “Saying the “justice system is broken” is an empty talking-point from politicians who want to sound like they care. But they have little-to-no understanding as to how it is broken. From my experience in all this, I have determined that our justice system is broken in a very tangible way. Below are five reforms I believe the North Dakota legislature can and should enact in the 2021 legislative session.”

Florida Is A Case Study In Media-Induced COVID-19 Panic. I & I Editorial Board – “All of these scary headlines are based on the number of deaths reported by the state on any given day. This is not the same as the number of deaths that occurred on those days. … The difference might seem trivial. But it’s crucial because the press is using the timing of Florida’s death reports to whip up a frenzy about COVID-19 running riot in the state.”

“The question that deserves to be answered is why the mainstream press seems so willing and eager to whip up fear, rather than provide all the relevant facts, in context, so the public can make its own informed decisions about how to respond to this disease.

Hitchens: ‘Excessive COVID Fears Have Completely Changed the Country’ – “Have government and the mainstream media gone too far in amplifying the risks and dangers to public health over Coronavirus?” … “Mike Graham speaks with UK journalist Peter Hitchens about how the government has instilled “excessive fear” of a coronavirus ‘second wave’ which has fundamentally altered the way people feel about returning to work. The result has been an economic free-fall which has no end in sight.”

Portland is Getting What It Deserves. Erick Erickson – “At some point, we must allow people to live with their choices and make it easy for those who want to escape to actually move. If we allow Portland to fester as it wants, it will either figure out it must change, or live with its consequences.”

Martial law! The Resistance goes full fever swamp. Byron York – “many in the Resistance — those most adamantly opposed to the president in politics and media — see something different. In their view, Portland is a dress rehearsal for President Trump to declare martial law and cancel or nullify this November’s election. Yes, really.” Krikorian: “The Left has gone full Pizzagate. Never go Full Pizzagate.”

Former Chicago Bears Coach Has a Message for Kneeling Athletes. Beth Baumann – “it’s disrespectful to “protest” against the flag and the country that has provided opportunities to professional athletes.” … “Mr. Ditka better prepare for the cancel culture mob that is about to come after him, although it sounds like he does not care.”

Why NV Energy is pushing for a $2 billion statewide transmission upgrade. Riley Snyder – it’s all about that ‘free’ ‘renewable’ solar energy.

Slate: The First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths. Eric Worrall – “When record breaking cold occurs it is just weather, but according to Slate, climate attribution, the science of retrofitting explanations to unusual weather events after they happened, can demonstrate that a single unusual heatwave is evidence of climate change.” … “Climate attribution science would be a little more believable if it could predict unusual events in advance, say give a year or two warning that Japan was about to suffer an extreme heatwave. Providing explanations of events which have already happened does not demonstrate skill.”

Does Universal Mask Wearing Decrease or Increase the Spread of COVID-19? Leo Goldstein – “Preface. The use and requirements of masks have become incredibly political and partisan. Unfortunately, far too much of science, knowledge, journalism, and even epistemology are becoming political.”

“A survey of peer-reviewed studies shows that universal mask wearing (as opposed to wearing masks in specific settings) does not decrease the transmission of respiratory viruses from people wearing masks to people who are not wearing masks.

Further, indirect evidence and common sense suggest that universal mask wearing is likely to increase the spread of COVID-19.

This paper agrees that wearing masks in specific settings (such as healthcare facilities) achieves protective effects, although the masks should not be home-made, must be worn correctly, replaced frequently, and not overestimated.

With articles like this, reader confirmation bias is always a concern. Goldstein provides reasoning and explanations as well as citations. This supports the idea that he is more about educating and not proselytizing which lends credibility. There is no telling you what you should do, no blanket demands, no moral preening. See also Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “It’s not science forcing you to wear a mask in public. It’s politics.” … “mask mandates have become the politically safe option for politicians.”

Another example for contrast is from David Gorski on Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19: Evidence can’t seem to kill it – “Despite the accumulating negative evidence showing that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work against COVID-19, activists continue to promote it as a way out of the pandemic. This week, the AAPS and a Yale epidemiologist joined the fray with embarrassingly bad arguments.” note judgment rather than educating and clarifying and the appeal to authority about that “negative evidence.” His rebut is filled with hubris and logical fallacies and avoids gross evidence in bashing and trashing those who do not agree with him.

Training is Just as Important as the Firearm You’re Carrying. Sheriff Jim Wilson – “Without intending to hurt feelings, I have often said, “Don’t tell me what you carry—show me what you can do with it.”

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Fear or Hope?

At the Quadrant, a retrospective series seems to be about the difference between gods of fear and a God of Hope.

Sir Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’: a guide and celebration. 51 years ago “Clark had unwittingly tapped into grim, often unspoken fears of the time – that the social fabric of civilized life in the West was being torn asunder; that it was being undermined by endless war, random violence, moral decadence, and the ennui that corrodes any society overwhelmed by unprecedented material prosperity and a consumer mentality.”

“Now, half a century on, we are embarking on a fascinating journey into the history and nature of Western Civilisation. This 15-week series will provide a guide to Civilisation: A Personal View. It can be used to accompany the DVD version or the episodes available on YouTube, or it can be read by itself as a synopsis of Clark’s great work.

It Doesn’t End Well. Roger Kimball – “The hooligans smashing up courthouses and police stations as they pursue indiscriminate carnage are fired by the same unholy “train of disorderly appetites” that Edmund Burke anatomized 230 years ago.”

“Denis Diderot, model of the French Enlightenment that he was, gave memorable expression to that movement’s inveterate anti-clericalism. “Man will never be free,” said the energetic Encyclopédiste, “until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

They don’t talk much about kings and priests, but the civilization-hating anarchists of the Black Lives Matter movement would applaud Diderot’s sentiments. Although they sometimes wrap their destructive actions in fine-sounding rhetoric about justice and anti-racism, what they are really about is hate.

How to explain the mind-boggling disjunction between the violent savagery of the BLM crusaders, on the one hand, and the nauseating spectacles of frightened though congratulatory self-abasement by the white elite, on the other?

Inveterate, all-too-human vices cause the storms, but we often miss the link because we are distracted by the lofty rhetoric with which such grubby vices swaddle themselves.

Burke’s point is that “Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.”

The cleanup from the riots in Denver isn’t going quickly… or cheaply. [Hot Air VIP via outline] Jazz Shaw – “the staggering amount of property damage taking place is also a part of the equation. The question is, what do these cities do in the aftermath when downtown storefront windows have all been replaced with graffiti-covered plywood sheets, walls and roads are festooned with paint and lights, statues and other public property has been destroyed?”

“Denver is quickly starting to look like a slum, if not a war zone. There are not unlimited resources to restore the streets to how they’re supposed to look if the rioters and vandals continue to wreak havoc every single night. What we’re seeing is another formerly proud city being turned into a wasteland by these so-called “protesters” and Denver’s elected officials appear to be powerless to restore order. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as the saying goes. They’re going to need to look for alternate options soon or Denver will quickly turn into another casualty in the ongoing war against the anarchists.

More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration. Jonathan Turley – “What is astonishing is that the media has refused to see what should be one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence.”

“Willful blindness has its advantages. The media eagerly covered the original leak and the false narrative of collusion, despite mounting evidence that it was false. They filled hours of cable news coverage and pages of print on a collusion story discredited by the FBI. Virtually none of these journalists or experts have acknowledged that the collusion leaks were proven false, let alone pursue the troubling implications of national security powers being used to target the political opponents of an administration. But then, in Washington, success often depends not on what you see but what you can unsee.

The distraught and desperate Democrats are flailing. Patricia McCarthy – “No verbal assault is too low for leftists. As usual, the Democrats make the mistake of assuming that Trump-supporters are rather stupid, easily manipulated by their mono-minded media and sound bites. They don’t seem to grasp the fact that much of America is laughing at them for their misplaced arrogance and crying for the residents of those cities being destroyed by leftist officials and the well organized, well funded anarchist groups that have turned them into war zones.”

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia is on the right track with activist investor reform. Charles Sauer – “The first rule of a fiduciary should be to put the economic interests of its clients first. Some haven’t exactly followed that rule and have let personal politics and beliefs get in the way, investing in assets that sacrifice returns for environmental, social, and governance activism — also known as ESG. On the individual level, this is not an issue, but someone else making a political point with your 401(k) money should be a choice that is off the table.”

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Surreal, Mayors versus their cities

Chicago Mayor Denies Trump’s Help While 15 Are Shot Near Funeral Home. Elizabeth Vaughn – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted the following message on Twitter: “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.” … “At nearly the same moment, a group of people standing outside of a South Chicago funeral home was fired upon from a passing vehicle.” Who is “terrorizing” residents?

“Lightfoot’s comment was a reference to Democrats’ wild claims that “unmarked jackbooted stormtrooper thugs” were “randomly rounding up people” in Portland, Oregon last Friday night.

Lightfoot is mistaken. A video posted to Twitter by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), shows a suspect being apprehended by Customs and Border Protection agents and being walked to an unmarked van. The word “POLICE” appears in large yellow letters on the front of their uniforms. Additionally, the agents wore shoulder patches obscured by the darkness of the video.

In a statement, DHS clarified, “The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter. The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.”

On Tuesday, before both Lightfoot’s tweet in which she vowed not to allow federal troops into the city and the shooting outside the funeral home, The Tribune reported that she had agreed to allow federal agents in. According to The Tribune:

Portland Mayor Tear Gassed By Federal Agents During Wednesday Protest. Tyler Durden – “Wheeler has sided with the rabble over the government he was elected to represent, denouncing the federal “stormtroopers” who have been “abducting” residents of his city, according to the AP.”

De Blasio: We’ll sue if Trump orders federal police to defend federal property in NYC. Ed Morrissey – “Alternative headline: Bill de Blasio enjoys new hobby of losing in court.” … “Trump and the federal executive branch has clear authority and jurisdiction to send its own personnel to enforce the law and protect property on federal grounds. Suing Trump makes for great “bluster,” a quality de Blasio accuses Trump of having, but it will go nowhere.” … “Rather than looking for new ways of losing in federal court, shouldn’t mayors look for new ways to enforce the law and keep the peace in their cities?”

Legal Docs: St. Louis Prosecutor Tampered With Evidence In McCloskey Gun Case. Tristan Justice – “It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz told the local news.

New FBI Notes Re-Debunk Major NYT Story, Highlight Media Collusion To Produce Russia Hoax. Mollie Hemingway – “The New York Times in 2017 falsely reported that the Trump campaign had ‘repeated’ contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign, and instead of being held accountable for publishing lies, the story’s authors received Pulitzer prizes.” … “Leaks Real, News Fake”

Mitt Romney questions Trump getting ‘cozy’ with dictators, direction of GOP. Dennis Romboy – “Sen. Mitt Romney says he doesn’t know where the Republican Party is headed as the president cozies up to dictators, and character doesn’t seem to matter in leaders anymore.” Denial is ugly to see and Utah is getting quite a dose.

Sacrificing Children to Progressive Politics. Bruce Thornton – “How kids have become collateral damage in the quest to “fundamentally transform” America.”

Education, our most important social institution already long corrupted by ideological fads and deteriorating standards, is heading for complete collapse in order to serve the political and pecuniary interests of the progressive technocracy … Children are just collateral damage.

Of course, these decisions to sequester the cohort least vulnerable to the virus are being sold as the result of “science” and a concern for “safety.” But across the world evidence from real science shows that kids in school pose little danger to themselves or others.

For children, these real experiences are a critical part of their character development and socialization. School is where we make friends or enemies, find our first boyfriends and girlfriends, have our first conflicts and fights, and first learn, successfully or not, how to adjust to a world that is more various, complicated, dangerous, and fulfilling than we ever imagined, not to mention indifferent to our egos and feelings. The worlds on a screen, whether video games, tweets, videos, or canned curricula cannot substitute for that world. Instead, they distort and dehumanize it.

So why are so many governors and others so eager to deny children these critical experiences of actual human reality?

What we are witnessing is the true nature of the progressives. For a hundred years they have yearned for autocratic powers so they can create their utopia of “social justice” and absolute “equality.” In fact, from the bloody streets of Portland to the diktats of governors, from the cancel-culture mobs baying for the jobs and reputations of dissenters to the bougie anarchist punks of Antifa and the calculating hustlers of Black Lives Matter––the reality and aims of progressivist Democrats are clear: power and its perks.

President Trump Can Use the Crisis to Dramatically Transform Education. Daniel Greenfield – “Taxpayers are spending billions on schools and teachers who won’t teach.” … “millions are being spent on protective equipment, not because LAUSD schools are teaching students, but because they’re open only to illegally use federal funds to serve food to the homeless. … And the situation at LAUSD is typical of the broken Democrat school model across the country.”

Were the Lockdowns Effective at All? Steven Hayward – “the full study makes clear, much more important in the outcomes were underlying demographics and health co-morbidities, and the general economic profile of the country”

MSNBC’s Heilemann: Could Trump Declare ‘Martial Law’ to Stay in Power? Trent Baker – “Heilemann on “Morning Joe” highlighted that Trump has been “willing” to use federal police officers on “peaceful demonstrators” since George Floyd’s death and he has set himself up to not accept the upcoming election results if it does not go in his favor.” Peaceful demonstrators? Really? And then consider the Generals who are saying they won’t even follow lawful orders based on precedent to quell violence. Surreal delusion indeed.

The Climate Virus: Hysteria Needs To Shelter In Place. I & I Editorial Board – “Give the global warming alarmists credit. They never let circumstances distract them. Even amidst a pandemic, they continue to pump fear and fanaticism. It doesn’t matter to them if their fearmongering produces grave human costs. … Take a look at these headlines from just the last few days:”

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Fact checkers versus standards of measure

Fake News Becomes a Way of Life. [NR nagware caveat] Michael Brendan Dougherty – “And thus another critical democratic institution decided it would be more fun and emotionally satisfying to fail than to perform the function with which the public entrusts it.” Warnings in 2016 were ignored.

New Russia probe memos expose massive errors in NYT anti-Trump story, Steele dossier. Sharyl Attkisson – “The first document is a 57-page summary of a three-day FBI interview in January 2017 with Christopher Steele’s ‘primary sub-source’ in the anti-Trump allegations and ‘dossier.’ Document number two takes apart a New York Times article written by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo.”

Chris Wallace Is Wrong, Joe Biden Does Want to Defund the Police. Matt Margolis – “In fact, Wallace’s own network reported on it: … Trump may have been incorrect about where and when Biden endorsed the idea of defunding the police, but “yes, absolutely” he did, as the above video shows. That, and calling the police “the enemy.” It’s a lesson in denial, Chris Wallace’s denial.

Chris Wallace is why there can’t be ‘fact-checkers’ at the 2020 Trump-Biden debates. Eddie Scarry – “As though he were redirecting a stubborn child, rather than the president of the United States who had stated a fact, Wallace interrupted, “No, he — sir, he does not.”

“Conservative news sites were right to highlight that exchange as Biden very obviously stating that he would move resources away from police. And yet, the Associated Press stated in earnest that it was “false” to say Biden was in favor of defunding the police because actually he “supports redirecting some police funding to address mental health or to change the prison system.”

It’s truly astounding.

Wallace is yet another reminder why “fact-checking” is now a profession that requires a rubber nose and a rainbow wig.

Warfare In Grant Park. John Hinderaker – “This is, obviously, a sad state of affairs. It is made worse by the Left’s constant attacks on law enforcement, which are generally supported not only by academia, but by big business. No wonder Andy McCarthy says the revolution is winning.”

Violent Portland Rioters Chant ‘Every City, Every Town, Burn the Precincts to the Ground’ During Black Lives Matter ‘Protest’. Cassandra Fairbanks – “The message deeply contradicts the “we just want reform” narrative that liberals and their media lackeys are trying to push.”

What the Heck Are Federal Law Enforcement Officers Doing in Portland? Steve Vladeck – “the protests have been met with what appears to be a significant federal law enforcement response—the contours of (and legal authorities for) which are, at best, unclear.”

Despicable Behavior Of Today’s Academicians. Walter E. Williams – “Much of today’s totalitarianism, promotion of hate and not to mention outright stupidity, has its roots on college campuses.”

As if 2020 Wasn’t Contentious Enough. Clarice Feldman – “The White House has finally had it with the incompetence and partisanship of the CDC, and it couldn’t come fast enough for me.” … “Conrad Black convincingly argues that Americans will banish the arsonists engaged in violent crimes in our major urban centers, who have the endorsement of people like Mitt Romney and Joe Biden, and that with its anti-Trump cast on everything, the media has immolated itself.” … “Toughen up, buttercups; your fellow citizens are not going to back a party that endorses looting and violence.”

Now We Have Proof Dr. Fauci Is Full of Crap and Can’t Be Trusted. Matt Margolis – “I used to have faith in Dr. Fauci’s judgement, but that faith has waned over the past few months, and is now completely gone. How exactly does anyone look at what happened in New York and say that’s a model example for fighting the coronavirus?” … “New York is the coronavirus hotspot of the world because they failed to flatten the curve.”

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Sacrifice the children! (so say teacher’s unions)

Trump Should Yank Federal Funds From Every School That Refuses To Open This Fall. Joy Pullmann – “As parents know well, online learning is generally a freemium product that, if it is offered, should come at a significant discount to taxpayers, not demands for more money during an induced recession.” … “Paying an average of $15,000 per year for every public schooled student is an absolutely ridiculous price for getting random worksheets, YouTube videos, chaos and confusion, and little personal attention.”

With no easy answer to reopening schools, educators face multiple dilemmas. Jackie Valley – “Kindergarten has so much more than just their letters and numbers,” she said. “It’s a lot more social emotion. It’s understanding what’s happening at school. It’s not being afraid at school.” … “the Nevada Education Association of Southern Nevada, which is the smaller of two local teacher unions, wrote Jara and the school board a letter last week saying its members are “categorically against” an in-person reopening.” Fear and panic are driving the discussion, not reason and evidence. Politics cannot be ignored, either.

LA Teachers Union Says Schools Can’t Reopen Unless Charter Schools Get Shut-Down, Police Defunded. Tyler Durden – “A major teachers union is claiming that the re-opening of schools in its district cannot occur without several substantial policy provisions in place, including a “moratorium” on charter schools and the defunding of local police.” … typical anti-American screed, it is.

When Will The Madness End? Jeffrey Tucker – “Underlying his brief comments were a presumption that there was nothing particularly unusual about this virus. We’ve evolved with them, and learned to treat them with calm and professionalism. What distinguished the current moment, he was suggesting, was not the virus but the unleashing of a kind of public madness. ”

“Eventually, people have and do come to their senses, but it is as Mackay said: people “go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

Stay Angry, Not Dispirited. Clarice Feldman – “I know that many of our readers are dispirited by all this insanity, and it does seem never ending. The conduct of people like the mayors of NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle, add to our growing feeling of national chaos. For a lot of political organizations, the Constitution and its promise of anti-discrimination, protections for property, and liberty seem to have no meaning.”

“Like baboons showing their rears to zoogoers, the election of President Trump caused the rotting institutions of America to reveal their least attractive features. The press has engaged in nonstop lying without remorse. The premier educational institutions have revealed their Marxist colors and disdain for the sifting and winnowing of ideas that once were their reason to be. The FBI, Department of Justice, and the courts have tipped their partisanship, and to their dishonor, the ethical grounding that once made them worthy of respect.

Why The Roger Stone Commutation Is Not As Controversial As The Outrage Mob Thinks. Jonathan Turley – “criticism of this commutation immediately seemed to be decoupled from any foundation in history or in the Constitution.” … “In reality, the commutation of Stone barely stands out in the old gallery of White House pardons, which are the most consistently and openly abused power in the Constitution.” … “Unlike many of these cases, there were legitimate questions raised about the Stone case.”

First Pelosi Wants to Pervert the Constitution, Now Nadler Thinks He Can Investigate Trump for Exercising Constitutional Power. Nick Arama – “At what point do they stop already? They will make a crime of something he clearly has the power to do, but they don’t care about reality.”

Phoenix Mayor Lied About Morgues Bringing In ‘Refrigerator Trucks’ To Store Overflow COVID Bodies. Tyler Durden – “Of course, it’s not difficult to imagine why Gallego made such a specious – and, some might argue, alarmist – claim” … politics first for the Left.

A suspicious fire at Mission San Gabriel and a curiously incurious press, parroting the left’s lies. Monica Showalter – “Sure, they’ll say it’s important not to jump to conclusions, but to not raise a few questions for a loss this momentous is dereliction of duty ,given how big a target this Mission was.”

It’s All About November 3. Roger Kimball – “The Democrats thought they could ride the tiger to victory. Instead, they will be consumed by the monster they created but could not control.”

“A new, flu-like virus is abroad in the land. The anti-Trump establishment goes to work: How can we blame it on Trump? He shuts down flights from China at the end of January: charge him with being racist and xenophobic. He consults experts. They tell him it is not a serious threat. He goes on television and says that: hysteria! Then he swings into action, mobilizes American manufacturing prowess and turns out more ventilators, protective gear, testing kits, and new therapies than anyone thought possible. The curve flattens. The political weapon that was COVID-19 falters. No problem. Declare a race war! Smash up the storefronts. Get everybody talking about racism all the time. Ignore the fact that the people overwhelmingly harmed by Black Lives Matter are inner-city blacks. Blame everything on Donald Trump.

The unremitting, monolithic wall of noise that has been crashing against Donald Trump since election day 2016 has gotten louder and louder, more cacophonous, more furious, more irrational. Everything is what it is, and not another thing. But the one thing that takes precedence over everything now is defeating Trump, which means defeating not only Trump himself but what he stands for—those 63 million voters who put him in office, for starters.

And just about now, a great chasm is opening up. The choice, they see, is not so much between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It is between the America they love—that Donald Trump celebrates—and the out-of-control forces of anti-American hatred that, though he does not understand them, Joe Biden manages to blink and nod and gibber around.

the fundamental choice is not really Donald Trump or Joe Biden. It is civilization and America on one side, anarchy and woke tyranny on the other. The Democrats thought they could ride the tiger to victory. Instead, they will be consumed by the monster they created but could not control.

It’s for the children!

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