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Will the complacent wake up? When?

Monica Showalter: Israeli think tank has Soleimani’s number – “Less than a week after the rubout of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleiman, quite a few pundits are dishing opinions to the press. Some are good, and others, such as Ben Rhodes, are an embarrassment.” … “Some of the best stuff, though, comes from the people who watch the Iranians as a matter of survival – the Israelis.

“Eytan Gilboa writes that Iran was hit hard by the Soleimani rubout and foolishly wasted its advantages by crossing President Trump’s red lines. Both Trump and the Iranians wanted U.S. troops out of the Middle East, and the Iranians could have gotten it. Until they decided to make a lunge for another Benghazi. Their only hope now is if the U.S. elects another Democrat president.

Alex Joffe writes that the mullahs have a bright spot, over in the states, where the mainstream media and its Democratic allies are going to be making fools of themselves, seeking to throw Trump’s victory away.

Thomas McArdle: Democrats Are Now Incapable Of Protecting America – “There was a time when Democrats insisted that striking down terror strategists was what mattered.” … “Now, however, Democrat after Democrat hails talk and condemns military action against terrorism.” History is dragged out of its bunker, again, but seems to make no impression to the Orwellian Left who insist on ad hominem smears of the ugliest sort aimed at a convenient target to express their muddled mind.

Meanwhile, at ZeroHedge: “Optically Quite Dramatic” But Officials Confirm No US Casualties From Iranian Missile Strike and Stock Futures Stage Tremendous Rebound From Overnight Crash On Optimism Worst Of Iran Crisis Over – The FUD Mongering appears to have been egregiously overblown by the Left’s Propaganda machine, again.

Jeffrey Lord: The Schiff Effect – “Dems’ chickens come home to roost in lack of Soleimani consultation.” … “In a priceless post, conservative author, filmmaker, and ex-Reagan aide Dinesh D’Souza said this of Democrat Senate Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer’s complaint about not being consulted: Neither were the Iranians, and for pretty much the same reason.” … “the Schiff Effect has not only done serious damage to his party’s reputation for handling secret information — it is also helping to do the one thing his party says they are determined to prevent.”

Victor Davis Hanson: Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller’s legal dream team, Paul Krugman all have lessons for 2020 – “At the very time Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Steele’s allegations simply could not be true. Maddow was wrong. Her less degreed critics proved to be right.

“The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly.

Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers where an often sheltered and blinkered elite lives.

Daniel Di Martino: What Would a Democratic Socialist America Look Like? I Can Tell You—I’m Venezuelan. – “for Americans used to a liberal government, it can be hard to envision what a democratic-socialist America would really look like. … But I can. I’ve lived it.”

“I saw my home country go from prosperity to starvation in less than two decades. All because the people were tricked into voting for a candidate who sought to punish the rich and give everything away for free. Sound familiar?

If America buys into the ideas of the Sanders and Warrens of the world, things will go downhill just as quickly.

Given full power, Democratic-Socialists would thrust America into an economic nightmare from which it might never escape — not into some Nordic paradise. Venezuelans learned this the hard way. In 2020, Americans can avoid our fate by remembering that free markets, not socialism, lead to prosperity.

Will the complacent wake up? When?

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teaching hate and its result

J. Frank Bullitt: Triggering A Recession Tops The Dems’ Presidential Agendas – “The Democrats are shockingly insensitive to the harm their energy plans would inflict on Americans. Former Vice President “‘We’re all dead‘ if we don’t stop using fossil fuels” Biden told the crowd at a coal town earlier this week that miners can just learn code after Democrats kill their jobs. The callousness and arrogance are appalling.”

J.R. Dunn: 2019: The Left Goes Over the Edge – “The left has always been a movement in danger of going straight over the edge. You can see it in the rhetoric, the agenda, the public behavior, and the quality of people it attracts.” Chapter and verse, one can hope learning will occur and the public will pass its tests.

neo: Who cares about the actual truth… – “when you can teach children a higher truth, and especially one that makes them hate the US and its Founders?

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How can this be?

John Merline: This Isn’t The First Time The IG Denied Flagrant Bias At The FBI – “The notion that there was “no bias” at all is impossible to believe when you look at the evidence that Horowitz gathered.” “documentary or testimonial evidence” has now joined the legal weasel words hall of fame …

“First, what the IG report actually said was that it couldn’t find “documentary or testimonial evidence” that anti-Trump animus got the investigation going in the first place, saying it was “a discretionary judgment call left to the FBI.”

Basically, then, the IG is saying there was no memo saying flat out that Trump-hating FBI officials were taking on this investigation to sabotage the Trump candidacy and presidency, and no one would openly admit bias to the IG’s investigators.

In any case, this “no bias” language in the latest IG report is almost identical to what Horowitz said in his June 2018 report about the hopelessly biased FBI “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of State.

Even Horowitz himself wouldn’t categorically deny that bias played a role in the FISA applications. As he told Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat, “it gets murkier … when you get to the FISA.”

“Murkier” is one way of putting it. “Deep state, anti-Trump bias” is another way. Just because an inspector general won’t say those words doesn’t mean it didn’t happen

Kevin R. Brock: Misfired ‘Hurricane’: Comey’s team abused Carter Page and the FBIImagine the Department of Justice inspector general (IG) conducting a review of the Jeffrey Epstein case. It might read something like this: “While it is clear that Mr. Epstein abused minor girls, there is no documentary or testimonial evidence that he was motivated by a deviant sexual interest in those young girls.”

“The report by IG Michael Horowitz is one long expose of a confluence of actors at the top of the FBI who, by their own words, despised Donald Trump

and came together to open and run an investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, falsifying documents, withholding evidence and using a confidential source who had stated clearly that his goal was to prevent a Trump presidency.

Despite these flashing lights, the IG essentially stated that since no one admitted to being motivated by their personal biases, he could not reach that conclusion. Thanks for that, but most Americans unencumbered by a law degree can detect the obvious without a lot of effort.

William Sullivan: This Land is Whose Land? – “Of all the naïve nonsense that emits from the mouths of young people today, perhaps the most annoying is the constant and ignorant presumption that, somehow, the land within America’s borders doesn’t truly belong to the people who reside here,”

“It would be easy to lay the bulk of the blame for her ignorance at Sandy’s feet alone, but she had ample help from a public indoctrination campaign, which has been underway for many decades in public education, to brainwash our youth into believing that America’s very existence is illegitimate, and little more than a symbolic testament to a brutal colonial past.

Young Sandy was just 14 years old when the venerable Thomas Sowell observed and critiqued these efforts in our educational institutions which taught her such falsehoods. In his 2003 column, “Twisted History,” Sowell writes: …

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Flavors of propaganda and intellectual deceit

Thomas Lifson: Sharyl Attkisson compiles list of 101 notable media mistakes on Trump – “As the dominant media in the United States have degenerated into propaganda organs for the Left, a few honest reporters have distinguished themselves by sticking to the truth, even as it has cost them their high visibility posts.” … “It’s the Fake News Follies.” Compare and contrast to “lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies” of the President the media has compiled and publicized .

Victor Davis Hanson: How America’s Students Need to Get ‘Woke’ – “The progressive campus project is a mere veneer. It is a scab of sorts, overlaying a wound beneath of progressive exploitation and class privileges and hierarchies.”

In academia, the frog has been getting boiled for a long time. Increasing expense coupled with non-academic growth has crept in slowly enough to be accepted as normal. Perhaps the media problem is just example of the result.

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Racism, denial, and coverup

Walter E. Williams: Who Are The Racists? – “White and black liberals, who claim that blacks face a “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White House” are perpetuating a cruel hoax. The primary victims of that hoax are black people. We face the difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, task of confronting reality.” A professor of economics has the numbers.

Matt Vespa: Justice Clarence Thomas Hurls His Gavel At Liberals, Compares Them To The Klan – “Ben Carson, Nikki Haley, and other Republicans who are persons of color receive hell from a horde of supposedly liberal, open-minded white dudes for not acting how they should be based on their racial backgrounds.

Patricia McCarthy: What if this Ukraine nonsense is a cover-up too? – “It seems entirely plausible that this trumped-up impeachment inquiry over a phone call, which is ridiculous on its face, was another poorly-planned scheme to find President Trump guilty of something, anything, in order to distract from the crimes of the real miscreants, just as Mueller’s “probe” was a plot to distract from the original Brennan/Clapper/Comey plan to cover-up Hillary’s culpability;

James Howard Kuntsler in his column on Friday quoted Arthur Shopenhauer (1788 – 1860) who famously observed that “all truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.” Most of the facts of this horrific political scandal have been available for all to see and read for two years in the numerous books by Gregg Jarrett, Lee Smith, Dan Bongino, Alan Dershowitz, and Jeanine Pirro, to name a few. John Solomon, Eric Felten, Paul Sperry, Sara Carter, and Jeff Carlson have kept their readers well-informed. Once the Horowitz, Durham and Barr reports are released, the left will have to accept what has long been self-evident. The left’s criminal intervention in the 2016 election to ensure Hillary’s victory and their subsequent attempt to cover it up when she lost is the worst political scandal in US history. The perpetrators’ legacies will be their criminality.

“Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” Ben Franklin

John Hinderaker: Slavery? We Were a Footnote – “By such lies do leftists seek to undermine our country. We shouldn’t let them get away with it. When it comes to slavery, America, along with Great Britain, is on the side of the angels. As is manifested by the fact that most Africans have come to the U.S. not as slaves, but rather voluntarily as immigrants, seeking freedom and a more prosperous life.

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You can have your own opinions but not your own facts

A twofer at ZeroHedge: CNN: Trump Is Leader Of “Destructive Cult”; Using “Mind Control” On Americans – “Much of what they’re hearing is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping, and thought-terminating-type clichés.” he added, citing “fake news,” “build the wall,” “make America great again.” … “So, we can start with the pathological lying, which is characteristic of destructive cult leaders.” Hassan claimed, again without providing any evidence.” … “Could there be a better example of the pot calling the kettle black?” Then there is Here Is What The Horowitz Report Should Conclude – “The following is not my opinion. It is based on the flood of information that has come out over the past two and a half-years surrounding the plot to destroy the Presidency of Donald Trump. When you read these facts it is easy to understand how dishonest and corrupt the FBI were in presenting a FISA application to spy on Carter Page. Helen Keller could see this is wrong.

Thomas Lifson: Two (!) polls find black approval of Trump at 34% – “One poll could be an outlier, but when two resected polls find the same outcome, it’s time to realize that, most likely, something serious is going on.”

Michael Anton: The Bribery Bait-and-Switch – “To ordinary Americans—assuming any are paying attention—it looks as though Trump is being impeached for delaying by nine weeks aid that the Obama Administration refused to provide Ukraine for three years. How many Americans think he deserves to be removed for that?

“The president’s enemies remain unable to find any “smoking gun”—any clear, irrefutable and publicly compelling proof of “Treason, Bribery [or] other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Ordinary, decent folk in search of actual crimes, having not found any, would have backed off long ago. But our Javert-Democrats are having none of that. Well aware that the public wasn’t buying the product they’re selling, they’ve kept the product—there’s nothing wrong with New Coke!—and changed the marketing.

if it’s now always illegitimate for a president—to whom, let’s remember, all federal law enforcement agencies report—to investigate a political rival, what’s to stop the president’s—any president’s—rivals from getting on the take with impunity? Is the new standard to be that only Democrats can investigate Democrats, and Republicans, Republicans?

I’ve made the point elsewhere that the Left is fundamentally driven by projection; as Tucker Carlson has put it, their modus operandi is to “accuse you of exactly what they’re doing.” No single insight summarizes impeachment more accurately or succinctly.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment – “We are in new territory now. Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes. Impeachment is a casual affair. Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.”

Monica Showalter: Francis Effect: Catholic membership drops sharply in Argentina – “Pope Francis, who was widely reported to have been chosen for the highest office in the Catholic Church as a means of reinvigorating participation among Latinos, isn’t quite working out the way they thought he would. He was supposed to be the people’s pope, with “the smell of the sheep” on him as he put it. But all he’s managed to do is become an advocate for the phony claims of socialism. That may be the problem.”

“The pontiff, despite his reputation, is constantly defending the state rather than the people. He even defends the indefensible, such as the Venezuelan state. The state, to him, is the source of all salvation to the people, which is why he always sides with socialists and other statists, no matter what the issue. It’s why he talks about global warming when churches are being set on fire by socialists in places like Chile. It’s why he chose the Chinese government over the tiny Church underground in China. It’s why he stiff-armed the Ukrainian uniate Catholics in favor of an alliance with the state-linked Orthodox leaders. It’s always the state for him. Sound appealing? Not to me.

Which might just be why they’re staying away in Argentina, too. He never manages to put in a good word for the people. It ought to be a public relations problem for him at the very least since it’s unlikely that as a dyed-in-the-wool socialist he’s going to figure this out on his own.

The sheep are going a different direction, they’d apparently like a bit less state in the Church, even if there isn’t a large amount of clarity. Maybe the selectors of the next pope can take this unexpectedly weak performance to heart.

Everett Piper: What today’s educational ruling class gets wrong – “I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community and that parents should not have the final say. Let’s be honest; some of you don’t know what is best for your kids. … The public education system is not here to serve your archaic beliefs.

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Calumny, evidence, civil destruction

William Walker: Machiavelli, Calumny and Free Speech on Campus – “On Machiavelli’s view, the Romans rightly saw Capitolinus as a “calumniator”. A calumniator is a person who makes serious accusations against other citizens without providing sufficient evidence or witnesses to support those accusations.” This goes with AG Barr’s TLDR must read last week…

“Above all, the Romans understood how destructive calumny can be to the republic: they knew that calumnies not only exasperate those against whom they are made, but also incite them and their allies to hate the calumniators. They understood that if you permit calumniators to go unpunished, that hatred will result in a divided society that will curtail civil liberties and ultimately disintegrate.

First of all, I think that one of the main features of “discussion” of moral and political issues on campus and beyond is the high incidence of a certain kind of accusation (calling people names, attaching labels to them) as distinct from argumentation (asserting claims, providing evidence for them, reasoning about them and their relations to other claims).

The main accusations documented in studies such as these, and the ones I have observed over three decades of teaching at universities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, are accusations of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, imperialism and Eurocentrism.

So one of the dimensions of campus life and our society at large now is that people are free to make, informally, a certain kind of accusation against fellow students, teachers and others without being obliged to provide good evidence for it.

see also Mike LaChance: FIRE on Binghamton Protest of Art Laffer: “Latest in a Disturbing Trend of Protesters Silencing Others – The biggest threat to free speech at Binghamton Monday evening wasn’t the police or Art Laffer — but the vigilante censors 

J. Frank Bullitt: Sycophants Who Flatter Child Climate ‘Oracles’ Deserve Unrelenting Ridicule – “The Nobel Prize. Australian prime minister. The rapt attention of the United Nations. What has happened to Western civilization? How have we reached a place in which children, so clearly unlearned, are hailed as oracles who must be heeded?” Calumniators take many forms? “obliged to provide good evidence” is the key question.

Tyler Durden: Ukrainian MP Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million – “A Ukrainian MP says a document leaked from the Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General contains claims against Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky, as well as Hunter Biden and his partners ” – good evidence usually has legs.

Harry S Truman: “All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”

Scott Johnson: The sound of Sondland – “Sondland’s presumptions gave the Democrats what they wanted in the form of his “presumptions.” Sondland’s presented his presumptions in the form of a quid pro quo. The Democrats of course celebrated Sondland’s presumptions as the facts of the case. What a way to run a railroad (so to speak).” good evidence here ….

Mackubin Owens: President can’t ‘subvert’ foreign policy but not the way the Left proclaims as heroic – “There’s a major problem with this argument. It ignores Article II of the Constitution, which grants to the president, in conjunction with Congress — not unelected bureaucrats — the power to make U.S. foreign policy. Unelected bureaucrats do not have a right to undermine the policy of a duly elected president, simply because they disagree with it. But the denizens of the deep state think they do.

Jenny Beth Martin: American Bar Association’s evaluation of judicial nominees tarnished by liberal bias – “By engaging in partisan politics rather than providing accurate assessments of conservative-leaning nominees, the ABA raises questions about the need for its rating system. The ABA’s latest political hit job is Lawrence VanDyke” – It’s the case for the ABA as a “calumniator”.

OC: Trump’s Denials Turned into a Ramones Song: “I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO.” – “denial”? What a strange use of the term. It is distortion and deceit at OpenCulture. The AP had to squish an item like this because it was a direct quote of policy given to Sondland who had been badgering the president for a simplified expression of Trump’s position. It illustrates just how deep the calumniator ethos goes.

neo: “Shakespeare who?” ask Canadian students – “So instead of learning the pearls of the Western canon, students in these districts are to remain ignorant of those achievements in favor of the study of literature that I think we can safely predict will not stand the test of time but will nevertheless serve the new overriding pedagogical goal of making the majority of students feel guilty about themselves and their culture.

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An informed public isn’t the goal here

David Marcus: The Impeachment ‘Partial Transcript’ Lie Just Got Blown Out Of The Water – “This is just one of many examples of the news media misleading the American people in their hysterical attempt to gin up support for impeachment,”

 

John Hinderaker: Today’s Liberal Media Fail – “Pretty much every news organization in the world jumped on the story: the Associated Press, Reuters, NBC News, NPR, the Huffington Post, all the usual suspects. … But then a funny thing happened. The U.N. guy explained that his number for children detained in the U.S. was not current, but dated from 2015

Anthony Esolen: Education Is Not About Your ‘Lived Reality’ – “Education today is not about reality at all, in the sense of what is objectively true. It is about political action. Its swindlers and their marks want power, not truth.” … “And what power? Not the power of a liberally educated mind. It is the power rather of being a lemming of tomorrow: leading rather than following the lemmings tumbling over the brink.”

 

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Pay a debt by smearing the source of the wealth

Michael Kowalik: The Reason the World Owes the West – “The defining features of the West are rationalism—the commitment to reason as the ultimate cultural norm; humanism—the idea that humanity is intrinsically valuable; and secularism—the only known instance of systematic secularism that has ever existed.” A key struggle in this piece is secularism as in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in contrast to a rejection of religion.

“Western rationalism and humanism have nowadays been internalised, to various degrees, by all nations. Apart from the natural world and the content of museums, everything of secular value that we see around us, our capacity to openly deliberate and question established ideas, to offend and be tolerated nonetheless, the sense that people of other races should have moral status, that slavery is repugnant … this is the West, and uniquely so. The post-Enlightenment West has given aboriginal people everywhere the greatest gift one can imagine: it has endowed them with objective humanity. The Western idea of humanity is a secular, non-contingent moral status that extends beyond tribal, cultural and religious boundaries. Until the Age of Enlightenment this status did not exist, and yet today we take it for granted, as if it always had meaning.

At the Quadrant today, the insight is Journalism’s ashes. It cites news stories of 2002 that describe the brush fire problem ‘down under’ that is similar in nature and cause to the California brushfires. That is used to excoriate current ‘news’ that blames climate change as hypocritical and Fake.

Thomas McArdle: Democrats’ 2020 Credo: USA, Worst Country In The World – “The precept at the heart of the candidacies of all the leading Democrats running for president in 2020 is that this country is morally bankrupt, socially dysfunctional, economically oppressive, and has racial bigotry weaved into the very fabric of its national soul.” … “The era of Big Government, far from being over, hasn’t even really begun as far as today’s Democrats are concerned. Because it will take a state bigger and more intrusive than any ever known to flush the U.S.A. down the toilet.

Tyler Durden: Will Durham Investigation Tank Impeachment Efforts? – “However, if Durham’s investigation results in indictments of prominent individuals who targeted the president during the 2016 campaign season, it might be yet another demonstration that Democrats are motivated by politics when it comes to removing Trump, not a sense of duty or altruism.

Tyler Durden: How The Deep State “Justifies” Itself In America – “I agree with the statement that “Endorsing The Deep State Endangers Democracy”, but I am more concerned here to explain how that endorsement — that deceit — is being done.

“In other words: the Deep State, in America, are not perpetrators of corrupt government (such as in “countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where authoritarian elements band together to undercut democratically elected leaders”), but are instead courageous enemies of corrupt government; and they are instituted by the aristocracy here (today’s American billionaires), in order to reduce, if not eliminate, corruption in government (which, the Times now alleges, originates amongst, or serves, the lower classes).

The lessons about Big Brother, which were taught by George Orwell in his merely metaphorical masterpiece 1984, were apparently never learned, because even now — as his “Newspeak” is being further refined so that black is white, and good is bad, and truth is falsehood — there still are people who subscribe to the propagandists and cannot get enough of their ridiculous con-games. Though in some poor countries, a corrupt Deep State rules; a Deep State rules in America so as to reduce if not prevent corruption, the New York Times now concludes.

You can see how it’s done, in those nine NYT articles. Isn’t it simply amazing there?!

Paul Mirengoff: Let’s hear from the whistleblower – “Democrats say they can prove their case against Trump without the whistleblower’s testimony. That’s probably true.” This is a reputable lawyer who should be aware of the nature of evidence and the issues with bias yet he so clearly illustrates a major problem in society right now in his own dereliction of his profession’s standards as well as in his observations. His animus towards the President drips an ugly slime. He is a part of the problem he sees.

“It’s true in theory that the “whistleblower” who set the process in motion might suffer adverse consequences from having his identity revealed. I say “in theory,” because the main consequence of revealing the identity of the anti-Trump whistleblower in this impeachment process is that he will never again have to pay for a drink or a dinner in Washington, D.C. He can dine out on his effort to take down President Trump from now until kingdom come.

And Hinderaker and Instapundit both note the sorry state of Education as a propaganda tool of the left today as well.

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Deranged versus laughable: which one?

Thomas McArdle: Baghdadi Raid, Durham Probe Will Frustrate Impeachment – “The dubious charges against Barr and Durham are an indication that more overplaying from Democrats is ahead, as was the grousing Sunday morning on CBS from Michael Morell, who was acting CIA director under President Barack Obama, that Trump’s “locker room” talk in announcing the Bagdhadi raid might enflame rather than reduce terrorism.” … “What makes so many supposed experts on the United States’ enemies think Islamist savages are impressed by gentlemanliness in the waging of war?

“The president already brought attention to Democrats’ abuse of power by violating custom and keeping Pelosi and other leading Democrats in Congress out of the loop on the risky Baghdadi operation, on grounds that any leak could imperil U.S. personnel. Add to that petty complaints about Trump comparing the ISIS leader to a whimpering dog; the lopsided, secretive, unorthodox manner in which the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is being conducted; and then, finally, the possible criminal bombshells to come from Durham that will be difficult for Democrats to depict as tainted.

A president who engineers a landmark victory against the most terrifying terrorist enemy ever seen, who comes off as just as down-in-the-gutter tough as the terrorists, and whose political adversaries’ attacks ring hollow – it all may spell the best defense against impeachment.

Roger L. Simon: After Baghdadi Action, Dem Candidates Have Their Work Cut Out for Them – “actions still speak louder than words. In this case, Ilhan was right. Something did happen — and a lot of lives will be saved this time, mostly Muslim. Also, the president of the United States is well on his way to a second term. Some people will be very upset.

Lee Smith: How The Obama Administration Set In Motion Democrats’ Coup Against Trump – “The repetition of “by the book” gave away the game—for there was nothing normal about any of it.” So incredible, the real story was hard to believe. Here’s how the facts played out and how an acceptance of an ugly reality took (is taking?) hold.

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura –“What explains the bankruptcy of the elite?” … “To paraphrase an assessment found in Tacitus’s Agricola, the current American nomenklatura has all but ruined our institutions and branded all that success.

Chuck de Caro: Four-Star Twit Tweets Twaddle – “If Mussolini shares a style with anyone, consider Barry McCaffrey.” See also John Hinderaker: Mussolini Cancels the Times and the Post – “This, like so many attacks on the president, is deranged.

Clarice Feldman: Was it Trump’s magic wand that turned the Washington Post into a laughingstock? – “The mocking—well-deserved—went on all Sunday. See where there are too many wonderful satire headers for me to repeat all.

“But the magic wand didn’t stop at making only the Washington Post look ridiculous. As one Facebook poster (Bryan Dean Wright) observed: there are the 354 House members and the 68 Senators who voted to condemn the President’s Syrian policy. And of course the pundits and former Obama military officers (Mattis, Kelly and McRaven) belong in the corner with dunce caps, too.

Glenn Reynolds: ANALYSIS: TRUE. David Rivkin & Elizabeth Price Foley: This Impeachment Subverts the Constitution…. The cite is to MSN which prominently places a caveat that “The author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.” Reynolds assessment as a legal professor is shown to be well founded in Rivkin and Foley’s article.

Jackie Valley: How a stargazing-themed train ride is boosting tourism in rural Nevada – “What started as an out-of-the-box idea has turned into an economic boon for this mountain mining town.” … “The idea to create a stargazing-themed train ride came to Bassett about five years ago when he overheard a museum customer lament the distance to Great Basin National Park, which is a certified International Dark Sky Park.

Henry I. Miller: Apocalypse Not! How Science Is Distorted To Serve The Activist Agenda. Part 1 in a series. “Much of modern environmental activism, which owes more to zealotry than evidence, has spawned a nasty perversion — let’s call it the Pseudo-Scientific Method.

“The “target” is usually an ideologically disfavored industry or its products, such as nuclear power, genetic engineering, or pesticides. The result is flawed public policy choices and the ever-deepening corruption of the scientific enterprise.

Now, here’s how what l call the Pseudo-Scientific Method works. If your goal is to cause a certain product to fall into disfavor, for example, first perform or sponsor experiments to get the desired, but inaccurate, results, using shoddy methodology and, if necessary, drawing conclusions not supported by the data. It doesn’t matter if the research paper is rejected by legitimate, peer-reviewed journals, because you can then submit to a predatory journal that will publish it regardless of its scientific validity (in return for a large fee). Then, organize a big media and social media blitz touting the “research,” being sure to include scary pictures or figures, and get friendly journalists and your Twitter echo-chamber to trumpet the conclusions.

Michael Kile: Treating Atmospheric Apocalyptic Anxiety – “Apocalyptic groups – like XR and indeed the UN – who believe “the end is nigh” believe it, I suggest, because they desire it, for one reason or another.” satire or whatever, this essay reveals unpleasant truths.

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it’s what they do, even if it doesn’t make sense

Everything That’s Wrong With Health Care In One Tweet. John Merline – “In 1960, half of the nation’s medical bills were paid out of pocket. Outside of hospital visits, insurance didn’t cover routine care. Patients paid doctors in cash for checkups and routine tests.

“It’s worth noting that at 10%, the out-of-pocket share of health spending is lower in the U.S. than in almost every other country that has declared medical care a “right” and promises “universal coverage.”

What’s needed isn’t less out-of-pocket spending for health care, but more of it. In every other part of the market, choice and competition drive down prices and increase quality. The same would work in health care, if government policies would stop discouraging it.

When doctors’ offices are full of Groupon-wielding patients, the health care system will no longer be “bonkers.” It will be reformed.

Flynn Lawyer Response to Threats and Targeted Harassment by Chairman Adam Schiff… sundance – “Not enough people understand the role of the Lawfare group in the corruption and political weaponization of the DOJ, FBI and larger intelligence community.

“What Media Matters is to corrupt left-wing media, the Lawfare group is to the corrupt DOJ and FBI.

The Lawfare continuum is very simple. The corrupt 2015 Clinton exoneration; which became the corrupt 2016 DOJ/FBI Trump investigation; which became the corrupt 2017 DOJ/FBI Mueller probe; is currently the 2019 “impeachment” plan. Weissmann and Mueller delivering their report evolved the plan from corrupt legal theory into corrupt political targeting. Every phase within the continuum holds the same goal.

The current “impeachment strategy” is planned-out within the Lawfare group.

After the 2018 mid-terms, and in preparation for the “impeachment” strategy, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler hired Lawfare Group members to become committee staff.

The Lawfare group ensures you have the right to remain guilty until they verify your politics and determine your alignment with the tribe. If accepted, your disposition shifts to innocent and you receive a pass to avoid any legal jeopardy…

Nadler’s Push For Impeachment Is A Crisis For America, Not Just Trump. Sara Carter – “Basically, the Democrats are desperately searching for a crime: any crime will do and they are not going to stop until they find one.

“Chairman Jerrold Nadler doesn’t seem to care about anything unless it’s “impeachment.” He has no evidence of malfeasance by the President but he, like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, don’t seem to care.

They are holding congressional hearings in search of a crime. Mind you, they have no evidence of anything but they are hoping, like they did with their debunked Trump Russia collusion theory, that they will find one.

Remember, over the past several years Nadler, Schiff and other Democrats haven’t wasted any time spreading false rumors, in other words a disinformation campaign, against Trump on their favorite friendly cable news outlets like MSNBC or CNN.

For what? I don’t get this at all. The American people are tired of this Washington D.C. political shark game. I’m sure the American people want a government that works for them and I’m guessing stop all these targeted attacks against the president.

Climate Change Has Been A Routine Scare Tactic Since The 1930s. Martin Armstrong – “It was Malthus who first published his “Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society” in 1798.” It’s what they do, again and again, and again.

More than 900 Amazon employees plan strike over climate change inaction. Evie Fordham – “Amazon’s strike will coincide with a 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg’s Global Climate Strike beginning on Sept. 20 as well.” Yes, it’s what they do.

The best speech on Brexit — from a shocking source. Thomas Lifson – “the arrogant, unaccountable transnational organizations, of which the EU is a leading example, have served global elites better than ordinary citizens of their constuent countries.”

“Watch this speech in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, by AfD’s co-leader Alice Weidel and start to realize that populism is a global force in the highly industrialized world, and that the complaints we Anericans feel against our elites, and the complaints Brits have against ceeding controt ot he EU, are all of a piece. She does not hesitate to point her fingers at France, which is leading the resistance to a negotiated Brexit.

One America News Network files $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, and corporate parents. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump isn’t the only one who hits back.”

A NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control. Roger L. Simon – “Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control.”

“You only have to look to Paris, where personal gun ownership is virtually illegal for private citizens and multiple dozens of people were murdered by jihadis at the Bataclan Theater and across the city, or Chicago, another supposedly gun-free zone, relatively anyway, where five were murdered and at least 29 wounded over the last weekend alone, for corroboration.

People who believe this kind of confiscation or control will solve everything, or even close, are living in a virtue-signaling/morally narcissistic dreamland.

Yes, it’s true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions:

Here we go. NRA sues San Francisco. Jazz Shaw – “It sounds like the NRA has a pretty solid case here. If the city had only passed some sort of nonbinding resolution calling the group a “domestic terrorist organization” they might have gotten away with it.” … “But when the city elders decided to declare that they would limit business with the NRA and its supporters, they definitely crossed a line.

Debunking Howard Zinn … neo – “Even before Zinn wrote his book, there was a movement to tear down the way American history had been taught before.

“So Zinn’s book fell on fertile ground, and without that encouragement I doubt it would have had the widespread effect it did. Most of us (and that includes me) weren’t paying much attention at the time. That’s how it was possible that the book’s influence became so widespread. At this point, can a counterbook such as Grabar’s have much effect? It seems to me that the tide against which it is swimming is very very strong.

Is It Illegal for a President to Make Money From Outside Businesses While in Office? Josh Ocampo – “Three lawsuits have been filed against Trump that invoke the Emoluments Clause; two have been dropped and one by Congressional Democrats remains active.” Ocampo is rather confused about the emoluments clause and why cases get dismissed. He does illustrate lawfare tactics based on deceit and distortion and suspicion and distruct work. It’s what they do.

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If looking for fault and disaster, maybe you need to turn your head

The Daytona 3,000 – Power Crews from All Over U.S. Stage at Daytona International Speedway… sundance – “Keep a joyous heart filled with thankfulness; and if you can’t muster it, then just pretend.” One of the best ‘what to expect’ and ‘what to do’ hurricane stories out there.

CNN falsely pushes claims that ‘climate crisis is making hurricanes more dangerous’. Thomas Lifson – “CNN’s fall from a purveyor of news to pure propaganda organ of the Left was vividly displayed yesterday.

To Reduce Gun Violence, Arm All Americans. Charlie Martin – “Now because I’m sure some rental commenter is just waiting to start typing, yes I think it’s awful that people got shot and killed.

“I can’t help but wonder why the extremely high murder rates in places like Chicago and Baltimore don’t seem to be news stories.

I’ll leave that for another rant, however, and point out that when you consider murder rates there is a very very high correlation between really stringent gun laws and really high gun violence.

From Icon to Just a Con. Victor Davis Hanson – “Most of us who came of age in the 1970s revered the university.

“What went wrong? The former students of the 1970s came into power and gradually began to reject the very code of conduct and training of those who taught them. And in turn they taught a new generation who for the first time had little first-hand knowledge of the great campus scholars and icons of the past.

New progressive doctrines insisted that because the traditional elements of American society and culture—the family, church, community, and government—were biased, the university was needed as a counterweight to these nefarious conservative forces.

Because America had not been perfect in 21st-century moral terms, then it never had been even good. Ironically, few of the new faculty and student censors ever imagined the horrors and grit of the past—or could never have endured the deadly trek of the pioneers they now damned, the daily effort to find clean water or dispose safely of raw sewage, or the ordeal of having a third of one’s children die in birth or from childhood diseases.

Bitterness abounds when graduates gradually learn that their liberal anti-capitalist professors and administrators were part of a profit-rigged system by which peasant students became financial cannon fodder.

In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media. Miranda Devine – “Pitting two women against each other just never gets old, does it?” And it is a good source to apply the word ugly as in smear and bigotry. Devine illustrates.

“Melania & Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era,” by Tammy R. Vigil, is presented as a mere bipartisan assessment of the public images of both women.

But it thinly veils its criticism of one and its admiration of the other. No prizes for guessing who’s who.

But, hey, if it damages the Trumps, go for it.

There is a good reason Melania, 49, might be “aloof” with the media, and that is because the attacks on her are more vicious, personal and unrelenting than any first lady has endured.

unlike Hillary Clinton, whose aggressive foray into health care policy when she was first lady caused considerable political fallout for her husband, Melania doesn’t flaunt her influence.

She is a woman whose poise and dignity speaks volumes.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump gets China. Paul Mirengoff – “Trump’s approach also makes some of his supporters nervous because they fear that a trade war with China might well throw our economy into a tailspin and perhaps cost Trump the 2020 election. I confess to being nervous on these grounds.

“There should be no doubt, however, that Trump understands China. Chen Guangcheng, a leading human rights advocate who has been struggling against the Chinese regime for many years, makes that case in the Washington Post. The title (paper edition) is to the point: “Trump gets China. His critics don’t.”

Trump, by contrast, “is the first president in recent memory to seriously say to this communist dictatorship: If you want to keep doing business with us, you have to change.” And Trump has backed up this statement with his actions:

Trump, with an admittedly unorthodox style, is trying to break down the systems, and the concessions, that have allowed the CCP to operate unchecked for too long. He deserves credit, not criticism, for saying: Enough.

looking for fault is self deceit and social disservice.

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social and economic systems: a choice to be made

U.S. Versus China. Richard Fernandez – “The competition between the United States and China for the leadership of the 21st century is basically a contest between social and economic systems.

“China is a corrupt totalitarian state worse in many respects than the Western establishments it threatens. Its triumph is hardly to be desired. But the Communist Party of China faces exactly the same limits to its power its counterparts do: competition from the outside. It is the fear of American innovation, not the vapid declarations by politicians that they “stand with Hong Kong” which really prevents the commissars from plunging the dagger into it. The instinct for survival keeps Beijing from crushing the rebellious Hong Kongers. One wonders whether the complacent rulers of Western capitals are similarly constrained or whether they have been in power too long to feel threatened.

Ultimately the leadership of the 21st century will go to whichever society fixes the problem of information corruption first. If the West can rebuild its system of monetary and civilizational accounting then it can regain its vitality. Alternatively, China, with the memory of poverty and humiliation still vivid in living memory, may pay greater homage to the facts. If Western civilization fails this epitaph will be chiseled on its tombstone: “we thought the facts didn’t matter.”

More on the phenomenal, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools in NYC. Mark J. Perry – “What is truly amazing is that of the 30 elementary schools in the entire state of New York (the top 1.24% of schools) with the highest Average Standard Score for the 2018-2019 school year, two-thirds of those top schools (20) are Success Academy Charter Schools.” i.e. success and achievement is under attack. Nevada has a similar problem as Californication takes over the state government.

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A rich time for satire

The Babylon Bee has been added to our list of sources. It recently got into a tussle with Snopes over fact checking satire as if it was serious straight-up news. Snopes is trending towards WaPo and NYT type ‘fact checking’ that leans heavily towards Leftist Propaganda Efforts. In light of yesterday’s academic psychiatrist interview on CNN, consider this Bee headline: CNN: ‘Our Ratings Are Only Tanking Because Trump Is Killing Off Viewers By The Millions’. “A guest on Stelter’s show suggested that Trump has killed more people than Hitler, Mao, and Stalin put together, and Stelter had to agree.” … “After the segment blaming Trump for the deaths of millions and CNN’s subsequent decline, the station continued to air 24/7 Trump coverage, which mostly consisted of the hosts screaming at the sky.

How The Media Enables Destructive Climate Change Hysteria. David Harsanyi – “Reporters have a responsibility to challenge the assumptions and exaggerations of activists.”

“Last weekend, the former chairman of psychiatry at Duke University, Dr. Allen Frances, claimed that Donald Trump “may be responsible for many more million deaths” than Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong combined. Frances, author of the fittingly titled “Twilight of American Sanity,” would later clarify by tweeting that he was talking about the “[t]errible damage Trump is doing to world climate at this global warming tipping point may be irreversable/could kill hundreds of millions of people in the coming decades.”

That’s quite the bold statement, considering the hefty death toll the Big Three extracted. But, really, it isn’t that shocking to hear. Frances’ pseudohistoric twaddle comports well with the pseudoscientific twaddle that’s been normalized in political discourse. Every year Democrats ratchet up the doomsday scenarios, so we should expect related political rhetoric to become correspondingly unhinged.

On climate change, you can say virtually anything, and no one will challenge your zealotry.

If journalists did their jobs, they would contest some of the assumptions and exaggerations that have now congealed as “crisis” in their newsrooms. Not necessarily the science, but the predictive abilities of scientists or the hyperbolic statements of politicians.

Worse, instead of conveying this good news, the media keeps cherrypicking problems without any context.

The story of humankind is one of acclimatization. We use technological advances and efficiencies to deal with change. We will adapt to organic and anthropogenic changes, as we always do, because it’s a lot cheaper than dismantling modernity. That’s the reality, no matter how hysterical activists get on TV.

Four Reports of Assaults Incited by CNN Journalists in Just 6 Weeks. John Nolte – “In the age of Jeff Zucker, CNN’s open bloodlust against Trump and his supporters, its open encouragement and embrace of violence to meet its left-wing goals, and its own staffers’ involvement in violence and alleged assaults, has become the norm.

Evidence that solar power in its current form may increase pollution … neo – “It seems it’s not the solar power itself that causes the problem, but the way solar and gas power work in concert” – messing with systems is always messy and usually loaded with unforeseen complications and consequences.

Wind Turbines Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be. DCE – “We can’t but help hearing about how renewables will save the Earth, cause the waters to recede from the flooded cities due to sea level rise, cure halitosis and male pattern baldness, and help with the “heartbreak of psoriasis”. But the reality is that renewables, specifically wind power, can’t meet the needs of our increasingly technological civilization.” … “It all boils down to this: Renewables are a scam for raking in millions of dollars in government subsidies and the ratepayers, and particularly the poorer ratepayers be damned.

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Dissing the home run. Again

Vilifying Patriotism: Today The Betsy Ross Flag, Tomorrow The 4th of July. I & I Editorial Board – “These mid-summer enjoyments we take for granted are under threat, albeit some only subtly today.”

“But as with this week’s attacks on the flag of 13 stars, when the threats finally emerge from gestation they usually find us off-mark and unprepared to oppose them. The only way to fight them is by simply not backing off on the cherished, traditional practices of patriotism. Because as much as liberty consists of freedom of speech, religion, and assembly, it also means the freedom to celebrate the 4th of July the same way your parents and grandparents did, and not have it replaced at some future date by some absurd “Inclusivity Day” or whatever tomorrow’s politicians come up with.

Trump defies ominous predictions with nonpartisan July 4th salute to American spirit. Lukas Mikelionis – “CBS, ABC, NBC and MSNBC snubbed the celebration and didn’t air it live, save for their online streaming platforms.

“The visuals — flyovers by every branch of the military, a display of tanks and other military hardware, the president rallying Americans before the Lincoln Memorial — drew complaints from critics that Trump was politicizing the holiday while flexing U.S. military might to an uncomfortable degree. The tenor of the address, however, still marked a contrast with the predictions made by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who said that Trump would focus on his presidency rather than American ideals. Instead, he strictly stuck to history as he cited numerous tales of valor to weave a story of the American spirit.

Media Predictions Of “Tiny Crowd” For Trump July 4 Speech Proven Spectacularly Wrong. Tyler Durden – “In reality, photos from the event show crowds stretching the full length of the national mall.” … “In fact the only only “tiny” crowd was the one that showed up with the Trump baby balloon.

Here are some of the headlines telling you not to believe your lyin’ eyes: Trump tried to make Independence Day all about him. He ended up looking small. (Eugene Robinson/Washington Post). ‘This doesn’t look like the best economy ever’: 40% of Americans say they still struggle to pay bills (Heather Long/Washington Post). Trump’s sad, strange, somewhat Soviet Fourth of July spectacle (Tom Nichols/New York Daily News). Trump’s Cherry-Picked Polls Still Show More than Half The Country Doesn’t Approve (The Daily Beast). Trump’s Fourth of July history speech: Turns out there weren’t airports back then (Gillian Brockell/Washington Post). Why You Shouldn’t Count on the U.S. to Make Self-Driving Cars Safe for Pedestrians (Henry Grabar). Vice on Fourth of July: ‘America Is a Constant Disappointment’ (Joel B. Pollak). Hollywood’s ‘Salute to America’ Meltdown: ‘Apologies to the Rest of the World’ (Jerome Hudson). CNN’s Mudd on Trump ‘Salute to America’ Speech: At a Professional Level I Hated It — At a Personal Level I Hated It MoreApril Ryan: Trump ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ July 4 Speech Was President ‘Trying to Recreate His History’ (Jeff Poor).

Ted Cruz sacks Colin Kaepernick, grabs ball, and scores (on Twitter). Thomas Lifson– “Flaunting the blinders that progressives wear when they consider our collective history, he took a quotation out of context in order to try to score an own goal against the country that birthed him, made him a multi-millionaire, and now indulges him in his extended adolescence.”

Border Patrol Disproves AOC’s ‘Toilet Water’ Claim With Video Tour Of Migrant Detention Center. Tyler Durden – “After a visit to the border, AOC mocked border patrol members by tweeting that they “sexually threatened her” – referring to a private Facebook group where members made disparaging jokes about her (again, in private) – and insisted that the conditions in migrant detention facilities were as bad as WWII-era concentration camps.

The importance of stupidity in scientific research. Martin A. Schwartz – “One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time.”

“I think scientific education might do more to ease what is a very big transition: from learning what other people once discovered to making your own discoveries. The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries.”

Stupid and ignorant is OK but only if it is a motivator to learn.

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Tribal protection in the deep state

There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts. Klemens Kappel – “We are used to the idea that respectfully accommodating the views of fellow citizens, whose intelligence and sincerity is not in doubt, requires some degree of moderation on our part. We cannot, it seems, both fully respect others, regard them as intelligent and sincere, and still be fully convinced that we are right and they are completely wrong, unless we simply agree to disagree. But on a societal level we cannot do that, since ultimately some decision must be made.” A professor in the department of media cognition and communication at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark uses homeopathic medicine and climate change to argue his point. The choice of examples destroys his argument. The professor plays games with the meanings of words such as facts and evidence and makes up new ones, such as “deep disagreements” to salve his dissonance. He describes a problem and illustrates in his own essay why it is so pernicious. Old values of scholarship about maintaining intellectual integrity do not appear.

NPR’s guidelines on talking about abortion are really… something. Jazz Shaw – “have you ever noticed that the language being used in news articles seems to have a decidedly pro-abortion slant to it? It’s not just your imagination and this isn’t happening by accident.

“You’ve probably noticed it already, but it’s not just a series of choices made by individual liberal reporters. It’s right in the style guides. Terminology commonly used by “opponents” (pro-life people are referred to as “opponents” in all of these documents) is not allowed. The standards are in place to speak of pro-abortion activists favorably.

Obama Appointees in the Communist Orbit. Karin McQuillan – “Joking about support for Communism is not all that funny in the Obama administration.

“Obama choose Communists and Marxists for the highest, most powerful positions in our land, including his closest political advisors, and his head of the CIA. These facts are not in dispute. Most are openly admitted by the people in question, as necessary damage control. Our press chooses not to report them.
Is it any surprise that collusion with Russia, according to Victor David Hanson, was a eature of the Obama presidency?

The Obama administration colluded with Rusian agents who produced the Steele Dossier. It was paid for by Clinton, but it was Obama’s minions at the FBI, CIA and White House who weaponized this soviet disinformation against President Trump.

We are all victims of the Obama cabal’s collusion with Russia – President Trump’s voters and all Americans who believe in our free and fair election process.

How is this not colluding with America’s enemies? David Harsanyi – “Imagine, for a moment, what the political reaction would be if a leading Republican senator met with an antagonistic foreign power, say Russia, in the midst of high-tension standoff between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin?

“Such a scenario seems nearly ­inconceivable. Yet, it’s exactly the situation Sen. Dianne Feinstein created when hosting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for dinner a few weeks ago.

Feinstein isn’t merely just any senator, either. She is one of the leading proponents of reinstituting the Obama administration’s failed Iran deal.

Though Democrats have yet to come to terms with the harsh reality of a President Trump, negotiating deals with foreign powers is his jurisdiction. And, though the Obama administration regularly circumvented this process, the Senate’s job is ratify or reject those deals.

So while it’s one thing to debate the merits of foreign policy domestically — not only acceptable but essential in matters of potential conflict — it’s quite another for an opposition senator to shadow negotiate with a foreign minister who recently “warned” the United States on CNN and demanded our “respect.”

The Deep State Just Killed Space Force—and Endangered Us All. Brandon J. Weichert – “The congressman is a war hero. His service is unimpeachable and I maintain a deep respect for his commitment to our country. Yet his responses to my questions were flippant, painfully uninformed, and dangerously rooted in a reflexive NeverTrumpism that is unworthy of the man.

“Tragically, a group of powerful interests have aligned in Washington to prevent the creation of a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces. Those interests are roughly comprised of the usual suspects behind all of the stymying of Trump’s policies since his historic election three years ago: the permanent bipartisan fusion party.

Ironically, this same group has, in the past, supported calls for the creation of a space force. Yet, because the dreaded Donald Trump has urged the creation of such a force; because “orange man bad!” is the battle cry in Washington today, the space force is being squelched by a bipartisan “Resistance” coalition in Congress.

The “Deep State” not only threatens the president with a #FakeNews story of Russia “collusion.” They are now seriously undermining American national security all in the name of “resisting” the dreaded “Orange Man” president. Sad!

Will The Media Ever Pay A Price For Its Irresponsibility? Steven Hayward – “because he was saying what the media wanted to hear (Trump is a horrible human being), the media were willing overlook all of the slime this reptile was leaving in media green rooms and on TV sets.

CJR: Obama admin surveillance of reporters “broader than previously known” Ed Morrissey – “For a look at what a realwar on journalism looks like, however, we can turn to an earlier report today from the Columbia Journalism Review and its analysis of actions taken by the Obama administration seven years ago.

“What wasn’t known until now was the astounding breadth of that effort … new report obtained by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Freedom of the Press Foundation

The report comes from the Office of Professional Responsibility, and consists of fifty-two pages that recount the DoJ’s leak probe, a four-page appendix, and a one-page cover letter that stretches into two pages with signatures. Both the report and the cover letter note that OPR “prepared its report relying on only unclassified documents or unclassified portions of classified documents,” but even a cursory scan shows significant redactions throughout. About half of the cover letter itself is redacted, and even a quarter of the Subject line is blacked out.

You have to see this juxtaposition to grasp the absurdity. On page three, the authors redact even the purpose of the investigation, then note that they didn’t use any classified information:

If we are going to criticize attacks on journalism, then let’s be clear on the identities of the most malevolent actors in that war. And let’s also be clear on which DoJ took redaction responsibilities seriously and which abused that power to hide its own wrongdoing.

Americans Are in Desperate Need of a Lesson on the History of Slavery. William Sullivan – “As Pete Buttigieg tries to erase Thomas Jefferson from history, liberals show how much they need to learn about how the Founders viewed slavery.

“In other words, these prominent men having turned against an institution that had been normal throughout human history was an expression of a revolutionary idea. To imagine that the idea that slavery is morally wrong would be embraced by everyone overnight, in such a world, is nothing short of childish fantasy.

The Founders knew that such change would require not only time, but a practical argument against the institution as well. Moreover, it would require proof that slavery is harmful.

Perhaps, rather than focusing on the fact that some Founders owned slaves, we would do better to remember their uniqueness in morally opposing slavery in their time and for having presented the economic formula through which it was expunged from American society forever.

Slavery and socialism, in other words, could be considered synonymous. Liberty is something else entirely. Our Founders should be continually celebrated for having recognized that there’s a difference between the two things and for advocating liberty over slavery.

American Suicide: A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Trump Problem. Steven Kessler – “Blowing up the Electoral College will have consequences the Left refuses to foresee.

“The problem with these moves is that they are a permanent solution to the Left’s temporary Trump problem. While these legislative acts are understood in the present as an effort to beat Trump in the next election, the authors of these bills fail to understand that the move may have long-term consequences that could come back to hurt them. As Edmund Burke once said, “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” (2).

Long-term legislation designed to fight a temporary issue that has no long-term possibilities is a mistake.

Uh oh: Does second ruling signify open season on Trump financial records? Ed Morrissey – “The long term consequence of this will be that no outsider will run for president ever again. And it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that this very outcome is at least a small part of the motivation driving this circus.

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a turn in the tide?

Massachusetts judge busted for playing ‘coyote’ to a deportable illegal. Monica Showalter – “Predictably, the Left is yelling about the indictment, not the criminal getting let out to prey on citizens, hollering that it’s a problem of President Trump interfering in the justice process.

“Justice apparently isn’t blind in a leftist place like Massachusetts.

And it’s pretty clear that a leftist judge decided that laws were there to be broken. Expect a lot of rubbish from the press about the whole thing being a matter of President Trump’s ‘hard-line’ stance on immigration or ‘racism’ or other leftist talking points. The issue is whether the law means anything at all and whether the lawmen have a right to enforce the law. The U.S. Attorney who brought the case says it’s not about Trump, it’s about law. He’s right. This bust signals a turn in the tide and one hopes a leftwing judge is about to learn about that the hard way.

Trump speaks of ‘attempted coup’ and previews coming storm headed toward the plotters. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump has gone on the record that the plotters against him in what he called an “attempted coup” are going to be exposed and brought to justice for their misdeeds, and that it is happening faster than most people believe.”

5 Times The Mueller Probe Broke Prosecutorial Rules That Ensure Justice. Adam Mill – “There are rules against using the power and authority of a prosecutor to smear a defendant without giving him his day in court.”

“Like Aesop’s scorpion on the frog’s back, the partisans on Mueller’s team just couldn’t help themselves. The Mueller report poisons public opinion without bringing charges. It should have been written on a postcard, because the outcome of a criminal proceeding is binary: Guilty or not guilty. There’s no middle ground under constitutional principles. President Trump is not guilty until the Senate convicts him otherwise.

Rosenstein: The “previous Administration” didn’t tell us the whole truth, and don’t get me started on Comey. Ed Morrissey – “If this valediction is any hint of what might come in the future, then a whole new set of people should be concerned about what he’ll say once freed of the constraints of his current office.

Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy. Victor Davis Hanson – “Mueller’s team went down every blind alley relating to its investigation—except where Obama-era officials were likely culpable for relevant unethical or illegal behavior.

“The problem with the Muller investigation, and with former intelligence officials such as Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe, is pious hypocrisy. Those who have lectured America on Trump’s unproven crimes have written books and appeared on TV to publicize their own superior virtue. Yet they themselves have engaged in all sorts of unethical and illegal behavior.

The only mystery left is whether our elite investigators actually believe their own delusions. Or were they constantly broadcasting their virtue as a preventive defense against growing evidence of their own moral lapses?

An Antidote to Leftist History Textbooks. Steven Hayward – “this account does not assume that the mistakes and shortcomings of America define the whole of America, as does every leftist who has drunk deeply of sour, third rate Zinnfandel.

National Trend to Mandate Renewable Energy as Major Power Source is Ill-Conceived and Foolish. Nancy Thorner – “Even someone as cynical as I am would never have imagined that the con men and women would still be able to pass off this nonsense as gospel after all this time. The old line about whether you’re going to believe me or your lying eyes seems to sum up the situation pretty well.

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Fantasy rules

The Left? Seething with apoplectic rage. The right? Happy and optimistic. Patricia McCarthy – “Among the many, many things that starkly define the differences between the Left and the right, none is more wretched than the difference in how they approach life.”

“So infuriated by Trump’s victory and his many successes in office, these people are willing to become Stalinist thugs and hope no one notices. Nadler and Schiff are among the most distressed Democrats in Congress. They need mental health help. They are spinning themselves into oblivion. The American people are not nearly as stupid as they think. As it happens, there is an increasing number of people in Congress who actually are very stupid, shockingly ignorant of the Constitution and American history, and they are getting the most attention of late.

The Left, wallowing in its misery and acting out, is bringing about its own demise. Yes, leftists retain a radical, vicious base, those people who are triggered by red hats to violence.

Assembly bill calls for less punitive discipline plan in schools. Amelia Pak – “Nevada schools would implement a less punitive, more reflective form of discipline under a new bill heard by the Assembly Committee on Education on Tuesday.” i.e. Nothing learned from the Florida School Shooting episode. This is what happens when a state is Californicated. Fantasy rules.

Momo Hoax Shows America’s Susceptibility To Bullshit Goes Well Beyond Social Media. Karl Bode – “Americans’ susceptibility to bullshit is somehow seen as a new phenomenon, and Twitter and Facebook are exclusively to blame for American heads getting filled with gravel and disinformation.

“Ultimately the hoax spread to major news outlets that perpetuated it via “bothsideism” news coverage that failed to adequately explain that neither the game nor Momo were actually real. Take The Washington Post, for example …

The dysfunction was global, and was often aided with the help of celebrities, schools, and law enforcement officials.

Hoaxes wouldn’t work if we cultivated stronger critical thinking skills (read: improved education) and focused on finding ways to finance and reward quality reporting.

30 years of NOAA tide gauge data debunk 1988 Senate hearing climate alarmist claims. Larry Hamlin – “this update now providing 30 years of actual data since the infamous 1988 Senate hearings that launched the U.S. climate alarmist political propaganda campaign.

“In all more than 200 coastal locations are included in these measurements with more than 100 of these coastal locations with recorded data periods in excess of 50 years in duration. None of these updated NOAA tide gauge measurement data records show coastal location sea level rise acceleration occurring anywhere on the U.S. coasts or Pacific or Atlantic island groups.

Three decades after the politically driven speculation and conjecture offered at these 1988 Senate hearings NOAA tide gauge data fails to confirm or otherwise support these alarmist claims.

Note the “acceleration” specification. There has been a steady rise since at least the civil war times. Rebounding from the last glaciation and other natural causes are most likely behind it. The alarmists would have you believe that their should be a ‘hockey stick’ like curve to this and that hasn’t happened. Perhaps most telling is that, for them, this is an advocacy debate, not an effort to learn. Fantasy rules.

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Yet here we are. Surber, Feldman, sundance, McCotter, Knighton explain

Now do you see Trump won the shutdown? Don Surber – “Two months and a day after the shutdown began, President Trump is in the driver’s seat.

“First, “Trump is getting the wall.”

Second, “No, Trump did not cave.”

Third, “Trump wins because he isn’t screwing anyone over.”

When the shutdown battle began, I wrote that President Trump had won because Donald Trump wins the battle first, then goes to war. It’s Sun Tzu.

It’s the third item in the list that is perhaps most important. His opposition is all about what they can do to destroy people. Trump is about M.A.G.A.

High Ties and Misdemeanors. Clarice Feldman – “Nothing offends people more than unequal justice — disparate treatment of protected persons and classes. This week, the FBI and Department of Justice’s hash of equal justice became even clearer and the media’s fat thumb on the scales as well.” Unequal justice is about “screwing anyone over.”

“I believe the concept of “hate crimes” is an oxymoron. If you assault or murder someone it’s fair to assume it was out of improper animus. Adding a kicker for “hate” in which attacks on certain classes of people result in enhanced sentences strikes me as an improper “thought crime” punishment, inconsistent with constitutional law.

In any event, the laws on hate crimes seem to be as selectively enforced as the crimes of mishandling and leaking classified material and attempting to overthrow the president. Here too the press plays an important part, demonizing the President’s supporters, and downplaying or not reporting hate crimes against them while regularly magnifying defamatory and false accusations against them.

AP Previews Andrew Weissmann’s Special Counsel Report as Pitched by Pelosi Committee Chairs.  sundance – “Many people are wondering what type of report Andrew Weissmann could possibly write for his special counsel boss Robert Mueller – to present to the DOJ after two years of insufferable political investigations.

“the Associated Press has provided an answer that likely hits as close to accurate as anyone could presume.

In their anticipatory outline the AP reporters take half-truths, blend them with innuendo and leap-jumping suspicion, and top it all off with manipulated narrative engineering.

An American Epidemic: Toxic Imbecility. Thaddeus G. McCotter – President Abraham Lincoln ominously noted, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“What is this postmodern plague consuming our nation?

Toxic imbecility.

And where is the hot zone where this imbecilic chicken first came home to roost and now appears ready to cook our goose?

symptoms of toxic imbecility include but are certainly not limited to the following:

Tragically, the symptoms of #ToxicImbecility appear to be endless. Fortunately, the vaccine, for those not yet infected, and the antidote, for those now suffering the scourge, is relatively succinct; readily available and, thanks to the internet, largely free: read liberal doses of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Victor Davis Hanson; escape your safe space; and embrace reality. Yes, it’s that simple.

Case study: 11-Year-Old Docked Points for Not Bashing Trump. Tom Knighton – “To say that some people dislike Donald Trump may well be the understatement of the year. It’s hard to imagine any duly elected president seeing so many protests, yet here we are.

“manipulated narrative engineering” sounds like a new course for the universities. It’s what Pravda was known for but called propaganda back then.

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Satisfied. But at what cost?

Is Adam Schiff Satisfied with NBC News? (WSJ via outline) James Freeman – “Those outside the world of Washington media might be less than hospitable to an acquaintance who had claimed to have evidence of a neighbor’s treason but still hadn’t produced it after 23 months.

“Without defending his earlier claim, Mr. Schiff proceeded to explain how he was now setting off in search of evidence of “a different form of collusion,” perhaps involving the President’s finances.

In any case, Mr. Todd again raised the issue of Mr. Schiff’s original collusion claim but somehow once again managed to veer off from demanding the long-promised evidence.

Perhaps NBC News should be less worried about satisfying Mr. Schiff and more concerned about the targets of his allegations.

Trump tax returns: House Democrats ready for ultimate fishing expedition. Byron York – “House Democrats want to use a 1924 law that allows any one of three entities — the House Ways & Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation — to demand that the Treasury Department turn over the returns of any individual.

“Passed in the wake of the Teapot Dome scandal and controversy over the finances of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, the law has almost never been used. For the first 50 years of the law’s existence, no one tried to get a president’s returns — although the law played a role in the fight over Richard Nixon’s finances — and in the years since Gerald Ford took office, presidents have voluntarily made their returns public. Until Donald Trump.

What is remarkable is that even the most aggressive Democrats don’t seem to have a clear idea what they will find in the returns. They’re just sure there must be something bad in there.

The former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has written of Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller that “Mueller does not have a crime he is investigating. He is investigating in hopes of finding a crime.” That is what Democrats are planning with the president’s tax returns.

The tax returns, those and other House Democrats believe, will be a Rosetta Stone to Trump corruption.

But a choice by the Ways & Means committee to force the release of the president’s returns could have serious consequences. For one, it will set a precedent for the House majority, in this case the Democrats, to go after the tax returns of individuals. It is not hard to imagine that coming around to bite Democrats in the future.

“Once you go down this road, it’s a lot like using the intelligence agencies to look into political campaigns,” Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, said last month.

At a recent Ways & Means hearing into the issue of acquiring individual returns, Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia summed up the situation, and in the process said perhaps more than he intended. “This is not the end,” Lewis said. “This is just the beginning.”

If Only Trump Had Known What He Did Not Yet Know About D.C. Dov Fischer – “During that brief thirty-month journey in the Twilight Zone, there was a coterie of only a dozen jerks out to sabotage my every effort despite the warm support and even deep love I enjoyed among the vast majority of that congregation of 250 or so people.

“I recount this brief nightmare — and thank G-d Almig-ty it was only a passing phase, a blip in a pulpit career of more than a quarter century — because I therefore appreciate more deeply from that personal experience what President Trump has accomplished against all odds.

The internecine petty sabotage of office politics where mediocrities who never achieve anything great choose to live to sabotage those who surpass them.

Through all this he has had to deal with The Resistance, false charges of Russian collusion from people who themselves colluded with Russians, an Obama-and-Clinton stacked Ninth Circuit court of appeals, a murder of crows at CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, the NYT, and WaPo that will not give him a chance. They attack everything he does, everything he says.

His great mistake was that — quite the opposite of his public persona — he was too nice a guy, too willing to make others happy and play to others’ expectations.

We now enter the era of the Democrat House investigations. They want his taxes? Well, America wants Adam Schiff’s taxes. And Nancy Pelosi’s taxes. And the taxes not only of Dianne Feinstein and Maxine Waters but also of their husbands who have become very, very rich.

As these next two years unfold, I hope that gutless GOP Senate committees, if only to save their own hides, start subpoenaing every Clinton thing they can think of … nd, taking a cue from Mueller, just name a Special Investigator to investigate “the Clintons” — with the proviso that he or she is authorized to follow the trail wherever it leads. It will lead everywhere.

The Morality of the Anti-Trump Elite. George Neumayr – “The dominant media spends day after day accusing Trump of this or that “lie.” It puts the worst possible construction on his every utterance.

“Meanwhile, the high priests of that media get caught out in plagiarism scandals and the like and never pay the slightest price for those acts of brazen dishonesty.

Yet all these scandals of the anti-Trump elite have a deflating effect on its moral crusades against the president. How seriously can we take them? Members of the ruling class spend much of the day obsessing over Trump’s “vulgarity and dishonesty,” then the remainder of it immersing themselves in their own.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Email Between Clinton Lawyer David Kendall and FBI Lawyer James Baker Same Day FBI Was Forced to Re-Open Investigation by sundance – “people have forgotten many of the inherent issues that showcased how the FBI and DOJ had decided in advance not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.” … Quite simply: there is a glaringly transparent lack of an “investigation”.

President Trump’s not-so-carefully considered decisions have consequences. Andrew Malcolm – Malcom illustrates Neumayr’s point. Notice the presumptions laid on the table and the total lack of evidence to support them. There is plenty of opinion and judgment but the evidence is absent because what is available doesn’t support the narrative … Until the end of the article.

NY Times headline: ‘Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce’. John Sexton – taking apart another ‘Republicans Pounce’ meme so popular in places like the NYT as examples of the cancer in society. It goes hand in hand with Allahpundit’s Trump touts Drudge headline: Check out my 52% job approval rationalizing and impugning. Contrast to Jazz Shaw on the question So you’re upset that your tax refund went down? – “This is certainly a clever bit of “coverage” of a story based primarily on people bitching on Twitter. Notice how the WaPo manages to promote a hashtag denigrating the tax cuts in the second paragraph. The premise here is clearly that the tax cuts reduced some people’s refunds, only Republicans voted for the tax cuts, therefore the tax cuts must be bad and so are the Republicans.

Is Global Warming Theory Scientific? John Hinderaker – “But being a global warming alarmist means never having to say you’re sorry. Why recant, when billions of government dollars continue to flow, no matter how many wrong predictions you make? So far, the leftist alarmists have had the last laugh: consistently wrong, but never in doubt. And still lavishly funded.”

Public Education’s Dirty Secret. Mary Hudson – “The reason is that they know deep down that due to the color of their skin, less is expected of them.” The problem is that this thesis does not fit the evidence presented. It does not explain the privilege described in the observation that “The administration was consistently on the side of the student. The teacher was the fall guy, every time.” It ignores the success of charter schools. It illustrates a socialist paradigm that tries to explain away an organization’s lack of success by shifting blame towards external rationalization. The fundamental problem, the “dirty secret,” is the infestation of racism to explain an inability to sell the product. That is why it is so strange than an economist like Mark Perry picked up on the Hudson thesis. Schools do satisfy their market. The problem is properly identifying the actual market and how competing customers and ideologies distort it.

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