Archive for August, 2017

Guardrails

Peter Nichols: Doctor Krauthammer’s Peculiar Guardrails – “Of course, moral disgrace is one thing, and moral imbecility another.

The renowned Dr. Charles Krauthammer, arguing on camera against Laura Ingraham, pronounces the President’s remarks at his press conference on the Charlottesville, Virginia melee a “moral disgrace.”

The specification is Mr. Trump’s insistence that at Charlottesville, there was violence on both sides. To say this was a dastardly abrogation of duty, even though the Doctor himself acknowledges it to be true (“Yes, there was violence on both sides.”). It is true, but “not the point.” It is not the point because all the leaders “in this generation,” all except Trump, recognize the unique importance and evil of white racism in American society. And so, if there was a faction in the streets of Charlottesville that stood for racism, it is immoral to criticize another faction opposing it.

It makes no difference what the other faction did, or what part it played in the mayhem. It makes no difference that the “Unite the Right” demonstrators had a permit, affirmed by a court of law. It is immaterial whether all of those protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue were actually Nazis or Klansmen. It does not matter that the President had denounced the Nazis and the Klan in his second statement, and specifically the one who murdered a woman with his car.

In his exchange with Laura Ingraham, Krauthammer to some extent continues the argument of a recent column, in which he rejoices that the “guardrails” of our democracy had held against the imminent threat to it: President Trump.

Krauthammer knows what is good for the young Boy Scouts, and the Boy Scout leaders know what is good for themselves. Whatever guardrail protected their moral tradition has long been bulldozed by the gay rights agenda, and they dare not incur the leftists’ wrath by being associated with a leader who is not afraid of them.

Most extraordinary is Krauthammer’s praise for the Republican senators who sabotaged the ObamaCare replacement bill, after promising their constituents that they were for ridding the nation of this health care abomination.

The President and his willingness to say what leaves Dr. Krauthammer aghast, is the only significant opposition to the menace. In that sense, and just at this moment, the President would appear to be the guardrail, however imperfect. Let the Krauthammers of the world offer us a better one (and stop pretending that Nazis and Klansmen are the primary threat) if Trump causes them such indignation.

VDH: Trump Haters Left Right Versus Trump Supporters Civil War Field Guide – describes it another way.

This species of Never Trumpers sees support for Trump as abject ethical treason. They would even rather live with a Clinton Supreme Court for 30 years than be stained by Trumpian enablement and hypocrisy (“wrong with Hillary is preferable to right with Trump”). They prefer catharsis to governance with Trump and dream that they will be ready to rebuild the party of George H. W. Bush and Paul Ryan after the fires of such ritual cleansing have incinerated the Trump yahoos.

The Arpaio case continues to resonate. Paul Mirengoff: Did Joe Arpaio receive a fair hearing from an unbiased judge? – “political animus by those who opposed Arpaio’s efforts to fill the void left by the feds appears to have driven the legal case against him.” This animus is very visible in the objections to the pardon and should serve to raise skepticism about the conviction rather than the pardon. This is another case where the evidence is accumulating that it was a political hit job and not a mater of law and justice.

Ron Rotunda, a distinguished attorney and law professor, informs me via email of certain facts that reinforce my view that partisan politics drove the case against Arpaio and, indeed, resulted in an unfair trial in the case that produced the order Arpaio later was convicted of violating. I believe readers will be interested in what Rotunda has to say.

It should be obvious that whatever the duties of a federal judge are, that job description does not include conducting a judicial proceeding in a way to insure that Sheriff Arpaio is not elected and to pursue an investigation that is even broader than that for what appears to be personal reasons. . . .

Betsy Newmark provides the Trump hater’s view citing Andrew McCarthy. It seems McCarthy has forgotten President Ford’s pardon of Nixon. Both Newmark and McCarthy are sidestepping the political nature of the Arpaio conviction and, in doing so, illustrate why politics is the fundamental issue and not law.

Check out Charlie Daniels on Truth and Evil Intentions — “Well this person, a Black Lives Matter activist, went not to enjoy the fun but to criticize and try to find some obnoxious racial element in the show or its surroundings, and miserably failing to do so went to press with inane bits and pieces of minutia and innuendo.

Trying to sow seeds of dissention and division in a place where they will not take root, because Dolly’s popular dinner show, despite having Dixie in its name is one hundred percent American, patriotic and uplifting, drawing an audience of all races.

And therein, lies the true purpose of this radical movement, it is not a search for truth and unity, but a witch hunt for anything that can be construed or misconstrued to have the least racial overtones, a way to provoke chaos in America, a protest against a president they don’t like and remorse and anger for the candidate who would have carried on the secular socialist policies of Barack Obama.

Ace: Is America Now Officially Crazy? – “It’s all part of our pack animal evolution

I believe it is. I believe the dominant media culture has gone crazy due to the trauma of not getting their way. I further believe that their constant hysteria makes more sane people not actually crazy, but very stressed out and agitated.

But those things are good only when the pack animals around you are sane and reasonably reacting to stimuli that seem to indicate genuinely possible threats.

However, when half of the pack has Mad Cow Disease and shriek and wail over nothing at all, this transmission of anxiety and fear becomes toxic for the healthy members of the pack.

Half of America now consists of barely-functional lunatics, and it’s best to avoid them for all sorts of reasons.

I can only tell you I’ve been out with politically minded people and I’ve watched them freak out as they check the twitter feeds. Their voices become higher pitched and faster paced; they begin becoming apprehensive, agitated, and anxious.

let me link a few articles exploring this phenomenon of mass national lunacy.

So how do you live and keep your mental wellness in our Post-Sanity World?

Don’t take their insults too personally. … Find a Pillar of Mental Stability — Something You Can Personally Improve or Create or Build. … Disconnect Whenever Possible

Tune out the lunatics, filter out the hate, embrace things that matter, and try to get off the white-knuckled machine of anxiety, fear, depression, and hopelessness Your Media Betters have made for you.

Jeff Goodson: The NFL between a Rock and a Hard Place – “the player protests in the National Football League are an object lesson in cultural insurgency.”

Now both the NAACP on one side and pro football fans on the other are calling for a boycott of the NFL. This has put the League in a “damned if you, damned if you don’t” situation and given it a headache of Solomonic proportions.

There’s a lot at stake, and it’s not just money. One more season of this, and we’ll have a better idea of whether professional football in America has crossed the Rubicon. And a better idea of where America’s culture wars are heading.

Michael Bargo, Jr: The Democrats’ War on First Responder Services – “few Americans know that the Democrat political machine has been systematically robbing local police, fire and health care services.”

Government derives much of its moral authority to tax from its obligation to provide public safety, health and education. Yet as public-sector pension plans create ever-greater demands upon local and state financial resources, The Democrats’ machine funnels so much tax revenue into the corrupt bargain the party made with unions that states and municipalities must rob local public services of funds in order to give their constituents outrageous salary increases, bonuses, benefits and what is called “other pay.”

The trend is clear and very disturbing: public services go unfunded to exorbitant pensions and salaries are maintained.

Jazz Shaw: Denver continues its stubborn march toward lawlessness – “The city is doing this knowing full well that they are placing themselves in line to have their DoJ grant money cut.”

I’m still left wondering precisely how much longer the residents of Denver are going to put up with this. The City Council can create all of the curiously named laws it likes, but the fact is that they are making the city’s residents less safe, not more. Their government is making clear that they are prioritizing the security of known criminals over the safety and welfare of their law abiding citizens. And they’re chopping their own funding which allows law enforcement to do their jobs to boot. But as long as they keep electing people like Mayor Hancock and the current City Council they will no doubt be getting more of the same. If you can’t change the current leadership it might be time to consider getting the heck out of Denver.

Also So much for “ladies night” at one shooting range – some will complain, and file lawsuits, about anything.

While not dealing with a shooting range in particular, over the past ten years we saw a number of similar lawsuits brought against bars and restaurants which offered ladies night specials with free or reduced price drinks. And according to this ABC News report from ten years ago, the bars usually lost. The courts frequently found that, “single-sex discounts violate state and federal statutes guaranteeing equal protection under the law.”

Another example by Ace: Here’s the Story Louise Mensa Has Been “Reporting” or Just Retweeting – “Chuck Ross combs Louise Mensa’s twitter feed so you don’t have to

Note that the New York Times published a Mensa op-ed on “Russian meddling” in the election. I do not think they’d do that for a right-wing conspiracy theorist with a history of making sensational claims about, say, Obama’s birth certificate.

But they did it for Mensa.

Mark J. Fitzgibbons: Charlottesville false narrative crushed by DHS warning – “Governor Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to evade responsibility for the shocking violence at Charlottesville just got even more implausible.”

He and local authorities were warned, and yet allowed, if not forced, the two violence-prone parties into such close proximity that violence was a near certainty.

The warning issued to state and city officials was clear that the violence in Charlottesville would come, as President Trump was widely criticized for saying, from “both sides.” As quoted by Politico, the DHS assessment issued three days ahead of the Charlottesville incident read, “Anarchist extremists and white supremacist extremists online are calling on supporters to be prepared for or to instigate violence at the 12 August rally.”

Despite denials of a “stand down” order, it has become obvious, even to the ACLU, that police were kept from doing their jobs, and violence was allowed to unfold before the nation, as the media did its job of blaming conservatives and President Trump for the actions of neo-Nazis.

A disgraceful episode in American history is likely far more disgraceful than people yet understand. That federal investigation needs to be thorough and speedy.

VDH: Equal by Catastrophe – “Throughout his book, Scheidel takes pains to emphasize his tragic view of inequality, and repeatedly notes that he does not like the very solutions that he has found” A review of The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel (Princeton University Press, 528 pp., USD$35).

Scheidel’s argument depends on a number of propositions that he does not fully explore. Economic inequality is always relative, not absolute. Scheidel assumes that throughout history disproportionate wealth leads to permanent class envy and inevitable strife. In contemporary terms, the American poor resent not just their poverty, but feel insult added to their injury in seeing others who have far more. Really? The story of the twenty-first century may be that high-tech breakthroughs, the inclusion of three billion workers from the former Third World into the global capitalist labor force, and the internet have redefined poverty and wealth.

What drives inequality during civilization’s calm? Scheidel describes rather than analyses the relative roles of luck, health, inheritance, education, or talent in wealth creation.

For all Scheidel’s good sense and prodigious research, he still does not manage to reconcile his assumption that economic equality is a very good thing with his demonstration that it occurs only under the most barbaric of conditions.

Regina F. Graham and Cheyenne Roundtree and Daniel Roth For Dailymail.com: More than 70,000 brave fierce dust storm at Burning Man – “Strong winds descend on the famed festival in the Nevada desert” What it’s about. A lot of pictures. And the wrap-up weekend is forecast to be record hot.

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Arpaio, Climate Change, Free Speech, Voting, IRS … the pot is near boil

The limit was hit after only a review of the first tier in the news. So much. Texas is drowning and needs your prayers and support but that is a different sort of too much, a more immediate and pressing too much. Here’s what else is going on. “I could swear that I saw Vladimir Putin in a Confederate uniform the other night sneaking into my yard to plant poison ivy.”

Consider this whopper in a story about freedom of speech:

Meanwhile, supporters of a president who routinely rails against the free press have enthusiastically donned the mantle of first amendment freedom fighters.”

The President rails against fake news but plauds a free press. See What Trump gets about the media. “As is often the case with Trump, the rhetoric is so insulting and extreme that it’s hard to take the underlying point seriously. But, as also is often the case with Trump, he’s onto something real.” Lies, deceit, and distortion, especially in the Press, should be a concern of everyone and the Major Media has demonstrated a low regard for such intellectual integrity.

Julia Carrie Wong does have a good essay if you can get around the bias such as shown by that whopper. The far right is losing its ability to speak freely online. Should the left defend it? – “Free speech was the left’s rally cry. But the fate of the Daily Stormer, a hate site ‘kicked off the internet’, signals the increasing irrelevance of the first amendment.”

That’s when the chief executive of website security company Cloudflare [Matthew Prince] “woke up … in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet”, as he told his employees in an internal email.

Critics charge that technology platforms have enabled a disparate network of racist extremists to seek one another out, raise funds, and plan and execute such rallies. But unlike consumer facing companies such as Facebook, YouTube, PayPal and Discord, and even as liberal voices – including the Guardian editorial board – applaud it, Cloudflare won’t defend its actions.

“I am deeply uncomfortable with the decision we made,” Prince said in an interview. “It doesn’t align with our principles.”

“This is a really terrible time to be a free speech advocate,” said Jillian York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “It’s a ‘First they came for the … situation,” she said, referring to the famous Martin Niemöller poem about the classes of people targeted by Nazis, “only in reverse”.

But the fate of the Daily Stormer – as vile a publication as it is – may be a warning to Americans that the first amendment is increasingly irrelevant.

American technology companies that were once imbued with the ethos of Twitter’s famous sobriquet – “the free speech wing of the free speech party” – have changed the rules, or at least decided to start selectively enforcing rules that are technologically unfeasible to apply across the board.

If the left does abandon its free speech principles, it may come to regret it.

“I’m really surprised to see liberals talk about what speech needs to be taken down, and not take that conversation a step further and talk about who is actually doing the censoring,” York said, questioning whether we should trust either the government or “unelected white Silicon Valley dudes” to make such decisions.

Or as Keller says: “We should not expect the new speech gatekeepers to be benign forever, or to enforce rules that we agree with forever.”

Charles Hurt: There are no decent plans in Congress, just lies, intraparty squabbling – “We are witnessing some of the most spectacularly absurd political gambits in American history unfold right now before our very eyes.”

The first comes from Democrats in Congress, who want to somehow blame collapsing Obamacare on Republicans. … The Democrats who huddled in darkness with powerful lobbyists to write the Obamacare bill. The Democrats who hid the Obamacare bill from the public and even their own members in Congress.

To be sure, Republicans in Congress should be humiliated — if politicians were capable of such a thing. They had seven years to come up with an actual plan to repeal Obamacare.

Now they have the chance to do just that right this second and they flinch.

But somehow blaming Republicans for the catastrophe that President Obama, Mrs. Pelosi and the entire Democratic Kleptocratic Regime gave us? That’s insane.

The second spectacularly absurd political gambit we are watching this season is this open effort by Republicans to somehow blame all of their problems on Mr. Trump.

how it is Mr. Trump’s fault that the professional, experienced politicians in Congress failed to repeal Obamacare is beyond any rational thinking.

It is almost as if Republicans in Congress — along with Democrats — are determined to find a Republican somewhere to blame for it.

Robert Knight: The death of parody – “Because of its shrillness and excess parodying the left is nearly impossible.”

Ever since Donald Trump’s election, we’ve been awash in such cultural and political lunacy that it defies attempts at parody.

It’s not just the concerted assault on anything reminding us of the Confederacy, or the numbingly constant messaging that only bigots oppose giving boys access to girls’ locker rooms. The very idea of America as an imperfect but good and decent country is under daily assault. Plus, the president can’t even brush his teeth correctly. You can read all about it.

The real thing on CNN looks like a daily sendup from the satirical site The Onion.

The Washington Post under Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been turned over to editors who are apparently about 12 years old, smoking dope and stoked in cultural Marxism.

How do you satirize the left’s general, ongoing hysteria? It’s starting to affect me because I could swear that I saw Vladimir Putin in a Confederate uniform the other night sneaking into my yard to plant poison ivy.

Dave Boyer and David Sherfinski: Trump’s pardon of Arpaio sends strong messages to immigrant advocates, Mueller team, loyalists – “President Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has set off a new round of recriminations, with Republicans saying they disagreed with the decision and Democrats saying it was an unforgivable abuse of power that presages still more political mischief.”

The last administration instituted a policy of requiring pardons to be vetted by the Justice Department before President Obama would grant them. Mr. Obama set records for clemency in cutting sentences of drug dealers and users and repeat felons — including those who used guns in the commission of their crimes.

Mr. Obama also issued end-of-term decisions to commute sentences of a member of a Puerto Rican terrorist group, and of Chelsea Manning, who before undergoing sex-change surgery was Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, serving 35 years in prison for leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks.

Mr. Trump’s first pardon signals he won’t be beholden to the Justice Department process that Mr. Obama followed.

“The Arpaio pardon was an easy call on the politics,” Mr. Corallo said. “The Trump haters are going to keep hating him regardless. The president’s base approves of it wholeheartedly. The people in the middle are not concerned with it.”

He added, “The president was fully within his authority to issue this or any pardon. Regardless of whatever process exists at DOJ, the constitution grants the president plenary power to pardon anyone. The remedy for those who disagree with the pardon is at the ballot box.”

Mr. Franks said the pardon was neither unprecedented nor outrageous, as critics suggested, and he compared it favorably with Mr. Obama’s commutation of Manning’s sentence.

“While no one can dispute Manning acted to undermine our country’s national security, Joe Arpaio has spent a lifetime trying to maintain it. Comparing the two, it is easy to discern that Arpaio is a patriot while Manning is a traitor,” Mr. Franks said.

“I think the Arpaio pardon is pretty straightforward,” Mr. Bossert said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “Just about every modern president ends up with some controversial pardons, but I think the president’s been pretty clear on it and I certainly don’t think it’s fair to characterize him as not caring about the rule of law.”

Daniel John Sobieski: RINOS Wrong on Arpaio – “House Speaker Paul Ryan also headed for the tall grass, echoing McCain’s sentiments.

Arizona Sen. John McCain’s limited understanding of the law and the Constitution was on display when he falsely claimed that President Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio undermined the rule of law. McCain was joined by his Arizona colleague, Sen. Jeff Flake, who is up for reelection in 2018:

Indeed, as McCain acknowledges, the power of the President to pardon anyone for any reason is absolute.

Arpaio was found guilty by a Clinton-appointee after he was denied a trial by jury based on the relative minor nature of the charge, a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail. The ruling reeks of politics, with the decision to prosecute Arpaio on profiling charges made by an incoming Obama administration bent on throwing open the nation’s borders to illegal aliens

As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized at the time, the decision to prosecute Joe Arpaio smacked of hypocrisy, injustice, and legal gymnastics involving one Thomas Perez, current foul-mouthed head of the Democratic National Committee and former Obama administration DOJ official

The fact is that Joe Arpaio was in fact enforcing federal law as originally written, only to have the Obama administration rewrite the law in order to prosecute Arpaio.

Perhaps if Arpaio had given away the nation’s secrets, or been an international felon like the Clinton-pardoned Marc Rich, or been a New Black Panther intimidating Philadelphia voters in 2008, McCain, Flake, and Ryan might have a case. But they don’t. Joe Arpaio was and is a patriot fighting to protect our nation’s borders from invasion and was acting in good faith in enforcing federal laws it was originally written, not as reinterpreted by a liberal judge.

Anthony J. Sadar: Why the skeptics reject ‘human-induced’ climate change – “The stark reality does not support the unsettled settled science of man-made global warming.”

Many campus scientists are dismayed at what they see as unreasonable skepticism of the scientific establishment and the denial of the edifice of scientific facts that include disastrous global warming resulting from excessive human carbon emissions. In the coming decades, such emissions will apparently doom the planet, according to some high-level sources.

Step off campus and confident predictions of climate calamity are confronted by the world of reality where there are no safe spaces. The reverberations from the college echo chamber are damped by wide-open reality.

Antics, such as marches on Washington for ostensibly protecting scientific integrity, only serve to accent the politics and juvenility involved with modern scientific practice.

Campus science elites should at least try replacing patronizing arrogance with humble confidence. After all, there is a chance that elitist knowledge of the state of global climate decades from now might be wrong.

Don Surber: Why was health agency pushing the climate change lie? – “I will flat out call it a lie.”

For 30 years now, the United Nations and other Marxists have pushed the unhinged theory that man is causing the world to burn out of control. That is what global warming (now called climate change) is all about.

No serious scientist would back this quackery if not for the billions in taxpayer money governments use to pay of scientists in the guise of funding research.

Not one prediction has come true.

After 30 years of getting it wrong, anyone who is not a skeptic is either a fool or a liar (in some cases, both).

President Trump is draining the swamp.

That’s the climate that needs changing.

Arnold Steinberg: Not the Perfect Storm – “To CNN, Schumer, et al.: Now is NOT the time for politics.”

“As millions of people in TX and LA are preparing for the hurricane,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), leader of the Senate Democrats, proclaimed in a series of Friday night tweets, “The President is using the cover of the storm to pardon a man who violated a court’s order to stop discriminating against Latinos and [to] ban courageous transgender men and women from serving our nation’s Armed Forces. The only reason to do these right now is to use the cover of Hurricane Harvey to avoid scrutiny. So sad, so weak.”

And, so low-life for Schumer.

There’s more.

All this would be a sick ploy, if it were true. Our fellow Americans are in distress. … We are still one nation with a resurgent sense of community. Help our fellow citizens, even if their historical statutes are politically incorrect and presumably worthy of Orwellian revisionism.

Jenny Beth Martin: Trump, McConnell, Obamacare and the tea party – “The media just don’t understand.”

“It is with that message in mind that we are heading back to Capitol Hill on Saturday, September 23rd to rally in support of the agenda that the American people supported in last year’s election. We’re going to send a message to Washington politicians: “Keep Your Promises,” and we invite all Americans who want to see the America First policies come to fruition.”

Stephen Moore: ‘Keep it simple, Stupid’ – “The key to tax reform is avoiding bills with too many moving parts.”

Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes and I (founders of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity) have been pleading with Congress to keep the debate focused on three simple reforms:

1) cut tax rates for large and small businesses to 15 percent to make America competitive and create jobs.

2) repatriate $2.5 trillion of money held by American companies back to the United States at a 10 percent tax rate.

3) double the standard deduction for every family and individual tax filer.

The good news for Republicans is that the three components of this tax plan are all things that Mr. Trump campaigned on and are popular with voters.

Thomas Lifson: Chicago had 14,000 more votes than voters in 2016 general election – yet “President Trump continues to receive scorn over his assertion last year that vote fraud accounted for Hillary Clinton’s raw vote majority.”

They really, really don’t want anyone looking closely at vote fraud. They claim there is none of any significance.

That must be why this report from Chicago City Wire has been so thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media:

But we can expect that Democrats will continue to dismiss the possibility that vote fraud worked for them on a significant scale. The fact that they resist investigation is telling.

Rick Moran wonders: Is the IRS Scandal About to Break Wide Open? – “Lost emails, destroyed hard drives, foot dragging, stonewalling, and a smirking, sneering IRS commissioner doing his best to obscure the truth

this has largely been the response by the Internal Revenue Service to investigations by Congress and FOIA requests from conservative groups trying to discover the truth about the IRS targeting scandal.

But one federal judge appears to be just as curious as the rest of us about what exactly the IRS was up to when it targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny in approving their tax-exempt status.

tantalizing hints emerged last week that whatever the truth is may be recoverable.

More names means more witnesses to be deposed under oath. Perhaps some promises of immunity are in order so that the truth can be wrung out of an agency that has been used to target the political opponents of a president and materially affect the ability of conservative groups to exercise their rights.

As for the flood, the Cajun Navy and many other volunteers are flooding into Texas and Louisiana to aid and assist. It’s going to be a management headache but practice is honing solutions for constructive cooperation. It’s not over yet and there is much work to be done.

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Brain missing, regressed, or something?

Cheryl K. Chumley: Trump coded kiss-off letter the work of childish left – “Ooh, a secret code. Like a 9-year-old might write.” and this from a professor at UCB.

Kammen, an energy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, just resigned his post as science envoy at the U.S. Department of State. In a letter to the president, posted on his Twitter account, he wrote of Trump’s “failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis” and the subsequent “domestic and international ramifications” that brought as fueling his resignation decision.

Specifically, he wrote: “Particularly troubling to me is how your response to Charlottesville is consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet.”

And here’s the really clever part.

At the beginning of each paragraph, Kammen used a word that began with a letter that, when read downward, spelled the word “impeach.”

That’s not just passive-aggressive. That’s just stupid. It’s like the mysteries of the universe unfolding — only, Not.

Is this what the left has become — the political equivalent of the religious world’s Wiccans? As if sneakily inserting messages of “impeach” will actually bring about the hoped-for impeachment. As if the childish coding will serve as the magic elixir, the witchlike spell, that secures the impeachment success.

The reaction to the President’s calling out behavior rather than identity, such as this example illustrates, registers. The childishness is telling.

The Washington Times: Assault on the thin blue line – “The campaign against the cops is leading to a very bad place.” The pardon of Sherriff Arpaio controversy fits into this. Professor Kammen has chosen a side that supports the campaign.

The expansion of civil unrest across the American landscape is ominous enough, but the ferocity of the abuse of the nation’s men and women in blue is more alarming still, a precursor to anarchy. The truly deplorable who hold the upholders of the law in contempt must get a grip, or be restrained, before the violence crosses the line into a primitive land of no return.

The trend, whether cause and effect, nevertheless accompanies the leftists, usually dressed in black masks, who challenge the law as the police follow a strategy of avoiding confrontation.

the police, obviously under instructions from the top, did almost nothing to keep combatants apart, enabling and encouraging the violence.

The line between civilization and anarchy is blue and thin, and left-wing radicals imagine they can achieve their goals by spilling blood, breaking bones and striking fear in the hearts of the innocent and the law-abiding. This will lead society into a new place in America, where nobody should want to go.

Patricia McCarthy: Arpaio Pardoned, RINOs melt down – “What on earth has happened to the moral and political sensibilities of Paul Ryan, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Jeb Bush, etc.?

Arpaio was found in contempt of court after a Clinton-appointed judge, Susan Bolton, ordered him to stop enforcing the law, detaining people he suspected (or knew) to be illegal immigrants. It was the judge who broke the law as so many of our activist judges have over the last decade. They do not want laws that protect our borders enforced. Such judges are traitors to the nation as well.

How have we come to the point at which the Republican leadership in Congress is so consistently on the wrong side of their stated principles?

James Fotis: Trump’s pardon of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the right (and courageous) thing to do – “Despite knowing he would face criticism, the president did what was right.”

Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge in July of criminal contempt after being charged with violating a court order that attempted to prevent suspected illegal immigrants from being targeted by the sheriff’s traffic patrols. The sheriff acknowledged continuing the patrols, but said that targeting was not the focus.

Arpaio’s conviction arose out of a lawsuit wrongfully accusing the sheriff’s office of violating the rights of Hispanics, allegedly using racial profiling tactics to identify people for traffic stops, and detaining convicts based only on the suspicion that they were illegal immigrants.

Hearing testimony during Arpaio’s trial, I realized that any reasonable person who was there to pass judgment on this honest law-abiding man – who gave his life to the rule of law – could never have found him guilty on the evidence presented.

However, the only one who could pass judgment on the former sheriff was U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, because Arpaio was denied his right to a jury trial under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The judge’s verdict convicting Arpaio was a travesty of justice.

The Washington Post, as one might expect, has a sob story of an immigrant who spent a year in Arpaio’s tent city jail to try to refute Trump’s pardon. Slate also shows its colors headlining The Arpaio Pardon Is a Bad Sign for the Mueller Investigation and Trump’s Revenge with articles asserting “that Trump has no respect for the rule of law” and “Arpaio was not convicted for his relentless and well-documented brutality, but for criminal contempt” and calling Arpaio “sadistic.”

It is interesting that Luboš Motl is providing the more reasonable school in U.S. civics. He says Trump had moral duty to pardon political prisoner Arpaio – “My understanding is that he has never tangibly hurt or restricted someone who wasn’t an illegal immigrant.”

But just like Europe, America is filled with organized activists who find the illegal immigration desirable. So they’re telling you: You aren’t allowed to look whether someone looks like an illegal immigrant, listen whether he quacks like an illegal immigrant, and you’re not even allowed to take his lack of documentation into account.

And some judges have issued verdicts with these ludicrous statements, too.

The reaction I found most stunning was one by Noah Feldman, … But I am primarily disgusted by Feldman’s words that “Trump has attacked the rule of law in the U.S. itself”. What? The pardon for Arpaio is surely a middle finger for a certain clique of judges and other activists who loved to imagine that they’re omnipotent but they’re not and they’re not the same thing as the rule of law. In fact, they’re much closer to the rule of lawlessness.

Trump’s pardon for Joe Arpaio is a textbook example of a pardon that the founding fathers had in mind. The pardon was incorporated as an extra tool to reverse decisions that are partially driven by angry mobs, that haven’t really defined what the crime is supposed to be, and that are too cruel given the age or other characteristics of the defendant.

Allahpundit points out the absurdities from a Former GOP senator: We need to make clear that Trump doesn’t represent what the Republican Party stands for – but “He beat 16 candidates to win the party’s presidential nomination. And not JV-level candidates like Romney did in 2012, either.

Trump defeated them all easily in nearly every major primary. And once he was nominee, they all fell in line behind him. It bears stressing this: He’s the same guy now as he was last year. There have been various shocks during his first seven months but no true surprises. The party chose him expecting him to be this guy, elected him expecting him to be this guy, and is now being rewarded by having him be this guy. Even with no significant legislation passed, daily distractions on Twitter, sniping at congressional Republicans, needless self-made clusterfarks over some of the “very fine people” in the alt-right, conflicts of interest, and sporadic Russiagate developments, he still enjoys the backing of 75-80 percent of GOPers or better in most polls. When Kevin Williamson, disgusted, warned Republicans after Trump finished off Cruz in the Indiana primary, “Remember, you asked for this,” he wasn’t just warning them about the chaos to come. He was acknowledging a plain fact. We did in fact ask for this.

John Danforth can comfort himself over that if he likes by asserting that Trump doesn’t represent Republicans, but Republicans themselves have been pretty clear over the past 26 months what their view of that is. You don’t need to like what the party’s become, but we’re late in the game now to insist that it hasn’t already become that.

It is rather amazing how this “self-made clusterfarks over some of the “very fine people” in the alt-right” myth sticks despite it being an unsupportable misperception. Neither UCB professors nor pundits with a distaste for Trump are honest enough to go look at the transcript of what Trump actually said and read it carefully without bias.

Rowan Scarborough: Democrats intentionally used disinformation from Russia to attack Trump, campaign aides – “the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election

Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information. Mr. Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer. Fusion GPS distributed the dossier among Democrats and journalists. The information fell into the hands of the FBI, which used it in part to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign aides.

Clarice Feldman: Crying Wolf in a Crowded Theater – “In the Federalist, Stella Morabito does a stellar job explaining exactly how media manipulated people into a “nervous breakdown“ over the events in Charlottesville, a breakdown that has created a feeling of alienation and hatred toward our fellow citizens.”

She explains the three potent weapons they utilized to this end: “the manipulation of our language; the deliberate use of such loaded language to cultivate extreme emotions in people, particularly anger and resentment; and the role of mass media as a nuclear device to impose those perceptions on a mass scale.” … “The whole point of manipulating language is to obfuscate in order to control.”

I agree with her and that’s why I find so disturbing the efforts of the large Internet giants to regulate free speech on their sites. Also distressing is internet giants, movie stars, and commercial enterprises supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center, the money sucking partisan outfit intent on shutting down one side of all debate. It is so inimical to the right of free speech (even if it offends) with which 83% of us agree.

Everyone who isn’t buying this baloney is being targeted.

With businesses like Google, PayPal, and Facebook allowing SPLC to declare who and what constitutes “hate” — often because the management shares SPLC’s blinkered view — perhaps Congress ought to consider a Bill of Rights for the internet if free speech is not to be unreasonably occluded and one side again being given the only voice in the marketplace of ideas, to our great detriment.

Feldman’s recommendation is a good one. Read Stella Morabito on America’s Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced.

Ned Ryun: The real threat to our republic is the Orwellian Antifa – “Over the past few months, we have finally entered the fully realized historical revisionism promised in George Orwell’s “1984,” in which the motto, “Who controls the present controls the past.

For all the talk of Trumpian bluster or exaggeration, there is only one group that seeks to systematically and violently achieve its goals here in the United States on a broad scale: the so-called “anti-facist” movement, now commonly called “Antifa.” And the goal? It’s not “anti-facist” or “anti-racist” as they attempt to portray themselves. It’s the systematic elimination of free speech, free assembly, and free thought via any means necessary, including violent protest, the media and Orwellian revisionism.

This violence against reprehensible, yet innocent citizens, and more importantly, law enforcement, which the Antifa routinely violently opposes, is not the result of a few bad apples. It’s the fundamental philosophy of the loose confederation of Antifa cells, much of it laid out for all to read on “how to” websites.

Increasingly, the violence we are seeing on the streets is not the result of the alt-right movement, but of the Antifa movement imposing their views on our society: tearing down statues, burning the American flag, shutting down town hall meetings, destroying private property and looting. All of it tactical toward achieving the goals of destroying the American culture, society and economy. Never mind that the tactics are themselves the tactics of the fascist.

Rebecca Onion: The Angle: Leave the Guns Edition – “Why should protesters ever need to carry weapons? Connor McLean argues that permitted rallies should disallow the kinds of strapped-up displays we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia.” What is getting sidestepped is that weapons is not just firearms.

John Sexton: LA Times: Restrict the Second Amendment at First Amendment rallies – “The argument is that free speech is too important to restrict but, for safety’s sake, police should be willing to tell people no guns allowed at outdoor rallies.”

I suspect the editorial writers for the LA Times are not gun owners and, maybe, don’t know any gun owners. But it’s worth noting that despite having two ostensibly opposing groups of armed people in Charlottesville, no shots were fired. It wasn’t the gun owners who got violent, it was the kids with flagpoles and one nut with a muscle car.

John Hinderaker: Far-Left Bullies Suppress Civil Rights In California – “The “heckler’s veto” is not recognized in American law, but it is increasingly becoming a fact of life in American cities.”

The hecklers are always from the far left, and they generally come armed. This is a scandal of major proportions, but is rarely recognized as such.

Rather than defending Patriot Prayer’s First Amendment rights, local authorities slandered the group in order to justify their own inaction:

“White supremacist” has become a catch-all epithet for anyone the Democrats don’t like.

So what happened? A vicious mob of antifa fascists swarmed the area while police stood by, threatening the “right wing” rally.

Does hunting down your political enemies with baseball bats an ax handles count as “hate”? Of course not!

The Associated Press describes an armed mob seeking to beat up people with whom they disagree politically as “anti-fascist”–with a straight face! What a time we live in.

So those who oppose the far left–surely a majority, even in California–are not allowed to assemble. This is an intolerable (not to mention illegal) situation. It can’t be allowed to continue.

Jonathan H. Adler: Why Gorsuch’s speech to a private group at the Trump Hotel does not raise serious ethical issues – “this is another example of the selective and somewhat-partisan invocation of judicial ethics concerns.” Somewhat partisan?

Neo-neocon: Presidents and lies – “it demonstrates how reluctant I am to use the word “lie” to refer to an error that comes from campaign hyperbole or ignorance. If it’s ignorance, I’ll criticize the ignorance, not a “lie” that isn’t really a lie. And I try to do the same for each side.”

That’s why I get so angry when I hear Obama supporters excusing him by saying “all presidents lie.” Not like Obama, they don’t.

About that most fundamental thing—his political points of view, and his plans for the country as president—Trump (at least so far) appears to have been telling the truth. Which is sort of funny, because during the campaign a lot of us suspected he might have been lying and had no intention of trying to do most of the things he said he would try to do. If during his campaign Obama seemed more trustworthy than he actually turned out to be (although I don’t think I was fooled; see this post), than Trump as president so far has been more trustworthy in that respect than he seemed to be during the campaign.

DCE: This Is How Science Is Supposed To Work – “the New York Times editorial claiming that we should trust climate scientists because of the recent eclipse certainly had me scratching my head.”

The “climate scientists” have discarded much of this, telling us instead to “Trust us. We’re scientists!” instead of showing us their work, the algorithms they’ve used to run their calculations, or even the data and other factors they’ve used to come up with the conclusion that “We’re all gonna DIE!” if we don’t impoverish ourselves to stop climate change. They are sounding more and more like Professor Irwin Corey – The World’s Foremost Authority, all the time. I wouldn’t mind that all that much if they were nearly as funny as he was. While he used his scientific sounding gobbledygook to comic effect, the so-called climate scientists are serious, at least when it comes to making sure they keep receiving funding.

It would be nice if they got back to doing real science.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas caused a lot of damage and there were a number of victims. There were also stories of another sort. William Bruso, a taxi driver, got a new friend he named after the hurricane. “As thousands evacuated the Houston area ahead of the Category 4 hurricane and others hunkered down, one hawk sought refuge in a car in Houston on Friday.” Fernando Alfonso III reports on the Dog carrying bag of food after Hurricane Harvey becomes viral hero – The grandson’s dog got loose but was found carrying his food.

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Derangement on parade

J.J. Sefton: How Can There Be “Right Wing Extremists” If the Right Believes in Individual Liberty and Freedom, OR Why the Left-Center-Right Paradigm Is a Myth – “Because we are human beings, we are all prone to the usual foibles, failings, sins and idiosyncrasies that have plagued us since time immemorial. But that doesn’t mean that the concepts of good and evil don’t exist.”

In order for its weltanschauung to make any sense at all to its adherents, as well as to justify its actions in a broader context, the Institutional Left (and I already have a problem with that monicker considering the subject of this essay, but more on that later) is constantly propagandizing in every forum and classroom the concept of “multiple perspectives.” In essence, as the Buffalo Springfield crooned 50 years ago “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” It’s a neat pseudo-intellectual parlor trick— and it’s totally disingenuous.

So, if this is the case how can there be extremists on both sides? It makes no sense. There is no moral equivalency between the two sides. THERE IS NO LEFT/RIGHT PARADIGM. There are only those who believe in freedom and liberty and those who do not; or more precisely, those who are willing to take advantage of the good nature and gullibility of all too many to seize control and to tear down America as founded, Judeo-Christianity, the Scottish Enlightenment, free market capitalism and every other aspect of real human progress the aforementioned have fostered over the past 2,000 years of history.

It is way past time we took back the language and set the record straight and reject this blood-libeling. Make them face up to their history…. Before they rewrite ours.

Joseph Curl: USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook – “ USA Today “broke” it in a huge scoop on Monday: “Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large family.”

And here’s the really interesting part: It doesn’t matter — now — that the story was shot down. Trump and his family didn’t cause the problem, it’s existed for a decade. But the story — the fake report that Trump and his family are to blame — is out there now, alive on the interwebs. And that story feeds the half of America that voted against Trump. “Did you hear? All of Trump’s travel is bankrupting the Secret Service!” will be heard ‘round the water cooler this week.

So it doesn’t matter if it’s true — it’s out there. And it doesn’t matter that the USSS director later added context. Nor does it matter that when Obama and his wife took separate planes to Hawaii, one day apart — costing taxpayers an extra million dollars — that liberals and the MSM defended them. Because (and here’s the real point here) EVERYTHING TRUMP DOES IS WRONG.

There. You got it? Good. Remember — everything, wrong.

And that’s how fake news works.

S.A. Miller and Dave Boyer: Trump blames ‘dishonest media’ for misreporting of his Charlottesville comments at Phoenix rally – “President Trump called Tuesday for an end to the racial divisiveness roiling the country and blasted the news media for misreporting his reaction to the deadly violence at a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

The president, who has suffered ongoing criticism of his response to Charlottesville and been blamed for stoking racial tensions, said the “dishonest media” was misreporting his response and trying to tar his administration with racial hatred.

“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting division,” Mr. Trump told a crowd of thousands in the Phoenix Convention Center. “And yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that.”

Dana Perino got caught up in this when she asserted that Trump left a “haven” for the extremists in his comments. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, a sponsor of NASCAR, also fell for the fake news and insulted many of his customers. The New Americana Staff has the story about What really happened with Camping World CEO and Mark Martin – “Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, made some untimely comments on CNBC that exploded onto social media.”

The press made the connection between the tiki brigade and Trump, because that’s what they think. They used this CEO just to keep their own narrative. I disagree with how the president handled Charlottesville, but I don’t think he instigated it like the media wants us to believe. Whatever Lemonis really believes, he’s entitled to clarify (and he should have been asked to).

“I’m quite frankly very sad and scared, living in this country were we are so aggressive with each other that it’s taken out the spirit of what this country stands for,” Lemonis said in the video. “I’ll continue to take the damaging tweets, I’ll continue to take the damaging Facebook posts, I continue to take the death threats.”

But all of that could have been avoided if he was not propped up as a tool of #Resist. Lemonis really should have blamed the media. This was totally their fault.

It is interesting that a bunch of folks carrying TIKI torches looking like they were headed to a back yard party are equated with a bus load of folks in masks carrying baseball bats and pepper spray cans. It appears this media fantasy may have done damage to the TIKI brand as well as to Camping World … and that is only the most visible damage.

Cheryl K. Chumley: CNN’s Don Lemon dares to pin Trump as liar – “That’s kind of the pot calling the kettle black, yes?

Well, now comes Lemon, bringing up the rear with an outright attack on Trump’s Phoenix rally.

“I’m just going to speak from the heart here,” Lemon said, The Hill reported. “What we witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts. Someone who came out on stage and lied directly to the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history, especially when it comes to Charlottesville.”

Wait; there’s more.

Well, here’s a thought: It’s the left and its whole “Resistance Summer” mindset, impeach-Trump mantra, that’s been busy tearing apart the country with riots in the streets, burnings on college campuses, antifa-inspired attacks on innocents. But it’s Trump’s who’s now expected to step in and bridge the gap between the anarchists from the left and the law and order crowd on the right?

Doesn’t make sense.

But then again, neither does the left’s entire way of thinking.

For more on the media lash-out, see Peter Barry Chowka: CNN Viciously Attacks POTUS for Phoenix Speech and Suggests He’s a National Security Threat and Nicholas Fondacaro: MSNBC Cuts Away from Trump Rally to Smear Him and Supporters. Also featured in headlines is a Clinton judgment that Trump is a creep and made her “skin crawl” when he stood behind her. Then there’s James Clapper asserting that Trump is “unfit” and how disturbed he is. This level of hostility grates on people, especially when they compare and contrast to what they actually see.

WeirdDave: I Need to Find a Dark Room – “Washington Post: When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon … First of all, I’d like to point out one tiny detail: THAT’S THE ENTIRE POINT OF FREE SPEECH.”

The problem is that ” the internationalist, secular, cosmopolitan, multicultural liberalism that marks the thinking of educated elites of both parties” is poison. It’s wrong. It’s EVIL. So yeah, maybe using free speech to attack and destroy it is a pretty good idea. It’s the entire reason the 1st Amendment was created in the first place.

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it” logic at it’s finest. So CPUSA needed to be opposed because it was interfering with the sacred leftist agenda, never mind that it was interfering by advocating for taking it to it’s logical conclusion, which was anathema to most Americans and might make them resist the sacred cows of the left.

There’s more, but it’s all just unhinged lunacy. Read the whole thing, but I warn you, your brain will be reeling afterwards.

Democracy Dies in Delusion.

Jazz Shaw: We’d like a word with your woke 8 year old if that’s okay – “This is a phenomenon I’ve been noticing in more liberal media outlets (and particularly on Twitter) for a while now, but it involves some rather “delicate” questions.

David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon finally rips off the bandage this week and says what I’m guessing many of you were already thinking. Yeah.. right. Your “woke elementary schooler” is really upset over all of this, we’re sure. And they came up with such ideas all on their own. Pull the other one, guys… it’s got bells on it.

But a kid in third grade? I’m calling BS unless you’d care to back it up. There are two obvious answers, neither of them particularly attractive for the claimant. The first (and worse) is that you’re making the story up out of whole cloth to either make your point with extra emotional punch or to simply make yourself look like a better parent. (As David suggests above.) The second is that your kid may have actually said something along those lines, but only because you’ve been inundating them with talking points they probably don’t even grasp and coaching them to say such things. Whether you’re doing it to indoctrinate them in “approved thinking” for later or simply to get a good story out of it makes little difference.

Obviously nobody would want to volunteer to put their child through something like that and in the real world we shouldn’t demand it. But we can at least ask the people making these claims if they’re really comfortable with what they’re doing to their kid’s mind at an age when they should be outside skipping rope or riding a bike.

Neo-neocon: Reversals – Jacobson: “the denial of the truth that both sides were violent seems to go beyond mere criticism, into a reversal of reality.” … “The phrase “reversal of reality” made me think of this from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Heckler’s Veto is a growing concern. Andrea Noble: Gun rights groups concerned over protestors carrying firearms at rallies – “They’ve represented gun owners in some of the highest-profile cases to hit the courts in recent years, but the Second Amendment Foundation won’t defend groups that hold public armed protests, saying that crosses a line.” Never mind that it is an unrealized, irrational fear. There must be a line when it comes to the right of self defense. The symbol of that right, even though enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, must be restricted on a symbolic basis, just because.

“There are many in the gun community who believe the open carriers pose a big threat to gun rights because they are so aggressive and so in the face of other people in controversial settings that it could lead to a backlash,” said Adam Winkler, a gun rights scholar and constitutional law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In fact, the backlash has already begun.

The issue gets even more complicated when groups of firearms owners show up en masse carrying their weapons.

That happened in Charlottesville, where a contingent of armed demonstrators attended the event, and in some cases were described as having done a better job than police at breaking up skirmishes between rallygoers and protesters.

Despite the violent clashes, no shots were fired at the event.

As happened in Berkeley and at Charlottesville, the police were instructed to stand down. That leaves a gap and the danger is not by those who fill that gap but those who made it.

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Faux Outrage in Many Forms – “This should make your blood run cold”

Alex Swoyer: Conservatives launch campaign to bolster Trump’s judges, pressure Democrats – a case study in plausible deniability is being challenged.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has pushed back at the allegations of obstruction by her party and said her colleagues are simply “doing their due diligence in reviewing these nominees.”

Democrats also say Mr. Trump has been slow to name nominees for many of the federal openings.

Where nominees have been picked, though, Democrats are using all of their procedural tools to extend the debate.

Michael Bertolone: When Will New Orleans Apologize for the Italian Lynchings? – “Mayor Landrieu’s virtue signaling only goes so far. For example, when will the mayor issue a formal apology to Italian Americans, who were the victims of one of the largest lynchings in U.S. history in 1891?” If you look at sources such as Wikipedia and even the NAACP, you’ll see that lynchings were less of a problem than the intra-black murder in Chicago is right now and that blacks were not the only victims. This just follows other ‘faux outrage’ such as described by Thomas Sowell – Misconceptions About Slavery on YouTube.

Italians are now grouped in with “white oppressors,” but in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they weren’t considered “white” and certainly did not have so-called “white privilege.”

The response by the American media of the time was largely one of approval. The murders caused a serious breach between Italy and the U.S., with diplomatic relations suspended for over a year. A payment of $25,000 to the dead men’s families healed the rupture. The lynchings triggered a decade of horror for Italian immigrants in the South, with repeated lynchings and riots in the Gulf area for the rest of the 1890s.

I submit that an appropriate atonement for this atrocity would be for Democratic Mayor Landrieu to apologize on behalf of the City of New Orleans and the Democrat in charge at the time, Mayor Shakspeare.

To the chagrin of the race-baiting left, history is messy, not clearly defined, and consists of shades of gray rather than strictly black and white. It’s interesting that groups now considered “white” were not classified as such not that long ago. The establishment have now transformed the victims of ethnic violence into their oppressors. As has been said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The left clearly suffers from historical dementia.

On the other hand, sundance describes a case of getting down to a known reality that has been avoided to date: President Trump Begins Familiar Strategic Process – Pakistan Assigned Ownership of Afghanistan Extremism… – “A very familiar pattern is emerging as President Trump turns his attention toward solving the ongoing issues within Afghanistan.” No more tap dancing around just who is complicit in the international terrorism.

Last night as President Trump addressed the nation to discuss the ongoing conflict within Afghanistan he took the first step: Trump assigned strategic ownership to Pakistan:

If anything President Trump stated was not the brutal reality the placement of strategic ownership would not work. However, the entire international community knows that Pakistan, including their intelligence service ISI, has a great deal of hidden sympathy toward Islamic extremists within Afghanistan.

Last night President Trump called it out, publicly.

Remember, the solution to the threat that is Kim Jong-un was to assign direct responsibility toward Beijing. In a similar approach, the solution toward eliminating the threat of extremist violence from the Taliban is to assign direct responsibility toward Pakistan. President Trump began that process last night.

However, those who have followed closely will note there’s additional references.

See the pattern? In each example President Trump assigns responsibility. However, the important element is the underlying ownership must be based entirely on truth.

Additionally, this approach only works if there’s leverage to cajole Pakistan to act. Fortunately creating “leverage” is almost a uniquely Trumpian life-skill.

The U.S. military is not the leverage, the military helps creates leverage. The leverage itself is economic.

So far, this economic geopolitical approach has worked well with Syria/Russia, Qatar/Saudi Arabia and DPRK/China. No reason not to be optimistic about Afghanistan (Taliban)/Pakistan.

Pakistan brings up the interesting case of the Awan family. Andrew C. McCarthy takes up The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers – “It leaves out a lot of highly pertinent information.”

what’s the best evidence you could possibly have, the slam-dunk proof that their goal was to steal the money and never look back? That’s easy: One after the other, the wife and husband pulled up stakes and tried to high-tail it to Pakistan after they’d wired the funds there

Well, here’s a peculiar thing about the Justice Department’s indictment of Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, the alleged fraudster couple who doubled as IT wizzes for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and many other congressional Democrats: There’s not a word in it about flight to Pakistan.

First, let’s recap. As I explained about three weeks ago, there is a very intriguing investigation of the Awan family. There are about six of them — brothers, spouses, and attached others — who were retained by various Democrats as computer-systems managers at compensation levels dwarfing that of the average congressional staffer.

There are grounds to suspect blackmail, given (a) the staggering sums of money paid to the Awans over the years, (b) the sensitive congressional communications to which they had access, (c) the alleged involvement of Imran Awan and one of his brothers in a blackmail-extortion scheme against their stepmother, and (d) Wasserman Schultz’s months of protecting Awan and potentially impeding the investigation.

To summarize, the indictment is an exercise in omission. No mention of the Awan group’s theft of information from Congress. Not a hint about the astronomical sums the family was paid, much of it for no-show “work.” Not a word about Wasserman Schultz’s keeping Awan on the payroll for six months during which (a) he was known to be under investigation, (b) his wife was known to have fled to Pakistan, and (c) he was not credentialed to do the IT work for which he had been hired. Nothing about Wasserman Schultz’s energetic efforts to prevent investigators from examining Awan’s laptop. A likely currency-transportation offense against Alvi goes uncharged. And, as for the offenses that are charged, prosecutors plead them in a manner that avoids any reference to what should be their best evidence.

There is something very strange going on here.

McCarthy isn’t the only one noticing a fishy smell. Ace: Hmmm: Democrat Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff Wrote Off Equipment Which Disappeared In Hands of Awan Gang In a Manner Which Seems to Have Concealed The Equipment’s Vanishing – “Not sure of the motive for doing this. But It does seem to raise some questions in need of answers.”

I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe the Awan brothers were selling government-bought equipment on the side.

But if that’s the case, why have so many Democrats seemed to affirmatively help them evade detection and prosecution? And even avoid losing their jobs?

To quote Mr. Plinkett, it would be best if the media took more of an investigative interest in this mystery than none at all.

Christopher Chantrill: Suppose BLM and Antifa Are Just Democratic ‘Muscle’ like the Old KKK – “The reason that Donald Trump won the Republican nomination was that he stood up for ordinary Republican voters that liberals routinely name and shame as racists, sexists, and homophobes.”

Ordinary middle-class Republicans know that, at any moment, they could be accused of racism by some SJW at work and lose their job. They are afraid; they want a president who will stand up for them.

The reason Donald Trump won the election was that his economic nationalism appealed to the white working class that is dying of despair, abandoned by the Democrats forty years ago.

Then came Charlottesville, and Donald Trump showed that he had our back. The problem, he said, is both sides. If President Trump does nothing more in his presidency, he has at least declared left and right extremists equivalent.

In the Jim Crow South, the KKK guerrillas now became the “muscle” for the Democratic Party. And the KKK role, apparently, was not so much to lynch blacks as to intimidate whites who might have a soft spot for the freedmen.

Now, ask yourself: are Stormfront and today’s KKK anyone’s political “muscle” today? Certainly not. For just about anyone on the right they are an embarrassment. We wish they would go away.

Now let us turn to Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Are they marginalized groups that liberals and Democrats are ashamed of? Certainly not.

The conclusion is obvious. Black Lives Matter and Antifa are “muscle” groups that perform the same function for today’s Democrats that the KKK performed for the Jim Crow South.

On this view you might think that the Trump voters are not racist sexist homophobes, but genuinely suffering under the unjust rule of the liberal “creative classes” and their BLM/Antifa enforcers, and that they elected Donald Trump to redress their grievances.

Ed Morrissey illustrates how deep the slander goes. Pence: Why no, Trump didn’t draw a moral equivalency in Charlottesville – “Mike Pence has to know that this question will come up in every interview he gives for the next week or two, right?” What is in front of your face is denied and contested if it does not fit what the anti-Trump bunch just knows is really right and they are persistent in the extrene.

Lauer notes that Pence is being “loyal” in Trump’s defense, which is part of the role of the VP. (It’s practically the only role of the VP.) Pence has his message discipline tight in these responses, implicitly relying on the same formulation I noted when asked about the comments in Chile. Pence wants to present all three Trump responses as a cohesive whole, which then allows Pence to argue that Trump’s comments about “fine people” come as a piece with his denunciations of white supremacy and bigotry, rather than as a sequence where the former undermines the latter. It’s Pence’s only play, but don’t expect the media to go along with it.

There is a false meme, and Morrissey is showing sympathy with it, that attempts to refute Chantrill.

Scott Johnson on William Henck: My IRS ordeal – “The IRS was at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck gave us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel.”

Every workday I walk past a mural in downtown Richmond that states, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This matters. That’s why I’m speaking out. IRS executives are either accountable or they are not. If people in the administration and Congress want to hold IRS executives accountable, this case is their best (and probably last) opportunity to do so.

Before the TIGTA interview, I called the 17 employees I would be listing as witnesses. Several of them were too scared to talk to me. One of the others told me “please don’t put my job in jeopardy.” There is a real fear of retaliation within the IRS. I told the TIGTA agents that if I leave in November, they would be getting a whole bunch of “I don’t recall” when they talked to the witnesses.

I don’t know what else I can do. I really don’t.

Reynolds recommends Jonah Goldberg On Charlottesville, Trump, and Anti-Americanism – “Andy McCarthy has a great piece today where he fleshes out how hardcore, violent, leftist radicals are still admired, romanticized and lionized among mainstream American liberals.”

While, mainstream conservatives are expected – rightly – to denounce the alt-right, the Klan, neo-Nazis, et al., liberals take deep offense at the notion that they have any problem whatsoever to their radical left.

This raises a point I briefly made in my column yesterday. The alt-right does mainstream conservatism a favor by making it clear they do not want to be part of our movement, they want to be an alternative to it.

The funny thing is that if you actually read or listen to antifa, or virtually any of the radical groups today or in the past – ANSWER, Black Lives Matter, the Weathermen, the Black Panthers et al. – they make it quite clear that they want to be an alternative to mainstream or “corporate” liberalism.

The problem is liberals don’t want to acknowledge it. They love the popular front logic. They celebrate the passion and will of everyone from Occupy Wall Street types to Antifa. Remember how hard it was for mainstream liberals to say anything bad about Bill Ayers?

I’m reminded of this passage from Alan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind: “I have seen young people, and older people too, who are good democratic liberals, lovers of peace and gentleness, struck dumb with admiration for individuals threatening or using the most terrible violence for the slightest and tawdriest of reasons.” He continued: “They have a sneaking suspicion that they are face to face with men of real commitment, which they themselves lack. And commitment, not truth, is believed to be what counts.”

I am delighted to say that the alt-right doesn’t speak for me. I wish more liberals were as eager to say the same about the mask-wearing, violent, unpatriotic, anti-American radicals they are foolishly celebrating.

Moran: Did Google, GoDaddy, and CloudFlare Violate Net Neutrality?advocates frequently warn about the perils of internet service providers (ISPs) censoring the internet yet remain remarkably silent when Cloudflare, Google, and other companies censor free speech.”

Recently, liberal tech companies such as GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare declared war on free speech, vowing to scrub the internet of “hate speech.”

These Silicon Valley companies do not see the irony in their assault on free speech, considering that these companies have repeatedly suggested that removing net neutrality would allow ISPs such as Comcast or Verizon to block and discriminate websites and services. Google, Cloudflare, and GoDaddy blocked these websites, in essence, violating the neutrality of the Internet.

All of these companies contend that they can and should block content and services and that ISPs cannot choose how to operate their networks.

These companies have all decided to censor free speech when they have frequently championed free speech and the openness of the Internet when they have railed against what would allegedly happen if the FCC were to remove net neutrality.

Neo-neocon has more: Internet free speech threatened – “This is a chilling, must-read article. In it, William Jacobson quotes a post he wrote last Friday

“…[In the past there have been] attempts to intimidate internet hosting companies and companies that provide internet infrastructure to cut off access to the internet. [Previously] the effort has been focused on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. People might not care that The Daily Stormer is taken down, but the history of leftist tactics show that the target universe will expand dramatically and it will not be long before efforts are directed, as they are now for advertisers, at mainstream conservative and right-of-center websites….

Companies like Cloudfare and others who provide internet infrastrucure will come under increasing pressure, and it won’t be limited to the Storm Fronts of the world. We know from history that the “hate” label is broadly applied for political purposes, and will be used only against right-of-center websites.

It certainly didn’t take long for that prediction to come true.

Nazis will be Nazis. Fascists will be fascists. Today they call themselves “Antifa” and the like, but they’re acting just like Hitler’s Brownshirts did, when they shouted down and assaulted anti-Nazi speakers. Now the violent thugs work in a more genteel fashion: they just pull the Internet plug on those they hate. You, Lauren Kirchner, are aiding and abetting a quintessentially fascist enterprise. Authoritarianism in service of any cause leads to a slave society despite the best intentions of those who helped usher it in.”

This should make your blood run cold.

Many threats from many directions need to be addressed.

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Russians? Spies? Fake News?

David Keene: The Rohrabacher-Assange meeting – “Pending is proof that the Democratic National Committee wasn’t hacked by Russians after all.”

The “common wisdom” in Washington circles is that the Russians were responsible for illegally hacking into the DNC computers during the campaign and leaked the emails thus obtained through WikiLeaks, but recent revelations suggest that there is at least a possibility that the “common wisdom” is dead flat wrong. If it is wrong and can be proven, the charges of “collusion” so dear to Mr. Trump’s opponents could collapse.

The Nation magazine earlier this month published a lengthy report on the conclusions of a number of intelligence analysts who have looked at the available evidence and concluded that it would have been physically impossible for the Russians to have done what Mr. Trump’s critics allege.

They maintain that the information that made its way into the public sphere wasn’t hacked at all, but leaked by someone within the DNC itself.

There are conspiracies and then there are conspiracies. Julian Assange may have the proof as to who is right and who is fantasizing and if he provided that proof to Mr. Rohrabacher things could get very interesting for all involved and especially for Mr. Clapper and those who have relied on his “consensus view.”

Washington Times: A spy story for our times – “The computer geek with Democratic secrets flees to Pakistan

He was arrested at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia just as he was about to board a plane to Pakistan, his home of record, and just after he made a curious transfer of many thousands of dollars to an overseas bank account in his name.

The answers may come by following the money, which has turned over many Washington rocks to reveal secrets of many kinds. The formal indictment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charges Mr. Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, with engaging in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about properties. The indictment says the couple then sent those illegally collected proceeds to certain persons in Pakistan. The moving finger writes many tales from the Arabian nights, not many of them good.

L. Todd Wood: Beyond the fake news, a real scandal of Clinton collusion with Ukraine – “The Associated Press and The New York Times reported this week that a Ukrainian hacker named “Profexer” had turned himself in and is now a cooperating witness for the FBI.”

The “Trump colluded with Russia” narrative is alive and well in the United States. With the media and the Marxist left lacking any facts to support this falsehood, they have now resorted to guessing what evidence hackers overseas may provide to resuscitate their attempt to unseat a duly elected U.S. president.

But that story aside, some real news is coming out of Ukraine on the collusion front. I’m not talking about Russian collusion against Hillary Clinton; I’m talking about collusion between the Democratic National Committee and the government of Ukraine to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidential election.

The swamp is being disturbed and the gas is bubbling.

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Some folks keep a lot hidden in the deep recesses of their minds

Clarice Feldman: Terry and the (Antifa) Bandits Will Inherit the Wind – “Hillary’s pal, Governor Terry McAuliffe, obviously thought he had another keen plan to keep his party from utter ruin.”

Buses bearing hundreds of Antifa in their distinctive masks and Unabomber garb, BLM, and other leftwing street thugs descended on the site, masked and armed with bats, clubs, and tear gas spray. They infiltrated the area set aside for Unite and when the police forced the legal demonstrators into the crowd, the Virginia police did nothing to stem the perfectly predictable violence. Indeed, at 11:52 a.m. Governor McAuliffe ordered the legal demonstrators out. When the mayhem continued, McAuliffe reportedly issued a stand-down order. It sure looks as if it was a setup. …
Harry Lewis observed: the governor and local Democrats wanted to foment violence “Because they want to depict the government as unable to maintain order, and violence is an acceptable way to achieve political objectives.”

The media to its shame, played along with the Democrats’ script.

Antifa gangs beat up reporters to stop them from filing their violent acts, something barely reported.

As is often the case, the Democrat propagandists, play on Jewish fears of anti-Semitism without noting the strong current in the most viable, best-funded and largest cohort of both sides in Charlottesville. Antifa is every bit as anti-Semitic as their counterparts on the far right

Indeed, days after the first very biased media coverage, some media been forced to pull back.

Nevertheless, the Times is still searching in vain for evidence that Trump is a racist.

It seems clear to me that the Democrats would happily destroy the country rather than accept losing it at the ballot box. Is it just me? I cannot see such thuggery persuading the voters in the states Hillary lost to switch back to her violence-supporting party or those who voted for pride in our nation and support for its constitutional guarantees of equal rights to jump ship to join anarchists, racists, communists, and rule by violence.

John Sexton: CNN’s take on Antifa: Peace through violence – “The left’s secret society of masked vandals is growing and they are seeking to normalize political violence.

CNN published an article today based on interviews with members of Antifa. The headline notes, “Activists seek peace through violence.” That seems to suggest there’s a real problem with what Antifa is doing but the rest of the article comes across as sympathetic to the group, even to their violence:

Now we’re arguing that violence is a reasonable response to “hate speech.” At least no one is trying to claim James Madison for support. As for the idea that history will decide, that’s another way Antifa is saying they don’t believe the actual law as it exists now applies to them. That’s why they wear masks and dress the same, so they can get away with it.

People who feel they can act above the law (so long as it’s for the right reason) are a danger to all of us. Responsible Americans should condemn Antifa rather than tolerate them.

Neo-neocon has more: CNN tries really really hard to say something bad about Antifa… – “This sort of thing is self-serving, sophistic claptrap from people who yearn to be considered as brave as the real Resistance during the real World War II fighting the real Nazis, and who have a love affair with violence themselves.”

Ed Morrissey: Judge to IRS: Start naming names – “Walton now has ordered the IRS to broaden their searches, both in time and in scope, in order to get this scandal fully resolved one way or the other.”

The IRS had hoped to close off demands for more discovery, arguing that too much time had elapsed and that there were no indications that further searches would be fruitful. In short, they argued that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit were merely on a fishing expedition. “The United States should not be held to respond to far-reaching inquiries,” the Department of Justice argued.

That’s a rather gutsy statement, considering that the IRS admitted just a few months ago that it had suddenly discovered seven thousand undisclosed documents relating to the scandal. The problem in this scandal is that the inquiries clearly haven’t reached far enough. But it raises an interesting question: why is the DoJ still siding with the IRS in the case of conservative targeting by the agency? For that matter, why is John Koskinen still the commissioner of the IRS?

J. Robert Smith provides perspective and context for the monument riots in The Great Robert E. Lee – “He was a man of integrity. He was a man of his place and time. He deserves our remembrance and respect.”

The left – and the mainstream media, the Democratic Party, the race industry, and establishment go-alongs – want to destroy our history. Destroy anything that honors the men who fought for the South in the Civil War. Destroy, as the left does – here and abroad – history that doesn’t comport with its worldview. Destroy it or ignore it and rewrite it, as the Stalinists did. As Orwell warned.

That’s a villainous mindset. It contains an awfully destructive logic if not defeated.

we live in dumbed down times, when schools fail to teach, or foist revisionist history on our kids; when history is barely remembered, much less understood; when tens of millions of citizens are open to falsehood, misrepresentation, and certainly lack of context about the momentous events and times and people in the past who shaped our nation.

Modern Americans often travel across state lines. They relocate for work or lifestyle. They fail to appreciate mid-19th-century life. Though change was coming, Americans were still overwhelmingly rural, rarely venturing more than a dozen miles from their villages or farms. The nation was only loosely knitted together through the Revolution, rudimentary media, religion, and culture. The Civil War commenced just 72 years after Washington was sworn in as president.

Racism was prevalent throughout the nation. Lee’s thinking was deemed progressive. The temptation is to impose early 21st-century sensibilities on Lee, whose correspondence is 161 years ancient.

The North and South were diverging. The former was industrializing, while the latter remained agrarian. The North’s demographics were changing, with influxes of European immigrants. The North had started to urbanize.

Lee, like many Southerners, fought for independence, not slavery. Those Southerners fought Northern tyranny – so perceived, though erroneous. Had it been a divorce, the South would have filed on grounds of irreconcilable differences.

The Civil War greatly shaped our nation. It’s intrinsic to our history, our reality. It has a truth – terrible, tragic, noble. Leftist revisionists be damned.

That’s why it is still the “war between the states” in the South. Slavery was chosen, via Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, as a primary symbol for the conflict to make it easier to swallow the need for the horror and destruction. “Up until September 1862, the main focus of the war had been to preserve the Union. With the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation freedom for slaves now became a legitimate war aim.” [civilwar.org] There was much more to the conflict and those who choose monuments as their symbol for social discord attempt to sweep that history out of sight rather than learn from it.

In many ways, the Civil War was the second war by the U.S. to free slaves. The first was the Revolutionary War that freed indentured servants (wikipedia – “Between one-half and two-thirds of white immigrants to the American colonies between the 1630s and American Revolution had come under indentures.”) and an oppressed population.

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Classically Inartful

Dov Fischer: And Yet President Trump, in His Classically Inartful Way, Was Absolutely Right – There’s the usual bunch of “yeah-but” qualifiers and obsession with slavery outside of historical context but the thing to note is this “Trump was right” surfacing again. And again. And again. Romney is reported as asking for an apology from Trump. Did he actually listen to what was actually said like Fischer did?

I just did something fascinating. I just watched the President’s entire 14-minute impromptu news conference at Trump Tower on Monday that sparked all the latest barrage of anti-Trump screeds

Not the reportage about the conference, but the entire 14 minutes unedited, uninterrupted. I found myself agreeing with his every word. I did not find his tone or demeanor “unpresidential” in the least. He sharply and explicitly condemned the Nazis and White Supremacists unequivocally. He also condemned the extreme leftists who premeditatedly came armed with weapons to smash up a demonstration that, rightly or wrongly, had been granted a legal permit.

Allahpundit is on a tear this morning. One of the more ‘stick to reality’ posts is Romney to Trump on Charlottesville: Apologize – There’s a “yeah-but” here, too, in acknowledging Trump was right but complaining that he didn’t present the proper emphasis. One should not ignore the obsession with “racial oppression” either.

The other point is that he [Romney needs to get away from the idea that the Nazis were the only ones being violent last weekend. It’s simply incorrect, and the more he stresses it the more he’s going to be dismissed as an unwitting apologist for Antifa. … Trump’s main failing on Saturday wasn’t the celebrated comment about violence on “many sides,” which was tone-deaf after a white supremacist had just killed a woman by ramming her with his car but not factually inaccurate. His failing was not going much further to specifically condemn the alt-righters given their special affinity for him personally and the country’s history of racial oppression.

Ed Morrissey reports on one case that stepped over the line: Missouri Dem: Heck no, I won’t resign after calling for Trump’s assassination – “voters entrusted to Chappelle-Nadal with the expectations that she would act responsibly with that public trust. Instead, Chappelle-Nadal cheerleaded for an assassination.”

Congressman William Clay, a fellow Democrat, put it best. “(C)alling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.” Chappelle-Nadal is an embarrassment to self-governance and self-discipline. If she had any shred of remorse, she would not just resign from this office, but pledge never to run for another one. The very fact that she doesn’t feel the need to resign makes her unfitness for office even more obvious. If her fellow Democrats can’t convince her to resign, then her colleagues in the Missouri legislature need to act to expel her.

The IRS Lois Lerner scandal hit another milestone. Scott Johnson describes it as Judge Walton To Irs: “lay It On The Line” – “Koskinen has capably served as a bureaucratic foot dragger, dissembler and apologist for the scandals involving the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.” Citing Stephen Dinan in his Washington Times article:

Despite confirmation from the D.C. Circuit last August that Plaintiffs’ constitutional claims against the IRS remain viable, resulting in a remand of the case to the district court for a decision on the substantive merits of Plaintiffs’ claims, the agency has persisted in its efforts to prevent disclosure of the details surrounding its targeting of these groups.

The court has instructed the IRS to explain, among other things, the reasons for the IRS’s delay of the Plaintiffs’ applications for tax-exempt status (to be addressed as to each separate Plaintiff), the identities of the individuals responsible for the delays, and any actions taken by the IRS since it granted them tax exemption that are outside the normal course of business.

The impact of this ruling cannot be understated, as it means that the IRS must finally acknowledge its wrongdoing (and the reasons for it) in the context of a judicial proceeding in which the agency may be held legally accountable for its misconduct.

Liz Sheld: Worse than Nazis? Gun Owners – “The ACLU has announced that it will not support the rights of groups that want to enjoy both the First and Second Amendments.”

The event at Charlottesville was a heated one to say the least — and still there was no Wild West shootout like the kind we are constantly warned about by the anti-Second Amendment alarmists.

My suspicion is that the ACLU is placating their cohort after coming under fire for defending the Nazis’ First Amendment protections. Here’s a bone, they probably thought: we’ll refuse to protect the rights of gun owners, who are worse than Nazis apparently.

Of, course, a hallmark of the Left is that only certain identity groups have selected rights and it is up to them, via government, to choose who gets what. After all, the distribution of resources to fit selected ideas of ‘equality’ is what socialism and the Left is all about.

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I’ll teach you what to look for.

Patricia McCarthy: Charlottesville and Its Aftermath: What if It Was a Setup? – “The ridiculous campaign by virtually every media outlet, every Democrat and far too many squishy Republicans to label Trump some kind of racist and Nazi sympathizer is beginning to have the stink of an orchestrated smear.”

It is as fake a narrative as the “Russia collusion” meme. The left set out to defame Trump from moment one. When he won the election, their shock, dismay and intolerance for every opinion that differs from their own shifted into hysterical overdrive. They mounted their crusade to destroy his presidency on Nov. 9, 2016.

What if Signer and McAuliffe, in conjunction with Antifa and other Soros-funded groups like Black Lives Matter, planned and orchestrated what happened in Charlottesville and meant for events to unfold roughly as they did? If they did, it was icing on their sick, immoral cake.

The Democratic Party is no longer liberal, it is leftist. It is not progressive, it is regressive and repressive. It seeks to overturn the First Amendment. It means to indoctrinate, and has, successive generations via public and private education. It is becoming ever more fascist by the day.

It is disheartening to see so many American elites, privileged in wealth and position within the media and/or government be so completely of one, unthinking mind.

So were the events of Saturday the result of a despicable plan to further undermine Trump? There was plenty of time and Charlottesville is the “capital of resistance.” If it was, it was evil and deadly and the people involved need to be prosecuted. Or is this a wild conspiracy theory? Perhaps. But the pieces fit.

And don’t forget the role of the Police in the violent riots and the chain of authority that they obey.

Ebben Raves: All in: The left is through messing around – ““Russia, Russia, Russia” isn’t working and may actually turn against the Democrats. What is next in their playbook? The usual racism page, although this time, it is for all of the marbles.” More notice of the stink that is coming from the swamp.

Thomas Lifson: MSNBC’s Katy Tur shamelessly tries to bait mother of Charlottesville victim into hating on Trump – “Trump haters, intoxicated on the Nazi-KKK-Trump meme they are pushing, are unmasking themselves as hateful cynics.” More observations about telling behavior.

Yesterday, we saw Katy Tur of MSNBC metaphorically morph before our eyes into a vulture feasting for political carrion on the body of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. Interviewing Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother, Tur asked five straight questions, trying to get the grieving mother to stop being scrupulously nonpolitical and give her something to use against Trump. How is this not exploitation? How is this not harassment?

L. Brent Bozell: Colin Kaepernick — History’s Hero? – “The National Football League’s preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL job.” More telling behavior is identified. Consider that the racists suffering injustice are provided an opportunity to make millions just out of college – and they disgrace their alma mater with their ignorance of civics. But they are being held up as heroes of the revolution, much like Stalin and Lenin and Marx and others who have actually shown what real suffering can be.

One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments.

Washington Post sports columnist Jerry Brewer pulled out a very large straw man on Aug. 17 in a column headlined “Days of Docile Black Athlete Have Ended. Get Used to It.” He doubled down in the text, saying: “Sorry for the inconvenience, sports fans, but the days of the docile black athlete are over. This isn’t a time to stick to sports. This isn’t a time to be afraid because Kaepernick has been blackballed.” To argue that Kaepernick’s critics want “docile blacks” is character assassination.

Most of these liberals impose their own righteousness about America’s “systematic racism” without acknowledging that Kaepernick went beyond this quiet pre-game stance. They ignore that he wore socks in training camp featuring pigs with police hats on them. They ignore that he wore a T-shirt with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on it as he supposedly advocated for freedom of speech.

When challenged by Cuban exile Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald about the T-shirt, Kaepernick proclaimed that communist Cuba was better than America.

It’s not a matter of “extra sprinkles on our ice cream” to smear the police as porcine, racist killers and smear America as founded not on liberty and justice but on slavery and genocide.

Ace: Washington Post (The National Laughingstock) Publishes Op-Ed Calling for Political Violence – It’s about a hagiography for Antifa.

Scott Adams: How To Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble – “History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t know when you are in one.”

But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if they know what to look for.

I’ll teach you what to look for.

A mass hysteria happens when the public gets a wrong idea about something that has strong emotional content and it triggers cognitive dissonance that is often supported by confirmation bias. In other words, people spontaneously hallucinate a whole new (and usually crazy-sounding) reality and believe they see plenty of evidence for it. The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known example of mass hysteria. The McMartin Pre-School case and the Tulip Bulb hysteria are others. The dotcom bubble probably qualifies. We might soon learn that the Russian Collusion story was mass hysteria in hindsight. The curious lack of solid evidence for Russian collusion is a red flag. But we’ll see how that plays out.

if you are not experiencing mass hysteria, you might be totally confused by the actions of the people who are. They appear to be irrational, but in ways that are hard to define. You can’t tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickin’ crazy.

The reason you can’t easily identify what-the-hell is going on in the country right now is that a powerful mass hysteria is in play. If you see the signs after I point them out, you’re probably not in the hysteria bubble. If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means you’re trapped inside the mass hysteria bubble.

Here are some signs of mass hysteria. This is my own take on it, but I welcome you to fact-check it with experts on mass hysteria.

The Powerline Lawyers are getting a bit into this mass hysteria thing. Scott Johnson provides a case study in missing the communication in his Restatement on comments. It’s entirely reasonable but misses the question about why it is that the blog is getting an upsurge in inappropriate commenting. There’s a lot of folks who don’t like moral preening at the President’s expense, even when, and especially when, it comes from folks who are otherwise outside of the mass hysteria bubble.

John Hinderaker gets a bit back on track noting that Apple Funds Left-Wing Hate Group – “So is Apple coming out against antifa? Just kidding

Like so many others, Cook misrepresents what President Trump has said. Maybe he did it intentionally, or maybe he was relying on pundits, including a number of conservatives, who have shamefully misrepresented Trump’s words. Trump said that white nationalists and violent antifa thugs–not “protesters,” who Trump said were “fine people”–both bore responsibility for violence in Charlottesville. I don’t know how anyone who has seen the videos of those events can dispute the truth of that assertion.

As has been documented many times, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a left-wing hate group that has blood on its hands. [Update: Much more here and here.] I don’t know whether Cook shares SPLC’s hateful agenda, or whether he is just a naive stooge. Either way, Apple has aligned itself with some very bad actors. And either way, it is time to sell my Apple stock.

On this, Glenn Reynolds has a comment:

If It’s A Choice Between Political Expedience And Its Core Mission, I Expect The ACLU To Pick The Former: Odd statement from the ACLU: ‘White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech.’ They’re going to take the position that some speech is so inflammatory it counts as violence. Because ultimately they’re driven by their wealthy Democrat donor base.

I’d like to be wrong about this, but I don’t think I am. I’ve seen one institution after another abandon its stated purpose and mission to support the party line.

Peter Hasson: ‘Like A Slot Machine Junkie In Reno’ — Tucker Unloads On Bill Kristol After Kristol’s Cheap Shot – “Kristol falsely accused Carlson of “rationalizing slavery.” Another example of Adam’s mass hysteria bubble.

“Kristol refused to explain himself today. Part of the explanation has to be the moment we’re living in where hysteria has supplanted rational debate. No longer to explain your beliefs but to highlight what a morally upstanding person you are, a virtuous guy you are, using by contrast of your opponent who is by definition, evil. It’s childish, obviously. But to many people, it’s tempting. Even 64-year-old men with Harvard degrees fall for it, apparently,” Carlson continued.

Depressing as hell. Kristol isn’t the only one who does this. Washington is littered with formerly impressive people who shout and preen on social media. I hate to see it with him. I liked Bill Kristol once and thought he liked me. What a shame.”

For a rational analysis of the President’s comments, neo-neocon has More on the Charlottesville violence and Trump’s reaction to it – “And I continue to wonder what was wrong with the Charlottesville police this past weekend.”

in order to believe that Trump praised Nazis in that press conference and characterized them as fine and quiet people, you’d have to believe that he knew there were only Nazis and no one else on the right demonstrating that night—and that for some reason, although he clearly denounced the neo-Nazis in other statements he made, in this particular statement he wished to praise them (and was stupid enough to do so although he knew it would unleash an enormous amount of wrath towards him).

Witness. Be careful about what you think you see. Be aware of yourself. Don’t join a hysteria bubble.

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When did you stop beating your wife?

That’s the famous line about presumed guilt. Also, on these observations of human nature is to note that the lies about the riots are circulating the planet with the truth is just beginning to get some visibility. See John Sexton on NBC and the BBC: There were violent left-wing protesters in Charlottesville – BBC reporter “Gunter continued, “Trump is right. There was violence on both sides.”

Suzanne Fields: Scapegoats, dupes and gulls – “Intolerance is the name of the game the fearful and frightened play.”

Identity politics has gone over the top, and the flood of intolerance is drenching everyone. What began as a campaign to re-right injustice has created injustice. What was meant to change attitudes toward intolerance has become intolerance enthroned.

If math can be misleading, reactions to its ambiguous data can be merciless.

Cheryl K. Chumley: Donald Trump lashes at Lindsey Graham’s ‘moral equivalency’ quip – “Isn’t it bad enough that Trump has to correct the media for misstatements all the time? But he also has to clarify what those in own party are putting out that paint him with a black brush?” Limbaugh took off this morning on this phenomenon. Graham’s ‘moral equivalency’ is malignant and seldom applied where it really belongs. Assertions like Graham’s and others regarding Trump on Charlottesville are a most destructive and gross form of ‘fake news’ and its purveyors should be held to account and properly shamed for their false witness.

And also Charlottesville and the loss of America’s sanity – “President Donald Trump, bombarded in a speech on infrastructure with repetitive and aggressive questions about Charlottesville, made clear — again — that violence, bigotry and racism in all its many forms, in all its various shapes, were not to be tolerated.”

Let the feeding frenzy of media sharks begin. It’s as Rahm Emanuel, former White House top dog and current mayor of Chicago says: Never let a crisis go to waste. My, how that principle is playing here.

America, bluntly, has lost her sanity over Charlottesville. It’s like the words “white supremacist” came in the room, and critical thinking scurried.

what’s happened, in the emotionally charged atmosphere of the media’s narrative, is that those who try to explore the facts are automatically cast as a white supremacist; conversely, those who wildly proclaim that hate speech must be shut down are seen as reasoned and level-thinking.

what’s needed is a collective breath, a unified step back from the overheated rhetoric.

What’s missing from all this media coverage is context; what’s lacking is a look at the facts. Witnesses say the alt-left faction — the counterprotesters — started the violence. Witnesses say the police did nothing to stop the violence — that they either failed to arrive on scene or were ordered to stand down and let the violence unfold as it may. Witnesses say the protesters were wrongfully corralled into a space that included barricades — barricades that were put there when the city manager yanked the permit, but never removed when the city had to return the permit — and that the positioning of these barricades forced the protesters to walk closely by the counterprotesters, directly in their line of fire, so to speak.

It seems, as Americans, we should be able to at least agree on two points: Racism, in all its forms, is evil. And the First Amendment, at all costs, must be protected and preserved.

From a 1st Ammendment perspective, consider Chasmer’s report: “Gwinnett County Judge Jim Hinkle, a former longtime mayor of Grayson, tendered his resignation on Wednesday.”

“While, thankfully, our Constitution protects the right of all citizens to express their opinions, Judges are held to a more stringent standard by the Judicial Canons,” she said.

Judge Blum said in an earlier statement that the Judicial Canons, “as well as our internal policies, require Judges to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity, impartiality, and fairness of the judiciary.”

But this only applies for certain political ideologies, not others, and which is which is becoming increasingly clear.

Judson Phillips: Antifa and white supremist rallies – “Idiots wanted to fight in Charlottesville.”

This whole tragedy could have easily been avoided and the fault for this belongs to the radical left.

The left in general and the radical left in particular, has a reflexive desire to shut down the expression of any opinion it disagrees with. The left demonstrates this with speech codes on college campuses or in the most recent example, the firing of James Damore from Google because he dared to question liberal orthodoxy.

Antifa is simply the logical extension of liberalism. When all else fails, use violence to silence anyone you disagree with.

Had the radical left Antifa crowd just left the white nationalists alone, the “unite the right” rally would have had three minutes of coverage and no one would have cared. It would have quickly been consigned to the eternal darkness of the oblivion where bad ideas go to die.

There will be more violence in the future. Antifa has made this clear.

Antifa is a real and present danger to Americans and American liberty. They are violent extremists and they are the ones the government needs to stop.

There is much being said, in public and with vehemence, about ‘right to speak but’ in regard to the people Antifa attacked. What is missing is what Trump noticed. It is the violence that needs condemnation, not the speech or who said it. Free speech is protected. Violence is not.

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The endless hazing of summer

George Neumayr: The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds – “The partisan pettiness of their nitpicking is beyond parody.”

The self-appointed ruling class is overflowing with egomaniacs and heartless operators who, oblivious to the irony of their own pouting, decry Trump’s “ego” and question his “heart.” Has America ever had to endure a more insufferable collection of frauds? When not sating themselves at Margaret Sanger award galas and Black Lives Matters powwows, they can be heard lecturing Americans on “racial healing” and a culture without violence.

A host of “conservatives,” who are just me-too liberals looking for pat on the head from the media for their “fairness” and “decency,” jumped at the chance to smear Trump for his supposedly “disgraceful” response to the Charlottesville violence. Beneath all of their virtue-signaling blather lay a demand to Trump born of their own PC-deferring cowardice: unless you say what the self-appointed ruling class wants you to say and say it in the manner they want it said, while not saying what they don’t want you to say, you are a racist. From their hyperactive rantings, one would have thought that his Saturday tweet linked to Mein Kampf. In fact, it was a blameless condemnation of violence and bigotry. But it was troublingly “generic,” the ranters bleated. And how dare he suggest that violence emanates from many “sides.”

Tammy Bruce: The deadly impact of identity politics – “By conflating white supremacists and Trump supporters, the ‘Resistance’ pours hate on hate.”

In the aftermath of the horror of the Charlottesville riot, there’s been less condemnation by the media and the left of the neo-Nazi that is charged with murdering Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others than there has been of President Trump.

Instead of addressing our increasingly toxic political and social environment, the answer for the media and the political class was to pour more gas on the fire.

Suddenly, Mr. Trump was responsible for the carnage, and even worse, the Nazis on-site in Charlottesville were his base (we’re told), ergo all Mr. Trump’s supporters are Nazis, too. The intent from the start was to conflate the president and all conservatives with white supremacy and the obscenity in Charlottesville.

The concerted effort by the so-called “Resistance” to further divide this nation is disgusting and dangerous. By singularly focusing on such a craven goal of race hatred and suspicion, and conflating white supremacists with all Trump voters, they not only ignore the real issue of the danger of identity politics, they contribute to it.

Ralph Z. Hallow: Unbalanced moral outrage helps America how, exactly? – “The left, which encompasses just about all the U.S. news media, the Democratic Party, and some Republicans who repeat what the left says, whether given a cracker or not, control the commanding heights in our culture.”

America has never been in greater need of leaders who will cast political cowardice and political correctness to the wind and tell it exactly as it is. One-sided moral outrage will only undermines an increasingly fragile melting pot. Mr. Trump’s second about-face Tuesday showed he’s most comfortable when following his own compass and telling swamp-dwelling advisers to go to hell.

John Hinderaker: Trump Tells The Truth, And The Press Goes Crazy – “Trump said there was blame on both sides. The press went ballistic.”

The AP wants us to believe that Trump’s statements were a disaster. His aides “stood in silence,” John Kelly “crossed his arms and stared down at his shoes,” Sarah Sanders “looked around the room trying to make eye contact with other senior aides.” And “[o]ne young staffer stood with her mouth agape.”

The AP never questions, however, that what Trump said was true. In fact, it was indisputable. … Anyone who has watched videos of the Charlottesville riot knows that Trump’s description is accurate.

This violence is unhelpful to the left-wing cause, so reporters and editors suppress references to it. They were delighted to have an opportunity to report, for a change, on right-wing violence perpetrated by James Fields. And they don’t want truth, or any sort of nuance, to get in the way.

It even infected the Washington Times: The sides of conflict – “A season of cultivated strife flares as a miserable summer wanes.” Interesting. They lambaste the President and then detail why he is right, anyway.

An honest and accurate examination of the “other side” of the struggle over these past few months would not fit the media narrative leading to Charlottesville as a symptom of what ails America in this summer of anger and vexation. The president’s talent for saying things to inflame the public conversation is matched by the leftmost elements of the liberal establishment, backed by the compliant media, to undermine and chip away at the authority of the national government.

The left has been in hot pursuit of racial strife since it made a hero of a petty thief who was killed when he tried to disarm a policeman in Ferguson, Mo., and the left declared war on the police everywhere.

On the other hand, the IBD says The Left Is Doing Exactly What White Nationalists Want – “It wasn’t long ago that Americans were being told repeatedly not to overreact to Islamic terrorism, because that would only serve as a terrorist recruiting tool. That’s worth remembering now, in the wake of the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Va.”

Why doesn’t this same logic apply to domestic terrorists of the white nationalist variety?

You wouldn’t know from the wall-to-wall hyperventilating coverage of the Charlottesville protests, but the protest march itself was underwhelming.

Mark Jarrett thinks that Trump gets it – “I listened to President Trump’s remarks yesterday from Trump Tower. Brilliant.”

The violence in Charlottesville, and the tearing down of Robert E. Lee’s statue there, and in Durham has made me angry and unhappy. I, like many Americans and Southerners of my generation, have seen the tremendous progress in racial harmony. I remember the bad old days and do not want to return there but I also do not like attacks on my ancestors.

Trump understands these actions are warm-ups. The progressives are tearing down Confederate statues and they are kicking and spitting on the memorials to the dead because they cannot yet kick and spit on President Trump and his voters. If they could imprison Trump and deport his voters, they would do that, and not worry about statues. They are lashing out where they can.

Progressives want a socialist society cleansed of traditional values. To get power, we, as a country, must reject our heritage of freedom and embrace Marxist values of state control. That is why they fight so hard to control the teaching of history and why they denigrate the ideals and values of the Founders and the pioneers.

J.R. Dunn: Big Plans on the Hard Left for November 4 – “One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn.”

The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 “Days of Rage” – an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.

Clearly, the left has failed in the U.S., as they have everywhere else. Their plans have proved empty, their carefully structured systems have ossified to the point of paralysis, their pleas and promises are mere repetitions of rhetoric that was old in the 1930s. They have nothing to offer except violence, hatred, and eventual extinction. But they can still do a lot of damage as they go down the chute, keeping in mind that their descent may involve a process lasting decades.

They seem to be aware of this, and eager to carry out as much havoc as is humanly possible. This is very likely the plan for November 4th.

So circle November 4th on your calendars. On the date, avoid college campuses, federal buildings, and similar sites. Make necessary appointments for some other date. Pay attention to the news to assure that you won’t be inadvertently driving into a madhouse. Avoid wild conspiracy theories and rumors – they don’t help anyone but the agitators. Above all don’t panic. Fear God, dread naught, and keep your powder dry.

Jessica Chasmar: Georgia judge suspended after criticizing anti-Confederate protesters: ‘Leave history alone’ – Here’s what it takes to get a judge in trouble. No, not a gross usurpation of Constitutional authority or inanity in justice but rather a Facebook post criticizing law breakers. For example, consider The John Duarte trial is starting and you should pay attention by Jazz Shaw.

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Faux Outrage

They think they have something they do. Despite an immediate condemnation of violent and racist behavior, they are foaming at the mouth with ‘not enough’ and ‘not soon enough’ and they just know that Trump is evil and the cause of all they think is wrong. All the Antifa violence up to this point? No comment. But just wait until some of their brethren, groups that can be considered the other side, gather to protest and Antifa opposes in their typical manner.

Deal Hudson: Trump’s Error: Failing to Follow the Left’s Talking Points – “His opening line, I thought at the time, was perfectly phrased: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on a long time in our country….” but that was not enough and not soon enough. See Ace on this, too. “He should have just come off the golf course with a club over his shoulder to offer a quickie statement. The media seems to approve of that.”

Errin Haines Whack reports:

The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The letter asserts their continuing presence in the White House is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in America.

Victor Morton and Dave Boyer report on manufacturing council resignations.

CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a blog post that he had “tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing.”

Mr. Krzanich was the third high-profile resignation from the council Monday and the second to become public in just a few evening hours.

Thomas Lifson has Skokie and Charlottesville: Compare and Contrast Nazi marches – “So what was different this time? Clearly, it was the fact that unlike 40 years ago, the Left is prepared to violently prevent the exercise of First Amendment rights.”

And the conspiracies are being fed. DC Whispers reports that the Charlotsville “Unite the Right” Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist & Obama Supporter! – “Well this is fishy. His name is Jason Kessler. He is the one cited as the organizer of the now infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The thing is, Mr. Kessler’s arrival on the “alt right” and/or “White Nationalist” scene didn’t occur until November 2016.” Another fishy circumstance is Ace wondering: Did the Charlottesville Mayor Order Police to Stand Down, to Allow His Allies in #Antifa to Rough Up the Nazis?

The Nazis had a permit; antifa did not. (Say what you will about Nazis, but they’re bears for paperwork.)

Antifa raided the permitted Nazi rally space.

Police let them — and let beatings go on. They gave them Space to Destroy, as they say.

Cheryl K. Chumley describes where these ideas lead: Confederate statues today, book burnings tomorrow – “This is not how civil societies operate. And yet this is what the left has brought, and now cheers.”

A crowd of ignorant protesters pulled down a bronze Confederate statue that stood before a county government building in Durham, North Carolina — the angry national backlash to the Charlottesville brouhaha over the Robert E. Lee monument.

What’s next — burning books with offensive content?

Burning books written by those who used to own slaves? At the very least, museums will have to go.

So a crowd of radical socialist-minded protesters pulled down a monument which had stood since 1924 to honor the Americans who fought bravely in the Civil War. And this is what the left is cheering — a public show of thuggery and force that’s akin to the face-spitting of U.S. soldiers returning home from Vietnam?

Those who don’t know history are fated to relive it. If nothing else, Confederate monuments should stand as a reminder of America’s history and an opportunity for passersby to reflect.

Richard Fernandez: No more worlds to conquer and still out of money – “Behind hue and cry over the alt-right/ctrl-left clashes lurks the big stakes game for control of the state.”

Past tyranny operated through control of the state, via organs of censorship, surveillance, the criminal justice system and propaganda. Without these it is merely an impotent spirit of malice, condemned to haunt little bookstores and beer gardens. Neither Nazism nor Bolshevism was possible with a small state. From the Third Reich to Maduro’s Venezuela amts, diensts and bureaus have been the true foot inside the boot in the human face. Without Deep State actors ready to exploit it the Reichstag Fire would have just another alarm for the Berlin fire department.

What happens in riots is unimportant except as it affects control of the state.

The asymmetry in the strategic goals of Red and Blue derives from the importance of the state to each. For progressives, survival means retaining ascendance over the state. For the Red or Populist side, the goal is merely to keep the state from being ascendant over them.

The Populist Uprising and the Elite Resistance may have had high hopes at the start of 2017 but they are now dissolving in the realization neither side will readily yield. In the coming months each will sap the other’s strength while the external enemies — like China, Russia and North Korea — exploit the resulting gaps in the former unity.

Paul Mirengoff: Trump campaign repeatedly rejected efforts to set up Russia meetings – “the Post’s story, which it bills with the headline “Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings,” seems like a significant setback for the Russia collusion story.”

Scott Johnson calls this a Collusion gone missing. “Wary of readers who may need to brush up on ancient history, the Post heavy hitters add that Manafort’s “Virginia home was raided by FBI agents three weeks ago as part of an investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III[.]” It’s amazing what you can do with nine reporters on a story like this.” Johnson also has a post concerning the DNC email “hack or leak” and the implications of recent revelations on that case.

Powerline has another by John Hinderaker on Why Global Warming Alarmism Is Wrong citing an interview by Dr. Judith Curry. “On balance, I don’t see any particular dangers from greenhouse warming. [Humans do] influence climate to some extent, what we do with land-use changes and what we put into the atmosphere. But I don’t think it’s a large enough impact to dominate over natural climate variability.”

Dreamhost, the company hosting this website, is tied up with the DOJ because of a website used by felonious inaugural day protests. The Techcrunch story headline is DreamHost is fighting DoJ request for 1.3M IP addresses of visitors to anti-Trump protest site. Slashdot cites an anonymous reader at The Verge : “The dispute focuses on a Justice Department demand for information on data related to disruptj20.org, which describes itself as a group of activists “building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump and planning widespread direct actions to make that happen.” ” Orin Kerr took A closer look at DOJ’s warrant to collect website records and provides a bit of background on what’s really happening.

Here’s my very tentative take, based on just a quick skim of the documents. First, it’s not obvious to me whether the warrant is problematic. Attachment B tells Dreamhost to turn over records to the government relating to “each account and identifier listed in Attachment A.” Notably, Attachment A doesn’t list any specific user accounts: It just lists the specific website. So the warrant seems to be telling Dreamhost to turn over pretty much everything it has on that website. I understand this to be Dreamhost’s objection. Dreamhost thinks the warrant should only require it to hand over specific records about specific users.

What makes this tricky, I think, is that Dreamhost is only involved in the initial search stage of a two-stage warrant. Computer warrants are ordinarily executed in two stages. First, the government gets access to all the electronic records. Next, the government searches through the records for the particularly described evidence. Courts have broadly allowed the government to follow this two-step procedure, in which they get all the stuff in the initial stage of electronic evidence warrants so that they can search it for the relevant evidence. Given that, Dreamhost’s objection is slightly off. As I read it, Dreamhost is essentially challenging the widely accepted two-stage warrant practice. Some federal magistrate judges in the “magistrate’s revolt” have made that argument, but they generally have been overruled at the district court level.

With that said, there’s an interesting and unresolved issue presented here: What’s the correct level of particularity for a website?

Now, keep in mind that both Go Daddy and Google have taken steps to drop a website used by one of the extremist groups involved in the recent riots. The pattern here is that of protecting anti-Trump extremists while punishing those that they think might be pro-Trump. The Silicon Valley community is taking sides in political matters and is manufacturing its opposition without regard to reality. Dreamhost, in this particular episode, is trying to protect felons. That is a bit more significant than the recent diversity brouhaha at Google. Where it fits with the domain registration and hosting for hate groups is a bit more difficult to discern – think of the bakeries and photographers being forced out of business for refusing to service parties they consider offensive to their religion.

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An honest look? Stimulus or Response?

Earick Ward: Charlottesville and Truth – “Those who control the narrative, control the truth.” It’s about the Trump blaming in regards to not saying what the Left wants to hear. Trump condemned behavior. The Left wants condemnation of their opponents.

The principles of freedom are universal (all men), and are granted by God. Our Founding documents enshrined these rights, and were “exceptional” in their development and institutionalization.

There is a counter movement that seeks America’s destruction, and the imposition of a new covenant, predicated on the wisdom of man, or more particularly, a select group of men, who seek to manage the affairs of all man.

The Media, local Authorities, and in this instance, Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe determined, before a word was spoken, and/or a step was taken, in the “permitted” March that “White Nationalists” (whatever that is) were haters. Disregard that countless prior Black Lives Matter events (sanctioned and unsanctioned) called for the murder and suppression of white people, generally, and white cops, specifically. And/or antifa events, where violence was perpetrated against, again, predominantly white people.

A New (cultural) Revolution is upon us. The next 12-24 months will determine our future. Liberty or Tyranny. Lies or Truth.

Daniel Greenfield: One Easy Way Democrats Can Stop Neo-Nazis – “Charlottesville is what happens when the Left empowers extremists.”

In Dallas, a black nationalist activist shot and killed 5 police officers at a Black Lives Matter anti-police rally. Instead of condemning BLM, Barack Obama defended a racist hate group whose role model is Assata Shakur, a wanted black nationalist cop killer, at the funerals of the murdered officers.

The left killed civil rights and replaced it with black nationalism.

racism is a two-way street. So is violence. Extremists feed into each other.

You can’t legitimize one form of racism without legitimizing all of them. The media may advance this hypocritical position. Obama used the shameful “reverse racism” euphemism that distinguishes between black and white racism. But propaganda and spin don’t change the physics of human nature.

A civil society depends on a consensus. ‘Racism is bad’ is an example of such a consensus. If you normalize black nationalism, you will get more white nationalism. If you normalize leftist street violence against Trump supporters, you will also get more street violence against leftists.

Extremists want to eliminate the consensus of civil society. They want to destroy the idea that there’s any solution except violence through confrontations that show the helplessness of civil society.

If Democrats really want to stop the rise of Neo-Nazi violence, there’s a very easy way. Stop normalizing black nationalism and the Alt-Left. End the racist witch hunts for white privilege. Make it clear that street violence is unacceptable and that racism is bad no matter who it comes from. Allow people you disagree with to express their views without trying to destroy their lives.

But that’s the opposite of what the Dems will do. They don’t want fewer Neo-Nazis; they want more of them. They don’t want fewer attacks like Charlottesville and Charleston. They want more of them.

Uncomfortable compromises are how we learn to live with each other. It means that there can be memorials of Robert E. Lee and streets named after Malcolm X. Tolerating people whose views we don’t like is one of the best ways to marginalize domestic extremists. When one set of extremists is empowered to wipe out the other, we end up with a civil war. Just ask Edmund Ruffin and John Brown.

The Bill of Rights is an uncomfortable compromise. It says that we have to put up with people we don’t like. The Democrats, under the influence of the left, are rejecting that idea. But that goes both ways too.

Democrats need to take an honest look at the street violence in Seattle, in Portland, in Berkeley and Charlottesville, and decide if this is what they really want. If they don’t, it’s time for them to stop normalizing left-wing extremism. If they do, then they are to blame for the next Dallas or Charlottesville.

Meanwhile, Bill Kristol is sick about Trump’s condemning violence even though Obama celebrating violent movements and their leaders (like BLM) didn’t move him. Instapundit cites several other essays making a point similar to Greenfield’s, the point that people like Kristol seem to miss or even appear to want to aggravate as a ‘good thing’ to not get sick over.

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A mind in distress is a terrible thing to witness

Sharyl Attkisson: Federal Government, HHS, DOJ: Gaming the Freedom of Info System – “We have learned, among other things, that federal officials gave incorrect and misleading information to the public and under oath to Congress regarding serious security failures in development and testing of the national website and system, and other important topics.” But the government is not adhering to the law in the release of what is supposed to be public information.

When the government stonewalled on releasing documents and information that would get at the truth, I filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the material. When the stonewalling dragged on, I filed a lawsuit in federal court. The judge agreed the material must be provided, but allowed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to come up with a “rolling production schedule” that would trickle out highly-redacted and useless documents over a period of years.

Robert Arvay: Women Can(‘t) Do Anything Men Can Do – “for leftist ideologues, there are no moderate positions on anything. You either agree with them in every detail, or else you are evil.”

The point of this commentary, is to remark on the insanity of it all. According to leftist ideology, there are no legitimate reasons, legal or social, to distinguish between men and women. Ever. Well, we can set quotas that favor women, but that’s only because women are treated so unfairly. Otherwise, we must pretend, as the late Betty Friedan claimed, that aside from external appearances (she called it, “packaging”), men and women are exactly the same in every relevant category. All of them.

Many societies have risen and fallen throughout recorded history. Many factors played a part. But this is something new. It is difficult to imagine that any society can long survive after it loses its capacity to apply common sense to immutable reality.

Men and women are different. That’s a good thing for both.

Roger L. Simon: Korea and the Democrats’ Deep Psychological Fear that Trump Is Right – “How do you spell hornswoggled?” It’s cognitive dissonance on parade.

One of the unspoken ‘indications’ in the medical sense of the ever-metastasizing Trump Derangement Syndrome is that the sufferers have a deep conscious/unconscious fear that Trump is right. What if the man they have excoriated unremittingly as a barbarian-racist-xenophobe-homophobe -misogynist-nitwit turns out to have been on the correct side of a fair number of issues on which they have failed, sometimes miserably, for decades? Talk about personality disintegration — it would be hari-kari meets the Wicked Witch of the West. Well, emotionally anyway.

By now we may all know what happened — at least the part the leakers deign to tell us — but we do not know what will happen. The facts on the ground have yet to be revealed.

What has been revealed, however, is the psychology of those attacking Trump on this matter. They fear that they will be revealed as having been fools for the last twenty-five years — and indeed they were.

Ace has another example: NYT: Nuclear Attack Schnuclear Attack, What Guam Really Needs to Fear is Climate Change – “When did you begin to suspect that the people in charge of the government and the media were dumb, ignorant, and sometimes actually deranged, and what confirmed it for you?”

And John Sexton: Keith Ellison: ‘Kim Jong Un…is acting more responsible than’ Trump – “This is hogwash to put it mildly. Trump’s “fire and fury” remark certainly wasn’t the kind of mild saber-rattling we’re used to hearing, but the North Korean regime makes far worse threats against the U.S. on a regular basis and has been for years. Recall North Korea’s recent response to UN sanctions last week

Even Allahpundit joins in. Dem congresswoman: The NRA and Dana Loesch are becoming domestic security threats – “This isn’t just a federal lawmaker using sedition as a club against her political enemies. She’s a former D.A. and assistant U.S. Attorney. You have someone with years of experience as a prosecutor here hinting that we should start thinking about gun-rights advocacy in criminal terms.”

A contributing factor to Rice’s idiocy may be that the NRA’s messaging lately has been ostentatiously antagonistic to liberals, and Loesch for the most part has been the face of it. The “clenched fist of truth” ad got under their skin a few months ago; then a new ad last week promised to “fisk” biased media outlets, a line which some on the left, er, misheard. Other ads not involving Loesch have also gone after the left and the media on culture-war grounds. Democrats hate the NRA on substance because of its position on the Second Amendment but they really hate it now that it’s turned towards Fox-News-ish left-baiting in an era where it lacks a galvanizing enemy in the White House. Maybe Rice was annoyed at all that and at the group’s timidity in condemning the Philando Castile shooting and decided to vent her inner thug. What better way for a Democrat to “virtue-signal” to her side than by labeling right-wingers domestic terrorists?

John Hinderaker provides another example: Sarcasm Alert [Updated] – “This is a small but revealing illustration of how reporters’ hate for President Trump distorts their thinking, to the point where they have no idea how they come across to people who don’t share their biases.”

Just ponder that for a moment. The Associated Press actually thought Trump may have been serious in thanking Vladimir Putin for helping him cut the State Department’s budget by kicking diplomats out of Russia? The idea is absurd on its face. It can only have been a product of the AP’s extreme antipathy toward our president.

This incident reminded me of one that occurred during the George H.W. Bush administration. … when reporters heard the joke, they interpreted it as a straight news story. It appeared as such in newspapers across the United States. The story–obviously false, if you took it seriously–told us nothing about Vice President Quayle, but quite a bit about the journalists whom most people relied on to report on him.

The same thing is going on today with the press and President Trump, only much worse. As with this story, press coverage of Trump frequently tells us more about the reporters than it does about our president.

UPDATE: As sometimes happens, Paul and I were working on posts on the same theme simultaneously. His post is here. As usually happens, we agree.

Aberrant behavior depends upon what one considers normal behavior. These days, it does not appear that there is much agreement about what is normal, or should be normal.

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Snowflakes. and other flakiness

Michael Barone: Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression – “The punishment for heresy is of course excommunication. Damore was fired Monday.”

Similarly, Google’s CEO said Tuesday, “We strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves. However” — key word — “portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”

George Orwell would recognize this doublespeak. We totally support free speech except when we call it heresy. Tolerance requires repression

As a reliable transmitter of free thought, Google seems headed down the path toward the Spanish Inquisition.

Roger L Simon: The Snowflakes of Google – “People are beginning to get fed up with this jejune politically correct censorship.”

And speaking of excelling, as is also well known, women are overwhelming our educational institutions these days, getting college degrees far more often than men in a ratio approaching 60-40. As Damore points out, they have plenty of skills of their own outside of STEM. In fact, the way things are going, there’s reason to believe that women will be taking over society in the next fifty years, assuming the robots don’t.

Still, the snowflake grievance committee goes on, performing the umpteenth rerun of feminism 4.6 or whatever. Silicon Valley seems to be one of the key centers for this, a virtual haven for hypocrisy and virtue signaling while making sums of money unheard of in human history.

D.C. McAllister: Anti-Trumpers Need To Fire On The Real Enemy Instead Of On Conservatives – “Anti-Trumpers still keep throwing conservatives under the bus to maintain the status quo, just as they’ve often done (remember the Tea Party).”

Their whining has grown shrill. Their opposition, not only to Trump, but to anyone who breathes a word in his favor, has swelled like a blistering boil. Our hopes were in vain, and now we’re reaching a breaking point.

I’m not talking about the liberal “resistance.” They’ll never go away. The Left never stops. I’m talking about NeverTrumpers—or Anti-Trumpers, as many prefer to be called now. Their relentless attacks on Trump echo the Left.

These paragons of virtue are also attacking fellow conservatives who call out the hypocrisy of the media, focus on the good Trump is doing while calling him to account for the bad, and refuse to jump on the bandwagon of conspiracy theories or get upset over every annoying tweet.

Worse, Anti-Trumpers are colluding with Democrats to oppose the president and attacking fellow Republicans in Congress for trying to get conservative policies passed.

Hypocrisy, however, isn’t the real problem—and danger—of Anti-Trumpers. It’s their unwitting support of a leftist juggernaut that is bulldozing its way across our nation.

If Anti-Trumpers really care about our nation and not just the future of the party or their own political careers, then they will stop labeling fellow Republicans, stop demeaning them, stop attacking every little thing Trump does, and focus on what’s really important.

The NFL is having some real trouble figuring out who is its enemy and who is its hero, too. 

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Collusion and POV

Karin McQuillan: Russian Collusion in Democrat Inner Circle? – “There has been enthusiastic collusion by the leadership of the Democratic Party with the Russian disinformation campaign to destroy President Donald Trump.”

We are reaping the results of a multi-decade effort by the communist and socialist left. Leftists have finally dominated and transformed the Democratic Party – into something vicious and dangerous to our republic.

When Trump destroyed their plans by winning the 2017 election, hard-left Democrats weren’t willing to give up power. The niceties of democracy, where the voters get to chose their leaders, do not fit the communist credo Obama and his inner circle were raised on.

There is collusion with Russia going on in American politics today. It has actually been going on for a long time. (See Victor David Hanson on Obama’s collusion in the 2012 elections.) President Trump is the target of the collusion. So are we all, all his voters, all Americans who believe in our constitutional republic.

The great mistake of the colluders is they cannot hide behind lies and media corruption, as the hardcore American left has done all these years. It is all out in the open now. The stink of the Mueller witch hunt is in our nostrils. It is sickening, but the stench strengthens our resolve. We are not going to let them annul our victory in the 2017 election with dirty tricks.

George Neumayr: It was a ‘Brennan Operation’ – “Even lefty Seymour Hersh agrees that the Russian fable begin in the mind of Obama’s CIA director.”

Hersh has been quoted as saying that the collusion claim is a product of “disinformation” — “a Brennan operation,” as he puts it.

Hersh says that Trump is not the villain but the victim in this story, and that the press has served as a shameful stenographer for Brennan to smear Trump. It has shown no skepticism toward any of his claims or the supposedly nonpartisan reports his cronies and political hacks assembled after the election.

it tells you all you need to know about the rottenness of the ruling class that such an open fraud could rise so high in Washington.

Why doesn’t the FBI raid Brennan’s home and rifle through his records? The reason that won’t happen is that the ruling class and deep state, which are composed largely of aging radicals, protects traitors while punishing patriots — a conclusion to which the improbable testimony of Seymour Hersh adds still more credence.

Larry Elder: The Shameful Blackout of Thomas, Sowell and Williams – “The African-American Museum’s discrimination against Thomas provides just one example of the black anti-conservative bigotry.”

Every year, the black monthly magazine Ebony lists its “Power 100,” defined as those “who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents, the very best in Black America.” Each year Thomas is conspicuously absent. Apparently, as a sitting black justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, Thomas does not “lead, inspire and demonstrate … the very best in Black America.”

Ebony not only excludes Clarence Thomas but also shuts out prominent conservatives Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.

The exclusion of people like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams explains why there’s no serious discussion in the black community about government dependency; school choice; the damage done by high taxes, excessive regulation and laws like minimum wage; and why blacks should rethink their allegiance to the Democratic Party.

The failure to acknowledge conservative blacks is a failure to engage their ideas, to the detriment of the community. This is not merely an injustice to them: It is an injustice to all Americans.

Compare and Contrast two views prompted by the Google Memo by two women with very different takes on the culture issues.

Megan McArdle As a Woman in Tech, I Realized: These Are Not My People – “The Google memo, saying women aren’t very into engineering, reached a similar conclusion.”

the reason I left is that I came into work one Monday morning and joined the guys at our work table, and one of them said “What did you do this weekend?”

Thinking back to those women I knew in IT, I can’t imagine any of them would have spent a weekend building a fiber-channel network in her basement.

Marie Hicks: What the Google gender ‘manifesto’ really says about Silicon Valley – “Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of “brogrammer” bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did things that were juvenile, out of line and just plain stupid.”

Most of these activities – such as putting pornography into PowerPoint slides – revolved around the explicit or implied devaluation and harassment of women and the assumption that heterosexual men’s privilege could or should define the workplace. The recent “memo” scandal out of Google shows how far we have yet to go.

But even the tech giants foster an environment where heteronormativity and male privilege is so rampant that an engineer could feel comfortable writing and distributing a screed that effectively harassed all of his women co-workers en masse.

People take cues from our institutions. Our governments, corporations, universities and news media shape our understandings and expectations of ourselves in ways we can only partially understand without intense and sustained self-reflection.

One observes, the other judges. One accepts differences, the other is intolerant. One moves on to find work groups that better suit her, the other claims victimhood and demands conformity with her views in her work group. One is trying to save the world, the other is accepting it as it is and working with what it offers.

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What’s Woke?

IBD: Did Google Just Choke On Its Woke? – The quality of a bell is determined by it ringing and not going thud. Damore’s memo/screed/manifesto is ringing with clarity and volume.

Free Speech: A 10-page weekend memo by a former Google engineer called for a rethinking of the company’s “extreme and authoritarian” culture of “diversity and inclusion.” His reward? He was fired, of course, proving his point.

In making a plea for being treated as an individual, Damore wasn’t ranting, calling anyone names or making claims that couldn’t be sustained by simple recourse to a biology text or, even, to personal experience. Even so, his anodyne comments were treated as extreme ideological anathema, and he was instantly banished from the company for making them. Fired.

Damore’s firing only adds an exclamation point to his reasoned remarks. And Google executives jumped on the bandwagon, issuing remarks to show just how “woke” and completely brainwashed they were into the company’s ideology. It’s sickeningly reminiscent of the bad old days of the purges in the Soviet Union and the Cultural Revolution in China, when friends, colleagues and family were routinely compelled to publicly denounce and criticize those whose beliefs had suddenly become fatally politically incorrect.

Google and others in Silicon Valley such as Apple have a creepy habit of lecturing Americans on their backward political and moral beliefs, while serving as authoritarian nannies for what we read, write and view. They pose as guardians of personal and intellectual freedom, but are really centurions of the new censorship, stifling debate and thought itself.

Sadly, Google’s is the kind of thinking one expects from totalitarians, not from those who prize intellectual freedom, the right of dissent, and an open society based on reason. Google and all the rest of the anti-freedom left should be deeply ashamed of itself. If this is “woke,” maybe it’s time Google went back to sleep.

Damore may have more than federal and state law as basis for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, Glen Reynolds thinks he may have grounds for libel regarding some of the misreporting about his memo. See Philip Wegmann: Google Is More Afraid Of Liberal Outrage Than Federal Law and CNN Reporter Lies About and Smears Now-Fired Google Engineer’s ‘Echo Chamber’ Critique and Cathy Young: Googler fired for diversity memo had legit points on gender and more at Instapundit.

Daniel Greenfield: The Google Gulag – “The internet cannot remain in the hands of a corporation that hates free speech.” No, Google isn’t a monopoly, it’s just the elephant in a room full of goats. The net neutrality false meme is in that room, though, like what hits you if you walk into a pot party … many pretty words but everyone is in a stupor.

James Damore is what most people think of when they imagine a Google employee. A brilliant original thinker with interests spread across the scientific and technological spectrum. But Danielle Brown is what Google actually is: a Hillary Clinton supporter who handled diversity at Intel and Google.

When Google fired Damore, it sent a very clear message. The message wasn’t tolerance, but intolerance.

It said that its Vice President of Diversity knows more about biology than a researcher who received his biology degree in the top 3% of his class. It announced that there is no room for original thinking, heterodoxy or genius at Google. And it went even without saying, no room for anyone to the right.

David Prentice: Trump’s Unintended Consequences: The Unmasking of the Deep State – “One of the more disturbing revelations after Trump’s win was finding that these dark forces not only exist, but are powerful and seemingly out of control.”

“Big Brother” was the term Orwell used for the totalitarian presence of 1984. We are not there. Maybe not even close. But the problem of the Deep State is that there seem to be those who want the kind of power Orwell described, the kind of power the Soviets had, or the East Germans. It’s likely that many Deep-Staters don’t even realize just how power-mad they have become.

What we are watching is a group using power willfully, wrongfully, and oftentimes illegally to undermine and destroy political opponents. They are after somebody. For real.

The left has weaponized the bureaucracies and agencies it inhabits. Leftists have decided they will become the dominant culture in the CIA, FBI, NSA, IRS, EPA, and the rest of our bureaucracies. They decided it’s okay to be totalitarian, it’s okay to break the law, it’s okay to go after their political opponents with the force of government, it’s okay because they are the ones who deserve to win.

Push back hard enough, and they will lose.

John Sexton on Niall Ferguson: ‘The real tyrants…will be for diversity (except of opinion)’ – “Monday the Boston Globe published an opinion piece by history professor Niall Ferguson titled “The biggest threat to free speech? It’s the left.”

Ferguson makes the case that left wing concerns about a Trump-inspired tyranny are overblown. The real worry, he says, is the populism of the far left.”

The reference to Venezuela is one you don’t see except perhaps here at Hot Air where both Jazz and I write about it frequently. And Ferguson points out why. What’s been happening in Venezuela over the past two years is the end stage of a long process that started with left wing populism, a desire to do good for the people. That may begin with restricting people’s economic freedom but it often makes its way to control of their other freedoms as well, speech and assembly in particular.

These problems tend to get worse over time. Sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. When it happens, the only thing left to do is silence the opposition. At a certain point, the ruling socialists decide the best thing for the people is for the opposition to not have a voice or a vote or any power at all. The revolution must go on and all of that nonsense. That’s exactly what is happening right now in Venezuela.

Brian Stelter: Fact-checking of Trump falling on deaf ears? Far from it – While the NYT gets caught, again, with Fake News about a climate report and many major media are re-doing their headline descriptions of the Google memo (re Twitchy), here is CNN working on self fulfilling prophecy. “Widespread distrust of the White House, as shown in a new CNN poll, is not just a sign of President Trump’s weakness. It’s also a sign of the national news media’s strength.”

According to CNN’s poll, which was conducted by the research firm SSRS, only 24% of Americans say they trust all or most of what they hear from the White House.

One persistent fact-checker, Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star, has counted 500 “false claims” from the president in the first 200 days.

“For decades, Donald Trump got away with blatant falsehoods because no one was keeping track,” Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler told CNNMoney in an email.

Holan, who marked PolitiFact’s ten year anniversary earlier this month, said she believes people “are better informed than ever about what politicians say and if their statements are literally true or not.”

She said that’s “partly thanks to fact-checkers, but it’s also thanks to traditional political journalists putting corrective information into their reports much more than they used to, so that incorrect statements don’t go unchallenged.”

She cautioned, however, that “literal accuracy isn’t always the No. 1 priority for voters.”

“I get the sense that values can be more important, or the attitude of leadership is more important,” Holan said. “I sometimes get emails from readers saying they know that what President Trump said wasn’t literally true, but they still think he had a larger point they agreed with.”

This is a persistent propaganda point with the Never Trumpers. What is remarkable is that there is a a lot of allegation but very little substance. The poll cited doesn’t say as much about its target as it does about the effectiveness of the propagandists in attacking that target. Holan mentioning “literal accuracy” shows an awareness of the fact that there are many statements and assertions that are being cast as “lies” that don’t really belong in the category of a statement made with intent to deceive. Fact Checkers are getting a bad reputation because they are not making distinctions to qualify deceitfulness but rather nit picking anything to such a degree as to make it obvious that their ‘fact finding for truth’ is a deceit intended to further political propaganda.

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Think Orwell: making all equal by force if necessary

Lydia Dishman takes on the issue: 5 Debunked Gender Myths In That Google Anti-Diversity Rant. The labels “myths” and “rant” provide a good start on qualifying the nature of the piece. Here’s the thesis:

He claims that men and women are inherently different, and it’s not just because gender is socialized:

 

  1. They’re universal across human cultures.
  2. They often have clear biological causes and links to prenatal testosterone.
  3. Biological males that were castrated at birth and raised as females often still identify and act like males.
  4. The underlying traits are highly heritable.
  5. They’re exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective.

 

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Every single one of those claims is false.

No ifs, ands, or buts but just plain false! Every one of them. But, as noted in a previous post (re Connie Loizos), the “rant” was about free speech in the workplace with gender diversity as an example topic. So taking off on gender is a diversion. Then there’s the “myths” which are sufficiently different from the listed claims as to create suspicion that an army of straw men is being constructed.

Myth No. 1: Men And Women Have A Different Brain Makeup

Myth No. 2: Women Are Naturally More Social And Empathic And Men Are Naturally More Systematic

Myth No. 3: Women Aren’t As Assertive As Men, Which Is Why They Don’t Get Paid More Or Get Promoted

Myth No. 4: Women Aren’t As Competitive And Are More Neurotic Than Men

Myth No. 5: The More We Strive For Equality, The More We See How Different We Are

What are the arguments offered to support the assertion these are myths? “For starters, men aren’t the sole producers of testosterone at birth or afterward. Women also make the hormone, in addition to estrogen. And men produce estrogen, too.” What this is saying is that statistic trends and patterns are being converted to yes or no issues. That is a logical fallacy. It leads to a change of the point as issue as illustrated by the notice that ““individual differences are much larger than any group-level gender difference, and that no individual fits the male or female stereotype perfectly.” The point at issue isn’t about individuals, it is about aggregates. All of the arguments appear to be based on the ‘full or empty’ or ‘all or none’ or selected example fallacies to support the idea of myth. Then consider the conclusion:

However, Google’s own workforce doesn’t bear this out. As the company has been striving to be more diverse and inclusive, the result is that its male and female employees have been found to have no significant differences in their personality traits.

The problem with this is that of the selected sample. Google is under attack because its workforce does not represent the sort of diversity that one would expect if Dishman were right about her myths. The “rant” was written because Google is trying to foist these myths into its hiring practices and is suffering dissonance between that fantasy and the real world need for excellence in its product. If Google’s workforce did indeed bear out Dishman’s “myths” it would not be under scrutiny for its lack of diversity in the workforce and there’d be little argument about gender issues in STEM. 

The real puzzle Dishman reveals is the question about why such a basic human phenomena as gender identity is so hotly contested.

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Logical fallacies examples

Robert Knight: Keeping elections honest – “What is “reasonable” when preventing vote fraud?

At issue in the American Civil Rights Union’s lawsuit against Broward County, Florida, whose weeklong trial ended last Wednesday, is what constitutes “reasonable” measures that must be taken to ensure accurate and up-to-date voter lists.

When the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), better known as Motor Voter, was enacted in 1993, it had two major parts. The first, pushed by Democrats, allowed for easy registration at various government agencies, such as the DMV and welfare offices. The second part, promoted by Republicans, required states and localities to use “reasonable” methods to ensure that only qualified voters are registered.

But in the past 24 years, no court has ever ruled on what is “reasonable,” and recent studies show that many jurisdictions are ignoring the requirement.

The trial is exposing a number of ‘problems’ with voting in Broward county as well as the Left’s entrenched position that there’s nothing to see.

Rowan Scarborough: Trump’s deals in Russia once encouraged even by Clintons now under scrutiny – “During the 2000s and early 2010s, Washington and its liberal press corps seemed to bless everything Russia.” But not now… “Any Trump associate who ever talked to a Russian is in danger of being subjected to an FBI interview.”

A trip that would have been normal Russian-American interaction, the type encouraged by Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state, became Mr. Carter’s nightmare.

“People are still missing the big factor,” Mr. Carter told The Times. “This is regarding their complete foreign policy and domestic policy failures that precipitated last year’s events and, secondly, the arrogant, unconstitutional moves made by Clinton-Obama-[former FBI Director James B.] Comey operatives despite the fact that they were unsuccessful as usual. This represented the real illegal influence on the 2016 election.”

Valerie Richardson: With Republican turnaround, state legislatures now foil liberal ballot measures – “Liberal activists are furious after spending millions of dollars to pass left-wing ballot initiatives in November in states such as Oklahoma, Maine and South Dakota, only to see Republican lawmakers use their legislative muscle to gut, modify or outright repeal them this year.” The article is a ‘what goes around comes around,’ quid pro quo, goose gander approach. It does raise the issues involved in democracy via plebiscite versus representative governance and the problems with the wisdom of the people in the heat of a propaganda flame war.

In other words, the left now is learning the hard way what the right has long known: Just because the voters pass a ballot proposal doesn’t mean the state legislature won’t fight it.

“Generally speaking, it’s true that if the legislature thought it was a good idea, they would have done it already,” said Craig Burnett, Hofstra University political science professor. “Almost every policy proposed by initiative is almost by construction out of sync with what the legislature wants. If they really wanted it, they could have done it already.”

“It all goes back to [Thomas] Jefferson saying the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. That’s what this is,” he said. “It’s not a victory until you secure and defend it year after year. Because they will find a way.”

Jazz Shaw gets into the ‘when did you stop beating your wife’ aspects of the Russian Collusion Conspiracy Investigation: Video: AG office reining in a Mueller fishing expedition? – “More than a few observers have been wondering if this entire Grand Jury excursion is turning into something of a fishing expedition and whether or not it might wind up being a huge bag of feed for the media circus even if nothing of substance comes of it.”

we’ve lived to see interesting times where most of the traditional rules don’t apply. If Mueller gets “pulled” off of some line of investigation not directly related to the Russiagate activities, every Democrat on the Hill and all of their media allies will immediately be talking about yet another round of “obstruction of justice” and Maxine Waters will have to cancel everything on her calendar for another round of CNN and MSNBC appearances to once again call for Trump’s impeachment.

The actual findings of the investigation in this wild ride may not wind up being what matters. Even if no charges can be filed, this could turn out to be a complete treasure trove for Trump’s opponents. And if the investigation is steered away from any non-Russia material and back to the original charter, it’s a cover-up in the minds of those who want to find one. Ditto if Mueller winds up being fired. It’s pretty much a win-win for the Democrats at this point, so kudos to them for setting the trap this well.

Luboš Motl thinks James Damore deserves $1 million in bonuses from Google – That’s the senior software engineer behind the Google diversity memo/manifesto/screed. Motl opines based on his personal experience at Harvard, where Damore studied for a PhD in systems biology, and the Larry Summers diversity brouhaha.

Instapundit Charles Glasser picks up on a Time slime of Charles Koch – another blatant case of distorted misperception fitting a standard irrational bias.

Time later changed the headline to say “Charles Koch Mocks Common Measure of Prosperity.” Reason points out that the URL still has the telling phrase “charles-koch-bomb-economy/” and goes on to take apart the reporters’ woefully inadequate understanding of basic economics. This is a classic case of a form of libel (privacy, actually) called “false light”, generally wherein untrue implications, rather than directly false statements are made. For instance, an article about sex offenders illustrated with a stock photograph of an individual who is not, in fact, a sex offender could give rise to a false light claim, even if the article and photo caption never make the explicit false statement.

If legacy media had spent the last 10 years practicing responsible journalism and less time being party apparatchiks, they might not be in the trouble they’re in.

What’s wrong with this picture? Don’t listen to the rich—inequality is bad for everyone – “A world where a few people have most of the wealth motivates others who are poor to strive to earn more. And when they do, they’ll invest in businesses and other areas of the economy. That’s the argument for inequality. But it’s wrong.” Granted, it’s just the tagline but consider its problems. First is the idea that there is a debate about inequality as if it were a matter of opinion and policy rather than an observation of the human condition. Second is the straw man of creating a position that can be impugned. Third is casting judgment rather than expressing solidly based opinion. The article itself takes off from there with questionable presumptions and confusions about the actual nature of the issue.

Connie Loizos provides another example of confused thinking On managing outrage in Silicon Valley – “I hate sexism; it can’t be eradicated fast enough. I’m frustrated that there’s still far too little diversity in Silicon Valley.” The basic problem is confusing existing reality with an improper bias in action and in denial of reality that differences do exist and are expressed in many ways that are not insidious or improper. 

Yet a newer form of discrimination is starting to greatly alarm me, and that’s discrimination against anyone with a point of view that’s deemed offensive to the tech majority.

people are angry about a Google engineer who wrote an overly long memo, arguing that the fact that there are fewer women engineers than men is a natural state.

I’ll note that like the vast majority of people who have read this memo — and that’s now roughly one million people, including Google employees — I strongly disagree with this person’s views about gender and race.

Quartz wrote a smart piece earlier, saying that the real problem with this person’s viral anti-diversity memo “is bigger than Silicon Valley,” and it tied this engineer’s leanings to Trumpism, which has emboldened a subset of Trump supporters to be more public about their repulsive views.

Consider the alarm about bullying reasonable speech with the “overly long” judgment and the total lack of addressing the basis for the memo arguments. From Motl’s item above, you can see that actual polls refute the “vast majority” assertion. Then the gender pay gap and “Trumpism” are brought in and both are well known ‘straw man’ fallacies.

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Truth to Power Manifesto from the wrong POV

Ian Bogost: A Googler’s Anti-Diversity Screed Reveals Tech’s Rotten Core – “Office culture is only part of the problem.” At The Atlantic, this essay is remarkable for its presumptions starting with “Tech’s Rotton Core” in the title. “Simple grievances” … “Supposedly natural differences” … ‘white man legacy’ …”bound to incumbents” … “failing to acknowledge this truth” … it’s academia run amok.

Given the context, it’s reasonable to sneer at the anonymous Googler’s simple grievances against workplace diversity. Supposedly natural differences between men and women make them suited for different kinds of work, he argues. Failure to accept this condition casts the result as inequality, he contends, and then as oppression. Seeking to correct for it amounts to discrimination. Rejecting these premises constitutes bias, or stymies open discourse. The Googler does not reject the idea of increasing diversity in some way. However, he laments what he considers discriminatory practices instituted to accomplish those goals, among them hiring methods designed to increase the diversity of candidate pools and training or mentoring efforts meant to better support under-represented groups.

Efforts like these are necessary in the first place because diversity is so bad in the technology industry to begin with.

Given that the fundamentals of computing arose from a long legacy of ideas mostly forged by white men, it’s hard to imagine how the fundamental operation of computers at the lowest level might have been different had ideas from alternative sources underwritten it.

The business of computing is also bound to incumbents. Failing to acknowledge this truth hamstrings earnest efforts to overcome that power through diversification.

Even the fateful Googler’s memo enjoys the spoils of a world already designed for male supremacy.

We should have known that for some computational media inevitably would threaten to feminize computing, relegating technical creativity to service work at best, emotional labor at worst.

Computation ended up having a much more widespread and much more sinister impact on media writ large—not just traditional media forms like music and news, but also on media as a name for every interaction between people and the world, from socializing to health, education to transit.

imagine how some of the lost futures of pasts left unpursued might have made for different, actual presents—and that might yet fashion new futures. Only a coward would conclude that none of them are better than the one that’s become naturalized as inevitable.

Jazz Shaw weighs in on this with That Google “anti-diversity manifesto” turned into an immediate dumpster fire – “If you honestly believe that something in the female brain renders them less able to code, then you’re just ignorant.” Whoops. It is not ignorant to note the facts of the matter. It is a bit more than ignorant to disallow one hypothesis for those facts. Look at what is presumed here:

The problem is that this might have been an opportunity for Google and all of Silicon Valley to ask some politically unpopular questions and open up the floor for real answers. Are you getting the best candidates for all of the jobs you create? In a truly colorblind, 21st century world you wouldn’t even be looking at demographics when interviewing. You’d hire the best qualified and educated people with the most experience specific to the task and the best record of achievement. If they all turned out to be Jewish, Latina lesbians, so be it. That’s who you hire. If an unequal number of them wound up being white, heterosexual males and you wanted to address that issue, the place to do it would be in the education system, trying to figure out why there isn’t more diversity in the young people entering these fields.

The fact is that the success of Google refutes these presumptions. The fact is that the education system has been consumed by efforts to dispose of race and gender inequalities in STEM. The fact is that the obsession with looking at race and gender more likely belong to those trying to fault Google as they have little at stake in their allegations. Google, on the other hand, has a lot at stake in finding talent. The only diversity that really counts is that of talent. The brouhaha illustrates that the “politically unpopular question” is not about ‘equality’ in gender or race but rather why inequality shows up as a broadly distributed pattern in so many cultures and so many fields. That was the question in the manifesto and it irritates as cognitive dissonance often does.

Steven Hayward weighs in with Civil War on the Left, Part 46: Googly Bits Fall Off – “The high tech industry runs on brains, and keenly feel their lack of “diversity” that finds it overwhelmingly male, and disproportionately Asian in its workforce.” Hayward provides a good summary of the ‘truth to power’ manifesto that is raising such a ruckus along with a “Prediction: The identity of this engineer will be discovered, and he’ll be an ex-Google engineer by the end of the same day.” Don’t rock the boat, especially one that is built on fantasies in a sea of unsound ideologies.

Richard Fernandez: In Certificates We Trust – “Google’s rejection of Symantec’s SSL certificates never made the major headlines but illustrates the role trust plays in society.”

When authority systems are mistrusted even the physical facts become doubtful. The Independent cites authorities who claim “climate change could soon make it fatal to even go outside in some parts of the world.” A billion people could die says a Guardian article

Dalrymple’s argument is simple. If a doctor can be in unknowing violation of the law because the law itself is mutable and incomprehensible, action becomes risky and expensive.

Naseem Taleb found that risk can be retroactive. The Atlantic described Taleb’s recent clash with Cambridge classicist Mary Beard over ethnic diversity in the Roman Empire.

Cumulatively the breakdown of trust, rising regulatory complexity and the demand for ideological purity are the unrecognized costs imposed by current political systems on a world it is no longer able to efficiently govern. Though they are unacknowledged the costs are real. So are their effects. The paradox is that after a brief period of opening at the end of the 20th century society appears to be closing down, driven by a need to escape aggressive ideology and cascading complexity.

Thomas Lifson: Trump-haters can’t help themselves, creating Trump voters in New Jersey – hatred is a cancer that consumes the soul.

Keep it up, you coastal elites. Keep telling the unwashed deplorables how much you loathe them, where they live, their tastes, habits, and even where they go on vacation. Ridicule the things about President Trump that endear him to people that resent the people who seem to be in charge of everything. In fact, go ahead and deliver a scathing insult to the Garden State of New Jersey and its estimated 8.994 million residents.

That is not only politically foolish, it is ignorant. Every region of this country has magnificent places for vacations. And everyone knows it, except for Trump haters who have decided that the proles of the nation have failed them, and need to be shamed back into their customary subservience.

As Professor Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit always explains: “THIS IS HOW YOU GET MORE TRUMP.”

A Hiroshima Survivor is dragged out to blame nuclear weapons for the horrors of WW II much like guns are being blamed for the horrors of Democrat run inner city violence. In Hiroshima, one August morning in 1945 was dark as night – and this woman can’t forget it. “the disarmament activist has something to celebrate” but that celebration is about ignorance and deceit. Consider what the survivor was doing:

On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, Setsuko Nakamura sat with her Grade 8 classmates on the floor of her private girls school, listening to a lecture about duty to the emperor. Setsuko and some of her classmates had been training as decoding assistants for the Japanese army, in preparation for the final invasion by Allied forces.

A child barely into the teen years was being brainwashed and trained for military purposes and the activism is about the weapon and not this outrage? The essay is careful to assert that the survivor was innocent and, therefore, a victim. It does not mention the culture and the society that was responsible for the Rape of Nanking or the Bataan Death March or the Comfort Women or the Kamikaze that all contributed to the necessity of using extreme weapons to end the conflict. It isn’t the weapons, it is the human nature that needs control. The activism on display here is also human nature, a matter of denial, that is as pernicious and evil as its pretense. It leads to the Jazz Shaw report about Another Of Those Gun Confiscations Which We’re Told Never Happens.

Don Hall was labeled a “mental defective” leading to the seizure of his property. But the documents the Sheriffs presented had obvious flaws, including multiple Social Security numbers

Keep in mind that this is New York we’re talking about. The “long-feared government round-up of civilian firearms” began here after the passage of the SAFE Act and it hasn’t slowed down.

I’m glad that Don Hall was finally able to get this straightened out and have his firearms returned. But that doesn’t solve the underlying problem which is still going on to this day.

Truth to power is OK as long as it is the right ‘truth’ and the power is not that of the Left.

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