Archive for August, 2018

Manufacturing distractions

Who Really Started the Trump-McCain Feud? By Brian C. Joondeph – “Leave it to the media to resurrect the controversy

“It is also a distraction from the stock market breaking records left and right, a new and better trade deal with Mexico, a country that the media constantly tell us hates Trump and won’t do business with him, Bruce Ohr’s congressional testimony, and other news the media would prefer to ignore.

Insulting Trump-supporters is the same as insulting Trump, at least in Trump’s view. As he is hardwired to do, when insulted, he hits back.

The feud was off and running, but who started it? From the dates, McCain drew first blood, and Trump responded as he always does: with a right cross.

Yet to the media, this feud is totally one-sided. McCain is the innocent party, just minding his own business, when that bully Donald Trump comes up out of nowhere and punches him in the nose.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the media did an honest assessment of John McCain’s life, his dealings with some bad players in the Middle East, his charitable foundation and its Clinton Foundation-like donors, and his role in the Russian collusion hoax? Although inconvenient, we might discover the many inconvenient similarities between McCain and the Clintons.

Instead, the media will bray about the half-mast flag and funeral guest list, since their minds run only in a single gear: destroy Trump.

Dear NFL: The new season is here. It’s time to bury this protest nonsense by Jazz Shaw – “Do you think it’s somehow helpful to divide your fan base along partisan lines as opposed to the good-natured “arguments” we engage in as we defend our favorite teams?”

“You have some players – not many, but enough – who are causing you problems and tanking the support of the fans you previously enjoyed. You also have the collective ability to correct the situation, put this entire, obnoxious spectacle in the rearview mirror and get back to focusing on America’s favorite sport. But it will require responsible management of the players in question.

The Truth Will Set Us All Free by Victor Davis Hanson – “It’s time to stop the stonewalling, redacting, suppression, leaking to the press, and media hysteria surrounding investigations into the 2016 election.” … “Mueller has reversed the proper order of jurisprudence.”

“Instead of presuming Trump innocent unless he finds evidence of Russian collusion, Mueller started with the assumption that the reckless raconteur Trump surely must be guilty of some lawbreaking. Thus, it is Mueller’s job to hunt for past crimes to prove it.

While Mueller so far has not found Trump involved in collusion with foreign citizens to warp a campaign, there is evidence that others most surely were colluding — but are not of interest to Mueller.

The only way to clear up this messy saga is for Trump to immediately declassify all documents — without redactions — relating to the Mueller investigation, the FISA court warrants, the Clinton email investigation, and CIA and FBI involvement with the dossier and the use of informants.

Americans need the whole truth to ensure equality under the law and to thereby set us free from this nearly two-year nightmare.

Manufactured A-Z.

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What happens when the mind is deranged

Robert Reich and the Tragedy of TDS by David Catron – “The symptoms of TDS include the inability to think rationally, as well as verbal incontinence. Reich exhibited both symptoms six days ago on Facebook, where he suggested annulling “Trump’s unconstitutional presidency.”

“Because TDS has ravaged the Democrats, academia, and the media, no one around him understood that Reich’s weird post called for an intervention. This was certainly unnoticed by the other TDS victims at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches public policy, so his intemperate ejaculations continued the following day at his blog site. The next day they appeared on Twitter. Inevitably, all of this caught the eye of the legacy media, including Newsweek. The editors of that storied publication, demonstrating the journalistic judgment that commanded the princely sum of $1 dollar when sold by the Washington Post, gave Reich another chance to expand on how the nation can remove the Trump stain

Trump would, in other words, become an un-President. Everything his administration has done since January of 2017 would be reversed and expunged from the public record. There is not, of course, a single syllable in the Constitution that would legally justify any attempt by any entity to act on this creepy proposal.

Mark Steyn tells Tucker Carlson that Reich wants to annul reality

In his usual hilarious fashion, Steyn accurately diagnoses Reich’s disease. Trump Derangement Syndrome has disabled the part of his brain that facilitates critical thinking. TDS causes its victims to deny that objective facts reflect reality, to create alternate fictions that conform to their fantasies, and compels them to bray incessantly about the resultant “reality.” Reich and other TDS victims refuse to believe that Donald Trump won in 2016, and neurotically lurch from implausible conspiracy theories about how he managed that to even less credible claims about how to get rid of him. TDS is a tragedy for its victims, and it’s unhealthy for the nation. Time to seek a cure. To paraphrase Barack Obama: We won. You lost. Deal with it.

Triggered! CNN Lashes Out at President Trump ‘We Don’t Lie!’ by Cristina Laila – “CNN PR lashed out at President Trump in response claiming they ‘don’t lie’ — even though they were caught in a huge lie after Lanny Davis outed himself as the anonymous source in their ‘bombshell’ Trump Tower story and admitted he lied.” … “Now CNN is quadrupling down on their lies by claiming they don’t lie. Unbelievable.”

Then there’s the McCain saga. What a spiteful bitter man, even in death. He did much and did his duty but taints his honor with pettiness and vindictiveness. See, for example, The Self-Regard of McCain by Steven Hayward – “Just how can you complain about Trump’s boorish egotism when you decide to shun the person whose career you ruined, and who has been nothing but loyal?” Also see DJ Drummon In Defense of Candor – “This article addresses the valid reasons for President Trump’ opinion, and praises Trump’s decision to remain consistent in his behavior regarding McCain.”

Shock study: U.S. had far fewer mass shootings than previously reported By Stephen Dinan – “A shock 2016 study argued that the U.S. accounted for nearly one-third of all mass shootings, sparking global headlines about the dangers of an American gun culture. … Now another researcher says the original study “botched” the data.”

“If you fix the data, you get the opposite result from him,” Mr. Lott said. “He has the United States way out there, all by itself in terms of mass public shootings. He’s simply wrong. The United States, when I go through this, ranks 58th in the world in the rate of mass public shootings and 62nd in the world in terms of murders from mass public

Why School Gun Incidents are Significantly Overstated by Kemberlee Kaye – “The number thrown around most — 240 — is alarmingly high. It’s also incorrect. By a lot.”

“This is part of the reason passionate defend second amendment protections defenders write off most reports or opinions on gun ownership — the reporting, data, and descriptions are almost always wrong and egregiously so.

Even the most ardent gun rights defenders grieve the senseless loss of life, but tire of being blamed for the mistakes of few, especially when faulty data is continually thrown in their face for justification.

These 6 new technology rules will govern our future by Vivek Wadhwa – “We have already begun to see ways in which computing, sensors, artificial intelligence and genomics are reshaping entire industries and our daily lives.”

Headlines: words matter. The use of “pounce” and “sieze” and similar ‘assault’ words to impugn the right is common to the point it is noted by commentators. Another headline propaganda technique is that of misassignment. “Google Debunks Trump’s Claim It Censored His State of the Union Address” at slashdot and “FBI refutes Trump claim that Clinton’s private email server was hacked by China” at arstechnica provide two examples. In both cases, the President picked up on claims or conclusions made in studies or by witnesses that these sites then ascribed to him. Rather than take apart or critique the study or witness, these tech groups go personal. They don’t like being called out and show defensiveness rather than intellectual integrity. It is a denial of a problem that bothers many who do not hold their views.

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Enemy of the State? deja vu

Ohr speaks! (Behind closed doors) by Thomas Lifson – “There are two closely related dangers for the bureaucratic, political, and media coalition that seeks to eject Trump from the body politic and teach the lesson to any future potential disruptor of the Establishment that such a mission is both dangerous and futile.”

Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: “It was all a Set-up” by Sara Carter – “An investigation by SaraACarter.com reveals that the documents and information Lovinger stumbled on and other documents obtained by this news site, raise troubling questions

“Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports

How a twenty-year-old movie foretold the Mueller witch hunt by Patricia McCarthy – “Twenty years ago, Will Smith starred in a terrific film called Enemy of the State.”

“ It was riveting for its portrayal of the government’s abuse of every hi-tech tool at the ready to surveil and destroy a man’s life. Those tools seemed make-believe in 1998. How naïve we film-goers were.

These are evil people – Mueller, Rosenstein, and their cabal of villains. They have shredded the Constitution, violated every legal precedent. Their mission is clear: destroy Trump by any means necessary.

This week, we learned that Bruce Ohr, who met seventy times with Christopher Steele after he was officially fired as an FBI asset, has never been interviewed by Mueller. Ohr’s wife likely wrote the infamous dossier meant to ruin Trump.

Do we, Americans who love this country and the Constitution, have a Brill? Are there good guys working on the side of what is legal and true?

Watch the film. It will remind you how lethal government abuse of power can be and is. And it has one of the cleverest, most satisfying conclusions ever. May the conclusion of the Mueller probe of the Obama-Brennan-HRC-conceived hoax be as gratifying.

A Post-Trump World? By Victor Davis Hanson – “Removing him would only make things worse — for his opponents & the nation.”

“We are in danger of establishing a precedent that in the new American politics, the way to defeat an oppositional leader is not to wait for the next election but to warp the criminal-justice system, normalize violent rhetoric against the person of the president, and consider the president guilty of whatever crime from his past is most convenient. Crudity will become tantamount to high crimes and misdemeanors. And the new rules will demand that when a president-elect enters office, he does not begin a new political life, but rather is subject to new legal inquiries about everything that he has done previously.

Why Deep State Sabotage Is Way Worse Than Trump’s Atrocious Infidelities By Margot Cleveland – “If the left succeeds in forcing Donald Trump out of office, the damage to our democratic republic cannot be overstated.” … note the inherent bias in presumption of guilt in “None of this, of course, addresses Trump’s underlying conduct which, while not proven, seems believable… ” all of a sudden, typical baby-boomer, ‘free love’ generation behavior is classified as “alley-cat morals.” still, …

“If the left succeeds in forcing Trump out of office, the damage to our democratic republic cannot be overstated. Trump’s infidelity, wrong though it is, is far less destructive to our country than the last two years of sabotage set off by Washington insiders — first on a presidential campaign and then, following the populace’s selection of the “wrong” candidate, on Trump’s presidency.

Yet many of the people acting high and mighty about Trump’s infidelity are the same folks ignoring the past administration’s abuse of power to set up and spy on the Trump campaign, and the lies and leaks flowing to favorite media outlets to foment a coup.

These are the real scandals plaguing our country by Michael Goodwin – “America is being scandalized by four enormous events that are happening simultaneously. By scandalized, I mean that people are shocked and outraged at what they regard as breaches of acceptable behavior or morality.”

“That wouldn’t be a problem if the vast majority were scandalized by the same things. That’s not the America we have. The vicious polarization stems from the fact that the country is split almost exactly in half over what people are outraged about.

Still, Trump won the election fairly and the economy is booming, yet too many Americans can’t accept those truths. Their attempts to bring him down define the three other scandalizing events.

First is the conduct of the mainstream media … Another scandalizing event is the behavior of some federal agencies … The fourth scandalizing event is the reaction of Democrats to Trump

Dems’ answers to his presidency can be divided into two: political assassination and political suicide.

The Art of The Donald by Don Surber – “With the exception of trolls, readers understand President Donald John Trump intuitively, so let me explain what you know and why.”

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Plodding on with success, but does anyone see?

Mexico deal shows that Trump’s trade strategy is succeeding brilliantly by Thomas Lifson – “The deal that he just negotiated with Mexico, leaving Canada on the sidelines, is described as a win-win pact, benefitting both countries.”

“It is becoming clear to me that President Trump is mobilizing the principal trade partners of the US to unite to pressure China. That nation’s gigantic ongoing theft of intellectual property, its currency manipulation and trade restrictions have led to chronic huge trade surpluses with the United States most notably, but every manufacturing country on earth has felt the impact of Chinese manufacturing exports powered by those unfair practices. So, by using bilateral deals rather than the multilateral approach favored for the last three decades or so, President Trump is putting together a global alliance that will stand up to China and force it to stop it takeover of the world’s manufacturing sector and compete like a normal country.

Something Evil This Way Comes by Alicia Colon – “wicked is too mild a word to describe what’s been happening in recent years.”

“But don’t bother looking for a red horned figure with a tail lurking in the shadows. This entity operates with a voice in one’s mind urging the unthinkable and blocking out one’s conscience. This is why so many on the left have been seduced into doing his bidding.

His most successful apostle was Saul Alinsky, author of Rules For Radicals, admired by Hillary Clinton and followed by Barack Obama. Alinsky once said in a Playboy interview that he didn’t want to go to heaven; he wanted to go to hell where all his people are. He acknowledged Lucifer as the first Radical in his book and Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis praising his ideas but disagreeing with his methods. Just think the woman who almost became president faulted Alinsky for wanting to change things outside when she knew that change must come from infiltrating the inside and that’s why we now have the Deep State.

The Silence Over A Potential Chinese Spy In Feinstein’s Office Is Deafening by Ben Weingarten – “From the start, this was a story the media had no interest in covering. Now it is apparent that our political class has no interest in probing it.”

“Now, the media’s incuriosity in this story is not all that surprising, though it does expose as wholly disingenuous its conniptions over foreign meddling. To turn its attention to Feinstein would 1) distract from the constant drumbeat of stories the media deems detrimental to Trump and the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm election, 2) provide oxygen to the fire Trump himself stoked over this issue and 3) involve challenging a long-beloved Democrat, who in spite of her sagging popularity among progressives in California is among the senior-most U.S. senators, facing a general election challenge from her left.

As for the political class, sadly, it is not worth entertaining the possibility that Democrats would investigate their colleague. But why the GOP establishment remains mum on Feinstein and China however is an issue that deserves deeper scrutiny.

This is most devastating for our republican system of government. Of all the areas that must remain free from corrosive politicization, national security and foreign affairs sits right at the top alongside the justice system because it deals with matters of life and death.

Silence is not True Witness.

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Sounding the depth of the blood rage

Judge blocks Trump executive orders on federal union operations by Jazz Shaw – “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. President Donald Trump signs a series of executive orders designed to clean up the mess in the federal government, those benefitting most from said mess file numerous lawsuits and a judge is found to block the executive orders.”

“Judge Jackson concedes that the President has the authority to issue executive orders covering federal labor relations. But she then declares the three executive orders have a “cumulative effect” of “eviscerating the right to collective bargaining.” She went on to tie this to a supposed breach of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act, saying that the executive orders amounted to instructions for the unions to collectively “bargain in bad faith.”

The only problem is that none of the three executive orders have anything to do with the collective bargaining process.

No, Cohen didn’t flip on Trump in Congressional testimony by Karen Townsend – “It turns out that Michael Cohen did NOT tell members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Trump knew about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians after all.” Another Fake News example. CNN has a number of examples of such gross, seditious propaganda this week.

Both sides not now (2) by Scott Johnson – “She asks what is by now a rhetorical question concerning the Mueller Switch Project: “Fair-minded investigation or partisan witch hunt?” Cleta bores in on the campaign-finance angle of the great political scandal in plain sight.”

“Cleta writes ironically when she states “it will be interesting to to see if he applies the same fervor to the Democrats’ 2016 campaign-finance violations and activities that he has applied to those of President Trump and his associates.” We understand the nature of the project in which Mueller is engaged. It has nothing to do with the Clinton campaign, the confederates of the Clinton campaign or “the greatest campaign-finance scandal in history.”

How Anti-Trump Hyperbole Fosters Insanity by Roger Kimball – “Some diligent scribe should do a little historical digging and tabulate where, in each case of rhetorical Trumpery, the insults and opprobrium started. Did Donald Trump start the abuse? Or did his targets open hostilities?”

“In many, maybe most (maybe all) cases I suspect you will find that Trump’s invectives were rejoinders, i.e., responses to earlier provocations and expressions of contempt. Trump made fun of “low-energy Jeb,” but wasn’t that after Jeb said some pretty disagreeable things about Trump?

In any event, however the matter of precedent shakes out, there is also the issue of extreme rhetoric feeding extreme feelings and extreme actions. Simply put, the anti-Trump chorus has worked itself into a frenzy of trembling rage and hysterical overstatement.

All this is well-trod ground. If you’re conservative, you’re evil by definition and its open season as far as the mainstream media is concerned.

But the reaction to Donald Trump, although it began by following this playbook, has mutated into something different and more toxic.

One expression of that toxic difference is the cabal of former high-ranking government officials who, in a marked departure from past practice, have embarked on very public campaigns against the president.

but there is something else, something darker and more twisted, at work here. In the Republic, Socrates notes that while many people may lie with abandon, the one thing no one can countenance is the “lie in the soul” that makes it impossible to distinguish reliably between truth and falsehood.

I suspect that anti-Trump hyperbole has insinuated such a reality-distorting lozenge into the hearts of many of the anti-Trump brethren.

The situation is pitiable as well as contemptible. But the malignancy of their vituperation disarms pity before it can even engage. All that is left is contempt, by anger.

Trump talk by neo – “And in fact, it doesn’t seem completely unusual these days in liberal circles for people to casually and approvingly discuss assassinating Trump (speaking of tyranny), or at least of wishing him dead. Among people I know, it’s just idle talk—they’re not about to do anything—but the depth of blood rage is stunning, and a topic that should be verboten about any president seems quite acceptable in many groups.”

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Can’t you see?

On the Cohen plea by neo – “What I’ve never seen is this sort of general technique used by partisans of one party to get the president of the United States, although I’ve seen something like it on a lower level

Dealing with Democrats’ Swarm Tactics by Sally Zelikovsky – “Why do the Democrats get away with their transgressions in ways Republicans could only dream of?”

“Chris Collins, Jim Jordan, Duncan Hunter.

Remember these names. They are just three of the most recent victims targeted by the Democrats and their embedded goons in the administration, with accusations of misconduct in the hopes of ousting good men from Congress and reducing the Republican majority.

We’ve seen this playbook before: Ted Stevens, Herman Cain, Donald Trump.

We’ve also seen how more often than not, the accusations miraculously fizzle out or disappear after an election or when the accused is actually acquitted, as in the case of Ted Stevens. Left-wingers dutifully play their part as the self-righteous accusers cleansing politics of Republican riffraff. Republicans usually hang their accused brethren out to dry.

The entire left-wing tactic is formulaic:

America’s Two Parties: Traitors and Patriots by Peggy Ryan – “Why, if we’re still a free country, do we have to put up with this ongoing insurrection?”

“No one involved in this coup has had to answer for his crimes. Hillary Clinton broke laws with her private server, destroyed evidence that was under congressional subpoena, sold 20% of our uranium to Russia, and commissioned a hit piece to frame Donald Trump. Yet Hillary hasn’t been in court for so much as a traffic ticket, much less felonies.

Evidence is surfacing that our intelligence agencies spied on a political opponent, unmasked Americans, and conspired to frame an innocent American (President Trump) using Hillary’s fraudulent document.

Our American Pravda uses its platform to attack President Trump as Hitler, a white supremacist, deranged, “not psychologically or physiologically fit to serve” – endless, relentless assaults to delegitimize our president, to take him down.

Why, if we’re still a free country, do we have to put up with this ongoing insurrection? Why should American patriots live every single day under threat that the cabal will overturn the election, end our democracy?

The Liberal Media Narrative Is Immune to Facts by Jim Treacher – “Once a delusion sets into a person’s mind, it can be really tough to dislodge.”

“When you just know you’re right, you’ll figure out some rationalization to convince yourself that it’s true, and that everybody telling you otherwise is part of the cover-up.

Immune or blind?

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Crime, Punishment, and Accountability

Who Watches the Media Watchdogs? By T.R. Clancy – “Somehow, these guys just aren’t getting it.”

“Is it just me, or do hundreds of newspapers joining in chorus to “express disdain” for Donald Trump (and by necessity, for his 63 million toothless supporters) somehow detract from the message “we’re not your enemy”?

Meanwhile, Rather agrees that of all the current threats he sees to the free press, “[t]he most immediate threat comes from the dangerous political moment in which we find ourselves.” By that he means the political moment in which Donald J. Trump sits in the Oval Office. It never occurs to him that, for Americans like me, the real dangerous political moment we find ourselves in is when the mainstream media, along with Hollywood, academia, social media, and leftist resisters in and out of government, are feverishly working to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

No doubt unintentionally, Dan Rather mentions how “powerful institutions” need to be held accountable by the press, then in the very next sentence uses the term “institution” again in reference to the press. He’s posing the real paradox without knowing it.

The Nuclear Option – Hot Swampy Heat: The Week Washington Officially Lost Its Collective Mind by Charles Hurt – “What is interesting about the case against Mr. Manafort is that prosecutors had declined to pursue some of the charges way back when. But that was BEFORE Mr. Manafort betrayed the political establishment by working for Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.”

“Once he committed that cardinal sin, all bets were off.

That is why so many people see this whole crusade as a dangerous and dishonest political prosecution. It is not Paul Manafort that people care about. It is the idea that Mr. Manafort got shoved through a political-criminal meat-grinder all because he worked for Donald Trump.

Where was this prosecutorial zeal when it came to Hillary Clinton and her illegal bathroom email server or all the obvious global pay-to-play shakedowns by the Clinton Foundation?

If people in Washington honestly want to understand the hostility and distrust American voters have for their federal government, they must admit that this stinks to the high heavens.

Paul Sperry: FBI “Investigation” Into Weiner Laptop Was a Gigantic Fraud Upon the Public; by Ace of Spades – “FBI Only Looked at 3000 Emails, and Only Glanced At Those in a 12 Hour Window; Never Conducted Mandatory Security Assessment”conclusions without investigation; claims without substance.

“Read the whole thing. At least click the link and maybe look at some other headlines from Real Clear Investigations. They did amazing work here and should be rewarded.

See also Bulk of Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop were never examined, findings were never reported by John Sexton – “But RCI’s report throws a very different light on all of this. For one thing, the investigation was botched. For two, it did find something. For three, this sham investigation matches with the inexplicable behavior of Hillary fan Peter Strzok who let the laptop matter slide for weeks.”

Judge Tells New Citizens to ‘Take A Knee’ by George Neumayr – “At a citizenship ceremony in Brooklyn, Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall gives the newest Americans appalling advice.”

“So here we have a federal court judge, who just turned a room full of foreigners into American citizens, and her first piece of advice to them is: boycott the American flag you have just been handed. It was depressing and infuriating as hell.

In the past, a judge who dispensed such nihilistic advice to new Americans would be impeached. But nowadays almost no one in Congress cares and even fewer members would entertain an impeachment drive.

For simply trying to bring a little rationality to an out-of-control dimension of national life, Trump has been called all manner of names. We are told that he is a monstrous nativist. In fact, he is simply espousing principles of nationalism both parties at one time shared. If a liberal activist had asked, say, LBJ, or even JFK, to support professional athletes boycotting the American flag, they would have told the activist to go jump in a lake. Now the Dems are the party of flag boycotters in the NFL. It is pitiful, and dangerous. The breakdown in a nationalism common to both parties has given us a judiciary chock-a-block full of subversive hacks like LaShann DeArcy.

Ted Cruz’s Slapdick Democrat Challenger Beta O’Rourke: There’s Nothing More Patriotic Than Protesting the Flag in the NFL by Ace of Spades – “This should probably earn him some votes from NeverTrumpers, who are very, very keen on talking up how patriotic the flag-protests are.”

The Diversity of Illegal Immigration by Victor Davis Hanson – “I live on farm beside a rural avenue in central California, the fifth generation to reside in the same house. And after years of thefts, home break-ins, and dangerous encounters, I have concluded that it is no longer safe to live where I was born.”

Impeachment Hysteria by John Hinderaker – “We live in a schizoid time.”

“In the world most of us inhabit, things are going extraordinarily well. We are in the midst of the longest bull market ever. Employment is at a record high, unemployment–especially among minorities, young people and women–at or near record lows. GDP is growing at a 4% clip, which liberal economists deemed impossible in the last administration. Wages are rising. We are at peace, but at the same time our government is finally taking steps to deal with long-festering problems in Iran, Russia, China and North Korea. What’s not to like?

If you listen to most journalists and pundits, none of that is important. The crisis of the hour is that Donald Trump paid two women not to talk about sexual liaisons with him. Not, mind you, because such behavior is immoral. In the post-Clinton world, “immoral” is not a word in the Left’s vocabulary, at least not when it comes to sex or anything pertaining thereto. Rather, because the payoffs constituted “illegal campaign contributions.” Which they didn’t, actually.

Media Research Center says that yesterday, “CNN and MSNBC reporters, anchors, and paid contributors used the word [impeach] an absurd 222 times in 18 hours.” They are salivating, high on visions of Donald Trump exiting the White House on a helicopter, like Richard Nixon. But does the Democrats’ impeachment hysteria have any basis in reality?

War of Attrition Against President Trump by David P. Goldman – “Precisely how does Bill Clinton’s main legal fixer turn up as Michael Cohen’s attorney in a plea bargain with a special prosecutor?”

“There’s no collusion, no smoking gun, no high crime or misdemeanor in all of this: There’s no secret at the bottom of the garbage pile that will bring down the Trump presidency. It’s not a criminal investigation. It’s a war of attrition, intended to distract and ultimately exhaust the president.

Crime and Punishment by Roger Kimball – “One of the reasons so many people are confused by the operations of our self-appointed fourth branch of government—I mean in this instance the unending, Kafkaesque investigations conducted by Robert Mueller and his crack team of anti-Trump shock troops—is that while we have seen plenty of punishment meted out, crimes have been rather less populous on the ground.”

“The point is, when you have carte-blanche to torment someone, why stop when you’ve got him locked up for life? Like a cat toying with an injured mouse, the modern major prosecutor keeps batting his prey about till he stops moving altogether. What might have been justice for a serial killer is gleefully applied to someone who fudged his tax returns or tripped over himself answering an FBI agent. Then we have sadism, not justice.

Getting Donald Trump is the point of this entire sordid “investigation.” (It has a subsidiary goal of distracting attention from the only real Russian collusion in the 2016 election, that between the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, and Christopher Steele on one side and dubious Russian sources “close to the Kremlin” on the other, but that really is just a collateral benefit to team Mueller.)

Think about this: not one of the people indicted by this wholesale indictment factory, not one, would have been indicted had Mueller not thought him a possible conduit to the president. How’s that for guilt by association?

After somehow managing to get elected, Donald Trump’s biggest crime has been fighting back against his enemies. They are not used to a president who gives as good as he gets. They’re used to having a monopoly on calling people unpleasant names and acting like dyspeptic toddlers. Donald Trump has had the temerity to repay them in kind. How dare he! Robert Mueller has been about impeachment all along. Bring it on, and let’s see what happens.

Biggest crime is winning the election?

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Fake News, Fake Charges …

How The Clintons Directed Michael Cohen To Plead Guilty & Implicate President Trump by DCWhispers – “Now he’s using Michael Cohen to add manufactured fuel to the “get President Trump” fire as the Clintons sit back and watch and wait…”

“Now the Mueller investigation is said to be working furiously to use the plea deal script that was manufactured by Clinton operative Lanny Davis to further implicate President Trump. …

Far-fetched you say? Consider this – Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to non-crimes as they relate to Donald Trump. He has tax issues, fraud issues, but what Davis was most concerned with is the alleged “hush money” payments that Cohen now says were directed by then-candidate Trump in 2016. That is the only legal item that involves the president directly regarding the Cohen plea – and it isn’t a crime. It’s a fake charge but Cohen is playing ball with the prosecution because of the other charges he is facing. This is how the U.S. government works. It can manufacture anything to go after anyone at any time and no entity has done this more often and more aggressively than the Clinton Crime Syndicate.

Mark Levin explains the dangerous absurdity of it all

FLASHBACK: When the Media Didn’t Care About a President’s Criminal Friends by Geoffrey Dickens – It’s the compare and contrast, especially to the treatment of Obama and Clinton by both the media and the DoJ, that illustrate the real issue at hand.

17 million reasons why Trump not guilty of campaign violations by Mark J. Fitzgibbons – “The Deep State is indeed acting like the Star Chamber, getting people to confess to nonexistent crimes to help ensnare others for political reasons.”

Media has seizures after Republicans lament the death of Mollie Tibbetts (Update: NY Times changes headline) by John Sexton – “The “Republicans seize” formula has become a running joke on the right because it happens every time a news story puts Democrats on the defensive.”

“The fact that Trump mentioned it in passing (the story says he “alluded” to it) somehow justifies a “Trump seizes” headline. CBS News did pretty much the same thing. Their story is headlined: “GOP seizing Mollie Tibbetts murder as political issue.” Here’s the opening of this one

Is “corporate gun control” the next front in the war on gun rights? By Jazz Shaw – “insidious methods being employed outside of the halls of government to curtail gun ownership in the United States.”

“On to the actual subject at hand, French is pointing out some very real assaults on gun rights which are happening today, not describing some hypothetical future boogeyman intended to scare voters and get them out to the ballot box. Bowing to pressure from progressive campaigns, banks are already denying loans, credit card processing and other services to companies engaged in the manufacture or distribution of legal firearms. In the communications realm, you’ve already seen the stories of how companies like Amazon, Google, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have suppressed the networking and communications abilities of people selling or even talking about firearms.

Government infringement on Second Amendment rights can be remedied through education and majority support among the voters. This is something far darker and much more difficult to combat. And the real problem is that it works and it’s already going on today.

Darker and more difficult to combat …

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Challenges feed paranoia

A Perfect Storm Threatens America’s Survival by Frank Hawkins – “While there are still external challenges, the most serious threats are increasingly internal. Individually, each is troubling but not necessarily fatal. Blended together, like adding glycerol to concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids to form nitroglycerin, we have to ask, is America facing a Perfect Storm?” If your paranoia quotient has been a bit low lately, check Hawkins list of worries.

Was the strange language in Michael Cohen’s guilty plea a set-up? by Steve McCann – “Mr. Cohen recently retained Lanny Davis, best known for being the energetic legal enforcer of Clinton, Inc. and many others in the Democratic Party over the years.” The ‘witch hunt’ idea keeps getting fed.

“This entire sorry spectacle is no more than another feeble attempt to overturn an election wherein the “chosen one” Hillary Clinton inexplicably lost. After 16 months Robert Mueller and his unfettered and unrestrained army of prosecutors are no closer to achieving this ultimate objective, so Michael Cohen, thanks to his foibles, stupidity and greed, was the pawn in the latest gambit.

The Luciferian Left by David Solway – “The minions of the Left will never stop in their efforts to undermine the Republic.”

“They will try everything — historical revisionism, bald-face lies, blatant slander, racial discord, judicial usurpation of presidential authority, political witch hunts, voter fraud, illegal immigration, climate change, green energy, media disinformation, open borders, transnational globalism — to impose a vision on the world that in every attempt, without exception, has led inexorably to tyranny, state-sanctioned murder, economic collapse and human misery.

The lessons of history have no meaning for them. They regard themselves as uniquely exempt from the past, as if they will triumph where their predecessors have miscarried and aborted. This is why the Left cannot be treated with or engaged in reasonable discourse. No counter-argument, no matter how factual, how meticulously researched, how rational or sensible, can ever hope to gain purchase on minds steeped in ideological prejudice or influence hearts shadowed by moral darkness.

it is a catastrophic error to regard the Left and its outriders — Liberals, Progressivists — as comprising a legitimate political movement. It is not. It is a force for evil wherever it trains its ideological weaponry and needs to be institutionally quashed.

Learn from what was?

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OPM: Other People’s Money & Denial on Parade

A $289M Hit Job On Science In Jackpot Verdict On Monsanto’s Glyphosate By Alex Berezow

The truth is, this decision against Monsanto is just the latest in a series of jackpot verdicts taking aim at some of America’s largest companies. Johnson & Johnson just lost a $4.7-billion lawsuit over an equally scientifically impossible claim that baby powder causes ovarian cancer. Another lawsuit aimed at coffee companies tried to get their product labeled as carcinogenic, despite well-documented evidence that coffee helps prevent breast, colorectal, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancers.

The reason that legal arguments consistently trump scientific evidence is because we live in a thoroughly postmodern world. Logic and data have been replaced by emotion and virtue signaling. When a culture believes that truth is simply a matter of opinion, science is among the first casualties. America will not remain #1 in the world for scientific research if we continue to allow lawyers to bleed companies dry over crimes they never committed.

The Double Standards of Postmodern Justice by by Victor Davis Hanson – “Our institutions offer no principles to explain why some people’s lives are harmed or destroyed, and others’ lives are not.”

“In these polarized times, Americans are not so much angry that newspapers and magazines fire reporters, or that Robert Mueller indicts those under suspicion. What bothers them is that our guardians of morality do not offer any principles to explain why some people’s lives are harmed or destroyed, and others’ lives are not.

When there is no blind code of justice, people suspect that our institutions define wrong behavior and bad words as those in service to the wrong political agenda.

And they are right.

Judge halts full DACA restart By Stephen Dinan – “Court frets over ‘confusion’ of messy legal battles

“DACA cases are pending in three courts right now. Judge Bates‘ case is likely to be appealed to the circuit court in Washington, D.C., while circuit courts are already handling appeals of similar decisions from California and New York.

Each of those lawsuits challenged the Trump administration’s decision last year to phase out DACA. The judges in those cases ruled that the Trump administration cut too many corners, and so the phaseout is illegal.

But another case in Texas involves a challenge to the original 2012 Obama administration decision to create DACA in the first place. If that judge were to rule against DACA it would create a messy situation where the program itself is illegal — but so is the phaseout.

The activists in the case before Judge Bates figured that they could undercut the anti-DACA Texas case by agreeing not to allow new DACA permits to be granted.

Investor’s Business Daily: Media Ignore Record Low ObamaCare Rate Hikes — Anyone Want To Guess Why? Probably because the insurance companies are catching up but it still doesn’t fit the ‘narrative’. … Trumponomics Makes 401(k) Millionaires Like The Swiss Make Chocolates – “Fidelity says that the number of people at the end of the second quarter with a million dollars or more in their Fidelity 401(k) surged by 50,000 to 168,000, a 42% gain.”

“At a time when a major political party has put forward a plan to turn corporate America socialist, it’s important to note that the tried-and-true policies of lower taxes and less government regulation are working. They are the core of Trumponomics, and they’re helping to turn many average people into 401(k) millionaires. It’s a story of inclusive wealth creation, especially for the middle class. So much for the politics of envy.

Watch as ex-CIA analyst falls victim to Trump Derangement Syndrome, goes berserk on CNN by Thomas Lifson – “We now have a visual depiction of the onset of a Trump Derangement Syndrome episode, causing a presumably serious person to lose self-control.”

John Brennan’s Security Clearance by Victor Davis Hanson – “Scarier than former CIA chief John Brennan losing his security clearance is the idea that he ever had one in the first place.”

First They Came for Alex Jones by Jack Cashill – “no halfway sentient adult can take this self-indulgence seriously.” The MSM is worried about President Trump?

“The private enterprise argument cannot be made in the four cases that follow. In these cases, the media conspired with the government to punish individuals whose media efforts threatened Democrats in power. I have met the individuals profiled here in the course of my own work. I am sure there are many more that I have not met who have suffered similar or worse fates.

Norris went ghost in July 2010 and has not surfaced since. Unlike her former colleagues, it is not President Trump who worries her. To become an enemy of the media is to risk one’s career, one’s freedom, even one’s life.

A Case Study in Obama-Trump Double Standards by David Catron – “A thin-skinned academic lets the cat out of the bag.”

“So, the Republicans somehow made former President Obama violate the law. Moreover, it was perfectly acceptable for him to exceed his constitutional authority because… well… soccer. The absent-minded professor seems to have forgotten that only Congress has the power to authorize this kind of spending. You will not be shocked to learn that, in his New York Times column, Professor Bagley applies a completely different standard to President Trump. The latter gets no “soccer exemption.” In fact, Bagley actually castigates Trump for putting a halt to the illegal CSR payments made by his brazenly lawless predecessor

This is what might be styled the “Geraldine Jones defense.” Ms. Jones was a character created by the late great Flip Wilson. She avoided responsibility for her actions by claiming, “The Devil made me do it.”

The Compulsory Society by Kevin D. Williamson – “We owe a debt of gratitude to the cranky dissidents such as Jack Phillips.”

“The situation of African Americans in the 1960s was both unjust and untenable. On the one hand, civil-rights activists argued that the project of more closely integrating African Americans into the nation’s social, economic, and political life could not be left up to the states (the Democratic political machines controlling the South were built on segregation) and further that it should not be left up to the states, being a problem that was genuinely national in character. Critics of the 1964 legislation, including Republicans such as Senator Barry Goldwater who had supported earlier civil-rights reforms, argued that the proposed legislation went too far, that the expansive “public accommodations” doctrine would insert politics into what had been private life, politicizing the conduct of business and inviting the federal snout into places where it did not belong. The tragedy was, and is, that both sides were right.

The same cannot be said of Jack Phillips and his little bakery. No gay couple seeking a wedding cake is going to have to travel three states away to find one if Phillips declines their custom. No transgender person celebrating a coming out is going to want for baked goods if Phillips refuses service.

Everybody knows this. The activists targeting Phillips do not care. The point is not to see to it that gay and transgender people can live their lives as they wish to — the point is to coerce Jack Phillips into conformity.

The same is true of the Left’s demands for public funding of abortion and for using government power to compel elderly Catholic nuns to add contraception to their health-insurance plans.

Trump’s China gambit by neo – “My aversion to risk is one of the many, many, many reasons I’m not Donald Trump.”

“When Donald Trump threatened China with tariffs, a lot of pundits and politicians on the left acted as though they didn’t know anything about the idea of taking risks to get positive change. That obviously was what Trump was trying to do, however, and he was wagering that the chance of gain was a lot higher than the chance of failure. One can disagree with Trump’s assessment of his chances of bringing about a good result, but it would seem necessary to at least acknowledge that that was his assessment. But Trump doesn’t often get even that much respect.

This meme of Trump the stupid clueless lucky bumbler is very popular, but it really makes little sense on the face of it—particularly in the context of the negotiation of a financial deal by Trump. After all, it’s not as though Trump hasn’t announced his intentions of making better deals for the US and written a book on his deal-making tactics and strategy.

On this, see Chinese Foreign Investment: A Perspective, VDH quoting James D. Jameson.

Andrew Cuomo doesn’t see America’s greatness because he doesn’t know where to look by Salena Zito – “Great is an aspiration — a higher elevation to which you constantly try to take yourself and your countrymen.”

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Bathos

The Omarosa News Cycle Is Everything That’s Wrong With Media Coverage Of Trump By Bre Payton – “The news cycle surrounding Omarosa Manigault Newman is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the news media’s coverage of the Trump administration.”

Accepting a tiny snippet of audio from a fired White House staffer with an axe to grind and a pile of books to sell without even attempting to verify how accurate her version of events is makes it clear that when it comes to this president, all the rules of journalism get thrown out the window.

It would be one thing if Omarosa’s audio broke a news story about corruption or some other abuse of power in the White House, but the only audio she has released has come from her firing — she apparently only recorded people when she knew she was on her way out.

Objectivity in the media in a post-Trump America is a paper-thin veneer members of the press hide behind as a mere formality. Adding a quick disclaimer that they did not bother to verify wild claims made by a highly unreliable source before playing audio she gave them in full on live TV does not make it a fair and accurate depiction of what’s going on. Many members of the media should stop letting their hatred for Trump blind them. It’s clear to everyone who’s not playing pretend that Omarosa’s last gasp for attention does not deserve the air time it has received.

The Legacies of Robert Mueller’s Investigations by Victor Davis Hanson – “Although that Mueller mandate of collusion was never formally defined, much less explained as a criminal offense, the media salivated at the idea that Mueller’s whiz kids nonetheless were going to find it and no doubt thereby usher in impeachment. … Now we have gone from melodrama to bathos.”

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realism? clear thinking? whither it go?

Stephen Miller’s insufferable uncle by Paul Mirengoff – “Glosser’s piece is a shrill, hyper-personal rant of the “Give me your tired, your poor” genre. But for Glosser’s status as Stephen Miller’s uncle, I don’t think Politico would even have considered running it.” Here is another example, in detail, illustrating why reasoned discussion is so difficult.

“Glosser concludes that “immigration reform is a complex issue that will require compassion and wisdom to bring the nation to a just solution. . .” True. But it will also require realism, clear thinking, and considerably more intellectual honesty than Uncle David is able to muster in his nasty attack on his nephew.

Using the Truth to Lie by Thales – “for the citations within it are true, even though the spin has rendered it into something it really is not. How do you articulate that?” Another examination to consider …

“Denethor was shown nothing but truth by the palantir. It could not be made to lie to him. But Sauron could spin what was shown, and cause Denethor to mistake the meaning of the things he saw. This tactic is readily employed by the media, and in the past it has been extremely effective. The journalist, if confronted on his spin, could escape with the excuse “but everything I have said is true!” We know there is a wrong here, we can sense it, but to prove it unequivocally is difficult, and essentially impossible if the instances are few enough.

Over time, with many such incidences, we can begin to notice the pattern.

we may have to give up the expedient of looking into the palantir, and just find the answers on our own, the hard way.

Betsy Newmark provides a classic example when she starts out with “Listening to the news yesterday brought home once again what happens when we elect a reality show star for president.” Go see Dana Perino’s column to find out what Newmark’s bias and blindness misses and distorts. and Newmark teaches history…

Complicating the Narratives By Amanda Ripley – “What if journalists covered controversial issues differently — based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious?” There are some good points but the argument suffers in taking a “both sides do it” bias. The process and methodology described is all about leading people to intellectual integrity when they don’t want to go there. Ripley is engaged in a voyage of self discovery here.

“I spent the past three months interviewing people who know conflict intimately and have developed creative ways of navigating it. I met psychologists, mediators, lawyers, rabbis and other people who know how to disrupt toxic narratives and get people to reveal deeper truths. They do it every day — with livid spouses, feuding business partners, spiteful neighbors. They have learned how to get people to open up to new ideas, rather than closing down in judgment and indignation.

… After spending more than 50 hours in training for various forms of dispute resolution, I realized that I’ve overestimated my ability to quickly understand what drives people to do what they do. I have overvalued reasoning in myself and others and undervalued pride, fear and the need to belong.

The lesson for journalists (or anyone) working amidst intractable conflict: complicate the narrative. First, complexity leads to a fuller, more accurate story. Secondly, it boosts the odds that your work will matter — particularly if it is about a polarizing issue. When people encounter complexity, they become more curious and less closed off to new information. They listen, in other words.

The Hypocrisy of the NFL’s Raised Fist and Kneeling Players by Toni Williams – “I am not going to relitigate that this is a work place issue and not a First Amendment issue. Instead, I am going to call these athletes out for their hypocrisy.”

“The hypocrisy of these people is as elite as their athletic status. They are getting huge amounts of Social Justice cred and at the same time killing their source of income. Go right ahead guys and keep raising your fists and kneeling. Baseball could really become America’s sport again and y’all might be able to buy tickets.

Hypocrisy is one thing. Ignorance is another. Where would they be in either opportunity, wealth, social justice, freedoms, or status in any other country?

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Can’t you see what you are doing?

The Media Are Hiding Their Knowledge and Duplicity – Buzzfeed, WaPo and New York Times Had Unredacted FISA Application For Over A Year by sundance – “only recently did we discover the media engagements were not just pervasive, they were/are participatory.”

“As a consequence the same media cannot reasonably report on any aspect of the story without exposing their own duplicity; their only choice is to double down on lies they helped create and promote.

In preparation for explosive developments soon to reach critical mass CTH strongly urges everyone to think carefully about these recently discovered empirical truths:

Make sure you read that full response from Christopher Steele above to see the scope of the media engagements he was conducting.

As more evidence surfaces the relationship between journalists, Fusion-GPS, Chris Steele and the media’s DOJ/FBI sources begins blending together. The FBI was using media reports, which were based on Fusion-GPS pitches, to bolster its investigative documents to the FISA court. It is an intelligence laundry operation:

Think about the scale of the reporting, and reporting on reporting, of anonymous leaks, false leaks, lies from “people with knowledge of the matter”, “government officials involved in the matter”, “people familiar with the matter”, “government sources” etc. all going in one unified and semi-coordinated direction – against the aggregate Trump administration.

Now, it actually gets even more convoluted.

The problem is not just corruption with the U.S. Justice System, the DOJ and the FBI; the problem is corruption within the media.

The only way they could align with the truth is to admit that virtually every scintilla of their reportage over the past 18 months was inherently false or manipulated by the “sources” distributing the material for their reporting.

Where Do We Get Such Losers? By Colin Flaherty – “when we look at the delusion and deceit surrounding at least five Democrat members of the U.S. Senate, the question now becomes “Is this the best we have?

“Booker trotted out the T-Bone stories at every early campaign stop in his races for mayor

Fabrication? When did the media get so delicate about their accusations of deceit?

I don’t know where we get creatures with such a dubious acquaintance with reality. But even more importantly, I cannot imagine why we keep them around.

There are tons more examples that I don’t have the time to find: the story of Teddy Kennedy’s adventures at Chappaquiddick is on pay per view and I have to get back to that.

Investor’s Businerss DailyEconomic Boom: Media Rewrite History To Credit Obama Instead Of Trump. “The stronger the economy gets under President Trump, the more desperate his critics are to hand credit over to Obama. Even if that entails changing the past.”

White House exploring legal options against Omarosa Manigault Newman for making secret recording in Situation Room by Meridith Mcgraw Tara Palmeri – the story of a betrayal of Trust, a betrayal of integrity, a betrayal of country, … ugly. Ideas of extortion, blackmail, and worse come to mind, And all to sell books – or so it seems.

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security –- and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” Sanders said.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News her claims are “completely fictional.”

He added that Manigault Newman had top secret clearance at a minimum, and she may have broken the law by recording her conversation in the Situation Room — what’s supposed to be the most secure place in the White House.

Part of applying for clearance is agreeing to security protocols.

“It’s an unbelievable violation of protocol and the law,” Spicer said. “You can lose your security clearance for bringing your device into SCIF — to bring it in is a violation but to willfully record it — you’re entering a whole other realm.”

“She’s on a different level,” a senior White House official said. “She terrified me.”

Meanwhile a white supremacist rally in Washington D.C. that the media used for a week long bout of FUD mongering turned up only a couple dozen .. The Newman recordings will likely follow the same path, the one followed by many other attacks on the Trump administration, a whole lot of hype and hyperbole, distorted and constructed (mis)perceptions, and no ‘there’ there except in the fevered swamps of those consumed by hate.

Charlottesville rally turns into anti-police protest (videos) by Jazz Shaw – “When we originally heard that there was going to be a major rally in Charlottesville yesterday on the one-year anniversary of the bloodshed at the first Unite the Right march, there was obvious reason for concern.”

“Would the same group of neo-Nazis and wannabe Klansmen show up again leading to a battle with counterprotesters? Antifa showed up early in significant numbers, claiming that they were simply there to honor the memory of Heather Heyer, the young woman who died when one of the Klan supporters plowed his car into the crowd. But taking one look at their outfits and equipment it seemed obvious they were prepared for more than a memorial service. Fortunately, law enforcement was out on the streets in large numbers, keeping an eye out for trouble and ready to respond.

Here’s the curious, if not alarming part of the story. The white supremacists didn’t show up. (They were probably already on their way to Washington.) But even stranger than that was the fact that most of the protesters didn’t seem to be there to raise their voices against the Klan or Nazis or racism. They were there to protest the cops. (Reuters)

The complete lack of gratitude on display by these protesters for the cops who showed up to keep them safe from violence probably isn’t all that shocking in the current era. But the hypocrisy and total disconnect from reality in this spectacle is staggering.

See also So what was the point of the Unite the Right hype machine? For more on that “way to Washingon” idea. But this Charlottsville anti-cop ‘tude isn’t the only example. The NFL has this ‘antifa’ problem, too. And then there’s Karen Townsend on Atlanta elementary school replaces Pledge of Allegiance with chant for more overt displays of anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti Western Values. And then, via Instapundit: Dispatches From The Newspeak Dictionary: CNN calls marchers chanting ‘f*ck the police’ and throwing eggs ‘anti-hate groups.’

Harvard professor calls for academic ban on hiring, honoring anyone from Trump admin by Jazz Shaw – “Dani Rodrik, a Turkish born economist and Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard, penned an op-ed in the Boston Globe suggesting that the academic world needs to stop offering jobs, fellowships or any sort of honors to anyone who was in any way associated with the Trump administration.”

“There you have it. A call from a senior figure from Harvard to establish what can only be honestly described as a blacklist. It doesn’t matter what the person’s individual opinions, qualifications or record may include. Simply having served anywhere in the White House or any of the Cabinet departments under President Trump marks one as being “tainted by the experience” and they should be disqualified from employment or honors in the academic community. For the sin of having answered the call to serve your government, you should henceforth be treated like a black person trying to get a drink from the whites-only water fountain during the early part of the 20th century.

The sad part is that this proposal will doubtless be taken seriously across much of the higher education spectrum. … We have a serious problem in our nation’s universities and it’s not one that’s going to change without a generational shift in attitude.

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites” by John Hinderaker – “These are three news stories that came to my attention over the last 24 hours. I think they tell us a lot about the current, degraded state of public life in America.”

“Personally, I am more unhappy about the press’s assault on President Trump than about President Trump’s assault on the press. To listen to our heroic journalists, you might think that Trump is sending secret policemen to cart them off to prison.

No such thing, of course. Rather, Trump is saying things about left-wing press outlets that are nowhere near as nasty as what they have been saying about him since before his inauguration. Democratic Party journalists declared war on the president, and they now pretend that his fighting back is somehow an infringement of their rights. Boo freaking hoo.

Next, on a similar theme, we hear from Dani Rodrik, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Rodrik is concerned lest educational institutions “normalize” historically low unemployment, steady wage increases and a pro-America foreign policy:

It requires a peculiar sense of self-worth to think that your approval is needed to legitimize a president who was elected by the American people. Left-wing academics may think that ordinary Americans don’t notice their arrogance, but they are mistaken.

You could assemble stories like these pretty much any day of the week. But when I read them together, I thought they were a stark example of how malignant America’s self-appointed “elites” are, even though, as we never tire of pointing out, they are anything but elite. In fact, they are below average. Which is why most Americans rightly don’t think much of them.

Do these people think about the consequences of their perceptions and fantasies?

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Collusion and Conspiracy on Parade. In the Press.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots by Thomas Farnan – “Manafort’s crime is the same as Facebook’s: he failed to measure the orthodoxy of his political client’s message and, because of that, he now faces an inquisition.”

“What we do know is that Manafort first was investigated for breaking those laws in that year by Robert Mueller’s FBI. A discretionary decision was made not to prosecute. It wasn’t a priority of the Obama Administration to indict consultants over how they reported income from foreign governments. If that were a priority, a lot of big shots in Washington would have gone down.

The FBI, headed by James Comey, investigated Manafort for his work with Yanukovych but found no evidence of a crime.

The existence of this investigation is vindication for those who voted for Brexit and Trump because they believe an illuminati rules the world.

The Washington establishment is less interested in the means used to influence voters than in the fact that the deplorables have been prompted to defy them, which cannot be allowed. As long as Facebook and Twitter perform the necessary act of genuflection and voluntarily ban dissenting voices, they will not be similarly tormented. Those who display lèse-majesté will be harshly punished, which accounts for the “Get Trump!” fervor. It is Orwellian, sure. And it is really happening.

Trump’s media opponents are leaping into his trap by Thomas Lifson – “The age of metropolitan dailies pretending to be unbiased sources of news officially is over.”

“This week, leading wordsmiths at two of the nation’s major newspapers openly propounded the need for the media to work together (also known as “conspire”) to defeat Donald Trump.

These people are living in the past, when their newspapers spoke with authority and were respected as impartial. If they think that by openly conspiring to damage the POTUS they will help their cause, they are sadly mistaken. They are offering proof that they are partisans, that they conspire, and that they wear blinders of fury when it comes to examining President Trump.

I suppose that these newspaper editors will congratulate themselves on their brave moral stand when they publish their editorials in unison. But they will also furnish a huge talking point for Trump about their open and proud bias against him.

Things that failed to outrage me this week by Don Surber – News where “Buried in the story was this tidbit

“On Saturday, the Trumpoholics in the Fourth Estate extinguished their hair and rested, exhausted by all the fits they threw trying to get the president removed from office.

The effort to suppress the conservative is growing in stridency and violence. This cannot bode well.

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A stunning level of deception

Melania’s parents become U.S. citizens, the left melts down by Karen Townsend – “First Lady Melania Trump’s parents became U.S. citizens Thursday. In Trump’s America, this feel-good story turned the ugly left and their cohorts in the press into indignant critics.”

“And, the critics continue to conflate President Trump’s intention to reduce illegal immigration with an attempt to eliminate immigration. The descriptive word that is left out is the most important – ‘illegal’.

What is stunning to me, really, is this level of deception from the legal community and the journalists who can’t wait to quote them. That’s the real hypocrisy. They know better but they just don’t care because it is how they frame the narrative.

Graham: Why didn’t the FBI warn Trump like they warned Feinstein? By Ed Morrissey – “In order to get Lindsey Graham’s point in this discussion with Harris Faulkner, first you’d have to know about the spy on Dianne Feinstein’s staff.”

“Graham wants to know why the FBI warned Dianne Feinstein about a suspected spy but never bothered to tell Donald Trump about their suspicions over Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Let’s not forget that the penetration in Feinstein’s case was much more significant, too. The warning from the FBI came after the man had been in Feinstein’s employ for “two decades,” as the local CBS affiliate noted last week. The FBI had evidence of direct and covert contact between the suspect and China’s intelligence operatives. Feinstein was also a high-value target as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, with access to the most sensitive information held by the US government, including from our intelligence partners around the globe. And yet, the FBI reached out to Feinstein rather than open a counter-intelligence probe with her as a potential target, even though Feinstein’s family has profited extensively through contacts with China during her tenure.

In contrast, Donald Trump was a businessman running for president with three questionable advisers. Graham doesn’t see why the FBI didn’t prioritize hygiene over investigation in that case as they did with Feinstein

Too bad readers of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times won’t know what Graham’s talking about.

Cotton to Kamala Harris: no more Kavanaugh documents by Karen Townsend – ‘You Already Said You’re Voting No’ https://t.co/Hh5w4QQetg

“Harris’ intentions have been clear from the start. She hasn’t even met with Kavanaugh yet she has expressed a definitive opinion.

When Democrats realized that they have no procedural way of railroading Kavanaugh’s nomination, other than excessive demands of documents to slow it down, their level of frustration grew to a new level. Senator Harris is even on record declaring that “We’re looking at the destruction of the Constitution of the United States” with the nomination. Talk about hyperbole! She said it on MSNBC to host Chris Matthews so she was picking the right audience for such partisan drama.

There was a time that senators recognized that a president is entitled to his nominations, barring no extraordinary circumstances. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 and was confirmed 96-3. No Republican was under the impression that she was a moderate. It was even common practice to use voice votes for nominees up through the LBJ administration. That would be impossible now.

The Problem with Gay Marriage by David Solway – “Although I regard the reduction of identity to one’s sexual preferences, whatever these might be, as a diminishment of the complex spectrum of human personality, I have nothing against the practice of homosexuality – to each his own – and considered it a non-issue and none of my business.”

“Then and now, however, I believed as a matter of principle that redefining marriage was another kettle entirely. People can manage their private passions as they wish, provided they remain within the common law, but marriage has to be defended not only as a binding compact between two people and an expression of religious faith, but as a social institution whose role is twofold: the preservation of cultural life and the procreation of the species.

For these reasons, marriage can be only a contract between a man and woman.

This is why Marxism, for example, considers marriage an institution that needs to be destroyed, since procreant marriage with all its attendant responsibilities is the foundation of bourgeois society.

None of these considerations carried any weight with my literary colleague, who accused my wife and me of rejecting his “essential humanity” and broke off all communication, saying the issue was “non-negotiable” and all discussion would henceforth cease.

My friend would have none of it. He demanded total assent and expected our congratulations. But as he once wrote me about another matter, “you don’t owe a friend a lie.” It’s a maxim worth living by.

First step in a lie is the lie to one’s self. It is one thing to be intransigent on a position but another to cut off any discussion about that position or, especially, any one or any thing that might even just hold differing views.

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Ohr notes, Russian assassinations, Chinese spies, who’s the enemy?

Rudy’s Shot Across Mueller’s Bow by Mark Wauck – “With Paul Sperry stating that President Trump is about to begin declassifying some key documents, we may soon have a better picture of what’s been going on in the Mueller “probe.”

“But we may already be getting a preview, based on the handful of Steele/Ohr emails that we’ve already seen.

In other words: Ohr’s activities could only have been part of an unauthorized campaign by government officials against the President of the United States.

As it turns out, Ohr has also been discussing the planned course of action with people in Washington, and he quickly lets Steele know that he will let “them” know that Steele is on board. It also seems likely that Ohr, #4 at DoJ, may have a heads up about the forthcoming appointment of a Special Counsel.

The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DOJ about Trump by John Solomon – “And all of it was captured in the official’s handwritten notes — a contemporaneous record that intelligence professionals tell me exposes the flaws plaguing the early Russia collusion case.”

“Yet, Simpson allegedly acknowledged that most of the information Fusion GPS and British intelligence operative Christopher Steele developed did not come from sources inside Moscow. “Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.,” Ohr scribbled in his notes.

Simpson admitted in sworn testimony last year to the House Intelligence Committee that he had contact with Ohr after Trump’s election victory. But Ohr’s notes provide the first detailed public account of what the two men actually discussed.

One notation that stands out is Simpson’s account that he asked Steele to talk with Mother Jones reporter David Corn about their muckraking on Trump and Russia in the final days of the election. At the time, Steele still worked as an FBI source.

When Simpson testified before Congress, he said he and Steele acted out of a sense of duty.

Whatever their assessment, Congress has a wide, new mandate to investigate the Simpson-Ohr-Steele contacts with renewed vigor and lots of questions that did not exist just a few short weeks ago

Those answers could make for a long, politically hot autumn in Washington.

Russia to US: Sanctions over our assassinations and our election disruption would be an act of economic war, or something by Ed Morrissey – “the administration now realizes that Russia has been conducting an intelligence war for years against the West. That includes their disruption efforts in the 2016 election, weak as they were, as well as a string of assassinations in the West that go as far back as Alexander Litvenenko over a decade ago.” This gets to the real danger in the Democrats efforts to unseat the President. That effort is a diversion and a distraction inhibiting and stunting the efforts to tackle a very real ‘enemy of the state’ problem.

NY Post: Don’t forget how Feinstein’s China ties paid off for her while employing her driver-spy by Ed Morrissey – “So far, news outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and even Washington DC’s own Post still have yet to report a single word on this penetration, even while both newspapers are filled with Russian intel ops and their aftermath.” Yet another example of the insidious propaganda game being played by the Left.

Conservative Confusion About Who and What We’re Fighting by David Catron – “The razor-thin majority by which Balderson won is the result of absent suburban voters who have forgotten that, after 2006, the Democrats nearly destroyed the U.S. economy and set the stage for the Obama era with all its trademark criminality.”

Omarosa has secret Trump tapes, writing a tell-all book by Karen Townsend – “No matter what the content of the secret tapes, this is a huge betrayal of trust and Omarosa should be shamed for her conduct, not rewarded with a lucrative book deal.

Man arrested after making Twitter threat against ICE agents, Rep. Scalise responds (Update) by John Sexton – “I suspect someone on the left will shortly be claiming this was a joke and just part of the way progressives on Twitter talk about federal agents

“Scalise’s tweet also raises a point about how Democrats frequently play the “climate of hate” blame game, which may be his intent in asking the question he does. Every time there is a burst of political violence, the left rushes to blame the right. Often, as happened after the Tucson shooting, the left doesn’t even wait for evidence to support their claims, they just start assigning blame to the usual suspects. In some cases, they report false connections that don’t exist and in others, they ignore evidence that doesn’t fit their narrative (Remember the “Tea Party terrorist” who concluded his manifesto by quoting the Communist Manifesto?).

The left is always eager to have a national conversation about the climate of hate if they think the right will take the blame. But after the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, or New York City, or the assassination attempt against Rep. Scalise and other Republicans they quickly forget how the climate of hate works and change the subject. So now is a good time to ask if they want to keep playing that game. My guess is they will decline, at least in this instance.

Finally, it bothers me that Ziobrowski faces up to five years in prison if convicted, which means he could see more jail time than Antifa goon Eric Clanton who was caught on video hitting people over the head with a bike lock. We’ll have to wait and see what justice looks like in this case.

Understanding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 73 Years Later by Dan Mclaughlin – “The need to batter the enemy into abject and total submission seems to us today something like barbarism.” He cites the Civil War and the two world wars … “To the men of 1945, with barbarism before them on a daily basis, that animal spirit was in fact a coldly rational reading of very recent history and enduring human nature.”

“Also, no American president – perhaps not even Washington or Grant – had seen worse ground combat up close in his life than Harry Truman, an artillery officer in the ghastly 6-week Meuse-Argonne offensive (the second bloodiest battle in U.S. history) that ended World War I. Truman’s sense of war was visceral; he knew its horrors well, and knew there was no substitute for ending it.

Harry Truman did what the righteous fury of four years of the bitterest war demanded, and made a lasting peace. You could say that of precious few of our wars since 1945. That suggests that maybe Truman knew something we have forgotten about man and war.

An Observance of the Decay of Learned Restraint, Ace of Spades – “We used to learn, as children, to restrain our pettier, nastier, more childlike emotional outbursts.”

“Our parents taught us to count to ten before blowing up in anger.

Our parents and our friends taught us that to display such base emotions as seething envy was uncool and childlike.

We wanted to grow up, we wanted to be seen as grown up, and so we tried to act like grown-ups. So we learned, either because of a parent’s soft (but stinging) chiding, or a friend’s rather less gentle insulting us as a spaz or baby, to restrain exhibitions of such childish butthurts.

We also learned — or were taught, sometimes with some real social cruelty or an actual beat-down — that if we had a problem, we should sort it out ourselves or just find a way to work around it, instead of running to the nearest authority figure to squeal on our playmates.

On that last point, men especially were taught to ask themselves, “Am I acting like a man here, or a whiny child in constant need of his Mommy’s interventions?”

I’m sure women similarly asked themselves about their own behavior, probably thinking more in terms of propriety and maturity than about masculinity, but the effect was the same.

The rule used to be, “If you lose your shit, you’ve lost the game.”

Now it’s the exact opposite: “If you lose your shit and throw a tantrum, you win. Always. Because obviously the person who takes offense and flies into rage over nothing must have moral superiority over people who are calm and rational.”

whither civility, honor, integrity?

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Free ride and a straight face?

Ace of Spades: Eric Clanton, the Antifa Professor Charged With Beating People Over the Head With a U-Lock (A Deadly) Weapon, Offered Plea Deal of Three Years Probation, Not a Single Hour of JailAssault with a deadly weapon is a minor misdemeanor if you’re an antifa attempted murderer.

NAACP’s own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly by Thomas Lifson – “Dependence on 90% voting support from African-Americans for electoral success is the jugular vein of the Democratic Party.”

“President Trump’s rising support among black voters is correctly seen as an existential threat to the party’s – and progressivism’s – ability to win national elections. That’s why I thought it was big news last Saturday when Rasmussen proclaimed that black approval of Trump had hit 29%, even though most of the media ignored it for reasons AT readers well understand.

But the surge in black support for President Trump is real – so real that even the far left NAACP discovered it in a poll, though that poll (perhaps with a differently worded question) put the support at 21%. …

What’s a race victimology group to do with this? Of course, double down on charges that Trump is a racist.

If calling Trump a racist hasn’t stemmed the flow of black support his way, there is no reason to believe that shouting it more will start working. It’s almost as if the groups which purport to represent the interests of African Americans are really more worried about their own careers.

CNN thinks too many Latinos like President Trump by Don Surber – “Ronald Brownstein of CNN is in a panic.”

“Despite an endless stream of negative stories on CNN and elsewhere about President Trump, a growing number of Hispanic voters support him.

And the wall.

Polls nationally show President Trump’s job approval is up 10 points among Hispanic voters.

We know why.

Jobs.

Democrats need to offer something more than anti-Trump vitriol. Calling him Hitler backfires once people notice he ain’t Hitler.

The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s by Marc Thiessen – There’s a both sides do it bias here (e.g. “just as …”) that is belied by the examples given. Chanting “CNN Sucks” and “Lock her up” just isn’t even in the same game as the hateful and violence encouraging rhetoric often heard from the Left.

“It’s worth keeping these incidents in mind as we listen to the rising chorus of warnings that the president’s irresponsible attacks on the media will result in violence. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta recently tweeted, “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.” And New York Times columnist Bret Stephens warned, “We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.”

Let’s pray something so awful never comes to pass. But by that standard, the blood on the Alexandria field was blood on the Democrats’ hands. Before shooting Scalise, Hodgkinson joined Facebook groups such as “Join the Resistance Worldwide,” “Terminate the Republican Party,” and “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans.” He posted that “Trump is a Traitor” and “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA.” Where did he get the idea to compare Republicans to terrorists? Well, just to give one example:

Many Americans were outraged by the horrific policy of family separation, but it is inexcusably irresponsible for those such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to compare Trump’s policies with those of Nazi Germany and the detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border to Hitler’s concentration camps. It isn’t difficult to imagine how an unbalanced mind could be influenced by overheated rhetoric by people in positions of authority.

Here’s an idea: If we are really concerned that the state of our political discourse is going to get someone killed, then maybe people on both sides should cut it out.

As long as people like Thiessen can ignore their own observations and maintain this “people on both sides” schtick, the problem will continue. True witness is a first requirement and that means coming to grips with the difference between one’s own desires and the real world.

Tougher gun laws didn’t help Los Angeles schools by Jazz Shaw – “Guess what didn’t make it onto the list of improvements.” It’s the Thiessen problem – the path to their goal just doesn’t fit reality.

Slate: The left’s response to Sarah Jeong’s tweets was problematic by John Sexton – “If you had to guess how Slate reacted to the Sarah Jeong story, you’d probably assume they backed Jeong and denied there was anything wrong with her “white people” tweets. And you’d be right” – Predictable implies consistency which is often considered a good thing but one has to question whether being predictable for what the Left is doing in terms of racism, bigotry, and even assault fits this idea.

“And as Mounk points out, the audience for this material took it the same way a racist audience for a racial joke would, i.e. by laughing along with her at the butt of the joke, in this case white people. What’s most worrisome about all of this is how few people on the left see it as a problem. [emphasis added]

This is why you get terrible movies from Hollywood and it’s not even about politics by Jazz Shaw – “some Hollywood moguls were bemoaning the decline of people showing up at the theater to watch movies on the big screen.”

“What’s of far more interest is the reason Del Vecchio cites for the opposition to this genre of films inside the industry. You see, the “artists” in that highly pampered community look down their noses at not only the studios who make such films, but even more so at the great unwashed masses who line up to see them. …

It’s nice to see Del Vecchio dismissing such haughty comments as “rubbish” (his word), but he’s clearly the exception in the industry. Foster’s critique really pulls back the mask and lets us see why so many of the big screen projects which get the green light wind up being such absolute crap. They know better than you. Even more to the point, they have zero respect for you. You are simply too ignorant to know good art when you see it and they’re on a mission to correct that. So they’ll keep pumping out “arthouse” films which tick all the boxes from their art school final exams, ignoring the fact that nobody wants to go watch most of it.

What we’re examining here typifies most of the stereotypes you hear about Hollywood whether we’re discussing films or politics. It’s a wealthy, entitled community of people who are completely out of touch. They’ve lost sight of the fact that their business does not exist to “enlighten” and “save” the hoi polloi across the world. They’re supposed to be entertaining us and offering a product we’re willing to spend our money on in our leisure hours. Making more “meaningful” films that nobody watches accomplishes nothing but assuaging the egos of the leaders in that industry. And that’s why we keep getting so many terrible films.

This is the same thing Limbaugh points out about journalists – they think their job is to save the world, not to educate and inform.

Ocasio-Cortez: Think of all the funeral expenses we’ll save under Medicare for All! By Ed Morrissey – “Boston University’s economics program apparently never included a biology requirement — or math, for that matter. BU’s most notable graduate these days, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tried explaining to CNN’s Chris Cuomo last night why people shouldn’t have “sticker shock” over the price tag of her core agenda item

“The question we need to ask is how a person with this much economic ignorance managed to get an economics degree from Boston University. Final question: How did Cuomo keep a straight face through this?

Canadians try to boycott American-made food products by Karen Townsend – “A hashtag-worthy movement began as Canadians began calling for consumers to #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts, and #BoycottUSA. There is a catch, though. Up to 60% of the food on Canadian grocery store shelves is from America.”

“Canadians like to virtue-signal and illegal immigration is one of their favorite issues to drag the Trump over. Nevermind that even Justin Trudeau has now admitted that unlimited access to Canada via an open border approach on his side of the border isn’t such a great idea. Resources are being stretched thin.

Maybe the cost of a free ride is coming to the surface?

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Call the cops! or maybe, better not.

Neighbors Calling Cops On Kid Selling Cookies Speaks To Bigger Societal Ail by Jamie Wells – “What once was pretty standard in communities, an adult speaking to the child’s parent about their concerns, has all but evaporated in our culture.”

“Whatever the culprit, the behavior is imprinted in the minds of the children involved. They mimic what they see. The relationship between parent and child is symbiotic. If mom is upset, child will be upset. If mom avoids conflict, then the child learns this strategy too; becoming ill-equipped in adulthood to be resilient. Certainly, if there is a real threat to a situation, then the best, safest course is to contact the police. But, for an average annoyance when having a conversation doesn’t risk your or your child’s personal safety, shouldn’t attempts to diffuse or solve the problem yield greater dividends than the alternative (e.g. establishment of a nice rapport with your long-term neighbors, learning about rectifying challenging circumstances)?

Have we simply lost the benefit of the doubt entirely – and is that the world we want to live in? Maybe when we confront such situations, we can take a moment to consider whether our actions facilitate opportunities or impose obstacles.

Midterm Meddling: Facebook Blocks Republican Candidate’s Ad, Breitbart Tech – “Facebook has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the U.S., claiming the platform doesn’t allow “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational” content.” It’s called ‘rewriting history’ when you attempt to distort or ignore what has actually happened because it doesn’t fit with your view of the world as you want it.

“Facebook has since reversed course on its decision, saying: “it is clear the video contains historical imagery relevant to the candidate’s story.”

“It is unbelievable that Facebook could have such blatant disregard for the history that so many people, including my own parents, have lived through,” declared Heng in a statement. “I’m sure it is shocking for some people to hear about this kind of injustice, but this is reality. This is why I wake up every single day with the fight and determination to have a voice and make a difference in my community.”

“Neither Facebook nor any other company in the tech industry get to silence our stories,” she continued. “We’ve seen it over and over again with Republican candidates and organizations.”

I remember when we called them mobs by Silvio Canto, Jr. – “And there you have it: the modern protest. We target those we disagree with, call them names, and then interrupt their dinner.” … “We call on the media to call this a mob, not a protest.” But! Fake News!

West Hollywood’s Moral Crusade against Trump by Kevin D. Williamson – “Donald Trump is sometimes fortunate in his opponents.”

“Part of me wants to encourage these fanatics. Yes, let’s dig up the Hollywood Walk of Fame until nobody is left but nice people—it’ll be a hell of a lot shorter. Yes, let’s change the name of Austin to Socialjusticeville and make it the seat of Social Justice County. (Stephen F. Austin and William Travis were involved in slavery, you see, and the takfiris in Austin want to change the city’s name.) Let’s let them burn the works of Mark Twain, and let the editors of The Nation grovel like worms every time some witless clucking Caitlyn on Twitter doesn’t like a poem they publish. Let Berkeley turn the campus over to literal blackshirts. Let’s crucify Scarlett Johansson in the public square.

Call it the Shining Path model of conservatism: Hasten the crisis to bring forward the underlying contradictions in the dominant paradigm.

How We Got Here by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. – “There have been three Constitutional crises in my lifetime and two of them revolved around the Clintons.” … “The origin of our present Constitutional crisis is a bit more complicated than this passage from Shattered makes out, but here is a good starting point to discover how the mob, the prosecutors, the media, and the Democratic Party are intent on stealing the last election and saving the Clintons’ hides.”

Emails Reveal High School Teachers Plotting To Hide Their Political Bias From Parents By Ilya Feoktistov – “The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle to gain and retain political power. We only found out about this incident by accident. How many more?”

“Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, a group of public school history teachers in the posh Boston suburb of Newton pledged to reject the “call for objectivity” in the classroom, bully conservative students for their beliefs, and serve as “liberal propagandist[s]” for the cause of social justice.

This informal pact was made in an exchange of emails among history teachers at Newton North High School,

The Left is abusing American high school education in its struggle—not to do good, but to gain and retain political power. The ongoing trend of growing political intolerance and ideological bigotry among the newest American adults will continue, and nothing good will come of it. In the Soviet Union, I’ve seen what young people could be turned into, what I myself could be turned into. Trust me, America hasn’t seen anything yet.

The Police Were Not Policed by Victor Davis Hanson – “How can Americans now trust the intelligence agencies shown to be corrupt in the very recent past?

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that’s very, very troubling – a growing awareness?

Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism … and the Bible by Dennis Prager – “After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.” … “And God and the Bible? They’re wrong, too.”

“Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology — along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders — is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

Colleges: A Force For Evil by Walter Williams – “How higher education is threatening the future of the country.”

The Elites’ War on the Deplorables by Victor Davis Hanson – “Elites are confident that there is nothing either ethically wrong or career-endangering in smearing middle-class Trump supporters with such crude stereotypes.”

From Philadelphia, The Latest Liberal Outrage [updated] by John Hinderaker – “Kirk and Owens were a heck of a lot more threatened than Jim Acosta was in Tampa a few evenings ago, but I haven’t seen any tears shed by liberal media.”

“There is a certain irony in a gang of white fascists chanting about “white supremacy” to an African-American like Candace Owens. But no one ever accused liberal activists of having brains.

UPDATE: One more thing: here, one of the liberal Democrats throws a drink at Charlie Kirk:

I give Charlie lots of credit for self-restraint. He is a perfectly able-bodied guy, but managed to refrain from beating any of the liberals senseless.

Is Rudy Giuliani Helping Or Hurting President Trump? By Paul Mirengoff – “a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal.”

“But Trump rose from egotistical develop to egotistical U.S. president. This triumph, against considerable odds, suggests he is at least as sharp and savvy as ever. If influential business people in New York don’t recognize this, they may be the ones who aren’t sharp and savvy.

Andy McCarthy is plenty sharp and savvy. He sees Giuliani’s blustery, unlawyerly performances as part of an effective effort to drive down public support for Robert Mueller and his partisan team. Behind that effort is a recognition that Trump’s real jeopardy is political, not legal. It lies with impeachment, not criminal indictment.

But Trump’s opponents are also trying to win ugly. They are determined to destroy this president — to find something he said or did that they can use to accomplish what they failed to achieve at the ballot box.

Under these circumstances, I don’t condemn Trump and his team for fighting back as they have.

What’s the right way to stop the Big Tech censorship? By Luboš Motl – “Four biggest Internet companies suddenly made the conclusion at the same moment.”

“I am no listener of Alex Jones – maybe he sounds too tough or too non-intellectual to me (and, despite the vague ideological agreement with general political things, I would probably label many of his musings “dumb conspiracy theories”) – but today’s ban of his and Infowars pages, channels, profiles, and Podcasts by Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and (now also) YouTube (look at the creepy error message shown to 2+ million followers!) all did the same thing within 12 hours – a clear collusion by a cartel) is a clear sign that the freedom of speech (especially for right-wingers) is dying in the U.S.

(Hours later, Jones was also removed from LinkedIn and Pinterest.)

Ironically enough, this dying – escalated by this ban that Matt Drudge predicted years ago – has accelerated under the Republican president Trump. Infowars were basically given no specific explanation of the reasons. Terms of Service violated. Hate speech. Whatever.

Some people defend similar policies by saying that the companies are private and they can ban anyone they want. There’s some true core in this statement. But every sane and sensitive person must feel that it doesn’t sound right. Why it doesn’t sound right? These Big Tech companies are clearly introducing political censorship to the whole U.S. political landscape. Why is it exactly wrong what they’re doing?

Meanwhile, I am terribly disappointed by the silence (or downright support) of all the Democratic Party fans for this suppression of the Infowars folks’ freedom of speech. It’s no longer just the extreme activists and the political elite that organizes and applauds these authoritarian moves. It’s probably the bulk of the ordinary registered Democrats in the U.S., too. And that’s very, very troubling.

Yes, it is very troubling how the indefensible is being defended.

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Weaponizing government against the people

Trump Frees Obamacare Captives, Dems Sue by David Catron – “The amended rule will provide individuals access to low-cost health coverage, greater benefit flexibility, and the opportunity to escape Obamacare. Not coincidentally, on the very day the new rule became effective, the Trump administration was sued by four Democrat-controlled cities for “sabotaging” the health care law.”

“Why would they do something so counterproductive to their ostensible goals? For the Democrats, the health care wars aren’t about providing medical treatment to the uninsured or the poor, and they certainly aren’t about controlling costs. They are about power and money.

So, President Trump has reversed an arbitrary — and probably illegal — Obama administration fiat for the purpose of helping more Americans get affordable health insurance. But the Democrats in general, the corrupt officials of four dysfunctional cities, and a few academic ideologues say he can’t do that. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, which will probably grant the plaintiffs a temporary injunction, meaning more Obamacare victims will have to wait for years to get justice. But, for the Democrats it isn’t about justice. This kind of lawfare is standard practice for these creatures. About 140 such suits have been aimed at Trump since he was inaugurated — just an appetizer for what will happen if the Democrats get control of either house of Congress in November.

How Many Divisions Does Judge Bates Command? By Michael Walsh – “so out of line has the lesser judiciary — that is to say, every federal judge below the Supreme Court level — become that we have now arrived at this blatantly unconstitutional pass.”

“Let’s call this what it is: an attempt by a single judge in the District of Columbia to usurp the power of the executive simply because he doesn’t like the substance of the administration’s arguments. But the only argument the administration needs is: “because.”

The Left prefers to implement its policy preferences via the courts, because it only takes a handful, or even one, to overturn the will of the people.

Protesting journalists, much like protesting politicians, is constitutional by Taylor Millard – “The First Amendment protects the right of the people to peaceably air their grievances about whatever topic is on their minds. It doesn’t mean the rally has to be filled with logical arguments or language one might hear whilst watching a Disney princess movie. It just can’t become a riot.” Millard is a bit confused (his bias shows) but here he has a good point.

Fake news from the New York Times by Paul Mirengoff – “in portraying this “admission” as news, the Times is playing fast and loose with the English language. In the process, it is dishing out fake news.” A look at an example that can also be used to see why ‘automated’ or algorithmic fact checking can be so off base. Ed Driscoll at Instapundit has another example: GREAT MOMENTS IN “FACT CHECKING.” WashPost Fact Check: ‘Wringing’ Sarah Sanders’ Neck Different from ‘Choking’ Her.

New York Times Lies about Trump Lies by Andy May – “The New York Times does not categorize the statements in their Trump list, every misstatement is jumbled together and called an “outright lie.” Some of Trump’s statements are hyperbole, some are exaggerations, some are clearly his opinion and stated as such, some are obvious minor mistakes..” Here’s what you get when the folks that put climate data and analysis on the dissection table take on a similar propaganda effort in a different field.

“The example in Table 1 is a case where the New York Times claimed Trump lied, when he didn’t in my opinion and in the opinion of many others including Jeb Bush and Ben Carson. Legitimate differences of opinion are not lies, especially when supported by data. I show this example because 35 of the 106 NYT accusations of Trump “lies” fall in this category, it is the largest of the six groups listed in Table 2. This is also a perfect example of something very common in the New York Times list, what I call a “manufactured lie.” The New York Times will search for some aspect or view point of a statement that is contradicted by a fact, usually unrelated to the meaning of the statement and often a stretch of logic, then based on that unrelated fact call the statement a lie.

After investigating the list of supposed Trump “lies,” I concluded that the New York Times violated the “highest quality and integrity” portion of their standards.

Trump is prone to hyperbole and careless wording when speaking but calling every mistake and inaccuracy a lie is over-the-top and just not true.

When the list is studied in detail, the overt and obvious anti-Trump bias is shocking.

Understanding the Climate and History of California Fires by Tim Ball – “There is no hope for the truth when world leaders like Governor Brown of California (he runs the 19th largest economy in the world) can present such utterly false information in pursuit of a political agenda.”

“Brown clearly doesn’t know that the world was 6°C warmer 9000 years ago and was warmer than today for at least 95 % of the last 10,000 years known as the Holocene Optimum.

In the introductory climatology class, I always mentioned early in September that we can watch for a sequence of events from California. This will begin with complaints about drought and threatened water supplies. In the Fall, we will have stories about fires decimating the landscape and burning up communities. The next in the sequence is rain and mudslides. Welcome to sunny southern California. I don’t recall a year in which that sequence did not occur. The only differences were the intensity of the events, the hysteria of the media and the degree of political exploitation.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on claim he may put NRA out of business: “I would like to believe it’s true” by William A. Jacobson – “Although the allegations of the threat to the NRA’s existence are not new, the sensationalism of The Rolling Stone article has generated a lot of publicity.”

“It should come as no surprise that someone like Andrew Cuomo has weaponized the state financial bureaucracy to try to put a political opponent out of business. Or that he openly brags that putting them out of business is his goal. Or that he’s encouraging other Democratic Attorney Generals to do the same. Or that he’s happy about it. Or that he laughs about it.

While liberals want to gut the 2nd Amendment, they have their eyes on the 1st Amendment as well, as I predicted in late February 2018, I renewed my NRA membership because attacks on 2nd Amendment rights never stop there:

Over and over we see the power of the ‘elite’ – whether the judicial oligarchy or the deep state bureaucracy – being used to stifle political opposition.

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