Archive for September, 2018

Will there be consequences?

Democrats ask for the FBI and now they’d better be prepared for the consequences. Ed Timperlake – “America will live through this week long FBI “sprint” trying to shed as much light on the most infamous “He said/She” said moment in American history.”

“More than a few of our elected officials have a very nasty character trait in that everyone is expendable in their keeping power.

The vicious enemies of Judge Kavanaugh got what they asked for, now the FBI is involved, and it is time for sunlight, transparency, and possible legal payback.

Many commentators speculate that after the FBI finishes their week-long investigation, Americans will not know any more than they did after the Hearing. I bet that is true for Judge Kavanaugh: his words personified “the truth is the truth” However, for many of his nasty enemies in one of the ugliest conspiracies in American history, their day of reckoning may be fast approaching.

Sheldon’s Folly – Chairman Chuck Grassley Requests Criminal Investigation of Kavanaugh Accuser Jeffrey Catalan. Sundance – “Mr. Jeffrey Catalan accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting a woman on a boat in Rhode Island. Mr. Catalan first sent the accusation to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, one of the primary Democrat operatives who was helping to construct the attacks against Judge Kavanaugh.”

“Grassley has called on the Justice Department and the FBI to review the matter as a possible violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 and 1505, portions of the U.S. code criminalizing the sharing of materially false information with committee investigators and obstruction of proceedings of congressional committees.

Healthy Shame Woefully Absent in Washington, DC. Brian C. Joondeph – “Righteous and appropriate indignation was on full display at last week’s Senate hearing over sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

“How did the Senate process of “advise and consent” deteriorate into a Supreme Court nominee having to detail his teenage sexual chastity on an international media stage?

Shaming a guiltless person before others inflicts humiliation, disgrace, and disrepute on an entire family – shame without guilt. This is what the left has been throwing at Judge Kavanaugh and his family for weeks, shaming him through allegations and insinuations of being a sexual predator, a rapist, an alcoholic, even a pedophile, along with death threats to him and his family.

What is obvious is that the American left has no shame, no conscience.

What drives such hatred and lack of healthy shame, conscience, or human decency?

Now these senators demand another FBI background check, the seventh for Kavanaugh, a background check that many of them would not pass.

As an aside, did anyone notice that President Trump had no reluctance or objection to another FBI background check – that in fact, he seemed eager? Such investigations can go both ways. The accusers may also find themselves investigated, as well as those who financed and abetted them. What if the FBI uncovers some surprises or perjury?

The Moral-Panic Phase. Jonah Goldberg – “Why is the Kavanaugh nomination causing people to lose their minds?” Goldberg, slowly and reluctantly, seems to be ‘finding his way to Jesus’ – maybe. Here’s a letter filled with angst.

“finally, there was a left–right fight about which I am largely un-conflicted. This wasn’t a brouhaha about Trump or any of the usual stuff. The issue here was that the Democrats and their abettors in the media simply behaved atrociously.

I actually agree that Kavanaugh’s anger towards Democrats in the hearing — though morally and emotionally justified — isn’t a good thing over the long run if he were to make it on the Court. But this idea that he can’t be a Supreme Court justice because he wasn’t dispassionate in the face of multiple bogus allegations that he’s a rapist is both grotesque and grotesquely dumb.

contrary to the tsunami of smug sorrowful opining, judges are not expected to be cold and dispassionate in the face of charges about themselves. That’s why they recuse themselves from cases in which they have personal interests.

It’s no secret that I’m a Trump critic, but I do my best to stay rational and fair about it. … when you actually look at how the Democrats have behaved . . . Great Odin’s Raven, I don’t want anything to do with any of that.

you can’t blame him [Trump] for Democrats believing that Brett Kavanaugh ran a rape gang in high school. Nor can you blame Trump for all of the liberals who know it must be a lie and refuse to say so. That’s on them.

I truly and sincerely don’t want to make light of sexual assault. Rape is evil. Which also means that false accusations of rape are evil. And treating each additional, wholly unverified accusation as if it is more proof is evil.

Anti-Kavanaugh media and Hollywood bias explodes in a bad week for America. Dan Gainor – “Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was targeted for demonization in a disgusting display of media malpractice this past week, as he was depicted in almost every disparaging way possible in coverage of uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations against him.”

“The bias was so bad all week that conventional media spin was shoved aside and countless smaller examples of a craven media culture went largely ignored. One such example is The New York Times apologizing for asking readers if they found Ford’s “testimony credible.” This is the woke era, and even the most liberal paper in America can’t ask such blasphemous questions.

Empathy, Accuracy, and Credibility. Victor Davis Hanson – “The “process” of memorializing Ford’s testimony involved a strange inversion of constitutional norms:”

“The idea of a statute of limitations is ossified; hearsay is legitimate testimony; inexact and contradictory recall is proof of trauma, and therefore of validity; the burden of proof is on the accused, not the accuser; detail and evidence are subordinated to assumed sincerity; proof that one later relates an allegation to another is considered proof that the assault actually occurred in the manner alleged; motive is largely irrelevant; the accuser establishes the guidelines of the state’s investigation of the allegations; and the individual allegation gains credence by cosmic resonance with all other such similar allegations.

The lesson of the hearings transcends the Kavanaugh confirmation. We were presented with two radically different and now competing versions of American jurisprudence and due process, one traditional and constitutional, one fluid and revolutionary. It will be up to Americans, ultimately, to decide by which version they wish to conduct their lives.

Dear Senators Flake, Collins, and Murkowski. Derek Hunter – “I call it a battle rather than a process because it is a battle, a fight, even a war. I know each of you think you’re doing your best to stave off that war, but you’re only making it more likely.”

“The same people who’ve been threatening all of you and your staffs are the same people you’re hoping to placate. There is no process that ends with anything other than what they want that will quell this angry mob.

What will be enough for people who verbally attacked Senator Ted Cruz and his wife in a restaurant? Or Secretary Kristjen Neilson? Or anyone else with an (R) as their political affiliation who’s been on the receiving end of the liberal mob’s rage?

Unless everyone named by Dr. Ford was, under penalty of felony, lying to you and the press, the FBI will return quickly with the same statements you’ve already read.

There is nothing remotely resembling proof of anything alleged, yet these partisan guttersnipes don’t care, they want his head because they are terrified he reveres the Constitution.

The Democrats’ playbook is to keep people in an emotional frenzy over everything to prevent rational thought. Have you heard widespread condemnation of Republicans being confronted in public by Democratic leaders? Passive, yes, but consistent rebuking of each event? No, you have not.

I wrote a book on this very subject. I’d send each of you copies, but I know how the Senate mail system works and how the radiation used to render any chemical or biological agents harmless destroys paper. But trust me, none of this is spontaneous, and none of this will end as long as there are people who stand in their way.

Life in a Gynocracy. Clarice Feldman – “The performance of women this week – from Senator Dianne Feinstein to Christine Blasey Ford to the howling mobs on Capitol Hill – made me seriously consider surgically altering my sex.”

“Or maybe, like me, you can vow to never vote for a Democrat again and fight tooth and nail against such efforts to distort our constitutional rights to due process.

Pedophilia Isn’t The Main Problem With Catholic Priests, Homosexuality Is. Maureen Mullarkey – “Inadequate—and blameworthy—are expressions of sympathy for the abused that disguise the elephant in the rectory. The first responsibility is to call things by their right name.” A story of a consequence that can’t be ignored but must be rationalized somehow. Misdirection etc provided a comfortable start but hasn’t solved the problem.

“To casual readers, duly angered, the Times’ charge sounds about right. More thoughtful ones, however, will hesitate over the word pedophilia. With few exceptions, sexual abuse by priests has been visited overwhelmingly upon pubescent boys, and young men, most often teenagers. This is pederasty, not pedophilia. And pederasty is endemic to gay culture.

Homosexuality has been normalized, officially approved, ratified, and okayed. Since the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the roster of mental disorders in 1973, activists have parlayed homosexuals into a protected species, more like black rhinos or orangutans than moral beings. The church’s ancient description of homosexuality as an “objective disorder” is dismissed as the last gasp of the 19th-century Society for the Suppression of Vice.

Down the centuries, stigma against same-sex activity—and all non-marital sex—was universally accepted by a society that was Christian by birth, including those to whom censure applied.

Those constraints are gone, the brakes shot. They have been psychologized and conjured out of existence.

Much denial. Evasion. Avoidance. … Consequences?

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Ritual defamation

Why The Brett Kavanaugh Smear? John Hinderaker – “One question I have pondered over the last few weeks is, why are the Democrats so determined to block Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court?”

“To some extent, the Democrats’ bizarre smear campaign against Kavanaugh is explicable on short-term political grounds. The Democrats’ crazed base demands that they #Resist, so resist they will, whether it does any good or not. But I think there is something deeper and more sinister at work.

I think that Judge Kavanaugh’s pristine reputation is one reason why the Democrats have unleashed against him a smear campaign unparalleled in American history. This is the message they are trying to send: If we can do this to the Boy Scout Brett Kavanaugh, we can do it to anyone. Are you thinking of serving in a Republican administration? Or accepting an appointment to the federal judiciary from a Republican president? Think twice, and then think again.

Really, the more ridiculous the better. If we can accuse Brett Kavanaugh, one of the most respected lawyers and judges in America, of gang rape, we can accuse anyone of anything! And our insane accusations will dominate the news.

By smearing the ultimate Boy Scout, the Democrats signal that they are determined to go lower than anyone has ever gone in American history.

Why The Senate’s Ritual Defamation Of Brett Kavanaugh Threatens Every American. Stella Morabito – “Perhaps an apt metaphor for ritual defamation is the gang rape of one’s character and good name. This episode represents a rape of the rule of law, and of Brett Kavanaugh’s character.”

“So in light of the travesty of the Kavanaugh hearings—the character assassination; the utterly uncorroborated accusations of sexual misconduct when he was a youth; the use of a disruptive mob to hijack the process; the utter disregard for basic common sense and fairness, much less the rule of law—we need to study the mechanics behind these gutless acts.

In 1990, a Kansan civil liberties advocate named Laird Wilcox wrote an excellent and cogent essay entitled “The Practice of Ritual Defamation.” The essay provides a major public service. It clarifies the mechanics of ritual defamation and lists its eight primary features. It’s a short must-read for any citizen with a shred of goodwill.

The lie as given by Andrea Grimes:

“This seems to be the consensus take from Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s defenders, who are concerned that “every man should be worried” if something as piddly as getting blackout drunk with a best friend, cornering a teenage girl at a party, dragging her together into a shuttered bedroom, together conspiring to silence her by drowning her screams by force and with loud music, and together attempting to tackle her and remove her clothing, is now some kind of, I don’t know, bad thing.

The lie is the characterization of “Kavanaugh’s defenders” and not the presumption of guilt. Both are exceedingly dangerous to civility and society. Reality, truth, and intellectual integrity are thrown overboard without regard for implications or consequences when bigotry becomes supreme.

Shame Of The Senate Rinos. Daniel Greenfield – “It wasn’t just that the Democrats used every dirty trick in the book to go after Kavanaugh. It’s that the liberal Republicans who were supposed to have his back abandoned him.”

“Senator Graham unleashed wrath and fury on Senate Democrats, whom he normally cultivates, precisely because picking Kavanaugh was a form of outreach to the Bush wing of the party, the self-proclaimed moderates and the liberals.

This isn’t principled opposition. It’s cowardice. It’s the Senate Never Trumpers showing that they have no allegiances, just a groveling fear of the media and the lefty political establishment. It’s that they care about the opinions of anyone and everyone except their voters.

Not only won’t they stand up for Trump, or for conservatives, but they won’t even stand up for themselves.

Some Ironic (and Forgotten Words) from the Clarence Thomas Hearings. Michael Brown – “in the midst of many striking parallels between the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in 1991 and 2018, we have largely overlooked a very telling, quite ironic comment from Justice Thomas.”

“Thomas remarked, “I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America,” referencing the “dirt” and “sleaze” that had been dug up (really, manufactured) against him “by staffers of members of this committee.”

He continued, “I think something is dreadfully wrong with this country when any person, any person in this free country would be subjected to this.”

Thomas said, “And if by going through this, another nominee in the future, or another American, won’t have to go through it, then so be it[my emphasis]. But I did not expect this treatment. And I did not expect to lose my name, my reputation, my integrity to do public service.”

Tragically, we have not learned our lessons. We have not improved our conduct. We have not become more civil.

Nothing other than divine intervention will do. Nothing less than a great awakening will work.

America needs the Lord. Desperately.

So I pray, “Heavenly Father, have mercy on us, and come and heal and restore our broken nation.”

Pelosi “praying for divine intervention” to stop Kavanaugh. Jazz Shaw – “This is, however, a prime example of precisely how far down the rabbit hole we’ve fallen. Breathless Democrats are now falling to their knees (figuratively) and asking God to strike down Brett Kavanaugh’s career for the sin of having been nominated.”

“What we’re witnessing is an effort to throw sand in the gears of the confirmation process until the Democrats can take back the Senate (or so they hope). At that point, the seat will remain open until 2021. One of the biggest groups of cheerleaders for the Democrats, the Washington Post editorial board, gave us a peek behind the mask on that score this morning. The one week investigation is a good start, they say, but everyone should be ready for it to go on as long as it takes.

So. Everyone thinks they are on the side of righteousness. It’s the “he said, she said” conundrum in trying to determine the sin. True witness would be a start. Confession for insight into one’s own frailties could help. Meanwhile, we can see why there is so much Pathos and so little Logos or Ethos.

Kavanaugh Character Assassins Must Pay in November. By Daniel John Sobieski – “Absent any allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was the serpent who gave Eve the apple in the Garden of Eden, Associate Justice Kavanaugh will soon haunt Democrats, like Justice Clarence Thomas before him, for decades to come, with or without an asterisk next to his name.”

“From Dianne Feinstein’s withholding of Dr. Ford’s conveniently leaked letter to Kamala Harris’s clumsily edited Kavanaugh tape, we have seen the shape of things to come for future Trump nominees. Senate Democrats will lie, manipulate, and just plain make things up for the sake of power over principle, and the only way to make sure they do not succeed in the future is to make sure in November that there are fewer Senate Democrats.

Why One More Frustrating Week Helps Kavanaugh and the GOP. Dov Fischer – “It is beyond frustrating that yet another week of delay in the Kavanaugh Saga now is on the horizon, as the Senate Judiciary Committee has authorized a quick, efficient supplemental FBI investigation limited in time and scope.”

“First, hidden behind the Democrats’ cynical charade of seeking “only the truth” is a huge tug of war between the parties over the suburban white female voter.

Certainly, half the country sees through the charade, the nonsense — the outright mendacity. …

But half the country apparently does not, and their votes count, too.

Kavanaugh’s crucible. neo – “the left was not the important audience here. The important audience was the middle and the right. It’s the middle—particularly the small number of possible swing GOP and Democratic senators—who are the ones who can be swayed, and the middle who (like most of America) understands that sometimes anger is the only proper response for an innocent person falsely accused.”

Can We Trust the FBI? Roger L Simon – “can we trust the FBI with this when the institution itself is so tainted and deeply in need of reform?”

“at minimum the activities of the Democrats should also be investigated. How did Dr. Ford’s testimony come to be? Why was there such a delay between the accusation arriving in Senator Feinstein’s office and appearing before the public? Who authorized that leak and how did it happen? Was Dr. Ford being manipulated by political operatives, her lawyers and/or cooperative members of the media? Or was Dr. Ford herself corrupt?

These questions weigh on the investigation just as much as what Brett Kavanaugh may or may not have done 36 years ago and certainly a lot more than what was written in his high school yearbook.

he only defense we citizens have against this increasingly dubious institution known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is to watch as closely as we can what is going on and yell as loudly as possible when it is off base. And remember — sear into your brain — what happened and vote accordingly in November.

Wow. It turns out the American Bar Association story on Brett Kavanaugh was FAKE NEWS. Greg P – “this big BOMBSHELL yesterday that said the American Bar Association called for a delay in a vote on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh” … “The Senate Judiciary Committee released this letter on Friday from the ABA stating that Robert Carlson, the President of the American Bar Association who wrote the letter, didn’t get the it approved by the committee that actually votes on this sort of thing and that the ABA’s rating of Judge Kavanaugh “is not affected”” – lot’s of this sort of false fantasy floating around right now.

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Ethos, Logos, Pathos

God Stalks the Kavanaugh Hearings. Roger L Simon – “For the first time I had a visceral understanding of what Dennis Prager meant when he said God was involved in the American founding.”

“I guess it first hit me when Judge Kavanaugh, in the midst of his powerful and heartfelt opening statement, one few expected him to make, choked up, fighting back tears as he spoke of his ten-year old daughter’s desire to pray for Dr. Ford. I had trouble choking back my own and it dawned on me I was watching an event that I thought was political being transformed into a spiritual one.

Nothing was as expected. A real rape had taken place but it wasn’t the one everyone was talking about. It was simultaneously a rape of Judge Kavanaugh, his family, and the American people themselves. The collateral damage was Dr. Ford, her friends, and her family. And the perpetrator was the Democratic Party, principally their Judiciary Committee members, their ranking member, and the minority leader.

It also dawned me that whatever the pundits were saying had become irrelevant. The American people were watching now — they would make up their own minds — and… I thought I’d never say this… God was looking down on the proceedings.

The Feinstein Farce Will Let Rapists Go Free. Mytheos Holt – “#BelieveWomen, in short, is merely the first step to #IgnoreWomen.”

“A better way is necessary, which is why the correct response to rape allegations was enunciated by President Ronald Reagan on a much different subject: “Trust, but verify.”

And therein lies the rub. It is not for nothing that our society holds to the aphorism that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

In other words, like Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, these women either had to provide a mountain of evidence themselves, or make their accusations with such conviction that the dam would break and the evidence would come out naturally.

Were Kavanaugh to fall to these accusations, it would set an example not merely for every Supreme Court nominee, but for what society should assume about men accused of rape, period. Given the high stakes involved in that sort of confrontation, Ford, Ramirez, and Swetnick should’ve known that, in the words of “The Wire,” “you come at the king, you best not miss.”

Well, not only did they miss, but they shot themselves in the foot—repeatedly. To put it bluntly, these women have behaved in every way that fake rape victims out of Incel message board Central Casting would behave.

And what happens when young men, seeing that teenage drinking and fratty behavior can condemn them as rapists by association without their so much as losing their virginity, decide that there is no reason to strive for goodness, having already been damned by the cultural elite?

But the Democrats believe the accuser be she seems so earnest and nice. Evidence isn’t in their thoughts.

Democrats abused Ford (and Kavanaugh). Washington Examiner – “The party of the Left has shown that there is no calumny it will not retail, no false or uncorroborated allegation it will not use to whip up ideological passions, and no depths to which it will not stoop to win and hold power.”

“Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh came to the Senate Judiciary Committee with emotional and powerful testimony on Thursday. Ford told a story of trauma and bravery. Kavanaugh brought outrage and righteous anger. The anger and suffering of both had the same just cause — the disgusting perfidy of Senate Democrats. …

Let’s hope voters look at the noisome spectacle that has just taken place on Capitol Hill and deliver a resounding rebuke to the people who perpetrated it. Their behavior during the Kavanaugh confirmation process outstrips even the disgraceful conduct of their partisan forebears at the confirmation hearings for Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. Thursday was a black day, capping a period of bleak weeks in the history of American governance.

Many questions will not be answered by these confirmation hearings. But they have established one fact beyond peradventure. It is that Democrats are not interested in truth. They are only interested in power. Let us hope they do not get it.

Kavanaugh is the poster child for the perils of politicizing pain. Liz Harrison – “explaining to my son that these hearings should be focused on Ethos, or the character of especially Kavanaugh, since he’s being considered for the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Pathos, or the emotional arguments, have been ruling the day, primarily because there is a lack of Logos, or logic and reason being applied.”

“I know they weren’t pleased when I admitted that I mostly believed Ford’s testimony, but the key word is “mostly.” The fact is that I believe Ford described a real attack she suffered at some point in her life. The questionable part is in the important details of when, where, and by whom.

We have become accustomed to hyper-partisan politicking, but now it has moved on to exploiting victims of sex crimes, and destroying reputations without the benefit of fair warning, let alone due process.

At the end of the day, there were two victims in the Judiciary Committee hearings today – Ford and Kavanaugh. The only question is “who is truly guilty of exploitation?” Based on what I had seen from both sides, I have to say the guilty parties sit in our Senate. If I’m brutally honest, I would expand that to include the media gallery, and across our entire nation, because as Americans with a seemingly endless appetite for the salacious and sadistic, we are all guilty of encouraging this reprehensible kind of politicking.

Kavanaugh and Graham used political jiu-jitsu on the Judiciary Committee Dems. Thomas Lifson – “Judge Kavanaugh seems to have surprised many observers and shocked the Committee’s Democrats with his emotional testimony on the impact on his children of seeing their father portrayed as a horrendous brute.”

“A couple of hours after Judge Kavanaugh’s emotional statement, Senator Lindsey Graham delivered the knockout punch, denouncing his former “friends” on the committee for their duplicitous handling of the July 30 letter to Senator Feinstein, victimizing both Professor Blasey Ford (and her family) and Judge Kavanaugh (and his family). If you missed his use of his five minutes to question Judge Kavanaugh, watch it below. It was a historic moment, one that will be mentioned in Senator Graham’s obituary and cited by historians of our era’s politics: …

Yesterday, I called for someone other than Judge Kavanaugh to shame the Democrats in the same manner that Joseph Welch, counsel to the United States Army, shamed Senator Joe McCarthy in 1954. That is precisely what Senator Graham did. Jeffrey Lord called it Senator Graham’s “Joseph Welch moment.”

The Nuclear Option: Cory Booker, Dems Defeated in Kavanaugh Hearing Despite Orgy of Leaks, Lies, Smears. Charles Hurt – “The only bright speck in the whole circus of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings has been the honorable behavior of Republicans on the SenateJudiciary Committee.”

“Though her claims are strenuously disputed, entirely uncorroborated and riddled with inconsistencies and shifting versions, the woman deserved to make her case. Mr. Grassley made sure she was able to.

She was not shouted down by protesters. She was not silenced. Nobody called her a murderer.

We have come a long way since Paula Jones was called a liar and trailer-park trash by Bill Clinton’s war dogs after she accused the then-governor of exposing himself to her and sexually harassing her. Those charges were corroborated, and Mrs. Jones was ultimately vindicated.

But James Carville’s disgusting treatment of her could never be erased.

Mr. Grassley does not play those vile games. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about others.

Over the past two weeks, sitting senators have publicly and enthusiastically denounced the single most fundamental tenet of fairness in America: the notion that an accused person is presumed innocent until proved guilty.

Now it’s doxxing – Committee Republicans’ addresses, phone numbers splashed on WIKIPEDIA

WaPo: Bush to the barricades for Kavanaugh. Ed Morrissey – “Trump wisely chose Kavanaugh based on his long experience, but part of that choice was at least a tacit outreach to the Bush wing of the party.”

“Last night, my friend Erick Erickson made an astute observation about one outcome from the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing debacle. It’s creating a kind of unity among the GOP, perhaps especially in the leadership caste, that’s been notably absent for the last couple of years

Bush might be the one man who can unlock those three votes for Mitch McConnell, in part by reminding them that Kavanaugh represents a critical norm in more ways than one. Kavanaugh is no nihilist, on the bench or anywhere else; he’s spent a lot of time in Washington and hasn’t thrown tables around the room anywhere he’s been. Collins, Murkowski, and perhaps Flake would appreciate that reminder, as well as another that what follows after a Kavanaugh character assassination might be not only much less part of a norm, but also impossible to oppose after the injustice seen in this process. In fact, if Bush is smart (and he most certainly is), he’ll argue that Trump’s selection of Kavanaugh is a defense of norms, while rewarding Democrats’ character assassination would be abetting their destruction.

This brings us to another missed point — Rachel Mitchell’s hiring. Chuck Grassley certainly wanted to avoid the optics of Republican men pressing Ford for details, but he also knew that he’d have to produce a line of questioning that would satisfy the three holdouts that the allegation wasn’t substantiated. That’s precisely what he got

Who Won [Updated]. John Hinderaker – “I think it is important to keep in mind the audiences for whom today’s performance was enacted. There were two.”

“The first is the public, or that portion of it that watched some of the hearing or will read and hear about it. The Democrats seem to think that “believe women” is a majority sentiment–regardless, apparently, of what the woman says, and subject to such exceptions as may be convenient. I doubt that is correct. I think a great many Americans have had it with #MeToo and associated abuses and can sympathize with a wrongly accused public figure. We may or may not ever know who won the public battle.

The second and more important audience for today’s hearing was Republican senators who could possibly vote No on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

So I think Kavanaugh will be confirmed. Will the Democrats be disappointed? It is hard to say. If Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed, the next Justice will be the younger and more conservative Amy Barrett. The fact is that Kavanaugh is as moderate a nominee as the Democrats are going to see. So they may be content with the pleasure of slandering an innocent man, the damage they have done to the Supreme Court as an institution, the fundraising they are feverishly doing at this moment, and another bogus issue to fire up their low-information base in November. The damage they are doing to our republic? They don’t care.

I was wrong. The Ford, Kavanaugh hearings were worth the effort. Jazz Shaw – “the value didn’t come from the question and answer sessions with committee members of each party, which were, for the most part, worse than worthless.”

“The real value of these hearings came in the opening statements of the two subjects. Blasey Ford gave a startling performance which even caught me by surprise. By the time she was done, I was ready to concede that either something happened to her all those years ago or she’s an actress who missed her calling and should be up for several Academy Awards. But it was Kavanaugh’s opening remarks which really sealed the deal as far as I was concerned. His presentation was either ignored by most of the media or mocked as being overly “loud” or “defiant.” But that ignores the reality of what we saw.

But never in a million years did Kavanaugh see Christine Blasey Ford coming as the doomsday weapon Democrats would pin their hopes and dreams on. Rather than being accused of being a partisan or even bad judge, Brett Kavanaugh was accused of being a bad person. In the opinion of one committee member, an evil person. And like any normal human being, such attacks wounded him. It was that wounded individual we saw on display yesterday, genuinely hurting from the assaults on his character but refusing to get on his knees and beg or accept the labels applied to him.

Cornyn: This is the Senate’s worst moment since the McCarthy hearings; Update: Has the votes? Ed Morrissey – “Lindsey Graham’s angry speech may have been the most satisfying moment of the second half of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Republicans, at least after Brett Kavanaugh’s opening statement. However, John Cornyn may have hit closest to the mark in his five minutes.”

“Cornyn tells Kavanaugh that this is the Senate’s most embarrassing moment since the McCarthy hearings, focusing on the abandonment of the normal standard of the burden of proof when allegations arise

We have revived the specter of McCarthyism thanks to the demolition of due process and reliance on the proper burden of proof. The Senate Judiciary Committee all but signaled open season on Brett Kavanaugh, encouraging a slew of uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations to become public, all while insisting that we must “believe” the allegation rather than examine the evidence, or even wait to see if any evidence exists.

It’s a disgrace, all the more so because we clearly haven’t learned from history. Cornyn hits the nail on the head here, and delivered a speech which should be remembered for its wisdom, clarity, and purpose.

There is a lot of perfidy in this case. See Dianne Feinstein: I didn’t leak Dr. Ford’s letter to the media for a bit about who leaked confidential information to get the ball rolling. Kavanaugh would be done already if the Dems hadn’t filibustered Gorsuch, right? This is about tactics and cites Byron York to discuss what happens when you go full tilt obstructionism without examining consequences and implications.

The Truths Behind Our Current Political Turmoil. Victor Davis Hanson – “Reading between the lines to understand the overwhelming cycle of sensational news.”

“There are a few subtexts to all these spectacles, scandals, and melodramas.

First, those in power had never imagined that Donald Trump either could or should win the 2016 election.

Second, both the Democratic and Republican establishments, as well as the proverbial “deep state” bureaucracy, agreed that President Trump was so crude and uncouth that he must not continue in office.

Third, had Trump simply failed, as predicted, there would be far less frenzy.

Fourth, if Trump could not be removed by impeachment, a lawsuit citing the emoluments clause of the Constitution, application of the 25th Amendment, indictment or forced resignation, then the only remaining mechanisms of aborting his presidency were either through the courts or by winning the midterm elections to facilitate impeachment and a trial in the Senate in 2019.

Fifth, Trump did not follow the examples of John McCain and Mitt Romney by adhering to the usual Republican Marquess of Queensberry etiquette.

The day’s blaring headlines, of course, differ in details. But the common themes behind the headlines are that Trump should never have been president, that he is an inexplicably successful ogre, and that he won’t shut up — and therefore he must be forced to go away by any means necessary.

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Cold Anger

It’s jujitsu time on the Kavanaugh accusations. Thomas Lifson – “We are ready for a game-changer, such as that delivered during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954.”

“There are genuine victims of the Democrats’ smear campaign here, and the GOP and its allies already are pointing them out.

even more harmful to the Democrats is the realization-to-come that these false accusations harm genuine victims of sexual assault, who will not be believed because of the false accusations that have been widely publicized.

The Democrats’ answer to Joseph Welch’s immortal question, “Have you no decency, sir?” is all too obvious to anyone not incapacitated by Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Kavanaugh, Cold Anger and The Reckoning. sundance – “The vulgar lies and filth are now extreme as the ideological entities utilize their microphones in a brutal attempt to tear down the Kavanaugh family.”

“There’s a level of anger far deeper and more consequential than expressed rage or visible behavior, it’s called Cold Anger.

Cold Anger does not need to go to violence. For those who carry it, no conversation is needed when we meet. You cannot poll or measure it; specifically because most who carry it avoid discussion… And that decision has nothing whatsoever to do with any form of correctness.

Cold Anger absorbs betrayal silently, often prudently.

Cold Anger is not driven to act in spite of itself; it drives a reckoning.

This family is as unfamiliar with their current enemy as any virtuous family who has never encountered the corrupt, conniving and Godless leftist ideology. It is our job now to stand afore them and fight on their behalf. They have done enough; they have suffered too much.

Throw aside the sense of discomfort and bear witness to the evil we oppose. Do not turn your eyes from the hatred focused in our direction. Stand firm amid the solace of our number and resolve to the task at hand.

Those who oppose our efforts are merely vile parasites quivering as they stare into the Cold Anger furnace of righteousness.

A Case of Mistaken Identity? John Hinderaker – “the Judiciary Committee put out a statement that summarizes events in the Kavanaugh smear from July 30 to the present. The chronology provides overwhelming evidence of bad faith on the part of the Democratic Senators on the committee, and the lawyers representing the “accusers.”

The Death of Reason and the Slaying of Civility. Don Boudreaux – “I simply – and I mean this claim literally – cannot begin to begin to begin to begin to understand why so many of my fellow Americans are oblivious to the dangers of imposing the burden of proof or of persuasion upon the accused.”

“if we human beings routinely treated accusations alone as sufficient proof of, if not their absolute validity, at least of their presumptive validity, civilization as we know it would not exist. Whatever civilization we would then be members of would look and feel radically different from that which we now know.

The Kavanaugh Battle Is The Culmination Of Unanswered Leftist Kulturkampf. Sumantra Maitra – “There’s no greater sin than condemning an innocent man without evidence. There’s no greater cowardice than caving in to mob pressure.”

“Is there anyone who believes now that the leaks, every new uncorroborated allegation every single week, the protests, the fliers, the posters and placards, the coordinated media line, and the coordinated social media tweets are not premeditated?

There’s no greater sin than condemning an innocent man without evidence. There’s no greater cowardice than caving in to mob pressure. Nothing is conservative about either of those two, and if the Senate Republicans cannot hold their line, be stoic and disciplined, and confirm Kavanaugh, they deserve every public wrath they will face.

Scuttling Sanity to Repeat History and Sink a Country. Jarod Paul Young – “The seizures had predictable results: mass starvation, economic ruin, and citizens fleeing in droves for fruited plains – mainly South Africa. … But South Africa is on the threshold of an identical plunge

“Taking the private property of those best capable of yielding bounties that feed millions is a prescription not only for a Zimbabwe redux, but a re-visitation of Mao’s Agrarian Reform Law that put China on a path to the Great Famine, or Stalin’s elimination of landed interests – “kulaks” – that instigated genocidal starvation in Ukraine. And don’t forget Venezuela.

Sanity to Sink?

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Orwell’s Warning. Ignored?

Trump’s Triumph at the U.N. by Roger Kimball – “one of the greatest political speeches ever delivered in peacetime.” … “What President Trump said was not braggadocio. It was the unvarnished truth.”

“Barack Obama is reputed to be an impressive orator. But he never gave a speech that, in substance, could hold a candle to President Trump’s speeches at Warsaw, at Riyadh, before the joint session of Congress last year, or indeed his “rocket man” speech at the United Nations. And this topped them all for forcefulness, clarity, and wisdom.

What, in the end, was this speech about? It was an elaboration of Trump’s chief foreign policy idea, “principled realism.”

“Realism” connotes an accurate and unsentimental appreciation of the metabolism of power. The “principles” in question involve an affirmation of who we are as a people, which turns on our affirmation of national sovereignty.

The president’s articulation of this simple, yet deep, idea is what lifted his speech out of the realm of pedestrian blather and marked it for the history books.

What was new was his meditation on the importance of sovereignty.

Rosenstein -vs- McCabe by sundance – “There are two warring camps: Team Rosenstein and Team McCabe. Team Rosenstein consists of current officials: Jeff Sessions, Dana Boente et al; and Team McCabe has former officials: Lisa Page, James Baker, Mike Kortan et al.” It’s a sundance analysis trying to make sense of the nonsense and how it got to where it is.

“Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein created a mess by going along with the corrupt officials inside the FBI and DOJ. By facilitating their endeavors – he was aiding the soft-coup attempt.

It’s ok to argue whether this was intentional (Team McCabe position) or unintentional (Team Rosenstein position); however, regardless of intent, the outcome was the same.

From the White House position the knucklehead Rod Rosenstein needs to clean up the mess he has created. From knucklehead’s position, he wants out before congress starts asking him questions.

Rod Rosenstein knows what he did wrong; and President Trump knows what Rosenstein did wrong. Though it could change based on new discoveries, President Trump isn’t likely to let Rosenstein go until everyone else knows what Rosenstein did wrong.

Rod Rosenstein’s Resistance by Andrew C. McCarthy – “Weasel words, weasel moves from an emotionally overwrought deputy AG eager to ingratiate himself with Democrats

“In truth, what transformed Rosenstein into a high-strung drama queen (“conflicted, regretful and emotional,” writes the Times) was not Trump’s firing of Comey; it was the ferocious Democratic blowback against Comey’s firing.

Yet, on Comey’s firing, he badly misdiagnosed the Democrats.

The apoplectic Democratic reaction sent Rod a-reeling, anguished by such taunts as this one by Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut: “You wrote a memo you knew would be used to perpetuate a lie. You own this debacle.”

Is this the hill they die on? By Anna L. Stark – “Ask yourself the following question: Is the repugnant and egregious behavior of the Democrats on Senate Judiciary Committee and their enablers the hill they want to die on?”

“Is the hideous, unfounded, but well-coordinated attack on Judge Brett Kavanagh worth it, considering that President Trump may have the opportunity to nominate not one, but perhaps two more people to the Supreme Court during his tenure in the White House? Given the better than average chance that Judge Kavanagh will be confirmed by the Senate by the end of this week, it’s not too farfetched to imagine that future Senate Judiciary committee hearings will be tainted from the outset, clouded by doubt, much more nefarious behavior by Democrats, and punctuated with despicable vulgarity.

Given the depth of Democrat depravity and reprehensible behavior to date, there is no questioning the level of lewdness the Democrats will stoop to in their poorly contrived attempt to derail Brett Kavanagh.

10 Red Flags About Sexual Assault Claims, From An Employment Lawyer by Adam Mill – “It’s not nice or politically correct to say, but people do sometimes lie to get money, revenge, power, attention, or political advantage. False allegations of assault have been documented.”

“I stand athwart the streamroller of sexual misconduct complaints that crush the innocent, end marriages, and destroy careers. In the Me Too era, I am an employment attorney in the politically incorrect vocation of defending who must pay if misconduct is found.

When the complaint is “he said/she said,” we should not helplessly acquiesce to coin-flip justice that picks winners and losers based upon the identity politics profile of the accused and accuser. Experience with a career’s worth of complaints in hearings, depositions, and negotiations has taught me some tells, red flags that warn that an innocent person stands accused.

These accusations destroy the lives of the accused, often men, and bring devastation to the women who love and support them. Some of the falsely accused commit suicide. When the mob attacks legitimate inquiry into the accusation, it’s a sure sign that the mob isn’t confident about the truth of the allegation. Rather than shrink in fear when attacked, we should take it as a sign that there is a risk that the accused is innocent, and the questions need to keep coming.

You may have heard that the Kavanaugh accuser has brought in four corroborating witnesses. Check item ten on Mill’s list about this.

Did the NYT stealth-edit an article to downplay a Dem activist source? Ed Morrissey – “several people accused the New York Times of removing a reference to Deborah Ramirez’ admission that she had no clear recollection of Brett Kavanaugh being the one that allegedly abused her at a party where she had been drinking heavily.”

“The shame involved here isn’t that the Times removed the name of a source whose presence might call into questions the motives of those pushing the “Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook makes him unfit” narrative. It’s that the Times hasn’t deleted the entire article yet. It’s a shameful exercise, setting up a standard for character that’s not only impossible to meet but so clearly wrong as to be painfully obvious outside the editorial halls of the Paper of Record. Who among us remains exactly as mature as they were at 17? Do we even know anyone who hasn’t grown since that time with age and experience? Good Lord, literally no one would qualify for public service under this standard.

We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four by Victor Davis Hanson – “Truth, due process, evidence, rights of the accused: All are swept aside in pursuit of the progressive agenda.”

“Google techies planned to massage Internet searches to emphasize correct thinking. A member of the so-called deep state, in an anonymous op-ed, brags that its “resistance” is undermining an elected president. The FBI, CIA, DOJ, and NSC were all weaponized in 2016 to ensure that the proper president would be elected — the choice adjudicated by properly progressive ideology. Wearing a wire is now redefined as simply flipping on an iPhone and recording your boss, boy- or girlfriend, or co-workers

In Orwell’s world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Instead, regimented ideology — the supremacy of state power to control all aspects of one’s life to enforce a fossilized idea of mandated quality — warps everything from the use of language to private life.

Statue of limitations? It does not exist. … Presumption of Innocence? Not at all. … Evidence? That too is a fossilized concept. … Details? Again, such notions are counterrevolutionary. … Testimony? No longer relevant. … Rights of the accused? They too do not exist.

Then we come to Orwell’s idea of “memory holes,” or mechanisms to wipe clean inconvenient facts that disrupt official ideological narratives.

According to some polls, about half the country believes that Brett Kavanaugh is now guilty of a crime committed 36 years ago at the age of 17. And that reality reminds us that we are no longer in America. We are already living well into the socialist totalitarian Hell that Orwell warned us about long ago.

Warnings ignored?

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Regardless of the facts; the end justifies the means?

‘GMO Free USA’ Attacks World-Famous Biochemist Bruce Ames by Alex Berezow – “For the crime of using evidence-based science to tell people to calm down, he’s been painted as a villain by the anti-GMO movement.”

“It’s one thing to debate a person who doesn’t know any better. At least in theory, they can be convinced once they are shown the error in their thinking. But it’s an entirely different matter debating a person who is deliberately and maliciously ignorant. How do you debate somebody who insists against all evidence that 2 + 2 = 17, vaccines cause autism, and GMOs cause cancer?

Trumponomics Triumphant by Jack Hellner – “Trumponomics is working extremely well and it can for a long time if we don’t screw it up.”

“I saw a headline in the Washington Post telling us that Trumponomics is not working, and I wondered what the heck these people must be smoking because obviously the economy is humming on almost all fronts.

We should all remember that a lot of economists predicted doom and gloom by now, and since they were way off they will just predict doom and gloom down the road a little. Few predicted the growth that we are having now so why would we believe their predictions for the future.

Let’s look at the current economic statistics to see how Trumponomics is working today:

Investor’s Business Daily says The Trump Boom Is Real — Just Ask The Global Economy. “Remember when everybody said that the “unexpectedly” strong economy under President Trump had nothing to do with his policies? He was just lucky because the global economy was booming, they said. Well, that attempt to dismiss the Trump boom just fell by the wayside.”

A puff or two of smoke, but no fire by Wesley Pruden – “Women are entitled to change their minds. … But some women, bless their hearts, abuse the female privilege.”

“Whether the accusation is true or the work of a troubled imagination is not the point. Mrs. Feinstein herself says she doesn’t know whether there was “truth” in the bombshell. What the senator wants is delay, to string out the proceedings until some time after the midterm congressional elections and hope that will enable further delay and send the Kavanaugh nomination to the briny deep. Her ploy, as transparent as Cellophane, succeeded. But so far nobody has confirmed anything

California has different standards from the rest of the republic. Destroying Brett Kavanaugh might have to require destroying some of the things the rest of us think are important. One of them is the presumption of innocence that is the bedrock of the great American experiment. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii figured that people elsewhere think more highly of the great American experiment than she does. She set out her solution to what ails America the other day to Jake Tapper of CNN. “Men have to shut up.” She thinks there’s entirely too much attention paid to the Constitution.

When Deborah Ramirez was brought forward as “another woman” victimized by Judge Kavanaugh, her story had the same Swiss-cheese pattern of Mrs. Ford’s tale, lots of holes.

Rape, the second most heinous crime in the human crime catalog, was once taken more seriously than it is now. Rapists were subject to punishment at the end of a rope. It’s still something heinous, but some women want to use the accusation to keep their men in line.

Whatever works.

Fox News interview shows that the Kavanaugh family are the real victims by Thomas Lifson – “The blowback begins.”

“The entire appeal of the assault on Brett Kavanaugh’s character has been based on the Left’s adherence to the ideology of victimology. In any political situation, there are oppressors and victims, and “justice” demands that the victims triumph. Regardless of the facts.

But with the moving Fox News interview of Judge and Mrs. Kavanaugh yesterday, embedded below, Americans got a view of the way in which this man and his family have been deeply hurt. If you have not already watched it, I urge you to view the whole thing.

The New Refuge of Scoundrels by Victor Davis Hanson – “Just when observers had concluded the desperate progressive opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could not stoop much lower, it most certainly did.”

The Democrats have viciously overplayed their hand by Patricia McCarthy – “This tragedy that became a farce is now a crime, the crime of purposeful defamation of an innocent man.”

“The left is so determined to prevent Kavanaugh from becoming a justice on the Supreme Court, they have exposed themselves as the lowlife cheaters they are, without shame or any sense of decency.

When they do not win, they will do anything to undo their loss. This is what has motivated the left since the 2016 election. From the moment Trump won, they set about their plans to remove him from office by any means necessary. The cabal that put this plan into motion cares nothing for the law, the Constitution, or the people they set out to ruin as they have Brett Kavanaugh.

There are no words to adequately describe how venal these conspirators among the Congressional left are, how low they are prepared to go. And to this day, not one Democrat has spoken out against this monstrous plan to destroy a fine man who has led an impeccable life. Not one. Each and every one of them knows this is an odious campaign based on lies but not one of them will admit to this fact. The Democratic Party is officially deplorable in every sense of the word.

Taking Trump out means humiliating anyone and everyone in his administration, his judicial nominees, and his supporters; no ethics, no morals, no scruples required. Trump is dealing with the Harry Reid/Chuck Schumer brand of politics: lethal, cruel, and barbaric.

It is too soon to predict how this horrific, criminal upheaval will end. Will the left succeed in destroying Kavanaugh? If they do, it will signal the end of our democratic republic as we know it.

The Smearing Of Brett Kavanaugh Is Truly Evil By Mollie Hemingway – “This media-enabled Democratic smear campaign simply can’t be the standard by which we destroy people.”

“But the idea that the country should convict him and destroy his life with no evidence other than recovered and uncorroborated memories and creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti’s say-so is quite insane.

Our Founding Fathers were well aware of the danger posed by people throwing accusations against political enemies. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does a good job of explaining some of the rights of the accused in our political system: …

Kavanaugh isn’t facing criminal prosecution in part because his accusers have come nowhere near the standard required for criminal prosecution. And senators predisposed to vote against him are not the definition of an impartial jury.

No profession has as high a self-conception as journalism. And yet in recent weeks, in an environment where they are accused of being partisan activists instead of truth tellers, they have dropped their standards somehow even further.

Democratic senators announced at the outset of the Kavanaugh nomination that they would do what it took to stop him. They have held to their word, believing that any means necessary is morally defensible.

At some point one must consider whether evil means are justified for progressive ends. The bottom line is that this media-enabled Democratic smear campaign simply can’t be the standard by which we destroy people. Watching this miscarriage of justice is radicalizing those who care about rule of law and political processes that have a semblance of sanity.

Report: Grassley hires former sex-crimes prosecutor to question Ford during hearing by Allahpundit – “No matter how courteous they are to Ford, the howls about patriarchal right-wing men re-violating a sexual assault victim by asking her skeptical questions about what happened to her will follow.”

“As for the process that’s due to the accuser and accused, here’s a worthy thread on the left-wing talking point that essentially no due process is owed to Kavanaugh. This is a job interview, not a court hearing, right? Well…

I wrote about this over the weekend but will reiterate the point here: The reason we keep hearing that the burden of proof should be placed in this case on the accused, not the accuser, is because Kavanaugh’s critics understand that the evidence against him is so weak that it would fail to meet any threshold of demonstrable culpability in American law, civil or criminal. The only way to arrive at the conclusion that Kavanaugh is probably guilty of assaulting Ford based on the evidence we have is to begin there. Assume he’s guilty and force him to make the case that he isn’t. Never mind that Ford is so hazy on the where and when of the attack that she’s left him with no way to provide an alibi.

Yes, let’s see the emails that led to Deborah Ramirez’s accusation against Kavanaugh by Allahpundit – “After 35 years of uncertainty, within the span of six days, Ramirez somehow recovered her memories sufficiently to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of having sexually assaulted her.”

“And coincidentally, this memory recovery appeared to happen only after her classmates had begun emailing about Kavanaugh’s time at Yale following his nomination this summer. At some point, by Ronan Farrow’s own admission, Senate Democrats got involved in the process.

Robert VerBruggen raises a very obvious possibility: “These emails would appear to be important evidence regarding how this ball got rolling. They also may bear on the question of whether Ramirez’s memory closely matches the anonymous source’s simply because they’re both the account that was circulating while Ramirez was putting her memories together and contacting her former classmates. Let’s see them.” Yeah, let’s. Let’s see if it was Ramirez or someone else who first identified Kavanaugh as the person who assaulted her. Let’s see just how many gaps in Ramirez’s memory required filling in by others, seemingly not one of whom actually witnessed the incident. Let’s find out how many second-hand or even third-hand “witnesses” were needed to help the victim herself “remember.”

This sure sounds like a case of someone’s hazy memory being reshaped after the fact through the power of suggestion.

What a shrewd way to launder a smear into “news.” Investigate it privately, leak to the New Yorker that you’re investigating it, then cite their report that you’re investigating it privately as evidence of its seriousness, worthy of yet another delay in the confirmation vote.

Farrow: New Kavanaugh accuser came forward because “Senate Democrats came looking” by Jazz Shaw – “When asked about the genesis of the story and how this new accuser came into the public eye, Farrow dropped a bit of a bombshell. Deborah Ramirez apparently wasn’t looking to save the world from Brett Kavanaugh reaching the Supreme Court bench.”

“What’s really fascinating is the way Farrow is sticking to his claim that this story somehow meets normal journalistic standards for publication. Even George Stephanopoulos was pushing back on him, asking about the six days Ramirez spent being coached by her lawyer prior to making a statement and the lack of anyone listed as a witness backing up her claims. (To say nothing of her admittedly drunken state when the incident allegedly took place and the fact that she couldn’t even be sure Kavanaugh was there until her six-day legal conference.)

It’s quickly becoming obvious that this is yet another part of a carefully coordinated attack on Brett Kavanaugh by Democrats in an attempt to thwart his confirmation to the Supreme Court. And if Ramirez isn’t a willing participant in the plot she’s one of its victims. She can blame these “Senate Democrats” who came around fishing for her if it blows up in her face.

The Descent into Progressive Madness by Victor Davis Hanson – “From Dianne Feinstein to John Kerry to Maxine Waters to Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker, Democrats are losing their marbles.”

Ms. Blasey-Ford Attorney Casts Doubt on Appearance by sundance – “Ms. Ford cannot testify because there’s no truth in her sketchy accusations; this was a political stunt with no intention of testimony. So, with a deadline looming it is more likely her political lawyers will try to extricate Ford from their prior commitments.”

Here’s what Donald Trump is doing right by Andrew Malcolm – “Probably more than one child over the years asked a father how to handle an ominous schoolyard bully. The typical reply was to avoid a confrontation if possible.”

“But that advice often came with a warning that at some point it would likely come to physical confrontation, the only language bullies understand. And be prepared to fight.

The United States, its people, businesses, economy and intellectual properties have been pushed around for years in the rapidly evolving cyber-world.

To put it bluntly, we’ve been patsies. Our government, companies, infrastructure and institutions have been the targets of countless cyberattacks, feints and breaches.

To put it bluntly, official U.S. retaliation is now a real possibility, just as it was with the military during the long Cold War.

“It’s important for people to understand,” Bolton added, “that we’re not just on defense, as we have been primarily on defense for a period of time.”

Of course, the new idea, which is actually old, is that weakness invites attack. Strength and the credible willingness to use it discourage that. Obama was willing to threaten the use of force. Remember his infamous “red line” vow if Syria used chemical weapons?

Syria did. But President Obama did nothing. President Trump issued the same warning. Syria again used gas on civilians. Five dozen Tomahawk missiles aimed at the launching base promptly took out 17 percent of Syria’s air force.

Finally, it appears the U.S. is willing to demonstrate to adversaries the costs of engaging in anti-U.S. cyber operations is higher than they want to bear.

It will, no doubt, take a while — and probably some damaging retaliations — for those “malicious nation-state, criminal and terrorist actors” to fully grasp this administration’s new American attitude, determination and willingness to scrap back.

It’s the kind of stand-up posture that would make all those fathers of old, including mine, smile and nod.

Trump Buries The Old-World Order by Victor Davis Hanson – “the late 20-century global order of grand illusions had long ago gone comatose, but only now has been taken off life support.” … “Trump is blamed for ending the postwar order. But all he did was bury its corpse—very loudly and bigly.”

Obama Won by Victor Davis Hanson – “Yet in terms of culture, Obama clearly won.”

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Many fronts. Same story. Ugly.

Corruption Junction – Desperation Amid Democrat Members of The Intelligence “Gang of Eight” by sundance – “I have never seen anything like this before.”

“The combination of arrogance, hubris and desperation within a letter (pdf here) from the four Democrats on the intelligence oversight Gang of Eight, is palpable even in text format.

Perhaps more stunningly, and extra-constitutionally (meaning outside the framework of constitutional separation of power), within the jaw-dropping letter the four Democrats outline previous verbal conversations and current agreements with Coats, Rosenstein and Wray where the Cabinet officers agreed to keep information away from the White House Chief Executive, the President.

This letter reeks of corruption, manipulative intent, and between-the-lines admissions of gross intelligence abuses.

At Ace of Spades: Kavanaugh’s Accuser Says She Won’t Testify Until The FBI, Which Has Already Declined to Investigate Her Non-Federal-Jurisdiction 37 Year Old Allegations, Completes Its Investigation, Sometime After a Democrat is President – Former Fusion GPS Employee: Almost Every Claim We Made About Paul Manafort Was Wrong and I Regret Having Pushed This Hoax On to the Public

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guilty one way or another; a long descent

Kamala Harris: Make the FBI investigate Ford allegation, not us by Ed Morrissey – “For a former Attorney General and a sitting US Senator, Kamala Harris (D-CA) has a lot of trouble grasping basic concepts such as jurisdiction.”

“Not only does it not involve a federal crime, it doesn’t have enough specificity to warrant a local police investigation either. At least from the reporting so far, Ford doesn’t have a specific time or place where this occurred, and the only other named person in the allegation — Mark Judge — denies it ever happened at all. Plus, the statute of limitations would have long ago passed on an aggravated assault, especially when committed by a minor. But even if Ford remembered the specific date, time, and provided the names of potential witnesses, and it had happened within the statute of limitations, it still wouldn’t be the FBI’s jurisdiction. It’s a local crime, and the local police would have to investigate it.

The state of California is very lucky not to have Harris in charge of law enforcement if this is how she perceives the administration of justice. Unfortunately, they stuck the rest of us with her.

Kavanaugh’s will be the end of “normal” SCOTUS confirmations by Jazz Shaw – “If Ford is telling the truth, or at least a story with more than a kernel of truth at the heart of it, then such accusations will be impossible to completely refute. But if the charges are false and Kavanaugh’s career is left in ruins, that’s just as bad, if not worse.”

“The professor’s story simply can’t be completely proven or disproven absent some totally remarkable piece of physical evidence or truly compelling testimony from multiple individuals with remarkable memories and sterling reputations for unvarnished truth-telling. And with that, the weapon has been put on the table. Given the arc of politics in the modern era, do you honestly think that nobody else will pick it up in the future? The #MeToo moment is spawning many children and some of them are looking very problematic.

The Wall Street Journal nails it by Scott Johnson – “Today’s Wall Street Journal has published an editorial on the Kavanaugh ambush. I detect Kim Strassel’s hand in the editorial. The Journal condemns the charade staged by Senate Democrats starring Christine Blaesy Ford” – Johnson also provides Reflections on the devolution – “The long descent on which Senate Democrats have taken us now results in the smearing of Brett Kavanaugh. Neither Chuck Schumer nor Dianne Feinstein — nor any of the other Senate Democrats who announced their opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court months ago — is fit to carry Kavanaugh’s briefcase. How have we arrived at this pass?”

Climate Alarmism Fails the Test of Observation by John Hinderaker – “The catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory is falsified by observation, and therefore is wrong. Ken Haapala, SEPP’s President, explains. There is far more at the link, but I will try to excerpt enough to make the point comprehensible

“In most industries, if you produced calculations that were off by a factor of 2.7, you would quickly be out of a job. But government, and pro-government research, are different. Here the purpose is not to be right, but to produce alarmist reports that, amplified by uncritical news stories written by ideologically aligned journalists, justify ever-greater government control over the economy and many billions of dollars in “green” cronyism. When the whole purpose of an enterprise is corruption, truth is only an inconvenience.

Still, truth remains an annoying presence–annoying, that is, if you are a global warming alarmist. Feynman’s adage remains indisputable: a theory that is disproved by observation is worthless.

Dispatches from District 48: Adding Solar to Our House — Here Is Why – “Our house has always been a good candidate for solar. It has a large flat roof, good sightlines to the south, and we live in just about the best solar location in the country (Phoenix). The problem has been two-fold

“The total payback comes to just about 10 years for our system. At historic cost of capital numbers this probably does not pencil out but today with ZIRP it makes sense, especially with the extra benefit of some immunity from outages. Even to get to these numbers you folks had to chip in to help my economics, in the form of the 30% tax rebate you are giving me and the above-wholesale price you are paying me for power I put into the grid.

[footnote] there is an added subsidy in the equation there from well-meaning but naive stockholders.

somebody else pays.

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Guilt by innuendo meets a scorched earth philosophy

So, the anonymous Kavanaugh accuser reveals herself by neo – “If this sort of thing can hurt Kavanaugh, or anyone else, then no man is safe. There is always someone who can come out of the woodwork and say that something like this happened. Always. And it cannot be refuted.”

“If Flake et al decide to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation, mission accomplished by the left. If not, the ante will have to be upped. New accusers will come forward—or rather, they will be brought forward.

So Now What? By Charles C. W. Cooke – “We have a name and an accusation, which is an improvement over the status quo ante. If you’re going to make an allegation of misconduct, this is how you do it: publicly, and attached to as much information as you have. Eternal shame on those who made specific calls before they knew what was being alleged.”

“Trouble is, while this is closer to how this is supposed to work, there’s still nothing much to investigate. The accuser has summoned a vague memory of an event from thirty years in the past — a memory she didn’t mention until six years ago, to which she cannot attach a time or place, and that is recorded in notes that neither line up cleanly with her current story nor name Kavanaugh as the perpetrator. The two other parties have both categorically denied it, and nobody else from that era has weighed in. In addition, there are no other accusers, and every thing else we know about the accused is positive. That doesn’t mean the accuser is not telling the truth, of course. But it does mean that there’s no way of preventing a classic he said/she said dispute.

Which is all to say that this has now become a political question. Unfair as it may be, the core calculation now will not be whether the charges are true (we don’t know) or whether the timings and assumptions are fair (they are not) … Either way, this is a low moment in the history of the Senate — and one that has little to do with justice.

Transparent Political Hit Job – Kavanaugh Accuser, Christine Ford-Blasey, Activated To Advance 35-year-old Accusations by sundance – “Today the Washington Post announces the accuser of Brett Kavanaugh has stepped forward to tell her story.”

“The timing is transparent: the week prior to Brett Kavanaugh committee vote; the outlet is transparent: the intelligence ‘resistance’ apparatus, The Washington Post; the accuser is transparent: a far-left California liberal professor, Christine Ford Blasey, anti-Trump ‘resistance activist’ with an anti-policy background, including recently. The accusation is transparent: 35-year-old harassment claim/accusation, from high school intended to activate the “Me Too” activists. The motive is transparent: block the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Kavanaugh.

After carefully deleting her social media profile; and after carefully selecting left-wing attorney Debra Katz to represent her political interests; and after carefully scripting some dubious and sketchy supportive material including a lie-detector test and vague notes from a 2012 couples-therapy session, the 51-year-old academic psychologist steps forward.

Kavanaugh’s accuser recovered her memory at the time Dems were panicked Romney would win and nominate him to SCOTUS by Thomas Lifson – “It certainly is an odd coincidence.”

Professor accusing Kavanaugh is radical SJW with some damning student reviews by Selwyn Duke – “since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hopes are being influenced by accusations that may speak to his character, it’s only fair to examine the character of his accuser.”

“Whatever the truth of the matter, however, certainly true is that Ford is a radical leftist who’d be inclined to zealously oppose a Kavanaugh nomination. For example, Breitbart reports that she not only has attended anti-Trump events, but actually donned a pink “brain p‑‑‑‑ hat” for a 2017 anti-Trump march.

Just as telling may be her student reviews.

As for Kavanaugh, unless it’s shown that he’s like Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy and has exhibited a pattern of sexual wrongdoing, there’s nothing to see here.

Attorney: Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify publicly to Judiciary Committee by Ed Morrissey – “All she has is her testimony, which is contradicted by the other two people accused in the allegation. If Ford can’t find witnesses to identify even where and when the party took place, let alone to her state of mind during it, then all we have is an allegation without any evidence at all, and a lifetime of character and service to rebut it.”

After 35 years and no other contemporaneous witnesses, it’s unresolvable. This is why statutes of limitation exist, and why we don’t derail someone’s life over an allegation when it can’t be substantiated. Unless that equation changes, and it seems very doubtful it will, forcing Kavanaugh to withdraw or shooting down his confirmation over this will set a very bad precedent and create new incentives for political witch hunts. And you can bet that those incentives will produce more of these last-minute unsubstantiated attacks on nominees in the future.

Jeff Flake, Traitor by John Hinderaker – “Traitor” is normally considered a harsh word, but it is the only printable thing I have called “Republican” Senator Jeff Flake since he announced, a few hours ago, that he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“His concern is the ridiculously stale allegation by Democrat professor Christine Ford that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to kiss her at a party when they were both high school students more than 30 years ago.

Medical treatment? David Bernstein has a question. “if you allege sexual assault in the distant past against a Supreme Court nominee, and you claim in writing to have undergone medical treatment as a result of the assault, but you never saw a medical doctor, and didn’t even see a therapist for thirty-three years, a Senator might not want to stake her reputation on your claim.”

Sabotaging Trump on Iran’s Behalf by Jed Babbin – “Earlier this year, when President Trump revoked the deal, Obama said it was a serious mistake for him to have done so. What we didn’t know then was that Vichy John Kerry undertook a concerted private diplomatic effort, without the knowledge of the Trump administration, to undermine what Trump has done.”

The politics of calculating hurricane deaths by Jazz Shaw – “The current argument over precisely how many people died in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria came barreling through has gotten ugly.”

“The article at the WaPo turns out to be from Lynn R. Goldman of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, which compiled the death toll of 2,975 “excess deaths” in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. Bear with me here, because the phrase “excess deaths” will become critical later. She took to the pages of the Washington Post to assure everyone that their study “was carried out with no interference whatsoever from any political party or institution.”

Here’s where we run into trouble. Look at the description of the methodology they used. It’s based on “a careful examination of all of the deaths officially reported to the government of Puerto Rico between September 2017 and February 2018… using state-of-the-art mathematical modeling to compare the total number of deaths during that time to the expected number of deaths, based on historical patterns as well as age, sex, socioeconomic status and migration from the island.”

They’re counting deaths which took place five months after the storm had passed.

Pardon my incredulousness over such a serious matter, but when did we start defining hurricane deaths in this fashion?

I’m not saying that there was or wasn’t any political bias involved in the compilation of the Milken Institute study, but that’s really not the point. The question is whether or not this is actual science. If you’re suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren’t available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then… please. If that’s the case, the death tolls of every hurricane, tornado, wildfire, earthquake or drought in the history of the country should probably be multiplied by a factor of anywhere from 10 to 100.

How 9/11 Made a European Upper-Middle-Class Radical a Conservative by Annika Hernroth-Rothstein – “Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

“He and his friends were having a party, celebrating the attack on America. He called to invite me, and to this day I have never felt such intense shame.

During his speech on September 14, 2001, President Bush said that adversity introduces us to ourselves. Well, on that day I was introduced to who I had been and who I truly was. I saw my own place in the context of history, and how the ideas that I helped promote, the accusations I had met with silence, all had a part in shaping the world I now saw burning before me.

It wasn’t a game. I had played it, but it was never a game.

On September 11, 2001, I saw, for the first time, the difference between fear and freedom, and I vowed not to be neutral between them, ever again.

Seventeen Years Later by Richard Fernandez – “Perhaps the issues raised by that attack seventeen years ago remain unresolved because the West is unwilling to answer the basic question it posed: what do we believe in?” … “Our protypical myths are missing and we have not noticed they are gone.”

“The world is now in the post-Obama phase of the response to 9/11 with no clear outcome in sight. What is clear is that immigration controversies are fueling what Anne Applebaum calls a rejection of Democracy across the West or a cold civil war depending on your point of view. Worse, surveillance technology has made Big Silicon, once the liberal bastion of the ‘digital frontier’, into Big Brother, the enforcer of hate speech rules and arbiter of truth which has added an element of paranoia to the mix.

The video of Google employees vowing never to allow something like Hillary’s defeat to occur again illustrates shows the suddenness with which the civilization’s tools can be turned against it. The ease with which instruments of surveillance and censorship can be directed at the Deplorables instead of al-Qaeda was recently brought home by a video showing a senior Google official vowing to “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values”. The unspoken agreement on values at the Google all-hands meeting is a reminder of how easily groupthink can become what Scott Adams called the ‘casual evil’ of self-righteousness.”

the “casual evil’ of self-righteousness.” It seems the ‘casual’ part is withering as self awareness grows and dissonance becomes prominent.

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Why? When the opposite is right there in front of your face?

For a rant that seems hyperbolic but cites enough specifics to cast doubt on that idea, there is Todd Royal on The Deep State, Obama, and Destroying America. A more moderate view is Democrats: ‘Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ by Clarice Feldman – “as they reprise the demagogic lies and smear tactics that once worked for them but are now failing for anyone with a memory longer than a week or two. On the other hand, watching the Russian collusion fizzle, it might be “I’m Waiting for Ships that Never Come In.”

“Let’s start with Hurricane Florence. … Perhaps in recognition of the storm’s force downturn, they sprang a new lie, this time claiming that 3,000 people had died in Puerto Rico … I’m reminded of the gross exaggerations when Katrina hit New Orleans while G.W. Bush was president and the mayor and governor did not do their jobs. …

While we’re on the subject, television coverage of these storms is again exposed as comedic. …

Speaking of baloney, the Russian collusion story has completely fizzled out. Even Bob Woodward, who apparently can interview a comatose witness (William Casey), says he studied this for two years and found no evidence of all of such collusion.

But the press, so deeply wedded to the idea of collusion, had a hard time honestly reporting on Paul Manafort’s plea deal this week. In fact, Manafort’s plea implicated Greg Craig, Barack Obama’s former White House counsel; Tony Podesta (brother of Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta); the law firm Skadden Arps; and former congressman Vin Weber’s Mercury Group.

In a Hail Mary play so transparent that it will forever tarnish her reputation, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she’d received a concerning anonymous report about Brett Kavanaugh’s conduct in high school

Elections have consequences, and so does judicial overreach. When the Supreme Court decisions are based on the text of the law, not subjective emotion (“emanations ” and “penumbras”), these confirmation hearings will be less irksome, confined to the question of competence. And when Democrats decide to abide by the election results, they and we will be better off by far.

Obama Demonizing Trump And Republican Voters Coast To Coast by Karen Townsend – “When former President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail, he hits the campaign trail.”

“In California, he used the example of the “arc of history” – the push and pull in politics. Those who promised hope and those who promote fear, for example. He referenced people in power trying to divide the country. The irony is lost on his swooning audience.

Yeah, “it started” but his administration oversaw the slowest economic recovery since World War II. His administration built up numbers in the failure column

I do not remember a more divisive president in my lifetime.

His own claim to fame was the ramming through of Obamacare on a one-party vote – blowing up 1/6 of our economy – and it has been a disaster.

Keep in mind that California has the largest poverty rate and the greatest ‘income inequality’ in the country. It’s arc of history is becoming analogous to that of Venezuela. Is this really where that “swooning audience” wants to go?

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Sleaze and Smear — and it doesn’t bother so many?

Knowing What We Know Now, We Must Remind Ourselves by sundance – “The lies, the severity of hatred and opposition, now make much more sense.” … “For them, it is a war – and for them, nothing is out of bounds.” Citing a Donald Trump speech of 13 October 2016 that “defines the MAGA movement.”

Julia Salazar highlights “post-truth politics” on the left by Jazz Shaw – “And yet the people in her district still showed up in droves and elected her with nearly 60% of the vote to represent them in the upper chamber of New York State government. Shouldn’t that be setting off at least some minor alarm bells? That’s the theme in an op-ed which was published in, of all places, the New York Times.”

“As is now widely known, political neophyte Julia Salazar handily defeated an eight-term Democratic incumbent in New York’s 18th state senate district. Her opponent’s chief “sin” in the eyes of progressives was accepting campaign contributions from real estate lobbyists. This upset victory isn’t what’s been making national headlines, however. As you’ve doubtless heard by now, Salazar fabricated virtually her entire life story, creating an autobiography which would be more palatable to her new Democratic Socialist friends than her actual history.

Weiss points out an underlying truth which is hard to deny. The voters in this very progressive senate district are, without doubt, among the armies of liberals who constantly talk about the running list of lies uttered by the POTUS and bemoan the emergence of this new “post-truth presidency.” And this article appears in one of the loudest national and even international mouthpieces of liberalism which has been pushing this theme.

Rather than being some sort of outlier or even the root of the problem, isn’t Julia Salazar more of a symptom of something larger?

Post-truth politics is one thing. What Salazar has managed to pull off looks far more like the most successful snake oil sales rally seen in the modern era. And she’s being held up by progressives as yet another face representing the future of the left. Is this really something to celebrate?

So when will Senate Dems meet to discuss Beto? Update: Or Bill? By Ed Morrissey – “What’s the difference between an alleged and vociferously denied assault at a high school party and an adult getting tanked and driving on the highway?”

“Senate Democrats apparently consider the former a disqualifier for the judiciary, but the latter a youthful indiscretion that doesn’t disqualify someone from judging who should be on the federal bench.

If an uncorroborated anonymous allegation of a crime from 1982 qualifies as a reason to prevent someone from public service, what about an actual crime on the record from 1998?

And if Senate Democrats want to keep pressing that allegation against Kavanaugh, then they need to answer for Beto O’Rourke. At this point, even a double standard would be an improvement over none at all.

Update: For that matter, will Senate Democrats start discussed Juanita Broaddrick’s on-the-record accusations against Bill Clinton for rape? She’s told the same story publicly and consistently for over 25 years.

Allan Dershowitz continues being fair by neo – “Fairness is so unusual these days, especially among Democrats (which Dershowitz still is), that it is worthy of special note. I’ve become more and more respectful of Dershowitz in recent years for his devotion to principles over party, as in his latest efforts at correcting falsehoods

“So Dershowitz isn’t some recent convert to defending the rights of accused presidents, he’s been doing this for at least 44 years. It’s somewhat of a mystery why Dershowitz is still a Democrat, but I believe it has something to do with what Zell Miller once likened to a birthmark—an identity that for some people is so deep that it would take something truly cataclysmic to change it.

Are becoming incautious? That’s where Dershowitz needs to take a good long look at his own party and recognize that they’re not just becoming anything; they’ve been this way for a long time.

And “incautious” is way too mild a word for it. The “unindicted co-conspirator” accusation is a premeditated misstatement with malice aforethought. Some ignorant people may indeed play along with it, but many of those who perpetrate it know full well what they’re doing.

Demonization of Nunes Is a Window Into Our Times by Victor Davis Hanson – “Nunes has become the subject of unprecedented media venom.”

“Much of what we now know about the unethical and often illegal behavior of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, and Department of Justice emerged due to the efforts of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Its chairman during its stunning disclosures has been Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), who in turn has been constantly demonized for his efforts.

No one so far has refuted the committee’s findings. Yet Chairman Nunes has become the subject of unprecedented venom, largely because a spate of further embarrassing scandals at the FBI, DOJ, and CIA have resulted from his committee’s findings.

The demonization of Nunes is a window into our times. We hunt for mythical Russian collusion while foreign collusion between Christopher Steele and his Russian sources is ignored. Progressives who claim an affinity for the middle classes demonize farmers as hicks. A supposedly noble press prints fakes news and traces down someone’s long-dead great-grandmother to suggest divided loyalties.

The real question is not why today’s jaded media go to such lengths to slander Nunes, but why they are so afraid of him.

So many values are being flipped for emotional comfort. So much damage is being done to avoid reality.

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A toxic stew brews questionable methods and means

Why Americans Distrust The Media By Alex Berezow – A Gallup and Knight Foundation poll: “The takeaway lesson is that, when it comes to the media, Americans care less about partisanship and more about dedication to “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Unfortunately, Americans believe — quite justifiably, in my opinion — that the media is not delivering. Let’s hope that changes.”

The Media’s Latest Poll Dance by Brian C. Joondeph – “Treat these polls for what they are – partisan campaign commercials – and don’t despair. These same pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton landslide victory in 2016. But do remember to vote this coming November. The stakes could not be higher.”

Joe DiGenova: Latest Strzok-Page texts reveal criminal and civil liability of many officials – ‘they are going down’ by Thomas Lifson – “The former US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe DiGenova, knows what he is talking about when it comes to legal liability, and he has the guts to lay out in straight talk what really happened with the conspiracy to swing a presidential election, cover-up the effort, and take out a duly elected president.”

Same old story: New Woodward book raises old questions about methods by Byron York – “Of course, Woodward did not hear every word uttered by every character in the book. So any reader would ask: How does he know exactly what they said?”

“The answer, of course, is that it is not possible for Woodward to know precisely what was said, quotation marks or not. But even as controversy swirls around Fear, it’s important to note that questions about Woodward’s quotes are nothing new. Fear is not the first time these questions have arisen in connection with a Woodward book. In fact, many of Woodward’s books have raised precisely the same questions, leading to similar, and similarly unsatisfying, answers. Here is a look back at a few of the how-does-he-know questions that have surrounded Woodward efforts in the past.

Investor’s Business Daily: Verizon Just Destroyed The Case For ‘Net Neutrality’ – “With the advent of 5G home and wireless services, the “net neutrality” argument falls down like a house of cards.” … “Why innovators like Google and Facebook can’t understand any of this is a complete mystery.”

At Ace of Spades: Desperate Democrats Try Ridiculous Hail Mary, Claiming There’s an Eleventh Hour Accuser Against Kavanaugh and the follow-up FBI: Why No, We’re Not Going to Be Investigating an Anonymous, Third-Hand, Completely Evidence-Free Allegation of a Local Alleged Crime Allegedly Committed 40 Years Ago, Well Outside Any Statute of Limitations. Trying a smear timed for the last minute of high school behavior is something to behold. Ugly. – “How can the Republic endure if we don’t know whether or not Brett Kavanaugh gave a geek a Purple Nurple in ninth grade?”

Update on Feinstein’s mystery letter: FBI doesn’t plan to investigate Kavanaugh, will refer matter to White House; Update: Details revealed? By Allahpundit – “Remember this, though: This isn’t Kavanaugh’s first rodeo. … He was first nominated to the appellate bench in 2003. His nomination there stalled for three whole years until he was finally confirmed. Democrats have had very good reason to want to take this guy out for fully 20 years.” … “The whole thing reeks of a political hit, an egregious smear.”

“A source who said they were briefed on the contents of the letter said it described an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman that took place when both were 17 years old and at a party. According to the source, Kavanaugh and a male friend had locked her in a room against her will, making her feel threatened, but she was able to get out of the room. The Guardian has not verified the apparent claims in the letter. It is not yet clear who wrote it.

In an earlier post, Allahpundit saidEither there’s a very dark secret in Kavanaugh’s closet or the left is unrolling one of the dirtiest dirty tricks to damage a nominee in recent history.”

Dianne Feinstein Sends Letter To FBI Accusing Brett Kavanaugh Of Nothing [VIDEO] by by Nina Bookout – “ this is why this kind of tactic is so hateful and honestly reeks of desperation. Democrats are willing to swim in the pits of slime more and more all because they don’t like Trump, they don’t like our Republic, and they don’t like anyone who had a different point of view from theirs.” … “This was an embarrassingly desperate move by Dianne Feinstein. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks Democrats are off the rails regarding Kavanaugh.”

The mystery of a Russian satellite attacking others by Andrew Malcolm – “Russia has launched a military satellite that, according to U.S. officials, is behaving strangely. And they say concerns are mounting that it is a test for some kind of military weapon,” With this, keep in mind that Russia is also accusing NASA of drilling holes in it’s ISS supply craft.

Why it’s still so hard to talk about police shootings by Jazz Shaw – “David French wrote a lengthy essay criticizing the police shooting of Botham Shem Jean in Texas. It was a tragic event which never should have happened and many questions have been raised about the officer who killed him and how the situation came to such a conclusion.” Shaw’s got a struggle going and, at it’s core is the ‘both sides do it’ or ‘both sides are equal’ fallacy. He does note how reality sticks its nose in the tent, though. He also confuses causation and correlation in attempting to rationalize behavior patterns.

“But why is it so hard to talk about these things? Because it feels as if everyone engaged in the debate on both sides is backed so far into their corners that each aspect of the discussion can be taken as an immediate cause for offense.

And we should be clear about one thing here: this has unfortunately devolved into a debate about racism to the point that race can’t be removed from larger issues of proper law enforcement procedures.

French has brought up the fact that the greater number of per capita lethal force encounters for black suspects might be at least partially explained by the fact that black males are statistically more likely to wind up engaging in a violent crime than white males. This is not because of the color of their skin or some inherent, genetic flaw, but simply because people who grow up in economically disadvantageous conditions, surrounded by poverty and crime, are more likely to fall into such behavior.

There are more examples, but the fact is that the entire subject is fraught with tension. We do have very real problems in some police units (the Gun Trace Task Force in Baltimore is one of the more recent examples) and they need to be addressed. But this debate isn’t going to become any easier nor any more civil from what I can see. It’s boiled down into a toxic stew and it’s going to be very difficult – if not impossible – to walk back from that.

The “toxic stew” is from the use of accusations of “racism” as a matter of projection and transference and the inherent bigotry involved in lambasting a group for the sins of a few of its members. The issue isn’t police errors or malfeasance. It is how allegations of such are being used to stoke political fires and rationalize improper behavior or irrational fantasies.

On Puerto Rico, Trump Is Right by John Hinderaker – “This “issue” was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: “Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?” That caused me to look into it. As so often happens, Trump is right.” It’s about another smear based on a constructed reality. “But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth?”

Toxic Feminism by David Solway – “With its reliance on false assumptions, phony statistics, affective resentment, and glib verbosity, feminism is the most potent carcinogen attacking both the body social and the health of the education system.” It’s just another subject in academia where this has happened.

“Investing in a false theory or inequitable practice never prevented its adherents, whose reputations and livelihoods are at stake, from surrendering their perquisites. Rather, educrats and their cohorts will double down and increase their efforts to further their agenda. They will persist in finding ways to evade the most far-sighted and ethically determined efforts to redress the parietal imbalance by refusing to implement new directives from enlightened government agencies.

Then there’s the New York story about the U.N. ambassador’s quarters … so many fake, misleading, incorrect, biased, ignorant stuff in the mainstream propaganda outlets for the Left.

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Reactions to disappointment

Trump Voters and the Bitter Elites by Steve McCann – “Penzeys is a private entity and its president can say whatever he chooses. But the condescension and the not so veiled intimation that Trump voters are mindless buffoons drips off the page and is typical of the mindset of the elitist cabal.”

“As he reveals in his missive, Mr. Penzey and his fellow travelers are obsessed with racism as that is the most common accusation hurled by this clique. In their addled thought process racism is the sole province of Republicans and those repugnant Trump voters. In reality, it is far more prevalent among the Left and the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, the cancer that is antisemitism is also rapidly metastasizing throughout the Left and the Democratic Party.

Mr. Penzey, I and my fellow 63 million Americans do not have make amends for a damn thing. Perhaps you and your fellow elitists should make amends for foisting Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and an unabashedly neo-socialist, racist and authoritarian Democratic Party on the nation.

Obama Attacks Trump by Ed Brodow – “Once more, the Democrats are attempting to get away with their signature political gambit — blaming their opponents for what they themselves have done.”

“To progressives, diversity has nothing to do with equality as defined by Dr. Martin Luther King. Instead, they prefer George Orwell’s suggestion that (in a totalitarian society) “some animals are more equal than others.” The left’s version of diversity means that we must give special privileges to certain protected classes of people so they can acquire control over the system at the expense of the majority. I call this the “tyranny of the minority.”

Donald Trump, in sharp contrast, cherishes the values that Obama holds in contempt. Trump’s commitment is to the foundational principles of the Constitution. He rejects minority identity politics. He wants to unify the country in its own self-interest. Trump’s objective is to drain the Washington swamp that benefited from Obama’s legion of illegal executive orders.

Dirtiest Trick In U.S. History Comes Into Focus by Conrad Black – “The almost unnoticed fact in the latest Democratic assault on the Trump administration is that it is based entirely on charges of confusion, the circus, incoherence, and nastiness.”

“On what has emerged to date, fanatically anti-Trump figures in Justice and the FBI swallowed Mr. Steele’s story and invested in it so heavily they severely compromised the institutions that employed them. Once Mr. Trump was elected, instead of letting the ruse die quietly, they swallowed harder and set out to claim that the election result was fraudulent because of the illegal Trump-Russian collusion.

Damning New Strzok Text to Page: “The Times is Angry With Us About the WP Scoop” by Sara Carter – “These series of text messages appear to contradict statements made by Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, after it was revealed earlier this week that Strzok and Page discussed a “media leak strategy” in some of their text messages.”

WaPo: Trump ‘complicit’ in hurricane Florence by Rick Moran – “The Washington Post has published some silly editorials over the years, but perhaps none reach the pinnacle of silliness like the editorial they published today that accuses Donald Trump in being “complicit” in a hurricane.”

“Even if you believe the theory of global warming, stating that there is “no reasonable doubt” that humans are responsible for any increase in hurricane intensity is either a statement of ignorance or an outright lie.

John Kerry won’t deny that he told the Iranians to wait out the Trump presidency by Allahpundit – “Undermining Republican presidents on foreign policy while abroad has been Kerry’s life work, both as a young man and an older one. He’s a living, breathing reminder that the Logan Act exists only on paper.”

News Shocker: Media fact-Checks Barack Obama, at least this once by Andrew Malcolm – “One of the things the mainstream media never quite got around to during Barack Obama’s brief 2,922 days in office was fact-checking his every public comment. Probably just an oversight.”

It’s Official: Google Is a Democratic Party Front by John Hinderaker – “Someone leaked to Breitbart an hour-long video of an “all hands” Google meeting that was held just after the 2016 election.”

“You really have to see it to believe it. Having suffered through the hour-long cri de cœur–OK, to be fair, there is a huge element of schadenfreude, too, and you will relish much of it–you probably will have several reactions: 1) These people may have certain valuable technical skills, but they aren’t very bright and are unusually lacking in self-awareness. 2) It is remarkable that they can achieve such an extraordinary monoculture in an organization with thousands of employees. It must require vigorous enforcement of right-think. 3) It is easy to see how these uniformly left-wing robots/people seamlessly transitioned into Resisting the duly elected Trump administration.

Mob rule in science at Maggie’s Farm – “This is the second time in one week (see Roundup in Breast Milk?) where I have read of scientific journals stifling studies due to fears of mob action: Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole … I blame the cowards more than the “activists.”

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wheels within wheels

How Anti-Trump Leakers Moved From Offense to Defense by Lee Smith – “A trail of evidence appearing in major news outlets suggests a campaign to undermine President Trump from within the government through illegal leaks of classified information, and then to thwart congressional investigators probing the disclosures.” It’s a rather detailed history of the big ugly.

White House Lawyers Reviewing The Declassification Conundrum by sundance – “Finally we are starting to see articles outlining the actual reality of the issues behind the congressional declassification request, and the challenges for President Trump.”

“There are officials within the executive branch who are against the declassification because there is an inherent risk for two agencies: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Their self-serving anti-declassification position is bolstered by the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (OLC); and conniving tricks previously played by internal usurpers within the DOJ Special Counsel “small group”.

The scheme team of Mueller’s crew is conniving and smart; When they called McGhan as a witness for their investigation they created a situation where the White House counsels office became witnesses. McGahn was forced to recuse his office from having anything to do with the Robert Mueller probe. The probe was/is against the office of the President.

Does the New York Times have a guilty conscience? By Monica Showalter – Misrepresentation of confidential information for political reasons brings to mind the ‘loose lips sink ships’ reminders from WW II. 

“What the Times does is delve into the Castroite conventional wisdom that all coups d’etat are bad, which is the Black Legend spread by the Cuban regime for 50 years. Never mind the Declaration of Independence, or even Nelson Mandela’s justification of taking up arms against an illegitimate regime intent on holding power forever. Nope, coups are bad, because the Castro brothers said so, and never mind Cuba’s own record of stirring up violence and coups in the region, all of which came to bad ends.

It also circles around to suggest President Trump, despite telling some Venezuelan coup-minded disgrunted military men to go away, still was all in for coups.

Yes, it just leaked out, and the Times was the only one who printed it. It likely leaked out because of Deep State undermining of Trump, or given the Times’ history of collaboration with the Cuban agents, because of something the Cubans told them.

Now the Maduro regime has been strengthened, and the torture notices are going out to all dissidents, not because there was a coup attempt, but because the Times wanted that scoop to Get Trump and who knows, let Maduro’s regime to stay put for the sake of Cuba. All they did was make life even more miserable for Venezuela’s democrats, and they bear some responsibility for it.

Nope, they’re blaming Trump and citing the same old tired pious arguments against coups. Sorry pals, your guilty conscience is showing.

California Man Arrested After Trying to Stab Republican Congressional Candidate by sundance – “Against the ongoing physical attacks and assassination attempts by the political left against Republicans (Rand Paul, Steve Scalise and Lee Zeldin); and amid instructions from Democrat Maxine Waters to target political opposition (Sarah Sanders, Kirstjen Nielsen, Pam Bondi etc); and with the mid-term elections less than two months away; the latest attack against republican candidate Rudy Peters becomes even more alarming.”

Presidential Chaos by Chet Richards – “All of the above may, or may not, be true. Only those in a day-to-day working relationship with the president know the reality, and publicly they say only positive things about the man.”

“Creative people understand chaos. They especially understand it if they have collaborated with other talented people on a difficult problem. Creative chaos is the norm in such an environment. Without that chaos productivity can vanish.

Trump faces a problem: the Government. The Government is not, by its nature, a creative institution. When it tries to be it almost invariable gets it wrong. Just consider all the failed social programs if you doubt this.

Creative people just don’t fit comfortably in a process oriented organization.

In engineering terms, Trump’s senior staff should serve as an efficient impedance matching device. Given Donald Trump’s major talents, and with such a mature staff around the president, we can expect this administration to go down as one history’s greatest.

Calling it “chaos” is using the wrong word. Brainstorming was invented for this structured management technique to foment creativity.

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How to get past the ugly?

Tucker Carlson busts open Google conspiracy to swing election to Hillary by Thomas Lifson – “Last night Tucker Carlson broke an explosive story featuring internal Google documents indicating the company made a “silent donation” – its own term – to the Hillary Clinton campaign by using its information channeling might to mobilize voters it thought would cast ballots for the Democrats’ candidate.”

“Tucker Carlson did not reveal how these emails came into his hands, but I have a strong suspicion that they are the result of the discovery process in the lawsuit filed by James Damore, the software engineer who was fired by Google after writing a polite internal email questioning some aspects of the diversity initiatives there. …

I raise this point not to criticize anyone – not Carlson, not Drudge, and not Dhillon – but rather in expectation that even more information will be coming our way. The discovery process in civil litigation may be even more effective than a criminal probe would be in excavating secrets from the (formerly “don’t be) evil” empire.

Good News: Mark Meadows Begins Outlining FBI Corrupt “Sources” (Journalists) and “Methods” (Media Reports) by sundance – “The FBI and DOJ intentionally leaked information to the media and then cited the subsequent media reports for their ongoing investigative purposes.”

“Within this circular approach journalists became “sources” and media reports became “methods”. Thus, the FBI and DOJ are desperate to protect “sources and methods” because behind the familiar catch-phrase is an outline of procedural corruption. ie: “by the book“.

In a letter today to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (full pdf below) Mr. Meadows points to new discoveries of how FBI Lawyer Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok were using leaks to the media in April 2017 to further the aim of eliminating President Trump.

The pattern here is remarkably familiar in all aspects of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 FBI and DOJ operations against President Trump. The media were collaborating with corrupt officials to both frame a narrative and simultaneously provide material for use in ongoing corrupt FBI and DOJ investigations; including, ultimately, Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Why Trump tweets by Don Surber – “Once again, President Trump got these super duper anti-Trump sleuths to report the news he wanted and to quote him accurately because he kept his message short and to the point.”

“The original story made President Trump look good, so the political press ignored it. He revived the story more than a week later. This time they bit the bait.

The best part is President Trump got an anti-Trump political press to cover the story. This is why he tweets.

Obama vs. the Nation by Daniel John Sobieski – “Transference is a psychiatric term for the ability to take your faults and ascribe them to others.”

“In the dictionary next to the definition should be a photo of former President Barack Obama, particularly the section in his September 7 University of Illinois speech where he attacked President Trump for fomenting paranoia and division:

It is Barack Hussein Obama who divided America and incited paranoia, attacking, cops, Christians, and clingers, just to name a few.

Politifact: Kamala Harris claim on Kavanaugh as intellectually honest as you’d expect by Ed Morrissey – “What a difference two words make. That’s the difference, Politifact noted late today, between the truth and what Sen. Kamala Harris tried slinging on Friday.” They say Trump lies but they can’t substantiate that accusation with anything like this.

“Politifact concludes that they rate Harris’ statement “false,” but it’s worse than that. Harris spent all of last week shredding her own credibility, complete with a “cross-examination” stunt that became an embarrassing failed bluff. This intellectually dishonest cheap shot completely ignores how attorneys, courts, and arguments work. The only thing Harris has proven over the last week is that she’s spectacularly unfit for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and for the Senate as well. The very best thing that can be said about Kamala Harris is that she’s consistent.

Anatomy of a Fusion smear: Restatement & finale by Scott Johnson – “On September 1 the Wall Street Journal published an editorial decrying the wrong done to Cleta Mitchell in connection with the Russia investigation(s).”

“The smearing of Cleta Mitchell by Glenn Simpson via McClatchy News replicates in small the techniques that Simpson used to conjure the Russia hoax and roil the United States over the past two years. My theme in this series is that it is Glenn Simpson’s world. We’re all just living in it.

Smears. Deceit. Plots. Transference. Denial. and on it goes.

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The real threat is inside

Obama’s Benghazi Body Bags No Mere Conspiracy Theory by Daniel John Sobieski – “The arrogance of the man who lied to the parents of the Benghazi dead in front of their sons’ caskets as they were returned to the country they fought for is mind-boggling.”

“As he attempted to rewrite many chapters of his failed presidency in a speech at the University of Illinois, he called the accurate and documented reports of the criminal negligence of secretary of state Hillary Clinton and himself during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on our Benghazi compound a mere “conspiracy theory.”

Conspiracy theories don’t produce body bags, sir, but perhaps you don’t remember that night all too well because you spent the time four brave Americans were being killed under your command in Libya readying up for a Las Vegas fundraiser.

Conspiracy theories don’t produce body bags” and the memory lingers. It is behaviors and events that tell the tale and there is a stunning contrast between the previous and current administrations.

Anti-Trump desperation grows by Don Surber – “The media keeps crying impeachment while President Trump plants the seeds, reaps the wheat, grinds the grain, and bakes the bread.”

“President Trump delivers, on time and under budget.

The media cannot stand it because he keeps proving them wrong. For example, they said — and hoped — that tariffs would trigger a global recession.

Maybe in China and Europe.

I agree with Conrad Black, who wrote, “Trump has not got to this historic point by being the blustering and crooked buffoon portrayed by his enemies. He is a cunning and pitiless enemy. This is political mortal combat, and in evidentiary as in electoral matters, you can’t fight something with nothing.”

And nothing is all they have.

President Trump has something. Plenty of something.

The Circus of Resistance by Victor Davis Hanson – “The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts last week.” … “Barack Obama decided that ex-presidents should attack current presidents, and thereby reminded the country why Trump was elected.” Many other examples are provided.

“To cut to the quick, the op-ed was published to coincide with the latest Bob Woodward “according-to-an-unnamed-source” exposé, Fear. The intent of anonymous and the New York Times was to create a force multiplying effect of a collapsing presidency—in need of the Times’ sober and judicious handlers, NeverTrump professionals, and “bipartisan” Democrats of the sort we saw during the Kavanaugh hearing to “step in” and apparently stage an intervention to save the country.

The op-ed is the latest cartoon of Trump, the Road Runner, finally, at last, and for sure driven off the cliff by the Resistance as Wile E. Coyote—infuriated by yet another Road Runner beep-beep. There were earlier and serial Looney Tunes efforts to nullify the Electoral College, to sue about election machines, to boycott the Inauguration, to introduce articles of impeachment, to invoke the 25th Amendment, to try out the Emoluments Clause and the Logan Act, to sue by cherry picking liberal federal judges, to harass officials in public places and restaurants, to warp the FISA courts, to fund a foreign spy to do opposition research, and to weaponize even further the FBI, NSA, and Justice Department—along with the now-boring celebrity assassination chic rhetoric of blowing up, stabbing, shooting, burning, hanging, smashing, and decapitating Donald J. Trump.

The compare and contrast is laid out on the table for a blunt vivisection. There is so much material it is a wonder the table doesn’t collapse. Then take a gander at Betsy Newmark’s commentary to see just how serious reality distortion can be: “contemptible”, “buffoon”, “ the lowering of standards”, “constant mad, solipsistic tweeting”, “he drives his opponents so crazy that they expose themselves to be little better than he is” … compare and contrast and it leaves any rational person wondering what standards Newmark is using to evaluate behavior – or has TDS overridden reason?

Anatomy of a Fusion smear (4) by Scott Johnson – “Peter Stone and Greg Gordon of McClatchy News smeared Cleta Mitchell in their story “Lawyer who worked for NRA said to have had concerns about group’s Russia ties.”

“The gist of the McClatchy story was false. In “Fake news: A case study,” we saw Cleta dispute the veracity of the smear directly with Stone and Gordon. “You took some unnamed source,” she noted, “you put their false statement as the lead and you put my truthful on the record statement down in the story as some sort of denial. You are reprehensible. Your tactics are disgusting.” Bingo. We also saw that Stone and Gordon were unable to substantiate the smear with a single fact.

Working on this series over the past week, I finally came to understand Simpson’s modus operandi and to absorb related news of which I was only vaguely aware. As one might infer from Stone and Gordon’s April story about Cohen in Prague, Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS continue their efforts to undermine Donald Trump unabated. The Federalist’s Sean Davis reported earlier this year, around the same time that Stone and Gordon’s Cohen in Prague story was published: “CONFIRMED: Former Feinstein Staffer Raised $50 Million, Hired Fusion GPS And Christopher Steele After 2016 Election.” The mission continues.

Harvard, Google, NSF, Springer, and others need a vigorous rat control by Luboš Motl – “Electronic tools make it easier for dishonest SJW terrorists to perform Stalinist purges.”

“Dr Hill has learned about the insufferable situation and the witch hunts that the feminists and similar radical neo-Marxists instantly launch whenever someone dares to say something that is related to this basic “heresy” – that men and women are different.”

The most unprecedented development occurred at the very end when the paper was already printed in an electronic journal. Totally silently, the paper was erased on the web and a completely different paper was placed on that spot. It’s creepy. And it’s clearly analogous to the “commissar who vanished” at various photographs with Joseph Stalin. Stalin liked someone up to the moment XY, then he disliked him, murdered him, and he erased the memory of that person from the photographs.

Feminists and similar neo-Marxists are obviously the current counterparts of Joseph Stalin. So far, they didn’t get the power to murder 50 million people – although many of them would love to surpass that number. But in other respects, what they can do is worse than what Stalin could. One difference is the following: In the good old times, a photograph was printed in the newspapers and there were hundreds of thousands of copies of that photograph. New photographs without the commissar could have been printed but the commissar couldn’t have quite vanished – there were many copies printed on the good old paper. Some of them were in people’s collections, bookshelves etc.

The story shows that the real threat for the integrity of the scholarly process aren’t politicians. It’s the feminists and other extreme activists masquerading themselves as scholars.

the real threat isn’t always obvious.

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A tantrum of misdirection

Why Obama deserves a little credit for the Trump Boom, and why the Democrats will never admit it by Thomas Lifson – “the very reason his claim is false actually did help make the Trump Boom more pronounced.”

“That backlog was available for investment, once President Trump cleared away the shackles. Without 8 years of suppression, there would not have been as big a backlog of good projects waiting for realization.

If course, Dems will never admit that Obama suppressed economic growth, and that helped Trump look even better. It’s analogous to the relief the apocryphal man hitting his head with a hammer feels once he stops. The absence of harm makes what follows feel even better.

The University Is Ripe for Replacement by David Solway – “my concern is with the abandonment of genuine scholarship, fact-based historical research, familiarity with the “Great Books” and the development of critical thinking habits, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

“Beginning in early K-12 and continuing to the highest levels of university education, Leftist indoctrination is the gravest dilemma that afflicts education in North America, rendering it perhaps the most powerful instrument of anti-Western bias and socialist propaganda of the modern era.

Insuperable as the task may seem, perhaps something truly new will emerge on which, with patience, experience and foresight, we can build. In a time of civilizational decline, a wholly new university may serve to prolong our historical tenure. The key is to resist despair, strategize effectively, remain prepared and remember the principles of moral reason and intellectual excellence on which restitution depends. The modern university it is a moribund institution and cannot be reformed. It is ripe for replacement.

Rough Beasts Slouching toward the White House by Clarice Feldman – “Pardon me for the reference to Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” but events this week reminded me of the poem and this line: “the worst are full of passionate intensity.” It’s a a recap of the insanity on the Left concluding, hoping, … 

“Should I be wrong about the disgust rational people should bear against Trump’s political enemies, and the Democrats retake the House, they have no chance to impeach the president. If I’m right, however, like Black, I hope Trump “will grind his heel in the faces of his rabid enemies,” the slouching beasts of chaos. And the president is certainly campaigning around the country, in an unprecedentedly determined way, so I think that’s his plan, too.

Boston Herald Editorial: Elizabeth Warren’s op-ed rant far oversteps bounds – “Elizabeth Warren continues to showcase her activist skill set, but she was elected to be a senator — not a protester.”

“Her latest ploy is to demand the ouster of President Trump in the wake of an op-ed published in The New York Times earlier this week purportedly from a high-level White House insider. The author suggested that there was a “resistance” in the administration working to prevent Trump from following through on dangerous decisions.

This is an irresponsible and alarmist action on behalf of a sitting senator and shows little regard for the truth or accuracy — all in the name of politics.

The voters of the commonwealth deserve a senator who is devoted to their collective plight rather than her own future fortunes. Outlandish protests on the taxpayers’ time are bad enough, but when her politically aimed activism involves entertaining the notion of unseating the commander in chief through a process other than an election, that is sheer recklessness.

Just what is important to the Left, anyway?

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just what is ethics in government?

Obama Receives Ethics in Government Award by Matt Margolis – “What, exactly, did the committee at the University of Illinois think Obama did to earn an Ethics in Government award?”

“Today, we saw just how far academia is going to perpetuate the myth of Obama’s “scandal-free” administration when he was awarded the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government by the University of Illinois. Not since the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has Obama been so undeserving of an award. But, I submit that this award is even worse than the Nobel Peace Prize he didn’t deserve. In 2009, the Nobel committee was at least ignorant of what Obama’s record would turn out to be. There is simply no excuse in 2018 for Obama to be receiving an Ethics in Government award. The Nobel committee eventually realized their mistake. But, the Paul H. Douglas Award is now forever tainted.

I document thirty different scandals in my book The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama. Each scandal on its own makes the idea of Obama receiving an ethics award laughable. All of them together make this award blasphemous.

It’s bad enough when Obama claims he was scandal-free. But, when he receives an ethics in government award, it diminishes the meaning of ethics. It’s time to stop pretending Obama was scandal-free or ethical.

Democrats’ Hostility to the Constitution Laid Bare by John Hinderaker – “One of the more revealing moments in the Democrats’ Judiciary Committee clown show was when Kamala Harris sneeringly referred to the Constitution as “that book that you [Judge Kavanaugh] carry.”

“When liberals like Kamala Harris refer to “the Constitution,” they don’t mean the actual written document–“that book that you carry”–they mean an unrestricted charter that gives liberals the right to rule over the rest of us, via the judiciary. Which, of course, nullifies the whole point of having a written Constitution.

How much of this Kamala Harris understands I don’t know, but the childish leftism that she embodies, along with many others of her party, is one of the greatest threats to our democracy.

just what is ethics in government?

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Sedition, Words, Conspiracies

Mr. Anonymous Exposes an Even Deeper State by David Limbaugh – “If Democrats and resistance Republicans think they are going to depose President Trump or thwart his presidency by endlessly savaging him in the name of protecting the republic, they don’t have any concept of the fierce resolve of his supporters.”

It is also dishonest to imply that Trump’s alleged anti-democratic impulses threaten the republic. He is not the one who has acted outside his constitutional authority, but I can cite you a dozen cases in which President Obama did. So don’t act as if this president is a unique threat to our institutions. What he is a threat to is their notion of the ideal Republican — one who will “reach across the aisle” and, in the name of civility and bipartisanship, surrender on major policy decisions.

I find it appalling that Mr. Anonymous boasts of undermining this president and galling that he actually shows himself to be the very type of threat to the republic he claims President Trump is. But we owe him our gratitude for vindicating our suspicions of a deeply entrenched resistance to this constitutionally elected chief executive

Yes, the Mainstream Media Is the Enemy by Pedro Gonzalez – “If you are aiding, abetting, and protecting a saboteur who has infiltrated the highest echelon of the American government, then you are, in the words of President Trump, “the enemy of the American people.”

“If we accept that this anonymous source is real, then he (the Times briefly tweeted the writer is a “he”) is indeed “part of the resistance” that is “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump’s] agenda.” That is, he is working to frustrate the agenda which the American people elected the president to duly execute. This is patent and anti-democratic subversion: the process by which something, like the executive office, is contradicted or undermined from within.

Whether the source is real or not, the Times’ editorial team published this story with the intent to sow the seeds of discord and doubt among the American people. …

In shielding the identity of the author, whose views no one doubts are shared at least in part by the editorial team, the Times is revealing itself to be the enemy of the American people, just as the president said. Much of the present predicament has to do with the sense of invulnerability in which the media revels, and this is largely the result of so-called “professional” journalism.

Organizations such as the Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, MSNBC, and CNN have made empires out of selling lies to the American people, parasitically engorging themselves with authority and credibility as they drain the public trust and lower the level of discourse.

I’ll take a crazy idiot over a cool genius by Don Surber – “For a crazy idiot who really doesn’t run things, President Trump accomplished more than the last four presidents combined.” but the mainstream propaganda machine tries to tell us otherwise?

Congressional Sources Confirm Timeline of Bruce Ohr, Chris Steele and FBI Contacts With Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok by sundance – “Within the massive assembly of documents, emails, text messages, congressional testimony and portions of media reports a clear timeline emerged.” Details being fitted together.

The Declassification Conundrum by sundance – “there’s the congressional requests (legislative branch) for President Trump (executive branch) to declassify redacted portions of the DOJ/FBI FISA application.” it’s about fitting together more pieces of the puzzle …

“So yes, President Trump can request declassification within his executive authority; however, he needs DOJ and FBI officials within his executive branch who are willing to follow instructions. If those officials are connected -or implicated- directly or indirectly in the corruption…. well, just how would you expect to see it play out?

Perhaps, just perhaps, it would play out exactly as we have been watching it play out for the past nine months.

How badly “botched” was that 2016 study on mass shootings? By Jazz Shaw – “it served as a perfect vehicle for the media to talk about the need for stricter gun control laws. But just how far off the mark was Lankford?”

“A new, comprehensive study released by John R. Lott jr., author of The War on Guns, suggests that Lankford missed by a country mile.

One indicator that he’s on the right track is the fact that Glenn Kessler at the WaPo Fact Checker dug into the numbers and couldn’t come up with too much to complain about.

Here’s my primary issue with all of this research. How are we expected to have an adult conversation about mass shootings and the proper government response to them when we can’t even agree on what qualifies as a “mass shooting” incident. If you read Kessler’s critique, he spends much of it picking out incidents of violence in other countries and challenging Lott over whether or not they qualify. Anything which is attributed to terrorism, involves members of the military or “militia activity” is rejected by Kessler. Lankford went even further, refusing to count shootings involving gang-related activity, drive-by shootings, hostage-taking incidents, robberies and acts of genocide.

words mean things but only if you can agree on what the words mean.

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Flame of the week

With the contrast between the ‘we are the civil ones’ at the McCain and Franklin funerals to the Kavenaugh hearing riots, the stage is set. Now it’s another effort by the NYT et al to prove that the President is not what anyone can see he really is and therefore sabotage, sedition, and similar behavior is necessary to protect the country, and civilization itself, from the dimwits that voted for Trump in the last election. In their efforts, they make it clear that it isn’t the President who should of concern when it comes to irrational behavior.

The New York Times Anonymous Op-ed Pushes Electoral Sabotage By David Harsanyi – “An attempt to nullify the election isn’t something to celebrate, even if you dislike Trump.”

“The problem with the much-discussed op-ed isn’t only that it fails to offer a single example of officials actually “thwarting” the Trump agenda or saving the republic from his capriciousness. It’s that it celebrates the idea of nullifying an election.

7 points on the anonymous New York Times ‘resistance’ op-ed by Byron York – “The article, quickly denounced by the president, promised to dominate cable news for days.”

“1) It concedes Trump’s accomplishments are big. …
2) Its complaints are small. …
3) It suggests there is a government conspiracy to thwart the president. …
4) A “senior official” could be a lot of people. …
5) Anonymity is good marketing. …
6) It looks like a Woodward tie-in. …
7) We’ll know more soon enough. …

Paul Mirengoff provides another, similar, list in “Senior official in Trump administration” rips Trump in New York Times op-ed – “What the author has served up is neither a scoop nor an extraordinary occurrence.”

What if Trump wrote that NYT op-ed by Don Surber – the idea is that this sort of thing helps Trump, but, still …

“The Washington Post rejoiced. Its story on the story was headlined, “‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed.”

If true, this is sedition. Encouraging government employees to rise against a duly elected president is irresponsible and unAmerican.

I’ve been ignoring… by neo – “the Kavanaugh hearings. But others have amply covered the various forms of insanity connected with the proceedings.” – cites Powerline and Legal Insurection.

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