Archive for January, 2019

Just where is the corruption?

The big news today is the big revelation from the transcript of the testimony Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave Congress in August. Lucianne.com cites several stories on this. Criminality Of Deep State, Investigation Of Trump Confirmed — Has U.S. Become A Banana Republic? Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff. What Bruce Ohr Told the FBI. Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel. Stunning: Ohr Testimony Reveals Top DOJ Officials Briefed About Steele Before FISA. Sara Carter.

Then there’s Something Different Within The Bruce Ohr Testimony. sundance – “While reading a great article by Mollie Hemmingway at The Federalist, something stands out that might lend a cautious amount of optimism toward ongoing ‘spygate’ investigative inquiries and accountability.

“Until the release of the Ohr transcript all prior reports and leaks of witness testimony have been from the FBI side of ‘spygate’. Bruce Ohr is the first witness from the Main Justice (DOJ) side of the issue.

Within the released witness transcripts, lawyers from the FBI were interceding in the testimony and instructing witness not to answer questions; and/or blocking statements from the witness to the questioners. This pattern exists in Comey, McCabe, Baker, Page, Priestap and Strzok statements. However, there is a stark difference, a much more fulsome set of answers, obvious in the testimony from Bruce Ohr.

In the aftermath of the corrupt enterprise, and as the house of tenuous cards begins to collapse, the exoneration of Clinton is the lesser risk; and the discoveries of how far out of bounds the FBI and Intelligence Community traveled becomes the bigger risk.

Other news: Mr. Cohen is saying he was instructed to lie to Congress. A CODEL (Congressional Delegation) was instructed to used commercial transportation for a visit overseas, the State of The Union deplatforming brouhaha continues, the mud flies … 

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dehumanizing invective. is it a disease?

A License To Hate. Victor Davis Hanson – “Note the force of such dehumanizing invective that transcends political differences. Trump voters were not just mistaken in their political allegiances.”

What is it that really smells here?

“These outbursts were all voiced from highly educated elites (Caputo has a journalism degree from the University of Miami, Deutsch graduated from the Wharton School, Jeong from Harvard Law School, Strzok received a master’s degree from Georgetown, Wilson attended George Washington University). And all engaged in vicious and cowardly stereotyping of a demographic in a manner that they assumed involved no downside. Rather, the smears were delivered on the expectation of winning approbation from their peers. And they did in twitter-fueled competitions to find the crudest pejoratives.

But the hatred was not confined to the media and politicos, but rather also came from the very top of the Democratic Party.

What is again odd about these examples of open progressive racist, cultural, and class contempt for the American interior, is not just how ubiquitously politicians and journalists voiced them, but also how candidly and indeed confidently they repeated notions of smelly, toothless, ape-like, lazy “garbage people.”

Never Trumpers hardest hit. Don Surber – “As Bungling Bob Mueller’s investigation looks more futile by the hour, the Never Trump crowd has turned on him. They know he has squat.”

“They are trying to dissolve the Crazy Glue that stuck them to the Russian conspiracy as it becomes clear that there was no Russian collusion — and that the FBI had no business investigating President Donald John Trump.

The State of the Shutdown. David Catron – “Dem SOTU stunt signals their growing desperation.” get out your dictionary: “Having been lured into a political oubliette and chained to a wall, they are now being systematically immured by a man upon whom they have heaped countless insults.”

“The damage has now reached the point where Pelosi and Schumer are facing growing revolts in their own conference, particularly among freshman Democrats in the House, over their refusal to even negotiate with the President.

And it goes without saying that there are other Democrats who want an end to the shutdown — the furloughed federal workers. … He put their dilemma in the form of a question on Twitter: “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?”

The Democrats and the legacy “news” media immediately denounced Trump’s claim as false. … The political contributions of government “workers” in the 2016 presidential campaign tell the tale, as the Hill reported at the time

These hopelessly lopsided contribution percentages soundly refute any claim that a significant number of Republicans have been furloughed during the shutdown.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer might as well face it. President Trump has spent most of his life negotiating with real estate developers, unionized construction companies, and New York zoning officials. He comes from a business environment that makes the Beltway look like a chapter of Habitat for Humanity. So, to put it bluntly, they have already lost. Trump has them in a deep hole, chained to the wall, and is busy with brick and mortar cutting off their only source of political oxygen. The country is with him on this and he knows it. Border security “trumps” bureaucratic comfort. Time to make a deal, #Chancy.

related: Government Shutdown: Pampered Federal Workers Don’t Deserve Anyone’s Pity. Investor’s Business Daily. “The worst thing about the government shutdown isn’t the — minimal — harm it’s causing. It’s all the misplaced hand-wringing about federal workers, most of whom are overpaid and underworked, and all whom will get their back pay once government reopens.”

Pelosi’s stunt is just more progressive de-platforming. John Sexton – “it seems pretty clear from the left’s reaction that what’s happening here is just more de-platforming of Trump.” … “In other words, to the degree it’s possible, don’t let him speak.”

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Humpty Dumpty

A migrant caravan full of women and children led by a convicted child rapist? Monica Showalter – “In a jaw-dropping news item utterly ignored by the mainstream press here, a top Mexican migration official told La Razón, a left-leaning Mexican newspaper, criminals were coming to dominate the caravans now, with open-borders activists agreeing.

“Somewhere, somehow, this truth has got to eventually get out. The press isn’t reporting it. But the fact remains, the caravan problem is becoming a criminal enterprise and criminals, extremely violent ones, are among its leaders.

If that, and this arrest, is not a case for a wall, what is it going to take?

It’s Climate Alarmists Who Remain in Denial. Marc Sheppard – “Notice how in the ten years since liberal journalist Ellen Goodman introduced the term into the debate, “denier” has all but replaced “skeptic” and “realist” in the public lexicon.

“So then, 20th-century warming and cooling patterns do not correspond to man-made atmospheric CO2 concentrations but do correspond to natural solar, ocean, and cloud variations. And yet, the left wants to legislate a “Green New Deal” that would completely rewire the U.S. economy and add tens of trillions of dollars to the national debt in order to reduce atmospheric CO2.

Tell me: exactly who is in denial?

If Only Trump Haters Could Realize How Dangerously Our Democracy Is Being Threatened. Dov Fischer – “What has gone around will come around ever more destructively.”

“What Democrats and other Trump haters do not grasp is that everything the FBI top brass has done to President Trump is being tested now: Will our society tolerate such FBI behavior aimed at our freely elected national leader? Is it OK to run wildcat operations within the FBI aimed at destroying a President whom the FBI leadership detests? More than whether Strzok and Page had a “secret society” and “insurance policy” to prevent Trump from governing, more than whether Comey deserved to be fired by Trump for being the dishonest and untrustworthy snake he is, more than whether the Mueller Investigation has gone completely off the rails after two years of searching for collusion that did not exist, we face a serious and much more threatening Constitutional crisis for the future: Do we have systems in place to deter the FBI from doing yet even worse to a future President?

If today’s outrages against Trump are accepted by the Left, it all will be done again — only not to Trump next time.

Once broken …

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Thought police

35 Times the FBI “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Effort to Exonerate Hilary and Indict Trump. Jim Hoft – “Of course the employees of the FBI are in a funk, their fearless and corrupt leaders, as well as leaders in Obama’s corrupt DOJ, went to extravagant links to exonerate the obvious criminal actions of Hillary Clinton, and then to do all they could to prevent candidate Trump from winning an election. Then once the election was won by President Trump, they went to unheard of depths of deceit and corruption to attempt to remove him from office.

The FBI’s ‘Trump treason’ probe flunked civics. Rich Lowry – “US presidents over the decades have made many foolhardy decisions that have undermined our security; never before have they been deemed a fit subject for an FBI investigation.” … “If the Times reporting is correct, the FBI grew more suspicious of Trump’s conduct based on comments that have been widely misunderstood. Among the bill of particulars:

“As part of the executive branch, the FBI should brush up on the powers of the chief executive. The president gets to fire subordinate executive branch officials. He gets to meet with and talk to foreign leaders. He gets to make policy toward foreign nations. Especially important to the current investigation, he gets to say foolish, ill-informed and destructive things.

the Times story is a damning account of an offense against our political order, and not by Trump.

Watergate by Any Other Name. Roger Kimball – “For almost three years now, the intelligence services and police apparatus of the deep state have worked tirelessly to undermine Donald Trump.

“Asked recently by Fox News host Jeanine Pirro whether he is or has ever been working for Russia, Trump responded, “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked.” Quite right, too. For the rest of us, though, it’s more than insulting. It’s been going on so long that we are tempted to forget what this travesty really is. Familiarity has bred indifference. It is time that we woke up to the truth. What we have been witnessing is a blatant and nefarious effort to repeal the results of a lawful election and undermine the integrity of our democratic institutions. The fact that this attempted coup is being undertaken not by wild-eyed revolutionaries but well-accoutered bureaucrats high up the feeding trough of the deep state makes the assault on our freedoms more, not less, frightening.

Trump’s shutdown trap? Thomas Lifson – “In only five more days of the already-“longest government shutdown in history” (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.” Bug or feature?

“Keep in mind that saboteurs cannot be individually identified and RIFed, but they can be included in the layoffs if they meet the criteria above in terms of seniority and service, and that they must be given 60 days’ notice. But once they are gone, they are no longer free to obstruct using the “process” as their friend because they are gone.

Of course, you can expect lawsuits on every conceivable point I suspect that the definition of “furlough” would be one matter of dispute.

President Trump has proven that he is a “disruptor” who changes the framework of thinking on major issues by refusing to accept the “givens” – the assumptions of how things always have been done, and therefore always must be done.

Such a mass RIF would be the Trump version of Ronald Reagan firing the air traffic controllers when they went on an illegal strike in 1981. That was completely unexpected by his enemies, vehemently criticized, and successful.

Trump’s language, Trump’s thought. Neo – it’s about the English professor grading tweets for spelling and grammar in order to rationalize his ad hominem judgments. Neo takes on the absurdity of the professor’s efforts.

More on the Government Shutdown and Keeping Parks Open. Dispatches from District 48 – “I often criticize this President, but this is one area Trump should be applauded. I think the wall funding issue is a dumb reason to go into budget gridlock, particularly when he had 2 years of Republican Congresses to get this done, but given the fact of the shutdown he should be applauded for attempting to reduce its impact on ordinary Americans. President Obama, for all his reputation of caring and hope, was to my mind overly callous in explicitly trying to make the shutdown more painful for average people.” He still doesn’t understand what has been happening in Washington D.C. in anything other than overly simplified terms but this topic is his bread and butter.

NEVER CHANGE: Journos are fact checking Trump on the number of hamburgers he purchased for the Clemson football team. Greg P. – “They’re correcting his spelling mistake, too:

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Can you control your vehemence?

NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Comey Firing. Mollie Hemingway – “A Friday expose from the New York Times reveals that the FBI investigation of Trump for alleged treason was little more than retaliation against the president for lawfully firing an incompetent and ethically challenged FBI director.”

“Admitting there is no actual evidence for their probe into whether Trump “worked for the Russians,” FBI officials instead cited their foreign policy differences with him, his lawful firing of bungling FBI Director James Comey, and alarm that he accurately revealed to the American public that he was told he wasn’t under investigation by the FBI, when they preferred to hide that fact.

… Just last month, CNN reported that top FBI officials opened an investigation into Trump after the lawful firing of Comey because Trump “needed to be reined in,” a shocking admission of abuse of power by our nation’s top law enforcement agency.

The latest Times report does provide more detail than these earlier reports, however, and none of it makes the FBI look good. In fact, it provides evidence of a usurpation of constitutional authority to determine foreign policy that belongs not with a politically unaccountable FBI but with the citizens’ elected president.

In sum, the framing of this New York Times article is either poorly conceived or outright disingenuous at every turn.

For one of the nation’s largest newspapers to suggest that this makes the president — and not the FBI — look bad actually validates two of Trump’s biggest complaints: the media are hopelessly biased, and there really is a “deep state” out to to overturn the 2016 election.

Backtracking Lies Worsening – REMINDER: The FBI Counterintelligence Operation into Donald Trump *DID NOT* Start After Comey Firing. sundance – it does go deeper. Here is an analysis of testimony.

In border fight, Democrats want ‘technological wall’ that won’t keep anybody out. Byron York – “The point, for those illegal immigrants, is not to enter the United States without being detected. It is to enter, be caught, and begin the asylum process that will allow them to stay, one way or the other.

“San Diego faced an intolerable situation in the 1980s. The border fence was a key part of the solution. Now, a congressman from San Diego is dead set against building a physical barrier to stop illegal crossings in other parts of the country the way it did in San Diego.

Peters reflects his party’s leadership and their determination to stop the construction of any more barriers on the border. But Democrats from Pelosi down still want to appear strong on border security. Now, they are advocating sensors and drones and cameras that would watch an unfenced border — while doing nothing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.

Politicians and lies. neo – “To some extent, politics almost demands it, depending on how one defines “lie.” Is a bragging exaggeration a lie? Is an optimistic promise a lie? How exaggerated does it have to be before it becomes one, rather than mere hyperbole?

“Opinions are not lies, as long as the speaker really believes what he or she says (which is not always the case in politics or in life). Opinions can be incorrect, they can be based on faulty reasoning or faulty information, but as long as they are sincere you can’t call them lies. And yet so-called “fact checkers” do so on a daily basis.

Facts are facts, but sometimes competing information (Kellyanne Conway’s much-maligned “alternative facts”) is out there and it can be very difficult to ascertain what’s correct and what’s incorrect. So politicians constantly argue by citing one fact or another, or one statistic or another, that bolsters their own point of view. That’s only a lie if the facts are obviously wrong or made up.

I often hear that Trump lies far more than any other president. That’s not my perception, unless you count as lies a lot of things that aren’t, and/or a lot of things that are minor and inconsequential. The people who keep telling me that Trump lies so much are astounded and offended if I try to say that Obama lied as well; they just don’t see it that way. One can go to charts listing the lies of either or both to prove a point, but of course the charts almost always (maybe even always) represent partisan efforts to make one or the other look worse (for example, see this critique of one of the Times’ efforts). And I’m not interested in sheer numbers—it’s the subject matter and import of the lie that matters, not the quantity.

Which leads me to the conclusion that Obama’s lies were far worse than Trump’s.

Lying to one’s self is perhaps the worst ‘false witness’ sin. That is what happens when one twists and distorts reality to suit one’s fantasies. This top layer is often seen in the expression of judgments of others. Every day you can see this: ‘worst this’ or ‘evil that.’ When you can’t control the vehemence of your opinions of another, you cannot control anything.

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Plausible deniability?

Stupid New York Times tricks. Thomas Lifson – “By reporting awkward facts but burying them, the NYT is able to claim that its coverage is comprehensive, while sheltering readers from facts that counter its preferred narratives.”

“As most newspaper editors and writers understand, this means that only a small percentage of readers will ever see these key words, even though they are the most politically significant and currently relevant aspect of Palij’s story. It could easily have been in the lead paragraph, and almost certainly would have been prominently featured had the Obama administration made his deportation a priority. This hideous man had resisted deportation for 14 years, after all, so expelling him was not easily or quickly accomplished. It is an achievement that reflects well on President Trump.

To say that the majority of Times readers “harbor” anti-Trump sentiments is to understate the situation. The paper remains a practitioner of the same trick as it used to obscure the great historical crime that was as uncomfortable to its readers then as praiseworthy actions of President Trump are today. The fact that the Holocaust is central to both evasions brings the story full circle.

Peace is breaking out. Media won’t cover it. Don Surber – “Behind the talk of tariffs and trade deficits, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula loomed. A war that began 68 years ago nears its end.

“Which is why the Fake News Media hides this good news. Democracy dies in darkness, and the American press is become darker than the ocean’s floor.

Border Wall Construction Continues. sundance – “With massive amounts of misinformation surrounding the southern border and the need for a border security wall, the following video has been produced. Pushing back against intentional media disinformation is something critical to supporting President Trump.”

There Is a Pony in the Mueller Heap of Dung. Clarice Feldman – “It is increasingly obvious that there is a pony in the heap of Mueller Trump-Russia dung, and the pony is a corrupt FBI and CIA covering up their unlawful conduct.”

“The New York Times, which has been desperately digging through the dung for years, finally found the pony: “No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials.” Then they buried it as deep in the pile as they could in a story sourced to unnamed former law enforcement officials and “others familiar with the investigation.”

The story revealed that, as President Trump tweeted, “the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze.”

The Pony is not Russia – There Is No There There. The Pony is the hiding of deep-seated corruption in the intelligence community, FBI, and Department of Justice.

Trump Has the Democrats Cornered. Jim Daws – “No sooner had the Democrats taken back the majority in the House of Representatives than they proved their harshest critics correct – the party no longer concerns itself with the interests of the American people.

“While all this plays out, the Democrats will be all over the opposition media, declaring Trump a tyrant for having the audacity to secure the nation’s borders. It will be Trump Derangement Syndrome on parade as one wild-eyed leftist after another vehemently argues against what Americans can plainly see is common sense.

Trump’s greatest value is as a disruptor, and all this disruption is just too delicious, as it forces the Dems to play their losing hand.

This would also be a good time for the administration to get its communications act together and correct several fallacies the opposition media have ingrained into the public’s consciousness

Can the propaganda machine implement the adage that telling a big lie often enough can make it seem the truth? Do they have sufficient plausible deniability to maintain the narrative? For how long? How much damage will be done? 

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crying wolf – the world is doomed! we tell you again and again and again

How many times have the media predicted doom because of Trump, and how many times have they been dead wrong? Jack Hellner – “The purpose of the report was not to be objective news because anyone with a brain knows the shutdown will end soon. The purpose was to scare the public, damp down economic growth and destroy Trump.

“Why does the media continue to use the clearly partisan economist Mark Zandi who has been 100% wrong on so much as an expert and call him independent? The answer is because he provides them with garbage to attack Trump and Republican policies which is also their goal.

How many times has the media yelled doomsday since 2016?

The greatest threat to our prosperity, our freedom and our Republic are journalists who continually repeat Democrat talking points as if that were news and seeking to make the economy collapse by continuously predicting doom for the sole purpose of destroying Trump and electing Democrats. These journalists certainly aren’t interested in lifting up the economy as a whole, and that is a shame.

see also Trump Deserves Credit for China’s Changing Stance on Trade By Tony Shaffer. The mainstream economists only see tariffs as a tax. Trump sees them as a weapon. The economists don’t get it and won’t learn.

The Dems Who Cried ‘Wolf!’ Dov Fischer – “Three years of lies and smears are doing the anti-Trumpian hysterics and haters no good.

“If you keep wasting the time of grown-ups by falsifying alarms, one of these days when you have a real alarm to sound, the grown-ups will disregard you. That day has come for Democrats. After two years of sounding the alarum that the President is a Fascist, a Dictator, a Tyrant, a Nazi, Dementia-Ridden, a TraitorF – – –him, the President is a  M – th – – – u – c – e – (go ahead and buy the letters from Vanna, from De Niro, or from that newly elected trash mouth out of Detroit) the Left has lost its ability to stir emotion outside its own echo chamber. Have a bad name to call Trump? Ho-hum.

So that manifest lie about Trump became my Rosetta Stone for the Trump presidency even before he was elected in November 2016. It alerted me early that, for whatever the reason, the Democrats, the academia Left, Hollywood and Broadway, the Corrupt Left Media, and all the others of that cruel and viciously deceitful cabal had settled on a strategy that they would lie baldly and badly about Trump, fabricate the wildest falsehoods and accusations, call him the worst names, use every excuse to compare him to Hitler — even as it would be they who would leverage the Nazi technique of the Big Lie.

For two years the Left has been accusing the President of the craziest things imaginable.

Even as the Left counts Trump’s “Pinocchios,” while ignoring Pelosi’s and Schumer’s obvious lies in opposing a wall now that they all avidly supported as perfectly moral and necessary before Trump became President, it is they who have been lying about him 24/7 from the time he launched his Presidential bid.

Every day the Pelosi-Schumer insult factory will continue heaping invective his way, amplified by the Don Lemons, Chris Cuomos, Anderson Coopers, George Stephanopouli, Chuck Todds, Todd Chucks, and all the other such fungible characters of TV Land. However, those whom they most seek to influence — fair-minded people in the center — long ago have learned to tune them out. They have cried “Wolf!” too often, and they are poised to be out-foxed.

H.R. 1: Democrats Act to Strip State Powers Over Elections. J. Christian Adams – “If you thought the midterm elections had problems, wait until you learn about Nancy Pelosi’s plan.

“Democrats in Congress have announced their top legislative priority, and it isn’t health care, immigration, or taxes. Instead, they want to centralize power over elections in Washington, D.C. H.R. 1 is number one on the legislative agenda because it is the number one priority of House Democrats, leftist groups, deep-pocketed dark money, and those who use election process rules to help win elections — or at least to cause chaos.

The bill is a 571-page dreamscape of wild wishes and federal mandates on states. The Constitution decentralizes power over American elections and puts states in charge. H.R. 1 would undo that.

More Mueller madness. Scott Johnson – “In a rational world, this story would be understood as an exploding cigar. It reveals a scandal, but the scandal is located inside the FBI. What we have here is a graphic illustration of the forces against which President Trump has contended for the past two years (including the Times). They mean to remove him from office.

“The Times story exposes more than one scandal. It exposes the overlapping scandals of which Trump is the victim, not the perpetrator. They are the biggest scandals in American political history.

One does not need to be a clinician to get a handle on the madness that permeates the Times story. There is an utter lack of self-awareness. The actors here — the Times and their sources — share the understanding that the story reflects poorly on Trump. As Paul puts it, however: “If it’s true that the FBI undertook the investigation described by the Times, this tells us plenty about the FBI. It tells us nothing about Trump.”

CNN’s Anna Navarro Files Her Nails During Discussion About Innocent Americans Murdered by Illegal Aliens. Kemberlee Kaye – “Mind you, Navarro is what passes for a Republican and conservative at CNN and on The View.” A new poster girl …

“The clip perfectly encapsulates the current border wall debate. There are those who take seriously the murder of innocents on American soil at the hands of those who had no right or permission to be here. And then there are those who find this tragic news yawn and mockworthy.

The contempt is being used as a weapon, a point of argument. Is Fischer right and people will recognize the children crying wolf?

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hyperbole, undoing, reality, going to pot

Shutdown reaches the people-will-die stage. Don Surber – “People Will Die is the last-resort of the Democrat Party arguments.” … “The predictions are worthy of a global warmist.”

The great undoing continues. Scott Johnson – “Yesterday Pompeo gave a speech at the American University in Cairo. The speech was a sort of counterpart to Obama’s June 2009 speech in Cairo. Obama’s speech was a nauseating exercise in fake history, destructive diplomacy and strategic self-destruction. By contrast, Secretary Pompeo represents the voice of sanity. In substance he repudiated Obama’s speech and related strategic vision. Pompeo could not have been more blunt.

The Great Issue of Our Time. John Hinderaker – “is whether, as a people, we are too dumb to sustain a democracy. This question arises often; for me, most recently, upon seeing this Daily Mail headline: “Twitter user stuns the internet with math that proves one 18-inch pizza has more in it than TWO 12-inch helpings.”

Marijuana, mental illness, and crime. Paul Mirengoff – “According to Mother Jones’ Stephanie Mencimer, Berensen’s book “takes a sledgehammer to the promised benefits of marijuana legalization, and cannabis enthusiasts are not going to like it one bit.” Her discussion fully justifies this statement.”

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Why no skepticism critical inspection? Intellectual integrity too much of a burden?

Is traditional masculinity pathological? Luboš Motl – “when the umbrella organization standing above all U.S. psychologists explicitly says that “masculinity is pathological”, we’re supposed to think that everything is fine. Sorry, it’s not fine.”

to claim that life on Earth is pathological in general is insane – and irrational.

Why? Because the adjective “pathological” is ultimately a value judgement that must be made by somebody who is man-like.

The APA guidelines are a reflection of the cancer of the extreme left-wing politicized science that has already conquered many disciplines. The first ones included the humanities and some social sciences but psychology is relatively close to natural sciences which is why this particular trend is so disturbing.

Media’s Angry Response To President Trump’s Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short. Mollie Hemingway – “The Democrats’ theme for the evening was ‘facts, not fear.’ Many major media also adopted the same theme.”

“The coordinated talking point began hours if not days before the speech even aired, with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota saying yesterday morning, “Fact-checkers are eating their Wheaties and getting extra rest since they will be working overtime tonight to separate fact from fiction on this border situation.”

But when it came time to back up this talking point about factual inaccuracies, the media whiffed. Most of the alleged “fact” “checks” were instead critiques of opinions. Many critiqued things not included in Trump’s speech. And sometimes the “fact” “checks” dinged Trump for saying completely true things.

Checking facts is extremely important. It’s a vital function of journalism and one that was sorely missing for a good eight years of the Obama presidency. It’s not that journalists have over-corrected — a genuine return to fact-based reporting wouldn’t just be welcome but preferable. The problem is that they’re extremely confused about the difference between value assessments and facts. They also struggle with basic logic and reading comprehension.

And people trust media oblivious to the dripping hate and anger?

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Lies within deceit. Or vice versa?

CBS caught Trump in a lie. Hilarity ensues. Don Surber – “CBS decided to help Democrats by fact-checking in real time President Trump’s address on the need for a wall.” There was much in the media about fact checking the President because ‘everyone just knew’ everything he says is full of lies. Consider this example.

“CLAIM: The president claimed one in three women have been sexually assaulted traveling to the border.

“FACT CHECK: Between 60 percent and 80 percent of female migrants traveling through Mexico are raped along the way, Amnesty International estimates.”

Thanks for making the president’s point.

What, Precisely, Do Democrats Want to Impeach Trump For? Byron York – “In an early 2018 procedural vote, 66 Democrats voted in favor of moving an impeachment measure forward.” There is a tendency to try to equate Trump with Clinton in this area. York doesn’t go there but does illustrate why the differences are important.

“Judging by the articles currently on the table, Democrats will have to raise their impeachment game if they choose to go forward with an attempt to remove the president.

There’s little doubt the new Democratic majority leans farther left than last year’s Democratic minority. Were they put to a vote today, Green’s resolution, or Sherman’s, or Cohen’s, might receive more than the 66 votes a year ago.

On the other hand, even put together, the Green, Sherman and Cohen articles are pretty thin gruel.

EDITORIAL: The nasty rhetoric of political debate is getting out of control. Washington Times – “Dirty words, sticks and stones.” Just how deep do you have to dig to find a Republican example to ‘prove’ both sides are equally guilty? – “By assuming bad faith on the part of their opponents, and showering them with verbal abuse, fierce partisans foreclose rational debate. That’s why the Democrats call themselves the “resistance,” not the loyal opposition.

The Proposed Emergency Decree to Build The Wall is An Awful Precedent. Dispatches from District 48 – oh so typical … giving advice about anticipations and ignorant of history. There is no ‘precedent’ about doing things that have been done before. “Proposed” means an idea put up for debate and not a thing done. The Coyote is showing his bigotry about Republicans and President Trump. Again. So Sad, especially when he isn’t having to file lawsuits to maintain his occupation.

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detached and denial and projection

Shoving Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals Right Back in the Left’s Ugly Face. Kurt Schlichter – “The Left hadn’t taken a good, solid gut punch since Ronald Reagan turned the Oval Office keys over to the wimpcons who found fighting Democrats uncouth because conflict made for awkward luncheons down at the club.”

“For Donald Trump and the revitalized conservative movement, Alinsky’s book isn’t some dusty old commie tome – it’s a lifestyle.

Alinsky’s Rules are relatively simple, and they make sense when you are fighting a conventional opponent with an interest in maintaining the status quo. … They aren’t so effective against conservative brawlers who like to punch, and who aren’t too fussy about whether it’s with tweets or with fists.

The Rules are not some magic incantation; they are simply some tactical principles that work in certain kinds of fights against certain kinds of opponents – particularly ones willing to unilaterally disarm in the face of an unprincipled enemy.

How Trump Confounds the Fact Checkers. Ira Stoll – “Donald Trump just may be our most honest president since Abraham Lincoln.

“Sure, the Washington Post’s valiant if pedantic fact-checkers claim that “In 710 days, President Trump has made 7,645 false or misleading claims.”

Even before Mr. Trump took office, his trustworthiness about personal matters ranging from his marital fidelity to his wealth was widely doubted.

Another dimension of integrity, though, doesn’t involve precision about details or about anything personal. It has to do with the president’s commitment to following through on his campaign pledges. In that department, Mr. Trump has been astonishingly, almost unprecedentedly faithful.

Why even bother listening to political rhetoric if what the candidates say bears no resemblance to what they eventually do? If Mr. Trump, in at least this particular way, is not corrupt, it’s a kind of honesty that’s important — maybe even more important than some of the misstatements for which he has been faulted. Call him the promise-keeper president.

An Epidemic of Erasures, Redactions, Omissions, and Perjuries. Victor Davis Hanson – “since 2016 we have seen how many high government officials involved in any number of such investigations, were not so much citizens as hyper-citizens above the law, who felt they were not subject to audit. And they were largely right in their assumptions.

The Most Successful Coverup. Jed Babbin – “Democrats get away with a much worse crime than Watergate.

“Since Watergate, the Washington wisdom has always held that it’s not the crime, it’s the coverup that sinks a politician. But that’s only the case when the coverup fails.

But what if the coverup succeeds?

It’s horribly simple. The crimes are never uncovered and the perpetrators are never brought to justice no matter how serious their crimes may be. That is precisely what has happened because of the FBI and Justice Department’s coverup of their abuses of power and illegal actions during the 2016 election.

The stain on our system of justice and the 2016 election created by the abuses of power and probable crimes committed by FBI and DoJ officials during and after the 2016 presidential campaign will not be erased. Their coverup has succeeded.

Democrats keep proving how detached they are from reality. Michael Goodwin – “For proof, eliminate their desire to remove Trump from office and see if you can pinpoint anything else with broad Dem support.

“It unites the leadership with the rank and file, including many of the socialist-leaning newcomers. Its migration from the far-out fringe to a daily talking point among party faithful and their national media lapdogs represents a breathtaking development.

The implications are staggering — and a potential disaster for America.

Never in modern times has there been such a disconnect between the opposition party and the realities of national life. The very talk of removing Trump, without evidence of an impeachable offense, is a stick in the eye to history and most Americans.

The relentless fixation on impeachment is a destructive decision that sacrifices national progress and security on the altar of partisan madness.

Warning: TDS screed about a TDS screed … Jonah Goldberg on Trump’s Character. Patterico – “There is much else to admire in Goldberg’s column. For example, he dissects several techniques used by Trump superfans, like whataboutism, box-checking (“to be sure, nobody thinks Donald Trump is a saint…”), the pretense to ignorance (“gee, I can’t remember his attacks on free speech!”), and the like.

What is worthy of note is the bigotry. For instance, consider “whataboutism.” This is using ridicule and denial to dismiss efforts to establish a reference. Then there’s the ‘superfans’ which is a dismissal and ridicule of anyone who might have a middle position. Just who is it that is engaging in the “various dishonest techniques described in this column”? Who is illustrating logical fallacies? This is much like the new speaker refusing to listen to a cabinet secretary because she ‘disagrees’ with the facts presented. As for Trump’s character, the allegations get more and more strident the more you have such start contrasts as provided in these screeds. Look at these screeds critically and see how much is a matter of questionable opinion and how much is true witness to reality. 

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Trumper tantrums or solipsist tantrums?

Colleges Are Breeding Grounds for Civil War. Ray DiLorenzo – “We have become a nation of angry people. Too many of us carry a chip on our shoulder and find racism everywhere, sexism everywhere, misogyny rampant, homophobia out of control.

“Solzhenitsyn said it well, but I will have to paraphrase. In the gulag, he would talk to others about communism or their country. What he heard astounded him. The people he spoke with, of course, had been through their indoctrination, and like a doll being unwound, spilled out all the benefits of socialism and communism like it was a recording, with an almost drone-like quality. Ask a college student today about capitalism, Christianity, America’s history.

They have been thoroughly indoctrinated in the ways of socialist dogma. The last several generations of these zombies are now pushing their way to the forefront to see their ethics become universal. They are mean, angry and determined. Their rhetoric has become so vile, the next step can only be mass violence. The Democrat leadership can hide it no longer. They have been overrun by these zombie-like clones bent on crushing this country and are being fed and nurtured by the current leadership that dares not go against their will, lest they lose their power.

We, for too long, trusted the education system and our political institutions and while we were not looking they turned our children into enemies of the state.

Era of the Trumper Tantrum. William L. Gensert – “Their ire is directed at America, not at the criminally negligent parents, because it’s our country’s responsibility to honor and obey whatever a tantrum thrower insists is his right.

“#MeToo has become #Meallofyou, when a short girl thinks she has been sexually assaulted because a tall guy asked her out on a date. The gall of the girl that she even made a complaint illuminates perfectly with coruscating brilliance of the theory that throwing a solipsist tantrum is now everyone’s personal right.

Trump won an election that Hillary thought was owed to her and the debauched Democrats believed was their right to win. We’ve now watched two years of Trumper Tantrum throwing and rule bending and the selective enforcement of justice, coincidentally against only those upon which they Tantrump against.

We now live in a society where an individual, preferably someone who can claim some intersectional disadvantage, can complain about the most ridiculous of things and get what “they/them” want. It’s all about the anger and the best anger of all, which gets the best response is the Trumper Tantrum. If you can throw a Tantrump, not only will you get what you want, but you just might get to be famous as well because the media is just as angry at him as you are.

Following Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer and Durbin Refusal to Attend DHS Briefing, President Trump Provides Border Security Briefing to Congress. sundance – “President Trump sent a letter to congress along with the full Border Security Briefing outline (full pdf below).” Want to know why we can’t just all get along?

At Ace of Spades: “Dear Enemy-of-the-People Media, Which Conservatives, Exactly, “Shamed” Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Over Her Dance Video? Can You Name Them? Or Will You Just Continue to Assert There Were Such Conservatives Without Providing Actual Evidence of Them? … Trust us, they lied.” Details given should make one wonder about the Leftists grip on reality. – “Elizabeth Warren’s “Fact Check” Page Claims That Mockery of Her Claims of Indian Heritage are Akin to “Birtherism” … Paleface speak with forked tongue.

Instapundit cites the Washington Times: “WE WILL NOT COMPLY:” ‘Gun-toting hippies’ greet Boulder ‘assault weapons’ ban with mass noncompliance. It descrribes a first level civil reaction to an uncivil authority.

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Playing with fire

Dems unprepared for a partial government shutdown that lasts for months and months. Thomas Lifson – “The passage of a House budget bill with not even one dollar, as Speaker Pelosi averred, is supposed to increase pressure on President Trump in their view. They seem to believe that the public so loves visiting national parks in the middle of the winter – one of the few aspects of the 25% of the federal government that affects ordinary voters – that Republicans will crack under public pressure.

“a prime segment of the Democrats’ coalition is in a financial hole that gets deeper and deeper with each passing day – all because Nancy Pelosi says a border wall is “immoral,” a nonsense proposition that only sycophants can mouth without inner doubts. The position that not even a dollar should be spent on a border wall is not viable, which means that a compromise on calling it a “slatted fence” or “border protection” or some other euphemism is going to get more attractive to the federal employees and to the political bosses.

Trump Trolls The Democrats. John Hinderaker – “Early in his term, I was concerned about whether President Trump could stand up under the pressure. No one in our history, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, had been subjected to such vicious abuse. I wondered whether any human being could tolerate it for four years.”

“I don’t worry about that any longer. The irrepressible Donald Trump keeps on giving the Democrats at least as good as he gets, and seems to enjoy doing it.

Like many, I thought Donald Trump was a joke when he announced his presidential campaign. Through most of the primaries, I was surprised that his campaign didn’t collapse. I voted for him enthusiastically, given the alternative, but had only moderate hopes for his administration. As it has turned out, Trump is fighting for the good, in a way we have rarely seen modern Republicans fight, 90% of the time, while the Democrats are fighting for evil in about the same proportion. So call me a convert.

HUGE NEWS! Rally Saturday: SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP, BORDER SECURITY AND THE WALL — Clayton, Missouri at 1 PM CT. Jim Hoft – “Local Missouri patriots are holding a rally on Saturday

China: We’ll Use Force To “Absorb” Taiwan If Necessary. Jazz Shaw – “2019 is shaping up to be the year of Chinese aggression and challenges to the west.” … “Far more troubling is the increasing level of military saber-rattling going on.” It’s sounding like the prelude to WW II. Before Churchill and Poland.

Mitt Romney’s op-ed crystallizes all the reasons the old GOP establishment has been pushed aside. Henry Olsen – “Mitt Romney’s op-ed Wednesday in The Post is being widely praised by the usual suspects in Never-Trump Land. This should be your first clue as to how wildly out of touch the senator-elect is with Republican voters.

“What are some others? Let’s start with the article’s premise that President Trump’s character is more important than his accomplishments or principles. Most Republicans simply don’t accept this argument.

Romney would like you to believe you can have your cake and eat it, too — that you can be against Trump’s character but for his policies. But that doesn’t work in the real world. Railing about character hurts the president, and Republicans know that.

Romney’s obliviousness comes through in other parts of his piece, too.

Romney ends by deploring division in our country. He’s right to do so, but Republicans and TIGRs (Trump Is Great Republicans) would differ with him regarding who’s causing the division.

Stuck in the Middle with Mitt. Michael Walsh – “If there’s one thing about Donald Trump all right-thinking folks can wholeheartedly celebrate, it’s the way he’s made the masks slip on so many alleged conservatives.

“Mitt pivoted, ran for the U.S. Senate, won, and now stands ready to inherit the mantle of Bob Corker and Jeff Flake as the only living Republicans the media will quote with approval. That both of their political careers ended thanks to their opposition to Trump doesn’t seem to have occurred to him.

The bien-pensant boilerplate [definitions.net] is strong in this one, as is the hypocrisy of a guy whose vulture capitalist firm strip-mined corporations, sold them off for parts, fired their workers, and told us it was for the good of the shareholders while Romney and his colleagues grew rich.

Et Tu, Mitt? John Sobieski – “Today the roles of Bob Corker and Jeff Flake will be played by the freshman Senator from Utah, Willard Mitt Romney. Romney is previously known for playing the role of Brutus in the play Julius Caesar

“If the America people ever wonder why their deepest concerns and wishes are never translated into legislative action, why the phrase “we the people” has become a hood ornament on a decaying and ignored Constitution, and why, consider the words of freshman Utah. Sen. Willard Mitt Romney. Just what the blazes does “rising to the mantle of the office mean”?

The American people want more than someone who looks good in a suit. They want a President who gets things done, who enacts their agenda.

House Dem agenda item? “Gonna impeach the m*****f****r”; Tlaib: I’m speaking truth to power, y’all. Ed Morrissey – “Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who became a media darling by being the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress this election cycle, celebrated her installation in the House with supporters last night.” For those who think the President is rude, crude, etc, is this your standard of reference?

“Needless to say, the following is NSFW, so adjust your speakers accordingly:

It’s quite a group of newbies they have coming into office, eh? Nothing says “take me serious as a legislator” like dropping an MFer on a crowd. Between Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we’ll get plenty of entertainment, if not plenty of class from this freshman class.

As NBC also points out, this isn’t Tlaib’s first time for demanding immediate impeachment. She co-authored a Detroit Free Press essay published yesterday morning calling for the immediate start of impeachment proceedings. Tlaib and John Bonifaz insisted that Trump had already been proven to have committed crimes and that waiting for Robert Mueller to finish his probe was unnecessary:

The only thing missing from this kitchen-sink argument is a couple of good MFers. Now that Tlaib is tossing those around in public, her argument sounds so much more credible, no?

Tlaib’s audience didn’t respond with an “aaahhhhhhmmmm” to her profane declaration — they reacted with delight. Just how will Nancy Pelosi ride herd on that impulse? And just how will the Democratic voting base react when she does?

If Robert Mueller produces evidence of impeachable acts, Pelosi won’t have to worry about it. If the report turns out to be a nothingburger on Russian collusion — as it appears more likely at the moment — Pelosi’s got a real problem.

Schumer: Trump told me he’d look “foolish” for taking our offer on shutdown. Ed Morrissey – “However, Trump’s hardly the only player unwilling to take an ego hit.” Here’s where Ed misses the mark along with many others that think it’s only a game with both sides having equality. He does pick up on the opportunity despite having trashed it:

“Here’s the new Speaker of the House explaining to Savannah Guthrie that she won’t move an inch either, on the principle that she won’t spend billions to questionable effect: …

One look at the federal budget makes that line laughable regardless of the party affiliation of the legislator who utters it. Equally laughable is Pelosi’s response to Guthrie’s reasonable question — if you’re not willing to compromise on this point, doesn’t that make you responsible for the shutdown as well?

Yes, issues do matter and Pelosi has noted this by citing morality. We are again looking at the morality of self defense muddled by allegations of “ego hit” and gamesmanship,

Pelosi: The Constitution considers me equal to the president. Paul Mirengoff – “It’s difficult to say which is more staggering, the ignorance or the arrogance of that boast.

“The legislative branch is co-equal with the executive branch. But the president heads the executive branch. The House Speaker does not head the legislative branch.

Yes, The Federal Campgrounds We Operate Are Open During the Government Shutdown. Dispatches from District 48 – “public parks are often a significant pawn in budget battles, so much so the term “closing the Washington Monument” has become shorthand for using popular public facilities as a leverage point in spending fights” … at least, that was the case in 2013. The current administration has a different view and a different issue but the Coyote doesn’t see very well in that direction.

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holier than thou?

Mitt Romney backtracks after Trump-hating op-ed attack bombs. Monica Showalter – “Gad, his act is old.” The Romney reaction was not sympatico. — About time incivility received such a response. Showalter summarizes just how wrong Romney’s comments were and even the summary is too long to quote. People are ‘getting it’, people like Graham, Paul as well as the hoi polloi. Maybe.

 

“It shows that his potshot against Trump bombed, particularly with Republicans, who were all out there and ready to be his friend, but can now see that he’s got other priorities, such as filling the towering boots of … Jeff Flake.

Here is what Rand Paul told Fox News, as transcripted by RealClearPolitics: “I don’t know how it really helps anybody’s cause for people to stand up there like they’re holier than thou,” Paul told FOX News’ Neil Cavuto. “And it’s like, look at me, how virtuous I am. And I`m going to bring down the presidency by criticizing his character in front of the whole nation.” “It does nobody any good,” he added. “And, in the end, I think it’s going to look petty, and I think there’s going to be a backlash to this.”

the backtrack is obviously Romney’s style, proof that he never would have made a good president. With this latest failed attack, we now we know why he didn’t win. He doesn’t ‘get’ winning.

 

Trump Presidency is the ‘Bain’ of Romney’s Existence. Julie Kelly – “Just as the Republican Party is purging itself of hackneyed lawmakers, bitter neoconservative commentators, and insatiable interventionists, along comes Mitt Romney to remind us of what we definitely are not missing.”

 

“In a late New Year’s Day sermon published in the Washington Post, the incoming senator expressed his disappointment in the president and, by extension, in all of us. It was filled with the sort of juvenile platitudes that at one time mollified Republican voters, but now either amuse or enrage them.

The reaction on the Right to Romney’s missive was fast and furious.

 

Reflections on Romney. Paul Mirengoff – “The people of Utah didn’t elect Romney to provide punditry. It shocks me that Romney would even think this role might be on the table.”

 

“It should go without saying that a Senator will support policies he agrees with and oppose ones he doesn’t like. It should also go without saying that a Senator will not “comment on every tweet or fault” of a president, and certainly not a president of the same political party. …

 

Romney’s pledge to speak out against “significant statements or actions that are divisive” is pathetic. Any statement or action of a conservative-leaning Republican president is going to be “divisive.”

Romney’s pledge to speak out against any racist statements or actions of Trump sounds commendable. But he seems to assume that Trump is inclined to make such statements and take such actions.

Romney, of all people, should be particularly loath to buy into the liberal media’s nauseating practice of stretching to find racism and sexism where there’s no sound reason for inferring either.

 

Harry Reid Tries To Describe President Trump And Ends Up Describing Himself. streiff – “In a lengthy interview in the New York Times, Reid held forth on all manner of things as though his opinion actually mattered.” Streiff has the Left’s view about Trump (many allegations and assertions at significant odds with reality) but is seeing the mirror as well.

 

“There is really nothing Reid said about Trump that can’t be laid at his own doorstep. I don’t think there was a single person in DC, of any political party, who thought you could rely on Reid’s word or honor. I’m not sure there are very many…including Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and, famously, Claire McCaskill…who thought he was ever a competent caucus leader.

 

Where I really think he gets Trump wrong, however, is in saying he’s “oblivious to the real world.” I don’t see the man that way. I think he’s very aware of the world but is dismissive of processes and traditions that constrain his ability to act. …

 

Truth be told, a lot of Reid’s criticism of Trump as president comes directly from Trump not hesitating to play hardball rather than be the Republican piñatas he was used to dealing with.

 

And in this corner, there’s Romney. neo – “ Romney’s op-ed is about what he calls “character” but is more about what I’d call “tone”. Referencing Dr. Seuss and Hemingway in the same breath?

 

“And right on cue, the WaPo itself demonstrates this, albeit in a somewhat subtle way. On the very day of Romney’s op-ed—which must have had them chortling with glee—they have also published this piece by their very own correspondent Philip Bump entitled “Timeline: Romney’s criticisms of Trump have always been moderated by his own ambitions.” It’s long and detailed, and must have taken some time to research; probably Bump was given the assignment as soon as Romney’s op-ed was received and the decision made to print it.

 

Bump’s piece attempts to show Romney as a craven opportunist whose stated opinion of Trump waxes and wanes depending on whether he needs him or not. In this, of course, Romney shows himself to be what he is: a politician. And the WaPo shows how it repays Republican gentlemen such as Romney.

 

How Democrats Teach Immigrants to Be Criminals. Roger L Simon – “In turning a blind eye or taking a blasé attitude to illegal immigration, Democrats are actually encouraging or even teaching these immigrants to be criminals, that crime pays.”

 

“Don’t believe me. Believe Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. After all, it was Blumenthal who was scholarly enough to remind us at the Kavanaugh hearings of the importance of that apothegm of Roman law “falsus in uno falsus in omnibus” (false in one thing, false in everything).

 

It’s no great stretch to say that by allowing people to enter our country “undocumented” (i. e. break the law), Democrats are simply telling them the laws of our country don’t really count.

the Democratic Party’s immigration non-policy is essentially a school for crime. But we here in the great beyond are being led to believe the putative #governmentshutdown is the real problem. As if. (Actually, I kind of like it.)

 

Lawsuit Claims SPLC Abetted Theft, Spread Lies to Destroy Lawyer for ‘Thought Crime’. Tyler O’neil – “the liberal group allegedly violated laws and legal codes of conduct by receiving and then paying for stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements. The group went after Allen with the intent of getting him fired by the city of Baltimore and permanently destroying his future prospects.”

 

“Allen’s suit claims that the SPLC should have its 501c3 tax-exempt status revoked, that it owes him restitution for racketeering, and that it should pay $6.5 million in damages. …

 

Perhaps most importantly, the suit attacks the liberal group for undermining America’s tradition of free expression. …

 

“This East Europe Communist thought-crime surveillance mentality is antithetical to fundamental American cultural and Constitutional principles protecting freedom of expression and association,” Allen wrote in the suit, which can be found on his website. His lawsuit uses concrete claims of lawbreaking and defamation to expose the SPLC’s Orwellian strategy of branding its opponents “hate groups” and orchestrating campaigns against them.

The SPLC should also lose its tax-exempt status for mail and wire fraud, false statements on its tax forms, and campaigns of destruction and defamation against its perceived enemies, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit includes no fewer than nine counts against the defendants, so even if one or more fail, it would be very difficult for the SPLC to convince the court to dismiss the case.

This lawsuit is serious, and the SPLC cannot just brush it off as the ravings of some racist bigot with a grudge. Allen was a top arbitrator at one of the largest law firms in the world. His claims are strong and comprehensive.

 

Texas Judge Doubles Down on Obamacare Ruling. David Catron – “And the law’s apologists are more worried than they admit.”

 

“Most “news” reports focused exclusively on the stay, which comprises one page of the document, while ignoring twenty-nine pages that Judge O’Connor devotes to a detailed elucidation of his previous ruling.

That 29 of the order’s 30 pages were ignored by the legacy media is significant. They have also studiously avoided substantive discussion of the judge’s December 14 decision, choosing instead to denounce him as a (gasp) conservative who (even worse) frequently ruled against the Obama administration.

 

What we have learned so far (5). Scott Johnson – “In this series we have sought to recall what we have learned so far in the matter of the greatest scandal in our history

 

“The [Steele] dossier operation has not only damaged institutions like the FBI and DOJ, it has also poisoned the public sphere, perhaps irremediably. As a result, it is now accepted journalistic practice to print, and reprint, any garish fantasy so long as it’s layered with Russian intrigue and Trump team treason. Even as the rest of the country sees an institution that has made itself a laughingstock, the press continues to salute itself for its bravery—or the courage and industry required to take leaks from law enforcement and intelligence officials and Democratic operatives in an effort to topple a president it doesn’t like, elected by neighbors it holds in contempt.

 

contempt. moral preening. virtue signalling. modern politics.

 

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With friends like this

McCain then Romney: two failed candidates for President who show why. The political ‘hate Trump’ funeral of the former was a capstone on a history of personal vindictiveness. For the latter’s disqualification, see Joel B. Polak – Timeline: Mitt Romney’s History of Backstabbing Donald Trump. “Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) attacked President Donald Trump’s “character” in an op-ed Tuesday evening in the Washington Post.”

sundance – Strap In – Romney Didn’t Wake Up This Morning and Haphazardly Write an Op-Ed to Attack The President of His Own Political Party. “Don’t get so caught up in a furor over Senator-elect Mitt Romney writing a political hit piece against the President of the United States that we forget to look at the big picture.”

“He specifically went out of his way to level his best attack, a verbal and thought-out assassination, based on character, against the sitting President of the United States.

And he didn’t just think about this earlier this morning. This was pre-planned.

Forgive me for mixing my metaphors here; but as each of the shiv-bearers appears, that’s when Trump is forced to deliver the whac-a-mole hammer. It’s like having an administration filled with establishment terror cells. Each cell acts independently, but each cell also acts based on a common objective: retain the UniParty.

Failing to accept the severity of this shift in the past decade is intellectually dishonest. As Nancy Pelosi said of the Occupy Wall Street violent anarchists: “God bless these people.” Indeed the OWS precursor to ANTIFA were laying the groundwork for the new severity of power in Democrat leadership. Nothing is out-of-bounds; no level of corrupt behavior will be avoided; everything will happen openly and without any backlash from a compliant media apparatus; the social fabric will be shredded.

Or consider Don Surber – Romney arrives in DC. Attacks President Trump. “After allowing Barack Obama to walk all over him in 2012, Mitt Romney finally made it to Washington, and immediately attacked President Trump.”

“In a column in the Washington Post Romney could not argue facts — “it is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided” — so he took the low road.

If half the country — including Romney — refuse to accept the legitimacy of the 2016 election results, how is President Trump responsible? These are temper tantrums by children in their 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Trump Makes A Fool Of The New York Times Yet Again. DCWhispers – “Guess what? Those very same news organizations were saying the exact same thing as the president before the fires. Ah, but once POTUS Trump says it they attack-attack-attack. Fake news at its very worst.”

Trump Responds to Mitt Romney Critique: ‘Be a Team Player and Win’. Charlie Spiering – “President Donald Trump responded to criticism from Senator-elect Mitt Romney on Wednesday, suggesting that now is the time for Republicans to work together on the nation’s issues as a “team” instead of fighting over style differences.” This is called the “high road” as a stark contrast to Romney’s low road. The President’s response refutes the attack by example so the complaint devolves down to ‘how dare the President refute our character assassination efforts?’

Washington Post Fact-Checks Trump: Obama Built a ‘Fence’ on Top of a Wall, Not a ‘Wall,’ at His New Home. Joel B. Pollak – an illustration of just how far they will go to attack and impugn …

“The Post, which claims that President Trump has made nearly 8,000 “false or misleading” claims since taking office, objected Monday: “Trump claims there’s a 10-foot wall around the Obamas’ D.C. home. He is wrong.”

But the article, Michael Brice-Saddler, actually admits that the Obamas a) have a wall; b) have added to that wall, albeit by building a fence; c) have a home whose security barrier has been described as a “wall” by other media.

Apparently, even true statements can be listed as “false or misleading” by the Post, provided they were made by President Donald Trump.

Note that the Washinton Post was Romney’s go to publication for his assault on Trump. Birds of a feather?

Can wind and solar replace fossil fuels? Richard D. Patton – “For some answers, we turn to Germany, which has some of the highest electric bills in the world as well as a high proportion of its electric power produced by wind and solar (19%).

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Toxic media privilege

The Only Privilege in America is Liberal Privilege. Christopher Chantrill – People are getting antsy … here is quite a rant to start the new year.

“But here we are in America 2018, and if there is one thing we know these days is that the left doesn’t believe in justice for people like you and me. That’s what all the rubbish about toxic masculinity and white privilege is all about. Justice is only a thing for the ruling class and its little darlings. That is the point of left-wing politics ever since Marx.

When you think about it, it is obvious that left-wing politics is fake politics. Instead of allowing the grievances of the people to develop organically, our modern elite creates an artificial politics with its activists — who do not represent the people but are instead the bribed apologists of the ruling class pretending to be the voice of the people.

The Left Will Make 2019 a Dark Year. Dennis Prager – “Truth will not be the point. Defamation will.”

“In other words, the Democratic Party and the media will do to American political life what it has done to the arts; the universities; the high schools; the Boy Scouts; race relations; religion; the happiness of so many women (misled by feminism regarding marriage and career); the moral fabric of American life (morality reduced to feelings); late-night television; mainstream Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism; pro football; and the sexual innocence of the young: It will poison it.

From the French Revolution to this day, the two great aims of the Left have been promising utopia to the malcontented and accumulating as much power as possible. All moral values are subservient to these goals.

Another Year of Torrential Media Bias. George Neumayr – “It is all opinion, all the time, still wrapped under the phony label of “facts.”

“The self-appointed media arbiters of what is and what is not “settled” will apparently let us know if an issue is permissibly debatable anymore. Is it any wonder the public tunes out such an arrogant media? Why should anyone take such debate-ending decrees seriously? …

As the front page and the editorial page, so to speak, of the media become indistinguishable, the public’s resentment can only grow. They size up these decrees are nothing more than propagandistic hectoring — the media’s attempt to manipulate audiences instead of inform them.

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Fake News Media Fabricating “Trump Border Crisis.” DCWhispers – “We all know so much of what passes for “news” these days is little more than manufactured propaganda ejected daily from the bowels of the Establishment Media to splatter across the nation’s television, computer, and phone screens, but it’s always fun to catch them in the act and that’s exactly what the following video does.”

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