Archive for March, 2019

Many layers bring peeled back.Patience needed.

Trump Was Not Just Spied Upon But Entrapped. Roger L. Simon – “I mean something more subtle and LeCarré-like coming from the depths of our intelligence communities. It raises once more the question of the power of such agencies in a free society, a conundrum with no easy answers but of great significance to our lives.

“I suggest that an attempt was being made to implant Halper in the Trump campaign, one way or another, not just for spying purposes but actually to help create this collusion of the campaign with Russia–that is, to help manufacture it.

Putting it another way, someone or some group wanted to create — or, more subtly, to encourage the creation — of Trump-Russia collusion from the inside in order to destroy Trump before, or failing that, after he was elected.

How’s that for a nefarious plot? Worthy of LeCarré or maybe even Graham Greene. But is it true? I wouldn’t bet against it. Something close anyway.

Fake news is going to get it in the teeth in 2020. Monica Showalter – “Republicans are raring to go after the mainstream media, using their atrocious strings of lies and “narratives” that fell apart after the Mueller report on the fake Russian collusion. They will do it when the press starts reporting biased dreck about Trump himself, citing their tattered credibility.

“There’s also the fact that the mainstream media are getting away with it. Two years of lies, false leaks, fake sources, and artificially damping President Trump’s popularity ratings, not to mention wrecking what could be an important Russia-U.S. relationship to check a rising and ravenous China that sees no accountability. Nobody got fired in the wake of this performance; nobody criticized anyone else; nobody paid any price for it. On the contrary, they seem to be praising themselves for it and awarding each other Pulitzers. They have yet to get the memo that they have disgraced themselves again.

They could have stuck to the truth, that very truth that is required in their stated profession. It might not have led to the facts they liked, but they wouldn’t have suffered the reputational loss they are looking at now. But it was so much easier to go with the stories they liked, their bias out there, yet their claims to objectivity intact in all those Pulitzers and conference engagements. They had been getting away with it up until now.

Except that now, the price they will pay is that Trump has them, not the socialist cookie-cutter Democrats, in his electoral gun sights.

Mexico bows to Pres. Trump on ‘containment’ of illegal aliens. Chriss Street – “AMLO must have been confident that President Trump’s hands were tied by the “Russiagate” investigation. He probably assumed that Democrats would either squeeze Trump out of office or continue to emasculate his ability to take major retaliatory actions.

“But after Trump was exonerated by the special counsel, AMLO quickly dispatched his interior secretary, Olga Sánchez-Cordero, to meet with U.S. secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen in Miami on March 27.

Secretary Sánchez offered a Mexican Federal Police and military “containment” belt across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the narrowest part of the country and very close to the southern border with Guatemala.

The usually bombastic President López-Obrador sought to calmly reassure the Trump administration that Mexico is now committed to a “very respectful relationship” with the United States to stop immigrant-smuggling. He added: “We are going to do everything we can to help. We don’t in any way want a confrontation with the U.S. government.”

Texas Attorney General pounces: Come and take our Chick-fil-A. Karen Townsend – “It was a bone-headed move, to be sure, based on the religious-ideological bigotry of the left. San Antonio, your nation’s seventh largest city is like other large cities in that it is governed by liberals.

“To San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg the attorney general wrote, “The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance.” This is something conservatives continually notice coming from the Left: the intolerance of Judeo-Christian religious beliefs. I daresay if the founder of Chick-fil-A was a man of Muslim faith, he would not have faced such a vote, though that religion is stridently anti-LGBT. Just a thought.

Also, the presence of a bazillion Starbucks coffee shops or displays of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the freezer section of local grocery stores have yet to set off votes to ban these liberal companies. Democrats prove over and over again how intolerant they are of freedom of thought or religion while scolding Republicans as our moral superiors. It’s the height of hypocrisy.

Atlantic: The publication of the Steele dossier by Buzzfeed was a mistake. John Sexton – “In Graham’s view the publication of the dossier is disappointing because it made everything that was discovered later—the Trump Tower meeting, the plans for a Trump tower in Russia, etc—seem pale by comparison to the salacious but unproven details in the dossier.” It is very difficult to raise the anchors and start sailing the seas of reality when those anchors are buried so deeply in the muck at the sea bottom.

“While I agree with Graham about the irresponsibility of Buzzfeed publishing the dossier (and said so at the time), I think he’s wrong to suggest Buzzfeed is responsible for letting down the broader effort to sack Trump. In fact, it’s almost the opposite of the truth. Buzzfeed’s decision to publish genuine fake news is best seen as perhaps the most egregious example of a trend that has continued ever since. There have been numerous stories published and then retracted by allegedly more responsible outlets in the years since. The phenomenon of overreach with regard to Trump may have peaked with Buzzfeed but it didn’t start or end there.

The problem was never just this document it was the left wanting to tear down Trump by any means necessary. Remember the “not my president” meme that circulated after his election? That was the animating force in its raw form. The dossier was ultimately just a handy excuse to justify the feeling that the righteous people had unfairly lost an election to the deplorables.

Proposed Voting Changes Are About Power, Not Principles. Victor Davis Hanson – “The 2016 victory of Donald Trump shocked the Left.

“Progressive candidates and new Democratic representatives have offered lots of radical new proposals lately about voting and voters. They include scrapping the 215-year-old Electoral College. Progressives also talk of extending the vote to 16- or 17-year-olds and ex-felons. They wish to further relax requirements for voter identification, same-day registration and voting, and undocumented immigrants voting in local elections.

The Electoral College balances out the popular vote.

The founders were also terrified of radical democracies of the past, especially their frenzied tendencies to adopt mob-like tactics.

Expanding and changing the present voter base and altering how we vote is mostly about power, not principles. Without these radical changes, a majority of American voters, in traditional and time-honored elections, will likely not vote for the unpopular progressive agenda.

Illinois prosecutors are mighty angry about the disposition of the Smollett case. neo – “The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association has some words for Kim Foxx, her office, and you:

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Apologies are never coming, only escalation of delusion.

Biden’s Attack On ‘White Man’s Culture’ Is A Mix Of Historical Illiteracy And Dishonesty. David Harsanyi – “The former vice president still owes Clarence Thomas an apology.”

“English jurisprudential culture” is, of course, the foundation of American governance and our Constitutional rights. It’s unlikely any culture in history has brought more freedom and prosperity to more of humankind. Now, it’s true that the tenets of this culture have fallen into disfavor with the progressives who Biden is trying to woo. But does any educated person truly believe that “English jurisprudential culture” has been more prone towards misogyny than other societies?

Those who demand acts of contrition over “English jurisprudential culture,” seem to have a problem with ideals of blind justice and due process that stop us from sacrificing people to the whims of an aggrieved mob.

To say the United States can do better as a nation is one thing. To claim that the injustice exists is fair. To claim that “English” or “white” culture is a unique purveyor of racism and misogyny in the world is the kind historical illiteracy that might be soothing to the ears of the victimhood brigades that inhabit the contemporary left, but it’s not reality. It certainly shouldn’t mainstreamed by those who have sworn to protect this jurisprudential culture–even (and perhaps especially) if they desperately want to become president.

This is related to recent stories about ex-AG Holder claiming that America never was great so how could it be great again?

Nevada is getting swamped by these insanities. The ‘forget our vote’ electoral college dismissal in favor of mob rule has surfaced along with wage controls, ‘price is no object’ green energy and other such issues. “A Mix Of Historical Illiteracy And Dishonesty” in spades.

Free Speech Norms and Conlawprof. Seth Barrett Tillman – “for Professor AAA, this is a cause for “suspicion”? Really?!—why? I think Professor AAA’s statement is an extraordinary exemplar of the decline of U.S. and Western free speech norms.

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sideswiped. no regrets.

Sideswiped by the New Yorker. Scott Johnson – drive by media: it’s what they do. it’s what they are. Here’s another case history.

78 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List. Sharyl Attkisson – “We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about.

“Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.

And it doesn’t stop: “Karoun Demirjian Washington Post: Attorney general expected to miss deadline for giving Mueller report to Congress, will not commit to releasing it in full — Attorney General William P. Barr is expected to miss House Democrats’ deadline to provide Congress the full report documenting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation …” Note the “expected” and the “in full” comment. It can’t be released in full because it is not legal to release grand jury proceedings. The anticipation of the future isn’t reporting but rather presumption of guilt. Ignorance and bias are on parade.

5G Wireless Apocalypse: The RF Health-Risk Conspiracy. Wayde Robson — “Perhaps my strongest personal bias is that I am instinctively mistrustful of absolute certainty on any complex issue. But if RF caused physical harm to humans, I assume we’d be in the midst of an epidemic. Perhaps we are, I await the proof.” It’s another target that’s been around for a while. Robson provides an insight into the next cell phone technology and the FUD mongering it stimulates.

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Retcon. Grasping at straws.

Retroactive continuity is not a good way forward.

Make No Mistake: The Mueller Investigation Was All About Flynn. Michael Ledeen – “I think it began on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, when Flynn changed the way we did intelligence against the likes of Zarqawi, bin Laden, the Taliban, and their allies.”

“General Flynn saw that our battlefield intelligence was too slow. We collected information from the Middle East and sent it back to Washington, where men with stars on their shoulders and others at the civilian intel agencies chewed it over, decided what to do, and sent instructions back to the war zone. By the time all that happened, the battlefield had changed. Flynn short-circuited this cumbersome bureaucratic procedure and moved the whole enterprise to the war itself. The new methods were light years faster. Intel went to local analysts, new actions were ordered from men on the battlefield (Flynn famously didn’t care about rank or status) and the war shifted in our favor.

This earned him a following among some who worked for or with him, but it also gained him the enmity of those who had been cut out of “the chain of command.”

The operation against Flynn provided the model for the anti-Trump assault. …

The accusations against Flynn were fanciful from the outset, and need to be undone.

Mueller’s conclusions expose disgrace of Obama’s spy chiefs. New York Post – “Of all the reputations in tatters now that Robert Mueller has exploded the Russian-collusion fantasy, Obama-era spy chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper stand out.”

“These two weren’t average citizens: They spoke with the authority of having headed federal intel operations. Brennan even cited his training as an “intelligence professional” as the basis for his views.

By milking that status for brutal hits on Trump, they not only misled and divided the country, they damaged the credibility of the US intel community.

Of course, they were crossing the line while in office, running interference for President Barack Obama’s disastrous Iran deal and other policies.

But America’s top spooks are supposed to steer clear of politics completely once they leave office. By ignoring that rule (as well as basic honesty) for purely partisan ends, Clapper and Brennan violated their duty — despicably.

The tarnish on the Bush family goes apace, too – Barbara Bush blamed Trump for ‘heart attack’ – sad. Very sad.

Rep. Swalwell: Why, yes, I still think Trump is a ‘Russian agent’. John Sexton – “When you have an inconsistency in your storyline you just tell people that the old story didn’t mean what it meant or didn’t happen the way you told them it happened. You retcon the mistake.”

“If you thought that at this point Swalwell might decide to stop playing games and be a bit more forthcoming, you’re going to be disappointed. For the second time in this segment, he compared the collusion narrative to the Jussie Smollett story. But as MacCallum pointed out, the Smollett case didn’t have the top cop giving the all clear after two years of investigation. On the contrary, in Smollett’s case, the cops and even the Deputy SA who dropped the charges all said Smollett committed a hoax. That’s not what Mueller said about Trump.

But according to Swalwell, not only is Trump still a Russian agent, the entire Russia dossier is still entirely credible. Again, MacCallum is struggling to believe what she’s hearing and I don’t blame her.

Yes, we need to talk about this Jussie Smollett debacle. Jazz Shaw – “after more and more facts and opinions began trickling out, it clearly appeared that this was a case of the Chicago Way on steroids.” Racial overtones and an Obama connection also play into the story. Also, neo: Prosecutor attempts to explain the dropping of charges against Smollett. “No wonder Chicago police are angry. This isn’t the first time they’ve had the rug pulled out from under them in a case on which they’ve worked hard.

Profiles in courage: Senate Dems wimp out, vote “present” as Green New Deal gets zero votes. Allahpundit – “Vox explains, or tries to explain, the Democratic reasoning.” See also John Hinderaker: Democrats Punt on the Green New Deal. “There are several serious problems with global warming alarmism. One of them is the disconnect between the problem, as described by alarmists, and their proposed solutions.”

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What have you bought? What price has been paid? (A tulip mania?)

Russiagate’s Damage To The Country Will Take Years To Realize. Willis L. Krumholz – “The media and Democrat Party have dug themselves so deeply in a hole, they must keep on digging. That’s absolutely terrible for this country, as has been this entire endeavor.”

“No evidence of collusion was found between the Trump campaign and Russia. Leftwing media that had spent years pumping the conspiracy theory of Trump-Russia collusion made sure to add that the report “stops short of exonerating [Trump] for obstruction of justice.” Ergo, the report stays away from the patently ridiculous charge of obstruction, which would seek to politicize and decimate a president’s Article II powers.

But Democrats are making sure to stress that investigations into Trump are ongoing—in Congress, and in the federal prosecutor’s office in the Southern District of New York. And CNN promised the “Mueller report is just the start of a new Russia showdown.”

The mainstream media was just as deranged. For the entire year of 2017, anything that could damage Trump, no matter how outlandish, was published. Journalistic standards collapsed.

if you were ever tied to Trump, you were treated differently.

Regular American families who used to agree to disagree about politics are now at each other’s throats. After all, the media has been telling people that Trump is a traitor. How could any decent person support a traitor?

The damage to America’s interests, and a rational foreign policy discourse, has also been far-reaching and yet to be realized.

liberalism is dead. It has been replaced by an insane, corporatist, identity-politics-fueled, and, yes, pagan mob that would only be possible in a country sliding towards post-Christianity. The new left is power-hungry, wants nothing to do with the traditional working class, and the ends always justify the means.

What Price Maddow? Stephen Ryan – “the folks who truly deserve to be put in their place and totally humiliated are the viewers of these pretend news shows.”

“But the ringmaster understood that nobody listens to the critics. What mattered most was the act: the bearded lady would be on the show the next day and the mob would show up.

The Trump tax return debacle, in certain ways, was a game changer for progressive media.

The fallout from the Trump tax return show was that network news producers tossed their journalistic ethics out of the window. …

The Russia/Trump collusion story became the “Greatest Show on Earth”. Money, prizes, and careers were up for grabs. The circus act took off and P.T. Maddow became a star, a rating behemoth and a gigantic moneymaking machine for MSNBC.

But now, Donald Trump’s total vindication of the charge that he colluded with the Russians to win the presidency has starkly revealed an ugly corruption between important institutions of the United States.

We can be sure of one thing: the perpetrators of the Russia conspiracy theory, the politicians and the journalists, will not police themselves. It will be business as usual unless voters understand that being lied to by powerful institutions is a lot more dangerous than “climate change.”

But don’t hold your breath. The expensively educated folks who blindly watch Rachel Maddow spin her web of nonsense will be the last people on earth to admit they were duped.

As Mark Twain said: ‘It’s Easier to Fool People Than to Convince Them That They Have Been Fooled.”

ABC, Guardian: Trump trying to “weaponize” the Mueller report. Ed Morrissey – “Well, we can’t have that, can we? We must remake the story from Democrats blowing all their credibility into Trump weaponizing the fact that the Democrats’ public accusations of treachery just got shown to be baseless after two years of hammering (another clichéd metaphor!) Trump with them. That wasn’t “weaponizing,” but apparently disarming the argument is.”

Russiagate: why did the press do it? neo – “The fact that Russiagate was actually the un-Watergate probably did not even cross their minds.

No, Sarah Sanders didn’t accuse Trump’s Russiagate critics of treason. Allahpundit – “When you read a transcript of what she said, the identity of the “treasonous” party might seem ambiguous. When you watch, it isn’t. And yet, because partisanship in 2019 requires an endless supply of bad faith and willful misunderstanding, hundreds of people on social media who actually did watch the clip are in a lather about the White House supposedly claiming Russiagate true believers are traitors.”

“Right, right, it’s not news that social media is populated by morons. But what’s the New York Post’s excuse?

Drudge headlines tell the story: 533,074 articles about Russia probe. 2,284 Minutes. Zucker: No Regrets. 50 Hollywood Stars Who Accused President of Treason, Collusion. LIST: FALSE BOMBSHELLS. Most embarrassing predictions. Former Spy Chiefs Exposed. DEMS: PLAN B… TAX RETURNS!

The DOJ Just Delivered A Major Blow To Obamacare. Beth Baumann – “The Department of Justice on Monday sided with U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor’s previous ruling that the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.” See also Jazz Shaw DOJ siding with Fifth Circuit in striking down all of Obamacare.

Today’s Green New Deal vote is going to be spectacular. Jazz Shaw – “we’re probably about to watch the Democrats defeat a measure they accused Republicans of not supporting all through last year. You might want to fire up a batch of popcorn and turn on CSPAN this afternoon. You don’t often find this type of quality entertainment on television anymore.

Other stories are about the SPLC ‘meltdown’ and Pentagon progress on 57 miles of border wall.

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This is who they are. This is what they do.

John Oliver on Jay Leno’s call for civility: Remember Monica Lewinsky? Karen Townsend – “Last week former late night talk show host Jay Leno called for “a bit more civility” in public discourse and now he must be punished.

“Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton were savaged in the press and on the radio during that scandal. Both sides of the aisle went after them but for different reasons. The left smeared Lewinsky because her sexual relationship with Clinton threatened his presidency once it was exposed. The right went after Clinton for his behavior. The real hypocrisy was the left’s treatment toward a young woman being taken advantage of by the most powerful man in the world. This pre-dates the current cries from first, second, and third-wave feminists to believe all women, period. Lewinsky wasn’t so innocent as not to know what she was doing but the left was more concerned about saving Clinton’s presidency than they were about Lewinsky. She was slut-shamed like all of Clinton’s conquests.

The liberal mob always demands an apology for any manner of speech that doesn’t fit into current groupthink. Calls for civility and standing up for yourself must be squashed and mocked. This is who they are.

Tectonic plates are moving underneath Fox News. Thomas Lifson – “Under capitalism, ownership brings control, and Fox News has a new corporate parent that began trading yesterday on NASDAQ.”

“The rise of Fox News as the sole mass media counterpoint to the progressive media establishment changed American politics, and it has been a long-held goal of the Left, particularly Soros-funded attack dog Media Matters, to either destroy it or politically neuter it, thereby monopolizing all media with a large national reach. So, the question naturally arises, does this new ownership under the control of a new generation of Murdochs signal a chance for the Left to accomplish this critical goal?

CNN Interviews Brad Parscale, Then Accidentally Notes the DNC 2020 Strategy. sundance – “What Tapper notes as the urgent data collection priority of the DNCis specifically the reason why the club has enlisted Beto to draw-in the community they need to harvest.”

“Planning, scheming, endless meetings, talking points, operational organization and strategy is one of the key elements of the Democrat party. This is what they do. This is all they do. It might seem weird at first, but the DNC club is not chaotic; and, from my perspective, that is their weakness. It makes them predictable.The Democrats rarely, if ever, go off script.

New York prosecutors throw out Constitution to charge Manafort. Jonathan Turley – “The New York state charges that Vance filed against Manafort appear to run afoul of state and federal protections against double jeopardy, or being prosecuted twice for the same underlying conduct.

“The problem is that the case appears not only constitutionally flawed but ethically challenged, coming right out of the Max Bialystock School of Prosecution. I have long been one of the longest and loudest critics of Manafort. He is a corrupt and despicable person who deserves the two sentences that could keep him in jail for the rest of his life. However, it is not his crimes but his association with President Trump that has driven the manic effort to charge him in New York. In this current age of rage over Trump, Manafort is a readily available surrogate for selective prosecution.

For more than a year, leading New York state prosecutors have openly pledged to get Manafort on some undefined crime to prevent Trump from releasing him from jail on a presidential pardon. They promised to find crimes that could be alleged in the state system, which would not at all be impacted by a presidential pardon. To do that, they only had to strip all citizens of certain rights. Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pushed the legislature to rescind a core protection against double jeopardy to allow him to charge Manafort on the same criminal conduct that he would later be sentenced for in federal court.

When I read the complaint against Manafort, I was struck not only by the overlap but the overkill.

What emerges is a picture that should trouble everyone who values blind and fair justice.

The greatest danger is not that Vance will fail on constitutional grounds but that he may succeed.

SCOTUS Gives Trump a Big Win on Immigration. David Catron – “Court rules that criminal aliens can be held without bond during deportation proceedings.” The issue for the Left is about discrimination between citizen and non-citizen; between criminal and non-criminal.

“On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration in Nielsen v. Preap, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to detain illegal aliens without bond while awaiting deportation for committing crimes within our borders.

The respondents challenged the Trump administration’s interpretation of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which requires DHS to take any alien convicted of a deportable crime into custody “whether the alien is released on parole, supervised release, or probation, and without regard to whether the alien may be arrested or imprisoned again for the same offense.”

The basic point Alito is making here is that the text of the statute means what it says, and no amount of grammatical Jiu Jitsu will change that meaning.

Not all the justices took this view, of course. The position of the minority was laid out in a dissent written by Justice Stephen Breyer, who focused on the rights of the aliens impacted by Tuesday’s ruling.

One could hardly ask for a better example of what’s wrong with liberal jurisprudence. It isn’t the Supreme Court’s job to reflect on the “likely intent” of Congress.

Part VI: DC & MD v Trump—Can the President of the United States get Married or Divorced? Seth Barrett Tillman – another example or torturing words and phrases for political insanity via a judicial oligarchy. This example is about the emoluments clause. It’s what they do, It’s who they are.

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bitter-enders and moral hubris define a fifth column

Judge Jeanine is right — Fox News is wrong. M. Catharine Evans – “The funny thing is the judge’s logical examination of the origin of Omar’s anti-Semitic statements was neither bigoted, nor false, nor inciteful. … She asked a valid question.

“Why does the never-ending call for “dialogue” between non-Muslims and Muslims in this country exclude asking Jeanine’s hard question relating to possible conflicts between a Muslim congresswoman’s fidelity to Islamic teachings and the Constitution?

“The dogma lives loudly” in a Catholic judicial nominee but not in a Muslim congresswoman?

Fox’s censorship of Judge Jeanine over a genuine analysis and probing into Omar’s anti-Semitic comments puts them in the same league as other networks and social media giants who allow open criticism of Christianity and Judaism while suppressing any cynical commentary concerning Islam.

When the popular Judge Jeanine gets removed from her show for confronting Jew hatred by an elected representative, yet Omar, who had to delete anti-Semitic tweets, and who is coddled by an Islamic extremist organization known as CAIR, gets an apology, something is insanely upside down over at Fox.

When Cabin Boys Attack. Julie Kelly – “Embittered by their humiliating miscalculation of Trump’s candidacy and shamelessly contorting their previous views to be able to contradict the president, these anti-Trump “conservatives” viciously attack anyone who dares to support the president. This includes Hanson.” It is the assault and how it is conducted – and how it is rationalized – that tells the story.

“In a particularly vile hit piece posted on The Bulwark, the new blog of Weekly Standard refugees who were left unemployed after the publication was shuttered in December, Gabe Schoenfeld accused Hanson of defending evil—that evil being President Trump. Bulwark editor Charlie Sykes recently threatened to “raise the opportunity costs” for pro-Trump commentators, Hanson specifically. To do so, Sykes enlisted the facile services of Schoenfeld, an advisor for the failed Mitt Romney presidential campaign, to pretend to write a book review that was little more than an ad hominem attack on Hanson.

The Bulwark and its enablers like French continue to do more damage to our political discourse while professing to elevate it. The depth of their intellectual rot is matched only by their witless political sense and their schoolyard bully tactics. But no doubt their leftist benefactors are proud of their work in the service of genuine social evil.

Neo, on the dirty dozen in the emergency declaration case, thinks ‘reasonable minds can disagree.’ She falls for a misdirection. The issue used as an excuse, usurping of legislative powers, is just being used for moral preening and hate. Hubris and hate and dishonesty are not subjects where reasonable minds can disagree.

The Nevertrump Bitter-Enders. Bruce Thornton – “Still functioning as a fifth column for the progressive “resistance.”

“make no mistake, no matter how seemingly marginalized or absurd, the bitter-enders are still functioning as a fifth column for the progressive “resistance,” providing a “conservative” and “bipartisan” cover for the Democrats’ rush to move America farther to the left in order to change our Constitutional Republic into a socialist technocracy.

The bitter-enders now housed in The Bulwark have no response to that stark fact. At this point, their peevish, snarky, snotty commentary financed by the left serves no purpose other than to give moral support to a party that has degenerated into a juvenile congeries of failed, illiberal, and dangerous policies. That’s not much of a recommendation for the NeverTrumpers’ alleged fealty to “principles,” “conservatism,” or “democratic norms” the bitter-enders claim they are defending.

Then there is the Connecticut Supreme Court’s assault on the 2nd amendment …

It was terrorism by violence, now it is by flooding the zone with immigrants, with harassment, and with legal system abuse. The war is on and so many are unaware, even those on the front line.

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Bury your head. Don’t call a spade what it is.

We Cannot Bury Our Heads in the Sand about Ilhan Omar. E. Jeffrey Ludwig

“In effect, then, her comments blew her cover. She cannot simply be seen as a highly motivated immigrant who has made her way to one of the higher offices in the land, someone who is simply living out the Horatio Alger ideal of rags to riches in America. She has revealed herself as someone with an agenda, an agenda where she is willing to attack the community most in favor of Islamic immigration and the diversity she seems to represent.

Not only is she filled with intolerable hatred, but she is a kind of Trojan horse.

Then look at what happened to Jeanine Pirro (The Hill). “Last week, Fox News condemned remarks made by Pirro after the host on air questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is loyal to Sharia because she wears a hijab.” The sensitivity is selective and irrational.

So many are being attacked and assaulted for calling a spade a spade … 

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Scapegoats

Christchurch, Conservatism, and Fascism. Matthew Pinna – “In fact, conservatism had nothing to do with this. We need to understand exactly how people like this shooter think, and how the media is doing that admirable goal a disservice.

“Both media and public officials, in New Zealand and elsewhere have chosen to lay the blame for the killings on “conservatives.”

How do we know that the shooter isn’t a conservative? For starters, he explicitly says that he detests conservatism twice, once in the “Q&A” and again in his more ideological section, where he devotes a whole page to it

Instead, the shooter admits that he is an “actual fascist” — an “eco-fascist,” to be exact.

It needs to be understood that the racism and discrimination seen from historical examples of fascism aren’t mere elements or curable side effects of the ideology — they are fascism.

people need to stay out of the way of those who want to fight back. Don’t sweep what he wrote under the rug and don’t blame Republicans or Democrats for “radicalizing” this shooter. Now more than ever, we need to debate specifically against Fascists — just as we did against Communists back in the day — for Christchurch, and the future Christchurches that will happen unless we change our course.

The New Zealand shooting stopped when a brave man took away the shooter’s gun. John Sexton – “As usual, after an event like this, the shooter is getting a lot of attention. It’s understandable though it doesn’t seem that complicated in this case. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about some of the victims and the people who were heroes in the worst situation imaginable.” And maybe learn about how the social phobia about guns hindered their efforts?

Observations on Christchurch. John Hinderaker – “Early reports of catastrophic events like these always turn out to be wrong in some respects, but it does appear that armed self-defense was the key to the less tragic outcome at Linwood. Murder is the result of human evil and will never be eradicated in this world, but if more people arm themselves, there will be fewer mass murder events.

“The deplorable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tied the murders to President Trump. It is noteworthy that liberals attribute almost superhuman powers to Donald Trump, attributing responsibility to him for pretty much anything that goes on in the world. The only phenomena for which the Left does not assign responsibility to the president are the intended, beneficent results of his own policies.

2) Brenton Tarrant published a typical mass murderer’s manifesto in which he described himself as an “eco-fascist,” expressed hatred for conservatism and said that Communist China is his ideal country. Tarrant is an environmentalist who bought the global warming hype hook, line and sinker. His closest analogy is perhaps the Unabomber. …

3) From a policy standpoint, the only lesson that can be drawn from the Christchurch massacre is reflected in the difference in the casualty totals between the two attacks. Forty-one were killed at the Dean Ave. mosque, the first one that was targeted, where the murderer had plenty of time and at one point returned to his vehicle to reload. There were only seven killed at the Linwood mosque because one of the worshippers was armed:

Hossenfelder demands $10,000 from me through Czech lawyers. Luboš Motl – “The letter is formulated as if she demands a ransom. It adds a new level to her debatable methods to earn money.

“I think it’s absolutely stunning. She’s on her violent campaign against the whole field that I find dear and against its practitioners and she just wants to silence me …

My knowledge of the law is next to non-existent. I have no idea whether a party that is attacked in this Blitzkrieg way has an effective way to defend itself. I don’t know whom I would be inviting as a witness to show that she’s been helped by affirmative action, her physics is not good etc. Your recommendations are welcome. If you’re extremely rich, your financial help would be welcome, too.

The current Tucker Carlson saga is another example of this approach to ideological warfare. Threaten, intimidate, attrit their resources, humiliate, shut them down. The media is complicit, too. Consider this headline: “Twelve Righteous Republicans (and 41 Cowards) (Bret Stephens/New York Times)” – it’s not about the merits, it’s about ad hominem judgment. Contrast that to neo’s cite of Tom Cotton.

Trump vetoes Senate’s block on his emergency declaration. neo – “They say it’s not because they don’t like the wall, but because they think the president exceeded his powers. … When I looked into the powers presidents have been given to declare national emergencies, I think it’s fairly clear that Trump did not exceed his powers.” There is an interesting contrast that Congress did vote on executive regulations that Trump put before them early in his administration. Here’s from Tom Cotton:

“Now, I’m sympathetic to arguments that the National Emergencies Act is too broad and gives the executive branch too much power. That’s a reasonable debate to have. Believe me, Congress has ceded too much power to the executive for more than a century, expanding an administrative state that increasingly deprives our people of a meaningful say in their government. So I invite my Democratic colleagues to reconsider the wisdom of this path. Maybe we can reform the EPA. Perhaps we can require up-or-down votes in Congress to approve big regulations so politicians can show some accountability for once. I’m ready for those debates. Believe me, I’m ready. But in the meantime, don’t pretend we didn’t delegate all these powers, or that it’s lawless for the executive to use laws we passed, just because you deplore him.

What Trump does not do…and it’s fantastic. Majid Mohammadi – “I will provide examples of what Trump has not done and what King Barack H. Obama and King George W. Bush did. Here is a list

“When Democrats lost to a non-politician in 2016, they could not swallow the failure and began to degrade their opponent’s victory (by manufacturing “Russia collusion”), insult people who voted for the winner (calling them racist), and assassinate the character of the winner (calling him a dictator). To make the case for the third act, they invented a story that Donald Trump likes dictators and wants to be one and will not leave office if not elected in 2020. But his actions show the opposite. Trump does not want to be a king or a dictator, while his predecessors behaved as if they wanted to be.

A scapegoat is one thing. The judgment is another. The total lack of support in reality for vehement name calling is another. It isn’t getting better. It seems to be getting worse.

 

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Language of the dead

Andrew McCarthy on Manafort and double jeopardy. neo – “I agree with McCarthy that this should make everyone afraid. … But it doesn’t. Some are applauding.”

Waging War Against the Dead. Victor Davis Hanson – “Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past.

“The West prides itself in the idea that liberal societies would never descend into such nihilism. Think again.

such attacks usually revealed a lack of confidence. The general insecurity of the present could supposedly be remedied by destroying mute statutes or the legacies of the dead, who could offer no rebuttal.

opportunism, not logic, always seems to determine the targets of destruction.

in the past there usually has been a cowardly element to historical erasure. Destruction was often done at night by roving vandals, or was sanctioned by extremist groups who bullied objectors.

ignorance both accompanies and explains the arrogance of historical erasure, past and present.

The past is not a melodrama but more often a tragedy. Destroying history will not make you feel good about the present. Studying and learning from it might.

I Love the DisneyWorld Monorail. Here is Why It is A Terrible Public Transit Technology. District 48 – “When I talk about industrial design, I often use a scale where 1 is the Boston City Hall and 10 is the Disneyworld monorail.” … “Disney has essentially abandoned the monorail for all its future expansions. … it relies on busses now almost exclusively for internal transport.” Here’s why. It’s another tale of reality meeting dreams and fantasies.

EDITORIAL: One tongue for all. Washington Times – “The idea of making English the official language is back.

Massively incorrect’: Point-by-point rebuttal to Michael Mann’s Newsweek smear of Trump, Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Moore & Princeton’s Dr. Happer — Update: Michael Mann responds: “Ooooh deniers. Did I touch a nerve? I’m sawee.” The response to being caught in flagrant lies is telling. And indicative.

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Fear and flail

Media Matters has been throwing stones at Tucker Carlson from its own glass house. Thomas Lifson – “But Tucker fought back. I don’t know who it was, but someone used the same strategy on Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters, and pored through his published opus.” And “the culpability of his media handmaidens.” is duly noted as well. People may be getting rather tired of the ad hominem stretches intended to destroy and impugn?

The Creepiest Part of the Lisa Page Transcript. David Catron – “The real news is how fearful the denizens of the DOJ and FBI were of incurring Clinton’s wrath”. Where do you think all of allegations about Trump being fascist, etc, came from? Projection?

Lynch Testimony Reveals Bias and Intent For Failing To Give Trump Defensive Briefing. Sara Carter – “it is the key finding that won’t bode well for the FBI and DOJ.” It comes down to the idea that the role of government is to protect its citizens, including candidates for political office. Not persecute them.

Report: ICE finding ways around sanctuary policies. Jazz Shaw – “The Chair of New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Commission was (direct quote) “surprised and horrified” to find that known criminal illegal aliens were, in at least some cases, being taken into custody for processing, prosecution, and possible deportation. This is apparently what passes for “a bad thing” in some Democratic circles.” Those promoting sanctuary areas seem to become appalled when others also “pick and choose what they want to observe.” The assault on 2nd amendment rights in places like Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico provide examples.

“It’s not limited to just New Mexico, thankfully. The report goes on to state that the same practice has been observed in places including Philadelphia, Chicago and multiple communities across California. Are we surprised? These are real human beings we’re talking about here, not just dry policy points on county resolutions. Some of these law enforcement officers have been on the job for decades and have built relationships with their colleagues across the local, state and federal levels. They’re all interested in the same things… enforcing the law and keeping people safe. Is it really all that shocking to find that they stay in touch in their free time and even help each other out? …

But who is going to be punished for all of this activity? The cops. Not the criminal illegal aliens. These local government officials would rather go after their own police in the interest of scoring political points. The world has turned upside down and our law enforcement officers increasingly find themselves with nobody in the government willing to back them up.

San Jose police chief: Sanctuary policies shielded a suspected murderer from deportation six times. John Sexton – “It makes me wonder if the fact that Carranza was homeless played into this as well.”

How petty is Nancy Pelosi? This petty. Jazz Shaw – “We understand that the Democrats are all about the #RESIST movement now and doing everything they can to be confrontational when it comes to the White House. But couldn’t we at least pretend for a while that the co-equal branches are all playing for the same team?

Trump-speak: love it or hate it. neo – “I was analyzing one of Nancy Pelosi’s statements for my previous post today. I found myself in a sort of awe at how much she packed into a couple of seemingly simple sentences: so much hypocrisy, so much unctuous fake nobility, so much artificiality, a little hidden dagger, so many hidden messages.

“So, where does Trump fall on this spectrum? The first time I ever watched him give a political speech—and this was back when I thought he’d be a disaster for the right—I was impressed by a number of things … All this time has passed and that aspect of Trump hasn’t faltered: he makes all other politicians look boring and he looks natural doing whatever it is that he does.

those who really really really dislike Trump seem to dislike him in very visceral and personal terms. One thing the ones on the right don’t like is his lack of intellectualism. Another thing his enemies on both sides don’t like is that they interpret the seeming naturalism of his speech as meaning that he is someone who says whatever pops into his head, with no filter and little thought. I think noting could be further from the truth.

I think what’s happening is that Trump is every bit as strategic/tactical as any politician, perhaps even more so. …

I think what’s happening is that Trump is every bit as strategic/tactical as any politician, perhaps even more so.

CA sea level rise alarmist study ignores 30 years of NOAA data with no coastal sea level rise acceleration. Larry Hamlin – “Climate alarmists and their supporting media conveniently conceal the fact that their flawed claims have been hyped for the last 30 years as they continue to try again and again to make the same repeated but flawed claims apparently hoping that the public will forget their long track record of failure and exaggeration.

“The recent climate alarmist propaganda study hyped by the media speculating that CA coastal sea level rise levels of 1 to 2 meters (about 3 to 6 feet) by 2100 “could” occur along with associated grossly exaggerated damage estimates are based solely on invalid “computer models” which ignore the extensive measured NOAA tide gauge data which shows that 30 year old climate alarmist claims of accelerating coastal sea level rise are unsupported by actual measured data.

Greenpeace co-founder and former President of Greenpeace Canada Patrick Moore noted in a recent article addressing the hidden political drivers behind the global campaign of climate alarmist propaganda claims which he characterized as follows:

“And so you’ve got the green movement creating stories that instill fear in the public. You’ve got the media echo chamber — fake news — repeating it over and over and over again to everybody that they’re killing their children. And then you’ve got the green politicians who are buying scientists with government money to produce fear for them in the form of scientific-looking materials. And then you’ve got the green businesses, the rent-seekers, and the crony capitalists who are taking advantage of massive subsidies, huge tax write-offs, and government mandates requiring their technologies to make a fortune on this. And then, of course, you’ve got the scientists who are willingly, they’re basically hooked on government grants.”

Until CA citizens wake up and stop allowing themselves to be herded into supporting these scientifically unsupported climate alarmist propaganda claims the state will only become more and more government controlled and dominated with loss of power and influence residing within its citizenry.

Flailing?

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Everything is racist. Harassment has no imagination.

Yes, Trump is target of ‘presidential harassment’. Byron York – “it adds up to a pile-on of unprecedented proportions, by and large the work of blue-state Democrats who stand to gain politically if their investigations succeed in crippling the president.

“In a recent email exchange, I asked Andrew Coan, a University of Arizona law professor who is the author of the book Prosecuting the President, whether there is precedent for a U.S. Attorney’s office conducting a wide-ranging, open-ended investigation of a sitting president.

“The short answer is no,” Coan responded. “I am aware of no comparable prior investigation.”

The point is, the scrutiny directed at the president from all sides, not oversight of his administration or even investigations into his election, so far exceeds anything in the past that it could well qualify as presidential harassment.

Google Manager Said Company Must Stop ‘Fake News’ Because ‘That’s How Trump Won’. Allum Bokhari – “The employee also alleged the existence of official training courses at Google dedicated to “bashing conservatives and Trump supporters.”” When people know to the point of irrational belief, all sorts of ‘strange’ behaviors surface.

Paul Manafort Was an Agent of Ukraine, Not Russia. Andrew C. McCarthy – “He is a scoundrel, but he was never a Kremlin operative.

“Understand: Paul Manafort would never have been prosecuted if he had not joined Donald Trump’s campaign. He would not have been prosecuted if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election and spared Democrats the need to conjure up a reason to explain their defeat — something other than nominating a lousy candidate who stopped campaigning too early.

Manafort’s Ukrainian work was not a secret.

Racism in the knitting community. neo – “It’s so absurd it’s hard not to joke about it, and joking is appropriate. But there is nothing really funny about it. In just a few short years, these SJWs have gone from unhinged and powerful to more and more unhinged and more and more powerful. Knitting is just one community this has infected; there are plenty others.

Democratic presidents behaved a lot worse than Trump in the White House. Victor Davis Hanson – get your historical perspective here!

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The division becomes ever more clear. Consequences mount.

The Left’s Hate-Crime Hoax Machine. B. Klein – “This widespread deception by trusted institutions and legislation erodes people’s basic civil rights, reduces religion to “hate doctrine,” and quells free speech.”

Basically, those occupying this third position publicly attack people at their psychological core by asserting:

1. Nothing you believe (have been told or taught or know or is common sense) is true. Brain scrub.

2. Everything you or your kind have achieved was taken by violence and exploitation from the rightful owners. Not agreeing means you are a bigoted hater. Bad person.

3. You are complicit in all historical crimes and reap the benefits from them. Guilty person.

4. There can be no dissent. We are the voice of the new God, and the sky is falling. Heed us now. Saved person complies.

5. We are right and will not trifle with your Western logic, ethics, or facts; literature; history. They are all the tools of exploitation and oppression that you have used to destroy us and others. In fact, we will not even be seen speaking to you. Isolated person.

Hoaxes are not isolated from one another and do not take place in a vacuum.

All but 6 Democrats oppose resolution against illegal aliens voting. Jazz Shaw – “What’s up next for the donkey party? Shutting down all Christian churces as “hate groups?”

The politics of the Democrats’ “anti-hate” resolution. Paul Mirengoff – “Omar’s remarks, the attempts of Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn, and the 2020 Democrats to defend Omar, and the unwillingness of Democrats to pass a simple anti-anti-Semitism resolution remain the scandal here.

Solar energy may have caused California’s wildfires. Kevin Mooney – “Taxpayer-subsidized, ratepayer-funded utilities that may be on the hook for billions of dollars in liabilities point to climate change as the major factor standing behind the recent California wildfires.” It’s all about appeasing the activists and then denying undesired consequence.

“But what if the blame belongs not with climate change, but with climate change policies that the utilities and their benefactors in government favor? There’s some evidence for this that insurance companies and displaced California residents might be interested in learning more about. As taxpayers and utility ratepayers, they are all spending part of their workday financing solar energy schemes that may have led to high-pressure conditions affecting electrical equipment, which in turn sparked the fires. How’s that?

Evidence? We don’t want no stinkin’ evidence!

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What is normal, anyway?

None of this is normal. Fred Barnes – “Half a dozen House committees with Democrats in charge are investigating Trump, his administration, family, appointees, political affairs, businesses, lifestyle, and various antics.

“This is abnormal. There’s never been an offensive so vast against a president by his rival party. It took only two committees — one in the Senate, one in the House — to look into the Watergate scandal and drive President Nixon out of the White House in 1974. But Trump is more popular today than Nixon was, and Democrats are taking no chances he might escape their grasp.

Democrats are basically conducting a fishing expedition.

Wow – Canadian Government/Taxpayer Funded Media (CBC) Purchases Anti-Trump Billboards and Transit Signs. sundance – “Apparently Canadian media are taking their hatred for U.S. President Donald Trump to new levels of opposition.”

“Then again, it’s likely the Canadian government recognizes the economic and trade policies of U.S. President Donald Trump; policies that stop the exploitation of the U.S. market; is part of the reason for their current contraction.

This short-sighted and vulgar political campaign against President Donald Trump would very well make matters worse within Canada.

The Omar Affair is a turning point. Thomas Lifson – “The world’s oldest hate finally, officially has found purchase in America with the support of the world’s oldest political party, the Democratic Party of the United States.”

“With Jew-haters in charge now, voters potentially handing power to Democrats in 2020 would launch America down a path whose endpoint will be a catastrophe not just for the Jews — the canary in the coal mine — but for the Republic that the founders bequeathed to us and to “our sacred posterity.”

antisemitism? check.pro-terrorist? check. infanticide? check. self defense or national security? no way, Jose.

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Blindly, blithely going along with hubris and good intentions

Politico: Senate Dems “outraged” over McConnell use of mysterious precedent to change judicial confirmation rules. Ed Morrissey – “Reid and his fellow Democrats ignored the clear historical precedents to claim that they could accomplish this without consulting Republicans.” It’s an example of actual behavior that makes a farce out of arguments that Trump’s emergency declaration is setting precedent, for example.

“What has followed since then hasn’t been “dramatic and historic,” but predictable and mundane. Reid, Durbin, and Schumer set the precedent, and McConnell the Institutionalist has followed it for his own purposes. You’d never know this by reading the Politico article, but the record on this is abundantly clear, as were the consequences at the time that the Democratic trio dropped the nuclear bomb on the Senate. McConnell warned them that they would live to regret it — and now they have.

And since Politico doesn’t provide any of this backstory, readers will miss the hilarious irony of Schumer’s counter-offer to McConnell

Obama paved the way for anti-white rhetoric. neo – “The phrase “typical white” as a form of criticism by people in public life (particularly on Twitter) has been normed and is quite common.” Double standards in justice, in racism, and other issues measure distance from reality. See also Anti-Semitism: it’s all the rage – “In this country, those first two elements (the left and a portion of some of the newer Muslim arrivals) are the main protagonists.

Customs officer injured when gun goes off at Las Vegas airport. Katelyn Newberg – “He was injured after his gun “accidentally” discharged.” It’s called mishandling firearms. Guns don’t fire by themselves no matter how much some people want to believe that they do.

When People Without Gun Experience Pass Gun Laws. Kris Kobach – “The Democrats’ latest legislative achievement in Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives is a perfect example of what happens when people who have no clue about a subject draft legislation on the topic.

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Fantasy rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Witch hunt to deny free speech?

The House launches its expected fishing expedition against the Great Orange Whale, Moby Donald. neo – “That net is very wide, isn’t it? But hey, they’ll do anything to harpoon Moby Donald.

“I can’t recall anything even remotely like this, in terms of scope, against a sitting president. Watergate was mainly about Watergate, as far as I know. Even Whitewater was relatively circumscribed in nature, and mostly was handled by a succession of independent counsels. The Lewinski investigation was, likewise, comparatively limited and also involved an independent counsel (Ken Starr, who had originally started with the Whitewater matter).

The analogy to those investigations is the Mueller investigation. That’s been going on for nearly two years, and during that time Mueller has had access to the same people Nadler is pursuing, and has not found much of anything to implicate Trump. Democrats are upset about that, so they are going to try again. Whether their plan is to impeach Trump (they probably have the House votes to do that, but it would be dumb without some sort of smoking gun that could gain enough votes in the Senate to convict him) or whether they just want to try to engage in constant innuendos and smears from now to the 2020 election in hopes of damaging him further (that’s my leading theory at the moment), this is a deeply troubling although completely expected development. Another goal of this investigation—and one I would think had already been sufficiently met, but I guess the Democrats see no reason not to make the point ever more clear—is to frighten anyone away who might even consider working under Trump.

So one of the purposes of squeezing Cohen, the noted perjurer, and getting him to testify against Trump in the absence of any proof except the word of a known flagrant liar, is to set the scene for further investigations based on Cohen’s allegations. It’s a bit like the Steele dossier, isn’t it? You take a lie and make it the basis for an investigation to trap more little fish in your net in hopes of finally catching the big fish.

People who hate Trump—and they are legion—will be overjoyed. I’m wondering, though, how the vast middle will respond to this. I also wonder how vast the middle actually is anymore.

Net neutrality and the culture of contempt. Will Baird – “But the final speaker of the day struck a different tone. A business professor, the speaker described net neutrality as a “life-and-death situation” for entrepreneurs, whom he has advised to leave the country.

“His remarks continued in this vein, exclaiming that we should not be “having this debate in an academic sense in a way that…legitimizes the other side.” After describing net neutrality skeptics as Flat-Earthers who want to destroy the American Dream for entrepreneurs who are “trying to make our planet a better place,” he concluded by stating that the fact that we are even discussing the issue “makes me think, Oh My God, where am I?”

I sat in stunned silence. The conference effectively closed with a plea to the audience, consisting mostly of law students and interested lawyers, to not even acknowledge the ideas that have shaped my academic career. I am not afraid of conflict; I love policy debates, and given where I stand on issues, it’s usually not hard to find someone who disagrees with me. But this ground had shifted from ideas to tribalism. …

Unfortunately, this dynamic has increasingly become the hallmark of the net neutrality debate. No one has felt it more than Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who has suffered an endless stream of social media vitriol, harassment of himself and his family, and death threats because of his support for the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The effect of this dynamic is to shut down policy discussion and instead relegate the issue to the raw power struggles of the political arena.

The list of issues where this happens is long. Climate whatever, vaccinations, chemicalz, GMO, pesticides, plastics, abortion, energy, natural whatever, Fake News™ … the behaviors are common and easily observed. Even international trade brings AEI (source of the article) into this set of behaviors.

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Greek or Hebrew?

The Life Extensionist’s Guide to Logical Fallacies. Nicola Bagalà – “Logical fallacies can be tough to spot, both for the people committing them and for the people listening

“The following is a list of common logical fallacies that usually show up during life extension debates. It may be useful for your advocacy efforts, but bear in mind that the right way to go about rebutting fallacious reasoning is not simply pointing out “You committed a fallacy; your argument is invalid”; in fact, you’d better avoid mentioning the word “fallacy” altogether. What you are likely to get this way is simply a lot of eye-rolling; your message will probably not get across, and you will come across as an insufferable pedant, even if you’re right. I’ve personally met people who don’t seem to think that a logical fallacy in their reasoning is such a big deal. Debating with this kind of person is probably a waste of time, but in general, people might be more receptive if you politely explain why their reasoning doesn’t work, providing different examples and avoiding a lecturing attitude at all costs.

The Hebrew Bible and the West. Mike Zimmerman – “I encountered the writings and thinking of Professor Kalman Kaplan (a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago) and his colleague Dr. Paul Cantz (of Adler University) … These scholars point out that there was a distinct Hebrew-Jewish tradition at the same time and in opposition to the Greek thinkers of roughly the two centuries before the Common Era.”

Psychology Gone Crazy: Time to Decertify the DSM-5. Mark A. Hewitt – “A national diagnostic and statistical manual should not be subject to social justice and party politics.

Will Rand Paul sink Trump’s emergency declaration? Nope. Jazz Shaw – “I wanted to address one talking point that Rand Paul appears to have inherited from the Democrats. They’re all claiming that Trump is “spending money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress.” It’s a nice sound bite, but that’s really not true. For better or worse, the funding in question was already appropriated by Congress for the military. And as I discussed previously, there are already at least two laws on the books (passed by Congress and never repealed) that allow for military funding to be moved around in this fashion.” Amazing. Ditching responsibilities for national security using a lie to rationalize the position.

Nevada Democrats pushing to join popular vote compact. Colton Lochhead – It’s pushing for mob rule and reducing Nevada’s influence in national government. It another one of those logical fallacies writ large where rational thinking gives way to what everyone else seems to think.

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The core of community but hubris impedes.

Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet. Michael Shellenberger – “I came to understand the environmental implications of the physics of energy.” Illustrating the abysmal failure in science education over the last forty years as even basic facts and reasoning have gone by the board. But Reality does not stand aside and will surface no matter how you try to hide it. The problem is that the process can take time and cause much suffering. Hubris gets in the way

“In other words, the energy density of the fuel determines its environmental and health impacts. Spreading more mines and more equipment over larger areas of land is going to have larger environmental and human safety impacts.

France shows that moving from mostly nuclear electricity to a mix of nuclear and renewables results in more carbon emissions, due to using more natural gas, and higher prices, to the unreliability of solar and wind.

I think it’s natural that those of us who became active on climate change gravitated toward renewables. They seemed like a way to harmonize human society with the natural world. Collectively, we have been suffering from an appeal-to-nature fallacy no different from the one that leads us to buy products at the supermarket labeled “all natural.” But it’s high time that those of us who appointed ourselves Earth’s guardians should take a second look at the science, and start questioning the impacts of our actions.

How low will they go in their hate of Trump Obsession? Jeff Crouere – “Having two summits with North Korea within a year after decades of intensifying threats signifies a significant improvement in relations between the two countries. It shows how an actual leader like President Trump can achieve real results in a short period of time.

“Not only are President Trump’s achievements being ignored by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but these positive results are also being ignored by the American mainstream news media. While the summit with North Korea generated press headlines across the world, not surprisingly, in this country, the media focused on domestic politics.

Regarding Trump colluding with the Russians, Cohen admitted that he had no proof, although he had “suspicions.” Overall, this spectacle achieved its objective of inflicting political damage on President Trump and distracting the nation from the North Korean summit. In Cohen’s testimony, there were no damaging revelations, instead it was just another reminder that the Democrats and the media will stop at nothing to destroy their hated enemy, President Donald Trump.

Pelosi Spox: We Will Take All the Necessary Steps, Including Litigation to Get President Trump’s Tax Returns. Cristina Laila – “The Democrats have made it clear their only goal is to harass and obstruct President Trump.” … “Currently there is no law requiring a president or presidential candidate release their tax returns, but the Democrats don’t care about laws — they want to harass President Trump.

Do you suppose Congress could investigate how health insurance got so expensive? Jazz Shaw – “This is an untenable situation. Rather than “fixing” the health insurance system, the government broke it when they passed Obamacare and the only ones seeing any benefit are the insurance companies. Granted, the very poorest Americans living below the poverty level have been able to get government-subsidized plans that are dirt cheap, but that’s a tiny slice of the population and everyone else is getting hammered to keep this boondoggle afloat. The situation is clearly fixable, but not if Congress sits on its collective hands.” Remember John McCain’s vote to put it to Trump and defeat overturning Obamacare? See the Chief Justice peering out from behind the curtain?

Energy Secretary Rick Perry chides Sisolak for boycotting events Debra J. Saunders – “The rift between Carson City and the Trump administration widened Friday after Energy Secretary Rick Perry responded to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s request for a meeting with the president – with pointed prodding at the Democratic governor for boycotting two White House events while he was in town.” Democrats have taken over Nevada. This is just what they do. The priority is beating the political opposition, not responsible governance.

No, Sex Wasn’t Better for Women Under Socialism. Cathy Young – “It’s hard to get in the mood when you’re sharing a bedroom with your mother-in-law.”

“As someone who lived in the Soviet Union until emigrating as a teen in 1980, I can say that Ghodsee must have a truly impressive pair of rose-colored glasses.

The main lesson of this volume seems to be that many left-wing critics of capitalism can’t bring themselves to fully repudiate the legacy of 20th century Marxism-Leninism. Ghodsee concludes by claiming there “was a baby in all that bathwater.” Not in this book, there isn’t.

He Speaks Big Truth – “A Message for Hollywood” sundance – “At the end of all progressive leftism; when you carry out their policies to their logical conclusion; what we find is this massive wealth disparity between the haves and the have-nots.

“All you have to do is look back at the past thirty years for an example of what happens when government control, leftist policies, are carried out. The middle-class is wiped out; wages stagnate or decrease; the wealth gap keeps increasing; crony-government benefits those with the largest financial influence over political policy.

The factual counter to this decades-long corrupt process is represented within the middle-class policies of President Donald Trump.

Yes, Trump is the anti-elite; not necessarily in persona (he is that also) but in actual outcome of policy. Notice how right now working-class wages are rising. Notice how the value of work is now increasing… and, more importantly, notice how the ‘wealth gap’ in the past two years is actually closing.

President Trump doesn’t achieve this by redistributing a limited amount of American economic wealth; he achieves these results by creating even more economic pies. Trump’s economic policies actually increase all American wealth. The American middle-class becomes more valuable…. 600,000 high-wage manufacturing jobs are created. The American worker becomes more valuable.

For the first time in many decades the chief executive of the United States walked into office concerned about the fiscal stability of the average American, without a single IOU on his Oval Office desk. For the first time ever, a titan of American Main Street is in the oval office.

Main Street is such an old fashioned idea.

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Rendezvous With Reality?

Where Is House Ethics Probe into Adam Schiff? Julie Kelly – “During his grudge-airing, redemption-seeking spectacle on Wednesday, Michael Cohen admitted he was in cahoots with Democratic lawmakers prior to giving his congressional testimony.

“It all amounted to the latest ethical misstep by the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; unfortunately, none of Schiff’s bad behavior has caught the attention either of the media or congressional watchdogs. Unlike his predecessor, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who was subjected to a fruitless, eight-month House Ethics Committee investigation in 2017, Schiff continues to escape scrutiny for lying to Congress, misleading the public about imaginary crimes related to Russian collusion, and now, witness-tampering. …

We now know which one was overplaying his hand: Schiff. Two years later, despite Schiff’s repeated warnings, there is no solid evidence to substantiate his claims. …

But new evidence now contradicts much of what Schiff claimed in his counter-memo, including a crucial timeline of contacts between the Justice Department and dossier author Christopher Steele, yet he has not corrected the record. Schiff’s failure to correct this record amounts to lying to Congress—his counter-memo was addressed to all members of the House of Representatives—as well as misleading Americans since the memo is a public record. Further, it’s now evident that the Nunes memo is accurate and that Schiff engaged in a deceitful campaign against his colleague in order to discredit and derail a crucial congressional investigation. How was that not an attempt by Schiff to obstruct justice?

Predictable – Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings Announce Next Set of Witnesses. sundance – “Obviously this approach is unprecedented. However, as with everything that has happened thus far, this level of resistance continues to raise political confrontation into uncharted territory.

“All of this is carefully designed. None of this is organic. All of the participants have networked contacts acting as intermediaries (like Lawfare) to provide arms-length plausible deniability to the larger political scheme. These plans and schemes are all professional Democrats spend time thinking and talking about. This is what they do. This is all they do. This is their purpose in life; nothing else matters. …

Fortunately there are signals beginning to surface that indicate at least some members of congress are aware of the insufferable scheme and beginning to get out in front of it.

Lynne Patton: “Michael Cohen turned on the President because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years” sundance – “This is a rather stunning statement. However, it holds the elements of truth and explanation as to why the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller/Andrew Weissmann, would pass off their assembled Cohen prosecution to the Southern District of New York.

The Democrats Embrace Not Making Sense. Jonathan F. Keiler – “Nothing about the competing positions of Democratic candidates makes much sense — not just from a Republican or conservative perspective, but from a position of logic, consistency, and anything resembling sound judgment.

“Three contradictory and irreconcilable planks dominate Democrat politics today and nobody is trying to rationalize them — socialism, identity politics, and climate change.

Identity based favoritism and set-asides are not socialist, but rather much closer to fascism.

California’s Rendezvous With Reality. Victor Davis Hanson – “Californians also see their progressive, one-party state as a neo-socialist model for a nation moving hard to the left … But how long will they retain such confidence?”

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