Archive for September, 2019

Deadly game or harmless fun?

The Competence Vote… sundance – “Donald Trump, now President Trump, is one of the most consistent people in history when it comes to his big picture views; and also his big picture solutions. There are small shifts, and slight changes in the direction toward the solution, but ultimately the big picture destination is consistent.

DOJ Files A Devastating Brief Exposing Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry Scam. Bonchie – “The game in this case is that Nadler wants to pretend he’s emperor with no guidelines while not having to pay the political price of having House Democrats actually vote as a majority to impeach.

“Judges, if they are fair, don’t usually like double talk and political games. That’s exactly what the Democrats have been doing. They continually downplay impeachment publicly, claiming that what Nadler is doing isn’t actually an impeachment inquiry, then they run to their base and tell them the opposite. …

Let’s be clear, if Nadler gets away with this, it opens the door for every single House majority to target and handicap a sitting president based on nothing more than supposition and suspicion. Normal oversight is fine. Proclaiming you can override executive privilege and force testimony by abusing impeachment powers is not.

NY Times sparks furor with tweet describing alleged Kavanaugh behavior as ‘harmless fun’. Dom Calicchio – “The New York Times, under its “New York Times Opinion” Twitter banner, issued an apology late Saturday, saying it had deleted an “offensive” Twitter message” Byron York is quoted: “What are they thinking at the New York Times? 1) It’s a discredited allegation. 2) If it had happened, such things are ‘harmless fun’?

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Meltdown when no other response can be imagined

The Democrat debate was terrifying. Who are these people? Patricia McCarthy – “No made-up accusation is over the line. No plan to eviscerate the Constitution is a bridge too far.

“Legitimate historians are rare these days; nearly all have been politicized by academia and its power to persuade, and by its love of Howard Zinn’s slanderous and wholly inaccurate version of US history.

Only the perceived crimes of America matter now. We are all to be indicted for being born here. We are to be condemned and punished if born Caucasian, as if we had a hand in the nature of our birth.

The debate of Thursday night should be a huge wake-up call for all freedom-loving Americans. Every one of the Democrat candidates wants to curb nearly all of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights — speech, assembly, the right to bear arms. They mean to restrict our access to health care, fuel, food, electricity, mobility by car or air, goods in markets.

The fact that there have been no American flags on the stage at any of the Democrat debates says it all. One thing is certain: This election season is going to be a bumpy ride. Like the colonists of 1776, we are looking at the choice between freedom and tyranny. All Americans need to be cognizant of the deadly seriousness of their vote in 2020. Trump’s style and his tweets may offend some but his dedication to the preservation of America is boundless. He has pledged his life and fortune to the cause. Gratitude is in order

Young conservative in burning face ad: ‘I don’t care about AOC’s feelings’. Zachary Leeman – “@AOC response is the Democratic party in a nutshell. They are more offended by truthful words than the acts of their political ideology that has killed millions of innocent victims. I don’t care about @AOC feelings — I care about stopping her lies about the lies of socialism,” Heng tweeted.

““This is the face of socialism and ignorance. Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know the horrors of socialism? My father was minutes from death in Cambodia before a forced marriage saved his life. That’s socialism. Forced obedience, starvation,” Heng narrates during the commercial.

She continues, “Mine is a face of freedom. My skin is not white and not I’m outrageous, racist, nor socialist. I’m a Republican.”

AOC had a meltdown in reaction to the ad.

If the AOC response isn’t indicative, try Allahpundit: The “burning AOC” anti-socialism ad – “I groaned last night as I watched this since the entire dynamic was apparent in an instant.” It’s a double standards deja vu. Allahpundit and Juan Williams seem to have a lot in common when it comes to political knee jerking.

General Flynn Goes On Offense Against the Deep State. John Hinderaker – “It appears that Ms. Powell may have sources inside the bureaucracy where she once worked; or possibly she has just done a better job of assembling the bits and pieces of information that have become public over the last three years than anyone else (with the exception, I hope, of John Durham and William Barr). The gist of her argument is that the federal government’s prosecution of General Flynn is so corrupt, so dishonest, so egregious, that it should be dismissed. That is how it looks to me. We will see whether Judge Sullivan agrees.”

Income gains for US households and workers are much more upbeat than what’s being reported by the media. Mark Perry – “a closer look at the Census Bureau data reveals there are several reasons that it’s maybe not such “a darn depressing story,” and might be a much more optimistic story of income gains for Americans than is being reported by the media.

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Contempt and its foundations

Debating A Murderer President, A Racist USA, A Dying Planet. Thomas McArdle – “But what actually stood out, for all the claims that “the American people are so much better than this,” as Sen. Kamala Harris said, and promises to “trust the American people,” as Mayor Pete Buttigieg put it, is the contempt shown on that stage in Houston for the people’s judgment – and their character.

“Presumably, Trump would like to kill the people who enjoy record high employment under his policies. Apparently, white supremacist presidents giveth and taketh away.

So why exactly would we want to give these supposed distributors of racially motivated punishments more cash?

The way to save our dying planet is apparently by killing our racist country’s economy.

There was a lot more. Harris, who can’t make up her mind on her health reform proposal, claimed: “Under my Medicare For All plan, people have the choice of a private plan or a public plan.” Maybe “Medicare For Some” would be a better name for that.

Warren seems to think she can increase China’s minimum wage, not just ours:

Self-loathing is a strange, new strategy for winning the White House, but next year will reveal whether it can work.

Gaetz: Dems Impeachment Push are ‘Perverting The Founding Fathers…Safeguards’. Sara Carter – “last week I argued that Nadler’s push for impeachment is not just a crisis for Trump but one for America. I stand by that argument. The Democrats continue to push multiple false narratives in an effort to target Trump.”

“Remember, over the past several years Nadler, Rep. Adam Schiff and other Democrats haven’t wasted any time spreading false rumors. They have spread disinformation campaigns against the Trump administration.

Nadler’s committee, along with his Democratic colleagues, argue the resolution is similar to procedural votes that took place during the impeachment investigations into Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Not true. And they still have no evidence of obstruction and no evidence that Trump has committed any crime.

Most importantly, don’t buy this Democratic narrative America. All these lawmakers are doing is wasting your tax payer dollars on more nonsense and political theater.

This is politics at its worst and damages our nation far more than Trump.

CNN Defends Andrew McCabe: “Prosecuting lying in these very esoteric circumstances, is very rare”… sundance – “As you listen to Jeffrey Toobin defend former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, play a little mental juxtaposition game and replace McCabe with General Mike Flynn.”

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Reveal the hoax

Why Did the Deficit Just Top $1 Trillion? Here’s Another Clue For You All. John Merline – “As night follows day, Trump administration critics blamed the tax cuts. … And once again, the data prove them wrong.”

“It should go without saying that these levels of spending growth are unsustainable. Yet instead of confronting them, lawmakers and the Trump administration are aggravating them. Entitlement reform is a non-issue at the moment. Every increase in defense spending has to be matched with a hike in spending on domestic programs. The national debt continues to explode.

Filmmaker Joel Gilbert Set To Reveal The Hoax Behind Rachel Jeantel (Witness #8)… sundance – “Anyone who paid attention to the details in the George Zimmerman case knew Florida state prosecutors knowingly, and with malicious intent, falsified witness testimony from Witness #8 Rachel Jeantel; who they claimed was Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend.” Revealing another race baiting hoax.

9/11/2012: Politicized Intel on Benghazi Previewed the Obama Admin’s Russia Hoax. Aaron Klein – “it is instructive to recall the Obama administration’s altering of the now infamous talking points utilized to essentially mislead the American public about the coordinated assault that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other US. Citizens.

Fake News, Fake Polls – CNN Edition. Brian C. Joondeph – “It’s been a tough few weeks for CNN. Who knew pushing fake news could be so challenging?”

CNN’s big ‘mistakes’ all run in one direction: anti-Trump. Eddie Scarry – “CNN was better off when it devoted round-the-clock coverage to missing planes in black holes and human excrement overflowing on cruise ships. Now the network is just a series of embarrassments.

CNN vs. What the Science Says, Part 2. Dave Burton – “CNN’s war with the facts continues in this Monday article, by CNN Chief Climate Correspondent, Bill Weir:” … “One of the nice things about “global” warming is that it isn’t really very global.”

New York Times: Airplane violence caused the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Ethel C. Fenig – “The New York Times, whose official slogan is “All the news that’s fit to print,” vividly illustrated its twisted take on what it deems fit to print yesterday.”

“In other words, some act of senseless plane violence, perhaps by the planes’ pilots who aimed so carefully? Or perhaps accidentally? Who knows? As Rep Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) so memorably expressed it, “some people did something.”

They updated the official death toll to “nearly 3,000” from the earlier 2,000 — still calling the victims “lost,” as if they wandered off into a forest in some strange land, never to be found after all this time, instead of the more accurate “deliberately slaughtered.”

The Nuclear Option: Trump Is Still Winning. Here’s Why. Charles Hurt — He knows when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em (phrases). Praising the Patriots in Jaguars land could be a faux pas – for other politicians but not this one.

“The reason Mr. Trump’s North Carolina supporters did not cheer Bill Belichick’s name is not that they think he is a terrible coach. They didn’t cheer his name because they know President Trump was telling them the hard truth about how good a coach he really is.

President Trump’s purposeful foray into the politics of football may have cost him some momentary cheers there in North Carolina. But it reminded everyone how much he loves to win and what a “stable genius” he is.

Don’t look now, but there’s more border wall news. Jazz Shaw – “The trick that’s being used by Axios, the Washington Post, and others to claim that there’s no “new wall” being built is that they add on a caveat in the fine print.

“What continues to amaze me is the desperation among Democrats and their media allies to prevent this from happening. Either you believe that we have immigration laws for a reason or you don’t. And if they really don’t support open borders (as many of them try to claim), why would you object to a wall, fence or barrier that helps control the flow of people?

Sotomayor’s “blistering” dissent on asylum rules. Jazz Shaw – “By a seven to two margin, the justices agreed that the rule, which essentially acts as a safe third country agreement (without Mexico’s participation) could remain in effect while the case continued through the appeals process.

“But what is Sotomayor actually objecting to? Her comments about the Trump administration rushing the rule through without having a period for public comment speak to normal practices. But the President has declared an emergency on the southern border, so some of the usual rules won’t apply. (And how often do the words “normal” and Donald Trump collide in the same sentence anyway?) The point is, she cast her vote based, in part, on tradition rather than law.

While this may be a deviation from the normal course of judicial review (a point that CNN was screaming from the rooftops when I woke up this morning), it’s also part of the accepted process when time is of the essence. Nobody forced them to take the case early. That was their decision, and seven justices apparently saw it the President’s way. And let’s not forget that they were reversing the Ninth Circuit once again. You could get the Ninth Circuit to ban Trump from eating breakfast if you wrote a mildly coherent brief.

You’d think law would be paramount to a judge but we are seeing that this view is subject to vehement disagreement. Revealing the hoax is a difficult trip.

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9/11. When some people did something?

The impenetrable, gloomy rage of the Democrat presidential candidates. Patricia McCarthy – “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ―Mark Twain

“The Democrat candidates for president exude nothing but bilious anger and hatred for the president and his supporters. Not one of them ever utters a positive word, an optimistic word, or a hopeful word. Their torturous town hall on the fake crisis of climate change was seven hours of vitriol and the revelation of each candidate’s ridiculous scheme to destroy the American economy and quality of life. The only differences among them were the costs of their pie-in-the-sky plans to solve a non-problem and how fast they would be implemented.

One thing was made clear: these are the most hate-filled and, at the same time, the most ignorant group of people ever to grace a stage.

Bottom line? The Democrats have nothing to offer but their wrath, their incalculable rage.

Five things about that double GOP congressional blowout in North Carolina. Monica Showalter – “First, straightforward conservatism, President Trump’s stellar economy, and not being crazy, all count for something.”

“it’s Trump’s party now. … GOP has learned its lesson about putting forward good candidates. … that the forecasters didn’t know what they were talking about. … Democrats are trying to claim this as their own victory anyway.

The WaPo now claims that Democrats are going into the next race from a “position of strength” after blowing a ton of money on the loss but that signals how weak they are, not how strong. These guys are just trying to rally themselves from the knockout they just got into the ropes.

Obama, Not Trump, Outed Russian Spy. Lew Jan Olowski – “President Trump did not cause the Central Intelligence Agency to withdraw a top-level spy from Russia. Obama did. And so did indiscreet intelligence officials. CNN’s report to the contrary is false, as usual.” … “Intelligence officials spoiled a bona fide top-level intelligence source operating inside an adversary foreign government just to damage their own American president and government.

“CNN now admits it “initially withheld” information “which adds further understanding to the value of the informant” and that “was subsequently reported by the New York Times.”

The silver lining to CNN’s false reporting is that it reminds Americans about the importance of protecting the “sources and methods” of foreign intelligence. It is unconscionable that CIA officials such as John Brennan would spoil a deeply embedded foreign spy. Americans must demand better.

Climate Change and the Democrats. R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr – “Plus ça Climate Change, plus c’est la même chose.”

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it’s what they do, even if it doesn’t make sense

Everything That’s Wrong With Health Care In One Tweet. John Merline – “In 1960, half of the nation’s medical bills were paid out of pocket. Outside of hospital visits, insurance didn’t cover routine care. Patients paid doctors in cash for checkups and routine tests.

“It’s worth noting that at 10%, the out-of-pocket share of health spending is lower in the U.S. than in almost every other country that has declared medical care a “right” and promises “universal coverage.”

What’s needed isn’t less out-of-pocket spending for health care, but more of it. In every other part of the market, choice and competition drive down prices and increase quality. The same would work in health care, if government policies would stop discouraging it.

When doctors’ offices are full of Groupon-wielding patients, the health care system will no longer be “bonkers.” It will be reformed.

Flynn Lawyer Response to Threats and Targeted Harassment by Chairman Adam Schiff… sundance – “Not enough people understand the role of the Lawfare group in the corruption and political weaponization of the DOJ, FBI and larger intelligence community.

“What Media Matters is to corrupt left-wing media, the Lawfare group is to the corrupt DOJ and FBI.

The Lawfare continuum is very simple. The corrupt 2015 Clinton exoneration; which became the corrupt 2016 DOJ/FBI Trump investigation; which became the corrupt 2017 DOJ/FBI Mueller probe; is currently the 2019 “impeachment” plan. Weissmann and Mueller delivering their report evolved the plan from corrupt legal theory into corrupt political targeting. Every phase within the continuum holds the same goal.

The current “impeachment strategy” is planned-out within the Lawfare group.

After the 2018 mid-terms, and in preparation for the “impeachment” strategy, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler hired Lawfare Group members to become committee staff.

The Lawfare group ensures you have the right to remain guilty until they verify your politics and determine your alignment with the tribe. If accepted, your disposition shifts to innocent and you receive a pass to avoid any legal jeopardy…

Nadler’s Push For Impeachment Is A Crisis For America, Not Just Trump. Sara Carter – “Basically, the Democrats are desperately searching for a crime: any crime will do and they are not going to stop until they find one.

“Chairman Jerrold Nadler doesn’t seem to care about anything unless it’s “impeachment.” He has no evidence of malfeasance by the President but he, like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, don’t seem to care.

They are holding congressional hearings in search of a crime. Mind you, they have no evidence of anything but they are hoping, like they did with their debunked Trump Russia collusion theory, that they will find one.

Remember, over the past several years Nadler, Schiff and other Democrats haven’t wasted any time spreading false rumors, in other words a disinformation campaign, against Trump on their favorite friendly cable news outlets like MSNBC or CNN.

For what? I don’t get this at all. The American people are tired of this Washington D.C. political shark game. I’m sure the American people want a government that works for them and I’m guessing stop all these targeted attacks against the president.

Climate Change Has Been A Routine Scare Tactic Since The 1930s. Martin Armstrong – “It was Malthus who first published his “Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society” in 1798.” It’s what they do, again and again, and again.

More than 900 Amazon employees plan strike over climate change inaction. Evie Fordham – “Amazon’s strike will coincide with a 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg’s Global Climate Strike beginning on Sept. 20 as well.” Yes, it’s what they do.

The best speech on Brexit — from a shocking source. Thomas Lifson – “the arrogant, unaccountable transnational organizations, of which the EU is a leading example, have served global elites better than ordinary citizens of their constuent countries.”

“Watch this speech in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, by AfD’s co-leader Alice Weidel and start to realize that populism is a global force in the highly industrialized world, and that the complaints we Anericans feel against our elites, and the complaints Brits have against ceeding controt ot he EU, are all of a piece. She does not hesitate to point her fingers at France, which is leading the resistance to a negotiated Brexit.

One America News Network files $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, and corporate parents. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump isn’t the only one who hits back.”

A NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control. Roger L. Simon – “Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control.”

“You only have to look to Paris, where personal gun ownership is virtually illegal for private citizens and multiple dozens of people were murdered by jihadis at the Bataclan Theater and across the city, or Chicago, another supposedly gun-free zone, relatively anyway, where five were murdered and at least 29 wounded over the last weekend alone, for corroboration.

People who believe this kind of confiscation or control will solve everything, or even close, are living in a virtue-signaling/morally narcissistic dreamland.

Yes, it’s true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions:

Here we go. NRA sues San Francisco. Jazz Shaw – “It sounds like the NRA has a pretty solid case here. If the city had only passed some sort of nonbinding resolution calling the group a “domestic terrorist organization” they might have gotten away with it.” … “But when the city elders decided to declare that they would limit business with the NRA and its supporters, they definitely crossed a line.

Debunking Howard Zinn … neo – “Even before Zinn wrote his book, there was a movement to tear down the way American history had been taught before.

“So Zinn’s book fell on fertile ground, and without that encouragement I doubt it would have had the widespread effect it did. Most of us (and that includes me) weren’t paying much attention at the time. That’s how it was possible that the book’s influence became so widespread. At this point, can a counterbook such as Grabar’s have much effect? It seems to me that the tide against which it is swimming is very very strong.

Is It Illegal for a President to Make Money From Outside Businesses While in Office? Josh Ocampo – “Three lawsuits have been filed against Trump that invoke the Emoluments Clause; two have been dropped and one by Congressional Democrats remains active.” Ocampo is rather confused about the emoluments clause and why cases get dismissed. He does illustrate lawfare tactics based on deceit and distortion and suspicion and distruct work. It’s what they do.

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Affording mahem

Did Trump Rallies Really Increase Hate Crimes by 226%? Rick Moran – “As you can see, the left brings Mark Twain’s words to life: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” In this case, you have to ask are the professors that stupid? Or do they think that we are?” Moran has a problem, the ‘both sides guilty’ thing where the only cases he has go one way but that doesn’t inhibit innuendo or judgement sans evidence – or even contradictory to what is readily available.

“Trump makes use of the phrase “fake news” all too often. Many times, what he calls “fake news” is actually accurate reporting of his idiocy and ignorance.

But this is definitely one instance that Trump would be correct in calling out the media for reporting “fake news.” It’s not only “fake,” it’s an outright lie.

The Downside Of Prosperity: Madness Made Affordable. I & I Editorial Board – “No other system on Earth has created greater wealth for more people, and lifted more out of poverty than free market capitalism. But it has also brought a drawback we have to live with: plenty of idle time and available resources to feed foolish and too-often destructive activities.

“None of this is to say we shouldn’t promote prosperity. We are made wealthy only to the degree we are free. Purposely curbing or slowing prosperity to restrain the shameful and sometimes criminal behavior of a few would restrain the liberty of all.

But a civilized people cannot tolerate domestic terrorists, “black bloc” rioters, street brawlers, and violent agitators To let this behavior go on, and in Ayers’ case reward it with a teaching pulpit, is to invite cultural and societal decline.

Bucknell University To Host Antifa Leader Who Promotes Political Violence. Alexander Riley – “At the campus where I teach, this week we are seeing an example of this insidious creep toward the left’s open embrace of violence against those who advocate for conservative ideas.”

Did Jerry Nadler lie to a federal judge? Thomas Lifson – “If you or I lied to a judge in a filing, there would be serious legal consequences, perhaps a fine and incarceration, for our legal system depends on absolute truth in filings to the courts.”

Perception is all: sacrificing safety to give in to fear … neo – “Why would a person planning a mass murder respect a store’s request that he not bring a gun into the store? That would be a bizarre notion.

The long, strange road to passing SB 276 appears to be near its end…finally. David Gorski – “The long strange battle to get SB 276, the law designed to close that loophole, reveals a lot about the difficulty of legislating science-based policy, even in California.

In a recent discussion, “facts” kept being mentioned as if their existence was all that was needed to support certain allegations, assumptions, and accusations. The thing is, facts are like the reeds used to make a basket. Some are strong, healthy, and well woven to create a basket that doesn’t leak and will last. Others are weak and poorly woven so that a basket made from them leaks like a sieve and doesn’t last very long before falling apart. Being able to tell one from the other – how facts are put together and how strong they are for the case being made – this is the challenge.

Or maybe the story of the Three Little Pigs might work better as an analogy for you? Are your intellectual structures made of straw or brick?

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The Lie, and how dearly it is held, is a tell.

Natural Disasters and the AR-15. Erik Root – “As Dorian wreaks havoc, leaving some communities in a temporary state of nature, the right to protect ourselves is consequential. The natural right to self-defense is inalienable.

Lies the Left Tells About Guns. Rachel Bovard – “For starters, the “assault weapons” ban of 1994 had no meaningful effect on the homicide rate.”

“The simple fact that we have a right to own guns doesn’t mean individuals must own them, use them, or even like them. But what it does mean is that people advocating further regulation of firearms at least should have a baseline understanding of how firearms actually work, as well as the current statutory environment that regulates their purchase, handling, and use.

Unfortunately, the current rhetoric coming from Democrats betrays a deep misunderstanding about all of those things.

Here are some of the worst offenses.

The Enemies of American Infrastructure. Edward Ring – “America’s inability to build anything big has almost nothing to do with the quality of American engineering, or the capabilities of America’s construction industry. The blame lies exclusively with American politicians, judges, government bureaucrats, and plaintiff attorneys.

“Nobody wants to throw away all environmental protections, but the process now in place of permit delays and litigation has paralyzed the nation. It has become extreme. Americans are wearing out infrastructure that was built decades ago. Thanks to permitting delays and litigation, the costs of replacements and upgrades are prohibitive.

President Trump, who made his billions in the construction business, has done as much as he possibly can to cut regulations on builders, but without support from Congress or the courts, change is incremental.

If these environmentalists, bureaucrats, and plaintiff attorneys actually believe in saving a planet and a people desperately threatened by “climate change,” they’re being awfully impractical.

Kotkin’s analysis is accurate. “Public employee groups” and “the renewable energy lobbies” are special interests. If not one and the same, they are allied with the government bureaucrats and environmentalist attorneys who amass power and money every time they stop or delay another infrastructure project or housing development. They are sapping American wealth, oppressing the American people, and empowering hostile regimes around the world.

The Nuclear Option: Meteorologists, the Professional Fake Forecasters. Charles Hurt – “Sheathed in their nerdy white lab coats and pocket protectors, armed with their little TV weather screen clickers, they are ready for battle against the Great Orange Force of Nature.

“Every shred of information included in the president’s tweet came directly from — that’s right — meteorologists. The very same meteorologists who then turned viciously against Mr. Trump as soon as their own predictions, as usual, turned into total fantasy.

The harshness should not be towards weather forecasts but rather towards the lie and how dearly it is held – the fact that their complaint or accusation is sourced back to them in an early forecast and only about an insignificant part of that forecast.

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Security issues can be difficult to clean

The stakes are too high for Apple to spin the iPhone exploits. T.C. Sottek – “Apple attacks Google’s credibility instead of focusing on a vulnerable population.” This is a case of downplaying a crisis that isn’t comfortable. When it comes to security, all computers are vulnerable and any breaches found should bring to mind the idea that many others that have not been found probably exist. Apple also has China problems and is conflicted by these breaches appearing to be a part of Chinese persecution of the Uighur community.

Chick-fil-A opens first international store as eager customers step over bodies of ‘die-in’ protestors. Thomas Lifson – “There is something magical and quietly hilarious about the ability of a fast-food chain peddling chicken to arouse deep outrage from the alienated few and yet record-setting patronage by the greater public.”

“Yesterday, Chick-fil-A ventured beyond the borders of the United States for the very first time, opening the first of 15 planned stores in the Greater Toronto Area, and militant homosexuals as well as animal righties attempted to obstruct customers, some of whom started lining up as early as 6:30 AM, from entering the store.

People observing the tenets of their religion are targeted. How is this not religious bigotry?

The display of self-righteous anger backfired, as customer calmly stepped over and around the bodies attempting to block access and entered to enjoy delicious chicken sandwiches and nuggets.

I recall that something similar happened when the company opened its first store in Manhattan; Mayor deBlasio fumed, protestors gathered, but so did crowds of customers, and after the protestors went away, the crowds continued to mob the store.

Perhaps frustrated by their ineffectiveness, protestors escalated: … The craziness of damaging property and spewing obscenity to “defend love” is obvious to most people.

John Dean: The James Comey of Watergate. Geoff Shepard – “Both are media darlings in spite of outrageous professional conduct.”

“Both Comey and Dean were political lawyers. While holding presidential appointments to positions of extraordinary importance, each intentionally misled his president — and then lied about it.

Both played critical roles in worsening political scandals that were largely of their own making.

Each was less than candid in meetings with his respective president.

Each quickly became a critical actor in an all-out effort to end a presidency.

Both received exceptionally lenient treatment from federal prosecutors.

Both have been feted at congressional hearings chaired by Democrats and are now featured regularly in friendly appearances on CNN and MSNBC, where any questioning about their own prior actions is strictly off-limits.

Each man quickly wrote a bestselling book, spinning his own disgraceful actions in the best possible light. …

Astonishingly, both now teach courses on ethics and professional responsibility, seemingly in the belief their conduct was exemplary to other members of the legal profession.

Details about all of these matters, Comey’s and Dean’s, are easily ascertainable by journalists interested in objective reporting. What is so disturbing is the realization that the mainstream media must really still hate President Nixon to continue to make someone like John Dean their hero — and the same is obviously true for President Trump with James Comey.

Is Chicago a Gun Crime Sanctuary City? Daniel John Sobieski – “Hypocrisy has a new poster child for what Lightfoot fails to note is that what is important is not where the weapons came from, but what happened to the gun criminals and gangbangers afterword,

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Mean? Tactics and the invisible war.

Yes, Marianne Williamson, The Left Is As Mean As A Pit Of Vipers. I & I Editorial Board – “I know this sounds naïve,” she said in an interview with the magazine’s executive editor, but “I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.”

“The politics of the left are animated by those who want to manage, control, and bully. All require a certain level of malice. Decent people, kind folks, don’t want to run other people’s lives. They have no need to call those they disagree with racists, bigots, and white supremacists. Neither do they feel compelled to force society to conform to their schemes.

German Industrial Orders Plunge – The Surface Reason is China – The Underneath Reason is Trump… sundance – “China’s currency devaluation makes their exports cheaper; however, at the same time it makes any of their imports more expensive. As a consequence China buys less… and that now exhibits in lower purchases of German stuff.

“All of those nations who were counting on Chinese purchases are now going bananas. This is why the multinationals blame Donald Trump… and to make matters even worse – the U.S. economy is thriving, while they watch from the sidelines. It’s a delicious dynamic.

For more than three decades global economies have grown by removing wealth from the United States. The U.S. multinationals have countered the economic arguments by claiming those global economies have purchased U.S. treasuries; but that means we trade our current wealth for future debt.

President Trump has reversed this dynamic. We are repatriating our national wealth through new trade policies, and will pay for any incurred foreign debt by expanding our own economy and controlling our own destiny.

Woman Drops ‘Forcible Kiss’ Trump Lawsuit After Furious Judge Views Cellphone Footage. Tyler Durden – “Johnson is also dropping a separate claim that the Trump campaign underpaid women and minority employees, with Zavareei once again slamming the Obama-nominated Jung.

“Trump attorney Charles Harder said in response to the filing: “Ms. Johnson’s court filing last night, giving up the case, represents total victory for President Trump, and fully vindicates him of Johnson’s false accusation.”

“Ms. Johnson’s filing last night also fully vindicates the Trump Campaign, and verifies that the Trump Campaign fully complied with all applicable laws as to Ms. Johnson and all of its other employees.”

Harder had argued that Johnson repeatedly violated a nondisclosure agreement in connection with her work for the Trump campaign.

“The President and Campaign are weighing their legal options against Ms. Johnson at this time, and have demanded that she reimburse them for the attorneys’ fees and costs they incurred in her failed lawsuit,” he said, adding “Just as the President defeated the Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit and obtained an order requiring her to pay his legal fees, so too should Alva Johnson reimburse the President’s legal fees and costs incurred here.”

Interestingly, the MSM seemed to hold this “credible accusation” at arm’s length – perhaps because Trump kissing a black woman would conflict with their ‘super racist president’ narrative, or maybe because it was obvious BS from the start?

The Left’s determination to destroy us from within. Patricia McCarthy – “Candidate Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally transform America,” and he succeeded in doing just that. He pushed the Democratic Party from what was a semblance of JFK liberalism to abject Alinskyite hate-America radicalism.

“The Democrats now champion socialism, restrictions on free speech, post-term abortion, and the doxing and blacklisting of those with opinions they find unacceptable. They support the abrogation of the Second Amendment. In their view, only criminals should and will have guns.

Every Democrat presidential candidate opposes ICE, the agency tasked with stemming the tide of illegal immigration. All of them have implicitly admitted their contempt for our police and sanctioned violence against them. They clearly value illegal migrants over citizens.

CVS, Wegmans, Walgreens Ask Customers Not to Bring Firearms into Stores. Liz Sheld – “If someone is prepared to slaughter 10, 20 or more innocent civilians shopping in a drug store, do you think they are inclined to respect the “wishes” of a retail outlet that doesn’t want firearms in its establishment?

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Maximum overdrive

the movie, yeah, that one (see imdb) – maybe that explains what is going on.

Brexit Has Devolved Into Random Acts Of Vandalism. Tyler Durden – “Brexit has destroyed British politics. That was the goal of the EU’s non-negotiating strategy. And it has succeeded brilliantly.

“The Remain coalition in the U.K. parliament have become vandals.

They would destroy everything about their government, traditions and what they know to be true outside the halls of Westminster to ensure the dreams of their paymasters are made real.

The fact that they would put forward a bill that hands absolute control over future negotiations with the EU to the European Commission is treason. Period.

That they would then hide from a General Election that they know would reverse their coup is an act of vandalism.

Now they will burn down parliament and what it was supposed to stand for if they can’t have their way.

Can Americans Still Co-Exist? John Hinderaker – “It is hard to know what this means, but the idea, obviously, is to use the Left’s boycott strategy. Whether this is actually implemented, and what effects it may have on banks; hotel, restaurant and retail store chains; and who knows what other businesses, remains to be seen. What we do know is that this action by San Francisco typifies the kind of hateful, irrational conduct that has made any civil political discourse in this country impossible.

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A world gone mad where it’s a virtue to be so frightened?

Our Real Identity Politics Is Governed By Almighty God. E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “The Left in American life today, with its emphasis on socialist and communist values, is essentially denying the validity of Judeo-Christian values which have been defended successfully for centuries by blood, sweat, and tears. The Left emphasizes needs rather than rights, equality over liberty, state ownership over private property, a woman’s right to choose death over life, gender fluidity over the eternal reality of a two gender system based on creation of both men and women in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and world government over national identities.”

Squad Dems Raise Money to Help Activists Arrested in Boston, Including Antifa Goons Who Assaulted Cops. Debra Heine – “Thanks to AOC and Pressley’s supportive tweets, the crowdfunding campaign for the antifa counter-protesters−some of whom attacked the police−surpassed its $15,000 goal, raising a total of $24,652 for their legal fees.” Why have laws if they only apply to some?

Rolling Stone’s take on Andy Ngo is about as fair as you’d expect. John Sexton – “Your mob beats up someone and puts them in the hospital and suddenly people think you’re a bunch of bad people. It’s weird how that works.

“Honestly, the virtue-signaling argument gets overused and this piece is a good example. Siding with Andy Ngo against violent street thugs doesn’t have to be viewed as dishonest or performative virtue. The fact is that most Americans, right or left, don’t like violent goons beating people up. The fact that the author sees the goons as the left’s “black-clad brethren” says more about him than it does about the people reacting to Ngo’s beat down.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election. Conrad Black – “A disgraceful end for “deep state” actors and an implosion of the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee are both very real possibilities.”

“But the stark contrast in policy and personality terms between the president and the Democrats, and the bellicosity of the president himself, which can be embarrassing but may have been essential for him to get through the unprecedented effort to undermine him illegally, do not in themselves explain the very long fuse that is burning with excruciating slowness toward the powder keg of explicit revelation of Democratic law-breaking.

It is clearer every week those who say what occurred was an attempted coup are substantially accurate. This is not only astounding and distressing, the extreme state of denial that grips the Trump-hating media makes it likely that the credibility of the national political press will be in tatters long after those responsible for the unconstitutional conspiracy to subvert and pervert the election have been exposed and legally punished.

When Trump Fights the Left, He Punches Up. Fletch Daniels – “A common critique on message boards is that Trump is punching down at his opponents. While there is room to question the wisdom of some of his tweets, President Trump is not punching down. He is actually punching up.” … “No matter how many tweets President Trump sends out, there will still be a power disparity between him and the liberal cultural institutions that does not favor the president.

“One of the worst and lasting legacies of President Obama’s presidency was the weaponization of government. A Republican president does not have that option because the federal bureaucracy would mutiny if he tried. It is hard enough for a Republican president to move the federal bureaucracy to bring real liberal criminals to justice, a fact on full display right now.

Any Democrat president who inherits such an ideologically loyal bureaucracy will be tempted to misuse it.

A Democrat president inherits a full blanket of media protection that acts like air superiority protecting that president from any effective attack. …

A Republican president starts on day one with a disloyal bureaucracy, a hostile media seeking to destroy him, and relentless fire from the entire cultural heights.

Some Comments on Guns. John Hinderaker – “the last couple of mass shooters likely are copycats … the U.S. homicide rate has been cut in half since the Clinton administration … contrary to popular belief, the U.S. is not home to an unusual number of mass shootings … liberals are, as usual, advocating policies that will do no good

A conservative plan to reduce shootings (and other homicides). Paul Mirengoff – “Daniel Horowitz presents a seven-step plan to reduce homicides … Horowitz’s plan would save countless lives without violating constitutional rights.

Rufuspetasumphobia … neo – “When did it become a virtue to be so frightened of a political point of view held by half of Americans, and to label it as abnormal and actually hateful?”

“It’s been building for decades, and it focuses mostly on the perception and careful cultivation by the press and the Democratic Party (especially its leftist wing, which has grown so large as to seem like the main body at this point) of the idea that the opponents are not mainstream but are vile haters who must be opposed with any and every tool possible.

It’s a cliche to say we have become increasingly polarized in recent decades. But it’s crystal clear that we have, and that much of it has been promoted on the left as a tactic for winning elections. Fear is contagious, as well. Is the fear real, or is it fake and just a way to prove who’s the wokest of them all? I don’t know, and it hardly matters, because the poison is out there, eating away at the fabric of our society.

via Instapundit: CATHY YOUNG: Hard Lessons From The Russian Civil War. “The most trenchant lesson for the modern age is one that also seems increasingly relevant to the West: When political adversaries are no longer fellow citizens to live with but rather enemies to be crushed, we all lose.”

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If looking for fault and disaster, maybe you need to turn your head

The Daytona 3,000 – Power Crews from All Over U.S. Stage at Daytona International Speedway… sundance – “Keep a joyous heart filled with thankfulness; and if you can’t muster it, then just pretend.” One of the best ‘what to expect’ and ‘what to do’ hurricane stories out there.

CNN falsely pushes claims that ‘climate crisis is making hurricanes more dangerous’. Thomas Lifson – “CNN’s fall from a purveyor of news to pure propaganda organ of the Left was vividly displayed yesterday.

To Reduce Gun Violence, Arm All Americans. Charlie Martin – “Now because I’m sure some rental commenter is just waiting to start typing, yes I think it’s awful that people got shot and killed.

“I can’t help but wonder why the extremely high murder rates in places like Chicago and Baltimore don’t seem to be news stories.

I’ll leave that for another rant, however, and point out that when you consider murder rates there is a very very high correlation between really stringent gun laws and really high gun violence.

From Icon to Just a Con. Victor Davis Hanson – “Most of us who came of age in the 1970s revered the university.

“What went wrong? The former students of the 1970s came into power and gradually began to reject the very code of conduct and training of those who taught them. And in turn they taught a new generation who for the first time had little first-hand knowledge of the great campus scholars and icons of the past.

New progressive doctrines insisted that because the traditional elements of American society and culture—the family, church, community, and government—were biased, the university was needed as a counterweight to these nefarious conservative forces.

Because America had not been perfect in 21st-century moral terms, then it never had been even good. Ironically, few of the new faculty and student censors ever imagined the horrors and grit of the past—or could never have endured the deadly trek of the pioneers they now damned, the daily effort to find clean water or dispose safely of raw sewage, or the ordeal of having a third of one’s children die in birth or from childhood diseases.

Bitterness abounds when graduates gradually learn that their liberal anti-capitalist professors and administrators were part of a profit-rigged system by which peasant students became financial cannon fodder.

In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media. Miranda Devine – “Pitting two women against each other just never gets old, does it?” And it is a good source to apply the word ugly as in smear and bigotry. Devine illustrates.

“Melania & Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era,” by Tammy R. Vigil, is presented as a mere bipartisan assessment of the public images of both women.

But it thinly veils its criticism of one and its admiration of the other. No prizes for guessing who’s who.

But, hey, if it damages the Trumps, go for it.

There is a good reason Melania, 49, might be “aloof” with the media, and that is because the attacks on her are more vicious, personal and unrelenting than any first lady has endured.

unlike Hillary Clinton, whose aggressive foray into health care policy when she was first lady caused considerable political fallout for her husband, Melania doesn’t flaunt her influence.

She is a woman whose poise and dignity speaks volumes.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump gets China. Paul Mirengoff – “Trump’s approach also makes some of his supporters nervous because they fear that a trade war with China might well throw our economy into a tailspin and perhaps cost Trump the 2020 election. I confess to being nervous on these grounds.

“There should be no doubt, however, that Trump understands China. Chen Guangcheng, a leading human rights advocate who has been struggling against the Chinese regime for many years, makes that case in the Washington Post. The title (paper edition) is to the point: “Trump gets China. His critics don’t.”

Trump, by contrast, “is the first president in recent memory to seriously say to this communist dictatorship: If you want to keep doing business with us, you have to change.” And Trump has backed up this statement with his actions:

Trump, with an admittedly unorthodox style, is trying to break down the systems, and the concessions, that have allowed the CCP to operate unchecked for too long. He deserves credit, not criticism, for saying: Enough.

looking for fault is self deceit and social disservice.

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