Archive for October, 2019

We need a proper conscience even it seems missing in so many quarters

Australia’s Future and Its Enemies. Mervyn F Bendle – “The National Farmers Federation has announced that it will implement a long-term public relations campaign to mobilise public and political support for a major expansion of the agricultural industry in Australia and combat the zealotry of animal rights activists and green extremists.” It’s a shared problem by the grown, and successful, children of the British empire.

“Tragically, Australia is afflicted with deeply entrenched anti-development forces. It must therefore re-affirm its national identity as a frontier society, ready to engage in nation-building projects on a continental scale, and prepared systematically to harness the natural and human resources required to develop a thriving, highly productive society. This is a battle that must be won in the realm of culture, and it can no more be ignored than the financial or physical infrastructure requirements of this gigantic project can be ignored.

Australia is a country where radical environmentalists have had a free ride for decades, shutting down innumerable worthwhile projects and strangling many others in green tape and with ‘law-fare’ designed to make their successful completion uneconom or even impossible, as has been demonstrated with the Adani mine and in the Hunter Valley. Investors will retreat once they realize that their complex, capital-intensive projects will be slandered, stymied, suffocated, and sabotaged by a well-resourced cadre of cosseted vandals (‘protesters’) aided and protected by an array of political, legal, judicial, academic, and media supporters.

Babylon Bee: Trump Vows To Cut Foreign Aid To California.

The Democrats’ Debate Was Unconstitutional. Thomas McArdle – “The Constitution protects private property from the greedy hand of government. The Fourth Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects” – i.e. their property — from search not based on reasonable suspicion of a crime.

Anderson Cooper Casually Vindicates Hunter Biden. Emily Jashinsky – “Perhaps he thought it was clever to say Trump falsely accused the junior Biden of wrongdoing “while serving” on the board.” It’s these questionable base presumptions that indicate just how deep and severe, and dangerous, the bias at CNN and elsewhere really is. “Stating is as an unimpeachable fact that “no evidence of wrongdoing” exists to implicate Hunter or Joe Biden is wrong. It’s really wrong coming from the purportedly objective moderator of a presidential debate.

George Orwell – “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

Fraud Continues – Nancy Pelosi Promises House Impeachment Subpoenas Will Not Have Legal Penalties – House Will Not Authorize Impeachment Inquiry… sundance – “It is likely, highly likely, Nancy Pelosi does not have the votes to proceed with a full House impeachment authorization; so Pelosi, Schiff, Engel and Cummings have to rely on the duplicity of the media to help them hide their scheme. So far the media is complying.

Bill Barr’s Brilliant Touchdown Run at Notre Dame. Terence P. Jeffrey – “And to control willful human beings with an infinite capacity to rationalize, those moral values must rest on an authority independent of men’s wills,

“They must flow from the transcendent Supreme Being. In short, in the framers’ view, free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people, a people who recognized that there was a transcendent moral order antecedent to both the state and to manmade laws and had the discipline to control themselves according to those enduring principles.”

Yes, that is exactly why John Adams said: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious People.”

Barr argued that “secularists” are now attacking the moral order that is the foundation of our liberty and threatening religious freedom in pursuit of their cause.

“We cannot have a moral renaissance,” he concluded, “unless we succeed in passing to the next generation our faith and values in full vigor.”

The People’s POTUS… sundance – “We interrupt our worries and fret-filled daily programming for a brief respite.” … “Remember when President Trump had the boys and girls Little League champs at the White House last week?… There’s a whole lot of fun happening there

“Come to think of it, President Trump has a remarkable ability to focus on the big picture amid circumstances that would likely overwhelm most people. His ability to live in the moment and compartmentalize challenges is a very significant strength.

It would be challenging for anyone to face complex global issues and geopolitics, while simultaneously battling domestic political adversaries…. let alone, stop mid-day and give 100% of your attentive self to celebrate with a group of kids and ensure they understood how valuable and important they are…. Yup, President Donald Trump can do that.

You have to really look to find any balance to the propaganda onslaught.

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What’s your reference?

Make Columbus Day Great Again. Stephen Kruiser – “Christopher Columbus was one of the first victims of Cancel Culture before it was even called Cancel Culture.”

“Now I’m supposed to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples Day,” … There is also the fact that many of them weren’t any nicer than Columbus, so if we’re canceling people for being awful, they’re as cancel-worthy as our intrepid Italian.

The Strategies of Targeting Trump. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are headed for a train wreck. No one knows for certain which outcome is most likely.”

“After failing with the voting machine gambit, the Logan Act, the 25th Amendment, the emoluments clause, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux-coup, the Comey memos farce, the “resistance” efforts outlined by the New York Times anonymous op-ed writer, the campaign finance violations accusations, Stormy, tax returns, whistleblowers, leakers, the Mueller 22 months charade, and now impeachment 2.0, what exactly is the point of impeaching Trump just 13 months before the election?

There doesn’t have to be a point to impeachment. Democrats loathe Trump. That is enough.

Sane observers see impeachment as a travesty without either moral or legal grounds to justify removing an elected president 13 months before the 2020 election. But sanity means nothing these days, given the hatred of Trump, the volatility of the electorate, and the furious bias of the media.

But I think the piece worth highlighting today is from the Wall Street Journal editorial board, who, like Matt Drudge (have you seen the Drudge Report lately?), appears to have had it with the dunce cap model in the Oval:” This one is from Patterico and illustrates the nonsense in ad hominem judgment that defies reality. “Dunce cap” for a man who won a presidential election and then had such a positive impact on the economy and international trade? Then there’s the vox populi [Merriam-Webster] logical fallacy … With so many blinded like this, is it any wonder Trump wins?

Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy. Byron York – “A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.

“In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation “violates fundamental fairness.” He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don’t they have the right to know what the president’s accusers say?

 

Scientists Gone Mad. J. Frank Bullitt – “Worse, they’re ignorant, and overly willing dupes. They’ve fallen for what is so obviously an exaggeration if not an outright fraud. And they should be, as British columnist Brendan O’Neill suggests, “criticized and ridiculed out of existence.”

Glyphosate Doesn’t Cause Cancer. It Saves Native Ecosystems. Ted Williams – “Misinformation has created a lucrative business for ambulance-chasing lawyers and NGOs.” What’s this doing on Slate?

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what exactly is honorable about pretending?

Rep. Jim Jordan Asks 17 Awkward Questions About Pelosi’s “Impeachment Inquiry”. Tyler Durden – “Rep. Jim Jordan has been among the most outspoken critics of the farce that is the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry,” and tonight, in a series of tweets, the Ohio congressman asks the uncomfortable questions that the media seems unwilling to.

Nolte: Good Riddance to Shepard Smith – “Tell me, what exactly is honorable about pretending to be an unbiased journalist whose only job is to inform the public when you are, in reality, just another far-left talking head spreading conspiracy theories, just another leftist having narcissistic temper tantrums in public about guns and gay marriage, just another propagandist serially misleading your viewers with crazed conspiracy theories as a means to grind your sorry little ax… just another sanctimonious, blow-dried, fake news grifter?

Trump’s Foreign Policy Deals Properly with Tyrants. Roger Kimball – “Trump’s coddling of the dictatorial mind is not capitulation but a steely eyed gambit to get part—he hopes all, or a lot, but at least some—of what he and what the United States wants.”

“The bottom like, however, is this. Trump’s actions are “a strategy.” (“Obviously,” says Roger. It is obvious to me. But is it obvious to Bill Kristol, to Pastor David French, to Jonah Goldberg?) It is indeed true, as Roger acknowledges that “It’s not clear the extent to which it will work.” But here’s payday: “if it does even some of the time, it’s miles ahead of what his predecessors ever did.”

It’s especially rich that some of the sharpest criticism of Trump on this issue is coming from some of the architects and enablers of that litany of self-absorption and failure. Meanwhile, what if Trump strikes a big trade deal with China? What if he manages to get Kim to denuclearize? What if he lures the mad mullahs in Iran into the 21st century? He hasn’t managed it yet. But so far he’s had a lot more success than did Obama with his spineless habit of “leading from behind.”

Trump, Ukraine, and Justice. Jesse Richman – “Even if we assume the worst, Trump did nothing wrong in Ukraine, and nothing more than his duty.”

“Those who claim that a request from the head of one state to the head of the other constitutes a crime may perhaps be imagining that the positive response to such a request would in this context constitute a “campaign contribution” and hence it would be in violation of campaign finance law. To see how little sense it makes to stretch campaign finance law this far, let’s reflect on it for a minute.

Producers of the Flailing Impeachment Inquiry. Clarice Feldman – “The whistleblower tale has crumbled and the backup witnesses the Democrats are relying on only confirm the Deep State bureaucrats and Democrats believe that they, not the elected president, have a lock on executive powers.”

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without malicious intent?

Has the Time Come to Put Down Lawlessness, Insurrection and Rebellion? David Solway – “The issue, however, is whether the great purge of unsavory and dissident institutions, organizations, and power brokers can succeed via discursive, procedural, and electoral means or whether something far more dramatic is needed to prevent the end of the unique republican experiment that is the United States of America.” The people will speak, even if they say nothing. The question is about what they will say and how they will say it.

FISA Judges Collyer and Boasberg Both Identified NSA Databases Used for Political Surveillance… sundance – “One of the weird aspects to both Collyer and Boasberg is that both FISC judges did not ever seek to ask the “why” question: why are all these unauthorized database searches taking place? Instead, both judges focus on process issues and technical procedural questions, seemingly from a position that all unauthorized searches were done without malicious intent.

Little League Champs “Catch a Ride Home” With President Trump – Video… sundance – wonder what the malicious intent was on that?

Morning Greatness: Urine, Spitting, Violence from Trump Rally Protestors in Minneapolis. Liz Sheld – “On Thursday, the president held a rally in Minneapolis and the violent left showed up to riot because our culture is laden with feeble-minded adultchildren who can’t control themselves and lash out violently when presented with something they don’t want to hear. And then they are rewarded.

“I can’t imagine it will be long now before some of these targets will fight back. The police are handcuffed by the Trump-deranged liberal local government that insists on facilitating this violence and can’t really control the riots. It’s a powder keg especially with the campaign season ramping up.

Last Night, We Saw Fascism In the Streets [Updated]. John Hinderaker – “These leftists are identical to the Nazi Brownshirts of the 1930s. But make no mistake–they represent today’s Democratic Party. A sitting Democratic State Representative, Aisha Gomez (DFL-Minneapolis), was seen among the fascists, dressed in black like an Antifa hoodlum.” … “The facts are very, very bad for the Left and for the Democratic Party. We need to bring those facts to light before it is too late.

Will We Ever Prosecute? Gordon Wysong – “Can anyone hold to the faith in American justice? Those who support the rule of law feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football. It’s coming — oh, wait, it’s coming…oh, wait…

“The full scope of what has gone on will never be known, but the lessons for future participants in such a scheme is essential. The next time, the prosecution will be more severe, more certain, and more expedient. Protecting the Constitution is more important than perfect justice. Some miscreants will escape, but they will never sleep well again. The lesson must be taught.

A DOJ that fails to move loses its credibility and its honor. The foundation of the Republic is placed at risk. Without the rule of law, what do we have?

At some point, deferral of prosecution is dereliction or abetting. Has it reached that point?

A Star Is Born in the Battle Over Trump’s Tax Returns. Editorial of The New York Sun – “She reckons that the way House is going after Mr. Trump violates the constitutional prohibition against bills of attainder.” The knee jerk response to her opinion described in this editorial is indicative to the point that she hits a nerve. It addresses those who should know better like Mirengoff or Wallace.

“Rather, Judge Rao quotes case law to suggest that the prohibition of attainder bills was intended “as an implementation of the separation of powers, a general safeguard against legislative exercise of the judicial function, or more simply—trial by legislature.” She reckons the Framers “understood the importance of prohibiting Congress from turning its substantial powers against an individual.”

As usual, California goes too far with new red flag law. Jazz Shaw – “California Governor Gavin Newsom kept himself busy yesterday by signing a new red flag gun control bill into law. (This was only one of fifteen new gun control laws.) The strange part of this story is that the Golden State already had a red flag law on the books, similar to those in sixteen other states and the District of Columbia. But now they’re going much further.

A Sensible Take on Syria. John Hinderaker – “James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation and the Institute of World Politics gave an interview to the Daily Signal that gives the best take I have seen on Trump’s recent Syria move.” See also the earlier citation of Richard Fernandez on this. Both Fernandez and Carafano provide a bit of balance to the anti-Trump knee jerk responses.

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Where’s the Love?

Left-wing Rioters Attack Trump Supporters Leaving Minneapolis Rally. Joel B. Pollak – “A protestor can be seen waving the Chinese flag in front of riot police. While people in Hong Kong wave American flags for freedom, we wave Chinese flags.

“The scene was reminiscent of the riot outside a convention center in San Jose in June 2016, when anti-Trump rioters attacked Trump supporters leaving the venue in full view of the media — and Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed Trump.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed Thursday as “Love Trumps Hate Day” in the city, in solidarity with protests against Trump. Evidently, however, some of those among the “protesters” felt “hate” trumped “love.”

Who has the love here? Who puts the hate on parade? Mayors cannot see?

Are all Dems above the law? J. F. Gaski – “In the present Ukraine matter, the mainstream media propaganda machine is missing something very basic. The error is exposed by the uniform and diversionary way the Trump-Ukraine accusation is framed:” … another case of very clear factual evidence being turned upside down in false witness by non-fringe actors.

“The explanation is that to assume one of an infinite number of potential motives is face-invalid and unreasonable. All one must do to falsify such a pseudo-argument is identify a single plausible alternative motivation, and a big one is readily at hand: As the chief law-enforcement officer of the United States, Donald Trump has a constitutional obligation to investigate illegal behavior, especially when committed at the highest level of our government.

How convenient that the Democrat position in the latest faux scandal reduces to this: All Dems are above the law.

The Democrats and the MSM have gotten bolder about lying… neo – “Why would the Democrats think this would be effective? And why would they think the public will buy their statements that, if Trump doesn’t co-operate with their “inquiry” and letters of request for testimony, he is obstructing justice?” … “The combination of the takeover of our educational system by the left and a press that is completely dedicated to being political rather than telling the truth allows the Democrats to feel invulnerable.

Sustainability Is Baked Right Into the Heart of Capitalism. Coyote Blog – “the company [Tesla] can’t be very sustainable because it spends far more than it earns, ie it consumes more valuable resources than it produces (a ratio made even worse if one factors in all the taxpayer subsidies the company consumes as revenue).

“I would argue that financial stability has everything to do with environmental sustainability (though I will admit that this comparison is a bit hard since environmentalists seem to bend over backwards to NOT define “sustainability” very precisely). In fact, I think that sustainability is baked right into the heart of capitalism.

The reason for this comes back to the magic of prices. Of all the amazing, wondrous things we celebrate in the world, prices may be the most overlooked. Just think of it: with no governing structure or top down ruling board, a single number encapsulates everything most everyone in the world knows about a particular product: both its utility and relative scarcity, both now and as anticipated in the future. It is a consensus derived voluntarily between millions of people who never meet with each other and likely never communicate with each other.

Syria Risks Becoming Erdogan’s Vietnam. Richard Fernandez – “Turkey’s border offensive against the Kurds, far from being a blitzkrieg, is limited by the resources available to Ankara’s forces.” Here’s a bit of reality on the latest anti-Trump tirades.

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How can you understand this? (Never Trumpers and their ilk)

Is the Pope a Catholic? Mark Powell – “Committed Catholics have been increasingly concerned about many of the Pope’s statements regarding divorce and remarriage, homosexuality (‘Who am I to judge?’), capital punishment, the existence of hell, and even the re-wording of the Lord’s Prayer.”

“But the reason I address this is because it is the responsibilities of leaders to uphold the values of the institutions which employ them. If they can’t continue to do that then they should have the integrity to resign. As Gillette has found out the hard way, once you go woke you quickly go broke. Which is precisely the direction the Church of Rome is heading under its current theologically progressive leadership.

Bottom Lining the Democrat-manufactured Trump-Ukraine Scandal. Judi McLeod – “When the Democrats Investigate Trump For Over 2 Years; And The Only Thing They Can Uncover Is Their Own Crimes.” … “Problem with that is that all the perps in the ongoing pumped-up scandal are comfortably nestled and protected inside a most devious Congress.

If Anyone Should Be Impeached, It’s the Liberal Media. Trevor Thomas – “Contrary to their sacred duty to provide what is truthful, they have willfully presented false and misleading information to the public at large concerning, but not limited to, the following:

No, the Electoral College Isn’t “Electoral Affirmative Action” for Rural States. John W. York, Ph.D. – “The reason Trump was able to win the presidency while losing the popular vote has nothing to do with “affirmative action” for rural states. It has everything to do with the way states choose to apportion their delegates.” … “It is a nod to a historical reality: When large swaths of a vast country feel they have been forgotten, dark days are likely to be on the horizon.

Zelensky: “This is not corruption, it was just a call” Ed Morrissey – “it’s tough to build a case of quid pro quo and corruption when the two players in the alleged act both say nothing of the sort occurred — and the record backs that up.” … doesn’t matter to House Democrats or their propaganda machine (or Volokh Conspiracy lawyers, see below), though.

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0? Victor Davis Hanson – “The particular narrative is not all that important, at least compared with a general overriding theme: We are in a virtual civil war, and the Left believes that it can win over the hearts and minds of 20 to 30 percent of the swing voters in the United States with therapeutic tales of racism, sexism, unearned white privilege, and right-wing greed and selfishness, and also by destroying the elected president.

The Bluffpeachment. Gary Gindler – “The current situation in Washington is, in the language of poker, a bluff. The Democrats are bluffing; they have only weak cards in their hand. They actually have nothing against Trump. That’s all they have ever had.” Gindler also notes: “The U.S. Constitution empowers only the entire House of Representatives with the impeachment authority, not just the speaker of the House or the chairmen of the committees of the House.” This is interesting in light of the argument that the Constitution is vague on the issue and, therefore, the House can use whatever process it wants. That starts playing games on what one means by House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. (See Volokh Conspiracy post and the following assertions)

New Statement from Checks and Balances on President Trump’s Abuse of Office. Jonathan H. Adler – “We believe the acts revealed publicly over the past several weeks are fundamentally incompatible with the president’s oath of office, his duties as commander in chief, and his constitutional obligation to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’” This is signed by a number of rather prestigious lawyers and is a conclusion based on their reading of the Ukraine matter. What these lawyers are saying is that chasing corruption in the affairs of U.S. elected officials involving other nations is “fundamentally incompatible with the president’s oath of office.” Trying to wrap one’s head around that, even when dressed up in a lawyerly sounding epistle such as this, is a difficult task. The base logic is just the expressed part of the problem. The context (i.e. Mueller findings) and the reference in long established precedent are missing and very likely it is because they show this official sounding pronouncement to be a farce. But why would such a distinguished collection of lawyers expose themselves like this?

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Can we get back to normal?

Trumperman and the Joker Legions. Peter Smith – “But, disdain doesn’t nearly do it to for the Left. Republican presidents are always demonised by the Left but this time is different. The hate is palpable and unremitting.

“Of course, as progressivism wreaks its havoc, Islam or China or both are waiting in the wings. But progressives being deficient in the cognitive ability of weighing consequences can’t see that far.

Will Trump prove decisive in turning the tide? Will they get him first? In any event, is even two terms enough time? I don’t know but we better hope he prevails. No one else is in sight.

Trump is unique; a very special, one-off leader. A cometh-the-moment figure like Churchill in 1940. His achievements are remarkable; even more so when every day with unheard of fortitude he bats away the indefatigable baying media mob.

Where Trump gets the strength is completely beyond me. I don’t believe anything quite like it has happened before. If he isn’t a superhero he makes a good fist of acting like one.

Babylon Bee: God Working On Backup Plan To Accomplish His Will Just In Case Trump Doesn’t Get Reelected.

More Evidence That Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Working. John Merline – “How would you describe a year in which the amount of money that corporations paid in taxes shot up by 12%? Believe it or not, Democrats are calling it a giveaway to corporate fat cats. For everyone else, it’s a sign that the Trump tax cuts are working as promised.

How Unreasoned Impeachment Dysfunction Is Trashing Democrats. Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara – “it is unpopular because it is so unreasoned in trying to impeach Trump for the corruption of Biden, just as it was Hillary who actually colluded with Russians. Yet it will dominate the political landscape for many months, highlighting the role of the socialist progressives most dangerous to the future of the traditionally blue-collar Democrat Party.”

Rod Rosenstein “Unindicted Co-Conspirator”? – Durham Expands Timeline for Probe… sundance – “One aspect heavily monitored by CTH surrounds frequent redactions to ongoing DOJ releases that touch upon former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“We’ve always said that Attorney General Bill Barr’s biggest challenge would not be gathering evidence of what took place; the evidence is so obvious there have been books written about it. The real challenge for AG Barr is navigating through what We The People are already aware of; against a likely disposition that Barr would not want to believe it, and certainly would be conflicted in facing it.

White House Background Outline on Rebuttal Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Effort… sundance – “This is the first time ever that someone — that a House has tried to pursue such an inquiry while denying the minority that right.” The questions from media personnel quoted here do not reflect well on the media.

“It’s a political stratagem because the Democrats want to overturn the results of the 2016 election and they want to use impeachment as a political strategy to influence the results of the 2020 election. And this, again, is unprecedented in the history of our nation to use such a grave constitutional proceeding for such raw political ends.

And the letter concludes by explaining that, given these constitutional flaws and the President’s obligations under the Constitution and to future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, that he cannot have his administration participate in this unconstitutional procedure, and that, under the current circumstances, at least as currently framed, that he and his administration will not participate in this process.

Protesters Swarm Max Rose’s Office Over His Support of Impeachment. Hannah Bleau – “I will support and I will defend the United States Constitution, and it is for that reason that I intend to fully support this impeachment inquiry and follow the facts,” he told supporters at a town hall last week. Compare and contrast this canard with another story: Seems James Clapper just admitted Obama ordered him to ignore 2016 Russian election interference. Jack Hellner – “Somehow, the complicit media have never been interested in connecting the very clear dots”. When Rose adds emphasis that “I’m gonna follow these facts wherever they lead, no matter the consequences,” he makes it very clear that he would rather follow ghosts rather than facts that attempt to lead him in directions he doesn’t want to follow. That is what his constituents are trying to tell him in swarming his office but he, like others in his party, express denial and further alienate those they are supposed to represent.

Today’s Democrats or the Deep State. Ned Ryun – “If you’re wondering how all of this stops, how we return to normal, I will tell you what a friend told me: “There is no normal. There is only Clausewitz.”

“Like a child with a box of matches, deranged Democrats seem to think they have their hands on a good idea. Their thinking goes something like this: “If we can’t be in control, let’s burn it all down, destroy norms, throw an epic political tantrum, hold the American people hostage! That’ll show the irredeemable deplorables to question their betters!”

There is only absolute and total political war on this axis we face until we beat them into an unconditional surrender. The Left wants it that way because they think they can win. They want no holds barred total political war. Since we can’t escape it, I say we give it to them measure for measure.

For those who think there is some middle ground with the Left, there isn’t. There’s no negotiating with them until they sue for terms. Time to man up and fight: the future of our constitutional republic depends on it.

Trump is Winning the Great Game of American Political Football. Conrad Black – “Trump has gained full control of his party, has held at least 45 percent of the country solidly behind him, and is threatening to derail the liberal slide of post-Reagan America and to pulverize and convert or expel the “OBushinton” cadres of the political class.”

“Some drama is being generated because the Bush Republicans resent Trump’s trashing of them and are unctuously saying he was improper, though not impeachable in his conversation with Zelensky, and because even the relatively professional media love a crisis and the thought that the president could be in real trouble. If the media do not pull themselves together and start treating this burlesque professionally, they will suffer severe and durable harm. Whatever they do, the contrast will be vivid between this fabricated crisis and the long-awaited official and impartial view of the Democrats’ conduct in and after the last presidential election campaign. Russians and Ukrainians didn’t seriously threaten U.S. democracy; Americans angry about the results of it have done that, and the guilty will not hide for long behind this fatuous Ukrainian carnival of false righteousness. The system can punish venal politicians on election day; a national press corps that can’t distinguish real from false assaults on democracy is an almost inoperable malignancy. The media is on trial now, not the president, or even his accusers—though some of them soon will be.

Elizabeth Warren: Leading Liar in the Party of Liars. Fletch Daniels – “Warren has surpassed Joe Biden in more than the polls. She has also eclipsed his role as the race’s most shameless prevaricator, which is practically a job requirement in today’s Democratic Party.” Compare and contrast the case here to what you get in the accusations like this aimed at the President.

The left’s encouraging “whistleblowers” from the intelligence community to file complaints for political reasons has a long history… neo – “Those who believe that the current push of the left against Trump is mainly about Trump himself would do well to ponder this history. The left is neither stupid nor lazy, and they have been working hard at this for a long long time.

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Echoes of Watergate provide contrast

The Madness of Progressive Projection. Victor Davis Hanson – “What is behind this strange collective psychological condition of projecting one’s own guilt on to another?

Nixon: Victim of a Media Riot. Ben Stein – “For friends who ask, here’s the man I knew. And please remember him especially on Yom Kippur.”

Lee Smith: It’s not all about the Bidens. Scott Johnson – “Once again, much of the media seem to be treating every allegation against Trump as probable fact, while dismissing any questions and concerns as conspiracy theories.”

“Thus the panicked clamor coursing through the press at present is not about Joe Biden or his son or Trump’s alleged commerce with foreign powers. Rather, it is the fear that the Russiagate bubble is likely to burst. And the fear that none of the reporters, intelligence officials, and political operatives responsible for pushing the largest and most destructive conspiracy theory in American history will escape the ruin.

Trump’s exaggerations stand in stark contrast to Democrats’ actual lies. Howard J. Warner – a few examples …

“The media tells us regularly about President Donald Trump’s exaggerations and overstatements. Some keep count on what they call “lies” and they number these in the thousands. Trump’s hyperbole is well understood especially when he claims to be the “best” or “greatest” on any subject (such as the crowd at the inaugural). However, these kind of statements are not material lies that adversely affect policy or citizens (such as the promise that President Obama assured would allow us to keep our doctor or insurance plan). The same cannot be said about statements from many of the Democratic opposition. Unfortunately, the media’s prejudice is demonstrated by their lack of reporting on these issues.

Intel Community IG Stonewalling Congress On Backdated Whistleblower Rule Changes. Sean Davis – “Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for U.S. intelligence agencies, acknowledged that his office secretly changed key whistleblower forms and rules in September, but refused to explain to lawmakers why those changes were backdated to August.”

And then there’s Hillary Clinton: on impeachment, Watergate, and Whistlegate… neo – “The difference between the process then and the process now is extreme. During Watergate, Congress was reacting to an event, and launched a bipartisan investigation. Now, one party is using the intelligence corps to create the appearance of an event, with the long-stated goal – one made clear even before Donald Trump became president – of removing this president from office.”

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Gruber, Dickens, Sun Tzu, Mr. Smith

Nancy Pelosi is “Grubering” The American Electorate on Impeachment – Committee Requests, aka “Subpoenas”, Constructed to Manufacture “Obstruction”… sundance – “these are political subpoenas, demand letters as weapons; constructed for optimal political value, and framed to create obstruction articles of impeachment. This is a carefully constructed subversion of the constitutional processes and procedures.” … “These letters from congress, they are calling ‘subpoenas’, are specifically designed to avoid the courts because of the unilateral nature of the investigations which underpin their content.

Mr. Trump Goes to Washington. Clarice Feldman – “To me, this is a modern-day replay of the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

States Are Depriving Innocent People of Their Second Amendment Rights. Jacob Sullum – “One thing is certain: Taking away people’s guns based on predictions of what they might do with them raises thorny due process concerns.” … “In practice, he says, red flag laws mean “you’re guilty until you prove yourself innocent.”

Marco Rubio Is Right About Trump Playing The Press. Emily Jashinsky – this one is notable for the pattern: judgment of the President as “categorically stupid and indefensible” and then explaining why it wasn’t. It is an illustration of a common media pattern of expressing hyperbolic judgment out of ignorant disagreement to impugn the President while telling a story that contradicts their own thesis.

‘The Leprosy of Unreality’ and the Demise of the Left. Diana Mary Sitek – “The people’s house has become the charnel house of counterfeit Democrat prerogative. Is it a last-ditch attempt to seclude suspected skullduggery from public notice?

Trump’s Godfather moment. Jeffrey A. Friedberg – “I have never seen anything like the apparently crazed condition of Democrats.”

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The assault, allegations, projection

The IPCC’s Seldom Mentioned ‘Uncertainties’. Michael Kile – “The real mystery here, however, is not the climate. It is why so many researchers chose to remain silent about the veracity of modeller “forecasts”, especially decades or centuries ahead, even when the consequence is climate hysteria.

“So be vigilant when perusing an IPCC climate report. Read between the lines, especially the Press Release and Summary for Policymakers. For the Devil — or uncertainty monster — is indeed in the detail.

Who would have thought there are (page 173): “critical gaps in knowledge concerning interactions between the atmosphere and specific elements of the polar ocean and cryosphere”?

For me, one comment – the last in the SPM – reveals the UN’s real purpose here: co-opt the IPCC to develop a “scientific” argument validating its 17 Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while trumpeting the need for urgent “transformative change”.

Babylon Bee: Dems Worried If Impeachment Fails They’ll Have To Nominate Electable Candidate.

At saraacarter.com a quote illustrating unsupportable hyperbole and nonsense. Susan Rice: Our democracy is under assault from Trump’s White House. Passed off with aplomb but no substance and no awareness of the explicit and stated effort to undermine or dismiss elections.

This is not a war against Trump, Democrats wants to change the American system. Sara Carter – “This isn’t about Ukraine and Trump’s telephone conversation with Zelensky, it’s about removing a duly elected president from office. They attempt to do this by twisting the facts, leaking and targeting every aspect and person within the Trump administration to the detriment of the American political system and the American people who elected Trump to office.” Contrast to Susan Rice’s argument …

On the current state of Whistlegate… neo – “Any corrupt official who wants to evade investigation need only run for president on the Democratic side and he’s immune, apparently. Who knew?” She gets it. Mirengoff at Powerline doesn’t.

Adam Schiff’s m.o. … neo – “So he issues those lies, both Big and Small, to do their work. Schiff is not stupid. His lies are not told in error. They are a tactic in a long-term strategy, and he believes that strategy will be successful in creating enough smoke to convince a great many people that there’s a big fire.

“That’s the way it keeps going. The lie is put out there, often using the person’s own words but leaving out the exculpatory part. The implication is always of Trump’s guilt. The lies pile up, over and over and over. The liar (Schiff in this case, as is often the case) counts on the cooperation of the MSM. He also counts on the idea that most people only read the initial story and never read any corrections if in fact any are ever issued (often they are not). Schiff also knows that alternate sources of information are usually not read by Democrats or even by a great many independents.

The government is indeed under assault and it is clear who is rejecting elections – they even say so – who is changing the rules and running roughshod over the minority, and who is pushing a false reality.

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Everything a right for the Left

Massive $7.5 Billion U.S. Award From WTO in Airbus Subsidy Case – Sets Stage for Countervailing Duties Against EU… sundance – “This win sets the stage for President Trump to deploy $7.5 billion in countervailing duties against products from the EU. Keep in mind, a final WTO ruling means the EU cannot retaliate against any WTO-authorized countermeasures.

“In the bigger picture this is why President Trump is the most transformative economic President in the last 75 years. The post-WWII Marshall Plan was set up to allow Europe and Asia to place tariffs on exported American industrial products. Those tariffs were used by the EU and Japan to rebuild their infrastructure after a devastating war. However, there was never a built in mechanism to end the tariffs…. until President Trump came along and said: “it’s over”!

Disappointing State Department IG Meeting Deflates U.S. Media… sundance – “Well, the super-anticipated ‘closed door’ briefing was held today, and the IG handed out packets of information related to revelations of Democrats colluding with the Ukraine government. The exact opposite of what the media and the professional left anticipated.

Impeachment probe: Schiff plays dirty, doesn’t allow equal participation of Republicans in Kurt Volker testimony – shenanigans described at saraacarter.com

So the whistleblower went to Adam Schiff first, not the designated intelligence authorities? Monica Showalter – “President Trump was very right to have called this another case of a spy or traitor because this is what it was.

“It leaves the current whistleblower system’s credibility now in tatters. Why go through official channels when you’ve got Adam Schiff? Who’d bother with official channels now that this leaker has gotten away with oversharing classified information with Democrats in Congress first? Eric Felton at RealClearInvestigations has much more here about the full scope of the problem here.

The failure to follow procedures though, now makes him or her a leaker, a political manipulator, a partisan operative, a person who uses secret intelligence to his own personal ends, not a whistleblower.

Schiff’s lies about no advance knowledge of Whistleblower complaint make the impeachment efforts look like a conspiracy. Thomas Lifson – “when people with no visible connection with each other work together in secret to accomplish some goal and then lie about their collaboration, the dreaded word “conspiracy” becomes completely appropriate.

According To Democrats, Everything Is A ‘Right!’ Except Owning A Firearm. Tristan Justice – “At the forum, sponsored by MSNBC with the gun control groups March for Our Lives and Giffords, Democrats pushed for far stricter federal gun laws than Democrats have ever supported in the past, including several candidates openly endorsing a gun confiscation program.

Andrew C. McCarthy: Do Republicans see the strategy to discredit the Barr investigation? Neo – “But they still might not be able to respond effectively for the simple reason that they have to somehow cut through the fog of media lies and/or obfuscation on the issue. The example he gives earlier in his piece – of how the MSM pretends that the “favor” Trump asked about was in relation to Biden whereas it was actually related to the investigation of the 2016 election interference – is a good example of the ways in which the MSM will distort its reportage in an attempt to obscure any message the GOP might want to get to the public.

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Recognizing and rejecting gaslighting

Stand… sundance – “Cold Anger is not hatred, it is far more purposeful.” It is a call to arms describing a feeling perceived to be shared by many. It is another indication that perhaps there is a simmering pot resulting from the continuous heat applied by the Left and this pot is about ready to blow its lid.

“Foolishness and betrayal of our nation have served to reveal dangers within our present condition. Misplaced corrective action, regardless of intent, is neither safe nor wise. We know exactly who Donald Trump is, and we also know what he is not. He is exactly what we need at this moment. He is a necessary glorious bastard.

Cold Anger perceives deception the way the long-term battered absorb a blow in the hours prior to the pre-planned exit; with purpose.

We are patient, but also purposeful. Pushed far enough, decisions are reached. Throw aside the sense of discomfort and bear witness to the evil we oppose. Do not turn your eyes from the hatred focused in our direction. Stand firm amid the solace of our number and resolve to the task at hand.

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

Who fuels that furnace?

…..US !

Schiff’s Impeachment Push Is Detrimental To Intelligence Committee’s Oversight Role. Sara Carter – “Schiff, D-CA, supported by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his colleagues, are not focused on a bipartisan investigation of the facts that is required as part of their roles on the House Intelligence Committee , but instead, on an endgame: to ensure Trump is impeached.”

“A current military intelligence official told this reporter that “weaponizing the intelligence committee is detrimental to the committee’s function of oversight. The intelligence community should not be used as a political football to target the administration and it should never be used as a foundation to throw out lies against a duly elected president.”

“The issue here is they’re going to face massive public scrutiny over how all of this is being handled,” said Hoffman. “But it doesn’t appear they are going to stop and they are going to drive the intelligence community through the meat grinder.

Full Report of Inspector General of the Intelligence Community on Whistleblower is linked at SaraCarter.com. It is a PSA intended to address suspicions about the Uraine teleconference complaint. It bypasses the fundamental issue that the complaint contradicted what it was complaining about in its proclamation of innocence and moral superiority.

“In summary, regarding the instant matter, the whistleblower submitted the appropriate Disclosure of Urgent Concern form that was in effect as of August 12, 2019, and had been used by the ICIG since May 24, 2018. The whistleblower stated on the form that he or she possessed both first-hand and other information. The ICIG reviewed the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible. From the moment the ICIG received the whistleblower’s filing, the ICIG has worked to effectuate Congress’s intent, and the whistleblower’s intent, within the rule of law. The ICIG will continue in those efforts on behalf of all whistleblowers in the Intelligence Community.

Americans Have Every Reason To Be Suspicious Of The Whistleblower Complaint. John Daniel Davidson – “The emerging Ukraine narrative is eerily similar to the Russian collusion hoax. Dismissing questions about its origins isn’t going to cut it.” He goes into detail about issues with the ICIG report linked by Sara Carter above.

“Just like the Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier that launched the Russia probe, the Ukraine complaint is based entirely on hearsay and contains blatant falsehoods and misstatements of fact.

In fact, everything about the Ukraine affair thus far has the same stink as the origins of the Russia probe—the suspicious actions of unelected intelligence community bureaucrats, the hysterical proclamations of congressional Democrats, the uniform efforts of the media to distort every aspect of the story in the service of an impeachment narrative.

But here’s the thing: hand-waving all this away as a conspiracy theory isn’t going to work. The American people have every reason to be suspicious of the emerging Ukraine narrative, and simply appealing to the authority of current and former intelligence officials, many of whom lied to Congress and illegally leaked to the press, isn’t going to change anyone’s mind.

Many Americans no longer trust those people because they have proven untrustworthy. After the fiasco of the Russia investigation, they’re going to need more than assurances from our political and media elites that this time, really, honestly, Trump is guilty of an impeachable offense.

National security risks… neo – “Democrats and the MSM seem completely unconcerned with the risks inherent in divulging a president’s – any president’s – phone calls with foreign leaders.”

“It is my strong suspicion that if such calls of other presidents had been leaked, most presidents (of either party) would have been guilty of far worse than anything in any of Trump’s leaked calls. Not only could no president on earth stand up to such scrutiny, but no president has ever had to.

Why is that? I believe that it’s only recently that a large enough number of people in the federal bureaucracy and in the press believe that the ends justify the means, and that it is perfectly okay to jeopardize the security of the US and the world in order to harm a president they don’t like.

It’s not that no one felt that way before. But I believe it has reached a critical mass. And it has destroyed trust – on the right but not limited to the right – in all government institutions.

This is a terrible development, but such trust is no longer warranted. I realize that’s not a new thing; it’s been building for decades. But now, even people who have long resisted the notion cannot deny it any more.

Global Warming Fraud Exposed In Pictures. Tyler Durden – “When you want to mislead people with statistics picking the start date is very important.” See also Violent Crime Rate in 2018 Lowest Since 1971. AWR Hawkins – “Ironically, one of the greatest differences between 1971 and 2018 is that there are exponentially more privately-owned firearms now than there were when the 1970s began.” Misleading people is an art and it doesn’t seem to need a lot of skill to succeed.

Gaslighting the Voters. Tom Knepper – “It refers to the technique used by a narcissist to convince his victim that what he sees with his own eyes is not true, and hence, he must be going crazy.”

“If the victim catches the narcissist in the act of some foul deed or betrayal, the narcissist will deny his guilt with such passion and apparent sincerity that the victim is tempted to believe him, despite the evidence of his own eyes. The technique is especially effective as a long-term strategy — the victim or enabler is worn down by repeated assertions that what he just saw or knows to be true is actually false, to the point where he doesn’t have the strength to resist anymore.

The beginning of the Trump administration has truly been an education on just how deeply the elites and the media have dug their claws into what was supposed to be a system of self-government, and how desperately and viciously they fight when someone who was elected by the voters to take away their power seeks to do so. But they miscalculated due to hubris, underestimating both Trump’s intelligence and his ability to withstand the whirlwind of lies they have generated against him. Their gaslighting efforts are not working for large segments of the population. We can expect the coup attempts and the tsunami of lies to increase leading up to the 2020 election, where I firmly believe the public will reject such manipulation by reelecting Donald Trump.

Gaslighting only works on the sane whose main flaw is a bit too much trust in others. It is a sad day when trust dissolves.

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narrative busting

Downer Comes in from the Cold. Daryl McCann – “But now that we know that these righteous folks had it exactly wrong, where does that leave us?” The Australian view of his countryman’s role in the Trump coup attempt based on the book Ball of Collusion by former US federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy.

Babylon Bee: Adam Schiff Revealed To Be Parody Of Actual Congressman.

Releasing More Call Transcripts Will Cripple Future Presidents. Thomas McArdle – “Schiff’s stretch of the facts is worthy of rubber-limbed comic superhero and scientific genius Reed “Mister Fantastic” Richards of the Fantastic Four, who can reshape his arms and legs at will and “stretch around a problem and expand upon the perfect solution.” Unlike Richards, however, Schiff is not “the smartest man in the Marvel Comics universe.

“The Zelensky call provides no evidence of wrongdoing, and so Schiff promises, “We’re gonna find out what other communications were also improperly hidden in this classified system that’s meant to contain the most highly sensitive, classified information involving covert action, not the president’s misconduct.”

So as Schiff and House Democrats push hard to discover and disclose something more convincing than the Zelensky nothingburger, Trump has the defense of executive privilege within a landmark, unanimous Supreme Court ruling on his side.

And he has something more: a solemn responsibility to preserve for future presidents the ability to conduct candid discussions with foreign allies, friends — even enemies. A president must be able to engage in “persuasion, badgering, flattery, threats, reminders of past favors and future advantages,” as the Washington Post’s Mary McGrory described Lyndon Johnson’s no-holds-barred style of leadership even before becoming president. And it can’t work when it’s in the public eye.

Smart Move – Flynn Lawyer Tells Judge Motive Behind Why Flynn Took Guilty Plea… sundance – “As a result of prior cases showing malicious prosecutions under false FARA pretenses, Flynn’s defense doesn’t have to try and convince Judge Sullivan that Michael Flynn and Mike Flynn Jr. were being threatened by those same heavy-handed DOJ tactics. It is now self-evident those tactics were deployed; the prosecution would be silly to try and deny their threats were present.” See also Margot Cleveland’s take on this: “These facts reek of prosecutorial blackmail.

sundance also goes into detail on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and its role in the coup scandal. Then there is a look at Intelligence Community Inspector General rationalizing rules changes to label gossip and hearsay as whistleblowing – “Yes, that means Michael Atkinson was Senior Counsel for the DOJ-NSD, at the very epicenter of the political weaponization and FISA abuse.” Then there is another busted NYT narrative.

No One Noticed When Clinton and Obama Abused Whistleblowers. Jack Cashill – “Here are two unfortunate realities: the first is that whistleblowing becomes virtuous only when a Republican is the one being whistled on; the second is that deep state Democrats have a habit of manipulating whistleblower laws when it suits their purposes.

Ron Paul Asks: “Impeachment… Or CIA Coup?” Tyler Durden – “You don’t need to be a supporter of President Trump to be concerned about the efforts to remove him from office.

Top Motivation For Hating Capitalism Isn’t Compassion, It’s Resentment. Emily Ekins – “Statistical tests reveal resentment of the successful has about twice the effect of compassion in predicting support for increasing top marginal tax rates, wealth redistribution, hostility to capitalism, and believing billionaires should not exist. Notably, however, compassion and resentment both equally predict support for socialism.

Why the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump. Victor Davis Hanson // National Review – “Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.

Global Climate Intelligence Group: Getting the Science Back In. rbradley – “The emotionalization and politicization of the physical science of climate change has inspired the formation of a new international organization, The Global Climate Intelligence Group.

“Seven principles compose the opening declaration of the GCIG:

There is no climate emergency …

Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming …

Warming is far slower than predicted …

Climate policy relies on inadequate models …

CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth …

Global warming has not increased natural disasters …

Climate policy must respect scientific and economic realities …

Reasonable doesn’t seem to satisfy many these days.

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