Archive for January, 2020

History distortions for modern ideological propaganda

A twofer from down under in the Quadrant … But first a bit about the phenomena in academia.

Roger Kimball: Civilization Is History at Yale – “Great art is too ‘white, straight, European and male,’ so it’ll have to give way to the latest agitprop.” (behind WSJ paywall so see Instapundit to get the ghist.)

Roger Franklin: Aboriginal History Goes to Pot – “One of the many curious things about Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu is its dearth of references to Aboriginal pottery, evidence of which one might expect to be found in profusion.” This is an example of gross evidence that often gets shoved under the rug because it doesn’t fit the desired narrative.

“The firing of clay to produce rodent-proof containers for storing grain, as well as cooking pots and drinking vessels, is a hallmark of even the earliest agrarian settlements — settlements of exactly the sort Pascoe claims the explorers encountered.

Find pottery shards and, as archeological evidence everywhere in the world establishes, what the trowels and brushes will have uncovered is a site where former residents had progressed from paleolithic hunter-gatherers to the more settled neolithic lifestyle Pascoe insists Aborigines attained and, indeed, exceeded.

Jeremy Black: Rethinking the History and Value of Empires – “discussing empire is not simply a matter of objective assessment but also an aspect of the culture wars that are so important to the modern politics of identity. Moreover, this is the case pretty well everywhere, as most countries are one-time empires, as with Britain and Hungary, or remain empires, as with China and Russia, or have experienced imperial rule.

“The discussion of empire is generally today part of a standard anti-Western “discourse”, one that was honed by the Left before, but even more during, the Cold War from 1945 to 1989, and that is painted thickly onto the British past and the American present. From those original sins of empire comes the use of imperialism as a standard critique of “the West”, past, present and future.

This approach needs unpicking if we are to understand the past of a range of states, including Britain, Hungary and, indeed, Australia, which has been accused of being an empire in the South-West Pacific. Moreover, the use of empire as a building-block in the Left’s dominance of culture wars also requires attention.

A similar point about anachronistic judgments can be made about slavery. In practice, coercive labour systems have persisted for most and probably all of human history, just as they are now very much on display in dictatorial states such as North Korea.

Moreover, the choice repeatedly, across history and area, was not that of cruel empire versus pleasant, benign, self-governing peoples, but rather of empire versus empire.

This approach to global history is one that has to be recovered from the presentist tendency to focus on empire as a Western cause, condition and pathology.

Mark Anderson: Mitt Romney: The Dumbest Smart Person? – “The Democrats’ strategy is (or should be) clear to one and all: use the impeachment trial as the means to retake the Senate.”

“The Democrats have always known they do not have the votes to remove the president — especially not based on these weak and vague articles. The weakness of their case belies their actual strategy: retake the Senate.

How? By using the tools they always use. Innuendo. Suspicion. Accusations of “hiding” the truth. The snowballing effect of people “suddenly” convinced of the case to add even weight to the charges.

None of these tactics is new. They’ve been used in the Russia collusion hoax. They were used in the Mueller probe. They were most recently used in the Ukraine “whistleblower” rollout. (Note especially how Trump blew up their planned snowballing of “other whistleblowers” who were all going to come forward — until he released the transcript.)

The best answer is to dismiss the articles of impeachment solely on constitutional grounds. It’s simple: the merits of the case do not meet constitutional standards. That’s the vote. Do these charges rise to the level of constitutional grounds for impeachment? No.

Doing so changes the dynamics and public perception. Instead of “they’re hiding something,” it becomes “this isn’t constitutional.” The case should be scoffed at because it truly is weak.

Brock Simmons: Can’t Make This Up… New York State Is Now Mandating “Stargazing Permits” For Looking At The Sky – “So what happens when an illegal alien wants to look up at the sky, and can’t get the permit because he doesn’t have proper ID? ACLU would no doubt sue the state for millions, and the taxpayers would be on the hook for it.” This is not the Babylon Bee … (e.g. Scholars Now Believe Jesus Spent Time With Prostitutes, Tax Collectors Just To Avoid Hanging Out With Loathsome Journalists.

rbradley: Friedman on Friedman on the Carbon Tax (remembering Bob Inglis’s faux pas) – it’s about Forbes trying to establish the logical fallacy of attribution to authority posthumously to support a questionable conclusion.

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Tyranny runs rampant: Judicial, schools, governance

John Hinderaker: A Blow For Liberation From Left-Wing Judges – “This issue is under the radar, but it is critical for Americans to be liberated from the tyranny of shopped political judges.”

John Hinderaker: Liberalism Causes Achievement Gaps – “The Brightbeam study does not attempt to explain the causation that its numbers clearly reveal, but calls on those who run progressive school districts to rethink their assumptions.” … like about agency, discipline, and standards flexing.

William A. Jacobson: Democrats ‘Kavanaughing’ Impeachment Trial As Predicted – John Bolton Leak Came as House Case Was Collapsing – “We have seen this show before, it’s all designed to pressure a small number of weak Republican Senators to allow Democrats to turn the Senate into a circus in which the process becomes the punishment.”

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Preterition

The New York Sun: Demagoguery of the Democrats – “The first point in the President’s defense, judging from the session this morning, lies in the failure of the Democrats to disclose, present, and address exculpatory evidence. That is itself a character fault — of the Democrats.

“This is an example of the rhetorical tactic of preterition — advancing a libel by denying it or, in this case, claiming to hope that it’s untrue. The trick is warned of in “The New York Sun Reporters Handbook” with a limerick: “The reporter was full of contrition / For putting him under suspicion: / ‘Far be it from me / ‘To suggest that he / ‘Is a crook.’ It was pure preterition.”

Character flaw allegations are tossed at the President with wild abandon but the actual visible issues with character lie with those doing the tossing and not with their target.

Perhaps the most significant revelation is just how serious the Democrats are in holding their position. Harry Reid is warning Republicans to be careful – as if following actual evidence is a minefield. Media fawn all over falsehoods and preterition for fables that fit their desired narrative in a form of what they think is masterful story-telling. Romney is back in the news with potential Democrat support, — offering yet more examples of where skepticism requires digging deep to determine the reality.

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Does the argument hold together? Impeachment or AGW oxymoronic issues? Masterful.

sundance: Jim Jordan: “Adam Schiff’s ‘Abuse of Power’ is What The Founders Called ‘Separation of Power’”

Nick Arama: Watch ‘Objective’ Liberal Media Fall All Over Themselves to Praise Schiff, Get the Mocking of their Lives – “Grabien put together a great supercuts video, with some of Cillizza’s colleagues at CNN, as well as folks from MSNBC and elsewhere.” … “It’s enough to make one hurl. Yet not one of them will get/admit how compromised, how lacking in objectivity and how contrafactual they actually are.

David Catron: Same Schiff, Different Dais – “The media fawn over him, but he’s the same guy who bungled the House impeachment inquiry.” … “By some marvelous coincidence, dozens of major news organizations were able to conjure but one word to describe it: “masterful.”

“He is a masterful liar who long ago learned to control his body language and voice production such that his most outrageous lies seem plausible. Yet, as E. Donald Elliott wrote in this space Thursday, “Schiff provided absolutely no factual support for the crucial premise on which his entire case depends.” In the end, the evidence is against him and his mendacity will destroy his credibility. He’s the same Schiff on a different dais, and every senator knows it.

Eric Worrall: Nature Predicts Worsening Climate Driven Forest Fires – Burning What? – “My point is, predictions that fires will get worse apparently without limit are absurd.” There is another oxymoron buried in the argument that climate control is needed to prevent wildfires. Like with the ‘impeach Trump’ mania, the argument is deeply flawed but only for those who can exercise critical thinking.

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Where’s common ground if reality is dismissed?

William L. Gensert: Democrats Seek Civil War, But Will Get Revolution – “Democrats conspired with foreign agents, lied, cheated, and denied due process to Donald Trump. If they were willing to do that to a duly elected president in order to obtain power, what should Americans expect them to do to them should they refuse attempts to be disarmed?”

Michael Goodwin: Chuck Schumer, Democrats must have Founding Fathers rolling in their graves – “Schumer’s bare-knuckle approach immediately dashed the faintest hope that the proceedings would reflect the gravity of the moment and explain the unprecedented effort to remove a president in an election year.”

“Instead, Schumer picked up exactly where the House left off, injecting venom into every sentence and inflating his accusations far beyond what is contained in the actual articles of impeachment.

Blackmail? A crime against democracy? His words constitute false advertising because the House charged the president only with “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”

In truth, the only crime against democracy is the Dems’ endless effort to overturn the 2016 election and use the impeachment process to help defeat Trump this year.

Joel B. Pollak: Fact check: no, President Trump did not say Article II gave him absolute power – “The House impeachment managers — all Democrats — argued Tuesday at the start of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate that Trump believed that Article II of the Constitution meant he can do “whatever I want.” Both Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) presented deceptively edited video that cur out the context of Trump’s words.” It’s just one egregious example of the in-your-face deception and deceit invoked in the assault on the President.

sundance: UPDATE – First Schumer Rules Amendment Defeated – House Managers Attempt To Rectify Inherent Impeachment Flaws… Explanation and background of the scheme, its history, and its challenges to help understand the current Senate arguments.

Scott Johnson: I can’t GAO for that – “It is the sort of well-timed hit from the deep state that has become so predictable it should produce groans, if not disgust.” Johnson cites Alan Dershowitz for a clear explanation of the absurdity of the GAO allegation and James Freeman for a bit of background on the shenanigans. Also see Paul Sperry: Whistleblower overheard for another deep state exposé.

John Hinderaker: Trump In the Lions’ Den – “Trump threw down the gauntlet before Europe’s governing classes, standing up for free enterprise, limited government, and an administration that cares about all of its citizens, not just plutocrats and bureaucrats.” It’s the Davos speech, another Trump home run. See also Don Surber: Trump’s remarkable remarks at Davos.

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Hubris knows what’s good for you

Byron York: Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment brief – “Democrats insist on Trump’s immediate removal because, they argue, he was the knowing beneficiary of Russian help in the 2016 election, and if he is not thrown out of office right now, he will do it again. But in making their argument, Democrats make two critical mischaracterizations about Trump, Republicans, and 2016. One is flat-out wrong, while the other is misleading.

“Neither mischaracterization in the Democratic brief is a mistake; Democratic prosecutors know full well what actually happened. But the mischaracterizations are necessary to build the case against the president, to show that he had corrupt motives in the Ukraine matter. They are, of course, not the entire case, but they are important. And they are wrong.

George Zimmerman: Man, Richard Jewell Hit Home! – “The film reminded me just how much heartache an accusation this heinous puts a parent through

“This movie hit home. I absolutely identified. Richard and I were both cop wannabes — or so the media told us. We were both gullible. We both believed law enforcement had our best interests at heart. We both believed reporters wanted the truth. We both believed everyone was basically good and then we both realized what fools we had been to believe all that.

Paul Mirengoff: The horror: Trump balked at being spoon fed conventional wisdom – “The excerpt describes how three of Trump’s then-top advisers — James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, and Gary Cohn — organized a session for the president designed to sell him on key aspects of conventional policy wisdom.” … “To get a true sense of the arrogance and condescension behind the Mattis, Tillerson, Cohn “tutorial” for Trump, consider this statement by a “senior official” who helped plan the meeting” – it is this hubris that is a telling characteristic of Deep State Denizens. They just know better than anyone else.

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Ban fundamental personal rights on a whim?

Jazz Shaw: Virginia State Supreme Court Rules On Governor’s Gun Ban For Rally – “What these rulings do is codify the idea that any Democratic governor, mayor or other officials can suspend the Second Amendment any time they feel like it simply by declaring a state of emergency.”

J. Frank Bullitt: America Is Deeply Divided Because The Left Has Become So Shallow – “the hostility toward Trump, and the inevitable division that it has created, is not based on political differences. It’s based on caricatures of the man, lies that have become accepted truth to many, and, of course, a media whose dishonest reporting drives a false narrative.”

Steven Hayward: Why People Hate the Media, Chapter 12,186 – “there are lots of other daily examples you can point to, such as this pairing of Politico headlines for the same story. Politico clearly changed the headline because the first one made Trump look too good:

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Do you celebrate what you did or what you achieved?

You can either celebrate a defeat and destruction of the enemy or the winning of the game played by the rules. Sportsmanship used to require the latter. Leftist politics honors the former as is being seen in the House Majority’s antics regarding impeachment.

Conrad Black: This Tawdry Impeachment Spectacle Must Run Its Course – “The cant and emotionalism that enshrouds this final doomed effort to undo the 2016 election probably require a full trial. The public relations battle must be fought to the end.” … “Since the legal case is nonsense and the outcome foreordained, it is only a public relations battle now.”

“The country will be curious to know whether it must expect this kind of nonsense to be a recurrent theme in its politics, a frequent dilatory and muck-raking procedure. Short of being warned off by the Supreme Court, only a revulsion in public opinion will apparently disabuse nasty and dishonest legislators like Nadler and Schiff from such irresponsible abuse of their positions as is now reaching its tawdry climax.

New York Post: Dems’ impeachment trial strategy: endless circus worse than Kavanaugh hearings – “All this is starting to seem like a farcical replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which had wrapped up until Democrats decided to play the Christine Blasey Ford card.” … “The House is supposed to finish its investigation before sending the case to the Senate — not demand the Senate do the real work. What’s to prevent Adam Schiff & Co. from coming up with more Parnases (and Avenattis) to stretch this out for months?

Victor Davis Hanson: The New Post-Trump Constitution (National Review) – “What is far scarier is the reaction to Trump, in both the constitutional and political sense. What follows are likely the new norms for the next generation of presidents, and they will probably be equally applied to Democrats who implemented them in the Trump era.

“We are now on new anti-constitutional grounds, and the United States will probably never return to the constitutional customs and traditions of its first 233 years. The architects of this revolution were not arrayed in sunglasses and epaulets, or in business suits and wing tips, with briefcases. They were hip, cool, and progressive, and they boasted that they did all of this for us, the proverbial people, to cheers from cultural icons, media heavyweights, and those with advanced degrees.

The United States, at least as we knew it, came to an end, not with a loud right-wing bang, but with an insidious progressive whimper.

Tyler Durden: The Virginia Gun Rights Conflict: Best And Worst Case Scenarios – “The current situation in Virginia remains a battle of political rhetoric and “fluid” interpretations of the law.”

“The question then arises: Are these laws worth dying for? I can say with some authority as a long time activist in the liberty movement that the majority of conservatives are willing to risk death to protect their rights. Are state authorities willing to risk death to enforce unconstitutional laws? Because that is where this situation is headed…

The best possible scenario would be that the state government of Virginia realizes that it’s not worth it to try to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, and that the risks are far too high to manage. …

The worst case scenario is that this is an establishment beta test for the rest of the country, and that they may WANT to start a conflict in the hopes that this will spread into a national civil war.

Thomas McArdle: Pelosi’s And Putin’s Remarkably Similar Abuses Of Power – “similar to Putin, Pelosi used a veneer of legitimacy to thwart her nation’s voters.” … “If voters recognize that Pelosi and Putin are applying the same debauched principle for purposes of wielding power, they will mark the common date of their deeds come this November as the day of infamy it was.

sundance: The IG Report Documentary: “FISA and Spying on Team Trump” – OAN Broadcast 7:00pm ET Tonight….The exceptionally well produced documentary called “FISA, Spying on Team Trump” is an hour long broadcast created by John Spiropoulos, a former MSM journalist and producer for Channel 7 in Washington DC (1979 – 1989).

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Connecting with the deplorables

John Merline: Why Trump’s Dishwasher Diatribe Matters – “This isn’t the first time Trump has brought up the impact government energy efficiency mandates have had on dishwashers. But this time, the pundit class responded as if he’d just committed another impeachable offense.” … “But the exuberant cheers at the rally suggest this issue resonates with those who do use this appliance every day. And for good reason.”

Sally Zelikovsky: For Pelosi’s Impeachment Democrats, It’s All about the Disruption – “They might not ultimately remove the president, but they’ll divide senators if they can, impact Senate rules on the trial if they can, and soil Trump for 2020, if they can.” … Destroy. Destruct. Smear.

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Iran, Israel, and forty years denying reality upended

Clarice Feldman: Trump Is Toto — pulling back the curtain “the President’s killing of Qassem Soleimani and the aftermath reveals the four-decades-long treatment of Iranian terrorism and Israel by the foreign-policy establishment — our presidents from Jimmy Carter up to now and Congress — was based on myths.” … “The brilliant Caroline Glick makes the case.”

She explains why the Trump refusal to join in the delusions has so upset the foreign policy establishment — “an unforgivable transgression” in her words. He’s rejected their “collective wisdom” with reality-based policies which might, unlike theirs, actually work. Their legacy is in the ash heap. “All their protestations, all their fancy resumes and titles as former officials will lose their allure and market value.”
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There’s no shortage of rotten apples at the bottom of the cart that the president just overturned.

The climate change is evident as the winds driving the ships of the geopolitical elites are changing direction.

 

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Swamp smells: non-compliant journalist, campaign tactics, deceit in anti-US delusions

sundance: Whistleblower Provides Attkisson New Details to Name Rod Rosenstein and Shawn Henry (Crowdstrike) as Defendants in Lawsuit… “A very interesting development in the ongoing effort of former CBS investigative journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, to resolve the issue of who spied on her, planted spyware and infiltrated her computer systems for illegal surveillance.

Gary Gindler: Trump Is Masterfully Using Democrats’ Opposition against Them – “Not a single U.S. president has been exposed to attempts by such outright micromanagement by the Democrats as Trump.”

neo: Susan Hennessey: caught in the crossfire crossfire – “And since the starting point is chosen not because it’s the actual starting point but because it’s the way to blame that side, it’s an almost infinitely flexible way to mount an argument. Or it might seem that way, as long as you don’t stretch it so far that it breaks, as Susan Hennessey did here.” This sort of dishonesty is also quite prominent in climate change arguments. Distorting the meanings of words, selecting the starting point for a series to suit a narrative, and similar tactics are all used for deception.

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cheap shots, hyperbolic smear adjectives, and other tell-tells

John Hinderaker: Law and Order? Yes, Please [with comment by Paul] – “Another way to put it is that trying to deny obvious realities isn’t a good electoral strategy.” … “Ardent Democrats may be surprised that voters care about crime and the problems associated with homelessness, but no one else is. And the reference to Spiro Agnew and “demoniz[ing] racial minorities” is the kind of irrelevant cheap shot without which we wouldn’t recognize a liberal opinion piece.

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Pesky constitutional limitations

David Catron: Nancy Pelosi’s Delusions of Grandeur – “Madam Speaker is a greater threat to democracy than the man she impeached.”

“By presuming to dictate what the president and Senate Majority Leader “must” do, Pelosi is deliberately undermining the checks and balances built into the system by the Framers. The Constitution provides for the separation of powers among the three branches of the government, and none of the three is constitutionally permitted to usurp the prerogatives of the other two. Likewise, each house of Congress has powers that may not be arrogated by the other. All spending legislation must originate in the House, for example, and only the Senate has the power to approve judicial nominations. More to the point, only the Senate possesses the power to conduct an impeachment trial.

Nancy Pelosi has evidently lost patience with such pesky constitutional limitations.

Delusions of something but certainly not grandeur. …

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Will the complacent wake up? When?

Monica Showalter: Israeli think tank has Soleimani’s number – “Less than a week after the rubout of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleiman, quite a few pundits are dishing opinions to the press. Some are good, and others, such as Ben Rhodes, are an embarrassment.” … “Some of the best stuff, though, comes from the people who watch the Iranians as a matter of survival – the Israelis.

“Eytan Gilboa writes that Iran was hit hard by the Soleimani rubout and foolishly wasted its advantages by crossing President Trump’s red lines. Both Trump and the Iranians wanted U.S. troops out of the Middle East, and the Iranians could have gotten it. Until they decided to make a lunge for another Benghazi. Their only hope now is if the U.S. elects another Democrat president.

Alex Joffe writes that the mullahs have a bright spot, over in the states, where the mainstream media and its Democratic allies are going to be making fools of themselves, seeking to throw Trump’s victory away.

Thomas McArdle: Democrats Are Now Incapable Of Protecting America – “There was a time when Democrats insisted that striking down terror strategists was what mattered.” … “Now, however, Democrat after Democrat hails talk and condemns military action against terrorism.” History is dragged out of its bunker, again, but seems to make no impression to the Orwellian Left who insist on ad hominem smears of the ugliest sort aimed at a convenient target to express their muddled mind.

Meanwhile, at ZeroHedge: “Optically Quite Dramatic” But Officials Confirm No US Casualties From Iranian Missile Strike and Stock Futures Stage Tremendous Rebound From Overnight Crash On Optimism Worst Of Iran Crisis Over – The FUD Mongering appears to have been egregiously overblown by the Left’s Propaganda machine, again.

Jeffrey Lord: The Schiff Effect – “Dems’ chickens come home to roost in lack of Soleimani consultation.” … “In a priceless post, conservative author, filmmaker, and ex-Reagan aide Dinesh D’Souza said this of Democrat Senate Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer’s complaint about not being consulted: Neither were the Iranians, and for pretty much the same reason.” … “the Schiff Effect has not only done serious damage to his party’s reputation for handling secret information — it is also helping to do the one thing his party says they are determined to prevent.”

Victor Davis Hanson: Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller’s legal dream team, Paul Krugman all have lessons for 2020 – “At the very time Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Steele’s allegations simply could not be true. Maddow was wrong. Her less degreed critics proved to be right.

“The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly.

Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers where an often sheltered and blinkered elite lives.

Daniel Di Martino: What Would a Democratic Socialist America Look Like? I Can Tell You—I’m Venezuelan. – “for Americans used to a liberal government, it can be hard to envision what a democratic-socialist America would really look like. … But I can. I’ve lived it.”

“I saw my home country go from prosperity to starvation in less than two decades. All because the people were tricked into voting for a candidate who sought to punish the rich and give everything away for free. Sound familiar?

If America buys into the ideas of the Sanders and Warrens of the world, things will go downhill just as quickly.

Given full power, Democratic-Socialists would thrust America into an economic nightmare from which it might never escape — not into some Nordic paradise. Venezuelans learned this the hard way. In 2020, Americans can avoid our fate by remembering that free markets, not socialism, lead to prosperity.

Will the complacent wake up? When?

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Soleimani indicators

David Catron: Tucker Carlson’s Inane Claims About the Soleimani Raid – “A talking head skips his meds.”

“All they have left, really, is their skill at manipulating American media and the hope that the latter can dull the public’s appetite for foreign conflict. That’s the beauty of Trump’s strategy of lopping off the heads of snakes like Soleimani. The Democrats and the media will protest, while talking heads like Tucker Carlson kvetch, but the public knows these people are two-dimensional showbiz personalities sweating beneath their make-up. If Trump reduces the number of Americans coming home in body bags by cleaning out the pit of vipers that is Iran, they will support him. This isn’t Afganistan or Iraq. It’s a decrepit theocracy whose days are numbered.

M. Catharine Evans: Iran: ‘Death to America!’ MSM, Democrats and Hollywood: ‘How can we help?’ – “For the record, Soleimani wasn’t in Iraq last week to take in the sights or recite his poetry.” … “The traitorous left in this country are openly aiding the enemies of America. Quoting President Trump, “these people are sick.”

 

Victor Davis Hanson: What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore? — “The United States is trying to square a circle, remaining strong and deterring dangerous elements, but to do so for U.S. interests—interests that increasingly seem to be fewer and fewer in the Middle East.” Jumping over sharks to proclaim quick solutions like Carlson has done is not fully in grips with reality.

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There is something wrong here, continued …

Roger Kimball: An Antidote to the Iran Hysterics – “Trump has always shown that he prefers diplomacy to military action. At the same time, he understands, as did Ronald Reagan, that diplomacy only works when it is backed up by military strength and a willingness to exercise it.”

Clarice Feldman: Double Exposure: The Dems Coddling of Criminals and Iranian Terrorists – “This week, the Democrats have been revealed as the party that exposes us to (1) criminal mayhem (often anti-Semitic) on the streets of New York and (2) terrorism everywhere as they consistently ignored it, indeed, paid off the perpetrators with pallets of airlifted unmarked bills and praised the worst of its perpetrators.” … “Hocus Pocus — once again Trump gets the Democrats to strip and expose their naked idiocy, hypocrisy, cupidity, and fecklessness.

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teaching hate and its result

J. Frank Bullitt: Triggering A Recession Tops The Dems’ Presidential Agendas – “The Democrats are shockingly insensitive to the harm their energy plans would inflict on Americans. Former Vice President “‘We’re all dead‘ if we don’t stop using fossil fuels” Biden told the crowd at a coal town earlier this week that miners can just learn code after Democrats kill their jobs. The callousness and arrogance are appalling.”

J.R. Dunn: 2019: The Left Goes Over the Edge – “The left has always been a movement in danger of going straight over the edge. You can see it in the rhetoric, the agenda, the public behavior, and the quality of people it attracts.” Chapter and verse, one can hope learning will occur and the public will pass its tests.

neo: Who cares about the actual truth… – “when you can teach children a higher truth, and especially one that makes them hate the US and its Founders?

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The dog didn’t bark and yet some are still afraid he’ll bite

Instapundit – responding to a USA Today op-ed:

“Well, here’s some stuff we know about the other armed parishioners that we allegedly know nothing about. First, they stood up to place their own bodies at risk (“Greater love hath no man,” etc. So the Bible says, and it still is news.) Second, when Jack Wilson put down the gunman with a single shot, they calmly reholstered their weapons. Nobody took any unnecessary shots, nobody shot anyone else by accident, and that was that. Honestly, this is better performance than you’d expect — or usually get — from a like number of law enforcement officers, who nowadays seldom seem to let things stop with one shot, and whose shooting ability seems well below what was displayed here.

Yet there are still people afraid, not of the sinful but rather of self defense tools in the hands of the God-fearing (and Bible following) ‘normal’ citizen.

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