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The winds of woke they boil for thee

Why Do So Many White Women Hate Themselves? Stella Morabito – “Amid societal unrest, woke white women are proving to be a brainwashed force to be reckoned with.” 

“Granted, the typical woke white woman today is not Patty Hearst. But we ought to ask about similar forms of persuasion that are common in the constant propaganda that grooms her in K-12 and higher education, and from media and celebrities. After years of constant messaging — particularly with the vilification of the enemy “other” — certain psychological patterns and scripts are bound to sink in.
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There’s nothing new about emotional blackmail, but there is something new in how it is being used so blatantly to force people to support the Marxist Black Lives Matter chaos.
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The problem with following the zeitgeist winds is that they can blow in horrific directions.
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A final critical question is an unsettling one: Where does the woke white woman draw the line? If she can be an arsonist, a provocateur of black police officers, and an easy fit for a mob, then what else would she do?

How to Teach Americans to Hate Their Own Country — And How Not To. Danusha V. Goska – “What has inspired young Americans to rage against monuments to people who fought and died for justice and equality?” … “The degree to which such ideas now dominate education cannot be underestimated.” – the story of a new, idealistic scholar coming face to face with the reality of his teaching assignment.

“Black Lives Matter rioters tearing down statues and their media allies are acting out the selective outrage that Rothenberg inscribed and modeled in her text. In Rothenberg’s book, and in modern liberal media, only whites hate, whites only hate, and never help, and non-whites are only, ever, powerless victims. Truth is that which serves the party.
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This isn’t just about fairness or patriotism. It’s about scholarship. To focus on slavery in America and to leave students, who have spent an entire semester and a lot of cash to take a class completely unaware of the much larger Muslim slave trade, is to trash any concept of scholarship.

Systemic Evolution (Patrick Mahomes) > Systemic Racism (Colin Kaepernick). Jason Whitlock – “There’s never been a better time to be black in America than right now.”

“The road to justice is not paved with distortions and blatant lies. Political power is. Evolution is this nation’s defining characteristic. Patrick Mahomes took advantage of it. Colin Kaepernick is exploiting it.

Cult Programming in Seattle. Christopher F. Rufo – “The city is training white municipal employees to overcome their “internalized racial superiority.”

“At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,” “perfectionism,” “intellectualization,” and “objectivity” are all vestiges of this internalized racial oppression and must be abandoned in favor of social-justice principles.
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It’s important to point out that this “interrupting whiteness” training is not an anomaly. In recent years, nearly every department of Seattle city government has been recruited into the ideological fight against “white supremacy.”
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How far can this racial-justice shakedown extend itself?

This Is How Propaganda’s Supposed To Work: 60% In US Believe Fake Russia Bounty Story. Tyler Durden – “It’s the same Russiagate playbook that’s sadly been the norm for years: breathless headlines are issued, the “walls are closing in”, then officials and media begin slowly walking back key aspects, and said walk-backs are buried in back sections of the Times, the substance of the story is memory-holed, while the vague imprint of the headline remains on the American consciousness.”

“this is how propaganda is supposed to work. When the ‘Russia boogeyman’ is invoked, especially related to Trump, the threshhold for evidence is low to non-existent.
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As AntiWar.com points out, such fake stories and the American public’s gullibility has real-world and potentially very dangerous consequences

After Trump Took Office, Judicial Nominee Obstruction Skyrocketed From 3 To 75 Percent. Thomas Jipping – “We can also measure how radically the confirmation process has changed in just a few years by comparing the top Senate opponents to judicial nominations by Trump and President Barack Obama.” It’s another measure of just how severe the political war has become. “Nothing rationally related to the judicial appointment process explains such a wholesale repudiation of norms that had prevailed for more than two centuries.”

New Steele evidence strengthens Durham prosecution as frustration over inaction grows. John Solomon – “A British court decision unmasks new evidence of FBI abuses in the Russia collusion probe.” … “If Durham is building a case that FBI officials conspired to defraud the FISA court and Congress, his team just got some new exhibits from across the Atlantic Ocean.”

Virginia circling the Green New Drain. James Stansbury – “It took the newly empowered Virginia Dems less than six months, but the state is now paying a heavy price for the last election.” It’s a sad tale and it’s coming your way. “Mark Twain once said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.”

Behind the Media’s Breathtakingly Dishonest Coverage. Michael Barone – “What really seems to have raised the press’s hackles was Trump’s dissent from their reverent attitudes toward Black Lives Matter” – the stimulus is the President’s Independence Day speech.

The woke mob’s ‘Reign of Terror’ moment. Jon Caldara – “During the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror,” those accused of not being true enough to the cause were publicly beheaded. To unify the Communist Party in Russia, the Stalinist purges did much the same. Mao used the equivalent tactic with his Cultural Revolution. … It’s a tried and true technique.”

The Winds of Woke. Matthew Continetti – “At first the flagellation is sincere. No one, no society, is without fault. But the self-punishment soon becomes an end in itself. And for some, it even starts to feel … pleasurable.”

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Cooperating with nihilism to feel woke

Nihilism and National Security. Mervyn Bendle – this is your history lesson for the week.

Purifying Publishing. Bruce Bawer – “The cultural commissars come for conservative books.”

Opposing Black Lives Matter Now Means Hate Crime Charges. Daniel Greenfield – “America is going to a bad totalitarian place at an incredible speed.”

The Fragility of the Woke. Victor Davis Hanson – “The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.”

Two stories at The Nevada Independent about the special session of the legislature to figure out how to handle the budget shortfall illustrate what irresponsible rioting and lockdowns can do to long term plans for nirvana. Reality can be painful. Other people’s money has its limits. Maybe it is time to find a solution other than tax and spend.

After years of incremental health care reform, more than $200 million in budget cuts threaten to turn back time. Megan Messerly – “Many of the proposed cuts will roll back initiatives spearheaded by lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services over the last few legislative sessions in an effort to improve health care in the state, which ranks among the worst in the nation.”

Special session cuts poised to undo marquee education advances Nevada lawmakers celebrated in recent years. Michelle Rindels – “The proposed cuts play out like a reversal of the past three sessions,”

Companies Must Answer For Their Support Of The Radical Black Lives Matter Org. I & I Editorial Board – “do the executives at those companies have any idea how radical this group is and what it’s trying to achieve?” … “here are some questions for these companies, and any others that are giving money or encouraging donations to the BLM foundation.”

  • Do your shareholders and employees know that their company is supporting a group run by “trained Marxists”? …

  • Does your company support BLM’s call to defund the police? …

  • Do you approve of the BLM’s overtly socialist goal of “collective ownership”? …

  • Do you believe that the nuclear family should be abolished in favor of some sort of collectivist child-rearing scheme? …

  • Do you believe in “retroactive decriminalization, (and) immediate release … of all drug-related offenses and prostitution,” and “reparations for the devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ and criminalization of prostitution”? …

The Great Race Bait: Don’t Fall For It Conservative America. Tyler Durden – “Isn’t it odd that the political left claims to be so adamantly opposed to racism, yet they are the first people in the room to make generalizations based on race? ”

“This evolution of the political left is not natural or “grassroots”; it is completely engineered.
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the media is perfectly on board with the NFAC and similar groups, calling them “peaceful protesters”. Yet, when conservative militias hold armed demonstrations, the media viciously attacks and accuses the right-wing of inciting violence. …

When BLM and Antifa announced they would be busing activists into rural towns, residents organized an armed security response. The protesters remained peaceful, and in some cases decided not to show up. The armed citizens were of course demonized and accused of paranoia over a threat that “did not exist”.
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At bottom, it’s not the leftist mobs that present the biggest threat; these groups are ultimately a paper tiger. Instead, the greater danger comes from groups that are directly trained and organized by elitist or government interests. These are the groups that end up being used to trigger attacks, like shootings, bombings, assassinations, etc. And, it’s not the first time in US history this has been done.
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The method of using racial tensions as a driver for domestic conflict is also not new.
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This battle is not about race, it is not about white vs. black or so called “marginalized” groups against the patriarchy, it’s about collectivism vs. liberty. … The gatekeepers want to make it about race so that the real reasons for the conflict are obscured. We cannot allow this, and we must avoid the trap.

When Did the Left First Go Woke? When They Betrayed Black Slaves. Ben Poser – “The answer is staring us in the face today. … the crackpot cultural Marxist idea that “white people” can’t criticize evil committed by non-Westerners was becoming en vogue. Since white people have committed grievous violations of non-white people’s human rights in the past, all they have the right to do now is crusade to correct Western sins, and leave those non-Westerners commit today, no matter how much worse they may be, alone. For white “human rights” activists who’ve snookered themselves into feeling guilty about the “unearned” wealth on which they live, this serves as their masochistic expiation. When given the choice between virtue-signaling with a black square as their profile pictures on Instagram and freeing real-life black slaves, we know which one liberals will choose.”

“ This is even more egregious when we see most of the left’s characteristic inaction now that we know there is also Islamic slavery in Algeria, Libya, and Nigeria. They’d rather applaud statues of George Washington and General Grant being torn down by mobs of spoiled, ignorant children.

It is always a sad day when a warning from the past comes true, and remains unheeded.

The Fierce Fight Over America’s Ideals and History. Charles Lipson – “Americans do more than tolerate calls to live up to our highest ideals. We embrace them.”

“America’s values are grounded in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of 1787, which are themselves outgrowths of the European Enlightenment and England’s Glorious Revolution (1688-89). The genius of the American Founding was to block the consolidation of state power in one location (the central government) or one branch of government. These arrangements envisioned a broad public sphere, where citizens could speak freely and assemble peacefully. Those arrangements were codified in the Bill of Rights and led, almost immediately, to a widening electorate: first, poor white men; then, women; and finally, descendants of enslaved Africans.
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This promise of equal opportunity and legal equality has confronted two daunting obstacles, both of which are now political fault lines. The first is that not all groups have been equally successful after the legal barriers were removed. Some have remained poor, live in violent neighborhoods, raise children without fathers at home, attend bad schools, and enter the post-industrial economy poorly equipped for skilled jobs. The political questions are “Who is responsible for those failures?” and “What should be done about them?”

The second obstacle is that “equal opportunity” does not compensate for past injustices, especially racial ones. …

There is only one case where we might owe a debt for others’ crimes: if we somehow benefited directly from them. That is why hard-left historians like Howard Zinn and the New York Times’ 1619 Project are so insistent that American wealth is built on the original sins of slavery, dispossession of Indians, and worker exploitation. …

In modern economies, wealth is built on production, not predation; on voluntary exchange, not theft and coercion.
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The leftist critique of modern America, its history, and its ideals misunderstands all these fundamental points about economics, politics, and the law.

Failing to act is cooperating with the nihilism. Holding on to ignorance and misinformation is failing to act responsibly.

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Time will tell. Pandemics, slavery, toppling inanities

Is The Pandemic Coming To An End At Last? I & I Editorial Board – “Based on death certificate data, the percentage of (total U.S.) deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26,” the CDC noted, adding that this was the 10th-straight week of declining deaths.” … “That threshold for (deaths per week for) pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19 fluctuates slightly depending on the time of year, ranging from around 7% at the height of flu season to around 5% during less virulent months.” i.e. the death rate was never that far different from nominal respiratory disease rates.

“In the next few weeks, we’ll see whether the outbreak is truly finished. In the meantime, the political fear stampede over “soaring new coronarvirus cases” has to end. And when it does, we hope Americans call the left to account for its attempt to use a pandemic to destroy our republic.

Slavery Rampant In Africa, Middle East; The West Wrongly Accuses Itself. Tyler Durden – “For today’s slaves, there are no demonstrations in the streets, no international political pressure, and virtually no articles in the media.” The fact is that you protest where it is safe and that is the oxymoronic concept behind the anti-western and, especially, the anti-American jihad.

“The West not only turns its back the new slave markets; the UN Human Rights Council actually welcomes states such as Sudan, where tens of thousands of women and children from mostly Christian villages were enslaved during Jihadi raids; Kenya and Nigeria, where the police last fall rescued hundreds of men and boys chained in an Islamic school; Pakistan, where Christians are condemned to servitude, and Mauritania, where two in every 100 people are still held as slaves. It is the same UN Human Rights Council that now, thanks to pressure by African countries, wants to investigate “systemic racism in the US”.

Slavery Still Exists. Where’s Black Lives Matter? Robert Spencer – “Leftist hypocrisy revealed once again.”

“It is, or ought to be, clear to everyone by now that Black Lives Matter is not a genuine movement for racial justice and a more equitable society, but a Marxist organization using real, exaggerated, and imagined racial injustice to try to destroy the United States.
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If they did actually care about the lives of black people, Black Lives Matter would today be drawing international attention to statements made recently by the Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Maryam Bint Al-Sheikh of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA).
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Muhammad is the “excellent example” (Qur’an 33:21) for Muslims. That’s why there has never been an Islamic abolitionist movement. And because Islam is the religion that the Left never dares to criticize, you’ll never hear about this from Black Lives Matter.

What the Statue-Toppling Left is Really Out to Topple. Bosch Fawstin – “all of the “reasons” that the Left gives for why it does what it does are lies, particularly the lie they’re peddling about “systemic racism”.

“BLM and Antifa claim that they’re “fighting to stop systemic racism” in America, when in reality, they’re counting on the fact that America is not a “systemically racist” country so they can get away with murder. If America were as bad as these vicious malcontents claim, their attacks would have led to their utter destruction in short order.

Catholic Mag That Demonized Those Who Spoke Out About Christian Persecution Wonders Why No One is Doing So. Robert Spencer – “Consistency has never been a concept that troubled leftists.”

“why aren’t these “prominent archbishops” saying anything about the persecution of Christians? A good clue comes from America magazine itself. While now, America has discovered that “Boko Haram Islamic militants have for years raged against minority Christian communities in northern Nigeria,” and now that their fellow Muslim Fulani cattle herders have also carried out “increasingly brutal attacks on Christian villages,” in 2018, it was worried about “so-called experts seeking to spread misinformation and fear” about Islam.

This “misinformation and fear” had to do with not accepting the Catholic Church’s new de facto superdogma that Islam is a religion of peace, and the “so-called experts” included me.
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America magazine has been at the forefront of the efforts to silence such discussion by demonizing and stigmatizing those who engage in it. And now they want the bishops to speak out? The bishops know better. If they do, they’ll be denounced as “Islamophobic” themselves, probably by America magazine among others, and may even be disciplined by that learned imam Pope Francis, who has enforced the false claim that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists far more stringently than he has defended any actual element of Catholic faith. Whisper anything to the contrary and the U.S. Catholic Bishops will move ruthlessly to silence you. They’re going to speak out now? You’re dreaming, America mag, and you’re to a large extent responsible for the present situation.

New York City Arrests Amy Cooper, Frees Rioters and Looters. Daniel Greenfield – “Manhattan District Attorney’s office brought in Amy Cooper for… calling the cops.”

A Cold War with China? Paul Mirengoff – “ the war began four years before Trump came to power, when Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and concluded that, in the wake of the global financial crisis, there was no longer any need to hide China’s ambition.”

“The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has intensified Cold War II. As Ferguson says, “the Chinese Communist Party caused this disaster — first by covering up how dangerous the new virus SARS-CoV-2 was, then by delaying the measures that might have prevented its worldwide spread.”

On the surface, China is one of few subjects these days about which there is a genuine bipartisan consensus. Both parties seem to agree that China is menace. Indeed, Democrats have criticized Trump for saying nice things about Xi Jinping. And Nancy Pelosi expresses indignation over China’s treatment of Hong Kong.

In my view, this is nearly 100 percent smoke. Ferguson shows that the foreign policy establishment, from which Democrats nearly always end up taking their guidance, is alarmed by the deterioration of American-Chinese relations.
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Democrats are also all about blaming America, especially when a Republican has his fingerprints on the policies in question.
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Thus, we may not have Cold War II, after all. Such a war requires bipartisan support of the kind that existed almost throughout the first Cold War.

“Time will tell” has become a favorite replacement for arguments from those who spread lies. Lubos Motl – “The seemingly innocent phrase is responsible for a big part of the decay of the West”

“in recent weeks, I saw that “time will tell” has turned into something much less innocent: into a religious slogan that is particularly favored by those who are wrong about all the important propositions they are making – and who are demonstrably wrong because they simply deny facts and proofs that already exist now.
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a reason why the lies about everything are heard everywhere is that millions of people are so dumb or brainwashed that they don’t understand that the sentence “time will tell” is just an extended interjection, not an argument.
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In particular, alarmist scenarios are all about “time will tell”.
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the hysterical coronavirus demagogues have been saying “time would tell” in the sense of “there would be lots of dead people somewhere”, meaning “a percent or two of dead in a region with millions of people”.

Kayleigh McEnany: I’m Stunned. I Was Asked 12 Questions About the Confederate Flag, and Not a Single Question About People Being Killed Due to the Riots.

Distorting Trump’s words. Byron York – “That much news coverage is biased against President Trump goes without saying. But every now and then there comes an episode of bias so egregious that it deserves attention.”

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Deceit with intent and impunity in many ways

In Praise of Empires. Keith Windschuttle – “Lal wrote his book to argue that most of the major empires in human history have provided long periods of peace and stability in which economic development could flourish.”

“Lal responds to this by distinguishing two different kinds of empires: those that seek to advance certain enterprises, such as taking plunder or imposing an ideology; and those that do not seek to impose their own objectives, but rather see themselves as a custodian of laws and civil order. The British Empire was the latter kind, a model that is not inconsistent with American traditions, or at least with classical liberal American traditions.

Trump at Mount Rushmore (WSJ edition). Scott Johnson – “The Journal editorial begins with the uniform voice of the Democrat media blob condemning the speech in whacked-out headlines and dishonest stories:”

Anti-Trump Republicans Endorse An Increasingly Leftist Joe Biden. I & I Editorial Board – “even as Biden makes his decisive move to the left, Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving an increasing number of Republicans to publicly endorse him for president.” … “Why? Well, the thinking is that Trump is such a disgrace for Republicans that only a decisive Biden win can expunge his stain from the party.” … “Not to be overly dramatic, but this is sheer lunacy.” This is accompanied by the unnecessary and unusual apologia about faults versus perfection that illustrates just how deeply the deceitful propaganda opposing Trump has registered.

“If these never-Trumpers succeed, they will not only have justified the left’s scorched earth political strategy, they will have handed over the White House and Congress to an increasingly radicalized Democratic Party. There will be a fire all right. And it will burn everything conservatives believe in.

Even if a supposedly purified Republican Party were to win a national election again somewhere down the road, there wouldn’t be anything left to build on.

No, They’re Not Stupid: Why Leftists Destroyed A Statue of an Elk in Portland Robert Spencer – “Once one understands what their real goal is, all their actions make sense.” … “In the first place, the rioters aren’t really out to bring about a societal repudiation of “racism” or “white supremacy” at all. That’s just a pretext.” … “What the rioters want to do is the very definition of terrorism: to strike fear into the hearts of a population so that its entire existence is consumed by it, and it becomes paralyzed, unable to act even in its own defense.”

Babylon Bee: State Governor Mandates Everyone Wear Snorkels In Case They Fall In A Pool

Fmr FDA Chief: ‘The case fatality rate is going down’. Sarah Carter staff – but, but … rationalizations for a narrative problem can be seen.

An Industry of Untruth. Victor Davis Hanson – “The brand of all cultural revolutions is untruth about the past and present in order to control the future. Why we have this happening to our country is the only mystery left.”

“the omnipresent Fauci himself unfortunately has now lost credibility. The reason is that he has offered authoritative advice about facts, which either were not known or could not have been known at the time of his declarations.
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the real cost of four weeks of protesting, rioting, and looting was to undermine the authority of state officials to enforce blatant violations of the quarantine.
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Mismanagement of the virus? There have been four disastrous official policy decisions: sending patients into rest homes; allowing millions en masse for political reasons to violate state mandates on masks and social distancing; retroactively attempting to reissue quarantine standards that their advocates and authors had themselves earlier de facto destroyed; and consistently issuing pandemic alerts solely on the flawed basis of new positive cases, without distinguishing those who were asymptomatic, or who were infected and recovered without ever being tested, or who were asymptomatic and tested positive for antibodies, or who were only briefly ill, recovered, and by no means still a case-patient.

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other revolutionary groups hijacked the tragic death of George Floyd. Within hours they created a mythology of rampant white police lethal attacks on innocent black victims. But that trope, too, was without a factual basis.

And there’s more, much more …

quarantine zone: hungry sources that demand being able to shove ads down your throat their way only. Pursue with due caution.

Lies, Damn Lies and COVID-19 Statistics. Stacey Lennox – “Dr. Scott Atlas, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, says the idea of preventing infection is not just unnecessary; it is irrational.”

Senator Duckworth and Most of the Press Are Lying about Trump’s Speech. Charles C. W. Cooke – “One doesn’t have to like President Trump — or to have enjoyed his speech — in order to acknowledge that Duckworth is lying. One needs only to read what was said.” … “I do know why she said what she said. Duckworth said what she said because almost the entire press corps said the same thing within seconds of the speech’s conclusion, and, in so doing, it signaled to her and to everyone else that she could get away with it.”

“Why do I “care”? I care because (a) I don’t think it’s good for America to have a press corps that lies as brazenly as ours does, and (b) because what Trump actually said is exactly what we should want American presidents to say.

But the media has other ideas.

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confident, loud, and self-righteous

Faulty Facial Scanners Reveal: A Racialized, Mob-Censored ‘Debate’ Is Worse Than Useless. Scott Shepard – “it nicely illustrates why policy development by Twitter mob, backlit by burning cities and inchoate rage, cannot work.”

“Processes of civic engagement and achievement are defeated by racializing policy concerns that need not be driven by racial considerations, conflating of unrelated policy problems and roving demands that anyone deviating from today’s floating consensus about the Lone Acceptable Narrative must be driven from public life.
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The only real result of this racialize/conflate/cancel mechanism will be the destruction of American civic society for everyone.

Trump’s finest speech — and a press that beclowns itself in boiling hate. Monica Showalter – “a magnificent affirmation to Americans on their 244th national birthday that what they have always cherished is still cherished, along with a warning shot to those who hate and despise all the United States stands for.”

“It’s all a sputtering sheet show from the press and its political allies who sense danger to their position. Yet it’s also disgraceful. Here Trump was, offering them all a golden opportunity to dissociate themselves from the fascist left, and embrace the things they have always embraced – America’s singularity, its heroes, its achievements – and they’d rather sit in the mud and take potshots at Trump and even Mount Rushmore, just because President Trump went there. They’re crazed with their hatred of Trump and it makes them hate the entire country as a result. Voters should remember this in November.

Trump at Mount Rushmore [With Comment by John]. Scott Johnson – “In the vicious culture war that is dividing our nation, President Trump has taken the side of the United States. … For this — for his advocacy of the United States in the culture war — Trump will never be forgiven by the our cultural arbiters. This is what I get get out of the absurd AP story “Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore.”

“JOHN adds: To the Associated Press’s headline we can add the New York Times: … LA Times: … Washington Post: … We can infer several things: 1) Trump was effective. 2) “Dark” means he spoke about things the Left would prefer that voters not focus on. 3) The Left thinks it will lose the culture war.

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit does the contrast and compare between Obama’s visit and Trump’s in press reports.

The Myth of ‘White Guilt’. Dave Rybarczyk – “If their guilt is over the top, it is also unwarranted. It’s doubtful that any of the participants has ever practiced actual racism.” … “But their enflamed passion, as Paul Bloom has demonstrated, is detrimental to clear thinking, clouding the mind and preventing rational decision-making. Most disturbingly, it is corrosive of society, of the culture and of our governance.”

“In academia, activism and empathy entirely overshadow detached empirical research. We sadly suffer a dreadful dearth of objective research in pursuit of the root causes — I emphasize actual root causes — of poverty, violence, racial differences and cultural degeneration, through genuine study, without bias or malice. In other words, with simple honesty.

Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence. Victor Davis Hanson –“Universities are certainly teaching our youth to be confident, loud, and self-righteous. But the media blitz during these last several weeks of protests, riots, and looting also revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.”

Weaknesses of solar and wind, Myths and Questions that require an answer. Rob Jeffrey – “It is claimed that wind and solar are the cheapest sources of electricity and these sources should dominate future electricity supply. This paper focuses on known additional costs and subsidies which are not taken into account in the costs of wind and solar put forward by their advocates.” [A South Africa perspective]

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Big lies. a Reichstag Fire

ZeroHedge has two examples. Whitehead: America’s Revolutionary Founders Would Be Anti-Government Extremists Today and “The God That Failed”: Why The US Cannot Now Re-Impose Its Civilisational Worldview. Both are ahistorical propaganda. Being in favor of a small government serving its people rather than a large government (represented by a King) served by its people is not anti-government and extremist is judgmental hyperbole. Conflating the grievance list in the Declaration of Independence with its follow-on revolution and government formation with the antifa CHAZ examples is an abomination of ignorance and distortion. Jefferson et al fought an army, not a neighborhood.

The other assertion fails in its idea of imposition. It gets into manifest destiny ideas of centuries past and conflates Western Culture with governmental idealism in the socialist and communist vein. The imposition idea ties right in with the dishonesty in raising imperialism and colonialism as petards of modern Leftist propaganda deceit. It portrays top down force and conflict with bottom up yearning and desire. The U.S. tends to run rather than impose. It puts out a lot of money and effort to assist others. This stimulates envy and covetousness which has a lot to do with current U.S. populism desires to withdraw support that stimulates such negative responses.

Dartmouth takes the cake. Scott Johnson – “Greg Piper reports for the College Fix on this week’s missive from Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon” … “As Dartmouth senior leaders, we want to express our strong support for the growing movement across the nation to put an end to systemic and systematic racism demonstrated so tragically by the recent killings of Black people at the hands of the police.” There is a misplaced and hypocritical outrage based on false presumptions lacking evidence for support – a typical ‘big lie’ from major university ‘leadership.’

COVID: are Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona in trouble? Neo takes a look at numbers and context. “I also find it rather odd that none of the articles I saw discussed the BLM/Antifa demonstrations at all. They started at the end of May, did they not? It would be relatively easy to track their effect, but I haven’t even seen any MSM effort to do so. It’s as though the demonstrations didn’t happen, as far as COVID reporting is concerned.”

Arctic’s ‘Hottest Day’? Not So Fast. Michael Kile – “Consider the media reaction to an alleged 38C reading on June 20, 2020” … “It was like striking a match in a room full of hydrogen at the Hyperbole Club.” … “Yet Verkhoyansk, ironically, has exceptionally low winter temperatures and an extreme subarctic climate, one dominated by high pressure cells.”

Independence Day and the ‘Woke’ Revolution. Bruce Thornton – “Not since the Civil War has Independence Day been celebrated amidst such threats to our country’s political heritage.”

“Today, however, the recent shift of the Democrats to their progressives and Marxist wing has put the authority and power of Congressmen, Democrat Party leaders, governors, mayors, city councils, media, corporations, sports teams, and entertainment industries on the side of rioters, vandals, and looters. The outfits behind this disorder, whether the self-proclaimed Marxists of Black Lives Matter, or the juvenile anarchists of Antifa, have with near impunity added widespread violence to illiberal tactics like “cancel culture”: the vandalism of public monuments and proscription of cultural artifacts; and the shaming, silencing, and ostracizing of dissenting voices.

The alleged “crisis” of racist police targeting black males for slaughter is in fact a specious pretext for this disorder, a Reichstag Fire for justifying a revolutionary political agenda to “burn down this system and replace it,” as a BLM honcho put it recently.
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This revisionism is nothing new, for it is key to the leftist challenge now in its second century.

Why the Left is Afraid of Objectivity. Daniel Greenfield – “The great struggle between truth and lies.”

“The American Left has never been this in love with science and the class of experts who claim to dispense it. Any of its obsessions gains a glow of legitimacy when it attaches, “according to science” somewhere in the sentence, usually preceded by “do this” or “if you aren’t.”
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STEM is on the social justice chopping block, under siege on and off campus with demands for equity and diversity, that also translate into less science and more social justice.
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The inherent problem with science is that it requires objectivity. And objectivity is the thing that leftists hate for the same reason that any cult does. Objectivity asserts that we can find the truth by stepping back from our beliefs and emotions in any field from journalism to particle physics.

The Left insists that we don’t transcend our biases through objectivity, but subjectivity.
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The Cold War pitted Western scientific objectivity against Eastern ideological subjectivity. And objectivity won. It won to such a degree that scientists in Moscow or Shanghai don’t bother consulting ideological texts like Stalin’s articles or Mao’s sayings before doing research.

But, objectivity is dying off in the West.
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So why does the Left claim to love science when it hates it and is threatened by it?

A Call to ARM. Lloyd Billingsley – “The case for an American Revolution Movement for Self-Defense.”

“As sub-nihilist mobs terrorize the nation, Democrats cheer on the violence, defund the police and hold the National Guard at bay. Americans have little choice but to protect themselves against the well-funded, highly organized forces of the left.
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ARM would be dedicated to the preservation of gains the American Revolution secured, such as constitutional rights, and the protection of American lives and property. ARM would support the rule of law and oppose rule by the mob, a single political party, or some Great Leader.
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As violence surges, mayors and governors keep the National Guard idle and the U.S. Military is sending signals of retreat.

When States Go Wild. Victor Davis Hanson – he tells an ugly story about the current situation.

“In past rioting, over the last 60 years, mayors, police chiefs, and governors restored law and order. They often beseeched the federal government for backup when they were unsure of their efforts.

Now, in a first, they are more often passive in the face of massive lawlessness and disorder. Some blue-state officials, in neo-Confederate style, silently sympathize with their local protests, violent though they are.

An Underappreciated American Scholar. Walter Williams – “From Marxism to championing America’s free society.” Both Sowell and Williams are “underappreciated scholars”.

“Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.
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Sowell demonstrates something that is uniquely American; namely, just because you know where a person ended up in life, you cannot be sure about where he started. Unlike many other societies, an American need not start at the top to get to the top. That is something all Americans should be proud of and jealously guard — the socioeconomic mobility that comes from a relatively free society.

Free society avoids the big lie …

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Economy numbers also positive

Why Do The Media Ignore Good News About The Stock Market And Economy? I & I Editorial Board – “The trend of ignoring news when it’s good continues for the Big Three evening news shows” … “Instapundit aptly calls this “Bias By Omission.”

“Amid all the nonstop televised gloom and doom over the coronavirus, something strange happened in the second quarter of this year: Stock market prices soared. The Dow Jones Industrial Index jumped 18%, the S&P 500 gained 20% and the tech-oriented Nasdaq surged 31%.

Those numbers, coming on the heels of the pandemic, were good enough to be the biggest quarterly gains in 20 years.
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It reported that 2.369 million jobs were created in June, a bit below the 2.5 million economists expected. But the real news was May’s number, which was originally reported as a 2.76 million loss for the month. After more data came in, ADP discovered the U.S. gained 3.065 million jobs in May. That’s more than 5 million people returning to work in just two months.

John Hinderaker notes One sector has not seen job growth over the last two months: state governments. (The governor of Nevada is calling a special session of the legislature “consider revisions to the devastated state budget.”) Hinderaker also has a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Is the COVID Surge More Fake News? Brian C.Joondeph – “The surge is due to more testing and more test-positive individuals, especially young people who have been out and about as the state lockdowns lifted. Last March and April, testing was available only for those admitted to the hospital for presumed COVID. Now one can get a COVID antigen or antibody test on demand through major testing centers such as Quest Diagnostics.” … “This has always been about the election, along with the protests and riots. The so-called surge is just the latest chapter in the left’s quest to deny President Trump a second term.”

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Russia leaks, political Chief Justice, the charade of science

Media Are Playing Games Yet Again With Anonymous Russia Leaks. Mollie Hemingway – “Watch nearly the entire corporate media establishment run wild with claims from completely anonymous sources in the intelligence community this week.”

“It is as if our political and media establishments refuse to learn anything from the weapons of mass destruction and Russia collusion hoax intelligence failures of recent years. Or worse, they learned just how easy it is to use unverified intelligence for political aims.

John Roberts proves he’s nothing more than an empty robe. Washington Examiner – “As disappointing as the outcome of this case is, the reasoning that led Roberts to write the decisive concurrence is even more infuriating for its utter lack of substance and spine.” … “Roberts embraces the nihilism of blindly upholding a wrong decision just because…well, it was decided. It is because it is because it is. ”

Trump Will Win If He Responds to Righteous Voter Rage. Victor Davis Hanson – “The hour of reckoning is here. Either Trump will crush the lawlessness and win swing voters to his side, or he will listen to the trimmers and lose the country.”

Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It’s Like to Report on Facebook. Jacob Silverman – “More recent, and adversarial, reporting has produced important stories about Facebook’s refusal to tackle the proliferation of right-wing extremism and conspiracy theories on its platform.” This is a lesson in delusion and projection. The platitudes are about being open and free speech but the lesson is about trying to shut down the President under the pretense that what is actually happening to those on the right on Facebook is instead happening to those ‘in’ the right (on the left) with TDS issues.

Mask Wars. Chris von Csefalvay – “While facemasks can’t hurt in the fight against Covid-19, the outrage directed at skeptics is excessive.”

“Yet the evidence is hardly strong enough to elevate mask-wearing into the epitome of moral behavior. Doing so reflects a greater preoccupation with the psychological effect of masks—perhaps as a restoration of control in the face of an unseen and often perplexing enemy with no cure and no prophylaxis—than with their scientific reality. Americans should demand evidence-based decision-making and policies driven by soundly attested facts, not assumptions or psychological palliatives.

Science and “Science”. John Hinderaker – “The COVID epidemic has brought out politicians’ faux reliance on “science” in spades.”

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