Archive for August, 2020

Little items aggrandized, big ones minimized

Lose the nasty words, Mr. President — it does you no good. Post Editorial Board – “President Trump continues to be his own worst enemy: On Thursday, he stooped to calling presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris a “mad woman.” This is “mean and nasty” ?? Look at what is coming from Soros or Goldberg or Will about Trump as a referent. The Post does itself no good pushing this ‘nasty word President’ meme in light of the context. There is also the fact that the label Trump used might be accurate, at least in a colloquial sense. It is not as dishonest nor as personal as many of the ‘nasty words’ going his way. Harping on Trump is not doing the Post and its ilk any good. It is succumbing to the modern plague of moral preening and hubris.

Rules: Razor (via Instapundit) – “What you can call Trump” vs “What you cannot call Harris”

The Slimiest Character In American Politics? John Hinderaker – “Joe Biden has been in the public eye for close to 50 years. His record over that time is dismal, but for some reason he has usually gotten a pass.” … “As Joe Biden enters the last of his twilight years, it is important to remember that he has long been a voice of hatred and a peddler of division, and remains so today.” What is offered as an example is a bit easier to see as “mean and nasty” compared to what the Post offers to rationalize its view.

Susan Rice: Trump ‘Sends Troops into the Streets of Our Cities to Attack Peaceful Protesters’. Pam Key – another example for the ‘mean and nasty’ scale.

COUP PORN: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office. “The speculation might have been less fevered had anyone actually noted how Trump has behaved in office. For example, what has Trump, as president, done when a judge tells him to stop doing something? He stops doing it.” … “Trump has done what judges tell him to do. No, he doesn’t deserve a medal for simply respecting the rule of law. But his conduct in office suggests he will not defy the legally certified result of an election.”

Trump Again Proves He Cares More for Israel Than Most American Jews – “In time-honored mainstream media fashion, the Associated Press does its best to downplay President Trump’s brokering a mutual recognition pact between Israel and the United Arab Emirates by calling it a “rare diplomatic win.” … (Hello, AP, have you missed that Trump is the first president in decades to negotiate successfully with Communist China, by far our most significant adversary?)”

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The assault on specified rights – and the response

Churches Aren’t Avoiding Death By Keeping Their Doors Closed. They’re Ensuring It. Kylee Zempel – “Now after months of spiritual suicide, some churches are finally changing their posture, submitting to divine rather than government authority, for the latter has detached itself from the people’s consent through elected legislatures as governors indefinitely and in some cases illegally extend emergency powers.”

NY Attorney General’s Lawsuit Scares These NRA Members Much More Than NRA Spending. Madeline Osburn – “Keane said the NY AG’s investigation is clearly a political hit, and not just against the Second Amendement but a threat to the First Amendment, based on “the fact that [James] is seeking to dissolve the organization rather than to just address the financial allegations.”

“NRA members and gun owners alike know this is bigger than private jets and expensive dinners. With an election on the horizon, they see this conveniently-timed lawsuit for exactly what it is: a direct attack on the institutional voice they choose to protect their Constitutional rights.

Inside California Democrats’ Hard Work To Deny The Poor, Middle Class, And Minorities An Education. Christopher Bedford – ‘If people want to talk about systemic racism and the marginalization of minorities,’ a single mother in California told The Federalist, ‘this is it.’

Landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits. Jeffrey Meitrodt – “City officials say their hands are tied, pointing to a state law that prohibits the removal of any structures or standing timber until all of the taxes assessed against the building have been fully paid.”

Elected Officials Need To Quell Riots Or There’ll Be Bloody Street Justice. I & I Editorial Board – “if those elected officials don’t soon take back the streets from the criminals, everyday Americans might soon do the job for them.”

“As unpleasant as things appear to be now, they will only grow worse if elected officials continue to pretend the violence and destruction is part of 2020’s “summer of love.” Street justice will be meted out summarily by Americans weary of riotous mobs destroying, swarming and assaulting innocents, illegally (and menacingly) blocking streets and sidewalks, wrecking public and private property, and, in some cases, killing. It will be a regrettable chapter in our history.

When law enforcement won’t or can’t do the job, then it falls to others. We can almost guarantee that when civilians impose sentences on the rioters, the outlaws will be treated much more brutally than if the police were keeping the peace. It won’t be pretty but it will be effective.

Wow: Chicago neighborhood ejects BLM protesters at police station. Ed Morrissey – “If BLM and their associates have any complaints after Englewood, they should rethink their agenda. The people we pay to keep order, protect our civil rights, and discourage mob actions are the very people BLM and their affiliates want to abolish.”

Everyone Needs Help During COVID – Except The Solar Power Industry. Charles Sauer – “Among all the COVID-19 media content I’ve seen this year, there was one interview I related to above the rest. It was a doctor saying that he could help people with COVID, but he couldn’t cure ignorance.”

“With and without a pandemic, the free market should be left to make the decision. But, in a pandemic it is even more important that our resources are focused on the most vulnerable in society and the economy. A good tax credit, for any industry, wouldn’t accomplish this. A terrible one like this doesn’t have a prayer. It’s just pure ignorance.

Keystone Jobs A Welcome Alternative To Pink-Slip Economy. David Williams – “When private industry and unions find common ground, people should pay attention.” … “Unfortunately, some in Washington want to ignore this progress and axe this massive project that will create thousands of jobs.” Again, let the free market make the decision and avoid governmental overreach.

Harassing Energy: The Latest in Climate Litigation (EID’s Allison nails it). Rbradley – “It’s been a whirlwind few years for supporters of the climate litigation campaign, who have spent untold millions of dollars and don’t have much to show for it. Multiple strategies have been employed with each running into trouble.”

Soros Reveals How He’s Invested Amid “Fed Liquidity Bubble”; Says Trump “Very Dangerous”. Tyler Durden – as is often the case with severe cases of TDS there is a lot of hyperbole and exaggeration but nothing offered to figure out where the fear behind it comes from.

What is George Will’s Problem? Gene Comiskey – “Will compares the fascist leaders to Donald Trump, describing them as strongarm bullies without intellectual weight or nuanced arguments.” Again, hyperbole and exaggeration abound sans any support …

“It is interesting that in his recitation of the history of fascism, Mr. Will fails to see the obvious: that the historical circumstances that shaped it and the ideological theories which Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and others believed in, apply not to Donald Trump and his followers but to the very people who are trying to defeat the President and lead this country down a destructive path of rigid intellectual, economic, and social control.

Will writes of ‘Trumpism’ as “an entertainment genre based on contempt for its bellowing audiences.” And there you have it: a classic example of projection.

George Will is so blinded by hatred or elitism or delusions of ideological superiority that he cannot see the real dangers facing this country.

While mobs rule the streets, George Will is safely ensconced in his ivory tower, warm and cozy in his blanket of self-righteousness and moral superiority. Perhaps Will should remember the truism that the mob always eats its own.

NV Governor Punishes Casino for Hosting Worship Service. Liberty Counsel – “Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak fined the Las Vegas Ahern Hotel for hosting a worship service for an “Evangelicals for Trump” group inside a casino ballroom because it violated his unconstitutional 50-person gathering limit on houses of worship.” But did it violate the rules on Casino activity?

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A thin veneer being tested

Australia, How Have You Let it Come to This? Augusto Zimmermann – this is how it happens.

CRB: Millenarian mobs. Scott Johnson – “our descent into mobocracy may be the most notable development of 2020.” … “Professor Codevilla brings a scholarly historical perspective that deepens the concerns of common sense.” … “History teaches that the names of the evils—of the supposedly oppressed and their oppressors, as well as their grievances—are interchangeable and irrelevant.”

The Thin Veneer of American Civilization. – “At the present increasing rate of police defunding, homeless encampments, the emptying of jails and prisons, the green-lighting of rioting and vandalism, the flight of the wealthy, the revolutionary change to Skype/Zoom tele-working, and the exodus of upper-middle-class liberal families to safe houses in the New York and New England countryside, once beautiful New York City is in danger of becoming the nation’s aneurysm.” [full column on NR]

Facebook Wrongly Labels I&I Headline As ‘False’. I & I Editorial Board – “We’ve always been dubious about self-appointed fact-checkers, who are able to mask their own biases by pretending to be objective arbiters of the truth. Our experience is a good example of why.” Yes, it is happening here.

Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao: The George Floyd Fall Guys. George Parry – “The four policemen charged in George Floyd’s death acted entirely according to the training and guidance provided them by the Minneapolis Police Department.” Yet another incident falsely portrayed to provide propaganda promoting division, rioting, and civil disorder. There has been a string of them and yet, even after exposure, they still are effective in their purpose.

Who or What Exactly Is Running Against Trump? Victor Davis Hanson – “The inner-Biden at 77 is turning out to be an unabashed bigot in the age of “cancel culture” and thought crimes that has apparently declared him immune from the opprobrium reserved for any such speech.”

Liberal Double Standards at Work. Steven Hayward – “The situational ethics of liberals is seldom more vividly displayed than in this pair of Tweets from Shaun King, the faux-black commentator on CNN:”

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Tyranny and totalitarianism right here in River City

Governors Can’t Use Coronavirus To Indefinitely Declare A State Of Emergency. Molly McCann – “In a national panic, Americans permitted executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back.”

“At the federal level, there are three separate, co-equal branches of government that must operate together for our representative republic to function properly, and this balance of power is mirrored at the state level. Unhappily, our system today is not functioning as designed.

In a moment of national panic, Americans permitted their state and local executives to take power—to declare states of emergency and to implement lockdowns—and now those executives won’t give that power back.

Most state statutes automatically terminate emergency authority after a 30- or 60-day period, unless specifically extended by the governor. This highlights that emergencies are assumed to be of short duration. Our current quandary is that governors are using COVID as an excuse to extend their authority indefinitely.

From “Corona-Totalitarianism” To The Invasion Of The “New Normals”. Tyler Durden – “People’s minds are being taken over by a much more destructive and less otherworldly force… a force that transforms them overnight into aggressively paranoid, order-following, propaganda-parroting totalitarians.” … “That is what totalitarianism is, this desire to establish complete control over everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human interaction.”

Obliged to Bow Before the Altar of Incompetence. Peter Smith – “Executive actions should not be capricious and arbitrary. What does that mean?” … “government actions should make sense; are fit for purpose.” … “It is a malady of our age that government is thought to be wise; and, most of all, responsible for keeping us ‘safe’.”

“Here and around the world we are witnessing the tendency of governments to overreach and restrict personal freedoms when the opportunity is presented and when not under close critical scrutiny. Perhaps, sovereign citizens are not so idiosyncratic in such circumstances.

How Forced Isolation Makes Huge Power Grabs Possible. Stella Morabito – “Today’s wannabe social controllers are clearly using the virus as a sort of obedience school where we can be conditioned through isolation to conform to their demands.”

“No matter what you think of Trump or his tweets, we should all meditate on the power of that sort of immunity from social pressures. We should find ways to develop it in ourselves. Because if tyrants had less ability to instill social isolation, they’d be less able to induce the fears that allow them to control people’s lives.

Bernard Goldberg: “I’m no fan of Donald Trump. And that’s putting it mildly. I don’t like his chronic dishonesty. I don’t like narcissism. I don’t like his nastiness and his silly name-calling. I detest his need to constantly cause chaos, … There’s nothing about this man’s character that I like.” This is of the milder class, believe it or not, and deserves a bit of consideration. First to note is that it is judgmental opinion of perceived character and not an objective observation of behavior. Second is that it depends upon gross exaggeration and distortion in perception absent any referent. Dishonesty is labeled for a difference of opinion. Nastiness? Like parading around in hats portraying genitalia? Need (!) to cause chaos in a political struggle where his opponents do not accept election results? What Goldberg likes and dislikes are his personal issue but at least you’d think he’d be more honest about the basis. Self awareness can be difficult to achieve.

Big Ten Waffles After Public Outcry Including Trump Tweet: Might Not Cancel Season After All. Tyler Durden – “an avalanche of pushback and public outry, from some players, coaches, and even the president of the United States, left the decision anything but final.”

Why Democrats Have Started To Cave On Reopening Schools. Joy Pullmann – “Democrats are their own worst enemy. The problem is, the rest of us are so often their collateral damage.” It’s a learning experience, especially for the victims.

Fairfax Public Schools Tell Parents To Stop Educating Their Kids While School Is Banned. Elle Reynolds – “While warning parents against at-home tutoring because everyone can’t afford it, Fairfax County also won’t let students come to school in person.”

Global Lockdowns Set To Plunge 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty. Tyler Durden – “warns a new report by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.” … “The report appears to pin the blame on COVID-19 itself for the economic impact, yet the actual culprit is discovered to be the “restrictions” put in place by governments in response to the pandemic.”

Sweden’s Success Is Kryptonite For Lockdown And Mask Advocates. Tyler Durden – “Sweden shows us that a rational, evidence-based approach to the pandemic is now thriving.” … “In Sweden, there’s no mandatory masks, no mandatory lockdown, no vaccine, and most importantly, no problem.”

How Fauci’s Stubborness Costs Lives. Daniel John Sobieski – “Fauci is in love with clinical studies, which are fine to determine effectiveness and risk of vaccines, but pale in comparison to the results of actual use.” … “If we used HCQ the way the rest of the world does, tens of thousands of lives could be saved.”

 

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Dissonance on so many fronts

The Mainstream Media Has Betrayed Its Constitutional Privilege. Stephen Kruiser – “Sit back and wonder for a moment how any on-air CNN personality could ask with a straight face if any anti-Trump media happened to be out there. It’s so preposterous that you almost want to pity the person asking because he or she is obviously mentally impaired.”

Deep Inside, Rioters Are Angry That They Never Learned Anything But Lies. Stella Morabito – “I suspect many members of today’s street mobs have a secret in common: At some deep level, they know they are awash in ignorance of core knowledge. Claiming to be “woke” is cover for the ignorance educrats have systematically instilled in them..”

“Our educational institutions have committed intellectual grand theft. They have withheld critical knowledge from students and replaced it with the poison of identity politics and political correctness. This makes it difficult for students to express independent thoughts, or even to think them. Where does that leave the victims who have been forcibly injected with this ignorance?

They can’t really articulate what has been stolen from them, but they seem to sense the loss deeply.

The desire for real cultural knowledge is innate because it’s tied into the need to connect with our common humanity as well as to “know thyself.”

The desire for real cultural knowledge is innate because it’s tied into the need to connect with our common humanity as well as to “know thyself.”

What Happened When Another Country Inflamed Racial Hatred Based On A Year Like 1619. Willis J. Warner – “Hannah-Jones’ eagerness to be credited with inspiring looting, arson, and multiple homicides might seem surprising. Considering the 1619 Project, it is not.”

“Defining one’s cultural identity with a centuries-old year of disaster is odd but not unprecedented. It happened in Yugoslavia a generation ago. The year of celebration was 1389, and its advocate was Serbia’s Slobodan Milošević.

Milošević’s combination of inflaming centuries-old grievances and inciting mob rule should sound familiar. American journalists and politicians have been doing it this summer, and the specific years of emphasis are illuminating.

America in 2020, like Yugoslavia in the 1980s, is multiethnic. Contrary to Hannah-Jones’ declaration, inciting riots by stoking past tensions, and using misinformation to do so, is not “an honor.” The Milošević model of inflaming ancient hatreds and inciting mob rule is leading us down a dark path.

The Alarming Progress of the Hate America Left. David Horowitz – “How they have invaded American minds.” … “this fight is not only far from over, it is just beginning.”

“The problem with the libel begins with the date. In 1619, the founding of America was 168 years in the future and the Virginia Colony to which 20 Africans had been shipped was English not American, and in fact outlawed slavery. The 20 Africans who arrived in Jamestown were like most of the mainly white labor force not slaves but indentured servants which meant they would be free in 5 to 7 years depending on their contracts. Like every black slave shipped to the North American continent over the next 200 years, their servitude was created by black Africans, who sold them at auctions in Ghana and Benin. It was Thomas Jefferson, and white America, who created a nation that proclaimed in its birth certificate the God-given right of all people – regardless of race – to liberty.

This truth is a mortal threat to the left’s plan to demonize America as a “white supremacist” nation and generate enough hate to destroy its democracy.
… [on another slander]
The United States Constitution specifically mentions American Indians three times. … The idea that tribes have an inherent right to govern themselves is at the foundation of their constitutional status – the power is not delegated by congressional acts.” Hardly a prescription for genocide. Indians today have the rights of American citizens. They can live in America or on 56.2 million acres held in trust by the United States for various Indian tribes and individuals. The federal government provides $20 billion a year in funding to help the tribes.

When Gundy invokes the left’s “400 years of slavery,” or “slavery and oppression” he is merely repeating the racist slander that all whites think alike.

When compared to other countries – Communist China first among them – America’s record on human rights is remarkable, admirable, and has been an inspiration to the rest of the world.

More evidence that Americans are fighting back. Andrea Widburg – “The latest resurgence of the American spirit took place in Fort Collins, Colorado.”

George Floyd: The Big Lie. Jim Goad – “Remember when anti-police “activists” demanded that police wear bodycams? I’m starting to think it backfired on them. In nearly all cases, it shows that cops put up with far more crap in five minutes than most of us could handle in a lifetime.” Exposing another lie in a long string of similar propaganda promoting violent upheaval.

The Media’s Coverage of Sturgis Rally Seems Different Than Recent Large Gatherings. Bronson Stocking – “when a large gathering doesn’t fit into the media’s list of liberal-approved activities, the press castigates participants for venturing outside during the pandemic.”

Fox News Dominates Prime Time. John Hinderaker – “The average live Fox News viewership in those hours outstripped cable rivals like CNN, MSNBC and ESPN, as well as the broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC, according to Nielsen.” … “it is extraordinary that Fox News’s most popular shows are the most-watched on all of television in prime time.” This indicates a hunger for resolving dissonance.

When a Viral Fear Mutates. Peter O’Brien – “In Australia we have seen the economy put on life support, despite the fact that we still only have 278 deaths and a total of 20,698 cases.” … “The intent of this emerging narrative – citing various studies of doubtful provenance in a technique eerily similar to the demonization of hydroxychloroquine … is to provide cover for pusillanimous politicians and alarmist scientists to justify their past misjudgements on the basis that the virus is much worse than we thought” … “The problem is that it is all so speculative, … These studies are small in scale, anecdotal rather than rigorous and much too early to have any kind of predictive value.”

Lockdowns Never Again: Sweden Was Right, and We Were Wrong. William Sullivan – As Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, an ER doctor at a hospital in Stockholm, writes on his blog, “COVID is over in Sweden. People have gone back to their normal lives and barely anyone is getting infected anymore.” … “Basically, Sweden did the exact opposite of what most Americans tragically still believe are the necessary requirements to reach the outcome that Sweden has achieved.”

Now Racism Is A “Public Health Crisis” In Nevada, Justifying Executive Action. Jazz Shaw – “The real question, which we’ll get to in a moment, is what he does with this newly declared state of emergency.” … “When the executives cut the legislatures out of the lawmaking loop, the fox is guarding the henhouse. And sadly, too many of them will take advantage of it.”

Trump Heroically Defies a Lawless Supreme Court. Matthew Vadum – “The court’s ruling on young illegals is an abomination that must not stand.” … “as Hamilton noted in Federalist #78, the courts ‘must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm for the efficacy of its judgments.’ Thus, Trump declining to actively use his powers to violate immigration laws duly passed by Congress is not defying the courts; it’s following the law being defied by the judiciary.”

“Like so many Supreme Court decisions nowadays, the court opinion is a pseudo-legal essay brimming with lawyerly codswallop, an after-the-fact rationalization written to justify a preordained result. The goal was not to do justice but to frustrate Donald Trump.

The court, under pressure from the illegal-alien left, invented an elaborate excuse to keep the program in place, reasoning in effect that because the decision to rescind DACA affects many people and would disrupt the lives that these illegal aliens have unlawfully been living in the U.S., the cancelation of the program needed to be stopped.

California Water Efficiency Standards: Peter Gleick vs. Trump. Wayne Lusvardi – “Gleick sees such humorous comments by Trump about water conservation policies as “not funny” and “nonsense”. However, as will be explained below, Gleick employs virtue signaling”

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Mask Mouth versus do no harm

COVID and the Death of Common Sense. John Hinderaker – “Why are so many panicked over the Wuhan flu, a relatively minor disease? Of course, COVID can be deadly, like virtually all diseases, but if you are 25 or under it is less lethal than an average seasonal flu, and it is overwhelmingly the very elderly and infirm who are at risk. So why the hysteria?”

World’s Top Epidemiologists – Masks Don’t Work! John Miltimore – “Despite a global stampede of mask-wearing, data show that 80-90 percent of people in Finland and Holland say they “never” wear masks when they go out, a sharp contrast to the 80-90 percent of people in Spain and Italy who say they “always” wear masks when they go out.”

“The problem with mask mandates is that public health officials are not merely recommending a precaution that may or may not be effective.

They are using force to make people submit to a state order that could ultimately make individuals or entire populations sicker, according to world-leading public health officials.

That is not just a violation of the Effectiveness Principle. It’s a violation of a basic personal freedom.

Mask advocates might mean well, but they overlook a basic reality: humans spontaneously alter behavior during pandemics. Scientific evidence shows that American workplaces and consumers changed the patterns of their travel before lockdown orders were issued.

‘Mask mouth’: Dentists coin new term for smelly side effect of wearing a mask. Melkorka Licea – “The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.”

Debunking The Myth That Lockdowns Stop Pandemics. Stacey Rudin – “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide.” … “Publicly available data shows no causal relationship between government orders and COVID-19 mortality outcomes.”

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Political behavior and the defense of social identity – wretched and rotten rhetoric

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic. Jason Daley – “Historian Edward Watts argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end.” … “Above all else, the Roman Republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence,”

How The Political Behavior Of Black And Jewish Americans Became Their Cultural Identity. Michael Weingrad – “Jewish and black voters have proven to be astonishingly reliable supporters of the Democratic Party, even when it conflicts with their interests. Three new books offer some insights into why.”

“I also find it challenging to see rational choice as an obvious explanation for anyone’s political behavior these days. Certainly, politics has taken on for many Americans the force of an identity, a tribal affiliation, in some cases even a kind of religion with accompanying ritual practices.

“An identity as deeply political as that of mainstream American Jewry is not going to change its political behavior without becoming unrecognizable to itself, and certainly not without having new frameworks of meaning and behavior to replace the older ones.

They also express a concern worth attending to, that “if whites’ level of racialized social constraint both within and outside the South reaches anything approximating that of blacks, greater polarization and heightened racial conflict in America will take hold more broadly.” I disagree this is the polarization we are seeing in the Trump era, and would argue that, if anything, Trump is functioning as a scrambler of the politics of racialized social constraint, which becomes a concern for Democrats and white elites more broadly. But time will tell.

Meanwhile, they end by imagining the plight of a black conservative in the voting booth this November. He considers casting his vote for a Republican and then possibly having to admit doing so to his friends and family. Given the “social rewards of conformity,” they write, “supporting the Democratic candidate is almost certainly the least costly option.”

The fate of American democracy may ride on that “almost.”

An Age of Wretched and Rotten Rhetoric. Tristan Heiner – “Politics becomes wretched when the ideas in circulation turn bad, and ideas degenerate when the rhetoric is rotten. The words are everything.”

“diplomacy and measured words are muddied corpses being squelched into the trenches by the boots of dogged partisanship and zero-sum tactics. … The biggest casualty in this squalor is, of course, the truth and measured solutions to real problems.

When people have a greater interest in scoring points against one another, compared to getting to the core of a real issue, the whole charade becomes the embodiment of the unproductive.

There is no mechanism that achieves those ends of muffling and muzzling civil discourse more perniciously and effectively than political correctness.

Fake news about Portland from the Washington Post. Paul Mirengoff – “Clearly, the Washington Post’s attempt to link rioting in Portland to the Trump administration’s efforts to protect federal property was fake news. Just like so much else that appears in this relentlessly leftist organ these days.”

NY Tries To ‘Dissolve’ The NRA: Far Left’s War Against The Constitution Never Ends. I & I Editorial Board – “Whenever the far left loses a debate, it doesn’t sharpen its arguments or seek compromise. Instead, it criminalizes those with whom it disagrees.” … “New York’s Democratic and radically anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James’ move to “dissolve” the NRA comes after a phony “fraud” investigation that was launched as an intimidation tactic.” … “To the left, the truth doesn’t matter.”

The NRA’s Fight in New York Is For All Americans. Editorial of The New York Sun – “The thing to keep in mind during the legal war launched today between New York State and the National Rifle Association is that the Second Amendment does not exist in New York City and state. It has been blocked at every level by state and local authorities.” … “The more astonishing suit is not the one Ms. James filed against the NRA but the one the NRA filed against her.”

Nevada Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses. Joe Schoffstall – “One-sixth of Clark County mail-in ballots were sent to outdated or undeliverable addresses”

“Nevada’s voter rolls aren’t maintained to the standard required for an all-mail experience like Oregon or Washington,” Churchwell said. “The Nevada governor is foolish to think he can replicate his regional neighbors’ years of development and practices with mail voting in a matter of months with a weekend emergency bill.”

Smart Women Don’t Send Nudes To Strangers, And Other Tales Of The Sexual Revolution. Casey Chalk – “The pornographication of America’s culture prevents victims from thinking clearly. Sadly, behavior once labeled bizarre or self-destructive is now common.”

“Obviously, Cooper is an odious criminal who should be punished. But such deviants have always existed in the nether regions of our society. Before the internet, they frequented the seedy parts of town near pornography shops and “adult” cinemas; they would walk around in trench coats and flash innocent folks passing by. Now, thanks to the anonymity of technology, they are more capable of fabricating identities.

Another bizarre and concerning thing about this episode is how the Post presents Cooper’s victims as ordinary, intelligent, and “professional.” It says something about our culture that heterosexual women — with boyfriends, no less — who get involved with female strangers on dating apps are labeled “ordinary.” It says something about our culture that women who send nude media of themselves to strangers — in at least one case, the day after the online “relationship” began — are supposedly “intelligent.”

It also appears our culture is so saturated in pornography that activities once considered rare, immoral, obscene, and stupid are now condoned, if not celebrated.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day For American Patients. Gerard Scimeca – “the newest order pushes for an international price index (IPI) pricing in Medicare Part B, called “favored nation status.” The name could not be more of a misnomer, either, as “favored nation” implies the lowest price cap among a mix of foreign countries in regard to particular drugs. And the lower the cap, the worse the ripple effects back up the supply chain and for patients in the long run.”

“In essence, the federal government will take the average price for certain drugs from a combination of foreign countries — all with partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems — and leverage Medicare’s status as the largest purchaser in the market to force companies to sell medicines and other treatments at or below that average threshold. But this is not as simple as it sounds, nor is it beneficial in making life better for patients.

We have seen price controls tried time and again both abroad and in our current halls of power.

To make matters worse, this proposal has received stiff opposition from Canadian officials, too, who would need to raise their own domestic prices to ensure their government-controlled drug supply was not exhausted in a matter of months,

The Canadian situation illustrates that this is an international relationship problem as well as a personal cost problem. The price cap situation is due to other countries, such as Canada, controlling their prices. They can do this because the U.S. allows companies to make up the lost income in U.S. pricing. The distinction here is how the drug cost in the U.S. is to be determined. The mechanism outlined – same price here as there – is a market driven approach and not a socialist approach. The arguments presented presume that the U.S. will set prices the same way the “partly or wholly socialized healthcare systems” do.

An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch. Steven Hatfill – “On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care “misinformation,” Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting “fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure.” … “Actually, it was Sullivan who was spouting dangerous falsehoods about this drug”

Bad medicine: Fauci’s HCQ Waterloo. Monica Showalter – “it’s about time this idol topples, based on this summary about Fauci’s startlingly bad medicine and bad medical policy on COVID, which has in fact cost thousands of lives. And yes, he is very specifically to blame.”

President Trump Just Called Out Two of the Media’s Most Dangerous Lies About COVID-19. Michael Thau – “Monday was a milestone in the battle against the media’s despicable, 5-month, unrelenting campaign of COVID-19 gaslighting.” … “The most important task we face is recovering our senses.”

Video: A Leftist Asked Him: ‘When Was America Great?’ Frontpagemag.com – “His answer is stunning.” It is. Watch the video.

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Qui tacet consentire videtur – you can’t pretend to hide

No Doubt About It: Democrats Are Part Of The Riot Problem. I & I Editorial Board – “Well I appreciate the, as always, kind of uplifting words of Sen. Hirono,” Cruz said as Hirono gathered her belongings. “And I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here.”

“It was an ideal forum for Democrats to go on the record. The entire nation would have known by Tuesday night that the party is opposed to the violence and destruction Antifa has wrought with little consequence. Yet they repeatedly declined – Cruz even told Hirono “you’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now,” just before she walked away – and in doing so made their affiliation clear.

Tuesday’s hearing is no isolated instance. Democrats have made their soft spot for violent mob behavior obvious on several other occasions:

For Andrew Cuomo, waking up and smelling the socialist coffee is a bitter whiff. Monica Showalter – “It’s what happens in all socialist hellholes, from East Berlin to Caracas. People flee. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

“Cuomo’s plaint calls to mind that leftist blue cities and states can be divided into two groups of people – those who look at the bookkeeping, and those who don’t. Cuomo is doing de Blasio’s job by calling on New York City’s fleeing residents to not flee. De Blasio is busy painting Black Lives Matter graffiti in New York’s city streets. Minnesota’s denizens are begging for businesses not to leave. California’s are cheering those who do. It’s almost a litmus test for separating out the crazy socialists from the really crazy socialists. Hugo Chavez used to cheer when wealthy Venezuelans moved out of his country as he was turning it into a hellhole. Maybe this litmus test of the crazy and the crazier is an indicator of which places become Venezuela the fastest.

Steele’s dossier: ‘Clown show’ or the greatest Russian coup? Paul Roderick Gregory – “The known details of the so-called Steele dossier point to a peculiar ambiguity. To expert analysts, it always appeared to be low-quality political opposition research. Yet, it turned American against American, paralyzed our government — and may be the greatest Russian disinformation coup in history.”

“In retrospect, the “clown show” dossier was put together ingeniously. First, the identity of the ultimate client was kept secret long enough for it not to ruin the show. Second, in Steele the Russians had someone with a modicum of respectability to gain access to American government and media; and, in the media and professional bureaucracy, they had an army of Trump-haters ready to believe anything.

For the Kremlin, it all meant a sorely wounded United States.

Coronavirus in one state (82). Scott Johnson – “Our efforts to understand the epidemic in one state are clouded by the efforts of the authorities to sustain one-man rule and the panic on which it is based. They are also clouded by the faithful alliance of the press with the authorities.” … “Kevin Roche provides “A Brief Minnesota and National Status Report” that steps back to look at the big picture.”

The Truth About Slavery. Robert Wedge – “We are continually misled by progressive propaganda on the issue of race.” … “Racism is not our Achilles Heel. It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life.” … “the United States and Great Britain are the first countries in the history of the world to eradicate slavery while influencing others to follow suit.”

“Of course, none of this matters to progressives. A Marxist state is their goal. The question is, will conservatives and their leadership stand up for the truth or bow at the altar of Marx?

Facebook, Twitter Censor President Trump’s Fox News Interview. Allum Bokhari – “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth, said Parella. According to Parella, Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” see also Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary. Jim Hoft – “The tech giants are working together to silence the President of the United States and his campaign.”

Who Killed George Floyd? George Parry – “Minnesota’s attorney general needs to pay attention to the available evidence, which in this case is incontrovertible.”

“So why couldn’t Floyd breathe, and how did he die? The clear answers to those questions are to be found in his toxicology report, which overwhelmingly and unerringly supports the conclusion that Floyd’s breathing difficulties and death were the direct and undeniable result of his ingestion of fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine.

The only crime here has been the prosecution’s shockingly incompetent investigation of Floyd’s death. In charging and continuing to prosecute these defendants, Minnesota’s attorney general has failed to take into account the most important and material evidence in the case,

The proof of the defendants’ innocence is undeniable. But given the violence and rioting that has followed in the wake of Floyd’s death, will it be possible for these defendants to receive justice?

Why “Green” Energy Is Impossible. John Hinderaker – “Basic problems with these energy sources include inefficiency and intermittency.”

“But that isn’t the worst of it. Wind and solar are low-intensity energy sources. It takes many acres of wind turbines to produce, on a best-case scenario, what a single power plant can produce. And solar panels are even worse. A single 3 mw wind turbine uses 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum, 2 tons of rare earth elements, and 1,200 tons (2.4 million pounds!) of concrete. If we take seriously the idea of getting all of our electricity from wind and solar, where will all of those materials come from?

Minnesota consumes only 1/71 of the electricity in the U.S. If we extrapolate Minnesota’s numbers to the U.S. as a whole, a rough conclusion is that getting all of our electricity from wind, solar and batteries would consume around 70% of all of the copper currently mined in the world, 337% of global nickel production, 3,053% of the world’s total cobalt production, 355% of the U.S.’s iron output, and 284% of U.S. steel production. Along with unfathomable quantities of concrete–which, by the way, off-gases CO2.

Thus, at a minimum, implementing just this one part of the Democratic Party’s Green New Deal would require an expansion of mining, world-wide, that would dwarf anything in human history.

Here in Minnesota, we have some of the world’s largest undeveloped reserves of copper, nickel and cobalt. Why are they still undeveloped? Solely because of rabid opposition by the same environmentalists who tell us the world is coming to an end on account of global warming.

The Democrats’ “green” agenda does not represent a set of meaningful policy proposals. Taken seriously, and objectively evaluated, they immediately crumble.

Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America. – “We are witnessing a vicious assault by enemies of all that is good, and our president is having to act in ways unprecedented in decades, maybe centuries. … The biblical nature of good versus evil cannot be discounted as we examine what is happening on the streets of America.”

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We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice

Sir Francis Bacon: “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”

Mayor: Health Officials Justify Mask Mandates For Political Reasons, Not Science. Anonymous – “If public officials use their power and resources to forward an agenda rather than champion individual rights and liberties, our American Republic is lost.”

Reno doctor says hydroxychloroquine has helped dozens of his patients. Ben Deach – “The UNR community health sciences dean disagrees, calls the drug ineffective.” The UNR dean dismisses non-conforming evidence out of hand and also ignores 50+ years of experience with HCQ prescriptions in behavior that casts doubt on his objectivity and conclusions. See also Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus … Information I GUARANTEE You’ve Never Heard – “The science around hydroxychloroquine is so politically charged at the moment that it is difficult to obtain a prescription, and some have warned of dangerous side effects of hydroxychloroquine” so the author suggests green tea as a substitute, readily available zinc ionophores (this is one for the alternative medicine crowd).

Cancel culture comes for MDs who support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Neo – “I wonder if they’ll be coming next for noted Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch, who has written a comprehensive article making the current case for using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID”

One Swedish Model To Copy: No More COVID-19 Lockdowns. I & I Editorial Board – “We’re getting an awful lot of very bad advice from public officials about how to handle the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.” Here’s more for that UNR Dean and his ilk. Aslo see Destroying Western Media’s “Swedish Public Health Disaster” Narrative In Two Simple Charts. Tyler Durden – “In order to control public opinion of the masses, the ruling class should “regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments [soldiers’] bodies.” [Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)]

COVID-19 Lies Go Viral. Betsy McCaughey – “Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus.”

Evidence Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos. I & I Editorial Board – “Nearly every news story about mail-in voting asserts that there’s no evidence that it will increase fraud. Really?”

Will Democrats accept election loss? New report says no. Byron York – “For weeks, there have been news reports and commentary on whether President Trump will “accept” the results of November’s election.” … “there is another, equally pressing question: Will Democrats accept the results of the election if Joe Biden loses?”

“The report comes from a secretive group called the Transition Integrity Project. A bipartisan, anti-Trump organization, TIP was created last year by Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks and historian and think tanker Nils Gilman, “out of concern that the Trump administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and transition process.”

The report gave some reasons why Democrats would be willing to defy the constitutional structure of American presidential elections to put Biden in the White House.

The New Old Obama. Victor Davis Hanson – “Why is Barack Obama reemerging with greater frequency now? There are a few reasonable suppositions.” … “His latest weaponization of the funeral of John Lewis revealed all the Obama signature characteristics. … his politicizing riff is cynical and in some ways a cruel hijacking of a funeral.”

The Dubious ‘Peaceful Protestors’. Bruce Thornton – “Peaceful protestors” have been seen coordinating with rioters to help them avoid the police, and acting as human shields. Indeed such coordination between shock-troops and “non-violent” political actors has typified revolutionary movements since the French Revolution. And there have been only a few examples of truly peaceful protestors separating themselves from the rioters and looters, or issuing public condemnations. But they have been overwhelmed by the thousands of protestors intermingling with the “hijackers.”

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observable, logical way seems missing in action

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.”

Trump Threatens Legal Action Over Nevada’s Decision To Send Mail-In Ballots To All Voters. Ben Wilson – “the bill was passed and gives Governor Steve Sisolak the power to order Cegavske to alter the election process during a state of emergency. … Additionally, the bill expands who can turn in ballots — potentially opening the door for ballot harvesting”

Physician-moms fight back against anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers. Laura Zimmermann et al – “Recently, the nation was riveted by photos of the wall of Portland moms who were tear-gassed while forming a human shield of linked arms and bodies to protect Black Lives Matter protesters from federal agents.” (1) the cases for vaccinations and for face masks are not equivalent by any honest assessment and it is dishonest to pick out a correlation between these issues – a logical fallacy. (2) the ‘moms’ were being used as human shields for violent rioters, not protesters. They were complicit in the refusal to comply with appropriate police requests and in the assault and battery on others conducted with objects thrown by those the ‘moms’ were protecting. The sort of falsely based moral preening serving as a pretext for this opinion serves to more to describe the medical professions complicity in the abandonment of the values of the society that provides them opportunity and their profession that gives them income as well as a sense of fulfillment in their lives.

These ‘Inconvenient’ Data Patterns Destroy the Established Coronavirus Narrative. Scott Morefield — “the patterns I’m noticing have me scratching my head. As someone who doesn’t sit well with cognitive dissonance, media gaslighting, and especially governmental overreach, if I’m being told I shouldn’t or can’t go out and that I’m not allowed to breathe free air when I do, the evidence on the ground should damn-well comport with the “logic” they are giving us to justify their extreme measures. But they aren’t, not in any observable, logical way.”

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution? Victor Davis Hanson — “Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity and no statute of limitations.”

 

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this stopped being about science long ago

Marco Rubio Gets on Call with President Trump and Defends Mail-in Voting. Jim Hoft – “It’s the reason Nevada Democrats on Saturday passed mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in their special session just 97 days before the national election. … They know it’s easier to cheat that way.”

The Choice Before Us. Roger Kimball – “This time, we’ve traveled to the very edge of the abyss.” … The clips of the savages burning Bibles put me in mind of Heinrich Heine’s solemn observation that Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen: “Wherever people burn books, they also end up burning men.”

8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions. Margot Cleveland – “Notwithstanding Democrats’ attempts to prevent William Barr from setting the record straight, the attorney general dismantled major fake news headlines over the last two months.” Here’s a catalog. Compare and contrast to any such catalog those who bray that ‘Trump lies’ can put up.

It Is Resistance, Not Trump, That Needs To Learn To Accept Election Results. Mollie Hemingway – “Given what they’ve put the country through since November 2016, the groups that need to be asked if they will accept an election loss in November 2020 are the media, Democratic politicians, and other Resistance activists.”

When ‘j’accuse’ is just a smear. Charles Lipson – “The false, malicious attacks on the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass” … “In today’s woke world, it is risky to speak such hard truths about gang shootings, unprosecuted shoplifting, looting, carjackings and more.”

“The dangers are real, but John Kass did not contribute to them. He shouldn’t be attacked for something he did not do. It’s perfectly fine to debate the substance of his arguments. It’s perfectly despicable to smear the writer with bogus charges.

Wrecking the American Dream. Robert Stacy McCain – “Yes, suburbanites, Democrats plan to destroy your community.”

“One of the basic tasks of the political Left, not only in contemporary America but on a worldwide basis ever since the French Revolution, is to identify those social institutions that are healthy and functional, then ruin them completely, and call this result “reform.” Sometimes millions of people die as a result of the Left’s appetite for “reform” (e.g., collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union), but always innocent people are made to suffer on behalf of the allegedly idealistic motives of the self-anointed progressive “reformers.”

The problem in America, according to the Democrats, is not our crime-ridden inner cities (“Chicago homicides increase 50 percent in 2020, 139 percent in July alone, data shows”). No, the real problem is those folks living quietly out in the suburbs, with their three-bedroom homes, their quarter-acre lawns and their tree-shaded cul-de-sacs. According to Democrats, it is wrong for prosperous suburbanites to enjoy their safety and tranquility, and therefore, the suburbs must be destroyed.

This is not “reform,” it’s revenge:

“Affordable housing” is the wrecking ball with which Democrats intend to destroy your tree-shaded way of life, not because they expect to derive any benefit from ruining your neighborhood, but simply because they take sadistic pleasure in destruction. We’re now three months away from Election Day, and time may be running out on the American Dream.

 

Fauci’s Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates. William Sullivan – “Like anyone who’s paid the slightest bit of attention during this pandemic, you’ve probably noticed how the narrative regarding cloth face masks has evolved.” … “this stopped being about science long ago.”

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Built on quicksand: Sports, HCQ, Schooling

No injustice, no peace. Paul Mirengoff – [but the NBA went full tilt on the myth anyway – and Strike Three: Major League Baseball’s Sordid Romance with Race-Baiting Politics] “It’s fitting that a phony justice movement originated with a phony claim of police misconduct.” … “Wilson has been cleared of any criminal conduct by a grand jury and by the Obama-Holder Justice Department. But the left never gives up.”

“It’s absurd that Wilson’s conduct was scrutinized in three separate proceedings, including one that wrapped up six years after the fact. That’s not the same standard applied to everyone else. It’s the standard applied to people the BLM mob wants to crucify.

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19 — 16 Find HCQ NOT Effective — But 10 of Those Are Late Treatment Studies! Jim Hoft – “It is becoming more and more apparent with each new day and as more information is accumulated that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, the CDC and the FDA failed in their response to the China Coronavirus.” The problem is that ‘experts’ are proclaiming the HCQ debate dead and buried, see Josh Bloom asserting that Hydroxychloroquine is Dead and Buried. So, Let’s Dig it Up and Bury it Again [but note the hubris, ad hominem and other fallacies]. Maybe there are some complexities that need clarification?

The case for charter schools. Scott Johnson – “Kevin Williams reviews Thomas Sowell’s new book on charter schools in the July 27 issue of National Review. The review is published under the headline “The Collapsing Case against Charter Schools.” This could be another “Bell Curve” [Wikipedia] book where the data are overwhelming but don’t fit the desired social activist narrative.

“Williamson concludes his review on a bitter if realistic note: “Our political culture is sick, and many of our institutions are corrupt. Many of them would not be capable of acting on what they could learn from “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” even if they were so inclined, which they aren’t. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure in a nation that does not entirely deserve him.” The review makes for compelling reading. I wanted to bring it to the attention of readers along with Sowell’s new book.

It’s messy and there are no simple answers.It’s quicksand when intellectual integrity is not used as bedrock.

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