Archive for October, 2020

Rule or Govern: that is the question before the voters.

The DOJ’s Lawsuit Against Yale Is How To Win The Culture War. Sumantra Maitra – “For the first time in decades, the diversity bureaucrats dividing the country on the basis of race, class, and sex are worried about losing federal funding and being sued.” … “In a Bengali poem, one verse roughly translates to “the maddening rage of a caged impotent.” It fits the left’s reaction to the Trump administration’s executive order banning critical race training in federal departments and lawsuit against Yale University for discrimination against white and Asian applicants.”

How To Stop Schools From Replacing True Virtue With Leftist Virtue Signaling. Louis Markos – “After purging public schools of Judeo-Christian virtues, the left replaced them with five pseudo-virtues: tolerance, inclusivism, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, and environmentalism.”

“Had our secular schools really jettisoned virtue altogether, then their students would have noticed the absence and awakened from their moral stupor. We are, after all, creatures made in the image of a holy God who is himself the standard of virtue and who is the author of our desire to reach for that standard. Yes, we are fallen now and depraved, but that desire, that innate yearning to enact the virtuous behavior for which we were created, persists.

The best and most effective way to get rid of weeds is to grow and nurture very healthy grass. If the grass is healthy and strong, the weeds will not take root.

It is the same with virtue. The best way to expose the smallness, meanness, and ultimate ineffectiveness of the pseudo-virtues is to build up in young people a passionate love for the real virtues. Let them come to know, experience, and love transcendent, time-tested, traditional virtues, and the pseudo-virtues will lose their charm and appeal.

Big Tech Censorship Is Driving These Moms To Trump. Katy Faust – “One mom shared that, six months ago, she saw herself as a ‘solid centrist.’ But ‘there’s no middle anymore.’ She is very concerned about the ‘loss of objectivity’ fueled by a biased media.” … “The Big Tech overlords believe it’s their job to determine what you see and as a result, how you should vote. But contrary to what Twitter may think, Jack doesn’t know best. Mother does.”

Media Titans Are Misleading The Public About The Biden Scandal. James D. Agresti – “Twitter’s brazen falsehood only scratches the surface of media misinformation about this matter. In addition to spreading outright fictions, media outlets are failing to present key verified facts that are necessary to see the big picture. These facts — which are documented in the following bullet points — build upon each other and implicate Joe Biden in a web of corruption that involves bribery, extortion, and obstruction of justice:”

Biden Looked Normal At The Debates, So Why Does He Appear Senile At Most Other Times? I & I Editorial Board – “The media also tried to cover for him. They responded like a toddler making up things after he was caught painting the family dog or stealing brownies. … The attempt to spin Biden out of trouble is pathetic.” … “America deserves better than a president who is likely to soon become incapacitated, leaving the White House in the hands of progressives who would rule rather than govern under constitutional restraints.”

“You Better Apologize For That!”: Rudy Giuliani Goes Nuclear On Fox Host After Christopher Steele Comparison. Tyler Durden – There’s all kinds of malfeasance or incompetence in the media. Here is another blatant example.

Is the Orchard Really Sentient and Is the Sky Really Filled with Flying Monkeys? Don Boudreaux – “Recently I came upon – I forget where and in what context – a reference to the talking trees and  flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. … The world to me today – or, rather, my sense of it – is usefully explained with reference to those scary scenes.”

Trumpism: Then, Now—and in the Future? Victor Davis Hanson – “Like it or not, Trump hit on a great truth that no country can write off its vast industrial interior, destroy its borders, or prefer managed decline over renewal, and meanwhile call itself moral.”

The Landslide America Will Be Glad to Have. Al Perrotta – “An election prediction: Something has broken over the nation in the past couple weeks. And that’s a good thing.”

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Legacies Of Confusion And Division

The sad thing is that this is even a question due to baseless allegations by candidates such as Harris. 5 Reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is Entirely Legitimate. Tyler O’Neil – “Democrats have argued that the process was illegitimate, either because it took place during a global pandemic or because it took place as Election Day drew near or because the Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.” Precedent and rules matter and they were followed.

Paul Mirengoff asks (and answers) “Why is it, though, that these days Supreme Court nominees likely can’t get the votes needed for confirmation if the opposing party controls the Senate? The answer has lots to do with the efforts of Chuck Schumer. Jonathan Adler provides the history.” Mirengoff also dips his toe into the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy to make it clear how shallow he is.

The Hunter Biden Scandal Has Exposed The Corporate Press’s Corruption And Condescension. John Daniel Davidson – “Major U.S. media outlets are living in an alternate fantasy world in which the Biden scandal is a ‘miasma’ meant to confuse and mislead gullible Americans.” … “suppression and distraction can only go so far, even when big media and big tech join forces.”

“But what the facts eventually reveal is perhaps less consequential than what the media and big tech have already revealed by their reaction to the facts: they don’t care much for them, especially if they’re the wrong kind of facts from the wrong kind of people—the sort of people, dear read5 Reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is Entirely Legitimate

 

During Trump’s 60 Minutes sit-down, Lesley Stahl humiliated herself. Patricia McCarthy – “Stahl’s interview was not an interview, it was an ambush. She did not count on him pushing back; that is how dense she is.” … “Are the NeverTrumpers, those who hate the man so much that they’ve lost the ability to reason, willing to sacrifice America to a communist-controlled candidate in order to defeat the President? It seems they are.”

Pope Francis Risks Leaving A Legacy Of Confusion And Division. Carina Benton – “The pope’s series of doctrinally dubious statements, along with his questionable politics, have left faithful Catholics somewhere between scratching their heads and banging their heads against a wall.”

President Trump Opens the Valve to Drain the Swamp With a New Executive Order. Stacey Lennox – “The need to reduce protections within the civil service became apparent when training based on critical race theory was banned from the federal government. Within two weeks of the order, whistleblowers started to report that their scheduled critical race training would proceed—in direct violation of the order.” … “In essence, these employees are defying the will of the electorate, no matter who the chief executive is.”

The Shocking Bias and Incompetence of Our Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “What our public schools are telling our kids about the election is identical to the propaganda being put out by the Biden campaign.”

Noticed COVID Isn’t Quite So Deadly of Late? Peter O’Brien – “The current, typically unbalanced reporting is, or appears to be, designed to keep populations, and therefore governments, in a state of dread which can only result in the continued adoption of draconian, economy-destroying lockdowns, such as currently in effect in Wales.”

Follow the Science! 1.2 Million COVID deaths edition. Mark Jeftovic – “As one of my all-time favourite economists, Thomas Sowell, would say…. “Oh dear, where to begin?”

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Loggerheads, no Kumbaya

The Plot Against the President: My rejected Amazon review. Scott Johnson – “It is a tremendous disappointment that we have had no accounting for the greatest scandal by far in American political history. What we have are a few excellent books about it and, now, a documentary based on one of the books.” … “Having already racked up a 4.4 star (out of 5) rating based on nearly 600 reviews, it is accessible here.” Also Laurence Jarvik – “Amanda Milius’s important new feature documentary now streaming on Amazon Prime Video is about a story you won’t see on Frontline or 60 Minutes”

AP: Leftist Rioters Are Not Just Antifa Wackos, They’re Normal Suburban Kids. Joy Pullmann – “If the AP characterization is accurate, tolerance for violence in the service of political ends is not just concentrated in fringe outliers like Antifa cells.” … “It is clear from the article’s framing the AP intends it to be another entry into the “move along, nothing to see here” genre employed against facts that make the left look bad and are impossible to ignore.” … “in attempting to debunk something President Trump and conservatives are saying, the article reinforces it.”

No Sanity, No Kumbaya, No Quarter. Peter Smith – “There is no possible rapprochement between the loonies that now occupy the political Left and sensible people. As a sensible person myself, or so I like to think, let me make my position crystal clear by way of illustrations.”

“My point is that it is no longer possible to come together. The modern Left have gone far beyond reach and reason.

They support men in frocks competing against women; they cancel Christians, like Israel Folau, for citing scripture; they have no problem with killing unborn babies, for any reason, right up until the moment of birth; they’re happy for the West to be overrun with refugees; they appease the intolerances and dysfunctionalities of Islam; they have a highly selective take on free speech; they silence opposing views (witness, e.g., CNN, the ABC and the editorial policy of The Conversation); they malign and distort our history and invent malicious fictions, like ‘the stolen generations’; they teach children to take no pride in, but rather to despise, the monumental progress that our Judeo-Christian civilisation has brought to mankind. Quite simply, they represent an evolutionary political development which is entirely wretched.

Christiane Amanpour Gives The Game Away On Media Blackout Of Biden Scandal. I & I Editorial Board – “Anyone who is still clinging to the notion that the mainstream press isn’t a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party needs to watch the exchange between premier journalist Christiane Amanpour and Republican National Committee spokeswoman Liz Harrington.” … “According to Amanpour, for the mainstream media to spend time investigating a Democrat for wrongdoing amounts to a violation of journalistic standards. It is “doing Republicans’ work for them.” She just admitted that she believes a journalist’s job is to do the Democrats’ bidding.”

Confronting political censorship. The Washington Times – “Americans are shocked by blatant censorship of news relevant to the impending 2020 presidential election, but they shouldn’t be. Unsavory political bias has been a growing phenomenon in the electronic public square. With millions of votes already cast, efforts to release the subversive grip on free speech are too little, too late.”

This is 60 Minutes. Scott Johnson – “the problem with CBS News isn’t its occasional fraudulence. It is the incessant partisan propaganda, witness the interview broadcast last night.” loggerheads is not a proper position for an interviewer. “Trump is right. Stahl is wrong.” all of a sudden Stahl needs absolute proof of verification – remember Dan Rather and TANG?

Big Tech Panicking – Trump’s Grassroots MAGA Army Working Around Platform Controls. Sundance – “A diverse and patriotic MAGA movement is overwhelming the mechanisms of narrative control; and they are doing it by flooding the zones with a combination of “old school” and “modern tech” workarounds. It’s quite honestly the most remarkable political dynamic since the organic Tea Party erupted in 2009.” … “The MAGA rallies, parades and grassroots events are breaking out independent of each-other and literally happening all over the place on any given day.” … “The Trump supporters easily outnumber the Biden supporters by 20:1 or more. The magnitude of the MAGAnitude is incredible. This is totally organic, but word has spread and now it is happening everywhere. ”

My Lying Eyes. John Hinderaker – Byron York describes “The big Trump rallies you don’t see.” … “We see, for the most part, what the people who run news organizations want us to see.” … “We haven’t made any official predictions yet; if we can get a VIP Live event set up for next week, we likely will make them then. But for now, I will say that I am leaning toward going with my lying eyes.”

What The WHO Really Said About Lockdowns — And Why — Will Surprise You. Michael Fumento – “If you’re looking for lockdown “bad guys,” then look at most governments in the world that implemented them temporarily as a way of keeping health care systems from being overrun and then kept them for various reasons – sheer love of authoritarianism, incredible hubris in thinking a highly contagious airborne disease could somehow be squeezed into extinction (a la rabies in island countries or Hawaii), or simply because of the law of inertia. Once they had moved the goalposts they had no idea to where they should be moved.”

Disgusting Professorial Teachings. Walter Williams – “Two websites, College Reform and College Fix, report on the despicable teachings on college campuses across the nation. Let us look at some of it.” … “Welcome to the world of gross academic deceptions.”

The ‘Black Problem’ in Television. Parker Beauregard – “Black voices, despite being just 13% of the general American population, feel omnipresent.”

Biden’s Campaign Blew Up in a Bad Way. Conrad Black – “The entire Biden campaign, conducted by the media, not by the spavined candidate, has been Trump-hate and false allegations of COVID incompetence.”

Major Denmark Study May Show Masks Are Largely Ineffective, ‘Science’ Promptly Censors It. Bonchie – “With the United States reaching its highest daily case total of the pandemic yesterday, the case for masks continues to become more perilous. At no point has the country had more widespread mask mandates and usage than now, yet once again, we see almost no correlation between face coverings (most of which were never previously thought to be effective) and infection numbers.”

(Some) Logical Fallacies and Politics. Jack Kerwick – “Logic, the science of constructing and analyzing arguments, is a forgotten discipline.” … “Aristotle, who is widely regarded as the Father of Western logic, identified numerous fallacies. Below is a select list of them” – with examples.

A Momentous Election. Roger Kimball – “Donald Trump may be an odd ambassador of freedom. But Joe Biden is but a gibbering front for a vanguard that would destroy America as traditionally conceived.”

The Enduring Relevance of Whittaker Chambers’ Witness. David Gayvert – “First published nearly 70 years ago, Whittaker Chambers’ Witness provides relevant, instructive, and inspiring encouragement for those currently engaged in the fight against today’s ascendant Left.”

Administering ‘Truth’ in our Schools. Janet Levy – “a few current examples will leave no doubt that the Orwellian manufacture of ‘truth’ is very much a salient feature of the American educational system.”

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Experts and awareness and the great lie of our generation

How ‘Expert’ Worship Is Ruining Science. Pasha Kamyshev – “What we are producing instead of models are statements.” … “Our media and state epistemics—drug either=good (perfect cure) or bad (extremely harmful)—are completely incapable of handling issues as complex as “dosage” or “network effects” or person-dependent treatment.” … “Tech censorship of large amounts of info relating to the virus, including early videos from Wuhan, has been downright criminal.” … “there has been a massive failure of education to produce correct models for people to use for home reasoning.”

Amy Coney Barrett has some ‘splainin’ to do on white racism. Colin Flaherty – “Last week, Judge Barrett said the death of George Floyd from “racist” police was “very personal” to her. … She worried that someday her adopted black children — and grandchildren — might suffer the same kind of “brutality.”” … “We call that the Greatest Lie of our Generation. And it is troubling to see how eagerly Judge Barrett has swallowed it hook, line and dangerously delusional sinker.”

11th hour Deep Analysis US elections alternative data view. globalintelhub – “if we can’t use the mainstream data sources to make an analysis, we have to create our own sources”

With Hunter Biden Expose, Suppression Is A Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story. Matt Taibbi – “Unprecedented efforts to squelch information about a New York Post story may prove to be more dangerous corruption than whatever Hunter Biden did with a crooked Ukrainian energy company”

Forget the Hunter Biden sex tapes. The real news is much bigger than that. Andrea Widburg – “The big news is that the same outlet claims that (a) Communist China owns Joe Biden; (b) Joe Biden sold out CIA assets in China who were then executed or imprisoned; and (c) GTV has millions of images showing other presumably influential people in comprising positions. If all this is true, we may see a complete realignment in Western politics.”

Biden Family’s Corruption Is Nothing New And Largely Legal. Derek Hunter – “When you get to make the rules, they always favor you.” … “unless there is a paper trail of Joe Biden saying he’d do something in exchange for cash, any favorable treatment Hunter’s sugar daddies got can be chalked up to coincidence.” … “While there are strong indications and insinuations that Joe was wetting his beak, he knows the law and it would be unlikely to be found out.” … “Pioneers in this new bribery were none other than the Clintons.”

The Miniaturization of Media Dinosaurs. Clarice Feldman – “In much the same way that dinosaurs miniaturized to today’s birds, the ancient Democrat solons and media have devolved from positions of respect and power to starlings, annoyingly chirping and scattering guano from their perches.” … “If you like getting deceptively edited interviews and unverified news from “Meet the Press” and “60 Minutes,” by all means continue watching these programs.”

Early Voting Is a Cancer on the Electoral Process, and This Graph Proves It. Matt Margolis – “If Google searches are any indication, it appears that a lot of people are looking to find out if they can change their vote”

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The man from Queens

Debate Recap: Trump Was in Command While Biden Told a Bunch of Whoppers. Tyler O’Neil – “Trump cleaned Biden’s clock on a few issues, while Biden more frequently hoisted himself on his own petard. The president did a good job of standing back and letting Biden dig himself into a hole. When Trump called him out on previous statements Biden had made, the Democrat merely claimed he never made those statements.” How can there be any profitable discussion when one side is in total denial of what is on record? As requested by Biden, “President Trump did not wait until Friday to post the video, however. He tweeted a video of both Biden and Harris promising to ban or “phase out” fracking and fossil fuels.”

3 Ways Donald Trump’s Debate Performance Will Affect The Race. Christopher Bedford – “These three points were clear victories for the president, likely to cut through the noise and directly reach Americans in the last two weeks of the election.” … “Biden: “I don’t know where this guy comes from.” Before he can get to the next part of his statement, Trump quietly goes “Queens.””

The Donald’s Second-Half Comeback Against A Razor-Sharp Biden: Was It Enough? Bob Maistros – “despite a strong comeback, the president, to channel Lloyd Bentsen, was no Gipper. But did he do enough to stagger his opponent and better position himself to win? … The final scorecard is in the hands of American voters. But from this commentator’s perspective: a draw. At best.”

Is The Biden Scandal The Reason Democrats Pushed Voters To Cast Ballots Before Election Day? I & I Editorial Board – “The scandal also shows why it’s important everyone should cast their ballot on a single day, legitimate absentee voters aside. Millions voted while missing critical information that emerged only three weeks before the election. We’d bet many would change their votes now, but they’re stuck with their choices, thanks to the Democratic meddling in the election process.”

Tyler Durden: Blockbuster Report Reveals How Biden Family Was Compromised By China. Trump’s Fault? The “COVID Killer” Claim By His Opponents That Defies Reason. “It’s as if the claim, which borders on insanity and is devoid of any logic or real evidence, has been generally accepted as the truth across wide swaths of the country. The Democrats’ own platform says it in no uncertain terms” … “If we’ve learned anything about the politicization of COVID these past nine months, it’s that media ‘spin’ rooms might as well have padded walls.”

Jaw-Dropping Report Details Chinese State-Owned Company’s Partnership With Biden, Kerry Families. Jennifer Van Laar – “A nearly 60-page intelligence report dated October 2 and provided to RedState late Wednesday details the relationship between multiple Chinese State-Owned Entities (SOE’s) and companies owned by Hunter Biden, Chris Heinz (stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry), Devon Archer, James Bulger, and suspected Chinese intelligence asset Michael Lin.”

Biden Business Associate Tony Bobulinski Drops Another Bomb Right Before Debate. Nick Arama – “Not only does this put paid to any efforts by media or Democrats to dismiss the information as fake or disinformation, but this shows the Dems and a lot of the media almost covered up incredibly important information like this in order to try to help Biden and now it’s all blowing open.”

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication. National Review – “the managing editor of one of the nation’s largest publicly funded media organizations believes emails possibly implicating a presidential front-runner in having benefited from deals involving his shady son who was leveraging the family name and proximity to power for millions are nothing but a distraction.”

The Only Protection From Government-Approved Mobs. Patrick Garry – “Two terrible things took place during the urban riots of 2020. First, violent mobs roamed cities, terrorizing residents of those cities. And second, local government became a complicit partner with those mobs.”

“Frequently in our political discourse, the Second Amendment is cast as an unjustified right that only leads to killings and assaults by violent criminals. But the events of 2020 demonstrated a much different aspect of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment did not facilitate the violence; the right to keep and bear arms did not lead to the destruction. Instead, it was the Second Amendment that provided the only means by which victims of violent mobs could defend themselves and their property.

Nine Simple Steps to Better Schools. Kevin Donnelly – “History proves how prescient the Black Paper and Educating Australians were in warning about the dangers of implementing a dumbed-down, substandard and politically correct school curriculum.”

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The great unravelling. Maybe

These Out-Of-Print Children’s Biographies Repudiate The Bitter Lies Of Today’s Uneducated Anti-Americans. Casey Chalk – “As for the anachronistic charge that Columbus is the “progenitor of white supremacy,” one might as well charge Alexander the Great with inventing imperialism or Genghis Khan with toxic masculinity. … The difference between Troll’s and today’s portrayals of American history is that the former actually tried to tell a coherent, inclusive narrative about our nation, one that sought to find unifying themes among a diverse and disparate set of characters. ”

“Eliciting empathy in the child reader is an essential educational objective because it is required for both civic and family responsibility.

Telling kids that their history is full of racist patriarchs fosters cynicism and a Manichean, self-destructive understanding of the past in which some people, namely oppressors, are evil and to be censured; others, namely the oppressed, are good and to be praised. It is this kind of blinkered, perverse thinking that provokes the continued desecration and destruction of our national heritage. Unable to see ourselves in our collective past, we tear it down with impunity.

Amy Coney Barrett Will Be Confirmed Because Kavanaugh Battle Taught GOP To Stop Getting Played By Democrat Dirty Tricks. Mollie Hemingway – “It took a few decades of the left playing the exact same games with most confirmation battles, but finally the right figured out how to render those attacks worthless.”

“let’s not pretend that the left didn’t work through its most prominent media outlets and academics to try to destroy Barrett. They did. The biggest difference is that Republicans simply weren’t playing with these attacks.

Rather than the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately responding to the Washington Post’s anti-Kavanaugh attack by bending to the will of the Democrats, this time they just didn’t care.

Senate Committee Advances Barrett SCOTUS Nomination After Democrats Boycott Vote. Tyler Durden – “The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 12-0 (every Republican on the panel supported her nomination and no Democratic senator voted) to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court, despite the ‘boycott’ by all committee Democrats (that’ll show ’em) protesting the “shame process.” AS the Hill notes, every GOP senator was present for the vote, meeting the committee’s rule that 12 members of the panel must be present to report a nomination to the full Senate.”

It is all an effort to convince Democrats voters that the senators are really angry over the nomination and fighting like the dickens to stop it. It is, of course, pure theater with no real impact on the nomination but voters seem to demand little more from politicians today than visceral distractions.

The Democrats continue to parade these giant pictures that are designed to portray Barrett like some judicial serial killer surrounded by her victims. Now, they will not even be in the room. The pictures will be all that remains on the Democratic side, a fitting symbol of a now literal empty-sack strategy.

The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship. Christopher Bedford – “The last week was a rough one for the fact-check industry, not simply because they demonstrably screwed up a series of very public decisions, but because those decisions exposed them for what they’ve always been: tools for censoring conservatives.”

COVID-19, Risk and Public Policy. Greg Williams – “for argument’s sake, consider some other threats to life and limb over which governments have some say.” … “What eludes me, and has done so for the entirety of the panicdemic, is the meek docility with which Australians have swallowed their governments’ picayune and capricious response to a minor public health menace.”

I & I Editorial Board: A Handy Media Guide To Covering (Up) Democratic Scandals and Even As Media Work To Ignore It, Biden Scandal Just Keeps Growing. “Whatever you think of the New York Post or Donald Trump or Joe Biden, this story is what we in the news business call “news.” Yet the rest of the mainstream press handled it almost exactly as the Times did – as an inconvenience.” Then a list is provided of 8 observations of media behavior. … “The false assertion the media used to not report on growing evidence of salacious and likely criminal activity emerging from Hunter Biden’s laptop was that it was “unverified.” … “ These actions should be punishable by law. Don’t expect the media to do their job. Nor the far-left social media, which are all in on supporting the Democrats in their bid to “fundamentally transform” America from a beacon of freedom into a socialist hell.”

The Unapologetic Bias of the American Left. Victor Davis Hanson – “Today’s Left sees their efforts bending in a preordained historical arc that ends with ultimate progressive justice—and retributions.”

Home Depot Co-Founder: “Fraud” To Suggest Middle-Class Won’t See Higher Taxes Under Biden – but its a campaign promise touted in his advertisements! “There is much more in the Hoover study, especially on the costs of returning to Obama-style regulation. Most of the media will ignore it, which is why we thought we’d provide readers with the full study.

Swampy Joe’s Big Lies. George Neumayr – “The Hunter Biden scandal exposes his “simple” image as a con.” … “The media is working overtime to isolate Hunter as the one bad apple in the Biden family. But the truth is that he picked up his grifting habits from his uncles, aunt, and pop.”

The Biden Influence Empire Is Unraveling. John Hinderaker – “Fox News has more on the Biden family’s dealings with the Chinese Communists. This information doesn’t come from Hunter Biden’s laptop, but rather from the Gmail account of one of the Bidens’ former associates who is now in prison”

Joe Biden tweets out that America is ‘an idea’ and ‘we’ve never lived up to it’. Monica Showalter – “How’s this for the most offensive political ad of the year?” … “Note that this isn’t from his enemies, his party, his creepy allies, something that occurred years ago, or some kind of foreign disinfomation, this is straight from Joe, put out there on Twitter to entice Americans to give him their votes, in his big final push to squeeze the last of them. ” … “There’s a heckuva lot of unpack here in this small space of a tweet, at least three doozies going out like stink bombs to voters.”

What Killed Michael Brown? Mark Tapson – “Shelby Steele’s new documentary delivers a damning indictment of liberalism.”

The City is Killing America. Daniel Greenfield – “America’s real problem are urban problems.”

We Are Over-Preventing Covid. Robin Hanson – “As I’ve noted before, since a lot of government regulation is justified as protecting citizen lives, those who seek to justify more regulation tend to seek higher value of life estimates.” … “Note that I’m not blaming all this excess prevention on government; private choices clearly drive much of it”

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Onslought of pretty ideas that destroy

Trump’s Greatest Accomplishments Are What He Hasn’t Done. Mollie Hemingway – “Under immense pressure by the media and other Democratic operatives, at a time when nearly all global leaders were using the pandemic as an excuse to seize greater control, Trump did not.”

“At no time has any member of Big Media raised significant concerns about the violations of Americans’ constitutional rights, governors’ power grabs, or the risks posed to democratic governance. In fact, the media have gone after Republican governors who were less restrained in their violations of citizens’ rights, claiming they were bloodthirsty monsters. “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice,” was the headline of The Atlantic’s article claiming that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp was overseeing, well, human sacrifice, by not using his power to shutter businesses more.

Ben Shapiro put out a video explaining why he’s voting for Trump this year after not having voted for him in 2016. In the middle of a litany of policy successes, he said, “He’s resisted using the federal government to control everybody’s life during COVID. That’s a big thing. This is the biggest government power grab during my lifetime, and Trump refused to do it.”

The left keeps claiming, all evidence to the contrary, that Trump is going to seize power.

Even As Media Work To Ignore It, Biden Scandal Just Keeps Growing. I & I Editorial Board – “The false assertion the media used to not report on growing evidence of salacious and likely criminal activity emerging from Hunter Biden’s laptop was that it was “unverified.”

Here is How Joe and Hunter Got Paid. Shipwreckedcrew – “The media has propagated a fictional account of why Biden demanded Shokin’s firing, and that account has been repeated over and over again to the point that it is now conventional wisdom.”

Facebook Whistleblower Exposes “Hate-Speech Engineering” Group, Staffed With Chinese Nationals; NYPost. Tyler Durden – “The ex-insider said the team teaches algorithms to push specific content to the top of a newsfeed while other content gets shifted “dead-last.” … “What is troubling, is how foreign nationals, ones from China, are working on Facebook’s social media censorship team that can directly impact how tens of millions of Americans think.”

5 Big Problems With The New York Times Investigation Of Amy Coney Barrett’s Children. Jayme Metzgar – “Why did the newspaper of record deem it worthwhile to launch a three-week investigation into the life stories of a Supreme Court nominee’s minor children?” … “While it makes no concrete accusations against the Barrett family, the story casts subtle aspersions against their adoption through the inclusion of several generalized details, devoid of context.”

UK Minister: Teaching White Privilege And Critical Race Theory In Schools Is Illegal. Jordan Davidson – “Badenock denounced teaching the ideology of Black Lives Matter and critical race theory as uncontested facts.”

The Shoddy Research Behind the Massacre Maps. Michael Connor – “The history both projects use comes from the same source, the Australian Research Council-funded Colonial Frontiers Massacre Project” … “Research which The Killing Times and the university academics are praised for is based on a single, shoddy secondary source.”

This is interesting in light of the Outrage over Gal Gadot portraying Cleopatra gets the history wrong — and flies in the face of what acting is meant to accomplish. Ed Driscoll cites a section including “The indigenous people of Egypt are the Copts, who still exist as a persecuted minority in their homeland.” i.e. the experience of ‘indigenous people’ in Australia or the Americas is not unique and not restricted to Western imperialism or colonialism.

The Dangers of Politicized History. Bruce Thornton – “We are now seeing the consequences of 50 years of the Left’s academic malfeasance.” … “The universities, of course, have been the seed-bed of such propaganda.”

James Lileks review of modern thought:

“At some point in a pandemic, the suspicion of infection morphs into the presumption of infection. That’s smart if it’s bad and widespread and raging. Hospitals overwhelmed, the sick hacking on every street, clinic corridors jammed with the rheumy victims, cordwood stacked like bodies in the morgue, or something. But this is not that. What’s more, this was never that. It was apparent months ago that this is not that. It’s not mild flu, but it’s not that.

Ketchup:

Cafe Hayek quote of the day: “is from page 185 of Steven Pinker’s 2018 book, Enlightenment Now:

With the shift from a manufacturing to a service economy, many social critics have expressed nostalgia for the era of factories, mines, and mills, probably because they never worked in one.

The final four weeks of the campaign will be fought over re-opening the economy. Thomas Lifson – “Sacrificing the economy, the education of our children, and our collective mental health for the purported purpose of slowing the spread of a disease that is survived by more than 99% of those under 70 who contract it is no longer tolerable, and President Trump is waging his presidential campaign on ending the madness.”

Why it’s important to remember Rathergate. David Lanza – “This anniversary carries implications for how we receive news, how political campaigns are conducted, and the credibility of almost everything we see or hear from the media.”

The Full Crowley. Victor Davis Hanson – “Whether these journalists know it or not, in the American mind they are already retired before they have even retired.”

The Accidental Defender of the Constitution. Federalist Society Review, Volume 21 – A Review of Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, by John Yoo,  https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250269577.

‘The Melania Tapes’ reveal she’s even cooler than we thought. Amber Athey – “Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and CNN made a major miscalculation.”

The Art of Propaganda. Bunky Mortimer – “How did Germany, arguably the most cultured and civilized nation in Europe, degenerate so quickly?”

Do Masks Really Work? Here’s What the Charts Tell Us. Matt Margolis – “The best way to answer this question is to look at how mask mandates have impacted infection rates. So, let’s do that.”

The Privilege of the ‘Ladies Who Lunch’. Bruce Bawer – “For voters who make voting decisions on aesthetic grounds, Biden is the electoral equivalent of comfort food.”

 

Trump Is Now One With Countless Essential Workers. Victor Davis Hanson – “President Trump has no reason to apologize for getting sick. He took risks to meet the obligations of his office and is now one with the millions who do the same thing, every day.”

What the pandemic has taught us about science. Charles Rotter – “The scientific method remains the best way to solve many problems, but bias, overconfidence and politics can sometimes lead scientists astray”

 

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The fix is in – I listen for an answer but hear nothing.

The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship. Christopher Bedford – “The last week was a rough one for the fact-check industry, not simply because they demonstrably screwed up a series of very public decisions, but because those decisions exposed them for what they’ve always been: tools for censoring conservatives.”

Atlas: Twitter’s Censorship Of Mask Facts From WHO Is Dangerous Territory. Jordan Davidson – “White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas said Twitter’s censorship of his account over him tweeting WHO information about face masks should be concerning not only because big tech is suppressing scientific facts, but also because they are preventing freedom of speech.”

“The point is not the mask, as you know, the point really has nothing to do with that,” Atlas said. “The point is we are living in a world where opinion, even if it’s based in fact, even if it’s science, it is snuffed out as if it’s some kind of poison for even allowing it to be expressed.”

“When you cancel people out, when you cancel out facts, we are living in a world where really we are in dangerous territory,” Atlas explained.

Commission Changes Rules To Mute Microphones During Next Debate; Trump “Remains Committed” To Debate. Tyler Durden – “in the wake of the Hunter Biden laptop revelations – and in what we’re sure is a coincidence, the Debate Commission has decided to ditch foreign policy as a topic for Thursday’s face-off.”

The fix is in for the final presidential debate. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump will be silenced during the second and final presidential debate Thursday night if he tries to raise any issues that might be too uncomfortable for Joe Biden or the swamp that backs him.” … “Two recent actions by the Commission on Presidential Debates reveal the outrageous information control strategy being implemented.”

America Is Drowning in the Lies of the Left. Dennis Prager – “the father of modern leftism, Vladimir Lenin, named the Soviet communist newspaper “Pravda,” the Russian word for “truth.” Truth is what a leftist says it is. It is not an objective reality.” … “The left has always relied on lies to gain and retain power. This is as true today in the United States as it was in the Soviet Union. … Here are examples of lies Americans are told they must hold lest they be removed from social media, shamed, ostracized and even fired from their jobs.”

“This Is Not A Russian Hoax”: ‘Nonpublic Information’ Debunks Letter From ’50 Former Intel Officials’. Tyler Durden – “It would appear these former intel officials are not aware of the current intel official views, confirmed by DNI Ratcliffe yesterday”

Hunter Biden’s Magical Moscow Laptop. Daniel Greenfield – “The only Russian disinformation operation here is the one being waged by the media. “

Disinformation, mainstream media style. Scott Johnson – “Our media betters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere instantly united to dismiss the New York Post stories derived from the emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.”

Treason In America: An Overview Of The FBI, CIA, And Matters Of “National Security”. Cynthia Chung – “The tragedy of Hamlet does not just lie in the action (or lack of action) of one man, but rather, it is contained in the choices and actions of all its main characters.” … “Neither the American people, nor the world as a whole, can afford to suffer any more of the so-called “mistaken” intelligence bumblings. It is time that these intelligence bureaus are held accountable for at best criminal negligence, at worst, treason against their own country.”

Indescribable Act of Terror? Lloyd Billingsley – “What the Michigan kidnap plot reveals about the FBI, the deep state, and the correlation of forces.” … “The FBI’s method is to “place agents among the target group, stoke their sentiments, and lead them to say or do something that could be characterized as a crime, then arrest them and claim credit for foiling a plot.” In intelligence lingo, this is “provocation,” but “in legal terms, it’s entrapment.”

Why New York City’s Feminist Medusa Statue Gets Everything Wrong. Nathan Stone – “By inverting the myth of Perseus, a new sculpture in New York City transforms good into evil, heroism into oppression, and men into monsters.” … “its very incorrectness is why Medusa was transfigured into a feminist icon.” … “The end result is a city-approved work of bronze which Jessica Mason gushed would “shame men entering the New York County Criminal Courthouse.”

The Children’s Book Council and ‘Young Dark Emu’. Joanna Hackett – “My opinion of Australia’s literary scene reached a new low when I read that Pascoe’s little book of bias and untruths, Young Dark Emu: A Truer History is now on the short list for the Eve Pownall Award.” … “Young Dark Emu is not factual material and is therefore not eligible. Even its subtitle is a lie: a “truer history” it most certainly is not.” The myths about indigenous cultures “were agriculturalists, not hunter-gatherers” and constructed “a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity” are endemic in academia despite not being able to withstand even minor scrutiny.

“So what is going on here?” I ask myself from my coronavirus-induced isolation. “Why is nobody standing up and shouting to the rooftops that Bruce Pascoe has no clothes? What are you all afraid of?”

I listen for an answer but hear nothing. Nothing but the wind in the bullshit trees.

The Climate Cult’s Brat Brigade. Tony Thomas – “In the Iraq-Iran wars of the 1980s, Ayatollah Khomeini sent 12-year-old Iranian schoolchildren swarming into no-man’s-land to detonate the mines. The keen kids wore devotional slogans on red headbands and each carried a small metal key to open the gates of Paradise.” … “The analogy with enrolling Australian kids as zero-emission fanatics is not perfect. The kids’ task is not to blow themselves up but to blow up 130 years of Western progress based on reliable electricity.”

When “science” follows the left. Paul Mirengoff – “Anyone can make a mistake. However, publishing an article even though the questions of reviewers have not been addressed seems like more than just a mistake. … And these kinds of “mistakes” always seem to cut in favor of the left’s agenda. Coincidence? Probably not.”

 

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Scapeegoats needed. Apply without.

Come the Moment, Come the Man. Peter Smith – “Best to regularly make a little list of the Donald’s dreadful deeds during what Bramston calls “Trump’s disastrous presidency.”

Still More Dem Lies About Obamacare. I & I Editorial Board – “But the lies go much deeper than that.”

Latest Cache Of Emails Detail How Hunter Biden Earned Millions In China “For Introductions”. Tyler Durden – “Donald Trump Jr. has just raised an interesting question in a tweet: Is Twitter censoring the Hunter Biden stories from the NY Post at the behest of the Communist Party of China?”

Cultural Marxism’s Origins: How the Disciples of an Obscure Italian Linguist Subverted America. Ammodotcom – “The underlying theory here is a variant of Marxism, pioneered by early-20th-century Italian Marxist politician and linguist Antonio Gramsci. … He is easily the most influential thinker that you have never heard of.”

“For Gramsci, culture was more important than either economics or politics. This was what needed to be changed for there to be a revolution. As such, the weapon to be used for revolution was not the economic might of an organized working class, but a “long march through the institutions” (a phrase actually coined by German Marxist Rudi Dutschke), whereby every institution in the West would be subverted through penetration and infiltration.

Democrats Dodge the Real Reparations. Lloyd Billingsley – “How about all the damage caused by the China virus and Islamic terror?”

The Coronavirus Experts Were Wrong, Now They Need Scapegoats. Daniel Greenfield – “It’s not about fighting the virus, but punishing political and cultural enemies.” … “The rule of the experts isn’t fighting the virus. It has become the virus.”

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going to heal the country from the president who has mean tweets?

This Is Who the Democrats Are Now. Stephen Kruiser – “Look at the anger on their faces. The all-consuming hatred as a result of their Trump Derangement Syndrome has made them ugly inside and out.”

Romney decries state of America’s ‘vile, vituperative, hate-filled’ politics, puts blame largely on Trump. Allan Smith [NBC] – “Romney said he’s “troubled” by U.S. politics having “moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass” unbecoming of America.” Youu have to dig deep to find something Trump but only skim the surface for Romney’s observations when it comes to Trump’s oposition. An example is citing Whitmer’s kidnap plot being blamed on Trump that has many calling for Whitmer to apologize for her (and the press’) slander. But this is an NBC ‘News’ story …

Except For Locked-Down Blue States, America’s Economic Recovery From COVID-19 Is Amazingly Strong. Tom Blumer – “The nation’s corporate media have mostly downplayed or ignored the U.S. economy’s remarkable performance following the COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year.”

Three Biggest Lies About COVID-19 Have All Been Exposed. Leo Hohmann – “But here’s why globalist powerbrokers can’t let it die.” … “Eight months later, the data shows everything the media said about the virus was false.” The lies: “COVID carries a very high, 3.4 percent, death rate … spread by asymptomatic “super spreaders.” … untreatable.” … “This is not news. This is the hallmark of a propaganda operation. Another name for it is information warfare.”

 

Nevada writes off nearly $12 million in federally funded clean energy loans as ‘bad debt’. Riley Snyder – “out of more than $17.6 million in loans granted through the program, the Office of Energy leadership says that only $3.7 million of that initial sum has been paid back, with $11.8 million considered “bad debt” and written off by the state as of Tuesday. ” … “None of those projects were completed, Bobzien said, and the funds have essentially disappeared.”

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They don’t dare say

Will All The Name-Brand People Who Pushed The Russian Collusion Conspiracy Get Off Scot-Free? Drew Holden – “Nothing to See Here, Because the Truth Helps Trump” … “In hindsight, the allegations range from overeager to nearly comical. But it’s important to remember that they have had a real, lasting impact on American politics, and that those chiefly responsible have yet to be held accountable.”

“Where is the follow up from anyone, at all, about any of this? If you aren’t outraged by all this, and the clear coordination across multiple organs of the U.S. government, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t know how to convince you to care that the president of the United States has been undermined for four years by a malicious lie from his political opponents.

Breonna Taylor: Anatomy of A Racial Hoax. David Horowitz and John Perazzo – “How Oprah Winfrey and Black Lives Matter are colluding in a plot to perpetrate a social injustice.”

Democrats don’t dare say why they oppose Judge Barrett, so they lie instead. New York Post – “Why can’t they share their real reasons for opposing her?” … “all cover for the gripe Democrats don’t dare make publicly: that Barrett won’t be an activist justice seeking to read liberals’ wish lists into the Constitution.”

Why Some People Take Q-Anon’s Pedophilia Allegations Seriously. Robert Oscar Lopez – “The message from every major news outlet is simple: Q exemplifies both a criminal mind and psychopathology” … “Q-Anon, we are told, is crazy. But remember what Billy Joel said in “You may be right.” It might be some lunatics America’s been looking for.” Q is a handy villain with some fringe taint but there is something to consider in just who owns the most significant conspiracy ethic.

How a Leftist Prof Hijacked History and Christopher Columbus. Tom Van Dyke – “Once ideology has become a moral virtue, Zinn can discount standards of scholarship”

CBS Obtains 94-Page Outline Showing FBI and Chris Steele Collaborative Use of Media Reporting… sundance – “In essence this is evidence of the process we initially shared almost three years ago; only now we know the names.”

COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Been A Disaster — End Them Now. I & I Editorial Board – “in recent weeks and months, both the scientific and economic discussions have come down hard on one side: The lockdowns have been an immense failure, costing the economy trillions of dollars and, more importantly, thousands of lives.”

“Jay Bhattacharya, the director of Stanford’s Program on Medical Outcomes and its Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, told Just The News investigative reporter John Solomon recently that it was “shocking” so many countries shut down for the pandemic without really “think(ing) about both the costs and benefits.”

CDC Study Finds Overwhelming Majority Of People Getting Coronavirus Wore Masks. Jordan Davidson – “masks and face coverings are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, even for those people who consistently wear them.”

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no legitimate question of legitimacy?

Complexity, Your Modern Scoundrel’s First Refuge. John O’Sullivan – “It’s not hard to understand this silence. It means not consent but fear and moral nervousness.” This one is about BLM and CRT.

Flying the Flag Is a Secret Trump Handshake. Kurt Schlichter – “Among the threats of persecution and death we face for supporting President Trump are some that are frankly hilarious.” … “they still want to be heard without the annoyance of dealing with some man-bunned neighbor shrieking that a sign in their yard supporting DJT is “literal violence” that has his woke 8-year-old “literally shaking.” That’s why these folks rely on hidden signals to demonstrate their support for the greatest president since Ronald Reagan.”

Are COVID Case Surges More Fake News? Brian C. Joondeph – “Are cases really on the rise or are these simply positive tests?” … “The U.S. is performing 2.87 daily tests per thousand people, far more than most countries.” … “More tests mean more positive results, but not necessarily cases of COVID.” … “Hospitalizations, a measure of disease severity, have been steadily declining since March, with a small bump in mid-summer.” … “Yet these so-called case surges, in actuality only positive tests, are driving societal policy decisions.”

Democrats delegitimize the Supreme Court because they fear losing power over the rest of us. Washington Examiner – “As the Senate prepares to confirm President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, they have begun to say outright that the nomination and confirmation procedure outlined in the U.S. Constitution is illegitimate.” … “So there is, to coin a phrase, no legitimate question of legitimacy.”

Biden-Harris joint appearance in Arizona draws no spectators — as in ZERO attendees. Thomas Lifson – “With apologies to Groucho Marx, we now have the answer to the question: “What if they held a Biden-Harris rally and nobody showed up?” The answer is a shocked TV street reporter:”

The Truth About Columbus. Jarrett Stepman – “It is unfortunate to see what was once a uniting figure—who represented American courage, optimism, and even immigrants—is suddenly in the crosshairs for destruction. We owe it to Columbus and ourselves to be more respectful of the man who made the existence of our country possible.” … “When we have lost these things, when we no longer have the capacity to celebrate men like Columbus, as imperfect as they sometimes were, we will have lost what has made us great, and distinct.”

How Politicians Lie. John Hinderaker – “Today Governor Whitmer sent out a fundraising email to her supporters–or, anyway, those on her list, a group that includes me. The subject heading was: “We’ve seen the disastrous effects of Trump’s hateful rhetoric.” That is typical. Pretty much everything that goes wrong in the world is a result of “Trump’s hateful rhetoric.” The Democrats’ far more hateful rhetoric, meanwhile, has evidently no consequences.” … “Their confidence is well-placed. In today’s America, the “mainstream” media exist mostly to keep secrets.”

What the pandemic has taught us about science. Charles Rotter – “The scientific method remains the best way to solve many problems, but bias, overconfidence and politics can sometimes lead scientists astray”

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The election question: visceral or rational?

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. – “The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.”

Georgia H walks away. Scott Johnson – “She says that Teach for America made her “abandon the racism of the left. AOC made me abandon the left altogether. … here are the notes that Georgia H herself has added in response to the comments on her video” – The notes themselves speak strongly about the issues at hand.

15 characteristics of white supremacy culture. Lubos Motl – “James Lindsay (who is one of the three scholars behind the mass production of hoaxes in grievance studies) posted this incredible list of the evil aspects of “white supremacy”, as they are taught to kids at the Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia” … “this summary of the “critical race theory”, a subject that seems worse than any propaganda that the Soviet bloc students have experienced during communism, is truly yummy and attacks quite some elementary prerequisites of the civilization – and, indeed, of the human supremacy in comparison with other animals.”

Jennifer Newsom’s Documentary Blames The American Founders For Democrats’ Failures. Patricia Ducey – “the documentary’s conclusion lands right on critical theory’s rocky shore: America’s founding at the hands of white males is so inherently racist and sexist that all negative life experiences can be attributed to it, and radical change is necessary to correct it. While Newsom never tells us what that radical change might entail, if viewers know anything about the French, Bolshevik, or Maoist revolutions, they should recoil in horror.”

Trump-Hating Journalists Write Fiction, Not News. Itxu Díaz – “They tell horror stories about what Trump might do to scare voters.” … “The problem with wild hypothesis journalism is that it has no limits.” … “What seems more perverse is to invent detailed events that have not occurred just to put a face on a political argument.”

Don’t Defend Columbus—Celebrate Him. Dave Seminara – “The Italian explorer who opened America to the West deserves tribute.” … “Columbus has been under attack since at least 1980, when Howard Zinn vilified him” … “Social-justice cultists like La Spata insist on evaluating men from the fifteenth century by woke 2020 standards but refuse to consider the broader Italian-American story, which is replete with the adverse experience of discrimination and long-forgotten mob violence.”

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It’s what they do

7 Quick Takeaways On The 2020 Vice Presidential Debate. Mollie Hemingway – “One of the problems with the media being so uniformly in support of the Democratic Party and its goals is that nearly all the questions posed in debates are loaded with false assumptions.”

Mike Pence Just Wrecked Kamala Harris And The Media At The Same Time Over Their Charlottesville Lie. Kylee Zempel – “In one swift motion during Wednesday night’s debate, Mike Pence fact-checked Kamala Harris, indicted the media, and corrected a false narrative peddled by the moderator of last week’s presidential debate.”

Kamala Harris Lied Repeatedly and Got Away With It. Daniel Greenfield – “she won’t be called on it or fact checked about it because her lies are mostly the second hand products of the media that claims to fact check politicians.” … “It’s not so much that Kamala is lying, it’s that she adapts, fitting in clumsily to any role, never being good at it, but going with the flow.”

Overweening Moderator and ‘Unconscientious Objector’ Prevented Real Debate. Bob Maistros – “one decided to engage in posturing, evasion, distortion, demagoguery, fantasy and outright prevarication. Just call Sen. Kamala Harris an “un-conscientious objector.” [examples provided]

Great moments in the vice presidential debate. Andrea Widburg – “Pence had a more uphill battle because of Susan Page, the moderator. Her questions for Harris essentially asked what wonderful things she and Biden planned to do to fix the Trump disasters, while her questions for Pence were aimed at forcing him to defend all the allegedly terrible disasters he and Trump caused.”

The Supreme Court and appellate courts are drawing back from voting madness. Andrea Widburg – “Democrats are using the Wuhan virus as an excuse to ignore longstanding state legislation governing elections. On Tuesday, both the Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit ruled against activist judges.” … “Ultimately, district courts lack the appropriate accountability to second-guess the Legislature. Therefore, as elections draw near, district courts should not interfere with state election laws:”

Climate Change Is Here: It’s Going To Get Cooler, Says NASA. I & I Editorial Board – “Climate researcher Michael Mann said last week that if President Donald Trump is reelected, it’s “game over for the climate.” It’s the same alarmism we’ve been hearing for decades, all of it empty.” The cold water this time is about solar activity patterns.

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Turn on the damned lights

Is The Left Preparing To Steal Your Vote? I & I Editorial Board – “The left keeps dismissing voter fraud as irrelevant because it’s not “widespread,” and then accuses anyone who brings it up as being guilty of voter suppression. … But a Democratic operative recently told the New York Post that voter fraud is routine, and pointed out that large-scale cheating isn’t needed to make an impact.”

“f you’re one of those in denial about voter fraud, you need to inform yourself. It’s no “red mirage.” It’s very real. Our system of government depends on the rule of law and free and fair elections. Sadly, Democrats seem to be running against both those ideals this year.

The Election in Black and White, David Horowitz – “A response to Michelle Obama’s racist attack.” also see The BLM Riot Victims Michelle Obama Doesn’t Give a Damn About, Katie Pavlich – “Let’s take a look at the data Mrs. Obama is likely referring to.”

Triggered Democrat Party Media Guy Pulls a Knife on ‘Oregon Women for Trump’ Convoy. Seriously. Victoria Taft – “Don’t worry, Democrats. The local Democrat Party communications guy who was caught in photos and video threatening and intimidating the women of “Oregon Women for Trump” with a knife on Sunday is just fine. He’s out of jail and everything, as you would expect in the second largest county in the People’s Republic. So don’t worry. This is Oregon, and – quick look…here’s a white supremacist over there! – so this whole episode will go down the collective media memory hole in no time, just like that Hispanic “white supremacist” murdered by antifa.”

The Cult of Covidism Has Invaded the Church. Fay Voshell – “What should have been a purely scientific response aimed at control and cure of a disease quickly evolved into the political-religious cult of Covidism. Objective scientific analysis of and responses to what is the contagious pathogen COVID-19 were almost immediately suffocated by a plethora of arbitrary pseudo-religious rituals.”

“It may be that the budding religious cult prevailed rapidly because Covidism was purported to be based on science. But it is actually an offshoot of the religion of scientism, which elevates speculative metaphysics and mystery rituals on the basis of scientific-sounding but untested suppositions.

Trump, Atlas: Time to Face Down Coronavirus Fear. Julie Kelly – “It’s increasingly likely the election will be a referendum on Coronavirus and its after-effects, which means Trump’s new tack is a risky, but necessary, one.” … “Panic rules daily life at the same time we have fewer reasons to panic.”

“Resist” Joe Biden? Paul Mirengoff – “The Biden ad is consistent with his ludicrous attempt to blame President Trump for 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. This is a smear we should never forget from a vicious liar.”

Goodbye, Portland. John Hinderaker – “This is a video, tweeted by Guy Benson, of an Antifa member addressing Portland’s Mayor and City Council. You know, Antifa–the organization that no leading Democrat has denounced, to my knowledge, and whose existence some, like Joe Biden, apparently deny. It is sobering to watch this psychopath and those who cheer him on, and to consider how far we have declined:”

Newly released documents give a clearer picture about the Russia hoax. Andrea Widburg – “We learned last week that (a) Hillary Clinton approved of faking a Russia-Trump scandal to detract from her unsecured server; (b) that then–CIA director John Brennan briefed Obama and intelligence officials about the plan; and (c) that intelligence officials sent a memo to Peter Strzok tell him of Hillary’s plan.”

Gregg Jarrett: Declassification of Russia probe documents could prove Hillary Clinton committed felony. Angelica Stabile – “Fox News legal analyst calls 2016 Dem nominee ‘immoral, unscrupulous, devious and corrupt’”

 

What Obama Knew, and When He Knew It. John Hinderaker – “Perhaps the most interesting thing about Brennan’s notes is their date (assuming July 28 is correct). According to the intelligence report, Hillary Clinton approved the plot to smear Trump with the Russia collusion fiction on July 26. Just two days later, the head of the CIA, the FBI Director, the National Security Adviser, the President’s Chief of Staff and the President himself met, presumably in the Oval Office, to discuss the intelligence.”

President’s illness and the sick America. Alexander Tomský, a Czech publicist who has been a political scientist in the UK for many years – “It is probably the first time since the Civil War when democracy in America finds itself at existential risk.” … “attacking the capitalist economic inequality, the “institutionalized” racial discrimination, the traditional family, as well as the churches and they are undermining the legitimacy of the foundational 1789 American Constitution.”

Who Wants to Blow Up Our Constitution? (It’s Not Trump). Charles Lipson – “These frenzied charges, we now know, were invented and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and then funneled to the U.S. government through the FBI, Department of Justice, and State Department.” … “We are being kept in the dark as we vote on what could be monumental changes. Let’s debate those changes openly. Turn on the damned lights.”

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Just who you talkin’ about?

No Joe, You Didn’t Hand Trump A Booming Economy. I & I Editorial Board – “One is a flat out lie, the other a clever deception. … When it comes to the economy, it is Biden, not Trump, who is employing Goebbels’ technique. And the mainstream press, including Chris Wallace, are lending him a hand.”

Did The CIA, FBI And Hillary Launch A Silent Coup Against Trump? I & I Editorial Board – “The compounded obfuscating and prevaricating by high-level officials should infuriate all Americans. A major political party, with the aid of multiple intelligence agencies, ran an illegal spying operation against a political opponent. And now they all want to pretend they did no such thing. … And the coverup and lies continue.”

Dutch Govt: “Wear A Mask!”; Chief ‘Scientist’ – Don’t Bother! Tyler Durden – “And people don’t miss that. … The Dutch government came with a whole new set of measures starting October 2. Because people “don’t obey the rules”. And people increasingly say: maybe the rules are not right.” … “Where do those numbers come from? Did you just make them up?” … “The only realistic thing to do at this point appears to be to give people back their own responsibility. If only because taking it away from them didn’t work.”

Dangerous Talk From Stupid People. Kurt Schlichter – “Understand that when someone tells you he wants you dead, he wants you dead.” … “the people who want you dead here in the USA intend to use the people you currently rely upon to keep you safe and secure as the means to do it.”

“It never occurs to them that the rules they want to get rid of because they seem inconvenient are there to protect them too. So, while we can’t stop them from trying to blindly stumble down this deadly path, perhaps on November 3rd we can stop them from actually being able to pull it off for another four years. Maybe a good, solid defeat will make them rethink their path, but don’t bet on it. These people are as solid as a rock in terms of their adherence to their bizarre and evil ideology, and they are as dumb as a rock in terms of what history teaches. These are bad people who wish you ill. Be ready, because the simple truth is that when someone tells you he wants you dead, he wants you dead

Shut up,’ ‘clown,’ ‘fool,’ ‘liar’ — the vile debate spewings of Joe Biden. Monica Showalter – “Joe Biden was in some kind of foul, putrid mode at the debate last night.”

Speculation mounts about the source of President Trump’s illness. Deborah Franklin – “as numerous Republicans in key positions also tested positive, the nature of the speculation began to change. The issue shifted from whether or not the president wore a mask to why so many important Republicans simultaneously got the virus.” … “The sudden illness of so many prominent Republicans brought to mind a mostly forgotten incident in January 2018.” … “ In the almost four years since Trump has become president, Republicans have suffered three potentially mass fatality events.”

The #NeverTrump Right’s Intellectual Dishonesty. Marcus Ebenhack – “Barack Obama did all of these things with the exceptions of not being targeted by any Mueller type investigations by the preceding administration” … “A tired trope perhaps, but if not for double standards the left, and the #NeverTrump right, would have none at all.”

Worse Than Watergate, Part 3. Jed Babbin – “Just how much worse was confirmed last week — but unlike in Watergate, the perps this time will likely get away with it.” … “In short, with little effort on his part, Putin’s disinformation campaign — which it undoubtedly was — with the help of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the FBI, tied up an American president and our government for three years. … Few — if any — disinformation campaigns in history were as successful.”

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Talking out of both sides of the mouth – at the same time. It’s confusing

There is what appears to be a decent FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission at Google Docs. There is a caveat that shows in the section on masks. It fails in that the assertion that “7.1. Do masks work to reduce the aerosol spread of COVID-19? – Yes! The physics are well understood.” by not addressing the two basic misleading premises. The first is the presumption of guilt in assuming a contagious environment. This is the basis for the shaming going on. The other is the gross data that does not really support the effectiveness of mask wearing in the general public. They do mention that “The effectiveness of a mask depends on two main factors: how well it fits and how well the material filters out aerosols of different sizes.”

Another issue with the recommendations and conclusions declared in the document is the binary logical fallacy. Relative risks and costs get short shrift. Safe or not is the standard used and that is avoiding the real issue at hand. There is much good information but it is not gospel and needs proper skepticism and qualification.

Left Can’t Decide If It Wants Trump to Die of the Virus or If He’s Lying About Being Sick. Daniel Greenfield – “It really says something about the current state of politics and lefty social media influencers that the response to the President of the United States being diagnosed with the coronavirus” … “The choice between conspiracy theories and outright hate is an obvious positive diagnosis for the Dem’s Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

“Some want him dead, others believe he’s not really sick. It’s a reality distortion field so intense that morality and sanity can’t survive its pressure and emerge as diamonds of hate and conspiracy theories. And so Michael Moore can, at the same time, suggest that Trump isn’t really sick, that he’s sicker than we’re told, that he put people’s lives at risk, that it’s a hoax, and that hopefully he dies from the virus that he doesn’t have.

TDS isn’t just hate. It’s personal derangement. It isn’t bounded by any mere fact or sense of reality, but by utter raving hatred.

The object of that hate can be seen as sick and not sick at the same time, because the facts don’t matter, only the emotional validity of the hatred does.

Texas State Rep: Hard to Imprison Trump If He Dies from Coronavirus. Breitbart Texas – “Texas House of Representatives member Gene Wu (D-Houston) lamented on Twitter Friday evening that it would be “hard to serve a prison sentence” if President Donald Trump dies of Coronavirus. Not long after, the tweet was deleted and replaced with well wishes for a full recovery.” It’s not the President’s illness that should be the big worry here.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Monster. Rod Dreher – “If you’re mad at Melania Trump for what she said, okay, but you ought to be furious that someone betrays the confidence of a friend and employer (and for such a trivial reason!), and that a major news network went along with it.” … “humiliating her with this kind of betrayal makes the world a more vicious, and dare I say totalitarian, place.” … “There is a reason why, in his Divine Comedy, Dante put traitors in the deepest pit of hell: because the radical loss of trust made society impossible.”

“But what Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has done is truly monstrous. If you know her, or are her friend, you are now on alert as to the kind of person she is. Once more, that CNN rewards a wretched betrayal like this is a sign of degraded standards — and sign that they are helping to bring about a world in which selling out a friend by exposing intimate private conversations, for the sake of advancing a political cause, is our new norm. Seriously, folks: think about the kind of social order that we are bringing into being with stunts like this.

It won’t stop with the betrayal of Melania Trump’s confidence. Mark my words. This puts everybody on notice that even close friends will instrumentalize your friendship and sell you out to the highest bidder, for the sake of political advantage and personal advancement.

Why Is President Trump in the Hospital? Brian C. Joondeph – “Several reasons. He is infected and potentially contagious. He is not living in a small house … The China virus is funny in that it can cause those infected to crash quickly … Last is the treatment itself” … “The Regeneron cocktail, rumored to be called the Covfefe Double Shot”

“How common is hospitalization for someone Trump’s age with the Wuhan flu? Trump’s age group has a rate of hospitalization of 12 per 100,000, compared to 16 per 100,000 for someone Joe Biden’s age. For both, the odds are relatively low.

Looking at it another way, compared to a college-aged kid, Trump has a fivefold higher rate of hospitalization and a 90-fold higher risk of death. For his campaign opponent, those rates are eight times and 220 times, respectively.

Hopefully this antibody cocktail works as it has in the studies, where “those who got Regeneron’s experimental therapy had lower virus levels in the bloodstream seven days later compared with patients who received a placebo.” While there are no guarantees, the odds favor a full recovery for the president.

Send thoughts and prayers to the president and don’t listen to the hair-on-fire media hardly able to contain themselves with ideas of Trump dropping out of the race.

A Case Study in Punitive Liberalism. Steven Hayward – “No wonder the council is hostile to business. Even the smallest shop is exploitative capitalism. The council’s loudest voices are running a “revolution.” Only in a city made so prosperous by hated capitalism could this intellectual Ponzi scheme be tolerated or seem without consequences.”

Some Additional Clues Come From The Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recordings. Jazz Shaw – “given all of the testimony describing what actually happened, why would anyone offer the jury that option? It remains a case that the prosecutors seemed destined to lose if they attempted to charge the cops in Taylor’s death.”

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Revealing the ugly within

With Trump’s COVID diagnosis, leftists are showing their inner ugliness. Andrea Widburg – “Starting within roughly ten minutes of Trump’s tweeting his diagnosis, thousands of people responded with a curse in the Amharic language, which they paired with whatever grotesque pictures struck their fancy. You don’t have to believe in satanism to recognize that their imagery is satanic.” …

“In other words, these people wish imminent death on Trump, followed by eternal damnation. It was stunning to see how quickly the word got out to respond using that curse. Here are just a few of the thousands of examples

It’s at moments such as these that you really look into the heart of leftism and leftists. An unseemly number of leftists are people who celebrate suffering and death, and who yearn for chaos and destruction. They are sick, ugly people — and they want to control every aspect of your life.

How do you argue for the truth when at this point only moral “truth” seems to matter? Neo – “if I utter a fact that contradicts their preferred version of what’s going on, and I offer to send a link about it, some of them reject that suggestion either by screaming that I’m lying, by changing the subject, or by abruptly turning their backs and leaving in rage.”

America’s Chris Wallace Problem. Robert Stacy McCain – “Is anything more dangerous to our country than media bias?”

“Wallace’s dismal performance as moderator in Tuesday’s presidential debate reminded many viewers of such previous instances in which the Fox News Sunday host has shown his prejudice against Trump. And this matters, not only because of how that ugly televised carnival might affect the election, but because of what it tells us about the sad state of journalism in America.

Wallace’s question was not only tendentious, but counterfactual.

why did Chris Wallace use his position as moderator of a presidential debate to parrot Gov. Brown’s rhetoric by claiming that “white supremacists and militia groups” were somehow to blame for the Portland riots? Such a claim is not journalism but political propaganda, and that goes doubly so for what happened in Kenosha.

Chris Wallace could have used his role as debate moderator to be part of the solution to this problem. Instead, his undisguised hatred of Trump inspired Wallace to become part of the problem. … The damage Wallace did to Trump may perhaps prove temporary, but the damage done to America by media bias is cumulative and permanent.

Unpacking Joe Biden’s lies about the Trump job-creation miracle. Andy Puzder – “when Trump talks about “a booming economy,” he is absolutely correct. Wallace’s question ignored the overwhelmingly positive impact of Trump’s policies on businesses and workers alike.”

 

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The ever present straw men

Dear Chris Wallace: We Were In Kenosha, And No, White Supremacists And Militias Didn’t Cause Violence. Evita Duffy and Kylee Zempel – “Chris Wallace and Democrats can keep pretending the right is to blame for the violence. But we were in Kenosha, talking to people on the ground. Voters know who the peaceful protesters are and who the rioters are.” see also Black Chairman of Proud Boys Speaks Out after Liars Joe Biden and Chris Wallace Call Them White Supremacists by Jim Hoft – “Joe Biden added that Trump needed to condemn the white supremacist Proud Boys group. – This was an atrocious lie.” and another: Is Chris Wallace a White Supremacist? by Ann Coulter – “The Proud Boys should sue Biden and Wallace for defamation.” And another: The press’s strange fascination with the Proud Boys by Cockburn – “Why this obsessive push to vilify such an obscure group? … The ‘white supremacist’ angle on the Proud Boys is even weaker than the violence one. ”

Here Are The 11 Dumbest, Most Slanted Questions Asked By Chris Wallace. Jordan Davidson – “It was not just Wallace’s interruptions or poor management that cemented his role as worst debate moderator of all time, but the off-topic and ridiculous framing of his questions.”

Everything The New York Times Found Suspicious In Trump’s Tax Returns, It Put There. Bob Anderson – “The New York Times article about Trump’s tax returns included nuggets of truth, but in the end, it was nothing more than the paper’s own version of ‘truthful hyperbole.’” … “Layered on top, though, is a thinly disguised and voluminous stack of innuendo and moralizing designed to cast a shadow on the president in the weeks before the election.”

I & I Editorial Board: Two October Surprises The Democrats Can’t Do Anything About – “Joe Biden wants the public to think the country is falling apart under President Donald Trump. COVID-19 is running rampant. The economy is in shambles. It’s all Trump’s fault.” But … The Pandemic On Biden’s Watch Killed 13 Times As Many Children As COVID – “According to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest numbers, out of the more than 200,000 people who died with COVID-19, only 92 were under age 18. … But 1,282 children died from the H1N1 pandemic of 2009-2010, when Barack Obama was in the White House and Joe Biden was vice president.”

Trump To Biden On Antifa: “Ideas Don’t Burn Down Buildings.” Tyler Durden – “During a Campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota Wednesday … Trump picked up where he left off in the debate,”

Mask Madness. Jack Kerwick – “And what “the science” actually really says.” … “My friend, without missing a beat, dismissed these studies as “outliers,” “biased,” and “right-wing.” … “The science, as the left likes to say, is settled. Masks, particularly of the kind that are in vogue among the public, are theater. For the elites that mandate their use, they are a means to augment their power and exert control over the masses.”

Emmet Sullivan’s Kangaroo Court. John Leonard – “If Judge Sullivan stubbornly refuses to relinquish control of his kangaroo court, prosecutors should turn the proceedings into a zoo. ”

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