Archive for July, 2021

Irony, Absurdity, and Dishonesty

John Hayward says what needs to be said about the Jan. 6 show trial. Bookworm — “Whether it’s the fascist show trial in the House or the political prisoners in D.C. jails, John Hayward explains what’s really going on.”

The DOJ’s Latest Pronouncement on Voting Laws Is Truly Mind-Blowing. Bonchie — “Apparently, the federal government believes it’s a violation of people’s voting rights to…ensure an election was carried out fairly in a manner that can not change the outcome? I don’t know, it makes no sense” … “As an aside, this is a good example of why Democrats are so effective. They always stay on the offensive while Republicans typically wait to react. In this case,”

Irony, Absurdity, and Dishonesty – The Democrat Party’s Playbook. Jeff M. Lewis “It has been, at least for me, a gobsmacking couple of weeks. I have watched while the Democrat Party, its partisans in state-controlled media, and their ever-so-virtue-signaling but absurdly never-self-aware politicians have had just about everything they say and do “boomerang” on them and hit them square in the noggin.”

Sure, we all can lie, but should we? Mark C. Ross — “I learned by observation that I had no obligation to tell the truth, but perceived credibility was essential to my success.” … “multiple sources for this stuff called information.  Some of them are bogus.  But how can we tell?  There used to be a thing called critical thought.  This implied that we were expected to test what we were told in order to ferret out the hoaxes and other BS.  — A common substitute for serious argument is to attack the pedigree of the source rather than intelligently dispute the facts presented”

 

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The assault on standards and merit

Stop the Fearmongering: Johns Hopkins Doctor Shreds Latest COVID Madness Peddled by CDC and Fauci. Matt Vespa — “If the government wants to boost vaccine rates, then all attention should be focused on proper science-based messaging to convince the unvaccinated. You cannot do that when you a) fearmonger, b) shame, and c) offer contradictory advice.”

Why should we care how how the Capitol Police or members of Congress felt on January 6th? neo — “at least, not in the legal, investigative sense of trying to find out what really happened on January 6th and why.”

And yet that was certainly one of the major elements of yesterday’s testimony in the Congressional hearings on the matter. Of course, we know that the hearings aren’t really to investigate; they are political theater produced and directed by the Democrats, and the reviews are from their friends in the MSM. But I’m speaking on behalf of the public, and I even mean the Democrat-voting public: why should we care how they felt? It’s irrelevant, although obviously it’s a deliberate way to appeal to people’s emotions and empathy rather than to their logic and judgment.

Historian’s Corner: Civilizational Death or Renewal? Victor Davis Hanson — “So will we survive wokeness? Not if racial tribalism reverts to the norms of the former Yugoslavia or Rwanda. Not if merit is written off as rigged racism. Not if enforcement of the law is contextualized by the race of the criminal, and not if 30 percent of the population that controls academia, entertainment, professional sports, major financial and corporate boardrooms, along with traditional, social, and internet media, the foundations, K-12, and the government bureaucracies—all strangle public opinion and stifle popular expression.”

The End of Meritocracy? John Hinderaker — “the Left’s war on standards has resulted in a dumbing down of our educational system and our culture. None of our competitors has been this stupid,” — “A society that denigrates hard work and rationality cannot possibly succeed.” — “If America is no longer a meritocracy, but rather a cynical left-wing spoils system, we no longer have a meaningful reason for being.”

It’s not the SATs, it’s lousy K-12 schools. Joanne Jacobs — “The University of California is lying about its decision to drop the SAT and ACT for college admissions, writes Caitlin Flanagan in a scathing Atlantic article.” … Dropping standardized testing “will give cover to the many forces invested in not improving the state’s K–12 education, especially in the poorest districts,”

The education establishment self-destructs. Ron Ross — “Until a few months ago, most people admired public school teachers.  Not anymore.  Teachers have declared war on students and their parents.”

Defining liberty when it comes to vaccinations. Daniel H. Stewart — “Moreover, I come not to shame, judge or compel, but to persuade. It is the battle between competing liberty interests that demands from us the most difficult and fundamental decisions. Weighing an individual’s right not to be vaccinated with a community’s need for that vaccination is no simple quandary.” – if you want to persuade, you need more than empty rhetoric. You need sound logic supported by measure and data. Claiming purity is a tell. You need to show it in deed and action. It is this hypocrisy that destroys yours argument.

What More Can I Say (With a Brief Update from the Original). Kevin Roche — “The only thing that spreads faster than CV-19 is panic about CV-19.” — “Notwithstanding my exasperation with the failure of common sense and skepticism to prevail, I will try one more time to simply list why we shouldn’t get all hysterical again and what data our supposed government experts should be providing.”

 

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Whither Merit? What are you after instead? Why?

The End of Merit. Joel Kotkin — “Over time, our educational deficit with other countries, notably China, particularly in the acquisition of practical skills in mathematics, engineering medical technology, and management, has grown, threatening our economic and political pre-eminence.”

Is Critical Race Theory Illegal? John Hinderaker — “In the end, the evil of critical race theory and other forms of Marxism will be defeated when the public at large understands what they represent. Meanwhile, legal action can be a valuable means of reining in discriminatory conduct by employers and others, and also a part of the ongoing educational process.”

The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America’s Generals. Josiah Lippincott — “Too often, the minds of our great and courageous “warriors” are filled with nothing more than anodyne policy statements, automatic deference to other members of the elite expert class, and received wisdom from the mouths of MSNBC hosts. A painful lesson for patriotic citizens, perhaps, but a necessary one.”

America’s new religion: Fake Christianity. Everett Piper — “Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ.” … ““This counterfeit religion is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” stated Ms. Bratton, “a worldview that has quickly gained prominence and given many Americans a theology that looks nothing like historical Christianity”

“The behaviors that Dr. Flegal reports receiving would have been surprising to me early in my career where I did not understand how vicious, malicious, and nonscientific are the tactics that many fellow academics and scientists are willing to use to combat ideas and data they do not like,’’ says David Allison, dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University and a biostatistician who has also researched obesity. “Today, such reports sadden but do not surprise me.’’

Climate scientists prepare to clamp down on the world’s freedoms. Cheryl K. Chumley — “More than 200 climate scientists — and that’s “scientists” with an eyeball roll — have gathered to put the final touches on an agreement that will take the lessons learning from the coronavirus, meaning the idea that fear sells and sells well, and apply them to the field of environmental regulation.”

It’s a gathering to hype a fabricated problem — umm, the weather — and pretend scientists can control a domain that belongs with God by using less-than-accurate computer modeling, also known as best-guessing, and then presenting the findings as fact to justify the clampdown of individual rights, the redistribution of wealth from America to poorer nations and the global bureaucracies and the exchanging of individualism for collectivism, forever more.

Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise? Richard Smith — “the problem is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond. It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary.”

Vaccine Resistance and Public Trust. Christopher Roach — “When it comes to the current mass resistance to the vaccine, the authorities only have themselves to blame.” … “And the lack of trust results directly from the lies, exaggerations, and apparent indifference of the authorities.”

When It Comes To Masks, Physics Will Always Trump Politics. Alexsandar Markovic — “Since the onset of SARS-CoV-2 (hereinafter the CCP-virus) various figures on the political left have issued proclamations unsupported by science. Experts have asserted things that contravene long-established infectious disease precepts, statements an uncritical press, eager to support the Left’s preferred narrative, freely mimics.”

Coercion, COVID, and free will. Eric Utter — “Governments and media have never before reacted in this manner, even for flus, diseases, plagues, and pandemics that were more lethal than COVID-19.”

The obesity research that blew up. Amy Crawford — “A CDC researcher found that being a little plump might be healthier than being thin. The big surprise was the firestorm that followed.”

How to Lie While Telling the Truth: This Time on Vaccination Effectiveness. David Friedman — “Reading the stories, the consistent theme is the need for more people to get vaccinated. I agree that it would be a good thing if more people got vaccinated, but not that the truth should be stretched to get them to do it.”

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We just want to know the whole truth, te entire story

Excessive fears are worse than Covid-19. Lubos Motl – A newspaper interview with the Czech expresident Václav Klaus – “The government should stop worrying about us, it should let us live our lives normally, it should allow us to choose our level of risk, our level of responsibility towards our neighbours, towards the world. Everyone should decide for themselves how to behave covidly. It is worthless for the state to advise us, and to advise us as stupidly as it has done so far.”

Losing Our Liberty All at Once? Roger Kimball — “Once upon a time, and it was not so long ago, an American could recognize totalitarianism and say “Thank God we’ve escaped that.” Can we still say that?”

Why Democrats’ Massive Effort To Suppress Election Concerns Is Dangerous. Margot Cleveland — “Americans should see 2020 and the January 6 riots as a wake-up call to the future our nation faces should election integrity not be restored.”

There may be some method to the January 6 overcharging madness. Andrea Widburg — “Democrats, by likening those involved in January 6’s Capitol fracas to the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Kristallnacht, and 9/11, all rolled into one, created a conceptual problem for themselves because even felony charges will result in short sentences.” … “Democrats are using January 6 as their go-to event to achieve numerous political objectives.”

Pride and the Fall of Anthony Fauci. Clarice Feldman — “The ancient Greeks, whose admonitions seem evergreen, warned us that excess pride and ambition would lead those guilty of it to ruin. I think that is true of Anthony Fauci.”

Simple, Honest Questions In The Battle Against COVID. Jeff M. Lewis — “In this current age of “disinformation” and distrust, there is something important that people holding positions that serve both their communities and fellow citizens must remember: We Americans simply want to know the truth, and we want elected officials to tell us the truth and trust us to act in our own best interests.”

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In a quandary about COVID treatments and therapies?

America Is Only One Step Away From A South African-Style Social Implosion. Brandon Smith [Alt-Market.us] – “South Africa is a warning to Americans: Do not get too comfortable. Do not get complacent. Be ready for the next shoe to drop. Prepare accordingly, and understand that a fight is coming.”

“Finally, always remember who the people are that caused this mess in the first place. Rioters and looters are going to be a problem, but they are not the true enemy. The people behind the curtain need to be dealt with if we are ever going to find peace again.

It’s About Time We Stopped “Trying Communism”. Ethan Yang [The American Institute for Economic Research] – “I don’t know how many protests, solidarity movements, refugees, human rights alerts, economic collapses, and purges are going to get this message through everyone’s heads, Communism is a terrible system of governance.” … “There is not a single country that adopted Communism or moved in its direction that was able to provide the standards of living and prosperity found in a free and open society like the United States.”

The Who, How and Why of COVID-19. Phillip M. Altman – “There is a considerable amount of misinformation, including bias by omission, in the mainstream media regarding COVID-19. As a pharmacologist involved in drug development, clinical trials and drug registration for 40 years – here are a few facts you need to know.” … “opposing voices challenging current official advice on COVID-19 treatment struggle to have an impact in our current environment of information suppression, a gag never before seen.”

COVID-19: Where Are We Going? Robert Clancy – “The most difficult issue to understand in the COVID-19 saga has been the rejection by much of Western medicine of the value of cheap, safe and effective re-purposed therapies.”

Fascinating Interview With Dr. Peter McCullough. Mark Wauk — Top American doctor: COVID shots are ‘obsolete,’ dangerous, must be shut down

Masks are political theater, not public health solutions. Michael Schaus – “The self-immolation of public health authorities might just be a significant factor in the widespread hesitancy to vaccination.”

Young kids are at low COVID risk in schools, but masking them could do long-term damage. Bethany Mandel – “It becomes an excuse for all sorts of terrible decisions. Some districts decided not to serve lunch in school, because kids have to take their masks off to eat. Recess is out. So is music. And if children suffer, who cares?” … “The question they can’t and won’t answer is: Why?”

Pielke Jr. On Recent Climate Attribution Claims. Roger Pielke Jr. – “There is no doubt that attribution claims have run far out ahead of detection of trends.” … “I can think of no other area of research where the relaxing of rigor and standards has been encouraged by researchers in order to generate claims more friendly to headlines, political advocacy and even lawsuits.” [maybe the medical profession is getting to a ‘hold my beer’ mentality?]

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Agree to love Big Sibling.

COVID-19: A Weapon to FundamentallyTransform America [Lucianne link – follow to read PDF from journal] Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. – download and read a clear summary (with many citations) of the current situation.

A Trump Ally Gets Nailed Again as Our Two-Tiered Justice System Becomes More Ridiculous. Bonchie – “prosecuted under FARA laws, provisions that formerly were never enforced and continue to not be enforced outside of Trump’s realm. … the question is why Democrats who have so clearly violated FARA laws are not being prosecuted as well?” … “No one should be expected to trust or respect a justice system that operates this way.”

Hong Kong’s political prisoners versus our own political prisoners, neo – “The redefinition of mere criticism of a leftist government into actionable “hate” speech and speech that constitutes “incitement to violence” or hurts people’s sensibilities has been a leftist tactic for quite some time.”

“When China opened up to the West so many years ago, it was thought by many “experts” that it would result in the Westernization of China. I don’t think most people thought the influence would go the other way. Our own traditions of liberty were stronger then, but the left has been carefully undermining them for many many many decades.

Democrats No More. Victor Davis Hanson – “Now with money, institutions in their hip pocket, and cool popular culture, the Left would not just damn American institutions, but infect them to transform them into revolutionary agencies.” … “So here we are with a near one-party system of a weaponized fused media, popular culture, and the administrative state—confident that all Americans will soon agree to love Big Sibling.”

 

The Antifa/FBI Coalition. John Dietrich – “The FBI has a history of instigating terrorist plots that they thwart with great fanfare. This is not a conspiracy theory.” … “The DC Metropolitan Police also had at least one undercover employee embedded within the pro-Trump crowd. This is not speculation. It is based on court records.”

“Many of the “unindicted co-conspirators” appear to have been more violent than those placed in solitary confinement. This is possibly why the Department of Justice refuses to release to the public over 14,000 hours of video taken at the Capitol during the “insurrection.”

Mark Milley And Lloyd Austin Fail To Impress. Paul Mirengoff – “The two managed to demonstrate one of two things. Either they are stupid or they believe the American public is stupid.”

“CDC Estimated a One-Year Decline in Life Expectancy in 2020. Not So — Try Five Days”. Eugene Volokh – “The CDC’s mistake? It calculated life expectancy using an assumption that is assuredly wrong, which yielded a statistic that was certain to be misunderstood….”

Your Rights, Do You Have Any? Sarah Hoyt – “Please pay attention and stop running with the herd. When you run with the herd, you get stampeded off a cliff by those who wish to harvest you. Outrages such as detailed in that letter go a long way towards the collectivist cliff. At the bottom of that is death, one way or another.”

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Vichy Republican – lost his bearings and his way

A lot of good stuff over at American Thinker. Check it out.

Isn’t It about Time to Stop Lobbing Ridiculous Accusations at Trump? E. Jeffrey Ludwig – “The Donald J. Trump–bashers have been saying for years, “Trump should go to jail!”

“This hostile attitude is intended to retaliate for his saying to Hillary Clinton in one of their debates that if he were in office, she would be in jail. So, hearing this public slurring of their village queen, the vengeful hearts of her loyal fans desired to turn the tables and actually put him in jail.

Yet these same manipulators and scoundrels have not been able to pin one credible criminal offense on him. Nevertheless, they continue to make it their life’s work to keep trying.”

To the people who support this endless fantasy of putting Mr. Trump in jail, I can only say, “Give up your bitterness.” You don’t have to vote for Trump or like his personality, morals, or policies. But nursing endless revenge fantasies is not only neurotic; it’s also immoral. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these shall be added unto thee.”

The attempts to judge Trump as a man of vice, a sinister spymaster, and a violent insurrectionist are all empty as well as vicious charges. We have to see through them in order to remain temperate, rational persons.

10 Reasons to Question the Election. Rob Jenkins – “Clearly, they’re confusing “evidence” with “proof.” … No, there may not be absolute, incontrovertible proof of election fraud — yet. But there is plenty of evidence, good reasons a rational person might question the outcome.”

Court Sends A Message: Paul Allard Hodgkins Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison For Entering Capitol. Ameer Benno – “Did not engage in violence or property damage. Defense: “a man who for just one hour on one day, lost his bearings and his way. It is the story of a man who made a fateful decision to follow the crowd, and found himself for approximately 15 minutes in a place that he sincerely regrets to have been.” … “In June, he pled guilty. And it’s not hard to see why – he simply lacked the resources to put up a fight.” … “Today, the court is the one that lost its way. And how it dealt with Paul Hodgkins says a lot about where we are today as a nation.”

As they start sentencing January 6 detainees, the Democrats have a problem. Andrea Widburg – “Since January 6, the Democrats have played up the kerfuffle in the Capitol on January as the worst thing ever in American history, while ignoring the innumerable times leftists have aggressively invaded the Capitol. This is different, and the wrongdoers must be punished. The problem with this narrative, though, was revealed on Monday when the first person charged with a felony for January 6 got sentenced. Was the sentence life imprisonment? Beheading? No. It was eight months in prison. Talk about a narrative fail.”

The last six months have seen a lot of leftist wish fulfillment. Terry Paulding – “How far can someone be goaded and bullied before he fights back?”

“we now know we can trust no one. The ‘”insurrectionists” languish in solitary confinement for the crime of trespass, threatened with twenty-year prison sentences, while the Antifa thugs and FBI plants remain free. These people’s suffering hangs over us. We want to fix it, and we can’t understand why our supposed representatives in Congress and our traitorous courts are powerless to simply free these souls and right this wrong.

COVID Authoritarianism Has Changed Our Polity. William Sullivan – “We are not the same country that we were just a few years ago. However unfortunate it may be to realize it, COVID has changed the political identity of America. To put it bluntly, it has become normal to expect that the government can close your business, robbing you of your livelihood and your family of the fruits of your labor, in order to protect hospital infrastructure and personnel.” … “There is an unmistakable incoherence and disingenuousness to the efforts of the COVID alarmists today,”

Zombie chimps from heck. Martin Fuentes – “Can a civilization continue to function when the most basic truths cannot be spoken, yet blatant falsehoods are dogma? When radical upheavals are justified not by wisdom, but by disorienting barrages of phony “outrages” and “crises”? … “All kinds of videos show well-behaved crowds inside the Capitol, in hilarious contrast to Antifa Marxists.” … “Everywhere, we see frauds posing as leaders, while brainwashing replaces knowledge and manufactured crises are weaponized to crush and control regular humans. ”

WATCH: This Shocking Video Shows Just How Brazen Crime in California Has Become. Kira Davis – “California’s slide into chaos has not been an accident. A huge reason for the striking rise in homelessness and both petty and violent crime is Prop 47, a bill deceptively titled the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.”

Are Masks About to Become Permanent? Brian C.Joondeph, MD – “Much of the world’s media is spewing nothing but gloom and doom over the Chinese coronavirus, that the worst is yet to come.” … “The goalposts are sifting again for masks.” … “If the vaccines work as advertised, why the masks for everyone?” … “The Copenhagen mask study found little benefit to masks in stopping the Chinese coronavirus.” … “Is LA’s new mask mandate in the interest of public health or shaping and directing the political narrative?”

Biden Doesn’t Want Us To Have Nice Things. I & I Editorial Board – “The current administration announced last week that it intends to force low-flow showerheads on the country that popularized showering, overriding an effort by the Trump administration to give consumers more options and reining in a government that believes it has no boundaries.”

The Red Queen Would Be Proud of the Impossibly Inconsistent Climate Disaster Claims. H. Sterling Burnett – “Please, environmental socialists, move on to the next hobgoblin you will try to terrify the public with in your continuing effort to expand the government’s, and by extension your own, power over peoples’ lives. I’m ready for a new mythical dragon to slay.”

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a very peculiar notion

The Leftist Lunacy Called ‘White Rage’. Liam Brooks – “It’s difficult to keep track of the Orwellian-style lunacy that’s destroying our country. From systemic racism to white supremacy to Russia collusion to a January 6 “insurrection,” the left are masters at running false flag operations.”

The Grift That Keeps on Grifting. Andrew Stiles – REVIEW: ‘Nice Racism’ by Robin DiAngelo

“DiAngelo claims to earn an average fee of $14,000 per engagement, which includes pro bono work as well as corporate gigs that run “upwards of $30,000.” At a rate of one event per week, that works out to $728,000 in annual compensation on the speaking circuit alone. That’s on top of the estimated $2 million in royalties she pocketed thanks to the success of White Fragility. It’s decent work if you can get it, though DiAngelo might not agree. “We need to recognize racial equity as a field requiring a high level of skill and expertise that should be compensated,” she implores.

Anaheim officials have a very peculiar notion about free speech. Andrea Widburg – “As a city we respect free speech but also have a duty to call out speech that does not reflect our city and its values.”

“No, Mike Lyster. As a city that respects free speech, you have a constitutional obligation to let people speak even if you feel the speech does not reflect your city’s Marxist values. The First Amendment exists not to protect only speech you like because, self-evidently, such speech needs no protection.

A reporter lies about Trump’s statement regarding vaccines. Andrea Widburg – “My mantra for some time now has been that there was nothing “abnormal” about Trump’s presidency. Since Trump has left the White House, it’s become patently clear that the abnormality during the Trump years came entirely from the Democrats and their media operatives, with support from the Vichy Republicans.”

The ‘Silent Majority’ Is Rapidly Becoming the ‘Angry Majority’. Jack Gleason – “after five years of hysteria over Donald Trump, the media have hyped so many radical liberal causes to the point where many conservative Americans feel they are an endangered minority. If we speak up, we feel we will be ridiculed or ostracized by our friends and co-workers or even lose our jobs. … There are so many issues that face us that we can easily be overwhelmed and simply give up on political discourse, which furthers the idea that liberals rule the day.”

Beware of Totalitarian Scare-Mongering. Donald J. Boudreaux – “In a free society, if Ms. Jones wishes to persuade Mr. Smith to take some particular action, Ms. Jones must offer to improve Mr. Smith’s well-being without being able to reduce his well-being.” … “Put differently, in a free society there is a powerful presumption against anyone using threats of coercion to change the baseline from which each individual bargains.” … “Perspective matters. Truth matters. Failure to provide either is an easy way to dupe people into accepting from the state an awful offer that they certainly should refuse.”

The Panic Pandemic. John Tierney – “Fearmongering from journalists, scientists, and politicians did more harm than the virus.” … “Luminaries united on Zoom and YouTube to assure the public that “we’re all in this together.” But we weren’t. When the panic infected the nation’s elite—the modern gentry who profess such concern for the downtrodden—it turned out that they weren’t so different from aristocrats of the past. They were in it for themselves.”

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Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months.

MIT Study: Vaccine Hesitancy Is ‘Highly Informed, Scientifically Literate,’ and ‘Sophisticated’. Rick Moran – “Trying to shame the holdouts has failed spectacularly. Insulting and degrading them as “morons” or “ignorant” has resulted in a vicious pushback and a hardening of positions on getting vaccinated.” … “Still, most experts agree that some people who should be getting vaccinated aren’t doing so. But the root cause isn’t ignorance or a belief in conspiracy theories.”

“A more holistic approach to vaccine skepticism is needed if we are to get everyone who needs to be vaccinated protected. Allowances must be made for the legitimate concerns of citizens who, for their own reasons, don’t want to get jabbed. But if indeed, individuals are doing their own risk-benefit calculations, it would help enormously if the Left would refrain from their sickening condescension toward those with serious, legitimate questions.

Stay in your lane’: Former DA warns against prosecutors choosing which laws to enforce. Natalia Mittelstadt – “[I]f you want … a criminal law to change, run for the legislature,” said former District Attorney Tom Hogan. “Don’t run for district attorney.”

Ten (Plus One) Signs that the Age of Biden is Upon Us. Clarice Feldman – “We are living in a weird world of constant deception and bizarre government policies. Sometimes the liars are easily exposed, usually the policies are facially absurd, and this week there are 10 such examples.”

The American Descent into Madness. Victor Davis Hanson – “America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to a repressive and frightening place by July 2021. How did that happen?”

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It’s not the bias, it’s the deceit

Yes, It’s Okay For Journalists To Be Biased. It’s Not Okay To Parade Lies As Fact While Silencing Debate. Elle Reynolds – “Bias isn’t the problem. It’s when a gaslighting monopolistic media hegemon insists that lies are facts and anyone who questions them is ‘disinformation.’” … The fallacy rationalizing a lack of intellectual integrity? – “The danger with this facade of perfect objectivity is that journalists pretend — and insist you believe — it exists.”

“Instead of hiding bias under the pretense of neutrality, Wolfe’s solution is to treat journalism as a crusade to improve the world. “I often do write with an agenda — with an eye toward creating change,” she says.

This attitude led white-knighting journalists to treat every aspect of Donald Trump’s presidency — culminating with the trespassing and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol in January — as the greatest threat to democracy ever, which could only be stopped by the brave commentary of self-congratulating commentators on Twitter.

Wolfe recognizes a problem she doesn’t want to admit: the crushing bias of outlets like The New York Times that pat themselves on the back for being “so objective” has undermined the credibility of the news desk as well as the editorial page. She tries to defend a distinction, blaming readers for not understanding the difference between a reporter and a pundit.

But it’s not readers who are blurring the lines. Many reporters at outlets like the Times, the Washington Post, or CNN are indistinguishable from pundits, parroting as fact lies about everything from COVID-19 and vaccine efforts to a sham impeachment, Lafayette Park, and just about anything else involving President Trump.

These systematic lies go much further than the unavoidable perspectives each writer (or reader) brings to the table. It’s possible to prioritize truth, accuracy, and honesty while still having a point of view. It’s not possible to prioritize such principles when you value pushing your political agenda more.

Media Bites Hard, Yet Again, for Another ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ Story on Trump. Nick Arama – “Now, you know right off the bat with the “mentally unstable” claim that it’s going to be an acid bath of a story.”

Georgia Secretary Of State Explains Why He’s Just Now Discovering More Than 10,000 Illegal Votes Cast In 2020. Margot Cleveland – “The tangled web of voter reform laws, the Trump voter fraud accusations, and the Secretary of State Office’s findings show why we need more digging on what happened in Georgia.” … lollygagging, delay, obfuscation, denial, rationalizations, excuses, buck passing – it’s all on display

“At this point, however, what matters is that the truth is exposed and that Republicans come together to ensure the integrity of future elections — and expose the Democrats’ attempts to disenfranchise legal voters with illegal and fraudulent votes.

Today’s Double Standard Justice System. Jim Hoft –  Dem Rep Joyce Beatty STORMS US Capitol, Arrested and Released Soon After While Trump Supporters Languish in Isolation in Prison for 6 Months for Same Offense. “Democrat Rep. Joyce Beatty along with a group of far-left protesters stormed the Hart Senate Building on Thursday chanting, “End the filibuster!”

The Capitol Cover Up. Julie Kelly – “Release the tapes. Release the name of Ashli Babbitt’s shooter. And release Joe Biden’s political prisoners.”

What Is to Be Done? See the Adversary Clearly. [caveat: Epoch Times] Michael Walsh – “As I’ve written many times in these pages, we no longer have an Election Day, but rather a rolling plebiscite that includes not only bogus “absentee” ballots for those in the country but too lazy or too stupid to get to the polls on the day designated by the U.S. Code, but now also “curated” ballots for those too dumb to correctly mark their choices; “harvested” ballots, those delivered by activists purporting to be from lawful voters; “early” ballots, in other words, illegal ballots; and even “late” ballots, in other words, double-plus illegal ballots.”

Class, Influence, Power. Mark Wauck – “Victor Davis Hanson gets the ball rolling by addressing Class, and what it means for politics in the US.” … “Other developments that fuel anxiety among the Elites is the continuing and even growing influence of Tucker Carlson.” and more

Why is Joe Biden still standing by his Earth First! nominee for Bureau of Land Management? Monica Showalter – “The latest news is that she lied to Congress about her involvement in eco-terrorism; an Earth First! tree-spiking incident in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest in 1989.”

I’m A Middle School Teacher And See How Critical Race Curriculum Is Creating Racial Hostility In School. Ramona Bessinger – “Providence, RI: Some Students Have Started Calling Me “America” Because I’m White, and Colleagues Accuse Me of Having “White Privilege.” … “Missing from our curriculum during the 2020/ 21 school year was the diversity, perspective, truth, and rigor that previously were taught. Previously vetted books were removed from our classroom and sent to recycling. Gone was the diverse collection of American and World Literature” … “What saddened me most was that I would not be teaching the Holocaust any longer.”

Fired teacher: ‘There is no other point of view’. Joanne Jacobs – “Coates’ essay alleged that Donald Trump’s “ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power,” notes Gilbert. There’s no other point of view?”

What are they teaching? Put it online. Joanne Jacobs – “Parents say teachers are indoctrinating students with radical ideas and telling children they’re oppressors or victims by birth. Teachers say they’re just teaching “accurate” history. What’s really going on in classrooms?”

“Trying to ban teaching offensive content simply pushes advocates to “repackage, reword, and reinvent their classroom materials under new slogans,” he writes. As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put it, it’s playing political “whack-a-mole.”

Another Global Warming Fact Alarmists Want Buried. I & I Editorial Board – “The entire climate change movement has been shady from its beginnings. Data have been hidden, truth has been sacrificed to politics, and hypocrisy and personal interests among its “leaders” have produced a giant credibility deficit. The more we learn, the worse the alarmists look.”

How Warmists Package Panic. Michael Kile – “As for the “extraordinary heatwave” last month, when competition with COVID threatens to steal your thunder it pays to be as quick as greased lightning to trumpet panic and hyperbole.”

Flawed Heatwave Report Leads to False Headlines in Major Media. Cliff Mass – “Last week we witnessed a major failure in science communication regarding the Northwest heatwave – A failure that misinformed you and millions of others, and a failure that highlighted glaring weaknesses in the media’s ability to cover important scientific issues. And it revealed the disappointing behavior of some members of the scientific community.”

Pesticide Propaganda: A Guide To Spotting Activism Masquerading As Journalism, Part 1. Cameron English – “Pesticides can be very dangerous; they’re also vital tools farmers use to produce our food. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the media maze of sloppy reporting on pesticide safety.” … “lacks nuance … Double standards … Rachael Carson uncritically cited … ”

‘Debate Rages Over Glyphosate’? The Conversation Publishes Terrible Roundup Article. Cameron English – “Usually an excellent source for science-based commentary, The Conversation recently published, to put it charitably, a questionable article about the dangers of the weedkiller glyphosate. What did the authors get wrong? Almost everything.” … “There isn’t an ongoing debate about glyphosate among experts. Instead, there are a handful of organizations and academics with clear conflicts of interest that continue to ignore the preponderance of evidence.”

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The Topsy-Turvy Spin Machine.

Calling Natural Law ‘White Nationalism’ Is Racist, Period. John Daniel Davidson – “Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley either doesn’t know what natural law is or he’s espousing fundamentally racist ideas. There’s no middle ground.” …

“He wrote a book about fascism and teaches in the philosophy department of an Ivy League university, so he should know that natural law has nothing to do with white Christian nationalism. He should also know that suggesting, as Peterson did, that an education grounded in natural law is infinitely superior to one grounded is critical race theory isn’t some kind of racist dogwhistle.

Indeed, he should know that natural law stands in stark opposition to racism of any kind, because it posits that all human beings, regardless of their race or any other characteristic, have inherent rights, which can be discovered and applied through reason. Those rights arise from the fact of their humanity, not their race or religion.

All of this is only worth mentioning because Stanley recently co-authored a deeply deceptive op-ed in The New York Times with David French, Kmele Foster, and Thomas Chatterton Williams that argues against new state laws banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools. Such laws, the authors claim, are “un-American” and pose a danger to liberal education.

What Is Biden’s Over The Top Voting Rights Rhetoric Really All About? Jordan Davidson – “By calling election laws racist, Democrats could create a new level of voter intimidation to scare minority voters away from the GOP candidates they’re moving toward.”

The Failure that Spawned Cuba’s Protests. Lincoln Wright – “What Raul knows, along with Marino Murillo, his economic reform supremo, is that without changes that deliver tangible consumer benefits, Cuba’s socialist experiment is bound to fail. At the same time, the raulistas are aware that the economic liberalisation needed to rejuvenate Cuba’s economy could lead to greater demands for freedom of expression and democracy.”

Fleebag Texas legislators become figures of fun. Monica Showalter – “Texas’s Democrat legislators, who dramatically fled the state to prevent a quorum on a vote for a voter-integrity law, had it all worked out beforehand that they’d be hailed as heroes for democracy. … But somehow, things didn’t quite gone as planned.”

The Democrats’ Topsy-Turvy Spin Machine. Conrad Black – “The media can’t cover for Joe Biden’s “Gong Show” administration indefinitely.”

White House Occupant Delivers Angry Speech in Philadelphia Demanding All Resources Must Activate to Defend His Legitimacy. Sundance – “the speech was a bitter, angry and divisive plea for help from those extreme leftists who supported his installation.” … “The angry speech was full of projection, denial and extreme defensiveness.”

January 6 inmates endure ‘human rights violations on a daily basis,’ bail motion alleges. Greg Piper – “D.C. Jail effectively bans attorney-client privilege for January 6 defendants, claim lawyers for accused Capitol rioter.”

Darryl Cooper explains what the right has been thinking for the last few years. Neo – “There’s something else Cooper writes with which I disagree: “Some Trump supporters, unfortunately, thought the license for political violence applied to everyone; the hundreds of them now sitting in federal jails learned the hard way that it wasn’t true.” That’s true of some who actually did engage in violence, but it wasn’t true of the “hundreds” sitting in federal jails. Most of the people locked up right now for January 6th offenses engaged in no violence at all.”

More From Daryl Cooper. Mark Wauck – “Cooper’s conclusion hits on some high points and calls on the Left to take note”

Immunity And Vaccination. Mark Wauck – “Everything that Rushworth says here is well known in the scientific world. Yet, as Rushworth points out, many who should–in fact, who do–know better have remained silent and “played along” with the propaganda onslaught in favor of this vast medical experiment.”

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What are the lasting consequences of all this madness?

Trump Winds and Biden Whirlwinds. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Left is well on its way to incurring a massive pushback, with the potential to make the Tea Party boomerang seem like small stuff.”

“The historian notes that in the inevitable yin and yang of politics, the destroyers inevitably will seek, but do so in vain, refuge in what they have destroyed. Between 2017 and 2021 the Left has done exactly that.

What are the lasting consequences of all this madness?

Scapegoats, Boogeymen, and Hobgoblins. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Biden Administration, the bureaucracy, military, media, academia, Silicon Valley, and corporate boardrooms across America don’t know how to explain, much less solve, our mounting crises.”

CBS News Blames Trump, Not Communism, For Cuba’s Broken Economy. Jordan Davidson – “Sympathetic responses from corporate outlets like CBS, paired with the White House’s failure to harshly condemn the communist regime, received backlash from fed-up U.S. legislators.”

Democrats Start to Panic After They Realize They’ve Screwed up in Florida. Bonchie – “Protests in Cuba against the communist regime and the decades of oppression it has produced have provided a test of will in Florida. While Republicans, both in the state and nationally, are always outspoken against the Cuban government and understand the reasons the people there are fed up, Democrats have attempted to straddle a line that can’t be straddled.”

Never forget the US left’s disgusting love affair with the Castro regime. Rich Lowry – “The rationalizations offered for the regime are tinny and misleading. We are supposed to believe that Cuba was sunk in medieval illiteracy until enlightened Communists came to power who cared above all about social progress and just happened to jail, torture, and kill lots of people in the course of teaching kids to read.”

So Much Evidence that January 6, 2021 was a Calculated Set-Up. Steve McCann – “Political persecution and isolation of vast swaths of the citizenry by the Justice Department, the Intelligence Community, and the Judiciary in the wake of the January 6, 2021, Capitol incursion should bring a chill down the spine of every American.”

The Loudest Voices Crying ‘Racism’ Are Always Some Of The Most Famous, Well-Paid Black Americans. Eddie Scarry – “Isn’t it weird how the loudest voices assuring America we’re all incurably racist tend to do so from very comfortable, financially secure perches?”

The rights and wrongs of Nikole Hannah-Jones. Dominic Green – “The liberal arts are neither liberal nor artistic in our universities. They are illiberal and imaginatively barren”

“If you hate the culture wars, blame liberals” Newmark’s Door – “At least a few Liberals are getting some self-awareness.”

Texas Gov To Arrest Dem Lawmakers Who Fled State On Private Jet To Block Voting Rights Bill. Tyler Durden – “So they’ve boarded a comfy chartered flight, sans masks and with weak non-Texas beer, to belch too much carbon into the skies and skedaddle away north. Typical.” There will be consequences from many different directions.

BREAKING: VoterGA Releases Explosive New Report: Fulton County Georgia Recount Included 60% Error Reporting Rate — THOUSANDS of Fraudulent Biden Votes. Jim Hoft – “New Evidence Reveals GA Audit Fraud and Massive Errors”

Definite sign of panic: Pennsylvania acting Secretary of State issues illegal orders to obstruct audit of 2020 election. Thomas Lifson – “An unelected statewide official, the acting Secretary of State, acted quickly, even before Biden’s trip was announced, to illegally obstruct the audit by commanding local officials to deny access to evidence.”

The Illusion of Action: Cuomo’s New Gun Manufacturer Liability Law is a Colossal Misfire. J Turley – “If it sounds familiar that is because it is painfully familiar. It has failed repeatedly in various states, including New York.” … “Politicians have “action bias” because they know the public favors leaders of action and rarely blame them when their actions prove to be costly failures.”

Bitcoin, or Bitter Con? James Soriano – “Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and other books on risk and probability is Bitcoin’s nemesis. A one-time supporter of the cryptocurrency he now calls it a “Ponzi scheme.” Taleb recently posted an analytical take-down of Bitcoin using concepts from quantitative finance. He hits hard.”

The Truth About Heat Waves. Jim Steele – “For those who truly want to be guided by science, put aside the climate crisis hysteria. We can explain the natural dynamics of all heat waves by simply knowing 1) how heat is transported along the earth’s surface; 2) how heat is transported vertically; 3) how solar heating changes; and 4) how the greenhouse effect varies.”

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Free speech doesn’t mean your own history

Is America still a Great Power? Ojel L. Rodriguez – “traditional standards of analysis of power do not fully reflect what is needed for the preservation of a great power. Other criteria must be added to the analysis of America’s status of a great power. The criteria are the moral qualities of patriotism and conviction of destiny, which, due to a self-loathing campaign by the left … reveals the moral qualities to be lacking in America and leads to the questioning of America’s status in the world as a great power.”

It’s Official: Patriotism Is Conservative — and Bad. Steve Feinstein – “This has been building for some time now, but it’s finally out in the open: To be overtly patriotic and show public support for the American flag is now a sign of conservatism.”

Don’t ‘Forget The Alamo.’ Do Fight The Book’s Revisionist, Fake History To The Last Man. Kevin D. Roberts – “We can’t ignore the context in which the book ‘Forget the Alamo’ was conceived: the massive push to define history, and all of us, by the color of our skin.”

“Lost in the back-and-forth about the event is the fact that the book is atrocious history. Perhaps its most lasting contribution is showing just how far the revisionists of Texan and American stories will go — and just how politicized they have made the study of history.

Another Reckoning for a Bad Idea? Roger Kimball – “Bad ideas never die, but their rebirths reliably are met—eventually—by critics who call attention to the emperor’s nakedness.”

New Frontiers In “Equity”. Scott Johnson – “Is it possible to satirize the calculated malice and unthinking stupidity underlying the movement supporting the replacement of “equality” (meaning equal rights) with “equity” (meaning equal results)? I don’t think so. Maybe, but I seriously doubt it.”

Were Minorities Disproportionately Impacted By Covid? John Hinderaker – “The claim that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people of color is often heard and rarely, if ever, disputed. It is one of many instances where politicians and activists identify “white privilege” and use that concept as a basis for policy.” Let’s examine that presumption …

Nobody Ever Expects Authoritarian Imposition! J.B. Shurk – “Aristotle warned that “republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” The U.S. government seems intent on proving that observation true.”

Trump Explains “Why I’m Suing Big Tech” In WSJ Editorial. Tyler Durden – “ Big Tech has colluded with government to censor the free speech of the American people, Trump said.”

President Trump Explains Why He is Suing Big Tech, With Links to Lawsuit Filings. Sundance – “No longer are Big Tech giants simply removing specific threats of violence. They are manipulating and controlling the political debate itself. Consider content that was censored in the past year.”

“Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans—Democrats, Republicans and independents. I will never stop fighting to defend the constitutional rights and sacred liberties of the American people.” (link)

Why Big Tech Will Lose the Censorship Wars. David Catron – “Even billionaire oligarchs can’t fight everyone everywhere forever.” … “If their increasingly arrogant censorship practices are creating concern among leftist ideologues like Bernie Sanders and right-wing populists such as Donald Trump, they are making enemies everywhere.”

Remember Alfa Bank? Mark Wauk – “Here we are, nearly four years later, and things are getting interesting. During the discovery process–still ongoing–Simpson attempted to deny Alfa’s request for certain documents by claiming that they were covered by attorney-client privilege. There are 500 documents at issue.” … “I need scarcely remind readers that when the law firm of Perkins Coie comes up, we’re getting very close to the very heart of Dem election lawfare ops. This is potentially a very big deal.”

During Speech President Trump Reveals Letter from Pennsylvania U.S Attorney Detailing Bill Barr Blocking Philadelphia Vote Fraud Investigation. Sundance – “there’s a big difference between not seeing election fraud and purposefully blocking a United States Attorney Office from investigating allegations of fraud with an institutional motive not to discover or see it.”

MartyrMade is trying to understand Boomer-tier Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent. – “Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspecting it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam, then watched as every institution – agencies, the press, Congress, academia – gaslit them for another year.”

Anti-Liberty Leftists Are Wrong Again: Pandemic Gun Violence Surge Not Linked to Rise in Gun Sales, Study Finds. D Parker – “A recent study showed that the national socialist media missed the boat on the idea that correlation is not causation, especially when it’s politically expedient.” … “it’s an intriguing result. It does lead one to an interesting conclusion that perhaps there is no correlation because this is looking at the actions of two different groups of people.”

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So many battles being fought

Who Shot Ashli Babbitt? And Why Is This A State Secret? I & I Editorial Board – “This is typical of Congress, which seems to delight in exempting itself from the laws it forces on everyone else.”

Now we learn that we have a federal police force that is not accountable to the public. Neo – “Why are the Capitol Police different? Why are they even less accountable than the Secret Service? I believe it is because they are Congress’s special police force, and Congress made the rules exempting them.”

Who Is Stewart Rhodes? Mark Wauck – “I think it’s fair to say that Rhodes was not only the “Kingpin” of the Oath Keepers but he’s also the Kingpin of the Zhou regime’s entire “insurrection” narrative–Mr. Big.” … “My point in this regard is a very simple one, and it’s the one that Revolver raises. In the circumstances of the continuing prosecutions of so many simple people who were even remotely connected to the January 6 Event, it’s just about impossible to believe that Rhodes was not acting all along under the control of the FBI, as an operational informant.”

Did the Feds Lie About January 6? Navy Vet Capitol Protester Says So and Wants His Case Moved Out of ‘Trump-Hating’ Capital. Victoria Taft – “Prosecutors have delivered four versions of their claims in four superseding indictments against Caldwell, each less histrionic and myth-making than the one before.” … “The defense motion claims that prosecutors “knowingly disseminated false and incendiary claims” that Caldwell and others planned to sack the Capitol and “execute” people when they had no evidence for it – not even after conducting a “cyber colonoscopy” on cell phones and computers.”

UPDATED: Tucker Carlson Redux. Mark Wauck – “The revelation that the Tucker Carlson email around which the NSA spying controversy has swirled was part of an attempt by Tucker to arrange to interview Vladimir Putin makes a lot of things more clear.”

It looks like Fusion GPS is panicking over being forced to disclose communications as Russiagate was being hatched. Thomas Lifson – “The writer who calls himself Techno Fog has been following closely the libel lawsuit launched by Alfa Bank’s owners against Fusion GPS over its accusations that the bank had engaged in “bribery, extortion, and interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.”

James O’Keefe Has Twitter on the Backfoot After Massive Legal Victory Against Them. Brandon Morse – “O’Keefe ends by asking what it is that Twitter is so afraid of, but hints that they have every reason to be afraid thanks to some information they’ve gathered, including more video footage.”

New Evidence Indicates Enough Illegal Votes In Georgia To Tip 2020 Results. Margot Cleveland – “In Georgia, there was both an audit and a statewide recount confirming Biden’s victory, but ignored in the process was evidence that nearly 35,000 Georgians had potentially voted illegally.”

Bret Weinstein Speaks On The Pandemic Regime And The Censorship Of Science. Mark Wauck – “And this response was treated, in the MSM, as somehow reasonable. When, in fact, it’s the sheerest irrationality.” … “This may not be an entirely new insight, but I think it’s a powerful way of expressing the mindset of the people we’re dealing with. They inhabit a Manichean world of pure good and evil, and since they self identify as good what they seek is also good, and as for anyone else … ”

 

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Something is very badly out of whack in America

Vice News Attack On Tucker Shows The Left Has No Principles When Conservatives Are Spied On. Kylee Zempel – “How Democrats, the media, and the deep state work together to ruin the conservatives they demonize.” … “Not only is Vice’s accusation laughable, but it’s also a huge diversion from the alleged NSA spying situation the corrupt media has predictably neglected to cover honestly.” … “Vice chose to brush off what was at the time the terrifying prospect of the NSA targeting U.S. citizens (and which has since been demonstrably true) to focus on tangential inanities” … “It’s an intellectually lazy comparison”

“We all witnessed the kinds of “emergency exceptions” that justified Democrat leaders ignoring constitutional liberties because of a virus. If you don’t think the “exceptions” bar will be lower for what has been deemed the “most urgent terrorism threat” in the United States, think again.

This is classic left-wing collusion that occurs among Democrat politicos and bureaucrats, their friends in the media, and the deep state.

It’s easy to justify breaking the law and seizing power when you can make your rivals out to be domestic terrorists — and that’s exactly what the left is doing to conservatives like you.

So it’s true: Tucker Carlson got the General Mike Flynn treatment. Andrea Widburg – “There’s no laughter now. It’s clear that the NSA did spy on Tucker, that it illegally unmasked him, and that it even more illegally leaked to one or more media outlets the information it gathered.”

“Something is very badly out of whack in America when citizens are prevented from checking up on the public servants “teaching” their children, while the government violates privacy laws, spies on citizens, leaks the information, and has so much power over politicians that nothing can be done about this illegal activity.

The Capitol Police will be expanding outside DC. Neo – “What could possibly go wrong?” … “This emphasis on intelligence seems to be a way to use the January 6th event to spy even more pervasively and effectively on Americans. Unfortunately, at this point there’s no reason to trust them to have our interests at heart.”

CNN still characterizing the January 6th Capitol incursion as a “deadly riot”. Neo – “And I suppose it was deadly to Ashli Babbitt – although it was neither the riot nor the rioters that killed her.”

Now they call being a Republican treason. Don Surber – “We are close to losing our nation to government of the government, by the government, and for the government.”

The question is when, not if, Hunter Biden’s laptop will bring down Joe Biden’s presidency. Thomas Lifson – “Thanks to a series of leaks from the hard drive of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop computer, we know there is more than enough evidence to appoint a special counsel, or at least convene a grand jury to investigate bribery, tax fraud, and probably several other categories of crime involving the Biden Crime Family.” … “All of this is uncomfortably banana republic territory: powerful, unseen forces pulling strings and deciding the fate of the nation’s leadership by manipulating corrupt media and officialdom. That’s where we are today.”

Christianity Today Promotes ‘Gun Violence’ Fallacy. Thomas Gallatin – “The publication ran an article suggesting Christians defending gun rights are opposed to Jesus.” … “People were killing, maiming, threatening, abusing, enslaving, stealing, etc. long before the firearm was invented because the source of violence lies in the hearts and minds of people.” … “This is a classic display of blaming the tool rather than the perpetrator, as well as assigning guilt by association.”

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There are many ways to politicize everything.

Every Picture Tells A Story: Transparency In Science. Chuck Dinerstein – “It was clear that the EPA’s integrity staff wanted “politics” out of the process.”

“Why look back over just the last four years? The concerns of EPA’s scientists may have increased of late, but they go back, as the EPA demonstrated, at least a decade. When the Trump administration proposed its scientific transparency rules to possibly “look back” at the seemingly settled science of two decades ago, it was greeted as another attack on scientific objectivity. Those same voices now champion the new executive order.”

Dinerstein has to throw in his obligatory ‘everyone does it’ snides in noting the Leftist presumption in the new EO that its opposition is not only wrong but guilty. It is that presumption that is divisive and it is owned by the Democrats and no vague opinions about the previous President can smooth that out.

Words Matter—Or Not: The Biden Vocabulary of the Times. Victor Davis Hanson – It’s a glossary for modern times.

The Left Wants You To Believe The Bible Is White Supremacist So They Can Force Evolution Down Your Throat. Kylee Zempel – “It’s a no-holds-barred attack on Christianity to advance the opposing worldview, and if that means smearing as racist a — *checks notes* — time-tested historical account in which a divine Middle Eastern man is the central figure, so be it.” Concepts of evolution are being distorted to serve as fishbait to attack the Judeo-Christian heritage in the light of the new CRT dogma. The evangelical defense by Zempel comes up with macro versus micro evolution and Darwin selections to suit. This doesn’t help the ‘debate’ either.

The Left’s Critical Race Theory Is Ruining U.S. Public Education. I & I Editorial Board – “And why is this so important to the left? It thinks it owns your children. Don’t you remember? “It takes a village.” So it has a right to push hateful CRT and the wholly specious 1619 Project on gullible students.” … “Our kids and our nation are at stake. Nothing parents do for their kids will be more important than saving them from brainwashing by the America-hating leftists that now run our schools.”

Far-Left’s Anti-American Reaction To July 4th Proves They’ve Polarized Patriotism. Spencer Lindquist – “Celebrating America’s founding and our fight for independence shouldn’t be controversial, but the left’s reaction to July 4th proves that they’ve politicized patriotism.” … “That sitting congresswomen use their platforms to argue that America’s land is stolen and that our nation’s founding and very existence is morally illegitimate is not only disgraceful, it is a harrowing sign of immense national decline. Those who hate this country cannot be entrusted with the power to lead it.”

The Democrat Blame Game. Doris O’Brien – “Their trilogy of bullseyes is global warming (aka climate change), systemic racism, and Donald J. Trump. Every problem can be explained away by one of the above. Even if the accusations seem a bit over the top, Democrats remain unfazed.”

Alaskan Tribal Leader Helping Block ANWR Claims Nobility In Trampling On Rights Of Rival Alaskan Tribe. Tristan Justice – “Demientieff complained that those charging the tribe of exploiting leftist politics to deter rival tribes from drilling on lands hundreds of miles north was “making all of this up.” There is also the false narrative that “Our ancestors have honored and protected this land long before there was ever a US government,” Those ancestors pillaged and abused the land as they did not have the social structures or knowledge to ‘protect’ the land they occupied.

Black Like Them. Peter O’Brian – “the claim is that because the Aboriginal population is expanding year on year and this growth comes almost exclusively from well-educated, relatively well-off urban people, the Closing the Gap statistics are being distorted.”

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a false cloak of objectivity

The Genesis of Our American Collective Meltdown. Victor Davis Hanson – “Our adversaries can’t quite believe their good fortune. Had they thought up ways to divide and impoverish America, they could not have improved on our own collective meltdown.”

Dems’ crime surge – here’s the reason safety and policing finally have their attention. Michael Goodwin – “Press secretary Jen Psaki was making like Lady Macbeth in trying to wipe the blood off Dems’ hands” … “The previous strategy, meaning before Monday, was a mix of denial and excuse-making, but it wasn’t working. … Something had to give, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki tipped the new strategy when she concocted the notion that it’s Republicans who actually support defunding the police.” … “In truth, the problem with cities isn’t guns, racism or climate change. The problem is the policies of left-wing Democrats – and the people who elect them.”

Misinformation and the Jan. 6 insurrection: When ‘patriot warriors’ were fed lies. Bill McCarthy – [This is an example of what the search for intellectual integrity is up against. The evidence isn’t that the patriot warriors were fed lies but that McCarthy and the Left were feeding self delusion by making bald assertions as Truth that contradict the facts on the ground. Such expressions of ideologic Truth can be seen in this bit of Fake News from the AP. It is a lesson in the propaganda being used to mislead the populace and defend the indefensible.]

Applying the same principles to both sides. Neo – “I detest those members of the MSM who are partisan to the core but don a false cloak of objectivity without ever demonstrating it. And that’s why I especially value those writers and speakers who actually do stick to their principles no matter where it leads them.”

Justice or Just Deserts? Trump, Cosby and Georgia Cases Show Rising Cost of Political Litigation. J. Turley – “It is the name on the caption — not the name of the crime — that matters in a prosecutorial trophy kill.” … “DA Steele is unapologetic and insists he was trying to show that “no one is above the law — including those who are rich, famous and powerful.” What he missed is that the rule of law should particularly apply to prosecutors who enforce it” … “The legal cost of this ill-considered move could be immense.” … “Politically motivated cases like these impose costs that are rarely paid by those who bring them. The more a prosecutor feels it necessary to repeat that “It’s not about politics,” the more likely a case is entirely political.” [and there are so many of these cases right now, too]

When Climateers Let the Truth Slip Out. Tony Thomas – “One of the anti-science techniques used by climate catastrophists such as the green-Left Australian Academy of Science, the ABC and the Climate Council is to suppress information about the benefits of actual and future hypothesised global warming.”

 

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30 vs 45,000 -who won? Who is closing down in Fear?

The United States Cannot Afford To Politicize Patriotism. Tristan Justice – “A nation that hates itself cannot survive as a governable nation, and when that hatred is polarized, it will only feed on itself as polarization grows.”

“These are not fringe activists vilifying the United States as insidiously evil. These are some of the most prominent power players in the political establishment today, up to and including the White House, who have now appear to have taken over the Democratic Party. Last summer, a Quillette survey showed 44 percent of self-identifying liberals supported destroying the monument at Mount Rushmore. The Democratic Party endorsed the idea with a tweet

Face masks became the most visible sign of pandemic polarization when they transformed from an alleged tool of viral mitigation to markers of a political stripe no different from progressive pronoun bios to signal one’s sex.

This is a call on progressives to take a step back and acknowledge that in the end, America is a truly exceptional nation that empowers them with the very rights they’ve embraced to tear it down. They might want to think through the historically likely results of doing so.

MUST SEE… COMPARE AND CONTRAST: Which Candidate Won the 2020 Election? Jim Hoft – “One of these candidates received over 75 million votes in the 2020 election. They tell us the other one had 81 million votes!”

Capitol, symbol of democracy, off-limits on Independence Day. Lisa Mascaro – “The one-two punch of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered the Capitol’s doors in the spring of 2020 and the deadly insurrection by then-President Donald Trump’s supporters on Jan. 6 has left the icon of American democracy unopen to all but a select few.” [It’s the AP so you have to read around the bias and the questionable assertions.]

“Lawmakers have struggled over the past year with their own mixed emotions over the shuttered doors, wary of returning to the Capitol when a segment of their colleagues, mainly Republicans, refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Two elected officials have died of COVID-19 complications.” …
… White nationalists and other far-right groups loyal to Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, and were among those trying to overturn Biden’s victory.

But not since the end of the War of 1812, when the British invaded in 1814, has the seat of American democracy seen an attack like the one this year.

They miss the Kavenaugh hearings riots, the Trump inaugural riots, and other episodes that put lie to January 6 being especially dangerous. They also describe 5 deaths when only one, the Ashley Babbit murder by a police officer, had anything to do with the disturbance. This narrative and the pandemic are used to incite fear and distrust to support closing the Capital and eliminating many July 4 traditions.

Bill Cosby has been released from prison. Neo – “My conclusion at the time was that the trial in which Cosby was convicted was a real miscarriage of justice, whether or not he was guilty.” … “The bottom line is that the release was the right decision, and it shouldn’t have taken this long to come to it. Why did the prosecution get away with their misconduct in the first place? For one thing, the conviction occurred at the height of MeToo. For another, Cosby had enraged the left by saying that black people should take more responsibility for their problems, and so corners were cut in order to convict him.”

Howard Dean Under Fire For Defending Cosby [Updated]. Jonathan Turley – “While the Court differed on what errors warranted such action, all of the justices agreed that the trial was fundamentally flawed. Indeed, it was a disgrace and Cosby could sue for malicious prosecution.” [the title is about Dean Rashad at Howard University]

COVID-19 Pandemic And Vaccine Update. Thomas T. Siler – “In the first article, I outlined the new vaccines and struck a cautious tone on calling them safe and effective, since there was not enough evidence to do so.” … “Initial vaccine side effects seemed to be limited to reactions at the time of injection and a handful of anaphylaxis reactions (life-threatening allergic reactions). Now, though, when one analyzes the VAERS data, which reports adverse vaccine reactions, we see many more side effects from the vaccines.” … “Recommendations moving forward:” [8 of them well worth considering]

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Assuming guilty until proven compliant

Police To Target Americans For Their Ideological Beliefs And Behaviors. Tyler Durden [Mass Private I] – “Much has been written about President Joe Biden’s new Domestic Terror law, but nothing I have seen until now shows just how horrifying it is.”

Pennsylvania Democrats To Propose Bullet Tax And Encoded Rounds To Track Ammo Owners. Beth Brelie [The Epoch Times] – “A 5 cent per bullet tax will be proposed in Pennsylvania as part of legislation to be brought forth by two state House Democrats, Rep. Manny Guzman and Rep. Stephen Kinsey. – The tax would fund a state police database of ammunition sold in Pennsylvania. … Gun Owners of America-Pennsylvania Director Val Finnell says the plan amounts to registration and taxation of a constitutional right, to own ammunition.”

An academic rot case is discussed at The Federalist: Elevating Nikole Hannah-Jones Is About The Left Redefining Truth by Eddie Scarry – “giving activists like Attiah and Hannah-Jones the authority to tell us not the objective truth but to tell us what they want the truth to be.” Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure Tantrum Shows How Identity Politics Mobilizes Victimhood For Power by Jeff Goldstein – “She was a fashion hire. A cult “get.” She’s neither a teacher nor a scholar: she’s a flavor of the month.” Academics Explain Why Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure At UNC Is Bogus by Gabe Kaminsky – “’She has zero meaningful qualifications for the role of being appointed at all. And then to add tenure on top of that is a disgrace.’”

The Descent Into (Utter) Madness. Stephen Karganovic [The Strategic Culture Foundation] – “The assault on language is an integral component of the unrelenting warfare being waged for the conquest and control of the mind”

Trophy Kill: Trump CFO Does Perp Walk Over Corporate Perks. Jonathan Turley – “Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James paraded triumphantly in front of hundreds of cameras to charge the Trump Organization and its finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, 73, with a 15-count indictment for failing to pay taxes on corporate perks. Weisselberg was a trophy defendant that needed to be prominently displayed.”

New Emails Raise New Allegations of Influence Peddling By Hunter Biden And Direct Knowledge Of President Biden. Jonathan Turley – “It is clear that Hunter Biden was selling access and influence. It appears that Joe Biden was aware of that effort. That is very serious.”

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a war of attrition by any means available

They Are Never Going to Stop. Bonchie – “These people have convinced themselves that they are so righteous and their politics so pure that anyone who opposes them is not only evil but must be a criminal as well. It doesn’t matter that every single attempt to take down Trump legally has failed. They will simply move onto the next one. … and they won’t stop with Trump, for that matter.”

“Let’s recap for posterity’s sake. We’ve had the weaponization of the intelligence community against Trump and his family since he burst onto the national political scene. Then we had a multi-year special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller that wasted tens of millions of dollars to produce some process crimes against associates. After that, we got the SDNY investigating Trump, again finding nothing to charge him on. Lastly, for the past three years, we’ve had the state of New York in on the action, with their big find being some possible mistakes in tax filings that don’t implicate Trump.

The Court-Sanctioned Persecution Of Jack Phillips Shows How ‘Hate Crime’ Laws End Everyone’s Freedom Of Speech. Jonathan Lange – “The goal of lawfare against people like Phillips is to destroy free speech, not by winning discrete battles, but by winning a war of attrition.”

Supreme Court Refuses To Decide If Floral Artist Loses Her Religious Liberty At Shop Door. Jordan Davidson – “Washington state and the American Civil Liberties Union first sued florist Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington in 2013 for refusing to design flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding because of her faith-based objections.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure Tantrum Shows How Identity Politics Mobilizes Victimhood For Power. Jeff Goldstein – “She’s neither a teacher nor a scholar: she’s a flavor of the month. … We are living under a tyranny of manufactured victimhood.” … “The U.S. is a propositional nation. As such, it will necessarily fail under the weight of government-sanctioned racism and tribalism.”

Did You Miss The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Labeling Trump Voters Enemies Of The State? John Lucas – “Gen. Mark Milley’s testimony can only be true if he counts as domestic enemies the thousands of Donald Trump supporters and conservatives who attended the president’s rally.” … “the most dangerous aspect of this testimony by the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military was validating the use of military personnel and lethal military force against political opponents of the administration.”

Loudoun Mom Explains How She Discovered School-Sanctioned Racism During Lockdowns. Paulina Enck – “’I don’t need my children being taught how to feel. Parenting is teaching your child those things, and I don’t co-parent with the government.’” … “Swift and decisive backlash kept this proposal from passing, but this school culture persisted.”

Could Cosby Sue For Wrongful Conviction? Jonathan Turley – “The opinion (below) correctly found that the trial judge and prosecutors denied Cosby a fair trial and due process in 2018.”

Why did ‘Vogue’ call Dr. Jill Biden a ‘goddess in stilettos?’ Ruthie Blum – “Outlets don’t have to lie to cast aspersions on or present a figure in a less-than-flattering light. All they have to do is shift emphasis by highlighting one set of facts at the expense of another.” … “Israeli journalists know a thing or two about the click-bait value of stories about the wives of the country’s leaders.” … “Those observing the current Orwellian climate in the United States no longer gasp at each new move by “progressives” to control society’s collective mind, but some take occasional breaks from tearing their hair out to laugh at the more egregious examples.”

Did Biden Really Win California? John Smith – “The November 3, 2020, Presidential election data from California should set off alarm bells.” This one is for statistics nerds.

California Begs For More Electricity As Shift To Renewable Power Leaves State In The Dark. Tyler Durden – “Maybe it’s time to admit that the whole “green” energy push is one big farce”

“State energy officials asked the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the grid, to contract for additional power capacity for July and August on concern it won’t be able to meet demand during the evening when solar production fades, according to a joint statement Thursday from grid, utility and energy agencies. They didn’t say how much more power is needed but one can guess it will be a lot.

Of course, there was a convenient scapegoat on which to blame the collective lack of competence: global warming.

it’s always someone else’s fault that you could not properly budget even a few months in advance after keeping millions of people in the dark last year when California again blamed… global warming. But if you know there is global warming, and you suffer one nightmare summer in the dark because of it, can’t you extrapolate at least a year into the future?

In California, the answer is no.

San Jose’s latest gun control proposal is the craziest one yet. Jazz Shaw – “Mayor Sam Liccardo and members of the City Council are poised to institute a policy to charge “fees” to legal gun owners to “compensate” taxpayers for the costs associated with gun violence.” … “It’s hard to even know where to begin when picking apart this nonsense.”

A New Case Gives the Supreme Court a Chance To Defend Gun Rights. John Stossel – “It’s likely that soon, almost all Americans will be legally able to carry guns.” … “Only when I started researching gun crime and studying the data did it become clear that most of my anti-gun assumptions were wrong.”

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