Archive for August, 2021

Questions that will not go away

Why Did Michael Byrd Fire Just A Single Shot? Parker Beauregard — another oddity of note

Jim Crow returns to California. Joel Kotkin — “The Golden State’s climate policies have enforced racial segregation” … “their draconian climate policies have created a racially segregated state more akin to the pre-Civil Rights era South.” The Nevada Independent has a report: Extreme temperatures disproportionately affects minority, low-income communities stuck in ‘heat islands’ Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez — on this same theme,

Global Warming Narrative Takes Another Hit. I & I Editorial Board — “Please don’t think this is an isolated and therefore meaningless example. There are many other facts that show the global warming fears are overblown.” … “The climate alarmists have been running a nonstop racket for decades, always demanding more of other people’s money and greater power over others’ lives. As long as they keep it up, we’ll continue to point out the gaping holes in their tales. It’s our public service.”

A Critically-Thinking Person Might Look At The Delta Data & Conclude… Jim Quinn [via The Burning Platform blog] — “It’s amazing how you can lie with statistics when you don’t provide context and/or leave key information out of your false narrative.” … “The current all hands on deck campaign to discredit ivermectin is a sign of desperation”

Ivermectin: Chemists Place Themselves Between Doctor and Patient. Phillip M. Altman — “That pharmacists should place themselves between doctor and patient, presuming the right to countermand a decision made a physician on the basis of suspicion alone, so outraged Phillip Altman, a veteran pharmacologist who specialises in the testing and trials of new drugs, he sent off the letter below.”

Five Ways to Deal with the COVID Karens in Your Life. Scott MorefieldScott Morefield — “It pits the hypochondriacs, the hysterical busybodies intent on using the virus to run everybody’s life, those who favor lockdowns and vaccine & mask mandates while refusing to discuss the science and data that opposes their worldview, against level-headed, freedom-loving individuals who know how to apprise risk and act accordingly.”

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A race to the bottom

psychosis

Still Crazy About Trump.  John Hinderaker – “So you might expect the editorialists to cite at least one thing Trump did that was arguably illegal. But you would be disappointed.” … “When the Times says “embrace authoritarianism,” they mean things like opposing mask mandates and vaccine requirements for people who have had covid, along with wanting fewer regulations and lower taxes. In other words, anti-authoritarianism.”

Big Tech, woke finance crack down on Flynn, Gateway Pundit, Berenson in cancel culture purge. Just the News staff — “In recent days, Twitter permanently banned independent journalist Alex Berenson, Google demonetized The Gateway Pundit from its ad network, and Chase Bank canceled the credit cards of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.”

The factual post that got Alex Berenson banned from Twitter. Andrea Widburg — “Because Berenson’s conclusions did not support mask mandates and lockdowns, the tech tyrants hate him.  He’s routinely been locked out of Twitter, and, last year, Amazon tried to shut down his self-published works about the virus.”

Mental fitness, politicized psychiatry, and the authoritarian impulse. David Zukerman — “with the current POTUS showing signs of cognitive impairment, a noted psychiatrist who maintained that President Trump was mentally impaired appears to be silent.”

Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks for Nothing. Victor Davis Hanson —  “Afghanistan has been reinvented as the best-equipped terrorist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world’s superpower.”

Is Afghanistan the Next Killing Field? Fay Voshell — “America’s abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan portends a humanitarian disaster of unknown proportions.”

Biden Makes Islamic Terrorism Great Again. I & I Editorial Board — “Will the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, the rebirth of ISIS, and the appearance of American weakness fuel another huge spike in Islamic terror around the world – including in the United States? — If, God forbid, that does happen, the cause will be easy to pinpoint. And Joe Biden will have presided over two major increases in global terrorism since 9/11.”

Pretending COVID Is An Emergency Is Killing America. Molly McCann — “There is no justification for the continued suspension of the American form of self-government that secures all our individual rights and liberties.” … “The Western world is living a massive COVID lie. That lie is strangling the life out of liberty, and it will destroy our constitutional order if we do not end this horrifying charade.”

Who’s Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You. Brian C. Joondeph — “Hesitancy is relative resistance, in comparison to those who are genuinely anti-vaccine, refusing any and all vaccines. … Leaving aside the rationale or flaws behind these views, who are the vaccine-hesitant and why? The media has reported on this group and, not surprisingly, their characterizations may be inaccurate.”

Regardless of motivations, disparate groups of Americans, independent of political affiliation, are vaccine-hesitant, contrary to the media narrative. It’s a public health disservice for the media to politicize everything, including the COVID vaccines.

Harvard Determined to Race to the Bottom. Fletch Daniels — “So, Harvard University named Greg Epstein, an atheist, as their head chaplain because, apparently, nothing makes more sense to them than turning over the spiritual direction of their students to someone whose entire belief system is built around the belief that there is no God.”

on matters of race

Thinking about race: It’s not simple. Joanne Jacobs — “People with good intentions don’t realize they’re asking for a backlash when they “tell one group of kids, ‘You’re privileged, and there’s a problem with that, and you need to do something about it,’ [while] the other group of kids is encouraged to say, ‘I’m disadvantaged, and there’s so much wrong, and everything is working against me’.” It “breeds resentment” and reduces self-esteem and empathy, Foster believes.”

Playing the Race Card on Larry Elder. Heather Mac Donald — “Engaging in shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing, the media attempt to portray the California gubernatorial candidate as anti-black.” … “Unfortunately for Elder’s critics, the statistics showing vastly disproportionate rates of black crime and victimization come from some of the Left’s favorite sources.” … “If Elder were running as a Democrat, the press would be celebrating the possibility of California’s first black governor. Instead, we hear nothing about “shattering glass ceilings” or “diversifying” the ruling elite.”

But the media’s effort to portray his run merely as a resurgence of alleged Trumpian racism depends on a shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing. As long as that duplicity remains in force, in the California governor’s office and elsewhere, the country will continue sliding toward anarchy.

keep in mind that affirmative action is an expression of black privilege and white victimization.

Reality surfacing

Hurricane Ida Was by No Means Louisiana’s Worst. James Delingpole — “Here, courtesy of Paul Homewood, is the hard data showing that the busiest recent decade for hurricanes was the 1940s.”

 

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Enlightenment under assault

Justice requires injustice. — “Do facts matter? Re-linking from Undoing the Enlightenment” … “The scare quotes around references to science tell us that science must be ignored whenever it conflicts with Disenlightenment dogma.”

The Bizarre Refusal to Apply Cost-Benefit Analysis to COVID Debates. Glenn Greenwald — “Are those who oppose a ban on cars or a radical reduction in speed limits sociopaths, given the huge number of people they are knowingly consigning to death or maiming?”

In virtually every realm of public policy, Americans embrace policies which they know will kill people, sometimes large numbers of people. They do so not because they are psychopaths but because they are rational: they assess that those deaths that will inevitably result from the policies they support are worth it in exchange for the benefits those policies provide. This rational cost-benefit analysis, even when not expressed in such explicit or crude terms, is foundational to public policy debates — except when it comes to COVID, where it has been bizarrely declared off-limits.
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this is not an argument in favor of or against any particular policy undertaken in the name of fighting COVID. What it is, instead, is an attempt to highlight the pervasive and deeply misguided refusal to assign any costs to the harms caused by anti-COVID policies themselves.

We Could Have Dodged the COVID Delta Bullet in the U.S. David Gortler — “When America was under siege by the first round of COVID, universal vaccination might have succeeded in stopping the virus in its tracks. However, because Biden illegally opened the border, that was never going to happen.”

Biden’s Botched Bug Out. Clarice Feldman — “exactly the opposite of the plan President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had crafted. In that plan, our well-fortified base at Bagram, some 40 miles from Kabul, was to be the last thing shuttered. In Biden’s plan, it was the first.”

@WadeMiller_USMC: Lt. Col. Vindman went on national television and proactively attacked the Commander in Chief for partisan reasons. yet he kept his job. … But Lt. Col.  Scheller lost his command today for rightly demanding accountability from senior officers who allowed the Afghanistan disaster to unfold.
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There still are men in America. There still are honorable people in America. But darned if you can find them in official Washington.

The military brass may regret firing Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller. Andrea Widburg — “Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was fired for speaking the truth about the fact that the top brass in the Pentagon never pay for their bad decisions, even as the ordinary men and women get no quarter for their errors. As soon as he’s free, Scheller intends to change that two-tiered system.”

The Ten Commandments of Critical Race Theory. Geoffrey Clarfield — “The key thing is to hate whites, hate capitalism, hate democracy, hate American, Canadian, and British political culture, and believe that “whites” have caused all the trouble in the world.” … “Let me, therefore, outline the ten basic commandments of Cultural Marxism which, not surprisingly, are violations of almost every one of the ten commandments of the Bible, values that permeate the Constitution of the United States and have informed much of British common law. Here they are:”

A Baby Boomer Explains What’s Wrong with Millennials. Rob Jenkins — “Why, then, are so many Millennials so enamored of this vile and utterly impractical ideology — despite the fact that, if implemented, it would actually crush their dreams? … Clearly, we’re talking about a bunch of overgrown preschoolers who have been so coddled and protected all their lives that they have no idea what it means to live in the real world and are frightened by their occasional glimpses of it.”

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A Tool of Control

From a doctor bewildered at where all this COVID stuff is going. Steve Karp, MD — “Until recently, the practice of medicine was based more on science, less on science fiction.  Even when science fiction acted as foreshadowing, hard evidence was required to turn fiction into non-fiction.” … “evidence today has taken a back seat to wishful thinking — or is it an agenda?  A refresher on recent issues is required to see how science fiction has increasingly replaced science and where it leads.”

Unlimited Power: The Latest Supreme Court Dissent Is A Window Into The Mind Of The COVID Bureaucracy Christopher Bedford — “The left thinks its power is so broad as to be essentially limitless, and so singularly vested as to be checked virtually solely at its own discretion.”

while it’s been in full public view these past 18 months, the reality is we have increasingly suffered under the thumb of unchecked bureaucracy since President Woodrow Wilson; its power and influence growing stronger each year, while the executive and congressional power and will to curb it have lessened.

Some of that growth is natural: influence craves influence, power craves power. But much of it is the result either of active policies in favor of it (or a failure to enact policies restricting it), driven by men like Wilson and men like Breyer — highly educated and seriously intelligent men who think that we, the people, ought not rule ourselves; the experts will take care of that.

A Tool of Control: How Health Officials Weaponize Language to Manage Public Perception of COVID Vaccines. Children’s Health Defense — “The deployment of clever linguistic tricks has created a hostile upside-down universe, where even the vaccine-injured are tarnished as “anti-vaxxers” or liars rather than acknowledged as ex-vaxxers who took risks that turned out to be life-changing.” … “it pays to be attentive to how health authorities use language, for “the more you know about language, the more immune you become to its effects.”

Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd gives an interview outing himself as Ashli Babbitt’s killer. neo — “He not only feels he did nothing wrong, but he is very proud of his actions that day.” … “Typical MSM “facts” expressed in their typical manner. There’s nothing that is exactly a flat out boldfaced lie there, but the sentence is very misleading.” … “this is typical of the MSM’s approach, and it’s a very useful one in terms of propaganda.”

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Gaslighting all over. Why? Struggling to understand.

Does America Still Work? Victor Davis Hanson — “Until our officials can ensure a humane and sustainable standard of living, we have no business lecturing others abroad, much less conducting endless witch hunts of our own at home.”

For nearly two years, Americans have engaged in a great woke experiment of cannibalizing themselves. American civilization has invested massive labor, capital, and time in an effort constantly to flagellate itself for not being perfect.  

Yet neither America’s resilience nor its resources are infinite. We are now beginning to see the consequences of what happens when premodern tribalism absorbs Americans.

Feds to restart oil leasing after Biden loss in court. Jazz Shaw — “in terms of energy production, there is now some new hope on the horizon. We are once again facing energy production shortfalls after several years where the United States took its place as a dominant global leader in oil and gas production. Perhaps these new leases will put us back on track to rebuild what was recently lost.”

Why Do Media Fact Checkers Keep Ignoring This Biden Big Lie? I & I Editorial Board — “That phrase – “transform America” – ought to scare Americans. After all, what exactly does Biden want to transform the world’s biggest, most prosperous, most free nation into? … Then Biden went on to repeat the biggest of his Big Lies about the economy, one that media fact-checkers – too exhausted, apparently, from years spent fact-checking every utterance of President Donald Trump’s –  keep missing.”

Big Tech Censorship Is an Assault on Individual Liberty. James M. Taylor — “Today, a small number of giant corporations have secured monopoly power over the primary means by which Americans exercise their free-speech rights. It’s time for change.”

Trump Derangement Syndrome is Quite Real. John Green — “I always thought “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDS) was a funny way to describe the enthusiasm with which the left detests Donald Trump.  However, after my interaction with Lloyd, I get it now.  TDS is a real malady — created by the gaslighting and propaganda of the left.  Those suffering from it don’t just hate Donald Trump, they’ve fabricated an irrational worldview to justify that hatred.  It is truly deranged.  To move forward as a nation, we need to understand it and develop strategies to deprogram those afflicted with it.”

Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy as Public Policy. Jeremy Bray — “why haven’t these safe, affordable, and potentially-effective treatment protocols been pursued with vigour? What on earth is going on in our government and medical community? Who is making the decisions, and why aren’t more medical professionals speaking out?”

What is impossible to understand is why, in the middle of a pandemic, with all of the suffering caused by both the virus and the ‘lockdown and vaccinate’ strategy repeated failures, the medical community isn’t erring on the side of action and pursuing the opportunity to at least try these protocols. This reluctance is even more puzzling, given the way the medical community has so quickly and firmly latched on, firstly, to such responses as masks, social distancing and lockdowns, none of which has any scientific support and all failing any cost-benefit analysis, and secondly, to the experimental vaccines, the long-term effects of which on the vaccinated are at the moment not only unknown but unknowable.

Given the failure of the vaccines to provide sterilising and durable immunity, these officially shunned protocols become even more important, possibly crucially important, to ending the emergency.

The Closing of the Progressive Mind. Steve Feinstein — “Although many progressives consider themselves to be intelligent and sophisticated, there is a world of difference between academic intelligence and emotional intelligence. They voted for Biden based on immature emotion and shallow surface appearances. They didn’t have the emotional or intellectual strength or courage to evaluate things based on policy and results.”

The progressives’ ignoble, duplicitous actions led to Biden’s “win.” They stood by and voted against the most beneficial, productive president this country has seen since World War II and they willingly perpetrated the fraud that put Biden in office. One thing is pretty obvious to everyone: they’re not getting together behind closed doors and discussing Biden’s failure amongst themselves. On the contrary, any honest, self-reflective progressive thought instantly evaporates and disappears like the steam that vanishes the moment the shower door is opened.

The Bad And The Ugly About COVID In America. Thomas T. Siler — “The mainstream media, some public health authorities, and the pharmaceutical industry have engaged in a massive disinformation campaign.” … “We need to preserve the freedom to choose our medical treatments and not be persecuted for that choice. The vaccinated and the unvaccinated need to come together to stop the hysteria, fear, and efforts to control us.”

The FDA did NOT grant full approval to the Pfizer shots. Carl Schwitzer — “The FDA sent two letters.  The first one was a letter of BLA (Biologics License Application) approval, and the second was a letter of EUA [Emergency Use Authorization] extension to COMIRNATY.” … “The mRNA gene therapy shots are still experimental.  Mandating them is still wrong — by a wide variety of ethical standards.”

Scapegoating the Unvaxxed. Sally Zelikovsky — “Like our government overlords, Williamson makes haughty and faulty assumptions about the vaccine-hesitant. Their reluctance is primarily due to the new mRNA technology and the lack of information about its potential long-term side effects.  The fact that the government is pushing too hard, has been inconsistent and has taken an antagonistic approach by threatening our freedoms, might cause many to dig in their heels, but doesn’t affect the crux of their decisions.”

How ‘Informed Consent’ Became ‘Coercion of the Uninformed’. William Sullivan — “this commercial, just like every COVID vaccine pitch ever created, treats us, the skeptical-yet-potential consumer, like a child being persuaded by a desperate parent to believe that Santa really showed up on Christmas Eve.”

Ivermectin and COVID-19: Why poison centers are getting calls about this controversial drug. Oscar Gonzalez — “Is this a miracle pill or a sham?” caveat: binary fallacy in headline, article follows the narrative but does indicate evidence contrary to the narrative and no basis for the narrative. Some good information but you need to read carefully. The answer to the title question is implied but not clear.

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How to win elections

Hey, Biden Voters! Bruce Bawer — “You didn’t have a clue about how power works in the real world. You should have. You were a grown-up. You had no excuse.” … “So I guess even the catastrophe in Kabul isn’t even enough to make you rethink your vote. Even now, you’re still not through coughing up your anti-Trump bile.”

“I guess that the question, then, is this: will you ever be? In the times to come, as you witness the consequences of Biden’s incompetence, will any of it affect your opinions? Years from now, will you be crawling around the rubble in the remains of the world whose destruction Biden has precipitated and still be howling about the evil that is Donald Trump?

House Democrats Pass Bill To Steal Elections The Old-Fashioned Way. Cleta Mitchell — “The bill is a radical leftwing assault on the integrity of America’s elections and would permanently reshape and dictate ultimate election outcomes for the rest of our lives.”

“the bill cynically adopts into federal law every losing argument advanced by the vast leftwing elections industry to courts across the country for years. Every theory rejected by the courts has been enshrined in HR 4. The bill also hands control of our elections over to the radical leftwing attorneys in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.”
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Thomas Jefferson famously warned that “[g]reat innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.” HR 4 is a radical “innovation” crammed down the throats of the American people with a margin of four votes, all from one political party.

 

HR 4 indeed is transformative: it eradicates the precious American principle of free and fair elections, imposing a permanent ruling class of tyrannical left-wing elites, forever beyond the reach of the American voters.

Lessons from Georgia. John Stossel — [the former Soviet Georgia] “Fortunately, in Georgia, an eccentric libertarian, Kakha Bendukidze, became economy minister in 2004. He made “everything private, as much as possible.” … Georgia scrapped 90% of licensing and permit requirements. That reduced corruption.”

52% of Southern Nevada COVID-19 Deaths Were Fully Vaccinated? That’s What This Data Says. Scott Hounsell — but it’s not what a health company CEO said for the radio yesterday … 

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constantly being terrorized?

It’s Time To Stop Terrorizing Our Children. Dale Lowdermilk — “Our children are constantly being terrorized with theoretical 500-year forecasts, based upon phantom science and, even worse, they’re being taught to mentally “shelter in place” whenever possible. This is not a recipe for long-term survival.” … “Prognosticators, strutting around as experts, tell us to obey their commands and have even suggested that failure to instill climate “stress” in our children is a form of child abuse by “proxy” and omission.”

Apparently, too much safety is never enough, even if it means producing nightmares (and years of therapy) for our children and those who think like children—cautiously striving, to protect everyone, from everything, at any cost.

What works? Vax, ventilate but don’t mask kids. Joanne Jacobs — ” Masking children, social distancing, hybrid schedules, plexiglass shields and HEPA filters have little or no effect on the spread of coronavirus.”

The Good News—A COVID-19 Update. Thomas T. Siler — “We have learned many good things that the media and our pandemic managers rarely report. Most fundamentally, we do not need to be afraid of COVID-19 anymore.” … “Globally, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.8%. Under the age of 70, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.97%. This is on par with many influenza seasons. Americans younger than 70 do not have to fear COVID-19 any more than influenza and we know how to protect the elderly.”

Can our pandemic managers take some of this useful information and transform it into helpful public health policies from this point forward? Or is there another agenda behind unending hysteria, fear, and the constant push for 100% vaccination? That remains to be seen.

US COVID-19 Tracker. Data from The New York Times, updated daily. (careful! – watch out for rates versus absolutes and other statistical interpretation issues)

 

 

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Keeping Fear Alive in the Long March

Keeping Fear Alive. John Tierney — “Reluctant to set the public free, policymakers and the public-health bureaucracy set unachievable and unnecessary goals.” … “Throughout the pandemic, American political and public-health leaders have been following Rahm Emanuel’s classic dictum for power-seeking officials: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Now they’ve adopted a corollary: you never want a crisis to end.”

Pandemic Panic Theater: Why All 14 ‘Gold Standard’ Randomized Controlled Trials of Face Masks have been Suppressed. Joseph Mercola — “The “arbiters of truth” in mainstream media, academia, and Big Tech have contorted the perceived reality so violently over the past two years that it’s no longer shocking when stories like these pop up.”

Canceling Rent is Canceling America. William Sullivan — “The government decreeing that I can’t legally and freely negotiate rent for the use of that property, or evict a tenant for refusal to pay, is the absolute nullification of my liberty and right to ownership of that property. ” … “What constitutional authority does the CDC have to take a sledgehammer to the very foundation of the American idea, you ask?  Well, none.  And we all know it, including the president and the CDC.”

The ABA’s Long March Continues. Mark Pulliam — “Nothing better exemplifies the Gramscian “long march through the institutions” than the role of the American Bar Association in transforming America’s legal establishment.”

Dead Superpower Walking. Mark Steyn — “The War on Terror began with men plunging to their deaths from the highest floors of skyscrapers hit by airplanes; it ended with men plunging to their deaths from the undercarriage of a US airplane taking off from what’s left of “Hamid Karzai International Airport”… “Wokeness is weakness, and diversity is where nations go to die.”

With That Staggering Figure, How Could You Not Question the 2020 Mail-In Voting Process. Matt Vespa — “are you shocked that there are millions of mail-in ballots that are just missing? They’re gone. Around 15 million votes cannot be accounted for. (via Daily Signal):”

 

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Burning Concerns. No Further Action?

Tucker Carlson sees coverup plot behind announcement FBI found little evidence of coordination among Jan. 6 demonstrators. Thomas Lifson — “After reviewing the months of the 180 degrees opposite narrative, put out by the FBI and broadcast by the progressive media, that an organized insurrection took place, he suggests a sinister motive behind the leaked story to Reuters.  “If there was organization going on, some of it came from the feds.” … “In my view, dropping the allegations of coordinated activity, aka, insurrection, from the charges would allow these unindicted co-conspirators to avoid being called as witnesses by those who otherwise might have been charged with crimes of conspiracy.”

“No Further Action Will Be Taken”: Officer Who Fatally Shot Ashli Babbitt Cleared of Any Wrongdoing By Capitol Police. Jonathan Turley — “Violent riots are unfortunately common today in cities ranging from Minneapolis to Portland to Washington. The use of live rounds however have never been authorized absent a particularized showing of a significant threat to an officer or others. Nothing in the announcement in the Babbitt case answers how such a showing was made by the officer. Will he media support local police using live ammunition to break up the next violent riot?”

Burning Concerns in a Post-Christian World. John Moses — “The intention is to draw attention to our Christian roots and show that the advance of secularism has marginalised the most crucial intellectual-spiritual-historical element in our civilisation.” … “Burning Concern” is an allusion to Pope Pius XI, who, in 1937, issued an encyclical, Mit brennender Sorge (that is, “with burning concern”) to the German Church when the Hitler regime was destroying the foundations of a humane and Christian order in the world to impose on society the yoke of the infernal Nazi ideology.”

Regardless of whether one adopts an agnostic, atheistic-humanist worldview, the fact is that the Judeo-Christian Bible remains the bedrock of our inheritance of the values of human decency. Even if God might be a “delusion” (as Richard Dawkins argues) New Testament ethics still forms the ineradicable base of Western culture. The question is why this should be significant at all, because there were thinkers well before Jesus of Nazareth who advocated the “golden rule” for the well-being of human society. The answer is that the ethics attributed to Jesus in the New Testament, in particular the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), have been sustained in the Church’s liturgy from where it has been passed down though the centuries to our own day.

The thrust of these essays is that Australians would do well to remember that the history of the West, and what we comprehend as “Christendom”, is a combination of Judeo-Greek-Roman heritage as it was absorbed into the Mediterranean world, eventually enveloping northern Europe and the European-occupied overseas territories around the globe. This is undeniable. Out of it was formed our civilisation. And why is that sacrosanct? Because it is unequivocally life-affirming (John 10:10, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly”). It is an affirmation for all humanity, not just the Jews who first heard it.

Human beings are autonomous and will decide for themselves whether there is any value in keeping alive the memory of Jesus of Nazareth. How they will assert the moral authority of the Gospel in a “world come of age” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) will be crucial. So the ball is in the court of the various hierarchies. The collection of essays in Heart to Heart is a welcome contribution from concerned Christian thinkers who deserve a fair hearing.

Church and State − Not Church versus State. Anthony J. DeBlasi — “As for the notion that opinions are all equal, it must be pointed out that if all opinions were equal, no opinion would be worth taking seriously.” … “In a democracy, where issues are settled by a vote of the majority, this is a huge deal. Cutting to the quick: Can a majority of voters be wrong? The honest answer, yes, resonates with Christians, remembering that a majority voted to crucify Christ.”

“In a chronically wicked world, as proven over and over again in history, wisdom is not a luxury but a necessity. That is why morality must inform the conduct of government and why the founders of this nation did not exclude Providential wisdom from the conduct of government.

Some will say that it’s retrograde and a waste of time to bring up what has passed and behind us when so much is now at stake. I say it is never too late to speak truthfully of what in the past has brought us to the present.

Trump’s Alabama rally gave us a powerful phrase for the ages. Andrea Widburg — “and that was his attack on the left’s obsession with “woke” values.”

“As always, it’s impossible to look at those enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands of people and to believe that Trump had fewer votes than Biden, the man who drew crowds in the tens. I’m certain that Biden received may be close to half of America’s votes, which is a truly shameful fact, but I’m equally certain that good, old-fashioned fraud is what popped him into the White House.

Nevada Judge Claims It’s Unconstitutional To Ban Re-Entry Into the Country After Deportation, Saying It Discriminates Against “Mexican and Latinx Individuals” Ace — “A Hawaiian judge serving in Nevada.” … “They want a borderless “country” and they don’t care how they get it.”

Conforting [sic] lies for social animals. Coach Red Pill — “The motive to lie to oneself can be incredibly strong.” … “We are social creatures. And we are self-deceiving creatures. We need our comforting lies, and in the right set of circumstances, we would have no trouble killing anyone who speaks the truth.”

Instapundit — Liberal Lawyer Freed Taliban Commando on Frontlines of Kabul Surge: Rebecca Dick won acclaim for defending terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. legal system problem is not just in the courts.

NY, LA and SF Just Committed Suicide; Is Vegas Next? The Suicide of America. Wayne Allyn Root — “Either Democrats are ignorant morons, or this is the final Democrat plan to destroy capitalism by putting every business owner out of business. After all, this is what socialists, Marxists, communists and globalist America-haters have been waiting their whole lives for.”

The Drooling Class. Clarice Feldman — “If you ever doubted that the country was in the hands of some very stupid and corrupt people, this week should have thoroughly disabused you of that fantasy.”

A Total Lack of Therapeutic Perspective. Phillip M. Altman — “Frustrated and at a loss to understand why a considerable and growing body of evidence in favour of the cheap, off-patent medication is being not merely ignored but actively rejected, Dr Phillip M. Altman, a veteran of the drug-testing and appraisal industry, wrote to Dr Elliott to demand “revised recommendations for the use of ivermectin within 14 days”. That letter is reproduced” … “Despite this, and in the absence of NCCET members’ personal experience in treating COVID-19 patients with ivermectin, the NCCET has selected in an arbitrary and imprecise manner a small number of published clinical trials (18) upon which to base its current negative recommendation for ivermectin use.”

The Sweden experiment: how no lockdowns led to better mental health, a healthier economy and happier schoolchildren. Richard Orange — “While Sweden’s decision to stay open throughout the pandemic generated international debate, the controversy passed most people in Sweden by.”the media support local police using live ammunition to break up the next violent riot?”

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Is this direction by intent or by a random walk?

Breaking: The Left’s January 6 Narrative Just Went Poof—FBI.  Steven Hayward – “the FBI has concluded that there was no conspiracy or coordinated effort behind the events at the Capitol on January 6:”

But we’ve been told that the events of January 6 were an “insurrection,” and the gravest threat to American democracy since the Civil War. And this narrative is the pretext for the Biden Administration to claim “domestic terrorism” is the single greatest security threat facing the country. And also the pretext for banning Trump from social media platforms because he incited the mess.

As with the Muller report on the 2016 election, don’t expect the left, and the media, to give up on their “insurrection” narrative easily.

CRT: America’s Cultural Revolution. Scott S. Powell — “Nowhere is the abuse of power in directing government manpower and spending more blatant than in the Biden administration’s promotion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) training throughout all federal government agencies.” … “When things make no sense, one simply has to dig deeper to find out what’s going on.” … “What is most astonishing about the CRT project is that it shows how gullible and out of touch so many liberal elite administrators and officers are and how disrespectful they are toward the vast majority of people they oversee and serve.”

American Armageddon. Victor Davis Hanson — “What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life.” … “For the first time in their lives, all Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their families’ safety and the American way of life.”

The Afghanistan Debacle is Exactly What the Left Wanted. Christopher Skeet — “the left doesn’t consider the fall of Kabul and the betrayal of our allies to be a tragedy.  Rather, this is deliberate foreign policy strategy, and it’s right on track. … The pattern is clear for those who wish to see.”

Biden Can’t Escape Blame for Afghanistan Fiasco. Victor Davis Hanson — “No sooner did Biden claim he was straitjacketed by Trump than he reversed course to defend not just his own withdrawal but the disastrous manner of it. Biden claims that he has no free will while insisting he would have done nothing differently if he did.”

Another DeSantis ‘Scandal’ Implodes. Guy Benson — “The implication that DeSantis did something underhanded here to benefit a donor is precisely as well-supported as the claim that he distributed vaccines at Publix as a reward for a modest political donation – which is to say, not at all supported.” … “Predictably, the AP reporter (who was given all of this information before his piece was published), is now playing the victim card because some online jerks allegedly overreacted to his hit piece and made indefensible threats.”

The doctor-patient relationship has become transactional. It can lead to disastrous consequences. Michael McCutchen — “Instead of paying for a doctor’s medical opinion, we pay a fee for the doctor to prescribe the medication or order the test we think we need.” He misses how Medicare works which often is a ‘follow the recipe – or else’ but does seem to malign patient self education efforts.

Where The Sun Don’t Shine: Climate Alarmists’ Thinking. I & I Editorial Board — “scientific findings are no deterrent to predatory politicians.” … “Virulent though it might be, Trump Derangement Syndrome is hardly the mental health menace that Carbon Obsession Disorder has been for decades” … “The conclusion we can’t escape is that climate science, like all other science, is not settled, and to argue it is is downright unscientific. ”

It Turns Out All Those Plastic COVID Barriers Might Have Made Things Worse. Spencer Brown — “Put up with the aim of blocking droplets from the noses and mouths of the COVID-infected among us, they became a sort of virtue signal for businesses to show that they cared about the safety of their customers and employees.” … “the science is starting to catch up with the craze and it turns out those measures may have actually increased the chances of people contracting the Wuhan coronavirus.”

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The Commodification of Human Relationships

Afghanistan’s Tragic Collapse And The Death Of U.S. Influence. I & I Editorial Board — “It’s one thing to lose a war intentionally, quite another to botch it so badly that it damages our relations around the world.” … “It’s time for some accountability and a restoration of our ability to defend ourselves and our interests in a hostile world.”

The Afghanistan Debacle Has Exposed The Moral Bankruptcy Of The West. John Daniel Davidson — “In the face of actual violence from real terrorists, the best our tech and media elite can do is mutter inane platitudes.” … “All of this speaks to the corruption and ineptitude of American political and military leadership” … “In other words, they do not really believe the things they say about rights, equality, and dignity. They are morally bereft. That’s why, when confronted by the bloody moral absolutism of the Taliban, they sputter nonsense and do nothing.”

Leftists Are Living In A Fantasy World While Burning The Real One To The Ground. Nathanael Blake — “Adding extreme social leftism to the usual political greed and stupidity has been catastrophic, from the military to education to border security.”

Money, Power, and Revenge: The Truth About “Critical Race Theory”. Dan Backer — “Where Dr. King saw a world of equals, CRT envisions only victims and vengeance. Where Dr. King called upon Americans to see the content of each others’ character, CRT calls for acts of theater and human sacrifices to cancel culture. Where Dr. King offered equality before the law — the only true, objective equality — CRT proposes only “equity,” the subjective decisions of petty tyrants over who gets what, when, and how.” … “Today more than ever, we must stand united in rejecting hatred and division — no matter the fancy new label ”

No Standard, No Problem. Randy Boudreaux — “Equity is equality of outcome among racial and ethnic groups. Recently, the pursuit of equity in education, criminal justice, and in the professions has resulted in an impressive string of victories.” … “Standards are also under siege in many professions.” … “Those who advocate equality of group outcomes over objective standards applied equally to individuals are likely emboldened by their impressive string of standard-killing victories.”

I’m Not Going To Wear A Mask In A County Where No One Is Dying Of COVID. Kylee Zempel — “Wearing a mask to ‘save lives’ even though nobody is dying from COVID is on caliber with calling a man ‘she’ because he playacts as a woman.” … “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being ordered to do something absurd and being helpless against it.”

For a year and a half, well-meaning Americans have complied with anti-science executive decisions and been scorned when they merely disagreed with the conventional wisdom pouring out of the corporate press. Each time, lawmakers and bureaucrats weaponized private businesses to do their dirty work, ordering them to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing and to keep the peasants in line.
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It’s way beyond time to reclaim truth and live according to our principles, not someone else’s lies. We must refuse to wear a mask in counties where nobody is dying from COVID. Today, that’s Dane County. Tomorrow, it could be wherever you live.

New Confirmation that Climate Models Overstate Atmospheric Warming. Judith Curry — “Two new peer-reviewed papers from independent teams confirm that climate models overstate atmospheric warming and the problem has gotten worse over time, not better.” … “we are all living with the consequences of climate modelers stubbornly using generation after generation of models that exhibit too much surface and tropospheric warming, in addition to running grossly exaggerated forcing scenarios”

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Now? Here’s a Scorcher of a Reality Check. Eric Felten — “Mass doesn’t dispute warming, he merely questions how big a problem it is. “We need to worry about climate change,” he has said. “But hype and exaggeration of its impacts only undermine the potential for effective action.”

Climate Hype Hurts the Environment and Undermines Our Society. Cliff Mass — “I have become increasingly apprehensive about apocalyptic climate change hype, which is profoundly damaging the environment of our region and undermining the well-being of many.”

 

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An inexhaustible reservoir of Americophilia?

The Propaganda War (And How To Fight It), Part II. CJ Hopkins [The Consent Factory] — “Fanatical New Normals, furious at being shown the faces of the people they are demonizing, are shrieking insults, death wishes, threats, mockery, and other vitriolic abuse at us, and demanding that the authorities censor us, and desperately attempting to disappear us by adding the hashtag to random gibberish.”

Fools, meet the evil you elected. Terry Paulding — “wake the bleep up.  Pay attention!  Your own kids’ future may just depend on you exercising your brain to look at more than the next cute animal video, Insta-picture, or Facebook post.”

‘A Pitiful, Helpless Giant’. Conrad Black — “The more serious and recurrent the failures and humiliations of the Biden Administration, the more China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea will push and provoke America and its allies. Americans should be in no doubt that with the fall of Kabul, the world, which has become rather tired of American leadership anyway and is not an inexhaustible reservoir of Americophilia, will, at least for a time, be mindlessly consolable in believing that “the land of the free and the home of the brave” has indeed become “a pitiful, helpless giant.”

End Of Empire? Mark Wauk — “The origins of our problems actually pre-date the rise of America as a world power–you can trace those origins certainly to the progressive era that began in the late 19th century when our ruling elite embraced the German ideal of government by science inspired “experts”.

Is This The Hill To Die On? Chuck Dinerstein — “The pushback over mask mandates has been fierce. It’s been portrayed in the media as another skirmish in the political and cultural wars. And while there’s an element of truth to that, framing all of the COVID controversies as political can lead us very much astray.” starts out poorly with the binary fallacy to equate both sides of the issue without respect to evidence on the table.

The FDA Must Not Hastily Grant Final Approval for the Covid-19 Vaccine. Steve McCann — “Based on ongoing research and actual experience with these drugs, there should be a significant slow-down in the approval process and a suspension in the mass vaccination program until all data is fully investigated without undue political influence.”

Do 5.3 Billion Cell Phone Users Need To Worry? Susan Goldhaber — a takedown of another FUD mongering study.

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Coercion and the Rule of Law

A Brief History of the Assault on Conservatives as ‘Violent Extremists’. Janet Levy — “The assault on conservative Americans began several decades ago with attacks on traditional principles and values. Belief in individual liberty and responsibility, free enterprise, and the rule of law was willfully conflated with “right-wing extremism.” Pride in America, a desire to protect our borders, and opposition to illegal immigration were branded as xenophobic. Championing the constitutional right to bear arms was decried as gun-crazed zealotry. Belief in religion, natural law, and the sanctity of human life was maligned as backward and anachronistic.”

This is worse than Saigon. Brendan O’Neil — ‘America’s humiliation in Afghanistan confirms that the woke West is utterly incapable of standing up for itself.” … “above even the political and military incoherence of the American empire, there is the corrosive cultural dynamic.” … “This was always the West’s problem in Afghanistan: it lacked faith in the very values it claimed to be delivering to that benighted country.”

What’s in Store for the Women of Afghanistan. Mark Powell — “If so-called progressives are  true to form, they will gloss over these actions as not representing “true Islam” but of militant extremists. This is anything but the case. What follows is a ten-point summary of what the religion of Islam actually teaches.”

Watching Human Rights Watch. William D. Rubinstein — “a component of the “woke” American Left, now engaged in a kind of left-wing imperialism. The contemporary Left has replaced class war with race war and sexuality war and, one must fear, with the same aim: the destruction of existing institutions.”

Yes, the resistance is growing. Will it be on time? Robert Knight — “Frustrated by the board’s tin ear, Fight for Schools.com, which is leading a petition drive to recall six board members, held an “alternative” board meeting so citizens could air their views.” … “Thank God for these brave souls who are not taking it anymore. Dividing children by obsessing on race is criminal.”

From Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

Vaccinations, Coercion and the Rule of Law. Augusto Zimmermann & Gabriël Moens — “the ‘rule of law’ has perennially been described as a concept that essentially seeks to protect citizens against unpredictable and arbitrary interferences with their personal interests. ” … “ONE of the most frustrating things surrounding the contentious vaccine debate is the existence of many different and inconsistent opinions and advice.”

The scientific case against masks. Everett Piper — “Arnold Schwarzenegger should stick to making ‘Terminator’ movies … when you take the time to read a bit, you quickly discover that this mask-shaming from America’s intelligentsia is – well, how should say this scientifically? – Stupid.”

 

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Overreach and humiliation. Poppycock?

A Media-Fueled Covid Scandal in Broward County Is Killed by Facts. Brad Slager — “Broward is a deeply blue county to begin with, and the local papers especially have been antagonistic — or hostile, even — towards the governor.” … “Consider elsewhere in the press where a solitary source would come forward with a claim — and they just run with the story, absent any exploration.” … “During a viral crisis, this kind of behavior is enough to make one sick.”

Hottest Month? Poppycock!. Charles Rotter — “disgraceful reporting by the BBC (complete with a disgusting use of a photo of the Turkish wildfires)” … “Meanwhile, back in the real world, July temperature anomalies even according to NOAA themselves are well below the peaks of 2015 and 2016, and barely higher than they were two decades ago:” … “And the claim that they know the world’s temperature to one hundredth of a degree is ridiculous.”

The Scale of Humiliation. Mark Steyn — “The scale of America’s global humiliation is so total that I see my friends at Fox News cannot even bear to cover it.” … “On the leftie side, of course, the court eunuchs have risen as one to protect the Dementia Kid, and are working as hurriedly as the Kabul document-shredders in an effort to figure out a way to blame it all on Trump.” … “As for the enemy, the good news is that if your regime is attacked by America you’ll likely wind up with even more territory than you started with”

“Harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend”: a devastating indictment, and entirely correct. But it neglects the ultimate reality: the bungling superpower can inflict defeat only on itself.

The Great Parent Revolt. Katharine C. Gorka — “As overreach in classrooms by progressive school administrators, nonprofits and the federal government has reached new heights, parents are stepping up to fight back.” … “The bottom line is that education in America will likely never be the same, thanks to the Great Parent Revolt of 2021, and that’s good news.”

 

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It;s noisy. Fuzzy input means fuzzy diagnosis and conclusion

Exculpatory evidence is being hidden from those arrested for January 6th activities. neo — “The legal machinations illustrative of the prosecution of many of the January 6th defendants is demonstrated in the case of Cuoy Giffin.”

“We on the right have long known, through early reports from news outlets and blogs on the right that showed amateur videos about the January 6th incursion, that a lot of people were let into the Capitol that day, acted like tourists and were treated like tourists, and then left of their own volition. But if this information ever comes out in court, it probably will be news to our liberal friends – if they even hear about it then.

Dept of Homeland Security Makes Official U.S. Government Announcement, If You Question Govt COVID Response You are Considered A Domestic Violent Extremist. Sundance — “This is quite a remarkable development and seems to underpin the tenuous, unstable and fragile disposition of the current regime.  The Department of Homeland Security seems rather paranoid in their need to label anyone who would question the COVID-19 response.  More than half the country would now be defined as dissidents and domestic terrorists within their our homeland.  Think about that.”

‘Case’: Another semantic Trojan Horse. Leann Horrocks — “In our new world of pandemic panic porn, it is important to remember that the word “case” is not a term of art.  It is not a medical term or a legal term.  It is just another word with a broad meaning that has been commandeered by people who want to control you.”

Do Masks Work? A Review Of The Evidence. Jeffrey Anderson [via City-Journal.org] — “The best available scientific evidence suggests that the American people, credulously trusting their public-health officials, have been blocking the door to the soul without blocking the transmission of the novel coronavirus.”

Good Medicine Requires Second Opinions. Barry Brownstein — “Judgements about Covid have been noisy. During the pandemic forecasts for the spread of Covid, the impact of masks, lockdowns, and other measures has been consistently wrong. This is not a surprise. As Kahneman reports, most forecasts are not reliable.” … “During this pandemic, open-mindedness, self-criticism, and the gathering and synthesizing of perspectives have been actively resisted.”

“The medical profession is noisy; we should not expect infallibility. We should not expect people to agree. We should value active open-mindedness to challenge the orthodoxy and promote discovery. …  In matters of health, competition and second opinions lead to better medicine.

D.C. Sued Over Use Of Stun Grenades and Chemicals Against Reporters in Racial Justice Protests. Jonathan Turley — “The media effectively buried the story despite flogging a false narrative against former Attorney General Bill Barr for over a year in non-stop coverage.” … “The false account was debunked by the Inspector General report.”

“The city is being sued for precisely what Barr and others were accused of in literally hundreds of major articles for a year. Academics and reporters declared the tactics to be an assault on democracy and press freedom. Now, there is largely the familiar sound of crickets from a press corp that increasingly acts like a de facto state media.

The Four Horsemen of the Biden Apocalypse. Jeff Crouere — “the border invasion, the economic catastrophe, the assault on our families, and the use of the COVID plague to eliminate our constitutional rights.”

Reality Bites Biden’s Policies. Clarice Feldman — “Wretchard summarizes Biden’s challenging week and notes the challenges are going to get even bigger”

If you remember Saigon 1975. Silvio Canto, Jr. — “In a few days, we may see the Taliban flag over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  What a way to remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11!  Once again, we defeated the enemy, stayed for a while, and then handed them the victory they couldn’t win on the field.”

Obama Lies, Cashill Corrects. Theodore S. Williams — “My pessimism is exacerbated by unrelenting destruction of the historical record of Democrats’ formerly defended racist acts and crime in the destruction of statues “associated” with slavery, oddly enough removing some of the worst Democrat offenders in history from public view.  But one can only hope and stay the course.”

Notable First Amendment News. Mark Wauck — “Two ongoing cases may be too early to say whether the law will change, simply because the press misbehavior may have been so egregious that even under past kid gloves treatment it went too far. Still, the prospect of both the NYT and the WaPo being deposed and subjected to wide ranging discovery is delicious to contemplate.”

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Forget the argument, examine the psychology

Cato, The Supreme Court, And Biden’s Sellout of Property Rights. Gary M. Galles — “As important as this issue is, I believe that focusing the discussion around whether the moratorium extension was constitutional, as currently interpreted, acts to tone down the crucial importance of the principle being violated — private property — and therefore the width of the abyss between that long-established principle of defensible government action and what was done.” … “what is at stake is not merely an intellectual exercise or inter-party dispute, but as “Cato’s Letters” make clear, it is at the heart of what defines America.”

Build. Alex Tabarrok — “The excellent Eli Dourado in the NYTimes: “How did the most dynamic country on the planet become so sclerotic? We did it to ourselves. We enacted laws that privilege the status quo at the expense of change and progress. We liberally passed out veto rights to anyone with the money and wherewithal to hire a lawyer. If we want to reverse the damage and create a more prosperous future, we must make it easy to build.” … “This is also a good opportunity to plug Ezra Klein’s excellent interview with Jerusalem Demsas, How Blue Cities Became So Outrageously Unaffordable.”

The Mischaracterisation of Conservatism. Kevin Donnelly — “An inheritance drawing on unique concepts such as the inherent dignity of the person, equality and freedom for all, popular sovereignty, free will and a commitment to social justice and the common good.  An inheritance that has evolved over thousands of years that must be nurtured, conserved and never taken for granted.”

This should be hailed, and yet there is mostly silence from the elites. Tyler Cowen — “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a new state treatment plan to help fight COVID-19, announcing Thursday that the state will start dispensing Regeneron monoclonal antibodies through mobile clinics…” — what is notable in both the original report and in some of this links comments is the moral preening, condescension, name calling, hubris, etc.

The problem with climate change politics. Alasdair Macleod — “It is time for a reality check, because on flimsy evidence climate policy is becoming overtly economically destructive, more so than any other statist intervention, outside monetary policy, in peacetime.” … “A prejudice which is little examined is why establishments frequently stick to conviction while denying reasonable debate. There are many fields of government where this is demonstrably true, climate change being one of them.”

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multi-hysteria complex

January 6 political prisoners deserve much more outrage than they’re getting. David Zukerman — “Hundreds, yes hundreds of Trump-supporters at the Capitol have been held for seven months without trial.  Other than a timid protest by a few conservative House Republicans, this writer is unaware of demands that these political detainees — how otherwise to explain their detention by Biden’s attorney general Garland (and thank the Almighty he was not put on the Supreme Court) — be given a fair and speedy trial?”

Texas Supreme Court Lifts Restraining Order Protecting Democratic Legislators from Arrest. Jonathan Turley — “The decision has not only exposed the Democrats to arrest but it has exposed another claim of bias against the PolitiFact, which lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tx) who claimed that the legislature clearly had the authority to order such arrests.”

Texas fleebagger avoids arrest for now – judge grants writ of habeas corpus. Karen Townsend — “in case you think this is a serious fight, think again. It’s all about fundraising and political showmanship.”

Time To Impeach Texas Judges Enabling State Democrats To Flout The Law. Chuck DeVore — “Two Texas state judges weighed into the affairs of the legislature and effectively appointed themselves speaker of the House, all for the sake of misbehaving Democrats.”

A first: Judge delivers a blow to Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in schools with temporary restraining order. Karen Townsend — “the mayor and the county judge requested a restraining order, and Judge Arteaga, just hours later, granted it. She cited the urgency of a timely decision as the school year is beginning.” … “For the record, Governor Abbott isn’t telling anyone to not wear a mask. He is simply saying that people shouldn’t be under government mandates to do so. It’s your choice to do so or not.”

Climate Scientists Admit Exaggerated Warming. Vijay Jayaraj and E. Calvin Beisner — “Last week, a group of scientists sent shock waves through the climate-science community. They boldly pointed out that current climate models exaggerate greenhouse warming.”

Don Boudreaux — several more links to columns about climate hysteria.

 

 

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A Council of Kings

The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.

How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.
A Council of Kings
How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”

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Do we feel fine? (Or are we quaking in our boots?)

It’s the end of the world as the IPCC knows it, and we feel fine. Washington Examiner — “There is no consensus that Earth is doomed by global warming. And there won’t be such a consensus, no matter how much the authors of the report’s summary choose to hype things up with alarming language.” … “You wouldn’t know it from the media coverage, but neither the data in the new IPCC report nor science as a whole endorses the logical fallacy that every adverse weather event we see is a consequence of rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. ” … “Fortunately, there is no scientific basis for any of these dire predictions. And just as fortunately, the discerning reader has by now learned to tune out most news reports about climate change.”

Gaslighting: The Psychology Of Shaping Another’s Reality. Cynthia Chung [via The Saker Blog] — “We are living in a world where the degree of disinformation and outright lying has reached such a state of affairs that, possibly for the first time ever, we see the majority of the western world starting to question their own and surrounding level of sanity.”

Latest developments in the prosecution of January 6 defendants. Clarice Feldman — “Prosecutors in the cases against the January 6 demonstrators are starting to run into some  judicial pushback: Questions about exculpatory evidence in their possession not  turned over as the law demands, lower courts assessing the defendant as more dangerous than the evidence warranted, and most significantly, whether the prosecution is overcharging defendants with the federal crime of obstruction.”

Pelosi’s Contemptible Fraud. Conrad Black — “Surely when this nauseating and redundant slanderfest bombs out, unreasoning Trump-hate will be a harder sell.” … “It is inconceivable that Pelosi’s one-party Star Chamber, pre-confected smear job of the former administration will produce anything of any probative value.” … “The almost complete absence of integrity and responsibility of the American national political and social media is a national crisis.”

Teachers Unions Exposed To Anti-SLAPP Punitive Claim For Suing Mom Nicole Solas Over Critical Race Records. William A. Jacobson — “The lawsuit by Rhode Island affiliates of the National Education Association against South Kingstown mom Nicole Solas may turn out to be a historic mistake by the teachers unions, exposing them to punitive damages and discovery under the anti-SLAPP statute.”

Gavin Newsom will lose the California Recall Vote [Dave in Fla]. “I said vote, not election, you tiresome overused stinky sock.” … “The Democrats have their work cut out for them. The way they win statewide elections is to assume that they will get a decent vote share out of the ethnic districts in the Central Valley and from the LA suburbs to offset the losses they get in San Diego and Orange County. And in recent years they haven’t even been losing in those areas because Independent and 3rd party voters are voting for the Democrat.”

 

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Let’s be clear about this

They Let Us Down and It’s Hard to Trust Them Again. Andrew W. Coy — “As we grow up, age and mature, we come to think that there are some that we can count on to call it straight.  We can count on umpires to be neutral arbitrators of the strike zone.  We thought we could rely on the Supreme Court to judge all laws, all ideas, all thoughts, all regulations, and all speech according to the U.S. Constitution.  We thought scientists would pursue the truth.”

The Rage Orchestrating the Transformation of America. Michael Walsh — “Our present, parlous state has not happened by accident or inanition. Rather, it has been meticulously planned, step by step, for the better part of a century. One by one the bricks in the wall, laid by our Founders and pointed up ever since by patriots of both parties who took their responsibilities as custodians of their birthright solemnly and seriously, have been removed: faith, tradition, and the Constitution itself.”

Biden’s Six Months In Office Have Us On The Road To Communism. Frank Liberato — “Capitalism, with all its warts and pimples, is the way people organize themselves of their own volition. It is economic freedom. Socialism and its children – communism and fascism — can only be foisted on a population through tyrannical coercion and brute force.”

Canceling the Constitution: Biden Hailed for Violating Rule of Law to Extend Eviction Moratorium. J. Turley — “there is usually some good-faith underlying disagreement in controversies like impeachment. This is not such a case. I fail to see the credible basis for telling a President that the CDC can use the same authority that five justices just declared it did not have. … Biden is not a first-time offender.”

Don Boudreaux COVID Links — In today’s Wall Street Journal, Drs. Marty Makary and H. Cody Meissner make the case against masking children. — Here’s Joel Zinberg on the CDC’s new mask ‘guidance.’ — Mary McGreechin decries the incivility and quotidian evil unleashed by Covid Derangement Syndrome. and more.

Pants On Fire: U.N. Issues Another Climate ReportI & I Editorial Board — “The hysterical responses to the Summary for Policymakers from the ​​Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report were exactly what we expected.” … “To better understand what the U.N. and its political and media allies are up to, let’s backtrack to a previous climate report.

“So much of the so-called science the IPCC created was to amplify the threat of human-produced CO2 to global warming,” Ball wrote. “The political mandate was the ultimate arbiter of what and how an issue was included.”

When Ball wrote that six years ago, he wondered “how long the IPCC can stay in business and continue to push” its “totally discredited” hypothesis that man is warming his planet. The 2021 report unfortunately indicates that the answer might be “forever.”

The Vaccine: Experimental Times TwoHuck Davenport — “If you don’t think vaccines are one of the great achievements of Western Civilization, just take a walk through a 19th-century cemetery and witness the reality of the human condition before them.” … “It should be no wonder CDC’s VAERS site reports over 1000 cases of myocarditis, 600 miscarriages, 15,000 allergic reactions, and 5,000 deaths. What is a wonder is why the government is illegally colluding with Big Tech to suppress any word of this from getting out.

 

 

 

 

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