Archive for May, 2022

You will have fear as it is my tool to control you

Victor Davis Hanson: A Cabinency Of Dunces. Victor Davis Hanson — “As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, debate rages whether President Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country’s mess is his success…” — “one area of agreement is the sheer craziness of Biden’s cabinet appointments, who have translated his incoherent ideology into catastrophic governance” — “We don’t know why or how such an unimpressive cadre ended up running the government, only that they are here and the American people are suffering from their presence”

School shootings are horrible — and very rare — Joanne Jacobs — “Terrifying parents and children is not useful” — “What’s increasing and is out of control is the epidemic of fear,” says James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University who has been tracking these events for decades

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Damn the cost! (or at least pretend it doesn’t exist)

Stolen Elections: A Tale of Two D.C. Courtrooms. Julie Kelly —  “Regardless of the verdicts for Sussmann and Hale, it’s increasingly clear Americans continue to live in two separate and unequal systems of government”

Why The Jury Should Convict Michael Sussmann Of Lying To The FBI, But Probably Won’t. Margot Cleveland — “The evidence prosecutors elicited from witnesses over the last two weeks provides overwhelming proof of Sussmann’s guilt”

The truth about the Russia Hoax is oozing out at the Sussmann trial. Ron F. Hale — “Certain lies are diabolically powerful. They are a malicious mixture of half-truths, the charismatic personality of the liar, and the work of unseen forces making the lie desirable”

There were WMDs in Iraq. Bob Ryan — “Between the Democrats, the media who serve as their propagandist, and those who have an irrational hatred of George W. Bush, there has been a refusal to give up the lie that nothing was found in Iraq”

We’re witnessing a destructive political machine at work. Terry Paulding — “It’s a sad thing that once-wonderful places to live have been so degraded.  We feel a force — a machine — pushing those changes, but we cannot see the machine itself”

When no one steps up to deal with violence and insanity. John Sexton —  “it could easily have gone differently. At what point would the men on the train have decided they’d seen enough and pin him to the floor?”

A tale of two Texas towns. John P. Kuchta, Jr. — “I am going to compare and contrast the attacks that both Uvalde and Garland endured, separated by just over seven years, with vastly different outcomes.”

The Trouble With Do-Somethingism on Guns, by David Harsanyi | Creators Syndicate — “Rather than focusing on these tangible entry points for potentially useful legislation, instead of proposing ideas on better identifying shooters before they act, instead of thinking about how schools could be structurally safer, instead of debating the efficacy of putting more cops in schools — and none of these are panaceas, mind you — Senate Democrats were busy dunking on Republicans for failing to support bills that have absolutely zero to do with mass shootings.”

Democrats Are Blatantly Stopping School Safety Measures to Create Anti-Republican Narratives. Brandon Morse — “The cacophony of “do something” was heard by Republicans” … “Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics, and for every game they play, more lives are put at risk”

Opposing DEI. Henry Kopel — “DEI advocates seem blind to the historical reality of humanity’s long and painful efforts to rise above our ancient, hard-wired tendencies towards tribal, “us-vs-them” division and violence. The flawed DEI teaching model would send us back down that violent rabbit hole. It should be opposed by all supporters of pluralistic liberal democracy, regardless of one’s race, creed, color, or political affiliation.”

The Day the Electricity Died. Frank Lasee.– “Don’t embrace large-scale wind and solar unless you’re happy to suffer increasingly frequent, widespread, and prolonged power outages—and the deaths and other losses they cost.”

 

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Laugh off?

‘Republicans For Biden’ Owe The Nation — Heck, The World — An Apology – “Back then, they were lauded as heroes by the establishment. Today, everyone knows the truth.”

Joe Biden and Racial Demagoguery — Victor Davis Hanson — “the hypocrisy on race simply follows the hard-left double-standards on a host of issues” … “the Left applies different standards to its own” … “The idea of America has always tried to overcome innate, deeper, and darker human impulses, especially the tic to identify by race, religion, and tribe. That is the historical virus that once unleashed, infects and destroys a society”


Don’t laugh off the left’s attempts to change history – 
 Blaine L. Pardoe — “A nation that alters its history to fit current imaginary social constructs is doomed” … ” History is not a plaything for politicians with narratives to fulfill.  History exists for us to learn from.  Lying about it, altering its context, and attempting to change it for nefarious reasons will ultimately tear this country apart”

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Funny how that works – predictable antics

Watergate in the balance – Scott Johnson — “As a candidate with no government power, Hillary Clinton seems to have lacked the resources Nixon thought he could draw on. Yet the Clinton campaign successfully defamed candidate Trump, compromised or paralyzed his presidency, and did real damage to the United States. The sinister role of the prestige press in retailing the Russia hoax deserves special mention. It helps to have the press in bed with you.”

Tale of Two Trials: How Sussmann is Receiving Every Consideration Denied to Flynn – JONATHAN TURLEY — “Whereas Flynn’s prosecution was a no-holds-barred affair, Sussmann’s prosecution has been undermined by a series of unfavorable rulings by the court” … “While the judge in Flynn’s case was eager to remove obstacles from the prosecution’s path, the judge in Sussmann’s case seems to have created a virtual obstacle course for Durham.”

What does hate get you? – H.P. Smith — “We are in this mess because the Left once again has showed their true colors.  The accepting, caring and tolerant Left reaffirmed that they are indeed none of the above, and that they are actually fueled almost exclusively by hatred”

Elongate — John Hinderaker — “A woman has made a hearsay allegation against Elon Musk” … “Funny how that works: no one needed to know any of this until Musk undertook to buy Twitter and turn it into a free speech zone”

Climate Risk and Wall Street Meet Cancel Culture — Steven Hayward — “Stuart Kirk, head of “responsible investing” for HSBC, gave a presentation at a Financial Times “Live Moral Money Summit Europe” a few days ago in which he shredded the climatista claim about financial climate risk.” … “Needless to say, you can’t say this! And so the predictable has happened:”

The Collapse of Trust – Allan J. Feifer — “The issue at play now is that the majority of Americans have lost trust in our ability to govern and also, whether our leaders are even telling us the truth or are we simply being manipulated?” … “We have arrived at a point that appears intentional. The utter disregard for breaking the sacred bond between ordinary Americans and their leadership, fealty to the principles and practices of a nation that has stood for good, stood for a better tomorrow, and been that beacon of hope to the entire world is now in doubt.”

 

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What some do to win

The bullying of America – Bob Weir — “When are conservatives going to fight back against the violence of the left?  It’s glaringly obvious that the radicals in the Democrat party are using tactics that put many people in fear of physical assault or damage to their property.”

The Demented – and Selective – Game of Instantly Blaming Political Opponents For Mass Shootings – Glenn Greenwald — “All ideologies spawn psychopaths who kill innocents in its name. Yet only some are blamed for their violent adherents: by opportunists cravenly exploiting corpses while they still lie on the ground.”

The New Racial Hatred – D.F. Mulder — “America has truly reached Soviet levels of mass delusion and absurdity. The official lines on the most important subjects of the day are not just inconsistent with reality, they are the complete inversion of it.” … “Violence and radicalism are increasingly inevitable given the dishonesty of our bottomlessly corrupt ruling class. Resistance is inevitable. It seems everyone intelligent knows something is horribly amiss in America today. After all, how much nonsense can a people really tolerate?”

What it means that Hillary Clinton did it – David Zukerman — “The harm done to the United States by the perfidy of the Clintonistas cannot be overemphasized.” … “Never in the history of this Republic have so many citizens been so ill-served by so many “elitists” in government and the media.”

CNN’s Eye is on the Sparrow – Clarice Feldman — “while these FBI agents (and others who colluded with Clinton) in this nefarious scheme would appear to be reasonable targets of the Special Prosecutor, as long as partisan judges in the District of Columbia continue to condone sociopathic behavior by their party through biased rulings that make successful prosecution iffy, that next step — or any other by the prosecutor — is problematic.”

Hillary Factor: Evidence now shows false Russia collusion story began and ended with Clinton —  John Solomon — “under cross-examination by Special Counsel John Durham’s team, Mook was forced to concede two extraordinary facts” … “The evidence is now complete that Hillary Clinton was at the beginning and the end of the Russia collusion false story. – History will now add it to her biography of scandal, a three-decade legacy that includes the Whitewater S&L scandal, the White House travel office firings, the China fundraising scandal, the subpoenaed law firm records secreted away in the White House residence and the pay-to-play schemes of the Clinton Foundation.”

Dems Interfere in NV GOP Primary to Stop Trump-Backed Candidate — Jordan Dixon-Hamilton — “Democrat super PACs are posing as Republicans and spending millions of dollars in Nevada’s Republican gubernatorial primary in an attempt to prevent former President Donald Trump’s pick, Joe Lombardo, from becoming the GOP nominee.” … “these two examples in Nevada are just part of a broader nationwide Democrat strategy of meddling in GOP primaries ahead of the November midterm elections, where many pundits expect them to get trounced”

Can Adults No Longer Consent? — John Hinderaker — “Consent is no longer enough. The latest case in point is that of David Sabatini, said to be one of the world’s greatest scientists. His career has been derailed because a former lover has now turned on him. It is a sad story, certainly for Sabatini and maybe for the rest of us, as his cancer research is among the world’s most promising. Sabatini was forced out of MIT and his career has been downhill from there”

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The evil drift

Liberalism and the Problem of Evil – Philip Ahlrich — “Political evil is a contagion of psychological immaturity, self-delusion, and counterfeit justification, and its virus has spread throughout America’s liberal ruling class.”

When You Label Half of the Country Racist… – Blaine L. Pardoe — “Overnight, anyone who had conservative values and voted Republican was complicit in mass murder and carried the taint of being called a racist… or so the Left hoped.”

The Democrats’ push for reparations will only make things worse – Kathleen Brush — “Under the guise of remedying historical sins, the government is stoking racial divisions at every corner” … “The government’s failure to contemplate the combined impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Great Society (1964–1965) counts among the grossest acts of U.S. government negligence.”

“The national alarm should be sounding over the racialization of medical school education” — William A. Jacobson — “At least 39 of America’s 50 most prestigious medical colleges and universities have some form of mandatory student training or coursework on ideas related to critical race theory (CRT), according to CriticalRace.org, which monitors CRT curricula and training in higher education” — also see Critical Race Theory has infected 80% of the top U.S. medical schools – American Thinker.

The Leftward Drift of the Legal Profession is Cause for Concern – Mike LaChance — “lawyers are no longer primarily the allies of commercial classes, as they were in the early republic, but instead the technocrats and enablers of regulation and redistribution” … “The transformation of the legal profession marks a fundamental change in American democracy”

In seeking to demean Trump, The Wall Street Journal demeans itself – David Zukerman – “No good will come of the effort.” … “Whoever is in charge of the Capitol Police, it is not the president.  Clearly, Congress, not the president — if the USA Today article is correct — had the responsibility to move to stop the tumult. ”

 

 

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The fog of corruption in justice

The big guys are after the defenseless.

Judge Amit Mehta’s Kangaroo Court › “Mehta is not the only judge on the D.C. District Court to express open contempt for Trump and his supporters—but he is by far the most powerful.” … “the powerless Americans before him have no relief in sight”

The Internal Revenue (Election Rigging) Service – “While the IRS makes it harder for you to get your refunds, Black Lives Matter is not the only sketchy Democrat-controlled election-rigging outfit whose tax-exempt status the IRS has not looked into.” … “On the one hand, they tied the hands of the Tea Party, on the other, they put on blinders to the patent corruption of the BLM and Zuckerberg-funded outfits.”

The Public Health Prophet We Did Not Heed — “Donald Henderson, who died in 2016, was a giant in the field of epidemiology and public health. He was also a man whose prophetic warnings from 2006 we chose to ignore in March of 2020” … “We instead forged ahead with lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and the rest. When faced with covid, we rejected time-tested principles of public health and embraced instead the untested biosecurity model. We are now living in the aftermath of this choice.”

 

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Cheesed off?

Imagine the Unimaginable – VDH – “Americans are now entering uncharted, revolutionary territory. They may witness things over the next five months that once would have seemed unimaginable.” … “Remember all these catastrophes are self-induced. They are choices, not fate.”

There Will Be Blood – “Progressive activists have long fallen on the tactic of resorting to violence, destruction, and even bloodshed to get their points across.” … “The Progressives are akin to spoiled children – if they don’t get their way, a temper-tantrum is inevitable. While I hope that I am wrong; I fear what is to come”

Liberals: Shut up and Sit Down – “If you wondered why liberals can be shown demonstrable, provable facts and not change their minds, wonder no more: They are not listening.” … “We are awake now and mightily cheesed off. They have tried to baptize this cat but are getting clawed raw. The sleeping dragon is up. The wheels are coming off the train. Choose your metaphor, but however you dress up this lipsticked pig this will not end well for the emperor and his clothes.”

 

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Years into the assault

The License to Leak: How Years of Attacks on the Court Created a “By Any Means” Mentality – JONATHAN TURLEY – “Most court observers surely must have hoped this was an elaborate hoax, that someone had not shattered every legal and judicial ethical rule by leaking a draft opinion. But there was no denial from the court” … “It was a collective effort by those who bred contempt for our legal institutions and values. This is not a crisis of the court. It is a crisis of faith”

Role of Journals and their Editors in Preserving False Research Findings – Watts Up With That? – “we describe our experience of how journals and their editors work to preserve false findings in meta-analysis studies they publish” … “The business model of many journals promotes incentives for the author and publisher to work against sound science and interest of the public. Our position is that it is time for the public to view any meta-analysis published in the journal PLOS One as untrustworthy until proven otherwise.”

What ‘Moving On’ Has Cost Us –  “Republicans, as a party and as a mindset, are incapable of enforcing justice even when enjoying control of both houses of Congress and the White House. When they reach the threshold requiring a decision, they inevitably choose to “move on” instead”

The true import of the Alito draft –  “What makes the decision so significant is that it’s not even just about the Constitution; instead, even more specifically, the Alito draft is about the Supreme Court’s constitutional jurisprudence”

 Remote learning was a disaster — Joanne Jacobs “students who stayed home for most of 2020-21 fared much worse” … “Did keeping schools closed save lives? Apparently not” … “In addition to the “lost” or “unfinished” academic learning, out-of-school students lost social skills”

 

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Science, evidence, and social conformity

Follow the evidence, not the “science” – American Thinker – “Evidence” is far easier to understand, measure, quantify, define, and follow”

Cameron English is working on the obesity problem at ACHS and highlights the plague common to so many of today’s issues:

So many obesity experts can’t quit the idea of reshaping our “toxic” diets, even when their own research says they should, because they’re surrounded by people who share their assumptions and therefore insulated from critical scrutiny. Economist Thomas Sowell outlined how academics can fall into this trap in his book ‘Intellectuals and Society’

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Nobody has the perfect population-level solution to obesity. But a couple of things are clear at this point. Policy responses to obesity often work at cross-purposes and ignore pertinent influences on weight gain, including consumer preferences and the diverse nutritional needs of different people. Whatever the ultimate solution to obesity is, it has to account for all the relevant aspects of the problem. We’ll never make much progress otherwise.

The problem with social media anonymity – American Thinker – rights have responsibilities and consequences will surface.

Solving the Deepest Questions | Power Line – Steven Hayward pulls a Reddit thread about differing ideas explaining why the chicken crossed the road. It illustrates the difficulty in finding a solution.

What Do We Know About COVID So Far? – American Thinker – Dr. Noel provides a bullet point list with some cynical commentary. 

Abortion and the Evils of the Modern Left – American Thinker – “Given the wicked Summer of Rage that we witnessed in 2020, none of this should be taken lightly”

The Grooming of our Children Takes Many Forms – American Thinker – “The larger question is what has happened to turn our public schools into radical leftist indoctrination centers?”

Normalizing Perversion – American Thinker – “If you think God is short-tempered with hypocrites, that is nothing compared to the hellish fate He has waiting for pedophiles, groomers, and other degenerates, whether they believe in God or not.”

Top three stupidest reactions from Democrats after the leak about Roe – American Thinker – “These leftists in their various states of tantrum and grandstanding are a creative bunch”

Sen. Markey Is A Dangerous Insurrectionist — Says The Supreme Court Was ‘Stolen’! – Issues & Insights – “The left’s freakout over a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is hardly surprising” – so many examples to compare with the J6 gulag population

A Mexican cave disgorged a massive pre-Columbian crime scene – American Thinker – “t’s wrong to pretend, as the left does, especially when teaching our children, that the Americas were a paradise of innocent peace and beauty and that the European explorers were callous murderers who forced Christianity on these gentle Gaia-worshipers”

The consequences of the stolen 2020 election are increasingly catastrophic – American Thinker – “The Democrats have descended into the ninth circle of hell.  They are willing to destroy the nation rather than see Trump’s MAGA movement succeed anywhere” … “All this chaos and destruction is due to the catastrophic consequences of a stolen election.  Purposeful?  Indeed.  The Biden administration’s agenda is the destruction of America, its middle and working classes, and the power of its currency”

 

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the Asch Conformity Experiment

Ambulance chasers; the real insurrectionists; lemmings psychology; some are beginning that it’s a fight and will need effort to stop it.

The Lawyers’ War on Law | Misrule of Law. Mark Pulliam — what’s old is still relevant – learn from history?

Deborah Birx makes astonishing deep state admission of anti-Trump pact – Washington Times. Cheryl K. Chumley — “It’s essentially an acknowledgement that medical bureaucrats, unelected and unaccountable to the people as they were and are, serving at the pleasure of the White House executive as they did, tried to strong-arm the president of the United States into obeying and abiding their dictates to the point of secretly arranging to walk if they didn’t get their way — if Trump decided to send one packing.”

This Scary Experiment Explains Two Years of COVID Hell – American Thinker. Vic Hughes — “it’s because of the Asch Conformity Experiment … showed that people will actually believe things that they know to be false if they think everybody else believes those things”

Studies prove that most politicians, experts handled COVID terribly. Joel Zinberg — “The data highlight the failure of policies promoted by experts, in and outside of government, to effectively address COVID. Many of the policies lacked an evidentiary basis. Some ineffective, harmful policies were prolonged for political reasons”

McConnell’s ‘Exhilarating’ Insurrection › American Greatness. Julie Kelly — “A dirty little secret about January 6—one of many—is that Democrats and establishment Republicans, not Trump supporters, wanted to shut down the official proceedings of that day”

Nazi Comparisons – PJ Media. Michael Barclay — “I have always enjoined all people to be extremely careful about ever making any comparison of modern times with the true evil of Hitler, Goebbels, and Nazi Germany. But even the kind-hearted and compassionate person who always wants to see the best in people (a category in which I include myself) must now recognize these parallels and choose to become active in preventing the Nazis of today, known as “progressive Democrats,” from their quest for total power.”

Ignorance And Apathy. Cal Thomas — “Controlling language shapes public perception and eventually opinion”

How to Turn a Whole State’s Power Production to Wind and Solar Dreams – American Thinker. Joe Herring — “Races for public power boards aren’t known as high-spending affairs, so the influx of substantial amounts to one candidate over another can easily swing a race” … “The amounts involved are indeed startling, especially when considering the relatively low profile of the races the money funded” … “No longer does providing reliable and affordable energy form the mainstay of our public power mission.  Thanks to hundreds of thousands of special interest dollars so far, and more to come, our names may still be on the deed to our public power systems, but the control now belongs to an environmentalist elite who are using our utilities to pursue their own agenda.  They make the decisions now; we just get to pay for them”

 

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