Archive for July, 2022

What’s real, anyway? and why would it make any difference?

dealing with difficult people – “This is probably the best reason to approach these contentious issues as a happy warrior.  You have to think that pro-freedom patriot personalities are having a good time in ultimately destroying an ideology that can’t be the least bit honest about it’s true nature” — D. Parker: Why don’t we just destroy the left with laughter? – American Thinker

the narrative starts here – “How you call something shapes the meaning in your mind and manipulates your point of view” — Clarice Feldman: Naming Things – American Thinker — “In countless ways, the Left and its front — the Biden Administration — play mind games with us. Don’t go along with this; it’s mind-numbing and only leads to stupid, often dangerous policies”

book review – “And now they’re everywhere, from the school board in rural Texas to the White House Situation Room in charge of our national security.  They’re destroying our entertainment, our educational system, our economy, our military, canceling comedians and polluting movies and attacking America directly at its foundation” — Blaine L. Pardoe: The Woking Dead: A vogue virus and how to stop it – American Thinker — “The Woking Dead will make you shake your fist, laugh, and above all see how to truly make America great — and keep it great — by crushing the woke zombie hordes”

knows no bounds – “Even our Founding Fathers could not have foreseen the political hackery on display in Fulton County, a motion filed late Friday in a Georgia federal court by Sen. Lindsey Graham’s legal team makes clear.” — Margot Cleveland: Georgia Dem DA’s Political Hackery Would Have Framers Spinning — “Democrats may not care now, and they may never care about the Constitution, but they would be wise to worry about payback”

who’s your hero? – “his departure (even if temporary) is a great loss to students, the law school and free speech” … “combines a legendary career with one of the most inspiring life stories in the history of the court. Whatever the reason for his cessation in teaching, he deserves our thanks. – He also deserved better. He deserved greater public support from individual faculty members. He deserved greater understanding from students. He deserved an equally vocal counter-campaign in support of free speech and a diversity of viewpoints at the university” — Justice Thomas’ Withdrawal Exposes The Growing “Unavailability” of Diverse Opinions in Higher Education – JONATHAN TURLEY — “This is why many choose to remain silent as the mob pursues their colleagues. For those tagged as dissenters, the atmosphere is perfectly Robespierrean”

flagrant — “If Democratic lawmakers had to comply with federal truth-in-advertising laws, they’d all be up on charges … If the law won’t charge Democrats with engaging in flagrant false advertising, voters will have to punish them by kicking anyone who voted for this “Inflation Lie Act” out of office” — The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Is A Lie, Pure And Simple – Issues & Insights

book review (by a target) “The focus is Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court in 2018. Dissent is full of errors, and I make an appearance early on” — Mark Judge: Weak Dissent. Another Lazy, Dumb, and Error-Packed Book About Me in High School – The Stream

Graphs and charts and numbers – oh, my!“At its core, the human body is a symphony of chemical reactions” — Doomberg: New England is an Energy Crisis Waiting to Happen

A list — “As we swelter in the dog days of summer, even crotchety ol’ Grandpa Silas is starting to wonder if there might be something to this “climate change” thing after all” — Climate Change Is Real. Here Are 10 Undeniable Proofs | Babylon Bee — “Was your mind changed? We hope so. Now give the government hundreds of billions of dollars to solve this problem, as they’ve done such a great job with everything else”

classic Feynman still relevant “called out scholars who believe in things they don’t understand” — Don Surber: The cargo cult of climate change

 

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just can’t have it – TDS, ethanol, fifth columns, and contingency plans

the OODA loop in practice – “These joint Deep State and media efforts will only increase as the 2022/24 elections approach.  They are likely to become even more violent, extreme, and outrageous if the liberals/socialists think they might lose political power” — Robert Merz, Propaganda and Disinformation in the Information Age – American Thinker

inroads to insurgency by any means – “No country can survive a huge fifth column dedicated to its destruction” — Andrea Widburg, While we’re complacent, the Caliphate marches on…in Houston – American Thinker

listing contingencies — “Rest assured, if what I fear might happen, happens, we will be blamed for it. And the fire next time will make their reaction to Jan. 6 look like a marshmallow roast. I don’t know which possibility is scarier: that they haven’t thought any of this through, or that they have” — Michael Anton, They Can’t Let Him Back In | Compact Mag

Ditto that – “there is a very specific Progressive political subclass that uses the useful idiots as its foot soldiers, but that actually has an even more nihilistic view of our country. As Michael Anton points out in his superb “They Can’t Let Him Back In,” this political class hates America just as ferociously as the young leftists do” — Andrea Widburg, A superb article exposes the fissures in America – American Thinker — “You cannot counter an opponent’s tactics if you refuse to recognize either the tactics or the goals that drive it”

Here are the numbers – “The claim that ethanol is a renewable fuel is not only dubious, it is a lie.” — Mac Madden, Ethanol must go! – American Thinker

 

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legislative graffiti and other people’s pain for gain

gaining perspective — “I allowed my distaste for Trump’s personality to override his virtues, which are considerable” — M.B. Mathews, I was wrong about Trump – American Thinker — “Had it not been for the vehement and irrational hatred of Trump, we never would have discovered that our own security and intelligence structures are compromised”

A list – “If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard a thousand times: all they want is “commonsense,” “sensible,” or “reasonable” gun control.  Except they never define those terms — on purpose” — D. Parker, Yep, it’s true! They’re coming for your guns. – American Thinker — “Anti-liberty leftists are playing another game of bait and switch — scaring everyone over the scourge of “assault weapons” but then expanding their reach to just about everything else. – Such is the usual of authoritarian socialists, exploiting other people’s pain for their political gain”

Dictatorship via Congress – “In introducing the legislation, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), Rep. Hank Johnson (D., Ga.), and others have left no question that this is just the latest effort to change the balance of the Court in favor of a liberal majority. Such comments make the bill seem like little more than legislative graffiti.” — JonathanTurley, “Rebalance the Bench”: Democrats Introduce Sweeping Changes for the Supreme Court — “From Congress to the press to academia, the very foundation of the Court is being challenged. What is notable is that these are also the voices of some of the most powerful figures in our society”

List within list of perfidy on parade – “Cheney and Kinzinger should be ashamed to go on TV with journalists who have colluded with Democrats to continually lie as they sought to destroy Trump and infect the U.S with a radical leftist agenda” — Jack Hellner, It is the children of Kinzinger, Cheney and other Democrats who will be ashamed for the intentional destruction of America – American Thinker

Will there be accountability? – “In the law, we call that “the smoking gun,” for it seems to provide solid proof that Joe Biden sold access to the United States government, with his louche, debauched son as the bagman” — Andrea Widburg, We’ve finally got confirmation that Joe was ‘the Big Guy’ all along – American Thinker

Lawful futility? – “The letter makes out a good, detailed case of journalistic malpractice and bias. But do CNN’s actions constitute actionable defamation? The conventional wisdom is that under current law, it is almost impossible for any public figure to win a defamation case. And if it is almost impossible for anyone, it is triply impossible for Donald Trump” — John Hinderaker, Trump Sues the B*stards | Power Line

Fanatic focus is often blind – “One tragic wrong turn in American culture was feminists framing political activism as the only form of power, and employment as the one path to achievement” — Trish Randall, Regaining Female Powers – American Thinker — “Another hopeful trend comes from the days of my grandmothers. The WWII generation had a massive female workforce — the very employment situation that feminists have been pushing for nearly a century. Women were doing every kind of work from office jobs to the heaviest of heavy industry. But once the war was over, and the men came home, these competent working women rushed to the suburbs and initiated the baby boom. This is history people might enjoy seeing repeated”

Describing the problem – “A key impediment to our Constitutional Republic became clear in 1944 when Alexander Trachtenberg (1885-1966) declared at the National Convention of Communist Parties held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in 1944” … “We may never know what the operative facts are behind our crazy times, but no conspiracy theory is needed to see the treachery against us by Marx-minded leaders and technocratic heavyweights with little regard for human life and less for truth.” — Anthony J. DeBlasi, Making Sense of Our Crazy Times – American Thinker — “A most alarming barrier to sane and humane progress is the abandonment of the original mission of Christian church leaders”

Feet to the fire, maybe – “there is at least the glimmer of accountability in the U.K. How about here in America?” — John Hinderaker, The Trans Fiasco: Will There Be an Accounting? — “How has this horror show come to be? I confess to puzzlement. Generally the Left is not hard to figure out. Leftists want power and money, and if you examine their policies with this in mind, they pretty much always make sense. But today’s gender hysteria is hard to understand within that framework”

 

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Never give up, never surrender no matter how far from reality you are

Perverts unite! (seems they already have) – “the best rule of thumb is that people for whom sex is the central aspect of their life are (a) not living a mentally or physically healthy lifestyle and (b) shouldn’t be around children” —  Andrea Widburg, A look at the ‘open love” Kamala wants in your child’s classroom – American Thinker

Leadership on parade – “Trump urged his audience to remain united and never bow before the totalitarian Democrats” —  Rajan Laad, Trump delivers a rousing campaign speech in Arizona – American Thinker — “It was a treat to watch Trump in sterling form regale an enthusiastic crowd with his speech, his humor, and his command over the material. – Contrast this with what is occurring currently.”

True color showing“Hide as she might behind activist judges, Whitmer’s budget vetoes show she and her fellow Democrats don’t value women — only abortion” —  Margot Cleveland, Pro-Abortion Whitmer Slashed Maternity Care From State Budget

good advice for personal lobbying —  , The Most Effective Way to Let Your Congressman Know You Oppose Gun Control – The Truth About Guns

responding to the assault — “The plan that NAS proposes to stop the invasion is to Audit the Academic Administrative State and stop the pronouncements of anti-racist and radical reformations, end the DEI leavened mission statements, diversity plans, accreditation and faculty hiring and tenure policies, research and curriculum changes, new bureaucracies and administrative changes intended to promote DEI policies” —  John Dale Dunn, The National Association of Scholars Takes on the Marxists in Education – American Thinker

history lesson — “For much of history, slavery was as fundamental to society as agriculture” —  Kay S. Hymowitz, Uniquely Bad—But Not Uniquely American | City Journal — “What set America apart from other slaveholding societies, and what continues to curse the country to this day, was not slavery per se but its racialization” … “Douglass understood the omnipresence of human cruelty and the rarity of freedom. Painful as it must have been for him to do so, he conceded about the men who had compromised away his freedom, that they “were great in their day and generation.” – To understand the truth of that qualified praise is to understand the complexities of our history—and of any history. And it is another level on which the 1619 Project fails utterly”

listing what’s gone awry — “Alienating half the country is not a wise strategy of military recruitment” —  Victor Davis Hanson, How To Erode the World’s Greatest Military › American Greatness — “Such military social engineers unfortunately appear to share contempt for a large group of Americans who voted for a president they despised. And this is a fact warmly welcomed by our worst enemies abroad”

describing the stock in trade – “How the climate of fear turned a heatwave into a catastrophe” — Tim Black, Apocalypse from now on? – spiked

here’s a list for guidance — “Don’t let the staged show in Canada with both Pope Francis and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in feathered head dress diminish your faith in God Almighty” —  Judi McLeod, Hang Tightly Onto Your Faith, It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride | Canada Free Press

A lesson in psychiatry — “Screaming hatred is a danger signal in everyday life, and it tells us to get away from the screamer as fast as possible” … “The quality of a person’s rage can be diagnostic.  Malignant narcissists like Hitler are fairly rare, but psychologists have learned to look for three big personality traits: grandiose narcissism, Machiavellian manipulation of others, and sociopathy — the absence of feelings of guilt.  This is called the Dark Triad of personality traits” —  , Narcissistic Rage on the Left – American Thinker

somebody else gets the bill— “Virtue-signaling, not issue resolution, is the main driver of leftist activism” —  J.A. Frascino, Unintended Consequences? So What? – American Thinker — “The warm glow of virtue-signaling is the primary reward for their activism.  Real-world outcomes and unintended consequences of their activism are of little importance”

listing the factors involved — “Conservation is impossible without trade-offs. Apocalyptic climate predictions and changes in temperature have long been leveraged as ways to end the debate over trade-offs. That strategy’s effectiveness has been mixed. Looking closely at EVs, at Colorado drivers’ needs, the state’s weather, and the real-world money calculus, electric cars are a hard sell” —  I.S. Petersen, EVs are Big in Colorado; But Are They Really?

persistent used to be a good thing — “D.A. Willis’s entire special grand jury investigation equally benefits the entire Democrat Party, as well as her political future” — Margot Cleveland, Georgia DA Has Been Struck Down By Two Courts. It’s Not Enough

 

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What’s with this Trump obsession?

“Why has the Left in America been in this unhealthy non-stop state of hyperventilation since Trump came down the escalator in 2015?” —  Richard McDonough, The Distinction between Hyperventilation and Actual Evidence – American Thinker — “The establishment, including elites on both sides of the aisle, does not want change. Unlike the American people, they are all doing very well with things as they are—hence the need to circumvent democracy with yet another hoax and prevent the voters from being allowed to choose Trump again in 2024.”

“What had been a slow and long march through the institutions these last hundred years has taken on such urgency today that the communists have scurried out of their usual hiding places in the shadows to prance around before us in broad daylight!” —  J.B. Shurk, The Globalist Effort to ‘Get Trump’ Is Backfiring…Bigly! – American Thinker — “For years, concerned Americans have been warning others about the poisonous onslaught of government tyranny enveloping the nation, and too many warnings fell on deaf ears.  In their zeal to “get” Trump and squeeze his voters into submission, though, the globalists’ treachery is backfiring”

“The Left and the Swamp of both parties hate Trump with the heat of a thousand suns because they feel the sting of the voters’ rejection from 2016” —  Jonathon Moseley, Some Lessons from January 6 Committee Finale – American Thinker

“Nothing strikes terror into Leftist hearts like the idea that God exists or that there will be another Trump presidency” —  M.B. Mathews, The terror of a Trump presidency – American Thinker

“As Luis Cornelio writes at ElAmericano.com, there is something unarguably wrong with our Justice Department. It is a shame that it is allowing itself to be used by the partisan hacks of the J6 Committee, despite the committee’s extensive record of violating basic principles of judicial processes.” —  , Tulsi Gabbard Exposes DoJ Hypocrisy Over Bannon Contempt Conviction | ZeroHedge

“the judiciary committees of these legislative bodies, must hold hearings on the politicization by the Democrats of the judicial process — for the purpose of making certain that the constitutional travesty of the “January 6” show trials (for enhancing their “drama” according to the New York Times T.V. reporter) never again threatens to undermine our governmental institutions” —  David Zukerman, Was Bannon found guilty because jury and judge feared a mob reaction if he were acquitted? – American Thinker

“The skeptical philosopher David Hume is one of the giants not just of the Enlightenment, but of the whole history of philosophy. But that was not enough to save him from being canceled in his native Scotland” —  John Hinderaker, Canceling David Hume | Power Line — “outside of a few select fields like engineering and medicine, it is hard to make a case that “higher education” confers a net benefit on society. As long as the current nonsense continues, donors to universities should seriously consider whether their money would do more good, or less harm, elsewhere”

“This is all to “save the planet,” of course. The current world population is around 8 billion. And while the Georgia Guidestones may be nothing but dust now, it’s reasonable to believe that it states a target world population that sits very well with the World Economic Fund and its acolytes around the world: Fewer than 500 million people. The rest of us are extraneous and would be better as natural fertilizer than as living, breathing CO2 polluters” —  Andrea Widburg, Ireland joins Canada and the Netherlands in contributing to world famine – American Thinker

“You and I pay more in electricity rates and taxes, while the Communist Chinese and a handful of Americans and Europeans make out like bandits.” —  John Hinderaker, More Evidence of the Pointlessness of Wind and Solar

ambulance chasers update — “Gillam, Bush and Ryerson established two conclusions early on. They first asserted that glyphosate exposure has driven increases in serious diseases, and, second, that chemical companies and regulators have suppressed research that vindicates this conclusion. Both claims are patently false.” — Cameron English. Science-Free Webinar: Carey Gillam’s Latest Glyphosate Hysteria, Debunked

“Earth’s climate history is written in the rocks.  Anyone who cares to read that record will see that recurring Ice Ages, not global warming, pose the greatest threat to life on Earth” —  Viv Forbes, What Greens don’t get about volcanoes, oceans, and weather – American Thinker — “Someone should ask the new Green Government of Australia, “If emissions of CO2 are the problem, why have we banned emissions-free nuclear power?”

“This crisis attacks science at its root: if an experiment cannot be replicated, it’s failed the most basic definition of science” —  Andrea Widburg, Tucker Carlson targets up a serious, dangerous crisis in American science – American Thinker — “If you want another example of corrupt science, don’t forget the failed computer models, failed predictions, failed replication, and entirely successful floods of money that have entirely corrupted any credible studies in the climate science arena.”

 

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The art of the smear spread thick and vile

intimidation and harassment — “The 65 Project will spend millions this year trying to expose and disbar more than 100 lawyers who worked on Trump’s election lawsuits … The goal is to prevent conservative attorneys from challenging election results in the future” … “It’s an insidious attack on democracy when you attack the lawyers who were trying to ensure that elections are free and fair.” —  Victoria Marshall, More Than 100 Trump-Affiliated Lawyers Targeted By Dark Money Group

history lesson — “An example from Mexican history demonstrates that concerned parents can overcome a Marxist school indoctrination program.  This one grew out of the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution. The resulting socialist government that followed had closed all Catholic schools and taken over all public education” … “To date, the sexual grooming process in America has not quite reached the level of insanity Father Parsons witnessed in 1935 Mexico — at least not yet.  But unless American parents and legislators get more deeply involved in protecting our children from this “modern” sexual depravity, it could end up as extreme here as in 1930s Mexico.  Radical leftists should remember this Mexican history when pushing their degeneracy against parent’s wishes” —  James Stansbury, Revolution and the Minds of Children – American Thinker

TDS is real and dangerous – “I can tell you that Olsen is unfailingly an absurdly decent and uncommonly pleasant person. Still, there is obviously some entrenched hatred smoldering below his kind surface, laser-focused against Donald Trump … Olsen’s opinion is just one of many that are wrong with today’s Republican party” —  Emily Harvey, DC RINOs Campaign Against Trump-Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake – American Thinker — “With their DC megaphones, Olsen and Pence could have written about the Biden administration’s horrifying economic and foreign policy disasters: uncontrolled illegal immigration, runaway inflation (and the consequent economic and public health ramifications), threats to the Supreme Court, defunding the police, the ridiculously mismanaged COVID pandemic, the ridiculous Dr. Anthony Fauci, the loss of American energy independence, Americans’ concern about “the most secure election in American history,”™ along with the cornucopia of Joe Biden’s cognitive, plus numerous ethical and personal matters centered around his son, Hunter Biden or his outrageous personal obsessions with illegal narcotics and depraved fetishes as detailed on his laptop.”

Practicing the art of the smear — “The Jan. 6 Committee is expanding its target list to include any other potential GOP White House rival” —  Tristan Justice, J6 Committee’s Footage Of Sen. Hawley Is Exceedingly Dishonest

“the smoking gun is a memo from the Inspector General which reveals that President Trump wanted to avoid – not incite – violence … the President wanted the National Guard to keep the peace, while the FBI and US intelligence was warning of impending violence – and the January 6th Committee has no interest in getting to the bottom of it” —  Tyler Durden, Myth Busted: Trump Ordered Officials To ‘Make Sure’ J6 Was ‘Safe Event’ | ZeroHedge

 

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Ruthless pursuit never ends well but thew pursuers never seem to learn

” Since when has changing an inept messenger ever changed a disastrous message?” — Victor Davis Hanson, The Left Should Be Happy with Biden › American Greatness — “Now the Left is looking for a younger, more charismatic, and more glib replacement president to advance their stale unpopular agendas.”

“That’s the reality, now that filthy-mouthed and potentially violent protesters are getting away with such deeds against Justice Brett Kavanaugh and now his neighbors … Washington, D.C. being Washington, D.C., the Post noted that these harassed residents are hardly conservatives” —  Monica Showalter, Pro-abortion protestors now moving on to harassing the entire neighborhood where Brett Kavanaugh lives – American Thinker — “now these crazed protests, completely unchecked by law or common decency, are the standard”

“This type of attack on biology and sensible reasoning is a tactic used by those who want to silence any form of disagreement with even the most mentally defective behavior coming from a tiny fraction of society” —  Bob Weir, Do logic and sound reasoning make you transphobic? – American Thinker — “the radical left has become so ruthless in its pursuit of antibiological dogma that they’re willing to distort science and reality if it means giving them a bit more power”

“This was a huge slap in the face to every single January 6 defendant who was imprisoned and prosecuted for “parading” or otherwise trespassing in the Capitol” —  Andrea Widburg, The Capitol Police rebel against the DOJ’s failure to prosecute the ‘Colbert Nine’ – American Thinker — “The statement is addressed to Rep. Rodney Davis and Rep. Jim Jordan, who had asked about the incident with the Colbert employees … This letter confirms what conservatives have long suspected: what we are seeing played out in the Biden administration is an openly ideologically corrupt judicial system.  This cannot end well”

“Just The News has revealed that the Justice Department deliberately buried the documents, preventing Trump’s declassification order from going into effect … As Meadows’s memo makes clear, the DOJ did not have the authority to refuse to release the documents – he said he wasn’t surprised at all because the administrative state — which was supposed to report to the president — instead constantly thwarted him” —  Andrea Widburg, New evidence emerges of the DOJ’s commitment to the Russia Hoax – American Thinker — “This is statism in its purest form, and this entity views citizens as widgets whose only purpose is to feed it”

“The goal of this Stalinist propaganda trial and every shady trick they play, was, is, and always has been to prevent Trump from running for president again in 2024. This is a sequel to the Russia collusion probe whose goal was to force Trump to quit the presidency” —  Rajan Laad, So let’s look at some of the outtakes of Trump’s speeches from January 6 committee… – American Thinker — “We are living in times where immutable norms, which were once considered sacrosanct, are being violated before our eyes without much contemplation”

“Joe Biden has been revealed to be a grifter who tolerated his own very compromised son’s illegal escapades in order to build his family’s wealth. And then he lied about it, repeatedly. What’s shocking is how long it’s gone on” — Is The Joe Biden Crime Family Finally Breaking Apart? – Issues & Insights — “we now have not just the most incompetent administration in history, but perhaps the most corrupt one, as well”

“Environmental activism became a lucrative business, in the form of non-profit revenues and income from corporate consulting” —  Jeffrey Folks, Saving the Planet, or Themselves? – American Thinker — “The truth is that we are facing a climate catastrophe — in the form of trillions of worthless spending on so-called renewables”

 

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equity in the barnyard?

“Some Capitol Hill illegal trespassers are more equal than others” — Legal Insurrection Staff, Charges Dropped Against The “Colbert 9” After Illegal Entry Into Capitol

“A nation cannot withstand a two-tiered justice system or an arbitrary and capricious justice system.  Eventually, the people on the downside of such a system decide to take the law into their own hands.  That way lies anarchy and the end of a nation.  That inevitability is what makes so inexplicable the Biden Justice Department’s increasingly open embrace of a double standard” — Andrea Widburg, Stephen Colbert’s staff gets the white glove treatment from the DOJ – American Thinker

another retrospective prompted by John O’Connor  — Bruce Bawer, Exploding the Watergate Myth | FrontpageMag

“The soul of phantom voter fraud is the occasional, non-committed voter.  They show up at the last minute, delivering winning margins” … “Voter integrity teams learned that chasing 2020 voter fraud after the election is too late. – Some leading election integrity teams are stopping phantom voter fraud before it impacts elections”– Jay Valentine, Election Heroes Are Stopping Fraudulent Voting…Right Now – American Thinker

“There are 123 statutory powers that might be available to a president when he declares a national emergency.  An additional thirteen would require a declaration from Congress.  The most recent emergency power law is the National Emergencies Act, enacted in 1976, which ended all previous national emergencies and formalized the powers of the president.  Under this law, repealing an emergency power would take two thirds of both houses of Congress” — Mac Madden, Presidential emergency powers are a serious problem – American Thinker

“If there was one lesson the Democrats learned from 2020 forward, it was that, if the government convinces voters there’s an emergency, the voters will let the government get away with murder” — Andrea Widburg, Democrats hope Biden uses the climate to takeover and destroy the economy – American Thinker

“What we’re seeing in academia is the intellectual decadence that marked the end-stage Roman Empire or Weimar Germany.  If sane Americans don’t pull the culture back from this abyss of fantasy, stupidity, and ignorance, we’re doomed” — Andrea Widburg, The arrant nonsense of woke anthropologists’ stance on human remains – American Thinker

“Interesting verb choices like these are a common feature of the left’s abortion rhetoric” … “For 50 years, the abortion movement has trafficked in disinformation and fraud, from the earliest lies about “blobs of tissue” and a “necessary evil” to the latest: that abortion is “health care,” safer than childbirth, and a “positive good”– T.R. Clancy, Necromancers: Leftists in power conspire to bring Roe v. Wade back from the dead – American Thinker

“The argument made by the bill’s sponsor, Annie Rice (D), appears rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the law. … Citizens of St. Louis have many pressing concerns that must be addressed.  Instead of jumping on the political third rail that is the abortion debate, the aldermen should instead focus on areas where there is little controversy and disagreement to be found” — Tyler C. Chrestman, St. Louis chooses to fund abortions – American Thinker

“Since Marxist and communist ideas could never become popular in the United States if their lineage were known, these had to be introduced by subterfuge” — Richard McDonough, The Marxist Roots of the Feminist ‘Patriarchy’ Narrative – American Thinker

 

 

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Twisting perceptions for emotional comfort – we all pay for the result

“the practice of starting an event with a statement that the land on which the event is taking place once belonged to particular groups of Native Americans. It is easy to dismiss these as ahistorical nonsense, laden with sentimentality. But there is another way to look at these statements that demonstrate American exceptionalism.” … “The next time you hear a land acknowledgement, keep it in perspective. Take it as a reminder to be thankful that you live in a country that, while built on conquest, rose above the typical indifference of conquerors.” — M. Todd Henderson, The Folly of Land Acknowledgements | Opinion

“Their methodology obscures the vast majority of actual material to consider if one were honestly engaging the problems” — Mollie Hemingway, NeverTrump’s Latest Attempt To Dismiss Election Concerns Is Dishonest

“Some Capitol Hill illegal trespassers are more equal than others” — , Charges Dropped Against The “Colbert 9” After Illegal Entry Into Capitol

 

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The tactics of personal destruction in hubris of moral rectitude

“Democrats are more and more demanding they get their way through harassment that includes the threat of violence. What has set this country apart since its birth is unraveling. … Here’s just a partial list of the madness:” — “This country was at one time different, exceptional. But it’s been twisted and spindled and mutilated by the left. Welcome to the jungle, it sure seems like it gets worse here every day” — From Rule Of Law To The Law Of The Jungle – Issues & Insights

“Honestly, I’m disturbed enough about the state of the world that I don’t need more things to get disturbed about” — Clarice Feldman, Don’t Bang on My Teakettle – American Thinker

” It is in the nature of a creed – a formal statement of faith – rather than an observation requiring proof, defense, or even discussion.” — “Propaganda is a very real thing with very real effects, and Trump has been the target of negative and relentless propaganda from the beginning. The perceptual mental edifice that propaganda has built over the years is enormously strong.” — , We hold these truths to be self-evident: Trump is a lawless authoritarian who tore up the Constitution – The New Neo

“Rather than being shrines to the men who seeded American liberty even if they applied it imperfectly in their own lives, both are now shrines to Critical Race Theory.” — Andrea Widburg, A leftist billionaire destroys Madison’s reputation in his own home – American Thinker

“A few years ago, when the left started demanding the removal of historic statues, they insisted that it was just about the Confederacy. Critics were accused of being paranoid.” — Mike LaChance, The Woke Left is Destroying American History at Founders’ Homes

“There were endless investigations, including by the Mueller special counsel’s office. It was loaded with Hillary Clinton supporters and they still couldn’t find evidence that Trump did anything wrong, but that doesn’t matter.” — Jack Hellner, For the last seven years, the Democrat-media juggernaut’s only goal has been to destroy Trump – American Thinker

“many in position to make laws or issue orders are fully embracing this plan: push ahead, ignore the law, and just get it done.  The beauty of this plan is that it’s much harder, if not impossible, to undo something already in place.” — Peggy Ryan, The Leftist Strategy: Take America Down before Anyone Notices – American Thinker

“the insane green crusade is choosing its next target: food” — Post Editorial Board, Green food fight over farms will end in disaster

“describ[ing] the impact of various systems of oppression on health and health care (e.g., colonization, White supremacy, acculturation, assimilation)” — Mike LaChance , Association of American Medical Colleges Releases Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum

“Wow! It’s got everything! Strong, black women and evil, white Europeans. It’s a leftist dream! – Except for the horrific reality of how the kingdom of Dahomey treated its neighbors on the African continent. – The kingdom built its legacy on conquest, waging endless wars against those neighbors.” … “To reduce history to a simple narrative of white vs. black and man vs. woman cheapens the stories of those who came before us.” — Douglas Blair, Woke Hollywood Celebrates Slavers Because They’re Black Women

“confronted by Cassandra Yarbrough, the woman whom Sundberg was trying to kill. She expressed strong disapproval of their demonstration” — John Hinderaker, The Victim Speaks | Power Line

“Fussell believes the falsehoods by Democrats about January 6 are so deceitful he is willing to risk going to jail for up to 40 years by identifying himself.” — Jonathon Moseley, A Proud Boy Challenges the Jan. 6 Committee – American Thinker

” The scale of forces deployed and the tactics used seem designed to intimidate and punish, especially considering the fact that the couple never entered the US Capitol on June 6, and were guilty only of being Trump supporters who were peacefully demonstrating” — Thomas Lifson, Ridiculous overkill in raid of retired Texas couple outside Capitol on January 6 – American Thinker

“Schiff tucked an amendment into the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit any evidence collected in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act from being used in investigations. Why?” — “If his amendment fails to advance, Schiff nonetheless has done Republicans a tremendous favor; he’s tipped off the GOP that there’s plenty of digging to be done at the Department of Defense, where a trove of scandals awaits political sunshine.” — Julie Kelly, What is Adam Schiff Hiding? › American Greatness

“after her allegation that a witness lied under oath in opposing gun laws three years ago in a hearing” … “It is a tactic that we have seen used in other high-profile hearings like one involving former Attorney General Bill Barr by House Democrats” — “What makes Porter’s conduct contemptible is not just that she is making an unfounded allegation of lying under oath, but that she used her position to prevent Swearer from defending her integrity. It was just another canned hunt hearing” — Rep. Katie Porter Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Attack on Witness – JONATHAN TURLEY

“The Democrats believe this language means that, if they can pass a bill, they’ve got the power. This ignores the words “Powers herein granted.” — Andrea Widburg, On abortion, House Dems reveal massive constitutional ignorance – American Thinker

“Take a gander at the weird outrage from Washington, D.C.’s sanctuary-city-supporting mayor, Muriel Bowser, on the effects of that Abbott policy, according to Fox News” — Monica Showalter, Greg Abbott’s ‘publicity stunt’ busing illegals from Texas to Washington, D.C. … is working – American Thinker

 

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small steps forward

malfeasance or misfeasance? – “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything” … “The leaders of the CDC, the FDA and the NIH should welcome internal discussion—even dissension—based on the evidence. Silencing physicians is not “following the science.” Less absolutism and more humility by the men and women running our public health agencies would go a long way in rebuilding public trust.” —  Marty Makary M.D., M.P.H. and Tracy Beth Høeg M.D., Ph.D., U.S. Public Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Following the Science,’ Officials Say

a list – “For decades, regulators and politicians in California—a state that is a pillar of the Democratic Party as well as the home of US vice president Kamala Harris and the home of America’s biggest climate-activist group, the Sierra Club—have been implementing a skein of policies, nearly all of them tied to energy and climate, that are blatantly anti-poor and anti-working class.” —  Robert Bryce via Quiellette.com, California’s Energy War On The Poor | ZeroHedge

burying the legacy of tyranny? – “President Eisenhower once said that “The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions”, Biden’s Canned Hunt: The Punishment of the Border Agents is about Protecting a President, not Migrants – JONATHAN TURLEY

the age of rage – “Denouncing opposing views as “lawless” is merely a way of declaring that your view of the law as the only acceptable view. The support for the Constitution or its core institutions cannot be premised on others yielding to your demands or your values.” Georgetown Professor Denounces “Lawless” and “Actively Rogue” Justices, Lawyers, and Law Professors – JONATHAN TURLEY

governance lessons – “major policy decisions should be debated and decided by Congress, not a bureaucracy … One area to keep a close eye on is internet regulation” —  Dan Savickas, SCOTUS Decision Should Scuttle Another FCC Net Neutrality Push | RealClearPolicy

 

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Stalinesque – why so blatant?

Dishonest Framing: “Implying guilt based on a witness asserting his rights ‘is a McCarthy-esque tactic that offends the Constitution and is unworthy of the United States Congress.’” — Margot Cleveland, J6 Committee Is Using Americans’ Assertion Of Rights As Proof Of Guilt

Here’s a list: “bodily autonomy always wins, children are the enemy, and abortions are necessary for equality” … “The Dobbs decision allows women to have a say in what abortion policy should be. It returns the profoundly moral question to the states, giving them the authority to protect life through the democratic process and the ability to empower pregnant women by providing them with the resources they need to flourish. It presents an opportunity for America to return to a culture that values families, women, and motherhood.” — Kristen Waggoner and Erin Hawley, Roe V. Wade Did Not Empower Women, It Lied To Them

“Does every registered Democrat support confusing small children with gender identity indoctrination?  That can’t be true.” … “One thing we should all know by now is that the left despises children” — Patricia McCarthy, The Left’s obsession with transgenderism is barbaric – American Thinker

Another list: “it is sad that the AP and other media outlets won’t admit that they are the source of much of this misinformation as they push the leftist agenda” — Jack Hellner, It is no wonder Americans are so confused when the media intentionally lies so much while burying truthful stories – American Thinker

disconnected – “Unprincipled Republicans are appeasers of the worst kind, treating all sides as if they come in good faith and claiming the moral high ground while their country goes up in flames.” … “To say that Romney’s essay is banal, insipid, or shallow would be an understatement. At this point, under this leadership, and with major problems plaguing the country, Romney’s argument is outright dangerous. He completely mischaracterizes the situation, acting as if both sides are at fault and a middle ground can be found when it’s clear Democrats are fully intent on wrecking the American constitutional order and putting the country at risk of disintegration.”– Auguste Meyrat, Why Mitt Romney’s Call for Moderation Is Dishonest And Dangerous

leadership needed – “On principal issues, there is a clear disconnect between the grassroots base of the Republican Party and the GOP leadership in Congress” — Jeff Crouere, Republicans Must Listen to Voters, Not the Media – American Thinker

history lesson – “The lesson learned from Roman history, reflected in our Constitution, was that vesting a government’s sovereign power in one leader, whether an emperor or a chief executive, will most likely lead to a dictatorship” — Patrick J. Gibbs, Who Runs the USA? – American Thinker

a warning – “evil is frequently hidden from our view … evil is seductive and attracts those to it that may live otherwise ordinary lives” … “There is evil in this world. And, you don’t have to look too far to find it. History has a strange way of repeating itself. Hopefully, we stay engaged and learn we have two twin Devils to fight. The first step is by believing that evil exists and that we are among those they covet. We live our charmed and indolent life all too precariously.  We must be more on guard if we are to survive and prosper.”– Allan J. Feifer, Labratory One and ‘Former Persons’ – American Thinker

 

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hierarchy of individual rights assaulted with dishonesty

“common talking point among Democratic members and pundits on how the recent Dobbs decision will present a barrier to women seeking treatment for ectopic pregnancies … the most lethal form of disinformation” —  Jonathan Turley, The Parade Of Horribles: A Democratic Talking Point On Dobbs Is Dangerous Disinformation | ZeroHedge

“After months of gentile distancing, the media’s come-to-Jesus finally happened after the White House ‘botched’ the response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade … One has to wonder if the media is simply trying to get ahead of a disastrous run for reelection in 2024, or if they’re getting ready for GOP-led investigations into Hunter and crew if the Republicans take back Congress in this year’s midterm elections” —  Tyler Durden, Knives Out: WaPo, NYT Go For Biden Blood In Scathing Moment Of Honesty | ZeroHedge

“The point is that the failure of Trump’s many post-2020 lawsuits says little about their ultimate merits. Election integrity is a serious problem, and it was compromised in many states in 2020” —  John Hinderaker, Election Integrity In Wisconsin | Power Line

“Many of the top jurists in our country care no more about election integrity than the Democrat politicians trying to sell the myth that the 2020 election was spectacularly safe and error-free” —  Margot Cleveland, WI Ballot Drop Box Win Reveals Huge Issue: Top Jurists Don’t Care About Election Integrity

“The essence of this lesson is: Federalism is a basic structure of governance in the United States, U.S. Constitutional rights are limited, and some rights come from God, not government” —  M. E. Boyd, The Supreme Court Just Gave the Nation a Giant Civics Lesson – American Thinker

our system has a hierarchy of individual rights. That hierarchy is:

I. RIGHTS FROM GOD (UNALIENABLE; DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, 1776)

A. life itself, the taking of which is conditioned by Moral Law first and then Positive Law

B. liberty of the person, conditioned on respecting the liberty of other persons

C. pursuit of happiness, conditioned on respecting other people’s pursuit of happiness

II. US CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, 1787

A. the right to a trial by jury in criminal cases

B. the right to present oneself for trial – habeas corpus

C. the right not to have a religious test used as a condition of federal public service

D. the right not to be incriminated by a legislative body – bill of attainder

E. the right not to be indicted for a crime that was not illegal at the time – ex post facto law

F. the right to obligate oneself by contract

III. RIGHTS ADDED TO THE CONSTITUTION AS THE BILL OF RIGHTS, 1791

A. the right to exercise one’s religion and speak on issues of public policy in a proper forum

B. the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances

C. the right to keep and bear arms

D. the right to be free from arbitrary search of one’s person and property

E. the right to a grand jury for a federal crime

F. the right not to be tried for the same offense twice

G. the right not to be compelled to testify against oneself

H. the right to due process if deprived of life, liberty, or property

I. the right not to have one’s property taken without just compensation

J. the right to a public, speedy, trial by an impartial jury where the crime was committed

K. the right to be informed of the accusation, to confront witnesses, to have counsel

L. the right to be free of cruel or unusual punishment or excessive bail

IV. US CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN SUBSEQUENT AMENDMENTS

A. the right to the privileges and immunities of national citizenship, due process for loss of life, liberty, or property, and equal protection of the law – the 14th Amendment (1868)

B. the right to vote – the 15th (1870), 19th (1920), 24th (1964), and 26th (1971) Amendments

V. STATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS VARY IN EACH STATE’S CONSTITUTION – example: the right to primary and secondary education is a right derived from each state, not the US Constitution

“It is a case in which mixed motives, some selfish, some noble, played a vital role in making the world a more civilized (or at least a less barbaric) place.  – It happened around the year 1095” —  Robert Arvay, How a pope civilized the West – American Thinker

“God tells Amos that His plumb line shows that Israel is not aligned with Him and is due for judgment.  If you are still with me, I live in the USA, and I wonder: what would God see if He put His plumb line in the middle of America?  As I think about the following institutions and individuals, I wonder how they would square with God’s demanding plumb line” —  Ned Cosby, Plumb lines and America in 2022 – American Thinker

“Democrats are starting to sound just a little demonic in their fanaticism for abortion, and it’s obvious in their cavalier attitude toward the safety of the Supreme Court justices — Threats, harassment, and apparently killing seem to be the only game in town for Democrats.  They can’t sell the public on their ideas, so their rage is getting lethal” —  Monica Showalter, Democrats gleeful at the harassment of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh – American Thinker

“Instead of protecting the vulnerable, our governments irrationally shut down businesses, churches, and, worst of all, schools. The result was an educational and social disaster, the magnitude of which we have barely begun to understand … the teachers’ unions, which demanded shutdowns in many states, should pay a price.” —  John Hinderaker, School Closures Crushed Our Children | Power Line

“The man whose posting on social media warned authorities that agent provocateurs from Antifa and Black Lives Matter would be at the U.S. Capitol dressed as Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, is a self-described government informant tied to former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein” —  Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times, Former Federal ‘Informant’ Warned Of Antifa, BLM Infiltrators At Capitol On Jan. 6 | ZeroHedge

“Eisenhower warned against the scientific-technological elite being dependent upon government grants. Eisenhower feared that the elite would use their influence and expertise to warp public policy for their own benefit. That is exactly what is happening” … “I don’t see an end to junk science because there’s too much money in it and the credible institutions that could puncture it lack objectivity and expertise. The ideological bias of the mainstream media attracts them to any crackpot theory that calls for more government money and power mobilized to solve the “problem.” For them the global warming narrative is wonderful because it provides an excuse for the government to regulate nearly everything” —  Norman Rogers, The Global Warming Golden Goose – American Thinker

“Reports of unrest over environmental policies from the Netherlands and Sri Lanka are much more than novelty news. What is happening in both spots is a lesson that has to be learned quickly. If not, there’s deep trouble ahead.” … “Of course, petty tyrannies can quickly and easily grow into totalitarianism. The step from “public servant” to green tyrant is shorter than most of us would think”– There’s No Despot So Tyrannical As A Green Politician – Issues & Insights

 

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Cultivated Antipathy

“We are extremely concerned to see a Department of Justice, not about justice,” Gohmert said at the press conference. “It’s about vengeance. It’s about intimidation and the tactics that we’ve been seeing from this DOJ and the disregard for rights coming out of investigations showing the FBI lied, intel lied. The DOJ lies. It ought to concern every single American.” —  Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times, Rep. Gohmert: “Violations Of American Rights” Of Jan. 6 Prisoners “Mind Blowing” | ZeroHedge

“good hearts and sound minds are achievements, not birthrights … we are living in an age when civilization itself is under attack—or at least Western civilization, which has made the fruitful lives we lead today possible … We see everywhere the decline of manners; the ruin of families in political strife; triviality and freakishness in the arts; the evisceration of entertainment; the preachy ideologizing of sports; and of course the full-scale collapse of the news media over the last few years to the point where I, a former journalist, no longer trust the most straightforward headline perpetrated by the corporate media. It’s a sad spectacle, and the tide is rising.” —  Tracy Lee Simmons, How To Recognize Civilization When You See It

“John Adams exclaimed, “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” —  Eric Utter, Assault on America – American Thinker

“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” —  Cynthia Chung via ‘Through A Glass Darkly’ Substack,, Gaslighting: The Psychology Of Shaping Another’s Reality | ZeroHedge

“The ideological takeover of my university has ruined academic life for anyone who still believes in freedom of thought.” —  Joseph Manson, Why I’m Giving Up Tenure at UCLA – by Joseph Manson

“Schwab makes the fundamental error that these new technologies act as independent drivers of the way people behave and think, rather than as accelerants that nonetheless have not changed ancient fixed and predictable human behavior. … there are plenty of linguistic reasons alone to be suspicious of the grandiose notion of a top-down, international, and fundamental transformation of the way the world is supposed to work…” —  Victor Davis Hanson, The Great Regression – The American Mind

“in discussing the Dobbs case, I prophesied, “and if your media sources resemble those I’ve seen, the moral angle will be played to the hilt with stories of exceptional cases being treated as the rule.” -How right I was” —  Clarice Feldman, Anatomy of a Really Vile Bit of Propaganda – American Thinker

“It’s so predictable — The professional anti-gun mob – i.e., liberal Democrats and the major media outlets – immediately spring into action and exploit the tragedy as much as they can.” — Michael Reagan, The Dishonesty of the Gun-control Mob

“From debunked incitement claim to refuted hearsay allegation about a Trump lunge for wheel of presidential vehicle, panel has provided high-visibility forum for fictions and fallacies.” —  Natalia Mittelstadt, 7 whoppers peddled by House Democrats’ Jan. 6 committee | Just The News

“The Left has a rather schizophrenic attitude toward protests and demonstrations … are protests and demonstrations good or bad? I think they are good–that is to say, consistent with our Constitution’s framework of ordered liberty–when they are peaceful (not “mostly peaceful”), when they are conducted in public places with proper permitting, and when they do not explicitly or implicitly threaten anyone. Citizens have a right to assemble peaceably, not to form themselves into mobs. They do not have a right to commit mayhem, to destroy property, or to threaten, menace, or unreasonably inconvenience others” —  John Hinderaker, Protests, Theirs and Ours | Power Line

“Holding the southern Ukrainian coast also makes it possible to implement the hunger plan … If the Russian blockade continues, tens of millions of tons of food will rot in silos, and tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve. The horror of Putin’s hunger plan is so great that we have a hard time apprehending it” —   Richard Fernandez, Russia’s Hunger Weapon – PJ Media

“The lawsuit challenged “Isolation and Quarantine Procedures” Rule 2.13 (10 NYCRR 2.13), which allowed New York governor Kathy Hochul to use the state Department of Health to issue regulations allowing health officials to involuntarily quarantine and detain people diagnosed or suspected of being exposed to a communicable disease for indefinite periods of time, depriving them of freedom, due process, and property rights, all while avoiding legislative oversight.” —  Linda R. Killian, Resistance Building against Governors’ COVID Powers – American Thinker

“it is not just third world countries that are experiencing mass revolts against top-down green policies. Farmers in Holland, in open revolt against government plans to destroy their livelihoods by limiting nitrogen application for fertilizer, are tying up that country’s roads and cities. And the revolt is spreading to Germany, Italy, Spain, and Poland” —  Thomas Lifson, The revolt against green tyranny has toppled its first government, as farmers’ protests spread across Europe – American Thinker

“Founders Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson are often noted to have been at ideological odds with one another, but this Supreme Court in 1973 managed to make manifest both of their deepest fears about political power with its legendary power-grab … the limited role of the Court that Hamilton prescribes, and the primacy of the Tenth Amendment as Jefferson prescribes, are among the most important features of our free republic” —  William Sullivan, SCOTUS Has Not Exercised ‘Raw Political Power’ in Repealing Roe — It Has Surrendered It – American Thinker

 

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Now, just who is crude, rude, vulgar, etc?

“I want to draw attention to several articles that illustrate that culture change and culture challenge is very much a two way street” .. “candidates for office will need to be far more forthcoming on the issues. Hiding behind faceless bureaucrats in regulatory agencies won’t cut it. That’s a cultural issue too—no regulation without representation. The fight continues, but for the first time since 2016 we have solid grounds for optimism” — Briefly Noted: On The Cultural Front – by Mark Wauck

“There are historical downsides — economic, cultural, social, and military — to nations that shun child-raising. – They shrink in size, age, no longer believe in transcendence, become mostly agnostic or atheistic, and obsess on the self. – And sometimes they eventually become dysfunctional — and slowly disappear” —  Victor Davis Hanson, The Disappearing American? – PJ Media

“all is not sweetness and light in America—there are crazed mass killers on the loose, for example. Who or what is behind this? Tucker offers some food for thought” —  , OMG: Tucker Goes There, There, And There – by Mark Wauck

“Psychological projection is the act of attributing one’s unpleasant traits to someone else. Psychological deflection is a way of shifting attention away from one’s poor behavior to another person. Both are used expertly by Democrats, who don’t want the voters to catch on to their act.” … “As soon as Democrats say “we’re going to give you something,” they’ve already made it clear they’re taking that “something” from someone else, who then loses their freedom. Democrats’ freedoms are in fact shackles” —  , Don’t Let The Democrats Claim The Mantle Of Freedom – Issues & Insights

“This is not the first time Democrats have manufactured evidence to support their allegations in a legal proceeding” —  Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times, Attorneys Claim Government Manufacturing Evidence To Charge, Incarcerate Jan. 6 Prisoners | ZeroHedge

“The harassment of conservative Supreme Court justices manifested at Morton’s in the District of Columbia on Wednesday evening” … “Politico’s Ryan Lizza and Eugene Daniels seem to think it all a big joke. They run the scrupulously reported story in their morning round-up with the tag: “THE RIGHT … TO EAT DINNER.” —  Scott Johnson, Morton’s speaks up | Power Line

 

 

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let’s take a closer look

“These shootings catch headlines and are terrible. On the other hand, the illegal fentanyl flooding the border and killing over 100,000 Americans per year is ignored. So we get people demanding an end to the Second Amendment, which is used defensively between 500,000 and 2.5 million times per year, based on a statistically small number of deaths, but we never hear from the same people a demand to close the border and crack down on drug smugglers and dealers, although their product confers no benefit on anyone and produces huge numbers of deaths, along with destroyed lives.” — The horrible shooting in Highland Park – Bookworm Room

“if you really need to see just how ineffective a gun ban would be, all you need to do is take a glimpse at a recent FBI report making the rounds a little while ago.” —  Michael A. Letts, Why Biden’s gun control solutions can’t possibly work – American Thinker (it’s the California example this time)

“There are a variety of evidence-based public policies that could be followed to address many of the major societal problems we have. The alternative to evidence-based policy, partisan political discourse has largely failed to come up with a solution for most of the major societal problems we face as each side just wants to promote inflammatory rhetoric that allows each side to evade responsibility for their shortcomings on a variety of important social issues. Unlike the failed (primarily political) policies we have heard trumpeted over the decades, there are very simple evidence-based policies that can be used to prevent mass shootings.” —  A Midwestern Doctor, A Major News Network has Finally Explored the Link Between Mass Shootings and SSRIs (both sides do it and logical fallacies taint the argument here)

“Justice Kagan has fallen hook, line and sinker for a preposterous end-of-days story of climate doom.  She has totally failed to distinguish a kernel of bona fide scientific learning from ridiculous scare stories peddled by charlatans” —  Francis Menton, How To Think Like A Liberal Supreme Court Justice — Manhattan Contrarian

“The reality is that the regulatory state as currently organized and operated is an obscene assault on our constitutional system.  The regulatory state has been enacted by neo-Marxist progressives and supported by cowardly jurists over the past century” — West Virginia v. EPA Part I: Roberts Puts A Band-Aid On The Regulatory State – Bookworm Room

“It’s been my lifelong observation that liberals are a mostly conflicted, tormented group suffering from mass psychosis. They wrap themselves up in do-good, virtue-signaling knots and then attempt to rationalize positions even they know are indefensible by putting forth the most tortured, illogical explanations imaginable. Merely calling those positions “lies” doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. Liberals have mastered the art of wanting to believe in a false reality, constructing a Bizarro Universe, while at the same time, excusing themselves for committing the very same transgressions against society and nature that they accuse others of doing” —  Steve Feinstein, The Mass Psychosis of Liberals – American Thinker

“He called the guy that invented Borking, tried to cancel freedom of speech, targeted parents as terrorists, threatened states that sought to protect children from sexual grooming, and tacitly condoned an assassination attempt on a Supreme Court justice “a genuinely good man.” —  John Green, Mitt Romney: Master troll – American Thinker

“Basketball player Brittney Griner was one of 4 athletes profiled by Glory on February 15 for insulting our national anthem … The WNBA did not make her a millionaire. Russia did. She didn’t follow their rules. Now she is learning that the Russian police are not as nice as those American police officers she maligned … They are both ingrates who show zero love of their native country” — Don Surber: Griner pulled a Kaepernick and now wants our help

“Putin’s original plan for Ukraine has failed. His response is escalation. The outcome is unclear. But the range of options is not unlimited, and history suggests the likely possibilities based on the way Russian statecraft and war operate” — James C. Bennett, Ukraine’s future: Finland or Cyprus? – Briefings For Britain

 

 

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Pin the tail on the donkey

” Lincoln’s speech of July 10, 1858, is one of his many great speeches, but in one respect it is uniquely great. It concludes with an explanation of the meaning of this day to Americans with incomparable eloquence and insight in words that remain as relevant now as then” —  , The eternal meaning of Independence Day | Power Line

“In truth, “insurrection” has been fueled by the Left since 2015” —  Victor Davis Hanson, Who Are the Real Insurrectionists? › American Greatness

“News outlets such as Axios, NBC News, MSNBC, and Politico deceptively attributed the beliefs to Thomas instead of the health care workers” —  Rajan Laad, Politico, Axios, NBC News, and MSNBC slander Justice Clarence Thomas – American Thinker

“This is where we see things headed, toward a major and much-welcome curbing of the power of the administrative state … They all should be accountable to the people through their elected representatives. If we cannot get back to that system, we will lose everything” —  Jeffrey Tucker via The Epoch Times, Supreme Court Targets The Real Enemy | ZeroHedge

“The dissenting justices (Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor), faced with the dismissal of the magic phrase that allowed them to “interpret” the Constitution in alignment with Democrat demands, were outraged … because only White men ratified the Constitution, which they view as a document of mere rules (and one can always cheat when rules are involved) rather than of universal principles, the Constitution is inapplicable to any people who are not White men” —  Andrea Widburg, Did you see where the leftist Supreme Court justices voided the Constitution? – American Thinker

“Shepard is more interested in the legal process and its abuse, while Graff’s book relies more on the infamous White House tapes” … “Most seriously, and in violation of any standards of judicial and prosecutorial behavior, Sirica had many private meetings with prosecutors (both Cox and Jaworski) with no defense counsel present” —  Henry P. Wickham, Jr., Watergate and the Corruption of the DC Judiciary – American Thinker – the author has a TDS problem and misses the point that Watergate did have a crime – a break in – while the assault on Trump has failed to pin the tail on the Donkey despite many years of effort.

“A red flag law, a waiting period for gun purchases, licensing requirements, and numerous other gun controls did not prevent the July 4, 2022, Highland Park attack” —  AWR Hawkins, Highland Park Attack Occurred Despite Stringent Gun Controls

“it’s not gun towers or guerrillas who make a border dangerous — it’s the absence of any state control at all … leaving the border unlocked doesn’t create a free and open border, it creates a power void. – That power void, like all voids, has been filled by the world’s foulest criminal gangs” —  Monica Showalter, Joe Biden’s open border is now the world’s ‘deadliest’ land crossing – American Thinker

“I’m getting multiple reports from my nurse friends about kids 2 and 3 years old having seizures. It is ONLY happening on vaccinated kids, and symptoms start 2 to 5 days after the COVID vaccine.” —  Steve Kirsch, Two and 3-year-old kids with seizures is “the new normal”

 

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adamant strong believers in denial are dangerous

“All three cases were decided 6-3 along ideological lines.  These cases involved the most basic issues of what the Constitution is and how it is to be interpreted.  On those issues there is virtually no hope of one side ever convincing anyone from the other side.  There just are two fundamentally irreconcilable visions of how this should work” — Francis Menton, There Are Two Fundamentally Irreconcilable Constitutional Visions — Manhattan Contrarian

“Modern progressives assume moral and intellectual authority.” … “How odd that leftists are destroying the very customs and traditions whose loss will come back to haunt them when the Democrats lose the Congress in November. – Cry-baby tantrums won’t win over the public. These nonstop puerile meltdowns have turned off most Americans who tire of whiny narcissistic hypocrites.” — The whiney leftist mind – Victor Davis Hanson

“It was an invitation to the children to compare things, that is, to think for themselves. Why wouldn’t you imagine that the children could grasp how much worse it is to be forced into slavery?” … “History isn’t a matter of deciding which people suffered the most, then only telling their story and forbidding all comparisons, but what school boards do never has much to do with ensuring that history is taught in a soundly professional way. ” — Althouse: “A group of educators in Texas proposed referring to slavery as ‘involuntary relocation’ in second-grade classes…”

“what’s the losing justices’ option? Obfuscate, because you sure don’t want people to understand that you want to take a position contrary to the clear words of the Constitution and as well, I say, to the overwhelming views of the electorate.” —  Clarice Feldman, A SCOTUS Guide for the Perplexed – American Thinker

“New York has made it clear that the Constitution does not apply within its boundaries, no matter what the Supreme Court says” … “The State’s actions confirm that the most seemingly paranoid fears about the true intentions of the gun-grabbers are quite well grounded in reality.  The claim that the left seeks only “commonsense gun safety” is purely deceitful; the left will stop at nothing less than police-state disarmament, the Bill of Rights be damned” —  Michael Filozof, New York Moves to Nullify Supreme Court Decision Upholding Gun Rights – American Thinker

“lauded by pro-life advocates as a success story — babies were saved and mom and dad were stepping up to the parenting challenge. But for those on the pro-choice side, the article illustrated their deepest fears: poor women would be forced to deliver babies they could not properly provide for.” … “In most cases babies are a cause for joy, but the overall theme of Kitchener’s narrative is one of despair” … “We have the chance now to alter public perception and create the types of spaces where families like Brooke and Billy’s are valued in our society – a place where no baby ends up in a medical waste bin, and where no one is ever forced to choose between opportunity and the life of their child. For information on how to help families like Brooke and Billy’s please visit Optionline.org, to find a pregnancy resource center near you.” —  Sarah St. Onge, What WaPo Didn’t Tell You About The Teen Who Didn’t Abort Her Twins

“utopian energy is as much a fantasy as a utopian society. Seeking the fount of perfect energy allows us to pretend there aren’t real-world tradeoffs between, say, banning fossil fuels and helping people in impoverished nations or between using solar and wind power and conserving natural habitats.” —  Brian Gitt, Chasing Utopian Energy: How I Wasted 20 Years of My Life | RealClearEnergy

 

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Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

“Over the past thirty-years, a plurality of ill-educated and malleable citizens have allowed the self-serving, decadent and nescient ruling class, in alliance with the radical left, to establish near-permanent despotism in the United States.  They have deliberately and inexorably widened the gulf between the people and the government and effectively split the nation into two de facto countries that are at ideological and societal loggerheads.” —  Steve McCann, The United States Has Become Two Countries Within a Nation – American Thinker

“The thinking behind the establishment of these programs has a longstanding and dishonorable history.” —  Jack Wisdom, False Values Proliferate in Higher Ed – American Thinker

“Evidence keeps piling up that Joe Biden lied about his family’s foreign influence-peddling scheme that reaped tens of millions of dollars for his son and brother and potentially put at risk America’s national security” —  Miranda Devine, Hunter and Joe Biden’s links go deeper by the day

“KevinMD contributors, virtually without exception, have asserted the solution to events like the horrific tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, is “gun control.” Allow me to present an alternative viewpoint in the interest of diversity of opinion.” … “While new restrictions on gun ownership are not unreasonable, if we want to keep Americans safe, let’s stop letting violent criminals like Darryl Brooks, Eugene Clark, Steven Mendez, and Ricardo Hernandez back on our streets. And these are not isolated cases” —  Scott Abramson, Gun control vs. violent criminal control

“The advanced state of ad hominem political attacks in the United States has spread to the Supreme Court’s own justices – at least from the outnumbered liberals there.” “Now is the time to stop this vitriol before it’s too late, before it impacts the way the Justices conduct business.  It’s long past time to stop it in the Senate and the House and at the White House.” —  Marc Hecht, The losers throw spitballs, even on the Supreme Court – American Thinker

“the Court has not appointed itself the decision-maker, Justice Kagan. It has told Congress that it must be the decision maker, which is what the Constitution says.  Justice Kagan is far from stupid. How does one get such an obvious and simple point so wrong?” —  Thomas Lifson, Justice Kagan’s sophomoric misunderstanding of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency – American Thinker

“If the precedent doesn’t conform to the Constitution, it is then illegal and should be overturned, which a justice will vote to do if he, again, references the Constitution.” … “what hasn’t been said: In complaining they were deceived by Gorsuch and Kavanaugh,  Manchin and Collins are in glass houses with millimeter-thick walls. — For they are violating their oaths.” —  , Roe Woe: Manchin and Collins Violate Their Oaths by Stressing Un-American Stare Decisis – American Thinker

“Liberals view the actual words of statutes (like the words of the Constitution, see Roe v. Wade) as irrelevant. The one imperative is federal government power.” —  John Hinderaker, Abolish the Supreme Court? | Power Line

“According to United States Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), “this is what you have when vindictive leftists get in charge of major parts of the government.” —  Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times, DOJ Has VA Suspend All Benefits Of Jan. 6 Prisoner | ZeroHedge

“Something is very wrong with the supposedly right-of-center media outlets and commentators treating the Jan. 6 committee like something other than the appalling Stalinesque show-trial ” —  John Daniel Davidson, The Jan. 6 Committee Is Causing Never Trumpers To Lose Their Minds

“What all these leftists (in the media and out) forgot is that a kangaroo court doesn’t get to the truth. It is, instead, a forum for promoting lies” … “There’s a legal adage, Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, that means that a person who is false in one thing is presumed to be false in everything” —  Andrea Widburg, A Jan 6 witness ludicrously claims Trump tried to choke his Secret Service agent – American Thinker

“The examples are endless.  The media will destroy anyone whom they don’t want in power while hiding the truth about people like the Clintons and the Bidens.  All they care about is power for leftists and pushing their agenda to destroy America.  They should be embarrassed.” —  Jack Hellner, Here are headlines and editorials in the dishonest WaPo a day after Secret Service agents effectively called Jan. 6 witness a liar – American Thinker

“As previously reported in an exclusive June 20 report, evidence proves that “plainclothes” members of a special Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were embedded among Jan. 6, 2021, protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance” —  Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times, Jan. 6 ‘Electronic Surveillance Unit’ Was “Illegal”, Says Rep. Gohmert; Attorney Suggests “Entrapment” | ZeroHedge

“It appears from coverage that Democrats and weasel Republicans are attempting to use gross overstatement, selective testimony and choice bits of heavily edited depositions from erstwhile Trump partisans to bundle a series of diverse elements into a narrative.” … “The precedent is set: identifying future Democrat-favoring voting irregularities risks being labeled a promoter of Trump-variety “false claims” and plagued, persecuted, or even prosecuted as an “insurrectionist.” — Jan. 6, Adam Schiff, And The Real Big Liars — And Why It Matters – Issues & Insights

“The irony is that so-called “green” energy such as solar and wind, can’t fill the needs of growing economies. So countries are moving back to coal, undoing decades of CO2 reductions” … “The “net-zero emissions” extremism will damage the next generation’s prospects of living better than its parents did – a long-cherished promise of American life that, unless our current course toward energy poverty alters, will disappear” —  , Americans Are ‘Collateral Damage’ In Dems’ Insane War On Energy – Issues & Insights

“Science doesn’t follow, “just didn’t look right” as a rule of discovery or investigation” … ” like many climate alarmists, Dessler just has a hard time believing that any time in the past could be worse than the present when it comes to weather” … “You can compare all of the facts in points 1-4 above to Dessler’s “just didn’t look right” analysis and make your own judgments about when heat waves were worse in the United States. You can believe the real actual data measured at the time, or the data that has but put through a statistical adjustment mill decades later.”  —  Anthony Watts, U.S. Heat Waves: Dessler Continues to Step In It – Watts Up With That?

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