Archive for August, 2022

Just what is this facism, anyway?

a review of nonsense – “to quantify those charges, what exactly has Trump done extralegally—as opposed to his bombast and braggadocio about what he might have wished to have done?” —  Victor Davis Hanson: The Strangest Thing About ‘Semi-Fascist’ Trump › American Greatness — “The result of this unprecedented effort to accuse Trump of using government fascistically while fascistically using government to destroy a president is all too clear in the destroyed careers who sought to undermine constitutional government”

defining the opponent – “Saul Alinsky’s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” … “What’s remarkable about this is it’s the Democratic Party itself, in both its tactics and beliefs, that appears to be morphing into a kind of neo-fascist party in which racial identity, government control of corporations, political violence, and rigid political directives are forced on citizens, while our historic protections under the Constitution are ignored, diminished or even erased” The Biden administration and the Democrats are following this rule to a T” — Who Are The Real ‘Semi-Fascists’? – Issues & Insights – (Donate page)

gulag update – ” Latest J6 rioter gets nearly five years for “encountering.” — Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE MESSAGE BEING SENT IS THAT ONLY DEMOCRAT-APPROVED GROUPS MAY DEMONSTRATE: Latest J6 rioter gets… — “More banana republic stuff, like what’s being done by the CCP to Jimmy Lai, courtesy of our corrupt, thuggish ruling class, which seems to view the CCP as a role model.”

corruption runs deep – “reveals a deeper scandal: It was the FBI and not social media that stole the election from Donald Trump” — Margot Cleveland: Why Zuckerberg’s Admission Of FBI Election Meddling Is Huge

TDS on parade – “The Times editorial is predictable in that from February 2017 to the present, the paper has demanded the investigation, the impeachment, the ouster of Mr. Trump.  It’s also pathetic, wallowing for six years and counting, in its obsession with the former president.  To what end?  Banishment to St. Helena, if not imprisonment?” — David Zukerman: The New York Times and its devouring obsession with President Trump – American Thinker — “Apparently, the zealots at The New York Times have yet to learn that the obsession motivating them to devour their target might just bite them instead”

weep in sorrow – “There was even a warning about “fascism” (a socialist concept that the left simultaneously implements and insists is a right-wing phenomenon) from the late Madeleine Albright” — Andrea Widburg: James Madison’s Montpelier has gone woke in a very ugly way – American Thinker — “If you’re planning a trip to Virginia, my recommendation is that you cut Montpelier from your list.  The tour is expensive — $35 — and both the house and James Madison are not given their due.  The house is skimped upon, and Madison is demeaned.  Worst of all, though, one of the historic properties on which the ideas of liberty and representative democracy came to fruition, even before people were fully ready for them, has become a shrine to race-hatred and anti-Americanism”


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Torture, harassment, deprivation – a deluge

Constitution? – “If the FBI can so easily obtain the right to raid Trump’s home, what is left to protect you, your home, or your privacy?” … “For the warrant to withstand constitutional scrutiny, the redacted portions have a lot of work to do to articulate a very dark and sinister set of facts describing how Trump took top secrets of the United States that he did not declassify and that he did so with the intent to harm the United States or profit on the sensitive information” — Brett L. Tolman and Julie Warren: FBI’s Trump Raid Should Concern Everyone, Including His Critics

walls closing in – “Our country is far from healthy today, but a collective laugh at the FBI’s joke of an affidavit is a long-needed step in the right direction.” — Christopher Bedford: The Short Life (And Fast Death) Of The FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Play

Chapter and Verse – “It must have been extremely frustrating for a sitting president to know there was nothing to the claims yet be constantly bombarded by media and political people in Washington DC who held a vested interest in maintaining them.” — sundance: President Trump Tried to Work Within the System and Sunday Talks, Out From the Shadows, The Primary Architect of The Trump Targeting Operation Surfaces on ABC News – The Last Refuge — “McCord is the architect, the actual person putting lawfare strategy into lawfare ink and action, for the Trump targeting operations.”

Stanford jail experiment in reality – “For the first time in U.S. history, the political party in power is hunting down and jailing members of the opposition party for political dissidence, and . . . torturing them in jail … the same evil that manifested itself in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Nero’s Rome … This cruel disregard for basic human rights is all part of the regime’s effort to dehumanize the January 6ers” — Debra Heine: Lawyer: January 6 Clients Are Being Tortured › American Greatness

paranoid police – “Incidents involving “swatting” — i.e., someone making a false 911 call to a police agency claiming that a violent crime is in progress at a specific location, with the caller’s intent being to cause the police to respond to that address to disrupt, annoy, or kill the inhabitant of that location — are increasing” — Stephen Lamkin: One way to stop policemen from mistakenly killing innocent people – American Thinker

the damage done – “Today the deluded rulers of the Western world are gifting us and future generations with plagues of Green Elephants — useless, expensive, protected green rubbish.” — Viv Forbes: The plague of Green Elephants – American Thinker — “These disastrous Green adventures are driven by the UN billionaires’ club and promoted endlessly by government media, education bureaucracies, and vocal vested interests. – This plague of Green Elephants will destroy our industries, our farms and our access to cheap reliable fuels and electricity.”


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say, do, and results in conflict

context as a propaganda (and legal) tool – “saying that its warning to Facebook was of a general nature and did not include a call to action” — Tom Ozimek of The Epoch Times: FBI Responds To Zuckerberg Claim It Helped Suppress Hunter Biden Laptop Story | ZeroHedge

dissonance – “The war between blue and red and mass versus elite is really grounded in the reality that those who feel they were the deserved winners of globalization and who are the sole enlightened on matters of social, economic, political, and military policy have no record of recent success, but a long litany of utter failure” — Victor Davis Hanson: How middle class now view their rulers with rightly earned disdain — “The masses increasingly view the elites’ money, their ZIP codes, their degrees and certificates, and their titles not just with indifference, but with the disdain they now have earned on their own merits. — And that pushback has made millions of our worst and stupidest quite mad.”


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A war fought by other means

dark and dangerous expression of power – “The execution of a search warrant on the home of former President Donald Trump has brought to mind a dark and dangerous side of law enforcement. The idea of government agents rummaging through the private possessions on the private property of anyone against that person’s will brings back the specter of British soldiers knocking down doors in colonial America” — Andrew P. Napolitano: On Government Invasions of Private Property, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | Creators Syndicate — “Even when the government seeks to demonstrate waiver, the government should be presumed to be wrong, and every inference and bias should be drawn against it because the essence of government is the negation of liberty.”

What the Constitution says – “The Mar-A-Lago warrant illustrates the long-standing constitutional anomaly of letting magistrate judges sign search warrants” — Philip Hamburger: Can Magistrate Judges Constitutionally Issue Search Warrants?

Holier than thou? – “Where was Bill Barr in the spring of 2017, when Comey was dismissed by President Trump?” — David Zukerman: Bill Barr returns to make every conservative seethe with frustration – American Thinker — “I guess the media onslaught was too much for you to protest.  And you left President Trump to the lying hyenas, alone.  Shame on you.”

What 1776 was all about – “The raid on Mar-A-Lago was a pretextual search using the National Archive rules and mischaracterize classified document laws to justify an unlawful search warrant – This raid is only a part of an ongoing criminal conspiracy (RICO) or silent coup by the Deep State to take down Trump – Cutting to the chase.  I smell rotting fish” — Ron Wright: The Raid on Mar-A-Lago: A Desperate Act by the Deep State – American Thinker

propaganda as war tactics – “If the FBI has ironclad reasons for the raid, they would have released the entire document with only the names of the agents redacted. – The purpose of this redaction is to allow the cloud of doubt and suspicion to prevail to furnish a narrative” — Rajan Laad: Why did the FBI redact the Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit? – American Thinker — “Trump has been the target of the most significant and prolonged disinformation campaigns in US history”

It is sad to see John Hinderaker at Powerline dissing both the Zuckerberg revelations and giving credit to the unknown, redacted parts of the warrant affidavit. See Ho Hum and Did the FBI Rig the 2020 Election? This is the insidious nature about the ad hominem bias swallowing natural rights, culture, and advocacy for proper governance. Ignorance like Hinderaker professes to rationalize his opinion is no excuse. He illustrates the effectiveness of the propaganda campaign.

psychosis on parade – “Never in my lifetime have so many people been so obsessed with one man … It would be laughable if not for the power of the cancel … Donald Trump is the ultimate rationale for this abandonment of American tolerance … Don’t expect liberals to resolve this dilemma before November. The pain will only get worse—especially if Trump candidates poll well” — Mark Bauerlein via The Epoch Times: Trump Derangement Syndrome Is Going To Get Worse | ZeroHedge — “The rabid indignation gets chuckles from everyone except the True Believers, the ones who cling to their outrage as a psychological crutch. That will bring on more manic behavior, more delusion on the left.  Be ready for it”

ripe for fraud – “Transitioning from a traditional primary system to ranked-choice voting is like ‘going from algebra to calculus.’” — Shawn Fleetwood: Disastrous Ranked-Choice Voting Is On The Ballot In Nevada


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Down the Memory Hole

Must be a pony under the manure pile – “The fact that there is no evidence against Trump of having done anything illegal, despite years of obsessive and frequently illegal official persecution of him to unearth such evidence, merely confirms the satanic depths of his wickedness.” — Conrad Black: The Regime Has Its Man – All It Needs Now Is The Crime | ZeroHedge — “The legal farce is de-escalating, and it will be a real challenge even for the totalitarian legions of media Trump-haters to maintain a straight face and unwavering inflection as they try to provide a legal justification for this preposterous flim-flam job.”

6th amendment? – “The latest smear of Donald Trump being fabricated by many on the left is that he cannot find any respectable lawyer to represent him” — Richard McDonough: The latest smear on Trump: He can’t find a respectable lawyer to defend him – American Thinker

smear contempt case – “Recreation brightens the mood, and a happy person with a positive mindset often makes a better leader.” — : In defense of Sanna Marin – American Thinker

collateral damage – “The question, then, is how much suffering by U.S. citizens is required before these U.S. citizens resist this government-sponsored fiasco and stop this insane Biden Migration Program?” — John M. Clark: How many Americans shall we kill for the greater good? – American Thinker

simple solution – “For a profession that purports to believe in a principle of “do no harm,” the modern medical community seems to perpetually undermine legitimate healthcare” — Olivia Murray: Canadian veterans offered assisted suicide to cope with combat traumas – American Thinker

infinite jeopardy – “the verdict is a much-needed win for the regime in a case the Justice Department considers one of its most important domestic terror investigations in decades.” —  Julie Kelly: Two Men Convicted in Second Whitmer Fednapping Trial › American Greatness

FBI Files (cont.) – “revealing that the Bureau’s management is “out of control” in offices across the country” — Nick Arama: More Whistleblowers Reveal ‘out of Control’ FBI Including Fake Cases, Even False Affidavits – RedState – also – “One of the most glaring contradictions in the Mar-a-Lago controversy has been the Justice Department demanding absolute and unwavering secrecy over the FBI raid while officials have been leaking details on the raid.” -Jonathan Turley: Litigation By Leak: Government Officials Drop New Details On Mar-a-Lago Raid While Continuing To Oppose Disclosures In Court | ZeroHedge – also – John Solomon: Biden White House facilitated DOJ’s criminal probe against Trump, scuttled privilege claims: memos | Just The News – also – sundance: Report, Congressional Gang of Eight Wants to See FBI Affidavit and Trump’s Evidence Against Them Contained in Confiscated Documents from Mar-a-Lago Raid – The Last Refuge

The whole truth? – “According to a piece published by El American, the opening parts of the exhibit address the “the brutality of European colonization, slavery, and the heroic resistance of the indigenous peoples,” while also failing to mention the “brutality” of the human sacrifice rituals (which often included children) that were commonplace in ancient Aztec and Mayan culture. – Yet the Ministry of Truth didn’t stop there and also scrubbed the exhibit of provocative figures like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, and Daniel Ortega, tossing all evidence of their despotic regimes down the Memory Hole” — Olivia Murray: The Smithsonian opens a new exhibit on Latin America, but leaves out the main players – American Thinker

conspiracy – “The truly shocking thing about this turn of events is that the mainstream press has let Biden get away with it” — Cataloging Biden’s Lies About The Border – Issues & Insights

racism reality – “I don’t know that there has ever been a place and time in American history when only racists were permitted to teach in the public schools” —  John Hinderaker: Only Racists Need Apply | Power Line — “You may think this is so shocking that it couldn’t happen in your community, but you would be wrong. This kind of thing is going on across America, driven largely by the teachers’ unions, which are racist and grotesquely anti-American. These initiatives are being promoted just about everywhere, and they will succeed unless sane Americans mobilize to defeat them”

Your concern is showing – “The protest crazies from the left’s environmental front seem attracted to it, the way moths glom to incandescent light bulbs” — Monica Showalter: What is it about left-wing environmental wackos and glue? – American Thinker

THE science – “Unfortunately, most Americans don’t care. That’s probably because they don’t know that government throws so much money at ridiculous progressive advocacy” — John Stossel: Scientific ‘Integrity’

why so off? – “Those who recognize the wrong can do no other than to point it out. And so we do” — Gregory Wrightstone: Corruption of Climate Science Supported by Flawed Models – Watts Up With That? – also – “a statement, signed by 1,100 scientists and policy experts from around the world, that argues “There Is No Climate Emergency.” – Steven Hayward: What Climate Crisis? | Power Line


mob rule – “Well-meaning scientists are quickly discouraged from fixing articles because of all the hassle they have to go through. – I now see that the problem can’t be easily fixed and Wikipedia science articles are not reliable.” — Larry Moran: Sandwalk: The trouble with Wikipedia


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assault on many fronts: DOJ, climate, media, judiciary, … wow

Power grab — “Tyrannies are often willing to use legal means to effect their ends of undoing the checks and balances placed in a constitution in order to avoid tyranny. No constitution is perfect, and clever and highly-motivated folks such as Doerfler and Moyn can certainly come up with seemingly legal ways to do it” — The end of the Constitution at the hands of the left – The New Neo

Plato and Aristotle cited – “when engaged in a philosophical debate, as opposed to the 9th grade Debating Challenge, the point is not simply to vanquish one’s opponent but to find the truth.” … “the ability to make this distinction between mere “eristic” and genuine rational argument and apply it consistently in social life is essential to the development of a civilization, that is, a civil society whose public discussions are self-consciously motivated by the search for truth, not merely for punishing one’s enemies” — Richard McDonough: Liz Cheney’s Agony – American Thinker — “Liz Cheney appears to be unhinged.  Instead of demonstrating that there is something wrong with Donald Trump she has unwittingly demonstrated that there is something wrong with Liz Cheney”

cowed – “Leftism is a discipline of doublethink, and nowhere is that more apparent than its approach to morality” — Olivia Murray: Marxist mob out for blood at the American Historical Association – American Thinker — “Without fail, simple truth elicits vitriolic and illogical responses from leftists — the behavior of Denial and her kind shored up beliefs that academia is filled with hardened fascists.  Free speech and the marketplace of discourse cannot be tolerated, and dissidents must be beaten down — at the moment figuratively, but if we’ve learned anything from real history (perhaps Germany in the 1930s), we know it doesn’t stop there”

clown show – “This language is inappropriate in a judicial ruling. First, he tells us what things have “seemed” to him. But the job of a judge is not to tell us what things have “seemed” to him; the job of a judge is to make findings of fact and conclusions of law. This judge’s reference to what “seems” to him, is most unseemly – it’s irrelevant and grossly unprofessional. It’s just a political potshot coming from a person abusing his position who should, and is obligated to, know better” — Glenn K. Beaton: Recently, the federal judiciary has seemed like justice turned upside down | the Aspen beat

taqiyya – “Worming one’s way into an infidel’s confidences only to betray and slaughter them traces back to the prophet of Islam, Muhammad” — Raymond Ibrahim: The Great Lengths Some Muslims Go to Deceive Infidels – American Thinker — “Such are the lengths some Muslims — past and present — are willing to go to in order to win the trust of those infidels whom they mean to betray.”

Bill of rights? – “The weaponization of a grand jury by state-level Democrats presents no less of a breach of the Rubicon than the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid” — Margot Cleveland: Sen. Graham, First Amendment Are Still In Georgia DA Crosshairs — “because our country has never seen this scenario before, it is unclear whether First Amendment jurisprudence will be up to the task of countering the continuing abuse justified by a desire to destroy political enemy No. 1.”

catalog of sin – “For a country that once had a somewhat independent and diverse media, it’s sickening.  And now, as if the totally one-sided news media were not enough, the all-pervasive social media companies are proving to be even worse” — C.F. Baab: Carrying water for the Democrats – American Thinker

glimmer of hope – “An Alabama jury sent a clear message: Outside-the-Beltway Americans are fed up with universal lies and character assassinations.” — John Lucas: Roy Moore Defeated Defamers And The ‘Actual Malice’ Standard

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the basic ideological definitions of governmental control to explain the political spectrum

overreach consequences – “Raiding Donald Trump’s private residence without compelling justification, the FBI violated Gertrude Stein’s rule about knowing how far to go when going too far.” —  Roger Kimball: The Feds Go Too Far › American Greatness — “the FBI violated Gertrude Stein’s golden rule about knowing how far to go when going too far. They will, I predict, pay the price, and the country will be a freer, safer, less intimidated place.”

armed forces inventory – “We have what the founders feared most: a “standing” or permanent army on American soil. … there are a growing number of exceptions to which Posse Comitatus does not apply. These exceptions serve to further acclimate the nation to the sight and sounds of military personnel on American soil and the imposition of martial law. … The menace of a national police force—a.k.a. a standing army—vested with the power to completely disregard the Constitution, cannot be overstated, nor can its danger be ignored.” — John & Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute: Weaponizing The Bureaucracy: Who Will Protect Us From The Government’s Standing Army? | ZeroHedge — “All of these assaults on the constitutional framework of the nation have been sold to the public as necessary for national security.”

anything for everything – “No one outside the ruling class would want any part of the lefts socialist national agenda, so they must lie to have any success. … evil has always had to use deception to disguise its true nature” — D. Parker: The Evil of the Anti-Liberty Left – American Thinker — “hey are not only perpetrating these horrendous policies, but outright lying so people support them without knowing what they are.  If that isn’t evil, then what is?”

it’s who they are – “This mass delusion of the left, that the former guy is “an existential threat to democracy” and a “moral emergency,” as Harris described it on British podcast “Triggernometery” last week, has metastasized under a president afflicted with a bad case of Trump derangement syndrome.” … “The antipathy to Trump among the elites is more about visceral class revulsion and a fear of contagion than his morality or politics.” … “The propaganda media of the left amplifies and twists this attitude in hateful ways.” — Miranda Devine: The left’s mask slips on brazen Trump bias — “History tells us where dehumanization always ends.”

hope for sanity – “Personal injury lawyers are either revered or reviled. Sometime purveyors of junk science, they often prey on a vulnerable and scientifically averse judiciary. But things are a’changin- at least for asbestos. And that signals bad news for the talc plaintiffs.” —  Barbara Pfeffer Billauer: Asbestos Causes Cancer? Only if You Can Prove It – and That’s Getting Harder | American Council on Science and Health

presumption is no substitute for reality – “From a societal view, we are beginning to “do right” by our veterans. From a scientific point of view, the association of these adverse health effects solely with burn pits and no other environmental factors is a bit tenuous. By not fully investigating the more specific exposures of our veterans, we are losing an important opportunity – to better understand and target what in the chemical mix of what we term PM2.5, may be a causal factor.” — Chuck Dinerstein: Let’s Talk About … Burn Pits | American Council on Science and Health


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I though they knew the law – FBI?

a catalog – “A look at the FBI’s last six years shows a pattern of irredeemable corruption.” — Tristan Justice: Think The FBI Deserves The Benefit Of The Doubt? Think Again

What the ? – “it’s the same guys doing it now as the ones who cooked up the earlier string of Russia hoaxes. … This rather gives the impression that there’s some kind of Inspector Javert operation going on directed at President Trump, with a Wile E. Coyote effect.” — Monica Showalter: Is the FBI even doing counterintelligence cases any more? – American Thinker — “Someone in Congress, perhaps Sen. Ted Cruz, needs to start asking Director Christopher Wray why his agency isn’t producing a whole lot, if anything, for the counterintelligence job it’s paid for.”

Victim report – “testifies to a congressional hearing about the depths to which the FBI has sunk in its attempts to discredit one of its most effective critics.” — Thomas Lifson: Sharyl Attkisson reveals how low the FBI will go – American Thinker

Here’s the receipts – “The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government” — Mack Cogburn: New: Intel Officials Leak About What FBI Was Looking For In Trump Raid And It’s Not Looking Good

Another case gone sour – “In a case with a direct bearing on the search warrant issued on Mar A Lago, the March 22, 2021 FBI raid on a private safe deposit box operator in Beverly Hills, California just got even dodgier, according to court documents released by a different federal judge than issued the warrant.” — Thomas Lifson: FBI affidavit misled a magistrate judge on a search warrant in plot to seize and forfeit contents of safety deposit boxes – American Thinker — “I think that it is fair to say at this point that the FBI does not deserve the benefit of the doubt for any serach warrant applications they have issued, and that full disclosure of affidavits they have filed is mandatory, given the proven, calculated misbehavior the Bureau has engaged in.”

the best of the best? – “Former FBI agent Robert Cessario was charged with corrupt destruction of record in an official proceeding in connection to the trial of former Arkansas Republican state Sen. Jon Woods, local media reported.” — Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times: Ex-FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence | ZeroHedge

historical perspective – “One of the major causes leading up to the American Revolution was the “general warrant.” This was a search warrant that was completely open-ended, allowing the British government official to search anything, anywhere, at any time.” — Andrea Widburg: Trump plans to take legal action against the DOJ and FBI – American Thinker — “Leftists have always resented the Constitution, and now they’re open in their disdain, so it’s valid to ask if they’ll say that Trump’s case is so extraordinary that the Constitution just can’t apply to him.”

law professors strut their stuff – “Apart from its sheer stupidity, we see here another example of the pervasive bad faith with which the Left operates. Frankly, it would be more honest and no less lawless to advocate taking over the U.S. Army, mobilizing tanks and howitzers and staging an old-fashioned coup, in order to install the Democratic Party permanently in power.” — John Hinderaker: Down With the Constitution! | Power Line — “I am not really surprised that a Yale Law School professor could write something as ridiculous as the Times op-ed. Yale Law School has always been rather goofy. But for a Harvard Law professor to sink to this depth reflects a dizzying decline in academic standards.”

power play – “The government is continuing its highly “successful” campaign to identify and convict any person that can conceivably be tied in any way to the Capitol Hill riot on January 6th of last year.” — Jazz Shaw: More Jan 6 people convicted of “parading” – HotAir — “Just as a periodic reminder, there has yet to be a single prosecution I could find of any of the people who were setting fire to federal court buildings and police cruisers during the BLM riots that unfolded during the summer of love. These sentences for the rioters would be shocking under any other circumstances. But the reality is that we now live in an era of selective enforcement of the law and unequal sentencing for similar or identical crimes. It’s the politicization of the justice system and it’s being done right before your eyes.”

Take your heroines where you can find them – “None of the big law firms in town which puff up their public service donating time — for example, to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees — have to my knowledge volunteered to help these people. So it was a welcome surprise to see one young public defender do her job.” — Clarice Feldman: D.C. Lawyer of the Year: Natasha Taylor-Smith – American Thinker — “Lazy if not partisan judges, lawyers neglecting their duty, the bar which mouths fancy platitudes ignoring its special responsibility to the justice system by volunteering its services, an FBI mired in corruption, the Speaker of the House sitting on relevant, probably exonerating evidence, and one young woman alone acts for justice. Bravo!”

smear campaign – “Did the Inquirer cover the event fairly?  Of course not!” — Lynne Lechter: Dr. Oz and the false flag crudité caper – American Thinker

patterns of bias – “Those costly errors will distort congressional representation and the Electoral College.” — Hans von Spakovsky: Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State — “Congress needs to use its oversight authority to investigate and determine why these errors happened, particularly since they didn’t occur in the 2010 census. Lawmakers should then make the changes necessary to ensure this does not happen again.”

controlling the vote – “This bill, by far the most expansive piece of election legislation put forward by Democrats, passed the House along party lines but failed in the Senate after Manchin refused to lend it his support.” — Joseph Lord via The Epoch Times: Oversight Democrats Demand Federal Intervention Against ‘Election Misinformation’ | ZeroHedge

case study for the IRS expansion – “My former colleague’s apprehensions were obviously unfounded. But the fact that the thought that he may have been persecuted because of his political beliefs demonstrates that small-d democratic values on the ground are gradually eroding” — Rajan Laad: Was it IRS intimidation or just an ‘error’? – American Thinker — “The Democrats have created a climate of fear and have effectively criminalized political opposition. They certainly benefit if people hesitate to donate or support the party challenging them.”

Peer pressure and bullies – “Pathetic. There was nothing—not a single thing—wrong with Prof. Sweet’s article, and he knows it. His craven capitulation to a twitter mob tells you all you need to know about the cowardly character of most academics today, especially moderate liberal academics. They deserve their fate. History departments that behave this way deserve to lose all their students, and have their departments disbanded.” — Steven Hayward: Update: ‘Is History History?’ Answer: Sadly, Yes | Power Line

culture definition in music – “In its classic 40-year period, the songbook, essentially the hundreds of thousands of compositions that survived, was kept alive, in different ways of interpretation, by big swing bands, small combos, singers, and crooners.” — Michael Curtis: The American Melody Lingers On – American Thinker


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The table is crawling with uglies

We call. Show your hand – “Cleveland’s story bares the lie. It ain’t about the paperwork. It’s not about the espionage act. We already knew this on some level, but this latest story removes two objections prosecutors can use to keep the affidavit sealed in the hearing Thursday. – Worse, it shows in shining glory — again — that this raid was pretextual, that it was an overly broad search warrant that gave FBI agents carte blanche to take every document, passport, and piece of Melania’s underwear they wanted. SO THEY COULD FIND A CRIME.” — Victoria Taft: Outing of Trump Raid ‘Leaker’ Shatters FBI Document Excuse, Now All Eyes Are on Affidavit Hearing – PJ Media — “The Left only used to talk about frog-marching Republicans like Dick Cheney and George Bush. Now they’re doing it. The norms have been blown up by the authoritarian Left, an out-of-control attorney general, and Biden’s FBI. If you’re sending Trump and his supporters to the Gulag, you should have to prove your case, and you should do it now.”

metaphorical hat trick – “This is a breathtaking statement. And it raises more questions than it answers. Let’s go through a few of them.” … “It may answer the question of why the FBI combed through Melania Trump’s under lovelies and hired a safecracker. They didn’t seem to know what they were looking for.”– Victoria Taft: Feds Swear Trump Investigation Was in ‘EARLY STAGES’ When FBI Stormed Mar-a-Lago. Oh, Really? – PJ Media

ad hominem projection – “the defeat of Liz Cheney illustrates the ever-present reality that leftists are defined by their sanctimonious displays of pseudo-aristocracy” — Olivia Murray: After Liz Cheney’s whopping defeat, leftists rant against the ‘uneducated’ – American Thinker — “Although the facts don’t support the claims, leftists iterate the notion that leftism amounts to scholarly prestige.  However, the truth is, leftists are perfectly indoctrinated, and therefore perfectly uneducated.  Claiming otherwise is a complete farce.”

monsters under the bed – “we are now serially treated to yet another progressive melodrama about the dangers of a supposed impending radical right-wing violent takeover.” —  Victor Davis Hanson: ‘Civil War’ Porn — “Historic overreach is insurrectionary, not objecting to it. And those who warn most of some mythical civil war are those most likely to incite one.”

troubled by the historical erasures and narrow politics – “You can imagine how this mild bit of heresy is going down on Twitter. The mob has been summoned to pick up their pitchforks, and send denunciations for printing this “appalling” article to the council of the AHA.” — Steven Hayward: Is History History? | Power Line — “Periodically I hear from parents who says they have a child interested in studying history, and can I recommend a college with a good department. After Hillsdale and one or two other places, the answer is: No, there are none. Don’t do it. Academic history is now worse than a waste of time nearly everywhere.”

Perverts on parade – “They behave exactly like predatory men, overtly pressuring women with their power and dominance, and leaving the women unable to fight back” — Eleanor Dashwood: The Predatory Male Behavior Of So-Called Transgender Women – American Thinker — “One by one, women are being bullied out of their own spaces by dudes in dresses and their misguided enablers. We must fight back”

mea culpa but so what? – “we’re glad that the CDC admitted some failings. But that’s not enough. We’re underwhelmed and deeply disappointed by its failure to make badly needed top-to-bottom changes in personnel and practices so that the COVID nightmare is never repeated again.” — The CDC’s Big Fail On COVID-19: Where’s The Real Accountability? – Issues & Insights

let it be, they implied – “The man-made global warming hypothesis should have been declared falsified if the data were accurate.  No such action occurred” — Guy K. Mitchell, Jr.: Global warming is the greatest scientific fraud in history – American Thinker


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The assault is on many fronts

secrecy needs just cause, too – “Ordering the unsealing of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit would be wrong as a matter of law. But as a matter of lessons learned, Americans can infer that the unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump’s home rested on circular reporting, material omissions, misleading assertions, informants of unproven reliability, and an investigation undertaken by partisan agents.” — Margot Cleveland: It’s A Safe Bet The FBI Followed Its FISA Court M.O. At Mar-A-Lago — “Of course, without seeing the search warrant affidavit, all the public can do is speculate, but given the similarities between the Russia-collusion hoax and this latest get-Trump hoax, an assumption that the FBI Mar-a-Lago affidavit includes problems of equal gravity to the four Carter Page FISA applications seems eminently reasonable. Thus, a victory later today by the DOJ in keeping the affidavit sealed might be a win for the government, but it won’t play like one in Peoria.”

intimidate and hold impotent – “The aggressive leftist purge of conservative or just brave attorneys is destroying one of America’s greatest institutions: Every person’s right to have an attorney at his side.” — Andrea Widburg: The left is making it impossible for Trump to find a lawyer – American Thinker — “Leftists want to destroy this important right. When they’re done, we will all be at the mercy of a government that can abandon due process entirely because hapless defendants will be helpless to assert it. The same government can also do anything it damn well pleases because no lawyers will be there to challenge its illegalities and excesses.”

hubris – “This pre-emptive attempt to chill speech has been reported, though it did not receive much national attention, with the church asserting it viewed the warning as an act of intimidation.” — Ilana Cutler: Read Letter From NY Attorney General Letitia James Threatening Church Hosting Trump-Friendly Event

process? oversight? – “Technically there is a mechanism for executive branch conflict resolution that involves actual transparency, not the political talking points of the illusion of transparency.  However, when the Fourth Branch of Government was created, the conflict resolution measure that provides oversight and escape from accusations of unequal application of law was dispatched.  It was dispatched because, well, the unequal application of the law was the intent. … On March 20, 2017, we saw for the first time how the newly weaponized DOJ and FBI had intentionally and purposefully begun to stop that notification process as part of their intentional effort to politically weaponize the justice dept” — Sundance: Trump’s Espionage? Washington DC and the Pundits Won’t Talk About This, But I will – The Last Refuge — “The absence of congressional notification is evidencing how the targeting by Main Justice is political.”

count how many 4th and 5th amendment rights are sidestepped in this one – “But the true target was this private stash, which Justice Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.” — William M. Arkin: FBI Sought Documents Trump Hoarded for Years, Including about Russiagate



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Zombies might be a good model for this fight

No holds barred – “The recent Mar-a-Lago raid will go down in history as one of the more egregious violations of any individual’s constitutional protections” — Ned Barnett: These Two Amendments Are Trump’s Friend Right Now – American Thinker

Stacked jury – “Howell’s lectures and hostility are just a taste of what hundreds of Trump supporters have endured at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in the nation’s capital over the past 19 months. Even though most face low level misdemeanor charges, judges nonetheless treat January 6 protesters like domestic terrorists while often blaming Trump for what they consider an illegal incursion into the ruling class’s personal fiefdom of Washington, D.C. that day” — Julie Kelly : It’s Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted › American Greatness – “Americans should prepare for the inevitable—the unprecedented sight of a former president pleading not guilty to crimes he is alleged to have committed by a Justice Department run by his successor and potential rival in the next presidential election.”

ends justify means when it comes to politics of the Left – “With this disgraceful stunt, the FBI has in effect openly acknowledged that it is little more than a political police force willingly placed in the service of the Democratic Party with its most prominent, public-facing role being to shelter and protect the Democratic Party’s own well-connected and highly-placed criminals while criminalizing and persecuting its political opponents, right down to falsely framing and entrapping them when necessary” — W.R. Wordsworth: From Civil Compromise to Partisan Persecution – American Thinker — “the Democratic Party’s abuses impose upon us a duty to educate ourselves so as to expose and dismantle the lies that purport to justify these abuses in the interest of killing their political appeal. The Democrats, in their fanatical devotion to unlimited power geared toward impossible ends, have clumsily overreached, and we should not overreact.”

TDS update – “A recognizable characteristic of mass formation is that once people are in the grip of it, they typically show a tendency of cruelty toward people who do not buy into the narrative or submit to it.” — Bob Weir: How can people be so insane when it comes to Donald Trump? – American Thinker — “It seems surreal to think people can be turned into mind-numbed robots with no will of their own.  Nevertheless, it does explain why no amount of success by President Trump can be viewed fairly by those who have been mesmerized by powerful media organizations and left-wing Democrats.  It also explains why people have been assaulted and even killed for the simple act of wearing a MAGA hat.”

time for panic – “People have been propagandized out of having a healthy reaction to a moral horror — the colonization of children’s minds and bodies — overtaking our society” — Rod Dreher: Trans Totalitarianism: Time For Moral Panic – The American Conservative — “What are you doing to prepare yourself, your family, and your church, synagogue, or mosque community?”

Number games – “the evidence continues to mount that none of those government interventions made a significant difference” — No, Republicans Didn’t ‘Let Their Citizens Die’ During COVID – Issues & Insights — “The left always accuses the right of politicizing things. But this is another example of what psychiatrists call “projection.” – It’s the left, not the right, that spent the past two years trying to score political points during this once-in-a-generation pandemic. It’s the left, not the right, that spends its days, nights, and weekends trying to politicize everything else under the sun.”



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How to stimulate conspiracy theories: DOJ example

introspection needed – “almost immediately after his sermon, the Justice Department and its affiliates were back to their usual selective leaking (“sources say” . . . “according to people familiar with the investigation”) to liberal newspapers” — Victor Davis Hanson: Why Merrick Garland Is Losing the People › American Greatness — “That raises the question whether Garland is disingenuous or simply naïve. After all, the American people have long trusted their FBI. They want to remain confident in its leadership. Yet it was not the public, but high-ranking Justice and FBI officials themselves—among them most recently Merrick Garland himself—who squandered that confidence. And they should now look inward rather than blast critics for what they have done to themselves and to the country.”

witches brew – “new questions about the real focus of the investigation and new avenues for legal challenges are bubbling to the surface” … “the fact that a judge signed off on it is very troubling” — John Solomon: Boomerang? DOJ admission it over-collected evidence in Trump raid creates new legal drama | Just The News

cover-up — “On Thursday August 11th, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the justice department was committed to transparency in order to retain their integrity with the American public.  On Monday August 15th, Attorney General Garland asked the court to keep the records sealed.   The six-year pattern continues….” — Sundance: DOJ Asks Judge to Keep Affidavit for Search Warrant Used Against President Trump Sealed from Public Review – The Last Refuge

Sloppy FBI – “there are two questions to ask after this NBC News report: why did FBI agents take them in the first place, and why did the inventory from the seizure not list them?” — Ed Morrissey: Hmmm: FBI returns Trump passports that never appeared on search inventory – HotAir

small steps for each of us – “It is increasingly obvious that there is a large and expanding gulf between leftists and conservatives. – It is also obvious that the conventional paths of communication between individuals are not effective in reaching any understanding.” — Bill Taylor, Jr.: You have four choices: How to deal with a fact-challenged leftist – American Thinker — “As we see our society degrade around us, driven by the lowest common denominator (leftist cancel culture), we are not powerless.  The left gained its numbers one person at a time — not by a diktat from above, but by person-to-person influence, one person at a time.  It is on each of us to shift them back.  Set a goal of influencing one person this year.  Together, we could effect much change.”

blind ambition – “the world is in its worst food crisis since 2008. The number of people suffering acute food insecurity increased by 25% since January 2022 to 345 million, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. Why, then, is the UNEP trying to steer nations away from fertilizers that increase food production?” — Michael Shellenberger: Why Is The UN Promoting A Kind Of Food Production Proven To Reduce Yields, Raise Prices, And Topple Governments? | ZeroHedge

history, blood and treasure – “What makes the song we know as “The Star-Spangled Banner” so significant is that it was born in battle” — D. Berger: Born in battle: The story of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ – American Thinker


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Expression of Power, The Raid appears to have many fathers

Selective prosecution – “If by rule of law we mean a principle of governance in which legal standards are clear, are duly enforced by public officials, and are validated and maintained by an impartial and timely judicial system, leading to public trust in fair legal consistency and public order, then we can say that today the rule of law no longer applies, or applies only selectively, in a constitutional republic like the U.S. or a parliamentary democracy like Canada.” — David Solway: The Rule of Law and a Vulnerable Former President – PJ Media — “A raid, however appalling, is nothing compared to an attempted assassination, though it prepares the ground for acts of civic atrocity. That is par for the course when a nation descends into a tolerated and accepted state of lawlessness.”

Good intentions, questionable goals – “The number of men in women “in charge of things” who grew up obsessed with “changing the world” is beyond calculation.” — Anthony J. DeBlasi: Toward a Saner Government – American Thinker — “Has the habit of being “wise in one’s own mind” blinded them to a higher wisdom and to the gravity of their role in society? The remedy for exercising “personal wisdom” where it is out of place (such as harming fellow human beings) is attentiveness to the call of our Creator. This requires a humility befitting a reverence for human life, the absence of which disqualifies anyone from public service.”

Collateral damage – “the Democrats and the Biden administration have raised the political stakes to a level from which this country as we have known it may never return … If the political classes have not yet turned the USA into a Third World country, they are well on their way to finishing the job” — William Anderson via The Mises Institute: The Attempt To Prosecute Donald Trump Is Unleashing More Than Our Political System Can Handle | ZeroHedge

Vendetta – “The purpose of the grand jury investigation and raid on Mar-a-Lago was to get Donald Trump, not documents … Leakers Gave Away the Game” — Margot Cleveland: Records Suggest A Bureaucrat Hack’s Gripe Spurred Trump Raid — “No matter the excuse provided for the raid, however, the reality remains that the Biden administration launched an unnecessary grand jury criminal investigation into Trump based on a referral from a partisan archivist. And all Americans of goodwill see the obvious difference in the government’s treatment of Clinton, Obama, and Trump, proving the purpose of the investigation was “to get” Trump and not the documents.”

Scrambling for cover – “Attorney General Merrick Garland unleashed an army of FBI agents to scour Mar-a-Lago in search of something, anything that might fill in the enormous gap in DOJ’s case against the former president: The glaring absence of evidence of specific intent needed to bring any charge against former President Trump.” — Jonathan Emord: DOJ Scrambles to Find Non-Existent Evidence of ‘Intent’ — “American justice is not whatever those in power proclaim it to be in service of one political party. … While Attorney General Merrick Garland gives lip service to equal justice, he epitomizes through his actions the politicization of justice, zealously going after party opponents for whom evidence is lacking while taking no action whatsoever against Democrats for whom evidence of criminality is manifest.”

Questions, more questions – “It’s only a week, but already there seems to be a ton of questions about the FBI raid against President Donald Trump. – Add in another one. – There was already the question of the warrant being overly broad, applying to every document made during Trump’s presidency, which is ridiculous. But they may have gone beyond what they were entitled to take as well.” — Nick Arama: Report: FBI May Have Grabbed Some Things They Shouldn’t Have During Trump Raid – RedState — “That’s also a good point — whether the FBI told the judge all the facts. We’ve seen in the past during the Russia probe how the FISA Court was misled by a false document filed by the FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.”

Witch hunt or fishing expedition? – “the search warrant was not specific, was not detailed, was not drawn out to avoid targeting ancillary items unrelated to the DOJ mission at heart.  The warrant itself was structured to seize every scintilla of documentary evidence, seen, created, or produced during President Trump’s term in office.  Literally every shred of paper.” — Sundance: Motive Clear, DOJ Search Warrant Was to Seize Every Single Document During Entirety of President Trump Term in Office, Regardless of Classification – The Last Refuge

smells escaping – “If the absurd raid on Mar-a-Largo has not persuaded you yet that the Deep State and their cohorts are terrified of their loss of political and cultural dominance, I urge you to read this thoughtful piece by former CIA analyst Martin Gurri.” — Clarice Feldman: Panic at the Top – American Thinker — “Those of us on Facebook saw the same consistent banning, punishing and censoring of debate on the CDC’s actions and the efficacy of COVID vaccines. Is it likely that they, too, were muscled by the White House?”

the whole thing cited by Feldman – “From the end of Covid restrictions to Elon Musk’s Twitter bid to the Dobbs ruling, startling developments threaten progressives’ grip on power.” — Martin Gurri: The Elite Panic of 2022 | City Journal

FBI malfeasance catalog – “The FBI is dissolving before our eyes into a rogue security service akin to those in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. … Note we are less than 90 days out from a midterm election, and this was not just a raid, but a political act.” — Victor Davis Hanson: FBI, RIP? | ZeroHedge — “The agency has become dangerous to Americans and an existential threat to their democracy and rule of law.”

Following VDH – “we don’t mean simply to cut its funding, as leftists have disastrously proposed for police forces across the country. We mean tear down the entire rotting edifice of the FBI and replacing it with a new agency that respects the Constitution and holds itself accountable to all Americans, not just the woke far left.” — Defund The FBI! – Issues & Insights — “We don’t blame just the FBI. The FBI should play a vital role in protecting our rights. But its actions recently have been so egregious, so blatant, that its many transgressions can no longer be ignored or tolerated. Its repeated violations of the spirit and letter of the Constitution’s guarantees of our rights are unacceptable.”

Bombshells and closing walls – “This is a replay of the Russia Collusion hysteria, where media competed with one another for “scoops” to generate clicks and social media sociopaths competed for Twitter followers.” — William A. Jacobson: Mar-a-Lago Raid: Swimming in a Sea of Anti-Trump Media ‘Bombshell’ Hype, Again — “The question now is what was the rush to get a search warrant were even the mainstream media is reporting there were numerous interactions between DOJ and team Trump, and the documents in question had been at Mar-a-Lago for a year and a half, including at least several weeks after a visit by DOJ officials.”

What next? – “Will the unfair attacks stop? … The war that the Democrats are waging is not against Trump, it is actually against the idea that someone dares to challenge them.” — Rajan Laad: If Trump Decides to Not Run in 2024… – American Thinker — “The Democrats are against freedom, choice, and democracy. The only way to stop their attacks is to never ever contest elections, accept defeat and always follow orders from the Democrats. Nod in agreement when they order lockdowns and vaccine mandates and submit to their Disinformation Governance Board and other draconian measures. – The other option is to support with the toughest fighter on your side ”

Constitution? What’s that? – “That’s right, the power of a president to pardon or commute a sentence to any person for any federal crime is plenary and inviolate, but apparently not for the DOJ in 2022.” — Jim Thompson: DOJ Pokes Another Stick in Trump’s Eye – It Will Retry a Man Donald Trump Granted Clemency To – RedState — “This sets another dangerous precedent, and it has nothing to do with justice – it has everything to do with poking another stick in the eye of Donald Trump.”

target list – “only this time, instead of the Tea Party, I predict they intend to come after all opposition to the regime.” — Maker S. Mark: The IRS sequel to Lois Lerner will be extra-ugly – American Thinker — “Without an actual crime, the IRS has more broad investigative power than the FBI.  The IRS can investigate and keep people occupied locating documents, and explaining expenses, for weeks, months, years.  And with the threat of an armed response from the IRS, Obama/Biden 2.0 can expect little opposition in preparation for 2024.”

Motive distortion run amok – “One must reluctantly concede that the “hate crime laws” do not fairly, justly, or equally treat such crimes equitably. … Isn’t it time to reconsider the justice or validity of “hate crime” laws?” — Helen Louise Herndon: It’s time to reconsider hate crime laws – American Thinker — “It’s time to return to true justice where the objective and visible deed is clearly recognized, and the subjective, invisible motive is inscrutable and unprovable.”

“The global leftist agenda for the control of young minds runs deeper than patriotic Americans might suspect. … The bypassing of parents, as an expedient to the control of young minds, is a major component of the left’s Great Reset of capitalism, ushered in through the CCP-tied World Economic Forum.” — Janet Levy: The Battle for Our Children and Their Minds – American Thinker — “The overreach and deceitful practices of our woke educational system constitute a clear violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, as well as an infringement of the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, granting parents rights to their children’s school records.  Besides traumatizing our children, such indoctrination and the usurpation of parental rights subvert the family, the nation, and its Judeo-Christian values and ideals.”

Another possible father to the Raid – “I hope it goes without saying that the conclusions being leaped to by hostile media and anti-Trump politicians are utterly inane.  In very short order, the proponents are going to want us all to forget they ever said what they’ve been saying in the last few days.” — : Two pings on the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago: Classification kerfuffle and Trump’s RICO suit – The Optimistic Conservative — “even if Trump had copies held separately and could still deploy the declassified materials to build a case for his RICO suit at trial, DOJ has its hooks in the information, and a damaging counter-narrative in the media already underway.”

FUD mongering has results – “Governments are backing nuclear power in a big way but fears of disasters still linger, with any mishap having the potential to derail the big nuclear resurgence.” — Felicity Bradstock via An Unjustified Fear Of Nuclear Energy Is Holding The Industry Back | ZeroHedge


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Yet the gap persists

overreach – “Outlining the “property to be seized” by the more than 30 agents who rummaged through the former president’s Mar-a-Lago mansion, the warrant demanded confiscation of any document Trump ever saw, read, or created for the entirety of his four years as commander-in-chief.” —  Tristan Justice: BREAKING: FBI Demanded Any Record Trump Saw As POTUS

Plenary, can’t you read? – “Everyone who believes that Trump committed a criminal act is wrong.  These claims completely misunderstand the nature of Trump’s (indeed, of every president’s) plenary power and how it plays out with respect to documents and classified information.” —  Andrea Widburg: No, Trump didn’t committ actionable treason or espionage – American Thinker — “the only proof you need that Trump declassified the documents is the fact that, when he was still president, Trump treated them as declassified”

Precedent. Does it matter anymore” – “The president’s defense is rooted in the legal principal that the president and vice president are the ultimate declassifying authority of the U.S. government and through executive orders most recently issued in 2003 by George W. Bush and Barack Obama in 2009 that specifically exempt the president and vice president from having to follow the stringent declassification procedures every other federal agency and official must follow.” —  John Solomon: New twist in FBI raid: Trump had ‘standing order’ to declassify documents taken to residence | Just The News — “Officials said it is likely the FBI will seek to find any officials or witnesses who knew or can confirm there was a “standing order” as described by the Trump statement. But in the end, officials said the president’s declassification powers were sweeping and likely would be viewed as such by the courts.”

Trope time – “I’m disappointed in Fox for feeding me this completely predictable propaganda couched as original material.” … “I’ve begun to hear a plan of escape.  “Well, we have to admit he is emotionally unhinged,” a man from my church told me” —  Susan D. Harris: Don’t abandon Trump because you have a DeSantis in your back pocket – American Thinker — “I believe that if we do not stand up and speak out to defend this one man who has sacrificed so much for our Republic, we’re no longer the kind of people who deserve a Republic.”

The brick wall – “It can be frustrating engaging in a discussion where facts are denied or distorted.  Equally frustrating is dealing with beliefs that are treated as facts and dependent on sound bites” —  Brian Spinosa: Talking Climate Change with Science-Deniers, Distorters, and Sound-Biters – American Thinker — “Pursuing a goal of preventing climate change seems egotistical.  Utilizing the human ability to adapt to the Earth’s ever changing complex climate system seems a better option.”

“Medical education, medical research, and standards of competence have been upended by two related hypotheses: that systemic racism is responsible both for racial disparities in the demographics of the medical profession and for racial disparities in health outcomes” … “medical schools and medical societies are discarding traditional standards of merit in order to alter the demographic characteristics of their profession. That demolition of standards rests on an a priori truth: that there is no academic skills gap between whites and Asians, on the one hand, and blacks and Hispanics, on the other. No proof is needed for this proposition” —  : The Corruption of Medicine | City Journal — “Now, tragically, when it comes to the contention that racism is the defining trait of the medical profession and the source of health disparities, opposing views have been ruled out of bounds and are grounds for being purged. The separation of politics and science is no longer seen as a source of empirical strength; it is instead a racist dodge that risks “reinforcing existing power structures,” according to the editor of Health Affairs. – The guardians of science have turned on science itself.”

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Behavior is not intent or fantasy – observables should guide

Tactics, not labels, are what counts – “Millions of innocents died at the hands of their ideology — whether “far Left” or “far Right.” Extremists always end up in the same place, using the same tactics to impose their ideology — whatever it may be.” —  Dan Backer: Fascists are defined by tactics, not ideology – American Thinker — “Americans need to speak out loudly against those who actually do what fascists have always done. Soon enough, it may be too late to undo the damage.”

“We must all take a close look at the abuse we have suffered at the hands of the leftist Democrat Party, and their never-ending litany of lies trying to cover their failures. … what Biden voters were sold has not been delivered” —  Jeff M. Lewis: When are Biden Voters Going to Get Angry? – American Thinker — “When are these Democrat voters going to recognize their abuse, and divorce the lies they have been told?  When, and what will it take, to hold the Doomsday regime to account for what is happening in America?  When are these Biden voters going to demand an end to the abuse by those who deign themselves to be our minders and our betters? — There is more than sufficient evidence and many good reasons to join the rest of us in rejecting this abuse.”

Dan says its expression of power, not double standards – “This is the latest flip in the FBI’s constant flop between excusing one brand of political violence and making a dramatic example of another.” — Elle Reynolds: Feds Remember Violence Is Bad After Ignoring Dobbs Attacks

No Trust anymore – “I never thought I would say this: The FBI is beyond redemption. It is — all of its bureaus and its institutions that have to be farmed out and broken up. If you have a warrant, an FBI warrant, there is no guarantee that that has not been altered. If you subpoena and you want FBI records on phones … they will be wiped clean.” — Victor Hanson: ‘We Don’t Have Rule of Law in Washington … FBI is Beyond Redemption’ | CNSNews

confident ignorance – “The Dunning-Kruger effect, often wrong, never in doubt, adds a new wrinkle to the possibilities – that the most vehemently anti-consensus are also the least knowledgeable but the most confident in their views. — The researchers writing in Science Advances considered seven issues where we currently have a published scientific consensus:” … The Big Bang and Athropogenic climate change didn’t fit their pattern – ” The researchers felt that political polarization impacted this topic and mitigated the Dunning-Kruger effect.” do tell! The effect also applies to those making the list– Chuck Dinerstein: Often Wrong, Never in Doubt – 

vive la difference! – “biological gender must be mandated on all medical records to accurately determine body mass parameters, dietary intake, disease risk, drug dosing, and most measures of organ function.” — David Gortle: The Practice of Pharmacy and Medicine Require a Binary Biological Sex Specification

Solyndra redux – “green energy is an expensive chimera. With today’s technology, it can’t come close to satisfying America’s energy needs.” —  Jerome Corsi: A Democrat President Again Wastes Taxpayer Money On Useless Renewables – American Thinker



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There are few good summary sites and they are worth surfing on a regular basis.

A good rundown on the American Thinker is an interview with its founder: Left wing media watchdog site interviews Thomas Lifson, profiles American Thinker – American Thinker – from there you can back up to the home page to see what’s getting attention. Here are some samples on the recent FBI raid. Trump provides a learning moment about ‘taking the Fifth’ — American Stasi? — The FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago, and I Have Questions — FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago puts U.S. on precipice — Mar-a-Lago should become a byword for government overreach — Writer for The Atlantic declares Trump supporters ‘violent’ and MAGA is in ‘decline’ — The absurdity of the NY AG’s investigation of Trump’s valuations of his properties — for some historical perspective: What Joe McCarthy got right — It’s Time for a 21st Century NSC-68 — then there’s climate and health: The Green War on Dutch Farmers Should Concern Everybody — Democrats continue to wage war against the oil industry in the name of ‘climate emergency’ — The Nightmare that Health Care Became

Another good review based on reader suggestions is Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse is cited for his multi-part series on the Trump Raid. Townhall gets a number of links on the raid, too. The AP’s story on the destruction of Myanmar for rare earth mining by China gets a cite to illustrate the wide range of sources for articles and comment on this site.

William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection: This is a provocation. They are trying to get a reaction that allows a further crackdown. 

Biden’s Secret Police Raid Donald Trump’s Home. It’s America’s Night of the Long Knives – The Stream

Piracy Preying On Civilized Society, Not Taxes That Enable It    – Issues & Insights — Welcome To Biden’s Police State, Part III

Circuit Court Makes Ruling That Gives Dems Yet Another Shot at Trump – RedState — Thomas Massie Exposes the DOJ’s Intent Behind the Seizure of Scott Perry’s Phone

Two-Dozen GOP Lawmakers May Force Capitol Police To Release Unseen J6 Footage | ZeroHedge

The Mar-a-Lago Raid is a Preview of a Rigged 2024 Election | FrontpageMag

FBI even searched Melania’s wardrobe in Trump raid — Trump raid not about classified documents — it’s about Jan. 6 — New York Post

End Trump raid secrecy | Washington Examiner

Notes on the Trump raid | Power Line

Newt Gingrich – Has the FBI Crossed the Rubicon?

The Rule Of Law Under Biden Has Become A Farce – The Federalist

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The swamp is a third world entity

Who’s hiding the evidence? – “Documents were ordered released Jan. 19, 2021 but never made public because DOJ raised last minute privacy concerns” —  John Solomon: Judicial Watch sues DOJ to release Trump-declassified ‘smoking gun’ documents from Russia probe | Just The News

It’s gone nuclear – “Update (2053ET): Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) came out with a blistering response to the Monday FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, reportedly in connection with materials Trump brought with him after leaving office.” — Tyler Durden: Donald Trump Announces Mar-A-Lago “Raided, Under Siege, And Occupied” By The FBI | ZeroHedge

The American Thinker is all over the FBI raid – Patricia McCarthy: The complete Sovietization of the Democrat party — Andrea Widburg: Republicans, after a shocked silence, speak out against the Mar-a-Lago raid — Dex Bahr: Raid on President Trump’s Florida home a wake-up call —  Olivia Murray: ‘Everything dear to the American character’ —  Olivia Murray: A weaponized FBI raids Mar-a-Lago in search of a crime —  Andrea Widburg: Marc Elias boasts about the real motive behind the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid — Rajan Laad: What if Donald Trump had never joined politics? – American Thinker

A List – “every day in every way our lefty friends are force-feeding us lies like farmers force feeding ducks and geese in their cages for the foie gras.” — Christopher Chantrill: When Rulers’ Lies Come in Battalions – American Thinker — “Ask yourself another question: when does a regime absolutely forbid anyone to have ideas that conflict with the regime’s ideas? Answer: when the regime is completely out of ideas and can’t face the fact that the opposition has ideas, good ideas, actual ideas that might work.”

Prognosticating – “The ongoing persecution of Trump is likely to spectacularly backfire on the Left. It is unlikely that a raid will cow the man who has weathered many scandals and accusations.” — tippinsights Editorial Board: FBI Raid On Trump Will Make Him A Martyr

Tea Leaves – “After news of the raid broke and leaks about its purpose began circulating yesterday evening, speculation about an attempt to disqualify Trump started circulating on social media.” — Ed Morrissey: Too good to check: Is the DoJ trying to disqualify Trump for 2024? – HotAir

good for the goose good for the gander? – “Although the cost of busing an illegal is likely much less than the cost to Texas of caring for the migrant and protecting the community from those who commit additional crimes, a non-profit should be set up to raise and provide funds for additional buses not only to D.C. and New York, but to any place that has declared itself a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.” — Michael Nadler: A simple plan: Free Bus Ride to Sanctuary – American Thinker

what’s that definition of insanity? – “it should be said that by passing massive subsidies for wind and solar power, the U.S. has decided to emulate Germany’s energiewende (“energy revolution”) policy that it adopted 20 years ago. It has been a total bust. … it is worth noting an early indication of how this will all end from inside our own borders, specifically California, which was an early adopter of the German model.” — Steven Hayward: In Re: The Climate Bill (Part 1) | Power Line

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Marshaling forces of the Deep State

THE Threat to the Republic – “A two-tier justice system is not a justice system. It is a totalitarian system. Its purpose is not justice but population control.” — Joy Pullmann: Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends — “We need the GOP to provide serious leadership, because Democrats are a serious threat to equal justice for all, and that’s going to destroy the country for good if it’s not stopped post-haste. Americans desperately need swift and prudent action to avert even more unthinkably dangerous events. Those who refuse to plan and take that action despite accepting from voters the responsibility to do so will be infamous to history as cowards and traitors”

Follow the science? – “the circumstances under which the law should permit or prohibit the intentional killing of a human while in utero” — Margot Cleveland: The Dobbs Debate The Left Doesn’t Want Americans to Have — “An alternative basis for justifying abortion-on-demand argues that human life in utero lacks sentience, rationality, self-awareness, or some other ability that makes that human life worthy of protection.” … “Pro-life leaders and politicians need … to start laying out the above scientific and logical foundation for the public, especially as the propagandistic popular press attempts to skew the story, so that eventually the idea of protecting all humans is no longer considered extreme by anyone.”

Remember the Tea Party and Louis Lerner? – “Nearly half of the Democrats’ Inflation Promotion Act is devoted to increasing the budget of the IRS. Think about that: when has more IRS ever been popular? Never. So what are the Democrats up to?” — John Hinderaker : What’s Behind the Democrats’ IRS Expansion? | Power Line — “I think the liberals who run the IRS would sic their agents on every conservative nonprofit in the country. They would audit such organizations, looking for evidence that they somehow had violated the extremely vague regulations governing political activity. Such audits would require even squeaky-clean organizations like my own to hire lawyers to defend them. Government lawyers work for free–that is, courtesy of the taxpayers–while private lawyers have to be paid. Thus, a concerted attack by the IRS could largely disable conservative nonprofits, whose revenue would be dissipated by paying for lawyers, and whose energies would be dissipated in dealing with IRS attacks.”

revealing a mindset – “There’s a reason Yiddish has innumerable words for the human condition while French seemingly has an equal number for social and romantic relationships” — Andrea Widburg: Leftists overdo hive-mind discipline, but conservatives could use a little more – American Thinker — “I don’t want us ever to have a hive mind, but we must be precise in language”

damaging effects of TDS – “The news of Alex Jones being fined was met with unrestrained jubilation across liberal precincts.” — Rajan Laad: Why Alex Jones is being targeted – American Thinker — “If Alex Jones who is perceived as a pro-Trump and an anti-establishment figure is penalized for spreading misinformation but the Democrats establishment loyalists who peddle insane conspiracy theories are honored with Pulitzer prizes something is gravely wrong.”

ominous precedent following a pattern – “The trial was nothing more than using the legal process to punish an unpopular person for saying stupid stuff. If that is a crime, we are all f***ed.” — streiff: OPINION: The Alex Jones Verdict Is Wrong and Dangerous – RedState — “Jones may be an unsavory character, he might even deserve punishment, but the principle established by the success of this lawsuit and the damages awarded is profoundly dangerous. The lawsuit should have been summarily dismissed as a blatant violation of the First Amendment.”

graphs and charts – measure the issue, see it. — Steven Hayward: The Geek in Pictures: Overdue Homework Edition | Power Line

imagination is no way to decide – “to the left, facts don’t matter. Their narrative is simply a vehicle for a radical agenda to destroy the oil industry and our quality of life, with an end goal of transforming America in every way. If the public saw an unbiased dataset, they wouldn’t gobble up the agenda hook, line, and sinker. – Here is some factual data that is easy to find but we will never see” — Jack Hellner: Somewhere between fact and fiction, leftists find a home for the climate crisis – American Thinker — “The politicians and bureaucrats who can’t control inflation, the budget, the border, geopolitical affairs, healthcare costs, terrorists, crime, or virtually anything else, claim they can control the climate, with such complicated factors like sea levels, storm activity, and temperatures? And all we have to do is let them confiscate from us trillions more dollars and destroy our quality of life?”

better believe it- it can, it has, it will – “don’t believe this can’t happen here, in America. Everything that’s occurred in the last not-quite-2-years falls into the category of “I would never have believed it could happen here.” As just one example, would any past government have been insane enough to print more money and raise taxes on the middle class in the middle of a recession?” — Andrea Widburg: Pay attention to what’s happening to Dutch livestock farmers – American Thinker

more disaster from the government – “I imagine a lot of people are feeling betrayed right now. They followed “the science” and got injected with a biologic that has caused, for many, some serious side effects.” — Terry Paulding: They’re still dropping like flies – American Thinker — “Bottom line, the vaccine hasn’t kept anyone from getting COVID. It hasn’t been proven to make symptoms less severe, despite that being the base rationale for believing in taking the stuff. It has caused significantly more problems and deaths than it has prevented.”

History isn’t necessarily as we want it – “As a result of this relatively peaceful display of American power, Japan unconditionally surrendered … very unpeaceful lefty demonstrators will screech in harsh opposition, as they gather once again … unpeaceful so-called peace-lovers who ignore the ultimate sacrifice of so many others so you might live and continue to spout your — at best — deranged nonsense.” — Ethel C. Fenig: Remembering the truth about the atomic bombs in Japan – American Thinker


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Truth leakage – anti-human, anti prosperity, abandonment, and the darkness in the soul

starve ’em out! – “Global warming religion is international, and the same anti-farming movement is coming soon to the U.S., the world’s number one agricultural economy. … Making food scarce and expensive, so that much of the population is threatened with starvation, has another benefit for liberals” — John Hinderaker : The Coming War on Agriculture | Power Line — “conservatives, and conservative politicians, need to stop conceding the premises of global warming to the Left. “Climate change”–that is, the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming–has been decisively refuted as a matter of science. But it lives on as a religion for those seeking meaning in their lives, and as a cynical political tool of the Left. Conservatives need to stop conceding moral high ground to environmental Leftists, and instead attack them head-on”

taste your own poison – “The havoc was caused by the Biden administration luring illegals to the border and inviting them to cross without consequences. A tiny fraction of the havoc the Democratic Party has inflicted on red and purple states is now coming home to roost in blue states. That is a good thing.” — John Hinderaker: Bringing the Havoc Home

abandonment on  a whim – “In answering the question “to what end” – never, ever underestimate the Left’s ability to walk away from strategic moral choices. … On April 14, 1975, the Democrat-held Congress severed all aid to South Vietnam, and Saigon fell just sixteen days later … Fast forward to the utter collapse of Afghanistan last year, in which the blame is solely on the Biden administration’s executive department. And again, the media quickly put that military disaster in the symbolic rear-view mirror.” — Ed Timperlake: Now the truth begins to emerge – American Thinker

surrender to the dark side – “In the grips of monomania, psychotic people perseverate on their object of interest. They talk about their enthusiasm incessantly and believe, wrongly, that everyone else is similarly inclined.” —  Melissa Mackenzie: To Dick Cheney and His Ilk: It’s Not About Trump – The American Spectator | USA News and Politics — “Trump will be remembered. You will not be. The irony, of course, is that you made him. … D.C. elites focus on Trump while the country suffers. It’s no wonder you’re hated. It’s no wonder there’s Trump.”

media deceit meets reality – “The most egregious coverage of Sicknick’s death came in the New York Times” — Bruce Hoenshell: Screenshots: Brian Sicknick’s Text Messages That He Sent To His Best Friend On January 6 Reveals Who Really Started The Riots Around The Capitol – USA SUPREME

who says so? – “The bottom line is, fortunately, easy to find: when intent to harm exists, guns are irrelevant.” — C. Roberts: What’s a Gun Got to Do with It? – American Thinker — “If you fear guns, the choice is equally simple: don’t own one.  You have that choice.  However, if you support gun confiscation, you remove that choice from your fellow citizen, leaving him more vulnerable.  If your fellow citizen is victimized by a criminal, morally speaking, the policy you supported spilled his blood.”

saying so doesn’t make it so – “California had 6 incidents that claimed the lives of 19 people with 9 wounded. Texas and Georgia each had 5.” — Jason Blair via The Epoch Times: Despite Strict Gun Control, California Had The Most Active Shooter Incidents In 2021: FBI | ZeroHedge

freedom of speech? not in the USA – “Parents of one of the slain children filed a defamation suit against Jones, claiming that followers of Jones had harassed them and sent them death threats for years in the false belief that they were lying about their son’s death.” — Ed Brodow: Alex Jones and the Right to Offend – American Thinker — “Wherever it is sanctioned, the “right” not to be offended invalidates the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  The difference between the U.S. and Cuba has to do with the right to say and think whatever you like even if someone is offended by it.”

Nevada trying to right a lopsided ship – “Lombardo pointed out several examples of the governor’s soft-on-crime policies when speaking more in-depth about his criticism of Sisolak.” — Jordan Dixon-Hamilton: Lombardo Blasts NV Gov. Steve Sisolak over ‘Anti-Cop Rhetoric’



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weasel, lawfare, and hate driven drivel

Political warfare of the ugly sort – “A key indicator of the strategy from within the J6/DOJ effort surfaced when the quasi-constitutional “committee” sent a subpoena to former President Trump legal counsel Pat Cipollone, then leaked the subpoena, then leaked the testimony, then shaped, edited and broadcast the testimony during their prime-time broadcast” — sundance: Coordination Between J6 Committee and Politically Motivated DOJ is Intended to Break Attorney-Client Firewalls in Trump Targeting Effort – The Last Refuge

priorities – “The FBI director knows a lot about issues that matter to the Biden regime and the media. But he isn’t so savvy when it comes to issues that matter to Americans.” — Julie Kelly : The Evasive Mr. Wray › American Greatness — “Mounting scandals and public safety threats endanger the country, not merely the reputation of the FBI.”

blowback – “Political consultants applauded Liz Cheney for her brilliant move of tapping one of the most hated politicians in history to help boost her political chances.” — Babylon Bee: ‘Never Has America Faced A Greater Threat Than Donald Trump,’ Says Guy Who Started Two Wars And Shot A Dude In The Face – there are many other reactions to the Cheney ‘hail mary’ reveal such as at Legal Insurrection.


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