2/20/2017: Eggshells being trod upon. Finally.

Walter Williams has Something to Think About today. One topic is Pawns of Liberals, where he asserts that “Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority.” The other is Minimum Wage and Discrimination – An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases.”

Alex Berezow: ‘March For Science’ Organizers Just Love Science. So Do 2nd Graders – “Oddly, the website for the “March for Science,” which was organized by scientists, reads a lot like what I wrote in 2nd grade.”

After weeks of planning, the site’s page on Principles and Goals continues to be filled with trite platitudes and clichés. The group’s science education policy? To teach people to “think critically.” A policy to advance careers in science? They “should be an option for anyone.” Science funding? They want more of it.

Believe it or not, this is actually a substantial improvement. The first iteration of the website was primarily concerned with diversity and poking fun at conservatives.

The co-founders of the march have had many high-profile opportunities to thoughtfully elaborate upon their mission. But, as the saying goes, they have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

It appears as if being elusive is a strategy.

I’ll get on board, pending satisfactory answers to the following serious policy questions: [about vaccinations, GMO, nuclear, risk, fracking, climate, etc]

These are just a handful of the science policy questions I would like to see addressed. Pleading for more evidence-based policy means absolutely nothing when the march organizers won’t tell us what those policies are.

In the ‘feel good’ rhetoric category is also Daniel Pipes and Christopher C. Hull who look at putting it aside to get a job done: Defeating radical Islam – How a new White House initiative can get the job done.” The ‘compare and contrast’ provides insight into why the pushback on Trump is so severe.

the Obama administration convened a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group in 2010 and included participants who turned up such gems as: “Jihad as holy war is a European invention,” the caliphate’s return is “inevitable,” Shariah (Islamic law) is “misunderstood,” and “Islamic terrorism is a contradiction in terms because terrorism is not Islamic by definition.” The result? The group produced propaganda helpful to the (unnamed) enemy.

In contrast, then-candidate Donald Trump gave a robust speech in August 2016 on how he, as president, would “Make America Safe Again.” In it, he pledged that “one of my first acts as president will be to establish a commission on radical Islam.” Note: he said radical Islam, not some euphemism like violent extremism.

Jamie Wells: Physician ‘Gun-Gag’ Law: The Politics And The Medicine – “I hate politics. Is that enough of a disclosure? Well, I hate erosion of the doctor-patient relationship even more, especially when predicated on politicized falsehoods.” It’s about a law prompted by the medical community foisting politics on patients.

A recent ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia, found the Firearm Owners Privacy Act (FOPA)— enacted in 2011 in Florida— impeded the First Amendment free speech rights of medical professionals. The law sought to preserve Second Amendment rights but thought forbidding physicians to discuss gun ownership with patients was the way to do so.

For this doctor, talking about gun safety does not mean advocating for or against the right to possess a gun. But I also recognize that not all doctors can draw that line.

As we say, prevention is always relevant, no matter the etiology. Such “anticipatory guidance” is a crucial part of the doctor-patient experience.

That doesn’t mean we should be making judgments under the guise of claiming to be informational. I am not a drinker but I wouldn’t berate a parent who has moderate alcohol intake. We’re supposed to be trusted guides for the public and we can’t do that if we look like we are advocates for anything other than health.

Asking if there is a gun in the home and, if so, reinforcing the importance of it being properly stored and locked, is not intrusive, any more than asking about smoking and reinforcing that parents should do so outside is.

The line got crossed on the last part of the quote. There was a recent study questioning the perceived dangers of second hand smoke yet she just knows the proper guidance to ‘solve’ the problem. The same with weapons for self defense. She just knows they must be unavailable when needed in an emergency in order to reduce a risk that reveals how, no matter the hate for politics, she can’t let politics go in her medicine. The key here is getting a handle on one’s perceptions and being able to separate evidence and reality from fantasy and desire. Gun violence is mostly a gang violence problem. In the realm of normal home safety issues, gun ownership is right in the cloud of risk issues ranging from bathtubs to kitchen equipment to swimming pools. All need education and training for safety and proper use. None are really in the realm of the medical doctor but rather in that of parents and schools.

James Srodes on another area where public perception, political perception, and reality get into conflict: The cyberhacking to come – “Spy agencies will be joined by increasingly adept criminals and terrorists.”

If you thought the 2016 presidential election was an orgy of cyberhacking of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, of the Democratic Party computers being trawled through, and of fake news stories about Donald Trump’s hijinks in Russia, you are right. But you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The bad news is that from now on we are going to see an exponential rise in cybervandalism of all kinds and not just in America but throughout the world. Hacking, it seems, has become a game that anyone can play. The most immediate problem is that the people charged with protecting us are distracted by the wrong threats and are wasting the opportunities to — you should pardon the expression — build a wall designed to keep out the cybervandals.

Valerie Richardson on (yet more) California Nonsense: Californians jeer state’s decision to extend drought restrictions – “For consumers, the drought restrictions have translated into higher water prices even as the state grapples with another round of devastating storms.”

“We welcome this winter weather, but one good year of rain does not erase six years of drought,” David H. Wright, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power director, said in a statement after the board’s decision.

Meanwhile, rice farmer Kurt Richter accused the agency of partisanship, saying the “absurd” decision “showed everyone in the state that they’re not even trying to be subtle with their political agenda anymore,” while tech consultant Robert Dolezal mocked California drought “deniers.”

The fact is that periods of drought punctuated by inundation every ten years or so is normal in California. This is why, in California’s progressive era post WW II, reservoirs and canals were constructed to manage the water, alleviate drought and floods, and reduce effects of income inequality in water costs. As the ruckus about the Oroville dam illustrates, rather than building and improving that infrastructure the political climate has promoted neglecting what was already built and stymying additional efforts. In favor has been regulation on the consumer and there’s been a lot of it and the costs are being seen. Stephen Moore has a rundown on this regulation infection at the federal level: Congress must stop death by decree – “The biggest restraint on economic growth is federal red tape.”

The CEOs almost all listed the federal tax code as an albatross, but not the heaviest one. But I was surprised to learn that most insisted he biggest restraint on growth is federal red tape and regulation. Manufacturers, energy firms, financial services, agriculture interests — across all industries — federal rules were seen as mindless, inefficient, costly and incomprehensible.

You may have heard all the doom and gloom about the new administration flopping and flailing and suffering and on and on. That’s Fake News especially noted by its prognostications, predictions, and forecasting. Washington Times editorializes on The premature obituary – “President Trump’s popularity climbs, despite a week of media hysteria.”

But the Donald has the number of the Washington and New York press and pundits like no president before him, and even as the mainstream media was peddling the story that the past fortnight has been an unprecedented disaster, evidence grew that the opposite is true.

Writing off the president, any president, after a fortnight is a fantasy, and illustrates the hostility of a liberal media establishment that simply can’t imagine anyone liking anything Mr. Trump says or does.

There are many relevant headlines illustrating the WT’s point. Trump Takin’ It to the Left: I’m Lovin’ It! by Lloyd Marcus – “There’s a new sheriff in town, folks, and I love it!”

Thank God, President Trump is not playing by standard ineffective rules for Republican behavior. He is calling out leftist fake news media, Democrats, and other liars while quickly moving forward with the domestic agenda he promised during his campaign. By calling them out, Trump puts leftists on the defensive for a change while retaining his power.

we must stand together, holding up our president’s arms to counter the tsunami of attacks coming from both sides of the political aisle. May God be with us.

Michael Goodwin thinks The media doesn’t call the shots — Trump does – “when journalists behave like opponents, he will treat them like opponents, punching back harder than they punch him.” … “Trump knows better than most that perception, even if it’s wrong, can quickly harden into accepted fact. He sensed danger and decided to take matters into his own hands.” … “They have a choice: Get back to being journalists, or get used to being a piñata.”

Enemies of the people by Jack Hellner highlights another Trump parry. “Chris Wallace of Fox News and other media reporters are having fits because Trump tweeted that the media are an enemy of the American people.” Wallace did his cause no support when he took off on misperceptions about what was being said.

When the media willingly support a candidate who clearly violated the law by peddling classified documents but spreads a false story that the intelligence community won’t share information with President Trump because they don’t trust him, they are enemies both of truth and of the American people.

Everything I see Trump doing indicates that he wants to give power back to the people and reduce the power of the greedy and ever growing government. That does not look like a would-be dictator.

So yes, when the media intentionally seek to sabotage and destroy a president because their chosen candidate lost, they are essentially an enemy of the American people. They choose what to report and what not to report based on an agenda instead of on actual facts.

Jazz Shaw has some clarity about a WaPo writer worries that Trump will “hunt down” reporters – “Most of what Sullivan is worried about still sounds like the stuff of dystopian fiction novels rather than any real threat looming on the horizon.” Where they should be worried is in regards to their participation in criminal leaks.

Paul Mirengoff takes down Carl Bernstein’s silly anti-Trump rant – “If, in calling the press “enemies the American people,” Trump has gone too far, he will suffer for having done so.” Obama is brought up for examination as a more pertinent example for Bernstein’s hyperbole.

Then there’s John Hinderaker on The Silly Sweden Flap – “As happens so often, liberals think they are scoring points against Trump when in fact they are making fools of themselves.”

Another ‘establishment elite’ that is suffering from intellectual dishonesty is described by Monica Showalter: Where was McCain when Obama attacked the free press? – “What stands out here is the hypocrisy of his claims. He’s suddenly concerned about press freedoms and dictators?”

The Obama list is quite long, and that is not surprising. Obama was a socialist and socialists of all stripes have a long record of suppressing freedom of the press, subordinating its expression to the interests of an all-powerful state and its dictator. McCain found nothing wrong with that when Obama was playing that game and undercutting the press in what seemed to be pretty oppressive and downright illegal behavior. Breitbart News has another list of problems here. But when Trump, three or four weeks into his presidency, calls out some fake news on Twitter, suddenly we have a dictator descending.

Rand Paul: US is ‘lucky John McCain’s not in charge’ – ““I think it’s more a foreign policy debate, and Trump and McCain are on opposite sides of that debate,” Paul said. “And I tend to sympathize more with the president. We don’t need to continue to have regime change throughout the world, nation-building.” … As far as McCain’s rhetoric saying Trump is trying to “shut down the press,” Paul cautioned against hyperbole.”

Lefties keep showing off their civic ignorance by Karol Markowicz – “Everyone makes mistakes, of course. The bigger problem with this widespread lack of knowledge is that it leads to scary places.”

FoxNews.com has headlines: Dozens of workers lose their jobs for participating in Day Without Immigrants protest; Wegmans supermarket sells out of Trump wine after proposed boycott; Trump may have been unclear, but Sweden experiencing a migrant crime wave. Trump keeps coming up on top and the support is showing is breadth.

Hear the crunch as new paths are being trod back to old values?

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