A mind in distress is a terrible thing to witness

Sharyl Attkisson: Federal Government, HHS, DOJ: Gaming the Freedom of Info System – “We have learned, among other things, that federal officials gave incorrect and misleading information to the public and under oath to Congress regarding serious security failures in development and testing of the national website and system, and other important topics.” But the government is not adhering to the law in the release of what is supposed to be public information.

When the government stonewalled on releasing documents and information that would get at the truth, I filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the material. When the stonewalling dragged on, I filed a lawsuit in federal court. The judge agreed the material must be provided, but allowed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to come up with a “rolling production schedule” that would trickle out highly-redacted and useless documents over a period of years.

Robert Arvay: Women Can(‘t) Do Anything Men Can Do – “for leftist ideologues, there are no moderate positions on anything. You either agree with them in every detail, or else you are evil.”

The point of this commentary, is to remark on the insanity of it all. According to leftist ideology, there are no legitimate reasons, legal or social, to distinguish between men and women. Ever. Well, we can set quotas that favor women, but that’s only because women are treated so unfairly. Otherwise, we must pretend, as the late Betty Friedan claimed, that aside from external appearances (she called it, “packaging”), men and women are exactly the same in every relevant category. All of them.
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Many societies have risen and fallen throughout recorded history. Many factors played a part. But this is something new. It is difficult to imagine that any society can long survive after it loses its capacity to apply common sense to immutable reality.

Men and women are different. That’s a good thing for both.

Roger L. Simon: Korea and the Democrats’ Deep Psychological Fear that Trump Is Right – “How do you spell hornswoggled?” It’s cognitive dissonance on parade.

One of the unspoken ‘indications’ in the medical sense of the ever-metastasizing Trump Derangement Syndrome is that the sufferers have a deep conscious/unconscious fear that Trump is right. What if the man they have excoriated unremittingly as a barbarian-racist-xenophobe-homophobe -misogynist-nitwit turns out to have been on the correct side of a fair number of issues on which they have failed, sometimes miserably, for decades? Talk about personality disintegration — it would be hari-kari meets the Wicked Witch of the West. Well, emotionally anyway.
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By now we may all know what happened — at least the part the leakers deign to tell us — but we do not know what will happen. The facts on the ground have yet to be revealed.

What has been revealed, however, is the psychology of those attacking Trump on this matter. They fear that they will be revealed as having been fools for the last twenty-five years — and indeed they were.

Ace has another example: NYT: Nuclear Attack Schnuclear Attack, What Guam Really Needs to Fear is Climate Change – “When did you begin to suspect that the people in charge of the government and the media were dumb, ignorant, and sometimes actually deranged, and what confirmed it for you?”

And John Sexton: Keith Ellison: ‘Kim Jong Un…is acting more responsible than’ Trump – “This is hogwash to put it mildly. Trump’s “fire and fury” remark certainly wasn’t the kind of mild saber-rattling we’re used to hearing, but the North Korean regime makes far worse threats against the U.S. on a regular basis and has been for years. Recall North Korea’s recent response to UN sanctions last week”

Even Allahpundit joins in. Dem congresswoman: The NRA and Dana Loesch are becoming domestic security threats – “This isn’t just a federal lawmaker using sedition as a club against her political enemies. She’s a former D.A. and assistant U.S. Attorney. You have someone with years of experience as a prosecutor here hinting that we should start thinking about gun-rights advocacy in criminal terms.”

A contributing factor to Rice’s idiocy may be that the NRA’s messaging lately has been ostentatiously antagonistic to liberals, and Loesch for the most part has been the face of it. The “clenched fist of truth” ad got under their skin a few months ago; then a new ad last week promised to “fisk” biased media outlets, a line which some on the left, er, misheard. Other ads not involving Loesch have also gone after the left and the media on culture-war grounds. Democrats hate the NRA on substance because of its position on the Second Amendment but they really hate it now that it’s turned towards Fox-News-ish left-baiting in an era where it lacks a galvanizing enemy in the White House. Maybe Rice was annoyed at all that and at the group’s timidity in condemning the Philando Castile shooting and decided to vent her inner thug. What better way for a Democrat to “virtue-signal” to her side than by labeling right-wingers domestic terrorists?

John Hinderaker provides another example: Sarcasm Alert [Updated] – “This is a small but revealing illustration of how reporters’ hate for President Trump distorts their thinking, to the point where they have no idea how they come across to people who don’t share their biases.”

Just ponder that for a moment. The Associated Press actually thought Trump may have been serious in thanking Vladimir Putin for helping him cut the State Department’s budget by kicking diplomats out of Russia? The idea is absurd on its face. It can only have been a product of the AP’s extreme antipathy toward our president.
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This incident reminded me of one that occurred during the George H.W. Bush administration. … when reporters heard the joke, they interpreted it as a straight news story. It appeared as such in newspapers across the United States. The story–obviously false, if you took it seriously–told us nothing about Vice President Quayle, but quite a bit about the journalists whom most people relied on to report on him.
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The same thing is going on today with the press and President Trump, only much worse. As with this story, press coverage of Trump frequently tells us more about the reporters than it does about our president.
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UPDATE: As sometimes happens, Paul and I were working on posts on the same theme simultaneously. His post is here. As usually happens, we agree.

Aberrant behavior depends upon what one considers normal behavior. These days, it does not appear that there is much agreement about what is normal, or should be normal.

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