I’ll teach you what to look for.

Patricia McCarthy: Charlottesville and Its Aftermath: What if It Was a Setup? – “The ridiculous campaign by virtually every media outlet, every Democrat and far too many squishy Republicans to label Trump some kind of racist and Nazi sympathizer is beginning to have the stink of an orchestrated smear.”

It is as fake a narrative as the “Russia collusion” meme. The left set out to defame Trump from moment one. When he won the election, their shock, dismay and intolerance for every opinion that differs from their own shifted into hysterical overdrive. They mounted their crusade to destroy his presidency on Nov. 9, 2016.

What if Signer and McAuliffe, in conjunction with Antifa and other Soros-funded groups like Black Lives Matter, planned and orchestrated what happened in Charlottesville and meant for events to unfold roughly as they did? If they did, it was icing on their sick, immoral cake.

The Democratic Party is no longer liberal, it is leftist. It is not progressive, it is regressive and repressive. It seeks to overturn the First Amendment. It means to indoctrinate, and has, successive generations via public and private education. It is becoming ever more fascist by the day.

It is disheartening to see so many American elites, privileged in wealth and position within the media and/or government be so completely of one, unthinking mind.

So were the events of Saturday the result of a despicable plan to further undermine Trump? There was plenty of time and Charlottesville is the “capital of resistance.” If it was, it was evil and deadly and the people involved need to be prosecuted. Or is this a wild conspiracy theory? Perhaps. But the pieces fit.

And don’t forget the role of the Police in the violent riots and the chain of authority that they obey.

Ebben Raves: All in: The left is through messing around – ““Russia, Russia, Russia” isn’t working and may actually turn against the Democrats. What is next in their playbook? The usual racism page, although this time, it is for all of the marbles.” More notice of the stink that is coming from the swamp.

Thomas Lifson: MSNBC’s Katy Tur shamelessly tries to bait mother of Charlottesville victim into hating on Trump – “Trump haters, intoxicated on the Nazi-KKK-Trump meme they are pushing, are unmasking themselves as hateful cynics.” More observations about telling behavior.

Yesterday, we saw Katy Tur of MSNBC metaphorically morph before our eyes into a vulture feasting for political carrion on the body of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. Interviewing Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother, Tur asked five straight questions, trying to get the grieving mother to stop being scrupulously nonpolitical and give her something to use against Trump. How is this not exploitation? How is this not harassment?

L. Brent Bozell: Colin Kaepernick — History’s Hero? – “The National Football League’s preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL job.” More telling behavior is identified. Consider that the racists suffering injustice are provided an opportunity to make millions just out of college – and they disgrace their alma mater with their ignorance of civics. But they are being held up as heroes of the revolution, much like Stalin and Lenin and Marx and others who have actually shown what real suffering can be.

One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments.

Washington Post sports columnist Jerry Brewer pulled out a very large straw man on Aug. 17 in a column headlined “Days of Docile Black Athlete Have Ended. Get Used to It.” He doubled down in the text, saying: “Sorry for the inconvenience, sports fans, but the days of the docile black athlete are over. This isn’t a time to stick to sports. This isn’t a time to be afraid because Kaepernick has been blackballed.” To argue that Kaepernick’s critics want “docile blacks” is character assassination.

Most of these liberals impose their own righteousness about America’s “systematic racism” without acknowledging that Kaepernick went beyond this quiet pre-game stance. They ignore that he wore socks in training camp featuring pigs with police hats on them. They ignore that he wore a T-shirt with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on it as he supposedly advocated for freedom of speech.

When challenged by Cuban exile Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald about the T-shirt, Kaepernick proclaimed that communist Cuba was better than America.

It’s not a matter of “extra sprinkles on our ice cream” to smear the police as porcine, racist killers and smear America as founded not on liberty and justice but on slavery and genocide.

Ace: Washington Post (The National Laughingstock) Publishes Op-Ed Calling for Political Violence – It’s about a hagiography for Antifa.

Scott Adams: How To Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble – “History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t know when you are in one.”

But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if they know what to look for.

I’ll teach you what to look for.

A mass hysteria happens when the public gets a wrong idea about something that has strong emotional content and it triggers cognitive dissonance that is often supported by confirmation bias. In other words, people spontaneously hallucinate a whole new (and usually crazy-sounding) reality and believe they see plenty of evidence for it. The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known example of mass hysteria. The McMartin Pre-School case and the Tulip Bulb hysteria are others. The dotcom bubble probably qualifies. We might soon learn that the Russian Collusion story was mass hysteria in hindsight. The curious lack of solid evidence for Russian collusion is a red flag. But we’ll see how that plays out.

if you are not experiencing mass hysteria, you might be totally confused by the actions of the people who are. They appear to be irrational, but in ways that are hard to define. You can’t tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickin’ crazy.

The reason you can’t easily identify what-the-hell is going on in the country right now is that a powerful mass hysteria is in play. If you see the signs after I point them out, you’re probably not in the hysteria bubble. If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means you’re trapped inside the mass hysteria bubble.

Here are some signs of mass hysteria. This is my own take on it, but I welcome you to fact-check it with experts on mass hysteria.

The Powerline Lawyers are getting a bit into this mass hysteria thing. Scott Johnson provides a case study in missing the communication in his Restatement on comments. It’s entirely reasonable but misses the question about why it is that the blog is getting an upsurge in inappropriate commenting. There’s a lot of folks who don’t like moral preening at the President’s expense, even when, and especially when, it comes from folks who are otherwise outside of the mass hysteria bubble.

John Hinderaker gets a bit back on track noting that Apple Funds Left-Wing Hate Group – “So is Apple coming out against antifa? Just kidding

Like so many others, Cook misrepresents what President Trump has said. Maybe he did it intentionally, or maybe he was relying on pundits, including a number of conservatives, who have shamefully misrepresented Trump’s words. Trump said that white nationalists and violent antifa thugs–not “protesters,” who Trump said were “fine people”–both bore responsibility for violence in Charlottesville. I don’t know how anyone who has seen the videos of those events can dispute the truth of that assertion.

As has been documented many times, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a left-wing hate group that has blood on its hands. [Update: Much more here and here.] I don’t know whether Cook shares SPLC’s hateful agenda, or whether he is just a naive stooge. Either way, Apple has aligned itself with some very bad actors. And either way, it is time to sell my Apple stock.

On this, Glenn Reynolds has a comment:

If It’s A Choice Between Political Expedience And Its Core Mission, I Expect The ACLU To Pick The Former: Odd statement from the ACLU: ‘White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech.’ They’re going to take the position that some speech is so inflammatory it counts as violence. Because ultimately they’re driven by their wealthy Democrat donor base.

I’d like to be wrong about this, but I don’t think I am. I’ve seen one institution after another abandon its stated purpose and mission to support the party line.

Peter Hasson: ‘Like A Slot Machine Junkie In Reno’ — Tucker Unloads On Bill Kristol After Kristol’s Cheap Shot – “Kristol falsely accused Carlson of “rationalizing slavery.” Another example of Adam’s mass hysteria bubble.

“Kristol refused to explain himself today. Part of the explanation has to be the moment we’re living in where hysteria has supplanted rational debate. No longer to explain your beliefs but to highlight what a morally upstanding person you are, a virtuous guy you are, using by contrast of your opponent who is by definition, evil. It’s childish, obviously. But to many people, it’s tempting. Even 64-year-old men with Harvard degrees fall for it, apparently,” Carlson continued.

Depressing as hell. Kristol isn’t the only one who does this. Washington is littered with formerly impressive people who shout and preen on social media. I hate to see it with him. I liked Bill Kristol once and thought he liked me. What a shame.”

For a rational analysis of the President’s comments, neo-neocon has More on the Charlottesville violence and Trump’s reaction to it – “And I continue to wonder what was wrong with the Charlottesville police this past weekend.”

in order to believe that Trump praised Nazis in that press conference and characterized them as fine and quiet people, you’d have to believe that he knew there were only Nazis and no one else on the right demonstrating that night—and that for some reason, although he clearly denounced the neo-Nazis in other statements he made, in this particular statement he wished to praise them (and was stupid enough to do so although he knew it would unleash an enormous amount of wrath towards him).

Witness. Be careful about what you think you see. Be aware of yourself. Don’t join a hysteria bubble.

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