Faux Outrage in Many Forms – “This should make your blood run cold”

Alex Swoyer: Conservatives launch campaign to bolster Trump’s judges, pressure Democrats – a case study in plausible deniability is being challenged.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has pushed back at the allegations of obstruction by her party and said her colleagues are simply “doing their due diligence in reviewing these nominees.”

Democrats also say Mr. Trump has been slow to name nominees for many of the federal openings.

Where nominees have been picked, though, Democrats are using all of their procedural tools to extend the debate.

Michael Bertolone: When Will New Orleans Apologize for the Italian Lynchings? – “Mayor Landrieu’s virtue signaling only goes so far. For example, when will the mayor issue a formal apology to Italian Americans, who were the victims of one of the largest lynchings in U.S. history in 1891?” If you look at sources such as Wikipedia and even the NAACP, you’ll see that lynchings were less of a problem than the intra-black murder in Chicago is right now and that blacks were not the only victims. This just follows other ‘faux outrage’ such as described by Thomas Sowell – Misconceptions About Slavery on YouTube.

Italians are now grouped in with “white oppressors,” but in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they weren’t considered “white” and certainly did not have so-called “white privilege.”

The response by the American media of the time was largely one of approval. The murders caused a serious breach between Italy and the U.S., with diplomatic relations suspended for over a year. A payment of $25,000 to the dead men’s families healed the rupture. The lynchings triggered a decade of horror for Italian immigrants in the South, with repeated lynchings and riots in the Gulf area for the rest of the 1890s.

I submit that an appropriate atonement for this atrocity would be for Democratic Mayor Landrieu to apologize on behalf of the City of New Orleans and the Democrat in charge at the time, Mayor Shakspeare.

To the chagrin of the race-baiting left, history is messy, not clearly defined, and consists of shades of gray rather than strictly black and white. It’s interesting that groups now considered “white” were not classified as such not that long ago. The establishment have now transformed the victims of ethnic violence into their oppressors. As has been said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The left clearly suffers from historical dementia.

On the other hand, sundance describes a case of getting down to a known reality that has been avoided to date: President Trump Begins Familiar Strategic Process – Pakistan Assigned Ownership of Afghanistan Extremism… – “A very familiar pattern is emerging as President Trump turns his attention toward solving the ongoing issues within Afghanistan.” No more tap dancing around just who is complicit in the international terrorism.

Last night as President Trump addressed the nation to discuss the ongoing conflict within Afghanistan he took the first step: Trump assigned strategic ownership to Pakistan:

If anything President Trump stated was not the brutal reality the placement of strategic ownership would not work. However, the entire international community knows that Pakistan, including their intelligence service ISI, has a great deal of hidden sympathy toward Islamic extremists within Afghanistan.

Last night President Trump called it out, publicly.

Remember, the solution to the threat that is Kim Jong-un was to assign direct responsibility toward Beijing. In a similar approach, the solution toward eliminating the threat of extremist violence from the Taliban is to assign direct responsibility toward Pakistan. President Trump began that process last night.

However, those who have followed closely will note there’s additional references.

See the pattern? In each example President Trump assigns responsibility. However, the important element is the underlying ownership must be based entirely on truth.

Additionally, this approach only works if there’s leverage to cajole Pakistan to act. Fortunately creating “leverage” is almost a uniquely Trumpian life-skill.

The U.S. military is not the leverage, the military helps creates leverage. The leverage itself is economic.

So far, this economic geopolitical approach has worked well with Syria/Russia, Qatar/Saudi Arabia and DPRK/China. No reason not to be optimistic about Afghanistan (Taliban)/Pakistan.

Pakistan brings up the interesting case of the Awan family. Andrew C. McCarthy takes up The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers – “It leaves out a lot of highly pertinent information.”

what’s the best evidence you could possibly have, the slam-dunk proof that their goal was to steal the money and never look back? That’s easy: One after the other, the wife and husband pulled up stakes and tried to high-tail it to Pakistan after they’d wired the funds there

Well, here’s a peculiar thing about the Justice Department’s indictment of Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, the alleged fraudster couple who doubled as IT wizzes for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and many other congressional Democrats: There’s not a word in it about flight to Pakistan.

First, let’s recap. As I explained about three weeks ago, there is a very intriguing investigation of the Awan family. There are about six of them — brothers, spouses, and attached others — who were retained by various Democrats as computer-systems managers at compensation levels dwarfing that of the average congressional staffer.

There are grounds to suspect blackmail, given (a) the staggering sums of money paid to the Awans over the years, (b) the sensitive congressional communications to which they had access, (c) the alleged involvement of Imran Awan and one of his brothers in a blackmail-extortion scheme against their stepmother, and (d) Wasserman Schultz’s months of protecting Awan and potentially impeding the investigation.

To summarize, the indictment is an exercise in omission. No mention of the Awan group’s theft of information from Congress. Not a hint about the astronomical sums the family was paid, much of it for no-show “work.” Not a word about Wasserman Schultz’s keeping Awan on the payroll for six months during which (a) he was known to be under investigation, (b) his wife was known to have fled to Pakistan, and (c) he was not credentialed to do the IT work for which he had been hired. Nothing about Wasserman Schultz’s energetic efforts to prevent investigators from examining Awan’s laptop. A likely currency-transportation offense against Alvi goes uncharged. And, as for the offenses that are charged, prosecutors plead them in a manner that avoids any reference to what should be their best evidence.

There is something very strange going on here.

McCarthy isn’t the only one noticing a fishy smell. Ace: Hmmm: Democrat Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff Wrote Off Equipment Which Disappeared In Hands of Awan Gang In a Manner Which Seems to Have Concealed The Equipment’s Vanishing – “Not sure of the motive for doing this. But It does seem to raise some questions in need of answers.”

I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe the Awan brothers were selling government-bought equipment on the side.

But if that’s the case, why have so many Democrats seemed to affirmatively help them evade detection and prosecution? And even avoid losing their jobs?

To quote Mr. Plinkett, it would be best if the media took more of an investigative interest in this mystery than none at all.

Christopher Chantrill: Suppose BLM and Antifa Are Just Democratic ‘Muscle’ like the Old KKK – “The reason that Donald Trump won the Republican nomination was that he stood up for ordinary Republican voters that liberals routinely name and shame as racists, sexists, and homophobes.”

Ordinary middle-class Republicans know that, at any moment, they could be accused of racism by some SJW at work and lose their job. They are afraid; they want a president who will stand up for them.

The reason Donald Trump won the election was that his economic nationalism appealed to the white working class that is dying of despair, abandoned by the Democrats forty years ago.

Then came Charlottesville, and Donald Trump showed that he had our back. The problem, he said, is both sides. If President Trump does nothing more in his presidency, he has at least declared left and right extremists equivalent.

In the Jim Crow South, the KKK guerrillas now became the “muscle” for the Democratic Party. And the KKK role, apparently, was not so much to lynch blacks as to intimidate whites who might have a soft spot for the freedmen.

Now, ask yourself: are Stormfront and today’s KKK anyone’s political “muscle” today? Certainly not. For just about anyone on the right they are an embarrassment. We wish they would go away.

Now let us turn to Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Are they marginalized groups that liberals and Democrats are ashamed of? Certainly not.

The conclusion is obvious. Black Lives Matter and Antifa are “muscle” groups that perform the same function for today’s Democrats that the KKK performed for the Jim Crow South.

On this view you might think that the Trump voters are not racist sexist homophobes, but genuinely suffering under the unjust rule of the liberal “creative classes” and their BLM/Antifa enforcers, and that they elected Donald Trump to redress their grievances.

Ed Morrissey illustrates how deep the slander goes. Pence: Why no, Trump didn’t draw a moral equivalency in Charlottesville – “Mike Pence has to know that this question will come up in every interview he gives for the next week or two, right?” What is in front of your face is denied and contested if it does not fit what the anti-Trump bunch just knows is really right and they are persistent in the extrene.

Lauer notes that Pence is being “loyal” in Trump’s defense, which is part of the role of the VP. (It’s practically the only role of the VP.) Pence has his message discipline tight in these responses, implicitly relying on the same formulation I noted when asked about the comments in Chile. Pence wants to present all three Trump responses as a cohesive whole, which then allows Pence to argue that Trump’s comments about “fine people” come as a piece with his denunciations of white supremacy and bigotry, rather than as a sequence where the former undermines the latter. It’s Pence’s only play, but don’t expect the media to go along with it.

There is a false meme, and Morrissey is showing sympathy with it, that attempts to refute Chantrill.

Scott Johnson on William Henck: My IRS ordeal – “The IRS was at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck gave us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel.”

Every workday I walk past a mural in downtown Richmond that states, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This matters. That’s why I’m speaking out. IRS executives are either accountable or they are not. If people in the administration and Congress want to hold IRS executives accountable, this case is their best (and probably last) opportunity to do so.

Before the TIGTA interview, I called the 17 employees I would be listing as witnesses. Several of them were too scared to talk to me. One of the others told me “please don’t put my job in jeopardy.” There is a real fear of retaliation within the IRS. I told the TIGTA agents that if I leave in November, they would be getting a whole bunch of “I don’t recall” when they talked to the witnesses.

I don’t know what else I can do. I really don’t.

Reynolds recommends Jonah Goldberg On Charlottesville, Trump, and Anti-Americanism – “Andy McCarthy has a great piece today where he fleshes out how hardcore, violent, leftist radicals are still admired, romanticized and lionized among mainstream American liberals.”

While, mainstream conservatives are expected – rightly – to denounce the alt-right, the Klan, neo-Nazis, et al., liberals take deep offense at the notion that they have any problem whatsoever to their radical left.

This raises a point I briefly made in my column yesterday. The alt-right does mainstream conservatism a favor by making it clear they do not want to be part of our movement, they want to be an alternative to it.

The funny thing is that if you actually read or listen to antifa, or virtually any of the radical groups today or in the past – ANSWER, Black Lives Matter, the Weathermen, the Black Panthers et al. – they make it quite clear that they want to be an alternative to mainstream or “corporate” liberalism.

The problem is liberals don’t want to acknowledge it. They love the popular front logic. They celebrate the passion and will of everyone from Occupy Wall Street types to Antifa. Remember how hard it was for mainstream liberals to say anything bad about Bill Ayers?

I’m reminded of this passage from Alan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind: “I have seen young people, and older people too, who are good democratic liberals, lovers of peace and gentleness, struck dumb with admiration for individuals threatening or using the most terrible violence for the slightest and tawdriest of reasons.” He continued: “They have a sneaking suspicion that they are face to face with men of real commitment, which they themselves lack. And commitment, not truth, is believed to be what counts.”

I am delighted to say that the alt-right doesn’t speak for me. I wish more liberals were as eager to say the same about the mask-wearing, violent, unpatriotic, anti-American radicals they are foolishly celebrating.

Moran: Did Google, GoDaddy, and CloudFlare Violate Net Neutrality?advocates frequently warn about the perils of internet service providers (ISPs) censoring the internet yet remain remarkably silent when Cloudflare, Google, and other companies censor free speech.”

Recently, liberal tech companies such as GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare declared war on free speech, vowing to scrub the internet of “hate speech.”

These Silicon Valley companies do not see the irony in their assault on free speech, considering that these companies have repeatedly suggested that removing net neutrality would allow ISPs such as Comcast or Verizon to block and discriminate websites and services. Google, Cloudflare, and GoDaddy blocked these websites, in essence, violating the neutrality of the Internet.

All of these companies contend that they can and should block content and services and that ISPs cannot choose how to operate their networks.

These companies have all decided to censor free speech when they have frequently championed free speech and the openness of the Internet when they have railed against what would allegedly happen if the FCC were to remove net neutrality.

Neo-neocon has more: Internet free speech threatened – “This is a chilling, must-read article. In it, William Jacobson quotes a post he wrote last Friday

“…[In the past there have been] attempts to intimidate internet hosting companies and companies that provide internet infrastructure to cut off access to the internet. [Previously] the effort has been focused on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. People might not care that The Daily Stormer is taken down, but the history of leftist tactics show that the target universe will expand dramatically and it will not be long before efforts are directed, as they are now for advertisers, at mainstream conservative and right-of-center websites….

Companies like Cloudfare and others who provide internet infrastrucure will come under increasing pressure, and it won’t be limited to the Storm Fronts of the world. We know from history that the “hate” label is broadly applied for political purposes, and will be used only against right-of-center websites.

It certainly didn’t take long for that prediction to come true.

Nazis will be Nazis. Fascists will be fascists. Today they call themselves “Antifa” and the like, but they’re acting just like Hitler’s Brownshirts did, when they shouted down and assaulted anti-Nazi speakers. Now the violent thugs work in a more genteel fashion: they just pull the Internet plug on those they hate. You, Lauren Kirchner, are aiding and abetting a quintessentially fascist enterprise. Authoritarianism in service of any cause leads to a slave society despite the best intentions of those who helped usher it in.”

This should make your blood run cold.

Many threats from many directions need to be addressed.

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