It’s getting very, very ugly

Robert Mueller Is the Cover-Up By James Lewis – “Friendship is a beautiful thing, and it’s really good to know that Robert Mueller, Comey, Brennan, and Clapper have known each other for many years.”

“The single most important fact is that nobody has ever been prosecuted for these crimes. That fact by itself throws serious doubts on the entire justice system of the United States.

Democrat Fundraising Letter Tied Tax Cuts To Neo-Nazis by Alex Pfeiffer – “Democrats certainly don’t appear to have an issue with using fear to fundraise.”

“A Senate Majority PAC mailer with an enclosed letter from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tied together the Kremlin and neo-Nazis with corporate tax cuts.

“This Must Stop,” the mailer says above the words, “Corporate Tax Cuts. Discrimination. Kremlin. Medicaid Cuts. Bribes. Repealing Health Care. Neo-Nazis.”

Mitch McConnell Camp Planted Roy Moore Story To Help Clear Path For Trump Impeachment Attempt In 2018 from DC Whispers – “Mitch McConnell who, according to longtime political activist, Ned Ryun, was a primary source of the anti-Roy Moore stories that are now attempting to sway the upcoming Alabama special election and help clear the path for a Trump impeachment attempt in 2018.”

All the News You Are Glad You Missed By Irwin M. Stelzer – “A climate circus, a butter shortage, and Holocaust revisionism.”

“In Bonn the 25,000 delegates gathered to consider the next step in implementing the Paris agreement to reduce CO2 emissions didn’t have Donald Trump to kick around anymore—he was busy trying to avoid a nuclear clash with North Korea and anyhow doesn’t agree with Ivanka that the globe is heating up.

So a quartet of politicians became “Next in Line to Lead on Climate Change,” as the New York Times put it.

There has been other news, too.

Why no one is talking about Trump’s game-changing deal By Salena Zito – “Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion deal to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.”

“One would have suspected that the prospect of an investment this large — nearly three times the total annual budget for the department of energy — would have been front-page news,” said Paul Sracic, political-science professor at nearby Youngstown State University.

This deal suggests that Trump hasn’t forgotten what really matters to his base, but few are giving him props for it.

Once again, the media is missing a story that matters to the American people outside the liberal echo chamber.

On the difference between the military refusing and “resisting” a nuke order by Jazz Shaw – “I turned on CNN this morning and one of the hottest topics they kept coming back to was a comment from a STRATCOM Air Force General regarding a potential presidential order to launch tactical nuclear weapons. The reason for the media’s obsession will become obvious in a moment

“First, let’s at least acknowledge why the MSM is in such a tizzy over a story which involves nothing more than a public conversation on a completely hypothetical topic. (There hasn’t even been so much as a suggestion that such an order was ever received by General Hyten or given to anyone by Trump.) It ties into two of the media’s favorite themes which they frequently seek to reinforce. The first is the idea that Trump is a “dangerous madman” who has access to nuclear weapons. That was one of the key messages in Tom Styer’s hyperbolic impeachment advertisement…. an “unstable president with access to nuclear weapons.”

The second is the idea that Trump is so incredibly dangerous that the military should be ready to thwart him or, if need be, to remove him. (You can find several examples of people actually talking about the concept here.) The left side of the print and cable television world has been bringing up such ideas on a regular basis as a way of softening up the ground for a Democrat in 2020.

With that out of the way, listening to the full remarks of Hyten rather than just the money clips, you can get a sense of what he’s talking about.

In the end, as I said at the top, this was a hypothetical conversation which probably never should have been taken up on the public stage. And it’s almost entirely being used as a tool to paint the President in a bad light rather than any serious discussion of foreign policy or military procedures.

Evaluating sexual offenses: Part I by neo-neocon – “I’ve been reading a bunch of opinions on the subject from the left and right sides of the web, and everything in-between, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a rather idiosyncratic and unusual take on this.”

“Here are just some of the elements I think people ought to take into consideration in terms of seriousness and/or truthfulness (most of these relate more to adult victims than to children):

Was the coercion overt? What was the age of the victim? Was “no” communicated by the victim (for adult victims only; for a child it’s irrelevant)? Was it just a verbal proposition by the accused with no behavioral follow-up? Was the offender a therapist or teacher or priest or parent? When did the victim report it—was there an enormous time lag? Does the victim have a separate grudge against the accused that might have motivated a false accusation? Is there any other evidence to back up the victim’s report? If so, how persuasive is that evidence? Was there any violence involved? Is the accused a politician who is currently running for office—and has the revelation come out right before the vote, with very little time to evaluate its truth or falsehood? Does the accuser have a history that indicates she/he is a habitual liar? Does the accused have such a history? Are there other alleged victims, and (this next part is very important and not often taken into account) did all the other victims tell their stories only after the initial accusations got a lot of publicity, or had their stories been told earlier? If the latter, was the story told to the police or other authorities, or to some friend or relative whose word we have to take for it? If we have one or more very credible accusations and then a new accusation comes out, is the new one in the mold of the old ones or does it up the ante dramatically? Has each accuser’s story remained consistent, or has it morphed?

There’s much more, but I think you get the idea. Since we don’t usually have a smoking gun (Anthony Weiner’s emailed photos, for example), we have to rely on this sort of thing.

I hate to see abusers go undetected and unpunished, free to continue their abuse with others. But I also hate to see people empowered to make false accusations that are insufficiently scrutinized and could ruin the life of a possibly innocent person. I’ve described the best way I know to try to figure out how to minimize both of these occurrences. Despite its flaws, I can’t think of a better way.

Colin Kaepernick Needs the Truth by Trevor Thomas – “Instead of trying to “understand” a lie, Mr. Kaepernick’s Christian friends should tell him the truth.”

“On the same day that GQ — sometimes known as Genuflecting Quarterbacks — named Colin Kaepernick as its “Citizen of the Year,” several mainstream media outlets — including Christian websites — reported that some Christian players in the NFL who support Kaepernick’s protest of “systemic oppression and… police brutality toward black people” are frustrated at the criticism directed at Mr. Kaepernick. They are especially frustrated that the out-of-work quarterback isn’t getting more support from the Christian community within the NFL.

For example, when it comes to “What Would Jesus Do?” in this situation, of course, I can’t say for sure how Jesus would deal with a modern-day millionaire “social justice warrior,” but from what Scripture reveals, I imagine He would begin and end with what He always did: the truth.

Again, Kaepernick kneels for a lie and is living his life according to multiple lies. Instead of trying to “understand” a lie, Mr. Kaepernick’s Christian friends should tell him the truth.

Plato’s Cave and Our Current Reality by Earick Ward – “What we see playing out in America and throughout the world is two starkly different worldviews: Freedom and the State.”

“What is reality? Do you we think we know what is true today?

What if I told you, that what you think you know of our [current] reality is but a lie? A series of images projected upon a wall in a cave.

Plato wrote of such a thing in his “prisoners in a cave” allegory.

Today, we are increasingly faced with a contrived reality.

What is truth? Let me suggest that truth, increasingly, is a byproduct of force. Are any important matters reasoned true today, or are we stuck in a battle of messaging wills? In this, let me suggest, the Left are winning, as we’ve abandoned reason, and are left with, whatever message can be advanced enthusiastically enough, to run roughshod over the other.

What we see playing out in America, and throughout the world, is two starkly different worldviews: Freedom and the State (bondage). Of course, bondage isn’t being sold as such. It’s being sold as “free stuff” and “safety and security” from the ravages of hatred. Who doesn’t want free stuff and safety and security? Of course, reason informs us that there is no such thing as free stuff, and that safety and security for some, demands that freedom for others must be infringed upon and/or suppressed.

What is truth, if we no longer live in an age of reason?

Let us appoint a new leader and return to Egypt (or the cave). In the end, the people (the mob) will accept the comfort of lies (bondage), over the reality of truth (freedom). Our efforts to free our fellow captors are being met with fear and anger. As Plato suggests, they will fight to the death, to maintain their belief that what they’re seeing on the cave wall is true.

People will fight to extreme ends for unfathomable motivations and the more distant that motivation is from reality, the more extreme the fight is likely to be. That is the danger in today’s society.

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