There is a lot of sand in the gearbox

Google. Yesterday it was a discrimination complaint (CBS News). Today, Google caught in the censorship cookie jar again? by Monica Showalter – “Does Google ever learn?

“The Daily Caller reports that Google has taken to throwing shade on almost exclusively conservative websites through its search engine mechanism, using a sort of ‘fact-checking’ system to discredit certain news providers so that no one will want to click on them. … it’s not the first time the Silicon Valley giant has been accused of disguised censorship against conservative news outlets under the guise of the war on fake news.

something is funny with the company, given that Fox News’s Tucker Carlson just interviewed fired Google engineer, James Damore, who described the scope of the problem:

One thing is certain, however: The culture wars are blazing hot at Google, oblivous to how it cuts into business and draws the attention of angry legislators. And yet that doesn’t stop some of them. All the same, there are likely top people who know what the stakes are and know that Silicon Valley is unpopular with both right and left. There wouldn’t even be any leftists to defend them if there were consequences to this kind of censorship.

In the Wolff Trap by George Neumayr – “His book is a window on the bastardization of news.”

“In another age, a gossip columnist pontificating on what amount to deep questions of political philosophy would have a bucket of water dumped on his head. Wolff’s schlock act would be dismissed as the comic opportunism of a greedy little knave. But in a culture that turns jesters into kings — where Joy Behar is a political analyst, Jimmy Kimmel is a health care expert, and Oprah Winfrey is presidential timber — Wolff saw his big chance. Since all journalism, he figured, is now just gossipy propaganda anyways, why not weave an anti-Trump fantasy perfectly calibrated to the tastes of the ruling class?

Much of their censorious coverage of Trump is based on the premise that he shouldn’t hold any opinions at all, even as they opine wildly and substitute their own judgments for those of their readers or viewers. Mika Brzezinski once said that it is “our job,” not Trump’s, to “control exactly what people think.”

That is the organizing principle of all Trump press coverage at this point. Notice the endless segments on this or that “controversy” which upon closer inspection revolves around an utterly conventional use of executive power.

Tapper can dish it out, but he can’t take it. The more obvious servility was on his side, as he danced to the tune of CNN producers yelling in his ear to cut off a segment in which Miller was effectively roasting CNN for bias.

Even as the sonorous phonies on CNN and MSNBC pretend to want “depth” from the Trump administration, they recoil from figures like Miller who provide some. The last thing they want is for Trump to receive a robust and intelligent defense. And so they kick Miller off the set and bring Wolff on to it, and then sit at his feet as he tells them that “100 percent of the people” around Trump won’t defend him.

The biggest Hillary Clinton scandal no one’s talking about by Ted Harvey – “she must now grapple with a new scandal: An ongoing Federal Election Commission investigation into an alleged $84 million money laundering scheme orchestrated by the Hillary Victory Fund.”

“Based on former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s public comments, a memo by former Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook, and months of reviewing FEC reports, the Committee to Defend the President has filed an FEC complaint accusing the Democratic establishment of using state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder money to Clinton’s campaign. The Hillary Victory Fund solicited six-figure donations from major donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, “papered” them through state parties en route to DNC and then the Clinton campaign.

In reality, the fund either never transferred $84 million to state parties, sending the funds straight to the DNC, or it made the transfers without state parties having actual control of the money. In either case, the fund violated campaign finance laws in precisely the way the Supreme Court deemed illegal in its 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC ruling. And that’s only the tip of allegations in this particular iceberg.

If and when the allegations are confirmed by the FEC, Clinton’s $84 million money laundering scheme will go down as the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.

Of course, the New York Times has not devoted a single drop of ink to the $84 million scandal. While MSNBC’s lack of coverage is hardly surprising, CNN’s radio silence is deafening and once again contradicts the network’s self-described nonpartisanship. Even the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, the only mainstream reporter to cover the scandal, acknowledged “most coverage of the FEC complaint had appeared in conservative media” before he covered it.

Can you imagine the media outrage if Republicans oversaw an $84 million money laundering scheme?

if the media won’t do its job, then it falls on us as concerned citizens to hold our political leaders accountable. And hold them accountable we will: The FEC’s investigation of the latest Clinton scandal is already underway and could result in significant legal jeopardy for the Democratic establishment, their major donors, and Clinton herself.

Clinton will answer for her actions — whether the media covers it or not.

That new soda tax in Seattle is working out about as well as Chicago’s by Jazz Shaw – “in one of the more creative and admirable moves by a retail chain in recent memory, Costco took to changing their price signs, showing how much the beverages should cost, and then tacking on the new tax as a separate line item” and suggested an out of town store alternative, too. The story is about how the new tax is rationalized. It’s just another example of the phenomena described above.

“This is yet another example of the theory of the frog in a boiling pot of water. People are used to having their taxes increased if they live in cities run by Democrats. It’s just a fact of life. And if you increase the tax slowly over time, let’s say by twenty cents per year, many of them will adapt to it. (That’s how they did it with tobacco in most places.) But if you literally double the price overnight, that horse is going to buck.

Seattle hasn’t run into the same constitutional issues that the Chicago soda tax was brought down by, but the level of failure here is just as massive.

Another San Francisco judge orders Trump to revive DACA by Jazz Shaw – “Where the court finds the authority to force the White House to do something, rather than preventing them from doing something, remains a mystery.”

“Shortly after President Trump requested scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast this morning, a federal judge in San Francisco issued an injunction against the request, ordering the chef to bring him oatmeal instead. That ruling was followed by a national ban on the serving of either egg or sausage products for breakfast until a comprehensive study can determine the overall impact of pork and poultry farming on climate change.

Okay… that’s not actually what happened, but at this point I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if we see it in the near future. Another judge in San Francisco, this time U.S. District Judge William Alsup, has amazingly issued an order for the White House to continue parts of the DACA program.

On the surface, this looks like little more than another day in the #RESIST movement. If Donald Trump wants to do something – anything – you can find a judge in the northwest who will issue an order to stop him. But if we stop and consider the particulars of this ruling, it’s actually quite remarkable.

The fact that this Clinton-appointed judge is actually ordering the White House to do something rather than preventing an action which might be questionable on constitutional grounds is remarkable. But at the same time, it’s the new normal in the era of Trump. Whatever the President wants to attempt is defined by liberals as A Bad Thing, and by shopping around in the right jurisdiction they can find a judge to back them up.

Allahpundit stuggles with the disease as well. See David Brooks: Let’s face it, the anti-Trump movement is getting dumber – “Mm, I don’t know that it’s getting “dumber” so much as it’s getting more febrile, which has made it more susceptible to confirmation bias.” When it comes to allegations that Trump “casually diminish the office”, Allahpundit might take some history lessons from Victor David Hanson. Then there’s Trump and his “facts” with the only thing offered is the birther comments presented as a Trump obsession. “No one does their best thinking when they’re suffering from a fever.” Allahpundit should examine his own fever before he starts speculating about others.

Betsy Newmark suffers the same problem in trying to understand Trump at his White House DACA meeting. She cites Yuval Lenin to diminish Trump. “He several times said one thing and then its opposite” … “This malleability on his part in turn defined everyone else’s behavior around Trump.” What they miss is that you don’t lead a meeting by taking sides, you don’t enter negotiations by showing all your cards, and you do prompt participants by exploring different views. Trump was not being “pliable” or subject to “maleability” as he was not making decisions and pronouncements. He was negotiating. It seems that this sort of thing is unknown to people like Newmark and Levin and Allahpundit and many others whose horizons have been limited by the swamp.

Then there’s the release of confidential senate committee testimony by the minority leader. Glen Reynolds puts it this way: “Now all the other witnesses know what to say without being told directly: Feinstein posts testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder.” This gets back to Limbaugh’s comment that much of the Obama administration coordination wasn’t conspiracy but rather that they just knew what to do. This is one method to let the troops know what to do without being ordered directly.

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