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Donald Trump on Love and Justice By Ken Masugi – “They don’t love the students, they don’t know the students. The teachers love the students and they want to protect those students . . . .”

Here Trump articulated the principle that governs his view of justice and politics—defend those you know and love.

Yet it is Trump whom our supposed intelligent observers mock for his alleged lack of intellectual heft and sophistication.

Perhaps these intellectuals should be open to the possibility that they are, again, missing something others—intellectual or not—see a bit more clearly.

Christians are religious not in order to become moral but because we hunger to know and love the Father-God who made us. As a consequence of such knowledge and love, we become more moral than they were, but this is a consequence and not a motive for Christians.

contemporary intellectuals generally disdain religion (Buckley being a major exception) in the name of an often atrophied notion of reason.

Conservative intellectuals, as does their genus, overlook the two great poles of the soul and of the cosmos: politics and theology—the near and the far—of political philosophy. Here Trump, judging by his knowledge of human nature, seems closer to the great questions of life than are most intellectuals. And he has a seriousness about politics lacking in our national politicians since Reagan.

Thus, one sells Trump short by taking “Trump and Trump supporters seriously as an authentic expression of the modern American right.” They are, rather, an authentic expression of the American soul.

Ace on Operation Parkland – “How the Left Runs Psyops On Allied and Enemy Americans.” Citing David Hines about a “carefully researched strategy that’s being executed now bc the moment is favorable.”

“I would say the most egregious part of this warplan, and the one that makes me the most animated, is the part where they attempt to pressurize their “active enemies” into a coerced silence, threatening consequences for speaking out against them.

Some of us are still in Business as Usual Mode and some of us are highly alarmed at how close the left is to achieving its end-state of a society divided between the Empowered True Believers and the Denigrated and Threatened Underclass, and are no longer willing to walk towards the gulags.

“School Discipline Gaps,” an Ongoing Mystery by John Hinderaker – “This brief Associated Press article is a classic of the genre, on an increasingly important subject

“The phrase “students of color” is telling. I will try to track down the report, but are all “students of color” equal when it comes to discipline? For example, are Indian-American students suspended or expelled at the same rate as African-American or Native American students? I doubt it. But: if not, why not?

what reason is there to think that students are not already being treated equally? Does Minnesota’s Human Rights Commissioner seriously believe that school administrators are needlessly suspending or expelling well-behaved “students of color” out of some misguided animus? If so, I would gently suggest that he is out of touch with reality.

school discipline quotas represent an increasingly important issue. Why? Because they are making school ineffective and even dangerous for a great many normal students. For example, see this eloquent letter by a mother of a student in the Madison, Wisconsin public school system.

Hope Hicks and the truth of little white lies by Charles Hurt – “Here is the truth about White Lies.”

“Hope Hicks has more integrity and is far more honest than any of the lying politicians on the House “Intelligence” Committee who grilled her for nine hours this week about whether she has ever lied on behalf of her boss, the president of the United States.

This place is a sewer of lies. I swear, sometimes I think these people take an oath of office when they get up here vowing to never tell the truth, so help them God.

There is not a single person on that House panel interrogating Ms. Hicks who can honestly say they have never lied or told underlings to lie on their behalf in the course of their political careers.

The only difference is that if you asked one of them that question, they would simply lie.

White lies are the lubricant of civility, the secret to happy marriages. The problem is that the swamp snakes around here have coopted “white lies” into a means for smearing good people, dodging responsibility and shamelessly seeking personal political gain off the senseless murders of 17 people — mostly children — in a school massacre.

This blurring of the line between white lies and rank black lies is the first delusion of these people around here.

The adage is that you should stop digging when you find yourself in a hole. The Democrats have dug themselves in deep and are still in the stage where they are throwing more dirt out of the hole like the quail throwing snow as they scratch for food. In the Democrats case, the effort harms themselves, the government, and the individuals they seek to bury.

Obama: blame and credit, credit and blame by neo-neocon – “Commenter “Richard” calls scathing attention to a meme that I’ve noticed becoming common among Democrats these days: “the Obama Recovery.”

“Simply put, it is the assertion that economic effects are delayed in a very special fashion with Obama. Everything bad that happened to the economy during the 8 years of Obama’s presidency was Bush’s fault and was blamed on Bush, including the slowness of whatever recovery there was.. And everything good that might happen to the economy during Trump’s presidency (however long he may last as president) is to Obama’s credit, not Trump’s.

Obama was the first president in my memory to blame his predecessor—pretty much incessantly—for what went wrong during his own tenure. It was actually one of the first things I ever noticed about Obama, back when he was campaigning in 2008, and it seemed unusual to me at the time, although now (unfortunately) we’ve gotten very used to it. In fact, I even coined a phrase for Obama back then: “the blame duck.”

It’s not just the blaming and the excuse-making itself, it’s the fact that such behavior is unprecedented in a president in my lifetime. What’s more, it’s that nearly half of the American public isn’t yet turned off by this sort of thing in a POTUS. Back when I was growing up, such an approach by a president would be unthinkable and even (yes, I know this isn’t PC) unmanly. It just wasn’t done; it was weak and unseemly and showed lack of leadership.

The fact that it now seems acceptable is probably a result of the decades-long abdication of the idea of personal responsibility, beginning in the school system with the self-esteem movement. Obama may be the first president who not only is a product of that system, but more importantly, was elected by people raised in that system. He knows his audience well.

Backyard chickens need more regulation; UC Davis – “a new University of California, Davis, study suggests that local ordinances are not adequately addressing human and animal health when it comes to backyard poultry, and laws that do exist do not keep pace with those for commercial growers.”

“Ironically, as people seek to take control over the way their food is grown, most ordinances fail to ensure basic health and welfare for birds and humans,” said Catherine Brinkley, assistant professor of community and regional development, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is the primary author of the study.

What needs to happen, the author recommends, is that there be more laws that mandate vaccinations, manure management and general animal welfare in urban and suburban settings similar to policies and regulations imposed on commercial chicken ranches.

A symbol of this was a donated egg crate from a company bragging about ‘free range vegetarian chickens” as the source of its eggs. There was another story this morning about ‘chickens as pets’ including a note about chicken diapers and personal chefs (The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chicken) .

Chickens do produce a lot of manure and it is quite toxic as a concentrated fertilizer. The chicken doesn’t really care where they deposit their waste, either. But even the county health department is a bit lax in regards to the sentinel flocks it maintains during mosquito season as a part of its disease vector monitoring program.

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