Besotted is no way to play poker

Fake newsers never learn as Trump plays them again by Don Surber – “The president once again played the media for fools. He baited them. They snapped at it. They swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.”

“In short, Trump through Giuliani is saying either impeach or get off the pot. His plan for the midterm is to make it a referendum on impeaching him — and the press corps is ecstatic about that.

Just like they enjoyed making the 2016 election a referendum on Trump.

Slam-dunk video exposes CNN-MSNBC idiocy on Trump by Thomas Lifson – “Cable news Trump-haters, besotted with outrage, don’t sweat the details when it comes to venting their spleen on President Trump.” … “Watch the one-minute video from the GOP below and be rewarded with a dose of exquisite schadenfreude.”

Press in 2016: If Indicted, Hillary Could Pardon Herself by Don Surber – “Law and Crime reported on October 28, 2016. The piece came as Jimmy the Weasel Comey re-opened Hillarygate v7.0.”

Trump disinvites Super Bowl champs to White House reception. But, holy cow, he didn’t stop there! by Frieda Powers – “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,” the president continued, announcing an even better plan.”

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Trump said in a statement on Monday, according to The Daily Caller.

“These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony—one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America,” he added.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney did not take kindly to the president disinviting the Super Bowl champions, and rudely blasted Trump as a “fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size.”

Naturally, Pennsylvania Democrats fell right in line, acting more childish in their attempts to outdo Trump.

Then there’s NASCAR. Read Yo, Philly! Trump says your Eagles can go take a knee somewhere else by Andrew Malcolm – “This afternoon watch for Democrats on Capitol Hill to invite some Eagles over for a protest of Trump. Given the unexpected endurance of this fight, even more NFL fans may be disinviting the NFL into their homes come fall.” Last week it was protecting violent gangs. This week it is celebrating anti-patriotism. Then there’s opposing tax cuts, employment, law enforcement, and on and on.

Epitaph by Richard Fernandez – “Without fanfare elements of a new cold war are being put into place by the Trump administration, the European Union and China.”

“Although the disconnected components separately make headlines, the underlying pattern is evident despite the carnival-like distractions of the Mueller investigation and the reluctance to declare the old order dead.

The most obvious indicators are military.

A second indicator is the growing restriction on the international movement of data, scientific personnel and the re-officialization of news.

Even the nascent trade war has a cold war dimension.

It did not happen overnight. The roots of today’s new tensions have roots deep in Obama’s and even George W. Bush’s term. Yet so great was the establishment’s commitment the post Cold War order it seemed irresponsible or unlucky to admit things were breaking down even when they manifestly were.

California and Conservatism by Victor Davis Hanson – “I share some of the sentiments of Jay Nordlinger’s Corner post expressing confidence that some day in the future there may be hope for California conservatism.” but the picture he paints right now is rather dismal.

Why Communism Always Devolves Into Heavy-Handed Authoritarianism at the Coyote Blog – “Every time one points out a historic failure of communism (most recently, for example, in Venezuela), Marxists will argue “well, that is not true communism.” Somehow they think that communism without heavy-handed exercise of state power is possible. It is not. Here is the latest example, from our own peoples’ republic in California.” It’s about water.

Something happening here? By Scott Johnson – “Lee Smith draws attention to “an important find in the Strzok-Page texts … Was it an investigation or a sting operation? There is so much we don’t know and so much those who know don’t want us to know.”

The Prison-House of Political Language by Neema Parvini – “Of all the stunningly awful attempts to explain away the reasons why the 2016 US Presidential election did not produce the result that the elites wanted, perhaps the worst – and certainly one of the most persistent – has been the claim that Donald J. Trump is a would-be Hitler leading his Nazi followers to power.”

“George Orwell once said that the “English intelligentsia…can swallow totalitarianism because they have no experience of anything except liberalism…So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.”

if you are trapped in an echo chamber without anyone to challenge your ideas, it is difficult to be self-aware because there is no motivation to do anything other than revel in the righteousness of your cause.

Given this fact, people who are part of the “Rebel Alliance” develop a way of speaking designed to circumvent the possibility of debate or even the introduction of evidence.

Indeed, one of the ironies of Ridley’s piece is that he is forced to use the term “right” for “opponent of the left,” but I am not convinced that the “right-wing” exists except as a weapon of ridicule for the left to wield; it is a smear-word, another linguistic kill shot, a way of dismissing any counterpoint without the burden of engaging with the substance of what is actually being said.

One side effect of dealing with political opponents in this manner is that the left has become increasingly accepting of straw man fallacies created out of their own righteous bigotry and refusal to respectfully address counterpoints.

In the following table, I chart some of the newspeak ardent leftists have used over the years in order to avoid arguments, counterpoints and facts.

His idea of how to respond is strictly logical and rational. That approach doesn’t work when trying to address irrational intellectuall dishonesty as there is no common basis.

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