Denial is strong

Media Gaslighting Can’t Hide Fact Trump Campaign Was Spied On by Mollie Hemingway – “After a year of alarming revelations, the media are still more interested in proving the Trump campaign treasonously colluded with Russia than wrestling with the fact that the FBI spied on a presidential campaign.” … “Still, he called it the definition of fake news and compared it to believing in ghosts.” Denial is strong.

Why a Democratic Wave Looks Likely by Jay Cost – “Despite his achievements, Trump is unpresidential, and that will matter to voters.” There are a number of these pronouncements and they will likely become more strident as November nears. The common factor is that they set aside reality and elevate perception and judgment. “Unpresidential?” By what standard? Pelosi, Schumer, either Clinton et al? Will the American people succumb to propaganda, hate, (mis)perception, and labeling or will they evaluate what has been done and the actual behavior of the candidates?

Another Narrative Busted: The Focus of Manafort’s Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad by Katie Pavlich – “according to a new report from the Associated Press, they’re likely to be disappointed as the trial will focus on Manafort’s business dealings and lavish lifestyle, not collusion

“The focus on Manafort’s personal dealings, rather than Russia, aren’t surprising considering the Special Counsel indictment didn’t mention the Kremlin, the 2016 presidential election or collusion a single time.

Mueller’s midterm elections by Byron York – “the 2018 midterms are less than 100 days away, and a president not on the ballot is at the center of a highly publicized investigation.”

“Ratcliffe might be on to something when he suggests that the Comey experience is an example Mueller will dearly want to avoid repeating. “In my opinion, Mueller will either try to clear Donald Trump as a target by Labor Day, or will throttle down any further public actions by the special counsel until after Nov. 6,” Ratcliffe says.

There’s Labor Day again. It’s less than six weeks away. Which means we might find out some big things from Mueller soon. If not, we might be in for a long wait.

He Drives Them Crazy by Fred Barnes – “Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is an exception to the rule that committee chairs, male or female, are allowed to run things as they choose. Democrats, left-wing groups, and those who obsess about Trump won’t let him.”

“Were Democrats in charge, Nunes would probably be their Target No. 1. His sin was switching the committee’s focus from collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential election to finding out why the Trump campaign was being investigated in the first place.

Vindication won’t spare Nunes harassment by the left. This is what those folks do in their spare time. And complaints to the House Ethics Committee against Nunes are piling up. Three left-wing groups accused Nunes of making classified information public last year, causing him to step down as chairman for eight months while the ethics committee dawdled before ruling in his favor.

Meanwhile, responses to his tweets pour in. It turns out the anti-Nunes forces are far from witty and a good number of them think he ought to be in prison. Nunes isn’t fazed by dumb tweets or mean charges.

But here’s why we should be grateful to Nunes and wise members of the intelligence committee like Chris Stewart from Salt Lake City. We wouldn’t know these things if they hadn’t dug them up. (1) Hillary and the DNC paid for the still-unverified Steele dossier from his Russian sources. (2) The Steele dossier was largely responsible for approval of the Page wiretap. Well worth knowing, don’t you think?

CNN’s Alysin Camerota is from Mars, Rudy Giuliani is from Earth by Patricia McCarthy – “like the rest of CNN, she cares nothing about the issues that really affect the nation. She cares only about trapping and subsequently impeaching Trump.”

“She was interested only in a couple of alleged meetings, meetings that are meaningless, meetings that, if they took place, were not illegal in any way. She is only too happy to judge Trump’s character but believes that Michael Cohen is a legitimate witness to be believed, despite his obvious chicanery. She ignored all of Giuliani’s comments about the man. Don’t confuse her with facts.

The most telling thing about the interview is how obvious it becomes that CNN is absolutely, purposefully clueless about the volumes of information that have been revealed, by the I.G. report, by John Solomon and Sarah Carter, by Gregg Jarrett in his book The Russia Hoax, and by a plethora of other real news outlets that have been reporting on the Clinton-DNC invention of a Trump collusion with Russia for months and months.

CNN has its fingers in its ears. The people there do not want to know anything that does not support their anti-Trump mindset.

She is so trapped in her never-Trumpism that she cannot see that millions of Americans are better off since Trump became president, that several millions of people are no longer on food stamps, and that millions of Americans are no longer unemployed. Needless to say, she never mentioned the 4.1% GDP. She never mentioned the fact that it was the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the FBI who paid for the phony dossier that triggered, unlawfully, the Mueller investigation. No, no, no.

Crimes, no matter how egregious, committed by Democrats are not crimes to CNN.

Who killed the news? By Richard Fernandez – “Recently the New York Times accused Donald Trump of destroying journalism.”

“What made a few Russian trolls so powerful was not their miserably puny infrastructure but the network they could rent out from the billion dollar behemoths in California — to whom they were just another customer.

But who can confront companies richer than whole countries? Despite the bureaucratic bravado only the market has so far been up to the task of delivering a judgment of Silicon Valley’s business model.

Not long after Twitter was struck by a similar loss. The market had done something the political establishment had not previously nerved itself to do — possibly because they themselves were using social media to manipulate the public. As Wikipedia notes fake news has been been as a tool of statecraft for centuries. Fake news itself is not a problem; it only becomes a problem for elites when it veers out of control.

What makes the current fake news problem particularly hard for the establishment to solve is the dilemma posed by two conflicting requirements: Silicon Valley at once allows the establishment to manipulate the public while simultaneously creating the means for others to undermine it. One of the great ironies of the modern age is than an industry at once the greatest ally of liberal politics should also be its greatest potential foe. Efforts to resolve the dilemma have so far failed.

Patriotism: The Secret of Trump’s Success by Karin McQuillan – “Patriotism is a virtue that our politicians talk about a lot, in utterly empty ways. Many Democrats think it is a vice.”

“Trump lives American patriotism. It is the reason he ran for president and the reason he won. He knows we are a great country.

Trump recognizes and is comfortable with power – his personal power, America’s power. He does not think power is toxic. He thinks American and presidential power is wonderful and meant to be used for our common, national good.

Our president loves to build.

Trump the builder likes to do things. He likes responsibility. He likes seeing concrete outcomes. He knows that America can do things. We are so rich and so powerful as a country that we can do everything we need to do to promote American security and prosperity. Using American power for these ends is nothing to be ashamed of. It is his job.

What Are Your Child’s Passions? By Dennis Prager – Dan Scotti, lifestyle writer at the website Elite Daily, and a millennial, wrote a perceptive piece on the matter titled, “Why Don’t Millennials Have Hobbies Anymore?

“There is a world of difference between being active and being passive, between creating something and watching something, between doing something and being entertained.

I’m not picking on millennials. The problem is not new. In 1984, Neil Postman wrote a book whose title said it all: “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” It’s as relevant today as it was in 1984.

The question, then, is what, if anything, can we do about this?

Parents need to cultivate hobbies or, if you will, passions in their child. The only passion most middle-class and upper-class parents cultivate in their children is getting good grades so that they can get into a prestigious college. But that is misguided. If the most important passion you cultivate in your child is getting good grades, what will your child’s most important passion be after leaving school — in other words, for the next 70 years of his or her life?

Schools are complicit. …

Following a passion is rather difficult if you don’t have one.

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