Superstition is powerful

The Left’s Response To The Mass Shooting Of Jews Is An Act Of Bad Faith. David Harsanyi – “How are Americans ever going to ‘come together’ if the first thing a political party sees when it sees dead Americans is a partisan cudgel?”

“It was ironic to see many of the same liberals, who recently fought to prop up the world’s most powerful Jew-hating terror state, lecturing us on the importance of combating anti-Semitism. But there they were yesterday.

The same Voxers who had long rationalized, romanticized, and excused the Jew-killing terror organization of the Middle East were now blaming the existence of the evil, anti-Semitic Pittsburgh shooter on Republicans. The same Pod bros whose echo chamber deployed anti-Semitic dual-loyalty tropes to smear critics of the Iran deal were now incredibly concerned about the Jewish community.

If you think Trump should bring down the temperature, you have a point. If you think Trump should turn down the temperature but you fail to mention that a progressive yelling about “health care” tried to assassinate the entire GOP leadership on a baseball field, you don’t really care about the temperature.

If you fail to mention that Democrats have been accusing Republicans of wanting to the kill the poor and young, of trying to destroy the planet, of being “terrorists” after every school shooting, you don’t care about the temperature. If you rationalize mob behavior every time you don’t get your way in the electoral process, you don’t care about the temperature. And if your first instinct is to play politics with tragedy for partisan gain, you are part of the problem.

Caravan Contradictions. Victor Davis Hanson

“To be sure, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are often violent places. They have been so for centuries, both before and after the Spanish conquest. But pause and reflect on the ensuing paradox: fury and fear over endemic lawlessness now prompts thousands to wish to break the law to enter the United States, and continue to ignore statutes by illegally residing here.

Do the migrants ever pause and wonder whether their own past and present attitude to the law in the abstract may in some small part explain why their own country in the concrete is often prone to lawlessness? In other words, why would a host country welcome in aliens who break the law to enter it because their own former home is lawless?

In other words, immigration has been historically a brutal bargain, one that demands of the immigrant not to live as he did in the past, because to do so would replicate the failures from which he was escaping.

More millennials are abandoning religion for witchcraft, astrology. Jazz Shaw – “Is there some larger message here? Perhaps. When you turn away from the faith your family followed for generations and all the values it brings with it, all other paths are probably at least a bit “darker” in tone. And the fact that this trend is so much more common among the young on the left might give a few clues as to how we arrived at the situation we’re in today.”

Seeing the light, and everything else: Sunday reflection. Ed Morrissey – “This morning’s Gospel reading is Mark 10:46–52 … the restoration of Bartimaeus’ sight strikes me not just as another healing miracle, but as a testament to the role of faith in a fallen world.

“Faith allows us to see the world as it is, and as it is meant to be. …

Our faith allows us to put reason and hope together. I certainly won’t try to recapitulate St. Thomas Aquinas in a few brief words, but his conclusion of the necessity of a Prime Mover demonstrates the power of embracing both. If we accept a Creator, which Creation itself suggests, then we must consider the why of Creation, and our role within it.

This gift of sight carries burdens of its own. We see the Light, but we also gain perception of the darkness, too. We see the love of God, but we also see the self-love of vanity and arrogance in ourselves and others, too. We comprehend the beauty, order, and purpose of Creation, but we also perceive the avarice and gluttony of those who wish to manipulate it for their own glory rather than to Him who created it.

How Should Churches Respond to Mass Shootings? Jamie D. Aten – “The minute we start talking about security in churches and houses of worship, we’re admitting we have a much bigger problem.” Really? Why do you think Jesus had to tell his disciples to put down their swords when Judas betrayed him? The entire Bible is full of stories about the “much bigger problem.” Bartimaeus was not alone in his blindness but he found sight that many others have not – even those who think they have faith.

Trump Calls Out Media: ‘Their Fake & Dishonest Reporting Causing Problems Far Greater than They Understand!’ Justin Caruso – “Media pundits calling Trump anti-Semitic and suggesting that he could be to blame for the attack isn’t surprising, but it is still a complete and utter lie.” But the President is right on with a very large truth.

Betsy Newmark, even with a “There is a lot about Donald Trump’s presidency that I dislike intensely” problem, provides many specific examples of Leftist anti-Semitism. Farrakhan is featured. But, as is usual from the ‘hate Trump’ crowd, all she can offer about Trump is empty assertions and platitudes with little specific support for them. The intensity of the dislike leads to bias, misperceptions, and distortions that the following Hurt column notes.

Donald Trump at fault for all political incivility? Charles Hurt – “What takes over a heart, infects a soul so perversely that a person sees murder, terror and violent crimes and immediately begins plotting how such misdeeds might benefit himself? How such things might advance his own political agenda?”

“The media tries drawing a straight line from President Trump’s joyous verbal pounding of the media to actual violence against reporters. That is why there has been so much flood-the-zone coverage of the dastardly murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the occasional columnist for The Washington Post.

Their argument: It’s all President Trump’s fault.

New York Times pushing fake news about oil and gas drilling. Jazz Shaw – “not all of the coverage is quite as honestly depicted as you might hope. We’re still riding a nearly unprecedented energy boom in the United States, but the New York Times found a way to cast a dark cloud over it this weekend.” … “It’s a “parade of trailer trucks!” Somebody is “reversing a trend… of the Obama presidency.” Big oil is engaged in a “federal lands free-for-all!” A blindness does infect our society.

“You’d think from these heated proclamations that the oil and gas industry was running wild in Wyoming at massive levels which dwarf anything seen during the peace and love festival of the Obama days, right? But as Energy In Depth (EID) was quick to point out, Lipton is using some verbal sleight-of-hand to push a narrative here. Cleverly mixing just enough facts with some misdirection, the reader is led to believe that drilling on federal lands under the Trump administration is skyrocketing. The author himself promoted the idea on Twitter.

Notice what’s being done here. Lipton is pushing numbers which indicate the number of acres of land being offered at auction. That’s quite different from the number of acres which were actually leased to energy companies and the amount of actual energy extraction taking place.

There are also dark hints in the New York Times story about how this flurry of drilling has created “concerns” about environmental impact, particularly when newer wells in remote areas are flaring off excess gas.

100 Percent Renewables—Poor Policy for Ratepayers. s_goreham – “cities and states pursuing 100 percent renewable electricity lay the foundation for a future painful lesson. Households and businesses will experience the shock of rapidly rising electricity prices as more renewables are added to the system.” There are two questions on the ballot in Nevada representing efforts to impose fantasy on the energy supply and power delivery by legal fiat.

“Superstition is powerful. There is no evidence that 100 percent renewable efforts, all combined, will have a measurable effect on global temperatures. Instead, cities and states that pursue 100 percent renewable policies will learn the hard lesson of skyrocketing electricity prices.

Complex problems need a bit more than a naive, simplistic solution such as superstition offers.

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