Correlation isn’t causation but it can sure stimulate some interesting ideas

Why Is Hillary Clinton Support In 2016 Correlated With Cities’ 2020 Riots? Chuck DeVore – “The greater percentage of support for Hillary Clinton in 2016, the more likely a city was to suffer wanton destruction in connection with the ‘mostly peaceful’ protests in 2020.” … “Let’s Run the Numbers”

“The left and major media say the urban violence often accompanying protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 is a direct descendant of America’s past paroxysms of racial unrest. As such, the looting and arson in major cities is claimed to be the righteous child of Baltimore (2015), Ferguson (2014), Los Angeles (1992), and even the widespread riots in America’s major cities following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

But is it really? Or could it be something entirely different?
In 2020, Floyd’s death appeared to trigger something different. Rather than a spark, a signal flare was sent aloft, with prepared cadres launching protests in cities across the nation often followed by violence late into the night.
That a city’s political leanings are more likely to lead to a breakdown in law and order in service of political protest shouldn’t be a surprise.
Why did the leaders of the hardest-hit cities decide to give space to destroy?
Unfortunately, it is often the case in politics and revolutions that the common people—the proletariat—are sacrificed for the movement.

David French Reveals The Depth Of Intellectual Dishonesty Needed For The NeverTrumpers’ Vituperation of Roger Stone. Shipwreckedcrew – “if you’re looking for “facts”, David French’s “story” isn’t the place to start.” … “there is evidence in the Mueller Report that reveals the “hit job” that was performed on Roger Stone, and the level of disinformation that permeates the Report if you recognize when things look out of place.”

The “Lincoln Project” is a fraud. Paul Mirengoff – “you probably would have believed, as the Communist International wanted the naive to, that the Abraham Lincoln Brigade was fighting for establishing American-style democracy in Spain.”

“This year’s election has spawned something called the Lincoln Project, which has been running powerful anti-Trump ads on television. It holds itself out as having serious policy differences with Democrats and as opposing President Trump not out of ideological preference, but out of “fidelity to the Constitution.”

Who Funds The Lincoln Project? Exactly Whom You Expect [National Review]. David Harsanyi – “If The Lincoln Project was exclusively campaigning against Donald Trump, one might be tempted to believe it wasn’t merely an arm of the Democratic Party. If one of its co-founders, John Weaver, hadn’t been registered as a foreign agent lobbying for a Russia-owned nuclear-energy company against U.S. sanctions not long ago, one might accept that the group believed the conspiracy theories it spreads.”

“The media can keep calling you “Republicans,” but if you support Democrats, take Democratic Party positions, make voting for Democrats all the way down the ticket a binary choice and moral imperative, and then take most of your money from big Democratic Party donors, you’re a Democrat. That’s fine. You should embrace it.

I’m not really a fan of making a big deal over a group’s funding. Your arguments should stand on their own. I don’t care who pays you. But if you advertise your cause as something it’s not, you’re a fraud. And the biggest funders of The Lincoln Project aren’t distraught Republicans but long-time Democratic Party operatives.

A Pandemic of Democrat Proportions. Michael J. Mueller – “The most virulent scourge affecting the United States today is not the Wuhan coronavirus; rather, it’s the politicization of the pandemic by leftist Democrats to remove a duly elected President. History has never witnessed a more concerted effort to negate the will of the American electorate.” … “This irrational response to a virus lethal to only a small segment of Americans, was meticulously orchestrated.”

“The President has his back against the wall enduring “death by a thousand cuts” as Democrat lies, misinformation and fearmongering continue to influence the electorate. When coronavirus infections diminish as expected in the coming months, Democrats will, once again, pull out their knives to make the next cut — probably another impeachment. As we get closer to the November election, these new crises will undoubtedly make coronavirus and the violent riots against “systemic racism” pale in comparison.

The Smithsonian Has Lost Its Mind. Steven Hayward – “When it comes to wokeness, it’s one thing for academia to go nuts (they’re already 98 percent there), and worrisome that corporate America has rolled over so easily for the latest racial shakedowns. But the Smithsonian Institution?” … “the real show-stopper is the graphic table of White Culture (rendered more schematically here), which I post here in two installments. Take it in slowly:”

Mask mandates are a public health menace. Michelle Malkin – “Jared Polis, the Democratic governor of Colorado, thinks those of us who oppose scientifically dubious, constitutionally suspect and dangerously overbroad face mask mandates are “selfish bastards.” … “I think Polis is a pandering pandemic control freak endangering public health, safety, and sanity.” … “There. Now that the name-calling is out of the way, let’s talk facts.”

The Modern Food Miracle. Guy Sorman – “Science and commerce feed the world.” … “Hunger, which has accompanied humanity from our beginnings, has practically disappeared. Isolated cases of malnutrition—but not of famine—remain, due to local conflict and extreme forms of poverty, themselves on their way to remission.”

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