wholesale and virtually riskless defamation

Wife Suffers Miscarriage Day After FBI Raids Home Over Combat Veteran Husband’s Presence at US Capitol. Cassandra Fairbanks — “Christopher Kuehne maintains that he had traveled to the Capitol to protect Trump-supporting civilians from Antifa. Inside the Capitol, he was seen on video cleaning up trash before, he says, he helped to clear people out so police could get control of the situation.”

New emails deepen the mystery surrounding Election Night in Fulton County. Andrea Widburg — “The one thing that’s certain about Election Night is that, as long as the Democrat-run counties across America that deviated from election norms continue to resist scrutiny, at least half of all Americans are going to assume that they’re hiding election fraud that placed the wrong man in the White House.”

Laurence Silberman’s blast at the judicial establishment. Mark Wauck — “Silberman’s dissent focuses on the SCOTUS’ game changing 1964 decision in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, and the line of decisions that follow from it.”

“the SCOTUS has enabled the wholesale and virtually riskless defamation of any person or group that happens to be out of favor with those who control the institutions that control the public square. This is what concerns Silberman, and in this he sees the developments in media control and news delivery since 1964 a serious threat to our democracy.

A federal appellate judge challenged Supreme Court infallibility. Andrea Widburg — “Judge Silberman wrote a dissent challenging not only how the majority applied New York Times Co. v. Sullivan to the case before it but also challenging the entirety of the Supreme Court decision. It’s this last aspect that makes Silberman’s dissent noteworthy.”

A look at New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in 2021. neo — “it was easy to see the problem: how best to balance the need to have a free press with the need to protect people, even people in public life who are written about a great deal, from libel?”

“Back in 1964, when the case was decided, the situation was exceedingly different than it is today. Now we have a press that has no regard for truth, is almost wholly partisan and firmly on the left, and willing to do almost anything to help its side win.

Justice White’s description of the competing interests as he saw them is quite interesting. He sees on one side “the public’s interest in being fully informed about public officials and public affairs” and the other side as “the competing interest of those who have been defamed in vindicating their reputation.” Public versus individual interest – I believe that’s the traditional view. But what of the public’s interest in being informed of the truth rather than falsehoods?

Why We Should Hate “Hate Crime” Laws. Paul Mirengoff — “No doubt, any musings about race, broadly viewed, will be scrutinized the way a Talmudic scholar analyzes the Torah. Or, to provide a better analogy, the way a modern literature professor analyzes Shakespeare, looking for racial overtones and/or LGBT characters.” … “We are one society, or should be. Hate crime laws, like so many other aspects of wokeness, negate this noble aspiration.”

Jealous Dubya Bush emerges a pathetic, bitter little man. Monica Showalter — “he had plenty of hateful things to say about President Trump for the left-wing media, and he’s the smaller for it. – Here were his three worst whoppers, as cited by Business Insider”

Why Muslim Politicians Vote For Gay Marriage. Maureen Mullarkey — “Pope Francis, the most visible representative of Christianity’s presence in the world, has been in the forefront of efforts to present all religions as roughly equal, and equally good. He has, in short, encouraged the kind of naïveté that facilitates Islamic penetration of Western institutions.”

“We are witnessing the resurrection of Islam as a great and dangerous power. But instead of taking this as a signal to prepare for spiritual and cultural war, many Christians have taken it as an opportunity to display their tolerance. They invite Islam ever deeper into the fabric of our culture—a culture shaped in large part by Christianity.

Woke Progressivism Will Crash and Burn — and Here’s Why. Wen Wryte — “because the adherents of woke progressivism find it impossible to live up to their utopian expectations. Sooner or later the cognitive dissonance of living in a state of self-contradiction will become translated into a burning desire to punish others for not being perfect also. At that point the reactionary response will ensure their destruction.” … “Holland offers numerous examples of Christian sects following this pattern.”

Wealth of Nations’ Wealth Of Wisdom. Gary M. Galles — “This week marks the 245th anniversary of the most famous book by the most famous economist in history … Wealth of Nations is memorable for its articulation of how the “invisible hand” of market interactions can coordinate a society based upon liberty — private property rights and voluntary exchange — more effectively than can the coercive power of the state.”

Louis L’Amour: the Chronicler of Americanism. By Nicholas J. Kaster — “March 22 is the birthday of the iconic writer Louis L’Amour, a man whose name became synonymous with the American frontier and whose novels promoted old-fashioned patriotism and morality. America sorely misses his kind.”

Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis. Baruch Vainshelboim — “The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19.”

The Battle of Burbank. Clarice Feldman — “The wheels of justice seem in need of oiling and are moving slowly, but we can meet, eat, and drink while waiting it out at the Tinhorn Flats bar and restaurant in the meantime.”

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