When did the world become insane?

The Panic Pandemic. John Tierney — “Fearmongering from journalists, scientists, and politicians did more harm than the virus.” … “Instead of keeping calm and carrying on, the American elite flouted the norms of governance, journalism, academic freedom—and, worst of all, science.”

This experience should be a lesson in what not to do, and whom not to trust. Do not assume that the media’s version of a crisis resembles reality. Do not count on mainstream journalists and their favorite doomsayers to put risks in perspective. Do not expect those who follow “the science” to know what they’re talking about. Science is a process of discovery and debate, not a faith to profess or a dogma to live by. It provides a description of the world, not a prescription for public policy, and specialists in one discipline do not have the knowledge or perspective to guide society.

Medical insanity, as described by an MD. Matt Bettag — “When did the world become insane? What is the reason for it? Big Brother? Depopulation? Or people in love with control? I don’t know and it’s driving me nuts.”

The new McCarthyism. Roger Kimball — “Nancy and Chuck should preside over the new House and Senate American Activities Committee” … “Are you now or have you ever been a supporter of Donald Trump?” … “If you object that such a move would be unconstitutional and therefore against the law, expect to be met with pitying looks.”

More Jan. 6 creative writing at the New York Times. David Zukerman — “Lots of shoving and pushing by several hundred people, in less time than it takes to play a Major League Baseball game, and in which the demonstrators are not armed — not even wielding fire extinguishers — is hardly “an insurrection.”

The 2020 Election is Breaking the Legal Profession. Deion A. Kathawa — “Sanctioning lawyers who are fighting to uphold the country’s election process is a great way to scare away competent, qualified, and strong ones from taking charged cases.”

No Truth in Socialism: Why the ‘Crisis of Marxism’ Matters. L.K. Samuels — “Why do the Progressive Big Media, Democrats, elites, and Democratic Socialists feel duty-bound to create false realities?  Why must they silence, obstruct, or distort any truthful voice before it can ever be heard?  And why do they rush to judgment before the facts can be sorted out?  The answer is simple: socialists and collectivists have no other choice.  By hard experience, they learned over 100 years ago that their ideology is devoid of facts and reality.  They had to sacrifice truth in order to hide the inevitable failures of socialism.”

A theory about why Americans are meekly accepting reinstated COVID rules. Bookworm — “Americans once prided themselves on not bowing down to the government, unlike European sheeple. Now the reverse is true. What happened?”

The American people got the message: Unless they’re card-carrying socialists, Democrat party members, Biden supporters, or any other leftist true-believer, their government will destroy them for exercising their First Amendment rights. For most of them, meekly resuming their masks, torturing their children with masks, and even losing money as their businesses are shut down, is better than the specter of having the federal government quite literally destroy them. At least when they’re “honorably” bankrupted by the mandated lockdowns, they can get welfare.

Cultural Habits: Far More Than the Sum of Their Parts. Jocelynn Cordes — “For decades now, it has been fashionable to condemn, discredit, or deconstruct anything generally understood to be Western.”

Biden’s Blind Spot: “Our Constitutional Principles” Include State Rights Over Elections. Johnathan Turley — “While the president decries an “unprecedented attack on democracy,” the federalization of elections being pursued by Democrats actually would contravene what the Framers considered a core protection of democracy”

“I Do Solemnly Swear”: Biden Calls tor Extending the Eviction Moratorium Despite Being Unconstitutional. Johnathan Turley — “Frankly, given the overwhelmingly liberal makeup of law faculties, it is astonishing that most still told the President that an extension would be unconstitutional. Moreover, it is not difficult to find experts who are cavalier about the Constitution and willing to sign off on any effort to achieve desire political or social results.”

In California, Recalls are not Just for the Governor. John Green — “the state is in the midst of a genuine recallapalooza. The state has recall challenges underway for not just the governor, but also two district attorneys and over 48 assorted mayors, city councilmen, and school board members.”

Systemic Racism And Affirmative Action. John Hinderaker — “every major institution in the United States has engaged in “affirmative action,” which means discriminating in favor of blacks and, to a lesser extent, Hispanics, for the last 50 years. If any “systemic racism” has become embedded in our society, it is the racism of affirmative action. I would have thought that everyone knows this; certainly, anyone who has been active in the business or academic worlds in the last half-century is well aware of it.”

The ‘disinformation’ deception. David Harsanyi — “Protecting people from the scourge of “misinformation” has been the leading rationale for censorship since nearly the beginning of the republic.” … “The establishment Left, by which I mean those in charge of most institutions in society today, continues to normalize the idea that it is moral to suppress ideas to shield citizens, as if they were children, from dangerous speech.” … “What happens when anything conflicting with progressive “truth” can be labeled misinformation? Misinformation becomes “violence,” tantamount to “killing people,” as the president might say.”

Revisiting the Right to Bear Arms after Summer 2020 Rioting. David Bernstein — “the inability or unwillingness (often under standdown orders from politicians) of law enforcement to protect life and property during the summer 2020 riots and looting in cities across the country undermines the claim of opponents of the right to keep and bear arms that individual firearms ownership is obsolete given the existence of modern police forces.”

Stunning! New Floyd Case Exhibit Confirms Witness Coercion. John Dale Dunn — “On July 29, District Court Judge Peter Cahill, the presiding judge in the trials of the four Minneapolis police officers indicted for the death of George Floyd, ordered the release of an exhibit memorandum that reveals a miscarriage of justice and criminal coercion of a witness.”

Mike Rowe’s Awesome Response on Whether He Would Urge Americans to Get Vaccinated. Nick Arama — “Rowe started off by saying that he was vaccinated, but he wasn’t going to dispense medical advise to anyone else. Not only that but he regretted the PSAs that he did appear in early on” … “In other words, give us the facts, admit your mistakes, try on a bit of humility, and stop treating the unvaccinated like the enemy,” Rowe finished.

Vaccination Weaponization. Victor Davis Hanson — “The Biden Administration should look in the mirror before casting stones at others.”

Crazy Government Responses to COVID Part 1: Understanding Incentives. Coyote Blog — “When I argue with folks about the irrationality of certain COVID NPI mandates, eg masks and lockdowns, their ultimate argument when their backs are up against the wall is this:  the government and/or the “experts” would not have mandated these interventions if they did not make sense.  The purpose of this and several following posts is to explain exactly why  they might, or more particularly, why certain government mandates might make sense for government officials even when they make sense for no one else.”

Fake Science, Fear Porn, and the Fallout. Kevin McCullough — “Despite the fact that they claimed the previous administration refused to follow the science—and were proven wrong—they now find themselves in the odd position of desperately embracing solutions they actually campaigned against – HARD!”

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