Grinding out the truth

 

Imprimis: “Zuckerbucks” and the 2020 Election. Mollie Hemingway — “In the 2020 presidential election, for the first time ever, partisan groups were allowed—on a widespread basis—to cross the bright red line separating government officials who administer elections from political operatives who work to win them.”

History Will Grind Out the Truth. V.D.Hanson – “The millstones of the gods grind late, but they grind fine.” … “History, however, is slowly sorting it out — despite the approved narrative of the well-connected who misled the country to pursue their own political agendas.”

Why Special Counsel John Durham Subpoenaed The Brookings Institution. Margot Cleveland — “Brookings was ground zero for the Russia collusion hoax, with many key staff embroiled in the damaging lie that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election.”

The Kyle Rittenhouse case

Kyle Rittenhouse Prosecutors Caught Tampering Evidence (Photos & Video). Mack Cogburn — “James Armstrong, a senior forensic imaging specialist with the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, acknowledged on the stand Thursday that enlarging an image requires the addition of pixels. But prosecutors said the software Armstrong used is widely accepted — as is the method he used to enlarge the photos.”

One fuzzy drone image may send Kyle Rittenhouse to prison. Andrea Widburg — “Up until Friday, the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was very clear: easily understood videos and witness testimony (including testimony from the prosecution witnesses) showed that Kyle, despite trying hard to avoid conflict, was attacked by a crazed child rapist, whom Kyle shot as the rapist was grabbing Kyle’s gun, at which point a mob went after Kyle.  He then shot and killed a domestic abuser trying to bash his head in with a skateboard, and shot and wounded a felon aiming a loaded, illegal gun at his head.  On Thursday, however, the court allowed prosecutors to enter into evidence a fuzzy photo from a late-produced drone, an image prosecutors argue shows Kyle “provoking” the attacks against him.  Provocation destroys Kyle’s assertion that he acted in self-defense.”

Liberal Billionaire Tweets Defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, Media Promptly Asks Him if Account Was Hacked. Mike Miller  — “I chose to write the article because this story is representative of untold numbers of other stories just like it, across America, on multiple issues.” … “Kyle Rittenhouse’s life is at risk,” writes Ackman. “Justice demands a fair trial. Society would benefit greatly if politics did not enter the courtroom and convict innocent people.”

All He Had Was a Handgun. Clarice Feldman — “The old-time morality plays rather spoke for themselves. Now, we have a Greek chorus media, which beforehand, during, and even after the trial distorted facts in a way so obvious to those who pay attention enough to watch the video-streamed trials that it’s fair to conclude that they relish lawlessness and chaos and even race wars.”

I still regard Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote Democracy in America, as the brightest, shrewdest observer of the American scene, even as it has changed over the years, and he has much to say about our legal system. It’s his view that criminal cases like this one “are entirely founded upon the evidence of facts which common sense can readily appreciate.” I hope the jurors exercise that “common sense,” weigh the evidence, ignore the press and the threats, and acquit a young man whom I consider an exemplary citizen in a city and state where the elected officials failed their constituents.

The real villains in the Rittenhouse trial. Jonathan Cohen — “In the state’s opinion, the presence of armed citizens trying to prevent the burning and destruction of property in and of itself constituted a provocation of the rioters sufficient for them to justify their attacks on Rittenhouse and negate his right of self-defense. … The real villains in this case are the public authorities who allowed rioters to wreak havoc unopposed for three nights in Kenosha in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a police action that was ultimately deemed justifiable.” … “The wrong person is on trial here.  An eighteen-year-old kid is being prosecuted for trying to make up for the total abdication of responsibility by those in authority who were too cowardly to do their job.”

Other political prisoners

Bannon indictment: Joe Biden takes another political prisoner. Monica Showalter — “This Latin America-style jail-your-opponents crap hasn’t been done in the U.S. since 1983. It’s effectively unprecedented. Not to Eric Holder. Not to Lois Lerner, to take but two examples of power abusers who clammed up and truly showed contempt for Congress as well as ordinary citizens. Bannon, though, is special.”

There are a lot of political prisoners now in Joe Biden’s America whose main “crime” has been to challenge Joe Biden. Besides Bannon and the Capitol rioters, there’s the lunacy of the FBI targeting of investigative journalist James O’Keefe over a story he never published, there were several other instances of jailings of dissidents in draconian and unprecedented ways in what are all clear abuses of power. Biden’s not in office legitimately, so his only way to halt criticism is to make his opponents fear him. As many observers noted, this was a bid to scare all the other potential witnesses into complying with this stacked, Trump-hating, congressional Kangaroo court.

The DOJ and FBI have combined to destroy Project Veritas. Andrea Widburg — “e’re talking about a common theft, something that belongs under the jurisdiction of the local cops, but the DOJ and FBI come together to engage in aggressive raids on a journalism outfit that has a habit of exposing problems in the administration’s allies.” … “This whole thing stinks to high heaven.  The Biden administration isn’t a presidency in the traditional American sense.  It’s proving itself to be a criminal enterprise and a despotic regime that is using the power it obtained following a questionable election to destroy its political opponents.  This is un-American, and, as I keep saying, it cannot end well.”

January 6 prisoners evacuated on stretchers after guards gas them. Andrea Widburg — for not wearing masks 24×7? The Stanford Prison Experiment deja-vu. “This is un-American in the extreme: It’s cruel and unusual punishment and the denial of the right to a speedy trial, not to mention overcharging political prisoners.”

When the American people entered Congress, not a single politician had the courage to go out and face them. Every politician ran away and hid. Even now, Marjorie Taylor Greene is the only politician with the courage to force her way into the prison to speak with the captives. What a pathetic bunch of poltroons we have placed in a government that was created by great men and once was home to them too.

More on lawfare run awry

Russia hoax was the journalism version of check kiting. Silvio Canto, Jr. — “The Russia hoax, as President Trump correctly called it, is turning out to be a legal problem for some and a credibility collapse for journalism.”

The 5th Circuit’s brilliant opinion staying OSHA’s vaccine mandate. Andrea Widburg — “In one brutal paragraph after another, the Court rips apart the mandate, citing law, facts, OSHA precedent, and even a Ron Klain tweet.  It’s a tour de force that makes it unlikely that any halfway honest court can or would resuscitate the mandate or that either OSHA or even Congress could try again.”

Don’t Let Leftists Gaslight You on Critical Race Theory. Christopher Paslay — “Although this summary denial of CRT by people like Devega is frustrating, the reality is that Critical Race Theory is being effectively smoked out.  There was a time not so long ago when people actually tried to defend the use of CRT, … But now the playbook has changed.  CRT is simply too toxic even to try to defend.” … “So people like Salon’s Chauncey Devega pretend CRT and its insidious offshoots don’t exist.  It’s easier to deny reality than to defend political and cultural kryptonite.”

Covid And Kids: A Policy Disaster. John Hinderaker — “We have known for a long time that covid is not dangerous to children, yet they have suffered more than anyone else from the irrational lockdowns that one government after another has imposed.” … “It is too bad when already-sick people in their 80s and 90s are pushed over the edge by covid. But what we have done to our children in response to the epidemic is a disgrace.”

‘Yes, But’: Exposing the Heart of Islamic Apologetics. Raymond Ibrahim — “Whenever an Islamic doctrine or principle is accused of promoting hatred, violence, misogyny, etc., its defenders rush to argue that, “Yes, a few Muslims twist this teaching for their ends, but the doctrine is really teaching something else.” … “It is no solace to learn that Islamic scriptures are being misinterpreted to promote this injustice, when their true interpretation actually permits that injustice”

 

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