Soft facts and hard conclusions

Legal process is supposed to be hard but has become mushy – Trump’s got an idea on how to harden staff – Democrat leadership is a wooden knife in a a hard context – Google fondles evil for hard results on soft perceptions – security guarantees are maybe not as hard as many assumed – Tabarrok notes an interview with sense about Russia – The Atlantic figures that the horror of a nuclear holocaust is what happens to global weather – NGO’s influence is insidious – Rittenhouse retractions – Brady leads – and medical professionals through out a century of experience gained knowledge

Wait…That’s How Long a Jan. 6 Defendant Has Been Detained With No Indictment. Matt Vespa — “This sounds like something out of North Korea, Hussein’s Iraq, or Castro’s Cuba. We have a person detained for nearly 90 days without an indictment. Why? Well, this person was around the Capitol Building during the January 6 riot.” – “While it’s perfectly fine to dismiss January 6 because it wasn’t that big of a deal, the fact that the nation is falling apart because Joe Biden is a failed president also lends itself to be a massive cover to those who were illegally detained, like Mr. Denney.”

Now You’re Talking: Trump Offers a Proposal to Destroy the Deep State. Robert Spencer — “Virtually all Americans believed, until the inauguration of Donald Trump as president on January 20, 2017, that when someone became president, he could begin to implement his agenda. Certainly Old Joe Biden’s handlers have done so with a vengeance since they took over; but when Trump became president, he immediately began to encounter resistance from entrenched members of the government bureaucracy who refused to do as he ordered.” – “It’s a commonsensical solution, as Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance pointed out. “Everyone is losing their mind about this, but I’ve been calling for it at every town hall I do. Either the president controls the executive branch or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, we don’t live in a Republic, we live in a civil service driven oligarchy.”

Democrat leadership has devalued America beyond recognition. Terry Paulding — “Elections have consequences. How many times have you heard that? It’s certainly true. The world has been watching our country tilt to the dark side, which set things in motion that have consequences far beyond our own society. I see what is happening in Ukraine, at least in part, as the result of our dishonest left’s manipulation, leading to the emasculation and degradation of our once well-ordered society.”

Google Attacks Us For Reporting On Our Own Poll — Calls It ‘Harmful lnformation’. I & I Editorial Board — “kudos, Google. You’ve just taken another step towards acting like a totalitarian dictator. Remind us again of what that motto was you used to parade around. Be evil? Be like Stalin? Help us out here.”

Security Guarantees, Real And Imagined. John Hinderaker — “It is highly unlikely that we will elect a president more feckless than Joe Biden, but it it useful to see how that possibility weighs on the minds of European decision makers. But the key point here is that the Europeans might be able to defend themselves while the U.S. focuses on the Pacific.” – “Donald Trump was right: it is long past time for powerful European countries, including Germany, to look to their own defense, even if in cooperation with us. And, of course, the more able they are to defend themselves against Russian aggression, the more likely they are to receive military help from their NATO allies, including us, should the time come.”

Kotkin on Russia and the West. Alex Tabarrok — “Kotkin has some some thoughts on the Kennan, Mearsheimer, Kissinger, Hill, Service et al. view that expanding NATO was a precipitating event in the Ukraine-Russia war which are well taken, albeit he fails to think on the margin. Much more important is his full throated defense of the West. Just a few months ago a defense like this would have been branded as right-wing agitprop and the author attacked for not being woke to the evils of capitalism. But Putin has reminded the West of its virtues.”

The Atlantic’s take on nuclear war shows us why satire is impossible today. Andrea Widburg — “I would have imagined that most people would have a strong enough grasp on reality to think that the worst things flowing from a nuclear war would be the instant deaths of tens of people, the survivor’s slow radiation poisoning, vast segments of the world’s entire infrastructure permanently broken, and human life entering a period of almost unimaginable apocalyptic horror.”

Maria Bartiromo’s Sources Are Right: The Biden Administration Is Actively Partnering With Putin On Climate And Iran. Emily Jashinsky — “Whether or not you agree with the wisdom of these decisions, the Biden administration is openly continuing to treat Russia as a ‘partner’ on climate and Iran.”

Green Politicians Closing Nuclear Plants Are Putin’s ‘Useful Idiots’. Chris Tomlinson — “In 2017, United States congressmen Lamar Smith and Randy Weber wrote a letter to then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claiming that Russia had used shell companies in Bermuda to funnel money to various NGOs and claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had admitted at a private dinner that Russia funded NGOs.”

Tom Brady Returns! John Hinderaker — “What Brady has achieved can’t possibly be the result of unique athletic talent. Rather, it must represent an all-time great lesson in what it means to be a leader. To elevate those around you to a level that they didn’t know they could attain.”

An Academic Coda on Kyle Rittenhouse. Seth Barrett Tillman — “Academics make mistakes. – They join in group think. – They retract. – Sometimes they do not even notice that they are retracting. – And they cover their tracks. – It is not a very pretty picture.”

Here from Kevin MD is your medical profession – can you tell what is happening to the medical profession? [hint: look for hyperbole, logical fallacies, and unsupported beliefs often contradicting reality]

Governor Abbott’s decree: medically harmful, scientifically unfounded, and unethical. Michael Morse, MD and Christian Moser, MD

Remove race from clinical guidelines. Carmen Presti, DNP, APRN

 

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