End of government oversight

Andrew Wakefield Helps Elect Anti-Vaccine Politicians In Texas. Alex Berezow – “Wakefield is the doctor whose medical license was revoked in the UK following his fraudulent “study” in which he linked the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine to autism.” This is a case studies of what society is up against when it comes to ideologically driven destructive fantasies. This particular cause has a clearer link to deaths than most and the suffering does show up in public health statistics but that doesn’t stop the fanatics, snake oil salesmen, or misguided.

“According to a new report in Australian media, “the rate of Texan children exempted from at least one vaccine had surged by a staggering 1,900 per cent since Wakefield’s arrival.”

But that’s not all! Wakefield is also promoting a variety of anti-vaccine groups… for a price, of course. …

In other words, scaring parents away from vaccinating their children is a way for Wakefield to make himself filthy rich. Apparently not content with blood money, the disgraced doctor is now trying to get anti-vaccine politicians elected to the Texas legislature.

Is a Second Civil War Coming? Jeff Lukens – “Civil wars are horrendous and bloody affairs. That’s why we should avoid them. They happen when two sides cannot settle on who runs the country.”

“Does the fact that Democrats are rejecting a duly elected Republican president really mean they don’t accept the results of any election they don’t win? If so, we may be already nearing America’s Second Civil War. …

The conservative side, conversely, has lost in these areas because it never fights back with the ruthlessness of the Left.

Lawlessness is now reaching across the United States, which the news almost totally ignores. …

The Left overwhelms the courts with legal actions designed to bog them down so that nothing conservative can be accomplished by Trump. Democrats will concede nothing without a confrontation. …

Democrats threaten the peace by advocating programs intended to deny the rights of average people to speak and worship freely and to defend themselves. …

Ask yourself, why are liberals always angry? Why are they so vulgar? Why do they slander and push fake labels like racist, sexist, and homophobic? Why do they engage in “emotional outbursts” when challenged? Why are they violent? …

This is a dangerous time. Americans in 1859 had no idea of the cataclysm that lay ahead for them just a few years later. Nothing is certain, and hopefully we will avoid a similar disaster.

Lukens gets into the ‘both sides are equal’ fallacy and ignores history that illustrates otherwise but occasionally stumbles into a revealing observation.

Could U.S. Face Regime Change In Trump Era? Conrad Black – “For at least 60 years I have heard high American officials announce that the United States is not a “banana republic.” Of course it is not, and never was. But there is a complacency about America’s status as a society of laws that is both unbecoming and unjustified.”

“The broadening revelations of the lawless, almost putschist excesses of the Comey-McCabe FBI and elements of the Justice Department and the Brennan-Clapper intelligence services invite serious contemplation of how close the United States came to being a country where regime change might be plausibly and self-righteously attempted by what in undemocratic countries is generally known as the secret police. …

American democracy is insuperably strong in the hearts of the people and in 230 years of triumphant survival through a vehement and contentious national history. But the recent fantastic cascade of professions of righteous untouchability from Messrs. Comey and McCabe and Brennan and Clapper shows that there is no institutional tradition of respect for and deference to the constitutional integrity of the system in the main police and intelligence agencies.

Live on TV: The shame and disintegration of the Democratic Party. Patricia McCarthy – “That Cummings allowed this to happen is a sad commentary on his lack of respect for his own committee and the House.”

“Cohen spent the day lying again and again and contradicting himself over and over.

The entire spectacle is proof that the Democratic Party, as many have observed, hates this president so much that its members are willing to do great harm to the nation. Every Democrat who participated in this pathetic display should be forever ashamed of himself for all of them have sullied the offices they hold. …

What makes all this a sham characterized by Democrat hypocrisy is the fact of forty years of Clinton criminality still being swept under the rug. …

With this stunt, the Democratic Party has further demeaned itself, humiliated itself. Meanwhile, the president is in Hanoi trying to get the Norks to de-nuclearize, India and Pakistan are on the verge of war (both are nuclear-armed nations), and the Democrats and their handmaidens in the media are busy pretending Michael Cohen’s “testimony” is valid. It is not. He is just this week’s Punchinello of the imploding Democratic Party.

Michael Cohen Hearing Marks the End of Government ‘Oversight’. Joel B. Pollak – “Overall, however, the hearing yielded nothing but Cohen’s own speculations, fueled by Hillary Clinton’s own — admittedly, more capable — “fixer,” Lanny Davis.

“Yet there was something significant that happened on Wednesday. At some point in the hearing, the questions moved beyond Stormy Daniels and Russian collusion and moved to Trump’s business dealings, and even his personal life.

Had he abused “controlled substances”? Had he paid for women to have abortions? Had he struck the First Lady? What about the value of his real estate — did he overvalue it for insurance, and undervalue it for taxes?

These questions had nothing to do with “oversight” of government. …

The GOP took a lot of criticism for lengthy hearings on the Benghazi terror attack, but at least that had to do with government. We are far beyond that now. …

The abuse of power has now been institutionalized. And innocence is no obstacle.

FIREWORKS! Mark Meadows Hurls RACISM CHARGE Back at Radical Rep. Rashida Tlaib for Accusing Female Black Trump Employee of Being a Prop (VIDEO). Jim Holt – “Earlier in the day Rep. Meadows introduced Trump employee Lynne Patton during his time questioning the witness. Ms. Patton years ago by the Trump family. Patton is a black woman and staunch supporter of President Trump.” This is a case study of tactics. The Left always seeks the offensive no matter how dishonest or absurd or hypocritical. Michael Tesler / Washington Post provides an example of another tactic or two. No, Mark Meadows. Having a black friend doesn’t mean you’re not racist. This is a diversion away from testimony about Cohen and it is ad hominem. It also clouds and confuses the meaning of the word “racist.”

Science journal Nature is claiming that research on differences between the sexes is ‘rife with bias’. Brett T. – “Science is dying.” Science, like reporting, depends upon the clear meaning of words. Nature joins Tesler / Wapo in this example.