The Lie has been around the world. The Truth is tying its shoes to join the race.

Leaving Plato’s Cave: The Truth about Police Brutality and Race. Reality vs. Illusion. Jack Kerwick – “If this was some fiction that never left the parameters of the inside of a person’s skull, then we could safely put it to one side. The problem, however, is that masses of people (black, white, and other, and for reasons that I’ll delve into at another time) confuse this illusion with reality.”

Why Do So Many Christians Vote Democrat? Katie Kieffer – “Christians have a moral obligation to consider the horrific harassment of fellow Christians when voting in November. Here are six recent examples of Christian persecution in areas ruled by Democrats that occurred in March, April, and early May:” … “Rioters in Democrat-run towns used fire to damage at least four churches in May:”

“For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship,” the Vatican’s Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote in a powerful letter to President Trump on June 7.

Contrast President Trump with Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden…

Christians have a moral duty to vote their conscience—and defend religious freedom.

Actor Terry Crews Gets Dragged For Promoting Equality, Decrying Supremacy Of Any Kind. Kira Davis – “One of the more heartbreaking things we’re witnessing in the current unrest is the inclination to silence certain aspects of the discussion on race and healing. The “silence is violence” crowd is ironically the worst offender, immediately stepping in to silence voices and points of view that don’t begin and end with getting white Americans out of the way and defunding the police.”

“BLM is a joke”. Scott Johnson – “Her name is Nestride Yumga. She is a D.C. resident who took to the streets to call out Black Lives Matters as “hypocrites.” Here is the June 1 Breitbart News report by Amy Furr and and Matt Perdie”

Civil Rights Veteran Shelby Steele: The Idea Of ‘Systemic Racism’ Is A ‘Corruption,’ Blacks ‘Have Never Been Less Oppressed’ In America. Hank Berrien – “This insurrection just sort of seems unclear, unmotivated by anything that it says itself. So what is it really about it seems to me is the question. ”

He continued by saying of George Floyd’s death, “Well, wow, the excitement that that triggers on the Left in America; it validates their claims that America is a wretched country, that they must get recourse .. it feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin and has been for four centuries and minorities are victims who are entitled. And so when people start to talk about systemic racism built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement: We want more; we want more; we want the society to give us more to help us. Society is responsible for us because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption; it’s a corruption because the truth of the matter is, blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner.”

He added, “I would be happy to look at all the usual bad guys, the police and so forth, if we had the nerve, the courage, to look at black people, to look at black Americans, minority Americans, and say, ‘You’re not carrying your own weight. You’re going to have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrate and so forth and yet you’re not doing — are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in life and making things happen for yourself? Or are you saying I’m a victim and I’m owed and the entitlement is inadequate.’”

Pelosi and the Democrats have fallen and they can’t get up. Andrea Widburg – “Monday saw numerous Democrat members of Congress, mostly from the Congressional Black Caucus, engaging in the type of symbolic theater so beloved on the Left … Reality was watching the same Congress people – especially the aged Pelosi – struggle to stand again:”

“When I see Democrats crawling around on the ground, I do not see leadership or even faux humility. I see a party that is weak and has lost its way.

Donald Trump’s open love for America, his refusal to grovel, and his willingness to fight on every point may have offended the intelligentsia, but for everyone else, they represented the worm turning. Finally, the skinny conservative guy had turned around and kicked sand at the bully.

Does America Want Submissive Leaders? John Hinderaker – “They said it, I didn’t.” … “Who kneel to people who hate them, and adopt those haters’ symbols? Whose first impulse is to apologize, prostrate themselves and wash someone else’s feet?”

Basic rules for generals who just have to play politics Victor Davis Hanson – “Given the lack of legal clarity, a confused public could at least expect four rules of general decorum and courtesy when our top retired military leaders go on the attack against a sitting president. Unfortunately, a number of our most esteemed retired generals and admirals haven’t met these modest ethical expectations in their fury at Trump.”

1) A retired general need not under any circumstances stoop to invoking Nazi Germany, Hitler or Fascism to criticize the president.

2) Any disparagement should not hint at any active resistance to, much less the removal of, an elected president other than through constitutionally mandated elections.

3) The condemnation should rest on clear factual evidence, not emotive anger or partisan disagreement.

4) There should be no semblance of coordination among retired military officers.

However well-meaning, they seem to have little inkling of how their advocacy and speech have only further polarized a divided country whose streets are currently in chaos.

And they should not coordinate their efforts in an ominous manner that could undermine the often-tenuous civilian and military balance at the core of our constitutional system.

Racism, Inc. Roger Kimball – “Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word.” … “reality counts for little in the disorienting echo chamber of political correctness.”

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It’s a myth. Don’t you see?

We’ve Reached the Book Burning Phase of 2020 Riot Wokeness. Stephen Kruiser – “The progressives in academia have spent decades bad-mouthing and marginalizing the Western canon in an effort to “enlighten” the youth of America. It’s a “throw the baby out with the bathwater” approach that views any book written by “dead white men” as dangerous and is part of an anti-intellectual approach to history that is used as a launching point for academic anti-American screeds.”

If Not For Lies They Would Be Mute. Peter Smith – “I saw the live press briefing on TV as it was happening. It could not have been misinterpreted. When Trump brought Floyd into the picture he was talking about civil rights and Floyd’s death bringing renewed focus and energy into seeing that everybody is treated equally by law enforcement. He was not at all referring to job numbers. And, to reiterate, no such interpretation could possibly have been inferred by any honest reporter.”

“Lying is a practiced art of those on the Left. Trump has put it into overdrive. Without shame, they will tell any lie, omit any fact, commit any stunt, distort and contort any account, fudge any numbers, and practise any deceit in their vendetta to get Trump. Nothing is off limits.

Why do they despise him? He’s a threat to their aim to tear down capitalism, our civilisation, our traditions, our past heroes, our national pride, and all the things we hold dear. They are communists whether they badge themselves that way or not. Christianity, family life, the individual’s right to life liberty and happiness is anathema to them. Take the time to listen to Trump. He might exaggerate at times and irritatingly get off the point but make no mistake, this is a man guided by truth and by common sense

A final comment on George Floyd. Police didn’t randomly stop him. They were called by a store clerk who claimed that Floyd had paid with a forged $20 bill. He was a big man. Apparently, he resisted arrest and had a cocktail of fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system. Did the police treat him humanely? It didn’t look a bit like it to me but, at the same time, he would almost certainly have survived if not for underlying health conditions.

Black crime is the problem. Best to reiterate. Criminal activity by blacks is a blight on America and is directly responsible for black deaths at the hands of police. It has nothing to do with racism.

The Black Lives Matter movement is a complete beat-up based on lies – the Left’s abiding stock-in-trade. The protests in the US are a beat-up based on lies. The copy-cat protests elsewhere, including here, are even more of a beat-up. White elites in the US prostrating themselves in front of the mob because of their “white privilege” are cringeworthy disgraces to humanity. Worse than the rioters and looters.

The Hyperbole of the Justifiably Outraged. Tristan Heiner – “overstatement when discussing these nuanced and sensitive topics pours petrol on the fire.” … “To claim that institutionalised racism is the very backbone of our criminal justice systems requires an extraordinary amount of intellectual dishonesty.” … “On the matter of racist policing there is a slew of evidence suggesting this is simply not true.” … “The lies we have been fed and continue to devour with not a blink of scrutiny is a sad indictment of the times in which we live which has seen the triumph of emotions over evidence.” … “While these baseless and divisive moans can be swiftly hit for six, the problem is that they are being made in the first place by people in influential positions.”

On Being Pounded With Lies, Damned Lies, and More Damned Lies About ‘Systemic’ Racism in America. Dov Fischer – “as to those who now proclaim “America has systemic racism,” that is a lie, a damned lie. It is a lie about America, and it is a damned lie about Americans.”

Desperate FakeNews Media in Overdrive. Brian C. Joondeph – “Several media stories, presented as gospel, are now crumbling as fast as the Russian collusion fable”

More Than Ever, It’s Time to Unleash the Power of ‘No’. Kurt Schlichter “For way too long, too many conservatives and other normal people have failed to deploy our most potent weapon in the defense of free thought and expression – the utter refusal to go along with the demands of the carnivorous left.”

“This nonsense is expanding to all of society. You must meet their exacting standards in all things or, well, here comes the mob. But the punchline is that you can’t satisfy them, not ever. There’s no way to appease them because what they say they want – adherence to some amorphous idiot dogma – is not the point. The point is the bullying. The point is the tyranny. The point is their ability to exercise delicious arbitrary power over you.

1. Never apologize.

2. Reject their demands.

3. Speak truths they want suppressed.

4. Laugh at them.

5. Buy guns and ammunition.

It’s time to push back on these punks. They leverage our natural politeness and tendency to try to avoid conflict to take advantage and seize the high ground. Understand that tactic and refuse to play along. They leave you spinning your wheels by drawing you into trying to reason with them when reasoning is beside the point. You do not owe them a debate. Mock them instead, and stubbornly defy their commands.

The Worst ‘Progressive’ Idea Yet: Hey, Let’s Get Rid Of The Police! I & I Editorial Board – “It’s an attempt by cynical leftist politicians who despise this country to use this new crisis, just as they did with coronavirus and the Russian-collusion crisis, to split Americans sharply along racial and political lines. The ultimate goal is to dissolve the very institutions that keep us from descending into chaos.”

“A Police-Free Future” – Minneapolis City Council Votes To Abolish Police Department. Tyler Durden – “Meanwhile watch as gun sales in Minneapolis – both legal and illegal – and in every other city across the country, explode.” The mayor isn’t happy about this.

Obama Judge Orders Denver Cops to Let Rioters Break Windows. Daniel Greenfield – as long as it is somebody else’s windows? “That this ruling is wildly illegal goes without saying. Beyond that, Jackson offers the entirely false premise that the right to protest covers vandalism and that free speech protections mean that the police can’t intervene when looters are smashing and defacing.”

Black Lives Are a Pretext. David Horowitz – “Black Lives Matter was formed in 2013 by three self-styled “Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries,” who selected as their movement icon convicted cop-killer and Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur.”

“The Black Lives Matter movement is not about particular injustices but about the alleged injustice of the American system, of capitalism, and of “white supremacy.” Its mission is not to save black lives. The thousands of deaths from black-on-black homicides draw no attention and inspire no protests, nor do the deaths of black police officers on the integrated police forces they attack. Their ferocious denunciations of slogans like “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” as “racist” reveal the racist impetus behind their own agenda.

The fact that Black Lives Matter was now a major national movement funded by America’s establishment elites did not prompt its communist founders to reconsider their political infatuation with totalitarians or their anti-American agendas.

This was a foretaste of the insurrection they are now leading, setting fire to the country that made them the freest, richest and most privileged black community in the world.

Mayhem made in Venezuela? Monica Showalter – “Take a look at the photos of BLM leaders whooping it up with Nicolas Maduro in Harlem and Caracas”

“Well, I’ve covered a lot of riots — from Indonesia to Argentina to Russia to East Timor to Thailand to Venezuela, plus domestic ones in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — as a journalist. The one thing that’s always come out in the aftermath is that none of these mass rioting and looting events was ever a simple spontaneous eruption. All big riot events are man-made.

If the press had any curiosity at all, it would look to where the current mayhem is coming from.

Any curiosity? Myths are too comforting.

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False witness and fed up

The Left’s Defense of Arson and Looting as Weapons Against ‘Institutionalized Racism’. Joseph Klein – “Once again, progressives maliciously elevate nationwide violence and anarchy.”

“There is no legal defense that excuses arson because the arsonists believe they are fighting “institutionalized racism.” What’s next – that looting is a legitimate form of wealth redistribution to combat what some social justice advocates have called “racial capitalism”?

Some in the media also make excuses for the rioting. CNN’s Chris Cuomo, for example, questioned the notion that the protests need to be peaceful.

Apparently, it never occurred to Hannah-Jones that both black and white looters have been exploiting the George Floyd tragedy and peaceful protests to enrich themselves with stolen property. There is nothing “symbolic” about such selfish criminal acts.

The dreams and livelihoods of individual black and other minority small business owners have been destroyed all over the country. But Hannah-Jones is indifferent to their plight. For her, there are no black individuals with their own individual aspirations. She believes that “black people are a collective.” Following this absurd premise to its “logical” conclusion, an individual black who may have lost his or her life savings from wanton looting and arson should be willing to take one for the team.

Those standards are now dictated by the “woke” ideology under which whites must atone for the sins of past generations going back to the first white slaveholder. They must purge their white privilege by submitting to the dismantling of a society built completely on institutionalized racism, according to this ideology. Progressive Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has chosen to embrace this ideology in lieu of her fealty to the rule of law. She has plenty of company in academia, the media, and Hollywood.

The “woke” progressives live in their own perpetual nightmare of an inherently evil, racist United States that is leading them to inflict destruction on our nation’s ordered liberty and the institutions that preserve it.

Did an aged activist set up the Buffalo police? Andrea Widburg – “If one views the video in a vacuum, it’s awful.” … “When leftists control the narrative, though, assume that what you’re seeing is a lie. It took a little while for the truth to emerge” … “People who have been carefully examining footage of Gugino’s interactions with the police, as well as his fall, have noticed that there was nothing innocent about what he was doing.” … “The Buffalo police force certainly believes that the two arrested officers were the victims of a set-up. Fifty-seven of them have resigned from the emergency response team.”

“Leftist activism always has an element of theater. That can be amusing when climate change nutcases dress as broccoli. It’s less funny when a vicious old man frames the police to drive a hard left narrative aimed at bringing our country to anarchy and vigilantism.

D.C. Mayor and Democrats Take a Page Out of the Palestinian Authority’s Playbook. Lauri B. Regan – “In the Palestinian culture, children are taught from birth that Jews and their homeland, the State of Israel, are evildoers to be exterminated.”

“In the United States and other civilized places in the world, we do not teach our children to hate and commit acts of martyrdom, we do not pay families to incentivize them to raise terrorist children and we certainly do not name public venues or roads after violent criminals. We do the complete opposite in fact, teaching respect for human life and dignity, private property, the rule of law, hard work, and a peaceful co-existence with our neighbors. We name our public places after real heroes like George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., and General Douglas MacArthur. At least we used to.

It was insane that Floyd’s funeral was elevated to a nationally televised event portraying him as a hero despite his long history of criminality, violence, and drug abuse, but the naming of a public venue across the street from the White House in honor of a violent social justice movement is beyond reproach.

What we’re watching take hold in our nation is domestic terrorism pure and simple – and it is working.

We are at a point in our country’s history where we can decide to move forward with civility and law and order, or we can become just like the Palestinians who not only elevate terrorism, but who justify their people’s violence and hate under the guise of blaming others for their woes with false narratives and lies fed to a willing public too ignorant to know any better.

Time for Mattis and Kelly to Listen to MacArthur. D.W. Wilber – “Perhaps it’s time for both Generals Mattis and Kelly to do a little soul searching. The preservation of our liberty and freedoms which President Trump doesn’t threaten at all, but which is indeed threatened by the radical leftists in the Democratic Party, has been on full display for over three years now.” … “Or follow General Douglas MacArthur’s advice, “and just fade away”.

The Clergy Follows the Mob. George Neumayr – “They endorse its propaganda.” … “To the extent that clergy have been visible at all in the crisis, they emerged not to stop the mob but to join it.

“The [Jesuits’] editorial also demands that Catholic education be a conduit for the propaganda of Black Lives Matter and other such groups” … “Once again, the modern Church, hopelessly besotted with fashionable causes, leaves its middle-class members out in the cold. Their legitimate concerns about law and order go unrepresented. Worse, they are called “racist” and told to repent.
But where is the modern Church’s contrition for its role in hollowing out America’s inner cities? Where is its contrition for failing to pass faith and virtue to a younger generation of Americans? On those fundamental matters, it falls silent. The modern Church is content to follow, not lead, and it is following the mob toward an America that is rapidly disintegrating.

They go the way of the media with the pews becoming ever more empty as false witness registers with the faithful.

The building cold anger throughout America. Peter Skurkiss – “These ongoing demonstrations mixed with riots are an offense against decency and the rule of law. This has countless Americans seething.” … “This anger is not a ‘hot anger’ which leads to lashing out in aggressive and violent behavior. Rather it is a cold anger that simmers until the opportune time for action comes.”

“Adding to the building rage is the Chinese pandemic. America watched in silence — silence as far as the media was concerned — as the political establishment hyped the effects of the Wuhan virus with fake epidemic models and closed much of the economy, throwing millions out of work and destroying many small businesses in the process. And to further the insult to basic decency, the draconian shutdowns closed places of worship while allowing liquor stores and state lotteries to remain open. People were scolded from on high and threatened with jail if they tried to exercise their constitutional right to free assembly. But all those alleged concerns of stopping the virus went out the window when the George Floyd mobs assembled. People saw this hypocrisy. It fueled their cold anger even more because it implied that the authorities never really believed social distancing was all that necessary in the first place.

Sisolak asked. “They can’t carry a backpack, but it was okay to have 200 people in front of my house carrying AR-15s and AK47s? That’s not right.” That 200 was engaged in peaceful protest. The backpacks had bricks for riots. The Governor can’t seem to tell the difference between peaceful protest, which he tried to outlaw with pandemic excuses, and violent rioters who he joins in dishonest rationalizations. He needs to examine the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights, especially the first and second amendments and re-think his idea about what is and is not “right.”

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Brazen black privilege via extortion and threat

Why Does The New York Times Brazenly Deny The Obvious? Tyler Durden – “But to hear the New York Times tell the story, it was not the lockdown but the pandemic that did this. That’s a level of ideological subterfuge that is almost impossible for a sane person to conjure up, simply because it is so obviously unbelievable. ”

“That the newspaper, a once venerable institution, has something to answer for is apparent. But instead of accepting moral culpability for having created a panic to fuel the overthrow of the American way of life, they turn on a dime to celebrate people who are not socially distancing in the streets to protest police brutality.

It was not the pandemic that blew up our lives, commercial networks, and health systems. It was the response to the virus that did that. The Times needs to learn that it cannot construct a fake version of reality just to avoid responsibility for what they’ve done. Are we really supposed to believe what they write now and in the future? This time, I hope, people will be smart and learn to consider the source.

An Orgy of Anti-White Hatred Erupts on Social and Mainstream Media. Danusha V. Goska – “Exploiting a tragedy to disseminate racism and civilizational suicide.

“The anti-civilizational aspect of the riots is evident from its targets. The Lincoln Memorial, The World War II Memorial, and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral were all vandalized. Synagogues on the east and west coast were attacked. In a Kristallnacht touch, rioters threw a rock through a synagogue window

The proper response is not to attribute Floyd’s death to the officers, two of whom were Asian-American, who arrested Floyd and pinned him down. Derek Chauvin is, at best, incidental to RWL narrative.

I asked how African-Americans could be unheard, in a country where African-Americans are, and have been for decades, represented at every level of power, from the presidency to the cabinet to the judiciary to the legislature to the media, where African-Americans occupy outsize positions in culture, from Oprah Winfrey to Beyoncé to Nobel-Prize-winner Toni Morrison, from the Tuskegee Airmen to Harriet Tubman to LeBron James to Langston Hughes to Aretha Franklin to Maya Angelou to Neil deGrasse Tyson to … too many other luminaries to mention, where museums, like the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, receive millions of taxpayer dollars to research and recount the history of African-Americans, where required curricula at every level of public and private education focus on African-Americans, where the entire music industry, and elements of the broader culture, shut down in protest of George Floyd’s death. We are all taught to focus on black victims of hate crimes, but we are not taught to remember victims who are not black. I know few who recognize the names Leo Frank, Sherry Michelle Ansley, or Yankel Rosenbaum, or have heard anything about the Lattimer or the Ludlow Massacres. I received no reply to my question about how black people are “unheard.” I am still wondering what reply might be offered.

I was told that looting and rioting are not just justified, they are sanctified; they are holy rituals of purgation.

I attempted to address some of the above points in Facebook posts. No, I said, it is simply not true that only blacks are ever killed, and that only whites do the killing, or that rioting is inevitable after disturbing video is released, or that rioting is inevitable because of “systemic” abuse. Statistics suggest that in the US, a white person is more likely to be a victim of a violent crime committed by a black person than vice versa.

I rage at RWLs because, as much as I may love them as individuals, I believe that their Facebook posturing is utterly phony. It is Darwinian. They have created an atmosphere where they gain social status by declaring that whiteness is evil. But they themselves are white.

America wants to give African-Americans so much. There are millions of dollars earmarked for African-Americans. Not for Native Americans, or poor whites, or the blind, or cancer survivors.

This weird mess of RWL feelings for black people is summed up in a photo from the recent riots. A white woman gives the finger to a police officer, who happens to be black. No doubt she thinks he is an Uncle Tom. No doubt he thinks, with reason, that she is simply nuts.

Walmart is putting budget on fixing something where there is nothing evident to fix. Amazon is proclaiming solidarity with rioters who trash its competition. Uber Eats is providing free service to privileged (black owned) businesses. Crowds reminiscent of Riechstag rallies of 1933 (or here) surrender with oaths of fealty. We have generals at the Pentagon sounding like their Japanese counterparts in the 30’s.

One retired Marine isn’t putting up with Mattis’s nonsense. Andrea Widburg – “Ret. Marine General James Mattis, who served as Trump’s Defense Secretary, resigned over a year ago, but has apparently been nursing a grudge since then.” … “His facts were wrong, and his arguments foolish and simplistic.” … “Mattis may also be part of yet another, broader resistance attempt.” … “retired Marine Captain John M. Dowd, a former Marine Corps Judge Advocate and a Trump attorney, had enough. He wrote a letter aimed directly at Mattis’s honor. … Dowd’s letter is savage. You can tell it was written in a white-hot passion.” Read Dowd’s Letter.

Mike Lee Leaves the Constitutionally Illiterate Left Screaming ‘Third Amendment’ and Looking Pretty Stupid. Streiff – “Short answer — the District of Columbia is actually a federal area; it’s National Guard are under the Secretary of the Army. The Constitution makes the President the Commander in Chief of the ‘militia’ and by calling them into federal service can order them about.”

“The cute thing about the left arguing the Constitution is that it is just like them arguing the Bible. It is obvious that they are aware that the document exists and have a very cursory idea of what is in it. It is glaringly obvious they have never read it or its history or are even familiar with how it has been interpreted by courts and Congress. Most of their knowledge is leftist tropes which are bogus from the start. Such is the case here.

Michael Flynn Prosecution Turned on Logan Act Hoax. Jonathon Moseley – “The FBI and the DoJ have very reluctantly revealed more and more information about how the Obama administration conspired to subvert democratic elections.”

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Ignore them and they don’t go away

Riots, Brought To You By District Attorneys Who Won’t Prosecute. I & I Editorial Board – “Just as with recent revelations of misconduct at the FBI, Justice Department and CIA, Americans would be well-advised to pay close attention also to their local races for judges, district attorneys and other positions of power in the justice system. Any interference by Soros is a red flag, pun intended, that your local justice system is being subverted.”

Media Enraged That More Swedes Aren’t Dying. Michael Fumento – “Which can be inferred as saying Sweden committed no error the first time. Sweden was right; meaning practically the rest of the world was wrong – at a terrible, terrible price.”

Candace Owens Video: I DO NOT Support George Floyd and I Refuse to See Him as a Martyr – “Floyd’s family deserves justice, but turning him into a saint is a destructive mistake.”

New York and California Freed Thousands of Criminals and the Riots Began. Daniel Greenfield – “Free the criminals. Organize riots. Watch cities burn. Repeat.” … “Not all of the released criminals returned to crime, but the riots provided the perfect opportunity.”

“ Right now, Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and more importantly their backers from the Democrat Party to the media to academia, are holding a gun to the head of the United States of America. But the worst part of it is that we gave them the gun and put the bullets in it when we began freeing criminals.

Law and order is the only way to take the gun away. Locking up the criminals disarms the Left.

Understanding the Far-Left Threat. Christopher DeGroot – “Bush may have meant well, but his words, being inaccurate, aren’t doing Americans any favors.” … “Still, the myth of systemic racism, like the view that whites are a privileged group, persists. Why? The answer is that the left needs it. For if the United States is an irredeemably racist country, then the left will be justified in destroying it, which is precisely what the left seeks to do.”

Please Don’t Go! John Hinderaker – “That is what officials in cities that have been devastated by rioters, looters and arsonists are saying to businesses whose investments in those cities have gone up in smoke. “ … “Really? What a surprise! Too bad those “realizations” didn’t occur before morons destroyed their own neighborhoods..”

“Riots are terribly destructive, but most of the damage does not occur overnight. It plays out over a period of years. Sadly, much of the progress that has been made by minority business owners and by minority neighborhoods in recent decades has been wiped away by rioters, looters and arsonists.

And it’s based on a web of Big Lies. Neo – “One of the worst things about what’s been happening now, and actually for a long time, is the acceptance of lies as truth. It’s easy to spread a simple lie that grabs people and energizes them. Truth sometimes requires deeper thought, and maybe even a little math on occasion.”

Friendly Cautionary Advice to Journalists Sourcing Stories from Lawsuit Allegations. Tim Kowal – “Are allegations in a lawsuit a credible journalistic source? Be aware that litigants often file frivolous lawsuits.” Many are rather loose with their claims to blame others, even in lawsuits. “How can NPR’s audience be assured they are being provided a report on a white supremacist conspiracy that is any more credible than a Church of Mormon conspiracy?”

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You want propaganda? You’ve been swallowing that blue pill for years now.

The Truth about Interracial Violent Crime. John Perazzo – “Debunking the Left’s pernicious lies.”

“These numbers are staggering. If America were teeming with white racism, those guilty of interracial crime would be disproportionately white. But instead, the exact opposite is the case. Thus, the enormous amount of attention given to white-on-black attacks – which are statistically rare in the United States – is an obscene and senseless absurdity. The notion of ubiquitous white racism manifesting itself in unacceptably high levels of white violence against blacks, is one of the most destructive and monstrously evil lies of our time, creating levels of racial mistrust and animosity that are wholly unwarranted.

AP: Don’t Call Them Looters. Undocumented Shoppers? Daniel Greenfield – “Calling things what they are is dangerous. Like all truths. Those who want to suppress meaningful language do so to cover up the truth.”

Americans are bowing down before the mob because of the Big Lie. Andrea Widburg – “One of the more disturbing images to emerge in the past few days has been of police officers and National Guardsman kneeling – effectively bowing down – before the mob.” … “While it’s true that there is black genocide in America, it’s not coming from law enforcement. It’s coming straight from Planned Parenthood, the Democrats’ most sacred organization.” Even General Mattis, former SecDef, got into this act with GWB with ignorance of recent history and nonsensical President bashing.

“In one of his best segments ever, Tucker Carlson looks at the way white liberals, police as well as ordinary people, are groveling because they believe they’re complicit in a black genocide – except there is no black genocide.

Thanks to the Democrats’ Big Lie, instead of protesting at Planned Parenthood clinics and thanking God that Trump is a pro-Life president, blacks believe that the cops who try to protect them from the predators in their communities are the enemy. And the Big Lie has caused stupid leftists, police officers, and National Guardsmen to think that they lack the moral authority to stand up and face blacks with the dignity inherent in all humankind.

Rod Rosenstein copies Hillary’s defensive technique in the Senate. Andrea Widburg – “Hey, who needs to be attentive when stripping an American citizen of his rights? Even if, as some have noted, it was perjury under the Michael Flynn standard, he’s a Democrat ally, so he’ll walk.”

“A couple of other points about the hearing. First, Jonathan Turley made the excellent point that Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono (D), practically forced Rosenstein to insist that Trump neither obstructed justice nor committed a crime:

Second, Ted Cruz roasted Rosenstein. He pointed out all the illegal and politized conduct that took place on Rosenstein’s watch. And then Cruz accused Rosenstein of being either a crook or a useless piece of bureaucratic refuse (although Cruz said it more gracefully):

Prosecute actions, not thoughtcrimes. Robert T. Smith – “It is juvenile to believe that all people are good, that they will act morally or legally.” General Mattis, former SecDef, should read the James Byrd episode thoughtfully and consider “Emotional reporting by the media and allegations by many others serve to divide us by claiming that our entire country (apparently except those making the claim) is racist.” before he gets into more gratuitous President bashing. “Assigning racial motivation to any of these instances is assessing thoughtcrime.”

The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots. John Daniel Davidson – “The media lied about the Russia collusion hoax, about the Mueller probe, about impeachment, about the coronavirus—and now they’re lying about the riots.”

“In recent days we’ve heard a steady drumbeat of lies, distortions, and disingenuousness from the mainstream media about almost every aspect of the unrest now gripping American cities. The deceit is almost too pervasive and amorphous to describe, but I’m going to try anyway.

To answer Lemon’s question, what’s happening here is the same thing that’s been happening for years now: the media, not Trump, have declared war on America, they are indeed playing a dangerous game, and it will most certainly backfire.

How Crazy Are the Democrats? This Crazy. John Hinderaker – “There is a movement going on now, believe it or not, to abolish the police. … And of course the same people who want to abolish the local police department don’t want you to be able to defend yourself, either.” … “This insane version of American history is the orthodoxy of the Democratic Party.” … “Even in the corrupt world of politics, we don’t often see dishonesty of this breathtaking magnitude.”

The case for sending in the troops [UPDATED]. Paul Mirengoff – “As examples of this use of presidential authority, Cotton cites President Eisenhower’s use of troops in Arkansas when schools were integrated in the 1950s. In addition, and more closely analogous, he points to President Bush (41) deploying the Army’s Seventh Infantry and 1,500 Marines to protect Los Angeles during race riots in 1992.” GWB, Mattis, remember recent history? Feeding insurrection is not good policy for anyone.

Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg: Mattis’s Rebuke of Trump Is a Big Deal — “Rarely has a former defense secretary publicly criticized a president he once served — and never in such harsh terms. — It’s hard to get across what a big deal it is that former Defense Secretary James Mattis has not only publicly criticized …” and Mattis Rips Trump in Statement at Patterico are correct. Mattis is way out of line for his past, siding with anti-constitutional and insurrectionist forces and feeding the dishonest propaganda campaign. He is contributing to what he says he condemns. For a person of his stature, this lack of intellectual integrity and basic respect is frightening.

Your Moral Compass Is A Windsock. DCE – “As usual, they very folks that have been after us, denigrating us, threatening us, coming after us because we refuse to conform, to live in their delusional world under their insane (an amoral) rules, are the very same ones that want us to clean up the shitstorm they created.”

Texas A&M thanks account targeting, publishing information of conservative students. Lacey Kestecher – “Conservative Texas A&M students were recently targeted by a since-deleted Twitter account attempting to notify the university of all “hateful” students on campus.”

““It is common for Texas A&M to target conservatives,” Dallmeyer told Campus Reform. The harassment of conservatives comes at no surprise for her. “Texas A&M claims to operate under core values; however the University’s actions prove otherwise. This incident is just the latest release of Aggie Twitter: the term for the leftists on campus who call out and harass conservative students on social media.”

“Texas A&M has long held the reputation as one of the last conservative higher education institutions in America; however, that notoriety is quickly dissipating,” added Dallmeyer.

And speaking of science and politics: fake research for political aims? Neo – “Once hydroxychloroquine was touted by Trump as a possible tool against COVID, the drug’s days were numbered. Is it any wonder that a major study came out against it, and now there’s growing evidence that the study may have been fudged or at least very sloppy?”

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Law of holes

an adage which states that “if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging” [Wikipedia]

What’s Trump Got To Do With The George Floyd Riots? I & I Editorial Board – “You’d think that those most responsible for maintaining law and order in their own communities would bear the brunt of the criticism for the ongoing mayhem, wouldn’t you?” The common refrain is that these guys like spending other people’s money – which lasts until there isn’t any more to take. Now it shows that these same guys like to take other people’s culpability until that runs out, too.

“to say that Trump is somehow responsible for the violence, or that his actions have fanned the flames, is simply another symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The same people now blaming Trump for the riots have already blamed him for every other problem, real or imagined, that has occurred in the past three years – including the weather.

Could Trump act more delicately and be more unifying during this latest crisis? We suppose so. Could his opponents behave less like raving lunatics who are willing to tear everything down if they think it will hurt Trump’s reelection chances? Definitely.

That elusive white supremacist (not). Scott Johnson – “At his press conference yesterday, Governor Walz declared the driver “stupid” for speeding and glorified the crowd that pummeled him … One has to make it to the end of the local CBS affiliate’s story on this incident to find a powerful testimonial to the driver from the (black) customer he had just served at the time of the incident:”

The Truth About Police Violence and Race. John Perazzo – “Debunking the lies that justify rage and riots.” … “It is possible, you know, to do two reasonable things at once. That is, one can be outraged by the injustice that was done to George Floyd, without falsely portraying it as a microcosm of systemic racism by police officers across America. It is nothing of the kind.”

‘Institutional racism ’is the new blood libel. Seth Grossman – “The riots that began in Minneapolis are the intended consequence of the fake history dished out by our media, Hollywood, and most colleges and public schools for the past 50 years. This new “institutional racism” falsely blames all whites for every injustice — especially whites who are Christian, Republican or who love America.” … “Leave it to “progressive” Democrats to make the worst of Old Russia the “new normal” in America.”

Democrats’ Chickens Come Home to Roost. Derek Hunter – “Conservatives have been warning about the dangers of Antifa and other left-wing groups for years. No one in the Democrat media listened.”

“More than that, they cheered them on; defended them. Why not? After all, they were chanting the right things and targeting the right people, from the left’s perspective.

No progressive group would condemn them: Black Lives Matter didn’t, the Women’s March didn’t, CNN didn’t.

The radicals have become a liability, not because of the violence, per se, but because they aren’t targeting the violence in useful directions, and it’s all being caught on tape.

During the Trump administration, the target was national: the president himself.

Now, Democrats are trying to have their cake and eat it too. They want to target local police and the president, but that’s a tougher sell.

The cities they’re claiming are oppressive are controlled by their own, and have been for a long time.

But, again, the president had no connection to any of this. Still, the left hates him so much, and they want an issue to attack him with, they’re blaming him anyway.

Propagandists in the media have tried to protect the lie, protect the rage while attempting to separate out the most violent elements as somehow being “infiltrators,” but it isn’t working.

After watching Democrat governors flail, President Trump steps in to quell the riots. Andrea Widburg – “Before Monday, President Trump kept a low profile regarding the riots. He wasn’t invisible; he just wasn’t putting himself front and center. That changed dramatically on Monday.”

The DOJ supports its petition for writ of mandate with an explosive brief. Ibid – “Sullivan filed his pathetic and dishonest brief on Monday. The DOJ’s brief, however, is filled with devastating facts and entirely on-point legal authority.” … “The DOJ is taking this matter very seriously.”

“According to Sean Davis, having this many heavy-hitters on an appellate brief is almost unheard of:

The statement of facts explains how egregiously the FBI set up Michael Flynn to drive him out of office as acting National Security Advisor. This disheartening tale manifestly merits dismissal. (It’s noteworthy that everyone involved in this miscarriage of justice has been fired or quit involuntarily. It would be nice if at least some would be prosecuted.)

The legal arguments are straightforward: Under Art. II of the Constitution, the executive branch has the sole power to determine whether to prosecute a case. The judicial branch may not directly interfere with this discretion. Nor may a judge attempt to act as a prosecutor by bringing criminal charges against any party.

From a legal standpoint, the DOJ presents a compelling case. It is always possible, in this age of judicial activism, for a Court to ignore the law to arrive at its preferred conclusion. I have seen it often enough practicing law in the People’s Republic of California. But assuming the circuit court in this case follows the law, it must issue the writ of mandamus and order Judge Sullivan to dismiss the Michael Flynn with prejudice.

Judge Sullivan ripped the judicial mask off, and what’s behind it is ugly. Ibid – “Wilkinson and her team are being dishonest. On the matter at issue here, Fokker is unambiguous:” The court rules of procedure are about protecting the defendant and Sullivan’s argument is trying to void that.

RedState Legal Analyst “Shipwreckedcrew:” Emmit Sullivan’s Response to the Court of Appeals Is Deranged, Doesn’t Cite Any Authority for His Actions, Just Tells Them To Let Him Do Whatever He Wants. Ace of Spades comments – “”

“That is: the Circuit Court was not asking him, “Hey, buddy, this is interesting, can you tell us more?!”


As we’ll see, Sullivan decided he couldn’t defend his actions and so decided to ignore the orders of the court.

But he really wants to know why Flynn reversed himself on his decision to withdraw his guilty plea and instead reaffirm it? Becuase you threatened to put him in jail for treason if he exercised his right to withdraw the plea.

Undercover Huber on Twitter is getting cites from neo and Ace who refers to Bonchie at Red State. Judge Sullivan Delivers Response in Flynn Case and It’s Something. “It goes on and on like this while avoiding the core issue at hand.”

“What is even the point of all this given the new evidence and that both parties want this to end? There’s no logical, nor legal reason for Sullivan to keep this charade going, but he seems determined to do so. It’s a fairly gross display for what is supposed to be an independent judiciary.

The idea that Sullivan can delay justice yet again without causing any harm is ludicrous. Lawyers aren’t free, nor is the emotional toll Flynn is being put through.

Dana has a bit on the conflict in autopsies in Private Autopsy: George Floyd Died Of “Asphyxia From Sustained Pressure” (Update Added). “Hennepin County Medical Examiner … cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression.” … Floyd had indications of heart disease including “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease,” as well as fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.”

Are People Allowed to Use Deadly Force to Defend Property? Eugene Volokh – “It depends, whether as to looting or other threats to property.”

Clever Churchgoers Avoid Arrest By Disguising Themselves As Rioters. Babylon Bee. Also Powerful: Protesters Spell Out ‘Love’ With Burning Homes And Businesses

Leftist Rules: Target Small Business Owners During COVID-19, Bail Out Anarchist Rioters. Sarah Carter. “Floyd’s killing ignited a fire across the nation that has given rise to violent protests and groups, such as Antifa that use the crisis to further destabilize the nation and destroy major urban centers. … More than a week ago, however, these same activists, liberals and Democrats publicly shamed anybody they believed weren’t following the guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

“It wasn’t just the small business owners who were feeling the wrath of the liberal elite but everyday Americans who were made fun of and targeted after rallying against the overly restrictive coronavirus social distancing mandates. Those restrictions, coupled with the economic shutdown, have left nearly 40 million Americans applying for unemployment. But that didn’t matter to the progressive liberals, who challenged Americans that wanted to go back to work.

Those core American values were not acceptable to the liberal left during the pandemic, but rioting and looting over the last four days is not only acceptable but should be rewarded.

The Phone Settings You Need to Know Before Protesting. David Murphy. This is among sever at Lifehacker today to confuse protesting and rioting and encourage lawlessness and Karen type wokeness and mob actions fomenting.

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Deflect, Divert, Gaslight

Blaming White Supremacists For The Riots Is Nonsensical Gaslighting, David Marcus – “I can’t believe they even tried it.” … “The hypocritical mental gymnastics from the liberal media in the past 72 hours were amazing enough to earn a perfect 10 from the stingiest East German judge.”

“I call on every journalist who amplified this insanity to put up or shut up. Prove that most of the criminal actions were committed by white supremacists. For once hold yourself accountable to the people you claim to serve with your work. And do it now.

It’s an insurrection, no longer just protests, Thomas Lifson – “The key moment was when the mayor of Minneapolis surrendered the city’s third precinct police station to the mob. It was as much a signal to the mob as the storming of the Bastille was to the French Revolutionaries”

Trump declared Antifa a terrorist organization, and Democrats are worried, Andrea Widburg – “Many people believe that George Soros is funding Antifa and pulling its strings. While he may be funding the organization, its radical ties put it squarely within the new Democrat party. Indeed, the moment Minnesota AG Keith Ellison’s son heard about Trump’s announcement, he proudly declared fealty to the group:” … “Trump’s decision to turn federal law enforcement on Antifa is a disaster for Democrats. No wonder Susan Rice is already trying to blame the Russians for the riots. Expect to see a lot more deflecting from Democrats in the coming months.”

Susan Rice makes claim Russians could be behind violent George Floyd demonstrations, Gregg Re – “Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice bizarrely suggested in a televised interview Sunday that the Russians could be behind the violent nationwide demonstrations” … “Even left-of-center commentators were bewildered by Rice’s claim, which was not supported by any evidence.”

Shades of Reagan: Bill Barr vows to employ 1960s anti-riot law on loot-and-riot thugs, Monica Showalter – “I’m already seeing it on Twitter: “Thank goodness we have Bill Barr.” … “This isn’t about civil rights protests. This is about organized crime and organized violence, in pursuit of some political aim. And whoever is doing it needs to be in jail, particularly the organizers from the top.”

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getting mad at the TV or computer doesn’t work either

Rage Against the (Wrong) Machine, Tim Knight – “This is a perfect recipe for such chaos. You’ve got an unemployed population who has been under house arrest for months, with the widest wealth divide in history, and an environment of racism and violence.”

First up is getting the facts right. The Floyd incident looks to be heading the same way many other marquee incidents have gone – a tool for racists based on deceit and deception. Support for an “environment of racism and violence” is also poor as the racist behavior tends to be localized to the so-called victim race and to Democrat run cities and states.

“I was particularly struck by this image below, which is sort of an upside-down version of Kristallnacht, 82 years later. [black owned business declared on boarded up window]

You’ve got to feel for the poor souls whose job it is to attract conventions and tourists to this place. Their website is unintentionally drenched with irony these days.

Since I’m watching from a safe distance, I don’t have a problem with all the mayhem, although I think it’s misdirected. These angry hordes are destroying their local Target store (where are you going to get your Charmin now, pal?) instead of, oh, let’s just say, the Federal Reserve located right in downtown Minneapolis

But while you destroy your local Target store you can loot it and get free stuff! Envy of the wealth and covetousness of their earnings also indicate that race has very little to do with the violence. The rioters’ overt destruction of their communities is why they often have impoverished communities. It is the story of the Three Little Pigs writ large.

And then Knight goes TDS and completely misses the point of Trump tweets by confusing a defense against property damage with an offense against others. Such blindness is destructive. The mayor of Washington D.C. seems to have fallen for the same lame biased tweet reading.

Rage against any machine is a fruitless activity. It’s like getting mad at your car because you failed to manage a curve on an icy road.

Minneapolis Riots Are Reminder That Police Don’t Protect You Or Your Property by Tyler Durden – “any unfortunate shopkeeper or resident who finds himself in the path of the rioters ought to just assume that police won’t be around to provide any protection from the mob.”

“But heroics or not, the outcome for victims is the same: they must rely on self defense, formal private security, or private armed volunteers likely to be labeled as “vigilantes.”

A failure to protect taxpaying citizens from violence and crime in a wide variety of situations is standard operating procedure for police departments which are under no legal obligation to protect anyone, and where “officer safety” is the number-one priority. The lesson to be learned here is that the alleged “social contract” between citizens and the state is a one-way street: you pay taxes for police “services,” and the police may or may not give you anything in return.

The US Supreme Court has made it clear that law enforcement agencies are not required to provide protection to the citizens who are forced to pay for police services, year in and year out.

Consider these headlines at The Point, A Daily Blog By Shillman Journalism Fellow Daniel Greenfield:

  • Cuomo, De Blasio to Investigate NYPD After Leftist Hurls Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Van

  • Target is Helping Fund the Looting of its Own Stores

  • Black Lives Matter Riots Kill African-American Federal Protective Service Officer

  • CNN on Riots: “Perhaps This Is Some Sort of Mechanism for a Restructure in Our Country”

  • Black Lives Matter Rioters Vandalize Synagogue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

and then the story California Tried to Bail Out Illegal Aliens – and It’s a Disaster – “Who knew that anonymously handing out $1,000 to criminals could go wrong?” Daniel Greenfield

“California’s illegal alien population is its shadow economy and with many of the industries that employ them shut down, the Democrats who depend on ghost districts populated by illegals decided that something had to be urgently done to keep the illegal aliens from fleeing back across the border.

Since the sanctuary state would rather let a million Kate Steinles be murdered than deport one illegal, not even California authorities would be allowed to know whom they were giving away the money to.

Instead of illegal aliens having to file paperwork or show up at an office and present their undocumented passports, the giveaway was run through non-profits that help illegal aliens.

The potential for fraud is as vast as the cash flow is limited.

The idea of a massive illegal alien bailout is spreading across blue state and areas. Maryland’s 250,000 illegal aliens want their own stimulus plan. Pro-illegal alien activists in Phoenix held a rally demanding money for illegals. Two dozen Connecticut legislators have written a letter calling for a bailout for the state’s 100,000 illegals. Massachusetts Democrats also desperately want to bail out their illegals.

And California has taken its illegal alien bailout national with Speaker Pelosi’s HEROES Act offering stimulus cash for illegal aliens at a time when 30 million Americans are out of work.

More headlines at Lucianne: While CNN’s Gergen Calls It ‘Nuts’ for Bill Barr to Urge ‘Law and Order’ and Biden Campaign Staff Donates to Organization That Bails Out Rioters Arrested in Minneapolis, Compare and contrast to  Black Woman On Destroyed Property: “I Have Nowhere To Go,” It’s Not Going To Bring George Back and Peaceful Floyd Protesters Form Human Barricade to Protect White House Police.

Now we see what moves the pandemic doomsday obsession off the front page.

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media nonscandals show results. again

Michael Fumento: Time To Show The Better Angels Of Our Nature With Coronavirus – “Those prior pandemics without panic caused no recessions, much less the possibility of a worldwide depression.”

“Those people stayed cool notwithstanding that flu vaccines didn’t exist, and therefore no hope of making one. There were no pneumonia vaccines, no antibiotics for secondary infections, no antivirals, no ventilators, and intravenous feeding tubes didn’t really catch on until the late 20th century.

we still have time to rise to the occasion, to show sanity and sobriety. To reveal what The Great Emancipator called “the better angels of our nature.”

Hydroxychloroquine, Me, and the Great Divide By Richard Moss, MD – “Then something happened to this wonder drug. From savior of the multitudes, redeemer and benefactor of hundreds of millions, it transformed into something else: a purveyor of doom, despair, and unspeakable carnage.”

“HCQ is only another bellwether. It represents the latest nonevent in a long string of fabricated media nonscandals. If a nation can be divided over HCQ it can be divided over anything. It shows neatly, as many of the other non-issues did, whether one embraces the U.S., our history, culture, and constitutional system, or rejects it. Whether one believes in Americanism or despises it. It is part of the ongoing civil war, thus far cold, but who knows? The passions today are no less jarring than they were in 1860. One would have thought that a man taking a medicine prescribed by his physician, even a President, would be a private matter. But no. Not today.

We swim in an ocean of manufactured disinformation created by a radical COVID media, our fifth column.

The riots are not about the police By Jacob Dreizin – “Judging by extensive photo and video documentation from the scene, the looters and arsonists in Minnesota were up to one half white, largely of the (forgive the crude expression) “scrawny commie stoner” variety.” … “The majority of these young people, of all races, seem to be having a good time.”

Nolte: The Science Turns Against America’s Mask Fascists – “The only real way to catch the China Flu is to hang out with someone infectious for a protracted period of time, so it’s unlikely you will catch it walking along somewhere, like a store or sidewalk.”

“If you believe a mask will protect you, go ahead and wear a mask. But what do you care if someone else is wearing one or not? As long as you’re wearing one what does it matter? Why can’t we just leave each other alone?

And the Atlanta CNN building became a target for the rioters.

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The red pill is a bitter one to swallow for many

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Zuckerberg Is Right—Facebook Isn’t the News Hall Monitor for Stupid People – The notion that we are all just automatons dancing to the whims of Facebook and Twitter is patently ridiculous, but that’s what the various thought and speech police would like everyone to believe.”

“We are now being plagued by the leftist notion that everything can be controlled from the top down. They truly believe that if Twitter and Facebook just police their users’ content properly, they can protect gullible people from wrong information, whether it’s unintentionally or intentionally wrong.

This theory completely discounts the fact that stupid people will always be stupid. No amount of nanny policy from Facebook or Twitter can fix that. Zuckerberg seems to be finally getting that. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t, and probably never will. The leftist approach will always be one of central control. They diminish and discount the worth and power of the individual, but a little faith in the people is what is needed here, and that’s something else that Zuckerberg seems to be getting these days:

Peter L. Swan: Run the Numbers, Survey the Folly – “Hence, like Norway, the evidence from Taiwan and the US does not indicate that lockdown is either necessary or is more effective than voluntary social distancing in combination with protecting the vulnerable, in reducing COVID-19 morbidity.”

Tyler Durden: Lancet Study That Caused WHO To Drop Hydroxychloroquine Trials Falls Under Scrutiny – not only missing the key ingredient but also with shady data issues – i.e. bad science used to formulate policy.

Joseph Klein: WH Press Secretary McEnany Shows Up Establishment Media – “Chris Wallace responds with ad hominem attacks.” It’s what you do when you chose the blue pill.

“Many White House correspondents, past and present, believe they are members of a privileged class. They demand the right to throw mud at the president and his spokespersons with loaded, gotcha questions but insist on absolute immunity from being questioned or criticized themselves. Chris Wallace, now an anchor for Fox News, is an alumnus of the White House press corps. He was NBC’s White House correspondent between 1975 and 1988. Wallace exhibited the hubris of his exclusive club during his Sunday morning show on May 24th when he went after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. McEnany had dared to challenge the professionalism of the so-called “journalists” present in the White House briefing room. Wallace was dismayed.

The White House correspondents are not used to being reminded of the ethical responsibilities of their profession.

Chris Wallace needs to look in the mirror. So do the present members of the White House Correspondents Association.

Katie Pavlich: School in Session: McEnany Reminds the Media That Registered Voters in Many States Are Also Dead – “explained to reporters, with slides, detailed data and news stories, that voter fraud as a result of mass vote-by-mail schemes is in fact a real problem.” … “She also explained the difference between absentee voting and a mass mail-in voting system.”

neo: What’s going on with Judge Sullivan? [Part III] – “I believe that’s still operating with Sullivan right now. His actions since Barr’s DOJ pulled out of the case have been so outlandish, so egregious, so obviously incorrect in legal terms, that I think he has indeed reached Captain Ahab levels.”

neo: COVID-19 research: the press interprets – another cruise ship study where 80% asymptomatic could either foretell doom or be seen as indicating reduced risk. Guess which take the media uses?

Bruce Deitrick Price: K–12: Elon Musk Says Take the Red Pill – a new meme in town. Price explains and uses education as an example.

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Will they do the right thing?

I & I Editorial Board: Just How Exaggerated Is The COVID-19 Death Count? – “The Freedom Foundation findings came after Colorado’s public health department was forced to admit that nearly a quarter of those listed as dying from COVID-19 didn’t have the disease listed on their death certificates.”

“Beating up” the numbers might be acceptable to public health officials, but for the country as a whole it is turning out to be a complete disaster. If the death toll from COVID-19 is actually in the range of 75,000, then it’s more like a bad seasonal flu than an epidemic requiring a once-thriving economy to shut down.

Democrats keep bleating about how we must follow the science when deciding when and how to reopen the economy. We’d like to know what’s scientific about knowingly inflating numbers just to get people “to care.”

Jim Martin: Prevent the ‘Pandemic Penalty’ on Seniors – “Seniors are counting on CMS to do the right thing and make the necessary adjustments so that seniors won’t be hit with a 2021 Medicare pandemic penalty.”

“One Harvard analysis found that medical appointments had dropped precipitously, with cardiology, gastroenterology and urology services declining by 60% and more. This means that COVID-19 has actually led to a decline in utilization of health care and that costs this year will be lower than normal, thus skewing CMS’ calculation.

This potential “pandemic penalty” on seniors is particularly gut-wrenching because they would essentially be penalized for not seeing their doctor because their offices were either closed due to the pandemic, or access was limited to treating COVID-19 patients.

Will CMS adjust its formula? We don’t know. It has the authority to do so, and the extraordinary circumstances facing the country suggest it should. But the uncertainty only adds to the anxiety of seniors, especially those on a fixed income.

Don Feder: Democrats Invoke ‘Science’ More Than Baptist Ministers Invoke God – “Whenever they can’t think of anything else to say in defense of the indefensible (their shutdown fascism), this is the Democrats fallback position: Forget self-serving politicians like the president. Listen to those wise, heroic, selfless and all-knowing scientists.”

“Democrats have a hard time dealing with ideas. They much prefer clichés. Instead of trying to answer the growing number of shutdown skeptics, it’s easier to invoke unnamed scientists. Then, if you challenge them, you’re anti-science.

Lucianne: Fauci: Data shows no evidence hydroxychloroquineis effective at treating coronavirus – “From what I have been reading HCQ used early on will kill the virus and prevent the inflammatory response that kills most of the people that die of it.” Facebook got caught censoring a Brazilian leader on this despite such facts as decades of common use and many anecdotal reports from the front lines. The ‘science’ needs careful examination as findings that refute experience need support on a par with that experience. Instead, those who dig into ‘studies’ with the conclusion Fauci spouted often show missing variables and questionable methodology or measure. It becomes ill informed opinion masquerading as science. Those who pick up Fauci’s comments as a parade flag are providing a key indicator of irrational behavior.

Nitay Arbel: COVID19 update, May 27, 2020: Norwegian official report now questions necessity of lockdown; Dr. John Campbell on The Lancet hydroxychloroquine study – “Dr. Campbell is clear that neither this study (nor the earlier ones) include zinc supplementation, which would seem to be a fatal flaw.”

Daniel Greenfield: Blue States Take Cops and Firefighters Hostage to Demand Bailouts – “New York, New Jersey, and California are wealthy states. If they choose to have combined state budgets of over $400 billion, while maintaining a bloated bureaucracy, and spending big on welfare and green pork, that is their choice. It is not the responsibility of the rest of the country to bail them out.”

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It’s a stacked deck but there’s splashback this time

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Trump’s Twitter Trolling Is the Greatest Entertainment in America – “What Trump has managed to do with Twitter is counter the narrative advantage that the mainstream media always had and used against Republican presidents.”

“On Tuesday Twitter did get combative with the president when it did a fact check and red-flagged a couple of Trump’s tweets about vote-by-mail and voter fraud. The platform has never been shy about its liberal bias, but it is usually a little more coy than this. Pretending that there is no connection between vote-by-mail and fraud is a fairy tale straight from the Democratic National Committee.

I’ve said it before: if President Trump would spend most of his day taking swings at liberals on Twitter I might cancel all of my streaming services. Watching him get out in front of stories or counter-punch false narratives never fails to delight. I have two Tweetdeck columns dealing with various media accounts and it’s so much fun watching them fall apart after one of the president’s deliberate troll tweets.

Thank God Trump isn’t the kind of guy who lets anyone talk him out of anything. I’m sure every constipated establishment adviser he’s had has told him to lay off Twitter, even though it’s one of his greatest weapons in the battle against the ever-biased press.

Tyler Durden: Election Meddling? Rule-Enforcing Twitter Execs Under Fire For Anti-Trump Postings – “Shortly after Twitter announced it would start “fact-checking” President Trump’s tweets, yet more evidence has been exposed of the blatant anti-Trump bias at the most senior levels of the social media giant.” … “It is that lack of a consistent standard that has magnified free speech concerns.”

“As Summit News’ Paul Joseph Watson notes, Roth has been head of site integrity at Twitter since July 2018 and is responsible for “election security” and “misinformation,” meaning he almost certainly played a key role in the decision to ‘fact-check’ Trump’s tweets.

In the meantime, We await Twitter ‘fact-checking’ false claims about ‘Russian collusion’ or any other of the erroneous issues pushed by the blue check mark brigade that have proven to be spectacularly wrong.

Mark Hemingway: Media’s Unpunished Lies Hurt The Nation Far Worse Than Trump’s Indefensible Tweets – “The grim joke of the 20th century was that one death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic. Well, in the 21st century age of information warfare, one man’s libel is an outrage. When thousands do it, we call that ‘the news.‘” … “When Trump is singled out for his outrageous comments, while Joe Biden gets portrayed as an avuncular goofball for decades of horrifying behavior, it starts to make sense why Trump voters can’t be bothered to care.” … “The president getting a hall pass isn’t going to outrage anyone on Team Trump when you consider how social media platforms are generally perceived as having policies that are inconsistent, unfair, and cavalier about censorship.”

“With Trump’s election, there was drastic and, yes, problematic unburdening of this strategic disadvantage public virtue presented. The quote that’s been in vogue on the right hails from sci-fi writer Frank Herbert: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” At the same time, there’s little doubt the left consciously weaponized this insight long before Trump — see Saul Alinsky’s command to “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Even with Trump in the White House, there’s a not unreasonable perception that the media and other institutions ultimately have more power and influence and will outlast him. They continue to seek the safety of the herd, portraying their own inexcusable and vicious attacks on the portion of America that doesn’t share their center-left worldview as the product of reasonable consensus.

There’s a large complicated dynamic here, the problems are systemic, and we didn’t arrive at a situation where the leader of the free world could or would say these things out of the blue. If your first impulse is that you are not part of this problem, well, you most certainly are — even if it’s a result of what you’ve passively tolerated.

Trump merely exposed existing contradictions, where the decorum and civility of official Washington had already become fig leaves for wielding power in a way that ran roughshod over the desires of “deplorable” and “irredeemable” citizens. Until we all change our own behavior and treat each other with respect regardless of our disagreements, we’re going to continue to get the nasty discourse we deserve, regardless of who’s president or how much the media feels entitled to complain about their rhetoric.

I & I Editorial Board: From Speech To Consumer Choice, Democrats Believe Everything Must Be Policed – “The political left is driven by an urge to supervise every aspect of our lives. It’s a corrosive impulse that shouldn’t be accepted anywhere in a free nation, let alone practiced. The backlash needs to begin now. If not, our liberty will eventually be overrun.” … “Nothing in recent times illustrates the left’s inclination to control as does its response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Naturally, those who would make the rules would be exempt from them. The inconsistencies and hypocrisy don’t matter, though, to those in control. Neither does the loss of liberty. Only if we’re vigilant, and more so than we’ve been, will we be able to limit the damage and have any hope of restoring that which has been lost.

It’s not just in the U.S. France revokes decree authorising use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 – An inexpensive drug in common use for fifty years is micromanaged by politicians for ideological reasons using ‘in the weeds’ rationalizations.

Anthony Leonardi: Kathy Griffin: Stabbing Trump with syringe containing ‘nothing but air inside’ would ‘do the trick’ – “The Washington Examiner also asked Twitter if she breached the platform’s violent threats policy. A representative said the company will “look into” the tweets.” Ugly, proud of it, and lauded by the Left.

Bruce Bawer: An Open Letter to the D.C. Right – “You’ve shrugged off Obama’s culpability. And in doing so, you’ve set yourself against liberty and justice. The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed.”

“For a long while, I thought you were the good guys. You talked about individual liberty. Some of you identified as conservatives, others as libertarians, still others as classical liberals. None of you are outright leftists.

Then Donald Trump came along. He spoke of liberty and of putting America First.

Your public rage at him—and his supporters—was instantaneous. It was visceral, full-throated, and constant.

I didn’t remember any of you getting that worked up about Barack Obama. Ever.

You knew—somehow all of you could tell instinctively—that when Trump talked about liberty, he meant it. … But you? However much you talked about liberty, at bottom you weren’t really about liberty at all—at least not the individual liberty of ordinary Americans.

In recent days, I’ve reached an apotheosis. It was triggered by a thread on one of your Facebook pages.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Remains of an Administration – “Each day that the Obama administration fades into the past, its wrongdoings manage to wander back into the present. After years of suppression, all sorts of strange events keep popping up to remind us of what little is left of the Obama years” [follow on at nagware National Review]

Mark Kramer: Lessons From Operation “Denver,” the KGB’s Massive AIDS Disinformation Campaign – “Historian Douglas Selvage sheds light on a conspiracy theory that reverberates to this day.” As Stephen Green notes at Instapundit, “This is a fascinating read, and Communist China’s similar propaganda effort on the Wuhan Virus just goes to show that commies never change.” The problem is that Kramer succumbs to the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy and falls prey to distorted perceptions and questionable assertions to do so.

Nicholas Stark: I’m a doctor in a family of COVID deniers – borrowing the climate alarmists narrative for those who don’t see the light … “Most of my colleagues on the frontlines have nominal contact with individuals on this end of the sociopolitical spectrum. When they call home, they are met with affirmations, and their thoughtful cautions are received in earnest.”

“I am the only physician in a family of farmers. As I witness the pandemic’s devastating health consequences from the frontlines, I feel a fundamental responsibility to share my experience and advice with my loved ones to keep them safe. However, I find myself battling COVID-denial propaganda at every turn. Even my years of medical training have not endowed me with the credibility necessary to break down the sociopolitical barriers that separate my family and me on this life-and-death issue.

Perhaps it is time to set aside the hubris and start listening to the farmers? Death and disease in the cold hard world trains them with a knowledge and experience that puts a premium on intellectual integrity. Perhaps they are also telling you that the medical profession is following academia and the flyover media into a hellhole of disrespect and suspicion. Calling people “deniers” is indicative ad hominem. Try to move toward accepting others as equals rather than inferior.

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It’s time to start paying attention to reality

I & I Editorial Board: Science Says: Lockdowns Could Kill More Of Us Than The Coronavirus – “No, we’re not “all in this together.” And doctors, economists and others are concluding that the costs in lives lost may actually exceed the benefits, a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.” … “In fact, we may be on the verge of a far more serious long-term plague than COVID-19: a wave of what social scientists and doctors now call “deaths of despair.” see also what they’re reading today.

Tyler Durden: “Madness” – Focus On The COVID-19 Death Rate – “The most frightening aspect of the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) epidemic in the US is that it brought about exaggeratedly heightened fear of death. That fear, once magnified to proportions which become palpable to the individual, became the basis for dreadful economic and medical policies from governments and crushed the natural optimism of the public.

“No cases were reported amongst the homeless on West Coast streets. No deaths among children were reported. And in the closed world of cruise liners and later a military ship, there were lots of early cases and some deaths. As time passed, there was little more bad news. We should have been suspicious of the data.

In the past few weeks, we have obtained more useful data in the US. There were secrets lurking in the data, waiting to be uncovered, that could help ascertain what was really happening. The purpose of this report is to do just that – to ascertain what the data are telling us. It also gives us the basis for judging the appropriateness of past and present policies

In conclusion, the relevant death rate for policy purposes has been obscured. The consequence has been inappropriate policies. They have resulted in a bizarro world of highly restricted commercial functioning and immense economic destruction, alongside no evidence that lives were saved and growing evidence of second-tier loss of life resulting from lockdown.

Carol Brown: MSM reporting of US COVID 19 mortality rate: An exercise in ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ – “Written by Darrell Huff and illustrated by Irving Geis, How to Lie With Statistics is both sardonic and a serious lesson in the abuse of math for propaganda.”

Brian C.Joondeph: Cooking the Books on COVID-19 Deaths – “Fox News, and other cable networks, run a COVID death count ticker on the side or bottom of the television screen just as they show the major stock indices during the business day. Why are they so obsessed with deaths from the Chinese virus?

“If more deaths are better for the Democrat and media narrative, expect to see inflated death counts, erroneously blaming non-virus deaths on the virus. The left is practiced at this since every type of extreme weather, from rain to snow, heat to cold, hurricanes to tornadoes, is blamed on global warming or climate change, depending on which term fits the weather in question.

As states and cities reopen, expect each new death to be trumpeted by the media, with panel discussion by “experts” discussing Trump’s recklessness and disregard for American lives.

Let’s look at some specific examples where government officials are playing footloose and fancy free with death counts.

Scott Morefield: Coronavirus, Gun Violence, and Lame Leftist ‘Logic’ – “To call this ongoing absurdity an overreach is to put it mildly, but overreach is the term that seemingly has defined everything we’ve done attempting to stop a virus that has terrified people far beyond what its capabilities would suggest.” … “they’ve taken the same approach toward gun violence for years. Just ‘ban’ guns, they reason, and gun violence will magically disappear.

Daniel Greenfield: Obama, Clinton 9th Circuit Judges Suspend Bill of Rights Until Coronavirus is Cured – “The Democrat judges did not address the fact that Newsom is discriminating against religious observance. Trump’s appointee did

Victor Davis Hanson: The Doctrine of Media Untruth – “When knowledge, wisdom, independent thought, even basic competence were no longer requisites for success, then the media naturally slid into mediocrity, and mastered networking and obsequiousness instead of valuing independence.”

“As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.

Jack Kerwick: Mask Nation and ‘the Experts’ – “The Internment of 2020, otherwise known by the Orwellian nomenclature of “Social Distancing” and “Shelter-in-Place,” has always been nothing more or less than an exercise in social engineering unprecedented in American history for both the magnitude of its reach as well as the speed with which it’s been executed.

“Those fears, though—those wildly irrational, paralyzing, life-denying fears—have hurled the country into the Age of the Great UnReason.

And nothing illustrates the contradictions of the age more than the Establishment’s position(s) on the wearing of masks.

The unwillingness of the True Believers in Virus Orthodoxy to so much as consider these questions, let alone answer them, proves the extent to which they are immersed in the Age of the Great UnReason.

Trivia: The human body appears to be a 37 teracells organism.

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What’s that about chickens coming home to roost?

Roger Kimball: Rage and Recriminations in the Wake of COVID-19 – “For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful.”

“In the middle of my tiny neighborhood on the Connecticut shore, there is a nobbly, plinth-like stone about 2 feet high surrounded by a circle of grass and some simple decorative stonework. On one side of the stone there is a brass plaque to “the eternal memory” of the 26 men from the neighborhood who fought in World War I, “the great conflict between liberty and autocracy.” On the other side, a plaque commemorates the 17 men who fought in World War II “that mankind might live in freedom.”

Our ancestors fought for liberty against the forces of autocracy, “that mankind might live in freedom.” We cower in our homes, constantly told to “practice social distancing,” and not to venture out of doors without a mask.

“A population-wide case fatality rate of 0.05 percent,” Ioannidis points out, “is lower than seasonal influenza.” And here was my favorite bit: “If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational.

Back in March, I quoted the commentator Aaron Ginn, who speculated, “When this is all over, look for massive confirmation bias and pyrrhic celebration by elites.

I wondered when it would be that people would cotton on to the fact that the real crisis here was not the disease but our politician-and-media fired panic over the disease?

For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful. But the symptoms this time will not be nausea and headache but shame at our credulousness and rage against those who exploited it.

Fraser Myers: ‘Nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives’ – “Yoram Lass, former director of Israel’s Health Ministry, on the hysteria around Covid-19.”

“It is the first epidemic in history which is accompanied by another epidemic – the virus of the social networks.

It is what is known in science as positive feedback or a snowball effect. The government is afraid of its constituents. Therefore, it implements draconian measures.

Mortality due to coronavirus is a fake number. Most people are not dying from coronavirus. Those recording deaths simply change the label.

The only real number is the total number of deaths – all causes of death, not just coronavirus. If you look at those numbers, you will see that every winter we get what is called an excess death rate.

Among the people who die from coronavirus, the median age is often higher than the life expectancy of the population. What has been done is not proportionate. But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data. And that includes governments.

If you look at the 1950s, we had the Asian flu. In the 1960s, there was the Hong Kong flu. These were worse than this pandemic.

The virus, like the influenza virus, is saying farewell to western Europe for sure. The same in the Middle East. In the United States, we do not know yet, so we should talk in a month from now. But nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives. It is unbelievable.

neo: Again, it appears that Trump was right (case fatality rate) – “Predicting that the rate would fall wasn’t rocket science, either. It was quite obvious to anyone studying the science carefully. … But a lot of people – and by “people” I’m definitely including members of the MSM – don’t seem to get this very basic concept

Twitter: Steve Case says AOL 35 years old today; born when only 3% of people were online for an average of just 1 hour per week. … Benj Edwards: Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special – “In an era where VGA cards were finally going mainstream, many users began running the environment in higher resolutions such as 640×480.” This was also the debut of Microsoft Solitaire. Things have progressed since then but Solitaire is still there..

But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data.

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How blatant must the evidence be? Never enough for some, it seems.

Monica Showalter: Trump is right about the huge potential for ballot fraud in Michigan’s election – “To hear the mainstream media tell it, President Trump is somehow paranoid at Michigan’s latest gambit to mail absentee voting applications to all registered voters in the state.

“Notice in the story how the reporter takes pains to state that these mail-in ballot applications will go to ‘qualified’ voters, as if Trump were somehow against that. Fact: They will go to any name on the voter rolls, and the problem Trump is bringing up is that the voter roll list is absolutely filthy, loaded with names of people who have moved away, leaving golden opportunities for Democrats to stop over at those mailboxes and pick up the unopened mail.

The report correctly notes that Trump said ‘ballots’ rather than ‘ballot applications,’ but that too is red herring. … The report said nothing about the flimsy checking mechanism or the unmanaged voter roll list.

There also was the Media-Matters-like “Trump claimed, without evidence…”

Bonchie: Chris Wallace Tries to Play Gotcha With Oklahoma Governor Over Phased Re-Opening – “The media’s war on these governors is not helping anyone. It’s leaving millions in a destitute, dangerous state and that has real consequences, whether anyone wants to face them or not.

Matt Margolis: Why Has Barack Obama’s Unprecedented War with Inspectors General Been Forgotten? – “While it’s true that we should make sure these IGs were removed for legitimate reasons, I am perplexed as to why Democrats failed to take issue when Barack Obama went on a firing spree against inspectors general early in his first term, a clear sign he sought to avoid accountability from independent watchdogs that weren’t in his pocket.

“In August 2014, 47 of 73 inspectors general wrote an open letter to Congress informing them that the Obama administration was obstructing investigations by not giving them full access to the information they need to investigate properly. Such a letter was unprecedented, and this systemic corruption and obstruction of inspectors general would have been considered an impeachable defense for almost any other president.

Obstruction of justice was integral to the entire operation of the Obama administration. The Trump administration, by comparison, has barely been given room to breathe because it’s been constantly under the microscope of a special counsel investigation, an impeachment inquiry, and a media that spent eight years ignoring endless scandals under Barack Obama.

Andrea Widburg: Judge Sullivan does the equivalent of pasting ‘I’m guilty’ on his forehead – “When asked to explain himself to an appellate court, he should be able to sit down for a quiet hour or two and write out a document that includes his views about the facts and the law in Flynn’s case. … But that’s not what Sullivan did.”

“it is the judge’s responsibility to make sure that the government isn’t toying with the defendant by dismissing a losing case while intending to refile in the hopes of drawing a more amenable judge or jury. Absent that problem, the judge’s only job is to rubber-stamp the dismissal.

Judge Sullivan refused to use that rubber stamp. He also declined to act as Flynn’s last defense against an overreaching prosecution.

Instead, Sullivan did something strange. He asked a retired judge, one who had published in the Washington Post an article hostile to the motion to dismiss, to file a brief with the court opposing the motion. Then, although he had consistently (and properly) denied third parties the right to file advisory briefs with the court, Sullivan invited such submissions to help oppose the motion to dismiss.

Sullivan hired Beth Wilkinson, a very high-profile Washington D.C. attorney to represent him before the appellate court. From a legal standpoint, this is beyond strange.

Sullivan is worried that the appellate court will look at his conduct, rather than his legal reasoning.

You name it, and people thought it – and rightly so because for a judge to hire a lawyer under these circumstances practically screams out that there’s something wrong here.

How blatant must the evidence be?

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Looking for the happy warrior

I&I Editorial Board: Still More Evidence That Lockdowns Were A Massive Waste Of Time, Money, And Lives – “as JP Morgan’s Kolanovic noted, “Unlike rigorous testing of potential new drugs, lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than COVID-19 itself.” What flies by in this look into death and destruction is that a priori assumptions for other preventive actions also suffer by the evidence noted. Lockdowns were not independent of but rather a part of a whole set of behavior impositions that cannot be easily decoupled from gross outcomes.

Julie Kelly: Useless Senate Republicans No Match for the ‘Bums of Steele’ – “In a spot-on tirade, Tucker Carlson called out Senate and House Republicans for their failures on what the president has fairly labeled #Obamagate.

“Unfortunately, in many respects, it’s already too late. The bogus collusion narrative undoubtedly influenced the 2018 midterm elections, handing control of the House to the Democrats. Reputations that have been ruined cannot be restored—Trump can’t get back the first two years of his term. Mueller’s team walks away unscathed while his lead prosecutor raises money for Joe Biden.

This whole fiasco lies at the feet of Senate Republicans. “Useless” might be too kind a description of them.

Andrea Widburg: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gives reporters another cheerful beatdown – “McEnany’s gift is that, like Trump himself, she’s a happy warrior. She’s never unprepared, she’s never angry, and she never has the cornered quality of a trapped rat.

J.B. Shurk: Democrat vote fraud is real, and Republicans must begin fighting back – “Don’t tell the mainstream media, but another case of “nonexistent” voter fraud managed to squeak a few times this week before “objective” journalists quickly jumped on top of the story and smothered it with a pillow.” … “I’m tired of constantly being shelled by the other side without ever firing back. Democrat vote fraud is real, and it is going nowhere, but only Republicans can choose whether to continue being victims of it.

Hannah Bleau: RNC Joins Opposition to Lawsuit Demanding Ballot Harvesting in Florida – “Per Democracy Docket, created by Marc Elias, former attorney for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the figure behind a slew of the progressive cases seeking to use the court system to upend voting laws ensuring election integrity” … “Several Democrats, Pelosi included, have tried to use the in-person election in Wisconsin to justify their vote-by-mail agenda, despite the fact that the data does not warrant their proposals.

John Nolte: Retracting My Claim that Andrew Cuomo Is Not Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths – “My earlier assumption was based on a sound premise: there’s nothing we can do about plagues. … Weeks before — literally, weeks before — the coronavirus hit New York, we knew the virus was a unique threat to the elderly. …

“For a few seconds on Wednesday, America’s useless and corrupt media, America’s fawning Cuomosexuals, actually stopped fawning to ask the governor about his deadly nursing home policy. To defend his indefensible directive, Cuomo made three absurd and easily debunked excuses.

The bottom line is that thousands and thousands of people died unnecessarily because of Andrew Cuomo’s fatal mismanagement and equally fatal error of judgment. This is all on him, hence my retraction.

Many unhappy warriors, too.

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Where my rights?

Daniel John Sobieski: No Pandemic Exception to Constitution – “American citizens [are] watching their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness being ripped away by dime-store Napoleons who see this pandemic as a chance to pursue the liberal progressive dream of controlling every aspect of our lives.

“The assault on our Constitution and our rights is deep and broad and will only be stopped by a Supreme Court ruling that our freedoms cannot be erased by an edict from a governor, mayor, or a state health secretary. These orders are not laws passed by a legislature, and even then such laws should and must pass constitutional muster.

Lockdowns have health costs themselves that constitute a compelling interest to not have them. Simply put, Americans cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law and, again, executive orders do not constitute due process. There is no pandemic exception clause in the U.S. Constitution.

Andrea Widburg: In the Flynn case, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a surprising order – “A world of information lies behind that brevity, especially to those who have spent years reading meaning into cryptic orders. I am never an optimist. No matter how carefully one reads the tea leaves, appellate judges are inscrutable creatures and, moreover, creatures who like to send out false signals.

George Neumayr: Playing Dumb About Obamagate – “Liberalism sanitizes its scandals. … dismissing “Obamagate” as another one of Donald Trump’s “conspiracy theories.” Never mind that Trump has been right from the beginning about the Obama administration spying on his campaign.” Without double standards, they’d have none at all.

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Vile American Media

I & I Editorial Board: Trump Is Winning His Standoff With The Press – “Over the past few months, the press has attacked Trump for being too optimistic, for being too abrasive, for taking medications they don’t approve of. They attacked Trump for being a wannabe dictator, and for being too deferential to states. They alleged that Trump wants to “normalize” coronavirus deaths. They speculated that Trump is alienating seniors.” … “No wonder the public’s trust in the media is below that of snake oil salesmen.

Andrea Widburg: If you want to see a microcosm of our vile American media, this is it. – “What Business Insider is doing isn’t reporting. It’s not concerned with facts. It is, instead, deeply concerned with crafting a narrative that makes people frightened of the Republican governors’ more freedom-oriented policies. The irony, of course, is that it is the Democrat governors, with their decisions to lock up healthy, young people, and expose older, sicker people to the Wuhan virus, who have blood on their hands. Mainstream media consumers, though, will have a hard time learning those particular facts.

John Hinderaker: Ron DeSantis Has Had Enough – “When Florida reopened for business ahead of most other states, DeSantis was hit with a barrage of criticism from left-wing journalists, who among other things alleged that Florida was conducting an experiment in “human sacrifice.” As usual, the journalists were wrong.

Nikola Tesla: “Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

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What’s worse: the crime or the coverup?

Elizabeth Vaughn: Here’s Why So Many Treasury Department Officials Requested Unmaskings of Gen. Flynn – “By 2015-2016, Obama had politicized every government agency. Most, if not all, agencies were led and primarily staffed by bureaucrats who all shared the same goal.

Jonathan F. Keiler: Materiality is the Key to the Flynn Impasse – “There are two aspects to the current imbroglio over the Justice Department’s attempt to dismiss the Michael Flynn case, which U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan so far has rejected. The first is procedural — whether Sullivan following Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure must dismiss. The second is substantive, whether the basis the government gave for dismissal is legitimate.” … “The issue of materiality is essentially “Obamagate,” the scandal the left refuses to acknowledge.

Seth Barrett: When Does the President “Abuse” the Pardon Power? – “The reality is that that “abuse” of office or “abuse” of powers, as it has been pitched to the public, amounts to an Orwellian thought crime—which seeks to overturn an election based on wrong think and mundane disagreements about policy, which, in normal times, would be the subject of elections, not impeachments (and not a process of recasting political differences as accusations of legal wrongdoing, with concomitant investigations, and threats of prosecution).

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