Sunday, September 23, 2018

Nutrition myths

In Examine, Kamal Patel writes an excellent piece on the 18 top nutrition myths of 2018. Check to see if you are falling for any of these myths.

Fed up with this charade

Roger L. Simon writes at PJ Media,
It took the French Revolution ten years (1789-1799) to go from an idealistic fight for freedom to the one-man rule of Napoleon, but these are fast-moving times and the #MeToo movement has gone from the necessary correction of monsters like Harvey Weinstein to an all-out assault on the rule of law and hatred of the entire male sex in about eighteen months. (Well, it was men who came up with the Magna Carta.)

Think I'm exaggerating? How about the nauseating misandry of the senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono? Not only, in the eyes of Ms. Hirono, is Brett Kavanaugh automatically culpable without verifiable corroboration or evidence of any sort beyond a vague accusation nearly four decades old, but all men should "shut up and step up."

Essentially Hirono has gone Comrade Beria one better. "Show me the man and I'll show you the crime" has become: "Show me the man and I'll show you the sex abuser." Proof of the abuse is completely unnecessary. An accusation will suffice. (Where is Torquemada when we need him?)

And she's not alone. That Queen of Hypocrisy Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, longtime buddy of the very Harvey Weinstein and idolator of super randy sex abuser Bill Clinton and his enabling wife, now excoriates Kavanaugh as what we might call "Son of Weinstein," if we were making a horror movie.

Meanwhile, the three then high schoolers -- Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smythe, and close Ford friend Leland Ingham Keyser -- who were supposedly at the party with Ford and Kavanugh where this dastardly deed occurred back in 1982 (if that was indeed the year -- it's far from clear) have all now issued sworn formal denials of having been there or knowing anything about it. Ms. Keyser even denies knowing Kavanaugh at all.
Read the whole thing here.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


In Reason, Kerry McDonald reports,
Many families leave traditional educational institutions because they value individual freedom and recognize the ways in which compulsory mass schooling can halt creativity and deter originality in the name of obedience and conformity. But too many wind up replicating the same systems at home. They import the same packaged curriculum and testing, the same gold stars and check marks, the same coercion and control inherent in the brick-and-mortar holding pens where so many children spend the bulk of their early lives.

Today, homeschoolers are increasingly ridding themselves not just of schools but of traditional notions about schooling. These so-called "unschoolers" allow children to explore topics they are passionate about, while being supported by the abundant resources of both real and virtual communities.

For California mother Heather Greenwood, this balance means encouraging her children's interests while instilling values of personal responsibility and perseverance. "For us, unschooling doesn't mean un-parenting," Greenwood says. "Our kids still have responsibilities in the house. We see much of our children's learning happening through conversation, play, and experiences. They read, listen to interesting podcasts, watch documentaries, and volunteer in the community."

Greenwood took a winding path to unschooling. Her daughters, now 17 and 12, spent time in public schools, Montessori schools, and a public charter school that offered a hybrid homeschooling option with a state-sponsored curriculum. Because she and her husband wanted more autonomy and flexibility for their kids' learning, they began independently homeschooling while following a classical curriculum, but they still found it too restrictive.

Frustrated, Greenwood began reading more about the philosophy of unschooling, including pioneering books by A.S. Neill (Summerhill), Ivan Illich (Deschooling Society), and John Holt, the educator who coined the term "unschooling" in the late 1970s. The radically different approach resonated with Greenwood, who jettisoned the curriculum and fully embraced unschooling. "When our focus was based less on the curriculum and became centered around what the kids wanted to learn about, everything changed," she explains. "I saw them take ownership of their learning and, more importantly, their life. They lead a very rich life, full of curiosity."
Read more here.

Humor blindness

What percentage of the public can't recognize a joke? Scott Adams, who has been drawing Dilbert cartoons for about three decades, believes it is about 30%.

Trump in public is fine. Some say though that in private he is not okay. The only way to know the truth is to wear a wire and record him. That was Rosenstein's idea, according to the New York Times. Rosenstein denies it.

The famously anti-Trump New York Times would not go out of their way to create a positive Trump story...but they did! The story plays right into Trump's claims of the Deep State being out to get him!

So what is going to happen? Rosenstein is going to be fired, predicts Adams.

The Republican party elevates men to positions of importance and the Democratic Party does not. Without offering a factual basis, Scott believes African-American and Hispanic males are increasingly going to vote Republican.

While Scott is doing his Periscope podcast, subscribers write their opinions to Scott and he reads some of their thoughts. One said the New York Times might be trying to manipulate Trump into firing Rosenstein early so it could become an issue in the midterm elections.

Trump held back his opinion, but now is firing away. Scott says there is something delightfully transparent about being able to know what our president really thinks.

Only five percent of Democrats believe Keith Ellison abused his two most recent girlfriends. Scott: If you're in their group, you can get away with quite a bit!

Cherished legal principles

She said, He's dead

Are dangerous people teaching your kids?


Guest post
by Suzann Darnall

I am an old-fashioned kind of girl. I believe in the love between a man and a woman. I believe God made woman to be a helpmeet for man. And, yet, I also believe in the equality of the sexes. Not that we are the same, but that we are each equally deserving of the respect of the other.

This does not mean I oppose same-sex marriage. It is the law and who am I do deny others the joyful unions they are entitled to by law. Besides, I have enough on my own self-improvement plate without worrying about what others are doing that might or might not be right or wrong.

But, I do have a lil something to say about the so-called “Feminist Movement” happening in America today. I speak out about it ‘cause it is not a private issue between two consenting adults and the Lord. It is a never-ending disaster which is affecting all of us. Men, women, and children!

I walked away from the feminist movement of an earlier era when I discovered just how much they opposed freedom of choice in all but one arena. They were all about the freedom to have an abortion, but woe unto the women who did not fall in line with what they felt women should think, do, and be. The new and un-improved feminist movement is even worse. They not only seem to hate women who refuse to toe the line of their feminist agenda, they hate most men, and do not seem all that fond of children. At least I think they are anti-child ‘cause the mainstay of their agenda still seems to be fighting for the right to abort as many unborn babies as possible.

But, the main point I want to focus on in this essay is that of men and women. Not men VERSUS women, but men AND women. You see, it takes two. Two to make a marriage. Two to make a baby. Two to make a partnership. And, a marriage should be a partnership. A joining of minds and hearts and, to be blunt, bodies. For me, that means a partnership with a man. My love, my friend, my husband, my sweetheart, my partner.

My husband completes me and he says I complete him. We not only love one another, we like one another. We are not adversaries trying to overcome one another, we are partners trying to overcome the adversities the world throws at us. We work and play and strive and relax as a team. Even when we are apart we are still working together. He makes money, while I make us a home. In earlier times, I also tended the children. Nowadays the “children” are two Mustangs, a Great Dane, two barncats, and four habitats for fish . . . plus the resident herd of deer who show up for Bambi Breakfast Club and Bambi Supper Club.

I well and truly cannot understand the feminists of today any more than I did the feminists of my teens. How can they be so filled with hate for men? Especially now that they have pretty much leveled the playing field. Most of the women today who shriek about sexism really have no idea what it means to be refused something based on your gender. I do. I lived in the age when women were fighting to get into the military academies. Even after letting women in, some still were discriminated against in an effort to keep certain career fields for men only. So, I am not only insulted when these women march around in pussy hats, or topless, or screaming once more about the right to kill their unborn children, I am confused.

Feminists fought for the right to have recreational sex. They attained birth control, abortions, and even what amounts to legalized prostitution in many instances. Yet, they complain about being sexualized and objectified. Their current favored protest of objectification based on their “lady parts” is to dress up as said lower lady parts or bare said upper lady parts. Well, sweeties, half the world’s population has vaginas and breasts, so maybe y’all should find something else for your shock value. You are not cutting edge, y’all are just silly looking. But, hey at least y’all are not as silly looking as the men dressing in pussy hats or as vaginas. Oh my gosh! Those are definitely not the guys I’d pick for a partnership.

I not only love my husband, I like men in general. I like to talk to men. I love my two sons-in-law, my grandson, my brothers, and my father. I enjoy conversing with them. I also have numerous male friends who are important to my life. Some of them are married, some are not. I cannot imagine hating them or treating them like the enemy, They are friends. Just like my female friends, except different. They give me something women cannot provide. Just as women give me something men cannot provide. I would be incomplete without the two sets of friends.

In a way it is my male friends who challenge me, while it is my female friends who support me. I need both challenge and support to be the best me that I can be. Just as I am incomplete without my husband, so I am incomplete without ALL of my friends. Being only challenged might make me stronger, but lonelier. While being only supported might make me feel more loved, but probably will leave me less independent.

I see within myself the partnership that is echoed in my marriage. I have a strong part and a soft part. The strong part helps me make a tough decision, while the soft part helps me be careful in dealing with who that decision might affect. In my marriage it is that way. Only sometimes I am strong and sometimes it is my husband. Sometimes I am soft and sometimes it is him. We balance one another. We support one another. We challenge one another. Not in a “you win or lose” way, but in a “you can be better” way. Which is really a “we can be better” way.

Just as I rejected feminism in the 1970s, I am rejecting it in the 21st century. Feminists have learned nothing except how to be more hateful and more harmful. They do not care about equality anymore, now they want the utter destruction of the male half of the population. How very sad for them. How very dangerous for us. Without men AND women, the human race dies out. Without partnerships, civilization dies out. We need one another. Man, woman, and child. I truly believe family is the cornerstone of civilization and family starts with a man and woman. Even test-tube babies need a biological mother and biological father. No way to procreate humans without two genders. The science on that has been settled since the beginning of humanity!
Suzann blogs at WoolyMammoth.Org

"U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

Investors Business Daily seems to have the best editorial board. They report,
American democracy has a problem — a voting problem. According to a new study of U.S. Census data, America has more registered voters than actual live voters. It's a troubling fact that puts our nation's future in peril.

The data come from Judicial Watch's Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.

As reported by the National Review's Deroy Murdock, who did some numbers-crunching of his own, "some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America's adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud."

Murdock counted Judicial Watch's state-by-state tally and found that 462 U.S. counties had a registration rate exceeding 100% of all eligible voters. That's 3.552 million people, who Murdock calls "ghost voters."

...As a Wikipedia list of close elections shows, since just 2000 there have been literally dozens of elections at the state, local and federal level decided by 100 votes or fewer.

And, in at least two nationally important elections in recent memory, the outcome was decided by a paper-thin margin: In 2000, President Bush beat environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore by just 538 votes.

Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, won his seat by beating incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008. Coleman was initially declared the winner the day after the election, with a 726-vote lead over Franken. But after a controversial series of recounts and ballot disqualifications, Franken emerged weeks later with a 225-seat victory.

Franken's win was enormous, since it gave Democrats filibuster-proof control of the Senate. So, yes, small vote totals matter.

We're not saying here that Franken cheated, nor, for that matter, that Bush did. But small numbers can have an enormous impact on our nation's governance. The 3.5 million possible fraudulent ballots that exist are a problem that deserves serious immediate attention. Nothing really hinges on it, of course, except the integrity and honesty of our democratic elections.
Read more here.

Got it?

What's the difference between a mistake, a marketing failure, and a problem?

Seth Godin suggests,
A mistake is something you learn from… you did it wrong, you’ll do it better next time.

A marketing failure is a mismatch between what you built and the market.

And a problem is an invention waiting to be built, an invitation to find a solution.

22.1 million people are in the US illegally

MIT's Sloan School of Management announces,
There are roughly twice as many undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as commonly believed, according to a sweeping new study by MIT Sloan School of Management's Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi, a Senior Lecturer in the Operations Research and Statistics group, and his colleagues, Edward Kaplan and Jonathan Feinstein, both from Yale School of Management.

The study, which is published today in PLOS ONE, estimates that there are about 22.1 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.; the most prominent current estimate is 11.3 million. Even using parameters intentionally aimed at producing a conservative estimate, the study finds a population of 16.7 million undocumented immigrants.

"Immigration policy is a hot-button issue in the U.S. and the question of how to address undocumented immigrants—that is, the people living here without permission from the American government—provokes passion on both sides," says Fazel-Zarandi. "The fact is, though, if you want to solve a problem, you need to know the scope of it. Debates about the amount of resources to devote to this population and the relative benefits and disadvantages of alternative policies—including deportation, amnesty, and border control—depend greatly on having a correct estimate. The number sets the scale."
Read more here.

Japan's Space Agency Is About to Land Bouncing Rovers on an Asteroid

Joe Pappalardo reports in Popular Mechanics,
This week the Japanese space agency’s asteroid-exploring spacecraft, Hayabusa2, will deploy a pair of rovers to explore the surface of an asteroid. It’s a mission of redemption as much as it is science, because the last time JAXA tried this, the mission ended in failure.

The Hayabusa2 probe left for asteroid Ryugu in December 2014 and is already well into its 1.5-year mission exploring the surface. It will return to Earth in 2020. The spacecraft is armed with a slew of sensors and probes, including a high-power ejector that will shoot a 0.5-gram tantalum bullet into the surface so it can study the ejected material.

Now JAXA is activating MINERVA-II1, a container holding a pair of octagonal, 2.5-pound rovers. (The acronym means “MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid.”) A few days ago, the JAXA Hayabusa team tweeted: “This week we will deploy the MINERVA-II1 rovers! Tomorrow (Sept 19) is the preparatory operation prior to the descent and on the 20th, the spacecraft will start descending towards Ryugu, The separation of MINERVA-II1 is scheduled for the 21st.”

If you picture the kind of wheeled rovers that NASA sends to Mars, don't. Asteroids are too small to have much gravity, so these rovers hop around in low gravity to get from place to place. Each probe has four rotating devices inside it. Those devices generate torque that propels the probes as they take 15-minute hops, traveling at about 15 meters per jump. Each rover has two cameras, a thermometer, and an accelerometer. It has optical and ultraviolet LEDs for illumination to measure dust particles.

An asteroid called Itokawa was the site of one of JAXA’s worst moments. On November 12, 2005 controllers on Earth issued the order for Habayusa1, the current probe's predecessor, to release the Minerva payloads. But because of a faulty altitude reading, the probes released while the spacecraft was too high. The Minerva canister flew off into space, the probes tucked inside for all time.

Now it’s time for the sequel. “Preparation for the spacecraft descent will take place today,” JAXA tweeted on Wednesday. “And from tomorrow the descent will begin.”
Read more here.

Friday, September 21, 2018


"Ignorance of ignorance may be man's deepest and most persistent problem, perhaps even worse than knowledge of what is untrue."

At One Cosmos, Gagdad Bob, a clinical psychologist when he isn't blogging, writes about the Ford/Kavanaugh mess.
...people who claim to be traumatized by the less-than-traumatic inevitably turn out to be self-centered, narcissistic, weak, hysterical, melodramatic, and of generally low character. They imagine they are being bullied ("Dr. Ford won't be bullied into testifying!") when they are the bullies.

...What do you think this is, America? You testify first, then we'll let you know what you're being charged with. "But that's not justice!" That is correct. It is social justice, good and hard.

...That is definitely the operative phrase, because we already know the left's machinations are designed so that the shame of the accusation will outlive the proceedings (as in the case of Clarence Thomas). Indeed, Democrats are already gearing up to impeach Herr K. once they take control of congress in January.

... If Hayek is correct, then ignorance of ignorance may be man's deepest and most persistent problem, perhaps even worse than knowledge of what is untrue.

...After all, science for example, in the ultimate sense, is always "knowledge of what is untrue." It operates via the principle of falsification, such that it eliminates errors without arriving at an unchanging positive truth. In the words of the Aphorist, Being only falsifiable, a scientific thesis is never certain but is merely current. So long as we bear this in mind, then we are respecting the limits of science.

Nevertheless, Each one of a science’s successive orthodoxies appears to be the definitive truth to its disciple, the dim ones, anyway.

I apologize for wasting so much time on the circus, because now I'm out of it. Perhaps that is part of the left's strategy: to cause us to waste all our time and energy in defense of the obvious.
Read more here.

He fights for America

Evan Sayet writes in the Liberal Forum,
Donald Trump is America 's first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like "dignity" and "collegiality" simply aren't the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, "I cannot spare this man. He fights..."

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what's particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel's, he's shouting, "You magnificent bastard, I read your book!" That is just the icing on the cake, but it's wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he's defeating the Left using their own tactics.

That book is Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals a book so essential to the Liberals' war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton's senior thesis. It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump's tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after "the fake media" and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as "the most powerful weapon of all." ... Most importantly, Trump's tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can either "go high" (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.

It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama's close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright's church. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration's weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration's cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left and the #Never Trumpers as well do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be "collegial" and "dignified" and "proper"? Of course I do. These aren't those times. This is war. And it's a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don't care. I can't spare this man. He fights for America!

Read more here.

Barack the Builder

How was school today? "Boring!"

Jenny McCartney writes in Spectator,
...There is one group of parents, however, who restrict their children’s use of technology ruthlessly, so keenly are they aware of its potential for distraction and damage. They are the titans of tech, the very people whose job it is to develop and popularise these devices in the first place. Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft, has said he banned his three children from owning a mobile phone until they were 14, excluded ‘tech’ from meal times and restricted its use before bed. His wife Melinda, a former Microsoft executive, said last year that if she could rewind the clock she would have held out further against smartphones: ‘I probably would have waited longer before putting a computer in my children’s pockets.’

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook — who left the company in 2005 — said last year that he had become ‘something of a conscientious objector’ against social platforms. The original thought process behind social networks such as Facebook and Instagram, he said, was: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible? And that means we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.’ The aim, Parker said, was to create ‘a social validation feedback loop’ that ‘exploits a vulnerability in human psychology’.

...The great and terrifying feat of the internet, delivered through its portable devices, is that it has virtually eliminated boredom. Through it you can access a taste of almost everything, from all over the world — music, history, news, politics, pornography, films, facts, lies and arguments. Many things flow from this digital cornucopia, including fascination, education, self-affirmation, delusion, competitiveness, insecurity, anxiety, outrage, vitriol, insomnia and depression, but rarely boredom. Yet for children it is boredom, not necessity, which has so often been the mother of invention.

...In the US, Dr Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has dubbed the post-millennial generation (those born between 1995 and 2012) ‘iGen’ because they will be the first to have spent their entire adolescence with smartphones. In about 2010 or 2011, Twenge says, she first started to notice striking changes in teenage behaviour: they were going out and getting together with friends less often, while more reported feeling ‘left out’ and claiming that they didn’t enjoy life.
Read more here.

The Soviet Union’s memetic weapons.

Eric Raymond wrote in 2006,
...the Soviets, following the lead of Marxist theoreticians like Antonio Gramsci, took very seriously the idea that by blighting the U.S.’s intellectual and esthetic life, they could sap Americans’ will to resist Communist ideology and an eventual Communist takeover. The explicit goal was to erode the confidence of America’s ruling class and create an ideological vacuum to be filled by Marxism-Leninism.

Accordingly, the Soviet espionage apparat actually ran two different kinds of network: one of spies, and one of agents of influence. The agents of influence had the minor function of recruiting spies (as, for example, when Kim Philby was brought in by one of his tutors at Cambridge), but their major function was to spread dezinformatsiya, to launch memetic weapons that would damage and weaken the West.

In a previous post on Suicidalism, I identified some of the most important of the Soviet Union’s memetic weapons. Here is that list again:

There is no truth, only competing agendas.

All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism.

There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor.

The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable.

Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal. Poor criminals are entitled to what they take. Submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it.

The poor are victims. Criminals are victims. And only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous. (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.)
For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified. It is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself. But ‘oppressed’ people are allowed to use violence anyway; they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors.

When confronted with terror, the only moral course for a Westerner is to apologize for past sins, understand the terrorist’s point of view, and make concessions.

...if transnational progressivism actually succeeds in smothering liberal individualism, its reward will be to be put to the sword by some flavor of jihadi. Whether the eventual winners are Muslims or Mormons, the future is not going to look like the fuzzy multicultural ecotopia of modern left fantasy. The death of that dream is being written in European banlieus by angry Muslim youths under the light of burning cars.

...I think there is still an excellent chance that the West can recover from suicidalism without going through a fevered fascist episode and waging a genocidal war. But to do so, we have to do more than recognize Stalin’s memes; we have to reject them. We have to eject postmodern leftism from our universities, transnational progressivism from our politics, and volk-Marxism from our media.
Read more here.

Why Ford's demands are ridiculous

At PowerLine, Paul Mirengoff has some things to say about Chritine Blasey Ford's demands.
Citing “sources,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reports on the demands Christine Blasey Ford and her legal team are making as a condition for her testifying about her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh:

Ford team wants NO questions from lawyers, only Qs from Committee members, #Kavanaugh cannot be in the room, Kavanaugh must testify FIRST – more to come …

These demands are absurd. No questions from lawyers? I guess Ford wants to be able to claim she’s being persecuted by an all-white-male panel. She doesn’t want a woman to examine her, which I imagine is what the Republicans have in mind.

But effective cross-examination is the best way to get at the truth. And in-practice lawyers, not politicians who once may have practiced law, generally make the best cross-examiners.

If Ford is telling the truth she shouldn’t be afraid of lawyers. The Committee should reject this demand.

Kavanaugh can’t be in the room? Say what? Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of a crime. Criminal defendants aren’t booted out of the courtroom when their accusers testify. As the accused, albeit not in a criminal proceeding, the interests of justice demand that Kavanaugh be confronted with the witness against him.

Kavanaugh must testify first? Give me a break. The accuser always goes first, whether in a criminal or a civil proceeding. How else can the accused defend himself against what’s actually being alleged?

I hope that the swing GOP Senators — e.g. Flake and Collins — will see the absurdity of Ford’s demands, so that Chairman Grassley confidently can reject them outright. If he does, there’s a good chance Ford will back down. If she doesn’t, the Committee can vote immediately.

She's still "noodling it!"

Satirical blog Scrappleface reports,
Kavanaugh Victim Asks Delay to Finish Final Draft
(2018-09-21) — The woman whose claims about a 36-year-distant sexual assault threaten to derail the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley today that she needs more time before appearing at a hearing “in order to really firm up the details of the night in question.”

In a letter to Sen. Grassley from her attorney, Debra Katz, Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford said the invitation to testify about her allegations “came up rather suddenly” before she had time to fully collect her thoughts, and “assemble a coherent narrative.”

“I’ve been working on this for a long time,” said Ford, “but it’s still really just a rough draft. The plot is kind of hazy. The hero’s journey has no compelling force to explain her actions. I’ve got a loose set of ideas kicking around in my head. I have some characters, and a bit of backstory, but I haven’t even nailed down the location, or specific time setting.”

Ford said the most difficult part of finishing the final draft of her story is making sense of the protagonist’s character arc, the path of her inner journey.

Describing the outline to date, Ford said, “The hero suffers this somewhat vague, traumatic event. Tells no one. Muddles around for a few years, like most young people, but eventually slides into a modestly-successful, somewhat-satisfying career. She’s on the downhill side of that now. Yet, there’s always this nagging thought that she could have been more…made a bigger impact, made the world a better place, you know, protected a woman’s right to abortion. Then she remembers the traumatic event, and…I don’t know, I’m still noodling it.”

The answer lies within each of us.

Victor Davis Hanson writes in the Washington Times,
...Tribalism is the new American norm. Gender, sexual orientation, religion, race and ethnicity are now essential, not incidental, to who we are.

Americans scramble to divide into victimized blocs. Hyphenated and newly accented names serve as advertisements that particular groups have unique affiliations beyond their shared Americanism.

America is often the target of unrealistic criticism — as if it is suddenly toxic because it is not perfect. Few appreciate that the far worse alternatives abroad are rife with racism, sexism, civil strife, corruption and poverty unimaginable in the United States.

The last few elections added to the growing abyss.

The old Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton is now trending into a radical democratic socialist party. Meanwhile, the old Republican Party is mostly gone, replaced by tea party movements and the new Donald Trump base.

Former President Barack Obama came into office from Congress with the most left-wing voting record in the Senate. Donald Trump was elected as the first president without either prior military or political experience.

Mr. Obama issued dozens of controversial “pen and phone” executive orders, bypassing Congress. And President Trump is systematically overturning them — doing so with similar executive orders.

Will America keep dividing and soon resort to open violence, as happened in 1861? Or will Americans reunite and bind up our wounds, as we did following the upheavals of the 1930s Great Depression or after the protests of the 1960s?

The answer lies within each of us.

Every day we will either treat each other as fellow Americans, with far more uniting than dividing us, or we will continue on the present path that eventually ends in something like a hate-filled Iraq, Rwanda or the Balkans.
Read more here.

What will it be?

What will Grassley do today?

JJ Sefton writes in the Ace of Spades blog,
The long march towards what was seen as the inevitable overthrow of America as founded and fundamentally transforming it into some sort of socialist "utopia" has been stopped cold by the election of Donald Trump. Thus the insane lie that he with the help of the Russians stole the election, along with the usual anti-American, anti-free market, anti-Judeo Christian bromides has so infected the Left that those who manufactured the propaganda believe it.

Their will-to-power is such that we are seeing the putative political leaders vomit up mind-bogglingly insane, hate-filled rhetoric as they rage against we the people who have rejected them, and as the President's policies are succeeding beyond what anyone had hoped for and in stark contrast to the previous 8 years and to the conventional wisdom of the Acela Corridor/Ivy League/Coastal Elite weltanschauung. But I digress...

What it all boils down to is the Democrat-Left-Media Complex is now naked in its ambition to recapture the reins of power at whatever the cost - even if it means fomenting violent confrontation, destroying the rule of law, common decency and the norms and customs that hold the threads of our society together. And those threads are gossamer thin to begin with.

Despite all of this, the mindset of the GOP Establishment is such that it either a) does not recognize the mortal danger that this nation is in because its members, especially the older ones, live in a time warp and view the rhetoric as mere politics b) don't care about what the Dems are doing because they're bought and paid for by big corporate interests and just go along to line their pockets, or some combination of both.

If I want to be optimistic, I can say that Grassley's letter to the Accuser/Liar and her lawyers, amounted to an ultimatum and this Feinstein-engineered stunt was the last straw. And when even loud and proud anti-Trumpers like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker say enough's enough, then that gives you an idea that they are not amused by this. But on the downside, I have to recognize that whether for the reasons above or whatever, it's just not in the nature of the GOP to be confrontational. Will some stunt pulled either late today, in time for the weekend panel shows, or even on Monday be enough to make the GOP cry uncle?

This nomination, right here and right now, especially 2 weeks before the Supreme Court begins its new session and 7 weeks out from the midterms is beyond crucial; it's for all the marbles. Chuck Grassley must stand firm and draw a sharp line in the sand. If the Democrat-Left is allowed to prevent Brett Kavanaugh from taking his rightly deserved place as an associate justice on the SCOTUS, it will be perhaps a blow to the civil society and the American system that we can really never recover from.

Senator Grassley, come 10:00 o'clock this morning, if the Accuser/Liar and/or her representatives have not met the conditions laid out in your letter in order to hold Monday's hearing, and/or make further demands outside what is laid out in your letter, you must immediately dismiss the accusations and call for a vote within the Senate Judiciary Committee as to the nomination, yea or nay, of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and if the yeas have it, then advance to the full Senate for a vote to consider the matter.
Read more here and click on his links.

Yeah, we're noticing!

"That's not innocent housekeeping, that's a tell."

Oregon Muse writes at the Ace of Spades blog,
"Christine Blasey Ford is the Eric Clanton of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. You morons remember Clanton, don't you? He was the antifa pussy who clubbed a Trump supporter with a bike lock, and I say pussy because just look at the video: He's hanging in the back of the crowd, then suddenly bursts out in front, hits the guy when he isn't looking, and disappears back into the crowd. Clanton obviously didn't expect any consequences for his cowardly attack, but hadn't counted on being tracked down and identified by 4chan. And it's the same with Ford. She expected to just toss in a stink bomb and then disappear back into anonymity as just another #MeToo victim. And the Democrats expected the GOP to just flop like the Cleveland Browns late in the season and that would be that. Oh,and completely scrubbing her internet presence made her bad faith even more obvious. That's like your wife coming home and you suddenly have a completely blank browser history. That's not innocent housekeeping, that's a tell."

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sun shining on the tall pinon pine trees and the top of the canyon

Prelude to a good night!

Sniff, Snort, Sniff

This goes on all day. Billy has not heard of the #MeToo movement.

“Something’s got to happen to this guy.”

California Governor Jerry Brown has crossed a line. Andrew O'Reilly reports at Fox News,
California Gov. Jerry Brown ramped up his criticism of President Trump in an interview that aired Monday – calling the president a “saboteur” in the fight to combat climate change and saying that “something’s got to happen to this guy.”

Just like our golden retriever would do!

from Weird Dave

Oversized egos with undersized talents

Glenn Beck is Andrew's guest. In introducing Glenn's segment, Andrew notes that Glenn still has serious reservations about Donald Trump. Andrew points out that we stand for the rights of the individual. We stand for diversity of thought and ideas and conscience. Individuals are going to disagree!

Glenn has a new book entitled Addicted to Outrage. With apologies to Glenn if I'm wrong, I suspect someone else wrote it. He has to open up the book and read sections of it in answering some of Andrew's questions.

Andrew says of the Left, "Our crazies are in the comments section, their crazies are in Congress!"

Glenn says he just talked with a Republican "in one of the Houses of Congress, and he told me I can count on two fingers anyone in the GOP that actually truly believes in the Bill of Rights!" Glenn says, "The people must lead. Washington will eventually wake up or they will just become irrelevant!"

Roses, Marigolds, and Weeds

Turkeys getting the best seats for tonight's show

Progressive madness

Victor Davis Hanson writes in National Review that Diane Feinstein
...seems desperate to remind California voters that while she may be an 85-year-old white woman, married to a hyper-capitalist billionaire, and a longtime resident of a 20-million-dollar Pacific Heights mansion, she is still a growling hard-left and partisan lioness in winter.

Feinstein also hopes to show that she is still a key Senate player and a newsmaker. Recently, we learned that, for nearly 20 years, she was cuckolded by unknowingly hiring and retaining a chauffeur and personal gofer who all the while was a Chinese spy — a disclosure suggesting that the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was, well, not exactly so intelligent.

...Paul Manafort was indicted in part for being an unregistered foreign agent. John Kerry feels that he should be praised as paragon of moral virtue for the same offense. Otherwise, America need not “elicit” anything from Zarif, given that one need only look to the work of the Iranians and Hezbollah in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen, and survey its missiles and surrogate rockets pointed at Israel.
Read more here.

"the world’s first digital dictatorship!"

Matthew Carney reports for ABC News,
China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment.

...A vast network of 200 million CCTV cameras across China ensures there’s no dark corner in which to hide.

...Every step she takes, every one of her actions big or small — even what she thinks — can be tracked and judged.

...What may sound like a dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China. And it’s making and breaking lives.

The Communist Party calls it “social credit” and says it will be fully operational by 2020.

Within years, an official Party outline claims, it will “allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.

...It’s probably the largest social engineering project ever attempted, a way to control and coerce more than a billion people.

If successful, it will be the world’s first digital dictatorship.

...But social credit will be affected by more than just internet browsing and shopping decisions.

Who your friends and family are will affect your score. If your best friend or your dad says something negative about the government, you’ll lose points too.

Who you date and ultimately partner with will also affect social credit.
The pictures that go with this story are amazing. See them and read more here.

"the joy of passing out and forgetting everything you did the night before"

A blog entitled, Cult of the First Amendment, reports
On Monday Sept. 17th, Christine Blasey Ford’s high school yearbooks suddenly disappeared from the web. I read them days before, knew they would be scrubbed, and saved them.

...They are a testament to the incredible power these girls had over their teachers, parents and the boys of Georgetown Prep, Landon and other schools in the area. In the pages below, you will see multiple photos and references to binge drinking and the accompanying joy of not being able to remember any of it.

These yearbooks are, therefore, relevant to the national investigation now being conducted in the media, in homes, and in the halls of Congress. And they should not have been scrubbed. If Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbooks are fair game, so are these.

...Seeing such insensitive racism in action at this prestigious girls academy, attended by mostly white rich girls, provides context of the very privileged attitude exhibited by the Holton-Arms all female student body. That the Holton girls got these yearbooks approved by faculty and paid for by their parents shows just how powerful they were in their own right at such a young age.

And the fact that Holton-Arms had these yearbooks scrubbed from the web - just as Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh - proves that they still know how to dominate. In doing so, they prevented the nation from weighing relevant facts. This is why I have chosen to include the following ugliness in the report.

The image below is taken from Scribe 84, Blasey’s senior year edition of Scribe. There are two very disturbing examples of racism in it. Bottom right hand corner:

“At Cheryl’s multi-class party…[Redacted name] came as an uncanny Buckwheat, although she washed the makeup and afro off before the guys showed up.”


Scribe 82, pg. 260, shows racy images, including three minors dressed provocatively as Playboy bunnies. The caption states:

“Beach week culminated the year for those of us lucky enough to go. With school and our minds in temporary recess, we were able to release all those troubling inhibitions of the past year. While dancing in the middle of coastal Highway, Ann [redacted last name] and friends picked up some men who passed out in their apartment…”

Now we turn to the final sentiments from Scribe 84, Chrissy Blasey’s senior year at Holton-Arms. Page 261 gives the parting sentiment of her six-year Holton experience. There are two relevant quotes. The first characterizes the senior girls as sexual predators upon younger boys:

“Other seniors preferred to expand their horizons and date younger men, usually sophomores, who could bring the vitality and freshness of innocence to a relationship.”

The Holton girls clearly portray themselves as the sexual predators here.


In conclusion, please look again at the page above. In the final passage, the joy of passing out and forgetting everything you did the night before is praised:

“And there were always parties to celebrate any occasion. Although these parties are no doubt unforgettable, they are only a memory lapse for most, since loss of consciousness is often an integral part of the party scene.”
Read more here.

They sure love to brag!

Project Veritas released their third video so far this week allowing federal bureaucrats inadvertently to out themselves in their own words. Today it is an employee of the GAO (General Accounting Office).
United States GAO (Government Accountability Office) Auditor Pushes Socialist Agenda During Work Hours: “No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA.” (Democratic Socialists of America)

Resistance Against Administration’s Agenda: “If you’re in an Executive Branch agency, you can slow ball things to a degree… maybe you get fired or resign or whatever, but you slowed [Trump’s agenda] down.”

On His DSA Membership: “…it’s a socialist organization and we want to destroy capitalists.”

“We have a bunch of just like communists, like no prefix, and that’s basically me.”

GAO Auditor: “Do I care more about having this job, or do I care more about the [DSA] movement, and I was like… obviously the movement.”

GAO Auditor Admission: “I break rules every day… at any point I can get fired.”

"Free of influence from outside interests"

In Colorado, a guy named Jared Polis is spending millions earned by his parents in order to run for governor. His parents created a very successful greeting card line called Blue Mountain Arts which was very popular in the store I used to own in Durango, Colorado. Polis has spent $18.5 million so far. Todd Shepard reports in the Washington Free Beacon,
Polis has claimed that allows him to be free of influence from outside interests.
But wait, there's more:

State Victory Action, a 527 political organization which has been funded primarily by billionaire activists George Soros and Tom Steyer, made a $500,000 donation to a group in Colorado supporting Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
Read more here.

Lying about rape

From Ace of Spades:
Woman Who Claimed She'd Heard About Kavanaugh Attack Recants and Admits She Lied;
Says She Felt "Empowered"
—Ace of Spades
Yes, this is the problem. Rape accusations now put you at the top of the victim scoreboard and therefore give you more social currency than any achievement. Claiming to have information supporting someone else's rape accusation gives you almost as much.

I don't want to hear "Why would Ford lie about rape?" any longer. This idiot came forward out of the shadows to lie about rape. Ask her if you want to know why someone would lie about rape.
Ace then links to NPR which had the interview yesterday in which the woman lied about knowing that Ford was raped.

Who is Karen Monahan?

Ryan Saavedra reports at The Daily Wire,
Karen Monahan, the woman who claims that Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) abused her while the two were in a relationship, released what appears to be medical records on Wednesday that show she told her physician in 2017 that Ellison had physically and emotionally abused her and that she was afraid to speak up because she feared retribution.

...In a separate tweet this week, Monahan slammed the Democratic Party for its hypocrisy after it has encouraged the nation to believe Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser but has refused to take her allegations seriously.
Read more here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Give up your liberty (No, thanks), Grief is a desert that has to be crossed on foot step-by-step.

It is always the same story: Give up your liberty...because I'm a victim, or because of my feelings, or because of my identity, or because I have a sad face. And please don't worry; the money you earn is going to be invested by the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in our socialist government of the future.

Andrew opens the mailbag. Grief is a desert that has to be crossed on foot step-by-step. Sit down and write about it or go in private to talk out loud to God. Take your time. Walk across the desert.

Do people really yearn to be free, or do we just want to be comfortable? Those who yearn for freedom are in the minority.

Communism always devolves into slavery and cruelty. Capitalism uses freedom to create the economy.

Stormy Daniels has written a book in which she described Donald Trump's penis as that of Toad in the Super Mario game (which I know nothing about, thank heavens). The media is actually covering this book as if it has some significance.

How much do you know about Hezbollah?

Watch it now before YouTube makes it disappear!

"Resist, from the inside!" "We can't really get fired!"

The second video on the Deep State released by James O'Keefe and Project Veritas

"Movies that we have all seen her in?" Speak for yourself, lady!


In the New York Post, Andrew McCarthy writes about Robert Bork.
A scholar of great breadth, the late judge was a man from another time: a patriot who’d enlisted in the Marines at 17 during World War II and been called back to duty when the Korean War broke out, even as he embarked on a legendary life in the law. In 1987, four years before the Thomas–Hill hearings, he himself was mugged by Senate Democrats. This libelous character assassination, derailing Bork’s nomination by President Reagan to the Supreme Court, had been led by Ted Kennedy.

Back in 1969, Sen. Kennedy had recklessly caused the death of a young woman by driving her off a rickety bridge on Chappaquiddick Island as they sped away from a booze-soaked bacchanal. Kennedy managed to save himself by swimming to safety. He then abandoned the scene for hours, failing to alert police and rescue workers while Mary Jo Kopechne, submerged in the car, eventually drowned.

Kopechne did not live to see “Me Too.” That “movement” was not forged until long after leftists had raised Kennedy to “Lion of the Senate” status. Indeed, it was not forged until 20 years after Democrats, prominently including women’s-rights advocates, closed ranks around President Bill Clinton.

According to the victim’s credible accusation, Clinton had raped Juanita Broaddrick in 1978. At the time, he was the 32-year-old attorney general of Arkansas. That assault came to light during the investigation of Clinton’s obstruction of a sexual-harassment suit filed by Paula Jones. She alleged that, while governor of Arkansas, Clinton had exposed himself to her, demanding oral sex. She declined and fled the room.

In the face of Jones’ entirely credible allegation, a top Clinton White House aide set the narrative: “Drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park and there’s no telling what you’ll find.” Clinton eventually paid $850,000 to settle the matter out of court.

The president was later held in contempt of court for providing perjurious testimony. That testimony was about Monica Lewinsky. It was also through Jones’ case that we discovered that Clinton, while the 50-year-old president of the United States, had arranged Oval Office sexual liaisons with the then-22-year-old White House intern.

...Kavanaugh’s nomination is imperiled because of a highly dubious, unverifiable allegation of bumbling, drunken sexual aggression as a high-school student: an assault the purported victim never told anyone about (not the police, not a friend, not her parents) until therapy sessions 30 years after the “fact.”

If the Democrats had raised the allegation in a timely manner, its weakness would have been palpable, it would have been used for what little it’s worth during Kavanaugh’s testimony, it would be put to rest as unverifiable, and we’d be on to a confirmation vote.
Read more here.

Give them a deadline!

Roger L. Simon writes at PJ Media about the Democrats going "full Stalin" on Brett Kavanaugh.
...Not only are they despicable to Kavanaugh — a man with an impeccable reputation as far as women are concerned — and his family, but in using the hapless Ms. Ford as a pawn, they are making a mockery of the #MeToo movement, increasing suspicion of women (and men) who come forward in cases of sexual abuse where there is genuine proof and corroboration, not, as in this situation, an amorphous memory without time, place, witness, or remotely contemporary report.

Even Ford's sponsor, Dianne Feinstein, admitted in a rare moment of candor — or was it guilty conscience — that she wasn't sure of the accuser's veracity. Feinstein, a coward terrified of her left flank, walked it back quickly. The California senator has much to answer for, not just the unconscionable sandbagging of Judge Kavanaugh, but also the extraordinary enrichment of her family by the Chinese at the very time she was being chauffeured by one of the communists' spies.

But in the grand tradition of Stalin and Beria, it is our FBI that leads the pack, and the man whose crime they wished to "show" is President Trump. Unfortunately, the tables have turned and the crime stoppers are about to be unmasked as the criminals (cf. Norman Mailer).

Enter Trump's call for the declassification of the FISA documents and related material, including all the text messages concerning Russia, that has been stonewalled by the FBI and DOJ for over a year, making the constitutionally-mandated oversight by congressional committees nigh on to impossible.

No doubt the FBI/DOJ will do their best to slow-walk the release just as they have before. The solution is simple. Trump should give them a deadline. If they still delay, he should fire them. If they use the oh-so-tired-and-ridiculous "sources and methods" excuse, he should fire them nine ways to Brooklyn and shoot them through a cannon. That's the biggest piece of self-serving bull around. Enough of this Stasi-NKVD behavior.



The Morning Rant from Oregon Muse at the Ace of Spades blog.
"So it looks like Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has been identified and, guess what, she's a progressive activist college professor who apparently scrubbed her entire social media presence before her name was made public. She sends her letter to Senator Diane Feinstein who sits on it for weeks and then, after the confirmation hearings are over, gives it to the FBI for investigation, only with the professor's name redacted. Like, what are they supposed to do with it? So the FBI says this is not a matter for them to investigate (strange as it may seem, drunken high school groping is not a federal crime) and gives the letter to the White House.

And now it's being reported that the professor will be a no-show at a proposed hearing next Monday and DiFi says she can't verify that she has said is truthful. This is all so stinky that even the extremely liberal San Francisco Chronicle newspaper editorialized against it. Grassley needs to shut down this shit show before it gets out of hand. Hell, it's *already* out of hand.

There's no doubt in my mind that Kavanaugh is going to get confirmed. Even if Jeff Flake goes into a fetal position, they've still got 50 once Pence parachutes in. The problem is, the Democrats never seem to suffer any consequences when they toss in these stink bombs. Which they will do the next time and the next and the GOP needs to figure out how to make them pay for it. And last, some Eeyore conservatives are already complaining that these bogus allegations of sexual misconduct will permanently taint Kavanaugh's SCOTUS career. Really? I don't think so. Tomorrow will bring another day, the progs will gin up a new outrage, and everybody will forget this national freak-out, and Kavanaugh will go to work deciding cases according to sound constitutional law. And nobody will care. Just ask Clarence Thomas."

Sometimes ya just have to put it in a cartoon!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Who are the fact-checkers?

Hans von Spakovsky writes at The Daily Signal about Facebook now using fact checkers.
...But who are the fact-checkers? According to Facebook, its approved third-party fact-checking groups are, PolitiFact,, the Associated Press, and The Weekly Standard. Of the five groups, The Weekly Standard is the only outlet that made a recent decision by these organizations to mark a ThinkProgress article as false. (If two fact-checkers disagree on a rating, then Facebook won’t take action to reduce the article’s distribution, according to Fox News.)

...In recent years, those on the progressive left have decided to censor terms that, despite being accurate and legally correct, do not meet their views of the prevailing political orthodoxy.

They prefer terms such as “undocumented immigrant” that are intended to disguise the illegality of aliens who cross our borders without permission. The difference in meaning between these terms is actually crucial when understanding and correctly discussing different types of immigration.

As noted in a previous article, “Under federal law, any individual in this country who is not a citizen is an alien.”

“And any alien who is here without permission is here illegally. End of story.”
Read more here.

The stars must have been aligned!

At The Daily Signal, John York writes,
...Thankfully, party conflict at the time of the founding was virtually nonexistent, and factional strife was tamped down. According to James Madison, going through the crucible of the Revolutionary War bound the nation together and “repressed the passions most unfriendly to order and concord.”

...This national unity did not last long. George Washington was still in the White House when the battle lines were drawn between the Federalists led by Alexander Hamilton and the Democratic-Republicans led by Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

...The revolution not only tempered factionalism and forestalled partisanship, it also elevated a cadre of universally revered national figures capable of effectively championing the Constitution. As Madison writes, the war imbued the public with “enthusiastic confidence … in their public leaders”—men such as Washington, Hamilton, Ben Franklin, and Madison.

Imagine if a constitutional convention were held in a political climate more like our own. Would the public have “enthusiastic confidence” in their political leaders—the delegates to such a convention? There is no public figure that enjoys the sort of near-universal public adoration that Washington did at the time of the founding. Collectively, our national politicians are less trusted than at any point since the beginning of scientific public opinion polling.

Trust in politicians is particularly low today, but political figures rarely enjoy widespread, bipartisan support. Even when politicians lead the nation through great existential threats, goodwill tends to evaporate very quickly—just ask former President George W. Bush.

Even the reputations of our Founding Fathers eventually were sullied as the revolutionary unity dissolved into partisan rancor. The election of 1800, which pitted Jefferson against John Adams, was famously vicious.

...But at a time so taken with the idea of progress, among a people convinced that time confers useful experience, if not greater wisdom, it is important to celebrate both the men and the moment that gave rise to our Constitution.
Read more here.

Is Kavanaugh innocent until proven guilty?

The European Union has banned memes! As you might expect, Andrew has some things to say about that!

Innocent until proven guilty? What happened to that American value?

In the Leftese Dictionary, I is for Intersectionality. One of Andrew's best!

Jenna Ellis is Andrew's guest. She has written a book entitled "The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution." There has been a concerted effort by the Left to replace natural law with social contract law.

God made possible three types of authority: civil government, the church, and the family.

The progressive Left wanted to legitimize their immorality. They had rejected the church and the family, so they were only left with the civil government.

Conservatism is about conserving objective truth.

Andrew asks, "Is it inherent in sexual freedom that we lose our political freedom?" Jenna replies, "Can we legislate morality?" We do! She talked about the moral basis behind our criminal laws.

Jenna talks about the Convention of States project whose purpose is to reign in the federal government. It is looking at term limits for members of Congress, a balanced budget, and reform of the judiciary to stop judicial activists from being legislators.

Not all anonymity is equal!

In American Greatness, Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh. His this for a sentence:
What is left unsaid is that we will no longer have a free country or enjoy civil liberties and the safety of a Bill of Rights, if any American, at any time, can be ruined by an allegation of unproven sexual assault of some 36 years past, when the accused was a 17-year-old teenager, by an accuser who initially trafficked anonymously in such allegations, came forward only as part of a wider, more intensified and collective last-ditch effort to destroy the reputation of the accused, and yet has no clear memory of exactly where she was at 15, or the approximate date, when she claims that she was assaulted, or why she made no such accusation for 30 years—or when she raised the issue some six years ago privately during counseling, why her therapist’s notes of such revelations do not now match her current version of the incident.

Anonymity has never become more disreputable—and legitimized. An unidentified source is the new American means that is to be justified by noble progressive ends, often in the context of somehow delegitimizing Donald J. Trump and anyone or anything remotely connected to him.

...We have forgotten how in the last four decades since the appearance of All the President’s Men just how the Woodward method has become institutionalized by the national press. We know the familiar modus operandi: the journalist is contacted by a leaker or indeed trolls for the leak. The “source” demands to remain anonymous. Negotiations follow about the terms of cloaking the informant. The motive of the unnamed source—whether it be patriotic, careerist, self-interested, or venomous—is immaterial.

...How strange, then, that some government leaks to the press are replete with names, and so damn the innocent like Carter Page. Yet at other times official government documents use redaction to protect the identity of the culpable. So the final irony of the new cult of anonymity is that not all anonymity is equal.

If an official is willing to offer dirt on the current president, then journalists peddle the gossip and innuendo through the use of anonymity to “protect” a valuable source.

Yet if a name is legally protected from disclosure, but its release might fuel an anti-Trump narrative, then it is usually leaked.

Noble progressive ends justify any means necessary to obtain them—and increasingly anonymity is the preferred method.
Read more here.

Benefits of prayer

Alice G. Walton reports in Forbes,
A new study from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that kids and teens who are raised with religious or spiritual practices tend to have better health and mental health as they age. But not to worry if you’re not a service-attender. The research, published last week in the American Journal of Epidemiology, finds that people who prayed or meditated on their own time also reaped similar benefits, including lower risk of substance abuse and depression later on.

The team looked at data from 5,000 people taking part in the long-term Nurses' Health Study II and its next generation Growing Up Today Study (GUTS). They were interested in whether the frequency with which a child/teen attended religious services with their parents or prayed/meditated on their own was correlated with their health and mental health as they grew into their 20s. The young people were followed for anywhere from eight to 14 years.

It turned out that those who attended religious services at least once a week as children or teens were about 18% more likely to report being happier in their 20s than those who never attended services. They were also almost 30% more likely to do volunteer work and 33% less likely to use drugs in their 20s as well.

But what was interesting was that it wasn’t just about how much a person went to services, but it was at least as much about how much they prayed or meditated in their own time. Those who prayed or meditated every day also had more life satisfaction, were better able to process emotions, and were more forgiving compared to those who never prayed/meditated. They were also less likely to have sex at an earlier age and to have a sexually transmitted infection.
Read more here.

They've got you on camera!

Brian Heater reports in TechCrunch,
Now that Amazon’s proven the efficacy of Go with a trio of Seattle locations, the retail giant is starting to open up its cashier-free Go stores at a steady clip. New York and San Francisco are already on the horizon, and the company just sneakily launched a new store in Chicago.

An Amazon ChicaGo, as it were.

Opening this week at 113 S Franklin St, the fourth Go store is the first to open outside of Amazon’s hometown. It’s also one of six expected to launch this year. Venture Beat notes that the store is keeping the fairly conventional weekday hours of 7AM to 8PM, though unlike other two of the other locations, it will be closed over the weekend.

As for what’s being offered up, it’s fairly standard convenience store fare, including breakfast, lunch and dinner meal kits and hot food.

For now, the locations largely thrive on the novelty of providing limited human interaction. Instead of the standard cashier model, the store relies on camera tracking and charges shoppers’ accounts as they walk out the door, product in tow. The next step for Amazon is demonstrating how effectively the model can be scaled.

Manhattan Infidel has an exclusive interview with Google’s Vice President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker.

Today at the Worldwide Headquarters of Manhattan Infidel™ I have the pleasure of interviewing a big wig from the world’s most popular search engine, Kent Walker from Google.

MI: Good afternoon Mr. Walker.

KW: Good afternoon you disgusting pervert.

MI: What?

KW: We at Google have your entire internet history, remember. What is it with you and midgets?

MI: It was just a phase I went through. Honestly. Now moving on, Google has been in the news lately after a leaked video showed you and other Google executives consoling employees after the election of Donald Trump. Many view this as Google’s institutional bias against conservatives.
Read more here.

"A huge blind spot!"

David Dahmer reports in Madison365,
Madison, Minneapolis, Austin, Portland, San Francisco.

These are America’s most progressive, forward-thinking, open-minded, and social-justice-focused cities. They also have the worst racial disparities in the nation and some of the worst racial segregation.

It just doesn’t make sense on paper. It’s not supposed to be this way. But the statistics don’t lie. Rampant black and brown poverty within blocks of white affluence. Eye-popping racial disparity numbers in employment, education, health, housing, and more. Black and brown people of all socioeconomic backgrounds feeling uncomfortable and unwanted in progressive cities that are often segregated as bad as Jim Crow Deep South. In the end, there is very little “Coexisting” in the land of “Coexist” bumper stickers.
Read more here.

Project Veritas begins new series exposing ethical misbehaviors of federal employees.

Project Veritas has begun its new series exposing ethical misbehavior of employees of the federal government here.

Devin Nunes is truly The Keeper of the Flame!

The two best people in Congress! Excellent introduction by Jim Jordan!

Monday, September 17, 2018

A cure for cocaine addiction?

Ian Sample reports in The Guardian,
A cure for cocaine addiction may be in reach, say scientists.
Gene therapists have developed a stem cell implant that could help overcome addiction and prevent overdoses.

...Though more work is needed before the cocaine-blocking therapy can be trialled in humans, Xu believes the approach has the potential to make drug users immune to cocaine and protect them from fatal overdoses. The team is working on similar genetically-engineered cells to treat alcohol and nicotine addiction, and soon expect to start research on a therapy for opioid addiction, Xu said.
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When will we ever learn?

Becket Adams writes in the Washington Examiner that Judge Kavanaugh's mother
didn’t foreclose on his accuser’s parents' house.

...But perhaps the strangest one this week comes in the form of a 1996 court case adjudicated in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. The case involves Ford’s parents, Ralph and Paula Blasey, and Kavanaugh’s mother, Martha, who served at the time as a judge on that circuit.

The court filing ( Case No. 156006V in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County) shows that the Blaseys appeared as defendants in a case involving a foreclosure on their home. And a judge briefly involved in the case was none other than Martha Kavanaugh.

For some on the Right, the documents seem like proof that Christine Blasey Ford has an ax to grind with Brett Kavanaugh.

...A review of the filings shows that Judge Kavanaugh signed an order in 1997 dismissing the foreclosure after the Blaseys refinanced their home. The 10th item on the court docket reads, “ORDER OF COURT (KAVANAUGH, J./RICE, M.) THAT THE VOLUNTARY MOTION TO DISMISS IS HEREBY GRANTED WITH PREJUDICE AND THAT THE BOND FILED BY HARRY J. KELLY AS TRUSTEE SHALL BE RELEASED AND RETURNED FILED.”

Court records show the case was heard by several judges and that Martha Kavanaugh was just one of them. The records show she made no ruling pertaining to a seizure of the Blasleys’ home. The records also show that her involvement in the case was minimal. Basically, she dismissed it, and that's it.

She even dismissed the foreclosure “with prejudice,” meaning that, on the merits, the case was over and could not be refiled on the same grounds. Also, in case you were wondering, the Blaseys still retain ownership of the home listed in the court filings, according to the most current data available from the state of Maryland’s Department of Assessment and Taxation. So no, it does not appear that they lost their home.
Becket goes on to quote from stories in Gateway Pundit, Pacific Pundit and, I am sorry to say, PowerLine, all of whom apparently misread the court filings, implying Ford had a revenge motive in opposing Kavanaugh. Read more here.

Kellyanne Conway answers press questions about Kavanaugh and his accuser

Reporters yell questions at Kellyanne Conway as she walks this afternoon near the White House. All the questions are about the Kavanaugh nomination. Hear the questions and her answers here. All of us should keep Kellyanne in our prayers, as she seems to be enduring some disrespect from her husband, a #NeverTrumper.

Learning more about Kavanaugh's accuser

What website has the most commenters? I think The Conservative Treehouse would give anyone a run for their money. Let's look there and see what 1,397 responses are saying about Christine Blasey Ford.

Pot P writes,
She claims to have had 64 sex partners between 11th grade and college.

Furthermore, how many of her partners did she give STD’s or lice to?

Gotta think very few want to stand up and admit they slept with her.

PearRidge writes,
Apparently Ford’s counselor’s notes refute what she is now saying. Her students reviews say she is vindictive, scary, dark and they all disliked her…now the site has been scrubbed- but I have screen shots. Brett Kavanaugh’s mother, also a judge foreclosed on Ford’s Parents home- have screen shots as well- they are all over twitter. Kavanugh’s buddy who was at this party said nothing of the sort happened! AND finally, the attorney who is representing Christine Ford is from MoveOn AND A MEMEBER OF THE RESISTANCE….Ford also scrubbed her social media accounts all weekend…according to Richard Armande Mills

R. Wolfe tweeted,
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Grassley issues a statement. Feinstein in hiding.

On Twitter, Byron York brings us a statement from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley.

"It didn’t work then and I don’t think it will work now, either"

In Spectator, Roger Kimball writes about Kavanaugh's accuser.
There is a lot that Ford does not remember, including the year of the alleged assault, whose house it was, and many other details. She first spoke about the alleged incident in 2012 — 30 years after it is supposed to have happened — when she was in couples therapy. The therapist’s notes contradict Ford’s account in several details, including how many people were supposed to have been involved.

So what do you think? Mark Judge flatly denies the story. Kavanaugh did so as well. ‘I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.’

Everything we know about Kavanaugh — and we know a lot — suggests that he is telling the truth. Is there a more honourable, charitable, and public-spirited public servant padding about Washington today? If there is, I do not know him.

Kavanaugh has been through six — count ’em — FBI background investigations and none turned up this allegation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cut to the chase when he said that it was ‘disturbing’ that ‘uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of the committee vote.’

Think the timing is significant? ‘It raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives,’ Grassley said, ‘to bring this to the rest of the committee’s attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way.’ Quite right.

Also correct was Grassley’s determination not to delay the Judiciary Committee’s vote, which is scheduled for September 20. In my earlier column on Kavanaugh, I concluded that ‘the Republic will be enjoying the services of Justice Kavanaugh very soon.’ I continue to believe that is the case, though as I say the Democrats have descended to new lows in their determination to politicise the process of confirming Justices. Probably, I should have expected it. They tried the same thing when they wheeled out Anita Hill during the hearings on Clarence Thomas. It didn’t work then and I don’t think it will work now, either.
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We are learning more!

Were Christine Blasey Ford's parents involved in a home disclosure case in which Bret Kavanaugh's mother was the presiding judge? Go here to read more.

Is Christine Blasey Ford a Left wing whacko? Go here to read what three of her students say about her.

He "looked for it hard"

Oh, oh. Bob Woodward may be facing impeachment and ejection from the Democrat caucus. So writes Scrappleface, who writes,
‘Fear’ author Bob Woodward has become part of the conspiracy to conceal the collusion with Russia that won the presidency for Donald Trump.

That’s the inescapable conclusion of professional journalists and their Democrats upon hearing the famed Watergate reporter tell radio host Hugh Hewitt that, during his two year probe of the Trump administration, he “looked for it hard” but found no evidence that Trump’s campaign worked together with Russians to tilt the election result in his favor.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

"There’s a strong likelihood that it’s a time bomb, put into place six years ago"

From a 2012 New Yorker article by CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin: "If a Republican, any Republican, wins in November, his most likely first nominee to the Supreme Court will be Brett Kavanaugh."

Bookworm has some thoughts on the California psychotherapist's time bomb planted six years ago to stop Mitt Romney.
In 2012, Romney might have won the election. In 2012, Toobin stoked Democrat fears that Kavanaugh, a conservative, might get on the Supreme Court and overturn Obamacare. And in 2012, Ford, a psychotherapist who undoubtedly had years of prior therapy herself, suddenly can’t stop talking about her hitherto undisclosed claim that Kavanaugh was a bad boy almost 30 years before.

So here’s the question: What do you think the odds are that, when Romney seemed within striking distance of the White House, and Kavanaugh seemed like a potential Supreme Court nominee, Ford came up with a story about Kavanaugh trying to rape her? Knowing Democrat fanaticism as we do, it’s easy to imagine that, in 2012, while Ford couldn’t go back in time to 1983 to make contemporaneous claims she could still try to lend an air of verisimilitude to her otherwise unconvincing narrative by concocting a tale for a therapist, thereby creating a “just in case” record.

If this supposition is true, Ford positioned herself so that, during a potential future Romney administration, she could torpedo a Kavanaugh nomination. As it turned out, her plan took a few more years to come to fruition than she had originally thought, but it still might work.

Contact your Senator (if s/he is a Republican) and tell your Senator not to go wobbly on this one. There’s a strong likelihood that it’s a time bomb, put into place six years ago, and exploding now, sending defamatory falsehoods flying all over the place.
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Deplorables? Nah, we've gotten worse! We are now "The dregs of society!

"That's what they want. Don't give it to them!"

"Be the person who does something!" "People crave substance!"

Did you know that the reason Shapiro and Crowder first met was that Crowder hired Shapiro to represent him as a lawyer?

Can you believe there is someone who actually outtalks Ben Shapiro? Ben is a good listener and Steven is a good talker!

Crowder points out that there is no group that has been "othered" more than anyone under the age of 25 who is right-leaning. Both of their shows help these people feel less alone.

In Canada, freedom of speech is not a constitutionally defined right.

Crowder: "Be the person who does something!" "People crave substance!"

What do they all have in common?

If you are living in China, do you have an exit strategy?

Manhattan Contrarian asks,
...Have you read about the surge in American students studying the Chinese language? There actually has been something of a surge. According to the Xinhua news agency in 2017, some 227,086 American students are now studying the Chinese language (compared to 7.36 million studying the top-ranked second language, Spanish). Oh, the number of Chinese students learning English is “over 400 million,” with English a compulsory subject in all elementary and secondary education.

What is it about life in China that might have many of the top people planning their exit strategies? If you don’t know about China’s pervasive and mushrooming “social credit” system, it’s time to start learning. There’s an excellent piece on the subject today from Gordon Chang at the Gatestone Institute, titled “China's 'Digital' Totalitarian Experiment.” In essence, they track everyone all the time, using everything from millions of security cameras to total following of your financial life, and use the results to impose social controls, deciding everything from who can fly to what school your kid might be able to attend.

...Meanwhile, if you think that China’s GDP of about $12 [tr]illion +/- seems impressive, remember that the U.S. GDP (after a recent spurt) now exceeds $19 [tr]illion; and China has about 4 times the population, which means that its GDP per capita is maybe 15% that of the U.S. Which is less than that of, for example, Mexico or Brazil. And that’s if you believe the numbers that China puts out. They have a long way to go, and increasingly they are putting big obstacles in their own way.

UPDATE, September 13: Commenters noted that I had put “billions” for GDP rather than trillions. Now fixed.
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