“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.” —John Adams (1776)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- The ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ Ruse
- Seattle PD Chief to Residents: We Can’t Defend You
- The Reparations Racket
- WaPo Settles Defamation Lawsuit With Sandmann
- Traits of Leaders
- Saving Our Suburbs From Demo Regulation
- Daily Features: News Executive Summary, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
In dog-bites-man news today, Democrats and their media lickspittles are hyping the virtually nonexistent threat of right-wing violence while denying the very real existence of left-wing violence.
“Right-wing terrorism is the biggest threat to U.S. and Europe. Why has it gone unnoticed?” read the foreboding NBC News headline (before NBC changed it), while its accompanying image shows us three Nosferatu-looking Heil Hitlerites.
According to NBC’s appropriately named Willem Marx, “The threat of terrorism — particularly from the far right — should be a major concern for governments on both sides of the Atlantic as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease, according to multiple experts and former law enforcement officials who have experience monitoring violent extremist activity.”
And if “multiple experts” say so, then it must be true. Even if your chances of being murdered by right-wing extremists are, generously, around one in 33 million — a number that isn’t even in the same league as the likelihood of a young black man being murdered by another young black man. But, sure, let’s focus on right-wing extremism while ignoring the everyday genocide of black-on-black crime.
One of the “multiple experts” Marx interviews is British Maj. Gen Clive Chapman, who says, “There is a growing trend of right-wing extremism in the U.K., but it is not as significant as the rising right-wing extremism in America.” Chapman then fails to offer any evidence to support this claim, and Marx fails to tell us why he found the British Chapman to be such a credible source on U.S. domestic terrorism.
Embedded further down in the story is a nearly 10-minute video whose headline asks, “Europe’s neo-Nazis: Are they taking cues from America’s Commander-in-Chief?” In the video, which was produced in March, NBC journalist Richard Engel finds a man named “Keith,” then tries manfully to link him and his relatively obscure white nationalist movement to President Trump.
“There are many people in the United States who accuse President Trump of being a white nationalist,” Engel shamelessly asserts, using the mainstream media’s familiar and dishonest device of the anonymous yet multitudinous source. “Do you think he is?”
Engel’s subject dismisses any interest on the president’s part of making common cause with white nationalists, but Engel follows up by saying, “Nevertheless, Keith is devoted to his president.”
And this is what NBC has become.
Amid all this ominous reporting about the wave of white supremacism washing over the country is a curious incuriosity about a source of real unrest and violence: left-wing extremism.
Take House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, for example, who did his best Baghdad Bob impression in denying antifa’s violent presence in its own hometown of Portland.
“That’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, DC,” said Nadler.
For an opposing point of view, we have this statement issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security: “The violent situation Portland has witnessed for the past eight weeks continues with violent anarchists rioting on the streets. … As federal officers left the courthouse to respond to attacks on the fence, just like on previous nights they were met by rioters with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness. Over the previous 24 hours, such assaults have resulted in at least 14 federal officers injured.”
The choice is yours: You can believe the Democrats and their Leftmedia enablers, or your lyin’ eyes.
Predictably, the Democrat-backed riots in some urban centers, particularly in Seattle and Portland, escalated over the weekend. Those riots are fueled by the deliberate inaction of local and state Demos. As was and remains the case in Minneapolis, the epicenter of the “burn, loot, and murder” movement, and a model for political inaction, the objective of the “systemic racism” charade is to label Donald Trump as both its benefactor and beneficiary.
The leftists justify pulling back police by asserting they are part of the racist problem. That has forced President Trump to send in federal officers to defend critical federal infrastructure, making those officers and locations high-profile targets for the hater mobs. The Demos and their Leftmedia propagandists then characterized those federal law enforcement officers as “Trump troops,” giving mayors an opening to blame-shift the urban violence they are fomenting, and the resulting fear and misery, to Trump.
Seattle’s socialist mayor, Jenny Durkan, declared: “The President unilaterally deploying paramilitary-type forces into American cities should concern all Americans. His blatant disregard for the constitution — and for the safety and well-being of our residents — is textbook despotism.”
At the same time, Durkan’s police chief, Carmen Best, sent an open letter to Seattle’s businesses and residents, warning that the mayor and her city council have thrown their constituents to the wolves. Best advised: “Please know that the City Council Ordinance 119805 Crowd Control Tool goes into effect this weekend on Sunday, July 26, 2020. This ordinance bans Seattle Police officers the use of less lethal tools, including pepper spray that is commonly used to disperse crowds that have turned violent.”
Chief Best, a black female Democrat whose job is subject to Durkan’s pleasure, wrote that her officers have “NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.” Best had previously and boldly come to the defense of her officers in June, after Durkan ordered they abandon the police department’s East Precinct. Durkan then allowed anarchists to occupy six downtown blocks and declare an autonomous zone — which she did not order the police to clear for weeks.
Best also put Durkan’s city council on formal notice with a letter asserting, “It is a fact that there are groups and individuals who are intent on destruction in our City,” adding, “two recent events have included wide-scale property destruction and attacks on officers, injuring more than a dozen, some significantly.” She concluded: “Under these circumstances, as created by Council, we cannot manage demonstrations as we have in the past. If I am not allowed to lawfully equip officers with the tools they have been trained to use to protect the community and themselves, it would be reckless to have them confront this level of violence under the current legal restrictions imposed by Council.”
Fortunately for the citizens of Seattle, whose lives and businesses have been turned upside down by the “peaceful protesters,” a U.S. District judge issued a temporary restraining order against the City Council’s ordinance Saturday morning — just in time for the Saturday night riots. Those riots resulted in 47 arrests and 59 officers injured.
As for the consequences of being abandoned by Durkan and her city council over the last six weeks, some residents and business owners are now filing suit against the city.
And a footnote on self defense: According to FBI background checks for gun purchases, lawful purchase of firearms in those Democrat-controlled states that allow citizens to defend themselves is up significantly.
As it is with so many agendas, American leftists believe their take on reparations is the only one that matters. Let’s disabuse them of their arrogance.
We begin with white “privilege” and its two main components. First, simply based on the color of one’s skin, one is an inherently “advantaged” white or an inherently “victimized” black — and that ostensibly immutable dynamic should engender trillions of dollars in restitution from whites to blacks. Putting aside the absurd notion that someone who never owned slaves should owe anything someone who never was one, how does one, for example, reconcile “privileged” white residents of Appalachia, who’ve endured grinding poverty for decades, owing reparations to black multimillionaire NBA players?
NBA players whose own largesse is amplified by slave labor?
Second, the assertion that only whites can be racist since they control the levers of power is equally problematic. For example, one suspects Korean shop owners, targeted by black boycotts for daring to open stores in black neighborhoods in New York City during Mayor David Dinkins’s administration, or those that sustained a staggering 45% of all riot damage during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, might disagree. Every race and ethnicity has its share of those who fear or hate “the other,” and America has made tremendous strides in mitigating their numbers.
What about leftists’ oft-stated assertion that slavery is America’s “Original Sin?” Black scholar Thomas Sowell sets the record straight. “When slavery is mentioned, too many people automatically think of whites enslaving blacks,” he explains. “That is not even one-tenth of the story of slavery, which existed on every inhabited continent. The very word ‘slave’ derives from the word for some white people who were enslaved on a mass scale — the Slavs — for more centuries than blacks were enslaved in the Western Hemisphere.”
American slavery was undoubtedly evil, but so are the orchestrations to negate the already monumental effort made to atone for it, beginning with the 360,000 overwhelmingly white Union soldiers, whose “privilege” consisted of giving their lives to save the Union and free the slaves. That atonement continued with the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, banning slavery, guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves, and granting black Americans the right to vote, respectively.
Moreover, atonement has been ongoing. There have been 55 years of affirmative action initiated by LBJ’s Executive Order 11246 in 1965. It was supposed to be a temporary solution to racial injustice and aimed at ensuring equality in hiring. Yet it not only persists, it has devolved into a racket where meritocracy has been supplanted by racial quotas promoted as “diversity.” Thus, for example, it required a Supreme Court decision to overturn the city of New Haven’s refusal to certify the results of an examination where only white candidates for fire department positions of captain and lieutenant scored high enough to qualify, and another one to eliminate the University of Michigan’s effort to increase the number of minority students with an applications process that awarded 20 points simply for being a member of a preferred race. Yet even now in California, legislators are looking to reinstate race-based considerations in university admissions and public employment. Considerations voters rejected in 1996.
What could be more reparational than an initiative that automatically confers benefits based on race — with no end in sight?
How about “disparate impact”? Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers can be sued for a facially neutral employment practice if that practice is discriminatory in its application or effect. Again, in terms of reparations, what could be more advantageous than the ability to legally require race-based outcomes — utterly irrespective of intent?
Race-based set-asides for minority-owned businesses at the federal, state, and local level of government might be the answer. In 1989, SCOTUS ruled they were unconstitutional unless discrimination could be proven by so-called disparity tests. In practice, the studies precipitating those tests tend to be cosmetic, and the system is often gamed with fraud that includes businesses self-certifying their eligibility, the creation of shell companies to hide ownership, and the lack of transparent bidding processes. Nevertheless, they persist.
Ironically, there is one entity one who could be held liable for consistently perpetuating racism from the days of slavery through today: The Democrat Party. It was Democrats who supported slavery, established the Ku Klux Klan, and maintained Jim Crow laws well into the 1960s. It was Democrats whose party platform from 1868 through 1948 either supported segregation outright or was silent on the subject. It was Democrats who accounted for the lion’s share of the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. It was Democrat Presidents Woodrow Wilson who segregated the federal government, FDR who appointed ex-KKK member Hugo Black to the Supreme Court, Lyndon Johnson who referred to the 1957 Civil Rights Act as the “n—er bill,” and Barack Obama who put immigrant children in cages.
It is today’s Democrats who abet the Burning, Looting, and Murder (BLM) taking place in cities they control, even as black businesses and neighborhoods are destroyed. It is Democrats who abide the de facto killing fields many inner cities have become, where the body count is overwhelmingly black and includes innocent children. It is Democrats whose current platform calls for the mass amnesty and open borders that would crush black employment.
Nonetheless, the same black Americans demanding reparations don’t just ignore these inconvenient realities, they overwhelmingly support the party that perpetrated them.
Doesn’t that reality either reveal the utter fraudulence of demands for reparations, or that most black Americans consider them paid in full? Or could it be the allegiance of black Americans to a party selling collectivist black victimhood for decades may hinge on the fact that it alleviates black Americans from any individual responsibility for their circumstances?
Absent that alleviation, couldn’t one make an argument that a cohort of Americans having a nuclear family-eviscerating 77% out-of-wedlock birthrate, and committing violent crimes far in excess of their representation in the overall population — both of which have precipitated enormous costs for the nation — might be on the owing, not the receiving, end of a reparations program?
Doesn’t that alleviation, perpetrated by black and white leftists alike, epitomize the soft bigotry of low expectations?
Black columnist Delano Squires gets it exactly right. “Any political philosophy that says black people are powerless victims of society’s institutions and systems who require white people to use their autonomy, agency, and privilege to uplift blacks is held down by the black intelligentsia’s unique view of white supremacy,” he writes. “Suggesting whites have a greater capacity for moral reasoning, emotional regulation, and reasoned decision-making than blacks is a paternalistic and infantilizing impulse that should be rejected completely.”
Is there any genuine argument to be made in favor of reparations? Perhaps, but it would require a robust discussion about class, not race. Millions of Americans of every ethnicity have been sold out in service to the globalist agenda. Yet our elitist class knows that keeping Americans focused on racial strife largely obscures that reality.
And they don’t give a damn if America burns to keep it hidden.
On Friday, The Washington Post settled the defamation lawsuit brought by Covington High School student Nicholas Sandmann against the Leftmedia outlet following its libelous “reporting” against the teen. Sandmann shared the news via social media: “I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against [The] Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit… Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do.” He later noted, “The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go.” He was referencing pending lawsuits against ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Gannett, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.
Recall the actual events that the Leftmedia, including the Post, distorted in their rush to paint Sandmann and his peers as a bunch of racist Donald Trump supporters. Sandmann and his classmates were waiting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after participating in the March for Life. They were accosted by Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist, who approached the teenagers and obnoxiously banged a drum in Sandmann’s face. This incident occurred directly after the boys had been harassed and taunted by a group of Black Hebrew Israelite racists. Sandmann sought to defuse the confusing situation by simply standing and not responding to Phillips’s provocative behavior, yet the truth didn’t fit the Left’s favored narrative, so Fake News propaganda that has increasingly replaced genuine journalism was disseminated as “news.”
Mark Alexander noted the reason for the Leftmedia’s gross misreporting, writing at the time, “It played right into the ‘white privilege’ hate narrative too many Americans have been reflexively conditioned to believe. In other words, it had all the essential fixings of a great media ad revenue generator.”
The Post is now the second major Leftmedia news outlet after CNN to settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with Sandmann. Unfortunately, the actually monetary amount of the settlement in both cases remains unknown, leaving the question of whether justice was served essentially unanswered. Did these media outlets learn a painful lesson, or did they escape with a minor swat on the wrist? For Amazon billionaire socialist Jeff Bezos, who owns the Post, even $250 million is a drop in the bucket.
We hope Sandmann is collecting high-dollar amounts, but it would be good for the rest of the American public, which was subjected to a blatant and shameful disinformation campaign by our nation’s major news outlets, to learn of the exact monetary penalty.
Americans should be concerned that a growing number of young adults have no understanding of the concept of authentic leadership. As legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi used to say, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Too many young people, products of public school indoctrination, don’t get it.
“Protests” across our nation have left major cities in abject ruin. These are led by young activists with escalating demands that began as a cry that “Black Lives Matter,” yet it moved to calls for law enforcement to be defunded by local governments. Then the demands escalated to abolish prisons, as rioters created zones of occupation complete with filth, trash and violence that are destroying businesses. Marxist Democrats in helmets, with guns, frozen water bottles, bricks, M-80 explosives, and rocks have set fire to federal and private property.
Contrast this undisciplined, unbridled anger from people Senator Tom Cotton has accurately dubbed emotionally incontinent “Woke Children” with the traits of leadership employed by so many who have accomplished feats of notoriety, heroism, personal, and business success.
In 2019, it’s estimated that 1,000 books were published daily, excluding self-publishing, and that top sellers annually involve the topic of leadership. Among the books Inc.com listed as the 10 books that will change your life in one long weekend were eight books that focused on being successful through work. Made in America by Sam Walton emphasizes humility, respect, leading a team, and learning from others. Another recommended title is Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, whose janitor-to-mega-motivation speaker story challenges readers to excel in mind, body, and spirit by taking personal responsibility. Then there’s Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey, which tells of the challenges to achieve his dreams through perseverance, hard work, and the discipline of gratitude. Most lists of books on success and leadership include one on Warren Buffett, and Tap Dancing to Work was more about how Buffett lives modestly, values family, stresses integrity in business and life, and rejects envy of those who have succeeded. Instead, Buffett says, we should learn from their successes.
Are we seeing our young adults displaying humility, respect, excellence in mind, body, or spirit? Are students today taught to value the discipline of gratitude and living within their means? Is the virtue of integrity valued and are successful individuals honored for achievement? Is envy rejected?
These questions are shamefully rhetorical. The largest age group of those in today’s protest movement is under 35 years of age. Envy is the currency of the Marxist Democrats’ economy, with entitlement as the mindset instead of perseverance. Personal responsibility is never tethered to the rights being demanded by these adolescents.
For those who embrace educational excellence and critical thinking and pursue the traits and virtues of a leader, an amazing opportunity awaits. As Forbes observed in a March 2017 piece listing the 11 Powerful Traits of Successful Leaders, “Successful leaders are the power and intellect behind their organizations.” These organizations can be large or small, corporate or volunteer. The value of the capacity to lead transcends occupation, vocation, and any demographic.
So, what are keys of leadership?
Self-management, strategic action, effective communication, personal accountability and responsibility, setting clear goals with persistence to achieve them, setting a vision for one’s future, managing complexity for the purpose of solving problems, fostering creativity and innovation, building teams and fostering cohesiveness, creating lasting relationships through gratitude and the applause of others, and, finally, learning agility that “hinges on developing critical thinking skills, being accepting of uncertainty, having social and emotional intelligence and always having the desire and determination to push forward.”
Every trait there is fundamentally American.
The Trump administration officially deep-sixed a secretive Obama-era scheme on Friday. That’s more good news for all Americans who appreciate the fundamental right of freedom to associate.
As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson declared, “President Donald Trump and I agree that the best run communities are the ones run locally. Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was an overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities.”
Carson then hit the nail on the head: “The AFFH rule was a ruse for social engineering under the guise of desegregation, essentially turning HUD into a national zoning board.”
It’s no secret that the Left is fond of social engineering, and the AFFH was just that. “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing would radically undercut the political and economic independence of the suburbs,” says Stanley Kurtz, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “It would allow bureaucrats in Washington in the Department of Housing and Urban Development to control zoning laws, to control the placement of transportation and business districts, even to some degree the drawing of school districts. In other words, almost every important local governmental responsibility could, under AFFH, fall into the de facto control of the feds.”
Kurtz has been following AFFH for a few years now, and he notes that it grew out of a perversion of an important piece of civil rights legislation from the ‘60s. “The Fair Housing Act (FHA) of 1968,” he wrote in 2016, “was a great achievement, rightly prohibiting discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. President Obama claims that his wildly overreaching Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation … is simply fulfilling the purposes of the original Fair Housing Act. That is nonsense. It’s also a classic case of left-leaning politicians achieving their ends by reading radically new meanings into well-established laws.”
As Paul Mirengoff at Power Line writes, the AFFH “enables the federal government to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accept any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial criteria. It thus allows unaccountable federal bureaucrats to dictate who lives where, in order to create racially and economically balanced neighborhoods. It effectively abolishes self-government in the suburbs.”
In addition to weaponizing those vital block grants, Kurtz notes that the Democrats have an even more potent means of coercion, thanks to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker: withholding federal transportation grants for repairing highways — funding that communities simply can’t pass up.
The AFFH sounds like a very consequential policy, no? So why is this the first we’re hearing about it? And why are stories like this one from NPR denouncing President Trump for trafficking in fear while barely even mentioning the AFFH? The answer is that it’s political poison for the Democrats, who hope to ride into office like they did in 2018 — on a swell of support from the suburbs. To those suburbanites, part of the American Dream is being able to own a single-family home in the community of their choice, and to send their kids to the school of their choice. But those goals are at odds with the AFFH, which considers such aspirations greedy, even bigoted.
Kurtz predicts that if the Trump campaign continues to focus on the ills of AFFH, the Biden campaign will lie about it, attack those who raise the issue as promoting white supremacy and white privilege, or ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Or Team Biden will do a bit of all three. But Democrats won’t acknowledge what their plans really are.
And this points to the fundamental dishonesty of the Democrats: They sneak into power using cover and concealment from the Leftmedia, then they seek to implement policies that are often wildly unpopular with a majority of the American people.
If this dismantling of the American Dream is what the Democrats believe in, they should have the guts to say so.
More Great Analysis
Douglas Andrews explores the real Democrat strategy for the 2020 election in “Mission: Unrest.”
Thomas Gallatin recounts how the FBI Spied on Trump in 2016 Intel Briefing.
Above the Fold
WISN’s Dan O'Donnell reports: “A black Trump supporter who was well known in his community for standing on street corners with 'Vote Trump’ signs as well as signs plastered with Bible verses was killed in broad daylight in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Bernell Trammell, 60, was shot in front of his business, Expression Publications… The building is covered in handmade signs, the most prominent of which read ‘Vote Donald Trump 2020,’ and ‘Re-Elect Trump 2020.’ Law enforcement sources tell ‘The Dan O'Donnell Show’ that it is impossible to know the motive for the shooting since the suspect is not yet in custody, but detectives are investigating the possibility that Trammell was killed over his political beliefs.” Republican black lives demonstrably don’t matter.
According to Fox News: “San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod was the only player to stand during a moment honoring the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, telling reporters after the game that as a Christian he ‘can’t kneel before anything besides God.’ … Aside from his religious beliefs, the 27-year-old relief pitcher said there are aspects of the movement that he disagrees with. ‘I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism,’ he continued. ‘And … they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that.’” We have an early frontrunner for season MVP.
Government & Politics
Hidin’ Biden declines Chris Wallace interview (Fox News)
Democratic National Committee platform mentions “whites” 15 times, all of which are critical (Washington Examiner)
Big wins for Bernie Sanders wing in Democrat platform (Washington Examiner)
Economic adviser Larry Kudlow says next coronavirus stimulus bill will include more checks, extend moratorium on evictions (Fox News)
Parking tickets covered by Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines, federal court rules (Forbes)
Washington Post settles $250 million defamation suit with Covington teen Nick Sandmann (New York Post)
Leftist George Soros pours record $50 million into 2020 election (The Washington Free Beacon)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
Seattle police chief sends simple message to businesses during riots: You’re on your own (The Daily Caller)
If you thought “defund the police” was insane, you’ll love “abolish prisons” in Seattle (PJ Media)
Radio host mocked Trump by claiming Seattle is peaceful. Then rioters wrecked his apartment building. Now he’s armed. (The Post Millennial)
Rifle ammunition, Molotov cocktails found by Portland police on 60th consecutive night of “protests” (Fox News)
Civil rights activists fire back at Portland protesters: It’s no longer about black lives (The Daily Wire)
Chicago violence: Two dead, 47 injured in another bloody weekend (Fox News)
The Latest on COVID-19
Florida surpasses New York with coronavirus tally of 423,855 — but has far fewer deaths (New York Post)
Cases soar in young adults bored of social distancing (Bloomberg)
Trump National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien tests positive (Bloomberg)
Is there a connection between coronavirus and air conditioning? The evidence is mixed, but suggests the answer could be yes. (National Review)
Yale epidemiologist says hydroxychloroquine is “the key to defeating COVID-19” (JusttheNews.com)
CDC releases updated guidelines in favor of reopening schools (The Hill)
As public schools go all virtual in fall, parents eye private schools that say they will open their campuses (The Washington Post)
Culture & Heartland
Hurricane updates: Hanna makes landfall in Texas; Douglas prompts hurricane warning for Oahu (USA Today)
Rutgers University declares grammar racist: English Department pledges to incorporate ‘critical grammar’ into program (The Washington Free Beacon)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strains to contain political scandal engulfing his family (Politico)
Yes America, there is voter fraud. These recent cases prove it. (JusttheNews.com)
Ecstatic teen opens his first-ever paycheck, learns what taxes are, is absolutely crushed (Disrn)
Young Americans’ ignorance of socialism threatens our freedom and vitality (The Daily Signal)
Policy: The COVID panic is a lesson in using statistics to get your way in politics (Mises Institute)
Policy: Twitter is a national security threat (Washington Examiner)
Humor: Dozens gather in MAGA hats in hopes that The Washington Post will defame them so they can become millionaires (The Babylon Bee)
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BLM Supporter Arrested for Kneeling on White Baby’s Neck — But you won’t hear it on the news.
Portland Mayor’s Talk With Protestors Completely Backfires — Ben Shapiro analyzes Ted Wheeler’s “Two Minutes Hate.”
Humor: Ghislaine Maxwell Goes to Court — Tell the truth, or appease Hillary Clinton?
Humor: What Gyms Are Like When They Reopen — These corporate protocols will leave you sweating all right.
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Insight: “The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason.” —G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Upright: “I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean toward Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that. I can’t kneel before anything besides God.” — San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod
For the record: “We’ve had 138 homicides in St. Louis, 138 already this year. Thirty cases have been filed. So that means there’s over 100 cases of people out there, victims, family members of homicides, that are waiting for some sort of justice, and yet we’re charging law-abiding citizens.” —Governor Mike Parson (R-MO) on St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey
Grand delusions: “Four more years of Trump’s climate policies and nuclear policies might simply doom the human species, literally. … Four more years of Trump might well take us to irreversible tipping points.” —Noam Chomsky
Non compos mentis: “If you’re a woman who’s been a victim of a sexual assault, and the assailant ran away, wouldn’t you rather talk to somebody who is trained in helping you deal with what you’re dealing with, as opposed to somebody whose main training is that they know how to use a firearm?” —Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
The BIG Lie: “That’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, DC.” —Rep. Jerry Nadler dismissing antifa mayhem in Portland
Braying jenny: “The point is this president — I have a new name for him: Mr. Make Matters Worse. He has made matters worse from the start.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Non sequitur: “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons – that is hurting cities like Chicago.” —Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (“If the problem is surrounding states having ‘no gun control,’ then why aren’t those states more violent than Chicago?” —Bongino Report)
And last… “If [athletes] can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. … You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country [that’s] given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.” —Hall of Fame football coach Mike Ditka
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