From Twitter on our iPhones to Facebook on our laptops, a silicon curtain has descended across the face of the Internet. Behind it lie all the media outlets and individuals engaged in fair reporting. The NY Post and all its readers are but one example of those who suffer from what I must call Progressive censorship, and all of us are subject to one form or another of Progress influence over what we may hear and say, increasingly under the control of Silicon Valley.
For decades, the Left conducted what has been called its march through the institutions to place itself in control. They wish to stay in control, but in 2016 the Deplorables cheated by using the Electoral College to install Donald Trump as President. Trump, in turn, has worked to disrupt the Left’s control. The situation is intolerable. Therefore, the Left has pulled out all the stops and is using every means necessary to defeat Trump in 2020. At times, their naked use of their power to conceal one form of corruption has revealed another, but the Left doesn’t seem to care. Winning really has become the only thing for them.
Victor Davis Hanson has a post over at National Review about the Left’s efforts to retain control.
The progressive project is now hubristic, drunk with power and the belief that it can control an America that does not like it and that in turn it holds in contempt.
But with hubris comes nemesis, as we saw on all fronts last week. Joe Biden, the DNC, the media, Silicon Valley, the identity-politics industry, and the FBI were all shown to be not so much partisan and corrupt as, far more important, inept and ridiculous.
The corrupt can tolerate charges that they are dishonest, because such an accusation implies (they assume) a tacit compliment that they are also cunning and adroit in obtaining such power in the first place to use for such unethical purposes.
One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is to hold the opponents to their own rules. Another is that ridicule is the most potent weapon. That’s why the Hunter’s Laptop and the Toobin Zoom stories are so important. As VDH notes,
But when they become so brazen that they are exposed as silly and absurd, they begin to fear. The Left doesn’t mind being portrayed as Machiavellian or even perhaps a little Rasputin-like. But they can’t tolerate being revealed as the buffoons they so often are.
If we want to win this November, we Deplorables would be well advised to follow an order given by a 19th-century Democrat, and “Keep up the skeer!” We need to keep confronting the Left with the incompetence of their corruption so that all voters understand the real nature of the choice before them.
Our Enlightenment-based liberal democracy is unnatural, and every generation people will fight it because they subscribe to a naturalistic fallacy that says living fully in compliance with human nature is preferable to living in an open and free society governed by neutral rules.
To whom do you award the right to decide which speech is harmful or who is the harmful speaker? … To whom would you delegate the task of deciding for you what you could read?
Joe Biden seems to be having trouble with his memory. He is not only forgetting what did, he appears to be having false memories as well. However, he does seem to remember what he heard listening to The Lone Ranger as a kid. The Lone Ranger never shot to kill. Indeed, he tried disarm his opponents as painlessly as possible, often shooting their guns out of their hands. Things may have worked that way on old time radio, but in the Real World, the basic accuracy of the Lone Ranger’s Colt Single Action Army Revolvers and round-to-round variability of even match quality ammunition makes repeatably hitting something the size of another handgun at range beyond a few feet statistically unlikely. One lucky shot, maybe. Two in a row, nope.
Joe Biden says that cops should try to shoot people in the leg. He’s wrong.
Most defensive handgun shootings (whether by civilian police or other citizens) occur at ranges less than 25 feet. 21 feet is the distance often used for part of many handgun qualification course. Most people are doing well to keep all of their hits within a 6 inch group at that distance when shooting on a target range. Under the stress of a gunfight, most people don’t do as well.
Any gunshot at someone is a use of deadly force. It may be justified against an attacker; it’s never justified against an innocent bystander. While a trained sniper with the proper equipment may be justified in taking a shot a a small target, most of us need to aim for something large. That’s why the proper place for a cop to aim is for the center of mass, the torso. He’s less likely to miss and risk injury to a bystander. Aiming for someone’s leg risks missing with the certainty that the bullet will hit someone or something unintended. Of course, if a luck shot should land in the leg, the risk of hitting the femoral artery is substantial, and such a wound can cause someone to bleed to death very quickly.
Here’s a Tweet from the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.
Here’s what you get when you click on the link.
I told you they’re all in on their censorship. Twitter is now deprecating links to official dot gov websites.
So far, it’s just Senators making statements with Judge Barrett sitting there listening.
The Democrats are making the main issue preserving the remains of Obamacare. Roe v. Wade is taking a back seat along with gun control.
The committee is about to take a lunch break.
UPDATE—It looks as if the talking points memo has been fully distributed. In Ohio this morning, Joe Biden responded to a question about the confirmation hearing by saying that issue was about millions of Americans losing their health care. The Roe v. Wade angle must not be polling well, and the Democrats may have notice that 2020 has generated a large number of voters who care about their Second Amendment rights.
During a drive through western Maryland yesterday, I saw 14 houses with Biden yard signs or banners.
I saw 27 houses with Trump signs or banners or flags.
I saw an additional 18 houses with Trump paraphernalia and American flags. There were dozens of other houses also displaying American flags, but not a single one had any Biden signage.
UPDATE—During a drive through suburban/urban Maryland this morning I saw 23 houses with Biden yard signs or banners, and three of them also displayed American flags. I saw 11 houses with Trump signs or flags, and four of them displayed American flags.
Taking the two trips together, that’s 37 houses displaying support for Biden and 56 for Trump—in Maryland, a state that Hillary carried with a 26 % margin in 2016. I find the 3:29 ratio of American flags between Biden and Trump supporters interesting as well.
There are several obvious advantages to a virtual debate. The most significant is probably the ability to keep Biden’s teleprompter out of any camera shots covering him.
My podcast partner Stacy McCain and I interviewed Enrique Tarrio of The Proud Boys for Episode 1, Season 2 of The Other Podcast. This is from March, 2019.
Judge for yourself.
BTW, Mr. Tarrrio is of African and Hispanic heritage.
I’m seeing tweets and posts on social media suggesting that the White House is issuing false information about the President’s health. The President’s physician is a Commander in the United States Navy, and the President is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center, a military facility.
Given that it is a court martial offense under Article 107 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for a member of the Armed Forces to make a false official statement with the intent to deceive, I believe I’ll trust the statements made by CMDR Conley regarding President’s medical condition.
But to get to the point of this post, I have the following question for the those saying that we’re being given false information about the President’s medical condition, considering that such false statements would be criminal acts by some of the people making them: You may be accusing someone of committing a crime; do you have evidence for what you are saying or are you saying it with a reckless disregard for the truth?
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the City of Los Angeles has been ordered to pay a six-figure award to the National Rifle Association because of a violation of the First Amendment. A federal judge struckdown a city ordinance aimed at punishing prospective contractors with ties to the NRA as an infringement on the rights to free speech and association. He ordered city officials to pay NRA’s attorneys’ fees of $150,000.
California is still part of the United States, so our Constitution is binding on its state and local governments. If it were successfully to secede (as certain folks have threatened), our Bill of Rights would no longer apply there. California’s state constitution is easily amended. How long would such inconvenient civil liberties as free speech be allowed to exist in a polity that keeps electing politicians that pass laws such as the one LA adopted to harass the NRA and its members and associates?
I left California in 1990 because I could see such tyrannical behavior taking hold.
Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. … I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.
The Daily Signal has a post up listing some of the white leftists who have falsely claimed to be biologically black. They strike me as a bunch of opportunistic jerks.
Meanwhile, its being reported that Joe Biden has claimed to be an alumnus of Delaware State University, an historically-black school.
Oh, and Amy Coney Barrett is being attacked because she adopted two Haitian children.
Navin Johnson was unavailable for comment.
The Democrats and the press (but I repeat myself) are in full handwringing mood over how Cocaine Mitch’s following of the established precedents of the Senate is somehow “violating norms.”
It turns out that Norm was available for comment; he just wants another beer.
One of the things that I learned from my training as an Army officer is that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
—Hunter S. Thompson
Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln. War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.
—Carl von Clausewitz
UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about Louisville here.
UPDATE 2—UPDATE 3—It’s being reported that a second police officer has been shot by the rioters in Louisville.
UPDATE 4—The Louisville Metro Police Department has issue a statement with the following information around midnight ET:
One officer is stable and alert.
The other officer is in surgery but stable.
Both appear to have suffered non life-threatening injuries
A suspect is in custody.
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
I’m so old I remember when it was fashionable for those on the left to favor non-violent protest. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, and Desmond Tutu were honored by the Left as heroic figures because they engaged in speaking truth to power rather than violent revolution.
These days, it may seem the Left has taken Noam Chomsky’s analysis to heart—power knows the truth already and is busy concealing it—but I don’t believe that’s what’s motivating them. Given the Left’s move from liberalism to marxism, their worldview is no longer centered on truth. Instead, it is all about power. Truth has become, if not irrelevant, their enemy.
The Left is now
speaking shouting power at truth.
The Left fails to understand is that there is nothing more powerful than Truth in the long run. They have chosen poorly.
… everything you say may be used against you.
One might presume that Christopher L. Eisgruber, the President of Princeton University, would be aware of the Fifth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. After all, he has a law degree from the University of Chicago. It must be that wokeness overcame his legal training when he sent a letter admitting that Princeton engaged in “systemic racism” that injures “people of color.”
The U. S. Department of Education has responded with an investigation of Princeton, including whether the school defrauded the government when it made claims that it did not engage in racial discrimination in order to receive federal grant money.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A headline from The Guardian: Nearly two-thirds of US young adults unaware 6m Jews killed in the Holocaust
That is a stark example of the magnitude of educational malpractice that has been inflicted on a generation of Americans. Of course, when I was growing up in the ’50s, the Holocaust would have been impossible to conceal. There were too many living witnesses. (My father had a part of the liberation of Dachau, and I knew survivors with prisoner number tattoos on their wrists.)
National Socialism killed 6 million Jews and on the order of 12 million more of other ethnicities. International Socialism (aka Communism) killed nearly 100 million during the 20th century. We already know the human cost of socialism. There is no need to rerun that experiment, but an uninformed generation may be tempted to try.
I can think of several words, but the recent French-produced Netflix feature is a riveting visual antonym, especially considering the original French title of the film: Mignonnes.
Mignonne can be translated as an adjective meaning “small and delicately pretty” or as a noun meaning “sweetheart” depending on the context. It can also be translated as “cute”. An online translation app might translate L’orchidée est mignonne as “The orchid is cute,” but it could be missing a more subtile meaning.
Further, it’s not unreasonable to assume that a French filmmaker would be familiar with French literature, and one of the poems that most French students study is Ode à Cassandre by Pierre de Ronsard. It’s sensual poem that glorifies the game of seduction. Note how it begins.
Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avoit déclose
Sa robe de pourpre au Soleil,
A point perdu cette vesprée
Les plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vôtre pareil.
Las! voyez comme en peu d’espace,
Mignonne, elle a dessus la place
Las ! las ses beautés laissé choir
Ô vraiment marâtre Nature,
Puis qu’une telle fleur ne dure
Que du matin jusques au soir
Donc, si vous me croyez, mignonne,
Tandis que votre âge fleuronne
En sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillez, cueillez vôtre jeunesse:
Comme à cette fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir votre beauté.
Here’s an English translation.
Sweetheart, let’s see if the rose
That this morning had open
Her crimson dress to the Sun,
This evening hasn’t lost
The folds of her crimson dress,
And her complexion similar to yours.
Ah! See how in such short space
My sweetheart, she has on this very spot
All her beauties lost!
O, so un-motherly Nature,
Since such a beautiful flower
Only last from dawn to dusk!
So if you believe me, my sweetheart,
While time still flowers for you,
In its freshest novelty,
Do take advantage of your youthful bloom:
As it did to this flower, the doom
Of age will blight your beauty.
So the French title of what some are calling soft kiddie porn is an allusion to a well-known poem that celebrates seduction a young girl.
Cueillez, cueillez vôtre jeunesse
Do take advantage of your youthful bloom (lit., “Pick, pick your youth”)
Perhaps this tells us something about the filmmaker’s real intentions.
I fail to understand how anyone can defend such an abuse of young girls.
Not yet, but they’re working on in.
… Nancy Pelosi turned down a date to obey local masking requirements because she had to wash her hair.