Thursday, November 18, 2021

A Defense of Education

Authoritarianism does not work for educated people. When the leader says something absurd, people who are able to judge for themselves remain unpersuaded. This is the simplest political fact there is.

The educational system works from bottom to top to produce experts -- individuals who are knowledgeable in their field, who know not only the subject matter but the research methods that produced that knowledge, alternative theories, the history of the topic and ideas that have been tested and discarded. These experts know when to trust a fact and when to doubt it even if it is supported by some evidence or arguments. Their opinion is not based on confident-sounding assertions of truth, but on the actual fact that they know what they are talking about. Experts can disagree among themselves and they can be wrong, they are typically constantly adjusting their beliefs in response to new information. An authority is a person with power, whether it is deserved or not. Non-expert authorities can appeal to faith or common sense arguments, metaphors and analogies, and they can be right sometimes, but there is no system behind them for validating and providing the most erudite and up-to-date knowledge of the time.

The consequence of course is that dictators oppose education everywhere around the world. The universities come under attack, teachers and professors come under attack, as well as artists, activists, scientists, and innovators; people are mocked for using "ten-cent words," and the value of an education is literally measured in terms of the dollars that it adds to a student's lifetime earnings.

Job-training programs are worthwhile but they are not education.

By defining the value of knowledge within an economical frame, authoritarians are able to steer students away from intellectual pursuits such as philosophy, literature, and basic theoretical scientific research, and towards majors that will help them find a place in the ongoing corporate system of business. The goal is to reduce intelligent human beings to consumers and producers, unquestioning participants in an economy where wealth continues to flow toward the already-rich. Discouraging the pursuit of knowledge as an end in itself is a way to keep the population ignorant and dependent on authoritarian leaders who can say "Only I can solve these problems."

It appears that Republicans are gearing up to make education the wedge issue of choice for the next election cycle. In the recent race for the governorship of Virginia, the tide turned when Youngkin attacked McAuliffe for saying that he trusted teachers more than parents to educate kids. Republicans treated this as some kind of attack on the family, but it was really an opportunity for them to further undermine the institution of education. School boards are being threatened across the country, rightwing radicals are demanding that books be banned and even burned, they want public schools to support white Christian values, and that's all.

Here ya go: we'll pick a parent each day to teach a lesson in the classroom. Monday, Mrs. Jones will teach the kids how to solve quadratic equations; Tuesday, Mr. Smith will walk the kids through the battles and shifting alliances of the French and Indian War. Wednesday, Mr. Jackson will explain the Bernoulli effect and how airplanes fly. No, come on, parents are not qualified to educate children, that's why we have schools. Teachers have a prepared lesson plan, and even if you don't solve quadratic equations in your adult life it is important to know how mathematics works at that level, that there are things you can do with symbol manipulation and the laws of logic that give correct results. It's important to work it out on paper, to grasp the fact that logic works, that the world makes sense if you know the facts and the logic that connects them. Even if you forget how the Bernoulli effect works, it's good know that there is a physical reason that airplanes fly, and it isn't just angels holding them up there.

The idea that parents should decide what is taught in school is ridiculous. We saw it in our county with sex education, where noisy rightwingers demanded that absolutely nutty ideas should be taught in the public schools, and today we are literally seeing prize-winning books being banned, book-burning advocated, as school boards try to dumb down to parents' demands on matters of sexual identity, race, immigration, and other topics that require careful critical examination.

We already have fragmented, personalized knowledge. The Internet quickly figured out how to give end-users information that is tailored to their personal preferences. If you search for a term on Google on your computer, and I search for the same term on mine, we will get different results. If you are conservative, you will get conservative results, and I will get liberal results. And if authoritarians have their way, people will send their kids to schools that, following economic principles, "give the customer what they want." If you don't think quadratic equations are important, then you could send your kids to a school that doesn't bother with that stuff. Black people can send their kids to Afrocentric schools, white people's kids can learn history with no mention of slavery, Christian kids can study creationist biology, and over time knowledge will become even more fragmented and unreliable than it is now. We will be more dependent on authoritarian leadership to guide us confidently but wrongly through the confusing mess of actual reality.

Historically, white Americans literally sailed ships to Africa and kidnapped people who were living their ordinary lives there, brought them to this land and forced them to work without pay or any rights. The entire Southern half of the country depended on that forced labor to develop industry and wealth, and it was not unknown in the North. Today a significant proportion of the country's population is descended from those African people, and any history that avoids or whitewashes that episode of our past is ... just wrong. Of course it doesn't sound real good to say that white people kidnapped Black people and held them as slaves, but it happened, and the consequences of that activity are part of our daily life now -- you simply cannot understand American culture without knowing about slavery, the Civil War, the Reformation, segregation, lynching, Jim Crow -- ragtime, boogie-woogie, jazz, blues, hip-hop... None of it makes any sense if you don't know what happened.

Note that understanding history does not directly help you find a better job; there are not a lot of jobs out there for historians. If we define our educational standards in terms of production and consumption -- skill learning -- then it is not necessary to teach history accurately. But if we treat knowledge and critical thinking as being inherently valuable, then we can cultivate a society that makes well-informed, intelligent decisions that pave the way toward a history that future Americans will not have to sweep under the rug. Democracy, rule by "we the people," requires accurate knowledge and good skeptical critical thinking. And, by the way, a well-educated person will be qualified for the best-paying jobs.

An educated public will be resistant to authoritarianism. You can't just toss out slogans like "death panels," or "communist," or "critical race theory" and tell people these are important forces in the real world, because educated people have the intellectual confidence to distinguish what's real. This month a Republican politician literally accused Big Bird of being a communist -- do you think people who understand communism believe that? Or even people who know that Big Bird is a person in a costume? It is embarrassing that anyone would even think of this, never mind the millions of people who hear the statement and believe it. Knowledge and logic -- education undermines the effectiveness of this kind of absurd communication.

I am not optimistic about this. Neither political party seems to have any desire to shift away from a view of citizens as consumers-and-producers, neither party seems to be ready to advocate for knowledge and critical thinking as ends in themselves. Ivy-League-graduate Republican congressmen mock the Ivy League elite and their voters are too stupid to notice the hypocrisy, while Democratic politicians always describe the value of education in terms of employment and wages -- producing and consuming. Sometimes it is important to know things just to know things, so that when someone tells a falsehood or presents invalid logic you have the mental ability to identify the errors and not be persuaded by them. Dictators always go after the intellectuals, and there is a reason for that.

119 Comments:

Anonymous the king of 2021 said...

"Sometimes it is important to know things just to know things, so that when someone tells a falsehood or presents invalid logic you have the mental ability to identify the errors and not be persuaded by them."

well, I agree with this part

but, pretty much everything else in this post is either ignorant or intentionally disingenuous propaganda

if we don't get a bunch of distracting off-topic posts from crazed progressives, I'll go into detail this evening

November 18, 2021 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We sure do not need more of your right wing hateful posts so take the night off.

Do something good and worthwhile for the human race for a change.

November 18, 2021 11:31 AM  
Anonymous hi, it's Merrick Garland. I believe in the Constitution right of free speech, as long as the speakers agree with me. otherwise, they're domestic terrorists !!!!!!!!!!... said...

"We sure do not need more of your right wing hateful posts so take the night off.

Do something good and worthwhile for the human race for a change."

you may want to work on our listening skills

if you stop telling everyone who disagrees with you to just shut up, you might do something good and worthwhile for the human race -

for a change!

November 18, 2021 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Dems are going to be as sad as Eeyore next November said...

"Historically, white Americans literally sailed ships to Africa and kidnapped people who were living their ordinary lives there, brought them to this land and forced them to work without pay or any rights."

"white Americans"?

slavery began when "America" was a group of European colonies

Europeans, very educated they were, made slaves of conquered lands with peoples who were less technologically advanced

in the earliest colonial days, most slaves in the American colonies were Native Americans

eventually Europeans began to send the African people they conquered

all states North of Maryland took steps to abolish slavery around the time of the American Revolution, when we threw out the British

when Thomas Jefferson became President, he called for abolishing the slave trade and did so during his presidency

when you say "white Americans" you imply that the founders of our country literally sailed ships to Africa and kidnapped people who were living their ordinary lives there

but that's not true

contrary to CRT, America was not founded to suppress non-whites

"The entire Southern half of the country depended on that forced labor to develop industry and wealth,"

that's true

the Europeans devised a system that made the South dependent on slavery

unfortunately, systems are difficult to break down, even if there's a moral imperative

people are innately self-centered, sinful if you will

it's not limited to white people

"and it was not unknown in the North. Today a significant proportion of the country's population is descended from those African people,"

yes they are

but, of course, we all know that

"and any history that avoids or whitewashes that episode of our past is ... just wrong."

yes, it would be

but so are the deceptive notions of CRT

history has not avoided or whitewashed the existence of slavery

CRT is trying to rewrite history, much like Communist countries do

"Of course it doesn't sound real good to say that white people kidnapped Black people and held them as slaves,"

well, no one avoids saying that

"but it happened, and the consequences of that activity are part of our daily life now -- you simply cannot understand American culture without knowing about slavery, the Civil War, the Reformation, segregation, lynching, Jim Crow -- ragtime, boogie-woogie, jazz, blues, hip-hop... None of it makes any sense if you don't know what happened."

couldn't agree more

the problem is your original statement about "white Americans" is demagoguery, which is how authoritarians gain power

truly educated people can see that

say, you aren't an expert in American history, ae you?

November 18, 2021 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Reginald Upinold...LOL! said...

"experts know when to trust a fact and when to doubt it even if it is supported by some evidence or arguments. Their opinion is not based on confident-sounding assertions of truth, but on the actual fact that they know what they are talking about."

are you an expert on what you're discussing here?

or are you just basing your opinion on confident-sounding assertions of truth?

because...if you are...well, I don't see how we can be expected to take that seriously

not after reading this brilliant analysis of rampant authoritarianism!!!!!!!!!

November 18, 2021 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Still lying, we see said...

I rarely tell anyone to shut up, but we've all read enough of your lies.

Reading your lies is neither good nor worthwhile.

I did not tell anyone to shut up.

That's another lie you told.

My words were "take the night off."

There's always tomorrow.

With your compulsions, you'll be back.

And there you are, more lies and hatred.

It sucks to be you.

November 19, 2021 9:11 AM  
Anonymous During Trans Awareness Week, Amy Schneider, a transgender woman, becomes the new ‘Jeopardy!’ champion. said...

During Trans Awareness Week, Amy Schneider, a transgender woman, becomes the new ‘Jeopardy!’ champion.

On Wednesday, in the midst of Trans Awareness Week, transgender woman Amy Schneider was crowned the new Jeopardy! champion.

When the engineering manager from Oakland, California, became the only contestant to correctly answer the “Final Jeopardy” clue, she stopped Andrew He’s five-day winning streak.

Schneider won $31,600 after correctly responding “Manhattan” to the clue: “Robert Fulton and two of the first four Treasury Secretaries are buried in a cemetery on this island.”

Schneider took to Twitter after the episode aired to remind viewers that she is not the first transgender woman to compete on the popular game show.

“FYI, I am not the first out trans person to appear on Jeopardy,” she wrote (a few friends have asked). There have been a few before, notably Kate Freeman, the first out trans champion on December 16, 2020. My gratitude goes out to each and every one of them for blazing the trail!” Schneider said that her debut on the show wasn’t without one “very embarrassing” error, in addition to tweeting specifics about the technique she used to overcome He.

“I spilt water down the front of my top just seconds before taping started,” she wrote. “It had to come to a halt as the wardrobe lady tried to wipe it off.”

“It was humiliating, and I felt bad for delaying the entire production.” But I needed to forget about it, so I decided to take it as a good omen.” Schneider’s win was celebrated during Trans Awareness Week, which began on November 13 and ends on November 20 with the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“You are both a really inspirational and highly intelligent woman,” one fan wrote. Congratulations on winning, especially during Trans Awareness Week! #TransIsBeautiful.” I’m not the first transgender person to appear on Jeopardy! (a few friends have asked). There have been a few before, notably Kate Freeman, the first out trans champion on December 16, 20. Thank you very much.

November 19, 2021 9:16 AM  
Anonymous kickin' down the cobblestones and feelin' groovy! said...

"I rarely tell anyone to shut up, but we've all read enough of your lies."

since there have been so many lies that you've had your fill, you won't have any trouble naming one

take your time, we'll wait

btw, everyone has noticed that you said "I rarely tell anyone to shut up, but," clearly meaning that you told me to shut up

and then, getting all flustered, you contradict yourself:

"I did not tell anyone to shut up."

well, that's another lie you told

I didn't say you told me to perpetually shut up

you told me to shut up last night

as you acknowledged yourself in the preceding sentence

you should probably give yourself a 60-second rule

wait that long, and reread, before posting your comment

then, you won't be embarrassed like his again

"There's always tomorrow."

indeed, there is

and the TTF post is so chockful of disingenuous demagoguery that I'll continue on on for several days, tearing it to pieces

last night was just a down payment

however, I always feel bad that the comments rarely address the post that the moderator takes so long to prepare

so I'm resolved to only do that this time out, stay on-topic

regardless of the other comments made by the nuts that frequent this blog

"During Trans Awareness Week, Amy Schneider, a transgender woman, becomes the new ‘Jeopardy!’ champion."

I saw that last night and had no idea that was a guy

not particularly attractive but didn't seem masculine

I'll watch again tonight to see if I notice anything

November 19, 2021 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You work so hard twisting lies into truths.

Thanks for your clear and public demonstrations.

November 19, 2021 12:07 PM  
Anonymous sayonara, gay agenda! said...

"You work so hard twisting lies into truths.

Thanks for your clear and public demonstrations."

I don't think anyone's convinced

seeing as you can't provide a single example

LOL!!!!!!!

November 19, 2021 12:43 PM  
Anonymous So trolly said...

Thank you for your clear demonstration that it is impossible for you to stay on topic.



November 19, 2021 1:02 PM  
Anonymous One of the troll's lies said...

"I'm resolved to only do that this time out, stay on-topic"

November 19, 2021 1:14 PM  
Anonymous CRT Agent said...

12.5 million enslaved Africans were transported on slave ships from Africa to America between 1500 and 1866. The slaves worked for European-Americans, also known as "white people," who widely regarded them as different species, inferior to (white) human beings. They lived in deplorable conditions, subject to rape, torture, murder, and family separation as their owners wished.

"CRT" is a Republican bogeyman. It has nothing to do with anything that affects anyone in our communities. Big Bird is a CRT. Cancel culture is a CRT. Nancy Pelosi is a CRT. Antifa is a CRT. George Soros is a CRT. CRT makes bloody gurgling sounds under your bed at night. It is a vewy scawey bogeyman.

November 19, 2021 1:31 PM  
Anonymous CRT is pure GOPer lies said...

The evidence that CRT is actually influencing history instruction in classrooms remains sparse. Anti-CRT activists have mainly revealed a growing industry of expensive, hyper-woke diversity instructors hired by school districts to coach administrators and teachers. This issue is worth putting on the agenda of a civil, orderly school board meeting.

But this is decidedly not the point, which becomes ever clearer as emboldened Republican state legislators unvarnish their intentions. North Dakota’s new law banning CRT in K-12 education provides this definition: “For purposes of this section, ‘critical race theory’ means the theory that racism is not merely the product of learned individual bias or prejudice, but that racism is systemically embedded in American society and the American legal system to facilitate racial inequality.”

Imagine being a history teacher trying to tell the American story under such constraints. The inequities in wealth accumulation due to centuries of stolen labor? The zoning and lending practices that have maintained White neighborhoods? The systems of policing and incarceration that regularly produce indignities and injustice for Black people? (How many black vigilantes like Rittenhouse get to walk?) Tearing these topics out of high school curriculums would, at least, leave plenty of time for field trips. North Dakota’s definition of racism is so narrow that it is, in effect, racist.

November 19, 2021 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Slidin Biden: making inflation great again said...

"Thank you for your clear demonstration that it is impossible for you to stay on topic."

oh, I didn't mean I wouldn't respond to your lies

I just won't engage on whole different topics

but, who knows?

maybe I will

it really wasn't a contract with you evil lunatics

"12.5 million enslaved Africans were transported on slave ships from Africa to America between 1500 and 1866."

well, most were before Thomas Jefferson abolished the slave trade in 1806

as I said, the founding fathers were trying to end slavery

they have been defamed by CRT

truth is, slavery was a global phenomenon

even in the Western Hemisphere, more slaves went to the Caribbean and South America than the British colonies

indeed, black plantation owners in the Caribbean, such as Kamala Harris' ancestors, owned slaves

"The slaves worked for European-Americans, also known as "white people,""

the people who captured the slaves were Europeans, largely from Portugal, whose first passage was from Europe to the West coast of Africa and whose middle passage was across the Atlantic, and whose final passage was home to Europe

oh, the whites in the colonies who bought them were complicit

but, remember the abolitionists and founding fathers were also "white people'

the use of the term "white people" is generalized demagoguery

""CRT" is a Republican bogeyman."

it was interesting to watch the progressive line change

first, in the aftermath of the 2020 uprisings, CRT was pushed on the public

then, we it became clear it was political liability, the next line was it wasn't even taught in public schools

then, after the Virginia election, the line was there is no such thing as CRT

LOL!!!!!!!!!

it's a theory that all whites are oppressors and all minorities are victims and that our entire system was designed to suppress minorities

polls show people of all races oppose pushing the flawed theory on impressionable kids

November 19, 2021 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is trying to make inflation great again !... said...


"The evidence that CRT is actually influencing history instruction in classrooms remains sparse. Anti-CRT activists have mainly revealed a growing industry of expensive, hyper-woke diversity instructors hired by school districts to coach administrators and teachers. This issue is worth putting on the agenda of a civil, orderly school board meeting.

But this is decidedly not the point, which becomes ever clearer as emboldened Republican state legislators unvarnish their intentions. North Dakota’s new law banning CRT in K-12 education provides this definition: “For purposes of this section, ‘critical race theory’ means the theory that racism is not merely the product of learned individual bias or prejudice, but that racism is systemically embedded in American society and the American legal system to facilitate racial inequality.”

Imagine being a history teacher trying to tell the American story under such constraints. The inequities in wealth accumulation due to centuries of stolen labor? The zoning and lending practices that have maintained White neighborhoods? The systems of policing and incarceration that regularly produce indignities and injustice for Black people? (How many black vigilantes like Rittenhouse get to walk?) Tearing these topics out of high school curriculums would, at least, leave plenty of time for field trips. North Dakota’s definition of racism is so narrow that it is, in effect, racist."

we all read Kathleen Parker's column in the Post today

thanks for cutting and pasting a portion

LOL!!!!!!!!!

Parker used to be an insightful columnist but came down with a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome around 2016

but even she admits that "a growing industry of expensive, hyper-woke diversity instructors hired by school districts to coach administrators and teachers" is present

they influence the teachers who, in turn, push the flawed and false ideas on the kids

"How many black vigilantes like Rittenhouse get to walk?"

well, Rittenhouse isn't a vigilante

and most black criminals do, indeed, walk

Rittenhouse was a white guy who shot other white guys who were attacking him

black guys shoot black guys and "walk" every day

the jury saw multiple videos of the Rittenhouse self-defense and exonerated him

it was obvious he was innocent

Rittenhouse has been defamed by Slidin' Joe Biden and the MSM as a white supremacist

this is vicious lie and they will pay for it in legal judgements, as they had to do when they defamed Nick Sandmann

they are lucky Brett Kavanaugh is a public figure and can't sue them

as for you, you should repent of your evil attitude

you actually wanted this innocent young guy to spend his life in a cage to advance your pathetic political agenda

November 19, 2021 9:24 PM  
Anonymous last year alone, 700,000 people globally died of AIDS: why has been no lockdowns on homosexual activity? said...

"since there have been so many lies that you've had your fill, you won't have any trouble naming one

take your time, we'll wait"

10 and a half hours

we said we'd wait but this is ridculous

you can't even come up with one lie?

November 19, 2021 9:28 PM  
Anonymous hi, rememba me?, it's Merrick Garland again. just checking to see if there are any openings on the Supreme Court, or do I have to go to DOJ? said...

"How many black vigilantes like Rittenhouse get to walk?"

Rittenhouse has been defamed and will eventually receive damages from the main-stream-media. He isn't a vigilante. But criminals who happen to be black "walk" on a regular basis. Most famous case: OJ Simpson, currently living the endless-golf-and-tennis life in Florida.

The slippery slope of televised "racial justice" started with us, black people, wrapping our arms around O.J. Simpson during a double murder trial 27 years ago. It did not matter to Simpson's supporters that the all-time great running back eschewed any semblance of racial loyalty or that Simpson likely committed the murders.

Duty called. Black people clung to the hem of Simpson's garment as if miracles would be derived from the agitation of white people incensed by the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

The slippery slope we boarded in 1994 has hit rock bottom in the Kyle Rittenhouse double murder trial. In our never-ending zeal to agitate white people, we have wrapped our arms around Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, two deceased white criminals

Rosenbaum was a convicted pedophile. A decade ago, a grand jury in Arizona indicted him on 11 counts of child molestation involving five boys ranging in age from 9 to 11. The charges included anal rape. He copped a plea and was convicted of two of the 11 counts. He suffered bipolar disorder. He attempted suicide. He was released from a mental institution hours before confronting Rittenhouse, threatening to kill Rittenhouse, and trying to take Rittenhouse's AR-15 rifle.

Huber was a serial domestic abuser. He pled guilty to strangulation, suffocation, and false imprisonment. He had been charged with disorderly conduct and use of a dangerous weapon. In the moments before Rittenhouse shot him, Huber clubbed Rittenhouse with a skateboard.

Rosenbaum and Huber are the new O.J. Simpson. They are the stars of "White Is the New Black," a docu-series airing on CNN, MSNBC, and across all social media platforms illustrating the utter lunacy of a "racial justice" agenda built around irritating conservative white people.

That's the point of racial justice. Irritating white people.

We, black people, are so confused, so misled, so lacking in strategy, leadership, integrity, and substance that we've reduced black progress to trolling white people. We replaced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with "Black Twitter."

November 20, 2021 6:55 AM  
Anonymous hi, rememba me?, it's Merrick Garland again. just checking to see if there are any openings on the Supreme Court, or do I have to go to DOJ? said...

How does convicting Rittenhouse of murder for defending himself against the attack of psychotic criminals advance the cause of black people?

It doesn't. It's no different from the acquittal of O.J. Simpson. A handful of black comedians made money cracking O.J. jokes. Johnnie Cochran burnished his reputation as America's best trial lawyer. And black people got to giggle among themselves about how irate their co-workers were that O.J. walked.

But nothing changed for the betterment of black people. The biggest winners were the cable news channels. O.J. launched TV careers and networks. Fox News and MSNBC launched in the aftermath of the Simpson trial. Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo Rivera, Dan Abrams, David Gregory, Nancy Grace, Harvey Levin, Jeffrey Toobin, and Eliot Spitzer all rode the Trial of the Century to fame and fortune.

O.J. benefited the white people who were willing to go on TV and lie about what was happening inside the courtroom. The O.J. trial is the only trial I watched start to finish. Cochran and his dream team of attorneys destroyed the prosecution from voir dire to closing arguments. The TV experts pretended that prosecutors Marcia Clark and Chris Darden were holding their own.

The same thing is playing out in the Rittenhouse trial. Corporate media are pretending the prosecution is proving Rittenhouse is guilty of murder, and black people are foolishly anticipating a moment of frustrated-white-people satisfaction.

If we want to be taken seriously, we need a far more tangible goal. The current one is embarrassing and counterproductive. It makes black people look weak, illogical, and immoral. The current goal forces us to turn O.J. Simpson, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber into martyrs and heroes.

Racial Maddow, aka Joy Reid, shouted Rosenbaum's name on TV the other night like she was referring to Medgar Evars.

A Black Lives Matter clown from Portland, Oregon — Greg McKelvey — tweeted yesterday that employers should give their black employees a day or two off from work after the Rittenhouse verdict… regardless of the verdict. McKelvey says it's going to be hard for us to work and it isn't fair for our employers to expect us to.

The deaths of a white pedophile and a white domestic abuser have shaken black people to the point that we need time off work to recover? McKelvey is insane. He suffers racial dysphoria.

Yesterday, during closing arguments, assistant district attorney Thomas Binger put an exclamation point on the absurdity of the racial justice being sought in the Rittenhouse trial. Binger rationalized the violent and bizarre behavior of Rosenbaum on the night of the shooting, including excusing Rosenbaum's use of the N-word.

"Oh, and he said some bad words," Binger mocked. "He said the N-word. Tsk, tsk, tsk."

A pedophile who dropped the N-word is the newest racial justice martyr. Never thought I'd miss the days when O.J. Simpson was a hero

November 20, 2021 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Trans Day of Remembrance said...

So far in 2021, at least 48 transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people have been killed—37 with a gun. It is the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States and Puerto Rico.

For trans people in the United States and Puerto Rico, violence against us has been on a relentless rise. Just last year, our country broke the previous record for the deadliest year for anti-trans homicides. It took only 11 months for bigots to murder members of my community in even greater numbers.

And yet, this violence is not experienced equally within the trans community. Black trans women have often faced the worst, targeted for both their skin color and gender identity. They make up the vast majority of the victims of anti-trans homicides—and most of them are killed with a gun.

So let us be clear: Violence against transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people is a gun violence issue. As a movement, we must not only fight for, but also center the marginalized communities that disproportionately experience gun violence. We must support the trans people of our country by pushing for gun safety policies that will work to keep them safe.

We have a role to play in the fight against hate. But if we are to be effective, we must recognize that these murders do not exist in a vacuum. They are enabled and normalized by anti-trans rhetoric and policy—both of which have dramatically increased on all levels of government, from town councils to Congress.

People like me have been a part of our movement for years. We have shown up alongside you to fight for gun safety with the same passion and fervor.

Now more than ever, I need you to make sure that when you're showing up to end gun violence, you're showing up for us too.

Thank you for being a part of this movement, both today and every day.

Flynn Williams
They/He
National Advisory Board Member
Students Demand Action

November 20, 2021 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Kamala's ancestors owned slaves: will she pay reparations? said...

"So far in 2021, at least 48 transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people have been killed—37 with a gun. It is the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States and Puerto Rico."

really? ho many normal people have been killed?

"For trans people in the United States and Puerto Rico, violence against us has been on a relentless rise. Just last year, our country broke the previous record for the deadliest year for anti-trans homicides."

are you saying they were killed because they were trans?

if s, how do you know that?

"And yet, this violence is not experienced equally within the trans community. Black trans women have often faced the worst, targeted for both their skin color and gender identity. They make up the vast majority of the victims of anti-trans homicides—and most of them are killed with a gun."

ah, so most trans killed are black...

who killed them? white straights? black straights? Asian trans?

how do you know they were killed because they are black and trans?

could it be they just hung out in dangerous parts of town afterhours?

"So let us be clear: Violence against transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people is a gun violence issue. As a movement, we must not only fight for, but also center the marginalized communities that disproportionately experience gun violence. We must support the trans people of our country by pushing for gun safety policies that will work to keep them safe."

guns, like so many things, can be used for good or bad

for example, Kyle Rittenhouse used his gun to protect his family's business from looters

that was good

John Hinckley used his gun to shoot the best President of our generation: Ronald Reagan

that was bad

"we must recognize that these murders do not exist in a vacuum. They are enabled and normalized by anti-trans rhetoric and policy—both of which have dramatically increased on all levels of government, from town councils to Congress."

this is false

again, let's hear what you know about the motives of the killers

also, from town councils to Congress, our society has become increasingly tolerant of trans, not less

so, it's doubtful they have been killed because of racists or anti-trans

"People like me have been a part of our movement for years."

and yet you claim it's been getting worse for years

maybe you aren't having effect you are going for

or, more likely, you have no idea what you're talking about

November 20, 2021 3:10 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Andrew Cuomo. should I run for President? said...

"President Biden released a statement Saturday mourning the loss of more than 40 transgender Americans who died by violence in 2021.

“Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, as well as the countless other transgender people — disproportionately Black and brown transgender women and girls — who face brutal violence, discrimination, and harassment,” Biden said.

“Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know. But no person should have to be brave just to live in safety and dignity. Today, we remember. Tomorrow—and every day—we must continue to act,” Biden said.

Biden also called on states to cease “bullying disguised as legislation,” saying state legislatures are putting transgender children in danger.

Several states have introduced or passed legislation that blocks gender confirmation treatment for transgender youth such as puberty blockers. Some of the bills also ban gender confirmation surgery for children.

In addition, states such as Florida have passed bills that bar transgender girls from participating on sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. Proponents of the legislation argue that they are protecting cisgender women and girls.

“To ensure that our government protects the civil rights of transgender Americans, I charged my team with coordinating across the federal government to address the epidemic of violence and advance equality for transgender people,” Biden said.

“I also continue to urge the Senate to swiftly pass the Equality Act so that all people are able to live free from fear and discrimination,” he added."

inflation, homicide rates climbing, shortages of everything, CRT in the schools, inability to pass the social spending bill

and all Biden can think is Transgender Day

clearly, the Dems will never realize why they are in the mess they're in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 21, 2021 10:22 PM  
Anonymous One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all? said...

This is what the right wing was saying in the wake of what appears to be a fleeing criminal plowing into a parade in Wisconsin last night:

If you’re looking around right now and you’re rightfully horrified by the state of things in your country, you should know that proactive measures are going to be needed if you want this to stop.

The Right must become active. You cannot “live and let live” your way out of this.

-Run for school board
-Run for DA
-Run for city council
-Run for state legislature
-Run for sheriff
-Train with your weapons
-Boycott every corporation who hates you
-Stop sending your children to communist training camps posing as “universities”
-Make babies

-If your pastor uses words like “white privilege”, walk out and never return
-Do not hire communists. Do not associate with them.
-Fire anyone with a “Biden” sticker on their car
-Doxx people who doxx people
-Embrace cancel culture. Ruin the lives of people trying to ruin yours

-Never defend yourself against communist attacks on your character. Answer “Nazi” with “Pedophile”. Always offense. Always.
-Never let them use your values against you. “Jesus wouldn’t want what you’re doing!” Laugh at this.

Above all, embrace the struggle. Learn to enjoy it. We have decades of cultural combat ahead of us. You will not be alive to see final victory. It took them 100 years to get here. So put that out of your mind.

Embrace the struggle.

That’s all.

November 22, 2021 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is whipping up a Scrooge Christmas for the kids !!!!!!!!............ said...

could you make clear what "right wing was saying in the wake of what appears to be a fleeing criminal plowing into a parade in Wisconsin last night" buy putting quotes mark?

are you saying one person said all this?

sounds like more cherry-picking, guilt by association, and general demagoguery that TTF is so well known for

November 22, 2021 8:43 PM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...

"was saying in the wake of what appears to be a fleeing criminal plowing into a parade in Wisconsin last night"

what association does this have with the liberal not who ran down all those people at a parade in Wisconsin?

November 22, 2021 8:46 PM  
Anonymous NEW MARQUETTE LAW SCHOOL POLL FINDS MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE NATION FAVOR A TRUMP RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024, WHILE MAJORITY OF VOTERS OVERALL ARE OPPOSED said...

MILWAUKEE — A Marquette Law School Poll survey of adults nationwide finds a majority of Republicans wanting former President Donald Trump to run for president in 2024, although a majority of all adults in the survey say they do not want him to run. Among all respondents, 28% would like to see Trump make another run for the presidency, while 71% do not want him to run again.

Republicans are most favorable to a Trump run. Sixty percent say he should run, while 40% of Republicans say they do not want him to run. A minority of independents would like Trump to run in 2024, and large majorities of those who identify as Democrats oppose a Trump rerun. The full results are shown in Table 1.

All results in the tables below are stated as percentages; the precise wording of the questions can be found in the online link noted above. The results are from a nationwide survey of 1,004 adults in the period Nov. 1-10, 2021. The margin of error in the current poll is +/-3.9 percentage points.

Table 1

The extent of support for a return by Trump to campaigning is also seen in his favorability ratings. Among all adults, 32% have a favorable opinion of him, while 65% have an unfavorable opinion and 3% say they don’t have an opinion of him.
As with a possible 2024 run, Trump is viewed favorably by a very large percentage of Republicans, but he faces net unfavorable ratings from independents and especially negative views from Democrats, as shown in Table 2.

Table 2

In a rematch with President Joe Biden in a possible 2024 election, Trump receives support of 34% of those polled, against Biden’s 42%, while 18% say they wouldn’t vote for either and 6% say they would not vote.

Once more, there are variations in the support for Trump, by party identification, as seen in Table 3. The relatively high percentage of each partisan group saying they would vote for someone else or wouldn’t vote suggests the difficulty either candidate faces looking to a 2024 race as of now.

Table 3

Confidence in 2020 election result

Beliefs about the accuracy of the 2020 election outcome continue to divide the population. Sixty-five percent say they are very or somewhat confident that the presidential election was accurately conducted and counted, while 35% say they are not too or not at all confident about the election results.

November 23, 2021 6:54 AM  
Anonymous hi, it's Kamala. does anyone have a good idea how I can get out of this? said...

"Authoritarianism does not work for educated people. When the leader says something absurd, people who are able to judge for themselves remain unpersuaded. This is the simplest political fact there is."

except it's no fact at all

the Nazis were very educated

they had their philosopher: Nietzche

their musician: Wagner

their scientist: Darwin

similarly, their current decedent, the People's Republic of China, has sent their children to the world's finest schools for years

the failings are moral, not ignorance

"A Marquette Law School Poll survey of adults nationwide finds a majority of Republicans wanting former President Donald Trump to run for president in 2024,"

Trump won't run

the GOP has found the formula for victory in Virginia

don't insult Trump but keep him at a distance

the media will try to get him nominated, he's their creation

but the powers that be will stop it

they'll promise to nominate him to the Supreme Court if he stands down

Nikki Haley will get nominated for President, Youngkin will be vice

"It should surprise no one if the first thing 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse does with his freedom is sue several media outlets for defamation. He would have every right to.

At least a handful of major news networks have spent the past week spreading outright lies about Rittenhouse’s case and smearing him as a “racist” and “white supremacist.” Just yesterday, MSNBC host Tiffany Cross referred to Rittenhouse as “this little murderous white supremacist.” A few days earlier, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed Rittenhouse fired his weapon 60 times when evidence shows he fired his rifle a total of eight times. MSNBC host Joy Reid accused Rittenhouse of driving four hours with an AR-15 when Rittenhouse testified in court that he acquired the weapon at a friend’s house once he arrived in Kenosha. CBS reporter Mark Strassman also falsely claimed Rittenhouse crossed state lines “armed for battle.”

Those are just a few examples of how grossly irresponsible the press’s coverage of this case has been. No wonder, then, that Rittenhouse is already being approached by “a couple of other prominent lawyers” who want to help him make a civil defamation case, according to his defense attorney, Mark Richards.

There’s a good chance Rittenhouse would win any defamation case he chooses to pursue, according to Todd McMurtry, the lawyer who helped former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann win his defamation case against CNN. Because Rittenhouse is a private figure, his lawyers would only have to prove negligence on the part of whoever made the defamatory statement, McMurtry explained.

"I think Rittenhouse may be able to make a case when commentators on MSNBC say he's a school shooter, a White supremacist, even a vigilante," McMurtry said

Whatever Rittenhouse decides to do, it is clear he has been the victim of a targeted campaign led by rabid leftists in the media who believed he was the villain from the get-go and are now trying to convince everyone they were right. It does not matter how many facts they have to get wrong, how many lies they have to tell — they will continue to portray Rittenhouse as guilty.

Someone has to hold them to account. And if a defamation case is the best way to do that, Rittenhouse should lawyer up.

November 23, 2021 7:18 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

"The educational system works from bottom to top to produce experts -- individuals who are knowledgeable in their field, who know not only the subject matter but the research methods that produced that knowledge, alternative theories, the history of the topic and ideas that have been tested and discarded. These experts know when to trust a fact and when to doubt it even if it is supported by some evidence or arguments. Their opinion is not based on confident-sounding assertions of truth, but on the actual fact that they know what they are talking about. Experts can disagree among themselves and they can be wrong, they are typically constantly adjusting their beliefs in response to new information."

A nice fantasy. Meantime, life outside goes on around you...

The truth is, certain fields have become so polarized that the process described above simply doesn't happen. Experts know when to trust a fact? LOL!!!!!! The know when they shouldn't pursue evidence because it would be fatal to their career, reputation, and funding...

Across the nation, school districts and politicians are embroiled in a debate over "Critical Race Theory" (CRT)—a term for an effort that declares that race is almost exclusively at the heart of all social interactions and structures. Some parents are fighting back against what they see as CRT in their children's curriculum, while others insist that all their kids are being taught is American history.

Navigating the present and charting the future requires being well informed by the past. Thus, a racially just United States of America requires a deep examination of how centuries of racial inequities have propelled injustices and imbalances in our nation's educational, criminal justice, economic, health care and other social systems.

Still, those who are viscerally advocating CRT are also risk overlooking the past when it comes to setting a path forward. Polarizing and politically-fueled campaigns involving CRT have become divisive to the detriment of social justice.

The Civil Rights Movement was successful because it emphasized our commonalities as Americans: our common hopes, dreams, struggles, and destiny being tied together. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rejected standing apart as a solution, often saying, "We cannot walk alone."

This is what many CRT proponents get wrong and what parents across the country are rejecting. We cannot teach our children to see themselves as defined and destined by race, that a trait is White or Black, that the American dream is only available for some.

November 23, 2021 11:20 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...


I began my career as an advocate for human and civil rights by leading protests, most often taking an adversarial approach to address the injustices plaguing communities of color, particularly around policing. As my influence and public voice grew, I began engaging directly with many of the law enforcement professionals I was marching against. I came to appreciate their perspectives and the difficulty in the jobs they do each day. I learned to my surprise that the world they wanted for their children was consistent with my own. It recalled the wisdom of my civil rights mentors and predecessors who marched together irrespective of race, gender, age, and religion in the 1950's and 60's.

Over the course of the past two decades, I began to speak more to our shared humanity and values; that there was no problem we could not solve by working across our differences. Taking this approach has changed hearts and built more bridges than I could have ever imagined possible. I have learned that effective movements for change must be measured, strategic and solutions-driven in order to accomplish the mission of freedom, justice and equality for all.

As our nation wrestles with the continuing presence of systemic inequalities, educators in local communities are facing similar decisions. Yes, we must absolutely equip children with the knowledge of how racism created inequalities throughout history that still exist today. But an academic theory that was meant to be an analytical tool for sophisticated thinkers should not have its essence distilled into teaching tools or academic policy. Doing so has the potential to lead to teaching students damaging lessons, such as only seeing themselves through race, or counterproductive policy, such as canceling gifted and talented programs because not enough Black students are selected.

We must do better. When teaching children about how to understand that which might make them different, we also teach them what makes them the same. When we teach about the flaws of the founders, we also teach about their accomplishments. Rather than get rid of a test that has unequal results by race, we must implement a policy that enables all students to test to their potential.

Numerous studies have shown that the American people are interested in unity rather than division, in lasting solutions rather than fruitless catharsis. The Public Policy Research Institute's annual American Values Survey in 2021 found that 84 percent of Americans want to teach students about our mistakes, yes, but also about our achievements. It was consistent with the findings of Jacobin Magazine, which recently commissioned a study regarding what message voters responded best to, and found that emphasizing common concerns substantially outpaced campaigning on messages more aligned with CRT.

The lesson we teach, even if unintended, cannot be that we are set apart, ashamed if white, or hopeless if a person of color. Parents across the country are rejecting this instruction at school board meetings and at the ballot box. We should take their lead and remember the lessons of our past even as we address its faults.

Our responsibility is to equip our children with the confidence, historical truths, decency, and integrity required to sit at tables of sisterhood and brotherhood, together.

November 23, 2021 11:20 AM  
Anonymous government ain't the solution, it's the problem said...

"Black Lives Matter activist Vaun Mayes suggested the Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Sunday might be linked to retaliation for the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict.

Mayes speculated despite there being no evidence of a connection between the verdict and the attack. He arrived at the scene of the parade attack on Monday and addressed his audience on Facebook in a livestream video.

“We’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Mayes said. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.”"

it doesn't sound like this guy is right, and I sure hope he isn't

but the disturbing thing is that the leader of this movement, who has placed their signs all over America, thinks this would be a good start for the "revolution"

not sure Americans completely understand the group they have associated themselves with

November 23, 2021 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Jury awards millions in damages for Unite the Right violence said...

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — In a mixed verdict, a jury awarded more than $25 million in damages Tuesday against white nationalist leaders and organizations for violence that erupted during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

After a nearly monthlong civil trial, a jury in U.S. District Court deadlocked on two key claims but found the white nationalists liable on four other counts in the lawsuit filed by nine people who suffered physical or emotional injuries during the two days of demonstrations.

Attorney Roberta Kaplan said the plaintiffs’ lawyers plan to refile the suit so a new jury can decide the two claims this jury could not reach a verdict on. She called the amount of damages awarded from the others counts “eye opening”

“That sends a loud message,” Kaplan said.

The verdict is a rebuke to the white nationalist movement, particularly for the two dozen individuals and organizations who were accused in a federal lawsuit of orchestrating violence against African Americans, Jews and others in a meticulously planned conspiracy.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs invoked a 150-year-old law passed after the Civil War to shield freed slaves from violence and protect their civil rights. Commonly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, the law contains a rarely used provision that allows private citizens to sue other citizens for civil rights violations.

Hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, ostensibly to protest city plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. During a march on the University of Virginia campus, white nationalists chanted “Jews will not replace us,” surrounded counterprotesters and threw tiki torches at them. The following day, an avowed admirer of Adolf Hitler rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens more.

Then-President Donald Trump touched off a political firestorm when he failed to immediately denounce the white nationalists, saying there were “ very fine people on both sides. ”

The driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., is serving life in prison for murder and hate crimes. Fields is one of 24 defendants named in the lawsuit funded by Integrity First for America, a nonprofit civil rights organization formed in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

The lawsuit accused some of the country’s most well-known white nationalists of plotting the violence, including Jason Kessler, the rally’s main organizer; Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” to describe a loosely connected band of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others; and Christopher Cantwell, a white supremacist who became known as the “crying Nazi” for posting a tearful video when a warrant was issued for his arrest on assault charges for using pepper spray against counterdemonstrators.

The trial featured emotional testimony from people who were struck by Fields’ car or witnessed the attacks well as plaintiffs who were beaten or subjected to racist taunts...

November 23, 2021 3:47 PM  
Anonymous remember when Stacy Abrams lost the Georgia governor race, she ranted about voter fraud and refused to accept the result? said...

"Then-President Donald Trump touched off a political firestorm when he failed to immediately denounce the white nationalists, saying there were “ very fine people on both sides. ”"

this is a lie, repeatedly endlessly by a liberal press that makes up their own news to inflame, polarize, and divide the nation for their own enrichment

"The driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., is serving life in prison for murder"

as he should be

November 23, 2021 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Keep lying said...

Clean out your lying ears and eyes and watch the first 30 seconds of this videotape and you will hear Rump say, “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. "

November 24, 2021 9:35 AM  
Anonymous that's right, pilgrim !... said...

"watch the first 30 seconds of this videotape"

yeah, we've all seen it. we've all also watched the whole thing when he made clear that the "other fine people" he referred to weren't KKK, neo-Nazis, or white supremacists

Trump has plenty of material that you can attack him on

why do want to lie?

how does that help your cause?

November 24, 2021 2:12 PM  
Anonymous fan of our current Supreme Court said...

"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group … There were people in that rally — and I looked the night before — if you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day it looked like they had some rough, bad people — neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest."

look at that

in the article you linked, Trump said neo-Nazis, white nationalists were "rough, bad people"

and yet, you say "Then-President Donald Trump touched off a political firestorm when he failed to immediately denounce the white nationalists, saying there were “ very fine people on both sides. ”"

you're a liar

he denounced white supremacists as "rough, bad people" in the very statement where he said there were “ very fine people on both sides. ”

so, you are not only lying, you are doing so willfully

November 24, 2021 2:19 PM  
Anonymous joe biden is not the solution to the Dems' problems, Joe Biden is the Dems' problem said...

"The educational system works from bottom to top to produce experts -- individuals who are knowledgeable in their field, who know not only the subject matter but the research methods that produced that knowledge, alternative theories, the history of the topic and ideas that have been tested and discarded. These experts know when to trust a fact and when to doubt it even if it is supported by some evidence or arguments. Their opinion is not based on confident-sounding assertions of truth, but on the actual fact that they know what they are talking about."

this is so misguided

"experts" generally know the status quo within their field, they generally are not very aware of "research methods that produced that knowledge, alternative theories, the history of the topic and ideas that have been tested and discarded." they mau have has to learn it at some point but know enough to get by know

this is site started by those who mistook the opinion of scientific associations for facts

most advancements, in any field, comes from individuals who stepped outside the vicissitudes of the status quo because they were heavily involved in another field and synthesized the thinking of the two

November 27, 2021 4:31 AM  
Anonymous I wonder how many cognitive capability tests Joe Biden had this week? said...

President Biden may not recall what he said during a 2020 campaign debate last fall, but Americans should: “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.” At the time the U.S. had recorded 220,000 Covid deaths.

Covid deaths this year have now surpassed the toll in 2020 with 350,000 since Inauguration Day. It would seem that Mr. Biden has done no better than Donald Trump in defeating Covid despite the benefit of vaccines, better therapies, and more clinical experience. The left politicized Covid by holding Mr. Trump responsible for a disease that was always going to be hard to defeat.

“If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive,” Mr. Biden said last fall. That was as false as anything Mr. Trump ever said, but most journalists and experts agreed with the basic premise: Mr. Trump had blood on his hands. The world’s top medical journals called for Mr. Trump’s defeat.

A New England Journal of Medicine editorial headlined “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum” called the Administration “dangerously incompetent” and declared “we should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.” No wonder so many conservatives don’t trust these health experts.

Mr. Biden famously promised “to shut down the virus, not the country,” and he accused Mr. Trump of having “no plan.” Mr. Trump did downplay the virus in the early part of 2020, and he needlessly put himself in the middle of almost every debate over the disease and possible treatments. Politically, he played into Mr. Biden’s hands. But his Administration accelerated the vaccines and therapies that Mr. Biden later took credit for.

Recall how Mr. Biden scoffed at Mr. Trump’s prediction that vaccines would be widely available in the spring. “The distribution of that vaccine will not occur until sometime beginning of the middle of next year to get it out, if we get the vaccine,” he said. Mr. Trump turned out to be right, and Mr. Biden largely followed the distribution plan his predecessors had put in place.

Because of the Trump Administration’s preparation, the U.S. led most of the world in vaccinations this spring. Yet Mr. Biden had no plan to deal with the large numbers of vaccine holdouts, other than to deride them. He missed his goal of getting 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4 but proclaimed victory nonetheless.

Then came the more transmissible Delta variant, which Mr. Biden also had no plan to deal with though it had been spreading around the world for months. He needlessly injected himself into fights in GOP states over mask mandates. By late September, daily deaths exceeded 2,000—more than twice as many as a year earlier.

Mr. Biden blamed GOP governors and unvaccinated conservatives. Yet blacks and young people have also shown reluctance to get vaccinated, and they don’t tend to be Republican. See Nicki Minaj and Kyrie Irving. Meantime, Mr. Biden’s vaccine mandates have further polarized the country.

Virus cases this fall have plunged in the South but are now rising in the Northeast and Midwest states with relatively high vaccination rates. Vaccines are helpful in preventing severe illness but aren’t as effective at preventing infections and transmission as health experts hoped. Booster shots will be needed to keep the virus at bay this winter, especially for seniors and people at high risk. Yet the Administration’s messaging on boosters has been inconsistent and often confusing.

We recount all this not to blame Mr. Biden for this year’s Covid deaths. The truth last year and this year is that the virus is impossible for any politician to control, much less eliminate. Mr. Biden used the illusion he could vanquish the virus to win election, and he is now paying a political price because he hasn’t.

November 27, 2021 4:34 AM  
Anonymous TTFism is in free fall status - what a disaster Biden is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!........... said...


If the question is being asked, the answer is almost assuredly "no."

That is a reference to an embattled officeholder facing inquiries about standing for reelection. Of course, the public company line must be "yes." Otherwise, the candidate in question becomes the lamest of lame ducks instantaneously. The business of governing grinds to a halt as underlings turn into rivals jockeying for position in the succession line.

Ten months in, such is the sorry state of affairs of the Biden presidency. Even the U.S. House of Representatives passing the administration’s signature legislative priority could not snap the spell of a dreadful November swoon.

The month began with Democratic setbacks in the off year elections, and concludes with renewed concern about inflation and higher costs of well, everything, from gasoline (62% higher) to home heating (54% higher) to Thanksgiving meals (14% higher).

After a weekend of swirling speculation about the feasibility of a Joe Biden-led Democratic ticket in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did her best to tamp down the palace intrigue, calling it "his intention" to run for reelection. The statement mirrors Biden’s own from March 2021 (merely two months after his inauguration, which says something) when he stated, "My plan is to run for reelection."

Hardly Sherman-esque declarations. Both leave plenty of wiggle room. And for good reason. Even if Biden’s most ardent supporters were not expecting the second coming of JFK, few probably envisioned things going off the rails so badly, so fast.

While every presidency endures its ups and downs, Biden always faced the intractable and unstoppable opponent of Father Time. He just turned 79 years old. To put it charitably, he has lost a few miles an hour off his fastball. For a guy who spent the better part of his adult life delivering long-winded and verbose speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate, his public speaking events these days are brief, unsteady and far from inspiring.

Reversing his administration’s current tailspin starts with the man at the top. In this environment, it would be a tall task for a talented politician in their prime. Whether Biden is up for the task remains an open question, to put it mildly.

November 27, 2021 4:41 AM  
Anonymous TTFism is in free fall status - what a disaster Biden is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!........... said...


Should he seek and win a second term in office, Biden would be 86 years old by its conclusion. By contrast, the second-oldest commander in chief in our history, Ronald Reagan, was dismissed by his critics as being too long in the tooth when he first ran for president in 1980 at the age of 69.

If Biden has underwhelmed as president, his second-in-command has managed to fall even shorter of expectations. The latest polls show the American people viewing Vice President Kamala Harris less favorably than Biden, which is no small feat. Outside of family and paid advisers, even Democrats have a hard time envisioning Harris getting closer to the presidency than the 85 minutes she spent in charge when Biden was undergoing a medical procedure.

Beyond that, the bench gets awfully thin awfully fast. The runner-up of the last two contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is 80. His ideological soul mate, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has the opposite problem. She is only 32, although she technically would meet the constitutionally-mandated age requirement by Inauguration Day 2024. Like Harris with the border, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will spend the rest of his political life explaining how "supply chain" became kitchen table vernacular on his watch.

Perhaps Hillary Clinton or John Kerry is available for one more political rodeo? The GOP can only hope.

For all the endless media speculation and chatter around the Thanksgiving table about what is next for the Republican Party, the questions about the future of the Democratic Party are now – an unimaginable scenario just a few short months ago when they assumed full control of Washington.

November 27, 2021 4:44 AM  
Anonymous we won't get fooled again said...

If the lies of critical race theory can creep into the classrooms of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, they’re undoubtedly in your community — even if school administrators illegally try to hide it.

Consider Parkview High School of the Springfield Public Schools, deep in the beautiful Ozarks of southwestern Missouri. It’s part of the Bible Belt area, deeply conservative. Trump last fall carried Greene County (Springfield is the county seat) by a whopping 59 to 39 percent. He won neighboring Christian County 75 to 24 percent and Webster County 79 to 19 percent.

So it was a shock to read reports that Springfield Public Schools is instructing teachers that they are white supremacists for requiring use of the English language or calling police on a black criminal suspect. SPS teacher training also listed such examples of “covert white supremacy” as “education funding from property tax,” “mass incarceration,” “treating kids of color as adults” and the phrase “All lives matter.”

The stated purpose of the more-than-40-slide training deck, obtained by investigative journalist John Solomon, is to combat “systemic racism and xenophobia.” It features an “oppression matrix” identifying “privileged” oppressors including “white people,” “male assigned at birth,” “gender conforming CIS men and women,” “heterosexuals,” “rich, upper-class people” and “Protestants.”

This summer, two SPS teachers sued, alleging the district coerces employees “to affirm views they do not support, to disclose personal details that they wish to keep private and to self-censor on matters of public interest.”

It’s no wonder Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is also suing SPS, for alleged misbehavior that includes violation of transparency laws when asked to disclose its training materials.

“Parents have every right to know exactly what is being taught to their children, especially when public-school systems are implementing components of critical race theory,” Schmitt said.

November 28, 2021 1:28 AM  
Anonymous we won't get fooled again said...


CRT fanatics don’t want people to know the truth, but COVID-19 lockdowns showed parents on Zoom screens in their own homes what falsehoods schools are peddling nationwide. In my adopted home of Virginia, liberals embracing CRT were ejected in an election fueled by the wrath of parents furious at perpetual school closings and sexually explicit and racist curricula.

Black parents don’t believe their children are inherently incapable. White parents don’t believe their children are inherently evil.

SPS denies pushing CRT, instead claiming it teaches “equity.” But the materials speak for themselves.

All too often, “equity” is another word for “socialism.” Dr. Ben Carson explained in a TV interview this week with host Armstrong Williams that activists want a country “where the government takes care of you from cradle to grave, but you give them all power. That of course is antithetical to the American model.” To change that, “you have to get people to believe that the system is terrible, that it’s systemically racist, that it is evil.”

The untold, ironic truth is that CRT is rooted in work by dead white European guys. White male German Marxists devised critical theory, a philosophy rooted in an atheism that denies absolute truth, rejects God and makes government the highest power. Atheist Communist China and the former Soviet Union are examples of CT’s totalitarianism.

Sadly, these toxic Marxist beliefs were repackaged by Black Lives Matter, which rejects the “Western-prescribed nuclear family.” We cannot ignore the brokenness of the world, but CRT would break it further. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Destroying the black family destroys black lives because the family is the fundamental unit of society.

Instead of CRT, schools should teach excellence in mathematics, reading, science, economics and personal finance. Students should learn how to start businesses, not why they should burn them down. And if schools fail, parents deserve vouchers to send children to schools that don’t. I hope someday Springfield, Mo., schools will become those schools again.

November 28, 2021 1:30 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

Last week, the Lower Manhattan Community Middle School reportedly separated middle school students into racial groups for a two-day program meant to explore how "racial identities influence our experiences." The students were divided into five groups: whites, Asians, mixed-race students, and combined African American and Hispanic students. There was also an additional group made up of those uncomfortable with the format.

Of course, this is not the first nor the only such racial affinity group exercise. Earlier this year, after a brutal shooting in Atlanta caused eight fatalities, six of whom were women of East Asian ancestry, Wellesley public schools in Massachusetts hosted a Zoom session called a "Healing Space for Asian and Asian-American students and other students of color." "This is a safe space for our Asian/Asian-American and Students of Color, not for students who identify only as White," the school administrators who organized the event explained.

We are a Black-Jewish woman, a Chinese woman, and a Jewish man of Middle Eastern descent. One might think we would celebrate this identity exercise in the name of "diversity." But nothing could be further from the truth. Such racially segregated groups are harmful to the participants' sense of self and highly divisive. Public schools in particular have no business holding them.

What's wrong with school-imposed racially segregated affinity groups?

First, the majority of segregated affinity groups are exercises in indoctrination. Racial affinity groups may differ, but the majority of them task kids with "owning" their level of "privilege" or "complicity," based on where they fall on a hierarchy of racial privilege.

Students of color are asked to examine their internalized racial inferiority. School officials pretend to know who has power and how much of it. Apparently, school officials are equipped with a special 23andMe radar that allows them to see how much power a student is endowed with!

While reflecting on one's own fortunes and showing gratitude are healthy human endeavors, telling people how much power they have based on their skin color or other any other immutable characteristic is, putting it charitably, an act of coercion. And it is opinion masquerading as fact. Many parents understandably do not want their children to go through such humiliation or indoctrination.

Second, these exercises force children to identify in ways that may be uncomfortable and inconsistent with their personal identities. What if a child chooses not to identify as a specific race? Who is the school to say that a child needs to be racialized at all?

One of us is a Jewish male whose mother came from Iraq and is more than 50 percent "Western Asian." Should a child with a similar ethnic make-up be forced into the Asian group—or the white group, because he's deemed by some as "white presenting"? What if he doesn't feel he belongs in either group?

Two of us see our Jewish identity as being both an ethnicity and a religion, yet none of these schools organizing affinity groups has deemed being Jewish a relevant identity category. Who are they to make that choice for Jewish kids?

November 28, 2021 1:33 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...


Third, these racial classifications themselves are arbitrary. Who says that one of us, a Chinese American, shares more in common with an Iranian American, a fellow Asian, than she does with a Russian American? Who's to say a Black American student will feel greater solidarity with a Nigerian international student than a Vietnamese student, whose socio-economic background may be more closely aligned with her own?

And these arbitrary classification raise the question: What's next? Classifying kids by religion? By socioeconomic status? Neighborhood? Country of origin? Once you open the door to school officials defining students' identities, we are likely to see all manner of outrages.

Finally, these affinity group exercises are manifestly bad for race relations. They reinforce a racially essentialist vision of American society and foment division through institutionalized segregation. In the more traditional view of our pluralistic society rooted in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, working toward racial justice and harmony is best done by bringing people together, not setting them apart.

School officials may try to dodge these charges by assuring you that students can opt-out of the exercises. But such a program inevitably involves peer pressure, making students feel that they have to partake and define themselves accordingly. Moreover, once a school as a public institution holds such an exercise, it will have defined the values of the entire community. And yet, these values aren't shared by many American families that make up the tapestry of our democracy.

Why should school officials with a skewed view of diversity decide for parents and the rest of society how to best make "a more perfect union"?

True diversity does not put people into racial boxes. Schools should not force children into a perverse racial classification system but allow them and their families to define their own identities.

November 28, 2021 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Keep lying said...

" In my adopted home of Virginia"

Show us a single public classroom in VA that teaches CRT and the materials, books, etc. used for the class.

We'll wait.

November 28, 2021 11:01 AM  
Anonymous why are liberals trying to push theories concocted by dead white Germans? said...

"Show us a single public classroom in VA that teaches CRT and the materials, books, etc. used for the class.

We'll wait."

do you even understand what CRT is?

for you to make this statement make me wonder

so, let us know what exactly you imagine is not being taught to kids

and, btw, if you claim it's not being taught, why all the drama about how horrible it would be to ban it?

sounds like you've conceded that schools think it shouldn't be taught to impressionable kids

November 29, 2021 5:12 AM  
Anonymous homosexual "marriage" is sado-masochistic said...

When it rains bad news, it pours.

With Americans giving low marks to President Biden in two crucial areas - handling of Covid and the economy - news broke about Omicron, a new variant from South Africa that the WHO has said will take several weeks to understand.

For White House economic advisors, Omicron was terrible news. In a trial balloon piece in the New York Times on Wednesday, they had argued that inflation had reached record highs because consumers, driven by pandemic fear, spent more on goods than services. A daily drumbeat of negative Omicron news would exacerbate their worst fears.

President Biden's strategy has been to listen blindly to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Science's Ubermensch, even though Dr. Fauci's stewardship has been mixed with numerous inconsistencies in his positions, including the origin of the novel coronavirus.

By July 1, nearly 42% of Americans were fully vaccinated, and the number of Covid deaths, at 8,789, was the lowest since April 2020. Thousands of stores started to post signs that if customers were fully vaccinated, they did not have to wear masks while shopping, the surest sign that things were getting back to pre-Covid days. But Dr. Fauci's original target of getting 70% to 85% of the population becoming immune through full vaccination alone placed President Biden in an untenable position, unable to declare that the country was returning to normal.

Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, wrote in the Wall Street Journal as way back as June 8: If one adds those who had developed immunity through infection, some 80% to 85% of American adults were immune to the virus. The Wall Street Journal published a story about how immunity achieved through prior infection can be as potent as vaccination. "It is complicated, but… we're at a state in the world where vaccination and prior infection seem equally protective," said Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine and associate chief of the University of California San Francisco's division of HIV, infectious diseases and global medicine.

President Biden, instead, has gone the other way. At the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday, where it continued to push its OSHA vaccine mandate, the Justice Department said that "the threat to workers is ongoing and overwhelming."

There are other benchmarks that Dr. Fauci has set to which the administration blindly adheres. In Aug 2020, Dr. Fauci floated the idea that the virus could be deemed to be contained when there were "fewer than 10 cases reported per 100,000." He hasn't budged from this standard despite substantial amounts of new data since then and nearly 8 billion doses of vaccines being injected worldwide. The Mayo Clinic tracker this week shows an average of 30 cases per 10,000.

It is little wonder that President Biden's record on handling the virus is worse than President Trump's, a point that the Wall Street Journal made this week. There have been more pandemic deaths in 2021 since the inauguration than in 2020, "despite the benefit of vaccines, better therapies, and more clinical experience."

November 29, 2021 9:32 AM  
Anonymous homosexual "marriage" is sado-masochistic said...


Regarding messaging, President Biden should have begun selling Americans earlier in the summer to "live with the virus," as Singapore did, relying more on managing hospitalizations than aiming for virus elimination. In September, even New Zealand abandoned its zero-Covid strategy when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged that the Delta variant is "a tentacle that has been incredibly hard to shake."

But the White House has been relentless in communicating a message of fear and making the best an enemy of the very good. In the November IBD/TIPP Poll, only 40% give President Biden an A or B for his handling of Covid, his formerly strongest point. And 30% give him good grades for his handling of the economy.

The initial news about Omicron as a potentially dangerous variant will further wear out Americans sick of the pandemic. President Biden's single-trick-pony strategy is to call for more vaccinations. It was time that he began talking to other scientists, such as Dr. Makary.

Until America reopens, Americans will continue to resist buying services as they used to, and the inflation headache will continue. Omicron just pushed out the reopening date into the future, made the inflation picture worse, and upset Americans even more about the pandemic.

President Biden's caution served him well in winning the election, but it has been disastrous in governing, with more deaths than Trump despite vaccinations and a much worse economy with inflation.

November 29, 2021 9:32 AM  
Anonymous On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will being to dismantle Roe v Wade... said...

A President Joe Biden, we were told, would be a moderate president, one who could unite Americans and competently lead our nation.

Ten months into the Biden presidency, it’s clear that he is neither moderate nor, despite decades in Washington as a senator and vice president, competent.

Yet perhaps no president was ever better set up to be successful.

All Americans wanted was an end to 2020, that horrible pandemic year. Yet who among us, as we clinked champagne glasses with a select few on New Year’s Eve, thought 2021 would usher in yet more rounds of horrors?

The Biden burden: Low approval ratings, soaring inflation and a COVID-19 culture war

Who imagined that COVID-19 would continue to ravage us and that we would also have record-high inflation, sky-high gas and food prices, and our fellow Americans left behind in Afghanistan? Who could have seen that the No. 1 enemy of the Justice Department in 2021 would be parents worried about what their children were taught in school? Who thought that our southern border would be effectively open and that the supply chain crisis would be so dire, children’s Christmas gifts are at risk?

Happy 2021 indeed.

From the beginning, Biden – who successfully campaigned as a uniter of a divided America – refused to govern in a centrist way. Instead he pursued a liberal agenda, despite the razor-thin Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

November 29, 2021 10:53 AM  
Anonymous On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will being to dismantle Roe v Wade... said...


On the first day in office, Biden reversed key actions by President Donald Trump to stem illegal immigration, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and ended the 1776 Commission, which had the terrifying goal of teaching young Americans the “history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776,” per the executive order.

And that was just the beginning.

In March, Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID “relief” bill (which also included fun liberal giveaways like a bailout of union pension plans) that not a single Republican had voted for. That same month, he referred to an election reform law in Georgia as “Jim Crow on steroids” – language no doubt intended to unify. And now he’s pushing for the “Build Back Better” legislation, another massive spending package jammed with leftist priorities.

What a missed opportunity.

Joe from Scranton could have championed the blue-collar workers of the Keystone pipeline – and explained to the radicals in his party the importance of inexpensive gas and energy independence. He could have responded to parents, worn out after months and months of their children attending public school via Zoom, by saying it was time the public schools face real competition and endorsed school choice.

He could have realized that, whatever your views on how many immigrants and refugees the United States should take, having an effectively open border is no way to run a country. It puts our security in jeopardy, endangers the illegal immigrants who make the journey with the help of cartels, and leads to even more drugs entering the country, fueling addiction and wasted lives.

He could have shown he was a president of all, by both urging the vaccine (which the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed had fought to get out as quickly as possible) and an end to mandatory mask laws in this time when vaccines were readily available.

He has done none of that.

In today’s politics, we often place too much importance on the presidency. Our nation, especially with its deep divisions on so many issues, would be better served if the federal government was less intrusive and state and local governments, which are closer to the concerns of the people, more responsible for the bulk of laws and regulations.

At the end of the day, there’s no way Biden could have governed in a manner that would have satisfied most Americans – there’s simply too much disagreement about our values and goals.

But he also didn’t have to be such a divisive president.

“History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity,” a president once said during his inauguration. “We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature.”

Now if Biden would just heed his own words.

November 29, 2021 10:56 AM  
Anonymous disgusted by Little Lord Hunter Fauntleroy said...

The president’s plummeting popularity, especially among independents, reflects a growing realization among voters that Joe Biden is not the man they thought they had voted for.

There’s a good reason for their disenchantment. They were denied the normal due diligence the media is supposed to conduct on presidential candidates.

It’s been more than a year since The Post published the first of a series of damning stories about then-candidate Biden, based on material on his son Hunter’s abandoned laptop.

It’s been more than a year since Facebook and Twitter colluded with Democrat-friendly media to censor a story that reflected badly on their preferred candidate less than three weeks before the 2020 election.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey blithely admitted after the election that locking The Post’s account for two weeks on the basis of a non-existent “hacking” offense was a “mistake.”

Facebook has never revealed the results of the “fact-check” it used as a pretext for blocking The Post. It likely never occurred because Facebook never contacted key recipients of emails we published from the laptop.

But the damage was done. The coordinated censorship of America’s oldest newspaper — with more than 80 million readers online alone — amounted to election interference.

If the full story of the Bidens’ international influence-peddling scheme had been told before the election, polls indicate it may have affected the result. Almost 50 percent of Biden voters knew nothing about Hunter’s laptop scandal, according to polling conducted after the election by the Media Research Center, and almost 10 percent said they would not have voted for Biden had they known.

With fewer than 45,000 votes in three states deciding the outcome, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that suppression of The Post’s stories won Biden the election and denied voters the truth about his character.

This is the importance of Hunter Biden’s laptop and why it refuses to be shoved down the memory hole, where other inconvenient truths go to die.

It provides a rare and detailed window onto the corruption that is Washington’s original sin, as conducted on a global scale by one of its most calculating practitioners.

November 29, 2021 11:44 AM  
Anonymous disgusted by Little Lord Hunter Fauntleroy said...


The killer blow came five days after The Post’s exposé, from 50 former senior intelligence officials led by former CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Using the institutional weight of their powerful former roles, they published a letter in Politico that claimed the material on Hunter’s laptop “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” although not one of them had seen any of it.

This was partisan propaganda designed to disparage The Post’s reporting and dissuade the rest of the media from looking deeper.

The Brennan letter was a lifeline to Joe Biden, three days before his final debate against a fired-up President Donald Trump. “Joe, they’re calling you a corrupt politician,” said Trump. “Take a look at the laptop from hell.”

Biden relied entirely on the Brennan letter to dismiss the laptop stories: “There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plan. They have said this is … a bunch of garbage.”

But The Post’s reporting has held up.

Corroborated from multiple angles, Hunter’s laptop tells an alarming story of the national interest sold out for personal gain at the highest level, in particular to Communist China, America’s greatest strategic foe.

The conclusion is inescapable: The president cannot extricate his family’s moneymaking schemes from America’s foreign policy imperatives.

November 29, 2021 11:47 AM  
Anonymous good ol' Slidin' Joe Biden is helping to destroy the Dem Party once and for all time! Fun..... said...


Trump's not perfect. But he'd probably beat Kamala and he could fix the Supreme Court up with a clean sweep on most decisions.

The last time Donald Trump picked a running mate, he made a conventional choice in Mike Pence — a relatively safe decision with traditional presidential ticket-balancing in mind.

But as Trump gears up for a 2024 bid to recapture the White House, the nascent thinking at Mar-a-Lago surrounding his potential vice president is considerably different. According to conversations with a dozen Trump advisers and close associates, the former president doesn’t feel bound by geographic or ideological considerations — or any standard political rules at all.

Those familiar with his thinking say his selection will be determined by two factors that rate highest in Trump’s estimation: unquestioned loyalty and an embrace of the former president’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“A lot of times, a presidential candidate will pick a running mate to balance out wings of the party. But with Trump, that’s not the issue. He is the party, basically. It’s so united behind him,” said John McLaughlin, one of Trump’s campaign pollsters. “So his choice, if he runs, will come down to what he wants. It would be a much more personal decision this time.”

Trump hasn’t made his 2024 bid official. He’s expected to make a decision after the 2022 midterms. But he has been building a campaign-in-waiting that is already laying groundwork, and the question of a running mate is surfacing with increasing frequency.

He’s name-dropped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as one possible running mate. Veepstakes speculation rose among insiders who saw him interact recently with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at his Mar-a-Lago club.

“They’re all begging me. They all come here,” Trump boasted.

November 29, 2021 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"Trump's not perfect. But he'd probably beat Kamala and he could fix the Supreme Court up with a clean sweep on most decisions."

There is no doubt that Mitch and Trump could finish stacking the Supreme Court with ideologues that Christian Dominionist would be happy with, but turning America into a theocracy is not most people's idea of what will make America great again.

As for destroying a political party, it's funny how you never mentioned that the Rumpster has gutted the once conservative Republican party and turned it into his own self-serving cult of personality filled with obsequious sycophants and idiots more likely to believe an outrageous conspiracy theory than any actual facts.

Anyone know when JFK is supposed to show up again? Or when Rump is going to be "reinstated" as president by the "My Pillow" guy?

November 29, 2021 12:58 PM  
Anonymous although hard-pressed by fumblin' Fauci, Andrew Cuomo remains COVID's most evil villain.... said...

"There is no doubt that Mitch and Trump could finish stacking the Supreme Court with ideologues that Christian Dominionist would be happy with, but turning America into a theocracy is not most people's idea of what will make America great again."

the Constitution doesn't institute a theocracy

originalists will restore the Constitution

it begins Wednesday with the Mississippi abortion case

"As for destroying a political party, it's funny how you never mentioned that the Rumpster has gutted the once conservative Republican party and turned it into his own self-serving cult of personality filled with obsequious sycophants and idiots more likely to believe an outrageous conspiracy theory than any actual facts."

the GOP is fine

they are manipulating Trump, rather than the other way around

think of Glen Youngkin, he wouldn't let Trump campaign for him and yet Trump lauded him

"Anyone know when JFK is supposed to show up again? Or when Rump is going to be "reinstated" as president by the "My Pillow" guy?"

one thing for sure

no one even remotely like JFK was inaugurated in January 2021

Although former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been out of office for more than four months after resigning amid sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, he still casts a long shadow over the state’s politics. The whispers about the ex-governor’s future plans began before he even left office. A day after Cuomo announced his resignation, WNYC reported that his critics were already fretting that he would run again for the governorship in a year —he did, after all, still have $20 million in his campaign account. The New York Post recently reported that he was exploring a bid for attorney general, a post he held for four years before ascending to the Executive Mansion and an ideal perch for exacting retribution. One thing nearly everyone agrees on is that the governor is plotting his revenge on those he blames for his downfall—particularly current Governor Kathy Hochul and the Attorney General Tish James—Count of Monte Cristo–style. “What is a man to do with $18 million, a lot of enemies and a desire for revenge?” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told Politico in September.

An inveterate plotter, Cuomo will undoubtedly continue to seek revenge on his perceived enemies and rivals. But a report released Monday by the New York State Assembly as part of its impeachment investigation should be the final nail in his political coffin. The result of an eight-month investigation, it is a damning account of the myriad ways in which the governor abused his power. Much of the press coverage has unsurprisingly focused on the lucrative deal the governor signed for a book about his leadership during the pandemic and the report’s finding that “the former Governor’s challenges to the allegations” of sexual harassment cannot “overcome the overwhelming evidence of his misconduct.” But its most damning contents revolve around the cover-up of nursing home deaths in the early months of the pandemic—an indelible moral failing that the ex-governor still has not been held accountable for.

There is not much in it that hasn’t been previously reported, either by the press or in a report issued by James earlier this year. But what is here bolsters the contents of those accounts, which is vitally important given Cuomo’s strenuous denials of wrongdoing.

November 29, 2021 1:12 PM  
Anonymous although hard-pressed by fumblin' Fauci, Andrew Cuomo remains COVID's most evil villain.... said...

On the sexual harassment allegations, the Assembly corroborated earlier reports and included some new information from former aide Brittany Commisso, whose allegations of groping led to criminal charges against Cuomo. It additionally shows how Cuomo used state resources to complete his book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic, for which he received a $5.1 million advance—though the actual amount he end up being paid was less. “One senior state official referred to work on the Book as no different from any other assignment he received from the Executive Chamber during COVID,” according to the report. Another staffer, believed to be top aide Melissa DeRosa, exchanged more than 1,000 emails with Cuomo’s book publisher.

While Cuomo and his staff were working on that book, which extolled the governor’s efforts fighting the pandemic, they were also working to undercount nursing home deaths. The evidence is damning. In March 2020, Cuomo directed nursing homes to take in Covid-19 patients who had been released from hospitals, prompting an outcry at the time. A report released by the state’s Health Department in July 2020 found that the policy did not lead to an uptick in deaths, but this report did lead to a rash of questions about how the state was reporting its deaths. Given Cuomo’s rising political profile—and lucrative book deal about his leadership during the pandemic—there were concerns that the then-governor was doing everything he could to keep a scandal at bay. (In the spring of 2020, Cuomo also instituted liability protections for nursing homes and hospitals, a move critics tied to his connections to those industries, which were major donors.)

Per the Assembly’s report, the administration went to great lengths to ensure that only nursing home residents who died of Covid-19 in nursing homes were counted—residents who died in other facilities were not counted as nursing home deaths, deflating the number, even though it’s highly likely that many of those contracted the virus in their residences before dying in different medical facilities. Nationwide, more than 170,000 nursing home patients have died in the pandemic—the Covid Tracking Project estimated that one in ten nursing home residents have died of the virus—and more have died in New York than in any other state. While the true number of nursing home deaths is still cloaked in mystery, an investigation from the state attorney general’s office in January found that “published nursing home data reflected and may have been undercounted by as much as 50 percent,” suggesting that the figure could be higher than 15,000.

The decision to do so was the subject of “multiple discussions” between Cuomo and his staff, suggesting a cover-up intentionally engineered to push back against mounting criticism, particularly from the right. That this happened while the governor was working on a book casting himself as a leader in the fight against the pandemic is especially egregious. Cuomo has repeatedly cast these criticisms as a right-wing smear job but it doesn’t change the wider problem: He and his administration deliberately sought to mislead the public about those deaths and they did so for base political reasons. “Evidence obtained during our investigation demonstrates that while the [Department of Health] Report was released under the auspices of DOH, it was substantially revised by the Executive Chamber and largely intended to combat criticisms regarding former Governor Cuomo’s directive that nursing homes should readmit residents that had been diagnosed with COVID-19,” the report concludes.

November 29, 2021 1:14 PM  
Anonymous although hard-pressed by fumblin' Fauci, Andrew Cuomo remains COVID's most evil villain.... said...


The Assembly’s report has revived talk of impeachment—although the fact that Cuomo has left office makes that prospect unlikely. Still, given the severity of the allegations and the fact that they have now been corroborated multiple times, there is a strong case for taking action to hold the former governor accountable. “The impeachment process, I don’t believe, is just to remove someone from office,” Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara told Spectrum News. “It’s also to reject this behavior, reject what this governor was doing and was using his office for. We also have to set an example here.”

Regardless, there should be a larger reckoning for the elder care industry, both inside New York and in the country at large—nursing home patients are among the most vulnerable people of society and yet they are routinely overlooked by politicians, the public, and the media. But Andrew Cuomo has still largely escaped blame for what may be the biggest scandal of his administration.

November 29, 2021 1:14 PM  
Anonymous You had to ask?? said...

"and, btw, if you claim it's not being taught, why all the drama about how horrible it would be to ban it?"

I didn't claim anything.

You did.

You posted "Springfield Public Schools is instructing teachers that they are white supremacists for requiring use of the English language or calling police on a black criminal suspect. SPS teacher training also listed such examples of “covert white supremacy” as “education funding from property tax,” “mass incarceration,” “treating kids of color as adults” and the phrase “All lives matter.”"

So prove it -- let's see this material "instructing teachers they are white supremacists."

And you have to ask why all the drama about it?

Look in the mirror!

"CRT" appears 39 times in this comment section so far starting on November 18, 2021 10:44 PM when you claimed "contrary to CRT, America was not founded to suppress non-whites" among other claims you made about it.

November 29, 2021 7:03 PM  
Anonymous global warming debunked for good said...

"I didn't claim anything"

OK, I thought you were claiming CRT isn't taught in Virginia

if you aren't, if you admit you have no idea, no problem

btw, I pointed out that in Virginia, liberals who champion CRT lost the election

here's what I said:

"In my adopted home of Virginia, liberals embracing CRT were ejected in an election fueled by the wrath of parents furious at perpetual school closings and sexually explicit and racist curricula."

you may recall the former governor, who wanted to come back to the governors' mansion, a sleazeball from the Clinton entourage, dismissed parental concerns about the sleazy material kids were exposed to by saying it's none of their business

if you don't think that was a mistake, you are one of the few clueless morons

as for "Springfield Public Schools", that was some detail about a school system in Missouri, not Virginia

you should read more slowly to avoid embarrassing yourself

any further

btw, do you know what CRT is? you seem to be struggling

November 29, 2021 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Fauci should be prosecuted for lying to Congress said...

The Constitution does not give anyone the right to kill unborn children. An activist liberal Supreme Court made that up 50 years ago but the American people have never accepted it. On Wednesday, an originalist Supreme Court will begin to do undo this error.

The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in the most consequential abortion case since Roe v. Wade. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, presents the court with the opportunity to overturn Roe and correct one of greatest acts of judicial arrogance in history.

The conventional wisdom is that overturning Roe would cause massive societal upheaval and indelibly damage the court’s legitimacy. In fact, the reality is just the opposite. Overturning Roe will only strengthen the court’s integrity, while perpetuating Roe’s constitutional error under outside pressure would confirm criticisms that the justices are behaving as politicians rather than judges.

In Dobbs, the court considers the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that limits abortions after 15 weeks of gestation with exceptions for health emergencies and fetal abnormalities. The statute conflicts with the court’s controlling abortion cases, Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that laws may not pose an undue burden on abortion prior to viability.

In 1992, the court had the opportunity to overturn Roe in Casey but instead "reaffirmed" the "essential holding of Roe" while replacing Roe’s legal reasoning wholesale.

A notable justification articulated by the Casey court for upholding Roe was its concern for the court’s own legitimacy. The controlling opinion concluded, "[a] decision to overrule Roe's essential holding" would come at the cost of "both profound and unnecessary damage to the court's legitimacy."

But Casey didn’t bolster the court’s legitimacy; it perpetuated the divisions it said it was putting to rest. It is striking that, nearly 30 years later, the court finds itself under unprecedented attack. On any given day, legal pundits engage in theatrical hand-wringing over the court’s "crisis of legitimacy" while left-wing dark money groups and Democratic senators regularly threaten to pack the court if it does not deliver the policy outcomes they desire on the issue du jour.

The amped intimidation campaign against the court closely tracks a confirmation process that has become increasingly hyper-politicized. Nowhere did we see this more than the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The issue of abortion drove intense opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation as groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL organized and financed national speaking tours, ads and armies of protesters.

Today, the court is in the crosshairs. The irony is that it finds itself there because of decisions like Roe and Casey, not in spite of them.

In Dobbs, the court will have the opportunity to undo a grievous wrong.

November 30, 2021 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Fauci should be prosecuted for lying to Congress said...


The major problem with Roe from a constitutional perspective is that the court took something that appears nowhere in that document – and which therefore is left to the states – and promoted it to a fundamental right. Nothing in the Constitution’s text, structure, history or tradition supports this innovation. The court’s exercise of raw judicial power thus usurped Americans’ ability to determine whether and how to regulate abortion.

When the court exercises that sort of judicial supremacy, the justices transform themselves into political figures – the most important and dangerous political figures in the nation. Given this, we shouldn’t be surprised that the confirmation process has become correspondingly more political and even mired in smear campaigns, like Kavanaugh’s was.

As Mollie Hemingway wrote in "Justice on Trial," "the nation’s abortion regime is dependent on the Supreme Court’s decision creating a federal right to abortion." Accordingly, the Left demands the confirmation of justices who will perpetuate the constitutional fiction of Roe and Casey.

These cases have inflicted serious damage upon our political order and social fabric. And the issue of abortion, as a policy matter, is as contentious as ever.

As Mississippi put it in its Dobbs brief, "Roe and Casey are profoundly unprincipled decisions that have damaged the democratic process, poisoned our national discourse, plagued the law and harmed the perception of this court. Retaining those precedents harms this court’s legitimacy."

In Dobbs, the court will have the opportunity to undo a grievous wrong. By overturning Roe and Casey, the court can acknowledge that those decisions represented a cataclysmic break with the Constitution, and have only undermined American law and politics since they were decided.

For the sake of its own integrity, the court can recognize that the best course is to go back to what the Constitution itself says and allow the American people who possess those reserved rights under the Constitution to determine abortion policy.

Such a decision will allow the court to get out of the business of operating as a de facto medical board, and instead let elected and accountable politicians do the work of shaping abortion policy.

In the years since Roe was decided, the Supreme Court confirmation process has gone completely off the rails and this fall public perception of the court reached an all-time low. 

The solution? 

Get the court out of politics, starting with abortion politics.​

November 30, 2021 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

Some history...

Justices deciding Roe v Wade and the presidents who nominated them:

Burger (Chief) - Nixon
Douglas - Roosevelt
Brennan - Eisenhower
Stewart - Eisenhower
White - Kennedy
Marshall - Johnson
Blackmun - Nixon
Powell - Nixon
Rehnquist - Nixon (Assoc.) Reagan (Chief)

Dissents: White, Rehnquist

6 Justices appointed by Republican presidents, 3 by Democrats

5 of the Republican appointed justices concurred with the Constitutional right to abortion, 2 of the Democrat appointed ones did.

Concurrences

Three justices from the majority filed concurring opinions in the case. Justice Potter Stewart wrote a concurring opinion in which he said that even though the Constitution makes no mention of the right to choose to have an abortion without interference, he thought the Court's decision was a permissible interpretation of the doctrine of substantive due process, which says that the Due Process Clause's protection of liberty extends beyond simple procedures and protects certain fundamental rights.[56][6]

Justice William O. Douglas wrote a concurring opinion describing his belief that although the Court was correct to find that the right to choose to have an abortion was a fundamental right, it would have been better to derive it from the Ninth Amendment—which states that the fact that a right is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution shall not be construed to mean that American people do not possess it—rather than through the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause.[56][6]

"The court’s exercise of raw judicial power thus usurped Americans’ ability to determine whether and how to regulate abortion."

If you didn't like Republican's exercise of raw judicial power in Roe v Wade, what makes you think that America will prefer Republican's exercise of raw judicial power after Mitch and Rump have stacked it with partisan ideologues just for the purpose of overturning Roe v Wade and making it illegal?

Sure, the Christian Dominionists will be happy, and so will the "doctors" performing what we were called "back alley abortions," but is the rest of America really better of when the Supreme Court relitigates and decides what rights women have whenever Republicans change their minds?

The answer is clearly "No."

We still have the 9th and 14th Amendments, and Republicans' perennial urge to regulate women's uteri doesn't change that.

November 30, 2021 10:28 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

"Justices deciding Roe v Wade and the presidents who nominated them:

Burger (Chief) - Nixon
Douglas - Roosevelt
Brennan - Eisenhower
Stewart - Eisenhower
White - Kennedy
Marshall - Johnson
Blackmun - Nixon
Powell - Nixon
Rehnquist - Nixon (Assoc.) Reagan (Chief)"

Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were all pretty much of the same judicial philosophy, shaped by Earl Warren. Warren was the last Supreme Court justice to have been a politician before joining the court and he believed the Constitution was a "living" document that changed based on the political climate.

This was not the way the Constitution was used for the first 175 years. Prior to Warren, it was the basis for our laws, not a burrito to filled with whatever the activists craved.

The current court will repair the damage and make the Supreme Court apolitical.

"If you didn't like Republican's exercise of raw judicial power in Roe v Wade, what makes you think that America will prefer Republican's exercise of raw judicial power after Mitch and Rump have stacked it with partisan ideologues just for the purpose of overturning Roe v Wade and making it illegal?"

you are engaging in demagoguery

the Supreme Court won't make abortion legal

it will be a local issue

a hundred years from now, abortion will be viewed as slavery is now: a moral evil from the dark ages

November 30, 2021 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"the Supreme Court won't make abortion legal"

Maybe not in this round. But no one expects them to actually stop there.

The only surprising thing right now is that we don't see a lot of open talk about overturning Obergefell v. Hodges from the far right. That's probably only because they're focusing taking away abortion rights for them moment -- taking away rights from the gays will come after they've secured women's uteri for control by the government.

A hundred years from now, when a much smaller population is cleaning up the mess we left them with climate change, frequent use of birth control methods will be seen as an important part of keeping the planet viable for the human race; and the stupidity of climate deniers will be an object lesson in believing corporate lobbyists over actual scientists.

November 30, 2021 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Dems always lose in the long-run by badly overplaying their hand said...

"Maybe not in this round. But no one expects them to actually stop there."

maybe?

as I said, you're engaging in demagoguery

rich, considering liberals are the ones who want to impose their moral view on everyone else

today, Democratic Senator Shaheen threatened "revolution" if Roe is overturned

similar to Schumer's threats in 2020 that the GOP would reap the whirlwind if they overturn Roe

"The only surprising thing right now is that we don't see a lot of open talk about overturning Obergefell v. Hodges from the far right. That's probably only because they're focusing taking away abortion rights for them moment -- taking away rights from the gays will come after they've secured women's uteri for control by the government."

well, to remove an uncertainty, let me assure you that Obergefell will be overturned as well

it's a bad decision

"A hundred years from now, when a much smaller population is cleaning up the mess we left them with climate change, frequent use of birth control methods will be seen as an important part of keeping the planet viable for the human race; and the stupidity of climate deniers will be an object lesson in believing corporate lobbyists over actual scientists."

as has always happened before in human history, we will gradually adjust to any climate changes

ever hear of the dikes in Holland?

change in inevitable

humans are adaptable

btw, abortion is murder, not a birth control method

November 30, 2021 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

Nice try at twisting my words, but I'm not going to let you have it.

By the way, if you teach folks how to use birth control effectively, you all but eliminate the need for abortion.

If conservatives actually understood that, they wouldn't be fighting so hard to keep from teaching it in schools.

But that requires them understanding cause and effect, something they have repeatedly shown is beyond their grasp.

November 30, 2021 1:25 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

What I saw at the National Conservatism Conference

By David Brooks

About the author: David Brooks is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a columnist for The New York Times. He is the author of The Road to Character and The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.

Rachel Bovard is one of the thousands of smart young Americans who flock to Washington each year to make a difference. She’s worked in the House and Senate for Republicans Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, and Mike Lee, was listed among the “Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35” by National Journal, did a stint at the Heritage Foundation, and is now policy director of the Conservative Partnership Institute, whose mission is to train, equip, and unify the conservative movement. She’s bright, cheerful, and funny, and has a side hustle as a sommelier. And, like most young people, she has absorbed the dominant ideas of her peer group.

One of the ideas she’s absorbed is that the conservatives who came before her were insufferably naive. They thought liberals and conservatives both want what’s best for America, disagreeing only on how to get there. But that’s not true, she believes. “Woke elites—increasingly the mainstream left of this country—do not want what we want,” she told the National Conservatism Conference, which was held earlier this month in a bland hotel alongside theme parks in Orlando. “What they want is to destroy us,” she said. “Not only will they use every power at their disposal to achieve their goal,” but they’ve already been doing it for years “by dominating every cultural, intellectual, and political institution.”

As she says this, the dozens of young people in her breakout session begin to vibrate in their seats. Ripples of head nodding are visible from where I sit in the back. These are the rising talents of the right—the Heritage Foundation junior staff, the Ivy League grads, the intellectual Catholics and the Orthodox Jews who have been studying Hobbes and de Tocqueville at the various young conservative fellowship programs that stretch along Acela-land. In the hallway before watching Bovard’s speech, I bumped into one of my former Yale students, who is now at McKinsey.

Bovard has the place rocking, training her sights on the true enemies, the left-wing elite: a “totalitarian cult of billionaires and bureaucrats, of privilege perpetuated by bullying, empowered by the most sophisticated surveillance and communications technologies in history, and limited only by the scruples of people who arrest rape victims’ fathers, declare math to be white supremacist, finance ethnic cleansing in western China, and who partied, a mile high, on Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express.”

November 30, 2021 1:28 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

The atmosphere is electric. She’s giving the best synopsis of national conservatism I’ve heard at the conference we’re attending—and with flair! Progressives pretend to be the oppressed ones, she tells the crowd, “but in reality, it’s just an old boys’ club, another frat house for entitled rich kids contrived to perpetuate their unearned privilege. It’s Skull and Bones for gender-studies majors!” She finishes to a rousing ovation. People leap to their feet.

I have the sinking sensation that the thunderous sound I’m hearing is the future of the Republican Party.

When I came down to Florida for the National Conservatism Conference, I was a little concerned I’d get heckled in the hallways, or be subjected to the verbal abuse I occasionally get from Trump supporters. Judging by their rhetoric, after all, these are the fire-breathers, the hard-liners, the intellectual sharp edge of the American right.

But everyone was charming! I hung around the bar watching football each night, saw old conservative friends, and met lots of new ones, and I enjoyed them all. This is the intellectual wing of the emerging right. Many of them have spent their lives at progressive places like Princeton, New York, Hollywood, and D.C. Their bodies and careers are in the Republican coastal megalopolis—but their minds and mouths are in Trumpland. As one young man told me late one night, “We’d like to dislike Bill Kristol, but he got us all jobs.”

The movement has three distinctive strains. First, the people over 50 who have been hanging around conservative circles for decades but who have recently been radicalized by the current left. Chris Demuth, 75, was for many years president of the American Enterprise Institute, which used to be the Church of England of American conservatism, but now he’s gone populist. “NatCons are conservatives who have been mugged by reality,” he told the conference. Seventy-three-year-old Glenn Loury, a Brown University economist, was a conservative, then a progressive, and now he’s back on the right: “What has happened to public discourse about race has radicalized me.”

The second strain is made up of mid-career politicians and operatives who are learning to adapt to the age of populist rage: people like Ted Cruz (Princeton, Harvard), J. D. Vance (Yale Law), and Josh Hawley (Stanford and Yale).

The third and largest strain is the young. They grew up in the era of Facebook and MSNBC and identity politics. They went to colleges smothered by progressive sermonizing. And they reacted by running in the other direction. I disagreed with two-thirds of what I heard at this conference, but I couldn’t quite suppress the disturbing voice in my head saying, “If you were 22, maybe you’d be here too.”

November 30, 2021 1:30 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

The information age is transforming the American right. Conservatives have always inveighed against the cultural elite—the media, the universities, Hollywood. But in the Information Age, the purveyors of culture are now corporate titans. In this economy, the dominant means of economic production are cultural production. Corporate behemoths are cultural behemoths. The national conservatives thus describe a world in which the corporate elite, the media elite, the political elite, and the academic elite have all coagulated into one axis of evil, dominating every institution and controlling the channels of thought.

At the heart of this blue oligarchy are the great masters of surveillance capitalism, the Big Tech czars who decide in secret what ideas get promoted, what stories get suppressed. (The NatCon gospel includes great martyrdom stories, such as when Twitter and Facebook suppressed a New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop, and when various social-media companies have tried to de-platform The Babylon Bee, the right-wing version of The Onion.) “Big Tech is malevolent. Big Tech is corrupt. Big Tech is omnipresent,” Ted Cruz roared.

In the NatCon worldview, the profiteers of surveillance capitalism see all and control all. Its workers, indoctrinated at elite universities, use “wokeness” to buy off the left and to create a subservient, atomized, defenseless labor pool. “Big Business is not our ally,” Marco Rubio argued. “They are eager culture warriors who use the language of wokeness to cover free-market capitalism.” The “entire phalanx of Big Business has gone hard left,” Cruz said. “We’ve seen Big Business, the Fortune 500, becoming the economic enforcers of the hard left. Name five Fortune 500 CEOs who are even remotely right of center.”

The idea that the left controls absolutely everything—from your smartphone to the money supply to your third grader’s curriculum—explains the apocalyptic tone that was the dominating emotional register of this conference. The politicians’ speeches were like entries in the catastrophism Olympics:

“The left’s ambition is to create a world beyond belonging,” said Hawley. “Their grand ambition is to deconstruct the United States of America.”

“The left’s attack is on America. The left hates America,” said Cruz. “It is the left that is trying to use culture as a tool to destroy America.”

“We are confronted now by a systematic effort to dismantle our society, our traditions, our economy, and our way of life,” said Rubio.

The first great project of the national conservatives is to man the barricades in the culture war. These people have certainly done their homework when it comes to cultural Marxism—how the left has learned to dominate culture and how the right now needs to copy their techniques. If I’d had to drink a shot every time some speaker cited Herbert Marcuse or Antonio Gramsci, I’d be dead of alcohol poisoning.

November 30, 2021 1:31 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

Hawley delivered a classic culture-war speech defending manhood and masculinity: “The deconstruction of America depends on the deconstruction of American men.” Listening to Hawley talk populist is like listening to a white progressive Upper West Sider in the 1970s try to talk jive. The words are there, but he’s trying so hard it sounds ridiculous.

Another speaker, Amanda Milius, is the daughter of John Milius, who was the screenwriter for the first two Dirty Harry films and Apocalypse Now. She grew up in L.A. and wound up in the Trump administration. She argued that America needs to get back to making self-confident movies like The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford Western. This was an unapologetic movie, she asserted, about how Americans tamed the West and how Christian values got brought to “savage, undeveloped land.”

This is about as dumb a reading of The Searchers as it’s possible to imagine. The movie is actually the modern analogue to the Oresteia, by Aeschylus. The complex lead figure, played by John Wayne, is rendered barbaric and racist while fighting on behalf of westward pioneers. By the end, he is unfit to live in civilized society.

But we don’t exactly live in an age that acknowledges nuance. Milius distorts the movie into a brave manifesto of anti-woke truths—and that sort of distortion has a lot of buyers among this crowd.

The first interesting debate among the NatCons is philosophical: Should we fight to preserve the classical-liberal order or is it necessary to abandon it?

Some of the speakers at the conference were in fact classical liberals, who believe in free speech, intellectual debate, and neutral government. Glenn Loury gave an impassioned speech against cancel culture, the illiberal left, and the hyper-racialized group consciousness that divides people into opposing racial camps. Loury asserted that as a Black man he is the proud inheritor of the great Western tradition: “Tolstoy is mine! Dickens is mine! Milton, Marx, and Einstein are mine!” He declared that his people are Black, but also proudly American. “Our Americanness is much more important than our Blackness,” he said, before adding, “We must strive to transcend racial particularism and stress universality and commonality as Americans.” This is the classical-liberal case against racial separatism and in favor of integration.

But others argued that this sort of liberalism is a luxury we cannot afford. The country is under assault from a Marxist oligarchy that wants to impose its own pseudo-religious doctrine. If you try to repulse that with pallid liberalism, with weak calls for free speech and tolerance, you’ll end up getting run over by those who possess fanatical zeal, economic power, and cultural might.

November 30, 2021 1:33 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

Yoram Hazony, the chief intellectual architect of national conservatism, is an Orthodox Jew who went to Princeton before moving to Israel. He argues that you can’t have a society that embraces government neutrality and tries to relegate values to the private sphere. The public realm eventually eviscerates private values, especially when public communication is controlled by a small oligarchic elite. If conservatives want to stand up to the pseudo-religion of wokeism, they have to put traditional religion at the center of their political project.

Another Israeli political philosopher at the conference, Ofir Haivry, argued that Americans shouldn’t delude themselves into thinking that a nation is built out of high-minded liberal abstractions, like the Bill of Rights. A nation is, instead, a cultural tradition, a common language, a set of rituals and beliefs, and a religious order—a collective cultural identity.

The history of Judaism demonstrates, Haivry argues, that you don’t need a state or a political order to be a nation.

For his part, Hazony argued that the American cultural identity is Christian—and has to be if it is not going to succumb to the woke onslaught. If 80 percent of Americans are Christian, Hazony reasoned, then Christian values should dominate. “Majority cultures have the right to establish the ruling culture, and minority cultures have the right to be decently treated,” he said. “To take the minority view and say the minority has the ability to stamp out the views of the majority—that seems to me to be completely crazy.”

The problem in America, Hazony continued, is that LGBTQ activists today, like American Jews in the 1950s, are trying to expel Christianity from the public square. This threatens to render the public square spiritually naked. Wan liberalism collapses in the face of left-wing cultural Marxism. “Eliminating God and scripture in the schools … was the turning point in American civilization,” Hazony said. “Above all else we’ve got to get God and scripture back in the schools.”

November 30, 2021 1:34 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

Another interesting debate among the NatCons is political and economic. Conservatives have lately become expert culture warriors—the whole Tucker Carlson schtick. This schtick demands that you ignore the actual suffering of the world—the transgender kid alone in some suburban high school, the anxiety of a guy who can’t afford health care for his brother, the struggle of a Black man trying to be seen and recognized as a full human being. It’s a cynical game that treats all of life as a play for ratings, a battle for clicks, and this demands constant outrage, white-identity signaling, and the kind of absurd generalizations that Rachel Bovard used to get that room so excited.

Conservatives have got the culture-war act down. Trump was a culture-war president with almost no policy arm attached. The question conservatives at the conference were asking was how to move beyond owning the libs to effecting actual change.

Christopher Rufo, the architect of this year’s school-board-meeting protests against critical race theory, argued that conservatives had erred when they tried to slowly gain power in elite cultural institutions. Conservatives were never going to make headway in the Ivy League or the corporate media. Instead, Rufo argued, they should rally the masses to get state legislatures to pass laws embracing their values. That’s essentially what’s now happening across red America.

My old friend Rod Dreher of The American Conservative argued that because the left controls the commanding heights of the culture and the economy, the only institution the right has a shot at influencing is the state. In these circumstances the right has to use state power to promote its values. “We need to quit being satisfied with owning the libs, and save our country,” Dreher said. “We need to unapologetically embrace the use of state power.”

This is where Viktor Orbán comes in. It was Dreher who prompted Carlson’s controversial trip to Hungary last summer, and Hungarians were a strong presence at the National Conservatism Conference. Orbán, in Dreher’s view, understands the civilizational stakes of the culture war; he has, for instance, used the power of the state to limit how much transgenderism can be taught to children in schools. “Our team talks incessantly about how horrible wokeness is,” Dreher said at the conference. “Orbán actually does something about it.”

This is national conservatism pursued to its logical conclusion: using state power to break up and humble the big corporations and to push back against coastal cultural values. The culture war merges with the economic-class war—and a new right emerges in which an intellectual cadre, the national conservatives, rallies the proletarian masses against the cultural/corporate elites. All your grandparents’ political categories get scrambled along the way.

November 30, 2021 1:35 PM  
Anonymous The Terrifying Future of the American Right said...

Will it work? Well, Donald Trump destroyed the Reagan Republican paradigm in 2016, but he didn’t exactly elucidate a new set of ideas, policies, and alliances. Trump’s devastation of the old order produced a grand struggle on the right to build a new one on Trumpian populist lines.

November 30, 2021 1:36 PM  
Anonymous fortunately, Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a terrific Supreme Court now!!! said...

"Nice try at twisting my words, but I'm not going to let you have it."

apparently, you are

because you haven't explained what the F you're talking about

just asserting someone has twisted your words doesn't suffice

you are defending a moral failing of our society and future generations will never understand how you deluded yourself

"By the way, if you teach folks how to use birth control effectively, you all but eliminate the need for abortion."

actually, not really

just because kids know how to use birth control doesn't mean they will

and just because they come to class doesn't mean they'll pay attention

"If conservatives actually understood that, they wouldn't be fighting so hard to keep from teaching it in schools."

I think they oppose the teaching of sexuality without moral context

truth is, if society considered fornication to be immoral, many unwanted pregnancies would be prevented

but, whether wanted or not, killing an unborn child is evil

"But that requires them understanding cause and effect, something they have repeatedly shown is beyond their grasp."

oh, I think they have a better grasp than you

for example, they knew that when Biden issued a third stimulus check in a growing economy, as soon as he got in office, it would cause inflation

WALA!

they knew that if you take the CRT position that police are only there to oppress minorities and defund them, that would cause crime to rise

WALA!

they knew that if you tell parents it's none of their business if their kids read sexually explicit material in school, they'd lose the election

WALA!

they knew that if they appoint originalists to the Supreme Court, they'd overturn Roe v Wade

WALA!

they knew if they talked the Dems into breaking apart the infrastructure from the social engineering bill, that Dems would never pass the latter

WALA!

truthfully, they see to have that "cause and effect" thing down pretty well!

November 30, 2021 5:37 PM  
Anonymous ha-ha said...

that's right!

pretty......

November 30, 2021 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"truth is, if society considered fornication to be immoral, many unwanted pregnancies would be prevented"

The truth is, most of the US considered "fornication" to be immoral for most if its history, given all the religiosity imposed on the society. Unfortunately that never really stopped fornication. It just stopped people from talking about it openly. Catholic priests (for example) became famous for sending the women they got pregnant to Magdalene Laundries, where their child would be adopted out and they would be forced into slave labor for years. Despite all the immorality dripping off of all that, it didn't stop them. It just made Catholics really good at hiding secrets about sexual abuse.

BTW, the word you are looking for is French, and it is "Voila!" It translates to "There it is!"

The religious right made the consumption of alcohol a moral failure in the lead-up to Prohibition. It never stopped alcohol consumption, it just ran it underground, and made a lucrative market for criminal gangs to build obscene profits and protect their business with guns and violence.

Voila!

Like other Republicans, Richard Nixon was unable to learn from history, and started the "War on Drugs." It never stopped drug use, or even illegal drug use. It did however build up a lucrative market for violent drug lords.

Voila!

Banning abortion will never make it go away. It will only push it underground. Rich women will be able to travel to move to another state (or country) and get it done safely and legally. Poor women will resort to back alley abortions and coat hangers as they did before. Some percentage of them will die from infections afterwards, so not only is the fetus dead, so is the mother.

Voila!

Many conservatives have treated the whole mask and vaccination issue during a global respiratory pandemic as a part of liberal plot to take away their freedoms and institute some kind of socialist control. Many of them have died from COVID in hospitals refusing to believe they really had COVID or begging the doctors for vaccine that is too late to do them any good.

Voila!

November 30, 2021 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"for example, they knew that when Biden issued a third stimulus check in a growing economy, as soon as he got in office, it would cause inflation"

The US has $29 Trillion in debt, rising rapidly from Ronnie Raygun's near tripling of the debt in the 80's. The US has been printing fiat money to fund its colonial army all over the world for 40 years. The fact that we have made no significant effort to pay for it - and it looks like we never will - is eventually going to lead us into a debt collapse. The amount Biden managed to get through is a drop in that bucket.

The inflation we are seeing now is due partly to Biden bringing back 5.816 million jobs in 10 months - an number which compares favorably to the 6.307 million jobs it took Trump to add in 3 years - but which he squandered due to his horrific pandemic response with a loss of 9.498 million jobs in 2020. (Sep & Oct numbers estimated: https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/ces0000000001?output_view=net_1mth )

The other part of the inflation is due to the global supply chain constipation caused by the pandemic, and is occurring in all but 6 countries on the planet:

https://tradingeconomics.com/country-list/inflation-rate?continent=world

The US is in the middle of the pack, neither the worst (by far) or the best. Your knee-jerk reaction is to blame everything on Biden and the democrats, but the facts are out their, and they don't fit your imagination - Biden simply can't be responsible for inflation on over 95% of the planet.

Voila!

November 30, 2021 8:02 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Fredo Cuomo! just checking to see if FOX News is hiring said...

"The US has $29 Trillion in debt, rising rapidly from Ronnie Raygun's near tripling of the debt in the 80's. The US has been printing fiat money to fund its colonial army all over the world for 40 years. The fact that we have made no significant effort to pay for it - and it looks like we never will - is eventually going to lead us into a debt collapse. The amount Biden managed to get through is a drop in that bucket."

well, over the long term, that may well be

but right now it's causing inflation as too much demand chases too few goods

it wasn't needed at that point, the economy was doing fine

it was nothing but politics, with the rest of us paying for Slidin' Biden's folly

"The inflation we are seeing now is due partly to Biden bringing back 5.816 million jobs in 10 months"

that doesn't make sense when employers can't find staff

Slidin' Biden f-ed up royally, and everyone knows it

you would know it too but that would require understanding cause and effect, something you have repeatedly shown is beyond your grasp

"which he squandered due to his horrific pandemic response"

horrific?

about hundred thousand more people died in Slidin' Biden's term than March 2020 to January 2021

and Slidin' Biden had the advantage of coming in when a million people a day were receiving the vaccine

Slidin' Biden f-ed up royally, and everyone knows it

you would know it too but that would require understanding cause and effect, something you have repeatedly shown is beyond your grasp

"The US is in the middle of the pack, neither the worst (by far) or the best. Your knee-jerk reaction is to blame everything on Biden and the democrats, but the facts are out their, (SPELLIN ERROR) and they don't fit your imagination - Biden simply can't be responsible for inflation on over 95% of the planet."

actually, the American economy affects the world

btw, the blood sucker of the COVID era has now screwed up his brother

November 30, 2021 8:52 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Fredo Cuomo! just checking to see if FOX News is hiring said...

CNN announced that it is suspending its star anchor Chris Cuomo as the network evaluates his conduct following stunning revelations from the New York Attorney General's investigation into his brother, ousted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"The New York Attorney General's office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvement in his brother's defense," CNN began its statement Tuesday evening. "The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. When Chris admitted to us he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second."

November 30, 2021 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"but right now it's causing inflation as too much demand chases too few goods
it wasn't needed at that point, the economy was doing fine"

Yet you never heard that from Republicans at the time - all you heard was how miserable the economy was under Biden - that's all we ever hear from Republicans when a democrat is in office. Even though Obama created more jobs in his last 3 years than Trump did in his fist 3, republicans complained about how absolutely miserable the economy was under him, and how absolutely fantastic it was under Rump, even though jobs grew at a slower pace under him than Obama. And Rump didn't have to fix Bush's fiasco first.

I pointed out that "The inflation we are seeing now is due partly to Biden bringing back 5.816 million jobs in 10 months"

"that doesn't make sense when employers can't find staff"

Of course it doesn't make sense to you. You can't handle facts unless they can be twisted to fit your conservative narrative. Anything that doesn't fit your world delusion is dismissed as a lie or materially insignificant. I pointed out facts put out by our own government, much of during Rump's administration, and since it doesn't fit your deluded belief of Republican economic supremacy, you dismiss it with tangential factoid, rather than try to understand the underlying reasons.

The facts are out there for anyone to find, if they just bother to look:

"U.S. labor shortage? Unlikely. Here’s why" This article is almost 8 months old, so some of the info is no longer current, but it highlights some key points:

https://www.epi.org/blog/u-s-labor-shortage-unlikely-heres-why/#

"First, the backdrop. In good times and bad, there is always a chorus of employers who claim they can’t find the employees they need. Sometimes that chorus is louder, sometimes softer, but it’s always there. One reason is that in a system as large and complex as the U.S. labor market there will always be pockets of bona fide labor shortages at any given time. But a more common reason is employers simply don’t want to raise wages high enough to attract workers. Employers post their too-low wages, can’t find workers to fill jobs at that pay level, and claim they’re facing a labor shortage. Given the ubiquity of this dynamic, I often suggest that whenever anyone says, “I can’t find the workers I need,” she should really add, “at the wages I want to pay.”

"Another piece of evidence against widespread labor shortages is the fact that the labor market added more than 900,000 jobs in March, the seventh highest percent increase in jobs in the last half century. It is difficult to imagine that labor shortages were creating a large impediment to hiring when hiring was happening at such a scale. Further, despite many anecdotes of restaurants in particular not being able to find workers, the labor market added 280,000 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector in March, the sixth highest percent increase in the last half century, even though average weekly earnings for nonsupervisory workers in that sector equate to annual earnings of just $19,651. With these kinds of numbers it is difficult to take the claims of widespread shortages very seriously."

November 30, 2021 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...


But those aren't the only reasons...

From the Wall Street Journal:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/workers-quit-jobs-in-droves-to-become-their-own-bosses-11638199199

"The pandemic has unleashed a historic burst in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are striking out on their own as consultants, retailers and small-business owners.

The move helps explain the ongoing shake-up in the world of work, with more people looking for flexibility, anxious about covid exposure, upset about vaccine mandates or simply disenchanted with pre-pandemic office life. It is also aggravating labor shortages in some industries and adding pressure on companies to revamp their employment policies..."

Many American workers, having been unceremoniously dumped by their low-wage employer at the beginning of the pandemic, are in no mood to go back working their @$$es of for subsistence wages, only to be dumped again at the first sign of trouble.

Instead, they have started teaching themselves new skills so they can earn more money and even become their own boss:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nigeldavies/2020/08/27/the-coronavirus-fueled-trend-for-learning-new-skills-is-more-than-fleeting/?sh=7e4643701fab

"Why learning?

The reasons are manifold. Some, without a commute, are making the most of more time in the day to learn, while others–like Sam Browne, who saw his business Findaband falter to a dead stop after coronavirus–have little other choice. “We went from so much work we could barely keep up, to a few weeks of paying out refunds all day long, to nothing at all,” he recalls.

Browne seized the opportunity to learn website design and development. He says: “I’d always just hired people to do this for me, but since I had plenty of time on my hands and no income, I made the decision to acquire these skills myself, then build something new.” He opted for a Squarespace design course, and separate tutorials in CSS and Photoshop.

His newly-acquired skills led him to launch a second business, which showcases the best sites built using Squarespace, and sells templates, plugins and design courses to website designers."

And if you've been paying attention to the motor industry over the past few years, self-driving vehicles are already driving on our roads. So any young person who has been paying attention, is NOT going to be training for a job that is likely to go away in a few years. For the moment, that causes a "job shortage" in the trucking industry. That doesn't mean workers haven't found other jobs that are a better fit for them.

November 30, 2021 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"about hundred thousand more people died in Slidin' Biden's term than March 2020 to January 2021"

Yes, but everyone knows that boatloads of those people CHOSE not to get vaccinated, wear masks, and avoid public gatherings, in the name of "freedom!" and "sticking it too the libs." We don't live in a Marxist, communist, or socialist dictatorship like Republicans are screaming Biden is forcing us into, so they got their freedom to die just like they wanted - avoiding the "Fauci Ouchi," and the vaccine that turns them magnetic.

You can't blame Biden for Republican stupidity, but I fully expect you to keep trying.

It's too bad you don't understand cause and effect better, otherwise you'd realize that Republicans refusing to get vaccinated in large numbers leads to many of them getting sick and some of them to dying. Maybe this special website dedicated to those folks will help:

https://www.sorryantivaxxer.com/

"The purpose of this site is educational, except for a few exceptions, everyone listed on this site was/is an anti-vaxxer activist who helped spread COVID-19 misinformation on social media. Share to stop others from making the same mistake. GET VACCINATED!"

November 30, 2021 11:21 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

"Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much?"

since conservatives have now approved Supreme Court justices that make a 6-3 majority of originalists, committed to protecting the original intent of the Constitution, it would seem you don't know what you're talking about

"You can't blame Biden for Republican stupidity, but I fully expect you to keep trying."

Biden campaigned on the promise to take care of the pandemic better than Trump

he didn't say he'd only do it if everyone else would cooperate

as President, he's expected to deal with the hand he's dealt

he has repeatedly had a confused response to the virus

the latest has been the horrible booster fiasco

btw, the lowest vaccinated group during most of Biden's term was not Republicans but minorities who voted for Slidin' Biden

you know the guy whose policies now has us dependent on foreign oil, causing severe inflation in energy prices, which ripples through all costs

add that to the trillions of debt he's pumping into the economy and it's no wonder the Fed Chairman has decided to stop calling inflation "transitory"

you would know that but it requires understanding cause and effect, something you have repeatedly shown is beyond your grasp

December 01, 2021 4:54 AM  
Anonymous why does no one agree with TTF? said...

Americans are making their lists, checking them twice, and finding that Washington politicians have been naughty, not nice, when it comes to the U.S.' growing inflation problem and its supply-chain chaos. Indeed, the November I&I/TIPP Poll shows Americans overwhelmingly blame our Washington-based political class for the current problems.

The poll asked: "In general, how responsible are politicians in Washington for recent increases in gasoline and food prices?" The answer suggests coal (or perhaps tiny solar panels?) in many politicians' stockings this year: 69% of those responding to the poll said politicians were responsible, while just 21% said they weren't.

Perhaps the most surprising result comes from looking at the political breakdown. There is little, if any, difference between Democrats (71%), Republicans (73%) and independents/others (68%). Finally, something on which all the major parties can agree,

Meanwhile, a separate poll on who's to blame for the current supply-chain mess, with more than 100 ships now sitting at sea waiting to be unloaded at the nation's two busiest ports, finds that Americans also blame Washington.

The I&I/TIPP Poll asked respondents, "Who or what is primarily responsible for the supply chain crisis?" They were then given five possible responses. Most economists agree that the inflation and supply-chain crises are tightly linked.

Among those queried, 36% blamed "President Joe Biden and his administration" for the monumental supply-chain disruption, while 27% pointed their fingers at "government regulations." All told, 63% blamed the government as the source of the problem, versus 15% who said the "private sector" and 14% who said "the workforce." "Other" was selected by 7%.

Again, there was a surprising amount of bipartisan agreement. Among Democrats, 19% blamed Biden while 32% blamed government regulations, for a majority of 51% citing government as the cause.

For Republicans, 61% blamed Biden, while 21% blamed regulations. Independents, once again, straddled the two major parties, with 37% blaming Biden and 25% blaming regs. Significantly, among all political groupings, a majority blamed the government for the supply-chain problem.

The data come from the November I&I/TIPP Poll of 1,306 adults. The poll was conducted online from Oct. 27-29 by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, I&I’s polling partner. The margin of error is +/-2.8 percentage points.

December 01, 2021 5:01 AM  
Anonymous why does no one agree with TTF? said...


Not surprisingly, Washington pols recognize the danger to their livelihoods that the inflation and supply-chain problems pose. A number of politicians have worked hard to shift the blame from Washington to "greedy corporations" taking advantage of hapless consumers to raise their prices sharply.

"Prices at the pump have gone up," Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted out on Nov. 20. "Why? Because giant oil companies like @Chevronand @ExxonMobil enjoy doubling their profits. This isn't about inflation. This is about price gouging for these guys & we need to call them out."

Warren also seeks a Justice Department antitrust investigation into the poultry industry. Why? The high cost of turkeys this year. "Warren said in a letter that consumers are paying higher prices because of excessive consolidation, price-fixing, and 'plain-old corporate greed', " a Reuters report noted.

In the same mode, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki earlier this month claimed the $1.8 trillion Build Back Better bill wouldn't add to inflationary pressures, saying "no economist out there is projecting that this will have a negative impact on inflation.”

But as Michael Boskin, a Stanford University economist at the Hoover Institution and former chairman of President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisors noted, such thinking is "economically illiterate."

And Democratic economists ranging from former Treasury Secretary and Clinton advisor Lawrence Summers to former Obama economic advisors Steven Rattner and Jason Furman agree with Boskin.

Washington political leaders got more bad news last week when the Fed reported that its favored measure of inflation, prices for core personal consumption spending (which excludes food and energy prices), jumped 4.1% in October from a year ago, the biggest gain since January 1991. That's more than twice the 2% level that the Fed says is acceptable.

With food and energy prices added in, the index jumped 5%, the fastest pace since November of 1990.

December 01, 2021 5:01 AM  
Anonymous Your "Constitutional Originalist" are conservative ideologues stacked there to overturn R v W said...

"Biden campaigned on the promise to take care of the pandemic better than Trump
he didn't say he'd only do it if everyone else would cooperate
as President, he's expected to deal with the hand he's dealt"

Republican anti-vaxxers simply will not listen to any reason or facts that any democrat puts out about vaccines, masks, or public health. Instead, any of those efforts get woven into an expanding conspiracy theory about their nefarious efforts to steal the next election:


Ronny Jackson
@RonnyJacksonTX

Here comes the MEV - the Midterm Election Variant! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election - but we're not going to let them!

3:47 PM · Nov 27, 2021·Twitter Web App

You can lead and elephant to water, but you can't make it drink. But again, you try to blame Democrats for problems Republicans have made themselves. Whatever happened to the "Party of Personal Responsibility?"

"With food and energy prices added in, the index jumped 5%, the fastest pace since November of 1990."

When George Bush was president and Republicans thought the economy was great, after Regan had spent so much money that the national debt had nearly tripled - a feat that has never been match since. I love how you never mention that.

December 01, 2021 8:19 AM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

"Republican anti-vaxxers simply will not listen to any reason or facts that any democrat puts out about vaccines, masks, or public health."

truth is highly vaccinated places like Vermont and Michigan are hot spots

lightly vaccinated Florida currently has the lowest rate of cases

inner cities, where Slidin' Biden duped people into voting for him, have multiple times the death rate of the rest of the country

"Instead, any of those efforts get woven into an expanding conspiracy theory about their nefarious efforts to steal the next election"

don't get me wrong, I don't think Trump won in 2020

but, at the same time, it's obvious that Dems want to extend into perpetuity COVID voting measures that reduced voter integrity measures

the more these measures are ingrained, he higher he risk of voter fraud goes

ask Jimmy Carter

"You can lead and elephant to water, but you can't make it drink. But again, you try to blame Democrats for problems Republicans have made themselves. Whatever happened to the "Party of Personal Responsibility?""

LOL, Obama was still blaming Bush for his failures in his 2021 re-election campaign

Biden is blaming corporations for the inflation he created

"When George Bush was president and Republicans thought the economy was great, after Regan had spent so much money that the national debt had nearly tripled - a feat that has never been match since. I love how you never mention that."

OK, let's mention it

Bush was a RINO who lost re-election because he raised taxes after promising not to

Slidin' Biden, who also wants to raise taxes and appease the totalitarians in Cina, won't get re-elected and he likely won't even try

December 01, 2021 10:21 AM  
Anonymous if Dems are horrified by Amy Coney Barret, b-b-baby, you ain't seem nothin' yet!!!!!!!!!!! said...

Looks like the homosexual is trying to squeeze out the first black woman VP. Remember, Biden's campaign was losing badly and revived when he promised a black leader in South Carolina that he would have he first black female VP. I guess the gay agenda didn't get the memo.

Despite the fact that we’re just a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, Democratic donors, strategists and pundits are already eyeing his potential 2024 successor as his declining facilities make it impossible for him to run for re-election. And already there’s a new conventional wisdom emerging: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s star is rising while Vice President Kamala Harris’ star appears to be crashing.

Let's face it: the Dems only hope in 2024 is to nominate Joe Manchin....

December 01, 2021 12:09 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Hunter Biden. would anyone like to buy my art for 500K? did I mention my dad is President? said...

THE BIDEN-BUTTIGIEG PITCH: IT'S ALL FREE!

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign was essentially a bidding war in which each candidate pledged to spend trillions of dollars beyond what is needed to run the country, ostensibly to rebuild the nation after the coronavirus pandemic. Candidate Joe Biden won the contest and has so far signed a $1.9 trillion "COVID relief" bill (that had little to do with COVID relief) and a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that goes beyond the traditional definition of infrastructure.

Now, President Joe Biden and his team are desperately trying to convince the public that they must approve yet another massive spending bill — anywhere from $1.2 trillion to $2 trillion — that will somehow "build back better" after the pandemic, even though the pandemic is most certainly not over. Many are concerned about the Democrats' orgy of spending, fearing particularly that pumping so much extra money into the economy will feed the inflation that has become the public's greatest economic concern of the moment.

So Biden came up with an argument that essentially said no one should worry because it will all be free. "My Build Back Better agenda costs zero dollars," the president tweeted on Sept. 25. White House chief of staff Ron Klain said that "the net cost of Build Back Better is zero." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added, "The dollar amount, as the president said, is zero."

It was all preposterous, of course. Two trillion dollars does not just appear out of nowhere. When questioned, the Biden team explained that they meant the bill is "fully paid for" by higher taxes on some people. That is the opposite of the cost being "zero dollars." And even that argument was proven untrue when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Build Back Better bill is not, in fact, fully paid for, but instead would add $367 billion to the national debt.

December 01, 2021 12:17 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Hunter Biden. would anyone like to buy my art for 500K? did I mention my dad is President? said...


Now, another member of the Biden team, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, is suggesting that the bill could eliminate the cost of driving for people who buy government-subsidized electric cars.

For weeks now, Buttigieg has been touting the bill's huge subsidies for electric car purchasers. "The Build Back Better package includes tax incentives to help purchase an EV," Buttigieg tweeted on Nov. 1. "How would you use a discount of up to $12,500 toward an electric vehicle?" It's not a discount of course, but a government subsidy — the government giving consumers money with which to buy the car. But here's the big pitch: Those who take advantage of the government's big handout, Buttigieg said recently, would "never have to worry about gas prices again." Buttigieg said the subsidized electric cars would bestow the greatest benefits on people in rural areas who drive long distances and urban residents who pay the highest gas prices. No more worries!

The problem, of course, is that cars have to run on something. Electric vehicles run on electricity, which is not free. And — this was not part of Buttigieg's pitch — the Biden administration is seeking to make electricity more expensive. "The administration's plans for a 'clean' electricity sector (by 2035) are really pricey," notes former Congressional Budget Office head Douglas Holtz-Eakin. "Two trillion dollars for generation, another $2 trillion for transmission, and an unknown price tag for distribution, but $1 trillion for 'the cost imposed on the distribution system by electric vehicle and photovoltaic solar panel adoption alone.' That bill is roughly $50 a week for consumers, which is in the same neighborhood as the gas costs that started this political firestorm. It's the energy costs, Pete, not just gasoline."

So just like the cost of the Build Back Better agenda is not "zero dollars," the cost of operating an electric car is far more than never having "to worry about gas prices again." The administration's free-stuff pitch is fundamentally deceptive.

Americans are not stupid. They know there is a cost to everything. They add up the cost of living and make economic decisions every day. They don't need to be insulted by government officials telling them that multitrillion-dollar wealth redistribution plans come without a cost. They know better, no matter what the president or his team say.

December 01, 2021 12:17 PM  
Anonymous systemic racism is a conspiracy theory said...

"Americans are not stupid. They know there is a cost to everything."

that's right!

lunatic fringe gay advocates just don't get that

to know that would require understanding cause and effect, something they have repeatedly shown is beyond their grasp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 01, 2021 12:21 PM  
Anonymous AOC for President !!!!!!!!!! I'm in...LOL!!!!!!!!! said...

President Joe Biden was never the Left’s top choice to lead the Democratic Party in 2020, and now that he is suffering from a prolonged bout of political weakness, they are weighing a challenge to him in 2024.

“It’s definitely something that’s brewing under the surface,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign chairwoman Nina Turner recently told Hanna Trudo. “It’s called the anxiety of the American people, which is causing this scramble in political bubbles about what the possibilities can be.”

Trudo, who covers the Left full time, added, “A sizable faction of progressives believe Biden should be doing more to deliver economic and social relief for working and middle-class people and that those same demographic groups could be searching for an alternative well ahead of November 2024.”

With approval numbers worse than Biden’s, the Left is not looking at Vice President Kamala Harris as their replacement candidate. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s corporate consultant background also makes his candidacy a nonstarter.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sanders are both possibilities, but Sanders strategist Chuck Roa tells Trudo they may not be the right demographic for the modern Democratic Party.

“Old-school progressives, old white liberals, are a part of the coalition,” Rocha told Trudo. “But the majority of the coalition looks like 'the Squad.' It’s people of color. It’s younger people. It’s really around environmental justice, social justice, and, most importantly, economic populism.”

The only name Trudo identifies with both the policy credentials and the star power needed to raise hundreds of millions online from small-dollar donors is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

A Democratic primary challenge to a sitting Democratic president is not without precedent. As recently as 1980, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy attempted to wrest the party’s nomination from a similarly unpopular Democratic incumbent unable to control inflation.

With a new Harvard poll of young voters showing even a majority of this overwhelmingly Democratic group disapprove of Biden’s job as president, it might just be time for Democrats to start looking for a 2024 alternative

December 01, 2021 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Covid don't care what party you are said...

"inner cities, where Slidin' Biden duped people into voting for him, have multiple times the death rate of the rest of the country"

Meanwhile, in the real world:

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2021/10/01/for-covid-19-vaccinations-party-affiliation-matters-more-than-race-and-ethnicity/

At the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination push nine months ago, many experts worried—with justification—that people of color would be left behind. Sadly, it is a well-established fact that people of color suffer from poorer access to quality health care. And early on, there was some evidence of these disparities; in March of this year, for example, I documented inequities in vaccine share among Black Americans in Maryland. Fortunately, the situation has improved over time, in part because governments at every level have worked hard to make vaccines and accurate information available to everyone. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released on Sept. 28, gaps in vaccination rates across racial and ethnic groups have virtually disappeared—while gaps reflecting political affiliation have widened substantially.

Of Americans surveyed from Sept. 13-22, 72% of adults 18 and older had been vaccinated, including 71% of white Americans, 70% of Black Americans, and 73% of Hispanics. Contrast these converging figures with disparities based on politics: 90% of Democrats had been vaccinated, compared with 68% of Independents and just 58% of Republicans.

A Gallup survey released on Sept. 29 confirmed the KFF findings. As of mid-September, 75% of adult Americans have been vaccinated, including 73% of non-Hispanic white adults and 78% of non-whites. Along party lines, however, the breakdown was 92% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans.

There is no reason to believe that these gaps in vaccination rates will disappear anytime soon. According to Gallup, 40% of Republicans “don’t plan” to get vaccinated, versus 26% of Independents and just 3% of Democrats. In response to a more sharply worded KFF question, 23% of Republicans report that they will “definitely not” get vaccinated, compared to 11% of Independents and just 4% of Democrats.

These national divergences are reflected at the state and county level as well, per data from Johns Hopkins University. Of the 21 states with vaccination rates above the national average, Joe Biden carried 20 last November. Of the 29 states below the national average, Donald Trump carried 24. At the county level, the vaccination-rate gap between the counties Biden and Trump won has increased nearly six-fold from 2.2% in April to 12.9% in mid-September, according to KFF.

Links for the data are on the original web page and include maps.

December 01, 2021 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

"truth is highly vaccinated places like Vermont and Michigan are hot spots
lightly vaccinated Florida currently has the lowest rate of cases"

No, the truth is that what are "hot spots" changes from week to week depending on what mix of variants are dominant and what the percentage of vaccinated people are.

You keep touting Florida as some kind of great case for handling COVID, but the truth is, it's not.

It has the 9th highest death rate in the country, and this pandemic ain't over yet:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

In case you're wondering, Florida, at 2865 deaths/million is behind 6 red states (#1 Mississippi, #2 Alabama, #4 Louisiana, #5 Arizona, #7 Georgia, #8 Arkansas) and 2 blue state (#3 New Jersey, and #6 New York)

It's even worse when you compare Florida to say, Australia, back in August:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-19/australia-florida-population-zero-covid-objective-vaccinations/100391760

"Australia's population of 26 million is comparable to Florida's 22 million, but when you consider the figures around COVID-19, the numbers are starkly different.

Currently, Australia's daily COVID-19 cases are being measured in the hundreds, but last week Florida recorded more than 150,000 cases.

The total number of deaths in Australia is still less than 1,000. Florida has now passed 41,000, by some reports."

The update to those death numbers as of Nov 30th:
Australia Deaths: 2,011
Florida Deaths: 61,539

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

It's amazing that right-wing media can make Rumpsters think that Florida is doing a good job with the Coronavirus when in fact Australia has a death rate that is less than 1/30th of Florida's.

How much Orange Kool-Aid do you have to drink before you can believe that?

December 01, 2021 5:15 PM  
Anonymous if Biden is innocent why not have Tara over for tea with Jill said...

Wow! The way you play games with the stats used to be called "shifty"

Biden, however, is to blame for the pandemic record when he inherited a vaccine.

Remember, there was no vaccine at all during most of Trump's watch with the pandemic. And, yet, 100K fewer people died

no way that's not Biden's fault

here's some of the cause and effect you like so much:

cause - Biden becomes President

effect - generic polls show Dems will lose House in 2022

December 01, 2021 11:36 PM  
Anonymous wokeness is insane said...

it's kind of disingenuous to say that Biden is not to blame for having 100K more deaths in the same period because many conservatives are not getting vaccinated

when Trump was President, no one had vaccines, so you would have expected a much larger death rate, all things being equal

let's face it, Trump's Warp Speed vaccines led Biden to think he was lucky and he could claim his hand-waving saved the day

turned out he had no clue how to respond to further developments

btw, the moron above notes that Biden minority voters now have reached equity with all others but that wasn't true during most of Biden's term thus far

hence, he idea that Biden's record is worse than Trump's because many conservatives aren't getting vaccinated is risible

Biden has not done much and mismanaged whatever steps he as made

voters see this simple cause and effect

December 02, 2021 10:30 AM  
Anonymous TTF was formed to save the status quo school board - the long arc of history has been toward justice said...

Kamala failed and now Biden has been forced o admit that Trump was right after all!

The Biden administration has reportedly reached a deal with the Mexican government to restart a Trump-era border initiative that mandated all asylum-seekers be returned to Mexico while their claims are processed.

U.S. and Mexican officials struck an agreement re-implementing the Migrant Protection Protocols program, otherwise known as "Remain in Mexico," and plan to announce it Thursday. The Biden administration was forced to follow the Remain in Mexico plan by a Supreme Court order earlier this year.

The Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State on Thursday morning outlined the plan to restart the program, saying that it would begin after Mexico announced its agreement.

President Joe Biden had initially tried to end the program, which former President Donald Trump boasted defused the border crisis before he left office, on humanitarian grounds.

December 02, 2021 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Dems rue the day they nominated Sleepy, Slidin' Bide said...

Since President Biden took office in January, federal courts across the country have ruled against his administration time and again, finding many of his policies violate the Constitution. The Biden legal defeats have extended nationwide, impacting a wide range of issues — most recently vaccine mandates.

On Tuesday, federal judges blocked the administration from enforcing two mandates requiring millions of Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In one case, Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction halting the start of Biden's national vaccine mandate for health care workers. The injunction temporarily blocks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from enforcing the order.

"There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million health care workers is something that should be done by Congress, not a government agency," Doughty wrote. "It is not clear that even an act of Congress mandating a vaccine would be constitutional."

Doughty's ruling applies nationwide except in 10 states, where CMS was already blocked from enforcing the mandate due to a separate order issued on Monday by a federal court in Missouri. The judge in St. Louis sided with the 10 states which joined a lawsuit against Biden's requirement that all health workers in hospitals and nursing homes be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4.

In another adverse ruling, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove of the Eastern District of Kentucky blocked the administration from implementing its vaccine mandate for federal government contractors and subcontractors.

"This is not a case about whether vaccines are effective," Van Tatenhove wrote in his opinion. "They are. Nor is this a case about whether the government, at some level, and in some circumstances, can require citizens to obtain vaccines. It can."

Instead, he continued, the question before him was whether the president had the authority to mandate employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to receive the vaccine.

"In all likelihood, the answer to that question is no," the judge wrote.

Van Tatenhove's ruling applies to Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee — the three states that filed the lawsuit.

These losses for Biden came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which is based in New Orleans, last month temporarily blocked the president's broader mandate requiring private businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure all workers get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with enforcing the order through seldom-used emergency powers.

One week later, the Fifth Circuit Court reaffirmed its stay on Biden's order, citing a retweet from White House chief of staff Ron Klain as a key piece of evidence. In September, Klain retweeted a post from MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who praised Biden's mandate as "the ultimate work-around" to avoid potential constitutional challenges.


"The mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces (and workers)," Circuit Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote in his opinion, calling the order "staggeringly overboard."

December 02, 2021 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Dems rue the day they nominated Sleepy, Slidin' Bide said...


Beyond vaccine mandates, the courts have quashed several other efforts by Biden to respond to COVID-19, deeming them unconstitutional. In June, for example, a federal judge ruled the CDC can't dictate rules for cruise ships, ruling against the administration for exceeding its constitutional authority.

Then in August, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration's federal moratorium on residential evictions.

Citing the economic fallout from the pandemic, the administration had imposed the moratorium, leading to a legal challenge from a coalition of landlords and real estate groups.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination," the majority opinion read. "It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts."

"If a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it," the opinion added. "Our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends."

The high court's decision came two days after it denied Biden's legal bid to rescind the Remain in Mexico Policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — another major loss in the courts. Under the protocols, a central feature of the Trump administration's immigration policy, asylum seekers from Central America had to stay in Mexico during their immigration proceedings.

Despite being ordered to reinstate the Remain in Mexico policy, the Biden administration is still fighting to terminate it, so far to no avail.

This wasn't the first time the courts proved to be a roadblock for Biden's immigration agenda. Less than a week after Biden assumed office, a federal court in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day moratorium on deportations of some illegal immigrants.

In its opinion, the court derided the administration for omitting "a rational explanation grounded in the facts reviewed and the factors considered." This omission, the court explained, made the Department of Homeland Security's "determination to institute a 100-day pause on deportations an arbitrary and capricious choice."

December 02, 2021 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Dems rue the day they nominated Sleepy, Slidin' Bide said...


Biden's losses in the courts also extend to farming. In Wisconsin, a federal judge halted Biden's controversial $4 billion race-based federal relief program for farmers. The court found "the only consideration in determining whether a farmer or rancher's loans should be completely forgiven is the person's race or national origin." Therefore, the order continued, farmers were "experiencing discrimination at the hands of their government."

A federal court in Texas found similar discrimination by the Biden administration, but in a different context: restaurants. Indeed, the Restaurant Restoration Fund, approved by Congress to help struggling restaurants during the pandemic, gave preference to women, minorities and "socially and economically disadvantaged" people, leading the court to deem the program discriminatory.

Back in June, another federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration from pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land. Judge Doughty, the same one who ruled against Biden's vaccine mandate for health care workers, wrote in his opinion that the administration can't legally stop leasing federal territory for oil-and-gas production without approval from Congress.

One of Biden's most notorious legal defeats was decided by the Supreme Court in June. In Terry v. United States, Tarahrick Terry, a criminal who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute an unspecified amount of crack in 2008, argued for a sentence reduction under the First Step Act, President Trump's criminal justice reform law.

Both the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled against Terry, who then petitioned to the Supreme Court. The Trump administration was preparing to defend its position and argue against Terry, noting that the First Step Act was meant to provide leniency to minor drug offenders sentenced to disproportionately long sentences and that Terry was in a different category.

But once in charge, the Biden administration told the Supreme Court it wouldn't defend the ruling, calling it an error and siding with Terry. The high court ruled unanimously against the administration, dismissing its arguments as "sleight of hand."

Despite the above losses and others that Biden has suffered in the courts, he and his team appear undeterred in pushing the legal envelope in pursuit of their policy agenda. It seems their continuing failure will be determined at least as much in the courtroom as in the Capitol.

December 02, 2021 12:07 PM  
Anonymous sayonara, gay agenda! said...

The Biden administration has reportedly reached a deal with the Mexican government to restart a Trump-era border initiative

next, let's get 'em to pay for that f'ing wall!!!!!!!!!!

December 02, 2021 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Russians are threatening Ukraine, China is threatening Taiwan, and Slidin' Biden is threatening to make a mandate forbidding it said...

Is President Joe Biden's approval rating getting any better?

Not so much — at least according to a Trafalgar Group poll conducted among 1,082 likely general election voters between Nov. 26 and 29. His approval rating was 36%, the survey found. That's compared to his approval score of 38% in October.

Biden's disapproval rating stood at 59%, over half of respondents.

Eighteen percent of respondents strongly approved of Biden, and 18% generally approved.

About 7% disapproved of the president, with 52% strongly disapproving.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points. The poll did not include Vice President Kamala Harris, who had a 28% approval rating in the October poll from USA Today/Suffolk.

December 02, 2021 3:28 PM  
Anonymous whether it's Obama, RBG, Fauci, or Cuomo, why does the left always look for someone to worship other than God? said...


For nearly two years now, Anthony Fauci has been an object of fascination, adoration, even worship in an America both frightened and polarised by the coronavirus. From the beginning, the Left identified him as the public health expert to trust: the one member of Donald Trump’s Covid response team who was willing to contradict him in public, our own personal mole in the White House, a voice for science and sanity in the face of the president’s bluster and incompetence.

He was the one who undermined Trump’s “just the flu” narrative; he was the one who told us that the virus wasn’t going to disappear in the spring. When Trump was touting the unproven benefits of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid, Fauci stepped in with a reality check — and yet always, somehow, stayed just enough in the President’s good graces to keep his job.

And so, after last year’s election, we greeted Fauci as a hero who’d emerged safely, against all odds, from behind enemy lines. Journalists sat with him for breathless interviews, asking how he “survived” his time as Trump’s advisor. Time magazine wrote, jubilantly: “Anthony Fauci Is Finally Getting to Do His Job”. The New Yorker declared him “America’s Doctor”.

The fact that he was still standing, preaching the gospel of science while Donald Trump slunk away with his tail between his legs, took on its own significance. Fauci was more than the sum of his parts; he was a figurehead. And while he did decry the tragic and unnecessary politicisation of the Covid pandemic from his new perch as Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, it was a winking sort of neutrality: when the man wishes out loud that “we had a country where people realized the importance of a communal effort,” it’s not like we don’t know which people he’s talking about.

Given that half the nation wants to canonise him as the Patron Saint of Public Health, it was probably inevitable that Fauci would be ultimately unable to resist buying into his own hype — but it was still remarkable to witness. In a recent interview with Face the Nation, Fauci explained why the criticism he’s weathered from politicians like Senator Ted Cruz, who accused him of lying under oath about what kind of viral research the NIH was funding, is not just distasteful but dangerous.

“They’re really criticizing science because I represent science,” he said. “That’s dangerous. To me, that’s more dangerous than the slings and the arrows that get thrown at me. I’m not going to be around here forever, but science is going to be here forever.”

For some, this statement was nothing more or less than a terrifying profession of absolute power: La science, c’est moi. But let’s be charitable and imagine that what Fauci was trying to say — inelegantly — is not that he believes himself to be synonymous with science, but that other people treat him as such, attacking him as a proxy for the ideas they find offensive.

The thing is, that’s not really any better. These comments reveal a monumental hubris no matter how you slice it, a conviction that no criticism — whether it’s of him or his ideas — could ever be valid. If he’s not accusing his detractors of heresy for questioning capital-S Science, he’s still accusing them of anti-science bigotry and bad faith — and excusing himself from ever considering the possibility that at least a few of them might have a point.

December 03, 2021 9:53 AM  
Anonymous whether it's Obama, RBG, Fauci, or Cuomo, why does the left always look for someone to worship other than God? said...


For those old enough to remember it, this rhetorical style was last used to great effect in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, when our leaders waved away any notion of examining how the United States might have come to be seen as an avatar for imperialism, oppression, and Western decadence by declaring that the terrorists simply “hate us for our freedoms.” Fauci invokes the same immunity from self-reflection when he declares of criticism that “anybody who’s looking at this carefully realizes that there’s a distinct anti-science flavor to this.”

Never mind the documented inconsistencies in Fauci’s statements on masking, vaccine mandates, or boosters; never mind his lobbying for continued school closures until Biden’s stimulus bill had passed, which would have negative implications for hundreds of thousands of children; never mind the frustrating and opaque debate surrounding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab. The real question is: why do you hate science?!

It’s not hard to see the appeal of framing one’s critics as motivated by bigotry, which not only shuts down discussion completely but also has a way of rallying defenders to the cause. Suddenly, science is not about ideas but identity, an ideology with a tribe all its own. It’s a neat trick, this sleight-of-hand. And it is infectious.

The wheels of this social change were already turning before the pandemic. It was mid-2019 when I first encountered one of those rainbow-coloured “in this house we believe” signs, hung on the wall of a local yoga studio like a bible sampler for the Lululemon class. The “beliefs” in question are liberal platitudes, just this side of a thought-terminating cliché:

BLACK LIVES MATTER

WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL

SCIENCE IS REAL

LOVE IS LOVE

KINDNESS IS EVERYTHING

At first, these signs were just a form of political expression, a way for members of the educated liberal class to recognise other members of their tribe. But the isolation and uncertainty of Covid has kicked this mindset into another gear. SCIENCE IS REAL isn’t a statement expressing the literal existence of science; it’s yard-sign catechism, the shriek of a true believer.

And in this world, science isn’t something we do, a method of systematic structure and study that separates fiction from fact and hypothesis from conclusion; it’s something you believe in, like Santa Claus or alien abduction or the ability of your struggling but spirited football team to come through against all odds and win the championship. Secular people have put their faith in science the way the devout put their faith in a God — right down to anointing the most pious among us as institutional figureheads.

But the result is not just oddly religious, but perverse. Unlike actual science, which is one of the most vital truth-seeking mechanisms we have, this “science” is utterly incurious, hostile to questions, incapable of admitting fault. And while this would be an alarming development at any time, it’s especially bad amid a global catastrophe in which it’s never been more important to stay humble and ask questions, even if they’re politically inconvenient, even if they make powerful people bristle at your insubordination.

We can try to blame Anthony Fauci for this: for accepting the accolades, for licensing his bobblehead likeness, for letting us call the vaccine the “Fauci ouchie,” for buying wholesale into the myth of his own infallibility. But while Fauci may be at fault for getting a bit too high on his own supply, he didn’t appoint himself to this position; we did, when we decided to make him the Science Daddy without whose say-so we can never live normal lives again.

For two years, a frightened populace has looked to Fauci for the answers to impossible questions, for a sense of control amid the uncertainty, for assurance that we’re on the right side of history — even though nobody can tell us exactly what went wrong. We made science a civic religion, and we told Fauci he was the Pope. Unfortunately, he believed us.

December 03, 2021 9:55 AM  
Anonymous did Hillary really think she'd get away with it? said...

Kamala's a riot!

First, the border. Now, she's in charge of the Dems' voting nationalization efforts.

The GOP really appreciates her help. LOL!!!!!!!!!

Leading voting rights activists came away frustrated and alarmed from what they hoped would be a breakthrough meeting last month at the White House to discuss a strategy to pass federal voting rights legislation.

There were high hopes for the 15 November teleconference between the White House and the leaders of the hundreds of groups that comprise the Declaration for American Democracy (Dfad), many of which have been campaigning hard for federal voting rights legislation. Kamala Harris had agreed to stop by the meeting.

After Joe Biden gave a strong endorsement in late October of altering the Senate filibuster rule for voting rights legislation, the activists hoped that the White House would lay out a course for getting the stalled bills through the US Senate.

Instead, multiple people who attended the meeting said they didn’t hear any kind of plan from the White House.

The vice-president, who is leading the White House’s voting rights effort, arrived midway through the meeting and read just over six minutes of prepared remarks and then left without taking any questions, according to people who attended.

White House staffers stayed on the call and answered three questions from participants. “They did not lay out a strategy for getting this done,” said one person who attended, who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

Cliff Albright, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter, also attended the meeting and said it felt like a “check-the-box kind of a call”.

“Nothing substantive came out of it,” he said. “It was very frustrating.”

A third participant was also critical of the way the White House handled the meeting.

“She said her five-minute remarks, which were the ‘same-old, same old’, and then she left”, said the person, who also requested that their name not be disclosed.

December 03, 2021 11:10 AM  
Anonymous homosexual "marriage" is sado-masochistic said...

A new report revealed that departing staffers for Vice President Harris are leaving their White House posts in part due to concerns of being forever labeled a "Harris person."

A growing list of Harris staffers are heading out the door amid internal chaos and disastrous poll numbers.

The concern of being labeled a "Harris person" is driving the exodus from the vice president’s office, sources familiar with the chaos in the VP's office said.

One Democratic operative close to the veep’s office said that the staff departures are lighting a fire under chief of staff Tina Flournoy to keep the sinking ship afloat.

"If we mess this up, it's going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come," the operative said.

December 03, 2021 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Wikipedia said...

List of Trump administration dismissals and resignations

December 03, 2021 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is trying to make inflation great again !... said...

fascinating

a little advice:

stop trying to make being no worse than Trump your only goal

if you don't, you have no hope

December 03, 2021 11:33 PM  
Anonymous the despicable day of dastardly Democraps is nearing nightfall said...

it's amusing to watch liberals go apoplectic this week over the realization that Roe v Wade, the unconstitutional ruling of the early hippy-dippy seventies, will be overturned

we are in for more entertainment this week when the Court will hear arguments in Trinity Lutheran v Comer

for years, lunatic fringe leftists have used a disingenuous tactic to attack religion

they would pass some ubiquitous governmental entitlement program and then say religious groups aren't entitled to enjoy the benefits because government can't fund religious activity

Trinity is the court's opportunity to overturn this horrendous policy

and, just a preview for the unaware, they will make it clear that all forms of religious exclusion from government funding are unconstitutional

December 04, 2021 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Roe divided America, revoking will allow resolution said...

“Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the constitution and its reading are just political acts? I don’t see how it is possible.”

Sonia Sotomayor

"Roe appears to have provoked, not resolved conflict."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Which of these female justices is correct?

Make up your own mind but no one is selling t-shirts with Sotomayor on them...

December 04, 2021 2:17 PM  
Anonymous people who voted for Slidin' Biden and Clueless Kamala are feeling preeeety stupid right about now ... said...


President Biden "lied" on the campaign trail "when he said that he knew nothing about his son Hunter's overseas business dealings," alleges Miranda Devine, author of "Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide."

Biden "met Hunter's business partners from overseas multiple times" when he was vice president, including "Mexicans and Ukrainians and Russians and Chinese and Kazakhstanis," Devine told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Thursday.

He met some of them in Beijing, others at Cafe Milano and the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence, in Washington, D.C.

Biden also met with Hunter's former business partners Tony Bobulinski and Devon Archer. He took a selfie with the latter in the White House, which Burisma, "the corrupt Ukrainian energy company" that was paying both Hunter and Archer, posted on their website, Devine said.

"I think all you need to know about Burisma is that when Joe Biden stopped being vice president, Burisma cut Hunter Biden's salary in half," she added.

Now Hunter is "the closest and most important adviser to Joe Biden, and he is in and out of the White House, in and out of the sort of weekend White House in Delaware, all the time," Devine said.

She explained that Hunter Biden's laptop, abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop, shows how much his and his father's finances were intertwined, how they know "everything about each other's business," have "joint bank accounts, shared debit cards," and how Hunter paid "for at least some of Joe's sort of household bills — maintenance on his Delaware mansion."

"There are emails," she continued, "where there are these overdue bills for Joe Biden's Delaware mansion — whether it's sort of fixing a retaining wall or painting a fence or fixing the shutters or replacing the air conditioning — you know, several thousand dollars for each bill from local Delaware contractors.

"And these bills, some of them were like months overdue. I mean, I think, from what I hear, the Bidens weren't very good at paying their bills on time."

Biden, she said, "never has seemed to be able to keep truth from fiction straight in his head" as he has claimed to "being the poorest man in Congress" and "a humble working-class kid from Scranton," which is "just so at odds with the facts as we see them" by looking at "the life of privilege that his family leads."

December 04, 2021 3:15 PM  
Anonymous let's put Kamala in charge of passing Build Back Better - that would be a GOP dream within a dream !!!! said...

Migration to the southern border of the United States from far-off countries spiked in 2021 as economic turmoil and the Biden administration’s eased immigration policies prompted droves from other continents to traverse to America.

The number of people encountered at the southern border from countries other than Mexico or the three top countries of origin in Central America was seven times greater over the past 12 months ending in September than the previous year, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. One-in-5 people, or 378,000 of the 1.7 million, who were encountered at the southern border in the government’s fiscal year 2021 were from nations other than those four.

The biggest change in 2021 was the rise in arrivals from South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 2000, 97% of the migrants Border Patrol encountered were Mexican citizens. By 2014, more people apprehended at the southern border were from the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — than were from Mexico, data show. In 2019, nearly two-thirds of people encountered at the border were from one of the three Northern Triangle nations.

In 2021, more than 4,100 Russians were encountered compared to fewer than 500 the previous year. Apprehensions have spiked further in October, with more than 1,500 Russian citizens apprehended.

More than 48,000 Venezuelans were intercepted at the border in 2021, up from fewer than 2,800 in 2020.

While the Border Patrol historically has encountered small numbers of people from more than 100 nations every year, the number from some of those countries are rising significantly, as are the numbers of countries. Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, announced this week arrests of people from around the world, including Eritrea, Uzbekistan, Syria, and Lebanon.

The United Nations International Organization for Migration’s World Migration Report released on Wednesday concluded that the U.S. is the top destination for migrants globally.

December 04, 2021 3:19 PM  
Anonymous CRT is real, folks !!!!!!!!!! said...

A Minnesota school district billed a group $900,000 to fulfill a public records request about Critical Race Theory (CRT) in its curriculum.

A law firm representing parent group Equality in Education filed a records request with Rochester Public Schools in southern Minnesota to disclose materials mentioning CRT, the Daily Caller reported.

Wenyuan Wu tweeted: “Serious ask: is it normal for a Minnesota school district to ask $901k for a public records request on its CRT, DEI, SEL ... practices?”

Wu tweeted the district’s response letter from a law firm responding to the 41-page data request.

The district estimated the request would require 13,478 hours of work billed at the lowest employee wage rate would total $901,121. That equals 561 days – more than a year of work.

Rochester Public School District hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment.

Despite being more than 40 years old, CRT has evolved to a flashpoint between political parties over the past year.

CRT holds that “the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans,” according to Britannica.

CRT scholars allege many societal problems are rooted in the country's white majority using laws and other power to suppress the non-white population, whether consciously or subconsciously.

CRT opponents claim its conclusions rely on anecdotes and storytelling, rather than a comprehensive examination of evidence. They say its supporters focus on disproportionate outcomes from those individual stories, incorrectly drawing conclusions about institutional racism and white privilege and failing to take into account strides that the nation has made toward racial equality.

CRT is one of many issues that have increased parent participation in school board meetings and curriculum since 2020.

December 04, 2021 3:22 PM  
Anonymous the media wasn't fooled by the Trump/Russia hoax, they were part of it said...

By now, it’s clear to many that the left has used COVID-19 as a means to extend the federal government’s authoritarian control over Americans. But there are signs that the mask and vax culture that devastated the economy and created a nation of shut-ins and virus-phobes may be nearing an end. We certainly hope so.

President Joe Biden has insisted that Americans must be vaccinated to protect against the spread of new variants of the virus. He even tried to mandate it for private businesses with more than 100 workers and for federal health care employees.

But not so fast.

On Monday, responding to a suit brought by Missouri and nine other states, a federal district judge temporarily halted the vaccine mandate for health care workers at Medicare- and Medicaid-affiliated facilities.

The order is meant to “ensure that federal agencies do not extend their power beyond the express delegation from Congress,” wrote Judge Matthew Schelp of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, a Trump appointee.

Best of all, his order isn’t valid only in Missouri, but in the nine other states — Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — that joined the Show Me State in suing the federal government.

“The Missouri led coalition just obtained an injunction HALTING Joe Biden’s CMS Healthcare worker vaccine mandate,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt wrote. “This was an egregious overreach. We’re fighting back and winning. More to come.”

This isn’t the first time a federal judge has accused the Biden administration of overreach after issuing vaccination orders that exceed the constitutional scope of the White House’s legitimate powers.

Responding to a suit by Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals already shut down Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more workers. Workers would have been forced to either get a COVID-19 vaccine or take a weekly test. If a company didn’t comply, it could pay an absurdly punitive penalty of up to $13,653 for each violation.

After that decision, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suspended its enforcement of the rule.

At some point, one or both of these decisions will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. But you should know this: Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say the federal government has the right to force citizens to take vaccines – or any other form of health care, for that matter.

Yet, even as the Biden program of vaccine coercion seems to be dying, the media and far-left Democrats in Congress are in a panic over the new Omicron variant, supposedly far more infectious than any other coronavirus variety.

December 04, 2021 3:28 PM  
Anonymous the media wasn't fooled by the Trump/Russia hoax, they were part of it said...


Congressional Democrats and Big Media whipping up anxiety over a new viral strain is nothing new. Once again, they’re creating fear that a mutation will cause a wave of deaths, take down the global economy and “force” renewed lockdowns. Such talk has already spooked global financial markets.

Is the fear well-founded? South African Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the person who discovered the new virus, said it appears to have “extremely mild symptoms.” And the World Health Organization said Monday no deaths had been linked to the new virus.

So why panic?

Ask Biden, who imposed a travel ban on eight African countries in response to the new strain. And while he vowed Monday not to push for renewed “lockdowns or shutdowns” of the U.S. economy, he also said he’ll unveil a comprehensive strategy Thursday for fighting COVID-19, something he promised in 2020 during the campaign.

“If people are vaccinated and wear their masks, there’s no need for the lockdowns,” he said. “I expect the new normal to be, everyone ends up getting vaccinated and the booster shot.”

“The new normal?” While we believe the vaccines do indeed prevent deaths, there are also risks involved in taking experimental drugs. No person should be forced to take medicine he or she doesn’t want to take.

As for masks, recent data show they have little to no impact on the virus’ spread.

Simply put, lockdowns and vaccine mandates haven’t worked. Just ask Sweden and Denmark, or Florida for that matter, all of which ended lockdowns and mask and vaccine mandates and watched as COVID cases and deaths fell. There’s a lesson there for the U.S.

After recent court decisions, it’s a good bet mandatory vaccinations won’t be part of Biden’s new “strategy.” Will he instead require “vaccine passports” or other restrictions to limit Americans rights to travel, do business or exercise their basic rights to associate with whomever they wish?

If Biden chooses unconstitutional mandates or other draconian restrictions on Americans’ freedoms, he might consider what’s happening in Europe. There, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets protesting lockdowns and other measures. With Biden’s plummeting popularity and Americans’ growing sensitivity to having their rights trampled, it could happen here too

December 04, 2021 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Brett Kavanaugh is the final nail in the gay agenda coffin, this week he was hammered said...

Women who get out of abusive relationships sometimes say that what gave them the courage to finally leave was the recognition that the abuser had turned his attention to her children. Actions that were overlooked or excused away for herself are seen with clarity and horror when directed at her child.

For years, many of us have overlooked woke manipulation tactics when they were directed at us. “Ok, maybe I have harbored some deep-seated racism of which I have been entirely unaware, and which has never manifested itself in any concrete, culpable act. Mea culpa anyway! I will raise my fist and take a knee, say the words I am supposed to say, be silent when told, and commit to doing the lifelong work of constantly interrogating my inner world for subconscious biases, knowing that I will always be complicit in evil because I am white. Can I go about my business? Or would you like to do a social justice riot on it?

“And yes, corporate overlords, every June please do send me an email from every company I’ve ever patronized telling me to enjoy a transgender burrito at your business, or to #rideproud on your exercise bicycle, and scoop up my ‘love is love’ non-binary tote bag. Such gestures of celebration are the least I can do to compensate for my hegemonic bigotry. I am a bit uncomfortable with the idea that some women have penises so perhaps I deserve this.”

But such coercive manipulation was never supposed to stop with adults, and in fact they were just grooming you to get at your kid.

It is an effective strategy. When transgender story hours garnered national attention, many stared quizzically at videos of woke moms across America clapping and nodding while little Ashleigh and Aster learned to twerk from men in heels and minis at the local library.

Even non-woke parents, long exposed to propaganda from multiple directions, tend to translate relentless woke messaging into something more benign. For example, the song “Freak Flag” in Shrek the Musical urges kids that society needs to change and embrace how “freaking strange” the show’s heroes are. “Let your freak flag fly. Never take it down, never take it down, raise it way up high!”

This relentless message to children to embrace their inner freak is woven almost ubiquitously in most any new media directed at them. A calculated ambiguity allows for an innocuous interpretation by the average viewer. Maybe little Cindy has a large birthmark on her face and needs this message. Or Johnny has a disability, and this helps him feel less self-conscious. These are fine and good lessons in such contexts.

But over the past year the escalation of radical gender ideology in schools has laid bare what the intent was all along. Your kids are theirs to shape in accord with an ideology that identifies progress with the development of a collectivist mindset and the dismantling of sexual normativity and bodily meaning. You want to be able to be anything? First you must mean nothing.

December 04, 2021 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Brett Kavanaugh is the final nail in the gay agenda coffin, this week he was hammered said...

Innocence is dominance, according to the ideology. If persons are defined by evil according to the collectivist mindset of CRT, then any denial of bigotry—any claim of innocence by a person in an oppressor group—must be rejected as further evidence of their implication in the evil of the system. According to radical gender ideology, the child’s innocence must be disrupted because it is ignorance of alternative sexualities that perpetuates the dominant Western concept of moral law and of bodily meaning.

Examples are legion. In recently leaked documents and audio from the California Teachers Association Conference, educators disclose the various tactics they deploy in introducing and recruiting middle schoolers into clubs that prompt them to question their gender and sexuality. Included as tactics: surveilling students’ internet activity and ways to win them back should they lose interest.

In New Hampshire, a high school athlete was suspended from a football game for the unapproved speech of telling another student that a man is a man and a woman is a woman.

Various school libraries have been caught carrying books featuring sex-positive portrayals of pedophilia and pornography including, among other things, boy-on-man fellatio. “Educational” materials such as Gender Unicorns and the Gender Bread Person aim to rewire younger minds by introducing gender fluidity and polymorphous perversion into their minds and imaginations, all out of the reach of parental supervision.

This is not about tolerance or anti-bullying. It is about grooming pliable minds and bodies in ways that create the tumult needed for cultural revolution in service of hastening “historical progress.”

But a funny thing happened on the way to the bacchanal—parents began seeing through it, and in that process their eyes were opened to the way this sort of abusive manipulation has been at play all along. The Woke have poked the Mama Bears. And the Papa Bears. And perhaps some formerly Non-Binary Bears. There is such a thing, according to a new curriculum aimed at K-2 in which a teddy bear learns that he was misgendered by his parents and that he is actually a she, but I digress.

Once seen, abusive manipulation is hard to unsee. The old tricks that worked so well before lose their power with exposure. But the Woke cannot help themselves and—like an abuser sensing he is losing control—they escalate, intimidate, coerce, and double down.

December 04, 2021 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Brett Kavanaugh is the final nail in the gay agenda coffin, this week he was hammered said...


In the wake of the successful Parent Bear movement in Virginia, the Left’s usual accusations—that voters were animated by white supremacy—rang not just hollow, but absurd and repugnant. Pornography was peddled to minors, the rape of a minor girl by a boy in a skirt in the school bathroom was covered up, children were indoctrinated into the despair of a collectivist mindset bent on implicating and exonerating them according to their race. And in response to such rampant and reasonable concerns the teachers union branded them racists and colluded with the attorney general to weaponize the FBI against them.

As many have noted, this will not stop until it is stopped. Progressivism by its nature does not limit itself. According to the dialectic at the core of the movement, the society develops, like an organism, and progresses through time perfecting itself through a process of revolting and synthesizing, eventually achieving a utopian state.

In this framework we see the structure of the modern progressive movement which judges the present with the perfected vantage point of the imagined future, and never with the wisdom of the past. For the progressive, the wisdom of the past is something from which we can learn little but can condemn much. The modern obsession with being on the “right side of History” is not born of reverence for the past but out of hatred of it. There is no internal limiting principle in a race to revolution, and so the envelope must be pushed and prodded and deconstructed and reengineered into oblivion. That is Progress.

Until we stop it.

What we saw in Virginia can serve as a road map moving forward. When dealing with an abusive narcissist, the only response is to marginalize him, to not give him an ounce of credibility, and to hold fast to the clarity of one who has seen him for what he is. Our response to manipulation should be simple and plain: we see it, we see through it, and it has no power over us.

December 04, 2021 3:33 PM  
Anonymous ha-ha said...

that's right!

Hunter, Kamala, CRT, hoax, Kavanaugh, and COVID mandate cult !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 04, 2021 4:05 PM  
Anonymous the drip drip drip has become a gush gush gush for the gay agenda going down the drain said...

how dreary to be TTF

how public like a frog

to croak your lies

the livelong day

to an admiring bog!

December 06, 2021 6:52 AM  

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