The news as we once understood it is dead

Via Driscoll at Instapundit, something from Victor Davis Hanson. There’s more commentary at the Instapundit link too.

An embargoed and bankrupt Iran is teetering on the brink. Its international terrorist appendages, including Hezbollah, are broke.

China is increasingly being ostracized by much of the world.

The U.S. has cut its carbon emissions, often at a rate superior to those nations still adhering to the Paris climate accord targets.

Cross-border illegal immigration has been reduced, according to many metrics.

ISIS was bombed into near dissolution. Moderate regimes in the Middle East are ascendant; radical cliques like Hamas and al-Qaeda are not.

More NATO members are meeting their commitments. The alliance’s aggregate defense investments are way up.

Is any of that considered news? Not really.

Instead, every three or four days the public is fed a series of fantasy “bombshells” much like the daily hysterias of the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump team and Russia — a two-year, media-hyped dud.

In recent weeks the media warned us that Trump was dismantling the Post Office to disrupt mail-in balloting.

Trump, we are told, has decided never to concede his sure loss in November and might have to be forcibly removed, perhaps by the military.

We read that Trump defiled the memory of fallen American soldiers in cemeteries abroad. We are lectured that Trump supposedly never took COVID-19 seriously.

All of these stories were either demonstrably untrue, were supported only by anonymous sources, or were the sensationalism of authors hawking books.

Yet such concocted melodramas will continue each week up to Election Day, while fundamental geostrategic shifts abroad brought about by American diplomacy will by intent go unnoticed.

The news as we once understood it is dead.

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Just Waiting

Schlichter explains

The one thing you leftist revolutionary LARPers don’t understand is that there are a lot of people on the other side – that is, patriots – who are even more eager for you dummies to start your revolution than you are.

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The Most Difficult Word in the English Language

… well, for me anyway. By the way, what I mean by difficult is that it is difficult to remember the meaning.

When learning Spanish, the student is warned about words termed “false cognates”; that is, Spanish words that look like English words you know, but don’t mean the same thing. The most famous of these is “embarazar”, which means to be pregnant. The typical embaraz-ing usage is to use this verb when claiming to be embarrassed (instead of “avergonzar a”).

Anyway, the verb “obviate” is an English-English false cognate. I always think it means “to make obvious”. It’s a transitive verb which means (thanks to Merriam-Webster):

: to anticipate and prevent (something, such as a situation) or make (an action) unnecessary
For example: The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.

Synonyms are “avert, forestall, head off, help, preclude, prevent, stave off”.

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Update (20200913): When I have a better link than to merely a tweet, I’ll update this, but… Apparently, as if things couldn’t get any more weird, George Floyd was a snitch. You know, like for the police. I’ve seen no other confirmations, but that doc scan looks pretty real.
Hat tip to Joe Doakes@Shot In The Dark blog (who has some interesting comments).

From George Parry in the American Spectator, Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin et al: The Prosecution’s Dirty Little Secret.

On May 29, 2020, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder (later raised to second-degree by Minnesota’s attorney general) in the death of George Floyd. Former Officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao were also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd.

These charges were based on the autopsy performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office and a private “re-autopsy” performed at the request of the Floyd family’s attorney. Based on those procedures, the medical examiner issued a revised autopsy report stating that Floyd had died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.” In short, Floyd’s death was allegedly caused by the manner in which the police had restrained him.

But the police defendants were charged before the medical examiner had received the report of Floyd’s toxicology screen by NMS Labs of Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Then, on May 31, 2020, NMS Labs forwarded Floyd’s toxicology report to the Hennepin County Medical Examiners’ Office.

And that’s when the proverbial fecal matter hit the fan.


So there they were, staring at the just-received and damning toxicology report that blew to smithereens the whole prosecution theory that the police had killed Floyd. To their undoubted dismay, Dr. Baker, the chief medical examiner, had to concede that at 11 ng/mL, Floyd had “a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.” He also conceded that the fentanyl overdose “can cause pulmonary edema,” a frothy fluid build-up in the lungs that was evidenced by the finding at autopsy that Floyd’s lungs weighed two to three times normal weight.

So. The entire premise for the last three months of rioting, looting, destruction, and general mayhem in Blue Cities has been based on a lie.

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We need to have a major adjustment in our thinking

From Jesse Kelly (threadapp link here):

[...] if you’re mad at a 17 year old man for going to guard a business from being destroyed, you’re mad at the wrong people. Why did he have to? Why weren’t these violent riots put down months ago?

Societies seek a balance. If law enforcement is not given the freedom to put these violent riots down, then someone else WILL step up. It’s a fact. Vacuums get filled.

Full comment below the fold
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Alinsky’s Rules

Yet another topic I neglected to remember. Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. There are references to this list from the left, but nowadays also from the right because Alinsky knew what it takes to be an activist.

  1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. ‘Have-Nots’ must build power from flesh and blood.
  2. Never go outside the expertise of your people.
  3. Whenever possible go outside the expertise of the enemy.
  4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
  8. Keep the pressure on.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
  11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside. Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
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The Coup D’Etat, Part 2

The meme is spreading.

From Michael Anton, the author of one of the more famous pieces from the 2016 election, The Flight 93 Election, a new piece, The Coming Coup.

Democrats are laying the groundwork for revolution right in front of our eyes.

I didn’t know what to quote, but Lee Smith did for me:

Excellent Michael Anton piece, “The Coming Coup”: “to succeed, it must not look like a conspiracy. They need to plant the idea in the public mind, now, that their unlawful & illegitimate removal of President Trump from office will somehow be his fault.”

Continued in a second tweet:

A strong case that media isn’t just pushing “coup porn.” But they’re stretched thin: i.e., messaging thru the Atlantic only reaches their side; people are angry not scared abt rioting. Seems they know they’ve lost, but doesn’t mean they won’t do something desperate & dangerous.

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Search Engine Tricks

This is a list of strings to include in the search engine text box to reduce amount of crap returned. The following is a subset, this site is more complete. Note these in general apply to Google; they may not work in other search engines.

  • OR
    Search for X or Y. This will return results related to X or Y, or both. Note: The pipe (|) operator can also be used in place of “OR.”
    Examples: jobs OR gates / jobs | gates
  • - (dash)
    Exclude a term or phrase. In our example, any pages returned will be related to jobs but not Apple (the company).
    Example: jobs ?apple
  • ( )
    Group multiple terms or search operators to control how the search is executed.
    Example: (ipad OR iphone) apple
  • site:
    Limit results to those from a specific website.
  • filetype:
    Restrict results to those of a certain filetype. E.g., PDF, DOCX, TXT, PPT, etc. Note: The “ext:” operator can also be used—the results are identical.
    Example: apple filetype:pdf / apple ext:pdf
  • define:
    A dictionary built into Google, basically. This will display the meaning of a word in a card-like result in the SERPs.
    Example: define:entrepreneur
  • stocks:
    See stock information (i.e., price, etc.) for a specific ticker.
    Example: stocks:aapl
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The Coup D’Etat

Worth keeping for future reference.

The Democrat Plan To Oust Trump

As we have explained in several columns the Democrats do not plan to win the 2020 election. Instead they plan a coup, for which the Republicans and perhaps the Trump campaign appear to be totally unprepared.

The reason for this apparent lack of preparedness is that the GOP and the Trump campaign assume they are facing the conventional Election Day threats of being inundated with mail-in ballots, garden variety vote fraud, such as individuals casting multiple in-person ballots, and the chaos attendant to conducting an election in the midst of media-generated pandemic hysteria.

All those things will happen, but they are not what will determine the outcome of the election in the Democrats’ favor. To get rid of President Trump and to seize power permanently Democrats will rely on the principles of unconventional warfare.

That should get the attention of the suburbanites.

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They Don’t Believe Their Own Hype

So, why should we?

A few days ago, I wrote how “the Democrats (the insiders, the power-brokers) will [eventually] decide that this whole grift is not politically useful anymore” and they’ll simply cancel it. It is implied that the Democrats don’t believe this Kung flu thing either. Over the last 24 hours, they proved it.

Powerline does a fine job over a couple posts discussing the key points of the event that exposed them:

We wrote yesterday about Nancy Pelosi’s blatant act of hypocrisy, in scheduling a hair appointment for herself at a salon that is closed to the public,

This morning, Nan’s first response was that she didn’t know. But Nan wasn’t done; this response apparently didn’t play well, so later in the day, Nan went on the attack (or, as it was so aptly put by Ace: Nancy Pelosi Mounts Marion Barry Defense: The Bitch Set Me Up).

And now, finally, we get to the meat of this affair. For this, Chris Buskirk explains:

People are accusing Pelosi of hypocrisy & of breaking rules she wants imposed on others. Fair enough, but they miss the most important point. Pelosi is 80 yrs old, a high risk group.

What this really shows is that she doesn’t believe the COVID hype she’s pushing on the country.

Jesse Kelly notes:

This is how it’s done, Republicans. Take note. Learn. She’s mastered it. Always attack. Never apologize. Never give an inch.

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