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Thursday, September 7. 2023
DOES CONSERVATISM WORK?
The ADL Has Lost Its Way. Elon Musk Is Right to Stand Up to Its Censorship
At Harvard, Speech Is Not Free
Sanctimony City: NYC’s Illegal Immigration Failure. New Yorkers weren't expecting they'd have to make good on the promise of sanctuary
College presidents launch 'Campus Call for Free Expression'
Unconscious Bias in Medicine: A Canard. Evidence that clinical decisions are driven by unconscious bias remains conspicuously lacking.
What happens when the local police just give up and disband?
It was Vladimir Putin who initially noted that the West is willing to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian.
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Whether or not conservatism works depends on how you define conservatism. To my mind, if liberals want us to drive off a 500-foot cliff at 100 miles per hour, the conservatives are urging it only be a 400-foot cliff at 90 miles per hour. They're both agreed that we need Big Government to tell us how to live our lives, the disagreement is just over what it is exactly we need to be forced to do.
With all due respect, your example defines the Republican Party, which has never really liked conservatives.
Ronald Reagan (conservative): Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
George H. W. Bush (republican): I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good. We will work hand in hand, encouraging, sometimes leading, sometimes being led, rewarding. We will work on this in the White House, in the Cabinet agencies. I will go to the people and the programs that are the brighter points of light, and I will ask every member of my government to become involved. The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.
Notice one is short, to the point and quippy. The second example takes an entire paragraph to explain, the main theme - stolen from Arthur C. Clark, written by Peggy Noonan (voted for Obama), and involved government at every step.
Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio sentenced to 22 years for Jan. 6 attack
He wasn't even in DC on J6.
The message is clear. If you are a conservative. Don't EVER attend a rally or protest in DC. EVER.
If you do you may be identified and Government may arrest you and jail you for a lengthy sentence . . . because they can.
Biden’s Declaration of War on Domestic Political Enemies
Here is a short list of recent examples from The Spectator that are unprecedented in American history:
Michigan is prosecuting 16 GOP activists, including the past opponent of the Democrat attorney general
Wisconsin’s Democrat governor is calling for the prosecution of Trump’s 2020 electors
Arizona’s Democrat attorney general is investigating Trump’s 2020 electors for potential prosecution
Former President Trump has been indicted by four separate Democrat prosecutors for paper political “crimes”
The “GOP 19” were indicted by a Democrat district attorney in Georgia for “discussing election strategies”
Stand by for an escalation in Democrat lawfare to include a Trump indictment for “insurrection.”
. . . . . . so it is for Biden and company: it is all about maintaining political control at all costs, and their “justice” is meted out arbitrarily to their political enemies. That is what Biden’s “war on domestic terrorism” is all about.
At this point I believe it is possible for the government to arrest anyone without regard to them having been involved in J6 at all and convict them in a DC court. Additionally, if our left wing government felt that this innocent person represented too much of a threat to their agenda they could "justifiably" send a SWAT team to their house at 5 AM and declare that they appeared to have a gun when they woke up and shoot them. THAT is where you government is today.
'New Yorkers weren't expecting they'd have to make good on the promise of sanctuary'
You get what you vote for. Mangia!
I might be able to help NYC with a list of all my neighbors who have "Migrants Welcome" signs in their yards. I still haven't seen any migrants living at their homes, so maybe we can make this happen.
This Is Extremely Dangerous': Inside the Biden Administration's Push To Swap Science for 'Indigenous Knowledge'
Just five days before President Joe Biden entered the White House, his team handed the Washington Post an exclusive story: Biden would keep his campaign promise of "following the science" by turning the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy into a cabinet-level agency.
On Nov. 30, 2022, that office did something rather unscientific: It issued a memo directing more than two dozen federal agencies to apply "Indigenous Knowledge" to "research, policies, and decision making." The 42-page document encourages the agencies to speak with "spiritual leaders" and reject "methodological dogma" when crafting policy as a way to remedy injustices against Native peoples.
Federal regulators are to consider the folk wisdom of the Comanche Nation, for instance, just as they consider lab results when trying to determine the pH level of rain. Long relegated to university campuses and fringe activist groups, the idea that Native people have a privileged understanding of the physical and metaphysical world is now the official view of the United States government.
I believe the "indigenous knowledge" they're pushing for is the ancient wisdom of the Aztecs. Be prepared for mountains of skulls.
I think that everyone is indigenous. They would like to make it means something else. When I lived in Alaska the question people asked to divide you into an "Alaskan" or from the "lower 48" was how long you lived there. If you lived there for five years but the person you were disputing with only lived their four years than HE was from the lower 48 and YOU were an "Alaskan".
Why should taxpayers pay for illegal aliens? Why should they pay for school, medical, food housing and walking around money for them? It makes no sense. They shouldn't have to pay anything for anyone who is not a actual citizen of this country. Why taxpayers pay for any "free stuff" even for citizens? The Democrats have been playing a shell game with money by not raising taxes to pay for all these replacement voters but instead increasing the national debt which will hamstring Americans in the future. They are doing this to replace citizens in the voter rolls and the workforce. This administration is disgusting.
Back in the 80s I believe, Californians passed a proposition that banned wealth transfer payments to illegals.
A federal judge promptly threw it out as unconstitutional.
His reason was that once illegals set foot in the USA they enjoyed the same rights as American citizens and thus could not be discriminated against.
ADL lost its way? Anyone who thinks that is a product of brainwashing.
The internet has pulled back.the sheets and the naked rotting corpse is exposed for exactly what it's always been.
The Grand Old Politburo Washington General (R) comrades aren't conservatives.
Just ask election throwers Juan McLame and Mittens Romney.
Pauly "Obama's Beard" Ryan didn't really get spanked by high powered intellect Brandon in debate, he just loves him some CPUSA Long March fellow travelers to burn down Western Civ once and for all, Uniparty uber Alles.
No shirking comrades of the glorious NYC, you are one of the CPUSA (D) flagship golden socialist utopias along with Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Portland and Detroit.
House your poor downtrodden future lifetime CPUSA (D) voters who just walked 12,000 miles in Nike airs with brand new cellphones, forward, yes you can!
Biden administration cancels oil and gas leases in Arctic wildlife refuge
We should speak out against all communist civil-privilege groups at every turn. They should be harassed, condemned, sued, and prosecuted into non-existence. They are violent enemies of liberty and individuals.