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Peter Schweizer: Biden Ukraine dealings – 7 essential facts
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/25/2019 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Surprise! Once again the American taxpayer gets fleeced by corrupted politicos.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/25/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Democrats Introduce Debate Strategy Of Holding Up Small Child Whenever Their Positions Are Challenged
"For the Chilruns"
[Babylon Bee] Democrats are bringing a new tactic to the next presidential debate. Each candidate will arrive on the debate stage with a child to hold up whenever someone tries to question or challenge any of the statements they make.

"This cable TV debate format doesn't allow for long-winded answers and rebuttals. You gotta make your point and you need people to move on," said news anchor Anderson Cooper in support of the new debate technique.

Recently, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was asked about accepting lobbyist money and she immediately lifted up a five-year-old girl named Sophie.

"Why are you attacking this child? Are you some kind of monster?" she asked, leaving her interviewer speechless.

"These are the kind of people I'm up against," Warren later said to her supporters after dropping Sophie into a carrying case for later. "People who ruthlessly attack children."
Posted by: Frank G || 09/25/2019 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Play their game. Have an embalmed 8 and three quarters month aborted fetus to hold up and point the finger at the murders.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/25/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  The countering assertion could be: "Dems continue to molest children."
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/25/2019 8:35 Comments || Top||

#3  This post needs the lion king baboon with lion cub pic.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/25/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Each candidate will arrive on the debate stage with a child to hold up

Already done.

Posted by: Skidmark || 09/25/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Kay-sick always reminded me of the Stillson character...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/25/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Bring out some angel moms.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/25/2019 12:34 Comments || Top||

Trump: 'If You Impeach Me Now, I Shall Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine'
[Babylon Bee] Nancy Pelosi is reportedly starting impeachment proceedings against President Trump. It's not clear why but at least it will be fun for all involved, which is good because the news cycle has been a little slow over the summer. We all need a good public spectacle once in a while.

But Trump is a good sport and wanted to warn the Democrats about what they're going to do: "If you impeach me now, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine," he said in an open address to his political foes. "Seriously, I will have huge power, believe me. Maybe the most power of anyone ever."

When pressed for what would happen, Trump admitted that he would probably be impeached and die but they wouldn't find a body: only a folded-up suit and his orange toupee. Then, he would appear to his replacement, Mike Pence, in visions and whisper advice. "For instance, if he were at a state dinner with a foreign diplomat and the salads come out, I'd tell him to use the fork."

Related, back in the real world (you did guess the above was Babylon Bee, right, dear Reader?): Trump Fundraises Off Pelosi's Impeachment Inquiry: 'I Need You on My Impeachment Defense Team'
Posted by: Frank G || 09/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can we conclude from this fresh nonsense that the Russian Collusion thing is finally dead?
Posted by: SteveS || 09/25/2019 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't find the donation link he's talking about. Could twitter have blanked it out ?

Can someone here help ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/25/2019 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  2525 AD
Deep under Chernobyl, the Baltic:
A tentacled toupe on a Toltec,
Still hugely attractive
And radioactive,
Asleep in a cavern basaltic.
Posted by: Snomolet Smiter of the Huns1997 || 09/25/2019 2:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Dims are so third world and the repubä sit around like propped up, stuffed dead corpses.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 09/25/2019 4:17 Comments || Top||

#5  We're all ignoring the big picture. This impeachment business is merely a clever ruse to find the location and ownership of those no fewer than 20 million so called assault weapons.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/25/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Never really felt like Obi-Wan made good on this.
Posted by: Iblis || 09/25/2019 14:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Can't find the donation link he's talking about

It was only up for an hour or so, as far as I can tell.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/25/2019 19:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Can we conclude from this fresh nonsense that the Russian Collusion thing is finally dead?

Heck no. It's just been resurrected in another form. The talking heads are probably going to whine about how bad it is but not be able to come up with any real reason why. They'll watch each other float trial balloons and hope one of them comes up with something that sounds legitimate to their emotionally challenged audience.
Posted by: gorb || 09/25/2019 22:07 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Jimmy Dore: CBS News Pushes 100% Propaganda On I-R-A-N
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is interesting - I was just thinking about this sort of thing last night. I was wondering just how overt certain elements of people in this country would become in their disdain (to put it mildly) of the USA. Guess I have part of my answer now.
Posted by: Raj || 09/25/2019 5:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The man takes apart their coverage and clearly shows what's wrong with it. How do you get from there to "showing disdain for America"?

Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/25/2019 5:08 Comments || Top||

#3  To quote the great modern philosopher John McEnroe, 'you cannot be serious'. A group of US reporters and TV talking heads, one of who was described as a 'bought & paid for fucking tool' pushing Iranian propaganda, is somehow rooting for our side?

You may or may have not noticed my qualifier of the use of the word 'disdain'. If you did notice the qualifier, you would have not needed to make your comment.
Posted by: Raj || 09/25/2019 5:25 Comments || Top||

#4  If "your side" is the lying media, I really don't know what to say. Media elites despise us ordinary Americans.

How is it that you feel attacked when their lies are pointed out? Could you tell us which parts of the video are inaccurate?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/25/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#5  ...just how overt certain elements of people in this country would become in their disdain (to put it mildly) of the USA.


Media elites despise us ordinary Americans.

We are saying the same thing about our media, Herb - don't be an obtuse piece of shit about it.
Posted by: Raj || 09/25/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Herb's on a hair trigger to defend Iran.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/25/2019 12:17 Comments || Top||

#7  I swear...people just make things up and put them in my mouth, and then criticize me for what they made up. It's just like when I talk to Leftists.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/25/2019 13:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Not to stir things up, but Herb IMO adds plenty of valuable commentary here.

At the same time, disagrees strongly about US military interventionism, and says some things that annoy me -- just as I'm sure any of us annoys others from time to time.

I don't often agree with him on that issue, but it's a legitimate view that is shared by some of our wisest political scientists, notably John Mearsheimer of U. Chicago, and wise and patriotic senior military officers who study the matter, such as Col. Andrew Bacevic of Boston U.

Bacevic lost a son in the Iraq War. I don't agree with him on everything, but he's a good man.

I have no reason to assume that Herb is arguing in other than good faith. Maybe they're weak arguments, maybe they're just rants, but -- hey, it's Rantburg, Jake.
Posted by: Lex || 09/25/2019 13:41 Comments || Top||

#9  I swear...people just make things up and put them in my mouth, and then criticize me for what they made up.

With respect to this thread, am I one of these people? Just let me know so I can stop commenting on anything you post from here on out.
Posted by: Raj || 09/25/2019 17:36 Comments || Top||

#10  It's called mocking and your positions, so well known and repeated ad infinitum, can be easily mocked with accuracy
Posted by: Frank G || 09/25/2019 18:18 Comments || Top||

#11  "Hi, left crow." "Hi, right crow."

"I swear..." sighed a straw man, at sea
As to why left and right might agree.
"Perhaps both react
To my excess of tact...
Could that be why they're pickin' on me?"

Seriously, Herb, I tried to watch the video. Twice, even (got distracted by the sidebar and ended up watching Matt and Katie (horrorboggle!)). Second try, I made it about halfway through. Summarising for busier Burgers:

Jimmy says f-ck a lot. He endlessly alternates two facial expressions: blank, and over-the-top leering incredulity. He's an El Chapo of unexamined premises. His sidekick, smarter and kookier than him, looks kinda cute in retro glasses and Chicago Teachers Union T-shirt. Oh, and some guy's gonna kill a million people, or a million more people, or something. Warmongers warmongers blah blah blah.

Metaphysically sincere here: If that's your guru, you gotta get out more. Comrade please. Democracy Now and Alex Jones are Plato compared to this dude.
Posted by: Jeregum Bumble5308 || 09/25/2019 19:58 Comments || Top||

#12  Boston U

Slowly I turned... arriving in Kenmore Square... and realised that all the other passengers on the Green Line car cah were wondering why I'd been spitting on the inside of the unopenable window for the past five minutes.
Posted by: Jeregum Bumble5308 || 09/25/2019 20:08 Comments || Top||

#13  Who respects Mearsheimer?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/25/2019 23:05 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Once the Trust is Gone
[AccordingToHoyt] What do you do after you lose trust in your institutions? All your institutions? What happens to a civilization when every public institution, everything we are supposed to trust and believe has provably lied to us?

From the media with their increasingly crazy and public lying and insanity, to professional associations ("gun epidemic"), to our schools (really, really, children walking out to protest climate change? Because yes, children know things you didn’t tell them), to our scientific studies that no one can actually reproduced, to our contaminated, cheating elections (really, Arizona? We’ll keep the polls open till the leftist wins?) to the fact that one party in the US is fronting candidates that no one can actually believe and who seem to be living in a parallel universe, to our corrupted statistics for both census and production and cost of living, to the frigging polls, to‐

Look, all "elites" lie to the people, and arguably our institutions lied a lot more to us in the past. Or if not more, at least as much.

Now for the first time, though, there are ways to verify and to question what we’re being told, and again, I must ask: What happens when the people lose all trust in their institutions?
Weimar Republic?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/25/2019 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...1776.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/25/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Trust in your institutions? I'm afraid that bus has already left the station.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/25/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Extortion funding corrupt.

Governments have a product (title) that they should charge for and would keep them honest.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/25/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#4  The time I don't spend watching network news or reading the newspaper + the $99 / yr. they want for the rag here is all mine to spend otherwise. I'm good with that.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/25/2019 9:02 Comments || Top||

#5  The Spoils System. Sometimes the only cure is amputation followed by cauterizing with fire when a limb becomes rotten.
Posted by: magpie || 09/25/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Distrusted media? Websites like Rantburg and producing original reportage and op-eds like Michael Yon, Sharyl Attkisson, and Sarah Hoyt.

Distrusted schools? Private schools or school at home.

Distrusted science? Publicize unpopular and unpublished studies on sites like WattsUpWithThat and the skeptical scientists Facebook page.

Cheating elections? Volunteer with groups working to clean up the voter rolls, volunteer to work at the polls during the elections.

In other words, by providing competition and/or supervision, force all those untrustworthy institutions to either do better or die.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/25/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ This. TW nails it.
There is no other path.
Posted by: Lex || 09/25/2019 10:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Should cattle trust the farmer?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/25/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Quillette.com is another excellent source of high-quality, dissenting academic discussion.
Posted by: Lex || 09/25/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Publicize unpopular and unpublished studies on sites like WattsUpWithThat and the skeptical scientists Facebook page.

Need affiliation and grants for studies.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/25/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#11  by providing competition

Until the competition is all shut down.
Posted by: charger || 09/25/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#12  What happens when the people lose all trust in their institutions?

Actually we have lots of evidence from other societies to tell us what will happen.

First, you will see people create two selves: a public self that seeks to avoid any kind of attention or scrutiny by those who have the power to ruin you - be it superiors or colleagues or neighbors - and the real self that is exposed only to immediate family and a handful of friends. The social media, let-it-all-hang-out model will quickly expire in this environment.

Second, along with the underground self, you will see a lot of economic activity go underground. People will naturally turn to off-market transactions, to cash under the table, to all manner of ruses, shelters, scams.

Third, as a consequence of #1 and #2, public confidence in rule of law, impartial justice, free and fair elections, an independent press and all the other core institutions of representative democracy will collapse. Demagogues and radical parties will surge. The habits of compromise, conciliation, seeing things through another's eyes: all of these habits will wither.

Finally, and this is a big unknown--it depends on the efficiency of state surveillance and control--radicalized, in many cases violent, fringe movements will spread and gain many adherents.

The above pattern happened before every modern revolution, including the Nazi revolution, and mostt of them flourished under communism in the late 20th century.

It can happen here. Smart money says that at least a few of these will happen in coming years.

Posted by: Lex || 09/25/2019 18:34 Comments || Top||

Whether or Not Trump Committed a Crime, Can't We All Agree That He is Guilty of It?
h/t Instapundit
[The Derringer] Here we are again. Another day, another scandal. Today, Trump is accused of withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for dirt on Biden. Tomorrow it will be something else. Whether or not he committed any crime, can’t we all agree that he is guilty of it?

Let me lay out my reasoning. Trump, as we all know, is a criminally corrupt president, unfit and emotionally unstable. It is our job as reporters to discover the evidence that proves these facts. But here’s the rub ‐ finding evidence is difficult and expensive. Can’t we just jump to the end and say he’s guilty already?

First of all, we know he’s guilty because we feel these facts deep within our bones. We feel the knowledge of his guilt well up inside us when he appears on the TV screen. We flush to its terrible revelation when he speaks. It’s insulting, frankly, that we should have to prove this guilt by "standards" of "law."
Babylon Bee has competition?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/25/2019 07:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Babylon Bee fights back
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/25/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||

#2  The Babylon Bee became the paper of record so slowly I didn't notice until now.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/25/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump is guilty of beating Hillary Clinton. Her coronation got derailed. The Dem money-making machine got shut down. No wrath like that of a scorned woman and her party.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/25/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#4  this is not from the Babylon Bee but from another satire news source (The Derringer). There are other such sites, e.g. Scrappleface, Genesius Times, with a conservative bent.

Rantburg should, I think, have a special category for these.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/25/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Rantburg should, I think, have a special category for these.

Moved to Opinion.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/25/2019 9:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Thought Bee, too.
The press in this country is no longer the press. They are a for-profit political movement.
The customary freedoms accorded the press cannot be extended to them as before. They are not observers but participants in the political process: political actors.
Posted by: Lex || 09/25/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Let's try a little logic. If the President of the US can't have corruption by US citizens investigated, then neither can the shitheads in Congress.
Posted by: Mercutio || 09/25/2019 12:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Satire, yes. But I'm afraid it's exactly what the donks have in mind.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/25/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||

#10  sorry - can't get linky thingy to worky: Try this

Posted by: Mercutio || 09/25/2019 17:14 Comments || Top||

Michael Malice sits down with Andrew Pollack & Max Eden, authors of the book "Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students"
Andrew discusses how the events that led to his daughters passing at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas incident incensed him to look deeper into the outlying causes, and commit to the work he is doing today to make America's schools safer.

If you watch nothing else, fast forward to 18:00.

WHY MEADOW DIED: https://amzn.to/34Nkzqf

Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

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