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Here’s Mark Levin With a Bit of Media History by The Elephant's Child

Mark Levin has a keen eye for disinformation and the mind to explain all. We’re in uncharted territory here, and need all the help we can get. When you find something that reveals a lot, share it as widely as you can. Perhaps you have noticed that the Media is not apt to help out unless it’s a leftist talking point. They seem remarkably ignorant of history and when considering the present, its rather helpful to know what has gone before and how we got here.

Remember Ben Rhodes remark about today’s journalists when he was explaining how easy they were to manipulate “They’re all 27 years old and don’t know anything.”

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Can Someone Please Produce Some Straightforward Facts? by The Elephant's Child

The problem is Russian Collusion, we are told. The Russians interfered in the 2016 election. They hacked into the DNC computers, and into John Podesta’s computer because John Podesta stupidly chose “password” as his password. Then they supposedly read everything on Hillary’s servers because she had no security at all. But then her servers were supposed to be wide open to anybody who wanted to look. So what damaging information did who get and how did that change the election?

And then there were former DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s aides from Pakistan who reportedly stole information from Congressional computers, or Democrat computers and high-tailed it back to Pakistan but that whole episode and those people disappeared from the news entirely., and vanished down the memory hole.

The hacking or intrusion, or whatever you want to call it, was really old news, yet it still seems to be what we are talking about. But all we know is that they are said to have hacked these computers, but how did that profit them, and what did they do with the information that affected the election?

If, as we are told, they interfered in the election, what was the interference? Whose vote did they change? What precisely did they do that influenced the election and how? There are a remarkable number of dramatic charges out there with any supporting information totally missing. Were election numbers of votes changed? Voting machines hacked? Is there some evidence of that? Is there some evidence of anything whatsoever?  So the Russians interfered in our election, by doing what? And why is no one asking this?



A Timely Book For Today: Published in 1841. by The Elephant's Child

There is a book out there, first published in 1841, entitled “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”It was an early study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay. It was published in three volumes: “National Delusions,” “Peculiar Follies,: and “Philosophical Delusions.” Mackay was an accomplished storyteller, though he wrote in a journalistic manner and somewhat sensational style.

It has been in print ever since, and Amazon has at least 13 different bindings and prices.  There’s the Crusades, fortune- telling, the influence of politics on the shapes of beards and hair. Haunted houses, prophecies, and economic bubbles. There’s the Railway Mania of the 1840s the South Sea Bubble, The Mississippi Scheme, The Tullipomania, The Witch Trials, Wikipedia has a good coverage, with some interesting illustrations from the period.

Probably time to check a copy out of the Library or buy your own. I’m afraid that’s where we are. Collusion with Russia clearly merits a listing, and perhaps Bitcoin. They urge each other on, and each excess exceeds the previous excess. And each excess gives permission for the next person to play “Can You Top This?”

They talk Democracy, but you have probably noticed that they are not interested in a two-party system. They are destined to rule, and where this is all going, nobody knows.



Exploring the Depths of Democrat Depravity by The Elephant's Child

Everything relates back to this map. Democrats were complacent about the 2016 election. Hillary had it in the bag, it was time for the first woman president, and even Obama claimed that she was the most qualified presidential nominee ever. When the Republicans nominated Donald Trump, it became even more of a sure thing. Control would pass comfortably from the first black president to the first woman president, and nobody had to worry. Trump was unthinkable. He was a rich businessman, the category usually blamed for most everything, and who needed to be parted from their money to give succor to the downtrodden, or something like that.  Besides that he had funny hair (surely a wig), an orange complexion (too much tanning cream) and talked (as Dan Bongino once described it ) “like someone in the construction business from Queens.” Democrats were in love with Obama, had been for 8 years, and they were ready to transfer that emotion to Hillary in the role of “first woman,” which got extra bonus points.

Essentially the unexpected loss of control explains all the wretched excess we have experienced. Loss of important Washington and Hamptons parties where it was important to be seen, loss of appointments to important committees and bureaus, loss of the attention of the media, because what was happening was with the new administration.

Republicans are more inclined to elect people who are charged with major tasks—fix the economy, create jobs, lower taxes, bring manufacturing back, stop wasting money on windmills, that sort of thing, and approval or disapproval depends on what gets accomplished.  This is a huge difference. Democrats act on emotion. It is essential for them to prove that the Trump presidency is illegitimate, a mistake, illegal, improper, and should never have happened. They want Republicans banned from all venues, disappeared, silenced permanently.

At The Federalist, David Harsanyi wrote:

This week The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined: “It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust.” As with similar examples of this genre, it’s a sickening display of moral relativism that belittles the suffering and murder of millions in the service of some short-sighted and crass partisan fearmongering.

This week Politico published an opinion piece headlined: “Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor,” which demeaned the sacrifice of American soldiers by likening a military attack on American soil that brought us into the bloodiest war mankind has ever experienced to email phishing.

David is not wrong, he just doesn’t go far enough. Victor Davis Hanson comes closer with his piece at American Greatness. “Deport the Deplorables?”

Deport the Deplorables is a slogan of popular culture, found on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and internet postings. But now the mini-industry of deplorable/deportable sloganeering has made its way into more elite circles.

With just three words, the phrase “deport the deplorables” sends two popular messages: one, get rid of undesirable American citizens who voted for Donald Trump and who were properly written off in 2016 as deplorables by Hillary Clinton. And, two, by implication, don’t deport the illegal aliens who broke U.S. immigration law. Or put more succinctly, foreign nationals who crash our borders are innately superior people to citizens of the working- and middle-classes who voted for Trump.

That’s what they want, and they are working hard at it. Facebook bans “hate speech” with their algorithms which usually turns out to be conservative opinions. Google manages to arrive at something from a Conservative website around the 15th or 20th posting. Twitter celebrates vicious anti-Trump inanities from celebrities who guarantee more followers, and bans anyone with a conservative opinion.

There are two large organizations working to get the public to refuse to patronize any business that does not fall in the Leftist Line. One is “Sleeping Giant“exposed as the work of one Matt Rivitz, a San Francisco advertising person who utilizes social media mobs to silence conservative voices. There is also “Grab Your Wallet” which reaches out to get people to boycott all companies who do not fall into the clear Lefty Line. Any store selling Trump products. Anyone who raised funds for Trump, Anyone religious like Chick-Fil-A, anyone connected in any way with the gun industry, any Trump hotels, branded or operated business. Anyone whose CEO donated to Trump. Gives contact phone numbers and tells banners what to say. It would be easy to draw historical comparisons that clearly show where this is headed, but you can figure that out for yourself. It is simply deeply wrong, and shows the extent of the ignorance out there. Humankind has explored the depths of depravity before. One would not expect it to be dragged up out of the sewers once more over the loss of an election.



The Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, and the Consequences by The Elephant's Child

A day of confusion and consternation, centered around trying to find out just what has transpired. When I got up, admittedly late, the American media was in hysterics trying to find out exactly to what extent President Trump had sold his country down the proverbial river, to the Russians. Shameless, Traitorous, etc. etc. etc.

Apparently President Trump was supposed to have grasped President Putin by the lapels, and told him sternly never, never to interfere in an American election again, and having failed to do so—he was a traitor of such tremendous consequence that our country might never recover. That seemed somewhat unlikely, but trying to find out what actually happened and what all the fuss is about has not been easy.

Nobody knows what was said in the meeting between the two of them. The big deal is the press conference. Of course. For truth and insight one turns to the mainstream media. What got the media all excited was the Mueller team’s announcement that they were indicting a bunch of Russians for interfering, hacking, or perhaps something more nefarious. After a lot of useless reading, I turned to the Manhattan Contrarian  who explained the whole indicting Russians things clearly. There is very little of solid substance and a large amount of attack Trump just before he heads to Helsinki. It’s the same old “spear-phishing” of DNC servers and the Podesta computers. No American is included, no connection to Trump or his campaign. The hacked information is the documents showing the Hillary campaign manipulated to Democratic party nominating process to the disadvantage of Bernie Sanders.  We already knew that. The Contrarian adds:

Meanwhile, Trump is off trying to conduct the foreign policy of the United States, including with Putin and Russia, with this group of people who supposedly work for him actually trying to undermine him at every turn.

Clearly it was necessary to find the transcript of the press conference and read the whole thing. Better to read what was said than to watch the YouTube version, if you want to know what was actually said rather than try to figure out the body language. All sorts of accusations of treason, many Republicans disapproving. Trump was not strong enough for America. Trump was trying to improve relations with Russia, to see if we could get some things done. He wasn’t trying to attack Putin for misbehavior. We have interfered in elections in other countries, we spy and try to find out that which might be a problem for us, as do most other countries. Obama’s interference in the last Israeli election was widely reported.

Was anything accomplished between the two presidents? They got to size each other up in person, rather than just from news reports. Will anything positive result from their meeting? Dunno.

—Here’s Investor’s Business Daily: “Left’s Claims of ‘Treason’ On Trump-Putin Talks Smack of Dangerous Political Hysteria”

—John Hinderaker at Powerline:”For Trump, The Political Is Personal”

—Roger Kimball at American Greatness: “What Critics Missed About the Trump-Putin Summit”

—David P. Goldman (Spengler) at PJ Media: ” Once Again, President Trump Is Magnificently Right—This Time About Putin”

These are among the few comments I found particularly interesting. If you want the press in full bray, it’s easy to find.



“Democratic Socialism” Indeed. No, It’s Venezuela by The Elephant's Child

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The United States of America is a big messy country, full of wildly diverse opinionated people. The country itself is hugely diverse ranging from desert to mountain splendor. We are a nation built on an idea brought from the religious wars of Europe to form a new nation based on the simple idea of individual freedom.  All men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights the Declaration said, and among those are the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What other country ever suggested that you should pursue happiness? We have lots of resident cranks who chafe at that and insist that we are getting the “created equal” part all wrong. We should be ensuring that everyone is equal. That’s government’s real job and we should buy you lots of stuff to make you equal.

Nobody promised that you would be equal, just that you could, from birth, strive to be whatever you choose—pursue happiness. We can’t guarantee anyone’s success either. Just pick up your ideas and your energy and see what you can do. Some people get a head start, born to great wealth, and make a colossal mess of the whole thing. Others start with nothing and become fabulously wealthy. The rest of us are somewhere in between.

But those resident cranks, promising to make everybody equal are always more interested in enforcing the equality bit than in actually being equal themselves. They want to be in charge. Oddly they remain unfamiliar with the long dreadful history of socialism, and just insist that those other people just didn’t do it right. Unfortunately those other people turn out to be Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Kim’s North Korea, Castro’s Cuba or Maduro’s Venezuela. Socialism does not work. Ever.

At American Thinker, Monica Showalter asked if Time Magazine, notable for the fake picture of Trump with a crying child ‘ripped from her mother’s arms’ would put a photo of a starving Venezuelan on its cover, too? You need to see the pictures. That’s Venezuela today. Someone should send a copy to “Democratic Socialist” Ocasia Cortez, the new star of the Democratic Party.



Democrats Hark Back to William Shakespeare for Inspiration by The Elephant's Child

Three Representatives in the House (Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramilla Jayapal (D-WA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) introduced legislation to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed earlier Thursday that he planned to schedule a vote on the bill.

The three Dems said if a vote comes to the floor, they will vote against it. Republicans were delighted with the opportunity to force Democrats to take a difficult vote. A lot of Democrat voters want ICE abolished because they don’t understand what ICE does and assumes they rip innocent children from their mother’s arms. ( No, that’s the Border Patrol) because they’ve seen the pictures of kids in cages (Those were Obama’s cages, not Trump’s). ICE are the police of immigration. They try to remove the illegals who have committed serious crimes from the country, like those who are sex-trafficking children, committing violence or bringing in drugs.

The GOP lawmakers said Democrats should be willing to show their constituents where they actually stand on the issue.

“Democrats have been trying to make July 4th about abolishing ICE, which is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America’s national security,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill. “I think it’s the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue.”

Republicans have blasted the legislation, arguing eliminating the agency would lead to an influx of human and drug trafficking as well as gang violence, and increase the country’s risk of being subjected to an act of terrorism.

I think this is a perfect example of Shakespeare’s idiom in Hamlet “hoist with his own petard” A petard is a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching the castle walls.

Shakespeare’s phrase, “hoist with his own petard,” is an idiom that means “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else” or “to fall into one’s own trap”, implying that one could be lifted (blown) upward by one’s own bomb, or in other words, be foiled by one’s own plan.

A little humor is always welcome, especially if it’s actually funny.




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