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In The News for Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted Aug 03 2020 6:52AM

·        A long and very good read. The Captive Mind and America’s Resegregation. WSJ Opinion column from Friday.  

What is driving the radical protesters and rioters—who are enabled and manipulated by the “digital intelligentsia” in the press and an expanding segment of the political and business classes—is contempt for the freedom of anyone who fails to comport with their image of a just society. In authoritarian systems those in power seek to proscribe certain forms of political speech and social activity. 

American society is faced with a stark binary choice. Either we push back against the unrelenting assault of the neo-Marxist narrative, or we yield to the totalitarian impulse now in full view in our politics. It is no longer enough to wait for the next election, or to pin our hopes on a “silent majority” that will eventually stop the madness. There may be no such majority. If there is, its members may no longer be able to articulate what they see unfolding around them. It is hard to call things by their proper names in a society whose elites insist on calling looters and arsonists “protesters,” national monuments “symbols of racism,” and the victims of looting and arson the beneficiaries of “white privilege.” The challenge is massive, but it starts with the simple act of calling things by their proper names.

·        This is a good companion to the article above. A Tucker Carlson monologue about the current situation for those who think it’s about the death of George Floyd.

·        Recently unsealed court documents on the Epstein case include claims by accuser Virginia Giuffre that ex-president Clinton traveled to Epstein’s “pedophile island.” Clinton has denied the claim. I expect there are some folks sweating bullets right now wondering what kind of deal Ghislaine Maxwell might try to cut. Another man who said he was a tech worker claimed that he also saw Clinton on the island.

·        Sorry, this is just too funny not to pass on. The great “mask” debate. That’s MASK Debate.

·        From Stephen Green: Insanity Wrap #17 and Insanity Wrap #18.

·        One of the great campaign slogans of all time: Settle for Biden. LOL. An attempt to get dissatisfied leftists to just swallow hard, hold their noses and vote for Joe.

·        Ratings for Joy Reid’s new primetime show dropped like a stone. It’s MSNBC. Their ratings start out pretty anemic and fall from there. Joy, is without doubt one of the dumbest, most clueless people on TV who try to pass themselves off as intelligent commentators. She is fighting it out with Don Lemon and Brian Stelter for the Three Stooges award.

·        They should pull every dime from any system that uses it. Tom Cotton proposed pulling funds from schools that use the 1619 Project in their curriculums.

·        A WAPO reporter complained about being tired of people telling reporters how to do their jobs. The responses were quick to come.

·        Awkward seems to be the catchword for Biden’s efforts to communicate.

·        It’s unfortunate for the young criminal involved, but an example needs to be made to deter others.  

·        Cancel culture strikes out. Has opposite effect as Pizzeria owner can barely keep up with business.

·        Now that millions are tuning out NFL and NBA, maybe Hockey will pick up some new fans. No one kneels at Hockey games as all stand for National Anthem.

·        It seems clear that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is absolutely determined not to resign, despite her ongoing battle with cancer. The Democrats obviously don’t want to give President Trump another Supreme Court appointment and are hoping against hope that he will lose in November. If he wins, as expected, I’ll be surprised it RBG doesn’t go ahead and resign.

·        Dorothy, I don’t think we’re in Portland, anymore. When it looked like the Antifa folks were preparing to unleash themselves on Austin, TX, the Texas police decided to take a different tack from the feckless Portland police. When rumors spread that the protestors intended to destroy Austin Police HQ, or the State Capitol, the police decided not to wait. A few dozen were arrested. Austin citizens appear to be less tolerant of these nincompoops. They sent in the cavalry.

·         When you’re used to the police just taking your abuse and they don’t cooperate

·        No comment needed. This says it all.