13 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-26-21

  1. Learn to recognize the signs of dementia when you see it.

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  2. Another media narrative fails…..

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  3. And where is the US media on this?

    Bowing down to those pushing this racist trash, as usual.

    “Children Are Being Weaponized” By Critical Race Curriculum

    Providence Teacher Ramona Bessinger on Sky News Australia: “it’s going to feed the sort of anger and the racial division that is already coming to a boiling point and it’s going to make us all quite frankly, very unsafe.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/children-are-being-weaponized-by-critical-race-curriculum/

    “Ramona Bessinger is the Providence, Rhode Island, middle school teacher who blew the whistle on July 13, 2021, in a post at Legal Insurrection on pernicious and destructive implementation of a new race-oriented curriculum, I’m A Middle School Teacher And See How Critical Race Curriculum Is Creating Racial Hostility In School:

    This past 2020/21 school year was a sad and worrisome turning point for me as an educator. Providence K-8 teachers were introduced to one of the most racially divisive, hateful, and in large part, historically inaccurate curriculums I have ever seen in my teaching career.

    Yes, I am speaking about the controversial critical race theory that has infiltrated our public schools here in Rhode Island under the umbrella of Cuturally Responsive learning and teaching, which includes a focus on identities. You won’t see the words “critical race theory” on the materials, but those are the concepts taught. The new, racialized curriculum and materials focuses almost exclusively on an oppressor-oppressed narrative, and have created racial tensions among students and staff where none existed before….

    The Providence Teachers Union president, while disagreeing about CRT being taught, backed up Bessinger on the removal of great books from the classrooms, discarding Holocaust education. and the use of racially-segregated teacher affinity groups, Providence Teachers Union Confirms Affinity Group Segregation, Historical Books Destroyed, Holocaust Education Ended:

    “So there’s people of color in one group and white folks in another group…. both the people of color and our teachers of color and our white teachers have said that they’re uncomfortable with it … some people feel like this is further segregationist and feel like it’s more divisive than helpful.”

    Bessinger’s story has spread nationally and locally, including in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Examiner, FoxNews.com, Breitbart, The Jewish Voice, The John DePetro Show, The Matt Allen Show, In The Dugout, Fox and Friends, Fox News America’s Newsroom, Fox Business, and probably others I haven’t picked up on.

    Add to the list the Outsiders show on Sky News Australia, hosted by Rowan Dean. (You may remember him from this 2019 post.)

    Here is the Sky News write up, US education curriculum sees a ‘complete takeover’ by ‘very scary’ leftist narrative”

    https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/us-education-curriculum-sees-a-complete-takeover-by-very-scary-leftist-narrative/video/0dd39aacf099be7ad91b2e445c9ebc35#top

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  4. Race relations suck, and the media keeps driving the wedge further.

    https://unherd.com/2021/07/what-liberals-get-wrong-about-race/

    “America may have its first mixed-race Vice President, its first African-American Secretary of Defense and its first Latino and immigrant as Secretary of Homeland Security, but the country has never been so racist. That, at least, is one of the disturbing conclusions being drawn from a new Gallup poll, which found that the share of Americans reporting that race relations are bad or “somewhat” bad has reached 57% — the highest it’s been in two decades.

    But are its findings really evidence of widespread racism in the US? Hardly. In fact, you need only look at the behaviour of Americans — at the number of interracial marriages or police shootings of minorities, for example — to see that racism has almost never been so absent.

    Take interracial marriages. In 1958, 94% of whites opposed it — yet just 10% do today. Similarly, the long-running General Social Survey found that in the 1970s nearly 60% of white Americans agreed with the statement that blacks shouldn’t “push themselves where they’re not wanted”. In 2002, that figure fell to 20% — and the question was discontinued.

    It’s much the same story with police shootings of African-Americans. Despite the charged rhetoric of the past year, which culminated in calls for entire police forces to be disbanded, such shootings are 60-80% lower than they were in the 1960s.

    So why is there such a misunderstanding between the American public and the reality of US race relations? The answer, I suspect, reflects a media-driven moral panic — one that is rooted in the racialisation of identity-obsessed progressive politics.

    Indeed, the “rise” of racism in America since 2014 is a social construct that reflects perception rather than daily life. This is largely a result of what Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman described in 1973 as the “availability heuristic” — the idea that vivid images rather than statistical reality tends to shape people’s perceptions. For instance, people routinely overestimate vivid phenomena, from crime to the share of Muslims in their country, because these stories make the news. Crime in America may have fallen every year before 2019 — but when asked about it by Gallup, most people in all but two years said crime had risen over the past year.

    So too with race. In some ways, this is to be expected. Whenever events such as the 1992 Los Angeles riots or the killing of George Floyd make the news, people — shocked by what they are seeing — inevitably perceive race relations to be worse than they are. What is distinctive today, however, is the sustained determination of major progressive news outlets like the New York Times or CNN to centre racism as a dominant theme in American society.

    As UnHerd has previously noted, citing ground-breaking research by Zach Goldberg of Georgia State University, the use of the term “racism” and similar terms in mainstream news outlets took off around 2015, (which can be seen here).

    What caused this spike? Goldberg cites social media and the new partisan clickbait business model in online journalism as the catalysts. Then, during the campaign for the 2016 US election, Donald Trump energised the enterprise. As the New York Times‘ Ben Smith recounted last year: “Heated Twitter criticism helped to retire euphemisms like “racially charged. The big outlets have gradually, awkwardly, given ground, using “racist” and “lie” more freely, especially when describing Mr. Trump’s behaviour.” Certainly, many of these outlets swiftly retired all objectivity and standards in favour of this new partisan model.

    One reason for this was the media’s desire to tap into a mythic script of a white officer killing a black suspect. Indeed, Goldberg’s study of the 2015-20 Washington Post police killings database reveals that black police shooting victims received nine times the media coverage of white victims. As Coleman Hughes has observed, when footage emerged in 2016 showing Tony Timpa, a white suspect, being suffocated as a Dallas officer placed his knee on his neck, the media looked the other way while the officers walked free.”

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  5. The new War on Terror.

    This time the clowns in the FBI and DoJ are using it against American citizens.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2021/07/25/glenn_greenwald_the_biden_administration_is_launching_a_second_war_on_terror_against_american_citizens.html

    “GLENN GREENWALD: I regard what the Biden administration is currently doing as the Second War on Terror. This one is focused domestically on American citizens instead of foreign organizations. But the tactics being used are very similar to the ones being used in the first War on Terror.

    I reported on a dozen cases or so that were very similar where the FBI would boast in this flamboyant way necessity had broken up a dangerous plot being formulated by American Muslims.

    And every time you look, every time, it turned out that the people who designed the plot, who came up with the idea of where to attack and funded the operation were FBI informants of FBI agents. They were embedded all the time in the plots.

    Not just in a way that they learned about them and infiltrated them, but they actually manufactured and orchestrated them.

    If it is really such a great threat, this threat of domestic Muslim terrorism, why does the FBI have to create its own plots? Why aren’t they finding ones that they themselves aren’t orchestrating? That’s the same question I have here.

    If it’s true they are saying anti-government right-wing groups or domestic extremist groups are THE greatest threat to national security, which is what Biden and the intelligence community are saying, greater than ISIS or al Qaeda or China or Russia. Why do they need to manufacture a plot and put in people’s heads, let’s go kidnap Governor Whitmer? There should be tons of plots that they are detecting?

    That leads to the question people on your network and others have asked to the horror of the liberal sector of the corporate media, which is: What did the FBI know about the planning of the January 6 attack? How embedded were they in these groups?

    When these kinds of attacks happen, the FBI and the security state seize on them to say do you see, there are grave dangers, we need more money, more power, more surveillance authorities in order to keep you safe. If they are the ones driving it, at least for the questions of what those motives are.”

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  6. Kinda, but not really. It’s mostly just sad to watch.

    “It’s Fun Watching The Press Humiliate Itself”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/07/26/its-fun-watching-the-press-humiliate-itself-n2593054

    “You gotta love the lib reporters meekly accepting the delicious iron discipline of black-clad Mistress Psaki as she demands “Why do you need to have that information?” when asked about the number of infectos in the petri dish that is the * White House. The only way that kink-fest could have been more on the nose with regard to who our esteemed journalismers actually are is if her severe black outfit was vinyl. Apparently, getting flogged by the Democrat dominatrix turns their collective crank because they just took it. They always just take it. And our Fourth Estate will eagerly beg for more.

    Now, it’s not even the gross double standard at play here that’s significant – imagine the fussy fury of the lib-simps if one of Trump’s vanilla spokespeople publicly abused them like that. We’ve learned that the lib-press is immune to shame, at least the kind that comes from having their rank hypocrisy exposed by conservatives. No, it’s that when their Dem domme cracks the whip, they just take it, meekly, obediently, like the groveling submissives they are.

    Someday, someone will look back on this pathetic abdication of the media’s dignity and write a history of how the ink-stained wretches of the past became the craven conformists of today, and how now they revel in their own subjugation. Call it 50 Shades of the Gray Lady; when you read the hot scene in the forbidden White House press playroom at page 247, you’ll want to draw a warm bubble bath, light a lavender-scented candle, and pour yourself a goblet of Trader Joe’s screw-top chardonnay. Grrrrrrrr.

    Imagine being these people. You can’t? Okay, then take a shot of Dickel Rye and try again to imagine being these people. They all grew up wanting to be the crusading Woodward and/or Bernstein – who themselves were less ace reporters than eager conduits for a disgruntled bureaucrat hack who exploited the callow correspondents to settle his personal scores – and instead they grew up to be the Gimp in the less interesting version of Pulp Fiction that is the DC milieu.

    They aren’t breaking stories. They aren’t uncovering wrongdoing. They certainly are not comforting the afflicted or afflicting the comfortable. They are the ruling caste’s janitors. They are drones, thralls to their elite masters, marching in grim conformity in step to the official narrative, never complaining, never questioning, never dissenting. These are licensed, registered, regime journalists.

    They all came from the same kind of deep blue enclaves that imagine that the Monkees weren’t singing about them in “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” except theirs had Volvos and Teslas instead of charcoal burning everywhere. They all got stamped out of the same molds at the Ivy League conformity factories, emerging clutching their meaningless credentials. They all wrote for some dopey blog like Vox, with daddy subsidizing their Brooklyn apartment, then got on a “real” paper or network. Now they are ready to reinforce the status quo that gives them their nearly meaningless meaning. Every single one of them is interchangeable, identical in their tiresome mediocrity, with each seeking to distinguish themselves from their competition by being the sloppiest tongue-bather of the narrative du jour.

    They sure as hell aren’t going to defenestrate all their years of desperate striving by asking President Asterisk anything harder than what’s his favorite flavor at Baskin-Robbins. They’ve got a desiccated old zombie staggering about just one “Boo!” away from wetting himself and not one of them is willing to point out that he’s so senile he makes second-term Ronald Reagan look like Charles van Doren.

    Yeah, we’re really going to do this. We’re really going to have Grandpa Badfinger sundown it in front of our eyes as our glorious media channels Sergeant Schultz – “I see no-thinnnnnng!””

    And they tell themselves that they are heroes, brave firefighters, courageous truthtellers. Yeah, whatever gets you through the night, Deadwood R. Murrow.”

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  7. See. I’m not the only one who thinks there’s a problem with Applesauce for Brains.

    “Former White House doctor calls for cognitive test for Biden”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/07/25/former-white-house-doctor-calls-for-cognitive-test-for-biden-n404430

    “Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) is also a physician and served as the top White House doctor under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Having left the White House in 2019 to run for Congress, Jackson never had the opportunity to act as the Chief Medical Advisor to Joe Biden, but that doesn’t mean that he’s done diagnosing the medical issues of presidents. Appearing on Fox News, Jackson rather bluntly called for Biden to take a cognitive function test, predicting that Uncle Joe has something “seriously wrong with him” and that he would either be forced to resign or his cabinet would remove him under the 25th Amendment. It’s hard to say precisely which recent performance of Biden’s spurred this response, but he certainly seems to be engaged in the topic. (Daily Mail)

    House Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as the top White House physician under the Obama and Trump administrations, has predicted President Joe Biden won’t finish his term in office because of a lack of fitness for the job.

    ‘Something is SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden – and it’s only going to get WORSE!’ the Republican congressman from Texas tweeted on Thursday.

    ‘It’s past the point of embarrassment. He’s lost. He can barely put a coherent sentence together.’

    Jackson added: ‘He MUST have a cognitive exam and release the results!’

    The tweet referenced above also includes the video clip from the interview if you want to get a full impression of how certain Jackson seems to be.”

    “Being a Republican congressman from a red state, much of the media will no doubt blow this off as a partisan attack, and I’m not going to rule out the possibility that there is something along those lines going on here. But at the same time, it’s not as if Jackson is speaking from outside of his wheelhouse. He’s been the Physician to the President during administrations from both parties and he’s not without experience in these matters. Also, can you honestly watch Biden’s various performances in office and on the campaign trail and not start to wonder what’s going on inside the West Wing these days?

    It’s also fair to point out that there were plenty of people in the media and among congressional Democrats who were more than happy to openly speculate about whether or not Donald Trump had full command of his faculties or was in some way mentally impaired. Trump wound up taking the cognitive function test that Jackson is referring to and he apparently aced it. It’s going to be hard for Biden’s defenders to claim that the actions taken when Trump was in office were okay but this is somehow out of bounds.”

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  8. Anyone who has watched loved ones progress through cognitive issues should recognize the president has an issue. It is very sad to see.

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  9. Both Trump and Biden have seen some cognitive decline but its difficult to prove on a 1 second video tweet which sounds purposefully distorted. The second video which you also posted yesterday shows Biden at the “get of my lawn” phase; when you are at an age where you just don’t care. Biden has seen less of a decline than Trump but Trump’s ego and sense of entitlement makes it far more obvious if dementia takes hold. His father was given an office at Trump Corp and people pretended he was in charge. In the end, the same will happen with Donald Sr. He will sit at Mar A Lago and people will nod in deference.

    One of your links acknowledges that crime has gone down over the last twenty years yet people’s perception of crime has gone up. Visual or recency bias maybe the case but it points to the need for the leadership to act with the data in mind and not exploit fear for political purposes. With that in mind, reduce police numbers but increase training/qualifications, remove qualified immunity, and reverse the trend towards a militarized police force should be the policy not fear.

    The FBI is doing what it always did — spying on political dissidents. They’ve been repressing political thought since the Palmer Raids of the 1920s and then using “red scare” nonsense to expand their intelligence gathering operation. This has been going on for over 100 years. With the lack of real communists lately, the FBI is finding others to spy on — need to justify their job. Now all those right wingers who supported the police and the FBI’s red scare realized what a monster they have supported all these years. Defund the FBI

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  10. My father in law died of Alzheimer’s….Joe Biden is in a definite mental decline at a rapid pace. Harris is now correcting him in public…oh and she is walking in front of the President of the good ol’ USofA. To compare Biden’s mental state with Trump’s is a stretch! The left cannot keep spinning this for much longer…and then we’re going to be stuck with Harris…and when she fails horribly which she certainly is and will…I suppose Pelosi will have her heart set on leading our country…right down to the bottom of the hole.

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  11. As one who has loved people with dementia (my MIL had Alzheimer’s, and now I am watching my dear friend J quickly devolve into a form of dementia), seeing the term “applesauce for brains” makes me cringe.

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