Trump Didn’t Call Neo-Nazis ‘Fine People.’ Here’s Proof.

News anchors and pundits have repeated lies about Donald Trump and race so often that some of these narratives seem true, even to Americans who embrace the fruits of the president’s policies.  The most pernicious and pervasive of these lies is the “Charlottesville Hoax,” the fake-news fabrication that he described the neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 as “fine people.” 

Real Clear Politics

Just last week I exposed this falsehood, yet again, when CNN contributor Keith Boykin falsely stated, “When violent people were marching with tiki torches in Charlottesville, the president said they were ‘very fine people.’” When I objected and detailed that Trump’s “fine people on both sides” observation clearly related to those on both sides of the Confederate monument debate, and specifically excluded the violent supremacists, anchor Erin Burnett interjected, “He [Trump] didn’t say it was on the monument debate at all.  No, they didn’t even try to use that defense. It’s a good one, but no one’s even tried to use it, so you just used it now.” 

My colleagues seem prepared to dispute our own network’s correct contemporaneous reporting and the very clear transcripts of the now-infamous Trump Tower presser on the tragic events of Charlottesville.  Here are the unambiguous actual words of President Trump:

“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group.  But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.  You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did.  You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

After another question at that press conference, Trump became even more explicit:

“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.” 

As a man charged with publicly explaining Donald Trump’s often meandering and colloquial vernacular in highly adversarial TV settings, I appreciate more than most the sometimes-murky nature of his off-script commentaries.  But these Charlottesville statements leave little room for interpretation.  For any honest person, therefore, to conclude that the president somehow praised the very people he actually derided, reveals a blatant and blinding level of bias. 

The Case for Trump

Victor Davis Hanson has written a book with his take on how the man managed to get elected President, the first time he ran for anything.

Some people are responding in ways that are less than useful.

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Most voters, admirably or not, do not always believe that their president must be morally perfect to do good, but only that, in practical terms, he must at least appear better than the alternative. A prior generation wanted the mercurial General George S. Patton leading the Third Army in France, and thereby saving American lives — a rare military genius who made Trump’s personal life, speech, and behavior appear quite tame in comparison.
The final irony? Schoenfeld claims that The Case for Trump indicts me as a treasonous sophist. But at least I can say that as a realist I seek to advance conservative causes that are transparent about their agendas and funding.
Schoenfeld was once a professed conservative who now conveniently adopts positions he once refuted, and he does so while in pay to a billionaire leftist who in large part underwrites The Bulwark’s invective to damage conservatives.
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Since the malleable Schoenfeld is fond of historical allusion, so be it. There was once a proper Cold War term for what he has sadly turned into — a useful idiot, whose loud but transient and minimal utility to the Left will abruptly cease when Donald Trump leaves office.
And then what?

The Bulwark and Never Trump

Will Happer “Climate Denier”

The Hoover Institution has a piece highlighting the bad science underlying global warming climate change.


My own skepticism about global warming goes back at least a decade and is captured in my 2010 article, Carbon Dioxide: Our Newest Pollutant, which I stand by to this day. I became friends with Happer in 2016 when I critiqued on scientific and legal grounds then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ill-advised attack against Exxon-Mobil for concealing information about the incipient risks of global warming. Happer’s own views are well set out in a key publication,“A Primer on Carbon Dioxide and Climate.” It would do well for the critics to answer his arguments rather than engage in name-calling that reflects only badly on themselves. Unlike his nasty critics, Happer is a learned and judicious man.

In recent work I have indicated some of the evidence that goes against consensus views on the subject. As I noted in my critiqueof the Green New Deal, none of the recent attacks on Happer reference the global cooling in the last two years of about 0.56° C—the most rapid two-year decline in the last hundred years. Events like this are not supposed to happen as CO2 levels increase. That number is especially telling because the near-hysterical report issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) concluded that it was necessary by 2030 to reduce the targeted level of temperature increase to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. Without any real explanation, that report lowered the acceptable temperature increase by 0.5° C from the previous target of 2.0° C. To put this number in perspective, the world would be only 0.137° C cooler by 2100 if the United States cut all carbon emissions. Even if we assumed every other industrialized country would be equally on board, this would merely avert warming by 0.278° C by the turn of the next century. 

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The establishment’s misunderstanding of both the science and economics of global warming quickly leads to serious policy blunders. In order to explain why Happer is such a dangerous appointment, The New York Times offers an elaborate graphic titled “To Cut Emissions Faster, U.S. Can Apply These Policies.” The graphic is based on a model by the firm Energy Innovation Policy and Technology LLC. The entire presentation is a powerful testament of the sorry state of the dominant views on climate science. 

The initial difficulty with that graphic lies in its estimate of the future decline in CO2 emissions. From 2000 to 2018, U.S. emissions declined from about 6.7 gigatons (one billion metric tons) to about 5.5 gigatons, a decrease of about 18 percent. This occurred during a period when the US population increased from 282.16 million in 2000 to about 328.3 million as of July 1, 2018, an increase of 16.3 percent. The net decline in emissions per person is around 42 percent. The model projects that the total level of CO2 emissions will remain roughly flat for the next 32 years, as if all technology innovation has been exhausted. But if one keeps the same rate of improvement for the next 32 years, it amounts to a further decline of 32 percent to a level of about 3.8 gigatons, which, with an estimated population of 438 million people by 2050, works out to a decline of emissions per person of over 50 percent. 

The model then lists a series of seven changes in climate policy that it believes are needed to cut that 5.5 gigaton total down to about 3.1 gigatons. The first six of these are estimated to reduce emissions to 3.5 gigatons. These are, in order, the imposition of a carbon tax on the model of British Columbia, which has already ceased to be revenue neutral despite its advocates’ promises. The tax was abandoned in Australia as “political poison” in 2014, two years after it was enacted. The next proposal requires utilities to produce all their energy from zero-carbon sources, which would require a massive retrofitting of American industry amounting to trillions of dollars in new expenditures in order to create an intrinsically unstable system. The third measure is the use of electric cars, which also require heavy subsidies to work. In principle, these cars should be welcome if they require no subsidies, as non-electric vehicles do indeed involve emissions, of which CO2 is not the most dangerous. The next three proposals involve setting various CO2 emission standards for heavy industry, without noting that the most important administrative measures should be directed to other pollutants, including the dirty coal that is burnt if the use of relatively clean natural gas succumbs to regulatory pressures.
None of these proposals are needed if the projected decline in CO2 from current technologies keeps pace with the developments of the last 18 years. Worse still, at no point does The New York Times’ model try to estimate the horrendous costs that come from the simultaneous implementation of policies that in all likelihood turn out to be counterproductive or unnecessary. Nor does The Times indicate what it thinks will be the decrease in temperature levels from the faithful implementation of these policies, especially if it turns out that, with the widespread breakdown of the Paris Accords, the rest of the world continues to increase its output of CO2 as the United States engages in fruitless action to reduce its CO2 emissions. Sadly, with the current state of intolerance in climate science, the U.S. needs Will Happer now more than ever. 

Hoover Institution

And from the comments:

I don’t follow this stuff closely, but to my way of thinking, IF the climate establishment truly believed in the consequential changes it asserts are inevitable, it would be theorizing the best methods and technologies to TAKE ADVANTAGE of those changes: e.g., building construction in areas it forecasts would be newly habitable, buying up acreage in the now-desert-soon-to-be-agriproductive areas. No one ever seems to discuss the potential positive consequences of a changing climate — it’s only ever stories of dire devastation, the avoidance of which has sky-high costs with no assurances of effective results.

I’m reminded of the young earth creationists who insist processes that geologists think took millions of years, such as the formation of slate and the separation of radioisotopes that give the appearance of long periods of radioactive decay, all happened as the result of natural processes during the year of the Noachic Flood.

Yet none of the young earth creationist organizations are doing any research to try to replicate these processes in the lab. The patent on hydrologic radioisotope separation would be worth millions — easily enough to fund any further research.

Hate crime hoaxes, like Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack, are more common than you think

Well, I don’t know. I’m starting to think they’re pretty darn common.


Doing research for a book, Hate Crime Hoax, I was able to easily put together a data set of 409 confirmed hate hoaxes. An overlapping but substantially different list of 348 hoaxes exists at fakehatecrimes.org, and researcher Laird Wilcox put together another list of at least 300 in his still-contemporary book Crying Wolf. To put these numbers in context, a little over 7,000 hate crimes were reported by the FBI in 2017 and perhaps 8-10% of these are widely reported enough to catch the eye of a national researcher.

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However, hate crime hoaxers are “calling attention to a problem” that is a very small part of total crimes. There is very little brutally violent racism in the modern USA. There are less than 7,000 real hate crimes reported in a typical year. Inter-racial crime is quite rare; 84% of white murder victims and 93% of Black murder victims are killed by criminals of their own race, and the person most likely to kill you is your ex-wife or husband. When violent inter-racial crimes do occur, whites are at least as likely to be the targets as are minorities. Simply put, Klansmen armed with nooses are not lurking on Chicago street corners.

In this context, what hate hoaxers actually do is worsen generally good race relations, and distract attention from real problems. As Chicago’s disgusted top cop, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, pointed out yesterday, skilled police officers spent four weeks tracking down Smollett’s imaginary attackers — in a city that has seen 28 murders as of Feb. 9th, according to The Chicago Tribune. We all, media and citizens alike, would be better served to focus on real issues like gun violence and the opiate epidemic than on fairy tales like Jussie’s.

USA Today

I wonder what the actual proportion is

It seems like we’ve been getting a lot of reports of “hate crimes” that are wrong. Either they’re completely misrepresented — it’s not a Klan meeting, it’s white sheets draped over furniture in a room — or it’s a hoax.

I wonder how many hate crimes are real.

Certainly, when I hear of one, I’m starting to demand extraordinary proof. For example, when a food server posts a receipt with a racist insult scrawled on it instead of a tip, I want a handwriting comparison, and I want to hear the patron’s side of the story.

1063 Obama Lies

As long as people are combing through everything President Trump says, writes, or tweets for anything that can be called a “lie”, here’s a list of President Obama’s “lies”. (Hey… Sauce, goose, gander. Right?)

“The Lid” compiled this list, and makes no claim as to it being a complete list. (See linked post for the complete list, details for each claim, and links to sources.)


Some of the things on this list are major events that should scare the daylights out of any true libetarian  or any one else who cares about civil liberties.

Other things on this list are medium things that some Obama supporters may dislike but would be willing to overlook in light of the things that Obama has done which they like.
And some of the things on this list may seem trivial, but they are still are an interesting reflection of how Obama ran his Administration.
Every claim made in this list is sourced.

1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval
2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton cronies – just like Bush did
3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any
4) Has close ties to Wall St., but pretends to support Occupy Wall St.
5) Broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay
6) Supported the $700 billion TARP corporate-welfare bailout just like Bush
7) Waged the biggest war against medical marijuana of any president, which was the opposite of what he had promised
8) Nominated a six-time tax cheater to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws
9) Gave tax dollars to AIG executives, then pretended to be outraged about it
10) Expanded Bush’s unconstitutional government faith based programs
11) Supported Bush’s “unconstitutional” Patriot Act
12) Increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two
13) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges
14) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping
15) Avoided prosecution of Wall. St criminals
16) Had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process
17) Ordered private company to fire 1,000 employees
18) Stole money from retired teachers and police officers
19) Supported release of convicted mass murderer
20) Illegally put thousands of guns into hands of criminals
21) Fired Inspector General for discovering that Obama’s friend had embezzled government funds
22) Lied about putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN
23) Lied about letting people keep their health insurance
24) Lied about the cost of Obamacare
25) Gave tax dollars to campaign contributors and lobbyists, and falsely claimed the money was for “green energy”
26) Had “off the record” meetings with lobbyists
27) Falsely claimed to believe in public education
28) Had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican
29) Shut down Amish farm
30) Rewarded his fundraisers by giving them federal jobs
31) Ignored constitutional requirements for appointees
32) Gave tax dollars to corrupt private contractors to build 504 units of mice infested, slum housing, with backed up sewage
33) Used tax dollars to glorify murderers
34) Falsely claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court had never overturned any laws that had been passed by Congress
35) Supported new bailouts for speculators who caused housing bubble
36) Spent $205,075 of taxpayer money on a shrubbery which nurseries sell for $16
37) Spent taxpayer money to see if using cocaine helped rats to enjoy the music of Miles Davis
38) Tried to outlaw family farms
39) Auctioned off ambassadorship to the Netherlands
40) Claimed that written tests are a form of “racial discrimination”
41) Made the TSA even more abusive and ridiculous than it had been under Bush
42) Illegally demanded monetary payment for Freedom of Information Act request
43) Fined public school $15,000 for selling soda
44) Conducted dangerous and illegal scientific experiments on sick people without always informing them of the risks
45) Closed the Vietnam Memorial for seven hours on Memorial Day so he could have his picture taken
46) Had the government take 60.8% ownership of General Motors
47) Forced banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back, and collected $23,000 in legal fees for himself for doing so
48) Stole money from retired Delphi employees
49) Used taxpayer money to buy soda for $3.40 per can
50) Paid $7 million per household to connect people to the internet
51) Had a double standard for Bain Capital
52) Broke promise to teen campaign volunteers
53) Falsely claimed to know more about Judaism than any other President
54) Exempted wind farms from the penalties that other companies get for killing birds
55) Falsely claimed that he had never belonged to the New Party
56) Supported punishing students based on their race instead of on their behavior
57) Used “off the books” funding for military interventionism
58) Tried to silence criticism of auto-bailouts
59) Dismissed charges of voter intimidation, despite video evidence
60) Falsely claimed to support the second amendment
61) Nominated a communist who said 9-11 was an inside job
62) Falsely said he would not raise taxes on the poor and middle class
63) Falsely said he wanted to simplify the tax code, when he actually wanted to make it more complex
64) Oversaw some of the world’s worst increases in corruption
65) Falsely said “This is the most transparent administration in history”
66) Falsely claimed he would wait five days before signing bills
67) Falsely claimed “stimulus” spending would be transparent
68) Announced plans to send the the military to Australia
69) Falsely promised to accept public campaign financing and spending limits
70) Tried to silence video on YouTube
71) Rejected international help to clean up BP oil spill
72) Falsely said he opposed government waste when he actually supported it
73) Nominated past frequent user of illegal drugs to keep illegal drugs out of schools
74) Avoids firing aides who owe back taxes
75) Used Abbott and Costello style economics as a basis for national policy
76) Sent U.S. troops to Africa
77) Made secret plans for his second term
78) Holds double standard for people who use crude and vulgar language toward women
79) Illegally gave Obamacare exemptions to unions that supported the passage of Obamacare
80) Defended Bush administration’s unconstitutional, unwarranted use of GPS device
81) Opposes newspapers reporting the news
82) Supported Bush administration for fining CBS for showing Janet Jackson’s breast
83) Allowed campaign contributors to bring lobbyists into White House
84) Falsely said that criminal background checks constituted “racial discrimination”
85) Was cited by nine states for committing 21 illegal acts
86) Tried to seize hotel because some of its customers had used illegal drugs
87) Falsely said his campaign was not funded by large donors
88) Holds double standard for subsidizing solar power companies
89) Tried to create an administration full of tax cheaters
90) Hired a Communications Director who admires a mass murderer
91) Tried to replace science with political correctness
92) Made recess appointments when Congress was not in recess
93) Said the health insurance mandate was not a tax, but later told the Supreme Court that it was
94 ) Lied about being his “brother’s keeper”
95) Punishes hospitals for saving the lives of patients with heart disease
96) Supports guns for himself and his wife, but opposes them for everyone else
97) Falsely claimed that he “cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011″
98) Practices environmental hypocrisy
99) Pressured public schools to replace Catcher in the Rye with a book on window insulation
100) Approved giving 20 F-16 fighter jets to a Sharia dictatorship

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960) Illegally seized $33,000 from law abiding restaurant owner Carole Hinders
961) “Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats”
962) During Obama’s first six years as President, new rules issued by the EPA contained 43 times as many words as the Gutenberg Bible
963) For four years after a new NASA rocket program was cancelled, Obama continued construction of a $349 million test facility that had been started by President Bush
964) Hired a convicted thief to work at HUD, who then went on to steal more than $800,000 of taxpayers’ money
965) Spent $33,341 to find out if gay and lesbian couples lived near stores that sold cigarettes
966) Allowed his friend Al Sharpton to avoid being prosecuted for long term non-payment of millions of dollars of taxes
967) Although carbon dioxide is the bottom of the food chain, John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser, said we should try to get its emissions “close to zero by 2100″
968) Used taxpayers’ money to fund a “blacks only” meeting for the All African People’s Revolutionary Party
969) Lied about the rate of economic growth
970) Eric Schultz, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary, falsely said “We don’t give concessions to terrorist organizations”
971) The “most transparent administration in history” said it won’t let the public see its 332 page net neutrality plan until after the FCC voted on its implementation
972) Obama’s 332 page net neutrality plan contained excessive levels of taxation and regulation
973) “President Obama’s 2016 budget targets retirement accounts”
974) Tax Policy Center, a liberal think tank, said Obama’s proposed “middle class” tax cut was actually an increase in taxes for the middle class
975) Bill Maher said Obama “… is perhaps the worst president we’ve had on clamping down on the press”
976) George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said of Obama, “… many of his actions… are violations of his oath of office”
977) Julie Moreno borrowed $14,000 to pay forcataract surgery because her Obamacare policy refused to pay for it
978) Lied about the unemployment rate
979) Instead of deporting illegal aliens, the Obama administration spent taxpayers’ money to give them hormone therapy
980) Illegally gave 982,000 work permits to illegal aliens and other foreign nationals who were not legally qualified for admission
981) Obamacare customer service telephone number connected an Obamacare customer to “someone reading off a script in the Philippines”
982) During the first year that Obamacare was in effect, the percentage of U.S. citizens who said they had trouble affording health care increased from 36% to 46%
983) A year after Obamacare took effect, the New York Times wrote, “For still others, the new fees are so confusing and unsupportable that they just avoid seeing doctors”
984) Although Obamacare gives employers an incentive to reduce their employees’ hours, Obama criticized companies that actually responded to this incentive
985) Falsely said, “There is no reason for an employer who is not currently providing health care to their workers to discourage them from either getting health insurance on the job or being able to avail themselves of the Affordable Care Act.”
986) In February 2015, Democrats who voted for Obamacare complained that people actually had to pay for it
987) “Top teacher” said she resigned because of Obama’s Common Core and Obama’s continuation of Bush’s No Child Left Behind
988) Gave out even more illegal exemptions to Obamacare
989) Sent false tax information to 800,000 Obamacare enrollees
990) Falsely said that “economic grievances” were a cause of terrorism
991) Illegally continued part of his illegal amnesty program even after a federal judge blocked it
992) Department of Energy spent taxpayers’ money on a casino night, a Super Bowl party, a golf tournament, a banquet on a dinner cruise boat, and dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
993) Advised border patrol agents to release drunk drivers
994) Made it possible for illegal aliens to collect back tax refunds even if they had never actually paid any taxes
995) After an Islamic terrorist who murdered four Jews at a kosher supermarket in France said he had specifically targeted them because they were Jewish, Obama falsely said the attack was “random”
996) Broke his promise to release a 28 page document which allegedly proved that the Saudi Arabian government had supported the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
997) Pressured colleges to adopt sexual harassment rules that were so bad that 28 Harvard Law School professors signed a letter of protest
998) Illegally refused to provide annual reports on ways to reduce the complexity of the tax code
999) Illegally implemented net neutrality rules
1,000) Falsely said there were “nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country”
1,001) Held a fundraiser in the living room of terrorist bomber and communist Bill Ayers
1,002) After Eric Holder participated in a five day takeover of an abandoned ROTC headquarters at Columbia University, Obama hired him to be the country’s highest ranking law enforcement official
1,003) Used taxpayers’ money to refurbish Muslim mosques in other countries
1,004) After Hillary Clinton stole $28,500 of furniture from the White House, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
1,005) After Hillary Clinton cheated on her taxes, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
1,006) In her own words, Hillary Clinton, Obama’s Secretary of State, said that her own use of a private email account for official government business had “shredded” the U.S. Constitution
1,007) Falsely said he learned about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports”
1,008) The “most transparent administration in history” illegally ignored Freedom of Information requests from Associated Press regarding information on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
1,009) Gave H-1B visas to Southern California Edison so it could fire its American employees and replace them with with foreign workers – the company even had the nerve to order the American employees to train their foreign replacements
1,010) Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, falsely said that illegal aliens have a “right” to work in the U.S.
1,011) Proposed an illegal retroactive tax on corporate income held abroad
1,012) Even though it would be illegal, Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, said Obama was “very interested” in raising taxes without approval from Congress
1,013) Spent taxpayers’ money to pay government employees to try to find out how a picture of one of his daughters got on the internet
1,014) Falsely said the Ferguson, Missouri police department was racist because it stopped black drivers at a higher rate than white drivers, which contradicted a report by Obama’s own administration which said the reason black drivers were stopped more often than white drivers was because black drivers were more likely to break the traffic laws
1,015) Falsely said the proposed Keystone XL pipeline “bypasses the United States”
1,016) Proposed a new rule that would falsely define ditches, drains, seasonal puddle-like depressions, intermittent streams, and ponds as “navigable waters”
1,017) “Why This Liberal No Longer Supports Universal Health Care: An Open Letter to President Obama”
1,018) After Senator Hillary Clinton gave taxpayer’s money to someone who donated to her foundation, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
1,019) After Hillary Clinton falsely said she was “under sniper fire,” Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
1,020) Misquoted the Quran to give the false impression that it did not support murder
1,021) The “most transparent administration in history” refused to say whether or not Hillary Clinton signed a form declaring that she had turned over all work related emails when she quit her job as Secretary of State
1,022) After Wal-Mart board of director member Hillary Clinton refused to criticize Wal-Mart for waging war against unions, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
1,023) The “most transparent administration in history” “set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them”
1,024) Illegally ignored a Freedom of Information Act request from the ALCU regarding information about airport security
1,025) One of Obama’s professors from Harvard Law School said Obama was “burning the Constitution”
1,026) The “most transparent administration in history” exempted itself from Freedom of Information regulations during the same week that was supposed to be a celebration of the Freedom of Information Act
1,027) Falsely said his net neutrality plan would not allow any new taxes to be placed on the internet
1,028) Obama gave the Medal of Freedom to communist Dolores Huerta, and refused to let an anti-communist hero Lech Walesa into the White House
1,029) Invited illegal aliens, who had previously been deported, to return to the U.S.
1,030) After Obama had been given multiple intelligence briefings about the threat of ISIS, he dismissed the threat by referring to them as a “jayvee team.” However, he later claimed that he had not specifically referred to ISIS as a “jayvee team.”
1,031) Allowed recipients of “stimulus” spending to violate labor laws and tax laws by illegally classifying their employees as independent contractors
1,032) “Despite Obama’s pledge to curb it, NSA mass surveillance wins rubber stamp”
1,033) “Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports”
1,034) Obama created an “enemies list” which consisted of law abiding U.S. citizens who made large donations to Romney’s campaign. Obama then used the government to harass one of the people on this list.
1,035) Prevented the residents of Mandeville Canyon, California, from traveling so he could have a fundraiser
1,036) Changed a government transparency website to make it very difficult to find information
1,037) Refused to file federal charges against an EEOC employee who had stolen $60,000 in taxpayers’ money
1,038) Allowed the same person to simultaneously work as Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department and as a director of Hillary Clinton’s foundation for three years
1,039) Obama forced a woman to give birth in highway traffic instead of in a hospital so he could have a fundraiser
1,040) Illegally gave illegal aliens free airplane flights to enter the U.S.
1,041) Classified Puerto Ricans as “disabled” because they spoke Spanish
1,042) After supporting Obama in both elections, the National Education Association complained that Obamacare’s Cadillac tax would “unfairly cause hardship to American workers and their families”
1,043) One day after Obama said he would remove Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terror list, a Cuban sponsored terrorist organization murdered 10 people and injured 17
1,044) When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Obama allowed Russians who donated to her foundation to buy American uranium
1,045) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she broke her promise to publish all donors to her foundation
1,046) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she broke her promise to let the State Department review all new or increased donations to her foundation from foreign governments
1,047) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her foundation lied on its tax returns about donations from foreign governments
1,048) The “most transparent administration in history” ignored ten consecutive questions about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foundation
1,050) Under Commander-in-Chief Obama, male ROTC cadets were ordered to wear women’s high heeled shoes while marching in public
1,051) Burned more than 9,000 gallons of fossil fuel so he could tell other people to reduce their own use of fossil fuel
1,052) Broke his promise to slow the rise of the oceans
1,053) Used falsified environmental data to force an 80-year-old oyster farming business to shut down
1,054) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave tax dollars to Laureate University at the same time the university gave an estimated one million dollars in “speaking fees” to her husband, Bill Clinton
1,055) “181 Clinton Foundation donors who lobbied Hillary’s State Department”
1,056) Companies that donated to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foundation were given contracts from the U.S. government to help Haiti after its 2010 earthquake
1,057) Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother had no background in mining, he was placed on the board of a Haitian mining company that received funding from U.S. taxpayers
1,058) Used U.S. taxpayers’ money to help the Haitian government force landowners off their land at gunpoint, and to bulldoze their crops
1,059) Falsely said that Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti would have 65,000 jobs after he gave it money from U.S. taxpayers
1,060) Falsely said, “As president I will recognize the Armenian genocide”
1,061) Continued Bush’s illegal use of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to prosecute a fisherman who had thrown undersize fish back into the water
1,062) One of the illegal drug possessing, gang member, illegal aliens that Obama illegally gave amnesty to, later went on to murder four people
1,063) In March 2015, Democratic U.S. Senators who voted for Obamacare made yet another complaint about Obamacare, and asked for yet another delay to it

Now some of these may strike an honest person as a trivial mistake, omission, or difference of opinion. But it’s supremely important to know how tall a stack of 1000 Big Macs really is.

Scott Adams gets it wrong on abortion

If only women have a say on the subject of abortion, we need to throw out Roe v. Wade right now.

On abortion, I argue that Scott Adams, one of the smartest, most intellectually honest people in America, errs in thinking only women have a say. I want to preface this post by saying that I am a great admirer of Scott Adams, I think he’s completely intellectually honest, I believe his insights into persuasion are extraordinary, and I always feel enriched after I’ve listened to his explanations about persuasion.

Source: Scott Adams gets it wrong on abortion

Going Ebola Viral

The story of a confrontation between high-schoolers in MAGA hats and a Native American elder has gone viral. It is presented as a case of the teenagers intimidating a poor, oppressed Amerind.

Unfortunately, going viral isn’t necessarily good. some viruses have negative impacts on one’s health. Sometimes, the viral meme causes its recipient to bleed out all credibility.


The internet blew up over a (as it turns out) heavily-edited clip of white male Catholic March for Life high schoolers apparently taunting, mocking, and otherwise behaving badly toward a Native American elder.  Even many on the right condemned the MAGA hat-wearing boys for their perceived vile behavior.
The problem?  We didn’t get the whole story, and many people, including those on the left, are now expressing their regret at jumping too readily to condemn these boys.  As it turns out and in the true spirit of “unexpectedly,” there is much more to this story than we were first treated to in the initial reports.

Legal Insurrection

Here’s the take from Reason Magazine, not known to be rabid Trump supporters.

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It would be impossible to definitively state that none of the young men did anything wrong, offensive, or problematic, at some point, and maybe the smiling student was attempting to intimidate Phillips. But there’s shockingly little evidence of wrongdoing, unless donning a Trump hat and standing in a group of other people doing the same is now an act of harassment or violence. Phillips’ account, meanwhile, is at best flawed, and arguably deliberately misleading.
Unless other information emerges, the school’s best move would be to have a conversation with the boys about the incident, perhaps discuss some strategies for remaining on perfect behavior at highly charged political rallies—where everybody is recording everything on a cell phone—and let that be the end of it.
The boys are undoubtedly owed an apology from the numerous people who joined this social media pile-on. This is shaping up to be one of the biggest major media misfires in quite some time.

Reason.com

Well, of course one side is trying to make wearing a Trump hat in public an act of harassment or violence.

Instapundit has a number of posts on the topic.


ROGER KIMBALL: Radical evil, and the online lynching of a kid from Kentucky. Will journalists apologize if their portrayal of the Covington students vs Indian Elder incident turns out to have been wildly wrong?

Total non-sequitur of a question.

When is the DNC-MSM ever wrong?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): When do they ever apologize? (Except to offended lefties, that is).

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Maybe the reason journalists assume that James O’Keefe’s videos are deceptively edited is that deceptive editing is the ordinary course of business for them.

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ANOTHER UPDATE: More good people apologize:


Roger Kimball on Instapundit


Like so many stories that supposedly conveyed the reality of Trump’s America, that so perfectly displayed white Christian menace, it turned out to be fake. Fake, like the Ohio University student who sent herself anti-gay hate mail; manufactured, like the racist harassment on a bus that Hilary Clinton tweeted about; an attempted frame-up, with liberal credulity made into the co-conspirator, like the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery done by a progressive reporter.

But good enough to share, good enough to cause doxxing, and justify the harassment and assault of children. I’m still chuckling at the New York Times and the Washington Post rushing out misleading and false stories — the latter with three bylines — without doing any original reporting besides a phone call to the Native American Elder, and a survey of reactions on Twitter.


 Michael Brendan Dougherty at National Review Online

Knoll’s Law of Media Accuracy: Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true — except for the rare story of which you happen to have firsthand knowledge.

The Religion of Environmentalism

I’m not sure if I read this piece by Michael Chrichton before or not, but listening to a friend of mine who is very definitely an environmentalist, I noticed how she seemed to believe in a Fall From Grace story. At one time in the past, the environment was in a perfect state. And then humans came along and started making changes, and every change humans make is, by definition, for the worse. (She did not receive that well.)

Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.

Environmentalism is a Religion — Michael Crichton

So what about it?

There are two reasons why I think we all need to get rid of the religion of environmentalism.
First, we need an environmental movement, and such a movement is not very effective if it is conducted as a religion. We know from history that religions tend to kill people, and environmentalism has already killed somewhere between 10-30 million people since the 1970s. It’s not a good record. Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical. To mix environmental concerns with the frantic fantasies that people have about one political party or another is to miss the cold truth—that there is very little difference between the parties, except a difference in pandering rhetoric. The effort to promote effective legislation for the environment is not helped by thinking that the Democrats will save us and the Republicans won’t. Political history is more complicated than that. Never forget which president started the EPA: Richard Nixon. And never forget which president sold federal oil leases, allowing oil drilling in Santa Barbara: Lyndon Johnson. So get politics out of your thinking about the environment.
The second reason to abandon environmental religion is more pressing. Religions think they know it all, but the unhappy truth of the environment is that we are dealing with incredibly complex, evolving systems, and we usually are not certain how best to proceed. Those who are certain are demonstrating their personality type, or their belief system, not the state of their knowledge. Our record in the past, for example managing national parks, is humiliating. Our fifty-year effort at forest-fire suppression is a well-intentioned disaster from which our forests will never recover. We need to be humble, deeply humble, in the face of what we are trying to accomplish. We need to be trying various methods of accomplishing things. We need to be open-minded about assessing results of our efforts, and we need to be flexible about balancing needs. Religions are good at none of these things.

ibid

Hollowing Out the Republic

Victor Davis Hanson makes the point that republics fall when the elites lose the respect of the people they aim to govern.

There is a folk tale about the Plains Indians: A leader who loses the respect of the tribe may wake up one morning and find the tribe has moved on without him. If the people don’t have the option of moving away, the withdrawal of respect looks a little different.


The second thing, from a historical point of view, we’ve had a lot of wrongdoing by elites and there’s been no consequences. So the American people are not paranoid, they’re saying, the Mueller investigation is going here but they are going after misdemeanors or nothing and here these felonies go completely unaddressed.

Then finally, this Mueller investigation is not in isolation. We had if you remember from the day Trump was elected, we were told that the voting machines were fraudulent, we’re going to sue. Then there was a group, you remember about the electoral college, we had to overturn to the electors and then we went to the 25th Amendment that Trump was unbalanced. And then that didn’t work. Then we went to the emoluments clause. He profited even though his businesses lost a billion dollars? And then we have gone to Mueller. 

So there’s a slow motion, if you will, I don’t want to be psychodramatic like MSNBC does, but there is sort of a slow-motion coup to overturn the elections when we should just take a deep breath and say, we have a chance to adjudicate this in the next election and we do not want to destroy over two centuries of American constitutional jurisprudence. 

Because we know historically, Tucker, when you have successful systems like ours or the Greek city-state of the fourth century or Rome in the fifth century A.D. or the Byzantines in the fifthteenth century or the ancient regime in Rome. Why do they fall apart? They fall apart because an elite no longer warrants the respect they think that they deserve because they are out of touch with the people.

We have a whole bunch of people on questions of global warming as we see in Europe or immigration in eastern Europe, or here at home, that feel they can dictate to people and they’re never subject to the ramifications of their own ideology and policy. And it’s like the emperor has no clothes and then they’re surprised that Trump won or surprised that people are rioting in Paris. What did they think was going to happen?

Real Clear Politics