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“I can remember a time when if separate reports written by many different journalists…

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….in a whole bunch of famous newspapers and TV channels all said the same thing, it made me more likely to believe them.

A post from the wonderful Samzidata blog which in turn keys off a Twitter account, The Rabbit Hole, that has a great thread on the collected headlines of many, many MSM sources on Covid-19 over the last three years.

In this specific case the headlines contrasting the MSM’s take on Chinese Lung Rot being spread by the Burn Loot Murder riots of 2020 (over George Floyd’s death) with that of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol building

I need hardly tell you that the former protests were held by the MSM to have little to no effect on the spread of the disease, while the Jan 6 affair might turn out to be a “Superspreader” event.

The Rabbit Hole’s distinct take:

It is hard to understate the levels of dishonesty we witnessed during Covid.

No amount of political doublespeak can make this poof away. The game has changed – once the internet has receipts, the evidence is forever.

Under the new paradigm elites will be forced to be transparent and honest or risk losing credibility.

Those who think they can get away with large scale dishonesty without repercussions are fooling themselves.

Sunlight really is the best disinfectant.

I’m not so sure about that as people cannot keep such contrasts in their heads over a period of even two years, while many are perfectly happy with the double standards and many could not care less. Many journalists now fit both categories and will be changed even by the threat of bankruptcy and losing their jobs; they’re ideological and partisan activists first and foremost.

Still the fight to expose these double standards must be continued, with the objective being either the end of these entities or a return to a single set of standards by which to headline and write a story – starting with not creating a Narrative in the first place, around which everything else is fitted.

Unfortunately one cannot also forget the fact that around the world, doctors, nurses and other medical staff – in New Zealand as well – gave the BLM/George Floyd protests a big thumbs up, with the most memorable signs being ones that loudly proclaimed: variations of:

RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE TOO

Also read this offshoot Twitter thread about a man describing what the MSM did to his grandfather during the C-19 Pandemic.

And that TV effectively killed him by destroying him mentally:

He would not go around family members that were not Vaccinated, he stopped doing things in public to reduce the risk of c19, and he started losing interest in doing things because of the negativity the news was constantly pumping out…

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Written by Tom Hunter

January 16, 2023 at 12:20 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Blatant liar sworn into Congress

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It’s been completely overshadowed by the fight over the Republican leadership in the past few days, but just prior to that some other news broke about the GOP.

More specifically, news about one of their new members, elected to the House from New York state in last year’s Mid-Term elections, one George Santos, who won a D+3 district that voted for Biden in 2020 by 54 percent to 44. Quite the upset win for a Republican then.

Mr Santos apparently told some big fibs on his CV that he presented to the voters of New York’s 3rd district, of which the following is but a small list:

Representative-elect Santos admitted that he never graduated from any college, despite previously claiming to have received a degree from Baruch in 2010. He claimed to work at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but neither firm has any record of his working there; now Santos says he worked for a firm that worked with those financial giants. Then there are the indications that he’s not Jewish and perhaps not all that gay:

This is my shocked face as I lose all faith in politicians.

Santos went on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson show, likely thinking they’d treat a Republican the same way that the rest of the MSM treats Democrats who are in trouble; softball questions with no follow-up to canned answers. Unfortunately for him he ran into former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard standing in for Carlson, just emerging from her own political shitstorm where she quit the Democrat Party and damned them, and she was in no mood to accept his bullshit (I don’t think Tucker would have gone any easier on him):

Naturally the Democrats and the MSM jumped all over this, demanding he resign or that the GOP should refuse to seat him, as you can watch at this link, where the writer makes a good point about the performative moral outrage involved. There’s also this tidbit:

Research has demonstrated that politicians are significantly likelier to be psychopaths than the general population. Of course, quantitative studies aren’t necessary to make this observation, but it’s nice to have the data that backs up the obvious qualitative judgment.

Compulsive lying is one of the defining clinical manifestations of the condition.

As shown by the likes of Senator Elizabeth “High Cheek Bones” Warren (D-MA) (hence the nickname, Fauxcahontas) and Senator Richard “Stolen valour” Blumenthal (D-CT) – both noted by Gabbard. Over at Powerline they re-hash the incredible bullshit that House member Ilhan Omar has got away with over the years by screaming racism every time her grifting was questioned, especially the fake marriage she had with her brother in London to allow him to immigrate to the US (Powerline’s Scott Johnson has excellent contacts within the Minneapolis Somali community). More recently there was the pitiful sight of newly elected Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman being sworn in with a ceremony where he could not speak a single word because his stroke is obviously still affecting him:

Fetterman’s strange behavior at his swearing-in suggests that his mental health has not improved since his disastrous debate performance in October. This, combined with the fact that he hasn’t conducted a single interview since getting elected, raises serious doubts about his ability to serve as a U.S. senator. 

I’m sure his wife will do a fine job for him and in any case he’s perfect for the job as the Democrat Party only want puppets who vote as instructed by them.

Speaking of which, “President” Biden has been bullshitting about himself for fifty years and continues to do so, the following being just a small sample as noted by National Review:

Back in 1988 his first run for President was blown up when it was revealed that he’d plagiarised his speeches from British Labour leader Neil Kinnock (not exactly outstanding source material), just as he had a law paper decades earlier.

But that was when even the liberal MSM and the Democrats still had some standards. Not now. So I think all their screaming can be given the 🖕🖕🖕🖕 treatment and Mr Santos left to the judgement of his voters in 2024.

You never know, if he’s any good at his new job they might even re-elect him.

Protests and Short-Term Memory Loss

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Or maybe it’s Long-Term, given that we see the same double standard approach repeated many times for protests on different issues.

As I documented here in Protests (Good and Bad), contrasting the glowing MSM coverage of protests around the world against by Climate Change activists against fossil-fuel burning cars and power stations, versus the minimal or non-existent (and definitely non-approving) coverage of people protesting against their lives being made miserable by power and heating cuts (or massive cost increases in energy, which amount to the same thing).

The only thing that might defeat this endless application of double standards might be political defeat at the polls for the politicians involved:

But given that we’re often talking about NGO’s and other activist groups, failure at the polls for their causes likely won’t work: it certainly has not so far. As far as they’re concerned the focal point is the MSM and as long as they continue to indulge in double standards then this farce will continue. When it comes to Chinese Lung Rot of course, the sad truth is that a lot of ordinary citizens are fully invested in hypocrisy, double standards, and doublethink.

Or just outright rationalisation.

Its only a stolen election if a Republican wins

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Spend less than 5 minutes watching this clip, demonetized by Youtube. Just to understand the hypocrisy.

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September 30, 2022 at 11:16 am

How not to kill a story

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Dear oh dear.

Fresh off their hypocrisy of claiming to be a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens – before allowing just fifty of them to sleep in a church hall for one night then booting them off the island to somewhat less salubrious conditions at a Massachusetts military base, with the help of local Police and National Guard troops – the utterly shameless and cluelessly insincere Martha’s Vineyard crowd started whinging about the above incident:

“I was so upset, understandably so,” Aquinnah denizen Sarah Melkonian presumptuously told the Boston Globe. Her neighbor Liz Whitman denounced the plane banner as “absolute idiocy,”

In an online residential discussion group that was initially “closed” but has since been security-upgraded to “private,” Melkonian denounced the “continuing harassment” inherent in having to see an upsetting airplane banner for less than an hour, which she comically called a “national disgrace.” 

“[I’m] horrified by the ugly targeting you are experiencing there,” wrote seasonal resident Mary Williams Montague

Seasonal? That means her place is empty – like the Obama’s multi-room mansion. They could have rented it out to the illegals; the government would likely have paid.

It gets better though:

… irate Vineyard residents immediately set about trying to discover who was behind the airplane incident, who authorized the plane’s flight, and even who manufactured the banner. An inquiry that islanders apparently placed with the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the offending plane is too small to require federal tracking information.

According to Geoff Freeman, director of the island’s only airport, numerous residents phoned him demanding to know where the flight had originated. 

WHO DARES TO MOCK US! You’d need a heart of stone not to laugh. One of Far Lefter Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals states that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon” – especially when it’s used against people as lacking in self-awareness and as far up their own backsides as this lot:

Chilmark resident Robert Skydell, a retiree who writes the occasional ornery piece for the Vineyard Gazette, a dull island magazine, thought it would be productive to invite “right-wing media pundits” for “a tour and show them what a safe, diverse, and multicultural community actually looks like.”

Yeah. When I look at the Social Media and Magazine pics, as well as the demographic stats of that island it just screams “multicultural”. Must be due to the Obama’s!

The last word goes to this prick

Wes Nagy, a Vineyard church music director and reported “believer in karma,” who estimated that the cost of the airplane banner “could’ve fed the immigrants for a month.” It did not occur to him that they might have been fed for an even longer time by the $43,000 raised via GoFundMe under the call “Urgent plea to help Martha’s Vineyard migrants.” Astonishingly, that collection was not forwarded to cover their further needs. According to the GoFundMe page, it has instead gone to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation, a self-described “$16-million organization,” for use in ”building up a reserve to assist situations like this” the next time DeSantis sends migrants to the island. 

Excellent. Sounds like an open invitation for DeSantis.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 28, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Comedy Climate hypocrisy

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Climate strike activist tells people that flying to Fiji for a holiday is not acceptable. Then admits to HPDA that she went there on holiday a few months before. It is a hilarious interview. Must listen

When I first heard this, I thought it was hilarious but felt some sympathy for a young woman. She sounds like a good-hearted person, albeit utterly misguided.

Clearly, she has (at least one) parent to blame. Her mother writes a cry bullying response, clearly missing the point. Her daughter was interviewed on public television about her views and was shown up.

Commentators like du Plessis-Allan don’t give a shit about climate change. They don’t care that Arctic ice is melting at four times the expected rate, or that we are seeing more and more extreme weather events killing and displacing people across the globe.

Turns out that the mother is (allegedly) so hypocritical and blind that she had a helicopter fly her new kitchen bench to her home whilst spouting this crap. That gets even better. The mother teaches her daughter to pretend to believe in climate change but will do nothing whilst expecting the rest of to change our behaviour. GTFOH.

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September 26, 2022 at 9:26 am

Better call Saul

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Alinksy that is.

And in particular his little missive, Rules for Radicals, so beloved of the Left for decades now.

In particular rules #4, #5, #6:

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

What Governor DeSantis (R) of Florida did, at the same time as Governor Abbot (R) of Texas, was to apply these rules to the Democrats on the subject of illegal aliens, in particular those Democrats of the North East and Mid-West who so loudly trumpeted about their “Sanctuary States” and “Sanctuary Cities” where the evil Trump troops of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would not be allowed to enforce the law.

But there was more to this than simply exposing the hypocrisy and double standards of the Democrats on this matter, as fun as that is to do. No, the real objective was to actually make it clear to the rest of the nation, and the Democrats, that this is their problem too; that they don’t just get to pawn it off on the border states.

Problem is too understated a word. It’s a crisis on America’s Southern border with Mexico and has been brewing up for almost two years now. There’s detail that belongs in a seperate post but suffice to say that none of the disasters that have occurred to date – the vast crowds swarming at the border overwhelming law enforcement, pouring across into towns and cities in Texas and Arizona (the two worst affected states) who don’t have the social welfare, healthcare or law enforcement resources to cope, the countless dead bodies found in the desert, the huge amount of drug smuggling included and the deaths arising from that – none of this has caused the Biden Administration to shift off its ass and do something practical to bring it to a halt or even slow it down.

Over a year ago twenty one Governors wrote a letter to President Biden almost begging him to do something. In return they effectively got the back of his hand, not even bothering to visit the border regions to see for himself (same from his VP).

DeSantis and Abbot thus decided on what might be called Direct Action. As the logo above has it, if Democrats would not come to the border, they’d bring the border to the Democrats. They decided to start sending these illegal aliens on buses and planes to these Democrat Sanctuary cities:

Abbot chose Chicago as one of his targets, and the “mayor” of my second home predictably started squealing:

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Says Governor Abbott Is a ‘Man Without Morals’ After Bus of Illegals Arrives

Candidate Lori Lightfoot Gets Smushed by the Hypocrisy Truck

Lightfoot ships Illegals out of Chicago to suburb of Burr Ridge

That last one is a doozy.

“Chicago is and will continue to be a welcoming city. We are collaborating across various City departments and with local, state and community partners to ensure everyone who arrives in Chicago is greeted and treated with dignity and respect,” said Lightfoot.

“I am concerned neither the village administrator nor I were told about this,” Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso told WGN. “We want to know: Why Burr Ridge?”

They barely touched the Chicago tarmac before getting moved on – and there was no one from the city to greet them or show them where to go next, they just went from one bus to another. And that was with just a small fraction of those moved; so far Texas has sent about 7,900 to Washington, D.C. with another couple of thousand sent to New York City. The NYC mayor was squealing too:

[Mayor Adams said] ‘In this new and unforeseen reality, where we expect thousands more to arrive every week going forward, the city’s system is nearing its breaking point. As a result, the city’s prior practices, which never contemplated the bussing of thousands of people into New York City, must be reassessed.”

It should be noted that the city of El Paso – one of the sources of those buses to NYC – has had 1400 to 2000 illegals a day dumped on its streets by Biden’s Border Patrol for over a year now. Nobody in Washington D.C., Chicago or New York gave a shit.

But for all of Abbott’s efforts it was DeSantis who showed just how sharp a politician he is – and with an eye on the 2024 Presidential nomination – by doing something with just fifty illegals that was guaranteed to draw the Kardishan MSM in droves. He sent them to one of the toniest, wealthiest, Democratist parts of the USA: Martha’s Vineyard, 2nd (3rd) home to the likes of Barack Obama.

The Democrats promptly melted down.

Turtleboy News Senior Editor Aidan Kearney brings us an inside look into the agonizing conversations among the island’s residents as they are faced with a whopping 50 (FIFTY!) illegals flown in by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (They’re already being removed from the island as of this morning)

And to a military base for good measure.

Looks like they’re gonna have to update their virtue signalling sign.

Given that a few people had inside access to some of the Vineyard Facebook and Twitter groups there was some interesting reveals of reactions from all these good Democrat voters as they turned on each other.

Actually that is the point. Obama certainly does have the space, as currently, his 8-bedroom mansion sits empty; it rests on on 29 acres (!), certainly enough to house a large tent city. Plenty of room for Porta Potties. Some good, solid Fear Of The Other too…

Get her locks changed? Why on earth would she want to do that; doesn’t she want to welcome the new additions with open arms? The best part of this thread is when they realize they’ve been found out and people are laughing at them:

The Highly Moral and Ethical Republicans of the NeverTrumper movement, filled with Civility Bullshit, weighed in on the evil DeSantis:

All this over fifty illegal aliens. Makes you want to send some El Paso size batches to Martha’s Vineyard. I loved this response to that prick:

In all seriousness, we are “under siege.” There is an invasion at the southern border. Why isn’t Biden doing anything? Because “doing something” would be admitting a massive mistake and he can’t have that less than two months from an election. So, he will allow enough fentanyl to flow across the border to kill every American living. Winning elections is more important than American lives I guess. And Biden has now allowed two million illegal aliens to simply walk or swim across the border. That is literally an attack on America Mr. Schmidt, you beer-bellied boob.

This is not a one-off. DeSantis has plans to send more illegal aliens to…. Delaware. Specifically the lovely beach town part of Delaware that’s a second home to none other than President Biden.

BTW, for those of you who are consumers of CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, NBC, etc…. be aware that the screams about DeSantis facing criminal charges of “human trafficking” are being brought to you by the same people who pushed “The Walls Are Closing In” meme on Trump all these years. None other than Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley dumped on that. Meantime DeSantis summed it all up perfectly.

“Scrambling to get his cabinet together?…. It’s only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a wealthy rich sanctuary enclave that he decides to scramble on this..

Now we see, in New York and D.C., they used to beat their chests when Trump was in office, saying they are sanctuary jurisdictions. Then the minute Texas starts bussing there, they get very bent out of shape about it…these are just the beginning efforts. We got an infrastructure in place now. There is going to be a lot more that’s happening”

As an aside, if all this reminds you of a crucial argument in US history it should. Aside from slavery the Civil War was also supposed to put a stop to the idea that individual states can stiff-arm Federal law whenever it suits them.

Social Media and its Standards

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There’s an increasing focus being brought to bear on the connections between the US Administration and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter (with search giant Google likely in the mix as well).

But this sort of partisanship is not new, with the most egregious along with burying the Hunter Biden story in 2020 to help get Joe Elected. It’s actually worse than the “Fact Checking” industry that works with Facebook and company.

The thing is that this partisanship is merely an outgrowth of the progressive ideology that drives these outfits nowadays and shows in non-political cases:

As reported by The Daily Wire, Twitter in March 2021 moved to dismiss a child pornography lawsuit by claiming protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 is a section of Title 47 of the U.S. Code enacted as part of the Communications Decency Act, which generally provides immunity for website platforms with respect to third-party content.

As noted by Daily Wire, the victim, named “John Doe,” said the company refused to remove pornographic images and videos of him and another teen because the platform “didn’t find a violation of our policies.”

As reported in early 2021, in another lawsuit against Twitter, a young boy who was solicited and recruited for sex trafficking alleged that he was also forced to endure his own sexual abuse content on Twitter, even after attempts were made to remove the objectionable content.

That’s quite a different approach to the one they take to political and ideological causes they oppose; those they’re more than happy to remove from their platforms, citing how hosting might hurt them, or simply saying that it’s their right as a private company.

Then there was the case of YouTuber Shane Dawson – who boasted more than 20 million followers –

.. booted from the platform in 2020 after old videos surfaced in which he made racial slurs, portrayed racial stereotypes, and told jokes about pedophilia. In 2019, an audio snippet from his 2015 podcast Shane and Friends also emerged online, in which he joked about sexually abusing his cat.

After all of the above (and worse), Dawson triumphantly returned to YouTube in October 2021 after predicting he would, 16 months after being unceremoniously shown the door.

All of that filth led journalist Lara Logan – a woman who knows something about sexual assault – to say earlier this year that she’d had enough, even if it would hurt her journalist outreach to readers.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened on Wednesday to hear from current and former social media executives. The hearing was called to address the impact of social media on homeland security consistent with Biden administration talking points — you know, “white supremacist, conspiracy related, and anti-government violence’” That is a quote from committee chairman Gary Peters’s opening statement.

After watching this I’d say that Section 230 is headed for the scrapheap if the GOP win the Presidency, Senate and House in 2024 – and that’s assuming Facebook doesn’t start getting hit with 1st Amendment lawsuits on the now established basis that they’re acting as agents of the US Government.

Of course the old MSM are still at it with ever-lowering standards, with ABC News pushing its gun control agenda by interviewing the recently released John Hinckley Jr on the subject. Yes, you should know that name because he’s the guy who tried to assassinate President Reagan in 1981, while also leaving another person with brain damage, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, plus Secret Service agents suffering life-long gun shot injuries as well:

As a thought experiment, imagine if Fox News brought on someone who tried to assassinate Barack Obama so they could talk about how pro-life they now are. How do you think the press would react to that? The answer is that they’d lose their ever-loving minds, not only freaking out that the would-be assassin was given a platform, but they’d also use it as proof that the pro-life movement is poisoned.

Remember, this is the same liberal press that wants to expel anyone who has come within 50 feet of Donald Trump from polite society. But if you try to kill a GOP president, then you can get an interview with ABC News and talk about the wonders of gun control.

Good to know that it’s not just viewers, listeners and readers that are giving the MSM the boot but other corporations as well.

Two further bits of recent news on this topic.

First, the Fifth Circuit Court has upheld a Texas law that says that any social media platform with over 50 million subscribers may not indulge in censorship people outside of some narrowly defined limits. So no more bullshit about claiming that you’ve “violated the terms of the contract” with the likes of Facebook. The law as stymied by an injunction from a lower court but Circuit court booted that and got stuck into the self-contradiction that lies at the heart of section 230:

Section 230 undercuts both of the Platforms’ arguments for holding that their censorship of users is protected speech. Recall that they rely on two key arguments: first, they suggest the user-submitted content they host is their speech; and second, they argue they are publishers akin to a newspaper. Section 230, however, instructs courts not to treat the Platforms as “the publisher or speaker” of the user-submitted content they host. Id. § 230(c)(1). And those are the exact two categories the Platforms invoke to support their First Amendment argument. So if § 230(c)(1) is constitutional, how can a court recognize the Platforms as First-Amendment-protected speakers or publishers of the content they host?

I’m sure this is headed for the Supreme Court with appeals, but at this stage I’d say it’s a race to see whether Congress or the Court kills section 230 first.

Second is this, PayPal, Venmo, and Google Cut off Group Fighting to Protect Children From Groomers:

Gays Against Groomers are “a coalition of gays against the sexualization, indoctrination, and medicalization of children,” as they describe themselves in their Twitter profile. Now, one would think that most Americans would be supportive of fighting against the sexualization and indoctrination of children.

But fighting against such things now appears to be against the liberal narrative.

The group announced that they had been banned from Venmo and Paypal because they supposedly violated their user agreements. This can largely cut them off from the ability to financially operate.

You can watch one of the founders of Gays Against Groomers being interviewed here by Tucker Carlson (and boy I’ll bet that burns a lot of the Left).

Takin’ It To The Streets

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I’m sure the Department of “Justice” and the FBI will get right on it, right Joe?

Episode 1,896,567 of the Democrat Party’s basic rule:

“Rules for thee, but not for me”.

Oh, Bitch-uary.

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“We’ve been watching a national American figure be forged… It’s funny how small the election feels – the Wyoming election – because she feels bigger than it now.”

Well yes, but a gentleman tries to avoid disparaging a woman’s figure.!!!

‘Tis the week for misogyny here at No Minister – because that’s so much worse than arrogant, back-handed dismissals of the people who voted for you just two years ago.

So let’s start with the fail – the Yuuuuggggee fail – of Dick Cheney’s appointed political heir, his daughter Liz, courtesy of the Babylon Bee:

Producers Confirm Liz Cheney Will Not Be Back For Season 2 Of January 6 Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a critically acclaimed first season that was allegedly watched by some people, the producers of the January 6th Hearings have sadly confirmed that their star Liz Cheney will not be returning for season 2.

Yeah. I’ll stick with Better Call Saul, which has just completed its sixth and final season, and is already being acclaimed as equal to the show that birthed it, Breaking Bad (acclaimed as the greatest TV show of all time – which I agree with).

Not the Jan 6 commission hearings in other words.

Liz got pounded even worse than the polling had indicated, where she showed as 20-30 points behind her Republican Primary opponent.

Paraphrasing what people said after the Springboks destroyed Scotland 44-0 during their 1951 tour of Great Britain, she was lucky to get 28.9% – and that apparently was due to all those Democrats who re-registered as Republicans to try and save her ass.

Still, she’s on Easy Street even with the loss:

Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) net worth ballooned from an estimated $7 million when she first took office in 2017 to possibly more than $44 million in 2020, according to analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics and her most recent financial disclosure forms.

A 600% increase in wealth in just a few years. That’s especially impressive considering her $200k annual salary as a member of Congress. She should be advising Nancy Pelosi – and probably soon will be. This does not include a special fund as her special play toy:

Liz Cheney’s defeat ended with one silver lining: a $7.5 million unspent campaign warchest — much of it from outside Wyoming — that positions her well to run for president in 2024 if she chooses.

Yes, they’re serious. Yes, you can – and should – laugh heartily.

A brief word from former National Review contributor and cosplaying Republican, David French, who takes this opportunity to speak of virtue, and also – by a complete coincidence – is here to instruct us that he is fully possessed of the virtues he praises:

Loyalty and honor are two concepts the Trump right is turning inside-out and upside-down. What does it mean to be “loyal” when an institution betrays its fundamental principles? True loyalty holds it to a higher standard.

Uh huh. The thing is that loyalty is a two-way street, and all too many Republican politicians have shown that it’s a one-way street. A decade before the Age of Trump there were examples like Dede Scozzafava in New York, Charlie Crist in Florida (Governor) and Senator Arlen Specter. In all three cases they rode Republican support to power and despite the doubts often expressed about them by GOP voters the latter were told to suck it up and accept that they couldn’t get 100% perfect candidates – and those voters did.

Yet when the voters had finally had enough and ejected these candidates in later primary campaigns the arguments and appeals turned out not to run the other way. All three refused to suck it up, be loyal and accept Republicans who were less than perfect in their eyes. No, they began supporting Democrats: the latter two actually became Democrats and repudiated every single Right Wing ideological and political position they had sworn they believed in.

So you see, the Liz Cheney’s and the Mitt Romney’s are not new or unusual. As I have often said, Trump is merely a symbol of a civil war that has been ongoing inside the Republican Party since 2009 between the Gentry Class of the GOP and the Lower Orders, or Deplorables (also inside the Democrat Party). The Precious Midpoint, with this quote from Great Britain:

But worst of all is that this transmogrified middle-class party views its old working-class constituency not simply with incomprehension but with contempt. “Yep”, Liddle quotes a “Starmer superfan” as tweeting about the result, “as expected the working class love a bit of nationalism and racism. Well done Hartlepool, you turkeys. I’ve never been and I never will”.

“The Labour Party we knew is gone,” Liddle concludes, “gone for good. Those votes are not coming back”. Stirring stuff and written from the depths of a Social Democrat’s soul.

To that end the following rant by one Amy Curtis is on point.

I’m gonna go off because I’m just that fed up.

For years, the GOP pundit class pushed weak, ineffective candidates. Guys who talked about taxes while letting the left steamroll education, culture, news media, social media.

Those candidates lost. Repeatedly. 2012 was a very WINNABLE election. And what did Romney do when they accused him of giving a woman cancer and other horrible, not-true things? He shrugged. He didn’t fight. He just took it. “Dignity.” Fighting back was beneath him. Or something.

Every Republican, for as long as I can remember, has been the reincarnation of Hitler every election cycle. The left HATED Dick Cheney from 2000-2008. And now? He’s their hero for speaking out against Trump. But when he sheds this mortal coil, they’ll dance and spit on his grave.

Every single member of the Washington Generals of Punditry has betrayed every principle they claimed to have. On abortion. On taxes. On foreign policy. Every last one. And why? Because hating Trump is more important and lucrative than those principles.

They have literally endorsed Democrats — including the barley sentient vegetable currently occupying the Oval Office — because of their unhinged hatred of Trump. And his voters.

And instead of trying to figure out how they got Trump in the first place — because they had a HUGE HAND in it — they double down on calling voters stupid and deplorable & a slew of other pejoratives because it gets them head pats from the media/left. Who still hate them anyway.

Because while they were fawning over absolutely milquetoast candidates the left was making headway in schools and culture. Now? Your white kid is likely to learn he’s a horrible racist simply because of his skin color. Your daughter could be brainwashed into thinking she’s a boy because her teacher told her so. Good luck trying to be a white, cis, hetero person trying to break into publishing these days. Good luck trying to find kids books that don’t show fellatio or other woke garbage.

Parents were labeled terrorists — TERRORISTS — for speaking out at school board meetings. By the federal government. While Antifa and BLM and Jane’s Revenge burn your cities to the ground.

If you had your business shut down, couldn’t visit your dying loved ones, couldn’t have a funeral while you watch George Floyd get multiple ones, and BLM/Antifa march through the streets during COVID, thank the GOP pundit class. Who did NOTHING to defend your rights.

Like every other social/cultural issue, they expected you to bend over and take it. And when someone tries to stand up to the nonsense — DeSantis — they whine about dictators and the breakdown of norms.

When what they mean by norms is “doing things our way, even if it sucks.”

And when a candidate like DeSantis comes along, who is an alternative to Trump — they say he’s just like Trump because they want to go back to the McCains and Romneys and Jebs.

News flash: we aren’t.

So if you want to get rid of Trump, stop obsessing over your hatred of him. Start endorsing Republican candidates who aren’t Trump. Instead of, you know, Democrats.

And for the love of God, spend ten minutes reflecting on how we got here today, and how you played a big part in it. Maybe talk to normal people outside the Beltway about life and politics

And as with many things American, this war is not confined to the USA. It is now being waged across Europe, Canada, Australia – and here in New Zealand. Advice from the peanut gallery:

The result of this style of accommodationist politics, as my colleague Keith Joseph complained, was that post-war politics became a ‘socialist ratchet’ — Labour moved Britain towards more statism; the Tories stood pat; and the next Labour Government moved the country a little further left. The Tories loosened the corset of socialism; they never removed it.

This sounds familiar

Maybe they cut taxes; bring back the Mexico City policy; junk a regulation that Democrats created but didn’t manage to implement; but that’s about it. When was the last time Republicans passed a huge law — one that changed America forever the way Democrats do every time they hold serve in American politics? You don’t see it.

So you see a repeating pattern to American politics: There isn’t a true back-and-forth. Instead, Democrats change the country a lot while they’re in power. Then Republicans hold power and push the pause button. There’s no rollback that a new executive order can’t undo.