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“The Adults in the Room” are Always the Most Colossal Screwups, by Michael Tracey

Hard to believe, but before he was inaugurated Biden was considered one of those adults in the room. From Michael Tracey at mtracey.substack.com:

Joe Biden calls for regime change in Russia on March 26, 2022

There was a recurring theme during the presidency of Donald Trump that went something like this: Trump’s most impetuous and destructive instincts — particularly in the realm of foreign policy — were being nobly restrained by the so-called “Adults in the Room.” Thank heavens! These impressive “adults,” a cadre of seasoned military men serving in Trump’s administration, included James Mattis (Defense Secretary), H.R. McMaster (National Security Advisor), and John Kelly (Chief of Staff). Their presence in the halls of power was supposed to be taken as a profound relief: whether you feared Trump would conspire with Vladimir Putin to collapse “the rules-based international order” — likely because you heard that phrase intoned on some Think Tank webcast — or simply believed that Trump was nuts, you could rest assured that the fate of the Republic would be protected by this crew of Serious Adults watching gamely over Trump’s shoulder. If any crazy ideas got into his head, such as withdrawing US military personnel from overseas deployments or forging a diplomatic accord with Russia, they’d spring boldly into action and put a stop to it.

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Re-Visiting Russiagate In Light Of The Ukraine War, by Caitlin Johnstone

President Trump was repeatedly tagged as being a Putin puppet, but he sent arms to Ukraine, which Obama had refused to do. The Russiagate smear was as much to smear Putin as it was Trump. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

It’s hard to believe that the last president spent his term pouring weapons into Ukraine, shredding treaties with Russia and ramping up cold war escalations against Moscow which helped lead us directly to the extraordinarily dangerous situation we now find ourselves in, and yet mainstream liberals spent his entire administration screaming that he was a Kremlin puppet.

A lot of anti-empire commentary is rightly going into criticizing how the Obama administration paved the way to this conflict in Ukraine with its role in the 2014 coup and support for Kyiv’s war against Donbass separatists. But what’s getting lost in all this, largely because Trumpites have been using their mainstream numbers to loudly amplify criticisms of the role of the Obama and Biden administrations in this mess, is what happened between those two presidencies which was just as crucial in getting us here.

Though it’s been scrubbed from mainstream liberal history, it was actually the Trump administration that began the US policy of arming Ukraine in the first place. Obama had refused forceful demands from neocons and liberal hawks to do so because he feared it would provoke an attack by Russia.

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Why is Trump given a hall pass on killer injections? By Leo Hohmann

Good question, as the article makes clear. From Leo Hohmann at leohohmann.com:

The “vaccines” now being forced on the global population are shaping up to be perhaps the most successful eugenics program in human history, and the scam of the century is that these shots are being sold as a treatment that will keep you healthy, wink, wink.

Even the CDC has admitted the injections have failed to prevent people from getting the very virus it purports to “protect” us from. Nor have they stopped people from being hospitalized and they certainly haven’t stopped the spread. Many of the unjabbed are no doubt catching the virus from their jabbed friends.

The death tally attributed to Covid in 2021 has already exceeded that of 2020 when there was no miracle “vaccine” available. And if we look at the most vaccinated countries in the world, Israel, Gibraltar, Denmark and Singapore, they’ve all been experiencing a surge in deaths attributed to Covid, while the least-vaccinated nations, such as India and nations in central and northern Africa, have the lowest rates of infection and death.

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Will Twitter Become an Ocean of Suck? By Matt Taibbi

Or a bay of banal, an island of idiocy, a sea of superficial, or a gulf of gratuitous glib? SLL will never know because SLL eschews social media. From Matt Taibbi at taibbi.substack.com:

The resignation of Jack Dorsey is the latest plot point in the story of the Internet’s transformation, from democratizing tool to instrument of elite control

 

Jack Dorsey, the extend-o-bearded CEO who co-founded Twitter and whose fame grew with that of his increasingly powerful platform during the Trump years, resigned today. His departure is the latest plot point in a long-developing Internet tragicomedy, which has seen what was supposed to be a historically democratizing technological tool transformed into a dystopian force for censorship and control. The departure of Dorsey, the rare CEO who not only has a conscience but appears to consult it more than once every few years, is bad news for those who already had complaints about the company, which during his tenure came to occupy a central role in what’s left of American intellectual culture.

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Twitter under Dorsey suffered from working too well. Specifically, society responded to Donald Trump’s Tweet-driven 2016 presidential campaign as if it revealed a defect in the platform that needed fixing when actually Trump’s election was proof that Twitter was working much as intended. Our political establishment just wasn’t looking for that sort of functionality.

The original concept of Twitter was egalitarian, flattening, and iconoclastic: “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas, instantly, without barriers.” That mantra fit with then-CEO Dick Costolo’s 2010 claim that “We’re the free speech wing of the free speech party.”

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The Left Got What It Wanted—So Now What? By Victor Davis Hanson

What is happening now is all the left has ever wanted—chaos and destruction, and the reign of pure, totalitarian incompetence. From Victor Davis Hanson at amgreatness.com:

There is no schadenfreude in seeing the Left destroy everything it touches—because its claws tear all of us as well.

What was the purpose for the insane opposition of the Left between 2017 and 2021? To usher in a planned nihilism, an incompetent chaos, a honed anarchy to wreck the country in less than a year?

Then

No sooner had Donald Trump entered office than scores of House Democrats filed motions for impeachment, apparently for thought crimes that he might, some day, in theory, could possibly commit.

Foreign Policy published an article by a liberal Obama Administration lawyer outlining all the ways to remove an elected president as soon as possible—including consideration of a military coup.

The FBI and the entrenched bureaucrats at the Justice Department continued their prior failed efforts during the campaign to seed the lies of the fabricated Steele dossier and Fusion GPS. A 22-month-long and $40 million hoax ended with the special counsel himself, a doddering Robert Mueller, swearing under oath that he essentially knew nothing about the dossier or Fusion GPS—the twin catalysts that had prompted his very own investigation.

Fired FBI Director James Comey—a lion on Twitter, and a lamb when under oath—on over 240 occasions testified to the Congress that he either did not know or could not remember, when asked details about the collusion fraud that the philosopher G-man had helped perpetuate.

No one worried about the weaponization of government. So, we went right from the nefarious legacy of John Brennan (who lied under oath to Congress twice), James Clapper (who lied under oath to Congress once), James Comey (who leaked confidential presidential memos), Andrew McCabe (who gave false testimony to federal investigators), Lisa Page (who was fired from the special counsel’s legal team for various unprofessional conduct), Peter Strzok (about whom there is not enough space to detail his transgressions), and the now convicted felon Kevin Clinesmith onto the next round of impeachments.

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Trump Finally Concedes He Only Won 2020 Election By A Small Margin

From The Babylon Bee:

PALM BEACH, FL—At a press conference held at the Mar-a-Lago Club today, former President Donald Trump finally acknowledged that he didn’t win the 2020 election by a massive landslide, and that he only won it by a normal, narrow margin.

Trump said he was convinced by mounting evidence coming out of recounts and audits in various states and now agrees that he did not win the election by 10 million votes, but “probably more like 2 or 3 million” overall.

“After reviewing all the evidence, I’m willing to concede that I didn’t win the 2020 election by a record landslide margin, and only won it by a smaller, normal margin,” he said somberly to reporters. “I’m a fair guy. Maybe the fairest ever. And I know when I’m wrong. People say that to me all the time. They say, ‘Hey, Don, you know what I like best about you? Your intelligence. But do you know what I like second best about you? Your humility and your willingness to admit when you’re wrong.’ Very smart people say that, all of ’em.”

“So I come to you humbly now and ask your forgiveness for being slightly wrong about just how many votes I won by.”

Trump then demanded Biden leave the White House now that he has conceded that he only won by a decent margin.

Just 10,000 Tune In To Biden 4th July Live Stream, by Steve Watson

Just as in the election campaign, Biden draws nobody, Trump draws huge crowds, but somehow Biden won. Sure he did. From Steve Watson at summitnews.com:

That equates to around 0.003% of the population

The numbers are in. Joe Biden struggled to engage any Americans on the Fourth of July as he ordered them to get vaccinated, calling it the most patriotic thing anyone can do for their country.

As he squinted and stumbled through a 15 minute speech on the White House lawn that was solely devoted to fear mongering about COVID, fewer than 10,000 people joined the YouTube livestream.

That equates to around 0.003% of the population.

Yet he received a record 81 million votes in the election, apparently.

The figure is also four times less than the number of people who attended President Trump’s huge Independence Day rally in Florida on Saturday.

In addition, a whopping 375,000 tuned in live to watch Trump’s event.

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Scientists Admit Lab-Leak Hypothesis Was Valid Last Year – But Kept Quiet Because Of Trump, by Tyler Durden

Why would anyone follow the Science when the scientists behind it admit that they followed the Politics? From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Last month, a group of 18 scientists published a letter calling for a deeper investigation into the origins of COVID-19 which would give serious consideration to the lab-leak hypothesis – which posits that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Now, several of those scientists, including MIT and Harvard geneticist Alina Chan, admit that scientists avoided the lab-leak hypothesis because they didn’t want to be associated with then-President Trump, according to NBC News.

Chan said there had been trepidation among some scientists about publicly discussing the lab leak hypothesis for fear that their words could be misconstrued or used to support racist rhetoric about how the coronavirus emerged. Trump fueled accusations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research lab in the city where the first Covid-19 cases were reported, was connected to the outbreak, and on numerous occasions he called the pathogen the “Wuhan virus” or “kung flu.”

The shift reflects how some scientists who previously avoided the topic or were quick to dismiss it are grappling with enduring uncertainties about the virus’s origin, free from the politicization that clouded such discussions during the Trump administration.

So while America was told to follow the science, scientists chose to play politics.

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Yet Another Media Tale — Trump Tear-Gassed Protesters For a Church Photo Op — Collapses, by Glenn Greenwald

We’ve lost count of how many stories the legacy media has made up to discredit Trump. Here’s one of the more egregious, from Glenn Greenwald at greenwald.substack.com:

That the White House violently cleared Lafayette Park at Trump’s behest was treated as unquestioned truth by most corporate media. Today it was revealed as a falsehood.

CNN with Anderson Cooper and Jim Acosta, June 1, 2020

For more than a year, it has been consecrated media fact that former President Donald Trump and his White House, on June 1 of last year, directed the U.S. Park Police to use tear gas against peaceful Lafayette Park protesters, all to enable a Trump photo-op in front of St. John’s Church. That this happened was never presented as a possibility or likelihood but as indisputable truth. And it provoked weeks of unmitigated media outrage, presented as one of the most egregious assaults on the democratic order in decades.

This tale was so pervasive in the media landscape that it would be impossible for any one article to compile all the examples. “Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op,” read the NPR headline on June 1. The New York Times ran with: “Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church.” CNN devoted multiple segments to venting indignation while the on-screen graphic declared: “Peaceful Protesters Near White House Tear-Gassed, Shot With Rubber Bullets So Trump Can Have Church Photo Op.”

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The Orange Needler, by Eric Peters

Donald Trump has canceled out whatever good he might have done while in office with his response to the coronavirus and his endorsement of vaccines. From Eric Peters art ericpetersautos.com:

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That the Orange Man is dangerous – even more dangerous than his (s)elected successor – has just been established beyond doubt, provided one isn’t blinded by sick worshipful reverence for the spray-tanned man, whatever he does or doesn’t do.

He didn’t do anything to stop the spread of mass hysteria – the weaponization of hypochondria. Which is precisely the right word to describe the manufacturing of mass hysteria over a sickness with a 99.8-something percent recovery rate.

This was – is – a crime against the people of the United States.

That he “didn’t know” or “acted out of good intentions” or was “stymied” by the “swamp” is of a piece with if only Stalin knew!  – a reference to Soviet-era dupes who regarded “Uncle Joe” as a benevolent patriarch who would never have allowed his underlings to ship people off to the camps.

If only Stalin knew!   

Well, the Orange Man knew, too. Maybe not at first; maybe not last January-February-March or so. He is entitled to the benefit of the doubt for that.

But by July-August-September, the facts were known – to anyone who cared to exert even cursory effort to look into them, surely the duty of the president of the United States – who took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, which was shat all over as if by a flock of diarrhea-afflicted seagulls in the name of “stopping the spread” . . . of a virus so not-lethal its existence probably would never even have been noticed had it not been for the organized, deliberate fear-mongering which the Orange Man did nothing to counter.

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