Facts are Facts

I posted this on Reddit, but the sensors removed it without explanation.

On September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 US Presidential election a letter from 1972 surfaced that disparaged George W Bush’s military service. The letter was widely broadcast on all US news networks. It was a proven fact. Later someone with sharp eyes realized the type font was Times New Roman. No typewriter in 1972 could have produced the letter. It was done in Microsoft Word where Times New Roman was the default font. The media never backed down. A new term was coined “Fake but Accurate.” How does this reconcile to your “Fact are Facts?” Who decides what is a fact? Why do you believe they’re telling the truth?

This Explains a lot.

“Intellectuals [Democrats (ed)] cannot operate at room temperature.” There always has to be a crisis–some terrible reason why their superior wisdom and virtue must be imposed on the unthinking masses. It doesn’t matter what the crisis is. A hundred years ago it was eugenics. At the time of the first Earth Day a generation ago, the big scare was global cooling, a big ice age. They go from one to the other. It meets their psychological needs and gives them a reason for exercising their power. Many intellectuals’ preoccupation with the poor is very much the same thing. The thing that gives it all away is that after they say, “We must have this program because the poor can’t afford medicine, or can’t afford housing,” they will splutter if you say, “OK, let’s have a means test so it really goes to the poor.” If they were really concerned primarily about the poor, they would agree to it. But they are bitterly opposed to that, because the poor are a lever to reach other, political, goals.”

Quote from 2004 interviewed by the American Enterprise Institute of Thomas Sowell

Hat tip: Ed Driscoll

Universal Health Care

This is what happens when we stop valuing individual life and only value group identity.

Man with Down’s Syndrome’s ‘cruel and horrific’ death after 19 days without food

This article from the UK strikes fear into the hearts of anyone who might become a burden, or has a loved one who might, under a Universal Health Care System (a.k.a Medicare for All). As soon as they can kill you, they will. No one will ever be held accountable.

Remember and vote accordingly

Quote of the Day

“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
― Robert A Heinlein

He said, She said

I watched the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Initially, I found Dr. Ford’s testimony very credible. But when she couldn’t remember basic detail about her Grandmother funeral, an event that happened within the last 90 days, why I should trust her memory from 36 years ago.
I also, thought there were some unusual details to her story.

Below are some questions I would like to know the answer to:

    In high school, you abruptly leave a party without telling you best girlfriend, and yet the best girlfriend never asks why you left? That doesn’t sound like the high school I knew.
    Why are you just coming forward now? Judge Kavanaugh participated in a similar Senate hearing 12 years ago before being confirmed for his current judgeship, why didn’t she come forth then?

I believe every Democratic Senator asked for an FBI investigation. What should the FBI investigate? Dr. Ford was unable to remember on what date did the party took place, or who’s house it was at. Besides the guests mentioned by Dr. Ford, who don’t remember the party, who else was at the party? Can anyone corroborate Dr. Ford’s account?

I take issue with the description that this was an attempted rape. Based on what is described I would consider it at most, assault. I regret that Dr. Ford was so traumatized over it and I’m sympathetic to how it has impacted her life.

As a Southern Gentleman, there are rules of engagement when it comes to defending yourself against a woman. They limit how a Gentleman can respond to being attacked. I think these rules are necessary, but “always believe the Woman” is a naïve and reckless attitude. I was more open minded before the Duke Lacrosse episode and the UVA Fraternity story in Rolling Stone. When these happened, I believe there were calls to “always believe the Woman,” too. Those events did more damage than we realize.

In the end, if I were a member of the United States Senate, I would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. He has had a stellar career as a jurist and I do not consider the events described from his youth, enough to negate all the good things he has done as an adult. For me, teenage immaturity should not haunt an individual for all their life. I believe we destroy juvenile criminal records to give the adult a fresh start. I would apply the same standards here.

Through the eyes of CNN

During my travels in Europe, I’ve noticed that most hotels have a TV somewhere in the lobby. In my experience, that TV is tuned into CNN. If most Europeans get their impression of America and Americans from CNN, they are receiving a very distorted picture.

Quote of the Day

“Socialism is the Axe Body Spray of political ideologies: It never does what it claims to do, but people too young to know better keep buying it anyway.” Via Instapundit