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AUGUST 3-4,  2023

A STEP FORWARD:  Wokism seems everywhere, but the fact is that there are serious movements fighting back, and they are getting results.  From College Fix: 

A newly founded group of alumni dedicated to advancing free speech at its alma mater, UCLA, plans to lobby campus leaders into adopting principles that defend academic freedom and open discourse.

Jerry Mosley, a co-founder of Bruin Alumni in Defense of Free Speech, said the first course of action for the budding organization is to add members and spread the word as to the state of free speech at UCLA, “telling people that this is a problem.”

Eventually he said he hopes the group can convince UCLA to adopt a version of the Chicago Statement, a well-known set of standards in academia that provides a robust defense of free speech.

“Ideas should rise and fall on their merits,” Mosley said, adding the group, which formed in the spring, is “very serious about being non-partisan” and encourages people to stand up for free speech regardless of political views.

Fundamental tenets of the Chicago Statement include the principle that “debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”

UCLA’s media relations division did not respond to The College Fix’s requests for comment.

The alumni group’s website states: “We are UCLA graduates reaching out to all Bruin alumni who are ready to take a stand against the erosion of free speech, academic freedom, and viewpoint diversity on our nation’s campuses; alumni who are dismayed at shout-down protests and violence against speech deemed offensive, faculty disciplined for pedagogical speech that challenges students’ political or cultural beliefs, and a campus culture that intimidates students into silence on controversial topics.”

The group’s formation comes amid widespread criticism of UCLA from free speech watchdogs for campus leader’s decision not to hire psychologist Yoel Inbar after some students and faculty complained Inbar had questioned the need for diversity statements.

But Mosley said concerns about UCLA’s lack of free speech dates back years....

...As awareness of free speech concerns grow among UCLA alumni, Mosley said he hopes someday free speech training on campus during freshman orientation will be established.
The group has several dozen members so far, he said.

Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at UCLA, told The College Fix he hopes the group has some success.

“I definitely think it’s desirable – more voices speaking out in favor of free speech on campus is generally better,” he said. “As to how successful they are likely to be, time will tell.”

COMMENT:  The group appeals to professors and students who are mature and possess common sense.  That may not be the majority on most college campuses today.  But the point is that other groups like this are starting up.  It's possible they can repair some of the damage done in colleges by the hard left. 

The fight will be hard.  Snuffing out freedom doesn't begin with colleges themselves, but with the training of their staffs and faculties.  Yet, have you ever seen a single journalistic story about what's taught in teachers' colleges?  Have you read a documented story about the hard-left orientation of faculties? 

The good guys won't get much help.  Their allies will be other students who are fed up with the current suppressed atmosphere.

August 4, 2023       Permalink

 

SPEAKING TRUTH:  It seems impossible to believe that Americans are blind to a growing reality, that we have two nations, one more powerful than the other, and unelected.  Victor Davis Hanson, one of the few historians on our side, comments.  From American Greatness: 

Two sets of laws now operate in an increasingly unrecognizable America.

Consider the matter of unlawfully removing and storing classified papers.

Donald Trump may go to prison for removing contested White House files to his home.

So far Joe Biden seems exempt from just such legal jeopardy.

But as a senator and Vice President with no right, as does a president, to declassify files, Biden removed and, as a private citizen kept for years classified files in unsecure locations.

Biden’s team strangely revealed the unlawful removals after years of silence.

It did so because the Biden administration found itself in the untenable position of prosecuting the former president for “crimes” that the current president committed as well—albeit far earlier and longer.

Impeachable phone calls?

Donald Trump was impeached by a Democratic House for delaying foreign aid until the Ukrainian government guaranteed that Hunter Biden and his family were no longer engaged in corrupt influence peddling in Kyiv.

In addition, the Left charged that Trump was targeting Joe Biden, his possible 2020 rival.

Yet Biden, with impunity, bragged that he had fired a Ukrainian prosecutor looking into his own son’s schemes by promising to cancel outright American foreign aid.

And the Biden administration’s Justice Department is now targeting Trump, currently the frontrunning challenger to Biden in 2024.

Election denialism?

Trump was indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith, in part for supposedly conspiratorially “unlawfully discounting legitimate votes.”

Will Smith then also indict Stacey Abrams? For years Abrams falsely claimed that she was the real governor of Georgia. She toured the country in hopes of “discounting” the state vote count.

Or maybe Smith was referring to the conspiracist and former president Jimmy Carter.

He alleged that Trump in 2016 “lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

Will Smith charge Hillary Clinton?

She serially libeled Trump as an “illegitimate” president.

Clinton hatched the Russian collusion hoax, and bragged she joined the “Resistance” to continue her attacks on an elected president.

Or maybe Smith meant the Hollywood crowd.

COMMENT:  Read the whole thing.  A very compelling argument from an old conservative warrior of the first rank.  We depend on Victor Davis Hanson and his colleagues because the American press has become such a predictable farce.

August 4, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

AUGUST 1-2,  2023

THE TRUMP THING:  Look, I'm not an expert on the law.  But I think I know a little bit of history.  What is happening now with Donald Trump is unprecedented in the nation's past.  Never before has the United States Government gone after a former president in the courts.  Never before has there been such a crusade to destroy him.  That doesn't make him wonderful, or a hero, or a martyr.  Trump can be grand, but he can be a man who flunked out of finishing school as well.  However, since the founding of this republic we have had a tradition, at times uneasy, of leaving former presidents alone, lest we become like a third-world country, where putting former leaders in jail is a sport. 

We say goodbye to a president, and we expect him to say goodbye to us.  George W. Bush played the part perfectly.  In the eight years of his successor, Barack Obama, we never heard a word from Mr. Bush. 

Trump is different.  He wants to run for president again.  In the American tradition, he should be given the chance.  Make your case, Mr. Trump.  Make your case.  But some wish to prevent him from running by destroying him.  It seems to me that the American people should have the final say on his future.  We will decide.  That is democracy.

Alan Dershowitz, retired Harvard law professor, and a man who has informally defended Trump, gives his view of the latest charges against the former president.  From Daily Mail: 

I can imagine the sound of champagne bottles popping from Martha's Vineyard to Washington D.C., as President Donald Trump's haters celebrate this third, historic federal indictment.

If only they were able to drop their partisan blinders and see the grave damage this legal lunacy is doing to our country!

On Tuesday, U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith revealed felony charges against the former president for allegedly subverting the will of the American people and attempting to overturn the results of an election.

Yes, Trump's behavior following his 2020 loss was wrong. But was it criminal?
Not on the basis of what I've seen thus far.

Have no doubt, corrupting the U.S. justice system to punish a former president and current candidate nudges the country ever closer to tribalism, chaos and collapse.

If the attorney general appointed by the incumbent president authorizes the prosecution of the president's chief election rival, the evidence of a serious crime should be overwhelming.
His guilt should be clear beyond doubt, so as to avoid any reasonable suspicion that the prosecution was motivated, even in part, by partisan consideration.

The paradigmatic 'gun' must indeed be 'smoking'.

I call this the 'Nixon standard,' under which the guilt is so evident that even the defendant's political allies — and certainly less sectarian independents—are satisfied that it is fair.

That admittedly daunting but entirely appropriate standard has not been met by any of the three indictments currently pending against Trump, who stands tied in recent polls against President Joe Biden.

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  Whether you love Trump, or despise him, it is a compelling argument that should be approached with reason. 

August 2, 2023       Permalink


 

A NEW ALARM:  This is the kind of important story that slips in under the radar and is ignored by the all-Trump-all-the-time press.  But we think it's important for you to read it before it comes back and bites us.  From the Jerusalem Post: 

Iran is seeking to take over key parts of the Syrian defense industry, a new report by the Alma Research and Education Center, said on Wednesday.

Alma is focused on security threats to northern Israel and regularly reports on Iran, Hezbollah, and other threats in Syria and Lebanon.

“Syria is still producing and storing chemical substances at CERS with the feasibility of future military use, breaching International agreements,” the report said. CERS is also known as the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).

The investment in chemical weapons by Syria has been a serious threat for decades. Syria was supposed to dismantle its chemical weapons during the Syrian Civil War. However, the SSRC has continued work on various projects. Iran also plays a role in these sites. Alma raises concerns that in any next confrontation with Israel “would this type of weapon be used against IDF and Israeli civilians?”

The research also notes that any work with chemicals can lead to disasters like the explosion at the Beirut port caused by ammonium nitrate.  

The SSRC which is known in French as the Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques (CERS), was established in 1971. It has a number of sites in Syria with some 20,000 employees.

“Iran's major focus is to develop and manufacture precision missiles and rockets, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on Syrian soil, using the CERS Center's institutes in general,” the Alma report says. 

By working in Syria, Iran is able to shortcut the logistics needed to move weapons to Syria and Lebanon via a long distance, such as through Iraq to Albukamal on the Iraq-Syria border. The US has sanctioned hundreds of people linked to CERS. In 2018, US airstrikes targeted CERS and the US said that the strikes had set back the Syrian chemical weapons program for many years. Five years later it appears Iran’s tentacles are growing back and so are these dangerous sites. 

COMMENT:  This is not only a threat to Israel, it is a grim threat to American forces in the region. A chemical attack against American troops, pilots or ships could trigger a major war and produce mass casualties.  Russia is heavily involved in the region, thanks to the generosity of Field Marshal Barack Obama, and it would not shock me if the Russians had some access to these weapons.

I wonder if any of these chemical devices were part of the weapons of mass destruction that we couldn't find in Iraq.  Just askin', but before the Iraq War it was reliably reported that Iraq was moving part of its WMD to Syria.

This story should be taken seriously, especially at a time when tensions in the Mideast are high.  Or maybe we can just sit around and wait for a surprise.

August 2, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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