No, I do not like Donald Rump, but The Daily Beasts’ attack on him is nothing but a cheap smear

I could go on and on here but, Mr. McCain really sums up my take

Let’s begin by saying I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, personally or politically. The first time he spoke at CPAC, Trump made a lot of protectionist noise in regard to China that struck me as both ignorant and irresponsible. Protective tariffs are just bad economics, as every intelligent person has understood since Adam Smith made the case against mercantilism in The Wealth of Nations. Tariffs are taxes, and the purpose of taxation is to produce revenue for the government. A protective tariff, by contrast, is not intended to produce revenue, rather it is intended to reduce foreign trade, which tends to benefit manufacturing interests at the expense of consumers and agricultural interests. Protective tariffs are usually accompanied by a system of domestic subsidies and regulations that beget crony capitalism. Whatever our economic problems, protectionism is not the solution, and so Trump’s China-bashing anti-free-trade rhetoric was distasteful.

So I’ve never been a fan of Trump-as-politician, but what the Daily Beast has done is as distasteful as a protective tariff: Resurrected a two-decade-old claim by Trump’s ex-wife Ivana that he “raped” her in 1989. This claim was made in their divorce and published in a 1993 book.

Go read it all. My issues with Trump have been made very clear, but this hit piece by The Daily Beast is beneath contempt!

In todays’ edition of Isn’t That Special, John Kerry and his bestest buddy, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Read it and the Iran sell out makes more sense H/T Moonbattery

There aren’t many times you can say that Hanoi John Kerry is just the right man for the job. Carrying out Obama’s mission of arming our worst enemy with nuclear weapons is an exception.

Kerry’s Iranian counterpart is Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif…

Secretary Kerry and Zarif first met over a decade ago at a dinner party hosted by George Soros at his Manhattan penthouse. What a surprise. …

But it gets even worse. Guess who was the best man at the 2009 wedding between Kerry’s daughter Vanessa and Behrouz Vala Nahed? Javad Zarif’s son.

Mike McDaniel: Sometimes the Left explains itself

Brilliant piece here!

Upon occasion, I come across a statement from a progressive that so perfectly illuminates their muddled, nearly incomprehensible thinking as to be nearly breathtaking. Have they no idea they’ve descended directly into self-parody? I think. Of course, they have no idea; this really is the way they think, and what passes for reason and intellectual discourse in progressive circles. I speak primarily of academia and politics.

The man spouting the assertion that inspired this brief article is one Ta-Nehesi Coates, who is an editor for The Atlantic. As well as being an obviously heart-felt progressive, he is also black, which is clearly detrimental to intellect in the exposition of Mr. Coates’ worldview. I don’t suggest that black people are inferior intellects, merely that some black people allow an idea of “authentic” blackness to determine what they think and believe, and usually to their detriment and the detriment of society. The same is true of those that judge the world through the lens of whiteness or la Raza. Coates, of course, is also billed as an “educator.”

He has recently published a book titled “Between The World And Me,” whichScott Johnson critiques at Powerline.  By all means, take the link and read the whole thing (Johnson also has several follow-up articles). For now, however, consider this excerpt:

Coates infrequently makes his points directly or attempts to formulate an argument. I take it, for example, that he did not get good grades as a student at Howard University. This is how he puts it: ‘I wanted to know things, but I could not match the means of knowing that came naturally to me with the expectations of my professors.’ No further explanation is offered.

“I could not match the means of knowing that came naturally to me with the expectations of my professors.” Perfect.

This is among the clearest–unintentional–explanations of the progressive mindset I’ve ever seen. But to understand it, we must first learn–don’t worry, unless you’re like Coates, you can learn–that “means of knowing” has a long and dishonorable history in academia.

Underlying every “studies” department in the modern university is the foundational concept of “alternate means (or ways) of knowing.” It’s quite simple, really. Want to build an academic discipline, get tenure and the prestige of a full professorship, but there is absolutely no proof for your theories of race, culture, gender, intelligence, language, history, etc.? Merely claim that conventional, stodgy thinkers are unable and unwilling to understand your brilliant new ways of knowing! Of course they can’t replicate your results (usually there aren’t any)! Their ancient science, invented by dead, patriarchal white men, cannot embrace superior, racial, sexual–fill in your preference here–means of knowing, so they can’t possibly understand the inestimable value of black studies, queer studies, queer black lesbian gay transgender studies, and every other way of knowing not accessible to traditional, pedestrian thinking and logic.

After all, who is to say whose means of knowing is correct? Who is to say whose way of knowing truth is better than that of anyone else?

Please go read the whole thing, it is masterful

*VIDEO* Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On The IRS Targeting Of Conservative Groups (07/29/15)

Subcommittee On Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights And Federal Courts
Chairman: Ted Cruz
Witnesses: John Koskinen, Cleta Mitchell, Stephen Spaulding, Edward D. Greim, Lawrence Noble, Toby Marie Walker, Diana Aviv, Jenny Beth Martin, Gregory L. Colvin, Jay Sekulow


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………………— Note: hearing begins at about the 18:45 mark —

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