What is the Tunnel Wall?

.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about corrosive liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Mythologies of ‘Joe Being Joe’ Biden

"Biden is hardly the sober and judicious alternative to a supposedly reckless Donald Trump."

Stilton's Place  "Recreating Obama's infamous "Apology Tour," Joe Biden traveled to Munich to disparage our nation as an "embarrassment" for our treatment of (ahem) "refugees." Apparently Old Joe hasn't really been paying attention to what's been happening to Germany now that they're drowning in hostile refugees." . . .
Victor Davis Hanson   "Some polls put 76-year-old Joe Biden as the Democratic front-runner for the 2020 presidential election. There is certainly some logic to that reckoning.

"Biden has far more experience than any of his likely party rivals — 36 years in the
Senate, eight years as Barack Obama's vice president and two past presidential runs.
"He may be the only Democratic candidate who could likely win back some of the “deplorables,” “irredeemables” and “clingers” of the critical Midwestern swing states.
"But all of that said, the folksy Biden is hardly the sober and judicious alternative to a supposedly reckless Donald Trump.

"In many ways, Biden has been far wilder in his speech and decorum — despite nearly a half-century in politics.
"Could a Biden campaign withstand #MeToo-era scrutiny? Biden was widely criticized for his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas during Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991. In 2015, New York magazine ran a photo essay showing nine instances when Biden, in creepy fashion, leaned in closely and whispered in women's ears, with several of those women appearing visibly uncomfortable with such interaction.
"Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that grilled Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in such a crude fashion as to turn the failed nominee's name into a verb. “Borked” is now synonymous with the sort of character assassination that Biden led. His later aimless and incoherent questioning of Thomas during his confirmation hearing managed to enrage both critics and supporters." . . .

Will the left ever forgive Americans for building this nation?

Don Surber's Meme of the day 

Lara Logan is Right about Media Bias, but She Overlooks a Greater Threat

As far as Lara Logan’s future goes, she has probably not committed “professional suicide.” She is an experienced, talented, and tough journalist with a compelling biography.If she is worried about finding work, then she can ask her former CBS colleague Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson resigned in 2014 charging CBS with bias. Since then she has done very well writing for Conservative media.

Intellectual Takeout  . . . "Historically, legacy American media like CBS has argued that its reporting is objective.  Thus, while journalists might be overwhelmingly liberal in their personal opinions, they can still suppress that bias in their news stories. Lara Logan says that this is no longer the case:
Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense – or at least the effort – to be objective, today. We’ve become political activists, some could argue propagandists.
"Logan concedes that news outlets like Breitbart and Fox offer a different viewpoint, but they are heavily outnumbered:

There’s one Fox, and there’s many, many, many more organizations on the left. … The problem is the weight of all these organizations on one side of the political spectrum. When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store If [sic] they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it. Unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying.

"The charge of Left-wing media bias is anything but new. Richard Nixon made a career out of attacking it. Logan’s long tenure at CBS, however, makes her remarks both timely and credible. She confirms what most ordinary Americans have suspected: since the election of Donald Trump, the mainstream media have dropped the mask of objectivity."  . . .

Logan did not receive much deference from CBS News after suffering horribly on their behalf.   . . . "We are only a few months removed from such hero treatment being lavished on women who suddenly came forward with implausible and unproven allegations of decades-old misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Those women were universally described as “survivors,” but Lara Logan never is. Criticism of those women – even polite questions about the inconsistencies in their claims – was denounced as “attacking” them, but Lara Logan enjoys no such courtesy. The left long ago decided Logan is a “right-wing shill,” and that political identity trumps everything else about her.

The pro-choice license to kill

Tony Branco
Anthony J. DeBlasi  "What we all knew all the time has been publicly acknowledged by its former deniers — namely, that what is in a pregnant woman's womb is a child.  That child's right to live — given him by the One who made his birth possible — may nevertheless be "lawfully" denied by his mother if she doesn't want him and allows him to be killed for reasons of her own.  Such "legal" killing, deceptively labeled "pro-choice," ruthlessly denies the natural right of the baby to live.

"It shatters comprehension that a mind and heart can separate to form such a deadly ambivalence as either to kill an innocent human life in or out of the womb or, alternatively, to bear the child and see to his welfare.  Such detachment from human sensibility and instinct regarding human life — an infant's life, no less! — hovers between pathological and criminal.  The sense and the function of being a mother, especially when pregnancy is not from rape, is surely absent from a woman with such a disordered mind.  We may justifiably suspect that her heart has been hardened and her mind warped by radical feminist ranting.
. . .
Bottom line: However labeled, however filtered through the mind, infanticide is not any less barbaric than killing by murderers, terrorists, and heartless rulers.Words like "choice," "privacy," "reproductive rights," and other hogwash dodges scream against the reality that "abortion on demand" kills babies — regardless of their age.

"If Liberals and Democrats don't recognize gender, then why do they march for women's rights?"*

Democrats' 'Sit-In' Is a Stain on Their White Coats  "The success of the State of the Union address is usually measured in standing ovations, but President Trump’s 2019 speech is best measured by how often Democrats stayed planted in their seats.
"The president challenged Americans to “choose greatness,” but the dour Democrats continued to choose resistance, forgetting that cameras documented every instance when they felt it inappropriate to celebrate the successes not just of this president but of the American people he serves. The effect was perhaps exaggerated by the decision of the Democratic women of Congress to dress in white in honor of the women’s suffrage movement, which succeeded in winning women the vote 100 years ago. They were certainly the most visible faction in the audience, and drew the attention they no doubt wanted, but may live to regret." . . .

"But since the white coats supposedly spoke for the average American, surely they must have applauded when the president told the success story of the American economy. No. You would be wrong to think so. As the president recounted the historic lows in unemployment for blacks, Latinos and Asian-Americans, the Democrats could not be bothered to stand or even applaud politely. There they sat. When the president announced that “[u]nemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low,” the camera panned across the white-coated exemplars of compassion and empathy to find them scratching their noses or pulling their ear lobes, looking for all the world like they could not care less." . . .

Remember when designated hoax villains were "black men"? Now they are Trump supporters

Seweid, of New Hyde Park, L.I., said hate-filled white men harassed her and tried to snatch the hijab off her head during an encounter on the No. 6 train on Dec. 1. 
Seweid previously admitted she wasted police resources to cover up for her missed curfew.
"She must go through six months of counseling and complete three days of community service.

Democrats may seem comical now, but if they win it's good night sweetheart

The Democratic Party’s War on Context: Revisionism or rectitude? 
Obama and Kerry apologized for America; Democrats apologize for themselves.
"The 2020 Democratic presidential primary field is filling up with formidable candidates, but the campaign has been anything but joyful. For a number of candidates, the price of admission into the race is a chastened apology for once adhering to ideas that are anathema to Democratic voters." . . .

Rich Terrell

Where Are Feminist Democrats on Afghan Women? "On Friday, the New York Times published a story about a remarkable Afghan woman whose life’s work is addiction-treatment and women’s rights in Afghanistan. And she’s dead set against the Afghan government making peace with the Taliban. Nor is she alone. Many Afghan women are petrified about what comes after such a peace deal and its concomitant withdrawal of American troops. But Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten “the future is female” Gillibrand don’t seem so concerned." . . .

Karl Was Not as Amusing as Groucho  . . . "Sanders differs from the great Marxist Groucho, whose revolutionary program was, “These are my principles and if you don’t like them, well, I have others.” Sanders’ call for revolution is consistent, but it comes at a time when the memory of another Marxist, Karl Marx, the 19th-century founder of revolutionary action to end capitalism, and founder of the communist movement, is less esteemed." . . ."It is unlikely a Marx victory would be the outcome of a present poll, as the desecration of his grave in London in February 2019 suggested." . . . 
. . . "Had Ocasio-Cortez done so much as a Google search before making this argument, she likely would’ve landed on a History.com article explaining the purpose of the Berlin Wall:  . . ."
“Dear @AOC: Let me serve as your private professor here. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep people inside the socialist/communist utopia and stop them from fleeing to the decadent capitalist west. So as the New Millennial Lenin, you might want to refrain from using this example,” Gad Saad, an evolutionary behavioral scientist at the John Molson School of Business, tweeted, reports FoxNews.com.

CNN hires a prominent conservative to help direct its political coverage

WaPo  "CNN, long vilified by President Trump as “fake news,” has plucked an operative from within Trump’s own party to be one of its political editors.

"Sarah Isgur, a longtime Republican spokeswoman, will join the network to help direct its political coverage, including the Democratic primaries and Trump’s reelection campaign, the network confirmed Tuesday.

"The hiring, first reported by Politico, is unusual for a number of reasons. Isgur hasn’t worked in journalism and has no experience managing a TV news operation. She has spent the bulk of her career as a Republican advocate, working on behalf of candidates including Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina, as well as the Republican National Committee.

"Most recently, she was the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump forced out in November.

"In her role as a Republican advocate, Isgur has disparaged CNN before, once calling it “the Clinton News Network,” a reference to its alleged bias in favor of Bill and Hillary Clinton. She also has a history of tweeting comments critical of reporters and in support of conservative causes and positions." . . .

On January 29, Two Hate Crimes Occurred. The Media Only Covered The Fake One. Here's Why.

Ben Shapiro

"On January 29, 2019, Chicago Police opened a hate crime investigation into the alleged assault of Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett, who is black and gay, alleged that two men approached him at 2 a.m. in Chicago, where they shouted “f*****” and “n*****,” tried to wrap a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him. He also told TMZ that the men shouted, “This is MAGA country.”
. . .
The media ran with the story. Good Morning America hosted Smollett, where he maligned anyone who asked questions as a racist and a homophobe. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin stated, “This is America in 2019.” Celebrities parroted their support for Smollett, with many blaming President Trump and Vice President Pence for the attack.
"The story was a hoax.
"That same night, a Jewish man in New York was beaten by three thugs. Nothing was stolen. The attack was caught on video.

 — Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) January 30, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hate-Crime Hoaxes Reflect America’s Sickness

Had Smollett been a woman, would we still be required to believe him no matter what?

National Review

There’s an obvious answer to the question, “Why would Jussie Smollett do something like that?”

"On January 29, tabloid news site TMZ broke the shocking story that Jussie Smollett, a gay black entertainer and progressive activist, had been viciously attacked in Chicago. Two racist white men had fractured his rib, poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck. As they were leaving, they shouted the ominous words: “This is MAGA country” — a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan. MSNBC reported the rumor that they were even wearing MAGA hats.
"Leaks from the Chicago police over the weekend, however, indicate that Smollett likely paid two Nigerian-American brothers he knew to orchestrate the attack. Smollett denied any wrongdoing through a statement released to the media by his lawyers.
"That the original story broke days just after the Covington narrative fell apart last month didn’t stop it from spreading quicker than a wildfire. Within hours of TMZ’s report, some of America’s most influential politicians and celebrities amplified the story — and the belief that America is a dangerous place for minorities — to millions across the world.
"2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker described the attack as “an attempted modern-day lynching.” He used the incident to press for more hate-crime legislation. California senator Kamala Harris, who is leading the polls for the 2020 race, repeated Booker’s words. Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the attack as “an affront to our humanity.” Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez castigated media for describing the incident as a “possible” hate crime. Her colleague Rashida Tlaib wrote that “the right wing is killing and hurting our people.” . . .

Reports: Smollett rehearsed the attack which was staged because hate letter didn’t get enough attention "Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Abel and Ola Osundairo told cops they got in a car with Jussie and scouted a location, settling on the one right outside the actor’s apartment. The brothers said Jussie chose the spot because he believed a camera would have captured the action.
"Our sources say the brothers told police Jussie said he wanted to make it a “physical thing,” but not to the point he’d be seriously injured."

Two Inconvenient Hate Crimes the Hoax-Addicted Media Refused to Cover  .  . . "Everything the media claim to be motivated by was right there for the taking, and still the story was buried, not covered at all, or rationalized as “not evil” by a CNN that quickly moved on.
"Did you know that on the very same night, January 29, Jussie Smollett faked a hate crime against himself there was an actual hate crime caught on video in Brooklyn, New York?
Watch the video for yourself
Early in January, a Jewish man was attacked by a group of ‘teenage black males’ in the Crown Heights area of New York.The young man, 19, was “violently assaulted,” as Collive reported, the attack is currently under investigation by the New York Police Department in conjunction with the Hate Crimes Task Force.
. . .  "A serious, brewing problem in a major American city; legitimate, racially-motivated hate crimes that have gotten zero attention from the national media…
"But those are inconvenient hate crimes, inconvenient to the media’s narrative that only Trump supporters are racist and violent; inconvenient to a media that is so broken, so evil, such a true enemy of the people, that rather than report the truth, they would prefer to fabricate and advance hoaxes." . . .

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How to know if the news is fake

"These days, if you want to know whether the new is fake, simply check the source. If it's a leftist source, it's almost certainly a lie."
Michael James

"Either Jussie Smollett faked his beating or the two guys he paid $3,500 upfront with 5 C-notes to come later decided to attack him for his generosity.
"On January 29, Cory Booker tweeted, "The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching." "Kamala Harris tweeted, "This was an attempted modern day lynching."

"You would think they could at least agree upon whether it was a modern day or modern-day lynching.

"These two scare me as potential presidents because if the Russians launch a space probe, Booker or Harris may rush to the conclusion that the probe is a nuclear weapon and bomb the modern-day world to kingdom come or kingdom-come.
"And they say Trump worries them?
"Nathan Phillips claimed that the Covington Catholic School boys surrounded him threateningly.  He also claimed to be a Vietnam vet. 
" 'You know, I'm from Vietnam times.  I'm what they call a recon ranger," he said.  "That was my role."  Phillips actually served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1972 to 1976 as a refrigerator technician.  This makes him a stone-cold liar.
"The Washington Post backed up his story until it didn't.  Democracy aches in fakes and dies in lies.
"Elizabeth Warren tweeted, "Omaha elder and Vietnam War veteran Nathan Phillips endured hateful taunts with dignity and strength, then urged us all to do better[.]"
"Does Warren contend that we should all lie with dignity and strength like Phillips and herself?
"For two years, Andrew McCabe lied multiple times to federal investigators." . . .