Tag: facts

Quote of the Day: Facts are Stubborn Things


“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” — John Adams

Although John Adams understood a great deal about the weaknesses of human nature, I don’t think he could possibly have anticipated the manipulation and distortion of facts and evidence that we’ve seen in our time. Information presented as “facts” can no longer be expected to be true: we have too many people (like Adam Schiff) who think they can simply make up facts to fit their agenda. We have the Leftist media, which invents evidence that has nothing to do with the truth. And we have those people who lead several movements, such as climate change, ESG, and the World Economic Forum, and make arguments out of whole cloth, believing they are in the process of saving the planet. Most recently, we have President Joe Biden, who lied his way through the State of the Union speech.

Anecdotes Are Not Facts: Tell That to the Left


Recently I had a conversation with a friend with whom I rarely have political conversations. They generally don’t end well. In this situation, I was able to make my point without ripping out my hair, but I’m sure my friend found our discussion deeply unsatisfying. I found, however, that I became much clearer about the mindset of the Left, to which she belongs, and although it was discouraging, it was revealing. What was that clarity?

The Left believes that anecdotes, particularly their personal experiences, can be generalized to life. And I don’t think there’s a way to talk them out of that belief, because it is central to their worldview.

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Quote of the Day: Facts


“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” – Ben Shapiro

I have used this once before, but if ever there was a quote that summed up this week this is it. We have seen it in the lefty reactions to the Rittenhouse verdict. It is a giant cry of “Don’t confuse me with facts. My feelings tell me he is guilty.”

The Media Repeats Lies: One Person Died Because of the Capitol Riots


I am slow to anger. It is one of the things that coworkers have told me that they particularly like about me as a nurse. They can throw me into scenarios with their most intolerant, rude, abusive patients and they know that I will not let it get to me. More often than not, I can talk other people down or at least smooth things over in such a way that things return to a low simmer rather than boiling over.

However, there are some things that make me nearly irrationally angry. I say nearly because there is no way that this anger is irrational.

Our media lies regularly about the Capitol Riot.

Thursday: The Melania and Donald Show [updated with transcript]


justice and COVID-19Thursday was different as First Lady Melania Trump was prominently featured separately from President Trump, who closed the day out with what is becoming a daily presidential press briefing. Thursday offered a rare view of First Lady Melania Trump leading a meeting, a meeting linking her Be Best initiative and the latest pandemic.

The Indian Health Service System (IHS) has long been criticized, like other government health services, and unlike the British reverential attitude towards the National Health Service. President Trump maintained his newfound discipline in another tight half-hour briefing, this time with a series of maps detailing the current Chinese virus outbreaks. On the same day, the White House quietly announced a key rollback of an Obama socialist policy, aimed at destroying the suburbs, subjugating them to central planners and Democrat party bosses.

So, in two days, President Trump addressed protecting Americans who live in suburbs, or who aspire to have their own home, from leftist federal bureaucrats and the Democrat Party, and also addressed making urban areas back into safe communities with focussed law enforcement disrupting gangs’ reign of terror, and so disrupting the corrupt alliance of convenience between Democrat politicians and crime bosses. He did this while sustaining a disciplined daily update direct to the American people on the Chinese virus. His update made real news on the Republican convention and his emphasis on children was reinforced by a talking points paper:

Say It Again and Again: “All Black Lives Matter”


We are both rational and emotional beings, made in the image of a Creator who reveals both perfect knowledge and perfect feeling. We cannot engage each other in our marred imago Dei with “facts don’t care about your feelings,” because feelings are part of the facts of our nature. So it is that reeling off statistics is no real answer to “black lives matter.” We must answer the left’s deception with feelings that are made even stronger in a majority, or at least effective plurality, because the feelings we invoke are reinforced by facts agreed upon now by enough people.

Michael Knowles pointed out the need for an alternate emotional narrative on his podcast this week. He pointed out that no one disagrees with the innocuous claim that “black lives matter.” As an answer to the radical left’s manipulation of this phrase and associated feelings, he tossed out “support black lives” as a conversation starter.

Yes, we do need an effective counter-narrative, organized around a simple catchphrase. What is that phrase? “All lives matter” is not the answer, as it confronts and minimizes the feelings around “black lives matter.” Yes, we are all made in the image of our Creator, and bear his image imperfectly. Yes, believers are commanded not to be partial, not to treat each other differently based on ancestry or other non-moral characteristics. And, we cannot get to “all lives matter” when there is an effective narrative that we do not really believe this because America does not treat black lives as having equal worth with white lives. Stomping our feet, huffing, rolling our eyes at this is a loser strategy.

Prospective Fact Check on Monsey Machete Attack


There has already been plenty of finger pointing over the attempted massacre of a group of Orthodox Jewish men in Monsey, New York. The FBI is now on the case. Whatever explanations are offered up, by whatever source, check them against the map and what we have been told about the location of the attack and the attacker’s life.

Quote of the Day: Facts and Feelings


“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” – Ben Shapiro

The reaction to the release of the Muller Report reminded me of this quote. There seem to be a large number of people whose feelings conflict with the facts presented. As a result, many have rejected the facts in favor of their feelings.

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“When facts become secondary to emotion, truth dies. And a society that doesn’t value truth cannot survive.” – Ben Shapiro It does not seem to matter what the crisis de jour, political flashpoint, or cultural conflict is — immigration, education, terrorism, gun rights, vote fraud, whatever. It always seems to center on appeal to emotions, […]

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Medicare for All Would be a Disaster for All


The Democrats running for president are at it again: they are submitting a completely unrealistic proposal for single-payer health insurance and they aren’t sharing the facts. We must get the word out to everyone that we have to stop this proposal that will take us in a catastrophic direction.

The media, of course, will tell everyone that the public loves the idea of single-payer insurance aka, Medicare for All. Although those running for President have several different plans, none of them would be good for this country. But according to one poll, the public supports the idea :

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will run for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, and even though he’s not as conservative as we might want him to be, by all accounts Cramer gives the GOP its best chance to defeat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.  Jim also details his frustration with the constant demand for a national conversation on gun laws when so many gun control activists have little grasp of the facts and little idea what the existing laws are.  And they react to Ronan Farrow’s column detailing Donald Trump’s efforts to carry on a months-long affair and keep it a secret, all while he was married to Melania and just months after their son was born.

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We on the Right often get bogged down in “facts” – thinking that, somehow, it should sway “Black Lives Matter!” rioters that thousands of black men are unlawfully killed by other blacks for every black man killed unlawfully by a police officer. But it does not. They don’t care.  Preview Open

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