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OCEANIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Obama Expands War With Al Qaeda to Include Shabab in Somalia.

I’m old enough to remember when Democrats thought it was illegal to bomb countries without going first to Congress.

OCEANIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Watch Donald Trump Force Liberals To Contradict Themselves On Everything.

To be fair, leftists have never had a problem cutting their consciences to fit this year’s fashions.

(Via Betsy Newmark.)

HMMM: America, You Have No Right to Judge Donald Trump:

I find this reaction to Trump’s private conversation rather ironic. It’s ironic coming from a secular culture that long ago declared objective morality dead. It’s ironic coming from politicos and media bottom-feeders who defended the abusive and disgusting behavior of Bill Clinton, not when he was a private citizen but when he was a sitting president.

It’s ironic coming from a Republican political elite that has told its religious base that social and moral issues don’t matter in politics. “It’s all about the economy, stupid. Leave your morals in the church but don’t voice them in the public square.”

The creep of moral relativism in America has been steady for many decades, increasing in speed to the point that the “slouching toward Gomorrah” has become a sprint. The notion that there is objective truth or absolute morality has been universally panned to the point that everything is tolerated except standards of right and wrong. “Everyone decides for himself what is right, especially when it comes to sex” is the mantra of today’s culture.

For years, Christians in particular have been attacked and silenced as they’ve tried to challenge the immorality that is pervasive in today’s society. When they tell people casual sex is wrong, they get the inevitable, “You have no right to tell me what I can or can’t do.” If they oppose sexual immorality in any form, including adultery, they’re maligned as sanctimonious puritans by lovers of libertinism.

How ironic, then, that a culture which rejects moral standards has suddenly become so pure and pristine, sitting in judgment of someone they deem too immoral to become president because of something he said in private. As a logical person, I have to ask these paragons of newly found virtue where this standard by which they’ve judged Trump is found.

As Andrew Ferguson wrote last week, neatly predicting the DNC-MSM’s fireworks this weekend, “puritanical is precisely the tone of the Trump haters on the left:”

(We Trump haters on the right are another story.) But why? Consider Trump himself. Here’s a man who’s famous for his wide-ranging sex life, his disdain for conventional marriage, his eager embrace of divorce, his public use of profanity, his non-judgmental attitude toward unconventional sexual minorities—a man whose way of life seems unrestrained by religious impulses of any kind—a man who, in short, is a walking summation of our present-day cultural principles. Yet on each of these scores, from his many marriages to his cursing in public, he is vilified by journalists, politicos, TV starlets, right thinkers of every kind. After years of egging on potty-mouthed rappers and scolding religious believers, our cultural guardians suddenly sound like the General Conference of Methodist Bishops circa 1922.

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: NBC caught editing segment about Bill Clinton rape accuser.

The segment originally aired in May and was reported by Andrea Mitchell. The edit was noticed Tuesday by the conservative Washington Free Beacon website.

During the segment, Mitchell referred to Republican nominee Donald Trump bringing up old allegations against the former president by Juanita Broaddrick, who for decades has insisted she was raped by Clinton.

“During an interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, bringing up a discredited and long-denied accusation against former president Bill Clinton dating back to 1978 when he was Arkansas attorney general,” Mitchell said in the original segment.

The edited portion removes the words “a discredited and long-denied.”

I’ve given up trying to keep track of NBC’s ever-changing pravda.

YALE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Yale goes full Orwell, establishes “Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming.”

It’s a bit like Monty Python’s Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things, only far more insidious.

OCEANIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EL NIÑO:

“El Nino could make 2015 ‘the hottest year on record’… and 2016 will be even hotter.”

—Headline, London Independent, September 14, 2015.

“UK winter weather: El Nino could plunge country into long, snowy winter.”

—Headline, London Independent, September 14, 2015.

“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

—Headline, London Independent, March 20, 2000.

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EURASIA: AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders revise history in Dem debate.

HOW RED WAS MY HOLLYWOOD: Timothy Stanley reviews Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters—Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler, by Allan H. Ryskind:

Ryskind succeeds in three regards. First, he conclusively proves that each of the Ten was guilty of having been a Communist at some stage and that the degree of Communist subversion of Hollywood was substantial. The lying was extraordinary. In the case of the writer Lillian Hellman, it lasted a lifetime: obfuscating the details of her support for Communism until her death and, along the way, gaining plaudits for her supposedly noble resistance to false charges. Entertainment professionals joined cells so secret that each could operate quite separately from the others. These men and women put into their movies Marxist messages ranging from the subtle to the overt. MGM’s 1944 film “Song of Russia” stars Robert Taylor as an American conductor who visits the USSR in 1941. His love affair with a beautiful pianist in a surprisingly prosperous socialist republic is ruined by Operation Barbarossa. Ayn Rand, testifying before HUAC, described the Nazi invasion as depicted in “Song of Russia.” Border guards are shown listening peacefully to a Tchaikovsky concert:

Suddenly there is a Nazi attack on them. The poor, sweet Russians are unprepared. Now realize—and that was a great shock to me—that the border that was being shown was the border of [Soviet-occupied] Poland. That was the border of an occupied, destroyed, enslaved county which Hitler and Stalin destroyed together. That was the border being shown to us—just a happy place with people listening to music.

Ryskind’s second success is to remind us of the moral ghastliness of the Nazi-Soviet pact. One of the frequent excuses made for Communist sympathy in the 1930s is that it was a form of opposition to fascism. Yet between 1939 and 1941, Stalin carved up Eastern Europe with Hitler, allowing the German dictator to wage war uninterrupted in the West. Ryskind shows how faithful Soviet agents fell in line, switching overnight from advocating an anti-fascist front to urging America to stay out of the war. It is upsetting to see included on the list of guilty people the names of some the century’s greatest writers: “Lillian Hellman, Donald Ogden Stewart, Langston Hughes, Dashiell Hammett, and Erskine Caldwell backed [the antiwar effort], which savaged the parties resisting Hitler and the nations overwhelmed by his armies as ‘imperialist’. Caldwell, author of Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre, sent greetings from Moscow.”

And all largely airbrushed out of history, or remembered if at all, as the inspiration for Orwell’s “Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia/Eurasia” pitch black running joke throughout 1984. But then, as Daniel Hannan wrote last year in the London Telegraph, “The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact.”

(Via Orrin Judd.)

OCEANIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Soviet Union or no, when it comes to Russians and airbrushes, you can pry them from their cold dead, history revising hands: Poles furious after Russia blames them for starting WWII.

Related: “The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact,” Daniel Hannan wrote in the London Telegraph last year.

INDIANA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Governor proposes his own media coverage. Though to be fair, “professional” journalism is so in-the-tank for its favored party that there’s not much difference.

DUDE, WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Wolf Blitzer Slapped For Stepping Off The ObamaCare Narrative Plantation.

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

We have always been at war with EastAsia Obama’s Grandmother.

Bob Dylan, Skip Gates, and the state of policing in America.

Some people never come clean. I think you know what I mean.

In jail for blogging about the police.

Sneering at Town Hall attire.

Despite the scare-mongering, Town Halls not producing more threats.

War? What War? We have never been at war in Central Asia!

Obama’s grassroots effort fizzles again.

They went in without a plan, and now it’s a quagmire. Insurgents are popping up everywhere, even in locations previously thought safe.

“I’m not a white supremacist, but I play one on Facebook.

TOM MAGUIRE: Obama’s Talking About His Grandmother Again; People Who Listened Last Time Are Now “Dishonest”. We have always been at war with EastAsia Obama’s grandmother.

BRAD DELONG WRITES:

Surely those who trusted Mr. Fisk, and who relied on his reporting to support their dismissal of the reports from CentCom in Qatar and of the embedded reporters with the 3rd Infantry Division deserve better than this. I mean, “Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia” is a catchy slogan, but is unsatisfactory as a matter of analysis. Surely Mr. Fisk’s loyal readers deserve an explanation of why it is that the world we live in is much closer to the world as reported by CentCom than the world as reported yesterday and before by Mr. Fisk…

Heh.