• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

The Jewish Problem

Civilized people, of whom there seems to be a shortage these days whereever lefties and other tyrants and fascists meet to rant and bully against conservatives, people of JudeoChristian faith and those of us who believe in justice and the right of Israel to exist, must stand stronger together now than ever to help our brothers and sisters abroad defending there own lives, and Tel Aviv’s existence as well.

With an Islamist fellow-traveler in the Oval Office, a wake-up call becomes particularly vital.

It has become the habit of modern Christian followers to withdraw into the catacombs of private life and education away from today’s Obamalings, both the freeks and the innocent, who are determined to change ‘fundamentally’ America to sway with a world impoverished of soul and liberty, Obamalings who have managed to create and manipulate today’s many crises challenging traditional American liberties, beliefs, truths, knowledge, successes and failures. Our universities, news and entertainment industries, and crony capitalists have become modern other-worldly, empty of mind, learnings, and Godliness, who have created this atheist Marxist statism must be challenged directly, openly for the evil they have caused those who believe in the defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and a civilized world of peace, dignity, and personal achievement and respectful competition.

The state of Israel is presently on the chopping block. While the world wallows in its usual struggles, and the United Nations where tyrannies determine politics, liberty must be defended again by collections of individuals who think justly and pursue that which is classically right from the classically evil.

Dennis Prager, a learned conservative American, a teacher who loves his country, a realist, a knowledgeable God-fearing Jew of traditional American faith, a radio man, a host who leads the most rational radio program in the country’s history, is deeply concerned for the survival of the Israeli state.

Dennis writes the following:

“At this very moment, we are living through as enormous a libel — directed not against all Jews, but against the Jewish state: Israel is committing genocide of Palestinians and is, therefore, morally identical to the Nazi regime.

This libel is spread by left-wing radicals and by Muslims, especially in the Middle East. Some examples:
On a popular radio show in Italy, that country’s most famous philosopher, Gianni Vattimo, was asked whether he would like to see more Israelis killed. Vattimo responded: “Of course.” He then added that Israel is “a bit worse than the Nazis … I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists … and [Europeans should raise money] to buy Hamas some more rockets.”

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, told CNN International, “What Israel does to Palestine and to Gaza right now has surpassed what Hitler did to them. … We do not accept this genocide by Israel.”
The foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif announced: “These [Israeli] actions cannot be considered anything other than genocide and crimes against humanity.”

Ilan Pappe, an Israeli leftist who is director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, wrote an article titled “Israel’s incremental genocide in the Gaza ghetto” on the Electronic Intifada website.

On July 9, when a total of 63 Gaza Palestinians had been killed, Al-Arabiya reported that “Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas told a crisis meeting in Ramallah … that Israel is committing ‘genocide’ in Gaza during its military offensive which has so far killed at least 50 Palestinians. ‘It’s genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people.'”

In a column published by Al-Jazeera, Abukar Arman, former Somali ambassador to the United States, wrote that “Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award.”
Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, and Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, labeled Israel’s invasion of Gaza “genocide” and Maduro added that it was “extermination.”

For the record: Israel attacked Gaza solely in response to hundreds of rockets sent by Hamas to kill as many Israelis as possible. When Israel gave Gaza over to the Palestinians, it did not embargo essentials such as cement. But none of the millions of tons of cement allowed, or later smuggled, into Gaza were used to building schools or hospitals. They were used to build tunnels to smuggle terrorists into Israel and to hide rockets. The charter of Hamas calls for the annihilation of Israel. Israel is the only country in the world targeted for annihilation.

Though Israel is charged with engaged in genocide against Palestinians, in the last 20 years, the number of Palestinians has doubled; and since Israel’s founding in 1948, the Palestinian population has grown five-fold. It must surely rank as the least effective genocide in world history. While not all Muslims or all leftists seek, or support those who seek, Israel’s destruction, virtually all those who do are either Muslim or on the left……..

One left-wing exception is Bill Maher, who told the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles (full disclosure: I am a columnist for that newspaper): “What I find so ironic is that after World War II, everybody said, ‘I don’t understand the Jews. How could they have just gone to their slaughter like that?’ OK, and then when they fight back: ‘I don’t understand the Jews. Why can’t they just go to their slaughter?’ It’s like, ‘You know what? We did that once. It’s not gonna happen again. You’re just gonna have to get used to the fact that Jews now defend themselves.” “

Further comment: Dennis knows Americans are unread regarding history, current and past. Leftists in the West detest Judaic and American concepts of exceptionalism. Study the real story of the birth of the state of Israel and its struggles to this day to remain alive, well, and free, in a part of the world boiling in cauldrons of one kind or another ever since the arrival of Islam warriors to planet Earth in the 7th century. …..Above article was sent by Mark Waldeland.

Obama’s Competence Problem is Worse Than it Looks!

“But, is Obama’s incompetence natural or by design?” is the question. Let us not forget he was a graduate of Harvard Marxist and black racist, Jeremiah Wright’s temples of learning.

The following article by Chris Cillizza is from the Washington Post

You can understand President Obama’s current political problems — and how those problems could make things very tough for his party in this fall’s midterm election — in a single word. And that word is “competence”.

Obama was elected in 2008 on a stated promise that he would restore competence to government. He pitched himself as the antidote to “Heck of a job, Brownie” and the Bush years, the person who would always put the most qualified candidate in every job in his Administration. That the basic functioning of government would never be in question.

Almost six years on from that election, however, Obama is faltering badly on the competence question and, in so doing, badly imperiling not only his ability to enact any sort of second term agenda but also Democrats’ chances this fall. A series of events — from the VA scandal to the ongoing border crisis to the situation in Ukraine to the NSA spying program — have badly undermined the idea that Obama can effectively manage the government.

Please read further:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/28/president-obamas-competence-problem-is-worse-than-it-looks/

Feminism Infects Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado with Racism

Mikado’ is denounced in US as racist. Next step, a ban? – See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2014/07/mikado-is-denounced-in-us-as-racist-next-step-a-ban/#sthash.I8YlWufV.MQvvWGYv.dpuf

(Feminism has been gathering rotting teeth recently with nothing to chew on.  Sharon Pian Chan apparently is bored not hitting a high enough lefty batting average.   She is investigation the  degree of density of the modern lefty American mind……those human animals between 12 and 54.    Although the Mikado is a wonderful spoof of humor, lyrics and music in  Japanese costume,  making fun  at  British Victorianism,  an insulted  Ms Chan with Chinese, not Japanese-like name, will have none of it.   Her feminist appetite is stirred in Seattle, the seat of  lefty sexist  ignorance north of San Francisco.  She demands reparations against white males in general and a 19th English  composer and his  musical playwright in particular all happening here in ObamaLand where noses are easily pinched by such  bigots and bores these days .    Feminism in mouth is at political play again.)

Please read the following:

The Gilbert and Sullivan send-up of Europe’s late 19th century mania for Japanese culture has run into heavy waters in Seattle.

Sharon Pian Chan, an op-ed editor of the Seattle Times, calls it ‘yellowface, in your face’.

Needless to say, she hasn’t seen the show. But her column is widely read and Sharon has taken to the airwaves to promote her view that Mikado should only be performed, if at all, by Asian Americans like herself.

- See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2014/07/mikado-is-denounced-in-us-as-racist-next-step-a-ban/#sthash.I8YlWufV.MQvvWGYv.dpuf

Peter A Klein has written to the paper’s editor, as follows:

“The Mikado” is not about any real Japan, it’s a satire on 19th-Century British society, dressed up in a fictionalized exotic locale to “gild the philosophic pill,” as Gilbert put it in another of his operettas.

I do wish Ms. Chan would learn the difference between affectionate satire, fairy tales, clumsy ignorance and actual bigotry. Such discernment would be worthy of a person who helps guide the editorial voice of a great city’s newspaper. Banning, censoring or bowdlerizing art is a grim pastime. “Presentism”–the idea that all older works of art and literature must conform to today’s sensibilities and sensitivities or be subject to censorship–is a present-day curse. It would deprive us of great works of art like Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” and “Turandot,” sparkling music, humor and wordplay like Gilbert and Sullivan’s, and even works that actually plead for inter-ethnic understanding, such as Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” or Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

Such censorship can backfire. In 1907, Japanese Prince Fushimi visited Britain. The Lord Chamberlain banned performances of “The Mikado” in London to avoid offending the Prince. The Prince was offended, all right–he wanted very much to see the show, and was very upset that he could not. The Daily Mail dispatched a native Japanese newspaper critic to a provincial performance, far from the Prince. Mr. K. Sugimura wrote: “I came to Sheffield expecting to discover real insults to my countrymen. I find bright music and much fun, but I could not find the insults.”

His letter has not yet been published.

alternative send-up

- See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2014/07/mikado-is-denounced-in-us-as-racist-next-step-a-ban/#sthash.I8YlWufV.dpuf

Krauthammer: John Kerry Serves “Essentially as a lawyer for Hamas.”

The foundation of  the vacuous, deceitful American, John Kerry’s rise to name recognition and status began “essentially as a lawyer for  the Communist, Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Kong, the director of the assassinations of 50,000 village chieftains in South Vietnam during the John F. Kennedy administration, helping to steal victory in the Vietnam war to humiliating retreat and slaughter of countless Vietnamese who depended on ‘free’ America to keep South Vietnam ‘free’.

As Secretary of State, he follows in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton,  serving Barack Hussein Obama’s plan for America well:

The following  is  from a realclearpolitics video (without the video):

 

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, most of this is a result of American disengagement and withdrawal. When you see what happens when America engages you wonder whether we shouldn’t have more disengagement. Look at the wreckage that Kerry has done in intervening in the Israeli/Gaza fighting. He decides he has to go, the Israelis did not invite him. The Egyptians didn’t want him. And he said he advanced a peace plan that was sort of building on the Egyptian one. It didn’t at all. It undermined it.

I think there was a left-wing Israeli paper that said Kerry had dug a tunnel under the Egyptian peace plan. Egypt wanted a ceasefire in place which means no reward for Hamas starting this war by attacking the civilians, which is a war crime. And that was proposed before the ground incursion, the casualties would have been infinitely lower. Israel accepted; Hamas said no.

Kerry goes over and then he negotiates in Paris with who? Qatar and Turkey and returns essentially as the lawyer for Hamas, hands Israel a proposition that is so outrageous that the cabinet votes 19-0 against it. Israeli cabinets have never voted 19-0 on whether the sunrises in the east. It was unbelievable. It would have given Hamas all of its demands. As a result — and there’s one thing he doesn’t seem to understand.

There’s a miracle happening in the Middle East which is a tacit alliance between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority of all people, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the Gulf Arabs, all of them are our friends who want to see Hamas squeezed, who supported the Arab league, supported the Egyptian peace plan and this entirely undermines [it]. It’s a peace plain that all the Arabs had supported and this undermines it. If I could add one point. The Palestinian Authority leader attacked the plan and said what was Kerry doing in Paris negotiating with Qatar and Turkey and leaving out the P.A. and leaving out Egypt?

Queen Hillary Butches Up Her Yelling at Bibi Netanyahu, bragging a very good relationship with the Israeli PM.

Hillary certainly is in second place in her race with Barack Hussein Obama for the American Cup  blabbing-time championship points.  Being feminist, however, allows her to be more vacuous and less clever,  features highly valued   in today’s Democrat Party’s  lefty arena of  politics.   She is a winner of the Jewish vote no matter what she says  in public or ‘in private’…..She talks tough, walks tough, and so on.

 

FAREED ZAKARIA: Bibi Netanyahu. You said you had a complicated and it sounded like a difficult relationship with him.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I have to say, I’ve known be a long time and I have a very good relationship with him, in part because we can yell at each other, and we do. And I was often the designated yeller. Something would happen, a new settlement announcement would come and I would call him up, what are you doing? You’ve got to stop this. And we understood each other because I know how hard it is to be the leader of a relatively small country that is under constant pressure and does face a lot of legitimate threats to its existence from those around it.

And I also care deeply about how Israel is able, not just to survive, but thrive, and just fundamentally disagreed with Bibi in the ’90s that I was in favor of a two-state solution. I was the first person associated with any administration to say that out loud. And he did not. But then when he came back in, in 2009, he did. And I’ve sat with him, as you and I are sitting, and I really believe that if he thought he could get adequate security guarantees for a long enough period of time, he would be able to resolve everything with the exception of Jerusalem which is the hardest issue.

You can get borders, and if you can figure out how to do security within those borders, some of which may require having IDF and international forces in the Jordan valley, for example. Then if you could move toward a state and leave Jerusalem to be worked on, because that’s the hardest issue for all sides.

John Kerry’s Israel Games Proof Not All Con-Artists Choose to be Black

John F. Kerry, present  U.S. Secretary of State, possesses skills of cunning and deception to have built his station in life.   Beyond mouth he has few “gifts”, rather  habits:   cunning and deceit…..review his past, especially during his Vietnam policies once Richard Nixon became president in January, 1969 and his rise to notoriety.   Most of us aware of these Kerry moments consider him a traitor to his country, so we shouldn’t be surprised that he easily hoodwinks as Foreign “Secretary”  under the most gifted mouth on cunning and deceit ever to occupy the  Oval Office, the Islamophile, Barack Hussein Obama.

Something like 72% American Jews  voted for this Islamophile Marxist   to capture  and retain the American presidency.    Pessimists could claim these Americans  deserve the Israel they voted for, set off to sea in a canoe without a paddle, yet Israel might survive even  then, God Bless them, just as our United States of America might survive eight years of Barack Obama sabotaging American democracy, it  security and values.

 

John Kerry: The betrayal

Op-ed: Astoundingly, the secretary’s intervention in the Hamas war empowers the Gaza terrorist government bent on destroying Israel

by David Horovitz at The Times of Israel:

When The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff first reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal on Friday afternoon, I wondered if something had gotten lost in translation. It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza.

 

It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007, diverted Gaza’s resources to its war effort against Israel, and could be relied upon to exploit any lifting of the “siege” in order to import yet more devastating weaponry with which to kill Israelis.

 

Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.

The appalled response to the Kerry proposal by the members of the security cabinet on Friday night, however, made plain nothing had gotten lost in translation at all. The secretary’s proposal managed to unite Israel’s disparate group of key political leaders — from Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman on the right, through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni on the center-left — in a unanimous response of horrified rejection and leaked castigation.

The Netanyahu government has had no shortage of run-ins with Kerry in the mere 18 months he has held office. The prime minister publicly pleaded with him in November not to sign the interim deal with Iran on its rogue nuclear program, and there has been constant friction between the two governments over thwarting Iran’s bid for the bomb. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in January ridiculed Kerry’s security proposals for a West Bank withdrawal, calling the secretary “messianic” and obsessive” in his quest for an accord with the Palestinians that simply wasn’t there. The collapse of the talks in March-April was accompanied by allegations from Jerusalem that Kerry had botched the process, telling Israel one thing and the Palestinian Authority another, including misrepresenting Israel’s position on Palestinian prisoner releases.

But none of those episodes, though deeply troubling and relating to issues central to Israel’s well-being, provoked the kind of outraged disbelief at Kerry’s performance that has been emanating from the Israeli leadership in the past 48 hours. Leaked comments from unnamed senior government sources to Army Radio, Channel 2 and other Hebrew outlets have described the secretary as amateurish, incompetent, incapable of understanding the material he is dealing with — in short, a blithering fool.

But actually, it’s worse than that. What emerges from Kerry’s self-initiated ceasefire mission — Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel’s attempted “pinpoint” strikes on Hamas terror targets — is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

Contrary to his public claim at his press conference in Cairo that his ceasefire proposal was “built on” the Egyptian initiative, it manifestly is nothing of the kind. As indicated by the unconfirmed text reported by Issacharoff, by other subsequent reports of its content, and by the cabinet’s outraged rejection, it is a proposal that, to quote an unnamed official cited by Channel 2, “tunneled under the Egyptian initiative,” a document, to quote from another of those leaked comments, that reads like it was drawn up for or even by Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal.

And Kerry didn’t let up after unleashing his dreadful proposal. Following Friday’s fiasco, he jetted off to Paris and, quite extraordinarily, convened further consultations dominated by countries that overtly wish to do Israel harm. He met with his counterparts from Turkey, whose Hamas-backing leadership has lately accused Israel of attempting genocide in Gaza and compared Netanyahu to Hitler, and with Qatar, Hamas’s funder in chief, directly accused by president Shimon Peres last week of financing Hamas’s rockets and tunnels. Staggeringly, he did not bring Israel, Egypt, or the PA to his Paris sessions.

There were further leaks from the cabinet at the weekend to the effect that Netanyahu and his colleagues did not formally announce their unanimous rejection of Kerry’s ceasefire proposal in order to avoid provoking a public diplomatic confrontation with Israel’s most important ally. Instead, word of the rejection was allowed to find its way out. That seems rather quaint given what is clearly a major crisis in Israel-US ties at a time when Israel finds itself in the midst of a complex and costly war.

When Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, got involved in the effort to broker terms for ending Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, it was self-evident, first, that a ceasefire was at hand, and, second, that the diplomatic work was being coordinated effectively with Jerusalem to ensure that Israel’s vital interests were being served. It is a testament to Kerry’s incompetence (or worse), and to the collapse of faith between him and Israel, that, when he headed ignominiously home on Saturday, neither of those assumptions held sway.

Whether through ineptitude, malice, or both, Kerry’s intervention was not a case of America’s top diplomat coming to our region to help ensure, through astute negotiation, the protection of a key ally. This was a betrayal.

Read more: John Kerry: The betrayal | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/john-kerry-the-betrayal/#ixzz38iRx1f2J
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Repeal the Death Tax

Death Tax Hurts Small Businesses and Minorities

July 25, 2014   from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

The death tax should be fully repealed, contends Bartlett Cleland, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation.

A number of associations that form the Family Business Coalition recently wrote a letter to Congressmen Dave Camp (R-MI) and Kevin Brady (R-TX), asking for a vote on a bill sponsored by Rep. Brady, H.R. 2429 — the Death Tax Repeal Act.

The letter cited many of the problems with the law that taxes a deceased’s assets at death:

  • Repealing the death tax would add almost 1 million new small business jobs, according to a study by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office. Such job creation would reduce unemployment by almost 1 percentage point.
  • The death tax is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to federal revenues, accounting for just one half of one percent of all revenue.
  • The tax hits minorities especially hard. According to a study from two Boston College professors, the death tax will reduce net African American wealth by 13 percent.
  • A 2004 poll from Impacto Group found that half of all Hispanic business owners know someone who sold their business to pay the death tax. One quarter expect to sell their own business because of the tax.
  • Two-thirds of likely voters support permanent repeal of the death tax.

Cleland agrees that the tax needs to go, noting that the estate tax is highly complex and generates massive compliance costs. Additionally, medium-sized estates (often estates of people who have started successful businesses) pay the highest tax rates, and heirs are routinely forced to liquidate their family’s businesses in order to pay the tax.

Abolishing the death tax, he says, would be one of the best achievements of the 113th Congress.

Source: Bartlett D. Cleland, “The Undead Death Tax,” Institute for Policy Innovation, July 21, 2014.

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