• 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 Soviet System of Teachers’ Rules Compared to the NFL by Fran Tarkenton

What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules?

Imagine a league where players who make it through

three seasons could never be cut from the roster.

By FRAN TARKENTON

Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality. Each player’s salary is based on how long he’s been in the league. It’s about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he’s an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster. For every year a player’s been in this NFL, he gets a bump in pay. The only difference between Tom Brady and the worst player in the league is a few years of step increases. And if a player makes it through his third season, he can never be cut from the roster until he chooses to retire, except in the most extreme cases of misconduct.

Let’s face the truth about this alternate reality: The on-field product would steadily decline. Why bother playing harder or better and risk getting hurt?

No matter how much money was poured into the league, it wouldn’t get better. In fact, in many ways the disincentive to play harder or to try to stand out would be even stronger with more money.

Of course, a few wild-eyed reformers might suggest the whole system was broken and needed revamping to reward better results, but the players union would refuse to budge and then demonize the reform advocates: “They hate football. They hate the players. They hate the fans.” The only thing that might get done would be building bigger, more expensive stadiums and installing more state-of-the-art technology. But that just wouldn’t help.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the NFL in this alternate reality is the real -life American public education system. Teachers’ salaries have no relation to whether teachers are actually good at their job—excellence isn’t rewarded, and neither is extra effort. Pay is almost solely determined by how many years they’ve been teaching. That’s it. After a teacher earns tenure, which is often essentially automatic, firing him or her becomes almost impossible, no matter how bad the performance might be. And if you criticize the system, you’re demonized for hating teachers and not believing in our nation’s children.

Inflation-adjusted spending per student in the United States has nearly tripled since 1970. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, we spend more per student than any nation except Switzerland, with only middling results to show for it.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve been told that a big part of the problem is crumbling schools—that with new buildings and computers in every classroom, everything would improve. But even though spending on facilities and equipment has more than doubled since 1989 (again adjusted for inflation), we’re still not seeing results, and officials assume the answer is that we haven’t spent enough.

These same misguided beliefs are front and center in President Obama’s jobs plan, which includes billions for “public school modernization.” The popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. We’ve been spending billions of dollars on school modernization for decades, and I suspect we could keep on doing it until the end of the world, without much in the way of academic results. The only beneficiaries are the teachers unions.

Some reformers, including Bill Gates, are finally catching on that our federally centralized, union-created system provides no incentive for better performance. If anything, it penalizes those who work hard because they spend time, energy and their own money to help students, only to get the same check each month as the worst teacher in the district (or an even smaller one, if that teacher has been there longer). Is it any surprise, then, that so many good teachers burn out or become disenchanted?

Perhaps no other sector of American society so demonstrates the failure of government spending and interference. We’ve destroyed individual initiative, individual innovation and personal achievement, and marginalized anyone willing to point it out. As one of my coaches used to say, “You don’t get vast results with half-vast efforts!”

The results we’re looking for are students learning, so we need to reward great teachers who show they can make that happen—and get rid of bad teachers who don’t get the job done.  It’s what we do in every other profession: If you’re good, you get rewarded, and if you’re not, then you look for other work. It’s fine to look for ways to improve the measuring tools, but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Our rigid, top-down, union-dictated system isn’t working. If results are the objective, then we need to loosen the reins, giving teachers the ability to fulfill their responsibilities to students to the best of their abilities, not to the letter of the union contract and federal standards.

Mr. Tarkenton, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants from 1961 to 1978, is an entrepreneur who runs two websites devoted to small business education.

 

Stephanie McCrummen Washington Post Article Designed to End Rick Perry’s Threat to Obama!

“Paint Creek, Tex. — In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.

“Niggerhead,” it read.

Ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s. There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property. In an earlier time, the name on the rock was often given to mountains and creeks and rock outcroppings across the country. Over the years, civil rights groups and government agencies have had some success changing those and other racially offensive names that dotted the nation’s maps. But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp. When asked last week, Perry said the word on the rock is an “offensive name that has no place in the modern world.” But how, when or whether he dealt with it when he was using the property is less clear and adds a dimension to the emerging biography of Perry, who quickly moved into the top tier of Republican presidential candidates when he entered the race in August. He grew up in a segregated era whose history has defined and complicated the careers of many Southern politicians. Perry has spoken often about how his upbringing in this sparsely populated farming community influenced his conservatism. He has rarely, if ever, discussed what it was like growing up amid segregation in an area where blacks were a tiny fraction of the population. In his responses to two rounds of detailed, written questions, Perry said his father first leased the property in 1983. Rick Perry said he added his own name to the lease from 1997 to 1998, when he was state agriculture commissioner, and again from 2004 to 2007, when he was governor. He offered a simple version of how he dealt with the rock, followed by a more elaborate one. “When my Dad joined the lease in 1983, he took the first opportunity he had to paint over the offensive word on the rock during the 4th of July holiday,” Perry said in his initial response. “It is my understanding that the rock was eventually turned over to further obscure what was originally written on it.” Perry said that he was not with his father when he painted over the name but that he “agreed with” the decision. In response to follow-up questions, Perry gave a more detailed account. “My mother and father went to the lease and painted the rock in either 1983 or 1984,” Perry wrote. “This occurred after I paid a visit to the property with a friend and saw the rock with the offensive word. After my visit I called my folks and mentioned it to them, and they painted it over during their next visit.”

Some who had watched Perry’s political ascent recalled their reaction to the name on the rock and their worry that it could become a political liability for Perry.

“I remember the first time I went through that pasture and saw that,” said Ronnie Brooks, a retired game warden who began working in the region in 1981 and who said he guided three or four turkey shoots for Rick Perry when Perry was a state legislator between 1985 and 1990. “. . . It kind of offended me, truthfully.”

Brooks, who said he holds Perry “in the highest esteem,” said that at some point after Perry began bringing lawmakers to the camp, the rock was turned over. Brooks could not recall exactly when. He said he did not know who turned the rock over.

Another local who visited the property with Perry and the legislators in those years recalled seeing the rock with the name clearly visible.

“I thought, ‘This is going to embarrass Rick some day,’ ” said this person, who did not want to be named, fearing negative consequences from speaking on the subject.

The hunting camp was simple in the 1980s, just a cabin with a long table for cleaning fish and deer, a few bunks and a porch set along a riverbank in Throckmorton County. There was a sprawling pecan tree and a water tank for showers, an arrangement that got more elaborate as the years went on.

The camp is secluded, situated on a vast, 42,000-acre ranch that reaches into three counties and is owned and managed by the Hendrick Home for Children Trust. Various parcels of the Hendrick ranch, as it is known, have been leased out over the years for grazing cattle, oil drilling and, since the mid-1970s or so, hunting. All sorts of people have been on the winding, rocky ranch roads over the years — cowboys, ranchers, hunters, fishermen, oil workers, power company workers, wildlife biologists, real estate agents, tax assessors, surveyors, locals and outsiders who have visited the hunting camps that dot the property.

This story is based on interviews with more than two dozen people, including residents, hunters, ranchers, government officials and others who live in Haskell County, where Perry’s boyhood home of Paint Creek is found; in neighboring Throckmorton County, where the hunting camp is located; and elsewhere in Texas. Ray Perry did not respond to numerous attempts to reach him for comment. The campaign declined a request to make him available.

Most of those interviewed requested anonymity because they fear being ostracized or other repercussions in their small community. Some are supporters of Perry, whose parents still live in Paint Creek. Others, both Democrats and Republicans, are not. Several spoke matter-of-factly about the hunting camp and its name and wondered why it held any outside interest.”

For more of this lengthy effort by Stephanie McCrummen, go to the ‘horse’s mouth, the  Washington Post.

The following response is from  Henry Payne at National Reviow Online:

 

“Detroit — The Obama White House has hardly concealed its preference for Mitt Romney as an opponent, given his Northeast base, his suitability as a class-warfare foil, and especially Romneycare. Rick Perry, by contrast, is a Democrat’s worst nightmare — a conservative southerner from hard-scrabble beginnings with a populist touch.

So it’s no surprise that the Democrats’ allies at the Washington Post this weekend ran a story that is the most vile, noxious story since Democrats spoon-fed NPR the Clarence Thomas coke-can fable in 1991.

Never mind that the story is shakily sourced, that it’s about a rock, that it obscures the fact that the Perrys merely leased the land for hunting (giving them hunting rights only — if the Perrys painted over the rock, it would have been an act of disobedience). The Left will stop at nothing to destroy him. Really, the story is itself bigoted, an attempt by an east-coast establishment paper to caricature southerners as racists. (Check the Post’s library — I bet they have a copy of Huckleberry Finn with the N-word in it. And how about their repeated use of the term “Redskins” in their sports section?)

Based on what we already know about Perry, the story’s implication of racism seems unfounded. Perry repeatedly promoted black Texas judge Wallace Jefferson (Texas’s first black supreme-court justice), and he is being hit from the right for his stance on another issue involving people of color (immigration).

Still, this heinous Democratic tactic is getting ample help from the Stupid Party.

“For him to leave [the N-word] there as long as he did before I hear that they finally painted over it is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country,” GOP candidate Herman Cain told Fox News, picking up the Democrats’ race card.

The rest of the GOP has been pretending that this election is about immigration and making Perry their poster-boy piñata. Meanwhile, in Detroit, unemployment rages at 50 percent and drive-by shootings are a daily occurrence.

The Post’s mainstream-media brethren are already calling N-gate a threat to Perry’s candidacy. Certainly it will be a test of Perry’s forcefulness. (In 1991, Thomas passed the test with his famous “high-tech lynching” comment, which rocked Democrats back on their heels.) But this isn’t about Perry. This is about a mainstream media that is more determined to carry water for Democratic smear campaigns than to inform its readers of the real problems facing this nation.”

 “Whoopi Goldberg can use the Nigger word, but not Barbara Walters”…….For the full view of seeing well known women act like ditsy clucking hens, Check out the black racism in this video:
 

The Importance of the word….”Nigger”

The Theater of a six letter word, which threatens no one and no thing.

The sole importance of the word “Nigger” is that the word, having been captured by the white American Leftist politicians some fifty years ago, was to be made sacrocanct.     Any use of the word by whites would be proof  that the expresser was,   expected by the religious Marxist university propagandists…. a racist.   Truth will out!….as if any Marxist ever gave a damn about anything truthful.

In fact for a couple decades a major defense at university  for blacks who had either beaten up whites or,  in court, charged with murdering  them,  was that  the victim had used the “N” word and had deserved his fate.  Take a look at the O.J. Simpson trial transcripts.  Whiteys should understand the depth of the  insult……even though ‘nigger’ was one of the more frequently used words in the black male competitive community.

If a survey would have been  taken of the use of the word, ‘nigger’    in the Twin Cities in 1957, my bet on the table would have been 2% white use and 2% “Negro” use……note…the word black had not yet been invented to describe  the political preferences of that population establishment leadership.  But the censorship of Political Correctness would arrive soon.

If a survey would be taken today, it is my guess that  its usage among Twin Citians is almost exclusively black (Negro). 

I call black rap…..and white versions of black rap “nigger noise” about three times per year when I am describing the absence of reverence for artistic  beauty in America.   How else can I describe it?   I find it the lowest of lows in the name  of music, both in noise and in ‘lyrics’.    Others call it obscene.    Still  others gather fortunes by compounding the noise and vulgarities.

Rick Perry has been smeared by a front page headline and article in the Washington Post.   On  a rock 30 years ago a word “a vile word offensive to America’s black citizens had appeared on a rock at a 45,000 acre hunting ranch in the same county where the Rick Perry family lived and some Perry males had hunted.   Although, it was reported, the word had been painted over decades ago, the front page reporter emphasized an N and G of the offensive word were still discernible…….implying that the Perry family had not done enough to scourge their world from their racism.

We are to understand from the moguls at the Washington Post that Rick Perry is a racist who is at home with using the word, NIGGER.

If American whites and blacks were adults about the Nigger word matter, they should have grown up by now.   The word, NIGGER, is just a word…….neither good nor bad.   It may be used in an accusing way or not.

It so happens that this area of the hunting lodge geographically was called “Niggerhead” or some title similar.   Two words of a geographic nature, a community name……how offensive!!!!!    Oh, Marxist gods, where can we whites and blacks cleanse ourselves from this  grievous sin?

Rick Perry has been Governor of Texas for ten years.   The Obama Marxists were quiet regarding this rock revelation for all those ten years.    Were these Marxists covering up for a racist in a closet?    Hardly.   Mr. Obama’s advisors are devising class warfare tactics as the only road the president can take to retain the presidency.

Their depth of vileness is for each American to determine.    The end of the story has not yet been written.

Blacks call whites “You white muddafuckas with hourly regularity.   Blacks have thrown stones at me yelling so, simply because I’m white.    I was called this as a teacher in a public senior high school which had a majority ‘minority’ enrolment…as the couched phrase was in those days.    White teachers who didn’t teach their classes in nigger tones, were spat upon as they left their cars in the fenced-in parking lot making their way  into the school boiler room for safe entrance, except for the spitting.   

You, dear reader, decide which is the more repulsive.    I was taught by my long ago deceased Mother, “Consider the source, Glenn Ray!……I was told to memorize the rhyme, “Sticks and bones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”   If I had done nothing wrong, it was my fault if I let insults and bad mouths offend me.   I only had to be told ONCE, to understand what this woman demanded of me.

People offend me.  President Obama offends me for his dishonesty…..his deceit……his ugly disingenuousness.   It is remindful of the Soviet system of politics and character assasination and policy selling.    Michael Medved offends me for his self aggrandising…..Oh how brilliant, I, M.M. am….salesmanship.   Ron Paul  offends my with his massive stupidity;  his inability  to think through to the likely results of  his dogma,  rationally.    The sleeze of Dick Durbin and Charlie Schumer-talk offends me every time either open their mouths.   They bleat.   Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, the lowlifes at the Daily Kos, Van Jones and similar highly skilled and gifted enemies of liberty in America…..offend me.

Names thus far, do not.   Marxism offends me because of its eventually totalitarian cost.   The word, Marxism, doesn’t offend me.   How else could we describe Obamacare?

The sooner all Americans will be able to use the word “Nigger” equally, the sooner this word will disappear from the American vocabulary.     The problem, however, is that Marxists, and others who thrive from class and race warfare in America, do not wnat the word “Nigger” ever to change in what these  racists want it to mean…….It is a tool to stir their  hate.

Mark Steyn Keeping up-to-date on Obama’s Incompetence

Mark Steyn: Due diligence never done on Obama

September 30, 2011|By MARK STEYN  at SteynOnline

“The way I think about it,” Barack Obama told a TV station in Orlando, “is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft.”

He has a point. This is a great, great country that got so soft that 53 percent of electors voted for a ludicrously unqualified chief executive who would be regarded as a joke candidate in any serious nation. One should not begrudge a man who seizes his opportunity. But one should certainly hold in contempt those who allow him to seize it on the basis of such flaccid generalities as “hope” and “change”: That’s more than “a little” soft. “He’s probably the smartest guy ever to become president,” declared presidential historian Michael Beschloss the day after the 2008 election. But you don’t have to be that smart to put one over on all the smart guys. “I’m a sap, a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap,” admits David Brooks, the softest touch at The New York Times. Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, now says of the president: “He wasn’t ready, it turns out, really.”

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