• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    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

Time to Retire Potentate Dick Lugar in Indiana

Dick Lugar seems to indicate that, like the entitled, Teddy Kennedy claimed  in Massachusetts, he owns his Senate seat.   There comes along a certain crust when such people are glued to their delusions of grandeur.  

As much as I believe Senator Lugar has long been a has-been, I would vote for hims if I were a Hoosier.   That Lugar  would not declare  his support should the ‘upstart’ win,  suggests the old potentate is also bitter.

Good for the Tea Party for challenging Richard Lugar.

The Trials of Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng infuriated

China’s forced abortion and sterilization

death machine

In the astonishment surrounding Chen Guangcheng’s extraordinary escape from house arrest, let us not forget why he was arrested: in

blind activist with family

2006 Chen exposed the Chinese government’s systematic, massive use of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization to enforce its “One Child Policy.” Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) obtained a copy of Chen’s field notes and we released the first English translation of these notes at a Congressional Hearing on December 6, 2011. You can read The Chen Guangcheng Report here.

 

A member of Chen’s team, human rights attorney Teng Biao, drafted this 2005 investigative report into coercive family planning in Linyi City, Shandong Province. The report contains extensive witness statements from cases Chen and his team were investigating before Chen was jailed. In the report are detailed accounts regarding:

• a woman forcibly aborted and sterilized at seven months;
• villagers sleeping in fields to evade Family Planning Officials;
• Family Planning Officials who broke three brooms over the head of an elderly man;
• Family Planning Officials who forced a grandmother and her brother to beat each other; and
• The use of quota systems and the practice of “implication” – the detention, fining and torture of the extended family of One Child Policy “violators.”

The Chen Guangcheng report makes clear: the spirit of the Red Guards lives on in China’s Family Planning death machine. WRWF released the names of the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity, so that they can be held accountable before the world.

Apparently, things have not improved in Linyi since 2005. Just last month, a woman in Linyi was forcibly aborted at nine months. A photo of her full term baby floating in the bucket in which it was drowned circulated widely on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, eliciting widespread outrage. In April 2011, Family Planning Officials stabbed a man to death when attempting to seize his sister for a forced sterilization. In October 2011, a woman, six months pregnant, died during a forced abortion in Lijing County, also in Shandong Province.

Chen may be safe for the moment, but the women for whom he risked everything are not. Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape. Until women in China are free to exercise perhaps their most fundamental right — the right to bear children — the nation of China will not be free. –Christian Newswire.

(Article sent by Arlene Taber.)

Obama’s Buffett Rule Solves NOTHING ……Serves as Obamatalk on Television

The Dangers of Raising Taxes on Investment Income

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

In its fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, the Obama administration has proposed a series of tax law changes designed to raise more revenue from higher income earners.  Most crucial among these changes are the famed Buffett Rule, which would raise marginal rates on high-income earners, and increases in tax rates on capital gains and dividends earnings, says Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

The first policy proposal, the Buffett Rule, further increases the disproportionate tax burden that the nation’s wealthy shoulder, while simultaneously doing little to close budget deficit gaps.

  • According to the Joint Tax Committee, the rule will raise only $47 billion over the next decade.
  • While this is a substantial sum in absolute terms, this revenue augmentation is only a small fraction of the projected deficits for that period, which the Committee places at $6.7 trillion.
  • Ironically, the Buffett Rule would not affect the taxes paid by Warren Buffett, whose unique placement as a shareholder in an insurance company would make him immune to the policy.

The second set of policies, which would have the total effect of further taxing investments in American companies, is harmful to American firms and investors alike.

  • Long-term capital gains tax rates would rise from 15 percent to 20 percent.
  • The tax rate on income from corporate dividends would rise from 15 percent to a top rate comparable to that of the highest “ordinary” income bracket.
  • These tax rates are significantly higher than rates abroad — this would cause substantial amounts of investment to move overseas.
  • Other investors would simply avoid the tax hikes altogether by timing their investments such that they do not mature during the life of the higher tax rates.
  • Finally, the failure to index such taxes against inflation will further exacerbate potential financiers concerns regarding the risks of investment.

This second rule will have the overall effect of reducing the amount of capital available to American firms, thereby increasing their borrowing costs.  This will prove harmful to an already-fragile jobs market.

Source: Diana Furchtgott-Roth, “The Dangers of Raising Taxes on Investment Income,” Manhattan Institute, April 2012.

For text:

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/ir_5.pdf

For more on Tax and Spending Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=25

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