• 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

Governor Christie Presents Ethics Package to New Jersey Pols

“Gov. Chris Christie presented a tough ethics package Wednesday that has the potential to pull the state’s moldy political culture into the sunshine for a good disinfecting.

Getting this done will be difficult. Democrats who want to preserve their power and their ability to enrich themselves through public office will push back, as they did when Gov. Jon Corzine proposed some of the same reforms.

And Christie, unfortunately, has undermined his own credibility on ethics by supporting a shady political fund that solicits large donations from secret donors. That does violence to the principle behind several of these reforms. If you’re looking for a morally pure combatant in this fight, you won’t find one.

Still, on balance, this package is a good one. Christie would finally ban the practice of holding two elected positions, a uniquely New Jersey custom that allows legislators to build political machines at home while raking in extra money and benefits.

The Legislature banned the practice several years ago, sort of. But in a striking show of chutzpah, it exempted all sitting legislators. Only new kids would have to play by the cleaner rules. Christie wants to put a stop to that hypocrisy.

The governor would also take the next obvious step and ban office holders from holding any second government job. Again, Democrats are likely to push back. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver works as a deputy administrator for Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. Her majority leader, Assemblyman Joe Cryan, works as an undersheriff in Union County.

Imagine for a moment that Oliver or Cryan skipped work on sunny days. Would they get in trouble? Imagine that they ask for pay raises or promotions. Would their bosses treat them like everyone else?

On campaign finance, Christie wants to strengthen pay-to-play laws that ban big political contributions from companies doing business with the state government. He would expand that prohibition to the local level, where insider dealing is often endemic.

Sadly, the governor has squandered his credibility on this issue. Earlier this year, his closest allies established Reform Jersey Now and began soliciting secret donations to support the governor’s agenda. The money is undoubtedly coming from special interests groups seeking Christie’s favor — exactly what the pay-to-play laws are designed to combat. That is a gift to Democrats who want to resist reform.

Christie’s plan also has useful new disclosure rules to help expose legislators who use their public office to enrich themselves, or to push special deals for their employers and friends. A step forward, no doubt.

Let’s hope the governor and the Legislature keep a lid on their mutual hostility and try to get something  done.  This plan is a good start.”

This article appeared in the New Jersey Star Ledger.

Celebrating Racist Murderers on the London Stage

“The world has been turned upside down,”  is one of Dennis Prager’s constant laments.  How about this revelation coming from a John Hinderaker article at Powerline:

“The Black Panthers were a criminal gang of the 1960s and 1970s that originated in the Bay Area. They committed sadistic murders along with countless other crimes. The Panthers were almost universally despised, and rightly so; but, for reasons that are of interest mainly to psychologists, they garnered support in some liberal precincts.

Now they are being celebrated on the London stage in a new show called Tongues on Fire:

The far-reaching influence of Panther style and thinking – immortalised by writer Tom Wolfe in his satirical essay “Radical Chic” – can be traced directly to the election of Barack Obama as president. On Saturday at London’s Barbican centre, in a fascinating mixture of music, art and film, some of the most influential figures in American music will bring the Black Panther Party and that pivotal period in world politics back to life. …

[T]he version of the Panthers depicted by the waspish, white-suited [Tom] Wolfe from his Park Avenue vantage point – which also highlights their anti-semitism and less than coherent Maoist leanings – could not be more different to the one that Tongues on Fire presents. As the unit put together by David Murray rehearsed last month in a studio just off Times Square in New York, the series of original lyrics and soul-jazz compositions that they ran through celebrated the Panthers as heroic figures, prepared to risk their lives to organise and motivate the millions of black people in America living in poverty.
“A lot of things that we take for granted were started by the Panther movement,” says Ahmir Thompson, who was born in 1970. “I was a living result of some of the changes they made in cities. The Panthers organised after-school programmes, art programmes, sports stuff – anything to build the community. Their goal was that we wouldn’t run idle and get into gang warfare. They’d run block clean-ups, an all-day thing where you’d sweep the neighbourhood. They’d have festivals, where they’d have poets come down and speak.”

“They had a strong presentation,” says Thompson. “But to me it was not about how they looked, it was about what they stood for. They took the best of Malcolm X and the best of Martin Luther King. It’s important to understand that they were less about protest, because protest was about asking for something. They were about organising – empowerment and getting things done the right way.

“That’s how Obama won.”

Thus is history rewritten; not, as is so commonly alleged, by its winners, but rather on behalf of its losers. It is a disgusting phenomenon, but let’s be fair: whatever President Obama’s faults may be, has has absolutely nothing in common with the sociopathic Black Panthers.”

Comment:  When I was a young man, David Horowitz was a devoted and active American “New Left” Communist.  He was active in raising money for the Black Panthers.  As I remember,  his epiphany discovering the horrors of this devotion  was stirred primarily by the murder of a secretary whom Mr. Horowitz knew and with whom he had worked….in Oakland, and he believes  murdered by the Black Panthers. 

For those of you who do not know of David Horowitz, today he is one of this era’s heroes in defending free speech and other Constitutional providing rights of Americans, especially those oppressed at our institutions of “higher learning”.   He has written many books essential for American readers who want to know more about their country’s collapse in eduation and values.

Gainsville Pastor Threatened by Eric Holder’s FBI?

Why Is the FBI visiting Rev. Jones?

I found this blog site, “Crime and Consequences” as a result of an article I read at Powerline:

September 9, 2010 5:35 PM | Posted by Bill Otis

There are news reports that Rev. Terry Jones has called off his constitutionally protected and utterly perverse plan to burn the Koran, in exchange for Imam Rauf’s agreement to move the Gound Zero Mosque.  Some later reports cast doubt on this, so at this stage, it cannot be said with assurance whether the Koran burning will go forward.

Lost in these developments is another, quite troubling story.  This is the first line in an AP report filed six hours ago:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — FBI agents visited Thursday with a minister of a small Florida church that plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, as public safety became a paramount concern and President Barack Obama added his voice to the chorus of opposition.

The wording of this report suggests that the FBI is there to protect public safety.  Having been an attorney with the Justice Department for many years, I do not see how that can be the case.  There may well be public safety concerns (which I guess is a euphemism for the threat of violent retaliation against the Koran burning), but that is the concern of state and local police, not the FBI.  There is no visible nexus whatever for FBI involvement.  So what gives?

Two days ago I observed here:

It’s true that Holder is not threatening to punish Jones. But in the First Amendment context, creating a chill is the next “best” thing to an overt threat of punishment. I have not objected to any other officer of the government calling Jones an idiot, including Gen. Patraeus and Sec. Clinton. But they can’t send in the FBI…Holder can.

It may be pure coincidence that Jones called this thing off very shortly after the FBI came calling.  For the sake of the Republic, I sure hope it is.

Comment:  Both Leftwing and Rightwing establishment folks  name-call when referring to this Gainsville, Florida pastor of 50 or fewer followers, Terry Jones.  “Insane”….”Bigotted” ….”Nut case”……”Man of Hate”…..and many more.  

Even my hero, critic Charles Krauthammer used such a word when describing this Gainsville person.

I wasn’t aware Pastor Jones had been so well known.   Mr. Obama has a clear record of being a Muslim sycophant.  Some might fairly accurately say that Mrs. Obama was bigotted against her country she was so “never proud of” until her husband had been elected its president.  Both could be called uncomplimentary names in a normal sense, for they have developed a record where folks can identify shortcomings from evidence.

What I have read about Mr. Jones, is that he was planning to burn a few Korans…..Modern, more “tolerant” college graduates spell the word, “quran” as a sign that  their  tolerance is superior to others.   If Pastor Jones had stolen books for his burning, he could be called a thief….or “alleged” thief according to general rules established by  university journalism departments. 

But, Mr. Jones is not accused of being an alleged  “bigot”, or and alleged “nut-case”……..in the same breath an established newsman added he should be locked up….”or something”.

To rational people a quran or koran is a thing of pages, usually paper.   The pages  include some words that are making some people become savages, murderers, assassins, terrorists.  They claim to love death as some love life.   To some folks, especially those who love life and bear no slaughter on others, this quran or koran might seem offensive.   Lefties in America  often burn their country’s  flag.  It has been a very popular activity in our Liberal Arts Universities.  The perpetrators  are not called bigots, nor insane,  nor very likely are they. I have heard them being called  nutcases, tough,  but they may not nutcases in every instance.   Many professors throughout the land applaud students performing such activities.  Are they insane and bigotted?

How do we know Pastor Jones is hateful, bigotted, a nut case….insane?   Where is the evidence?Propriety suggests people shouldn’t generally burn a book, even one which contains criminal ideas such as doing dastardly things to other people.  The act might offend someone.  Propriety suggest a lot of things people don’t do.  Think of president Obama who opposes nearly everything “appropriate” for America……such as producing our own energy to free us from the tyranny of the Middle East potentates.

 We live in the free world, not the Muslim majority world a section of which is on a mission to murder as many Americans as is needed until we submit to these murderers and their thing with  pages they see in the quran or koran.

Propriety makes me feel the good reverend should continue to reject his  plan to set koran pages afire.  But, I believe there are millions of Americans who have the same feeling as I, that there is a part of me of good reason, very good reason, to hope he changes his mind. 

When did we become such prisoners of our own fear?   The nation has seldom been led to act  so cowardly.

L.A. Times: 41 Obama White House Aides Owe The IRS $831,000 In Back Taxes

“……….and, they aren’t alone!”     The L.A. Times article explains:

“Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don’t labor down in that monument-strewn former swamp.

Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest.

They’re correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it’s always seemed to those Americans who don’t feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations.

We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

As in, 1,000 times one million dollars. All this political jabber about giving middle-class

… Americans a tax cut. Thousands of feds have been giving themselves one all along — unofficially. And these tax scofflaws include more than three dozen folks who work for the president with that newly decorated Oval Office.

The Post’s T.W. Farnum did some research and found that out of the total sum, just 638 workers on Capitol Hill owe the IRS $9.3 million in back taxes. As in, overdue. The IRS gets stiffed by the legislative body that controls its budget. How Washington works.

Now, back taxes have been a problem for the Obama-Biden administration. You may recall early on that Tom Daschle was the president’s top pick to run the Health and Human Services Department. But it turned out the former Democratic senator, who was un-elected from South Dakota in 2004, owed something like $120,000 to the IRS for things from his subsequent benefactor that he just forgot to pay taxes on. You know how that is. $120G’s here or there. So he dropped out.

And then we learned this guy Timothy Geithner owed something like $42,000 in back taxes and penalties to the IRS, which is one of the agencies that he’d be in charge of as secretary of the Treasury. The fine fellow who’s supposed to know about handling everyone else’s money. In the end this was excused by Washington’s bipartisan CYA culture as one of those inadvertent accidental oversights that somehow never seem to happen on the side of paying too much taxes.

And under Geithner’s expert guidance the U.S. economy has been, well, wow! Just look at it.

Privacy laws prevent release of individual tax delinquents’ names. But we do know that as of the end of 2009, 41 people inside Obama’s very own White House owe the government they’re allegedly running a total of $831,055 in back taxes. That would cover a lot of special chocolate desserts in the White House Mess.

In the House of Representatives, 421 people owe a total $6,524,892. In the Senate, 217 owe $2,774,836. In the IRS’ parent department, Treasury, 1,204 owe $7,670,814. At the Labor Department, where Secretary Hilda Solis’ husband had some back-tax problems before her confirmation, 463 owe $7,481,463. Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve System’s board of governors owe $1,076,733.

Over at the Justice Department, which is so busy enforcing other laws and suing Arizona, 1,971 employees still owe $14,350,152 in overdue taxes.

Then, we come to the Department of Homeland Security, which is run by Janet Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona who preferred to call terrorist acts “man-caused disasters.” Homeland Security is keeping all of us safe by ensuring that a Dutch tourist is aboard every inbound international flight to thwart any would-be bomber with explosives in his underpants.

Within that department, there reside 4,856 people who owe the tax agency a whopping total of $37,012,174.

And they’re checking our pockets for metal and coins?”

– Andrew Malcolm

Comment:  Thank you, Andrew Malcolm.  “Animal Farm” revisited, I am thinking.   In this George Orwell  masterpiece, the privileged, as in the form of these privileged debtor aides to president Obama, as well as the privileged Obama, himself, are portrayed as PIGS running the farm. 

The PIGS had become tired of the maltreatment accorded them by the farmers, the previously “privileged”.  The PIGS  rebelled and expelled their oppressors.  As in any tyranny, they began enjoying their new privileges and began to indulge themselves with  them at the expense of all other farm animals. 

Something like the privileged Mrs. Obama running off with her entourage to Madrid, price tag $400,000, while 17% Americans are either unemployed or underemployed.   Mrs. Obama, it should never be forgotten stated emphatically that she was never proud of her United States until her husband became its president.

They no longer had  to follow the rules of “equality” they themselves had once established when thought equality was a good thing.  Power and privilege felt so good, the PIGS began to gather it all for themselves. 

This is certainly the profile of the Washington leadership……led by, no other than Barack Hussein Obama, who has amassed a liberal number of privileges betowed upon himself by others because he is Obama, not because he has earned them. 

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