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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

American Education, 2011: Pumping Self Esteem into an Empty Mind

Not long ago, Dennis Prager spent nearly a full hour of his radio show reviewing his abhorrence to any education based upon pumping up self esteem as the ‘project’ goal.   He, with his usual  alas associated with such bummer ideas such as self esteem pumping, reminded his listeners that pumping air results in more air, not better behavior, more air, not more useful knowledge,  more air and not any better moral expressions to become a foundation and opportunity to become a  more decent person, a more knowledgeable citizen, and successful neighbor and parent and partner for life.

I was raised Protestant.   I’m  proud to have been raised Protestant  for all of the means by which I have been made a better person……….except for, perhaps, pride.   (and a few others I am certain my detractors can dig up).   Even my friends tell me I was a poor Protestant in the pride business.   I view myself as a traditional American….and a lucky one at that.

I was trained to believe in deeds over which I forever will be judged.  I was to carry myself as an equal except in my labor the only arena in which I was allowed to have pride…….not in myself, but what I had created from my labor.

I was never to be the center of attention unless I was on stage earning my living.   (My German Lutheran mother always made a personal allowance for that.   She and my father met at Friedman’s Super Market downtown St. Paul where she worked as a cashier, having finished school at age 13.  It turned out they both loved to dance and so competed together in ball room dancing competitions during the Roaring Twenties.) 

One was to control ones pride and stay away from crowds.  One must never dwell in self esteem.   Esteem, I was told,  is what I needed to earn from others from my accomplishments and good  deeds .  

“Self esteem is false esteem!”   or  “You seem to be thinking awfully highly of yourself today,  G.H. Ray!” she’d stab  accompanied with a tone which in itself would almost send me to an early grave.   They  were two favorite putdowns from the talents of this German Lutheran Mother.

I confess I recovered quickly after every foray.

Which comes to the task of this writing.   Looking through the political scraps I have saved over the years, I came across this following one on the front page of the B section of the Pioneer Press probably about 15 years ago:

GIRLS BOLSTER SELF-ESTEEM AT CONFERENCE…….BY Katherine Lampher, staff columnist…

Katherine Lampher was a quick mouthed light thinking University oriented Lefty of the day with a pleasant radio voice, which means she would appear on public radio at sometime or another.

“New York:     Most of the participants in the first National Girls Conference are used to studying history, not making it.  After all, they are still in school.

But the girls who gathered this weekend at the UNICEF House in Manhattan – 125 of them, ranging in age from 8 to 17, from homes as diverse as an American Indian reservation and a fisheries town in Alaska – are more than up to their task:  to craft a platform of action that will mark their hopes and dreams for th years ahead, both for themselves and for the girls who follow them.

“What we have here today is the first national beginning of the girls’ movement,” says contemporary founding feminist ?Gloria Steinem.

The conference is modeled after the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Converence for Women, when 45,000 women and men attended meetings in Beijing.  But for many of the women who helped the girls plan and rung the meetings here, the conference reminds them of the beginning of the women’s movement itself in this country a few decades ago.

Then, women sat in living rooms and began to talk about their lives.   This weekend, girls sat in meeting rooms across the street from the United Nations and talked about their lives.

One of them was 12-year old Lisa Ly of Inver Grove Heights, who took part in a workshop about girls’ rights and found herself talking about the teasing she takes from a group of boys at her school, who make fun of her because she is Hmong.

“I get a lot of put-downs in schools,” she says matter -of -factly.  “It’s because I look different.”

It’s hard to deal with, she says, because the taunts hurt her and if she complains, the teasing gets worse.  She tries to stay quiet, she says, hoping no one will notice her.  When she hears about studies that show many girls quit speaking up for themselves in their preteens, she nod her head.”

Unfortunately, the article here stops and is replaced with:     “Lanpher  continued on 6A

Page 6A apparently didn’t show up with this excerpt.

In brief Katherine Lampher was  an idiot.   The “ladies”, or  femmy  Marxist males, who probably organized this “Conference”…..and its eight year old participants…..should have been sent to girls’ camp to learn how to skin a moose. and become useful in life.   Only  females  and lefty men could be so natively nutty as to put this piece for 8 to 17 year old girls, in New York together.  

Many females I know even a few conservative ones  are gassed up almost exclusively by the air of self-esteem by just being a female and that is it.    Wow, what an accomplishment!   I wonder if they ever  thanked their  Dads?

I am a profound believer that the worst thing that ever happened to America is not the Civil War, because a good overwhelmed the bad from its results.  It is the foul, poisonous revolution led by sexual, mental and political  misfits like Betty Friedan, a Communist at that,  the nut, Andrea Dworkin, and Gloria Steinem and all of the hate, stupidity and its garbage that  was the Feminist movement unleashed with  twenty years of insanity leading to the collapse of stable America culturally and politically and to the America we have today where up is down and good is bad……it is all a matter of feelings.     They all became a powerful force ruining the traditional Democrat Party of John Kennedy.

On the other hand Ted Kennedy was a total female at heart.

Now, nearly every American institution of “higher” learning houses a Department of Women’s Studies, where anybody can get pumped up with female self esteem and become a Marxist.

Arnold Toynbee claimed, “Great civilizations are not murdered.   They commit suicide.” 

That suicide is guaranteed when a civilization’s females  gain power.  No longer is the society led by problem solvers and leaders of courage and  strength who can recognize and separate the wheat from the chaff,  who have the ability to use these gifts best when needed.   Every once in a while a qualified female problem solver shows up……Maggie Thatcher and Golda Meier come to mind.   Few enough men do despite their advamtages.   

The rest of the female sex mean well, but they are natively distsy and their presence during difficult times encourages males to appear likewise.

Girls scream when they play outdoors…..scream naturally as nature’s way of teaching her to announce to all she need’s help.   By nature the human female is not generally equipped to combine wile and knowledge with the power of memory to act wisely.

Men can be trained to be coddled and womanish…..look at the American Leftwing male population as an example.  Look at who we are in Washington D. C. these days.    When the society itself, especially its females  are pumped up with stinking air  of self esteem the future of ones culture is in trouble.    Decision making disappears.  Emotions begin to govern…..Emotions are  taught both to female and male young to replace thinking and problem solving…..society is doomed. 

Self esteem training becomes superior to learning history.

Bill Whittle Reports on Michael Moore and the Left’s Hunger to “Eat the Rich”

Eat the Rich!

Bill Whittle channels Iowahawk in the following video about sticking it to the “rich” in order to enact Barack Hussein Obama’s very expensive agenda for the United States during the coming year.

Iowahawk and Mr. Whittle use the demagoguery of Jabba the Hutt Michael Moore as the jumping-off point for a scheme to soak the rich and pay for Hope ’n’ Change in America:


How Chris Christie Handled a Union Thug Who Asked Teachers to Pray for Christie’s Death

Chris Christie Reviews Apology From Teacher Union Official

Who Prayed for His Death!

                                                                                                                   Teachers and their Unions are in the news these days.
You have probably forgotten the episode in New Jersey late last year when  a Teachers’ Union officer had asked his fellow teachers…TEACHERS, mind you, to pray for Governor Chris Christie’ death.
Click on the video below to review the Governor of New Jersey’s response.

Unions are among the most powerful institutions in America.  They have money and are interested in politics and power.  They support Democrat and Socialist political programs and candidates whether their members like it or not.

In New Jersey the powerful and very wealthy Teachers’ Union does not like their Governor, Chris Christie.  It has spent millions upon millions of dollars in advertising for Chris Christie’s  defeat in his election and failing to defeat him, in his efforts to return New Jersery to financial solvency.   

Not long ago one of its local union  officers sent out an email asking fellow teachers to pray  for the Governor’s death.  Recently a top teachers’ union official was invited to the Governor’s office to consider an apology.

Mr. Christie has certain gifts of speech, thought and attitude that are deeply appreciated by people from my generation, especially guys over 75 years old…..old enough to know when a spade was a spade.

Please click on below for Governor Christie’s review of the apology:


Lesson to be learned:   Beware of people such as Barack Obama, who have no sense of humor. 

Click on below for Governor Christie’s reponse to a Liberal reporter complaining about the Governor’s tone:


Left Wing Democrat ‘Corporation’ AARP, Subsidized by TaxPayer $$ to Make Killing from Obamacare!

The following article was sent to me by Prager fan, Mark Waldeland:

“Is there a link between support for the President’s health care takeover and special favors? In a report released today by the House Ways and Means Committee, “Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn’t Know,” Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) reveals that AARP could make $1 billion in the next 10 years from the health care takeover. Now that Medicare Advantage has been eliminated, the Washington Examiner explains that law would bring “more business to AARP’s insurance division…” Boustany, who is investigating the organization for this conflict of interest, wants the group’s tax-exempt status revoked.

For years, AARP has had a distinctly liberal bent. According to reports, the organization’s employees donated 90% of their campaign contributions to Democrats in the last two elections. As a group, AARP hasn’t been shy about lobbying the federal government either. Its $27.9 million in advocacy are third only to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Exxon Mobil. The group is also no stranger to raking in the tax dollars. Since 2003, Uncle Sam has doled out $390 million for AARP’s job-placement program. Again, this just shows ObamaCare for what it is: a product of dirty dealings and backdoor buy-offs.

Meanwhile, everyone under the sun who endorsed the law has either been paid off or exempted from the policy. If the groups who lobbied for the plan don’t want it, why should we? “Where’s my waiver?” asks Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring. His organization launched a petition–co-sponsored by FRC Action–asking the President for an American opt-out. Sign up here! In the meantime, help us push for a permanent waiver…called repeal!

You Can Help Restore Civility in Wisconsin by Supporting Justice Prosser!

I am passing on this following article by John Hinderaker at PowerLine, titled, “How to Support Justice Prosser,” with great enthusiasm, for Thugs are at the door of civility in Wisconsins to disruput the states’ legislative system:

John writes:

“Yesterday at noon National Review posted a good editorial on the next front in the battle of Wisconsin: the election pitting incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser against Joanne Kloppenburg. Kloppenburg has all but vowed to toe the union line on the budget repair bill if she makes it to the court. Her campaign is inimical to the rule of law, and the larger campaign supporting her is, as the NR editorial makes out, a disgusting exercise in vilification and dishonesty.

Justice Prosser has accepted public financing for his campaign and therefore cannot accept contributions. The NR editorial advises: “[Y]ou can help his campaign by helping the Wisconsin Club for Growth (donate here) or donating to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (donate online here; fax donation form here).”

NR’s editorial omits the date of the election. It’s next Tuesday, April 5. I don’t know how late contributions can be made and still have an impact on the race, but today would seem to be the latest.

UPDATE: John Nolte has much more on the union thuggery on behalf of Kloppenburg.”

Who Are the Real Thugs in the English Struggle with Islamic Tyranny?

A Luton Update from Tommy Robinson

Luton anti-EDL vandals #1
from the Gates of Vienna:
“As has often been pointed out in this space, the most important theater of the Counterjihad struggle is the ongoing information war. Although we can whup the enemy’s fundament on any conventional battlefield, we are currently being defeated, because Islam is winning the information war hands-down.

Right now The English Defence League is the biggest threat to the Jihad in Britain — and possibly in all of Europe. By exposing the truth about Islam, the EDL is awakening the average native English citizen to what Islamization really means.

Islam cannot succeed in the long term if this education process continues, so Muslim zealots — and their allies on the hard Left — are determined to subvert and distort the image of the EDL, thereby neutralizing the message it conveys.

The preferred technique is to cement in the eyes of the general public the idea that the EDL is a “racist”, “Nazi”, and “fascist” organization made up of violent lower-class hooligans. The latest examples of this information war in action are a series of vandalism and arson attacks on private homes in Luton that are meant to look like the work of the EDL, or to be targeting the EDL, or both.

If these attacks succeed in their purpose, the EDL will be discredited and its members intimidated — a twofer for the Great Jihad.

The following article about the situation by EDL leader Tommy Robinson was published tonight on the English Defence League website (see the original article for links to full-size versions of the photos):

Since we held our extremely success full demonstration in Luton the town is alive with positive talk among the local people about the EDL. People were expecting a bloodbath, a bunch of rowdy thugs out to fight and riot with the Islamic community. Well that was the hype anyway — or should I say “Hope” for some? Of course, that’s not what we delivered.

The level of opposition that we encounter from every angle is astounding when you think about it. The aggressors and idiots who try to provoke and attack us come from the Islamic community, from the deluded and often riotous militant-Left brigade… and let’s not forget the real “far right” — those white supremacist dinosaurs. And of course there are many other bands of various misfits.

The point is we have survived many attacks, and we have become bigger, better and more organised than people give us credit for. Our opponents know this, so their actions become more and more extreme. This is exactly what we have seen in Luton since the demo.

Some people just can’t accept any positive media about the EDL, they can’t accept anything less than a sensationalist or even manufactured headline that paints us in the very worst light imaginable. That is how scared these people are about our message. They are so scared that we are gaining ground that they will do anything they can to turn the screw on us. They know that with growing mainstream support, not just with the working class but with middle England too, we are becoming their worst nightmare. To counter our success it takes something drastic. Desperate times mean desperate measures.

One example that comes to mind is when Socialist Worker reported that Bolton Mosque had been attacked on the eve of our demonstration in the city. They made it really clear that we were almost definitely to blame. But, of course, the incident had nothing to do with the EDL — and the police were all too happy to make this clear to the local community.

But this sort of thing is happening daily — our opponents reporting their own prejudiced assumptions as if they were unbiased news stories.

Why do some people still believe that the EDL racist? Because that’s what they really want to believe! They want us to be the bad guys, and for everyone else to believe that too, because perhaps then people won’t realise how clueless groups like Socialist Worker and the UAF really are.

They accuse us of dividing communities. How? By telling the truth? We encourage an open debate, we educate our members. They keep talking about giving ‘no platform’ and ‘smashing’ the EDL. They accuse us of things without any evidence, and they continue to tell people that we’re racists despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Which group is really dividing communities?

Luton anti-EDL vandals #2
Anyway, here’s the latest example from Luton showing the desperate measures our opponents are willing to take…”

Comment:   I have been closely  following these events in the United Kingdom for a couple of months now.   I have toured the internet to gather all possible information regarding the battle for England’s future……a socialist democracy or a Islamist Sharia Dictatorship?

The Dictatorship has been winning.   These Arab Islamists have tons of money to cuddle and bribe both Labor and Conservative, Liberal and Independent bureaucrats, news people, entertainment people, school people, the Church of England people, and above all local officials.   If these people behave there will be no Peaceloving Islamists to assault and burn the town’s possessions.

They are of single purpose……to expand Islam and Sharia.   These Islamists are in a conquering mood, just like those chameleons who showed up at Ground Zero to build a mosque there to symbolize Islam’s victory over the American infidel.

This scenario is far too difficult for American Democrats and other Leftists to understand, for they have elected a Barack Hussein Obama who was born and for a time raised as a Muslim in Kenya.   He, as president has opened the American borders to anyone and everyone to invade.   He is chief spokesman of Islam thus far in explaining some niceties about Peaceful Islam, especially pre Ramadan time.

We know nothing about the president’s other faith, the one for political posturing.   He is empty mouthed at Lent and Easter.   He plays golf on Sundays claiming his beliefs are private.  

This certainly doesn’t bother me, for whatever Mr. Obama says, it is all the same bull, the same noise, the same mouth, with no more meaning , dedication or honesty than a baritone.

I find Tommy  Robinson a hero.   He is disliked among the entire establishment in London.   He didn’t go to university.   He doesn’t sound prissy like a Conservative and doesn’t lie like the Lefties always do which ever side of the Atlantic they dwell.     When he speaks, he wins friends.  (How unfair!)

Yes, the funniest thing about Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, is that he sounds like a real, true-to-life human being with some worries about the country where he was born, and seems to have a very special brain well organized for thought unfettered and untethered by college…….   CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT?


What ever is the world coming to?

For a view of a recent speech given by Tommy Robinson at a rally in his hometown,  Luton, click below:

What Credibility Can Obama Claim When His Speeches Are Only Baritones?


The President’s Credibility Gap

The following article was written bey Ross Douthat at the New York Times:

Addressing the nation Monday evening, President Obama suggested that the United States was in the process of reducing its military footprint in Libya, even as he explicitly rejected the idea of pursuing regime change in Tripoli by force of arms. Both statements seemed calculated to make our intervention seem tightly limited rather than open-ended. (“I want to be clear,” Obama said. “The United States of America has done what we said we would do.”) But two days later, both look dubious in the extreme.

No sooner had the president finished speaking than the Times’s Eric Schmitt came out with a story undercutting the idea that America can be just be one partner among many in the Libyan operation. (American military involvement, Schmitt reported, “is far deeper than discussed in public and more instrumental to the fight than was previously known.”) The next day in London, representatives of the allied powers took turns insisting that regime change was, in fact, the coalition’s goal in Libya. And 24 hours later, with Qaddafi’s forces counterattacking and the rebels falling back in disarray, American policymakers find themselves furiously debating whether our air campaign needs to be supplemented by an effort to arm the rebels directly — which would obviously represent a further escalation of the conflict, and one that would arguably fall outside the United Nations mandate that we claim to be enforcing.

Does it matter that Obama’s words don’t really seem to match his administration’s actions?  There’s an argument that it doesn’t, advanced by Stephen Walt and Kevin Drum among others. “In the end,” Drum suggests, “Obama will be judged on whether his approach works,” rather what he says or doesn’t say about it. Likewise Walt: “Because this was clearly a war of choice, what matters is not the justification that he provided for it or the ways he attempted to assuage concerns about possible precedents … What matters is what actually happens in Libya over the next few weeks or months.”

Now in the broad sense it’s true that nothing matters in warmaking as much as the outcome. But if and when things do go wrong in war — or if and when they turn messy and long-running and inconclusive, as seems all too likely in this case — it usually goes harder on politicians if they’ve been less than honest about the nature and scope of the conflict, what the risks might be, and how deeply the United States is willing to commit itself. Here I think Peter Feaver’s point is well taken:

Alas, the president only talked about optimistic scenarios. The obligatory gestures about a “difficult task”  – “Libya will remain dangerous…”; “Forty years of tyranny has left Libya fractured and without strong civil institutions” — barely scratched the surface of what could go wrong here. I did not expect the president to run down the “dirty dozen” list of bad things that might happen. That is the work of strategic planning shops. But I did expect more steeling of the American public for possible adverse developments.

Should those developments come, I suspect it will be worse for Obama politically if he’s perceived to have misled the public about what America is getting into in North Africa. And on the evidence of the last 48 hours, that’s precisely what he did on Monday night.”

Comment:   The president loves to speechify.   He gave a speech about bullying on the school yard.   He is against it.   The speech was given with the same beat, the same upturned nose, the same posture and inflections as his speech last Monday about bombing Libya without mentioning anything to Congress about his extended his bullying speech to stop bullying.

I happen to be for bullying Colonel Khadafi, Quaddafi, Ghadaffii or whoever he is living there in Tripoli causing trouble.  But I would like someone to bully this incompetent, devious, Marxist president, Barack Hussein Obama and his fellow Marxists in the new Democrat party here in the United States of America.

If you want to listen to a phony, listen carefully to each and every Barack Hussein Obama speech, but try to get past the hymn of the baritone……listen to the lyrics.    I know it’s tough for women to do, so listen to the comrade with your steady male friend for support.