• 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

George Will Writes about that OTHER America…..the ‘Fatherless’ Inner City America

Lifting up the fatherless

by George F. Will       at the Washington Post:

“The worst day of Sugar Bear’s 55 years was one of the days — there have been many of them — when he got out of prison. In the early 1990s, in a prison where people whose sentences have ended and are being released see those whose sentences are just beginning, he saw one of his sons coming in.

Generational recidivism is not unusual in Sugar Bear’s world of fatherlessness. His son, who was convicted of selling drugs, is still incarcerated because he has not been a model prisoner. He is an apple that did not fall far from the tree.

Sugar Bear — few call him Robert Lewis Jackson — was a precocious lawbreaker. His first arrest — “for GTA” (grand theft auto), he explains — involved a 1959 Chevy El Camino. He remembers that it was orange. He pulled off the freeway, into a gas station, and climbed down from the vehicle. The police who apprehended him there were startled. He was almost 5.

Really. LAPD records confirm this. He drove the El Camino by sitting on a large pillow so he could see out the windshield and using a long stick to work the pedals.

Born to an unmarried, mentally ill prostitute, he acquired his interest in driving from his grandfather, who would drive around the block with Sugar Bear in his lap. Not until Sugar Bear was 25 did he learn that his grandfather was his father, too, having had a sexual relationship with Sugar Bear’s mother.

Sugar Bear grew up mostly on the streets, episodically drifting into and out of the care, such as it was, of various female relatives. He kept moving on because one relative was beaten to death in an alley, another was killed by a shotgun blast and another had Drano poured in her eyes for reasons Sugar Bear does not remember. He supported himself gathering discarded bottles for their deposits and cadging hamburgers and peanut butter sandwiches from sympathetic strangers.

His life in the nation’s entertainment capital included the exciting night of Dec. 11, 1964, when he was outside the motel when singer Sam (“You Send Me”) Cooke was fatally shot. Sugar Bear was 8.

Although he has never been married, he has five children. He has been shot only once. He says he “did juvenile time” but managed, largely because he was an athlete, to graduate from high school. After that, he was incarcerated five times, for sentences ranging from six months to 11 years. He says he was implicated in “a 187” — murder of a corrections officer — but was exonerated. Then his life’s gyrations intersected with some benevolent institutions.

In 1965, immediately after the Watts riots that announced to a largely oblivious nation the volatility of some pockets of social regression, a UCLA undergraduate, Keith Phillips, moved into this devastated section of the city of angels. Now 65, Phillips is the reason why World Impact, his creation, is a presence in 13 of America’s most troubled cities, such as Newark and East St. Louis. Its focus is on fatherlessness and the social pathologies that flow from it.

This is the preoccupation of Ken Canfield, 58, a Kansas State Ph.D. who, until five years ago, headed the National Center for Fathering in Kansas City. He then moved here to help Pepperdine University develop a Center for the Family, and he now labors with World Impact living among the city’s most troubled people. Canfield acquainted Sugar Bear with Psalm 68, which speaks of God as “father of the fatherless” who “setteth the solitary in families.” For people like Sugar Bear, people with holes in their souls never filled by the love of fathers, Canfield says religion offers the “spiritualization of fatherhood”:

“If you don’t have the calm self-respect that a father gives, your passions go sideways. For a number of men, their passions become sexualized as they look for comfort and affirmation of their manhood.”

On a recent day, Sugar Bear, a burly, cheerful survivor, was wearing a windbreaker bearing the logo of the Union Rescue Mission. He works there, helping provide services to, among others, a small portion of L.A. County’s 50,000 homeless, 30 percent of whom are under 35. Bailing an ocean with a thimble? Perhaps. Still, Phillips, Canfield and Sugar Bear, this unlikely American trio, exemplify a very American approach to social regeneration:  one by one, from the inside out.”


For Those of Us Who Smile hearing the name, Ed Koch!

This niche in the lineup hopefully of things readable for thinking folks,  is  particularly for those who smile  when hearing  about the former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch.  
I am one of them.     In his article, THE LAST SANE LIBERAL,  I remember why the smiles.
I was still a  Liberal, when Koch became a well known name in American public life…..even though he was quite parochial as a New Yorker.   Adults  read newspapers, then.    The industry  printed  lots of pages of news for adults,  including goings on all over  the city of  Minneapolis except  the violent ones in its high crime neighborhoods.
 The Last Sane Liberal
Mayor Ed Koch’s practical progressivism saved Gotham’s finances and restored its spirit.     (Click below for article.)

Romney versus Hitlerian Obama, the 1933 Adolf

Deconstructing Romney, Part I…..is a piece at PowerLine by loyal but conserned conservative Steven Hayward.  

I personally am very pleased that the right person, Mitt Romney,  at this moment is leading the Republican Party in its efforts to unseat the most devious, dishonest and antiAmerican ever to occupy the White House.    I believe he is pre1933 Hitlerian, a chronic liar and cheat with a great gift of propaganda willing to destroy the country to secure power.

I don’t believe Adolf played golf, however.

Hayward writes:

“Romney, and the conservative movement (and the presidency, for that matter), may well benefit from low expectations.  I recall from my days gnashing my teeth over California politics that whenever we had to settle for a weak or moderate Republican, we’d sometimes console ourselves with the thought that “maybe he’ll sell out to us.”  That’s just what Jonah Goldberg thinks could happen with Romney in his column “The Case for Romney.”

Let me try to offer some solace. Even if Romney is a Potemkin conservative (a claim I think has merit but is also exaggerated), there is an instrumental case to be made for him: It is better to have a president who owes you than to have one who claims to own you.

A President Romney would be on a very short leash. A President Gingrich would probably chew through his leash in the first ten minutes of his presidency and wander off into trouble. If elected, Romney must follow through for conservatives and honor his vows to repeal Obamacare, implement Representative Paul Ryan’s agenda, and stay true to his pro-life commitments.

Meanwhile, a liberal observer, Theda Skocpol of Harvard, writes in the Washington Post today that Romney is a “stealth” Tea Party candidate.  Let us hope this liberal paranoia is correct in this case!

Research shows that presidents strive to carry out the promises they make during campaigns. If Romney defeats Obama, he could take office backed by a Republican-led House and Senate, which would quickly send radical-right bills to his desk. A President Romney would sign them all — the Ryan budget eviscerating Medicare and Medicaid, a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts, harsh immigration crackdowns, the gutting of ObamaCare. Whatever his deep-down beliefs, he would be determined to overcome any lingering conservative skepticism.

In Romney, the tea party has found the ultimate prize: a candidate loyal to the movement’s agenda, but able to fool enough pundits and moderate voters to win the White House at a time when the tea party has lost broad appeal. Pushing the Republican Party to the hard right and denying Obama a second term have always been top tea party goals. In Romney, the movement has just the man it needs.

So don’t despair, folks!  Everything is going according to plan.”


Steve Hayward at PowerLine…..Occupy Gangs Might Disappear Now

……as cites Bill Maher as a knowledgeable source:

Hayward watched the “Meet the Press” roundtable this morning, and  writes:   “you know the Occupy movement is pretty much done when Bill Maher says he’s “almost in agreement with Newt Gingrich” about it.  Here’s what he said on Friday’s show:

“As I watch them on the news now, I find myself almost in agreement with Newt Gingrich, like, ‘You know what, get a job.’ Only because the people who originally started it, I think they went home. Now it’s just these anarchists stragglers. And this is the problem when your movement involves sleeping over in the park. You wind up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway. And I think this is where we are with the ‘Occupy movement’”


Islam Inroads into America…..Fascism on the March

Muslim Brotherhood Trying to Police the NYPD

by Clare M. Lopez                                                      (Article sent from Lisa Rich in California.)
After forcing the FBI and CIA to purge their counterterrorism training programs of all references to “Islam” in “Islamic terrorism,” the Muslim Brotherhood in America has turned its sights on the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Image credit: Reuters
Writers from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law have posted op-ed pieces in the New York Times criticizing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly for appearing in “The Third Jihad” and authorizing its screening in NYPD training courses.
The critically-acclaimed documentary is narrated by devout American Muslim and Navy veteran, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser (President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy), and presents a factual look at the published mission of Muslim Brotherhood front groups and affiliates “in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”
For those who have actually watched “The Third Jihad,” it is clear that the film is not about all Muslims or even all American Muslims. It is about that minority of Muslims who are actively engaged in subversion to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law (shariah). The Brennan Center is actually providing a living case study of exactly what The Third Jihad is all about.
Under Islamic law, speaking criticism of Islam or Islamic law is expressly forbidden. Such criticism—especially by non-Muslims—provides the justification for attack.
In their latest NYT hit piece, published January 29, 2012, Brennan Center affiliates Faiza Patel and Elizabeth Goitein attack against the NYPD and Commissioner Kelly.  And in their mission to censor the tools used by New York’s finest to deal effectively with Islamic terrorism, they actually call for the appointment of a presumably Muslim-sensitive Inspector General (IG) to oversee the NYPD.
What the Times fails to mention is that the Brennan Center in 2009 received the “Safe While Free Award” from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  CAIR was named by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding case. CAIR was founded by Hamas members and operates in the U.S. as a support group for the Muslim Brotherhood.
In other words, groups with ties to Hamas are now telling the NYPD how to manage its counterterrorism training.  Worse, they shamefully call for the Commissioner’s resignation and the appointment of an inspector to investigate how the NYPD has been so successful at keeping New York safe from terror attacks since 9/11.
The only thing more shameful is NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly capitulating. Kelly and his police force are champions in the war to keep America safe. Their showing of The Third Jihad should be praised as an important element of their success in uncovering and defeating numerous terrorist plots.
In The Third Jihad, Ray Kelly joins former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, and others to explain the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in conducting homegrown jihad and threatening our Constitutional liberties and the American way of life. Aside from apologizing for defending New Yorkers, Kelly has nothing to be ashamed of and neither does the NYPD.
The Muslim Brotherhood has no business dictating counterterrorism policy to the NYPD—and the NYPD has no business taking its training directives from a group whose motto remains:
Allah is our objective
The Prophet is our guide
The Qur’an is our law
Jihad is our way
And dying in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration.
The Brennan Center offensive against the NYPD is a real-time demonstration of The Third Jihad’s key theme: how Muslim Brotherhood supporters work assiduously to undermine America’s counterterrorism defenses through infiltration, intimidation, and subversion of this country’s most important law enforcement and national security organizations.

Clare M. Lopez is a Senior Fellow at The Clarion Fund and a distinguished member of Team B II, which produced the “Shariah: The Threat to America” study in 2010. She is interviewed in The Third Jihad, which may be viewed for free at www.thethirdjihad.com.

Peggy Noonan Notes Obama’s LiarGates and Romney Gaffe, forgetting Romney’s Mormonism

The news airers, both Republican  and Marxist-Democrat are agog over an alleged Romney ‘gaffe’.   The conservative candidate didn’t sufficiently respect the poor of the American poor when he said he was more concerned about the future of the nation’s middle class…….The poor already  had a safety net, and if that wasn’t enough, he, Mitt Romney as president would tend to the problem.

WOW….WHAT A GAFFE…..It must be a gaffe, because the left and right both claim it is.    Mitt Romney is a millionaire.   Millionaires, except for Marxists like Barack Hussein Obama, don’t have ‘hearts’, the mass media bleats.     They don’t know what it is like being poor,  except the  “sensitive”  Marxist wealthy at the New York Times and other watering holes where  the American Left ‘takes a leak’.

Personally, I do find Mitt Romney wanting in a number of areas.   Why not?   He’s human, not my clone.   I remember enough from my Christian education past that all mankind is wanting something or another and some more than others.   Women, too, but they dream rather than problem-solve and so cannot be taken too seriously.

Nevertheless, I like to know what’s up among these dreamy and hysterical habitual shoppers…..the American female tribes.   So, I read Peggy Noonan’s Saturday column in the Wall Street Journal.

She spent some time writing about  Romney gaffe.   She also spent time writing about the Republican establishment.   One hears a lot about this establishment, but know one names names.    I am hungry for names…..Names need to be attached to ideas.   They may suggest a history or two about both name and idea as an aid for readers to begin to figure out  what is going on.

In her Wall Street Journal’s February 4, 2012 performance, dear Peggy begins her column with a gaffe, an error, a piece of inflammatory information.

Referring to Mr. Romney she announces:  “He’s taken heavy fire for his interview with CNN’s  Soledad O’Brien, in which he said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

Romney did, but yet,  didn’t say the Peggy Noonan quote.    He qualified his own words by adding a phrase about the poor’s safety net, and if the safety net were not sufficient, as president he would correct the matter.

The Romney gaffe was gaffed later…..when he apologized for his alleged ‘big gaffe’.  Romney should have nailed the Peggy Noonan’s and those leftward for being so narrow in their ear lobes and attention spans.

Nearly every time Barack Hussein Obama opens his mouth a classic evil escapes….Obamalies are strewn everywhere.   From “I am a Christian”, to his story-telling explaining  Obamacare, ObamaAmerica, Obamawar, Obamaeconomics, Obamaleadership, and Obamapast.   Obama sells his Marxism couched in Obamatongues  based on  divisive tribal jealousies and hate.    

Obama was, after all, a graduate of Jeremiah Wright’s  “Goddamn America’ temple of racism in Chicago where he studied from this ‘father figure’,  for twenty two years.

Ms. Noonan states concerns among conservatives….”unease with what Mr. Romney really thinks and why he thinks it.   He should set himself to giving a fuller picture of his thoughts.”

Yes, as a conservative, I have had the same Noonan concerns.   But Romney is a private guy…..not well born as a politician…..a family guy, a Mormon guy, a guy who spends time loving and caring for those closest too him.

Such guys used to be honored in American society.   That was before the feminist, druggie, and  black racist  assaults  upon  civilized life over  the past 40 years. 

Peggy continues:   “That establishment is not what it was decades ago, when it was peopled by seasoned veterans who made decisions and got people in line.  That’s gone.  What has replaced it is a loose condederation of groups and professionals – current and former elected officials and their staffs, activists, the old party machinery, bundlers and contributors, journalists, radio and TV stars, mostly but not exclusively based in Washington.”

Noonan adds…”The great myth of the election year is that they are for Mitt Romney.   They are not.   They are almost all against Newt Gingrich because they know him, they’ve worked with him.  But they mostly do not love Mr. Romney.

The establishment didn’t get its candidate:  Mitch Daniels or Jeb Bush, John Thune or Paul Ryan, Haley Barbour or Chris Christie.”

I must be part of the Republican establishment.   I’ve really liked  Chris Christie and Paul Ryan.

“Why doesn’t the establishment like Mr. Romney?”   She wonders.   “Because they fear he won’t win, that he’ll get clobbered on such issues as Bain, wealth, taxes.   Because when they listen to him, they get the impression he’s reciting lines his aides came up with in debate prep.  Because if he wins, they’re not sure he’ll have a meaning or mandate.

But mostly because his insides are unknown to them.   They don’t know what’s in there.   They fear he hasn’t absorbed any philosophy along the way, that he’ll be herky-jerky, unanchored, merely tactical as president.   And  they think that now of all times more is needed.    They want to reform the tax system and begin reining in the entitlement spending that is bankrupting us.   They don’t read him as the guy who can perform these  two Herculean jobs, each of which will demand first-rate political talent.   And shrewdness.   And guts.”   

Noonan writes well regarding my own  concerns, here on Nobobdy Northland street, about all of the Republican leadership now blossoming in  the American political garden.   Noonan, however, has forgotten a very important element in the Romney saga……Mitt Romney is a Mormon……a rather successful one in both  achievement and behavior.    To be a Mormon  is to be an American living as a minority in America  behaving very American.

What Mormon concerns are today are America’s CONSERVATIVE concerns.   I offer you, dear Prager fans, the following video …..a five minute Call of Concern by Neal Maxwell in 1978 about the rise of America’s secular religion, IRRELIGION  which might help you become better acquainted with the ROMNEY INSIDE.

I am not a Mormon.   Has anyone from official Mormonism made a political statement regarding this 2012 American political year?    This Church remains quiet.    The  Church of the Latter Day Saints’ congregations will remain quiet, but will support Mitt Romney with about 90% or more of its vote as American citizens not by Church, Union or Political Party edict.  

Does this Mormon Call of Concern  mean that there is not guts, no insides to Mormonism……to  Mitt Romney?   Click below to find out:  

Remember Obamacare? It still has to be repealed!


by  Milton  Wolf     at the Washington Times:

“In November, Republicans will face an incumbent whose failed presidency makes Jimmy Carter look worthy of Mount Rushmore. And they will lose unless they focus like a laser on the two intertwined strands of disastrous DNA that define the Obama era: Obamanomics and Obamacare. It is mystifying, then, that the GOP would risk surrendering either of these issues.

So overwhelmingly unpopular is Obamacare that in his third State of the Union address, President Obama barely made a passing reference to it, the namesake signature issue of his presidency. Why? Because opinion polls have consistently shown that the majority of Americans want it repealed. Outrage over the law fueled a historic tidal-wave election in 2010 in national and state offices that painted a blue map red, a sea change the likes of which America has not seen since Warren Harding was in the White House.

Romneycare is the blueprint for Obamacare and shares its top-down, government-run fundamentals. At its core is the individual mandate that criminalizes anyone who refuses to purchase government-sanctioned health insurance. When confronted with this inconvenient reality, Mitt Romney had this stunning response: “It’s not worth getting angry about.”

The hell it’s not.

For the first time in the history of our republic, our government has demanded that every American, upon the condition of breathing, be forced to enter a legal contract with government-approved corporations. Not even King George III dared impose such control. In truth, if a government can force you to patronize companies of its choosing, the fundamental relationship between the government and the individual is irrevocably changed. If it is allowed to stand, there will be no part of your life the government cannot control and no crony it cannot enrich – with your money.

Isn’t that worth getting angry about?

Mitt Romney promises to repeal Obamacare while bitterly clinging to weak defenses of Romneycare. But why? Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of Romneycare has said that there is “zero difference” between it and Obamacare. “They’re the same … bill,” declared Mr. Romney’s own adviser.

So now Team Romney, seeking any port in the storm of its own making, proclaims that the difference is this: Romneycare complies with the Massachusetts state constitution, whereas Obamacare violates the U.S. Constitution. Of course, no one has claimed otherwise. The charge is that government-run private health care is a bad idea, whether by a state or feds, even if it’s legal.

Romneycare is not only a betrayal of individual liberty and private property rights, it’s also bad medicine. The former governor went on to claim, “Ninety-two percent of the people in my state had insurance before our plan went in place, and nothing changes for them.” Oh really? That’s the same promise Mr. Obama made about Obamacare, you’ll remember: “If you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan.” It’s just as false.

So how exactly is Romneycare working out for those 92 percent, and everyone else for that matter?

Romneycare has increased private health care costs for patients and has created longer wait times to see a doctor. Fewer doctors in Massachusetts are willing to accept Medicare or even see new patients. Medicare and Medicaid costs also have increased, sticking taxpayers nationwide with the bill. Government regulations have further eroded the doctor-patient relationship. More than 18,000 jobs have been lost, and disposable income has suffered. The state has lost more than $25 million in private-sector investments. So much for “nothing changes for them.”

Isn’t that worth getting angry about?

Ann Coulter, the once-conservative firebrand, is all-in for Mitt Romney. Only recently, she said Romneycare “shows the failure of even statewide universal care” but now -abracadabra, presto chango – she quite seriously calls for “three cheers for Romneycare.” You’ve got to admire the new chief cheerleader for the moderate movement. We haven’t seen such dizzying flip-flops since, well, Mr. Romney on immigration, the George W. Bush tax cuts, the Reagan legacy, the Second Amendment, global warming, same-sex marriage, “don’t ask, don’t tell” and abortion. Maybe she’s auditioning for a Cabinet position, or her own show on MSNBC.

Massachusetts’ government-run health care is an assault on conservative values. That Ms. Coulter, an intelligent woman, would willingly sacrifice her reputation to defend it is quite telling. She knows that Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare, is the undoing of the Romney campaign – if not in the primaries, just wait for the general election.

Imagine the presidential debate stage. Mr. Obama says to Mitt Romney: “Governor, why is it that you’re so determined to repeal Obamacare? Are you opposed to the individual mandate? The fines imposed? The insurance company regulations? The Medicaid expansion? The increased taxes? What is it exactly? Because we adopted all of those things from you.”

What comes next could end the debate and perhaps the election just as quickly as Ronald Reagan’s “Well, there you go again” to Jimmy Carter. Mr. Obama will turn to Mr. Romney, pause for a moment and then say with a disarming smile: “Mitt, it’s not worth getting angry about.”

Dr. Milton R. Wolf, a Washington Times columnist, is a radiologist and President Obama’s cousin. He blogs at miltonwolf.com.