• 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

Obama Government Overpays Unemployment Benefits by $14,000,000,000

Overpaid Unemployment Benefits Top $14 Billion

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

Overpayments are a rampant problem in the unemployment insurance system.  The program boasts the second highest rate for “improper payments” of any federal program, behind the National School Lunch Program, and is now targeted for significant efforts to prevent fraud, both intentional and unintentional, says CNN Money.

Officials for unemployment insurance are quick to emphasize that the majority of improper payments are the result of clerical error and not malicious activity. With the employee, employer and government workers each filling out substantial amounts of paperwork, it’s easy for a mistake to be made. Nevertheless, numerous cases of deliberate fraud have been uncovered.

  • The federal government and states overpaid an estimated $14 billion in benefits in fiscal 2011, or roughly 11 percent of all the jobless benefits paid out, according to reports from the U.S. Labor Department.
  • Of the overpaid funds, most end up in the hands of three types of people: those who aren’t actively searching for a job, those who were fired or quit voluntarily, and those who continue to file claims even though they’ve returned to work.
  • A smaller fraction goes to those who are intentionally scamming the system: common cases often involve prison inmates, illegal immigrants or even the deceased.

Addressing such problems is a difficult task. The system supports some 3.2 million Americans, meaning that even a small incidence of improper payments results in numerous cases.

  • The Labor Department estimates that roughly half of its overpayments are recoverable, but has fallen far short of recouping that much in the past.
  • Historically, only about a quarter of the estimated “recoverable” overpayments have actually been recovered, says an administrator in the Labor Department’s Office of Unemployment Insurance.
  • This poor track record persists despite the number of tools available to government agencies to recoup funds, including setting up payment plans, garnishing wages or deducting funds from federal income tax returns.
  • This is in addition to criminal sanctions: in fiscal 2011, there were roughly 2,700 convictions for fraud related to unemployment insurance.

Source: Annalyn Censky, “Overpaid Unemployment Benefits Top $14 Billion,” CNN Money, July 9, 2012.

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The Damaged Barack Hussein Obama they gave us as president

My favorite librarian, Jan DeSirey sent me the following article she found in the Wall Street Journal:

– by Alan Caruba:
>”I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a kind of
>make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened
>because at some point early on somebody or some group (George Soros
>anybody?) took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white,
>half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and
>concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his
>facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House.
>In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who
>else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45?
>”Dreams of My Father” was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years
>old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write
>them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend,
>Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c'” was
>the real author.
>His political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might
>be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the Illinois
>legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good
>fortune of having Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine at his
>He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency
>was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some
>greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped
>foot in the Capital.
>How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at
>the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no
>one had ever even heard of him before?
>He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm.
>A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black
>population, he oozed “cool” in a place where agriculture was the
>antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of
>volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.
>And then he had the great good fortune of having the Republicans
>select one of the most inept candidates for the presidency since Bob
>Dole. And then John McCain did something crazy. He picked Sarah
>Palin, an unknown female governor from the very distant state of
>Alaska . It was a ticket that was reminiscent of 1984’s Walter Mondale
>and Geraldine Ferraro and they went down to defeat.
>The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a
>schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning
>then and now over the man. The venom directed against McCain and, in
>particular, Palin, was extraordinary.
>Now, 3 full years into his presidency, all of those gilded years
>leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be
>President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the
>wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could
>not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present
>Far worse, however, is his capacity to want to “wish away” some
>terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention
>to destroy America and enslave the West. Any student of history
>knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It knocked on the doors of
>Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain.
>The great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign “world
>tour” were no substitute for having even the slightest grasp of
>history and the reality of a world filled with really bad people with
>really bad intentions.
>Oddly and perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a
>cakewalk, has positioned him to destroy the Democrat Party’s hold on
>power in Congress because in the end it was never about the Party.
>It was always about his communist ideology, learned at an early age
>from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme leftist friends
>and colleagues.
>Obama is a man who could deliver a snap judgment about a Boston
>police officer who arrested an “obstreperous” Harvard
>professor-friend, but would warn Americans against “jumping to
>conclusions” about a mass murderer at FortHood who shouted “Allahu
>Akbar.” The absurdity of that was lost on no one.
>He has since compounded this by calling the Christmas bomber “an
>isolated extremist” only to have to admit a day or two later that he
>was part of an al Qaeda plot.
>He is a man who could strive to close down our detention facility at
>Guantanamo even though those released were known to have returned to
>the battlefield against America. He could even instruct his Attorney
>General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a civil trial when no one
>else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he is a man who
>could wait three days before having anything to say about the
>perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have
>to elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first
>statement was so lame.
>The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the Bush
>administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth.
>Knock, knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as
>the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered
>and manufactured this pathetic individual’s life.
>When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate,
>this man spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most
>other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been
>sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true
>facts remain hidden.
>We laugh at the ventriloquist’s dummy, but what do you do when the
>dummy is President of the United States .
>We the people are coming!


The Muslim Brotherhood through Huma Abedin Alive and Well at the White House


by Andrew McCarthy     at    Pajamas Media:

Senator John McCain’s claim that concerns about Huma Abedin are a smear based on “a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations” proves more embarrassing by the day. In fact, to the extent it addressed Ms. Abedin, the letter sent to the State Department’s inspector general by five House conservatives actually understated the case.

The letter averred that Abedin “has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother — connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” It turns out, however, that Abedin herself is directly connected to Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major Muslim Brotherhood figure involved in the financing of al-Qaeda. Abedin worked for a number of years at the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs as assistant editor of its journal. The IMMA was founded by Naseef, who remained active in it for decades, overlapping for several years with Abedin. Naseef was also secretary general of the Muslim World League in Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most significant Muslim Brotherhood organization in the world. In that connection, he founded the Rabita Trust, which is formally designated as a foreign terrorist organization under American law due to its support of al-Qaeda.

You ought to be able to stop right there.

A person is not required to have done anything wrong to be denied a high-ranking government position, or more immediately, the security clearance allowing access to classified information that is necessary to function in such a job. There simply need be associations, allegiances, or interests that establish a potential conflict of interest.

Government jobs and access to the nation’s secrets are privileges, not rights. That is why the potential conflict needn’t stem from one’s own associations with hostile foreign countries, organizations, or persons. Vicarious associations, such as one’s parents’ connections to troublesome persons and organizations, are sufficient to create a potential conflict.

In this instance, however, before you even start probing the extensive, disturbing Brotherhood ties of her family members, Huma Abedin should have been ineligible for any significant government position based on her own personal and longstanding connection to Naseef’s organization.

Specifically, Ms. Abedeen was affiliated with the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, where she was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. The journal was the IMMA’s raison d’etre. Abedin held the position of assistant editor from 1996 through 2008 — from when she began working as an intern in the Clinton White House until shortly before she took her current position as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.

The IMMA was founded in the late 1970s by Abdullah Omar Naseef, who was then the vice president of the prestigious King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. The IMMA’s chief product was to be its journal. For the important position of managing editor, Naseef recruited his fellow academic Zyed Abedin, who had been a visiting professor at the university in the early 1970s.

To join the IMMA, Dr. Abedin moved his family, including infant daughter Huma (born in 1976), to Saudi Arabia from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Zyed’s wife, Saleha Mahmood Abedin (Huma’s mother), is also an academic and worked for the journal from its inception. She would eventually take it over after her husband died in 1993, and she remains its editor to this day. Huma Abedin’s brother Hassan, another academic, is an associate editor at the journal.

The journal began publishing in 1979. For its initial edition, Abdullah Omar Naseef — identified in the masthead as “Chairman, Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs” — penned a brief introduction relating the IMMA’s vision for the journal. Zyed Abedin appeared as managing editor in the journal’s second edition in 1979, proclaiming in a short introduction his “deep appreciation to H.E. Dr. Abdullah O. Naseef, President, King Abdulaziz University, for his continued guidance, support, and encouragement.” (I am indebted to the Center for Security Policy, which obtained some copies of the journal, going back many years.)

Not long after the journal started, Naseef became the secretary general of the Muslim World League, the Saudi-financed global propagation enterprise by which the Muslim Brotherhood’s virulently anti-Western brand of Islamist ideology is seeded throughout the world, very much including in the United States.

We are not talking here about some random imam in the dizzying alphabet soup of Islamist entities. In the pantheon of Islamic supremacism, there are few positions more critical than secretary general of the Muslim World League. In fact, one of the MWL’s founders was Sa’id Ramadan, the right-hand and son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna, the Brotherhood’s legendary founder.

The MWL manages the “civilization jihad” — the Brotherhood’s commitment to destroy the West from within, and to “conquer” it by sharia proselytism (or dawa), as Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s top sharia jurist, puts it.
Nevertheless, the MWL has a long history of deep involvement in violent jihad as well.

It was under MWL auspices in 1988 that Naseef created a “charity” called the Rabita Trust. The scare-quotes around “charity” are intentional. To direct the Rabita Trust, Naseef selected Wael Hamza Jalaidan. A few years earlier, Jalaidan had joined with Osama bin Laden to form al-Qaeda.

This would surprise you only if you waste your time listening to John McCain, Version 2012 — as opposed to John McCain, Version 2011, who professed himself “unalterably opposed” to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Under the Brotherhood’s interpretation of sharia, which is explained in such works as Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, all Muslims are supposed to donate a portion of their income. This obligation, known as zakat, is usually referred to as “charity” by Islamists and their Western pom-pom waivers. But it is not charity; it is fortification of the ummah – the notional global community of Muslims.

As Reliance instructs, zakat can only be given to Muslims, and one-eighth of it is supposed to be donated to “those fighting for Allah, meaning people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster.” Remember that the next time you hear the ubiquitous claim that Muslim charities are being misused as “fronts” for terrorism. This is not a “misuse” and they are not “fronts.” Under sharia, the streaming of donations to violent jihadists is quite intentional.

A month after the 9/11 attacks, Naseef’s Rabitah Trust was formally designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States government. Ultimately, branches of the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and the International Islamic Relief Organization – other “charities” with roots in the MWL — were also designated as foreign terrorist organizations under federal law. This, too, should have not been a surprise. In 2003, in connection with a terrorism prosecution in Chicago, the Justice Department proffered that Osama bin Laden had told his aide Jamal al-Fadl that the Muslim World League was one of al-Qaeda’s three top funding sources. (Fadl later renounced al-Qaeda and cooperated with federal prosecutors.)

Throughout the time that he ran the MWL and the Rabita Trust, Naseef kept his hand in at the IMMA. In fact, he continued to be listed on the masthead as a member of the “advisory editorial board” at the IMMA’s journal until 2003. We might hazard a guess why his name disappeared after that: in 2004, he was named as a defendant in the civil case brought by victims of the 9/11 atrocities. (In 2010, a federal court dropped him from the suit — not because he was found uninvolved, but because a judge reasoned the American court lacked personal jurisdiction over him.)

Huma Abedin was affiliated with the IMMA’s journal for a dozen years, from 1996 through 2008. She overlapped with its founder, Naseef, for at least seven years — it could be more, but I am assuming for argument’s sake that Naseef had no further involvement in his institute once his name was removed from the masthead.

The case against Ms. Abedin’s suitability for a high-level position with access to the nation’s secrets gets much worse if you add in her family ties.

To summarize what I’ve already outlined here at Ordered Liberty: her parents were recruited by Naseef to head up the IMMA; her mother is an active member of Muslim Brotherhood organizations — including the Muslim Sisterhood and two entities that are part of Sheikh Qaradawi’s Union of Good, another designated terrorist organization; there is persuasive evidence that her father was a member of the Brotherhood — e.g., the intimate tie to Naseef and his widow’s membership in the Muslim Sisterhood (which is substantially comprised of wives and female relatives of prominent Muslim Brothers); her mother is a tireless advocate of sharia law as preached by Qaradawi and the Brotherhood; and her brother, who is also affiliated with the IMMA’s journal, was a fellow at an Islamist institute (the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies) on whose board sat both Naseef and Qaradawi.

Nevertheless, the family ties to the Brotherhood only further elucidate what is already patent: Huma Abedin’s connection to Abdullah Omar Naseef, by itself, would have been more than enough justification to deny her a security clearance. That would have made it inconceivable that she could serve as deputy chief of staff to the secretary of state.

Ms. Abedin has very disturbing connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. Though she is not a policymaker, she is an important adviser, and during her three-year tenure, federal government policy has radically shifted in the Brotherhood’s favor, to the point that the Obama administration is not only embracing the previously shunned Brotherhood but issuing visas to members of formally designated terrorist organizations.

The question is not whether the five House conservatives were off-base in asking for an investigation into ties between administration officials and Islamist organizations. The question is why the other 430 members of the House haven’t joined them — and why John McCain, John Boehner, and other Republican establishment luminaries are championing the Muslim Brotherhood’s side of the dispute.

My God, this Senator Marco Rubio Is Good at explaining AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE

From realclearpolitics videos:

Sen. Marco Rubio Explains The Free Enterprise System: