• 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

Since Obama Lies so Frequently, Does Joe Biden think Lying has become Chic?

Biden blasts Ryan at Ohio union rally

By Carrie Dann, NBC News

The morning after the Republican Party officially nominated its presidential standard-bearers, Vice President Joe Biden appeared in Ohio auto country to blast the Romney-Ryan convention speeches as “not on the level,” accusing the GOP vice presidential nominee of fudging details of a closed auto plant.

Referencing Rep. Paul Ryan’s story of a shuttered Wisconsin GM plant, since put under the microscope by fact-checkers, Biden offered his own timeline of events during an appearance at a United Auto Workers hall in Lordstown, Ohio.

“What he didn’t tell you was that plant in Janesville actually closed while President Bush was still in office,” Biden said. “And what they didn’t say is, but for the sacrifices you all made, and the courage of the President of the U.S., all those GM plants would be closed, here all across the company.”

Independent fact-checkers have wrangled over the veracity of Ryan’s claim that Barack Obama broke his promise to help keep the plant open. The facility was idled under Bush but remained on standby status during the early days of Obama’s presidency

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said in response to Biden’s claims that “the vice president can’t answer for this administration’s unfulfilled promises and failed record … Like many towns across America, Janesville, Wisconsin is still waiting for the recovery the president promised.” Buck pointed to Obama’s October 2008 statement that he would “lead an effort to retool plants” like the one in Ryan’s hometown.

In remarks to about 200 attendees, the vice president did not reserve all his fire for his GOP counterpart. Referencing a recent article in Rolling Stone that indicated Romney-led Bain Capital received federal assistance for its reorganization, Biden contrasted that attitude with Romney’s opposition to a full auto industry bailout.

The Associated Press’ Liz Sidoti, Republican Strategist Phil Musser, Senior Editor of the National Review and Bloomberg columnist Ramesh Ponnuru and Indiana Republican Communications Director Pete Seat review Mitt Romney’s speech and talk about the convention on a whole.

“It was one thing when a million middle-class jobs were on the line,” he said of Romney’s alleged seeking of federal assistance. “It was another thing when his own financial interests and those of his partners were on the line.”

On the alleged Bain “bailout,” the Romney campaign noted that the 1990 loan restructuring was actually for a spinoff company of the one founded by Romney and was administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission, which does not take or use taxpayer funds. 

The vice president added that Republicans who lamented the flagging economy during their 3-day confab in Tampa failed to recognize advances in the Rust Belt and in the community of Lordstown, where Chevrolet has announced a plant will make new Cruze vehicles.

“They said last night that things weren’t getting better,” Biden said. “I guess they don’t know what’s happened in this valley.  I guess they don’t know what’s happened here in Lordstown. I guess they haven’t met any of y’all.”

While Biden’s criticisms were characteristically harsh, perhaps a more blunt version of an RNC fact check was offered to the crowd by former Gov. Ted Strickland, who introduced the vice president.

“They’re crazy,” Strickland said of the GOP. “They lie. Their strategy for winning this election is to tell the big lie.”

Racist Obama Campaign Continues Racist Charges

The worst raaaaacism charge against

Romney evah?

by Jazz Shaw      at  HotAir:

Ron Fournier, editor in chief of National Journal, has taken time out of his busy day to pen a hit piece on Mitt Romney which really must be read to be believed. (Though you may want to brace yourself ahead of time with either strong drink or your acid reflux disease medicine.) Titled, Why (and How) Romney is Playing the Race Card, it appears that Ron feels he’s struck on the final, definitive, proof-positive that Romney is running for the position of Racist in Chief and is relying on all of those evil, secretly racist white people to hustle him into office while keeping their ignorant views on the Down Low.

Our story begins with the author speaking to two middle class, working guys. I should point out… white guys since Ron takes such pains to do so. And one of them is a childhood friend of his. They are discussing the question of “middle-class blacks and Hispanics are far more optimistic about their children’s future than are whites of the same economic status.

“What do you think the unemployment rate is among blacks? In Detroit, it’s probably 40 percent. If the unemployment rate is that high, why is it that they are so optimistic about their future and the future of their children?”

Benson paused, heard no reply, and answered his own question.


There it is. The Macomb County buzz word for welfare, a synonym that rests on the tongues of the white middle class like sour milk.

And even though Ron takes pains to point out that these men “don’t use the N-word” and are not “filled with hate,” he decides to translate their words for them. (Including his friend.)

“It’s a generational apathy,” Miller said, “and they keep getting more and more (apathetic) because they don’t have to work. If they sleep all day and free money …”

” … Comes in the mail,” Benson said.

“… not in the mail anymore,” Miller said, “It’s in a magic card they can swipe.”

They poked at their egg yolks until Miller broke the silence. “I feel like a fool for not jumping on that shit and getting some (welfare) myself,” Miller said. “But I couldn’t sleep at night.”

I share this story to crack the code – the subtle language of distrust and prejudice that whites use to communicate deep-set fears, and that cynical politicians translate into votes. Translating Miller and Benson:

“Subsidization” = Welfare

“Generational Apathy” = Lazy

“They Slept All Day” = Blacks Sleep All Day

“I Feel Like a Fool” = I’m Mad As Hell

So Ron has decided to take these friends who he defines as people who don’t engage in hate speech and redefine their answers to his questions to make them racists. Why? Because he wants to talk about Mitt Romney’s opposition to the recent changes proposed to welfare rules by President Obama. Fournier dismisses the idea that “work is being removed from welfare” even though it flies in the face of the entirely vague, open door nature of the order. So since we’re not going to bother actually reading the rule and seeing what sort of “options” might be enacted by the states in such an open door situation, Ron finds another reason for Obama penning it.

Kaufman who I’ve known and respected for years, accused me of playing the race card — a fair point, strictly speaking, because I raised the question in a public setting: a joint interview with CBS’ John Dickerson before a large audience and live-streamed.

Still, Romney and his advisers stand by an ad they know is wrong — or, at the very least, they are carelessly ignoring the facts. That ad is exploiting the worst instincts of white voters — as predicted and substantiated by the Republican Party’s own polling.

That leaves one inescapable conclusion: The Romney campaign is either recklessly ignorant of the facts, some of which they possess — or it is lying about why (and how) it is playing the race card.

In one overly wordy swipe, Ron throws his own friend under the bus for the sake of claiming that an advertisement on this subject by Romney doesn’t prove that Mitt is a racist. Oh no! He charges that working class white people across the country are racists, and Mitt is the disingenuous scam artist seeking to capitalize on their hatred for electoral advantage.

This, my friends, is what derangement and desperation look like.

Truth about Obama Truly Appears in the WASHINGTON POST

MATT PETERSON WRITES THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH…..but will be public on the dole  be interested in it?

The following article was sent by fellow conservative and neighbor, Arlene Taber….by  Matt Patterson (columnist for the Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

Government & Society

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.

How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”) ; and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that’s when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely                        think or speak at all {Re: “uh, uh uh”}.

Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence.

But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job.

When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.”

Comment:   Evil in the flock emanates from evil in the flock’s leader.   The deceit and dishonesty of Barack Hussein Obama permeates his entire administration and campaign organization…….and it is foul producing foul Americans doing foul deeds.     It is the first American administration selling an amoral compass…….one popular among university Marxists.
Further comment:   I have received an email  which questions whether Matt Patterson’s above article actually did appear in the Washington Post, but  rather was  published in another publication for which he writes.    My gut feeling is that the email sender is correct.   I cannot imagine the folks running the Washington Post allowing such  powerful criticisms of Obama onto its pages.

Democrats at Politifact Lie about Paul Ryan and the Janesville GM Plant

Politifact Lies About Paul Ryan and the Janesville GM Plant
 Last night Politifact Wisconsin issued one of the least factual and most skewed “fact checks” I’ve ever seen. Not only do they bend over backwards to provide cover to one of the most impotent promises President Obama ever made, they also simply lie about the key facts they use to label Paul Ryan’s claim false. Here is Politifact’s ruling:

Ryan said Obama broke his promise to keep a Wisconsin GM plant from closing. But we don’t see evidence he explicitly made such a promise — and more importantly, the Janesville plant shut down before he took office.

We rate Ryan’s statement False.

Let’s start with what Obama said and see if any reasonable human being who isn’t simply shilling for the President could possibly reach the same conclusion as Politifact:

I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday, and I know how hard your Governor has fought to keep jobs in this plant.  But I also know how much progress you’ve made – how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out.  And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years.  The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive.  I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your President.

So, President Obama went to the Janesville GM plant and told them that if the policies he supports were enacted, the plant would “be here for another hundred years”. If a presidential candidate comes to your plant and tells you the execution of his policies will keep it open for another hundred years that’s a promise or a guarentee or whatever you want. However, it most certainly isn’t meaningless as Politifact would like us all to believe.

And, of course, President Obama’s policies were enacted but the Janesville GM plant didn’t even survive through all of 2009. Instead, it shut down on April 23rd 2009. Which brings me to the next point. Politifact is just plain lying about when the Jainsville plant closed.

They claim it “effectively” closed in December of 2008. That’s simply false. While the SUV line in the plant was shut down in December of 2008 the plant’s truck line remained up and running until April 23rd 2009.

There’s just no way around that. Throwing in a weasel word like “effectively” doesn’t change anything. The simple fact is that closed factories don’t build trucks.

So, there you have it. President Obama promised the Janesville GM plant would go on building for a hundred years but even after the government bought GM and Obama came into office the plant shut down. That’s the reality of the situation whether the liberals at Politifact like it or not.

Condoleeza Rice: The Magnificent Beauty of Being an American

Little in life surpasses the magnificence of  the actions aroused by  male heroism…..the greatest of all tests felt profoundly by nearly all of the maturing males of  its thinking population.   Many of us, probably most of us,  have never been tested to meet that particular moment that is so reverently  remembered, but we pray that we will  be ready to oblige and not fail.

I believe most courage is taught either through training or by a Godly trigger of instinct.

Female heroism is rare unless in incurs defense of her children.    That isn’t to suggest she is without the ability to be heroic.   She simply has different ‘chemical’ constituencies from which to draw.    She cannot be cursed by all for being a coward.

Courage can arise from a dream, and in Condoleeza Rice’s case,  it arose from the dreams of  caring, loving parents who taught  the classical Biblical response…..and traditional American defense against  unfairness, be true to thyself, believe in the power of God and God’s justice,  and act upon the freedoms which exist in your America, and prepare yourself with knowledge, work,   and acceptance.

I was encouraged while watching most of the televised portions of  the Republican National Convention,  that many of its    male speakers,   the principal problem solvers of the human species, such as Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Artur Davis,  Paul Ryan, and others who actually recognized their genetic gifts and dared to rely on them to speak out about America’s present crises and issues honestly and with serious intent.

How unObama like.

But, the moment of the convention which stirred  my emotions most came from a few sentences from the speaker’s  own personal background……which suggested a long term steadfast gentle, yet determined   courage and  heroism of a woman speaker who grew up regally that she might honor herself, her family  and her country to serve it in the best American way.

You might want to read her speech and review that last sentiment she left with her fellow Americans.

                 Condoleeza Rice’s  speech  at the 2012 Republican convention:

“Good evening. Distinguished delegates, fellow Republicans, fellow Americans.

We gather here at a time of significance and challenge. This young century has been a difficult one. I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center — and then a second one — and a third, the Pentagon. And then the news of a fourth, driven into the ground by brave citizens that died so that many others would live. From that day on our sense of vulnerability and our understanding of security would be altered forever.

Then in 2008 the global financial and economic crisis stunned us and still reverberates as unemployment, economic uncertainty and failed policies cast a pall over the American recovery so desperately needed at home and abroad.

And we have seen once again that the desire for freedom is universal — as men and women in the Middle East demand it. Yet, the promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty; internal strife and hostile neighbors are challenging the fragile democracy in Iraq; dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their own people and threaten the security of the region; China and Russia prevent a response; and all wonder, “Where does America stand?”

Indeed that is the question of the moment — “Where does America stand?” When our friends and our foes, alike, do not know the answer to that question — clearly and unambiguously — the world is a chaotic and dangerous place. The U.S. has since the end of World War II had an answer — we stand for free peoples and free markets, we are willing to support and defend them — we will sustain a balance of power that favors freedom.

To be sure, the burdens of leadership have been heavy. I, like you, know the sacrifices that Americans have made — yes including the ultimate sacrifice of many of our bravest. Yet our armed forces remain the sure foundation of liberty. We are fortunate to have men and women who volunteer — they volunteer to defend us on the front lines of freedom. And we owe them our eternal gratitude.

I know too that it has not always been easy — though it has been rewarding — to speak up for those who would otherwise be without a voice — the religious dissident in China; the democracy advocate in Venezuela; the political prisoner in Iran.

It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies — or to help the world’s most desperate — the AIDs orphan in Uganda, the refugee fleeing Zimbabwe, the young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in Southeast Asia; the world’s poorest in Haiti. Yet this assistance — together with the compassionate works of private charities — people of conscience and people of faith — has shown the soul of our country.

And I know too that there is weariness — a sense that we have carried these burdens long enough. But if we are not inspired to lead again, one of two things will happen — no one will lead and that will foster chaos — or others who do not share our values will fill the vacuum. My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead — and one cannot lead from behind.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality — that our leadership abroad and our well being at home are inextricably linked. They know what needs to be done.

Our friends and allies must be able to trust us. From Israel to Poland to the Philippines to Colombia and across the world — they must know that we are reliable and consistent and determined. And our adversaries must have no reason to doubt our resolve — because peace really does come through strength. Our military capability and technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s hands.

We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade – to grow our exports and our influence abroad. In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration. If you are concerned about China’s rise — consider this fact — China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more. Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade — and it will come back to haunt us.

We must not allow the chance to attain energy independence to slip from our grasp. We have a great gift of oil and gas reserves here in North America that must be and can be developed while protecting our environment. And we have the ingenuity in the private sector to tap alternative sources of energy.

And most importantly, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild the foundation of American strength — our economy — stimulating private sector led growth and small business entrepreneurship. When the world looks at us today they see an American government that cannot live within its means. They see a government that continues to borrow money, mortgaging the future of generations to come. The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny. That is not the America that has inspired others to follow our lead.

After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. That is the true basis of “American Exceptionalism.” The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.

Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle — long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all — without regard to circumstances of birth.

But the American ideal is indeed endangered today. There is no country, no not even a rising China, that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we fail to accomplish the tasks before us here at home.

More than at any other time in history — the ability to mobilize the creativity and ambition of human beings forms the foundation of greatness. We have always done that better than any country in the world. People have come here from all over because they believed in our creed — of opportunity and limitless horizons. They have come from the world’s most impoverished nations to make five dollars not fifty cents — and they have come from the world’s advanced societies as engineers and scientists to help fuel the knowledge based revolution in the Silicon Valley of California; the research triangle of North Carolina; in Austin, Texas; along Route 128 in Massachusetts – and across our country.

We must continue to welcome the world’s most ambitious people to be a part of us. In that way we stay perpetually young and optimistic and determined. We need immigration laws that protect our borders; meet our economic needs; and yet show that we are a compassionate people.

We have been successful too because Americans have known that one’s status at birth was not a permanent station in life. You might not be able to control your circumstances but you could control your response to your circumstances. And your greatest ally in doing so was a quality education.

Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going. The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are.

My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones. We need to have high standards for our students – self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise. And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights struggle of our day.

If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole. To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness. To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home and inspire us to lead abroad. They will provide an answer to the question, “Where does America stand?”

The challenge is real and these are tough times. But America has met and overcome difficult circumstances before. Whenever you find yourself doubting us – just think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.

America’s victorious revolutionary founding – against the greatest military power of the time; a Civil War – hundreds of thousands dead in a brutal conflict – but emerging a stronger union; a second founding – as impatient patriots fought to overcome the birth defect of slavery and the scourge of segregation; a long struggle against communism – that ended with the death of the Soviet Union and the emergence of Europe, whole free and at peace; the will to make difficult decisions, heart-wrenching choices in the aftermath of 9/11 that secured us and prevented the follow-on attacks that seemed preordained at the time.

And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America – her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State.

Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. But of course it has never been inevitable – it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the experience and the integrity and the vision to lead us – they know who we are, what we want to be and what we offer the world.

That is why this is a moment – an election – of consequence. Because it just has to be – that the most compassionate and freest country on the face of the earth – will continue to be the most powerful!

May God Bless You – and May God continue to bless this extraordinary, exceptional country – the United States of America. ”


NYTIMES: All the News that is ‘fit’ to print

NYT bias bleeds through photos

of Ryan at RNC

Thomas Lifson   at   the American Thinker:


You’ve got to hand it to the photo editors at the New York Times: they are even better progressive propagandists than the NYT’s writers and their editors.  With Paul Ryan hitting it out of the park to anyone who listened, the challenge was to create a mood entirely at variance with the sunny, likable, yet sharp impression Ryan made on the TV audience, not to mention the wildly enthusiastic crowd. But the Times, located in the graphic design capital of America, employs some real pros. They pulled out all the stops.

First, there was this picture of Ryan, in an article on his debate prep:

Damon Winter of the Times took the shot, but the cropping added much to the sinister impression. (We can only present a thumbnail here, but to get the full impact, see the original here).

The crowd, shadowy figures in the background, compressed by the telephoto lens into looming, vaguely threatening entities, sets the mood brilliantly. Then there’s the cropping: just a disembodied head of Ryan. Not a bust, including the shoulders, for that would add dignity. The editors chose their frame carefully, too, capturing a moment that could be interpreted as deer-in-the-headlights.

Then there was the front page picture today, with the only possible way to top Winter: Sieg Heil!

Travis Dove, the photographer, the photo editors, and the front page team have outdone themselves.  Arthur Brisbane has been validated.

hat tip: Carol Brown

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/08/nyt_bias_bleeds_through_photos_of_ryan_at_rnc.html#ixzz253gjVmi4


Liberal Women Speak with a

Whole New Voice

Jeannie DeAngelis    at the American Thinker:


As a group, Democrats provide tons of fodder for humor. But by far the most ridiculous thing liberal women have done to date is dress up like female genitalia to make a statement at the RNC. 

When attending political events, conservatives usually don stars and stripes — the symbol of patriotism. On the other hand, Code Pink arriving in Tampa dressed like giant vaginas says a lot about how they perceive themselves.  Rest assured, the women wearing pink genital suits are the same ones who, under different circumstances, would be offended if men viewed them as, well, walking vaginas.

Nevertheless, Code Pink is most recognizable as the liberal group of anti-war protesters headed up by former economist/nutritionist Medea Benjamin — not to be confused with Tyler Perry’s Madea, star of Madea’s Big Happy Family

Besides encouraging women to dress in odd-looking pink costumes, Code Pink’s Medea spends most of her time fighting for peace and social justice and handcuffing herself to the gates of the White House.  Ms. Benjamin is so dedicated an activist that in 2005 she was one of “1000 women collectively nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.”

This year, convention-buster Medea and her band of oversized vaginas descended on Tampa with a specific goal.  Besides being there to arrest Condoleezza Rice for war crimes, the peace-loving V-Girls are also combining their efforts to send a message to Mitt the millionaire and to hold up flamingo pink “Celebrate Life End the War” banners in protest of the GOP’s “attack” on abortion rights.

A troupe of  “dancing vaginas” had plans to dance it up at Marco Rubio’s Cuban event, pop in on NRA Second Amendment events, and raise eyebrows at a faith-centered gathering held by feminist enemy #1 Ralph Reed and his evangelical Faith and Freedom coalition.

When asked why the RNC protest crowds were so small this year, head vajay-jay Medea came up with excuses that ranged from protestors’ disgust with the two-party system to the inclement weather to implying that Occupy Wall Street didn’t show because the anti-Semitic class warriors living in tents while toting around iPhones and MacBooks, tend to be “very poor people” that can’t afford airfare.

Although the police were pleasant, Medea said that the girls felt like vaginas stuck in a war zone. Speaking on behalf of the pink polyester-clad group, Ms. Benjamin said the “barricades and fences” made all the ladies “feel sort of like terrorists.”

The Code Pink spokes-vagina expressed the opinion that she felt the police presence was “overkill,” because only “a handful of …black bloc kids were smashing a window or two.”  Evidently, Medea doesn’t have a problem with vandals smashing windows because “insurance companies pay the businesses to replace the windows.”

Besides making a statement in protest of Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, above all the vaginas’ main objective was to address Paul Ryan’s budget, which all the ladies (plus one man secure enough in his manhood to dress up like a vagina) fear will slash “essential services to poor women” and cut funding to highly-esteemed abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

So this time it’s happening in Tampa, Florida – left-wing protestors have clothed themselves in the sort of attire that allows liberal women – who often accuse men of thinking with their genitals for lack of a normal brain – to show America that their intelligence resides in that same region. 

Moreover, while it’s unlikely that contraceptive queen Sandra Fluke will don a vagina suit for her star turn at the DNC podium, based on the source of her below-the-belt emphasis wearing one could sum up the entire point of her message without her ever having to utter a single word.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/08/liberal_women_speak_with_a_whole_new_voice.html#ixzz253fCNLAt

Surpassing the $16,000,000,000,000 U.S. Debt Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood!

by Steven Hayward in Federal debt and deficit

Illinois: Don’t Look Now, But. . .

As the national debt crosses the $16 trillion mark some time in the next few weeks, let’s not forget that this isn’t the whole story as far as public debt is concerned.  The 50 states have a cumulative debt of about $4.2 trillion.  California is the worst, naturally, with total outstanding debt of $617 billion.  Illinois, whose debt rating was downgraded yesterday by S & P, ranks fifth, with $271 billion in outstanding debt, along with an unfunded public pension liability of $83 billion (though likely much higher, as explained in this post a few days ago).  Cory Eucalitto of State Budget Solutions thinks the total unfunded pension liability of the states may be another $4 trillion.

From http://www.statebudgetsolutions.org

One of the amazing things about Illinois is that, like most states, it has a balanced budget requirement, yet has run up a cumulative $44 billion budget deficit over the last five years.  This shows how long you can patch together things with accounting tricks, special find raids, and—the best part for the private sector (not)—not paying your bills.  Many vendors to the state of Illinois have to wait months for payment.

The problem of failing U.S states is the unspoken issue in this presidential campaign.  If Obama is re-elected, look for Obama to demand a bailout of states to be part of any budget compromise with Republicans.  Liberals simply can’t let the Blue State model fail.

Now back to Greece.  And the Tampa convention.

Energy Facts rather than Lefty Obama political gossip about Energy

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

Hard Facts: An Energy Primer

The Institute of Energy Research recently published Hard Facts, an energy primer that seeks to correct myths that shroud current debate surrounding energy.

Domestically, the United States has enough of fossil fuels to last for centuries.

  • In 2011, the United States produced 23 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, making it the world’s top producer.
  • In the same year, the United States produced 5.67 million barrels of oil per day, becoming a third largest oil producer.
  • Proved worldwide reserves of conventional oil doubled from 642 billion barrels in 1980 to 1.3 trillion barrels in 2009.
  • The United States has 261 billion tons of coal in proved reserves, making it the most in the world and over 27 percent of the world’s proved coal reserves.
  • In addition, the United States has 486 billion tons of coal in demonstrated reserve base, enough to last domestically for 485 years.

Renewable sources of energy get increasing amounts of subsidies despite their relatively small use as sources of energy.

  • Wind power produced 1.2 percent of the energy used in the United States in 2011.
  • Solar power only produced 0.1 percent of the energy used in the United States in 2011.
  • Federal subsidies in fiscal year 2010 for solar-generated energy were $775.64 per megawatt hour and $56.29 per megawatt hour for wind.
  • This is in contrast to the $3.14 per megawatt hour for nuclear energy, $0.64 for conventional coal, and $0.64 for natural gas and petroleum liquids.

The environmental impacts of traditional sources of energy have also been exaggerated.

  • Since 1970, the six criteria pollutants have declined by 63 percent.
  • This is in the face of the 180 percent increase of electricity generation from coal-fired plants, overall energy consumption increase of 40 percent, and the miles traveled by vehicles increasing by 168 percent.
  • Energy use per person in the United States fell from 359 million British thermal units (BTUs) to 317 million BTUs between 1979 and 2010.
  • The United States emitted only 17 percent of the global total of carbon dioxide emissions, compared to China’s 24 percent.
  • Furthermore, China’s carbon dioxide emissions rose 167 percent from 1999 to 2009, whereas U.S. emissions decreased by 4.4 percent.

Source: “Hard Facts: An Energy Primer,” Institute for Energy Research, 2012.

Ryan Speech gets Raving Review from Wonky Lefty, Howard Kurtz

Paul Ryan’s Wonky Assault on President

Obama at the Republican Convention



The vice presidential nominee used a folksy style and policy

chops to make the case against the incumbent. Howard

Kurtz on why his speech was effective.

Paul Ryan made a generational pitch for fresh leadership on Wednesday, slamming the Obama administration with these words: “Fear and division is all they’ve got left.”

 Paul Ryan attacks Obama’s stimulus plan.’

Stepping into the national spotlight at the Republican convention, the vice presidential nominee wasted no time praising Mitt Romney’s “character and decency.” Nor did he wait long to introduce his cute children in the audience, or describe himself as the son of a small-town lawyer also named Paul 

It could not be described as an electrifying speech—Ryan isn’t the barn-burner type—but his plain-spoken, Midwestern style played well in the Tampa arena. True to his reputation as one of the GOP’s leading intellectuals, it was something of a wonky speech sprinkled with folksy references—such as one to his home town of Janesville, Wisc., where “a lot of guys I went to high school with” worked at a GM plant that shut down.

How much the congressman’s appearance helped Romney is not clear. But what is beyond debate is that he has established himself, in marked contrast to Sarah Palin four years ago, as a credible contender for the office that is, in the old cliché, a heartbeat from the presidency.

The convention took an obligatory bow toward foreign policy with John McCain and Condoleezza Rice, despite the fact that Romney rarely talks about subject. McCain, the party’s 2008 nominee, gave a muscular address in which he called for greater U.S. intervention for freedom fighters abroad—a stance that Romney has not embraced in a number of specific instances.

Ryan delivered the most sustained attack on Obama that has been heard in Tampa, but it was policy-based, not personal. The frequent applause suggested the delegates have been hungering for just such an indictment. (Rush Limbaugh has been unhappy with that tone, saying he is “literally going insane” because “a bunch of wimps” don’t have the guts to assail Obama by name.)

Ryan accused Obama of trying to “dodge and demagogue”  the debt problem he created. He framed the ticket’s agenda as a bold challenge to fix the country’s problems: “We will not duck the tough issues—we will lead.” And he took the obligatory shot at Obamacare as a law that “has no place in a free country.”

The author of a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, which passed the House, also doubled down on health care and the elderly. He repeated a cynically selective attack by assailing the president for cutting $716 billion from Medicare—without acknowledging that his own budget assumes the same savings, but approaches the matter differently. Legions of fact-checkers have not persuaded Ryan to drop the line.

This was a crucial moment for Romney’s running mate, a congressman who has never run outside his Wisconsin district and who is far better known to party activists and journalists than to the general public.

While Romney’s speech Thursday night is the main event, it’s hard to overstate how important Ryan’s role is to a party that regards him as a hero. He is viewed as a truth-teller who would slash the size of government, although his deficit-fighting fervor lags when it comes to tax cuts and trimming defense spending.

In the end, Ryan portrayed himself and Romney as two earnest men from the heartland who just happen to have different songs on their iPods. He did nothing to hurt himself in Tampa, and in fact, if the ticket falls short, Paul Ryan already has a leg up for 2016.

Comment:   It should be noted that it is more the usual,  even in modern Lefty journalism,  for the authors  of  articles, wonky or not,  NOT to ‘coin’  the headlines to their writings.   Others in the bureaucracy of modern Lefty journalism or any Big Journalism factory write those tags.

Nearly everything written by the Left at Daily Beast is Wonky….so from that built-in Lefty habit,  one can guess accurately that its  authors, editors and headline writers assume  that non-Lefty  Americans everywhere  suffer the same  Lefty diseases that like Lefties at Beast, that no  one tells the truth.