• 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, leading from behind, votes “present” on Boy Scouts

 Paul Mirengoff in 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama

Obama votes “present” on the Boy Scouts

President Obama has declared his opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding homosexuals. The White House issued the following statement:

The president believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century. He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

That’s a respectable position to take, it seems to me. But the problem is that Obama serves as honorary president of the Scouts. And, according to a White House spokesman, he has no plans to resign that position.

Isn’t that gutless? If I were the president, or even a member, of a group I thought was practicing improper discrimination, I’m pretty sure I would resign.

Obama is a politician, of course, but he takes such gutlessness to a level that exceeds even what we would expect from this breed. Recall how he voted “present” on controversial measures in the Illinois legislature. That’s basically what he’s doing here, only more ostentatiously.

Where does Mitt Romney stand on this issue? In 1994, as a candidate for the Senate, Romney said, “I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.” However, he also made it clear that “personally I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue.”

This too is a respectable position and in fact it answers more questions than Obama’s statement. Does the president support the right of the Boy Scouts to decide what it wants to do on this issue? He doesn’t say.

Again, he votes present.

Getting a Closer Look at Obama Slime cooking up the ‘murder’ case

Ed Henry of Fox News takes apart the Obama campaign’s claim that they were not familiar with Joe Soptic’s story as featured in the false Priorities USA ad (August 9, 2012).


Social Psychologists Psych Clients Leftward? or merely Feminize?

 by Steven Hayward in Education, Liberals

This Just In:

Social Psychologists Lean Hard Left

at PowerLine:

Inside Higher Ed reports today on a new study that finds—big surprise—academic social psychologists overwhelming lean to the Left.  But just as mainstream media journalists always assure us that their political leanings don’t affect their coverage of the news, liberal academics say their opinions don’t lead to discrimination in the classroom or, more crucially, in hiring and publishing decisions.  The new study, however, calls into question these ritual claims of objectivity or fairness:

Just over 37 percent of those surveyed said that, given equally qualified candidates for a job, they would support the hiring of a liberal candidate over a conservative candidate. Smaller percentages agreed that a “conservative perspective” would negatively influence their odds of supporting a paper for inclusion in a journal or a proposal for a grant. . .  The more liberal the survey respondents identified as being, the more likely they were to say that they would discriminate. . .

“The questions were pretty blatant. We didn’t expect people would give those answers,” said Yoel Inbar, a co-author, who is a visiting assistant professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an assistant professor of social psychology at Tilburg University, in the Netherlands.

He said that the findings should concern academics. Of the bias he and a co-author found, he said, “I don’t think it’s O.K.” . . .

If you are wondering about the political leanings of the social psychologists who conducted the study, they are on the left. Inbar said he describes himself as “a pretty doctrinaire liberal,” who volunteered for the Obama campaign in 2008 and who votes Democrat. His co-author, Joris Lammers of Tilburg, is to Inbar’s left, he said.

I’ll leave for a separate discussion some other day the reasons why social psychologists may be, as a sub-discipline in the social sciences, further to the left than most academics. In the meantime, don’t forget to add Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind to your reading list.  He’s perhaps the one and only social psychologist who gets it, as the Inside Higher Ed article explains:

At the 2011 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia polled the audience of some 1,000 in a convention center ballroom to ask how many were liberals (the vast majority of hands went up), how many were centrists or libertarians (he counted a couple dozen or so), and how many were conservatives (three hands went up). In his talk, he said that the conference reflected “a statistically impossible lack of diversity,” in a country where 40 percent of Americans are conservative and only 20 percent are liberal. He said he worried about the discipline becoming a “tribal-moral community” in ways that hurt the field’s credibility.