• 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, the Dog Eater, Jibes about Mitt’s Dog getting Air-Conditioning

Video: Noted dog-eater now making

jokes about Romney

putting his dog on the  car roof

posted at 3:21 pm on August 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

 

Via the Examiner. In fairness to O, I expect no less than half a dozen dog-eating jokes at the GOP convention. Christie alone should be good for two or three. “Pro tip, Mr. President, from a guy who’s tried a lot of food in his time: Try to draw the line at animals that know their own names.” Etc etc etc.

I wonder how bad the polls would have to be for O and company to start pushing the Seamus story in earnest. Remember, according to lefty Chris Hayes, Team Hopenchange is “obsessed” with that incident because it allegedly polls horribly for Romney in focus groups. If you think the White House’s campaign can’t get any smaller or lamer, wait a few weeks until Mitt gets his convention bounce and Axelrod et al. start to get fidgety. They’ll be running Debbie Wasserman-Schultz out there in front of a huge, stark black-and-white photo of a dog locked in a kennel with the word “WHY?” at the bottom. Not even to speak, mind you — just to stand there and emote while that Sarah McLachlan song plays over the loudspeakers. Like Newsweek said shortly after the Ryan pick was announced, if you think Democrats are really eager for a cool-headed debate over ideas, you’re kidding yourself.

Noemie Emery: Beward the False Prophet, Barack Hussein Obama

When prophets are false 

by Noemie Emery   at   the Examiner:

Liberal pundits, liberals, the Obama machine and Obama himself all call Paul Ryan a disastrous pick for vice president. That looks like a good sign for the Mitt Romney ticket, given the multiple records Team Obama has set since 2009 for making bad forecasts, losing elections and in general getting things wrong.

They said Obama was a transformational leader who was about to ring in the next great liberal era; that the conservative movement was dead for the next quarter-century; and that the Democratic majority, “emerging” since the late 1990s, was now finally being born. They said a crisis was a bad thing to waste, and instead they got wasted. They said a crisis would make people turn to the state, but they turned against it. They said the stimulus would keep unemployment under 8 percent and voters would love it. Unemployment has been above 8 percent for 40-plus months in succession, and voters did not.

They said people would come to love health care (they didn’t), and that people wouldn’t resent or remember the way that they’d passed it (they did). They said the Tea Party was “Astroturf,” “racist” and would destroy the Republican Party. But it was authentic; it embraced and elected blacks, Hispanics and women; it gave the GOP a bumper crop of magnetic new leaders and led it to a succession of wins.

Meanwhile, Obama lost both his touch and his bearings, and every campaign he came near. He couldn’t sell the stimulus or health care to voters. He campaigned for Creigh Deeds (blown away by Bob McDonnell), for Jon Corzine (blown away by Chris Christie) and for Martha Coakley (blown away by Scott Brown.) His party was blown away in the 2010 midterms, losing the House and many statehouses, whose occupants began turning right.

In New Jersey, Christie slashed the budget, cut perks and ripped public unions. His poll numbers dropped at first when teachers complained, but then they began rising. They are now at 56 percent. In Wisconsin, Walker cut costs and then ripped public unions. The unions fought back, took over and trashed the State Capitol, and then launched three separate and unsuccessful drives to defeat him and his supporters at the ballot box. (The only victim worth mentioning is a state senator who had deserted his wife and shacked up with a floozy outside his district). In their drive to nail Walker himself, they raised tons of money and flooded the state with out-of-state workers. Walker won by 7 points, increasing his original 2010 margin of victory against the same Democratic opponent.

Democrats did beat the Tea Party twice (on incompetence, not ideology) and won one House seat in upstate New York, but these were small saves in a cascade of losses. Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street, embraced by the Left as the Tea Party’s counter, drew a collection of looters and losers, and petered out in a pile of debris, filth and feces. A winning campaign this is not.

Greece has gone bust. Spain is in trouble. Around the world, what Walter Russell Mead calls the “blue state model” of welfare state governance is taking on water, including in the U.S. states under liberal governance. Every day, a new town in California goes bankrupt, even as its governor dreams of light rail. This may be why the Mediscare tactics that worked so well from 1996 and 2005 may not work in this era. This why Marco Rubio, who embraced Ryan’s “Roadmap” plan in 2010 to reform both Medicare and Social Security, was attacked from the Left by Charlie Crist and the Democrat, yet handily won a three-way election — in Florida.

Liberals, who may be feeling too cocky, might give a thought to these things.

Examiner Columnist Noemie Emery is contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of “Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families.”

Comment:   I hope Obama Democrats will not become so rational as to think about these things Noemie has  mentioned.   It is likely Obama is far too arrogant to pick up such subtleties  in American politics.    He prefers attacks by  dividing into tribes and encouraging hate.   He is skilled in  deceit, disingenuousness, and dishonesty.

Can you imagine that he allegedly taught the U.S. Constitution at the University of Chicago…..and then moved up to be an attorney for ACORN in Chicago.

Do folks remember Obama hiding in the shadows when senator in Illinois, answering ‘here’ hundreds of times rather than risking a vote….exposing who he might be?

Ectasy Continues Exploding at Obama Headquarters from GOP Ryan V.P. Pick

Lefty Preacher, Jonathan Alter Says So at Bloomberg:

PAUL RYAN’S DEMOCRATIC  FAN CLUB

If Barack Obama’s campaign officials were happy over the weekend about Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, they’re ecstatic now.

The Obama camp is guarding against overconfidence and still betting the U.S. presidential race will be close. But aides traveling with Obama pointed with glee to headlines from Florida, Iowa and elsewhere that lash the Republican ticket to Ryan’s plan for deep cuts in Medicare, the nation’s most popular social program after Social Security.

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Some Democrats now dare to wonder if Romney’s pick for vice president could even undermine Republican control of the House of Representatives. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said for months that the Democrats can take the House; no one believed her. Although it’s still a steep challenge, Ryan’s addition to the ticket makes the climb easier.

Almost every Republican in the House voted for the Ryan plan — twice. Last week, when Ryan was just the House Budget Committee chairman, it was difficult to make much of an issue of that. Voters didn’t know anything about Ryan or his plan. This week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is encouraging its candidates to wrap Ryan around their opponents’ necks.

The post-election era is also looking rosier to Democrats. At a minimum, an Obama victory in November would discredit the Ryan plan and strengthen the president’s hand in negotiations over the fate of the Bush tax cuts, which are due to expire at the end of this year.

Campaign Focus

Some Republicans lament that Ryan’s emergence makes it easier for the Obama campaign to keep the campaign focus away from jobs by shifting it to entitlements. Republican strategist Mike Murphy posted on Twitter that someone should do a Nexis search to see whether “economy” or “Medicare” appeared more often in the news media in the 72 hours after the Ryan announcement. His point was clear: Any day the country is talking about Medicare instead of unemployment is a good day for Democrats.

In Boone, Iowa, this week, I caught up with chief Obama strategist David Axelrod, who says he expected Romney to make the safest choice for vice president, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. (The Obama team didn’t think Romney would pick Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, another leading contender, because of Portman’s tenure as President George W. Bush’s budget director. Bush is so unpopular in the party that he won’t even attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, at the end of this month.)

Axelrod argues that Romney’s choice of Ryan was another example of Romney undermining his long-term prospects in order to maintain short-term viability, as he did in the primaries against Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “In beating Perry, he hurt himself on immigration with Latinos,” Axelrod says. “In beating Santorum, he hurt himself with women. Now, going into the convention, he needs the base.”

Republicans spent tens of millions in recent months attacking the president with ads built around his own words: “The private sector is doing fine” and “You didn’t build that.” The polls didn’t move. Axelrod compares the effort to change voters’ views of Obama to the old Richard Pryor routine in which a wife catches her husband with another woman. Disputing reality, the husband protests: “Who are you going to believe — me or your lying eyes?”

Personal Attacks

By contrast, Obama’s shots at Romney have been so effective that Romney, in an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News, called for an end to personal attacks. Axelrod found that hilarious given the barrage of super-PAC ads aimed at tearing down Obama.

Obama’s campaign, aided by supportive super-PACs, is also spending plenty on harshly negative ads. It’s axiomatic in politics that negative ads tarnish the attacker along with the target, albeit to a lesser degree. So far, Obama seems to be defying the axiom, despite Romney’s new charge that Obama is “disgracing the presidency.”

Democratic voters have been waiting three years for the president to throw some punches; they’re probably overjoyed to see his negative ads. Independents, meanwhile, have a pretty firm impression of Obama as a decent guy; that won’t be shaken by a few low blows from Obama’s side of the partisan divide.

As a result, Obama can fearlessly pound Romney and Ryan for promoting a plan to transform Medicare into a voucher system while slashing other programs for the middle class and poor.

Romney is fighting back, accusing Obama of cutting $716 billion from Medicare as part of his health-care overhaul. (That same message helped Republicans take the House in the 2010 midterm election.) But Obama’s Medicare savings are mostly in reduced hospital reimbursement rates and in cuts to providers in Medicare Advantage, a supplemental program for wealthier seniors. Contrary to a new Romney ad, Obamacare doesn’t touch a dime of basic benefits. Most of the other cuts slow the rate of increase in spending, helping to secure the program for another decade. As it happens, Ryan’s budget contains the same cuts, which makes the whole Republican line of attack a little dicey.

It’s possible that Romney can fuzz up the Medicare issues and pivot back to Obama’s failure on the economy. The 82 days until the election are an eternity in politics. But the selection of Ryan looks like it will make that effort harder, and life in Chicago just a little bit easier.

(Jonathan Alter is a Bloomberg View columnist and the author of “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.” The opinions expressed are his own.)

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Today’s highlights: the editors on the messy Medicare debate and on rejuvenating India’s economic miracle; Caroline Baum on why conservatives don’t mind meddling in private affairs; Ezra Klein on how Ryan could be Democrats’ worst nightmare; Jonathan Mahler on the U.S. popularity of European soccer; Adam Kirsch on the politics of personal destruction in “Advise and Consent”; Russell G. Ryan on giving the Securities and Exchange Commission too much power.

Comment:   It would be an honorable venture for honest folk to compare Obama’s vilen attacks and attempted dirt slinging  with what is alleged from the conservative campaign…….The  charge that  Barack Hussein Obama is a chronic liar is overwhelmed with factual material.    He lied about his father, his childhood, his religion, his entire history of being an “American”.    He has been hiding behind the Iron Curtain of American Lefty protectionism given him because he is  ‘black’…..HALF BLACK,  mind you, dear reader.

Compared to others who have had to endure a childhood and adolescence similar to  Barry/Barach Obama, even with his tonnage of dishonesty, the man can be admired, BUT NOT AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!

Prager’s America: Still the Best Hope well received at the American Thinker

America: Still the Best Hope……reviewed by Amil Imani  at the American Thinker:

I just finished reading Dennis Prager’s new book Still the Best Hope – Why the World Needs American Values.  I have been trying to fit political issues together all my life, and Prager seems to be doing that job admirably.

The book’s jacket gets it right: “In this visionary book, Dennis Prager, one of America’s most original thinkers, contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must decide between American values and its two oppositional alternatives: Islamism and European-style democratic socialism.”

On the first page, Prager states, “Few Americans can articulate what is distinctive about American values or even what they are. There is … a thirst among Americans for rediscovering and reaffirming American values. … A lot of Americans realize we have forgotten what we stand for.”

Prager not only explains our values, but he compares our values in detail to the reasoning of the left in each arena.  His analysis is so well done that it may even get converts from the left, and it will certainly aid independents and conservatives in grasping the big picture.

It is clearly a must-read for Romney and each member of his team because Prager has explained the left and Obama unlike anything I have ever read.  If Romney can find a way to use this author’s theories, the independents will become conservatives.

Paul Ryan’s “thank you” speech to Mitt Romney copied a concept from Dennis Prager’s book, a combination of political science and philosophy.  It is a wonderfully powerful book loaded with notable jewels such as this concept adopted by Ryan in his speech.

The book contains an unwinding explanation of things with which many of us have struggled, such as the concepts of religion, God, conservatism, and liberalism.  Prager also analyzes Islam in great detail and explains why none of the arguments in support of it changes the immorality of Islam.

The first paragraph of Chapter 9, “Still the Best Hope,” states: “The USA is not merely a geographical location. And unlike most of the world’s nations, Americans are not, and have never been, a race or an ethnicity. America is and has always regarded itself as an idea. That idea is a value system.  And that value system — unique to America — can be called the American Trinity.”

Ryan copied this concept in his speech, stating:  “America is an idea, and that idea is Liberty and God.”  

Prager defined the term “American Trinity” as “Liberty, God and E Pluribus Unum” (out of many, one), each of which Prager includes in many pages of discussion.  Ryan used the concept but shortened the expression and left out the last portion — which is fine, as E Pluribus Unum is a bit too complex for a short speech.

Prager notes, “E Pluribus Unum rejects tribal, ethnic and blood ties and elevates the individual. It is the individual who matters, not any group to which the individual may belong.  Anyone can become an American because America, unlike other nations, is not defined by territory, religion, or ethnicity, but by an allegiance to a set of ideals.  It is telling that the ‘hyphenated-American’ only became a part of political speak with the ascendency of the Left.  For two centuries, Americans, whatever their place of origin, were just Americans.”

It is very encouraging to me that the Romney camp seems to know about Prager’s new book and will use it as a source for their campaign.  It could prove to be as valuable to Romney in this election as de Vattel’s book Law of Nations was to the Founding Fathers in the lead up to our War of Independence.

The author expends significant effort in defining liberty.  Simply stated, it is our well-known five familiar freedoms plus two: political, religious, assembly, speech, and press, plus economic freedom and as much freedom as practical from government interference in our lives.  Prager’s first jewel regarding government interference is that “[i]ndividual liberty exists in inverse proportion to the size of the state.”

Prager’s case for small government is overpowering:

1. The Founders believed that unnecessary government is dangerous and destructive of the moral character of its people.

2. Character begins in taking responsibility for oneself.  State involvement, when a person can care for himself, damages moral character and reduces care for the truly needy.

3. Government entitlement programs have terrible moral consequences.  These programs lead to a loss of self-worth, an attitude of entitlement, and a lack of gratitude for what is provided.  Why work if the government provides a handout?

4. People need the emotional reward of feeling needed.  Men especially have been denied rewards for their involvement.  When the State becomes totally responsible for the financial support of their women and children, men are denied this reward.  As the State expands its role, nothing is left of liberty and dignity.

5. American churches and other voluntary groups have been an essential part of American culture that becomes denigrated when government expands into their role.  Charity and volunteerism are reduced substantially in leftist states, a detriment to the needy and to the volunteers’ sense of community contribution.

Another jewel.  “There are fine individuals on the left and selfish individuals on the Right. But as a rule, bigger government increases the number of angry, ungrateful, lazy, spoiled and self-centered individuals.”

And another jewel.  “The Left’s altruistic motives have created the Welfare state, and the Welfare state creates selfishness.”

Prager’s book discusses all the many underlying philosophical differences between conservatives and the Obama left, and in my opinion, he discloses the fallacy underlying all the liberal concepts.  Prager discusses how the Age of Reason’s and the Enlightenment’s rejection of religion and God resulted in the rejection of the concept of the inherent immorality of man — a rejection which took over Europe.  Contrary to this European post-Enlightenment concept, the Founders retained in the Constitution the concepts that man is immoral and that the essence of man is most interested in self-satisfaction.  This led the Founders to incorporate Montesquieu’s advice in the Constitution and to create three branches of government in which each branch had equal power.  This was their attempt to counter the inherent self-interest and immorality of man.

It is my dream that a clear-thinking philosophy major would use Prager’s book to generate a short version for consumption by independents.  Such a text would help the world appreciate the inherent weaknesses underlying the social democracy of the Obama administration.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/08/america_still_the_best_hope.html#ixzz23fFL0f2B