• 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

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 ON PARADE IN TAMPA

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

by

 

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.

 

Obama and Media Coordinating against Romney?

Is The Media Coordinating On Race Baiting?

Ask John Harris and Politico

 

By: Erick Erickson (Diary)    at   Red State:

 

We should not forget that John Harris of the Politico, who asked the stupidest and most irrelevant questions of any moderator during the GOP Primary debates, is married to the former head of NARAL in Virginia.

We should not forget that Jonathan Allen of the Politico once worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

We should not forget that Andy Barr of the Politico left the Politico to go work for the Democratic National Committee.

We should not forget any of this because I do not believe it is any accident that today the Politico has a big story from John Harris about race in the 2012 election.

The welfare attacks came up suddenly from the Romney campaign, which said little about the issue when Obama’s administration changed policy to let states seek waivers on the work requirements. The Romney welfare ads, which have been on heavily in battleground states, prominently feature Bill Clinton signing the welfare reform bill into law. The first ad in the series said that Obama moved “quietly” to “gut” the Clinton reforms so that now, “They just send you your welfare check. … Welfare-to-work goes back to being plain old welfare.”

The welfare ads — regardless of their racial intent — seemed designed to help Romney gain ground on Obama since many independent voters in key demographics, such as swing-state Catholics, tend to view government aid to the poor with suspicion, according to polling data.

Why not an accident that this story appears today?

It comes on the same day the Los Angeles Times runs a story that the GOP is trying to make an all white party look brown, NBC would not show any of the speeches from minorities at the RNC Convention on their website, BS-NBC ditched all minorities during their live coverage of the convention, and Chuck Todd, whose wife used to work for the Democratic Party, says the GOP is pushing a diversity card.

I wonder if any of these people have noticed that the Republican Party has more elected hispanic Congressmen and Governors than the Democrats?

It is not an accident that the media, immediately after the Democrats started pushing out the War on Women, began running stories about the GOP’s hostility to women. It is now not an accident that the media, led by NBC and the Politico (which also partnered on that pathetic GOP primary debate), would peddle out the GOP and race stories.

It is far too much to be a coincidence that the Politico and NBC have ties, sometimes in the same bed, to Democrat and leftwing activists and then hop out of bed on the same page as the Democrats’ talking points.