• 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

$75.000,000 for a Rothko? It’s the State of the American Eye and Mind

­Rothko fetches $75 million

at record-setting Sotheby’s art sale

from dennispragershow.com

Art, USA, Auction

A fragment of abstract canvas by Mark Rothko "No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)"

A fragment of abstract canvas by Mark Rothko “No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)”

An abstract canvas by Mark Rothko sold for $75 million leading Sotheby’s record-setting contemporary-art sale in New York. The auction fetched a total of jaw-dropping $375 million.

The sellers, a former Sotheby’s president John Marion and his wife, expected the 1954 Rothko painting “No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)” to go for a maximum of $50 million.

Bidders went beyond expectations with the painting eventually selling for $75 million. Sotheby’s specialist Charlie Moffett who works with American collectors placed the winning bid.

The sale made the artwork the second most expensive Rothko sold at auctions outrunning his “White Center (Yellow/Pink/Lavender)” 1950 piece that fetched $72.8 million in 2007.

Earlier this year another Rothko painting “Orange, Red, Yellow” (1961) sold for $86.9 million.

Apart from Rothko, Sotheby’s sale offered a list of other coveted contemporary artworks from the collection of department-store magnate Sidney Kohl and his wife. Those included Jackson Pollock’s “Number 4, 1951,” that fetched $40.4 million, a $19.6 million Willem de Kooning’s “Abstraction,” and Clyfford Still’s “1948-H” that sold for $9.8 million.

Also on offer were works by British painter Francis Bacon, German artist Gerhard Richter, American Jean-Michel Basquiat and other important artists of the 20th century.

Russian collectors were not very active this time around, Sotheby’s said.

An abstract canvas by Mark Rothko "No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)"
An abstract canvas by Mark Rothko “No. 1 (Royal Red & Blue)”

American Teachers Can’t Teach What They Haven’t Learned….KNOWLEDGE

The Best Teachers in the World

are dead and gone, frankly……Marxism is now the flavor of the day.  

This title above tends the article below at the National Center of Policy Analysis.     Read it carefully and while doing so imagine what the bureacracy means when it advances the following rules for improvment:

  • Teachers need to be attracted to the profession through better compensation and less menial work.
  • Teacher training should focus on increasing student achievement.
  • Provide leaders in schools that work to keep teachers accountable and make the best hiring decisions.

(What is student improvement if the teacher is generally ignorant of the subject she is professing?    Where did she miss her chance for learning……In college…..Why……Learning knowledge isn’t valued these days in the social science arena of empty heads.    The unlearned cannot cause learnedness.

November 14, 2012     from the National Center for Policy Analysis

Many schools of education are coming under fire as they fail to produce teachers that increase student achievement, says John E. Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Many reform advocates argue that having such institutions for teacher certification are discouraging bright young students from pursuing a career in education.

  • In general, schools of education are becoming non-competitive, admitting students with below average SAT scores.
  • According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, teacher education programs fail to meet all standards.
  • Furthermore, statistical analysis has shown little difference in results from teachers with and without certification.

Instead of going through the lengthy process of going to school and getting a degree to teach, many students opt to go into Teach for America (TFA), which requires only five weeks of summer training and no degree in education. Research shows that teachers in TFA perform just as well than those that got a degree in teaching.

The United States should pursue a different strategy to make education competitive, starting with the teachers.

  • Teachers need to be attracted to the profession through better compensation and less menial work.
  • Teacher training should focus on increasing student achievement.
  • Provide leaders in schools that work to keep teachers accountable and make the best hiring decisions.

Together, the educational landscape can change to make the teaching profession more competitive and attractive to bright, young students.

Source: John E. Chubb, “The Best Teachers in the World,” Hoover Institution, November 9, 2012.

A Tyrant is A Tyrant is A Tyrant…..Obama cannot Change Tyrants Have No Friends

Same Old Obama


 By FRED BARNES     at the Weekly Standard:

President Obama the self-proclaimed compromiser sounds the same as Obama the partisan politician running for reelection. At his press conference Wednesday, he harped on what had been a chief talking point of his campaign—raising taxes for the wealthy.

He not only brought it up in his opening statement, it was the thrust of those remarks. He touted the tax hike on the top 2 percent of taxpayers in response to questions about that subject specifically and to a question about the “fiscal cliff.” And he used arguments for the tax increase lifted directly from his campaign speeches.

The voters, he said, endorsed the idea, in effect giving him a mandate. The majority of voters agreed with me, Obama told reporters. “By the way, more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me.”

According to the exit poll, that’s not true. It found that 47 percent of voters prefer to raise taxes only on the wealthy. Obama got 51 percent of the total national vote.

It was Obama’s first press conference in 8 months and his first lengthy discussion of issues facing the country since his reelection last week. While all but demanding that congressional Republicans accede to the tax hike, he said repeatedly that he is eager to compromise with them.  

“If we’re going to be serious about the reducing the deficit,” Obama said, it’s important to raise taxes on the rich. In their case, he wants to increase the rate on individual income from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, curb their deductions, and also raise the tax rates on capital gains, dividends, and inheritances. This would be achieved by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012 for the affluent.

He said this is “the foundation for a deal” during the lame duck session of Congress after Thanksgiving.  The deal would retain the Bush tax cuts, Obama said, for 98 percent of taxpayers and 97 percent of small businesses. Such a deal would help the economy, protect the middle class, create jobs, and give “businesses confidence that they’re going to have consumers during the holiday season.”

The president didn’t advocate any other proposals to curb a 2013 deficit expected to exceed $1 trillion for the fifth straight year. He said he’d take a “serious look” at entitlement spending and is “willing to look at” discretionary spending as well. But again, no specifics. His emphasis was solely on raising taxes.

Obama was asked why he extended the Bush tax cuts in 2010 for all taxpayers but would deny them now to taxpayers making more than $250,000 a year. “The economy was in a different situation” then, he said. “We were still very much in the early parts of recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

But rather than gain strength since then, the economy has grown more slowly than it had in 2010. Obama didn’t address that, nor did he deal with the role the wealthy play as investors and job creators. By increasing their taxes, he insisted, “We are actually removing half of the fiscal cliff, half of the danger to our economy.”

On that point, the president’s math is in serious dispute. Barron’s, the financial newspaper, describes the fiscal cliff as “a unique convergence of tax increases that legislators could still reverse of mitigate. Items on that list, totaling nearly $475 billion in 2013, are key drivers of the tax shock. By raising the rates for those earning $250,000 or more, tax revenues would increase by $66 billion.”

Does any Obamaling know what a shovel is?


Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel ,
“Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead
you to the Promised Land.”

Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said,
“Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this
is the Promised Land.”

Today, Congress has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the
price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the
economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement
funds, etc …. I called a Suicide Hotline.

I had to press 1 for English.

I was connected to a call center in Pakistan ..I told them I was suicidal.

They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck……

Folks, we’re screwed

Dear readers….It could be that I have posted this piece some time back then.   Brian Ross sent me this ‘hand out’……and I shall always  find it touching.  

Guys over thirty know what a shovel is…….Most American gals have never touched one except those who still farm…..and gardeners.  




The Obamacare “Health” Factory in Your Future

Annals of Government Medicine

by John Hinderaker      at   Powerline:

“From Britain’s National Health Service comes the latest example of what happens when you run health care like the post office: “Bullying, cowardly doctors left my baby to die like an abandoned animal, says grieving mother.”

A mother has described how her baby was left to die “like an abandoned animal” after hospital doctors repeatedly ignored her desperate pleas for help.

Paula Stevenson begged doctors to act as her one-year-old daughter Hayley struggled to breathe in the days after a major heart operation.
She was so desperate she even tried “bribing” a nurse with a £100 shopping voucher to give Hayley the attention she needed. Instead, hospital staff “humiliated and belittled” her – treating her like a “nuisance” for speaking up, she said.

This is one of the hallmarks of government medicine–”‘Shut up,’ he explained,” migrates from the world of politics to the world of health care.

Yesterday, as an inquest into her death concluded, a coroner said there had been “serious failings” in Hayley’s care. Birmingham Children’s Hospital admitted full liability for her “avoidable” death. …

Of course, to the extent there actually is liability, it will be borne by the taxpayers.

Recording a narrative verdict, Birmingham coroner Aidan Cotter said doctors should have seen the warning signs when Hayley was still dependant on oxygen almost a month after her operation.

Doctors failed to update her medical charts, were slow to look at X-rays and failed to refer Hayley to intensive care when her condition worsened.

But, hey: it’s all in a day’s work in the world of government medicine.”