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    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

Global Warming LeftoFascists go to Court to Silence Truth

Jenkins: Personal Score-Settling Is the New Climate Agenda

The cause of global carbon regulation may be lost, but enemies still can be punished.

by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. at the Wall Street Journal:

“Surely, some kind of ending is upon us. Last week climate protesters demanded the silencing of Charles Krauthammer for a Washington Post column that notices uncertainties in the global warming hypothesis. In coming weeks a libel trial gets under way brought by Penn State’s Michael Mann, author of the famed hockey stick, against National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, writer Rand Simberg and roving commentator Mark Steyn for making wisecracks about his climate work. The New York Times runs a cartoon of a climate “denier” being stabbed with an icicle.

These are indications of a political movement turned to defending its self-image as its cause goes down the drain. That’s how thoroughly defunct, dead, expired is the idea that humanity might take charge of earth’s atmosphere through some supreme triumph of the global regulatory state over democracy, sovereignty, nationalism and political self-interest, the very facts of political human nature….

Read further:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304026804579411021545493020

In Minnesota Leftists Buy Elections

Have you ever wondered why so many multimillionaires are Leftists these days? For you Minnesotans who suffer under the yoke of journalistic malfeanance titled the StarTribune, the answer should be easy.

University graduate no-nothings matriculating out of ‘journalism’ departments are religiously trained to be Marxists…..Imagine if alcoholic, psychologically challenged misfit, U.S. Senator Mark Dayton had bought his office as a Republican. How would he have been treated by the religious left at the StarTribune?

Minnesota’s leftists demoted Mr. Dayton to Governor…baggage and all. How would the pompous at the StarTribune write the following article if Mr. Dayton had bought a Republican rather than a Democrat seat as Governor?

Article by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt:

MN POLITICAL SPENDING CONCENTRATED IN FEW HANDS

More than half of $53 million spent in state in recent years came from just three dozen sources.

“A small group of individuals, ­political organizations and unions dominate independent spending on Minnesota state elections, accounting for more than half of the $53 million donated to political action ­committees since 2007.

A Star Tribune analysis of ­campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections, when they will attempt to retake the governor’s office and the Minnesota House.

One union — the powerful ­Education Minnesota teachers union — poured $4.8 million into ­election efforts, nearly all of it benefiting Democrats. Alida Messinger, a longtime DFL contributor and former wife of Gov. Mark Dayton, donated at least $1.6 million to Democratic political action committees.

On the GOP side, the ­Republican Governors Association, based in Washington, was a top donor, giving at least $2.4 million to GOP groups. Joan Cummins, wife of GOP heavyweight Bob Cummins, gave at least $1.2 million.

Since 2007, Democrats and their supporters consistently raised and distributed more money than their opponents. Even with the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed businesses to give money directly to political action committees, business interests and Republicans have not kept up.

“That’s not a surprise at all,” said Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey. He acknowledged that in recent years, Democrats’ allies have had superior organization, a more energized base and campaign finance rules that he said make it easy for unions to contribute to politics.

Union donations dominate

The Star Tribune analysis of political donations and spending by independent groups — based on estimates because of flaws in the state’s electronic campaign finance database — illuminates the increasingly important role of political action and independent expenditure committees in Minnesota elections. The money flowing into and out of those outside committees is not controlled by candidates or parties, but it can help or hinder their chances for success.

In the last six years, union contributions dominated donations to state political action committees. State and national unions spent $17 million in ­Minnesota between 2007 and 2012. Businesses, newly empowered to spend after the Citizens United decision, directly donated about $3 million.

During that same period, business PACs spent about $8 million in state campaigns, and some of that benefited DFLers. Unions gave most of their money to labor-affiliated PACs, which in turn supported DFL candidates, campaigns and other Democratic groups almost exclusively.

Kris Fredson, political director at the Minnesota AFL-CIO, said money is an important supplement to other kinds of support.

“We do that kind of collective work with the boots on the ground, and we obviously do that with the financial contributions, too,” he said. “When it comes to the ­political programs, [unions] are all at the same table and we are all working together with ­common goals and priorities and ­programs.”

Businesses uneasy donors

In recent years, the state Republican Party has struggled with money and donor confidence, stemming in part from scandal and financial troubles that led to the abrupt departure of one party chairman.

In addition, Republicans and business interests have had to deal with corporations uneasy about aligning themselves with controversial issues that could alienate customers.

“Even though the stakes are high, the large public companies are very sensitive,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota ­Business Partnership.

In 2010, Target Corp. faced a ferocious backlash from some of its customers because it contributed $150,000 to MN Forward, an independent campaign group Weaver helped run that was supporting GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

Meanwhile, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which supports DFLers, has become a national model for independent campaigning.

A coalition of Democratic groups and allies, the Alliance has taken in nearly $10 million since 2007, almost all of it from other political action committees. It has spent $7 million on Minnesota elections since then, making it the largest single spender among Minnesota political action and independent expenditure committees.

Fed by a money stream from unions, wealthy donors and national Democratic groups, the Alliance donates little to others. Instead, it spends it on polling, advertising, mailings and staff who have a single goal: Elect Democrats.

Carrie Lucking, Alliance’s executive director, said she already has begun talking to local and national groups about next year.

“We are very focused on winning the governor’s race and making sure that we retain a middle-class majority in the House,” she said. Although donors will not give formal financial commitments until 2014, she said it is clear that supporters want to make sure that Minnesota’s status as a “progressive island” in a sea of GOP-dominated states is rewarded.

That strategy has worked in the past. Concentrated ­spending by the Alliance helped send Mark Dayton into the governor’s office in 2010, making him the state’s first DFL governor since Rudy Perpich left office in 1991. Last year, the Alliance contributed heavily to the avalanche of outside spending that transformed many legislative races from low-dollar affairs into six-figure contests and subsequently gave DFLers control of the state House and Senate.

The Alliance is closely connected to the state’s most generous political groups and individuals. The same union and individual donors that rank in the top three dozen givers statewide contributed heavily to the two groups that fund the Alliance, WIN Minnesota and the 2010 Fund, which became the 2012 Fund. Those funders, in turn, got much of their money from the Democratic Governors Association; Education Minnesota and other unions; and Messinger and other wealthy Minnesotans, some with the last name Dayton.

GOP, business interests coalesce

GOP-favoring committees spent as much as the DFL-supporting Alliance over the past six years and share many big donors among themselves. But even though those groups, and their donors, often have close relationships and ­discuss strategy, they did not pool their money as the Alliance did. Instead, they largely spent separately, diffusing the power of their cash.

After seeing the Alliance at work, some say they will try to build an Alliance-like coalition on the Republican side in 2014.

“We’re going to be working together,” said Weaver of the Minnesota Business Partnership. He’s also the treasurer of MN Forward.

MN Forward tried to create such a coalition in 2010, taking donations from TCF Bank, Target, Best Buy and the Minnesota Chamber and fusing them into a $1.4 million pool it could spend to help elect Dayton’s opponent, Emmer, a former state representative. ­Target’s experience put a chill on the group and it has spent little since then.

Weaver said that in the future, businesses here will focus less on individual candidates and more on advocating for a job-growth-friendly environment in Minnesota.

He and others speak with admiration about the Alliance’s efforts — and a touch of envy.

“They are very, very well organized,” Weaver said. “We look at what the Alliance did in the last election [and] … we are trying to be as effective as they were.”

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger •

Prager: Justice for Bryan Stow amid the CRIME of the California Justice System

Bryan Stow and a Justice System that Is Criminal

On March 31, 2011, the opening day of baseball at Dodger Stadium, four San Francisco Giants fans, all paramedics, were there to cheer on their team.

As they left the stadium, in the parking lot, one of them, Bryan Stow, was attacked by a Dodger fan, who hit him so suddenly and with such force that Stow hit his head on the ground without being able to break his fall, which fractured his skull. But the attack didn’t end there. Once on the ground, Stow was repeatedly kicked in the head and ribs.

As reported by CBS Los Angeles, “Stow’s friend said he saw the assailant — whom he described as a Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old — repeatedly kick Stow in the head with ‘full wind-up’ kicks after knocking him to the pavement with a ‘haymaker punch’ to the left side of his head.”

A witness to the beating, Joann Cerda, stood over Bryan Stow as he lay motionless, and said she saw “Blood gushing from his ears,” and didn’t think Stow was still alive.

The result was severe brain damage.

He was left unable to walk, lost motor skills in his arms and hands, and is incapable of carrying on a normal conversation, controlling his bodily functions or caring for himself. He will require long-term care and 24-hour assistance for the rest of his life. He has a confused short-term memory, which makes work impossible. The care he will need for the remainder of his life is projected to cost 34 million dollars.

At the time of the attack, Bryan Stow was a 42-year-old father of two young children, an 11-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.

His aging parents’ lives have been transformed into that of full-time caregivers for their adult son. His children have half a father, his friends have essentially lost their friend, and his sisters have been devastated. At the home he shares with his parents, Stow must wear an adult diaper, cannot shower without help, can barely close his left hand, and because of his memory problems, has to be reminded why a plastic shunt protrudes from the base of his skull.

His medical care has already exceeded five million dollars and is estimated to end up costing an additional 34 million dollards over the course of his life, according to his family’s attorney, Tom Girardi.

Get the idea?

Now what punishment do you think Marvin Norwood, 33, and Louie Sanchez, 31, the two sadists who did this, deserve?

I’ll tell you what I think they deserve.

Sanchez, the primary assailant, deserves to be punched so hard in the head that he falls to the ground and his head smashes into concrete, and then violently kicked in the head three more times in the hope that he spends the rest of his life in diapers.

Of course, we don’t do such things.

Instead we sentence such human debris to prison.

So, then, how much prison time do Norwood and Sanchez deserve? Given the life sentence they imposed on Bryan Stow and his family, I cannot see an argument for anything less than, let us say, 40 years to life.

What they got was not close.

Norwood has been sentenced to four years in prison and Sanchez eight years. (Norwood’s time has already been served, but he is being held on a separate federal warrant on a weapons violation charge.)

As for restitution, that will be determined at a hearing scheduled for six months from now. Of two things, however, I am certain:

One is that they will have to pay virtually nothing approaching the needs of Bryan Stow. Yes, I know, they don’t have anything near millions of dollars. But they should be forced to pay some significant percentage of whatever they money they ever acquire to Bryan Stow. The notion that people who permanently hurt other people “pay their debt to society” just because society has paid to house them in prison is not only absurd; it is meaningless. Norwood and Sanchez owe “society” very little. They owe Bryan Stow a fortune, and being imprisoned does absolutely nothing to meet that obligation.

The other thing of which I am certain is that Norwood and Sanchez will be harmed financially far less than tens of millions of divorced men who hurt no one, yet suffered financial devastation in the nation’s family law courts.

Sanchez, the puncher and head-kicker, smirked during the heart-rending victim impact statements and the judge’s castigation of the defendants’ actions and unrepentant attitudes. That this man, who destroyed and damaged so many lives, will be out of prison in about four years mocks the notion of an American criminal justice system. The only valid part of that phrase is that our justice is very often criminal.

Louie Sanchez is why I so fervently hope there is a hell.

Until he goes there, however, we can help Bryan Stow and his family through support4bryanstow.com.

Nag Obama Mouths Putin about Crimea Takeover

The Battle for Ukraine
Red Lines In Crimea

President Putin is making his move in Ukraine’s Crimea, and once again the West is caught flat-footed.

by Walter Russell Mead:

President Obama stepped up to the podium twenty minutes after the announced time for his talk and gave a short, sharply worded but ultimately vague statement on what looks like a growing and intentional Russian military presence in Crimea.

We shall see how things work out, but at first glance President Putin appears to have stolen yet another march on the sputtering West. As I wrote last week, Putin was under pressure to act quickly and run risks; not for the first time, complacent and unobservant Western leaders underestimated Russian decisiveness and determination to surprise. Washington in particular appears to have been caught flat-footed by Russian moves…..

Read more:

http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2014/02/28/red-lines-in-crimea/

WHAT DID OBAMA AND PUTIN TALK ABOUT FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF?

by Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/what-did-obama-and-putin-talk-about-for-an-hour-and-a-half.php

Report from California: MN’s Light Rail Goes Haywire after Obama Praise

What does Mr. Obama touch that he doesn’t curse?

Friend Lisa Rich out in California sent the following up-to-date listing of Obamaling disasters while the disaster as a president visited Minnesota to praise his morally depraved behave-alike, useless Clown, Al Franken running for a second term to retain his chair as one of the worst Senators in Washington.

METAPHOR ALERT: MINNESOTA LIGHT RAIL TRAIN RUNS OFF TRACKS AFTER OBAMA LAUDS IT IN VISIT

by Mary Katharine Ham

Every light rail project runs off the tracks, metaphorically, going outrageously over budget, lurching past deadlines, flattening people’s dreams, sometimes even abandoned even by Democrats and media as they continue to disappoint.

Now, a literal derailing as a metaphor for these metaphorical derailings. A meta-metaphor, if you wil:
A Minneapolis light rail test train derailed shortly after President Obama lauded the expansion of the system, the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., reports.
Obama touted the expansion of Minnesota’s Metro light rail system to St. Paul, which is scheduled to open in June, as an example for the nation to follow. Hours later, a train ran off the tracks.

“I just had a chance to take a look at some of those spiffy new trains,” Obama said Wednesday of the expansion of Minneapolis’ Metro light rail.

“They are nice and they’re energy efficient. They’re going to be reliable. You can get from one downtown to the other in a little over 30 minutes instead of when it’s snowing being in traffic for two hours.”
Obama said other cities should follow Minneapolis and St. Paul’s lead in expanding public transit access.
Two hours later:

A Central Corridor light-rail test train rolled off the tracks on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon…

The minor derailment occurred as the northbound train, which was not carrying passengers, attempted a turn at Twelfth Street just before rush hour. It was leaving downtown headed toward Minneapolis about 4 p.m.
Crews working on the derailment hooked up another train to pull the derailed car back onto the tracks. The train was back on the tracks just after 6 p.m., according to a Metro Transit spokesman.

A Metro Transit official at the scene said this was the first time that stretch of track had been used since 10 inches of snow hit the Twin Cities last Thursday. It appeared the train hit an area of snow and ice just before a curve in the tracks at 12th Street.
And what may be to blame for this mishap?
“Wheels on the lead car came off the tracks because of snow that had accumulated in the rail right of way,” Metro Transit spokesman Drew Kerr confirmed in a written statement Wednesday evening, adding that there was no apparent damage to the tracks.
Kerr said crews inspect tracks “on a regular basis to make sure snow is removed and there’s no impediments to operation.”
But it remained unclear Wednesday whether such an inspection had been done at the derailment site in the wake of the biggest snowfall of the season.
Ya don’t say.

The Burden of Government Taxing and Spending

A Short History of Government Taxing and Spending

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

From 1930 to 2012, government expenditures rose from 12.1 percent to 35.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), says Michael Schuyler, a fellow at the Tax Foundation.

It is necessary to describe government receipts and expenditures as shares of economic output, because the size of the economy determines whether a particular burden is manageable — $100 billion in taxes would crush a $150 billion economy but would be much less problematic for an economy of $600 billion.

•Schuyler notes that there are also other factors in addition to the size of GDP that should be considered in assessing the true impact of revenue and spending, including the complexity of taxes and whether programs are managed efficiently or wastefully, for example.
•The cost of regulations (federal regulations were estimated at $1.8 trillion in 2013) is also significant but are not considered in Schuyler’s analysis.
From 1900 to 2012, federal government expenditures were less than 3 percent of the overall economy. The government was very small up to the New Deal era, spending on defense, the postal service and a few federal laws. Budgets were balanced, if not at a surplus, and, up to 1917, most revenue came from customs duties and excise taxes.

But in 2012, federal expenditures had hit 24 percent of GDP.

•Spending growth began in the Hoover administration and was amplified by Franklin Roosevelt. The same is true of taxes. Hoover increased the top marginal rate from 25 percent to 63 percent, with Roosevelt raising it up to 79 percent.
•War years tend to be marked by higher spending and budget deficits, and in fact, expenditures reached 20 percent of output during World War I. From 1950 to 2006, average federal expenditures have exceeded the maximum spending levels of World War I.
•Budget deficits became the norm after 1950, with Washington running a surplus very briefly at the end of the 20th century.
•With the 2007-2009 recession, federal spending reached its highest levels at any time since World War II, while revenue dropped to its lowest level since the 1940s.
The size of government has soared since 1930, with receipts increasing from 11.1 percent of GDP to 26.4 percent and expenditures rising from 12.1 percent of GDP to 35.6 percent. If the government wants to continue this expansion, something must be done to cut out unnecessary programs and bring efficiency and transparency to tax policy.

Source: Michael Schuyler, “A Short History of Government Taxing and Spending in the United States,” Tax Foundation, February 19, 2014.