• Pragerisms

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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

Shame and Teachers’ Unions, TODAY AND YESTERDAY….

NEA’s 2016 Presidential Election Performance Was Even Worse Than We Thought

by Mike Antonucci  at INTERCEPTS:  A listening post monitoring public education and teachers’ unions:

“I’m told NEA is encouraging its activists not to look back at the 2016 elections and the union’s endorsement process because next time the candidates and situation will be different.

I can understand this thinking, because the last thing NEA wants is for its most active members and elected officers to evaluate the union’s campaign performance.

I’ve only just come across some detailed last-minute campaign strategy from last October and it illustrates just how big NEA’s failure was.

In addition to all the usual motivational efforts to get the membership-at-large to promote Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, NEA selected six battleground states for maximum effort – not only using teachers and union staff from those states, but deploying teachers and union staff from neighboring states.

The targeted states were Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Trump won four of those six states, but it is the margin of victory that really makes one question NEA’s strategy and effectiveness.

Clinton’s victories in Nevada and New Hampshire came by an average of 2.4 points and a combined total of 29,938 votes.

Trump’s victories in Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania came by an average of 5.5 points and a combined total of 811,762 votes.

It’s entirely possible that NEA is conducting secret evaluations of its political operations and I just don’t know about them. But everything I am seeing suggests the union is prepared to carry on as it always has. If so, it’s good news for Republicans, no matter what kind of nuttiness Trump gets up to.”

REMEMBERING PIECES OF YESTERDAY

(The above article was sent by my next door high school teacher colleague at Minneapolis Edison Senior High School, Mark Waldeland back in the 1960s.   He retired from  the field a few years ago.   On the other hand,  I was fired in 1971 officially for not filling a form out properly.    In truth, however, a leftist of the day, yet a decent man, Nathaniel Ober, an assistant superintendent of schools in Minneapolis, maneuvered my firing because I had aided a gal named, Gloria Pielow, at her request to organize a local school parents’ organization devoted to improving education and truth-telling by the School Administration.  Two of her sons were students of mine.

Gloria Pielow became an ideal star of the community, as it turned out….so fair, so bright, so polite, patient but firm ,  and yet so penetrating into the minds of others including school authorities, who had to listened to her expose  their cover-ups and lies.    The deceits of the school administration  became  exposed to the fresh air of Truth and the more morally gifted among the local public and the  City’s School Board.

One of her daughters was a student at one of the area’s civilized  junior high schools, to where nine black hoodlums had been  transferred by the school system’s central command from a black junior high school totally out of control on the other side of the Mississippi River.   Three of these new ‘lads’, already major trouble-makers in their own school,  brought guns with them.    In fact they were chosen by the school authorities to make the transfer from the troubled school to the untroubled one, specifically  because of their hooliganism.    It was the school administration’s  effort to try to restore order in the mostly black school from whence they came, as well as to  share racial troubles in a neighborhood of  very Roman Catholics, ie., very obedient white working class mothers and dads who respected ‘learnings’…..and a community  which included a number of native Americans and other groups of minorities .

During that Spring, the  School Administration sent a directive to all of the teachers at Edison requiring  us to fill out forms regarding how we spent our time away from school, during the season as well as during the Summer.

Although I taught competitive tennis voluntarily five days a week at one of the local neighborhood court complexes, I refused to fill out that part of the form than dealt with my private life.   (I was the school’s boy’s tennis team coach.  I was fired around the first of May.   Mark Waldeland replaced me at  that position….and didn’t let either the team or me down.  They remained winners.  )

I belonged to the Federation of Teachers those days.   It was destitute in countless ways, for it  had gone on strike and therefore in that time had broken state law.   I was a teacher-spokesman for our profession during the strike, explaining to the public the differences between Truth and the Administration’s lies and clumsiness.

I taught Russian and “Modern Problems” then….As financially troubled as the school system truly was, it at least lied for a good cause….to rise against and reduce rising black hooliganism, violence, and terror…in the years of our Lord 1971 and 1972 and……..and then came Black Lives Matter and the rest…..the following decades of the disappearance of  fatherhood in the Black American community caused by Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s laws associated with  Aid to Dependent Children, where more money was made available to mothers with children born out of wedlock, than those still married.

I went to high school 1948 -1952…a mixed race one in neighboring St. Paul….when divorce, fatherlessness,  and murder were  rarities throughout both of these communities, for both were practicing JudeoChristians then.

Prager University: THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY OUT OF POVERTY

Presented by

ARTHUR BROOKS

What’s the best way to help people stuck in poverty get out of poverty? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, shows where conservatives and progressives differ.  (Please click below)

 

https://www.prageru.com/courses/economics/there-only-one-way-out-poverty

HOW FLAKY CAN OUR FEMINIST SUPREME COURT JUDGES BE?

Sonia Sotomayor is “sad” that people think judges are political creatures

by Jazz Shaw   at HotAir:

“As with most everything in politics these days, it seemed to begin with Donald Trump criticizing a federal judge who unceremoniously put a halt to his original travel ban. Trump accused the judge of something which seemed fairly obvious to many of us in the peanut gallery, specifically of being a liberal activist who was putting a political agenda ahead of a rational interpretation of existing federal law. But was this really something new? We’ve been having this argument for nearly as long as I can remember and it certainly boils up every time there’s a contentious confirmation hearing for a new appointee in the judicial branch.

This clearly makes Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor question the nature of her reality and leaves her sad about the current state of American politics. (Associated Press)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday that she is saddened to see that many people have lost confidence in judges and believe they are political.

Sotomayor made the comments while taking questions from law students at the University of California, Berkeley. The school’s interim law school dean, Melissa Murray, served as Sotomayor’s clerk when the justice was a federal appellate court judge.

Sotomayor said judges try to be fair and impartial and don’t have rigid beliefs they apply to every case. She encouraged people to view judges as “human beings who care deeply about what we’re doing.”

“So don’t give up hope on us, OK,” she exhorted the audience.

It would be relatively easy to scoff at this complaint, particularly given the rather “heated” nature of her own confirmation process. The “Wise Latina,” as she came to be known, was one of the more liberal candidates put forward for the nation’s highest court in recent memory. (Just as a quick side note to the Democrats, you’ll recall that she still sailed through fairly easily. Something to consider when you are debating the upcoming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch.) But forgoing all of the obvious jokes, the Associate Justice is pointing out something which actually has more than a grain of truth in it.

Historically, it seems to me that we used to go through tremendous effort to pretend that our nation’s system of courts was somehow a sacred refuge which floated above the nasty turmoil of American politics. The old saying, embraced by artists, poets and optimists, was that “justice is blind.” And that’s really how it was supposed to be, at least in the minds of the Founding Fathers. But was it ever really?

It’s instructive to note that Sotomayor urged people to view the justices “as human beings” during her remarks. Judges are human beings, and that comes with a significant weight of baggage which can’t be ignored. The best of the bunch may still be able to set aside any deeply held partisan tenets and rule based on nothing but the strict letter of the law. Sadly, that is far too often not the case. These fallible human beings frequently have their own strongly held opinions just like the rest of us and they hold jobs where those beliefs can put a very heavy thumb on the scale of justice. But even when it’s not overt bias and a reckless disregard for precedent or the pesky details of written documents such as the Constitution and its amendments, the word “interpretation” always comes into play.

Whether you’re talking about abortion, health insurance, “hate crimes” or whatever else, there is much in the body of American law which was never specifically spelled out in the Constitution. That requires the exercise of individual judgment and the application of instincts when interpreting the law. The mixed bag of results which we frequently get in Supreme Court cases which come down to 5 to 4 decisions “along party lines” seems fairly predictable in light of all this. With that in mind, I suppose I join Justice Sotomayor in her sense of sadness because there really wasn’t supposed to be any consideration of political parties or ideology in the operation of the courts.

But as I said above, these are human beings we’re talking about and it’s a group of people who have spent their professional careers steeped in a study of subjects which are permanently interwoven with politics. How are we to expect them to arrive at their positions without some baggage trailing behind them? So don’t blame the American people for having the opinion that the courts are politicized. The fact is that they are.”

http://hotair.com/archives/2017/03/11/sonia-sotomayor-is-sad-that-people-think-judges-are-political-creatures/