• 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

Dem Fascists and their big tech, Driving TO CONQUER AND CONTROL OUR AMERICA!



A little more than a year ago I wrote at length here about the mandatory freshman course on racism adopted at the University of Pittsburgh that, judging from the detailed syllabus posted online, was being taught from a very narrow, far-leftist perspective. (No readings, for example, from Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr, James Baldwin, Richard Wright—not even Malcolm X, and not even Ta Nehesi Coates! Forget the idea that any student would get exposure to John McWhorter, Glenn Loury, Thomas Sowell, etc. )

Now Pitt is doubling down with this job ad:

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported yesterday on how the wokerati are destroying elite secondary education in New York City. The whole story makes for revealing but predictable reading, but this passage stands out for special notice:

With the election of Donald J. Trump, teachers said, permissible disagreement narrowed markedly [at Grace Church School]. Mr. Rossi recalled some students in his “The Art of Persuasion” class hankered for contrarian readings outside what he called the “Grace political bubble.” So last autumn he proposed a work by Glenn Loury, a well-known economist at Brown University and a Black man with conservative leanings.

An administrator, Hugo Mahabir, whose family has roots in Trinidad, blocked that. He wrote in an email to Mr. Rossi that Mr. Loury’s argument — delivered to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics faculty — “rings hollow,” and that to give students a Black conservative view on race might “confuse and/or enflame students.” Mr. Mahabir did not respond to requests for comment.

I’m not surprised that Mr. Mahabir wouldn’t talk to the New York Times because his position is indefensible.  (A surprising number of faculty and administrators at these fancy private schools refused to talk to the Times.) And prohibiting students from hearing from Glenn Loury (or similar people) stems from a certain knowledge that their woke positions will be demolished. Let them debate the proposition. They won’t.

Today’s New York Times Belongs To The Nazi and Soviet Fascist News Crowd “Quality” Of Truth. They Abhor TRUTH!



As Paul and Steve have noted, the ultra-left New York Times has struggled to defend Joe Biden’s Afghan catastrophe. What to do when your man can’t be defended? Change the subject. To what? Donald Trump, of course.

Thus, we find one columnist in today’s Times trying to blame the Afghan debacle on Trump. Good luck with that:

More notably, the Times Editorial Board–perhaps the most far-left assemblage outside the Politburo–but wait, the Politburo no longer exists, while sadly, the Times still does–authored a group editorial today on the subject of dictators who assassinate dissident exiles from their countries. This is a practice that no American condones, and in which the U.S. has never engaged. Yet the Times’ editorialists can’t escape their reflexive prejudices:

The moral ambiguity inherent in such technology makes it difficult to refute the familiar strongman claim that they are only doing what leaders of democracies routinely do. Mr. Kadyrov’s quote is uncomfortably similar to what former President George W. Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer said after the C.I.A. began using armed drones to strike at terrorists: “We will fight the war on terrorism wherever we need to fight the war on terrorism.”

One might think that even the Times could grasp the difference between killing terrorists who are plotting against American and killing political opponents. Or, for that matter, killing people in general. But the Times is not big on nuance.

The use of lethal drone strikes escalated dramatically under President Barack Obama’s administration. By the end of 2009, his first year in office, the C.I.A. had conducted its 100th drone strike in Pakistan, a country with which the United States was not at war. His administration also ordered the first targeted killing of an American by drone without due process, the strike on Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni American imam, in 2011.

All true. But of course, Obama is not the Times’s target:

In his four years in the White House, Donald Trump often dispatched with even the fig leaves that past presidents had employed around the rule of law.

So you might expect the editorialists to cite at least one thing Trump did that was arguably illegal. But you would be disappointed.

He demonized his political foes and the free press…

Fortunately, criticizing reporters is not yet illegal. And no one in public life since Abraham Lincoln has been demonized like Donald Trump.

spread lies…

Notice that none of this has anything to do with the subject of the Times editorial.

and lauded strongmen. On Mr. Xi’s bid to remain president for life, Mr. Trump said: “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

Does the Times seriously not understand that this was a joke? Liberals are so crazed with hatred these days that they can’t think straight.

He also tried every trick to overturn a democratic election.

That is to say, he went to court. One thing he didn’t do was fabricate a conspiracy theory to the effect that Joe Biden won the election because he colluded with Russians.

In the end, Mr. Trump was impeached twice and voted out of office. But the willingness of many of his supporters to embrace authoritarianism should be a warning for our democracy and others.

When the Times says “embrace authoritarianism,” they mean things like opposing mask mandates and vaccine requirements for people who have had covid, along with wanting fewer regulations and lower taxes. In other words, anti-authoritarianism.

I am not sure it is still worth while to kick the carcass of a rag like the Times, but there is entertainment value in observing that paper’s apparently incurable obsessions.

Biden’s Kabul Continues!



There was a rocket attack in Kabul earlier today that reportedly killed a child. Meanwhile, a U.S. strike took out a vehicle that was en route to the Kabul airport with “miltiple suicide bombers.” So apparently a more serious terrorist threat was averted for now.

Further, the U.S. Embassy has ordered all Americans to “leave the airport area immediately.” Given the short time available to complete the evacuation, it is not clear how the final stage will be carried out, since we have been told to expect further efforts to launch terrorist attacks against the airport.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to threaten our enemies:

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan thundered…

The idea of Jake Sullivan “thundering” is laughable in itself.

…that the US has shown in other countries that it is capable of ‘suppressing the terrorism threat… without a large permanent presence on the ground. And we will do that in Afghanistan as well as we go forward’.

Let’s hope so. Nothing about the events of the last few weeks creates any confidence that the Biden administration is capable of doing any such thing.

Star Lefty, “Jerk” Bill Maher IS TURNING HONEST?

Maher: Maybe Afghanistan will wake up the “woke” Left

ED MORRISSEY Aug 28, 2021 at HotAir:

“We Americans should really get some perspective on where we live,” Bill Maher declared in his show’s conclusion. Definitely true, although don’t count on the woke Left waking up to that truth any time soon. After about 90 seconds of obligatory slams on conservatives for their patriotism — including one on John Boehner’s weepiness that’s about as relevant now as the Macarena — Maher turns to his real targets.

The real lesson from Afghanistan, Maher argues, is that Americans are working overtime to find things wrong here. That’s certainly one lesson from Afghanistan, although the collapse there was hardly necessary to notice that:https://www.youtube.com/embed/I8LxraECD5E?feature=oembed

“We’re not the bad guys. Oppression is what we were trying to stop in Afghanistan. We failed, but any immigrant will tell you we’ve largely succeeded here. And yet, the overriding thrust of current ‘woke’ ideology is America is rotten to the core, irredeemably racist from the moment it was founded and so oppressive, sexist and homophobic we can’t find a host for the Oscars or ‘Jeopardy!’” Maher exclaimed.

“And this is where your new [Afghan] roommates that you took in will prove so valuable because they’ll turn to you and say ‘Have you people lost your f—ing minds?!?… Have you ever heard of honor killings, public beheadings, throwing gay men off of roofs, arranged marriages to minors, state-sanctioned wife-beating, female genital mutilation, marriage by capture? Because we have.’”

“What’s the lesson of Afghanistan. Maybe it’s that everyone from the giant dorm room b—- session that is the internet should take a good look at what real oppression looks like,” Maher continued. “Ask your maid, ask your Uber driver, ask the Asian woman giving you a massage. … America may not be the country of your faculty lounge and Twitter dreams, but no one here tries to escape by hanging on to an airplane. No, we wait ’til we get inside the plane to fight – and only because they cut off the beverage service.”

Maher takes the easy slams on conservatives’ expressive patriotism and the obligatory audience-pleasing shots at Donald Trump — and George Bush, for just criticizing him almost two decades ago — which tend to undercut his own argument on perspective. The Trump lawsuit is much more recent and had to be a legal headache (and certainly is worthy of Maher’s scorn here), but criticism from one of your frequent targets is part of the job, no? And on that score, why bring up Bush in 2021 if you’re arguing for perspective? Why bring up Boehner at all? Couldn’t Maher and his team find an example of excessive patriotic fervor from sometime over the past ten years? If not, maybe that’s not a point worth making.

The same goes for ripping Kristi Noem for riding on a horse to celebrate a major cultural event — the Sturgis rally. Maher didn’t include that as a criticism of her participation in the event during the pandemic, which has been a point of controversy, but merely for holding an American flag while riding the horse. Perhaps that’s overweening patriotism in Maher’s eyes, but even so it hardly equates to the witch-hunt atmosphere that pushed Kevin Hart out of an Oscars hosting gig. To quote the famed philosopher Jules Winnfield, that “ain’t the same f***ing ballpark, it ain’t the same f***ing league, it ain’t even the same f***ing sport.” It’s a rhetorical reach that should have resulted in emergency rotator-cuff surgery for Maher.

Otherwise, I agree wholeheartedly with Maher here, even on his general criticism about blinkered love of America. He’s doing good work in pointing out the destructive and absurd impact of the woke movement. Wokery is essentially Utopian nihilism; it’s not just that the perfect is the enemy of the good, but that fantasy is the enemy of everything else. Maher has been clear-eyed about wokery all along, although he seems incapable of addressing it entirely on its own without trying to frame it with crowd-pleasing Republican-bashing elements.

Nevertheless, Maher undertakes a Sisyphean task. We didn’t need the collapse of Afghanistan and the resurgence of Taliban control to grasp Maher’s point. The world is filled with such examples; Maher mentions oppression in China and Saudi Arabia, but we saw it in Iran and Syria for decades too. The genocide of the Rohingya, the tribal wars in Africa, the oppression in Venezuela — all of these are ongoing examples of what real suffering means. And it doesn’t mean cataloguing all of your microaggressions.

Maybe the woke Left will shut up for a couple of weeks, but even that’s an optimistic take. They’re not going to learn any lessons from it, no matter how hard Maher tries and how sincere he is in pushing the message. The best we can hope for is that everyone else wakes up to the nihilism and insanity of the woke Left. To the extent that Maher contributes to that, kudos, seriously.

Addendum: The real lesson from Afghanistan is the warning Barack Obama reportedly gave his aides. “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”

The Deteriorating ‘Bugs’ Biden!

Biden’s Botched Bug Out

By Clarice Feldman at American Thinker:

This week we were treated to a bloody horror show at Kabul Airport and a preposterous performance (a full day late) by a President who claimed responsibility and then quickly proceeded to shun it, blaming everyone else. As commander in chief, he was responsible for the disastrous consequences of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by a plan only an idiot would have conceived or endorsed. What followed were continued lies from the Department of State, General Mark Milley, and probably the Department of Defense. Only individual Americans stood fast to preserve our tattered honor.

The Biden Bug Out Plan was exactly the opposite of the plan President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had crafted. In that plan, our well-fortified base at Bagram, some 40 miles from Kabul, was to be the last thing shuttered. In Biden’s plan, it was the first. He had our troops turn off the lights and leave in the middle of the night without warning to the Afghani government, doubtless encouraging the rapid Taliban advance to Kabul. The President blamed the military for this decision, and General Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, seemed to concur, although even as he fell on his sword there was wiggle room, for he predicated it on the need to get the troops down to about 600 or 700, a decision only Biden could have made.  Essentially a military briefer conceded this by asserting the mission to withdraw was Biden’s and the emphasis on giving priority to protecting the embassy was also his. The Wall Street Journal explains how disastrous this nonsensical order of departure was.

The way U.S. forces quietly slipped out of Bagram was also demoralizing for the Afghan army and probably contributed to its collapse. The Associated Press spoke to soldiers wandering the base the next day. “They lost all the goodwill of 20 years,” one said, “by leaving the way they did, in the night, without telling the Afghan soldiers who were outside patrolling the area.” The word must have spread: If the U.S. is abandoning its prized air base, then it really was bugging out altogether.

After the collapse of the Afghan government, Mr. Biden could have sent in enough U.S. troops to retake Bagram and provide for a safer evacuation. He declined that option in favor of getting to the exits as fast as possible, hoping to avoid a confrontation with the Taliban that could result in American casualties. On Thursday he got casualties anyway.

The wreck of Mr. Biden’s Afghan withdrawal is damaging enough. But he compounds the harm to his credibility, and America’s, when he refuses to acknowledge mistakes and spins defeat as a victory for realism. Mr. Biden should take responsibility for his own bad decisions, instead of trying to hide behind the military brass.

Left behind in Afghanistan were billions of dollars worth of armaments which will certainly be used against us and our allies. Also left behind are an untold number — certainly in the thousands — of Americans, green card holders, allied civilians, and Afghans who aided us and our NATO allies. They are being systematically butchered, with the aid of biometric records of those whom the jihadis are targeting. A huge potential hostage situation awaits. The administration concedes that we had already given the Taliban lists of people we wanted to give safe passage to. If that weren’t enough to target them for death, the biometric records sealed it.
The Taliban has mobilized a special unit, called Al Isha, to hunt down Afghans who helped US and allied forces — and it’s using US equipment and data to do it.
Nawazuddin Haqqani, one of the brigade commanders over the Al Isha unit, bragged in an interview with Zenger News that his unit is using US-made hand-held scanners to tap into a massive US-built biometric database and positively identify any person who helped the NATO allies or worked with Indian intelligence. Afghans who try to deny or minimize their role will find themselves contradicted by the detailed computer records that the US left behind in its frenzied withdrawal. [snip] US officials have not confirmed how many of the 7,000 hand-held scanners were left behind or whether the biometric database could be remotely deleted.
Apparently, Pakistani intelligence officers are assisting the Taliban’s Haqqani network in utilizing this tool.
As the work of the Haqqani Network becomes more visible, the Department of State, doubtless to bolster the administration’s claim that it had been fine to count on the Taliban’s pledge to secure the Kabul airport, asserted that the Taliban and Haqqani are “separate entities.” This is a new one and a likely bald-faced lie. Section 1217,FY 2021 NDAA (PL116-283) of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act is very clear: “The Taliban….(B) includes subordinate organizations, such as the Haqqani Network, and any successor organization.” At the Washington Examiner, Jerry Dunleavy spells out how ridiculous is the claim that these are separate entities.
The Taliban, Haqqani Network, and al Qaeda are deeply intertwined in Afghanistan, with the Taliban integrating Haqqani Network leaders and fighters with al Qaeda links into its command structure. ISIS-K has long clashed with the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, claiming Taliban rule is illegitimate.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan said last weekend, “The Taliban, obviously, to a considerable extent, are integrated with the Haqqani network. Our effort is with the Taliban military commanders currently in charge of security in Kabul.”
Sirajuddin Haqqani, the “deputy emir” of the Taliban, “currently leads the day-to-day activities of the Haqqani Network,” according to the State Department, which explained that “the Haqqani Network is allied with the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda.” Sirajuddin has been designated a terrorist by the U.S., and the State Department’s Reward for Justice program has offered $10 million for his arrest.
The Long War Journal reported in 2017 that “the Taliban again affirmed that the Haqqanis are an integral part of its organization — not an independent faction.”[snip] Sirajuddin is the nephew of Khalil Rahman Haqqani, another top Taliban figure who is now reportedly in charge of security in Kabul. The Treasury Department designated Khalil a global terrorist in 2011, alleging he was “providing support to al-Qaeda.”
The Taliban, al Qaeda, and ISIS-K fighters are believed to have been among the thousands of prisoners freed from the Parwan Detention Facility when the Taliban entered Kabul last weekend. The prison is right next to Bagram Airfield, which the U.S. quietly abandoned in July.

On Twitter, Bill Roggio has more of the intertwining of the Taliban and Haqqani operations.

Just who, apart from their lapdog press, does the Department of State think they are fooling? 

So disastrous has this Biden operation been that it is not being much defended. And in perhaps a slip of the tongue, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki finally said something believable:

[A]s I noted a few minutes ago, any day where you lose servicemembers is — may be the worst day of your presidency, and hopefully there’s not more. But we are certainly early in the presidency at this point in time.” 

I would not be surprised if no high-ranking official appears at the airport where the bodies of the servicemen and women will be unloaded. I imagine it’s a combination of callousness and the desire to avoid any images which link the administration to the mayhem that followed its orders. Biden lives nearby and as I write this he has not committed to appear there. 

Winding up his tardy address, Biden blustered that we’d get revenge for the killings. It’s hard to see how, with no bases in the country, a bug-out that put at risk anyone who helps us and thousands of civilian hostages on the ground. But the Department of Defense came up with an over the horizon Biden bacon saver — claiming that with a drone strike they’d killed an ISIS-K “planner.” Not sure what a “planner” is, and certainly it is unlikely anyone can verify this claim. So, I place this in the dubious, and even if true, ineffectual file. Another tale for the halfwits among us.

There were only two bright spots in the week. One brave Marine, Lt-Col. Stuart Scheller, attacked senior military officers for their lack of accountability in this mess, knowing it would cost him his command, and very promptly it did. Wade Miller notes how corruptly discriminatory this was:


Lt. Col. Vindman went on national television and proactively attacked the Commander in Chief for partisan reasons. yet he kept his job.

But Lt. Col.  Scheller lost his command today for rightly demanding accountability from senior officers who allowed the Afghanistan disaster to unfold.

In a similar vein, active duty and retired naval intelligence officers are told they cannot “disrespect” the President over the Afghanistan debacle. The ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) directive even applies to civilian employees.

An internal ONI member told The Daily Wire that these policies were more relaxed under the Trump administration and recalled retired officers condemning the former President.

The more the senior officials try to button this up to cover for Biden, the more we lose any faith in them and the more obvious becomes the politicization of our military, the one domestic institution which still retained our faith and respect.

The only other bright spot was the marvelous “Pineapple Express,” the successful effort by U.S. special operations veterans who secretly helped evacuate more than 600 Afghan allies and their families, a story worth a movie.

One former SEAL who participated complained to ABC “that our own government didn’t do this. We did what we should do, as Americans.” Another retired SEAL said of an Afghan veteran who refused to abandon his family and eventually led them all to safety, “Leaving a man behind is not in our SEAL ethos. Many Afghans have a stronger vision of our democratic values than many Americans do.”

There still are men in America. There still are honorable people in America. But darned if you can find them in official Washington.

“how science fiction has increasingly replaced science and where it leads”.

From a doctor bewildered at where all this COVID stuff is going

By Steve Karp, MD at American Thinker:

Until recently, the practice of medicine was based more on science, less on science fiction.  Even when science fiction acted as foreshadowing, hard evidence was required to turn fiction into non-fiction.

We are told to practice evidence-based medicine.  However, evidence today has taken a back seat to wishful thinking — or is it an agenda?  A refresher on recent issues is required to see how science fiction has increasingly replaced science and where it leads.

This science fiction story begins with the 2019 “virus” and 2020 “vaccine.”  A selection of the story’s chapters includes a virus of which the CDC claimed not to possess a reference sample.  A vaccine that did not fit the definition of a vaccine.  Approval of a vaccine for which the studies had not reached clinically important endpoints.  The lack of time to understand the vaccine’s intermediate and long-term effects.  The lack of legal liability placed on the manufacturers.  The cheap, effective treatments available but ignored. 

Are we practicing evidence-based medicine when mandating what is not a vaccine, as the CDC defines?  If this were a vaccine, it would directly stimulate the immune system.  It would protect the injected from the disease.  It would not claim to protect others from the disease.  It would not be in use while mutations arise.  What we have does what it should not do and does not do what it should. 

The vaccine’s clinical endpoint was to prevent mild disease, which could simply be an increase in coughing.  Is that clinically relevant?  What about having a positive PCR test?  That test will be withdrawn at year’s end.  It cannot differentiate a coronavirus from influenza or other viruses, and the way it is used generates far too many false positive results.

The public does not know what it does not know.  By not disclosing potential medical effects, people can never give informed consent.  By not advising the public of useful preventative actions, effective anti-viral treatments, or the importance of monitoring for treatment response if treatment needs an adjustment, malpractice at least in the general sense is inflicted on everyone injected.  

Now an anecdote to demonstrate the negative effect that science fiction can have on nonfiction.  I have a friend whom I will call X, who lives in a rural area that is served in part by a large medical center.  X was found to have a medical problem affecting various organs in the body.  At intervals, one specialist after another evaluated X, and at intervals, tests, and procedures were ordered.  To date, there is no firm diagnosis, no end date for testing, no formulation of a treatment plan.  Months have been and are being chewed up.

Meanwhile, X works for a school that trains people for hospital work.  X’s students rotate through hospitals that are part of the same medical system where X is a patient.  X instructs students in one of those hospitals.  The “system” has mandated that all staff, students, and instructors undergo “mandatory vaccination.”

So here we have X, who has an actual undiagnosed and potentially fatal condition, especially as time goes by without treatment, mandated to undergo injection of a concoction of chemicals, not yet fully disclosed, with unknown long-term effects, for the theoretical risk of contracting a mild viral disease, the endpoint studied.

Keep in mind that spreading the virus was not studied, true vaccines are not by definition used to protect others, and only 10% of the population has tested positive for the virus, or something, by a test that is to be withdrawn by year’s end.

X’s story does not end there.  Last year, X came down with a case of the virus, according to symptoms and testing.  Sick for days.  Recovered with the use of medications dared not to be mentioned.  Despite all the above, the hospital still demands that X get the vaccine.

 Question: Do you get a measles vaccine if you had the measles?  Of course not.  Why?  The measles virus is stable, and once infected, you have resistance.  Is the coronavirus stable?  No.  Moreover, what does the currently mandated vaccine protect X against?  The virus X had nearly a year ago.  So why should X be injected with an old product to protect X against something X was already sick from?  Is the Influenza vaccine in use five years ago recommended for use against today’s mutations?

Which way will the wind blow for X?  Morbidity and mortality may be complete between the underlying illness and the vaccine.  Riddles, mysteries, and enigmas.  Like peeling an endless onion.

Image: torstensimon via PixabayPixabay License.




Tina Tchen has resigned from her position as president and CEO of Time’s Up, an organization whose mission, purportedly, is to protect women from harassment. Tchen’s resignation follows that of Roberta Kaplan, who co-founded Time’s Up with Tchen and succeeded her as its head.

Kaplan resigned after it was revealed that she assisted in Andrew Cuomo’s effort to smear Lindsey Boylan, one of the women who accused the then-governor of sexual harassment. Tchen took Kaplan’s place.

As I noted at the time, however, Tchen also participated in the effort to discredit Boylan. She and Kaplan both reviewed a letter to the New York Times that Cuomo’s team drafted pursuant to that effort. The letter attacked Boylan. Kaplan and Tchen said the letter would be fine with a little tweaking.

Tchen nonetheless tried to hang there. However, the optics of having her head an organization that supposedly protects women from sexual harassment, as opposed to protecting big-name Democrat predators from sexual harassment victims, were too hard to take.

In her resignation statement, Tchen said:

I am especially aware that my position at the helm of TIME’S UP has become a painful and divisive focal point. Those very women and other activists who should be working together to fight for change are instead battling each other in harmful ways.

In other words, Tchen has resigned because her presence is divisive. There is no acknowledgement here that she did anything wrong.

During a panel discussion the day of her resignation, Tchen did “say:

We clearly see how we can be used as cover. And let’s be clear – what I believe happened with the Cuomo administration was we were used as cover in ways I had no understanding of until the AG’s report. That’s a problem, and we can’t let that happen. Our movement cannot be used as cover for folks who are trying to actually go at survivors or others.

Thus, Tchen pleads ignorance.

But that plea makes no sense. The letter she and Kaplan essentially signed off on was an obvious attempt to help Cuomo deflect a victim’s charge of sexual harassment by attacking her. Tchen and Kaplan couldn’t have viewed it any other way. And neither had any basis, other than Cuomo’s say-so, for believing that the charge against him lacked a good faith basis or was improperly motivated.

The notion that Tchen realized what was going on here only after reading the New York AG’s report is laughable. Keep in mind that Tchen is a long-time, big-time political operative.

She was one of Barack Obama’s leading fundraisers. During the first two years of the Obama presidency, Tchen was the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. After that, she served as assistant to Barack Obama and chief of staff to Michelle Obama.

Before joining Team Obama, Tchen was a corporate lawyer for a major Chicago law firm.

Tina Tchen is no one’s dupe. She knew what she was doing when she went to bat for Andrew Cuomo and against his victim. She was siding with a key Democrat against a woman with a plausible sexual harassment claim.

She did so because she’s a Democrat first and a feminist second.

The only interesting question is whether, with Kaplan and Tchen gone, Time’s Up will become feminist first and Democrat second. It is now better positioned to claim to be. Whether it will behave that way the next time a top-level Democrat faces sexual harassment allegations remains to be seen.

NOTE: Most of our American troubles today are caused by the human female…library and schools from coast to coast have become PROOF OF THIS TRUTH. I taught Russian and “Senior Social Studies” in the 1960s and 1970s and noticed the beginning of SOVIET LIFE AMONG SINGLE AMERICAN FEMALES EVEN THEN!






…”the United States can any longer be trusted. A partial answer is, certainly not as long as Joe Biden is president…”



As the Afghanistan debacle has unfolded, I have been following the coverage in various foreign newspapers. The coverage I have seen has been harshly critical of the Biden administration, to a degree that more or less equals what we see in the conservative press here in the U.S.

Take, for example, a news story and two commentary pieces in today’s Telegraph. First, the news story by U.S. correspondent Jamie Johnson. At the top of the page is the now-famous photo of Joe Biden on the verge of bursting into tears during his press appearance last night. The story begins:

US President Joe Biden crumbled under questioning by a Fox News reporter on Thursday night, as Donald Trump said his handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan was “embarrassing”.

In what was labelled a moment of “weakness” the president looked resigned as he tried to explain that it was Mr Trump who ordered troops to be withdrawn and that his only alternative was to send more US soldiers to the country.
Faced with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, Mr Biden struggled to accept the blame for the chaotic US withdrawal.

That is brutal, but the opinion pieces, not surprisingly, are worse. The headline on Douglas Murray’s piece is, “Can the world afford another three and a half years of President Biden?” The subhead is “Britain has grown used to a strong America. Now, it must contend with a weak leadership in retreat.” It gets worse from there.

In another opinion piece, Iain Duncan Smith writes, “Biden’s colossal mess is even worse than we thought.”

This tragic mess comes back to President Biden. He owns every decision – and the consequences are also his.
In reality, of course, there was nothing inevitable about the violence and chaos of the withdrawal. Meanwhile, officials have been letting it be known that Biden was indeed warned that the Afghan security services were likely to crumble in the face of the Taliban. He was even warned that if he shut Bagram airbase, he would cut off Afghan forces from their vital air support (a significant factor in their collapse) and lose the best place to evacuate from. He seems to have ignored that advice as well.

That’s why, nearly eight hours after yesterday’s attack, when Biden ghosted into the White House East Room he looked shell shocked. After all, in the last eighteen months, there have been no US or allied casualties in Afghanistan, no terrorist attacks from Afghanistan, and the Taliban were being held at bay by the Afghan forces, supported by Nato. In a matter of a few weeks, all of that has been thrown away, leaving the whole of Nato having to rely on the factional Taliban for their security.

Sadly, our allies are asking serious questions about whether the United States can any longer be trusted. A partial answer is, certainly not as long as Joe Biden is president.


I Am Not White: Obliterating Critical Race Theory

By David Scott Strain at American Thinker:

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the ultimate in explicit racism:  It has race at the very center of its name, and at the core of its curriculum.  Its corrupting influence on education, government, our military, and organizational principles of all kinds, public and private, is becoming pervasive.

CRT threatens to turn our country into something so corrupt that it becomes a grotesque caricature of its founding principles, purposes, and standing as the greatest country in the history of humanity and the world.  There is a simple way to prevent this.

Here, I must note that “simple” is not the same as “easy.”  It is a simple thing to quit smoking; you simply don’t put the next cigarette in your mouth — forever.  However, it’s not easy:  You have to beat the nicotine addiction and the social habit.

Likewise, quitting CRT is simple but not easy.  But let’s start with a primary point:  Most of us are not what we are forced to identify as.  In my case, I am not White.  Nor are people such as me White.  As regards “people of color,” more and more are rejecting CRT, and they are going on record in television interviews, school board meetings, university showdowns, and more.  Many non-Whites (for lack of a better term) are rejecting racism, that is, the segregating of people based on skin color; the assignment of beliefs, behaviors, and various levels of “privilege” — or complete lack — based on skin color. It is heartening that people of all stripes are, increasingly, rejecting CRT.

I am forced to check a box, “White,” on many government forms, and am perceived to be merely “White” by many others in the conduct of general life.  Yet, if I hold typing paper next to my face I am clearly not white in color.  For that matter, most people forced to identify as “Black” (or who self-identify that way, willingly or no) are not actually black.  They are brown.  So, what are we identifying as?  Rather than guess at government’s or society’s motivations, I prefer my own rational understandings.  (Note:  Medicine, policing, and disciplines that have necessary needs for these identifications get a pass here.  There are reasons to know a person’s medical history, including ethno-racial-geographical concerns and inherited ethno-etiologies.  In policing, it’s imperative to use every identifier possible when seeking suspects).

So, for socialization, education, etc… what am I?  Who am I?

I am Scottish, Irish, Slovak.  Referring to me as “White” shows complete disrespect for my ethnicities and ancestors.  Further, lumping people together as merely “Black,” “Hispanic,” “Indian,” “Native American,” “Asian-American,” etc., does the same thing.  There are many distinctions to accommodate if we’re to mount true respect.

In terms of ethno-identification(s) — that is, my race, my people, my background history and culture — what do I have in common with a French-American?… a German-American?… an Italian-American?… a Belgian-American?… etc. — as well as any combinations, all of whom may look “White” and be forced to identify as “White”?  

They look similar to me such that they are forced to check “White” boxes on/in various forms, media, training exercises, forums, and many straight-jacketing practices.  We may have many or few things in common.  But certainly, there are large differences and appreciations to be had.  Arguing otherwise is to dehumanize people.  This is what CRT does.

Lumping people into groups in order to pit groups against one another is wrong.  Assigning feelings of privilege, guilt, debts owed, against purported modern-day victims — hopeful collectors on so-called debts — diminishes everyone.

This theory and its propagation are wrong, but we’re intimidated against speaking out.  The “woke” snowball has been provided a downhill trajectory, with a favorable gravity, such that it is gaining size, mass and influence, even as it takes us to the bottom. 

What we’re doing to vulnerable children is abominable.  We’re injecting malleable minds with the theory’s components that simply cannot present themselves to kids in any natural sense.  Watch kids play from two, three, four years of age.  And as those integrated kids grow and mature, they continue to work in harmony, play in harmony, create in harmony, and produce useful things in harmony — so long as “woke” and overly-politicized adults steer clear and concentrate on teaching and counseling regarding practical things.  In these “woke” circumstances, we’re limiting the school day — bending it from critical Readin’, ‘Ritin’, and ‘Rithmetic that needs to be occurring, and occurring according to standards of empiricals, excellence, and accountabilities. 

Schedules eaten up by measures of CRT are a tragic impact on students’ attention in two regards.  1) It removes time for things legitimate, and 2) The resultant space in these minds is injected with garbage.  All so students, K-to-University, can become whiners and criers, pointing outside themselves with expanding imagination and efficiency for things owed them absent better efforts and merit. 

This theory teaches denigration of country, society, and allied ideals — to hate the aforementioned with virulency.  Spreading this hate is required.  For, if you are not a booster of CRT you are an enemy.  You must be attacked and removed.  CRT adherents have us indoctrinating and building people from their earliest school days, when individuals’ minds are at their most impressionable, in creating an ever-larger number of minds that are incapable of thinking independently:  A fish doesn’t know it’s wet; CRT’s goal is an environment that is so dominant that people haven’t a clue regarding “the swim they’re in.”  America is racist, sexist, and mounted atop “White Privilege.” 

Rather, from her founding moments, America has been the land of freedom and opportunity.  America is not responsible for her offices being occupied by people who fell short of her ideals, as enshrined and codified in our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, our Declaration of Independence, and other documents.  Those are America.  People are human, often fallible and corrupt.  Politicians, appointees, officeholders, and the general citizenry who oppressed others in diametric opposition to America’s ideals and codes are responsible for past racism, sexism, injustices, and suppressions — not America.   America is not a land of systemic racism but rather a country of systemic opportunity.  This is why people storm our border and hang onto the wheel-wells of airplanes in hopes of getting here… and staying here. 

We need to crush CRT. Now.

Image: Pixabay

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The Taliban Now Has $85 Billion Worth Of Taxpayer-Funded US Military Equipment

The Taliban Now Has $85 Billion Worth Of Taxpayer-Funded US Military Equipment

AUGUST 27, 2021 By Jordan Davidson at the Federalist:

The Taliban now has access to more than $85 billion worth of U.S. military equipment abandoned by the Afghan army.

Shortly after President Joe Biden abruptly withdrew U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the Afghan government collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. When faced with advancing Taliban fighters, the Afghan military also shrunk away despite two decades of U.S. time, effort, and taxpayer dollars poured into military equipment designated for the Afghans.

The Taliban quickly seized this bureaucratic void and took over the capital city of Kabul where thousands of pieces of American weaponry and military tools were lying in wait.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., warned that “due to the negligence of this administration,” the Taliban possess more than $85 billion worth of U.S. military equipment including 75,000 vehicles, more than 200 airplanes and helicopters, and more than 600,000 small arms and light weapons.

“The Taliban now has more Black Hawk helicopters than 85 percent of the countries in the world,” Banks said.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=FDRLST&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1431003812081414144&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fthefederalist.com%2F2021%2F08%2F27%2Fthe-taliban-now-has-85-billion-worth-of-taxpayer-funded-us-military-equipment%2F&sessionId=d27b82bb7eb6b36f02972fddb5c754d84fb217fb&siteScreenName=FDRLST&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px

In addition to weaponry and other heavy machinery, Banks said the Taliban also has access to tools such as night-vision goggles, body armor, medical supplies, and biometric devices containing fingerprints, scans, and other biographical information of the United States’ Afghan allies.

“This administration still has no plan to get this military equipment or these supplies back,” Banks said after receiving a briefing on the situation.

The Biden administration lamented the loss over the last two weeks but has yet to name any specific plans to recover any of the losses.

“We don’t have a complete picture, obviously, of where every article of defense materials has gone, but certainly, a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said shortly after the collapse.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=FDRLST&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1428497821100122112&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fthefederalist.com%2F2021%2F08%2F27%2Fthe-taliban-now-has-85-billion-worth-of-taxpayer-funded-us-military-equipment%2F&sessionId=d27b82bb7eb6b36f02972fddb5c754d84fb217fb&siteScreenName=FDRLST&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px

“We obviously don’t want to see our equipment in the hands of those who would act against our interests, or the interests of the Afghan people,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a press briefing.Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.Photo YouTube/Photo