• 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

May God Bless America!

Elder Derangement Syndrome (not the Biden kind)

By Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:

The tightness of polling on the recall of Gavin Newsom, combined with the frontrunner status of Black conservative Larry Elder, has driven many progressives over the edge, into madness.  Nothing infuriates condescending Whites and racialist Blacks more than an independent-thinking, articulate Black conservative.  The continuing disgraceful treatment of Justice Clarence Thomas by the corporate media and establishment Black institutions is the most prominent example to date.  But the prospect of the governorship of our nation’s most populous state, deep blue California, falling into the hands of a Black conservative has driven people to say absurd things, laughable on their face.

Heather Mac Donald has a characteristically excellent piece at City Journal on the left playing the race card on Elder.  Understand that crime and homelessness are seriously affecting the quality of life for most Californians.  Fear now plays a role in life that it did not prior to the governorship of Newsom.  Elder’s commonsense approach discards the progressive shibboleths and therefore outrages the progressives.  Elder has even been called a “white supremacist” in major publications.  The fear of crime, especially among Blacks, who are the disproportionate victims, could well push him into the governor’s office if the election is not stolen.

Read the whole thing, especially for the thorough debunking of left-wing claims against Elder’s factually correct observations on the source of crime.  Nobody masters crime statistics the way Mac Donald does.  Her conclusion is self-evidently correct:

Trying to ensure that blacks get the policing they need in order to stay alive would not seem to be the gesture of a white supremacist, black or white.

One other thing that she does, though, is examine the total absence of media consideration of the possibility of the “historic first” Black California governor.  Because the hypocrisy is so deep, it becomes downright amusing.

If Elder were running as a Democrat, the press would be celebrating the possibility of California’s first black governor. Instead, we hear nothing about “shattering glass ceilings” or “diversifying” the ruling elite. The New York Times ran an entire front-page article on Elder’s candidacy without once mentioning that he was black. (The article did claim in passing that Elder was an affirmative-action admit to Brown University, an unthinkable charge regarding a black liberal.) A column by Paul Krugman two days later was equally colorblind regarding the Elder candidacy. Has the Times renounced identity politics? Only selectively. Adjacent to the August 25 front-page article was a story on New York’s new governor, headlined “Hochul Breaks a Barrier and Pledges a New Era.” The story opened with the observation that “Kathleen C. Hochul became the first woman to ascend to New York’s highest office on Tuesday.” Yet Hochul’s entry into the governor’s mansion in Albany does not even signify anything about gubernatorial voting patterns; she was not elected but slotted in after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. Black governors have been much rarer than female ones. Elder would lead the nation’s largest state and be just the third black governor ever elected in the United States, following Douglas Wilder in Virginia and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts.

Elder is indifferent to the silence regarding the “historic” nature of his candidacy.

But the media’s effort to portray his run merely as a resurgence of alleged Trumpian racism depends on a shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing. As long as that duplicity remains in force, in the California governor’s office and elsewhere, the country will continue sliding toward anarchy.

Alas, I see every sign that the left is pulling out all the stops to steal the election.  Ballot envelopes have been designed to reveal a yes vote on the recall when the voter folds the ballot in the most logical way and puts it in the envelope.  Easy to spot and discard before counting.

People are even allowed to print their own ballots, which seems redundant since the election is entirely by mail with a huge mailing of ballots, purportedly to every registered California voter.

It seems that quite a few people not eligible to vote are also receiving ballots, in addition to whatever fake ballots may be printed up:

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While I am as cynical as can be about election integrity in California, I still have a slim hope that, given the level of panic we see on the left, he still has a chance to win.

Photo credit: Gage SkidmoreCC BY-SA 2.0license.

Fascist Harvard’s New University Chaplain IS AN ATHEIST FOR A BETTER FIT?

BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine:

LOOSE ENDS (137)

 Don’t look now, but many institutions are collapsing under the unsustainable weight of smug leftism. First item: late night television. Fifty million Americans tuned in to Johnny Carson’s last appearance on The Tonight Show. Today, his Tonight Show successor, along with the egregious Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on CBS, barely have 2 million viewers on a good night, and are now being beaten in the late night ratings by conservative Fox humorist Greg Gutfeld. I’ll bet Gutfeld’s staff is not even one-tenth as large as the production staffs of the late night network shows.

 Speaking of self-immolating liberal institutions, have you heard the news: Harvard University’s new chaplain is an atheist. I suppose the only question here is: what took them so long? I recall a story of a writer friend—someone whose name you’d recognize—who spent a year in a liberal seminary several decades ago now, and recounted how a faculty member said to him one day: “I think I know why you are so unhappy here. You actually believe in God.”

 Oh goody: North Korea has restarted its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor. As the Wall Street Journal reports: “Kim Jong Un’s regime is fully aware that activity at its nuclear sites is closely watched by satellite surveillance.” In other words, the Norks have taken the measure of Biden, and proceeded accordingly.

 This one hardly needs comment beyond pointing out that the tech world’s “artificial intelligence” appears even more stupid than the human intelligence it is meant to replace:

Facebook apologizes after labeling part of Declaration of Independence ‘hate speech’

Facebook’s policies for censoring hate speech have again come under fire after the social media giant labeled a passage from the Declaration of Independence as hate speech.

Facebook apologized to a Texas newspaper on Tuesday for deleting its post that included the passage. The Liberty County Vindicator had been posting excerpts of the Declaration of Independence daily leading up to July 4th. The first nine posts were published without a problem. The 10th post, which included paragraphs 27 through 31 of the Declaration of Independence, was deleted by Facebook.

 Another college fraud exposed, only this time it is a college president:

The president of Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., resigned last week following outrage over an interview he gave to The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he discussed white supremacist activity in the area surrounding the college town.

W. Joseph King characterized Lyon, a private liberal arts institution, and another college in Virginia where he formerly worked as “bubbles of inclusion and of diversity surrounded by a sea of angry, disenfranchised populations and a large white-supremacist population,” according to the July 26 Chronicle article. “Both colleges have had to deal with active Klan chapters in the area.”

King is also is quoted saying that his home was vandalized with a spray-painted expletive following a meeting with students in which he told them to expect to find their political beliefs challenged. He also said that the Lyon campus had to go into effective lockdown after pro-Trump rallies in Arkansas during the fall of 2020 brought crowds bearing Confederate flags and neo-Nazi symbols. . .

Turns out former president King isn’t just a liberal bigot, but a fabricator as well “the “Lyon King”?):

The article originally said King suggested that the Trump rally happened in Batesville, a fact disputed by the Batesville police chief, who told a local broadcaster the rally and the alleged vandalism at King’s house never happened.

King said in an Aug. 21 statement that the Chronicle article, which had been published nearly a month earlier, had misquoted him as saying the rally was in Batesville, and that he was working with the article’s author on a correction. The Chronicle issued a correction Aug. 24 updating the record but denying any misquote: “A description by Lyon College’s President Joey King of fall-2020 campaign gatherings in support of Donald Trump refers to events elsewhere in Arkansas, not in Batesville, as King erroneously said earlier,” the correction reads.

That Wuss, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, MUST GO AS AN OFFICER!

Almost 90 Retired Flag Officers Demand Mark Milley, Lloyd Austin Resign After Afghanistan Debacle

Almost 90 Retired Flag Officers Demand Mark Milley, Lloyd Austin Resign After Afghanistan Debacle

AUGUST 30, 2021 By Jordan Davidson

Nearly 90 retired U.S. generals and admirals penned an open letter asking Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley to resign from their positions following their “negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

“As principal military advisors to the CINC [Commander-in-Chief]/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms,” the letter states. “If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement.

This “hasty retreat,” the letter continues, not only left thousands of vulnerable Americans and Afghan allies stranded at the hands of the Taliban but also contributed to the “catastrophic” loss of “billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies.”

“The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time. The death and torture of Afghans has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions,” the letter says. “The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.”

This damaged trust, the retired generals and admirals argue, gives confidence to U.S. enemies who “are emboldened to move against America due to the weakness displayed in Afghanistan.”

“China benefits the most followed by Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and others. Terrorists around the world are emboldened and able to pass freely into our country through our open border with Mexico,” the letter states.

The letter also points out how military leadership’s focus on “wokeness” is hurting the viability of U.S. troops and the military as an institution.

“In interviews, congressional testimony, and public statements it has become clear that top leaders in our military are placing mandatory emphasis on PC ‘wokeness’ related training which is extremely divisive and harmful to unit cohesion, readiness, and war fighting capability,” the letter says. “Our military exists to fight and win our Nation’s wars and that must be the sole focus of our top military leaders.”

“For these reasons we call on the SECDEF Austin and the CJCS General Milley to resign,” it concludes. “A fundamental principle in the military is holding those in charge responsible and accountable for their actions or inactions. There must be accountability at all levels for this tragic and avoidable debacle.”

Over the last week, multiple GOP lawmakers called on President Joe Biden to resign for “dereliction of duty that has left Americans dead at the hands of terrorists.”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

“Many institutions are collapsing under the unsustainable weight of smug leftism”.

BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine: (Article sent by Mark Waldeland.)

LOOSE ENDS (137)

 Don’t look now, but many institutions are collapsing under the unsustainable weight of smug leftism. First item: late night television. Fifty million Americans tuned in to Johnny Carson’s last appearance on The Tonight Show. Today, his Tonight Show successor, along with the egregious Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on CBS, barely have 2 million viewers on a good night, and are now being beaten in the late night ratings by conservative Fox humorist Greg Gutfeld. I’ll bet Gutfeld’s staff is not even one-tenth as large as the production staffs of the late night network shows.

 Speaking of self-immolating liberal institutions, have you heard the news: Harvard University’s new chaplain is an atheist. I suppose the only question here is: what took them so long? I recall a story of a writer friend—someone whose name you’d recognize—who spent a year in a liberal seminary several decades ago now, and recounted how a faculty member said to him one day: “I think I know why you are so unhappy here. You actually believe in God.”

 Oh goody: North Korea has restarted its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor. As the Wall Street Journal reports: “Kim Jong Un’s regime is fully aware that activity at its nuclear sites is closely watched by satellite surveillance.” In other words, the Norks have taken the measure of Biden, and proceeded accordingly.

 This one hardly needs comment beyond pointing out that the tech world’s “artificial intelligence” appears even more stupid than the human intelligence it is meant to replace:

Facebook apologizes after labeling part of Declaration of Independence ‘hate speech’

Facebook’s policies for censoring hate speech have again come under fire after the social media giant labeled a passage from the Declaration of Independence as hate speech.

Facebook apologized to a Texas newspaper on Tuesday for deleting its post that included the passage. The Liberty County Vindicator had been posting excerpts of the Declaration of Independence daily leading up to July 4th. The first nine posts were published without a problem. The 10th post, which included paragraphs 27 through 31 of the Declaration of Independence, was deleted by Facebook.

 Another college fraud exposed, only this time it is a college president:

The president of Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., resigned last week following outrage over an interview he gave to The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he discussed white supremacist activity in the area surrounding the college town.

W. Joseph King characterized Lyon, a private liberal arts institution, and another college in Virginia where he formerly worked as “bubbles of inclusion and of diversity surrounded by a sea of angry, disenfranchised populations and a large white-supremacist population,” according to the July 26 Chronicle article. “Both colleges have had to deal with active Klan chapters in the area.”

King is also is quoted saying that his home was vandalized with a spray-painted expletive following a meeting with students in which he told them to expect to find their political beliefs challenged. He also said that the Lyon campus had to go into effective lockdown after pro-Trump rallies in Arkansas during the fall of 2020 brought crowds bearing Confederate flags and neo-Nazi symbols. . .

Turns out former president Lyon isn’t just a liberal bigot, but a fabricator as well:

The article originally said King suggested that the Trump rally happened in Batesville, a fact disputed by the Batesville police chief, who told a local broadcaster the rally and the alleged vandalism at King’s house never happened.

King said in an Aug. 21 statement that the Chronicle article, which had been published nearly a month earlier, had misquoted him as saying the rally was in Batesville, and that he was working with the article’s author on a correction. The Chronicle issued a correction Aug. 24 updating the record but denying any misquote: “A description by Lyon College’s President Joey King of fall-2020 campaign gatherings in support of Donald Trump refers to events elsewhere in Arkansas, not in Batesville, as King erroneously said earlier,” the correction reads.

Long Time Fascistic Dem Salesman, Lefty Stephanopoulos, IN AN ARGUMENT?

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts fighting over sexual harassment lawsuit

JOHN SEXTON Aug 30, 2021 1:00 PM ET Share Tweet

(Paula Lobo/ABC via AP)

Last week a longtime producer for ABC’s Good Morning America named Michael Corn was sued for allegedly sexually assaulting at least two women he worked with. The lawsuit also claims that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos knew about the allegations since 2017 but “did nothing” about it.

Kirstyn Crawford, a producer on the morning show, alleged that Michael Corn assaulted her in 2015 during a business trip to cover the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, according to the lawsuit filed in New York state court and obtained by NBC News. The lawsuit also alleges that Corn assaulted former ABC News producer Jill McClain in 2010 and 2011 on two separate business trips…

Crawford claimed that ABC learned of the alleged assault on her in 2017 but “did nothing” to protect her “or remove Corn from his position of power.” She said that while “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos urged her to report the alleged assault, then-senior director of publicity for “GMA” Heather Riley “cautioned Crawford that reporting the assault and harassment might get ‘messy,’” according to the lawsuit. Riley is now vice president of crisis management.

Corn has denied the allegations but he left the company in April. The lawsuit claims that’s because an internal investigation found the allegations against him credible, i.e. he jumped before he was pushed. NBC had a follow-up story saying that morale at the company is very low:

NBC News spoke to a dozen current and former employees at ABC News, many of whom said the statement released Wednesday in response to a lawsuit filed against former GMA chief Michael Corn and ABC News was “offensive” and made them question whether they still wanted to work for the network.

“Morale is beyond low,” said one woman who has worked at ABC News for years, who asked not to be named in order to discuss internal matters. “Women are questioning why they are still at ABC because they are all so disgusted. It’s a company they don’t want to work for anymore.”

One of the women who is clearly not happy with how this was handled is Stephanopoulos’ co-host Robin Roberts:

GMA staffers discussed the lawsuit on a team-wide call, during which a clearly emotional Roberts declared, “If this happened to someone on my team, I would have burned the place down,” according to multiple people who were present for the meeting.

Staffers who heard the remark said it was unsubtly directed at Stephanopoulos, who, according to the lawsuit, had been informed of Crawford’s sexual assault allegations almost four years ago and continued to work with Corn…

The comment quickly made its way back to Stephanopoulos, who was “livid,” according to the people familiar…

Roberts remains “incensed” about ABC’s handling of the allegations as well as her co-host’s actions (or lack thereof), and has made her feelings known to bosses, according to colleagues who have spoken with her in recent days.

Yes, who could have guessed a man whose first career was helping a guy nicknamed “slick Willie” get elected president would downplay or ignore allegations of sexual harassment? This guy?

Stephanopoulos would later make waves by openly wondering whether Clinton was telling the truth about Monica Lewinsky but that was near the end of Clinton’s tenure. Early on he was all denial as you can see above.

So George can be livid all he wants but it appears he was personally told about this allegation back in 2017 and he told two other people about it and then let it drop and continued to work with Corn as if nothing had happened. As Robin Roberts accurately pointed out, he didn’t exactly burn the place down even in the midst of the #MeToo push that was engulfing other networks at the time.

“UGLY IS, IS WHAT UGLY DOES!!!”

LA Teacher’s Union President: ‘Our babies may not have learned all their times tables’ but ‘they know the words insurrection and coup’

JOHN SEXTON at Hot Air:

You may remember Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of the LA Teacher’s Union. Myart-Cruz was one of several union leaders around the country who pushed to keep teachers from returning to school last fall and even earlier this year. While the union demanded teachers be fully vaccinated before returning to classrooms, a private UTLA Facebook group warned teachers not to post photos of their spring break vacations because it might not look good.

Last week Los Angeles Magazine published a story based on an interview with Myart-Cruz. If you’re thinking she might have had second thoughts about shutting schools down for 18 months, think again:

After settling into in a swivel chair and slowly removing her zebra-print face mask, the 47-year-old lightning rod for controversy calmly sets her hands on the table and begins issuing a series of incendiary statements that almost seem aerodynamically designed to grab headlines and infuriate critics. Like this one: “There is no such thing as learning loss,” she responds when asked how her insistence on keeping L.A.’s schools mostly locked down over the last year and a half may have impacted the city’s 600,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade students. “Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup.” She even went so far as to suggest darkly that “learning loss” is a fake crisis marketed by shadowy purveyors of clinical and classroom assessments.

This is, unfortunately, not the first time I’ve heard this stupid argument. The head of the San Francisco school board was saying essentially the same thing back in February when presented with evidence that shutting down schools widened the achievement gap: “They’re just having different learning experiences than the ones we currently measure, and the loss is a comparison to a time when we were in a different space.” 

It’s astounding to me that people this clueless are in positions of power over education. But this is how many on the left see education, as a chance to promote left-wing causes, never mind minor things like kids learning their times tables. But LA Magazine notes that kids in LA weren’t learning much of anything because most of them weren’t even logging on for classes.

Last spring, for example, an astonishing 64 percent of L.A. Unified’s middle- and high-schoolers—some 129,000 kids—were not actively engaging in the district’s online learning program, according to a report by the nonprofit advocacy group Great Public Schools (citing the LAUSD’s own internal analysis). Hardly any of the district’s 229,000 elementary school students were logging on at all.

But Myart-Cruz had other priorities in mind. And those other priorities still might determine whether or not kids in LA get back to classrooms this fall or continue with hybrid classes.

What was particularly alarming to parents in the lead-up to the school year was the prospect that L.A.’s schools might continue with hybrid learning into the fall. Nothing she said during our interview would have done much much to allay those concerns. “We will be going back to the table for that conversation,” she said about the prospects for fully reopening in the fall. The end game, she insists, “is getting back into schools as safe as possible,” but she is bracingly honest about that not being her only goal. “Are there broader issues at play? Yes, there are,” she says. “Education is political. People don’t want to say that, but it is.”

There’s no doubt the UTLA is political. The spent the last year focusing on “racial justice, Medicare for all, the millionaire tax, financial support for undocumented families, rental and eviction relief” and so on. As you could probably guess, any resistance to efforts to push leftist views even as children were not learning their times tables was automatically viewed as “white supremacist.”

She posted an article to Facebook in which a school superintendent in Chicago charged that parents pushing to get kids back in the classroom were fueled by “white-supremacist thinking.” “Right on!” Myart-Cruz wrote approvingly, going on to claim that she and other UTLA staffers were being “stalked by wealthy, white, Middle Eastern parents.”

Myart-Cruz even ordered a “study” to identify the race of her most prominent critics. One of those critics, a parent named Maryam Qudrat, actually got an email from the UTLA asking detailed questions about her ethnic background. “Cecily Myart-Cruz made this whole thing into some sort of racial war,” she told LA Magazine. Again, is anyone surprised by this? When all you have is a race hammer…

But the victims in this battle are kids. Research from the NWEA suggests Black and Latino students have suffered greater learning losses as a result of being kept out of classrooms than white and Asian students. So the idea that Myart-Cruz is fighting for social justice is the opposite of reality.

The story ends by quoting a friend of Myart-Cruz who said, “Cecily wishes the world could be more like a classroom where she could get people to break down the boundaries between them and make them into a community.” He added, “With her in charge.”

BIG MEDIA IN OVERDRIVE PUSHING COVID VACCINATIONS!

Who’s Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You

By Brian C. Joondeph, M.D.

Big media has been in overdrive pushing COVID vaccinations, at least after Joe Biden was ensconced in the White House. Remember that when Donald Trump was still president, the vaccines were suspect, simply because Trump played a major role in their development and rollout.

Before the election, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were vaccine-hesitant.  Both cast doubt on the COVID vaccines, still in clinical trials last fall. Biden said, “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump.” Did he believe Trump was cooking up the vaccines in the White House basement, the sole decision-maker regarding approval, ignoring the pharmaceutical companies creating the vaccines, overseen, and ultimately approved by the FDA, not the president?

Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, cast similar doubt saying, “I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his word for it.” Again, it is the FDA, not the White House that is charged with approving vaccines.

Trump can say what he wants but if the regulatory authorities say otherwise, that’s as far as it goes toward approval or usage. Look at hydroxychloroquine as an example.

In a hyper-politicized country, Americans tend to believe those with whom they identify politically. Hence those on the right supporting hydroxychloroquine as a therapeutic and those on the left, like Fox News’s Neil Cavuto, saying “it will kill you.” If the future president and vice president were vaccine-hesitant, expect many Americans to adopt that view.

Once there was a new occupant in the White House, the vaccine narrative flipped and the administration embraced the new vaccines as if Biden and Harris conceived of and developed them, rather than having the vaccines and a robust rollout dropped on their laps when they strolled into the White House.

At present, the U.S. is 51 percent fully vaccinated. While that may not seem like success, if you break it down the numbers are more favorable. 62 percent of adults and 81 percent of the elderly are fully vaccinated. Another segment of the population has natural immunity based on having had COVID. Given natural infection as a second and more robust pathway toward herd immunity, America has done well.

Certainly better than countries like New Zealand, with only 24 percent of adults fully vaccinated and very little natural immunity as they are an island nation that has been largely cut off from the world for the past 18 months. Their population is being hit by COVID now with the inevitable surge in cases once this highly contagious virus variant got a foothold in the country.

Who isn’t yet vaccinated in America and why? There is vaccine hesitancy, which according to Wikipedia “is a delay in acceptance, or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccine services.” It’s not simple and straightforward, either. “Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific, varying across time, place and vaccines. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience, a fear of needles, or a lack of understanding about how vaccines work.”

Hesitancy is relative resistance, in comparison to those who are genuinely anti-vaccine, refusing any and all vaccines. A vaccine-hesitant person may be O.K. with routine childhood immunizations or a flu shot, but not the COVID or shingles vaccines. An anti-vaxxer would say ‘no’ to all of the above.

Leaving aside the rationale or flaws behind these views, who are the vaccine-hesitant and why? The media has reported on this group and, not surprisingly, their characterizations may be inaccurate.

Last March, Forbes reported that 49 percent of Republican men and 47 percent of Trump supporters will refuse any vaccine, setting the narrative for who is to blame now for the delta variant surge. Unknown then but known now is that the vaccines don’t prevent infection or transmission. According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “Vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus.”

Former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden agrees with Forbes and his intelligence expertise leads him to conclude that Trump supporters are “our Taliban” and that “the MAGA wearing unvaxxed” deplorables should be sent to Afghanistan, presumably to be left to the whims of the real Taliban. I wonder if he wants unvaxxed Democrats, including blacks, of whom the majority are unvaxxed, to be sent to their deaths in Afghanistan?

The vaccines do however reduce the risk of severe illness and death, allowing many to suffer milder infection, gaining natural immunity, and pushing the country closer to herd immunity where COVID becomes a seasonal nuisance like influenza.

What is the media not saying about the vaccine-hesitant?

As reported in Summit News, “A new report by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh has found that the most highly educated Americans are also the most vaccine hesitant.” This was not a survey of a few hundred, but of 5 million Americans.

They found a U-shaped curve with the greatest hesitancy among the least and most educated. “The most common concern for those who are hesitant to take the vaccine is potential side effects, with a lack of trust in government close behind in second.”

So much for the media narrative that only the missing-teeth, knuckle-dragging, Neanderthal Trump supporters are against vaccination.

Political party affiliation does not account for this as those with doctoral degrees tend to vote Democrat. Pew Research found, “highly educated adults also increasingly have liberal attitudes and values.” Why not with vaccines?

A decision to be vaccinated involves looking at evidence, scientific studies and their validity, weighing risks and benefits, then arriving at a decision. This is the scientific method, something that most people with advanced degrees are quite familiar with. Are they seeing red flags in their analysis that the less-scrutinizing, including the media, are missing? Maybe they are thoughtfully, rather than blindly, following and questioning the science.

For the uneducated, they may be more susceptible to conspiracy theories. Or perhaps they just mistrust the government and heavy-handed vaccine mandates which burden lower socio-economic groups far more than the Uber Eats and Whole Foods crowds that seem to do just fine under even the most draconian lockdowns and mandates.

Public trust in government is quite low, at 24 percent, according to Pew Research. If the government says to take the vaccine, three of four may question that. Is that vaccine-hesitancy or government hesitancy?

Another group, not mentioned as vaccine-hesitant, is blacks. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the white vaccination rate is 1.3 times higher than for blacks. This is not education level-related but instead may be a mistrust of “government benevolence,” a remnant of the Tuskegee syphilis studies where the U.S. government withheld disease treatment in blacks as an experiment to learn the natural history of syphilis.

Blacks also voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden and the Democrats. In exchange, their neighborhoods and businesses were destroyed by Democrat-backed BLM riots and police defunding. Their distrust of government may be well justified.

To be clear, for the benefit of any reader eager to report this article and author to the medical licensing board as being anti-vaccine, this is not medical advice for or against the vaccine. Instead, it is a commentary on who is vaccine-hesitant and why, an important public health concern if widespread vaccination is the goal.

Rather than painting with a broad brush and making vaccine-hesitancy a political issue, the media should explore who is actually hesitant and why. Name-calling, condescension, and disparaging criticism will not win converts who have legitimate concerns. This is especially relevant after flip-flopping narratives, as in one month being told if you get vaccinated you no longer need to wear a mask, then the next month being told to mask up, even if outside and even if you are vaccinated.  

Regardless of motivations, disparate groups of Americans, independent of political affiliation, are vaccine-hesitant, contrary to the media narrative. It’s a public health disservice for the media to politicize everything, including the COVID vaccines.

Brian C Joondeph is a physician and writer.

That ‘Murder’ of Ashli Babbitt!

BY PAUL MIRENGOFF at PowerLine:

REGARDING THE SHOOTING OF ASHLI BABBITT

Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor and criminal defense lawyer, became a hero to some conservatives by virtue of his well-argued articles opposing both impeachments of Donald Trump. In Turley’s latest piece, he comes down hard on Michael Byrd, the police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on January 6.

I don’t think Turley makes much of a case that Byrd’s actions were unjustified. He starts off on the wrong foot when he writes:

[Babbitt] clearly engaged in criminal conduct that day by entering Capitol and disobeying police commands. The question, however, has been why this unarmed trespasser deserved to die.

(Emphasis added)

That may be the question you present to a jury if you’re representing Babbitt’s estate in a wrongful death suit. But it certainly is not the question if you’re trying to present a fair-minded analysis of Byrd’s actions.

The real question, as Turley has noted elsewhere, is whether the officer had reason to believe his action was objectively reasonable to protect himself or others from the imminent threat of death or serious physical harm.

Turley’s arguments either avoid this question or address it only superficially. For example, Turley notes that Byrd previously was subjected to a disciplinary review when he left his Glock 22 service weapon in a bathroom in the Capitol Visitor Center complex. This has nothing to do with the merits of the Babbitt shooting.

He points to a report that Byrd said his rank would protect him in the investigation of the shooting. Even if Byrd actually said this, it’s hardly an admission of guilt. Cops being investigated for shootings these days can use protection against being railroaded.

Turley emphasizes that Babbitt was unarmed. Byrd says he didn’t know whether she was armed or not. Turley treats this admission as a game changer.

Whether Babbitt was armed is relevant to an inquiry into the shooting, as is Byrd’s belief in this regard. But these facts are hardly dispositive.

As the left likes to point out, American police officers shoot dozens of unarmed criminals and suspects every year. In many of these cases, the shooting is deemed justified because the officer had reason to believe the use of such force was objectively reasonable for protection from death or serious injury.

In Byrd’s case, it appears he had reason to believe that shooting Babbitt, whom he had ordered to halt, was required to stop a mob she was leading. That mob was headed towards him and those he was charged with protecting with the likely intent of inflicting physical harm.

Even if Babbitt was unarmed, as turned out to be the case, the mob she was leading was capable of inflicting such harm. In fact, other unarmed rioters had already battered people during the rioting, as Turley acknowledges.

Turley barely addresses Byrd’s specific claim about the need to use lethal force. He does note in passing that other officers were in the vicinity. But Byrd wasn’t required to wait for others to act.

If Turley is saying Byrd should have waited to see what others would do, this amounts to the kind of coulda-woulda-shoulda argument the left routinely makes when an officer kills a Black. As Turley explained in an article about the “difficult realities of useful force,” in such cases “there often seems to be endless opportunities for de-escalation or alternatives to lethal force.” Officers, though, “work in a violent, unpredictable environment that few of us ever experience [and] these scenes are adrenaline-driven, chaotic moments that often allow few seconds for critical decisions.”

Perhaps realizing the limits of second-guessing in these cases, Turley compares Byrd’s action to those of other officers who were on hand at the Capitol during the rioting. He writes:

No other officers facing similar threats shot anyone in any other part of the Capitol, even those who were attacked by rioters armed with clubs or other objects.

But those who were attacked by rioters armed with clubs or other objects would likely have been justified in using lethal force. And Byrd’s situation was special because, in his account, he was standing between rioters, who were ignoring his commands and breaking into the Speaker’s lobby, and members of Congress whom Byrd was obligated to protect.

Turley claims that under the standard by which Byrd was cleared, “hundreds of rioters could have been gunned down on Jan. 6.” But Turley doesn’t even try to show that hundreds of rioters posed an imminent threat to officers, members of Congress, and staffers, as Babbitt did.

Consider the portion of the mob that was with Babbitt as she climbed through the window of the door to the Speaker’s lobby. It halted when Byrd shot Babbitt, exactly the effect Byrd intended to achieve. If Byrd had then shot other members of that mob, he would have done so without justification. The same would be true if Babbitt had complied with Byrd’s command and he had shot her anyway.

Byrd didn’t shoot any rioter other than Babbitt. Thus, Turley’s suggestion that the officer treated the rioting as “a license for the use of lethal force, particularly against unarmed suspects” seems unfair. So does the notion that by clearing Byrd, the authorities have given officers the green light to shoot rioters indiscriminately.

Byrd shot the one lawbreaker whom he reasonably believed had to be stopped to prevent physical harm to others, but who had refused to stop after being repeatedly ordered to.

In writing this post, I’m using the facts as Byrd describes them. If the facts are different, my conclusion might be different. But Turley doesn’t dispute Byrd’s facts.

To me, the most striking thing about the debate over police shootings is the degree to which views are driven by the political affiliation, race, or other irrelevant attribute of the victim. I think Billy Binion at Reason, whose views on policing probably differ significantly from mine, is onto something when he writes:

Most topics in the U.S. receive media coverage polarized along partisan lines, although police and police abuse tend to push that trend to the limit. To many on the left, it seems the police are always the villains; to the right, they are almost always heroes—until January 6, when everyone switched places.

I’m not saying that Turley has “switched places,” but I believe a lot of people have.

Biden’s GIFT TO THE TALIBAN!

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 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at PowerLine:

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

President Biden is responsible for the epic disaster that is still in process in Afghanistan — “the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road,” to borrow Churchill’s formulation. President Biden, his administration, and our military leadership should be held to account.

None of them has yet responded substantively to inquiries about what we have left behind in the way of equipment. “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 told reporters last week.

Over the weekend The Times (UK) has published the graphic in the tweet below. It accompanies the Times story here (behind the Times paywall).

Roger Kimball comments in “What we left behind in Afghanistan” and Victor Davis Hanson comments in “Our Afghan nightmare: Tanks for nothing.”. The nightmare is multifaceted. The graphic only captures one (enormous) dimension.

Does The World Know How Corrupt And Fascistic Joey And His Fem Dems Have Become?

Fraudy Joe gets an earful from a big swath of America

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

While the Biden team continues to praise itself as the hero in the Afghanistan pullout, the anger of parents of the 13 slain U.S. service members tells another story.

Kathy McCollum, mother of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, called into the “Wilkow Majority” show on SiriusXM Patriot radio where revealed that she had just been notified at her home that her son was killed in the bombing that claimed the lives of at least 13 U.S. soldiers.“That feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap just sent my son to die,” she said, speaking about Biden. “I woke up at four o’clock this morning, two Marines at my door telling me my son was dead. So, to [have her on] right before me and listen to that piece of crap talk about diplomatic crap with frickin Taliban terrorists who just freakin blew up my son and no, nothing, to not say anything about oh my god, I’m so sorry for families. So, my son is gone.”

To all Democrats who voted for Biden, “You just killed my son with a dementia-ridden piece of crap who doesn’t even know he’s in the White House,” she continued. “He still thinks he’s a senator.”

…and…

“I never thought in a million years [my son] would die for nothing, for nothing, because that feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap who decided he wanted a photo-op on September 11th,” she continued. “That’s what kills me. I wanted my son to represent our country, to fight for my country. But I never thought that a feckless piece of crap would send him to his death and smirk on television while he’s talking about people dying with his nasty smirk. The dementia-ridden piece of crap needs to be removed from office. It never would have happened under Trump.”

And from the Daily Beast:

“They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security,” said [father of slaim Marine Kareem Nikoui, Steve] Nikoui. “I blame my own military leaders… Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.”

The Daily Beast also noted this:

Through tears, Nikoui expressed flashes of anger along with his anguish. He said he wants to “respect the office” of the president, but doesn’t have much love for President Joe Biden at the moment. A Trump supporter, Nikoui was happy that Trump was in office when Kareem joined the Marines. “I really believed this guy didn’t want to send people into harm’s way,” he said.

Biden, who never stops emoting about his late son Beau, pretty well treated those 13 magnificent kids, average age 22, as disposable.

As one of the parents states, it was all about the photo-op for 9/11 and the opportunity for Joe to crow about it, never mind the impossible situation the Marines and other service members were put in, first being sent back after Biden realized he’d pulled the troops and left the civilians behind, and then leaving the Marines to deal with dangerous crowds at a panicked airport in a truly badly fortified position, relying on the Taliban for ‘security’ and tending babies thrown over the wall. It didn’t take long for a suicide bomber to turn up and get them killed, even as the more protected airbase at Bagram was completely abandoned by Joe. Joe, of course, and all his staff, went on vacation, to Delaware, to the Far East, to the Hamptons.

You’d think someone who lost his kid, as he dubiously claims, to the “burn pits” in Iraq, would take more care, not less, with other people’s kids, but not so with Joe. 

Somehow, nobody made a mistake, nobody’s getting fired, and accidents, see, happen.

Going through the bios of every one of those young service members (surely we owe it to them) though, is heartbreaking. The photos of the now-deceased are hauntingredolent of the often-slain drummer boy portraits of the Civil War. It’s pretty obvious the Marines, the Army and the Navy had been sending their best for this critical operation, top people. “Model Marine,” “Marine’s Marine.” “Died doing what he loved.” “..respected by all who knew him,” “I love my job.” are the social media fragments and statements left in the wake of Biden’s preventable disaster.

Look at these beautiful young women here. Look at this precious young man. I wrote about the people of his (and Nikoui’s) Riverside County, California community a few months back here. And in 2014 here. That’s them. And all of them were clearly exemplary.

According to the New York Times:

The service members killed in the attack, in addition to Sergeant Gee and Sergeant Rosario, include Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City; Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.; Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Mo.; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo.; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif. The dead also include the Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.

It’s a vivid snapshot of America, and not completely what might be expected. The servicemembers are all painfully young. They are white and Hispanic. They are from conservative areas — Utah, Wyoming, Omaha, Indiana, Riverside, Calif., and Rio Bravo, Texas. They come from a balanced geographical cross-section of the U.S. excepting big cities, and there are a couple of unexpected anomalies — only one servicemember from the South, four from inland California. (The booming economy of the South and the appalling economy of California might explain that.) 

Biden apparently has never called them, and there have been errant Internet reports that nobody from the White House has turned up for their caskets’ arrival at the airport (these rumors fly because they represent what people suspect). Right now, Biden seems to be hiding. He reportedly does not want press as he meets with families and we all know the reason for that. To paraphrase the parents, he’s turned his back on America. Cowards do that.

More disturbing, it’s now coming out that Biden’s claimed understanding of what happened is increasingly preposterous. Turns out the Taliban “chief of security” has ties to ISIS-K, even though Joe Biden had claimed that the whole thing was a security breach not meant to happen because Taliban and ISIS-K were “mortal enemies,” and the Taliban had “self-interest” in a smooth pullout. Such garbage.

While Biden shows nothing but indifference and emotes only about Beau, the deaths of these young heroes, abandoned to Joe’s political idiocy and cupidity, are clearly moving the American people. We are seeing spontaneous demonstrations like this for the service members and many outpourings of sorrow.