• 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

Cleaning House At America’s Garbage Dump Where Truth Had No Meaning?!!

Stelter: Chris Cuomo was ‘trying to burn the place down’ and claimed he had ‘incriminating information’ on Zucker

JOHN SEXTON Feb 02, 2022 at HotAir:

We’ll get to what that incriminating information about Jeff Zucker might be in a moment. First, as Ed pointed out here, there are plenty of voices coming forward today to say that the relationship between Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust was an “open secret” at CNN. One person who has been weighing in on this is former Fox News and NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly (Allahpundit mentioned one of her tweets here). She’s not being explicit about what she has heard but the implication matches with what others are saying, i.e. the affair was an open secret that has been going on for quite a while.

Brian Stelter@brianstelterReplying to @brianstelter”Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years. Recently, our relationship changed during COVID. I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time,” Allison Gollust says in a statement.10:33 AM · Feb 2, 2022566See the latest COVID-19 information on Twitter

When Chris Cuomo was fired, the focus was on how closely he’d worked with his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to shut down his accusers. However, there were other stories about Chris Cuomo circulating around the same time, like this claim of sexual harassment. A few days before Cuomo was fired there were reports about another harassment allegation:

On Wednesday, Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer, informed CNN of a client with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo. Ms. Katz said in a statement on Saturday that the allegation against the anchor, which was made by a former junior colleague at another network, was “unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.”

It was not fully clear what role the allegation played in CNN’s decision to dismiss Mr. Cuomo.

That popped up one day after Cuomo was suspended by CNN and three days before he was fired. Maybe it had more of an impact on Zucker’s decision than was let on publicly. I obviously haven’t seen Cuomo’s contract but it’s not unusual for contracts to have some kind of moral turpitude clause. Pure speculation here but what if that’s what CNN is leaning on to avoid paying off Chris Cuomo’s contract. If so, you can see why an angry Cuomo might decide to weaponize Zucker’s own relationship/affair in his effort to burn down CNN on his way out.

“These are two consenting adults who are both executives — that they can’t have a private relationship feels wrong on some level.” An emotional @AlisynCamerota commented on Jeff Zucker’s resignation, calling the shocking news “an incredible loss.”

So what is the “incriminating evidence” that Cuomo has? It’s probably not just that Zucker had a secret relationship with a co-worker. That was an open secret and, arguably a personal matter. However, if Zucker’s relationship with Gollust started before he began promoting her up the career ladder to a very senior position at CNN (she’s an executive vice president of PR) that’s another matter. Did she get all those promotions before she started sleeping with Jeff Zucker or did some or all of them come afterwards?

If Chris Cuomo has evidence the relationship was already happening before Zucker promoted her, that would be very damning for Zucker and for Gollust and might explain why Zucker decided to get out now rather than face the music.

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota is already spinning this as a tragic tale of good-guy Jeff Zucker being punished for a private relationship between consenting adults, but as Megyn Kelly pointed out, it may not be that simple.

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Finally, Megyn Kelly had the author of the Radar Online story on her show today. Melissa Cronin believes the duration of the relationship is what this resignation is about. She told Kelly, “We’re really only seeing the beginning of what’s going to become an even bigger scandal.”

“THE WASHINGTON ‘COMMIES’??

Washington Commanders nickname panned on social media

The Washington Commanders put 18 months of work into developing a new identity but on Wednesday, just hours after making the announcement, football fans had already come up with an unfortunate nickname for the team. 

Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee took to Twitter to say that while he liked the new name he – like so many others, couldn’t help but notice that fans would likely call the team “Commies” for short. 

COMMANDERS’ RON RIVERA ON WASHINGTON NAME CHANGE: ‘WE’RE TURNING A NEW PAGE’ 

“Rebranding is always gonna be tough and I think ‘The Washington Commanders’ is a good name.. Now of course.. They’re gonna be called The Commies.. they’re red.. in the Nation’s capital but nonetheless.. Commanders is a good name.”

Fans across social media couldn’t help but make the same joke. 

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A Note From America’s CJack!

ISN’T IT TIME THE HORROR OF COMMUNISM BE CRUSHED? What A Relief To Humanity!

—“Give me liberty, or give me death!” Patrick Henry—

We better wake up before the Chinese completely own the United States of America. They have already hit the jackpot on Capitol Hill, where there is an invisible sign only the Chinese can see: “America is for sale to the highest bidder!”

This is just a reminder from Cjack…Sentinel on the Gulf…February 2, 2022…

God’s full blessings to our brother in the struggle, Ghr in the Tundra.

Dear Friend of warmer Climate….Our America’s CJack:

Our today’s Fascistic DEM America is in power…..BUT IS, at last, UNDER HONEST STRESS! I thank our President Donald Trump as the primary leader of this vital potential of REDEMPTION OF DECENCY AMONG OUR AMERICAN SOUL AND ITS POPULATION.

Biden Will Need His Illegal Immigration Vote To Get Re-Elected in 2024…(To Repeat His Crooked Victory in 2020!?)

FEBRUARY 2, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:

FLORIDA VS. BIDEN ON IMMIGRATION

The Biden administration, having opened the Southern border to a massive wave of illegal immigration, is covertly distributing migrants around the country. The State of Florida has now told the administration that enough is enough.

Embedded below is a letter from Governor Ron DeSantis’s General Counsel, Ryan Newman, to the Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The letter tells HHS that Florida will no longer participate in the federal government’s Unaccompanied Alien Children program. Newman writes:

The Federal Government has chosen to be the caretaker of UAC [Unaccompanied Alien Children] arriving at the border; it must take full responsibility for that choice.

Florida is unhappy with how the Biden administration is administering the UAC program. The burden is distributed unequally among the states, and Florida has been sent a disproportionate number of minors (or alleged minors). Worse, the Biden administration has failed to vet the individuals it ships to Florida:

Federal policies that incentivize the trafficking of UAD are not only a burden on states but are also dangerous for the unaccompanied minors. Many of these UAC are trafficked to the southern border by cartels and other illicit actors. After taking custody of the minors, the federal government then, in effect, completes the human trafficking scheme by delivering the minors to persons across the country, many of whom are unknown or poorly vetted, involved in the trafficking conspiracy, or themselves in the country unlawfully.

Newman points out that according to news reports, the government seems to have lost track of around one-third of unaccompanied minors after they enter the country. But that’s not all:

The UAC program is also a hazard to Floridians. Most UAC are male teenagers nearing adulthood, and some are gang members when they arrive or later become gang members. … Unfortunately, the Federal Government’s failure to verify the age of UAC released into the United States can have deadly consequences. Late last year, a Florida man was murdered by an adult foreign national who entered the country illegally claiming to be an unaccompanied minor.

The letter concludes that Florida will no longer participate in “this highly flawed federal program” unless significant changes are made:

Under the emergency rule, DCF has no obligation to enter into any cooperative agreement with the Federal Government, and it does not intend to do so unless the Federal Government restores the immigration enforcement policies of the prior administration or implements similar such policies. Faithful enforcement of federal immigration law to secure the border, deter illegal immigration, and prevent the surge of illegal aliens at the border, including UAC, is a baseline prerequisite to any future cooperative agreement involving the resettlement of UAC in Florida.

The letter concludes:

So long as the Biden administration continues its irresponsible immigration policies, Florida no longer wishes to be involved in the Federal Government’s UAC resettlement program. DCF’s change of policy makes clear that the Federal Government, not the State of Florida, is solely responsible for the care and safety of the UAC that it has chosen to bring into the country.

The letter also addresses legal and regulatory issues. Here it is:https://www.scribd.com/embeds/556322735/content?start_page=1&view_mode&access_key=key-3IC7EgUI76w7TOYnDjp8

Florida has become the leader in advancing conservative principles and standing up to federal government bullying. If the 2024 presidential election were taking place today, Ron DeSantis would have my vote.

Our Today’s America IS IN A MESS!

Dem congresswoman will not meet with unvaxxed constituents

JAZZ SHAW Feb 02, 2022 at Hot Air:

(Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

If you happen to live in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, your congresswoman, Terri Sewell (D) has some great news for you. You might be able to get some free Alabama peanuts just by contacting her office. (Offer only applies to staff members of other congressional offices, sorry.) But one thing you won’t be able to get is a meeting with her or her staff at their local office, at least if you’re unvaccinated. A recent email to constituents warned that an immunity passport will be required in order to come to the office. Constituent services for the unvaccinated will still be available by phone or a video call, but there won’t be any in-person face time with Sewell or her team unless you are in the compliance camp. (NY Post)

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and members of her staff will not hold in-person meetings with people yet to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations are required for every in-person or in-office meeting with the Congresswoman or with staff,” reads a disclaimer on an email sent out by Sewell’s office that was obtained by The Spectator.

The disclaimer came attached to an email offering the staffs of other congressional offices free Alabama peanuts.

This announcement will potentially impact a lot of Sewell’s voters because Alabama is currently trailing most states in the vaccination race, with less than fifty percent of the population being fully vaccinated. So is this a case of COVID paranoia or just more “leverage” to try to force people to roll up their sleeves? It’s hard to say.

Sewell seems to have been trying to play both sides of the vaccine hesitancy fence over the past year. As the Post notes, she sent out a tweet last year saying that she understands why some people are hesitant to get vaccinated because of “the legacy of distrust created by the federal government.” But she then went on to assure everyone that the vaccines are “safe and effective.”

Rep. Terri A. Sewell@RepTerriSewell·May 7, 2021Replying to @RepTerriSewell.@RepTerriSewell I understand why so many have concerns about the vaccine given the legacy of distrust created by the federal govt. But I know this for a fact: The vaccine has been rigorously tested. It is safe, it is effective, & it will protect you and your loved ones.

Watch on TwitterRep. Terri A. Sewell@RepTerriSewell.@RepTerriSewell In Alabama, our vaccination numbers have plateaued, but we can’t let anything get in the way of our progress. Dr. Wilson from the Jefferson County Health Department explains why it’s time to get off the sidelines and take the step to #GetVaccinated!

I’m not going to insist that anyone take chances with the virus if they have concerns, but this still seems like some sort of contradiction. If you “understand” why some of your constituents are unsure about the vaccines, why would you treat them differently than your vaccinated residents? And if you’re so confident in the ability of vaccines and masks to keep people safe, don’t you trust your own protection to keep you safe?

Also, if we’re still “following the science,” as the Biden administration likes to say, surely the congresswoman is aware that vaccinated people are still capable of contracting and spreading COVID, particularly when it’s the Omicron variant. If she’s that paranoid about the virus, shouldn’t she be keeping everyone out of the office? For that matter, her staff should all be working from home still, shouldn’t they?

Terri Sewell apparently felt comfortable enough with the current conditions in her state to allow her staff to come back to work in person and to do so herself when she is in town. But she doesn’t want the unwashed masses of the unvaccinated darkening her doorway. That sounds like this policy has a lot less to do with safety considerations than it does with politics if you ask me.

Is Today’s America’s Biden Narrative Falling Apart? Is COVID Worse?

February 2, 2022

The COVID Narrative is Falling Apart

By James Stansbury…..at American Thinker:

Joe Biden claims this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated and wants everyone in the world vaxxed with the “safe and effective” vaccines.  In addition, he plans to distribute millions of “effective” N-95 masks.  Anyone paying attention knows this a big lie.  Masks may be a comforting placebo, but even the N95s  don’t work as advertised.  And new revelations about dangerous vaccine side effects have surfaced despite media suppression.     

New Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin made mask and vaccinations optional for state employees and public schools.  Immediately some parents, teachers and school boards threw a hissy fit (at least seven lawsuits have resulted so far).  Meanwhile, those who voted for him see this as much needed relief from a pandemic that has run its course.   

Why is there so much disagreement? The late Malcolm Muggeridge put it this way; “People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.”  Think about it; the Left and their media allies have terrified our children and ordinary citizens so much that they desperately want to believe masks and vax mandates are the only answer.  Anyone who disagrees must be silenced, socially destroyed or even allowed to die by withholding organ transplants or life-saving therapeutics. 

I was taught the only way to fight a lie is with the truth.  However, I also know those who placed all their hope in the big COVID lie will do whatever it takes to silence anyone who disagrees.  Just ask Joe Rogan about being silenced. It is nearly impossible to overcome emotion with facts, but I will present some anyway:

1). Alarming vax side effects reported by military whistleblowers.  This story made a few waves last week when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) included a mention in his five-hour Senate hearing. The information came from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED), a mundane accounting tool used to track all medical diagnosis of military personnel and dependents for insurance billing purposes.  DMED did better than the CDC’s ineffective Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).  Following is a summary of the most alarming vax side effects:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) — 269% increase
  • Cancer diagnoses — 300% increase
  • Miscarriage — 300% increase
  • Bell’s palsy — 291% increase
  • Congenital malformations (for children of military personnel) – 156% increase
  • Female infertility — 471% increase
  • Pulmonary embolisms — 467% increase
  • Neurological issues — 1,000% increase

2). Athletes are mysteriously dying of sudden heart attacks:  In Dec. 2021, Lorphic News , a non-traditional news source reported on the extraordinary number of physically fit, fully vaccinated athletes experiencing fatal heart attacks.  This claim was systematically denied by most news sources.  However, a chart compiled by the Federation Internationale de Football [soccer] Association (FIFA) confirms this is real and like the above military data, is based on a large sample size.  FIFA has member athletes from 209 countries and has routinely tracked athlete health data for 20 years.  Their long-term data confirms a fivefold increase in sudden cardiac deaths in only six months of 2021.

3). Vaccines now have negative efficacy:  Data has surfaced claiming that continued use of the original vax is causing negative efficacy. Negative efficacy doesn’t mean the protection fades.  It means the opposite: it means the vaccines are now weakening the immune system.  It became clear that countries with the highest vax rates, were the most likely to experience a surge in both cases and deaths.  You can monitor five representative countries daily death rates here.  Note that India is included because India was the only one to allow the widespread early use of inexpensive therapeutics.  Initially their protocol included hydroxychloroquine but when the more deadly delta variant hit they switched to a protocol that included ivermectin.  India had far better results than the others in taming COVID.

In the above sample, Australia had the most severe police state lockdowns, mask mandates and a high vax rate around 80%.  After some initial success, it has suddenly gone from near zero cases and deaths to having an explosion in both.  Since spring of 2021 Sweden, noted for its minimal mandates, had maintained near zero cases and deaths as a result of achieving herd immunity early.  All that changed when for reasons unknown Sweden pushed vaccinations despite the herd immunity achievement.  As a result, Sweden’s flat-lined case and death rate also spiked, thus indicating its herd immunity achievement is compromised by vax negative efficacy.   

4). Omicron provides long-lasting natural immunity:  A peer-reviewed article titled “Cross-reactive memory T cells associate with protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection in COVID-19 contacts” published Jan. 10 in the scientific journal Nature provided a warning and some encouragement:

Once widespread infection (such as the Omicron wave) occurs across the world, the virus will eventually circulate endemically, meaning that infections may still happen but with milder symptoms and much less mortality.

There are two reasons that the transition from pandemic to endemic didn’t happen until Omicron: 1) all the widely used vaccines are based on the spike protein, which doesn’t induce a protective long-lasting T-cell response, and 2) natural immunity wasn’t widespread.

In other words, the current vaccines too narrowly target only the original Alpha spike protein and ignore the rest of the virus proteins.  This inhibits production of long-lasting memory T-cells that can more readily adapt to new variants and this omission for those most heavily vaccinated appears to have changed omicron from mild to more dangerous. 

Conclusions:  Considering the dangerous vax side effects described above, it’s time to recognize that COVID is becoming endemic like the closely related common cold or seasonal flu.  This means the safest way for the unvaccinated to produce the necessary long-lasting memory T-cells may be by catching omicron. 

For those facing omicron with an immune system weakened by multiple vaxxes and boosters, age or comorbidities, an emergency use authorization by the FDA for the therapeutics (chiefly ivermectin) India used could be a life saver.  However, the political climate today makes FDA authorization unlikely — many hospitals have already allowed patients to die rather than try these proven, safe therapeutics.  And last week, effective monoclonal antibody treatments have mysteriously lost their FDA approval.  

Therefore, it wouldn’t hurt to fortify your immune system with a daily dose of over-the-counter vitamin D3, C, and zinc (all are included in India’s COVID kit).  Around 80 to 85 percent of people who died from COVID were deficient in these vitamins and the most vulnerable are senior citizens and the obese (because fat cells absorb vitamin D before it can reach where needed).  I’m no doctor so ask yours for dose rates since each can vary widely by weight, age, etc.   We are still on our own for an early treatment option so it may be better contact an organization of rebel doctors like the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC).  

U.K. PM Boris Johnson did the right thing by ending all vax and mask mandates and let nature take its course. (The Remnant features an excellent analysis of the politics behind the COVID tyranny.) Denmark has just followed his lead.  Will 50,000 fearless Canadian truckers succeed in bringing a strong enough emotion to Canada or the U.S. to end the mandates? 

Dem Racist Fascism Destroyed Our Professional Football? There Are Better Things For Families To Do ON SUNDAYS!

FEBRUARY 1, 2022 BY PAUL MIRENGOFF IN FOOTBALLPOLITICAL CORRECTNESS at Power Line:

THE BIG YAWN

Tomorrow, the Washington Football Team will announce its new name. The team will do so on NBC’s Today Show.

Apparently, those in charge of the team and the network think there’s significant national interest in what the former Redskins will call themselves. I doubt there is.

Most fans of the team are interested in the new name, but I’m not among them. I don’t care.

Here are my two predictions on the subject: (1) most fans of the team will dislike the new name and (2) most of them will get used it and stop hating.

Revealing the new name raises old questions about whether the name should have been changed in the first place. I have mixed feelings.

I never loved “Redskins.” To me, it seems demeaning towards Native Americans. But then, I’m not of that ethnicity.

When the Washington Post conducted a survey of Native Americans, it found that only a very small percentage of them, about 10 percent, had a problem with the name. The results were about as one-sided as I’ve seen in a survey.

Even now, after all the agitation, some high schools with predominantly Native American populations continue to call their teams the Redskins.

Thus, it looks like only activists and a few whiners had a problem with the Washington Redskins. They should not call the shots.

Nor would they have, but for the killing of George Floyd. Reinforced by the Post’s poll, the team showed no sign of abandoning their name until then.

It makes no sense that a thug policeman’s unconscionable aggression towards a black criminal caused a football team to droop the name Redskins. What has one to do with other? Yet, it did cause the name change. Pressure from woke corporations made it happen. You know, the racial reckoning and all that.

Now, the racial reckoning is facing a reckoning. However, it’s too late to revisit the name change. The team intends to monetize it for all it’s worth, and more.

I’m okay with that. Like I said, I never liked the name. However, it’s unfortunate that it was changed under pressure from activists and corporations, rather than in response to genuine unhappiness by Native Americans of which there was hardly any.

NOTICE FROM GLENN. One of my sons and I had four seats of Minnesota Viking Football for the last 25 years…..until the fascist racist riots ……We don’t even watch television football anymore!

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL, FOLKS. YOU MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT CHURCH OR SYNAGOGUE ON SUNDAYS OR SATURDAYS AGAIN.

IT WILL MAKE A BETTER PERSON OF US AMERICANS IN OUR YEAR OF 2022 AND BEYOND. YOU’LL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS AGAIN!

“Crisis On The Russian-Ukrainian Border”

The Russia Time Bomb

What is going on now is a farce, but also a time bomb, and because of the players and principles involved, if not managed carefully, like all time bombs, it could blow up. 

By Conrad Black at American Greatness:

January 31, 2022

The crisis on the Russian-Ukrainian border has been a surreal spectacle for some weeks. This is not how invasions occur and wars begin. The potential aggressor does not mass large forces on the border of a possible target country before full international view and issue continuous statements to the international media about its intentions. And the senior military officials of great powers do not—as Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley ( leading man of the Afghan debacle) and some of his colleagues have done—publicly speculate on the psychology and likely intentions of the leader of the country implicitly threatening to start a war. Whatever Milley’s talents may be, there is no reason to believe that mind-reading is among them. It is, in any case, not part of his brief to give regular bulletins on what he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions may be.

This is Gilbert and Sullivan warmongering. 

If Putin intended to invade Ukraine he would do so as he did with Crimea in 2008 and attempt to achieve some element of surprise. Instead he has made an international public spectacle of amassing six to 10 divisions on the Ukraine border, which every informed person in the world knows is inadequate to defeat and dominate a resistant country of 40 million people. This is theater: Russia pretends to threaten to be going to war; America pretends to react strongly, the NATO allies send forces to neighboring countries that are not under threat while asserting that they will on no account deploy forces into Ukraine, but will apply sanctions to Russia; some even propose preemptive sanctions against Russia although it has not actually done anything objectionable. (Russia could never be more than moderately inconvenienced by sanctions, especially if China and Germany ignore them.) 

The president of Ukraine says a Russian invasion is not imminent.

Peculiar behavior is not confined to the Russians. Germany—which by most non-military measurements is Europe’s most powerful country and one which, it need hardly be emphasized, has a formidable military tradition—is sheltering behind a law that it can easily circumvent when it wishes to by which it will not ship even the armaments of self-defense to a war zone. Instead it is shipping nonmilitary supplies and helmets, which caused the mayor of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, to exclaim last week that he wondered “if pillows will be next.” The United States, UK, France, and Canada among others are sending serious defensive equipment to Ukraine, and if Putin were intent on an invasion, he would have struck a month ago and saved Russia a lot of casualties.

The real root of this problem (and of Russian minorities in other former Soviet republics and of the status of those republics generally) is that Russia has never accepted or pretended to accept the secession of those states from the Soviet Union and their emergence as completely sovereign countries free of any Russian influence. That fuse still burns and the Western Alliance, which was formed to contain the Soviet Union, was always going to have to deal with this problem. This is the issue; almost all of what we are seeing is posturing and window-dressing. 

Of course, Putin is not going to invade, though as Joe Biden ineptly allowed at his infamous press conference two weeks ago, there could be incursions. Putin is trying to take advantage of the apparent irresolution of this administration to establish that Ukraine will not be admitted to NATO. But this too is nonsense, as no such admission is contemplated and Ukraine is not yet adequate at self-government to be eligible for admission to NATO or the European Union.about:blankReport Adabout:blankReport Ad

Putin also knows that it is preposterous for Russia, which was decisively defeated in the Cold War, to claim to have a veto right over what countries are admitted to NATO, and he knows that his claims of western aggression are bunk, as NATO is an entirely defensive alliance and has never initiated, nor do its articles permit initiation of, aggressive action. Biden knows that Russia is not likely to invade, and he may reason that the reiteration of the NATO position that Ukraine is not now acceptable in NATO can be seized by Putin as a tactical victory, while Biden can claim to have been a forceful defender of the national and alliance interest and of the rights of Ukraine as an underdog nation struggling to become a functioning national democracy, as the tension subsides. 

Putin may even be astute enough to know that this is all that could raise Biden’s standing among his countrymen and prevent the landslide in favor of the harder-line Trump Republicans, with or without Trump himself. He may even be astute enough to know that an appreciable number of Republicans could embrace, and some audibly have embraced, paleoconservative Republican isolationism, and have attacked any concept of helping defend Ukraine as asinine George W. Bush Iraq-style open-ended warmongering. If these people prevailed, and Putin intimidated Ukraine, Georgia, and other former Soviet republics, as he has virtually subsumed Belarus and Kazakhstan, the Soviet Union would be reconstructed, unencumbered by the nonsense of communism, and Russia would be a superpower again, with China and the United States. The geo-politicians of Fox News, who are usually penetrating in their analyses of domestic matters, should reflect upon their judgment. The Cold War was the greatest and most bloodless strategic victory in the history of the world. Don’t give it back. No one is suggesting using U.S. ground forces against Russia in Central Europe.  

The long-term play here is to expand the Western World. During World War II, the Western World of Judeo-Christian or similar values, democracy, and a market economy, were largely under the Nazi and Stalinist jackboots in Europe, and had not penetrated beyond Australia in the Pacific. The West has now come to include Japan, South Korea, and much of Australasia, is progressing steadily in the vast Indian subcontinent, has made huge gains in Latin America, and in Europe in just the last 30 years has advanced in great and peaceful steps from the East German border a hundred miles east of the Rhine, to the western, and then to the eastern, borders of Poland: about 700 miles.

The great geopolitical question now is Russia. It has never had one day of good government and only a few of its leaders have been competent, often the most authoritarian, such as Peter the Great and Stalin. It is an economic failure and has a smaller GDP than Canada (which only has a quarter of Russia’s population), but it is a distinguished civilization and an indomitable people that belongs in the West, though its culture has been fought over for centuries between the Western emulators like Peter the Great and the nativists like Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn. 

If Russia can be granted an unvexed relationship with the Russian minorities in neighboring countries, even if some borders have to be redrawn, conciliated respectfully but deterred effectively from traditional Russian expansionism and attracted instead by solidarity with the West in the front rank of western nations with such eminent comparative newcomers as Japan, India, and even Germany, the preeminence of the West, as long as we act sensibly and deserve the leadership of the world, will be relatively secure, and we can make arrangements with China from a position of strength.about:blankReport Ad

Of course we cannot tolerate the subjugation of one European country by another with an illegal use of force. Of course we must show appropriate respect for the immense, 10 time-zone state of Russia. First we must get a post-USSR settlement with Russia and its former fellow Soviet republics, and then we must have a cooperative arrangement between Russia and the West. What is going on now is a farce, but also a time bomb, and because of the players and principles involved, if not managed carefully, like all time bombs, it could blow up. 

“A Lot Has Changed For The Better In The Middle East…”

February 1, 2022

Are the Gulf States finally getting fed up with the ungrateful Palestinians?

By Andrea Widburg at American Thinker:

One of the things few Americans understand is that the Arab nations despise the Palestinians.  Nevertheless, for their own reasons, whether religious or political, the Gulf nations have reliably supported the Palestinians for decades.  Things are changing in the Middle East, though, and when the editor-in-chief of the Arab Times writes an op-ed saying the Palestinians are ungrateful wretches and that it’s time to dump them, people may start paying attention.

A lot has changed for the better in the Middle East, despite Obama and because of Trump.  Obama caused enormous destabilization across the Middle East, which spilled into Europe, when he relentlessly supported Iran, ignored his own red line in Syria, did nothing to stop ISIS’s spread, and supported the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring.  All of this terrified the more stable Gulf States, which started viewing Israel not as the universal Muslim enemy, but as a potential ally against Iranian dominance, ISIS, civil wars, and Muslim Brotherhood extremism.

Things changed even more when Trump embarked upon his Abraham Accords.  They opened the way for nations wary of revolutionary Islam to open ties with Israel, a stable ally that would bring enormous trade opportunities.  And while Saudi Arabia hasn’t formally entered into the Abraham Accords, its fear of Iran and its fight with the Houthi rebels, who are Iran’s proxy, has also made it amenable to dealing with Israel.  As the old Arab saying goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

All of this is helped by the fact that none of the Middle Eastern Arabs likes the Palestinians.  There’s a reason that Egypt built a wall against them.  And there’s a reason that, even though the land the Palestinians claim in the West Bank is technically part of Jordan, in accordance with the 1924 League of Nations division of the land, the Jordanians don’t want them, either.  Stable Muslim nations view the Palestinians as communist troublemakers.

The view that the Palestinians are more trouble than they’re worth got a boost from the Arab Times, an important newspaper in Kuwait.  The editor-in-chief, Ahmed Al-Jarallah, who has long tried to get the region to make peace with Israel for reasons of stability, argues that it’s time for the Gulf Nations to jettison the Palestinians entirely.

In his editorial, he reminds the Gulf Nations that, while they have been good friends to the Palestinians, often to their cost, they have received nothing in return but grief:

When they [the Palestinians] are happy, they curse the Gulf leaders and people. When they are angry, they use all of the defamatory and abusive words in their dictionary against us.

We, the Gulf nationals, overlook all that by sending them aid. We also participated in all the Arab wars for defending the right of the Palestinians for self-determination and the establishment of an independent state on the 1967 borders.

We are the only ones who rescued them in the year 1970 when they launched their war on Jordan. The late Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah evacuated their leader Yasser Arafat from Amman. The Arabian Gulf states, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, boycotted oil export to the Western countries during the 1973 war.

[In return] They stood with the Iranian Houthi aggressor against Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. They slandered and cursed the leaders and governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries because they did not mourn the assassination of the head of the terrorist snake Qasem Soleimani.
Didn’t Mahmoud al-Zahar refer our people as homosexuals for this reason, and Ismail Haniyeh launched an attack on them during which he used extremely vulgar talk against us in his eulogy?
Al-Jarallah makes it clear that he has no love for the Israelis, whom he calls “the occupiers.”  Nevertheless, he says the sick relationship the Gulf States have with the Palestinians, one that earns them abuse in exchange for sacrifice, must end:
Enough is enough! The camel’s back has been broken from the burden of grief we endure due to the ingratitude of the Palestinians. They have been encouraging terrorism against us, issuing calls to kill us, and raising slogans such as “The path of liberation passes through Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Manama, Riyadh and Doha”, while they are trying to lose the bearing.
All the Gulf states should normalize relations with Israel due to the fact that peace with this most advanced country is the right thing to do. Let the foolish fend for themselves.
A few years ago, I would have said Al-Jarallah was whistling into the desert wind.  However, the changed dynamics in the Middle East make me believe that increasing numbers of people will pay attention to what he is saying, rather than dismissing him as a lunatic and heretic.

A Female Responds To RFK’s Young!

January 31, 2022

RFK, Jr. — Crackpot or Cassandra?

By Sally Zelikovsky at American Thinker:

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. recently came under fire for referencing the Holocaust in a speech he gave on January 23rd at the Defeat the Mandates March in D.C.  After being slammed and shamed by his fellow travelers on the left — including his liberal wife Cheryl Hines who called his comments “reprehensible and insensitive” — Kennedy was forced into multiple apologies. 

But what did he actually say that was so offensive?  Like the boy who shouted that the emperor had no clothes, he exposed the Biden administration for its pernicious COVID policies — and, in the process, risked losing everything from his stature as an elite, left-wing environmental activist to possibly even his marriage.  That alone should make everyone stand up and take notice of what RFK, Jr. had to say.  

Crackpot or Cassandra?  Kennedy simply states the obvious: it is increasingly difficult to evade or escape a malign government or to even have our own thoughts about government diktats when tracking and surveillance technologies allow governments to quash dissent in ways that were not technologically achievable for past fascist regimes. 

If you didn’t know it was RFK, Jr. speaking, you’d think the words that follow are from Rand Paul or Josh Hawley:

If you give government the license to silence its critics, you have given them the capacity to commit any atrocity they want and to obliterate all the amendments and rights of the Constitution. 

…They took away due process rulemaking. They’ve taken away our right to be free of warrants, of searches and seizures, with this very intrusive track and trace surveillance, etc. Oh, we are watching something now that I never believed that I would see in my lifetime. And I read George Orwell and Aldous Huxley and dystopian science fiction novels warning that one day the United States would be overtaken by fascism. 

Fascism incidentally is defined — Mussolini defined it — as a merger of state and corporate power — as orchestrated by Tony Fauci. What we’re seeing today — what we’re seeing today is what I call turnkey totalitarianism. They are putting in place all of these technological mechanisms for control we’ve never seen before. It’s been the ambition of every totalitarian state from the beginning of mankind to control every aspect of behavior, of conduct or thought and to obliterate dissent. None of them have been able to do it. They didn’t have the technological capacity. 

Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in the attic like Anne Frank did. I visited, in 1962, East Germany with my father, and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped. So it was possible. Many died truly, but it was possible. 

Today, the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so none of us can run and none of us can hide. Within five years, we’re going to see 415,000 low orbit satellites. Bill Gates says his 65,000 satellites alone will be able to look at every square inch of the planet 24 hours a day. 

They’re putting in 5G to harvest our data and control our behavior — digital currency that will allow them to punish us from a distance and cut off our food supply — vaccine passports

You have a series of rights. As flawed as our government is, you can still go out and go to a bar. You can go to a sporting event. You can get on a bus or an airplane and you can travel. You have certain freedoms. You can get educated, et cetera. 

The minute they hand you that vaccine passport, every right that you have is transformed into a privilege contingent upon your obedience to arbitrary government dictates. It will make you a slave.  [Italics added.]  

    

I have never been a fan of RFK, Jr. and I don’t agree with his stance on vaccines in general and against the pharmaceutical companies in toto

However, public pushback against the mandates and restrictions for over two years has exposed grave flaws in our public health policies and regulatory checks and balances, calling into question the trustworthiness of the NIH, CDC, NIAID, and the FDA.  We have seen firsthand the harm they can do when fully shrouded from legal responsibility and are tempted by billions.

While I do not embrace the broad-sweeping accusations against Big Pharma and vaccines that RFK, Jr and his Children’s Health Defense organization espouse or everything that he maintains in his book, it is well written, well researched, and very compelling.  He could be a kook but he could also be the one guy screaming that the Earth revolves around the Sun.  He might be right about some things and wrong about others. 

Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, his Holocaust analogy was not inappropriate. It is perfectly acceptable to reference the Holocaust, Soviet Gulags, the Inquisition, Slavery, Jim Crow, the Killing Fields, and the Trail of Tears any time we can learn something from the comparison that opens our eyes and helps prevent other atrocities.  That is the entire point of teaching and remembering.  

Moreover, no one should claim ownership over some sort of entitlement to condemn wickedness.  It is part of our shared history and belongs to us all.  That some of us personally experienced atrocities, had family who did, or are members of a persecuted group, doesn’t translate into a right to speak out that is exclusive only to the victims.  To that end, forbidding people from commenting about an atrocity because they are not members of a class of victims is specious and undermines the very lessons we seek to impart.  Part of the human experience is our ability to experience empathy, compassion, and understanding.  We actually can put ourselves in others’ shoes and walk the path of another.  We have imagination and pathos precisely for that.  What would be the sense of every documentary, movie, and novel if it weren’t possible to see something through the eyes of another? 

As a Jewish individual who embraces her religion and has family directly impacted by the Holocaust, I encourage people to remind others of history’s horrors when apt, as long as the reference isn’t gratuitous, frivolous, or dramatic for the sake of being dramatic.

Admittedly, those lines aren’t always clear.  Nancy Pelosi called Tea Partiers Nazis.  To lefties, Trump really is Hitler.  But when the Holocaust or any tragedy becomes politicized, we trivialize it and that goes against everything we want to achieve by keeping the accounts alive. 

It’s not really hard to understand the left-wing outrage at Kennedy’s Holocaust comment once you grasp that the true goal is to undercut the pith of his speech — that bureaucrats in the government, the Biden administration, and Big Pharma have colluded and lied to the public, undermined our democracy, and happen to have invasive surveillance and tracking technologies in their cache of weapons.