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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Concerns Regarding What’s Left Of Civilized Europe While Moron Biden Leads Uncle Sam!

 MARCH 13, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

SECURITY GUARANTEES, REAL AND IMAGINED

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a number of European countries–probably all of them–to reconsider their military defense postures. If Russia attacks them, will they be able to resist? And whom can they count on to come to their aid?

Responses vary. Germany is talking about abandoning its post-WWII de-militarization. France, in Gaullist tradition, wants the EU to take the lead on security. Others rely on a presumed airtight NATO guarantee of military assistance.

Sweden is an interesting case. Sweden is not a member of NATO, although it has collaborated closely with NATO’s central command. Instead, Sweden has allied itself with the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, the U.K. This interview with Björn Fägersten, head of the Europe program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, sheds considerable light.

The threshold question posed is, since Sweden is not a member of NATO, will the European Union come to its aid if Russia attacks?

Does the EU’s mutual defence clause have a similar effect to Nato’s Article 5?

Björn Fägersten: In a purely legal sense they are equivalent – in some ways the EU is a bit sharper. But on the other hand, the EU’s clause has a sub-clause that makes clear that it doesn’t affect member states’ individual choices on security policy, for instance for those countries that are neutral.

A key difference between the EU and Nato is that the EU has no real apparatus. Nato has a joint military headquarters, SHAPE, but the EU doesn’t have an equivalent.

Within the EU there are also expectations that Nato will be at the centre of European planning – most EU countries are members. In the EU’s Global Strategy from 2016 it is made clear that Nato is the cornerstone of the EU’s defence.

So the EU has a mutual defense pledge, but no coordinated defense apparatus. But that could change. What follows is especially interesting in view of the weak state of Russia’s military that seems to have been revealed over the last couple of weeks:

Looking to the future, many in the EU, not least Macron, have long spoken about the need for strategic autonomy, where Europe will take a more independent line in defence from the US. Last week Germany announced a huge increase in defence spending. How will that change the equation for Sweden?

BF: If in the long term Europe starts taking greater responsibility while the US takes the main responsibility for handling China, that would change Sweden’s calculation. Sweden would like there to be an American interest in its security, but if, for example, a new president was elected in the US in 2024 who had a more doubtful approach to European security, Sweden would be forced to rapidly reevaluate its defence strategy.

It is highly unlikely that we will elect a president more feckless than Joe Biden, but it it useful to see how that possibility weighs on the minds of European decision makers. But the key point here is that the Europeans might be able to defend themselves while the U.S. focuses on the Pacific.

Throughout the linked interview, but more importantly in pretty much all of the discussion of NATO’s defense obligations that I have seen, the assumption is that Article 5 of the NATO treaty is an iron-clad guarantee that if any NATO member is attacked, all–including the U.S.–will respond with devastating military might. Such universal interpretation is entitled to a great deal of weight, especially since there have been countless communications among diplomats and heads of state on the matter since the 1940s.

And, of course, Joe Biden has vowed to defend militarily “every inch” of NATO soil. That is the conventional view. But still…is that really what the famous Article 5 of the NATO treaty says? Here is that article in its entirety. Emphasis is mine:

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.

Call me a cynical lawyer, but does “such action as it deems necessary” really obligate the U.S., or anyone else, to a full military response to Russian aggression in Europe? Might “such action” merely encompass economic sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of, say, Lithuania?

I suppose it is best if Russia’s leaders assume that Article 5 represents an airtight mutual security pact, but it is easy to imagine a weaselly or mentally challenged president–or, perhaps, one who is uniquely focused on American self-interest–going back on 70 years of interpretation of Article 5 and more or less abandoning our European allies. No doubt that is something that they, too, are imagining.

Which I think is probably to the good. Donald Trump was right: it is long past time for powerful European countries, including Germany, to look to their own defense, even if in cooperation with us. And, of course, the more able they are to defend themselves against Russian aggression, the more likely they are to receive military help from their NATO allies, including us, should the time come.

Is The Biden Smart Enough TO KNOW WHAT ‘BLAME’ MEANS?…..’TRUTH’ MEANS?…..’BIDEN’ MEANS?

Biden can only blame himself for high gas prices

The president should announce today he is increasing domestic energy production  By Greg Sindelar | Fox News

By the time this is published the average gas price in Texas will have likely set a new record high. At the time of writing, it was just seven cents off the old record and had risen 60 cents from the previous week.

President Joe Biden is looking for every excuse to ignore the powers he has but refuses to use to help bring prices down.

“Can’t do much right now,” he told reporters. “Russia is responsible.”

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He accused oil companies of exercising “excessive price increases or padding profits” and exploiting American consumers. 

But the trends are clear. After gas prices crashed following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they stabilized around $2.20 through 2020.

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From the beginning of 2021 through the middle of May of that year, prices spiked from $2.25 to over $3.00. From there, gas prices rose steadily hitting $3.40 in mid-November, dipping slightly as the country dealt with the Omicron variant, only to continue upward for most of 2022.  

All that occurred before Russia invaded Ukraine. The president has only himself and his opposition to domestic energy production to blame.

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In the first week of his new administration, the president signed an executive order to “pause” oil and gas leasing on federal land. By the end of the year the Interior Department was recommending new regulations and fees that would drive up the cost of onshore drilling and dissuade companies from leasing the land all together.

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In his second month in office, Biden reinstated the “social cost of carbon” to $51 per metric ton from $8, which is largely a made-up figure but allows the government to regulate – and prevent –  domestic production much more aggressively.

The administration was begrudgingly forced into auctioning offshore leases last year, but only after a federal judge said the initial ban was illegal. Yet the ban received new life in January when a D.C. District Court judge invalidated the entire sale. There are no signs Biden will appeal the ruling.

BIDEN CLAIMS ‘INFLATION IS LARGELY THE FAULT OF PUTIN,’ NOT DEMOCRATIC SPENDING

In the summer, Biden reversed efforts to reduce the time it takes to build infrastructure projects, like energy production facilities, as well as reimposing methane restrictions that provide no environmental benefit but do raise the cost of creating energy here at home. 

The president has only himself and his opposition to domestic energy production to blame.

Oddly, Biden is pretending to care about increasing oil supply by suggesting he would ease sanctions on Venezuela, begging Saudi Arabia to open the spigot, and seeking a deal with Iran. Meanwhile, the Keystone pipeline, a project in conjunction with our friendly neighbors to the north, remains canceled. Keystone would increase capacity by 500,000 barrels of oil per day. 

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Biden has apparently submitted his early entry to PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year contest: “It’s simply not true that my administration or policies are holding back domestic energy production.”

That’s undeniably false. And it is certainly true that his administration is not actively pursuing an increase in domestic energy production, which, unlike war in Ukraine or running an oil company, is something he does control.

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Announcing today that the U.S. will make every effort to increase domestic oil supply would send the right signals to the market and start to put downward pressure on prices. Biden could immediately instruct his administration to prioritize lease sale approvals and remove the self-imposed regulatory barriers causing unnecessary delays. The president could approve pending pipeline and LNG export permits, and suspend the antiquated Jones Act that prohibits domestic port-to-port shipping. 

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If he doesn’t, gas prices – along with already punishing inflation – will continue to anger and frustrate the American people. Eventually, Biden’s blame game won’t matter, because Americans will know exactly who is responsible.

Greg Sindelar is the CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Our Joe Was A First Class Liar For Decades! NOW HE’S SENILE AS WELL! What’s The Difference?

POSTED ON MARCH 13, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN DEMOCRATSNANCY PELOSI

IT ISN’T JUST SLOW JOE

The press has set the bar so low for Joe Biden that when he makes a public appearance, it is considered a triumph if he manages to stay upright. No one expects anything he says to be coherent, and blatant disregard of the facts is overlooked. But it isn’t only Slow Joe: the Democrats’ policies have run head-on into reality, and none of their leaders can comment publicly without telling whoppers.

Like Nancy Pelosi, who assures us in this clip–deemed notable by The Hill, generally a Democratic Party mouthpiece–that government spending reduces the national debt and doesn’t contribute to inflation:

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This is a new contribution to economic theory that we could dub Pelosinomics: if only we increase government spending enough, we can eliminate the national debt!

She makes Joe Biden look almost rational.

That DEM Fem Fascist Critical Race Theory

MARCH 12, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

HIGH-WATER MARK FOR CRT?

Critical Race Theory has been the Holy Grail of the Democratic Party, culminating in the adoption last Summer of a full-throated endorsement of CRT by the National Education Association, which largely runs the public schools. But perhaps the triumph of CRT has been short-lived. Here, Beto O’Rourke, running for Governor of Texas, is asked about CRT and begins with the lie that it is just something they talk about in law schools. But, rather shockingly, he goes on to say that he doesn’t think CRT should be in the public schools of Texas:

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I think Rufo is correct that Beto is the first prominent Democrat to come out against CRT (as opposed to promoting the laughable line that it doesn’t exist). Sure, you might say, but it’s Texas. True, but when has Beto ever disappointed his left-wing base? And remember, there is no one more liberal than a liberal Southerner.

I can only assume that Beto has been looking at polls. My organization has polled CRT in Minnesota, and a substantial majority don’t want it, or other related anti-American doctrines, taught in our schools. The numbers are likely even worse in Texas.

In any event, something has inspired O’Rourke to be the first well-known Democrat to turn against CRT. Let’s hope there are many more to come.

A GOODNESS WAS GIVEN!

“John F. Kerry Fights Climate Change”

Awash In a Sea of Stupid

By Clarice Feldman at American Thinker:

It’s a weird feeling, watching the globe-wide death of reason and the herdlike behavior of virtue-signaling nincompoops. There’s so much of this it’s hard to know where to begin. This is not intended to be a complete list, which would take too many pages, just an illustration of what I mean.

Standing up for Ukraine in the Art World?

Suddenly, as the preposterous mandates supposedly designed to stop the spread of the Wuhan virus begin to lift, the herd, bereft at the widespread mask-dumping, seems to have latched onto the Russian invasion of Ukraine to prove to us how moral they are. Now, it’s perfectly understandable to be appalled at the destruction. Contributing to relief efforts, for

example, is one rational humanitarian response. But the reaction in many quarters is patently absurd. One of the greatest opera stars, Russian Anna Netrebko, has withdrawn her scheduled performances at the Metropolitan Opera after the General Manager announced,” we can no longer engage with artists or institutions that support Putin or are supported by him — not until the invasion and killing has been stopped, order has been restored, and restitutions have been made.” Unless she planned to drive a tank to Kiev or to revise the planned operas to sing the praises of Putin, whatever was the point of this? 

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has cancelled the piano performance of a young genius, Alexander Malofeev, who was outspokenly critical of the invasion and, indeed, has relatives in Ukraine. 

“The OSM feels that it would be inappropriate to receive Mr. Malofeev this week,” wrote a spokesperson for the orchestra, Pascale Ouimet, in a statement.

“We continue, however, to believe in the importance of maintaining relationships with artists of all nationalities who embrace messages of peace and hope. We look forward to welcoming this exceptional artist when the context allows it.”

And not to be outdone in fecklessness, the Cardiff Philharmonic has removed works by Tchaikovsky from its scheduled program on the ground that “his music is inappropriate at this time.”  Children’s ballet teachers are crossing their fingers in the hope that this will be over by the annual Christmas Nutcracker performances.

The War on Humor — Another Battle

It’s not enough that these institutions are depriving music lovers of great music to show us how moral and wonderful they are, the terminally humor-deprived would deprive us as well of laughs.

The fabulous satire site Babylon Bee has bumped up against the humor-hating dweebs at USA Today. The Bee joked that President Biden was considering giving Alaska back to Russia so we could drill there for more oil, an obvious reference to Biden’s killing the North Slope oil project.

“The deliberate and premeditated invasion of Ukraine by brutal dictator Vladimir Putin has forced the US to reassess the importance of energy independence,” the Bee wrote in its article, published March 7. “With this new resolve, the Biden Administration has taken its first step toward increasing oil production for Americans by selling Alaska back to Russia so we can start drilling for oil there again.”

USA Today fact checked this satire on the satire site and assured the its readers that the satire was satire. (Of course, given the nonsensical policies of the Administration, maybe the Bee accidently uncovered another Biden genius plan).

John F. Kerry Fights Climate Change

This gassy fop is always a fit target for ridicule, but in recent days he’s outdoing himself. Inflation in the U.S. is at a forty year high. Gas prices, supply chain problems, food shortages (which will only increase as fertilizer shortages and higher transport costs increase the cost of production and shipment), and housing costs are bankrupting whatever is left of a middle class already devastated by the ill-considered COVID lockdowns. He’s still fixated on the ludicrous international griftarama disguised as a means to fight “climate change.

Kerry took a beating about a week ago on social media for saying he hoped Putin would stay on the climate change bandwagon after invading Ukraine. This week, he told the UN meeting on “Climate Finance for Sustaining Peace and Security” that the U.S. taxpayer would fork over $10 billion dollars a year for a decade to the UN to redistribute our wealth to poorer countries.  

Blaming Putin for Higher Gas Costs

Biden’s entire energy policy has been to starve U.S. citizens of the plentiful conventional fuels, including oil and gas, and driving up their cost which began rising soon after he was elected and have not stopped rising. He said that he planned to increase energy costs, and it is the one promise he has certainly been keeping, a promise which seems as certain to tank his party in the midterms as it has been a big factor in his plunging popularity. So, what are the Democrats to do to deflect attention from the fact they are responsible for this? Well, like Elizabeth Warren, a fake Indian but genuine demagogue, they can try to blame the energy producers, but that doesn’t seem to have persuaded enough voters, so — hey… blame Putin! And that’s exactly what they’ve tried. Unfortunately for them, that’s easily proven to be nonsense. Liz Peek writes:

Here’s the reality: We will still be burning oil and gas to heat our homes and generate our electricity for years to come. We can either produce those fuels at home or, like Europe, import them from abroad.

Since Biden became president, he has clearly chosen the latter path; this is a grave mistake. In thrall to well-heeled and noisy climate activists, Biden has set about junking one of America’s greatest geopolitical advantages — abundant, cheap energy — in a reckless quest to drive down carbon emissions.

While we’re on the subject of stupid Biden energy policies, we have to add Senator Chris Murphy to the roster of stupids. John Hinderaker writes:
Has the level of public discourse ever been lower? The Biden administration’s energy policies have been a disaster, as an overwhelming majority of Americans recognize. So the Democrats are flailing wildly, trying to blame exploding energy costs on Vladimir Putin, while suggesting that their own failed policies demonstrate the need to stop pumping oil altogether and shift to wind and solar power, fueling electric vehicles.
This view was expressed by Senator Chris Murphy, who offered the following twisted logic:
“We should learn our lesson here and become energy independent and choose to invest in clean domestic energy, so we never have to choose between one dictator versus another.”
Murphy concluded, “Renewable energy stays in the United States. When we are producing energy from solar panels or wind turbines — that stays on the American grid, if you really care about keeping American energy in the United States, you should be investing in renewables.”

This is literally one of the dumbest things I have ever read. “Clean domestic energy” means wind and solar. Will wind and solar energy make us “energy independent,” like fossil fuels did until Joe Biden took office? No.
Financing the Enemies of our Allies
A consistent theme of the administration is aiding the enemies of our allies while doing everything possible to weaken our friends and ignore their legitimate defense concerns. This week, it continues along this path with the nomination of Elizabeth Campbell to the Department of State to oversee refugee issues and UN reform. Alana Goodman writes:
Campbell served as Washington, D.C., director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), a U.N. agency that runs schools for Palestinian children and has used textbooks that teach anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist views.
Campbell’s appointment puts her in the position of working for the same State Department bureau that provides funding and oversight for the U.N. agency she previously helped run.
It’s par for the course from an administration that’s trying desperately to revive an absurd treaty with Iran, one which threatens Israel and our Arab allies in the region. You know, allies like Saudi Arabia whom Biden just pleaded with unsuccessfully to pump more oil ‘cause we really, really need it (having locked down ours to curry favor with the greens who are certainly getting foreign — largely Russian money — to fund their movement.

(AS FOR MAN, HIS DAYS ARE AS GRASS:

AS THE FLOWER OF THE FIELD, SO HE FLOURISHETH

FOR THE WIND PASSETH OVER IT, AND IT IS GONE; AND THE PLACE THEREOF SHALL KNOW IT NO MORE.

BUT THE MERCY OF THE LORD IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING UPON THEM THAT FEAR HIM,

AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO CHILDREN’S CHILDREN;

TO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT, AND TO THOSE THAT REMEMBER HIS COMMANDMENTS TO DO THEM!)

…….

I was thirteen years old when I had to memorize the above Psalm…….and have never forgotten it by memory. Except I learned it as “THE LILY OF THE FIELD’.

I have never forgotten it “BY HEART”! Throughout my life to this very day, it has entered my mind so often I have found it so beautiful!

“FOR IT IS GONE AND THE PLACE THEREOF SHALL KNOW IT NO MORE!”….

GOD BLESS AMERICA…..BUT, IT IS GONE, AND THE PLACE THEREOF SHALL KNOW IT NO MORE??

……AND OUR AMERICA TODAY HAS BECOME UGLY…UGLY….VERY UGLY!

What do YOU think happened?

The Tannhauser Overture By Wagner:

How Beautiful The Earth Can Seem WHEN THE HUMAN ANIMAL DISCOVERS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!