• 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

Saul Alinsky, that Communist, LONG DEAD?

Biden’s Handlers Are Preparing to Eject Him (and Kamala)

They must replace him, otherwise they themselves risk being replaced, which would be intolerable.

By Roger Kimball at American Thinker:

March 19, 2022

Isense a disturbance in the force. In fact, I’ve been feeling the tremors for a while. Back in January, I wrote a column for American Greatness called “The Coming Dethronement of Joe Biden.” In it, I noted that Biden’s appalling performance as president would sooner or later—and probably sooner, given the ostentatious nature of his multifaceted failure—lead to his removal as president. 

I should have added that it wasn’t Biden’s performance per se that would lead to his downfall. The problem, rather, was the way his performance was undermining his—and therefore his minders’ and puppetmasters’—political power. As Saul Alinsky, community organizer to the stars, noted, the “issue is never the issue.” Accordingly, the people who put Joe Biden in power—I cannot name them, but I know they are the same people who keep him in power—do not care about inflation, rising gas and food prices, COVID lockdowns or mask mandates, the porousness of our Southern border, the threat of war with Russia, or the myriad other issues that worry ordinary voters. I am quite certain, in fact, that the word “voters” brings a vaguely contemptuous smile to their faces. 

They are not troubled by the suffering of the people, indeed, they approve of a certain amount of suffering. Suffering produces dependency; and dependency, in turn, is like an insurance policy for those who cater to it: the bureaucrats who fill the troughs that feed the populace. The point, of course, was never to end the dependency but to manage in such a way as to perpetuate and expand it. Joe Biden is an errand boy, a figurehead, in the metabolism of this great (not to say Great Society) act of political legerdemain. 

Back in January, I compared the conundrum that Joe Biden presented to The Committee that keeps him in power with the conundrum that Richard Nixon presented to the elites of his day. Nixon was hated by all the beautiful people of his day, but before he could be disposed of the elites had to address the problem of Spiro Agnew, who in his own way was nearly as preposterous as Kamala Harris. Fortunately for the anti-Nixon forces, Agnew was also corrupt in a pedestrian, easy-to-demonstrate sort of way. So all that the forces of light and virtue had to do was produce evidence of his glomming on to paper bags full of pelf in exchange for favors rendered and, presto, Agnew was history. 

Kamala Harris is more of a problem. She is at least as appallingly incompetent as her boss, and no less challenged rhetorically, as her alarming performance in Poland and Romania a week or two back demonstrated. But Harris will not be as easy to shift as was Agnew. I have heard nothing about actual bribery, and acting as the warm bun for Willie Brown’s bratwurst may be in dubious taste but is not actionable.

But Biden’s—and Harris’—polls continue to crater, with 60 percent of respondents disapproving of the job Biden is doing, and 50 percent “strongly” disapproving. It’s the worst showing yet, and many commentators are rubbing salt into the wound by stressing the adverb: We’ve been traveling down this road for months, they say, and so far every “worst yet” turns out to be tomorrow’s “hold my beer” moment. 

The last several days have been full of wonder at the New York Time’s admission that, guess what, Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” was not—as Joe Biden claimed—“Russian disinformation.” Nope, everything that Donald Trump said to Leslie Stahl about it was true. Everything the New York Post said about it was true. Twitter and the rest of the regime media pronounced a damnatio memoriae on the Post and anyone who dared publicize the scurrilous story. The poor computer repair chap who found and publicized the dirt, political as well as sexual, on Hunter’s laptop was hounded and driven into bankruptcy. (Remember Jonah Goldberg on that poor fellow? I do. “Wait you believe the computer repair shop story? Like at face value?”)

The truth was there, staring everyone in the face. Remember Tony Bobulinski? He is the former Navy officer and businessman who was set to start a financial company with Hunter and Jim Biden, Joe’s brother. As I noted at the time, just before the 2020 election Bobulinski demonstrated, with copious contemporary documentation, 

that various Chinese entities, all of whom—like all things Chinese—are ultimately answerable to the party, have invested heavily in the Bidens via various business enterprises of Joe’s son Hunter. We are talking about tens of millions of dollars.

Now, why would the Chinese do this? Out of some misplaced humanitarian instinct? No, they did it in order “to capitalize on the Biden name.” At the time, remember, Joe was vice-president of the United States. That was all that Hunter had to offer. But it was, the Chinese wagered, quite a lot. Many thought that Joe Biden might be president, and it turns out they were right. It was, in short, “influence peddling of the grossest and most spectacular kind.” As I said then,

When influence is peddled, obligations are incurred. When obligations are incurred, favors can be expected. When the favors are owed, directly or indirectly, to the Chinese Communist Party, you want to be sure that the people in debt are not, you know, presiding over the government of the United States of America.

All that information about Bobulinski came from an interview with Tucker Carlson. It was about the only place you could find his name. Searches for him on CNN turned up zilch: “search not found.” We’re talking about a week or two before the election. Everything not friendly to Biden was memory-holed. Hunter’s laptop, of course, but also the evidence that Bobulinski produced showed that, contrary to Joe Biden’s direct testimony, Joe did talk to Hunter about his business. In one communication, equity stakes for the new company are spelled out. Ten percent is to be held by “H”—that’s Hunter—for “the big guy,” “my Chairman,” i.e., Joe Biden.

Which brings me back to the disturbance in the force with which I began. Why do you suppose that the New York Times has decided, finally, at this late date, to acknowledge that the story that the New York Post broke about Hunter’s laptop was true? The Times, like the rest of the fake news establishment, like virtually all of social media, buried the story, screaming loudly that of course it wasn’t true, of course it was Russian disinformation, mediated somehow by that consummate Putin puppet, Donald Trump. Fifty-one “intelligence experts,” remember, signed an open letter denouncing the story and pronouncing anathema upon Donald Trump. Presented with evidence that they were wrong, every one of that disgusting crew—John Brennan, James Clapper, and the rest of the anti-Trump deep state coven—refused to apologize

Many people seem to think that the reason that the story of Hunter’s laptop—which is just as much about Joe Biden’s perfidy as it is about Hunter’s perversion—has emerged now is because it can no longer do any serious damage. The election is over, Biden won—at least, he was declared the winner, which is not quite the same thing, although it does mean that he gets to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

But I wonder if there isn’t something else going on. The news is full not only of stories about the New York Times fessing up, sort of, about the contents of Hunter’s laptop, but also of stories about how Hunter is likely to be indicted for tax fraud. In one sense, that is not news. I wrote about it at the end of 2020 when Hunter announced, sotto voce, that he had been informed that he was being investigated by the tax authorities. But in another sense, I suspect, that news, like the revelation from the New York Times that, what do you know, all that stuff about Hunter’s laptop was on the level, like Joe Biden’s bizarre suggestion a couple of days ago that “everybody knows somebody” who has taken nude pictures of some lover and then used them to “blackmail” the person—all that has a different valence now that the Biden Administration is seriously underwater and there are no lifelines in evidence. 

The issue is never the issue. I suspect that Joe Biden is being prepped for ejection. Exactly how it will happen I do not yet know. But he is on the threshold, or possibly has even passed the threshold, where he could appear to govern. His minders understand this. They must be the ones to replace him, otherwise they themselves risk being replaced, which would be intolerable. As I say, it’s not entirely clear yet how the defenestration will take place. Obviously, Kamala will have to be dealt with first, and she will be. Look for some ground softening stories such as the Times just served up about the laptop. They won’t be long in coming. 

Why Are So MANY FEM DEMS ATHEIST? Thank GOD So Many ARE Childless!

A season of redemption: Sunday reflection

ED MORRISSEY Mar 20, 2022 11:46 AM ET

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Theophanes the Cretan / Wikimedia Commons.

This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 13:1–9:

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them— do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”

I have always been a master of one skill my entire life: procrastination. Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow, or so it sometimes seems. I have improved matters over the course of my life, but usually anything unpleasant gets low priority for my attention. Usually I hope that such tasks or responsibilities will disappear on their own; as I grow older, their resistance to that strategy has become ever clearer.

On certain other matters, I have far more discipline. Writing and studying subjects of interest to me are among them, but I find that my proclivity toward procrastination affects those as well. Sometimes a nap sounds a lot better than paying the bills, or a movie much more fun than fixing a toilet. Which, of course, they are, but that’s not really the issue. The issue is that the bills will still need to get paid and that toilet won’t fix itself.

That comes to mind in today’s Gospel reading, especially at the end, when Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree. Unlike many of Jesus’ parables, this one does not entail immediate judgment, such as when the bridegroom arrives like a thief in the night or the wheat gets separated from the chaff. The fig tree that bears no fruit gets another season to prove its worth, even though it has slept through three growing seasons already. This sounds like great news to procrastinators! I have a whole year to get around to it, and I usually don’t even take that long to get through my honey-do list. Sweet.

Well, not so fast.

Jesus leads into that by reminding us that not everyone will get that kind of extension on their spiritual bill-paying, so to speak. We live in a dangerous world, as we are currently realizing the last few weeks, and that was more true in the times of the Gospels. Pontius Pilate had gone on a campaign of building infrastructure in Galilee to support the occupying forces, and seized the temple collections of the Jews to fund it. When those people demonstrated to get the funds returned — so that they could seek repentance and mercy at the temple — Pilate had them slaughtered, Flavius Josephus writes in Antiquities of the Jews:

But Pilate undertook to bring a current of water to Jerusalem, and did it with the sacred money, and derived the origin of the stream from the distance of two hundred furlongs. However, the Jews (8) were not pleased with what had been done about this water; and many ten thousands of the people got together, and made a clamor against him, and insisted that he should leave off that design. Some of them also used reproaches, and abused the man, as crowds of such people usually do. So he habited a great number of his soldiers in their habit, who carried daggers under their garments, and sent them to a place where they might surround them. So he bid the Jews himself go away; but they boldly casting reproaches upon him, he gave the soldiers that signal which had been beforehand agreed on; who laid upon them much greater blows than Pilate had commanded them, and equally punished those that were tumultuous, and those that were not; nor did they spare them in the least: and since the people were unarmed, and were caught by men prepared for what they were about, there were a great number of them slain by this means, and others of them ran away wounded. And thus an end was put to this sedition.

The days in which Jesus’ disciples were perilous. Waiting for a year to make an Augustinian decision to finally leave sin behind and repent would have been a dangerous gamble with eternity.

So what is this season of redemption mean in Jesus’ parable? Clearly Jesus wasn’t letting us procrastinators off the hook (more’s the pity!), which his reference to Pilate’s atrocity in Galilee communicates directly enough. Jesus means that we are already in the season of redemption. The fig tree represents fallen humanity, which has proven fruitless in its stewardship of God’s creation and in restoring our connection to the Lord. We are ourselves unworthy, born into the material world and deadened to our spiritual life.

Jesus has come to provide us that redemption and sacrifice Himself for our spiritual salvation. The atrocity at Galilee is, in one way, a reminder that sacrifice on its own under our terms is still insufficient. The people of Galilee died for their defense of their identity as Judeans and Galileans against the might of Rome, and according to some interpretations did so near the temple area where sacrifices were being made. That alone was not a sufficient sacrifice to restore their relationship to God. Nor were they any worse than the disciples surrounding Jesus at the moment of this Gospel teaching either; they died in sin, and so will those who do not recognize Jesus as our season of redemption from it.

So far from offering hope to the Society of Procrastinators, whose first meeting has been postponed yet again, Jesus is preaching the opposite. Time is of the essence, Jesus emphasizes, as death is not just an ever-present reality in this material world but also an entirely arbitrary event. The time to form ourselves for our eternal spiritual lives is right now, before weak towers or powerful tyrants can prevent us from doing so. And as we have unfortunately discovered, that truth remains constant throughout the ages right down to the present day.

How do we form ourselves as the clock ticks? Paul’s warning to the Corinthians still rings true today, as he describes the fate of those in the Exodus’ first wave out of Egypt:

These things happened as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil things, as they did. Do not grumble as some of them did, and suffered death by the destroyer. These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us, upon whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.

What did they desire? They wanted a god that they could control (the golden calf), to make their own decisions, and in some cases to return to the captivity of their enslavers. What makes us so different? We create our own material gods to distract us from our spiritual being, gods that we think we can control but which often end up controlling us — money, sex, exploitation of others, and so on. We often walk ourselves right into the chains of these addictions, enslaved to our material passions and too ashamed to ask to be freed from them again. Paul’s advice turns out to be another constant truth through the ages; only the gods and the enslavers have changed, and for the worse.

This is why we procrastinators are at such a risk for these traps. We wait until a point in time when we think we’ll simply have enough sin to be satisfied. The nature of sin, however, is addictive — and its rush is never enough. Christ calls to us now, in our sinfulness, to take those first steps away from our addictions and toward His light and sacrifice on our behalf. This is one call which we cannot afford to leave on hold.

Note: I will post the rescheduled meeting date of the Society of Procrastinators, um … when I get around to it.

The front-page image is a detail from “Jesus Before Pontius Pilate,” a fresco by Theophanes the Cretan at the Stavronikita Monastery, c. 16th century. Via Wikimedia Commons

“Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  

Magnificent Music Of Four Hundred Years Ago!

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL COMES FROM THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AMERICA’S GOD……AND ALL OF THE BEAUTY THAT HAS BEEN ATTACHED TO IT SINCE THE BEAUTIFUL KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE IN THE 17TH CENTURY.

I LEARNED THE ABOVE CLAIMS OF BEAUTY WHEN I ATTENDED PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN 1948 AND CHURCH ON SUNDAYS.

WHERE ARE YOU LEARNING AND TEACHING HUMAN CIVILITY IN AMERICA THESE DAYS DEAR FRIENDS?

WHERE IS IT BEING TAUGHT, EVEN OBSERVED THESE DAYS IN GODLESS BIDEN’S AMERICA?

WHERE IS “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” TREASURE THAT MADE OUR USA SO GREAT?

WHY DO YOU LIVE TODAY IN SUCH A FASCIST AMERICA LED BY THE NANCY PELOSIS? GHR

Culturally, Our Today’s TRUTHLESS BIDEN DEM America Acts AS A RAT IN A GARBAGE DUMP!

MARCH 20, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

LOONEY TUNES AT ESPN

One of the mysteries of our time is why the sports world has gone woke. Not, surely, in response to popular demand from sports fans. But woke it is, and ESPN leads the way. Maybe this has to do with being owned by Disney, a citadel of leftism.

In any event, check out this minute of silence during the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. Why the minute of silence? To protest Florida’s new law that says kindergartners through third graders can’t be proselytized in school on behalf of homosexuality and transsexuality. Note the smug self-righteousness with which such a common-sense measure is disparaged:

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Okay, groomer. Apparently one of the things “bigger than basketball” is the “civil right” of five year olds to learn about “gender identity” in school. The absurdity of this claim is obvious.

Who, exactly, thinks it is a good idea to foist such conversations on young children? Other than ESPN, that is–at least one other ESPN host fulminated on air against the Florida law. Certainly most Americans don’t agree. Rasmussen asked the question:

The relevant passage of the new Florida law reads: “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” Would you support or oppose such a law in your state?

In response, 62% of likely voters said they would support such a law in their state, with 50% strongly supporting it. Only 29% would oppose a similar law in their state.

What possesses business organizations like ESPN to aggressively endorse positions held by a small minority of Americans–positions that have nothing whatsoever to do with sports!–and proclaim these unpopular views a matter of “civil rights”? That’s not a rhetorical question. I honestly can’t understand why they do it.

While the Florida law has nothing to do with sports, the career of Lia Thomas does. Thomas went through puberty as a male, and, having reaped the advantages of size, bone structure, musculature and aerobic capacity that go with being a man, has chosen to compete as a “woman” swimmer. He has not undergone surgery, and his intact unit now graces women’s locker rooms.

The entire sports establishment applauds Thomas, cheering him as a trailblazer. The women he competes against know better. After Thomas “won” an NCAA championship event, the second and third place finishers invited the fourth-place woman to the podium for a photo that showed what they think about competing against Thomas:

The essence of liberalism is bullying. You can see this across a broad range of issues–all of them, more or less–but the “trans” fad is a good example. Here, liberals take pleasure in forcing the rest of us to pretend to ignore plain facts of biological science. The response of any sensible person is to just say no.

When America Used To Be Beautiful!

I was born in 1934 in the quiet city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota, actually in our United States of America. My Mother made certain I was Churched on Sunday mornings. She always was at my side during sermons…..She had bipolar problems from time to time, but never, never at Church.

Nearly ALL of the businesses in St. Paul back then were closed on Sundays. INTENTIONALLY. FOR KNOWING THE BIBLE WAS ESSENTIAL IN AMERICAN LIFE BACK THEN. I LOVED THE BIBLE THEN, AND NOW! AMERICA WAS CIVIL THEN, BUT NOT NOW.

My father’s father, Frank Ray, was born in Cherryfield, Maine in 1857 or 1859, depending upon the print of his birth certificate…..BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR HAD BEGUN. His family apparently was very wealthy from some ocean oriented industry around Cherryfield.

The family practiced primogeniture, the family condition in which only the older son, or sons, would receive the family wealth upon the FATHER’S death. My father was the third son and did not qualify to the family’s primogeniture status. But, my grandfather’s dad did purchase two thousand acres of land a few miles south of HOPE, NORTH DAKOTA where his third son could raise a family….but on his own!

In 1877 my grandfather left Maine to settle his purchased property near Hope. I own a postcard from Chillicothe, Ohio, with my grandfather’s picture on ‘the front’ on his way West. He was sitting on his horse.

On the note side, he wrote to his mother: “MOTHER, I’M FINE! FRANK”.

About ten years later another series of wagons got stuck crossing the Sheyenne River which ran by or through Grandfather Ray’s property near Hope. This family had left Wisconsin and had purchased some property near my Grandfather’s farm. A gal, about twelve years old at the time, Anna Williams, was one of the half dozen Wisconsin folks attached to the settlement to be nearby Grandpa Frank’s farm.

Six years later she married my grandfather and bore five children, Sam, Frank, Lawrence, Herbert, and Catherine four of whom became important in my life.

I never got to meet Sam. He wasn’t well received by his mother when he eloped from HOPE at age 16 with one of his high school teachers. My dad was the only one in the family who was permitted to maintain contact with “Uncle Sam”, my uncle.

Grandfather Ray caught throat cancer when World War I broke out. Grandmother Ray served as the queen of the family. She settled in St. Paul before I was born…. I loved her dearly, as did the entire family. She died from a stroke in 1948 when I was 14.

Sunday’s were then still designed for family life. Most American males worked six day a week.

EVERY CHILD I KNEW HAD A MOTHER AT HOME THEN! MOTHERS BROUGHT NEIGHBORS TOGETHER WHILE RAISING CHILDREN WHO NEVER SWORE IN PUBLIC WHERE I LIVED…NEVER! AND NEVER WITHIN MY FAMILY WHETHER MOTHER’S OR DAD’S. DURING WORLD WAR II, TWO NEIGHBORS LOST THEIR SONS.

My Mother’s Grandmother, my GREAT GRANDMA KRAFT, was born in 1850, in Germany. She could grasp English well, but was not comfortable speaking to adults in English…..I ADORED HER SO, BECAUSE SHE LOVED SPEAKING TO ME…..OFTEN, AS IF I WERE AND ADULT!!

She lived on the West side of St. Paul….where Germans lived in droves back then. Her GARDENS were always beautiful…..as were her sons, five or six of them including my own Grandpa Danner.

No one was dumb enough in those days to create “Junior High Schools” in those days. Ninth grade was in high schools then….No one would be so stupid then of allowing puberty developing boys to own a classroom or hallways.

I was in high school from 1948 to 1952. I was born dyslexic, but it hadn’t been identified yet. I NEVER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO READ A NOVEL, NOT EVEN A COUPLE PAGES REMEMBERING WHAT I READ.

I’VE COLLECTED BOOKS ALL OF MY LIFE……PROBABLY OWNING OVER 2,000 OF THEM IN MY HOUSE ON SHELVES. I’ve looked at all of them over the past 50 years.

WHEN A CHILD I’D SNEAK DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL BY STREETCAR WHERE I COULD LOOK THROUGH THE PICTURES OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS…..FROM 1920s AT THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY. I could read newspaper clippings attached to war front pictures in the Sunday Rotogravure sections of the St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press….and still remember the newspaper’s pictures of the Battle for Midway in 1942!

…..but, I’ve never been able to read a book….but loved atlases. Mother must have known something special…for CHRISTMAS, 1941, SHE BOUGHT ME MY FIRST GLOBE OF THE WORLD….AND CHRISTMAS 1942, MY FIRST ATLAS, WHICH I STILL OWN! MAY GOD STILL BLESS AMERICA!

THOSE DEMS FROM OBAMA ON, CREATING AMERICA THE UGLY!!!

“Spies Who Lie”: Intel experts who ‘debunked’ Hunter Biden laptop story suddenly quiet for some reason

ED MORRISSEY at HotAir: Mar 19, 2022

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Love means you never have to say you’re sorry … and apparently so does the title “intel expert.” Just kidding! As everyone knows, love means you have to constantly say you’re sorry. But for the dozens of intel experts who insisted that the Hunter Biden laptop story smelled like Russian disinformation and wrote a collective letter that the media treated as a debunking, welllllllll …..

The New York Post has not forgotten nor forgiven, but we’ll get to that in a moment. First, their editorial board has a few things to say about its competitors in the media markets, especially the New York Times, which took seventeen months to “authenticate” what the Post had already authenticated. Repeatedly, in fact, while media outlets either yawned or lied about it, the editorial board argues:

Forgive the profanity, but you have got to be s–tting us.

First, the New York Times decides more than a year later that Hunter Biden’s business woes are worthy of a story. Then, deep in the piece, in passing, it notes that Hunter’s laptop is legitimate.

“People familiar with the investigation said prosecutors had examined emails between Mr. Biden, Mr. Archer and others about Burisma and other foreign business activity,” the Times writes. “Those emails were obtained by The New York Times from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop. The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them and with the investigation.”

Authenticated!!! You don’t say. You mean, when a newspaper actually does reporting on a topic and doesn’t just try to whitewash coverage for Joe Biden, it discovers it’s actually true? …

Why was it unsubstantiated? Because of willful ignorance and the Times’ curious lack of curiosity. Hunter’s business partner Tony Bobulinski came forward immediately after The Post’s reports and confirmed that the emails bearing his name were legitimate. The Bidens didn’t even deny it was true! They just deflected, with the media’s help, saying it was a dirty trick or not a story. Mostly, the press just ignored it.

It’s curious that the NYT suddenly found it interesting enough to authenticate seventeen months later … after the election. Curious, indeed.

Speaking of curious, what about the dozens of intelligence experts who weren’t? The Post’s editors tried to follow up with the 51 former intel officials who signed an open letter in October 2020 strongly suggesting that this was just another Russian psy-op. The laptop, they claimed at the time, “has the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” rather than the classic earmarks of an incompetent scion of Biden Inc, itself not an operation that covered itself in competence.

What about now?

There have been no consequences. Twitter and Facebook still censor information based on political bias, and Congress takes no action. Many of the letter signers continue to be used as “experts” by the media. Clapper, for instance, spent years on CNN calling Donald Trump a “Russian asset,” a lie invented and fed by political operatives of Hillary Clinton. He’s still there. Guess accuracy is not a condition of employment.

Do the officials who tried to flip the 2020 election feel any regret for their actions? The Post reached out to those who signed the letter. Most would answer the question. A few doubled-down, including Clapper. No remorse. No shame. And no apologies[.]

Almost all of them refused to comment now that their considered judgment blew up in their faces. Clapper, interestingly, was among the few who responded:

Jim Clapper, former director of national intelligence, now CNN pundit: “Yes, I stand by the statement made AT THE TIME, and would call attention to its 5th paragraph. I think sounding such a cautionary note AT THE TIME was appropriate.” …

Russ Travers, former National Counterterrorism Center acting director: “The letter explicitly stated that we didn’t know if the emails were genuine, but that we were concerned about Russian disinformation efforts. I spent 25 years as a Soviet/Russian analyst. Given the context of what the Russians were doing at the time (and continue to do — Ukraine being just the latest example), I considered the cautionary warning to be prudent.”

Andy Liepman, former National Counterterrorism Center deputy director: “As far as I know I do [stand by the statement] but I’m kind of busy right now.” …

Don Hepburn, former national security executive, now president of Boanerges Solutions LLC: “My position has not changed any. I believe the Russians made a huge effort to alter the course of the election . . . The Russians are masters of blending truth and fiction and making something feel incredibly real when it’s not. Nothing I have seen really changes my opinion. I can’t tell you what part is real and what part is fake, but the thesis still stands for me, that it was a media influence hit job.” …

Emile Nakhleh, former director of CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program, now at University of New Mexico: “I have not seen any information since then that would alter the decision behind signing the letter. That’s all I can go into. The whole issue was highly politicized and I don’t want to deal with that. I still stand by that letter.”

Yeah, it certainly was “highly politicized,” but that might have been because the e-mails in question revealed attempts to profit off of Joe Biden’s high political position. The media response was equally “highly politicized,” including the letter Nakhleh signed. Let’s also not forget that Clapper in particular has a rather substantial record of false testimony, a history that reflects on CNN’s decision to hire him as a trusted expert in the first place.

As far as hiding behind the cover-your-ass language about not reaching a conclusion on whether the e-mails were genuine, that’s a non-starter too. That’s a good reason to take no public position on the matter, not to sign a public letter telling everyone to ignore the issue because it might be disinformation. Or better yet, it would have been an excellent opportunity to look at the evidence themselves, including the corroboration provided by Tony Bobulinksi, before publicly declaring a conclusion about it. The clear intent of that letter was to provide media outlets cover for claiming that the Post’s reporting had been debunked, when the evidence hadn’t even been reviewed by these experts.

There was a political operation involved here, all right, but it wasn’t by the Russians. The media establishment — egged on by Democrats who resented Donald Trump, sometimes for very good reasons — cooked up a political operation to distract voters away from the years-long corruption of Biden Inc. That culminated in an attempt to shut down the Post’s access to social media for the crime of reporting on Hunter Biden’s potential criminal activity, which the NYT now wants to do while converting it to their own “scoop.”

You can’t blame the New York Post’s editors for demanding some accountability. And for rubbing it in for a while, either.

NOTE; NEVER FORGET WHAT FASCIST BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA ANNOUNCED THE NIGHT HE WON HIS FASCIST ELECTION TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE FOUR YEAR PERIOD OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FRESH AIRS!

Fascism….THY NAME IS THE NEW YORK TIMES!

 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

FAKE NEWS TODAY, FAKE NEWS TOMORROW, FAKE NEWS FOREVER

Some observers consider the New York Times’ belated admission that Hunter Biden’s laptop was genuine to be a big deal. I don’t. For one thing, the Times hasn’t acknowledged, and won’t report on, the specific information on the laptop that told the story of Joe Biden’s corruption.

Moreover, there was never any doubt about the genuineness of the laptop and the data it contained. The owner of the repair shop had a receipt with Hunter Biden’s signature on it, the laptop contained a large number of self-validating videos and photos of Hunter in various compromising situations, and the authenticity of emails on the laptop was confirmed by the presence of the same emails in other accounts. The idea that the laptop was “Russian disinformation” was a desperate and absurd invention intended to fool those who paid no attention, and those who wanted to be fooled.

The laptop saga was really a continuation of the Russia collusion hoax. As in the larger case of the collusion hoax, those who perpetrated the “Russian disinformation” fraud are unrepentant. The Times now implicitly admits that it was wrong to ignore or impugn the evidence of the laptop, but has it issued any corrections to, or retractions of, its reporting? No. Has it launched an investigation into how it could have been “fooled”? Of course not.

It’s the same with the 51 lying spies. Are they remorseful because they led millions of Americans astray and falsely impugned the New York Post, among others? Of course not. They have no comment, except for one or two who are sticking to their story.

Likewise with the other media who participated in suppressing the laptop story. Glenn Greenwald notes the silence from the liberal press:

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The New York Times expresses no regret because it doesn’t regret what it did. The Times isn’t a newspaper, it is a mouthpiece. Its purpose was obvious. It was the same purpose that animated many other news outlets, Twitter, and the 51 lying spies: they were trying to get Joe Biden elected president.

That effort succeeded. Lying about the laptop was just one of many corners they cut to achieve their desired objective, but poll data suggest that it was one of the most important. If voters had realized how demonstrably corrupt Joe Biden is–no one has ever bribed Hunter Biden–polls suggest that Donald Trump would have been re-elected. Liberal news outlets are proud of the fact that they acted together to prevent that awful possibility. If it took some lies to accomplish the mission, so what?

Thus, I attribute little significance to the New York Times’ casual acknowledgement that it blew the Hunter laptop story–really, it blew the 2020 election, if you think the Times is trying to report objectively on the news. But of course no one thinks that. For the Times, Twitter, and countless other liberal institutions, their lies about Joe Biden and Donald Trump accomplished the intended mission. There will be no apologies, no regrets–only, behind the scenes, discreet high fives.

Beauty Reaching The Ear, The Eye, AND Into The Mind AND Soul!