• 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

The MESS Of Roe V. Wade!

MAY 3, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

NOTES ON ROE V. WADE

I was in law school when Roe v. Wade was decided. Pretty much everyone was shocked because it was such a terrible decision. Someone took a poll of law professors and, as I recall, 85% said they thought the decision was wrong.

Roe has had a negative impact on both the Supreme Court and on American politics. It set the precedent for regarding the Constitution not as a document, but as a distillation of liberal opinion. Thus we have seen a series of bogus “constitutional rights” created out of whole cloth, and the Court has come to be regarded as a political body, a kind of super-legislature.

At this point, the main argument for preserving Roe was stare decisis, fidelity to precedent; in particular, the idea that it and its successors were so firmly embedded in our law that it would be impractical to remove them. But this was never right. It is true, as Justice Brandeis memorably said, that there are some issues where it is more important that they be settled, than that they be settled right. The main reason for this is the reliance interest: when the courts announce a rule of law, private parties often make important arrangements in reliance on it. Thus, reversing the rule can cause injustice, even if the new rule is theoretically superior to the old.

But in the case of Roe, there is essentially no reliance interest. A young woman might engage in sexual activity without taking precautions to prevent pregnancy, relying on the easy availability of abortion. But that reliance, by its nature, is of short duration. Sexually active women have plenty of notice that laws relating to abortion may change in the jurisdiction where they live, and they can take precautions accordingly.

In the end, Roe is like Dred Scott: an appallingly bad decision that represents an affront to the Court and to this country until it is finally overturned. Assuming that happens when the case is actually decided, it will be an important step toward restoring the Constitution and the rule of law.

As to the leak, I find it puzzling. Maybe the leaker was trying to help the Democratic Party in the midterm elections by firing up the base. But the decision would have been released in June in any event. I don’t see how leaking it a month or two early matters much. Alternatively, as many have suggested, the leaker may have been trying to pressure one of the anti-Roe justices to change his or her mind. But any Supreme Court clerk should understand that such a gambit can only backfire. Justices do occasionally change their votes, and that might have happened here, although it seems unlikely. But the leak, it seems to me, makes it virtually impossible for any justice to change course, so as to turn the draft majority opinion into a dissent. No justice can be perceived as yielding to partisan pressure in that way. And the leak perhaps makes it more likely that Chief Justice Roberts, whose position apparently is unknown and likely undetermined, will join the majority.

So I don’t understand what the leaker had in mind. That said, I don’t agree with those who think the leaker’s career is now destroyed. On the contrary, his or her identity will soon be known, and he or she will become a hero of the Left, perhaps bypassing the law altogether in favor of a lucrative career on CNN or MSNBC.

“Don’t let liberals shame you over the education war”.

May 3, 2022

Why the Education War Matters

By Paul Krause at American Thinker:

Don’t let liberals shame you over the education war. They will try to present themselves as the defenders of education, all that is right and just about the misunderstood purpose of education. In reality, they are seeking to utilize education as a medium for their political propaganda. Nothing is safe. Calling them out, protecting your children, and taking a battering ram to the rotten core of education is necessary for all patriots if we are to save our country and our children.

The rot in higher education is well-known. (I say this as a graduate of Yale.) The rot emerging in primary education is not as well-known, though it is becoming more so as the days go by. This is a blessing in disguise.

Education has always been seen as the medium to capture the next generation and form them into whatever the state or ruling elite desire. When Joe Biden and other Bolsheviks in Democrat clothing say your children don’t belong to you — don’t belong to parents — they mean it. For them, school is the surrogate parent, the true parent, the place where children are formed to be what they desire and need from them into adulthood.

The family is the great bastion of power and freedom against the state. This has been known since ancient times. This is also why those who have sought the complete restructuring of society have targeted families and children as the cornerstones of society that must be broken. Education is the easiest way to do this under the guise of student maturation and self-improvement.

It used to be the case that families had complete control of their children’s education. In a world when public schooling, even private schooling, was not the norm, education occurred in the home, at the dinner table, next to the fire. As our world industrialized and urbanized, as our world democratized, the warm heart of education moved from the home to the classroom. Universal public education made this possible.

With children now out of the home at a young age for long periods of time without filial supervision or support, it was only time before this reality would offer the great temptation to totalitarians. Inside the classroom, without mom or dad to help them, children were completely at the whims of their teachers.

Karl Marx, in the Communist Manifesto, was one of the first to recognize the totalitarian opportunity in this. Free universal education was one of his tenets. It would become the place to promote his ideas for class consciousness and transform the children of the capitalist and patriotic bourgeoisie into radicals for the revolution.

Patriots must understand the farce of a “neutral” education. Education, by definition, isn’t neutral. Certain subjects and topics are decided to be part of the curriculum. Others are excluded. Choice is always being made. The pedagogical and methodological approaches taken are also not neutral. Conservatives and patriots who hide behind the idea of neutral education already set themselves up at a disadvantage, blinding themselves to the reality that education has always been used as a place to teach and promote certain ideas to students. We must be concerned with what ideas. Ideas are not neutral.

Some of those ideas are comparatively better and less harmful than others. But those ideas chosen are not chosen with neutrality in mind. In Christian or private education, for instance, choices are made with consideration for beauty, classical and cultural significance, thematic edification, and so on. Homer or Dante or Shakespeare are given prominence over Hesiod, Torquato Tasso, or Ben Jonson as examples for various reasons and they are taught with those reasons in mind. Aesthetic, moral, and spiritual formation are part of education.

Holding up the veil of neutrality masks the reality of education and what is going on in schools. Schools are the testing ground for new ideas, molding young people into future souls of whatever the school or their masters intend. When certain Bolsheviks in the Democrat Party say that parents have no rights to their kids in education, they mean it. When educators take to Twitter and other social media platforms to denounce parents and proclaim that their “expertise” makes them superior to parents, they are playing out their lustful totalitarian fantasies in 280 characters or less. They want absolute and total control.

The education war does matter. It matters not because we have lost neutrality in education, but because we spend so much of our formative years in education that what we read, what we learn, and what we teach will have an impact on our lives. With that in mind we must be cognizant of what matters and why.

Shall education be a pathway for the good, true, and beautiful? Shall it be a place where the formation of souls and the cultivation of love takes place? Or shall it be a place for resentment and utopian lusting and experimentation? Shall it be a place where souls are crushed and where awe and love are extinguished and replaced with the indoctrinated spirit of the political zeitgeist?

Parents should take a proactive role in knowing what is being taught. Educational choice must become the norm. Educational institutions and organizations that exist for the cultivation of souls and shepherding them to the good, true, and beautiful should make themselves as accessible and open to all seeking to escape the rot of statist education system that seeks universal dominance and control over all children from preschool to university.

The education war which has now risen to such prominence in our politics is the defining cultural moment for the twenty-first century (and those seeking to undermine America and destroy its values know that). As the next generation will define what America stands for and becomes, it is imperative for patriotic parents, and educators who see the goodness of America and the beauty and truth of our cultural traditions, to take a stand to cultivate the places and the hearts that will ensure America remains the last, best hope for the world. 

That Evil World We Live In…

May 3, 2022

How the Koran Calls for the Murder of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim at American Thinker:

On April 7, 2022, in Egypt, a Muslim man lunged at and viciously stabbed a Christian priest thrice in the neck with a knife; Fr. Arsenius Wadid died soon thereafter.  Although the murderer was instantly apprehended by passersby — the crime was committed on a crowded street — Egyptian authorities initially tried to do what their Western counterparts often do: portray the murderer as “insane,” an aberration of society.

Due to a combination of public outcry (primarily from the Copts themselves), the testimonials of seventeen eyewitnesses, and even the murderer’s own coherent responses — to say nothing of the fact that of all the people he could have “randomly” murdered he targeted the one openly professing his Christian faith by wearing a large crucifix around his neck — prosecution finally confirmed that he would be tried as sane and cognizant of his actions.

Why both Westerners and non-Westerners constantly seek to portray Muslim murderers of non-Muslims as “insane” should be clear by now: the alternative — that Islam somehow promotes such behavior — would open a massive can of worms that no one wants to deal with.

But can one really say that Islam promotes even the unprovoked slaying of a Christian clergyman, Fr. Arsenius, who was peacefully engaged in a public charitable activity with the youth of his church when he was slaughtered?

Three Koran passages would seem to answer this question in the affirmative: 1. “Kill the polytheists wherever you find them (9:5); 2. “Fight the leaders of disbelief [kufr] (9:12); 3. “When you meet the disbelievers, strike [with your blades at their] necks (47:4).

Consider how these three verses apply to the current case: A Muslim man comes across a “leader of disbelief” — that is, a clergyman, a visible representative of Christianity, as demarcated by the cross around Fr. Arsenius’s neck.  It did not matter that he came across him on an open and crowded street, since Allah also commands the believers to “kill the polytheists” — and Islam categorizes Christians as polytheists due to the Trinity — “wherever you find them.”  Finally, the murderer took his deity’s advice by striking directly at the neck, the jugular, which he repeatedly stabbed with a knife.

Should this rather straightforward interpretation still seem farfetched or not “nuanced” enoughkeep in mind that Muslims recite the aforementioned three and many more hate-filled and violent Koran verses every single day; these scriptures are highlighted, praised, and expounded in countless books, on countless televised programs, and all throughout the mosques of the world, especially Egypt’s.  In other words, these verses are ingrained in the minds of pious, observant Muslims. 

Even so, one may object that, if such verses are so influential, why aren’t there more such attacks?  Such an observation can only be made by someone whose information is exclusively derived from “mainstream media” sources: random attacks on “infidels” are actually quite common — not a few of them featuring knife stabs to the neck. 

In Egypt alone — where a Coptic clergyman once complained that attacks on Christians happen “every two or three days” — a murder nearly identical to that of Fr. Arsenius took place in 2017: then, a Muslim man wielding a butcher’s knife was seen and videotaped chasing a Coptic bishop in broad daylight; when he finally cornered him, the Muslim repeatedly stabbed the Christian in his neck and head, murdering him.  Finally, to underscore that his handiwork was religiously (Islamicly) motivated, the murderer used the bishop’s own blood to draw a cross on his forehead.

Further confirming that this killer was motivated by Koran verses such as those cited above, neighbors said that he had recently “begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.”  As for motive, one report explained that “he had decided to kill any Coptic priest, purchased a dagger, and lay in wait for one to pass by, in a street leading to the local church.” 

“Lay in wait for one to pass by” sounds awfully similar to Koran 9:5, which counsels the faithful to “capture them, besiege them, and lie in wait for them on every way.”

There are other such examples.  In 2013, Coptic priest Mina Cheroubim was shot dead as he left his church in al-Arish, Egypt.  A botched attempt occurred in 2020: while traveling to his church in Alexandria, a Coptic priest was ambushed and “nearly murdered” by a Muslim parolee. According to the report, “the parolee, nicknamed Kareem Madi, has a history of attacking Christians — especially women and girls.” 

Such murderous assaults are hardly limited to Coptic clergymen who, as the saying goes, wear their faith on their sleeves.  Everyday Christians are also targeted and killed in what Egyptian media present as “random attacks” (with the only constant being the religion of the murderers, Islam, and the religion of their victims, Christianity).

As just two examples, in 2020 a Muslim man crept up behind a Christian woman walking home with groceries, grabbed her hair, pulled her head back, and slit her throat with a knife.  Two days later, another Muslim man went for the jugular of a Christian man with a box-cutter; he only managed to sever an ear.  On being questioned concerning his motive, this Muslim confessed that he did not know the Copt, but that he simply “hates Christians.” There are many more such examples from Egypt; see herehereherehereherehere, and here.

The reader may still protest: if the Koran teaches the outright butchery of infidels, “wherever you find them,” and if at least ten percent of Egypt’s population is Christian, shouldn’t there be many more — indeed, daily — murders?  The answer to this seeming conundrum is simple enough.  Though the Egyptian constitution is heavily based on Islamic sharia law, Egypt is still a modern state — meaning that the random killing of an “infidel” is strictly prohibited.  As such, it appears that only the most pious — or as they are often portrayed, the most insane — are willing to accept the negative consequences of literally enacting the hate-filled and violent verses of their holy book, which include long or even life prison sentences. 

That said, such killings would certainly be much more frequent — especially following Friday mosque prayers, when the believers are regularly riled against the hated “infidels” — were they not outlawed and punished by the state.

Raymond Ibrahim, author of the new book, Defenders of the West: The Christian Heroes Who Stood Against Islam, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

The Dem Decay From Washington!

 MAY 3, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at PowerLine:

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING

The video below is not entirely self-explanatory. In it President Biden claims (White House transcript here, video below): “[T]here have not been many of the senators from Delaware. It’s a small state. As a matter of fact, there has never been one. ((Laughter.) And so I want to take advantage of making sure I introduce [a fellow Delaware native],” Biden said at a White House event celebrating Eid.

The New York Post’s Steve Nelson explains: “Biden mixes up job title, says he’s nation’s first senator from Delaware.” Biden apparently meant to say he’s the first president from Delaware, but he’s a little confused.

The difference is significant. You might think that is a difficult mistake to make. The transcript leaves the confusion intact without correction. Perhaps Biden’s meaning remained unclear even to the transcriber.

Biden’s remarks are full of idiotic shibboleths regarding “Islamophobia” and related thoughts. At one point, however, he hit an important note and then descended to an abysmal low. The important note:

You know, we’re the only nation in all the history of the world that’s been organized not based on a religion, race, ethnicity, geography, but on an idea. Think about that. An idea.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness” — et cetera.

I love that “et cetera” and want to note the bracketed addition of “and women” in the transcribed text. That too is idiotic. “Men” is a generic term including women, but we understand that the idiots in the White House don’t get it or need to display their presumed superiority to Thomas Jefferson, if not the rest of us.

Forget that. This seems to me an abysmal low:

We’ve never met that goal, but we’ve never walked away from it — except one brief moment, and we’re back. And we’re back and making — (applause) — no, I really mean it.

It is a passage that will go unnoted, but it deserves attention. You comatose halfwit. I really mean it. I can only say the feeling is mutual.

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Establishment Fascist Dem Still Run The System!

January 6 Committee Targets GOP Donors Ahead of 2022 Elections

They can’t beat Republicans at the ballot box so Democrats are using every governmental, legislative, and legal weapon at their disposal to destroy them in court and in the court of public opinion. 

By Julie Kelly at American Greatness:

May 2, 2022

Judge Timothy J. Kelly and his colleagues on the D.C. District Court have acted as little more than rubber stamps for the Justice Department’s abusive prosecution of January 6 defendants. As I reported last month, Kelly, a Trump appointee, continues to hold six nonviolent Capitol protesters behind bars while allowing the Biden regime to delay trial dates and skirt its discovery obligations.

After months of tolerating the government’s broken promises related to sharing evidence with defense attorneys, Kelly finally issued a toothless order to compel prosecutors in one major case to finally produce Brady material or face consequences. (He won’t do anything.)

But Kelly isn’t just helping Joe Biden’s Justice Department punish Americans who dared to protest Joe Biden’s election that day. In a shocking ruling issued Sunday night, Kelly gave his imprimatur to the House Democrats’ January 6 select committee, paving the way for hyperpartisan, vengeful lawmakers such as Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to potentially access the private information of Republican campaign contributors.

In February, the select committee subpoenaed Salesforce, a data and digital communications vendor for the Republican National Committee, demanding all records associated with fundraising efforts between Election Day and January 6, 2021—an event the committee’s lawyers refer to in court filings as an attack by “domestic terrorists.” The subpoena covered outreach conducted by the RNC, the Trump reelection campaign, and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee—a breathtaking trove of internal records and documents were requested including all communications between the company and the political organizations as well as any data reports generated by Salesforce.

The committee claims emails with hyperbolic language intended to raise money before Congress’ joint session on January 6 were culpable for inciting violence. 

“There is evidence suggesting that numerous defendants charged with violations related to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and others present on the Capitol grounds that day were motivated by false claims about the election,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson wrote in an accompanying letter. “The Select Committee is seeking information regarding whether and how the Trump campaign used Salesforce’s platform to disseminate false statements about the 2020 election in the weeks leading up to the January 6 attack.”

Thompson’s inquisition, of course, is completely unrelated to what happened on January 6, as is everything undertaken by his sham committee. It is part of a concerted crusade to criminalize wrongthink about the 2020 election, which so far has resulted in charges against 800 Americans and ongoing lawfare against Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers including attempts to remove election-doubting representatives from the 2022 ballot.

But targeting a company that houses an untold amount of donor data took the committee’s witch hunt to a new level; the RNC quickly filed a lawsuit in response. Arguing the subpoena would allow the committee to access the “private, personal information” of Republican contributors, the RNC asked Kelly to intercede.

“The breadth and invasiveness of the Salesforce Subpoena is astounding,” RNC attorneys wrote in their March complaint. “It seeks information on vast numbers of Republican donors, volunteers, supporters, and coalition members. If forced to comply, Salesforce would disclose records regarding whether and how individual RNC supporters have responded to emails (including at what time they opened such emails), reacted to specific political messaging, signed any RNC petitions, completed any surveys on specific issues and policy proposals, or responded to specific fundraising appeals. It would also include information regarding individual voting habits, involvement in various coalition groups, and even what political merchandise they liked best.”

The information sought by the committee, the RNC noted, is on “persons opposed to the political party in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Select Committee.” The RNC also argued that the committee is violating the originating legislation—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to seat two members appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and instead appointed Trump haters Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)—and the Salesforce subpoena violates First and Fourth Amendment protections.

But the committee pushed back, insisting that the groups “directly solicited funds by claiming that the election could be overturned during the January 6th joint session of Congress,” and that this language led to violence. 

One email, according to the committee, appealed for funds as Congress convened that day. “Less than an hour after that email was sent, domestic terrorists seeking to stop the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 Presidential election launched a violent assault on the United States Capitol,” committee attorneys wrote in response. (The committee narrowed the scope of the subpoena and claimed personal information would be protected but left most of its initial request intact.)

Now, even the most dense, most partisan judge on any bench would be able to see right through the January 6 committee’s partisan stunt. Surely Kelly, who has lived in Washington, D.C. his entire adult life and worked for Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill prior to his appointment to the court, is aware the Democrats are in for a major shellacking in November. Accessing and then leaking any Republican donor information would not just vilify GOP contributors but also scare away other would-be donors to Republican officials and candidates this year.

But once again, Judge Kelly sided with the regime. Acknowledging the “exceedingly rare spectacle of a congressional committee subpoenaing the records of one of our country’s two major political parties,” Kelly nonetheless denied the RNC’s request for injunctive relief. 

“For starters, the Select Committee is hardly on an unconstrained ‘fishing expedition’ into the RNC’s records,” Kelly wrote in his May 1 order. “It has requested information only relating to emails sent from November 3, 2020 to January 6, 2021. That two-month window is plainly relevant to its investigation into the causes of the January 6 attack.”

Some of the emails, Kelly admitted, will be “unrelated” to the election or election lawsuits but overall the information produced by Salesforce “will give the Select Committee the context to understand how much attention and interest was generated by emails that asserted the election was fraudulent or stolen. By providing this ‘context,’ this information will ‘materially aid’ the Select Committee’s valid legislative purpose.”

Kelly never questioned the premise of the committee—allegedly to investigate the “attack” on the Capitol—and instead repeatedly bolstered its legitimacy. The committee, Kelly claimed, has a “strong interest in the records demanded” as it prepares “remedial legislation” to make sure another “attack” never happens again. (Democrats suggested they might use the email campaigns as examples of what to “target in any potential legislation to combat dangerous political disinformation.)

“[It] is hard to imagine a more important interest for Congress than to preserve its own ability to carry out specific duties assigned to it under the Constitution,” Kelly said, referring to the Electoral College certification, which was delayed only about eight hours due to the protest.

Astounding.

The RNC plans to appeal the ruling but that will end up before the second rubber-stamp bench at the D.C. Circuit Court. Meanwhile, the committee announced Monday it would seek depositions from three more Republican House members. Thompson has scheduled a series of public hearings beginning next month.

Democrats know they will likely lose control of this issue by the end of the year—they see no reason to halt their scorched earth crusade anytime soon. They can’t beat Republicans at the ballot box so Democrats are using every governmental, legislative, and legal weapon at their disposal to destroy them in court and in the court of public opinion. 

And thanks to judges like Tim Kelly, Democrats are succeeding.

Uncle Sam’s HEADLESS HORSEMAN Will Not Be Able To Leave His Room This Month?

The wrong Biden is traveling to Romania and Slovakia this month

KAREN TOWNSEND May 02, 2022 at HotAir:

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Jill Biden (call her Dr. Biden) is scheduled to travel to Romania and Slovakia, her second solo trip since becoming first lady. She will spend Mother’s Day with Ukrainian refugee women and children.

The question is, why is she going on this trip and not her husband, the leader of the free world? She’s going to be in the neighborhood of Ukraine because the purpose of her trip is to show support for American troops and Ukrainian refugees, particularly since most of them are women and children. Why not send Biden and let him cross over into Ukraine as a show of strength? In a post I wrote yesterday, I mentioned that it may not make much of a difference in the long run, but it would be the right thing to do for the President of the United States to show up and show American support in person. C’mon. He’s letting Boris Johnson outshine him when it comes to supporting Zelensky with a personal visit in a war zone. It’s not a competition but America used to be thought of as the world’s leader. Biden is perfectly happy to play second fiddle to European countries. It’s a sign of weakness.

Jill Biden is going to leave on May 5 and travel to Romania, her first stop, to visit service members.

According to the White House advisory, Biden will first stop in Romania to meet with U.S. service members at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase.

She’ll then meet with Romanian officials and embassy staff at the U.S. embassy in Bucharest. Biden, who is herself a teacher, will also meet with humanitarian aid workers and educators working with Ukrainian teens displaced by the conflict in Romania.

In Slovakia, Biden will meet with refugees, humanitarian aid workers and other locals helping refugees in Kosice and Vysne Nemecke. The White House said that Biden would meet with Ukrainian mothers and children May 8 to mark Mother’s Day, which falls on the Sunday during her trip.

The first lady is scheduled to meet with Slovakian officials before heading back to Washington.

That doesn’t sound like an overly-strenuous schedule. Grandpa Joe could probably handle it. He has plenty of security and handlers available to keep him safe and on a relatively timely schedule. Biden is not known for showing up on time to events and meetings.

It’s important to recognize willing partners in the fight against Putin’s war. Romania and Slovakia have taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees from Ukraine. Showing up and thanking them while encouraging them to keep up their efforts is important. I don’t think the first lady carries the same level of importance that a visit from the president provides. No offense, it’s just not the same.

Will Jill Biden’s visit garner much enthusiasm? The American press will be swooning over how brave she is and what a great first lady she is but do Europeans care? Even in the United States, Jill’s popularity is getting a little dinged up over the dismal sales of a new book published about Jill. We know Sleepy Joe’s approval ratings are bad but we’ve been led to believe that Americans like him and Jill just fine. Maybe not so much after all.

Buried in the article: “NPD BookScan, which tracks book sales in the U.S., said that prominent books about Trump released in his first two years of office outsold Biden books during his first year and a half by, what an official there said was, ‘essentially 10:1.’ A newly released biography about Jill Biden, by two well-respected Associated Press journalists, sold just 250 units in its first week, according to the company.”

AP reporters Julie Pace and Darlene Superville wrote “Jill: A Biography of the First Lady.” The book attempts to “reveal some of the private sides of Jill Biden.”

“We come to better understand her personality, which has held the Biden family together through tragedy and good fortune alike,” said the description of the book

Based on book sales, readers are apparently not interested in paying $26 to “better understand” the personality of Jill Biden.

Yikes! Only 250 books sold in the first week. I mean, if Biden set a new record with 81,284,000 votes in the 2020 election, shouldn’t more people be interested in reading about Jill?

Columnist Tim Young pointed out, “81 million votes, but Jill Biden’s new biography only sold 250 total copies in 1 week.”

Republican Congressional candidate Dr. Willie J. Montague added, “81,000,000 votes, though.”

Actor Nick Searcy declared, “EIGHTY-ONE MILLION VOTES FOR THE MOST POPULAR PRESIDENT IN HISTORY.”

Talk show host Chris Stigall noted, “Her husband got the most votes in the history of presidential elections, you know?”

Of course we know that during the previous administration, reporters assumed everyone hated Trump and Melania as much as they did and the only books published about Melania were gotcha kind of books. The fact that these two reporters wanted to publish a book to humanize her with warm and fuzzy stories is all you need to know about the political divide in this country between Democrats and their cohorts in the press and the rest of America. Julie Pace, by the way, isn’t simply a reporter, she is AP Assistant Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief.

Bon voyage, Jill. Be sure to leave someone in charge of Joe to make sure he moves through his days ok while you’re away.

THE GODLESS HATE OF AMERICA CONTINUES!

MAY 2, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine:

ASTOUNDING LEAK FROM THE SUPREME COURT

Liberals love to bleat on these days about how Republicans have been breaching “democratic norms,” but late today one of the most sacrosanct norms of our political order was breached: Someone leaked a draft Supreme Court opinion striking down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the pending case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Association.

The opinion, drafted by Justice Samuel Alito, is 98 pages long, and I’m going to want to read through it carefully before offering conclusions or analysis. But some of the language in the opinion on a first skim seems promising, such as “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” Heh: The left has been saying for years now that a liberal Court could overturn precedents they hate such as Citizens United under the heading that it was “wrong the day it was decided.” More:

Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.

A complete draft opinion has never leaked from the Supreme Court before, and it has long been understood that anyone (especially a law clerk) who leaked an opinion would be kissing their legal career goodbye. This is why I think the leak probably came from one of the Justices. And my money is on Sonia Sotomayor, who is by far the most politicized Justice on the Court, though she will soon have company when Kentanji Brown-Jackson joins the Court.

A leak of the opinion is surely a desperate attempt to stir up a public firestorm (so the left hopes) that will cause a Justice to switch their vote at the last minute. (It also provides desperate Democrats with something to distract from inflation, crime, education, Biden’s senility, etc.) This suggests the Court’s vote was 5 – 4, likely with Roberts once again defecting. The media isn’t even trying to disguise the purpose of this leak. Politico “reports”:

Deliberations on controversial cases have in the past been fluid. Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled. The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months. . .

No draft decision in the modern history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending. The unprecedented revelation is bound to intensify the debate over what was already the most controversial case on the docket this term.

I am certain that Breyer and Kagan are NOT happy about this leak, whatever their strong feelings about the issue. Could a Justice be impeached for leaking an opinion? Stay tuned. . .