• Pragerisms

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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

The Beauty of Life BEGINS WITH MAGNIFICENT MUSIC……

UNLIKE THE YOUNG FOLKS LIVING IN OUR USA IN THESE PAST THIRTY YEARS, I WAS BORN IN A SOCIETY GODFEARING. I WASN’T ALONE. SUNDAYS WERE CHRISTIAN DAYS WHERE GOODNESS WAS TO BE SHARED AT CHURCH, AT HOME, IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, OR AMONG COUSINS, AUNTS AND UNCLES IN THE AFTERNOONS. FAMILIES, NOT DRUGS AND VULGARITIES, EXISTED. GOODNESS WAS CHERISHED.

I ATTENDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHERE OLD MAID TEACHERS WERE WELL EDUCATED IN THEIR FIELDS, LOVED THEIR COUNTRY, CHURCH, AND SCHOOL AND ITS TEACHINGS.

POLICE WERE RESPECTED. THEY WERE CHURCHED AS WELL AS TRAINED. ATHEISTS DIDN’T GAIN THEIR POWER OF RULE YET.

THE FIRST SWEAR WORD APPEARING IN PUBLIC I EVER EXPERIENCED WAS WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN AT ST. PAUL’S CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN 1947 EXITING SCHOOL TOWARD THE SPORT FIELDS FOR GYM PRACTICE AND A NEW, VERY ATHLETIC ABLE BUT NEW STUDENT TO OUR CLASS CAME OUT WITH THE WORD “DAMN” SOMETHING OR ANOTHER……BUT NOT YET USED TO OUR SCHOOL LEARNINGS….

OUR GYM INSTRUCTOR, MR. COLEMAN KELLY…A ROMAN CATHOLIC, WELL LIKED BY ALL, TOOK HIM ASIDE…….AND THAT NEW BOY, THE VERY MATURE ATHLETIC NEW BOY, WAS NOT SEEN AT SCHOOL FOR A WEEK OR TWO. SWEARING WAS NOT ALLOWED AN ST. PAUL SCHOOLS…PERIOD! AND SWEARING WAS NOT DONE IN PUBLIC, BECAUSE OF THE POWER OF SUNDAY CHURCH AND FAMILY!!

I STUDIED LATIN FOR THREE YEARS. I AM A DYSLEXIC….I OWN ALMOST TWO THOUSAND BOOKS AND NEVER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO READ ONE BEYOND A PAGE OR TWO.

MY FIRST CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS 9TH GRADE ENGLISH. THE TEACHER WAS MABLE WICKER…68 YEARS OLD, 4’10” IN HEIGHT, BENT A BIT, WEARING BLACK DRESSES TO HER ANKLES AND A RED WIG ON HER HEAD…..WITH A REPUTATION OF A TIGER, IF YOU DIDN’T REMAIN IN FULL ORDER.

FORTY FRESHMEN WERE IN MY CLASS WITH MISS WICKER…..ABOUT 25 WERE BOYS. I LEARNED LATER IN SCHOOL LIFE THAT MISS WICKER BORE STUDENTS WHO WERE SOMEWHAT BORDER LINE GOING TO COLLEGE. SHE WOULD DECIDE DEPENDING UPON STUDENT ABILITIES PERFORMED IN HER ENGLISH CLASSES!

THE FIRST WEEK THAT FIRST SEPTEMBER OF MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES, MISS WICKER BEGAN HER LESSONS.

SHE TAUGHT SHAKESPEARE STUFF….BEGINNING WITH MERCHANT OF VENICE! (WE STUDENTS HAD TO BUY A PAPER BOOKLET OF ‘MERCHANT OF VENICE’ AT FIFTEEN CENTS APIECE TO TAKE HOME AND STUDY ITS CONTENT ALONE…..WHICH WOULD HAVE DOOMED ME AS A STUDENT IN HER CLASS…..(except 68 year old Miss Wicker enacted each phrase, each scene, each story of THE SHAKESPEARE SHE TAUGHT DURING HER CLASSES FROM BEGINNING TO END OF ‘MERCHANT OF VENICE’ AND OTHER SHAKESPEARE MATTER FOR THE WHOLE YEAR!)

I WAS ABLE ‘TO READ SHAKESPEARE’ AFTER VIEWING HER PERFORMANCES. I BECAME THRILLED TO GO HOME TO READ THAT LITTLE SHAKESPEARE’S BOOKLET OF ‘MERCHANT OF VENICE’ BY MYSELF AND “MACBETH” SOMETIME LATER.

A YEAR OR TWO AFTER, ‘CLASSIC COMICS’ APPEARED ON THE MARKET WHICH, UNBEKNOWN TO ME THEN, HELPED ME BECOME COLLEGE ABLE. I LOVED THESE STORIES OF THE PAST…..THAT IS WHY I CHOSE, TO STUDY LATIN FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL…..

I WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND ITS LANGUAGE. THANK GOD THAT I WAS ABLE TO BE TAUGHT AS I WAS TAUGHT…..DESPITE MY CRIPPLEDNESS NOT BEING ABLE TO READ NOVELS.

TODAY’S AMERICA OF LEFTIST CONTENT RUN SCHOOLS WITHOUT TEACHING ANYTHING OF INTEREST, IMPORT, DECENCY, AND THE PAST!

OUR TODAY’S AMERICAN LEFTISTS DESPISE KNOWLEDGE. FOLKS MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING!

Our American Universities’ LOVE FOR FASCISM IS NEARLY UNIVERSAL……how come?

MAY 9, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at PowerLine:

CONFUSED AT THE CRIMSON

The Alegemeiner has published Alan Dershowitz’s column responding to the Harvard Crimson’s pro-BDS editorial “in support of a free Palestine.” It turns out that Dershowitz’s column was to be published in the Crimson itself, but editorial minds at the Crimson are confused or clouded, as one might infer from the editorial itself. The Algemeiner includes this explanatory preface by Professor Dershowitz (link to the Crimson editorial omitted):

On April 30, I submitted to the Harvard Crimson a detailed op-ed refuting its recently-published blood libel against Israel. Over the next several days, the Crimson first said they were “reviewing” my submission; then that they were “interested in running it;” and, on May 4, that they would run my piece “probably tonight,” promising to “reach out with edits later today if needed.” As a result of these assurances, I withdrew my op-ed from any other publications. Then, on May 4, they “decided not to publish” my piece, using the phony excuse of “very high number of submissions … combined with our currently limited production schedule.”

When I protested their breach of journalistic ethics, they changed their minds again and agreed to run it in the form of a much-shortened letter to the editor. They asked me to eliminate the accusation that their editorial encouraged the current form of antisemitism; I refused. Then they demanded documentary proof of my opinions — something they did not provide for their own egregiously false statements. When I provided the documentation, they finally ran out of excuses, and reluctantly published the shortened letter. This bait and switch compounded their unethical action in knowingly publishing defamatory lies about Israel. Here is the full op-ed they accepted and then rejected[.]

William Buckley explained Robert F. Kennedy’s refusal to appear for an interview on Firing Line by asking “Why does baloney reject the grinder?” The same applies here.

OUR EDUCATION NEEDS MORE LEARNINGS FROM BETTER TEACHERS!!!

May 8, 2022

Does Education Need More Kindness?

By E. Jeffrey Ludwig at American Thinker:

This writer recently was invited to participate in an online tele-workshop about the “pedagogy of kindness.”  The invitation linked the recipients to an article about the pedagogy of kindness written about three years ago.  In that article, the author contrasted certain prevalent approaches to education with the approaches of the kindness pedagogy that she advocates. 

One such opposition was between the teacher as adversary and the teacher as compassionate.  She portrayed this in either/or terms.  She had begun teaching with an adversarial mindset but has transitioned to a compassionate or kind mindset.

By presenting this dichotomy, it seemed that she was ignoring the advice given so wisely by Aristotle about 2,400 years ago: that the ethical person should seek the Golden Mean between the extremes of Excess and Deficiency.  In this case, the Excess would be Adversarial, and the Deficiency would be Compassionate.  The adversarial would be an excess because it would ignore individual learning distinctives such as attention span, cognitive focus, and restlessness.  The Deficiency would be at the Compassionate end of the spectrum which puts the meeting of the students’ needs at the forefront of education, thus over-emphasizing the subjectivity of the student at the expense of learning itself, which is not subjective.  Learning how to read, to understand geography, to multiply, etc. is not subjective activity.  Each discipline requires the commitment of the student, which includes his attention, willingness to follow directions, innate aptitude, and zeal to know that which, on his own, he would be unable to learn.  Therefore, the Golden Mean in this case would be Responsibility.  The person seeking virtue and guided by reason would seek the Mean of Responsibility as part of the general task of developing habits of virtue.

Other oppositions were also established by the proponent of the pedagogy of kindness — those between compassion for students and dehumanizing students and between meeting needs of learners and obsessing about goals of understanding.  This overemphasis on the meeting of needs has moved to the forefront of many thinkers for two reasons.  First, Marxism, with its principle of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” has increasingly permeated the thinking of many people who should know better.  For example, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, composed at the founding of the U.N. after WWII, has the word “rights” in almost every sentence.  Yet their latest major document, Agenda 2030, is replete with references to “sustainability” and “needs” throughout, with the word “rights” relegated only to one use in Section 19 out of 91 sections.

Additionally, needs were emphasized by the progressive-but-not-avowed-Marxist Abraham Maslow in the 1940s with his much touted “values hierarchy of needs.”  Under this programmatic approach to understanding the human condition, there is a hierarchy, with physical needs at the bottom and the meeting of higher “needs” (supposedly) like moral values and creativity occupying a higher (but smaller) place on his pyramid (really a triangle).

John Dewey’s educational philosophy added another dimension to this needs-based approach.  His philosophy requires adjustment of the child to the social order, development of happy and capable workers for the industrial society that had emerged at the end of the 19th century in the USA, and constant work to enhance the dynamics of classroom cohesion.  You, the reader, are undoubtedly aware of the irony that this false philosophy of classroom and social adjustment has produced some of the most disruptive classrooms in the world, especially in our large urban areas.

The philosophy that pulls and pushes against this needs-based pap and sap was developed to its highest point by the great Protestant Swiss educator, Johann Pestalozzi, who published How Gertrude Teaches Her Children in 1801, subtitled “an attempt to help mothers to teach their own children and an account of the method.”  Pestalozzi thereby does not make a false dichotomy between love (his is a treatise for mothers, who love their children more dearly than any teacher possibly could) and the desire of the responsible parent to bring his child to an understanding of the world in which he is living, and a knowledge consistent with nature, with his immediate environment, with the nature of knowledge itself and reading, and with the logic inherent in the known world.  Thus, in a practical sense, Pestalozzi — within the context of a mother’s selfless love — seeks to address the practical application of the philosophical understandings of such luminaries as John Locke, René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Immanuel Kant.

Although not specifically under the rubric “kindness,” the very fact that his theory of education is for mothers shows his attempt to have an educational methodology consistent with maternal nurturing and love.  Unfortunately, “kindness” today for many people is within a Benjamin Spock, post-WWII perspective, expanded to include whole language instead of phonics as well as “new math” instead of memorizing multiplication tables and focusing on the requirements of simple logic.  Pestalozzi focuses on the whole person of the child, but with a somewhat different idea of “whole person” from today’s philosophizing, which tends to sentimentalize a non-assertive love and time-outs for uncooperative children as the source of kindness.  

Today, I was talking to a neighbor whose three-and-a-half-year-old son had a bubble gun.  He was shooting bubbles at me, and I played along.  Then he was squirting his bubbles at my gym bag.  His mom told him to stop.  When she said to stop, he started squirting bubbles into my gym bag.  She told him to stop again, but he did not stop any more than the first time.  The gun simply ran out of bubble-making liquid.  Then they continued on their walk.  Was she kind because she told him to stop?  Or would it have been more “kind” for her to have reached down and taken his bubble gun when he twice refused her directive?

Now imagine this child multiplied many times over as learners.  The teacher tells them to take their seats, but instead, one of the students stands on the table (this happened in one second-grade class where I was the sub thirty years ago).  What is the kind thing to do vis-à-vis learning in this situation?

  In a letter, Pestalozzi answers the question of the relation of the child’s needs to his learning.  An article about Pestalozzi states, “[A]s long as ‘man’ and, by extension, the educator, wishes ‘well’ and demonstrates this to the child, the child will in turn listen carefully; but, the child does not do this for you, master, nor because of you, educator, the child does so for himself/herself[.] … [T]his goodness must be good in itself because of the nature of the goodness itself, and must appear this way in the child’s eyes.”  Notice, dear reader: he says “because of the nature of goodness itself,” not because the child’s needs are met in terms of putting his “problems” first.

Those who support a “pedagogy of kindness” should be asking a Socratic question: what is the definition of kindness?  Our starting point for a good educational philosophy should still be the assumptions of Pestalozzi, published 221 years ago.

E. Jeffrey Ludwig is a Harvard Master Teacher who, when teaching high school, was selected four times for Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers.  He now teaches philosophy in an urban university setting.  He has been publishing articles at AT since July 4, 2010.

Democrats Agree….ANTIFA ATTACKS WERE CONDEMNED!

MAY 8, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

ANTIFA ATTACKS WISCONSIN PRO-LIFE OFFICE

Last night, pro-abortion activists who claimed to be associated with Antifa attacked the office of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison, Wisconsin:

Vandals set a fire inside the Madison headquarters of the anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action early Sunday, police and an official with the group said Sunday.
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Arriving at the office at 2801 International Lane at the same time as a reporter, Appling and group event coordinator Diane Westphall found shattered glass from a broken window covering a corner office riddled with burned books. The smell of smoke persisted for hours after the fire, which damaged the corner office carpet and the wall beneath the window.

The arsonists left this message spray painted on the outside of the building:

The vandals associated themselves with Antifa, which in Madison is plausible:

Democratic Party politicians have condemned the attack.

Russia Continues Its MURDERING!

Russia bombs Ukrainian school, dozens feared dead

KAREN TOWNSEND May 08, 2022 at HotAir:

AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

A war of attrition is underway in Ukraine as Russian forces bomb targets sheltering innocent Ukrainians. Saturday in Luhansk province, the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas, a school was destroyed by a Russian bomb. Dozens of Ukrainians are feared dead.

Governor Serbiy Haidai said that a school in the village of Bilohorivka caught fire after the bombing. Emergency crews rescued 30 people and found two bodies.

“Most likely, all 60 people who remain under the rubble are now dead,” Gov. Serhiy Haidai wrote on the Telegram messaging app. Russian shelling also killed two boys, ages 11 and 14, in the nearby town of Pryvillia, he said.

About 90 people were sheltering in the school’s basement as Russia continues its bombing attacks in eastern and southern Ukraine. Putin’s war in Ukraine has turned into a war of attrition out of desperation since the Russians have been unable to topple Kyiv. Russian forces are concentrating their offensive moves in the Donbas region. Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting since 2014 and occupy some territory in the region.

Victory Day celebrations scheduled for Monday in Russia have ramped up Russian attacks and the speed to complete its conquest of Mariupol, a port city. The steel mill there is the only part of the city not under Russian control now. Ukrainians have been bracing for an escalation in attacks as May 9 approaches. There was some good news Saturday as women, children and some older Ukrainian civilians who were sheltering with Ukrainian forces in the steel plant were evacuated. The fighters refuse to surrender, though, and hundreds are believed to be wounded.

After rescuers evacuated the last civilians Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address that the focus would turn to extracting the wounded and medics. Zelenskyy said in his nightly address that work would also continue Sunday on securing humanitarian corridors for residents of Mariupol and surrounding towns to leave.

The Ukrainian government has been reaching out to international organizations to try to secure safe passage for the estimated 2,000 fighters remaining in the plant’s underground tunnels and bunkers. Zelenskyy acknowledged the difficulty, but said: “We are not losing hope, we are not stopping. Every day we are looking for some diplomatic option that might work.”

The brutality shown by the Russian forces against civilian targets is well-documented. There have been calls for Putin to be held accountable for war crimes. Putin doesn’t care about targeting locations sheltering women and children.

Today on Fox News Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham said that there is no off-ramp for Russia. Ukrainians refuse to surrender in their battle to protect their sovereignty. Zelensky will hold online talks today with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Biden, and other leaders from the G7. It is to show unity among Western nations on VE Day marking the 1945 surrender of Nazi Germany.

I will continue to fault Biden for his slow reaction and lack of a show of unequivocal support for Ukrainians and Zelensky as Putin invaded Ukraine. He randomly said a little invasion into Ukraine by Putin would probably be acceptable, which was bad enough. Then he insisted on slow walking sanctions even while he was declaring that sanctions would deter Putin from escalating his war on Ukraine. Biden allowed European countries to take the lead and looked like a fumbling weak old man. Biden’s lack of action emboldened Putin.

Today more explosions are being heard in Odesa. There are reports of a missile attack on a furniture manufacturing company and damage to a nearby apartment building. There are also reports of an attack on the airport today in Odesa. Russians had already bombed the runway there.

Putin will want to make some grand claim of victory in Ukraine during Victory Day celebrations. He plans to address troops in Red Square. The Ukrainian military is warning Moldova that Russian and separatist troops are on full alert. Putin may want to use Moldova to expand his war.

Ukraine’s resistance has been eye-opening, as has the ineffectiveness of Putin’s ability to meet his own expectations of a quick takeover of Ukraine. The war is eleven weeks old with no immediate end in sight. Russian forces are concentrating now on grabbing total control of the Donbas.

The Russia-backed rebels have established a breakaway region in Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk, which together make up the Donbas. Russia has targeted areas still under Ukrainian control.

“All free settlements in the Luhansk region are hot spots,” Haidai said. “Right now, there are shooting battles in (the villages) of Bilohorivka, Voivodivka and towards Popasna.”

Ukrainian troops have succeeded in targeting Snake Island. Russian troops overtook it to secure control of the sea. Putin wants control of the port to landlock Ukraine and deny Ukraine its use. Ukraine will need to take out those Russian troops to hold on to the area.