• 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


Whoopi Goldberg to San Fran archbishop: It’s not up to you to tell Pelosi not to take communion, dude

ALLAHPUNDIT May 23, 2022 4:01 PM ET 

There’s no shame in being ignorant about another person’s religion.

Although maybe there’s a little shame in being this ignorant of Catholicism if one of your best-known roles as an actor was playing a Catholic leading a church choir.

As I say, I can understand ignorance. What I can’t understand is making an assertion like this on national television without double-checking before the show. How did Whoopi arrive at the conclusion that it’s not the place of an archbishop to say whether a local parishioner is entitled to receive communion? And how did she gain such immense confidence in that conclusion that she felt empowered to lecture a Catholic archbishop on Catholic dogma?

Add “Catholicism” below “The Holocaust” on the long list of stuff Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t know a lot about.


This may come as a shock to her, but the Catholic Church is a hierarchy. You don’t set your own rules.

We went through this a year ago when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops began debating whether to exclude Joe Biden from communion due to his pro-choice views. Normally there are two relevant authorities who can decide whether a Catholic should be able to receive communion: One is the Pope, of course, and the other is the bishop of the diocese where that Catholic attends Mass. Biden’s bishop, Wilton Gregory, has said he’ll permit the president to take communion. Pelosi’s bishop feels differently about her.

Bottom line: It *is* up to the bishop to tell her whether or not to take communion, dude.

As for Goldberg’s point about the eucharist being the bread of sinners, of course that’s true. (If parishioners weren’t sinners, there wouldn’t be any need for the Church.) But back when I was Catholic, we were expected to confess our sins before receiving the host so that we’d be in a state of grace when we took the body of Christ. “A bishop or priest may intervene to stop such sacrilegious communions if the nature of the sin itself is public and if the church member shows some level of obstinacy in refusing private correction from the pastor or bishop,” writes Michael Brendan Dougherty of the decision to bar Pelosi. Because she won’t repent of her support for abortion — reportedly she won’t even take the archbishop’s phone calls anymore — she can’t attain that state of grace.

You can understand why all of this is hard to grok for Whoopi. She’s a hardcore “my body, my choice” abortion-rights supporter. When you’re so invested in personal autonomy that you’re willing to support abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, the idea that you might be deprived of a choice about whether to take communion is bound to sit uneasily.

I think the Church is about to run into political trouble because of the Pelosi situation, though, for two reasons. One is that it’s not obvious why there should be different rules for Pelosi and Biden, where one is denied communion while the other continues to receive it purely as a happenstance of geography. Because the Church is a hierarchy with a supreme authority, you would expect a uniform rule for all worshippers. There can’t be a “circuit split” on a matter as basic as whether it’s God’s will that those who support legalizing the killing of children in the womb should receive the body of Christ without repenting. The Pope will keep a low profile on this subject for as long as he can, I assume, but if more American bishops start bringing down the hammer on prominent Democrats, the silence will become deafening.

The other dilemma is that it’s hard to explain why support for legal abortion should be seen by the Church as a sin so uniquely grave that you might be denied communion over it while not being denied communion for supporting other policies that offend Church teachings. “It’s a matter of life and death,” you might say. Right, but so is capital punishment, which the Church opposes. Wars of choice are also a matter of life and death — many, many deaths — yet I don’t recall any Catholic legislators being denied the host for voting for war in Iraq. (Among them: Joe Biden.) Ed tried to explain the distinction last year, pointing to the fact that participating in abortion earns you instant excommunication from the Church according to its catechism whereas there’s no similarly severe sanction for capital punishment or war.

Right. But why? It can’t be a matter of whether the life being taken is innocent. Many innocents are lost in war. And the Church believes that all life is sacred, even the lives of murderers. If the practice of excluding pro-choice Democratic politicians expands, Catholic Democrats will want the Church to explain why voting for legal abortion is a sin grave enough to deny you the host but voting for the death penalty or a foreign invasion isn’t. It happened on “The View” today, in fact, with Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar wondering why Greg Abbott, a Catholic, continues to receive communion despite presiding over dozens of executions in Texas. What’s the answer? What will the bishops say?



May 23, 2022

The Collapse of Trust

By Allan J. Feifer at American Thinker:

Looking at the issues facing our country, there seems to be something pernicious for which we don’t seem to know what to do to correct the downward trajectory that is shaking us to our core.

The issue at play now is that the majority of Americans have lost trust in our ability to govern and also, whether our leaders are even telling us the truth or are we simply being manipulated? Here are a few examples that are emblematic of the breadth and depth of the issues we face:

  • The Supreme Court Leaker: let’s not deal with the leak itself; just the fact that the sanctity of the court was broken. No one seems to want to do anything about it and the likely effect it will have on future deliberations and decisions. Why has this traitor not been outed? I say “traitor” because the individual wants to effectively substitute his/her opinion over that of the Supreme Court. Think about that for a moment. My understanding is that the list of suspects contains about 40 individuals. Three weeks in and the suspect has not been identified. That person must be found and outed. The Supreme Court cannot stand if we, as a country lose faith in the deliberative process, which is foundational to the functioning of our country. That’s really what’s on the line.
  • Baby Formula: The closing of the Abbott facility was a botched job. Everyone knew that 40% of the formula produced in the U.S. came from a single plant. We might forgive the failure of forethought in not diversifying our supply years ago. But the complete breakdown of responsibility by the FDA and the President (through his staff) for not having raised the alarm as week by week the problems grew worse four months before the plant closing is hard to take. There was a heads-up that this might happen back in September of 2021.  It would have been reasonable to commence planning for a shortage of baby formula right then. Hungry babies in America are a new low for our country. But it comes on the heels of one crisis after another.
  • The War in Ukraine: Intelligence experts claim they warned the administration that Russia was going to attack in April of 2021. We rewarded every minor withdrawal or diminishment of tensions with a pat on Putin’s back. Russian strategy was effective in keeping the U.S. and its allies sleeping for too long. Instead of sending lethal weapons in quantity, we sent mostly non-lethal aid to Ukraine before the war’s commencement. Even after Ukraine was brutally attacked in a massive combined-arms invasion, we sent mixed messages to the Russians who believe we lack the resolve to do what it takes to win. This ambiguity is how world wars start. This is a huge breach of trust in how Americans perceive the effectiveness of our leaders.
  • The sky-high cost of energy: Why do we have a shortage of energy and are we being told the truth? The salient question every American should ask is, have they been deceived by the President? Old “circle back” Psaki was asked endlessly why we are producing less energy, even today?  Pre-Pandemic, under Trump, the U.S. was producing a record 13 million barrels of oil per day and we were even exporting it. Production fell 3 million BPD due to slackened demand. Production is now back up to 11.6 BPD but is not accelerating. Why? Could the underlying reason be the simple truth that Biden articulated in 2019 “I want you to look at my eyes. I guarantee you. I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.” Is he just keeping his promise and lying to the rest of us? My take is simple; he wants high prices and cares not about the damage to the American family and its position in the world to support his Green New Deal initiatives.

There are so many basic issues that are similar to those above and just as disheartening: immigration, woke policies, education, COVID, and even setting one race against another. We could go on seemingly endlessly. Is it any wonder we don’t trust our government, its leaders, policies, and even its good intentions any longer?

We have arrived at a point that appears intentional. The utter disregard for breaking the sacred bond between ordinary Americans and their leadership, fealty to the principles and practices of a nation that has stood for good, stood for a better tomorrow, and been that beacon of hope to the entire world is now in doubt.


Apple spent millions to help homeless people it cleared off its property but it wasn’t enough

JOHN SEXTON May 23, 2022 at HotAir: 

Apple spent million to help a tiny handful of homelessness people who’d set up a camp on their property. In the end, despite all of the effort, most of those people have nowhere to go. The story started last September with a lot of praise for the way Apple chose to handle the situation.

Taking an unusual hands-on approach to the homelessness crisis in its backyard, Apple removed dozens of people from a homeless camp on its property this week — putting many of them up in motels and providing counseling and other services on its own dime.

At the tech giant’s behest, outreach workers were relocating the few remaining residents Friday, closing a camp that has grown over the past year into a sprawling maze of RVs, cars, tents and an estimated 200 tons of trash. Each resident was offered a nine-month stay in a motel, plus 12 months of case-management services to help with addiction, mental health, long-term housing plans and more — costing Apple millions of dollars, said Andrea Urton, CEO of nonprofit HomeFirst, which is working with Apple at the site.

While some residents of the camp have been hesitant to trust the company’s overtures, Urton said Apple’s actions are a shining example of what more private companies should do to address the suffering of the estimated 30,000 people living without housing in the five-county Bay Area.

“I think the level of Apple’s involvement is amazing, to be quite frank,” Urton said. “They could just kick these people off, throw away their belongings and displace them. That’s not what they chose to do.”

I don’t think individual companies are responsible for the homeless people who decide to camp on their property without permission any more than I think they are responsible for dealing with people who break into their offices or factories. But in this case, Apple obviously isn’t a mom and pop outfit struggling to keep tents off the sidewalk. As one of the most successful tech companies in the world, they have the resources to do more than the bare minimum. Through some combination of empathy, naiveté and highly-paid PR folks who warned them that sweeping the camps of the homeless could create a backlash, Apple decide to do it right.

As the encampment received more attention, though, Apple announced it would be contracting with HomeFirst, a local nonprofit working with Santa Clara County’s homeless community, to ensure people on the property would have access to housing options and casework resources, essentially clearing out the camp.

Apple is spending millions on the endeavor, though the company hasn’t publicly said just how much the deal is worth. In a statement last month, Apple said it’d “been closely coordinating with local partners for several months to identify housing alternatives and support for families who will be transitioning away” from the encampment, located on Component Drive.

Nine months later, the deadline for the transitional hotel rooms is running out and the majority of the people who were moved out of the camp last year still have no place to go.

Now, that nine-month motel reprieve is set to expire Monday, and while the wealthy tech company’s efforts have helped permanently house eight people, more than three times that many were still awaiting placements days before the deadline…

Last week, as the Monday deadline approached, 25 people still were living in the Casa Linda motel on Monterey Road and awaiting housing. HomeFirst hoped to have everyone placed by the time the motel program ended, Smith said. If that didn’t happen, she said, residents would be offered emergency shelter beds…

Ten people were forced to leave the program early after getting arrested or otherwise breaking the rules.

So if you’re trying to follow the numbers they started with something like 43 people. Over nine months, eight people got some kind of permanent housing, ten people got kicked out for breaking the rules and 25 people stayed in the free motel until the money ran out. Those people will now face an uncertain future. At least one local activist is calling this “Apple’s shame.”

Andrea Urton, CEO of HomeFirst, said Apple played a critical role in getting the motel residents housed or on a path to housing. But activist Shaunn Cartwright slammed the tech company for offering people the stability of a motel room and then taking it away. The motel stay has done wonders for residents’ physical and mental health, she said, and the program should be extended.

“If they end up on the streets, that is entirely Apple’s fault,” she said. “That is Apple’s shame.”

Apple did a lot more than it had to do. It gave these people a free ride and a chance for something else for 9 months. Instead of a thank you, this activist is saying Apple is at fault for not continuing the free ride for these people forever.

The camp that Apple cleared last year was only a few dozen people and they spent millions trying to help them, yet for most of the people involved nothing has really changed. The only option is to keep spending that money (multiplied by thousands to account for the other 28,000 homeless people in the Bay Area) in perpetuity. The need of people who can’t care for themselves because of drugs, alcohol, mental health issues or some combination of all of the above is a bottomless money pit. I’m guessing there are people at Apple who are realizing that now but of course they won’t say anything about it. Doing so would invite the kind of condemnation they were hoping to avoid when they started this effort.

“The Doubling Of Active Shooter Incidents Since 2019…”

MAY 23, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:


The FBI has released a report on “active shooter incidents” in 2021. The report is interesting, in part because it documents a sharp rise in such incidents after Joe Biden’s inauguration:

To be fair, there was also a smaller increase in active shooters in the last year of the Trump administration. What is the cause of the current increase, a doubling of active shooter incidents since 2019? The only possibility that comes to mind is the covid shutdowns, which are known to have contributed to mental health issues. Perhaps the spike in active shooter incidents is one more baleful consequence of those irrational policies.

The good news is that, while incidents are up, casualties from such incidents are not:

Those casualty numbers are striking: in 2021, 103 killed and 140 wounded. In a country of over 300 million, those numbers are very low. For purposes of comparison, lightning strikes cause an average of 270 casualties annually. But, for whatever reason, active shooters, as defined in the FBI report, tend to be disproportionately viewed as a risk.


Here’s the New Left-Wing Theory Parents Are Battling in Schools

Mark Waldeland <m.waldeland@comcast.net>

Mon 5/23/2022

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not the only three-word phrase that has parents concerned; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the latest curriculum headache that education experts warn is permeating the American public school system.

SEL purports to teach students social skills that aid their mental health and emotional wellbeing, yet has been criticized as both a tenet of and a euphemism for CRT, which has become a hot button issue among parents, teachers and politicians concerned about the state of the country’s public schools. Educators are teaching gender ideology and race essentialism under the guise of SEL, education experts told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Playing Games With Our Kids

“It’s a game of semantics,” Jennifer McWilliams, a parental rights education consultant, told TheDCNF, characterizing SEL as an umbrella term used to implement left-wing ideas.

“They’re literally training these children to dismantle our country,” McWilliams said. “Critical Race Theory is the ideology, but Social Emotional Learning is the delivery system of the ideology into our K through 12 schools.”

CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

Jonathan Butcher, the Will Skillman Fellow In Education at The Heritage Foundation, told TheDCNF that SEL injects concepts “very neatly into somewhat ambiguous topics of social interactions and emotional feelings” through “really nice words” that sound innocuous until you realize what they actually mean.

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo echoed this sentiment, explaining to TheDCNF that the language used is often “unobjectionable,” because everyone wants their kids to have good mental health and social skills. But, Rufo said, when you actually look at the materials, SEL uses the same terminology as CRT.

“It’s psychological manipulation of this generation of children to share the same viewpoint as critical race theorists … (and) when it happens to the degree that they are pushing it, our country won’t be able to stand,” McWilliams said.

Government Conditioning of Kids

McWilliams said educators now see it as their job to teach children certain life skills that they no longer believe should be left up to parents and should instead be controlled by the government and the public school system. She argued that the education system is producing a generation of children who will go into the workforce with the belief that the U.S. is oppressive and the only way to change that is to become what is educators call “agent of social change” or more simply, “social justice warriors.”

“It’s not the school’s job to influence their children to make decisions because you cannot account for what’s important to that family … we all have different ideas of what’s appropriate,” she said.

Article sent by Mark Waldeland!