• 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

“We were born American, but in the wrong country.”

JULY 9, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

GUEST POST: GRATITUDE AND AMERICA

I am thrilled to have Emina Melonic contributing to Power Line in my absence. Long time readers and podcast listeners will recall our fondness here for the late Pater Schramm, the Hungarian who fled to America after the failed anti-Soviet revolt of 1956. “Why are we going to America father”?”, he asked at the age of ten. “Because we were born American, but in the wrong country.” That was all Peter needed to know. Emina reminds me a lot of Peter, though we’ve never met. Give her a follow on Twitter, and check out her work for our friends at American Greatness and Splice Today.

Welcome Emina:

This past weekend, my husband and our son attended the annual Independence Day parade in our town. I was heartened when I heard that the parade will indeed take place because the last two years were greatly affected by ridiculous COVID policies. In addition, these are the days of woke lives, so you never know what to expect at any event. Questions arise: will the parade consist of a bunch of leftist nonsense? Will there be any sign that we still live in America, and that we are remembering the birth of this great nation? Will I just get more frustrated and shouldn’t have left the house in the first place?

Ideologues like to ruin everything, especially joy and fun, and my fears were not unfounded. But I breathed a sigh of great relief. Our town accomplished a difficult task of having the community come together and celebrate this important occasion. It was beautiful and yes, most definitely, appropriately American. I suppose most American holidays end up being excuses for a barbecue, and in Jerry Seinfeld’s words, “not that there’s anything wrong with that!” But of course, every intelligent person knows that there is more to it.

I know many Americans like to say they are “proud to be an American,” but I tend to avoid the phrase. Pride, even when well intended, tends to lead into a self-centered loop that doesn’t allow for much reflection, and often results in unnecessary and overbearing sentimentalism. Maybe it’s my Slavic, or to be more precise, Bosnian background that is often suspicious of sentimental statements but that doesn’t make me a pessimist, just an optimistic realist.

Perhaps it’s because of what I’ve endured in my life as a teenager during the Bosnian war of the 1990s, nearly four years in a refugee camp in Czech Republic, and finally an immigration to America that makes me eschew any notion of pride. Life is incredibly fragile, and I’ve seen these breaking points throughout my life, be it during the war during which I saw family and friends get killed, or extremely difficult years as a refugee, or the experience of pure alienation in my first years as an immigrant in America.

I became an American citizen in 2003, and was happy to lead my fellow immigrants into the Pledge of Allegiance. It was an important moment for me, one filled with awe and seriousness about the responsibility as an American citizen. Both then and now, it wasn’t pride that came to my mind but gratitude. Gratitude to have made it this far, gratitude to have survived, gratitude for the glimpses of beauty and goodness that I have witnessed and continue to witness in the midst of darkness.

As I stood with my husband and our son on the sidewalk, watching the parade, I couldn’t help but cry when I saw the veterans (both old and young) carrying American flags. I tried to hold back the tears, like any person in public might, but I couldn’t. The joy was mixed with sadness, mainly because I couldn’t help but look at the past with the lens of the present chaos. What have these men fought for? What are the people marching for? An idea? A reality? Is the very notion of America slipping away?

It certainly looks like that, doesn’t it? It seems that chaos reigns supreme. To be sure, there are daily events which would indicate that the entire world is falling apart, but to assume that this is the only event that is happening or dominating our society is foolish. It assumes that the destruction is inevitable, and thus embraces defeat, including no space for creation, especially in our minds.

What can we be grateful for? That is a question that each American has to answer for him or herself because it’s mostly individual and private. But there is something about it that moves beyond the individual aspect and affects the community at large. “Gratitude is always in one’s power,” wrote John Adams to his wife, Abigail. It is with this power that we are able to remain steady in the midst of chaos, and it is with this power that we are able to continuously reject despair in dark times.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!

Wisconsin Supreme Court Drops Hammer On 2020 Election Shenanigans: ‘Ballot Drop Boxes Are Illegal’ Under Wisconsin Law

BY: SHAWN FLEETWOOD at the Federalist:

JULY 08, 2022

A drop box for mail-in and absentee ballots

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that deems unmanned absentee ballot drop boxes illegal under Wisconsin election law.

“An absentee ballot must be returned by mail or the voter must personally deliver it to the municipal clerk at the clerk’s office or a designated alternate site,” the high court said in the 4-3 decision. “The record evidence [the Wisconsin Elections Commission] cited does not support its argument that ballot drop boxes have been in common and longstanding use in this state.”

The Friday ruling from Wisconsin’s highest court came as a result of a lawsuit filed in May by the Thomas More Society on behalf of state voters, who took legal action against the cities of Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine for their illegal use of unmanned drop boxes during the 2020 election cycle.

As The Federalist previously reported, the lawsuits came “after the Wisconsin Elections Commission refused … to launch investigations into the five cities for their use of unmanned drop boxes, despite a January ruling from a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge saying that such drop boxes and ballot harvesting ‘violate state law and cannot be used in the upcoming midterm elections.’”

“This decision reveals just the tip of the iceberg of Wisconsin’s election integrity problems,” said Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal in a statement. “And the worst of it [i]s that it was all coordinated with the blessing of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.”

Beyond the court ruling, Thomas More Society attorneys also charge “that an illegal agreement existed between the Center for Tech and Civic Life [CTCL] and Wisconsin’s five largest cities to pay for and use the legally unauthorized absentee ballot drop boxes in the November 2020 election.” A nonprofit organization funded by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CTCL played an instrumental role in altering state and local election processes in the lead-up to the 2020 election, with Zuckerberg and his wife donating upwards of $400 million to the group.

Analyses on the use of “Zuckbucks” in 2020 have found that CTCL’s funding was heavily skewed towards states’ Democratic regions, making it effectively a partisan get-out-the-vote operation for the left. According to figures from the Capital Research Center, for instance, Wisconsin received approximately $10.1 million during the 2020 election cycle, with “9 of CTCL’s 10 largest per capita grants” going to cities won by Joe Biden.

As noted by the Thomas More Society, “Under the Center for Tech and Civic Life’s ‘Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan’ dated June 15, 2020, the Zuckerberg funded organization transferred $216,500 for absentee ballot drop boxes to be used in the five cities,” with the “agreement signed by the center and the mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha, clearly stat[ing] the intentions to purchase the legally unauthorized unmanned drop boxes.”

“Obviously, the Center for Tech and Civic Life, the Wisconsin Elections Commission, and the Wisconsin 5 mayors were in cahoots to purchase and use the illegal drop boxes in the November 2020 election,” added Kaardal. “Now, all the Wisconsin state courts need to do to clean up Wisconsin elections is to follow the money associated with the privately financed legally unauthorized drop boxes.”

As of June 2022, more than 20 states have passed laws to ban or restrict public officials’ use of private funds when conducting elections.


Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. 

Uncle Sam’s “Lord” Biden TOO SENILE TO REMEMBER THE RUSSIAN WORLD!?

Two senators visit Zelensky; deliver copy of proposal to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

KAREN TOWNSEND Jul 09, 2022 at HotAir: 

Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP

It seems like a logical thing to do. It seems like it is a formal declaration that is long overdue. Two senators have written a proposal to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. The proposal isn’t a law yet but Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) think that when it comes to the floor of the Senate for a vote, it will be approved unanimously.

Ukrainian President Zelensky accepted a copy of the proposal from the two senators in Kyiv. Theirs is believed to be the first bipartisan congressional delegation to travel to Kyiv since the war began. “Bicameral and bipartisan support is really important for Ukraine. We feel it, we feel this unity,” Zelensky said, according to a readout from his office. He asked the senators for air defense systems. Zelensky pointed out the need for security support so that women and children can return to Ukraine by September 1 and children can go back to school.

The President informed the representatives of the United States Senate about the situation on the front, which is certainly difficult, yet controlled, and about the existing plans the implementation of which directly depends on the further intensity of security support for Ukraine from international partners.

During the meeting, the President separately emphasized the importance of creating the necessary security conditions that would make the educational process possible in educational institutions.

“The number one task for us today is for women with children to be able to return to Ukraine by September 1, so that children can go to school, so that students do not leave and can go to universities. It is very important for us to do two things – to repair schools, universities, and also to have a powerful air defense,” he said.

In this regard, Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on senators to back the decision on providing Ukraine with modern air defense systems.

“First of all, we appeal to you so that the Congress supports Ukraine in the matter of supplying modern air defense systems. We must ensure such a level of sky security that our people are not afraid to live in Ukraine,” said the Head of State.

During the meeting, the parties separately touched upon the issue of increasing sanctions pressure on the aggressor state. Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal informed Volodymyr Zelenskyy about the work they are carrying out in the Senate with the aim of recognizing the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The President thanked the senators for this important activity and emphasized Ukraine’s readiness for further close coordination of activities with partners on the sanctions track.

It isn’t surprising that Zelensky asked for air defense systems. His consistent request since Putin invaded Ukraine has been for military equipment. He never asked for troops on the ground but for the equipment to fight the Russian forces. He probably had a willing partner in Senator Graham, as he is a hawkish politician.

Blumenthal cited photos he saw of suspected atrocities by Russian forces in the Kyiv satellite town of Bucha in March as evidence that Russia deserved the designation. Ukrainian and international prosecutors are investigating who is responsible.

“If that isn’t terrorism, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Graham voiced support for a Ukrainian victory in turning back Russian forces if they receive the right weapons from the United States. Meanwhile, Putin is threatening the West while still claiming to be open to peace talks (!).

Graham emphasized the need for urgency in weapons shipments, echoing Ukrainian officials’ calls for expedited deliveries as they try to hold parts of the eastern Donbas region coveted by Moscow.

“We have a chance here in the next 60 days … the decisions we make can turn the tide of this war in favor of Ukraine,” Graham said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had barely got started in Ukraine and dared the West to try to defeat it on the battlefield, while insisting that Moscow was still open to the idea of peace talks.

If the resolution passes in the Senate and eventually becomes law, the economic implications for Russia are severe. The same goes for countries engaging with Russia. So far, Russia hasn’t suffered the economic costs the Biden administration promised from sanctions and other actions to shut down financial transactions with the Russian government.

“The impacts would be quite severe,” said Jason M. Blazakis, professor of practice at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, in an interview. “It would likely expand the types of materiel that could not go to Russia. Dual-export restrictions are a key aspect of the SST [State Sponsor of Terrorism] regime.

“Second, and perhaps even more important, adding Russia to the State Sponsor of Terrorism regime would have implications for every government that continues to engage in any exchange, especially defense-related, with Russia. The SST listing would have secondary effects for countries engaged in such exchanges and they would become a target of secondary sections unless the President issued a waiver to exempt the activity.”

Kyiv has been a popular destination for congressional delegations. Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi were recent visitors (separately) and last week Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Zelensky in Kyiv. Risch also toured some war-torn spots on the outskirts of Kyiv.

“What explains the disappearing American?”

The Disappearing American?

There are historical downsides—economic, cultural, social, and military—to nations that shun child-raising.

By Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness:

July 6, 2022

“Help wanted” and “Now hiring” signs are everywhere. Flights, construction projects, and healthcare services are delayed—or unavailable—due to labor shortages.

Hourly and monthly wages spiral. There is a growing disequilibrium between the number of available jobs and the declining pool of workers needed to fill them. 

What is going on?

During the nearly two-year-long COVID shutdown and economic downturn, firms cut costs by laying off millions of employees. 

As a result, some in their early- or mid-60s simply retired early and never came back to work.

Federal and state governments also vastly expanded financial support to the unemployed. Other workers figured they would not make all that much more by working and so are staying home on government checks.

Still other former full-time employees became used to the new, more leisurely lifestyle and are loath to return to a full 40-hour work week.

Employers also are now convinced that a hard recession is on the early 2023 horizon when the trillions of dollars of newly printed money run out.  Many are willing to put up with worker shortages now, rather than hire too many employees only to have them idle when consumer demand soon crashes.

Still other workers fear yet another COVID pandemic and are not eager to return to daily contact with the public.

The government has no idea how Americans remain sick with the mysterious “long COVID” chronic aftermath of the infectious phase of the disease.

Well over 100 million Americans have likely had COVID. An estimated 10-30 percent do not recover for months—or even years.

So, millions of COVID long haulers remain either unable to work or can only work part-time. 

Yet no one yet has fully calibrated the effect of newly disabled millions on the American economy.

Add up all these dark clouds and America is experiencing a perfect storm, in which only 61 percent of the able workforce is currently officially employed.

Unfortunately, there are also even longer-term, structural labor problems for the U.S. economy that make it unlikely a new larger generation of workers will soon surge into the labor force. And for now, Silicon Valley has not produced its long promised artificially intelligent robots that would allow machines to do much of the work of people.

True, there are more potential parents than ever before. And the American population has soared to over 330 million.

But our population is radically leveling off. 

In just 14 years the fertility rate has crashed from 2.12 to 1.64—meaning that both citizens and resident aliens in America are not replacing themselves.

While past demographic momentum has led to an all-time population high, the United States has already peaked demographically. And it will soon shrink and further age.

Thirty years ago, America had 80 million fewer people, but a quarter-million more annual births.

What explains the disappearing American?

Historically, as Westernized cultures become more affluent and leisured, whether it’s ancient Rome or modern America and Europe, they birth fewer children—even as their appetites for more household and personal help spike.

Life apparently is seen as too enjoyable to invest years in raising children. Americans are certainly marrying later. They are having fewer children—and in their 30s rather than 20s.

Women now make up nearly 60 percent of undergraduate college students. Female professional careers and delaying or avoiding birth are seen as essential to future family incomes.

Given that men who pass on college now account for 70 percent of enrollment declines in undergraduate education, there are far too few college-educated males for the new majority cohort of college-educated women.

The real gender crisis in America are these listless and stalled 20-something men. Too many are still living at home, not fully employed, often in debt, hooked on social media, video games, or satisfying their appetites—and with scant interest in marrying, much less raising children.

Figures on annual abortions remain hotly disputed. But the number of annual reported abortions still ranges between somewhere from more than 600,000 to just under 900,000.

There may be almost 20 abortions for every 100 American pregnancies—or one in five pregnancies that are terminated.

Our popular culture reflects this multifarious growing reluctance to raise children. And currently only 65 percent of children grow up in families with both parents.

The 2012 Obamacare ad, “The Life of Julia,” fixated on the new ideal American woman: a single parent of one child, unmarried, and utterly reliant on nearly 65 years of government support.

The 2013 follow-up bookend ad fetishized “Pajama Boy.” He was supposed to be a typical prolonged-adolescent, man-child—sitting at home in his child-like footie pajamas, sipping hot chocolate.

“Pajama Boy” was likely the sort that “Julia” had no intention of marrying. 

There are historical downsides—economic, cultural, social, and military—to nations that shun child-raising.

They shrink in size, age, no longer believe in transcendence, become mostly agnostic or atheistic, and obsess on the self.

And sometimes they eventually become dysfunctional—and slowly disappear.

What a worthless partner this Biden is! 

July 8, 2022

Two huge events shake America’s top allies, and Sleepy Joe botches the responses to both

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

Joe Biden, the man “elected” to the presidency because of his supposed foreign policy chops, is out to lunch as two huge events shake America’s top allies east and west.

Start with Japan, where the shocking assassination of a former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has occurred in a nation where this kind of activity is not normal.

According to Reuters:

NARA, Japan, July 8 (Reuters) — Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, died on Friday hours after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election, shocking a country in which political violence is rare and guns are tightly controlled.

The shooter opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind as the former premier addressed members of the public on a drab traffic island in the western city of Nara. Japanese media reported that the weapon appeared to be a homemade gun.

Something like this, done by some kind of local freak who made his own gun, is bound to shake Japan, which has always been an open society for politicians to reach out to the voters through street campaigning.  It wasn’t just an attack on a former politician who made a big impact on Japan’s economy and global standing in the world, getting Japan’s military out there as an important check on China, it was an attack on Japan’s tranquil way of life.  Yes, Japan will be shaken by this.

Nation after nation poured in with tributes: 

Joe’s reaction? 

Well, nothing.  Nobody home at the White House.

BREAKING UPDATE: Despite BOTH Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence issuing statements on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Assassination, neither Joe Biden or Kamala Harris have provided any statement in any form.

No words of support for Japan or comforting words from the states about the value and permanent legacy of Abe’s achievements globally or friendship with the U.S. as its prime minister. The Bidenite clowns in the White House, with all its looney ignorant interns, probably don’t know where Japan is on a map. As for Joe, well, he’s Sleepy Joe and so far doesn’t have anything to say, either. World leader after world leader have spoken out, just not Japan’s supposed top ally, at least not yet. Don’t think the Japanese won’t notice.

Update: Joe has finally come out with a canned statement, using the occasion of Abe’s death, to shill against gun violence, as if Japan were just an oversized Chicago. Once again, highly inappropriate — Japan has gun control and it’s not a matter of “too many guns” on the streets of Nara. It’s a freak who makes his own gun, which renders the gun control argument irrelevant and certainly is insulting to the occasion in Japan. Twitchy has the scoop on the statement here.

Meanwhile, over in Great Britain, a prime minister was thrown out after less than three years in office, over a series of petty scandals.  Yes, he seems to have brought this on himself through his reckless behavior, but it’s still a sad story.  Britain, after all, is America’s top ally, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson worked closely and cordially with senile old Joe through his short tenure in office.  He was the first to recognize Joe’s presidency and congratulate the old dotard back before the ballots were even counted.

Joe’s response, according to the New York Post, was this:

President Biden gave departing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the cold shoulder in an initial statement reacting to Johnson resigning his position Thursday — failing to even mention the outgoing leader’s name. 

“The United Kingdom and the United States are the closest of friends and Allies, and the special relationship between our people remains strong and enduring,” Biden said in the statement, obtained by CBS News

“I look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the government of the United Kingdom, as well as our Allies and partners around the world, on a range of important priorities,” the president continued. “That includes maintaining a strong and united approach to supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s brutal war on their democracy, and holding Russia accountable for its actions.” 

What a canned message that sends to Britain as well as to any politically allied leader whose political fortunes go south.  The Post lists a litany of presidential responses to Britain’s outgoing prime ministers, some of whom were thrown out for various reasons, all of which express affection and kindness and gratitude for the leader-to-leader connections and joint activities done and made.  It costs nothing for any U.S. president to do this, and it’s done to keep ties warm and continuous, to show that one is not a political inside player inside a country’s politics, but a willing partner of the nation no matter who leads it.  Expressing kind words to an outgoing leader with whom one has worked is simply the decent thing to do.

But don’t expect that of old Joe, who owes Johnson a lot politically for his support.  Boris gets nothing, not even a name mention, despite bending over backwards to be a good ally to the U.S.  Brits of all political stripes are likely to notice this, too, same as the Japanese will notice.

What a worthless partner this Biden is — no foreign policy chops whatsoever, and this was Mr. Foreign Policy President touted by the media.

Well, he’s not — he’s very likely to annoy our top allies at a time when both are sorely needed.  Was that necessary?  Was that classy? 

No words of support for Japan or comforting words from the states about the value and permanent legacy of Abe’s achievements globally or friendship with the U.S. as its prime minister. The Bidenite clowns in the White House, with all its looney ignorant interns, probably don’t know where Japan is on a map. As for Joe, well, he’s Sleepy Joe and so far doesn’t have anything to say, either. World leader after world leader have spoken out, just not Japan’s supposed top ally, at least not yet. Don’t think the Japanese won’t notice.

Update: Joe has finally come out with a canned statement, using the occasion of Abe’s death, to shill against gun violence, as if Japan were just an oversized Chicago. Once again, highly inappropriate — Japan has gun control and it’s not a matter of “too many guns” on the streets of Nara. It’s a freak who makes his own gun, which renders the gun control argument irrelevant and certainly is insulting to the occasion in Japan. Twitchy has the scoop on the statement here.

Meanwhile, over in Great Britain, a prime minister was thrown out after less than three years in office, over a series of petty scandals.  Yes, he seems to have brought this on himself through his reckless behavior, but it’s still a sad story.  Britain, after all, is America’s top ally, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson worked closely and cordially with senile old Joe through his short tenure in office.  He was the first to recognize Joe’s presidency and congratulate the old dotard back before the ballots were even counted.

Joe’s response, according to the New York Post, was this:

President Biden gave departing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the cold shoulder in an initial statement reacting to Johnson resigning his position Thursday — failing to even mention the outgoing leader’s name. 

“The United Kingdom and the United States are the closest of friends and Allies, and the special relationship between our people remains strong and enduring,” Biden said in the statement, obtained by CBS News

“I look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the government of the United Kingdom, as well as our Allies and partners around the world, on a range of important priorities,” the president continued. “That includes maintaining a strong and united approach to supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s brutal war on their democracy, and holding Russia accountable for its actions.” 

What a canned message that sends to Britain as well as to any politically allied leader whose political fortunes go south.  The Post lists a litany of presidential responses to Britain’s outgoing prime ministers, some of whom were thrown out for various reasons, all of which express affection and kindness and gratitude for the leader-to-leader connections and joint activities done and made.  It costs nothing for any U.S. president to do this, and it’s done to keep ties warm and continuous, to show that one is not a political inside player inside a country’s politics, but a willing partner of the nation no matter who leads it.  Expressing kind words to an outgoing leader with whom one has worked is simply the decent thing to do.

But don’t expect that of old Joe, who owes Johnson a lot politically for his support.  Boris gets nothing, not even a name mention, despite bending over backwards to be a good ally to the U.S.  Brits of all political stripes are likely to notice this, too, same as the Japanese will notice.

What a worthless partner this Biden is — no foreign policy chops whatsoever, and this was Mr. Foreign Policy President touted by the media.

Well, he’s not — he’s very likely to annoy our top allies at a time when both are sorely needed.  Was that necessary?  Was that classy?  Joe doesn’t have a clue. 

Today’s THOROUGHLY CORRUPT DEM AMERICA IS WHAT IT EARNED FROM ITS CORRUPT 2022 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!

JULY 8, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN ELECTION LAWVOTER FRAUD

ELECTION INTEGRITY IN WISCONSIN

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, President Trump and his allies brought numerous lawsuits, seeking to overturn the reported result in various states. Those efforts all failed, not necessarily because the cases’ arguments were not meritorious, and certainly not because voter fraud didn’t occur, but because there was no time to litigate the necessary factual issues between the election and Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Wisconsin is a case in point. Uniquely for the 2020 election, Wisconsin adopted a system in which untended boxes were set up where anyone could drop an absentee ballot, filled out by himself or by someone else. This unprecedented measure, which obviously made it easier to commit fraud, was justified by reference to the dreaded covid epidemic.

But were these untended and anonymous drop boxes legal under Wisconsin law? Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit questioned them, but it failed because one conservative justice voted with three Democrats to dismiss the case on the ground that by December, it was too late to rule on the legality of the ballots that were cast in November.

Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided Teigen v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, revisiting the legality of the untended drop boxes. On a 4-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the untended absentee ballot drop boxes were illegal under Wisconsin law.

I won’t analyze the opinion in detail; you can read it for yourself. I think the majority has much the better of the argument over statutory interpretation. The three-Democrat minority opinion is long on hysteria and short on statutory analysis.

But that isn’t the point. The point is that the failure of Trump’s many post-2020 lawsuits says little about their ultimate merits. Election integrity is a serious problem, and it was compromised in many states in 2020. In my own state, Minnesota, and a number of others, a corrupt Secretary of State (here, Steve Simon) “settled” collusive litigation brought by the Democratic Party by agreeing to dispense with the requirement of a witness signature on mail-in ballots. The Secretary of State had no constitutional authority to do away with the principal safeguard, under Minnesota’s election laws, against fraud in mail-in ballots. But he did it anyway.

This kind of corruption was seen in state after state. In Philadelphia and Detroit, Democrats locked Republicans out of the buildings where ballot counting was going on. Do you think they did that because they were qualifying and counting the ballots honestly?

The lesson of 2020 is twofold: election integrity is a serious problem, and it is one that can be addressed only before the election. Once illegal ballots have been cast, it is too late. There is no way to know how many illegal ballots were dropped into Wisconsin’s untended ballot boxes, or how many illegal mail-in votes were cast in Minnesota without the required witness signature. Nor is there any way to know for whom those ballots were cast. Once the votes are counted, the egg can’t be unscrambled. And courts, in any event, are not going to undertake the task of sorting out who *really* won a presidential election.

We have from now until November to try to make sure that the midterm election is conducted as honestly as possible, and from now until November 2024 to see that the next presidential election is conducted as honestly as possible. Neither will be perfect–our elections have never been perfect, and the Democratic Party is determined to cheat–but today’s decision out of Wisconsin is a reminder of how important the fight for election integrity is.

“The biggest breach in Supreme Court security in history!”

July 8, 2022

Will we ever know the identity of the Supreme Court leaker?

By Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:

There is growing concern that we may never learn the identity of the person who for the first time in history leaked a draft of a pending decision.  It’s been nine and a half weeks since the draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health was published by Politico on May 2.  Although this is the biggest breach in Supreme Court security in history, we have had no indication that the culprit has been identified.  This is strange, given the very small pool — fewer than 100 clerks, justices, and support staff — of suspects who could have had access to the very secret draft opinion, one that turned out to be very close to the decision finally handed down by the Court.

The agency in charge of Supreme Court leak investigation is the Supreme Court Marshals, which is not an investigative agency, but which provides security for the justices while in Washington, D.C. and handles many administrative functions for the Court, including contracts administration, printing documents, paying salaries, and compensating expenses for maintaining buildings and grounds.  The total number of staff is 260, including the small Supreme Court Police force that provides security at the Supreme Court Building.  It is headed by Col. Gail Curley, a career Army lawyer who has held the title of U.S. attorney.

Given the magnitude of the breach of Court security, threatening the future integrity of its functioning if leaks become commonplace, it is hard to understand why nothing has been revealed yet to the public about apprehending the miscreant or miscreants.  Polygraph tests should have been administered to all who had access to the draft document, the phone records of those with signs of concern should have been subpoenaed, and thorough interrogations conducted of all potential suspects.

Since the Supreme Court Marshals do not have investigative staff experienced in these matters, it is probably necessary to hire outside experts to conduct this work.  As a separate branch of government, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts may be reluctant to bring in Executive Branch personnel from the FBI (which is now highly politicized) or U.S. Marshals Service.  But there are numerous private security contractors who already perform sensitive work for the federal government, and which could lend staff and expertise to the investigation.

Now, it may be that the wheels are grinding slowly but very fine, and that we will have a conclusive result in the reasonable future.  But I am worried that, with the media not pressing for results, this investigation may go nowhere, and that for years to come, we will not know who leaked the draft.

What if the leaker turns out to be one of the justices?  Would Chief Justice Roberts allow such a finding to be known?  He expresses grave concern over the standing of the Court (and the entire federal Judiciary) with the public.  Would he be willing to ignite a firestorm that would surely follow if a justice were found to be behind the leak?  My guess is that he would not.  Inevitably, there would be calls for impeachment, and depending on the ideological affiliation of the justice, different political factions would be pressing for impeachment and conviction.  The potential for dirty laundry airing is considerable, and Chief Justice Roberts would abhor that.

At a minimum, I would like to see a report from the Supreme Court Marshals on what steps they have taken so far, and what further measures they plan on taking.  The public deserves to know that this is not a cover-up.

“Criminals must actually be punished!!!”

July 8, 2022

On This Important Metric, America Is a Failure

By Jeffrey Folks at American Thinker:

Recently, a Connecticut teen, reportedly a gang member with an extensive rap sheet, was arrested in connection with 18 shootings.  For years this young man has been out on the streets, committing crimes, getting arrested, and repeatedly being released.  It’s time to crack down on crime, but in many leftist districts, politicians and prosecutors are having none of it.

There is an abnormal amount of crime in the U.S., though progressives continue to deny it.  The most convincing proof is the murder rate: there are 2.6 as many homicides in the U.S. as in Canada (2019 figures), five times as many as in Germany, more than sixteen times more than in Japan.  Violent crime in the U.S. is very real, and it is out of control.

Politicians like Biden and Harris talk about bail reform, over-representation of minorities in prison, and “root causes” of everything.  But the plain truth is that there are violent criminals out there who are entirely lacking in conscience and feeling.  The only solution is to apprehend these criminals and send them to prison for a long time — and to make prison a place where they will not want to return after they are released.

Prison conditions should be harsh, not the country club of decent meals, clean cells, elective health care, and cable TV enjoyed by most prisoners today.  There is nothing “cruel and unusual” about providing spartan, unappealing conditions for those who prey on society and make life intolerable for many innocent persons.

This is the approach of the Japanese prison system, in which inmates are assigned simple cells with tatami mats for sleeping and sitting during the day and in which simple meals consist of rice, barley, fish, and vegetables — healthy fare, but no picnic.  Prisoners are responsible for cleaning, cooking, and maintaining the premises.

According to one authority, Japanese prisons “are known to be very strict, in order to rehabilitate inmates and ensure they never commit a crime again.”  These conditions include being allowed to speak only during “free time,” which is limited, and only in quiet voices.  “Entertainment” consists of an hour or so of simple radio or TV, but work takes up most of the day.

Apparently, this strict prison system works.  The 2019 figures show only 48,400 prisoners in a country with a population of 120 million, and the recidivism rate is estimated at approximately 50%.  U.S. prisons contain a total of 2.4 million, with recidivism running as high as 85%, depending on the state.  Given the reputation of prisons in Japan as places of true punishment, few Japanese commit crimes to begin with, and those who do spend time in a Japanese prison do not want to return.  

The upshot of the Japanese justice system is that innocent citizens are spared the harm of violent crime.  In 2018, there were only 334 murders in all of Japan, a country with 128 million people.  In the U.S., there were 16,214.

Japan enjoys a low crime rate in part because of its vigilant policing, strict prosecutors (with a 99% conviction rate), and spartan prison conditions.  Crimes are truly punished, and as a result, there are low crime rates.  Something is terribly wrong with the American justice system, and progressives’ support of even greater leniency is making matters worse.

One shouldn’t have to say it, but prison should be a place of punishment.  Yet, according to one source, prison meals aren’t that bad.  “Typical lunch for prison may include pasta, vegetable salad, ham or sausage and loaf of bread.  Half a cup of vegetables, or a serving of fruit such as apple or banana, is served with it.”  Better than what many on the outside are eating.  

Another inmate who blogs describes her New York prison as containing “a library, beauty shop  … a medical wing, a rec yard and a gym.”  While most inmates work, “[n]ot all inmates worked full time jobs.  Some would go to G.E.D class, or take a break for classes like thinking errors, parenting and anger management.”  Thinking errors?!  I imagine so, but I don’t think a class on “thinking errors” will deter a hardened criminal from future crimes.

I am not suggesting cruelty or neglect or lack of medical attention, but there is nothing wrong with depriving criminals of the comforts that most of us on the outside take for granted.

At present, a misguided incarceration policy attempts to rehabilitate repeat offenders by giving them a pleasant stay in comfortable surroundings, complete with counseling, job training, and even university courses.  That effort is failing, with 83% of prisoners arrested within nine years of their release, and that’s only counting those who do get arrested.  Since there is a high likelihood that prisoners will continue to commit crimes after their release, the obvious solution, especially for violent criminals, is to keep them off the streets for a long time.          

The first obligation of government is to protect its citizens, whether from foreign attack or internal violence.  At present, the Biden administration is doing neither, and leftists at the state and local levels are doing just as badly.  It’s time for some new thinking on crime.

First is to affirm that anyone who commits a serious crime must serve time without the likelihood of early release.

Second is that criminals must actually be punished.  Sitting in a comfortable cell with three meals a day and unlimited recreation is not punishment.

And when they have completed their full sentence and are released, criminals should know that the commission of another crime will lead to a much longer sentence.

New thinking on crime will result in less crime, and crime reduction should be the first purpose of domestic policy.  Every crime involves at least one victim, and today’s criminals are running wild.  Gangs enter exclusive stores and haul off bag-loads of goods.  California has decriminalized theft of less than $900, so stores are closing down to avoid being wiped out.  And this kind of burglary often involves assault of store personnel.

Worse yet are carjackings, home invasions, and senseless murders of innocent bystanders.  Police are spread thin, especially in large districts such as Los Angeles County, and the national “clearance rate” of murders has fallen below 50% (2020 figures).  So even if one commits a serious crime, there is little chance of a long prison sentence.  Only 18% of property crimes are solved, with low conviction rates and light sentences, if any.  Half of Americans will see their homes burglarized at some point.

This is not the “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” promised by our Founders.  Citizens have an absolute right to live free of crime, but progressive government is not delivering on this promise.

Crime of all sorts is mounting, and weak liberal policies are the cause of it.  We need more funding for police, prosecutors who actually prosecute, and prisons that actually punish.  And though it should not be necessary to say it, those who are convicted of serious crimes should serve long sentences in prisons to which they do not wish to return. 

Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books and articles on American culture including Heartland of the Imagination (2011).