• 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

Senator Sleaze, Champion From West Virginia!

Oops: Manchin’s new version of BBB designed to reduce inflation might … increase inflation, study says

ALLAHPUNDIT Jul 29, 2022 at HotAir: 

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

C’mon, Joe. Yank the BBB football away from lefties one last time before the midterms. It would be hilarious.

And you now have economic cover to do so.

The “Inflation Reduction Act,” the official name of the Frankenstein version of Build Back Better that Manchin announced a few days ago, might reduce inflation — but only long-term, according to a new Penn Wharton study. Not until after the election.

The 2024 election, that is. Not the midterms.

Until then, the bill could make life slightly *more* expensive, not less.

If that’s not enough to convince Manchin to walk, it’s gotta be enough for soon-to-be Republican Kyrsten Sinema.

Majority party leaders have coined the revamped bill the “Inflation Reduction Act,” aiming to lower prices by reducing the cost of prescription drugs and tweaking tax mandates, as well as creating perks to push Americans and U.S. businesses to make “clean” choices to help fight climate change.

But the new budget modeling predicts the package Democrats are trying to pass along party lines “would very slightly increase inflation until 2024 and decrease inflation thereafter.”

Define ‘slightly’: The inflation impact would be incredibly minor and “statistically indistinguishable from zero,” the report says. So the budget analysts have “low confidence” that the package will have any impact on prices at all.

So the worst-case scenario is that the so-called Inflation Reduction Act will increase inflation a hair, by 0.05 percent. And the likely scenario is that it won’t reduce inflation at all.

That sounds like a winner to me.

Inflation isn’t the only way in which the new bill is deceptive. Manchin and Schumer have touted the fact that it will reduce the deficit by $248 billion over 10 years thanks to the new tax revenue generated by the bill. An average of $24 billion in savings per year is a pittance relative to the size of the federal budget, but it turns out even that figure is grossly overstated. That’s because the bill funds subsidies for ObamaCare health insurance plans only for the next three years instead of 10. Penn Wharton’s analysis notes that if those subsidies are extended for the decade — as they eventually will be by the next several Congresses — then the bill will reduce the deficit by just $89 billion overall or $8.9 billion per year.

To put that in perspective, the average monthly deficit so far this fiscal year is around $53 billion.

Manchin will be on all five Sunday shows this weekend and will doubtless be pressed about this, particularly since Penn Wharton is apparently his budget analyst of choice when making fiscal decisions. I wonder what he thinks about their determination that the bill will have no impact on GDP over the next decade and will boost it by just 0.2 percent over a 30-year timeline. If the bill’s not growing the economy, not reducing the deficit meaningfully, and not bringing down inflation, what’s the point? Was he just super-eager to pass some climate-change measures after all, the endless whining by progressives to the contrary notwithstanding?

Or is he destined to yank the football away again once he digests all of this?

Or — third option — is Sinema going to yank it away? According to the WSJ, despite being looped in on Democratic BBB negotiations for the past 18 months, she was blindsided by the announcement on Wednesday that Schumer and Manchin had reached a deal. The fact that the two didn’t consult with her in coming to terms amounts to a dare — namely, they’re daring her to block a bill she might not like knowing that the entirety of the Democratic Party, including Joe Manchin this time, is behind it. The bill even contains a provision at Manchin’s insistence that Sinema is known to oppose, raising taxes on carried interest. “People that have benefited from carried interest for years and years and years knew that they had a good run. It was long overdue to get rid of and you couldn’t justify it any more,” Manchin said in defense of the tax hike.

He and Schumer are playing chicken with her, believing that she’ll cave and say yes on a vote that will end her career if she goes the other way on it. And they’re not wasting time either, pushing ahead next week on procedural votes to start moving the bill in hopes of passing it before the August recess. Sinema is facing the most pressure on this vote that she’s ever likely to face as a national politician. If she blows it up, the left will hate her more than they do Trump.

Speaking of bills tanking unexpectedly in the Senate, I’ll leave you with Susan Collins’s comments yesterday about the prospects for passing the House’s gay marriage bill. Democrats seemed to be on track to getting 10 Republican votes but Manchin’s BBB deception may lead some GOPers to say no out of spite — which would be irresponsible and even self-sabotaging given how popular gay marriage is nationally. “I just think the timing could not have been worse and it came totally out of the blue,” she said of Manchin’s announcement. “After we just had worked together successfully on gun safety legislation, on the CHIPs bill, it was a very unfortunate move that destroys the many bipartisan efforts that are under way.”

“Biden’s administration is the most inept, counterproductive, outright laughable in post-World War II American history!”

July 29, 2022

Biden’s Cabinet: Let us Count the Ways

By Steve Feinstein at American Thinker:

That “President” Biden’s administration is the most inept, counterproductive, outright laughable in post-World War II American history is beyond question. One hardly needs to list out all the failures, missed goals and broken promises that we’ve suffered through in the last two years.  From generationally high inflation to skyrocketing energy prices to product shortages to rampant illegal immigration, Biden’s pathetic collection of Keystone Kops advisors and operatives could not have done a better job of destroying American culture, ruining the economy, gutting our defenses, and robbing us of international respect and influence if they’d tried.

Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of his sorrowful collection of incapable, bumbling cabinet members. To a person, they are simply a pitiful assemblage of special-interest box-checkers, apparently chosen for their appearance and demographic makeup, as opposed to their actual expertise and experience.

Mercifully, we won’t go through an analysis of every one of them here. Let’s just look at a few and see how they’ve played their role in harming the country with their utter incompetence and their hyperpartisan behavior.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

This appointment could be the most egregious of a truly notable group of incompetents. Mayor Pete was loved by the rank-and-file Democratic primary crowd not because of any worthwhile talent or accomplishment, but because of his choice of his life partner’s gender. He is the ultimate box-checker, the quintessential example of valueless progressive virtue-signaling. Buttigieg has never had the slightest experience in matters of complex international logistics, yet here he is, occupying a high-profile cabinet post and drawing inordinate negative attention to a normally invisible position by his having messed things up so badly.

Empty store shelves, container ships backed up, airlines canceling flights, inane statements like, “Just buy an electric car,” and more mark his totally deficient stewardship over what should be a relatively easy, straightforward post. No one can even name a past Secretary of Transportation, but everyone knows Mayor Pete because things are so screwed up. And for no good reason.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Where do we even start? Rolling over to China in the Administration’s first high-stakes face-to-face meeting in Alaska in March 2021? His part in the completely disastrous and humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021? His total lack of personal gravitas with a demeanor that screams of soft weakness? As America’s diplomatic face to the world, Blinken is the utter embodiment of the term “pushover.”

Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen

There was a great TV ad a few decades ago, where a sleazy salesman was on the phone with a disgruntled customer, caught in an obvious lie about his substandard product, saying, “I have… uh…. total confidence… that… uh…. everything will work out just fine” as copious, comical amounts of sweat poured from his brow. That’s Yellin, as she admitted that this horrific inflation would not be transitory after all, her earlier pronouncements to the contrary now exposed as the transparent partisan lies everyone knew them to be all along.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

Mayorkas insists that our border is secure and there is no illegal immigration crisis. His greatest skill is that he seems to lie more effortlessly, more easily in front of the camera than any of the other cabinet members. He has probably done more damage to the country than any other cabinet member by his willingness to betray America’s fundamental, long-term interests by encouraging the administration’s intentional illegal immigration invasion.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

This choice is particularly rich. Energy — which really means the management of nation’s exploration and production of fossil fuels — is a very complicated and demanding position. Unlike many other cabinet posts, the selection of Energy Secretary demands that the individual have actual, real expertise and experience in that area. This is not a position for “on the job” training. An in-depth knowledge of worldwide energy market/economic dynamics, a true understanding of the U.S. auto market, the ability to balance competing economic vs. environmental factors, the capability to be mindful of political considerations without being blindly beholden to them to the detriment of the country, all these skills are essential in order for the Secretary of Energy to effectively discharge his responsibilities.

In fairness to Granholm, very few of her predecessors have satisfied all those requirements either. But most have at least done little harm, unlike her. Granholm apparently has no real knowledge of anything and simply parrots the Green line that, “Fossil fuels are bad, buy an EV, drive past the gas station.” That’s our national energy policy? Really? The conflicting considerations of worldwide oil supply and demand, domestic exploration/production, our national refining capacity, fuel distribution/logistics, political/environmental issues, all of these must be weighed in proper proportion in order to create an energy policy that works to the country’s benefit. Granholm gives every indication that she knows none of this whatsoever, and worse yet, doesn’t care. Her aim is clearly just to prop up the current Administration’s political position.

We could go on, with cabinet member after cabinet member. Are any of them experts in their field? Being from Massachusetts, the memory of Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh as a glib-talking, heavily-accented Boston mayor totally bereft of any substantive accomplishments is all too clear to me. What notable, innovative enhancements has he brought to the national labor market in his current position? None. Raimondo? Becerra? The bungling Lloyd Austin? Cardona? Fudge? Any of the others? They are all box-checking political rewards.

Attorney General Merrick Garland

Garland is the exception in this group. He has actual professional qualifications to be attorney general. He was a well-established U.S Circuit Court of Appeals judge in D.C. and has had a long career in the legal profession. Unlike all the other cabinet members, Garland’s education, experience, and expertise in his field are beyond question.

Unfortunately, his obvious qualifications make him the saddest, most pathetic political hack of a group of truly notable hacks. Garland can’t fall back on the “I didn’t know any better” or the “Well, it’s not my area” excuse. He does know better and it is his area. When he initiates a fraudulent, arbitrary prosecution against a former Trump associate or refuses to prosecute flagrant crimes against conservative Republicans, there can be no doubt that Garland is carrying out a one-sided, partisan legal strategy of the worst kind. He is so prejudiced and vengeful that he makes Eric Holder (known for being “Obama’s wingman”) and Loretta Lynch (she of the infamous Clinton runway meeting) look like Atticus Finch by comparison.

The fact that Merrick Garland is the only Biden cabinet member with any semblance of professional credentials and that he misuses those credentials in the extreme manner in which he does says everything one needs to know about this absolute embarrassment of a presidency.

Fascist Russia’s PUNISHMENT FOR GERMANY!

Germany darkens cities, turn down thermostats and considers shutting down breweries to deal with energy shortage

JOHN SEXTON Jul 29, 2022 9:20 PM ET

Today Russia announced a bunch of new problems it was allegedly having with the Germany-made machines that pump natural gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Delivery of a Nord Stream 1 gas turbine to Germany from Canada after maintenance was not in line with the contract, Gazprom’s senior manager said on Friday, stepping up criticism of manufacturer Siemens Energy.

Vitaly Markelov, Gazprom’s deputy chief executive, also said Russia had complained repeatedly to Siemens Energy about problems with other turbines.

“We have repeatedly applied to the Russian representative office of Siemens about this, sent 10 letters. Siemens fixed no more than a quarter of the identified bugs,” he said in a TV interview.

Siemens Energy, the company that built the turbines said it had not received any reports of damage from Gazprom, the Russian gas company. In other words, Russia is once again lying as an excuse to keep the gas supply turned nearly off.

As I’ve mentioned before, Germany uses most of its natural gas in the winter for heating. During the summer the country fills massive underground tanks to prepare for the cold weather but this year Russia’s decision to cut the supply of gas (first by 60% and now by 80% overall) means those tanks are only about 2/3 full. Some German cities are taking extreme measures to prepare for the worst:

Officials in the central German city of Hanover have announced plans to cut energy consumption by 15% ahead of the expected gas shortage this winter.

The city has become the first major European city to switch off hot water in public buildings, with no warm water in washrooms and no hot showers at swimming pools and sports halls…

The city will limit the period in which public buildings are heated between October and March, with the maximum temperature generally set at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit)…

There will be no more outdoor lighting of public buildings, museums and sights, with wider efforts to limit permanent lighting inside buildings. Public fountains will also be shut down.

Hanover isn’t the only German city taking these steps:

In Berlin, the German capital, about 200 historic monuments and municipal buildings were shrouded in darkness on Wednesday night as the city switched off spotlights to save electricity. Monuments previously lit up at night include the Victory Column in Tiergarten park, the Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz and the Jewish Museum…

The city of Munich, in Germany’s south, this week announced it would switch off spotlights on its town hall on Marienplatz square, which is usually lit up until 11pm, and have only cold water at municipal offices. Fountains would also be turned off at night.

Nuremberg is closing three of its four city-run indoor swimming pools and will keep its outdoor lidos open until 25 September.

Things are so serious that there are even discussions about shutting down beer breweries and maybe even canceling Octoberfest:

More quietly, many local leaders are pondering which energy-hungry German traditions may have to be put on the chopping block, should the country be forced into energy rationing: Beer making? Christmas markets?

Mr. Hübschle said he believes Bavaria should shut down its famous breweries before letting its chemical industry face gas shortages.

Meanwhile, Rosi Steinberger, a member of Bavaria’s regional parliament, now works in a dark office to cut her consumption, and is debating whether to provoke the inevitable ire of Munich by suggesting it cancel its world-famous Oktoberfest. It is scheduled to return this fall after a two-year pandemic pause.

“I haven’t asked yet,” she said, with a nervous laugh. “But I also think that when people say there should be no taboos in what we consider — well, that’s what you have to think about.”

Here’s a Reuters report from last Friday about the energy saving efforts in one German city.

Don’t We Wish!

JULY 29, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:

IS RUSSIA REELING?

A friend sent me a link to this paper, which says that, contrary to much of what we see in the press, Western sanctions are devastating Russia’s economy. The authors are all associated with Yale; subject to that caveat, here it is:

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters into its fifth month, a common narrative has emerged that the unity of the world in standing up to Russia has somehow devolved into a “war of economic attrition which is taking its toll on the west”, given the supposed “resilience” and even “prosperity” of the Russian economy. This is simply untrue – and a reflection of widely held but factually incorrect misunderstandings over how the Russian economy is actually holding up amidst the exodus of over 1,000 global companies and international sanctions.

That these misunderstandings persist is not surprising. Since the invasion, the Kremlin’s economic releases have become increasingly cherry-picked, selectively tossing out unfavorable metrics while releasing only those that are more favorable. These Putin-selected statistics are then carelessly trumpeted across media and used by reams of well-meaning but careless experts in building out forecasts which are excessively, unrealistically favorable to the Kremlin.

Our team of experts, using private Russian language and unconventional data sources including high frequency consumer data, cross-channel checks, releases from Russia’s international trade partners, and data mining of complex shipping data, have released one of the first comprehensive economic analyses measuring Russian current economic activity five months into the invasion, and assessing Russia’s economic outlook.

From our analysis, it becomes clear: business retreats and sanctions are catastrophically crippling the Russian economy.

More at the link. You can also go here to see the slide show that summarizes the authors’ data. Again, there is lots of information, but here are a couple of slides. This one supports the authors’ argument that liquid natural gas is a more important export commodity for Russia than it is an import commodity for Europe; and moreover, that American imports of LNG now exceed imports from Russia:

This one says that while China is buying Russian oil to partly replace exports to Europe, it is doing so at bargain prices:

This one is particularly interesting to me: “Kremlin Inundating Economy With Artificial Liquidity To Mask Economic Weakness.” Gosh. Sounds familiar.

I will defer to the economists among our readers, but I would be surprised if our own M2 chart doesn’t look worse than that.

All of that said, I hope the authors are correct, and Western sanctions are having serious impact.

Today’s USA….Where Dems Rule To Conquer Truth and Civility!

Dennis Prager: Why My Friends and I Had More Wisdom When We Were 12 Than College Students and Faculty Have Today
https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2022/07/26/why-my-friends-and-i-had-more-wisdom-when-we-were-12-than-college-students-and-faculty-have-today-n2610798

Why My Friends and I Had More Wisdom When We Were 12 Than College Students and Faculty Have TodayThe average 12-year-old student at a yeshiva has more wisdom than almost any student at Harvard or most other universities. (A yeshiva is an Orthodox Jewish school with an emphasistownhall.com

[…] Wisdom can sometimes be a product of aging but given how many old fools there are and how many young people have some degree of wisdom, it should be clear that wisdom, like math, a foreign language and any other discipline, must be taught. Only then is one likely to become wiser with age. Otherwise, a young person without wisdom is most likely to become an old person without wisdom.

When America was more religious, wisdom was taught to young people. This is another reason to fear a thoroughly secularized America — we are producing a nation of fools. The proof lies in our universities. The most secularized institution in America is the most foolish institution in America.

GOD BLESS YOU, DENNIS PRAGER, FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO FREE STUPID AMERICA FROM ITS DEM WORLD!

My good friend for the past fifty years, Mark Waldeland, sent me the above paragraphs having to do with wisdom…..that is, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WISDOM IN TODAY’S AMERICA! Mark and I were teachers at Minneapolis’ Edison High School at the time….He teaching English, and I teaching Russian and Senior Social Studies.

A Harry Vakos was its principal, but moved up to become an assistant superintendent of Minneapolis schools a couple of years after approving me as teacher at Edison.

He admitted he hated me….(Because I taught the Russian language, had been to the Soviet Union on a national grant in August of 1966, and I had become a popular teacher a Edison.) The grant I received was, in part, the political mood of educational superiors, teaching Russian was winsome, but not to Greek man, Principal Vakos and Assistant Superintendent of Minneapolis Schools! (The teachers’ union had gone on strike one March, and I had the opportunity to share two speeches on why we were on strike….However the strike was against Minnesota state law.

It turned out, I was the only teacher fired due to the strike. I loved teaching because I had so many outstanding teachers when I went into high school at St. Paul Minnesota’s CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, 1948-1952, freshman through senior….(NO ONE WAS STUPID ENOUGH THEN TO CLOSE FRESHMEN BOYS FROM SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL where they couldn’t cause any trouble at any lever whatsoever, but would be sexual savages picking on girls as elders in JUNIOR HIGHSCHOOLS!

Education in Minnesota’s metropolitan areas began to collapse into leftwing fem fascism in the early 1970s AND HAVE NEVER RECOVERED SINCE!

TEACHING KNOWLEDGE FOR THE SAKE OF TRUTH, WISDOM, AND THE AMERICAN WAY, BEGAN DICTATING ITS FEM FASCISM TO ASSURE EVERYONE IS EQUAL…..AND SUFFICIENTLY STUPID….EXCEPT FOR THE DEM GIFTED IN DECEIT AND FINANCE WHENEVER NEEDED……EVEN TO THE PRESIDENCY WITH TODAY’S MR. JOE BIDEN!

Remember Red Saul Alinsky Time? (Not old enough?)

The New Age of Orwellianism | Opinion

JOSH HAMMER , NEWSWEEK OPINION EDITOR AND HOST, “THE JOSH HAMMER SHOW”
ON 7/29/22

Community organizer and left-wing social activist Saul Alinsky wrote, in his 1971 book Rules for Radicals, that “he who controls the language controls the masses.” Alinsky, whose work profoundly influenced at least one notable fellow Chicagoan, Barack Obama, was in that quip channeling George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel, 1984. “Newspeak,” the language of Orwell’s fictional single-political party superstate, was a tool devised for monitoring the people’s communications, prosecuting “thoughtcrimes,” and ultimately controlling and dictating the people’s very beliefs.

Conservatives have taken pleasure in poking fun at the modern Left’s “Orwellian” tendencies—perhaps too much, actually, as overuse of the accusation has had the effect of limiting its potency. But as the woke ideology metastasizes within the American Left like the cancer it is, and as censors increasingly clamp down on anything sniffing of dissent to the regime’s orthodoxy, it is now clear that we are in a new age of Orwellianism. In this new age, the regime and its enforcers pursue the suffusion of its orthodoxy at any cost, gaslighting dissenters into not believing their own lying eyes.

This week, new governmental data revealed that the American economy, measured by gross domestic product, contracted for the second straight quarter. That was, up until perhaps a week ago, the universally accepted definition of what constitutes a “recession.” This was not a partisan issue; indeed, well-known liberal, Democratic Party economists have frequently defined recession in precisely these terms. Back in 2008, President Joe Biden‘s current National Economic Council director, Brian Deese, stated: “Of course economists have a technical definition of recession, which is two consecutive quarters of negative growth.” And in 2019, top Biden economic adviser Jared Bernstein said that a “recession” is “defined as two consecutive quarters of declining growth.”

Democrats are now singing a different tune. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has stubbornly refused to concede that America is now in an economic recession. Deese apparently also disagrees with his old self of 2008: Following the release of the data evincing the second straight quarter of economic contraction, Deese stipulated that we are “certainly in a transition,” but also added that “virtually nothing signals that this period…is recessionary.” The ruse is transparent and obvious to the point of comedy. As famed investor David Sacks tweeted: “A lot of people are wondering about the definition of recession. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth if a Republican is president. The definition is far more complicated and unknowable if a Democrat is president.”

Democrats similarly seem interested in changing the definition of “inflation,” which currently sits at four-decade highs and is disproportionately responsible for Biden’s dismal job approval ratings and Democrats‘ unfavorable political outlook this fall. The widely accepted economic definition of inflation is when there is too much money chasing too few goods. The way to tamp down inflation is thus to limit the money supply and/or increase the production of goods.

Just this week, around the same time as when the U.S. formally entered a recession, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) finally reached an agreement on a version of the White House’s long-sought after “Build Back Better” domestic initiative. But Democrats renamed the bill: It is now not called Build Back Better, but the Inflation Reduction Act. And the revised bill includes new government expenditures to the tune of nearly $400 billion in energy- and climate-related spending. Authorizing such a fiscal boondoggle is the precise opposite of limiting the money supply. It is the logical equivalent of trying to put out a fire with a blowtorch.

Remarkably, it is the same ideologues who are eager to change the well-accepted definitions of “recession” and “inflation” who remain perplexed as to what exactly a “woman” is. In March, then-Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to replace the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Courtpointedly refused to define what a “woman” is. Her excuse was that she is “not a biologist.” Related, in Matt Walsh’s excellent new documentary, “What Is a Woman?,” the myriad “gender studies” professors and gender ideology-bewitched “doctors” interviewed by Walsh invariably define a “woman,” in circular fashion, as being “someone who identifies as a woman.”

Whether it is a Supreme Court justice herself or the vogue flatulence that now constitutes “gender studies” in the American academy, then, the Left is incapable of defining what a “woman” is. That confusion appears to be ubiquitous: Lia Thomas, the biological man who has been wreaking havoc in women’s collegiate swimming, was even nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Alinsky would be proud of such an imperious enforcement of regime-approved orthodoxy; “he who controls the language controls the masses,” after all.

The Left’s fundamental problem is that its haughtiness, fervor, and zeal for gaslighting us sane Americans is belied by its unpopularity. It is curious that the Left can talk and act this way when its most notable avatar, Biden, is as severely unpopular as he currently is. Perhaps the Left will be chastened by its impending November defeats at the ballot box. But don’t bet on it.

Josh Hammer is Newsweek opinion editor, host of “The Josh Hammer Show,” a syndicated columnist and a research fellow with the Edmund Burke Foundation.

A MAJOR MESS IN TODAY’S DEM AMERICA!

COVID taught 1M parents there are alternatives to failing public schools

By John Stossel at Newsweek:

July 27, 2022 

The school choice movement continues to grow each year.
A million parents during the pandemic decided to take their child out of public school.Xinhua News Agency via Getty Ima

At least the pandemic had a silver lining. It taught parents that there are better alternatives to government schools.

When COVID hit, bureaucrats in control were eager to close schools. Many closed them if just one child tested positive, even though COVID is little threat to kids.

Union teachers seemed eager to be paid not to work. Los Angeles teachers secured a contract that said they will “not be required to teach classes using live video conferencing” and won’t be required to “provide instruction more than four hours a day.” Nice work if you can get it.

More than a million parents chose to leave the government system. They spent their own money to educate their children in private and religious schools.

Others tried home schooling. Many had been skeptical but now discovered that their kids learned more, and their family life was enriched by teaching at home. The education establishment sneers at home schooling, but home-schooled students, even though they are more likely to be poor, score 30% higher on SAT tests. They also do better in college, and they are less likely to drink or do drugs.

All children in the state qualify for school funds as a result of the bill.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey passed an expansive school choice bill.

Finally, even within government systems, school choice grew.

Kansas and Missouri expanded access to charter schools. Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Iowa, South Dakota, Utah and Tennessee expanded Education Savings Accounts, which help parents try private schools.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed what his office called “the most expansive school choice legislation in the nation.” It gives money to families that they can spend on private school, home schooling, micro schools, tutoring or any other educational service that meets the needs of kids. Any kid can qualify. The state simply gives families what they would have spent in the public school (up to $7,000 per child). That’s much more generous and simpler than other states’ choice plans.

In San Francisco, voters recalled three school-board members. Apparently voters did not like that they kept public schools closed and, instead of figuring out how to reopen, obsessed over renaming schools called Washington or Lincoln.

McAuliffe was defeated by Glenn Youngkin in his election.
Terry McAuliffe told Virginia voters that parents should not choose what their children learn in schools.

In Virginia, voters rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe after he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” His opponent, Glenn Youngkin said, “Parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.” Youngkin won.

“For far too long in K-12 education, the only special interest group has been the teachers unions,” wrote the Reason Foundation’s Corey DeAngelis in The Wall Street Journal. “Now, there’s a new interest group — parents. They are never going to unsee what they saw in 2020 and 2021, and they’re going to fight to make sure they never feel powerless when it comes to their children’s education again.”

Of course, union leaders hate the choice movement. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten calls it racist. “The real ‘pioneers’ of private school choice were the white politicians who resisted school integration,” she wrote. Today’s choice programs are “polite cousins of segregation.”

Critics of school choice have called it a "racist" practice.
A poll showed that 74% of African Americans and 71% of Latinos support school choice.

But that’s nonsense.

“Don’t tell me school choice is racist!” says Denisha Merriweather, founder of the new group Black Minds Matter. Choice opponents “are implying that parents, especially lower-income, Black parents, should stay trapped in public schools that have failed their children for decades,” she notes. “We need a new system . . . empowered by parents.”

School choice increases diversity, adds Liv Finne of the Washington Policy Center’s Center for Education. “Modern-day school vouchers lead to more ethnic and racial integration in the schools, not less.”

One poll showed that 74% of African Americans and 71% of Latinos support school choice.

Choice opponents are mostly unions, establishment Democrats and frightened suburban Republicans.14

What do you think? 

But now lots of innovation has begun. One example: STOP Foundation 4 Education gives awards to educational innovators. Its $10 million will go to nonprofits, entrepreneurs and community organizations that provide more educational options. Recipients include Rock by Rock, an education-software company, and STEMuli, a game-based learning company.

School choice is good for everybody but unions, socialist bureaucrats and the tired education establishment. 

It’s one good thing accidentally created by the pandemic.

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“Don’t tell me school choice is racist!” says Denisha Merriweather, founder of the new group Black Minds Matter. Choice opponents “are implying that parents, especially lower-income, Black parents, should stay trapped in public schools that have failed their children for decades,” she notes. “We need a new system . . . empowered by parents.”

School choice increases diversity, adds Liv Finne of the Washington Policy Center’s Center for Education. “Modern-day school vouchers lead to more ethnic and racial integration in the schools, not less.”

One poll showed that 74% of African Americans and 71% of Latinos support school choice.

Choice opponents are mostly unions, establishment Democrats and frightened suburban Republicans.

Biden Might Be Best For Our Today’s America To Sit Inside A Cabinet Near A Left Wing Drawer!

July 29, 2022

Biden’s Cabinet: Let us Count the Ways

By Steve Feinstein at American Thinker:

That “President” Biden’s administration is the most inept, counterproductive, outright laughable in post-World War II American history is beyond question. One hardly needs to list out all the failures, missed goals and broken promises that we’ve suffered through in the last two years.  From generationally high inflation to skyrocketing energy prices to product shortages to rampant illegal immigration, Biden’s pathetic collection of Keystone Kops advisors and operatives could not have done a better job of destroying American culture, ruining the economy, gutting our defenses, and robbing us of international respect and influence if they’d tried.

Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of his sorrowful collection of incapable, bumbling cabinet members. To a person, they are simply a pitiful assemblage of special-interest box-checkers, apparently chosen for their appearance and demographic makeup, as opposed to their actual expertise and experience.

Mercifully, we won’t go through an analysis of every one of them here. Let’s just look at a few and see how they’ve played their role in harming the country with their utter incompetence and their hyperpartisan behavior.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

This appointment could be the most egregious of a truly notable group of incompetents. Mayor Pete was loved by the rank-and-file Democratic primary crowd not because of any worthwhile talent or accomplishment, but because of his choice of his life partner’s gender. He is the ultimate box-checker, the quintessential example of valueless progressive virtue-signaling. Buttigieg has never had the slightest experience in matters of complex international logistics, yet here he is, occupying a high-profile cabinet post and drawing inordinate negative attention to a normally invisible position by his having messed things up so badly.

Empty store shelves, container ships backed up, airlines canceling flights, inane statements like, “Just buy an electric car,” and more mark his totally deficient stewardship over what should be a relatively easy, straightforward post. No one can even name a past Secretary of Transportation, but everyone knows Mayor Pete because things are so screwed up. And for no good reason.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Where do we even start? Rolling over to China in the Administration’s first high-stakes face-to-face meeting in Alaska in March 2021? His part in the completely disastrous and humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021? His total lack of personal gravitas with a demeanor that screams of soft weakness? As America’s diplomatic face to the world, Blinken is the utter embodiment of the term “pushover.”

Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen

There was a great TV ad a few decades ago, where a sleazy salesman was on the phone with a disgruntled customer, caught in an obvious lie about his substandard product, saying, “I have… uh…. total confidence… that… uh…. everything will work out just fine” as copious, comical amounts of sweat poured from his brow. That’s Yellin, as she admitted that this horrific inflation would not be transitory after all, her earlier pronouncements to the contrary now exposed as the transparent partisan lies everyone knew them to be all along.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

Mayorkas insists that our border is secure and there is no illegal immigration crisis. His greatest skill is that he seems to lie more effortlessly, more easily in front of the camera than any of the other cabinet members. He has probably done more damage to the country than any other cabinet member by his willingness to betray America’s fundamental, long-term interests by encouraging the administration’s intentional illegal immigration invasion.

This choice is particularly rich. Energy — which really means the management of nation’s exploration and production of fossil fuels — is a very complicated and demanding position. Unlike many other cabinet posts, the selection of Energy Secretary demands that the individual have actual, real expertise and experience in that area. This is not a position for “on the job” training. An in-depth knowledge of worldwide energy market/economic dynamics, a true understanding of the U.S. auto market, the ability to balance competing economic vs. environmental factors, the capability to be mindful of political considerations without being blindly beholden to them to the detriment of the country, all these skills are essential in order for the Secretary of Energy to effectively discharge his responsibilities.

In fairness to Granholm, very few of her predecessors have satisfied all those requirements either. But most have at least done little harm, unlike her. Granholm apparently has no real knowledge of anything and simply parrots the Green line that, “Fossil fuels are bad, buy an EV, drive past the gas station.” That’s our national energy policy? Really? The conflicting considerations of worldwide oil supply and demand, domestic exploration/production, our national refining capacity, fuel distribution/logistics, political/environmental issues, all of these must be weighed in proper proportion in order to create an energy policy that works to the country’s benefit. Granholm gives every indication that she knows none of this whatsoever, and worse yet, doesn’t care. Her aim is clearly just to prop up the current Administration’s political position.

We could go on, with cabinet member after cabinet member. Are any of them experts in their field? Being from Massachusetts, the memory of Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh as a glib-talking, heavily-accented Boston mayor totally bereft of any substantive accomplishments is all too clear to me. What notable, innovative enhancements has he brought to the national labor market in his current position? None. Raimondo? Becerra? The bungling Lloyd Austin? Cardona? Fudge? Any of the others? They are all box-checking political rewards.

Attorney General Merrick Garland

Garland is the exception in this group. He has actual professional qualifications to be attorney general. He was a well-established U.S Circuit Court of Appeals judge in D.C. and has had a long career in the legal profession. Unlike all the other cabinet members, Garland’s education, experience, and expertise in his field are beyond question.

Unfortunately, his obvious qualifications make him the saddest, most pathetic political hack of a group of truly notable hacks. Garland can’t fall back on the “I didn’t know any better” or the “Well, it’s not my area” excuse. He does know better and it is his area. When he initiates a fraudulent, arbitrary prosecution against a former Trump associate or refuses to prosecute flagrant crimes against conservative Republicans, there can be no doubt that Garland is carrying out a one-sided, partisan legal strategy of the worst kind. He is so prejudiced and vengeful that he makes Eric Holder (known for being “Obama’s wingman”) and Loretta Lynch (she of the infamous Clinton runway meeting) look like Atticus Finch by comparison.

The fact that Merrick Garland is the only Biden cabinet member with any semblance of professional credentials and that he misuses those credentials in the extreme manner in which he does says everything one needs to know about this absolute embarrassment of a presidency.

Don’t Forget: Nearly All Of Our American Daily Communications Are Controlled By Fascist Dems!

“I’m shooting for 3”: Kavanaugh assassin planned to target at least two other justices — to save Roe

ED MORRISSEY Jul 29, 2022 at HotAir:

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File

The assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh had a much wider scope than first reported. The FBI’s investigation into Nicholas Roske has uncovered an explicitly political motive for the murder plan, as well as a wider target selection. “I’m shooting for 3,” Roske texted a pal as his plan to salvage Roe:

The California man accused of plotting to assassinate Brett M. Kavanaugh spoke of killing two more conservative justices in a bid to alter Supreme Court votes for years, according to an FBI affidavit filed this week in court.

“Im gonna stop roe v wade from being overturned,” the suspect, Nicholas Roske, 26, wrote in an online message to an associate.

“What u tryna do,” the associate asked.

“Remove some people from the supreme court,” Roske allegedly responded, before adding, “I could get a least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3.”

Roske wasn’t just “shooting” for three, either. According to the New York Post, Roske had hoped for a more personal murder experience when it came to the Supreme Court justices:

The California man charged with the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh googled the “most effective place to stab someone” before showing up at the conservative judge’s home with a stockpile of weapons, according to newly released details.

The revelation was included in an FBI search warrant obtained by Fox News that shed light on other disturbing internet searches by Nicholas John Roske, 26, and alarming conversations he had with online strangers ahead of his alleged ill-fated plot to kill Kavanaugh.

“Roske said that he used his Reddit account to ask individuals, who were unknown to him, questions in order to refine his plan to kill the Justice,” authorities said in the warrant application, according to Fox.

He searched the web for things like “how to be stealthy,” “assassin skills” and “most effective place to stab someone” in the weeks before his alleged June 8 assassination attempt.

These reports raise a veeeerrrrryyyy interesting point. Roske doesn’t appear to have been a loner — in fact, for a murder-plotter, Roske seems downright chatty. Reddit isn’t some unknown corner of the “dark web” either. And yet, we’ve been told that the first the FBI or local police knew of this plot was when Roske called 911 to turn himself in.

He wasn’t exactly discreet, after all, as the Washington Post points out from the affidavit:

Going back to at least a month before his flight, according to the FBI, Roske made incriminating statements over social media and in internet searches. On May 10, the affidavit alleges, he posted text on Reddit that stated: “Would Kavanaugh being removed from the SC help women long term?” …

On June 6, Roske posted a question on Reddit using what the FBI calls an abbreviation for high-value target: “How difficult is it to covertly take out an HVT?”

Granted, Reddit has a prodigious amount of chatter, and it might be tough to find a murderous needle in a field of trolling haystacks. But other users certainly noticed and engaged with Roske on these questions and comments. Did no one contact law enforcement about this threat?

Clearly, this wasn’t just a case of celebrity envy. This was a political assassination plot on Roske’s part, one with very particular political ends aimed at multiple targets. If the politics on this were reversed, we’d be hearing about this case endlessly as an example of right-wing domestic terrorism. In contrast, the media has barely covered this case despite its parallel to other violent actions in protest of the Dobbs decision organized by Jane’s Revenge and the intimidation campaigns of Ruth Sent Us that identified the justices’ locations for Roske.

Where’s Merrick Garland and his dot-connecting now? Where’s Joe Biden and the White House? Where are national media outlets on this story, other than on this kind of nuts-and-bolts affidavit-content coverage?

THE END OF THE GREATEST BOOK EVER CREATED

(Sent from Kristi Ann’s Haven!)

Revelations 22:18-21 KJV ) “For I testify unto every man that Heareth the WORDS of the Prophecy of this BOOK, If any man shall add unto these things, GOD shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this BOOK: And if any man shall take away from the WORDS of the BOOK of this Prophecy, GOD shall take away his part out of the BOOK of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from  the things which are Written in this BOOK. HE which Testifieth these things Saith, Surely I Come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, LORD Jesus. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be  with you all. Amen.”!!

(The King James Version of the JudeoChristian Bible! ….the final words!)