• 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

Presidents Trump and Biden Rallied IN WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA LAST WEEK!

 SEPTEMBER 5, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN 2024 ELECTIONDONALD TRUMPJOE BIDEN

WILKES-BARRE HAS SPOKEN

Donald Trump and Joe Biden held rallies in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania last week. How did they go? These videos tell the story:

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The level of public enthusiasm for Dork Brandon is near zero. But don’t be overconfident, because 81millionLOL Joe Biden won the presidency with scarcely more enthusiasm in 2020. Still, I might be wrong, but I am pretty sure the Democratic Party isn’t counting on him to do it again in 2024.

Are Dems AS FOUL AS THEIR BIDEN? WORSE?

Top climate adviser, American ambassador resign from Biden administration

KAREN TOWNSEND Sep 05, 2022 at HotAir:  

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The midterm elections are fast approaching and two more high-level officials are leaving the Biden administration. Gina McCarthy resigned from her position as National Climate Adviser. John Sullivan has resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. And, a familiar face is returning to the White House as an adviser to Joe Biden.

The Washington Post reported on McCarthy’s resignation in the works in April but she has now officially resigned with the date of September 16 designated as her last. As I wrote when her upcoming departure was first reported, good riddance. She’s an extremist on climate change. She led the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama before Biden chose her to lead domestic climate policy. Her advice to Biden surely included what led up to him rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization after Trump chose to withdraw from both.

Her appointment to be Biden’s National Climate Adviser did not require Senate confirmation. When Obama nominated her to be the head of EPA in 2013, only six Republicans voted for her confirmation. Her resignation comes just weeks after the Democrats passed the Biden administration’s version of the Green New Deal – the Inflation Reduction Act. That bill was never about reducing inflation but the Biden administration’s climate change agenda. Perhaps now that it has been signed by Biden, McCarthy thinks her work has been completed. Her deputy, Ali Zaidi, will fill the vacant position.

“Under Gina McCarthy and Ali Zaidi’s leadership, my administration has taken the most aggressive action ever, from historic legislation to bold executive actions, to confront the climate crisis head-on,” Biden said in a statement announcing the administrative moves.

McCarthy often sent confusing messages on energy policy. She announced the cancellation of oil and gas leases in May, for example, and copied a CBS reporter on an email about the decision. Then that announcement was walked back by others in the administration as premature. She proceeded with her anti-fossil fuel decisions as Americans were feeling the pain at the gas pump from rising gas prices. Her contempt for the oil and gas industry has been well known since the days of the Obama administration. As I said, good riddance to her.

Guess who is returning to the White House? John Podesta. Biden is continuing to surround himself with former Obama people. Podesta will oversee the implementation of the Green New Deal 2.0. Why am I having flashbacks to the Solyndra story?

Longtime Democrat John Podesta, who served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, was a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and managed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 White House bid, will oversee the implementation of the climate and energy provisions of Democrats’ recently passed Inflation Reduction Act while also chairing the President’s National Climate Task Force, according to the White House.

Another departure from the Biden administration comes from the U.S. Ambassador to Russia. John Sullivan has worked for five American presidents. A Republican, Biden asked him to stay on when he came into office.

Mr. Sullivan oversaw the operations of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia during its most difficult period in decades — after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, prompting the United States and partner nations to impose economic sanctions on Russia and give Ukraine weapons and humanitarian aid.

Mr. Sullivan, a Republican, served as deputy secretary of state under both the secretaries of state in the Trump administration, Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, before being appointed ambassador to Russia in December 2019. He served as acting secretary of state in April 2018, before Mr. Pompeo began his tenure leading the State Department.

Mr. Sullivan agreed to stay on as ambassador when asked by President Biden after he took office in January 2021.

“It may be passé now, but I was taught that when a president asks an American to serve, only the most compelling excuse can justify a refusal with great remorse,” Mr. Sullivan said in the written interview. “And I had no excuse, because I love my job, and I love working with my colleagues at Embassy Moscow.”

It seems to me that having an experienced ambassador in Moscow is important at this time, given Putin’s war in Ukraine. Sullivan sounds like the consummate professional at the State Department so it does not bode well that he has decided to retire even before the midterm elections. Elizabeth Root, a foreign service officer who is currently the deputy chief of mission in Moscow, will fill the vacancy until a new ambassador is named and confirmed by the Senate.

The most interesting part of this most recent re-arrangement of deck chairs on the sinking USS Biden, is the return of Podesta. He’s a strident, aggressive Democrat activist, not exactly known for his finesse in stating his political opinions. He founded the Center for America Progress. I think his return to the White House as a top adviser signals that Joe Biden and others in his administration will continue to ratchet up the anti-conservative rhetoric we’ve heard in recent weeks. Biden’s shift from phony claims that he’s working with both sides of the aisle on policy matters to downright demonizing Trump voters has been breathtaking. Biden has gone where no president, even the highly divisive Barack Obama, has gone with his ugly statements against Republicans.

If Republicans don’t sign on to his agenda, they are un-American and against democracy, according to Dark Brandon. Senator Patty Murray’s GOP challenger in Washington State, Tiffany Smiley, said on CNN Sunday that “Unity is not conformity” when she spoke about Biden’s ultra divisive speech delivered on Thursday night. Biden’s idea of unity is going along to get along, as Republicans are often prone to do. Some of that has finally changed during the Biden administration and that’s a good thing. It’s up to Republicans to stop Biden’s plans of transforming America into a socialist haven where government runs everything and Biden uses his pen to sign away debts that are then pushed off onto taxpayers, like the student loan debt forgiveness. It’s imperative that Republicans challenge that move in court, as it is unconstitutional and very likely illegal. Let Joe Biden call Republicans un-American. We’ll see how far that gets him.

Why Should Twerps CONTROL OUR AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM?

The Transgender Movement Isn’t Just Targeting Kids, It’s Targeting Families

BY: JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON at the Federalist:

SEPTEMBER 05, 2022

drag queen reads to children

The point isn’t just to break down the ‘gender binary.’ It’s to break down the family in order to reshape society.

Author John Daniel Davidson profile

JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON

Evidence continues to mount that a concerted effort is underway between major hospitals and public school systems to indoctrinate children with transgender ideology and push harmful, sometimes irreversible, medical procedures on minors — sometimes without the knowledge or consent of parents. 

The point of the indoctrination, though, isn’t only to create more “gender-nonconforming” students. It’s to break down family structures and parental authority. The goal isn’t simply to teach and encourage transgenderism in our schools. It’s to lay claim to the students themselves, over and against their parents and families, for purposes that go far beyond the promotion of gender identity. After all, you can’t very well reshape society according to your utopian vision if something as solid as a family is standing in the way.

The solution is to break down the family. Most recently, Christopher Rufo reported this week that the largest children’s hospital in Chicago has partnered with local school districts to promote a radical transgender agenda, including sexually explicit materials that push “kink,” “BDSM,” and “trans-friendly” sex toys for children.

In his customary muckraking fashion, Rufo has obtained insider documents from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago detailing a collaboration between transgender activists at the hospital and public school administrators throughout greater Chicago. The primary training document, a presentation titled “Beyond Binary: Gender in Schools,” encourages teachers and school administrators to promote “gender diversity” in their districts by affirming students who mistakenly believe they are members of the opposite sex, teaching a “non-binary understanding of gender” in classrooms, and aiming to disrupt “entrenched [gender] norms in western society” in hopes of creating a more “gender creative” world.

Don’t laugh, though. As outlandish as this might sound to most people, the targets of all this are impressionable students, many of whom are susceptible to such messages for the simple fact that they are dealing with the turbulent — albeit altogether normal — emotions and angst that accompany adolescence.  

It’s worth quoting Rufo at length to get a sense of how lurid this program is. At the end of the “Beyond Binary” presentation, which was circulated to teachers in at least two Chicago school districts… 

the hospital recommended a “Binder Exchange Program” to assist teenage girls in binding their breasts, a “kid friendly website for gender affirming gear,” which sells items such as artificial penis “packers” and female-to-male “trans masc pump[s],” and an “LGBTQ friendly sex shop for teens” that sells a range of “dildos,” “vibrators,” “harnesses,” “anal toys,” “trans-friendly toys,” and “kink & BDSM” equipment. The links include graphic descriptions of sadomasochism, bondage, pornography, and transgressive sex.

In addition to these materials on gender theory, Lurie Children’s Hospital has also publicly released a policy guide for school administrators, encouraging districts to adopt a “gender-affirming approach” to the curriculum; provide “gender-affirming children’s books” in school libraries; and allow students to compete in athletic events, use restrooms and locker rooms, and sleep in bunks during overnight school trips in accordance with their “gender identity,” rather than their biological sex. The hospital also encourages school districts to designate special “Gender Support Coordinators” to help facilitate children’s sexual and gender transitions, which, under the recommended “confidentiality” policy, can be kept secret from parents and families. 

Rufo rightly identifies part of the dynamic here is the creation of a “school-to-clinic” pipeline. A cynic might say the motive is simply profit, since every transgender patient represents a lifetime of medical interventions and surgeries. But there is another motive, says Rufo. Transgender activists, he writes, “believe that they are in a struggle for liberation from the system of ‘cisheteropatriarchy’ — and each ‘gender non-conforming’ child is another tool in that fight.”

He’s right, but it’s even worse than that. Put bluntly, these activists are in a struggle against parents and families, many of whom oppose radical redefinitions of sex and the multiplicity of genders being pushed on their children in school. 

As my colleague Joy Pullmann reported recently, parents in Illinois and Montana quickly organized community pushback to planned “drag queen storytime” events in their small towns, in one case gathering enough signatures to put taxpayer-funded drag shows for kids on this November’s ballot as a referendum item.

Another recent Pullmann piece chronicled how librarians in several Republican-leaning suburbs of Saint Louis used their taxpayer-funded positions to organize a series of “drag queen storytime” events this past June to coincide with “Pride Month,” even though they knew many local parents and residents were opposed. One of the drag performers hired by a library in Glen Carbon, Illinois, posts pornographic material online that’s available to anyone who searches his stage name, Maxi Glamour. In preparation for the events, and for the expected protests, the executive director of one of the libraries sent trustees talking points for how to deal with “community backlash.”

These might just be local events in flyover country, but they illustrate the problem in microcosm. For transgender activists, parents’ justified concerns over exposing children to sexually explicit content and transgender ideology are nothing but “backlash,” and the parents themselves are nothing but a problem to be overcome. The solution isn’t to engage parents but to dissimulate and deceive — hide the “gender transition” of children from parents, as the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago program recommends for Chicago schools, or intimidate parents with dire warnings of suicide if they don’t affirm their child’s new “gender identity” and support medical interventions. 

That was the case with one courageous young woman in California named Chloe Cole, who testified this week before the California Senate Judiciary Committee. She spoke against a bill that would make the state a “refuge” for minors from other states seeking “gender-affirming care” — a euphemism for the mutilation and sterilization of children.

Cole’s story is gut-wrenching but increasingly common. In her testimony, she said she was awkward in school, had trouble making friends, and suffered from gender dysphoria and other mental health conditions. She easily fell prey, she said, “to the narrative that if I felt different, and did not want to be a highly sexualized girl, I must be a boy. I obsessed over becoming a boy. I believed that all my insecurities and anxiety would magically disappear once I transitioned. The mental health professionals did not try to dissuade me of this delusional belief.”

Cole was “fast-tracked into medical transition” after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria. In her testimony, she noted that in California a child can pick their gender identify, and if a medical provider questions that, it’s considered conversion therapy, which is illegal in the state.

“My parents were told the options were transition or suicide,” she said. “They complied because they were not offered any other treatment solution for my distress. My distraught parents wanted me alive, so they listened to my doctors.”

Cole was placed on puberty blockers and testosterone by her therapist and was approved for a double mastectomy at the age of 15.

“No one explored why I did not want to be a girl,” she said. “Who here really believes that as a 15-year-old, I should have had my healthy breasts removed, or that it should have been an option?”

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Cole and her parents were lied to by the medical professionals they should have been able to trust. Instead of treating Cole, they maimed her. To her immense credit, she realized the harm that had been done to her and now has the courage to speak out. She closed her testimony to California lawmakers with a defiant challenge: “How many more children’s bodies will be destroyed before you actually listen? What is the sweet spot? A hundred? Two hundred? A thousand? SB107 will open the floodgates for confused children like me to get the gender interventions that many so regret. I am the canary in the coal mine.”

Tragically, what happened to Cole is playing out all over the country, from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to Boston Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and almost certainly your own local hospital. It is happening in your local library and your local public schools and therapists’ offices.

And of course it is happening online all the time, on messaging apps and social media, where major brands, Hollywood, Big Tech, and corporate media are all promoting transgender ideology. Their aim is to get between young people and their parents in order to destroy the last, sturdiest bulwark standing between them and their utopian project to reshape society: the family.

Do New York Judges KNOW HOW TO JUDGE? LEFTIES DON’T HAVE A CLUE, YOU KNOW!

Judges don’t even know how to apply New York’s convoluted bail reform law

by JAZZ SHAW Sep 03, 2022 at HotAir:

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Back in 2019, New York State enacted its disastrous “bail reform” law that would ostensibly fight racism by not locking up criminals prior to their court dates in all but the most violent offenses. The law was opposed by the police and nearly everyone living in high-crime areas. In the relatively brief time since then, the law has been “tweaked” three times already, supposedly to prevent some of the abuses we’ve seen. But the changes only made the law even more complicated. In fact, the new rules are so byzantine that judges in the state had to undergo training sessions to understand how to apply them. And making the situation even more farcical, after the training all of the judges were given “cheat sheets” to keep with them in the courtroom and help them figure out what they could or could not do. (New York Post)

New York’s controversial bail reform law is so arcane that state judges recently underwent a two-part training program on it — and also received an eight-page “cheat sheet” to use in court, The Post has learned.

The sessions – which lasted a total of nearly four hours — were part of mandatory, three-day seminars for all 1,300 judges that took place in June and July at the state Judicial Institute on the campus of Pace University in White Plains, sources said.

They were sparked by recent tweaks to the controversial, 2019 law that Gov. Kathy Hochul claims gave judges “broad discretion” to set bail for potentially dangerous defendants, but which Mayor Eric Adams and others have criticized as falling far short of what’s actually needed.

One court official who has seen the cheat sheets and the new guide for judges described the bail reform law as being “not very well thought out.” They went on to suggest that the law may have been “purposefully meant to be a pretzel instead of being very clear and straightforward.”

The cheat sheets include seven pages of charts and 25 footnotes. The rules say that bail is not intended to estimate the potential risk of putting someone back on the streets, but only to ensure that they return to court for their trial. Following one of the recent revisions, however, the “footnotes” include language about considering whether the defendant has a history of using guns, has violated protection orders or has “caused serious harm.” (Whatever that means.)

How ridiculous is this? Laws are supposed to be written so that the citizens who are compelled to obey them can understand them. But in the case of New York bail reform, even the judges can’t all figure them out. No judge should require a “cheat sheet” to dispense justice evenly and consistently. The concept of bail to handle criminal defendants isn’t new nor should it be controversial. It’s named right in the Eighth Amendment, where the founders only insisted that bail not be “excessive.”

There is no reason to restrict cash bail to only the most violent crimes. If you get pinched for shoplifting some relatively low-value products and it’s your first offense, I have no problem with cutting you loose with a warning until your trial date. But if you’ve been emptying the shelves of Walgreens on a regular basis, maybe it’s time for you to cool your heels in jail for a while and let the managers restock the shelves for the paying customers.

This situation is clearly feeding into the problems New York City is having in recruiting and retaining police officers. As more than one departing officer has noted in their resignation letters, it’s pretty disheartening to make an arrest, bring the suspect in for a hearing, and have them “beat you back to the neighborhood.” Perhaps it’s time for New York’s state government to stop “tinkering” with this bail reform idea and just scrap the law entirely.

STALIN SHOULD ALWAYS BE STUDIED TO KNOW WHAT EVIL REALLY IS!

 SEPTEMBER 5, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:

STALIN’S LIBRARY AND MINE

In his In Depth interview on C-SPAN yesterday, Steve cited Leo Strauss’s Natural Right and History as one of the books he most wanted to recommend to viewers. Watch the interview here to pick up the rest of his recommendations.

Seeing the image of Strauss’s book on the screen reminded me of my own list. I thought it might make sense to reiterate it today at the beginning of another school year.

In his review of Stalin’s Library: A Dictator and His Books, by Geoffrey Roberts, Nigel Jones wrote in the Spectator:

Roberts takes us through Stalin’s life and shows how his reading molded his actions. Books transformed the bright seminary student into a ferocious revolutionary, prepared to sacrifice family, friends and a vast array of enemies — capitalists, kulaks, fellow Bolsheviks, imperialists, Trotskyist deviationists and millions of ordinary Soviet citizens — on the altar of his rigid dogmas.

* * * * *

Stalin’s Library tilts our image of a paranoid killer interested only in power towards a more nuanced — but even scarier — one: of a deep thinker prepared to turn his ideas into bullets to mow down those who thought differently.

As the world anxiously waits to see whether another ruthless Russian ruler with a similar fixity of purpose will go to war in his effort to reconstruct Stalin’s state, this brief but penetrating book offers an object lesson: a little learning may be a dangerous thing, but so is a lot.

Bad books can do a lot of damage. Earlier this year I took a break to pull down books by Strauss from my own library. Reading Strauss in college rescued me from the suffocating relativism that was borne in the air we breathed. If you know a bright young student who might benefit from an exposition of the paradoxes of relativism, I recommend the first two chapters of Strauss’s Natural Right and History. They strike with something like surgical precision.

And if you know a bright young student who has an open mind and/or who needs to be disabused of the doctrinaire racism and other orthodoxies that permeate the left, the academy, the mainstream media, and just about every other significant institution in American life, I have five books to recommend (plus one from my teacher). The first such book that opened my mind and put me on the path was Edmund Burke’s Reflections On the Revolution in France, a classic of political analysis, yet it doesn’t quite fit in here.

These five books have a Lincolnian emphasis because Lincoln provides such a powerful antidote to the new racism and old hatred of our country that is at the heart of the current orthodoxy. They are extremely unlikely to harm young men and women trying to think things through for themselves. On the contrary…

1. Harry Jaffa, Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

2. (a) Robert Johannsen, editor, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858.

2. (b) Paul Angle, editor, The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858.

2. (c) Harold Holzer, editor, The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text.

2. (d) A trusted recommends the Audiobook edition of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, with David Strathairn delivering Lincoln’s remarks and Richard Dreyfuss delivering the remarks of Senator Douglas.

3. Roy Basler, editor, Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings.

4. Leo Strauss, On Tyranny.

5. Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles.

Plus one: I meet weekly with a friend to study political philosophy under the tutelage of an outstanding college teacher who is younger than I am. When I asked him what book turned him toward political philosophy, he cited:

* Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students.

DEM JOE BIDEN….A THUG ALL OF HIS ADULT LIFE!

 SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

BIDEN KEEPS A PROMISE—TO SCREW AMERICAN MOTORISTS

During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden promised: ““No more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling including offshore—no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill—period.” No matter the consequences for pump prices and American independence from foreign fuel suppliers apparently.

This is one promise Biden has kept. The Wall Street Journal reports today:

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration has leased fewer acres for oil-and-gas drilling offshore and on federal land than any other administration in its early stages dating back to the end of World War II, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

President Biden’s Interior Department leased 126,228 acres for drilling through Aug. 20, his first 19 months in office, the analysis found. No other president since Richard Nixon in 1969-70 leased out fewer than 4.4 million acres at this stage in his first term.

The chart the Journal includes is striking:

First, good grief was Ronald Reagan awesome in getting access to domestic oil opened up in a big way.

Second, if Republicans can’t exploit this in the coming election they should file Chapter 11 bankruptcy for political incompetence.

Third, I hope reporters will ask Joe Manchin every day, “So how’s that deal you made with Schumer for expanded oil and gas leasing on federal land working out?”

Biden’s Criminal Presidential Victory IS STILL PAINFUL TO THE CIVILIZED!

September 4, 2022

I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet

By Deana Chadwell at American Thinker:

This has been happening with alarming frequency: unprecedented, unlawful, horrifying events.  The 2020 election left me staggered. I knew the “reality” of the Biden “win” wasn’t even remotely real and yet there it was. I started pinning my hopes — thin as they were — on brave and desperate lawsuits, but little by little we realized that the courts weren’t going to solve this one. So we started looking to the certification process on January 6th of 2021. Surely sanity would return then.

But the events of that day shook all rational people to their core. The thinking right had no reason to break into the capitol — the process, if allowed to play out, could very well have put a halt to the Big Steal. But somebody thought the onslaught was worth it, somebody not connected to the conservative movement, and those somebodies have been milking that day ever since.

Not only was the riot a political earthquake, but the aftershocks have been horrific. The arrest and incarceration of people the Left wanted to blame has been something right out of the Spanish Inquisition. No lawyers, no charges, bad treatment — even torture. Locked in rat-infested dungeons in solitary confinement. No “speedy trial” for these folks; they’re political prisoners. We’re not in Kansas anymore and J6 proved that.

The neverending show trial in the House is another aftershock. Such an illegal tribunal is as out of line as the six interrogations of Christ. No rebuttal allowed, no chance to examine one’s accusers, no witnesses for the defense.  

Not only is the ground shaking in Washington, but the ground at the border has been one continual assault undermining our national sovereignty, decimating our youth with drugs, ripping jobs from the hands of American citizens.  Oh, silly me, is there such a thing as an American citizen? Or are we just subjects.

COVID, of course was a 9.0 quake and we’re still dealing with the tsunami that followed. We daily read about young, vaccinated athletes who have dropped dead mid-game or died in their sleep.  The government-imposed shutdown and vaccination has not only negatively affected both our mental and physical health, but it has destroyed any trust we had left for both the lying government and the medical community. Mostly, COVID gave us a taste for what living in a dictatorship is like. I’d like to see what the history books record about this event in, say, 100 years.

The total fiscal mismanagement of the last year and a half has been another jolt. Yesterday it cost me $60 to fill my mid-size sedan.  A couple of weeks ago I had to pay $15 for a dead chicken. We’re still dealing with supply chain interruptions, so we have to cope with the unsettling reality of empty store shelves, a lack of baby formula (truly horrifying), new cars sidelined by a lack of computer chips. We know this can’t continue, but there’s no cavalry coming to the rescue; no one’s home in the presidential head.

Now we are faced with the unprecedented attack on former President Trump and his Florida home. The snakebite nature of this raid rattled every idea I ever had about our personal freedoms and rights. If they can do this to someone of Trump’s standing in our national community, what can’t they do to each of us? (We know the answer to that by looking at what they are doing to the J6 folks.) No one is safe. Everything I learned in school about how our government worked, and how safe we were from government overreach has gone up in smoke.

So, what do people do who live in an earthquake-prone environment? They fortify their architecture, strengthen their bridges, get prepared for long-term termination of basic services — water, sewage, food supplies, energy availability, police and fire assistance.

What should America do to prepare for the inevitable shocks to come? There are practical things that need doing:

  1. Secure elections — this involves proving that our elections have been insecure, and fortifying our procedures for future elections. This has to be done fast and it’s good to know that some people are on this — whether or not they’ll be effective in curbing the deceit remains to be seen.
  2. Work at electing the right people.  This seems to be happening, but right now, we’re just looking at primaries.  What will happen when we’re down to wire in November? It will be ugly. We will need poll watchers galore.
  3. Work at clearing up the education mess we’re in. We’re spending more money every year for ever-more-dismal results. Looks like our kids are learning more about sexual deviance than they are about math or science, more anti-America, racist attitudes than they are history or literature.
  4. But here’s the rub: We have a nation filled with at least two generations of people who have not been properly educated, who have no respect for the church, no respect for teachers, no respect for parents. We have a nation saturated with drugs, many people addicted because of painkillers, many too young to make sensible decisions about substances they can procure with ease.
  5. Things like the flailing economy can be corrected with the right policy decisions. The border can be fixed with a wall. The crime problem will settle down when we go back to punishing criminals. Most of this isn’t rocket science. It just takes an honest look at human nature (Newsflash: we’re not basically good.) and the application of common sense — and all that takes time.
  6. Enter God. All good governance comes from a deep understanding — on the part of both the governing and the governed — of the reality of absolute truth, i.e. God. Some things are right and some things are wrong and we determine which is which by consulting the only final authority on things moral: the Bible. History is clear on this: the closer a society aligns itself, however imperfectly, to the precepts in the Bible, the more prosperous that society becomes. The opposite is also true. Deuteronomy 28 gives us real clear delineation of what happens to a nation that disobeys God’s commands.
  7. Not only does the God of the Bible deal with us corporately, as a nation, but also as individuals. Even though we cannot control our neighbors’ relationship with God, we can control our own. We can start following His divine instructions — the book of John is a great guideline.  And we can share what we learn with our neighbors — this business of not talking politics and religion is not working out so well.  We can speak to school boards. My daughter did that — went to and spoke at her school board meetings (as a teacher, not a parent) for over a year, pointing out the problems with the district’s early literacy program. She has now been hired by the district to spearhead its change to brain-research based teaching methods, which include a beefed-up return to phonics. It can be done.
  8. I also depend a great deal on prayer. God doesn’t want goodness to fail and has promised His people, whether Israel or the church, that He will listen and follow through. We’re seeing that happen over and over again right now, so those of us who pray need to be doing so consistently and powerfully. For those who don’t pray, join us. It’s a truly exciting journey. 
  9. Deana Chadwell is an adjunct professor and department head at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. She teaches writing, logic, and literature. She can be contacted at dchad_02@charter.net.

Civilized New York Representative, Lee Zeldin, May Go Governor!

Bizzarro World: NY GOP Gov challenger within 4 points?

JAZZ SHAW Sep 04, 2022 at HotAir:  

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

When unelected New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently told all 5.4 million registered Republicans in her state to move to Florida, I pointed to her statement as evidence that she is brimming with confidence that there is no possible way she could lose to a Republican in November. While that still may turn out to be the case, the picture is nowhere near as clear as it seemed to be a couple of months ago. In early August, a SurveyUSA poll had Hochul ahead of Republican Lee Zeldin by a whopping 52 to 28 margin. But this week, a Trafalgar poll dropped and they have Zeldin hot on Hochul’s tail, with the Governor’s lead dropping to a 47.8 to 43.4% advantage. That’s still outside the poll’s margin of error, but not by very much. So is this real? (NY Post)

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin is closing in on incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul in New York’s tightening gubernatorial race, a poll released Saturday found.

The survey, conducted by the independent Trafalgar Group, found Hochul with just a 4 percent lead over the Long Island congressman — a significant narrowing in a race that has seen Hochul with a lead of up to 24 points.

The poll of 1,091 likely general election voters, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, pegged Hochul at 47.8% — and Zeldin, at 43.4%, nipping at the Democrat’s heels.

It’s still entirely possible that this is just a rather extreme outlier and Hochul’s numbers will spring back in the next couple of surveys. After all, the RCP average still shows Hochul with a nearly 15-point lead even after this Trafalgar poll was factored in. But then again, all of those other polls were conducted well before her speech where she demanded that more than 5 million people leave the state.

Further, the SurveyUSA poll I mentioned above may have given Hochul a 24-point lead, but there were still 14 % undecided. If those undecided voters all started shifting in Zeldin’s direction, the race could actually be tightening considerably. If you see two consecutive polls, with similar results, that could translate into actual momentum.

I’m not even close to getting my hopes up yet because we’ve been burned too many times before. New York hasn’t elected a Republican governor since George Pataki’s third victory in 2002. And even that race was very close, with Pataki benefitting from an unexpectedly strong showing for a third-party candidate who drained votes away from the Democrat. The generic ballot has only gotten worse for New York Republicans since then. There would need to have been a massive sea change in a very short period of time for these latest figures to be real.

But I don’t think we can say that it’s flatly impossible. Crime in the state – particularly in New York City – has been out of control for a while now and the state is hemorrhaging residents. Hochul and her party have done nothing to fix the “bail reform” policies they instituted and a majority of New Yorkers see that as one of the leading drivers of increased crime rates. Taxes have continued to go up on a number of things, even as high prices make it harder for people to get by. Is it possible that the Democrats are finally losing support, even in the blue stronghold of New York City? Zeldin should do well in the upstate region, but he can’t win unless he can gain some significant traction in the Big Apple.

Put a bookmark on this race and we’ll come back to it in a few weeks. If we see one or two more surveys producing similar results, we could have an actual race on our hands. And the down-ballot races for both Congress and the state legislature might deliver some very unpleasant surprises for the Democrats if that turns out to be the case.

Joe’s Been Crooked Much Of His Life. Now He’s SENILE BUT VERY CROOKED!

Joe Biden Demonizes Trump Supporters in Unhinged Prime Time Diatribe: ‘MAGA Forces’ Are ‘a Threat to this Country;’ ‘Fanning Flames of Violence’

By Debra Heine at American Greatness:

September 1, 2022

In a prime time speech to the nation Thursday night, Joe Biden targeted about half of the citizens in the United States with an unhinged message of condemnation, calling those who support former President Donald Trump “MAGA forces” who are a “threat to this country.”

The Biden White House has sharpened its attacks against its political enemies in recent weeks, calling out Trump supporters a far-right “extremist threat” to Democracy who are motivated by an ideology of “semi-fascism.”

To justify the attacks, the White House has cited what it calls “attempts to undermine the right to vote (voter integrity laws that most Americans support),  support for laws banning or restricting abortion, and talk of repealing gay marriage.

Biden’s speech on the “battle for the soul of the nation” at Philadelphia‘s Independence National Historical Park was his second appearance in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania this week. Biden also took the opportunity to attack “MAGA” Republicans during an political rally in the Keystone State on Tuesday touting his latest gun grab.

Biden’s unhinged remarks targeting his political enemies have been seen by many Republicans in recent days as a dangerous dog-whistle to radical left-wing groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter, to attack conservatives.

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic,” Biden intoned. To appear fair, he sought to differentiate Trump supporters from more liberal Republicans.

“Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology,” he continued. “I know, because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream  Republicans, Biden added, suggesting that the degree to which a Republican is deemed an extremist is dependent upon how much they they are willing to work with him.

“But there’s no question that the Republican party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans,” he complained. “And that is a threat to this country.”

Staring intently at the teleprompter, Biden went on to make the case that he was a unifier, not a divider, like Trump. “I am an American president. Not a president of red America or blue America, but of all America,” he stated earnestly, even though he spent a large chunk of his first year in office demonizing millions of unvaccinated Americans.

“I believe it is my duty, my duty to level with you to tell the truth no matter how difficult, no matter how painful,” he continued. “And here in my view is what is true. MAGA Republicans don’t respect the Constitution,” Biden declared. “They do not respect the rule of law, they do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election,” he added bitterly, referring to the widespread belief the the 2020 election was rigged.

In a transparent case of liberal projection, Biden accused Republicans of working in “state after state” to give the power to decide elections “to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine Democracy itself.”

“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards,” Biden said. “Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love.”

Continuing his diatribe against fellow Americans, Biden accused them of “promoting authoritarian leaders, and fanning “the flames of political violence,” which of course, is what he was doing by attacking Trump supporters.

“They are a threat to out personal rights and to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the vert soul of this country,” Biden intoned.

He then aimed his fury at those who view “the mob” that stormed the Capitol on January 6, as “patriots,” rather than as “insurrectionists who placed a dagger at the throat of our Democracy.”

Biden warned ominously that Trump supporters “see their MAGA failure to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election as preparation for the 2022 and 2024 elections.”

He added mournfully that the “MAGA Republicans” tried to overturn the votes of 81 million people, and predicted that “this time they are determined to succeed in thwarting the will of the people.”

“We are not powerless in the face of these threats. We are not bystanders in this ongoing attack on Democracy. There are far more Americans—FAR more Americans from every background and belief who reject the extreme MAGA ideology than those who accept it.

He told his audience of leftists that they have the power  “to stop the assault on American Democracy.”

A heckler can be heard chanting “f—k Joe Biden!” during the part of the speech when Biden was talking about how the “election deniers” don’t believe he got 81 million votes.

Biden…Our Red Leader Gangster!

SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

BIDEN KEEPS A PROMISE—TO SCREW AMERICAN MOTORISTS

During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden promised: ““No more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling including offshore—no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill—period.” No matter the consequences for pump prices and American independence from foreign fuel suppliers apparently.

This is one promise Biden has kept. The Wall Street Journal reports today:

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration has leased fewer acres for oil-and-gas drilling offshore and on federal land than any other administration in its early stages dating back to the end of World War II, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

President Biden’s Interior Department leased 126,228 acres for drilling through Aug. 20, his first 19 months in office, the analysis found. No other president since Richard Nixon in 1969-70 leased out fewer than 4.4 million acres at this stage in his first term.

The chart the Journal includes is striking:

First, good grief was Ronald Reagan awesome in getting access to domestic oil opened up in a big way.

Second, if Republicans can’t exploit this in the coming election they should file Chapter 11 bankruptcy for political incompetence.

Third, I hope reporters will ask Joe Manchin every day, “So how’s that deal you made with Schumer for expanded oil and gas leasing on federal land working out?”