• 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

Dems’ Maxine Waters IS A BELOWING NUT! Slow Con Joe at least has a SMILE!

 OCTOBER 14, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN JOE BIDEN

“BIDENISM AT ITS FINEST”

If we tried to highlight every bizarre or delusional thing Joe Biden says, we wouldn’t have time for anything else. But who can resist occasionally mocking Slow Joe? Yesterday Biden was in Los Angeles and risked going out in public. The New York Post reports:

“The inflation report is out. Have you seen gas prices around here in LA? It’s 7 bucks a gallon almost,” a reporter said after Biden handed a cashier three $20 bills for a $16.45 order of six tacos and two quesadillas. “Well, that’s always been the case here,” Biden replied.

“Always” meaning since I, Slow Joe, became president. That line, while false, at least was coherent. It was downhill from there:

“You know, it’s not — what — nationwide, they came down about $1.35, and they’re still down over a dollar. But we’re going to work on — housing is the big — is the most important thing we have to do in terms of that.”
***
James Gallagher, the Republican minority leader in the California Assembly, tweeted, “Bidenism at its finest in LA today. High gas prices is a housing problem?”

The Post story recaps a few other recent Bidenisms:

Before his taco stop, the president said in a speech that he agrees with “whatever” the notoriously hotheaded Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says.

Maxine Waters is, to put it politely, a nut. Remember when people voted for Biden because he was a “moderate”?

One of the odd things about Biden is that he lies most consistently about his own life and experience. I leave it to psychiatrists to explain this. One of many examples:

Biden claimed Tuesday that firefighters nearly died extinguishing a 2004 fire at his Wilmington, Del., house — after saying last year that he “had a house burn down with my wife in it.” The local fire department said Friday that “for the fire service, this could be considered an insignificant fire,” confirming the local fire chief’s remark at the time that it was doused within 20 minutes.

Lots more at the link, which turns into a partial compendium of Biden’s delusional lies through the years. What is Biden’s problem? It is a little hard to sort out, because 1) he has always been a liar, and 2) to put it politely, he has never been intelligent. But what we are seeing now goes beyond his historic shortcomings. Given his current mental capacity, I don’t think Biden is competitively employable in any skilled or responsible position.

Are Biden Disorders Caused By GOP Breakfasts?

Get Ready For Democrats’ New Strategy: Blaming Future Bidenflation On A GOP Congress

BY: SHAWN FLEETWOOD at the Federalist:

OCTOBER 14, 2022

Joe Biden giving a speech from a podium
With the 2022 midterms steadily approaching, leftists throughout the political and corporate media spheres are already preparing to blame any and all future rising inflation on Republicans should Democrats lose control of Congress.

During an event in Los Angeles on Thursday, President Joe Biden began to lay the groundwork for this new strategy. While attempting to talk up a previously passed infrastructure package, the Democrat president claimed that “if Republicans win” control of Congress next month, “inflation is going to get worse. It’s that simple.”

“Folks, you know, Republicans are going to make you — working, middle-class folks — pay higher taxes. … And the biggest corporations — and, by the way, in every single piece of legislation I’ve gotten passed with the help of the people here, we have not raised the tax on anybody making less than 400,000 bucks a year one penny,” Biden asserted, despite a report from the Congressional Budget Office analyzing the effects of the Democrats’ wrongly termed “Inflation Reduction Act” showing otherwise.

According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, yearly inflation ending in September is up to 8.2 percent, while “[c]ore inflation, which factors out energy and food prices, rose to 6.6%, the highest mark since 1982.” Since Biden took office in January of last year, the prices of everyday commodities, from food to gasoline and energy, have all skyrocketed to levels not seen in decades.

Despite such cataclysmically awful numbers, Biden and company have repeatedly tried to downplay the economic effect inflation has had on average Americans. During a “60 Minutes” interview last month, for instance, the president proclaimed that the month-to-month inflation rate was “up just an inch, hardly at all.”

Since his inauguration, Biden, along with a Democrat-controlled Congress, has wasted no time in spending trillions of dollars to fund left-wing pet projects that have done nothing to address the needs of the American people. In addition to the roughly $740 billion deceptively named “Inflation Reduction Act,” Democrats also passed the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” during the early months of the Biden administration.

Taking their messaging cues from Biden, the country’s corporate media and political elites throughout Washington, D.C., have adopted the administration’s new tactic and are forecasting an even worse economy under a GOP-controlled Congress. During a recent segment on MSNBC, network host Chris Hayes said he feels “confident in predicting” that “if Republicans win control of one or both houses of Congress [this fall], they will do everything in their power to sabotage the economy to best set them up to retake the White House in 2024.”

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Democratic National Committee spokesman Ammar Moussa echoed similar sentiments in remarks provided to the Washington Examiner, claiming that Republicans have “repeatedly made clear that they want to gut Social Security and Medicare and even increase prescription drug costs for millions of Americans.”

“Time and time again, Republicans have shown they will side with special interests to raise costs on American families, while President Biden and Democrats work tirelessly to lower costs. The stakes of this fall’s elections could not be higher,” he said.


Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. 

Conservatives Following Themselves IN CIRCLES?

October 14, 2022

GOP: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way!

By D. Parker at American Thinker:

The Republican party has three choices.  It can lead in a resurgence of individual liberty, follow grassroots state organizations in victory…or get out of the way. 

“There’s something happening here, But what it is ain’t exactly clear”

—”For What It’s Worth,” Buffalo Springfield (1966)

Lead

Consider these items of the past few days in light of the “projected” commie tsunami that was nothing more than a tiny wave in the cesspool that is the “Democratic” party.

Rising star Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) recently urged the fossilized faction of the Republican party to “stop accepting the rhetoric of the left in the media [and] instead, go on offense.”

“Democrats want to kill our country, but on November 9 it is wake-up day for Republicans and they better gird their loins because we are going to hold Republicans accountable to fight for the American people,” he added.

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Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the nation’s socialist “Democratic” party and its divisive, anti-liberty agenda.

The fossilized faction of the Republican Party needs to look at these events and the trends in polling despite the nation’s socialist media’s usual tricks and consider what can happen if the party can resist shooting itself in the foot for a few days.  Looking at you Lindsey, Mitt, and Mitch.

To paraphrase the saying, they have one job, and that’s the leadership of the party.  It’s not to compromise with the collectivists or negotiate some of our rights away, only to have them come back later with more demands to diminish our liberty.

Something is happening, and all of the cruelties mentioned in the song “For What It’s Worth” are coming from the anti-liberty authoritarians of the fascist far left, from the war-mongering to throwing people in jail for peaceful protests.

So, for Mitch, and the rest of the folks in the fossilized faction of the GOP, it’s time for some good old-fashioned leadership.  It’s time to stand up for the Bill of Rights and our basic freedoms and liberties.  They need to embrace the concepts in the Commitment to America and then go beyond this to restore our liberty and basic civil rights that have been under constant assault by the anti-liberty left.  They need to stop compromising with collectivists that arguably want to destroy the country and democracy. 

We get the feeling that they don’t want to win, for reasons unknown.

That must be why they rejected the Tea Party movement, and why they rejected President Trump.

Perhaps they wanted good press from people who hate the pro-freedom right, so they thought throwing the game will engender glowing articles about “bipartisanship” and willingness to compromise.

Well, we need to let them in on a little secret: leftists are liars.  It’s why both words start with an “L,” and they have sinister connotations.  If they can’t find it within themselves to do their one job, they have two others.  But to quote one of the greatest movies of all time, failure is not an option.

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The Republican party has a second choice if it can’t figure out how to save the republic from the anti-liberty authoritarians of the fascist far left.  Then the least they can do is stop trying to sabotage our efforts to save it.  In plain English, this means letting the people take over and give up trying to “help” by taking careful aim and shooting themselves in the foot whenever they can.

Grassroots state-level organizations need your help in a myriad number of ways.  They are working overtime to conserve our liberty, and they could use everyone’s help — from volunteering to help with e-mail communications to alerting people to the issues at hand to distributing voter guides or assisting with get-out-the-vote efforts.

Defending The Republic has a few suggestions of what you can do if the GOP doesn’t follow through:

  • If you can, contribute directly to candidates. Help canvas neighborhoods.
  • Offer to drive people to the polls on election day
  • Talk to your friends and family about voting.
  • Volunteer with your county party to see where they need help.

And as always, your greatest gift is that of prayer for our country.

Or get out of the way!

If the GOP cannot manage either one of the first two options, it should know that we’re not going to play this little game of “bipartisanship” again.  We’re sick of their acting like the on-court foils to the Harlem Globetrotters.  This is the third option for the Terrapin set; this is going to be the case either way in November.  If they lose, that’s probably it for the country, and their status will be irrelevant.

If there is anything right in this world, the socialists of the nation’s anti-liberty left will be soundly defeated, saving our constitutional republic from their attempts at destruction.

The problem is that we all know what is going to happen next.

The minute the pro-freedom side takes the plaudits, en masse, the nation’s socialist media will collectively “rediscover” two words, buried in the mists of time of the past two years.  Two words that are pure magic to the exploitation lexicon of the cruel collectivist left are “compromise” and “bipartisanship.”  Yes, those will be their two favorite words; they will try to outdo themselves repeating those magic phrases, morning, noon, and night.

Even worse, our ever-so-helpful Republicans that are drawn to the media like flies to fresh manure will parrot the clarion call for compromise.

Forget about the fact that for the past two years, “bipartisanship” was considered only when the RINOs were negotiating away our rights. 

Anti-liberty leftists didn’t care about the concept.  Then, suddenly, that will all change. 

Well, we’re here to let them know they are going to reject those calls for compromise.  No one should have any doubt that this was all part of the plan.  The authoritarians of the fascist far left were pushing the “Overton window” as far as it could go, knowing that our ever-unreliable Republicans will botch the response and refuse to repair the damage.

This means that the Republican Party has one last chance — one last chance to fix the damage done to it by the enemies of liberty on the left.  The people who hate limited government, economic freedom, and free enterprise are simply planning on sitting back and holding onto their gains, lying in wait for their next opportunity.  

This is why Republicans need to do something different and do whatever they can to fix the damage wrought by the anti-liberty left.  If they cannot, they need to leave the job to those who can.  Those are the only options.

D Parker is an engineer, inventor, wordsmith, and student of history, the director of communications for a Bill of Rights organization, and a longtime contributor to conservative websites.  Find him on Substack.

Will Truth Will Out For Innocent Derek Chauvin?

 OCTOBER 14, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:

IN THE CHAUVIN APPEAL: HUGH HEWITT EDITION

Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey — my old friend — is sitting in for Hugh Hewitt this morning. Ed had me on to talk about this post and invited listeners to check it out. Having rotated off our home page, it is easy to miss. With thanks to Ed, I am taking the liberty of reposting it.

* * * * *

Derek Chauvin could not afford an attorney to appeal his convictions in the case of George Floyd. Chauvin’s insurance did not extend to appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court denied him a public defender. Although I thought Chauvin could not have received a fair trial in Hennepin County, it looked like he wouldn’t be able to raise the issue on appeal either.

I put out the call on Power Line for some member of the Minnesota bar to represent Chauvin on appeal. In the best tradition of the American legal profession, my friend Bill Mohrman answered the call. Chauvin’s legal defense fund is here at GiveSendGo.

I spoke to Bill this morning about the appeal. The state’s brief was written by a team of lawyers led by Neal Katyal, volunteering his and his firm’s services to the prosecution of Chauvin. Katyal is easily one of the most prominent appellate lawyers in the United States. I asked Bill if he didn’t feel like he was up against Goliath. He laughed, which I interpreted in the affirmative. He said he thought that “everyone is entitled to an attorney representing him.” He added, “If we’re getting away from that in this country, we’re in big trouble.”

Briefing of the appeal was completed last week. Bill anticipates that oral argument will be scheduled before a panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in January. I should note that they are elected judges who must be cognizant of the consequences of decision requiring retrial at a venue outside Hennepin County. It wouldn’t be pretty.

The Hennepin County District Court page on the Chauvin case is here. It affords access to each of the appellate briefs including Appellant’s Brief (Chauvin), Respondent’s Brief (the state or the prosecution), and Appellant’s Reply Brief.

Virtually every time I wrote about the trial on Power Line I noted the riots that preceded it, the riots that occurred during it, and the concrete and barbed-wire construction around the courthouse that gave visible form to the lynch-mob atmosphere of the proceedings. National Guard troops were stationed outside the courthouse along with two armored personnel carriers.

Security concerns were such that the jurors assembled at an undisclosed location each morning during the trial and were driven to and from the courthouse by Hennepin County Sheriff’s officers in unmarked vans. The Star Tribune reported: “The unprecedented effort aimed at protecting jurors from danger and outside influence cost $21,905 in van rentals.”

One more thing. Governor Walz began deploying National Guard troops around Minneapolis and St. Paul as early as Wednesday, April 14, 2021-before jury sequestration-in the event riots occurred “post verdict,” as Bill puts it at page 29 of Appellant’s Brief. “Post verdict” should be translated as “in the unlikely event of a not guilty verdict.” Everyone in his right mind understood the secondary effects of a not guilty verdict.

Bill does a good job of leading with the pretrial publicity, security issues, and other events that precluded a fair trial. Bill relies on the two-tier analysis set forth in the United States Supreme Court’s Skilling case to argue that prejudice should have been presumed under the circumstances of this case. Turning to the state’s brief, this statement leaps out at me on page 17 (footnote omitted):

The United States Supreme Court has likewise cautioned that a presumption of prejudice applies only in “the extreme case”—such as those involving “kangaroo court proceedings,” “bedlam,” a “carnival atmosphere,” or a disturbing lack of “judicial serenity.” Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S. 358, 379-381 (2010) (cleaned up).

Again, that is the state speaking in Respondent’s Brief on the law applicable to Chauvin’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial under controlling case law.

This is me speaking. If this wasn’t the extreme case, there never was one and there will never be one.

Burned Minneapolis IS STILL UNDER LEFTIST SEIGE

October 14, 2022

Corporate Safety in Cities: Some Get it, Some Don’t

By Jon Henschen at American Thinker:

Prior to the George Floyd incident, the thought of safety would rarely have occurred when executives visit a company as part of the vetting process for both sides. Clearly, the concern for safety has changed in many cities.  My wife and I use to do date nights to Minneapolis Uptown area on a monthly basis, but the George Floyd riots changed this part of Minneapolis permanently. Buildings are still boarded up and many of the restaurants we frequented are no longer around. The primary reason we now stay clear of many parts of Minneapolis is that we don’t feel safe.  Murder rates are at all-time historic highs and all other crimes are way up.  Historic police exodus in Minneapolis and other cities impacted by racial justice unrest and Minneapolis identifying as a sanctuary city with a large influx of illegal immigrants, has only exasperated the problem of increased crime. 

Looking at cities that are hot spots for crime (Chicago, New Orleans, and New York City), we questioned three financial services firms on whether they are concerned for the safety of financial advisors that visit their home office and whether they intend on relocating their home office due to high crime rates.  These due-diligence visits consist of a dinner out with management and a day of meetings the next day.  We asked a recruiter of a firm in New Orleans about their concerns.  Their response was:

“There is no plan to change our home office location.  Like other major cities across the country there are always challenges for safety and we take that very seriously.  When scheduling HOV’s with prospective advisors, we book our advisors at 4–5-star hotels that are located in safe areas nearby our office as well as schedule private transportation between the airport & hotel, holding dinner at highly regarded restaurants.” 

Midway through 2022, New Orleans leads the nation in murders.  As much as this firm may try to protect visiting prospects, they can’t prevent candidates from wanting to venture out and explore the French Quarter after dinner, in which case, all safety assurances are off.  This is problematic in many cities, requiring you to figure out where’s the decreasing number of safe places where you can let your guard down. 

We asked the CEO of a Chicago firm the same questions and his response was,

“Our home office is located in the West Loop area of Chicago which is very vibrant, growing, hip and safe area of the city.  We have had zero issues with crime or anything even close to it.  Our home office employees enjoy coming to the office.  So no, we have no intention of moving the home office.  If anything, we are looking to expand here in downtown Chicago.”

Normalcy bias aside, according to Niche, the issues with crime in the West Loop year to date July 2022 are not zero but rather their statistics show this:

Crime in Chicago is enough of an issue that many corporations have left including:

Boeing

Citadel

Caterpillar

Aldi’s

Whole Foods

The CEO of McDonalds has recently sounded the alarm, saying, “The rising crime is hurting his ability to recruit quality executive candidates.”  The number of safe neighborhoods is decreasing as high crime areas expand.  The Magnificent Mile and the North side,  which use to be safe places to shop at high-end stores or see a Cub game, have had their perception of safety ripped away with most all categories of crime increasing dramatically.     

For New Yorkers, crime has had a prolonged upswing, but has amplified since the George Floyd riots with YTD July 2022 stats the following:

Robbery +37.2%

Felony Assault +17.8%

Grand Larceny +40.6%

Felonies +29%

In a discussion with a recruiter for a firm based in New York City, the conversation was frank and direct.  He explained,

“If I were an advisor, I wouldn’t visit New York.  It’s not safe!  Rent/Lease prices are still crazy high and you don’t see anyone around so we have plans to move our office to another borough and then eventually go to Florida.”

Moving from New York City to Florida is a common trend for finance-related firms such as Goldman Sachs, Citadel, Arch Investments, and Blackstone that have made the move to Florida for less crime, better climate, lower taxes, and no draconian COVID regulations and mismanagement of those regulations.

What are your options regarding corporate visits and safety?  During COVID, firms did virtual tours and Zoom calls as an alternative to in-person visits.  The increased issue with flight delays and cancelations has further taken the shine off in person visits so doing a Zoom call with the departments that matter to you is a viable alternative.  If you choose to do an in-person visit at a company that is located in a higher-crime city, avoiding venturing outside the safety of your hotel after dinner would be most prudent.

If you do venture out, take the advice that the Los Angeles Police Department is now giving residents in Los Angeles, which is to not wear high-end jewelry in public or expensive clothing that draws attention to you.  Expensive watches can be especially risky to wear.

We’ve always been proponents of in-person visits because meeting people in person, seeing the facility, and eating a meal with management brings things to the surface you don’t get on a Zoom call. Unfortunately, as the ‘rule of law’ is increasingly suppressed in the name of equality, many cities are shifting from centers of commerce to centers of chaos.  Because of this trend, you can’t assume safety as we once did in urban locations.

Liz Cheney….the IDIOT, the LIAR, OR BOTH!

October 13, 2022

The January 6 Committee just can’t quit Donald Trump

By Andrea Widburg at American Thinker:

Since Day One of the Biden administration, no matter the question, when it comes to Democrat governance failures, the answers are always the same: Russia and Trump. Putin is responsible for the economic disaster that is Bidenism and Trump is responsible for everything else. It’s no surprise, therefore, that with a disastrous midterm election looming, the January 6 commission went big: It announced that it will subpoena Donald Trump to appear before the commission. 

Fox News has the story:

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote Thursday to subpoena former President Trump

The committee’s members, seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, will hold a vote to compel the former president to testify about his conduct leading up to the incident, sources tell Fox News. Trump has previously refused to voluntarily cooperate with the panel, calling it a partisan witch hunt. 

To justify a narrative that interests only political fanatics, the commission once again dragged out the claim that Trump, by doing what Democrats have routinely done for 20 years worth of elections, irreparably damaged American democracy:

What Donald Trump proceeded to do after the 2020 election is something no president had done before in our country,” said Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. “In a staggering betrayal of his oath, Donald Trump attempted a plan that led to an attack on a pillar of our democracy.”

Just once, I wish someone would ask one of these bloviating Democrats to explain what he or she means by “democracy.” We all know that it would boil down to “Democrats should always win.”

The Democrat response to forty year high inflation today? Another January 6th hearing. Really.

Liz Cheney, of course, continued her private and, by now, pretty twisted and disturbing, vendetta against Trump:

“The vast weight of evidence presented so far has shown us that the central cause of January 6 was one man, Donald Trump, who many others followed,” said Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. “None of this would have happened without him. He was personally and substantially involved in all of it.”

Twitter commenters were very certain about the reason for the latest announcement from the House’s star chamber—horrible economic news. Clay Travis spoke for many with this Tweet:

Americans have had a snootful of “Democrats unchained,” and they’re beginning to realize that the Democrat party version of democracy is painful, mostly unconstitutional, and cares nothing about the demos—that is, the people. So the kangaroo court will roll on and, if I were a betting person, I would say that the January 6 committee will live to regret giving Donald Trump a chance to sit before them and explain what really happened.

How Crooked Is Today’s Dem America Becoming?

OCTOBER 13, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

MEDIA DISCOVERS VOTE FRAUD AFTER ALL

And not just any media, but Rolling Stone! Fraud on a massive scale in Alaska.

Okay, so it involves a popular election for “Fat Bear” in Alaska, which is part of something in Alaska called “Fat Bear Week,” in which people get to vote for the bear they think is the most suitably plump heading into winter hibernation. I’ll let Rolling Stone take up the story from here:

[Bear] 747 was winning was leading in votes for the whole day and by quite a substantial amount,” Kraft says. “When there were just a few hours of voting left we noticed that 435 Holly received over 9,000 votes in a very short period of time.” It was the speediest and most significant comeback the NPS had seen in a fat bear face-off, and it immediately drew suspicion.

Whoa! 9,000 votes in a very short period of time you say? Sounds like Michigan in 2020. No wonder it “drew suspicion.” Anyway, to continue:

NPS partner and multimedia wildlife organization explore.org, Kraft explains, found the avalanche of new votes had been generated via “many fake email addresses coming from several IP address.” Filtering out the votes from those IPs confirmed that 747 had bested 435 — who nonetheless, to her credit, was 2019’s Fat Bear Week champion. On further review, none of the previous rounds bore signs of suspicious activity, and NPS has now added a captcha to its system “in order to create another barrier to stop fraudulent voting.”

Putting in safeguards to prevent fraudulent voting! Imagine that. Surprised people in the furry community aren’t attacking this as “vote suppression.” And I wonder how the results would have come out if the Fat Bear was selected with ranked-choice voting, which fatheaded humans are using in Alaska now for everything else.

But good to know Alaskan bears can now hibernate contently knowing that the latest election was cleaned up. There won’t be any bear raids in Juneau on January 6. I hope the Fat Bears make room for the media; when it comes to actual human vote fraud, our media sleeps in permanent hibernation.

(P.S. Yes, I’m thinking of using “Bear 747” and “Bear 435” as a code words for Trump and Biden going forward.)

WELCOME HISPANICS WHO AID AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!

Is a Hispanic Red Wave Coming?

A book offering the most detailed survey of Hispanic opinion ever conducted seems to suggest it’s here.

By Mark Krikorian at American Greatness:

October 12, 2022

The move of Hispanics toward the GOP is much in the news. The victory earlier this year of Republican Mayra Flores in a special election in a longtime Democratic House district in South Texas made a front-page story of the trend that, until then, had been mainly on the radar of political mavens.

But up to now there has been no book-length examination of Hispanics’ rightward shift, certainly not one geared toward the engaged layman.

Now there is.

Political Migrants: Hispanic Voters on the Move, by Jim Robb, looks at why Hispanic Americans don’t seem to be playing their part in The Emerging Democratic Majority that John Judis and Ruy Teixeira foretold two decades ago.

Robb is a vice president at the immigration-reduction group NumbersUSA, but this isn’t really an immigration book. There’s a good deal of background on Hispanic Americans—their history and characteristics—and it doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties some have had over the years. There’s an especially useful chapter on why the experience of Hispanics is not comparable to that of blacks.

But the core of the book is probably the most detailed survey of Hispanic opinion ever conducted. There may be only 100 or so Hispanics in any given national poll, making it impossible to get meaningful results for various subgroups. So what Robb did was commission a survey with more than 2,700 Hispanic likely voters, conducted in April and May of this year, allowing all kinds of demographic slicing and dicing.

The large sample size means the responses to the 13 questions can be broken down by categories you’d expect: sex, age, party affiliation, ideology, education, and income. But in addition, results are reported according to whether the respondent is an immigrant, marital and parental status, religious affiliation and frequency of attendance, and language spoken at home. And to me the most interesting demographic question is whether the respondent’s “Hispanic Identity” is primary or secondary—basically, whether he sees his Hispanic-ness as a racial matter, like being black (primary), or as an ethnic identity (secondary), like being Italian.

Robb then walks through the 13 substantive poll questions, with a brief discussion of each—Biden approval, how they voted in 2020, who they would vote for in 2024 if it’s a re-run of 2020, top issues, size of government, abortion, and several others. To read this book is not heavy-lifting—Robb writes simply and without affectation, so it is accessible to all interested readers.

As you might expect, Republicans do better among Hispanics who are over 40, Protestants, those who attend church frequently regardless of denomination, are married, have children, speak English at home, and those who see themselves as ethnically, rather than racially, Hispanic. But the level of detail also reveals some surprising wrinkles—like the fact that foreign-born Hispanic voters have a strong preference for the Republicans on immigration, the opposite of native-born Hispanics.

The most interesting chapter may be the final one, where Robb draws on these results, along with ongoing polling (specifically on immigration) that NumbersUSA has been doing for several years, to offer advice for both parties on how to appeal to Hispanic voters. He summarizes his advice for the GOP this way:

Emphasize border security and moderate immigration policies, be tough on crime, be optimistic and patriotic about America, talk about faith, concentrate on your core of middle-aged supporters while cultivating the more conservative young voters, and finally, put women out front as often as possible.

Of course, this sounds a lot like what the Republican Party should be doing generally, which underlines the author’s point that Hispanic Americans are a lot like other Americans, and becoming more so all the time.

Robb also gamely offers advice to Democrats on how to retain their Hispanic supporters. His recommendations include “mute all talk of socialism,” “treat Hispanics first as Americans,” “sound as happy to be an American as most Hispanics are,” and “move to an American worker-oriented immigration policy.” You almost have to laugh at these subheadings, not because the advice is unsound but because it’s going to be a long time, if ever, before any major Democratic candidate sincerely and believably embraces any of this. When’s the last time you heard a Democratic officeholder “sound happy to be an American”?

Robb is appropriately modest in his forecast and doesn’t repeat Judis and Teixeira’s mistake by predicting “The Coming Republican Majority.” But he does note that “If Hispanic moderate-to-conservative voters join the White working class in moving into the Republican Party, everything will alter for politics in America.” And if you’d read Political Migrants, you’d know why.

Wokism’s LOONY TUNES!

OCTOBER 13, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ANTI-WOKISM IS NOT ENOUGH

Just about everyone—even liberals—seems to be alarmed by and opposed to “wokism,” which Wilfred Reilly defines as “the belief that (1) all of society is currently and intentionally structured to oppress; (2) all gaps in performance between large groups illustrate this’ and (3) the solution is ‘equity’ – proportional representation without regard to performance.”

And yet wokery continues its relentless advance. Why? Cue Michael Robillard, writing in Chronicles:

Whereas leftism possesses a telos of unrelenting egalitarianism and neverending revolution, mere anti-wokeism possesses no such countervailing telos of its own. On a long enough timeline, in a game where one player is committed to seeing every dialogical and cultural contest as zero-sum while the other is committed to seeing no such contest as zero-sum whatsoever, the winner is clear. Hence, by its own commitments, mere anti-wokeism lacks the conceptual, normative, and metaphysical resources to draw any kind of nonnegotiable line in the sand whatsoever against ideological opponents hell-bent on pressing their own interests further and further.