• 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

…”only 36% of Minnesota’s 11th graders can do math at grade level”…

OCTOBER 22, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:


It was obvious early in the covid epidemic that the benefits of lockdowns were speculative and hypothetical, while the costs were large and undeniable. Now that the dust has settled, those costs can be quantified.

My staff has produced two new papers on the costs of the covid shutdowns in Minnesota. While their analyses are state-specific, it is reasonable to assume that their findings would be reflected in other states, depending on the severity of shutdowns there.

Part One was authored by economists John Phelan and Martha Njolomole. They performed a multi-factor regression analysis to isolate the influence of more or less severe covid shutdowns on states’ economies. They used the week by week severity index that was created by scholars at Oxford University and controlled for the rate of covid infection, tax policies, and the extent to which each state’s economy relies on tourism and hospitality, the sectors hit hardest by shutdowns.

Their conclusion is that GDP growth during the covid era was negatively associated with shutdown stringency, such that an average household of four in Minnesota lost around $7,500 in GDP, due to our state’s lockdown, through May 2021.

Part Two, authored by Catrin Wigfall, analyzes the impact of Minnesota’s school shutdowns on children’s education. She doesn’t examine the school closures’ impact on mental health, socialization, and so on. Rather, her focus is exclusively on academic achievement. She concludes that covid shutdowns, dictated by the state’s teachers’ union, devastated the educational progress of Minnesota’s students.

This chart tells the story: performance in reading and math fell off a cliff when the schools shut down, and performance hasn’t rebounded. It continues to be terrible:

That chart, by the way, figures prominently in Dr. Scott Jensen’s campaign for governor. Perhaps the most appalling statistic is that currently, only 36% of Minnesota’s 11th graders can do math at grade level–a low bar. That isn’t entirely due to covid shutdowns, of course. The state’s public schools have been bad for a long time. But the problem was obviously aggravated by closing down the schools.

Much, much more at the links.

Will there ever be an accounting for the damage that was done by covid hysteria on the part of government officials? Perhaps, to a limited degree. Our own governor, Tim Walz, was a covid Nazi who seemed to take pride in inflicting maximum damage on his own state. He has fallen behind in the most recent poll, and I think will lose to Jensen, who has been an outspoken critic of Walz’s covid shutdowns since 2020. We will see whether the same happens in other states. Gretchen Whitmer, for example, is locked in a tight race for re-election. But how much that has to do with her covid policies, as opposed to the general disdain in which Democrats are currently held, I don’t know.

Conversely, governors who kept their states open in defiance of the prevailing hysteria, like Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem, are cruising to easy re-election. So maybe we are seeing democracy work as it is supposed to.