• 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

America’s Most Skilled Deceiver, California’s NANCY PELOSI Caused Today’s Dem Fascism

Calmes: Nancy Pelosi, the GOAT

Nancy Pelosi

by Jackie Calmes at Yahoo news:

Thu, November 17, 2022 at 6:46 PM

  • Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpeaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • Paul PelosiAmerican businessman (born 1940)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers remarks from the floor of the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. Pelosi spoke on the future of her leadership plans in the House of Representatives saying she will not seek a leadership role in the 118th Congress. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Pelosi announces that she will not seek a leadership role in the 118th Congress. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Forget formalities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the GOAT.

The 55th individual and the first woman to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives, second in line to the presidency, Pelosi might have an equal among the other speakers in American history — perhaps Sam Rayburn in the mid-20th century or Henry Clay in the 19th — but none were better. In my book, she is the greatest of all time.

As a former congressional reporter, I can speak personally to the records of eight of those 55 speakers, four Democrats and four Republicans, back to the estimable Massachusetts Rep. Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill in the Reagan era. I’m hardly alone, however, in counting Pelosi as the best of that bunch. Two Democratic presidents credit her with their legislative successes; two Republican presidents were repeatedly foiled by her.

Even Republicans have marveled at Pelosi’s prowess in leading — yes, leading — a diverse and restive Democratic caucus in her eight years as speaker and 12 as minority leader, achieving landmark legislation covering healthcare, civil and human rights, environmental advances, economic opportunity and so much more. Republicans demonized her for years, raising untold millions and stoking the hatred that played out in the life-threatening assault last month on her husband of nearly 60 years, Paul Pelosi. Yet only Republicans blinded by partisan hate won’t concede how effective Pelosi has been.

Most Republicans privately envy Democrats’ fortune in having a leader for whom the word doesn’t have to be in quotation marks. Over nearly 30 years, their party has worn through one flawed speaker after another, each weakened by the caucus’ mutinous radicals. Two had to resign; two retired earlier than expected. Few (does anyone?) expect that Minority “Leader” Kevin McCarthy, the Bakersfield congressman in line to be speaker when Republicans take power in January, will escape that troublesome experience.

By contrast, the affection and respect among Democrats for Pelosi was apparent Thursday as she stood in the well of the chamber — wearing her suffragette white suit and the golden brooch that is a miniature of the speaker’s ceremonial mace — and announced that, for the first time in 20 years, she would not ask for their votes to be the Democratic leader. Some members dabbed at their eyes. Scores lined up afterward for hugs and fond words, their faces a testament to how diverse the House Democratic Caucus has become in Pelosi’s time.

I did not foresee Pelosi’s ascendance when she arrived in the House in 1987. Her reputation as an effective former chair of the California Democratic Party and a prodigious party fundraiser preceded her; then she became a masterful legislator as well. Even so, I privately despaired that Pelosi or any other of the relatively few Democratic women in the House in the late ’80s and through the ’90s would coalesce around one of their own. That was what was required to push a woman onto the all-male leadership ladder.

It finally happened in 2001, and once Pelosi got on a lower rung of that ladder, her climb was swift: from House Democratic minority whip to minority leader in 2003, and then, after Democrats won majorities of the House and Senate in 2006, to her historic election as speaker in January 2007.

No one rises that high without getting and inflicting some bruises. Yet Pelosi’s popularity is unquestioned in the House and in her party; even those who don’t like her respect her. And that respect isn’t limited to fellow liberals. Pelosi’s true ideology is pragmatism; if anything, she more often vexed the left and endeared herself to moderates. She resisted pressure to impeach George W. Bush over the Iraq war, despite her own intense hostility to it, and opposed impeaching Donald Trump until his transgressions proved so great that she presided over an unprecedented two impeachments of a single president.

As a mom myself, I came to believe Pelosi’s pre-politics experience as a mother of five was pivotal to her effectiveness: Within her House family, she listened well, she soothed and she settled squabbles.

But in recent years, some Democrats grew impatient for a generational change, and Pelosi had to overcome several challenges to her leadership. When the party regained a majority in the 2018 midterm elections, she was again elected speaker, but only after promising she’d limit her leadership to two more terms, through 2022.

Though she’d reached that deadline, the 82-year-old Pelosi probably could have won another term given both Democrats’ relief at holding their midterm losses to a minimum and their sympathy for her suffering amid the attack on her husband. But that attack, and Pelosi’s evident angst that Paul was gravely injured by an assailant allegedly looking for her, probably sealed her decision to step back.

“Scripture teaches us that for everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven …,” Pelosi said in her address to the House. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect.”

Hers will be a hard act to follow. In January, Pelosi will begin her 19th term as simply the representative for San Francisco — a backbencher, but perhaps the most widely consulted House backbencher ever.

I’m glad she’s sticking around: The next Democratic leadership team is certain to seek her counsel, and need it. This GOAT shouldn’t be put out to pasture yet.


This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


November 19, 2022

Garland’s special counsel appointment more sinister than just Getting Trump

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

Even as the nakedly political aspect of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s naming of a a special counsel to investigate President Trump is obvious enough, there are some puzzling aspects.

Why, for example, is the Biden administration doing this after all of the ongoing investigations against President Trump have manifestly failed? Garland claimed that both aspects of the special counsel’s investigation would focus on President Trump, one of which would be his role in the January 6 incident at the Capitol, and the other on his personal papers dispute dating from the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last August. January 6 has been investigated ad nauseum by Trump’s biggest opponents in Congress and come up empty, and just days ago, the FBI sheepishly admitted that its unprecedented SWAT-style raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home in search of stolen nuclear secrets hyped in the press was a nothingburger, they found nothing. (Wonder how much they paid their informant for that bum tip and who the heck put that scammer on payroll?) 

Obviously, they don’t want these bids to fail, they don’t want the January 6 commission to see its demise with the incoming Congress, and they desperately want their raid to be justified by a prosecutor who can find something, anything, to pin on Trump as he prepared to challenge Joe Biden for the presidency in 2024. Joe, who had to have had foreknowledge of this appointment, made it clear four days ago that the aim was not to find anything out regarding Trump, but to knock out a potential political rival, as he told a reporter at the G-7, declaring:  

Well, we just have to demonstrate that he will not take power by — if we — if he does run.  I’m making sure he, under legitimate efforts of our Constitution, does not become the next President again.

Still, the gambit is so political, so third-world, so bottom-of-the barrel, so banana republic. This is the kind of thing dictatorships in democracy’s clothing do: Hugo Chavez did it. Vladimir Putin is doing it now. Biden would know this and not care. Hain’t he got the power?

But it’s also likely to backfire. Just as Trump had nearly done himself in with his insults to Florida’s hugely popular governor, Ron DeSantis, making himself look petty and jealous and maybe not so temperamentally suited to the job of president after all, Joe Biden steps in and shows who the real temperamentally unsuited president is. Biden’s move is very likely to drive voters into the arms of Trump and create a huge united front to oppose Biden’s naked abuse of judicial power, which up until now, has been unknown in U.S. history. Who isn’t rooting for Trump in this outrageous abuse of DoJ power, particularly when you take a good look at the guy Biden has chosen to lead the special counsel’s office investigation, a DoJ creature of zero ethics named Jack Smith? More on him later.

If Biden really wants Trump out of the race, he should have let Trump destroy himself. Instead, he’s strengthened Trump and even if he throws Trump in jail, which can be compared to Biden’s campaign basement, he cannot stop voters from voting for him. Sound like a smart political move? All he’s doing is creating sympathy for Trump and that’s very obvious in the statements of people who have been at odds with Trump, such as Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence, both of whom have condemned the move, Pence calling it “very troubling.” After all, if Biden can get away with this on Trump, he can pretty well come after all Republicans to get them out of the races, and for any flimsy reason whatsoever, and no sustainable charges required. As Conservative Treehouse notes, the aim is lawfare, not justice. Ron DeSantis should be loudly condemning this as well, because if he’s smart, he would know who’s next.

Third question: Why the strange timing? The video of it is here. Why now? Why not last week, or when the media was covering the January 6 hearings like they were going to show some walls closing in on Trump? Why now?

President Trump has loudly blasted the appointment as rigged and unjust and there’s little hyperbole in what he’ saying. Here’s just how bad it actually is:

Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate President Trump over January 6 and Mar-a-Lago personal papers dispute, is a guy who loves himself some legal warfare to Get Republicans. He loves it so much he doesn’t care about the results of his prosecutions, which are often failed, because his game is legal harassment, not upholding rule of law.

His past is amazingly despicable: He’s the one who in 2010 brought Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell up on charges that ruined his political career. They were utterly meritless and the Supreme Court unanimously threw them out as total garbage.

Didn’t bother him a bit.

Worse still, he was the one who gave IRS nonprofits chief Lois Lerner the go-ahead to destroy Tea Party nonprofits through excessive delays and intrusive questions, effectively refusing to allocate that status to the groups, with an amazing sting of lies, lost computer data, and vile emails, effectively swinging the election to President Obama in 2012. 

Sound like a fair guy, a guy with “integrity” as a strained-looking Garland insisted in his speech announcing the appointment of the special counsel?

He sound like an unusually Stasi-like political attack dog with a grotesque habit of abusing power and advancing power abuses to new lows to become a new normal.

Well, now they’ve got him to turn his ethics-challenged eyes to President Trump and charge him with something, anything, to keep him from challenging Joe Biden for the presidency. To repeat what Joe said: He’s “making sure” that Trump “does not become the next president again.”

And in his mind, with elections just a matter of ballot-gathering now, not persuading voters, it’s pretty obvious that Biden thinks he can get away with it. But the uncertainty is still there and surely his name is mud from this, even among Democrats, certainly the Bernie Sanders people who have seen his dirty tricks to knock their man out of the race in the past and figure it’s just being applied to President Trump now. Why is he doing this?

The story is actually worse than it looks when you read Conservative Treehouse’s take on why these strange activities are nevertheless happening.

It’s not a matter of Joe Biden being stupid.

 The special counsel’s office is there to centralize and federalize all of the investigations surrounding President Trump on this front. Just as an incoming Republican House is set to be seated, the special counsel will be there to tell Republicans that their efforts to get the truth out about January 6 — things like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s role in refusing National Guard reinforcements offered by President Trump, and Capitol police opening doors for protestors to enter the Capitol, and FBI informants taking down the ‘no-trespassing’ signs and instigating violence, the weird incident with the unsolved pipe bomb, the coverup in the shooting death of one unarmed protestor and the beating death of another, as well as the Gulag-like imprisonment of arrested protestors who have been jailed without trial for abnormally long periods. Any effort to find out any of those facts from a GOP-led Congress will be squelched due to the ongoing investigation. 

Worse still, Smith’s crew will use its authority to investigate all Republicans in Congress who are supposedly involved in the January 6 “insurrection” with the aim of arresting them. Bump off just a few and Democrats will be there to retake Congress. Their capacity to act as congress members will be compromised as their communications are surveilled, their records are pored over, and their rights are violated, by a monster secret-police juggernaut of unlimited budget that unlike the previous special counsels, doesn’t care about whether its charges are true or not, or will stand up to a jury, but only that they are filed.

Thirdly, by picking off Republicans, Smith can effectively shield Joe Biden from their plans to investigate Hunter Biden’s influence-peddling activities, which lead straight to the source of the influence, which is Joe Biden. How convenient for Joe. 

This is truly nasty stuff affecting all Republicans, not just President Trump. It’s the doing of a banana republic dictator of huge unprecedented and unprosecuted corruption, as indicated in the Hunter Biden laptops and witness statements, who is now on the skids because he’s lost the House and that puts an end to his far-left agenda as well as propensity to spend the country into bankruptcy.

Joe Biden is getting mean as he loses power, because he’s convinced he’s entitled to it. His electoral thievery has made him double down on his power grabs and as his legitimate power slips away in the wake of the midterms, he’s now taking increasingly desperate and overreaching measures. This is how crummy fourth-world dictators are created and Biden is well on his way to becoming one.

The Magnificent MESSIAH!