• 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

“The World Is Watching.”


GREATNESS AGENDA

Kevin McCarthy Gets It Right on Communist China Protests

Those struggling to breathe free will suffocate under the totalitarian yoke if an American president is compromised by the enemies of liberty.

By Thaddeus G. McCotter at American Greatness:

December 2, 2022

Finally, it appears the “Zero COVID lockdown” protests roiling the People’s Republic of China have brought some among America’s political class to the long overdue realization the Chinese Communist Party is an enemy of the Chinese people, the American people, and all free and yet-to-be free people across the globe.

As Breitbart’s Joshua Klein reported on November 29, despite Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party’s bloodthirsty dictatorship, there is transpiring  

. . . a wave of protests over the weekend in the country’s largest cities involving hundreds, or possibly thousands, of citizens demanding an end to extensive use of house arrest to contain citizens potentially exposed to the virus, the shipment of thousands to unsanitary and repressive quarantine camps, routine government testing, and the mass shutdown of businesses.

Current House Minority Leader (and presumed next Speaker) U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has assessed the situation and gotten it right, supporting the Chinese people in their calls for freedom from the regime’s lockdowns, dictator Xi Jinping, and the entire Chinese Communist Party.

On Twitter, Leader McCarthy denounced the communist regime and issued a vow:

The Chinese Communist Party’s lockdowns have imprisoned people against their will—many have died. As Chinese citizens bravely protest, Joe Biden & the corporate class shrug. 

Our Select Committee on China will do what Biden refuses—finally reckon with the pariah that is the CCP. 

Two things leap from Leader McCarthy’s tweet. 

First, he did not refrain from castigating America’s corporate class for its indifference to the suffering of the Chinese people. This is an eminently promising development regarding how he and his House GOP caucus in the coming Congress may well redress the damage done to Americans’ liberty and prosperity by the corporate elitists, oligarchs, and monopolists.

Secondly, under his direction the next Congress will have a Select Committee on Communist China to comprehensively address Communist China not as a “competitor” but as a pariah constituting a strategic threat and rival model of governance to the United States and the community of free nations; and, yes, as a direct and persistent threat to the liberty and lives of the Chinese people.

Regrettably, one notable individual—[ahem] the president of the United States and leader of the free world—has cravenly refused to support the Chinese protesters, instead preferring to directly and through sundry mouthpieces mutter mealy-mouthed utterances of appeasement, all of which make Communist China’s totalitarian leader Xi Jinping’s lips curl in a wry smile of contempt. Biden’s refusal to denounce the brutal communist regime and support the protests may be part of a craven political calculation to avoid the accurate comparisons between his and Xi’s embrace of lockdowns and permanent COVID emergency powers. 

Yet, there may well be another reason, as Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) notes. Per Breitbart:

Earlier this month, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) accused President Biden of being ‘highly compromised’ by the Chinese government, pointing to the scrapping of the United States Justice Department’s effort to combat Chinese economic espionage, which Johnson asserted ‘made no sense whatsoever.’

‘There’s only one explanation: Joe Biden is compromised,’ he said.

Given the Biden family’s rapacious venality and the rank appeasement blubbering forth from this administration regarding Communist China and other enemies of the United States, Leader McCarthy may want to mull creating similar House select committees on Communist Cuba, terrorist-sponsoring Iran, and dictatorial Venezuela. 

Those struggling to breathe free will suffocate under the totalitarian yoke, if an American president is compromised by the enemies of liberty. Such brave dissidents risking their lives for the liberty we take for granted need the wholehearted support of champions of freedom. 

Leader McCarthy has accepted this challenge personally, and on behalf of his caucus and the entire 118th Congress. Godspeed. 

The world is watching.

“that Covid came from a Wuhan lab leak is strong.”

DECEMBER 3, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:

WUHAN DID IT

America’s National Institutes of Health funded a group called EcoHealth Alliance, on multiple occasions, to collaborate on research done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. At least one project consisted of gain of function research on bat coronaviruses. Because of concerns about the dangers of such research, NIH shut it off in 2014, but re-started funding gain of function in 2017, largely at the instance of Anthony Fauci.

From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Andrew Huff worked for EcoHeath Alliance, the latter two years as vice president. He has written a book, which comes out on Monday, titled The Truth about Wuhan: How I Uncovered the Biggest Lie in History. Dr. Huff is not given to understatement.

The Sun writes:

In his new book – The Truth About Wuhan – whistleblower Dr Huff claims the pandemic was the result of the US government’s funding of dangerous genetic engineering of coronaviruses in China.

The epidemiologist said China’s gain-of-function experiments – carried out with shoddy biosecurity – led to a lab leak at the US-funded Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“EcoHealth Alliance and foreign laboratories did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he said in his book, an exclusive pre-release copy of which was provided to The Sun Online.

EcoHealth Alliance had been studying different coronaviruses in bats for more than ten years with funding from the National Institutes of Health – and developed close working ties with the Wuhan lab.

Dr Huff, who worked at EcoHealth Alliance from 2014 to 2016 and served as vice president from 2015, worked on the classified side of the research programme as a US government scientist.

The army veteran, from Michigan, said the organisation taught the Wuhan lab the “best existing methods to engineer bat coronaviruses to attack other species” for many years.

And he claimed “China knew from day one that this was a genetically engineered agent”.

“The US government is to blame for the transfer of dangerous biotechnology to the Chinese,” he said.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Dr Huff added: “I was terrified by what I saw. We were just handing them bioweapon technology.”

In his book, the emerging infectious diseases expert claims “greedy scientists killed millions of people globally” – and goes as far as to claim the US government covered it up.

Former intelligence chiefs and diplomats have already claimed Covid was leaked from a Wuhan lab in the “cover-up of the century”.

I don’t know how credible Dr. Huff is, but I think the evidence that Covid came from a Wuhan lab leak is strong. He is, at a minimum, a voice from inside EcoHealth Alliance, a key player in the Covid story.

How Those Dem Fascists Won Biden’s Crooked Election!

DECEMBER 2, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN TWITTER

HOW TWITTER HELPED ELECT JOE BIDEN

As Elon Musk promised, Twitter is releasing internal documents about how and why they suppressed information about Joe Biden’s corruption, as documented on his son’s laptop, in the last weeks of the 2020 campaign. Twitter apparently outsourced the task to liberal (but not crazy) commentator Matt Taibbi. You can follow Taibbi’s thread here.

I will have more to say when it is over, but here are some highlights as we go along.

The Biden campaign communicated directly with Twitter to get objectionable tweets censored:

Remarkably, Twitter locked out the account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany because she referred to the (accurate) New York Post story about the laptop. A Trump staffer complained disgustedly:

Twitter officials suppressed the news but couldn’t come up with a coherent rationale for doing so:

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It is notable how many Twitter employees questioned whether there was any basis for suppressing the news about Biden:

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One Democratic Congressman reached out to Twitter to express free speech-related concerns, but Twitter officials didn’t seem to get the point:

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A guy named Szabo from NetChoice weighed in, explaining to Twitter the desirability of more censorship:

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The thread continues. So far, I would say it tells us pretty much what we already knew. Liberal Twitter employees seized on a flimsy pretext to suppress a story that would hurt the Biden campaign in the closing days before the election. Taibbi comments that one striking feature is that the censorship was carried out without the involvement of Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, who later apologized for it. Perhaps the partisans at Twitter thought Dorsey may not be on board with their censorship.

It is also interesting to read the many replies by liberals who think that what Twitter did was A-OK. I they represent the majority of Democrats in believing that any information that helps Republicans or hurts Democrats should be suppressed.

The thread is ongoing, you can read it at the link. I will follow up later tonight or in the morning with any additional significant revelations.