• 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



Energized By The End Of Roe, The March For Life Is All About The Victories Still Ahead

BY: VICTORIA MARSHALL at the Federalist:

JANUARY 20, 2023

March for Life

‘I especially wanted to come this year to celebrate the end of Roe,’ one marcher told The Federalist. ‘But we can’t stop fighting now.’

Author Victoria Marshall profile


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of pro-life activists gathered at our nation’s capitol Friday to celebrate the Supreme Court’s overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and advocate for the unborn. It was the 50th anniversary of the grassroots-organized March for Life and the first since the overturning of Roe in June. Despite such a monumental victory and the fulfillment of a key goal, the pro-life movement’s work is not over, as organizers must now fight for pro-life protections at the state level.

Despite the cold weather, the energy on the ground was palpable. Joyful marchers buzzed around the pre-march rally, confident that if Roe could be overturned, one day abortion would become illegal. That said, the crowd was solemnly aware that its fight is just beginning.

“I’ve been to the March for Life several times but I especially wanted to come this year to celebrate the end of Roe,” Lori, a pro-life activist who traveled from Arizona, told The Federalist. “But we can’t stop fighting now. This is when it really gets tough. We can’t let our guard down.”


President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America Marjorie Dannenfelser told The Federalist that the pro-life movement must work on establishing a federal limit for abortion to serve as a minimum protection for the unborn, reminiscent of most European countries that ban the procedure after 12 or 15 weeks (“We’re complete outliers compared to the rest of the world,” Dannenfelser said), as well as passing pro-life legislation at the state level and once again electing a pro-life president.

“There is no federal standard established and it gives the other side the power again on the federal level to start to undo everything that we worked for for 50 years,” Dannenfelser said. She also reiterated that Republicans cannot shy away from defining the abortion debate as they did during the 2022 midterms in the wake of the Dobbs decision.

“What [GOP] candidates need to do is define their position and contrast it with the extremism of the other side,” Dannenfelser said. “The most morally wrong and non-strategic thing to do is pretend like the issue isn’t happening and then stick your head in the sand and hope it goes away. You talk about inflation and tax deductions and then they get to define you as a heartless person who wants women to die.”

21-year-old Damian (center) comes to the March for Life every year with her Brooklyn-based church.

Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, also emphasized that Republicans shouldn’t be shying away from the abortion debate.

“It was a mistake in the last election cycle that candidates ran away from the life issue. They let themselves be defined by the other side,” Nance told The Federalist. “Almost 70 percent of Americans think that abortion shouldn’t be legal after the first trimester, which is not in line with the majority of left-leaning states. So Republicans shouldn’t run from the issue; they need to define the other side as extremist because the majority of Americans agree with that.”

Both women emphasized that the pro-life movement must be as strategic as possible in achieving its goals, which means taking as many “incremental” wins as possible.

“You have to have a state-by-state strategy,” Nance said. “The strategy in California won’t be the same as in Arizona, so you have to be very specific. There’s some things you can do across the board but the goal is to limit abortion as much as you can and protect the largest number of babies possible. If it’s incremental, it’s incremental.”

Abigail Dejarnatt, an organizer with Counteract USA, a Christian pro-life group based in northwest Arkansas, told The Federalist she is in favor of incrementalism so as to use that time to change hearts and minds on the issue of abortion.

“We believe that the fight for life isn’t over until not only is abortion illegal in all 50 states, but the thought of aborting a baby is absolutely abhorrent,” she said.

Dejarnatt also told The Federalist the pro-life movement must make helping pregnant women a priority so they don’t think Planned Parenthood is their only option. In a media call Wednesday, Dannenfelser told reporters that pro-lifers and the GOP must focus on increasing funding for pregnancy care centers, especially in states with the most restrictive abortion laws. Initiatives like Texas’ $100 million “Alternatives to Abortion” program — which funnels state dollars to pregnancy centers across the state — is one such example.

“I think the GOP has to do a lot better at understanding that these are real women, real people, and provide them with the necessary resources,” Dejarnatt said.

Abigail Dejarnatt (center) with fellow Counteract USA organizers.

Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall.

“a remarkable echo in the mRNA injection reality of today.”

January 21, 2023

The Disturbing Precedent behind Dangerous COVID Shots

By Cassandra Chambers at American Thinker:

An incident from 100 years ago has a remarkable echo in the mRNA injection reality of today.

After radium’s discovery by Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898, one of its commercial applications was in the production of radiant watches for seeing time in the dark.  The U.S. Radium Corporation (USRC) extracted radium from carnotite ore and produced luminous paints — first in Newark and later in Orange, New Jersey.  From 1917 to 1926, these paints were used to paint watch dials at the company’s factory.  In her 2018 book The Radium Girls, Kate Moore goes beyond statistics and anecdotes to the original sources to bring the young women who painted these watch dials to life.

Among the hundreds of watch dial painters over the years, there were Katherine Schaub (who started working at age 14); Marguerite Carlough; Grace Fryer; Hazel Kuser; and sisters Albina Maggia Larice, Mollie Maggia, and Quinta Maggia McDonald.  These young women felt excitement and pride working with the beautiful radium paint and earning substantial wages, which some used for stylish clothes and others used simply to support their families.  The painters enjoyed genuine camaraderie in the studio, and working with the fluorescent radium was fun.  Even though the painters were brushed off after every shift to conserve every grain of the expensive radium dust, some painters had a slight glow as they walked home at night.  The painters were instructed to point their brushes before dipping them in the paint in a technique known as “lip, dip, paint.”  They were told that the paint was totally harmless.

The women painted for years while the radiation slowly, steadily, and silently sickened them.  Mollie Maggia went to the dentist in 1921 with a bad tooth.  That tooth was treated, but then other teeth decayed rapidly.  She suffered not only from the pain, but also from the unique smell of the rotting teeth and gums.  Soon Mollie’s jaw broke off in pieces.  Her whole face was a large abscess from ear to ear, and the pain had spread to other bones.  On September 12, 1922, the radiation that had been destroying her body ate away at her jugular vein, and Mollie bled to death.  It was claimed that her death was from syphilis, even though that was an impossibility.  Many other painters met similar gruesome deaths.  Hazel Kuser’s husband Theo and Theo’s father both spent their life savings and impoverished themselves in a fruitless effort to diagnose and treat Hazel.  By 1927, over 50 workers had died from radiation poisoning.

Meanwhile, in 1923, the New Jersey Department of Labor was contacted about conditions in the plant, but it took no action against the company.  In 1924, Hazel Kuser’s mother wrote to USRC threatening a lawsuit.  This letter and the ongoing difficulty of hiring new staff prompted the company to call in Dr. Cecil K. Drinker of the Harvard School of Public Health to conduct a study of the plant and the workers’ conditions.  USRC sent a summary of the resulting study to the Department of Labor along with one out-of-context chart, claiming that its conclusion was that all of the workers were in perfect health.  In reality, the study correctly identified radium as the source of the harm.  Radium had a “similar chemical nature” to calcium, which caused it to be deposited in bones, destroying them from the inside.  No worker’s blood was entirely normal — even that of a new hire of two weeks.  Later, when Dr. Drinker was told about the false summary, he replied that he was understanding of the company’s position and refused to publicly contradict it.  The company doubled down and continued operations.  Eventually, a group of the injured workers successfully sued USRC, establishing legal precedents and spurring regulations governing labor safety standards.

The parallels between the radium paint fraud against the workers and our current COVID-19 mRNA fraud are numerous.

Disease and death: The first and most significant item in common is that both novel products undeniably cause disease and death.  It appears that the shots may not be as uniformly toxic as the radium paint (I pray that this remains true), but these shots are clearly harming and killing some people in large numbers.  A comprehensive catalogue of information about the shots can be found on this excellent website Totality of Evidence.  For a succinct summary of the stark numbers and smoking guns, see former BlackRock executive Ed Dowd’s website.  Studies show that adverse events in the VAERS database track closely in time to the number of administered shots.

Possibly more troubling than those deaths is the evidence that shot injury is not limited to the immediate aftermath of the injection.  The CDC website shows that excess deaths have tracked above their upper bound threshold for many months.  During this same time, the number of shots administered has dramatically gone down, making near-term vaccine effects unlikely to be the cause.  In ordinary times, it is fairly rare for the excess deaths to ever get above this threshold.  These continued excess deaths are worrisome and could be a sign that something latent from the shots is continuing to harm people, just as the radiation silently ate away at the bones of the watch dial painters.

Doubling down on the fraud: The mountain of lies by USRC and the lack of any effort to protect, warn, or help the painters is unbelievable and heartbreaking.  Just as USRC had done, our COVID masters have doubled down on the “totally safe” fraud even while the body of contrary evidence explodes.  Ed Dowd talks frequently in interviews about his experience on Wall Street and how companies continue engaging in blatant fraud long after it becomes obvious, stopping only when they are forcefully stopped.  While the shots are documented to be not effective, we still get assaulted by admonitions to get injected such as this rancid holiday health alert and this odd ad.

Reluctance to see the truth: For some time after they and their coworkers began to experience symptoms, the watch dial painters continued painting, choosing to believe their employer’s word that the paint was harmless.  They needed their wages and they were likely afraid to face the fact that they had already received a life-threatening injury.  Similarly, those who have taken the Pfizer and Moderna injections can continue living in denial that they have put themselves or their loved ones at risk as long as they ignore the truth, even though acknowledging the danger from the shots could be the first step in mitigating their effects.

Compliance of experts and government regulators: With the painters, the Department of Labor, local health authorities, and the Harvard School of Public Health (all of whom should have been protecting the workers) either sided with the company or looked the other way.  In our time, government regulators, the medical establishment, the press, the military, corporations, religious leaders, and experts worldwide speak with one voice about the safety of the jab and the need to keep taking it.

It is the worldwide nature of the power play of the forced COVID-19 shots that distinguishes it from the smaller, more contained industrial evil inflicted on the watch dial painters.  Indeed, the huge scope itself makes the fraud hard to believe and seemingly impossible to stop.

Kate Moore’s book can bring one to tears over the suffering and deaths of young women from a century ago.  The radiation victims’ numbers are dwarfed, however, by the huge number of innocent people in our time with names, lives, and loved ones who have been killed or disabled by the shots.  The perpetrators pushing the shots are not subject to persuasion and will not stop voluntarily.  We must use every legal means at our disposal to put the wheels of justice in motion to end this barbarous chapter of “public health.”

Image: qimono via PixabayPixabay License.

“Something remarkable happened in fifth-century Athens when Socrates set up shop, conversed freely on the things of this world…”

With Anti-Woke College Trustee Picks, DeSantis Chips Away At The Political Poison In Education

BY: MARK BAUERLEIN at the Federalist:

JANUARY 20, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis

If professors make students work hard and produce excellent work, that should be good enough — no politics needed.

Author Mark Bauerlein profile


In early January, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of six new members to the board of trustees of New College, a small, public liberal arts institution in Sarasota, Florida. These appointments feature, among others, conservative education activist Christopher Rufo, Hillsdale College professor Matthew Spalding, and the renowned constitutional scholar Charles Kesler. The announcement came after DeSantis accused institutions of higher learning of imposing “trendy” woke ideologies upon students and marked his administration’s latest attempt at a red-state rebuttal to the leftist orthodoxy that dominates American education.

Something remarkable happened in fifth-century Athens when Socrates set up shop, conversed freely on the things of this world, and followed the truth wherever it would lead. It also happened in 1609 when University of Padua professor Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope at the moon and found that the heavenly orb wasn’t as pure and smooth as everyone said. It happened in America as well when in 1940, the American Association of University Professors issued its “Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure,” which hailed “the free search for truth and its free exposition.”

Conservatives today might be surprised to hear that this principle of independent inquiry and free speech lay, too, at the root of that legendary left-wing declaration known as the Port Huron Statement, primarily authored by Tom Hayden, which regretted that a managerial mindset and business interests had blunted “honest searching” and “the liberating heritage of higher learning,” producing a campus big on conformity and “less open to dissent.”

Now, you may have laughed at that last sentence. The Port Huron Statement dates from 1962, and who would say that the campus has grown more open and free-wheeling since then? Indeed, no group has been less tolerant of dissent than the academic left, neither Christian fundamentalists nor corporate donors who like to see their names on business school buildings. But it is one notable triumph of the left to have pushed certain obvious threats to open inquiry while at the same time persuading centrists of all kinds that those threats are no such thing.

In recent days, I’ve spoken with many journalists covering DeSantis’ appointment of some conservatives to the board of New College of Florida. These journalists, who clearly see themselves as liberals, allegedly support the ideals of free speech and unfettered research. In our conversations, they gave me ample time to lay out the “Ivory Tower” conception.

We had good conversations; they seemed genuinely curious about the facts. I outlined the mechanisms of peer review and the obligation to withhold political opinions when it came to, say, evaluating candidates for hiring/promotion and manuscripts for publication, which I’ve done for two dozen scholarly presses and journals over the years. I said how great it would be to have a Marxist colleague who understood that students needed a good general education before politics entered in, could detail what Marx said about “commodity fetishism,” and liked to argue over lunch with a conservative like me.

The journalists nodded in agreement, and it felt good to describe some behind-the-scenes protocols that are essential to academia but veiled from the public. When I turned, however, to the greatest current danger to that approach, the most common instrument of political coercion that squarely violates academic norms, my interviewees were a bit quiet, perplexed, and perhaps nervous. I meant, of course, the so-called diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives that nearly every institution in America implements with religious fervor.

In the controversy over New College, the critical question has been whether right-wing trustees will suppress the work of professors and students, imposing a political agenda on a functioning academic enterprise that deserves hands-off respect. It was brought up in all my interviews, usually by reference to Rufo’s ambition to bring classical education to the curriculum. After explaining to them that one duty of a trustee is to ensure that teaching and research practices at an institution accord with the academic mission (in the same way that a trustee of an estate prevents malfeasance), I put the question of politicization back at them: How is equity not a political trespass on academic grounds?

They didn’t answer but invited me to elaborate. The problem is simple: Equity requires proportionate representation of diverse identity groups. It is a preordained goal that tips the scales of judgment, weighs the evidence before it comes in, and compromises the inquirer/evaluator. If I review a manuscript for a journal and I’m told that the journal needs to publish more scholars of color, I answer, “Whatever, but that can’t play a role in my assessment.” If I accept an identity factor, I’ve lost some of my academic freedom. The same could be said for inclusion, which jeopardizes acts of discrimination on which academia depends.

This is obvious. DEI is a form of social engineering that cannot coexist with “the free search for truth and its free exposition.” If a DEI officer tells an academic department that in its next job search, the interview list of 12 must be at least 50 percent female regardless of qualification, a trustee who hears about it is duty-bound to call for an investigation. If a school drops standardized testing from admissions because of racial score gaps and in the name of diversity, the same thing should happen.

Again, this is not a political objection but an academic one. DEI acolytes have politicized academic procedures. Stopping them is a return to the tradition of Socrates, Galileo, and the American Association of University Professors’ statement. 

I’m speaking generally here, not about New College. I don’t know what these new trustees will do. If I find that professors make students work hard and read widely while producing excellent work, that sounds good to me whether I agree with their sincerely held political beliefs or not. My concerns are over academic quality, not political ideology. 

It is likely, though, that indoctrination isn’t unrelated to poor learning outcomes. DEI is an anti-academic project, as it is anti-intellectual and illiberal in its goals and methods. The more colleges add resources to it, the less it focuses on the real job of higher learning, and the more our youths are inclined to believe that correct political attitudes save them the effort of expanding their knowledge, improving skills, and refining tastes.

Nobody is more confident in how wrong he is than a half-educated social justice activist.

As Fortunate American Families Pass On….



When my mother died in 2011, at age 90, I wrote a tribute to her on this site. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was received kindly by our readers. My father survived her, and finally died on Monday at age 101. He was the most universally respected man I have ever known, and the only one who had a profound influence on my life.

This time, I will not attempt a personal reminiscence. Instead, this is the obituary that my brothers and I wrote for the South Dakota newspapers:

Irving Alden Hinderaker, 101, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2023. He was born on December 1, 1921 in Hendricks, Minnesota, the son of Hoseas Hinderaker and Dagny Paulson Hinderaker. He grew up in Astoria, South Dakota, one of six siblings. He attended Augustana College, where he met Eula Mae Jertson, who became his wife of 65 years. Irving left college to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in Europe following D-Day and narrowly escaped death in the Battle of the Bulge. He graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School in 1948 and began practicing in Watertown, SD.

Irving and Eula welcomed their first son, Paul, in 1948. Three more sons followed: John in 1950, James in 1956, and Eric in 1959.

Austin, Hinderaker and Hackett grew into one of the largest law firms in Eastern South Dakota. Irving practiced law for more than 50 years. He finally retired at age 80. Irving earned many accolades as a lawyer: he was a member of the South Dakota State Board of Bar Commissioners, the Chairman of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the South Dakota State Bar, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and was repeatedly listed in Best Lawyers In America. But his clients valued him most for his wise counsel and integrity.

For more than 50 years, Irving devoted himself to the well-being of his community. Among many other contributions, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Memorial Hospital, a Member of the South Dakota Commission on Higher Education Facilities, a President of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of the Watertown Community Foundation, an original member of the South Dakota Board of Economic Development, a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Irving was a member of the Watertown Rotary Club for more than five decades. He was active in Boy Scouts, as President of the BSA Pheasant Council, and holder of the Silver Beaver Award from the Pheasant Council and the Lamb Award from the American Lutheran Church.

He felt a deep affinity for his alma mater, Augustana, where he served for many years as a member of the Board of Regents and as a Charter Member of the Fellows of Augustana College.

Church activities were even closer to Irving’s heart than civic organizations. His family and friends knew him as a man of deep and always tolerant faith. He was the first President of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown. He was active at the national and international levels of the American Lutheran Church, as a member of the Executive Committee of the South Dakota District of the ALC, a member of the Commission on Evangelism of the ALC, a member of the ALC Foundation Standing Committee, and a member of the committee that advised Lutheran World Ministries on two International Human Rights Covenants proposed by the U.S. Department of State. In 1963, he was one of a handful of lay American delegates to the Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Helsinki, Finland.

In recognition of his civic contributions, Irving Hinderaker became a member of the Watertown Hall of Fame in 2014.

Irving was preceded in death by his wife Eula and daughter-in-law Carol. He is survived by his four sons, Paul, John (Loree), James (Susan), Eric (Carrie), nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. All mourn his passing. To his family, he will always be remembered, not just for his life of service, but for his nurturing love, good humor, and integrity.

I will only add this comment, which was posted on the funeral home’s web site by another Watertown lawyer:

If you could find a joint dictionary definition of the terms “gentleman” and “integrity,” there would be a photo of Irv Hinderaker to illustrate both.

A note for you John Hinderaker….May God Bless You, Young Man. I am closing in on age 89. One becomes rather isolated at such an age no matter how lucky one is remaining active in life. I lost my parents, Dad at age 86 and my Mother at age 90 both around 25 years ago. I live. I am old enough to know, as my body tells, I am dying, but it may take a year or so.

I love life….even though that body begins to cause troubles….and so many of your old time friends have disappeared.

I was born and raised American Lutheran in those decades when our America was still Beautiful by Church, by Family, by Neighbor, by School, by Fellow laborer…..those days when folks talked to one another.

Sunday was sacred to be free with God and family, and knowing thy neighbors…..and in my time World War in the 1940s with cousins going abroad to the Pacific Front….and when we worked VICTORY GARDENS until all was over.

WHAT A MESS OUR AMERICA IS CREATING FOR ITSELF TODAY!!! No neighbors, no Church or Synagogue, lousy schooling, the disappearing family and neighbor, and the rise of thieving, violence, greed, ignorance, and invaders encouraged by our Biden World….AMEN!

By the way, my dad’s dad was born in Cherryfield, Maine before the Civil War began. His wealthy Cherryfield father, who practiced primogeniture, purchased 2,000 acres in North Dakota and sent my grandfather off to land near HOPE, North Dakota.