• 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

Kirsten Powers’ “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech

The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech….by Kirsten Powers:

“A searing and courageous indictment of the growing intolerance of the American left—written with passion and eloquence by one of the nation’s most principled and fair-minded liberals. An important book on a subject many are simply too afraid to touch.”
—Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize–winning syndicated columnist and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Things That Matter

“Kirsten Powers convincingly calls out her fellow liberals for being astonishingly illiberal. A great read.”
—Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst

“Kirsten Powers explodes and skewers ‘The Silencing’—the demonizing and repression of different views, especially conservative views. Here is a liberal calling out other supposedly liberal people who claim to believe in free speech but tell all who disagree with them to shut up. Hallelujah—you are lucky to have this book in your hands!”
—Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Muzzled

“I salute my friend Kirsten Powers for boldly and eloquently breaking the spiral of silence on silencing.”
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Miracles and Bonhoeffer

“Tolerance and free expression are founding values of our republic and yet they’re under attack from the extreme wings of the American political spectrum. Shining a harsh light on the ‘illiberal left,’ Kirsten Powers exposes a grim campaign to silence speech. This is an important book.”
—Ron Fournier, senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal

“In this examination of the multiplying attacks on freedom of speech, Kirsten Powers casts a cool eye on the damages done to politics, academia, and civic discourse by the aggressive assertion of a perverse new entitlement. It is the postulated right to pass through life without being disturbed, annoyed, offended, or discomposed by the expression of anyone else’s thoughts.”
—George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winning syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times bestseller A Nice Little Place on the North Side

Article sent by Mark Waldeland.

California Retirement Benefit Costs Causing Infrastructure Maintenance to Suffer

California Retirement Benefit Costs Causing Infrastructure Maintenance to Suffer

April 17, 2015 from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

In recent years, California municipalities have seen retirement benefit costs grow at a rate above that of taxes, fees, and charges. “Crowd-out” is the term given to this condition by some public officials forced to deal with the resulting fiscal strain. Balanced budget requirements mandate that when costs grow more rapidly than revenues, something must give. All too often, this has meant reductions in core government services, most of which—police, fire, libraries, parks, and street and sidewalk maintenance—are delivered at the local level in California.

Consider several causes:

Crowd-out is a structural problem that asserts itself mainly during economic downturns and recoveries. In each of the last three recessions since the early 1990s, California local governments have seen annual pension contributions grow at a rate above tax revenues.
A survey of cost trends in own-source revenues and retirement benefits across 25 municipalities, including San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco, found that all experienced crowd-out over the last decade.
Active employee health care benefit costs have also grown rapidly over the last decade, though in more recent years, the pressure has weakened. A survey of 14 localities’ active employee health care spending found that the median increase during FY05-09 was 40 percent, but only 20 percent during FY09-14.
Here are a few effects:

Census Bureau data show that, between 2004 and 2012, growth in pension costs for California local governments outpaced spending on core services, such as police and fire, and quality-of-life services, such as parks and libraries.
Crowd-out’s most tangible effect has been on personnel. In December 2014, local government staffing levels in California remained eight percent below where they were in December 2007. Private-sector job levels in California, by contrast, were 2.4 percent higher.
Job cuts have not been across the board. Local staffing data suggest that reductions in public-safety personnel have been less steep in recent years than for non-public-safety personnel. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that local government education jobs have been reduced more than non-education jobs.
Source: Stephen D. Eide, “California Crowd-Out: How Rising Retirement Benefit Costs Threaten Municipal Services,” Manhattan Institute, April 2015.

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Muslim Migrants threw Christians overboard on way to Italy

Video from CNN:

Rome: Cnn: ITALIAN POLICE: Muslim Migrants Threw Christians Overboard

“Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.

Why migrants are dying to get to Italy

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said.”…..read on, please:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/16/europe/italy-migrants-christians-thrown-overboard/

PowerLine: Hillary Clinton, an inauthenticity you just can’t fake

by Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine:

“Speaking in Iowa yesterday, Hillary Clinton claimed that all of her grandparents immigrated to the United States. Said Clinton:

All my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in a lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65. He started there when he was a teenager and just kept going.

The truth is that only one of Clinton’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. The Clinton campaign has admitted as much. It defended her false statement on the theory that “her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants.”

This is a bit like Elizabeth Warren’s defense of her claim to be an Indian. Warren, it will be recalled, defended her self-identification on the grounds that her aunt used to point to a portrait of her grandfather and call him an Indian, noting his high cheekbones, or some such thing.

But Clinton’s false claim has even less of a factual basis than Warren’s.” ….. read on, please

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/04/hillary-clinton-an-inauthenticity-you-just-cant-fake.php

Heather Wilhelm on Hillary’s First Week as Official Candidate for White House: HILLARY SHOW WAS BIZARRE-LIKE COMEDY

HEATHER WILHELM, REALCLEARPOLITICS: You know, Hillary Clinton has had a very, very wild week and it’s almost like The Hillary Show and it’s all on comedy. The “Scooby Van” that she’s been driving across the nation has, so far, parked in a handicapped parking spot; she had a completely bizarre visit to Chipotle where she went in wearing sunglasses like a mobster and not talking to anyone. It has been really interesting to watch…

Better yet, click below for entire description of Hillary’ show for the week:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/04/17/rcps_heather_wilhelm_watching_week_one_of_the_hillary_show_was_bizarre_like_comedy.html

70 Year-old Teenie-Bopper, Hillary, TRAVELS BY VAN to win her place as Queen Frump

SHE RIDES BY VAN: THE HILLARY CLINTON LAUNCH by Charles Krauthammer at the Washington Post:

“See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

There’s something surreal about Hillary Clinton’s Marie Antoinette tour, sampling cake and commoners. But what else can she do? After Barack Obama, she’s the best-known political figure in America. She has papal name recognition. Like Napoleon and Cher, she’s universally known by her first name. As former queen consort, senator and secretary of state, she has spent a quarter-century in the national spotlight — more than any modern candidate.

She doesn’t just get media coverage; she gets meta-coverage. The staging is so obvious that actual events disappear. The story is their symbolism — campaign as semiotics.” (Please continue to realize more about Hillary.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-queen-travels-by-van/2015/04/16/4ca7c956-e46c-11e4-b510-962fcfabc310_story.html

“Dead Broke” Bill and Hillary will Accept Donations from Foreign Governments During Campaign

Whining Hillary with lie number estimated at 12,701: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/06/09/hillary_clinton_we_came_out_of_the_white_house_dead_broke.html

CLINTON TO KEEP ACCEPTING DONATIONS FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

“The Clinton Foundation said late Wednesday that it will continue to accept donations from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, despite concerns that such gifts will create a conflict of interest for the Democratic front-runner.

The foundation’s board said that donations directly to the foundation would only be allowed from six governments — Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. However, other governments could continue to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a subsidiary program that encourages donors to match contributions from others to tackle international problems without direct donations to the charity.

The foundation also said it would stop holding CGI meetings abroad after a final session planned for Morocco in May. According to the Wall Street Journal, ministers from any government would be allowed to attend and appear on panels at CGI meetings and those governments would be permitted to pay attendance fees of $20,000.

Ethics experts had called on the foundation to stop accepting all foreign donations for the duration of Clinton’s presidential campaign.” Do read on:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/16/clinton-foundation-to-keep-accepting-donations-from-foreign-governments/

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