• 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

VJ Day, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 14, 1945

About twelve to fifteen of us kids on Eleanor Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota paraded for about an hour up and down the block with whistles, mouth organs, and flags on bikes, trikes, and wagons on the afternoon of  August 14 or August 15,  in the year of our Lord, 1945.   It was the last summer of our Victory Garden!

Bruce Taber sent the video.

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JESSE H. LYKKEN: An Obituary I Wish to Record Here

Jesse H. Lykken

Lykken, Jesse H. age 61, of Mpls, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 24. Preceded in death by parents, David and Harriet, whom he missed every day. Survived by wife Veneta; children Laura (Pete Mattsson), Zeke, Jake, Roxie, and Ezra; granddaughter, Venisa; brothers, Joe, Jerry, and Matt; aunt Diane, and dozens of cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws from the Lykken, Erickson, Shepherd, Goehring, and Betts clans. Service 3 PM Dec. 10, Cremation Society, 4343 Nicollet Ave S., Mpls. Visitation one hour prior. Casual dress requested.

Published on December 3, 2016

I never got to know Jesse Lykken personally.   Actually I saw him only once in my life….at his parents’  dinner table an evening 45 years ago.   His  younger brother, Joey, and then his parents, Harriet and David, were the folks who drew my into the Lykken clan.

For about the tenth time in my life I was plotting this very afternoon to search for Jesse’s home address so I could meet him again with his own family to express my gratitude and thanks for knowing his parents, both of whom I knew well since the end of my high school teaching career.

Instead of finding his Harriet Avenue address, I discovered his above obituary from a newspaper.

Harriet and David were both learned  ‘liberals’ of all of the finest, most cherished  meanings I have ever known  applicable to that word…..a word in today’s language  has been used,  abused, captured,  capitalized and obliterated   by the political hate-America Left.

Their son, Joey, was an outstanding student those many years ago.   I was planning to ask Jesse to pass my best wishes on to him and his family before I met the grim reaper.

Jesse!  How could you have done his to me?

Feminized Google Fired Damore For Revealing Absolute Truth!

GOOGLE WOMEN HELP PROVE DAMORE’S POINT

 

by Paul Mirengoff  at PowerLine:

“It is being reported that, in response to James Damore’s memo challenging Google to examine its “unconscious bias” and its “politically correct monoculture” on the grounds that women in general are different from men in general, some female employees chose to stay at home on Monday. Reportedly, they stayed home because the memo made them feel“uncomfortable going back to work.”

If female Google employees really did stay home in response to Damore’s memo, then they went a long way toward proving his point. As Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media says:

In the document, Damore suggested that “women on average are more cooperative” and “more prone to anxiety,” and that this often involves a search “for more work-life balance while men have a higher drive for status on average.”

What could demonstrate these arguments more clearly than women staying home (focusing on life over work and accepting a cut in status) in solidarity with other women (more cooperative) and feeling “uncomfortable” going back to work (more prone to anxiety)?

I think the part about anxiety is the most salient one. Frankly, one needs to be an emotional wreck to feel too uncomfortable to work just because one employee in a large organization raised the kind of issues Damone articulated.

Of course, it’s possible, and maybe probable, that the female employees who reportedly stayed home didn’t really feel uncomfortable. They simply wanted to protest and grabbed the language of protest they frequently heard in college — language that seems to have near magical power in that bizarre milieu.

This too would confirm gender differences. I can’t imagine men (1) skipping work because someone wrote a memo they didn’t like and (2) couching a protest in the language, not of traditional grievance, but rather that of “feeling uncomfortable.”

Men aren’t completely stupid, though. Eventually, many of us will learn to employ the lingo that, in our increasingly feminized society, most effectively helps one get one’s way.

So the deconstruction of masculinity project isn’t entirely hopeless. And Google is doing its best to help it along.”

Note:  Normal people, those with workable brains, eyes, and bodies are fully aware of the truth and even the reason the human female and human male animals have been programmed by Nature’s God to possess and display their particular roles  while alive.  But, it must be noted that after death we DO decay quite similarly by pace if not pound.

Perhaps that  duplicity  is what Google and today’s national Democrat fascists have in mind regarding their sex’s carbon emissions similarities.  Dems do  control American communication and education these days.  It’s part of their new religion, dogmatic Marxist fascism.

Good friend from Deephaven, Minnesota sent the above article.

Total Solar Eclipse to Cross the USA, August 21st! DON’T MISS IT! I DIDN’T IN JUNE, 1954

Apparently the sun and moon are going to dance together some time around this coming August 21, 2017  It is not an every day occasion when the two meet to fete.

I was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota back  in the early 1950s, majoring in geography, minoring in Russian and   all sorts of other studies including geomorphology, astronomy, and Biochemistry then when tuition costs were $35 a quarter.

God blessed us that early A.M. a Saturday more glorious than ever, despite a fifty-fifty chance for clouds and rain…..and NEITHER HAPPENED…not a cloud in the sky at 6AM through the rest of the day.   I had heard about solar eclipses while in high school.  It was a rarity that such  “dances”  ever occurred in  the middle of a metropolitan community.

I didn’t want to miss it, but I didn’t want to go alone.  I easily coaxed my girl friend.  We tried to coax others and landed with six to be ready at six o’clock AM.

Do go!!! Don’t be late!!!  Protect your eyes..( We did….photo film pasted on sun glasses was then recommended.)   We gathered at the top of a hillside facing downtown St. Paul in the eastward distance.   Not a cloud to be seen.  Cool.  Silent except for the morning birds, especially the cardinals and arguments among  viewers nagging me  that this better be good, or else.   Who else would be dumb enough to get up early on a Saturday to see the moon pass in front of the sun.

Yes, the day went dark…not night dark, but darker than you have ever seen morning before breakfast!   Wind stirred, air conditioned cool, birds went silent, dogs howled, shadow attacked the world around everyone.

The collection of it all shut us  into silence and awe despite the brevity of the totality of the real dance.   Confidence in me and my reputation was elevated that morning.   No one thanked anyone for their participating in the show.  I was merely the usher.

The eclipse scheduled for this August 21.   Do go out of your way if you can to be a witness to this, one of the rarest of  amazing astronomical events ever to happen in your lifetime!   Plan for a good setting regardless of the clarity of the day.

Please note that all of the following statements about viewing the eclipse are made with two assumptions: (1) “weather permitting”, and (2) you MUST use special eye protection to look at the sun whenever it is not totally eclipsed! Read more about the important subject of eye safety during eclipses.

Get your eclipse glasses here!
(You HAVE to have them in order to safely watch the partial phases of the eclipse!)

Visit Xavier Jubier’s Interactive Google Map
(You’ll see an instructions page first)

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

Jane Austen Time

Timeless truths from Jane 
Mark Waldeland sent the following trio of Jane Austen reviews…….now becoming public again in recognition of Ms. Austen’s passing two hundred years ago.

Beethoven at the Weekly Standard

Breaking the Ice with Ludwig van Beethoven

by Gina Dalfonzo  at the Weekly Standard…..article sent by Mark Waldeland:

“Forgive me when you see me draw back when I would gladly mingle with you,” wrote Ludwig van Beethoven in the Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter he addressed to his brothers (and humankind in general) in 1802, but never sent. “My misfortune [deafness] is doubly painful because it must lead to my being misunderstood, for me there can be no recreations in society of my fellows, refined intercourse, mutual exchange of thought, only just as little as the greatest needs command may I mix with society.”

The Heiligenstadt Testament is a well-known document and has been exhaustively studied as one of the clearest windows we have into the composer’s thinking. And yet, Beethoven’s description of himself as a man who wanted “the society of [his] fellows” generally plays little part in the popular conception of him. On the contrary, we tend to remember him as deliberately, fiercely individualistic—an icon for those who prefer to go their own way, unconcernedly leaving the rest of humanity trailing in their wake. In fairness, Beethoven himself contributed considerably to his own reputation with his distinct lack of social graces, including a notorious carelessness about hygiene and a manner that could be abrupt to the point of rudeness. This helps to explain why posterity has tended to gloss over, or even ignore, his expressed longing for companionship. Yet Edward Dusinberre suggests that we shouldn’t, and he brings to the subject the perspective of a musician who has spent his life playing in one of the world’s great string quartets, the Takács. He takes his title from Beethoven’s rejoinder to critics who found his Opus 59 quartets too radical: “They are not for you, but for a later age!”

That might seem to go well with the portrait of Beethoven as an isolated genius against the world. Nonetheless, that’s not the Beethoven that Dusinberre hears after having worked for so many years on his quartets—arguably one of the most social forms of music……..”   Read on, there’s more below:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/breaking-the-ice-with-ludwig-van-beethoven/article/2006039?custom_click=rss?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=TWSAutoTweet

Among The Most Beautiful Assemblage of Human Noises Recorded!!