• 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

Hero Challenges Today’s Leftist Enslavement of Black Americans

THE REBELLION SPREADS

 

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

This righteous Twitter rant was retweeted by Candace Owens. I have no idea who this guy is, but he endorses Kanye West’s call for blacks to think for themselves. He is wearing a “MAGA” hat and he understands where the real genocide is taking place. And while he has problems, he is sane enough to realize that being a slave is not one of them.

Warning: Really, really bad language. But this guy is smart and his message is sound:

 

Henry Davis@Henryhahadavis
 May God Bless this young man for his courage and daring to speak the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth in his lecture above!

 

 

 

 

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/05/the-rebellion-spreads.php

A Note from My Congressman, Erik Paulsen

Today I wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal responding to Senator Rubio’s recent comments on the tax reform bill.  

From the Wall Street Journal:

Last Friday’s upbeat jobs report was the latest sign that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has strengthened the American economy and helped working families. But this success hasn’t satisfied all the skeptics. My friend and colleague, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, argued in a recent interview that a different approach to tax reform, including a smaller corporate rate cut, would have more directly benefited workers. Based on all the evidence—including the analysis of the Joint Economic Committee, which I chair—I must respectfully disagree.

When House Republicans crafted the tax-reform law last year, our priority was to boost the economy so workers could thrive. Cutting the U.S. corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to a competitive 21% wasn’t a luxury. It was a crucial step to prevent the loss of American headquarters and jobs to other nations.

For proof that the gains of tax reform are already flowing to American workers, Sen. Rubio need only ask the nonpartisan analysts who advise Congress on economic matters. The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently reported that real disposable income—workers’ inflation-adjusted earnings, after taxes—rose 3.4% in the first quarter of this year. The bureau specifically credited tax reform for higher wages as well as lower taxes.

Even the Congressional Budget Office, which tends to play down the growth effects of tax relief, estimates the tax law will create nearly one million new jobs over the coming decade, along with higher wages and near-term annual growth of more than 3%. The Joint Committee on Taxation finds that cutting corporate taxes will generate long-term wage growth, and that tax reform will draw foreign investment to the U.S., producing strong benefits for workers.

The good news for workers keeps pouring in, as more than 530 companies have announced bonuses, pay raises and more-generous benefits for employees, as well as utility rate cuts for customers and corporate expansions. Americans for Tax Reform estimates more than four million workers have received bonuses.

In addition to benefits from the business side of tax reform, the tax savings on the personal side mean that a typical family of four earning $75,000 will pay $2,000 less in taxes this year than in 2017.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act wasn’t perfect, and Congress should continue to improve the tax code by adding more individual tax relief and making the current cuts permanent. But no matter how you slice it, working families are benefiting from tax reform. And as the pro-growth effects of the tax cuts continue to work their way through the economy, the best is yet to come.

Sen. Rubio is right to want to ensure that America’s economic policy favors working families—that’s why I supported him during his presidential primary campaign. But as we continue to work on Americans’ behalf, we should recognize the success tax reform has already achieved and use it as a foundation to go further.

Mr. Paulsen, a Republican, is U.S. representative from Minnesota’s Third District and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.

You can read the article in Wall Street Journal here.

Sincerely,

Eric Paulsen

Welcome Kanye West!!

Poll: Kanye West Now Four Times More Popular Among Trump Voters Than Hillary Voters

by Allahpundit   at HotAir:

The most surprising number here, actually, is how unpopular Kanye was among Democrats even before he went full MAGA. I can understand them turning against him once he put his Trump cap on, just as I can understand Republicans gaining newfound appreciation for him because of it. Especially since Trump’s been tweeting about him too.

But why were they anti-Kanye three years ago? Today he’s at 13/68 among Dems; in 2015 he was at 17/64. Basically no difference. The guy told the country during a nationally televised telethon that George W. Bush didn’t care about black people. What more can a liberal ask of him?

He’s at 34/43 among Republicans today, up from 11/74(!) in 2015. You don’t see many people gain 54 net points in their favorable rating very often, particularly when we’re measuring celebrities and polling right-wing audiences. When you tweak the sample to ask people their feelings on Kanye based on how they voted in 2016, the left/right divide becomes even starker.

To break that down for you, that’s nine percent of Clinton voters who are strongly or somewhat favorable of West (and 74 percent who are strongly or somewhat unfavorable) versus 36 percent of Trump voters who are strongly or somewhat favorable (and 40 percent who are strongly or somewhat unfavorable). Basically, Hillary fans now hate Kanye almost as much as they hate Trump while Trump voters are at about break-even on him. Assuming that most of Kanye’s fans lean Democratic, that means either Kim Kardashian is the new breadwinner in the family or Kanye had better invent the genre of country-rap and tour only red states in the future.

Relatedly, the Daily Caller made an interesting catch in a different new poll, this one from Reuters:

A poll taken on April 22, 2018 had Trump’s approval rating among black men at 11 percent, while the same poll on April 29, 2018 pegged the approval rating at 22 percent. It should be noted that Reuters only sampled slightly under 200 black males each week and slightly under 3,000 people overall…

Black males were also far more likely to say that they had “mixed feelings” about the president. On the 22nd, 1.5 percent said they had mixed feelings, while 7.1 percent said the same on the 29th.

Maybe that’s a “Kanye dividend” for Trump thanks to his Twitter lovefest with West on April 25. Or maybe it’s a Korea-summit dividend, part of a national trend. An 11-point jump is a big jump, though, for a foreign-policy development in which the United States isn’t directly involved (yet).

And so maybe it’s time for a different kind of peace summit:

The White House is exploring plans to host multiple summits on race between prominent athletes and artists and President Donald Trump, according to the outside adviser spearheading the effort…

[Pastor Darrell] Scott said the summits would be open to artists and athletes of all backgrounds and political persuasions. He added that “of course” West would be invited and that he was in the process of reaching out to the artist through an intermediary.

What America really needs is a Trump/LeBron summit to heal the pain from last year’s “unpleasantness.” Watching Kanye’s numbers soar among righties after a few days of flattery about Trump, I wonder if Trump himself would have had a tougher time catching on in 2015 if Republican voters regularly got more love from celebrities. Righties love to posture about hating Hollywood elites (shut up and sing, etc) but any time a B- or C-lister murmurs something sympathetic about them it’s news. It’s been said many times of Trump himself that part of his populism comes from the fact that no matter how much money he makes and how famous he gets, the left-leaning elite class looks down its nose at him. (Most famously at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, which allegedly inspired him to make his mark politically and show ’em.) I think there’s something to that on the broader right. A little more validation from Kanye and comrades in the entertainment industry and maybe GOP voters wouldn’t have savored the validation they got from Trump as much. Or maybe not: They’d still want a 30-foot wall on the Mexican border, right? Well, only one Republican was going to promise them that.

Speaking of celebrities showing affection to Trumpers, your exit quotation from Roseanne Barr: “@kanyewest is telling the truth about Rahm’s Chicago. Ppl do not want to hear the truth-that Chicago could be a better city for its citizens, but the establishment is corrupted.” She’ll regret saying that when she’s running against Kanye in the Republican primaries in 2024.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/05/03/poll-kanye-west-now-four-times-popular-among-trump-voters-hillary-voters/

I Attended Church Easter Sunday Where Good People Gathered for Inspiration, YET THE MUNDANE REIGNED!

My mother first sent me  to  Lutheran Sunday School in 1938, the  year before I entered kindergarten at my neighborhood grade school.   As I gathered then and remember now, the quality, character, and nature of teaching at this Sunday School was equal in spirit and content to the learnings offered  at public school nearby where I attended Kindergarten through eighth grade, beginning in 1939……where until seventh grade very, very well educated, highly skilled  old maid school teachers dictated  schooling in an environment defended by adults.

Eventually seventh and eighth grade classes began to drift…..GI graduates of war, not school, who desperately needed jobs, were replacing the well educated retiring old maid professionals, but had spent their training time avoiding death at the battle fronts of the second world war.

We pledged allegiance to the country every day of school.   We were taught to be inspired both in school and Church.  Learning was uplifting….Singing hymns ….listening to glorious music was to  introduce us to beauty,  to make us  feel, be,  closer to  “God”.

At each Easter Sunday service our Lutheran Church choir of  twenty five to thirty members, would sing Handel’s Allelulia Chorus…about three and a half minutes long before the congregation… adding to the classic hymnal  beauties the CONGREGATION would sing before and after  the sermon.   The Bible of worship came from the King James English Court of Shakespearean language….the most beautiful English ever written…..now long lost because the 20th Century ministerial bureaucrats  dictated the population had become too ignorant to understand beautiful language and glorious music and the importance of learning the history of the human animal.

With the exception of the final ‘selection’ of music, the hymns of Sunday’s Easter  of today’s Lutheran church were quite forgettable.    The entire congregation seemed to agree….and merely stood to show respect.

After a very brief sermon maintaining the forgetable, Holy Communion was announced….and the public was instructed where the grape juice might be located if preferred over Church wine.

Such good people attended this hour!!  It was so noticeable!   There was such a warm attempt at fellowship especially  at the end of  the service.  May God Bless Them All!

I was depressed….and went home depressed…… I had stopped attending Church regularly about seventy years ago……I married a Presbyterian, who like most Presbyterians, became too bored with traditional  religious and spiritual life….and decided positive for atheism….(It would be cheaper for the pocketbook!!)

My wife to be and I  tried “Unitarian” for that day of our  marriage……and never returned to Sunday Christian Service together again except for funerals.

With the exception of ‘revivalists’, religious boredom throughout the country followed as the soul of western culture began its decline, for God no longer was allowed to survive. Money had to be made on Sundays as well as the rest of the week.   The neighborhood Churches began to disappear.

Even the beautiful Cathedrals became cold and empty!

To counter losses,  regardless of ‘sect’,  the  American JudeoChristian bureaucrats in “Church charge”,  decided to   dump the Bibles and hymns of aural beauty and story to match the collapsing  national level of learning  sentences of speech, writing, and phrasing to match the now ugly  language of the street allegedly to increase understandings easier.

Try to find a King James Version of the Protestant Bible.  If you can find one:

Go to  “GENESIS:  The First Book of Moses”…….touch its beauty with your mind and  ear:

Chapter 1:  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void;  and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.   And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.   And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.    And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament:  and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven.  And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:  and it was so.   And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:  and God saw it was good.   And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;  and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:  and it was so.”

That is Genesis Chapter 1:  versus 1 – 15 …..and the art of it continues and continues.

I don’t think today’s Americans are much aware of anything beautiful within our today’s  world of speech, writing or music.   There’s no money in it.  There’s no teaching of it….no practicing…..no searching for it.   Where would you go to become inspired by thought and/or music?   There is no God being worshiped  to inspire it.

We live today  in the America land of Obama.   Music has been reduced to repelling noise….its lyrics usually champion vulgarity.    Why can’t the JudeoChristian world compete?  It, after all, survived Nero’s Romans and the Coliseum!

I wonder how many of you, dear readers, have ever heard of  George Frederic Handel?

My generation of learning instructed that by fifth grade of school,  his name should  be  recognized as the composer of the most beautiful piece of musical story-telling in the world….his  oratorio, MESSIAH.

Warning:   Listening  to this hour and a half Oratorio may inspire enough emotion  to cause an aural  form of drug addiction.

I wonder how many more millions of Americans craving for aural beauty these days might attend Easter Services if  on that special Sunday a magnificent recording of this Messiah would become part of the service,  half immediately before Services begin and the closing half at Service  end.

I recommend the Georg Solti Chicago Symphony Orchestra Messiah at London for a  trial run.

 

 

An Hour Past that Midnight in Michigan when OUR AMERICA BEGAN TO GROW AGAIN

Trump Reduces the Burden and Cost of Federal Rules and Requirements

GREAT NEWS ON REGULATION FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

by John Hinderaker  at  PowerLine:

This is simply fantastic news:

The Trump administration has adopted new limits on the use of “guidance documents” that federal agencies have issued on almost every conceivable subject, an action that could have sweeping implications for the government’s ability to sue companies accused of violations.

Guidance documents offer the government’s interpretation of laws, and often when individuals or companies face accusations of legal violations, what they have really violated are the guidance documents. …

It also advances a goal declared by President Trump in his first days in office: to reduce the burden and cost of federal rules and requirements. …

The new policy, issued by the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, Rachel L. Brand, is significant because federal agencies have issued hundreds of guidance documents on a wide range of laws covering issues like health care, the environment, civil rights and labor.

Many of the Obama administration’s worst actions involved issuance of “guidance,” i.e., a left-wing interpretation of federal law that was often tendentious if not outright untenable. Nevertheless, most companies, universities, etc., were cowed into complying with Obama’s “guidances.” Glenn Reynolds offers the definitive commentary:

Good. “Guidance” is bullshit. Either do a rule making, or stay home.

Rule making under the Administrative Procedure Act requires following an actual process, with public comment and opportunity for appeal. Thus it is inconvenient for leftists. Issuing “guidance” is an inappropriate shortcut that generally just means implementing the administration’s political wish list.

This is another example of one of the Trump administration’s greatest virtues: restoration of the rule of law.

It is also great for the economy. Why did the stock market begin to soar and economic growth accelerate after President Trump was elected, even before he was inaugurated and had any opportunity to implement his policies? Numerous business people have said that Trump’s election meant that for at least four years, they did not have to fear sudden, arbitrary and expensive changes in federal regulation that imposed unreasonable burdens on their businesses, and were hard if not impossible to plan for. Thus companies started to invest in America even before Trump took office. The administration’s repudiation of its predecessor’s “guidance” shortcuts confirms that businesses were right to expect a more normal regulatory regime under President Trump.

BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICA’S FASCISTIC FAKE NEWS

A Brief History of the Fake News Media

by David Solway at American Thinker:
“For far too long, I was convinced that the media were, on the whole, reliable purveyors of the news. For nearly three years I freelanced happily at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Music and Public Affairs, never suspecting that the Mothercorp was a hive of Liberal propaganda and an artesian fount of scandalously disingenuous broadcasting. It took 9/11 and the generally extenuating media reports over time, faulting the U.S. and exempting Islam, to shake up my thinking and turn me into a sceptical fact-finder.The media are especially adept at creating villains out of whole cloth for public consumption to advance a particular and often dubious purpose. How else explain the transformation of significant political figures into synonyms for perfidy and opprobrium. I’m thinking in particular of Joe McCarthy, Barry Goldwater and Enoch Powell, all of whom considered themselves patriots and enunciated unpopular or anti-establishment truths, costing them their reputations both in their lifetimes and for posterity.

As Diana West writes of McCarthy, “after more than 60 years of ‘McCarthyism’—the perpetual slander of Joseph McCarthy as a ‘witch-hunter,’ as opposed to an honest accounting of this fearless investigator of deep and widespread infiltration of the US government by Stalin’s secret agents…Americans have been conditioned to…hate, loathe and revile McCarthy…The slander of ‘McCarthyism,’…has had the dire effect of bludgeoning our abilities to detect or even acknowledge the existence of any constitutional enemies, especially ‘domestic.’ ”

Favorable commentators will admit that McCarthy may have been guilty of exaggerations and errors, but as the Venona transcripts have verified, he was right overall. He may have manifested as vindictive, yet he was remorseless in his campaign to isolate Communist sympathizers in government circles who worked to subvert the country. This, of course, made him anathema to a treasonous press and a political establishment that had much to hide, whether their complicity or their negligence.

Barry Goldwater has fared no better. When asked in a July 9, 1964 interview in Der Spiegel about his advocating the use of nuclear weapons to defoliate the jungles in Vietnam, Goldwater replied “About a month‐and‐a­ half ago on a television show I was asked a technical ques­tion, how could you get at the trails through the rain forests of North Vietnam. Well, I served in the rain forests of Burma and I know that the only practical way to get at them is defoliation so an answer to a technical question like this—one pos­sible way of doing it even though I made clear this would never be done, would be the use of low‐yield nu­clear devices” (emphasis mine). As the Daily Mail History section pointed out, “Democrats painted Goldwater as a warmonger who was overly eager to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam.” And, of course, with few exceptions like the Daily Mail, the MSM was all over it, painting Goldwater as a nuclear warhawk, a kind of Dr. Strangelove. (The film appeared on January 29, 1964, 10 months before the Johnson-Goldwater election. The writing was already on the wall.)

I was young and shallow at the time and a knee-jerk leftist, so I took it as media gospel that Goldwater was about to launch a nuclear firestorm. Shortly afterward, I was all for LBJ’s Great Society—a socialist term coined by Fabian Society stalwart Graham Wallas—since the press assured me it was a good thing. How could a “War on Poverty” go wrong?

It was only much later, when I developed some common sense, shook off the political amblyopia which afflicted me, and actually studied the issue, that I realized the Great Society was at best and only in part a qualified success, but ultimately and in many respects a dismal failure: grossly unaffordable, unleashing a pro-Third World immigration nightmare from which we are suffering today, and furnishing an incentive to welfare parasitism. As Ronald Reagan famously remarked, “In the 60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won.” But Johnson was elected by a landslide and Goldwater, who in my estimation would have made a much better president, relegated to the halls of infamy.

Then there was the infamous newspaper-generated case of Enoch Powell. As I wrote in a previous article, Powell warned in his 1968, so-called “rivers of blood” speech of the imminent and future perils of unchecked immigration. Powell was worried mainly about immigration from the West Indies, which was transforming traditional neighborhoods into violent ghettoes, whose first and second generation inhabitants were not interested in cultural integration.

Powell’s “river of blood” was an allusion to a passage from Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid in which the Sibyl prophesizes that the “Tiber would flow with blood” as a metaphor for civil discord. As we observe the relentless Islamization of the U.K., can we say he was wrong? Naturally, Powell would today have received the same or worse misuse from the media, which would have tattooed him as a white supremacist, a bigot and an Islamophobe.

Indeed, similar, if somewhat less virulent, treatment has been meted out to London barrister Gavin Boby of “mosque buster” fame. Boby has been the target of media calumny for assisting British homeowners in preparing and filing legal actions to preserve their neighborhoods from the erection of mosques, which collapse property values and render local life increasingly distressing and in many case untenable. Boby has told me stories about severed cables and wires, broken windows, commandeered driveways, residential streets clogged with traffic, harassment of dog owners, pedestrian bullying, forced sales of depressed properties and more, which have driven longtime residents to despair. Boby works pro bono and is strikingly successful, a fact which makes him non grata to the media and the power elites.

Thus, when I think back, I’m appalled at my own naiveté. McCarthy was the devil’s spawn. Goldwater would initiate a nuclear firestorm. Powell  was an irremediable racist. And Islam, of course, is a noble and magnanimous faith. 9/11 changed everything for me and compelled me to embark on a scrupulous five-year program of what I call the indispensable three Rs, Reading, Research and Reflection, which cured me of my media fantasy and culminated in the publication of The Big Lie in 2007/8 and The Boxthorn Tree in 2012.

The media lie has now acquired epic dimensions. Gary Demar puts it succinctly in an article for Godfather Politics: Obviously, much if not most of what we read in articles and screeds written by liberals “is designed to distort the truth. Some are willing to lie for what they perceive to be their idea of the greater good. Others just put the worst spin on out-of-context statements to elevate the blood pressure of their targeted ultra-liberal audience.”

The Fake News Syndrome, as I’ve stressed, is nothing new. It’s been approximately the case for as long as we can remember. The only discrimination between the MSM and the FNM is that the latter has become effectively coterminous with the former. Previously there were a few, if not many, reasonably impartial news venues; today these are practically non-existent.

Eventually, I realized that the Western media were even more insidious than the Soviet controlled news outfits. Many Russians knew that Pravda and Izvestia were propaganda arms of the Politburo and discounted their stories as rubbish; many Westerners, on the other hand, are readily deceived, believing the press is free from bias and generally principled and reliable. I know now, however belatedly, that our media constitute one of the gravest threats to our democratic traditions and wonder how I could ever have been so gullible…….”

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/01/a_brief_history_of_the_fake_news_media.html