• 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 Collapse of the American Family

I was born in the city of St. Paul Minnesota during the  great America depression seven years before the attack on Pearl Harbor.   There were 26 housing lots on the single block where I was raised.   Four of them were empty lots until a few years after the end of WWII.

Every house but one  housed a family with children.  That lone  house bore an elderly couple whose daughter and two grandsons  visited for a month or two every summer.

No mother on either side of the block worked away from home.   Fathers worked 6 days each week.   Her first and foremost  duty, according to the  culture of the day, was to be a Mother of  her children.  Sunday was for Church.   The Landmarks who lived  two houses East from our block lost their 18 year old son in the Pacific war in 1942.   Mr.  Joyce who lived on our side of the block smelled of booze every once in a while on Saturdays after he mowed his lawn.

Mrs. Wilbur Peterson was a Baptist….the only one in sight.  Two or three times per week in spring and summer, while walking up and down our block most mornings, she’d preach something Biblical…..usually from the Psalms except during Holy Week each year when she’d remind all of Jesus’ suffering .  It was her way of being friendly.

Until after the War the entire block would gather for a picnic in Spring and Autumn in the empty lot behind our house.

Divorces happened in Reno, Nevada….not in Minnesota in those days.   No one swore bad words in public.  Tiny, but very athletic Raymond Nelson at age about ten had climbed up on Mr. Jahnke’s garage roof.  Some of the garage shingles were loosening up and Ray was curious.  Once safe upon the roof he discovered sailing shingles into the air was a delight…..as if sailing basketball.   He loosened about 50 more shingles to test how far he could deliver them into the great beyond.

When he heard Mr. Jahnke was angry and was hunting down the kid that that ruined his garage roof, Ray blame me for the mischief.   When he marched to our house to name me the alleged, but innocent  “villain” before my  Mother, she sent him home shaking from her response.   The Truth was I could  never do anything like climbing up ladders to any height.   I had a powerful fear of heights and would never get on a ladder of any height in those days.

A couple days later Mr. Jahnke returned to our house to confess that Ray Nelson had admitted it was he who  dismembered the  garage shingles.   He apologized for his error and gave Mom a jar of home made strawberry jam (my favorite at that time) hoping I would forgive him.

We lived only three blocks from the Mississippi River.   It was War time…..time for boys to play War and explore.   Raymond and I did play together along the river which would have leveled our parents to the floor in shock if they had discovered our favorite game….”defeating the Nazis”.  It was 1943.  I had a toy German Luger.  Ray had his toy pistol…and we would sneak down to the river and hunt for and shoot the enemy….about five or six huntings that Spring and Summer.

Hawks and eagles were Nazi dive bombers.  Bluebirds were  Stukas.   We “powed” them with our guns.  Squirrels were spies.  We threw stones at them.   We didn’t disturb raccoons.  They were too nasty.

We preferred earlier Spring huntings.  The Mississippi was much noisier then.  The water rushing from the North  attacked the limestone sides with such power a person  could barely  hear another.

It sounded like the  War,  bombings, cannons, machine guns the kind  we’d hear in the movies.   We’d scare ourselves….We’d jump from  boulder to boulder between rushing water occasionally.  And we survived.   It was the growing up boy in us…..the explorers, the warriors.

The era of that American family with Mothers died long ago.  So many human animals today  prefer to absorb legal and illegal drugs by junior high school….and are taught leftism and its greed and envy instead of knowledge in the classroom.

Marriage is disappearing. Sunday is just another play day.  God has disappeared almost entirely in thought and deed.   Democrats have become savages.

Please read about America today…below!

https://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2018/10/almost-half-u-s-births-happen-outside-marriage-signaling-cultural-shift/

Lefty Fascists at Gopherland Minnesota Smear Free Speech Freely as Usual

FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS? NOT FOR CONSERVATIVES

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

You know that, of course. This story is just a drop of water in the ocean of officially-sanctioned campus leftism.

At the University of Minnesota, there is a bridge over the Mississippi River on Washington Avenue. (BTW, it won’t be long before Minnesota Democrats demand that Washington Avenue be given a new name.) University organizations of all types are given space on the bridge to post signs. The college Republicans consistently do so, with this result:

For the third year in a row, the University of Minnesota chapter of College Republicans had its Washington Avenue Bridge panel vandalized.

The phrase “Queer Power” was spray painted in black over the three-panel painting sometime Friday evening or Saturday morning. The group’s panel features words such as “Make the U Great Again,” “Trump 2020” and “The proposed pronoun policy mocks real social issues” — a reference to a gender expression policy that is currently being considered by University administrators.

A Saturday afternoon tweet from the College Republicans’ account stated the vandalization is a “blatant attack” on the group’s First Amendment rights.

Three years in a row! Needless to say, the perpetrators have never been caught, nor has any serious effort been made to identify them. The Republicans’ signs were not controversial, and were notably inclusive:

This is what the signs looked like post-vandalism:

Other student groups’ signs are not vandalized, only the Republicans’. Three years in a row, and counting. But the university’s administration doesn’t mind the suppression of conservative speech. On the contrary: in 2016, when the Republicans’ sign “Build the Wall” was vandalized, the university’s president, Eric Kaler, said that college Republicans “should have been more inclusive about recognizing the pain it caused.” So a slogan voiced by the winning candidate for the Presidency of the United States isn’t entitled to First Amendment protection at the University of Minnesota.

Coincidentally, the Chairwoman of the Minnesota College Republicans, my daughter Kathryn, is home for the weekend, so I asked her to comment. Her response:

We are extremely disappointed that our College Republicans at the University of Minnesota were targeted once again for expressing their beliefs. The University of Minnesota has proven year after year that their campus is unsafe and unwelcoming for conservative students. We hope they act quickly in disciplining the students involved, and we plan to hold them accountable until they do.

When she says “unsafe,” she isn’t kidding. Last year’s University of Minnesota college Republican president had to be escorted around campus because of threats of violence, and I attended a speech at the University of Minnesota by Charlie Kirk, who needed numerous armed guards because he was so bold as to say that free enterprise is better than Communism.

Our universities are sick, and I am afraid the disease will prove fatal.

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/10/free-speech-on-campus-not-for-conservatives.php

No Alcohol President Trump Blamed for Americans Drinking More Reports Washington Post

WaPo Columnist Blames Trump For Americans Drinking More

by Jazz Shaw  at  HotAir:

Donald Trump is responsible for all manner of things, particularly if you ask anyone at MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times or the Washington Post. He’s caused unrest around the world using nothing more than tweets, sparked riots in the streets and I’m pretty sure at least a couple of people have blamed him for global warming. But perhaps his greatest trick of all has been to increase the rates of alcohol consumption in America. Or at least that’s the opinion of WaPo columnist Kathleen Parker.

SEE ALSO: Joe Biden accuses Trump of “trashing American values”

Amid hurricanes, a vanished journalist, the recent Supreme Court hearings, midterms and “mobs,” it is little wonder that Americans are drinking more than ever.

Factually, this is so. More than 70 percent of Americans imbibe each year, and about 40 percent drink excessively, according to two separate studies last year. A comparison to 2014 data showed a 10 percent increase in the number of heavy drinkers.

I mention these sotted stats for context. Lately, at least from my perch on the porch, the evening cocktail has become less an aperitif than a medicinal slug made necessary by the alternative of ripping off my face. To bear witness to These Times In Which We Live is to go insane, join a cult or pour your favorite poison.

Parker goes on from there to cite a number of horrible things about the world today, spending most of her time talking about Kanye West’s recent appearance in the Oval Office. All of this is supposedly to blame for a rise in American drinking habits.

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Let’s put the snark aside and say that this is true. If so, Trump can chalk that up as one more win. I mean, somebody has to keep the alcohol industry afloat, right? There are a lot of jobs riding on the successful sales of beer, wine and liquor. One study last year found that the beer industry alone accounted for more than 2.2 million jobs and more than $350 billion in economic output. That works out to 1.9 % of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. The wine and liquor industries provide a similar boost.

What I find odd here is that the booze business needed any sort of a bump. Traditionally, the liquor industry has been seen as one of the most recession-proof business channels in the country, perhaps second only to the Mafia. When times are good, people drink to celebrate. When times are hard, they drink to console themselves. Or at least that’s how it’s traditionally been perceived.

So is Parker onto something? Is Trump actually driving people to drink? I’ll wait until martini time this afternoon to decide, but if he is I say good for him. And now he’s got somebody on the Supreme Court who really likes beer, so we should be in good shape from here on out.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/13/wapo-columnist-blames-trump-americans-dinking/

Spreading That Fake News from the Feminist, Fascist Left

DUMBEST ANTI-TRUMP SLUR EVER? [UPDATED]

by John Hinderaker at PowerLine:

At a rally in Ohio yesterday, President Trump praised two natives of that state, William McKinley and Ulysses Grant. Trump related how President Lincoln turned to Grant after a succession of commanders had been beaten by Robert E. Lee, who was, as Trump said, “a great general.” Grant, despite supposedly being an alcoholic, knew how to win, and defeated Lee’s army. All of which is true, except that like many others, Trump exaggerated the extent of Grant’s problems with alcohol.

Liberals absurdly claimed that President Trump’s acknowledgement that Lee was a great general was–somehow–racist. You can’t make this stuff up. “Journalist” Soledad O’Brien tweeted:


Subsequently, O’Brien sort of backed off, and sort of doubled down:


It is “idiotic” to talk about the Civil War? Why? This is the real point: if the GOP is so racist, why don’t the Democrats have any good examples of it? Why do they continually have to offer pathetic non sequiturs like this one?

O’Brien wasn’t the only “journalist” who tried to make something out of the president’s reference to Lee. The Washington Post chimed in with one of the dumbest headlines ever:

Do the Democrats really not understand what fools they are making of themselves?

Via Twitchy.

UPDATE: NBC News jumped on board the Lee bandwagon, too:


Honestly, you can’t keep up with the stupidity of the Democratic Party press.

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/10/dumbest-anti-trump-slur-ever.php

“Guilty” Obama Man John Burton, Goes WikiLeaking to Make Trumpees Disappear

The Left’s Next Big Thing

By J.R. Dunn at American Thinker:

 

Fresh off getting their britches kicked over the Kavanaugh nomination, the American left has come up with yet another scheme to stymie the GOP and strangle the MAGA program in its cradle.

This is the product of John Burton, an Obama acolyte and political activist who, harnessing the crowd sourcing process (the “Wiki effect”), has signed up an army of amateur volunteers to examine the records of dozens of vulnerable GOP candidates with the intention of publicizing these findings in a string of October surprises.

Burton is an ex-banker who worked for the Obama campaign as an opposition researcher.  After Donald Trump was elected, he joined the “Resistance,” according to his own words, out of guilt that he’d allowed Trump to be elected.

He immediately organized a telephone campaign in which, shortly after the inauguration, 78,000 callers contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding an investigation into “Russian collusion.”  Some sources give him credit for the Mueller investigation, which is arguable, to say the least.

Burton then applied himself to organizing “Citizen Strong,” a 501(c)(4) “grassroots” outfit dedicated to ending the Trump menace.  Anticipating the 2018 elections, he has organized 16,000 volunteers who have been searching the net for “damaging material” on GOP candidates.  Citizen Strong is targeting three Senate races, 22 House races, and 133 state legislative races in 13 states.  The effort has been financed by what even his supporters call “dark money.”  (It should also be mentioned that one of the individuals involved is an evident Russian immigrant named “Tanya.”  Another is named “Vlad.”  You’d really think they’d know better.)

The purpose is to unleash all this material prior to November 6, throwing GOP electoral efforts into chaos and delivering the seats in contention to the Dems.

We will pause here for the usual suspects to respond, as they did to the Mueller investigation and the Kavanaugh hearings, by racing back and forth and screeching, “It’s over… it’s hopeless… nothing can be done… They’ve won… we’re finished, I tell you…”

Moving on, we will now calmly examine the reasons why it’s by no means “all over”:

  • Forewarned is forearmed.  The legacy media, specifically Bloomberg Businessweek, have prematurely spilled the beans on Burton and his effort, apparently under the assumption that it’s a done deal.  But in politics, nothing is a done deal.  There is plenty that can be done to curtail this, as long as people know it’s coming – which they now do.
  • Twenty eighteen is not the year for leftist dirty tricks.  Consider the left’s recent ambush attempts.  The Mueller investigation continues squishing its way around the streets of Washington like a giant amoeba, occasionally crushing a bystander but leaving its major target – President Trump – untouched while becoming a greater embarrassment with each week that passes.  The Democratic effort to fire a delusory woman at Judge Brett Kavanaugh collapsed into utter catastrophe, with the Dems in far worse shape than they were before they tried it.  Almost simultaneously, the New York Times (a notorious metropolitan gay paper) published an “exposé” of President Trump’s taxes, which revealed a lot of “tax evasion” that turned out to be totally legal loopholes, several of which are utilized by the NYT’s own accountants.

It may well be that the time for this type of maneuver is over.  Every tactic has its season, and the day of massive, well financed mud showers may well be past its use-by date, due to large-scale abuse.  It’s easily possible that people will greet Burton’s effort with “another Blasey Ford-type scam.”

(It shouldn’t be forgotten, either, that this is the year of #Walkaway, in which lifetime Democrats are cutting ties to the party over exactly this type of thing.)

  • There’s no reason to believe that Burton is actually competent at this.  The Mueller investigation claim is pure résumé puffery.  So many people were squalling for an investigation at the time that taking credit for it is like claiming credit for photosynthesis – a bad sign, as any human resources specialist will tell you.  We also know nothing about his previous experience with the Obama campaign.  If he’s out of the same pod as Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Hillary, Samantha Power, or Susan Rice…well, that speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
  • The “Wiki principle” has its drawbacks.  When designed and run by capable hands, such as the Cambridge Citizen Scientist program, it can work well.  By utilizing trained, experienced scientists to filter the findings, Cambridge has produced a lot of excellent scientific material that would have been unobtainable by other means.  But otherwise…

Well, look at Wikipedia itself.  Decades after its founding, it’s still a byword for error, incompetence, and disinformation.  My favorite example involves the Klan entry, where for years a photo of a farnicoco – a hooded Spanish Holy Week penitent – was labeled as a “typical Klansman.”  But just the other day, while looking for a map of N.Y. Congressional District 14, I stumbled over the Wiki version, which I immediately recognized as bogus – the map placed the bulk of the district in Manhattan, not in the Bronx, where it belongs.

There is no sign that Burton has solved this problem or is even aware that it exists.  Now, it’s statistically certain that a substantial number of his volunteer army of 16,000 are stupid, incompetent, disturbed, or vindictive and may well produce material that is mistaken to the point of being legally actionable.  In this era of the GOP Unbound, this could well mean that Burton and the staff of Citizen Strong will exit stage right pursued by a blizzard of writs, subpoenas, and judgments.  It’s doubtful that his dark money sources will care for this.

A few examples of Citizen Strong’s exposés have already been released (though nothing on the chief target, Dana Rohrabacher, accused of – you guessed it – Russian collusion).  They are less than world-shattering.  We’ve been informed that the wife of Wisconsin state rep. Tyler Vorpagel, who has voted for welfare reform, was collecting unemployment while working on his campaign!!!  It may come as news to J.P. Morgan alumnus Burton – as well as his Russian comrades-in-arms – that unemployment compensation is not welfare.  It’s a form of insurance, paid for by workers while employed.  We can be sure that Wisconsin’s middle- and working-class voters will know the difference.

Similarly, Representatives Mike Bost of Illinois and Dave Schweikert of Arizona will be pilloried for staying at Ritz-Carltons or the Waldorf while traveling – a silly piece of class warfare that might agitate Occupy activists but few others.  Political offices do come with some privileges.  This should be news to nobody.

The rest is of much the same tenor – all of it reaching, exaggerated, and essentially empty.  Citizen Strong may have come up with something earth-shattering, but thus far, there’s no sign of it.  Simply repeating “Blasey Ford” and underlining that this is the same type of operation – which it is – should negate the bulk of it.  Mentioning such names as “McCabe,” “Strzok,” and “Page” would not be out of place.

The inevitable errors and misstatements can also be utilized, particularly if malice or deliberation can be suggested.  The Vorpagel unemployment error mentioned above certainly fits this mold and needs to be hard-pedaled not only by the Vorpagel campaign, but by all other targets as well.  If Citizen Strong can screw up a simple piece of information such as that one, then what’s the rest of its material worth?

We can rest assured that there will be plenty more coming.

Nor can we overlook the “dark money” factor.  What are Burton and his organization hiding?  Who’s paying the bills?  What’s their agenda?  Citizen Strong is clearly applying the total transparency principle to political activity.  Well, playmates – what’s good for the goose.  Let’s see what you’ve got hidden in your closets – then we’ll see about listening to what you’re peddling.

There’s one last thing we can be sure that John Burton hasn’t thought of, because Democrats and leftists never do.  The Democrats are the Wile E. Coyotes of the political world.  They are constantly introducing new tactics, new weapons, and new tricks, always acting under the impression that circumstances consistently bend their way and that nothing can go wrong, nor can these new tricks be used against them.  Back in the early ’70s, they lowered the voting age to 18, assured that all those late teens would vote for them.  They went instead for Richard Nixon.  More recently, the half-clever Harry Reid cut the Senate votes needed for confirmation of federal judges to a simple majority, which pushed through a large cohort of Obama appointments – but also laid the basis for the GOP doing the same thing with the Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch.  In between, there’s a never-ending list of surefire Acme gimmicks that left the Dems with sooty faces and smoke rising from their whiskers.

Burton’s scheme is likely another one of those.  Anybody – even conservatives and Republicans – can recruit an army of internet volunteers, and probably get better results.  After all, it’s the Democrats who are hiding the real dirt.  DiFi’s husband Richard Blum’s problem is not unemployment insurance, and the Clintons have not simply been sleeping in the Waldorf on the taxpayer’s dime.

John Burton has opened a door.  Let’s see what comes through.

Fresh off getting their britches kicked over the Kavanaugh nomination, the American left has come up with yet another scheme to stymie the GOP and strangle the MAGA program in its cradle.

This is the product of John Burton, an Obama acolyte and political activist who, harnessing the crowdsourcing process (the “Wiki effect”), has signed up an army of amateur volunteers to examine the records of dozens of vulnerable GOP candidates with the intention of publicizing these findings in a string of October surprises.

Burton is an ex-banker who worked for the Obama campaign as an opposition researcher.  After Donald Trump was elected, he joined the “Resistance,” according to his own words, out of guilt that he’d allowed Trump to be elected.

He immediately organized a telephone campaign in which, shortly after the inauguration, 78,000 callers contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding an investigation into “Russian collusion.”  Some sources give him credit for the Mueller investigation, which is arguable, to say the least.

Burton then applied himself to organizing “Citizen Strong,” a 501(c)(4) “grassroots” outfit dedicated to ending the Trump menace.  Anticipating the 2018 elections, he has organized 16,000 volunteers who have been searching the net for “damaging material” on GOP candidates.  Citizen Strong is targeting three Senate races, 22 House races, and 133 state legislative races in 13 states.  The effort has been financed by what even his supporters call “dark money.”  (It should also be mentioned that one of the individuals involved is an evident Russian immigrant named “Tanya.”  Another is named “Vlad.”  You’d really think they’d know better.)

The purpose is to unleash all this material prior to November 6, throwing GOP electoral efforts into chaos and delivering the seats in contention to the Dems.

We will pause here for the usual suspects to respond, as they did to the Mueller investigation and the Kavanaugh hearings, by racing back and forth and screeching, “It’s over… it’s hopeless… nothing can be done… They’ve won… we’re finished, I tell you…”

Moving on, we will now calmly examine the reasons why it’s by no means “all over”:

  • Forewarned is forearmed.  The legacy media, specifically Bloomberg Businessweek, have prematurely spilled the beans on Burton and his effort, apparently under the assumption that it’s a done deal.  But in politics, nothing is a done deal.  There is plenty that can be done to curtail this, as long as people know it’s coming – which they now do.
  • Twenty eighteen is not the year for leftist dirty tricks.  Consider the left’s recent ambush attempts.  The Mueller investigation continues squishing its way around the streets of Washington like a giant amoeba, occasionally crushing a bystander but leaving its major target – President Trump – untouched while becoming a greater embarrassment with each week that passes.  The Democratic effort to fire a delusory woman at Judge Brett Kavanaugh collapsed into utter catastrophe, with the Dems in far worse shape than they were before they tried it.  Almost simultaneously, the New York Times (a notorious metropolitan gay paper) published an “exposé” of President Trump’s taxes, which revealed a lot of “tax evasion” that turned out to be totally legal loopholes, several of which are utilized by the NYT’s own accountants.

It may well be that the time for this type of maneuver is over.  Every tactic has its season, and the day of massive, well financed mud showers may well be past its use-by date, due to large-scale abuse.  It’s easily possible that people will greet Burton’s effort with “another Blasey Ford-type scam.”

(It shouldn’t be forgotten, either, that this is the year of #Walkaway, in which lifetime Democrats are cutting ties to the party over exactly this type of thing.)

  • There’s no reason to believe that Burton is actually competent at this.  The Mueller investigation claim is pure résumé puffery.  So many people were squalling for an investigation at the time that taking credit for it is like claiming credit for photosynthesis – a bad sign, as any human resources specialist will tell you.  We also know nothing about his previous experience with the Obama campaign.  If he’s out of the same pod as Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Hillary, Samantha Power, or Susan Rice…well, that speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
  • The “Wiki principle” has its drawbacks.  When designed and run by capable hands, such as the Cambridge Citizen Scientist program, it can work well.  By utilizing trained, experienced scientists to filter the findings, Cambridge has produced a lot of excellent scientific material that would have been unobtainable by other means.  But otherwise…

Well, look at Wikipedia itself.  Decades after its founding, it’s still a byword for error, incompetence, and disinformation.  My favorite example involves the Klan entry, where for years a photo of a farnicoco – a hooded Spanish Holy Week penitent – was labeled as a “typical Klansman.”  But just the other day, while looking for a map of N.Y. Congressional District 14, I stumbled over the Wiki version, which I immediately recognized as bogus – the map placed the bulk of the district in Manhattan, not in the Bronx, where it belongs.

There is no sign that Burton has solved this problem or is even aware that it exists.  Now, it’s statistically certain that a substantial number of his volunteer army of 16,000 are stupid, incompetent, disturbed, or vindictive and may well produce material that is mistaken to the point of being legally actionable.  In this era of the GOP Unbound, this could well mean that Burton and the staff of Citizen Strong will exit stage right pursued by a blizzard of writs, subpoenas, and judgments.  It’s doubtful that his dark money sources will care for this.

A few examples of Citizen Strong’s exposés have already been released (though nothing on the chief target, Dana Rohrabacher, accused of – you guessed it – Russian collusion).  They are less than world-shattering.  We’ve been informed that the wife of Wisconsin state rep. Tyler Vorpagel, who has voted for welfare reform, was collecting unemployment while working on his campaign!!!  It may come as news to J.P. Morgan alumnus Burton – as well as his Russian comrades-in-arms – that unemployment compensation is not welfare.  It’s a form of insurance, paid for by workers while employed.  We can be sure that Wisconsin’s middle- and working-class voters will know the difference.

Similarly, Representatives Mike Bost of Illinois and Dave Schweikert of Arizona will be pilloried for staying at Ritz-Carltons or the Waldorf while traveling – a silly piece of class warfare that might agitate Occupy activists but few others.  Political offices do come with some privileges.  This should be news to nobody.

The rest is of much the same tenor – all of it reaching, exaggerated, and essentially empty.  Citizen Strong may have come up with something earth-shattering, but thus far, there’s no sign of it.  Simply repeating “Blasey Ford” and underlining that this is the same type of operation – which it is – should negate the bulk of it.  Mentioning such names as “McCabe,” “Strzok,” and “Page” would not be out of place.

The inevitable errors and misstatements can also be utilized, particularly if malice or deliberation can be suggested.  The Vorpagel unemployment error mentioned above certainly fits this mold and needs to be hard-pedaled not only by the Vorpagel campaign, but by all other targets as well.  If Citizen Strong can screw up a simple piece of information such as that one, then what’s the rest of its material worth?

We can rest assured that there will be plenty more coming.

Nor can we overlook the “dark money” factor.  What are Burton and his organization hiding?  Who’s paying the bills?  What’s their agenda?  Citizen Strong is clearly applying the total transparency principle to political activity.  Well, playmates – what’s good for the goose.  Let’s see what you’ve got hidden in your closets – then we’ll see about listening to what you’re peddling.

There’s one last thing we can be sure that John Burton hasn’t thought of, because Democrats and leftists never do.  The Democrats are the Wile E. Coyotes of the political world.  They are constantly introducing new tactics, new weapons, and new tricks, always acting under the impression that circumstances consistently bend their way and that nothing can go wrong, nor can these new tricks be used against them.  Back in the early ’70s, they lowered the voting age to 18, assured that all those late teens would vote for them.  They went instead for Richard Nixon.  More recently, the half-clever Harry Reid cut the Senate votes needed for confirmation of federal judges to a simple majority, which pushed through a large cohort of Obama appointments – but also laid the basis for the GOP doing the same thing with the Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch.  In between, there’s a never-ending list of surefire Acme gimmicks that left the Dems with sooty faces and smoke rising from their whiskers.

Burton’s scheme is likely another one of those.  Anybody – even conservatives and Republicans – can recruit an army of internet volunteers, and probably get better results.  After all, it’s the Democrats who are hiding the real dirt.  DiFi’s husband Richard Blum’s problem is not unemployment insurance, and the Clintons have not simply been sleeping in the Waldorf on the taxpayer’s dime.

John Burton has opened a door.  Let’s see what comes through.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/10/the_lefts_next_big_thing.html

Democrats Doing What Fascists Know Best

CRAZY DAYS [UPDATED]

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

As the election approaches, it seems that everything is spinning out of control. Here is a partial selection from the last day or two.

It came out that pink tutu-clad leftist Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrats’ nominee for the Senate from Arizona, once urged Texans to “stop your state from becoming Arizona” because Arizonans are “crazy.”

The Reagan Battalion

@ReaganBattalion

BREAKING: LEAKED VIDEO: in a 2011 speech in TX, Democratic Senate candidate @kyrstensinema mocks Arizonans as “Crazy” and calls Arizona the “crazy” state.

Nice campaign you had going there for a while, Kyrsten.

Then there is Tennessee, where “moderate” Democrat Phil Bredesen has been locked in a tight Senate race with Marsha Blackburn. Bredesen, unlike Heidi Heitkamp, thinks he has a chance to win and therefore announced that if he were in the Senate, he would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, two of his staffers have confided that he was lying–a necessary lie because the people of Tennessee are ignorant. Are we seeing a pattern here?

Too bad about your endorsement, Taylor.

In Missouri, desperate Senator Claire McCaskill is on tape saying she is willing to give up the votes of rural Missourians in order to win big in St. Louis. I’m not sure how she will do in St. Louis, but I can tell you how she will do in the country…..
You might think the Kavanaugh craziness is over, but no: Grabien has put together a montage of Democratic Party news media encouraging Democratic politicians to impeach Justice Kavanaugh if they take over the House. Grounds? Who needs grounds?

https://share.grabien.com/share.php?id=479113&userid=2730&playercolor=%23000000&playersize=480&code=981d2f2b4d13e66311fb5d6c2f176928

Finally, for a change of pace, something that is also a bit odd, if much less sinister: President Trump in the Oval Office with Jim Brown and Kanye West. Ponder Kanye’s theory of an infinite number of alternative universes, and how it relates to sentencing reform:

At one point, West calls himself a “crazy motherf*****,” but he isn’t crazy enough to run for the Senate as a Democrat.

UPDATE: One more I forgot to include. Our public schools lead the way in intelligent, informed discourse. This middle school is in North Carolina:

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/10/crazy-days.php

Harpies at “Fake News” CNN Don’t Know What “MOB” Means

1:

Another CNN Anchor Can’t Understand Why Kavanaugh Protesters Are Being Described As A “Mob”

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/10/another-cnn-anchor-cant-understand-kavanaugh-protesters-described-mob/

2:

CNN Anchor: How Dare You Call These Democratic Protesters A “Mob”

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/09/cnn-anchor-dare-call-democratic-protesters-mob/