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    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 Rational Bible: Exodus” Now Available

I’m Back. Here’s Where I’ve Been.

Dennis Prager’s new book, “The Rational Bible: Exodus” is available on Amazon.

by Dennis Prager at Townhall:

“I won’t make any assumptions about how many readers noticed I took a three-month break from column writing.

Nevertheless, I want to explain why.

I needed the time to finish the first volume of the biggest project of my life as a writer, a commentary on the first five books of the Bible, or what are called the Torah in Hebrew.

The commentary is addressed to people of every faith and, especially, to people of no faith.

I have believed all my life that the primary crisis in America and the West is the abandonment of Judeo-Christian values, or, one might say, the dismissal of the Bible. Virtually everyone on the left thinks America would be better off as a secular nation. And virtually all conservative intellectuals don’t think it matters. How many intellectuals study the Bible and teach it to their children?

And yet, from the time long before the United States became a country until well into the 1950s, the Bible was not only the most widely read book in America; it was the primary vehicle by which each generation passed on morality and wisdom to the next generation.

Since that time, we have gone from a Bible-based society to a Bible-ignorant one; from the Bible being the Greatest Book to the Bible being an irrelevant book. Ask your college-age child, niece, nephew or grandchild to identify Cain and Abel, the Tower of Babel or the ten plagues. Get ready for some blank stares. I recently asked some college graduates (none of whom were Jewish) to name the four Gospels. None could.

But what we have today is worse than ignorance of the Bible. It is contempt for it. Just about anyone who quotes the Bible, let alone says it is the source of his or her values, is essentially regarded as a simpleton who is anti-science, anti-intellectual and sexist.

Our society, one of whose mottos is “In God We Trust,” is becoming as godless as Western Europe — and, consequently, as morally confused and unwise as Europe. Just as most professors regard most Bible believers as foolish, I have more or less the same view of most college professors in the liberal arts. When I hear that someone has a Ph.D. in sociology, anthropology, political science or English, let alone women’s studies or gender studies, I assume that he or she is morally confused and bereft of wisdom. Some are not, of course. But they constitute a small minority.

Whenever teenagers call my radio show or I meet one in person, I can usually identify — almost immediately — the ones who are receiving a religion-based education. They are far more likely to act mature and have more wisdom than their Bible-free peers.

One of our two greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, rarely attended church, but he read the Bible daily. As he said while president, “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man.”

Were he able to observe America today, Lincoln would be shocked by many things. But none would shock him as much as the widespread ignorance of and contempt for the Bible.

I have taught the Torah, from the Hebrew original, for 40 years. Of the many things I have been blessed to be able to do — from hosting a national radio show to conducting orchestras — teaching Torah is my favorite.

When asked how it has affected my life, I often note that in my early 20s, when I was working through issues I had with my parents, there was nevertheless not a week during which I did not call them. And there was one reason for this: I believe that God commanded us to “Honor your father and your mother.”

In my commentary, I point out that while the Torah commands us to love our neighbor, love God and love strangers, it never commands us to love our parents. It was sophisticated enough to recognize that love of parents may be impossible but showing honor to a parent is a behavioral choice.

In America, there is an epidemic of children who no longer talk one or both of their parents. In a few cases, this is warranted. But in most cases, adult children are inflicting terrible, unfair pain upon their parent. This is one of a myriad of examples where believing in a God-based text is transformative. Secular callers tell me that they hardly need the Ten Commandments to desist from murdering anyone. That may well be true. But apparently, a lot of people could use the Ten Commandments to avoid inflicting terrible pain on (admittedly, flawed) parents.

The title of my work is “The Rational Bible” because my vehicle to God and the Bible is reason. If you have ever wondered why all of America’s founders revered the Bible, let alone why anyone today might do so, this book should provide an explanation. My ultimate aim is to help make the Bible America’s book once again…”

(Thank you, Mark Waldeland for forwarding the above article to me.”)

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Handel’s Magnificent Messiah (for those in a hurry)

Warning:   Those about to hear the following assemblage of music will be exposed to a beauty of the highest potency for the human  mind and soul…… eventually causing the most powerful of all drug addictions…..

 

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Note from My Congressman, Erik Paulsen:

“Yesterday the House passed historic tax reform that will benefit Minnesota families by lowering individual tax rates, doubling the Child Tax Credit, keeping the mortgage interest deduction and growing the economy.

This historic bill will reform our outdated tax code for the first time in 31 years, and give significant tax relief to businesses of all sizes so they can invest capital in their operations, create new jobs and give their employees a raise.

And it ensures hard-working Minnesota families keep more of their money.

I’m also proud that two provisions that I authored are part of these reforms. The Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act will help new startup companies attract and keep top talent, and The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act that will reduce regulations and taxes for craft brewers, who support thousands of Minnesota jobs.

Tax reform is about restoring hope for a more prosperous future for ourselves, our parents and, most importantly, our children.

Sincerely,

Erik Paulsen
Member of Congress”

Obama’s Planned Parenthood Game in Trouble?

Planned Parenthood is in Deep Trouble With the Law. This Could Be a Turning Point.

. . . President Barack Obama’s aggressively pro-abortion administration put the “bully” in “bully pulpit.” Under Obama, the Justice Department became a tool to harass and intimidate pro-life advocates, labeling them domestic terrorists alongside groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

Instead of investigating Planned Parenthood for the shocking, potentially illegal practices exposed in the videos, pro-abortion Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided to investigate the whistleblowers.

The Obama administration also actively interfered with state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. KansasTennesseeIndianaTexasNew HampshireNew Jersey, North Carolina — all these states tried to get taxpayers out of the abortion industry, only to have the federal government bypass local officials to directly award lucrative contracts to Planned Parenthood or threaten to withhold federal Medicaid funds unless they kept tax dollars flowing.

As one last parting gift, during Obama’s final weeks in office, his administration issued an order banning states from defunding Planned Parenthood under Title X, which took effect two days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Through it all, Obama’s court appointees have generally been reliable backers of abortion. One Obama appointee even compared an abortion to a tonsillectomy in a recent case that would have created new “rights” to abortion on demand for illegal immigrants.

But there’s a new sheriff in Washington now, and a palpable sense of terror is gripping Planned Parenthood and its camp. Without their defender-in-chief or the courts to bail them out, they are finally being held accountable.

Trump has busily set about undoing his predecessor’s destructive pro-abortion legacy. He has filled his Cabinet with pro-life officials, and has filled court vacancies with outstanding judges like Neil Gorsuch who faithfully interpret the Constitution.

Right away, Trump signed legislation (H.J. Res. 43) rolling back Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry — something that, on a personal note, I was proud to witness in the Oval Office.

Trump’s strong commitment to pro-life policies has helped embolden state governors and legislatures.

Trump’s strong commitment to pro-life policies has helped embolden state governors and legislatures. Texas has now applied to reclaim the federal funding it was denied under the last administration. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in August successfully defunded Planned Parenthood and requested a waiver from the Trump administration so that the state can do the same with Medicaid, which is where the abortion business gets most of its taxpayer funding.

The next step is for the Trump administration to issue new guidance to the states restoring their freedom to prioritize Medicaid funds the way they believe will best serve their citizens. The administration must be prepared to defend that policy vigorously should the case go to the Supreme Court.

The pro-life majorities in both houses of Congress should also fulfill their promise to redirect half a billion dollars in annual taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood using budget reconciliation, where they have the best chance of succeeding.

Sometimes justice is a long time coming, but as two of our nation’s greatest thinkers — Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. — pointed out, it “cannot sleep forever” and “the arc of the moral universe … bends toward justice.”

There are good reasons to hope that for America’s abortion giant, justice is right around the corner.”

This article was sent by Mark Waldeland.

When and Why Did Our America Become So Ignorant of Its Past?

Cult of Personality

by John Schroeder  at  Hugh Hewitt Blog:

“In the 1780 Constitution of Massachusetts, John Adams wrote (Part the First, section XXX):

In the government of this Commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them: The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: The judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. [emphasis added]

That phrase, “a government of laws and not of men,” is one of those things that has become cliché through repetition, but is neither cliché nor trite.  It is deeply and importantly meaningful.  Yet I notice that as our culture grows more focused on self, our politics grows more personality based than idea or policy based.  The last presidential election cycle was consumed with personality, as is the continuing media coverage of the presidency.  “I like” or “I don’t like” has replaced “I agree with” or “I do not agree with” in most political discussions I encounter anymore.  (Hmmm, do I detect a Facebook contribution here?)

This trend is troubling – and it is reflected in far more than our politics.  I see it in our churches as well.  I have seen way too many churches built around a pastor die when that pastor moves on in some fashion.  For institutions to survive, whether they be churches or governments or something else, they have to be about more than the people involved at the moment.  There is little doubt in my mind that many of the radical changes that have happened in our culture in my lifetime are due to the fact that our institutions no longer stand as they once did.  They are now often fickle and transient things, driven by a personality rather than something greater than any one person, standing as a bulwark in support of some ideal.

Consider this odd BBC story about the current president of very dictatorial Turkmenistan.  Like North Korea, the nation is only as strong as its leader appears to be.  This necessity to maintain appearances can results in all sorts of issues.  Hence personality driven churches often die in scandal and dictatorships are found, after their death, to be built on tissues of lies.  Simple fact of the matter is mere humans are too frail and too unreliable to base an institution upon.  We need more.

This problem has plagued mankind throughout history.”

Comment:   The feminized  left of today’s American “women’s” movements has made much noise and many threats as it takes over our today’s American education and communication world.  They preach  that life is Godless.  They dictate  the past has been male recorded and therefore evil,  plotted to advance his ego to control his flocks.  Feminists and their nazis insist history must be rewritten in the leftist, feminist nazi manner.

Welcome feminazi America’s “1984”!

Their  ignorance  of our American struggle from the Mayflower episode to today’s racist Obama’s  antiAmerican movement is overwhelming the nation’s culture.  Worse, it is in union with the recent scholastic invasion of the feminists and their feminazi instructors now ruling and corrupting our education, communication and interracial world.

These and other  anti-democratic news orders of our day are given by the rebellious  political and college leaders and  street blacks, thugs, criminals included,  of street feminazis nurtured in the streets or by leftists at college,  blacks and feminazis of all stripes and colors,  the American news industry, from CNN, PBS, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, as well as Fox News, which advertises “fair and balanced” news funneled  through  Chris Wallace and Howard Kurtz.

The above article displayed above at Hugh Hewitt disappeared from the American mind a generation before the Obama’s racist, cultural rebellion days and its invited leftist invasion of 25,000,000 mostly illegal immigrants to guarantee a on Party Soviet type  leftist fascist regime for our once civilized America’s future.

“Human dignity for all” is religious desire, a dream arising from  our American JudeoChristian  story and its historic struggles to become more knowledgeable, therefore more Godfearing to  spread  freedom to expand truth and opportunity in life by accumulating knowledge.  It depends upon the human animal’s innate powerful sense of curiosity to explore the unknown,   and that  the more  “knowledge”  released from people to people stimulates yet further inquiry to expose the unknown……and  become closer to God.

 

What’s a POPULIST These Days?

Eek, I’m a Populist!

“When I first heard the word “populist” bandied about in the early days of election 2016, my immediate reaction was “Ugh!”– back we go to Father Coughlin and a bunch of guys with pitchforks.  Not promising.

Then, when I began to support Donald Trump, first grudgingly and then more enthusiastically, I discovered that I might therefore be a “populist.” Heaven help me.

According  to Daniel Hannan — British member of the European Parliament and contributor to the forthcoming (November 28) anthology Vox Populi: The Perils & Promises of Populism — that assignation is not likely to make me popular, at least in, er, Belgium (and undoubtedly in a lot of other places).  Hannan writes:

The vilest slur in Brussels, the insult to end all insults, is “populist.”  Eurocrats spit out, rather in the manner of a teenager at a party who mistakenly takes a swing from a beer can that was being used as an ashtray.  Yet, monstrous as the word is an a Eurocrat’s vocabulary, he is surprisingly vague about its meaning.

Now I have little sympathy for those tedious elitists known as Eurocrats, but I must say the guy has a point.  I’m rather vague about the meaning myself (though I suspect in his case it may equal “Trump supporter” or, lately, supporter of those “boorish” renegades now leading Poland, Hungary and, most recently, the Czech Republic and Austria).”

Even historian George H. Nash, after beginning the above-referenced essay collection with a brilliant tour d’horizon of the conservative movement, seems a little confused by what this new populism really is.  Some of the other contributors, however — notably James Piereson, Roger Scruton, Victor Hanson, Andrew McCarthy and Conrad Black — have more precise theories.

I will leave them to the reader of the anthology, which I suspect will be a touchstone for a necessary discussion as conservatism moves into the future, and try to come to grips with the question for myself.  What in the Sam Hill do I think, or maybe hope, this populism is?

But before I do, let me say that political terminology in general does not turn me on.  On one level I think it’s all a bunch of hooey. Following in the tradition of E. M. Forster, who only gave two cheers for democracy, I only give two cheers for ideology, sympathetic as I may be to some.  As was expressed so well in My Fair Lady, “Sing me no song, read me no rhyme/ Don’t waste my time, show me.”   (Please read on:)

 

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/eek-im-populist/