• Pragerisms

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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

Racism at the Supreme Court, Harvard, and Princeton?

Is the Ivy League’s Admission Bias a ‘Trade Secret’?

Princeton sues to block the government’s release of documents that could show discrimination.

by Jason Riley  at the Wall Street Journal:

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s dispiriting decision last year in Fisher v. University of Texas, which upheld the use of racial preferences in college admissions, Gallup released some encouraging poll results. More than 6 out of 10 white, black and Hispanic respondents said they disagreed with the ruling. And 7 in 10 people—including 76% of whites, 61% of Hispanics and 50% of blacks—said colleges should admit applicants based “solely on merit.”

Of course, the Supreme Court’s job is to interpret the commands of the Constitution, not opinion surveys. Still, the polling results are a reminder that the courts and the college administrators who cheered the ruling are much bigger fans of racial double standards than are the general public—even those who supposedly benefit from race-based affirmative action.

But the Gallup poll also illustrates how our national discussion of racial preferences in higher education has gotten so dated. Nowhere mentioned in the survey—and only glancingly referenced in the Fisher majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy—are Asian-Americans, though they are the country’s fastest-growing racial group and have become increasingly fed up with their treatment at elite colleges.

“The old paradigm of affirmative action being about white versus black has been completely upended,” says Edward Blum of Students for Fair Admissions, a group that opposes racial preferences. “California, Arizona, Texas, Florida—these are states that are becoming majority-minority, multiracial, multiethnic. We’re competing as different racial and ethnic groups that really have less and less meaning in our multiracial and multiethnic society.”

In 2006 Jian Li filed a complaint with the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights after he was denied admission to Princeton University. Mr. Li, who emigrated from China at age 4, had a perfect score on the SAT and graduated in the top 1% of his high school class. He alleged that Princeton violated civil-rights laws banning discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. The complaint was initially rejected, but Mr. Li appealed and the government reopened the investigation in 2008. Seven years later, in 2015, the Obama administration, which strongly supported the use of racial preferences in college admissions and obviously took its sweet time reviewing Mr. Li’s case, issued a report exonerating Princeton.

Last year Mr. Blum’s organization filed a public records Freedom of Information Act request with the Education Department to gain access to the same documents that the federal government used to clear Princeton of any wrongdoing. Mr. Blum’s organization represents a group of Asian plaintiffs who are suing Harvard University over its admissions policies. The judge in that case has ordered Harvard to turn over six years of admissions records, and Mr. Blum suspects that the data will show that Harvard is unlawfully capping Asian enrollment.

America’s Asian population has exploded in recent decades, and Asian attendance at highly selective schools with colorblind admissions, such the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, reflects this demographic trend. At Harvard, however, the percentage of Asian undergrads has remained remarkably consistent for an institution that claims race is not a determining factor in who is admitted. Mr. Blum suspects that Princeton engages in similar shenanigans, but the school has been pressuring the Education Department to deny him the information that he requested more than a year ago.

Concerned that the government was finally going to fulfill the FOIA request, Princeton sued the Education Department on March 17 to block the release of the admissions documents. The suit argues that the material being sought is exempt from FOIA, a claim that the government has rejected. The school also maintains that releasing the data would compromise student privacy, and it likened its admissions process to “trade secrets” that, if exposed, would put Princeton at a competitive disadvantage in attracting students.

Don’t believe it. Admissions officers switch schools all the time, presumably taking knowledge of admissions procedures with them, and the criteria used by elite institutions to evaluate applicants is not the equivalent of an iPhone patent. Nor is student privacy an issue since names, addresses and other personal information can be redacted. Mr. Blum’s organization simply wants the number of Asians who have applied to Princeton, their SAT scores and grade-point averages, and other information that the school used to analyze applicants academically.

What really concerns Princeton is a potential discrimination lawsuit. What ought to concern the rest of us is the apparent determination of elite colleges to punish Asians students for their academic success. Asians have long been the forgotten victims of liberal affirmative-action schemes, subject to unwritten “just for Asian” admissions standards that recall the treatment of Jews in the first half of the 20th century. Princeton wants them to shut up about it. Let’s hope they don’t.

Appeared in the Mar. 29, 2017, print edition.

How Long Must Our Universities be Savaged by Feminazis, Black Racists, and the Usual Marxist Gangs?

A Plan to Reform Our Failing Universities

by David Solway  at American Thinker:

“How can we save our universities from the rot that has invaded their precincts, eroding the traditional core of Western literary, cultural, scientific, technological, and professional instruction? What would such a makeover involve?

To begin with, Title IX should be abolished a.s.a.p. Originally intended to prevent sexual and racial discrimination — a well-intentioned but ill-conceived bipartisan measure signed into law in 1972 — Title IX has been corrupted beyond recognition, trampling due process in sexual harassment cases, feeding the campus rape panic, curtailing free speech rights in an effort to avoid “offense,” diluting the curriculum via “trigger warnings” and “microaggression” claims, establishing a culture of grievance, allowing talks and lectures by conservative speakers to be cancelled or disrupted, gutting men’s sports programs, and surrendering to the most absurd and untenable student demands. This abomination was promoted under the rubric of “equality” in a world where natural and imprescriptible inequalities abound in both the physical and intellectual domains. The casualties are merit and individuality. As R. B. Parish writes, in the name of equality our universities “renounce culture and strive to reduce everyone down to a common level… There must be no excellence.”

Additionally, measures should be taken to prevent universities from raising tuition fees irresponsibly (which, among other advantages, would also go a long way toward reducing unsustainable student debt). According to HSDC’s (Homeland Security Defense Coalition) annual report for 2016, the average cost of tuition fees in the U.S. is in the vicinity of $33,000 per academic year, rising in the elite universities to $60,000 and more. This is unacceptable. As I’ve written previously, “Tuition fees will need to come down, perhaps by decoupling Pell grants from tuition hikes,” and subsequently capped at a rate tied to inflation.

Universities will then have to devise ways of living within their means, by drastically shrinking administrative bloat, reducing professorial salaries by a percentage to be determined, and downsizing or eliminating Humanities departments that are either irrelevant or marginal, that is, courses of study that cannot deliver basic competence in reading and writing, knowledge of civics and history, familiarity with the classics of the Western tradition, and economic productivity……..”    Please continue reading below:

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/03/a_plan_to_reform_our_failing_universities.html

Anthony Kennedy’s AntiWhite Bigotry in Colorado Court Case A Cancer to American Jurisprudence

While listening to “Coach” Dennis Prager arrange his radio program lessons during the first hour of his show today, I learned about a recent  Supreme Court case decision starring loony-tune flake, Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Dennis referred to a case in Colorado where confused Anthony opened the legal floodgates in the forever future American court by challenging the age-old tenet that any evidence of juror misconduct can’t come from testimony of the jurors themselves….

In other words no matter what the reasons, fair or foul,  a juror might have wrought  from his or her life’s experience to the case, the decision made in each case is final…….but not of flakes like Anthony Kennedy, Judge or no judge,  have their bigotries met.

Bigot Kennedy, a noted feminist, apparently believes racism is a white disorder, perhaps even congenital.   He is a student of his generation, that is, a victim of the upper class white American elite which has provided his path to the narrow learnings of his class and then to his chair at the Supreme Court.

His mentor and guide on the Supreme Court, Anthony Scalia, died last year, leaving this flaky Anthony to think for himself.

Shortly after Dennis’ reference to this Anthony Kennedy matter, my neighbor dropped of a copy of yesterday’s leftist newsprint, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a local, quite rural ‘news’ tribe wired in  deceit to the New York Times,  Washington Post, and Bloomberg View.   A Jewish fellow, Noah Feldman, came up with the following:

“In a powerful opinion that will become part of Anthony Kennedy’ growing liberal legacy, the Supreme Court held in a split opinion Monday that a jury’s verdict may be reopened if there is evidence of racial bias by jurors.  The decision confronted a legal contradiction between the interest in treating jury verdicts as a black box not to be opened and the imperative of racial justice – and opted for the latter.”

The Jewish leftist, Feldman, continues, opining:  “The decision is unusually honest and direct about how race in America his historically tainted the fairness of the judicial system.”

Well, where did that piece of bigotry come from?    Feldman answers with:

“Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado stemmed from a jury’s conviction of Miguel Angel Pena-Rodriguez of sexually assaulting two teenage sisters.  After the trial was over and the verdict submitted, two jurors signed sworn affidavits stating that one of the jurors had told the others that he was a former law enforcement officer and that in his experience, “Mexican men had a bravado that caused them to believe they could do whatever they wanted with women.”

“For good measure,” leftist Feldman continues, the juror said that “nine out of ten Mexican men were guilty of being aggressive toward women and young girls.”  And he concluded that “I think he did it because he’s Mexican and Mexican me take whatever they want.”

Leftist Jewish Feldman immediately concluded in his ‘essay’ report, that these words were evidence of WHITE RACIAL BIAS which caused, therefore,  profound “juror misconduct”.

I do not know where Mr. Feldman was born and raised.   I can only match the evidence he provides…name, topic, politics, heroes and villains….and prejudices with my own life’s experiences.

For the first twenty years of my life beginning more than six decades ago, I was raised in an urban community, a neighborhood whose only minority was JEWISH.   I learned  very clearly, very early this Jewish community was bipolar….CONSERVATIVE, meaning civil, polite, friendly, even winsome…..and the rest, the obnoxious, mouthy, arrogant and very noisy, the “whatever was Left” group which began to accept me as a fellow human the beginning of the third grade only because I knew a host of things scholastic none of my Jewish colleagues did…..like map drawing by heart, knowing about World War II battles both in the Pacific as well as the “European Front”,  that I had a photographic memory and knew outdoor things like birds and plants, but couldn’t read…..”damaged goi goods” to this Left of the crowd in which I lived.

Practicing Racists  in America Are Black!…..a true generalization.

Relative to population, by far the most racist group in our United States of America today IS  black….but only the leftist kind, the vast urban fatherless uneducated.   The urban black male relative to population, is our nation’s  top murderer.  If one were to hear  or read  expletives, perhaps fifty per cent of the urban American black community readily expresses its racism against whites!

Where would they learn civility when there is no living, experienced, loving  father anywhere  in the crowd?

And then there are three leftist women, God forbid, attached to our Supreme Court.   Truth is nearly always second to feelings among these   leftist animals especially among the childless.

The Leftist Jew Feldman admires the breath of male in  Kennedy.  For the three dissenters, all real  males, he reports:  They, “seeing the principle of finality as more important than rooting out racial bias.  That view might be defensible in the abstract.  But in the particular circumstances of the U.S. justice system, the dissenters are wrong.”

Oh, are they wrong?   I have never considered a Mexican racially, even racistly different from any American…..certainly if he or she spoke English.

Nearly always it is the  lefty snob who writes and pines among today’s Eastern dictators at college and press including many from foreign but leftist lands to advertise panglobalism for their class.

Twenty five million immigrants have invaded the United States of America over the past two decades.   They didn’t come here to learn anything like yesterday’s immigrants who built America….NO, THEY CAME TO AMERICA TO SPONGE OFF THE GOVERNMENT  USING   AMERICAN WORKERS’ WAGES AND PROFITS FOR THEIR  ESCAPE.

Can any of you readers remember when the American population itself plotted this invasion?     What do you think Leftist, Barack Hussein Obama, had in mind for America when his crowd began creating SANCTUARY CITIES, those leftist communities separate from the nation’s LAW?

from the NAACP:  http://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-praises-supreme-court-ruling-racial-bias-jury-deliberations/

Obama and The American Drift toward Stalinism

A note to  CJack……With the exception of the few spaces upon the computer where I prepare these articles and issues, I am quite illiterate of things “Computer”.  After all, I am in my mid 80s , still work for a living as co-owner of a local landscape gardening business which art allows me to express my soul.    Because of my Prager article, my computer was hacked about a month ago….and have lost contact writing to you ever since.

Thank you for adding information to this site still free to write Truth as we know it.

My worry in life besides the health of my family, is the state of my country.   Beyond my graduate studies in Horticulture, my formal learnings and interest have been in Soviet Studies, and at one time years ago, I was quite fluent in Russian.

I was able to visit the soil of the ghost of Josef  Visarianovich on two occasions, midsummer of 1966 and autumn of 1990…..when Russia was still the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics…..in 1966 when Stalinist evil had been reduced by about 20% and in 1990 when Stalinism was about to collapse from poverty and disorder.

I am curious to know how you came to learn of Stalin so well.     I feel that there might be only 50 people in our America left who know of Stalinism as it truly was expressed.

Even in 1966 thirteen years after the ghastly tyrant’s death, in the cities both major and minor I visited, no one spoke in public…..for fear of immediate arrest for making an error in the content of a conversation.   Whether outdoors in  Moscow, Leningrad, or Rostov  only the sounds from tens of thousands of footfalls hit the cobblestone pavements free of human conversation one person to another from fear of police in or free of uniform.

In 1990 the settings had changed…..with authorities  behaving more like those in the German movie of about ten years ago, “The Lives of Others”.

No one seems to mention here in America that THE MAJOR FUNDER OF THINGS LEFTWING INCLUDING THE OBAMALING DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THE STREET PROTESTS AND RIOTS IS NOTED BILLIONAIRE AND COMMUNIST, GEORGE SOROS.

Have you ever been to the USSR, Communist  George Soros’ paradise, CJack?  Thank you for your following article:

-The Ghost of Josef Stalin—by CJack

“What I am saying is that since the 1930s the Kremlin had been trying to plant a ‘spook’ (spy/mole) in the highest office of the US government, and, ironically, that mole may have turned out to be our first black president; a man of contradictions schooled from a tender age to align himself with iconic doctrinaires of the International Socialist Movement/Marxism/Communism—such as Frank Marshall Davis, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Franz Fanon, Patrick Lumumba, Nkrumah, Kaonde, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Our first black president, methodically steered by powerful family figures into the dark labyrinthine world of dialectical materialism, was taught that a sense of suspicion, distrust, deceit and concealment were necessary traits to advance all political objectives to attain the desired goals; that power and influence could only be attained through the ruthless application of radical rules that can only be designed and imposed by the most disciplined political revolutionary. So why should we act so surprised by the surreptitious surveillance actions carried out by Barack Obama during his administration, actions which are continuing to be carried out by his loyal minions actively employed throughout the US government? Of course Obama orchestrated the electronic surveillance of the GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, his campaign’s team, and supporters; and of course Obama’s operatives were listening and leaking General Flynn’s private conversations at Trump Tower to Obama’s left wing stooges in the media. What else could you have expected from the master of deceit Barack Obama trained from a very tender age to hate the racists/militarists/imperialists/capitalists Americans?

Unfortunately for America, unwittingly or by design, it is that Ms. Ann Durham’s pampered little boy Barack Hussein may have become the ‘Kremlin mole’ Josef Stalin tried so hard to plant in the White House during the most critical days of the FDR administration, when depression and poverty ravaged our land. And so it was on the night of November 4, 2008 that Stalin finally had his wish come true; for on that dark day at Chicago’s Grant Park the ghost of Josef Stalin posited its hands on the shoulders of America’s first black president, Barack Hussein Obama; and the American republic has since tumbled down the hill, the light of its lamp dimmed by the moral and legal transgressions of its counterfeit first black president.”

THE STALINIST FEMINIST RIOT NURSED AT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

How Middlebury College Enabled The Student Riot During Charles Murray’s Visit

School administrators must stop abasing themselves to student outrage. Colleges should foster intellectual community—not progressive appeasement.

“The fracas at Middlebury College on March 2 has been widely reported. Both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal covered it, though perhaps no report improved on the local Addison County Independent: Middlebury College professor injured by protesters as she escorted controversial speaker.” Web coverage and commentary has also been ample. The American Interest was among the first to post.

This is an ongoing story with important details to come. The links above provide concise versions. What follows is a zoomed-in look at the events that preceded the apparent effort by a protester to inflict serious harm on a Middlebury professor, a professor who herself played an ambiguous part in the disturbance.

The Middlebury Students Who Invited Charles Murray

A Middlebury College student group, the American Enterprise Institute Club, invited Charles Murray to speak on campus. Murray, a well-known social scientist of generally libertarian views, is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has been demonized by many on the left since the publication of his book, “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life,” in 1994, co-authored with Richard J. Herrnstein.

“The Bell Curve” has very little to say about race. But it argues that a considerable portion of intelligence—40 to 80 percent—is heritable; and it also argues that intelligence tests are generally reliable. Those ideas irritate people who have a deep investment in three beliefs: extreme human plasticity; the social origins of inequality; and the possibility of engineering our institutions to create complete social justice.

Murray’s 1994 argument that intelligence is mostly fixed at birth runs afoul of the hope or the belief that children who have significant intellectual deficits can overcome them with the right kinds of teaching……”   Please read on, for there is much more to consume.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/07/middlebury-college-enabled-student-riot-charles-murrays-visit/

I have a personal attachment to Middlebury College;  a seasonal one.   Some 50 years ago I earned my Master’s degree there  in Soviet Studies over a three year Summer program where speaking Russian was a requirement.   Thereafter, I taught Russian here in Minnesota  for many years and in Summer,  1966, and again in Autumn, 1990 actually wound up in  the “good old Soviet Stalinist Union”, the “Union” so many Leftist American feminists, Latino invaders, and black racists dancing and rioting  in our streets today  admire.    The school population  of the main course season was, by rumor, considered very isolated, spoiled, adolescent, and snooty by reputation.

Seeking Knowledge for the sake of  Truth seems to have disappeared from today’s  Socialist-Fascist curriculum at our American universities and colleges.   Communism’s dictate, the dictatorship of the equal,  apparently has returned to America’s campus and streets.  Being young, bored, and unlearned is always a problem for any civilized society.

And don’t forget, noted long time Communist, billionaire George Soros, has spent countless millions of dollars for years and years to nurse the rise of fascist Socialism in our America.   Please read the following article regarding Charles Murray:

http://theweek.com/articles/684166/illiberal-injustice-against-charles-murray

Racist, Leftist Marc Lamont Hill Can’t Cite Even One Example of Right Wing Rioters on Campuses!

from PJMedia:

CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill Can’t Name One Example of Right-Wing Rioters on Campuses

https://pjmedia.com/video/cnns-marc-lamont-hill-cant-name-one-example-of-right-wing-rioters-on-campuses/

Gray Matter Fascism at the New York Times

It is highly unlikely Frank Bruni is a stupid New York Times employee.  He does, however, have a lot of company at the New York Times, that is a host of people who hate TRUTH and therefore exude stupidity!   They are Leftists, nearly all…..and as Dennis Prager reports, Leftists have no value regarding TRUTH….ONLY LEFTISM, A RELIGION OF THE GODLESS.    Mr. Bruni, another  Leftist “Cripple” at the New York Times  writes fascistically:

Ben Carson’s Gray Matter

by Frank Bruni at the New York Times:

“I need Ben Carson in my head.

In my hippocampus, to be exact.

According to Carson, the human brain stores a perfect, indelible record of everything that it has seen, heard and done, and if he just drilled a hole through my skull and planted electrodes in the right region, bingo! I’d have access to the whole wondrous trove.

Drill, baby, drill. I need the access. As things stand now, I lose 45 minutes every week to the retrieval of forgotten passwords, and I recently got three-quarters of the way through a mystery before realizing that I knew whodunit, how he dun it and why he dun it. I’d already read the book.

Carson, our brand-new housing secretary, made an introductory, supposedly inspirational speech to federal employees this week, and while this kind of thing normally doesn’t wind up in the news, there’s nothing normal about Carson.

During the speech, he went on the tangent about the brain that I just described, and while, granted, he’s a renowned neurosurgeon and I’m an expert on little more than semicolons, I do question his assertion that with proper cerebral stimulation, someone can “recite back to you verbatim a book they read 60 years ago.” Maybe “Green Eggs and Ham.” But “The Mill on the Floss”?

Several of Carson’s fellow brain experts scoffed at this claim, though there was much louder scoffing at a subsequent stretch of his remarks that described America as a magnet for dreamers who arrived with “all of their earthly belongings in their two hands, not knowing what this country held for them.”

“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder, for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

(PLEASE PAUSE FOR A MOMENT FROM BRUNI’S PRINTED LECTURE….AND READ THE FOLLOWING PREACHMENT BY THE GREAT “god” PUMPED UP BY THE FASCISTIC TIMES, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S TAKE ON  BLACK ‘IMMIGRATION’ TO THE NEW WORLD NEARLY A DOZEN OCCASIONS:

http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/07/11-times-barack-obama-compared-slaves-to-immigrants/

  yet, please continue reading the New York Time diatribe:

“Sometimes Twitter goes berserk because it’s Twitter, other times because it should. “Their dream?” tweeted the movie director Ava DuVernay. “Not be kidnapped, tortured, raped.”

I was transfixed by “even longer, even harder, for less.” Not to be a stickler, but that doesn’t quite cover the distance between the sweatshop and the plantation.

On ABC’s talk show “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg recalled previous odd statements by Carson, noting that “the man who thought the pyramids were built for grain silos” and who “called the Big Bang theory ridiculous” was back with “a brand-new epic.”

“Were the slaves really thinking about the American dream?” she asked. “No, because they were thinking, ‘What the hell just happened?’ ” It’s a thought I myself have had after listening to Carson.

Carson is the only African-American in Trump’s cabinet, and he’s a great lesson — for the left as well as the right — that sensitivity is a function of sensibility, not merely of complexion or membership in a given identity group.

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“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder, for less,” Ben Carson told Housing and Urban Development employees on Monday in remarks that prompted puzzlement and outrage. CreditSusan Walsh/Associated Press

A black person can bumble into racially hurtful comments. A female executive can turn a blind eye to sexism in the ranks below her. A gay person can ignore or indulge homophobia. Diversity increases the odds that an organization sees the world more acutely, accurately and empathetically. But it’s not the end of the effort, and it’s no guarantee.

Carson rose from hardship to acclaim and riches. He performed awe-inspiring surgeries. He also suggested that prison causes homosexuality, which he separately likened to bestiality, and that Planned Parenthood aimed, through abortions, to limit the black population. He compared Obamacare to slavery.

He’s a riveting jumble and an important reminder that brilliance and competence along one axis hardly ensures brilliance or even coherence along another. Although we like to tag people as geniuses or fools — it’s a stark, easy taxonomy — they’re more complicated and compartmentalized than that.

Carson is enraptured by what people can be made to remember. I’m fascinated by what they choose to forget. Just before Trump nominated Carson to be housing secretary, one of Carson’s principal campaign advisers said that the good doctor knew far too little about the federal government to work in it. Trump decided to pay that no heed.

During the campaign, Trump said that incidents of aggression in Carson’s youth revealed a “pathological temper” and lumped him together with pedophiles, explaining: “You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological — there’s no cure for that.”

But Carson shrugged that off when Trump came around with a glitzy job offer. It was all water under the hippocampus.

In his speech on Monday, Carson said, “There is nothing in this universe that even begins to compare with the human brain and what it is capable of.” He got that much right, and how.”

What, besides deceit and supreme ugliness, does the New York Time bring America these days?   As Dennis Prager reminds us all, “Ugliness and deceit is what the Left eternally provides.”

If Mr. Bruni were honest and forthright, he would provide a list of Leftism’s victims…..Joseph Stalin’s 25,000,000, Pol Pot’s 5,000,000, and Mao’s 60,000,000 murdered, victims of Leftist ideology…..without even mentioning its slaughters in  Eastern Europe.