• 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

But, What about that John McCain, the First Class Jerk?

Media Obituaries Didn’t Give Us ‘The Full McCain’

by John Fund at National Review:

The sugary praise, often from former critics, does his memory no favors.

The past week has featured so much extravagant praise of John McCain that Jill Abramson, the former editor of the New York Times, had to admit “McCain would cringe over some of the glowing tributes pouring in.”

Take this example from The New Yorker:

In death, McCain had finally become one with the country that was the object of his deepest faith, and any praise lavished on him, during the funeral proceedings or at any point afterward, would redound to the greater glory of America.

Yes, of course, John McCain was an American hero. But his sudden elevation to superhero status demonstrates one reason so many Americans view the media and the political establishment with skepticism. Many must have wondered whether they were getting the “real McCain” story or being fed a thinly veiled political message. As Joe Concha of The Hill newspaper asked,

If the senator had gotten along with Trump, perhaps voted for the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare that he so famously shot down with one vote change at the 11th hour, hadn’t publicly called Trump “disgraceful,” would we see this level of reverence?

Many commenters rightly criticized President Trump’s churlishness toward John McCain. But when it was revealed that Sarah Palin, his 2008 vice-presidential running mate — who has never said a negative word about McCain and indeed expressed only gratitude toward him — was being excluded from his funeral and memorial services, the same pundits were silent. Noticing the public rebuke of Palin would have interrupted the narrative of John McCain as an example of what’s best and noble in our politics.

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post led the parade of puffery earlier this year when he declared McCain “the single greatest political leader of our time.” He followed up this week by declaring that McCain “never forgot that political opponents are not his enemies, and that there are things more important than winning elections.”

Even those who view McCain in iconic terms would find that statement preposterous. The media loved McCain’s being accessible at their beck and call, his willingness to leak about his Senate colleagues, and his apostasy on key GOP positions ranging from campaign-finance reform to global warming and Obamacare. His failings were forgiven by the media during his 2000 presidential campaign, during which political columnist Joe Klein described him as “a man on a white horse attempting to traverse a muddy field.”

During the 2000 Republican presidential convention in Philadelphia, I went to a tony restaurant to attend a reception. By accident, I stumbled into a room chock-full of top-shelf media types: Dan Rather of CBS, the late Peter Jennings of ABC, Tom Brokaw of NBC, Arthur Sulzberger of the New York Times. After a few minutes, I realized I was at the wrong event. It was a birthday party for John McCain. I recall telling Peter Jennings that it was a strange party for a politician to have. As far as I could tell, there were no family members present, no donors, no party officials. In a deadpan tone, Jennings told me: “Well, this is really the first meeting of John McCain’s next precinct-organizing committee.”

But when McCain ran a more conventionally conservative campaign in 2008, competing with the media’s new heartthrob, Barack Obama, the pundits turned on him with a vengeance. According to the Pew Research Center, between the Republican National Convention’s close on September 4 and the final presidential debate on October 15, McCain’s media coverage was negative over positive by a 4-to-1 ratio.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd complained that McCain had “turned on his former base, the news media.” He now had feet of clay: “Even some of McCain’s former aides are disturbed by the 73-year-old’s hostile, vindictive, sarcastic persona.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/john-mccain-tributes-from-critics-media-obituaries/

Who Pays the $200 Billion for New Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency Regulations by ObamaWorld?

New Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency Regulations to Cost $200 Billion

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s second round of heavy-duty truck efficiency standards could cost more than $30 billion. For perspective, the first iteration imposed costs of $8.1 billion. Partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOT), EPA issued its latest round of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards, aiming to cut close to one billion metric tons of GHGs. The combined proposed rule consumed 1,329 pages, with a 971-page Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA).

Consider:

Total Costs will be $17.6 billion to $30.8 billion ($1.3 billion annualized).
Total Benefits include $203 billion to $276 billion ($11.5 billion annualized).
Estimated paperwork hours will exceed 67,000.
With more than $30 billion in long-term projected costs, the administration anticipates a majority of these costs will be passed on to consumers. Not surprisingly, the proposal is projected to trigger the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act because it will result in more than $100 million (adjusted for inflation) in annual burdens on states and private entities.

All of the costs appear to be on private entities and not on state and local governments. The administration will doubtless tout the benefits of the proposal, but at its core, it’s a $30 billion rule that will raise prices and affect employment. Once published, it will put the nation on track for more than $200 billion in regulatory costs. That’s a lot of distortion.”

Source: Sam Batkins, “Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency: Part II,” American Action Forum, June 22, 2015.

Evidence Collected Appears GermanWings Crash Cause Is Murder

GERMANWINGS PILOT WAS LOCKED OUT OF COCKPIT BEFORE CRASH IN FRANCE

by Nicola Clark and Dan Bilefsky at the New York Times

“As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed amid a relatively clear sky, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer.”

He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

While the audio seemed to give some insight into the circumstances leading to the Germanwings crash on Tuesday morning, it also left many questions unanswered.” Please read on:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/world/europe/germanwings-airbus-crash.html?_r=0

GERMANWINGS CO-PILOT, ANDREAS LUBITZ, DELIBERATELY CRASHED PLANE

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/world/europe/germanwings-crash.html?_r=0

About those Devious Democrats and Republicans Raising Gasoline Tax now that Gas Prices are Low

Mark Waldeland sent the following letter to the editor recently found at the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Raise the gasoline tax to pay for transportation infrastructure because gas prices are low right now and it’s the perfect time to do it? What a good idea!

We all know prices won’t ever go back up to $4 a gallon again. That was a fluke.

And just because elected officials played fast and loose with us where that transportation tax a decade ago was concerned doesn’t mean they’ll bait-and-switch on us again. Remember how it was touted as money to keep the roads in good condition for years to come? Oddly enough, after it was voted in, almost all of it was allotted to light rail. Wasn’t the stimulus money supposed to go toward bridges and roads? But never mind that, or that there was a billion-dollar-plus surplus of tax revenue last year that the Legislature frittered away faster than you can say this is how they keep special interest groups happy so they get re-elected.

I mean, we can’t expect that money to go for roads. Don’t be silly. We need new revenue.

So, yes, go, Gov. Dayton! We always know you’ve got our backs.

Karyn Apitz, Inver Grove Heights

Ethanol Mandate a Killer for Gas Station Owners

from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

Gas Station Owners Suffer from Ethanol Mandate

November 10, 2014

The ethanol industry is pushing the EPA to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline, but Nan Swift of the National Taxpayers Union contends the industry’s proposal would hurt local business owners.

Thanks to federal law, ethanol producers can count on sales each year, because the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires refiners to blend a certain amount of ethanol with traditional gasoline. Typically, gasoline will contain around 10 percent ethanol, but higher-ethanol blends (such as E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, or E85, which has 85 percent of the corn-based fuel) do exist, and ethanol producers would like to see the RFS rise.

If refiners are required to use even more ethanol in their products, gas stations are going to have to find a way to accommodate the fuel, as traditional infrastructure cannot handle the newer blends with the higher ethanol content. According to Swift, most storage tanks, pipelines and gas pumps are not equipped to safely handle the newer fuels. She explains the financial havoc imposing higher ethanol targets would have on gas stations:

Upgrading gas station equipment so that it can accommodate fuel with higher ethanol content could cost $250,000 per gas station.
Recouping those costs will prove difficult; only 5 percent of cars even have the capacity to run on E85. Of those, each car uses just 16 gallons of E85 in an entire year.
Because demand for the fuel is so low, gas station owners will have difficulty covering the costs of the upgrades. She notes that 99 percent of gas stations are not owned by oil companies — they’re owned by independent businessmen.

Consumers will also be hit by higher ethanol targets, as the mandate drives up gas prices. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the RFS continues to rise, the price of E10 gasoline will rise by up to 26 cents by 2017.

Source: Nan Swift, “Enough of big ethanol bullying consumers,” Washington Examiner, November 7, 2014

United 232 and the Miracle in the Cornfield

Browsing through the listings of articles and videos at realclearpolitics, I spied a title, “United 232 and the Miracle in the Cornfield” and knew immediately the story of it all from 25 years ago.

I discovered the story of the miracle while watching television one night in London, England.   The program was titled,  “The Black Box”  referring to the info box experts of air disasters  seek  to  discover what went wrong.    I was to fly to Athens the next day to explore that part of the world.

I think “cornfield” was also somewhere  in the title of the tellies’  “Black Box” chapter of air disasters.   It was an hour-long  program including videos of  the fireball explosions ripping apart the plane as it finally slumped into the ground with part of it driving into a field of Iowa corn, and the heroics of  some including a guy passenger who singularly  saved a child caught deep  in the wreckage.

Pilot management was miraculous and other heroes include probably the entire flight crew.   Nearly 200 were killed despite the miracle.

Do read further:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/07/18/united_232_and_the_miracle_in_a_cornfield.html

Turning around a tragedy……..the Colton Harris-Moore story

Who is Colton Harris-Moore?

Out of a hundred boys from birth to early teens who have had a dreadfully mangled home life with a drunken violent parent or two or worse, how many do you think reach adult life as a self-educated, productive, civilized, balanced, law-abiding, kind, almost exemplary young American by age twenty-five?

Three? Five? One?

I’d guess there might be a few. Our prisons our filled with the rest or they are already dead.

Girls as human animals suffer similar pain, may suffer in like numbers, but are not measured by the same standards. We care more about them….they are future mothers.

They may be more likely to be abused more foully more often, but they don’t measure up to the human male in the violence scale. We males are born to be violent and not civilized. It’s in our testosterone….If not allowed to experience civilizing, learning, and reasoning by observation or by lesson, usually taught by a father and mother, the human male has a hard time finding his role in the community.

I, like many others, became profoundly fascinated a few years ago about some creature out West called the ‘barefoot thief’ who eventually discovered how to steal and fly airplanes. The boy had a sense of humor. He stole food for upkeep and slept often in fancy quarters he had invaded uninvited…..and sometimes would make his footprint presence be known.

When captured….in Bermuda or the Bahamas or so (to where he had flown a stolen plane and crashed landed) it turned out he was a fatherless, loner kid from Washington state living in poverty with a Mother incapable of mothering, but managed a mother’s bonding with her only child.

It is a story to set examples, not to emulate. We would know without question that the barefoot bandit would be male. Yet our universities and other leftwing-devoted institutions insist, devotedly uneducated by feminist propaganda, there is no difference between the human male and female except for socialization.

In other words, these propagandists claim females act female only because they have been taught by a mean male dominated society throughout the ages. The world would be better if estrogen were running the world. Think carefully about this insanity…primarily created by wild eyed feminists and certain politicians to win more votes at the polls and satisfy the rules of Marxism.

Most stories about kids like Colton Harris-Moore wind up tragically taking innocents along with them to ‘dusty’ death. We don’t know all of the chapters of this boy’s story….they are yet to come. Let us pray for Colton.

I see him as a hero….a Huckleberry Finn of our day….in real life form…..if he continues his path to become a pilot….or something else serving and productive. Maybe he can teach America a lesson or two.

Below meet the ‘candidate’ as he pleads guilty to another charge of theft winding up the cases against him.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/barefoot-bandit-makes-final-court-appearance/nXkqG/

EPA America’s Political Bubonic Plague?

UNLIMITED EPA?

Craig Rucker of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow asks:

Is there any limit to how far EPA can go?

EPA is promulgating new regulations at an astounding rate. It is expanding its power by stretching environmental laws beyond the recognition of the legislators who adopted them.

When regulatory agencies enlarge their power, they distort our constitutional system of checks and balances. When EPA moves beyond sound science and policy, it burdens our fundamental private property rights and distorts and slows our economy, killing jobs and stifling industry. Sadly, the country receives no meaningful environmental benefits, despite the staggering costs imposed.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 48 that, “it will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.”

The job of restraining government falls to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments and will render decisions on matters which we hope will place EPA in check.

CFACT senior policy adviser Paul Driessen briefs us on what’s at stake at CFACT.org.

Paul and other legal scholars recently drafted two legal briefs which CFACT submitted to the Court.

It is time for the Supreme Court to do its job and as Madison told us, “restrain” EPA from “passing the limits assigned to it.”

For nature and people too,

Report from California: MN’s Light Rail Goes Haywire after Obama Praise

What does Mr. Obama touch that he doesn’t curse?

Friend Lisa Rich out in California sent the following up-to-date listing of Obamaling disasters while the disaster as a president visited Minnesota to praise his morally depraved behave-alike, useless Clown, Al Franken running for a second term to retain his chair as one of the worst Senators in Washington.

METAPHOR ALERT: MINNESOTA LIGHT RAIL TRAIN RUNS OFF TRACKS AFTER OBAMA LAUDS IT IN VISIT

by Mary Katharine Ham

Every light rail project runs off the tracks, metaphorically, going outrageously over budget, lurching past deadlines, flattening people’s dreams, sometimes even abandoned even by Democrats and media as they continue to disappoint.

Now, a literal derailing as a metaphor for these metaphorical derailings. A meta-metaphor, if you wil:
A Minneapolis light rail test train derailed shortly after President Obama lauded the expansion of the system, the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., reports.
Obama touted the expansion of Minnesota’s Metro light rail system to St. Paul, which is scheduled to open in June, as an example for the nation to follow. Hours later, a train ran off the tracks.

“I just had a chance to take a look at some of those spiffy new trains,” Obama said Wednesday of the expansion of Minneapolis’ Metro light rail.

“They are nice and they’re energy efficient. They’re going to be reliable. You can get from one downtown to the other in a little over 30 minutes instead of when it’s snowing being in traffic for two hours.”
Obama said other cities should follow Minneapolis and St. Paul’s lead in expanding public transit access.
Two hours later:

A Central Corridor light-rail test train rolled off the tracks on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon…

The minor derailment occurred as the northbound train, which was not carrying passengers, attempted a turn at Twelfth Street just before rush hour. It was leaving downtown headed toward Minneapolis about 4 p.m.
Crews working on the derailment hooked up another train to pull the derailed car back onto the tracks. The train was back on the tracks just after 6 p.m., according to a Metro Transit spokesman.

A Metro Transit official at the scene said this was the first time that stretch of track had been used since 10 inches of snow hit the Twin Cities last Thursday. It appeared the train hit an area of snow and ice just before a curve in the tracks at 12th Street.
And what may be to blame for this mishap?
“Wheels on the lead car came off the tracks because of snow that had accumulated in the rail right of way,” Metro Transit spokesman Drew Kerr confirmed in a written statement Wednesday evening, adding that there was no apparent damage to the tracks.
Kerr said crews inspect tracks “on a regular basis to make sure snow is removed and there’s no impediments to operation.”
But it remained unclear Wednesday whether such an inspection had been done at the derailment site in the wake of the biggest snowfall of the season.
Ya don’t say.