• 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

Fascists in Edina, Mn. Working Overtime

THE SHAME OF AMERICA’S PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

by John Hinderaker at PowerLine:

I wrote hereherehere (a video of a speech by me), here and here about the sad decline of the Edina, Minnesota public schools into hard-core leftism. Edina’s school district was once among the nation’s most respected, but its administrators have been content to see the district slide down to second or third tier status, because their sole priority is “racial equity,” which is code for a long list of left-wing hobby horses.

What happens when a public school district falls into the hands of race-obsessed leftists? For one thing, students think it’s cool to disrespect America’s veterans. Last Friday, Veterans’ Day, Edina High School held a ceremony to honor Edina’s vets. The high school kids assembled, and most of them behaved properly. But many did not. Some giggled and talked loudly, among themselves or on their cell phones, through the ceremony. Worse, a group of students made a deliberate show of disrespecting veterans–even during the playing of “Taps”–by lounging prominently on the floor in front of the crowd rather than standing. This was an anti-American political statement, as some of them later confirmed on Facebook and other social media.

Here is the video:

I grew up in South Dakota in the 1950s and 1960s, when such conduct would have been unthinkable. Today, it is not only thinkable, it is considered commendable in liberal school districts like Edina’s.

Over the weekend, the protesting students and their supporters made their political position clear, in social media posts like this one. Evidently spelling and punctuation have been de-emphasized in the Edina schools, as the focus has shifted to leftist politics:

And this one, which has now been taken down. For those who don’t follow such things, “THOT” means “that ho over there.”

YCC refers to the Young Conservatives Club at Edina High School. The YCC has long been abused by fellow students and by Edina teachers and administrators. This account came from one member of the organization, describing what happened on election day last November:

I walked into morning rehearsal for choir at 7:15 am and I proudly wore my shirt. As I took my seat I could see and feel eyes on me and people whispering. I kept my head up and was proud. Then I got to the cafeteria where I liked to meet my friends before school starts and in between classes. People were glaring at me, whispering, challenging me on my views, people called me racist to my face and over social media, and I experienced public humiliation.

During lunch the YCC had gathered for a group picture with our Trump shirts on. And by 6th hour, when all I wanted was to go home and lie in bed after a day of bullying, a staff member pulled me out of class. … The staff member pulled me out of class not to ask me about how my day was going or if I was emotionally okay, but his question for me was “I heard there were students in the YCC picture yelling ‘deportation!’ as the picture was taken. Is that true?” I assured him that, no that wasn’t true. But he kept asking as if he didn’t believe me.

Edina High School posts signs that say, “All are welcome here!” But what they really mean is, all are welcome except conservatives.

Apparently some members of the YCC posted on social media over the weekend, criticizing the students who went out of their way to show contempt for veterans. That prompted a video response from a group of fascists at the high school. The video has now been deleted, but it featured a single student on screen, wearing the familiar Guy Fawkes mask. He issued a series of threats against members of the Young Conservatives Club. Here is a screen shot of the now-deleted video, along with a transcript:

To get the full effect, you almost have to listen to the audio:

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So Edina’s school administrators were confronted with a crisis: a number of students had behaved reprehensibly, showing disrespect for veterans and for America at a school assembly intended to honor veterans on Veterans Day. Beyond that, disgusting social media posts had attacked America and insulted non-leftist students. And a video threatened, specifically, members of the Young Conservatives Club.

Faced with this situation, what did Superintendent of Schools John Schultz do? He sent out a mealy-mouthed email that mostly defended the students who attacked America and disrespected veterans, because they were “peaceful.” Click to enlarge:

Superintendent Schultz says that the now-deleted fascist video “is certainly inflammatory and creepy.” But he finds no serious fault with it because “our investigation…in concert with [the Edina Police Department] has uncovered no credible or legal threat….” I have no idea what Superintendent Schultz means by “no credible or legal threat,” but the video was certainly threatening by any normal definition (e.g., “We will not stop until every tentacle of your evil monstrosity is sliced off at the nerve.”)

So now, as the dust settles, are the Edina schools cracking down on the fascist students who issued threats behind a mask, or the students who disavowed allegiance to America and referred to fellow students as “females on their periods,” “some bitches” and “that ho over there”?

Just kidding. Superintendent Schultz says that he appreciates the anti-American demonstrators because they protested “peacefully,” if contemptuously. Tonight, there are multiple reports that Edina High School is cracking down on conservative students because they dared to criticize the anti-American, anti-veteran display that took place on Friday. Suspensions have been reported, although these have not yet been confirmed. On the other hand, we have seen no reports of any actions being taken against the anti-American demonstrators or the fascists who posted the threatening video.

This is a developing situation, and we will report again when the facts are clearer. But what has already happened in the once-respected Edina school district shows how deeply the rot of leftism extends into American public education.

 

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/11/the-shame-of-americas-public-high-schools.php

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Murderer Sayfullo Saipov illustrates the suicidal absurdity of Obama’s American immigration Law

by Scott Johnson at PowerLine:

TAKE HIS VILLAGE — PLEASE!

“Terrorist murderer Sayfullo Saipov illustrates the suicidal absurdity of American immigration law. He was taken into the United States from Uzbekistan through the monumental stupidity of the so-called “diversity visa lottery.” He brings diversity to the 50 shades of farce in the immigration law.

Mark Krikorian takes a deep dive into the diversity visa lottery here at NRO. Krikorian adds the poignant fact that Saipov’s first name is from the Arabic for “Sword of Allah.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It must have been a beautiful sword.

The diversity visa lottery is bad enough. Even worse is the family chain migration fostered by our immigration law. Saipov’s case appears to illustrate the absurdity of chain migration as well. You start with one refugee or other such immigrant on whom we are to lavish our compassion and before too long you have the whole village.

To borrow a trope from JFK, there are some who say that’s not the way it works. Let them come to Minneapolis.

At a cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon President Trump cited Saipov as a case in point. Our diverse man from ISIS may have been able to help as many as 23 family membersimmigrate to the United States as part of the first link in the chain that began with Saipov’s green card.”

It’s way past time to call a timeout while we right the system.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/11/take-his-village-please.php

HILLARY AND OBAMA’S URANIUM ONE SCANDAL

by Scott Johnson at PowerLine:

THE URANIUM ONE SCANDAL

“Andrew McCarthy brings an expert prosecutor’s eye to his NRO column explicating the Uranium One scandal. He wants readers to understand that it is not just, or not mainly, a Bill and Hillary Clinton scandal, though it is that. It is also an Obama administration/Obama Department of Justice scandal; it is a Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein scandal as well. My friend Andy’s expert analysis arrives at a straightforward conclusion: “This stinks.” Read the whole thing here.”

 

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/10/the-uranium-one-scandal.php

Lest You Forget the Obama-Bergdahl Connection….”Birds of a Feather?”

THE BERGDAHL DECEPTION

by Scott Johnson  at PowerLine:

“Students of ancient history may recall that in May 2014 the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban terrorists held at Guantanamo for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. In 2009 Bergdahl had walked off his base and set off a manhunt that proved costly in blood and resources. Taken into custody by the Taliban, he was turned over to the Haqqani network.

President Obama announced Bergdahl’s return in a Rose Garden press conference featuring Bergdahl’s parents. Obama pretended it was a great triumph when it was at best a pitiful reflection of his obsession with closing our detention facility at Guantanamo. (The White House video of Obama’s announcement is posted here.) To add the customary insult to the unusual injury, Obama failed to provide Congress with the mandatory 30 days’ notice about the plans to transfer the Taliban officials from Guantanamo.

Even at the time there was reporting to suggest that Bergdahl was a deserter rather than a prisoner of war. Writing in the Washington Post, Richard Cohen declared the White House scene “frankly sickening,” as indeed it was.

Who better than national security adviser Susan Rice to go out and lie about it on Obama’s behalf? Speaking on one of the Sunday gabfests, she earnestly assured us that Bergdahl had been “captured in combat” and “served with honor and distinction.”

Today Bergdahl pleaded guilty to the charges of desertion and misbehavior lodged against him. Sentencing is to occur on October 23. All in all, a case that in its various facets perfectly represents the character of President Obama and his administration.”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/10/the-bergdahl-deception-2.php

Minneapolis “Star” Katherine Kersten Exposes the Feminist Leftist Cancer Killing Learning at Edina School District

Kersten responds to Star Tribune Counterpoints re: Edina School District’s racial identity policies

“On Saturday, October 7, the Star Tribune ran my op-ed piece on the Edina Public Schools (Racial Identity Politics are ruining Edina’s fabled schools.”)  Today the paper features two commentaries in opposition, and four letters to the editor (all opposed). Together, they provide a window on why our public schools face the ideological assault they do.

The first commentary is the most revealing. It’s headlined “Why it’s crucial for today’s students to unlearn racism.” The author is Annie Mogush Mason, Program Director of Elementary Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota.

Though Mason asserts that “Kersten’s commentary rests on untenable ground throughout,” she makes no attempt to provide evidence for this claim. Instead, she offers her own view of American history, which she says justifies ideologically driven education of the kind the Edina schools practice.

Mason clearly regards our nation as a despicable place. She denounces “the savagery of colonization” that gave birth to America, and declares that “racist practices”

allowed this country to expand geographically and to amass its great fortune. These practices also contributed to the development of the white race, and for those identified as white to gain and maintain… ’white privilege.’

(One wonders why, if America is such an oppressive place, so many “people of color” continue to risk their lives to come and live here.)

Mason views herself as a member of America’s moral vanguard. She seems to believe that she and her fellow social justice warriors—purified of our nation’s sins—are entitled to compel the rest of us to face up to, confess, and seek forgiveness for our own complicity in evil.

Schools must be at the center of this re-education campaign, in Mason’s view.

Teachers, she tells us, must engage “in careful study of how their lives and identities”—as white people—“interact with those of students and families.”

“When white teachers do this work,” she assures us, “they are less likely to get stuck in feelings of guilt or shame about their white privilege.” Thus liberated, she says, “they can turn their attention”—not to teaching reading and math effectively—but to promoting “justice in schools.”

Mason informs us that students also are increasingly “able and willing to explore how their own world views are limited by whiteness.” Thanks to the racially conscious instruction they now receive, she notes,

As I write, children and young people in my neighborhood are busy doing things like organizing teach-ins at their schools, attending mayoral forums and engaging in action research projects to strengthen their schools.

Could this be why so many American kids increasingly struggle to read or do math? According to Mason, both teachers and students are leaving academics behind to focus on social justice.

Annie Mogush Mason holds a position of influence at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As Director of Elementary Teacher Education there, she works “to bring an intersectional and race-conscious framework to curriculum and instruction,” according to her web site.

Mason says she works “primarily with preservice teachers [student teachers who have not yet begun to teach] to understand how their personal identities impact their work with students, and I encourage all of my students to develop orientations toward social justice.”

The fact that ideologically motivated educators like Mason wield such influence at the University of Minnesota should be of serious concern to the citizens of our state.

The author of the second counterpoint to my op-ed was Charles Heinecke, a junior at Edina High School. His piece was headlined “To this white male, there’s no ‘culture of intimidation’ at Edina High School.”

Heinecke claims he has never experienced or witnessed ideological intimidation at the high school. But then, he is not the sort of student at whom such intimidation is aimed, since he shares the social-political agenda of the powers that be there.

Heinecke seems untroubled by Edina School District leaders’ own admission that the high school has violated students’ First Amendment rights. On August 24, 2017, Commissioner Peter Kirsanow  of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote to the chair of the Edina school board about reports of high school teachers’ “discrimination” against and “bullying” of students “with different political beliefs.” Kirsanow reminded school officials that federal civil rights law prohibits such discrimination in public schools.

In a response dated Sept. 21, EPS Superintendent John Schultz essentially acknowledged that the high school has failed to meet its First Amendment obligations. Since receipt of Kirsanow’s letter, he wrote, “the district has invited a team of attorneys to conduct training on employee and student free speech rights and limitations, which was attended by administrators and all high school staff.”

Heinecke’s failure to notice free speech violations at the high school is not surprising. His own Star Tribune commentary shows little attention to detail, and repeatedly mischaracterizes my words.

For example, he criticizes me for “us[ing] the word ‘Marxist’ to describe an AP English class” in which he says he was a student. “As to Marxism, he says, “I don’t recall learning that private property is theft” in that class.

In fact, the teacher of the class in question used the word “Marxist” to describe her class. I merely quoted her. Specifically, the teacher wrote in a course description that “By the end of the year, [students] will have…learned how to apply marxist[sic]feminist, post-colonial [and] psychoanalytic… lenses to literature.”

Educators and students like Mason and Heinecke are free to berate those who point out the increasing ideological indoctrination—and the growing academic mediocrity—of the Edina Public Schools. But that won’t change reality, and the urgent need to take steps to prevent further decline….”

(Comment from glenn:   I like to remind Americans these days that the human male is born a killer by Nature (I prefer “by Nature’s GOD”),  a defender and protector of his space and family and country, curious, a builder, a warrior,  a discoverer,  a wonderer, an inventor, a worker and such.   She owns precious, sacred,  motherhood, the primary center of future humanity, the primary teacher of her child’s understanding of  word and deed.

By Nature the human male animal usually by instinct is driven to protect his mate and offspring and usually, in the ideal, shares his general knowledge of the ‘outside’ world, the world in which his offspring eventually will enter.

At least these were the parental duties until the rise of the feminist, Leninist, and black racist revolutionaries in our America the past generation or two…..and the ignorance, black and feminist revolutionary hysterics pushed into the nation’s educational systems from K through graduate school in the social “sciences” of Marxist studies to force all to be equally obedient and ignorant……in the name of “equality”.)

 

Learn to Become a Leftist Bigot for Only $60,000 a Year at UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY!

How much does free speech cost on college campuses?

by Valerie Greenfeld  at American Thinker

“The tuition rates at universities today are astronomical.  Out-of-state students at U.C. Berkeley pay over $60,000 for their education, and when it comes to free speech, they get only half the argument.

Known as the home of free speech, Berkeley’s official statement guarantees students the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, and worship.  Nevertheless, conservative Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos’s talk was canceled due to protests on campus in February.  Yiannopoulos is a British commentator and media personality who is openly gay and has been called “dangerous” for expressing his opinions.  After somewhat of an uproar, the talk was suddenly rescheduled for November.  While safety is of the utmost importance, the university still was able to find security for a “vitriolic” white supremacist speaker on campus while canceling Yiannopoulos.

An equal platform should be given to all elements of political discourse.  It is understood that the U.C. Berkeley campus protects and encourages liberal viewpoints, but part of a full education is listening to a speaker you may not agree with in order to learn the other side of the argument.

Suppressing values of inclusion and tolerance to create the appearance of a constructive dialogue teaches students that the progressive political perspective is more important than intellectual honesty.

It is important to put this problem in perspective without making right seem wrong and wrong seem right.  Should all American taxpayers be required to subsidize universities who censor a conservative gay man’s point of view?  Tolerance means allowing all points of view to be heard, not only those with which you agree.  As far as safety is concerned, the students who hold conservative values are those who are unsafe on campus – not those who are rioting and creating havoc……..”  Please read on:

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/09/how_much_does_free_speech_cost_on_college_campuses.html

WHERE WERE THE CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE?

DID THE POLICE STAND DOWN?

by Scott Johnson  at  PowerLine:

“On the scene in Charlottesville, New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg noted on Twitter: ew York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg was on the scene yesterday. On Saturday she wrapped up her observations on Twitter: “The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding ‘antifa’ beating white nationalists being led out of the park” (below).

In this morning’s story on what went down in Charlottesville on Saturday, Stolberg turns to ministerial trainee Brittany Caine-Conley, “a protester at the alt-right rally” (as Stolberg puts it): “There was no police presence. We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”

At the Daily Caller, Scott Greer rounds up the troubling reportage on this issue including Stolberg’s. He serves up this mind-boggling quote from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on the day after (it appears in filtered form in Stolberg’s story):

McAuliffe was asked about the criticism of law enforcement’s inaction Sunday, to which he offered an odd response — he blamed the presence of armed militia for why police didn’t do more. “They had better equipment than our State Police had,” the governor said of why police stayed put and watched the violence unfold.

But, according to ProPublica, the militia members seemed to be the only ones breaking up fights and trying to keep the peace in the tumult.

It would have probably been more effective in suppressing the violence if the men and women paid to keep the peace for a living were out in the mix.

The ProPublica report cited by Greer is “Police stood by as mayhem mounted in Charlottesville.”

By contrast, Stolberg quotes Corinne Geller speaking on behalf of the State Police. “It may have looked like a lot of our folks were standing around,” because of the sheer number of officers on the scene, but “there were other troopers and law enforcement officers who were responding to incidents as they arose.” Can this quote be squared with McAuliffe’s?

Glenn Reynolds infers that the police were ordered to stand down. He wants to know want to know “who ordered the police to stand down in the face of mob violence, and why. A decision to allow citizens to be assaulted in the exercise of their constitutional rights is a federal felony.”