• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

AS FASCISM MARCHES IN DEM AMERICA!

THE NEW YORK TIMES REWRITES AMERICAN HISTORY

by  John Hinderaker   at  PowerLine:

What does it mean to be a liberal in today’s world? More than anything else, to be a liberal is to be anti-American.

Byron York describes a New York Times project of which I was unaware, but by which I am not surprised:

In the Times’ view — which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans — the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called The 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

The coincidence of slaves arriving in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619 has been seized on by liberals as an excuse to talk more about slavery–a subject that an objective observer might think had already been talked to death. The “400th anniversary” was to be celebrated by the City of Minneapolis in bizarrely racist fashion, with “white bodied” and “black bodied” city employees attending different consciousness-raising sessions. Those events were canceled after we brought them to light.

The basic thrust of The 1619 project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make the true.” — written by Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones….

The idea that “everything in American history is explained by slavery and race” has become conventional wisdom on the Left. Basically, nothing good has ever happened here, at least not until recently. The Left now includes the public schools, so that one of my kids came home from second grade with the understanding that Martin Luther King had freed the slaves.

The essays go on to cover the economy (“If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”)…

This is profoundly stupid. The South had a relatively primitive economy; the North was the home of capitalism, which is why the North had the economic strength to win the Civil War. There was a time when everyone understood this, but the Times has regressed.

…the food we eat (“The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.”); the nation’s physical health (Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War.”); politics (“America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”); daily life (“What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.”) and much more.

That this is childish doesn’t mean it is harmless.

[A] project with the aim of reframing U.S. history has to be more than a bunch of articles and podcasts. A major goal of The 1619 Project is to take the reframing message to schools. The Times has joined an organization called The Pulitzer Center — which, it should be noted, is not the organization that hands out the Pulitzer Prize — to create a 1619 Project curriculum. “Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom,” the Center says in a message to teachers.

As noted above, the Times might be surprised to learn how far gone in leftist idiocy our public schools already are. The Times’s anti-American message will be welcomed by the far-left National Education Association and the other teachers’ unions, which control public education.

A normal person might wonder why the Democratic Party, in the person of the New York Times, is so obsessed with slavery, which was abolished 154 years ago. Isn’t it time to move on? Forty or fifty years ago, that is what just about everyone thought. But the Times, on behalf of the Democratic Party, is trying to stir up race hatred. Democrats think racial hostility is essential to defeating President Trump in 2020–their paramount goal, next to which everything else is an afterthought. They face a problem, in that Trump has been the best president for blacks, certainly since Reagan, maybe forever. So, they say, let’s focus on 1619. And then go out and vote for Democrats, the party of slavery and Jim Crow.

Can a country that is despised by its own establishment, which seeks to undermine it every turn, survive? I don’t know. We will find out.

 

The New York Times Rewrites American History

Comment from ghr:   The once honorable America’s Democratic Party has chosen the fascist road to power for at least a decade by now.   Their fascism now frees this once Democrat political entity and their salesmen and saleswomen from any and all honesty.

The human female animal is particularly exercised by fascism as demonstrated in National Socialist Germany,  and the good old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ Communist Fascism.

After all, freedom to be curious, to imagine and explore, build, and protect is a human male genetic drive.

The human female animal seeks protection above all matters.  After all, she bears the next generation’s human beings.

The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN,  ABC,  PBS, and universities and schools from coast to coast  are quite satisfied selling their fascistic world.   Their kingpins have nothing but contempt for today’s American  beings who labor, still farm and keep the country fed, our houses and sky scrapers built, and roads and bridges repaired and nation protected.

Above all, they hate Christians.    Today’s American leftists don’t want to be bothered  about their sins and crimes.   They prefer their wealth through pillage with fascist government permission.

Hillary’s Economics and Forthrightness the Fascist Way in Venezuela and California?

LIFE IN THE SOCIALIST PARADISE OF BERNIE SANDERS AND AOC

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

Venezuela is the latest chapter in the long story of socialist crimes against humanity. Venezuela reminds us how long a country can circle the drain, destroyed by socialism but still hanging on by its fingernails. Reuters, a liberal news source, has the latest on Venezuela’s long goodbye, but never mentions the fact that it is socialism that destroyed what once was one of the world’s richest countries:

These days, its Caribbean shoreline flanked by forested hills receives a different type of visitor: people who walk 10 minutes from a nearby town carrying rice, plantains or bananas in hopes of exchanging them for the fishermen’s latest catch.

With bank notes made useless by hyperinflation, and no easy access to the debit card terminals widely used to conduct transactions in urban areas, residents of Patanemo rely mainly on barter.

It’s hard for those debit card terminals to keep up with 1,000,000+% inflation. At InstaPundit, Stephen Green comments: “If you think money is evil, try living on barter.”

From the peaks of the Andes to Venezuela’s sweltering southern savannahs, the collapse of basic services including power, telephone and internet has left many towns struggling to survive.

The subsistence economy stands in stark contrast to the oil boom years when abundance seeped into the most remote reaches of what was once Latin America’s richest nation.

Reuters offers no clue as to what went wrong in Venezuela, except for a vague reference to the end of the “oil boom years.” Actually, Venezuela was richest when oil was relatively cheap, as this graph of the price of crude oil since 1946 reflects:

Meanwhile, the price of crude oil has declined world-wide since the 2009 recession, but North Dakotans aren’t living in a barter economy.

In visits to three villages across Venezuela, Reuters reporters saw residents exchanging fish, coffee beans and hand-picked fruit for essentials to make ends meet in an economy that shrank 48% during the first five years of President Nicolas Maduro’s government, according to recent central bank figures.

Those “central bank figures” are way too optimistic. Venezuela’s economy has shrunk much more than 48%, as millions have fled starvation and crime to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

Residents rarely travel to nearby cities, due to a lack of public transportation, growing fuel shortages and the prohibitive cost of consumer goods.

In some regions, travel requires negotiating roads barricaded by residents looking to steal from travelers. At one such roadblock in eastern Venezuela, a Reuters witness saw a driver fire gunshots in the air to disperse a crowd.

This is the future that socialists like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and many other Democrats want for the United States. Why? Because under socialism the government holds all power, and they are part of the government.

Venezuela is suffering one of the worst economic collapses in modern history. Inflation has topped 1 million percent, according to figures released by the opposition-run congress. The United Nations says 4 million citizens have fled Venezuela, 3.3 million of them since 2015.

Maduro blames the situation on an “economic war” waged by his political adversaries as well as U.S. sanctions that have hobbled the oil industry and prevented his government from borrowing abroad.

Maduro’s claims are idiotic, but they are cited with a straight face by news organizations that refuse to acknowledge the truth about socialism. Socialism is the greatest catastrophe in the history of the human race; the Black Death holds down second place. But as long as power-mad Western elites see socialism as the path to domination, quiescent news organizations will continue to play along.

But, Canada Is Already A Fascistic, One Party Government, Education, Communications, & Political World

…..and one of its neighbors across its southern border,  Minnesota,  isn’t too far behind..

Dennis Prager doesn’t live very close to fascistic Canada.  He’s lucky.   He’s got Oregon sitting north of his fascistic home state, California and Washington state “polarwise” beyond that.   It’s still woodsy and mountainous there in BC.

Canadians have British Columbia as their California:   one of their leading fascistic provinces  dictating  wrong from right,  night from day,  fascism from freedom.   Unlike Manitoba, it’s an up-to-date province from the leftist prospective throughout our continent.

Dennis turned to British Columbia for a while  during his radio show this Friday morning.  (British Columbia is that large Pacific Coast Province of Canada that politically behaves a lot like fascistic Seattle, Washington, only leftier, apparently.)

A 14 year old girl wanted to be a boy, because she “felt” like it.   She apparently challenged, or had a lawyer  challenge her parents who had shamed her with a girl’s name, because the body of the little being was a girl’s body fourteen years ago……and has remained so for all of these years.  The Girl-boy, or Boy-girl won her case, because the screwball leftist Judge said so.   He warned that her  parents better pay attention to their 14 year old’s feelings or pay a hefty price for not doing as the STATE DICTATES!

More than that, the Judge lawed down the rule that the parents of the parents of the  boy-girl  would be committing a British Columbia crime if they didn’t refer to  her with  a male name as their “child” had demanded.  (Perhaps something  very butch “Tarzan” perhaps?)

The CBC is a  programmed fascistic-left feminized gang of intellectual thieves of all lefty ranges who spread their FEELINGS to their public…. all somewhat soprano  to contralto in their aural thinkings.  After all, the majority of human females really don’t give a damn about TRUTH.   Their FEELINGS DICTATE.    It is NOT in their province to PROBLEM SOLVE!! Why bother….that’s what guys do…. THE HUMAN FEMALE ANIMAL  SEEKS SECURITY whether Nazi, Soviet, or Hillaryites ABOVE ALL….it’s in her “blood”.

(Be sure to review the CBC “report” of the 2016 American Presidential Election.   Could it be that human female animal is born to be LEFTISTS who prefer feelings over reality’s (God’s) Truth?

 

THE GREAT CALIFORNIA TRAIN WRECK

Starring Bill Whittle                (Article sent by Lisa Rich  at anorig@aol.com)

 

Why Does the Human Female Fashion to Fascism so Easily?

(with the arrival of our american feminazis!)

HER GOD-GIVEN  NATURE HAS CREATED HER NOT TO  BUILD, NOT TO PROTECT,  INVENT, SEEK TO EXPOSE THE UNKNOWN, BUT TO CRAVE SECURITY, PROTECTION, TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE EXISTENCE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES.

Her mate, THE HUMAN MALE ANIMAL  is born by GOD’S-GIVEN NATURE, to protect her and  THE HUMAN ANIMAL’S off spring to continue the life of the species!   He is programmed to sire, to  be  a killer when needed, a protector, a provider, a hunter, a  builder,  a dreamer driven to be curious, to seek wisdom to solve problems.   He must be “schooled” to do so!

The human female animal is the origin, the housing of the beginning and  continuation of the human species.   Her survival, security relies upon HIM.

BOTH ANIMALS ARE BORN FLAWED, IGNORANT, UNAWARE, FOOLISH, INDIVIDUAL, and yet INNOCENT AND GIFTED TO ENDURE THE PAIN AND JOY OF LIFE, the only life we have!….and it is wonderful if we animals make it so.

…..and along comes the giddy of the  feminazi ditsies of our modern American human day.   Their  arrival  is inevitable when human wisdom, and its learnings and goodness begin to disappear from the human drive,  returning to the endless days of the abyss of nothingness beyond the animal even the amoeba.

The Disappearance of the Quality American Human Female Animal

During my childhood, Ma Perkins, The Shadow, I Love a Mystery,  Tom Mix, the Lone Ranger, Local WCCO Man Cedric Adams, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, H.V. Kaltenborn, and such, were primary noises rising from our Twin City radio coverage….

We were required to imagine and learn rather than become programmed mindless screaming leftist fascists from the nation’s universities and schools, and  CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, PBS, ABC and even often at  Fox of the television world.

Adults were Churched and married then.   Reno, Nevada was where wealthy females showed up for divorces.  In very modestville St. Paul, Minnesota of late depression 1930s and throughout the War,  all but two of the twenty two  households on our block were fathers and mothers together  raising children  ages between two and fourteen  years old  before the war began.   Grandparents lived in both of the remaining homes.

Mothers were female.  Fathers were male.   “Drugs”, outside of beer and wine, did not exist.   Rumor occasionally mentioned that neighborhood’s  Mr. Joyce, on our side of the block, smelled of liquor once in a while, especially when he would be mowing his lawn.

Mothers were real Mothers then.   They stayed at home.  They taught, cooked, made clothing,  gardened, cleaned and advised.  Most of all, they were Mothers…..and had time to be so.    They caused neighborhood friendship.  They loved their children.  They went to Church with their husbands on Sundays.  No one was noted for swearing in public.

These ladies wore dresses indoors and out, especially if they went downtown to shop.   I never saw an obese human being  until after the war, about 1947,  when my barber, the father of  Charlie Schultz, the  creator of Peanut’s comic strip) had his  shop  picketed almost an entire summer.  He had refused to close his shop on Monday’s…and needed to be punished by the union.    My dad owned the drugstore next to the barbershop where the picketer always ate a double  lunch along with his chocolate soda.   At  40 he measured about 5’5″ in height and 350 lbs. or more in weight.   Guys worked six days a week then.  Gals were still Mothers and ran their households.

My memory tells me that 1947 was the year in St. Paul when  17 year-old Geraldine Mingo was murdered, one of two such victims in the city that year.  Her body was found near a streetcar line two blocks from our block…

I didn’t hear anyone swear in those years beyond “darn” it, or “shoot”.   During my freshman year in high school, 1948, a new boy at our school  whose voice had already changed into “manhood”,  was kicked out of school for a couple of days.    He was in my gymnasium group.   On the way to play soccer outdoors one  sunny October day he had loudly uttered the word “DAMN”  for  something or another.    We all heard it.

I loved my teachers to this day.  They made me love learning the subjects they taught!  …..and I have loved learning knowledge ever since.

Where are we today, however?  Half of the population appears drugged, divorced, fat, ugly, childless, ignorant  and LEFTIST!   Crime seems our daily American habit,  especially at our border with Mexico.  And churches and synagogues appear empty or have disappeared from the nation’s habits of teaching and learning classical decency in a civilized world.

Our America has become  ignorant of the past; ignorant of the nature around them.  Enter the feminazis of today’s university ditsy-trained feminists of all types and sizes, loaded with feelings,  swearings, noises seeking political power rather than knowledge and truth….

When has the human female animal ever been at the center of human problem solving of the species?   When was  she ever born driven to  defend the species, to discover the unknown, to invent, build, explore, to discover and also  be a killer when needed?

Today we know the human is an animal.  We know this human male animal is born with killer instincts  he must learn to use and  control in any civilized Godfearing society.  In today’s lefty-fascist feminized America, it is fashionable  to pretend there is no difference between the  human female and human male animals  in all matters.

I was six feet tall and have weighed 170 lbs  in maturity.   My wife at maturity was five feet two and weighed  115 pounds from age 17 to 84.    She died last year.

Does the human male animal bear genes or a womb to carry a child?  Is the human female animal’s  nature   equal to  her male “mate”, to be the principal protector of the survival of the species?

Why is  leftist America  so excited to deceive, to pretend truths from such deceits now scurrying   throughout the fashions of our current fascistic leftist culture?

Because today’s  moody-by-nature  fascist feminists of all sexes  are in the mood to be, because they are being taught to be.  They  are presently interested in commanding  government without popular democratic or republican interference!  Socialists, that is their lefty fascists, love to force populations   into a world of universal ignorance as masses   so that those masses are totally dependent upon the fascistic state for their level of knowledge, politics and livelihoods.

The human female in truth  is too weak by nature to be relied upon as the American sentinel for our freedoms.     Raising civilized children is her God-given gift.    Comfort, security, peace   are  female drives by dreams and nature when they bear children.

Our human “She” is not born the species  killer-protector  as is our human “He”.  “He” must be civilized to rise above that animal nature of his birth  to protect the species’ drive to survive thanks to his ability to invent, build, and solve problems.

God-fearing, however,  is learned!   It must be taught and worshiped.

The human female animal is also born with a serious  natural handicap…..”She” is born “Ditsy” as an animal.   Two and two do not equal four if the “She” of the human species has  not become sufficiently curious and absorbed in developing a civilized mood and environment  to accept change.   “She” must learn to develop a natural drive to absorb and use  knowledge to problem solve…..and have children to save the species!

Today American lefties are enjoying much of their present popularity and power by controlling  the rise of these new feminazis and other drugged up guys and dolls skilled at making noise to rule America as soon as they can!   CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME!!!?

 

 

Weekly Standard Commits Suicide; Bill Kristol Sells Soul to CNN’s Fascistic Left

My Dad and his genetic world were all  devoted Republicans by the hundreds.  They were all hard working people who wound up settling in the North Dakota wilds shortly after the Civil War.

My Mother’s genetic  world was hard working Democrats of German farm and labor settlement of the west side of St. Paul, Minnesota in late 1870s.   My Mother loved my Dad, not politics.  They were religious about voting…..not by religion, but by devotion to country.  They first met in the 1920s competing against each other in couples ballroom dancing competitions at the St. Paul Auditorium.   Soon they became partners themselves and voted GOP together for  the rest of their lives.

I became a Democrat when I got married, and remained so until 1980.   I wanted to please my wife who was very, very stubborn about political matters.

That gifted American star of a President,  Ronald Reagan,  made me the  religious conservative I am today.   Only America’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump stands higher in my esteem for his efforts to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

But our America has become an open border playground made possible by a world wide collection of America hating  fascist left stirring  the 22,000,000 illegal immigrants from coast to coast, already controlling California and nesting, rioting  and voting with leftist Democrats and Bill Kristol’s GOP from metropolis to metropolis, press to press, school to school.

I  subscribed to the New York Lefty pinched Bill Kristol’s GOP Weekly Standard for twenty years but quit subscribing when fascistic Bill began his hate tantrums against our President Trump.

I noticed a photo of pompous Bill on page A3 of today’s Wall Street Journal under the headline, WEEKLY STANDARD TO STOP PUBLISHING, an article by Jeffey Trachtenberg and David Marcelis.    It read:  “……The Washington, D.C. -based publication, which helped shape conservative thought and rose to prominence  during the George W. Bush administration, stood out among conservative outlets for its steadfast opposition to the Trump presidency.   Co-founder William Kristol, who edited the magazine until late 2016 called himself a “Never Trumper”……and then continued to report the magazine’s collapse.

Leftist Kristol has been starring his hate against the President  on lefty ABC, PBS, and especially with the fascistics on CNN ever since the Trump victory election in 2016.

All because Donald J. Trump upset America’s socialist dictatorship world by indeed, trying to do what he said he would do….MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN….

Please read the following article at PowerLine giving farewell to the Weekly Standard:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/12/farewell-to-the-standard.php

“Democrat” California is already Poverty Stricken Socialist Venezuela

Democrats have made California one of the poorest states in the nation

By Rick Moran  at American Thinker:

 

They used to call California “The Golden State.”  That was before the modern Democratic Party got a hold of it.

This, from Matt Margolis writing at PJ Media:

Despite all the wealth in the state and the Democrat control of state government, California actually ranks as the poorest state in the country after costs of living are factored in.  A whopping 19 percent of Californians live below the poverty line.  While California represents just 12 percent of the nation’s population, Californians represent a third of all Americans on welfare.  The average monthly cost of rent in the state is 43 percent higher than the national average.  Nearly a third of Californians spend more than half of their earnings on housing.  The situation is made worse by skyrocketing energy costs.  “Residents who can afford rent or a mortgage are on the hook for electricity rates burdened by green initiatives and regulation that grew 500 percent faster than the national average from 2011 to 2017.”

Some of these stats are mind-boggling.

The Hill:

California renters pay an average of $1,440 per month, much higher than the national average of $1,010 per month.  In 2015, more than 40 percent of Californians spent over 30 percent of their income on housing.  Today, 29 percent of them spend over half their earnings on housing.  Median home values, at $529,000, are more than double the national median of $239,800.  Residents who can afford rent or a mortgage are on the hook for electricity rates burdened by green initiatives and regulation that grew 500 percent faster than the national average from 2011 to 2017.

“Not In My Backyard” development and construction restrictions mean that California cities are much more expensive for the poor, with Los Angeles having the highest proportion of income going towards rent in the nation.  The state and its cities use environmental and zoning laws to restrict housing, which often disallows large scale development of apartments.  The result?  Less access for middle class residents.

“California society represents a modern feudal system of robber barons and the poor.”  Democrats in the state have set about to deliberately sabotage the economy by placing non-economic concerns over growth.  Not surprisingly, the middle class is deserting the state – a gold rush in reverse.

How did it happen?

In many ways, California has long been an example for the rest of the nation.  But the middle class conservatism that propelled national figures like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is gone.  It has been replaced with virtue signaling and policies by the wealthy that hurt struggling families.  Both sides of the coin, from technology executives to families unable to pay rent, vote for Democrats that only make the problem worse.

Being a liberal in California is now a matter of survival.  Government largesse is necessary to live even reasonably comfortably.  Government goodies have replaced the work ethic and a desire to better oneself by one’s own devices.

As long as the super-rich continue to prop up the system, California will muddle through.  Eventually, even the tech billionaires will be forced out, and then the apocalypse.

Perhaps they could turn Los Angeles into a prison, as John Carpenter did in Escape from L.A.  It just might be an improvement.

They used to call California “The Golden State.”  That was before the modern Democratic Party got a hold of it.

This, from Matt Margolis writing at PJ Media:

Despite all the wealth in the state and the Democrat control of state government, California actually ranks as the poorest state in the country after costs of living are factored in.  A whopping 19 percent of Californians live below the poverty line.  While California represents just 12 percent of the nation’s population, Californians represent a third of all Americans on welfare.  The average monthly cost of rent in the state is 43 percent higher than the national average.  Nearly a third of Californians spend more than half of their earnings on housing.  The situation is made worse by skyrocketing energy costs.  “Residents who can afford rent or a mortgage are on the hook for electricity rates burdened by green initiatives and regulation that grew 500 percent faster than the national average from 2011 to 2017.”

Some of these stats are mind-boggling.

The Hill:

California renters pay an average of $1,440 per month, much higher than the national average of $1,010 per month.  In 2015, more than 40 percent of Californians spent over 30 percent of their income on housing.  Today, 29 percent of them spend over half their earnings on housing.  Median home values, at $529,000, are more than double the national median of $239,800.  Residents who can afford rent or a mortgage are on the hook for electricity rates burdened by green initiatives and regulation that grew 500 percent faster than the national average from 2011 to 2017.

“Not In My Backyard” development and construction restrictions mean that California cities are much more expensive for the poor, with Los Angeles having the highest proportion of income going towards rent in the nation.  The state and its cities use environmental and zoning laws to restrict housing, which often disallows large scale development of apartments.  The result?  Less access for middle class residents.

“California society represents a modern feudal system of robber barons and the poor.”  Democrats in the state have set about to deliberately sabotage the economy by placing non-economic concerns over growth.  Not surprisingly, the middle class is deserting the state – a gold rush in reverse.

How did it happen?

In many ways, California has long been an example for the rest of the nation.  But the middle class conservatism that propelled national figures like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is gone.  It has been replaced with virtue signaling and policies by the wealthy that hurt struggling families.  Both sides of the coin, from technology executives to families unable to pay rent, vote for Democrats that only make the problem worse.

Being a liberal in California is now a matter of survival.  Government largesse is necessary to live even reasonably comfortably.  Government goodies have replaced the work ethic and a desire to better oneself by one’s own devices.

As long as the super-rich continue to prop up the system, California will muddle through.  Eventually, even the tech billionaires will be forced out, and then the apocalypse.

Perhaps they could turn Los Angeles into a prison, as John Carpenter did in Escape from L.A.  It just might be an improvement.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/democrats_have_made_california_one_of_the_poorest_states_in_the_nation.html

 

Gophers Are Closely Related to Rats….In Politics They Seem Kin to California… It’s NOT the Weather.

Could it be the Scandinavian living among the Ten thousand Lakes?  Are we  tired of fishing? of honesty, knowledge, decency, of working?  We certainly aren’t tired of foul ball Democrats…..

Have we become so feminized that what matters in today’s Goopherland government has become our MASTER ala Canada, Sweden, China, and the Good Old Soviet Union still stirring  in the State of Russia?

Is problem causing replacing problem solving in the homes of the free and the brave?

Are there homes anymore or merely  structures for the mindless and University educated ditsies?   Is it ‘SAN FRANCISCO HERE WE COME’…or VENEZUELA..WE LOVE YOUR FUTURE?

Please read the following review of Lessons from Minnesota’s Primaries:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/lessons-from-minnesotas-primaries.php

Leftist John Oliver Plays Pundit….Venezuela’s in Trouble, but it ISN’T FASCISTIC SOCIALISM!

John Oliver Explains Venezuela: Things Are Terrible But Don’t Blame Socialism

John Oliver devoted most of his show this weekend to talking about the terrible situation in Venezuela, a situation that has been terrible to varying degrees for at least three years now. In the 20 minute segment, Oliver does a fairly good job of explaining what has happened to the country over the past decade and includes plenty of embarrassing clips of former socialist strongman Hugo Chavez and his successor, not-so-strongman Nicholas Maduro.

Oliver covers the country’s rampant hyperinflation and the subsequent “Maduro diet.” He describes Maduro’s quasi-legal political moves including stacking the Supreme Court with supporters, creating a new National Assembly, and sending opposition political figures to prison.

There’s just one glaring problem with Oliver’s report: He says socialism isn’t the problem. In fact, he opens the whole segment by mocking conservative media coverage of Venezuela. “If you follow conservative media at all, you will see it frequently painted as the inevitable, dire consequences of a socialist government,” he says. He then cuts to a clip of someone on InfoWars doing a fairly dumb woman-on-the-street interview. That’s the kind of cheap cop-out I would expect from John Oliver. It’s about as fair as criticizing John Oliver and then offering readers a clip of some left-wing campus imbecile in glasses. But I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to point out that John Oliver’s take on socialism not being the real problem in Venezuela is complete and utter garbage.

Oliver says, “This is not just a story about socialism. There are plenty of socialist countries that look nothing like Venezuela. It’s a story about epic mismanagement.” Well, yes and no. It’s certainly a story of mismanagement but that mismanagement has a specific character that Oliver doesn’t seem very interested in describing. Here’s how Forbes described Chavez’ management of PDVSA:

He fired about half of the workforce of the national oil company, PDVSA, during an oil strike in 2003, including the vast majority of top executives and technical staff. He forcefully renegotiated joint-ventures and operational contracts with foreign companies and partially nationalized them. ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips withdrew from the country as a result. Thereafter, no relevant new oil projects have been completed. He also expropriated some service companies. In addition, Chavez drove PDVSA to run into significant debt, and transformed it, de facto, into a social and development ministry. Consequently, investment in oil development and production declined, even during the oil price boom.

So Chavez didn’t just fire people, he “expropriated” companies to put the government control of them. A bias for competence at producing oil was replaced with a political bias, i.e. people loyal to the socialist revolution were installed to manage things. Meanwhile, most of the money coming in was spent on heavily subsidized products for the poor. The government giveaway was the stuff Bernie Sanders’ dreams are made of. A large percentage of the money the oil company generated was spent discounting the cost of gasoline to make it the lowest price found anywhere in the world. A gallon of gas was just 9 cents in Venezuela in 2012.

All of this socialism seemed like a great idea for a while and was embraced by celebrities here in the U.S. as a model for other nations. And then the price of oil collapsed and the nation’s one valuable product suddenly couldn’t support everyone who had been told they deserved lots of steeply discounted gas and consumer goods.

Was this a case of mismanagement? Yes, absolutely. But what John Oliver never really delves into here is why the mismanagement happened and why, once things became unsustainable, the government couldn’t simply make some common sense market reforms to address it. The answer to all of those why questions is “socialism.”

Socialism is why Venezuela responded to the drop in oil prices with a fresh round of expropriations and price controls instead of cutting back on subsidies. It’s why the government maintained the absurd exchange rates on currency that no longer made any sense as black market exchange rates at the border began to skyrocket. It’s why Maduro refused to even admit there was a problem and instead claimed he was the victim of a U.S. led economic conspiracy to destroy the country. It’s why he lost the service of many international airlines because they refused to be paid at his absurd exchange rate.

Socialism is why a large portion of the population, who had become accustomed to getting a lot of free or heavily subsidized stuff, went along with all of this. They had been told for years that the freebies were the benefits of socialism. Neither Chavez nor Maduro wanted to explain to them that the free ride had come to an end (at least temporarily) because of international market forces that don’t follow the rules of the glorious revolution.

Socialism is at least indirectly responsible for the behavior of the autocratic regime. Because if they weren’t going to tell people the revolution was a failure, they didn’t want anyone else telling them either. That’s how you wind up with major opposition figures like Leopoldo López in a military prison on trumped-up charges. It’s how you wind up with major opposition figures told they can’t even run for office. It’s how you end up with people protesting the government in a secret prison.

The need to preserve the socialist revolution is also why you have roving gangs of socialist die-hards on motorcycles (the colectivos) who take the fight to preserve socialism into the streets and crack heads if necessary. In a word, socialism is the reason the country’s leaders doubled down on a situation that was clearly unsustainable in the long run and then backed up that double-down with force. For socialism to survive, the enemies of socialism have to be ignored or made to pay a price.

Venezuela isn’t a case of random mismanagement with no other significant characteristics. It’s a case of mismanagement driven by an impulse to preserve a socialist success story that has devolved into a miserable failure. Again, this John Oliver clip isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen or read on this topic. He does hit a lot of the highlights (and lowlights) but he’s avoiding the one thing that drove all of this mismanagement to such an extreme, probably because that would be awkward for a millionaire socialist to explain.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/05/14/john-oliver-explains-venezuela-things-terrible-socialism-isnt-blame/