• 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

Minnesota Temperature Extremes Recorded, in case you didn’t know!

JanuaryHighest Temperature69 °F (21 °C)January 24, 1981MontevideoLowest Temperature−57 °F (−49 °C)January 20, 1996Embarrass

FebruaryHighest Temperature76 °F (24 °C)February 26, 1896Pleasant MoundLowest Temperature−60 °F (−51 °C)February 2, 1996Tower

MarchHighest Temperature88 °F (31 °C)March 23, 1910MontevideoLowest Temperature−50 °F (−46 °C)March 2, 1897Pine City

AprilHighest Temperature101 °F (38 °C)April 22, 1980HawleyLowest Temperature−22 °F (−30 °C)April 6, 1979Karlstad

MayHighest Temperature112 °F (44 °C)May 31, 1934Maple PlainLowest Temperature4 °F (−16 °C)May 1, 1909
May 2, 1909Pine River

JuneHighest Temperature110 °F (43 °C)June 29, 1931CanbyLowest Temperature15 °F (−9 °C)June 1, 1964Bigfork

JulyHighest Temperature114 °F (46 °C)July 29, 1917 July 6, 1936Beardsley
MoorheadLowest Temperature24 °F (−4 °C)July 7, 1997Tower

AugustHighest Temperature110 °F (43 °C)August 10, 1947
August 1, 1988 Beardsley  MontevideoLowest Temperature21 °F (−6 °C)August 28, 1996
August 2, 2002 Tower

SeptemberHighest Temperature111 °F (44 °C)September 11, 1931Beardsley Lowest Temperature10 °F (−12 °C)September 30, 1930
September 22, 1974Big Falls  

OctoberHighest Temperature98 °F (37 °C)October 5, 1963BeardsleyLowest Temperature−16 °F (−27 °C)October 26, 1936Roseau

NovemberHighest Temperature84 °F (29 °C)November 1, 1950WinonaLowest Temperature−45 °F (−43 °C)November 30, 1896Pine City

DecemberHighest Temperature74 °F (23 °C)December 9, 1939WheatonLowest Temperature−57 °F (−49 °C)December 31, 1898Pine City

It’s Getting Cold Again

Bitter Cold Shows Reliable Energy Sources Are Critical

Article sent by Mark Waldeland:


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This week’s urgent notice from Xcel to conserve natural gas shows there is real danger in putting all of our eggs into the renewables-plus-natural gas basket. At minimum, pursuing a grid powered entirely by solar, wind and natural gas would require more natural gas pipeline capacity, which is likely to be opposed by the factions that are currently challenging the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline.

Lest I be accused of unfairness, it’s true that any number of unforeseen circumstances could prevent a coal, nuclear or natural gas plant from being able to run during a cold snap like this. But the key word is “unforeseen.” The intermittency of wind and solar is a feature, not a bug, which is why Minnesota lawmakers should reconsider the wisdom of enacting a mandate requiring 50 percent of our electricity to come from intermittent renewable sources.

If Minnesota lawmakers are sincere in their belief that we must reduce carbon dioxide emissions as soon as possible, they must lift Minnesota’s ban on new nuclear power plants, which has been in place since 1994.

Not only would nuclear power plants be essentially guaranteed to run in minus-24-degree weather, but a forthcoming study by American Experiment has found that new nuclear power plants could not only achieve a lower emissions rate by 2030, but also save Minnesota $22.3 billion through 2050.

Minnesota can show true leadership, and provide reliable, affordable and safe electricity by legalizing new nuclear power, not by doubling Minnesota’s reliance on intermittent renewable power (and natural gas).

“Winter” Arrives in Global Warming Minnesota?!?

Newspaper headlines from Feb. 3, 1996, the day after a state record low temperature of 60 degrees below zero in Tower, Minn. (Photo from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)


It could reach minus 27 in St. Paul and Minneapolis on Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Two decades ago in St. Louis County, they would have considered that a tropical paradise.

Next week will mark the 23rd anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota — a Hoth-like 60 degrees below zero on Feb. 2, 1996.

It happened outside of Tower, Minn., a city of about 500 roughly 25 miles south of the Canadian border in the northeast corner of the state. According to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources account, a few factors besides the obvious (that’d be a “deeply cold air mass”) drove the record reading.

The city sits in a slight topographic bowl, making it a collection basin for cold air, which tends to sink as low as possible. And with nearly four feet of standing snow, the thermometer — perched at five feet — was that much closer to where the coldest air rested.

Things weren’t so hot in the Twin Cities, either, with a temperature of 32 degrees below zero at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — just a few degrees off the coldest day on record in the metro (minus 34 in January 1936.)

Six days later, it was bikini season in Tower: The high hit 48 degrees on Feb. 8, 1996.

As far as lows go, the 60-below mark is tied for fifth all-time in the United States, behind:

  • Prospect Creek, Alaska, 80 below, January 1971
  • Rogers Pass, Mont., 70 below, January 1954
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., 66 below, February 1933
  • Maybell, Colo., 61 below, February 1985




by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

When I was a kid, everyone knew the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service, which was inscribed on the principal New York City post office: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I think it was true, once, too. But not any more: Wednesday mail delivery canceled:

The U.S. Postal Service announced late Tuesday afternoon that deliveries and other services in Minnesota and several other states will be suspended Wednesday in the wake of a deep freeze unmatched for nearly a quarter-century.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of minus-17 in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, with windchills tumbling to the minus-50s.

So I won’t get any mail tomorrow. I will, however, be in my office, like most private sector workers.

Sure, it’s going to be cold: the current forecast calls for a high temperature tomorrow of 17 below zero, and a low of 33 below. We are in the midst of a three-day stretch in which the temperature never gets to zero. Fahrenheit. And that is in the Minneapolis suburbs.

So it is remarkable that just 13 days ago, the Minneapolis Star Tribune assured us that cold temperatures are a thing of the past, even in northern Minnesota:

“We just don’t expect temperatures to be below 10 degrees Fahrenheit in Duluth anymore,” [Tracy] Twine said.

Heh. Great prediction. Ms Twine is an “expert” on climate who testified before the Minnesota House Energy and Climate Committee on January 15. I ripped her testimony, which as usual was based entirely on models that are known to be wrong, here. Ms. Twine assured lawmakers that declining snowfalls in northern Minnesota are due to man-made global warming. Only she forgot to check the weather records: snowfall in northern Minnesota is increasing, not decreasing.

And of course, those who said we would no longer be seeing cold weather in Duluth–150 miles north of the Twin Cities!–failed to foresee the current epic cold snap, which was just days away. Nevertheless, their models, which are programmed to produce politically-desired results, tell us with great confidence what the weather will be like in 100 years. Right. Fortunately, not many people are still buying the global warming scam.

UPDATE: Have all Americans gone soft? No! Twin Cities sportswriter Pat Reusse tweets:


Cold way beyond reason today in northwest Minnesota, but school was held in Warroad and Roseau for most noble of reasons: the Warriors and Rams had a boys hockey game scheduled in Roseau tonight.

Current temperature in Roseau: 30 degrees below zero. Warroad and Roseau are two of the most storied northern Minnesota hockey programs, even though both towns are tiny. I wrote about the Roseau Rams here. And I believe it is still true that no American hockey team has ever won an Olympic medal without at least one player from Warroad–population, 1,763.

Among other things, Warroad is the home of the Christian family, which contributed one brother to the 1956 Olympic team that won a silver medal, and two younger brothers who starred on the 1960 gold medal winning team. Bill Christian’s son David played on the 1980 gold medal winning team. (Happily, but irrelevantly for this purpose, a Christian grandson is my son-in-law.) So whether activities go forward in the face of adverse weather conditions depends, basically, on how much you really care.

Note from Glenn:   John Hinderaker is in an age bracket in which he could easily  be my son.   During my school years, kindergarten to graduating high school from Minnesota’s St. Paul public school system, 1939-1952, the coldest winter day as I remember in that period, was either  40 or 37 degrees below zero.   I delivered St. Paul Pioneer Press morning (6 A.M.) and St.Paul Dispatch afternoon (3:30 P.M.)  newspapers then  when I was eleven years old.  In full usually  itchy, sweaty, and eventually wetty  wool uniform I created while delivering papers on an average winter day,  that coldest morning of  my life, I delivered  65 morning newspapers in the quickest time ever and didn’t sweat a drop….the wool was too cold to get wet from sweat.  It was a school day….In those days none of us kids would dare to show up late at school…..autumn, fall, and winter…..

No one had yet invented wind chill ‘temperaturing’ in those days.

The day did warm up to minus twenty five F. when I did my after school delivery….I sweated a bit as I remember.  I hated the feel of sweat wool rubbing against my skin. But, as is often said:  THOSE WERE THE DAYS!……and Thank God for the touch of Global Warming since then!

(In 1955 I used to do high school hockey ratings for the Sunday Pioneer Press.  St. Paul’s Johnson high school was scheduled to travel to Roseau for the state’s top rating game at that time in early February, I think it was.  I and Ralph Reeve,  Pioneer Press’s high school sports reporter, traveled on the bus along with the Johnson team and their coach Rube Gustavson.    They were scheduled to play outdoors….indoor rinks were scarce then.

So they played outdoors….with around 100 spectators.  The game for first place state ratings ended in a 2-2 tie.  It was 28 degrees below zero.    The officials  decided not to go into overtime. No one really argued the point.)