A Star is Born?

Over the Christmas weekend, there wasn’t much political news to speak of. And that, in my view, was a good thing. In an era when politics have become many people’s religion, it’s good to have at least one day a year when we recognize and celebrate an actual religion — one based on things like, you know, spirituality and morality.

Interestingly enough, one story that did make national headlines took place at the intersection of politics and religion. It had to do with the president and First Lady, per tradition, calling into Norad’s annual Christmas Eve “Santa Claus tracking” event, where they were connected via phone to different children and their parents to talk about the Christmas season.

At the tale end of one of those conversations — a mostly sweet and cordial one with an Oregonian father and his young children — the father (later identified as Jared Schmeck) suddenly blurted out, “Let’s go Brandon!”

In case you haven’t heard, “Let’s go Brandon!” has become an often-repeated stand-in phrase for “F*ck Joe Biden!”.

Judging by Biden’s amicable response, he was either unaware of its meaning, or consciously chose to minimize the slight and move on. Regardless, the Internet blew up with lots of hot-takes, including mine:

I think most people would probably agree, shake their head at what was an objectively classless display, and then move on about their holiday. Instead, the tribes rushed to their corners and dug in for another days-long battle in our never-ending, reliably eye-rolling culture war.

Such battles are usually fought on multiple fronts, and this one was no different.

As Schmeck took online heat for his stunt, an interesting defense mechanism kicked in on the political right. Those who weren’t outright celebrating what he said began stoking a narrative that Schmeck was actually a victim… or at least a soon-to-be victim of government and media persecution (including an attack on his civil rights):

And predictably, some on the left indeed began broadening their criticism beyond reason (which served as “You see!” catnip for the right):

Next came the whataboutism phase:

And declarations of media hypocrisy:

Some may recall the above incident from 2017, when a cyclist named

It really is amazing how easy it is to become a political folk-hero or celebrity in today’s hyper-partisan landscape. All one seemingly has to do is trigger the other side with some unruly, high-profile act.

And judging by an early media blitz, this appears to be where Schmeck is headed.

I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see the guy turn up as a featured speaker at CPAC, especially after the rock-star ovation Kyle Rittenhouse recently received at a similar right-wing convention.

Stuff like this honestly drives me nuts. It’s one thing to speak critically of political leaders, or even use some derogatory terms for them in casual conversation. But if you’re in their presence in a good-faith setting, have their ear, and use the opportunity to effectively tell them to go f*** themselves, there shouldn’t be any doubt that what you did was wildly inappropriate. And your conduct certainly shouldn’t be celebrated or serve as a springboard into political stardom.

On the other end of the spectrum, it also shouldn’t compel people in the media and elsewhere to dig into such people’s background, and see what dirt they can find to dish out some payback. A story like the Norad call should be a one-day news cycle, not a political crusade.

In other words, let’s stop making celebrities and martyrs out of people just because they choose to act like jackasses.


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The (Crappy) Year We Just Lived Through

As this is my last column of 2021, I thought it would be worthwhile to review some of the most important observations I made over the course of an awful year. I hope you agree, and wish you — and our country — a happier New Year.

JAN. 5: These past few years have taught me not to so quickly judge the quiet Germans, Russians, etc. Of course, I still judge Germans who helped the Nazis and Germans who in any way hurt Jews. But the Germans who did nothing? Not so fast.

What has changed my thinking has been watching what is happening in America (and Canada and Australia and elsewhere, for that matter). The ease with which tens of millions of Americans have accepted irrational, unconstitutional and unprecedented police-state-type restrictions on their freedoms, including even the freedom to make a living, has been, to understate the case, sobering.

JAN. 12: We are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. What the Left is doing is announcing — and enforcing — that conservatives “do not belong” in our society. The parallels to 1933 are precise. And most good Americans are keeping silent, just as did most Germans. Though they do not risk being beaten up, are Americans in 2021 as afraid of the American Left as Germans in 1933 were of the German fascists? We’re about to find out.

JAN. 19: Why does the Left need to crush all dissent? This is a question made all the more stark because there is no parallel on the right: Conservatives do not shut down dissent or debate.

The answer is the Left fears dissent. And they do so for good reason. Leftism is essentially a giant balloon filled with nothing but hot air. Therefore, no matter how big the balloon — the Democratic Party, The New York Times, Yale University — all it takes is a mere pin to burst it.

FEB. 9: The American medical profession as a whole and many individual doctors are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans — very possibly, more than that. Along with the media — from The New York Times to Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — Americans have been denied both life-saving information and life-saving drugs.

FEB. 23: If you don’t hate communism, you don’t care about, much less love, people.

MARCH 2: The great tragedy of our time is that liberals vote Left. Virtually every value liberals have held for a century is now held by conservatives and scorned by leftists.

MARCH 9: Schools teach children to hate reason, tradition, America, Christianity, white people, excellence, freedom and masculinity. Parents must either find a school that teaches reading, writing and arithmetic rather than America-hatred, or they should home-school their child.

MARCH 16: The bigger the government, the fewer the institutions in which people can feel important. Therefore, given the deep human need to feel important, people will look elsewhere for their importance — like fighting systemic racism, heteronormativity, capitalism, patriarchy and transphobia. And, most of all, global warming — because you cannot feel more important than when you believe you are saving the world.

MARCH 30: When Christianity died in Europe, we got communism, fascism and Nazism. What will we get in America if Christianity and Judeo-Christian values die?

APRIL 6: Mask-wearing represents fear and blind obedience, not science.

APRIL 20: Whites aren’t hated for slavery. They are hated for making America and for making Western civilization.

APRIL 27: Affluence plus secularism equals boredom equals leftism.

MAY 18: The Left demands we believe and announce that men menstruate and give birth and that it is in no way unfair to girls and women when biological men compete in girls’ and women’s sports. In tens of thousands of American schools, students are brainwashed to believe that America was not founded in 1776, but in 1619. The world’s Left demands that we believe Israel is the villain and Hamas is the victim.

JUNE 8: The single best thing Americans can do to counter the left-wing attack on America — against its freedoms, its schools, its families, its children, its governmental institutions, its sports, its news and entertainment media, its medical establishment, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department and the military — is to take their children out of America’s schools.

Sending your child(ren) to most American schools is playing Russian roulette with their values — but unlike the gun in Russian roulette, which has a bullet in only one of its six chambers, the schools’ guns hold four or five bullets.

JUNE 15: Unconditional love is neither biblical nor rational nor moral. Can you name anything good that is or should be given with no moral or ethical conditions?

JUNE 22: If America is racist, why have millions of blacks emigrated here? Did Jews emigrate to Germany in the 1930s?

JUNE 29: “Safetyism,” like all religions, places what it values — in this case, being safe — above other values. Safetyism explains the willingness of Americans to give up their most cherished values — including liberty — in the name of safety.

The desire to lead as safe a life as possible is a major factor that explains why fewer and fewer young Americans are getting married and even fewer are having children. Neither marriage nor having children is safe. Both are filled with risks.

You can live a safe life. Or you can live a full life. You can’t live both.

JULY 20: You have a right to be transgender. You don’t have a right to expose your penis to women.

JULY 27: It is hard to imagine greater proof of the power of mass media and of the Left than a normal woman celebrating her daughter’s choice not to be a mother and not to make her a grandmother because of climate change.

AUG. 24: Imagine if some of the biggest cities in America seceded from their states. Imagine Illinois without Chicago, Pennsylvania without Philadelphia, California without Los Angeles or San Francisco, New York state without New York City, or Texas without Houston, Dallas or San Antonio. Those states would lose a major tax base and some of their best orchestras and other artistic institutions. But the gains in quality of life would completely offset any financial or artistic losses.

Big cities have been and continue to be centers of destructive ideas, and the people living in them are generally coarser and often just plain meaner.

SEPT. 7: Colorblind means one does not believe a person’s color is in any way significant. There is little that reveals the immorality, dishonesty and racism of the Left more than its war on colorblindness.

SEPT. 14: Will the Left succeed? Unless Americans fight the Left as hard as the Union fought the slave states, the answer is yes.

SEPT. 21: As America has become more secular, it has become less free. Individuals can differ as to whether these two facts are correlated, but no honest person can deny they are facts.

OCT. 5: There is almost nothing Democrats can do to damage America, or Israel, that would change most American Jews’ political leanings. The latest example took place just last week. A college student speaking to the vice president of the United States, a Democrat, condemned America for supporting Israel, and charged Israel with committing “ethnic genocide” against Palestinians.

Harris’ response?

“Your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed, and it must be heard.”

OCT. 19: The fate of America and the West lies largely in the hands of liberals. There are simply not enough leftists to destroy our most revered institutions. They need liberals to serve as fellow travelers to accomplish their ends.

OCT. 26: If no one goes to prison for actor Alec Baldwin’s accidental killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, our society will have failed a crucial moral test. We will be saying human life is not sacred; that it, in effect, is of little or no consequence.

NOV. 2: As incredible as this assertion is to just about all religious people and virtually all conservatives, most leftists do not believe stealing is wrong.

NOV. 9: Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, confirmed an Israeli study: “In Israel, vaccinated individuals had 27 times higher risk of symptomatic COVID infection compared to those with natural immunity from prior COVID disease.”

The denial of the efficacy of natural immunity is among the many reasons so many Americans no longer trust the American medical establishment.

NOV. 23: All my life, I thought love and hate were the two most powerful human emotions. But owing to recent events, I have changed my mind. I now understand that for most people, fear is the strongest emotion.

DEC. 7: If you are a conservative, why should you come out of the closet?

First, you will sleep better. Staying in the closet exacts a serious mental price. Second, kindred spirits, all quality people, will reach out to you, some of whom will undoubtedly become close friends. Third, you will respect yourself more. Fourth, you will help save this country from tyranny. For some, that is reason enough.

DEC. 21: Trans swimmer Lia Thomas is a cheat. As far as sports are concerned, one’s biology, not one’s gender identity, is all that matters.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” was released to home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.


Last Updated: Monday, Dec 27, 2021 19:42:32 -0800

Bernie’s Q&A: Chris Wallace, Joe Manchin, Jesse Watters, and more! (12/24) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Mr. G., What in the world is Bill O’Reilly touring with and promoting Trump all about? Does Bill need the money? Why is he feeding that insatiable ego that we just need to go away? Can’t you speak with him please? –ScottyG

All good questions, Scotty. Unfortunately, no good answers.

Hello Mr Goldberg, I heard you on Bill O’Reilly equate Fox News with MSNBC AND CNN, in essence lumping all these cable news program s in one basket. I think that was wrong. Yes, you can argue that Fox News is favors Donald Trump and won’t permit anything negative to be said about him, and the exact opposite goes for MSNBC and CNN. But tell me does Fox censor news worthy items like MSNBC and CNN censored the Jussie Smollett story or does Fox news not run stories equivalent to MSNBC and CNN not covering the southern border? — Frederic N.

Fox has been called “The Trump Administration in Exile.” I think that’s a good description. All the cable news channels pander to their viewers. They all play up stories that fit the viewers (and their) biases and play down stories that don’t. You ask, “Does Fox censor newsworthy items …”?  Yes. You can watch Fox all morning and most of the rest of the day and not get any news about the House commission investigating the Jan 6 riot. You know why, Frederic? Because Fox viewers by and large don’t want to hear that kind of news. Fox has some very good hard news reporters. But the line between hard news and commentary is pretty blurry. And so let me repeat: They’re all the same to one degree or another. They’re all are in the business of business more than the business of good journalism.

First I want to wish you and your family the very best for this Holiday season, now a simple question. Did Joe Manchin on Sunday save the Democratic Party? — Douglas C.

I think he did. If that monstrosity of a spending bill had passed, Democrats would be paying the price not only for the short term inflation it would cause but also for the expensive non-essential stuff that’s in it. That said, I hope the Dems continue to hammer Manchin. I hope they continue to call him names. And I wish he says that he’s had enough and becomes a Republican.

Read the post on Chris Wallace leaving. Interesting, but the idea that leaving Fox because of Carlson to go to CNN which has Don Lemon, Brian Stelter, Cuomo until he finally got fired, and a few other crazies doesn’t seem like much of an improvement over Carlson. And the fact that Fox hosts were messaging for Trump to call off the rioters doesn’t seem like an indictment of the hosts, it seems more like they knew it was wrong and wanted it stopped. Wallace was more left than right…maybe more a reason to leave for CNN. Bret Baer is center in my opinion…if he leaves, I’ll be sad. I don’t watch the opinion shows on Fox, CNN or anywhere else. — Bob K.

You’re right, Bob, when you say CNN has its own bunch of crazies. We disagree, though, on whether it’s a good idea to try to help someone you’re supposed to be covering. Ingraham, Kilmeade and Hannity did want the riot to stop — because it was hurting Donald Trump. Did they go on the air that night and condemn Trump for allowing it to go on for quite a while before he did anything? No, they didn’t. Even opinion talking heads have to be fair. They were activists, as I said, trying to help a friend. How is that different from what Chris Cuomo did, helping his brother? Finally, more and more people are telling me what you wrote at the end of your message: That, like you, they’re no longer watching opinion shows on Fox or anyplace else. And the ratings reflect the fall off.

As to Wallace leaving for CNN, I say good riddance. “leaving for CNN” is all anyone needs to know. I don’t expect him to be lenient on Republicans, never did. But I’ve come to suspect the longtime Democrat after watching and listening to him over the last few years. And I’ve never been a Trump fan, but I have had to defend even him against the institutional forces allied against him. The seriousness of the political landscape extends far beyond one strange, ridiculous, clownish megalomaniac personality, even when said clown is or was POTUS.

As for Tucker Carlson, I did not see his special, but I did watch his hour-long show most nights. And I saw his questioning of the January 6th events and aftermath as mostly reasonable. The behavior of Democrats and the mainstream media with respect to January 6th and its portrayal is far more suspect that Carlson’s. — JT

It looks like we have vastly different opinions of Tucker Carlson, JT. He has used his show to push debunked conspiracy theories about how the FBI was behind the January 6 riots. He mocked Capitol police for testifying about their experience that day. On top of all that, he attributes the worst motives to anyone he doesn’t like. I wouldn’t wash my hands in the same sink with that guy.

Bernie, I am glad Chris walked away from Fox. He is of the few to keep his integrity. However how is any open minded conservative supposed to take anything on Fox News seriously. Or for that matter the republican officials they put on the network. When we know they are not being honest about the Big Lie and January 6th. Why should we trust them in the elections of 2022? — Douglas

You hit the proverbial nail on the head, Douglas. Nothing for me to add. I’m with you all the way, my friend.

Bernie, I have one searing memory of Wallace and that would be his failure to ask Hillary Clinton one tough question during her debate with Trump. There were any number of probing questions (her phony charity for one) he could have asked and he chose to fluff ball his way through the evening. Can’t stand the guy and he is one of the huge reasons I stopped watching Fox. — Thomas C.

I checked, Thomas, and discovered that while the debate was almost entirely about policy positions, Wallace did specifically ask (and press) Clinton about the Clinton Foundation controversy. Here’s a link.

But if you don’t like him, it’s a free country.

[Regarding your Chris Wallace column]:

  1. Don’t you just hate quotations with text left out? Here’s an example: “But they sold their souls to … Trump”. Those ellipsis (three dots) could have contained anything, for example, “they sold their souls to the powers that be despite pleading from Trump.”
  2. What became of using the word “because” in journalism? “This isn’t true, and it’s dangerous to pretend it is.” Why is it true? Who says it’s true? It’s true BECAUSE…?” The absolute worst thing about interviews these days is that the topic starts with accepted fact and consequent conclusions. Were “I” an interviewer, this person wouldn’t get past this first sentence.

— James B.

While watching interviews on TV, I find myself jumping in with “ASK ABOUT (fill in the blank.)” Too many interviewers on TV are not much more than potted plants.

When Fox’s Jesse Watters spoke at a big rightwing conference this week, he encouraged the wanna-be young “journalists” in the audience to confront Dr. Fauci in public when he’s not expecting it. Watters said: “Now you’re going for the kill shot. The kill shot with an ambush is deadly because he doesn’t see it coming. This is when you say ‘Dr. Fauci, you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab, the same lab that sprung this pandemic on the world. You know why people don’t trust you, don’t you?’ Boom! He is dead! He is dead! He’s done!”

WTF is wrong with Watters? Yes, I get that he was speaking in metaphors, but as John Daly said on Twitter, he was consciously and provocatively using ‘kill’ metaphors in his encouragement of people publicly accosting Fauci (a guy hated by that crowd, who likely receives more death threats that almost anyone in the country)”. Clearly he was trying to get a rise out of people with such talk. As a respected journalist, Bernie, what do you think of how Watters talked and the phrasing he used? Did you guys ever talk about “kill shots” and “deadly ambushes” at CBS? — Ben G.

Let me answer your “WTF is wrong with Watters” question: HE’S A MORON! And no, I never used the term “kill shots” or “deadly ambushes.” Did I mention: HE’S A MORON!

Recently Sarah Silverman called out Joy Reid for her blatant lies about Ron DeSantis who is considering starting a state civilian guard unanswerable to the federal government and Joy Reid’s attempt to link this to (what else?) racism and white supremacy. In an effort to promote the truth, Sarah Silverman found herself in the crosshairs of the woke elites—-she was accused of racism of course along with being chided for correcting a Harvard educated woman. Well I must admit to feeling a bit of schadenfreude over this, since I’m told that Sarah Silverman told young Jewish voters to pressure their own grandparents into voting for Barack Obama, lest they be seen as racists themselves. Here’s what I want to know: since this is a tactic that is regularly used by the left, why did Sarah Silverman believe that it would never be used against her? Is she (and so many others on the left) THAT F—-ING BLIND that they don’t see their own being devoured by their own tactics whenever they stray out of lockstep with the woke Dunderheads?  –“Having The Shoe On The Other Foot Schadenfreude” Regards from The Emperor

They’re clueless, my Royal friend. The stuff the left pulls on conservatives never bothers them until they’re the target. Then they wake up. And let me admit that when it happens, I’m glad. I feel no sympathy for her — or anyone else on the left who has slimed conservatives — and then finds herself in the crosshairs. Too bad!

Besides Smollett, the DA who originally “prosecuted” the case, Kim Foxx should go to jail, too. She gave him a suspended sentence and 16 hours of community service stuffing envelopes in Jesse Jackson’s office. She never asked any of the questions a DA should ask, and she basically did no investigation. A recent investigation of her conduct concluded she was “responsible for a major failure of operations in dismissing charges against Smollett.” Nothing criminal, the investigation said, but maybe an ethics violation. No kidding. So much for one investigator in Chicago investigating another investigator. The city was safer under Al Capone. Probably more honest, too. — Joe B.

I’m with you Joe. When a gangster is corrupt that’s one thing. But a DA? That’s worse. But she didn’t force her way into office. She was voted in. And the people of Chicago deserve what they got. Same with the voters in NY, SF, LA and other left wing cities. No sympathy for any of them.

Bernie, great coverage of the Smollet trial’s aftermath. And it is interesting to watch, well, nothing from the liberal pie holes. That is the mode of operation for the hit and run media, the drive-bys as the late El Rushbo labeled them. What these harbingers of doom haven’t heard, nor are they listening for, is that incredibly loud sound of silence that is emanating from their lack of an audience. They have a fractional base that like the conservatives they abhor, will stick to them no matter what untruths they spew. I am reminded of my former wife’s grandmother who would be playing cards with her friends and discussing various gossip items. I asked onetime after hearing one particular outrage concerning an actor of the time where they had heard this maliciousness. She proudly said, “Why, it’s in the National Enquirer,” as if there was no way an untruth could ever be printed there. It seems reporters or anchors are following this pattern of placing pleasing the audience way above fact finding and truthfulness. Assumptions seems to have made an Ass out of, well again as you said, no one. So my question would be, given the current state of politics which I can only imagine in journalism classes these days, is there any chance to get truth somewhat back into the broadcasts, or has Gabriel sounded the trumpet? — Rod A.

Please the audience is what counts. Play up the news they want, play down or ignore the news they don’t want. The sound you’re hearing is that of Gabriel playing taps for much of the world of journalism.

Reacting to Joe Manchin’s announcement this week that he will not vote for BBB, Jennifer Rubin of WAPO proclaimed that “democracy is hanging by a thread.” Countless other members of the Democrat Party have been telling us for months that “our democracy” is in jeopardy. Bernie, this seems like a very urgent matter. Please let us know what what we can do to save America. It sounds like all will be well and freedom will again ring if we only spend another $3-5 trillion (rather paltry since the national is around 30 trillion, no?). Do you think it would help if I write to Senator Manchin and call him some nasty names? At a minimum, please help me better understand what they mean when they use the words “our democracy.” Wishing you and all the regulars a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2022. — Mike F.

Funny and serious at the same time. Nice, Mike. The sky is always falling to people who don’t get their way — especially if they also hate Donald Trump. I wouldn’t lose any sleep. Democracy will be around longer than Jennifer Rubin. And while we’re talking about her … I’m constantly puzzled by how some genuine conservatives have moved so far to the left in the Trump and post-Trump era. I understand why they don’t like Trump. I understand why they’ve abandoned the GOP. But why they have become MSNBC-type lefties leaves me with a whole bunch of questions. Among them: Can raw hatred of Donald Trump make someone (like Ms. Rubin) abandon everything she believed about politics and political philosophy? Does he have such a strong hold on them so that they’ve moved from hard right to hard left? I’m thinking yes and yes.

Bernie, this is how Fox promoted Jesse Watters’ now infamous speech this week, where he used a bunch of assassination metaphors in his encouragement of people ambush-interviewing Dr. Fauci, and sending their videos to Fox News:

Are you disappointed that the controversial “kill shot” rhetoric has distracted from what was assuredly valuable journalistic advice from someone with Watters’ highly-impressive journalistic background? After all, who can forget his award-winning investigative reports on The O’Reilly Factor, where he interviewed women in bikinis on spring break, mocked woke activists, and pressed retail employees about saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? He has so much left to teach! — John D.

As I mentioned earlier in the Q & A: Jesse Watters is a MORON. And let me add … who works for other MORONS.


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Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Is a Cheat — Period

If you want one exemplar of the moral and intellectual chaos that characterizes the age in which we live, there are a number of candidates:

“Having fewer police leads to a decrease in violent crime” is one.

“Men give birth” is another.

But perhaps the most obvious moral and intellectual absurdity of all is the notion that Lia Thomas, a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swim team, won fairly in the team’s recent meet against the Cornell University women’s swim team.

You see, Lia Thomas was a man until two years ago, when he announced that she is really a woman.

Now, neither I nor most fair-minded people care if Lia Thomas considers herself a woman. Many of us are even prepared to refer to Lia as “she” — especially if she dresses, acts and looks like a woman. (For the record, most people who watch Lia’s interview online and did not know that Lia claims to be a woman would assume that they are watching a man.)

But no fair-minded person can accept that Lia should be allowed to join a women’s swim team and compete against female teammates and against other women’s swim teams.

That Lia wishes to be considered a woman is entirely irrelevant to the question of whether it is at all fair for this individual to compete against women. As far as sports are concerned, one’s biology, not one’s gender identity, is all that matters.

If Lia or any other biological male is allowed to compete against biological women, women’s sports are rendered pointless and therefore unnecessary. The entire reason women’s sports exist is to enable women to compete only against other women — because males have innate physical advantages in virtually every sport.

Needless to say, Lia Thomas has broken numerous University of Pennsylvania women’s swim records. In her 1650-meter freestyle win, Thomas beat second-place finisher and teammate Anna Kalandadze by more than 38 seconds.

That means that the women who had held those records no longer hold them. They have been stripped of their records because the University of Pennsylvania, like other universities, allows biological men to join women’s swim teams. That is the ruling of the woke cowards of the NCAA, who have decreed that all women’s teams, in all sports, must allow men to compete in women’s sports. All a man has to do to compete against women is announce that he is a woman and take testosterone suppressors for a year.

It is revolting that LGBTQ activists, virtually all sports writers (a band of sheep, if there ever was one) and just about the entire Left claim this is fair.

Headline in the left-wing Independent:

“Lia Thomas: LGBT-plus rights campaigners defend swimming champion amid transphobic abuse.”

The left-wing activists who run the Human Rights Campaign defended Thomas:

“Living your truth is an incredible and powerful feeling … We’re in solidarity with Lia and all athletes who compete in the sports they love and on teams consistent with their gender identity.”

Headline of an article by The Hill left-wing staff-writer, Brooke Migdon:

“College swimming champion Lia Thomas targeted by transphobic rhetoric.”

“The assumption that being born with a male body automatically gives transgender women a leg up when competing against cisgender women is not well founded,” Migdon writes, quoting the NCAA.

The ability of people to lie to themselves is a depressing fact of life.

The fact is this issue has nothing to do with trans acceptance or “transphobia.” It is purely a moral question: Is it fair?

As John Lohn, the rare honest editor of Swimming World magazine, wrote on Sunday:

“Despite the hormone suppressants she has taken, in accordance with NCAA guidelines, Thomas’ male-puberty advantage has not been rolled back an adequate amount…

“The fact is, for nearly 20 years, she built muscle and benefited from the testosterone naturally produced by her body. That strength does not disappear overnight, nor with a year’s worth of suppressants…

“What we are stating is this: The effects of being born a biological male, as they relate to the sport of swimming, offer Thomas a clear-cut edge over the biological females against whom she is competing. She is stronger. It is that simple. And this strength is beneficial to her stroke, on turns and to her endurance. Doping has the same effect.”

“Doping has the same effect.” Read that a few times and let the unfairness sink in.

Because of the Left, we are living — no, drowning — in an ocean of lies.

If you ever wonder why your kind, sweet friends on the Left differ with you, here is a big part of the answer: They do not know what we know. Google “Lia Thomas” and you will not find a single result in any mainstream media. For example, no reader of The New York Times or The Washington Post knows about this.

But those who know understand that Lia Thomas is a cheat.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” was released to home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.


Last Updated: Monday, Dec 20, 2021 19:13:32 -0800

The Ghost of Policies Past

According to legend, there are many ghosts residing in the White House, apparitions that go all the way back to President Martin Van Buren. The “Little Magician,” as he was called, once allegedly appeared to a trembling Chester Arthur asking a simple question: “how the heck did you get in here?”

President Arthur hid under the covers.

As Christmas Eve evolves into early Christmas morning, I fear that Joe Biden may receive a visit from another spirit; that of Jimmy Carter. Stranger things have happened in the White House. Just ask Bill Clinton.

Anyway, if my intuition is correct, the scene might go this way.

“Jooooooooe, awaken Joe! I’ve been sent to warn you. Heed what I say!”

“Is that you, Jimmy. I’d know that accent anywhere.”

“It is I, Joseph, the ghost of bad policies past. And I have a question: what in tarnation are you doing?”

“No joke. I don’t know what I’m doing. Can you help?”

“Jooooooe! Don’t you remember the gas lines in the late 1970s? I messed with the energy industry and got my tush kicked!”

“But climate change…”

“Silence! Gas and heating oil price rises have ignited inflation! People are angry, Joe. People are getting hammered financially!”

“If in fact ….”

“It is a fact, Joe. Just look at Tiny Tim. He can no longer afford a Big Mac.”

“No, I can’t bear it. Tiny Tim denied fast food?”

“And the border, it’s wide open. Millions of folks just walking in here. Why, Joe, why?”

“Future Democrat voters, Jimmy. I’m not being facetious.”

“Jooooooe, your approval rating with current voters is 9 percent. And can you explain Kamala?”

“Well, they like her less than me. If in fact.”

“Joe, look out the window and see the future. There’s Tiny Tim wearing a Trump hat. To the right is Nancy Pelosi retiring from the House after your party loses 100 seats next November. And finally, wait, I feel another ghostly presence! Why it’s Ronald Reagan.”

“Good evening, gentlemen, it’s nice to be back in the White House this Christmas morning. It’s tough riding horses in Santa Barbara when you’re invisible.”

“Do you have words of wisdom for me too, President Reagan?”

“Yes, Joe, I do. Just keep doing what you’re doing!”