Thursday, December 27, 2007

First Prager Group meeting of 2008!

It's official! Our first meeting of the New Year will be at Angie and Dan Hall's house at 7 p.m. on January 19, 2008.

What a great way to kick off 2008, hanging out with other Dennis Prager fans!

Please RSVP to Dianne and I'll forward directions to you. As long as you can get to I-480 West you'll find that North Ridgeville is very easy to get to.

Spouses and Significant Others will, of course, be welcome, too.

If you have an idea for a food or drink item you'd like to bring just let us know that, too.

Have a happy New Year, Everyone!

Best regards,
Prager Group NEO logistics and Group Photographer

Sunday, December 16, 2007

More new members & Meeting date!

We haven't announced new members in a while, although they have each received the personal Dennis Prager Discussion Group NEO Welcome letter.

We're glad to have you: Malv, David, Don, Kerry, Michael, Stephen, Thomas, Aaron, and Valerie.

Please check your calendars, everyone, and see if you'll be available for a real, honest-to-goodness Prager Group get-together. We're looking at a couple of locations (Angie and her husband already have extended an invitation to meet at their house) but we need to settle on a date.

We're looking at either

Friday, January 11, 2008 or Saturday, January 19, 2008

Please let Dianne know your preference. Keep in mind that if you're not available for either date we'll do it again as soon as we can.

Come out and mingle with other Dennis Prager fans! Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Where do I belong on the “Offend-o-meter”?

Dennis’ Happiness Hour today was on one of my very favorite topics: I’ll admit it, I’m a recovering Offendee, and that is in spite of my honest-to-goodness feeling that I’m not terribly sensitive.

In an effort to check my recovery, I will tell you what happened the other evening and then ask you to vote on where you think I belong on the Offend-o-Meter. A high rating means Dennis would say I went overboard in being offended in this situation and a low rating means I handled the situation well, non-offensively speaking. If you think “offended” doesn’t fit this scenario, you can say that, too.

I entered the auditorium at a local college and looked for a good seat from where I could reasonably see all the performers on the stage; I didn’t want to sit behind a pole or since I’m short, behind a tall person. I’m trying to curb my bad habit of taking an aisle seat, even when the row is empty, so I selected a middle section row and a seat that was two-or-three from the aisle and next to another couple.

I reached to pull the seat bottom down and heard a voice, “You have the whole auditorium to pick from and you choose here.” I looked around and a woman in the seat directly behind mine was looking at me.

I said, “Did you say what I think you said”?

She said, “Yes.”

“Did you really mean that”?

She said, “YES.”

Now, please take the “What should Dianne do next?” poll on the right-hand column. Thanks!

Then you can go to my blog to see what really happened and then you can tell me what you think.

If you have had a similar experience to relate and are looking for judgment from your Prager Peers, go for it!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

short time listener

Been listening now for about a year and a half.Rarely miss a day!The man is so right on and there aren't enough people out here who think and feel the way Dennis speaks.Almost everybody that I engage with in conversation is so left leaning and emotionally driven that I find it nearly impossible to ever look at them again.
God save us.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

First an Introduction

Thank you for inviting me to post on this new Dennis Prager blog. As I have not yet become an active member I should probably introduce myself before I step up onto my soapbox.

I was raised in Los Angeles and have listened to Dennis since approximately 1982. My first exposure was a local radio show called "Religion on the Line", perhaps the finest hour on religious thought I have ever encountered. Dennis moderated the show and it was his guidance that caused me begin to take religion seriously, and not as the caricature we so often find in the media and amongst our friends and family. I would never had gotten to where I am on my journey had I not been fortunate enough to come across this show and more importantly Dennis and his other radio show and his books. Somewhere in my home office I still have some cassettes of his shows which I recorded off the radio. Before the days of podcasts I would listen to them quite frequently.

I am looking forward to becoming active in the group. I know the people I will meet will share many of my views and values. I also know that they will believe what they believe because they have examined their views and have arrived at them by way of reason and clarity and not by group think. For a brief period in the 1980's I switched to the Democratic party and found that group think flourished. Also I found, as Dennis says, that as a whole these are very angry people. They are fond of demonizing everyone who disagrees with them. Curiously they rarely demonize our enemies. In fact I can't remember hearing the word "enemy" while I was in the Democratic party of the Reagan years.

Thank you again for all your efforts and I look forward to reading more posts.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I can (and did) change my mind; the Woman's prerogative - Dianne

After writing about the Prager Discussion Group NEO "field trip" on Sunday to see the Frank Gaffney program, “Islam vs. the Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center,” I decided a more appropriate venue for this particular blog was my own page. So, I moved "Who is the 'Public' in Public Television, anyway? " to "The Patriot."

By the way, the benefit of spending time with other Prager Peeps is still the best part of this experience.

And, again! I forgot to pull out my camera and take a picture of us at our 1st field trip!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Welcome to the Dennis Prager Discussion Group in northeast Ohio!

Dennis Prager changes lives.. at least that's how most of us - members of the Dennis Prager Discussion Group NEO - seem to feel.

We thought we would start this new Prager Group NEO blog, and we hope you will find
  • 1) a comfortable place to share your conservative views
  • 2) others who just might feel the way you do

This blog won't be a substitute for our face-to-face meetings in the future, it's rather a place to begin getting to know one another.

It might also be a way to tell others about the group and get people to turn their radios on to the "Dennis Prager Show," where CLARITY trumps AGREEMENT.

We can share our favorite Dennis Prager radio moment or moments, how it changed us, changed our thinking.

Just like Dennis says that we can have an impact on his thinking, we can have an impact on each other's thinking.

Blog away!

For anyone who accidently found their way to our blog and don't know Dennis like we know Dennis, "The Dennis Prager Show" is a three-hour live radio program airing Monday-Friday, rain or shine, on holidays, too, from Los Angeles, CA, on KRLA radio. In our northeast Ohio neighborhood, WHK radio, 1420 AM carries the program. Check your local stations for the one/s that carry Dennis' program on the Salem Radio Network.

Over time you will meet the members and perhaps become a member yourself. We'll be posting upcoming events as they are planned and most importantly we will try to share the most meaningful lessons we take away from listening to Dennis' program.

But wait! You say you can't get Dennis on the radio where you live! Technology to the rescue:

You can listen to Dennis Prager on your computer, through podcasts downloaded through I-Tunes. It's a lot easier than you might think; just go here for step-by-step instructions. (If you're still having trouble, send us an email and we'll try to help you.) Once you've downloaded and installed the I-Tunes application, you're half way there.

Read more about Dennis with an introduction right from his web site at

"...Los Angeles Times

'An amazingly gifted man and moralist whose mission in life has been crystallized - 'to get people obsessed with what is right and wrong.'"ToastMasters "One of America's five best speakers." Radio/TV Personality Tom Snyder" To my mind, Dennis Prager is the best radio talk show host in America.'

Buzz Magazine'
One of the ten most powerful people in Los Angeles. . . a moral compass."

Radio and Television
Dennis Prager is one of America's most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he's appeared on Larry King Live, Hardball, Hannity & Colmes, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.

In August of 2003, Simon and Schuster reissued Dennis' totally revised seminal work on anti-Semitism, Why the Jews, co-written with Joseph Telushkin.

Happiness Is A Serious Problem, was published in February, 1998 by HarperCollins and was best seller for fifteen consecutive weeks on the Los Angeles Times best seller list Think A Second Time(HarperCollins), 1996 contains 44 essays on 44 different subjects. Bill Bennett called it "one of those rare books that can change an intelligent mind." USA Today columnist and professor of law Susan Estrich called it "Brilliant, a tour de force."

The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, Simon and Schuster, co-written with Joseph Telushkin has been translated into nearly a dozen languages, and is the most widely used introduction to Judaism in the world. It is still a best-seller in paperback over 20 years after it's release...."