Friday, June 29, 2012

POLITICS 101

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by Burt Prelutsky

I used to think that if the GOP could ever get a sufficient number of black Americans to leave the huge plantation known as the Democratic Party, liberals would never again win a presidential election. After all, I knew for a fact that the last Democrat to garner a majority of the white vote was Lyndon Johnson, and that was 48 years ago. But I recently discovered that there is an even larger hurdle to get over, and that, I’m sad to say, are female voters.

While I understand that roughly one in seven American females is black, the same holds true when it comes to the percentage of male voters. So, although I am rarely shocked, I must confess I was absolutely flummoxed when I went back and checked the statistics for every election since 1980 and found a gender gap that led me to reconsider the wisdom of the 19th Amendment. Now, I’m not one of those Neanderthals who thinks women should be kept barefoot and pregnant, but the evidence strongly suggests they shouldn’t be allowed to get too near a ballot box.

Scoff all you like, but consider the facts. In 1980, even after Jimmy Carter had overseen record inflation, record unemployment, record gas prices and seen to it that the Ayatollah Khomeini would be allowed to displace the Shah of Iran, women only gave Reagan a one-point edge over the incompetent incumbent, 46%-45%. Men favored Reagan 54% to 37%. Each group included enough ninnies to provide John Anderson with 7% of their votes.

In 1984, women wised up long enough to split their vote 56% for Reagan, 44% for Mondale, still falling short of men, who divided their vote 62%-37% for The Gipper.

In 1988, which was the last time that women favored the Republican, they went 50% for Bush, 49% for Dukakis, whereas men split 57%-41% for Bush.

In ’92, women gave Clinton 45%, Bush 37% and Perot 17%; men went 41% for Clinton, 38% for Bush, 21% for Perot.

In ’96, 54% of women went for Clinton, 38% for Dole, 7% for Perot, while men split 44% for Dole, 43% for Clinton and 10% for Perot.

In 2000, women went 54% for Gore, 43% for Bush, 2% for Ralph Nader; 53% of the male vote went to Bush, 42% to Gore and 3% for Nader.

In 2004, women naturally went for Kerry over Bush 51% to 48%; fortunately, men favored Bush 55% to 41%.

In 2008, both genders went crazy, but even then males split their vote 49% for Obama, 48% for McCain, while women, no doubt dazzled by Obama’s smile, provided him with a 13% margin, 56-43.

Most men, I believe, are willing to acknowledge that they are not very good at multi-tasking, asking for directions or talking about anything except sports and hunting. In the face of all this indisputable evidence, I don’t know why women can’t acknowledge that they simply aren’t at the top of their game when it comes to electing presidents.

Recent polls indicate that even in the upcoming election, which pits the totally inept, corrupt and two-faced, Obama against a challenger who is not only honest, successful and capable, but a faithful husband, a loving father, and who just happens to be taller and better-looking, women continue to confound by favoring Obama. What more do we need to know about their inadequacies when it comes to electing presidents?

If nothing else about Obama disturbs women, you would think that his general lack of machismo -- he throws a ball like a girl -- and his general smugness and vanity would be more than sufficient reasons for women to be turned off.

I mean, just a few months ago, he insisted with a straight face that there have only been two or three presidents who have been his equal when it comes to getting things accomplished. Then, just recently, after describing himself as the best friend that Israel has ever had in the Oval Office, he told a group of rabbis that he knew more about Judaism than any of the other presidents because he had studied it when he was a youngster. Now let us keep in mind that his earliest studies would have taken place in Indonesia, the largest Islamic nation in the world. One can easily imagine that those studies would have consisted of differentiating between the two most common types of Jews, those who are pigs and those who are monkeys.

His expertise when it comes to Judaism would have been news to John Adams and James Madison, who were both fluent in Hebrew. In fact, I find it annoying that in spite of the fact that in 2008 the Obamas suggested we all learn Spanish, the only language other than English, for which he requires the use of a Teleprompter in order to appear even slightly coherent, the only language in which Obama claims to be conversant is Indonesian. That hardly compares to the 12 presidents who could write and speak Latin, the 10 who knew Greek, the seven who were fluent in French and the five who spoke German. Herbert Hoover and his wife would often speak Mandarin Chinese when they didn’t want anyone eavesdropping.

Speaking of the man whose Native American name would have been Speaks with Forked Tongue, I was recently sent an enlightening email that finally explained what Obama means when he repeatedly tells us that his energy policy involves All of the Above. Quite literally, it means everything above ground (sun, wind, corn), but nothing below (oil, coal, natural gas).

When I read that 400 Spaniards missed a soccer match in Bucharest because they had mistakenly flown to Budapest, I couldn’t help thinking that if they had been Americans I would have wagered they were all Democrats.

Finally, it has annoyed me for the longest time that a great many conservative pundits joined the chorus of liberals who denounced anyone who dared to question Obama’s birthplace. Perhaps if I had heard them at least ponder why Obama has kept his college application, his earliest passport and his academic records, under lock and key, it wouldn’t have galled me quite as much. But after we recently discovered that in the biographical material he’d sent to his literary agent 20 years ago, Obama claimed he’d been born in Kenya, their continuing to insist he was hatched in Hawaii verges on lunacy.

I even heard one of these talk show hosts insist that Obama only mentioned Kenya in order to make himself appear more exotic, in the hope of hyping book sales.

Call me a cynic, but is there anyone out there who believes that when my new book, “Barack Obama, You’re Fired!” comes out, and my bio just happens to mention that I was born several thousand light years ago on Mars, these same loons will also give me a pass?


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PLAYING THE BLAME GAME

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When you look at the state of the nation, clearly someone is to blame. If you’re a Democrat, you blame Republicans. If you’re a Republican, you blame Democrats. If you’re Barack Obama, you blame George W. Bush. If you’re at least halfway sane, you blame Barack Obama and his stooges in Congress, in the EPA and the Department of Justice.

If you spend any time at all on the Internet, you have probably received the electoral map of the United States that tries to convince you that Obama’s re-election is a done deal. Fortunately, the map is all wet. For one thing, it concedes Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana, to Obama. For another, it insists that Florida, Virginia and Ohio, are toss-up states, while I’m convinced they’re all going for Romney.

Frankly, the question that comes to mind is whether it was drawn up by Curly, Moe or James Carville. How is it that the mapmaker manages to ignore all the elections that have taken place since Obama was elected in 2008? How is it that no consideration is given to the fact that a mere two years into his term, the Democrats lost six seats in the Senate and 60 more in the House?

Why was no attention paid to the fact that Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, that a conservative Catholic won Anthony Weiner’s House seat and that Marco Rubio knocked off Charlie Crist? Shouldn’t it make any difference this November, that within the past two years, Republicans named Kasich, Christie, O’Donnell, Walker, Haslam, LePage, Corbett, Snyder, Brownback, Fallin, Mead, Martinez and Scott, all took over the governor’s mansions formerly held by Democrats in Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Maine, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico and Florida?

Are we supposed to assume that it makes no difference at all that, thanks to the 2010 census, while the liberal northeast has been losing House seats, and therefore Electoral College votes, the conservative southwest has been picking them up?

It doesn’t help Obama that he vetoed the Keystone pipeline, that he wasted nearly two years steamrolling ObamaCare through Congress, and that he squandered about a trillion dollars on a stimulus package that stimulated nothing, but helped cost us our triple-A credit rating.

You really think that Obama’s Department of Justice, with its record of turning a blind eye to blacks intimidating white voters and “Operation Fast & Furious,” is going to garner Obama support among independent voters? Forget about tying Obama to Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and William Ayers; Eric Holder is albatross enough.

Even people who have trouble balancing their checkbooks know that a $16 trillion dollar deficit and record unemployment are sucking the economy dry.

Obama is so desperate that he is running a TV ad that attempts to make out Bain Capital’s Mitt Romney to be the mustachioed villain in an old-fashioned melodrama, tossing widows, orphans and a few disgruntled steelworkers, out into the snow. The fact that Bain Capital, not having been either a major bundler for Obama’s campaigns or the UAW, couldn’t count on being bailed out with taxpayer dollars the way that Solyndra, GM and Chrysler, were, bears out the rewards and pitfalls of the capitalist system.

Only the lamebrains on the Left would try to make a case against an honest businessman by pointing out that he occasionally suffered a setback. Because the Left consists mainly of academics, state and federal bureaucrats, sluggards, media leeches and college kids, they have no actual concept of how the private sector works.

That’s why they fail to see that Bain could invest in a steel plant in good faith and nine years later, because of competition and circumstances, the plant could go bankrupt. At the same time, they fail to acknowledge that putting a free-spending Marxist in the Oval Office would inevitably lead, a scant three years later, to a nation’s being on the verge of bankruptcy.

Still, if you personally oppose a system that rewards risk takers and entrepreneurs, you might find life more to your liking in China, Cuba, Venezuela, France or Greece. A few of those locales even boast pleasant climates, perfect for cultivating citrus fruits and socialist fruitcakes.

A recent poll suggested that 46% of American leftists believe that rich people do the country no good. I suppose a case could be made if you exclude the businesses wealthy people create and develop; the paychecks they sign; the schools, museums and opera houses, they underwrite; the taxes they pay; and the medical research institutes they endow.

Now if they broke down those rich people by political affiliation, I just might go along with the crowd, because there’s very little societal good for which I could credit the wealthy likes of Warren Buffet, George Clooney, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Bloomberg, Danny Glover, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, David Letterman, Bill Maher, Timothy Geithner, Michael Moore, Barack Obama and George Soros.

In the wake of Obama finally giving up the charade and coming out of the closet for same-sex marriage, I hear liberals making the claim that most Americans now favor it. If that were the case, you would think that at least one state out of 50 would have voted for it. Instead, the voters in 38 states have opposed it. In fact, the only places where it is legal are those states where either left-wing judges or state legislatures decided to cave in to homosexual hissy fits.

I have even heard liberals discount those 38 resounding defeats by insisting that some of those elections took place years ago, before America had reversed itself on the issue. Those knuckleheads naturally choose to ignore the recent election in North Carolina, where 61% of the voters chose to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. The indisputable fact is that it is mainly thanks to blacks, usually the most left-wing voting bloc in America, that homosexuals keep losing these elections.

There is a rumor floating around that Hillary Clinton might replace Joe Biden on the ticket. I don’t think that’s likely. First of all, I am not convinced that she would add to his vote total, whereas it would definitely cost Obama Biden’s vote. After all, the folks who adore Hillary already adore Obama. Two, I am convinced that Michelle despises Hillary, regarding her as a white hussy, and will never forgive her for giving rise to the “birther” movement during the 2008 primaries.

Even psychologically, it doesn’t make sense. By dumping Biden, Obama would be acknowledging that he might have made a mistake in naming him in the first place. He would also be sending an obvious signal that he actually needed Hillary’s help in order to win re-election. That doesn’t sound like the narcissist-in-chief so many of us have come to know and hate.

Finally, Biden has spent nearly four years proving his devotion to Obama. At times, when Obama gazes at his vice-president’s wagging tail, he’s probably reminded of the Cocker Spaniel he noshed on back in Indonesia.

Biden locked his lips on Obama’s derriere in 2008 and he hasn’t let loose since. The only display of public affection that even comes close is the one that Bill O’Reilly shows towards himself when he insists that at least half the letters he posts at the end of The Factor are from readers gushing about “Killing Lincoln.”


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Monday, June 25, 2012

DEMOCRATS WILL ROB YOU BLIND

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by Burt Prelutsky

As you may have noticed, Obama’s latest attack on his opponent consists of claiming that while Romney was governor, Massachusetts had the fourth worst record in the country when it came to job creation. Or, in other words, they ranked 54th among all 57 states.

What Obama doesn’t mention is that Massachusetts had an unemployment rate of 4.2%. When your jobless rate is that low, it figures that job creation is not going to be a major priority. In fact, when you realize that in spite of a trillion dollar stimulus steamrollered by Reid and Pelosi, Obama has never been able to get the national unemployment rate under 8%, Obama would be better off comparing golf scores.

I am reminded that when some of his advisors complained about General Grant being a boozer, Lincoln supposedly said they should find out what brand of whisky Grant favored and send a few bottles to his other generals. Perhaps Obama should follow suit and send a few bottles over to his financial generals, Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke.

One good thing about Obama’s coloring is that you can’t see if he’s blushing when he says some of the dopey things for which he’s become so notorious. For instance, while whining recently about the economy he inherited from the previous administration, he compared his situation to a guy who goes into a restaurant, has a steak dinner and a martini, and then skips out, leaving the next guy to pick up the check. What he neglected to point out to his audience of drooling halfwits is that the second guy never bothered settling up the tab. Instead, he, too, ordered a steak dinner, and a martini, along with the lobster thermidor, the bouillabaisse, an order of lamb chops, a Waldorf salad, a baked potato, a cheese platter, a bottle of champagne and the baked Alaska, for himself, Michelle and a dozen freeloading pals who had flown in from Chicago. When it came time to pay up, he borrowed a credit card from the Chinese guy at the next table, and told him to present the bill to the American people.

Speaking of Obama, I must confess that when I first heard about all the galas that he and the missus were hosting at the White House, I just figured they liked rubbing elbows with such left-wing schlemiels as George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Steven Spielberg and Salma Hayek. But then I heard that one of the few times a president actually has to pay for anything is when it comes to White House groceries. That is, unless dinner can be passed off as an official event. Although you and I might assume that meant he was at least tying on the feedbag with some prime minister, apparently even if he’s merely breaking bread with the likes of Eva Longoria, Brad Pitt or Bob Dylan, he gets to hand us the check.

Because I am so often taken for a psychiatrist -- thanks to my being bald, having a beard, being Jewish and occasionally dozing off when people are telling me their troubles -- it figures that I would spend a lot of time psychoanalyzing Obama. As a result, I have arrived at certain conclusions. For instance, I decided that the reason he can never stop trying to win Vladimir Putin’s affection is because he sees him as the white father he never had. He married Michelle because he sees her as the black mother he never had. And he has set aside 53 billion tax dollars for the building of trains that nobody wants or will ever ride on because Santa Claus never brought him a Lionel Train set for Christmas.

Speaking of tax dollars, until Don Melquist, the pride of Green Valley, Arizona, called it to my attention, I hadn’t given much thought to the fact that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took a very long time to resign. But the fact is she entered Congress in January, 2007, was shot in January, 2011, and didn’t get around to officially resigning until January, 2012. The reason the timing was so important was that she had only served four years in the House when she was shot by a crazy man, but it takes five years for a congressional pension to become vested. So, not only did she continue drawing a full salary in excess of $170,000 and receiving far superior medical attention than most of her constituents would have during that year, but by 2012, she was finally in a position to resign from the House, knowing that she would therefore have those pension checks to remember us by.

I’m dead certain that some people will think I’m calling attention to what I regard as a financial scam because Rep. Giffords is a liberal. Hillary Clinton would probably say it’s because the congresswoman is not only a liberal, but a female, and not necessarily in that order.

After all, in a recent address, the Secretary of State said, “All over the world extremists constrain and control women.” Having heard her, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Barbara Boxer and other rich and influential women, whine about the hardships facing American women, I know she includes the United States in her diatribe.

What’s really odd about all this is that these ladies never seem to mention Arab and Muslim nations, where women are regularly constrained and controlled, not to mention abused, mutilated and stoned to death.

So far as these fatheads are concerned, the only thing holding back the women of the world are white male Republicans. Show them a conservative and they’ll show you a wife beater.

Although I can easily see where being married to Bill Clinton could turn anyone into a bitter old harpy, it still shows a certain lack of gratitude that a woman who rode a marriage license into the White House, the U.S. Senate, a major cabinet position and $100 million, should be so down on men.

Still, when all is said and done, Hillary is merely a prime example of a certain type and class. Like millions of other left-wing women who populate organizations such as NOW, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood; who attended schools like Bard, Sarah Lawrence, Harvard and Yale, where they majored in political science, drama or sociology; and later married their male equivalents; they bitch incessantly about glass ceilings when, in fact, the greatest calamities in their lives occur when their children’s nannies don’t show up on time, when a manicured nail breaks and when the batteries in their vibrators suddenly conk out.


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Friday, June 22, 2012

BAILING THE SHIP OF STATE

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by Burt Prelutsky

Even though I write at least three articles a week, I find it impossible to stay abreast of the madcap antics of Barack Obama and his multitude of stooges. At times, I feel like Mickey Mouse portraying the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” frantically trying to deal with all those deranged brooms.

For instance, consider the fact that Obama has increased our national debt from roughly 10 trillion dollars to 16 trillion in just three years, and is now trying to convince us that he’s the biggest penny pincher since Dwight Eisenhower.

Sillier yet, he has chosen to run against Romney’s record at Bain Capital. According to objective sources, Bain’s success rate during Romney’s years was 78%. In other words, about four out of the five companies in which Bain invested became successful. What percentage of green energy companies in which Obama has invested our tax dollars have succeeded? Does “zero percent” ring any bells?

There are times when I actually find myself feeling sorry for Jay Carney. After all, when he accepted Obama’s offer to replace Robert Gibbs, I’m sure Mr. Carney had visions of fame and fortune awaiting him. What he failed to take into consideration was that day after day, he was going to have to march to the podium and try to put the best face on a very ugly administration. He was going to have to spend his professional life lying and spinning like a top.

At least over at Fox, Juan Williams gets to sit down while he’s spinning. Watching Williams trying to explain and excuse every miserable thing Obama does reminds me of the character, Spicer Lovejoy, in Titanic. In case you don’t recall, he was portrayed by David Warner, and he was Cal Hockley’s bodyguard.

Although Lovejoy was a villain, I couldn’t help thinking that nobody could ever have a more loyal and dedicated employee. Even after the ship hit the iceberg and was starting to keel over, Lovejoy was still earning his salary, even as his knees were getting soaked.

That’s the kind of dedication I see in Juan Williams. Even Lovejoy didn’t carry as much water as Williams does. No matter how dumb he sounds, no matter that Steve Hayes, Bret Baier and Charles Krauthammer, are all staring at him as if he’s begun speaking in tongues, nothing can dissuade Mr. Williams from defending his guy. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if Obama sits in the Oval Office, dreaming up nonsense just to see if Williams will back him up.

Although I delight in ridiculing the Left, I’m afraid there are times when I have to take conservatives out behind the woodshed. For instance, when did you all decide that it was necessary to pretend that your kids were all scholars whose huge brains would atrophy if you didn’t send them off to college, where nutty professors could shovel left-wing crapola into their craniums? And just how did you figure that their lives would be enriched by majoring in studies devoted to black, Hispanic, lesbian and Communist, propaganda?

Furthermore, the fact that your offspring are so susceptible to these lies proves that you haven’t bothered explaining to them what makes America exceptional. You wouldn’t fail to inoculate them against mumps and measles, but you cavalierly leave them free to catch the left-wing virus that floats around just about every schoolhouse in the nation.

Even in nursery school, members of the despicable teachers unions have them chanting “Barack Obama, mmm mmm mmm” and you’re just fine with it. Is it any wonder that later on, when they’re told that they should admire psychopaths like Che Guevara, Mao Tse-tung and Fidel Castro, while despising Washington, Jefferson and Adams, they swallow the bilge as historical fact?

In closing, I’d like to call attention to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Nanny Bloomberg, who has declared sugar, salt, tobacco and trans-fats, verboten in New York City, is a scofflaw who has broken the law at least 16 times in the last six months, thanks to using a helicopter to transport his self-righteous butt to and from his mansion in the Hamptons.

As one of his constituents put it, “Bloomberg’s being a little hypocritical. If you’re so concerned about the quality of life of the citizens in this city -- like don’t smoke a cigarette in Central Park -- don’t land a 2,000-pound helicopter in front of my apartment with the choking exhaust and intolerable noise, especially when the heliport is supposed to be closed.”

It seems that the Manhattan heliport is only supposed to be open for business from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and shut down entirely on weekends. Bloomberg defended himself by saying he was unaware of the curfew. If anyone believes that, he has a bridge over in Brooklyn that he’s willing to sell cheap.

On the other hand, at least Bloomberg felt compelled to present a defense, as cheesy as it was. When Ted Kennedy was still in the Senate and promoting wind power as a way to replace fossil fuels, a green energy outfit proposed erecting windmills in Nantucket Sound to take advantage of those Atlantic Ocean breezes. Once Kennedy realized those windmills would be visible from his home, the plans were scuttled.

Being a Kennedy, he didn’t even have to come up with a lame, Bloomberg-like excuse. Nobody would have disputed him if he’d pointed out that all by himself he could easily generate all the wind power Nantucket could possibly use.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WE ARE ALL CATHOLICS!

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by Burt Prelutsky

Even though Obama promised to be a post-racial president, we all knew that to be a lie as soon as he appointed Eric Holder to be his Attorney General. Knowing what I did about Mr. Holder, it was my assumption that the only reason he got the job was because Al Sharpton had already turned it down.

That being said, I was recently taken aback when I saw a video that Obama has produced for his re-election campaign. In it, he launched what he called “African Americans for Obama,” essentially beseeching blacks to keep in mind he shares their pigmentation.

Does anyone doubt that the media would have a field day if his challenger made a video called “Caucasians for Romney,” reminding white voters that he shared the same pigmentation as Washington, Jefferson and, say, war hero Audie Murphy?

Some people believe that George Soros and David Axelrod will employ the Occupy Wall Street hooligans to raise havoc during the campaign, believing, for reasons I can’t fathom, that such antisocial activity would accrue to Obama’s benefit. It would appear that they’ve forgotten that the Yippies, the earlier version of the OWS movement, cost Hubert Humphrey the 1968 election when Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, and the rest of those self-righteous halfwits, turned Chicago into one big stockyard during the Democratic Convention.

Speaking of those young jerks who feel entitled to convert our city streets into their personal toilet bowls every time that NATO, the International Monetary Fund or successful capitalists, gather, it occurred to me that if they were shot down like rabid dogs, you’d only need to clean up after them once.

Speaking of the great unwashed, on Memorial Day, Obama said he deeply regretted the way that Vietnam vets were treated when they came home. Inasmuch as it was his fan base -- at least that portion of his base who are now old enough to collect Social Security -- who spit and swore at our soldiers, I found a huge disconnect between his words and his actual beliefs.

It’s no mystery to me why the polls show that if only military veterans were allowed to vote, Obama would do about as well in this election as Alf Landon and Walter Mondale did in theirs. This is, after all, the president who has decided to decimate the defense budget even when his Secretary of Defense said it would make us vulnerable to our enemies. That is obviously of little concern to a man who would rather spend the money buying up the votes of blacks, Hispanics and college students.

It’s possible that many of you are unaware of the fact that over 40 Catholic institutions have filed lawsuits in opposition to ObamaCare. If you missed the news, it’s because the three major TV networks have chosen to ignore what will be a major constitutional court battle, hoping that by circling their wagons they can maintain the charade that it is women’s rights and not religious freedom that is at risk.

During the week that the lawsuits were filed, the combined coverage by ABC, CBS and NBC, amounted to less than 20 seconds of air time.

The administration has tried to frame the question so that it appears that the Catholic Church is crusading against a woman’s right to birth control and abortion, and one can easily see why. After all, if there’s one thing that Americans take very seriously, it’s surely not the Constitution. Instead, it’s sex, in all of its odd and often amusing, sometimes repulsive, forms. As addictions go, booze and heroin aren’t even close.

But the truth is, Obama, whose only god is the one he sees reflected in his bathroom mirror, is attacking the First Amendment. If he can get away with forcing the Church to go against its own basic tenets, it would mean he could do just about anything. And after running our national debt up to $16 trillion; gutting the military; and taking control of the automotive, energy and health care industries, you can easily see where he’d get that idea.

As I have written on other occasions, I don’t understand why in this day and age abortion is even a topic of conversation. As I see it, if people wish to engage in purely recreational sex, that’s their business. The answer, though, is voluntary sterilization by both parties, not the vile practice of aborting millions of human lives every year.

While, as my title suggests, we should all stand with our Catholic friends and neighbors in this attack which threatens every religion, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Church hierarchy gave their blessing to ObamaCare until the day arrived when the bishops finally spotted the devil in its details.

At the same time, I would question the morality of a Catholic university such as Georgetown that rolled out the red carpet, inviting Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to deliver the commencement address this past May.

For openers, Mrs. Sebelius, while a two-term governor of Kansas, vetoed legislation limiting abortion on four separate occasions. Not so coincidentally, the number one contributor to her political campaigns was none other than Dr. George Tiller, a Lutheran, who was notorious for being one of the very few medical practitioners in America who regularly performed late-term abortions. Eventually, he was gunned down by Scott Roeder in a church, of all places.

Not to excuse Roeder, but his crime consisted of committing just a single cold-blooded murder of a 67-year-old man who’d committed over 60,000 abortions. If I had been his defense attorney, I would have been tempted to argue that my client was guilty of nothing more than performing a very late-term abortion of his own. I’m not sure how long a sentence you get in Kansas for practicing medicine without a license, but I know it’s not life.

Sebelius is such an enthusiastic proponent of abortion that she was finally denied Holy Communion by the Catholic Church. But none of that mattered to Georgetown University. After no doubt looking far and wide for someone who best exemplified their values, they glommed onto a woman with blood on her hands and blood in her eye. If you think I exaggerate, I guess you’ve never seen her stare down a congressional committee and turn its members into pillars of salt. This shrew could moonlight at Disney, serving as a model for one of those ogresses who have menaced everyone from Snow White to the 101 Dalmatians.

As I see it, the biggest problem facing the honchos at Georgetown is trying to top their 2012 commencement ceremony.

This year, Sebelius; next year, Satan?

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Monday, June 18, 2012

LIBERALS MAKE ME LAUGH

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I’m not saying that all liberals are funny. For instance, I don’t think Bill Maher, Jon Stewart or David Letterman, is the least bit amusing. Those on the Left only tickle my funny bone when they’re not trying for laughs.

For instance, when Harvard professor/U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren claims that she is one-thirty-second Cherokee, I can’t help chuckling. Here is a woman who was hired by Harvard because they believed her when she claimed to be a “woman of color” even though she’s as pale as milk. Naturally, she insists that she didn’t claim to be Cherokee in order to further her career, but because she wanted her proud Native American heritage to be known far and wide, so that other members of the tribe would reach out to her. Right. Nothing those Harvard profs enjoy more than having heap big powwows.

No sooner did I quit laughing about Princess Talks With Forked Tongue than Harlem’s Charles Rangel, who finds himself running against a Latino challenger for his congressional seat, now claims to be half-Puerto Rican. Rangel, who spent the first 81 years of his life, trading on the fact that he’s as black as the ace of spades, now claims that his father was Puerto Rican, but that he’s never mentioned it because his father deserted the family when Charley was a child. I always say that nothing beats a tough election when it comes to letting bygones be bygone.

“It’s a beautiful heritage,” Rangel now insists, although I’m compelled to report that he didn’t say it in his native tongue, which we now know to be Spanish.

What with Ms. Warren coming clean about her Cherokee background and Mr. Rangel confessing to his Puerto Rican roots, I can do no less. I am in fact a statuesque Norwegian woman and my real name is Greta Thornsen.

I heard that San Francisco, aka Bedlam by the Bay, has decided to honor the House minority leader by re-naming a street Nancy Pelosi Drive. In the meantime, a California legislator has suggested that a U.S. battleship be named in honor of Harvey Milk. I suppose such things are to be expected in the state that I, Ms. Greta Thornsen, call home.

After all, we have already dedicated one day a year to honor the left-wing union organizer Cesar Chavez, so why wouldn’t we name a street after a political hack, and a Navy warship after a homosexual activist, who has already been the subject of an Oscar-winning piece of Hollywood crapola?

Other heroes of the Left made news lately when David Letterman and Larry Flynt came out in support of Barack Obama. Letterman, who doesn’t even try to be funny these days, whined: “What more do we want this man to do for us, honest to God?!”

Flynt, who’s made millions of dollars as a pornography merchant, and was also the sympathetic subject of a major Hollywood piece of dreck, said, “I think President Obama has over-performed. He got handed on his platter when he became president more than any president in history ever had to deal with. I think he’s done a marvelous job.”

Now, honesty demands that we all admit that’s pretty darn funny stuff. And I’m not just referring to their goofy syntax, although I must confess it added immeasurably to my reading pleasure.

We in the West used to look down our noses at India because Hindus insisted on treating their cows the way we treat our dogs, regarding them as sacred beings. But those days are long gone. These days, we have far more sacred cows than India ever had. Among them are the Obamas. Recently, a teacher in South Carolina went ballistic because one of her young charges had the audacity to suggest that Obama is merely a man, not a god. That would have been bad enough, but the teacher added hypocrisy to her rap sheet when she insisted that nobody would ever be permitted to disrespect “the office of the President” in her classroom. Dollars to donuts, any student who dissed the office of the President when George Bush was commander-in-chief would have received a gold star and a big hug.

Another sacred cow, to the Left at least, is Planned Parenthood. By ballyhooing it as an organization dedicated to providing poor women with health care, they try to conceal the fact that its real business is performing in excess of 300,000 abortions a year. If only the Nazis had been equally adept at public relations, they might have tried passing off Auschwitz and Buchenwald as Jewish resorts, sort of like those places in the Catskills.

It strikes me as ironic that those who promote Planned Parenthood pride themselves on being totally open-minded when it comes to women having the choice to commit infanticide, but they don’t believe anyone should be free to regard abortion as a mortal sin. Like their brothers and sisters in academia, who have made an art of silencing conservatives, these creeps believe in free choice, so long as it’s strictly limited to those who choose death over life.

Inasmuch as it doesn’t appear that Roe v. Wade will be overturned anytime in the near future, I have tried and finally succeeded in seeing the upside of the ill-conceived Supreme Court decision. Basically it comes down to the fact that with the Left pushing for more and more abortions while simultaneously propagandizing on behalf of homosexuality, it appears that liberalism contains the seeds of its own destruction, and will, inevitably, disappear from the face of the earth within the next few decades.

I realize it sounds almost too good to be true, but have I, Greta Thornsen, ever lied to you?

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Friday, June 15, 2012

A NEW MOURNING IN AMERICA

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When Obama said he found it offensive that anyone would suspect his White House of leaking national security information, I had no option but to laugh so hard I nearly did myself bodily injury.

The gall of the man! He has meetings with three or four close advisors, and the next thing you know, New York Times paperboys are on the sidewalk, shouting, “Extry! Extry! Read all about it! A Pakistani doctor told the CIA where Osama bin Laden was hiding!” or “Read all about how the United States and Israel successfully hacked into Iran’s nuclear computers!” or “Read all about how Barack Obama personally directs drone attacks from the 16th tee!”

Everyone, including those on Obama’s side of the aisle, knows exactly how the NY Times was fed those various items intended to make Obama look like a combination of Alexander, the philosopher king, and Gen. George “Old Blood and Guts” Patton. As I see it, he either placed a phone call, had Eric Holder run an errand or hand-delivered the self-aggrandizing information himself.

My question remains: how is it they dare to prosecute Julian Assange and PFC Bradley Manning over the classified documents they posted on Wikileaks, but not the various Fifth Columnists at the New York Times? So far as I can see, the biggest differences between the two entities are that the Times, unlike Wikileaks, is in the tank for Obama and publishes a better crossword puzzle.

To me, the most mystifying aspect of the current presidential campaign is the amount of support that Obama can still call on. Even after nixing the Keystone pipeline, a 14.2 unemployment rate in the construction industry, and tiptoeing around the Wisconsin recall election, unions are still behind this weasel. In spite of renewing the Patriot Act, keeping Gitmo open and using drones to kill American citizens, his liberal base still thinks the schmuck walks on water. In spite of raising the deficit by six trillion dollars, costing the country its triple-A credit rating and watching the unemployment rate remain over 8% for his entire term, Democrats insist he is doing a heck of a job and has earned the right to have a second term, even though he, himself, in 2009, said the opposite.

It has occurred to me that because the competition is generally pretty mediocre in politics, it is easy to appear successful. I mean, even if you are essentially winless when it comes to presidential campaigns, someone like Joe Trippi, who masterminded six or seven such disasters, can always boast that his candidate never came in worse than second, and thus get to appear as a political oracle on Fox. But even when you measure people by such an embarrassingly low standard, it is hard to view Obama as anything but a dope. I mean, how dumb do you have to be to insist that so far as the private sector is concerned, the economy in 2012 “is doing fine”?

Although Obama, thanks to a lap dog media, was allowed to blame America’s financial ills on George W. Bush for the longest time, that time has finally passed. So don’t be surprised that as the campaign progresses, Obama takes a page out of FDR’s book and runs against Herbert Hoover’s economy. After all, he is always dredging up the notion that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, ignoring the fact that the economy that Reagan inherited from Jimmy Carter a mere 32 years ago was worse. But, unlike Obama and FDR, who took advantage of a financial crisis to promote a leftist agenda, Reagan actually improved things.

Something that continues to confound me is that Walt Disney, Inc., which over the years has proven to be one of the most litigious companies in the world, never files infringement of copyright lawsuits against this administration. I mean, wouldn’t you think that a company that sees red if anyone even refers to an second-rate outfit as a Mickey Mouse operation would be speed-dialing their lawyers when we’re constantly seeing a Disneyland parade that includes Pinocchio (Jay Carney), Dumbo (Joe Biden), Goofy (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz), the Seven Dwarves (Waxman, Schumer, Geithner, Sebelius, Pelosi, Conyers, Reid), and that evil queen who was constantly asking her mirror who was the fairest one of all (Obama)?

Finally, I am hoping that Dianne Feinstein will join John McCain in insisting that uncovering the source of those recent security leaks not be entrusted to the Department of Justice. After Operation Fast & Furious and his refusal to indict the Black Panthers for either voter intimidation or for placing a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder has earned the distinction of being the second least trust-worthy man in Washington.

Frankly, if the Attorney General is allowed to oversee the investigation, only one of two outcomes is possible. Either it will drag on for as long as he and Obama remain in office, in the hope that everyone simply forgets about it, or Holder will eventually hold a press conference and announce that the leaker is none other than…..Scooter Libby!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WAY ABOVE OBAMA’S PAY GRADE

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by Burt Prelutsky

Depending on how you look at it, I am either blessed or cursed with one of those brains that attempts to make sense of whatever data is available. So, for instance, I ask myself why those liberals in Congress who aren’t wealthy enough to just pack up and live la dolce vita in Switzerland or Australia when their fiscal policies inevitably turn the U.S. into Greece don’t start facing up to reality. Why is it that they refuse to acknowledge that a nation can no more continue to spend twice as much as it takes in than an individual can?

I realize that even in the midst of the Great Depression, the very rich -- people comparable to the Kerrys, the Kennedys, Dianne Feinstein and the Obamas -- could live very well, so long as they weren’t unduly perturbed by apple stands on the corner, soup kitchens on every other block and former middle class wage earners riding the rails as hoboes.

But even if the IRS confiscated the accumulated wealth of the top 1%, it would hardly make a dent in the $16 trillion hole Obama and Congress have dug for us, so why do these knuckleheads keep pretending that if only rich people were taxed at a higher rate, everything would be hunky dory?

Speaking of Obama, how much longer is the mainstream media going to try to convince us that he’s a genius? It has become so obvious that he is simply a very lucky fellow who has benefitted from affirmative action in every facet of his life, from getting into Ivy League schools to being elected president, that even many on the Left are finally seeing the light.

For instance, when Obama decided the best way to destroy Romney’s claim to having financial expertise was to attack his connection to Bain Capital, it wasn’t just conservatives who took him to task. It was also Democrats, people such as Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Harold Ford and the former governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, who rapped his knuckles.

What’s more, Jo Ann Nardelli, the president and founder of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has defected to the GOP as a result of Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriages.

Artur Davis, a former member of Congress from Alabama, and the man who seconded Obama’s nomination for president in 2008, has also taken leave of the Democratic Party. Once described as the Alabama Obama, Davis has become so critical of this administration in general and ObamaCare in particular, that he is considering running for Congress, this time as a Republican.

Things could hardly look bleaker for Obama, short of Michelle’s deciding to change her party affiliation.

Clearly, attacking Bain could easily turn out to be the bane of Obama’s existence.

In related news, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanded that Obama explain his reference to “Polish death camps.” In his statement, Mr. Tusk said that the remark smacks of “ignorance and bad intentions” and amounts to “a distortion of history.”

If Obama knew history, aside from his imagined place in it, he might have known that the death camps were run by and for the Nazis, and that of the six million people who were killed on Polish soil, half were Polish Jews and the other half were mainly Polish Catholics.

To be fair, it’s possible that the Prime Minister was still sulking because Obama had already decided to curry favor with Russia’s former KGB honcho, Vladimir Putin, by breaking his promise to provide Poland and the Czech Republic with a missile defense system.

And lest the Poles take the insult personally, they should keep in mind that this former community agitator (aka the Smartest Person in the World Who Isn’t Named Hillary Clinton) is the same very ignoramus who referred to America’s 57 states and, proving that was no fluke, referred to the Austrian language and to the U.S. Marine Corpse. For good measure, while insisting that he was Israel’s best friend ever, advised them to commit suicide by moving back to its pre-1967 borders. Calling him Dr. Kevorkian is tempting, but it would be unfair to the late physician, who merely assisted individuals in killing themselves, never entire nations.

So, while I certainly understand why conservatives despise Obama, I can’t figure out why liberals don’t all take their lead from Mrs. Nardelli and Mr. Davis and reject the buffoon-in-chief.

I mean, why don’t they get on his case for keeping Guantanamo open when he kept promising to shut it down? And why aren’t they upset with his using armed drones to whack Muslims, even those who are American citizens, the way they surely would have if George Bush had done his killing by remote control?

Don’t get me wrong. Using the drones is one of the few things Obama has done that I view in a positive light. But I find it farcical that the same yahoos who couldn’t sleep at night because they were so concerned that a few Islamic terrorists were being dunked in water don’t seem even slightly irked when their own guy skips the part where they’re captured and placed on trial, and, instead, goes straight to blowing them up.

Believe me, if I had known that death by explosive device was the alternative to waterboarding, I, too, would have been in favor of stopping enhanced interrogation and shutting down Gitmo. But candidate Obama never thought to mention it. The fact is, I’d still be in favor of shutting the place down so long as he used eight or nine drones to get the job done.

Finally, I’d like to know why this administration is still playing footsies with Pakistan. Even if we forget about the general corruption that pervades that country; even if we don’t hold them accountable for providing a safe haven for Osama bin Laden and the Taliban; and even if we don’t make a big deal about their soldiers murdering our soldiers, why on earth would we want to be aligned with them instead of with India, which is bigger, stronger, richer, democratic and, in addition, hates Pakistan as much as I do?

In the grand scheme of things, India is our natural ally, while Pakistan is our natural enemy.

It would be like watching a movie in which the dashing hero is married to his loyal and beautiful high school sweetheart, but decides to throw her over for the snag-toothed, scab-encrusted, disease-riddled, hag who lives in the alley.

Or to put it another way, it would be like someone comparing Mitt Romney’s record, his character and his associates, to Barack Obama’s…and then deciding to vote for Obama!


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Monday, June 11, 2012

ENEMIES TO THE LEFT OF ME

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A fact known to most people is that when you get a lower tier job in show business, a job that a lot of people covet simply because they seem glamorous from the outside, a job that generally combines the duties of a nanny and an errand boy, the pay is going to be minimum wage even if your boss is making millions.

That’s simply life in Hollywood, and one would assume the same would hold true for people who get to brag that they work in the White House. But much to my chagrin, I saw a list recently of the 20 White House jobs that received the largest raises since 2008. Before the Obamas moved in, four of the jobs paid less than $50,000, while another seven paid between $50,000 and $62,500. Four of the positions paid between $100,000 and $130,500. These days, nobody is making less than $70,000 and half of them are pulling down between $100,000 and $172,200.

The difference isn’t that Obama’s gofers are working harder than the ones in Hollywood, and it certainly can’t be attributed to our booming economy. The difference is that Obama is paying them with our money. Just for the record, the Director of African-American Media is making $78,000-a-year. I’m not sure what the duties entail, but I would imagine that maintaining the White House subscription to Ebony is a priority.

I was listening to Michael Medved’s radio show the other day and I heard about a franchise operation down in Texas, Pizza Patron, that’s offering a free pepperoni pizza to anyone who comes in and places his order in Spanish. Being a supporter of the free enterprise system, I don’t have a problem with the promotion. I even think that restaurants should be able to offer their patrons the option of smoking if they want to, just so long as they let non-smokers know when they make a reservation. However, having said that, if I were down in Texas, I wouldn’t be caught dead ordering a Pizza Patron pizza in any language.

My reason is that nobody should be encouraging people to speak a foreign language outside a foreign language class. My maternal grandparents came from Russia about 20 years before I was born. By the time I was speaking, they still had not learned English. Do I wish I had learned to speak Yiddish or Russian? Not really. Do I wish they had been compelled to learn English? You bet.

America is making it far too easy for Latinos to remain outside the national culture, turning e pluribus unum (out of many, one) on its head. And I don’t want some pizza operation doing its part to promote the insanity.

In case you missed the news, Dr. Shakel Afridi has been sentenced to 33 years in a Pakistani prison for conspiring against the state. He was found guilty of helping the United States track down Osama bin Laden. And, in case you were wondering, yes, we are still sending foreign aid to Pakistan, thus helping to provide Dr. Afridi’s food and lodging until 2045.

Michigan’s former governor, Jennifer Granholm, recently came out four-square against photo IDs for voters. With the logic that left-wingers are so well known for, she said that having to show the same proof of identity that’s required for the purchase of airline tickets, cigarettes and beer, amounts to voter suppression laws. Moreover, she went on, those who support these laws are guilty of nothing less than treason. Wow, treason, no less! The last time I looked, that’s still a capital crime. Even David Axelrod hasn’t called for executing people who think that voting in our elections is a more sacred right than buying a six-pack.

Ms. Granholm, who has apparently memorized portions of the Democratic playbook, insisted that photo IDs are a Republican plot to disenfranchise five million potential voters. She said that most of them are Hispanics, blacks and young people, which, ironically, are the very groups that seem to buy most of the cigarettes and beer in this country.

Because I am not running for office, I will confess that I wish photo IDs really would prevent Granholm’s five million from voting. That’s because those three groups, Hispanics, blacks and young people, gave Obama roughly 67, 95 and 66%, of their respective votes in 2008, and will probably do so again.

But I am still wagering that Obama will lose the election. And no matter that the polls are calling the election a toss-up, I don’t think Obama is getting a lot of sleep these days. After all, in the West Virginia Democratic primary, Keith Judd, a guy doing time in a Texas prison, managed to get 41% of the vote.

As if that wasn’t discouraging enough, in the Arkansas primary, running against a lawyer named John Wolfe, Jr., Obama once again only received 59% of the vote. While it’s true that Mr. Wolfe is not serving a prison sentence and has had earlier experience running for office, he only garnered 34, 33 and 28%, the three times he ran for Congress, and a pathetic 2.8% when he ran for mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Quite obviously, he had far stronger competition on those occasions.

Finally, in the Kentucky primary, where his only opposition on the ballot was “Uncommitted,” Obama squeaked by with 57.9% of the vote. In other words, a switch of just eight percent would have sent Uncommitted to the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Kentucky’s delegates in his hip pocket, if only good old Uncommitted had hips or a pocket.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

TEXAS, TAXES & BRASS TACKS

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Rush Limbaugh once described politics as show business for ugly people. If he weren’t such a nice guy, he might have added that it also provides careers for really dumb ones.

For instance, while chatting with Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning,” Governor Jerry Brown went into a lengthy pitch for California business, pointing out that it is the state that’s always been known for innovation. To prove his case that it is as true now as it ever was, Brown announced that no less an enterprise than Facebook got its start here on the edge of the Pacific. Not wishing to embarrass a fellow liberal, Mr. Rose didn’t start cackling like a loon, as I might have done. Instead, he politely informed Governor Moonbeam that Mark Zuckerberg and a few college pals launched the billion dollar brainstorm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while they were attending Harvard.

Because Brown has spent his entire life in politics, he didn’t say, “Whoops!” the way a normal human being would. Instead, without missing a beat, he pointed out that Zuckerberg and his company had settled in California. In other words, we’re not really the home of innovation and entrepreneurship, but we have a terrific climate, and we’re the go-to place for guys who have piled up a lot of dough and want to get away from New England winters.

The sad truth of the matter is that, when compared to other liberal politicians, Jerry Brown is probably one of the brighter ones. For instance, have you ever heard Sen. Barbara Boxer give a speech or try to answer a simple question? I’ve never even voted for the woman, but it’s downright embarrassing just living in the state that has elected her on four separate occasions.

The fact that it is the same state that keeps electing Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman and Barbara Lee, to the House might help explain why some people, including friends, call me “Grumpy.”

On the other hand, California is a huge state. We have well over 40 million people jammed in here. It figures we’re going to have more louts than other places. But when you non-Californians keep on voting for the likes of Charles Schumer, Frederica Wilson, Al Franken, James Clyburn, Harry Reid, Bev Perdue, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Kerry and Patty Murray, you’re not exactly in a position to throw stones.

Even Texas, the state that calls to me in my dreams, keeps electing people who wind up proud members of the Congressional Black or Hispanic Caucus, dunderheads who apparently feel a greater allegiance to those who share their skin color than they do to America and the Constitution. The very idea that members of Congress would separate themselves on the basis of their pigmentation makes a mockery of their oath of office. It would seem that for people such as Al Green, Charles Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar. Ruben Hinojosa, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Silvestre Reyes and Sheila Jackson Lee, the notion that ours is supposed to be a colorblind society is their idea of a bad joke.

I have heard, though, that even Democrats on Capitol Hill are getting upset because they aren’t hearing from Obama. Apparently the poor saps expect him to display some leadership. Well, I, for one, don’t blame him for snubbing them. For one thing, he has a campaign to run and a whole lot of money to raise. Besides, how would you prefer spending your time? Meeting with a sourpuss like Harry Reid or hanging out with George Clooney, Selma Hayek and the other cool kids?

Furthermore, when Obama finally put together a budget, it didn’t get a single vote in the House or the Senate. Do those people have any idea how it feels to be dissed that way? You’d have thought that Obama could at least have counted on those knuckleheads in the Black Caucus to give the brother a little love. But even Charley Rangel said, “Ooh, that is one butt ugly budget” or words to that effect.

And while I don’t like to question anyone’s sanity, just how nuts do you have to be to want to raise taxes in the midst of an economy that is already on life support? I suppose when you owe your academic career and just about everything else to affirmative action, it’s not too surprising that Obama seems blissfully unaware of the fact that his idol, FDR, prolonged the Great Depression by twice raising taxes in the 1930s. Getting the country back to work wasn’t nearly as important to Roosevelt as punishing Republican capitalists. Sound familiar?

By this time, you’ve all probably seen the map that shows Obama on the verge of winning the election even before either party has held its convention. Judging by some of the liberal pundits, the actual election is merely a formality. Oh, really? I’m actually supposed to believe that North Carolina and Texas are in play? In spite of electing all those Republicans in Virginia and Florida, in 2010, Democrats are referring to those states as toss-ups? Some folks would call that wishful thinking. I call it whistling past the graveyard.

Speaking of graveyards, Iran’s military chief of staff, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi recently announced, “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause, and that is the full annihilation of Israel.” So much for those who insist on finding a moral equivalence between Israel and its Islamic neighbors or who couch their anti-Semitism behind the canard that it’s not really Jews they hate, it’s Israeli policies they find objectionable. How odd that these same creeps never see a need to explain that it’s not Muslims they hate, but only the policies of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

With the election looming up, roughly 150 days off, I don’t want to hear people urging other people to do their civic duty. Those who have to be prodded and poked to get out and vote are nearly always liberals. And, believe me, no good can possibly come of it. For example, in 2008, when 63.6% of registered voters went to the polls, we wound up with Barack Obama and Joe Biden. In 2010, when only 29% of us voted, we got rid of six left-wing senators and 60 liberal members of the House.

The obvious conclusion is that the fewer voters, the better.

Finally, a friend sent me a line I wish I had come up with: Re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

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