Wednesday, May 1, 2013


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by Burt Prelutsky

A serial killer has been on trial in Philadelphia for several weeks and yet the TV networks that love to devote every waking hour to covering a murder trial if it involves the likes of Casey Anthony or Jodi Arias, have totally ignored it. I’m referring to the trial of a ghoul named Kermit Gosnell, who made a practice of murdering babies born alive after he botched late-term abortions.

Obviously, the reason that all the TV networks other than Fox have gone out of their way to bury this story is because anything that varies from the left-wing narrative that there’s no difference between a woman having an abortion and having a mole removed is seen as providing Pro-Lifers with ammunition.

Several of Gosnell’s unlicensed assistants have testified that they’ve seen these babies breathing and have heard Gosnell, who would have been right at home performing experiments for the Nazis, joke that some of them were big enough to walk to the bus stop. He would deliver the coup de grace by cutting their tiny spines.

The problem is that even if he’s found guilty and sentenced to death, he will live another few decades while his lawyers appeal his conviction. And even after the appeals run out, the state will make every effort to ensure that his execution is pain-free. The truth is justice would only be served if a day after he’s found guilty he would be done away with by having his own spine severed.

It’s worth mentioning that Obama, when he served in the Illinois legislature, voted against making it a crime to kill babies who survived abortions. Not to be outdone, California’s own loony senator, Barbara Boxer, once insisted that “A baby’s life doesn’t begin until it’s brought home from the hospital.” I haven’t yet found a theological basis for that, but it does remind me of the Jewish joke -- and, no, I’m not referring to Mrs. Boxer -- that a Jewish boy is still a baby until he graduates from medical school.

If you spend any time at all studying American liberals, you will be convinced that “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” with its spooky pod people from outer space, is a documentary.

In all the skirmishing over weapons, the one conclusion I have come to is that if this administration were really serious about doing something to decrease violence in America, they would forget about trying to shoot holes in the Second Amendment. Instead, they would make it easier for states to institutionalize psychotics. I’m not a psychiatrist, but I don’t think you would have needed to have a Ph.D to recognize that the guys who committed mass murder in Tucson, Aurora, Fort Hood and Newtown, weren’t playing with a full deck.

I mean, have you looked at their photos? They might as well have been walking around with a sign around their necks that read: “I am certifiably insane, and if you don’t get me into a padded cell immediately, you will live to regret it.”

The other thing a nation that was actually serious about gun violence would do is send the National Guard into every major urban area and clear out the gangbangers. Anyone who thinks that Kabul, Kunduz and Kandahar, present a greater danger to Americans than Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, has simply not been paying attention.

In much the same way, our nation twiddles its thumbs while nutballs in Iran and North Korea threaten to nuke us and our allies. In the meantime, while our enemies gear up, we’re stuck with a president who likes to hear his own voice almost as much as Kim Jung Un. Obama speaks loudly and carries a very small stick.

Our foreign policy mirrors the way we deal with violent lunatics domestically. Just as we waited until Jared Loughner, James Holmes, Nidal Hasan and Adam Lanza, went off on their killing sprees, leaving 58 dead people in their wake because we lacked the spine to be proactive, we dawdle while the loons in Tehran and Pyongyang promise to destroy us. Some folks don’t think they’re capable of carrying out their threats. Maybe they are and maybe they’re not. But why take chances?

It seems to me that the sensible thing to do if a nation vows to nuke America is to do unto them before they do unto us. Otherwise, what’s the point of having all those very expensive bombs at our disposal? Where is it written that the bad guys get to hit us first? I know that the same louts who wanted us to disarm unilaterally during the Cold War want us to convert our nuclear arsenal into plowshares, but we used similar bombs 68 years ago and it worked like a charm.

I hate to sound like a worrywart, but it seems to me that time is of the essence. I’m concerned that if we wait too long, Obama will simply be snookered into making one more disarmament treaty with Vladimir Putin, and we’ll wind up at the mercy of the Canadians.

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