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by Burt Prelutsky

Apparently the Washington, D.C, city council took a page from Jesse Jackson’s extortionist playbook. Even though 73% of the city’s population was excited at the prospect of Wal-Mart coming to town and employing over 1,800 residents, the Council, by an 8-5 vote, decided that the giant retailer would first have to agree to pay $4-an-hour over the national minimum wage.

As a result, Wal-Mart is now re-considering the move, even though they had already begun construction on three of the five proposed outlets. The Council voted as it did because it was more important to serve the unions than the people. But I’m not wasting too much sympathy on Washingtonians. If urban morons insist on constantly electing and re-electing Democrats, they deserve to suffer the inevitable consequences of their dimwittedness.

I’m reminded of a photo someone recently sent me of a mini-mall taken in 2012. Starting on the left was a storefront devoted to re-electing Obama, offering bumper stickers and yard signs. Next door was an outfit offering assistance to those filing for bankruptcy. Next in line was a lawyer specializing in divorce, and next to that was a liquor store. The photo was captioned “A Natural Progression.” I have no idea if there was another business along the corridor, but, if so, it would have been fitting if it had been a mortuary.

In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, the NAACP, along with the more craven members of the media, have engaged in deriding the defendant as a wannabe cop, while basically ignoring the fact that Trayvon Martin had been regularly suspended from high school for violence, vandalism and drug use. Apparently in some quarters, it is shameful to want to work in law enforcement, but laudable to be a law-breaker.

Another absurdity that comes to mind is that white people are labeled racists if they merely agree with the Sanford jury’s verdict, but nobody is even supposed to raise an eyebrow over the teenage thug’s referring to George Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker” and telling his girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, that “the n----r is following me.”

The news elsewhere isn’t much better. In Kabul, Afghanistan, the U.S. military is planning to tear down a $34 million installation prior to our pulling out. It seems the military commanders in Kabul had determined as early as 2010 that there was no reason for the facility to be built, but the Pentagon has never met a dollar -- let alone 34 million of them -- it could resist spending.

Not to be outdone, the State Department spent $80 million for a 10-year lease on a consulate in Northern Afghanistan that will never be used.

One might hope the president would put his foot down, just the way he did when he cancelled the White House tours. But inasmuch as he just spent $100 million on a family vacation in Africa, I guess he’s in no position to put his foot down too hard.

When I recently suggested executing all the terrorists locked up in Guantanamo and then selling the facility to Donald Trump so he could build a hotel, people thought I was joshing. I wasn’t. Nobody wants to take these creeps off our hands and no state in the union wants to incarcerate them within its borders, so why are we keeping them around? Worse yet, when they go on hunger strikes, why are we force-feeding them, and why am I the only person who sees starvation as the perfect solution?

As for Trump, I’m sure I can get him aboard. After all, he already offered to turn the house of ill-repute, otherwise known as the U.N., into a hotel, so I’m sure he’d be happy to transform Gitmo into an island resort.

Finally, I must confess I was unhappy to see Iran elect a new president. For one thing, everybody knows the loony mullahs run the asylum, and presidential elections don’t alter that fact. For another, I hate having to start over with Hasan Rowhani just when I’d finally learned to spell Ahmadinejad.

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