Friday, May 31, 2013

CHANNELING SHERLOCK HOLMES

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by Burt Prelutsky

Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest creation, the pre-eminent logician and crime solver, Sherlock Holmes was wont to compare the human brain to an attic. It was his belief that the finite space was best employed as a storage bin for those items that would be of use in his work. Thus, at any given time, he might not know the name of the Prime Minister, but he would be able to identify over 150 different types of tobacco.

I’m sure there are those who would argue that the human brain has infinite capacity, but even they would have to acknowledge that life would be a lot easier if, when searching for someone’s name, they didn’t have to rummage through a brain that was cluttered with a lot of names they’d casually tossed into their cranial attics, where they lie and collect dust; the verbal equivalent of torn lampshades, rusted ice skates and Hula Hoops.

The following is my attempt at spring cleaning. So, for openers, let me say that I believe attempted murder should carry the same penalty as first-degree murder. Otherwise, you’re simply rewarding incompetence.

It will come as a surprise to most people that the Pledge of Allegiance was authored by a socialist minister named Francis Bellamy, a cousin of Edward Bellamy, author of “Looking Backward,” a futuristic novel which depicted a socialistic America as Utopia.

When Francis penned the Pledge in 1882, he hoped it would promote public education while denigrating private and parochial schools, which couldn’t be relied on to promote the authority of the federal government.

In the beginning, students were instructed to recite the Pledge with their arms outstretched, palms up, similar to the way Romans had once been required to hail Caesar. The custom was dropped in the 1940s when people realized how similar it was to Germans heiling Hitler.

What Bellamy initially wrote was: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” With an eye to the French, he considered including “equality” and “fraternity,” but decided against it, realizing that the state superintendents of education on his committee were opposed to equality for women and blacks.

One of the things that I despise the most about the Pro-Choice groups is the way that Obama, the harpies in NOW and the creepy crew at Planned Parenthood, try to pass off abortions as a women’s health issue. To me, that’s as far-fetched as describing Nazi concentration camps as a German transportation issue.

I am always hearing liberals insist that anything they object to -- be it Guantanamo, drone strikes on Islamic terrorists, U.S. presence in the Middle East, military tribunals or our alliance with Israel -- are all recruiting tools for Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Why is it that I never hear them say that the attack on the USS Cole, the taking of hostages by Iran, the attack on our Marine base in Lebanon, 9/11, the safe haven for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and the Boston massacre, should all be recruiting tools for the good guys?

I’d love to have someone interview Jay Carney’s mother and ask her how she feels about all the sacrifices, all the skimping and saving, required to enable the family to send her son to an Ivy League school, just so he could grow up and lie for a living.

Speaking of he for whom Carney tells whoppers on a daily basis, in his commencement speech at Ohio State, Obama warned the graduating class not to listen to those who tell them the tyrant is just around the corner.

For once, he was right. The tyrant wasn’t lurking in the wings. He was standing at the podium.

Speaking of tyrants, let us all keep in mind that it’s this very same Tea Party-hating IRS that Obama has authorized to oversee and enforce ObamaCare.

While I know that the media and some Democrats have backed the IRS into a corner, Obama, as usual, has tossed a body -- in this case the temporary head of the organization who was already two weeks away from being replaced -- under the usual bus. So far as Obama is concerned, he’s done all that needed to be done. Now everyone is expected to move along. “Nothing to see here, folks.”

But anyone who believes that the IRS has been buried has never seen one of those horror movies in which zombies crawl out of their graves and start clumping around the neighborhood, looking for human brains, which they crave the way some people hanker after those nice little energy bars.

Although we all realize it’s only a temporary setback, I confess I’m delighted to see those bratty tax collectors for once being scolded and sent to bed without their supper.

For as I’m always saying to Dr. Watson, it’s elementary that even a slightly tarnished silver lining is better than no silver lining at all.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DELEGATING THE BLAME

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Until the current administration came along, never in American history had so many people claimed to be taking responsibility without taking even the least little bit. Some leaders take pride in knowing how to delegate responsibility. Obama and his crew only know how to delegate blame.

It’s been a while, but surely you recall that when we heard about the Justice Department funneling guns to Mexican drug cartels, Attorney General Eric Holder swore he had no idea who green-lighted Operation Fast & Furious, but he was darn certain it wasn’t him.

When someone in the White House leaked national security secrets intended to make the president look competent in foreign affairs to the NY Times, everyone with an active brain cell was certain the leaker was Barack Obama, but Obama had a hunch it was some tourist from Nebraska who just happened to be passing through the White House before tours were curtailed because of that doggone sequester.

Hillary Clinton said she was taking responsibility for what occurred in Benghazi. That is to say she was responsible for everything, except for denying Ambassador Stevens the additional security he begged for; for removing the little bit of security he had; and for lying about the massacre having been triggered by a YouTube video nobody ever saw. Aside from all that, Mrs. Clinton wanted us to know that about three cents of the buck stopped with her and 97-cents stopped with some underlings she had never even met.

In the case of Obama, after he, David Axelrod and other members of his campaign team got done revising CIA reports about the Benghazi massacre, and handing them off to Susan Rice so she could repeat his lies on five Sunday news shows, Obama gallantly sprang to her defense. When people demanded to know where she got off trying to peddle stale baloney, Obama, pretending to be the stand-up guy he isn’t, told the media that if they had a bone to pick with anyone, they should pick it with him. And as soon as they did, he turned around and told Ambassador Rice that she could forget about becoming Secretary of State.

Jeremiah Wright could have warned her that Obama may throw a baseball like a little girl, but he’s Olympic-class when it comes to tossing people under the bus.

Inasmuch as it made about as much sense for the ambassador to the U.N. to have gone on those various news shows as Lady Gaga, one can only assume that someone decided that Rice was a better liar than Clinton, or at least more expendable. And, frankly, after seeing Clinton’s phony over-the-top performance before the Senate committee, I have to agree. You’d have thought that after all those years spent listening to Bill tell one whopper after another, she’d be better at it.

That brings us to the kerfuffle at the IRS. Typically, as soon as it came out that the tax collectors had been making life extra miserable for conservative groups, the blame was placed on underlings in the Cincinnati office. Like Captain Renault in “Casablanca,” who was shocked to learn that gambling took place in the backroom at Rick’s, Obama claimed he had no idea that those upstarts were creating havoc for his political opponents. It’s even possible he didn’t. Between golf and fund-raising and accusing Republicans of being Satan’s spawn, he can’t know every last thing that people are doing on his behalf.

I’m sure that’s also holds true for Mafia dons. I’m told that they don’t always have to give specific orders; they merely need to have it understood that they’d appreciate having certain things done. And in those places where corruption reigns, whether it’s denying a Tea Party group tax-exempt status or putting an icepick in the ear of a crosstown rival, they’re done.

The upside of all this is that even the members of the major media seem to be getting tired of being played like suckers by this administration. These people don’t mind lying on behalf of a left-wing president. In fact, they accept that it’s part of their job description, not to mention their main purpose in life. But they resent it like hell when they’re the target of a president’s lies and the objects of his obvious contempt.

It may have taken well over four years, but even the folks from the NY Times, the Washington Post and the major TV networks, seem to have finally had enough. In the past, Obama could have gotten away stonewalling the press about an event that saw four American patriots murdered by jihadists, claiming, as is his wont, that he couldn’t possibly comment during an ongoing investigation.

But that was then and this is now. This time, after months of lying about what he knew and when he knew it, when the truth finally started seeping out, thanks to State Department whistleblowers, and Obama tried to dismiss it as old news, the members of the White House press corps were no longer nodding along like a roomful of dashboard dollies.

And those little wet drops on Jay Carney’s brow weren’t sweat. That was blood.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

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by Burt Prelutsky

Surely I can't be the only person who has a hard time falling asleep at night, thanks to all the unanswered questions floating around in my head. For instance, after seeing Juan Williams constantly trying to pooh-pooh away questions about the Benghazi cover-up on both Bret Baier’s “Special Report” and O’Reilly’s “The Factor,” I keep wondering if he’s been required to register as a lobbyist for the Obama administration.

For instance, how is it that lefties like Michael Bloomberg think that adults should have no say in the matter when it comes to sugar, salt, guns and the size of soda containers, but insist that teenagers should have free choice when it comes to purchasing the day-after pill and/or aborting their babies without parental consent or even awareness?

I’m sure most of us breathed a sigh of relief when the Pennsylvania jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder. But perhaps not all of us. Peter Singer, an Australian moral philosopher, who is a professor of Bioethics at Princeton, in response to whether he would be in favor of killing a disabled baby, replied, “Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.”

Well, God knows I’m not a moral philosopher, but I’m wondering how the baby would go about voicing an opinion. And I’d like to hear what Stephen Hawking has to say about all this.

Prof. Singer also declared: “One point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the fetus and the newborn baby.”

Apparently when you get to bill yourself as a moral philosopher, people tend to treat you with kid gloves, so nobody, as far as I’m aware, asked him if there was a sharp distinction between a newborn baby and a four-year-old or between a professor of Bioethics and a Nazi.

By now, we’re all aware of the fact that background checks would not have spared us the massacre at Newtown, but the question I haven’t heard asked is whether background checks would have prevented Operation Fast & Furious. After all, how much do we really know about major gun-runner Eric Holder?

For sheer irony, it’s hard to beat Hillary Clinton, who campaigned as the person we’d all want to see at the receiving end of a 3 a.m. phone call, totally botch the call she got in the wee hours regarding Benghazi.

Speaking of Benghazi, we keep hearing the various Pinocchio’s who speak on behalf of this administration insist that they could not have possibly sent armed reinforcements in the seven hours our people were under attack. Well, one, I keep wondering why not, inasmuch as our military base in Italy is a mere three hour flight away; and, two, lacking the gift of precognition, how could they have had the slightest idea how long the siege would continue?

Moving on to a more recent scandal, we have a spokesperson for the IRS stating: “Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation. We were -- and will continue to be -- dedicated to reviewing all applications for tax-exempt status in an impartial manner.”

And what’s more, it was a sheer coincidence that for two years only groups of a conservative persuasion were targeted, never a single group that had “Progressive,” “Liberal” or “We Love Obama,” in its title.

I confess I am less concerned about the scandal swirling around Obama’s monitoring the phones of the Associated Press. To me, considering how supportive the news agency has been of Obama, this is more like a falling-out among thieves. Still, I can’t help wondering about his motive. The only thing I’ve come up with is he just couldn’t wait to find out what swell things they were going to say about him next.

We all grew up hearing people say with something resembling awe: “Is this a great country or what?” Ever since 2008, when Obama was elected, I’ve been thinking “what” is the correct answer.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

THE IRS HITS THE CENTURY MARK

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by Burt Prelutsky

It is just possible that 1913 was one of the worst years in American history. Not only did Woodrow Wilson, a role model for Obama, become president, but the 16th Amendment was passed, giving Congress the right to levy income taxes on us. And as anyone who has been paying attention lately realizes, when you place that much power in the hands of federal bureaucrats, you’re just asking for trouble.

It was recently disclosed that our own tax collectors are every bit as evil as those that plagued Robin Hood. But as you may have noticed, these days there’s never a master archer around when you really need one.

It seems that starting as early as 2011, the IRS was already targeting groups that did not view Obama as the Second Coming. They made things easy for themselves by determining that if the name of the group included “Tea Party,” “Constitution,” “Bill of Rights” or “Patriot,” it was not entitled to have the same tax-exempt status as, say, such sacred entities as Media Matters or the ACLU.

What’s more, the groups were expected to identify their donors, which normally would be illegal, but this, after all, is Barack Obama’s America, a nation in which harsher words are used to describe law-abiding, gun-owning, Christian conservatives than blood-thirsty jihadists.

The good news of late is that even such dedicated leftists as Maureen Dowd of the New York Times and former congressman, Dennis Kucinich, have taken to attacking the current administration over Benghazi and its misuse of the IRS.

What’s more, by the time the various congressional committees get to the bottom of Benghazi, I suspect I will stand a better chance of garnering the 2016 Democratic nomination than Hillary Clinton. Considering her decision to remove security forces from the consulate in spite of Ambassador Stevens’ begging for reinforcements; her telling the ambassador’s grief-stricken mother that her son’s death was due to some silly video; and her delivering that disgusting line “What difference, at this point, does it really matter” when referring to the identity of the Libyan killers; I would say it’s time to stick a fork in her. That’s because, one, her presidential aspirations are D.O.A. and, two, because she’s long deserved to have a fork stuck in her.

I understand that it’s not always possible for conservatives to rid themselves of the liberals in their lives. In a few instances, even I have not entirely managed to carry it off. After all, it’s not easy to cast off college friends, and even harder to dump loony relatives. But I would suggest as a test, try asking those you know what they think of Obama after the Benghazi cover-up and the news about the IRS. Both, after all, are somewhat reminiscent of life under Richard Nixon. I’m sure most of us recall how outraged liberals were over Watergate and about his infamous enemies list.

If you ask the liberals in your life these two questions and they insist that Obama had no involvement in either matter or that neither of those events is worthy of their interest, and you don’t call them on it in the exact same way they would if George Bush were the responsible party, you are, at best, an enabler and, at worst, a moral coward.

I despise Obama, and while I regard him as a vile symptom, even I have to acknowledge that he’s not entirely the cause of our national malaise. I mean, he didn’t hand Dr. Kermit Gosnell the scissors with which he cut the spines of those babies. On the other hand, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood did say that the decision to cut or not to cut should be solely in the hands of the woman and her friendly abortionist, and Obama did find time to give a shout-out at the recent Planned Parenthood convention. But that was only fitting because as an Illinois state senator, he had already cast votes in favor of murdering the tiny survivors of botched abortions.

While I’m in attack mode, I’ll go on record that when it comes to criminal defense attorneys, they remind me less of actual human beings than they do of those slobbering long-fanged creatures one comes across in sci-fi horror movies. As if what Ariel Castro, the Tsarnaev brothers, Jodi Arias and Kermit Gosnell, did wasn’t appalling enough, we have an endless daisy chain of lawyers who are only too anxious to defend these monsters.

One assumes the motivation is publicity, although these creeps with their law degrees will inevitably contend that we are a nation of laws and that even those who are obviously guilty deserve the best defense that money can buy. But it seems to me that the Law, aka Justice, is really intended to protect the innocent, not to enable the guilty to escape their just deserts. What, after all, is so great about this Law they keep yammering about?

The Law, which these shysters pretend to hold sacred, permits a million legal abortions to take place every year. The Law permits convicted serial killers to survive for decades after they’ve slaughtered their victims, thanks to an appeal system so perverted that most of those on Death Row will never be executed. The Law also permits politicians to pass legislation, including ObamaCare, that affects the rest of us in terrible ways, but never them or their families.

The Law goes so far as to permit, one might even say encourage, Supreme Court justices to ignore the Constitution with impunity, and base their decisions on their own political disposition, having nothing to do with the Founders’ obvious intentions.

Thus I say, in the immortal words of Charles Dickens’ Mr. Bumble, “The law is an ass,” and, more often than not, so are its practitioners.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

COPING MECHANISMS


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by Burt Prelutsky

I will frankly admit I find it increasingly difficult to share the same planet as leftists. That’s because I believe they are all insane. They say such things as “We all belong to the state” or “It takes a village to raise a child” with a straight face. One might say that a North Korean belongs to the state, but an American?

To tell the truth, the only way I have found to cope with liberals is by ridiculing them every chance I get.

Does anyone but an idiot believe that folks like Jefferson, Washington and Franklin, went to all that trouble to create a nation that was basically the same as the English monarchy?

Just how is it that it takes a village to raise a child, but any female, even one as young as 12 or 13, is entitled to have it murdered by someone like Kermit Gosnell before the village gets their hands on it?

Lest anyone ever forget, Barack Obama, while in the Illinois legislature, not only voted in favor of late term abortions, but voted in favor of killing any tots who, miraculously, managed to survive the butchery. Furthermore, unlike same-sex marriages, transparency in government and the Patriot Act, Obama has not evolved even the slightest little bit when it comes to this particular issue.

Speaking of he who should go back to community-organizing, I immediately thought of Obama when I heard about the letter sent to a casting agency by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. The CBC was looking for someone to host an afternoon TV show. But they didn’t want just anyone to apply. In order to qualify, the person had to be good with kids, love physical comedy and enjoy hanging out with puppets all day. The job was open to people of any gender, so long as they weren’t white. I wouldn’t have been the least bit surprised if they had sent the job offer directly to the White House.

For one thing, we know Obama likes spending time with his daughters, especially when the taxpayer is picking up the tab. Next, anyone who saw him sink only two of the 22 shots he took on Easter Sunday knows he is Buster Keaton’s equal when it comes to physical comedy. And, finally, after spending four years pulling the strings of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Charley Rangel, Henry Waxman and Jay Carney, he has already put in more time with puppets than Burr Tillstrom, Jim Henson and Mr. Rogers, put together.

An odd fact I recently came across is that if you’re treated for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at the Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey, the cost is $99,490. However, just 30 miles away, at the Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, it will run you $7,094. I can’t possibly explain the discrepancy or recommend one hospital over the other but that doesn’t mean I’m not suspicious of Bayonne.

For one thing, the price is far too reminiscent of those rip-off artists that go out of their way to keep the price of their product or service below $100 by offering it for $99.99 or under $1000 by deducting a penny from the cost. But unless I find that Bayonne has a success rate 14 times higher than Lincoln or that they encourage smoking in the Bronx facility, I’d give Bayonne a very wide berth.

In case you missed the news, Kathy Boudin, a dedicated radical/convicted cop killer, went straight from the penitentiary to a professorship at Columbia. She is merely following in the tawdry footsteps of other unrepentant nogootniks like Angela Davis and William Ayers. If anyone is seriously wondering why academia is held in such low regard these days, it’s because so many universities will roll out the red carpet for murderous loons, while at the same time slamming their ivy-covered doors in the face of conservative scholars.

What makes Democrats so despicable isn’t simply that they’re wrong on just about every issue, but that they will lie and provide cover for their fellow liars. All you had to do was tune in to the Benghazi hearings to realize how, even in the wake of our ambassador and his three gallant colleagues being slaughtered by the barbarians in Libya, people like Rep. Elijah Cummings will put partisan politics ahead of ferreting out the truth. And for good measure, they will then attribute partisan motives to those seeking the facts.

In the run-up to the election, in order to bolster the big lie about having decimated Al Qaeda, Obama, Biden, Clinton and Susan Rice, pretended that the Benghazi massacre was the result of an impromptu demonstration brought on by a silly video.

One would think that however one felt about Obama’s re-election prospects, an honest person would have to take the word of the Libyan president when he immediately announced that the attack was premeditated and carried out by Muslim terrorists.

One would also think that a cover-up involving four dead Americans would trigger at least as big a reaction from the media as Watergate, which involved an office break-in, for God’s sake, but no spilling of innocent blood. But, then, of course, one can’t really expect a Democrat such as Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin or Patrick Leahy, to follow the example of Barry Goldwater and tell the president in no uncertain terms to do the honorable thing and vacate the premises.

One of the more mind-boggling things about Americans is the ridiculously high esteem in which so many of them hold Hillary Clinton, a woman who owes her fame not to any actual achievement, but to the fact that 37 years ago she displayed her own lack of judgment by marrying a serial adulterer

But to me, the nadir of her public life took place last January. I only wish I had been sitting in Sen. Ron Johnson’s chair when she berated him for daring to question her over the tragic events that took place on 9/11 in Benghazi.

After her hammy outburst, I would have said, “Somehow I can’t quite believe that if Ambassador to Libya Chelsea Clinton had been murdered by jihadists four months ago, her mother would sit there today and say, ‘What difference, at this point, does it make who did it?’”

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Monday, May 20, 2013

THE LEFT: GUILTY OF UNREQUITED STUPIDITY

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by Burt Prelutsky

It goes against my grain to generalize about large groups of people, but when it comes to liberals and Muslims, I find it increasingly difficult to resist the urge.

For instance, House Democrats, led by the thoroughly obnoxious Rep. Barbara Lee, have proposed a resolution calling on Congress to acknowledge that global warming could drive poor women to depend on “transactional sex” for their economic survival. Their reasoning, for want of a better word, is that global warming would lead to drought, and drought would inevitably lead to prostitution as food became scarce and more expensive.

What Ms. Lee neglects to explain is why prostitution is so widespread outside the confines of the already drought-riddled Third World, and has for millennia been referred to as the world’s oldest profession. When informed of the proposed legislation, Bill Clinton was overheard saying, “Remind me, what’s wrong with prostitution?”

Speaking of people named Clinton, as anyone familiar with my work knows, I hold his wife in even greater contempt than I hold her husband. This is especially true ever since her vile performance testifying before Congress on the subject of the Benghazi massacre. One can only imagine the hell she would raise if her own daughter, Chelsea, had been murdered, and a few months later, some loathsome Washington harridan had dared to say: “What difference, at this late date, does it really make who did it?”

Sometimes I attempt to imagine what life must be like inside the mind of a leftist. I’m guessing it’s filled with spider webs, squeaky doors and the faint echo of Obama’s countless lies. Sometimes, as in the case of people like O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake and Casey Anthony, it seems to me that our nation’s jury pools are filled exclusively with liberal morons who are devoid of commonsense and the ability to handle even a single idea, let alone juggle two simultaneously.

Is it possible that between “Perry Mason” and “CSI,” members of juries have no concept of what constitutes a reasonable doubt? Do they equate circumstantial evidence with perjury? Do they even know what circumstantial evidence is, and will anything short of the defendant rising in the courtroom and confessing his crime convince them?

But juries are merely one of the problems with our legal system. Between the endless and absurd appeals that have become standard practice, particularly in capital cases, the recipient of a death sentence is far more likely to die of old age than by lethal injection.

That reminds me of a friend, now deceased, who had worked for several years inside California’s Soledad Penitentiary. He had nothing but contempt for the inmates with whom he was forced to deal on a daily basis. He didn’t regard them as unfortunate victims of a cruel or neglectful society, but as vermin from whom society needed to be protected. The kicker is that he wasn’t a prison guard; he was the prison chaplain!

One of my readers has let me know that he got ripped off by an air conditioner repairman, and that neither the local police chief nor the state licensing board will do anything about it. I told him that it’s a sad day when service providers can get away with behaving like politicians. After all, repairmen are expected to have professional and ethical standards, whereas when it comes to politicians, lying and cheating are included in the job description.

One of my chief complaints with political correctness is that blacks, Muslims, illegal aliens, homosexuals and the transgender crowd, are not only encouraged to take offense with anything that doesn’t advance their various agendas, but are applauded for their alleged sensitivity. Being thin-skinned is bad enough without anyone trying to make a virtue of it. Sensitivity should be a word reserved for those who are concerned about the feelings of others, not for those ballyhooing their own under-developed defense systems, otherwise known as maturity.

Finally, a word to the current commander-in-chief and those who will succeed him: Not since 1945, has the United States engaged in a war with the intention of destroying the enemy. As we should have learned through our half-assed experiences in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, playing for a tie is a great way to squander treasure and gallant American lives.

If the president and the Pentagon are going to continue fretting about collateral damage, nation-building and the risk of offending the tawdry religion of our sworn enemies, they really should step aside and leave it up to the folks who have a serious interest in protecting this nation. I refer to the patriotic members of the NRA and and the feisty Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

OUT OF MIND EXPERIENCES

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We have all heard of out of body experiences in which people claim to be hovering in the air gazing down on themselves. But I think that it’s far more commonplace for left-wingers to take leave of their brains than their bodies. I mean, how can people with even half a brain possibly condone the things they do?

Take same-sex marriages, for instance. How such lunacy has come to be taken seriously as a civil right by so many on the Left makes you wonder if there is any goofy idea that these pinheads won’t promote, any silly slogan they won’t parrot. Every time I come across one of these farcical “marriages” on TV, I am reminded of those stomach-turning “beauty” contests involving five-year-olds decked out in lipstick, rouge, tiaras and evening gowns; grotesque parodies of normal life.

Or consider that this administration is encouraging Mexican consulates to tell illegal aliens to demand food stamps from the U.S. government. I’m reminded of a friend who wrote me to say that henceforth his unlicensed guns won’t be illegal; they will merely be undocumented.

Speaking of guns, Thomas Jefferson wisely observed that “Those who beat their guns into plowshares will soon be plowing for those who don’t.”

Having now had several months to rue the last presidential election, I have decided there’s no big secret why 51% of the voters went for Obama. It’s because more and more Americans are childish, if not downright infantile. In a divorce, will the kids favor the disciplinarian who demands they complete their schoolwork and do their chores or the one who bribes them with toys and other goodies? Americans should grow up, but it may already be too late to expect such an unlikely miracle.

As someone else pointed out, in the U.S., a 13-year-old girl is already an adult who can be trusted to buy the day-after pill off the shelf, but 26-year-olds are still children who must be covered by their parents’ medical insurance policies.
I know there are some people who hold Kirsten Powers in higher regard than her fellow left-wing propagandists because, on very rare occasion, she will acknowledge that Obama doesn’t walk on water. I, on the other hand, find her usual expression so relentlessly smug, I have to assume she’s come to regard herself as being the prettiest woman in any venue in which she happens to appear. Unfortunately, the venue in which she appears most frequently is Fox News, where the likes of Dana Perino, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Megyn Kelly, hang out. So my advice to Ms. Powers is that she wipe that smirk off her puss.

Not since O.J. Simpson’s murder trial have so many shysters lined up to defend a criminal as have offered to help Dzhokhar Tsarnaev out of his legal difficulties. Under our system, lawyers are free to defend whomever they wish. But I would remind people that they have the right to shun and despise whomever they wish.

Frankly, I’m sure if there had been any law school grads around in ancient times, some latent ambulance chaser would have been only too happy to defend Cain. Of course in the case of the Tsarnaev brothers, there is no Abel. Instead, we have the disgrace of Cain and Cain.

Finally, in 1999, Al Gore augmented his salary as vice-president by selling cows off the family farm for $6,000. Back then, he had a net worth of $1.7 million. Today, 14 years later, he’s worth an estimated $200 million, thanks to the success of his global warming hoax.

To me, that simply proves that in America today there’s a heck of a lot less money to be made selling actual livestock than in peddling bullshit.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

COOLIDGE & CUCKOOS

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I always knew I liked Calvin Coolidge, but I thought perhaps it was merely because he was a quiet man who, unlike most of our presidents, wasn’t infatuated with the sound of his own voice. I also liked the fact that he was apparently devoid of that thing called charisma, which is generally what politicians have in place of character.

But, thanks to economist/historian Amity Shlaes, who proved in her book, “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression,” that although FDR didn’t create the Depression, he did a great deal to prolong the agony until World War II finally brought it to an end, Coolidge emerges as a heroic figure.

She points out that even though Ronald Reagan was a tax cutter, reducing the top marginal rate from 70% to 28%, the federal budget increased by close to 40% during his administration. As I have often observed, Republicans are only anxious to decrease spending when the Democrats are in power.

But you could never say that about Coolidge, a man who said shortly after assuming office upon Warren Harding’s death: “We must have no carelessness in our dealings with public property or the expenditure of public money. Such a condition is characteristic of undeveloped people, or of a decadent generation.”

He also said such sensible things as “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery,” “I should like to be known as a former President who minded his own business” and “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”

Speaking of bad bills, when I wrote about the 20,000 pages of administrative rules for ObamaCare, my friend Art Hershey sent an email alerting me to the fact that the Social Security Act, or Economic Security Act as it was called in 1935, was just 63 pages long. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which dealt with minimum wages and overtime pay, ran 64 pages. And the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a scant 10 pages.

Nancy Pelosi wasn’t just whistling “Dixie” when she announced that Congress would have to enact the Patient Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 (aka ObamaCare) before anyone would know what was in it. Three years later, we are still finding out about all the vile snips and snails and puppy dog tails that are concealed within its 2,700 pages.

It’s very possible that you might have missed the news, as I had, that GE Capital made the following announcement in 2008: “As a responsible lender, we regularly review our lending policies and products to meet changing conditions and requirements. We have adopted a policy to cease providing consumer financing programs for merchants whose primary business is the sale of firearms.”

One of my readers, who shared this with me, sent GE a message that read, “As a responsible consumer, I regularly review my buying practices to meet changing conditions and requirements. I have decided to cease purchasing GE products. Any firm that tries to manipulate the free marketplace for political reasons doesn’t merit my support and trade.”

The next time you go shopping for light bulbs, you might keep this exchange in mind.

Finally, I must confess I have often longed to be invited to join a think tank. Imagine how delightful it must be to sit and think, and be paid to do it. I’ve gone through life sitting and thinking, but nobody has ever paid me to do so. In fact, on those few occasions when I’ve actually worked in an office, if my boss passed by, asked me what I was doing, and I had told him I was thinking, I would have been canned on the spot. But at a think tank, the same answer would probably garner me a raise.

As the old sage said, beware of what you pray for. As often happens, there are exceptions to the rule. In this case, the exception would be Ron Paul’s Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Among the nutballs the former goofy congressman has gathered around him are John Laughland, Eric Margolis, Butler Shaffer, Lew Rockwell, Dennis Kucinich and Andrew Napolitano. With the possible exception of the last two, these are hardly household names. But each, in his own way, would have been right at home at Lewis Carroll’s famous tea party along with the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.

Among this collection of kooks are to be found people who defend Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic; moved to try George W. Bush for war crimes; support Hamas; opposed America’s intervention in World War II; and edited Rep. Paul’s racist and anti-Semitic newsletter. You remember -- the newsletter bearing his name that Ron Paul insisted he barely ever looked at during the 20 years it was published, reminding some of us of Obama’s absurd contention that he snoozed through 20 years of Jeremiah Wright’s vile sermons.

Less a think tank, I’d suggest, than a stink tank.

For those of you who merely know Judge Napolitano from his rather arrogant pronouncements on the law for Fox News, it turns out that he is one of those loony conspiracy theorists known as 9/11 truthers. In other words, he doesn’t think that Muslim jihadists were behind the attacks that killed 3,000 Americans. Instead, he believes it was an inside job by the George Bush administration.

Maybe it’s just me, but I have never trusted anyone whose hairline starts half an inch above his eyebrows. It suggests to me that the brain was surgically removed and the head was then stitched back together.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

SPREADING THE BLAME AROUND

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by Burt Prelutsky

I generally regard the Israelis as sensible and self-sufficient, but now I hear that they put a major construction job up for bids and, lo and behold, a Chinese firm got the contract. Frankly, I wouldn’t trust the Chinese to build me a bird house, let alone a railroad from Eilat to the Mediterranean. What? There are no Israeli construction companies? What if Iran had submitted a lower bid than the Chinese? Would Ahmadinejad be the foreman on the job? At this point, I only hope that the construction company is the one we know as Chang, Lee, Wu and Rosenberg.

Speaking of that part of the world, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald insists it’s U.S. intervention in the Middle East that motivates screwballs like the blood-thirsty Tsarnaev brothers. In the meantime, former TV anchorman and all-around pinhead Tom Brokaw lays the blame on our drone attacks. What neither of these chuckleheads bothers to explain is why the Muslim jihadists have blown up civilians in Bali, Japan, Brazil and India, among other places that have left no footprints on their precious sand. People like Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Brokaw would be labeled useful idiots if anyone could ever come up with a use for them.

Although it’s much more fun to mock Bob Beckel, who spends hours a day on Fox looking as if he’s about to fall off the wagon at any moment, truth demands that I give him a shout-out for proposing a sensible idea. He suggests that until we find out where the thousands of people who came here on student visas and never attended a single class are hiding out, so we can round them up and boot them out, we shut down all immigration from China and the Muslim nations. And I say if we fail to collar all the ne’er-do-wells, what’s the big deal if their countrymen can’t ever come to America? They can always go to Israel and help them build that damn railroad.

Speaking of glorious days, wouldn’t it be great if instead of worrying about law-abiding citizens being able to protect themselves with guns, and providing citizenship to people who don’t have it coming, Congress would devote its time and energy to passing a federal law denying voting privileges to anyone who can’t provide a valid photo ID? The notion that such a requirement would deny suffrage to millions of people who are either elderly or members of some racial minority is so preposterous that only a liberal would have the chutzpah to make the charge with a straight face.

But it figures that a country that’s been so frivolous when it comes to protecting its sovereignty by guarding its borders would be equally cavalier when it comes to preserving the sanctity of the polling booth. I would actually have more respect for the Democrats if they just came out and admitted they wanted illegal aliens to have every possible opportunity to elect their candidates. That would go down so much better than all their lies and false pieties, especially when everyone, including the illegal aliens and fraudulent voters, know the truth.

Although by now we’ve all seen the commercials urging us to sign up for food stamps, what you might not know is that the federal government is paying people to go out and recruit older Americans to sign up for the program. Florida is proving to be a happy hunting ground for these recruiters.

Even though most of those signing up in recent years are living comfortably on their investments, pensions and Social Security, idling away the golden years soaking up the sun, playing golf and taking macramé classes, they’re being told that they’ve earned all this largesse, and, essentially, that they’re suckers if they don’t let their fellow taxpayers put food on their table.

And, so, much like Faust, they trade their souls for something they don’t really need and, worse yet, don’t deserve.

I only hope that the next time those old retired folks cluck their tongues over welfare cheats, they realize they’re talking about themselves.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

VENTING

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by Burt Prelutsky

A while back, it occurred to me that while the glamour magazines are constantly telling American women that 60 is the new 50, and 50 is the new 40, and 40 is the new 30, in Hollywood, 60 is the new 30, and 50 is the new 15. For instance, if you consider the movie roles they play, you might get the idea that most leading men are in their teens or early 20s. So it may come as a shock to you that Matt Damon is 42, Will Ferrell is 45, Adam Sandler is 46, Ben Stiller is 47, David Spade is 48 and Jim Carrey is a ripe old 51.

Even more surprising to me is that in spite of his boyish ways and his collegiate haircut, Jay Carney is 48. But I guess it takes time and experience to learn how to lie on Obama’s behalf with such ease and, apparently, without the slightest bit of embarrassment.

But, then, he has learned from the master. Imagine the amount of gall it must take to furlough air traffic controllers, causing massive delays at airports all around the country, blaming it on the Sequester, while at the same time throw lavish galas at the White House, blow a million bucks on a round of golf with Tiger Woods, and God knows how many of our tax dollars jetting down to Texas for a fund-raiser! And of course Air Force One is never forced to idle on the tarmac for a couple of grueling hours simply because air traffic controllers have been sent home as a cheap political ploy.

In the wake of the Boston bombings, I have noticed that the media is up to its old tricks. Just as they persisted in posting photos of 11-year-old Trayvon Martin for months after the 6’2,” 17-year-old menace was shot in self-defense by George Zimmerman, I keep seeing photos of bushy-haired, baby-faced, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looking like he’s at his first Communion. Instead of a pressure cooker bomb, he’s holding a single red carnation. Funny, but I don’t seem to recall seeing pictures of Charles Manson or Timothy McVeigh at the age of 10, frolicking with their puppies.

Even in the wake of the Boston massacre, I keep hearing liberals complaining that cameras in public places are an invasion of privacy. Just how loony are left-wingers, you ask? Let’s just say that if their stupidity could be transformed into electrical power, we’d have a power grid in America that would free us of our dependency on oil, coal, sun and wind. Anyone who believes that once he steps outside his front door, the Constitution provides him with the expectation of privacy is clearly non compos mentis, and should not be trusted to venture outdoors.

Thanks to the media’s infatuation with abortions, the trial of late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has pretty much flown under the public’s radar. The fact that he made a practice of snipping the spines of babies who managed to survive his butchery would normally make him lip-smacking grist for TV, but aside from Fox News, the media is giving his trial a wide berth. God forbid they do anything that might make abortions unpalatable to the American public.

For a long time, I generally limited my remarks about abortions to honestly admitting that I couldn’t imagine how in this day and age, with all the birth control pills and devices, and the decades of sex education classes in our schools, anyone could still be dumb enough to become accidentally pregnant. But after 51% of the country decided to re-elect Obama last November, I realized that there is no limit to human stupidity.

Therefore, ridicule is plainly not enough. So, instead, I will say that unless a three-man panel of gynecologists whose names have been drawn out of a hat has determined that an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother, abortions should be banned.

What’s more, any man who impregnates a woman to whom he isn’t married will be arrested and serve time in jail. And, furthermore, any doctor who performs abortions, in clear violation of his Hippocratic Oath “to first do no harm,” will both lose his medical license and be charged with murder.

I am well aware that the Supreme Court made abortions legal in its Roe v. Wade decision. I am also aware that slavery was once legal and women’s suffrage wasn’t. Anyone who puts his faith in the Supreme Court is guilty of naiveté in the first degree. These are merely men and women who owe their positions and authority to the whims of politicians. They were not appointed by God, after all, but merely by the likes of people named Carter, Clinton, Bush and Obama.

Excusing what is immoral on the grounds that it is legal is dangerous. After all, under Nazi law, the butchery performed by Dr. Josef Mengele on concentration camp prisoners in the abattoir he called a laboratory was perfectly legal.

What astonishes me is that liberals shed more tears for the murder of late term Kansas abortionist George Tiller than they ever did for the thousands of babies he destroyed. And what disturbs me even more are the millions of people who parrot the nonsense that embryos belong solely to the women carrying them, and that an abortion is no different from a woman’s having a mole removed.

Abortion enthusiast Paris Harris of MSNBC recently insisted that children belong to society, not their parents. If I follow that correctly, one second before birth, the child belongs exclusively to some woman who has the perfect right to kill it, while a second later it belongs to all of us.

I have long contended that it’s impossible to dig up a Democrat who makes any sense at all unless, of course, you literally dug one up. So, does anyone happen to know where Harry Truman is buried?




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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ALLAH NOT SO AKBAR!

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In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, we hear that the FBI was informed by Russia that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a Muslim radical, but even after he spent six months in Chechen, the FBI decided he wasn’t worth a second look. As a result, the FBI has come in for a great deal of criticism. I’m not saying it’s not warranted, but I suspect there’s a lot of blame to spread around. And, at the risk of sounding like Obama, some of it can be laid at the feet of George W. Bush.

It wasn’t long after 9/11 that we started hearing Bush and Condoleezza Rice parroting the line that Islam was a religion of peace. I don’t recall any president reminding us that Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism, was a peaceful religion. Well, considering that in the name of Islam, 3,000 Americans had just been killed, and that in the subsequent years innocent people have been killed and maimed in countries ranging from Russia to the Philippines, Spain to India, all in the name of Allah, it’s obvious that Bush and Rice were lying.

The truth is that we are in a state of war, but when the police commissioner of New York City gets tarred for trying to conduct undercover surveillance in mosques and when Major Nidal Hasan is allowed to continue serving in the military even after it’s known that he is communicating with terrorists in the Middle East and doing everything but taping pin-up photos of Osama bin Laden on the walls of his barracks at Fort Hood, it’s clear that anyone who dares to say “Islamic” and “terrorist” in the same sentence is running the risk of committing professional suicide.

That, I believe, is why the FBI didn’t haul Tamerlan Tsarnaev into its Boston field office and grill him like a Labor Day wienie.

Now I hear a lot of people assuring us that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother, will be found guilty and executed. I’m convinced he’ll be found guilty, but I suspect that I stand a far better chance of being executed for not separating my trash. The reason for my skepticism is that John Walker Lindh, the American jihadist who killed an American soldier in Iraq, got off with a prison sentence, as did Lee Boyd Malvo, half of the D.C. sniper team that killed 10 people and critically wounded three others a decade ago, all in the name of Allah.

Tsarnaev won’t be executed because, like the other two vicious creeps, he’s young. Lindh was 21 when he went on trial, Malvo was 17 and Tsarnaev is 19. For reasons I can’t fathom, there is a reluctance to execute women or young men, no matter how clearly they have it coming.

That brings us to those three mealy-mouthed liars, Barack Obama, John Brennan and Jay Carney. Obama has determined that whether it’s in Iraq, Afghanistan or the moon, we are not engaged in a war on Islamic terrorism; instead, it’s designated an overseas contingency operation. I’m sure Ambassador Stevens and his three colleagues would be relieved to know that it wasn’t really Islamic zealots who massacred them in Benghazi, but merely some guys, in the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, who might have been out for a walk and decided to kill Americans.

The new CIA chief, John Brennan, announced, “We don’t describe the enemy as jihadists or Islamists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam.” No wonder I keep hearing from people asking me if it’s true that Brennan is a Muslim convert.

As for Jay Carney, who not only earned a B.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale, but a Ph.D in bullshitting, when asked why it was that young Mr. Tsarnaev was read his Miranda rights so soon after his arrest, replied that if he had been designated an enemy combatant, it would have required subverting the Constitution by trying him in a military tribunal. The problem is that an enemy combatant can be tried in a civilian court; the upside of the designation is that it would have allowed law enforcement agencies up to 30 days to mine him for information before he had the opportunity to lawyer up. Apparently Mr. Carney never heard, even during his years at Yale, that the Constitution is not supposed to be a suicide pact.

Finally, there were two great ironies that resulted from the Boston bombings. The first of these was that the bumper sticker on the Mercedes that the Tsarnaev brothers carjacked read “Coexist,” the letters formed from the symbols of the world’s seven major religions. If the Tsarnaevs had seen that bit of blasphemy, I wonder if they would have let the driver survive, even if he wasn’t an American.

The other irony is that the hospital where both of them wound up, and where Dzhokhar’s life was saved, was Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, whose president and CEO is a Jew named Kevin Tabb.

I realize it’s precious little consolation to the three people who were killed and the 200 who were maimed at the Boston massacre, but I’d like to think that somewhere in the universe the God of Abraham is giving Allah one big horselaugh.


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