Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MY FAVORITE MOVIES

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It seems that every time I write anything about movies, I can count on hearing from readers who boast about not having seen one since “Birth of a Nation.” I can certainly empathize with those who don’t want to waste their time and money watching movies based on comic books and have no desire to help enrich or promote the careers of people like Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Tim Robbins, Steven Spielberg and Jane Fonda.

But I hate to think that people are depriving themselves of either art or entertainment because of their politics. Heaven knows nobody has more contempt for the Hollywood hypocrites who talk up socialism while cashing humongous checks and parrot Obama’s demands that the rich pay higher taxes while employing high-priced CPAs and every tax dodge under the sun to ensure they pay the bare minimum.

That being said, even since the days of silent films there have been any number of terrific movies I think everyone should see.

My sole criteria in selecting the movies on my list is that I have seen them all several times over a period of years and have continued to enjoy them.

I list them not in order of preference, but simply by decade:

The 30s (and a few from the late 20s):
Dinner at Eight, City Lights, Gay Divorcee, It Happened One Night, Alice Adams, The Gold Rush, Top Hat, 39 Steps, My Man Godfrey, Swing Time, Make Way for Tomorrow, Carefree, Destry Rides Again, The Wizard of Oz, Bachelor Mother, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. (Note: Of these 17 movies, four starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and one starred Ginger Rogers and David Niven.)

The 40s:
My Favorite Wife, The Shop Around the Corner, The Thief of Bagdad, The Devil and Miss Jones, Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Ball of Fire, The Lady Eve, This Gun for Hire, Palm Beach Story, Woman of the Year, The Major and the Minor, The Glass Key, Casablanca, Shadow of a Doubt, The More the Merrier, Meet Me in St. Louis, Double Indemnity, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, Laura, Mildred Pierce, The Best Years of Our Lives, It’s a Wonderful Life, Stairway to Heaven, Great Expectations, The Farmer’s Daughter, Force of Evil, I Remember Mama, Red River, A Foreign Affair, Apartment for Peggy. (Note: Of the 32 movies, four were written and directed by Preston Sturges.)

The 50s:
All About Eve, Sunset Boulevard, The African Queen, People Will Talk, The Quiet Man, High Noon, Shane, On the Waterfront, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Marty, Ladykillers, Sweet Smell of Success, Desk Set, North x Northwest, Some Like It Hot. (Note: Of the 48 movies of the 40s and 50s, six were directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and a seventh was co-written by him.)

The 60s:
School for Scoundrels, The Apartment, Hustler, Charade, My Fair Lady, The Pumpkin Eater, The World of Henry Orient, 36 Hours, The Luck of Ginger Coffey, Alfie, Divorce American Style, Two for the Road, Support Your Local Sheriff. (Note: Although I never regarded myself as a fan of westerns, I can’t help noticing that of the 76 movies listed so far, five are westerns.)

The 70s:
A New Leaf, The Godfather, The Heartbreak Kid, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The Goodbye Girl, House Calls, Time After Time, Breaking Away, La Cage aux Folles, The In-Laws. (Note: Clearly not my favorite decade. Of the 10 movies, two starred Walter Matthau and two starred Richard Dreyfuss.)

The 80s:
Diner, A Christmas Story, The Natural, Broadway Danny Rose, All of Me, Witness, Murphy’s Romance, Lost in America, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hoosiers, Roxanne, The Princess Bride, Moonstruck, The Untouchables, Lethal Weapon, Midnight Run, Naked Gun, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Die Hard, Crossing Delancey, Field of Dreams, The Tall Guy. (For me, it was a decade of firsts, including the first and last Woody Allen movies I ever liked and the first sports movie to make the list; in fact, there were three of them.)

The 90s:
Green Card, Quigley Down Under, Cinema Paradiso, Beauty and the Beast, Silence of the Lambs, Dead Again, Defending Your Life, My Cousin Vinny, Enchanted April, Housesitter, Peter’s Friends, Groundhog Day, Falling Down, The Remains of the Day, The Fugitive, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Nobody’s Fool, Sense and Sensibility, A Family Thing, Fargo, Swingers, Sliding Doors, An Ideal Husband, Galaxy Quest, Election, Mumford. (Note: As I look at my list, I realize that for me, this was the decade of the English, thanks mainly to its introducing me to Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Hugh Laurie, John Hannah, Michael Kitchen and Rowan Atkinson.)

The 21st century:
The Dish, About a Boy, Chicago, The Upside of Anger, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Matador, The Lives of Others, Thank You for Smoking, Taken, The Blind Side, Bridesmaids, The King’s Speech, The Artist. (Note: Pretty skimpy pickings for 13 years.)

Unless I’ve miscounted, there are 149 movies on my list. Not a lot when you realize they represent about 85 years of moviemaking. Some people will notice that my plebian taste generally runs to comedies. Others will notice that although most people think 1939 was the greatest year for movies, my personal favorite was 1946, because that was the year of “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Stairway to Heaven,” which sometimes goes by the title of “A Matter of Life and Death.”

But I suspect that the thing that will leave the greatest number of movie aficionados flummoxed will be the absence of “Gone with the Wind,” “The Searchers,” “Ben-Hur,” “The Sound of Music,” “Grand Illusion,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Mrs. Miniver,” “Rebecca,” “Hamlet,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “Last Year at Marienbad,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Deliverance,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Coming Home,” “Good Fellas,” “Out of Africa,” “Midnight Cowboy,” “Platoon,” “Titanic,” “La Dolce Vita,” “Amadeus” and “Raging Bull.”

They were all distinguished, award-winning productions, and the one thing they all had in common was that I could barely sit through them even once. The mere thought of having to sit through any of these snooze fests a second time makes my teeth ache.



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Monday, July 29, 2013

WHOSE COUP?

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by Burt Prelutsky

Alot of folks are up in arms over the U.S. supporting the Egyptian military, claiming it is illegal for us to send foreign aid to a nation whose democratically-elected government has been overturned by a coup. I’m not one of those people.

Even if I entertained the slightest doubt about what we should do, the fact that the loudest voice demanding that we cease sending money to Egypt is John McCain’s would be the clincher. He may have been right about something or other during the past few decades, but nothing comes to mind.

Voting is overrated. The Egyptians elected Mohamed Morsi because they were convinced he was a moderate. Heck, that’s the same reason that many people voted for Obama in 2008. Unfortunately, by the time a lot of Americans woke up, he had managed to get millions of them hooked on food stamps and what they’d been told would be cheap health insurance. And, alas, we didn’t have a military prepared to do the right thing by protecting us from ourselves

Those of us who live in free societies tend to forget that voting isn’t a miraculous antidote for those who are too lazy, greedy and ignorant, to understand that the best government of all is one that leaves most decisions in the hands of the individual.

In this country, we have millions of people who watched those little Obama commercials featuring a fictional Julia who depended entirely on the federal government for her very survival, and nodded along with the narration. They thought they were watching a Disney movie in which Obama was the fairy godmother, while the rest of us were convinced we were watching a horror film in which Obama was wearing a hockey mask and carting around a chainsaw.

It’s bad enough that Obama tells one whopper after another when the topic is the massacre in Benghazi, a Department of Justice that spies on journalists or an IRS that sees its primary mission to get Obama re-elected, but, just recently, he told a bunch of kids that broccoli is his favorite food. It’s one thing for Michelle to say something that goofy, but we all know that Barack’s taste runs to cheeseburgers, pizza and ice cream. I’m not suggesting he should be compelled to come clean about his diet, but why lie to the kids? Why not just keep his trap shut? Does the schmuck lie just to stay in practice?

It took some years for people to finally acknowledge that Woodrow Wilson was the most racist president in U.S. history. I hope it won’t take that long for people to wake up to the fact that Wilson, who openly regarded blacks as an inferior race, couldn’t hold a candle to Obama, who, along with Eric Holder, goes out of his way to display his contempt for Caucasians.

You only have to keep in mind that he attended Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years, where Sunday after Sunday he got to hear his religious mentor voice his hatred of America and its white population. Then, if you recall, his first order of business upon moving into the Oval Office was to have the bust of Winston Churchill removed.

Then he appointed Eric Holder to be his attorney general, and the first thing we heard out of Holder’s mouth was an announcement that whites were cowards who refused to have an honest dialogue about race. Translated, that’s code for whites being unwilling to kowtow to blacks intent on browbeating them.

The next thing we knew, Holder was refusing to indict black thugs for intimidating white voters, and Obama was excoriating the Cambridge Police Department for having the audacity to arrest a black friend of his for disturbing the peace.

Because neither Obama nor Holder are the sort to rest on their racist laurels, Obama stuck his shnoz into the Martin-Zimmerman case by saying that Trayvon Martin looked like the son he never had, and Holder authorized a unit of the Justice Department known as Community Relations Service to organize racially-charged demonstrations against George Zimmerman. Fortunately, it’s not every day that the federal government subsidizes a lynch mob.

Finally, it has often occurred to me that conservatives like dogs, while liberals tend to favor cats. I happen to know several exceptions to this rule; both people and cats. I suspect that those cats are the ones who share the finer attributes of dogs. I also acknowledge that many people simply want a pet, but can’t keep a dog because they work such long hours or travel a great deal.

As I see it, dogs are friendly, loyal and courageous. Those are all qualities that resound with conservatives. Cats, on the other hand, tend to be aloof and snobbish. They pretend to be independent, but the pretense only lasts until dinnertime rolls around.

Dogs have been known to pull family members out of burning buildings and even leap into raging rivers to rescue perfect strangers.

I’m convinced a cat would only go into a burning building to save its favorite catnip-laced toy mouse and would only consider diving into a body of water if they saw a can-opener going under for the third time.

It just occurred to me that I am more than a little finicky, would never jump into a raging river and, on occasion, have been known to be rather snooty. Good heavens, I’m a cat!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

LIBERAL BIGOTRY

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It would be a lie to say that bigotry doesn’t exist in this country. The lie is in the media’s insistence on attributing it to white conservatives. If you believed these people who lie for a living, everyone who isn’t black, Muslim, homosexual, a Democrat, an illegal alien, a single woman or a member of the left-wing media, can safely be assumed to be a bigot.

If you only believed what you read in your local newspaper or hear from anchors and reporters for the major TV networks, you would think that white conservatives spend 24/7 pondering how best to oppress everyone who isn’t one of them. As a white conservative, I also stand accused of waging endless war on women.

The fact of the matter is that white conservatives are probably the only group of Americans that others can safely insult and ridicule without being blasted as a bigot, racist, misogynist and/or homophobe.

As proof of this, let me remind you that although everyone at Fort Hood was aware of the fact that Major Nidal Hasan had essentially taken to smooching his photo of Osama bin Laden, he continued to hold his job for no other reason than that his superior officers were terrified of being drummed out of the service for offending a Muslim.

Over the years, when blacks misbehave and get into trouble with the law, other blacks, usually at the instigation of creeps such as Jesse Jackson, who turned corporate extortion into a career, and Al Sharpton, who rode to fame and fortune by accusing NY cops of raping a black teenager named Tawana Brawley, can be counted on to riot on cue.

The truth was that young Miss Brawley had concocted the vile tale because she’d been shacked up with her boyfriend and was afraid she’d get into trouble with her mother. But even after the truth was known, Sharpton led demonstrations that led to blacks murdering whites. And today, instead of having to ring a little bell and chant “Unclean, unclean” when he appears in public, he hosts his own TV show on MSNBC, gets to dine with the likes of Bill O’Reilly in fancy New York restaurants and be treated like the second coming of Martin Luther King by the craven media.

In 2006, half a dozen black guys beat up a white guy in Jena, Louisiana, for no other reason than that they felt like it. No sooner were they put on trial than the demonstrations by blacks began on behalf of the Jena 6, as they came to be known.

That same year, a black hooker accused members of the Duke Lacrosse team of raping her at a frat party, where she’d been hired to strip. The students were lynched in the media until the truth came out that she had concocted the story, no doubt in hope of being paid hush money. In the aftermath, there were no apologies from the media or from those moral cretins who will joyfully demonstrate on behalf of hookers, bullies, Rodney King or O.J. Simpson, just so long as they’re black. Reverend King urged people to judge others by their character, not their skin color, but apparently only white folks were paying attention.

Today, in spite of the fact that George Zimmerman is a decent man who mentored black youngsters, blacks would have you believe that Trayvon Martin, a drug-dealing thief, was a model citizen whom nobody but a Klan member would ever suspect of being up to no good on a rainy night in a neighborhood where he didn’t live, but where burglaries had become commonplace.

The media is so corrupt that when bash mobs -- black teens who congregate through social networking in order to steal and vandalize in large groups -- recently ran wild in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the local newspapers and TV stations referred to them merely as “people” or “teens,” refusing to even mention their race.

Until the media reports black on white crimes or even black on black crimes as eagerly as they do the far less frequent white on black crimes, they should be regarded as accessories to murders, rapes and robberies.

No white person in his right mind ever goes out of his way to excuse or defend meth-dealing motorcycle gangs or the thugs who make up the Aryan Nation, arguing that they turned out to be law-breaking creeps because they were raised in poverty in homes without responsible, loving fathers. No one sanctions their violence, lack of education or their siring babies out of wedlock, or thinks about blaming society at large for their obvious shortcomings.

You don’t see members of the media contorting themselves into moral pretzels insisting that these white schmucks shouldn’t be held responsible for the crimes they commit. It’s only blacks who are infantilized.

What many people fail to grasp is that when the media parrots the race hustlers who claim that high-achievers such as Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Condoleezza Rice, Walter Williams, Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson, are inauthentic, while holding so-called authentic blacks to a lower moral standard, it’s the vilest form of bigotry because it implies that nothing better can ever be expected of them.


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Friday, July 26, 2013

DIOGENES II

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All I knew about the original Diogenes is that he was said to carry a lantern even during daylight hours, explaining he was searching for an honest man. He also founded the Cynic philosophy. So you can see where I might identify with him. Where we part company is that, being poor, he made a virtue of poverty. That would be like my making a virtue of being short and bald.

But I dare say I have spent at least as much time as he did searching for an honest man. I have found a few, but in most cases, being honest in 2013 is even harder than it was in 323 BC. That’s because one can either be truthful or politically correct, but not both. And cowards invariably take the path of least resistance.

For instance, consider Muslims. We are constantly lectured to treat Islam with respect, even if they treat your religion, whatever it might be, with contempt.
For my part, I say you can see why the ninth century holds such appeal for Muslims. After all, if only the clocks could be turned back several centuries, we’d all be pretty much in the same boat. And that boat would contain very little that could pass for science, art or technology.

The world that included Copernicus, Galileo, Cervantes, Bach, Rembrandt, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Edison, Einstein, Freud, Fleming, Henry Ford, Jonas Salk and Cole Porter, would not yet have passed them by, leaving them in the dust bin of history. When you get right down to it, in all those ensuing years, their only contributions to mankind have been suicide bombs and clitorectomies.

When you realize that America was founded by such giants as Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison, it’s difficult to realize how far we have fallen in terms of our leadership. Imagine, of our own volition, in just the past few decades we have put the likes of Carter, Clinton and Obama, in the White House.

For that matter, keep in mind that the Democrats actually selected Michael Dukakis to be their standard bearer in 1988. Dukakis, in case it slipped your memory, thought it would make for a great photo op if he donned a helmet and stuck his head out of a tank turret. He looked, for all the world, like a groundhog poking its head out of a hole in the earth and predicting a long winter. And a very long winter it would have been if he’d been elected.

On the other side, 20 years later, the Republicans nominated John McCain, the oaf who put his name on bills authored by the scurvy likes of Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold, and took it to heart when those on the Left called him a statesman to his face, overlooking the fact they called him a sucker behind his back.

For those of you wise enough not to pay too much attention to New York politics, this year it seems that underwear bomber Anthony Weiner is running for mayor, and Eliot Spitzer, who’s a sure thing to capture the prostitute vote, is trying to become New York’s city comptroller. All they need now is for Eric Massa to announce he’s running for police commissioner to make for a perfect trifecta.

In other news, it was reported that Eric Holder’s wife and sister-in-law co-own a Georgia abortion clinic. To be fair, though, I’m sure the Attorney General would be doing everything in his power to defend abortionists even if the sisters owned a shoe store. After all, his boss actually voted in favor of late term abortions when he was in the Illinois state legislature, going so far as to vote for a bill that allowed abortionists to murder the tiny survivors of botched procedures. It’s a vote that places him in the same general category as such moral degenerates as Dr. Josef Mengele, Charles Manson and Vlad the Impaler.

You have probably heard that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been the most-traveled president and secretary of state we’ve ever had. Her fans even raved about the number of countries Mrs. Clinton had visited, carrying on as if she had piloted the plane when she hadn’t even had to do her own packing.

Only liberals would think that blowing $180,000-an-hour of our money to keep one of those planes airborne and bragging about the number of hours logged, while at the same time whining about everyone else’s carbon footprints, makes even the tiniest bit of sense.

But, then, making sense isn’t their long suit. Otherwise, you wouldn’t keep hearing celebrity millionaires drone on about evil corporations, seemingly unaware that the entities that sign their humongous checks -- outfits like Warner’s, Paramount, NBC, CBS, ABC and all those major record companies -- are all corporations, just like Fox News, WalMart and BP Petroleum.

Finally, in case you ever find yourself falling for left-wing propaganda, which so often disguises itself as compassion for one’s fellow man, never forget that Winston Churchill once correctly pointed out: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the sharing of misery.”

If you disagree, ask the next person you run into who managed to escape the tender mercies of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Nicolae Ceausescu, Che Guevara or Fidel Castro, why they ran screaming from Paradise.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

THE VIEW FROM THE LEFT COAST

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It's a toss-up whether more anguish is caused by California or Washington, D.C. The easy answer is the latter. After all, that’s the place where they pass all those loony laws and lumber us with all those economy-destroying regulations.

California, on the other hand, is the place where more than 10% of the nation’s population resides. It is the state that elects the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Brad Sherman, Barbara Lee, Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown.

Moreover, it is often the petri dish for many of the goofier ideas that eventually infect the rest of the country. To its eternal shame, it is also the place that makes multi-millionaires of schnooks like Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg and Tim Robbins, enabling them, in turn, to donate tens of millions of dollars to the DNC.

The odd thing about us is that although we constantly elect Democrats, granting them super majority status in the state senate and state assembly, we occasionally vote for sensible propositions. Some of the things we’ve voted for include capital punishment, an end to welfare benefits for illegal aliens and for marriage to be limited to one man and one woman. But all it’s ever taken to over-rule the will of the people is for those on the Left to hunt up an accommodating judge; to be fair, sometimes it requires five noodle-headed judges.

Here in California, we have more environmental zealots per square inch than anywhere outside the monthly meeting of the Sierra Club or the office of the EPA. That means every wealthy nutjob in L.A. and San Francisco opposes the Keystone Pipeline, oil drilling in Alaska and digging for coal anywhere. It also compels them to compare energy producers to jihadists, and to call oil companies greedy when it’s the politicians who have piled 73 cents in taxes on every single gallon of gas sold in this state.

But the foolishness doesn’t end there. The L.A. Unified School District will use a $37 million state grant to train teenagers to promote ObamaCare to their parents. On the plus side, it will give conservative parents a perfect excuse to sit the young ones down and explain why ObamaCare is evil, why using kids to promote propaganda is reminiscent of life in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and why their allowances are being cut in half.

In other news, further proof that our legal system is every bit as bad as our education system can be found in the Sanford, FL, courtroom where even FBI specialists are insisting that they can’t determine from the 911tapes whether it’s Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman who can be heard repeatedly calling for help. While I acknowledge I’m not an expert, I would think that when one person has a bloody head that shows every sign of having been bashed several times on the sidewalk and the other person has no wounds aside from a bullet hole, it would be pretty obvious who’s who on the tape.

Trayvon Martin’s parents now claim that there was nothing racial in the encounter between their son and Mr. Zimmerman. Funny how that tune has changed since the days when they kept appearing with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, claiming that their son, the dope-dealing thug, was the victim of white racism. But perhaps that’s because prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, whom I assume will soon be hosting an afternoon talk show on MSNBC, testified that her boyfriend called Zimmerman a “creepy-ass cracker,” confirming that America -- black America, that is -- continues to keep racial hatred alive and well in the hood.

In the meantime, Egypt provides us with a fine example of democracy at work. The people elected Mohamed Morsi president, believing him to be a secular moderate. When they discovered that he was in league with the Muslim Brotherhood and a despot in the making who intended to turn their secular nation into a theocratic state like Iran, they rioted. And the Egyptian Army, to its credit, supported them. I wonder if they would consider helping us out over here.

As usual, when the people rise up against sharia law, be it in Iran in 2009 or today in Egypt, Michelle’s husband remains aloof. It’s no wonder that so many people assume he’s a closet Muslim. Considering how reluctant he is to oppose evil, you have to wonder how he would have handled World War II. Would he really have dared confront Hitler? Would he even have taken up arms against Japan or would he have argued that having our naval fleet in Pearl Harbor was needlessly provocative?

I have to laugh when the Democrats insist that the IRS wasn’t working to help re-elect Obama when it targeted conservative groups. What’s fascinating is that these IRS-deniers have a great deal in common with Holocaust-deniers. For one thing, both groups insist that you ignore provable facts. For another, although both groups grow indignant when accused of counterfeiting reality, the latter were all in favor of exterminating Jews and the former devoutly wish that the IRS could do the same to Republicans. In other words, they deny that either event ever occurred, but they sure as heck wish it had.

In Texas, they were having demonstrations because the state legislature wanted to ban abortions once the pregnancy was more than 20 weeks along. Senator Wendy Davis, who has replaced Sandra Fluke in the hearts of loco feminists, even went so far as to filibuster for 13 hours in order to prevent a vote from being taken. A question that neither she, even after 13 hours of yakking, nor any other pro-death proponent has bothered to explain is why it should take any woman more than five months to make up her mind to murder her baby.

As an aside, I do wonder why people such as Ms. Davis and Sen. Rand Paul garner so much respect and attention as a result of delivering a filibuster. After all, what most normal people want from politicians is less hot air, not more.

Speaking of politicians, Congress has set aside 250,000 tax dollars in order to promote safe sex practices among male prostitutes. Call me a cynic, but I can’t help thinking that a lot of congressmen have more than a passing interest in pushing this federally-funded program.

Finally, as it is always my wish not only to entertain, but to inform, I recently came across a word I hope will soon become commonplace. It seems that liberals suffer from a condition known as mumpsimus, which is defined as adherence to or persistence in erroneous beliefs out of habit or obstinacy.

The condition is such a grave danger to the health of the nation you would have thought that the Center for Disease Control would have taken steps long before now to curb this epidemic by quarantining the progressives in all 50 states.

But I guess they’re just too busy trying to make sure male hookers don’t give our distinguished congressmen anything worse than a hickey.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

BARACK, TRAYVON & ISLAM

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Some people insist that racism no longer exists in America. Clearly, that isn’t true. After all, Barack Obama once said that Trayvon Martin looked like the son he might have had. Inasmuch as Obama is half-white, can any of us imagine his making that statement if the 17-year-old who was known to be a dope-dealing thug had been a Caucasian? On the other hand, I suspect that when he gazes fondly at Eric Holder, the Attorney General who refuses to indict blacks for intimidating white voters, he sees himself with a little mustache.

This is the same Obama who, in spite of being ignorant of the facts, accused the Cambridge, MA, Police Department of “acting stupidly” for arresting Professor Henry Gates for disorderly conduct for no other reason than that Prof. Gates was black. As he said at the time: “There’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

No mention of the fact, no matter how inconvenient it might be, that African-Americans and Latinos commit a disproportionate number of crimes, particularly those of a violent nature.

That’s not to say Obama never singles out a white criminal. Just recently, he was dismissive of the traitorous Edward Snowden, who had done everything in his power to weaken America’s defenses and put a wedge between us and our allies, dismissing him as “a 29-year-old hacker.”

When asked if he had made any attempt to have him extradited from China or Russia, Obama petulantly replied, “I haven’t called President Xi. I haven’t called President Putin. I shouldn’t have to.”

So even though he thought a disturbing the peace complaint against Gates was so important, he hosted a beer summit at the White House, he doesn’t think dealing with a traitor guilty of espionage is worthy of his time. If a person weren’t frightened of being called a racist, one could make the case that defending America and its national interests just doesn’t rate very high on this jackass’s list of priorities.

After all, nothing as trivial as our national security must interfere with his golf, his fund-raisers and his photo ops in Africa. One of which took place at an embarkation site for the slave boats, but naturally there was no mention of the all-important role played by the Arabs and Muslims in that vile world-wide activity.

Those pinheads such as John McCain who insist we get involved in the Syrian Civil War, which pits one group of blood-thirsty Islamics against another, insist they have the ability to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys in spite of the fact that during his surprise visit to Syria, a goofily-grinning McCain posed with three known jihadists. I keep wondering if the folks who’d handle the vetting process would be the same brainiacs who granted Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden their security clearance.

Perhaps they’d leave it up to Rep. Jim McDermott (D, WA) who opposed the FBI’s posting photos of Most Wanted Terrorists because, he whined, it involved racial and religious profiling. On the other hand, this lamebrain who, along with Sen. Patty Murray, makes a laughingstock of Washington, considered the profiling and targeting of conservatives by the IRS a swell idea.

In England, Clive Hunt, 58, offered to pick up bacon sandwiches for a group of associates holding a business meeting. The friendly gesture got him canned because one of those at the meeting was Sharika Sacranie, 29, a Muslim.

The reason given by Hunt’s employer was that the offer, no matter how innocently it may have been made, constituted “a racist remark.”

I had two reactions. The first is that I bet he wouldn’t have lost his job if the non-pork eater had been Jewish. The second is that this is a very clear snapshot of the new Europe, where seven years ago British Airways fired a clerk named Nadia Eweida because she refused to remove the cross from around her neck.

In the past, Muslims twice attempted to conquer Europe. The first time, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi was defeated by Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732. Eight hundred years later, Suleiman, while attempting to expand the Ottoman Empire, bit the dust at the Siege of Vienna.

But the third time, as is often the case, was the charm. This time, without swinging a saber or firing a shot, Islam took possession of the continent. All that was required of the Muslims was to wait for Europeans to defeat themselves through cowardice posturing as tolerance.

Today, Europe; tomorrow, America.



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Friday, July 19, 2013

FILETING LIBERALS

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Ssometimes I feel like a space traveler who has crash-landed on a very odd planet, one on which oxygen exists, but commonsense is in very short supply.

Let us consider singer Katy Perry, who insists she can’t read very well because she was home-schooled by her Christian parents. I must confess that was pretty hard to swallow because tests nearly always show that home-schooled children score much higher than those forced to attend public schools.

Now I can see where she might have a bone to pick with her parents if they’re the reason she dresses the way she does. But the fact is she attended a public high school, but decided to quit after her freshman year, suggesting that education was never very high on her list of priorities. Frankly, I’m surprised she didn’t hold her folk responsible for her one year marriage to comedian Russell Brand, a freaky-looking Brit who boasts about being a compulsive womanizer.

When Obama attended the G8 conference in Ireland, Russia made certain that the members would not discuss doing anything about Syria. Putin was well within his rights in doing so. My question is why would the United States ever belong to any group -- be it the G8 or the U.N. -- in which Russia has veto power?

An even better question is why don’t the few democracies in the world form their own group? What exactly do we get for our annual fees, except the risk of contamination through constant contact with the likes of Russia, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Cuba? Heck, we can’t even extradite a piece of human vermin like Edward Snowden from those places.

As I said, I often feel as if I’ve found myself on a very strange planet. The planet I would enjoy living on is the one that Obama seems to inhabit. On his, there’s no shortage of money, ObamaCare is nonexistent and nobody is being told to worry about climate change (nee global warming).

In his world, Obama gets to jet hither and yon, carting around scores of secret service agents, friends, relatives and a fleet of bulletproof limos, leaving a carbon footprint that would dwarf Pittsburgh’s; and blowing $100 million of other people’s money on a family vacation.

And after all that, Obama has the chutzpah to send me an email the day before the Massachusetts Senate election: “Burt, I can’t do it myself. I need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate. And that’s why I need you. If we lose tomorrow, the Republicans will be one step closer to obstructing everything you and I stand for. And if we lose, it will be because we didn’t fight hard enough today. Please pitch in $3 to fight for Ed and Democrats like him.”

The hypocrisy of the man! One day I’m just another revolting conservative he wants the IRS to destroy, and the next day I’m Burt. The devil, people are wont to say, is in the details. These days, I say, he’s in the White House. Or, even more likely, on the golf course.

By now, you’ve probably heard the sad tale of Coy Mathis, the six-year-old in Colorado who decided he is actually a girl. This being America in the year of our Lord 2013, his plight naturally became a court case, and, with that, no problem finding lawyers who wish to force his school to allow him to use the girl’s bathroom.

There are certain assumptions I am willing to make about any parents who would name their son Coy. I suspect they got him started playing with dolls as soon as he popped out of the womb and encouraged him to wear dresses, which he does, never cut his hair and probably nicknamed him “Sis.” I am also willing to wager they are a pair of addlepated liberals who had prayed for a girl, but decided to take matters into their own hands once God disappointed them.

I can simultaneously sympathize with the kid and still point out how loony is the notion that gender is a matter of choice. You feel like a woman even though you are physiologically male? Fine, insist the blockheads, if you feel that way, you’re a female. It’s not unlike their approach to illegal aliens. If Mexicans decide they prefer to live in the U.S. and sneak in, they’re Americans.

How about when it comes to race? Would the ACLU argue that if a person insists he’s not white, but black, he or she is entitled to benefit from affirmative action and other welfare programs? If not, why not? If reality isn’t the determining factor when it comes to one’s gender, why should it be when it comes to race?

Although, come to think of it, for some people, reality isn’t a factor. Take Barack Obama. Here’s a guy who’s half-white, but he’d sure prefer not to dwell on it. And who can blame him?

Selling himself as a black man helped him get elected to the Senate and to beat out Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination; helped him get elected and re-elected to the presidency; and helped him fend off legitimate criticism by insisting that it’s invariably the result of racism.

Perhaps, to avoid confusion, it behooves those of us who regard him as the single greatest menace to our nation’s future to make it perfectly clear that it’s only his white half we despise.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BONUS WEDNESDAY! TWO ARTICLES!

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THE OVERRATED ART OF DIPLOMACY


Liberals like to say that war is the result of people’s failure to utilize diplomacy. I think the truth of the matter is that diplomacy is the coward’s attempt to delay the inevitability of war.

I’m not saying that war has never been averted by the two sides sitting down to swap lies, but I haven’t been able to come up with a single example. Chamberlain went umbrella in hand to convince Hitler to be a good fellow. The Japanese were in Washington trying to soft soap FDR at the same time that their Zeros were bombing our naval fleet at Pearl Harbor.

More recently, the world has held one meeting after another with Iran in the hope of convincing the Ayatollah and the mullahs to cancel their nuclear program. In the meantime, Iran builds additional centrifuges.

Generations of Americans raised on westerns knew that the answer to bad guys was hot lead and plenty of it. But with the passing of time, parents started raising wimps who, when they misbehaved, didn’t get a swat on their butt, but merely a time-out. That involved being sent to their rooms, which, more often than not, resembled a Toys R Us outlet.

Barack Obama, came into office foolishly insisting that he would make all the nations of the world like us. Being a big jerk, he assumed that between foreign aid and his own personality, he would even have our enemies eating out of our hand. Well, we’ve had five years in which to watch the charmer work his wiles. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that we are liked even less now than we were prior to 2009. Individuals can have friends, but nations only have allies or enemies. When your allies no longer trust you and your enemies no longer fear you, you are not only up the creek without a paddle, but your canoe has a hole in it.

Even compared to run-of-the-mill diplomats, Obama runs a distant last. While in Ireland for the G8 conference, our idiot-in-chief disparaged Catholics by insisting that their parochial schools encouraged segregation, while ignoring the major role that Catholic educators played in bringing an end to the war between Catholics and Protestants.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Obama called British finance minister George Osborne “Jeffrey” not once, but three times. When his gaffe was finally pointed out to him, he explained, “I’m sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favorite R&B singer.” It was a natural enough mistake to make. After all, George Osborne is a 42-year-old white Brit and Jeffrey Osborne is a 65-year-old black American.

When I say “a natural enough mistake to make,” I’m referring to natural for this arrogant putz.

I’m not alone in regarding diplomacy as a foolish waste of time. The only worthwhile thing about it is that it provides careers for all those nerds at the State Department who would otherwise be loitering at freeway off-ramps cadging for spare change.

But don’t just take my word for it. Others have weighed in on the subject.

Churchill cracked, “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”

Teddy Roosevelt observed, “If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”

John Kenneth Galbraith said, “There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy, but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can be safely concluded that nothing was accomplished.”

Ambrose Bierce cynically opined, “Diplomacy is the patriotic act of lying for one’s country.”

Jim Butcher said, “Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which they’d prefer.”

Or, as Jocelyn Murray put it: “What good is a smooth tongue without sharp teeth?”

Daniel Pipes summed it up this way: “Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.”

Will Rogers, the sage of Oklahoma, noted that “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie, nice doggie,’ until you can find a rock.”

All I know is that if anyone really expected results when diplomats congregate, the freeloaders would not be meeting over fancy meals in London, Paris, Brussels, Geneva and the cushy dining room at the U.N.

Instead, they would be forced to gather at the North Pole, and ordered to pack light.

BLACK RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL

As I sit here, it’s only been a few days since the six honest jurors in Sanford, FL, restored a little of my faith in the American legal system. Unfortunately, I have no idea if Eric Holder will undo the good they did by charging George Zimmerman with depriving Trayvon Martin of his civil rights.

This is the same end-run around the constitutional prohibition of double jeopardy that the feds used in charging the L.A. cops with depriving Rodney King of his civil rights after a jury of their peers had found them not guilty.

I have no way of knowing if Obama will give Holder the thumbs-up to make a mockery of the Bill of Rights, but my instinct tells me that Mr. Zimmerman will once again be put through the emotional and financial wringer.

After all, this is the same team that decided not to indict the club-bearing black hooligans who stood outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 and intimidated white voters.

There is no doubt that racism is rampant in America. How else to explain all the riots -- usually dismissed by the media as demonstrations -- by blacks after the jury found Zimmerman not guilty? You don’t see Sharpton, Jackson, Holder or Obama, holding vigils for all those hundreds of black murder victims in Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C. That’s because they were killed, as usual, by their fellow blacks, and, obviously, there’s no political advantage to be gained in condemning those gangbangers for depriving their victims of their civil rights.

I have even heard some white knee-jerk commentators state that in spite of the verdict, Trayvon’s legacy would live on. Well, I suppose if being remembered as a drug-dealing, gold-toothed, glowering, gangster-wannabe, can be described as a legacy, they’ll get no argument from me.

But if 14-year-old girls are considered old enough to buy the morning-after pill off the shelf and have abortions without their parents’ knowledge, it’s difficult to listen to a 17-year-old six-footer being eulogized as an innocent child.

What I don’t get is how it is that in addition to the usual race hustlers who pass themselves off as ministers, every black in the House, the NFL and the NBA, have been demanding that Zimmerman be lynched, but I don’t hear about anybody in the Latino community defending the man. I can’t help wondering if the House Hispanics who spend most of their time demanding open borders would have rallied to his side if his last name were Perez, Gomez or Gonzales. Racism comes in many different forms, after all.

For my part, I would like to see Tea Party patriots and the politicians beholden to them demonstrating outside the Justice Department, carrying placards demanding justice for Zimmerman. ObamaCare is definitely a train wreck in the making, but it certainly isn’t the only despicable act by this administration that conservatives should be denouncing.

Finally, I can’t help thinking that if Marco Rubio had a younger brother, he would look a lot like George Zimmerman.


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Monday, July 15, 2013

OBAMA & OTHER HORROR STORIES

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It occurred to me the other day that people are confined to mental institutions when they’re found to constitute a danger to themselves or others. So, why is it that Obama is still running around loose?

I also found myself thinking how far this nation has declined since the time of the Founding Fathers, while at the same time acknowledging that this seems to be the natural order of things. Historically, the patriarch of a family, through invention or industry, accumulates a great fortune. But, eventually, he dies, leaving his wealth to be dispersed to future generations. In time, the family deteriorates into a collection of floozies, playboys, drunks, addicts and, inevitably, politicians.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is presented as the final word in matters of jurisprudence by Fox News in spite of his conviction that 9/11 was an inside job pulled off by the Bush administration, recently announced that Edward Snowden performed a heroic act. I suppose if by heroism, one means being guilty of espionage and treason, he may have a point. But before I’d start heralding Snowden for his patriotism, I think I’d ask myself how it is that this schmuck immediately scampered off and sought refuge in such bastions of freedom and liberty as China and Russia.

Speaking of Russia, Vladimir Putin said “Dealing with Snowden is like shearing a piglet -- too much squealing, too little wool.” I’m willing to grant that his words may have lost something in translation. Or it may have been one of those old folk sayings that only Russians can fully grasp. But it is just possible that assuming pigs to be the source of wool might help explain the economic woes that have bedeviled Russia down through the ages.

In related news, a poll showed that 22% of the American public agrees that Snowden is a hero. But before Napolitano takes any small comfort in that, it should be pointed out that 19% think that Obama was right in not sending military assistance to Ambassador Stevens and his three valiant cohorts in Benghazi. It’s always worth being reminded that 10% of Americans are convinced that Elvis is alive and working at a 7-11 in Nashville.

Possibly the worst result of the latest attempt to pretend that amnesty isn’t really amnesty is that Marco Rubio has blown his chances at garnering the GOP nomination in 2016. It just goes to prove once again that young men should never join gangs, even those with only seven other members.

There are other drawbacks to the immigration bill. One of them is that when it comes to the border, Janet Napolitano has the final word as to when it’s secure. Inasmuch as she has already claimed that the border is safer than it’s ever been, the 15 Republican senators who fell for Chuck Schumer’s lies should be forced to take a remedial history class and read how Ronald Reagan was bamboozled by the Democrats back in 1986.

What the heck is it about people named Napolitano? Surely they can’t all be gibbering idiots.

Another drawback to a bill that carries the stench of sulfur is that it is jam-packed with pork, which I seem to recall Congress promising would never again be the case. Some of the pork involves funding to the tune of $100 million a PR department of the federal government that promotes tourism in certain locales. In this case, it’s Las Vegas that would be the beneficiary. Although Harry Reid needed no convincing, that was enough to garner Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s vote.

Forget the so-called military-industrial complex. At least those folks have to deal with all sorts of conflicting entities in order to have influence in Congress. And for all its alleged power, in recent years we have seen huge cuts in the Pentagon’s budget. But with two lap dog U.S. senators at their constant beck-and-call, nobody dares mess with Vegas casino owners like Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson.

I had high hopes for the Supreme Court when they freed several states from the odious necessity of asking permission of Eric Holder’s Justice Department before changing their voting laws. Texas, for example, required Holder’s okay in order to require voters to provide photo IDs before casting ballots. If you listened to the miserable likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, accusing justices Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas and Alito, of promoting racism, you might not be aware that in several of the states affected, black voters already out-number whites.

You would think that every American would be in favor of the government’s doing everything in its power to ensure fair elections, but that would necessitate overlooking the fact that as far back as 1960, it was widespread fraud in Illinois and Texas that enabled Democrats JFK and LBJ to eke out a 114,000-vote victory over Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge. Liberals would have you believe that requiring photo IDs would prevent millions of blacks and Hispanics from voting, but they never bother explaining how it is that these same folks manage to come up with the IDs when boarding a plane, buying a 6-pack or attending an Obama event.

But no sooner was I celebrating the Court than they nullified a vote by millions of Californians and ruled that same-sex marriages are not a bad joke, after all, but a civil right.

If it’s a right, why is it that so few homosexuals have taken advantage of it? After all, it’s been legal for some years in several states and Washington, D.C., but only a handful of such marriages have taken place. I mean, when the 19th Amendment was passed, millions of women ran out and voted. When the Civil Rights bill was passed, millions of blacks started voting, eating at lunch counters and sitting wherever they liked on buses. The fact that very few Adams and Steves have tied the knot strongly suggests that the issue is little more than an excuse to bully gutless judges and politicians into cowering and caving.

Gays like to say that if you disagree with their agendas, it’s because you hate them. They even go so far as to describe it as a phobia, although I personally don’t know anyone who has an unnatural fear of homosexuals.

What they don’t get is that just because you don’t pander to a child -- don’t let him eat a quart of ice cream for dinner, for instance -- doesn’t mean you hate the kid. It just means you don’t let him have his way just because he cries and whines and makes a fuss.

It all comes down to your being the adult and his being a brat.


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Friday, July 12, 2013

PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEYS

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While watching Bill O'Reilly recently, I got to see one of those public service ads calling for the U.S. to set a good example by unilaterally disposing of its nuclear stockpile. It was another of those self-aggrandizing productions where unnamed Hollywood celebrities take turns reading a small portion of the ad copy. In this case, the notables, otherwise known as the usual suspects, included Michael Douglas, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, Naomi Watts, Martin Sheen, Robert DeNiro, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.

One could just picture Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and the Ayatollah Khamenei, sitting together in front of the tube. At the end of the spot, the Ayatollah turns to Putin and says, “Well, if Danny DeVito is opposed to nuclear proliferation, that’s good enough for me.”

When they turn to Kim, he shakes his funny head, and says, “I’m almost persuaded by Whoopi and Morgan, but I need to hear from Dennis Rodman before I scuttle our nuclear program.”

After airing the commercial, O’Reilly asked Julia Huddy for her opinion. She said she liked the spot, and announced that the group behind it was bi-partisan. Where does Fox News get these people? Do they have a hire-the-mentally- handicapped program I don’t know about. It would certainly explain why the likes of Alan Colmes, Geraldo Rivera, Leslie Marshall, Bob Beckel and Juan Williams, are all collecting a regular Fox paycheck.

Doesn’t it even occur to Ms. Huddy that if the group were bi-partisan, we might have seen Jon Voight, Ted Nugent, Chuck Norris, Pat Sajak, Jamie Farr, Gary Sinise, Pat Boone or Bruce Willis, somewhere in the mix of talking heads?
Perhaps Ms. Huddy is simply under the impression that bi-partisan means composed of both males and females.

Speaking of the mentally challenged, anybody who believes that the Clintons and the Obamas are chummy must be sniffing glue. The only reason that Obama made Hillary his secretary of state is because David Axelrod, whose Bible is “The Godfather,” took to heart Don Corleone’s admonition to keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.

I happen to be one of those conservatives who thinks the NSA not only has the right to mine all those phone numbers, but a moral obligation. But even I think that just about every institution responsible for this nation’s safe-keeping has been doing a lousy job. That would include the FBI, Homeland Security and even the U.S. military.

How else do you explain Nidal Hasan and the Tsarnaev brothers getting away with all their carnage? The Tsarnaev family allegedly sought political asylum from Chechen, but Tamerlan, the older brother, nevertheless went back for several months and, even with the Russians warning us he was a jihadist, our security agencies turned a blind eye to him. As for Hasan, he did everything but propose marriage to Osama bin Laden, but the Army let him run loose until he blew his chances of ever becoming a general by murdering his fellow soldiers.

The Germans, at least, have wised up when it comes to Obama. As a candidate, he drew a crowd of 200,000. Five years later, it took special invitations, and I believe a chance to win a new Mercedes in a drawing, to bring out 4,000 people. Not since the days of the Monkees has public favor been lost this quickly.

After a conservative group calling itself Media Trackers tried without success for 15 months to achieve tax-free status from Internal Revenue, they changed their name to Greenhouse Solutions and were approved in three weeks. Juliet asked, “What’s in a name?” So far as Obama’s IRS is concerned, the answer apparently is everything.

The irony of the abortion debate in this country is that, by and large, liberals are lined up in favor of them, while conservatives are almost universally opposed, except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman is in jeopardy. The ironic aspect of the division is that, thanks to the likes of Kermit Gosnell, George Tiller and the crew at Planned Parenthood, a huge percentage of those 50 million little victims will never have the opportunity to grow up and vote for Democrats.

That proves that if you’re only willing to make the effort and search for it, there is nearly always at least a sliver of a silver lining.

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