Attention All Bigots! That’s Right, YOU!

Frank Rich, the star columnist of the Sunday New York Times, has figured out what’s really behind the angry reaction to healthcare reform.  And get this:  it has nothing to do with healthcare reform.

Just check out the headline over his column:  “The Rage is Not About Health Care.”  Then what is all the fury about, you ask?  If you said it’s about racism and sexism and homophobia, you’d be right.  What else would it be about?

Here’s how Frank Rich explains it:

“That a tsunami of anger is gathering today is illogical, given that what the right calls “Obamacare” is less provocative than either the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Medicare, an epic entitlement that actually did precipitate a government takeover of a sizable chunk of American health care. But the explanation is plain: the health care bill is not the main source of this anger and never has been. It’s merely a handy excuse. The real source of the over-the-top rage of 2010 is the same kind of national existential reordering that roiled America in 1964. …

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.”

You see!  What comes off as raw anger is really deep-seated fear.  Critics of healthcare reform are afraid – afraid of “the conjunction” of a blacks man in the Oval Office and a woman in control of the majority party in the House and a Puerto Rican who is sitting on the bench of the highest court in the land and a gay man with clout in Congress.  And when these demonstrators chant, “Take Our Country Back!” who do you think they want to take it back from?  Frank knows who.  Anyone and everyone who isn’t a white male.  In Frank’s World, you can run but you can’t ever escape the ugliness of red, white and blue conservative bigotry.

Except …

Barack Obama’s popularity was sky-high on the day he became president and only dropped after his left-of-center agenda became apparent to independents who voted for him.  They’re many of the same people who are now angry over ObamaCare.  Did they suddenly become fearful racists or is it more likely that they don’t like what they perceive as way too much government intrusion into their lives foisted on them by President Obama?  And Nancy Pelosi.

No, conservatives don’t like her, but does that mean they’re fearful of powerful women?  Actually, the love powerful women, if they’re powerful conservative women.   They embraced Sarah Palin when she was plucked from the relative obscurity of the Alaska statehouse and put on the national ticket.  And they downright loved Margaret Thatcher, who was more powerful than any man in Britain and just about any man in most of the rest of the world.  So now suddenly these conservatives have become women-haters?  I don’t think so.  I’m guessing they don’t like Pelosi because she’s a left-wing, big-government political hack.

And how about that “wise Latina” on the Supreme Court.  Conservatives are fearful of her, too?  Hey, I’m writing from Florida where Marco Rubio is running for the U.S. Senate against the current governor Charlie Crist.  Rubio is conservative and way ahead in the polls.  And oh yeah, he’s a Latino; Crist isn’t.

Are there some on the Right who don’t like blacks or women or Latinos or gays?  Sure.  In a big country, you’re bound to have some bigots.  But bigotry exists on the Left, too.  There are blacks who hate whites and blacks who hate Jews and furious feminists who hate men and unhinged liberals who despise conservatives.  But like most liberals, Frank Rich only notices when members of his team are the target of hate and venom.

Frank Rich, is a mean-spirited little man who has a bad habit of maligning conservatives in his columns with gratuitous cheap shots.  In his “The Rage Is Not About Health Care” column for instance, he brings up Karl Rove whom he describes as a “frothing” piece of work.  John Boehner isn’t simply the Republican leader in the House.  He’s the “perennially copper-faced Republican leader.”

It would be wrong to take the Frank Rich Low Road and share with you a little known fact about the Times’ nasty Sunday columnist.  I would only be taking up space in the same gutter he inhabits if I told you that when Frank Rich went to Harvard 40 years ago, he got in under an affirmative action program that set aside a few seats especially for nitwits.  So I won’t.

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  • jodee1969

    People need to be able to speak honestly about race:

  • Marissa

    “You see! What comes off as raw anger is really deep-seated fear.”

    What I fear is the absolute absurdity our nation has come to. I’ve read the health care bill and it has nothing to do with any of the “lame” excuses Mr. Rich describes. Why would we be forced to have a “living will” under this legislation? Why does the the government have duel power of attorney over my life? When the moment in my life arrives that I must decide what choices have to be made regarding the end of my life, I do not want my government to be involved.

    What also creates fear is the fact that this administration has failed at every turn! You have a president who says he would never ask the nation to boycott AZ only after he makes the comment that the legislation passed was ill conceived and has the “potential” to be racist. All laws have a potential to be misused. Look at Congress there is a perfect example of misuse of powers and laws. I live in Laredo, TX the largest inland port in the US yet, yet nothing is being done about Mexican military flying in US air space and “pirates” on Falcon lake hurting American by Mexican nationals. Let us forget for one moment evidence is point to extremest attempting to cross the Texas border.

    So while Mr. Rich is entitled to his opinion perhaps he should attempt to show some intelligence from time to time and try not to insult so many Americans with the stroke of his pen. I have real reason to fear this administration and failure to secure our borders. The color of someones skin, gender or sexual orientation are the furtherest things from my mind when having to deal with issues of survival.

  • Larry Middleton

    That is the dumbest comments Frank Rich has every come up with.
    Just to think of those theories is stupid.
    He should put forward we have Tricky Dick Jr. in the WH.
    Paranoid, thin skin, Inside Mafia, and lunatics.
    Now they have The Hon. SLEZAC job offers.
    That has to be George Bush’s fault.
    We have no guts to protect our Borders.
    We have every month new spending.
    We have the SEIU Terror UNIT.
    We have Communist in and out of the WH.
    We have new worthless regulations on the Banks.
    Just spend the time looking at the Weiss ratings.
    We have a main stream Media that just plain tells 1/2 truths.
    Ms. Botox is not worth anyones conversation.
    New Court appointments are the Presidents rights to make.
    You never know what way a Judge will eventually Rule.
    I willing to give his first choice a chance.
    Mr. Rich should move to Europe.

  • mhr

    When liberals make racial or ethnically demeaning comments and direct them to what they call “people of color,” they are rarely criticized for them. In the bad old days when Democrats ruled the Solid South, they demeaned black people regularly. One was they did so was by addressing black males of all ages as “boy.” During the Bush adminstration when Attorney- General Alberto Gonzalez testified before a Senate committee, Joe Biden addressed him as “buddy boy.” That remark was characteristic of the way liberal Democrat treat blacks who have the effrontery to think for themselves. Without the overwhelming majority of “minority” votes Democrats would never again win a national election. So a lot is at stake for them in keeping the race pot boiling- it is power.

  • richard

    Isnt it funny, the right talk about census, land takeover, high taxes.WHERE WERE THEY IN THE LAST 8 YEARS WHEN BUSH PUT US IN THE TOILET. THEY JUST CANT OVER THE FACT, OBAMA WON.
    GET OVER IT……………….HE WON
    And all your lies about his birth, not american, communist, socialist and all the other lies.
    They are on the jail for non paying healthcare.
    Get over it, he got it done when republicns dont give a damn for the people.
    They fought S.S., MEDICARE, MEDICAID and every social issue for the people. They back crooked ins. co,s, wall street crooks.
    Its funny, the teabaggers love S.S. and medicare. THEY WANT BIG GOVERNMENT WHEN IT FILLS THEIR POCKETS.

    • Latin Lady

      BTW it’s not “on jail” it’s IN jail

      ….No what’s REALLY funny is that the Liberals FINALLY got control of ALL branches of the government and the American people disagreed with your agenda.

      You can kid yourself as did the New York Times did but as a Latin woman I’m not threatened by anyone in office regardless of the color of their skin, gender or sexual orientation.

      It’s rather insulting to think in this day and age that would be the determining factor to lend my support/voice to any candidate. Naturally, you assume I am incapable of rational judgment and therefore must be told who to vote for.

      It’s funny that you bring up crooks on wall street perhaps you should ask your President why he invested so heavily in the investment firms pushing for cap and trade? Nothing more than a ponzi scheme at the American Publics expense Liberals and Conservatives alike.

      The old tired argument that Bush got us into this mess is just that, Old and tired. NO ONE told the sitting President to double the deficit with a front loaded bill. As the argument goes, the White House wants to make a bill work when it’s a 3 to 1 ratio. Three years of payment for ONE year of health care. They must have attended the Enron school of impractical accounting practices.

      What really has liberals upset is your stint in the White House lasted as long as a virgin male on prom night.

      So darling, get over it and turn the page.

  • tom Rardin

    Good information!

  • D.Ashford

    Libs of all colors amuse me with their shameful use of the race card. So, criticism of Condi Rice or J.C. Watts or Clarence Thomas by whites is not racist because Rice, Watts and Thomas are conservative. So is racism about skin color or ideology? Libs get to make the rules of the game, change rules when they please, then be the official all the same time. As a 52-year American who is Black, this embarrassing use of the race card is an insult to those (of all colors) who fought and died to combat real racism. This is so dangerous … yet predictable.

    • Terry Walbert

      What the left wingers are saying is that all black people don’t look alike but they sure are supposed to think alike. This is out of the old playbook that used to work.

      • Marissa

        You forgot Hispanics I am supposed to vote for liberals because I’m a dumb Hispanic who doesn’t know any better. I wonder if they will ever understand we are more than just a color. We can actually make choices based on intellect.

  • Ron Kean

    Others have criticized Mr. Rich’s article as well. Too bad he’ll be flattered by the attention.

  • joedee1969

    I’m a bigot or not a conservative when I say anything about the unempoyed:

  • Tim

    Bernie, if you haven’t read this post you need to:

    • Bernie

      Tim … thanks … i’m on it.

      • Tim

        I think I see another Beer party at the White House in the near future!

  • Buz Chertok

    Frank Rich is a nasty little twerp who is so biggoted against anybody or anything that he doesn’t agree with that his writings are nothing but biased ravings that are not worth reading. It may be a coincidence but when I happen to use my neighbor’s discarded copies of the New York Times to line the bottom of my bird’s cage their elimination products seem to be extraordinarily bountiful.

  • EddieD_Boston

    Like Olberman, Rich has a chip on his shoulder because he got beat up for his lunch money in Jr. High. He’s getting back at all those white guys now.

  • Terry Walbert

    Hey Frank, the next time you play the race card, bet $2 on a horse.

    You could have gotten away with this kind of crap 20 years ago, but now the only people who take you seriously are on MS NBC, CNN, and the New York Times. But the Times they are a changin’.

    The rest of us don’t give a damn whether you think wer’re racists, homophobes, sexists, or vegetarians. Thank God for rush Limbaugh and the New Media.

  • michael lyman

    Bernard Goldberg – What I find amazing is that so many in the main stream media act like if you question anything about Obama then you are a racist or hater!
    For instance, they have successfully marginalized so called “birthers” as racist kooks, why?
    I have e-mailed many media organizations even Hannity, Rush, O’Reilly and many more to ask one question, and everyone seems to be a wimp on answering my question. It is this: WHY DOES OBAMA’S CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH HAVE REDACTED NUMBERS ON IT?? What are they hiding? Could it be that Hawaii has a numbering system that would show this certificate to be a phony? I have a birth certificate from Ca., and it has numbers on it, I suspect they all do. So please Bernie, answer the question on air on Fox.

    • Ron Kean

      Karl Rove wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal today (Thurs) and recommended Tea Partiers drop the Birther subject. Sadly, we must stand down because so many have derided this pursuit and the courts have always stopped it cold. It’s a dead end.

      The governor of Hawaii said Obama was born in the United States so that’s that.

      For fun reading though, go to American Thinker blog, go to Archives, and look for Jack Cashill. He has fascinating theories based loosely on Obama’s own books. Two articles.

      1. Obama doesn’t look anything like his father or his father’s other son but looks very much like his mother’s father. Cashill speculates that the grandfather may have had a dalliance in Honolulu’s red light district and his daughter helped clear her father’s name.

      2. Another theory concerns Frank Davis, his predilection for underage partners and Obama’s mother.

      Cashill goes into more detail. These are obviously theories but by hiding the real thing, Obama opens himself up to this kind of unseemly speculation.

      Personally I know only 2 children who have Certificates of Live Birth. One was born in Israel and the other was adopted from Guatemala. Both are cute kids and are now living happily with their families in the midwest.

  • Andrew

    I think it is very funny that Frank Rich KNOWS the minds of millions of Americans and the reasons for their actions. This guy must really enjoy himself if he can simply paint this many people with such a broad brush.

  • Bruce A.

    The health care plan looks great on paper.
    So if it delivers everything as promised I will erect two statues on my front yard.
    One of Pres. Obama & next to that will be a statue of Bernie Goldberg holging an umbrella over it to keep it clean.

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      That’s a lot of paper…

    • Bernie

      Bruce … and if it doesn’t deliver as promised?

      • Dan

        Then the Obama statue holds the umbrella over you.

        Or, more likely, you’ll never hear from Bruce A. again.

      • Ron Kean

        We push up daisies.

      • Bruce A.

        I will save money on the statues & pay through the nose on healthcare & everything else!

        • Marissa

          Bruce, I read the bill or at least the first 600 pages. It reads like Stephen King novel and we are the victim.

          I honestly wish we had a comprehensive health care system that could assist those who need it without bankrupting the nation -I feel I would be better off believing in the tooth fairy and Santa. At least I have fond memories of them and cannot say the same for this bill.

          I really DO NOT want to read through another bill that is longer than war and peace (cap and trade). :S

        • sheila

          Wonderful read. Jim DeMint tells it like it rlaley is and it’s a great wake-up call to all Americans. God Bless America and the work of freedom-loving people everywhere.

  • Ellie

    Margaret Thatcher is my hero – privatization, privatization, privatization!

  • MerchantofVenom

    This is off topic somewhat so I apologize. But something has happened that is alarming and must be said. If you are a fan of Mr. Goldberg’s it would be safe to assume your views do not coincide with Harry Reid’s.

    It has just come to my attention that Harry Reid
    a one time 31 point underdog has now pulled to within 8 points of
    his Republican challenger. The reason. It seems as though a Tea Partier has entered
    the fray and is sucking votes away from the Republican.

    Personally I don’t care if a Republican wins or a Tea Partier as long as Reid is out. If you listen real close you can almost hear Reid praying.

    Dear God…
    Please….Please.. don’t let that
    light skinned guy that doesn’t speak with a Negro
    accent come to Nevada to campaign for me.

  • Ken Besig Israel

    The “race” card has been in play ever since Barack Obama began outpolling and outrunning Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. The only difference was that initially everyone was forbidden to even comment on Obama’s mixed race heritage, but now with his popularity sliding and his policies under fire, his racial background has become the most important aspect of his Presidency and is now used to an attack point to smear as racists anyone who dares oppose his policies.
    This really is a post racial Presidency, isn’t it?

  • Simon

    Funny “mediamatters” citations about Glenn Beck and the Tea Party on Wikipedia, as if both sites were reliable ( /

  • Jen Alderson

    To the liberal there are only three type of people: victims, victimizers and themselves, the elites. And the elites’ mandate, ala Frank Rich, with their spiffy degrees and fancy book-learning, is to properly assign us lowly commoners to the “victim” or “victimizer” categories. Once assigned, the smarty-pants can then construct public policy, all for the so-called “public good” and “social justice”, i.e punishing the “victimizers” to bring justice the “victims”. Every piece of liberal legislatoin is built around this framework.

    Bernie, thank you for calling Rich out on his yellow journalism masquarading as intellectualism.

  • Kathie Ampela

    Frank Rich, kindly speak for yourself. When Obama, Pelosi, Frank or Sotomayor can adequately explain the 2,700 page healthcare bill (now law) to me in terms that I can understand, then I might trust them. (Maybe) Too many, way too many, unanswered questions are associated with Obamacare for my taste. If that is how Mr. Rich defines racism, sexism or homophobia, maybe someone should give him a copy of Webster’s.

  • Lev

    There is a big difference between calling someone a racist or calling someone a socialist. The racial question has been settled in America long ago. The overwhelming majority of American believe that racism is bad and only people like Mr.Sharpton believe (or rather try to convince us) that their opponents are just hidden racists.
    Socialism is a different story. There are so many people in America that believe in socialistic ideas even if they do not call it socialism. Essentially socialism means not more and not less then a dream of the society where government controls all the means of production with an aim to take care of working people. And it is virulently attractive because it promise to take out all of the difficulties and uncertainties of the everyday life of ordinary people. Yes, it is nanny state, but life is hard and how refreshing is to believe that there is somebody who knows better and cares about you. Besides we have voting rights and can always select the best educated, best meaning people of the country to govern us. And using the combined power of the country they can create the scientifically proved model of happiness for all and put it upon us. Some argue ,that exactly the desire to have somebody, who takes care about you, even in imagination, created all the religions in the World.
    As experiment have shown for multiple times that the prospects are not so rosy and that socialism has very bad remote consequences, ranging from economic stagnation to cruel dictatorship, to mass killing. But this does not stop people from dreaming. Because those consequences are remote. They will struck later, but now we will be happy and careless as children. It is so easy to forget the lessons of the history especially when schools are run by government employees and university professors are mostly leftists. But the easiest way to forget the history is to change the name of the subject. As the old remnants of Cold War the word socialism still perceived as negative, but what is bad in universal health care, or in government control over those greedy banks, or saving auto industry. We are in crisis and government knows how to save us. Who will think that all this actions are related to socialism and as such are pregnant with all consequences of socialism. Nobody.
    Our extreme left that hijacked the democratic party tries to avoid the word socialism, substituting it with words about benefits that poor will receive as the result of their policy. But there are many reasons to believe that they know what they are doing. It just a way to separate a promising heaven from a historically proven hell. It is like Obama avoided using his middle name during the election campaign just to proudly pronouns it after the victory.
    Because benefits of socialism, also mostly perceived, for many (far not for all, but for many) are current and consequences are remote, our only hope is history.The history that clearly shows that benefits are temporary and illusive but detriments are real and permanent. For this reason we have to insist on the true name for all the initiatives of our government. We should call it socialism and open the national discussion on how much if any of socialism the country can allow itself without an irreparable damage to its economy and its core values.

  • Wil Burns

    Lets see…Pelosi is a a left-wing, big-government political hack. Frank Rich, is a mean-spirited little man and implied nitwit. Bernie what happened to civility in our public discourse? As you have stated, I’m ignorant, not very bright combined with dopiness with malice, but it do understand what civility is…do you?

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      Civility is normally associated with the truth. Your opinions are normally flat out false. When you combine these falacies with an insult, you lack civility. It doesn’t shock me that you don’t understand civility. What about Pelosi and Rich isn’t true? Could Bernie have sugar coated it? Sure, but then it wouldn’t get your knickers in a twist.

      • Wil Burns

        Steve, You said “Civility is normally associated with the truth. Your opinions are normally flat out false.” What did I post that is flat out false? Remember, I am not the one saying, Pelosi is a left-wing, big-government political hack and Frank Rich is a mean-spirited little man and implied nitwit. Where’s the civility and where is the sugar coat?

        • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

          Well, seeing as both Pelosi and Rich are exactly those things, and Bernie could have said much worse, there is your civility and lack of sugar coating. It would take months to catalog all of the falacies you post on this website. As the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss.

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            Excuse me, there is your sugar coating.

          • CCNV

            Wil Burns says, “As you have stated, I’m ignorant, not very bright combined with dopiness with malice, but it do understand what civility is…do you?” Robert Gibbs, is that really YOU??!!

          • Wil Burns

            Here is a photo of Dale Robertson taken last February at a teabaggers rally in Texas, check out his sign …. Here’s your teaparty civility….NOT!


          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            I’m not associated with the Tea Party. So again, your opinion is wrong.

  • http://odiecologne Anthony Ferreira

    Dear Mr. Goldberg: Caught your segment on the Boob Tube last night. To paraphrase an old Tower of Power song, you have soul with a capital S. Although, the state of the USA resembles the old Temptations’ song Ball of Confusion. I hope you don’t mind but several associates and I have been referring to you as Uncle Bernie. We appreciate your informative analogies and the fact, you don’t owe us money or anything for that matter. For what it’s worth, I have always strived for independent thought and to center my chi, but the air bending between my ears has enabled forces preventing my oneness with the universe. We wish you and your family health and happiness during Passover. Thank you and please keep up the good work.

    • Bernie


      Could you make it “Cousin Bernie” …?

  • juju bea

    The liberals are like Vizzini in The Princess Bride. They keep using the words bigot, racist, etc. and like Inigo Montoya, I keep thinking, ” You keep using that word…I don’t think it means what you think it means…” They need a good ole’ fashion vocabulary lesson!

  • Jim Seeber

    Nice piece, BG.

    Samuel Johnson asserted that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” This no longer applies; “playing the race card” has supplanted “patriotism”—and it’s increasingly become the FIRST resort.

    I’m inclined to think that hand has now been overplayed; it’s become so commonplace—and been misused so often—that it no longer carries the weight it once did.

    Like so many other things, if one goes looking for racism, it’ll be revealed—genuine or not.

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  • Jana, St. Louis

    Bernie, is it my imagination, or are the charges of racism going up and up as Obama’s poll numbers are going down? It seems to me that every dip Obama takes in the polls, some leftist crawls out of his hole to cry racism.

    Pretty soon we’re going to be accused of being racists if we order a vanilla ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen instead of chocalate.

  • Tim Ned

    Glad you are willing to walk on thin ice and tell it the way it is. Hopefully other journalists would start speaking up about the corruption in the LSM but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Steve Barkett

    Thanks for the explanation. I guess the girl who told me I was a bigot was wrong because I told her how I voted was between me and the ballot and that is why it is a secret ballot. I was then told I was a bigot because I didn’t back Obama. I told her I don’t like his background. I was told I was a bigot because he is black. I told her he is only half black so does that make me half a bigot? She told me I made her sick. I told her her dirty body is probably what is making her sick, and I also dislike ignorant, dirty, closed minded people.

  • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

    I think some one once said, “I’m not racist, I hate everyone.”

  • George Ashburn

    Thanks. For years I’ve said that by the definition of bigot and bigotry, it’s prevelant on BOTH sides, not just the right.

    • Jana, St. Louis

      I think Rev. Al Sharpton proved that very point last night on O’Reilly when he said he’d seen “the tape” where tea partiers hurled the “n” word 15 times at black Congressmen. He changed his tune when Bill O’Reilly challenged him and said that no such tape exists. Sharpton looked like the proverbial deer caught in the car headlights.

      There is no tape because IT NEVER HAPPENED. Al Sharpton is a hypocrite who plays the race card to make a name for himself and to generate income for his activities.

      • Stace

        George is spot on! Sharpton had no response.

        Frankly, I’m sick of the race card.

      • Wil Burns

        Jana, So, If there is no tape of something happening… “IT NEVER HAPPENED.” They tell us (especially by you people) that returning veterans from the Viet Nam War were spat on. Now, there is no tape or film of that happening, did it really happen? What say you?

        • Dan

          It was the ’60s, dimwit. No VCRs. No camcorders. And the Media. Controlled. Everything we saw on TV.

          And stop with the “you people” bit. “Prick us, do we not bleed? Wrong us, do we not avenge?” (With apologies to the Bard and Christopher Plummer.) You’re a “people,” or so I have to believe, unless chimps really have learned to type. You leftists speak of civility, and of open-mindedness, but when a conservative dares to challenge your rose-colored worldview, you resort to off-topic rantings.

          And my dad served two tours in Viet Nam. He saw it happen with his own eyes. Put that in your bong and smoke it.

          • Wil Burns

            And my dad served two tours in Viet Nam.>>

            Good for him, how about your service. Want to share?

            He saw it happen with his own eyes. >>

            Really? I don’t believe it. No pictures!

            Put that in your bong and smoke it.>>

            I don’t have a bong, do you?

        • Jana, St. Louis

          There were dozens of reporters, people with cameras and cell phones with cameras there. Surely someone would have caught the “n” word being yelled 15 times on tape. There is no tape, and it did not happen. This is all part of the Democratic strategy to paint Republicans as racists. It’s a ploy that’s going to backfire big-time. People are sick of being called racists.

  • Dave Boegel

    Right on target! oops.

  • Jack Davis

    Bernie! Absolutely your BEST column EVER! And that “little known fact”–PRICELESS.

    Way to go, Mr. G!