Grist for My Mill

On occasion, I have wondered what motivates liberals to say and do all those nutty things we have come to expect of them. At times, I find myself wondering if it’s to keep me supplied with material. If that’s actually the case, and that’s certainly a more reasonable conclusion than that they really mean all that stuff, I would only ask that they take a break because it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with them. The truth is that I’m beginning to feel like Lucy and Ethel when they were working the assembly line at the candy factory.

For instance, successful actors, directors and producers, are always attacking CEOS for making X-times as much money as their employees. What you never hear about is some actor who’s paid $25 million to make a movie taking just a million for himself and suggesting the remaining millions be divvied up among the rest of the cast and crew.

Speaking of movies, I don’t recall anyone ever asking Obama to name his all-time favorite. My guess is that it might be a modern version of Frankenstein, in which the monster is created out of spare parts in the laboratory of a mad scientist named George Soros.

During the Democratic convention in Charlotte, a backdrop to the stage at one point showed a convoy of what were supposed to be American warships, but were actually Russian vessels. The DNC claims it was an unfortunate accident, but considering Obama’s open mic comments to Russian President Medvedev about having greater flexibility after the election, I’m not buying it.

Nobody who has his head screwed on right should be the least bit surprised that the Muslim mobs in the Middle East are storming our embassies and murdering our people. At the risk of boasting, I was one of the few who predicted with 100% certainty that the Arab Spring would end badly. It’s not that I’m a latter-day Nostradamus, but the Arabs and the Muslims have been the sewer rats of the world for over 1600 years. Why would anyone think that they would suddenly wake up one day and be civilized?

For far too long, our leaders have treated these creeps with respect they don’t deserve. It was bad enough when George Bush and Condoleezza Rice kept telling us on a daily basis that Islam was a religion of peace. But then along came Barack Hussein Obama, late of Indonesia, to tell the world that Muslims had helped create the United States of America and, moreover, that they have always been known for their tolerance. Try telling that to the Christians who have been stoned, stabbed and crucified, in the Middle East. Try telling that to the Israelis who are hit with missiles on an hourly basis and have been threatened with extermination for the past six decades.

Speaking of which, has anyone noticed that nearly all of Fox’s Middle East correspondent Leland Vittert’s reports emanate not from the scene of the crime, be it Libya, Syria or Yemen, but from Jerusalem. He tries to act as if he’s dodging bullets by emoting as if channeling his inner Joan Crawford, but my question is why he simply doesn’t do his reporting from the safety of Fox studios in downtown Manhattan.

With Election Day looming up in the near-future, I would like to make a few comments about the Tea Party. By and large, I am aligned with their goals and their values. However, on occasion, I think its members ignore William F. Buckley’s wise counsel that in every election Republicans should vote for the most conservative candidate who can get elected. In 2010, the Tea Party cost the GOP fairly predictable Senate victories in Arizona and Delaware by pushing forth the likes of Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell. This year, they were the folks behind Todd Akin emerging victorious from the GOP Senate primaries in Missouri. But they weren’t alone; the Democrats also spent a million bucks getting him the nomination because they recognized that he would have the worst chance of defeating the incompetent and unpopular Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in the general election.

What the often naïve, though well-meaning, members of the Tea Party fail to grasp is that even if every member of the House and Senate is a Tea Party advocate, unless the GOP holds a majority of the seats, they might as well just stay home and let Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi run things the way they did between 2009-2011, when they gave us ObamaCare, Cash for Clunkers and the trillion dollar Stimulus Bill.

Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out for Mitt Romney, who had not only the right but the responsibility, to deliver a rebuke to the administration for its cowardly response to the mob in Egypt. You would think that by this late date, Washington would finally get the message that being conciliatory to Arabs and Muslims makes about as much sense as giving candy to a baby or the car keys to a teenager just to make them stop howling.

As bad as it is in principle, the actual wording of the embassy message made it even worse. It read: “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

In short, this wasn’t a message to the brutes who decided to use a silly video as a motive for setting fire to our embassies on 9/11, but to the clowns who produced the video that ridiculed Muhammad. Which, by the way, they had every right to do, not because by any stretch of the imagination is the right of free speech a universal right, but because it’s guaranteed by our sacred First Amendment.

Furthermore, by even suggesting that it’s a right that exists in Arab and Muslim nations is an insult to every American who has ever fought and died to ensure that it continue to exist in reality and not just on two hundred year old parchment.
©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Jb197

    Regarding Vittert’s reporting…have you seen any of his other reporting?  It is all like that and always has been.  It is like he took the movie Anchorman seriously thinks that is the way you do it.  That is his style of reporting and always has been.  It all comes across as fake and condescending.  He has to be the most disingenuous person in news…and that is hard to top!

  • wally

    Great article.

  • Jorcas

    Excellent article as usual, but Burt let me make a small correction. Muslims have not been around for over 1600 years, “only” for over 1400 years. I know it’s not a big difference, I’m just trying to set the record straight.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Jorcas: You’re right.  It just seems longer.


  • Deny916

    I also thought this Arab Spring would blow up in everybody’s faces, Burt.  Did any one honestly think those people were going to become the land of the free and the home of the brave????  I loved the sewer rate line too.  What  an excellent way to describe those savages!

    Once again you have written another excellent article!  I seriously can’t wait to get your book either!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       No need to wait, Deny.  It’s right out there for the getting, either from me or Amazon.


      • Deny916

        It’s the mail I’m waiting on. I ordered the book last week and it ain’t gettin’ here fast enough! : )

  • NS Sherlock

    I WISH Angle had been for Arizona – we might have gotten rid of Pinky once and for all. There were definitely better qualified candidates than Sharron “My Mouth Won’t Shut Up” Angle. 

    BEST line today “…but the Arabs and the Muslims have been the sewer rats of the world for
    over 1600 years….” Amen!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       NS: And I amen your amen.


  • Wheels55

    Another reason to vote for Romney is the HOPE that lies and spin will CHANGE. Don’t get me wrong, politicians work hard to acquire the spin skill. But, I do see Mitt as a basically honest guy who would lose sleep if he lied and spun his way through each day.

    On the Muslim note: I used to think that it was a peaceful religion and the jihad guys were the exception. Now I think it is the other way around. For that, I tip my hat to peaceful Muslims – especially the ones that speak out against the jihad nuts.

    • Deny916

      You are a sage Wheels.  There’s not much you say that I disagree with!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Unfortunately, Wheels, the number of Muslims who speak out are precious few in number.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why they don’t make a clean break and convert to Judaism or Christianity….instead of spending their time trying to convince people that they’re really not like all the others.