The World’s Gone Mad

Some of us imagined that Barack Obama couldn’t possibly have a lousier, more corrupt, circle of friends and advisors in Washington than he had back in Chicago.  But is it possible that we simply underestimated the man’s uncanny ability to attract vermin?

For instance, there is Eric Holder.  He’s the knucklehead who kicked things off by accusing white people of being cowards because they wouldn’t honestly address racial matters.  But when he demurred from prosecuting the Black Panthers for intimidating voters, and told his Department of Justice staff that under his watch only white people would be prosecuted for such crimes, some of us were dying to have an honest discussion with him.  In fact, for his convenience, it could have been in the alley behind his office.  But he was nowhere to be found.

Then, in the wake of “Fast and Furious,” he told a congressional committee under oath that he knew nothing about hundreds of guns being sold to Mexican gangsters.  When it turned out that he had been receiving memos about the operation for months before his testimony, his response was along the lines of “I’m the Attorney General.  I write memos, I don’t read them.”  On balance, that probably beats, “I was going to read them, but our dog buried them in the backyard before I had a chance.”

If there’s any justice in the world, Holder will wind up in the hoosegow where he can have all those honest conversations he was just dying to have; this time, with his cellmate, Bubba.

Another of Obama’s appointees is Jeffrey Immelt, the head of General Electric.  Because Immelt is Obama’s good friend and America’s Jobs Czar, some of us were confused when Obama started whining about millionaires and billionaires flying on corporate jets and not paying their fair share of taxes.  G.E., as we all know, paid no corporate taxes last year.  And, really, just between us, does Obama think that when Mr. Immelt commutes to Washington, D.C., he does it on a Greyhound Bus?

To compound matters, Immelt, apparently unclear on his job description, seemed to think that by transferring a large part of G.E.’s industrial capacity to China, he was fulfilling his obligation to increase employment.   In fact, one can easily imagine this exchange between Immelt and Obama: “You’re telling me I was supposed to create jobs in America?” “Well, yeah, I guess so.  Is that a problem?”  “Well, duh!  Do you have any idea how much money I’m saving by using slave labor?”  “Did you say slave?”  “Don’t get your undies in a knot, Barack.  We’re talking Chinese.”  “Oh, that’s right.  Never mind.” 

And so it goes.

In San Francisco, otherwise known as Bedlam by the Bay, there is a legislative proposal to make convicted felons members of a protected class, so that landlords and employers would be prohibited from asking applicants about their criminal past.  I swear, folks, you can’t make up this kind of stuff.

That brings me to Rand Paul.  I had assumed that Sen. Paul was at least 50% saner than his old man, Rep. Ron Paul, the fellow who doesn’t worry about a nuclear Iran, but is having a cow, perhaps a herd of cows, over our execution of the Yemen-based, American-born, jihadist, Anwar Al-Awlaki.  I was listening to Hugh Hewitt’s radio talk show when he asked Sen. Paul if he really believed, as he had stated, that the reason we are hated in the Middle East is simply because America supports Israel.

As I said, I had assumed that he possessed the lion’s share of common sense in the Paul family.  That was until he replied, “Well, that’s what they say.  That’s what they write.”

They say a lot of things, Senator Paul.  They write a lot of things.  That doesn’t make it so.  Inasmuch as the jihadists have slaughtered innocent people in England, Russia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Holland, India, Lebanon, China, Nigeria, Armenia, Spain, Japan and the Philippines, I would think that even a U.S. senator could grasp the simple fact that most of these countries are not allies of Israel.  In fact, a number of them despise Israel.

Perhaps, I dare say, every bit as much as he and his father do.

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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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  • Burt Prelutsky

    Bill: I have raked Buffet over the coals a few times in the recent past, which isn’t to say I have anything against putting him on a spit and roasting him to a golden brown. What does astonish me, as I have also written elsewhere, is why guys as old as Buffet and Soros still care about making more money. I guess maybe they heard that you can’t take it with you, but they simply refused to believe it.


  • Bill Hurdle

    Could I also add Warren Buffet to the list of incredible hypocrites attached at the hip to this administration? I can’t believe the man has the gonads to whine about tax rates on capital gains and the inequity of taxation on the wealthy while simultaneously using every sleight of hand available to avoid taxes for Berkshire Hathaway. I think his end game is to redistribute income from the wealthy to the lower socioeconomic classes so that the BH companies can experience growth which will go untaxed as unrealized income of BH fund price increases. Sweet deal – he looks like an elderly philanthropist while raking it in behind the scenes

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Gena & Robin: Thanks for the kind words, but I really think you ladies should be the one to thank Mr. Goldberg for posting my pieces. Coming from me it would sound like boasting.


    • robin in fl

      consider it done Burt..sent him a message and thanked him for being able to read your take on things and how enjoyable it is.

  • robin in fl

    hey Burt..I’m with Gena..your “the MAN!!”…and I don’t blame your wife for one second of being jealous of you and keeping your female fans away from you….remind her how lucky she is to have ya’! :)

    as ALWAYS thanks for the GREAT read and thank Bernie for having you as one of his BEST contibutors on his page…have a nice Thanksgiving with your family .

  • Burt Prelutsky

    TheRealGuyFaux: There was no inflection in Rand Paul’s voice. He was giving Hugh Hewitt a straight answer to a direct question. I’m afraid Ken Besig got it right in his comment.

    Roadmaster: I don’t know what you’re referring to. I heard Rand Paul make the comment. We all know that his father is a nut when it comes to foreign matters; I had hoped for better from his son.

    Gena: I appreciate your wanting to move closer to me, but my wife is a very jealous woman and has a mean right cross.

    Glen: A good point about ideologues.

    Drew: I meant insane. It’s a worldwide virus and only a few of us are immune.

    Regards, Burt

  • Drew Page

    Burt, I don’t know all the people in the world so I can’t comment on how many of them are ‘mad’. If by ‘mad’ you mean insane, I think you might be exaggerating a little. If, on the other hand, you define ‘mad’ as angry, then your evaluation might be closer to the truth.

  • Dave O’Connor

    It’s accepted that madness occurs; it’s the choice; awake, afoot and with full consent of the will, to be ignorant that is so disarming.
    Not among my favorites, but Toynbee suggested; “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.”

  • therealguyfaux

    Burtela, boychik, Rand Paul appears to be giving a nod and wink with that answer. You might be old enough to remember the John Profumo scandal in England in the 1960’s, and one of the call-girl friends of Profumo’s paramour Christine Keeler, one Mandy Rice-Davies; at a trial, when questioned about some witness’s denial of knowing her, she replied: “Well, he WOULD say that, wouldn’t he?” The implication, of course, being that you wouldn’t expect him to say otherwise. Of course the Israel-haters of the more “moderate” stripe claim that the reason they hate America is that America is Israel’s ally; would you expect them to say something else, such as “I believe in beheading all infidels” as the more extreme Islamists do? Now, you have the advantage on me, Burt; you heard the tone of his voice, and I might be way off base. But in PRINT, at any rate, what ol’ Randy appears to be saying is: “Well, that’s what they SAY”, meaning he’s possibly skeptical, and we should be too, but take what they say literally and let them show themselves to be mendacious and perfidious by their actions, and not their words.

  • Jeannette

    All this just shows to go that not all the nuts are in California. Indeed, some of them can be found in Washington, where they seem to be drawn for some reason.

    It’s hoped that some of them will soon be found behind bars in any state or commonwealth, where they belong — whole basketsful of them. Where it is also hoped they find their one and only “Bubba,” as you described. I fervently hope that Immelt will lead the way.

    You mentioned knuckleheads. Another useful name is knotheads. Knotheads are without doubt leading the way with an attitude that we can possibly do without Israel. We can’t.

  • Glen Stambaugh

    Madness happens in the case of the Pauls, whenever we try to make our ideaology fit real situations. Something’s gotta’ give, so we bend reality until it isn’t. And these are the honest folks. Libs like Holder don’t give a damn about reality.

  • Gena Taylor

    Mr. Burt – you hit the nail on the head again.I wish I lived close enough to you to get to actually know you, but then you’d get tired of me because I would be there all the time,draining your knowledge of things and your ability to express your common sense in a common sense manner that even a semi-moron such as I can understand. You are truly a gem, always enjoy reading your columns. Please give my thanks to Mr. Goldberg for having your columns on his newsletter.

    • abby n

      I was thinking the same thing as I was reading this. :)

  • Maureen

    As an ardent supporter of Israel I am a little surprised that Senator Paul did not attack the terrorists more and instead chose to give the lie to the falsehoods of the world media. As for AG Holder the man is a national disgrace and so is his bossman,the President.

  • Roadmaster

    It was Ron Paul who raised such a stink. I don’t believe I heard Rand say much about it.

  • samantha perumal

    wow,thanks 4 this article,i’m so grateful 2 hav finally learnt da truth abou Rand Paul & oh yeh,dat goose eric holder !

  • Ken Besig, Israel

    Burt you have hit it on the head!
    And Rand Paul just proves the adage that the nut never falls far from the tree!