Warning: Liberals on the Loose!

Burt hopes you’ve enjoyed this bonus article torn from the headlines. Now he hopes you’ll enjoy: Spanking Liberals. -ed

I, for one, was extremely upset about the storming of the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Perhaps I should be more specific. It wasn’t the storming itself that angered me. We have all come to expect that sort of thing from the non-Israeli inhabitants of the Middle East. What pissed me off was that in the aftermath, the U.S. apologized. Apparently it is now our official policy to speak softly and carry no stick at all.

I also fear that our response may act as precedence in other areas. For instance, it may now be incumbent on rape victims to apologize to their attackers.

At the Charlotte convention, Sandra Fluke — the so-called Georgetown University law student who never seems to go to class or take tests, sort of like the Left’s favorite ministers, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who never seem to give sermons or even attend church — claimed that Mitt Romney and the Republicans “want to make us endure invasive ultrasound.” I found it interesting that a woman, whom I suspect doesn’t really have to concern herself with the availability of birth control pills, regards an ultrasound procedure as invasive, but not an abortion.

But I’m sure that if anyone tried to pin Ms. Fluke down as to what it is about ultrasound that makes it invasive, she would become instantly evasive.

I don’t know what to make of the polls that suggest that Obama is running neck-and-neck or even slightly ahead of Mitt Romney. Although I have my suspicions, I will continue to predict a Romney victory in November. As I have said all along, if you didn’t vote for Obama in 2008, he certainly hasn’t given you any good reason to vote for him this time. On the other hand, if you were dumb enough to fall for “Hope & Change” back then, you’ve now had four long years in which to wake up and face the truth about this snake oil salesman.

I’m not saying that millions of people won’t vote for Obama and Biden. After all, in spite of the millions of unemployed and underemployed, in spite of the $16 trillion national debt and the annual one trillion dollar deficit, there are about 15 million more Americans now receiving bribes in the form of food stamps.

Besides that, Americans, in huge numbers, have become accustomed to voting for American Idol competitors. As a result, they have taken to voting for the president on the same juvenile basis, asking themselves not to judge a man on his experience, decency and temperament, but merely on whether he’s cool and groovy in front of the TV camera.

When I look at millions of my countrymen today, I’m reminded that grass smells best when it’s freshly cut; leaves look their best when they’re dying and smell their best when they’re burning. Too bad none of that will be able to be said for America as it reaches the end of its rope if Obama is re-elected. If he remains in the Oval Office, I’m afraid that the pervasive stench of America would be that of an open sewer.

As bad as some of our presidents have been, one never had reason to think he wasn’t proud to be an American and the leader of the free world. Even when Obama pays verbal respect to America’s military and the nation’s exceptionalism, one can’t help feeling an emotional disconnect. He sounds so much more believable when he’s lauding some labor union boss or promising stuff from his goody bag to college students and welfare recipients.

Never, not even when FDR spent over 12 years in the White House, has a president seemed so much like the sort of cult figure we’re used to seeing in places like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, China and Iraq. Given another four years, I would assume we’d start seeing Obama statues popping up in public places.

This brings us to Obama’s hometown where the teachers are striking in spite of the fact that they are already being paid $76,000-a-year, not counting pensions, in a city where the average taxpayer only makes $47,000. What makes it even more farcical is that the Teachers Union has already been offered a new contract that calls for a 16% increase over the next four years. In case you are a product of the Chicago public school system, the 16% bump would raise the annual salary to $88,160.

It seems that the teachers find the pay hike acceptable. What they resent is that school principals would actually have the authority to fire the incompetents. But that has been an overriding issue for most unions over the past few decades. Teachers always insist that every work stoppage is for the kids, but inevitably it’s either for their wallets or, as in this case, to protect the deadheads who nevertheless can be relied on to pay their union dues.

Karen Lewis, the 350-pound President of the Chicago Teachers Union, while addressing the North West Teaching for Social Justice Conference in Seattle last year, said, “I am the only black woman in the class of 1974 from Dartmouth College. Woo! People are impressed. Let me tell you, I spent those years smoking lots of weed, self-medicating.”

When their laughter died down, Ms. Lewis added: “Sounds like you all did, too.”

No word whether Barack Obama was in the audience or was merely being channeled by President Lewis.

Perhaps the most telling fact of all in the Chicago strike is that Chicago school children are among the worst-educated in the country. Perhaps part of the reason is that they have the shortest school day, running only five-and-a-half hours long, thanks to previous teacher contracts.

So, if you’re one of those people who continue to believe that school teachers are underpaid and overworked, I won’t try to convince you how silly you are and how unfair it is that the people who pay their salaries make, on average, roughly half as much as they do. I will merely point out that, however you slice it, $76,000-a-year is a hell of a lot of money to pay a babysitter.

Burt hopes you’ve enjoyed this bonus article torn from the headlines. Now he hopes you’ll enjoy: Spanking Liberals. -ed

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.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • Mariop

    Rush is having a brain fart on the air right now. He’s confused why successful CEOs support Obama. Rush’s tunnel visioned belief that trickle-down theory works doesn’t allow him to understand how the Democratic policies are actually more beneficial to those CEO’s firms. It’s the middle class, not the upper class, that spends all their cash within the US. The upper class invests their money abroad, as we’ve seen with Romney, by buying into foreign markets, buying vacation homes in Europe, etc. Rush, wake up! That supply-side economics theory was proven wrong in the 80’s.

    • Jrawl

      Die you worthless piece of detritus!

      • Mariop

        That’s nice. You know what would actually work to make me vanish? Convincingly address my posts pointing out all the lies posted on here. 

      • BurtPrelutsky

         Jrawl: As you know, I often have exchanges with people who disagree with me, but I see no point in indulging Mariop in his delusion of intellectual superiority.  You may do as you wish, but I think you’re wasting your time even by insulting him.  Being as deluded as he obviously is, he is like a little brat who prefers being spanked to being ignored.

        Burt

  • wally

    Burt: I agree with most of your articles. Keep it up. I terms of the middle east, Obama has it all wrong. Regardless of his apologies, the fanatics will continue their hatred and attacks on American and Israel. They do not need a video to get them going. It is in their DNA just as it is in the liberal DNA to never look at their own policies but to blame the right. The only thing that will contain the fanatics in the middle east is to stand with Israel and to show strength. If we do not we will see much more blood shed in that region. The left condemns Bush for his attempt to foster some form of democracy  in Iraq after the war. It was worth the try. Maybe  Iraq isn’t ready for it. Maybe Bush planted a seed. I sure  don’t know but do not blame him for trying. Obama, on the other hand, thinks that by doing nothing, the middle east will magically become a democracy. We can all see how that policy is working. Where was Obama’s talent in community organizing? If he is such as expert in that area, why didn’t he have the SIEU with boots on to organize the Libyans and Egyptians to take over the governments after the fall of the dictators? Or was chaos what Obama wants in the area so it will help him in the election?

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Wally: You and I agree about the Middle East.  I just finished writing an article about Islam.  It’s titled “Bees and Sons of Bees.”  It should be up in the next week or two.

      Regards, Burt

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angie-Hamey/1121292466 Angie Hamey

    I noticed a shot of Karen Lewis standing barefooted.  I guess standing all day with that body stuffed into shoes hurts after awhile.  She looks like a Chicago Hillbilly.  I think she could benefit from Michelle’s public school diet plan.  Yes, it’s ok to comment on Karen Lewis’ dumpy appearance.  She’s a spokesperson for crying out loud.  What’s left to comment on since she isn’t well spoken.

    • Mariop

      Chris Christie on his weight:”If it were easy, I’d already have it fixed”If this guy can’t manage his weight loss and believes it’s that tough, a goal many Americans achieved with minimal self control, how is he fit to do his job? What other goals are too difficult for him that we all manage to attain?

      • deny916

        That is  the most ignorant comment I have EVER read!  If you believe that I’m sure there’s some swamp land out there for you to buy too.  Jeez.

        • Mariop

          What is ignorant about my comment? Christie can’t pay for a proper diet? He can’t control his cravings? He can’t schedule in some exercise? 
          How about signing up for a diet program? How do all the normal weight people maintain their weight? How many millions of Americans lose weight each year?

          • deny916

            Dude…you are hopeless and if you can’t figure out how dumb you sound there’s nothing I can do.

            Just proves my point that dumbocrats have a 50% less IQ than normal people!

          • Mariop

            Why are you debating me on this lame topic? Instead you should pick one of my other posts informing you clowns of the truth. Either you lack intelligence to compile a convincing argument, there is nothing to be debated since my post is the truth, or it’s both. Which is it?

    • NS Sherlock

      Toss her an ear of corn. That’ll shut her up.

  • Wheels55

    You know how those socialistic, entitlement giving, excuse making, finger pointing, lazy, excessive spending, Kool-Aid drinking liberals are! I encourage abortions among all of them. It’s the uninformed independents that worry me.

    • Mariop

      And it’s the uninformed conservatives that worry me. They outnumber the uninformed independents 50:1.

      • Eagle

        But the misinformed conservative and misinformed independents combined still do not equal the massive amount of misinformed liberals.

        • Mariop

          Misinformed liberals is an oxymoron, and stating uninformed conservatives is redundant.

  • James King

    Burt, I love your writing and agree with you most of the time. In this case let me add that the idea of unions is a Marxist idea, not an American idea, and it is immoral to give unions (groups) rights. Rights belong only to the individual, not any group, and when the Marxist’s got Collective Bargaining into law the downslide began.

    Many American’s still believe that the so-called Sweatshop era was criminal. But the jobs people obtained, yes, and even children, were obtained without force. No one forced them to take the jobs, and their lives were made better because of the jobs.

    I can even agree that it was immoral to pay people so little, but so was slavery, and it finally went down, though I would argue with the law that took away a person’s right to his own property.

    Chicago teachers should have been given one day to report to work and then fired when they did not show up. That could end the union, and if that happened the children of Chicago would be taught by people who really want to teach them, not by 350 lbs. of lard.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       James: We can argue about the worthiness of private sector unions.  In the old days, I would say they were necessary.  But public sector unions never were.  In fact, even an old leftie like FDR opposed them.  It was JFK who introduced them at the federal union after Wagner of NY legalized them and rode them to an easy re-election victory.

      Burt

  • Peep

    Is it really necessary to criticize the teacher’s union woman based on her looks?  Isn’t her actions bad enough to give you material for a column.  What if someone referred to you as the bald big-nosed geezer that writes for Bernie Goldberg’s website?

    • MarioP

      Oops, I’m guilty of that myself.  After reading Burt’s demeaning blogs I stepped down to his level. I should stop so my posts are less verbose. My apologies.

    • Miltm13

      Yes, in this case it is!

      These are the same “educators” that patrol kids’ lunch-bags to make sure their mother didn’t pack a healthful turkey sandwich. Instead, they force feed them government subsidized chicken nuggets.

      If you’ve read Burt’s columns as long as I have, and know his background, he’s got a long background writing comedy in Hollywood (not there’s anything wrong with that), and he brings that same sense of humor to his political musings.

      The thing I notice about most liberals (I’m not saying you are one), is they lack a sense of humor, unless it’s a left-wing loon such as Bill Maher, Chuck Lorre, et. al. serving it to them, with a hot side of bile.

      • BurtPrelutsky

        Milt:  Thanks for the spirited defense.  When I responded to Peep, I hadn’t scrolled down and seen that you had already taken care of it.

        Burt

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Peep: I believe I was the first person to identify myself that way, so anyone else would be guilty of plagiarism.  I think when the president of Chicago’s teachers union, Obama’s favorite, is gargantuan, it is fair to mention that fact.  After all, Mrs. Obama has spent the past four years insisting that we all slim down and Mayor Bloomberg has banned large-sized soft drinks in New York City.

      Burt

  • DOOM

    Chicago school teachers care about the children so much that they waited until after school started to stop working.

    • BurtPrelutsky

      DOOM: You are obviously a very kind person to refer to what the members of Chicago’s teachers union do as work.  Chicago’s kids are among the worst educated in America, and that’s saying something.  In the meantime, its so-called teachers are the highest-paid in America.  Just more proof that throwing money at a problem doesn’t do anything to solve it.

      Burt

  • addie2

    I doubt we’ll be seeing  the not-so-svelte Karen Lewis or BHO’s hand picked Surgeon General near any photo op with Moochie regarding her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign.  Both are clinically obese.  Maybe they are just ‘big boned’ or come from a family of ‘larger’ women.
    Can you imagine Lewis ‘grazing’ at an Old Country Buffet?

    • Larry B

      Karen “The Refrigerator” Lewis is the face of big city public education today, so parents better get out, or get used to it!

    • BurtPrelutsky

      addie2: It’s easier to imagine Ms. Lewis dining on salads, if one can refer to an entire pasture as a salad, than it is to imagine the Obamas residing in the White House.

      Burt

  • MarioP

    Should I be surprised no one else had the balls to point out the errors in this blog’s first paragraph? Or is the silence due to everyone being just as clueless of the truth as the author is, since all of you listen to the same twisted sources? Burt has adopted the strategy from Rush Limbaugh to misinform and twist the facts, and when a problem is pointed out with their information, they just ignore the truth and let their followers unknowingly rot in the lies they spun. In our latest example, the problem lies within this statement:
    “I, for one, was extremely upset about the storming of the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt. … What pissed me off was that in the aftermath, the U.S. apologized.”

    There are two mistakes in that brief statement. First, the US embassy in Cairo did not APOLOGIZE, but it condemned, the abuse of our right to free speech. Read the statement for yourself, and you’ll notice there are no words of apology anywhere to be found:

    “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

    To condemn means to express strong disapproval, and therefore condemning an act surely is not apologizing for it.  I condemn this website, but I am absolutely not apologizing for this hellhole on the internet.

    Second, the embassy statement was not issued during the AFTERMATH of the embassy storming. The offensive video, translated into Arabic, found its way into Egypt last week, and the Egyptian media started covering it, riling up the Muslim fundamentalists. Tuesday of this week there was lots of buzz on the Cairo streets about the video, and as a response to the buzz the US embassy issued its statement, more than seven hours before the protesters started scaling the walls to the embassy in Cairo, and over thirteen hours before the Benghazi attack.

    Mitt Romney, too quick on the draw, also had his facts and timeline wrong when he made his embarrassing initial statement late on Tuesday (over two hours after the Libyan attack), which caused the Democrats and many Republicans do a double take of what Mitt was saying to the media. On Wednesday Romney stood by his statement, but after realizing his blunder, he did not address the Middle East protests on Thursday and avoided any related questions reporters were trying to ask him about the situation. Romney tried to take advantage of the Middle East situation by presenting himself as being foreign affairs savvy, but instead his statement made him look incompetent and too quick on the trigger. Didn’t we experience such behavior a few years ago?

    Rush Limbaugh also talked about the protests and Romney’s statement on his Wednesday’s and Thursday’s talkshows, even though the timeline confused Rush while he was live on radio on Thursday. By Friday Rush realized the truth about his false timeline from the previous day, and instead of correcting himself, he just let his listeners unknowingly veg in the lies he spewed the previous day.

    So as we all can see, the Right lives in its own fanatical fantasy, angrily steaming over nonexistent issues that their own sources either purposefully spun or ignorantly and falsely reported.   

    • cmacrider

      Well well well …. now that Obama girl scout policies in the Middle East have turned into a catastrophic mess  …. and now that its a little late to blame Bush …. let’s see if we can create an alternative reality …… let’s blame Romney.  That should divert the General Public from the obvious question …. namely … why hasn’t Obama’s overt sympathy’s for a variety of Arab “grievances” translated into the peace and tranquility which he so naively promised ???? 

      • BurtPrelutsky

        cma: Thanks for your logical response to the goofball.  It saves me the trouble.

        Burt

      • MarioP

        I truly appreciate your reply. Unfortunately, both you and Burt have completely avoided addressing the lies I identified in my posting. Instead of agreeing with the truth I presented, or trying to refute my accusation of Burt writing more untruths, you went off tangent attacking the Middle East policies. You even managed to fabricate a conclusion that I’m somehow blaming Romney for the recent violence in the Mideast. If you were to carefully reread my post, the only blame I’m placing on Romney around the current developments is his inability to properly deal with foreign affairs and his eagerness to react. 
        Since you voluntarily brought up the blame game, I’ll address your comments. Who is responsible for the latest protests and violence in the Middle East? You believe it’s too late to blame Bush, but as recently as this week, I’ve heard right-wing talkshow hosts praise Bush for planting his seeds of democracy in that part of the world after he invaded Iraq. Bush believed after that troubled invasion, democracy would spread across the region when other nations would overthrow their dictatorships. Today, the Right is blaming the spread of Muslim fundamentalism and ease of protesting on the end of the dictatorships, the revised goal of Bush’s plan after his other two excuses for the Iraqi invasion, the presence of WMDs and the connection between Hussein and Al Qaeda, were proven to be false. Obama is now trying to achieve peace with the more uncontrollable Middle East, thanks to those seeds Bush planted back in 2003.

        Any US politician, liberal or conservative, who believes in achieving peace in the Middle East tends to get his plans derailed by Muslim, Jewish, or even Christian fundamentalists. To satisfy one feuding side, the extremists from the other cause havoc. To make things tougher, the hard-core Christians occasionally throw in their wrench into the mix, like we’ve seen with this insane video. So, who is truly to be blamed for the violence in the Mideast? There are many guilty parties and reasons that are at fault, and any leader who attempts achieving harmony there often walks away adding more kinks into the situation instead of improving it. Yet our goal still should be to gently work on the peace, and not completely ignore that region or enforce our blinded wills on the inhabitants.

        But hey, enough of this diverted talk, can we get back to the real topic, which is noting the lies being spread by these blogs? Any comment on that from you and Burt? Or will you guys just avoid addressing those concerns? 

        • Eagle

          Romney had a presidential response, then he went back to campaigning.  Nothing from the Prez’s mouth for 3 days & it’s ok for him to campaign.  Here’s why he didn’t respond: Because he does not know what to say unless it’s on a pre-recorded teleprompter.  Typical actor.  He’s the president after all.  He needs to man up and admit he’s been in over his head from day one.
          “It’s all fun & games until someone gets killed.”

          • Mariop

            Boy, you are the abundant example of redundancy, the uninformed conservative.

            Obama didn’t respond to the attacks in Libya for “3 days”?!?!? Wow, where have you been? Too busy to listening to Rush, Beck, and Fox News? Maybe you finally made it out of your isolation on Friday, but Obama responded to the attacks the day after they happened, on Wednesday! That day he vowed to bring justice to the killers, but I guess some of the uninformed conservatives viewed that vow as an apology.

            And Romney came out as presidential? If Romney’s statement is presidential, the lame Right doesn’t know what presidential is. First, Romney’s embargoed statement was leaked out nearly two hours before the agreed upon pause on political attacks expired. Second, Romney doesn’t understand what condemnation means, or he did not read the US embassy statement, since he called it an apology. And thirdly, his timelines was whacked. So, with so many blunders, how do you view Romney’s statement as presidential? 

            Seriously, will you conservative scum stop lying? Here are some more redundant phrases, other than uninformed conservatives:

            lying conservatives (they twist the facts and report false information, as seen above)

            dumb conservatives (their logic is shot)

            hypocritical conservatives (they do what they criticize)

            incompetent conservatives (their policies are more damaging than beneficial)

            I can go on and on and on…

          • Donnaeturner

            This obfuscating lefty politicking in the face of rapine and murder is what led my gentle self to the Republican party.  That our commander in chief leads only with his countrymans’ jaws, and gives our country’s money to its enemies is only the proof that voting Republican since Carter was damned sensible of me.

        • Jrawl

          Lord, but you must be the stupidest jerk to ever post a statement.  Go back to your MSNBC and stop posting DNC talking points, you boob.

          • Mariop

            Jrawl, the debate we’re having in this blog is regarding developments post the DNC. But thank you for trying.

    • DOOM

      So they condemned the video (that they pretend caused the rape and murder of a US ambassador) but don’t condemn the rape and murder itself.  Sounds a whole lot like an apology to me.

      • BurtPrelutsky

        DOOM: If you have so much time on your hands that you can bother replying to Mario, who is not merely ignorant, rude and egotistical, but verbose, you would be well-advised to take up a hobby.

        Burt

        • MarioP

          Thank you Burt; that’s a nice way of telling Doom to get lost. I too would be embarrassed to have someone on my team come to Doom’s lame conclusion that lack of condemnation = apology. I guess according to Doom, the justice Obama wants to hand out to the attackers is to reward them. What a nut.

          Oh and Burt, no rebuttal from you, yet again. You’re not looking too great.  You just keep posting those lies, my friend. ;)

  • MarioP

    Uh oh, Error Alert. Right out of the gates in paragraph one. Anyone else paying attention and noticed it?

  • deny916

    Well Burt.  This article is so depressing I have nothing to say.  I dread to see what state the States will be in if obozo gets another 4 years.  People get out there and vote Republican.  Romney may not be Ronald Regan but he’s a damned better bet than the slug we have in office now!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       deny: If Obama is re-elected, we won’t have to wait four years to see the state of the Union.  The mere fact that Obama would win the election would tell us all we need to know about our fellow citizens.

      Burt

      • Larry B

        Burt:  You can’t possibly be referring to the sainted “Moderates” and “Independents,” can you?

    • Eagle

      Obama is a depressing, divisive has been.