Was It Really RBG That Katie Couric Was Protecting?

One of the stunning revelations to come out of Katie Couric’s new tell-all memoir is that in 2016, the media personality edited out what she deemed to be disparaging remarks from an interview she had conducted with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg’s comments revolved around NFL player Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who were kneeling during the national anthem, before games. They did so in protest against racial injustice, an issue the political left has long been sympathetic to. The kneeling was a big, controversial story at the time, and Couric apparently expected the famously liberal Supreme Court Justice to voice a different opinion on the topic than the one she put forth.

Ginsburg told Couric that she personally disapproved of what the players were doing, and that she believed they were demonstrating “contempt for the government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”

Ouch.

Couric, like many lefties, was a big fan of Ginsburg, and she says in her book that she was “conflicted” about the comments because she was worried they would stain Ginsburg’s legacy. Couric believed RBG’s stated view was “unworthy of a crusader for equality,” and also considered that Ginsburg may not have completely understood the question.

According to Couric, she wasn’t the only person with reservations. She says she soon received an email from the head of SCOTUS public affairs, saying that Ginsburg had “misspoken,” and asking that the justice’s thoughts on Kaepernick be removed from Couric’s story. (It’s unclear whether or not Couric initiated that exchange.)

After much deliberation and advice from colleagues, Couric ultimately omitted the sentence from the piece she submitted to Yahoo! News. The reason for the omission, says Couric, was to “protect” Ginsburg.

And some people wonder why so many Americans have a dirt-low opinion of the mainstream media.

A big part of the problem, of course, was Couric’s blatant disregard for journalistic ethics. This was a high-profile interview with a high-profile public servant, and Couric let her personal bias prevent her from publicly airing a highly compelling quote.

In response to the revelation, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wasted no time in calling Couric out, tweeting “This is toxic on a lot of levels.”

Reporter Ben Jacobs took a more sarcastic approach, tweeting, “I too always like to omit the most newsworthy and interesting parts from all my interviews with important and powerful people.”

Many others in the profession, from both the liberal and conservative media, have since weighed in with similar thoughts. The broad journalistic consensus is that Couric really screwed up. And that, of course, is the correct consensus.

But the other important part of this story, that’s been largely overlooked, is something that former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss pointed out: “You can learn a lot about where the left has moved by looking at how they choose to edit or rewrite RBG.”

Bingo.

I can’t read Couric’s mind, of course, but I have a very hard time buying that she did what she did primarily for Ginsburg’s benefit. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is nothing short of a super-hero to the American left — a genuine cultural icon who had been (and still is) celebrated almost to the heights of folklore. If you don’t believe me, do a Google search on “Notorious RBG” or “RBG art”.

Ginsburg’s views on racial justice were quite clear, and she wasn’t one to be offended by peaceful protests aimed at advancing the cause. Would her public distaste for Kaepernick’s particular method of protest — a method she saw as disrespectful and unappreciative of the opportunities America grants its citizens — place her legacy in jeopardy? Of course not, and Couric is smart enough to have known that.

I think there’s a good chance that this was more about protecting progressives in the ever popular blame-America-first crowd… from RBG.

I mean, it’s one thing for Republicans and people in the right-wing media to carry on and on about how outrageous the left’s “America-bashing” has become. It’s entirely different when a prominent, life-long champion of liberal causes embarrassingly agrees with them. When something like that happens, a little ideological self-reflection might actually be in order.

And who wants that, right?

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: Trump, Couric, Ginsburg, and more! (10/15) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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I’ve looked on the internet but I can’t find the complete emails that caused the fall of Gruden. I guess he said the NFL Players Ex. Dir. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelins”. That’s pretty offensive, but is that racist? He apparently said Roger Goodell was a ‘faggot’ for some action Goodell had taken (maybe Jon was thinking of the 16th century definition = a bundle of twigs for starting fires). And he questioned whether women should be NFL refs. Those are all offensive, to some level or another, but to be labeled racist, homophobic, misogynistic without the full context is a bit much, it’s like this is another Salem witch trial, and the barbecue has already occurred. I’m curious how the woke go back in time on some, like Gruden, and get them cancelled, but others are immune, like Biden voicing his opposition to busing saying he didn’t want his kids growing up in a “racial jungle.” Strange days. — DonEstif

Re Gruden’s use of the word “faggot” — You say: “Maybe John was thinking of the 16th century definition = a bundle of twigs for starting fires.” I hope that was a joke, because I know you’re better than that. If you want to make the “double standard” case, all good. No problem. But please let’s not pretend that what Gruden wrote wasn’t nasty stuff. Should he have resigned? We can discuss that. But let’s not downplay what he said simply because “the other side” thinks it’s significant. That’s a problem with both sides: If liberals think something is important, conservatives don’t — and the other way around. Not good.

Bernie, Trump did a good job and that is all the more apparent based on what a lousy job Biden is doing. I’m from CA (now living in OR) and everyone I know there loathed Newsom and yet big win for the guy. Knowing the Democrats as we know them to be, it amazes me that you dismiss the possibility of shenanigans. I do not, and in fact believe that they have been “cooking the books” for years. Beating a dead horse with you I realize, but for me, voter ID as a prerequisite to vote is more important than anything we discuss. Newsom’s results a great reminder / head scratcher. — Thomas C.

I’m for voter IDs. That said, Newsom didn’t win because Democrats cheated. He won because there are more Democrats in California than Republicans — a lot more. Why his victory is a head scratcher is beyond me. As for whether Biden won fair and square: I never said there were no shenanigans. I said that happens to some extent in all elections — but there’s no evidence that they were so widespread that they affected the election. One more thing: Pauline Kael, the New Yorker film critic, famously said (something like): “I don’t understand how Nixon could have won. I don’t know anybody who voted for him.” That showed her narrowness. With kindness, I say your comment about how everyone you know loathed Newsom fits into that category.

Bernie – as you suggest, Donald Trump remains radioactive, but given the Biden Administration’s ability to create crisis’ out of seemingly thin air, I would not fully discount the ability of Joe Biden to significantly rehabilitate Trump’s policies by the time we get to the midterms. That may take Trump off the board as the bogeyman option. Which could leave the Dems, given Biden’s current record of success, with almost nothing to run on… — Hendrick G.

I don’t think Trump’s policies were, or are, the issue. The issue is Trump himself. His approval rating never reached 50%. He’s unlikable to millions upon millions of Americans — including independents, the ones who decide elections. The Dems can’t run on Biden’s record; I’m with you on that. But they can and will run on Trump. That won’t be enough for them to win, I think — unless Donald keeps blabbing about how the 2020 election was stolen from him … and GOP candidates are forced to take a position on that nonsense. If they agree with Trump, they’ll likely lose moderate, independents. If they say they disagree with Trump, they’ll likely lose Trump’s most loyal base. Which brings me to my conclusion that Donald Trump should play golf in Mar-A-Lago and stay out of 2022 politics. I know, I’m dreaming.

As a big Sinatra fan you will enjoy this book I just finished, “Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours “by Mary Jane Ross and Tony Oppedisano. Tony O was Sinatra’s closest friend for the last few decades of Sinatra’s life. I’m sure you will enjoy this informative and entertaining book. — Bob S.

Thanks. I’ll get it.

Bernie, I know you do not like to speculate but I was hoping you might express your opinion as to whether President Obama (via Susan Rice or others who were key members of his administration) is actively influencing the policy decisions and actions of President Biden. On another note, I think I speak for the vast majority of your readers (cannot be sure about that John D guy ) that when we say or chant “Let’s Go Bernie” we mean exactly what we say and there is no hidden message. — Michael F.

I think Biden is further to the left than Obama — at least further than Obama WAS when he was president. So I don’t know if Obama is sending smoke signals to Susan Rice — or if the lefties in the Administration are putting ideas into Joe’s head. All I know for sure is that Joe is not running the show. The wizards behind the curtain are. Whether Obama is the ultimate wizard, I don’t know. As for “Let’s Go Bernie” — I hope what you mean is something good. Ha.

Bernie, Excellent stuff this week, but it just highlights what those of us who haven’t had our heads in the sand for the last 50 years know about Joe and just about any other politician. They change with the times. Specifically, Joe was against busing back in the 70s because he didn’t want his kids in the jungle, to us his racist words. He went with his daddies who got him into Congress, Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd, and the prevailing thought of the day, at least according to these bigots. And over the years, he’s changed opinions and thoughts, and I use that term very loosely as I don’t believe he has EVER had an original thought, about as often as a chameleon changes colors. Go with the Flow Joe. And so I ask, why are people who did, or supposedly did, vote for him surprised he is leaning so far to the left? He is just following his natural tendency to follow what in his limited capacity is the right path. Will the idiots who are holding his leash realize that these polls are going crush their party next November, or are they just arrogant enough to think they can effect enough change to silence the majority voice? — Rod A.

First Rod, I agree with your analysis. Spot on. As to your question — why are those who voted for him surprised that he’s moved to the left: I think they voted for him not because they thought he was a centrist, a moderate, a traditional liberal Democrat. They voted for him simply because he wasn’t Donald Trump. I’m not even sure they’re actually surprised by the “new” Joe — I don’t think they care all that much. They’re glad they defeated Trump and that’ll do for now. If Joe brings down the party in November 2022, then they might think about the man they voted for, who, as you correctly say, really is Go with the Flow Joe.

Who are the doctors who are performing these sex-change procedures? Whatever happened to “Do no harm”? Are they doing it out of some desire to perform “cutting-edge” surgery? Or to “advance the science”? Maybe they use it as a way to wind down after a hard day doing something boring, like real organ transplants. I am really fed up watching the damage being done to people who are too young or too stupid to realize what they are asking for. I’m 80 years old, and it breaks my heart to see what “Average America” tolerates these days (yes, I can remember the celebrated case of Christine Jorgensen in 1952, but considered it a one off side-show stunt). Can you make me understand? Thanks for any clarification you can provide. — Al L.

Hey Al, I’ll do my best. Sex change operations are serious business (obviously) and I don’t fault doctors for performing them — ON ADULTS who have been counseled on what they’re about to go through. Kids — teenagers — are a different story altogether. I’m with you on that. As for Christine Jorgensen in 1952: It wasn’t a one off … and it wasn’t a side-show stunt. She knew what she was doing and had every right to do it.

[Regarding this week’s “Off the Cuff”], you’re not wrong, but I think the real disappointment with Biden is that he was expected to get COVID tamed through some kind of coherent government strategy. Vaccines were the kryptonite we were going to slay this beast with. Who knew large sections of the population would resist vaccination? I didn’t. More to the point, Joe Biden didn’t either and he didn’t engage with that section of the population in a friendly way to get them vaxxed. Mandates? Who’s ever in favor of that? COVID took out Donald Trump and it’s poised to take out Democrats in the midterms too. — John R.

I think you’re right, John. Covid was a major factor in Donald Trump’s defeat. And I’m with you when you say, “it’s poised to take out Democrats in the midterms too.” He couldn’t figure out a way to get more people vaccinated. And I’m not sure anyone could do that. People who don’t want to get the shot, I suspect, don’t listen to anybody who disagrees with them.

What empowered Biden’s rise to the presidency, where he is so obviously out over his skis? He is not Donald Trump. Trump has so poisoned our national political waters that even incompetent boobery is preferable to him. Trouble is that there wasn’t really any good choice in 2020 and why I cast a protest vote instead of choosing one of these two clownfish figures.

My question: given Trump’s hold on the GOP, demanding slavish devotion to him (his number one agenda item), what alternatives do thinking people who love this country and hate what they are seeing do about it? I consider myself a charter member of the remnant (thank you Jonah Goldberg for the appropriate labeling ) with a conundrum I never saw coming ten years ago. I cannot go with the Kristolites and become a Democrat indulging the fantasy that it can be pulled rightward into moderation. I cannot abide the absolute jackassery of much of the GOP and it’s chosen standard bearer. It may be true that no man is an island. Politically however, I sure do feel like one. — Jesse B.

After reading your commentary, Jesse, I wondered if I wrote it. I agree with everything you said. The best thing that could happen to the GOP in 2022 and beyond is for Donald J. Trump to stay out of politics. If he’s out there whining about how the Dems stole the election, he’ll put every Republican candidate in a very bad spot. In fact, I think that’s the biggest obstacle for a GOP big victory next year. And I also believe that Mr. Trump couldn’t care less about the Republican Party. He cares only about himself.

Speaking of buyers remorse, this is the election that keeps producing lemons. If for some reason Biden can’t complete his term and Harris slips into office, who do you think she would appoint as VP? I don’t see any lemonade in our future for at least another three years unfortunately. — ScottyG

I think Joe will last the entire term. But if Kamala should wind up in the Oval Office in the next few years, she’d be smart to pick an old school moderate. But there aren’t too many of them left in the Democratic Party and progressives loathe the few who might be called moderates. But as I say, I think this is moot.

I can’t think of a more blatant example of liberal media bias than Katie Couric editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticism of Colin Kaepernick (and other anthem-kneelers) from her interview with the Supreme Court Justice. It was bad enough that she did it, but the idea that she did it to “protect” Ginsburg from “backlash” feels like nonsense. I think she did it to protect the Kaepernick’s liberal narrative from someone who could knock it right down. Your thoughts? — Ben G.

What she did was just plain wrong. She should have used the controversial quote and when Ginsburg’s PR person said Ginsburg didn’t mean it the way it came out, she should have included the statement in the report — and viewers could make up their own mind. Someone I know who heard about what Couric did wasn’t surprised. She simply said: She was never a journalist. Let me add to that, that I’m confident that if she interviewed a conservative who put his foot in his mouth, she’d have no qualms about including that part of the interview. Forgive me for stating the obvious.

Sir Bernie, the Loudoun County School District has a policy of allowing transgender students to use any rest room they choose. As it turns out, a boy (who identifies as a “girl”) allegedly sexually assaulted two different girls at the school, one of whom he allegedly assaulted because he had access to the girls rest room. That’s bad enough, but her father was informed about the assault and when he arrived at the school, he discovered that it was actually a sexual assault on his freshman daughter. Apparently he became unruly and got arrested when he discovered that the school had tried to cover up the fact that boys that identify as girls may freely use the girls rest room. Of course there was a big backlash from concerned parents against the school board who felt that politically correct narratives were more important than protecting girls from sexual assault (don’t know what happened to “believe all women” but I digress). Next came an enemies list to identify parents opposed to left wing policies as bigoted transphobic types—-the usual drill.

Didn’t sensible liberals ever see nonsense like this coming? Remember back when some people thought that the Equal Rights Amendment would lead to combined male/female rest rooms (and how liberals denied that could ever happen)? Okay— so what the hell happened and why is the narrative more important than students’ safety? Your thoughts? –“Transphobic” Regards from The Emperor

First, Your Holiness, I’m glad you threw in a few “allegedly” qualifiers. Not because I doubt the story, but it sounds so strange that I’m just not sure. But that said, if the person who allegedly assaulted the girl was actually transgender — meaning was taking hormones and was transitioning to become a female — then I’m okay with her using the girl’s restroom. But if the person was a boy who simply said, “I identify as a girl” then the school board should be sued out of existence. I’d like to know more before I get too angry about this.

Back in May, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” and he argued that, “Each day we spend relitigating the past is one day less we have to seize the future.”

Earlier this week, Former President Trump released a statement encouraging Republican voters NOT to vote in 2022 and 2024 unless the “Presidential Election Fraud of 2020” is solved.

Isn’t it time for the GOP to have a come-to-Jesus moment, and finally purge from its ranks the one individual who keeps making it as difficult as possible for the party to hold and win seats? I’m of course talking about Liz Cheney. The nerve of that woman!!! — John D.

No, it is not time for that Come to Jesus Moment. IT’S WAY WAY WAY PAST TIME!!! But we all know what the problem is: If a Republican challenges Trump, his fans — the ones who adore him no matter what he’s done, does, or will do — will punish the person with the courage to stand up to Donald. They’ll either primary the profile in courage or simply sit home on Election Day. If on the other hand, a GOP candidates agrees with Trump, he or she likely would lose moderate voters, including moderate Republicans. I’d vote for Liz Cheney in the proverbial heartbeat — but ONLY if she takes you on as her VP. I can talk to her about that, but first I need to know if they’ll let you out of the “home” long enough to campaign. I would think as long as you take your meds it should work out. Regards to Nurse Ratched.

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: AOC, the Border “Whipping” Story, Peter Doocy, and more! (10/1) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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I followed the LA Times during the recall election with interest and was quite shocked how the opinion and front page evoked a full court attack on Larry Elder. This seemed to start during the summer when the polls were closer. Quite honestly, I don’t know a lot about Elder but the interviews I have seen of him he isn’t short of facts. One opinion piece in the LA Times was titled “Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned”. I’m not sure if you saw it, but if you did, would you permit it to be printed? — Tim H.

I did see that op-ed, Tim … and you ask a good question, about whether I would publish it. I generally favor more speech … and let the reader respond anyway he or she wants. But this one was really nasty. I’d commission another piece presenting a strong “other” point of view. But given that it’s the LA Times, I’m not as shocked as you were, Tim.

Do you think AOC can beat Chuck? I’m starting to think a much weaker and somewhat discounted Jr Senator from NY might be better for the whole than a Schumer sticking around? Wow I can’t believe I’m envisioning this kid as a US Senator…how did we get here? — ScottyG

I don’t think she can beat Schumer because he’s got the party behind him — and the money that goes with it. But I hope she does win. That might wake up the Democratic Party to where it’s heading — which is over a very steep cliff.

I was hoping to get your opinion on Peter Doocy as a reporter. When he first joined Fox News it certainly appeared to be nepotism (Fox promotes family values, almost as much as family members…), but he seems to have developed into a solid, talented reporter over the past decade. He is one of the few reporters who has consistently asked the Biden Administration tough questions and the level of contempt and disdain Jen Psaki displays toward him seem to indicate he is doing a decent job. Or has he just been hyped up by Fox News? Have a great weekend! — Hendrick G.

I was skeptical at first too, Hendrick. He just seemed SO young. But I’m with you — he has become a solid reporter. I give him high marks. He still looks like he’s 12 years old, but looking young in the TV business is not a bad thing.

I think Biden has another thing going for him: Donald Trump’s refusal to exit the political arena. The Republicans have a deeper bench than the Democrats but no one is allowed to step up as long as Trump is still interested in running. I think Trump’s policies are far better than Biden’s, but at the end of the day, a lot of needed independent voters will never pull the lever for Trump. Agree? — Joe M.

I agree with EVERY WORD, Joe.

Sir Bernie, I had heard that border patrol agents on horseback were whipping Haitian people with horse reins when the Haitians were illegally attempting to cross the border into America. There was a photo proving this. I had heard that The Biden Administration strongly condemned this and that those responsible would be held accountable. Then I heard that the photographer who took the original picture denied that any such abuses were being inflicted by the border patrol. Now supposedly a video has surfaced disproving the original allegations of abuse but I’m unable to find it when I search the web. So are the border patrol agents racist jerks that are abusing Haitians? Or is this story a hateful hoax from bad actors in the media? What are your thoughts? — “Rolling Rolling Rolling RAWHIDE!” Regards from The Emperor

You can either believe President Biden or you can believe your eyes. Your choice, Emperor of All Worlds Far and Wide.

Bernie, in the wake of the eviction moratorium executive actions and court rulings, we were told by MSM and many in the street that housing is a human right. Would appreciate your thoughts on the difference between human rights (freedoms to many of us to speak, think, worship without government restrictions and fear of retribution) on the one hand and human needs on the other and the role of the federal gov’t in delivering things people need (presumably to live) much less things people want. Note that this is not about safety nets for those who have mental or physical disabilities or those who are between jobs after being fired. I would argue that this dichotomy goes to the core of our political divide as we never seem to have an honest and open debate about what the gov’t owes to its citizens and what obligations a citizen owes to his or her country and community and fellow citizens. — Michael F.

I’m with you, Michael. Safety nets for the needy — yes. Temporary help for those in a bad spot — yes. Is housing necessary? Of course. But once we start calling everything under the sun a “human right” where does it end? Is a trip to Paris to visit great museums a “human right.” The left can dismiss that as ridiculous — but at some point down the road they may decide that if some people can afford a trip to Paris why should those who lack money not have the same “human right.” I realize I’m pushing the envelope, but my point is that not everything that is good is a “human right” nor should it be.

Do you roll your eyes as hard as I do when you hear hard-core Trump people on television and the internet all of a sudden VERY upset that we have a president who lies to the American people? I laughed out loud last week when that guy asked you for examples of Trump’s lies because the only one he could think of was the one about the inauguration size. I guess something is only a “lie” if you don’t like the guy who is telling the lie. We live in very silly times. — Ben G.

Here’s what it comes down to, Ben: Principles are dead. If they weren’t, the same people who are upset with Biden’s lies would have been upset with Trump’s lies. But they’re not. And the reason is, as you say, “Something is only a ‘lie’ if you don’t like the guy who is telling the lie.”

On your website Dennis Prager said this in his new column: “We Jews often ask ourselves if a non-Jew in our lives would hide us in the event of a Nazi-like outbreak.”

You’re Jewish and I’m not, so I’m wondering if this is true. Do you ever ask yourself that question? — Phil M.

I don’t. But I’d like to think of have some friends who would hide me if it ever came to that. The Christians who hid Jews during the war were incredibly decent and courageous people. They will always have my admiration.

Bernie, many folks think that Joe Biden doesn’t know what is going on around me, and that in fact, individuals like Susan Rice and Ron Klain are actually running the country, and that they are his “handlers”, telling him what to do and say. For this reason, when he is interviewed, on Afghanistan for example, his responses are misleading because he really can’t recall anything. I think that after 40 years as a lying politician, he is just a practiced liar. What do you think? — Jerry G.

I agree that he’s a lifelong politician and lifelong politicians say whatever they think they have to say to get out of a jam. The bigger point is who’s calling the shots. Whether it’s Susan Rice and/or Ron Klain … it’s SOMEBODY. There’s a Wizard behind the curtain. Joe simply says what they tell him to say. Check out my new column on Monday. It deals with this.

Bernie, Now that CyberNinjas has concluded that Biden indeed won Arizona (by 360 more votes than the original tally), and couldn’t provide any evidence that the election was stolen, have you lost all faith in our country’s bamboo-detection capabilities? — John D.

The fix obviously is in. How could Biden win Arizona — and by more votes than previously believed — if he isn’t even a U.S. citizen. Did you know he was born in Portugal? No? Trump won the election in 2020. Just ask him. And if he runs again and wins (again) there’s a good chance he’ll sign an executive order forcing Arizona to secede from the Union. Good riddance, right? By the way, why don’t the media report that Biden has an identical twin brother and when Joe gets tired they roll out Mo, the twin brother? Trump can’t catch a break. It’s so unfair.

 


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Bernie’s Q&A: Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Bill Maher, and more! (9/3) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Sad to say Lunch Bucket Joe is providing you and the rest of us plenty of items to comment on. But with all the clamor about Joe’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos, I’m not so sure he’s actually calling the shots here. I don’t think and truly believe there are figures behind the scenes cuing the President up every time he supposedly makes a move. And it seems the moves he makes are handled so clumsily, why, it’s almost as if Obama never left office. Or Carter for that matter. LBJ is another story. And Clinton, for all his bravado, is responsible for Mogadishu. Are Democrats just lost as far as foreign policy is concerned? Or do they let their egos, (Johnson, Obama) get in the way of listening to their advisers? Or are their advisers just political hacks like Blinken who are truly out of their league? — Rod A.

I’ve written that I believe Joe Biden is sitting in the back seat looking out the side window while somebody else is driving the car. So to that extent, Rod, I’m with you. But in this case, he might actually be the one who called the shots regarding the August 31 firm deadline for leaving. He may also have rejected advice from the military. And yes, Democrats have had their share of foreign policy screwups but they’re not alone. Iraq? That was a Republican president’s screwup. And Trump was going to pull out of Afghanistan too — and we can only guess how that would have gone. Biden’s advisers may be in over their heads but so was George W. Bush’s advisors out of their league.  Neither party has a monopoly on bad foreign policy decisions.

Was the suicide bombings in Afghanistan the saddest day you’ve experienced since the 70’s in regards to how our Government’s incompetence has led to such disastrous consequences (that could have been avoided if politics didn’t overrule sound military response & logistical practices)? I’ll never be convinced that the US Military agreed to the logistical order of operations to execute this withdrawal. It makes zero sense to me. Who then will investigate and report on for us the decision making that got us in this specific mess? Who really “instructed” Joe on how to execute this plan? –ScottyG

You ask an important question, Scotty: Who really “instructed” the president on his plan? As I’ve said before, while others are calling a lot of the shots, on Afghanistan,Mr. Biden may have been so determined to leave on a date certain that this is all on him. Even Democrats aren’t happy and they say they plan to hold hearings. Let’s see if they do.

Bernie, in a relatively short period of time Joe Biden has managed to insert himself in the pantheon of worst Presidents this country has ever suffered though. All my liberal friends are eerily quiet of late. They were eerily loud when Trump ran the show in what now must seem to them, an amazingly competent manner. — Thomas C.

You know things are going bad for Biden when his pals in the liberal media are holding him accountable … when Democrats hold hearings on what happened in Afghanistan … and when your liberal friends are eerily quiet of late. No fooling. That’s a real sign that the president is in hot water.

Hi Bernie. It’s been a while for me, but I need to suggest a point to you on your latest about ‘the best and brightest’ in [Monday’s] column. It’s a subtle quibble, I’ll admit, but a crucial one. You wrote this….”They told us there were “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. There weren’t.”

Now, while this contention –my word, to you, contention– has a great deal of substance supporting it, there’s a crucial facet to the question that needs inclusion/consideration. Simply….the president, as Commander In Chief with the sworn responsibility to ‘protect and defend’, must always have the best information available to manage situations and make life and death decisions that affect the entire nation. And that requirement imposes (often, but not always) tremendous risk on our armed forces to provide that data/information which then leads to dangerous missions.

Recall, Cuba 1962, JFK authorized additional U2 flights over the island to keep him up to date so that he was well informed well after the discovery and documentation of the presence of offensive missiles in Cuba was verified. Why? Remember, it did result in loss of life (pilots) when those planes (thought to be safe beyond the reach of AAA) did come under fire by new Russian anti-aircraft artillery missiles. Wrong? I suggest ‘NO’. Every person in that situation from JFK on down understand what his duty was. Sometimes people die, that’s life.

Now, Iraq 2003. Recall Mr. David Kay who opined publicly that Saddam Hussein ‘did everything to convince us that he had nuclear weapons except actually having them’ ….my paraphrase, I apologize. Well, what was the (then) president (GWB) to do in such a situation? There was no sure way to know OTHER THAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND…..an invasion. Again, every man, and woman, knew the mission and what their duty was. Sometimes people die, that’s life.

Now beyond that the two situations become quite different and we likely agree that Iraq then became a tragedy like Vietnam. But, the decision taken by the Commander in Chief in both those situations AT THAT PRECISE MOMENT was the correct one regardless of the NOW acknowledged stupidity of the ‘best and brightest’

Life…..a ball of excrement hurtling through the void of space with just enough regularity to nurture life so that the great human comedy of it all can continue. Be well, take care, I am a dedicated reader/listener who surfaces occasionally…. — Andrew M.

I’m not saying President Bush acted on his own. I’m 100% certain he acted based on what the intelligence community told him. But what they told him was wrong. There were no weapons of mass destruction. We went to war on bad information. The “best and brightest” — the “smart” crowd at the CIA and other places — screwed up.

I have always believed Biden to be a one term president, likely by choice. Could it be that political soul mates in media believe the same thing thereby minimizing risk of occasional criticism? What say you? — Jesse B.

I’m with you, Jesse, on him being a one term president. But I think his allies in the media took him on because … if they didn’t, their credibility, their reputation, would go down the drain. They weren’t concerned about him; they were concerned about themselves.

If you could’ve given advise to any president during the War on Terror, how would you suggest he handle our dealings in Afghanistan, including our withdrawal? — D-Rock

That’s way over my capabilities, D-Rock. But since he knew he wanted to leave Afghanistan even before he was elected, he should have started to implement his evacuation plan on the day he took the oath of office. He waited too long and we got chaos as a result. I also think that humility goes a long way. Instead of steadfastly sticking by his bad decisions, he should have gone on television and admitted his mistakes. But that’s not what politicians do, is it?

President Biden has a tendency to mention Beau Biden, his service, and loss to cancer in his speeches. I believe he did so in each of his televised speeches on Afghanistan. While I have sympathy for Mr. Biden for the tragedies he has endured in his family, and I respect Beau Biden’s legacy of military and public service, I don’t believe that Mr. Biden’s references to his son help. I understand that he is trying to convey empathy to the families of our fallen and his personal commitment to end the war. However, it comes across as Mr. Biden is too consumed with this loss to be able to make the necessary military decisions that might put troops in harm’s way. Or the effective decisions needed that when our troops are in harm’s way, they can adequately defend and protect themselves. It just seems to be the justification of his “Out At Any Cost” policy. And that policy is failing spectacularly. I would be curious to read your thought about this. — Hendrick G.

I too have sympathy for the loss of his son. So, to some extent, I understand why he talks about it as much as he does. But … to talk about his loss to the parents of those servicemen and women who were killed, was a mistake. They were understandably offended.

Recently, 90 retired generals and admirals wrote a letter demanding the resignations of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley. In a nutshell, the letter brings up the disastrous cluster f—k that was the withdrawal from Afghanistan, along with the apparent desires of these men to push woke politics into the military instead of the ability to win wars. My question is this: although I never served in the military, I’ve known many that did. How in the world (do YOU) believe two intelligent military men like Milley and Austin fall for the woke political nonsense? I would think their combined experiences would have taught them that politically correct wokeness has no place in the armed forces and that such crap would actually weaken our military rather than strengthen it. Your thoughts are appreciated. — “Drop & Give Me 50 Lines From Ibrahim X Kendy” Regards from The Emperor

It seems like everything is political these days — even the stuff that comes out of the mouths of “two intelligent military men.” That’s the best I’ve got. Can you imagine Patton spouting woke crapola? I know that’s a tad unfair since “woke” didn’t exist in Patton’s time. But as an Emperor yourself, I’m sure you catch my drift.

I have started watching Bill Maher and CNN again, not because they have come over to the right side (pun very much intended), but because they are willing to be intellectually honest now and call BS on the their fellow libs when it is warranted. Like most of us on the right, I don’t expect them to all of a sudden become conservative, but can’t we all be objective adults when analyzing current events? Do you think this is the coda for Trump Derangement Syndrome? I certainly hope so. I notice on my news feeds that the only mentions of Orange Man are on the leftist web sites. — Steve R.

I think Maher is an old-fashioned lefty — one who really believes in liberal ideas. And so when liberals become illiberal, when they become authoritarian, he calls them out. CNN is a slightly different case, I think. CNN has held Mr. Biden accountable because, as I’ve said earlier, it’s their own credibility and reputation they’re concerned about.  If they gave the president a pass, they’d lose what little credibility they still have. So good for them — for now. But it won’t be long, I think, before they and other liberal news outlets revert to form and once again cover for the man they were rooting for in the last election. I could be wrong, of course … so let’s wait and see.

Mr. Goldberg, I subscribe to the position that President Biden is little more than a puppet for the rabid left-wingers he allowed to infest his inner circle. My question is in regard to your opinion about the role of his wife in all this. Normally, one’s spouse is the closest and most trusted advisor and confidant we have, candidly providing counsel for all things and caring for each other “in sickness and in health”. But it seems that (Doctor) Jill Biden has completely acquiesced to having her husband regarded as a buffoon without making any effort to either protect him or help him (and his country) survive his descent into mental oblivion. Do you think she has been ostracized, dissuaded, or otherwise blocked from her duties as a wife by the powers behind the throne, or does she just want the inevitable gravy train available to First Ladies and does not care what her husband’s legacy will be? – Al L.

I’m glad she’s keeping a low profile. Nobody elects the spouses of presidents so the less they say about public policy matters, the better. And I’m sure that she sees the criticism as political and may complain about it in private but it’s a good thing that she’s not defending her husband in public. That’s how I see it anyway.

Yesterday I watched a recap of the President’s comments as I can only take good ole Joe in small doses. I found it incredulous that Mr. Biden claimed that all his national security team endorsed the closure of the Bagram airbase and the firm exit date of August 31st. If I was in the position of advising our current President and he wanted to remove all forces from Afghanistan, I would have suggested that he announce our planned departure, with evacuations of all U.S. citizens and other qualified stakeholders beginning on August 1st with the beginning of force reduction concurrently. The departures will be affected via Bagram Air Base and the Airport in Kabul. The exodus will be conducted in an orderly fashion and conclude when all qualified evacuees are safely removed from the theater of operation. With all of the high-priced brainpower at the President’s disposal, how could it be possible that everyone agreed to an exit strategy with so few options and a time constraint that didn’t provide some flexibility? — Douglas C.

Maybe they didn’t all agree on the exit strategy. Maybe they gave him advice that he rejected. Or maybe his advisers are not all that smart. Someone screwed up — and we need to know how it happened … so it doesn’t, hopefully, happen again.

Remember “Saving Private Ryan.” That’s when most of us first heard the term: FUBAR. Does that describe the current mess in Afghanistan to you? As noble as the motive is to stop the deployment of our troops and pull out of that conflict is, the way this administration went about it and messed it up is beyond description. Do you think it was just Biden wanting to look good for the upcoming Sept. 11th anniversary so he could preen like a peacock? Who do you think was behind these disastrous decisions? Someone has to held accountable don’t you think? No one has stepped forward and resigned or been fired. Why do you think that is? Just when I thought the news couldn’t be any worse about 13 wonderful young Americans being killed and then the military abandoning Americans and helpful Afghans as well leaving billions in equipment and an air base, I heard on the news more than 200 dogs, many of which were service animals, were left behind. Americans love their dogs and are outraged. How do you wrap your arms around all of that? — Warren

FUBAR — F’d up beyond all repair. That’s a pretty good description of what we witnessed in Kabul. Joe Biden wanted us out — not matter what. He said we would stay beyond his self imposed August 31 deadline to get all Americans out … and then broke his promise. At some point we’re going to get whistleblowers tell us what went on behind the scenes. I hope it comes soon.

Hi, Bernie, great “off the cuff” commentary. In answer to your question, Joe Biden was never a very intelligent person as highlighted by his history, and his ability to think today has clearly been diminished. So, I don’t think that they he even thought about whether the Taliban will honor their commitment, or if they don’t, he’ll use sanctions or something else economically to hurt them. Of course, that won’t bother them at all. Let’s see if I’m right on this one. Stay tuned as Joe’s handlers and the State Department use bribery money to get our American citizens back. And, of course, the corrupt media will do nothing about it except to say, we got them back, what’s your problem? Of course, if this was Donald Trump, it would be a different story with the media, which is why I turned them off years ago and listen to Bill O’Reilly and you. — Jerry G.

Unfortunately, I think you nailed it, Jerry. I say “unfortunately” because you describe a situation that doesn’t instill confidence in the president or his team. I wish it weren’t the case, but like you, I suspect it is.

Of course you are completely correct in all of [this week’s “Off the Cuff”] observations. If I were a space alien studying to understand this contradictory human species I might recognize a significant leadership vacuum as a feature of free peoples over time. Our memories are indeed short. To me the question is this: is it too late to shore up this damaged, cynical and stressed experiment of liberal democracy? Or will we revert to humankind’s historical default position of kings, potentates, princes and dictators? Each new day finds me personally glad to be on this end of my existence with the caveat of concern for those who will be left behind in the storm. — Jesse B.

We’ll survive this, Jesse. We’ve survived a Great Depression, two World Wars, many examples of run of the mill political stupidity. Not to worry about reverting to a historical default position where kings and the like run the show. In our system, dumbasses too often run the show. I’m taking nominations for a Benevolent Despot.  Got any?

Bernie, Mediaite has been documenting a situation going on in Fox News prime-time, in which Tucker Carlson keeps trashing Senator Lindsey Graham on his show, and complaining that Graham won’t come on for an interview, and then — less than an hour later — Graham shows up on Sean Hannity’s show (same network and building) for an interview.

Do you believe this is all leading up to a sweeps week ploy, in which Carlson will invade Hannity’s set during a live broadcast, and attempt to ambush-interview Graham, thus setting up a professional wrestling match between Carlson and Hannity on a special episode of Watters World… with Greg Gutfeld as the referee and Jeanine Pirro as the ring announcer? — John D.

I don’t know but I’m sure of this: It would make for great TV. All the Fox yahoos in one place at one time. It would make Kabul look tame by comparison. But to your less-absurd point, John D — about Carlson trashing Senator Graham. That’s really strange. Something deeply personal is going on. And whatever it is, there’s a good chance that if/when it comes out, it’ll make Tucker Carlson look like a jerk.

 


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I’m curious how many fair minded “we are not liberal biased” papers came after the LA Times for this reported headline about Larry Elder who is running to oust the current Nuisance: ‘Larry Elder is the black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned’ — Gary

This was not a headline on a news story. It ran over a column, an opinion piece. It was designed to get clicks and readers. I think, Gary, that we’re so numb to this kind of garbage that we just read it and move on. Sad, right?

With China and everyone else watching our weak and incompetent leader, how long do you think it will be before China makes a serious move to take over Taiwan? I give it 2 yrs. or less. I have always felt that whoever was president, good or bad, that America would always survive them. I no longer am so sure. What happens to Biden from here? Impeachment, Court Marshall, or nothing. I suspect the latter. — Beverly B.

If China moves on Taiwan the American people will not be in favor of an American war with China — not over a place so far away. China, I trust, knows this and so your prediction may be right. As for President Biden: Do we really think he should be impeached? Do we really want to go down that road where every time a president screws up we try to remove him from office? That’s not for me. Court martial? I don’t think it applies to civilians, even if they are commander-in-chief. Or “nothing” you ask. Well, there’s always the next election. That’s not nothing.

About 8 months into this Administration and we are seeing unprecedented blundering complete with horrible CYA attempts at justifying the buffoonery. Do you think Joe can survive this level of criticism & accompanying stress for 3 plus more years? I really don’t, but I certainly don’t like the back up plan so I’m pulling for the old bird to keep his wits. Are you? And what scares you most if he doesn’t ? — ScottyG

If Biden doesn’t last his full term, I don’t like the back up plan either, Scotty. I’d rather have a weakened Biden as our president then Kamala Harris no matter her mental condition. If Biden doesn’t last 3 1/2 more years what scares me is that his successor will be worse than him.

I like Jason Whitlock. In some ways he reminds me of someone else I follow (guess who) as he’s not afraid to attack his peers. In a recent article in the Blaze (“Bill Maher is lying.  To his audience. And to himself,” he states: “The left is a house of Trump cards. Remove Trump and the progressive movement immediately collapses beneath the weight of its bulls**t. Remove Trump and the left can’t defend the authoritarian actions it’s taking to overhaul America’s cultural norms.” “Compelling liberals to defend their agenda without their trusty Trump card would unmask their wickedness.”

Speaking with my conservative friends, we want Trump out of the picture. I’m not sure what that takes. But perhaps this is a great start. — Tim H.

Whitlock is a much needed voice in American journalism. And if the reference to someone else you follow is who I think you mean, then thanks, Tim. Things are looking pretty rosy for the GOP — at … the … moment. Donald can screw things up royally, something he’s more than capable of doing. Maybe you should start a Whitlock for President movement and settle a bunch of problem for all of us.

Sir Bernie, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised to see that it’s not just the liberal media that is going after President Biden on his horrible blunders of the withdrawal from Afghanistan—-it’s also Democrats in his own party. I would have assumed (incorrectly) that they would have made excuses for him by attempting to blame Trump as well. For my own part, I don’t think Biden is crazy so the 25th Amendment shouldn’t apply here; I just think he’s F—-ING Stupid—-you know, like Jimmy Carter. In your opinion, Sir Bernie, why do you think Democrats aren’t defending him as much, and what do you speculate that Kamala Harris would have done differently? — “Stupid Is As Stupid Does” Regards From The Emperor

I agree with almost everything you say, Emperor … except … Jimmy Carter, whatever else he was, definitely was not stupid. Actually he was one of the smartest presidents we’ve ever had. But I understand what you were getting at. I think the reason that some of his fellow Democrats have turned on him is self-preservation. Democrat voters watch television news too and they’ve seen what we’ve all seen. Like liberal journalists who (for a change) are calling out President Biden, liberal pols know their reputation and credibility are on the line. As for VP Harris and what she would have done differently: We can only speculate, but I’m guessing she’d screw this up just like her boss has done.

This is the lead paragraph from an article published in The Hill: The White House is trying to regain control of the narrative on Afghanistan by staging more public appearances for President Biden and highlighting the way in which evacuations have ramped up significantly over the past week. It seems to me; this one sentence sums up what is wrong with our country right now. That the narrative is more important to control than the situation. If the media accepts narrative over performance, the situation on the ground will only deteriorate. How can we as American citizens accept such tripe and how can the White House put out such garbage as the solution to a crisis. A good Commander in Chief would have demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the CIA Director, the National Security Director, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of State. They were all asleep at the wheel. The prime purpose of the Government is to protect the citizens and sovereignty of its citizens. This Administration has proven to be woefully inadequate to this task. What is your take on this Mr. Goldberg? — Douglas C.

My general take, Douglas, is that President Biden is in way over his head. As for mass resignations: If the heads of those agencies are responsible for the fiasco, fine with me. But what if they gave the president solid advice and he rejected it? That’s more than possible.

Here’s Karl Rove on the subject: “Done right, this sort of military withdrawal would have required the president to insist on robust, cross-agency planning. It appears he didn’t. Mr. Biden should have asked tough questions about what was needed for the Afghan government to hold on or to form an agreement to protect human rights if it couldn’t. He didn’t. Regular briefings—on the intelligence on the ground, reactions of allies, status of the planning—were necessary. But were they held? And if they were, did the president pay attention to them? It certainly doesn’t look like it.”

As for your other point, about how the White House is handling the PR aspect of the mess in Kabul:  That’s what politicians often do; they try to take our mind off of the mess they created by saying, “But look at all the good stuff we’ve done.”  I don’t think the American people are buying their story.  They have seen the pictures on television.  They know how bad it is, no matter how hard Team Biden tries to spin it.

[Afghanistan is a] foreign policy debacle to be sure, but in the 1976 election nobody cared about President Ford’s messy evacuation of Saigon. I do expect Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 election. Do you think Donald Trump will seek to be it’s Speaker? Do you think Republicans will stick with Kevin McCarthy? — John R.

Donald Trump as Speaker? Even though the Speaker does not have to be a Member of the House — Did you know that? … I didn’t until someone pointed it out to me — there’s no way that Donald Trump will seek the job. No Way! As to your other question: If the GOP takes control of the House next year, I do think they’ll stick with McCarthy.

My eyes have seen almost everything that yours have as I am fairly confident that we are in the same general age bracket. When it comes to Biden’s foreign policy chops I’d guesstimate that, were he a major league hitter, his batting average would be hovering around .100 . I had the very same thoughts that this might be his Lyndon Johnson moment ala Vietnam, or his Iranian Embassy moment ala James Earl Carter. The Biden as FDR nonsense has been humorous if not ridiculous. The odds are heavily weighted against the success of his one term administration. What scares me most is what in the world comes next? — Jesse B.

I’m with you, Jesse … except I think you’re being generous saying he’d be batting .100 … that may be a tad high. As for “what in the world comes next?” … Let’s just home it’s not Kamala Harris … because she makes Biden look like a .300 hitter.

Bernie, prior to the COVID vaccines, did you ever envision that once they were available at every corner drug store, a large portion of the U.S. population would refuse to get vaccinated, and needlessly help drive hospitalizations back up through the roof? And what’s with a bunch of these people seeking out horse de-worming agents and ‘monoclonal antibody treatments’ instead of just getting two shots in the arm of something all of the numbers show to be safe and quite effective? This pandemic is being prolonged with all of this nonsense and I’m sick of it. — Ben G.

I’m never surprised, Ben, when stupid people do stupid things … but when smart people do stupid things, it throws me. What I mean is that I know several intelligent folks who won’t get the vaccine. They have excuses, of course … their own reasons … but they don’t make sense to me. I’m as troubled by this as you are but I don’t want the federal government mandating that everyone must get the shot — or else. Private companies are another matter.

Bernie, I agree with everything you said [in this week’s “Off the Cuff”] except when you said, “I suspect he knows that already.” In reference to Biden and his concern for swing voters. Unfortunately, I think President Biden’s mental faculties are far too gone for such reasoning on his part. Such worries are now in the hands of his handlers. — David P.

Maybe. But if his handlers know he’s in trouble, they’ve told him, I suspect. And he, I think, understands. I do believe that his handlers are driving the car and he’s sitting in the back seat looking out the side window. But he’s a lifelong pol and lifelong pols can smell trouble. I think he knows what’s going on.

Bernie, what country am I in right now? Republicans are now pro-choice (when it comes to vaccines), Democrats are over the me too movement (when it comes to women in Afghanistan), and the liberal President wants to run and hide from the liberal media. I thought 2020 was odd, but 2021 has taken us further down this bizarre rabbit hole. Where are we headed? — Joe M.

We’re headed towards 2022 and it’s going to get even crazier between now and then.

Bernie, Good stuff this week, sad to say Lunch Bucket Joe is providing you and the rest of us plenty of items to comment on. But with all the clamor about Joe’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos, I’m not so sure he’s actually calling the shots here. I don’t think and truly believe there are figures behind the scenes cuing the President up every time he supposedly makes a move. And it seems the moves he makes are handled so clumsily, why, it’s almost as if Obama never left office. Or Carter for that matter. LBJ is another story. And Clinton, for all his bravado, is responsible for Mogadishu. Are Democrats just lost as far as foreign policy is concerned? Or do they let their egos, (Johnson, Obama) get in the way of listening to their advisers? Or are their advisers just political hacks like Blinken who are truly out of their league? — Rod A.

Democrats will distance themselves from their nominal leader … and some already have. They want no part of the chaos that President Biden has unleashed. They will look out for themselves and toss Joe over the side if that’s what they feel they need to do. So this time around, it’s more a Biden issue than a Democratic Party issue. Though I get your historical point about Jimmy Carter et al.

Biden ‘s Afghanistan Desertion really bad. It has been a calamity of poor judgment and tragic errors. There’s a LA Times story that 24 high school students + 16 parents from San Diego are stranded ‘somewhere in Afghanistan.’ And an attack at an airport gate with US military injured. This is a presidency killer as you spoke about this week. And things will likely get worse before they get better. In the midst of this, Pelosi and Biden are celebrating their $3.5 infrastructure pancetta squandering while trying to ignore Afghanistan (as they do the Border). I was critical of Michelle Obama when she said something similar, that I have never been embarrassed as an American, but I am now with this collapse in American integrity and fortitude. I am very concerned about about our future, how long will it take us to get our sea legs back and right the rudder. This is really bad. What say you? –Don Estif

I’m with you Don. This IS really bad. This is a Biden screwup from the jump. His presidency is in shambles and as a practical matter he may not be able to recover. My guess, as I write this, is that we’ll now hear from a “tough” Joe Biden. He and his team have to deal with the reality of what’s going on in Afghanistan … AND … the political fallout. Not sure they can do either … or both.

Here in Colorado, it was recently discovered that the president of our state’s Fraternal Order of Police had illegally taken stolen license plates from a police evidence room, placed them on his own automobile, and racked up close to $1,600 in toll-road charges that were then billed to the victim whose plates were stolen. Do you believe that this is proof that the pendulum has swung back too far from the “defund the police” movement? — John D.

As Newton’s Third Law tells us: For every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. So if we keep taking money from police departments … if we insist on defunding the police … then the police (or the head of Colorado’s FOP, anyway) are going to fight back do what any of us would do: Steal license plates to avoid toll-road charges. I mean, can we really blame the guy? I am curious though about who steals license plates in the first place? Why not just steal the whole car? And why wouldn’t the cops notify the person who’s tags were stolen and return them instead of holding them in the evidence room? Is it true, John D, that you have a stolen vanity license plate on your car, a 1955 Nash Rambler. And is it true that the plate reads: Fancy Boy? And was it stolen from your boyhood idol, Liberace’s, Rolls Royce? Just  asking!

 


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