The Insanity Goes Round and Round

Christians are being persecuted, often murdered, in over a hundred countries at this very moment. Most of the massacres and church burnings are taking place in the Middle East, a gigantic swamp whose only redeeming features are oil and Israel, and the Orient, where China, Vietnam and North Korea, are proving themselves the swinish equals of Egypt, Syria and Iran.

In the meantime, the Obama regime goes along to get along, saving its quota of moral outrage for the Israelis who refuse to jump through hoops for the Palestinian rabble and John Kerry.

But, then, this is the same Obama who insisted that the folks who run Notre Dame and Georgetown University cover up or remove all religious symbols from their walls before he would deign to address the students. That suggested to some that Obama really is a follower of Islam, but proved to me that the hierarchy at Catholic institutions is no more principled than the DNC. After all, when the Church refuses to even consider excommunicating politicians who actively promote homosexuality and abortions on demand, who would expect college administrators, even those at Catholic institutions, to possess backbones?

Speaking of hypocrites, let us consider David Petraeus. Adultery is one thing, but when he joined in the big lie that Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to a video nobody had seen, even though he was well aware that it was a well-planned terrorist attack, he crossed the line from military hero to political shill. Now, by announcing that “Hillary Clinton would be a terrific president!” he has shown himself to be about as principled as those cowards at Notre Dame and Georgetown.

Is it just my imagination or is it true that our military leaders, starting with Colin Powell, seem to tarnish at the speed of light once they remove their uniforms?

Speaking of Hillary Clinton, her late friend’s journal quotes her description of Monica Lewinsky as “a narcissistic loony tune.” Talk about the pot calling the narcissistic kettle loony! At least Ms. Lewinsky never oversaw the murder of four Americans. Neither did she then lie about it nor claim it made no difference who the responsible parties were; and, most importantly, she never suffered from the delusion she deserved to be president simply because she’d once had sex with Bill.

There are things about Fox I like, including Bret Baier, Brit Hume, Steve Hayes, Megyn Kelly, Bernie Goldberg, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, Charles Krauthammer, Howard Kurtz and Jeanine Pirro, but the resident liberals, who all seem to be auditioning for their own shows over at MSNBC, are awfully hard to take.

Because he seems to show up everywhere on the network, Juan Williams probably annoys me the most. As you listen to Obama’s talking points gushing out of his pie-hole, you really have to wonder who signs his checks — Roger Ailes or the DNC.

But others, such as Bob Beckel, Alan Colmes, Leslie Marshall, Kristen Powers and Geraldo Rivera, can be equally obnoxious. Rivera, who looks almost as bad with a beard as Jay Carney, recently took Bill O’Reilly to task for denying Obama “the majesty of the office” by asking him embarrassing questions about Benghazi, the IRS and the Affordable Care Act, during his Super Bowl interview. He neglected to mention the fact that Obama denied O’Reilly the majesty of Fox News by showing up without a necktie.

I guess it’s a good thing that liberals have such short memories that they forget that when George Bush was in the Oval Office, it not only, according to them, lacked majesty, but it was quite okay to call for the resident’s impeachment and even his assassination.

In other news, the Majestic One – you know the guy who swore to lower the oceans and heal the planet – arbitrarily changed ObamaCare for the 28th time by presidential fiat, simultaneously kicking sand in the face of Congress and trashing the Constitution, and for no other reason than to protect red state Democrats up for re-election in November.

But, as he was heard to remark during a visit to Monticello, when he broke protocol by going off for a tour of the grounds, “That’s the best thing about being President — I can do whatever I like.”

By “whatever,” he doesn’t just mean re-write his signature piece of legislation on a daily basis, but includes refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act; protect U.S. sovereignty by closing the borders; prosecuting blacks for hate crimes; while opposing those states looking to remove fraud from the election process through the use of photo IDs.

But this is the same knucklehead whose energy policy, which he likes to describe as “all of the above,” but only so long as “all” doesn’t include oil and coal; and whose foreign policy, which he also insists includes all options being on the table, but only so long as those options never involve military action in Syria or even additional sanctions against Iran.

Frankly, I’m surprised that Hollywood, being as liberal as it is, hasn’t yet gotten around to relabeling the Oscars the Obamas.

After all, what more appropriate honor could the pinheads bestow than to name their gold-plated eunuch after the one residing in the White House?

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

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/
  • LAR LUBAVITCH

    if the TRUTH IS INSANITY.PRELUTSKY AND GOLDBERG ARE ENLIGHTENED LUNATICS!

  • brickman

    Between this article and the one (also supposedly about insanity) written by Webb, it seems that this site now considers ad hominem attacks against people that they don’t like to be journalism.

    I can raise the stakes. Know who I don’t like? Jim David Adkisson a man who shot nine people killing two. He was inspired by Bernie Goldberg’s book ” 100 People Who are Screwing Up America” see
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoxville_Unitarian_Universalist_church_shooting

  • Rose

    Wow! Speaking of insanity! It’s a Putin love-fest up at the CPAC meeting.

  • Rose

    I predict that Obama’s reasoned and cautious approach will be more successful than a knee-jerk reaction. Meanwhile that little twit Lindsay Graham needs to shut his un patriotic pie-hole.

  • Concernedmimi

    Well, I guess it will take Obama another three months to figure this one out. In the mean time, he’ll be out at the country club for another golf lesson.

  • Rose

    I think John Daly has decided the best way for the GOP to contribute to the Ukraine discussion is to bring up the birther movement and Benghazi.

  • Rose

    I eagerly await the GOP’s magical solution to the Putin/Ukraine issue. Just what do they recommend? Surely they have some suggestions for the president and other world leaders. Give us your ideas! This is serious, folks! It is white people who are rebelling over there! It is white people they are rebelling against. Not some black Africans or swarthy Middle Easterners. This involves the very cradle if whiteness, the Caucases. It’s where we got the word Caucasian! It’s us against us in a way. Kind of like when Hitler marched into Austria. Is this the beginning of World War III, eye-rollers? Or is it just a blip on your political radar-screens, nothing more than a chance to shame Obama and perhaps put Hillary on the spot0? Come on, Graham, McCain, Romney, O’Reilly…put your knuckleheads together and save the republic!

  • Rose

    Can we really afford to rattle our sabers at Putin, Little Bitty Lindsay Graham? There are other ways besides rushing into conflict, and your grandstanding is an embarrassment.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Personally, I think we should blame a Ukraine invasion on a YouTube video so the Obama administration won’t lose any credibility on the world stage.

      • Rose

        What would Graham do now? He fails to mention his grand scheme for dealing with a crisis that is the most serious we and the world has faced in years? What would Romney do or mcCain? Would they send nuclear ships to the area? How about boots on the ground in Ukraine/Crimea? Sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas exporting might put Europe in. Deep freeze and bring their economy to a standstill. Encourage Ukraine to starve the Russians by not sending their bountiful cops to Putinville? Oh, it is far more complicated than your little Benghazi narrative, John. Do share your pearls of wisdom for averting a possible renewal of the Old War or even WWIII? Eye-rolling is simply not enough.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          >>What would Graham do now?

          Now that Putin feels emboldened enough to invade the Ukraine because he’s sees no consequences in doing so, and doesn’t fear America’s role in the world?

          What would Graham do? What would OBAMA do? As you people on the left are so fond of pointing out, congress doesn’t make these decisions. The president does. He gladly ushered in this era of American weakness in invested all of his hopes in the ridiculous “reset” policy – after first cancelling our missile shield agreements with Poland and the Czech Republic (which Putin wanted, and we got nothing in return for).

          Turning the argument against Lindsey Graham is like trashing a hotel room and then criticizing the hotel manager for letting it happen.

  • Rose

    I am proud that we have a president who does not use the lives of our servicemen or our treasure to prove he is a Top Gun. It is very easy to get into costly wars, but not so easy to get out of them. Bush and Cheney never saw a war they would not jump into and did not hesitate to sacrifice thousands of lives and trillions in treasure for ego.

    • RMN

      The Washington Post just posted an editorial titled “President Obama’s foreign policy based on fantasy”.

      If you really love the people of the Middle East you can’t be “proud” of President Obama’s foreign policy that has lead to so much death and suffering of its’ citizens.

      • Rose

        President Obama did not begin the Arab Spring. He did not start the unfunded, unnecessary and unwinnable Bush wars. And I do not agree with everything in the Washington Post. I voted for him because I thought he was less likely to drag us into new wars than McCain or Romney. The Bush wars have killed thousands of our troops for nothing.

        • RMN

          President Obama can claim he ended the war in Iraq but he can’t claim he has won the peace.

          Look what has happened in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Libiya since President Obama took office. His foreign policy has literally handed the citizens of the Middle East a death sentence.

          • Rose

            Obama is getting us out of Iraq. It is not his responsibility to win the peace there since we are not into nation building. I am also very proud of our president for getting Bin Laden, something Bush failed to do.

          • Rose

            The Bush experiment in nation building was doomed to failure, and people on both sides of the aisle predicted it.

          • Darren Perkins

            Remember it was Obama that failed to get a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi leaders that would have kept the current situation over there from happening. IMO he took all the work that had been done and lives lost and made it all for nothing. Another lack of wisdom IMO.

          • RMN

            Not his responsibility to win the peace? Thought you stated you loved the people of the Middle East.

            If you really cared about the people of the Middle East you can’t be proud of the results of President Obama political decisions.

          • Darren Perkins

            He made a decision.. a good one. He of course sat here safe and sound while others did the dirty work. The navy seals got Bin Laden. My question is why can’t he get the murdering scum that attacked in Benghazi. Could be that he wants to put a lid on this because of his inaction to save them.

        • Darren Perkins

          The problem with Obama is that he is a complete neophyte on the world stage even after one full term in office. He is impotent to effect any good for the world because he only uses his mouth and leaders of state around the world know that bullshit walks and power talks. Obama has no power on the world stage because he refuses to use the power he has except to subvert the constitution in regard to domestic affairs. His answer to everything is to talk and then do nothing to back up his words and everyone knows it. His words carry no meaning and are meant to only make him seem relevant to the folks here at home when he obviously is not. It is because as POTUS he has never stopped campaigning and because truthfully the only thing he is really good at is lying to the American people. Leaders of state around the world are not so gullible.

          • Rose

            Obama exercises the necessary restraint when considering sending our troops to war. And certainly Reagan did not rush into the Middle East after the attack on our Marines in Lebanon which killed over 200 of our troops. He knew that a quagmire would result. Wisdom and restraint are far better than rolling into places like Iraq and Afghanistan with guns blazing. Those places revert to their old ways when we leave. All those lives, all that money for Bush’s ego and Cheney’s defense contracts.

          • Darren Perkins

            IMO you mistake lack of knowledge for wisdom . If he had any wisdom he wouldn’t make every effort to divide the country along racial, economic and party lines.
            You mistake indecision for restraint. The guy attacks his political adversaries with complete and utter abandon as shown in the IRS targeting of conservative groups, his continual diatribe against Fox News( James Rosen in particular was considered a criminal and subject to prosecution in order to obtain access to his emails) and lets not forget the current malicious prosecution of dnesh desouza (sp?) There is no restraint shown to political enemies but never follows through on any ‘red line’ crossed that he has drawn to foreign leaders of state. Instead he wants to talk it out with Iranians who will never bargain in good faith- they never have so why would they now. (another showing that he lacks wisdom). Hell he wants to take the threat of nuclear retaliation completely out to the equation under any circumstance. (not wise in my opinion as a big stick doesn’t matter so much when their is no threat that you will actually use it when it would become necessary to protect our freedom itself. If we want to talk about egos then Mr. Obama takes top tier in believing he can stem the rise of the seas and save the earth from the terrible man made climate change (the disaster formerly known as global warming). Under his plan to save us all from ourselves ‘energy costs would necessarily skyrocket’ – his words- which would necessarily hit the poorest the hardest as well as being an economy killer. (another lack of wisdom when you consider that climate change is a certainty even if we emitted no co2). He shows also a complete lack of wisdom for subverting the constitution and going it alone when the peoples house refuses to rubber stamp his decisions- even many Obama supporting liberals recognize this. Ramming through ACA without debate and without a single rebuplican vote shows a glaring lack of wisdom and restraint considering that it effects everyone in the Country and one sixth of our entire economy.
            Bottom line is that he has never shown to me that he has any wisdom or restraint in anything he has ever done and I fail to see how you can attribute his lack of action in foreign affairs to be attributed to these qualities which he has never demonstrated in any other area.

  • Concernedmimi

    We have ended up with the most arrogant, self-serving, egotistical president in the entire history of our country. Every time there is a ‘crisis’ he appears and reads from his little telly prompter with his little red color crayon to draw lines and threaten other countries, then disappear to the country clubs for golf lessons. A colossal joke and embarrassment for America.

    • Rose

      Oh, yes! If only he were in a rush to start another costly war! He has missed opportunities to bankrupt the nation and kill/ maim thousands of our soldiers in Syria and Russia!

      • Darren Perkins

        He is managing to bankrupt the nation without the wars. Saving money- yes- but when he takes that savings and doles it out to his dependent voters their is no savings at all.

  • Rose

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lived and worked in the Middle East and many have made their homes there. Engineers, doctors, airline workers, construction people, the military, even Christian priests and pastors —- all have lived and worked, raised their children, enjoyed their lives in places like Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Egypt, Oman, Iran, Iraq, even Libya and Morocco. xenophobia is alive and well on this forum and it is laughable to anyone with an ounce of experience in the area. Hyperbole abounds when it comes to the Middle East. I lived there for a decade and never saw anyone persecuted or even questioned for being a Christian. I attended Christian services on Sunday. I dressed modestly in normal clothes. I never saw anyone with a missing hand…or a missing head. Ha! There is no substitute for being there, believe me. Articles by bigots are not a substitute for the real thing. I could go back there if the opportunity presented itself. It is a great experience for anyone to live abroad.

    • Darren Perkins

      Lucky you weren’t raped and then thrown in prison for you crime. Infidel.

      • Rose

        Crime of any kind is quite low in many countries in the Middle East. Never bothered at all while there. Felt safer there than many places in the US.

  • Rose

    Mr. Prelutsky, your ignorance of the Middle East is astounding. I have lived and worked in the Middle East, and I have travelled extensively in five countries in the area. It is the very cradle of civilization, rich in history and culture, and the people in general are warm and welcoming. Dubai is hardly a swamp, sir. My experience there was wonderful. Nobody ever bothered me about my Christian or tried to convert me to theirs. I love the Middle East and actually miss many aspects of living there. I also love Europe, the Orient, Australia and Canada. Of course, I live my own country, too, but I am well aware of its deficiencies, the main one being an utter lack of sophistication when it comes to foreign lands and an ignorance that many mistake for patriotism. You are a humorist, so perhaps you are trying to be amusing in this column. You failed.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      So you’ve travelled the middle east extensively and no one cared you were a Christian? You sound exactly like a blonde joke. Copts (Christians) are now today fleeing Egypt and Libya and the region in droves, they’re being killed and their Churches are burning. (For Pete’s sake read a newspaper). In Syria there has been news all week of Christian communites offered Islam or death, and they are in FACT, being murdered daily. In Iraq the Assyrian Christian Church is being decimated. There is no place in the Middle east (except Israel) where it’s safe to be a Christian inhabitant. (and I ain’t talking about “blonde” tourist’s) There have been Christian communities in the middle east for centuries. How many Christians currently sit on Arab or Persian parliments? There is not one damn thing that is funny about about the “swamp”, that is the middle east. Unless murdering untold thousands of men, women and children, in the past couple of years, for nothing more than their Christian faith, gives you a chuckle or two.

      • Rose

        Yes, I lived there with my family and encountered none of the situations you describe. Real life is different from fiction and from news reports. I know Egypt is different from when I visited there, but I also know Christians who still live and work there. Much about the Middle East is exaggerated. Calling mainly desert countries a swamp is absurd in itself, though Iraq does have its marshes. Even in the most war-torn countries, there are areas of relative peace and normalcy. You seem to react to headlines only and not see the people behind the headlines. It is a shame you cannot visit the places you malign so completely. Arabs could easily judge this country by a few headlines, as big and diverse as it is. Most Americans have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to the Middle East. You certainly do not.

        • Rose

          It is none of your business who sits on the parliaments of other countries. It is their country, not yours. Do you think they care what you think? Why should they? Mosques have been bombed here. Churches have been burned here. If you don’t like other countries, stay the Hell out of them, and don’t claim to be an expert on them. I am a Christian, and I don’t agree with most of what you say. You do not speak for me or for many other Christians.

        • Brian Fr Langley

          Your retorts are childish and facile. I’d rather debate a grade two school girl.

          • Rose

            You are a particularly vile and bigoted old fart, Brian. I think you are lonely and embittered and full of spite. In truth, you could not debate a stump and win. You seem to have a special resentment toward blonde women. Guess all of them have turned you down! If you are a priest, I am sure you are a defrocked one!

          • Brian Fr Langley

            A Priest???? Oh, you must think Fr means Father or Friar? It means from. I’m from a place called langley.

          • Rose

            Oh, how quaint. Ha! Suppose that is supposed to arouse fear in us, huh? big CIA dude. Yeah, sure. Fr. Is not an abbreviation for from. And your lips are way too loose to be a government type. But lots of people assume phony identities online. You clearly are not well-travelled.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Sheesh, what a ???. Langley’s a town You know, a place where people live, mow lawns, send kids to school. and there’s a whole lot more towns than one named Langley. As for Fr as an abbreviation for from. I can use any abbreviation I want. When I signed up, the sign up simply wouldn’t let me use more digit space. so I had to drop two letters. I picked two letters from the “from” as opposed to taking two letters from Brian or Langley. Happy now? PS: No, I’ve never been involved with the famous “Langley” and the covert activities therein, and have never hinted that I did.

          • Rose

            You could have put Brian of Langley. But who cares? Fr is an abbreviation for Father. Yes, you can use any abbreviation you choose, but it was misleading. The word Langley conjures up a certain image in the minds of informed people.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Informed? Well that precludes you then, doesn’t it. I’ve been commenting here for nearly a year and NO ONE has suggested (or asked) if I was a Priest or a spy????? In any event “Brian Fr Langley” is the pseudonym I chose, so what the heck is that to you. OTHER THAN, your constant engagement in ad hominem attacks, as conclusively proven by your constant attempts to denigrate someone based only on their pseudonym.

  • Rose

    Whoa! Obama is a eunuch? He seems pretty virile and masculine to me. What a ridiculous comment. President Obama is a tall, lean good-looking drink of water. He is handsome by any standards. He is extremely intelligent and well-educated and quite manly in the modern way. Maybe there is some Tom Cat jealousy going on in your article, Burt!

    • Jeff Webb

      >>Whoa! Obama is a eunuch? He seems pretty virile and masculine to me.<> President Obama is a tall, lean good-looking drink of water. He is handsome by any standards.<

      >> He is extremely intelligent and well-educated<>and quite manly in the modern way.<<

      If by modern you mean "more whiny & immature than a 12-year-old girl," you might have something there.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    So I get why Marxists and Muslims hate Christians in the west. Afterall both ideologies are bent (and always have been since their respective inceptions) on world domination. Christians apparently are a threat to this. But where they’re killing them daily (daily according to Burt) they are among the most powerless. And it’s not like they’re hated for anything else. Whether Muslim or Communist. They like nothing better than a good recantation. Renounce your faith, and all is forgiven. Imagine a world where only what’s in your mind and your heart, is worthy of the most severe persecution and death. (actually you don’t have to imagine just read the news). A faith that by the way, really makes no claim on this world, only the next. Although the fact that Christians have the temerity to vote in the west for ideals that promote righteousness, does cause much knashing of teeth. (as readers of the blog can often note). As Burt points out in this article, it looks like insanity. That is one possibility. There is another. Perhaps Christians as taught by Yeshua (Jesus) are right about who really is the Prince of this age. A dark, malevolent, and deeply deceptive spirit, a fierce hater of God (the I AM) and his people. Yes could be the world has gone stark raving mad? Or perhaps the Prince of this age, “who deceives the whole world” is reaching his apogee?

    • Rose

      You have a serious persecution complex. The average Muslim is just like everyone else, too busy working and caring for his family and enjoying life to care about what you or any other Christian is doing. You are the joke, pal, and your paranoid lunacy is unAmerican and UnChristian.

      • Concernedmimi

        You are incredibly naïve, uninformed and have apparently been living under a rock. You need to avail yourself of other outlets of news and information than the propaganda that has clogged your brain.

        • Rose

          Mimi, I do not listen to Limbaugh and neither should you. He makes people stupid. Do not try to get in a battle of wits with me. You don’t have the ammunition.

          • Rose

            Mimi, You probably have lived in the same triple wide all your life and never ventured past the county line.

          • Integrity

            Your true colors are showing again Rose! But you care about them – yeah right! QED

    • Rose

      Bogus Fr., learn to spell gnashing. Next you’ll be wailing about the War on Christmas to try to jungle somebody’s bells. LOL

    • Rose

      Did you remove your rants about blondes, Brian. Censoring yourself, it seems.

    • Rose

      I am not much on conspiracy theories or any kind, but especially religious ones. Here are your big mistakes:

      1. You speak as if all Christians believe the same thing. They do not. The faith is huge and varied. Christians range from the loons of Westboro Baptist and the snake-handlers of Tennessee to the Episcopalians and the fly-by-night strip mall churches. Some take the Bible literally, others do not. Some are very evangelical, others are not. Within each denomination, there are dozens of sects. Nobody speaks for all Christians.

      2. All Muslims are not the same, either. Some are very devout, others seldom go to mosque. Some are radical fundamentalists, but most are simply among the faithful and not committed to any agenda.

      3. Both Islam and Christianity have histories of conversion by force and of multiple wars started over religious issues. What else is new?

      4. The Middle East countries are not all alike. In fact, they are very different from one another and from Indonesia, which has the largest population of Muslims.

      5. Many people in the wealthy Arab countries are very well-travelled. They have been to the US, Europe, Asia and they speak several languages.

      6. While you may ridicule women in burkas or abayas and men in robes, they find our customs just as strange or ridiculous. Modesty is prized by most, and our lack of modesty is hard for them to understand.

      7. They do not all want to be more like the west. Some do, but others fear the scourge of alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual promiscuity and other problems that plague western countries.

      8. Muslims are very family-oriented. They value family as much as we do, maybe more.

    • Rose

      All religions use coercion to some extent. Christians often invade other people’s privacy and space to hand out literature or knock on doors seeking to convert. The reason is simple. They need members and money or they disappear. Christians have traveled the globe forcing African tribes and Hawaiian islanders to accept their faith and adopt western ways. They send missionaries to win over converts. It is no more wrong for a Muslim to spread his faith than for a Christian or Buddhist or Mormon. Muslim-bashing is silly.