Lunacy at Large

I don’t believe I am the only American who gets sick to his stomach every time one of our presidents or generals prostrates himself to Islam. Recently, when it was discovered that Muslim prisoners in Afghanistan had been scribbling messages to one another in their Korans, the books were confiscated and burned. In retaliation, Muslims rioted and murdered six American soldiers. And how did we react? We bowed and scraped and apologized to Hamid Karzai. In the past, it would have made as much sense if members of our military had burned copies of such texts as the Protocols of Zion or “Mein Kampf” and an American president had curtsied and begged forgiveness of Czar Nicholas II or Adolf Hitler.

The way I see it, Ahmadinejad has it all wrong; we’re not the big Satan; we’re the little punk. Jihadists are free to mark up their copies of the Koran; Egyptians are allowed to burn New Testaments and slaughter Christians; Iran is allowed to threaten Israel with nuclear extinction and execute Yusef Nardakhani for apostasy, a fancy word meaning that he had the good sense to convert from Islam to Christianity.

Devout Muslims, in their warped sense of honor, are encouraged to sell their children into slavery or murder them, and mutilate their girls with clitorectomies. But Christian and Jewish Americans are repeatedly told that we are supposed to respect their religion. Why on earth would a civilized human being respect a religion that murders people in the name of Islam over a cartoon or a stuffed toy a child asked to have named Mohammad?

If we were in prison, Islam would be Bubba and we’d be his bitch.

One of the few pieces of good news out of the Middle East is that we haven’t rushed in to arm the so-called rebels in Syria. I would have been in favor of ridding the world of Bashar al-Assad, but if the Arab Spring has taught us anything, it is that we should never expect any good to come of an uprising in that part of the world. There may be something sillier we can do than arm the Muslim Brotherhood, but off the top of my head I can’t imagine what it might be.

Although things aren’t nearly as toxic in America as they are in some places, it’s merely a matter of degree. For instance, even though I’m not a Catholic, I was offended at Obama’s attempt to force Catholic-run institutions to provide contraception devices and abortions for their employees. Even Obama’s “compromise,” which would force insurance companies to provide them, is nothing but political sleight of hand. After all, the insurance companies would simply pass along the cost to the rest of us. Included in “the rest of us” are millions of American Catholics.

On the other hand, the Catholic Bishops supported ObamaCare, and helped sell the scam to their parishioners, so there is a bit of divine justice in the present cockup. As someone once observed, the Devil’s in the details.

Although there is a part of me that’s been enjoying Bill O’Reilly’s nightly rants attacking the major oil companies–namely the part that enjoys seeing his face turn into a ripe red tomato– as usual he’s overlooking a glaring fact. Oil companies have staggering earnings, but it’s because they deal in such enormous volume. But they also have huge expenses. It’s not cheap to seek out oil deposits, set up rigs and drill for the stuff, transport it to refineries, refine it and then transport the finished product to all those thousands of pumps. As a result, their profit margin is somewhere in the range of two to four cents a gallon. On the other hand, gasoline taxes, which include local, state and federal, range from a low of 26 cents per gallon in Alaska to 66 cents in California, with a national average just under half a dollar.

The battle over Affirmative Action is underway once again because a young woman, Abigail Fisher, is suing the University of Texas. Apparently, in spite of her superior test scores, she was denied admission in order to accommodate black and Hispanic students.

The last time the Supreme Court was asked to rule on this matter, which was roughly a decade ago, they decided that race could continue to play a role in such decisions, but not an overriding role, and that at some later date, they might reconsider it. It seems that day has finally arrived.

The good news is that Sandra Day O’Connor is gone, replaced by Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan has decided to recuse herself because she was on record, as the U.S. solicitor general, as being in favor of Affirmative Action.

In 2007, the Court struck down similar programs in public high schools. In their decision, the majority concluded with the line, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” One can hardly be more succinct or logical.

Once the Supremes take care of that piece of business, they will then be able to move on to the question of free in-state college tuitions for the children of illegal aliens. Not only is it discriminatory, but it flies in the face of the law that states people are not allowed to profit from the commission of a crime.

Finally, was I the only person who imagined the following exchange taking place between movie director, and close personal friend of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, Oliver Stone and one of his Hollywood stooges?

Stooge: “Did you hear the news, Mr. Stone? Your son, Sean, has converted.”

Stone: “Oh, no! Not that! Get me a razor. I’m going to slit my wrists!”

Stooge: “You’re that upset that he went to Iran, became a Muslim and changed his name to Ali?”

Stone: “Oh, for crying out loud! I thought you meant the kid had become a Republican. Go get me a beer.”


©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com!

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    BERNIE, I FINALLY FIGURED OUT THE FEINTINGS AT O’BONEHEADS RALLIES,
                      AT FIRST I THOUGHT THEM FAKE & PAID FOR.  BUT NOW I HAVE THE
                      ANSWER,  THE SPECTATOR AFTER ABOUT 15 MINUTUES OF LISTENING
                      THEY GET VERY SICK TO THE STOMACH AND COLLAPSE.

  • momo

    “Jihadists are free to mark up their copies of the Koran”

    Excellent point that seems to be unseen by far too many.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GC36UFUX3FP57OIQ74YHHQUL3M wally

    Great article Burt. The portion I really enjoyed was on O’reilly’s lack of knowledge on economics. I usually like many of his opening statements on politics and history but when he starts on oil company profits my blood pressure goes  way up. There are times when I start to talk back to the TV. How dumb is that? I suggested in one of my comments on another blog, that Bill should enroll in some econ 101. Do you think it would help?

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Glen: Is it just possible that “Wil” is what Ahmadinejad’s friends call him?

    cma: The fact of the matter is that so far as liberals are concerned, there isn’t even a moral equivalence when it comes to Israel and the United States.  Whatever their enemies claim or do is right.  Heck, here in America, it is assumed by liberals that whatever members of minority groups do, be they blacks, Hispanics, Muslims or homosexuals, is to be applauded or at least defended, whereas whatever conservatives say or do is to be ridiculed or shouted down.

    Burt 

    • Glen

      He does need a nickname more than most, so you may have caught him posting!?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      Hey Burt, I am a American first-er and also a veteran. What are you?

      • DanB_Tiffin

        Wil, the limousine liberal, is a well known liar posting liberal insanity on Human Events. Hey Wil, tell these folks about Sandra Fluke not asking others to pay because she wants he freebees on insurance!  Tell them that other people will not have to subsidize thieves like Fluke if she gets her way.

        Show them your lies!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

          What?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        Burt and his kind almost never serve. And. if they do it’s always  shows or special services! Combat? … forgetaboutit!

  • Glen

    The Iranians play the Sadam game with inspectors, not ever letting them see the areas that really matter, but the sites Wil uses for information report their full cooperation.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

       Iran has invaded not one neighbor and fought, but one war: an eight-year
      war with Iraq where Iran, was the victim of aggression. And in that war of
      aggression against Iran, we supported the aggressor. 

      • DanB_Tiffin

        Wil, the limozine liberal, lies, yet again!

        Iranians invaded and conquered the US embasy.  That is recognized as foreign soil and they did what no one else has ever done.  When the Islamic republic took over, they did not right this wrong.

        Wil is a old limozine liberal living in an lilly white suburb in Mentor Ohio.  He would NEVER be caught actually helping the poor in nearby Cleveland with his own time or money.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

          *
          Iranians invaded and conquered the US embasy.*

          Amazing!

          • DanB_Tiffin

            Wil, I am so glad that we finally have something we agree on. Yes! it was amazing! Never been done before or since. I would never have expected it to happen. Neither did our country!

            Obviously, then, the current Iranians can never be trusted, whatever the past of that country and people might be. We can expect any kind of lies from them!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            Ever notice the USA always needs an enemy? If there isn’t one, we create
            one!

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  Don’t you just love that moral and cultural equivalency theory.   It just makes perfect sense that nations which operate somewhere between the stone age and the 4th. century A.D. and threaten the rest of the world because it operates in the 21 century should be afforded our utmost deference and respect.   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      Israel
      has 200+ A-Bombs, is NOT a signatory to NPT and is NOT a
      member
      of IAEA. It has attacked ALL its neighbors including Egypt, Lebanon,
      Jordan,
      Syria, Iraq and now it has its eyes on Iran for 2 reasons.
       
      Reason
      #1 to
      keep
      being the big dog in ME and to attack any country it wishes in the name
      of
      “self-defense”
      to be like little USA!
       
      Reason
      #2 is to keep
      distracting
      the international community from the REAL ISSUE of treating
      Palestinians
      like animals. Israel through its AIPAC controls the US Senate and
      the
      House and our corrupt politicians. It has now taken away the control
      of
      constitutional
      duty of foreign policy making from the President and is using
      the
      US Congress to force US into another war against Iran to serve its
      interests.

       
      We
      Americans need to wake up to the Israeli plots as this war couldbe
      a lot more bloody and costly then the Iraq war for us and our
      children.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Brendan: I’ll handle it this time.

    Wil, the reason that nobody has to inspect Israel’s nuclear bomb facilities is because even though they have had a nuclear capability for a very long time, they have never used their bombs or even threatened to use them, even though they have been seriously provoked ever since 1948.

    Furthermore, Ahmadinejad has sworn to wipe Israel off the map.  If you haven’t heard him, it can only be because you spend far too much time listening to those Nazi voices in your head.

    Now go back to your local bund meeting and quit annoying the grown-ups.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      Wil,
      the reason that nobody has to inspect Israel’s nuclear bomb facilities is
      because even though they have had a nuclear capability for a very long time,
      they have never used their bombs or even threatened to use them.>>

      .

      Yet!

      .

      Ahmadinejad
      has sworn to wipe Israel off the map. >>

      .

       

      Ahmadinejad
      did not say he was going to wipe Israel off the map, because no such idiom
      exists in Persian” and “He did say he hoped its regime, i.e., a Jewish-Zionist
      state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse.” Stop the lying!

      • Brendan Horn

        I wonder if hoping for something to collapse is a peace prayer in Persian, because it does not sound any better than wiping something off a map. In fact, it sounds quite belligerent.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Bruce: Sharia law is very adaptable.   Whatever Islamists do is okay, whatever we infidels do is a capital offense.  To hell with them.

    Brendan: If I were you, I’d do my best to ignore Wil’s ravings..  Trying to educate a confirmed anti-Semite, especially an anonymous one, is a waste of time and good intentions.

    Regards, Burt

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      Are the Israeli nuclear facilities open to international inspectors? So
      why, should the US, or anyone else, apply sanctions on Iran, but not on Israel,
      since both are acting exactly the same way?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      Oh yes. The ‘anti-Semite’
      card is played every time Israel atrocities our under attacked. This is getting
      old and ain’t worken anymore! 

  • Bruce A.

    Burt, I believe it is against Islamic law to deface a Koran in any way.  This includes
    ripping pages out for writing notes as the prisoners were doing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

    Right
    now Israel is campaigning for America to attack Iran and, unbelievably, is close
    to succeeding. Israel exceeds all nations in starting wars. The Jewish state has
    hundreds of nukes and has never allowed IAEA or anyone else to inspect anything.
    Iran has no nukes. Iran cooperates with and is regularly inspected by IAEA. Iran
    has a history of peace. The pariah state is Israel. SANCTION ISRAEL NOT
    IRAN.

    • Brendan Horn

      Wil, It is clear from your many postings that you are incapable of learning the truth, and very capable at learning new untruths, so it is probably a waste of time to teach you the truth. Israel throughout its existence has had to defend itself. People like you do not like when Israel defends itself. What does that say about you? The leadership of Iran is constantly murdering and imprisoning its own people for speaking the truth.  You defend Iran’s government. What does that say about you? Which do you hate more: the citizens of Israel or the oppressed citizens of Iran?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        Pay attention… It’s Israel and the US that is doing the rattling of sabers!
        Iranian rhetoric NEVER implied that when and if they develop atomic weapons they
        intend to use them. Stop your lying!

        • Brendan Horn

          Wil, there is no lie. A person would have to be pretty damn naive to believe the nuclear weapons Iran is developing are for peaceful purposes, or that the degree to which Iran is enriching its uranium is for anything other than weapons. This is beside the point. The Iranian government murders its own people for telling the truth. Why would anyone think the government of Iran is telling the truth?

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Brendan: Burning Korans in private is not the solution because in the Islamic world, they only need to accuse Americans of doing so in order to further inflame these fanatical sheep.

    Glen: No need to judge Christianity by historical misdeeds. It’s more appropriate to judge it in modern terms.   Islam has been around  for about 1,400 years and it shows no signs of improving.  If anything, it takes great pride in getting worse.  I am skeptical of those Muslims who allegedly show a more positive side of their religion.  I assume you are either those in the Middle East who do not blow up themselves and innocent bystanders or those who danced in the street on 9/11, but, rather, those in America who never did offer a reward for Osama bin Laden dead or alive, who bitch about racial profiling or those who contributed to such “charitable enterprises” as Hamas and Hezbollah until the F.B.I. put a stop to it.

    Burt

    • Brendan Horn

      Burt, what I wrote was a little misleading. I am not really encouraging the people in the military to burn the koran. What I meant to write is that if anyone is going to burn the koran, they should at least do so discreetly so that the psychos who would commit murder in defense of a book will not be given that impetus. In a way, the response to the burning of a book exemplifies the problems of this modern world. There are quite a significant number of psychos who consider that one book  more important than human life. 

    • Glen

      I have known Muslims who simply live their faith and respect the beliefs of others while minding their own business.  I’m not ready to judge them and their faith as they practice it by the horrific actions of others who claim the same. 

       I think profiling is perfectly rational and appropriate under these circumstances and the price they pay for sharing an association with those who are terrorists.  I do not disagree with anything you’ve written, just not personally applying it so generally.  I may be wrong, but such charity costs me nothing.

  • Brendan Horn

    There is one lesson the US military should learn from the atrocities that were committed after the burning of the Koran. That is, these books should be burned completely and privately, thus not giving murderous people an excuse to commit murder. Those murderers get more upset about a book, which can be replaced quite easily, than they do about murders of women and children. The leader of Iran considers the burning of the Koran a human rights issue. What kind of psycho considers a book to be human? He says this as his government murders Christians in his country for “blasphemy”. I guess non-Muslims are not considered human while the Koran is considered human.

  • Glen

    Burt your summary of Muslim misdeeds is accurate, but I’m going to be somewhat more charitable in my judgement of Islam.  I would not want Christianity to be judged by the actions of many individual or even large groups of Christians throughout history. 

    I will concede that their dogma seems to feed into their actions.  I hope they mature, but don’t see how if ever it might happen.  In the mean time I will try to see those who represent the positive aspects of Islam.  I will not support the apollist approach when we offend their impossible sensibilities.

    • Glen

      “apologist” approach that is.