So Much BS, So Little Time

Over 30 states have voted against recognizing same-sex marriages, and of the few states where it’s legal, most have had it mandated by judicial bullies, not through the election process. But in spite of all that, gays and other leftists insist that within a few years, homosexual marriages will be legal in all 50 states. They base that conclusion on the polls that show that young people favor the silly notion.

What these seers ignore is that as people mature, get married, have children, as often as not, they discard the faddish beliefs they held in their twenties. After all, many of today’s parents experimented with drugs, booze and sex, in their own youth. That doesn’t mean they approve of their own sons and daughters doing the same. Not even if they’re named Clinton, Bush or Obama.

Speaking of which, Sen. Rand Paul, a devout libertarian who wishes to see drug use de-criminalized, pointed out, in making his case, that the past two presidents — and he could have said three — could have been arrested on drug charges in their twenties. He was trying to make the point that our drug laws are too draconian, and that these men might have had their political aspirations snuffed out if they had had drug arrests on their record. But that’s not how I look at it. Instead, my reaction was that the country might have been spared these past couple of decades if only the DEA had been doing its job.

Al Sharpton, who should have wound up in the clink after choreographing the Tawana Brawley hoax, claims that the opposition to Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control crusade is the result of — hold on to your hats! — anti-Semitism! Well, I guess if anyone knows about that sort of thing, Sharpton is the go-to guy. After all, he’s the minister who once said, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin on their yarmulkes and come over to my house.” He’s also the schmuck who led the Crown Heights rioters who chanted “Kill the Jews” and actually killed one, Yankel Rosenbaum, a student visiting New York from Australia.

I don’t think anyone has yet explained what Joe Biden was doing that was so important that it was worth spending over a million dollars to put him up for two nights in London and Paris. Has nobody in this administration ever heard of teleconferencing? Although I can’t imagine Biden doing or saying anything that could be worth the price of a phone call, but canceling White House tours at the same time that Obama’s mascot is running up humongous hotel bills is as arrogant a display as anything ever attributed to Marie Antoinette.

At Florida Atlantic University, Professor Deandre Poole, while conducting an Intercultural Communications class, ordered the students to write “Jesus Christ” on a piece of paper, and then place it on the floor and step on it. When some people got wind of this outrage, they complained to the FAU administrators. Typically, they responded with the sort of high-sounding claptrap for which these pinheads are famous: “Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times, the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”

Unfortunately, it is also a venue in which the one student who objected to this blasphemous and juvenile exercise, a Mormon named Ryan Rotela, was suspended.

I doubt if it comes as a surprise to anyone that Professor Poole moonlights as Vice-Chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

One thing we do know is that Poole would never have dared tell his students to write “Allah” or “Mohammad” or even “Martin Luther King” on that piece of paper. And we can only hazard a guess that the honchos at Florida Atlantic might have reacted differently if the professor had been a white man instead of a black one.

As you’ve probably heard by now, another thousand or so pages of new regulations were recently added to the 20,000 or so pages of regulations regarding ObamaCare. Frankly, even I am amazed at the way we’ve allowed government bureaucrats — people who don’t actually know how to do anything — regulate how the rest of us do everything.

Because Romney had an even worse writing staff than most TV sit coms, just about the only thing he said during the entire campaign that anyone remembers was his dismissive line about 47% of the population having been bought off by the Obama administration. My only objection to his statement was that I thought his statistic was slightly off, and so it proved to be. As borne out on Election Day, the actual number was 51%.

In the aftermath of the Sequester, more and more of the goofy programs being financed with our tax dollars are coming to light. Most recently, it was discovered that $360,000 is earmarked for a fund to study the reproductive organs of ducks.

I don’t know if they give names to these various boondoggles. But if they do, this one is crying out to be christened “We’ve been ducked!”

©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/
  • ARJ127

    Burt says : “most have had it mandated by judicial bullies” The other way to see it is that the judiciary (“judicial bullies”) has protected the minority from the legislative bullies. Denying any group basic rights, including the right to marry, is legislative bullying.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Sorry, I was late today and only had time to comment on a few comments. I have refrained from engaging with a few of the obnoxious people who occasionally show up. One of whom is always anxious to let everyone know what a waste of time my articles are, and yet he just might be my most loyal reader. Apparently he is one of those altruistic souls who is more concerned with how other people waste their time than with how he squanders his own.

    Canonization may lie in his future, but Saint Kansan just doesn’t sound right.

    Burt

    • Kansan

      Yes, Burt.
      Hope springs eternal in the human heart. I keep hoping that you will write something grounded in reality, something worth reading.
      If I’m your “most loyal reader,” you’re way overpaid.

      • JanelleHumbert

        Yawn, go read columns you enjoy. Your wasting all of our time and yours.

        • Kansan

          You don’t need any help wasting your own time. You’re collectively quite adept at doing it all by yourselves.

  • stmichrick

    You didn’t respond to the polygamy question Robert. I assume you think that’s Ok too.
    Your argument for this seems to be entirely about how bigoted the opponents might be.

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    A marriage that provides legal and economic mutual dependency, is fine with me. If the demand is to sanctify that marriage in my Church, it is totally not acceptable. If they have a church that they want to sanctify their marriage in, that again is fine with me, but it doesn’t seem that can be done in the Christendom I understand.

  • itasara

    Great article, Burt. Exactly how I feel. Some here want to hear your suggestions for improvement, but I don’t think any suggestions will make a difference. I am very discouraged about this. What great person wants to be President of the US anyway.. it’s all about politics and money and undercover deceitfulness not morals or ethics and doing the right thing and choosing really competent politicians in the the white house. I am disappointed in the direction this country has taken especially since the Obama election (either time.)

  • trailbee

    Great article. Art Louis’ comment is right on the mark.

    You articulate and enumerate, we read, acknowledge the truths and wonder how we can change our situation. If there even is a way to change things. The worst discovery is that we/I have, in the misunderstood guise, elected, voluntarily chosen, people who have seduced us into believing their promises; thinking that the nitwits already there could be persuaded to change their ways. And guess what happens … It is one vicious circle.

    Oh, I feel so used!

  • Shane

    The Left gets away with this BS because they control most of the media, our public schools, and almost all of our nation’s colleges. Soon half the country will be on drugs and will let the Left do whatever they want. We may need to find a new country to live in.

  • Stimpy

    There are a lot of moderates and conservatives who would just like the freedom to light up a joint on a Friday night after a tough week. All of this nanny state / police state attitude about restricting freedoms that other societies permit is what loses votes in elections. And by the way, as a gun owner, Flake just lost my vote.

  • Moebius

    Yes, when people scream “red herring” about the possibility of polygamy, or brother/sister marriage, just ask them why THEY are opposed to such things, if they are. In the second case, if they give you the answer that birth defects are more likely with children of close relatives, remind them that one of the retorts we’ve been getting continuously in the same-sex marriage debate is that marriage isn’t about having biological children anyway. So why are they assuming that close relatives who get married must have their own biological children?

  • Kansan

    FAU, Burt?

    I wouldn’t go there.

    Its trustees and president recently voted to accept the bargain basement offer of a troubled for-profit prison corporation for naming rights to its football stadium. Students named it for the school mascot: “Owlcatraz.”

    Six of its trustees are named by Florida governor Rick Scott who got three quarters of a million bucks from GEO Group through his party, his inauguration committee and his “Let’s get to work,” slush fund. Scott’s trustee picks include Angela West, Allen’s wife. Allen, who was found guilty of torture while in the Army, recently threatened students who protested her role in the affair.

    The GEO board chairman, millionaire George Zoley, also chaired the committee that picked Mary Jane Saunders as the university president.

    When students pointed out GEO’s sorrowful record, GEO staffers simply erased all the negative corporate record from Wikipedia’s pages.

  • Kansan

    I have yet to read anything by Prelusky that is not idiotic. You’ve got to say this for him, though… He never fails to disappoint.

    A.) Judicial bullying. I assume he is not referring accurately to Citizens United or Bush v. Gore.

    B.) Clinton, Bush and Obama? Please, if we’re talking coke and smoke, let’s give Palin her due.

    C.) Rand Paul. “Devout Libertarian?” Apparently Burt missed his recent comments that it would have been advantageous to hit the Boston bombers with a drone strike, he just didn’t want an automated flyover to broadcast video of his naughty bits in a hot tub.

    D.) Administration travel. Biden is the representative of the U.S. at these meetings (and in Rome, antoher stop on the trip). He doesn’t decide how many secret service, military, staffers, comunications personllel, tag along. Secret

    • Cindy

      I’d like to hear a logical unbiased rebuttal with facts, then I could take some information to heart… Kansan, do you have an original thought?

      • Kansan

        Hard to be sure, but my assumption is that it’s not what you want at all.

        Your insult tends to confirm that suspicion.

        What facts about what statement are you seeking?

        • Cindy

          Let’s put the shoe on the other foot… Likewise, my observations are not what you want. Your comments seem aimed towards an agenda. I’m so sick of agendas on both sides, frankly. I seek truth. Not name calling, not cliches, not spin. I like Burt because he invokes thought and discussion. What are you afraid of?

          • Kansan

            What am I afraid of? Not much, sweetie. Not afraid of dying, never have been. Not afraid of going to some afterlife punishment or looking forward to some fantasy reward either.

            I admit, though, that Mitt had me worried. No taxes on billionaires. War on women. Scalia clones on the Supreme Court.

          • Cindy

            You sound like an ideologue Kansan. In your accusations, you regurgitate some faulty and bogus information. Sure, some of your quoted facts are true, but the fiction and ire are so liberally sprinkled on them, one hates to believe anything you say. (not to mention the great lack of humility). What separates Men from boys is the of seeking correct knowlege and facts, and then their proper application. I think you’re afraid of being a man….

          • Kansan

            What’s faulty? What’s bogus? You’re simply regurgitating your own vague statements. It appears that you are the one who is afraid of facts.

          • Cindy

            Romneys war on women? Administration travel purse strings? C’mon!!! (I’ll give you Rand Paul and Palin)

          • Kansan

            According to investigative reporter Geoffrey Dunn,
            several Mormon women have reported disturbing stories about how Romney treated them while he was an LDS bishop and “stake president.” (One Mormon woman who’s known Romney since the ’70s called them “horror stories.”) In one story, a woman who was facing a life-threatening medical condition was advised by her doctor to terminate her eight-week pregnancy.

            Despite receiving the blessing of her local stake president, Romney, then a bishop, reportedly came to her hospital room uninvited to pressure her not to go through with the abortion. “At a time when I would have appreciated nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends,” Sheldon has written, “I got judgment, criticism, prejudicial advice, and rejection.”

            In another incident, Romney reportedly pressured a woman to put her son up for adoption because, according to the woman, her son “didn’t have a Mormon father in the home and because
            of the circumstances of his birth–being born to a single mother.” She said she felt attacked and intimidated by Romney.

            Other details from the report reveal that Romney “never seemed to be particularly comfortable in the company of unmarried Mormon mothers.”

            These stories, and others from Dunn’s reporting (not to mention Romney’s wavering, but always troublesome, abortion stance), illustrate a man whois ill-suited to govern the female half of the U.S. population.

          • Cindy

            Geoffrey Dunn is not a real journalist. I’d like to read a solid piece of reporting he has done. His articles are politically, ideologically and emotionally driven. He is one of those “boys” of whom I speak. The article on Romney was a stretch, and if he had done proper reporting with documented facts, he would see that Romney has actually done more for women than the Obama campaign could think of. If you think Geoffrey Dunn is the cats meow, then I see clearly that you have no interest in facts, and as a person looking out for YOU (yes, I am!) be sure to objectively research that which you are willing to spew forth lest your credibility be very much in question.

          • Kansan

            You motivated me to read Dunn’s other stuff.
            He certainly had a fixation on Palin. However, I did not feel that he was inaccurate. He may have over empathized some things, missed important others, but he pretty much had her down.
            I personally have long known some of his sources whom he listed.
            I note he is frequently referred to as an “award winning” videographer and reporter. I’m not sure what he won, awarded by whom (the Alaska Press Club gave out awards like beads at Mardi Gras, for instance), and don’t want to spend the time figuring it out.
            I’ve read numerous similar first hand accounts from different sources that describe Mitt in similar terms as this article.

          • Cindy

            It’s scary (and very uninformed) to go with the HuffPo or Foxnews as a single source. Unfortunately, our news sources these days cannot seem to report without some bias. I still say, however, with Mitt, the story was inaccurately done (fact).
            You are right on the Presidential spending. The down side with the spending bit is that the Economy has not been this bad since WWII. The article you cut and pasted that from didn’t mention any of that, so readers wouldn’t have seen the “whole” pieces of the puzzle. That is the game of the media!!!
            I think that is why I love Burt! He looks at the simple and the obvious (because most people don’t have the time to research this crap) and says, “hey! Are there any living brain cells out there?”

          • Kansan

            I saw Bush, seven years ago I think, flying into Topeka and Kansas City on AIr Force One. There was another huge cargo plane that carried his limo. There was a huge contingent of Secret Service, staffers, reporters, military, etc., that were along for the ride. These trips were for fundraisers for congressmen and candidates he was supporting. He had to pay for a single First Class ticket to do that, when he didn’t schedule some sort of public event for the stops. He was taking them all over the country, far more than anyone ever had before or since. Security deploys a huge amount of personnel, with all traffic controlled, secret service everywhere, air cover, etc.

            He’s still costing us a bundle. The taxpayers spend $1.3 million on his travel and office rent last year.

            Now when Biden travels overseas, it’s on business. He’s representing the U.S. Executive branch. He doesn’t book his flights. He doesn’t book all those staffers. In London, not counting the advance team which dealt mostly with security, there were 136 rooms rented. He’s second in the line of succession, which dictates much of the size of the security contingent.

            This may give you a little better perspective. I can’t remember any right wing and very few middle of the road columnists ever mentioning the cost of Bush’s endless trips. So compare this:

            Those who criticize the cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation don’t want you to know that George W. Bush spent at least $20 million taxpayer dollars just on flights to his ranch in Crawford.

            The right wing has been outraged at the four million dollar plus price tag for Obama’s family Christmas vacation, and they constantly hold George W. Bush up as an example of how thrifty a president should
            be when going on vacation.

            The problem is that W. wasn’t thrifty. He was the most expensive vacation president in US history. Not only did Bush spend more days on vacation than any other president, but he used Air Force One more often while on vacation than any other president.

            During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, TX. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687 each time, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.

            If cost of the flight was the only expense involved to taxpayers Bush’s vacations would still seem rather economical, but there is more, much more. Unlike the Obama’s $4 million Christmas vacation price tag,
            which includes the cost of everything from transportation to accommodations for the First Family, the White House staff, and the White House press corps, Bush’s numbers only include the cost of flying
            the president to Crawford. The cost of transporting and accommodating staff, media, friends and family is not included in Bush’s vacation numbers.

            In response to growing criticism that the president was on vacation too much, the Bush administration adopted the Rovian tactic of scheduling, “work events,” while the president was in Crawford so that they could claim that President Bush’s vacations were working vacations.
            During his infamous pre-9/11 August vacation, the AP reported that, “Using the ranch as a base, he will promote White House initiatives in Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver, Albuquerque, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and San Antonio.”

            Bush’s “working vacations” cost taxpayers a small fortune in travel costs because President Bush and his staff would make day trips on Air Force One all across the country in order to counter the criticism that he was
            on vacation too often. For eight years, Bush essentially used Air Force
            One as his personal vacation taxi service.

    • stmichrick

      Kansan
      The Palin reference is tired, false and speaks to your credibility.
      Please.

      • Kansan

        I was aware of Palin’s coke use years before Joe McGuiness mentioned it in his book and before she was nominated by McCain.
        I’d never heard the references to her snorting it with Todd off an oil drum, or in a Wasilla bar (the latter being notorious as a place of flagrant drug abuse in the mid-’80s) as McGuiness recounted, but rather in an Anchorage bar where she repeatedly scored on Friday nights with two female friends.
        I’ve known the Palin family for 25 years.
        You?

  • genann59

    Loved the article. The last line should get you a Pulitzer Prize, if they give one for creative journalism.

    • Kansan

      The last line wouldn’t qualify him for a prize in a box of Crackerjacks.

  • sheila0405

    Imagine my horror when the Reverend Al came to my rather small city of Vineland, NJ, when our Governor was contemplating the closure of an institution for the mentally disabled, which is here within our city limits. His goal was purportedly to support the workers at that institution. Of course, as soon as he grabbed the spotlight for a few hours at a rally, he was long gone. The workers eventually were able to keep the institution open, but it was not at all because of any help from the good Reverend. His purpose is to promote himself, pure and simple. I don’t pay any attention to anything he says. The man is an arrogant liar with a national platform. Kind of like our President.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Sheila: And a man who is apparently a friend and occasional dinner companion of Bill O’Reilly.

      Burt

  • LennyPincus

    Burt Prelutsky? The “very nice person” who felt it important to call Michelle Obama a “bitch” who looked like “James Brown.” Yeah, your opinion on BS is certainly of no value.

    • Will Swoboda

      Hey Lenny, give me your thoughts on Bert’s thoughts about bro. Not too Sharpton?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Lenny: I just felt that it was about time that someone wrote the truth about the recipient of affirmative action who is passing herself off as a diva. After all, some of us still recall that she broke into public consciousness by stating that the first time she was proud of this country was when her hubby deigned to run for president.

      Being a nice person does not mean being a hypocrite or a wuss.

      Burt

      • LennyPincus

        So “nice people” use the term “ugly bitch”? Is that really how you avoid being a hypocrite? Fascinating.

  • nickshaw

    When I read your columns, Burt, I run the same gamut of emotions that Artlouis speaks of further downstream.
    It’s like being trapped in the middle of a rushing river of daily insults to our intelligence and basic morality (and I’m not talking in the religious sense either).
    Lefty’s will accuse you of being all over the place and angry with everything, essentially incoherent outrage. Just as they do with Rush.
    The seem to have the unique ability to only observe one issue at a time, thinking those who can grasp more, particularly when the mentally competent are at odds with the only issue they can digest (such as it is) are by definition, angry and deranged.
    What ever happened to the admiration of those who can multi-task? Even though I don’t believe anyone can truly do so. ;-)
    Keep at it, I’ve got your back (for what it’s worth).

    • Burt Prelutsky

      nickshaw: I am always happy to hear that someone has my back. Now I just need a few people who have my front and sides. As I tell those who take me to task for covering so many items in a single piece, I write at least three pieces each and every week, and I still can’t cover all the lunacy. So what chance would I have if, like most of my colleagues who only write once a week, I devoted my articles to single topics?

      Burt

      • nickshaw

        I hear ya’. So much lunacy, so little time.

        Sometimes it’s overwhelming.
        Be well.

  • stmichrick

    Burt; you omitted a sentence fragment when you mentioned names of certain Presidential parents who would object to their children dabbling in drugs, booze and sex like they did. I know you meant to add, ‘…as opposed to Kennedy.’

  • digitalPimple

    Nice read. At first I thought this was Berny G. until half way through I had to check the author ’cause I couldn’t believe Berny matured past the 7th grade this quickly.

    We live in a time that should be called the ‘The Great Gullible Age’.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: You wrote: “Frankly, even I am amazed at the way we’ve allowed government
    bureaucrats — people who don’t actually know how to do anything —
    regulate how the rest of us do everything.” I suggest you secure your intellectual property rights …. start printing it up on everything from bill boards to greeting card … there’s a fortune to be made …..

    • nickshaw

      Damn, I wish I had said that!
      It would be on t-shirts as we speak! ;-)

    • Burt Prelutsky

      cma: Thanks. But I write books filled with such pithy observations, but I dare say I have sold fewer copies of my six books over the years than Bill O’Reilly sells of one of his in a week. I bet that very few of the people who read my articles here have ever ordered one of mine. It’s very discouraging.

      Burt

      • JanelleHumbert

        Burt, some of us have ordered them….they are just terrific. Well written, funny and most of the time hit the nail on the head with a nail gun, not a hammer!

  • artlouis

    Burt, When I read your columns, I come away with the same feelings I get after listening to Limbaugh, or reading almost any conservative columnist. Amusement, but also anger mixed with frustration. Frustration because there seems to be nothing one can do about all this. (Casting a losing vote for Romney doesn’t seem like doing anything.) So what do you suggest? When a doctor diagnoses an illness, he is supposed to also suggest a treatment, if there is one.

    • digitalPimple

      You need to figure that out for yourself.

    • nickshaw

      Echoing it is a start, Art. Loud and long.
      Even the most dense of voters will eventually say, “Ummm, that can’t be right…” and a mind will be changed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/april.carter.10 April Carter

      I hate sounding defeatist, but I agree with artlouis. I admired Romney deeply but once he lost, I have little hope. Is it possible that the next election will have a different electorate? Seems that it may be worse. While I am convinced that hispanics and African Americans will eventually be just as diverse politically as the rest of Americans, I just don’t believe it will start for at least two generations….may be too late by then. What can we do????????????

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      I believe there is. Live and let live. I have come to avoid friendships with homosexuals at this point because the friendship is pressed with subtle demands of openness that includes admission that I have thought of a homosexual relationship. I do not have any sexual intertwining with any of my male friends, and avoid such with my female friends. Homosexuals to frequently seem to want more. So.. I am suggesting you cannot always say no to a Homosexual, and I do, clearly, say no to that relationship. Just doesn’t seem work.

  • JohnInMA

    Great observations. Pithy, too. My thoughts:

    Could you imagine the impact on Hollywood if drug laws were aggressively and FAIRLY enforced? The good news for celebs is there are lines and lines of ‘doctors’ waiting to provide them with most any prescription, so perhaps they would find a way to avoid the contraband for the more preferable ‘pharm’ grades.

    Could you imagine Poole having asked his class to put ‘Bush’ on a piece of pape and stomp on it? Now try the same exercise with ‘Obama’ on the paper….

    Could you imagine the government wasting tax dollars for nearly 100 years to produce and store helium in case there were to be a war requiring battalions of zeppelins?? Wait……

  • Bruce A.

    Thanks for the mention of Al Sharptons dirty past. I think the country needs to be reminded of this because he won’t cover it on his show. This is what MSNBC deems fit to put on national TV. Where is Comcast? The ratings can’t be that great

    • stmichrick

      I was incredulous when I spotted Sharpton in a choice seat at the recent Immaculation of President Obama. This is what we’ve come to.

    • nickshaw

      There is, of course, the wild possibility that lib’ruls actually agree with Notoo Sharpton, so they won’t care?
      I know! You recoil in horror! The Party Of Tolerance? ;-)