(Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all the subscribers and readers. Unless something compels me this will be the final column of 2021. Thanks to all of you for your loyal readership, comments, and article ideas this year. I wish you all a bountiful and conservative New Year. The column will resume January 7.)
RIP Burt Prelutsky: It was with great sadness that I received the news of the sudden death of friend, west coast columnist, pundit, author, screenwriter (M.A.S.H., Dragnet, etc.) and journalist, Burt Prelutsky (82), who passed away unexpectedly last Friday, December 17 of pulmonary edema and heart disease.
Burt’s seven-day-a-week outpouring of columns were the first thing I read each and every morning. His crisp, punchy, no-holds-barred style and humor always left me wanting more, a sign of a truly gifted writer. And he amazingly cranked it out every single day. I will very much miss my occasional bantering with Burt and his daily musings and insights.
Following is the last article Burt penned. It was found in his computer by his family and sent by his good friend Steven Maikoski.
SUCH PEOPLE ACTUALLY EXIST
Burt’s Last Article
RIP Burt Prelutsky 1940 – 2021
©2021 Burt Prelutsky
I don’t have a bucket list. Unlike other, perhaps more normal people, I don’t long to see Paris, the Pyramids, or the Great Wall of China, before I die. The way it works for me is that if I’ve seen it in a movie, I know I’ll be disappointed by the reality. That’s because in real life, the scene won’t be improved by a musical background provided by George Gershwin or Elmer Bernstein, and I won’t be strolling hand in hand with Audrey Hepburn or dancing with Ginger Rogers or even strolling and dancing with my late wife Yvonne. For the sake of reality, let’s leave it at strolling.
Whereas the temperature when I’m watching the movie will be a mechanically controlled 70 degrees or so, it could be raining or 105 degrees when I finally gazed at the Sphinx or the Eiffel Tower.
However, if I did have an item on my bucket list, it would be to meet all of you. But especially those of you who write to me so often that I feel as if I know you.
As it is, aside from a handful of old friends who do me the honor of subscribing to my articles, I have met only about nine or 10 of you when you visited L.A. and we had lunch together.
Until recently, all the encounters were very pleasant occasions. The sole exception took place the other day when one very nice couple from northern California brought a guest along.
She was an older woman, perhaps a few years younger than me, Jewish, who happened to live just over the hill, perhaps a dozen miles away in Brentwood.
In describing her, it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps this was the couple’s attempt at matchmaking.
If so, it was doomed to failure. I could no more contemplate marrying Diane, which, oddly enough, was the name of my first wife, than I could imagine tying the knot with Elizabeth Warren or Nancy Pelosi.
After being seated at a booth at my favorite haunt, Lulu’s, Steve, Fran, and I, opened the conversation by sharing our conservative take about the news of the day. After a couple of minutes, Diane piped up to let us know how hurtful we were being.
It turned out that she was not only a Liberal, but one who took differing opinions to heart. She felt that she herself was being attacked. She was actually on the verge of tears.
Since I had done most of the talking and had assumed that we were all, politically speaking, on the same page, I took pains to ease off.
Rather than grind her into the dust, which would have been extremely satisfying, I simply asked her why she was a Democrat.
Instead of answering the question, she began to attack Donald Trump. It is not an exaggeration to say that if she had been referring to Hitler, she couldn’t have been more vehement.
Since I actually wanted to know what could make a person sound so completely unhinged, I granted that even though I considered Trump the greatest president of my lifetime, I could see where people might consider him boorish and regard his tweets as juvenile and be offended by his schoolyard nicknames for his political opponents.
But, while I granted she might not wish to date him or see him installed as the rabbi at her synagogue, I challenged her to name a single thing she objected to that he had done as president.
Instead of mentioning even a single issue, such as rescuing the economy; negotiating peace treaties between Israel and her Arab neighbors; making life more difficult for Russian oligarchs; placing tariffs on Chinese imports; forcing our NATO allies to pony up their dues to NATO; moving our embassy to Jerusalem; and re-building our military; she called him an anti-Semite.
Even when I pointed out his pro-Israeli stance and the fact that his son-in-law is an observant Jew, his daughter is a convert to Judaism, meaning his three grandchildren are Jewish, she refused to be budged. She simply repeated the insult.
Clearly, she had heard some idiot at CNN or MSNBC say it, and that was good enough for her.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t mind the lunch at all. It provided me with a first-hand experience that I had previously only had vicariously when watching dodo birds like Joy Reid, Don Lemon, Rachel Maddow, and Juan Williams on television. But those people are paid to speak those foolish lines, like actors in a bad movie. I had always assumed that nobody in real life truly believed that nonsense.
It seems Diane did and does.
It left me wondering how someone as intelligent as Mollie Hemingway can remain married to Mark Hemingway, who is, politically, in perfect sync with Diane. He even despises Donald Trump with a similar fervor.
So how is it that those two are still married after 15 years, and I could barely make it through lunch with the deplorable Diane?
⦿ Somehow, I had missed the news about G. Gordon Liddy’s death this past March. I always considered him the most interesting member of Nixon’s inner circle and once spent a pleasant half hour being interviewed by Liddy on his radio show.
It was only recently, though, that I heard he had made two of the more quotable remarks on the topic of the Second Amendment. The first: “I believe in gun control. Hold the gun steadily and hit what you aim at.” The second: “I can no longer own guns due to my conviction for conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping. But Mrs. Liddy owns 27 guns, some of which she keeps on my side of the bed.”
⦿ Speaking of guns, I have never understood why the NRA never made a stronger case for themselves and for the Second Amendment by producing TV commercials showing compelling enactments of private citizens using guns to protect themselves and others from those who ignore all gun laws. Or, perhaps even better, they could have the heroes, who come in all ages and both sexes, describe the scary event in their own words.
Instead, they rely on press releases and a single page in The New American to report those instances when regular Americans successfully thwart those scumbags intent on robbery and rape by taking advantage of their constitutional right to blow the head off any putz out to harm them or their loved ones.
⦿ Arthur Lourea passed along a meme that shows the multi-acre facility Australia maintains for the incarceration of the un-vaccinated. The caption reads: “Stop calling it a concentration camp! It’s just a facility run by the Australian government where you’re relocated by the military, detained and kept without a trial, and pursued and arrested if you manage to escape…all in the name of public safety.”
⦿ Janet Hooper shared a meme that suggests that “If you ever feel useless, remember it took 20 years, trillions of dollars and four U.S. presidents to replace the Taliban with the Taliban.”
⦿ It took a while but I finally recognized that Faucism is just another way of spelling Fascism.
Burt, you will indeed be missed but not forgotten.
Man Of The Year? It’s too late, but to me it seems inevitable that had Time Magazine waited until the end of December to announce its Person Of the Year, it would not have been Elon Musk, but Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). His emphatic “No” saved America from the inflationary spending, taxation, and endless entitlements of the Biden regime’s Build Back Better catastrophe. Thank you Senator Manchin for that wonderful Christmas gift to America .
Speaking Of BBB: When’s the last time you saw anyone wearing a BBB cap? Yeh, me either. I thought I saw one once, but it was a guy who works for the Better Business Bureau.
Makes Cents! A California store owner who’s going broke because of all the repeated thefts says he’s increasing prices on all items in his shop to $951.
Burn Baby Burn! Liberal media continues to crash and burn. In the latest rating report, Fox News yet again wiped the floor with its competitors CNN and MSNBC. FNC boasts of having 14 of 15 top cable news programs in total viewership for the month of November and according to Nielson Media Research has 71 of the top 100 telecasts in all of cable.
The Daily Wire reports last month, more viewers chose to watch Fox News Channel than MSNBC and CNN combined — for the fourth month in a row. MSNBC scored one show in the top 10; CNN’s highest-rated show ranked 24th.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” reclaimed its mantle as the most-watched show in cable news, which it lost last month to “The Five.” Carlson’s interview with Kyle Rittenhouse drew a whopping 5.05 million viewers when it aired on November 22. Tucker Carlson’s 8 p.m. show averaged 3.67 million viewers last month.
The network’s ratings dominance proved even greater among young viewers. Fox News owned 15 of the top 16 spots among the highly sought-after 25- to 54-year-old demographic. Rachel Maddow came in at 28th place. CNN’s top-rated program with young adults, “Erin Burnett Outfront,” attracted 181,000 viewers — or 28% of Tucker Carlson’s 651,000 young adult viewership.
Notably, Greg Gutfeld’s 11 p.m. comedy show “Gutfeld!” remains the number one show on all of basic cable in its time slot, also beating ABC and NBC’s late-night “comedy” shows. “Additionally, all FNC weekday shows are up month over month in all categories,” Fox boasted in a press release.
Getting Her Kicks In: Following Urban Myer being kicked out of as head coach of the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars for kicking the kicker, his daughter, Gigi, kicked in her two-cents worth declaring “war.” In addition to kicking the kicker winning just two games in his brief tenure was probably brought up during former Coach Myer’s exit interview.
His daughter, Gigi Meyer, posted a message on Instagram saying: “The spirit of the enemy is in full force battle mode in this world & in people. This is war. We all know who wins in the end.” She added another message: “The enemy (aka the world) REALLY doesn’t wanna see good people win.”
Last Sunday in their first game without Coach Myer at the helm, the Jaguars lost to the Houston Texans, 30-16. To illustrate how awful the Jacksonville team is, Houston is a team that lost 11 of its past 12 games and was giving up 27 points a game. They had seven starters out and were a five-point underdog, boasted the league’s worst offense in yards and points, worst run defense and second-worst passing offense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and their owner, coaching staff, and frustrated sad sack fans would make a hysterically funny reality TV show.
Overheard at PJD’s Beer & Wine Garden: “Day 12 without a beer…lost hearing in my left eye.”
Wait! What? Stacey Abrams says she’s running for Governor of Georgia again. But wait, she travels all over the country saying she already IS governor of Georgia even though she lost the 2018 election.
Her new bid for the state’s top job is ridiculed by pundit and author Candice Owens, who asks: “So what, exactly, has Stacey Abrams done to help Georgia since she lost in 2018? She led the crusade to push the Major League Baseball All-Star game out of Atlanta, that’s what! This cost the majority-black city of Atlanta up to $70 million in lost business,” Ms. Owens remarked.
“Georgia, this isn’t even a close call,” says Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Why on earth would you want to sink into the decline and decay we’re seeing in blue states across America?” she asks. “Georgians don’t need Abrams to ride to the rescue, they need her to ride into the sunset – and for good.”
Do They Protest Too Much? Of the 25 comments posted here last week 10 (40 percent) were contributed by reliable and prolific left-wing blog critics Richard Norman Kurpiers (6) and Coleman Langshaw (4).
Their initial comments last week voiced annoyance with my observations but steadily progressed into criticism of those who dared agree with me or disagree with them.
Unless comments are profane or vulgar I never comment or delete them. I enjoy a healthy, factual debate. However, despite the fact they aren’t profane these two display the intellectual persuasion of a couple of screeching leg-kicking toddlers sprawled on the kitchen floor demanding pre-dinner cookies. Did they change any minds or cause readers to pause and reconsider their positions?
Their monotonous far-left critiques confirm that they haven’t really thought through the topics, just spout off what they hear from others. They make it clear that they consider dissenters from their opinions racist boobs, fascists, sexists, bigots and haters. Their comments indicate that they scorn secure borders, a strong military, less regulation, lower taxes, smaller government, education reform, the right to bear arms, drilling for oil and gas, voter ID, etc. Their comments are always humorless and reflect views that most folks abandon in adolescence.
Langshaw appears perpetually angry and his comments display the spittle-flecked angst of a snarling contrarian. Kurpiers, on the other hand, comes across as a member of the chin-jutting “I’m better than you” faculty-lounge class proclaiming moral superiority. Both appear fired up by the left’s fashionable scorn for traditional American values and they appear to have found common ground with the far-left’s thuggery and anti-American rhetoric.
They are a synecdoche for a broader tendency – a set of far-left-liberal Democrats who are relentlessly focused on Trump and Trumpism, January 6th, and their incorrect belief that this is an unprecedented threat to the country.
Despite the fact he hasn’t been in office for a year, everything evil, they believe, leads back to Donald Trump. Their comments are resolutely retrospective, seeing in Trump the epitome of all that is wrong with America. (See Burt Prelutsky’s column above).
They are part of a contingent of people who are obsessed with Trump hatred, an irrational Trump hatred based on his personality and what he MIGHT do but has not done or given any indication that he would do. It’s easy to rail against Trump, especially in view of the wreckage the Democrats have caused in the short time they’ve held power even though it has been detailed daily, even now to some degree by some in the main stream media.
I’m not suggesting this prolific duo discontinue their postings here. These two contrarians and their fatuous protests provide readers a garish form of entertainment. I’m suggesting they might want to reflect and do some actual fact-finding and research in the future, then attempt to condense their thoughts into one or two factual responses weekly. Convince me where I’m going wrong using verifiable facts and reason.
Merry Christmas guys. May you two go to sleep tonight with visions of America’s continued freedom, prosperity, and religious liberty dancing in your liberal heads and wake up Christmas morning thankful for being able to pursue happiness and freely express yourselves in the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever experienced.
Something To Think About: Some 1,921 American military personnel died in actual combat in Afghanistan in 20 years. In Cook County including Chicago in 2021 through November, 1,009 were murdered. And 524 were murdered in Philadelphia. So in just 2021, 1,533 people were murdered in just those two American cities compared to 1,921 soldiers dying in combat over 20 years. Most of the murders were young black males. Why aren’t the media reporting on the fact that a young black male was safer in the military in Afghanistan than in Chicago or Philly?
A Christmas Gift: Finally, no matter your political persuasion this one-minute video will cheer you up if you have the blues. It’s Nancy Pelosi’s actual comments and voice. https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/nancy-pelosi-impersonation-is-brilliant-vodka-skeletor/