GUNS & OSCARS
by Burt Prelutsky
If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. burtprelutsky@icloud.com 

I know that some of you are aghast that I’m not an absolutist when it comes to the Second Amendment even though there is not supposed to be any infringement on the right to own and bear arms. But I don’t believe that people, even those as wise as the Founding Fathers, would have anticipated a nation of 330 million people -- many of them certifiably insane; tens of millions of others who are slaves to alcohol and a plethora of both illegal and mind-altering prescription drugs; along with tens of thousands of black and Hispanic gangbangers -- all being free to possess guns.

In the same way, as adamant as the Founders were when it came to the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, I don’t expect they would have defended libel, slander or human sacrifices, no matter how protective they were of free speech, a free press and freedom of religion.

I heard from a lot of people who object to raising the age limit for buying long guns from 18 to 21. Some of them simply object to any laws that inhibit the rights of Americans to protect themselves from criminals or from the federal government, even when it’s protection from teenagers we sometimes need the most.

Others pointed out that if teenagers can serve in the military, they should be old enough to buy a gun.

To the first, I say that the Soviet Union and Germany were both lost causes long before Stalin and Hitler started confiscating guns. Also, as muddle-headed as Australia was in disarming its citizens, the nation did not turn into a brutal tyranny as a result. I’m certainly not recommending we follow suit, but simply wish to point out that similar policies can have different results in different localities.

To the second point, I’d say if the 18-year-old is serving in the military, Uncle Sam will give him a gun and teach him how to use it safely. If he’s a civilian, it won’t kill him to wait three years. In the meantime, if the father is confident that his son or daughter is mature enough to have a weapon, he can always give his offspring a weapon on his or her birthday. If the kid doesn’t have a father, I’m not sure I’d trust him with a gun. Besides, if he’s a gangbanger, as the fatherless often are, the chances are that he already has a gun.

Which brings me to the hypocritical Left. They keep bemoaning gun violence, but they never lift a finger to disarm the young hoodlums in their own communities. It’s only the weapons in the hands of “those who cling to their guns and their religion” that the likes of Barack 
liar-nObama, Bill DiBlasio, Andrew Cuomo, Chuck clown-Schumer, Jerry Brown, Rahm Emanuel and Michael Bloomberg, seem to worry about.

Liberals show their true colors whenever a Republican proposes that a mandatory 10 years be added to the sentence of anyone convicted of committing a crime with a gun, and the liberals vote against it, lest the law have its greatest impact on their major voting blocs.

⦿   The folks responsible for the Constitution were idealists, but they were also pragmatists. They understood the shortcomings of people, and they didn’t exclude themselves. That’s why they made it possible to amend their divinely-inspired conclusions. But as you may have noticed, they made it a very difficult process. They understood that changing times would call for certain adjustments, but they also understood human nature and understood that a nation, just like an individual, will go through phases. They didn’t want to allow their work to be undone because the nation was undergoing a temporary loss of sanity, as might occur during a war or when a would-be tyrant like Barack liar-nObama was elected.

Those who don’t trust the system to self-correct keep calling for a Convention of States. It is beyond me to imagine how they believe that a gathering of 50 state representatives could improve on the 535 representatives we already have on salary in the House and Senate.

I mean, if those people can’t agree about term limits, a balanced budget, a sensible immigration policy or limiting the power of the federal government, how can we expect better of these unelected individuals representing the 50 states?

In the last election, Donald Trump took 31 states, Mrs. 
liar-Clinton carried 19. But it would require that 38 states would agree to making changes to specific items in the U.S. Convention. Heck, you couldn’t even get the representatives from New York and Texas to agree about the lunch menu.

Or consider the quadrennial argument about the Electoral College. Every four years, the Democrats insist it’s outmoded. That’s because they have a death grip on certain large states. They want elections determined by popular vote. Fortunately, the Founders saw through that ruse. That’s why they created a Republic, not a Democracy.

They wanted to avoid a situation such as occurred in 2016, when Donald Trump won the popular vote in 49 states, but because California gave liar-Hillary Clinton a four million vote plurality over Trump, she was able to holler she’d been robbed.

But, again, imagining that smaller states, be it in the houses of Congress or at a constitutional convention, would ever hand over to heavily-populated states like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and California, the means by which to elect the president every four years is a pipe dream from which it would behoove the Left to awaken.

Interestingly enough, in 2016, even the Electoral College showed its flaws when seven representatives betrayed their pledges, although not in the way that the Left expected. Although George scum-Soros and certain wealthy members of the liberal elite tried to pressure and even bribe the electors to vote for liar-Hillary Clinton, five formally pledged to her broke ranks, whereas only two showed bad faith by abandoning Trump. Three of the seven votes went to Colin Powell, with one each going to John Kasich, Ron Paul, commie-Bernie Sanders and Faith Spotted Eagle.

⦿  One of my clear-thinking readers who doesn’t care to be targeted and will therefore not be identified, started out his email asking that I compare our schools today with those we had 50 or 60 years ago.

He goes on to blame the obvious decline on the Supreme Court, pointing out that it was Court decision (Engel v. Vitale, 1962) that prohibited prayer in public schools. A year later Abington v. Schemp they removed the Bible from classrooms. In 1980, the nine unelected individuals deemed the 10 Commandments too controversial to be posted in our schools.

What all of these things were replaced with was moral relativism, the belief that one person’s idea of right and wrong is as good as anyone else’s, even if that person is an uneducated eight or ten-year-old or a badly-educated 16-year-old.

Also, by focusing on Darwin’s Theory, the survival of the fittest, to the exclusion of God or Intelligent Design, the schools promoted the notion that the soul is a fiction concocted out of whole cloth and that people are no better than any other creature on earth, and in most cases, far worse.

Finally, he concludes with abortion, which has been pushed for decades by those on the Left who insist that pregnant women have the moral authority to commit murder and, moreover, have every right to demand that the government use our tax dollars to facilitate the crimes.

⦿  In case any of you were wondering if I was tuned in to the Academy Awards, I was. I watched them for the same reason that I sat through all of Barack liar-nObama’s State of the Union addresses; I feel it’s my responsibility to comment on the vilest activities of America’s archenemies.

The only difference between sitting through liar-nObama’s blather and Jimmy Kimmel’s is that I came away from the latter a nickel richer. I made my annual wager with my wife, and, as usual, I won. Her problem is that she can’t help occasionally picking a movie or a person that she believes deserves to win.

I, on the other hand, never allow good taste to infringe on my selections, which is why I managed to guess correctly in 18 of the 24 categories, even when it came to Best Picture, which, knowing Hollywood’s denizens as well as I do, I predicted would be the absolutely putrid “The Shape of Water.”

My wife, silly girl, naturally guessed “Darkest Hour” would carry the day because it was such a good movie. I know better even though I had seen very few of the movies nominated. Winning the nickel was like taking candy from a baby. Actually, it was easier because Yvonne didn’t kick up a fuss.

The show itself wasn’t as awful as I had expected because the folks in charge, in an attempt to turn around the declining ratings, must have warned off the presenters and winners to keep the anti-Trump cracks to a minimum. But you can’t expect the likes of emcee Jimmy Kimmel and the rest of the Hollywood crowd to avoid the occasional stupid crack for an entire evening.

They even made a feeble attempt to display a vestige of patriotism by paying a brief tribute to the military by showing a short montage of movies that pictured the military in a positive light, although it should be noted that most of the movies were 75 years old. But the polite applause the montage generated was dwarfed by the greeting that presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty received 51 years after they were paired up in “Bonnie and Clyde,” or the standing ovation the assembled loons gave “Hanoi Jane” Fonda.

Cosmetic note: Ms. hanoi-Fonda, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, have undergone such extensive plastic surgery, I doubt if even their dogs recognize them.

The oddest thing of all wasn’t that every single black, Hispanic, homosexual and transgender, working in Hollywood must have appeared on the stage of the Kodak stage during the four-hour siege, but that Hollywood still persists in recognizing winners and losers.

One would have assumed that long before now, those who object to competition, because they hate the idea of people having their feelings hurt, would have resorted to handing out participation trophies to anybody who had anything to do with producing the claptrap Hollywood persists in calling art.

Well, maybe next year.
If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. burtprelutsky@icloud.com 

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ALERT ALERT

Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under
FBI Investigation At Any Time In 2015-2016

On Tuesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI’s (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) came out swinging Tuesday in a a joint hearing held by the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.

Gowdy ripped into Comey in his opening statement, stating, “we can’t survive with a justice system we don’t trust.”

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported Horowitz dropped a bombshell in his testimony.

Horowitz revealed the FBI never named a target or even a subject in the Clinton email probe!

Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. “Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising” for a crim probe

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by the FBI at any time in 2015-2016, tweeted Sperry.

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising”

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

"Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising"

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: Horowitz revealed that Hillary was never really under formal investigation, never listed by FBI as a "subject" of investigation.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton reacted to this bombshell bias from the FBI.

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

.@RealDonaldTrump is a subject, but Hillary Clinton was never a "subject." Outrageous. Shut the Strzok-Page-Comey-McCabe-Lynch-Yates-Glenn Simpson-Steele-Brennan-Fusion GPS-Muller special counsel "stop @realDonaldTrump" investigation down.

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

tigation’ into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was a complete sham.

No subjects were named, immunity was handed out like candy and Hillary was exonerated before witnesses were interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘interview’ with the FBI wasn’t even under oath.

Even more egregious, Hillary discussed pregnancy and babies during the majority of the 2.5 hour FBI interview because one of her lawyers was pregnant at the time.

Inspector General Horowitz also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Targeting Of Tea Party Groups
John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner
And IRS To Engage In “Financially Ruinous”

Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch obtained IRS documents Thursday revealing backstabber Senator John McCain’s former staff director urged the IRS, including the corrupt Lois Lerner to engage in “financially ruinous” targeting of conservative Tea Party groups.

And they did.

The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:

  • Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
  • At least 5 pro-Israel groups
  • Constitutional groups
  • Groups that criticized Obama administration
  • At least two pro-life groups
  • An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
  • A 180 year-old Baptist paper
  • A Texas voting-rights group
  • A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
  • Conservative activists and businesses
  • At least one conservative Hispanic group
  • IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
  • And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were
  • Conservative

Now this…

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the newly obtained IRS documents showing more proof the agency was weaponized under Obama:

“The Obama IRS scandal is bipartisan – McCain and Democrats who wanted to regulate political speech lost at the Supreme Court, so they sought to use the IRS to harass innocent Americans. The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.”

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.

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McCain minority staff director Henry Kerner to IRS official Lois Lerner and other IRS officials: “the solution is to audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous” (Washington, DC) – Judicial...

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