by Burt Prelutsky
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Frankly, ever since Trump was elected and I’ve seen that “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) was a promise and not merely a slogan, I confess I have been gaga over MAGA. One of the many ways that Trump has been different from nearly all of his predecessors is that he has really tried to carry through on his campaign promises.

Fortunately, thanks to executive orders, keeping campaign promises is easier for a president than it usually is for senators, governors, mayors or House members – all of whom require the cooperation of state legislatures, city councils or 217 other people.

Speaking of politicians, whenever I hear one of them talk about the rigors of office, I’m reminded of tuxedo-clad Vegas crooners who inevitably loosen or remove their bowties midway through the act to let an audience composed of steelworkers, farmers and firemen, on vacation, grasp how difficult it is to sing an hour a night for a measly 50 grand-a-week.

⦿  Many years ago, Golda Meir said there would be peace in the Middle East when the Arabs loved their children more than they hated the Jews.

It occurs to me that there could be progress in Washington if the Democrats loved America more than they hated Republicans.

⦿  Whenever I hear a woman complain that men don’t want to date them because they’re too smart and that everyone knows that men can’t stand the challenge to their presumed intellectual superiority.

Because I’m married to an intelligent woman, it’s easy enough for me to see through this presumptuous hogwash. The women whom men don’t want to date are arrogant women who think they’re a lot brighter than they actually are, basing their claims on their ability to parrot the absurdities of numbskulls like liar-Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth dinky-Warren, Joy Behar, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Maddow, Cathy Areu, Jennifer Lawrence and Madonna.

⦿  I don’t really object to members of the media asking Ivonka Trump what she thinks of the women who accuse her father of sexual improprieties. She is a grown-up, after all, and a member of the administration. I only wish it had been equally commonplace for them to ask the same questions of Chelsea liar-Clinton, who is a grown-up and the head of the family’s billion-dollar money-laundering Foundation.

⦿  Because of all the recent attention paid to Rev. Billy Graham upon his death at 99, I was reminded how much I dislike the sound of preaching. I have no reason to doubt the decency of Rev. Graham, but I find that whenever I hear the cadence of someone like him or Martin Luther King, my ears feel as if they’re under assault. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy listening to Donald Trump so much. He speaks in public, even when delivering a speech, exactly the way I imagine he speaks in private.

No disrespect intended, but when public speakers adopt a different voice for the occasion, it strikes me as phony. If the words sincerely spoken aren’t enough to convince me, I figure there is either something wrong with the words or the speaker.

It’s not just in the field of religion, either, that phoniness abounds. Consider those scoundrels who crawl out from under rocks, people like John hanoi-Kerry, who lie about their wartime exploits or who even lie about having served or, worst case scenario, lie about having received the Medal of Honor; as if these pathetic specimens of the human race have the slightest concept of honor.

⦿  The politicians in Washington invariably carry on like headless chickens at the mere rumor of a government shutdown. But, recently the entire federal government shut down for an entire day and unless you were one of those on the federal payroll, I bet you didn’t even notice. It seems it was too windy in the nation’s capital to suit the politicians and bureaucrats, although the peons who work in banks, restaurants, shops and stores, all managed to make it to work.

In case you may have been wondering, the mighty wind wasn’t supplied by the members of Congress, but for once by Mother Nature.

Have no fear, though; everyone was paid with your tax dollars just as though they’d shown up on the job.

⦿   In a cartoon sent me by one of my enablers, a goofy-looking guy is bragging to a woman how concerned he is about women now that Trump is in the Oval Office. In the adjoining box were a series of things that equally concerned liberals have said about real life women: “Burn the NRA’s Dana Loesch at the stake,” “Make the First Lady great again – dump Melania,” “Kellyanne Conway is a blonde bimbo” and “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a big fat idiot.”

⦿  Every time I hear the deranged Democrats calling President Trump a tyrant, a dictator or an authoritarian, I find myself wondering if they ever pause to ask themselves if they’d actually be allowed to voice such opinions if he were what they claim he is.

The really weird thing is that they usually have a soft spot in their hearts, not to mention their heads, when it comes to real-life villains like Stalin, Mao, Castro, Chavez and Che Guevara.

In fact, it’s not even much of a stretch to imagine they would have nicer things to say about Adolph Hitler than they do about the President. For openers, I can picture their pointing out that among Der Fuhrer’s considerable attributes were, that he was European, a vegetarian and a very snappy dresser.

⦿    In response to my questioning Christian dogma as a prerequisite to entering Heaven, Stephen Hanover of Doylestown, PA, let me know that Catholic nuns supervised his first six years of schooling. In what he believes was the first grade, when the class was informed that only baptized Catholics could make it through the Pearly Gates, he raised his little hand and asked about his next-door neighbor, a non-Catholic but a nice kid.

In response, he was banished to the cloak room.

I wrote back to say that I’d like to think that they reserve the penthouse suites in Heaven for those of us who use our God-given brains to think for ourselves and to ask legitimate questions. But, I rather expect we get banished to the cloak room.

⦿   Another reader let me know that the Second Amendment is an absolute right. I disagreed. I said that there are even limits on the First Amendment. After all, some religions used to call for human sacrifices. Heck, Islam still does.

Furthermore, the First Amendment doesn’t grant you the right to slander or libel someone or to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater that isn’t, in fact, on fire.

There is a right to vote, but that doesn’t mean the feds or the states can’t adjust the minimum voting age or require proof of citizenship.

Others are free to disagree, but I see nothing unconstitutional about requiring people to be 21 years old in order to purchase a rifle or a shotgun. That wouldn’t prevent a father from buying one and letting his son use it, so long as he’d taken the time and trouble to teach the young sprout to use it responsibly.

⦿  Jack Dorsey, the creator of the Twitter universe, has acknowledged that he feels terrible that people have taken advantage of the service to, among other offenses, bully people and spread misinformation. But, he admits that he hasn’t figured out a way to curtail these abuses and has asked the public and his technologically-adept colleagues for suggestions.

Perhaps, like Dr. Frankenstein, it’s incumbent on these technocrats to spend a little more time foreseeing the potential ramifications of unleashing their monsters on the world.
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Reporter Kicked Out Of Michelle Obama
Conference For Violating ‘Black Girl Code’

The Black Entertainment Television channel recently hosted a conference in south Florida for black women known as “Leading Women Defined,” which featured a casual conversation between former first lady Michelle Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

But according to the New York Post’s Page Six, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in attendance was booted from the remainder of the conference after she wrote an article about some of the comments Obama had made during the discussion.

Robin Givhan, a fashion critic and staff writer for The Washington Post, documented the highlights of the friendly chat between Obama and Jarrett.

Some of the highlights of the conversation included the former first lady’s thoughts on President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the Obamas prepared to leave the White House, the role she played during the 2008 election, her difficulty settling in as “the spouse” to the president, how she described her White House garden as a “subversive act” to garner trust with the public and her upcoming memoir. Of course Givhan also wrote about what Obama was wearing … after all, she is a fashion critic.

But following the publication of the article, according to Page Six, BET demanded Givhan leave the conference early amid claims that she had violated a “sacred space” by publishing the content of the conversation.

They also canceled a panel discussion that Givhan initially had been asked to moderate.

However, Page Six noted that BET’s claim that Obama’s discussion was “private” and not intended to be shared with anyone else outside the small gathering in attendance didn’t hold up to scrutiny given the fact that BET itself posted clips from the discussion on its site.

Furthermore, Jarrett also posted those clips on social media and told everyone to “tune in” to the network so they could hear what Obama had to say.

Shortly thereafter, the dispute descended into a sharp back-and-forth on social media between Givhan and others who were irked at what she had done, as can be seen on Givhan’s Twitter feed.

Several of her critics asserted that the conversation had been “off-the-record” — an assertion Givhan flatly denied — and one user claimed the reporter had “violated a sacred trust” between black women.

Another said what she had done was a “complete violation of journalistic ethics and Black girl code, all at once,” while still another asserted through a hashtag that Givhan was “#notoneofus,” as if she were being banished from the exclusive realm of accepted professional black women.

For their part, a BET representative told Page Six that Givhan had been “invited as a guest (not working press) to moderate a fashion panel,” and noted that her travel and lodging expenses had been paid for by the network.

“She was made aware that it was an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship,” the rep added.

Neither Givhan nor representatives for Obama responded to requests for comment on the report from Page Six.

If the WaPo reporter really was instructed ahead of time that the conversation between Obama and Jarrett was “off the record” and a private affair, but published anyway, then BET was justified in booting her from the remainder of the conference — though the mean-spirited commentary she received on social media still crossed the line.

But if Givhan received no prior warning on the matter — and given the fact that BET itself published the conversation later — then this is just a major display of hypocrisy and unnecessary infighting.

What do you think?


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