WHY I ROOT FOR THE
NEW YORK YANKEES
by Burt Prelutsky

If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. burtprelutsky@icloud.com 
I realize that a lot of you have no interest in baseball, preferring football or basketball, though I can’t imagine why. Actually, I can better understand those who have no interest in any of the major spectator sports.

I began following baseball as a wee lad. Even though I was born in Chicago and moved to L.A. when I was six, it never entered my head to cheer for the Cubs, the White Sox or even the Dodgers. Because my favorite player was Ted Williams, I rooted for the Boston Red Sox. Fat lot of good it did them. Even when they were loaded with talent like Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Walt Dropo, Vern Stephens, Dom DiMaggio, Mel Parnell and Ellis Kinder, they couldn’t get past the Yankees. One season, back when a season was only 154 games long, Boston had three guys with 140 or more rbi’s in the lineup, Williams, Stephens and Dropo, and they still couldn’t win the American League pennant.

But, still, I stuck with them. But when they not only dumped Wade Boggs and made Dwight Evans finish his career in Baltimore, but hired a bunch of guys like Dave Kingman, Kevin Mitchell and Jose Canseco, who I thought should have had their photos on the wall of a post office, and not in a Red Sox program, I decided to jump ship after the ’95 season.

In looking for a new team to cheer for, my requirement was that it be an American League team because I like the designated hitter rule, and that I not be moving to a winner. I wanted my conscience to be clear that I wasn’t giving up on the Red Sox because I was tired of losing, but out of principle. In other words, it wasn’t I that had changed, it was Boston. It’s the same reason that Reagan and I had both given up on the Democratic party.

In looking around for a new team, I considered switching my allegiance to the Yankees because I had always liked centerfielder Bernie Williams and the new manager, Joe Torre. The clincher was that the Yankees were predicted to come in third in their division, behind Baltimore and Boston.

Of course, prior to the ‘96 season, nobody, least of all I, had any idea what a difference their rookie shortstop, Derek Jeter, would make. The idea that they would go on that year to win the World Series, and then win three more times over the next four years was as far-fetched as the idea of achieving peace in the Middle East.  

I realize that some ardent baseball fans continue to despise the Yankees, but people who are conservatives should appreciate them.

For one thing, they are the only team that continues to stage Old-timers’ Games, bringing back Yankees from as long ago as the 1950s to be recognized and applauded by the sons and grandsons of the people who saw them play.

For another, during the 7th inning breaks, they bring military veterans and their families to home plate to be identified and hailed for their sacrifice. And while the recording of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” is played over the public-address system, the cameras will scan faces in the bleachers before focusing on the badge of a New York police officer before panning down to show the face of one of New York’s finest.

The Yankees, I’ve only recently learned, also make a practice of sending flowers to the funerals of police officers all over the country who have been killed in the line of duty.

I submit that the only event that is close to being as patriotic as a Yankee ball game is a Donald Trump rally.

⦿  In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s been a week of great news. For one thing, President Trump rescued three American citizens from the clutches of the North Koreans. Next, New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, who assumed that his bevy of lawsuits targeting the President for everything but double-parking and eating too much meatloaf, would at least get him the V.P. nomination in 2020, if not the top spot on the ballot, saw his political future vaporize in a New York minute.

Actually, it happened nearly that fast. Within three hours of Ronan Farrow’s exposé in the New Yorker hitting the streets, A.G. Schneiderman was forced to resign.

As so often happens in the wake of these various scandals, we all learn that it was an open secret that Schneiderman was a pig who not only beat up women, but that he referred to one of his victims, a Sri Lankan woman, as his “brown slave” and made her say aloud that she was his property. He also threatened his victims, warning them that if they snitched on him, he would use the authority of his office to make their lives a living hell.

In similar fashion, apparently most of the people in Harvey Weinstein’s huge circle were aware that he was a douchebag when it came to women, and only severed relations after Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker piece blew the whistle on the pig. That circle famously included such pals as liar-Hillary Clinton and nOprah Winfrey.

But feminists don’t care if their male icons behave like animals in their private lives so long as they say the right things in public. It’s that way today, and it was that way in the past when it came to the Kennedy brothers, Sen. Bob Packwood and liar-Bill Clinton.

I don’t usually give good advice to liberals, but if I were a New York notable who was up to sexual shenanigans and I spotted young Mr. Farrow lurking in the vicinity, I would hastily scribble out my letter of resignation and then grab the first flight out of LaGuardia to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

⦿  I have decided that the main reason that 95% of blacks always vote for Democrats is that they suffer from a strange addiction to the Party. No matter how shabbily the liberals treat them and no matter how often the truth is pointed out to them, they’re as impervious to recognizing the truth as any heroin or cocaine addict looking for his next fix.

After all these years, it might even be worse than an addiction. Like the sickle-cell disease, it may have worked its way into their very DNA.

⦿  Former Secretary of State hanoi-John Kerry seems to believe he still has the job he was so ill-suited to have when he had it. But the idea that Donald Trump would walk away from the deal that hanoi-Kerry and liar-nObama made with Iran was just too much for him, so he went about trying to make sure that the Europeans wouldn’t allow his legacy to be erased with a stroke of Trump’s pen. There is a question whether his actions were illegal, but they were definitely sleazy.

It still boggles the mind that anyone who had a hand in delivering $150 billion to the leading sponsor of Islamic terrorism would want that on his resumé, but I guess nobody should expect more from someone who called his fellow Vietnam vets “baby killers” and even lied about tossing his medals over the Pentagon fence; he actually tossed someone else’s and had his own framed and eventually hung on the wall of his Senate office.

⦿  Perhaps the tawdriest aspect of the claim made by liberals that Trump should never have walked away from the nuclear deal with Iran is that other nations will no longer trust America to keep its word. They intentionally ignore the fact that when America gives its word, it does it through the Senate. They call it a treaty. The reason that liar-nObama made it a deal was because he knew the Senate would never have voted in favor of it. Even those schlemiels aren’t that stupid and corrupt.

Frankly, when something is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, instead of something nice and simple like the Iran Nuclear Deal, you should immediately recognize that the polical scalawags are up to no good.

⦿  As good as Trump has been for the American economy, he may have even outdone himself when it comes to the foreign stage.

Previous administrations offered gold-plated carrots -- liar-Clinton with billions of dollars-worth of oil and wheat to North Korea, liar-nObama with $150 billion in cash and a lifting of economic sanctions to Iran -- and we all saw how well that worked. Our enemies got the carrots, we were left holding the bag. Or to put it a different way, they got the elevators, we got the shafts.

Donald Trump announced that America was done playing the patsy, whether to our enemies or to our trading partners. As a result, North Korea is starting to behave itself, like a spoiled brat who has finally been disciplined, and Iran is going to have to rely on Russia, whose own economy is in pretty bad shape, to keep its ugly head above water. For their part, Germany, France and Great Britain, and their socialist leaders, will have to regretfully conclude that they would rather tie their economic futures to the American dollar than to the Iranian real.

⦿  One of the amusing ironies of the Democrats insistence that Russia colluded with Trump during the 2016 elections, and that they could hardly imagine anything worse, is that Barack liar-nObama not only colluded with Bibi Netanyahu’s opponent in his last election but sent his political operatives to Israel to ensure Bibi's defeat. Like just about everything else that liar-nObama put his hand to, he failed. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. I also suspect he used our tax dollars to pay his agents.

Considering that it was Netanyahu who recently blew the lid off the Iran deal, proving that the mullahs never intended to abide by it, you can see why liar-nObama was so anxious to force the prime minister into retirement.

⦿  A few people submitted the following epitaph engraved on a Boot Hill tombstone: “Here Lies Lester Moore, 4 slugs from a 44, No Les, No More.”
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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