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TRUST, BUT VERIFY
by Burt Prelutsky
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Political Correctness Is the Enemy of Truth
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by Thomas Gallatin:  Honesty is always the best policy, whether it be in the university or workplace. But as everyone who has ever lived can attest to, honesty does not always come easily. Especially when a favored political or social policy is at stake. During the cultural revolution of the 1960s, many traditions and social mores were questioned — some rightly and some wrongly. One of those cultural mores was the West’s understanding of proper sexual boundaries. In America, prior to the upheaval of the 1960s, the vast majority of Americans held to views on sex (both sexuality and gender) that have essentially been turned on their head today.

          Much of the nation views premarital sex as the norm. Abortion, while remaining a contentious issue, has been the law of the land since 1973. Homosexuality gradually became an accepted practice by much of the mainstream culture leading eventually to the Supreme Court redefining marriage. There’s also pornography and its continuing impact upon Americans. And now Americans are witnessing the steady march of the transgender crusade. The Left views all of this as progress, a maturing of the nation’s culture as it were. What they conveniently seek to ignore are the devastating consequences these culture changes have created. And if they can’t ignore them, they seek to suppress their significance or deny their root cause.
          A recent example of this suppression of truth was experienced by James Caspian, a psychotherapist from Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom. Caspian specializes in working with transgender people, and he is by no means “anti-trans.” Since 2001 he has worked with transgender people and has been a trustee of a charity that is “dedicated to education about and support of transgendered, transsexual and cross-dressing individuals.” So, it came as a surprise when Bath Spa University rejected his proposal to research the growing numbers of transgender people who were seeking reassignment reversal surgeries. The university believed the subject to be “potentially politically incorrect.
          If any scientific research were to produce evidence that brought into question the ethics of normalizing and promoting transgenderism, then it must be prevented. If the research were to show that gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatment did little to alleviate the psychological condition of gender dysphoria, and if in fact research were to show that these “treatments” actually proved to exacerbate the problem, then it could derail all the “progress” made by the transgender crusaders.
          This is the result of being more concerned with falling in line with political correctness than seeking after the truth. In a climate such as this it is both individuals and society at large that loses.  ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/51671

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Terror, Chaos, Thuggery – Leftists Foundations, Soros, Wage War On America, World
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{rickwells.us} ~ Big money “Foundations,” the word that in today’s world is often defined as a false front and legal mechanism for anti-Americanism and its financial support... are documented as contributing millions of dollars to agitators seeking to destroy this nation. They maintain they are anti-Trump, but President Trump is merely a man representing the values of Americans and our Constitution. If they are anti-Trump, they are anti-American. That is the reality which their actions reinforce. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation and Soros’ Open Society Foundation, all prominent leftist agitation and activism “non-profits,” have transferred millions of dollars to a notorious anti-Trump “resistance” group... https://rickwells.us/terror-thuggery-leftists-war-america/
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Tim Murphy to retire amid scandal 
over asking mistress to get abortion
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by Diana Stancy Correll
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., announced he will retire and not seek re-election in 2018... following a report that the publicly pro-life congressman asked his mistress to have an abortion. "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term," Murphy said in a statement to KDKA-Pittsburgh Wednesday. "I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting working families in southwestern Pennsylvania," he added... http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/tim-murphy-to-retire-amid-scandal...
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ANTIFA'S NEXT TARGET? AMERICA'S POLICE
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{wnd.com} ~ The left-wing extremist group known as antifa is gearing up for insurrection. And the primary target may be America’s already beleaguered police force... A special report from WND reveals a number of antifa groups have begun explicitly targeting police departments on the grounds the thin blue line is composed of “oppressors.”  Among the most militant is the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, or RAM, a new group whose activities have been widely covered by the antifa information hub It’s Going Down...  http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/antifas-next-target-americas-police/
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DOJ wants records of 
Seth Rich murder released
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by ALICIA POWE
{wnd.com} ~ The Department of Justice is demanding the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Washington, D.C., release records relating to the murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich... On Sept. 1, Texas attorney Ty Clevenger submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request with the DOJ and FBI requesting all records and correspondence pertaining to Rich. “This request includes, but is not limited to, any records or correspondence resulting from any investigation of his murder,” Clevenger wrote in his letter to the government agencies...  http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/doj-wants-records-of-seth-rich-murder-re...
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TRUST, BUT VERIFY
by Burt Prelutsky


I recently lied in an article. I didn’t know I was lying, but I did, and several people rightly called me on it. I praised Clark Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, for having backed President Trump in his admonishment of the NFL’s players, owners and Commissioner Goodell, for expressing their collective contempt for the flag and the National Anthem.

My mistake was in relying on someone who, in the past, had never steered me wrong. I’m sure he believed it was true when he passed the story along. For my part, I knew nothing about Mr. Hunt, aside from the fact that he is the son of the late Lamar Hunt. I simply assumed that there had to be at least one team owner who understood, if not as a patriot, at least as a businessman, that it‘s a very bad idea to insult the majority of your fan base. It also made sense to me that if there were one such team owner, the team would very likely be situated in the middle of what has come to be known as flyover country.

This doesn’t mean I will never again make the mistake of passing along fake news. It merely means that, unlike the other news and commentary outlets, if I discover that I blew it, I’ll let you know about it as soon as I can. I wouldn't want to be the reason any of my readers lost a bet.

● On the other hand, my brain doesn’t always cooperate with my eyes. Or vice versa. For instance, I recently typed “prostate” when I meant “prostrate,” and didn’t spot the mistake until after I had posted the article.

Then, the other day, I was typing up the names of the liar-nObama team I wanted the Justice Department to indict. When I read the paragraph over, instead of seeing liar-Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Lois Lerner, Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power and Susan Rice, I saw liar-Clinton, Abedin, Lerner, Rhodes, Samantha Egger and Rice.

Samantha Egger?! Where the heck had that come from? She was a mediocre English actress I probably hadn’t seen in a movie in over 40 years and here she popped up in place of our former ambassador to the U.N. So, not only do I have to deal with my failing eyesight and my inadequate typing skills, but a subconscious I can’t help thinking is out to sabotage me.

● I confess I don’t know why those connected with professional football have allowed themselves to act as stooges on behalf of the rats who spend their every waking hour trying to drive a wedge between various groups of Americans, based on race, religion, gender, class and even geography. But, then, even before this recent brouhaha, there were those who referred to the NFL as the National Felons League.

Although there are exceptions to the rule, the reason that so many guys pulling down millions of dollars for playing a game are so resentful of the cops isn’t because they or their male relatives have been stopped so often for DWB (driving while black), as they invariably insist, but because so many of them have been charged with possession of drugs and/or illegal weapons, sexual assault and domestic violence.

That still doesn’t explain why the owners of the teams seem to have decided it makes sense to stand united with their employees, while expressing contempt for the nation, the President and most of the fans.

The only theory I’ve come up with that makes the slightest bit of sense is that the owners feared the players would no longer invite them to the sex orgies with nubile young groupies.

● I thought President Trump made a big mistake when he traveled to Alabama to campaign on behalf of Luther Strange. It’s not because I favored Roy Moore. I didn’t. I don’t really care who the senator from Alabama happens to be. All I ask of any senator at this point is that he help Trump pass tax reform and tax cuts, that he back the building of the Wall, that he support Trump’s travel bans, the build-up of the military and the repeal of liar-nObamaCare.

All of those things, Strange promised to do. Senator Moore will very likely be more of a loose cannon, and in McConnell, Ryan, RINO-McCain, RINO-Flake, Paul, RINO-Murkowski, RINO-Collins and Cruz, Trump already has more of those than he needs.

But my main reason for thinking Trump should have stayed home is because by favoring Mitch McConnell’s choice, who out-spent Moore by a seven-to-one margin, Trump not only aligned himself with the so-called establishment, but let people like Rand Paul, RINO-Lisa Murkowski, RINO-John McCain, RINO-Jeff Flake, Paul Ryan and RINO-Susan Collins, know they can continue to oppose Trump’s agenda without risking political suicide.

● Sen. Bob Menendez and Secretary Tom Price exemplify political bi-partisanship; two corrupt hacks, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, who decided along the way that the rules don’t apply to them.

I suppose if you become accustomed to having your face on TV, being interviewed by the media and pandered to by your underlings, you come to regard private jets, luxurious hotels and even cash bribes, as perfectly legitimate perks of the job.

When I consider what a sacred privilege it should be to hold public office in the United States and I see guys like Menendez and Price behaving like a couple of unrepentant sleazebuckets, it makes me long for the old days when the Roman punishment for such political malfeasance was being sewn up in a burlap bag with a wild cat and tossed in the river.

● Although I have been a baseball fan for nearly 70 years, I am still puzzled by certain idiosyncrasies of the game. I have no idea when these particular things began or even why. I welcome any and all theories.

Why do teams celebrate World Series victories by congregating at the pitcher’s mound and piling on top of each other? I am always surprised when the pile is eventually untangled and those on the bottom don’t emerge with broken limbs and career-ending injuries.

Why, when a batter hits a home run, does he point skyward as he crosses home plate? If he’s thanking God, wouldn’t that suggest that God has money on the game and therefore has a rooting interest in seeing the other team lose?

Why, when in the bottom of the 9th inning, someone scores the winning run for the home team and the entire squad greets him as he crosses the plate, do they all hop up and down like little girls at the sighting of a teenage heartthrob?

And, finally, why is there so much spitting in baseball? They spit at the plate, when on base and even in the dugout. Why is it that no other group of athletes engage in such a nasty habit? Even professional football players, as we’ve seen, make certain they only spit in the direction of the flag.

● With all the big talk about draining the swamp, has it occurred to anyone else that in opening the door to the likes of Mike Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Jeff Sessions, Paul Manafort and Tom Price, Trump has added to the mosquito population?

● I don’t read the NY Times because, as I confessed, I prefer making up my own fake news. But Penny Alfonso alerted me to the fact that in a recent piece about Trump’s tax cut plan, Binyamin Applebaum wrote the following sentence: “The plan would not benefit lower-income households that do not pay federal income taxes.”

That being the case, nobody should be too surprised when in the coming debate, Chuck clown-Schumer and Nancy Pulosi voice their moral outrage over poor people who pay no income taxes not receiving the same tax cuts as the very rich, who pick up the tab for roughly 70% of the money Internal Revenue collects.

● Speaking of collecting, at times I have been as relentless as the IRS. Back in my 20s, I received an assignment from the Sunday supplement of the Chicago Tribune. They wanted me to do a piece about the coming TV season. The big news was that the networks were going to cut down on dramas and sit coms, turning over the time slots to two-hour TV movies.

The editor was quite specific. He told me that he wanted to hear from producers how the change would affect them; I wasn’t to delve into the specific economics. It was enough that some TV producers, those with experience turning out hour-long dramas, would naturally profit, while those who specialized in half-hour shows would take a hit.

I didn’t think it was a terribly fascinating story, but I thought I got some interesting quotes from producers, actors and studio executives, and mailed in the article, knowing I had done what was expected, and perhaps even a little bit more than expected.

You can imagine my shock when the editor let me know he was disappointed.  The shock turned to anger when he said he had no intention of paying me because I hadn’t even mentioned the economics.

It was his turn to become infuriated when I pointed out I had been following his orders to avoid what he had referred to as the “dry as dust” financial details.

No sooner had he hung up then I addressed my complaint to his boss, the managing editor of the Tribune. He said he made it his rule not to override the decisions of his editors. He believed in granting them complete autonomy, especially, I gathered, when it came to bilking freelance writers.

By now, it was no longer just the money, it was the principle. They felt they had the right to lie and cheat simply because they could get away with it, and they weren’t even politicians!

I came up with an idea. Because both the editor of the Sunday supplement and his superior had unusual last names, I wrote to a cousin who still lived in Chicago. I asked him to check out the local phone books and let me know if he could find home addresses for the two schmucks.

He got back to me a day or two later with two addresses. I then sat down and wrote letters, not to the editors, but to their wives. I spelled out the events exactly as I shared them with you. Only at the end of the letter, I pointed out that at some time in the future, if they pursued writing careers, their own sons might be dealing with editors 2,000 miles away, and how would they, as mothers, feel about it if they were treated as shabbily as I’d been.

I never heard back from the wives or the editors, but a week later, I received a check from the Chicago Tribune for the entire amount I was owed.

● Richard Ryan is the lucky winner of the September book drawing. A copy of “Angels on Tap” is on its way to Lamar, MO.
If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. BurtPrelutsky@aol.com

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