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“BUT HE STARTED IT!”
by Burt Prelutsky
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 Churches Sue FEMA for Discrimination After Harvey 
by Political Editors:  Three Houston area churches have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency for refusing to give churches access to its disaster relief program for non-profit organizations known as the Public Assistance Grant. Diana Verm, an attorney at the law firm representing the churches, stated, “After the costliest and most devastating natural disaster in U.S. history, the government should come to the aid of all, not leave important parts of the community underwater. Hurricane Harvey didn’t cherry-pick its victims; FEMA shouldn’t cherry-pick who it helps.”
          It would appear that the churches have a strong case, as the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Trinity Lutheran case made clear that the government cannot discriminate against non-profit faith-based organizations. It was a huge win for protecting Americans’ religious rights, maintaining equal footing for faith-based and secular non-profit organizations.
          One of the biggest and most glaring aspects to FEMA’s double standard is the fact that FEMA often uses church buildings for crisis relief. This is currently the case with Hi-Way Tabernacle, one of the churches suing the government as FEMA and local authorities are using the church property as a shelter and medical care center.
          Churches should always be eager to help a community in need, but it is vitally important that the government recognize that religious organizations are legitimate members of the community at large. Excluding them from receiving aid, especially after these churches have open their doors and have volunteered countless hours in helping their local communities, is unjust and only serves to distance people of faith from their government. 
~The Patriot Post
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Brit Hume – Trump Admin Got
Rolled By clown-Chuck And Nancy
{rickwells.us} ~ Chris Wallace asks Brit Hume for his take on President Trump aligning himself with “clown-Chuck and Nancy” and “undercutting not only Republican Senators but his own Treasury Secretary... He was in the middle of making his pitch in the Oval Office when the President sided with them. Hume says, “Not everybody was happy. I have no doubt clown-Chuck and Nancy were happy. He got rolled. The President got rolled and his administration therefore got rolled. Hume continues, “Because, as you pointed out correctly, doing this short term deal attached to the Hurricane Harvey money, which was a must pass and therefore a good vehicle to do a longer debt limit extension and perhaps other things as well, is now a three month deal, and we’re right back where we started except without the Hurricane Harvey leverage when December rolls around.”...  https://rickwells.us/hume-trump-rolled-chuck-nancy/
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Republicans Just Gave Mueller Bad News...
by Paris Swade
{libertywriters.com} ~ Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has now announced an amendment to stop Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation after just 180 days if the law passes... A Republican lawmaker has now announced an amendment that would stop Mueller would prevent special Counsel Robert Mueller from Probing “matters occurring before June 2015.” This is the same month that Trump announced his presidential bid. The amendment was submitted to the lower chamber and will be weighed on after the congressional recess. Mueller was appointed a special counsel in May and is responsible for trying to bring a case against Trump for the supposed “Russian interference.”  https://libertywriters.com/2017/08/mueller-wrecker-republicans-just-gave-mueller-bad-news-trump-n...
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UN approves watered-down North Korea sanctions
by Joel Gehrke
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ North Korea was slapped with a new round of sanctions by the United Nations Security Council in response to the regime's latest nuclear weapons test... Ambassador Nikki Haley, the top U.S. diplomat at the UN, led the push for an aggressive sanctions package over the last week. "Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime," Haley said. "We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing."...  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/un-approves-watered-down-north-korea-sanctions/article/2634065?...
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WSJ Journalist Who Was Investigating liar-Hillary
Clinton Found Dead - Months Later Still No Autopsy
Joseph Rago
by Tim Brown
{freedomoutpost.com} ~ 34-year-old Wall Street Journal editorial writer Joseph Rago was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on July 20... As of yet, I have been unable to recover any records of an autopsy report, which was reported to be taking place. Under normal circumstances, this might not be an issue. Police have said they do not suspect foul play and that when they found him with "no obvious signs of trauma and emergency responders declared him dead at the scene." So, there were no obvious signs of trauma, but yet, there was also no determined cause of death. Thus, the reason for the request for an autopsy...  http://freedomoutpost.com/wsj-journalist-investigating-hillary-clinton-found-dead-months-later-st...
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Muslim Activist: ‘Make All of America Muslim’
by Trey Sanchez
{truthrevolt.org} ~ On the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, we thought it appropriate to remind our readers of the aim of Islam, which is worldwide submission to Allah under a global caliphate... And as we witnessed on that fateful Tuesday morning sixteen years ago, many Muslim fundamentalists are willing to do it by any means necessary. However, there are millions more Muslims attempting world dominance through subtler channels, but channels equally as dangerous, if not more so. One of them was American-born Sharifa Alkhateeb, a Muslim activist and self-proclaimed feminist, who died of cancer three years after the 9/11 attacks. “She was like a hidden, or behind-the-scenes, soldier,” boasted the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Nabil Mohamed...If this ever happens we are in big trouble.  http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/flashback-muslim-activist-make-all-america-muslim
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“BUT HE STARTED IT!”
by Burt Prelutsky


Whenever anyone points out the overwhelming amount of media bias directed towards Donald Trump, some pinhead at CNN, MSNBC and, far too often, Fox News, will point an accusatory finger at the President, accusing him of having started the feud.

Something that for obvious reasons they fail to take into consideration is that the two sides are not on an equal footing. Whatever he may have been prior to the presidential campaign, Trump is now a full-fledged politician. He is expected to lie. Of course, sometimes it isn’t, strictly speaking, a lie, but merely an exaggeration or a change of heart. The point is, it’s not his job to tell the truth.

At times, because our enemies are listening, he doesn’t want them to know his thinking. Unlike his predecessor, he’d certainly never alert the enemy as to the date upon which he intends to withdraw our troops from a war zone.

When it comes to the press, unlike the President, the first item on the job description is to report the facts without embellishment and without spin. There is, of course, room for editorializing, but that happens to be on the editorial page. These days, you are every bit as likely to find editorializing on the front page, on the back page, on the sports page and in the comics.

It is high time that reporters stuck to reporting and quit practicing punditry without a license.  What they are doing these days is reprehensible, particularly when they defend themselves by wrapping themselves up in the First Amendment and lecturing us about Freedom of the Press.

They would do well to set their self-importance aside and adopt the equivalent of the medical profession’s Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm.

● As you may have heard, Los Angeles and several other American cities are displaying their anti-Italian bigotry by doing away with Columbus Day. The yahoos have decided that Columbus opened the doors to the genocide of the Native American. You can see their point. After all, here were tribes of what came to be known as Noble Savages, although they were far more savage than noble, who were often given to committing genocide of their own and not merely murdering members of other tribes, but scalping them and eating their livers.

They lived so in tune with nature that their favorite form of hunting was stampeding a herd of buffalo off a cliff, and salvaging a single carcass for its meat.

And into this virtual Garden of Eden came the white man, with his evil ways. Let us conveniently overlook the fact that during the same year, 1492, on the other side of the Atlantic, the first terrestrial globe was constructed by Nuremberg geographer Martin Behaim; Benedetto da Majano began construction of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence; Da Vinci designed a flying machine; the first apothecary was introduced in Berlin; the profession of book publisher came into existence; Elio Antonio Nebrija created the first Spanish-Latin dictionary; and ballet was invented; whereas, in the New World, some illiterate Apache in a loin-cloth, his face smeared with war paint, was noshing on some Navajo’s liver.

● Apparently, when I questioned why our next-door neighbors hadn’t offered to help out in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, It seems I was mistaken. Because I hadn’t heard anything about it, and naturally assuming the media would want to get the word out, I concluded it simply hadn’t happened. Someone set me straight, letting me know that Canada’s Minister of International Relations offered to send equipment and crews to help restore power in Houston, along with blankets, beds and pillows, but the Secretary of State of Texas, Rolando Pablos, declined the offer, asking only that Canadians pray for his state.

Inasmuch as Harvey apparently hit Texas with God’s blessing, one might have thought it was a tad late for prayers. Therefore, I can’t imagine why Mr. Pablos would have spurned the generous offer. Or why Texans would have elected this lamebrain in the first place.

As for Mexico, someone else told me that they had sent several large trailers north. I’m not sure what they contained, but based on recent events, I would have guessed a couple of thousand illegal aliens.

● Sometimes, when I dwell on how much time and attention is devoted to reading and writing about sex and who is doing what with whom, and how many billions of dollars is spent on pornography, it occurs to me that sex is chess for stupid people.

● If some folks can decide that a fetus is no more a human than a skin mole and some other people can decide that in spite of their biological characteristics, they alone get to determine their own gender, I think I should be able to decide whether something is or isn’t a vegetable.

You see, my wife Yvonne is always after me to eat more vegetables. While I appreciate her concern, I regard greenery the same way I do our dog’s kibble. As I see it, there’s food for animals and there’s another for people. If it grows in the garden, I believe rabbits, deer and other animals, should graze to their hearts’ content.

In this brave new world of ours, where people are encouraged to call things whatever they like, I think I should be able to eat a steak and call it a salad.

● With the subscription period at an end, I can finally catch my breath. I’m sure nobody can imagine how much work goes into keeping records, ensuring I have the proper email addresses for the subscribers and making certain their computers will accept mass-mailings. Plus, I feel a responsibility to let every subscriber know that their checks have arrived and that they are on the new subscription list.

Alas, I did lose a few subscribers from last year. Some may have died, a few others let me know they were simply overwhelmed by the number of articles (298) that I dispatched, although I had pointed out that there was no law compelling them to read every single one, or, alternatively, that they could let them collect and then read them over the weekend.

One thing I was happy about was that I had made it clear that although $150 was the suggested price, the actual fee was whatever the person could comfortably afford. That way, I knew that the cost wasn’t the reason that some people were dropping out. Earlier in the year, I did lose a subscriber because the word “penis” had appeared in a joke; I lost a second after I referred to the constipation brought on after my recent operation. To me, the oddest thing was that in both instances, the person bailing on me was a man. At least so they claimed.

● Someone shared a slightly revised Rudyard Kipling poem with me, which I believe deserves to be shared despite my usual antipathy to poetry:

“God, the soldier and the police, all men adore, in time of danger but not before. When danger has passed, and all things are righted, God is forgotten, the soldier and the police are slighted.”

In the original, Kipling neglected to mention the police, but some dangers are never passed, and God forbid that the police should ever be slighted.

● Some people believe that the era of the Great American Songbook ended when Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Frank Loesser, stopped writing tunes. But I think it officially concluded when male singers stopped wearing tuxedos in concert and female songbirds stopped wearing evening gowns, and both were replaced by a gaggle of geese who looked like they were costumed to go trick-or-treating.

● Howard Last, the pride of Cheyenne, Wyoming, sent me the following joke. I had heard it before, but I suspect that others hadn’t. And no matter how long its whiskers, if you’ve never heard a joke before, it’s freshly-minted.

A guy jimmies a window and climbs in to what appears to be a deserted house. As soon as he climbs in, however, he hears a voice announce: “Moses is watching you,” and he freezes in his tracks. But when that’s followed by a prolonged silence, he hazards a few steps. When he peeks around the corner, he notices there’s a lamp on in the next room. But there’s nobody standing there holding a gun, merely a parrot on a perch. The parrot once again announces: “Moses is watching you.”

The burglar laughs and says: “And do you happen to be Moses?”

“No,” the parrot replies: “I am Jesus.”

The burglar laughs again, and asks: “What sort of moron names a parrot Jesus.”

After cocking his head in the direction of the darkened corner of the room, the parrot replies: “The same moron who named the Rottweiler Moses.”


If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. BurtPrelutsky@aol.com

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