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The Nooky Follies

By Burt Prelutsky · Dec. 1, 2012

When you realize how many political careers and reputations have been destroyed because of sex scandals over the past several years, it’s truly mind-boggling. David Petraeus is just the latest in a long line that goes back at least as far as John Kennedy and includes the likes of Gary Hart, Bob Packwood, Wilbur Mills, Ted Kennedy, Mark Sanford, Anthony Weiner, John Edwards and Bill Clinton. Frankly, it’s a wonder that any of these guys ever got any work done.

It’s probably not that much of a shock when you consider that most politicians were formerly lawyers. And if it’s true that the ranks of dentists and psychiatrists are filled with would-be doctors who found they couldn’t stand the sight of blood, it’s probably fair to assume that politicians were lawyers who couldn’t stand the thought of working for a living.

But I think the bigger message we can take away from the rise and fall of Mr. Petraeus is that we would all do well to stop making heroes out of people we don’t really know. It’s bad enough when teenagers glom onto entertainers and athletes, but at least one can hope they’ll eventually grow out of wanting to emulate the likes of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Michael Vick and Lance Armstrong.

There’s nothing wrong with admiring someone’s accomplishments, but if you’re looking for heroes, you should probably start looking closer to home. Find people whose honesty and character you’re actually in a position to vouch for. Maybe it’s your mom or dad, perhaps even a sibling. If you’re fortunate enough, you might even see one in your mirror.

Just keep in mind that just about everyone you see in the movies, on TV, in the stadium or arena or read about in newspapers and magazines, has a publicity person on salary whose job it is to promote their image. Nobody ever hired a flack to make them look bad. Therefore, when you read about some famous person who finally gets caught misbehaving, it’s safe to assume you don’t know the half of it.

In the aftermath of the election, it has occurred to me that it is foolish to discuss the Catholic vote. When you realize that Obama received the bulk of Hispanic votes in spite of his endorsement of abortion and same-sex marriages, and his war on the Church over birth control pills for Church employees, it’s obvious that religion is a goofy basis upon which to base their identity. It’s just as foolish as believing that religion plays any role in the way that Jews vote. The fact of the matter is that the huge majority of orthodox Jews vote for conservatives. It’s secular Jews who overwhelmingly support liberal candidates. But pollsters continue to group them together and to then refer to the Jewish vote as if it’s monolithic and has anything to do with Judaism.

My jocular response to nutty people who have suggested that I should run for president is that I would except for the dress code. As one who has grown accustomed to running around in tennis shorts, sneakers and Hawaiian shirts, I wouldn’t even consider taking a job that required me to wear a suit and tie. Still and all, I’ll admit that I didn’t like seeing Obama or Romney, for that matter, campaigning in their shirtsleeves. If I had known that a suit and tie were now optional, I just might have thrown my baseball cap in the ring.

If I’m not mistaken, the slide in decorum began, not too surprisingly, with Bill Clinton. Before him, about the most embarrassing things that occurred during presidential campaigns, was seeing the candidates don Indian war bonnets, kissing babies and chowing down on such ethnic, vote-getting, delicacies as pizzas, strudel and knishes. While it’s true that Nixon, generally the stodgiest of politicians, went on “Laugh-In” and in a futile attempt to seem like a regular guy, said “Sock it to me!” it took Clinton going on MTV and telling the world whether he wore jockey shorts or boxers to place the presidential limbo pole at ground level. Monica Lewinsky was merely the inevitable result of electing the horny oaf to the highest office in the land.

Therefore, it was no big surprise to see Obama during the campaign popping up to chitchat with the tawdry likes of Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Lazaro Mendez, the radio host who bills himself as the Pimp with a Limp.

Speaking of he who should be back in Chicago, it’s not certain, as I sit here, whether Barack Obama will nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. My question, though, is: How is it that Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Mrs. Clinton and now, possibly, Ms. Rice, have all been deemed fit for the job?

Just when was it decided that a position that had been held by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, Daniel Webster, William Jennings Bryan, George Marshall and John Foster Dulles, would become nothing more than the final rung on the ladder of affirmative action?

In 20 short years, it’s gone from being a tough job for tough-minded people to being a really bad joke. Sort of like the presidency, itself, now that I think of it.

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53 Comments

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

"How is it that Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Mrs. Clinton and now, possibly, Ms. Rice, have all been deemed fit for the job?" What about Henry Kissinger and Warren Christopher. About all these two morons and traitors are fit for is to follow the .elephants and pick up the s##T. How do you say CFR?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: I'm not sure how without seeing any vowels.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, both of these traitors took their marching orders from the Council on Foreign Relations. Kissinger headed it up and Christopher was its errand boy. Kissinger was behind throwing Taiwan out of the Tower of Babble on the East River and replacing it with communist China. Now if the USA also was thrown out, that I would go along with. And the UN dumped in the middle of the Atlantic.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

College of Forest Resources?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Alex in NJ said:

..if it's true that the ranks of dentists and psychiatrists are filled with would-be doctors who found they couldn't stand the sight of blood, it's probably fair to assume that politicians were lawyers who couldn't stand the thought of working for a living.

That is hysterical. Where do you come up with this stuff? That is so true.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Alex: God only knows.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

Unlike the list of capable men available to the early republic, the truth is the Democrats do not have a stable of competent people fit for any government job. No matter which jackass Obama saddles up he will get an incompetent jerk.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

No need for any real qualifications. It all depends on the "group" one occupies with the Democrats. As Kagen admitted she probably wouldn't have been nominated for the Supreme Court had she not been a women.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Honest Abe: At the very least, Obama will get a hack who marches to his orders, just like Eric Holder and all the House and Senate Democrats.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

Burt: Of those past secs of state, Meddling Halfwit and Wornout Christopher were the most egregious. It seems these sterling appointments were in direct relation to the character (or lack of character) of the guy who picked them for the job. It reminds me of the senator who, after interviewing Joycelyn Elders for Surgeon General, remarked that he would approve her appointment because he found her to be self-centered, ignorant, brash, and totally unsuited for the job -- just what the then current president deserved. Remember Joycelyn, the condom queen wearing one on her head? Finally even Clinton had to dump her.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: But, knowing Clinton, he probably only dumped her because she wouldn't put out!

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

I'll take the job as SecoSt. My first order, beef up all security, and include a special forces platoon (aka SEALS, Green Berets, Rangers etc, Marine SpOPS) along with a company of Marines. All personal will be issued weapons to carry at all times and fully loaded. Order number two, anyone caught climbing a wall will be dispatched immediately by the personal allocated in order number one. Take that Jihad.....

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doktor: While waiting for the appointment at State, would you consider taking control of the Border?

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

It's as if the President's administration are characters from a video game. Maybe it would be called Happy Parrots. From what I'm observing right now, the characters, both liberal and conservative parrots, are about equally equipped to tell lies and parrot their leaders, with no regard to actual players, us citizens. Isn't it about time to trash this game?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: And how would you suggest we do that?

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Gregory in Yakima Wa. said:

Why hasn't anyone mentioned Condoleza Rice? There's a first class liar for you. "But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

I fact checked every statement made by the neo-nitwits...aluminum tubes, uranium from Niger...and much more...but the lies weren't just hard nosed excesses of exuberance, they were part of the German Leo Straus strategy of manipulating populations by propaganda.

If those weapons had existed the neo-nit-wits might still be in power. So we saw the Nazi tactics of manipulation through nationalism, patriotism, fear and religion twisted to grotesque dimensions works right here in good old America too.

You kids ate it up without a second thought. Anyone expressing doubts was accused of treason, just as the Nazi's had done in the 1930's. This is why the G. W. Bush years and continuing legacy of death and destruction ...without purpose or benefit has become a matter of wholesale denial.

No one admitted they supported the Nazi's in post WW2 Germany. Germany has had very few moments of national candor and catharsis because that era is so shameful, immoral and disgusting.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas replied:

From Greg:

"Why hasn't anyone mentioned Condoleza Rice?"

From the original article:

"How is it that Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, CONDOLEEZZA RICE (emphasis added), Mrs. Clinton and now, possibly, Ms. Rice, have all been deemed fit for the job?"

Reading is hard.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Army Officer: Hard? For some morons, it's impossible.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

"Reading is hard."

Yes, and life is tough, even tougher if you're stupid!

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas replied:

And by the way Greg, you didn't "fact check" anything. Unless you have access to classified information you're just talking out of your butt.

By the way, why do you lib-tards keep equating the Nazis with the political right? Hitler was a man of the left - just like you (although I question whether a high school kid like you qualifies for the term "man" at all). Hitler headed the National SOCIALIST German Workers Party.

Ask your history teacher about it when you get to class on Monday.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Army Officer: These days, high school teachers rarely know much more than their students. Did you not see and hear those teachers who were striking in Madison and Chicago? They should all have been wearing dunce caps.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ replied:

And the libtards in office are changing this distorted view of yours HOW?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

Greg the Yak is just another libtard who likes to come here to show his brain is filled with sXXt from his public school indoctrination. Reagan explained his type pretty well -- It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Kind of like the immoral, disgusting, and shameful administration we have now in good old Pollution on the Potomac?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Gregory in Yakima Wa. said:

The amazing thing to me was that a lot the contradicting information was not classified. I was recovering from shoulder surgery, watching and reading the news with my puter withing easy reach of my one usable hand.

To my great and lasting disappointment the media outlets that challenged the neo-nitwits propaganda lost sponsors and/or were savaged by criticism. It wasn't a case of post war discovery...it was a case of failure of the fourth branch of government.

Fox capitulated from the beginning...Ann Coulter and others throwing words like treason and traitor as if expressing dissent wasn't a prime design feature of the Bill of Rights. But the doubters were correct the neo-con nitwits were wrong. Some of those who swallowed the big lies are embarrassed and ashamed as they should be. Others just pretend they were asleep the whole time. It wasn't just the conservatives...Hillary and many other Dems went along calculating their career advantage on what they thought was smart politics instead of what they knew was right.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas replied:

"The amazing thing to me was that a lot the contradicting information was not classified."

No, the amazing thing is that you think what you heard on MSNBC is more accurate than the classified information you never saw.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Army Officer: You must have the patience of Job to continue engaging with this sap.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas replied:

Burt, slow day at work. Poking libtards with a stick helps pass the time.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Army Officer: In that case, commence poking.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Army Officer, Your giving Greg to much credit when you mention him and thinking the the same sentence.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Doug Perdew in Tumbler Ridge B.C. Canada said:

I Have to admit I can't top not one comment made so far thanks folksI will remain silent thanks.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

cm kljajic in Fairbanks, AK said:

It would be no surprise if Obama's touting of Susan Rice for Secretary of
State is a smoke screen. Generate the controversy, fan the flames and
slip in John Kerry as a compromise. If that is the case it would be just
another example of the ongoing Obama "Theater" presentations. Either
way, we as a country, are screwed royally. I always felt that our country
would be lucky to survive if Obama was elected his first time around
without severe damage. We did, but not without irreparable harm, from
which we will not be able to recover. Now, another 4 years, inestimable!
At 80 I've seen a lot of changes, good and bad, but never had I expected
to see what is and has happened to our country today. We've been able
to endure some bozos in the past, but never have we had to deal with
the orchestrated mayhem at the direction of Obama and his minions bent
on the destruction of America. The "News Media", with very minor exceptions, is culpable to the extreme in supporting this debacle. May
the lot rot in hell.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

cm: I agree with your concluding statements, but not about Rice/Kerry. Obama could have gotten Kerry approved very easily. It's the Senate that makes the call, and they're not about to oppose one of their own.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Lyna in AL said:

"Therefore, when you read about some famous person who finally gets caught misbehaving, it's safe to assume you don't know the half of it." I shudder to think what goes on behind closed doors, considering the sludge that does make the news.
Ancient Israel usually ignored the prophets and was in bondage to the enemy for a few years before returning to God's path for them. I hope we can avoid further captivity and reclaim our Constitution quickly!

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Lyna: Pray for it, but don't hold your breath.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. said:

Burt;
It was reported recently that North Korea has the world's fourth largest military in the world with 1.25 million members. If that is true, they are fifth. The National Rifle Association reported there are 100 million gun owners in America and the number is growing rapidly.
Even this count is not accurate. It's 100 million and 1. The 1 is me.
(I'm a NRA member of long standing).
My wife and I had catfish and hushpuppies today at Hagy's Catfish Hotel in Shiloh Park today. The meal was tremendous. It was very quiet all over the park. It may be that many are relaxed and waiting......

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

L.L.: The catfish have their own hotel?! Now I've heard everything.

Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. replied:

Burt:
The first family of Nagys landed at Shiloh in 1825 The staked out farm land and went from there. Later they served catfish and hushpuppies to those visiting them. Over one hundred years later Governor Gordon Browning ate with the Nagy family.Someone at some time suggested that they open a restaurant. The original restaurant had burned and was rebuilt. It was suggested the name Catfish Hotel be adopted since people were staying with them and eating catfish.
Of course, we all know they didn't build this business. Someone else did.
Whoever it was, they did a good job. And that is how the catfish got their own hotel.
With Obama anything is possible.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

L.L.: Thanks for the history lesson. If I ever find myself in Shiloh, I'll be sure to stop by the Nagy's. As for Obama, you're right. Anything is possible, up to and including destroying a nation that had been doing pretty darn well for 232 years until he decided to transform it.

Burt

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. replied:

Burt:
If (when) you ever get here give me a call or note. The catfish and hushpuppies are on me. It will be worth the trip.
Your articles are the very best. It's very simple. Big government little freedom. Little government big freedom. It's not right or left. It's up or down. Government at the top telling the people what to do with people at the bottom obeying all their orders or people at the top telling the government what they can do and where to stick their orders.
I'm approaching 80 years of age so as the old cowboy said, "This is not my first rodeo". I've got news for all tyrants. We win. I believe enough of the American people still have the spirit of independence to resist at the proper time. I pray I may be able to finish my course in peace but if not.....
L.L.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM

SFJ in Alabama replied:

I would travel to Pickwick lake every weekend during the summer from Memphis. I had several girlfriends from Savannah - very pretty and sweet - so I had a great time. It's a pretty area and worth a visit.

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ said:

It's pretty bad when you cannot even afford to die! We are in a world of s--t!

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Merry: But on the bright side, I've been hearing from a number of elderly people who are grateful they won't have to live too much longer in this Obamaized America.

Burt

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ replied:

Alas, my parents (85 & 83) think so as well. Their greatest hope was that their votes could leave this country a better place. They were beyond disbelief at the outcome and remain depressed. My Dad said he'd like "just a couple of minutes with that SOB", Since he is a U.S. Marine I don't think he'd be shaking hands!

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

Burt- "it's probably fair to assume that politicians were lawyers who couldn't stand the thought of working for a living." its likely their local Emergency Medical Services would not provide the "lawyer" office space aboard an Ambulance so they became Politicians.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

Since history proves all socialist states ultimately end up killing off the college educated and the mentally handicapped, certainly Gregory fits in there someplace?

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM