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Sexual Harassment

Burt Prelutsky · Oct. 16, 2017

According to the Left, there is even a political angle to be considered when it comes to sexual harassment. So, it was never regarded as such a big deal when it was Bill Clinton who was doing the harassing. In his case, it was just a case of boys being boys. There was even the unspoken subtext that it was understandable, considering he was married to the deplorable Hillary.

If I recall correctly, Barbra Streisand even let it be known that she wouldn’t object to being sexually harassed by President Clinton.

However, when it was a couple of conservatives named Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly, who stood accused of these moral transgressions, it suddenly became a hanging offense. How dare these two guys behave as if Fox News were their own private harems!

Now that it’s Harvey Weinstein, the CEO of Miramax, who, we learn, has been demanding sexual favors from a number of actresses, the media are back once again to either ignoring or playing down the scandal. That’s because Weinstein has long been one of the major donors to the Democrats, and was well-known to be a bigtime bundler for Mrs. Clinton, using his clout to make sure that his show biz associates kicked in handsomely to ensure the Clintons got back into the White House.

In some cases, it all comes down to whose ox is being gored. At other times, it’s more a matter of which ox is doing the goring.

The question in my mind is how Hollywood will treat Ashley Judd, the biggest name among Weinstein’s accusers. Surely, they must be conflicted, knowing that Judd joined Madonna on stage in Washington, D.C., denouncing Trump in the most vulgar terms the day after his inauguration.

It was inevitable that the Senate would begin even before the blood was dry in Vegas to call for additional gun control legislation, legislation which, as usual, would have done nothing to prevent Stephen Paddock’s murderous rampage.

U.S. Senators, as you may have noticed, don’t object to doing nothing; they merely resent being seen doing nothing, especially if a white person has used a gun to commit murder.

What nobody — neither those who object to the Iran nuclear deal nor those who support it — has explained is how anyone knows if Iran is complying with the agreement. No impartial agency, assuming there is such a thing, has access to their nuclear plants, just as they had no access to Iraq’s. What’s more, the deal, which Trump justifiably described as the worst one America ever made, was only meant to delay Iran’s nuclear development for 10 years, and that point would be reached prior to the end of Trump’s second term.

It’s a shame that the world has such a short memory. Had the U.S., France and Britain, intervened early on, Nazi Germany would never have been able to storm through Europe, killing tens of millions along the way. But it’s not just memory that is lacking; it’s will. And so, the West dithers around, presumably waiting for Iran and North Korea to be fully locked and loaded, fearful of waging wars they might actually be in a position to win.

Question: What do you call 13,000 people sneaking into Canada? Answer: A good start.

Apparently, that’s how many American citizens and illegal aliens have recently crossed our northern border, seeking sanctuary, fearful of what might transpire under a Trump administration.

Because I am a baseball fan, I recently boasted that, unlike football, no baseball player had taken a knee at the playing of the National Anthem.

It turns out I was mistaken. It seems that a 26-year-old black rookie catcher for the Oakland A’s, Bruce Maxwell, not only took a knee, but sent out a bunch of tweets, packed with f-bombs targeting President Trump. The good news is that Maxwell only batted .237, with three home runs and 22 rbis in 76 games, so it’s possible that his rookie season will also be his final season.

While liberals have often taken to the courts to complain about congressional districts that appear to have been drawn to favor conservatives, nobody has seen fit to point out the pains that the Illinois legislature took to ensure that race-baiter Luis Gutierrez would have even less trouble being re-elected than Maxine Waters.

His district is composed of two separate parts that are attached at only one spot at the far west end, a spot that appears to be no more than a single block long.

In the bottom portion of the district is a small island entirely surrounded by Gutierrez’s turf. It looks like Guam in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It must be filled with sensible people who think that illegal aliens should stay home.

Perhaps it would serve the Republicans well to occasionally be the ones in court fighting over gerrymandered districts. Defense plays an essential role in waging political wars, but, as with actual warfare, you don’t win without an offense.

I recently addressed the fact that although it has always been the Democrats who took the lead in oppressing black Americans — whether it was the creation of the KKK, the passage and enforcement of Jim Crow laws or the opposition to the Civil Rights Act — 95% of blacks continue to vote for them. One of my subscribers wrote to say that even the most prosperous blacks seem to believe that white society owes them, and that the Democrats can always be counted on to pay extortion in exchange for votes.

That happens to be the way I see it, too. Although blacks have been complicit in their own decline, both morally and materialistically, it’s also true that the Democrats have been only too happy to provide them with the shovels so they can further bury themselves in the depths of society.

It’s merely anecdotal, but I think it’s telling, so I will share my experience. When I’m standing in a checkout line at the supermarket and there are little kids in the cart in front of me, I’ll wave or wink at them. At which point, they either wave back or they try to duck behind their mom and peek shyly back at me.

In my neighborhood, the kids are generally white, Hispanic and, occasionally, Asian. The one time I went into my shtick with a little black three or four-year-old, he scowled back at me, like a miniature Sonny Liston. It struck me that he had already been informed by his parents that white people were out to get him. At the time, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of hopelessness. I still am.

Someone sent me a picture of a young woman wearing an atypical t-shirt. It read: Support LGBT (Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump). I imagine that in certain quarters, the item is flying off the shelves.

Another subscriber complained that a member of Congress can retire after a single term and receive a pension equal to 100% of his salary. I wrote back to say that I understood that a pension only kicked in after five years in the House, and that it was for 50% of their salary. But I added: “But after five years, they’ve gotten so rich, thanks to insider trading, they don’t really need a pension.”

A subscriber, Russ Mothershed, he of the Knoxville, Tennessee, Mothersheds, sent me a list of things titled “Ramblings of An Old Mind.” For the life of me, I can’t imagine why he’d send me such a list. But, knowing that I have some older readers, I’m happy to pass along a few of the items.

“I decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but are just too tired to bounce it.”

“When people see a cat’s litter box, they always say, ‘Oh, have you got a cat?’ Just once, I’d like to say, ‘No, it’s just for company.’”

“Employment applications always ask who to call in case of an emergency. I suggest: ‘An ambulance.’”

“The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.”

“The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.”

“The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.”

“Have you ever noticed that when you put the two words ‘The’ and ‘IRS’ together, it spells ‘Theirs’?”

“Eventually, you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.”

“You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.”

Whoops! I think I may have figured out why Mothershed sent me the list, after all.

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