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Denzel Washington Speaks Out

Burt Prelutsky · Dec. 11, 2017

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is not only an exceptional actor, but he is a notable exception to the rule when it comes to both notable blacks and Hollywood males.

For one thing, Washington has been married for 34 years to the same woman, sired and helped raise four children. For over 20 years, he has been a star, earning between $10,000,000 and $20,000,000 a movie, and there has never even been a whiff of scandal.

But what makes him so extraordinary is that he has the guts to say, as he recently did: “If the father is not in the home, the boy will find a father in the streets. I saw it in my generation and every generation before me and every one since. If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and prison becomes your home.”

It was a sentiment shared by Jason Riley, the black member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board who responded to the claim that the reason black students are suspended from school more often than white kids has its roots in white racism, insisting the actual cause is black behavior. “The problem,” he argued, “isn’t too much discipline at school, but too little discipline at home.”

Too bad it takes an actor and a journalist to point out these obvious truths. Too bad it’s nothing you will ever hear from Maxine Waters, Al Green or any other member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who wish to continue attributing all the problems of the black community on whites because they know that’s what their constituents want to hear.

Speaking of liars in high places, Prime Minister Theresa May and her fellow members of Parliament are all in favor of prosecuting an English woman for posting videos of Muslims behaving badly, accusing her of fomenting religious hatred. What the heck do they think the Muslims are doing every time they blow up a train, a concert hall, a café or run down a group of pedestrians with a truck while screaming “Allah Akbar”?

These pinheads in Parliament and running the EU out of Brussels are so dedicated to displaying their tolerance for the intolerable, it suggests the only thing they use their brains for is providing space between their ears.

Even the Democrats must be aware of their hypocrisy when they rail against the Republicans for trying to pass the tax bill without a single vote from a Democrat. I don’t recall their being troubled in the least by the fact they passed the Affordable Care Act without any Republican votes. In fact, unlike Trump and McConnell, who urged the Democrats to take part in the negotiations, Obama and Harry Reid told the Republicans to sit down, shut up and get out of their way.

What’s more, it’s hard to take them seriously when they voice concern that the tax bill might increase the national deficit by as much as a trillion dollars when it was doubled from 10 trillion to 20 trillion during Obama’s tenure, and they barely took notice.

But, then, asking consistency of liberals is a fool’s mission. While they pretend to be outraged that some teams still call themselves the Chiefs, the Braves and the Redskins, they give a bye to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who claimed to be a Cherokee for no other reason than to wrangle a cushy job at Harvard.

What’s more, she once contributed a recipe for something called a cold crab meat omelet to a book with the rather racially insensitive title, Pow Wow Chow. Making matters worse, it wasn’t even her own recipe. It was something she lifted from The New York Times.

Proving that anything stupid our public school teachers can do their Canadian colleagues can do stupider, our northern neighbors have come out in support of something called LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP, which represents the initials of 15 — count ‘em — 15 distinctive sexual groups.

Some fellow representing Canada’s molders of young minds appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to make the case for this nonsense, and even he couldn’t recall what all the initials stood for. Considering how accommodating Canadians tend to be, I couldn’t help wondering if one of those “P’s” stood for pedophiles.

Meanwhile, lest we Americans get too full of ourselves, there’s a woman, Dana Nessel, running for state attorney general of Michigan. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who merely stated that women should vote for her because she was (allegedly) a female, Ms. Nessel comes right out and declares in her radio ads that people should vote for her because she doesn’t have a penis.

Although I guess in the wake of all the allegations against the likes of John Conyers, Roy Moore and Al Franken, that’s probably as good a platform as a Democrat can come up with these days. It certainly beats “Vote for Me Because I’m Against Tax Cuts, Building a Border Wall, Indicting Hillary Clinton, Reducing the Welfare Rolls or Fully Funding the Military.”

Because down deep I am a glass half full kind of guy, I like to share the rare bit of good news whenever I find it. This item I found in Fresno, California.

It seems that Professor Gregory Thatcher, obviously no relation to the legendary Margaret Thatcher, is going to have to pay for his attempt to deny students at Fresno State University their First Amendment rights.

When last heard from, Prof. Thatcher was erasing the comments of pro-life students who had received permission from the university to express themselves in chalk on campus sidewalks.

Fresno State Students for Life president Bernadette Tasy took Thatcher to court, and with the able assistance of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) won big time.

According to George Leef, writing in Forbes, “On November 3, the court issued an injunction that prohibits Professor Thatcher from ever again interfering with FSSL’s First Amendment rights. It also imposes some rather hefty costs on him for his illegal actions. He has to pay $1000 each to Ms. Tasy and another student who was involved. He must also pay $15,000 in legal fees to ADF.

"Finally, the court order requires Thatcher to go through a two-hour educational session of the First Amendment, a session that will be conducted by ADF’s own Travis Barham.”

You must admit that’s a story with a happy ending.

For my part, I’ll admit I exaggerated. I’m really more of a tenth of a glass full kind of guy.

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