Burt Prelutsky / May 30, 2020

The Chinese Menace

It doesn't mystify me that those who are getting rich or, more to the point, richer because of China — people like Bill Gates, Dianne Feinstein and the owners and players in the NBA – are all sucking up to Communist China. What I find puzzling is that they kowtow to China so openly.

It doesn’t mystify me that those who are getting rich or, more to the point, richer because of China — people like Bill Gates, Dianne Feinstein and the owners and players in the NBA – are all sucking up to Communist China. What I find puzzling is that they kowtow to China so openly.

I mean, even in the midst of World War II, there were some Nazi-sympathizers in the U.S. who shared Hitler’s contempt for Jews and democracy, but they kept their feelings under wraps. To have advertised their allegiance would possibly have led to prison and would certainly have led to public outrage and humiliation.

But, today, in spite of everything China has done and continues to do, their champions in America promote China’s interests and suffer no consequences.

I’m not merely referring to Xi Jinping keeping the Wuhan virus secret, silencing the Chinese doctors who wished to warn the world, and buying up all the available masks, gloves and hospital gowns before word got out to the world that China had unleashed a pandemic, either accidentally or on purpose.

Of course China has spied on us. But everyone else does, including our alleged allies. And we do the same. But, China goes that extra step and, for decades, has been stealing our intellectual property, especially the property dealing with our technological advances.

Generally, we think of that kind of theft taking place in cyberspace. But, over the past year or so, it’s involved old-fashioned spy craft. What China can’t steal off our computers, they’re paying others to steal for them.

Among the professors supplying the Communists with scientific research have been Qing Wang of Case Western Reserve University; Simon Saw-Teong Ang of the University of Arkansas; Amning Hu of the University of Tennessee; Xiojiang Li of Emory University; and UCLA’s Yi-Chi Shih.

Remember the good old days when our worst enemies were all named Abdul and Mohammad?

There have been other scumbags who have been selling out this country with names easier to spell and pronounce. Among them West Virginia University Professor Patrick Lewis and Harvard’s Prof. Charles Lieber.

Some of these people betrayed the U.S. because they felt their loyalty was to China, others because they couldn’t resist what they regarded as easy money. We shouldn’t be too shocked that scientists can be that crass. All you have to do is look at how many alleged scientists have signed up for the global warming/climate change hoax, pretending that the likes of Al Gore, Greta Thunberg, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have a functioning brain between the four of them, all because they know that grants and jobs require that they forego any pretense of being independent seekers of empirical evidence.

China has threatened sanctions against Missouri because its attorney general has dared to file a lawsuit against China, asking damages for the C-19 deaths and economic disaster the state has experienced. It has also threatened Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley because he is introducing legislation demanding compensation on behalf of the entire nation.

But that hasn’t prevented Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in America from saying: “What Trump is saying about China is interesting – an interesting diversion! Let’s keep our focus on meeting the needs of our people.”

Apparently, Speaker Pelosi thinks that holding China’s feet to the fire because of the spying, the theft of security-related information and the murder of 90,000 Americans, is merely a diversion. It’s not something really important, such as keeping our borders open, our jails empty, our elections fraudulent, invalidating the 1st and 2nd Amendments and funneling countless billions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Which will basically be the platform upon which Joe Biden will be running in November.

Speaking of the man in the bunker, Biden claims he hasn’t watched any of the interviews with Tara Reade, because he hasn’t had the opportunity.

He hasn’t had five minutes to watch the woman who claims he sexually abused her in 1993? I think I’m a fairly busy guy, but I’m pretty sure I would have tuned in once or twice if I’d been accused of that vile crime.

What the heck is keeping him so busy doing during the shutdown? How many times can you alphabetize your canned goods or rearrange your sock drawer?

I don’t put any stock in polls six months before an election, but I confess when I got a gander at two recent nation-wide polls, I nearly burst out laughing.

In one, Biden led Trump 47% to 42%. In the other, he led Trump 50% to 39%. Those numbers are so absurd that if I owned the polling companies, I would burn those results and tell the folks with the clipboards to start widening the net in order to question Republicans. Even if I didn’t support Trump, there’s no way to take those numbers seriously. The country is so evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans that any poll that suggests more than a 2-3% difference for either candidate is patently absurd.

After garnering the endorsement of the Washington Post, Stacey Abrams has become the odds-on favorite to become Biden’s running mate. That has me stymied. I know that Abrams has a certain following among female Democrats and especially among black females. Possibly it’s because they all look so attractive compared to the hefty lefty from Georgia.

When she isn’t losing an election (Georgia gubernatorial in 2018) that she was expected to win, especially after the Obamas campaigned for her and isn’t attacking President Trump on MSNBC, she writes trashy novels under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery.

Among her soft-porn suspense novels are “Power of Persuasion,” “Deception,” “Reckless,” “Never Tell,” “Secrets and Lies,” “The Art of Desire” and ooh-la-la, “Hidden Sins.”

It’s hardly great literature, but it does suggest that she’s written more books than Joe Biden has read.

Under her own name, Abrams has turned out such snoozers as “Our Time is Now” and “Lead from the Outside.”

I think Biden would be better off selecting Selena Montgomery. She sounds like a real live wire, whereas Stacey Abrams’ only claim to fame is that she couldn’t win an election in her home state.

I heard Alan Dershowitz tell Tucker Carlson that he could see it being mandatory for Americans to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if and when a vaccine is developed.

Although I’m in favor of vaccinations, I know that a lot of people will fight such an order. And I think they have the right to refuse.

Unless I’m missing something, if 300 million of us get the vaccination and 30 million don’t, wouldn’t the only people who could contract the virus be those 30 million? If that’s the case, nobody has the right to force the issue.

In a bit of good judicial news, Judge Eugene Lucci has ruled that Ohio’s Governor Mike de Wine exceeded his authority in locking down 35 gyms. It was the attorney for the gyms who filed the lawsuit, but the ruling obviously covers all retail businesses.

The judge called the shutdown “arbitrary, unreasonable and oppressive.”

The problem is that all the other left-wing tyrants – a dirty laundry list that includes the governors of New York, California, Pennsylvania, Maine, Washington, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey and a few others, including mayors Garcetti and Di Blasio – knew it was arbitrary, unreasonable and oppressive. Hell, that’s what they liked about it.

The icing on the cake was that in destroying the economy, they figured it would make it difficult for President Trump to be re-elected.

It’s time for poll results. As you recall, I asked that you let me know who your favorite and least favorite Fox News personality is. In all, 49 people responded. Actually, there were 50, but one respondent insisted on voting for more than one in each category. I let her know that’s a privilege I only allow myself.

I was a bit surprised at how many people received votes. There were 18 different Best’s and 13 Worst’s. There were five people who were named on both lists.

Now, without further ado, the favorites and the votes they received:

Tucker Carlson (16), Greg Gutfeld (5), Bret Baier (4), Laura Ingraham (3), Shannon Bream (3), Sean Hannity (3), Stuart Varney (2), Dana Perino (2), Mark Levin (2) and with one vote each: Brit Hume, Jeanine Pirro, Pete Hegseth, Harris Faulkner, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum and Maria Bartiromo.

The least favorites: Juan Williams (15), Chris Wallace (10), Donna Brazile (4), Greg Gutfeld (3), Jessica Tarlov (3), Neil Cavuto (3), Geraldo Rivera (3), Chris Hahn (3) and with one vote each: Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Arthel Neville and Lou Dobbs.

Actually, I’m at something of a disadvantage, since the only personalities I watch regularly are Tucker Carlson, Bret Baier and, on Sunday, Howie Kurtz.

But I have seen them all at one time or another, except perhaps Arthel Neville, who apparently co-hosts with Eric Shawn a weekend news show.

My favorite of those I’m familiar with is Carlson, followed closely by Bret Baier. It gets trickier with the ones I find most objectionable. For instance, I can’t stand Juan Williams, Jessica Tarlov, Donna Brazile, Geraldo Rivera or Chris Hahn, but because of my viewing preferences, I no longer come across them. Just as once I stopped watching Chris Wallace’s Sunday show, I no longer had to waste time with Bob Woodward, Liz Chaney and Karl Rove.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to avoid Charles Lane because he occasionally shows up on Bret Baier’s panel. But at least in that venue the smug editorial writer for the Washington Post is likely to be confronted by Ms. Moxie herself, Mollie Hemingway.

After taking all things into consideration, I’d say my least favorite person who shows up regularly on Fox is Chris Wallace. That’s because unlike all the others who annoy me with their voices or their opinions, he’s the one who tries to disguise his anti-conservative bias by pretending to be something he’s clearly not – a neutral journalist just out to get the facts.

The truth, however, is that he’s actually Juan Williams in white face.

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