Burt Prelutsky / August 23, 2021

Debunking the Debunkers

People like Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Nadler, Zuckerberg, Bezos and Fauci are going to be major embarrassments to their grandkids.

For the four years that Donald Trump was in the Oval Office, those on the Left, a sleazy group that included politicians, the moguls of Silicon Valley, two cable networks, all the major newspapers and Anthony Fauci, insisted that every thing he uttered was a lie.

In the early days of the Covid panic, when President Trump advised people to use hydroxychloroquine as a preventative, as he was doing, his nemeses insisted it was a conspiracy theory. And even when he contracted the virus, but was back at work two days later, there was no let up.

When he accused Andrew Cuomo of mishandling the crisis in New York by sending Covid patients into nursing homes, Trump’s enemies hailed Cuomo’s efforts as Herculean and presented him with an Emmy and a multi-million-dollar book deal.

When Trump denied he was Putin’s puppet, they sent Robert Mueller and his kennel of bloodhounds after him. Two years and $30 million later, all they proved was that, next to Anthony Fauci, Adam Schiff just might be the biggest, smarmiest liar in the nation.

In frustration, Nancy Pelosi decided to twice impeach Trump, once over a phone call and then after a speech.

When Trump stated that the origin of the virus was China, he was called a racist and a xenophobe. When he suggested that the probable origin of the virus was the Wuhan lab, they doubled down and insisted it was either a wet market near the lab or possibly, parroting the Chinese Communists, an Army base in the U.S.

Assuming that at some point in the future, a Conservative is able to get a history book published, people like Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Nadler, Zuckerberg, Bezos and Fauci are going to be major embarrassments to their grandkids.

I have known for years that Ben & Jerry’s was as dedicated to selling Socialism as it was to peddling ice cream, but until Chris Hoving sent me an email, I had no idea just how crazy its owners, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are.

I was aware that in recent years, the guys had been arrested a couple of times in Vermont and Washington, D.C., protesting one thing or another with their comrades. I even knew they were banning the sale of their ice cream in those disputed portions of Israel because they regard Israel as an apartheid nation.

But even I was surprised to discover that they hate Israel so much that they got anti-Zionist zealot Peter Beinart, an advocate for the boycott Israel movement, to address their franchise owners.

It forced 30 of the owners to address a letter to the parent company, Unilever, asking that they “re-examine and withdraw” the boycott.

Neither Ben & Jerry’s nor Unilever, has responded to requests for comments.

At least there has been some backlash, with Florida placing Ben & Jerry’s on a list of what they call “scrutinized” companies, which doesn’t sound good, and Maryland is reviewing its state contracts with the outfit, which sounds even worse.

Of course Ben & Jerry’s can do whatever it likes, although I would assume its franchise owners would have the right to sue because Cohen and Greenfield are obviously ignoring their fiduciary responsibilities by behaving so recklessly.

But, personally, I just wish that wimpy Jewish guys who hated their parents would stop taking it out on poor little Israel.

After I unloaded on politicians who keep sending me texts and emails asking that I donate to their campaigns, I heard from Bert Black. He wrote: “I just checked my junk mail folder and found I had 27 emails from the Trump fundraisers, just in the past three days. The good news is that I’ve apparently trained my email account to recognize these as junk, so they no longer fill my inbox.”

I replied: “My computer isn’t as well trained as yours, so these requests are as likely to wind up in one place as another. One thing I’ve noticed is that the requests tend to get snippier and snippier as time goes by. It was bad enough years ago when I’d neglect to call my mother for a few days and then when I did, I’d have to come up with some cockamamie excuses for not phoning every day. Or was it every hour? But, damn it, Kimberly Guilfoyle isn’t my mother!”

Bob Hunt sent a meme dedicated to A O-C. It pointed out “She has never had a child; been married; run a business; run a home; managed people; or served on a local committee. In short, no life experience, but she wants to tell us what the Government needs to do with our economy.”

Worse yet, Joe Biden seems to be listening.

Still, rumor has it that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, the former bartender, mixed a mean daiquiri, even if she couldn’t spell it.

After I wrote about California’s refusal over the years to follow Israel’s lead and build desalination plants to deal with our recurring droughts, a friend passed along an article that reported that the USS Carl Vinson was headed to Haiti to help the island nation deal with its own drought.

The Vinson is a nuclear aircraft carrier that is using the excess heat from the vessel’s reactor to evaporate sea water, separating it from the salt.

If those 1950s and 1960s sci-fi movies hadn’t terrified the kids who now make all the decisions in California, we would now be as dependent on nuclear power as the idiots want us to be on solar and wind.

As they’re learning in Haiti, nuclear reactors could not only solve our power needs, but provide us and our farmland with pure water. An ocean’s worth.

And now because I don’t like to hog all the attention but do like to occasionally delve into my Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, here are a few of the observations made by a couple of Irishmen.

To his credit, George Bernard Shaw observed “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”

Not one to hide his self-regard under a basket, Shaw declared: “With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his. It would positively be a relief to me to dig him up and throw stones at him.” (Strong letter to follow springs to mind.)

“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

“Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”

The other Irishman is Oscar Wilde. Although both men were born in 1856, Shaw outlived his fellow wit by 50 years, which is why you’d never take them for contemporaries. In Wilde’s case, he generally put his best lines in the mouths of his stage characters.

“I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down to the country whenever I choose.”

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

“Don’t say you agree with me. When people agree with me, I always feel that I must be wrong.”

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox — the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.”

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself and I have printed it here for all the world to see so that I won’t be tempted to take credit for it in the future.

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