Burt Prelutsky / December 13, 2021

Living in Interesting Times

I feel certain that at no time in the past have things been so weird as they are today.

I recall that it was some ancient fellow who warned of the dangers of living in interesting times. Whoever he was, he knew what he was talking about.

I feel certain that at no time in the past have things been so weird as they are today. These changes all seem to have hit us all at once. Suddenly, there seems to be a voting bloc that consists of males claiming to be females, females claiming they’re males, and some individuals who are so incredibly confused they insist on there being yet another box they can check called Other.

We also have a president and a bunch of so-called medical experts who keep insisting that everybody be vaccinated even though, one, it apparently affords no protection against those who are not vaccinated; and two, those who have natural immunity because they’ve had Covid are also being forced to get vaccinated, which is leading rational people to suspect that Covid is being used by politicians to force American citizens into submission, turning a free people into a nation of sheep.

At this point, I understand that 82% of American adults have been vaccinated, but it seems that herd immunity is still nowhere in sight, although when talking about sheep, herd would seem to be the operative word.

I doubt if even Nostradamus could have foreseen just two years ago that Americans would stand by while petty dictators destroyed the economy; shut down the schools; curtailed religious services; prevented friends and relatives from getting together; forced people to wear masks; suspended weddings and funerals; canceled sport seasons; placed beaches and parks off limits; and shut down concert halls and movie theaters.

If an invading force had defeated our military and placed us all under martial law, I can’t imagine how it would be any worse than what our elected officials have done to us. Along the way, it seems almost inevitable that we would make a deity out of a garden gnome named Anthony Fauci and a U.S. president out of an imbecile named Joseph Biden.


Fauci, whom Tucker Carlson refers to as “an even shorter Benito Mussolini,” was bad enough early on, during Trump’s administration. But with Trump gone, Fauci’s ego has had a lot more room in which to expand.

These days, he goes on “Face the Nation” and says “I’m just going to be doing my job, saving lives and they [referring to his harshest critics Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan] will be lying. There’s an anti-science flavor to their attacks. If they get up and criticize science, nobody is going to know what they’re talking about. But if they get up and aim their bullets at Tony Fauci, people will recognize there’s a person there. So it makes it easier to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science. I am science.”

Not quite as stirring as when Kirk Douglas said he was Spartacus, but clearly Fauci thought it was.

When a female reporter let Fauci know that “Ted Cruz has told the Attorney General that you should be prosecuted,” Fauci started chuckling. Catching his breath, he replied “I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted?! What happened on January 6th, Senator?”

Talk about your non sequiturs. It sounded like the mad doctor was accusing Sen. Cruz of taking part in the minor kerfuffle at the Capitol Building, but I’m pretty sure Cruz has an alibi for that evening.


But Fauci isn’t alone in his ongoing attempt to create a fourth branch of the government, one in which he and the likes of Francis Collins, head of the National Institute of Health, would reign supreme.

Proving he’s up to the job, Collins seriously suggested that anyone who questions this administration’s Covid policy is a criminal and should be brought to justice. The “Achtung” was unspoken but was clearly implied.


Iran wants us to remove financial sanctions before they agree to once again sit down and con the European nations into signing a new nuclear agreement. I hope that we do no such thing. And I’m not the only one. Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett hopes the West does not give in to nuclear blackmail. And even Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Iranian military, clearly wants Iran to quit playing games and go nuclear. That way he can carry through on his desire to annihilate the Jewish state.


Jack Dorsey doesn’t get as much attention as his fellow Silicon Valley moguls, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, so it figures that his announcement that he is stepping down next year as the CEO of Twitter didn’t make headlines.

But he is just as bad as his fellow billionaires. He is equally woke, equally willing to shut down Donald Trump and anybody else who gives voice to conservative principles or questions the Covid dogma being dictated by Biden and Fauci.

But if anyone thinks that his stepping down from his lofty position at Twitter might herald in a new day, don’t let your imagination carry you away.

He has already named his successor, a man of color named Parag Agrawal, who is currently Twitter’s chief technology officer.

Mr. Agrawal has stated in the past that to be a white person is to be a racist. Apparently, Jack Dorsey didn’t take it personally. But then, those on the Left never do. I suspect that’s because they know that the insult is never really directed at all white people, but only at Conservatives, no matter what color they happen to be.


Jussie Smollett is finally on trial for his fraudulent claims to having been attacked by Trump supporters wearing MAGA caps because he is a black homosexual.

When the story initially broke and we only had Smollett’s word for it, Kamala Harris publicly announced that he had been the victim of a modern-day lynching.

It quickly came out that in the hopes of garnering publicity that would lead to a salary bump on some TV show he was on, Smollett hired a couple of black guys to rough him up.

But even then, Ms. Harris didn’t apologize for jumping to one of her typically stupid conclusions.

“Lynching” is never a term that Democrats should toss around. That’s because in the bad old days, they were the creeps lynching black men. In modern times, they’ve still got a rope and are always looking for a branch that can bear the weight of people like Robert Bork, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Clarence Thomas.


Sometimes, I have no idea where my typos come from. Sometimes, I blame Spellcheck for mistakenly guessing what word I have in mind, other times I fault my typing or even my eyesight, although that’s harder to do now that I’ve undergone cataract surgery.

But I recently referred to the Waukesha creep as Darrell Blake instead of Darrell Brooks, and for once I knew what caused the gaffe.

I had just heard from a lady who had been a friend of the late actress Amanda Blake (Kitty on “Gunsmoke”), who let me know that especially in her later years Ms. Blake had been an animal activist, my favorite kind of people.


Now that I at least have his name straight, at MSNBC they’re describing Brooks’ plowing his SUV through men, women and children as an “accident.”

At CNN, they reported that “a car drove through a Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others,” which made it sound like one of those driverless vehicles had gone berserk, rather like the computer Hal in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The Washington Post referred to “the Waukesha tragedy caused by an SUV.”

God forbid that the left-wing media lay the blame on a 39-year-old black career criminal who has been committing felonies since he was a teenager, and who told the cops he was trying to hurt as many people as possible.

It wasn’t that long ago that we were worrying about American Muslims being radicalized by jihadists in the Middle East. These days, a far more dangerous radicalization is taking place in America. I refer to the Democrats in Washington, D.C., in governors’ mansions and city halls, who, along with loony ideologues posing as reporters and cable news anchors, encourage black Americans to riot and murder in the name of civil rights.


As soon as I saw the name of the new Covid mutation was Omicron, I knew that I could turn it into an anagram, but before I had a chance James Fulton was sending me a meme that let me know I could save myself the trouble. The seven letters could be arranged to spell Moronic, which perfectly describes the over-reaction to this latest variant and all the others.


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