by Burt Prelutsky

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It’s not easy for any of us to see ourselves as others see us. For one thing, we present different faces to different people. Our parents don’t see us as our spouses do, and they, in turn, don’t see the same person that siblings, neighbors and friends do. But I wager that most of us see ourselves far more clearly than liar-Hillary Clinton and James Comey do.

Mrs. liar-Clinton obviously sees herself as a victim, a woman who has twice had the presidency snatched from her grasp; once by an uppity black community organizer from Chicago, once by a boorish billionaire from Manhattan. She might be pitied if she were a tragic figure in a Shakespearean drama, but it’s impossible for most of us to feel anything but gleeful that such an arrogant, self-serving, corrupt creature has twice had the rug pulled out from under her feet just as she was on the verge of being coronated.

Then there’s James Comey, who sees a hero on a white steed whenever he gazes adoringly into a mirror. This is a man who dishonored the institution he was unfortunately named to lead by flagrantly ignoring the solemn oath he took to defend the Constitution. Although he tries to pass himself off as an aging Boy Scout, his actions show him to be the worst kind of partisan political hack.

Consider the words he admits he said to President Trump: “I don’t do sneaky things. I don’t leak. I don’t do weasel moves. I tell the truth.”

For one thing, most people wouldn’t have reason to vouch for themselves that way because they would be assumed to be true, especially if the person was the director of the FBI.

It is reminiscent of Richard Nixon announcing: “I am not a crook,” five words you would never expect to hear spoken by an American president. But, of course, like James Comey, he was also telling a big fat lie.

⦿ If it’s true that North Korea is actually shutting down its nuclear program and putting an end to its missile-testing, it is very good news. Of course, you’d have to be a fool to take Kim Jong-un at his word, but he’d have to be a pretty big fool if he thinks gaming President Trump is as easy as it was for he and his father to con the likes of liar-Clinton, Bush and liar-nObama.

What’s safe to say is that if, thanks to Trump’s tough talk, North Korea has belatedly come to its senses, Trump would have the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize locked up.

Alas, as the Norwegians showed in 2009, when they bestowed the Prize on Barack liar-nObama for no other reason than that he’d won an election, actual accomplishments related to keeping the peace no longer matter. As with Oscars, Emmys and Pulitzers, the Peace Prize only goes to those on the Left.

⦿ In Texas, of all places, a woman called the cops on Troy Johnson. His offense was that he showed up at a park with his two little daughters while wearing a shirt bearing the message: “I’ll control my guns, you control your kids.”

When the cops showed up, they quickly grasped that the woman was attacking both the First and Second Amendments and was obviously a liberal pinhead. They explained that she had wasted their time, and they took off. As I said, this was Texas. If it had been New York, California or Maryland, the man would have been taken away in cuffs and his daughters would probably be in foster care.

⦿ Although David Hogg is still being treated as an 18-year-old fount of wisdom by the anti-gun zealots on CNN and MSNBC, at least some of his fellow teenagers are pinning his ears back on social media.

A kid named Brandon pointed out that “Walking out of class isn’t going to pressure anyone into changing their minds on gun control. The walk-outs will only fire up Second Amendment supporters even more.”

A high school student named Alexis put it even better when she said “Me and my classmates won’t be walking out because we all believe that we have the right to bear arms. We believe in the Second Amendment. And we don’t see the point in missing out on classes and missing out on learning.”

But of course, all the moronic adults on the Left have no doubt convinced the young Hogg that he knows it all and has nothing more to learn.

⦿ I was recently discussing movies with a friend and lamenting that as much as I used to love movies, I find that, for the most part, they have lost their appeal. These days, I not only avoid most of the movies in the theaters, but I avoid watching the year-end DVDs that the studios send out to members of the various Hollywood guilds.

There are many reasons I have lost my affection for movies, not the least of which is that so many producers, directors and writers, are shilling for the Democrats, and that so many left-wing actors and actresses have begun moonlighting as political pundits.

But another reason is that with the passage of time and the end of studio contracts, character actors and actresses have become a vanishing breed. These were the folks who did so much to humanize the movies of the 30s and 40s. It is part of the reason that so many movies ring hollow these days. Once you get past the stars, you have a lot of anonymous cyphers who are probably aren’t even given names in the script, and are simply referred to as Prostitute, Gang Member, Waitress, Druggie, Rich Guy, Giant Mutant, etc.

During Hollywood’s heyday, people like Claude Rains, Charles Coburn, Fay Bainter, Peter Lorre, Agnes Moorehead, Barry Fitzgerald, Sydney Greenstreet, Beulah Bondi, Victor Moore, Gene Lockhart, Spring Byington, William Demarest, Walter Slezak, Eve Arden, Frank Morgan, Anne Revere, Charles Bickford, Eric Blore, Alice Brady, Jack Carson, Walter Brennan, Claire Trevor, Akim Tamiroff, James Gleason, Elsa Lanchester, Basil Rathbone, Billie Burke, Mischa Auer, Margaret Hamilton, Edward Everett Horton, Frank Albertson, Erik Rhodes, Norman Lloyd, George Macready, Henry Travers, William Bendix, Celeste Holm, Hume Cronyn, Laird Cregar, Joan Blondell, Clifton Webb, Oscar Homolka and Thelma Ritter, made their mark in, literally, thousands of movies.

Just glancing over that list brings back so many pleasant movie memories for me. And while a few of them — Claude Rains, Jack Carson, William Bendix and Clifton Webb – occasionally found their names above the title, they achieved their most lasting fame in support of people like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Alan Ladd, Robert Young and Dana Andrews.

They all had their moments, and between them they racked up most of the Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in the 30s, 40s and early 50s.

But none of them ever had the year that Thomas Mitchell had in 1939, when he had major roles in “Gone with the Wind,” “Only Angels Have Wings,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Stagecoach” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” three of which were among the five Best Picture nominees. Mitchell, who might be best remembered as Jimmy Stewart’s absent-minded Uncle Billy in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” ended the year on a high note, winning for his portrayal of the alcoholic doctor in “Stagecoach.”

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