by Burt Prelutsky


Back in March, the New York Times, carrying water as usual for the Left, reported that the Environmental Protection Agency was “considering a major change in the way it assesses scientific work, a move that would severely restrict the research available to it when writing environmental regulations.”

What was this major, apparently catastrophic, change? Again, according to the Times,“The EPA would no longer consider scientific research unless the underlying raw data could be made public for other scientists and industry groups to examine. As a result, regulators crafting future rules would quite likely find themselves restricted from using some of the most consequential environmental research of recent decades, such as studies linking air pollution to premature deaths or work that measures human exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.”

The reason behind this, said the NY Times, is that “these fields of research often require personal health information for thousands of individuals, who typically agree to participate only if the details of their lives are kept confidential.”

I could be wrong, but it appears that the strongest argument the Times came up with in defense of the policy was that Trump’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, opposed it. For his part, Pruitt argued that by releasing the raw data, it would allow “others to test the scientific findings more thoroughly.”

It appears to this layman that it’s Pruitt who sides with science, while the NY Times and the EPA are, as usual, playing politics.

Why, after all, would those individuals be so willing to have one set of scientists pore over their “personal health information,” but not a different, possibly more objective, set?

⦿ Until someone called it to my attention, I knew that Rod Rosenstein reminded me of someone, but I thought it might have been the grown-up version of some nerdy punk I’d known in high school. It turns out that the person he closely resembles is none other than Dr. Larry Nasser, the serial child molester and former osteopathic physician at Michigan State University.

The two sleazebags could have been separated at birth. It would be nice if they could finally be reunited, preferably behind bars.

⦿ Bob Marcks, the pride of Scottsdale, Arizona, sent along a photo of Gloria Allred, who represents nearly everything rotten about our legal system, looking, as usual, as if she’s ready and eager to disembowel some man.

The photo is captioned: “Gloria Allred will be holding a press conference detailing the sexual assault allegations made by her client, a Chicago woman, against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee … whoever that eventually turns out to be!”

⦿ Speaking of which, On July 9th, when the President announces which of the 25 splendid candidates on his list of potential appointments to the Court is announced, my bet is that the person he names will be Amy Barnett.

Mrs. Barnett, 46 and the mother of seven children, is currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

I have no way of knowing if she is the absolute best candidate on Trump’s alleged short list. But, I do know a couple of things. One, she is a Catholic, and the Supreme Court seems to attract Catholics the way a flame attracts moths. There are currently half a dozen of them on the Court, along with three Jews. Besides, the next judge will be replacing Anthony Kennedy, who happens to be a Catholic.

In addition, Judge Barrett has the advantage of being female. It would make for a nice change if we finally had a conservative female, breaking up the coven consisting of Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also, it would make it more difficult for Chuck clown-Schumer and his cronies in the Senate to attack her quite as viciously as they would a male.

Also, as those on the Left are already geared up to attack anyone Trump names on the grounds it might provide a majority on the Court willing to reverse Roe v. Wade and throw the abortion issue back to the states, where it rightfully belongs, it would help if America’s millions of Pro-Life women were properly represented on the Court.

⦿ It never fails to amaze and disgust me when I hear people, whether here or abroad, denounce America as the major source of the world’s toxicity.

After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the United States was the primary reason that Germany, Japan and Italy, didn’t succeed in carving up the world between them.

Today, we remain the primary reason that Russia, China and Iran, aren’t doing the carving.

At the U.N., some of the very nations we have rescued over the years, voice their contempt every chance they get. It is ingratitude on a massive scale. It would serve them right if the next time the local bully picks on them, we just stand by while they cough up their lunch money along with their freedoms.

Speaking of which, the new socialist president of Mexico, is promising a better, more prosperous, life to his poor and huddled masses. But in the United States, not Mexico!

⦿ A recent study disclosed that 66% of millennials have never heard of Auschwitz and most of them merely look puzzled if asked about the Holocaust.

In fact, I don’t believe you’d be far off the mark if you assumed that most of them believe that World War II refers to the eleventh world war; you know — the final showdown between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire.

⦿ Apparently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will represent New York’s 14th congressional district starting next January, isn’t exactly the up-from-the-barrio-slums Latina she has portrayed herself to be.

She told the Washington Post exactly what they wanted to hear: “I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family, not with a Puerto Rican mother and a dad from the South Bronx. I was born in a place where your zip code determines your destiny.”

I’m sure the Washington Post reporter, after wiping away his or her tears, leaped up and hollered “Viva la revolución!”

The fact is, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was born in Parkchester, a planned community in the Bronx — not exactly the mean streets where your destiny is carved in stone, and where the real-life Jets and Sharks settle their disagreements with guns and knives, not with dance competitions set to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Furthermore, when the socialist snot was five-years-old, her architect father moved the family to Yorktown Heights, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County.

But we shouldn’t judge the young phony too harshly. After all, her mentor, commie-Bernie Sanders, tries to pass himself off as a blue-collar defender of the poverty class, and he’s a multi-millionaire capitalist who owns three homes.

⦿ I heard from someone who had served in the Navy years before the politicians began forcing the Pentagon to include women in military roles for which they were ill-suited. He wasn’t upset about it because he had anything against women or was even opposed to women serving in combat. What galled him was that the military, in order to appease the contemptible political hacks, was forced to lower their standards, which inevitably led to plane crashes and sea collisions.

The worst part of it is that the only people who suffered the consequences were the women, their loved ones and those injured or killed by way of collateral damage.

The politicians and their stooges at the Pentagon got to go on their merry way.

If it were up to me, I would put the whole sleazy bunch of them in a big truck and make them drive across a bridge designed by social engineers.



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