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  • With neither bombast nor bravado, a presidential president

    10/06/2017 6:50:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2017 | Wesley Pruden
    Donald Trump promised in his barnstorming campaign for president, with bombast and bravado, that once elected he would tone everything down and be “presidential.” He was elected and we learned that, candidate or president, the Donald doesn’t do presidential. But sometimes he does. This week in Las Vegas he became the consoling witness to “pure evil,” leaving angry bombast for another occasion, struggling like the rest of us to show needed empathy, appropriate and subdued anger, and gratitude for the genuine heroics of the men and women who put their lives on the line to subdue Stephen Paddock. This was...
  • [Trump vs Swamp] The swamp strikes back

    07/21/2017 4:43:14 PM PDT · by libh8er · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7.20.2017 | Wesley Pruden
    A lot of snakes and scorpions live with the alligators in the swamp, and there are even more dangerous monsters there. No swamp creature is deadlier than a Washington lawyer. The president is beginning to understand why he should never have agreed to his attorney general appointing a special prosecutor. We’re supposed to call him a “special counsel,” which may sound more upright, more punctilious and less fearsome, but words don’t fool anyone who lives in the swamp. A special counsel is hired to destroy the prey, like the gunfighter hired in Cheyenne to chase the sodbusters out of the...
  • Wes Pruden: "The Clintons and a long goodbye to Arkansas"

    11/16/2016 11:49:00 AM PST · by seanmerc · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 14 Nov 16 | Wesley Pruden
    This has been a bad year for dreams of dynasties. The Bush dynasty has been dismantled with Jeb, who was the first favored son, writing finis to the family dream of a trifecta. Hillary Clinton, who started plotting her path to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. when she was a law student at Yale, took a detour through Arkansas and if she still wants to be a president will have to settle for Wellesley, or Smith or one of the other Seven Sisters. But it won’t be anything in Arkansas.
  • The bad moon rising over Hillary

    06/24/2016 11:15:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/16 | Wesley Pruden
    Hillary Clinton won’t be able to say she didn’t see the bad moon rising. Donald Trump gave her a blistering introduction this week to Presidential Politics 102, which differs in a remarkable way from Politics 101, which she encountered in her first attempt in 2008 and before that as the managing partner in Bubba’s two campaigns. Whatever she learned from Bubba didn’t take. He was a master at covering his tracks and playing the rube when forced to, with a Huck Finn grin and country charm: “Aw, whatcha gonna do with a good ol’ boy like me?” He got away...
  • The befuddled president without a clue

    01/15/2016 2:23:41 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 14 Jan, 2016 | Wesley Pruden
    Every president is entitled to the confidence of the nation that he means well. That includes Barack Obama, even when he retreats to his other home in a universe far, far away. He just doesn't understand what's going on here on Planet Earth, where the rest of us live. Meaning well is not enough. He seems to understand now, after it was explained to him at some length, that America is indeed the exceptional nation that Abraham Lincoln said it is, but not for the reasons Mr. Obama thinks. "The United States of America is the most powerful nation on...
  • Wesley Pruden: "The birds circling over Hillary Clinton"

    08/24/2015 10:50:05 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Aug 15 | Wesley Pruden
    Hillary Clinton may think those creatures making wide, gentle circles over her campaign are bluebirds of happiness, but they’re looking more and more like buzzards. They look hungry.
  • Wesley Pruden column: "A deal with Iran built on lies"

    04/03/2015 12:18:48 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Apr 15 | Wesley Pruden
    "Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it."
  • As anti-Semitism makes a comeback, Obama remains ignorant

    02/17/2015 4:06:46 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 16, 2015 | Wesley Pruden
    We're well into the new century, moving swiftly through the second decade of the new millennium, at ease in an era of science, modern medicine and wondrous electronics that our grandparents could not have imagined. (Even our parents don't understand most of it.) So why does 2015 smell like Munich in 1938, reeking of denial, blindness, cant and cowardice in the year that would introduce monstrous tyranny and barbarism, an assault on the very idea of civilization? Comparisons may be odious but only the weak and foolish look and do not see. A gunman invades the sanctity of a synagogue...
  • PRUDEN: Betrayal that whitewash won’t cover

    12/31/2013 3:49:09 PM PST · by Kenny · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 30, 2013 | Wesley Pruden
    Transparency, the current vogue word for truth-telling, is usually a good thing, unless you’re trying to fool all the people some of the time, like spending 7,000 words to resurrect a fairy tale in Benghazi, all to give a helping hand to a lady in distress.The New York Times understands that Hillary Clinton is likely to be the only credible hope the Democrats have for 2016 and that she already needs lots of remedial help. The Times huffed and puffed to deliver an excuse for betrayal in Benghazi, meant to second Mrs. Clinton’s famous alibi for her tortured misfeasance as...
  • Spoiled, greedy, indifferent boomers infest Obama’s self-indulgent White House

    10/31/2013 7:35:11 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 99 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-31-2013 | Wesley Pruden - Commentary
    October 31, 2013 Spoiled, greedy, indifferent boomers infest Obama’s self-indulgent White House Wesley Pruden The Obama White House suffers from “the ‘60s disease.” The affliction seems to be terminal. The president’s men — and women — are mostly boomers, spoiled, greedy and self-centered, nurtured and indulged in the decade of the 1960s, when the culture first began to rot. The boomers taught each other many things, how to turn up the volume on their “music,” where to find the best pot and where to crash to smoke themselves into mellow stupefaction, how to avoid taking responsibility for their blunders, and...
  • PRUDEN: Frying eggheads on a hot stove

    10/15/2013 6:21:11 PM PDT · by Route395 · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/14/13 | Wesley Pruden
    Why are intellectuals, sometimes the most intelligent among us, so dumb? This is the question that confounds everyone; some intellectuals most of all. The late William F. Buckley Jr., a certified egghead, once said he would rather be governed by the first 50 names in the Boston telephone book than by the professors at Harvard. Another wit observes that an intellectual is someone who so prefers theory over experience that he would sit down on a red-hot stove, twice. You can be too smart for your own good, and have the blisters on your bottom to prove it. The intellectual...
  • PRUDEN: Banish the gobbledygook, PDQ

    10/11/2013 5:28:19 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11 October 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Politics occasionally drive John Boehner to tears, but rarely to plain English. Gobbledygook is the Washington disease, and the Republicans have a bad case of it. Wonkery was not invented in Washington, but Washington is where it thrives. Corporate-speak is closely related to government gobbledygook, and those most fluent in the tongue have been carefully trained and tutored in using words not to amplify meanings, but to hide them. One way to do this is to use five words when one or two will do. Perfumed words are preferred. Initials and acronyms are best of all. The Democrats are rarely...
  • PRUDEN: The cheap tricks of the game(Park Rangers ADMISSION about harassment)

    10/04/2013 9:36:37 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 31 replies
    washington times ^ | 10/3 | pruden
    The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots...
  • PRUDEN: Happy to be the doorkeeper

    09/21/2013 4:28:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-20-13 | Wes Pruden
    The man they called “the Hammer,” who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more. Time and events move quickly in the modern media, and a new crime of the century arrives with the noise of every news cycle. The final acquittal of Tom DeLay, who was once the Republican majority leader in the House, is but a footnote to the news. He was once the most feared man on Capitol Hill, merciless in pursuit, and like all...
  • PRUDEN: Up to our ears in snake oil

    08/23/2013 6:26:45 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 August 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Al Gore and his traveling medicine show is back in town with his new, improved snake oil, guaranteed to grow hair, improve digestion, promote regularity and kill roaches, rats and bedbugs. Al and his wagon rumbled into town on the eve of “a major forthcoming report” from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is a panel of scientists affiliated with the United Nations. Their report is expected to buck up the spirits of the tycoons of the snake-oil industry. A snake-oil salesman’s lot, like a policeman’s, is not a happy one. There’s always a skeptic or two (or...
  • PRUDEN: Waking up at the White House

    08/16/2013 5:20:23 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 16 August 2013 | Wes Pruden
    You can understand Barack Obama’s frustration now that he finally put down his putter on Martha’s Vineyard and noticed that something was going on in Cairo. John Kerry bestirred himself, too, pronouncing the chaos in Cairo “dreadful.” That’s pretty strong language for a tea-sipper. There’s glum agreement everywhere that there’s no peace for Egypt in sight. The nations of the West, including Israel, must keep looking, but we fool only ourselves if we think there’s a magic elixir to encourage the lion to lie down with the lamb and not regard it only as dinner. In the days following Sept....
  • PRUDEN: When Obama mails it in

    07/26/2013 5:59:26 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 26 July 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Barack Obama is bored. You can see it in his demeanor and in his face, the way anticipation becomes melancholy. Most of all you can hear it in his voice when he steps up to make the speech that once sent audiences into frenzy. He’s mailing it in (with postage due). Being a messiah, a rock star, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, is of course hard work. Maybe we should cut the guy a break. You can’t be Mick Jagger or Kanye West every day. The president went to Illinois this week to make a speech about the economy and...
  • PRUDEN: The full-time White House horror show

    07/22/2013 3:34:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    washington times ^ | 7/22/13 | Wesley Pruden
    Everything about President Obama’s grand takeover of everyone’s aches and pains puts the pain in a new place. The only relief he can promise is that the pain is more tolerable today than it will be tomorrow. If the failing economy doesn’t kill you, Obamacare will. The only good news if that the abundant bad news over there might take your mind off your troubles over here. The jobs market here, such as it is, is likely to continue in the dumps. Come back soon. Many businesses, some large and some small, are moving toward an ever-larger part-time roster of...
  • PRUDEN: George Zimmerman trial: A bitter lesson in the law

    07/16/2013 5:10:10 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 16 July 2013 | Wes Pruden
    The prosecutors of George Zimmerman need a refresher course in criminal law. If you’re a prosecutor and you believe you are putting an evil-doer away, first you have to convict him. This means proving he’s an evil-doer by proving who did the evil act. That’s not always easy, as we saw last week in Florida. Even an assistant professor of criminal law at the Bald Knob University of Law, Floral Arranging and Mortuary Science could have told the Zimmerman prosecutors there are no slam dunks in murder trials. Once a case goes to a jury of independent minds with nothing...
  • PRUDEN: A bigger bed for the honeymoon [on the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling]

    06/28/2013 6:40:58 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 28 June 2013 | Wes Pruden
    No closet was big enough to hold Anthony Kennedy, but he came out of something dank and dark somewhere to liberate the gay caballeros. It certainly wasn’t the law. Not even the law could accommodate the purple emotional theatrics he poured into the Supreme Court’s decision rendering the Defense of Marriage Act null, void, mean, cruel, worthless and probably fattening. When he wrote that Congress, in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, acted with the deliberate intention to “disparage and injure” same-sex couples, he tried to put everyone who disagrees with him beyond the limits of human decency....