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Howard Dean, Harry Reid and the VA Scandal

I suppose you saw the most recent from the DNC’s own Dr. Howard Dean. This is the same guy who, several years ago when Bill Clinton (of all people) somehow made it a necessary part of a politician’s bona fides that the hopeful pol had somehow had a minor dust-up or scrape with the Bible. I don’t recall how this came about (perhaps it was due to the ever vigilant Democratic Party’s sensitivity  to the vicissitudes of the electorate’s sensitivities and having noted people were wondering just how “Islamic” the new skinny guy from Chicago’s political Machine might be. They are always so careful not to give offense, excepting of course those comments like “…a few years ago he would have been bringing us coffee” …or…”he is a reasonably clean, fairly articulate young black man who can lapse into that “black preacher” dialect when he wants….” Actually, I may have exaggerated a bit with Harry Reid’s quote about Obama. I don’t think Reid can use words like “articulate” or “dialect” …or …”reasonably” in a sentence. Nor can he probably understand words like “clean,” either, because the concept seems foreign to him. And we all had begun to think Reid has been “losing it” only over the last few months. Nope. The process of mental decay has been ongoing for several years. It probably started in earnest when he inherited the senate leadership by dint of just staying around for a long time. And if my Reid quote isn’t completely accurate, I don’t apologize. He was probably thinking far worse. I wonder what he would say about turtles today. Maybe it isn’t (yet) possible to be politically incorrect about turtles. But, of course, liberal/commie/socialist politicians cannot be politically incorrect, no matter how injudicious their words.

5-23-2014dBut, back on point, Dr. Dean was asked his favorite Book in the New Testament. His reply was …well…without making fun (and hurting myself laughing …again…)  I’ll just direct your memory to exactly what he said, to wit; Ecclesiastes …or …something…I can’t recall these many years later…but it was definitely a Book from the Testament containing the Bible Books of History, the Prophets and the Law. I hesitate to put the words “Old Testament” in written form because it drove one of my Jewish attorney buddies apoplectic one time, because as he spent the next several minutes explaining…”There is only One Testament…so there cannot be an Old Testament!” I thought he was over-reacting…probably because he was an attorney. They’re weird …and sometimes a bit idiosyncratic. Actually, his statement was very short…and would have been shorter still if he had excluded the expletives he actually utilized in his impromptu catechism for my benefit. He is the only Jewish guy I ever knew who reacted like that. I have lots of Jewish pals who are attorneys because my legal career began in the Encino/Van Nuys part of the San Fernando Valley. But absolutely none ever behaved in such a way (even for only a few moments). In fact, nearly every one of those guys were extremely kind to me in my early practice and were always offering to help me if I had questions. And in fairness, my pal collected himself a few moments later and apologized. We laughed it off, but I never forgot his reaction. Not to put too fine a point on it, I got angry in reply, but hypocritically tried not to show it. I wanted the moral advantage, you see. It didn’t matter to my pal. He was already apologizing for being “too abrupt.” (Interestingly, and what made his action more unexpected, was the fact he was launching a night career as a stand-up comedian. Imagine, if you can, an attorney who wants to be something else.)

5-23-2014bWhich reminds me, years ago I was watching a tribute to some Jewish comedian on TV and noticed the guest of honor was surrounded by another dozen comics. They were all Jewish. I suddenly realized how dreary America’s recent history would have been if those guys, or their parents, had not immigrated to America. We would have had many fewer laughs. And of all the people in the world, considering how things went in Europe in the last century, name any group with less to laugh about. That’s courage. I don’t know why I’ve gotten off on that bend, but it’s probably because of how the current administration has treated Israel recently…actually, for about 5 1/2 years. I’m probably feeling surrogate guilt for the Administration. Like when one part of the body feels pain when another part of the anatomy is injured.

Back to Howard Dean…aw…forget it. He’s not funny. And he’s loud and nuts. And not improving with age.

The cartoons about the Veteran’s Administration don’t afford us much humor, either. With the situation in the Mexican Hell-hole of a jail where a US Marine Sergeant has been chained to his bed for a month and completely ignored by your President …and the shameful “death list” at the VA Hospitals (which your President only learned of by reading the papers recently), it hardly feels proper to start planning a BBQ for Memorial Day. These events make breast beating and garment rending more the order of the day. I am wondering how I can politely avoid meeting the eye of my American warrior ancestors when I finally have the honor.

Dad won’t be a problem. Tears will blur my sight and he’ll understand. But those other guys. Who knows what to expect from them? (Not to mention my Mom.)

I gotta’ go. Got to sign the White House petition to get Obama off his golf playin’ …posterior…to take some vague action on behalf of the Marine in Mexican Hell (not that a Marine needs the help of any lame politician who “throws like a girl”).

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Stephen Bowers

Stephen Bowers

I am an attorney in Las Vegas who has always wanted to draw political cartoons, partly because I like drawing, but mostly because I enjoy ridiculing pompous know-nothings. Verbally debating them gets nowhere. They don't know they're beaten. But poking fun at them in a drawing leaves them without recourse or rebuttal. What can they do...? Call me names, whine, cuss me ... or maybe draw a witty riposte? Unlikely.
Steve Bowers, Esq.

  • colleenf

    What a shining representation of the democrat party:::a sexual predator and pervert, Bill Clinton….a crazy wacko person like Howard Dean….and then to top it off they have a demented evil old troll of a man, Harry Reid…………what a great bunch!!
    And there are others out there just like them to replace them once we finally get to push them out the door!

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      Can you name even one democRAT politician who even remotely resembles a patriot?

  • DustyFae

    There was a republican that was elected this year who ran on pro-gun, but when he won, he is now anti-gun… this is what we have to choose from, a bunch of liars and never knowing who is telling the truth anymore , they are guilty on both sides, but democrats are by far the worse… as for Israel, l will always stand with them.. As for Jewish, some are converting over to Christians , there are no moderate muslims if they practice Islam.. Which puts me in mind how Obama lied about being a Christian just to get elected.. And as for Reid, l am really wondering why he did not blame the Koch brothers for the VA scandal.. And Pelosi saying it is Bush fault, well she was there when Bush was there, why did she not speak up then.. And Bush even if he did create the problem, Obama promise he will take care of the VA… but he never did.. He is the man in the WH now and not Bush… so Obama is the soul Blame in my own opinion for not doing better about the Veterans and Military… Obama is too busy rounding up his illegal private army who will fire on the American people…

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      Difficult to carry the water for either major party. Only difference is that with a democRAT you can rest assured you will get someone corrupt in both character and actions.

      • seeymour kleerly

        And the Conservatives will try to keep the War Machine humming and producing more wounded soldiers.

        • curmudgeon VN Veteran

          See more clearly? What’s the view up there?

          • seeymour kleerly

            So you agree!

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Do you recognize your own polyps? Must be great to be able to give yourself a colonoscopy.

  • Jim

    This is nothing more than a diatribe of hate, fear & anger for people who are not very intelligent but believe they are. Both parties so this.

  • Art Hock

    Dean is as insane as Nancy Pelosi.

  • curmudgeon VN Veteran

    Two of the donkey parties top Looney Toons for sure. Hard to narrow them down as all of the democRAT party is mentally deranged.

  • adrianvance

    The VA scandal is only the primer for the ObamaCare bomb that will go off in October. The proper attire for this event is rain gear.

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  • Tossaway

    Republicans are not Americans because they didn’t illegally cross the border like future Democrat voters- I mean, “real Americans”.

  • jimmyrourke

    Howard Dean is mentally retarded. I listened to his rant about Republicans not being Americans. Dean is a Communist loving progressive.He doesn’t believe in Capitalism and hates the Military

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