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Burt Prelutsky

Television writer Burt Prelutsky is the author of The Secret of Their Success: Interviews with Legends & Luminaries.
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The Pinocchios of the Left

Saturday, June 28th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

People of all political persuasions occasionally lie. What boggles my mind is how badly liberals do it.

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Young Folks: Exercise Your Right Not to Vote — Please!

Sunday, June 15th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Should some teenager cancel out my vote for no better reason than that he’s been to a Dixie Chicks concert?

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In Praise of Flyover Country

Saturday, June 7th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

The best thing about small towns? Everyone knows you. The worst thing? Everyone knows you.

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Criticizing Michelle Obama: Fair or Foul?

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

It's too late in the game for Barack Obama to warn us to lay off his wife.

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My Heart Goes Out to Hillary

Saturday, May 24th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't the most sympathetic person in public life, but I find myself feeling sorry for her nonetheless.

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Barbara Walters and Her Amours

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

What is it about celebrities who write autobiographies that compels them to reveal all — and we mean all— when it comes to their love lives?

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Poison Ivy (League)

Saturday, May 10th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

What is it about Ivy League schools that they turn out presidents and politicians like they're manufactured on an assembly line?

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Where Have All the Smart Media Moguls Gone?

Sunday, April 27th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

In the old days, movie moguls and newspaper barons lived for the bottom line. But if the profit motive still drives their industries, you'd never know it.

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Conservatives Have It Rough in Hollywood

Saturday, April 19th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Hollywood it is a dangerous place if you're a man of the right. For some local liberals, diversity of thought is a fine thing — as long as it doesn't include any conservatives.

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Viewing the 1960s From My 60s

Sunday, April 13th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

One of our most curious and enduring myths is that the 1960's changed America. But besides the flower children's admirable support for civil rights, just what else did the youth from that decade accomplish?

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Even Dental Hygiene Can Be Scary

Saturday, April 5th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Whether it's a fear of heights or a fear of brushing, the best medicine for phobias is blissful ignorance.

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Biased Schnooks Write Slanted Books

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Don't worry about missing subtle biases in Jeffrey Toobin's latest Supreme Court tome. There's nothing subtle about them.

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The (Entertaining) Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Sunday, March 16th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Whether tragedy or farce, Burt Prelutsky has thoroughly enjoyed the morality tale of the NY governor's downfall.

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The High Cost of a Free Lunch

Saturday, March 8th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

FDR's heirs in Washington can afford to be generous because they're spending your money, writes Burt Prelutsky.

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The Great Divide, Politically Speaking

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

What can explain the gulf that separates liberals and conservatives? Burt Prelutsky throws up his hands and suggests DNA.

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Sorry You Missed My Book Signing

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

PJM's Burt Prelutsky has published a new book of interviews. He reflects on how writing a book is less stressful than the book signing, just as the person you interview is less interesting than the zany circumstances under which you meet them.

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Republicans Can’t Afford to Be Party Poopers in 2008

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

You don't always get everything you want, Burt Prelutsky reminds the GOP. But isn't getting some of what you want better than sitting home on election day and getting nothing?

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Lawyers – The Second-Oldest Profession Strikes Again

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Sometimes PJM's Burt Prelutsky feels bad about making fun of lawyers. But after a spate of recent news stories, this isn't one of those times.

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Obama’s Creepy, Race-Obsessed Church

Saturday, January 12th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

A leading Democratic candidate for president attends an "Afrocentric" church that bestows awards on Louis Farrakhan and practically defines itself through race-baiting. Burt Prelutsky asks, why isn't Barack Obama's faith-based problem making national headlines and the nightly news?

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A Few Words in Defense of Torture

Sunday, January 6th, 2008 - by Burt Prelutsky

Why is it conventional wisdom that torture is the worst possible way by which to extract information from the enemy? According to PJM's Burt Prelutsky, if we aren't waterboarding the baddies, then we aren't trying hard enough.

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What’s So Special about Iowa and New Hampshire?

Saturday, December 29th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

Why do two states that account for a total of 11 electoral votes hold so much power over the nominating process? That's just one of the many things muddling Burt Prelutsky's mind.

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Ho Ho Ho! It’s the Perfect Democratic Candidate!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

Torn between Obama and Hillary? Dissatisfied with all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls? Burt Prelutsky has a revolutionary proposal. He's a seasoned - and seasonal - candidate.

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I’m Happy to Live in a Christian Nation

Sunday, December 16th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

Burt Prelutsky isn't a Christian. But even as a Jewish agnostic, he's grateful not to live in a country where a teacher can get thrown in jail over the name of a teddy bear.

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Dancing with the Candidates

Friday, December 7th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

Burt Prelutsky thinks he may be the only American with a TV set who has never watched a reality show. He doesn't tune in to, say, "Dancing with the Stars," for the very same reason he cautions against listening to politicians too much: "it rots your brain."

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What Do Stan Laurel, a Shark and Hillary Have In Common?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

We know what politicians get from Hollywood stars: high-profile endorsements and fat checks. But what do the screen icons get out of the deal? Burt Prelutsky knows. "It's not enough that the world envy them their fame and fortune. These assorted high school drop-outs and high-maintenance nincompoops want to be taken seriously."

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