Total Fraud Artists Whose Works Today Sell For $$$$$$$$

An Andy Warhol so-called painting recently sold for more than $100 million. It pictured cars crashing into each other. Actually, it was not an original composition by paint brush, but photos printed by silk-screen process.

Many years ago I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, and have never considered art the mechanical process of copying photographs created by other people. Another so-called artist, Jackson Pollock, never had to draw a line nor consider perspective. He merely put a large blank hunk of canvas on the floor and then stomped, splashed and dripped cans of paint on them. His work also sells for millions today.

My admiration for true artists includes Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Ingres and Rembrandt. Not only were they talented in creating great, original works of art, but they had to build canvases and mix their own paints from raw ingredients.

Well, in spite of my jealous rant, I actually have to admire those abstract guys for creatively taking money from rich people who have too few brains and too much money. It isn’t just fake art that swipes their millions. They also pay posh hotels $1,000 for eight hours in bed with their eyes shut in slumber, $500,000 for a car and millions to get elected President.

Martin Luther King Jr: He Said All Lives Matter

We honor a great man today who literally gave his life to establish equality and opportunity. Of course, black lives matter. However, throughout history others have suffered and still endure discrimination. In my case, it was being Jewish.

Because my father died during the Great Depression when I was four years old, my poverty-stricken mother placed me in an orphanage. There were a few Jewish kids there, but the school’s orientation was totally Christian. With no other choice, I had to attend Christian chapel services daily and twice on Sundays.

I was there for 11 years, and there were frequent schoolyard taunts, fights and name-calling by the Christian kids. Later, in World War 2, my Navy service included the same kinds of discrimination in barracks and aboard ship. When I was promoted to chief petty officer, I bunked with another CPO who happened to be black. We endured taunts from shipmates, including obscene name-calling signs on the bulkhead next to our quarters.

When on duty at a Naval Air Station, our carrier air group members had a weekend social event at a nearby hotel resort. When I checked in, the clerk informed me that they usually did not admit Jews. However, because I was in Navy uniform, he kindly said it would be OK just that once.

Later, during my career with a major insurance company, one of my duties was writing speeches for executives to deliver at business conventions. A compliment I often received from a vice president was when he called me his little Jewboy speechwriter.

On this day dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., we should all honor his wisdom. Quotes from one of his famous speeches sum it up:

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

False Missile Attack Alarm Terrifies Hawaii

For about 30 minutes on Saturday, the island state was rocked with panic. A message flashed across smartphone and tv screens: Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.

Half an hour later, after learning a security monitor operator mistakenly pushed the wrong button, this correction message went out: U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon possible.

Of course, the all-clear message came too late for thousands of Hawaiians who fearfully expected their peaceful world to go up in smoke. Wonder if the idiot who pushed the wrong button also reported Japanese aircraft were attacking U.S. Navy ships in Pearl Harbor. And President Franklin D. Trump went on the radio declaring that this is a date that will live in infamy!

Voters Loved Generals, Now It’s Show Biz Stars

Remember when you managed to stay awake in U.S. history class? The obvious fact was that many early Presidents had been Army generals. Starting with George Washington, then on to Andy Jackson, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison, U.S. Grant and Ike Eisenhower. Of course, Teddy Roosevelt was only a colonel, but his heroic charge up San Juan Hill soon got him elected, too.

However, for the past 40 years or so, celebrity got most presidential wannabes into the White House. It started with Jack Kennedy, and although he had been a lowly Navy lieutenant, his World War 2 heroism and movie-star looks combined to start the trend we’re in today.

Bill Clinton, who actually marched against the Vietnam War, also had the young politician glamor. And, of course, he also exhibited some of the Kennedy extra-marital wanderings. And Ronald Reagan, who served as a recruiting officer in World War 2, got into the White House because of his actual movie star personality.

Then, along came Trump, with two positive features that appealed to celebrity-crazed voters. Not only did he host his own TV show, but he also brought a lifetime of slightly nefarious, but very successful business dealings. And he barely beat out the first woman candidate for the presidency, none other than the faithful wife of a previous predatory president.

And now, rising fast in the ranks for future presidential candidates is Oprah Winfrey. She brings to the fray several powerful attributes. She’s talented, black, female, wealthy and a huge show biz star. And in spite of her billions in the bank, she’s a liberal Democrat. OK, so she’s never been a general nor queen of Ancient Egypt, but what could possibly go wrong in the Electoral College for her vs Trump in 2020?

Swiss Bank Robbed By 80-year-old Masked Gunman

A recent article in the news tells of the incident and arrest of the octogenarian. We have many serious questions about this unusual crime. When he demanded the bank clerk to quickly give him money, did he suffer any senior withdrawal symptoms?

After he grabbed the bank cash, did he swiftly dash away on his walker? Was Bonnie, his sexy 79-year-old gun moll, in on the crime? Did he need the stolen bank money to pay those ever-rising, outrageous nursing home costs? Or maybe he hoped he’d be caught and sent to jail, where living conditions are actually much cleaner than in nursing homes.