John Burtis

John Burtis is a former Broome County, NY firefighter, a retired Santa Monica, CA, police officer. He obtained his BA in European History at Boston University and is fluent in German. He resides in NH with his wife, Betsy.

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The Hidden Hand

Sep 19, 2018 — John Burtis

The Hidden Hand

noun—an unknown force or influence believed to be the cause of certain, often unfortunate, events—Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

The Scarlet Letter: The Scarlet Letter explores guilt and revenge

Judge Brett Kavanugh is, by all accounts, a terrific jurist and a decent gentleman who believes, who trusts, in our Constitution and carries a copy with him.

Remarks by Mr Hamzeh Daoud, your Resident Assistant

Jul 23, 2018 — John Burtis

Remarks by Mr Hamzeh Daoud, your Resident Assistant
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Stanford University

Dear President Tessier-Lavigne

I am writing to register both my concern and my fear about the violent writings one of your resident RA’s, a Mr Hamzeh Daoud.

Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jaw Cramps, Granite in the Brains Department, Out of State Interns

Jun 27, 2018 — John Burtis

Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jaw Cramps, Granite in the Brains Department, Out of State Interns
What can I say?  Absolutely nothing.  But I tried, and so did all of my friends.

We all called Senator Hassan’s offices to register our disgust with the activity of her sainted out of state college coed female intern’s telling the President of the United States:  “F**k You!”  Such class hurled across the crowd in the Capitol rotunda.  But, as a wag was quick to point out, she’s a doggone millennial!  And so she is.  But she “works” for a US Senator!  And that US Senator also “works” for us!  But it ain’t summer camp in the White Mountains or even the Poconos.  More on that a bit later.

Mean root cause of murder

Jul 10, 2016 — John Burtis

How many more must die?  Mistah Speakah?  How many more?  (Old call from the well in the Massachusetts State House)
Every cop is still a gumshoe
“And all the sinners saints”

When will our politicians recognize and denounce the mean root cause of the murder of the four Dallas police officers and the one DART police officer and the wounding of the others last Thursday night? No, it’s not poverty, a lack of jobs, or education, that causes ISIS.

The madness of queen Hillary and I’m not standing for it!

Mar 11, 2015 — John Burtis

So, I guess we now know, er most of us anyway, at least those of us who watch Fox News and heard Hillary’s latest mea culpa, about the use of her own email system to conduct the foreign affairs of the most powerful nation on earth because she daren’t use “two phones”, when every doggone kid in America, or at least in Beverly Hills and Grosse Isle has three.  Or had three when she was only capable of trundling one Blackberry around and God knows how much they weigh, or even two of them.

Obama’s Lectures Go On and On and We Are Stuck in His Classroom Until 2016

May 1, 2014 — John Burtis

I don’t know about you, but I am weary of being lectured on race by a president who spent, what, twenty years soaking up gentle Jeremiah Wright’s pleasant sermons about our so called white supremacy?  A president counseled by Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Al Sharpton, the latter who stole the former’s girlfriend and who rose to prominence by perpetrating a fraud on us all with Tawana Brawley.

John Kerry: Comeback Kid Joachim von Ribbentrop

Mar 23, 2014 — John Burtis

So, John Kerry is on his high horse in high dudgeon trying to dissuade the latest iteration of Old Joe Stalin, one Vladimir Putin, ex-KGB hetman and a former Stasi overseer, to stop his formal occupation of the Crimea, whose citizens have already thrown in with Vlad with one of those famous 99.86% “for” plebiscites that redounded to the Führer’s favor in Austria back in, oh, 1938.

The Winter Soldier of Our Discontent

Nov 14, 2012 — John Burtis

Boy, oh, boy, you really have to give the Democrat Party and its current Dear Leader, President Barack Hussein Obama (D-CT), a hearty “Huzzah” for using a long shovel-handled pitchfork to reach way down into the proverbial flag bag, as always happens in the second term when the personnel pickings are few and far between, and coming up with Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA) patrician name to fill the newly opened slot of Secretary of Defense (SecDef).

Obama, Napolitano, Resettlement

Jun 16, 2012 — John Burtis

The longer the Obama regime remains in power, the more it begins to resemble a dictatorship.  And from my perspective as a German historian, not just any dictatorship.

Our Ozymandias

Jan 31, 2012 — John Burtis

Who would’ve thought when I was a kid that the POTUS, major US Government Agencies, the Democrat Party, major lobbying groups, and many well known scientists and other notorious luminaries would be actively working to turn my glorious country into a 12th century subsistence economy, sans military protection or any real or imagined borders whatsoever, a great wasteland devoid of all machines and internal combustion engines, where home chimneys are cold because burning wood is proscribed, a land where Robin Hood, William Wallace, and Saladin would all feel at home.

You don’t need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Aug 15, 2011 — John Burtis

“You don’t need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
Bob Dylan - Honest Weatherman, singer, songwriter, who wrote the title
Bill Ayers - Bomb tossing Weatherman, gadfly
Al Gore - Screaming Weatherman, possible pauper
Dr. James Hansen - Shilling Weatherman, Soros employee

When I first became a cop in the early 1970s, we were all on the look out for armed groups who were plaguing the US.  We were dealing with the Black Liberation Army, the Black Panther Party, the SDS (the Students for a Democratic Society, who were for anything but), the Symbionese Liberation Army, which had kidnapped Patty Hearst, and the Weathermen.  And when I say look out, I mean in addition to the daily bank robberies, residential and commercial burglaries, rapes, murders, drive by shootings, and the like which still plague Los Angeles today.

The New Man

Jul 19, 2011 — John Burtis

So I was talking to the new man administering one of my funds as we attempted to figure out the interest after a withdrawl.

All in the Family - The Weiner Saga Continues

Jun 20, 2011 — John Burtis

Thanks to a recent American Thinker, I am growing a bit concerned about the closeness of the now famous Mr. and Ms. Anthony Weiner and his mother-in-law, and the clan’s close association with the Muslim Brotherhood and ditto Sisterhood, those marvelous Methodist friendly operations, such as they are.

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Feb 2, 2011 — John Burtis

Don’t worry, be happy about the current charnel house in Egypt. The Obama crowd has Mubarak, the people, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and the Mullahs of Iran just where they want ‘em.

Senate Bill 510 - Sheer Tyranny from the Lame Duck Congress - A time to cry out!

Dec 2, 2010 — John Burtis

I urge you to read this bill carefully.  It is an instrument of sheer tyranny, designed by that ruling triumvirate of tyrannical rule themselves: Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

I must also add that Monsanto will benefit a great deal from the passage of this bill.  But why was Monsanto selected for this largess?

John Kerry rents Symphony Hall to honor himself

Dec 1, 2010 — John Burtis

imageWill he show his own 16mm Vietnam movies which feature him crashing through the waist high delta swail with his muddy entourage in tow and the radar dome of his patrol boat just visible in the background as he grunts and grimaces and hollers meaningless orders and wildly gesticulates towards an empty horizon while his people stare back at him in abject terror while he waives his M-16?

I hope so as its the perfect reflection of a mad Kerry campaign, save for his atavistic story about really being sent up river to Cambodia which he could swear to God proof if he could just find his old cap and his precious maps which everyone else thinks he still keeps in the battered briefcase he carries while campaigning - the brief case with the faded name tag showing his name, rank, and USNR, proof of his service.

Meaning of Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2010 — John Burtis

I remember the last time our complete family assembled for Thanksgiving at our home in Hillcrest. Both sets of grandparents, my aunt and uncle and their spouses, and I recall watching those big purposeful men coming in the side door, up, and into the house, with their big coats going into the closet.

Here come the climate change refugees - more social justice

Mar 25, 2010 — John Burtis

Like clockwork, they have emerged from the wood: the first of what promises to be an ever increasing wave of Third World “climate change” refugees seeking asylum in the First World.

The Whitewash

Jan 24, 2010 — John Burtis

Yup, we’ve all learned that good old David Plouffe, that work horse for President Obama, has been led out of the stable, dusted off, and put back in his harness because, well, after Massachusetts seceded from the progressive fold and voted for an honest, well at least so far, working man named Scott Brown, it is time again for a new look to be formed from the same tired, old clammy clay.

I just can’t believe it’s going on in America

Sep 25, 2009 — John Burtis

Principal King-

I have been given this e-mail in good faith, believing that it belongs to the principal in charge of the school, whose youtube video I viewed today, wherein a teacher was teaching a class of children to sing a song praising President Barack Obama.