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Buttin’ In

Bob Mace

The Edge dislikes even the most well meaning butt-in-skis! Lectures about wearing seat belts, smoking a cigarette or not wasting half the weekend cutting out three dollars worth of coupons. While it’s on the neap, the attitude of Americans has traditionally been one of minding one’s own business; one of live and let live. Before the holidays, we had a couple of opportunities for confused and meddlesome opinions proffered as savvy foreign affairs policy.

The Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, son of Kim Kong-il, looks to The Edge like the Oriental version of Tommy Boy. This guy is a total poster child for the spawn of incest. North Korea, given its leadership, is Asia’s version of Wayne’s World.

And so it was that Sony came up with a movie “The Interview” spoofing a plot to assassinate the asinine Kim. Apparently the North Korean government, perhaps with insider Sony help, the thought its big-headed should not be portrayed with an exploding noggin. The Koreans hacked Sony computers, released to the press a bunch of ill-advised executive emails and threatened violence should the movie make it to theaters.

Sony wavered pulling “The Interview” until the free publicity of that act turned an underachiever into a financial success. The Obama Administration is considering sanctions in response to North Korea’s role in the strongarming of an American company.

The Edge points out that Sony is a Japanese company that makes huge dollars by selling stuff to Americans. While having no animus toward the Land of the Rising Sun, The Edge doesn’t care much about spats between the Koreans and the Japanese senseis. It’s back to school time for all those self-adoring talking heads who described Sony as something akin to General Motors. The Edge opinion is that Sony owning a chunk of our film industry is about as American as that Belgian-Brazilian InBev bunch buying Anheuser Busch and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Belgium and Brazil? What about Belize and Botswana?


After a prisoner swap, The U.S. came announcing a move toward normalization of relations with Cuba. The Edge thinks the Island nation 90 miles from Miami has little to offer to America. Past that, who wants to pay for another embassy in a place that doesn’t much like our country? Marco Rubio, the U.S. Senator from Floridaio was enraged that the United States of America would consider such a move without a thought to the Cuban people who have, according to him, long-suffered under the Castro (Fidel and Raul) regimes.

The Edge says that our foreign policy should be carried out for the welfare and good of the citizens of this country. And Rubio, whose family was on the losing side of that 1961 revolution in Cuba, would do well to recall that it was the parents of those long-suffering Cubans who backed the revolution that brought the Communist regime to power after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista who’d come to his office in 1933 by military coup.

Here in America we initially sided with the revolution until figuring out that Fidel, Raul and their Argentinian buddy, Che Guevara, were a bunch of Marxist communist-sympathizing despots. Former supporters of the Batista takeover escaped the island and became an important voting block in Florida.

Following was an embargo, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, a missile crisis and 50 years of American life without a decent legal cigar. Take a cue from politicians and journalists and butt in to other’s lives. Haul this copy of CFP home with you and insist that everybody you know would be smarter and better looking if they read every word.

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