Thursday, 26 October 2006

An Answer To Barry

Ken Berwitz

I have a great deal of respect for my co-author, Barry Sinrod.  But he is 100% wrong here.

The purpose of  Michael J. Fox's ad is NOT to show the effects of Parkinson's - which could be done with a generic, nonpolitical public service ad and could be shown at any time, not just at the end of a political campaign.  The purpose of the ad is that Fox, a partisan Democrat, is trying to elect Democrats. 

If he had stuck to a message that supported Claire McKaskill, Ben Cardin or the other Democrats he made ads for, and advocated for the benefits of embryonic stem cell research, he would have been perfectly fine.  Since ALL of the candidates support research with existing stem cell lines, that is the only difference between his position and those of the Republicans running in those races. 

But he didn't stop there.  The artfully worded ads made it seem as though Republicans were against stem cell research entirely, which is a flat out lie.  If a line was crossed, this was the line.  It moved Fox's ad from sincere advocacy of  embryonic stem cell research to partisan political BS.

Further, while I don't know for certain that Mr. Fox intentionally exaggerated the involuntary physical movements of his Parkinson's for dramatic effect, neither I nor Barry nor anyone else knows that he didn't.  Since he has told us in his own writing that he's maximized the visual impact of his condition before (i.e. intentionally not taking his medication before a congressional hearing years ago) and he is a talented actor, there is certainly reason to suspect as much.    

As far as what I posted about stem cell research, a few points have to be made here:

-I stated that I support stem cell research and that I hope it results in cures for Parkinson's and the other conditions which such research might help.  Barry seems not to have noticed that.   My exact words, written as a free-standing paragraph so they were as conspicuous as possible, are:

Stem cell research may result in a cure for Parkinson's and many other conditions.  I fully support stem cell research and hope that it results in cures for them all. 

I don't know how that could be clearer.  There seems to be an implication in Barry's commentary that I somehow am against such research (as he seems to think Jim Talent is).  That is wrong.  Period.

-I intentionally did not post my point of view on embryonic stem cell research and I decline to do it now as well.  There is a LEGITIMATE ISSUE regarding the disposability of potential children.  I have a position on this issue (and don't assume you know what it is), but since the point of my commentary was to show that Fox's ad was partisan politics posing as a plaintive cry for humanitarianism, my position on whether it should or shouldn't be done is irrelevant.  Maybe I'll post it in a few days as a free-standing blog.  But not now.

-I know Barry's wife Shelly has Parkinson's.  She's a terrific lady and I hope with all my heart it can be arrested and reversed.  There are no ifs, ands or buts about that.  I cannot fathom how in the world what I wrote could be seen any other way.  Anyone who comes to a different conclusion about what I wrote is mistaken.

We have become so famous that Ken and I will be seen in 120 countries on CNN

International taping it on Friday Night.   The only potential problem is that all of those countries may not include  the US.
Here is hoping that we both make the European's smile, chuckle, laugh, etc. so that you can see our faces on CNN USA>   barry

Stay the course and more lies....

W and Tony Snow said " We have checked our files and found that the President only used the phrase "Stay the Course 8 times".  That is supposed to be ok, only 8 times!
Well it didn't take long for Keith Olbermann to do some research in 3 hours. You would think that Mr. Snow a FOX employee would have access to ALL the facts.
This was just reported on AOL.
Living in Spin | The 'Stay the Course' Game

Tony Snow said the president has only used the phrase, "Stay the course." eight times. According to the video below, that's woefully inaccurate. How many times do you think he said it? Put your guess in the comments. Then, click on the video to see. Listen, don't cheat. It's unbecoming and will make dogs chase you.

Remember: first, you guess; then, you watch video -- by clicking on the photo below.

Good luck!

And the answer is 25 and counting.

My Last Post on the Michael J. Fox Ad

Ken Berwitz

I've said what I've said on this subject and not one word of it is changing. 

My friend Barry claims I have been calling names (in the same blog where he makes a reference to:  "Pure bullshit from the Rush Limbaugh school of Nazi's!"

In point of fact I have not done so.  I was entirely deferential to Mr. Fox and to all Parkinson's sufferers.

Fox is a political partisan.  He is politicking for Democrats.  This is NOT solely an ad about stem cell research, it is also a partisan political ad.  

If you make a political ad, you better be ready for criticism. Even if you're Michael J. Fox.

End of subject.


Michael J Fox Fan Mr. Berwitz you are an idiot! All I can say is watch the interview by Katie Couric with Michael and then tell me it is political. You are a cold blooded person who does not have a caring bone in your body. this is not politics. Michael's number 1 political supporter is Arlen Specter. Republican (10/29/06)

Virginia Senate Race: Game, Set, Match

Ken Berwitz

The senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb is over.  How can I say that two weeks before election day, especially when I make a point of NOT predicting political results? 

The answer lies in this series of excerpts from Webb's books, which have just been made public.  Evidently Mr. Webb has a need to describe some very exotic sexual activities, including among other things incestual abuse.  Take a good look, because tomorrow all of Virginia will be reading these passages: 

Lost Soldiers: A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boys penis in his mouth.

Bantam Books, NY, 1st Edition, 2001, (hard cover), page 333.
Quote is from para. 10,.Chap. 34.

Something to Die For: "Fogarty . . . watch[ed] a naked young stripper do the splits over a banana. She stood back up, her face smiling proudly and her round breasts glistening from a spotlight in the dim bar, and left the banana on the bar, cut in four equal sections by the muscles of her vagina."

William Morrow and Company, Inc., NY 1991, 1st Ed. (hardcover), p. 36.
Avon Books, New York, 1992 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 35
Quote is from para. 29, Chap. 2 The South China Sea,, Section 2

A Country Such as This: "[He] could see Jawbone and Ashley Asthmatic [two guards at a Vietnamese prison camp] napping together in the grass. They faced inward, their arms entwined. It looked like they were masturbating each other. It didn't surprise him. It was common to see men holding hands, embracing, playing with each other. Some of them [the guards] had wanted him. He could tell in those evanescent moments between his bao cao bow, the obligatory deference when a guard entered his cell, and the first word or blow that followed it Quick, grinding voices, turgid with repressed passion. An exploratory reaching of the hand near his groin

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1983 (hardcover); page 396.
Bluejacket Books, 2001 (Trade paperback edition), page 396
Page numbers are the same in the Naval Institute Press (paperback) edition, 1983.
Quote is from fifth para, Part 5 A Country Such As This, Chap. 24, Section 1

A Sense of Honor: Nurse Goodbody, dark and voluptuous (Lenahan had forgotten her actual name, it was something long and Italian), was a bedtime friend to many of the doctors in Bethesda. She had hinted to Lenahan that she simply could not contain herself. Doctors tending to patients, she explained, aroused her. Morphine Mary (again Lenahan could not remember her exact name) was a thin, nervous drill sergeant type, a disciplinarian who did not allow her patients even to complain. Lenahan was convinced that Morphine Mary did not even sleep with her husband. She wasnt bad looking, he mused again, staring at her thin frame. If shed just get laid every now and then shed mellow out and stop being such a damn witch. (p. 164) (Lenahan brings Goodbody home with him and has sex, pp. 188-190)

Prentice-Hall, New York, 1981 (hardcover)
Bantam, New York, 1982 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 164
Trade paperback edition, Bluejacket Books, 1995, p. 164
Quote is from fourth para in Part 3, Chapter 4:1600

Something to Die For: "[Fogarty] has been thinking of the firm, springy skin and the sweet smells of a young Filipina woman named Maria in whose bed he had spent three nights almost twenty years ago. . . . She was a deliciously bad young woman. . . . On the second night, he had brought her a box of Godiva chocolates . . . . he had awakened to find her in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet with her knees underneath her chin, eating chocolates and counting her rosary beads as she prayed."

William Morrow and Company, Inc., NY 1991, 1st Ed. (hardcover), p. 32.
Avon Books New York, 1992 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 30
Quote is from third para in Chapter 2 South China Sea,, Part 2

Something to Die For: "We're on our way to becoming the world's recreational center, a nation [USA] not to be taken seriously. Where are we still the undisputed leader? Music. Movies. Fast food. Drugs. . . . the billboards fifty years from now as you come over the bridge and stop at the tollbooths outside Manhattan: A smiling beautiful naked woman, and the sign saying AMERICAN ASS IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCT."

William Morrow and Company, Inc., NY 1991, 1st Ed. (hardcover), p. 199.
Avon Books New York, 1992 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 237
Quote is from para. 38, Chap. 13, Part 1, (five paras before Part 2).

Fields of Fire: Snake (the protagonist) sees his mother on the bed: "She looked as if she were carefully attempting to re-create a picture from some long-forgotten men's magazine . . . . She was naked underneath the robe . . . . and the robe fell loosely away, revealing her. Snake shrugged resignedly."

Prentice-Hall, New York, 1978 (Hardcover, 1st edition), p. 8
Bantam Books "mass market [paperback] edition" published in Sept. 2001. p. 9.
Quote is from paragraphs 18-23, Part 1 The Best We Have, Section 1
(NOTE: Part 1 is after the Prologue)

Fields of Fire: "He saw the invitation with every bouncing breast and curved hip. . . . He was thirteen. . . . She was fifteen . . . . In a few moments she drew him to her and he murmured in his quiet voice, 'I am still small.' 'You are large enough,' she answered. And he found he was."

Prentice-Hall, New York, 1978 (Hardcover, 1st edition), pp. 211-212
Bantam Books "mass market [paperback] ed." published in Sept. 2001, pp. 280-81.
Quote is from paragraphs 8-20, Part 2 The End of the Pipeline, Chapter 24

A Sense of Honor: that is, if you knew who your sister was, Brustein, and if shed been born with anything between her legs except an asshole, Id be happy to bring some class to your low-rent name by knocking the bitch up. (p. 223)

Prentice-Hall, New York, 1981 (hardcover)
Bantam, New York, 1982 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 223
Trade paperback edition, Bluejacket Books, 1995, p. 223
Quote is from 17th para in Part 4, Chapter 7:1930

A Sense of Honor: You wouldnt have believed it, Swede. She just dropped her britches and lifted up her skirt and pissed like a man. Didnt lose a drop, either. Not a drop. (p. 183)

Prentice-Hall, New York, 1981 (hardcover)
Bantam, New York, 1982 (Mass-Market paperback edition), p. 183
Trade paperback edition, Bluejacket Books, 1995, p. 183
Quote is from 23rd para in Part 3, Chapter 8: 2300

This ends any hope of Jim Webb winning a senate seat in Virginia.  And you can take that to the bank.

An intelligent Virginian Now George Allen need ancient history to smear Webb. Before you vote just read the facts and backgrounds. Decorated soldier Webb against a guy who has a NOOSE in his office, Confederate Flag, foul mouthed, incompetent. And all you can say is that Webb wrote a FICTIONAL. Hello Fiction means it is made up more than 15 years ago and what does that have to do with his being a senator? Count the mistakes that Allen has made in just the past 60 days. Webb has made NONE, Zero,zip mistakes, because he tells the truth. Hey Allen supporters, I saw that Webb had no jewish friends in 1967 when he was 3. Maybe that disqualifies him. Webb, didn't play well with others in 1965 when he was one. This is surely important to being a Senator. Allen is completely unstable. And as Senator he has done nothing to deserve the job and so send him back to Civil War school and let him be on the side of the south. Does his family own any slaves left over from the 19th century. He is despicable. (10/29/06)

Michael J Fox....Acting with Parkinson's and partisan Democrat....Lies again!

Ken, oh great warrior of truth. You are out of line completely on your rebuttal to my rebuttal. No more name calling. This is one issue where you cannot and will not win with your despicable commentary.
How dare you accuse Michael J Fox of acting.  You my friend miss the point. As you saw MJF on this ad is the way he is in "real life".   Medication when taken to the fullest extent
renders a Parkinson's victim to the state that Ali is in. Rigid and straight and not having tremors. Not being able to talk out loud etc. 
Pure bullshit from the Rush Limbaugh school of Nazi's!
And as to partisanship.   Check your facts and watch the difference in MJF condition from 2004 when he did an add praising Arlen Specter.  One of the Top Republicans in the Senate for 20+ years. 
His condition has worsened significantly and Jim Talent does in fact want to Criminalize those who use Stem Cell Research.  Is that not very different from the Democratic position.
Enough on this subject. Let us concentrate on the election.  Do you condone the racist ad against Harold Ford?   Tennessee republicans live in the 19th century and don't want a Black person to govern.  Very nice here in the 21st century.  I am sure that President Obama will take care of Tennessee and their requests when he assumes the office.

Starbuck Tom President Obama? Are you kidding me? So, in addition to the fact that your posts are usually light on facts, light on logic, and heavy on emotion and drama, you believe that a charismatic 2 year Senator is ready for the Presidency? Amazing. (10/26/06)

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