Friday, 20 April 2007

NOT-SO-SMART ALEC

Ken Berwitz

Normally I would be thrilled that another pampered movie "star" with an ego bigger than Jupiter was cut down to size by his own big  mouth. 

But in alec baldwin's case, this occurred on the back of his 11 year old daughter (or is she 12?  Baldwin doesn't appear to know). 

I have heard the audio tape of baldwin's incredibly sick, profane tirade to Ireland Baldwin, in which he calls her names and threatens her repeatedly.  Beyond simple insanity, the only explanation I can think of is that he is taking out his acrimonious divorce (from Kim Basinger) on his own child.  Listen to his call to her at  http://www.nypost.com/seven/04202007/gossip/pagesix/alecs_scary_rant_to_daughter_pagesix_.htm and hear every sick word for yourself. 

See how you react when he says that, because of her, "I have made an ass of myself", that "you don't even have the goddamn phone turned on" when he calls,  and that "you have insulted me for the last time".

This is "Daddy dearest" in its rawest form.  And it isn't even the main event.  Then he really gets started.

Imagine the bonding that took place when Baldwin told his pre-teen daughter the following (almost all with a raised voice, some passages literally screamed), about what SHE did to HIM and what he is prepared to do about it.   Zero concern about his daughter and 100% concern about his ego.

I've put baldwin's threats and profanity to his child in bold print, which explains why there is so much of it:

"You have insulted me for the last time.  You have insulted me.  You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being, I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned. 

You have humiliated me for the last time on this phone.  When I come out there next week, I'm gonna fly out there for the day, just to straighten you out on this issue.  I'm gonna let you know just how disappointed I am and just how angry I am with you that you've done this to me again

You've made me feel like shit, and you've made me feel like a fool over and over and over...again.  And this crap you pull on me, with this goddamn phone situation, that you would never dream of doing to your mother, you do it constantly to me and over and over again. 

I'm gonna get on a plane, and I'm gonna go out there for a day, and I'm gonna straighten your ass out when I see you, understand me?  I'm gonna really make sure you get it.  Then I'm gonna get on a plane, I'm gonna turn around and come home. 

So you better be ready, Friday, the 20th, to meet with me, so I'm gonna let you know just how I feel about what a rude little pig you really are. 

You are a rude, thoughtless little pig.  Okay?

If this is not child abuse, there is no such thing.

If this does not constitute a threat to his child, there is no such thing.

If Ms. Basinger does not insist on baldwin's visits being SUPERVISED by a clinical social worker and maybe even a bodyguard, she is making a huge mistake.  I suspect she knows this and will act accordingly.  I hope so for the child's sake.

Alec baldwin has suggested over the years that he might run for congress one day as a Democrat.  I wonder if he feels as angry, vindictive and vengeful toward the al qaeda insurgents in Iraq as he does to his 11 (or is it 12) year old daughter.


GUEST COMMENTARY: NY POST EDITORIAL

Ken Berwitz

Here, without further comment, is today's lead editorial in the New York Post.  Its subject is Senator harry reid's impossibly stupid untrue, damaging and morale-destroying comment that the war in Iraq is lost:

HARRY REID'S WHITE FLAG

April 20, 2007 -- With enemies like Democratic Senate Majority Harry Reid, the terrorists don't need friends.

Yesterday, all by his lonesome, Reid ran up the white flag in the War on Terror - at least in the Iraqi theater.

"This war is lost," he said. "[The troop] surge is not accomplishing anything."

And in the dark recesses of some damp cave, Osama bin Laden broke into a wide grin - even as Tehran's mullahs swapped high-fives.

Can't you just hear them: Hang tough, guys, it's only a matter of time here in Iraq - and then it's back to the Big Apple.

Meanwhile, Reid himself won't call for an immediate pull-out.

So must U.S. troops continue to fight and die for this lost cause?

He's even helping to ensure their loss - by refusing to provide them with sufficient funding to win. And by setting a deadline for their mission, which the enemy can simply wait out.

You'd almost think he was working for anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr - or maybe Osama himself.

Yes, it's OK for an elected official to be pessimistic about Iraq and to dislike the White House's handling of the war.

But - again - what kind of a message will terrorists draw from Reid's bald declaration of defeat?

Just imagine if Reid and his fellow Dems had taken a different approach. Imagine if they had insisted - repeatedly, from Day One - that America is united in this war, that it will fight as long as it takes, until every last terrorist is defeated.

That, indeed, the enemy has no chance of winning.

What would the bad guys conclude?

That they must keep fighting? Or give up themselves on a hopeless cause?

Certainly the outcome in Iraq, at this point, is not clear.

But if Reid & Co. force U.S. troops to cut and run prematurely, they will guarantee America's defeat.

In that case, it will be Reid and his pals who will bear the blame.


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