Wednesday, 25 April 2007


Ken Berwitz

That's right.  hARRY rEID.  I won't even capitalize this scumbag's name in the title. 

Senator reid, who has told our troops that they've lost the war (but he SUPPORTS them, of course), now has personally insulted the Vice President of the United States for daring to point out that he (reid) has changed his position on troop funding repeatedly over the past five months.  Read it for yourself (bold print mine): -


Originally posted: April 24, 2007
'Cheney should be last to lecture'

Posted by Mark Silva at 4:28 pm CDT

In a simmering war of words between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney stepped out with some uncharacteristically public comments on Capitol Hill today about Reid's claim yesterday that the president is in "a state of denial'' over the war in Iraq.

Accusing Reid of "defeatism'' for his call for troop withdrawals, Cheney maintained that the Democratic majority leader from Nevada had taken "three positions in five months on the most important foreign policy question facing the nation and our troops'' and had misconstrued the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group as well.

"Maybe it's a political calculation,'' Cheney said. "Some Democratic leaders seem to believe that blind opposition to the new strategy in Iraq is good politics.''

"Vice President Cheney should be the last person to lecture anyone on how leaders should make decisions.'' Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, said in response. "Leaders should make decisions based on facts and reality, two words that seem to be foreign to the vice president.''

"I usually avoid press comment when Im up here,'' Cheney said on Capitol Hill. "but I felt so strongly about what Senator Reid said in the last couple of days, that I thought it was appropriate that I come out today and make a statement that I think needs to be made.

"I thought his speech yesterday was unfortunate, that his comments were uninformed and misleading'' Cheney said. "Senator Reid has taken many positions on Iraq. He has threatened that if the president vetoes the current pending supplemental legislation, that he will send up Senator Russ Feingold's bill to de-fund Iraq operations altogether.

"Yet only last November, Senator Reid said there would be no cutoff of funds for the military in Iraq,'' he said. "So in less than six months' time, Senator Reid has gone from pledging full funding for the military, then full funding but with conditions, and then a cutoff of funding -- three positions in five months on the most important foreign policy question facing the nation and our troops.''

Manley, Reid's spokesman, said of Cheney: "This is the same guy who said Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and that we would be greeted as liberators. And it's the same guy who continues to assert that Saddam Hussein had links to al Qaeda long after our own intelligence agency conclusively refuted this notion. To suggest he lacks credibility would be an understatement.

"The vice president's and others' attacks on those who disagree with their failed policies are signs of desperation,'' Manley said. "They are lashing out because they know the days are numbered for their failed strategy and that the American people and a bipartisan majority are determined to force this Administration to change course in Iraq.'''

More from Cheney:

"Yesterday, Senator Reid said the troop surge was against the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group,'' he said. "That is plainly false. The Iraq Study Group report was explicitly favorable toward a troop surge to secure Baghdad. Senator Reid said there should be a regional conference on Iraq. Apparently, he doesn't know that there is going to be one next week. Senator Reid said he doesn't have real substantive meetings with the President. Yet immediately following last week's meeting at the White House, he said, "It was a good exchange; everyone voiced their considered opinion about the war in Iraq."

"What's most troubling about Senator Reid's comments yesterday is his defeatism. Indeed, last week, he said the war is already lost. And the timetable legislation that he is now pursuing would guarantee defeat.

"Maybe it's a political calculation,'' Cheney said. "Some Democratic leaders seem to believe that blind opposition to the new strategy in Iraq is good politics. Senator Reid himself has said that the war in Iraq will bring his party more seats in the next election. It is cynical to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage. Leaders should make decisions based on the security interests of our country, not on the interests of their political party.'' 


Read that bold print well.  Because EVERY WORD IS TRUE.  As harry reid, under the protection of a media that seems determined to aid and abet him in giving us Vietnam II, lies to your face, Vice President Cheney speaks truth to arrogant, dishonest hubris.

One other thing:  When asked to respond to Cheney, reid said that he wouldn't get into a name calling contest with someone who has a 9% approval rating.  That is also a lie - in fact two lies.  1) Try and find one name that Vice President Cheney called reid in his comments.  You can't.  And 2) I just checked  The latest poll on Dick Cheney's favorability is 38%.  Four times 9 and then some.

The only way a scumbag like reid gets away with this is with media complicity.  Period.


Ken Berwitz

This is nothing new.  It is a tried and true technique used by the New York Times for many years.

The idea is to manipulate its readers by appealing to their egos.  Make them think that the Times' position is elevated, and therefore gives readers a higher level of erudition.  It will make them proud parrots for the cause.

Today's attempt (and it will probably have considerable success;  stroking other people's egos usually does) concerns "hip hop music".

The lead story in today's "The Arts" section is titled, (so help me, I'm not making this up) "Don't Blame Hip-Hop", written by Kelefa Sanneh.   I'm assuming that this title probably communicates to you that the ensuing article is not quite 100% neutral.  If so, we're starting on the same page.  

Let me post the first few paragraphs, which is all you'll need to see where the article is going.  Then we'll discuss it:

Don't Blame Hip-Hop

How Don Imus's Problem Became A Referendum On Rap

Hip-hop has been making enemies for as long as it has been winning fans.  It has been dismissed as noise, blamed for concert riots, accused of glorifying crome and sexism and greed and Ebonics.  From Run-D.M.C. to Sister Souljah to Tupac Shakur to Young Jeezy, the story of hip-hop is partly the story of those who have been irritated, even horrified, by it.

Even so, the anti-hip-hop fervor of the last few weeks has been extraordinary, if not quite unprecedented.  Somehow, Don Imus' ill-considered characterization of the Rutgers women's basketball team - "some nappy-headed ho's" - led not only to his firing but also to a discussion of the crudge language some rappers use.  Mr. Imus and the Rev. Al Sharpton traded words on Mr. Sharpton's radio show and on "Today," and soon the hip-hop industry had been pulled into the fray.

Unlike previous hip-hop controversies, this one doesn't have a villain, or even a villainous song.  The current state of hip-hop seems almost irrelevant to the current discussion.  The genre ahs already acquired (and it's fair to say earned) a reputation for bad language and bad behavior.  Soon after Mr. Imus's firing, The Daily News had Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, splashed on its cover alongside the hip-hop producer Timbaland, whose oeuvre includes some Imusian language.  He had helped arrange a fund-raiser for her and apparently was now a liability. 

Ok.  We've already noted the positive spin put on this article by its headline.  This is followed by a quick recital of all the bad stuff about hip-hop "music" to quickly get out of the way so that most of the rest of the article can defend it.  I've posted only the beginning, you'll have to get the rest of the article on your own to see for yourself. 

Now that you've been set up, Mr. Sanneh goes into the NY Times dumb-'em-down-dance.  Suddenly the language becomes elevated.  Nothing like what you'd here in any hip-hop song, that's for sure.  See if you find words like "genre" or "unprecedented", or my personal favorite "oeuvre" on the sheet music (if in fact their is any.  For hip-hop, "sheet music" may actually be a dialectic way of describing its quality).

But there seems to be something missing, doesn't there?  Other than a few references to language that makes it seem no worse than Mr. Imus's comment, Sanneh does not show you any hip-hop lyrics at all.  

However, later on in the article he makes reference to "cheerful dance tracks like Huey's "pop, Lock and Drop It", Crime Mob's "Rock Yo Hips", Mims's "This Is Why I'm Hot" and Swizz Beatz's "It's Me, Snitches" (the title and song were censored to exclude one of the three inflammatory words....)"

You might be wondering how these could be "cheerful dance tracks" if even the titles have to be censored.  I hope so, anyway.  Because I am now going to provide a few lyrics from one of them. 

Here is a little piece of Rock Yo Hips.  See how cheerful you find it:


Lil' Jay, on the track,nigga, aye & you already know, its ya boi lil scrappy
we finna have the whole M-F world, rockin'in dis bitch,
look at shawty check her out. southern smokin


I like the way she rock her hips,
then wave & sip
She rock her hips then wave & sip
She rock her hips, she rock her hips,
she rock her hips,then wave & sip

Look at them hips I like how she rock it
She bend that' thing ova, & to the ground,
she can drop it
And pop it hard,as she can, got me hard in da pants
Because she,in all her stance,
doing her Muthafuckin dance, man
Look lil' buddy cute in da face
She rock her hips to the bass, then she take a sip,
when she wave
and wonna get wit' lil Jay,
after she dance on dat pole
I pull my can so quick & fast,
when dat ass hit da flo' -

What a cheerful dance track!  Won't you be proud if, say, your 12-15 year old daughter buys the CD?  Or if your older son or daughter is singing along to it at a party?  Hey, what's wrong with a little cheerful music for the kiddies?

And if Rock Yo Hips is so cheerful, your kids will probably want to cheerfully dance to some more of Crime Mob's songs too.  Like maybe the inspiring "Fuck Nigga" (that's right, this is the TITLE of the song).  Want some of its lyrics?  Ok, here's a great singalong you'll be proud to know they've memorized: -

"Fuck Nigga"

Yeeah (Aiight) [repeat 7x]
Ol' stankin ass (Hoe) Jank ass (Hoe)
Suck my dick you (Hoe) Ol' fat ass (Hoe)
But aiight! We finna get these lame ass niggaz
You see a hoe ass nigga, call his ass out. Aye! Aye!

[chorus 4x]
Fuck nigga yous a (Hoe) Pull a trigga on that (Hoe)
Stomp his ass like (Hoe) Ol' lame ass (Hoe)

[verse 1]
I'ma tell you how it is nigga you betta get the fuck back
cause a nigga like me don't give a fuck
A nigga suppose to gon leave yo ass choked
if you know you ain't ready you gonna get drug
Off in the club you claimin yo set
I'm strapped wit my vest I shot in the air
You sound like a bitch yo ass I'ma hit
you tyin to go hide cause we gon be there
You ain't from that Wood you ain't from my click
you ain't from my row you neva could hang
You labled a duck we ready to buck
we don't give a fuck cause you is a lame
Step right here homeboy you bout it
he won't swing I know I doubt it
One hitter quitter yo ass get popped
so watch this parkin lot get rowdy
Watch this parkin lot get rowdy, watch this parkin lot go (ohhh)
Pop wit a glock and I stay wit a K
If you come my way I'ma act a fool
I walk in the club and I see me a nigga
Back the fuck up 'fore I show you who reala
Whats up wit ya fuck nigga
Crime Mob the niggaz who labled some killaz

If this offends you (and I'm betting it does) I hope it isn't solely because it is absolute filth and beyond vile.  I hope you are also offended by the New York Times telling you this group provides "cheerful dance tracks".  And don't think the other groups are any better;  they're not.  

And I am hoping that you are triply offended by the attempt to EQUATE this vile filth with Imus's "nappy headed ho's" comment.  And by the implication that Imus's comment should be condemned, but this vile mind-rotting filth aimed at our children is defensible. 

Do yourself a favor:  google "Timbaland lyrics" and find out what sick, depraved garbage generated the campaign money Hillary Clinton raked in -- without a bad word to say about it from the Times, of course. 

Mr. Sanneh claims Timbaland "..includes some Imusian language".  This suggests he sometimes - not ongoingly, just sometimes -  goes as far as using terms like "nappy headed ho's".  Did you google his lyrics?  If so, you know that Sannah's suggestion is a ridiculous fraud and he is playing Times readers for a bunch of suckers.  

Is this an elaborate cover-up on behalf of Hillary Clinton, to justify the dirty money she got from hip-hop filth?  Maybe that's the REAL reason behind a fraudulent article like this one.

I could go on, believe me.  There is a ton more that can be said about this attempt to make ignorant fools of New York Times readers by stroking their egos and making them think they have gotten some kind of superior perspective.  But I think you get the message.

How they must laugh about this on West 43rd St. 


Ken Berwitz

When I was growing up we sang a little song when someone in our crowd was obviously lying.  Here's how it went:

Bull**** makes the flowers grow, ___(name of liar) makes them overflow

With this in mind, please read the following (bold print is mine):


April 25, 2007  Rosie O'Donnell is leaving "The View." ABC has been unable to come to a contractual agreement with "The View" co-host. As a result, her duties on the show will come to an end mid-June.

The president of daytime programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Brian Frons, told, "Going in we knew we would have an amazing year with her, and that anything beyond that would be gravy. But we were willing to take the chance because we understood what a coup it was to entice Ro back to daytime television. So here we are a year later, and while we've tried to come to terms on a deal that would extend her co-hosting duties on 'The View,' we find ourselves unable to agree on some key elements."

According to Barbara Walters, creator and co-executive producer of "The View," the departure is an amicable one.

In a statement, Walters said: "I induced Rosie to come back to television on 'The View' even for just one year. She has given the program new vigor, new excitement and wonderful hours of television. I can only be grateful to her for this year. I am very sad that ABC Daytime could not reach an agreement with her for a second year. We will all miss Rosie on 'The View,' and hope she will be back with us often next season. She remains for me a cherished friend and colleague."

O'Donnell said: "This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn't have traded for the world. Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. To all the viewers out there, I just want to say 'thank you' for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at Here's hoping there's more confetti for all of us going forward."

Frons said: "That's the business, and something we knew was a real possibility the entire time. So we part as friends, and hope that we can entice Rosie back next year to take part in a series of one-hour specials for us like our recent show on Autism. And maybe, if we're lucky, we'll be able to convince her to guest co-host once in a while as well." --

I conclude by saying that if our little childhood rhyme is accurate, you just saw enough fertilizer to turn Death Valley into the Everglades.

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