Tuesday, 08 May 2007


Ken Berwitz

This story is a week old.  But the first I knew about it was today, and only because, by pure chance, I happened to come across it on the internet.  That, by itself, proves the title of my blog.

Last month Don Imus was fired from both MSNBC and CBS radio for jokingly calling women basketball players "nappy-headed ho's".  Not suspended, not put on hiatus, but fired.  Out.  Over.

Last week in Milwaukee the mother of Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio personality, died tragically in a fire at her home.  She was 87 years old and succombed to smoke inhalation. 

A Black activist radio host named mike mcGee had this to say about it, courtesy of WISN, the WABC-TV affiliate in Milwaukee (and numerous other sources):-

"Mother Sykes, she dead. To me it's the vengeance of God. I ain't got no tears. Matter of fact a woman that would have a fool like that deserve whatever is coming her. She raised a sure enough idiot," ... "My instincts say Charlie Sykes killed his momma, cuz she live out in this big palace in Mequon all isolated. He got tired of waiting for her money."  -

Want to compare this to joking about "nappy headed ho's"?  I didn't think so.

It also turns out that mcGee has a long history of disgusting, sick hatred like this.  It is NOT some isolated incident. 

So what has happened to him? 

-----Was he fired, as Imus was? 

-----Did Media Matters bomb national print and broadcast venues with his comments so that everyone could see what a pig mcGee is, the way they did after Imus's comment? 

-----Is al sharpton organizing protests? 

-----Are liberal social groups marching against mcGee in the streets?

You know the answer.

mcGee is "suspended".  Not fired, suspended.  No definite length of suspension has been declared.  And the person who is taking over for him during this suspension?  His SON, who is just as vile as he is - and a Milwaukee ALDERMAN, God help us.   Here is a description of the two from www.moderncommentaries.blogspot.com:-

His homophobic, race-baiting radio rants coupled with his son's underhanded legal activity (he's got TWO legal names, two Social Security Numbers and drivers' licenses), his son's ill treatment of women (he threatened to kill his pregnant mistress in court, after perjuring himself and denying he'd had an affair with her), and his son's outlandish behavior (he was arrested for disturbing the peace after loitering outside a Blockbuster video, in a neighborhood where robberies are prominent, at the wee hours of the morning; he recently called for groups to throw bricks at cars in his district to...combat speeding).

Unfortunately, these two have gotten away with a lot of - no, all - of this behavior. McGee (Jackson), Jr. even survived a recall election (he's an Alderman in Milwaukee). This, sadly, speaks volumes about the political climate in Milwaukee - people like the McGees are looked to as "leaders" in a community rife with violence, family strife, and racial tensions. They do nothing to help the people of the community. In fact, they embrace the violence, strife, and racial tensions (which are often played up) and continue allowing Milwaukee neighborhoods to spiral.

Imus is off the air.  But mcGee is suspended, with his equally despicable son running the show while he's gone.  And the New York Times, network news shows, and every other venue that was shocked and outraged by Imus's comment have spent the last week ignoring it.

This speaks for itself.  And what it says is an obscenity. 



Ken Berwitz

From the AP this morning (and all over the local news here in the NY tri-state area):-

6 charged with plot to attack N.J. base

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press Writer 9 minutes ago

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - Six nationals of the former Yugoslavia were arrested early Tuesday on charges they plotted to attack the Fort Dix Army base and "kill as many soldiers as possible," federal authorities said.

The six were scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Camden later Tuesday to face charges of conspiracy to kill U.S. servicemen, said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. Five of them lived in Cherry Hill, he said.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because documents in the case remain sealed, said the men were arrested as part of a joint federal and local investigation.

The officials said the attack was stopped in the planning stages. -

What was left out of this AP dispatch (and yes, you should be thinking about why it was left out) is that all 6 are considered "islamic radicals".  That information was all over the NY news stations, but not the Associated Press. 

Instead, AP noted that the six were from "the former Yugoslavia", which would suggest they are Slavic.  Not one indication of any kind that they are islamists. 

In other words the AP protected someone.  They either protected you from knowing who was involved or the six would-be terrorists from being uncovered as who they actually are.  Do you feel more protected by being kept ignorant of who these "people" are?  I sure don't. If you agree, then we both conclude the AP was protecting radical islam.  How nice of them. 

Now we get to a key question:  HOW did authorities learn of this plot and its members.  Did they pick the names out of a hat?  Did they consult a fortune teller or a ouiji board?  Nope.

These "people" were discovered through SURVEILLANCE.  Through the effective, successful use of HOMELAND SECURITY PROCEDURES.  According to the Newark Star-Ledger,  ..."the men had agreed to buy AK-47 assault rifles from an arms dealer who was secretly cooperating with the FBI". 

Because of these actions, a terrorist attack was prevented before people died. 

How many other attacks have been prevented this way?  How many potential attacks have been averted because people in this country, who would love to carry them out, are fearful of being caught due to the surveillance afforded by homeland security?  How many other military installations have been saved?  How many shopping malls?  How many crowded restaurants?  How many sporting events?

Now, just a few more questions:  Since passage of the patriot act and its homeland security measures...have you done even one thing differently?  Has your life been affected in any way?   Even the smallest way?  Have you changed even one of the things you did before this act was passed? 

If  the answer to these questions, in order, is no, no, no and no, then you're probably not into terrorism and/or subversion of this country.  If the answer to any of them is yes, you probably are. 

I urge you to remember this the next time someone tells you how your freedoms have been derailed by the patriot act and aggressive homeland security.  The people who hate are are not playing games.  We shouldn't be playing games either.

J Hauser The reporting of the situation at Ft. Dix is very concerning and I hope as more information is learned it will be shared publically. Three of the six are illegal and for how long and do we know the port of entry? Is this another issue for unsecured borders? (05/08/07)


Barry Sinrod
White House incompetence keeps on rolling. Now they try to blame Kansas Governor for her problems with the tornado..   Hello, she wrote to you in 2005 and yes, she said she has about enough people even though many of the guard are in Iraq.  However, morons!  She has no equipment because you sent it all to Iraq.
So you can't fool us again, you tried to blame Louisiana and Mississippi before and now Kansas. Next you will have to blame a few Republican governors when they are hit with a tornado or we are hit with a hurricane here in Florida.
Wake up and move out of the white house into prison where you belong.

See what's free at AOL.com.

Ken Berwitz

Another angry, hate-filled rant by Barry without the facts. The White House didn't try to blame her, she tried to blame the White House. Here is Governor Sebelius' comment which STARTED it: "I don't think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower," Sebelius said. "The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace." And here is Tony Snow's RESPONSE to it: White House spokesman Tony Snow rejected the criticism, saying the National Guard had equipment positioned around the country to respond to disasters when requested by states. In other words what really happened was that a governor looked for a scapegoat, and the scapegoat answered back. Again, as usual, over and over and over again, we see anger, hate and a mangling of facts. When do we ever see anything else?   One other thing:  This war has gone on four years.  If some equipment in Kansas is depleted because of it maybe, just maybe, the governor of the state should have planned for emergencies with that in mind.  She's had FOUR YEARS to figure out how.  Whose fault is it if she didn't?


Ken Berwitz Last point: If Bush had blamed Mississippi for it's response to Katrina - he didn't, but if he had - he WOULD have been blaming a Republican. Haley Barbour, Republican, is the governor of Mississippi. Of course none of this means anything because Barbour did a super job and wasn't "blamed" for anything. He acted, while blancos contribution was to go on TV, cry, and ask people to pray. (05/08/07)


Ken Berwitz

This says it all (bold print is mine):-

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 More than 300 members of the Kansas National Guard have been activated in response to a powerful tornado that almost destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kan., May 4.

Guard members are assisting in search-and-rescue efforts in the wake of the tornado, which was classified as an F-5, the highest rating given by the National Weather Service.

The tornado wiped out much of the small town, knocking out power, water, natural gas and communications. To date, 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries have been reported.

The Kansas National Guards 278th Sustainment Brigade has established a joint task force near the incident site. In addition to search-and-rescue efforts, the troops are working on power generation, logistical support, debris clearing, support to law enforcement, supporting establishment of shelters and distribution of food and water.

Currently, the Kansas National Guard has 88 percent of its forces available, 60 percent of its Army Guard dual-use equipment on hand, and more than 85 percent of its Air Guard equipment on hand, said Randal Noller, public affairs officer for the National Guard Bureau. Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is a national partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during governor or federally declared emergencies, Kansas has more than 400,000 Guardsmen available to it, he pointed out. However, Kansas has not yet requested assistance from other states. --

I have posted this information in the hope that you will understand two important facts:  1) Kansas has NO shortage of national guard availability, either in manpower or equipment and 2) If the Governor of Kansas blames President Bush for a slower than expected rescue and cleanup instead of her own performance, she is lying.

Period, end of story.


Ken Berwitz

Here is how the Philadelphia Inquirer handled the same story I just commented on, the one that AP withheld key information from.  Notice the vast difference in detail.  And, sadly, honest reporting.  The bold print is mine:

Feds: Cherry Hill arrests thwart plot to attack Fort Dix

By John Shiffman
Inquirer Staff Writer
The FBI arrested five people in Cherry Hill and one in Pennsylvania last night for an alleged plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, three federal officials said.

Some of the six men, who are believed to be from Albania or other Balkan countries, tried to purchase automatic weapons from a local gun dealer, sources said.

Greg Reinhert, a Justice Department spokesman in Camden, described the six as "Islamic radicals ... who were involved in a plot to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey."

"Their alleged intention was to conduct an armed assault on the army base and to kill as many soldiers as possible," he said.

"These guys were absolutely serious," another official said.

Carolee Nisbet, a public information officer at Fort Dix, said: "I understand that they weren't just targeting Fort Dix, that it was a multiple-base plan to attack several bases in the Northeast." She declined to elaborate.

At the base this morning, Nisbet said: "They are going to make the security procedures more stringent, but we're not going to increase the threat level. We are just going to make people more aware of their surroundings.

WNBC-TV in New York reports that three of the men are brothers, and have lived in the United States for several years.

Five of the men are expected to be arraigned in federal court in Camden today. The other one is expected to appear in Philadelphia or York.


Ken Berwitz

Here is a synopsis of what happened on May 8, 1943:  This date in the middle of the war.-

In Tunisia... Axis forces are attempting to withdraw to the Cape Bon Peninsula. During the night (May 8-9), however, the British 6th Armored Division drives from Hammam Lif toward Hammamet, disrupting the retreating Axis columns.

In the Solomon Islands... Three Japanese destroyers are sunk by the American mines surrounding New Georgia Island. --

Hey, nothing but good news today.  I will assume that, having nothing bad to write - at least nothing that onwar.com's daily synopsis provides - media would either report something good or nothing at all today.  What a refreshing change!


Ken Berwitz

No, I didn't mean it THAT way.  Maria Schriver is safe, I assure you.

I meant that paris hilton, arguably the single most vacuous, mindless, useless, pampered, spoiled self-impressed brat in the universe, thinks that her 45 day jail sentence is so significant that it should be reviewed (and she should be pardoned) by the governor of California.

In case you missed it, hilton's driving license was suspended.  Then she was caught driving while it was suspended - and given a break.  So she just continued to drive anyway, was caught again, and this time ran into a judge who was a tad more interested in the law than her celebrity status.  Or maybe he reacted to her contempt for him and the court when she showed up late and kept everyone waiting, as if her time was more important than anyone else's.

The judge, to his credit, sentenced her the way he would sentence little people like you and me.  And she is dumbstruck (that's not so bad, the first part of the word seems to be a break-even point).  Her mother called the judge "pathetic" (maybe she thinks little paree should have gotten more jail time sooner, but I doubt it).

We are at war.  Gas prices are soaring.  Terrorists spend their days and nights thinking of ways to kill us.  And we're supposed to give a bowel movement about paris hilton?  This is something that should occupy a governor's time?

Let her work in the prison laundry, maybe make a few license plates, spend a month and a half not being fawned over and photographed and deferred to.  I doubt it will do her any good.  But it will do ME good.

Lani Niederecker Indeed! Your perspective here of the world's events being so much smaller than Paris Hilton's life is wonderful. Then I have to remember that Greta spent weeks in Aruba. And we're still discussing Anna Nicole Smith. News is slow. Paris is news. Although the Governator should show he's a TRUE Californian by not giving a celebrity a break - since so many of them *are* celebrities, including Arnold himself - the only thing I can say about California honestly is that they are deadly serious about their driving. The cops are tough, the driving laws are even tougher, and it's amazing by now she hadn't had some sort of sentence. That's why she's getting the full 45-day slap. They DID let her go, and they shouldn't have. Her celebrity status has *already been played* out. There's no way that Arnold can help her now - it would make him look terrible. He'd lose a ton of votes. The rest of us Californians have to be VERY VERY careful every single year not to get too many tickets, to have all our ducks in a row at the DMV, with our smog checks, and our fees paid, and no parking tickets. We all know the risks we run; she ran the risk, and now she'll pay for it. If Arnold lifts a finger, a million votes will turn away from him. Mark my words on that. Good post, Ken. - LMN (05/08/07)

J Hauser Ken, You are on the mark with this one. I am sorry I wasted any time reading anything on poor Paris. Maybe she will have a new appreciation how the lower forms of our society live! I doubt it, but one never knows! (05/08/07)

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