Monday, 04 June 2007

INVENTING HISTORY

Ken Berwitz

I can't say that I consider the Miss Universe pageant very meaningful.  I don't know the name or country of the winner or first runner-up.  It just isn't very important to me.  

But some things are very important to me, and one of them is honesty.  I have a problem when someone lies to my face.  I have an even bigger problem someone lies to my face about something I'm seeing and hearing with my own eyes and ears.  When that happens, I'm not only being lied to, I'm being told pretty much in so many words that I'm too stupid to know it is being done.

I was watching the Today show this morning, and one segment had Ann Curry interviewing the Miss Universe pageant's USA contestant.   In case you are unaware, the pageant was held in Mexico City, and every time Miss USA was announced or walked onto the stage she was booed.  Heavily, derisively and unmercifully.  Why?  That will be discussed in another blog.

The point is that, despite their disgraceful, childish, self-humiliating performance, Miss USA not only retained her composure but smiled and wished the audience well.  When that happened, there was a smattering of applause among the overwhelmingly negative reaction.

But as they showed the footage of this display, Ms. Curry made a reference to Miss USA "winning them over".  The vast majority are BOOING, but they're won over.  She is lying to our faces, as we watch and hear the opposite of what she is saying.

Now I told you up-front that the Miss Universe pageant means nothing to me, and I meant it.  But when a so-called professional on a highly rated show like Today lies this way, it tells me that she, and presumably others on the show, will lie about more important things as well.  If they do it this blatantly once, they will do it just as blatantly again.

Millions of people,  mostly women I suspect, watch Today for news.  Given the time period, many are likely to be dividing their attention between the show and things like getting dressed for work, feeding the children, etc.  In other words, they are half-paying attention.  So it is easy to see how something this blatantly dishonest could sneak by them.  I can only wonder how many of these people, right now, are going about their business "knowing" there was a happy ending  in Mexico and those nice folks in the audience just loved us.  They would be dead wrong, but that's what they would "know".

Now, what agenda does this invention of history fit neatly into?  What is happening in the USA that would be easier to facilitate if people were fooled by Ms. Curry's inventing of history?  Think about it, and you'll understand why this bothered me so much.


CULTURE OF CORRUPTION UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest from the Democratic Party that Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo has assured us is going after the "culture of corruption":-

Congressman Jefferson Indicted on Bribery Charges

Monday, June 04, 2007

WASHINGTON Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on 16 counts related to a long-running bribery investigation on charges including bribery, racketeering, obstruction of justice and money laundering.

The indictment was handed up in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. A press conference is scheduled for later Monday in Washington to discuss the case.

The 94-page indictment is more than an inch thick, and Jefferson could face a prison term of 235 years if he was convicted on all charges, and given the maximum sentence although that is unlikely.

Jeffersons high-profile case included allegations of finding $90,000 in cash in his freezer in 2005 and bribery of Nigerian officials, and an FBI raid on his Capitol Hill office last year that became a constitutional showdown between Congress and the White House. Also, two of Jeffersons top aides already have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case and agreed to work with investigators.

Jefferson, 63, whose Louisiana district includes New Orleans, has said little about the case publicly but has maintained his innocence. He was re-elected last year despite the looming investigation.

Jefferson, in Louisiana on Monday, could not immediately be reached for comment, although members of his staff in Washington said the congressman has not ruled out making a statement today -

Congressman Jefferson, you may recall, was removed from his seat on the house ways and means committee by Ms. Pelosi-Ricardo, with great fanfare.  Then, with almost no fanfare, he was placed on the homeland security committee.  Yep, that's a man we want on a serious committee.

At some point even the professional Democratic apologists in media are going to have to face some harsh truths about Nancy Pelosi's performance - truths that can't be brushed away with the usual platitudes.  This is another step towards that day, which can't be too far off.

And it can't come soon enough for me.


A BUZZFLASH.COM 'FACT'

Ken Berwitz

As you probably know, I'm always reading the hardest of hard-left websites so I can be aware of what they are thinking and saying.  In fact, if you look to your right on this page you will find 10 such sites I put up here, along with 10 rightward sites, so that readers can get a range of thoughts and information from both sides.

One of the hardest-left sites is www.buzzflash.com which, unless the ownership has changed, is run by a LAMB** named Mark Karlin out of Chicago. If you like your politics so far beyond normalcy that it is in the far reaches of a parallel luniverse (yes, that spelling is intentional), this is the place for you.

Today, buzzflash.com's headline starts as follows:

New Chairman Of Arkansas Republican Party Calls For More Terrorist Attacks On America.  BuzzFlash Is Not Making This Up:-

Now there's a headline you don't see every day.  A state chair of the Republican Party wants more terrorist attacks for America.  It certainly made me sit up and take notice.  That is absolutely amazing, isn't it?

Well.....maybe not so amazing.  Here is the rest of the BuzzFlash headline, which shows you what he actually said:

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"At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil. like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country"

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Ok, I admit I don't know you.  It is possible that you are a relatively slow-witted 3rd grader or a LAMB.  If so, you might see a call for terrorist attacks in that quote.

But assuming you are at least an average 3rd grader or above, and not a hopelessly brain-numbed LAMB, you understand that the comment means it would take additional terrorist attacks to get the naysayers (i.e. the people who are against the war) to come around and appreciate the President's policy and the actions of our troops.

The scariest part of all this?  There is some indeterminate number of people who will read the plainly stated quote above, note its source (a state Republican chair), and come to the BuzzFlash conclusion anyway.  Such is the state of the art in Lunaticleftland.

Or put another way, with a tip of the hat to Mr. Ed,  a LAMB is a LAMB, or course of course.

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** LAMBs are members of the Lunatic-left And Mega-moonbat Brigade


MEDIA SPIN: AS EASY AS ABC

Ken Berwitz

We all know (well, most of us know) that mainstream media are anything but neutral.  Even so, sometimes you come across an example so laughable that you have to stop and do a double-take to be sure you're actually seeing it. 

Here is an excerpt from an ABC News story talking about their new poll numbers.  Sit down for this one:

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The Democrats in Congress have lost much of the leadership edge they carried out of the 2006 midterm election, with the lack of progress in Iraq being the leading cause. Their only solace: President Bush and the Republicans aren't doing any better.

Six weeks ago the Democrats held a 24-point lead over Bush as the stronger leadership force in Washington; today that's collapsed to a dead heat. The Democrats' overall job approval rating likewise has dropped, from a 54 percent majority to 44 percent now -- with the decline occurring almost exclusively among strong opponents of the Iraq War.

Yet the Democrats' losses have not produced much in the way of gains for Bush or his party. The president's approval rating remains a weak 35 percent, unchanged from mid-April at two points from his career low in ABC News/Washington Post polls. The Republicans in Congress do about as badly, with just 36 percent approval. . -

A riot. 

If these data are correct, the Democratic party has gone from a 24% lead over President Bush in strength of leadership to dead even in six weeks!  And how does ABC News characterize this?   "Bush and Republicans aren't doing any better"

Does ABC News mean to say that Bush and Republicans also dropped 24% in the past six weeks?  Because if they didn't, then they are doing one helluva lot better than Democrats.  They've seen a 24% deficit completely erased.

And then we have the drop from 54% to 44% in Democrats' overall job approval rating.  That's a decline of almost 20% in less than two months.  But.....it's ok, because Bush and Republicans stayed where they were, so it doesn't count, you see.

I assume you are reasonably intelligent, you have a functioning cerebrum, etc.  Tell me:  If Republicans as a party dropped 24% in a key attribute such as "strength of leadership" in six weeks, along with a dropoff of almost 20% in overall job approval, do you think ABC News - or any other mainstream media in this country - would shrug it off and spin it as being inconsequential?  Yeah, right, sure.

I'll say this much:  They may not be honest or insightful, but you can't beat them for sheer comic relief.


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