Friday, 15 June 2007


Ken Berwitz

With a tip of the hat (I don't wear one, but I like the imagery anyway) to, here are a set of photos from various news agencies, showing the peaceful, democracy-loving folks from hamas today.-

A Palestinian Summit - In Photographs

June 15th, 2007

From a collection of wire service photographs that Yahoo has aptly categorized as a " Palestinian Summit ":




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These photos were taken in the personal office of elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after it was taken over by Hamas in fighting in Gaza City, early Friday, June 15, 2007.

Of course the photo caption was left over from the previously scheduled Israeli-Palestinian summit which was to be held next week.

Prime Minister Olmert had announced that Israel was prepared to make still more "painful concessions" to the peaceful Palestinians.

But alas the meeting has had to be postponed.

J Hauser Are you showing the male version of the burqua? Lovely Hamas fashion show! (06/15/07)


Ken Berwitz

For years, hardly a day has gone by without one media venue or another sporting a poll that shows how hated we are around the world.  If you knew nothing but poll results, you would feel ashamed to be from the USA. 

But there is a bit more to it. 

Over the last two years, just about every time a major democracy has elected a head of state, voters have chosen the single most pro-USA candidate running.  Specifically:

-Tony Blair in the UK

-Stephen Harper in Canada

-Shinzo Abe in Japan

-John Howard in Australia

-Angela Merkel in German

-Nicolas Sarkozy in France

One might ask, "If we're so hated, how did THAT happen?"  And it is a damn good question. 

But wait, this is getting even better.  Read this excerpt, from the Financial Times of London:


Push for Blair as new EU president

By George Parker in Brussels, John Thornhill in Paris and James Blitz in London

Published: June 15 2007 22:02 | Last updated: June 15 2007 22:02

Tony Blair, the British prime minister, could end up swapping Downing Street for a job as the first full-time European Union president, under a plan being actively touted by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.

Mr Sarkozy is understood to have discussed the idea with other EU leaders ahead of next weeks European summit, Mr Blairs last major international event as prime minister.

His support for Mr Blair taking on a big European job is a remarkable sign of Anglo-French rapprochement since Mr Sarkozy replaced Jacques Chirac as president last month.


Will Blair get the job?  I don't know.  The rest of the article goes on to suggest there are bumps in the road that would have to be overcome.

But a pro USA stalwart such as Tony Blair even being considered for the post?  Wow.  If they "hate" us any more, maybe they'll not only pick Blair, but they'll ask Bush to replace him in '09.

Personally, I've found that there is a high correlation between people who frequently quote political poll numbers and people who don't know much else besides  poll numbers..

Want to have some fun?  The next time you run into one of the "I HAVE A POLL" geniuses, mention the above names.  See if they even know who you're talking about. 


Ken Berwitz

Earlier this week, senator majority leader harry reid and speaker of the house nancy pelosi declared the troop surge in Iraq a failure.  They did so, in writing, to President Bush.

Today the final troops were put in place for this initiative.  Today, therefore is the first day of the troop surge in it's intended form.

Got that? Today is the first day that the troop surge is completely in place, but it was declared a failure earlier this week by Mr. reid and Ms. pelosi.  They have told you that it was a failure before it was ever implemented, and months before the September timetable established by General Petraeus.

First reid and pelosi declare it a failure.  Then they see if it succeeds or fails.

How imbecilic is this?  How imbecilic is it to declare defeat over and over again, sometimes even before the action being declared a failure has even occurred?

 Here is the relevant passage from Lewis Carroll's masterpiece, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.  Notice the amazing similarity:-

`Let the jury consider their verdict,' the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

`No, no!' said the Queen. `Sentence first--verdict afterwards.'

`Stuff and nonsense!' said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!'

`Hold your tongue!' said the Queen, turning purple.

`I won't!' said Alice.

`Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

`Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) `You're nothing but a pack of cards!'


Every time reid and pelosi open their big, stupid, politics-first mouths about Iraq, they give hope and inspiration to the enemy.

That is why I am waiting for President Bush to grow to HIS full size and say to reid and pelosi what Alice said to the king and queen. 

When does he do it?  Ever?  It can't come soon enough for me.


Ken Berwitz

Palestinian Arabs are fighting a fierce civil war.  Yesterday it culminated in hamas, a terrorist organization which was voted the majority party of the so-called palestinian territories, apparently defeating  fatah, Yasir Arafat's "moderate" group.  Hamas now controls Gaza.....and is clearly interested in doing the same in Judea and Samaria (the west bank). 

Fatah member Abou Abbas is the elected president of the "palestinian territories". Since hamas has taken over Gaza and either arrested or killed any fatah leader they could find, Abbas has dissolved the government.  This is a little like the president of Atlantis dissolving the government as it was being engulfed by the sea.

Gaza, it should be pointed out, has been free of all Jews since 2005.  Israel forced its citizens to abandon every Gaza settlement and removed every soldier.  Israel has not prevented Gaza from using its sea routes, it has no authority over the border crossings between Gaza and Egypt and - with considerable security procedures, not surprisingly - allows Gazans to travel to and from Judea and Samaria (the west bank). 

This means that finally, for the first time in 40 years, the people of Gaza have no one to fight within this territory.  They can now concentrate on peace among themselves, on building an economic infrastructure that could be the envy of the region, etc. etc. etc.

Except for one thing:  Given this chance, All we have seen so far is fighting and killing.  Fighting and killing and hatred and violence; virtually nothing else.  And since there are no Jews to kill (due to the security fence Israel built along the Gazan border and the abandonment of all their settlements), Gazans are hating and killing each other -- as the civil war which is raging there indisputably shows.

A rational conclusion would be to look at these facts and wonder what is wrong with the people of Gaza.  Why are they so completely invested in fighting and killing?  Even if you argue that their hatred and violence is due to 40 years of occupation,  it would mean they hated Israel, not each other.  They were compatriots in that hatred, brothers and sisters together.  It certainly doesn't explain the violence and killing of the past week among themselves. 

Now that I have mentioned a rational conclusion, for purposes of contrast I will show you how the New York Times and Washington Post reacted.  Here are excerpts from today's papers:

From the Times:  -  

In two days of fierce fighting, the gunmen of Hamas have virtually taken over the Gaza Strip. This is a defeat for Palestinians, and a defeat for Israeli and American policy as well.

It may sometimes look like theres not very much of a choice between the gunmen of Fatah and the gunmen of Hamas. But there is. Fatah accepts Israels existence and wants to negotiate with it over Palestinian statehood. It also accepts the authority of past agreements signed by the Palestinians, including agreements to stop terrorism. Hamas accepts none of these things, and sees no contradiction between its terrorist deeds and its demands that its governing officials be treated like those of any state.

Ever since Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections last January, President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel have done everything they could think of to isolate Hamas and far less than they might have to help Fatahs most important remaining leader, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Seventeen months later, Hamas is that much stronger and Fatah is that much weaker. With the pretense of joint government now shattered, the Palestinian power struggle is certain to continue, even to intensify. Yesterday, Mr. Abbas dismissed the prime minister, Ismail Haniya of Hamas, and called for new elections. With Hamas victorious in Gaza, the terrain of the contest will likely shift to the West Bank.

For Washington and Jerusalem to exert constructive influence in this dangerous situation, they urgently need to adopt a new and wiser approach to Palestinian politics. That means doing more to help Mr. Abbas in the only currency that really counts, easing the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

That should include a total freeze on settlement building and expansion, a prompt easing of the onerous, humiliating and economically strangulating blockades on Palestinian movements within the West Bank, and the swift release to Mr. Abbass office of all tax revenues rightfully belonging to the Palestinians but still in Israeli hands.     -

And from the Post: -

WASHINGTON - Five years ago this month, President Bush stood in the Rose Garden and laid out a vision for the Middle East that included Israel and a state called Palestine living together in peace. "I call on the Palestinian people to elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror," the president declared.

The takeover this week of the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group dedicated to the elimination of Israel demonstrates how much that vision has failed to materialize, in part because of actions taken by the administration. The United States championed Israel's departure from the Gaza Strip as a first step toward peace and then pressed both Israelis and Palestinians to schedule legislative elections, which Hamas unexpectedly won. Now Hamas is the unchallenged power in Gaza.   -

Struggle though I try, I am having an impossibly hard time figuring out what the eff these two papers are talking about.  Let's take them one by one:

The Times is full of crap to say that fatah accepts the existence of Israel.  That is a misleading, fraudulent statement.  Fatah accepts that Israel exists IN SPITE of what they want, which is a state of palestine that encompasses every square inch of Israel and more.  They accept it's existence the same way accepts the existence of President Bush.  In other words, the statement is meaningless, except insofar as it can manipulate some otherwise well meaning people to believe its fraudulent implication that fatah recognizes Israel's legitimacy.

This, of course, is why President Bush and Prime Minister Olmert have not come running to fatah's defense.  What possible reason WOULD they have?  Fatah and hamas are indistinguishable when it comes to wanting a violent end to Israel and every Jew either gone or dead - preferably dead.  They're supposed to SUPPORT one of these sides?  Why?  What tangible evidence of any kind is there that fatah would lay down its arms and make peace with Israel?  When have they done even one thing to make even one sane person believe this is going to happen?

Then there is the Washington Post.  Please note how they distinguish between fatah and hamas (i.e. hamas is "a militant group dedicated to the elimination of Israel"). 

Fatah ISN'T militant?  ISN'T dedicated to the elimination of Israel?

And what did they leave out?  They left out that hamas is also the majority party in the palestinian Arab government.  This "militant group dedicated to the elimination of Israel" was ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE THERE.  They aren't just a bunch of looney-tunes scaring the population in Gaza and the west bank, they are the group palestinian Arabs proactively chose to lead them.

Maybe at some point in the future the Times, the Post and a few other supposedly intelligent news venues will come to grips with a simple, obvious fact:  That the hatred, violence and bloodshed in Gaza and the west bank exists because it is a way of life to so much of the population (and god help those who disagree;  they're dead in the street if they say so).  Maybe.   

Me, I'm pessimistic that they'll learn any time soon.  For 60 years palestinian Arabs, as a group, have demonstrated every day that they prefer hatred, violence and killing, to peaceful coexistence and building lives for themselves and their children.  There is nothing the USA or Israel can do about this.  If the Times and the Post haven't figured it out by now, they're probably not going to in the future either.

You cannot protect people from themselves. That goes for populations more committed to killing than to living.  And it also goes for media outlets more committed to the hatred of President Bush and the state of Israel than to facing reality as it is.

steve schneider that was brilliantly written. i am proud to have you as my cousin.but, please stop ridiculing my leaders in broward county as you did in a previous post. notification about hurricaines is not as important as banning radio stations that air conservative views. i think i may be the last living conservative in broward county. (06/15/07)


Ken Berwitz

This Reuters article is for the Democratic candidates -- most especially the human oil slick, John Edwards  -- who think there is no global terrorism, that it is just a "bumper sticker":-

Britons jailed over al Qaeda plot to bomb NYSE

Fri Jun 15, 2007

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven Britons linked to a plot to blow up U.S. financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange, and stage a series of attacks in Britain were jailed for a total of 136 years by a London court on Friday.

Prosecutors said the men were part of a group headed by senior al Qaeda operative Dhiren Barot and described as one of the most dangerous and ambitious terrorist cells ever to operate in this country.

Barot is currently serving a life jail term after admitting last year he had planned bomb attacks in Britain and the United States.

Six of the men, Mohammed Naveed Bhatti, Junade Feroze, Zia Ul Haq, Abdul Aziz Jalil, Nadeem Tarmohamed and Omar Abdur Rehman pleaded guilty to conspiring with Barot to cause explosions between 2001 and 2004.

The seventh, Qaisar Shaffi, was found guilty on Wednesday.

Barot, a Muslim convert, was considered by some U.S. officials to be either al Qaedas cell leader in Europe or at least the head of bin Ladens organization in Britain

Had their plans come to fruition, Barots trial judge said they would have caused carnage and butchery on a colossal and unprecedented scale -

That's a helluva bumper sticker, guys. 

Here's one from me to you:



Ken Berwitz

Today michael nifong, resigned as attorney of Durham County, NC. 

Good.  It's about time.

I have to think that he hopes his resignation will cause the courts to take pity and not disbar him too.  If so, I fervently hope that he is wrong.

I am not a vindictive person.  But if anyone deserves disbarment, and more, it is Nifong.  Why?  Let me reprise some of my thoughts from a half year ago and just a few days ago:


The bottom line?  Because of this amoral imbecile, three kids' lives are ruined, their families have been forced to bear an impossible legal burden and the entire Duke lacrosse program is destroyed, which affects every other player and everyone else associated with it.  Plus, the reputation of the entire school is tarnished. 

Do you think I'm being harsh?  Do you think my judgment of Nifong is over the top?  Well, read the article below and then think again.  This is the latest proof of his dishonesty and malfeasance, the new top of the pile ( though I doubt it will be on top for long).

I have posted just a few paragraphs.  The entire article - which is even more damning - can be found at

As you will see, Nifong knowingly withheld evidence that effectively ended this case.  Why?  Because without the case there's no Nifong as DA.

If ever a man should be removed from office and prosecuted Nifong is that man.  For decency's sake, let those proceedings begin.



Just when you thought the amoral imbecile Nifong couldn't get any more disgusting, we have this:

DURHAM, N.C. - Prosecutors dropped rape charges Friday against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of attacking a stripper at a team party, but the three still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges.

According to court papers filed Friday by District Attorney Mike Nifong, the accuser told a prosecution investigator on Thursday that she now does not know if she was penetrated during the alleged attack.

Nifong had previously said he could rely on the woman's account because of a lack of DNA evidence against the players.

When are these young man set free from this idiot's attempt to justify their inquisition?  When does he admit there is no case here?  When does he acknowledge what any 5th grader would have no problem understanding - that if the only evidence is her sayso and her sayso keeps changing, there ISN'T any evidence?

And when are we allowed to know the name of the lying opportunist who accused them and when are charges going to be filed against her for the malicious, dishonest pack of lies she has told for a year?

And, for god sake, when is NIFONG going to be charged and prosecuted?  Has anyone ever earned it more?

FROM JUNE 11, 2007

Michael nifong is the District Attorney for Durham, North Carolina.  He is also the man who blew past ethics and fairness to go after three Duke University lacrosse players for rape, based on charges filed by a serial liar who changed her story time after time and who had a history of making false charges just like these. 

There was no good reason to bring this case. No DNA from any of the players was on the accuser, at least one of them had airtight proof (a time-stamped security camera) proving he was not even at the place where the alleged rape took place, etc. etc. etc.  But, evidently, nifong felt that if he dropped the case Black voters in Durham would not elect him, so he pursued it to pander and get their votes. 

I believe many Black voters saw through this sick sham, but enough didn't so that he got his election "win". 

Well, now the piper is about to be paid....If ever a man deserved to be nailed, this is the one.  Michael nifong was entrusted with upholding the law and dispensing justice fairly.  He did neither, and instead became a rogue vigilante for personal gain.

I hope he is convicted and disbarred.  

Well, I may be about to get my wish.  Tomorrow really does come.

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