Monday, 13 August 2007

CHILDREN AT PLAY

Ken Berwitz

This blog is about a demonstration, by what is claimed to be about 250 anti-war protesters, near Vice President Dick Cheney's home in Wyoming. 

Actually, that may be a wildly overstated number.   Judge for yourself - the video is at http://www.planetjh.com/news/A_101763.aspx . You will also be able to read all of the accompanying comments by readers, a number of which I've posted below the news article.

And what are the demonstrators doing?  They are chanting "no more war" and pulling down a facsimile statue of Dick Cheney - much like the statue of saddam hussein that was pulled down when our troops deposed him (what lovely imagery).

These are the people who think they know better than the president and the military about how to handle mass murderers who facilitate worldwide terrorism. This is what they apparently think to be effective action.  

Think about that when you're in the voting booth next November..

Anti-war/Cheney protest draws large turnout on Saturday; video clip

Sunday, August 12, 2007

By Sam Petri 

Jackson Hole, Wyo.-As many as 250 people gathered Saturday afternoon at the corner of Hwy. 22 and the Village Road to protest the war in Iraq and to decry Vice President Dick Cheneys role in the four-and-a-half-year conflict.

Organized by Jackson Hole residents Jim Stanford, Walt Farmer and Karen Hogan, the event featured speeches by State Rep. Pete Jorgensen (D-Jackson), author Alexandra Fuller, attorney Kent Spence, and veteran war medic Nick Rowley, along with protest music by Phil Round, Derrik Hufsmith, Peter Chanman Chandler, Dick Barker and Carolyn Groves. Afterwards, demonstrators marched 1.4 miles down the Village Road pathway to the gates of the Teton Pines Country Club, where the Vice President owns a house and is currently vacationing.

In this day and age its very easy to be jaded about politics, said Stanford in his opening speech. We dont feel we can really trust the people that we send to Washington, D.C., to do the peoples business.

He noted one local exception State Rep. Pete Jorgensen. In his speech, Jorgensen told the crowd that, while attending that mornings dedication of Grand Teton National Parks new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, where Cheney was the keynote speaker, he heard the Vice President used the word humility. The name Cheney drew boos from the crowd. Jorgensen then said, I truly believe that theyre constituents of mine in the state legislature, and I think we need to afford them an opportunity to come back to their home without personalizing the feelings we may have. They are public servants. They have been elected twice maybe it was a mistake I dont know what it was, but we get to get over it next year. he went on, Pick a candidate I dont care what party that generally agrees with you and vote next November.

Alexandra Fuller spoke next: Our leaders have let us down. I think they genuinely thought they were taking care of us by going over there and scribbling anyone who didnt look like us. But thats middle school thinking and I dont want to live in a middle school world for the rest of my life ... . Creative thinking is to create peace.
Attorney Kent Spence declared the event an exercise in the fundamental American rights of association and free speech. When the leaders of your country are out of step with you, when they are no longer representing the people, when they have become tyrannical, when they have become tyrants, you have the right to remove them under the Constitution. Thats not radical, thats American. Its our duty.

Finally, Air Force veteran Nick Rowley spoke. Rowley had served as a medic in Bosnia and his brother recently returned from Iraq. What you are doing here, is supporting our troops. We need more of that, he said. If we found out that we went over to Iraq based on a lie, then why are we still there? Were there for money. Were there for oil. Were there for Halliburton. Were there for every single reason that isnt American, that isnt a reason for freedom.

After the impassioned speeches, the demonstrators took to the pathway and marched to Teton Pines country club with an effigy of Dick Cheney, which was mounted on top of a wooden box with wheels. The life-sized, papier-mch statue showed the V.P holding a spouting oil derrick in one arm and a fishing pole in the other. A smaller, horned bust of George Bush was featured blindfolded at Cheneys feet. When protesters reached their final destination a rope was slung around Cheneys head and he was then pulled to the ground echoing the notorious footage of Iraqis pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003 in Baghdad.  For the protesters: mission accomplished.

 

Reader Comments

  I rode by this demostration and witnessed maybe 75 to 85 people in attendence,not 250 as you reported. Look at the video see for yourself there was only 75 losers there.
Kevin Loomis
 

Good grief! A small group of adults acting like 10 year children having hissy fits. What an embarrassment to every resident of Jackson Hole.
Sarah Evans

 

More kooky hippies go DING A LING A Ding dong!
2fisted

 

Great, Americans acting like the radicals over in the middle east...tearing down effigies. All it did was make them look like a fool.
Sean Bismott

 

Disgusting. The man serves our country in good faith, so don't take your politics to his home. If you want to protest, do it in DC. Liberals are stooping to new lows these past six years.
Don H.

 

The press in Jackson Hole would be better off to cover a shuffleboard tournament at a local retirement home. Please - if your going to use Calypso Louies million-man-march head count calculator fine. But then let's be fair and give us an accurate count of how many local people were not there?
Fleck

 

A bunch of mentally retarded neo-jihadist idiots.
willly39

 

Hippies never cease to amaze me. They get old and then their kids become dumb hippies also, and then betray their country, just like their parents. Cheney should have come out of his house and fired some shots in the air to chase those hippies away. The white kid dressed as the Arab running around with the American flag takes the cake though. Maybe he should have burned that, and then yelled "ullllllllllllllllllllllllllllulululululululu!" Then they should have danced around in a hot sweaty circle.
Dan

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P.S.  - Obviously the commenters above are angry and disgusted.  But do you see any of the foul language and unbridled hatred that is commonly posted on leftward sites such as dailykos or crooksandliars?  Neither do I.


RUDY GIULIANI: THE REAL STORY

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday, my co-author put up a piece by someone named Jon Wiener, which essentially  "informed" you that Rudy Giuliani was an overrated incompetent, probably a racist, and did nothing special as mayor before 9/11 and nothing special afterwards.

Now here is the real story.

Rudy Giuliani's is an astoundingly accomplished man.  He was a hugely successful US attorney who fearlessly enforced the RICO act and put away some of the most powerful, and most intimidating people there are.  People who other law enforcement couldn't touch for years.  And his astounding effectiveness and accomplishment carried over 100% to the years he was Mayor of New York City. 

I won't try to outline Mr. Giuliani's successes as mayor of New York City here, because there literally are too many to fit into this blog.  Instead, I will refer you to this link: http://www.opinionjournal.com/federation/feature/?id=110009721, where you can read a detailed account of how amazing he was as mayor and how completely he turned the city around.

It is loaded with facts and dates, all easily checkable, and blows Wiener's BS about Giuliani out of the water.

Beyond his grossly biased overview of the Giuliani years, Weiner also puts out a bunch of statistics that are either distorted or made up;  again with the purpose of supporting his nonsensical overall premise about Rudy Giuliani.

One of them that really gets my goat relates to the number of murders in New York City, which dropped like a rock under Giuliani.  Weiner claims that it was Dinkins, not Giuliani, who was the architect of this drop - that murder rates dropped 14% under Dinkins before Giuliani ever took office and Giuliani claimed Dinkins' success as his own.  His exact words are:.

Under Dinkins the murder rate dropped 14 per cent, robbery 15 percent, burglary 17 per cent -- the first time major crime dropped in New York City in all seven major felony categories in nearly four decades. This was before Giuliani ever came to power. It did continue to drop once he was in City Hall, but of course it also dropped dramatically throughout the country." .

What a hot steamy load of crap.

Let me show you the actual murder statistics.  So you will have context to understand them, I have included the last term of David Dinkins' predecessor Ed Koch, then Dinkins' years, then the first term of Rudy Giuliani. 

YEAR          MURDER RATE_______________________        

1986                  1,582          KOCH MAYORALTY

1987                  1,672          TOTAL MURDERS:  7,055

1988                  1,896          PER YEAR AVG. :   1,764

1989                  1,905___________________________

1990                  2,245          DINKINS MAYORALTY

1991                  2,154          TOTAL MURDERS:  8,340

1992                  1,995          PER YEAR AVG.:    2,085

1993                  1,946___________________________

1994                  1,561          GIULIANI MAYORALTY

1995                  1,177          TOTAL MURDERS:  4,491

1996                     983          PER YEAR AVG.:    1,123

1997                     770___________________________

Take a good, long look at that chart.  Because it tells you not only how tremendous Giuliani was but how dishonest Wiener is.

-First of all, the four highest murder years on the chart are ALL during Dinkins' mayoralty.  Put another way, the best year for Dinkins would have been the worst year for either Koch or Giuliani.

-Second, the two worst murder years in history were Dinkins' first two years as mayor.  Even if you wanted to claim that in Dinkins' first year he was stuck with Koch's rising murder rate, what about the second?  And you'd be wrong anyway, because Dinkins was the guy who set policy and who selected his administration, including the police commissioner.  The murder rate under Dinkins didn't just happen under his watch, it happened under his people.  Blame Dinkins and no one else.

-Third, in the best year of Dinkins' term - his last year, 1993 - the murder rate "dropped" to slightly above where it was when he took office in the first place.  That's a drop?  

-Finally, while it is true that there is about a 14% drop from the high of 2,245 in 1990 to 1,946 in Dinkins' last year, that drop was from Dinkins' own mayoralty!!  In other words, he reduced his own higher murder rate!!.  And - again - his first two years were so much higher than what had come before, that this "drop" consisted of getting back down to near where the murder rate had been in the first place.

Bottom line:  if you want U.S. Government inspected prime BS, the "statistic" that Dinkins dropped the crime rate 14% is just what you are seeking.

Rudy Giuliani has plenty of baggage as a candidate.  He has been married three times, he has a bitter ex-wife and children who seem clearly to side with her, and he made a terribly ill-vetted recommendation of his former police commissioner, Bernard Kerik, to be President Bush's homeland security chief.

But if you want someone who gets things done that seem impossible for anyone else, and does them fearlessly and incorruptibly, Rudy Giuliani is your man.


CHILDREN AT PLAY

Ken Berwitz

This blog is about a demonstration, by what is claimed to be about 250 anti-war protesters, near Vice President Dick Cheney's home in Wyoming. 

Actually, that may be a wildly overstated number.   Judge for yourself - the video is at http://www.planetjh.com/news/A_101763.aspx . You will also be able to read all of the accompanying comments by readers, a number of which I've posted below the news article.

And what are the demonstrators doing?  They are chanting "no more war" and pulling down a facsimile statue of Dick Cheney - much like the statue of saddam hussein that was pulled down when our troops deposed him (what lovely imagery).

These are the people who think they know better than the president and the military about how to handle mass murderers who facilitate worldwide terrorism. This is what they apparently think to be effective action.  

Think about that when you're in the voting booth next November..

Anti-war/Cheney protest draws large turnout on Saturday; video clip

Sunday, August 12, 2007

By Sam Petri 

Jackson Hole, Wyo.-As many as 250 people gathered Saturday afternoon at the corner of Hwy. 22 and the Village Road to protest the war in Iraq and to decry Vice President Dick Cheneys role in the four-and-a-half-year conflict.

Organized by Jackson Hole residents Jim Stanford, Walt Farmer and Karen Hogan, the event featured speeches by State Rep. Pete Jorgensen (D-Jackson), author Alexandra Fuller, attorney Kent Spence, and veteran war medic Nick Rowley, along with protest music by Phil Round, Derrik Hufsmith, Peter Chanman Chandler, Dick Barker and Carolyn Groves. Afterwards, demonstrators marched 1.4 miles down the Village Road pathway to the gates of the Teton Pines Country Club, where the Vice President owns a house and is currently vacationing.

In this day and age its very easy to be jaded about politics, said Stanford in his opening speech. We dont feel we can really trust the people that we send to Washington, D.C., to do the peoples business.

He noted one local exception State Rep. Pete Jorgensen. In his speech, Jorgensen told the crowd that, while attending that mornings dedication of Grand Teton National Parks new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, where Cheney was the keynote speaker, he heard the Vice President used the word humility. The name Cheney drew boos from the crowd. Jorgensen then said, I truly believe that theyre constituents of mine in the state legislature, and I think we need to afford them an opportunity to come back to their home without personalizing the feelings we may have. They are public servants. They have been elected twice maybe it was a mistake I dont know what it was, but we get to get over it next year. he went on, Pick a candidate I dont care what party that generally agrees with you and vote next November.

Alexandra Fuller spoke next: Our leaders have let us down. I think they genuinely thought they were taking care of us by going over there and scribbling anyone who didnt look like us. But thats middle school thinking and I dont want to live in a middle school world for the rest of my life ... . Creative thinking is to create peace.
Attorney Kent Spence declared the event an exercise in the fundamental American rights of association and free speech. When the leaders of your country are out of step with you, when they are no longer representing the people, when they have become tyrannical, when they have become tyrants, you have the right to remove them under the Constitution. Thats not radical, thats American. Its our duty.

Finally, Air Force veteran Nick Rowley spoke. Rowley had served as a medic in Bosnia and his brother recently returned from Iraq. What you are doing here, is supporting our troops. We need more of that, he said. If we found out that we went over to Iraq based on a lie, then why are we still there? Were there for money. Were there for oil. Were there for Halliburton. Were there for every single reason that isnt American, that isnt a reason for freedom.

After the impassioned speeches, the demonstrators took to the pathway and marched to Teton Pines country club with an effigy of Dick Cheney, which was mounted on top of a wooden box with wheels. The life-sized, papier-mch statue showed the V.P holding a spouting oil derrick in one arm and a fishing pole in the other. A smaller, horned bust of George Bush was featured blindfolded at Cheneys feet. When protesters reached their final destination a rope was slung around Cheneys head and he was then pulled to the ground echoing the notorious footage of Iraqis pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003 in Baghdad.  For the protesters: mission accomplished.

 

Reader Comments

  I rode by this demostration and witnessed maybe 75 to 85 people in attendence,not 250 as you reported. Look at the video see for yourself there was only 75 losers there.
Kevin Loomis
 

Good grief! A small group of adults acting like 10 year children having hissy fits. What an embarrassment to every resident of Jackson Hole.
Sarah Evans

 

More kooky hippies go DING A LING A Ding dong!
2fisted

 

Great, Americans acting like the radicals over in the middle east...tearing down effigies. All it did was make them look like a fool.
Sean Bismott

 

Disgusting. The man serves our country in good faith, so don't take your politics to his home. If you want to protest, do it in DC. Liberals are stooping to new lows these past six years.
Don H.

 

The press in Jackson Hole would be better off to cover a shuffleboard tournament at a local retirement home. Please - if your going to use Calypso Louies million-man-march head count calculator fine. But then let's be fair and give us an accurate count of how many local people were not there?
Fleck

 

A bunch of mentally retarded neo-jihadist idiots.
willly39

 

Hippies never cease to amaze me. They get old and then their kids become dumb hippies also, and then betray their country, just like their parents. Cheney should have come out of his house and fired some shots in the air to chase those hippies away. The white kid dressed as the Arab running around with the American flag takes the cake though. Maybe he should have burned that, and then yelled "ullllllllllllllllllllllllllllulululululululu!" Then they should have danced around in a hot sweaty circle.
Dan

.

P.S.  - Obviously the commenters above are angry and disgusted.  But do you see any of the foul language and unbridled hatred that is commonly posted on leftward sites such as dailykos or crooksandliars?  Neither do I.


HARM & HAMAS

Ken Berwitz

If you enjoy the theater of the absurd, here is a star-studded Broadway production of it for you, courtesy of the BBC:.

Hamas forces 'beat Gaza rivals'

Hamas members have beaten protesters rallying in Gaza City, reports say.

Baton-wielding Hamas security forces tried to disperse the protesters from rival Palestinian factions, gathered to denounce the Islamist group.

Hamas - who seized the Gaza Strip in June - said organisers did not have a permit to hold a rally, violating a new ban on unauthorised public gatherings.

However, a number of people defied the ban and continued the rally, chanting "we want freedom".

"Hamas! What is happening in Gaza is not acceptable!" the demonstrators chanted, according to AFP news agency.

Among the protesters were members of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction.

Fatah said Hamas' actions amounted to the imposition of military rule in the Gaza Strip.

Reports say Hamas forces used clubs and rifle butts to beat demonstrators, confiscating cameras and videotapes used by journalists who had covered the rally.

Hamas banned unauthorised public meetings on Sunday, saying the measure was in the interests of public safety.

The group rejected claims that it was targeting its political rivals.

"There is no decision to ban rallies by Fatah or others," Ehab al-Ghsain, spokesman of the Hamas-run interior ministry, told Reuters news agency.

"Today's rally was stopped because organisers refused to seek permission," he said. .

Follow this along: 

-hamas, a Jew-hating terrorist organization, won a majority in the parliament elected by palestinian Arabs of Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the west bank);

-hamas then violently overthrew the government (if you can call it that) and took over Gaza in its entirety. 

-Members of fatah, a rival and equally Jew-hating group which also held seats in the government - as well as the presidency of the so-called "palestinian territories",  protested the rules hamas has set up since overthrowing the elected government;

-And hamas beat the protestors with clubs and rifles, because they weren't obeying the dictates of the people who violently and illegitimately took over the government.

Now this is what these wonderful, peace loving folks do WITHOUT Jews to hate and kill.  This is what they do to each other.  And these are the folks who claim they want to cut a peace deal with Israel, a Jewish state their charter specifically rejects, and says should be ended through jihad.

That's quite a peace partnership Israel is being expected to participate in.  Would you?


TWO FOR THE BOOKS (WHAT BOOKS I DON'T KNOW)

Ken Berwitz

Here, from the news desk of Channel 6, Orlando Florida, we have two stories that, to say the least, you don't see every day.

The first is, in my opinion, a live definition of the term "schmuck":.

A Central Florida man who crashed his new $400,000 Lamborghini only hours after getting behind the wheel has been charged with drunken driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Witnesses said he was taking a curve when he crashed.

The Windermere resident was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash, officers said.

The man's wife was also in the vehicle and suffered a minor injury to her arm.

Officers said Ronald Tridico, 39, was apparently speeding in his bright yellow Lamborghini on state Road 429 near Orlando when he lost control and crashed.  .

Ok, you're shaking your head, right?  Now here's another story from the same newsdesk - datline of Tacoma, Washington - that will make the one above seem perfectly normal by comparison:.

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man accused of having sex with a goat was scheduled to be arraigned on a animal cruelty charge.

Charging papers said a witness saw 63-year-old Arthur Lawton having sex with a goat May 8th in a barn at Eatonville's Pioneer Farm Museum where he worked.

Lawton said he was trying to milk the goat.

Lawton missed a scheduled arraignment on August 3rd but turned himself in last night to Pierce County sheriff's deputies.

He's the second person charged in the county since the Legislature made bestiality a crime in response to the fatal injury to a man having sex with a horse in Enumclaw.

A man accused of having sex with the family pit bull dog was acquitted in May.  .

If the guy in the first story is a live definition of the word "schmuck", what would you say about this one?  You'll have to think of an answer without me.  Because I think everything I come up with is illegal to post across interstate lines.

Let's just say that if I were an available woman in Tacoma, Washington, I'd be pretty damn insulted.

 


Bush loses the remainder of his brain. Rove Resigns

 
 
The most evil man since the beginning of time has resigned. Karl Rove, who in prior lives was a close friend to Jesus Christ ( and then helped build the crucifix), later he was close to Julius Caesar and in the mid 20th century he helped Adolf Hitler (with the "final solution") and quickly moved on to be the wing man for
Charles Manson and finally in his recent life helped set up and steal two Presidential Elections with his genius. He selected George W Bush, a near imbecile, to lead the Free World.  He failed at his latest promise which was to make the US a Republican dominated country for many years to come.
 
We now wait for his next move, which we hope will be in charge of Block A at San Quentin for the remainder of this his 7th incarnation on earth.
 
May he not rest in peace!




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Bush loses the remainder of his brain. Rove Resigns

 
 
The most evil man since the beginning of time has resigned. Karl Rove, who in prior lives was a close friend to Jesus Christ ( and then helped build the crucifix), later he was close to Julius Caesar and in the mid 20th century he helped Adolf Hitler (with the "final solution") and quickly moved on to be the wing man for
Charles Manson and finally in his recent life helped set up and steal two Presidential Elections with his genius. He selected George W Bush, a near imbecile, to lead the Free World.  He failed at his latest promise which was to make the US a Republican dominated country for many years to come.
 
We now wait for his next move, which we hope will be in charge of Block A at San Quentin for the remainder of this his 7th incarnation on earth.
 
May he not rest in peace!




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OF TASTELESSNESS AND BIAS

Ken Berwitz

First this blurb from www.mediabistro.com:.

Bill Plante's Having None of This Garden Party

As Karl Rove embraced President Bush today following an emotional farewell announcement on the South Lawn, the solemnity of the moment was shattered by Bill Plante of CBS, who bellowed to Bush: "If he's so smart, how come you lost Congress?" .

As you can see, sometimes members of the press don't even try to hide their BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome).

Wouldn't it have been great if Bush bellowed back "How come you spent $15 million dollars a year on Katie Carwreck?"


KARL ROVE RESIGNS

Ken Berwitz

Karl Rove resigned as President Bush's advisor today. 

I assure you the left is - at least for the present - dancing with joy.  Of course if he decides at some point in the future to hook up with the eventual 2008 Republican presidential nominee that joy will be short-lived, but such are the vagaries of politics.

When Barry Goldwater ran his losing presidential campaign against Lyndon Johnson in 1964, he selected a relatively obscure house member as his running mate:  William Miller, of Niagara Falls, New York.  One of Goldwater's stated reasons, so help me, was that Miller "...drives Lyndon nuts".  In that regard, Karl Rove and Bill Miller have a great deal in common;  he drives Democrats every bit as nuts as Miller drove LBJ.

Having said all this, I would like to show you the Associated Press story on Rove's resignation, with accompanying commentary from www.sweetness-light.com.  As will quickly become evident, the AP has written this in a way that enrages the sweetness-light folks.  See if you agree with them:.

AP: "Valerie Plame Leaker" Karl Rove To Resign

August 13th, 2007

From the DNCs lickspittles at the Associated Press:

Photo

Karl Rove to resign at end of August

By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Karl Rove, President Bushs close friend and chief political strategist, plans to leave the White House at the end of August, joining a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final 1 1/2 years of the administration.

On board with Bush since the beginning of his political career in Texas, Rove was nicknamed the architect and boy genius by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House. Critics call Rove Bushs brain.

A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operatives name but he was never charged with any crime

Rove testified before a federal grand jury in the investigation into the leak of the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA officer whose husband was a critic of the war in Iraq. That investigation led to the conviction of I. Lewis Scooter Libby on charges of lying and obstructing justice. Plame contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband.

Attorneys for Libby told jurors at the onset of his trial that Libby was the victim of a conspiracy to protect Rove. Details of any save-Rove conspiracy were promised but never materialized.

The most explicit testimony on Rove came from columnist Robert Novak, who outed Plame in a July 2003 column. He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source.

Rove, though, was not indicted after testifying five times before the grand jury, occasionally correcting misstatements he made in his earlier testimony.

The jury in Libbys trial did not hear that testimony, nor did it hear that Rove is credited as an architect of Republican political victories and has been accused by opponents of playing dirty tricks.

All that jurors heard is that Rove leaked Plames identity and, from the outset, got political cover from the White House. He was never charged with a crime.

Apart from his weather machine, Mr. Roves powers and abilities have been grotesquely inflated by our one party media and the rest of the leftwing lunatics.

Of course the Democrat slaveys at the Associated Press have to turn this news into yet another article about the crime of the century the leaking of the name of a 9-5 Langley drone who was doing her best to advance her husbands career and their political agenda.

He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source.

What blatant but typical mendacity from the AP.

From Robert Novaks great book, The Prince Of Darkness, page 7:

I mentioned [in a phone call to Rove] that I had heard Wilsons wife worked for the CIA in the counterproliferation section and that she had suggested Wilson be sent to Niger. I distinctly remember Roves reply: Oh, so you know that, too.

Karl Rove did not tell Novak anything about Valerie Plame. He merely confirmed what him already knew from the medias darling Richard Armitage.

But the media have their obsessional fantasies which they must trot out at every opportunity.

And note the photo that the DNCs Reuters dug out for their account of this news. They and other news outlets have been illustrating any Rove-related stories with this subtle picture for more than a year.

Now finally their dreams are coming true. .

They're pretty unhappy with the way the AP, aren't they?

And y'know what?  They have a point.


OF TASTELESSNESS AND BIAS

Ken Berwitz

First this blurb from www.mediabistro.com:.

Bill Plante's Having None of This Garden Party

As Karl Rove embraced President Bush today following an emotional farewell announcement on the South Lawn, the solemnity of the moment was shattered by Bill Plante of CBS, who bellowed to Bush: "If he's so smart, how come you lost Congress?" .

As you can see, sometimes members of the press don't even try to hide their BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome).

Wouldn't it have been great if Bush bellowed back "How come you spent $15 million dollars a year on Katie Carwreck?"


RUDY GIULIANI: THE REAL STORY

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday, my co-author put up a piece by someone named Jon Wiener, which essentially  "informed" you that Rudy Giuliani was an overrated incompetent, probably a racist, and did nothing special as mayor before 9/11 and nothing special afterwards.

Now here is the real story.

Rudy Giuliani's is an astoundingly accomplished man.  He was a hugely successful US attorney who fearlessly enforced the RICO act and put away some of the most powerful, and most intimidating people there are.  People who other law enforcement couldn't touch for years.  And his astounding effectiveness and accomplishment carried over 100% to the years he was Mayor of New York City. 

I won't try to outline Mr. Giuliani's successes as mayor of New York City here, because there literally are too many to fit into this blog.  Instead, I will refer you to this link: http://www.opinionjournal.com/federation/feature/?id=110009721, where you can read a detailed account of how amazing he was as mayor and how completely he turned the city around.

It is loaded with facts and dates, all easily checkable, and blows Wiener's BS about Giuliani out of the water.

Beyond his grossly biased overview of the Giuliani years, Weiner also puts out a bunch of statistics that are either distorted or made up;  again with the purpose of supporting his nonsensical overall premise about Rudy Giuliani.

One of them that really gets my goat relates to the number of murders in New York City, which dropped like a rock under Giuliani.  Weiner claims that it was Dinkins, not Giuliani, who was the architect of this drop - that murder rates dropped 14% under Dinkins before Giuliani ever took office and Giuliani claimed Dinkins' success as his own.  His exact words are:.

Under Dinkins the murder rate dropped 14 per cent, robbery 15 percent, burglary 17 per cent -- the first time major crime dropped in New York City in all seven major felony categories in nearly four decades. This was before Giuliani ever came to power. It did continue to drop once he was in City Hall, but of course it also dropped dramatically throughout the country." .

What a hot steamy load of crap.

Let me show you the actual murder statistics.  So you will have context to understand them, I have included the last term of David Dinkins' predecessor Ed Koch, then Dinkins' years, then the first term of Rudy Giuliani. 

YEAR          MURDER RATE_______________________        

1986                  1,582          KOCH MAYORALTY

1987                  1,672          TOTAL MURDERS:  7,055

1988                  1,896          PER YEAR AVG. :   1,764

1989                  1,905___________________________

1990                  2,245          DINKINS MAYORALTY

1991                  2,154          TOTAL MURDERS:  8,340

1992                  1,995          PER YEAR AVG.:    2,085

1993                  1,946___________________________

1994                  1,561          GIULIANI MAYORALTY

1995                  1,177          TOTAL MURDERS:  4,491

1996                     983          PER YEAR AVG.:    1,123

1997                     770___________________________

Take a good, long look at that chart.  Because it tells you not only how tremendous Giuliani was but how dishonest Wiener is.

-First of all, the four highest murder years on the chart are ALL during Dinkins' mayoralty.  Put another way, the best year for Dinkins would have been the worst year for either Koch or Giuliani.

-Second, the two worst murder years in history were Dinkins' first two years as mayor.  Even if you wanted to claim that in Dinkins' first year he was stuck with Koch's rising murder rate, what about the second?  And you'd be wrong anyway, because Dinkins was the guy who set policy and who selected his administration, including the police commissioner.  The murder rate under Dinkins didn't just happen under his watch, it happened under his people.  Blame Dinkins and no one else.

-Third, in the best year of Dinkins' term - his last year, 1993 - the murder rate "dropped" to slightly above where it was when he took office in the first place.  That's a drop?  

-Finally, while it is true that there is about a 14% drop from the high of 2,245 in 1990 to 1,946 in Dinkins' last year, that drop was from Dinkins' own mayoralty!!  In other words, he reduced his own higher murder rate!!.  And - again - his first two years were so much higher than what had come before, that this "drop" consisted of getting back down to near where the murder rate had been in the first place.

Bottom line:  if you want U.S. Government inspected prime BS, the "statistic" that Dinkins dropped the crime rate 14% is just what you are seeking.

Rudy Giuliani has plenty of baggage as a candidate.  He has been married three times, he has a bitter ex-wife and children who seem clearly to side with her, and he made a terribly ill-vetted recommendation of his former police commissioner, Bernard Kerik, to be President Bush's homeland security chief.

But if you want someone who gets things done that seem impossible for anyone else, and does them fearlessly and incorruptibly, Rudy Giuliani is your man.


HARM & HAMAS

Ken Berwitz

If you enjoy the theater of the absurd, here is a star-studded Broadway production of it for you, courtesy of the BBC:.

Hamas forces 'beat Gaza rivals'

Hamas members have beaten protesters rallying in Gaza City, reports say.

Baton-wielding Hamas security forces tried to disperse the protesters from rival Palestinian factions, gathered to denounce the Islamist group.

Hamas - who seized the Gaza Strip in June - said organisers did not have a permit to hold a rally, violating a new ban on unauthorised public gatherings.

However, a number of people defied the ban and continued the rally, chanting "we want freedom".

"Hamas! What is happening in Gaza is not acceptable!" the demonstrators chanted, according to AFP news agency.

Among the protesters were members of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction.

Fatah said Hamas' actions amounted to the imposition of military rule in the Gaza Strip.

Reports say Hamas forces used clubs and rifle butts to beat demonstrators, confiscating cameras and videotapes used by journalists who had covered the rally.

Hamas banned unauthorised public meetings on Sunday, saying the measure was in the interests of public safety.

The group rejected claims that it was targeting its political rivals.

"There is no decision to ban rallies by Fatah or others," Ehab al-Ghsain, spokesman of the Hamas-run interior ministry, told Reuters news agency.

"Today's rally was stopped because organisers refused to seek permission," he said. .

Follow this along: 

-hamas, a Jew-hating terrorist organization, won a majority in the parliament elected by palestinian Arabs of Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the west bank);

-hamas then violently overthrew the government (if you can call it that) and took over Gaza in its entirety. 

-Members of fatah, a rival and equally Jew-hating group which also held seats in the government - as well as the presidency of the so-called "palestinian territories",  protested the rules hamas has set up since overthrowing the elected government;

-And hamas beat the protestors with clubs and rifles, because they weren't obeying the dictates of the people who violently and illegitimately took over the government.

Now this is what these wonderful, peace loving folks do WITHOUT Jews to hate and kill.  This is what they do to each other.  And these are the folks who claim they want to cut a peace deal with Israel, a Jewish state their charter specifically rejects, and says should be ended through jihad.

That's quite a peace partnership Israel is being expected to participate in.  Would you?


BROOKE ASTOR: R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

How often do you think it happens that someone dies at the age of 105 without being the oldest person who died that day?

Well, today's the day:.

New York socialite Astor dies at 105

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago

Brooke Astor, the civic leader, philanthropist and high society fixture who gave away nearly $200 million to support New York City's great cultural institutions and a host of humbler projects, died Monday. She was 105.

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Fukuoka woman certified as world's oldest person dies+
Aug 13 09:31 AM US/Eastern
FUKUOKA, Aug. 13 (AP) - (Kyodo)Yone Minagawa, who had been certified by Britain's Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person at age 114 earlier this year, died of old age Monday evening, informed sources said.

Minagawa, from Fukuchi town in Fukuoka Prefecture, became the world's oldest person on Jan. 28 this year after American women Emma Faust Tillman died that day at the age of 114. In May, Fukuchi town asked Guinness World Records through the Internet to award Minagawa a certificate.  

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From what I've read about Ms. Astor, she was a terrific lady.  Aside from being a writer and author of four books, she was one of the most prolific philanthropists this country has ever known.  And it wasn't from a distance either.  She was completely hands-on, personally selecting the organizations/causes she contributed to, which were far too varied and numerous to mention here. 

With a life like that, you'd think that she could at least come within a few years of being the oldest of the day.  She wasn't even close.

In the wonderful song "Young At Heart, Frank Sinatra sang "And if you should survive to 105, think of all you'll derive out of being alive".  Little did he know he was writing Brooke Astor's epitaph.

What does this have to do with politics?  Nothing, but it's interesting, isn't it?


KARL ROVE RESIGNS

Ken Berwitz

Karl Rove resigned as President Bush's advisor today. 

I assure you the left is - at least for the present - dancing with joy.  Of course if he decides at some point in the future to hook up with the eventual 2008 Republican presidential nominee that joy will be short-lived, but such are the vagaries of politics.

When Barry Goldwater ran his losing presidential campaign against Lyndon Johnson in 1964, he selected a relatively obscure house member as his running mate:  William Miller, of Niagara Falls, New York.  One of Goldwater's stated reasons, so help me, was that Miller "...drives Lyndon nuts".  In that regard, Karl Rove and Bill Miller have a great deal in common;  he drives Democrats every bit as nuts as Miller drove LBJ.

Having said all this, I would like to show you the Associated Press story on Rove's resignation, with accompanying commentary from www.sweetness-light.com.  As will quickly become evident, the AP has written this in a way that enrages the sweetness-light folks.  See if you agree with them:.

AP: "Valerie Plame Leaker" Karl Rove To Resign

August 13th, 2007

From the DNCs lickspittles at the Associated Press:

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Karl Rove to resign at end of August

By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Karl Rove, President Bushs close friend and chief political strategist, plans to leave the White House at the end of August, joining a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final 1 1/2 years of the administration.

On board with Bush since the beginning of his political career in Texas, Rove was nicknamed the architect and boy genius by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House. Critics call Rove Bushs brain.

A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operatives name but he was never charged with any crime

Rove testified before a federal grand jury in the investigation into the leak of the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA officer whose husband was a critic of the war in Iraq. That investigation led to the conviction of I. Lewis Scooter Libby on charges of lying and obstructing justice. Plame contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband.

Attorneys for Libby told jurors at the onset of his trial that Libby was the victim of a conspiracy to protect Rove. Details of any save-Rove conspiracy were promised but never materialized.

The most explicit testimony on Rove came from columnist Robert Novak, who outed Plame in a July 2003 column. He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source.

Rove, though, was not indicted after testifying five times before the grand jury, occasionally correcting misstatements he made in his earlier testimony.

The jury in Libbys trial did not hear that testimony, nor did it hear that Rove is credited as an architect of Republican political victories and has been accused by opponents of playing dirty tricks.

All that jurors heard is that Rove leaked Plames identity and, from the outset, got political cover from the White House. He was never charged with a crime.

Apart from his weather machine, Mr. Roves powers and abilities have been grotesquely inflated by our one party media and the rest of the leftwing lunatics.

Of course the Democrat slaveys at the Associated Press have to turn this news into yet another article about the crime of the century the leaking of the name of a 9-5 Langley drone who was doing her best to advance her husbands career and their political agenda.

He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source.

What blatant but typical mendacity from the AP.

From Robert Novaks great book, The Prince Of Darkness, page 7:

I mentioned [in a phone call to Rove] that I had heard Wilsons wife worked for the CIA in the counterproliferation section and that she had suggested Wilson be sent to Niger. I distinctly remember Roves reply: Oh, so you know that, too.

Karl Rove did not tell Novak anything about Valerie Plame. He merely confirmed what him already knew from the medias darling Richard Armitage.

But the media have their obsessional fantasies which they must trot out at every opportunity.

And note the photo that the DNCs Reuters dug out for their account of this news. They and other news outlets have been illustrating any Rove-related stories with this subtle picture for more than a year.

Now finally their dreams are coming true. .

They're pretty unhappy with the way the AP, aren't they?

And y'know what?  They have a point.


TWO FOR THE BOOKS (WHAT BOOKS I DON'T KNOW)

Ken Berwitz

Here, from the news desk of Channel 6, Orlando Florida, we have two stories that, to say the least, you don't see every day.

The first is, in my opinion, a live definition of the term "schmuck":.

A Central Florida man who crashed his new $400,000 Lamborghini only hours after getting behind the wheel has been charged with drunken driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Witnesses said he was taking a curve when he crashed.

The Windermere resident was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash, officers said.

The man's wife was also in the vehicle and suffered a minor injury to her arm.

Officers said Ronald Tridico, 39, was apparently speeding in his bright yellow Lamborghini on state Road 429 near Orlando when he lost control and crashed.  .

Ok, you're shaking your head, right?  Now here's another story from the same newsdesk - datline of Tacoma, Washington - that will make the one above seem perfectly normal by comparison:.

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man accused of having sex with a goat was scheduled to be arraigned on a animal cruelty charge.

Charging papers said a witness saw 63-year-old Arthur Lawton having sex with a goat May 8th in a barn at Eatonville's Pioneer Farm Museum where he worked.

Lawton said he was trying to milk the goat.

Lawton missed a scheduled arraignment on August 3rd but turned himself in last night to Pierce County sheriff's deputies.

He's the second person charged in the county since the Legislature made bestiality a crime in response to the fatal injury to a man having sex with a horse in Enumclaw.

A man accused of having sex with the family pit bull dog was acquitted in May.  .

If the guy in the first story is a live definition of the word "schmuck", what would you say about this one?  You'll have to think of an answer without me.  Because I think everything I come up with is illegal to post across interstate lines.

Let's just say that if I were an available woman in Tacoma, Washington, I'd be pretty damn insulted.

 


BROOKE ASTOR: R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

How often do you think it happens that someone dies at the age of 105 without being the oldest person who died that day?

Well, today's the day:.

New York socialite Astor dies at 105

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago

Brooke Astor, the civic leader, philanthropist and high society fixture who gave away nearly $200 million to support New York City's great cultural institutions and a host of humbler projects, died Monday. She was 105.

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Fukuoka woman certified as world's oldest person dies+
Aug 13 09:31 AM US/Eastern
FUKUOKA, Aug. 13 (AP) - (Kyodo)Yone Minagawa, who had been certified by Britain's Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person at age 114 earlier this year, died of old age Monday evening, informed sources said.

Minagawa, from Fukuchi town in Fukuoka Prefecture, became the world's oldest person on Jan. 28 this year after American women Emma Faust Tillman died that day at the age of 114. In May, Fukuchi town asked Guinness World Records through the Internet to award Minagawa a certificate.  

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From what I've read about Ms. Astor, she was a terrific lady.  Aside from being a writer and author of four books, she was one of the most prolific philanthropists this country has ever known.  And it wasn't from a distance either.  She was completely hands-on, personally selecting the organizations/causes she contributed to, which were far too varied and numerous to mention here. 

With a life like that, you'd think that she could at least come within a few years of being the oldest of the day.  She wasn't even close.

In the wonderful song "Young At Heart, Frank Sinatra sang "And if you should survive to 105, think of all you'll derive out of being alive".  Little did he know he was writing Brooke Astor's epitaph.

What does this have to do with politics?  Nothing, but it's interesting, isn't it?


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