Saturday, 08 September 2007


Ken Berwitz

Here, courtesy of, is another example of what happens when we let the UN "do its work".  See how you like it:..

UN Human Rights Head Joins Thugfest in Tehran

Sat, Sep 8, 2007 at 11:21:13 am PDT

The UN hit bottom a long time ago, but theyre still digging. In the latest no-longer-shocking episode, we have UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour sitting with Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Israel-bashing meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (a Communist relic reincarnated as an Islamist tool) in Tehran, led by Cuba.

Eye on the UN has more. The day after this little meeting of the minds, Iran executed 21 prisoners..


These are the nice folks we were supposed to have entrusted with taking care of saddam.  They are the wonderful samaritans who are going to insure that there is a fair and equitable peace between Israel and Gaza, Judea/Samaria (the west bank), not to mention pacifistic countries in the general neighborhood like Syria, Saudi Arabia, and other love-filled states that can't wait to declare their commitment to Israel's sovereignty.

Yeah, right.

"Let the UN do its work" may be the single most farcical political statement of the decade.


Ken Berwitz

Norman Hsu must raise money for Democrats, not Republicans.  And it is no surprise that one of the Democrats who has benefitted most from his fundraising, er, capabilities, is Hillary Clinton.

How do I know?  Because this dirtbag's story rated two-day-and-out treatment by the vast majority of mainstream media.  Some venues, like the Today show for example, barely even noticed he existed.  These folks do not like reporting things that put a crimp in Saint Hillary's crusade to the oval office.

Well, maybe now that he is a fugitive again, and maybe tried to commit suicide, there will be a bit more coverage of Norman Hsu.  It certainly generated a major story in the San Francisco Chronicle, which is shown below.

Please pay special attention to the three paragraphs I've put in bold print:.

(09-07) 07:33 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing for a 1992 fraud conviction, was apprehended Thursday night by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo.

Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport.

Hsu was taken off an eastbound passenger train at the Grand Junction train station earlier in the day by paramedics who requested a backboard to move him, said Sgt. Lonnie Chavez with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Authorities received a request for medical assistance at the train station at about 11:15 a.m., but the exact nature of Hsu's condition was unclear, Chavez said.

Hsu was traveling on an Amtrak train when he became ill, and Amtrak personnel called an ambulance when the train stopped in Grand Junction, said Pete Smarr, a nursing supervisor at St. Marys Hospital. Hsu was listed in fair condition early Friday, but Smarr declined to comment on the nature of Hsu's illness or a timetable for his release from the hospital.

Hsu was arrested in Colorado on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution after the California attorney general's office sought assistance from federal authorities in apprehending him, FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler said. The federal charges will be dropped once Hsu is returned to California to face sentencing in state court, Schadler said.

Hsu's attorney told state prosecutors that Hsu had been on a charter flight that arrived at Oakland International Airport at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and then dropped out of sight, said Gareth Lacy, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office.

Amtrak's California Zephyr train offers service from nearby Emeryville to Grand Junction before heading to Denver and Chicago. The Zephyr left Emeryville at about 7:10 a.m. Wednesday and was scheduled to arrive in Grand Junction before noon Thursday.

Hsu's disappearing act seemed to be a reprise of a move he pulled 15 years ago, when he failed to show up for sentencing in the same grand theft case. Hsu was facing up to three years in state prison, a $10,000 fine and restitution payments after pleading no contest to a single count of grand theft in what prosecutors described as a $1 million fraud scheme.

But while free on bail after his plea, Hsu dropped from sight for 15 years, apparently spending time in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan, only to emerge in recent years as a seemingly wealthy New York resident who donated generously to Democratic political campaigns, regularly attended fundraisers and was photographed with party leaders.

A week ago, Hsu, 56, surrendered to San Mateo County sheriff's deputies in Redwood City after press accounts linked him to the earlier grand theft case. He spent a few hours in county jail before posting $2 million bail and agreeing to surrender his passport.

The state attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case, initially sought bail of $1 million, but San Mateo Superior Court Judge James Ellis doubled that to $2 million - the amount specified in the arrest warrant.

After Hsu posted bail, his attorney, Jim Brosnahan, sent a legal assistant to Hsu's New York condominium Monday to retrieve the passport but was unable to find it after a 90-minute search.

Before Hsu was captured Thursday night, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell became the latest Democratic figure to distance himself from the fundraiser, announcing earlier in the day that he would donate to charity almost $40,000 Hsu contributed to his campaign.

"Though Norman is my friend, and remains so, his failure to appear casts a new light on his assertions regarding the original case," Rendell said in a prepared statement. "As a result, I will follow other elected officials and donate the money he contributed to me to charity."

Hsu, listed as a "Hillraiser" committed to bringing in $100,000 or more to the presidential campaign of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, has given an estimated $600,000 of his own money to candidates ranging from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma to presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Hsu has helped raise hundreds of thousands more through high-profile events in New York and California and served on the board of trustees of New York City's New School university at the request of Bob Kerrey, the university's president and former Democratic senator from Nebraska.

The size and scope of Hsu's contributions made him one of the party's largest individual contributors. While he gave $23,000 to Clinton and $7,000 to Obama, he also gave $62,000 to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, $50,000 to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and $50,000 to the New York State Democratic Party.

His contributions also included $38,000 to the Tennessee Democratic Party, $750 to Newsom, $1,250 to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, and $3,500 to the 25th Ward Democratic Organization in Chicago.

In the 1991-92 grand theft case, Hsu was charged with bilking about 20 investors, including his ex-girlfriend, out of about $1 million in connection with a business that was supposed to provide latex gloves to another firm - only no gloves were ever bought or sold, prosecutors said.

"What Mr. Hsu was in the business of was running a Ponzi scheme," prosecutor Ron Smetana said at a preliminary hearing, according to the transcript. "He was taking money and spending part of it on himself and returning it as it was available. As with any Ponzi scheme, the first ones in and the first ones out always do quite well. Those (who) hope that their investment will continue and stay to the end tend to lose their shorts."

After the glove business collapsed in April 1990, Hsu was kidnapped four months later in San Francisco by a Chinatown gang leader in an effort to collect a debt from him, police said. The abduction was foiled after the car they were riding in ran a red light in Foster City and was pulled over by police, who rescued Hsu, authorities said. .

How often does it have to be said?  If this were a REPUBLICAN fundraiser there would have been daily coverage, complete with feature story after feature story, panel discussions, debates, etc. etc.  The USA public would have had Norman Hsu's name ingrained in their being in one week flat, along with an indelible knowledge that he was a dirtbag on behalf of the Democratic party.

How do I know this?  I know it because that is exactly, precisely what happened with Jack Abramoff and his largesse towards Republicans.  And let's remember, that Abramoff gave to BOTH parties.  About one-third of his tainted money went to Democrats, including Mr. Untouchable harry reid.

Hey, if they won't talk about reid's million dollar land deals that stink to the heavens, why should they talk about the 60,000 he got from Abramoff through a third party?

What's wrong with me anyway?  Who do I think Harry Reid is?  A republican?


Ken Berwitz

Get ready for the 8,326th demonstration that Al Gore is full of what a bull produces after lunch.

Here is the teaser, from

Fri Sep 07 2007 07:48:23 ET


As former Vice President Al Gore waits to hear if he has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless effort on climate change, a new video will air this weekend capturing Gore on a fuel-guzzling private jet!

FOXNEWS host Sean Hannity is set to
unleash the damning video this Sunday night, network sources reveal..

Fox News?  Sean Hannity?  How come it isn't MSNBC and keith olbermann?  Or CNN and Wolf Blitzer?  This must mean that Fox and Hannity are full of it, right?


It means they are covering it and the other cable networks, ever careful to treat Al Gore as a protected species, will try not to educate its viewers about what a hypocrite he is. 

How much of a fuss did they make over his huge mansion, which - based on the actual billing records - uses over 20 times the energy of an average house?  And how much of a fuss did they make over his son's latest brush with the law - driving his prius wildly over the speed limit and endangering himself and everyone around him?

Keep in mind that these are the same media that did weeks of front page stories on President Bush's daughters because they drank underage in college (like damn near every other college kid).

Knowing this, how can you reasonably expect venues like MSNBC or CNN (or the networks) to cover Gore's latest hypocrisy? 

History is often a very good predictor of the future.  Let's see if this is a case in point.

Wanna take bets?

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