Monday, 19 November 2007

MONA CHAREN WRITES ABOUT RON PAUL

Ken Berwitz

In blogging about ron paul over the last week or two, I have found out that he has ardent admirers who not only cannot accept the facts I have cited about his appeal to nazis and White supremacists, but angrily dodge them.  In a couple of cases, people have done so with comments so irrational that I wonder how long they have escaped the guys in the white suits with the butterfly nets.

Here is syndicated columnist Mona Charen's writeup on paul, which provides additional information that should make you run, not walk from paul's candidacy.  I have bold-printed the two paragraphs within Ms. Charen's column which detail paul's involvement with the scum of the earth haters who seem to love him so much:.

What Paul Is Running For
The kooky doctor.

By Mona Charen

Memo to: Ron Paul supporters
Subject: Your e-mails

Okay, enough is enough. Like every other journalist in America, and who knows, maybe the world or even the universe, Ive been deluged with your letters and e-mails. So Ive done as you asked and taken a closer look at your candidate. Here is what Ive found:

1. Ron Paul is inconsistent. Though he calls himself a man of principle and is apparently admired as such by his ardent fans, his principles seem somewhat elastic. He rails against the Bush administration for its supposed assault on civil liberties, yet when he was asked at one of the debates whether Scooter Libby deserved a pardon, he said no. He doesnt deserve one because he was instrumental in leading the Congress and the people to support a war that we didnt need to be in. Notice that he didnt say it was because Libby was guilty of committing a crime. No, because Libby argued for a policy with which Paul disagreed, he deserved to serve time in prison. Ron Paul, the libertarian, who presumably values liberty above all, is willing to deprive someone else of his because of a policy disagreement?

2. Ron Paul is historically challenged. He argues that by embracing isolationism, he fits within a Republican tradition stretching back to Eisenhower who stopped the Korean War and including Nixon who stopped the war in Vietnam. Lets recap. Eisenhower threatened to use nuclear weapons against China. It was the Eisenhower administration that had a hand in toppling Irans Mohammad Mossedegh (an intervention that Paul has elsewhere cited as causing the U.S. grief 25 years later when the Islamists took power). Eisenhower also intervened in Guatemala, Cuba (planning for the Bay of Pigs began during his tenure) and Lebanon.

Nixon, an isolationist? Most observers, whatever they may make of detente with the USSR and the opening to China, agree that Nixon was an emphatic internationalist. For the record, he intervened in many countries including Chili, Peru and Cambodia. And he saved Israel by resupplying her during the Yom Kippur war. Neither his successes nor failures grew out of a Paulesque policy of minding our own business.

3. Ron Paul is unserious. Suggesting that you will eliminate the IRS, the CIA, the FBI and other government agencies within weeks of taking office is ridiculous. These are bumper stickers, not serious reform proposals.

4. Ron Paul is too cozy with kooks and conspiracy theorists. As syndicated radio host Michael Medved has pointed out, Ron Pauls newspaper column was carried by the American Free Press (a parent publication of the Hitler-praising Barnes Review). Paul may not have been aware of this. But though invited by Medved to disavow any connection, Paul has so far failed to respond.

Paul has appeared on the Alex Jones radio program not once, not twice, but three times. Jones is the sort who believes that black helicopters are coming to impose a police state on America. He is quite concerned about the Bohemian Grove, the Bilderbergers, the federal election system (its rigged, of course) and so on. Naturally, he believes that 9/11 was an inside job. Ron Paul has even appeared in a Jones film, Endgame, the point of which is apparently that the Bilderbergers are plotting to control the world. Theyve already got Europe (through the European Union) and now are on the verge of securing America by means of a North American union that would unite Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Even if Paul says nothing insane in this film, his appearance alone calls his judgment into question. I have not seen Endgame, but I have heard a tape of Paul on the Jones program just after the 2006 election. Jones asked the congressman whether the victory for the Democrats wasnt a rejection of neo-fascist imperialism. Paul replied, Yeah . . . This was a healthy election as far as Im concerned.

Ron Paul is the favorite candidate of a number of racist, neo-Nazi and conspiracist websites. While Paul cannot be held accountable for the views of cranks and kooks, he can disavow their support and return their checks. He received $500 from Don Black, the proprietor of Stormfront.org and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He has not yet returned it.

Moreover, Paul seems to be playing a sly game with his conspiracy-minded fans. He does not explicitly endorse the crazier theories out there, but he hints at dark forces in the U.S. government threatening our liberties, he inveighs against the neo-cons (shorthand for Jews in some circles) and he gives aid and comfort to the paranoid by appearing on their favorite radio shows
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No, Ron Paul is not my candidate. Not for president. He might make a dandy new leader for the Branch Davidians. 
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I certainly do not claim to be the reason that paul's connection to "people" such as these seems to be exploding across the inernet and crossing over to what we call mainstream media.  In point of fact I found my initial information on the internet and just passed it along.

Regardless of how this has come to light, however, it is about time that it becomes known.  It is appalling that paul is getting millions of  dollars from ordinary people, who wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole if they knew the facts.


THE TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

Ken Berwitz

What happens when you combine a welfare culture with an inability to accuse some members of a minority group of their crimes for fear of being called a racist?

Well, here's what happens, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Due to the article's length I am excerpting it, but you can read the entire article at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/11/18/MNR4TCBIN.DTL :.

3 ex-wives of Muslim bakery founder allege elaborate welfare scam

Sunday, November 18, 2007

By the wives' sworn account, Bey directed many of the 100 women whom he considered his wives to make fraudulent applications for government aid programs intended to assist poor families, then diverted the benefits to himself.

Bey's alleged fraud scheme began in the 1970s and continued in some form until his death in 2003, according to the women, who gave depositions in a negligence lawsuit against Alameda County that was settled out of court earlier this year.

The allegations prompted an extensive investigation by county officials, but incomplete county records and the complicated nature of the alleged scheme were key reasons the investigation stalled, and no civil suit to recover money was filed, said Alameda County Counsel Richard E. Winnie.

The revenue - thousands of dollars per month, perhaps more than $1 million over the course of the scheme, testimony in the case suggests - helped inflate the clout of Your Black Muslim Bakery, a business Bey proselytized as an icon of economic self-sufficiency.

The alleged fraud scheme was aided by two employees of the Alameda County Social Services Agency who were also Bey's sisters-in-law, the former wives testified. A welfare worker who was Bey's sister-in-law once tipped off the bakery that it might become the target of a fraud investigation, according to the testimony. As a result, the bakery's households jumped off the welfare rolls in an attempt to avoid scrutiny, a former wife testified.

In all, roughly 100 women and many of the 46 children Bey is thought to have fathered were involved in the fraud scheme, according to the wives - a category, the depositions say, that included girls whom Bey allegedly raped and impregnated.

DNA evidence collected by the Oakland Police Department showed that children the women bore as minors were fathered by Bey.

The county paid a settlement of $188,000 to the sisters and another alleged sexual assault victim of Bey's earlier this year.

Prosecutor Thomas Barni, who handles welfare fraud cases, said no case involving the bakery had been referred to him since he took over the office a year ago, and he was not aware of any prior case involving the bakery.

Bey's fallen empire

Bey founded the bakery more than four decades ago, and built it into a controversial but enduring Oakland institution praised by politicians and preachers alike.

But after Bey's death, his business empire spiraled into disarray, as his heirs vied for control and bakery officials and employees were implicated in a series of increasingly violent incidents.

The crime spree allegedly culminated in the Aug. 2 street-corner assassination of Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, a weekly paper serving the black community. Bailey was working on stories about the battle for power within the Bey family.

A day later, more than 200 heavily armed police officers from multiple agencies raided the bakery compound and arrested Yusuf Bey IV, one of Bey's sons and the bakery's chief executive, on kidnapping and torture charges. A bakery handyman was arrested and charged with Bailey's execution-style slaying with a shotgun.

But the extensive scope of the welfare fraud scheme described in the depositions suggests that the bakery was an empire built on fraud.

Fear of violence

Bey's wives feared violent retribution if they didn't do what he said, according to the depositions.

Johnson said she'd been beaten by Bey since she was 14 years old - more times than she could count, as she put it. The other two wives testified that Johnson was pummeled so badly with the hand piece of a rotary dial phone that the lumps on her face made her look like "the elephant man" and another wife was almost drowned in a bathtub.

Asked why she never reported the welfare fraud while Bey was alive, Johnson testified, "So that I can breathe like I'm breathing today."

To facilitate the alleged frauds, Bey ordered his wives not to list him as the father on the birth certificates of his children. They sometimes made up names of the fathers, according to the depositions. A copy of one birth certificate included as evidence in the case didn't list any father at all.

Johnson, who had three children with Bey, also received welfare payments for them, according to Doe 1, who added that all the money went to Bey.

Once Bey's children became old enough, they, too, participated in the fraud scheme, according to the depositions.

Some of Bey's daughters concealed the paternity of their children to qualify for public assistance, according to the testimony. That allowed them to live with the fathers of their children and hide the joint income of the household.

The welfare workers

It could be hard to keep up with the lies.

To renew applications for aid each year, Bey's wives needed to know the names they'd fraudulently documented as the fathers of their children, according to the testimony. But with so many children and so many different names of fathers, that could be easy to forget. So the wives said they turned to Daulet Bey, the mother of Yusuf Bey IV and the sister of the two women who worked for the county. She would ask her sisters to look up county records to verify recorded names, they testified.

Daulet Bey declined to comment about any allegations other than to defend her sisters, saying they had never done anything wrong.

Doe 1 recounted a conversation she overheard in which another Bey wife, Madeeah Bey, asked Daulet Bey to call her sister, Dana Morgan, at the social services agency to find out the fraudulent name listed as the father of her children.

"Could you call your sister for me because I have a renewal coming up, and I don't remember what I put on the paper," Madeeah Bey asked Daulet Bey, according to Doe 1's testimony.

Daulet Bey laughed and said: "You know what? I have to call Dana when I have a renewal because I forget," Doe 1 testified.

Daulet Bey's sisters who work for the social services agency were intimately familiar with the bakery family, according to the depositions. Morgan left her own children in care of the bakery for at least two years and came by nearly every day, Doe 1 testified. After Doe 1 turned 18, she applied for welfare for herself. She said the person who took her application at the Social Services Agency office at the Eastmont Mall was McBurnie, Yusuf Bey's sister-in-law.

Wilson, the lawyer who represented the county, tried during the depositions to learn the extent of the alleged welfare fraud scheme.

"Is there any woman who was living in the bakery compound who had one of Yusuf Bey's children that you're aware of who did not apply to the county for welfare?" he asked Doe 1.

"Not a single one," she replied.

"Is there any woman that you're aware of who lived in the compound who told the truth in their applications for public assistance about who the fathers of their children were?" Wilson asked.

"Not that I know of," replied Doe 1. "Even his daughters ... all of them were beating the system. Every single last one of them."

The connection to the welfare department paid dividends in other ways, too, according to the testimony of the wives.

When authorities began investigating allegations of welfare fraud, the bakery was tipped off by Daulet Bey's sisters, and bakery women pulled their families off the rolls, according to Doe 1.

Daulet Bey denied the allegations in an interview and defended her sisters by saying, "They never did anything wrong." She also added: "I was never aware of any investigation of welfare fraud going on about the bakery."

When bakery family members moved off of welfare, Doe 1 said they also dropped off Medi-Cal, the state indigent health care program.

To qualify for Medi-Cal, households must have less than $3,000 in assets, and hiding the income and assets of the father is fraud, said Anthony Cava, a spokesman for the state Department of Health Care Services.

Cava said he could not address the allegations of fraud at the bakery because of privacy rules.

Section 8 housing

The wives of Yusuf Bey also often received Section 8 housing vouchers for properties they weren't renting, according to Jane Doe 1.

Section 8 housing vouchers are given by the federal government to increase the affordable housing options for poor families. The vouchers can pay up to the full amount of fair market rent, which can be thousands of dollars per month. The owner of the unit receiving the payments cannot be the parent of a child in the unit.

Daulet Bey had been living in a house owned by Bey for 15 years rent free when she obtained Section 8 vouchers, according to Doe 1's testimony. Daulet Bey had eight children by Bey, and was living with them in the unit at the time, Doe 1 testified.

Daulet Bey continued to receive Section 8 vouchers in 2005, according to Doe 1. Public records show the previous year she bought a $550,000, five-bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Antioch.

Daulet Bey declined to comment about the alleged Section 8 fraud.

Esperanza Johnson received Section 8 vouchers, despite owning property, according to testimony from Doe 1. Johnson testified that she left the bakery in 1988 and started a baking business. Johnson has maintained ties to former bakery employees and family members, in part because Yusuf Bey was the father of three of her children.

Attempts to reach Johnson, including at her home in Antioch, were unsuccessful.

Daulet Bey and Johnson are described in the depositions as once being powerless pawns in Yusuf Bey's schemes. But the two women have become entangled in its future as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court prepares to liquidate the assets of Your Black Muslim Bakery.

The court trustee is suing Daulet Bey, saying that her son, bakery chief executive Bey IV, fraudulently "gifted" her $2.28 million worth of bakery properties to avoid having them liquidated.

The properties that avoided the gifting - and are being liquidated - include the bakery headquarters. The top bidder is being represented as a broker by Esperanza Johnson.

Shown above is a portion of a birth certificate for one of Yusuf Bey's children that was an exhibit in a civil lawsuit. Bey allegedly ordered his wives to keep his name off of birth certificates.

The alleged scheme

Yusuf Bey allegedly masterminded a scheme to bilk welfare agencies by having the 100 women whom he considered his wives and their children draw public benefits, according to sworn depositions from three of his former wives.

The wives

Many of the wives were allegedly forced to lie about his paternity on birth certificates, according to the depositions. That allowed women to apply for various forms of public assistance - Section 8, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Medi-Cal - that his income and assets would have disqualified them from receiving. Those who didn't have children were encouraged to apply for General Assistance, the depositions allege.

The children

Bey had an estimated 46 children with 17 of the wives. The children formed another source of income, as AFDC as well as monthly per-child payments for being a guardian were received by Bey's wives, according to the depositions.

Alameda County Social Services

The agency was the conduit for welfare payments and guardianship payments. Two sisters of one of Bey's wives worked at the agency, allegedly facilitating the concealment of his paternity and tipping off the bakery to possible investigations, according to former wives. The sisters deny the allegations.

Money and image

All of the local, state and federal money was then funneled back to Yusuf Bey and put into bakery accounts, the three former wives testified. The money bolstered the income and assets of Bey, who lionized his business' success as proof of self-sufficiency.   .

Regular readers may recall that I blogged about "Your Black Muslim Bakery" months ago.   For them, it is hardly a surprise that the "bakery" was cooking up far more than rolls and pies.  It was a clearinghouse for massive welfare fraud that made one Black man  and his cronies rich --- while taking precious funds from countless other people, most of them Black as well, and leaving them with the crumbs.

But if there had been a more aggressive effort to close down this scam, what would you have heard first?  What six letter word would be out there in the blink of an eye?  Why else would a fraud like this be permitted to go on for so long?  Is there any doubt the people in the neighborhood and the law enforcement in the neighborhood noticed the way this "bakery guy" was living?

And this concept is hardly restricted to the late (and unlamented, at least not to me) yusef bey.  How about the "flying imams", who did everything they could to create suspicion, fear, even panic, on that airplane flight and then sued when people reacted normally to them?  What about al sharpton, the de facto king of the Democratic Party these days, and what he does on an almost daily basis?

When we avoid talking plainly about what is in front of our eyes and when we avoid doing the things that should be done about it, we are instrumental in creating the web of deceit that is then used to scam who?  Us, that's who.

When do we, collectively, have our fill of this?  Not yet, it would appear.  Too bad for us.


HOW THEY REALLY FEEL ABOUT CHAVEZ

Ken Berwitz

I especially enjoyed this little article from the BBC, regarding Yugo Chavez (yeah, I know the actual name is Hugo, but Yugo is more in keeping with the relative quality).

As you may remember, Yugo opened that big, stupid mouth of his at an international summit and insulted the previous head of state of Spain and Spain itself.  King Juan Carlos' reaction was to tell Yugo "why don't you shut up?"

The result?  Read this:.

'Shut up' Chavez is ringtone hit
 
King Juan Carlos (r) won plaudits in the media back home
King says "shut up"
The king of Spain's recent undiplomatic outburst at the Venezuelan president has become a ringtone hit across Spain.

An estimated 500,000 people have downloaded the insult featuring the words "Why don't you shut up?", generating a reported 1.5m euros ($2m).

King Juan Carlos asked Hugo Chavez to "shut up" at a summit in Chile last week after the president said Spain's ex-PM Jose Maria Aznar was a "fascist".

Branded mugs, t-shirts and websites featuring the row are also profitable.

In Venezuela, a group of students who oppose Mr Chavez's government have also been downloading the ringtone, a US newspaper reported.

"It's a form of protest," a 21-year-old student in Caracas told the Miami Herald. "It's something that a lot of people would like to tell the president."

Companies selling the ringtones have avoided legal problems concerning breach of the king's image rights by using an actor to voice the line.

'No crisis'

The spat began at the Ibero-American Summit in Chile's capital, Santiago, last Saturday when Mr Chavez called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, a close ally of US President George W Bush, a fascist, adding "fascists are not human. A snake is more human."

Current Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero then said: "[Former Prime Minister] Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people."

When Mr Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, the king leaned forward and said: "Why don't you shut up?".

The row escalated when Mr Chavez said the king was "imprudent" and asked if he knew in advance of the 2002 coup against him.

President Chavez later accused the king of "arrogance" but said he did not want a political crisis with Spain - only that Venezuela's head of state be respected.  .

As you can see, the people of Spain now know what most Venezuelans do.  I.e. yugo chavez is living proof that an anus can sprout arms, legs, a head of sorts and can take control of a country. 

The Yugo car was notable not only for performing poorly, but for eventually becoming unusable and being discarded.  If that becomes another similarity between the car and the Venezuelan head of state, it wouldn't bother me one little bit.


RUDY GIULIANI AND THE NYC CRIME RATE: A RETROSPECTIVE

Ken Berwitz

Recently, we heard that all Rudy Giuliani can say about his accomplishments is "9/11".  Joe Biden, the insufferable loudmouth who is going nowhere in his presidential bid, made that claim during a national debate.  And either he or one of the other Democratic candidates (I don't remember which one) called Giuliani "the most underqualified person" running for the presidency.

With this classic idiotica in mind, I thought I would reprise an article from, of all places, the New York Times, which was published during the 1996 presidential campaign.  The Times, which certainly had its problems with Rudy Giuliani, wrote about how his astonishingly successful fight against crime in New York City was inadvertently helping Bill Clinton's re-election bid. 

Here it is.  Please take special note of the statistics -- which I will make easier for you by putting them in bold print:.

September 1, 1996

New York City's Gift to Clinton: A Lower National Crime Rate

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS

New York City's Republican mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, may or may not endorse President Clinton, but he probably has already done as much to re-elect him as any Democratic mayor.

Giuliani has not only pursued police policies that have lowered his city's crime rate so dramatically that it has driven down those of the country -- handing Clinton a major campaign bragging point in the process -- he has also thoroughly retooled the neighborhood anti-crime program that the president is promoting on the stump.

Whatever the paradox, the Clinton campaign unfurled the crime issue as one of its major themes last week with the kind of symbolism Democrats used to reserve for civil rights and the war on poverty.

President Clinton surrounded himself with police chiefs, sheriffs and cadets at the police academy in Columbus, Ohio, during his whistle-stop trip to the Chicago convention. At the conclave itself, Jim and Sarah Brady, as well as a congressional candidate, Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son wounded by a gunman on New York's Long Island Railroad, made appearances to dramatize the gun control issue.

"The crime rate has come down for four years in a row," became a stock line in Clinton's speeches, while campaign press office handouts reminded reporters of a line in Clinton's State of the Union address last January: "Violent crime is coming down all across America."

In fact, although crime is declining in many cities, it is increasing in others while remaining level in most suburban and rural areas. The FBI's nationwide index of reported violent and property crimes declined 3 percent between 1993 and 1995.

But when New York City's 25.9 percent decline over the same period is excluded, the nation's crime index decline was just 2 percent. Put another way, New York City -- while constituting less 3 percent of the country's population -- was responsible for 155,558 of the 432,952 fewer reported crimes over the three years.

Just because the tourist from Nashville can feel safer walking through Central Park, doesn't mean he should stop locking his front door at night when he returns home. Of the nation's 25 largest cities, nine actually experienced higher crime rates in 1995 than 1993: Baltimore, Charlotte, Columbus, Las Vegas, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Preliminary police reports for the first six months of 1996 show a 25 percent spike in the murder rate in Washington compared with the same period in 1995, and lesser rises in 11 other major cities. Meanwhile, the El Paso, Boston, New Orleans and Detroit police departments all have reported recent increases in robberies.

Again, New York City will help the total national picture with a 12 percent decline in total reported crime for the first six months.

Only three weeks ago, a report issued by Attorney General Janet Reno that said youth crime was finally coming down after several years of increases produced politically helpful headlines for the president. She based her claim on a 15 percent decrease in the number of teen-agers arrested for murder from 1994 to 1995 -- but she did not break out the numbers by region. It just so happens that the same rate in New York City for the same period decreased by 28 percent.

Giuliani readily recites such statistics, and does so with a long, pronounced chuckle. "I've spoken to President Clinton and Attorney General Reno about it," he said, "and privately they acknowledge" that the city is largely responsible for the drop in crime.

Maybe so, but in public Clinton does not single out New York. He attributes the national crime drop to community policing, the Brady gun-control bill and a 1994 crime law designed to help communities hire 100,000 extra police officers. Never mind that the law hasn't increased the size of the New York City force, although it did help the NYPD avert personnel cuts.

"I'm telling you folks," Clinton said in a speech last week in Arlington, Ohio, "we can prevent crime and catch criminals if we have more people serving their communities out there, visible, who know the kids on the streets, who know the neighbors, who know the law-abiding folks."

That was exactly the anti-crime vision of Mayor David Dinkins when he launched his Safe Streets, Safe City plan in 1991. Under that program, 7,000 extra officers were hired as the philosophy of the department was remolded toward deploying beat cops on every subway train and street corner, patrolling in uniform. Officers were evaluated by the number of community meetings they organized, and how conscientious they were in maintaining "beat books" logging neighborhood problems.

The crime rate dribbled down by 2 or 3 percent a year between 1991 and 1993 -- enough to credit community policing with a victory. But Giuliani ran promising to cut crime further and, once victorious, he appointed William J. Bratton as police commissioner to rework the Dinkins approach.

"Bratton came in and altered the concept that the uniformed cop can do everything by working with the people," said Thomas A. Reppetto, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City. "He installed a management system that pinpointed the crime targets, and he made extensive use of specialized units, which appears to be counter to the theory of community policing."

Giuliani and police officials have never publicly disavowed community policing, saying they have merely refined the concept. But neighborhood leaders began to complain that they didn't see as many uniformed cops on the beat anymore only weeks after Giuliani took office.

No wonder. The department under Bratton, and now under the new commissioner, Howard Safir, has put increasing numbers of officers in plainclothes units to investigate drug trafficking organizations. Meanwhile, officers were transferred out of low-crime areas, and redeployed in high-crime neighborhoods. The beat books were replaced by computerized maps that plot criminal activity as the primary measurement of a precinct's progress.

Among the Giuliani strategies is the stepped-up ticketing of people caught drinking and urinating in public, scrawling graffiti, jumping subway turnstiles and riding bicycles on sidewalks.

Such efforts may well improve the quality of life in neighborhoods -- a primary goal of community policing -- but more than anything they stretch civil liberties to the limit as officers pat people down for guns and check them for outstanding warrants.

The tactic has worked to encourage people to keep their guns at home, thereby decreasing the number of street shootings. Such a strategy, however, has outraged civil libertarians who champion a more touchy-feely style of community policing.

But even if they don't like Giuliani's more military style of community policing, traditional liberal groups will not complain if President Clinton wins votes as a result. .

Take a good look at those data.  And then think about how being the chief executive of the largest city in the country and turning it around virtually on a dime, would make a candidate UNDERQUALIFIED to be president. 

Based on this idiotic insult, what does that make Hillary Clinton, whose only two forays into running anything (Arkansas education and health care reform) were useless and disastrous in that order? 

Compare them to John Edwards, the one term senator with no legislative accomplishments and virtually no attendence at his committee meetings.

Compare them to Barack Obama, with less than one term as a US senator and no accomplishments there.

Then compare them to Joe Biden, who has spent more than half his life in the senate, and managed to do little other than gain a well deverved reputation as a barroom loudmouth type who makes a habit of talking before he thinks.

Is Rudy Giuliani "underqualified" compared to this bunch?  You tell me.


LIBERAL REFUGEES

Ken Berwitz

Although this satirical piece is almost a year and a half old, I read it for the first time this morning at www.freerepublic.com

I thought it was very funny - especially coming as it does from the Manitoba Herald, which is a decidedly leftward publication.  See if you enjoy it as much as I did:.

 Tue July 11, 2006 8:53 PM

The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.

The actions of President Bush are prompting the exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray, and agree with Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity.

Canadian border farmers say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, trial lawyers, animal-rights activists and Unitarians crossing their fields at night.

"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry. "He asked me if I could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn't have any, he left. Didn't even get a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"

In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. So he tried installing speakers that blare Rush Limbaugh across the fields. "Not real effective," he said. "The liberals still got through, and Rush annoyed the cows so much they wouldn't give milk."

Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into Volvo station wagons, drive them across the border and leave them to fend for themselves.

"A lot of these people are not prepared for rugged conditions," an Ontario border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a drop of drinking water. They did have a nice little Napa Valley Cabernet, though."

When liberals are caught, they're sent back across the border, often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from conservatives. Rumors have been circulating about the Bush Administration establishing re-education camps in which liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer and watch NASCAR races.

In recent days, liberals have turned to sometimes-ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have taken to posing as senior citizens on bus trips to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans disguised in powdered wigs, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior-citizen passengers on Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney hits to prove they were alive in the '50s.

"If they can't identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we get suspicious about their age," an official said.*

Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage and renting all the good Susan Sarandon movies.

"I feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can't support them," an Ottawa resident said. "How many English Literature or art-history majors does one country need?"

In an effort to ease tensions between the United States and Canada, Vice President Dick Cheney met with the Canadian ambassador and pledged that the administration would take steps to reassure liberals.

A source close to Cheney said, "We're going to have some Peter, Paul & Mary concerts. And we might put some endangered species on postage stamps."

The President is determined to reach out," he said.

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ARE THESE THE SAME FOLKS.....?

Ken Berwitz

Chicken Little is alive and well.  He is living in Turtle Bay...the section of Manhattan which contains the UN.  The UN, as increasing numbers of people are aware, is an international organization dedicated to proving that representatives of virtually every country on earth can assemble in one place and accomplish little or nothing.  

Recent proof of this has been Rwanda.  And Sudan.  And Zimbabwe.  And Gaza.  In fairness, however, I am declining to count the very successful incidents of child rape in the Congo and other third world countries where young girls are no match for UN troops.

In any event, back to Chicken Little.  Here is the latest communique:

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Alarming UN report on climate change too rosy, many say

The report describes the evidence for human-induced climate change as "unequivocal." The rise in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere thus far will result in an average rise in sea levels of up to 4.6 feet, or 1.4 meters, it concluded.

"Slowing - and reversing - these threats is the defining challenge of our age," Ban said upon the report's release Saturday.

Ban said he had just completed a whirlwind tour of some climate change hot spots, which he called as "frightening as a science-fiction movie."

He described ice sheets breaking up in Antarctica, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, and children in Chile having to wear protective clothing because an ozone hole was letting in so much ultraviolet radiation.

OMIGOD!  THE SKY IS FALLING!  THE SKY IS FALLING!

I have just one question:  Was this information obtained by the same folks who told us that, largely because of the climate changes associated with global warming, the USA would have catastrophic hurricane seasons in 2006 and then 2007?

2007's estimate, just a few short months ago, was 14-17 hurricanes for the USA, with 6-8 of them major hurricanes.

That concludes the fantasy portion of the program.  Now for some reality:  In 2006, we had no hurricanes.  Not one.  And in 2007?  Unless we get nailed in the next week and a half, we won't get any again.

That's two years running the climate clowns have told us we were going to get murdered by hurricanes, and two years in a row they were as completely wrong as it is possible to be (you can't get lower than none).

So, let me ask again:  Are these the same folks.....?  If so, maybe Al Gore can take time out from his regularly scheduled acclaim and maybe give us an explanation. 

Too bad Gore is only selling carbon offsets.  He could make a windfall in BS offsets from the same people.


A PHOTOGRAPHER DETAINED FOR 19 MONTHS: WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE?

Ken Berwitz

Does the military have it in for pulitzer prize winning photographers?  Or is it maybe that a pulitzer prize winning photographer had it in for the military?

Please read this article from, and about, the Associated Press, and see what you make of it:.

US Plans Case Against AP Photographer

NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. military plans to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer but is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.

An AP attorney on Monday strongly protested the decision, calling the U.S. military plans a "sham of due process." The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.

A public affairs officer notified the AP on Sunday that the military intends to submit a written complaint against Hussein that would bring the case into the Iraqi justice system as early as Nov. 29. Under Iraqi codes, an investigative magistrate will decide whether there are grounds to try Hussein, 36, who was seized in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on April 12, 2006.

Dave Tomlin, associate general counsel for the AP, said the defense for Hussein is being forced to work "totally in the dark."

The military has not yet defined the specific charges against Hussein. Previously, the military has pointed to a range of suspicions that attempt to link him to insurgent activity.

The AP rejects all the allegations and contends it has been blocked by the military from mounting a wide-ranging defense for Hussein, who was part of the AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo team in 2005.

Soon after Hussein was taken into custody, the AP appealed to the U.S. military to either release him or bring the case to trial saying there was no evidence to support his detention. However, Tomlin said that the military is now attempting to build a case based on "stale" evidence and testimony that has been discredited. He also noted that the U.S. military investigators who initially handled the case have left the country.

The AP says various accusations have been floated unofficially against Hussein and then apparently been withdrawn with little explanation.

Tomlin said the AP has faced chronic difficulties in meeting Hussein at the Camp Cropper detention facility in Baghdad and its own intensive investigations of the case conducted by a former federal prosecutor, Paul Gardephe have found no support for allegations that he was anything other than a working journalist in a war zone.

"While we are hopeful that there could be some resolution to Bilal Hussein's long detention, we have grave concerns that his rights under the law continue to be ignored and even abused," said AP President and CEO Tom Curley.

"The steps the U.S. military is now taking continue to deny Bilal his right to due process and, in turn, may deny him a chance at a fair trial. The treatment of Bilal represents a miscarriage of the very justice and rule of law that the United States is claiming to help Iraq achieve. At this point, we believe the correct recourse is the immediate release of Bilal."

Calls for his freedom have been backed by groups such as the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Tomlin said it remains unclear what accusations, evidence and possible witnesses will be presented by military prosecutors in Baghdad.

"They are telling us nothing ... We are operating totally in the dark," said Tomlin, who added that the military's unfair handling of the case is "playing with a man's future and maybe his life."

Although it's unclear what specific allegations may be presented against Hussein, convictions linked to aiding militants in Iraq could bring the death penalty, said Tomlin.

U.S. military officials in Iraq did not immediately respond to AP questions about what precise accusations are planned against Hussein.

Previously, the military has outlined a host of possible lines of investigation, including claims that Hussein offered to provide false identification to a sniper seeking to evade U.S.-led forces and that Hussein took photographs that were synchronized with insurgent blasts.

The AP inquiry found no support for either of those claims. The bulk of the photographs Hussein provided the AP were not about insurgent activity; he detailed both the aftermath of attacks and the daily lives of Iraqis in the war zone. There was no evidence that any images were coordinated with the insurgents or showed the instant of an attack.

Gardephe, now a New York-based attorney, said the AP has offered evidence to counter the allegations so far raised by the military. But, he noted, that it's possible the military could introduce new charges at the hearing that could include classified material.

"This makes it impossible to put together a defense," said Gardephe, who is leading the defense team and plans to arrive in Baghdad next week. "At the moment, it looks like we can do little more than show up ... and try to put together a defense during the proceedings."

One option, he said, is to contend that the Pentagon's handling of Hussein violated Iraqi legal tenets brought in by Washington after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Among the possible challenges: AP claims that Hussein was interrogated at Camp Cropper this year without legal counsel.

Hussein is one of the highest-profile Iraqi journalists in U.S. custody.

In April 2006 just days before Hussein was detained an Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News was acquitted of insurgent activity. Abdul Ameer Younis Hussein was held for about a year after being detained while filming the aftermath of a bombing in the northern city of Mosul.

Tomlin, however, said that freedom for Bilal Hussein, who is not related to the cameraman working for CBS, isn't guaranteed even if the judge rejects the eventual U.S. charges. The military can indefinitely hold suspects considered security risks in Iraq.

"Even if he comes out the other side with an acquittal as we certainly hope and trust that he will there is not guarantee that he won't go right back into detention as a security risk." .

Interesting and then some, wouldn't you say?

There are many, many photographers working in Iraq.  Most go about their business without being hassled -- certainly without being arrested and held for trial with possible classified information to be used against them.

So the question is, why do you suppose this one photographer is the "lucky winner" who has been detained for over a year and a half?

I don't know the answer, of course, and neither do you.  We're only guessing until we see what the military charges Mr. Hussein with.  But it is hard not to think there's something there that someone considers pretty significant.

In any event, charges could be filed in less than two weeks.  Then we will at least know what he stands accused of.

Let's all keep an eye out on this one. 


SHOULD YOU CAIR?

Ken Berwitz

CAIR (Counsel on American-Islamic Relations) is the whining, terrorist-supporting "human rights group" which keeps telling us there is a tidal wave of hate incidents directed at Islamic people in the USA.

Well, here, courtesy of www.jihadwatch.com, are the actual FBI numbers for last year, complete with a link to the source:.

November 19, 2007

FBI hate crimes report for 2006: Jews suffer over 5 times more attacks than Muslims

Remember this the next time CAIR starts claiming protected victim status. From the FBI's site (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair) comes a table on hate crimes, from which I have taken here only the number of hate-motivated offenses committed in 2006 against each group. Be sure to look at the whole table at the FBI site.

Anti-Black 3,136
Anti-Jewish 1,027
Anti-White 1,008
Anti-Male Homosexual 881
Anti-Hispanic 770
Anti-Female Homosexual 192
Anti-Islamic 191
  .

In the past, CAIR has lied - egregiously - about the size of its membership.  These data demonstrate that it has also lied - egregiously - about the extent of hate crimes against Islamic people.

This leads to the obvious question:  Why would anyone CAIR what these liars say?


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